Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Robert "Buck" L. Melton

December 12, 1955January 15, 2020

Robert “Buck” L. Melton, 64, of Fort Smith, AR passed away on January 15, 2020. He was born December 12, 1955 in Meridian, MS to Robert Earl Melton and Annie Rutledge Melton. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ricky Melton.

Buck was an Air Force Veteran and member of the American Legion. He was a retired Police Officer/Detective, having been named Officer of the Year three times during his career. First, with the Fresno, CA Police Department then, the Carmel, CA Police Department and Atwater Police Department in Atwater, CA.

Buck enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, golfing, fishing, barbequing and shooting guns. His greatest loves were his wife, children, grandchildren and Country.

Survivors include his loving wife, Lori Melton; three children, Matt Melton and wife Christina, Bryant Melton, and Sara Melton; two step-children, Judy Velosky and husband Andy, Nathan Gibbs; four grandchildren, Brie and Wyatt Melton, Kyndal and Atticus Velosky. Chapel service will be 10:30 AM, Friday, January 17, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith with military honors. Visitation will be 6 PM till 8 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home. Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P. O. 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at donate3.cancer.org/


  • Lori Melton, Loving wife
  • Sara Melton, Daughter
  • Matt Melton and wife Christina, Son
  • Bryant Melton, Son
  • Judy Velosky and husband Andy, Step daughter
  • Nathan Gibbs, Step son
  • Annie Rutledge Melton, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert Earl Melton, Father (deceased)
  • Ricky Melton, Brother (deceased)
  • Brie and Wyatt Melton, Grandchildren
  • Kyndal and Atticus Velosky, Grandchildren


  • Viewing and Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020


Robert "Buck" L. Melton

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Tina Evans

February 18, 2020

Although we’ve never met, you touched my life through your love for Lori, so...

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
John 14:1-4

Larry Zummach

February 17, 2020

Butch always had a sly grin which made the rest of our B-52 crew wonder what he was up to! Keep smiling Guns! Larry/Radar Nav

Pail Roseman

February 15, 2020

I first met Robert Buck Melton working graveyard patrol! He was brand new working in a city in my beat! We started talking to pass the time and instantly became friends! That was over 30 years ago! Buck used to have Halloween parties that were epic! We took trips on our Harleys and he was a great wingman! I am devastated by his loss, but memories help remind my that you meet good people in your life and we are all temporary guests in this world! God Bless!!!


February 13, 2020

You and I both lived long enough to look back and see what God's plan was for us. We figured out that we loved each other back in the Eighties because it was His plan. Even though it didn't make sense to us at the time... or over the years that we went our separate ways. We both fell in love and had our children with others.
But once we found each other again, that spark that never died, exploded into the greatest love I'd ever known! And it was so clear that if we hadn't met and ignited that spark from so long ago... I wouldn't have been here to care for you and love you so deeply at the end of your days here. We were both truly blessed.
I miss you and look forward to reuniting with you again in God's house someday. Our love will live on.

Bob Ethington

January 24, 2020

Buck, you were one of my best and oldest friends and were the rightfully self-proclaimed 'Best damn gunner in 8th Air Force'. I will remember you as a friend, teacher, companion, mentor, police officer, B-52 gunner, and all around good guy. Not many have come along that touch my life in the way you did. The Air Force, police force and the world is better for having had you in it. I remember when there was a foursome of us at Blytheville that were nearly inseparable. We had such good times in work and play. You brought joy to many people, you brought tears to the eyes of those with the hardest of hearts, you were able to touch a person unlike many that I have known over the years. I will miss you and there is a giant empty spot in my heart that my memories cant fill. I am sorry that we didn't have more time in our later years to enjoy each others company and go for some cross country rides on the harleys. I looked forward to strapping on a sidearm and participating in an old west re-enactment with you. You. of course, would have been 'The Duke'. C'est le vie my friend.

Michael HARRIS

January 23, 2020


My fondest memory of you was the night I had a drunk pinned to the floor during a bar fight in Fresno's China town. I looked over the guys back and saw my drunks brother coming at me with a small .25 automatic pistol. You stepped in at just the right time and we didn't have to kill anyone and the drunks went to the hospital then to jail, and we went home that night. Always owed you one and it was a sad day for me when you left the Fresno PD.

Wish we would have had a chance to side by side our Harleys and go for a cruise, but time and distance and career moves all got in the way.

Rest in peace brother,

Mike Harris

john northrop

January 17, 2020

We'll miss you for now, Buck. We know you are in Paradise with our Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to riding motorcycles with you there! You touched lives with your life - a life of service. RIP peace, brother.