Melissa Kathryn Hunnell

December 8, 1990June 19, 2021
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Melissa Kathryn Hunnell (née Ingley) passed away unexpectedly June 19, 2021 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

To the family and friends of Melissa:

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11:00am to honor and celebrate the life of Melissa Kathryn Hunnell. Services will be held at the church where Melissa was confirmed. A reception will follow with light hors d’oeuvres.

Indian Run United Methodist Church of Dublin 6305 Brand Road Dublin, OH 43016

Please join us if you can. As always, your thoughts and prayers are appreciated!

Dave, Linda, Ryan and Zach

P.S. Melissa’s favorite color was pink. Wear some if you can! The brighter the better!!!

Dear Melissa, I never thought I would have to write this and my heart is heavy as I do. I think you know how much I loved you and exchanging text messages about crazy and funny stuff and especially exchanging beautiful photographs from Breckenridge, Fort Collins, Key West, the lake and wherever we were. Although you grew up mostly in hotels while playing travel soccer and travel hockey, you certainly quickly switched to camping with Zach in wilderness locations with great mountain views that led you to exploring the great outdoors and of course, taking lots of pictures. I’m so glad you and Zach were able to take us to your favorite spot along the shores of the Poudre River where you enjoyed many musical events at Mishawaka. Yesterday Mom, Zach and I went to your favorite spot (the one with free parking!) at Horsetooth Reservoir where Zach tells me paddle boarding was your new thing to do. Of course we took selfies and I made everyone smile although it was a little tough to do. I’ll put them in the cloud so maybe you can see them! You have had a full but shortened life, born in Naperville, Illinois moving to Dublin, Ohio when you were two, playing soccer, hockey, softball, and numerous other sports and making many friends wherever you were. Moving to Coral Springs, Florida when you were in high school and continuing your sports by playing high school varsity hockey with the boys and again, making lots of new friends along the way. Your favorite thing in Florida was soon to be heading to Deerfield Beach with your friends and we were able to run the 7-Mile Bridge 3 times. We were so proud of you and your determination when you graduated with your teaching degree from Bowling Green State University and your love for your students. We know how much you loved Olander Elementary and how your fellow teachers made you feel like family. And how much you loved helping your special students be their best both in school and in life. We have met some of your friends in Fort Collins and it is clear they loved you and you were an important part of their life and they will miss you doing projects, going to concerts and just having fun with them. Although you have left us far too soon, we are so glad you married Zach and had started your life together. We will dream about the many good things that would have filled the rest of your lives together. Zach will always be part of our family. We will miss the times together in Breckenridge and your smile and two thumbs up whenever I was recording a video of you coming down the hill. I will miss visiting with you and exploring the latest micro brewery in Fort Collins with you and Zach. Most of all I will miss sharing my daily adventures with you. Look down on us often…we will be thinking of you every day. May the arms of Jesus hold you tight until we meet again. Take care Baby Cakes. Your Mother and I will love you forever and always. Love, Dad

Melissa is survived by her loving husband Zachary Hunnell, Zach’s parents Carl and Marcie Hunnell and his extended family, her parents, David and Linda Ingley, her brother Ryan and his wife Allison and her two nephews Tanner and Lucas and her niece Aria. Also her grandparents, George and Janet Rapp of Midland, Michigan, Aunt Cheryl (Rapp) and Uncle Doug Noble of Perrysburg, Ohio, Uncle Greg and Aunt Sandra from Kalamazoo, Michigan and cousins Sara and Jolene and their children and cousin Parker. A memorial service is planned but no details are available at this time. Your thoughts and prayers are both appreciated and encouraged!

A Celebration of Life will be held August 12, 2021 from 6pm-9pm at The Mishawaka Amphitheater, 13714 Poudre River Road, Bellvue, Colorado 80512.

For more details:

For those concerned they cannot travel to Colorado for the Celebration of Life gathering, there will be a memorial service in Ohio at a date to be determined.


  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, August 12, 2021

  • Memorial Service & Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 18, 2021


Melissa Kathryn Hunnell

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John LeMasurier

August 9, 2021

I will truly miss Melissa at Olander. I will miss her perpetual smile and positive attitude. I will miss hearing her cheerfulness everyday outside my room when she brings students to their restroom.
No matter the mood of her student, Melissa unwaveringly had kind encouraging words for them. We were so fortunate to share work with such a fine person.

Kristen Besanceney

July 26, 2021

I had the honor of working with Melissa the first couple years she was at Olander and her grace, compassion, and enthusiasm were incredible. I hadn't seen her in over a year and got to see her in May at the Olander Sock Hop. Melissa blew me away that night with her ability to connect with ALL the kids. I walked away telling others "Melissa is one of God's angels". I'm so sad she is gone but so impressed with the incredible way she lived her life and shared her whole being with those around her. Olander was so blessed to have her!

Lisa Weinberger

June 30, 2021

I didn’t know Melissa but as a former colleague of her dad Dave I know she was loved so much. My heart hurts for the family beyond words and just hope y’all find comfort knowing that you too are surrounded by love & compassion. As you grieve, may you also smile at all the memories she left behind.

Pat Friedli

June 30, 2021

Dearest Linda, Dave, and Ryan,

Floyd and I were so sorry to hear about Melissa. She was such a great young woman! We had such a fun time at her wedding! She and Zach were such an adorable couple! And, it seems like only yesterday that she was taking piano lessons!
I hope that you can find solace remembering all of the good times and many accomplishments that Melissa had in her short life.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We hope that you will be able to find peace in the Lord.

Sincerely, Pat and Floyd Friedli

Deb Capps

June 29, 2021

Linda, David, Ryan, my heart breaks for you. I am so so sorry that this has happened. We will always remember the wonderful times spent with Melissa and your family. Melissa was loved by so many and she will live on in all our memories.

Regan Sorensen

June 29, 2021

You were so special to our family. Teacher, friend, caretaker, playmate...we will miss you forever. We will remember you daily. We love you!
Kaden, Troy, Regan, Kurt and Chloe

Dru Delaforet

June 25, 2021

I have spent many years with the Ingley family. I used to play hockey with Ryan and Melissa was always there. I am truly saddened by the loss of Melissa at such a young age. My deepest condolences go out to the Ingley family. I hope we can share memories together and celebrate Melissa’s life.

Quyen Sullivan

June 25, 2021

Sweet Melissa...I'm so happy that you were a part of my life and I will forever cherish our time together... Love you...Q.

David Gottsch

June 24, 2021

I only met Zach and Melissa a month ago. I instantly felt like i met two good people and friends. I feel very lucky to have the chance to be your friend even though it was for a short time. You will be missed, and loved.

Bryan & Cheryl Mason

June 24, 2021

Dearest Ingley Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and the hole in your hearts. 💔 We feel/know your pain.
From our experience, the only thing we can tell you is to keep sharing those wonderful memories of sweet Melissa with each other, other family members and friends. In doing so over time, it is our prayers that your hearts will mend some and know that feeling that Melissa is always really with you, and you will feel her love and guidance from the heavens above, which will help you heal along this new journey.
We still remember her beautiful, bubbling personality, even all these years later. She was vivacious ❣️
🫂 Hugs, love and prayers, the Mason Family