Virgil Wayne Melohn, Sr.

August 9, 1919March 23, 2021

Virgil was born August 9, 1919 to the proud parents, Sarah Elizabeth and Charles Edward Melohn. He graduated Nevada High School in 1938 with a full music scholarship to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. In February 1941 Virgil enlisted in the Air Force. In 1944, he was stationed at Key Field in Meridian, Mississippi when he met Grace Evelyn Melohn on a blind date. That night he told his buddies he had met the girl he was going to marry. He did just that 5 months later, and they had 67 wonderful years together. After serving 56 months in the service, he enrolled in Education at Mississippi State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1949 and a masters in 1950. While at MSU he was awarded the academic honors of Phi Eta Sigma, Kappa Mu Epsilon and Beta Beta Beta. Additionally, he was in Blue Key and Oma Delta Kappa. Virgil also played tuba in The Famous Maroon Band. Virgil was elected Superintendent of Schools at McCool, MS in 1950. During his 3 years at McCool, he was elected president of the High School Principal’s Association. He then worked at Superior Coach for 3 years as the advertising and sales manager. He returned to education, serving as high school principal and assistant superintendent at Kosciusko High School. For the next 26 years Virgil was employed as a sales representative for L. G. Balfour Company, retiring in 1986 to concentrate on his property rental business he began in 1980. After3 years retirement he returned to L. G Balfour to manage the company for one year. For the next three years he owned and operated a year book company. He returned to the property rental business where the number of houses he owned and rented grew to 19 at one time. He continued in the rental business until his death. Outside his family and work, Virgil had 3 other passions: dancing, travel, and the card game bridge. Virgil and Grace loved to dance; that was a major part of all 67 years of their time together. Virgil was President of the Capital City Dance Club for 2 years. As for travel, he and Grace traveled to 5 continents and took 23 cruises over a span of 24 years. As for bridge, a game he learned while a student at MSU, he played all his adult life. He continued playing until his death at age 101. Virgil was a devout Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus and Alhambra. Virgil was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Grace Callahan Melohn. He is survived by 3 children Lynne Sharp, Wayne Melohn (Diane) and Jim Melohn (Laura) and 7 grandchildren Jan Davis (Clay), Adam Keisman (Stacy), Mike Melohn (Sonya), Christopher (Kyle), Billy Needham (Valerie), Sarah Benitez, Melissa Bloss (Matt) and 8 great grandchildren. Visitation will be 9:00 am - 10:00am Monday March 29, 2021 at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1242 Lynwood Dr., Jackson, MS 39206. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00am Monday at the church. Burial will follow in Parkway memorial Cemetery, in Ridgeland. You may access the St. Richard website for online streaming the service at 10 am Monday.


  • Adam Keisman
  • Mike Melohn
  • Christopher Melohn
  • Billy Needham
  • Clay Davis
  • Matt Bloss


  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, March 29, 2021


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Julia Latimer

March 29, 2021

I always looked forward to playing bridge with Virgil and the game will never be the same without him.

Dale Knutson

March 27, 2021

Uncle Virgil was a good man who lived a long and full productive life.
He was an advocate for education at all levels. He was graduated from high school in his small town of Nevada, Iowa in 1938. Nevada holds class reunions on a regular basis and Virgil return to many of those reunions even though the distance was great.The last one was in 2018 when he was 98 years young.
I have meet very few, if any, who could match Virgil’s memory,as many will attest who played cards or other games with him !
Many other memories flow but I conclude: Virgil and his beloved Grace traveled many miles together in life and it my belief that their reunion will be such a blessing for both.


Gary Knutson

March 26, 2021

We always enjoyed Uncle Virgil's visits to Iowa. Virgil, Grace and I played dozens of games of gin rummy. Of course, Virgil won the majority of the games. We also watched Grace's favorite TV show Jeopardy. They both loved having a good time and they both will be missed.

Gary Knutson

Pam Wiley Hollingsworth

March 26, 2021

I worked with Virgil's daughter-in-law, Diane Melohn at Vacuum Truck Rentals, LLC (VTR). She always spoke very highly of Mr. Melohn, especially when telling stories that he was a part of, and to speak of him still enjoying life at the blessed age of 101, left us in that awww conversation tone, and I would add, that is just too sweet . . . and how blessed you all must be.
The very day Diane podcasted an email to our staff on Jan. 14, 2021, bidding us all farewell we knew it was time for her and Wayne to concentrate on their parents, the rest of their family, and the rental business. VTR will never be the same without Diane, as I am sure life without Mr. Melohn will not be the same for each of you as well. Lifting each member of the family up in prayer as you prepare for the days ahead, and may the memories of this dear man still live on inside each of you!