Melvin Leroy Bricker

June 23, 1932July 25, 2017

Melvin Leroy Bricker, 85, of Calhoun, Illinois went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 25, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. He will be missed by the ones that were close to him and loved him most. Melvin was born June 23, 1932 in rural Richland County to Leonard and Mary (Shadley) Bricker. He attended East Richland High School (now known at Richland County High School). He married Mary Ellen Read on November 15, 1952, and she survives. Melvin had worked at Champion Labs in West Salem, IL until 1998 when he retired, and also for several area oil field companies in the Olney area where he worked as a Driller.

He enjoyed collecting owls, stamps, and coins, as well as playing several musical instruments which include guitar and organ. He also was a stock car racer in the late 1960’s to late 1970’s. He also enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting, as well as camping and enjoyed watching the various wildlife that would come by his home. Melvin was also a member of the West Salem Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Mary Bricker; daughters: Loretta Kay Bricker and Carolyn Bone, both of Olney, and Phyllis (Rod) Poland of Sumner; sons: Samuel (Elizabeth) Bricker of Sumner and Michael Bricker of Olney; sisters: Maxine VanDyne of Orlando, Florida and Francine Howard of Evansville, Indiana; and one brother, Albert Lavan Bricker of Olney; nine grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-granddaughters, Mallory Rule and Annslee Grace Klinger; and one great-great-grandson, Wyatt Rule. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Mary Bricker; his mother and father-in-law (Ezra and Nettie Read); a brother-in-law, Clinton “Bud” Read; three sisters-in-law: Francis Mowrer, Geneva Hilliard, and Eva Hough; two grandsons: Eric Kiser and Eric Hinkle; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 31, 2017 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southeastern Illinois in Melvin’s name.

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Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation Monday, July 31, 2017
  • Funeral Monday, July 31, 2017


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Terry Workman

July 30, 2017

God has taken another angel to heaven

Joyce Seaton

July 28, 2017

So sorry to hear a good man passed on. Would like to be there for the family but I have no way there. Many prayers go out to Mary and the family.

Susan (Cookie) Cook

July 28, 2017

May our Father's peace comfort you in this time of loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Dennis Poland

July 28, 2017

Grandpa, I know the time you had was short after we got the news but Im Honored that you and Grandma had asked me to help take care of you up until the last several days that you were with us. You will be missed but you will NEVER be forgotten. Im Thankful that I was able to spend as much time as I could with you during your last few months here with us and I would NEVER trade that for anything in the World. Im Happy that you are finally at peace and no longer having to suffer as you did thru this terrible ordeal. I Love You we WILL see each other again when my time here is thru. I LOVE YOU GRANDPA

July 27, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11

Francine Howard

July 27, 2017

Well brother I know you and mom are singing up a storm as it rained, and you and dad are giving someone hell as I heard the thunder! R.I.P. brother I will always miss your grin. I Love you

July 27, 2017

May the "God of all comfort" comfort you all at this time. (2 Cor 1:3)