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Charles Melroy - October 15, 2012


Charles Alan Melroy, 65 years of age, of rural Kearney, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2012, at his home.
Charles was born Sept. 6, 1947, in Holdrege, the eldest of four children born to Alan William and Betty Ione (Osborn) Melroy.
He attended school until he was able to enlist in the Army.
He was inducted into the United States Army on Nov. 2, 1964, and served in the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged on Oct. 29, 1967. He was awarded the Purple Heart along with many other medals and honors.
He was blessed with two daughters, Kerry and Traci and a son, Charles.
He worked as a self employed contractor, owning his own business named, CAMel Construction.
Charles enjoyed playing bingo, going fishing, going to the casino, and playing pickle cards. He loved his dogs and cats. He especially enjoyed the Fourth of July.
He is survived by his two daughters: Kerry Case of Alliance, and Traci Thomas and her husband, Brian, of Fort Worth, Texas; son, Charles Rieflin Jr., and his wife, Valarie, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; his special friend, Susan Cleaver of Kearney; two brothers, Steven Melroy and his wife, Teresa, of Minden, and Rex Melroy and his wife, Debra, of Kearney; eight grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents and grandparents, Charles was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine Clark, in August of 2009.
Funeral services were conducted Oct. 20 at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege with Pastor Jim Bendorf officiating.
Interment was in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege with military honors provided by the Martin-Horn American Legion Post 66 of Holdrege in conjunction with the U.S. Army National Guard Military Honors Team.
A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.