GREENVILLE — Charles James McMellen, age 94, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at home. He was born in Ionia on June 23, 1918, the son of Edgar Joseph and Albertina (Walker) McMellen.
He was a graduate of Ionia High School with the class of 1937 and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy on ships in the Pacific.
Early in his career he owned a restaurant in Fremont and then was president of Gilliland Trucking, owner of the Montgomery Ward franchise in Greenville, and then he operated Spartan Industrial in Greenville for many years.
He was a longtime member of the former Greenville Country Club, proudly scoring his age in his later years and making a hole in one. He also loved bowling and had several 300 series.
Charlie was a member of the American Legion Post #101,Greenville.
He married Nora E. Knoff Proctor on Oct. 22,1984.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Leslie McMellen.
He is survived by his wife, Nora; his children, David (Cindy) McMellen, of Traverse City, Darlene (Dixon) Powers, of Dallas, Ore., Lisa Holmden and Tricia (Mark) Winters, both of Greenville, Tamara (Roger) Wenk, of Battle Creek, and Mary Proctor, of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Matt, Melissa, Chelsea, Jeff, Andrew, Alex, Casey, Spencer, Dustin, Chelsea, Allison, Daniel, John, Jordon and Rachel; two great-grandchildren, Allece and Alexa; his sister, Marjorie Abbot, of Battle Creek; brother-in-law, Donald Knoff, of West Liberty, Ohio; and sisters-in-law, Mary Ruth (Leland) Tuttle, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Phyllis Hartzler, of West Liberty, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at 3 p.m., at Hurst Funeral Home, with the Rev. Aaron I. Sorrels officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Great Lakes Hospice, 630 Kenmoor Ave. SE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.