John Keller Mellen

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

John Keller Mellen, 89, of the Pines at Davidson, passed away peace­fully at No­vant Health Med­i­cal Cen­ter. He was a kind, gra­cious, and spir­i­tual man. A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held on Satur­day, June 1 at James Funeral Home in Hun­tersville. Born Novem­ber 26, 1929 in Spring­field, Ohio to the late Ch­ester Cook Mellen, and Gertrude Ly­dia Keller. He re­ceived his de­gree in Petroleum En­gi­neer­ing from Ma­ri­etta Col­lege, Ohio. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion he at­tended Of­fi­cer Can­di­date School and be­came a Naval Of­fi­cer. He served dur­ing the Korean War in the At­lantic Mediter­ranean Naval Am­phibi­ous Fleet aboard the USS Kent. He had many sto­ries to tell about his Navy days and his Naval friends be­came life­long friends. It was in the Navy where he met his bride to be, June Diehl Mellen, a Navy nurse on a blind date. She pro­ceeded him in death on 4/ 12/2011. They en­joyed 57 years of mar­riage and raised 4 daugh­ters while trav­el­ing the world. He was em­ployed for 30 years with Mo­bil Oil in Ex­plo­ration and Pro­duc­ing in for­eign ar­eas with man­age­ment and ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions. His ca­reer started in Level­land, Texas, fol­lowed by 6 years each in Caracas, Venezuela, and Paris, France. Af­ter 12 years abroad, he was as­signed to a po­si­tion state­side in New York City, and a brief pe­riod in Dal­las, (Man­ager of Plan­ning for Mo­bil Ex­plo­ration and Pro­duc­ing Ser­vices, Inc). Their love of for­eign as­sign­ments then took them back over­seas to Jakarta, In­done­sia (Di­rec­tor P.T. Stan­vac In­done­sia) for 3 years, then a brief pe­riod back state­side to New York City and then to Cairo, Egypt for an­other 3 years (Pres­i­dent & Gen­eral Mgr. Mo­bil Ex­plo­ration Egypt Inc.). He re­tired af­ter 30 years with Mo­bil in New York City where he re­tired as Sr. Pro­duc­tion Ad­vi­sor for Mo­bil Oil Cor­po­ra­tion. Hav­ing 4 young daugh­ters for their 1st 13 years on for­eign as­sign­ment did not sop them from trav­el­ing and ex­plor­ing the world. Th­ese for­eign as­sign­ments were op­por­tu­ni­ties for the en­tire fam­ily to ex­pe­ri­ence new cul­tures and cus­toms, and travel ex­ten­sively through Asia, Europe and Africa from their for­eign based as­sign­ments. His daugh­ter, Teri Lynne Mellen, pre­de­ceased him on July 29, 2017. He is sur­vived by 3 daugh­ters: Vicki Thorp (Paul) of Lan­tana, TX, Julie Smith of Mooresvill­e, NC, and Kristi Mellen of Coral Springs, FL. Ad­di­tion­ally, he is sur­vived by 5 grand­chil­dren: Paul Thorp (Lau­rinda), John Thorp (Monica), Chris­tian Smith, Corin­neMun­son, and Con­norMun­son. Af­ter a brief re­tire­ment pe­riod in the Po­conos, PA. June and John travel the coun­try to de­ter­mine where they want to spend the rest of their re­tire­ment years. Hun­tersville, NC was their fa­vorite lo­ca­tion. Here in Hun­tersville, for the past 24 years he was a mem­ber of the Hun­tersville United Methodist Church where he vol­un­teered for many outreach pro­grams, his 2 fa­vorites were with the “old­men” in Princevill­e, NC af­ter the floods, and nights play­ing cards while serv­ing for Room In The Inn min­istries. He en­joyed de­liv­er­ing meals for Meals on Wheels, build­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Hearts and Ham­mers and Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity. For the past sev­eral years he en­joyed call­ing on in­di­vid­u­als in nurs­ing homes and home bound sit­u­a­tions. He met so many in­ter­est­ing and won­der­ful peo­ple, he felt this was one of his “call­ings”. He was al­ways there to lend a help­ing hand wher­ever needed. He was a kind, and com­pas­sion­ate man and will be greatly missed. For the past 13 years he en­joyed his life at The Pines of Davidson and had many friends, es­pe­cially Mary Cather­ine Boyd and Mary Ann Tay­lor. He played bridge as much as pos­si­ble, along with the “old boys bridge” part­ners, and the poker games, even when he wasn’t win­ning. The fam­ily would like to thank the nurses, doc­tors and staff on the 2nd f loor in No­vant’s Sub- ICU, their care and com­pas­sion was ex­cep­tional dur­ing his short stay.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends start­ing at 2: 00 p. m., Satur­day, June 1, 2019 at James Funeral Home. The ser­vice to cel­e­brate John’s life will be held at 3: 00 p. m. in the funeral home Chapel with Rev. Billy Rintz of­fi­ci­at­ing. In lieu of f low­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the char­ity of your choice as John rec­og­nized the many needs within our com­mu­nity. James Funeral Home of Hun­tersville, NC is serv­ing the fam­ily of Mr Mellen and online con­do­lences can be made to james­fu­ner­al­home­lkn. com.

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