Harlan Wilbert Mellendorf (91) of Dieterich


Published on December 26 2012 12:01 am

Harlan W. Mellendorf, 91 of Dieterich, Lucas Township died Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham, IL.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Louisville (Effingham - Clay County Line) where he was a life-long member. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hall Funeral Chapel, Effingham, IL, and from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the St. Louis Concordia Seminary Student Fund, Alzheimer's Association, and American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left online at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.

Harlan Wilbert Mellendorf was born November 27, 1921 in Lucas Township (Effingham - Clay County Line), in his parents’ house, the son of Albert and Louise (Traub) Mellendorf. He graduated from Eberle School. Later he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp near Le Grange, IL in 1941. He was drafted into the Army in 1945 and sent to Korea. There he was severely injured in a Troop Carrier accident in 1946. In 1950 he became a bus driver for the Dieterich Public School. Later he started to farm and began working at Fedders. He retired from Fedders in 1984 and then from farming in 2000. He was a member of St. John’s Men’s Club, a lifetime member of American Legion Dieterich, and DAV in Effingham, Sod Busters in Louisville, and a Dieterich Ruritan. He married Bonetia Catherine Bannick April 14, 1967. He was a very loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed his farming very much, and loved traveling, having traveled to all of the U.S. states but Alaska.

Survivors include his wife; Bonnie, Son; Joey (Stacia) Mellendorf, Neoga, IL, Daughters; Connie (Tom) Black Mission Hills, KS, Sheri (Ray) Simmons, Albers, IL, Debra (Eric) Burch, Effingham, IL., grandchildren; Steven A. (Alyson) and Nathan Mellendorf, Michael (Sonja) and Amy Simmons, Jenna Mellendorf, and Mariah and Lance Burch, brother; Leroy (Natalie) Mellendorf Effingham, IL, Sisters; Violet Roberts Effingham, IL, and Geraldine (Delbert) Mundt, Dieterich, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Albert and Louise Mellendorf, brothers; Eugene and Ardon Mellendorf, sister; Alberta Garbe, and sons; Douglas and Steven V. Mellendorf.