MOUNT VERNON — James “Jim” Melton, 80, of Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Brookdale of Mount Vernon.

He was born on March 20, 1937, in Okmulgee, Okla., to the late Fred and Ola (Siebenthall) Melton.

Jim had worked for PPG here in Mount Vernon for 20 years and then worked for Rolls Royce until his retirement in 2002. Jim was a 50 plus year member of Mt. Zion Lodge 9 F&AM, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1984. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, AASR Valley of Columbus. He was a previous member and Marshal of Knox Chapter 236 OES.

Jim had also served as a Boy Scout leader for Troop 330 and had coached Little League Baseball for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sylvia (Carper) Melton; his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Gwen Melton of Mount Vernon; his three grandsons, Nick (Caitlynd) Melton of Mansfield, Jay Melton of Mount Vernon, Zack (Abbigayle) Melton of Bridgeport, brother-in-law, Jim (Nikki) Carper; cousins, Alan (Jane) Siebenthall of Texas and Joyce Lee (Wayne) Carlyle of Newark; nieces, Karen McWilliams of Mansfield, Marilyn (John) Freer of Massillon, Ellen (Bob) Miller of Oak Hill, W.Va., Donna (David) Wittmer and Miriam Bostic both of Mansfield; nephew, Jude Carper of North Carolina; along with many great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred (Jack) Hookway and Maxine (Donn) Wachs.

Friends may call on Thursday, April 20, from 4-7 p.m., at Lasater Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon, where masonic services will follow calling hours at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday at the funeral home starting at 11 a.m. with Pastor Russ Gumm officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Home Hospice, 112 Harcourt Road 3, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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