Terry Phillip Melton, 69, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., lost his yearlong battle with colon cancer on June 8, 2016.
He was born in Bethany, Mo., on January 26, 1947 and came to The Dalles when he was two years old, living in the Rowena area thru his childhood.
He is survived by his wife of seventeen years, Donna; his mother Wilda, his brother Morris, his sister Vickie Hruby and her husband Kevin; son and daughter Eric and Mary Melton; step-children Mindy Robison, Wendy Cantwell and Rich and Randy Upton. He had thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great- grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Terry spent most of his life working at the aluminum plants, from Harvey’s in the 1960’s to Goldendale in 2003. He spent six years in the National Guard, 3rd Squadron, 163rd Armored Cavalry, in The Dalles. He was a backup cook at Johnny’s Café in his teens, a reserve police officer in the 1970’s and could be found in his 1967 Mercury Cyclone in the Hand-Out parking lot in his free time. When the aluminum plant closed he spent his last working years at Google as a security guard.
He was preceded in death by his father Robert, sister-in-law Sue and brother-in-law Gay Settles.
Services to be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Rowena Baptist Church. (Parking is very limited at the church)
In lieu of flowers and because of allergies please make a donation in Terry's name to Celilo Cancer Center or Heart of Hospice in The Dalles.
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