Jack R.P. Mellema



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Greece: Went peacefully with his Maker, Saturday, July 5, 2008 at age 83. Survived by his loving wife of 54 ½ years, Elaine Mellema; sons, Lloyd (Karen) Mellema, Donald Mellema (MaryJo Geist); William (Lucille) Mellema; daughter, Brenda (Jim) Pentycofe; brother, James (Chris) Mellema; sisters, Olive (Gordon) Simone, Linda (Greg) Lennon, Diane (Fred) Burtton; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson. Jack was a retired 20 year veteran who served in World War II, the Battle of the Bulge and the Korean War. He was an avid director of many drum corps and color guards. Jacks Memorial Service will be held Wednesday,(August 27) 7:00PM at the Durand United Church of Christ, 4225 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622.


  1. Sue and Fred Feliciano on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Although we only got to speak a few times you made a lasting impression on us. You were sweet, funny, and also a loving, caring, compassionate man, who adored his loving wife, family, and friends. We know this through our children Josh and Ashley who’s lives you deeply touched forever. May you rest in piece, we know you will never be forgotten. Love sue and fred feliciano

  2. Debby Nusz on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, I can hear Jack laughing with my dad ( Jim ) and raising heck. If there is anything I can do, please call me. I love you all. Love, Debby R.I.P. Jack, you will be missed.

  3. Crystal Jewell on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I was so sorry to see that your Dad passed away. I liked him and I know Hugh did, as Hugh liked to talk (old times) with Jack. I’ll miss seing him at the Clum-Jewell reunions. God bless you all. Sincerely, Crystal

  4. John A. Pentycofe on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    In my life I have known many people, none have touched my soul as knowing Jack.He lived life as a role model to us all and to all who knew him.Even in the darkest hours,his ever-glowing smile of kindness was there.It has been a great honoh to have known you Jack. Your memory is one I will truly enjoy.

  5. ashley on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Jack, I cant’ believe your really gone. It seems like we were just talking and then a day after you left. We may not be able to see you as a person but i know your spirit will always be around us. You were a borrowed angel, and they wanted you back home. Sooner or later we will see you again. You’ll always have a special place in my heart. Thanks for letting me call you grandpa! I miss you and will always love you, Rest in piece. love, ashley

  6. Marcia Buckley on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Lloyd~ Please extend my sympathies to your family. I cannot believe I just saw you at my mom’s calling hours…Heaven now has two huge drum corps fans entering…what memories. Bless you~ thank you for taking the time to acknowledge mom…I wish I could have come to honor your dad but I was there in my heart. Marcia Buckley

  7. David G. Bush on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Sympathy to Jack’s family from Dave Bush, President of the Genesee Valley Chapter, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.

  8. Maria Heeks-Heinlein on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This world is a better place because Jack cared enough to nurture others. Thank you Jack for every thing you have given us. Your kindness will live on in all those who knew you. Until me meet again, you will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.

  9. Jean Brundage on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Don, MaryJo and families – So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad, Don. My sympathy to you and your family. Jean

  10. Joy Brewer on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Uncle Jack, your love for life and family has always showed, that along with your sense of humor kept everyone smiling. I know that you have touched many lives and will be sorely missed. All of our love, Debbie & Cecil Joy, Winston, Sue and Adrian Jeff, Kelly and Sage

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