Melvin Mallonee age 87 of Sunnyside, WA passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his home in Sunnyside, surrounded by his loving family. Melvin was born May 15, 1930 in Flippin, Arkansas the son of Homer and Trona (Johnson) Mallonee. Melvin attended elementary school in Flippin, Arkansas. Melvin served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1953 during the Korean War. He was a P.O.W. from 1950 to 1953. On November 3, 1956 Melvin married the love of his life Dolores Sue “Susie” Brandsma at the Presbyterian Church in Prosser, WA. Melvin was a carpenter/welder for Hanford for many years. He also worked on the Grand Coulee and John Day dams. In Melvin’s younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding ATV’s, camping with family and traveling cross country with his wife in their motor home. Later in life he enjoyed wood working always making things for his children and grandchildren. He was happiest when he was spending time with his grandkids and he loved watching all their sporting events. Melvin was a longtime member of Canyon Crawler Jeep Club.
Melvin is survived by his wife Susie Mallonee of Sunnyside, WA, two children Evelyn Lewis (Bruce) of Sunnyside, WA and Melissa Wilson (Jeff) of Hillsboro, OR, six grandchildren; Angela Longoria, Jennifer Arteaga (Diego), Travis Aguilar (Sondra), Amy Mohr, Conner Wilson, Carson Wilson and eight great grandchildren Timothy Longoria, Kamryn Arteaga, Kimberly Arteaga, Diego Arteaga, TJ Aguilar, Lena Aguilar, Daniel Mohr and Eli Mohr. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Evelyn Brandsma, siblings Rozina Duckworth and Gladys Hazen. He is preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, four brothers, one sister and one brother-in-law.
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, May 14, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, WA. Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. Those wishing to sign Melvin’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.