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Hurchel “Lindy” Melton
August 19, 1936-December 28, 2023
Hurchel Melton obit

Hurchel "Lindy" Melton, a beloved member of the Manteca community, passed away on December 28,2023, at the age of 87. Born on August 19,1936, in Oklahoma to Hurchel and Viola Melton, Lindy moved to California in the late 1930s and found his true home in Manteca, where he lived for the past 61 years.

   Lindy's passion for the outdoors led him to embrace the joys of hunting and fishing, a hobby he cherished throughout his lifetime. His dedication to the community was evident through his active involvement in the VFW Post 6311 and American Legion 249, where he proudly served and remained loyal until the end. Additionally, his commitment to the preservation of local history led him to dedicate his time as a volunteer for the revitalization of the East Union Cemetery.  Having served in the United States Army and Army National Guard for an admirable 36 years, Lindy carried the values of discipline, honor, and dedication with him throughout his life. Following his retirement from the Army, he remained active by working for local car dealerships and even starting his own successful car service business. An entrepreneur at heart, Lindy's perseverance and work ethic were evident to all who knew him.  

   Family was of utmost importance to Lindy, especially his two granddaughters, Lindsey and Ashley.  He played an active role in their lives, coaching their softball team and attending every game, dance recital, and band concert. His unconditional love extended to his three great- grandchildren, Andrew Dyson, Alani Mattson, and Maverick Mattson, who brought immense joy to his life.

Lindy's adventure some spirit and zest for life were mirrored in his cherished relationship with his loving wife, Ilse. Their love story began when they met while Lindy was stationed in Germany in 1958, and they married the following year. Their enduring relationship grew stronger over the next 64 years, exemplifying the true definition of love and partnership.

   Lindy is survived by his devoted wife, Ilse; his daughters, Brenda Duran (Mike) of Manteca and Rebecca Jewell Herrera (Robert) of Nebraska; his son-in-law and hunting buddy, Jim Cagle of Modesto; his grandchildren, Lindsey Dyson (James) of Oakdale, Ashley Mattson (Casey) of Santa Rosa, Randy Duran (Natalie) of San Rafael, Donnie Hammers and James Hammers of Oregon, and Megan Herrera-Lee of Georgia; his great-grandchildren Andrew Dyson, Alani Mattson, Maverick Mattson, Katherine Jewell Hammers, and Silas Lee. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Linda Cagle and his two brothers Edward Griffin and Buddy Melton.  Lindy will always be remembered as a dedicated family man, a pillar of the community, and a cherished friend. His tireless efforts to better the organizations he passionately supported, his unwavering dedication to his country, and his unconditional love for his family will forever resonate in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known him. Lindy's legacy will continue to inspire others to

emulate his kindness, generosity, and unwavering commitment to community and family.

   P.L. Fry is honored to serve the Melton family. A prayer service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. at P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca, CA. He will be laid to rest at Park View Cemetery, 3661 East French Camp Road, French Camp, CA. For condolences to the family please visit our website at search obituaries. 

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin