Melvin D. Smeltz


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Melvin D. Smeltz, 83, of Dalmatia, died Monday, July 1, 2013 at Geisinger Medical Center Danville.

Born on April 16, 1930 in Dalmatia, he was a son of the late Wilson and Tillie (Goodman) Smeltz.

Melvin was married on February 14, 1954 in Zion Stone Valley Church Hickory Corners, to the former Virginia E. Wynn who preceded him in death on January 9, 2008.

He was a lifetime resident of Dalmatia. Melvin was a 1948 graduate of Lower Mahanoy High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He previously worked at the former Muskin Shoe Factory. Melvin and his late wife Virginia founded and operated the former Country Kitchen Restaurant for 23 years in RR Herndon.

He was a member of Zion Stone Valley Church Hickory Corners and was a Former Deacon. He was a member of Hickory Corners Fire Company.

He was preceded in death by four sisters: Grace Zerbe, Gertrude Peifer, Pauline Coleman, and Mildred Boyer; a brother, Harlan Smeltz.

He is survived by a daughter, Debra Leitzel and her husband Sam, of Dalmatia; a son, Rodney Smeltz of Harding; two grandchildren, Travis and Kira Leitzel, Dalmatia; two sisters-in-laws: Carol Jean Witmer and her husband Eugene, Dalmatia; and Leona Shaffer and her husband Robert of Elizabethville; three nieces and four nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 6, at Zion Stone Valley Church, Mountain Road, Dalmatia, with the Rev. Curtis Zemencik officiating. Burial was in Zion Stone Valley Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Melvin's memory to Zion Stone Valley Church Memorial Fund, 1899 Mountain Road, Dalmatia, PA 17017.

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