Howard Melchi obituary (1946 – 2021) – Apopka, Florida
Howard Robert Melchi (Sweet Bob) Born September 21, 1946. He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years Doris. Children: Steve (Diane) Vallejo, Connie (Bryce) Laud, Johnny Vallejo, Patti (Dan) Ciccomoseolo, Larry Vallejo, Chrissy (Bill) Lilliman, Celeste (Adon). Sister Teresa (Marve) Bundy, Brother Mike Melchi. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his mother Madeline Caldwell and his father Howard Melchi Bob was born in Rock Island Illinois. Bob joined the United States Navy in 1963. Bob served at the US Air Naval Base in Corpus Christi TX as an E3. Bob also served as a Naval Reserve at Bainbridge Maryland. Bob was proud to serve in the US Navy. Bob even tried to re-engage later in life.
Bob worked for Case in Rock Island building tractors. He then worked for International Harvester where he met Doris.
Bob and Doris were active members of a van club during their early years of marriage. They traveled to the Midwest and enjoyed the free lifestyle. Their favorite watering hole was Hard Times in Moline, Illinois. Bob and Doris moved to Florida in 1998. Living in a quaint 3 bedroom house in Belleview, Florida.
Bob was a huge Chicago Bears fan. Whether they’re at their peak or not.
Bob became a member of the Brotherhood Order of the Eagles of Belleview 4251. Bob Served as President for many years. He held many other positions. Wherever they needed him. Bob’s was a bar manager and bartender for over 20 years at the Belleview Eagles. Bob was well known for his “NO” vote at all meetings.
Bob’s commitment and dedication to the fraternal order of the Eagles is manifested in his love for people and charity. Bob loved to play Baby New Year every year and would volunteer for any function or fundraiser to help the community and the club.
Bob was well known for teasing and torturing anyone he knew. Her favorite target was Doris who could return it to her. Bob loved to send pictures of himself in his diaper, crazy hats and other outfits to the kids. Bob’s grandchildren are said to be both amused and embarrassed by his antics. But I loved seeing what he would find next. They loved dad and enjoyed his visits when he came up north.
Bob was unique and will be truly missed by many.
We will honor Bob with a Celebration of Life at Belleview Eagles on Hwy 25 on November 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Bob and Doris adopted their cats Buster and Mitzy from the Marion County Animal Shelter. He loved this cat and Gigi their standard slash poodle aka miniature horse.
In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Howard Robert Bob Melchi can be made to Marion County Animal Center 5701 SE 66th Street Ocala.
Posted by Legacy on Oct 28, 2021.