Saturday, January 7, 2017

Roy Hartwig Melchert
     Roy Hartwig Melchert, age 84, of Fowlerville, MI passed peacefully in his home early Wednesday morning on December 28, 2016, after battling colon cancer for 8 years. 
    Roy was a dedicated husband to Connie Melchert, loving father to Paul Melchert, Brenda Bayley and Sharon Robinson (HalfRoy’s). He was also a devoted grandfather to 7 grandchildren (QuarterRoy’s) and 6 great-grandchildren (EighthRoy’s). He is survived by his sister, Loretta Boike, sister, Leona Melchert, sister, Bernice Janes and brother, Albert Melchert. 
    On September 20th 1932, Roy was born at home in Lyon Township, Oakland County Michigan to Edward and Elsie Melchert. He lived out most of his life in Brighton and Fowlerville, Michigan. 
    He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War. When he returned home from war, he attended and graduated from Ferris State University where he studied Architectural Drafting. He later became an architect and building supervisor for General Motors. 
    He met the love of his life, Connie, in 1956 and later married in 1960. The happy couple spent 56 amazing years together. 
   Roy lived life to the fullest with his family. He was a handyman man who enjoyed working for himself and others. He volunteered countless hours on many church projects. He loved hunting, fishing and polka music. He enjoyed taking a trip nearly anywhere, golfing and attending steam engine shows. He always looked forward to his annual hunting trip with his son, grandsons and extended family in Ionia, Michigan. Roy was a pillar of strength and the patriarch to his family. He was constantly on his toes, ready to crack a good joke and always had a smile on his face. He was an enormous influence for many and repeatedly displayed what it meant to be a good and honest man. 
   Roy was a very loved and admired man who will be deeply missed by all that were blessed enough to have known him. 
    The family received friends and family on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. for a memorial service that was held at the Victory Baptist Church in Hartland. 

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