Melvin Dale Banks
September 15, 1927 – November 19, 2022
Melvin Dale Banks was born and raised in Brownstown, Indiana. He graduated high school in 1946 and joined the United States Army. He wed the love of his life, Beverly, on August 19, 1950. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Mel and Bev made a home in Cleveland, Ohio. His daughter, Patricia, was born in 1953, and his son, Dale, was born in 1956. Mel worked at Sears for 25 years. He enjoyed a 30-year retirement during which he frequently traveled with Bev (along with many cherished friends) and moved to Roswell, Georgia, to be near his son and grandchildren (and to escape the cold Ohio winters).
In 2008, he and Bev went through RCIA at 81 and 77, respectively. They really enjoyed their time at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church. He loved playing Pinochle, Canasta, Bingo, and taking trips to the casino. He had a sharp mind and steady hands. He was always the first to ask, “How can I help?” Through the years, he fixed countless household items for his family & friends. He will always be remembered for his moral fortitude and for being a really good man.
Preceded in death by his parents, Mabel & Louis Banks, and his three siblings: Glen, Mildred, & Randall Banks. Survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Beverly (Merritt); daughter, Patricia Hibbert (Ed); and son, Dale Banks (Susan); grandchildren: Michelle Yocum, Maggie Seitz (Pat), Amy Fendrick (Chris), Michael Banks (Sarah), and Sara Thielen (Robbie); great-grandchildren: Gabrielle, Jordyn, & Ferris Trettel, Steven & Shayne Yocum, Emery, Keely, Lily, & Teddy Seitz, Timothy, Mary Claire, & Lucas Fendrick, Isaac Banks, and Danny, Joey, & Cecilia Thielen.
VISITATION: Friday, November 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3122 S. 74th St., followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11:00 a.m. Interment: Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Saint Patrick’s of Elkhorn Capital Campaign.
The family invites everyone to join them for food and fellowship following the graveside service at West Center Chapel.