• Melvin L. "Buck" Melton

    13 Apr 2021

  • Melvin Lafayette “Buck” Melton

    Melvin L. “Buck” Melton, age 99, of Cedar Vale, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Pleasant Valley Manor in Sedan.

    He was born on December 27, 1921 in Niotaze, Kansas to John Brown Melton and Cynthia Evangelean (Blakemore) Melton.  He attended school in Caney, Niotaze, Hilldale, and Havana.

    He later enlisted in the United States Army where he was a corporal, serving his country until he was honorably discharged.

    On August 9, 1941 he married Julia M. Young in Independence, Kansas.  They made their home in Cedar Vale for many years.  He was preceded in death by his wife on January 12, 2019.

    Buck worked as a Line Superintendent for Caney Valley Electric Cooperation for 41 ½ years retiring in 1991.

    He was a member of the American Legion; loved cutting firewood, hunting, fishing, wood working, making picnic tables for kids, and helping his family.

    He is survived by two sons; Ronnie Melton and wife Faye of Cedar Vale, Kansas and Leon “Pinky” Melton and wife Phyllis of Cedar Vale, Kansas; 10 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; many other family and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Julia; one son, John Melton, one daughter, Kay Brill, twelve siblings, and his parents.

    Graveside Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar Vale Cemetery in Cedar Vale, Kansas with Norman Reeves of the Maple City Community Church officiating.

    The family has suggested memorials to Pleasant Valley Manor or the People’s Place in Cedar Vale and those may be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.

    To leave a message for the family or read the obituary please go to www.dickensfuneral.com.

    Dickens Family Funeral Home in Sedan is in charge of arrangements.


    prayers for the family for peace and comfort. Buck was a wonderful man and will be missed.


    Uncle Buck was kind and funny man. Loved my Uncle Buck. Always had a great story to tell. Condolences from Jim Harrison and family and Cindy Simpson of Arkansas.