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Melvin Arthur Watson, 89, went home to the Lord on July 16, 2017. He was born on November 23, 1927 in Franklin Grove, Illinois to Clarence and Josephine (Royster) Watson. Melvin graduated from Franklin Grove High School in 1945 where he excelled in several different sports. He worked in construction and helped farmers until drafted into the Army in 1946. After basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana - he was sent to Denver, CO. for Army Medical Corp training. He was then assigned to Valley Forge Hospital in PA. After 3 months he was transferred to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, CO. where he was second in command on the Psychiatric ward. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
Melvin enrolled at Northern Illinois in Dekalb. He majored in Industrial Arts and Physical Education and graduated in 1957. While at Northern he met and married his beloved wife Vera Mae Rubeck in Kingston, Illinois in 1951. They both taught school in Illinois for several years before moving to Plymouth, Indiana in 1962. He taught Woodworking, Mechanical Drawing and Architectural Drawing. He received his Master's degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a lifetime license in Guidance Counseling. He and Vera returned to Illinois in 1990. He was employed by Rock River Training teaching Remedial Reading also worked as a Security Guard. He was employed at Millward Brown for 8 yrs. before retiring. Melvin was a member of Calvary Christian Church in Rockford. He will be eagerly joining his beloved wife in Heaven.
Predeceased by his precious wife Vera, parents, two sisters; Janice Kersten and Rita Roop, several brother in laws and nephews.
He is survived by 2 sisters, Sharon (Dale) Brierton and Beverly (Dean) McMillion and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Calvary Christian Church, 5455 Charles St., Rockford, with Pastor Steven Doyle officiating. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the Church. Burial in Kingston Township Cemetery, Kingston, IL. 60145. Memorials may be made to the family.

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  1. Michael

    In 1999 my neighbor asked me if I would trim her daughter's bushes. I had been there five minutes when the woman asked me if would trim their bushes. This was Mel's wife Vera. My neighbor asked if I would cut her daughter's lawn too. Sure. This was when I met Mel. I cut his lawn for 15 years. I had never met anyone like him. He was smart, kind, funny and told good stories. Sometimes I would be late because I talked to Mel for so long. He gave me advice on how to fix my truck, things around a house and life in general. I knew he had a full life experience but when I read the obit I had no idea how much. A teacher, a farmer, a security guard, his service to his country and more. I always told my Mom how great it would be to have a neighbor like Mel. Every neighborhood should have a neighbor like Mel. When he left his house I promised to stay in touch with him. I didn't. It's something people say but get busy and don't follow through. I'll regret this for the rest of my life. He lived his life helping people. We should all do as much. My Grandfathers died when I was young so I never had that kind of a relationship. I like to thing of Mel as my Grandfather. The world is a better place for his living on it. He left his footprint on this earth. I hope to be as lucky. Michael

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