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“Thoughts and prayers for you all. Sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Rebecca (Donny) Grant - Turin, IA

“Uncle Roger will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. Deepest sympathies to all family and friends closest to him. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Michael and Carol Payne - Anna, TX


Roger A. Melby, 73, of Castana, Iowa died Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa, Iowa. Burial will follow in the Center Cemetery, rural Castana, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.

Roger Allen Melby was born July 11, 1943 in Soldier, Iowa, son of Cleo and Marge (Karr) Melby.

Roger married Sharon Barnett on October 20, 1964. To this union three children were born: Brenda, Allen, and John. The couple farmed together for 39 years and divorced in November of 2003.

Roger farmed all of his life and loved doing it. He enjoyed woodworking and making all kinds of things. He was a perfectionist in everything he did.

His pride and joy was his white Chevy pickup truck. There was never a lick of dirt or dust on it, inside or out. He loved going to McDonald's every day.

Survivors include his children, Brenda Kuhlmann of Hornick, IA, Allen (Jolene) Melby of Castana, IA, and John (Trina) Melby of Ute, IA; nine grandchildren, Ashley Randall, Brenna Kuhlmann, Andrew and Alee Melby, and Bailey, Bowdie, Blane, Chloe, and Liam Melby; and four siblings, Eugene (Shirley) Melby of Castana, IA, Janet (Dennis) Nelson of Onawa, IA, Janice (Terry) Payne of Woolridge, MO, and Russell (Cindy) Melby of Castana, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and Marge Melby.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com

Funeral Home
Rush Family Care Service
1629 10th Street Onawa, IA 51040
Tel. (712)-423-3293

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