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December 14, 1938 ~ June 6, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Dennis Ray Melby was born December 14, 1938, on a farm near Moorhead, IA, to Raymond and Evelyn (Hein) Melby, 2nd of six children and passed away on June 6, 2023, in Friend, NE.
As a young boy, Dennis attended Soldier Iowa Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1956. Dennis moved to Omaha where he was employed with a trailer home manufacturer, along with other various jobs. In November of 1960, Dennis was united in marriage to Florence Johnson in Onawa, IA, and to this union 4 children were born: Brenda, Bradley, Brian, and Beverlee. Together they lived in Beatrice where Dennis was a manager for Tractor Supply Store. They moved to York in 1973 where he was a manager for Wheeler’s Store for several years before working for York Equipment for 27 years, retiring in 2004. Dennis was blessed with a second marriage to Rose Stewart on June 24, 2001, in Fairmont. In his spare time, Dennis enjoyed working on engines and building old cars, Singing at various events, and woodworking in his shed.
Survivors include his wife, Rose, Friend, children and spouses, Brenda and Richard Gerken, Brad Melby and his fiancé, Jenn Kitt, Brian and Jody Melby, Beverlee and Josh Dunham, all of York, Stepdaughter, Rondalin Wells, 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, Brother and a sister-in-law Gary and Stephanie Melby, Surprise, AZ, sisters, Nancy Hoden, San Marcus, CA, Christy Vivian, Huntington Beach, CA, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and JoAnn Stewart, Friend, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Moraine Hasbrouck, and an infant brother.
Visitations will be held Friday, June 9th, from 2pm-8pm, at the Lauber Funeral Home in Friend, NE. Family will meet and greet from 6:30-8:00pm
Funeral Services will be held Saturday June 10th at the Friend Congregational Church, in Friend NE.
Private family Inurnment services will be held at a later date at the Andrews Cemetery, Friend NE.
Memorials in care of the family for a later designation.