Melvin “Dean” Whitesel, 85, of Fort Wayne, died at 3:15 a.m. on September 3, 2011.
Born on July 19, 1926, in Richvalley, Indiana, he was the son of Paul and Ethyl L. (Harwood) Whitesel.
He married Wilma May Clark of North Manchester on January 28, 1946; she died on March 23, 2008.
He attended school at Linlawn of Wabash County and later went to Purdue University at Fort Wayne.
He retired from ITT in Fort Wayne with 40 years of service and was an associate engineer. He was a member of American Legion Post 82 in Fort Wayne and the Korean War Veterans Association of Fort Wayne.
He did volunteer work at the Allen County Public Library and at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He served in World War II in Germany and later in Korea.
He is survived by a son, Kevin D. and Georgiana (Woods) Whitesel of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren, Cory L. of Decatur and Melissa J. and Daniel Adams of Fort Wayne; five great-grand-daughters and one great-grandson; and two sisters, Alvena (Harwood) and Robert Ryan of Colorado and Phyllis (Harwood) and Leroy Heue of Washington.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 9, 2011, at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Friends may also call from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. on Thursday.
He will be entombed at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne.
Preferred memorials are to your local American Legion or to the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter One in Fort Wayne.