Robert F. Melson, avid NASCAR fan

May 24, 2023

Robert Franklin Melson, 83, of Georgetown went home to be with his savior Monday, May 22, 2023. 

He was born June 3, 1939, in Selbyville, a son of the late Benjamin Ralph and Alice Marie Melson.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Patricia Melson; five children, Theresa Snyder (Ted) of Millsboro, Shelly Heck (Tom) of Seaford, Billy Chronister (Lisa) of Chesnee, S.C., Frances Smith (Tommy) of Eden, Md., and Clinton Kirwan (Missy) of Mardela Springs, Md.; one sister, Ida Olroyd of Marseilles, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, Stacy Tice (Joel) of Bethany, Kiersten Pond, Adrianna Heck and Cameron Heck of Seaford, Mollie and Billie Chronister of Chesnee, T.J. Martin (Maggie) of Mexico, Ashley Martin of Salisbury, Md., Sara Savage (Nick) of Felton, Nevaeh Smith of Eden, and Natalie, Allison, Frank and Cora Lee Kirwan of Mardela Springs; 14 great-grandchildren, Nora, Nixon, Maddie, Gracyn, Jordynn, Riley, Tanner, Madelyn, Kadence, Jon, Emily, Theresa, Bentley and Savannah. Also surviving are in-laws Jean Hastings (Bill), Linda Wilson (Dickie), Wally Mitchell (JoAnn), Karen Rogers (Larry), Chucky Chronister (Fila), Libby Norskow (Jose), and Kenny Chronister (Liz); as well as his special companion, Mrs. C; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law Herb and Agnes Melson; brother Levin Melson; son-in-law Kenneth Pond; and grandchildren Michael Challman and Cali Townsend.

Robert worked for Perdue Foods as a maintenance supervisor until he retired after 20 years of service. He was an avid NASCAR fan. He enjoyed spending his retirement years talking with this CB buddies, playing games on his computer and spending time with his ever-growing family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at Elliott Worship Center, 17237 Phillips Hill Road, Laurel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite local charity.

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Arrangements provided by Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro.


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