Billy Dwayne Mellinger, 83, of Burlington, died at 4:05 AM Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Burlington Care Center in Burlington.
Born February 15, 1934, in Burlington, IA he was the son of Fred William and Sophia Elizabeth Stoller Mellinger. On February 21, 1953 Bill married Mary Elizabeth Canfield;
she preceded him in death six years ago.
Bill entered the USAF in April 1953 at the age of 19 and worked on B-47 bomber aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. Four years later in July 1957 with their 4 th child on the way Bill left the Air Force and returned to Burlington. Bill’s career thereafter was driving buses for the Burlington City Transit from 1957 to 1965. Bill then became the Driver for the Burlington Bees baseball team, driving the bus and players to away games as well as to each year’s spring training in Mesa, Arizona. After the season ended in 1972 Bill then began driving for Continental Trailways for 12 years and Burlington Trailways for 23years and retired 8 years ago with an impressive record of completing over 1 million accident-free driving miles for the company.
Bill and his first wife, Mary, had six children which kept him very busy; twin sons named Ronald and Donald born in 1953, Danny in 1954, Christine in 1956, Cheryl in 1962 and Billy Frederick in 1965 was still born. Both Danny and Billy have preceded Bill in death in 1972 and 1965. Bill later married Kathy Kapraun (Mellinger, Trueblood) and they had one daughter, Corrine Elizabeth Mellinger, exactly 34 years to the day after the twins were born.
Survivors include his two sons, Ronald, and wife Ping, Fort Meyers, FL; Donald, his wife Liwen, Sacramento, CA; three daughters, Christine (Mellinger) Rollins, San Tan Valley, AZ; Cheryl (Mellinger) Watkins, Gilbert, AZ; and Corrine Mellinger, Burlington, Iowa; brother Dick Mellinger, Burlington, IA; sister Loretta (husband Bill) Dixon, The Villages, FL; sister Marjorie (husband Jim) Roth, Waukee, IA; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Sophia Mellinger, first wife Mary, and two sons Danny Ray and Billy Frederick Mellinger.
Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Friday, May 5, 2017 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.
The funeral service for Mr. Mellinger will be 10:00 AM Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Yonker officiating. Burial will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for an outdoor remembrance bench, which will reside out back of the Burlington Care Center so residents and visitors can watch the dog park activities.
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