Anthony Joseph "Tony" Melo, age 77, of Ballard, passed away March 19, 2011 at the Uintah Basin Care Center.
Tony was born July 1, 1933 in Price to Battista and Louisa Arongia Melo. He married Wilma Maude Johnson April 27, 1957 in Moab. She died Feb. 11, 2010. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict.
Tony drove a coal truck for many years and loved his job, he also worked as a heavy equipment operator. As a boy he worked hard on his family farm raising goats. He enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, riding horses, and going to the mountains. He loved his wife very much and they relished riding together on their tractor. He was a excellent dancer and especially liked the polka. One of his favorite past times was "going to coffee" which actually meant breakfast.
He is survived by his children, Elizabeth "Liz" Tonne, Price; Rose M. (Carl) Allred, Helper; Battista J. "Bud" (Danna) Melo, Ballard, Anthony A. Melo, Roosevelt; adopted daughter, Karen (Woody Davenport) Conner, Ballard; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and a sister Freda Dixon, Douglas, Wyo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Wilma, siblings, Mary Rodell, Sam Melo, Angelo Melo, John Melo, Joe Melo and son-in-law, Jerry Tonne.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 23, 2011 at the St. Helen's Catholic Church in Roosevelt.
Burial in the Roosevelt Memorial Park under direction of the Hullinger Mortuary. Military honors presented by the American Legion Post #64 and the Utah National Guard.
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