Denis JW Melaas, 68

Denis JW Melaas, 68, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in his home, after a short time with cancer. He was surrounded by his loved ones. Denis was born Dec. 9, 1947 to the late Wilbur and Angelus (White) Melaas in Beloit, Wis. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School, class of 1965 and completed his education after earning his Teaching degree from UW Stout. Denis enlisted into the U.S. Navy on June 26, 1970 and served his Country until his honorable discharge on June 25, 1974.

He married Mary Jo Fischer on Feb. 14, 1988. Denis worked at Fairbanks Morse and worked as an electrician for the City of Beloit and Department of Public Works – Parks Department, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the American Legion. Denis enjoyed tinkering in his shed, reading the daily paper, watching cooking shows and old westerns and golfing with his friends and brothers. He especially enjoyed making special “hors d’oeuvres” for his grandkids. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Melaas of Clinton; his daughter, Wendy (Joe) Cornellier and their three children Ryan, Meghan & Jordan all of Clinton; his two brothers, Mike (Jeanie) Melaas of Janesville, Wis., Mark (Barb) Melaas of South Beloit, Ill. and his two sisters, Susan (John) Carney of Tenn. and Cyndee (Paul) Hagen of Evansville, Wis. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Scott Alf. The family would like to thank Nicole and Brittney from Mercy Hospice for the superb care they gave Denis. Denis’s Memorial Service was at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, in the Brian Mark Funeral Home, 504 Milwaukee Road, Clinton with Rev. Ian Stirrat officiating. Friends were received on Friday in the Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Full Military Burial Rites will be accorded after the service. A memorial is being established in his name. Please share a memory or a condolence with the Melaas family on our website


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