Harrell Funeral Home of Austin
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Melton Truette Whittlesey, 73, of Austin, TX passed away on April 15, 2023 after a battle with cancer.
Melton was born on November 2, 1949 to Joseph T. Whittlesey and Bessie L. Haddox Whittlesey in Houston, TX.
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Melton Truette Whittlesey, 73, of Austin, TX passed away on April 15, 2023 after a battle with cancer.
Melton was born on November 2, 1949 to Joseph T. Whittlesey and Bessie L. Haddox Whittlesey in Houston, TX.
After Melton graduated from Milby High School he went to the local 54 Apprentice school to learn the Sheet Metal trade. He worked hard in the industry, joined the union, made a living for his family and made some lifelong friends along the way.
At a young age Melton married Sheila Gaile Mudd and had a son, Kevin. Seven years later they welcomed a daughter, Misty.
Melton lived a life of adventure and adrenaline. He loved to go fast, riding motorcycles and driving boats. He even built and raced lawnmowers! Boy, we could tell you stories. In retirement, that didn't change much. He spent much of his time riding his Harley motorcycles, racing boats and shooting guns.
Melton loved his dogs, Bud, Buster and Kasey and spent loads of time with each of them, Bud even raced boats with him. They preceded him in death, but he would have demanded an honorable mention of his furry children. I know they met him on that rainbow bridge.
Melton was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph T. and Bessie L. Whittlesey and sister, Jacquelyn Whittlesey Barefield.
Melton is survived by his son Kevin Whittlesey and wife Tabatha, his daughter Misty Whittlesey-Kneuper and husband Chris, grandchildren Taylar Bradshaw and husband Cody, Payton Whittlesey and husband Aiden Boatright, Brynn Whittlesey, Mallory Delaney and Kneuper and Kennedi Whittlesey. Great grandchildren Koen Whittlesey and Edith Bradshaw. Forever remembered by family near and far, good friends, exes, racers, riders, RV-ers, competitors and fellow adrenaline junkies. And of course, all of his storage buildings.
Melton lived life on his own terms. That followed through until the end. His family will miss him dearly. Rest in peace, Dad. Until we see you again...
Services to be held on Friday, May 5, 2023 at Harrell Funeral Home of Austin, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX 78745. There will be a viewing from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. He will be laid to rest on Monday, May 8, 2023 in Houston at the Forest Park-Lawndale cemetery, 6900 Lawndale St, Houston, TX 77023 at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to The American Cancer society in his name. In honor of our Father, please reach out to a person fighting cancer to offer a ride, a meal or just your friendship and time. Thank you to those who did those things for our dad. You allowed him to be somewhat independent and to stay in the Austin area, a place he loved. Your generosity did not go unnoticed.
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