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Melvin Longendelpher

January 5, 1917 — October 13, 2013


Age 96, of Covington, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013, at The Brethren Home, Greenville. He was born January 5, 1917, in Covington, Ohio, to his parents George W. & Rose Marie (Fletcher) Longendelpher. Mel worked as a grinder at French Oil, Piqua, and retired in 1977 after 23 years of service. He was a US Navy WWII veteran and enjoyed fishing, pitching horseshoes, playing cards, and woodworking. He was a longtime member of the Covington Church of the Brethren where he served as a deacon, sang in the choir, and participated in several ministries of the church. He was preceded in death by his first wife Virginia Ione (Smitley) Longendelpher; son Terry Longendelpher; great grandchildren Austin Miller and Macenzie Anderson; sisters Vera Wise and Beulah Wray; brothers Glenn Longendelpher and George Longendelpher. He will be missed and remembered by his wife Pearl Virginia (Dunlow) Longendelpher children Melvin & Peggy Longendelpher of Covington, Sherry & Rick Lavy of Piqua, Jerry & Vicki Longendelpher of Covington; daughter-in-law Barbara Jean Longendelpher of Covington; grandchildren Felicia, Tony, Wendy, Melody, Jeff, Shelly, Shantel, Shannon, Jodi; 23 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; brother James Longendelpher of Troy. Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, October 17, 2013, at the Covington Church of the Brethren, 101 N. Wall Street, Covington. Pastor Michael Yingst will officiate with interment following at Highland Cemetery, Covington. The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Wednesday at Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home, 10 S. High Street, Covington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Covington Church of the Brethren. Online memories may be left for the family at

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