Robert Frank Mello, age 61 of McHenry, died on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

He was the oldest of four born to Robert and Nancy (McCartney) Mello on June 27, 1957 in Pennsylvania.

Bob proudly served in the US Navy for more than 20 years. During that time, he was awarded the National Defense Medal, Service Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sea Service Employment Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Letter of Commendation and Navy Achievement Award. He was a Shriner, a Mason, and member of the VFW Gulfport Lodge #4526.

His parents and a sister preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years: Bonnie Thrasher Mello; his daughters: Michaela Ann (Dan) Loringer, Brandy (Michael) Peek, and Danielle (Derek) Ladner; son: Duane Dyess; a sister and a brother; and nine grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 11 to 1 at Trinity in McHenry. A chapel service will follow at 1, and afterward he will be laid to rest, with full military honors, at Biloxi National Cemetery. Trinity Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

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