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Melvin D. 'Jack' Love

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Melvin D. "Jack" Love, Brazil, passed away Aug. 9, 2011, at 9:35 p.m., at Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility surrounded by family.

He was born at the family home in Clay County, Aug. 24, 1920, the son of William and Mary E. Wallace Love.

Jack graduated from Van Buren High School and then went on to enter the United States Marine Corp during World War II.

He received the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity for his actions during the invasion of Iwo Jima during the war.

However, following coming home, Jack never spoke of Iwo Jima.

On Nov. 18, 1954, he was united in marriage to Mary Alice Jones Love. She preceded him in death.

Jack was a life-long farmer and a steward of the land. He also was a partner with his brothers in the Love Brothers Excavating business.

He was an avid reader and was a member of the Knights Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. Jack was a devoted and respectful son, husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alice Jones Love (Nov. 21, 2006), infant brother Lester Love, and brothers Donald Love, David Love, Thomas Love, William "Bill" Love, James E. Love and Warren Luther Love.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Rena and Gerald Valentine, Plainfield, granddaughter Gail Valentine-Rutledge and husband Mark, Plainfield, great-grandson Christopher Rutledge, sisters Mildred Chaney and Margaret Simonson, Brazil, many nieces and nephews.

Services will take place Saturday, at 1 p.m., at French Funeral Home, with Dr. Norman Chaney officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, from 4-8 p.m., and again Saturday prior to services.

Following his request, cremation will take place and burial of the ashes will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, PO Box No. 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265-0309.

Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.