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Gary Lynn 'Butch' Melton

Memorial service for Gary Lynn "Butch" Melton, 71, Lawton, will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel.

Inurnment will follow at Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin. 

Mr. Melton fought a long, courageous battle with cancer before passing away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, in Lawton.

Gary Lynn "Butch" Melton was born Jan. 21, 1946, in Visalia, Calif., to Buster and Dorothy Stafford Melton. The family moved to Lawton, and Mr. Melton attended Bowman's Kindergarten, Wilson Elementary School and Tomlinson Junior High School, and he graduated from Lawton High School. He then attended Cameron College and later attended the Foreign Language School in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Melton served his country in the U.S. Army from Oct. 28, 1968, until Oct. 27, 1970. He was stationed in Vietnam and received many awards and medals, including the Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, four Army Commendation Medals with one for Valor, Combat Infantry Badge, American Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Rifle Expert, .45 Pistol Expert and Unit Citations. 

Following the military, he worked as a journey carpenter for the family business, B.W. Melton Construction, in Lawton. He also worked for Ken Hall Brick in Lawton, John Deere in Frederick and in car sales for Milo Gordon. Mr. Melton married Deborah Ann Melton on June 27, 1974. He loved his life and his family, and he was so proud of his son, Shayne, and adored his grandchildren, Seth and Wyatt. He was a junior member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Home Builders Association and the Disabled American Veterans. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Deborah Melton, of the home; his son and daughter-in-law, Shayne Michael and Missie Melton of Chickasha; his grandchildren: Seth Melton and Wyatt Melton; two brothers: Bill Melton and Bill Davenport; a sister, Judy Davis; his brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, James Wilson, Gary and Gail Wilson, Wayne and Judy Wilson, Donald and Toni Wilson, Melba and Donald Mahaffay, and Jeanann and Michael Peace. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Dorothy Melton; brother, Donald Melton; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Herman and Blanche Wilson. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105. 

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