Melvin A. Garling, 84, of Monticello, IN (formerly of Francesville, IN and Monon, IN) passed away Monday, June 22, 2020 at his home. He was born on January 8, 1936 in rural Pulaski County, IN to the late Robert H. and Ruth V. [Chamness] Garling. He was a 1955 graduate of Monon High School and served in the Indiana National Guard for nine years. On June 14, 1956, Melvin married the love of his life, Loretta J. Elston, in Indianapolis, IN. They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
Melvin was a lifelong farmer in Pulaski and White Counties. He was also a school bus driver for West Central School Corporation for twenty years.
Melvin was a longtime member of St. James Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville. He loved farming and spending time with family. Melvin enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and camping. He enjoyed traveling and seeing new places as well as listening to country music. Melvin enjoyed going to Florida and sitting on the beach. He cherished trips to Branson, MO with his wife, Loretta.
Melvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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