Melvin Eugene Lyles, age 86 of Salem, Indiana, passed away Friday, July 23, 2021 at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky while surrounded by his family.
He was born March 3, 1935 in Salem, he was the son of the late Lawrence N. Lyles Sr. and Mary E. (Crane) Lyles. He was a lifelong Washington Co. resident and married Evelyn Reeves on June 17, 1958.
He attended Salem High School and joined the US Navy in 1953 where he served as Machinist Mate 3rd Class until his Honorable Discharge in 1957.
He was a former employee of the Old B.F. Goodrich in Salem and retired in 1995 from the Indiana State Highway Department. Melvin was a member of the First Christian Church, the Wrench Tool Club, the Salem V.F.W. Post #6636, the Salem American Legion Cecil Grimes Post #41 and the USS Boston Shipmates.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn (Reeves) Lyles, four daughters, Debbie (Donnie) Whitlow of Scottsburg, Indiana, Carol (Bobby) Brough of Giddings, TX, Mary Ellen (Jeff) Spaulding of Salem, Melody (Mike) Bush of Fishers, Indiana. Five granddaughter’s, Tamara (Brandon) Smith of Noblesville, Indiana, Savannah (RJ) Hartsfield of Giddings, TX, Tai (Greg) Rakers of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Lauren (Tyler Davisson) Spaulding of Salem, Katelyn (Austin) Trees of Austin, Texas. Eleven great grandchildren, Harper Hartsfield, Tinsley Smith, Remi Hartsfield, Raelee Smith, Silas Smith, Sloane Rakers, Colette Rakers, Molly Hartsfield, Bexley Smith, Owen Trees and Quinn Trees. One brother Roger (Carolyn) Lyles of Salem, three sisters Wanda Rowland of Salem, Joann (Fred) Myers of Columbus, Indiana, June (Jim) Voyles of Salem, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Eugene Lyles, five brothers, Lawrence Jr., Alton, Marvin, Kenneth and Paul Lyles, two sisters, Lois Trueblood and Mildred Hignite.
Funeral Service is Wednesday July 28 @ 2:00 p.m. at Dawalt Funeral Home with Pastor Donnie Whitlow officiating.
Visitation is Tuesday 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday noon to 2 at Dawalt Funeral Home. Entombment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem, Indiana.
Memorial Contributions to: Salem Community Church C/O Adam Livingston, 90 West Becks Mill Road, Unit 1, Salem, Indiana 47167
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