Melvin was the son of Warren and Betty (Quainton) Moon. Born August 9, 1937 in Jackson, Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 64 years (65 years October 5th) Trudy (True); daughters, Crystal Salvaggio (Mike); Cyle Knapp (Steve); Kelley Newell (Tom); Stephanie Nicolai (Dean); 7 grandchildren (Summer, Jill, Mariah, Paden, Elle, Avery, and Olivia) and 6 great grandchildren (Kenley, Griffin, Kash, Kaline, Nolan and Phoenix); brother Don Moon. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Wayne Moon (Sharon). Melvin served in the Army from 1956 to 1958. Melvin began his working career farming alongside his father in-law Wendell True and helping in the cattle auction barns with good friend Evert Miller. Melvin found his calling when he began his 57-year long career as a self-employed truck driver. Owning his own semis, he spent much of his career hauling registered Holstein show cattle from coast to coast. He handled bulls, milked cows and worked the shows all while making numerous friends across the country, including his good friend Howard Binder of Colorado. Melvin’s trucking career took him to all 48 contiguous states logging millions of miles. For a time in the 1980’s he owned his own dairy farm, Countryside Dairy, in Parma, Michigan. The remaining years of Melvin’s career had him hauling freight until he retired at the age of 81. Melvin’s work ethic is a proud tribute to the focus of his world; his family. His “girls” (wife and four daughters) were everything to him. Though on the road for weeks at a time, he never missed a Christmas at home. As hard as he worked, his love of horses was just as strong. Instilling that love for horses in each of his girls, the Moons grew up barrel racing and trail riding together. Love of family, horses and work made Melvin a proud and successful man. His family was his life and legacy. You would never hear him say “I can’t, I’m too busy, or not now, I don’t have the time” to any of his girls. He taught by example and we are proud to call him husband and Dad. We will miss that smile and twinkling eyes that gave the ever approving and “I love you” wink.
Melvin’s wishes were to be cremated and have no funeral service or visitation. The family asks that you remember him in your heart.
The family would like to thank Watson’s funeral home and gives special thanks to the loving and caring staff of Henry Ford Hospice at home care and Henry Ford Hospice Home facility.
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