Melvin Louks, 79, passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo.
He was born at home, four and half miles southwest of Thorntown to the late Gerald and Susie Louks on Oct. 31, 1938.
At the age of 12 they moved in town. His mother and dad divorced and he lived with his mother until he graduated. She then married Ed Brakefield and Ed took Melvin squirrel hunting often.
While growing up he spent a lot of time fishing and swimming in Sugar Creek with close friends and mainly, John Shives. He always said he and John were brothers. John’s dad and mother were great to him as they grew up together.
On Oct. 4, 1957, Mr. Louks and Linda McIntyre were married after three years of dating. They were married 33 years and later divorced. Together they had three wonderful children, Darla (Don) Ramsey, Rob (Kelly) Louks and Melinda (Nick) Featherstone. He was very proud of them and from the three children he had seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Louks then met Susan Hutson. They were married Aug. 25, 2001. She stole his heart and was a blessing to him. He considered Susan’s daughter, Angie and her husband, Paul as his own.
Mr. Louks worked at Biddle Screw Products, then worked at Chrysler for 32 years. He also trimmed and cut trees in his spare time, which he loved doing. At the age of 13, his son, Rob, could run a chain saw as good as any man, Mr. Louks said. He always felt blessed to have retired from Chrysler with the pension and insurance. He retired on March 31, 1997.
Mr. Louks was also known for his love of his Harley and his dogs, who he loved very much; they rate right below his wife and family.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; sister, Wilma Hampton; best friend, John Shives; and all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene “Gene” Louks, Ancil Gerald “Junior” Louks; sisters, Mary Richardson and Patty Hayes; and step-brother, Richard Brakefield.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St. in Lebanon. Family and friends may pay their respects Monday, Aug. 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow services at Pleasant View Cemetery, west of Lebanon.
Memorials may be made to the Kokomo Humane Society, 729 E. Hoffer St., Kokomo, IN 46901.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com