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Carolwyn L. "Bud" Melton

April 17, 1930 ~ January 30, 2021 (age 90)


Carolwyn L. “Bud” Melton, 90, of Washington, IL, passed away at 11:15 am on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Generations at Riverview in East Peoria, IL.

He was born on April 17, 1930, in Aledo, IL, to Claude and Maude (Mills) Melton. He married Dorothy Ann Sutterer on June 6, 1953.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy of Washington; four children, Corie (Mike) Hillary, Larry (Jodie), Michael (Joann), and Timothy (Lisa); fifteen grandchildren, Jonathan, Madalyn, Chandra, Eileen, Michael, Sean, Kristin, Katlyn, Brett, Andy, Alex, Sarah, Ashley, Melissa, and Kyle; 21 great-grandchildren; Connor, Sophia, Palmer, Calvin, Rileigh, Hannah, Brayden, Bradley, Raelee, Averie, Hazel, Nolan, Kayleigh, Landon, Annabella, Christian, Catherine, William, Andrew, Nathan, and Lillian. Also surviving are one sister, Beverly Warren of Colona, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Patrick, three brothers Richard, Robert, and Marvin, and two sisters Claudine and Madalyn.

Bud graduated from Rock High School, Junior College in Moline, and St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA with a degree in sociology. He was a fast softball pitcher and had many jobs to support his education. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. Bud was an adjustor for Farmer Insurance for 28 years. He lived in Aledo, Rock Island, East Moline, Galesburg, and finally Washington for 65 years.

Bud helped his sons deliver the Peoria newspaper for 15 years on Saturdays and Sundays and then off for donuts and church on Sunday mornings. He helped teach his children to play basketball with his friend, Bud Longfellow. In his later years he enjoyed morning coffee at Hardees and playing golf. He was a St. Louis Cardinal fan and attended many games with all of his family or with one or two friends and enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe with his wife and family. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington.

A private Funeral Mass will be held Friday, February 5, 2021, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington. Fr. John Steffen will celebrate. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery with military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. Patrick Catholic Church. Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington is assisting with arrangements. To share a memory or to leave a condolence for his family, please visit


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