LEXINGTON — Melvin W. Leake, 89, of Lexington, passed away at 11:15 a.m. July 21, 2019, peacefully surrounded by his family at home.

Cremation has been accorded. Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lexington, with Father Carl LoPresti officiating. Inurnment will follow at Lexington Cemetery with military rites by the Elmo F. Hill Post 291, Lexington. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the church or Lexington Peace Meals. Calvert Johnson and Musselman Memorial Home, Lexington, is assisting with arrangements.

Melvin was born April 23, 1930, in Merna, a son to Joseph M. and Mary E. Downs Leake. He married Helen J. Dodson in Arkansas in 1952. She survives.

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Also surviving are his children, Teresa Winchester, Magdalena, N.M.; Angela Blough, Lemore, Calif.; Tim (Debbie) Leake, Lexington; Stuart (Linda) Leake, Bloomington; Kristine (Todd) McKeown, Naperville; and Bridget (Dennis) Hayes, Ballwin, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Don (Roberta) Leake, Gridley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Mike, Lullis, Raymond, Gus, George and Jerry; and two sisters, Jeanette and Charlotte.

Melvin graduated from Lexington High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked at GTE Telecommunications and was a member of St. Mary's Parish in Lexington and the American Legion and the VFW.

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