Alex George Melcher, 83, of Udall, passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, 2019, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Udall High School Auditorium. Burial will follow at Udall Cemetery.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield.
A memorial has been established in Alex’s name for the Udall Fire Department. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Born June 10, 1936, in Viola, Alex was a son of Paul and Hilda (Rausch) Melcher. His family moved to Mulvane when Alex was 1. When he was 5, they moved to Udall, where Alex received his early education. The family moved back to Mulvane, and he attended Mulvane High School.
As a young man, Alex began working for Joe Riveria in construction in Mulvane. When Alex was 18, he became a carpenter with his brother, Ben. He married Jerry Ann Oakes on Feb. 15, 1958, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mulvane. The couple made their home in Udall. Alex joined the U.S. Army in 1959 and served in Germany during peacetime as an artilleryman. He received his honorable discharge in 1961.
Alex began his own construction business in 1966 in Udall, Melcher Construction Company. He built many homes throughout Cowley, Sumner, Butler and Sedgwick counties. He worked for more than 15 years on a subdivision in Derby and in 1992, built Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Jerry preceded him in death on April 6, 2003.
Alex married Una Vey Stout on Feb. 14, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Udall. The couple made their home in Udall, and Alex continued building homes until retiring in 2011. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Udall and served many years on the Udall Fire Department.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Jerry, Alex was preceded in death by his brothers, Lawrence and Ben Melcher; and sisters, Bernita Cole and Marie Elizabeth Cox.
His family includes his wife, Una Vey Melcher, of Udall; his son, Michael Melcher and wife, Gennifer, of Udall; his daughters, Teresa Kistler and husband, Jack, of Udall, and Shirley Ann Hampton, of Udall; his sister, Pauline Williams, of Wichita; his grandchildren, Greg Melcher and wife, Silvia, of El Paso, Texas, Ian Wilkerson and wife, Ashley, of Belle Plaine, Guin Morton and husband, Ryan, of Wichita, Jamie Wilkerson, of Belle Plaine, Tami Molloy and husband, Jeremy, of Derby, and Amanda Rardin and husband, Nathan, of Rose Hill; and his great-grandchildren, Jackie, Alexa, Cole, Raylee, Sofia, Elijah, Jaxton, Ariahna, and Ezra.