DUE TO CORONA VIRUS RESTRICTIONS, PLEASE KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS IN MIND WHEN ATTENDING THE SERVICE. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE AN ONLINE CONDOLENCE OR REACH OUT BY PHONE TO SHOW YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME.
A celebration of Melvin's life will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Grace Free Church in Allen, TX at 10:30 am. The address is : 2005 Estates Pkwy., Allen, TX. 75002, ph: 972-727-4512. If you plan to attend, you must wear a face mask, and please keep social distancing in mind. The family requests casual dress, no coat and ties.
Donations in Melvin's honor may be made to the church youth fund or benevolent fund at the above address or to Yellow Rose Hospice in Carrollton, TX.
Melvin Franklin Hees, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 19, 2020. In his latter days, he spoke often of going to his "heavenly home". Melvin was born on August 24, 1933, in Manor, TX to parents Earnest J. and Dora Prinz Hees. In 1937, at the age of 4 Melvin's family moved to Harlingen, TX, where he lived until 1952. His family were devout Lutherans and learning about God was an essential part of the children's education.
In 1952, Melvin joined the Navy and proudly served for 4 years in the submarine service on the USS Baya. Melvin was introduced to the love of his life through a cousin. After a very short courtship, he married Glenda Flemming on March 19, 1955.
Melvin worked for 50 years in management for an Armored Car business, where he was often commended for his strong work ethic. He was an active member of the First Evangelical Free Church in Austin, TX until 1975 when the family moved to Plano, TX. Then, in 1977 he helped start Grace Evangelical Free church in Allen, TX and was an active member there until his death.
Melvin made friends wherever he went and never knew a stranger. He enjoyed outdoor activities including water and snow skiing, golfing, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was especially fond of the 33 years he acted as a judge at the World Championship Goat Cook off in Brady, TX.
Melvin loved his wife, family, and friends unconditionally. Most of all, he loved Jesus Christ and openly confessed his beliefs. He was never afraid to ask, "are you saved?"
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Mark Hees, a daughter in law, Nancy Hees, a grandson Adam King, his brothers: Gilbert, Lawrence, Leonard, Reuben, and Donald. Another brother, Harold passed away 46 hours after Melvin.
Melvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Glenda. Also surviving are his sister, Ruth Garrison, his children: Shawn Ross (Craig), Shelli Lankford (Brad), Brett Hees (Jennifer), Becca Toler (Phillip); 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Melvin was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.