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Joel E. Mellinger

July 17, 1937 — June 6, 2023



Joel E. Mellinger, of Papakeechie Lake, passed away quietly on June 6th, 2023, at Majestic Care of Goshen at the age of 85. He was born on July 17th, 1937, in Nappanee, Indiana to his parents Kenton and Madge Mellinger. Joel was one of seven children, growing up alongside three brothers: Robert Mellinger, John Mellinger and Jim Mellinger; and three sisters: Bette Dawson, Joan Stump and Mariette Paradiso.

Joel was a 1955 graduate of Nappanee High School. He then went on to proudly serve his country by joining the Army and was honorably discharged in 1966 after serving in Korea. After completing his military service, he began his career as a mechanic operator for NIPSCO, where he faithfully worked for thirty years before retiring in 1996. He was a dedicated employee who always took pride in a job well done.

Joel was known for his sharp mind, dry sense of humor, kind heart, and willingness to lend a helping hand to those in need. He was a great friend who could remember the names of people he had met many years ago, including his neighbors throughout the years. In his free time, you could find Joel enjoying the peacefulness of Papakeechie Lake, hunting, fishing, gun shows and the excitement of NASCAR races. He also had a deep love for cats. He always had one in his home to keep him company.

Joel is survived by many nieces and nephews along with a multitude of dear friends who will miss him dearly. He is preceded in passing by his parents and brothers and sisters.

Titus Funeral Home of Syracuse is entrusted with the care of Joel. Friends may join his family there, 1001 S. Huntington Street Syracuse, IN 46567, on Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 1:00pm until 3:00 pm with the memorial service beginning at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are appreciated to the humane society or animal shelter of your choice. To leave a condolence or send flowers, please visit

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