Robert R. Mellott, age 74 years, died June 29 2013.
A service of Witness to the Resurrection/Celebration of Life will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, July 6 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 63rd & Roe, Prairie Village, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, Great Plains SPCA, (a nonprofit No Kill shelter) 5428 Antioch Drive, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202 or Special Olympics Kansas, 5280 Foxridge Drive, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202.
Mr. Mellott was a Corporate Officer of a Real Estate company, wrote computer programs, and later in his career, served as a corporate financial consultant. He received his education at Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, Park University and Rockhurst College.
Robert was an Ordained Elder at Southminster Presbyterian Church where he was a member for 45 years. He also was a volunteer at Shawnee Mission Indian Mission in Fairway as a re-enactor, teaching school children how pioneers traveled in a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. He developed and designed a costume for his role as Wagon Master.
Robert was a genealogy researcher and family historian focusing on military service. He was president of the Monticello Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution . His ancestor “Mellott” fought in the Revolutionary War as did many other family members from Bedford, Pennyslvania. His Mellott ancestor, Gideon La Plante Marlet, came to Staten Island (New Amsterdam) from deRoucy, France in 1662 and his ancestor “John Montague” received a sabre wound on the head and arm defending George Washington against a British Officer. This line proves membership back to the Jamestowne Society. Another ancestor, “Pierre Roger”, came from France in 1762 to Charleston, South Carolina at age 22. He served as a lieutenant in the South Carolina militia before and after the fall of Charleston.
Robert was a 32nd Degree Mason and was recognized as a 50 year member in 2009 by Wyandotte Lodge #3 A.F. & A.M. In 2009, he was recognized as a 24-gallon donor by Community Blood Center, KCMO where he was a member of the Century Society Club. Robert served as Scoutmaster of the Cub Scout Pack at Hickory Grove Elementary. He was elected to three terms to the Mission City Council. Robert was a co-founder and chairman of the Northeast Animal Control Commission (for six years) to protect lost animals and regulate animal ownership in the northeast area of the county. He also served two terms on Special Committee on Insurance & Pension, Kansas League of Municipalities.
Robert’s hobbies over the years included participation as a Mid-America Trials team member, motorcycling, sailing, golfing, bicycling, and cross-country skiing, He was a swim instructor while in college. He was also a talented wood carver, leaving his work for those who will appreciate it.