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Joseph L. Melancon Jr.

September 27th, 1930 - January 11th, 2024

Joseph L. Melancon, Jr passed away on January 11, 2024, he was 93.  He was born September 27, 1930, in Boyce, LA to Helen and Joseph Levy Melancon. After graduating from Northwestern State University, he joined the Army. Transferred to the Air Force where he served as an instructor and a combat reconnaissance pilot receiving the high honor of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  He was a member of several military and civil organizations. He met Louise in Washington; DC and they were married in 1968.  They lived abroad with the Air Force and Renee and Ray were born in England and Monique in Spain.  He retired as a Major in 1976 moving to New Hampshire and eventually settling in Colorado Springs.   He is survived by his wife, Louise Melancon, son Ray (Kaylin) Chandler-Melancon, daughter, Monique (Brad) Monson and grandchildren Nevan and Louisa.  He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters:  Beverly Felterman and Alene Melancon, and daughter Renee Melancon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Charities of Southern Colorado - or a charity of your choice. A Funeral Mass and Military Honors Interment will be held at a later date. This notice will be updated once arrangements have been made.

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Steve Young

The Buckley SFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Maj Melancon’s distinguished service to our country in the Air Force. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley SFB at 720-847-6693 or [email protected]. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Steve Young Lt Col, USAF, Ret Director, Buckley SFB RAO

Published March 9th, 2024

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