Mr. Robert “Bob” Mellert, 86 of Scottsboro passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Highlands Medical Center of chronic obstructive lung disease and heart disease. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Scottsboro Funeral Home with Rev. David Davis, Rev. David Patterson and Rev. James Jeffery officiating. A full military and masonic honor funeral followed at Pinehaven Memorial Garden.
Bob was born in New Jersey and served 29 years in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic instructor. He served in the Vietnam War and the Korean War. He was the recipient of the USAF National Defense medal, Meritorious Service Commendation medal, USAF Good Conduct medal, Sharp Shooters Medal and Air Force Organizational Excellencecellence ribbon. He was also a member of the USAF Association. After retirement, he loved playing golf, bowling, racing cars, working on race cars, building custom golf carts, playing cards and frequenting the local breakfast restaurants with his buddies. He was a member of Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers and Jackson County Cruisers Cart Club.
Bob resided in Scottsboro and truly loved this town, the community and the people. He also loved this country, was passionately patriotic and had a flag on his lapel at all times. He initiated the name change of Jefferson Drive in Scottsboro to Heroes Drive. He worked tirelessly to bring The Wall That Heals Vietnam all to Scottsboro in 2002. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and enjoyed helping their members in times of need. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Scottsboro and Hollywood and recently received their 50 year honor pin. He was also an active member of the American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, Bob and his family would appreciate donations be made to Disabled American Veterans – Chapter 26, P.O. Box 1327, Huntsville, Ala. 35897.