Mel Alan Treese

February 26, 1951 ‒ January 22, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Mel Alan Treese, 66, of Delaware passed away Monday morning, January 22, 2018 at Grady Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born February 26, 1951 in Columbus to the late Melvin Eugene Treese and Mary Alice (Clapsaddle) Treese. On December 27, 1975, he married the love of his life, Rita Warner.

Mel worked as an inspector for Flxible Bus Company for several years and then was a longtime volunteer for the Delaware City Schools at Conger Elementary School and Delaware Hayes High School.

He loved old cars, coins, playing poker and cheering on his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Indians. He also enjoyed watching his kids and other family members play sports. He received the Red Cross Volunteer of the Year award, served on the Board for Delaware Creative Housing and the Delaware Township Zoning Committee. He also spoke many times on his life with disabilities for the Ohio State University Physical Therapy Department and to many high school classes. In 2007, he was nominated by his son’s class and spoke at the Hayes High School commencement ceremonies.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rita; sons, Christopher Treese of Columbus, Alan Treese of Delaware, and Ryan (Jessica) Treese of Delaware; grandson, Brantley Treese; brother, Merle (Debbie) Treese of Delaware; sisters, Martha (Al) Lloyd and Marcia (Terrie) Price, all of Delaware, multiple nieces and nephews; feline companions, Simon and Garfunkel.

The family would like to give special thanks to his longtime nurses and caregivers, Kathy, Beth, Stephanie, Bernie, Joyce and Dr. Bob for their wonderful care and concern.

A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. Please dress casual and enter from rear.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Canine Companions for Independence, 4989 State Route 37 East, Delaware, Ohio 43015 in memory of his beloved Woody.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

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  • Both the Sweeneys’ and the Counts’ hold the time and memories of both Mel and Rita to heart and enjoyed his nature as pure and rare. God bless you both

  • Rita, Alan & Ryan –

    Our hearts break with this news. Mel will forever have a special place in our memories. Our prayers are with you.

    Barry & Colleen Keith

  • Mel was my favorite teammate at Delaware Hayes. We spent hours after basketball practice going one on one against each other in some of the most violent, yet fun, confrontations I’ve ever had. It was so much fun to see Mel and talk about those days and laugh at ourselves. He always made me laugh and I hope that I managed to do the same for him.
    I am so sorry Rita. You have been such a positive person when I was working with you at Olentangy in all the years since then. You have my sincerest condolences for your loss. May God bless both of you.

  • I have fond memories of Mel or “Elmer” as I fondly called him from our days when we first met at Willis in the 6th grade all through our 1969 Delaware Hayes classmates days. Mel was a hell of a basketball player and I remember as an freshman and sophomore, he played on the Varsity Team for Hayes. He would always tease me and I remember him always sneaking up behind me in his wheelchair and pinching my butt. What a true character. I will miss you Buddy! Bless you Rita and the Family.

  • There will never EVER be a human being like Mel. One of the funniest, most positive, inspiring, devoted family men. “Our Mel! “

    He will be ever so missed by all. Party on Mel!! You deserve more laughs in heaven. Bring on your good cheer, our friend. Heaven awaits you.

  • This earth has lost one extremely special person. There are so many special memories of him and all that knew him loved him. Our sympathy to your family.

  • It is nearly impossible to say how much Mel has meant to me. I proudly wear the banner of being part of Mel’s harem, all the women who loved him so much. From the early years of playing euchre on Union St.when he would cheat at cards, through more recent times when he showed himself to be an exceptional grandfather, father and husband, he was a great friend. And he was so darned funny! He was a comfort and inspiration for me in difficult times. He was even my foster dad once. And he has been a remarkable supportive husband to Rita. A quote that has endured for many many years, Mel is Mel. A unique person with a heart of gold. Love you, Melvie. I am so lucky to have had you as a friend.

  • Rita or Grandma, my heart is broken over losing Mel. I still can’t believe I’ll never see his smiling face again, or the fact I’ll never hand him a beer and watch him drink it proudly. He brought so much happiness into my life and I’m so happy that he was apart of it. I love you.

    As for you “Grandpa” you finally said you’d sign the papers at my college graduation. Now looking back it seems so fitting. I pray to God your soul reaches heaven, and that you are running beside Woody. Rest easy. ❤️

  • Mel was one of the first, and quickly became one of my favorite, volunteers I met when I joined this district team. His spirit and kindness warmed the space and hearts around him wherever he went. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mel’s family and friends as we mourn his loss.

  • Mel was always ready with a smile and never hesitated to talk about even the most difficult and personal things. When my father-in-law was paralyzed Mel would offer helpful advice and answer any question, nothing was off limits. He loved life and helping people. He was an inspiration, his openness and honesty was refreshing will be greatly missed!

  • Mel, one of the good guys, there will never be another with such a combination of charm, roguish wit, good heartedness, and stubbornness. Mel never let tough times change him. I am proud to have had the pleasure of his company. God Bless his family, I am sorry to hear of their loss. He will be missed by an entire community.

  • Mel was a good friend, I played on softball and basketball teams against Mel and he was very competitive but wance the game was over we were friends again. I coached basketball for Buckeye Valley and I really looked forward to playing Marion Harding because Mel’s son Ryan coach there and I knew I was going to see Mel because Mel always came to watch Ryan’s team play. Mel would always give me a hug and for some strange reason I always looked forward to Mel’s hugs. Thank you for your friendship. You will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Rita and Family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Mell will always be remembered for his giving to others and gentle touch of everyone’s life. May he now R.I.P. and never be forgotten! Love and Hugs to all !

  • Rita,
    My dearest friend, I am so sorry to about the loss of Mel. I know this is difficult for you and I wish I could be there for you in person. Know that you and your family is in my prayers. I have said a rosary for his peaceful repose. I have such wonderful memories of our times together. He was a great guy, a good husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. I will do my best to make it up for the service Sunday. You all mean the world to me. God bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace Mel. The Lord is with you.

  • Such a wonderful person that touched countless lives. He will surely be a legacy in the community of Delaware. Thoughts & prayers to the Treese family.

  • Mel was such a special person, always such a pleasure to be around. Thoughts and prayers Rita to you and your family. Mel will be missed deeply by all of us at Precision!

  • Mel stood tall. He was always the tallest guy at Hayes High School. He was the tallest guy walking in the hallways, classrooms, lunchroom, or the basketball court. A friendly, funny character, Mel brought smiles to the faces around him.

    Years later, he taught everyone what it really meant to stand tall when he couldn’t stand anymore. After suffering a disabling injury, he carried on as he had for years, engaged with the community, volunteering to work with schoolchildren, serving on non-profit boards and contributing to the community.

    In Profiles in Courage, Jack Kennedy endorses Hemmingway’s definition of “courage” as “grace under pressure.” In the second half of his life, Mel displayed dignity and grace under enormous pressure. Using that measure, Mel remains the tallest guy I have ever known.

  • Hi ,
    Ric and I have so many great memories of Mel and you all. My most admired trait is his wonderful attitude towards life. We will miss Mel. Lifting all of you in thought and prayer,
    The Ray Family

  • Chris and I are just heartbroken over Mel’s passing. What a wonderful friend he was, and very much like a second dad to Chris. May he run and walk finally pain free in heaven where I’m sure he’s entertaining everyone …….with Woody by his side. Rest now dear Mel. Lots of prayers for the Treese family. John 14: 1-6

    Stephanie & Chris Buckingham

  • Rita, so sorry to hear this. But you know he is with Dick and Carol! Love you and the boys! Kay Bennett

  • Mel was one of the most brave, kind, and loving men that I have ever known. I feel so best & honored to have the privilege of being the first nurse to care for him after his horrible accident. We shared many laughs & tears together, and I became a big part of the family. He accepted what had happened to him, and went on to help others.
    He was so fortunate to have a loving wife, 3 sons, and many other family members & friends that loved & supported him. You people made a difference in his life which made him fight to the end.
    I will always cherish my memories of Mel & his wonderful family.
    P.S. I bet Kunky is chasing you with the Flobee Mel!!!!!!
    Love, “KaKa”

  • We are so sorry for the loss of such a great man. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Missy, Tony and Linda DiPietro

  • So sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. Worked many years with him at Flxible. Always loved his sense of humor!! Always made me smile!
    Thoughts and prayers for the family!

    Joy Hedges

  • Mel was always a warm smile and spunky sense of humor that was always appreciated and will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to your entire family.

  • Dropping back down to Ohio for a visit post College – driving down the road in my small two seater Tiger, Mel behind the wheel, top down, hair flying out the rear – to boot, and me laughing so hard.
    What a great fellow! I will never forget the the laughter and the real person of that big guy. Whenever close by, I always try and drop by to say hi, have a cold one, and talk about sweet nothings. And sweet he was, manly, compassionate, and amazingly strong.
    I am proud to have crossed paths, and I am certain we shall again.
    Rita, know that I am thinking of you and the boys. I think I hear someone up there saying, Let’s Go Tribe!
    Cheers Mel!
    J Thom

  • Everytime I saw Mel he had that big smile on his face. I had to give him a big hug and kiss on the cheek. We all at Delaware city schools will miss you dearly. Rita you and the family need anything you know we’re here for you and the family. Love Vince Peggy and Alicia

  • My sympathies to Rita and the family. Mel had a genuine spirit and never let his handicap bring him down. I worked with him at Flxible when his accident occurred. I will never forget it. God will have a special place for him I’m sure. He will be sadly missed by all.

  • Mel was a shining example of strength and grace. Rita, so are you. I send my love and sympathy for your loss. May your family feel comforted by your beautiful memories, and by love that never diminishes, even in death.

  • Dear Rita
    I am sorry to hear about Mel and my prayers go out to you and the rest of your family too. Again I am so so sorry to hear that Rita. If you need anything please feel free to call me

    Lindsay Browning

  • To Rita, Ryan and Alan,
    My heart and prayers go out to you all. I have such sweet memories of Mel, and all that he meant to our
    Conger family. His kind and friendly manner welcomed all who walked through the doors. He and his canine companion truly brought smiles to all he met. What a blessing he was!

  • To Rita, Christopher, Alan, Ryan, Jessica, and Brantley,

    Pete and I are deeply saddened for your loss. It is also a great loss to the city of Delaware and all who knew or even those who just saw Mel from afar. We have so many fun memories with Mel. He always made us smile and laugh. We hope that your memories will help to ease your sadness.

    Farewell good friend! Pave the way! Save Pete a seat at the great poker table up there.

    Love, hugs, prayers, and sympathy,
    Jeannine and Pete

  • To the Entire Treese Family,
    Mel was a wonderful human being and I loved coming into the office at Hayes to see his smiling face and receive his kind, cordial greeting. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.

  • Memories of Mel will continue forever in our thoughts and hearts. Conger students, staff, families, and others had their lives enriched by Mel. Thank you for sharing Mel with us. As a mom, I thank you for your inclusion of my son in your family. Mel made a difference for so many. Thank you Rita for your strength and love. Take care💕

  • Pat and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you at Olentangy and my conversations with Mel. What a great person who made everybody around him feel good. I wish we could be there tomorrow for the celebration but we are attending the funeral of a dear friend at the same time but your family will be in our prayers at the same time. God Bless you and your family.

  • Rita so sorry for your loss. Mel made life more enjoyable for all who knew him. The memories that I have of Mel make me smile. Praying for you and the family.
    Doug and Sally Smith

  • Rita so sorry to hear about Mel. Just saw it posted on facebook. You will be in our prayers. Doc and Gayle

  • I am so sorry to hear that Mel has passed away. I have great memories of him and his great sense of humor. He loved getting people together and having a good time. Especially in the early 70’s at 99 London Rd, remember Rita (my classmate in 71)
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Steve Smith aka Cecil.

  • While we never knew Mel, we have grown to love and appreciate his son Ryan as he works with our players and the likely influence Mel has had on him. We will be praying for the family.

    V5 Volleyball Club.

  • What a fabulous spirit Mel shared with the world! He always had a smile and a welcoming demeanor whenever our paths crossed. We love you Mel! We were lucky to have you in our lives!

  • Dear Chris,

    We were all so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed greatly. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family and sharing in your sorrow.

    Rosemary Buckingham
    and family

  • My condolences goes out to the Treese family. May the God of all comfort be with you at this difficult time 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.