Melvin Dean Hebbeler, 77, of Herrin, IL, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 5:45 PM at John Cochran Veterans Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Melvin was born November 22, 1943 in St. Louis, MO the son of Alice and Louis Hebbeler.

Mel joined and served in the US Army. His careers included working for Nelly Don and Sears. Never one to sit still, once retired, he chose to work security at the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois and other locations.

He enjoyed all things cars. A huge Nascar fan as well as racing, fixing and attending car shows himself. He was always the first to the dance floor with his bright blue eyes sparkling. He was a DIY man.

He is survived by his daughter, Ann Hottle and husband Derek of Lenexa, KS; Kevin Trover and wife Tatia of Herrin, IL; two grandsons Tanner Hottle & Landon Trover; two siblings, Doris Lingle of Goreville, IL and Bill Hebbeler and wife Middy of Zeigler, IL; Brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sandy & Larry Addison of Carbondale; Many nieces and nephews and several lifetime friends including Barbara Madigan and Beverly Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his wife Kay Hebbeler; parents Alice Hebbeler- Marshall & Louis Hebbeler; brother Don Hebbeler and sister Shirley Hebbeler.

A celebration of Melvin’s life will be held at a later date.