Melvin Joseph Souers, 86, of Edwardsville, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at his home.
He was born March 16, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, a son of the late Reuben and Josephine (Kirn) Souers. Hemarried Josephine (Janowski) Souers on September 19, 1952 and she preceded him in death on October 12, 1973.
He later married Donna (Luebbert) Souers on February 14, 1981 in Jennings, Missouri and she survives.
Melvin had worked for Emerson Electric with 25 years of dedicated service in information technology and later was self employed computer programmer and in sales. He cherished being the best grandfather to his grandchildren; enjoyed all types of sports, an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed his days of golfing, bowling, gardening, reading and woodworking. He loved to follow the stock market and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two sons, James Souers of St. Louis, Missouri and Stephen Souers of Scottsdale, Arizona; one daughter, Linda Hardin of Wildwood, Missouri; his bonus children, Thomas Evans of Aurora, Colorado, Denise and Joseph "Mike" Gualdoni of Edwardsville and Dawn and Brian Heidbrink of Glen Carbon; very special grandchildren,Trevor Souers, Brianna Souers, John Hardin, Kathryn "Katie" Hardin, Lindsay Souers, Kelsey Souers, Christina Deaton, Tyler Gualdoni and Randi Heidbrink; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John Souers; son-in-law, Larry Hardin; granddaughter, Tiffany Souers; and four brothers and sisters, Vera Fritz, Elgis Chatlovsky, Donald Souers and Wilber "Bill" Souers.
In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Tuesday, August 12,2014 from 5:00p.m. until time of memorial service at 7:00 p.m.Memorials may be made to the Madison County Humane Society and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com