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“Hi dad! It's been awhile since I've left you a message. It's been a rough year for all of us, but there's been some really good things too. You'd be...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: kel garthwaite - columbia, SC

“The 3rd is you and mom's 65th anniversary dad, and we're remembering how much you two loved and completed each other. All our hearts, thoughts and...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: kel, carl and james garthwaite - SC

“You were and always be a great dad, grand dad, husband and friend. You influenced and inspired so many people dad, and they are better for it...Happy...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: kel garthwaite - columbia, SC

“Happy Birthday dad and grandad...we still miss you as much if not more than ever. You are in our thoughts every day and we will love you forever. We...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: kel, carl and james garthwaite - SC

“Dad it,s been a year since you,ve been gone now. Wow, it,s been a rough one for all of us. But I think you would be proud of us. We are all using all...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Koleen Weber - Conestoga, PA

“Hi Dad, Well it's been a year now and everyone misses you as much as ever. We miss your keen insights, jokes, advice and presence. The world...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Carl Garthwaite - Columbia, SC

“It's been a year since you moved on dad. Not an end, more like a butterfly from a cocoon I believe. It's raining alot this spring dad, and even...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: kel garthwaite - columbia, SC

“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I spent so much time at the McMellen's in the 60's and 70's that Betty and Bill were like second parents to me. I...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Joe Gottschall - Rehoboth Beach, DE

“Hi dad. Jay got your night light up and on. It is a light in the night and comforting as you always were for all of us. Love you always dad. <3kel,...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: kel garthwaite - columbia, SC

“The Holidays are here now. We had an empty chair at the head of the table on Thanksgiving . It just did not feel right without you . We missed you...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: koleen weber - conestoga, PA

“Dad, I know you're with us all during these holidays and every day, and you are ALWAYS near and dear to our hearts... Love you dad, Happy Holidays1 ”
11 of 35 | Posted by: krl garthwaite - columbia, SC

“Dad just wanted you to know that we all miss you and think of you a lot. ”
12 of 35 | Posted by: Koleen Weber - Conestoga, PA

“Hi dad! Today is my birthday. Along with all the wonderful and beautiful birthday cards and wishes I hear your beloved voice wishing me a happy...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: kel Garthwaite - columbia, SC

“Dad, living in Columbia, we just experienced the first (and probably last) full solar eclipse during our lifetime. It was phenomenal and Breathtaking...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Kel Garthwaite - Columbia, SC

“Happy Anniversary mom and dad. You are always in our hearts and thoughts. ”
15 of 35 | Posted by: Kel Garthwaite - Columbia, SC

“Hi dad! Just got done light bleaching some siding outside. Between the smell of the bleach and the hot summer day, it has the feel of one of those...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Kel Garthwaite - Columbia, SC

“Happy Fathers Day I love you and miss you Great Granddad, Deidre ”
17 of 35 | Posted by: deidre keller - willow street, PA

“I've only known him for eleven years, but they were the best eleven years of my life. Great grandad I'll always miss you. PJ ”
18 of 35 | Posted by: Paul King - Willowstreet, PA

“Thinking of what a good Father you were to all of us on this Fathers Day. It is hard to find Fathers that stick by there children, and give...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Koleen Weber - Conestoga, PA

“Happy Father's Day dad! We're Having Peppersteak and cherry pie.You're in our hearts and with us always. Love you dad! <3Kel, Carl and James ”
20 of 35 | Posted by: Kel Garthwaite - Columbia, SC

“His Royal Dadness: I'll always be your princess dad and you'll always be the king of my heart...Happy Birthday Dad! <3Kim ”
21 of 35 | Posted by: Kim Richardson - PA - Daughter

“Dad, Remembering you on your birthday... And remembering many of your past birthdays. You made life so much better for everyone. You will not be...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Carl Garthwaite - Columbia, SC

“Happy Birthday Dad!! I miss you! love Kim ”
23 of 35 | Posted by: kim Richardson - mountville, PA

“Happy Birthday! You will be missed. We miss you. May God and Angels watch over family and friends. Love Sextons! ”
24 of 35 | Posted by: tonya sexton - mountville, PA

“Thinking of you on your Birthday. Remembering all the good times, and wish I could give you a big hug right now . Missing you Dad. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! I...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Koleen Weber - conestoga, PA

“Happy Birthday's a beautiful day here and we're having your favorite strawberry shortcake WITH whip cream--AND we're sending you a fish! We...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Kel Garthwaite - SC

“Uncle Bill was always bigger than life to my sisters and me as we grew up. As his niece, he and Aunt Betty were always fun to visit in PA when we...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Paticia Boyd - Camp Hill, PA

“Bill was more than a friend or neighbor he was family was always there for my whole family if we needed him no matter what. Was one of the sweetest ...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Linda Fenstermaker - conestoga, PA

“Bill... Dad! You are deeply missed. Myself, the family and everyone you've ever touched will always love you. I am glad and proud to have known...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Carl Garthwaite - Columbia, SC

“Grandad I love you and miss you dearly. You were a role model and an inspiration. Words can't express the difference you've made in my life, a...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: James Garthwaite - SC

“Giving my condolences to the whole family. I remember bill for as long as I can remember. He was like a grandfather to me. And in many ways was like...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Kelly Shank - Friend

“Dad, by example you showed us all what loving and being a real human being means. You didn't talk about it as much as you just did it. We miss you so...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Kel Garthwaite - Columbia, SC

“I Love you Dad, and I miss you so much. Koleen. ”
33 of 35 | Posted by: Koleen Weber - Conestoga, PA

“ were one of the most important people i looked to for guidence in my life. You showed me what a true family leader really was. You...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Tasha Coy - PA - Family

“I love you and I miss you a lot. I will always remember you and always love you. ”
35 of 35 | Posted by: Deidre Keller - Willow street, PA

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William J. "Bill" McMellen, Jr., 83, of Conestoga passed away at his home on Tuesday morning, May 23, 2017 with his loving wife by his side. Born on June 8, 1933, he was the son of the late William J., Sr. and Marian Flick McMellen. He was the husband of Betty M. MacDonald with who he shared 63 years of marriage.

Bill graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He met Betty while in the service. After being discharged, he and Betty made their in Lancaster where Bill worked for the Lancaster City Police Department. He worked as a Lab Technician for Alcoa, when he retired from. After retirement, they moved to Sebring, FL, moving back to Conestoga when Bill's health began to decline.

Besides his wife, Betty, Bill is survived by his daughters, Keli M., wife of Carl Garthwaite of Columbia, SC, Kim M. Richardson of Conestoga and Koleen M. Weber of Conestoga; 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Klugh.

In keeping with Bill's wishes, all services will be private.