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Harry Edward (Corky) Melton of Eldorado.

On the 8th of April, 1932, in a log cabin just northwest of Feakeyville, was born Harry Edward (Corky) Melton, the sixth and last child of Henry Edo and Lucille (nee Fairweather) Melton.

He passed away in Old Kuttawa, Kentucky on Aug. 8 2019.

Corky grew up on farms in Broughton and Eldorado. He earned a Bachelor of Science in agronomy from the University of Illinois in 1953 and then served in the U.S. Army as an artillery instructor at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.

Upon discharge, Corky worked for Allied Chemical, which was then pioneering the development and use of liquid nitrogen fertilizers to improve crop yields. Corky dedicated his professional life to helping farmers improve yields and protect the environment through superior agronomic practices.

He served as president of the National Fertilizer Solutions Association in 1966 and was selected as its Man of the Year in 1975. Later he co-founded the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation to finance and disseminate agronomic research. He served on the Agronomy Advisory Board at the University of Illinois for several years.

Corky founded Tri-County Chemical of Eldorado in 1956, a local provider of precision fertility solutions, which continues to operate as a family-owned business. He served on the Eldorado City Council and on the board of C.P. Burnett & Sons bankers.

He was an active member of the Jaycees and the Eldorado Chamber of Commerce.

Corky was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann (Mitzi) Cagle Melton; by his beloved sister-in-law/"daughter" Beth Ellen Cagle White; sister-in-law, Sue Cagle Suppan; his siblings, Annabelle Griswold, Mary Gholson, Charles Melton, Harrell Melton and Henry (Dutch) Melton Jr.; three nephews, and his aforementioned parents.

He is survived by his dear wife, Susie; his stepchildren, Katie and Nick Gullic, of Eldorado and Lincoln, Nebraska; and by his son, Jeff, daughter-in-law Lauren, and granddaughters Astrid, Madison and Ingrid, of East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

In addition, he is survived by his treasured sister-in-law/ "daughter" Nancy Cagle Ledbetter of Harrisburg; and by 17 nieces and nephews, including Mike Suppan of Lisle, Pat Suppan of Makanda, Nadine Williams of Herod, Angela Stafford of Thompson's Station, Tennessee, Alex White and Kelley White Harris of Evansville, Indiana, Ashley Ledbetter McCaul of Buckhead, Georgia, and Brad Ledbetter of Harrisburg.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado. Visitors will be welcomed from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be grateful for memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or to the ALS Association Indiana Chapter at 7202 E. 87th St., Suite 102, Indianapolis Indiana, 46256.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Geographic Code:1U3IN
Date:Aug 13, 2019
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