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Melvin Roy Vestal of Newtonville, Ma. Passed away July 1, 2022, surrounded by loved ones in Rockland, MA. He was born on September 29, 1931, in Chilhowee, MO. To Florence Mary (Elam) and Roy Ivan Vestal.


Soon after graduating from Chilhowee high school Melvin enlisted in the United States Navy in February of 1951. Upon graduation of the United States Naval Training in Great Lakes, IL. Melvin served upon the aircraft carrier USS Salerno Bay CVE-110 as well as the USS Bennington CVS-20. During his service he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, The Navy Occupation Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. Melvin was honorably discharged February 1, 1955.

While in the Navy he met the love of his life, Lorraine Beatty while visiting Revere beach while in port in Boston. On May 14, 1955, they were married at Our Lady of the Presentation church in Brighton, MA. Together they shared a loving marriage lasting sixty-six years. They lived in Brighton before making Newtonville their home and raising five children.

Melvin worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Working in the Francis Bitter national magnet laboratory. Melvin was a humble, loving, compassionate man who always put his family before all else.

Melvin was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine (Beatty) Vestal who passed away in February of 2022. We now have peace knowing they are together again. Melvin was the father of the late Kenneth Vestal and he now leaves behind his children Deborah Hancock and husband Wayne, David Vestal, Linda Vestal, Karen Naughton and husband Josh. Grandfather of Roy Vestal and Cory Wemyss, Nicholas Hyder, Michele Moran and husband Michael, Alicia Hancock, Thomas Vestal and wife Meghan, Samantha Hancock, Keely Naughton and Kenneth Naughton. Great grandfather of Timothy, Vera, John, Ivan and Maya.

Melvin is predeceased by his wife Lorraine Vestal, brother Delmer Lee Vestal, parents Roy Ivan and Florence Mary Vestal and son Kenneth Vestal.

We would like to give a special thank you to Accent Care hospice for their care and support. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30AM in Our Lady Help of Christians Parish at 573 Washington street, Newton on Friday July 8, 2022. Interment to follow at Newton Cemetery.

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