Melvin “Mel” Heselov, 98 of Hillsboro passed away March 1, 2018 at Tremont Ridge Assisted Living Center in Hillsboro.
He was born July 20, 1919 in Youngstown Ohio to Morris and Bessie (Hansburg) Heselov.
He graduated high school in Youngstown and attended Youngstown University.
He married Jackie Miller on Nov. 1942 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.
He served as 1st Lieutenant in the US army during WWII. His service in New Guinea was honored with the entertainment theater named “Heselov Bowl”. With the USO he presented many famous entertainers including dining with Irving Berlin in the commissary.
He was a former business man and civic leader. He owned and operated Heselov’s style shop in Hillsboro for over 40 years.
He served as past president of Old settlers association, merchants association, lions club and Hillsboro country club, he was a past member of the Chamber of commerce, Moose club, VFW, grand marshal of Old Settlers Parade in 2003 and was on many golf and bowling leagues. In retirement he sold real estate, and opened a collection agency. He served meals on wheels and enjoyed playing bingo with his wife. He learned to play piano and enjoyed calling many friends and family on their birthdays and playing happy birthday on the phone.
He is survived by one daughter Bonnie husband Mark Goldenberg of Granite City and one daughter in law Ruth Ann Heselov of Hillsboro, three grandchildren Mitch and Sami Goldenberg and Zach Heselov and 7 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jackie and one son James Heselov in 2015, two sisters and one brother.
Memorials can be direct to the Donors Choice.
Grave side services will be Sunday March 4th 2018 at 2:00 PM at Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur IL.
Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.