Melvin “Mel” H. Proctor, 87, of Jefferson City, MO, went home to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully in his home, in the early morning hours of March 26, 2021.
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Melvin was born on December 6, 1933, in Russellville, MO, to Harry and Nellie Proctor. He was the seventh of eight children in the Proctor household. He was married on September 24, 1955 in Jefferson City, Mo. to Virginia Lynn “Ginny” Guemmer, who preceded him in death on February 5, 2016.
Melvin was a 1951 graduate of Jefferson City High School and was always proud to hail from central Missouri. Mel served in the United States Armed Forces - Air Force for two years, where he was stationed in Abilene, TX. After his time in the military, Mel went on to study structural and civil engineering at the University of Missouri. He graduated from Mizzou with both his Bachelor’s (1960) and Master’s (1963) degrees and had a long-time passion for his work as a structural and civil engineer.
He began and built his career as an engineer working over 40 years for Bob D. Campbell & Co. in Kansas City, MO, where he became a principal engineer at the firm. During his career in Kansas City, Mel served as an adjunct professor of engineering at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. After retiring, Mel formed his own private engineer consulting firm, ProConsult (MHP Consultant), where he continued to work on projects until his last few weeks of life.
Aside from his service to our country and his remarkable work as an engineer, Mel had many other passions in this life, which he loved. He favored the sport of tennis from a young age and enjoyed playing it daily for the better part of his life. Bowling was another activity both he and Ginny enjoyed, and they played on a league in Kansas City for many years. He was proud to be the father of his three children, and he deeply cherished spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren at sporting events, out on the boat at their house on the lake, traveling to visit, or simply enjoying conversation over a meal. Most of all, his greatest passion and love of his lifetime was his beloved wife, Ginny. Mel had described Ginny on multiple occasions as his “very best friend,” and they built an amazingly beautiful life and family together. His love for her was unconditional and sacrificial, mirroring the love of Jesus Christ towards his people, whom he so confidently believed in. Their love story shall continue on now that they have reunited in Heaven.
Family and friends will deeply miss Melvin and his kindness, dedication, and generosity. He was a man of utmost service and devotion to his Savior, his wife and family, his church community, and to the communities in which he resided. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend, and more. Melvin was a man known for standing firm in his faith through all the high points and valleys this earthly life had to offer; and he exuded such strength, commitment, and love throughout his years. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith!” - 2 Timothy 4:7.
He is survived by: three children, Terri Bittner of Lee’s Summit, MO, Thomas Proctor of Normal, IL, and Julie Proctor of St. Louis, MO; his eight grandchildren, Nathan, Mathew (Jillian), Garad, and Caleb Proctor; Brian and John Bittner; and Madelyn and Evan Whyte; and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Rachel Proctor, who brought him and Ginny the greatest joy. Mel is also survived by two siblings, Emmett (LaWanda) Proctor, and LaVerne (Proctor) Miles.
Mel was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 60 years, Virginia “Ginny” Proctor; grandson, Erik Bittner; daughter-in-law, Donna Proctor; three brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2021.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2021 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Brian Credille officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be held at Enloe Cemetery.
A webcast of Melvin’s service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Special Olympics – Central Area, Cornerstone Baptist Church, or Kindred Hospice of Jefferson City, MO.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.