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Philip David 'Phil' Melior

December 29, 1937 ~ February 1, 2013
February 2, 2013
Philip David (Phil) Melior was called to heaven at his Priest River area home on February 1, 2013. A graveside service was held on Friday, February 8, at Grandview Cemetery, Bonners Ferry. A memorial service to be announced.

Phil was born in Bonners Ferry December 29, 1937, to Wallace M. and Winnfred F. (Merrell) Melior, one of eight children. He attended Bonners Ferry High School. After that he joined the Army and served in Germany as a Military Policeman.

Phil married Luanne Ritz on June 5, 1960. They have three children: son Larry Melior (Jessie Stewart) daughters Lisa Simonsen and husband Tom and Linda Dowd. He had six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He held many jobs throughout his life including working for West Bonner School District and the Boundary County Sheriff's Department. Together with his wife, he owned Melior Floral and Sanborne Creek Roses. His talent was creating new varieties of roses, and many of his family members have roses named for them.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He was active in his church, and he and his wife were Life Group leaders.

He is preceded in death by his parents Wally and Whinnie Melior and sister Janet Ritz.

He is survived by his wife and children, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, his brothers Walter and Roger, and sisters Elaine Cooper, Patty Wilkie, Alice Chapell, and Helen Siver, and many nieces and nephews.

He is missed by his family, his many human friends, and his faithful dog.

Family and friends are invited to sign Phil’s book at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.