Philip David 'Phil' Melior
December 29, 1937 ~ February 1, 2013
February 2, 2013
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
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
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
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of
Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.