Lester Timothy “Tim” Mellin, resident of Forest Park for more than 50 years, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2023 at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Margie (nee Hovorka) for 54 years; devoted father of Timmy (Michelle), Lara, and Alice Enochs (Robert); brother of John (Mari-Ann); grandfather of Sean, Robin, Ryan and Kyle; uncle to 10 nieces and nephews.
Born on November 3, 1945 in Terre Haute, IN to Lester and Mary Lou Mellin (nee McKenna), Tim grew up in Maywood, IL and graduated from Proviso East High School in 1963. It is there he met the love of his life, Margie. After graduating from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN, he worked as a microbiologist at Keebler for more than a decade. Deciding to switch careers in the early 1980’s, Tim worked to receive a master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He then went to work in the field of industrial safety, culminating with a career at OSHA as a field agent and training instructor.
Tim was an avid tool collector and bargain hunter, rarely able to pass by a garage sale or flea market looking for the next great deal. He also had a passion for collecting New York Central Railroad antiques, having had a grandfather that worked at the Terre Haute roundhouse on the beautiful old steam locomotives.
In lieu of flowers donation to the American Heart Association are appreciated. ( www.heart.org )
March 11, 2023
Memorial Service: 4PM
Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home
7319 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
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