John Douglas “Doug” Melcher, 76, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at his home in Pratt.  He was born April 27, 1942 in Great Bend to Irvin L. and Marcella Constance (Link) Melcher.  On June 17, 1972 he married Karen Kay (Snyder) Melcher in Ellinwood. She survives.

After high school, Doug joined the United States Navy where he worked as a welder.  He owned Doug’s Pumping Service and did work as a contract pumper in the oilfield. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and everything to do at the lake.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; sons, Bob (Arin Woodson) Melcher of Kansas City, Kansas and Curtis (Martha) Malone of Raymond, Kansas; daughters Tracie (David) Brady of Pratt and Sherryl Malone of Pratt; sisters, Jalayn (Jim) Rowden of Littleton, Colorado and Jeannie (Jess) Penner of Hutchinson; brother, Larry Melcher of Hutchinson; 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Doug is preceded in death by his parents; son, Shane Melcher; sisters, Margaret Melcher and Janet Branscom.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with family receiving friends Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary. Vigil and Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pratt. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pratt with Father Michael Klag presiding. Burial with Navy honors will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.

Memorials may be made to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation for Asbestos exposure in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt.  Online condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.