Mel Drummond (1937-2012)

CBM family and friends,

Commemorative Bucks of Michigan is sad to report that we have lost one of our own nearest and dearest. Melton Roy Drummond passed away while hunting in Colorado. Mel was an active member of CBM. He was a measurer, serving on the CBM Board of Directors, P&Y measurer, CBM web site coordinator, worked at shows and a photographer at the awards banquet. We are thankful for the time and energy Mel contributed to CBM. He was was a generous man with a very large, sweet heart. He will be truly missed by everyone in this organization. Prayers go out to his family and friends. God bless…

If you are interested in more information please see Mel’s obituary below or here.

Obituary for Melton Roy Drummond:

An active life on earth was stilled Saturday, September 15, 2012, when his Lord called Melton Roy Drummond home to Heaven at the end of a successful Colorado elk hunt.

Funeral services will be held at the Perry Baptist Church on Friday September 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM. Pastors Scott Dunford and Desmond Bell will officiate with burial at Looking Glass River Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 pm.

Mel was born in Arkansas on April 21, 1937, to Pleas and Goldie Drummond. His family moved to Flint where Mel graduated from Dye High School. Mel was active in sports especially football and track. He joined the naval reserve program while in high school.

He went to work for Flint Chevrolet Manufacturing and became involved in their electrical apprenticeship program at Flint Junior College. He retired from GM as a journeyman electrician.

Mel married Anita (Skip) Leiner on August 8, 1964, at the First Baptist Church of Owosso. They have two children, Kevin (Jolene) Drummond of Mt Airy, North Carolina, and Jeni (Thom) Jonckheere of Perry. Five grandchildren survive their grandfather: Natalya, Hayley, Jahryn and Kolten Drummond and Zachariah Jonckheere. He is also survived by sister Theta (Garry) Grooms and brother, Douglas (Marcella) Drummond. Six nephews and four nieces will miss their uncle. Also mourning Mel are three sisters-in-law, Ellie Fischer, Patty (Clinton) Brisbane, and Mary Kingsland. Mel was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Margaret.

Mel was active in the Perry Baptist Church. He served as a deacon and on many other church committees. Mel played baseball for the church league and was later one of the league referees.

Following his father’s footsteps, Mel enjoyed working with wood. He refinished several pieces of furniture for their home. He recently began carving, creating meticulously sculpted ducks.

He made crawler harnesses for another favorite activity—fishing, especially walleye. He volunteered his boat and skills in this year’s “Walleye for Disabled Vets” program on Saginaw Bay.

Mel was a skilled archer and encouraged his children and grandchildren to participate in the sport. He built an archery range in his backyard that was used by family and friends alike. He entered many archery shoots and tournaments, bringing home trophies and awards for his performances. As an enthusiastic archer, he volunteered his time at the Looking Glass River Sportsman’s Club to help teach youth archery programs.

Mel was an official measurer for the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, having taken specialized training for their program. Many local hunters brought their game to Mel to see if their “trophy” made the record books.

Mel loved to hunt. Whenever possible, he shared his hunting trips with his wife—whether it be duck hunting on Saginaw Bay or moose hunting in Newfoundland. He kept a varied menu on the table: white tail deer, mule deer, moose, antelope, and elk. Mel also assisted his wife in managing a very productive garden.

He kept a photographic record of his trips and family happenings. His photo, “A Fawn in the Ferns” graced the cover of a statewide hunting magazine. Like archery and running, Mel passed on his love of photography to his children and grandchildren.
Mel was not a man who was still for long—he was hard to keep up with.

Memorial contributions can be directed to the Perry Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to Watkins Funeral Homes available here.

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