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Gary William Melde

May 13, 2019 | 4 comments

Gary William Melde, 53, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2019 in his home surrounded by family. He was born on December 22, 1965 to Norman and Delores Melde. He married Shelley Holt on June 21, 2003.

Gary was a longtime employee at Trane Company. He enjoyed spending time with Shelley, family, and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and stayed positive until the end. Gary is survived by his mother, Delores; 2 older brothers, Dan (Cheryl) and Ron; sister, Jean; daughter, Leah; nephews, Jamie (Cassey), Jason (Sarah), Jeremy (Jennie), Jonathan (Sarah), Daniel, and Brandon (Dakota); niece, Autumn Rose; sisters-in-law, Sherry (Tom) and Amy, and father- in -law, Jim Holt. Gary is reunited with his sweetheart Shelley and his father Norman in heaven.

Special thank you to Gundersen hospice and health care workers, and special friends, Scott Taylor and Kris and Andrew Prew.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 11 AM in the Prairie Room at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, with visitation being held from 9 AM until the time of the service. A private family burial will be held.



  1. Lori Taylor

    So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. Had the pleasure of growing up with him. I will always cherish the memories, I will never forget him. Prayers and hugs to all of you!!

  2. Barb Wilsmann Decorah

    I didn’t know Gary very long but I thought he was an awesome person and best of all he made Shelley the happiest I’ve ever seen her. We send our love, good thoughts and prayers to his family and friends…. The Decorah Family

    • Ginger jones

      So sorry for the family, such a young man! Thinking of you Cheryl and Jamie at such a sad time! Praying for all of you!

  3. Tim & Jan Dwyer

    May he rest in peace. May the perpetual lite shine upon him. May God bless all of Gary’s family and friends.

    Gary was a friendly man and easy to be with. He was a testament to his father and mother. Gary’s siblings were very generous and kind to him.

    We will miss his presences.

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