In Memory: Jan. 25

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Richard Kaelin, 85, Vero Beach

May 18, 1937 – January 05, 2023

Richard Kaelin, 85, passed away on January 5th, 2023, in Vero Beach, Florida, after suffering complications from injuries he sustained in a fall.

Richard was born on May 18th, 1937, in Queens, New York to John and Eunice Kaelin, from Valley Stream, NY.   He graduated from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, NY in 1955; he went on to study accounting at Pace University in New York City in the late 1950s; then enlisted in the US Army, achieving rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1961.  That same year, he married his high school sweetheart Clare Schmitz, and they settled in Valley Stream to raise their family.  He went back to school and received a BBA from Hofstra University in 1967.  He worked for over 25 years in New York City at CIT Group and Standard and Poor’s, and then life took him and Clare to Orlando and eventually Chicago, where he worked for various relocation companies before finally retiring in 2001, and settling in Vero Beach, Florida.

Faith was an integral part of Richard’s life, and he was very involved in his churches, most recently Living Lord Lutheran Church.  He sang in the church choir, held various positions on church council, and participated in many fundraising and fellowship events.  He also sang in Orlando’s Bach Society Chorus, the Vero Beach Rhythm Band & Chorus, and sang/acted in various community theater musicals.

What Richard will be remembered most for was his zest for life and his wonderful sense of humor.  He made life-long friends every step of the way, and always had a kind word and a hearty laugh ready for anyone he met and loved.  He lived life to the fullest.

Richard was survived by his devoted and loving wife of 61 years, Clare (Schmitz) Kaelin, daughters Robin (Albert) King and Karin Moreno, and grandchildren Kaelin, Victoria, and Alex.  He is also survived by his brother Ron (Lois) Kaelin, sister June (John) Sehlmeyer, sister-in-law Mariann Morgan, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions be made to Richard’s favorite charity and place where he volunteered and was known as the “soup man” for 12 years.  (Please make checks payable to OFTSK and mark as a memorial for Richard Kaelin).  Alternatively, donations can be made to the “American Cancer Society”:

Our Father’s Table Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 6114, Vero Beach, FL  32961

Memorial Service Information: 

Sunday, January 15th at 11:30 AM

Living Lord Lutheran Church

2725 58th Avenue

Vero Beach, FL  32966

A second Memorial Service will be held in February (exact date TBD) on Long Island, NY:

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

2025 Washington Avenue

Seaford, NY 11783

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

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Dale “Midder” Melton, 64, Vero Beach

June 05, 1958 – December 28, 2022

Dale “Midder” Melton, age 64, passed away December 28, 2022 at VNA Hospice House of Vero Beach.

He was born June 5, 1958 in Fort Pierce, Florida to the late Ray and Thelma Melton.

For over 10 years, he worked as a Sales Representative for Complete Restaurant.

Midder enjoyed fishing and golf. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Gina; son, Jason Melton; step-daughter, Ashley McCabe; sisters, Yolanda Adams and Rhonda Barlan; brother, David Melton; grandchildren, Tyler Hummel, Logan McCabe and Lily Melton.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Ray Melton, III and Terry Wayne Melton; and his twin sister, Gale Lavigne.

A Celebration of Life will be held February 19, 2023 at the Fort Pierce Inlet.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue Shelter, 710 Jackson St, Sebastian, FL 32958.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

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Dana Charles Pappadouplos70

January 31, 1952 – January 08, 2023

Dana Charles Pappadouplos, 70, passed away on January 8, 2023 surrounded by loved ones. Dana was born in Peabody, MA on January 31, 1952, son of Christy and Audrey Pappadouplos.

Dana was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He had a love of cars, especially his ’73 Barracuda! It wasn’t unusual to find a picture of his “Cuda” in his wallet before a picture of his wife and kids.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lynn Pappadouplos and three sons, Andrew, and wife Jennifer; Kevin and wife Natalia; Michael and wife Chana. Grandchildren are Chantel, Cayla, Orlando, Korbin, Maia, and Emmett Pappadouplos. Dana is also survived by one brother and two sisters, Mark and wife Cyndi of Helen, GA, Anne Gruntkosky of Peabody, MA and husband Thomas and Diane Davidson of Salem, MA and husband Brian. He was predeceased by his brother Scott Pappadouplos of Smyrna, GA.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.


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