Greg Austin Melvin, 49
Greg Austin Melvin, 49, passed away June 8, 2016, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. He was born May 6, 1967, in Kalamazoo, the son of Gary and Joan Melvin.
Greg grew up in Martin, graduated from Martin High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1989 from Central Michigan University. He married his college sweetheart Lisa Pileri on June 16, 1990. He completed his Master of Business Administration in 2013, while fighting cancer.
Greg, a devoted family man, loved his wife and children dearly and planned many family outings and activities to be with them. They hiked, biked, took trips or just had an ice cream cone-anything for fun and adventure.
Diagnosed with cancer five years ago, life took on a new urgency for him as he was hospitalized, received treatments, raised his family, and continued to work. His zest for living and determination to live life at its fullest were testimonials to those who loved him.
Greg enjoyed sports, especially golfing with his friends from around the state. He had a sense of humor and magnetism that drew life-long friends who loved and supported him in his life journey.
He had a rewarding career in employee communications in hospitals, banks and healthcare, most recently at Terumo Cardiovascular, where he was the senior marketing communications specialist.
He was a former board member of IABC (International Association of Business Communicator) and president of Interchange, a West Michigan communications group. He also served as Elder at Peace Lutheran Church.
Greg is survived by his wife Lisa; children, Christine, Sam, Courtney and Katrina Melvin; his parents, Joan and Gary Melvin of Kalamazoo; his sister Diane Melvin of Plainwell; his nephew Joshua Melvin; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
Visitation will be at Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, on Tuesday, June 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15, from 10 to11 a.m.
Celebration of life services will also be at Peace Lutheran on Wednesday, June 15, at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, for Greg's family or Arbor Hospice.
An additional celebration of Greg's life will be Saturday, June 18, from 12 to 2 p.m., at Martin United Methodist Church, 969 E. Allegan St., Martin, with a light lunch served at noon and a time to remember Greg with memories from his family and friends from 1 to 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Martin United Methodist Church.