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William Mellander

Died: Tue., Nov. 8, 2016


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 William Mellander Passes Away at 78

Chesterton business leader William E. Mellander died early Tuesday morning in Chesterton. Mellander was past President and Managing Partner of Wilbar Manufacturing Company. Mellander moved to Chesterton in 1969 with his wife, lifelong Chesterton resident Carolyn (Johnson) Mellander who was the daughter of longtime Chesterton community leader and historian Howard Johnson.

The son of successful Swedish immigrants, Mellander was born in Chicago in 1938. He was an army veteran who was stationed in Germany and Turkey during the 1950’s. He attended Texas Tech University, worked in the oilfield and mining industries before moving to Chesterton and joining his father-in-law at Wilbar. With when The Region’s now storied steel industry in it’s infancy, he was an early identifier of it’s opportunities and he helped build a business that became a catalyst for the growth of steel in Northwest Indiana. He was an inventor, holding multiple patents on roll-micrometer gauges. Precision measuring devices that today are used in factories on three continents around the world.
He was proceeded in death by his wife Carolyn, brother David, and his parents. He is survived by his younger brother Stewart of New Castle, Indiana. His son Bill Mellander of Keller, Texas. Daughter Kay Schmid of Reston, Virginia. His special partner Susan Harford of Chesterton and five grandchildren.

Arraignments and burial will be private.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.

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