Melvin “Mel” Militell, resident of Sterling, formerly Plainfield and Elmhurst, passed away recently at the age of 86. A very proud Veteran of the US Marine Corps; beloved husband of 61 years to Diane Militell; loving father of Tracy Militell (Dave); Leanne (Dave) Mueller and John Militell; proud Papa of Vance, Dylan, Gianna, Alexander and Glenn Jr. (Melissa); loving brother of Bonnie (Jerry) Buscemi; preceded in death by his parents, Sam & Dorothy Militell, brother Ross Militell and granddaughter Jordyn Mueller. Mel was born and raised in Elmhurst, a 1956 graduate of York Community High School. Mel joined the Itasca Police Department in 1965 and then became an Elmhurst police officer in 1968, where he served until his retirement in 1994 as Deputy Chief. Mel was an avid golfer throughout his life, a true White Sox, Steelers and NASCAR fan. He loved and adored his wife, Diane. Their nicknames for each other were ”Pooch” for Mel and “Hun” for Diane. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and sister, Bonnie. He was a lover of all things jazz. Service with military honors was held Friday, June 23, at the Pedersen Ryberg Funeral Home, 435 N. York St., Elmhurst. Arrangements by Pedersen Ryberg Funeral Home. For info 630-834-1133.