leader William E. Mellander died early Tuesday morning, November 8, 2016, in
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 1950ís.
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 Regionís now storied steel industry in itís infancy,
he was an early identifier of itís 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 preceded 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.
burial will be private.
under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.