Bill G. Melton of Miami died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. He was 82.

Mr. Melton was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Muskogee to Bill G. Melton and Opal Fay Baker. He graduated from Strang High School in the class of 1942. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, graduating in 1948. He also attended George Washington University on a football scholarship until an injury ended his football career.

He was a World War II veteran of the Navy, serving on the destroyer USS Lang. He was honorably discharged in January 1946.

He joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1950 and became a police officer in the Tulsa Police Department in 1951. He retired in February 1975, with the rank of captain. The day following his retirement from the Tulsa Police Department, he became the police chief of the Miami Police Department, where he served as police chief for 20 years, retiring in 1995. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Miami. He served on various committees and was currently serving on the City of Miami Utility Board. He was lifelong fisherman, golfer and an avid sports fan.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie, of the home; one daughter, Cheryl Van Tuyl and her husband Jerry; one son, Lyndon and his wife Trish; his stepmother, Reva Melton of Maysville, one sister, Barbara Webster and her husband Mike of Norman, and seven grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Miami.

Arrangements are under the direction of Midtown Tulsa Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the memorial fund of the First United Methodist Church in Miami.