Melvin Draper, Jr.

Melvin Draper, Jr.
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Melvin M. Draper, Jr., 65, of Highland, IL, born December 10, 1957, in East St. Louis, IL, died Monday, September 25, 2023, at Highland Health Care Center, Highland, IL.

Melvin loved guns and watching gameshows. Melvin was a man of many traits; he was a truck driver for five years and an electrician for over ten years. He participated in many different war reenactments at Fort de Chartres in Prairie Du Rocher, IL. He was an amazing griller and cooked everything to perfection. Melvin always lit up the room when he walked in and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Monroe Draper Sr. and Hazel, nee Brasil, Draper; and his brother, Gary Dean Draper.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda, nee Roberts, Draper; three children, Melvin Draper III, Melissa Elizabeth Stewart, and Casandra Draper; two stepchildren, Donald McDade and Amy Williams; many dear grandchildren; two sisters, Melba Lee “Skipper” Pelate, and Nancy Taylor Katricka; and many other family members.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be held at Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Millstadt, IL.


7 Comments on Melvin Draper, Jr.

Dawn Benner said : Guest Report Oct 12, 2023 at 9:41 PM

Uncle Roe will be missed dearly. He was a great man.

  • IL
Leah Tyler said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2023 at 2:52 AM

I knew Roe from the nursing home I worked at. He was such a sweet man and although his communication was limited in his last weeks, I could still see that he was there and listening and that he had love in his heart. I would have come to the funeral had I not tested positive for COVID, but my heart and condolences still go out to the family. Thank you for providing me with wonderful stories of Roe.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Lisa & Matt Austin said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2023 at 6:47 PM

Hugs of comfort to the family during this difficult time. May warm memories fill your heart during your time of grieving.

  • Hoboken
  • NJ
Susan cotter said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2023 at 8:12 PM

Missy, sorry for your loss.

  • Glen Carbon
  • Il
Kathy Draper said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2023 at 5:24 PM

With deepest sympathy, may God Bless you all! Even though we were divorced a part of me & his other step- daughter (not mentioned) died, too. He's no longer in pain & trapped in a body he didn't desire. Memories are all we have. I'm sure Mitch & Gary met him outright, along with mom, dad, & the rest of the family. God Bless & Rest In Peace Roe. Aka: George Bailey

  • Belleville
  • IL
Maryann Sulic said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2023 at 2:55 PM

Dear Lee and Frank. Though Roe was ill for so long, I know it's still so difficult to say goodbye. I remember how fond Michael was of Uncle Roe and remembers that Roe took him fishing, I believe. Hope to see you before the end of 2023. Warm regards. Maryann S.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Paul Bauza(Kmando) said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2023 at 10:41 AM

My deepest sympathies for your loss.

  • Millstadt
  • Il

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