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6-26-13 Death of Pastor Joseph Melashenko
Tribute to Joe Melashenko, Singer, Evangelist
Written by his son, Lonnie Melashenko
|Joe Melashenko singing "Lead Me Gently Home
But wait! Psalm 116:15 clearly states, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” And Revelation 14:13 adds, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth...They rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.”
Rudy called at 3:24 this morning and left a message on my cell phone (we’re here in South Lancaster, Massachusetts for camp meeting appointments this weekend) – “the dreaded call,” he indicated. “He’s done. He’s done. Our dear Dad just passed away.” Rudy was with him at the very end at 2:15 singing songs. A precious time. A sacred time. “A time to keep.”
Dad’s works do follow him. For millions of radio/TV listeners Dad was a special “basso profundo in excelsis” as H.M.S. Richards used to call him. With his big bass voice and giant bear hugs he came into our lives; he left footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same. He was my hero. Larger than life. What a great father. I salute the life of this Herculean spiritual giant, a modern ambassador for his best Friend, Jesus. His integrity and magnanimity, his deeply spiritual faith and old-fashioned values. His incredible gift communicating Jesus through sermons in song together with his wife and five sons – Lonnie, Joedy, Dallas, Eugene and Rudy -- the “Singing Joe Melashenko family.” His ministry as “The Gospel Singer” bridged culture, age, gender, ethnicity and reached across to audiences spiritual and pagan alike. Hard working. Honest. He loved his family. He loved his wife Anne. He loved his church.
|Lonnie and Jeannie Melashenko|
**Good bye, Dad. Sleep well. See you in the morning.
By Lonnie Melashenko,
Written Friday, June 21, 2013
**Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 21, at the Paradise, Calif. Adventist Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to either the Voice of Prophecy or The Quiet Hour Ministries.