News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 5, 2013

Walter Melvin ‘Mel’ Crackel


TERRE HAUTE — Walter Melvin “Mel” Crackel,  of Terre Haute, and formerly of Lawrenceville, Ill., passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Terre Haute. He was born Feb. 18, 1915, in Belmont, Ill., the son of Allen and Laura Eliza (Weisenberger) Crackel. He married Wanda Ridenour on Nov. 1, 1941, and she died Nov. 16, 1988.

Mel owned and operated Crackel’s Grocery. He also worked for various grocery stores such as Buy-Low and Neeley’s Key Market, he was an insurance salesman and prepared income taxes for individuals before his retirement. Mel was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served during World War II. Mel was a Sunday school teacher and served as Sunday school superintendent.

Preceding Mel in death  were his parents; one brother, George Crackel; and one sister, Mildred Shaw.

Survivors include one son, Bradley Crackel and wife Nancy of Terre Haute; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Jay) Kellett and Bradley Crackel Jr.; along with three great-grandchildren, Jensen, Jaycee, and Jolee Kellett.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. CST Friday at Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home, in Lawrenceville. Burial will be in Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Send condolences to: