The Rev. Dr. William Stanley Mellish, formerly of Moline, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010.
His wife, Tevis, son, Bill, daughter-in-law, Mary Lou, and grandchildren, Merissa and James, miss him very much.
His life will be celebrated in a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at First Congregational Church, 6501 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tevis Huber Mellish and William Stanley Mellish Scholarship fund at Eden Seminary, 475 East Lockwood, St. Louis, MO 63119.
Stan was a great guy who was widely loved and respected. As a minister of the United Church of Christ, he touched many people with caring council and as a valued mentor. He was brilliant in the pulpit and moved people as much with his intellect as he did with his rich inspiring voice.
He was born and raised in the Boston area but began his ministry serving churches in Chicago. As a testimony to his pastoral leadership skills he spent 15 years each at the First Congregational Church in Moline, and First Congregational Church in St. Louis, Mo., where he also was Minister Emeritus.
Stan would not want to be thought of as a scholar. However, his knowledge of literature, verse, world events, history, and of course spiritual writings was vast and deep. His higher education began at Gordon College, continued at Yale Divinity School, and was enhanced with study at Exeter College, Oxford, and an honorary Doctorate from Eden Seminary.
He believed in serving the local community and the wider world. He was president of the Moline Rotary Club and YMCA, and on many national and local boards including Eden Seminary.
Stan also served as a delegate for many national and international conventions. These include but aren't limited to many UCC conventions, an International World Church Association meeting in Nairobi, and a member of the sister city meeting in Beijing.
His service activities were lead by a sense of duty but also by passion for travel. He and Tevis traveled the world extensively to feed their love of new cultures and experiences. He also served as a tour leader (with an able assist from Tevis) for many years to exotic destinations near and far.