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Monday, April 26, 2021

Obituary - Clint Mellenbruch

A Celebration of Life is planned for Clint Mellenbruch, formerly of Rich Hill, this Saturday May 1st from 2-4pm at Sweetwater Tabernacle Church in Rich Hill, MO. The public is invited to attend.

Vernon Clint Mellenbruch, age 59, of Stockton, Missouri, was born December 15, 1960 in Butler, Missouri, to William (“Bill”) Vernon and Syrelda Irene (Stoddard) Mellenbruch, and passed from this life on November 6, 2020, at Cox Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  

Clint, one of four children, grew up on a farm east of Foster, Missouri, and attended Rich Hill grade and high schools, graduating in 1980. Following graduation he opened “Clint’s Cycles” in rural Rich Hill.  Clint participated in many Motorcycle Trials competitions, winning a State Championship one year.  His love of motorcycles, ATVs, etc., was passed on to his three sons, Cole, Josh, and Luke., they spent many hours riding together. His nephews Mike and Bruce said Clint was “the fun uncle.” They loved going to his house as he always had something going on.  

In 2007 Clint move to Stockton, Missouri , he latermet and married his wife Dana.  Clint owned and operated “Stockton Lake ATV and Watercraft”, working on and servicing personal watercraft, ATVs and dirt bikes.  He was affectionately known around Stockton as “the jet ski man.”  

Clint was a friend to many and never knew a stranger; he could strike up a conversation with anyone.   Any time spent with Clint was memorable; he gave the best hugs.  He liked to make people laugh and always wanted people to know they were loved.   He enjoyed spending time with his family, and especially enjoyed being at Stockton Lake.  If you were Clint’s friend on Facebook you saw the many pictures he took, usually taken at the lake.  Sunsets and sunrises were his favorite.  He had an eye for capturing beautiful pictures, but also liked to capture humorous ones as well. Clint was also very skilled at chainsaw art and created some interesting pieces which he gifted to family & friends. 

Clint had many passions in life; one of which was jet skiing.  If the lake wasn’t frozen, then it was fair game!  Clint loved Jeeps!  He loved going around the lake and positioning his Jeep in some mighty precarious positions just so he could take a picture.   He was also an avid bowler.  He was introduced to bowling by his best friend in the world, his dad Bill.  His mom, Irene, took him at the early age of one month to his first bowling alley.  Most importantly, Clint was a man of God, and always shared his love for Jesus with others (John 3:16).  

He is survived by his wife Dana Mellenbruch, of the home; sons Cole Mellenbruch (Tiffany), Adrian, MO; Josh Mellenbruch (Mackenzie Hale), Rich Hill, MO; and Luke Mellenbruch (Ezzie Hernandez), Rich Hill, MO; stepsons Ryan Davis (Robyn), Highlandville, MO; and Josh Davis (Dawn), Highlandville, MO; stepdaughter Nikki Strader (Levi), Nixa, MO; brother, Walter Mellenbruch (Norma Lea), Rich Hill, MO; sister, Carolyn McCombs (Bob), Webb City, MO; sister Linda McClanahan (Jerry), Carthage, MO; mother-in-law Marcella Payne, Springfield, MO; father-in-law Danny Langston (Billie), Harrison, AR; eleven grandchildren with one on the way; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Clint was preceded in death by his parents.