Melo J. “Shoes” Wakim

December 24, 1925 - April 13, 2010

12/24/1925 - 04/13/2010

Past Services

Thursday April 15, 2010
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Additional Information:

2-4 and 6-8 pm

Friday April 16, 2010
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Additional Information:

2-4 and 6-8 pm

Saturday April 17, 2010
10:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church - Wheeling
1225 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
242-1560 | Directions

WAKIM, Melo J. “Shoes”, 84, of Wheeling, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in Wheeling Hospital.

Melo was born December 24, 1925 in Wheeling, a son of the late John George and Edna Nagem Wakim. He was a member of St. Michael Parish, Wheeling; the Elm Grove Eagles; the Elm Grove Civics Association; the Cave Club, Wheeling; a lifelong member of the V.F.W. Post No. 4442, Wheeling; and was one of the original members of Speidel Golf Club. In addition, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the USS Tennessee during World War II.

Melo was well known by three generations of customers throughout the Ohio Valley. It is rare to find anyone in the last sixty years who had not purchased shoes, socks or novelty items from him, or played golf or shot a game a pool with him. He loved his family, his friends, his town, and his country. He will be missed by all.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom and Joe Wakim; and a sister, Marie Wakim.

Melo is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Laura M. Zepeda Wakim; four sons, John M. Wakim of Wheeling, Chris Wakim and his wife, Jeannette of Wheeling, Milo D. Wakim of Harrisburg, Pa., and Stephen P. Wakim of Wheeling; three sisters, Blanche Wakim of Wheeling, Angela Donnelly of Wheeling, and Anne deAguiar of Michigan; a brother, George John Wakim and his wife, Erma of Wheeling; five grandchildren, Ryan J. Wakim, J. Laura Wakim, Jenna M. Wakim, Isabel Gionnis and Nathan “Chris” Wakim; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, Thursday and Friday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Saturday, April 17, 2010 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling. Committal services will then be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery Bishops Chapel, Wheeling, with full military funeral honors provided by United States Navy and the Moundsville Veteran’s Honor Guard.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing.

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Don Harding
8 years ago


Your Dad was an inspiration to us

senior citizens.

We offer our symphathy in your loss.

Your family will be in our prayers.


Staci Couch Rykowski
8 years ago

Chris and Jeannette

Your family is in our prayers at this time of loss. Melo was a caring man and well known by all.

God Bless You

Staci and Boys

Cathy Sharpsky Piazza
8 years ago

Dear John and Family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care and God bless your family at this time.


Cathy & Mike Piazza

Jennifer Frankovich
8 years ago

He was a great man and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

8 years ago

I am sorry about your loss of your father, husband, and grandfather. I’ve known your father for many years.

I will always remember him comming to the VFW, this is where I work now. I will never forget his quick whit. Bless all of you!

Ron Salvador
8 years ago

Laura and Chris: My sympathy and prayers at this time of great loss. Not many Melo Wakims come along in one’s life, and we all shall miss him. May God bless your family and comfort you during mourning and recovery.

Mike Bush
8 years ago

Melo was a swell guy who I always was glad to see.He was one of a kind. God bless him and his family.

Peter Cuffaro
8 years ago

Mrs. Wakim, John, Chris; Milo and Steve:

Sorry about Melo.

He always had a pat for my back when he saw me and a big smile while asking how I was doing.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

With deepest condolences,


John Plewniak
8 years ago

My Deepest sympathy to your family.

Melo was a great guy and good Friend.

Audrey Williams Luton
8 years ago

My prayers for peace to all of you during this time of sadness.

God Bless.

Swierkos Ent.
8 years ago

Our Deepest Sympathy

Melo was a great man! He will be sadly missed and remembered by many.

Convenient Food Mart
8 years ago

Our deepest sympathy goes out to your entire family with the loss of Melo. He will be greately missed by all our employees

Kathy Davis, manager

john a joseph
8 years ago

sorry to hear about melo johnny jo donna

Bob & Becky Wells
8 years ago

Thought we didn’t know your father, if he was anything like Chris then he was a fine person. We are so sorry for your loss.

Mary Arrasmith
8 years ago

We will sure miss him. Please accept our sympathies.