Mark E. Melby

October 23, 1951 - October 12, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Mark Melby, 69, of St. Augustine, Florida, announce his passing on Tuesday October 12, 2021. He was born October 23, 1951, in La Crosse to Arthur and Cora (Hauser) Melby.

Mark E Melby 2Mark graduated from Logan High School in 1969. He went on to attend Wisconsin State University-La Crosse (now UWL). Mark had a passion for music and found lifetime friendships as a drummer for the Ladds, who eventually changed their name to Todays Tomorrow. Bandmates meant the world to Mark.

Mark’s dislike for winter and his love of the ocean led him to St. Augustine for many years. In Florida, he worked for several automobile dealerships and was an avid volunteer for local animal shelters. Over the years, he was devoted to his cats Smoodge, Tigger and Callie. Mark leaves behind many dear relationships he made in Florida.

Mark (aka. Marco, Martini) will be lovingly remembered by brothers Dale Melby, Arthur (Sandi) Melby and sister Sandra (Michael)Bittner, and sister-in-law Robin Melby. He also will be remembered by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bruce Melby and special aunt Irene Hauser and uncle Earl Melby.

A gathering for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 13, at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crosse. A memorial service will follow at noon, with Pastor Scott Skogen officiating.

Remembrance of Mark can be made to the Coulee Region Humane Society at 911 Critter Court, Onalaska, WI 54650 or other local animal shelters.