Richard Manuel Melian, 25, of Benton passed away Saturday, Dec. 15. He was born June 30, 1987, in Newark, N.J., to Moises A. Melian and Ana Carolina Castro-Mejia.
Before moving to Benton, he graduated from Matheny School and Hospital in Peapack, N.J., in 2008. Richard was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Benton and was loved by many.
In addition to his parents,he is survived by his four siblings, Alexandra C. Mejia, Steven P. Mejia, Maylin R. Mejia and Helen Melian; his maternal grandparents, David Castro and Blanca R. Fuentes; and his paternal grandparents, Manuel and Elsa Melian.
Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Northside Church of Christ with Brother Fernando Toledo officiating. Interment will follow at Old Rosemont Memorial Park in Benton. Serving as pallbearers will be Steven Mejia, Kyle Castro, Benjamin Castro, Wildredo Aguilar, Henry Castro, Peter Elias, Moises Melian, Brother Fernando Toledo and Gerardo Vazquez.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton.
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