EVANSVILLE — Mel M. Justak, 70, of Evansville, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.

Born in East Chicago, Indiana in 1949, he attended the University of Detroit and served as president of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity for two years. Mel was a longtime local business leader as an owner-operator of several McDonald's franchises - opening his first store at Princeton in 1975 at age 26 and built a successful career that spanned more than 40 years. Being civic-minded in his professional endeavors was always central to him through limitless sports team sponsorships and donating his time, talent, and treasure to various causes and organizations. Throughout his life, family was his first priority and brought him his greatest joy-none more than his devoted wife, Anna and their four children. In his retirement, Mr. Justak continued his mission of giving back by serving on the Parish Council for Annunciation Parish in Evansville. He also loved spending time with grandchildren, taking family vacations, and continuing his lifelong love of cheering for the Chicago Cubs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.

Loving husband of Anna for 47 years and father to Mel Jr. (Catherine), Anthony (Jenelle), Marlena (Robert Sauer), and Matthew (Mallory), proud grandfather to Abigail, Emily, Madeline, Samuel Justak, Jack Justak, Randall and Gianna Sauer and Jemmie Justak and a brother to Gary (Karen) and Mikel (Karen).

Friends may visit from 2 p.m until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Browning Funeral Home, 738 E Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN 47711, where a memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Friends may also visit from 10 a.m. until a Mass of the Resurrection beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Annunciation Parish Christ the King Campus, 3010 E Chandler Ave., Evansville, IN 47714, with Father Alex Zenthoefer celebrating. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King School at Annunciation Parish, 3010 E. Chandler Ave. Evansville, IN 47714 or Reitz Memorial High School, 1500 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47714.

Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com.

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