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Eric Melby

September 05, 1950 - January 13, 2019

Eric Melby Eric T. Melby
NEW LISBON, Wis. -- Eric Thomas Melby, 68, of New Lisbon passed away peacefully, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Gundersen Health System.
Eric was born Sept. 5, 1950, to Thomas F. Melby and Michaelyn M. (Nowak) Melby.
Eric graduated from Central High School in La Crosse. He was employed by the city of New Lisbon for 28 years.
Eric was a very talented musician. Music was his first and forever love. One of his first bands was 'The Ladds.' Later, he became a member of 'Flying Free.' The band performed country wide. They were the house band for 'The Playboy Club' in Phoenix. They were the opening band for 'Three Dog Night,' 'Bachman-Turner Overdrive,' and 'The Grateful Dead.' Eric continued to play, teach, write, record and share his music until the very end.
Eric is survived by his brother, Jeff (Bea) Melby; sisters, Jane (Melby) (Michael) Dean, Michaelyn (Melby) Hyde. Many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.
Eric is survived by his sons, Jason Melby, of Pardeeville, Wis., Eric Jr. Melby of Portage, Wis.; his daughter, Michelle Baker of Pardeeville; many grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Eric's wishes are to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank Gundersen Health System Critical Care Unit and Palliative Care for their outstanding care and support.
Fossum Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Published on January 17, 2019
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Michele Baker
Feb 01, 2019
Tammy Brockman
Jan 19, 2019
What a talented musician and I will always cherish the memories of the times we spent together making music...and of course I will never forget the Eric Boogie. So now my dear friend you are free to "play on". My condolences to the the family.
Harley Evenson
Jan 19, 2019
There are so many memories here. My fishing and Guitar buddy of years ago had a great sense of humor. We spent many hours in the basement of his home off State and 19th creating musical memories that last yet today. My sincere condolences to Siblings and Family.
Jane melby dean
Jan 18, 2019
I'll always remember my brother walking down a staircase on his hands. Really!! He was the cool brother who I always had crushes on his friends. I remember playing football with him and his friends with the warning, if you cry you can't play. Xxxxxooooo
Marye Beth Harris
Jan 18, 2019
Being a "Flying Free" groupie and living on "the farm" together, I have so many fond memories of Eric and "the band". Far too many to mention here. Happy I could hug my favorite bass player at the Flying Free reunion. My heart breaks for the Melby family, Eric will always rock on in my heart. ❤
John DeDakis
Jan 18, 2019
So sorry to read this today. I knew Eric in high school. Sadly, we fell out of touch, but I'm heartened to read about his musical successes. Sixty-eight is WAY too young. My condolences to those who live on.
Hoppy and Robin Hoppmann
Jan 18, 2019
RIP brother, you were a true friend in arms. No more pain for your in a better place. Will truly miss you my friend.
Joel Freisinger
Jan 17, 2019
This is sad news- Eric was an excellent musician and an excellent person-
unfortunately, I had not seen him in many years-, but have great memories-RIP old friend.
Lennie Bahl
Jan 17, 2019
Eric, my musical brother from a different mother, it was a real joy to share the stage with you for 10 years, through thick, ... and a lot of thin. You were a strong bass player and creative musician. Your energy and spark was always invigorating and will be missed. I always appreciated your straight-forward manner and dedication to the craft. We shared so many adventures of the road and played many great gigs - I shall never forget you, my old friend. My sincere condolences to the Melby family and loved ones! You will be loved and missed forever!
Patricia Krutke
Jan 17, 2019
Eric was a wonderful,kind,generous man.
Alex Campbell
Jan 17, 2019
Shared "The Beatle's" concert together in 1965 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and so many other musical beginnings and memories. My sincerest sympathies to the Melby Family.
Boyd Sibley
Jan 17, 2019
Eric was always a great kid when I new him in the younger days of the Lads. Always dedicated to the music, fun and friends. You will be missed my friend. Carry on in the world of eternal spirit, I know you will be "flying free". Love and blessings. ~Ray~boyd Sibley
Dave Peterson
Jan 17, 2019
I’d like to extend my sincere condolences to all of Eric’s family on his passing. I was one of his fellow musicians in La Crosse in the 60s and 70s and I know first hand that Eric touched many people with his music and warm personality.
Michaelyn Hyde
Jan 17, 2019
Eric, you were the best brother, friend ever!! You created so many wonderful memories. You will be loved and missed forever.
Shawn Virock
Jan 17, 2019
I've been fortunate to have known and shared music and friendship with Eric. You have my heart felt Sympathy. Hoping to attend his celebration of life.