Larry D. Mellott, co-owner of Mellott Brothers Trailers Sales Inc., Willow Street, Pa., and chairman for 16 years of the annual Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association (PRVCA) Show in Harrisburg, died Monday (Oct. 27) after a stroke at his home.
“It is such a loss personally and professionally,” said PRVCA Executive Vice President Becky Lennington. “He was so devoted to the association.”
Mellott, 69, co-founded the full-line RV dealership — specializing in Holiday Rambler products the last several years — in 1963 in his hometown of Willow Street, a suburb of Lancaster, with his brothers Carson Mellott, now retired, and Glenn Mellott, current president of the company.
With the major expansion this year of the State Farm Show Complex, Mellott saw the Harrisburg Show become one of the largest in the nation. This year’s show, Sept. 10-14, drew a record crowd of 35,546 consumers.
“The whole association worked very hard to bring to pass the new facility,” said Jay Mauro, Holiday Rambler’s northeast regional sales manager and a PRVCA board member. “He was very proud of being part of that.”
Mellott Brothers has been a Holiday Rambler dealer for 35 years.
“He was a terrific person to work with and he was very dedicated to Holiday Rambler and to the other products he represented,” Mauro said. “He was an individual who understood and loved the lifestyle, both from a business and a personal standpoint.”
Lennington said that the association particularly will miss Mellott’s enthusiasm for the RV industry. “I don’t think many people realized how much service he gave to the association,” she said. “He was totally devoted. I am so pleased that he had this year, which was an incredible year for us,” she said.
At the time of his death, Mellott was a Pennsylvania representative on the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Board of Delegates.
A former member of the RVDA board of directors, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, son Larry Mellott Jr., sales manager at the dealership, daughter Karen Mellott and four grandsons.
Visitation will be 6-8:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 31) and 10-11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 1) at Fred F. Groff Funeral Home, 234 W. Orange St., Lancaster. A Masonic service will be conducted at Groff’s on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Public services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street.
The family asks that memorial contributions be sent to Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County, 625 Community Way, Lancaster, Pa., 17603 or to the Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, Pa. 17604-4125.
Internment will be at the church cemetery.