He served in the U. S. Air Force and was discharged with Honors.
Earl Melebeck graduated magna cum laude in 1969 from Bishop College with a degree in Integrated Social Sciences. During his tenure at Bishop, he was listed in “Who’s Who” Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and named to the Dean’s Honor List.
He was a Spring 1975 initiate of the Springfield (IL) Alumni Chapter and held brief membership in the Colorado Springs (CO) Alumni Chapter. The majority of his Kappa career was spent as a stalwart member of the Dallas Alumni Chapter and his final affiliation was with the Houston Alumni Chapter.
Mr. Melebeck began his career with the Social Security Administration as a Claims Representative in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1969. After developing a sound knowledge of Social Security laws and regulations, he advanced through the management ranks of the organization, serving as an Operations Supervisor in Greeley and Denver, Colorado; Branch Manager in Fort Collins, Colorado; Assistant District Manager in Great Falls, Montana, Colorado Springs, and Denver; and District Manager in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He completed staff assignments in the Social Security Regional Office in Denver and Central Office in Baltimore, Maryland, before returning to Texas in 1975 as an Area Director Intern. In 1976 he was named Area Director for the North Texas Area. Under Mr. Melebeck’s leadership, the North Texas area frequently led the nation in performance.
His management ability had periodically been recognized by the Administration through two Commissioner’s Citations (1974 and 1986), the Health and Human Services Senior Management Citation (1991), a Regional Commissioner’s Citation (1996), and Special Achievement Awards. SSA’s National Partnership Council acknowledged his accomplishments in the area of employee relations with an award in 1998. Additional honors include Kappa Alpha Psi Man of the Year Award (1994) and South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club TrailBlazer Award.
Mr. Melebeck was named Assistant Regional Commissioner, Management and Budget, in March 1980. His responsibilities involved a wide range of administrative activities which included training programs; personnel operations; manpower management; labor relations; office space; equipment procurement; budget control; and security. In April 1996, he was named Assistant Regional Commissioner, Management and Operations Support giving him additional responsibilities for the areas of Systems, Retirement and Survivors Insurance (RSI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Disability Programs. These activities provide management and programmatic support for the 155 field offices in the five-state Dallas Region. Under a clustering arrangement implemented in 1997 to maximize available resources, his responsibilities expanded to provide total support for the Denver Region in the areas of SSI Program policy and systems, Personnel, technical training and Security plus specific support for management information.
Mr. Melebeck was selected for the Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Program in 1998. He completed SES assignments as Deputy Regional Administrator in the Health Care Financing Administration’s Dallas Regional Office and as Deputy Director of the Office of Labor-Management and Employee Relations in SSA’s Central Office. In June 2000, he was selected as a permanent member of the Senior Executive Service.
Mr. Melebeck was selected as the Deputy Regional Commissioner for the Social Security Administration in Dallas on September 3, 2006. After 6 months of service in that position, and following a long and remarkable career, he retired from the Federal Service on March 2, 2007.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joyce Melebeck of Pearland, 3 children, Yvette Shillow of Abbeville, LA, Veronica Melebeck of Pearland, and Brother Earl A. Melebeck (Davnee) of Lawton, OK, 3 brothers, Lloyd Gums, Roy Gums, and Henry Gums, all of Austin, TX, 4 sisters, Elvina Allen and Regina Chargois, both of Orange, Myrtis Gums and Florida Gums, both of Austin, a brother in-law, Kenneth Williams of Orange, a devoted cousin, Rita Reaux of Abbeville, 8 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.