THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kasimir Casey Melnyk, 67, of Three Rivers, passed away in Kalamazoo, MI. on Sunday, May 12 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1945 in Mitterteich, Germany, the son of Nikolaj and Anna (Katschmar) Melnyk. The family immigrated to Chicago in 1956. In 1959 the family moved to Marinette where they bought a dairy farm. He was drafted into the US Army in 1966 and volunteered for service in Vietnam. He was wounded twice during his tour and received two Purple Hearts for bravery. He was employed since 1976 for General Motors at Hydro Matic Corp., later American Axle, before retiring.
On Jan. 25, 1969 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary (Faucett) Melnyk. Together they raised two children, Daniel (Teri) Melnyk of Constantine, MI., and Sarah (Evan) Erskine of Hamlake, MN., and have two grandchildren.
Along with his wife, children and grandchildren he is survived by a sister, Sophie Glab, of Chicago, IL.; three brothers, Roman (Anna) Melnyk, of Chicago, Walter Melnyk, Racine, and John (Barbara) Melnyk, of Oscoda, MI.; several nieces and nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Stanley and Mary Mudry.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at the Hohner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Nystrom officiating. Interment will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be donated to the Heartland Hospice of Kalamazoo, 8075 Creekside Dr., Suite #120, Portage, MI. 49024.