Obituaries » John B. Melna
May 15, 1942 - December 4, 2018
John was born to John E. Melna and Carlin Melna on May 15, 1942 in Newark, NJ. They moved to Matawan, NJ shortly after he was born. After returning from serving in the Army during World War II, his father joined the police department and was eventually made the chief of police of Matawan. Despite the fact that his father was the chief, John was always a little bit of a rebel. After high school he joined the navy and worked very hard to enter the nuclear training school, despite not having the grades in high school to qualify. He studied hard and eventually made it in. John finished at the top of his class. He served on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea and the nuclear submarine, USS Tullibee. He also taught at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, NY. After the Navy, he worked for Norwalk Turbo and Saudi Arabian Oil Company. Both companies allowed him to use his skills he gained in the Navy but also travel the world with and without his family. However, he always enjoyed his time at home the best.
John passed away after a long fight with cancer on December 4, 2018. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Melna and Jennifer Cunningham; his first wife, Marilyn Campbell; grandson, Colin Delaney; his brother, James Melna and sister in law, Barbara Melna.
He is preceded in death by his second wife, Terri Melna; his parents; as well as two sons, John P. Melna and Jeffrey Melna.
John enjoyed cooking with his wife Terri. They always enjoyed trying new and interesting recipes that she had found. He was an avid woodworker and had built many beautiful pieces of furniture over many years that is treasured by all that own a piece.
The family will receive friends for a Time of Visitation from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Mullins Memorial, 1056 NE 7th Terr., Cape Coral, FL 33909.
Graveside Services will be private.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.