Mr. Kasimir "Casey" Melnyk, 67, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Sunday, May 12, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on November 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, Wis. where they bought a dairy farm. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1966 and volunteered for service in Vietnam. He was wounded twice during his tour and received two Purple Hearts for his bravery. He was employed since 1976 for General Motors at Hydro Matic Corp., later American Axle, before retiring. On January 25, 1969, Casey was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary (Faucett) Melnyk. Together they raised two children: Daniel (Teri) Melnyk of Constantine, Mich. and Sarah (Evan) Erskine of Hamlake, Minn.; two grandchildren: Kasey and Hannah. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Along with his wife, children and grandchildren he is survived by one sister, Sophie Glab of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers: Roman (Anna) Melnyk of Chicago, Walter Melnyk, Racine, Wis. and John (Barbara) Melnyk of Oscoda, Mich.; several nieces, nephews and extended family. Casey was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Stanley and Mary Mudry.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home in Three Rivers. Funeral Services will be held 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013 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 Drive, Suite #120, Portage, MI. 49024. Envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.hohnerfh.com.