Ronald L. Melovitz, 70, of Larksville passed into the hands of the Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Hospice Community Care, Inpatient Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
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Born Nov. 13, 1942, in Larksville, he was the son of the late Louis (Boots) Melovitz and Elizabeth Victor Melovitz Nemchick.
He attended St. John's Parochial School and was a graduate of Larksville High School, Class of 1960.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church of Larksville, where he was an altar server and Eucharistic minister.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving for eight years and during the Vietnam War.
Prior to his retirement in 1998, he was employed for 29 years by Procter & Gamble in the human resources department.
Ron was a member of the Plymouth Council 984, Knights of Columbus, where he currently held the position of trustee. He was also a past grand knight in the Plymouth Council and chaired several committees. Ron was a fourth-degree member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Assembly in Luzerne. Additionally, he was serving as district deputy of District 46, representing the Knights on a state level. He was chairman of the Northeast Board of District Deputies and had been elected by his peers to be a delegate to the 2012 Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention held in Anaheim, Calif., last year.
Over the years, he was also a member of the Slovak Club, the Back Mountain and Harveys Lake Sports clubs (Hunting and Rod and Reel clubs), and a member of the Booster Club for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey organization. Also, he acted as a liaison between the club and the hockey players and was extremely active with fund-raising benefits.
He was very involved with the Larksville and Edwardsville Little League and Teeners Baseball leagues. He was a coach with the Plymouth American Legion baseball teams for many years. In the late 1970s, he was one of the founders of the Larksville Junior Basketball League at the West Side Tech Gym.
Ron was an avid golfer and greatly enjoyed working in his yard. He had an extreme love for his family and had many great friends. He will forever be known as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Surviving are his loving wife of 51 years, the former Geraldine (Geri) Jones; son, Robert R. Melovitz, Plains Township; daughter, Christine A. Romanowski, at home; grandchildren, David and Shelby Romanowski; sister, Patricia Skudalski, Larksville; aunt and godmother, Jeanette Victor Plotkowski, Wisconsin; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Dallas. Family and friends may call from 2 to 4:30 and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Ron's family would like to extend a special thank you to all of their family and friends for their kind words, cards, gifts and prayers. Also, the family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Hospice Community Care, Inpatient Unit, at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre for their care and compassion during Ron's stay.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Community Care, Inpatient Unit, at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, 1000 E. Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711; the Catherine McAuley House, 121 Church St., Plymouth, PA 18651, 570-779-2801, or the Knights of Columbus, Council 984, 54 Willow St., Plymouth, PA 18651, 570-779-2781, in Ron's memory.
Please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com for directions or to submit online condolences to Ron's family.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 23, 2013