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July 23, 2013
Melvin "Mel" A. Ney, MSGT, USAF, (Ret.), 77, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Tuesday at the Cornerstone Hospital, Tucson, Ariz. He had been an 18 year resident of Sierra Vista moving from State College.
Melvin was born July 28, 1935, in Schuylkill Haven, to Burt and Rebecca Strophauer Ney.
He was a 1953 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School. Shortly after, he joined the Navy and was sworn-in August 1953.
On Nov. 1, 1953, he married Carol M. Nuebling, also a Schuylkill Haven resident. They were blessed with three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Melvin served four years with the Navy, and then served 16 years with the Air Force. While stationed in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
Following his retirement, he worked for 23 years as an electrician in the maintenance department at Penn State University.
Melvin loved to fish for trout and hunt. He enjoyed watching college football and girls softball on television as well as music and dancing. He also enjoyed traveling the back roads and exploring interesting places in Arizona and New Mexico. He loved to cook and took over most of the cooking chores after the move to Sierra Vista so that his wife, Carol, had time to paint.
He was a member at large of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Burt Ney and Rebecca Ney Kistler; and a sister, Vivian Corrado.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 60 years, Carol M. Nuebling-Ney; a daughter, Beth Scully, Harrisburg; two sons, Dennis A. Ney, State College, and Karl A. Ney, Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gladys Ross, Lakeland, Fla.
A memorial service with military honors to cherish the life of Melvin will be held at 11 a.m. today at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2145 S. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista, with Pastor Gary Brown and Pastor Arlo Jensen officiating. Interment will be in Schuylkill Memorial Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Melvin's name to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 1014, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636, or any Wounded Warrior program or American Legion. Riders-www.legion.org.riders. Arrangements are by Hatfield Funeral Home.
Published in Republican & Herald on July 27, 2013