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Joseph J. Melnyk passed away Easter morning, April 20, 2014. He was originally from La Porte, Indiana, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Melnyk. Joe was a graduate of Purdue University where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and an avid Boilermaker fan. He received his Masters degree from the University of Minnesota.
He and his wife Mary Linda Melnyk have been married for forty seven years and have two sons, Scott Melnyk, Mike Melnyk and daughter-in-law, Kendra; and one granddaughter, Madison Melnyk.
His professional career with the US Army Corps of Engineers in the Nashville District began in 1965 and spanned 38 years. As a registered professional geologist, his responsibilities included working on some of the largest Civil Works navigation, flood control and hydropower projects the Nashville District has ever undertaken. In 1991, Joe transitioned his experience and skills into environmental cleanup work for the Nashville District. Throughout his career, Joe was the recipient of the "Federal Employee of the Year" in the Professional/Scientific category and also received the "Commander's Award for Civilian Service." His peers will remember Joe as a friend, mentor and role model to all who knew and worked with him.
Joe was a member of Brentwood United Methodist Church where Bishop Joe Pennel and Dr. Davis Chappell will conduct a Memorial service at Noon on Thursday, April 24th at the church. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of the service. There will also be a reception at the church immediately following the service. Honorary Pallbearers are The Joyful Noise Sunday School Class. A private graveside service will be held at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Joyful Noise Foundation at Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Rd., Brentwood, TN 37027.
Please visit joseph-john-melnyk.forevermissed.com to view memorial website created by Joe's son Scott. Austin Funeral & Cremation Services, (615) 377-0775.
Austin Funeral & Cremation Services
5115 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Published in The Tennessean on Apr. 23, 2014