John Anton Melehes of Manhattan died Nov. 21, 2010. He was 88.
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John was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Chicago. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Thiokol Corporation in Utah for twenty years, retiring in 1977. John was one of the principal engineers that designed the Minute Man Missile Systems.
John later moved to Alta, Wyo., where he built the Teton Teepee Lodge with his children. He was also responsible for building the Targhee Village Golf Course in Alta and the Bunkhouse motel in Driggs, Idaho. John later moved to Manhattan and lived there with his wife, Joy, until his death.
John was a Pilot, First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force during WWII.
John loved motorcycling, skiing, traveling and working in his shop and was a master of crosswords.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Melehes.
Survivors include his wife, Joy; his children, Mark Melehes, Squeak Melehes, Dana Ross, Marsha Black, Brenda Baker, Marlowe Beck, Sam Cross, and Bridget Maddox; 25 grandchildren, and his brother, Tom Melehes.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2010