NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Melvin J. Licking, age 92, of North Ridgeville passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 at New Life Hospice Residential Center, Lorain following a short illness.
He was born in Connellsville, Pa. and was raised there until 1938, before moving to Salem N.J. where graduated from Salem High School in 1939. He had resided North Ridgeville since 1968 after moving from Elyria where he had lived for over 23 years.
Mr. Licking earned the rank of Sergeant in the US Army Air Corp during a World War II, serving in Europe
He was employed by Bendix-Westinghouse, where he met his future wife, Marie Castle. He later became a Cleveland District Sales Manager for Riddle Airlines before working for Rapid Air Freight in cargo container and loading for Ford Motor Company and General Motors, from where he retired in 1988 as Director of Operations. Melvin was a life member of the VFW post 9522 and the American Legion post 12. He was an avid golfer and had recorded two eagles and a hole-in-one having played in St. Peter Golf League for many years.
He is survived by his daughter Carol (Don) DiDomenico of North Ridgeville; son Tom (Ruth) Licking of Lorain; three grandchildren Mila (Dan) Reaser, Donald J (fiancée Jennifer Corrai) DiDomenico, Lori DiDomenico; three great grandchildren Danny, Danielle and Shannon.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marie in March 2003; great granddaughter, Erin Reaser; mother, Catherine Stephens and step-father James Stephens.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM at Bogner Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services 36625 Center Ridge Road North Ridgeville, where a prayer services will be held 9:30 AM Thursday followed by 10 AM Mass at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church. Reverend Gerald Keller will be the celebrant.
Private burial will take place later in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township
Memorial contributions are suggested to the
Cleveland Chapter P.O. Box 74924 Cleveland, OH 44194-4924.
For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit bognerfamilyfuneralhome.com
David Bogner Family Funeral Home
36625 Center Ridge Rd. North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Published in The Morning Journal on Feb. 11, 2014