Melo T. Radovich Jr.

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Radovich, Melo T. Jr. died on Monday, February 17, 2014, having been fortified with the Sacraments of the Catholic Church and surrounded by family. He was born in San Diego, California on April 25, 1915 to Agnes (née Jahns), a daughter of German immigrants, and Milosh, who emigrated from Montenegro. While serving his country in the Marine Corps, Melo was stationed in Shanghai, China from 1937 to 1939. In his second enlistment during WWII, he served with a Marine Corsair squadron aboard the USS Salerno Bay. He used the GI Bill to earn a Master's Degree in Geography and went to work for the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis as a cartographer. In that capacity he trained some of the Apollo astronauts to recognize land forms from space. Melo entertained with his clowning sense of humor. He enjoyed the American West, boxing, and exploring his heritage and Faith. Dad loved and sought whatever was honorable, strong and good. He is survived by his devoted wife Anna (née Retzer); his four children, Mary (Denny) Radovich-Miller, Leo, Clare (Jeff) Behrle, and Phyllis (Dan) Hartrich; six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. The family thanks Dr. Gerald Mahon and the staff at Delmar Gardens South for their compassionate care of him. Services: A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date with internment of ashes at Jefferson Barracks.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 23, 2014
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