Michael “Mickey” Meljie

The funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Great Falls, Mont., for Michael Novack Meljie, 76, of Great Falls, who died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, of natural causes at a local hospital. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Great Falls.

Michael was born Jan. 15, 1937, in Butte, Mont., to Mike and Mary Meljie. He attended high school at Butte High School. He joined the Air Force upon graduation, specializing in radio grounds communications. He worked at the SunKist Dairy Farm in Elk Park, Mont., Butte Ice Works in Butte, Mont., Melpar Electronics in Washington, D.C.; and finally for the IBM Corp. in Billings and Great Falls, where he retired after 27 years.

He married Ava Lee Robinson in 1957 at Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

Michael enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting, re-loading and gunsmithing. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, North America Hunting Club and Missouri River Shooters Association. He was a member of St. Luke’s, now Corpus Christi Catholic Church, since 1975.

He is survived by: his wife, Ava Lee Meljie, of Great Falls; daughter, Sherry Lynn (Brian) Wendt, of Great Falls; sons, Gary Michael Meljie, of Minot, and David Alan Meljie, of Sacramento, Calif.; sister, Marlene Rose Meljie, of Oregon City, Ore.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sam and Thelma Holder, of Lowgap, N.C., Bill and Linda Hicks, of Mount Airy, N.C., Wilbur Robinson, of Galax, Va.; one grandchild, Jolene Lynn Wendt; two great-grandchildren, Kaileia Jade and Khloe Monroe Wendt; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Mary Meljie, and his brother, Myron Meljie.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Lung, Diabetes, or Heart Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Schnider Funeral Home, Great Falls, handled arrangements. An online guestbook is available at (www.schniderfuneralhome.com).