Published On: Wed, Feb 29th, 2012

Obituary – John Melena

Wayne — John Melena, 74, Wayne, died Feb. 26, 2012, at a Sioux City, Iowa, hospital.
Visitation and a Vigil Service were Feb. 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wayne.
Mass Of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Feb. 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wayne, with Rev. Mark Beran, Rev. James F. McCluskey, Rev. Mark Tomasiewicz and Deacon Patrick Gross officiating.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Butch Kreikemeier, Don Ferneding, Ray Guggenberger, Larry Reed, Mark Borytsky, Allen Koliha and Scott Hasemann.
Active pallbearers will be Dan Melena, Mike Pfeifer, Michael Emanuel, Jeff Dvorak, Edward Emanuel, Tim Cunningham, Kurt Langhorst, Brendan Dorcey and Dennis Carroll.
Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Wayne.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home, Wayne.

John Francis Melena was born Aug. 17, 1937, at West Point, to Frank L. and Eileen K. (Foy) Melena. He graduated from Howells High School in 1955, and Norfolk Junior College in 1957. He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1957-1962. John married Margaret Finegan July 8, 1961, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, North Bend. John worked for Western Electric, Omaha, before becoming a telephone man for Northwestern Bell/U.S. West. After retiring, John worked part time for BTS and Hasemann Funeral Homes. John served as co-chairman of the Wayne Housing Authority, was a past State Deputy for the Nebraska Knights of Columbus, Knights of Columbus Council 8579 Grand Knight, and a member of the Wayne Baseball Association.
John is survived by his wife, Margaret; their children and spouses, Terri and Don Hypse, Wayne; John Jr. and Steph Melena, Milford; Pat and Julie Melena, Wayne; Bill Melena, Wayne; and Molly and Casey Schroeder, Wayne; four grandchildren, Amy Hypse, Columbus; Dan and Courtney Melena, and Hailey Schroeder, Wayne; three sisters and husbands, Joan and Jack Pfeifer, Elkhorn; Margaret and John Cioni, Springfield, Mo.; Pat and Larry Langhorst, Liberty, Mo.; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wayne; Nebraska Knights of Columbus Foundation or Providence Medical Center, Wayne.