John Tennent Melick

January 25, 1952 - February 8, 2024
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John Tennent Melick, beloved husband, brother, father, and grandfather, passed away on February 8, 2024, after a five-year battle with cancer.  Born January 25, 1952 in Plainfield, NJ, his family moved to Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Nazareth High School in 1970.  John went on to Penn State University where he met his future wife of 48 years, Pamela Leitzel, and the two were married on May 24, 1975.  John graduated from Penn State with a degree in Mining Engineering and went on to enjoy a successful career as a licensed professional engineer in the mining industry with Island Creek Coal, Coplay Cement Company, Brooks Equipment Company, and lastly Maurer & Scott, Inc., of Coopersburg, PA, where he worked from 1990 up until his retirement in 2021.  Upon retirement, John and Pam moved to Oro Valley, Arizona, where he continued to enjoy his pastimes and visits from the many good friends he made in his time in Pennsylvania.

In addition to his wife Pam, John is survived by his son Philip and daughter-in-law Kelly, of Oro Valley, AZ, son William and daughter-in-law Cathleen, of Rochester, NY, grandsons Shane, Cole, and Bennett, brothers James of Collegeville, PA, Andrew of Sao Miguel, Azores, sister Sara, of Missouri City, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews.  John was predeceased by his parents, William Dixon and Elizabeth Hogeman Melick.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley, AZ or St. James Lutheran Church in Pitman, PA.

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Born: January 25, 1952
Died: February 8, 2024

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Warren Wunderly posted on 5/10/24

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. At one time he was my manager at Coplay Cement, and later was one of my blaster’s from Mauer & Scott. Always cheerful and smiling!! He will be missed and remembered by all that knew him.


Jim and Rachel Hepler posted on 2/15/24

Our condolences to Pam, Phil and family, and Bill and family. We will sure miss John. We are forever grateful to John, because we were able to travel to France to visit with friends there(a trip of a lifetime) John convinced us to go, by offering to milk cows for two weeks in our stead! He was so tickled when the pastor in AZ asked the congregation if anyone had ever milked cows! Haha!! He could legitimately say he did!! We share John’s Bible app every morning. Love Jim and Rachel


Gary and Janice Baltz posted on 2/11/24



Al inama posted on 2/10/24

Al inama, John was my best friend, it breaks my heart to see him gone. We had many good years together at Maurer & Scott and in everyday life. I prayed for him every day and thought I was forgotten, but I wasn’t , he is now at peace and I will forever miss him


Bill Johnson posted on 2/10/24

My sympathies to Pam & the Melick family. Many times I recall the hours I worked with John at Carldon’s in Nazareth. A great guy & friend from that time in my life. Even though the years passed since we last met I know how much he will be missed. Again, my condolences.


Susan Kline posted on 2/10/24

May God Comfort and Bless the Melick family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Warmest Sympathy Suzy Kline


Dennis. Huber. Big Block. posted on 2/10/24

Rest Buddy. Sure will be missed.


Denise C Williams posted on 2/9/24

We want to send our deepest sympathy and blessings to the Melick Family on this sad day. John and his family are like family to Jim and I. All the years of working together and getting to know you all was such a pleasure. Jim and I remember all the good times we had with all of you and love you guys very much. God Bless you all and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all everyday. Deepest Sympathy, Jim & Denise Williams