Alexander Mellon Sr., of Brackenridge, died at the age of 101 Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Most recently, he was a resident of Logan Place in Lower Burrell. Alex was born May 24, 1916, in Creighton. He began his long life as the fourth oldest of 10 children of Vasil and Anna Mellon. When he was 14 years old and a Boy Scout, Alex saved a young girl from drowning in the Allegheny River, earning a Gold Honor Medal award. Alex had a lifelong love of sports. He played semi-pro football with the Creighton Tigers as a guard in the 1930's and 40's. His love of sports continued as a fan of all the local teams, most particularly the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. Alex enlisted in the Navy at the age of 25. He served on the USS Niblack as a deep sea diver with deployments in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific Fleet. It was in Washington DC that he met his beloved Wilma Helmick, whom he married Jan. 20, 1946. He worked for PPG for 42 years. His career started in the Creighton Plant and ended with his 1978 retirement from the Research Lab in Harmar. He was preceded in death by Wilma, his wife of 55 years; and his sisters, Rose Smith, Irene Mellon in childhood, Katherine Faldowski, Anna Hatalsky, Virginia Krusper and brothers, John Mellon, in childhood, Nicholas Mellon, Frank Mellon and John Mellon. He is survived by his children, Alexander Mellon Jr., Arthur (Linda) Mellon, Cynthia (John) Irvin, all of Lower Burrell, and Robert (Lenora) Mellon, of Harmar; grandchildren, Kelly (Denny) Adams, of Arnold, Cresta Mellon, of Plum, Dax (Julia) Mellon, of Cleveland, Ohio, Katherine (Chesney) Michels, of Cambridge, Mass., Chelsea Irvin, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Lindsay (Jon) Fry, of Allison Park; great-grandsons, Mackinly Adams, Louis Michels, Memphis Michels and Evan Mellon; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Arrangements are private. The family requests that there be no public visitation and all services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the KRYNICKI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1007 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. The family wishes to thank Dr. Lawrence Ferlan, the Logan Place Staff and Heartland Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.krynickifh.com.
Private Funeral service for family: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 12:45 PM Private