The family of Larry Raymond Melkonian Sr., is saddened to announce his passing on Friday, January 29th, 2021 at the age of 68 years, in his hometown of Havelock, NC. Larry was born in 1952, Dearborn, Michigan, son of Leo R. and Mary (Sirls) Melkonian.
His memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City, NC. Friends are welcome to attend the service. For those unable to attend, the family invites you to view the webcasting of the service through his obituary page on Munden Funeral Home’s website. In keeping with the CDC guidelines pertaining to the Coronavirus, those who are ill or at-risk (elderly, immune-compromised) are encouraged to stay home. Additionally, there will be a limit to the number of people in the building at one time, as well, those who attend will be asked to bring and wear a protective mask. Help us honor the family while practicing safe measures. Friends are also encouraged to leave words of comfort to the family through the website.
Larry worked at Naval Air Station, Cherry Point, NC, as a Naval Civil Service employee for 41 years; retiring as a Logistics Management Specialist. His history repairing military aircraft led him to destinations such as Andrews Airforce Base in Washington, DC.; Anchorage, Alaska for verification of required maintenance scheduling; Okinawa, Japan for the installation of airframe modification changes on several US Marine Corps AV-8A Harrier Fighter Jets; and Mayport, Florida for his mechanical skills with McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II’s aboard the USS Enterprise Navy Aircraft Carrier (CVN-65).
He also contributed Airframe expertise to the rebuilding and recovery of the ski-equipped LC-130F Hercules, “Skibirds”, at Dome Charlie, in Antarctica during 1976-77. For his services he was awarded the medal of Meritorious Unit Commendation; usually only awarded to military personnel.
Larry was an avid bowler, in which his career began in the early 70's, bowling in the American Bowling Conference (ABC), and then the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). He participated in National events for 24 years.
He also provided the “Gift of Life” as an anonymous bone marrow doner that resulted in a rare match to a very lucky recipient.
He is survived by his sons, Larry R. Melkonian Jr. and wife Kellie of Eliot, ME and Jeff Hannah of San Pedro, Belize; daughter, Dr. Laura R. Melkonian of Kittery, ME; grandchildren, Mitchell Melkonian, Chandler Ricker, Jameel Hannah, and Jameliah Hannah; as well as extended family and many loving friends.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer and brother, Steve.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City, NC. The same safety guidelines will apply.
Donations are welcome to be made in memory of Larry Raymond Melkonian Sr. to, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC.
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105