CASPER, Wyo. –
Peter “Kutch” Nicholas Melissakis, 84, of Casper died May 7, 2020, at Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper after a long battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 28, 1935, in Morgantown, W.Va., to Tony and Katherine (Fanok) Melissakis.
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After graduating high school, he left West Virginia to work and attend college. While living in Tippecanoe, Ind., he joined the U.S. Navy in April 1958. He served during the Vietnam War as sonar technician petty officer first class, working as an oceanographic specialist serving aboard a nuclear submarine. He was honorably discharged May 1967.
“I’ve lived a good life and have seen the world,” he said near the end of his life.
Sixteen years ago, he moved to Casper to be closer to his uncle and aunt, Paul and Mary Holbert of Rock Springs. He worked as manager for Wyoming One Call at the Casper office, retiring several years ago.
Mr. Melissakis was a private man. He loved his family and living in Wyoming, except for the wind. He had a witty sense of humor, enjoyed chess, and was a member of the Casper Chess Club.
He is survived by one brother, Stephen (Melissa) Melissakis of California; his aunt, Mary Holbert of Green River; his best friend and cousin, Cathy McQueen of Casper; cousins, Deb Sutton of Rock Springs, Gary Holbert of Thermopolis, Steve Holbert of Seattle, and their families; and many other cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his brother, Theodore “Teddy” Melissakis; and his uncle, Paul Holbert.
Cremation has taken place. As per his wishes, there will be no funeral. A graveside service will be at a later date in Rock Springs.
In lieu of flowers to the family, please take flowers to a loved one in Kutch Melissakis’s name – he loved to give people flowers. To leave a message for the family, go to newcomerfamily.com.
Bruce E. King: October 12, 1936 ~ May 10, 2020 (age 83)
Anyone with information regarding family for Mr. King, please call the funeral home.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.