La Conchita resident Steve Melnik died Friday at a Santa Paula convalescent hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Melnik was born Dec. 29, 1918, in Grazer, Pa., and had been a Ventura County resident for 50 years.
He was a Rockwell International Corp. machinist for 22 years, retiring in 1979.
Melnik enjoyed traveling and fishing. He was a lifetime member of VFW Walter Chaffee Post No. 1679 in Ventura and the Disabled American Veterans, Ventura chapter No. 24.