John J. ‘Big John’ Mielnik

Aug. 16, 1953 - July 24, 2018

John J. “Big John” Mielnik, 64, Cresson, passed away at his home on Tuesday.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Richard and Joanne (Simpson) Mielnik. In May of 2006, he married his wife of 12 years, Sandy (Heinauer) Mielnik.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy; two daughters: Michelle Lynn Mielnik in Iceland and Stephanie Bonsuk in Ohio; four sons: John Jr. in northern Virginia, Ivan of Lilly, Gary Mielnik of Duncansville, and Josh Heinauer of Ephrata; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Christine Snare of Hollidaysburg; and six brothers: George, William and Mark, all of Altoona, Richard and Gregory, both of Hollidaysburg, and Donald “Pete” of Willow Street.

Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Steve Mielnik.

Big John was a U.S. Army veteran, achieving the rank of SSG before he was honorably discharged from active duty. He worked as a maintenance tech at Buck Co., and was a recent retiree as of June of this year. During his time off, he enjoyed hunting, golfing and being a member of the Smith Corner Church. He was also a member of CMB Church, Paradise (Lancaster County). It was there he served as an AWANA leader for 11 years.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28, 2018, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park, where a funeral service will follow the visitation at noon, Pastor David McClanahan officiating. A burial, with full military honors, will take place at Alto-Reste Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions in Big John’s name be donated to the Fisher House Foundation, 12300 Twinbrook Parkway #410, Rockville, MD 20852.