Thousand Oaks, CA
Joseph Richard “Dick” Mellitt passed away peacefully on April 20, 2022 at his home in Thousand Oaks, surrounded by his family.
He was born October 31,1931 to Joseph R. Mellitt and Margaret (Cauley) Mellitt in New York City, New York. He grew up in Queens, New York until he joined the Navy during the Korean Conflict. After his service, he attended and graduated from St Vincent's College with a degree in history. He began teaching history at Xavier High School in New York City. He was accepted into the FBI academy in 1963. He rose to the level of Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Los Angeles office of the FBI. After retiring from the Bureau in 1983, He was a vice president at Broadway Department Stores. He moved to vice chief of security at Hughes Aircraft Corporate in Los Angeles. Never being one who believed much in retiring, he worked as a security liaison for Skirball Cultural Center and Guardsmark.
A devoted husband, faithful son, loving dad and proud grandpa, Dick was a leader spiritually in his family and community. He loved his church family and enjoyed conversation after each service (with just about every member!) But his favorite was meeting dear friends for breakfast after. He became a Docent at the Reagan Library and this was a highlight of his later years. He deeply loved his wife Maureen and was a loyal and caring husband throughout their marriage for 62 years. Rarely missing any games or concerts of his grandkids, he could be found in the front row cheering them on. Visiting his grandkids from Missouri was always memorable, especially their Notre Dame graduations.
Dick is survived by his wife Maureen; son Dr. Richard J. Mellitt and daughter-in-law Jennifer; daughter Maura Lysenstoen and son-in-law Ola; daughter Kiera Mellitt; grandchildren Michael Mellitt, Laura Donnelly, David Mellitt, Devon Mendenhall, Kristine Lysenstoen, Katie Lysenstoen, and Steffen Lysenstoen; and great grandson Ansel Mendenhall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Roger Mellitt, James Mellitt and Father John Mellitt.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 13 at Lighthouse Church in Newbury Park. A graveside service will follow at 12:00 p.m. at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, followed by a reception at Maureen’s home.