Paul J. Meli Jr.


JUSTIN, TX – Paul J. Meli Jr., 70 years old of Justin, TX (formerly Negaunee, MI) passed away peacefully from Alzheimer’s Disease on Thursday September 14, 2017. At the time of his passing, Paul had his loving wife and children at his side and was under the care of Trio Hospice and Longmeadow Healthcare Center.

Paul was born in Marquette MI on September 18th, 1946 as the oldest of three children to the late Paul Meli Sr. and Beatrice (Arneth) Meli. Paul (PJ to his family) was a graduate of St. Paul High School in 1964. Paul married Darla Rankinen in 1978 in Ishpeming MI. Paul’s career as a project accountant with Bechtel Corporation spanned 23+ years and took he and his family to many locations in the United States and several international destinations. After his retirement, Paul and Darla returned to Negaunee where they resided until 2014.

Paul is survived by his wife Darla Meli of Justin, TX his children Stephanie (Brent) Holzer of Sanger, TX, Russell (Lauren) Laurin of Justin TX, Michael (Amanda) Meli of Kyle, TX, Brian (Michelle) Meli of Little Elm TX and Jacqueline (Derek) Barnes of Prescott Valley AZ, grandchildren Mason Holzer, Hunter Meli and Bethany Meli and grand dogs Boogie and T-Rex. Paul is also survived by his brother Pete (Beth) Meli of Negaunee, MI and his sister Carol (Mel) Laitinen of Sahuarita AZ along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, son Jeffery Meli and father-in-law Lawrence (Bailey) Rankinen.

Honoring Paul’s wishes, there will be no services held. Expressions of sympathy can be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association at or Alzheimer’s Association National Office 225 N. Michigan Ave. 17th floor, Chicago IL 60601