Portsmouth —Melvin Herman Ornoff, 93, of the 5600 block of Rivermill Circle, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 in a hospital.
A native of Norfolk, he was a retired pilot in the US Army Air Force and US Air Force during which he served in World War II , the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a member of Temple Beth El, past president of Gomley Chesed Synagogue, and a member of the American Legion, Jewish War Veterans, P47 Thunderbolt Pilots Assn. and the DAV.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Hilda Ornoff; a daughter, Marsha Ornoff Merkle and husband Marvin Joel of Portsmouth; two grandchildren, Jenefer Dayle Snyder and husband Michael and Heather Keller Umberger and husband Troy; and three great-grandchildren, Brayden Douglas Snyder, Dylen Evan Keller and Seth Troy Umberger.
A graveside service was held in Gomley Chesed Cemetery by Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz. Sturtevant Funeral Home.