Melvin E. Ohnheiser, 74, of Bridge City, died Monday, July 29, at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur. He was born April 22, 1939, to Joe Ohnheiser and Erna (Kaase) Ohnheiser in LaGrange. He retired from the U.S. Coastal Guard in 1979, as a Chief Petty Officer E7 Boatswain Mate. His grandchildren were the light of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Ohnheiser of Bridge City; son, Stephen Ohnheiser of Bridge City; daughter, Theresa Ozio and husband, Mark of Beaumont; daughter, Deborah Vayon and husband, Johnny of Conroe; grandchildren,  Ryan Ozio and Tanna Vayon; sister, Doris Opela of Shiner; and brother, Lawrence Ohnheiser of Dickinson.

A private service will be held at a later date. Cremation will be under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704.