Melvin W. Liska, age 74, passed away January 11, 2022 at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Melvin’s family will receive guests at Gay & Ciha Funeral Home (2720 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City) on Monday, January 17 from 10-12 pm, concluding with a funeral service at 12 pm. Melvin will be laid to rest with military honors at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Iowa City following the funeral service. Masks are required during the visitation and service. Melvin was born August 31, 1947 in Washington, Iowa, the son of John and Wilma (Klein) Liska. Melvin was a happy, bubbly and perpetually smiling person. He loved to talk to just about anyone. Melvin loved to help people when he could, and he was very generous to those around him. He loved to cook and would make amazing meals for his friends and family. He enjoyed farming, working with animals, and gardening when he could. He liked learning about the world around him; history in particular, but also astronomy and science. Melvin was a proud veteran who served in Vietnam from 1967-1971, and loved the United States to his core. He served his nation in the United States Air Force during Vietnam, serving in the 535th Tactical Air Support Squadron. Above all, Melvin loved his family. His memory will be carried on by his cherished Wife, Wanda of 42 years; children, Brenda (Brian) Dobbs, Jerry (Melissa) Liska, Mike (Kelsey) Liska; grandchildren, Madilynn Liska, Allison Dobbs, Makenyn Liska, Keaton Dobbs, Brooklynn Liska, Krew Liska and Kysen Liska. Sadly, Melvin is preceded in death by his parents, John and Wilma. Memorial contributions are suggested to a general memorial fund to Melvin’s family.