Rudolph L. Melk, Sr., 78, of Ridgefield, a local architect, died on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at his home.

He was the husband of 59 years to Suzanne (Kisel) Melk.

Mr. Melk was born in the Bronx, N.Y., June 16, 1935, a son of the late Louis and Cacilie (Leister) Melk.  He attended the Institute of Design and Construction.

On Long Island in 1966, he established the private practice, Rudolph L. Melk, A.I.A./Architect . He had several offices, including one in Wilton, from which he retired in 1994, while remaining a consultant to the profession. Licensed in 22 states, his major designs included apartment buildings, shopping centers, golf communities, and large office buildings for corporate and private clients. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and National Council of Architects Registration Boards.

Mr. Melk enjoyed skiing, traveling, boating, yard work, assisting family and friends in design/construction projects. “He most especially enjoyed celebrating life with his family and friends,” his family said.

In addition to his wife, Suzanne, he is survived by a son, Rudolph L. Melk, Jr. and his wife, LisaMarie; three daughters, Lorraine Melk, Lisa Post and her husband Charles, and Leslie Stoddart and her husband, Dean; a brother, Robert Melk and his wife, Nancy; a sister, Louise Wise and her husband, Bill, 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Mr. Melk was predeceased by a daughter, Lynne Melk and by a grandson, Christopher Stoddart.

Funeral services were private. Contributions in Mr. Melk’s memory may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, CT 06810; New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065; or to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10021.