Melvin F. Brown, 88, of Casper, formerly of Gillette, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions Kloefkorn Home in Casper after a short battle with cancer.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Glenrock Cemetery.
He was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Florence, Kan., to Mary Elizabeth Graham Brown and John Franklin Brown.
He attended El Dorado High School until 1942.
In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 224th and 307th Airborne Medical Companies during World War II in Europe. During his service, he received numerous awards including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1949.
After his service in the Army, he returned to Kansas and went to work for CE Natco in El Dorado in 1949. After nearly 40 years with CE Natco, he retired in 1989.
He worked in Williston, N.D., Gillette, Kalkaska, Mich., and finally Casper.
He married Martha Lee Jean Bailey in Gillette and they had a daughter. They later divorced.
In 1976, he married Barbara Orndorff Stice in Kalkaska, Mich.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, horses and snowmobiling.
In all the places he lived, he made the most his time with his family and the things they loved to do.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Pam Manson of Gillette; stepdaughters, Connie Blake of Glenrock, Deb Bohart of Glenrock and Kim McJunkin of Casper; stepson, Mike Orndorff of Casper; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and a stepfather, Charles Watchaus, and a granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Glenrock Senior Center or Central Wyoming Hospice.