Melvin Clarence Lovata

May 23, 1939December 22, 2012
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Melvin C. Lovata, 73, of Gill died December 22, 2012 at Poudre Valley Hospital. Melvin was born May 23, 1939 to Christopher and Laura (Walker) Lovata in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

After High School, Melvin became a Master Electrician (Engineer) and worked for numerous companies including Basin Electric and Goldco Industries Inc.

On November 18, 1978 he married Bernice M. Praus in Dickinson, ND. Melvin was a loving and caring husband of 34 years. Family and friends were very important in his life. Melvin enjoyed movies, playing cards, camping, fishing and hunting. He had a sincere love for his animals. Melvin had a radiant smile and always had a story to tell. He was giving and caring. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do for somebody.

Melvin was a member of the Eagle’s Lodge in Cheyenne, Wyoming for 25 years.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Bernice; daughter, Leslie; two sons, Phillip and Richard; sister, Genevieve Ford; brother, Norbert (Joan) Lovata; brothers-in-law, Paul Tyler, Larry Praus, Andrew and Paulett Praus, David and Kathy Praus, Kenneth and Marla Praus all of Dickinson; Julius and Vickie Praus of Henderson, NV; Leo and Janice Praus of Richardton, ND; Gilbert Praus and Nancy Bleth of Bismarck, ND, Louis Praus of Salt Lake City, Utah and Vincent Praus and Ron Mase of Denver; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Binstock of Mandan, ND, Darlene and Gerald Frederick of Richardton, Donna and Bob Jilek of Fargo, ND and Linda and Tom Stockert of Mandan and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Yvonne Tyler; brothers, Christopher, Jr. and Walter Lovata; brothers-in-law, Marvin and Joseph Praus and Ray Binstock.

Memorial service 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2013 at Stoddard Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, CO 80634.

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  • Memorial Service Friday, January 4, 2013

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Shelly Flom

January 28, 2013

Aunt Bernie,
Sorry for the loss of Uncle Mel. He had a way of making you smile. God Bless you and we are sending prayers your way.
Love, Shelly, Tim, Alexis & Brandon

Jan Solem & Family

January 7, 2013

Aunt Bernie, Please know that I continue to think of you and wish you much peace and strength in the days ahead. I know you will one day be richly blessed for the love and care you so generously gave to Uncle Mel.
All our love to you now and in the days ahead.

Leslie Lovata

January 4, 2013

Bernie - Thanks for taking care of my Dad for the 34+ years you were together. May you find comfort in the days to come knowing he did not suffer a long and painful illness.

Matthew Stockert

January 2, 2013

I remember when Uncle Men & Aunt Bernie
would come to visit, every morning the whole family would sit down to a big breakfest and enjoy each others company.
It will be something I will always remember & and my stomach will never forget.
Thanks Uncle Mel, Aunt Bernie for the memories and all love you shared through the years.

Louis Praus

January 2, 2013

Bernie, I am sorry for your loss of your Husband and Best Friend, Melvin. He will be missed but never forgotten. Know that you and all of your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers. With sympathy and love, your brother, Louis

Vince & Ron

December 28, 2012

Mel you will be missed bunches, Bernie, we will always be there for you,
We will always have fond memories of all the many holidays and birthdays we spent together, eating good food and playing cards.

We love you,

Panama Aka Phillip Evans aka Lovata

December 24, 2012

My sinceere condolances to Bernice and I wish you all the best