Melvin N. Bennett
January 8, 1946 —July 30, 2019
Melvin N. Bennett was born in Valentine, Nebraska and lived the rancher life until he signed up for the US Navy at age 18 in 1968. Mel died suddenly at the VA Medical Center at the age of 73.
He was proud of his service in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He was part of the River Assault Flotilla One, "Brown Water Navy", as a E3 engine mechanic. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Mel was a life-long mechanic, especially heavy equipment. During his working career he worked in many mines and the Colorado Department of Transportation from which he retired. This hard labor took a toll on his body leading to a nickname "Bionic man" for all the body part replacements. During retirement he rebuilt three VW bugs and his pride 1954 Ford Truck. Mel enjoyed riding his Harley, camping and the family travel adventures. He and Karen shared many stories of their trips to Galapagos Islands, Panama Canal, Lake Louise Canada, Copper Canyon Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and many National Parks along the way. His favorite was all the different zip lines.
Mel will be missed for his pure white beard, sense of humor, "cantankerous" attitude and never-ending support to his family. "I just want to get it done". Then he could immerse himself in the most recent book.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of 39 years. Sons Johnathan of Grand Junction, Curtis (Chad) of Denver and Dustin (Donnae) of Denver. He was especially proud of this four grandchildren, Jacob, Nathan and Olivia of Fort Collins and Breanna of Grand Junction. He is also survived by his sister, Donna Rae, Nebraska, brother Steve, Wyoming, sister in law, Valerie (Richard), Wyoming and many nieces and nephews plus his veteran buddies and friends.
Services will be at the Veteran Cemetery off D1/2 road on Monday August 5th 10:00.
Fellowship lunch to follow at the VFW on 503 1/2 Florence Road. Mel loved desserts; we invite people to bring a dessert to share. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the military organization of your choice.