On April 5, Melvin passed away 3 days short of his 87th birthday after a strong fight against pancreatic cancer.

He married Maxine Beck on Aug. 23, 1952, and together they raised seven wonderful children. He retired from EMC in 1990 after 30 ½ years of dedicated work in the physical plant. In 1967 they moved to a small farm west of Laurel where they raised Appaloosa horses and belonged to the Spring Creek Riders Saddle Club and the Wyo-Mont Appaloosa Horse Club. In 2002 they sold the farm and moved back to Billings to be closer to family and enjoy retirement.

His lasting legacy besides his children are his iron work sculptures: the Hardware Man at the Ace Hardware store in Laurel, and the Angel in honor of his granddaughter, Mariah Holloway, on the grounds at EMC, now MSU Billings.

He leaves behind his wife, Maxine; four sons, Duane (Gwen), Jesse (Renae), Joel and Mark; and three daughters, Belinda Holloway, Edith (Steve) Rogers, Terri Reicher; sister, Shirley (Tom) Newman; two brothers, Jim and Dan (Sue) Steinmetz; nine grandkids; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, Hank and Ruben; three sisters, Hannah, June and Betty; his granddaughter Mariah; and great-grandson Kyle.

Our thanks to the staff at Riverstone Hospice for their kind care. No services are planned per his wishes. Memorials may be made to his favorite charity St Jude’s Children Hospital. He is missed.

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