Obituaries Melvin S. Denny

Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Melvin S. Denny, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Melvin was born on May 21, 1926 in Ritzville, Washington to Herbert and Lillian (Thom) Denny. Lillian passed away when Melvin was very young, and he was raised by his father Herbert and stepmother Clara.

Shortly after school, Melvin joined the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged after serving his country during World War II.

He moved to Hardin and worked for his cousin doing construction work for a few years. Melvin then worked as a mechanic, his lifelong passion for many years. He worked for companies who needed his expertise and also for many friends who needed any kind of help whatsoever. Melvin could tear apart any type of equipment and when he was done working on it, he could then put it all back together assured it was in working order.

Melvin met the love of his life, Lee Joyce Taylor, shortly after moving to Hardin. They were married on June 8, 1952 and were married for 66 years. After their marriage, they started a family and had two children, Tom and Kay.

He was a member of the Congregational Church, and was involved in the Order of Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge. Melvin was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt, fish, and spend quality time with his family. He passed on this passion to his children and grandchildren.

Surviving Melvin are his beloved wife Lee Joyce and, his two children Tom (Shirley) and Kay (Bob) Uffelman. Also surviving are his grandchildren Carolyn (Donroy) Loos, Brittany (Matt) Miller and Andee (Alex) Bilodeau; and seven great-grandchildren. Melvin also is survived by his brother Jack (Vivian), and sisters Donna (Don) Broadsword and Dixie Kukuk. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Wayne (Jill) and Dean.

Memorials may go to the Big Horn County Historical Museum or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29 in the Bullis Mortuary in Hardin, with inurnment and military honors to follow in the Hardin Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.