It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, Melvin Simler. Melvin ended his earthly journey on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Carol; six children (and their spouses): Carolyn (Ken Last), Michael (Joanna), Kenneth (Tanya), Daniel (Desiree), Stephen (America), and Kristen; 16 grandchildren; brothers, John, Wendell, and Lendell, and sister, Pam; nieces and nephews; as well as friends and acquaintances. He is predeceased by his sister, Kathy.
Born in Adair County, Mo., on Dec. 10, 1937, Melvin attended school in Novinger, Mo., and went on to college at Western State in Gunnison, Colo., after his family relocated to Lamar, Colo., when he was 18. It was at Western State that he met and married his sweetheart, Carol, with whom he would share 54 years. Melvin joined the Navy and served his country for more than 20 years, including service in the Vietnam War, where he was injured. That injury would affect him for the remainder of his life and eventually take his life. After retiring from the military, Melvin and Carol moved to western Colorado, raising their children in Cedaredge, while Melvin worked for the U.S. Post Office in Grand Junction. Following his second retirement, Melvin and Carol made their home in Delta, Colo.
He was known to his family and friends as a hard worker -- a man, who made it his life's mission to support his family. He loved children, and he loved to drive; so for many years, until his health deteriorated, he drove a school bus for both Cedaredge and Delta schools, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He loved music, playing cards, wood working, watching sports, and especially spending time with his family. Despite his poor health, his most oft repeated phrase when asked how he felt was, "I'm somewhere between outstanding and magnificent and getting better all the time." He will be missed.
Services for Melvin were held Dec. 2, 2017, at the LDS Church in Delta and his burial took place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Grand Junction at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.