Melville (Mel) Loewen died unexpectedly at his home near Cripple Creek on June 4, 2015. Mel was born in Kansas on November 3, 1941 and was a graduate of Fort Hays State University. He later received his Masters degree at Colorado State College (now UNC). After teaching for 32 years in Denver, he retired to the mountains.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents William and Lizzie (Siebert) Loewen, his first wife Charlene Loewen (Greene) and several siblings. He is survived by his wife Sharon Loewen (Taylor), brother Alie Loewen, son Shaun (Mindi) Loewen, daughter Jill (Hank) Hasler, step-son William Bruss Jr., step-daughter Jennifer Bruss and step-grandson Travis Maron.

Mel enjoyed skiing, coaching his childrens sports teams, watching sports, poker, pool, woodworking and mountain life.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 pm at the Four Mile Fire Department where he had been a volunteer and auxiliary member.