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Melvin 'Mel' Moen

Melvin "Mel" Moen

Aug 15, 2013 - Aug 15, 2013
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Melvin “Mel” Moen 86, of Riverton, died August 14, 2013 at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. Cremation has taken place, as were his wishes. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church with Father Demetrio Penascoza officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 16th at Davis Funeral Home.

Melvin Richard Moen was born September 13, 1926, in LaMoure County, North Dakota, son of Olaf and Borghild (Nelson) Moen. He was one of 12 children.

On November 5, 1949, he married his wife of 63 years, Veronica Koetter in Minot, North Dakota.

He served in the United States Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged.

Mr. Moen dedicated his career to the optical profession. He began working as an optician with Bausch & Lomb in Minot, North Dakota. He then went on to work at Western Optical in Casper from 1952 until the family moved to Riverton in 1961. Mel worked for Riverton Vision Center for 30 years until his retirement in 1990. After his retirement, he volunteered at the Wind River Health Care and Rehabilitation Center adjusting and repairing glasses for the residents. Not only did he fix their glasses he brought a smile to their faces and brightened their day.

In his early years, he enjoyed square dancing, water skiing, camping, and was an avid rock collector. He always enjoyed his yard and flowers. He treasured the company of neighbors and friends. He loved the mountains and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming.

He was a life member in the Elks, also a member of the Fremont County Historical Society, past member of the Riverton Mineral and Gem Society and the Lions Club. He also served on the Riverton Museum Board. While a member of the Lions Club, he traveled to Mexico with the Wyoming Chapter of VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity) to help fit glasses for those in need.

Survivors include his wife, Veronica of Riverton; daughter Patricia of St. Paul, MN; special friend, Kim Bingham of St. Paul, MN; brother, Arne Moen of Coram, MT; sisters, Ida Heller of Berthold, ND and Flory Kennedy of Cheyenne, WY; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresa; parents, brothers, Herbert and George; sisters, Olga Heller, Berliot Munson, Ella Hendrickson, Lilly Heller, Evelyn Grabow, and Esther Lemons.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY. 82501.

On-line condolences for the family may be made at: Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.