Torrington, Wyoming / June 18, 1941—February 25, 2018
No services are planned at this time for Melvin James Miskimins, 76, who died peacefully with several family members by his side on February 25, 2018 after a bout with lung cancer.
Cremation has taken place. The Colyer Funeral Home assisted the family with the cremation arrangements.
Mel was born on the family ranch near LaGrange, Wyoming on June 18, 1941 to Robert and Chattie (Sweaney) Miskimins. He attended school in Hawk Springs and Wheatland, Wyoming until his sophomore year when the family moved to a farm near Casper, Wyoming. He graduated from Natrona County High School in 1959. Mel married Joy (Spaulding) Miskimins on January 7, 1960 and had three children, Jake, Riley and Shannon Margaret.
Mel did many things in his long working career including truck driver and gas station owner. He spent many years in the Oil and Gas Industry and was particularly proud of the time he spent in the North Sea, stationed in Aberdeen, Scotland and the Sahara Desert in Libya. He started his own downhole tool company, Badger Tools after returning from the overseas jobs. Mel also spent several years in the car business selling, managing and eventually owning a dealership, Barth-Miskimins Chrysler in Alliance, Nebraska. He finished his career less than three years ago with a second round consulting in the Oil and Gas Industry.
Mel enjoyed being with friends and family. Each of his grandchildren were very special to him. He enjoyed telling stories about his experiences. He was an avid golfer and spent several winters in Mesquite, Nevada.
Mel was preceded in death by his daughter, Shannon; his parents, Robert and Chattie (Sweaney) Miskimins; and brother, John Miskimins.
He is survived by his son, Jake of Firestone, Colorado; son, Riley (Lori) of Chadron, Nebraska; grandchildren, Alexa (Alex) Winston of Windsor, Colorado, Beau (Baily) Miskimins of Windsor, Dillon (Kalyn) Miskimins of Littleton, Colorado, Garrett Miskimins of Glenrock, Wyoming, and Shelby Miskimins of Laramie, Wyoming; great-granddaughters, Nova and Brett Winston of Windsor; brother, Richard Miskimins of Overland Park, Kansas; brother, Bill (Virginia) Miskimins of Torrington, Wyoming; sister, Phyllis Black of Torrington; sister, Kathleen Gregory of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska; brother, Larry (Bev) Miskimins of Torrington; sister, Lois Patterson of Torrington; sister, Jean (Gary) Dalton of Torrington; brother, Tom (Raeann) Miskimins of Evansville, Wyoming; and one special ex-wife, Joy Miskimins of Firestone, Colorado.