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Mel Naggatz - October 25, 2009


Melvin H. Naggatz, age 80, of Holyoke, died Oct. 25, 2009 in Holyoke at Regent Park Nursing and Rehab Center after a short battle with cancer.

Melvin was born May 1, 1929 on his parents’ farm in eastern Phillips County to Harry and Anna (Kropp) Naggatz. He attended country school for six years, Amherst parochial for two years and four years at Venango High School.He graduated in 1953 from Colorado A&M in general ag.

Mel married Imogene Garretson Dec. 21, 1957 at the Fairfield Covenant Church. To this union two children were born, Delwin Keene and Kerry Brent.

Mel farmed his father’s land in Northeast Colorado. In 1964 they moved to Lander, Wyo., where his wife was a guidance counselor. Mel continued his farming operation in Amherst during this time. The family returned to Phillips County full time in 1974. This marriage ended in 1990.

On June 5, 1993, he married Joanne Dittmer. Mel enjoyed 15 wonderful years with Joanne. She died Sept. 11, 2008, but left three stepchildren who cared for Mel deeply.

Mel has held numerous church offices and served in many different capacities. He was a member of the Gideons, Fellowship of Christian Farmers and a Pal’s Director in AWANAs.

Mel enjoyed traveling. He was in all 50 states and many Canadian provinces. His most rewarding trips were his three missionary trips to Mexico to help build churches with Fellowship of Christian Farmers.

Mel was an avid sports enthusiast and one of Holyoke High School’s best bleacher coaches when Delwin and Kerry were still living. He enjoyed supporting high school football and basketball throughout his years in Holyoke. He enjoyed skiing and snowmobiling with his family.

Mel also liked helping out at Camp Machasay and was a great promotion person for this ministry. Being a part of Gideons also gave him a chance to hand out the word of God. Going to Arizona to see his extended Road Haven family was also his delight.

In later years Mel got into rental property. He enjoyed buying older homes and remodeling them.

Mel was preceded in death by his two sons, Delwin and Kerry, in 1976; his mother and father; and brother-in-law Roy Buckliter.

He is survived by three stepchildren, Scott Dittmer of Phoenix, Ariz., Stacy Turley of Riverside, Calif. and Steven Dittmer of Amherst; seven stepgrandchildren; sister Lorrain Buckliter; three nephews; one niece; and many friends.

Visitation for Mel was scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Holyoke. Interment will follow in the Holyoke cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Camp Machasay, P.O. Box 11, Holyoke, CO 80734 or Gideons Bibles, c/o Glenn Michael, 35625 CR 32, Holyoke, CO 80734.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.