Melvin Eugene Tarno (revised)

Obituaries | Gillette, Wyoming

Melvin E. Tarno, 81, passed away June 28, 2021, after a short battle with lung disease. He was born on August 30, 1939, to Harry and Irene (Stine) Tarno in Jamestown, ND. He was raised on the family farm in Windsor, ND, learning many skills and the value of hard work and good ethics.

After graduation, he moved to Colorado working and learning many varied skills and becoming a man who could literally do anything. He was a MacGyver.

He moved to Denver, CO where he met and married Marie (Gonzales) and they started their family of two sons and one daughter. They moved to Gillette, WY in 1972 where he owned his own construction business building several homes. He started working at the Black Thunder Mine, working there for 22 years.

Melvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, building things, yardwork and sitting in his chair watching and listening to the RFD TV Channel or the news. He loved polka and old-time country music.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marie; two sons, Tim (Michelle) and Jay; daughter, Rhonda (Rob); three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert and Arthur (Marge) Tarno. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Irene Tarno; brother, Myron Tarno; and sister, Shirley Morgan.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Kyle Maune officiating; inurnment to follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

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