Melvyn F. ‘Mel’ Gegere

April 24, 1920 – Sept. 22, 2011

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Melvyn Fidelis “Mel” Gegere of Riverton will be held Oct. 4 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Riverton. Mel, 91, died Sept. 22 at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton.

He was born April 24, 1920 in Green Bay, Wis., the son of Frances Xaviar and Sophia Van Ness Gegere. He graduated from East High School in Green Bay, from St. Norbert’s College in DePere, and received advanced training with the U.S. Navy.

He married Norma L. Barbieri Dec. 26, 1942 in Kansas City, Mo. They divorced in 1968.

Mr. Gegere retired from the U.S. Navy as an E—7 CPO after serving for 23 years. He was also an aviation mechanic instructor and for 13 years served with the U.S. Civil Service. He served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

He had lived in Riverton since June 2009, coming to Wyoming and settling first in Hyattville after he retired from the federal civil service at the Naval Air Rework facility on North Island, San Diego.

He was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his ex-wife Norma L. Barbieri Gegere March 5, 2005; his first-born son, Melvyn F. Gegere II on Jan. 28, 2002, a brother, Austin Gegere and sister, Viola Gegere.

He is survived by three sons, Michael A. Gegere of Sand Point, Idaho, Richard D. Gegere of Topock, Ariz., and Christopher R. Gegere of Riverton; two daughters, Marya L. Greeley of Riverton and Christina D. Osuna of San Clemente, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.