Melvin Lowell Brand went home to his Jesus on April 10, 2008 and is dancing on the Heavenly streets of gold now. He was born in Lead, South Dakota on December 18, 1942. He grew up in Lead but spent many summers on his uncle’s farm in eastern South Dakota.
After graduating Lead High School in 1962, Melvin went to basic training with the Army National Guard in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He also served with the Air National Guard in Illinois and the Colorado National Guard as well.
Melvin attended Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Illinois. He married Peggy Compton on June 5, 1965 in Spearfish, South Dakota. Melvin was a devoted husband and a loving father.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; their two sons, their wives and six wonderful grandchildren; David, Anissa, McKenna and Kaylin Brand and Darren, Pam, Courtney, Tannen, Kendra and Trenton Brand all from the Loveland, Colorado area. He is also survived by his brothers Orville Brand of Fredrick, Maryland, Dale Brand of San Antonio, Texas; his sister Leona Ruffatto of Lead, South Dakota, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Melvin was a professional Scout executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He spent time as a district circulation manager with the Daily Pantagraph in Bloomington, Illinois. Melvin and Peggy moved their family to Fort Collins and eventually settled in Estes Park, Colorado, in 1973, where they spent the next 30 years. In 1978 Melvin and Peggy graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Melvin had several different occupations during the years in Estes Park, but his passion was sharing Jesus with anyone he could. Melvin pastored churches in Estes Park and in Oklahoma and was the director of the Northern Colorado Bible College in Fort Collins since 2003. His passion to share the Love of Christ took him into many jails and prisons in recent years.
Melvin loved the outdoors and sharing time with his grandkids, hiking with them was his favorite. He always said that “if he had realized how much fun grandchildren were, he’d have had them first.” Melvin is loved by many and will be missed as well, but he is in a better place with his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Memorial services were held at Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Melvin L. Brand Memorial Fund in care of Home State Bank of Loveland. Viegut Funeral Home of Loveland in charge of arrangements.