Melvin 'Mel' Moen

Aug 15, 2013 Staff

Melvin "Mel" Moen, of Riverton, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. He was 86 years old.

Per his request, cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church with Father Demetrio Penascoza officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Davis Funeral Home.

Melvin Richard Moen was born Sept. 13, 1926, in LaMoure County, North Dakota, the son of Olaf and Borghild (Nelson) Moen. He was one of 12 children.

On Nov. 5, 1949, he married his wife of 63 years, Veronica Koetter, in Minot, N.D.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged.

Mr. Moen dedicated his career to the optical profession. He began working as an optician with Bausch & Lomb in Minot, N.D. He then went on to work at Western Optical in Casper from 1952 until the family moved to Riverton in 1961. He worked for Riverton Vision Center for 30 years until his retirement in 1990. After his retirement, he volunteered at the Wind River Health Care and Rehabilitation Center adjusting and repairing glasses for the residents. Not only did he fix their glasses, his family said he brought a smile to their faces and brightened their day.

He was a life member in the Elks and a member of the Fremont County Historical Society and a past member of the Riverton Mineral and Gem Society and the Lions Club. While a member of the Lions Club, he traveled to Mexico with the Wyoming Chapter of Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity to help fit glasses for those in need. He also served on the Riverton museums board.

In his early years, his family said he enjoyed square dancing, water skiing, camping and rock collecting. He always enjoyed his yard and flowers, and he treasured the company of neighbors and friends. He also loved the mountains and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming.

He is survived by his wife, Veronica, of Riverton; daughter Patricia of St. Paul, Minn.; special friend Kim Bingham of St. Paul, Minn.; brother Arne Moen of Coram, Mont.; sisters Ida Heller of Berthold, N.D., and Flory Kennedy of Cheyenne; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresa; parents; brothers Herbert and George; and sisters Olga Heller, Berliot Munson, Ella Hendrickson, Lilly Heller, Evelyn Grabow and Esther Lemons.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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