Melvin ‘Jan’ Silvey
Melvin “Jan” Silvey, 74, passed away on Aug. 27, 2019, at McKee Hospital, Loveland, Colo.
Jan was born Oct. 14, 1944, in Lamar, Colo., the son of Melvin “Hap” and Virgie (Marriot) Silvey.
He graduated from Scott Community High School and then attended Neuman College in Wichita. He served his country with the National Guard and was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion.
Jan married Loretta Bently on July 13, 1968, and from this union two sons were born. Loretta died in 2017.
Jan and Vicki Rose Hasten were married on July 24, 1992. She died in 2011.
He worked several years as a foreman for TIC (The Industrial Company) which took him to various locations in the northwestern states. Jan was a master chef but he was even more masterful at complaining about everyone else’s cooking. If you look in the dictionary for the definition of food critic, it will just say “Jan.”
He was a mechanic, a carpenter, an engineer, a bartender, a horseman and an expert welder. As they say about expert welders, “he could weld anything but the crack of dawn and a broken heart.”
Jan was an avid fisherman and he loved adventure. His work sometimes took him from California to South Carolina, from Alaska to Alabama and he enjoyed everything he could in between.
Jan and Vicki loved relaxing at their Colorado retreat near Westcliffe, and they would head that direction as often as work would allow.
Survivors include: two sons, Sean Silvey and wife, Tara, Monroe, Wash., and Shannon Silvey and Elke, Berthoud, Colo.; one brother, Larry Silvey and wife, Coral, Akron, Colo.; two sisters, Lillian Farr, Stafford, and Jeanne Cutler, Scott City; five grandsons, Cory, Chase, Lane, Coy and Rider; two granddaughters, Kylie and Hera; two nephews, five nieces and two great-grandsons.
Jan was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vicki; one step-son, Nathan Hasten; one niece, Becky Gantz; and one great-nephew, Tyler Graff.
A celebration of Jan’s life will be held Sat., Oct. 12, at Sunnyslope Enterprises, 500 East Road 130, Scott City. Please join us at noon for lunch and bring your memories to share.
Memorial donations may be made for a scholarship fund for welding school to the Scott Community Foundation at 210 W. 4th St., Scott City, Ks. 67871.
We miss you Jan, AKA Wopahatchi.