Melvin George Huff of Silver City passed away at age 94 at Silver City Care Center on June 29, 2013. Services will be at the First United Methodist Church at 303 West College in Silver City at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, with Pastor Gregg Armstrong officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date. Melvin was "born in space" at Santa Rita, NM on Feb. 7, 1919, and delivered by his father, Dr. William D. Huff. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Cloyce Huff, daughter Judy (Tip) Ward; son, Jerry (Jennifer) Huff; special nephew, Lee Vesely (Sharon) and family; grandsons, Steven Scott, Lance Huff, Ronnie (Shellie) Huff and Shawn (Ashley) Huff; granddaughters: Lori (Tony) Jones, Wendy Huff and Tiffany (Roc) Madara and 12 great-grandchildren (Bryan, Sydney, Spencer, Drew, Sasha, Joe, Chris, Darrien, Kaleigh, Taylor, Tyler, Katelynn and Nola) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Beth, his parents Dr. William D. and Alice Huff, brothers, John A. Huff and Dr. Louis Huff and sisters, Edith Huff Vesely and Elaine Huff Long, and grandson, Dan Scott. Melvin was drafted into the Army during World War II
and served as a structural steel worker and a sharp shooter rifle instructor with the Infantry Replacement Weapons Training. He attended the University of Oklahoma and was in business with his brother-in-law Vincent M. Vesely on a farm and ranch at Gila, N.M. That was what he considered a highlight of his life. He also worked for Kennecott Copper Corporation as a boilermaker and mechanic and worked for Carl Hansen, General Contractor, during strikes at Kennecott. He built his home and the beautiful built-ins. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and had served on the board of trustees. Melvin was a devoted husband and father, who always made his wife and family his priority. He and Billie Beth were always together when not working. They were great dancers, traveled and loved the family together. He liked to hunt with the family, worked with wood, raised beautiful roses and delivered them around town to friends and family. He was always available to give advice to any and all about construction, mechanics, history and whatever else someone was interested in. Melvin was a very social person and to the very end was seen driving to coffee every morning at the doughnut shop and then having lunch at a regular circuit of restaurants around town. Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the Silver City Gospel Mission, PO Box 5198, Silver City, NM 88062. A Huff Family scholarship will be established at Western New Mexico University – Alumni Foundation, PO Box 680, Silver City, NM 88062. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, "Traditional Services and Care for Your Family and Friends, "210 W. College Ave., Silver City. Phone 388-1911. To send condolences, log in to www.brightfuneral.net.