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Melvin Oscar Bromels passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 3, 2014.

Born to Oscar and Elmi "Billy" Bromels on August 14, 1936 in Mount Vernon, WA.

Mel graduated from Mount Vernon, WA in 1955 and went on to serve in the US Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged in 1959.

He married Patricia Ellestad in 1990 and lived together on the family farm on Fir Island for many years. Together they enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent several months each spring camping and fishing on the Rouge River with the many friends they met over the years. They enjoyed hosting the many family and friends that made the journey south just to fish with Uncle Mel. Mel was a steelhead fishing guide on both the Skagit and Cowlitz River and witnessed several novices successfully land their first fish over the years. Mel and Pat also enjoyed fishing up in British Columbia and still enjoyed the many friendships they had made on the river over the years.

Mel gave generously to the community and was an active member of the Wildcat Steelhead Club. He especially enjoyed sharing his love of the river taking children for a much cherished boat ride up the scenic Skagit River during the annual Children's Hospital event. Fishing was an activity that he also shared with his grandchildren and great-grand children most recently taking family fishing trips up to Baker Lake. Mel was very proud of the way his great grandson Qaiden had learned to rig up a fishing pole and catch those fish. Mel was famous for his BBQ salmon and could always be counted on to provide fish for several funds raising BBQs and put on an annual Salmon BBQ down at the Josephine Sunset home in Stanwood for years.

Mel and Pat were also partners in Wistaria Guiding with Pat's daughter Julie and son-in-law Gary Blackwell for a few years up in British Colombia and enjoyed his yearly fall hunting trips with Gary and Derek Blackwell. Several locals still make annual trips up there to hunt moose, bear and mountain goat and fill their freezers with well earned meat. Friends and family often received special seasoned summer sausage and "moose burger" from those successful hunting trips north if you were lucky. As a member of Moose Lodge 1640, Mel will always be remembered for the wonderful salmon and moose burger meals dinners he and Pat sponsored over the years.

When Mel wasn't hunting and fishing, he worked out of the Local 302 Operators Union hall operating heavy equipment until he retired in 1996. Mel was a highly sought after large crane operator in his later years and as a 50 year member of the Union he always looked forward to the annual Christmas party as a time to catch up on the latest projects and Union gossip. Grandpa Mel helped his grandson Peter Lohman enter the operators union and was proud that he was able to became very successful through the operators journeyman program.

In addition to his wife Patricia, Mel shared his love of hunting and fishing with his step children Virgil Ellestad and wife Rose; Lorna Ellestad and husband Jon Miller, grandson Ryan Dralle and his fiancé Katie Harrell; and Dolores Lohman all of Mount Vernon, grandson Peter and wife Bethany and great-grandchildren Qaiden and Kenyah of Lynden, granddaughter Nikki and husband Jered Lindsey, great-grandson Joshua of Cottage Grove Florida; Julie and husband Gary Blackwell, granddaughter Crystal and husband Dave Mackereth, great-grandchildren Brent, Lena and Tyson; grandson Derrek and wife Jennifer Blackwell, great-grandchildren Samuel, Anna and Gustof all of Wistaria British Columbia.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Skagit Regional Cancer Center and Mira Vista for providing Melvin with exceptional care and comfort during his illness.

A celebration of Mel's life will be held at Kern Funeral Home, 1122 S. 3rd St. Mount Vernon on Saturday, January 11th at 1:00pm. with viewing Friday 10 - 4 and Saturday morning.

The family suggests memorials contributions be made in Mel's name to the Conway Fire Hall, P.O. Box 753, Conway, WA 98238 or a .

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.
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