Milton “Bup” or “Buppy” Melonas, age 88, was a lifelong resident of Colorado and took pride in being from La Veta, Colorado. He was born on July 20, 1935, to Nickolas Melonas and Anna (Welsby) Melonas and passed away on October 29, 2023. He served in the United States Air Force as an aircraft mechanic for 27 years and traveled to many places but always considered Colorado to be his home.
Milton absolutely loved when spring was in the air. He would get butterflies from the excitement of everything he was going to do in the upcoming spring and summer weather. In his younger years he enjoyed camping and hunting and as he grew older, he still loved fly fishing and playing the guitar. Later in life, he still enjoyed being outside going on long car rides as well as train rides. He also really enjoyed taking road trips and visiting different places within the United States. Milton enjoyed the challenge of playing games and most of all the card game 500 with his family. He was an awesome car mechanic and thoroughly loved working on his 1966 Mustang. Milton was extremely fond of spending time with family and would say that he isn’t lucky when it comes to winning money, but he sure was lucky and hit the jackpot with his family – meaning both immediate and extended. He was an extremely good pool player and enjoyed watching YouTube clips on how to make trick shots and then practice to perfection.
Milton met the love of his life, Josephine (Sporcich) Melonas in Walsenburg and married in November of 1954 and they were wed for over 60 years. Josephine Melonas never called a 1-800 number for help, that number was 1-800 Milton (the original Google) as known to the rest of us.
He is survived by his children: Nancy Melonas and Laura (husband, Ed) Sharpe; grandchildren: Bobby Havens (wife, Tammy), Reid Sharpe and Sarah Cisneros (husband, Lennon); brother, Billy Melonas (wife, Barbara); and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. He loved and cherished them all just as they did him.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910.