Dennis Leon Mellville, age 60, of Jordan passed away at home on June 29, 2015.
Dennis was born in Miles City, Montana on October 26, 1954 to Harry Mellville and Diana Dee Major. Dennis grew up in Miles City and learned to play music at an early age, playing with his dad and mom at country dances sitting on the edge of the stage.
Music was his life also he was a great singer. He played with his Uncle Burch and the band The Walkers. This is where he learned to be a great band player. He played at different clubs in Billings, Montana putting his talent to good use. He moved to Vegas and hit them like a storm, playing with John Wells for a while learning even more about being a good showman. He was a great lead guitar and singer and put together the Desert Wind Band. They were in Demand for opening for several stars and at casinos for their music. His band won the battle of the Bands in Vegas for two years in a row.
Dennis had a stroke in 2006 and was not able to play or sing anymore. Dennis was inducted into the South Dakota hall of Rock and Roll in 2013. He came home to the ranch. He loved his dog Bubba and his cat Lucky, which he found starving and raised her. He took pride in how the cattle looked and took good care of them. Dennis married Liz Conn and they had a daughter.
Dennis is survived by his mother, Diana Kirby, his daughter Nicol Mellville and grandson Ty Smith of California, his sister Karen Frost, nieces Jacinda Gamber, Celine Frost, and nephew Kelly Frost in Jordan; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Dennis had a lot of friends and every one he met became a friend. Dennis is preceded in death by his brother Kelly and his Dad.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the family lot of the Custer County Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.