Melvin C. Peabody

Ignacio resident Melvin C. Peabody died from complications of diabetes Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Denver. He was 57.

Mr. Peabody was born to McKean and Loretta Peabody on Jan. 10, 1955, in Cortez. He grew up in Towaoc and attended Montezuma-Cortez High School, where he played basketball. He continued to play league basketball as an adult.

Mr. Peabody worked for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for about 20 years in different departments, most recently construction services.

He was an excellent hunter and loved to ride his Harley-Davidson, his family said. Mr. Peabody enjoyed tinkering with old cars, and his eclectic love of music included ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn and oldies.

“He was willing to help others and a very caring person,” his family said. “He had been known to work on his days off to help others.”

An enrolled member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Mr. Peabody was a member of the Four Corners Gourd Society – a Native American Blessing Society – and he was a Sundancer all his life.

“He was the most honest person,” his sister Joycelynn said.

Mr. Peabody is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janis Gunn Peabody of Ignacio; children Marie Gunn and Anthony Gunn, both of Ignacio; siblings Joycelyn Dutchie, Elberta Thompson, Sharon Cloud, Marlene Peabody and Helena Peabody, all of Ignacio, Jerald Peabody and Ike Peabody, both of Cortez, Theodore Weeks of Towaoc, Luana Peabody Sessions of Grand Junction, Tyrone Peabody of Reisterstown, Md., and Jennifer Dickson of Kamiah, Idaho; three grandchildren; and numerous extended family members.

Viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 5, 2012, at Hood Mortuary Chapel, 1261 East Third Ave. A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio. Jerald Peabody will officiate.