Melvin Gene Stunes was born October 5, 1958 in Mitchell to Edward Stunes and Geraldine (Schlund) Brenner. He went to a one room school house north of Mitchell and also attended school in Mitchell. He lived and worked in the Mitchell area as a farm laborer.
Mel “Skeet” Stunes was a great story teller. He could have you rolling with laughter. He loved his family with everything he had and boy - did he love his dogs – they were family to him also. He did not have much, but he would give you the shirt off his back. He loved family gatherings – his favorite was the Fourth of July.
Mel is survived by two sons: Christopher Stunes, Sioux Falls and Christopher (Bobbi) Reinartz, Gregory; two daughters: Brandy (LeRoy) Ainslie, Fedora and Amber (Brad) Drager, Sioux Falls; four brothers: Tony (Shoan) Stunes, Storla, Roger (Leana) Stunes, Wayne (Peggy) Stunes and Delray (Cindy) Stunes all of Mitchell; his father, Edward, his mother, Geraldine; thirteen grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his step-mother, Judy Stunes and his brother, Jim Stunes.