Melquiades A. "Mel" Santos

Melquiades A. “Mel” Santos, of Omaha, formerly of Central City, died on January 5, 2020 at Silver Ridge Memory Care in Gretna.  Private family services will be held at the Central City Cemetery.
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Melquiades was born on February 12, 1932 to Melquiades and Maria (Diaz) Santos in Cereté, Colombia.  Mel grew up in Cereté, and graduated from High School there.  On April 28, 1952, Melquiades and Olivia Cardenas were married in Cereté.  In 1964 they would immigrate to Kenesaw, where Mel worked as a self-employed carpenter.  In 1975, Mel and Olivia moved to Central City where he continued his carpentry work.  They remained in Central City until October of 2014, when they moved to Omaha.
Mel was cherished by his family as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He lived his faith and was a lifelong Presbyterian.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Olivia of Omaha, his children; Alicia Santos of North Carolina, Susana (Bill) Harrington of Omaha, Niní (Bill) Abbey of Colorado, and Gonzalo (Monica) Santos of Connecticut, his grandchildren; Antonia, Casey (Taylor), Michael, Sara, Patrick, and Phillip, and one great-grandchild; Declan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and most of his large family.

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