Age 79, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Daniels Family Funeral Services., 2400 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Oct. 9, 1919 - Oct. 27, 2012
Reuben W. Nelson, 93, passed away Oct. 27, 2012 at Crossroads Assisted Living in Rifle.
Reuben was born Oct. 9, 1919 in Meeker to Robert and Leona (Reynolds) Nelson. He proudly served his country in the Army (Cavalry) during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific Front and earned a Purple Heart before his discharge in 1946.
Two years later, he married Leila Ogden. They ranched at many locations on the Western Slope before Reuben went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and settled the family in Gypsum. He had a deep love of ranching and the outdoors. After the loss of his wife in 1993, he returned to Rifle.
Reuben was preceded in death by his wife, Leila; daughter, Ruby Wolfe; and sister, Sarah Ridgeway. He leaves behind his daughters, Iva Osburn, Dena (Randy) Thompson; son-in-law, Bruce Wolfe; sister, Mary Plowman; granddaughters, Lisa (John) Gau and Jennifer (Jeff) Lamb; three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m., at Russey-Hurlburt Cemetery in Parachute. Sean Jeung officiated. Online condolences at RifleFuneralHome.com.