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Almond Alfred Shuster

Almond Alfred Shuster, 86, of Glenwood Springs, passed away Dec. 3, 2005. He was born in St. Johns, Ore., on April 22, 1919, to Ivan Alfred and Elizabeth (Hall) Shuster. As a young child, Almond lived in Van Nuys, Calif., Junction City, Kan., Marble and Basalt. In 1935, he moved to Glenwood Springs, where he worked as a carpenter with his father and was a craftsman throughout his life.He married Mary Esther Dumont on Oct. 15, 1940, and they moved to San Diego, where Almond worked in the shipyards building minesweepers.He was a World War II veteran and served two years in the Army at Batangas in the Philippines. In 1945, he returned to Glenwood Springs with his wife and built their home by hand, where they raised five children.Almond will be remembered for his commitment to his family, his love for working with his hands, his way of making everyone in his family feel like they were his favorite, his sense of humor and his living legacy.He is survived by his wife; sons Michael (Barbara) Shuster, Patrick (Toni) Shuster, and Rex Shuster; daughter-in-law Terresa Shuster-Rippy; grandchildren Sandra (Robert) Bush, Ben (JoAnn) Shuster, David Shuster, Chayla Shuster, Danielle (Jason) Evans, Dawn (Joel) Hernandez, Joseph Vagneur, Patrick Shuster Jr., Donald (Leslie) Vagneur and Christopher Shuster; 15 great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Ronald O’Neill, and other nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by sister Mellie Schmautz, daughter Mary Vagneur and son Donald Shuster.There will be a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s Church, 1885 Blake St., Glenwood Springs. There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with Father Cliff McMillan officiating. Burial will follow in Rosebud Cemetery, Glenwood Springs.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St., Glenwood Springs has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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