C. Franklin Ryden | PostIndependent.com

C. Franklin Ryden

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

C. Franklin Ryden was born Dec. 22, 1923 at his grandmother’s house outside of Edwards. His proud parents were Marvin and Helen (Wells) Ryden.

At one day of age he traveled to his home at the Ryden Ranch on Main Elk Creek above New Castle where is older brother and sister were waiting. At the age of four, his family moved to the Antlers Community east of Rifle where the family had purchased property. He graduated from Rifle High School in 1941 and when the war called, he enlisted in the Army. He served as Light Machine Gunner in Rhineland and Central Europe in the Third Division, 7th Infantry. Decorations and citations included the American Theater Ribbon, EAMET, Distinguished Unit Badge and Croix De Guerro (French).

After returning home from service he met the love of his live, Carolyn E. Smith, and were married on Nov. 17, 1949 in New Castle and made Antlers their home for the remainder of their lives. To this union four children were born.

During his life, Franklin was involved in many activities and organizations including The Moose Lodge, The American Angus Association, Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Association, as well as being a 4-H Leader and Advisor, hunter, outdoorsman and just a cowboy.

He is survived by daughter, Merry Ryden of New Castle; daughter Erin and son-in-law Robert Barry of Rifle; one sister, Lovena M. Michelsen of Grand Junction; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother, Marvin Delbert Ryden, Jr., and two sons, Richard K. Ryden and Danny R. Ryden.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

A viewing is planned for Monday, March 15, from 9-11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Rifle, services will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will follow immediately at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.


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