Charles (Chuck) Morgan Stoddard
Charles (Chuck) Stoddard, formerly of Glenwood Springs, passed away May 22, 2008, at home in Grand Junction.Chuck was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Denver, to John Nelson and Helen Eugenia Stoddard. After his parents passed away when he was five, Chucks 18-year-old uncle, Paul Pustmueller, moved Chuck and three of his four siblings to Ventura, Calif., where he eventually graduated from high school. He earned a mining engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines.Chuck married Penny on Aug. 18, 1951, in Denver.After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Korea from 1952-53. Upon his return from Korea, Chuck achieved a law degree from Denver University and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney before joining a large law firm in Denver. In pursuit of a dream of building his own law practice, he moved with his family to Glenwood Springs, where he joined Charles Stewart and Willis Parkison and built a successful private practice. From 1968 to 1971, Chuck served as Garfield County Judge. Chuck and Penny moved to DeBeque in 1991, and he established Bass Lake. They later moved to Grand Junction. He enjoyed gardening, skiing, backpacking, scuba diving and traveling.He was an eternally optimistic man of great integrity, sincerity and generosity, and one who lived life to the fullest. He believed strongly in being an active participant in community affairs.Chuck will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Chuck is survived by his loving wife; daughters Susan Stoddard of Laramie, Wyo., and Sara Willis of Olathe, Kan.; son Bob Stoddard of Steamboat Springs; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by siblings Helen, Bob, Warwick, and John.A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive in Glenwood Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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