Charles Larry Piffer
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Charles Larry Piffer peacefully passed away on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in his Grand Junction home with family at his side.
Born Oct. 28, 1940, in Glenwood Springs, Larry was the first born of Charles Paul Piffer and Laura Elizabeth Gardner, sister Jean soon followed. His father passed away when Larry was six years old and his mother married Jay “Jack” Bair. Larry welcomed two additional sisters and four brothers to the family. He worked as a young boy herding sheep and tending camps in the high country around Marble in the summers; winters were spent in Ordway, Colorado, and later out to the Utah desert. The family later lived in Marble full time where Larry and his sister Jean rode a horse down to school from their cabin in Marble. As a teenager he spent summers farming in Gypsum Creek and El Jebel with his grandfather, Lawrence Gardner. He loved spending time fishing and hunting with his uncles, Harry and Chuck Gardner.
Larry married his high school sweetheart, Konea Raye Pratt on March 31, 1960, in Manti, Utah. Together, they welcomed the arrival of six children and 19 grandchildren.
Larry and Konea celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Larry was a master carpenter, known for his solid and meticulous craftsmanship. His homes and buildings dot the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Marble. Larry could always be counted on to help others in need. He spent countless hours in service to his church.
His great loves were his children, grandchildren, family, and friends. He loved heading to the mountains with the children for fishing, camping, and hunting. Cooking BBQ’s and pancake breakfasts for friends and church outings always put a smile on his face.
Larry is preceded in death by his father, Charles Paul Piffer; son, Andrew Lawrence Piffer; brothers, Grant and Wade Bair; and stepfather, Jack Bair.
He leaves behind his wife, Konea; five children, Loma (Michael) Riley, Glenwood Springs; Polly Sudds, Provo, Utah; David (Sloan) Piffer, Glenwood Springs; Julie (John) Poole, Green River, Wyo.; and Malinda (Nathan) Wheatley, Huntersville, N.C.; his grandchildren; Michael, Matthew and Madison Riley; Krissy Sudds; Lindsay, Megan, and Caroline Piffer; Kuniko, Kiana, Colter, Caden, Cohn, and Cassidy Poole; Ashley, Brittany, Emily, Zachary, Jacob, and Catherine Wheatley – all who will especially miss him; mother, Laura Bair, Carbondale; sisters, Jean Schauster, Carbondale; JaNaye Williams, Silt; and Janice Moore, Florence, S.C.; brothers, Wendell Bair, Carbondale; Woody Bair, Evanston, Wyo, and countless nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at 10 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at 409 29th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO. The family viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Bishop Darrell Warren will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
Flowers may be sent to Farnum-Holt Funeral Home at 405 W. 7th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO.
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