Daniel (Dan) Nello Bianco
Daniel (Dan) Nello Bianco, 81, passed away peacefully March 1, 2008.
Dan was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Carbondale, to Joseph and Lousia Bianco.
Dan joined the United States Army March 2, 1945. He was discharged in December 1946 at the end of World War II.
Dan married Sarah Livsey March 10, 1947. Sarah passed away in October 1997.
Dan ranched on Missouri Heights in the Carbondale area as well as other ranches in the valley. Dan and Sarah left ranching and moved to Glenwood Springs, where Dan worked for the Glenwood Creamery. When the Creamery closed, Dan worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. as a warehouseman in Glenwood Springs.
Dan helped rescue and comfort employees of the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas office in Glenwood Springs during the gas explosion in 1985.
When Dan retired, he and Sarah moved to Battlement Mesa for a short time, then relocated to Clifton. While his health was good, Dan enjoyed doing volunteer work in Clifton.
Dan was a member of the VFW of Grand Junction and the American Legion, Post 100, in Carbondale. Dan also enjoyed a lifetime membership to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was the president of the REA (Retired Eagle Aeries) of Glenwood Springs, a group that he formed.
Dan’s failing health made him relocate to the Alire’s Sunrise Assisted Living home in Grand Junction, where he enjoyed the company of a family setting. He joined and was active in the Pear Park Baptist Church. Dan often commented on how he read and re-read the Bible every year from beginning to end.
Dan is survived by his son and daughter, Ted and June; their children; sister Lena Halford of Rifle; sister-in-law Stella Bianco of Silt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; sister Adelle Duffy; brother Mike Bianco; and nephew Delbert Cerise.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at Martin Mortuary with graveside services at 2 p.m. at the Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Grand Junction of Pear Park Baptist Church in Dan’s name.
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