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Darrell "Swede" Hoaglund

Darrell Hoaglund passed away on July 24, 2006, in Steamboat Springs. He was 72.He was born on Oct. 2, 1933, in Aspen to Arden and Gertrude (Neller) Hoaglund. He moved to Rulison in 1941 and graduated from Rifle High School in 1951.He worked on his family’s ranch on the Colorado River milking cows at their dairy, fencing, farming, raising cattle, sheep and haying. He spent a lot of time riding his horse and trailing sheep to the top of the Bookcliffs.In 1962 Darrell met and married Nell Surrette, an English teacher. They moved to Grand Valley while Darrell worked in the energy industry mining oil shale, uranium and gold all over the Western Slope. He was known and respected as a top-notch mechanic, capable of fixing anything that broke in the mine or elsewhere.He moved to Steamboat Springs in 1976 to work at Energy Fuels Coal Mine, now operated as Twenty Mile. He purchased a ranch at the foot of Yellow Jacket Pass, where he stayed for the rest of his life. He continued working at Twenty Mile until his retirement in 1999. He was famous for swinging his 16-pound sledge hammer with one hand. He liked to attend the Routt County Fair and enter his potatoes and hay, he enjoyed volunteering with 4-H and was always eager to help people.He was always a hard worker and loved his ranch. He loved the land and maintaining his antique tractors, which he used year-round for everything. He never owned a single tractor built after 1960. There was nothing he couldn’t fix or repair in his shop on the ranch. He also loved the outdoors, his animals, logging on Lynx Pass, fishing, hunting and barbecuing. He loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren, teaching them how to drive all his tractors, weld repair, mechanics and how to hay.He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nell; daughters Cheryl Schuldt, Mari Jo Brown, Janelle K. Hoaglund; brother Edward (Ida) Hoaglund of Rulison; sisters Ardis Green of Rifle and Edith Power of Phoenix; three grandchildren, Chris Schuldt of Chinook, Mont., Allan and Bruce Brown,f both of Loveland, and a host of nieces and nephews.


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