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Edmund Chelewski

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Edmund Chelewski, 79, passed away from this earth to be with his heavenly father on Monday, June 7, 2004, in Glenwood Springs.He was born in St. Paul, Neb., on April 5, 1925, to Edward J. and Gertrude (Goc) Chelewski. He attended school in Ansley and then served in the U.S. Army at Pusan, Korea, with the H Company of the 1st Infantry Regiment. He married Doris Price on Dec. 5, 1948, in Ansley and farmed in Nebraska until 1963.He moved his family to Rifle, where he farmed until 1972, when he started Chelewski Pipe & Supply. Mr. Chelewski installed the first irrigation system on Silt Mesa and was known for his patents on farm equipment, one of which was displayed at the 1965 Worlds Fair in New York City. He enjoyed making miniature farm equipment, which was displayed around the area, as well as showing and telling its history. He was also an avid gardener who started small plants in his greenhouse and gave tomato plants to family and friends. Mr. Chelewski enjoyed fishing and playing cards with family and friends.He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Garfield County and a member of the Bookcliff Soil Conservation District for more than two decades. In 1972, he received his honorary state FFA degree. He was an active supporter of the local FFA chapter.He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lillian; his twin brother, Raymond; his son Ned; and brother-in-law, Laurence Price. He will be missed by his wife Doris of 55 years; by his daughter, Dee Ann Chelewski of Westminster; by sons and daughters-in-law Rau and Paula of New Castle, Roger and Cindy of Silt, Lee Roy and Saralyn of Rifle; grandchildren Joy Lynn and husband Nate Leuallen, Robert and wife Rebecca Chelewski, and Cari, Dale, Julie, Kaitlin, and Logan Chelewski; two great-grandchildren, Stephony and Beau Leuallen; sister Rose Buniger and husband Carl of Arizona; brother John Chelewski and wife Billie of Clifton; sisters-in-law Jane Price of Oregon and Pearl and husband Clyde Loy of Nebraska; as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends.A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the First Baptist Church of Garfield County at 632 Grand Ave., Silt.Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church of Garfield County. Contributions may be sent to 632 Grand Ave., Silt CO 81652.


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