George Everett Smeltzer |

George Everett Smeltzer

George Everett Smeltzer of Battlement Mesa died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at his home. He was 82.

He was born Oct. 1, 1920, in Jackson, Mich., to Mary Hoscheit and Charles Smeltzer.

Mr. Smeltzer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He married Bonnie Lenke of Glenwood Springs on May 20, 1944.

Mr. Smeltzer earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He played semi-pro baseball in Michigan.

He moved to Grand Junction, where he was a coach and teacher at Central High School and played baseball with the Grand Junction Eagles.

Mr. Smeltzer earned a master’s degree at Western State College in Gunnison in 1956. He also served as Western’s assistant coach in football and basketball and head coach for baseball.

He then moved to Rifle, where he coached and taught in the Rifle schools for 24 years.

In addition to baseball, football and basketball, Mr. Smeltzer excelled in golf and skiing. He was interested in all sports.

Mr. Smeltzer is survived by his wife, Bonnie Smeltzer of Battlement Mesa; by daughters and a son-in-law, Karen Williams of New Castle, Lynda Murray of Aurora, and Jan Smeltzer-Cline and Rich Cline of Hotchkiss; by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Susan Smeltzer of Bellvue; by a brother, Karl Smeltzer of Olney, Md.; by a sister, Elizabeth Smeltzer of Albuquerque, N.M.; by four grandchildren; and by one niece and four nephews.

Cremation has taken place.

An open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at 100 Limberpine Circle in Battlement Mesa.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

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