Glenn Aanonson of Rifle died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004. He was 77.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rifle, conducted by Pastor Edward Schmidt. Burial services will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.
He was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Estherville, Iowa. After graduating from High School in Estherville, he joined the army, serving in Japan in 1946-1947. He was a long-standing member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
After discharge, he married Agnes Dalen in 1948. She survives.
They later moved to Colorado. He then enrolled in Barber College and barbered for 20 years. Mr. Aanonson was a salesman for restaurant supplies and equipment for several years and managed and operated restaurants in Colorado Springs, Denver and Bennett. He and his wife also managed a motel in Byers. They retired and spent winters in Arizona and the rest of the year as hosts of the Gore Creek Campground in Vail. Later, they resided full time in Rifle.
Mr. Aanonson centered his life around his family and faith, and loved doing things for his church. He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church and served as elder at Emmanuel Lutheran in Rifle. It was here that he played a large role in organizing the Men of Emmanuel, which has served many delicious dinners in the kitchen he designed and of which he facilitated the set up.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister-in-law.
Mr. Aanonson is survived by his wife, Agnes; by one sister-in-law; by two daughters and sons-in-law Debbie and Kent Benham of Silt, and Diane and Mike Rathje of York, Neb.; by several grandchildren and great grandchildren; by many nieces and nephews; and by his good friend Steve West and many other close friends.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Aanonson’s name to the Men of Emmanuel or E. Dene Moore Nursing Home in Rifle.
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