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Howard E. Barnes

Howard Barnes passed away from complications of prostate cancer March 20, 2007, at his home in Grand Junction. Howard was born in Missouri on April 5, 1929. He moved to California at the age of 19. He married Pat Spence in 1957.Howard was a sheet metal worker for 25 years in California. In his spare time, he raced motorcycles and later became a tuner for racers as well as a tech inspector for motorcycle races. He developed a quick-change wheel and disc brake which was, and still is, widely used by motorcycle racers. He founded Alloy Sprocket Specialties, which built and sold the wheels and brakes he had developed.In 1985 Howard and Pat moved to Carbondale, where Howard worked on the motorcycles and snowmobiles of many Roaring Fork Valley residents. He was a Korean War veteran, and was an active member of the American Legion in Carbondale. In 2006 Howard and Pat moved to Grand Junction for health reasons. He will be missed by all who knew him throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and in the motorcycle industry.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 6037, Grand Junction, CO 81506.A celebration of Howard’s life will be held at 2 p.m. June 2 at the American Legion Post 100 in Carbondale. Bring a dish to share if you like.


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