Howard Walter Husted |

Howard Walter Husted

Howard Walter Husted passed away Jan. 15, 2009, loved by all whose lives he touched.

Howard was born Jan. 21, 1917, in Ordway, to Charles Walter and Blanche Mary (Hutton) Husted. He attended school in Las Animas. At an early age, he entertained many with his music abilities, forming a dance band. He traveled the area playing for many dances and proms.

His parents divorced, and his mother married Lew Husted March 19, 1926, in La Junta, where Lew and Blanche raised the family.

On June 5, 1937, he married Catherine Carrie (Isaacson) in La Junta. The ceremony was on stage during a tent theater presentation, and the ceremony was woven into the theater presentation. They lived in the La Junta/Las Animas area until they made their home in Rifle in the late 1940s.

Howard was well-known for his spirit-making abilities, his green garden, his great saxophone and trumpet music, and his sense of humor. He enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing with his family. Additionally, Howard worked for several years in the Garfield County School System and the E. Dene Moore Hospital and Nursing Home as a maintenance man. His crafts and woodworking abilities were appreciated by the children in the school system, their teachers, and the staff at the hospital and nursing home.

He is survived by daughters LaVelle (Chuck) Bottineau and Cheryl (Allen) Pickett, both of Parachute; sisters Helen Rose Bouldin of Fowler, and Donna Jean Bicanich of Northglenn; granddaughters Peggy (Randy) Thornton and Debbie Reiger of Grand Junction, and Kay (Kyle) Kofoed of Parachute; grandson Jeff (Dallas) Bottineau of Grand Junction; close family friend “Son John” (Patti) Vanteylingen of Rulison; great-granddaughters; four great-grandsons; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife; and sister Lucille (Jack) Baublits.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the E. Dene Moore Activity Fund at the Nursing Home in Rifle.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the First Christian Church in Rifle. Howard would want his friends and family to gather to listen to their favorite music, dancing the night away.

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