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James Lewis Heuschkel

James Lewis Heuschkel of Rifle died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 80.

Mr. Heuschkel was born March 21, 1922, in Glenwood Springs to William O. and Pearl Whitbeck Heuschkel. He grew up and attended school in New Castle and Carbondale.

He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1941 to 1945.

He married Maxine N. Gant on June 29, 1944, at the Congregational Church of New Castle.

They lived in New Castle, then moved to Denver in 1952. There, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for the U.S. government at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

He retired and moved back to Rifle in 1985.

Mr. Heuschkel was a member of the Congregational Church of the Valley in New Castle, the Odd Fellows and Disabled American Veterans.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Williams.

Mr. Heuschkel is survived by his wife, Maxine Heuschkel of Rifle; by a son, Chris Heuschkel of Castle Rock; by a sister, Evelyn Pedri of Trinidad; and by a grandson, Christopher Heuschkel of Denver.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Congregational Church of the Valley in New Castle, with the Rev. Jim Warn officiating.

Farnum Holt Funeral Home of Rifle is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 851 E. 5th St., Rifle, CO 81650.

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