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James Shaw Meeney

James Shaw Meeney of Glenwood Springs died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at the Veteran’s Administration Nursing Home in Rifle. He was 80.

He was born Oct. 25, 1922, in Hayden to Gladys Emma Reynolds and James Patrick Meeney.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, and took training in anti-aircraft artillery. He was transferred to the infantry and sent to France for World War II, where he was wounded at Metz.



After recovering, he was sent to Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army, where he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was sent to England to recover, and spent the remainder of World War II there.

Other than his years in the service, he lived his entire life in Colorado.



He married Adalene Caywood on Oct. 11, 1952, in New Castle.

Mr. Meeney owned his own truck driving business, and hauled coal for valley residents.

He loved fishing, visiting with his friends and spending hours with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pearly Mae Boothe.

Mr. Meeney is survived by his wife, Adalene Meeney of Glenwood Springs; by a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Christina Meeney of Glenwood Springs; by a daughter, Caryl Meeney of Glenwood Springs; by a brother and sister-in-law, John and Vivian Meeney of Glenwood Springs; by a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Danny Bundy of Denver; by grandchildren Melissa, Becky, Justin and Nathaniel Meeney; and by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 D Road in Grand Junction, with the Rev. James Brown of the Living Springs Fellowship Church of Glenwood Springs officiating.

Pallbearers will be Justin Meeney, Nathaniel Meeney, Rick Oroso, John Meeney, David Waller and Brandon Engels. Honorary pallbearers will be Duane Curtis, Jerry Rider, Lagan Foster and Scott Moyer.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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