Larry Beecraft |

Larry Beecraft

Larry Beecraft, 69, lost his battle with cancer March 17, 2008, at his home in Parachute, surrounded by his loving family.

Larry was born Jan. 24, 1939, in Decatur, Ill., to Earl and Ardella Beecraft.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Local Operating Engineers Nos. 3, 9 and 12.

He married Judy Marshall March 26, 1960.

Larry coached Rifle Pee Wee Basketball for more than 10 years. He owned and operated local Rifle restaurant The Other Place from 1978-85. He was a member of the Battlement Mesa Recreation Center and worked out every day. He was a devoted dad and grandfather, never missing a basketball game or track meet in which his grandchildren participated.

He is survived by his wife; children Connie (J.W.) Selsor, David (Teresa) Beecraft, Donald (Sue) Beecraft and Janice (Wayne) Billbee; grandchildren David Beecraft, Scott Beecraft, Sharaya Selsor, Katrina Selsor, Brian (Alisha) Beecraft, Savannah Beecraft, Sadie Beecraft, Matraisa Beecraft, Donald “Bubby” Beecraft, Luke (Brandi) Wagner, Caitlin (Michael) Smith, Bobby Casteel and Jennifer Prose; great-grandchildren Brooke Casteel, Brooke Beecraft, Holden Wagner, Fiona Beecraft and Julia Prose; brothers Leonard (Dorothy) Roderick, David (Lorraine) Roderick, Elmer (Jane) Roderick and David Beecraft; and his sister Karen Petro.

Larry was preceded in death by his brothers Darrell and Donald Roderick.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Roaring Fork Hospice, 1905 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Church of Christ, 435 Prefontaine in Rifle.

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