Leo Ralston Hundley
Leo Hundley, longtime, well-loved resident of Glenwood Springs, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on December 11th, 2010.
An only child born in Amarillo, Texas, to Grace Marie Culp Hundley and Charles Lewis Hundley (both deceased), Leo spent much of his childhood in La Junta, Colorado, before moving to Kansas and eventually owning and operating a 24-hour restaurant in Lawrence, where he met the love of his life, Leona, and her baby girl, Pamela. In 1959, Leo relocated to Colorado and in 1960, he and Leona were married, and Leo adopted Pamela as his own daughter. Leo and Leona spent their honeymoon fly-fishing the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers, a pastime he never tired of. That same year, Leo joined the Glenwood Springs Police force as an officer where he remained for 10 years. In 1970, Leo left the Police Department and took a job with Colorado Mountain College, where, for the next 25 years he patrolled the campuses of Spring Valley, Glenwood and Carbondale, making sure the staff, the students and the properties of CMC were safe. He referred to CMC as “a light on the mountain top, [the] hope for tomorrow’s children.” He was a good listener and he cared about the kids who sometimes found college life lonely. Leo was known to sit with a troubled student through the night if that’s what they needed.
He was an accomplished and prolific musician, heading up a country band that for years played any venue they could find that had electricity.
Leo had one of the first CB radios in the valley and loved to jeep all the backcountry roads he could find. He was a man who loved fly-fishing, horses and dogs. When he no longer needed to hunt to put food on his family’s table his “shots” started coming from a camera instead of a gun. He loved to photograph wildlife.
He was a good husband, a good father, a good neighbor. He was the dad who put handcuffs on his back belt loop so his younger daughter Tracey would have something to hold onto as they navigated the river’s edge looking for a good place to fish. As long as he could feel her tugging on those handcuffs he knew she hadn’t fallen in. He was the dad who would pack a lunch, put it in the jeep, load up his daughters and teach them about the mountains, the rivers and the animals of Colorado.
He treated people fairly, never judging a person’s actions or circumstances. He was a man, who may have said a lot of really great things, but who mostly taught by example. He was a man who made a difference in the lives of all who knew him and a man who made a difference in the community he called home.
He was a man who will be missed forever by his wife Leona, their two daughters, Tracey and Pamela, his granddaughter Hillary, and their families. He was a man who will be dearly missed by every friend he ever made.
Services for Leo Hundley will be held Friday, January 7th, 1:00 PM at Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Leo Hundley Bench Fund at any U.S. Bank location. The family plans for a bench to be placed in Leo’s memory on the CMC Spring Valley Campus over looking Mt. Sopris.
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