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Mike Bianco

Mike Bianco, 86, of Silt, passed away July 28 at the dance at the Little Red School House in Canyon Creek. He was the son of Joseph and Louisa Bianco. He spent his childhood on Four Mile and later moved to Crystal Springs.Mike married Stella Cartier March 15, 1947, in Denver. They lived on the Prectal Ranch on Missouri Heights. Mike was a rancher all of his life, and was very proud of his Black Angus cattle, the summer pasture at Cottonwood Pass, and his crops and hay fields. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being a 4-H leader in Eagle County.From Missouri Heights the family continued to ranch in the Emma Valley. During the 1960s, Mike used his ranching skills at the Mt. Sopris Tree Nursery in El Jebel. In the 1970s, Mike went to work in Aspen driving the bus for the Aspen Ski Corp. He delivered skiers to Buttermilk, where he later became a lift operator. Mike and Stella retired to Silt, where he enjoyed gardening, senior dinners and dances, grandchildren, wonderful friends and neighbors. Mike is survived by his wife of 60 years; children Michael (Karen) Bianco of Longmont, and Lois (Dan) Vetter of Grand Junction; grandchildren Aaron (Meredith) Bianco of Longmont, Blake (Beth) Bianco of Loveland, Brandy (Paul) Mow of Grand Junction, Jessica Vetter of Denver, and Abby Vetter of Grand Junction; great-grandchildren Kalina, Hayden, Alyssa, Taylor, Bianna and Bailey. Mike was preceded in death by his parents and sister Adell Duffy. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs, with Father Cliff McMillan officiating. Lunch will be served following the service. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Little Red School House Club, 0152 County Road 137, Glenwood Springs CO, 81601 or to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.

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