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Charles Wesley Woten Jr., 77, formerly of Glenwood Springs, died Oct. 9, 2005, at the Oakwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Albia, Iowa.

He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Ada Marie (Garr) and Charles Wesley Woten Sr.

He served in the Navy during World War II and had recently moved to Albia from Colorado, where he had lived most of his life.

Surviving is son Rick (Paula) Woten, of Clovis, N.M.; daughters Pamela (Theo) Class, of Grand Junction, and Michelle (Jerry) May, of Albia; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother Kenny Woten, of Ottumwa.

He was preceded in death by two infant sons; brothers Harold Woten and Lawrence Woten Sr.; sisters Deloris Smith and Juanita Eakins and an infant sister, Doris Woten.

Graveside services took place at McIntire Cemetery with the Rev. Linda Carlson officiating. Military services were conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Christopher A. Miller, 37, of El Jebel, died Oct. 16, 2005, in rural Delta County.

Christopher Allen Miller was born June 3, 1968, in Cheverly, Md., the son of James Earl Miller and Nancy Sharon Pratzner. As a teenager, he moved to Aspen where he completed his education. He worked various jobs in the Aspen area and most recently was a self-employed pharmaceutical representative.

Chris loved the Aspen lifestyle. He was always on the move and loved to live life to the extreme. He loved being around friends doing anything fast.

Survivors include his mother, of El Jebel; his father, of Olne, Md.; sister Sharon Wilson, of Silt; grandmother Lee Miller, of Rifle; fiance Amy Thompson, of El Jebel; uncles Bill Miller, of Olne, and David Pratzner, of Springfield, Pa.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Chris Miller Memorial Fund at any Alpine Bank.

Louis J. “Firp” Bendetti, formerly of Silt, passed away at the Glenwood Valley Care Center in Glenwood Springs on Oct. 22 at the age of 96.

Louis’ father came to America in 1888. His mother, Carolina, came later, and they started a family. Carolina’s health problems prompted them to return to their former home in the Tyrol region of Austria with their now-growing family. During their time in Austria, Louis was born on Dec. 24, 1908. The family returned to Delagua, Colo., in 1910 and later moved to the Silt area about 1915. The family lived on Silt Mesa in the area now known as Bendetti Lane. Louis went to school at the old Harvey Gap School and later the Silt School.

He married Angelina Ruggero on May 10, 1931. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before her death in 1981. They had three daughters, Frances, Marjorie and Jayne, and one son, Donald.

Louis farmed on Silt Mesa, was a ditch rider and an occasional school bus driver. He later owned several businesses in and around Silt, including a general store, a pool hall and liquor store on Seventh Street in Silt. He owned several coal mines, including New South Canyon Mine in Glenwood Canyon and the East Side Mine north of Silt. He also had a trucking company during World War II and later hauled uranium ore for Stampfel Trucking of Rifle for 15 years. His last business venture was the Loubend Coal Co. east of Silt.

Louis excelled in sports, including pitching semi-professional baseball in 1929. An injury forced him to give up his big-league baseball dreams, and he returned to Colorado. He liked to bowl and loved to golf. He spent many a weekend on the golf course. Louis was also a charter member of the Rifle Elks and one of the original investors in the Rifle Golf Course.

He is survived by daughters Frances Davis and Jayne Bendetti, of Grand Junction; Marjorie Wright, of Reno, Nev.; grandson Donald Wright, of Silt; sister Rose (John) Pilati, of Glenwood Springs; sisters-in-law Victoria Bendetti, of Glenwood Springs, Rose Bendetti, of Helper, Utah, Betty Bendetti, of Rifle, and Josephine Ruggero, of Rifle; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters Theresa Antonelli and Minnie Eccher, and brothers Henry Frank and Johnny Bendetti. He was the last one of his old golfing buddies and will be missed.

Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Rifle Funeral Home. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glen Valley Care Center Activity Fund, 2305 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Rifle Funeral Home.

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