A longtime Rifle resident, Vernice Broughton, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011 at the E. Dene Moore Care Center. Vernice was born, raised and educated in Rifle.She married George Broughton from Glenwood Springs in 1934. George preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Jacque Loesch and Judy Bainter, and one son, Terry Broughton. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Vernice and George had a ranch on Taughenbaugh Mesa for 44 years where she worked hard as a rancher’s wife. She loved to hunt and fish and be out in the hills. In their retirement years they spent the winters in Bullhead City, AZ. Vernice loved going to Laughlin and playing poker slots. She was a loving, feisty wife, mother, grandmother, auntie, and friend. She will be greatly missed by all. Graveside service for family is pending.
Vance Flynn of Rifle left us all too soon on June 21, 2011. He was 35.Vance was born May 15, 1976 in Glenwood Springs to John & Julie (Schultz) Flynn.While attending high school in Rifle, Vance ranked in the top three nationwide in bull riding. He searched for and found a deep and abiding faith in God. Vance loved being outdoors, whether it was hunting, fishing, camping or riding his horses. He was always busy planning his next adventure with his family and friends. Vance was a wonderful partner, father, son, brother and friend. He was loved by all who knew him, he will be dearly missed and forever remembered.Vance leaves behind his parents, John and Julie; partner, Kristy Christensen; son, Beau; daughters, Sadie & Lindsey Christensen; brothers, Brian, Jason and Jesse; sister, Alicia; and numerous friends.A memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 25, 2p.m. at the New Creation Church in New Castle. Immediately following the services will be a reception at the home of Butch & Eileen Pressler, 123 Panoramic Drive in Silt.
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The Glenwood Springs-Rifle sports rivalry goes way back for GSHS baseball coach and former Demons multi-sport student-athlete Eric Nieslanik.