Charles (Chuck) Dickson Harris (April 30, 1917 – October 18, 2016)
Charles (Chuck) Dickson Harris passed away on October 18, 2016. He was born in the Roaring Fork Valley on April 30, 1917. He was 99 years old. His parents, Ambrose (Vern) and Alvina Harris were also born in this valley. Chuck’s grandfather, Charles H. Harris, was one of the valley’s first white settlers. He came to the valley over Independence Pass in a wagon in 1880. His grandmother, Rosetta Noble Harris, was one of the first teachers in Aspen. Their homestead was on what is now known as the Cerise Ranch.
Chuck married Margaret (Bobbie) Glassier, also a native of the valley, on July 5, 1941. They were married for 72 years before she passed away on March 29, 2013, a few weeks short of turning 97. In the years after her death, he would often say that he was so lucky to have had such a wonderful partner in life. They had two children, Alvina and Glen.
Chuck and Bobbie owned and operated the Catherine Store for many years selling food, gas and even Levi jeans. He had a backhoe business for many years and also built and owned, along with his children, El Jebowl. They enjoyed many happy winters in Yuma, Arizona, with extended stays in Bahia Kino, Mexico, camping and fishing.
He was a man of man skills and interests. He owned a piper cub airplane and also built and flew an ultra light plane. He was a cowboy at heart and had a deep affection for horses and was an accomplished rider. He owned and broke many horses throughout his life, riding well into his nineties.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Glen. He is survived by his daughter, Alvina (Bill) Stecklein of Grand Junction and his daughter-in-law, Susan Harris of Carbondale; grandchildren William (Shannon) Stecklein, Chris (Dee) Miller, Matthew (Tracy) Stecklein, Maggie (Nate) Strommenger, Luke (Andrea) Harris, Kaid (Tatjana) Harris; and great-grandchildren Kimberly and Alexis Miller, Lane and Page Stecklein, Isabell Stecklein Strommenger, Louis and Lova Harris, and Olive Harris. There will be no services as was his wish.
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