Richard D. Gilstrap |

Richard D. Gilstrap

Richard Dean Gilstrap, 77, was born Aug. 24, 1928, in Burns to John Kelso and Helen (Mason) Gilstrap. He passed away at Valley View Hospital on Aug. 3, 2006.Richard married Evelyn Siegmund on Aug. 7, 1981. He had four children, Keith Gilstrap, Kathleen Gilstrap, and Kelly Gilstrap (deceased) and a daughter who died at birth. Richard was a lifelong native of the area, loved to play golf and was a wonderful storyteller of family antics and jokes. He especially loved to tell stories of his youth and the Roaring Fork Valley and its residents. Most of all he was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather. Richard served two years in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Lions Club and the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association. He was also a member of Grace Bible Church.Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest son, Kelly Gilstrap; his infant daughter; and his brother, John Gilstrap.He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Gilstrap; son, Keith Gilstrap; daughter, Kathleen Gilstrap; sisters, Shirley Anderson and Lucylle Laukala; and six grandchildren, Joshua and Whittney Gilstrap, Anna and Rachael Gilstrap and Dylan and Chelsea Webber.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Grace Bible College, P.O. Box 910 (1011 Aldon St., SW), Grand Rapids, MI 49509.A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at the Mountain View Church of Glenwood Springs, 2195 CR 154, Glenwood Springs. There will be a reception following at the Buffalo Valley Restaurant. A private family inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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