Richard (Dick) Swartzloff |

Richard (Dick) Swartzloff

Richard (Dick) Swartzloff passed away on Feb. 16, at Open Gate Assisted Living in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He was born on a farm in Greenville, Michigan on Feb. 10, 1915, where he lived until he married Florence Pickup in 1941. After several moves he settled with his family in Niles, Michigan. Dick spent his career working for Bendix Products in South Bend, Indiana as a designer in Aeronautical Engineering. Dick worked on the design of fuel systems for military jets including the F-14, 15, and 16. He retired in New Port Richie, Florida where he lived with his wife for 28 years, moving to Colorado in 2005 to be closer to family.

Dick was known by friends and family alike for his building and fix-it skills. After retiring he helped his neighbors with their construction projects and repair jobs. He helped his kids build horse barns, tear down and rebuild walls, build cabinets, and fix anything that wasn’t working or installed correctly. He loved landscaping and gardening and even in retirement couldn’t resist supervising the groundskeepers at the condominiums where he lived in Florida.

Dick was an avid golfer. There was always a golf game involved in any family affair and he was ready to go out with friends for a golf game most days of the week. He played golf until he was 91 and was still driving his car. He loved cars, especially the new ones and was ready anytime to kick a few tires at the local dealership.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Florence, his brother Burton, his sister Florence Lange and his son-in-law Dale Alam. He is survived by his daughter Joann Alam, his son Thomas Swartzloff and his wife Shelley, and his daughter Barbara Larime and her husband Michael. He has four grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Larime and Katie and Heidi Swartzloff. Matthew and his wife Sharon have added a new generation to the family with a great grandson, Jack.

The family will be holding a private gathering in remembrance of Dick’s life.

Remembrances in Dick’s name can be made to Hospice of the Valley at P.O. Box 3768, Basalt, CO 81621.

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