Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
If you asked Richard to tell the story of his life, you could count on the plot revolving around his commitment to God. A man with a storied life, he has lots of stories about him. Richard was one of those men who was bigger than life. He always left an impression everywhere he went. There was rarely anyone who had a hard time remembering him, in some fashion.
Much to the chagrin of his kids, Rich never met a stranger. A ten-minute trip to the hardware store could stretch into hours. Years later Richard could still recall when and where he met someone. Along with the generosity of his time came the generosity of his nature; he would (quite literally) give anyone the shirt off his back if he thought they needed it more than he did.
It never took long for anyone to know that Richard loved God and his family. For the sake of his love for God, he was never without a mission: from volunteer work in Mexico and Russia to his quiet support of others with similar goals. For the sake of his family, he passed along an infectious work ethic. One of his favorite refrains; “Don’t just stand there,” helped usher things forward.
He was often more rascal than saint, a fact he readily admitted; but when he told you he loved you, with his impish grin, you knew it was genuine and true. In one of his last conversations with his kids he said, “I love all of you. You all make me proud.”
Richard passed away just shy of his 85th birthday in Grand Junction due to heart failure. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years: Joyce. He is survived by their 7 children: Ken Ewing, Mick Ewing, Kevin Ewing, Linnea Ricciardi, Brian Ewing, Mindy Bergman, Dustin Ewing; their 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; as well as his second wife Barbara and her 4 children.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at Callahan-Edfast mortuary in Grand Junction.
In lieu of flowers, Richard’s 22 years of active Military service during WWII, Korea and Vietnam can be acknowledged by a contribution in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org, 1-877-TEAM-WWP (832-6997), 904-296-7350 or fax at: 904-296-7347
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A restriction on outdoor water use for Glenwood Springs city water customers is in place Saturday night until 8 a.m. Monday following heavy weekend rains over both the Grizzly Creek and Lake Christine burn scars.