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Richard Fazzi Jr.

Richard Fazzi Jr. passed away Feb. 16, 2007, in Rifle, with his family at his side. He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Spring Canyon, Utah, to Richard and Lena Fazzi. At the age of 3, his family moved to a farm in the Silt area. He grew up there with his brothers, attending school through the eighth grade. In March 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Portland through many major battles during World War II. After returning home to Silt, he spent time on the farm helping his parents and worked as a mechanic at Shoup’s Garage in Rifle, using the training he received at the Auto Mechanics Trade School.In 1948, he married Betty Weiss. The couple had four children.Richard moved his family to the farm on Silt Mesa in 1953. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, even taking a course at the Northwestern School of Taxidermy in 1949 to preserve his own trophies. Besides being a farmer, he worked as a farmer, coal miner, truck driver, electrician, builder, and a mill worker for Union Carbide.He married Esther Gilbert in 1976, gaining two more children. After retirement, they spent time in Arizona and Texas. They enjoyed traveling and taking trips to visit family and friends.Survivors include his second wife; children Carol (Jim) Estle, Linda (Paul) Rosette, Danny Fazzi, and Ray (Kim) Fazzi; stepchildren Janis Pretti and Ray (Sammy) Gilbert; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers Fred (Ann) and Donnie (Maryann); and many nieces and nephews. His faithful dog, Arlo, will miss their afternoon naps together.He is preceded in death by his brother Joe and his sister Dorothy.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Rifle Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Silt. Bishop Don Olmstead will officiate.Memorial contributions can be made to Grand River Hospital District, P.O. Box 912, Rifle, CO 81650 or Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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