Richard Gene ‘Dick’ Sarten
Richard Gene “Dick” Sarten of Lakewood passed away on Wed. Sept. 8 after a courageous battle with cancer. He has left family and friends who will long remember him by his quick wit, dry sense of humor, and rhyming tales. His peaceful garden, complete with waterfall, squirrels, and birds will thrive thanks to his efforts. He was an avid collector of rare rocks, arrowheads, and coins. Dick was born to Albert and Murle Sarten in Topeka Kansas on Oct. 15, 1930, the youngest of five children. The family moved to Leadville so that Albert could assist in the war effort, and Dick finished high school there in 1948. Dick married Mary Ellen Shoffner in 1951, and they had one son: Rick. The couple later divorced, and in 1974 he remarried Edith Christensen. Dick’s service during the Korean Conflict took him to Whittier, Alaska, from 1951 to 1953. Dick’s City Market career as store manager started in Rifle and then it took him to Grand Junction. He and his wife Edie later owned and operated several grocery and convenience stores. He was proud to be a founding member of the Rifle Creek Golf Course, and he was involved in many community leadership roles during his time in Rifle. His love of the game of golf will live through many of his family members and friends, most especially his son. Dick will be missed by Edie, his wife of 36 years. He is also survived by his sisters Florence Pascal and Lila Crouch of Denver, and brother Donald Sarten of California. His sister Elaine Porter preceded him in death. He is also survived by his son, Rick Sarten (Peggy) of Grand Junction, and his step-children: Laura Kretschman (Chris) of Grand Junction, Kip Christensen (Dani) of Battlement Mesa, and Kevin Christensen (Shirley) of Denver. His grandchildren treasure their conversations with Dick where he reminded them so clearly to stay on the right path of life, and he was dedicated to their activities. His grandchildren in Grand Junction are: Ryan Sarten (Heather), Shauna Nordine (Justin) and Travis Christensen (Lacie). In Fruita: Cole Christensen (Lauren). In Battlement Mesa: Ashley Christensen (Bruce Reese). In Aurora: Justine Cooper Vigil (Chris) and Cheri Lopez Taylor (Darrell). Jason Christensen preceded Dick in death in 1980 . Graveside services will be held Friday, Sept. 17 at 11:00 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Dick’s name to Collier Hospice Center c/o Lutheran Medical Center Foundation at 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheatridge, CO 80033 where he received very compassionate care. Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, CO. Condolences may be sent to: http://www.olingercrownhillmortuary.com.
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