Richard Malvin Akin |

Richard Malvin Akin

Richard Malvin Akin, 82, of Rifle, passed away July 31, 2008, at Grand River Hospital District, surrounded by his family.

Richard was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Victor, to George and Elsie (Sterns) Akin who were homesteaders in central Colorado.

Richard served in the Army Air Corp and the Air Force off and on from 1946 until 1962, after which he went to work for the Colorado Department of Transportation as an engineer until his retirement.

He married Doris Finley Dec. 28, 1955, in Delta. They had two children.

Richard lived in the valley for the last 40 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and was a longtime 4-H leader. Richard enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid reader, you could always find him with a book in his hands. Richard was a kind and gentle man, he was deeply loved and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife; son Curtis (Mary) Akin; daughter Celina Akin; sisters Jane Hall, Georgia (Bill) Nation and Linda (Dave) Thornberry; grandchildren Zack Akin, Melissa Akin and Elizabeth Fenton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by sister Dorothy Canterbury; brothers-in-law Roscoe Hall and Dooley Canterbury.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the charity of your choice.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle. Ross Talbott Sr. will officiate. A gathering of friends and family will follow the service at Davidson Park in Rifle on Seventh and Fir Avenue.

Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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