Richard "Rick" Martin Poffenbarger
Richard “Rick” Martin Poffenbarger, 53, of Eagle/Gypsum, passed away March 12, 2006, in Pine, Colo., at the home of his sister, after a prolonged illness. Rick was born in Burlington, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 1953, to Patricia Ann (Luckenbill) and Jack Leroy Poffenbarger.He spent his early childhood in western Illinois near the Mississippi River. He moved to Glenwood Springs with his family in 1968 and graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1971. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.Rick served two years in the United States Navy as a pilot. He married Ellen Miller of Moline, Ill., in 1976. In 1985 they had one child, Danielle.Later Rick attended the University of Wyoming Law School. He graduated from the University of Wyoming, College of Law, and practiced law in Cheyenne for several years before opening his law office in the Eagle area. He married Fran Cadez and they had a daughter, Katherine, in 1992. He spent the last 10 years practicing law and real estate development in the Eagle/Gypsum area. He was active in Club 20, Rotary, and the Chamber of Commerce.Rick especially enjoyed time with friends and family. He always looked for the next challenge or adventure to share with anyone. He loved spending time in the mountains, especially around Sweetwater Lake. The year before his death, he completed work on a house overlooking Sweetwater Lake, a project he had dreamed of for many years.He is survived by daughters Katherine (Katie), of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Danielle (Dani) Poffenbarger Bennett, of Fort Collins; mother Patricia Graddis, of Glenwood Springs; and sisters Adrienne Brink Scheu, of Sweetwater Lake Resort, Jaclyn Gisburne, of Glenwood Springs, and Kim Poffenbarger, of Pine. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack.A memorial celebration of his life has been scheduled for June 17 at Sweetwater Lake Resort. Friends may contribute to the Richard Poffenbarger Memorial Scholarship Fund for his daughter, Katherine, at Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 548, Cheyenne, WY 82003, to a local hospice, or to a charity of their choice in his name.
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