Roy Emerson Elwell
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Roy Emerson Elwell of Glenwood Springs passed away Saturday, July 18. He was 70. He was born at home in Louisville, CO on Sept. 10, 1938, the second son of Frank Elwell and Louise Christina (Romano) Elwell. His childhood and youth were spent growing up close to many maternal relatives in what was then the small mining town of Louisville, graduating high school in 1956. Coming “of age” at the advent of Rock and Roll, Roy loved music all his life, whether listening or dancing (he did the BEST JITTERBUG!), from Bill Haley and Elvis to Neil Diamond and Crystal Gayle.
Roy’s work life was spent primarily in the natural gas distribution industry. From 1962 to 1975, he was a gas technician/engineer with Public Service in Boulder and Denver. During this time, he worked toward a BS Degree at CU-Denver, completing that goal at Metro State College in 1970.
His interest in the Roaring Fork Valley was piqued by the annual trips to Basalt he and his friends made to fish the Frying Pan River. Those adventures were some of his favorite memories! This led to his desire to live in the Roaring Fork Valley.
On July 10, 1965, Roy Married Bernita Carolynne Waddell at St. Catherine of Siena Church in North Denver.
Together, they raised two boys. In August 1975, Roy accepted the position of engineer at Rocky Mountain Natural Gas CO. in Glenwood Springs. The family resided in Glenwood Springs for 33 years.
Roy will be remembered for his raucous sense of humor, his passion for fly fishing, and his long-time devotion to the Denver Broncos. Often a quiet man of contained emotions, he was extremely proud of the talents and accomplishments of his sons, the elder a professional musician and the younger a Commander in the U.S. Navy.
He was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 2286 and is credited with “breathing life”back into the lodge’s failing bingo program in the late 80’s, resulting in then-Exalted Ruler Larry Vath naming him Elk of the Year, a prestigious designation among his brother Elks.
Roy often said he was like a cat with 9 lives. He had survived childhood rheumatic fever, a hunting shotgun accident, being robbed at gunpoint, the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Co. explosion of 1985, two heart valve replacements, and several bouts of pneumonia, to say nothing of 44 years with the same “relentless” wife (as he liked to call her when not calling her by his favorite nickname “Grizz”).
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Mary Louise Elwell.
He is survived by wife, Bernita Carolynne, brother, Richard (Oreen) Elwell of Broomfield, CO, sons Darin (Brenda) Elwell of Glenwood Springs and Dirk (Jin) Elwell of Beavercreek, OH, four precious Elwell grandchildren, Hanna, Caleb, Jacob and Anna, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Viewing is being held at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m., preceded by a Rosary at 10:30. A luncheon will follow the services at the Elks Club in West Glenwood. Everyone is welcome.
On Friday, July 24, a second service will be held at 3 p.m. at Olinger Crown Hill Chapel of Peace in Wheat Ridge, CO. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. A reception will follow at the home of Chuck and Suzie Fisher at 7579 South Emerson Street in Centennial, CO. Everyone is welcome.
Donations may be made in Roy’s memory to the Elks National Foundation, c/o Elks Lodge 2286, Box 57, Glenwood Springs, CO. 81602
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