Russell Eugene Loesch |

Russell Eugene Loesch

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Russell Eugene Loesch was born Feb. 8, 1929 to Edward and Florence Loesch in Rifle, Colorado. He passed away on April 29, 2010 at the E. Dene Moore Care Center.

He was raised on the family ranch and attended Rifle Union High School where he met (Luella) Jean Peltier. They were joined in marriage on Dec. 26, 1948 and resided in Rifle since then.

Russell enjoyed the great outdoors, which included four-wheeling, horse back riding, camping, horse racing, football (whether participating, standing on the sidelines or watching on TV), fishing, and even tried his hand at golf for a few years. His favorite past time was being with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

Russell was active in the community. He was on the Rifle Volunteer Fire Department, the Garfield County Fair Board for numerous years, Sheriff’s Posse, Bear’s Booster Club and helped to start, and was a board member of, the Western Slope Race Association. He owned Standard Oil Company and worked at the mill, Anvil Points and numerous years with his dear friend Gary Swallow. He decided retirement wasn’t for him and worked for Alpine Bank for seven years.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife Jean, parents, son-in-law David Lyells, two brothers, two sisters, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, a nephew and his beloved friend and companion Princess. He is survived by daughter Debra Lyells of Rifle; daughter Shelly Bunton and husband Tim of Rifle; nephew Gale Loesch and wife Carol of Grand Junction; grandson Shane Bunton of Westminster; grandson Doug Lyells of Rifle; granddaughter Brandi Bunton of Phoenix, AZ; his beloved great-granddaughter Audra Lyells; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephew and nieces; dear friend Wally Cerise and other numerous good friends; and all the Doctors and nurses that took care of him over the years.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to request any donations to the E. Dene Moore Care Center where Russell and Jean were cared for by many.

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