William Louis (Bill) Punkoney Jr.
Bill Punkoney Jr., also nicknamed “Tex” and “Boss” by his friends, died July 10 in Grand Junction after a long illness.He was born Dec. 5, 1920, in Slaton, Texas, to Mamie Lou Harris and William Louis Punkoney Sr.He served his country proudly during World War II in the Pacific Theater, and he was a true cowboy.Shortly after World War II, Bill married Elizabeth (Liz) Hayward Wessman. They lived in Boulder for a short time and then moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1949. They ranched at Sopris Creek, Prince Creek and Catherine Heights, and managed the Howard Kent ranch operation in Snowmass from 1956 until 1970.Bill’s true love was horses. He helped organize the Standard Quarter Horse Association in the 1960s. After leaving the Roaring Fork Valley in the 1970s, Bill moved to Deming, N.M., to manage a Beefmaster ranch for Tom Ellinwood. Bill was well-respected as a fine stockman, rancher and cowboy. Anyone who met him instantly recognized his extraordinary work ethic. He was an inventor and a man of many talents.In 1978, he married Carol Anne Pinnt.Bill is survived by his wife; daughters Julie (Ken) Spooner, Luana (Dave) Erickson, and Wendy (Willis) Carr; son William L. (Laura) Punkoney III; stepdaughters Bonnie (Pinnt) Kline and Katherine (Pinnt) McNutt; grandchildren Laura Spooner (Peter) Muller, Andrea Erickson, Elizabeth Carr (Josh) Davis, Emily Carr (Randy) Herbert, William L. (Sarah) Punkoney IV, Stephanie Punkoney (Jared) Rockwood, and Anthony and Stephanie McNutt; great-grandchildren AJ, Jessica Littrell (Muller), Demetrius and Devin Davis, Isabelle and Randy Herbert, Tyrel Rockwood, and Elaina and Cole Erickson; and one sister, Curley.
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