Ned Bascom was born September 18, 1944, to Bernard and Alice Bascom in Grand Junction, CO, and lived on the family farm in Fruita until he enlisted in the Air Force in 1962. Ned was chosen to represent the US Air Force Military Honor Guard in Washington, D.C. He served under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. A few years later, Ned became a U.S. Marshal and moved his family to the Denver area. Ned had married and had three sons; Troy and twin boys, Shannon and Shane. Later, Ned met Beth, they married and moved back to the western slope. Beth had two girls that Ned adopted, Shannon Marie and Heidi. Ned started Bascom Construction; building houses, decks and remodels in Garfield, Pitkin and Summit County(s). He worked as a reserve officer for the Glenwood Springs Police Department part-time. When the economy busted during Exxon’s Oil Shale Project, Ned shut down construction and worked for Department of Corrections. Eventually returning to construction in the Grand Junction area working for Rust Geo-Tech.
Ned loved hunting and fishing. He loved boating and flying airplanes. He loved working on race cars and driving them. He was a rock hound and learned from his mother how to cut and polish stone. He started Earth Stone Creations, doing gem and mineral shows in a 3 state area. He loved spending time with his kids out camping, hunting, fishing or boating. He loved playing poker with his buddies. He loved bad jokes and telling tall tales. He worked hard, played hard, lived hard and he loved hard. Ned has left his mark.
He was a member of the USAF Military Honor Guard Association and he served for 15 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Rifle.
Forever missing him; his wife, Beth; son Troy; daughter Heidi; daughter-in-law Janelle; 9 grandchildren and their families, 9 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, in-laws Ray, Robert and Roberta and a large extended family of relatives and friends.
Ned was preceded in death by his twin sons Shannon and Shane; his daughter Shannon Marie; his brother Tom; both sisters Lois Johnson and Grace Pender; his parents and his in-laws.
Ned wanted to celebrate life, so we have planned that celebration for him to take place on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1:00PM at the Rifle Elks Club, 501 W. 5th Street, Rifle, CO.
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