Memories & Milestones |

Memories & Milestones

Edited by Kay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Grand River Construction, owned by Paul, Gregg, and John Rippy, received Dalby, Wendland, & Company’s “Spirit of Western Colorado” eagle ward Nov. 2, at the firm’s annual meeting. Grand River Construction Company has been a client of Dalby, Wendland & Company since 1980. Each year Dalby, Wendland recognizes clients who have excelled in business with a spirit of integrity, a keen eye for business, and commitment and compassion for others in their community.The Rippy forefathers built the road over Lizard Head Pass, the highway through DeBeque Canyon and continue today to complete some of the largest and most important roadways in Western Colorado.In the 1960s, Paul Rippy started Grand River Construction Company. His sons, Gregg and John, worked with their father for twenty years and eventually bought the company from him. In 1999, Gregg was named Colorado Contractor of the Year. The Rippys donated the original tennis courts at Sayre and Veltus parks and completed the paving, grading and asphalt work for all the courts at the Glenwood Springs Community Center in 2006. Gregg and his wife, Marilee, created a fund to help build the sound garden at the community center in memory of their son, Stuart.In their support of education, the family has generously offered to assist with building the new Colorado Mountain College West Garfield campus, near Rifle.As a former Colorado state congressman and state representative, Gregg established himself as a highly competent Garfield County lawmaker willing to find solutions and build relationships across party lines.

Mike Dominguez and Michelle l. Smith were married in Las Vegas Nov. 21, 2007. Family members from California attended the ceremony. Both Mike and Michelle reside in Glenwood Springs.

Former long-time Glenwood Springs residents, Bob and Glennyce Deroeck of Grand Junction, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Glenwood Springs Elks Club. They were married Dec. 6, 1947, in Henderson, Ky.

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