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Darwin Ray Rather

It is with deep remorse that we announce the passing of Darwin Ray Rather, 90 of Basalt Colorado. He passed away January 11, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs Colorado with his family at his side.

Ray was born in Sudan Texas August 20, 1928. He and his parents, Sam and Opal Rather, moved from Texas to New Mexico and on to southwest Colorado when Ray was in his early teens. In 1946 Ray graduated from Bayfield High School in Bayfield Colorado. In 1948 while attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Ray met his wife to be Maxine Wilbourn. They were married March 20th 1950 and their first child Linda arrived in 1952 and their second Larry in 1955.

In 1960 the family moved to Aspen where Ray was involved in the construction of the Castle Creek Bridge. He and Maxine so loved the Roaring Fork Valley that they decided to stay and moved to Basalt in 1963. In 1968 they moved onto their ranch in Emma where Maxine still resides.

A loving husband and father first, Ray was also a rancher, builder, gardener and later in his life an artist.

As a rancher he enjoyed everything from frigid nights during calving season to the hot summer days on a tractor. As a builder he could fabricate just about anything. He could figure out designs on a piece of plywood that some couldn't figure out with computers. As an artist he worked with leather tooling, painting, photography and landscape architecture.

He was a lover of the lord and all the mysteries of his creation. He was in awe of the world around him and bestowed that amazement upon his family. His most joyous pursuits were in the outdoors on horseback or afoot. There were few things he appreciated more than a meadow full of wildflowers. He and his family made many excursions into the Elk Mountains, the Flat Tops and his favorite the San Juan Mountains just to enjoy the beauty. As he aged he worked to replicate the beauty he'd seen in the mountains in his gardens at home. We will forever know he lives on in the beauty he created and shared with his family. He often said, "You are closest to God when you are in the garden."

Respected within his community, Ray was often sought out by friends and neighbors for his understanding and wisdom.

He will be greatly missed by all.

Ray is survived by his wife of 68 years Maxine and his daughter Linda Thompson of Glenwood Springs and her two daughters, Stacy Weyand of Cortez and Heather Russell of Rifle his son Larry Rather of Basalt and his sons Jesse of Blue Lake CA, Evan of Carbondale CO and daughter Hanna Rather of Basalt CO.

Cremation will take place after the service that is set Friday January 18, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at Grace Church of the Roaring Fork, 1776 Emma Road, Basalt, Colorado. A viewing will take place from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM prior to the service.

Glenn Alton Beck

Glenn Alton Beck, age 88, died on Tuesday January 8th after a month long fight with failing health. He was surrounded by loving family until the end and will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends whose lives he touched so deeply.

Glenn was born in Aspen, Colorado on June 2, 1930 to Charles Alton Beck, a third generation Aspen grocer, and Alma Chisholm, a third generation native whose parents and grandparents had homesteaded on Snowmass Creek. As a young boy, Glenn's family occupied three of the homes at the corners of Hopkins Ave. and Center St.(later renamed Garmisch). With Glenn's parents in one house and his grandparents in another, the third corner was occupied by his maternal great uncle John Henry Stewart. Glenn was often tasked with delivering Uncle's meals in the evenings, but he was rewarded with tales of Uncle's younger days as a mine engineer and and a homesteader who later became the postmaster and railroad station agent at the store where he had homesteaded at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Snowmass Creek. Glenn also became a recipient of Uncle Stewart's ceremonial sword; an object that Glenn treasured throughout his life.

In his youth, when Glenn wasn't spending time in his grandfather's grocery store in the Wheeler Opera House, or summers at his maternal grandparents ranch on Snowmass Creek, Glenn earned money working for Tom Sardy; in his home and at his mortuary and then at his hardware store. Glenn became an avid skier, something which would remain a lifelong love. Winter skiing turned into high school summers spent clearing trails for the newly formed Aspen Skiing Company. As the valedictorian of the Aspen High School class of 1948 and a competitive ski racer, Glenn earned invitations to some eastern universities on skiing scholarships, but ultimately Glenn chose to attend the University of Colorado.

Upon graduating from the University of Colorado where he had studied chemical engineering, english literature, psychology, and german, Glenn was immediately sent to the Korean War where he served as a naval officer. After the Korean War and his discharge, Glenn attended graduate school at the Thunderbird School of Foreign Trade where he was then hired as a plant manager by Armco Steel in Venezuela. Living in Venezuela for 7 years, Glenn formed one of his most enduring friendships with Orlando Jose Hidalgo who preceded him in death by only a year.

In 1962 Glenn moved back to the U.S. to be closer to his children. Living first in San Francisco and then in Southern California, Glenn worked as a representative of Shell Oil Company.

Eventually, Glenn built his own business, Beck Oil Inc., a fuel and lubricant supplier in the deserts of Southern California. Beck Oil has flourished for over 50 years. It was there in Southern California that Glenn discovered his love of exploring the desert on motorcycle. Glenn also rekindled his love of flying, a passion first formed learning to fly in a Piper Cub on a grass strip at Cozy Point Ranch. Along with sailing, these three modes of exploration were some of the principle ways that Glenn experienced nature and explored the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. Glenn loved the Baja and even into his 80s there were years when he had traversed the entire length of the peninsula multiple times by car and boat.

Glenn spent the later years of his life running his business(he never retired), traveling the world extensively with his wife Betty, and visiting the two places that he loved the most, Aspen Colorado, his family home, and the Sea of Cortez in Baja California where he felt the most at peace.

Glenn was preceded in death by his younger brother Paul, but is survived by his sister Sandra, his loving wife Betty, his children Laurie, Wendy, Corey and Alexandra, 11 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Nancy E. Wickes

Nancy E. Wickes, long-time resident of Aspen and Snowmass Village, died peacefully on January 4, 2019 at age 94. She was at the home of her daughter, Betsy Farver, in Rancho Mirage, California, where she had spent the last month.

In addition to her daughter, Nancy is survived by three sons: Tom (Jennifer Morse), of Durango, Colorado; Paul (Gail Thain Parker), of Richmond Hill, Georgia and Nairn, Scotland; and Steve (Barbara Bakios-Wickes) of Aspen. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Tom, Betsy and Steve made their homes in Aspen at various times, and Steve remains an Aspen resident.

After graduating from high school in Hingham, Massachusetts, Nancy went to the University of Arizona, where she met Richard Wickes, who she married in 1944 and to whom she remained married until his death in 1989. Nancy and Richard (Dick) moved to Aspen in 1968.

Nancy was never happier than when she was outdoors and physically active. A competitive swimmer in her high school and college years, she never forgot swimming with Johnny Weissmuller, at the height of his fame as Tarzan. When her children were young, summers were spent at the New Jersey shore, and long days watching the kids in the surf would begin and end with long swims parallel to the beach. Winters were for ski trips, and she was fiercely undeterred despite returning from her first ever attempt at skiing, in Mt Tremblant, Quebec, in a leg cast. She skied regularly in Snowmass until she was 85.

After the death of her husband Nancy took up fly-fishing in a serious way. At first in the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan, and then on to farther and farther-flung parts of the globe. She loved everything about fishing; Cuba, Iceland, Siberia and Mongolia were among the places she wet a fly.

Nancy Wickes will be missed by friends and especially by the large family she leaves behind as her legacy. A celebration of her life will be held this spring in Snowmass Village. She will be interred next to her husband, who she never stopped loving. Friends are asked to remember her, should they wish, with gifts in her memory to the Harmony Foundation in Estes Park, CO. Please specify the "N.E.W. Fund for Native American Scholarships." (www.colorado​gives.org/harmonyfoundation)

Lance Richard Dentel

Lance was a talented chef and craftsman, and music brought great joy to his life. He loved being outdoors — he grew up sailing, skiing and fishing in Northern Michigan and then grew to love all things outdoors in his adopted home — the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. Thanks to a sense of humor inherited from his Dad, his big heart, old soul and caring spirit, he never met a stranger and leaves behind many friends. He adored his cats, loved bicycling and gardening, and enjoyed volunteering with blind skiers for B.O.L.D.

He is survived by his sister, Sheri (Morgan) Vail of Basalt, niece Victoria Dentel, and nephews Jeremie Dentel, and Justin and Crosby Vail. He was predeceased by his wife, Scotlyn, and his parents, Blair and Donna Dentel. Remember Lance by spending some time outdoors and reflecting on how beautiful life can be. Memorial contributions may be made to KDNK Public Radio, Church at Redstone, or C.A.R.E. — all organizations near and dear to his heart. A memorial service may be planned for a later date.

Christopher John Maniscalchi

Chris lived a short, but active life. He was born in Trenton, Michigan, grew up in Redford Township, Michigan and graduated from Redford Union High School. Chris moved to Snowmass Village in 1981 after his sister Maria opened Mama Maria's Pizzeria. He worked as the General Manager by night, enjoyed the life of a ski bum by day and explored all the adventures this beautiful valley has to offer.

Chris met his beautiful wife Julie at Mama Maria's and he fell even more in love with the valley. They married and have two talented daughters whom he took extreme pride in. Becca graduated from the University of Wyoming in December 2018; Alyssa is a freshman at CSU.

Chris also worked for the Basalt Police Department for 10 years before leaving at the rank of Sargent to open Rhino Liquors in 2003. He was a very successful businessman. He was kind hearted. He would amuse his customers, friends, family and employees with the funniest jokes with his great sense of humor. His warm smile and humor allowed him to connect with so many different people. Chris was loved and cherished by all who had the opportunity to know him.

Chris was an avid lover of golf and his buddies called him "Scooch." He worked out faithfully 6 days a week, enjoyed rafting in the summer and spent his free time celebrating with family and friends.

Chris spent his final days with his immediate family, surrounded by an infinite amount of love and endless prayers.

Chris is survived by his wife Julie, daughters Becca and Alyssa, mother Bertha and a large number of family and friends in the Roaring Fork Valley and many places beyond. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the "Maniscalchi Girls Benefit" at any Alpine Bank. A celebration of life will take place in the spring.

Chris wasn't here for a long time, but he was here for a good time!

Dr. Mike Wadyko

Dr. Michael Wadyko of Glenwood Springs, passed away on Christmas Eve, 2018. Mike was born on September 29, 1948 in Natrona Heights, PA to Mitchell and Ann Marie Wadyko.

He studied history at the University of Pittsburgh, obtained his Master's Degree from the University of Toronto, and his Doctorate from West Virginia State University. Mike was an Adjust/Distance Learning professor at Colorado Mountain College, Excelsior College, Norwich University, University of Alaska, and West Virginia University. He was beloved by students and Faculty. His knowledge and understanding of American, European, and Asian history was unparalleled.

Mike was a believing Catholic, a frequent visitor to St. Benedict's Monastery, and a faithful parishioner of St. Stephen's Church. A kind, gentle man, Mike had immense compassion for the down-and-out. He loved and stood unwaveringly by his life partner, Judy Wadyko, through serious health challenges. His was a life of service to his God, his friends, and his fellow man. Mike is survived by his former wife, Judy, his sister, Valerie Wadyko, and sibling Dr. Phyllis Walters.

Funeral Mass will be said at 11:00 on January 14, 2019 at St. Stephen's Church in Glenwood Springs. Interment to follow at Rosebud Cemetery.

Stephen Pudney Hall

Stephen Pudney Hall passed away peacefully at his home on December 21, 2018, just 3 days before his 68th birthday. He was surrounded by his loving family, his wife Lelia Nugent Hall, and his three daughters Elisabeth Hall Flynn, Lindsay Graves and Katie Ambrosini.

Steve was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL to William Pudney Hall and Ann Emerson Hall. He was the oldest of 5 children, with Christopher, Jonathan, David and Betsy following (or not following) his lead. He grew up with the love of sports, speed and music. He earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard, played football and then proceeded to Stanford for his MBA. He earned his CPA and was a Chief Financial Officer for many biotech companies. While at Harvard, he met the love of his life, Lelia (Lee).

After many years in Chicago and Kansas, a job opportunity called Steve and family to the mountains of Aspen. Steve's love for skiing, biking, and hiking captured his heart. With a big grin, he shared he had best office view of skiers flying down the front of Aspen.

In 2001, Steve and Lee ventured out to Chapel Hill, NC where Steve coordinated the sale of Tripath Imaging in 2006 and thereafter continued his strategic financial work for four other companies in the New England area. Several of his contributions resulted in advancements such as IPOs or FDA approvals.

Steve was known for his speed behind the wheel, his love of watching his daughter's athletics, his devotion to his family including his 8 grandchildren, his witty humor yet calming nature, and his booming voice singing Handel's Messiah or just at home with his girls. He had a larger than life personality and enjoyed conversation with everyone he met. He was the rock to his adoring wife, Lee, and their sweetheart love remained strong for over 43 years. He will be greatly missed and we will always remember his Papa Bear hugs and 'benchers' in life.

A memorial will be held in his honor on Saturday January 19th 2019 at 11:00a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 536 W. North Street Aspen, CO with Rector Jonathan Brice and Father Brian Larkin from Denver. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aspen Choral Society http://www.aspenchoralsociety.org.

Wayne Ray Pecjak

Wayne Ray Pecjak, age 72, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer at his home in Florence, Arizona, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. He was born May 15, 1946, in Denver, Co., to Frank and Mardelle Pecjak. He was a 1964 graduate of Basalt High School. He married Sandy Vetter on September 27, 1969. Wayne served in the Army as a member of the First Calvary Division, serving two tours in Vietnam, and is an Honored Purple Heart recipient. He worked in the ski industry and in construction with his father, but spent most of his career as an aerospace engineer with Northrop Grumman conducting EMI and lightning testing on defense aircraft. After a long, successful career, he retired in 2003 as a well-regarded engineer. Some of Wayne's multiple interests include golfing, traveling, and camp hosting. His true passion was tinkering and he followed it by working in his wood shop making various items, such as pens, jewelry boxes and bowls. He also loved spending quality time with his family and supporting his kids and grandchildren in all of their endeavors. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sandy; a sister, Cindy (Terry) Grinstead; daughter, Dana (Lou) Hertler; son, Frank (Eleni) Pecjak; daughter, Becky (Rudy) Casillas; 11 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; Aunt Donna; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Wayne was preceded in death by his son Wayne Pecjak Jr., parents Frank and Mardelle Pecjak, and grandson Gerald Hertler. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wayne's name to the American Cancer Society or your local hospice care. He will remain always in our thoughts and hearts.

Dr. Mike Wadyko

Dr. Michael Wadyko of Glenwood Springs, passed away on Christmas Eve, 2018. Mike was born on September 28, 1949 in Naturna Heights, PA to Mitchell and Ann Marie Wadyko.

He studied history at the University of Pittsburgh, obtained his Master's Degree from the University of Toronto, and his Doctorate from West Virginia State University. Mike was an Adjust/Distance Learning professor at Colorado Mountain College, Excelsior College, Norwich University, University of Alaska, and West Virginia University. He was beloved by students and Faculty. His knowledge and understanding of American, European, and Asian history was unparalleled.

Mike was a believing Catholic, a frequent visitor to St. Benedict's Monastery, and a faithful parishioner of St. Stephen's Church. A kind, gentle man, Mike had immense compassion for the down-and-out. He loved and stood unwaveringly by his life partner, Judy Wadyko, through serious health challenges. His was a life of service to his God, his friends, and his fellow man. Mike is survived by his former wife, Judy, and his sister, Valerie Wadyko.

Funeral Mass will be said at 11:00 on January 14, 2019 at St. Stephen's Church in Glenwood Springs. Interment to follow at Rosebud Cemetery

Christopher Maury Faison

Christopher Maury Faison, 74, of Carbondale and Aspen, passed away from a sudden heart attack on December 28, 2018, at Valley View Hospital with family by his side.

Chris was born December 10, 1944, in Atlantic City, New Jersey to S. Lane Jr. and Virginia (Weed) Faison. He and his three brothers, Gordon, George, and Sandy, spent their formative years in Williamstown, Massachusetts, home to Williams College where Lane headed up the art department. Education was in Chris' blood and it surprised no one when he became a teacher himself. In 1976, he, along with his wife Sally, moved to Aspen to take a position at the Wildwood School. For 10 years, he taught and drove the school bus, infusing his love of learning and the outdoors to preschoolers before moving to the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek. There, he spent more than 30 years teaching first and second graders and turning them (and many of their parents) into life-long learners. Chris' cheerful presence in the community was constant and many thousands of children and their families were touched by his kind and generous heart. May his legacy of connecting with people, communing with nature and exploring the world with childlike wonder live on.

Chris is survived by wife Sally, daughters Hannah and Amanda, son-in-law Heath, granddaughters Ella and Georgia, and a close network of family and friends spanning the world. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Chris' name to Aspen Community School, P.O. Box 336, Woody Creek, CO 81656. A celebration of life will take place in the spring — please bring a favorite rock.