Alfred Senna |

Alfred Senna

(photo courtesy Chris Cassatt)

Alfred Franklin Joseph Senna, 81, passed away Monday, May 22, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. He was born to Callie May Senna and Alfred Senna in Burlington, Vt.

Senna originally came to the Roaring Fork Valley in the 1950s and worked for a group of cattlemen on Red Mountain. He later worked for the Red Canyon Cattlemen’s Association. He also worked for various ranches for Ben, Clifford, Sullivan, Clyde and Wayne Vagneur. He moved cows, broke horses, irrigated and put up hay, but by far preferred range riding. He also worked at the Aspen Conoco for Jess Maddalone, the Aspen Skiing Co. and as a cook at California Diner.

He retired to Grand Junction in the early 1980s but still helped care for horses the Vagneurs owned in that area. Senna moved to the state veterans home in Rifle in 2006 and moved to Heritage Park in Carbondale after an injury.

Senna was a proud veteran and loved to share stories of his time in the Philippines and many other parts of the world. He was married to Audrey, who preceded him in death. Audrey was well-known as a longtime employee at Tom’s Market in Aspen, and rarely was Audrey not at checkout stand No. 1. Senna was an avid reader, baked a great biscuit and loved turtle candies. He loved his dogs and cats, as well.

He was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Aspen.

Senna is survived by his niece Callie Gray (and husband Brad), close friend Wayne Vagneur and many other friends in the Roaring Fork Valley and Grand Valley areas. His wife, parents, brothers Gerald and Harold and sister, Laurin, preceded him in death. The location of a third brother, Howard, is undetermined.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local library or humane society. Farnum-Holt is entrusted with the arrangements. There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. Monday, June 12, at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, with a military guard. For more information including family contact information, call 963-9157.

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