Frank Orville Redmond
December 20, 2010
Frank Orville Redmond was born to Arthur and Inez (Robinson) Redmond in Butte, Mont.
Born into a family of seven, he was orphaned by age 11. He moved to his uncle’s ranch on Capitol Creek where he spent his childhood on horseback. After graduating from Basalt Union High in 1947, he continued ranching along Snowmass Creek where he met his neighbor’s daughter, Betty Bright. In 1952, they started 58 wonderful years of marriage.
He sold his ranch in 1959 and moved to Basalt, working in construction and ski rentals. Orville loved the mountains and made countless expeditions with Betty and their children. He passed his love of the outdoors on to his family. He was an avid woodworker and created beautiful furniture. Orville enjoyed people, he never met a stranger. He was an active member of his community, serving as a Basalt town councilman and as a member of the volunteer fire department.
He was always willing to help a neighbor, and was generous with his time for friends and family alike. He was a wonderful man, and will be missed by all.
Orville was preceded in death by three sisters, a brother, and a granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Grand Junction; children Gary Redmond of Pueblo, Debbie (Bill) Kelly of Basalt, Dede (Vern) Snead of Rifle, Linda (Randy) Van Gaasbeek of Fruita and Karen (Herb) Call of Silt; sisters Bernadine (Gerald) Coats of Vinita, Okla; Peggy Misuraca, Fla., and Donna Lou (Enrique) de la Cruz, Costa Rica; and grandchildren, Kennon, Andy, Eli (Katie) Snead, Jessica Van Gaasbeek, Ethan Van Gaasbeek, Liam Kelly, and Jenny Call.
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A celebration of his life will be held next June.
If desired, a donation can be made to Senior Daybreak of Hilltop at 1620 Hermosa Ave. No. 64; Grand Junction, CO 81506.