Gene Stanton Krill
November 17, 2006
Gene Stanton Krill passed away on Nov. 12, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, after a lengthy battle with emphysema. His wife, son and daughter-in-law, along with two nieces, had watched over him constantly for several days. Gene was a wonderful, loving husband and father, and was respected by all who knew him.
Gene was born to Isabelle LaPointe, in Boulder, on May 29, 1925. Gene was raised in Nucla, graduating from Nucla High School in 1943. His two siblings, Marjorie and William, preceded him in death. He worked briefly for the U.S. Vanadium Co. before joining the U.S. Navy in August 1943. He then served in the Pacific Theater as an electrician’s mate first class, until his separation in April 1946.
Gene began work for Mountain Bell Telephone Co. as a lineman in 1946, eventually moving to manager. He married the beautiful Eva J. Talarico in August 1947, as they both began their travels about Colorado with “Ma Bell,” as he used to call the company. These assignments included Fruita, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Gunnison, Aspen, Walden, Rangely and once again to Aspen. These latter three posts were as manager of the “Ma Bell” offices there. The last Aspen assignment began in 1965, to his retirement in 1980 after 34 years with the telephone company. He and Eva resided in Woody Creek. After retirement, he filled his “free” time with driving a local school bus until 1989. They later moved to Delta. Gene was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed hunting, golfing, bowling, backcountry Jeeping, square dancing and gardening. The family enjoyed fresh honey from his “bee-hobby period” for several years. Family visitors also got to enjoy their chokecherry wine during the “wine period.”
Their oldest son, Milo Stanton, a Vietnam veteran, preceded Gene in death. Gene is survived by his still-beautiful wife, son Gary Gene (Audrey) of Woody Creek, and three nieces and one nephew: Gloria Swenson Bricker (Creighton) of Grand Junction; Carl Swenson of Vail; Rebecca Zlebnick (Dale) of Grand Junction; and Barbara Krukenberg of Newport Beach, Calif. Gene and Eva also favored their grand-nephews and -nieces: Creighton Bricker Jr. (or “Box”) of New York City, Case Bricker and Aaron Zlebnick, both of Grand Junction, and Kameal Krukenberg of Lomita, Calif. A small family and friends service took place Nov. 16 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Donations in Gene’s memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.