Gerald Francis Walding |

Gerald Francis Walding

Aspen, CO ColoradoGerald Francis Walding was born Jan. 14, 1930, in Sioux City, Iowa, and passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, at Valley View Hospital following a short illness. Jerry, or “Arkie” as he was known to his friends, was a prime example of a valley worker bee.He came with his wife, Roberta, and two children, Gerald Jr. and Lori, to Basalt in 1964. He worked on Ruedi Dam and the water diversion tunnels, work he had also done in South Dakota and Arkansas after he got done doing a two-year hitch in Korea as a gunner with the 5th Armored Artillery Division.Jerry was a licensed HAM radio operator for emergency situations and, by only chatting over the radio, he made hundreds of friends all around the world. He never really retired; he just worked a little less, but found time to spend many hours restoring old tractors. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed daily visits to the Glenwood Hot Springs pool.Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, his mother, Gladis, and his father, Eugene.He is survived by his son, Gerald, and grandchildren Christina and Charles; daughter, Lori and her husband, Bruno; grandsons Rudi, Erich, and Jacob; Rudi’s wife, Stephanie and great-grandson Arden Paul, and great-granddaughter Chloe Moon; brother Jim, his wife, Rose, and nephews Lynn, Steve and Gary; brother Don, his wife, Barbara, and nieces Lisa and Kathy, and nephew Christopher; brother Mike, and his wife, Joy, niece Janet and nephew Ross; sister Mary Purdue, and her husband, Howard, nieces Kim and Mary-Pat, and nephews Brad and Kevin; sister Marjorie Crosby, and her husband, William, and nephews Steve and Bob; sister Jenny Hathaway, and her husband, John, and nephews Edward and Douglas.A funeral Mass for Jerry Walding was Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, 250 Midland Ave. in Basalt.

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