Joseph "Joe" Fiou Jr. |

Joseph "Joe" Fiou Jr.

Joe Fiou died peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2011, at his home in New Castle. He was 71 years old.

Joe was born at Hopkins Hospital in Glenwood Springs on July 17, 1939, to Joe Fiou, Sr. and Gisella “Avi” Fiou.

Joe grew up working on the Fiou family ranch in Basalt. Joe married his sweetheart, Dixie Lee (Stott) Fiou on Oct. 3, 1975, and they shared 35 years together. Joe and Dixie raised two girls, Tanya Lee (Fiou) Findlay and Tiana Jo Fiou. He also had two stepchildren that he considered his own, Tina (Harris) Bingman and Wayne Harris.

Joe lived and worked on the family ranch and ran his own excavating business in Basalt. In 1984 the family purchased the ranch in Peach Valley. Joe farmed both ranches until 1994, when the family moved to New Castle. He continued to run the ranch until his failing health caused him to turn over the reins to his daughters. He remained the “boss” up until the morning of his passing, making sure to get in his final orders of the day. Joe loved farming and ranching, his family, and his polka music.

Joe touched the lives of many in the valley through his longtime connection to the farming and ranching communities of the Roaring Fork and Peach valleys. He loved growing corn, potatoes, alfalfa and raising cattle and took great pride in them all. He loved “bs-ing” with anyone who would lend an ear. He had a great sense of humor and was a jokester, often pulling pranks on his family and friends. He was a big man with an even bigger heart. Joe always was willing to lend a hand to anyone that was in need, no matter what it was. He always had a piece of advice, whether you asked him for it or not.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joe Fiou, Sr., his mother, Gisella Fiou Meyers, and two brothers, Leno Fiou and Merino Fiou.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie Lee (Stott) Fiou of New Castle; children Tanya Lee Findlay (Rodney) of New Castle, Tiana Jo Fiou of New Castle, Tina Bingman (Dale) of Silt, and Wayne Harris (Pam) of Ohio; sisters Nina McNeel (Jack) of New Castle, Alice Stott (Lonnie) of Basalt and Linda Jadwin (Wayne) of Missouri; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of loving friends.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, May 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood Springs. He will be laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Basalt. Following the funeral services and burial, per Joe’s request, the family invites everyone to attend a potluck pig roast celebration of Joe’s life at the Fiou Ranch in Peach Valley, beginning at 3 p.m.

The family would like to extend their great appreciation to Alpine Home Health and Hospice in Glenwood Springs, Angela and Crystal (Joe’s other girls), Mary, Andrea, Cliff and Gordon. The compassion and dignity you all showed for Joe will never be forgotten. You were all truly a godsend to our family.

Farnum-Holt Mortuary of Glenwood Springs is in charge of arrangements.

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