Richard Martin Poffenbarger
Richard “Rick” Martin Poffenbarger, of Eagle/Gypsum, passed away March 12, 2006, after a prolonged illness, at the home of his sister in Pine. He was 53 years old. Rick was born in Burlington, Iowa, Jan. 2, 1953, to Patricia Ann (Luckenbill) and Jack Leroy Poffenbarger. He spent his early childhood in western Illinois near the Mississippi River. He moved to Glenwood Springs with his family in 1968 and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1971. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and returned to Glenwood. Rick then served two years in the United States Navy as a pilot. He married Ellen Miller of Moline, Ill., in 1976. In 1985 they had one child, Danielle. Later he attended the University of Wyoming College of Law, and after graduation practiced law in Cheyenne for several years. He returned to the Glenwood area again before opening his law office in the Eagle area. He married Fran Cadez, and they had a daughter, Katherine, in 1992. Rick has spent the last 10 years practicing law and real estate development in the Eagle/Gypsum area. He was active in Club 20, Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce.Rick especially enjoyed time with friends and family, always looking for the next adventure to share with someone. He loved spending time in the mountains, especially around Sweetwater Lake. The year before his death, he completed work on a house overlooking Sweetwater Lake, a project he had dreamed of for many years.He is survived by daughters Katherine (Katie) of Cheyenne and Danielle (Dani) Poffenbarger Bennett of Fort Collins; mother Patricia Graddis of Glenwood Springs; and sisters Adrienne Brink Scheu of Sweetwater Lake Resort, Jaclyn Gisburne of Glenwood Springs and Kim Poffenbarger of Pine. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack.A memorial celebration of his life has been scheduled for June 17 at Sweetwater Lake Resort. Contributions may be made to the Richard Poffenbarger Memorial Scholarship Fund for his daughter, Katherine, at Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 548, Cheyenne, WY 82003; to a local hospice or to a charity of choice in his name.
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