Vance Grenko |

Vance Grenko


Aspen, CO ColoradoVance Grenko died peacefully on March 13, surrounded by family at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was born in Exline, Iowa, and moved to Aspen in 1962 with his wife and their two daughters. He is best remembered as a generous and loving man with a quick wit and a ready smile.

A man of varied talents, Vance had been an Internal Revenue Service agent, an accountant, an Aspen lodge owner and a property manager. He was generous with his time and accumulated knowledge, mentoring several local business owners.In addition to his love of family, including a large extended family, Vance had a passion for the mechanics and beauty of photography and was fascinated by the engineering of heavy equipment, steam engines and especially fire engines.

Vance is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Ellen; his loving daughters, Vicki (Chris) Peterson and Toni Grenko; and his grandson, Vance McKenzie, all of Carbondale.

Loved and respected by many, Vance will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched. A celebration of his life will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Carbondale Fire Training Center, 301 Meadowbrook Drive. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Childhelp River Bridge Center, c/o the Carbondale Rotary Foundation, P. O. Box 426, Carbondale, CO 82623.

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