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William Elmer Funk

William Elmer Funk, 92, of Aspen, died Friday, Feb. 15. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Snell McLean Funeral Home in Palisade at 12 p.m.

Elmer was born to Willie B. and Nina Gay Funk in Texas in 1915. He came to Colorado in the 1930s with the CCC’s (Civilian Conservation Corps). He met his wife, Virginia Morford of Palisade, while attending Mesa College. Virginia and Elmer were married in 1941. During World War II, Elmer worked in Denver building airplanes before joining the Army. After the war, Elmer and Virginia lived in Palisade where they owned fruit orchards until 1978. They moved to Aspen in 1965 where Elmer worked as a finish carpenter until his retirement. He balanced the orchards with work for several years.

Elmer loved to hunt and fish. He had fond memories of his hunting trips.



Elmer is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia; daughters Cynthia John of Toledo, Iowa; Kay Kuschel of Grand Rapids, Minn., Jeanne Flockhart of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Liz Johnson of Aspen. He has 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Christine Pettigrew of Ft. Worth, Texas, Lorene Jarrell of Clifton, Colo., and brother Leon Funk of Dallas, Texas. Another brother, Clifford Funk, of Palisade, preceded him in death.


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