Richard "Dick" Waldref October 8, 1930 – March 12, 2013 Richard "Dick" Waldref passed away on March 12, 2013, at the age of 82. Dick was born October 8, 1930, in Grand Junction to Alfred and Ruth (Cheedle) Waldref. He graduated Grand Junction High School in 1948, attended Mesa College, and received a degree in Animal Husbandry from CSU. Dick served in the U.S. Marines Corps unti 1954. He married Phyllis (Rohwer) Beach on April 22, 1956. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. He was active in numerous organizations including; Masons, achieving 32°, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriner's Scooter Patrol, Los Sabios, Honor Guard, Eastern Star; Grand Junction Elks Lodge #575; Western Colorado Painting Contractors Association (Founder and past President); Rocky Mountain Council of P.D.C.A. (President). Dick and Phyllis owned "Waldref's Paint Stores" in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, and "Dick Waldref Painting and Decorating" from 1969 to 1987. Dick is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons, Kent (Sue) Beach of Golden, CO; Alan (Rhonna) of Meeker, CO; Grant (Brenda) of Anchorage, AK, and Blane of Boston, MA; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; sister, Nancy (Charles) Jones of Mount Dora, FL. Services will be at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Friday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. with a 1:00 p.m. internment at the VA Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children - SLC (Development Department, Fairfax Road at Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103).
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Mar. 20, 2013