Charles C. (Chuck) Ellsworth died April 28, 2006, at the Veteran’s Nursing Home in Rifle, (CO). In his later years, Chuck suffered from Alzheimer’s, but he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He turned 81 on March 4.
Chuck was born in Denver and was raised in La Junta. He was the only son of Frank M. and Sarah A. Ellsworth. He joined the United States Navy and served throughout the Pacific during World War II as a radioman aboard TBM bombers flying off of the aircraft carrier, USS Franklin. After his honorable discharge from the service in the United States Navy, he returned to La Junta and married Catherine M. Resel. They were married from 1947-1971. Catherine now resides in Fort Collins.
Catherine and Chuck located to Craig in 1953, when Chuck took a position with the International Harvester dealership. Chuck spent his entire career in or around various automobile dealerships in Craig. He also practiced as an accountant working independently, as well as for private corporations. Chuck’s civic involvement ranged from being a long-standing member of Craig’s Volunteer Fire Department, an EMT for the local ambulance district, a volunteer for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Posse, to being an avid and supportive sports fan and traveling to many of the Moffat County Bulldog’s road games.
Chuck always enjoyed his fishing and camping trips, with his favorite destinations being the Hahn’s Peak area and Browns Park in Northwest Colorado.
In 1972, Chuck married Katherine V. (Kay McKee) Easly. Katherine preceded Chuck in death in 1999. Since her death, Chuck resided at Carbondale’s Assisted Living facility and finally the Rifle Veteran’s Nursing Home.
Chuck is survived by his two sons, Jim (Nancy) Ellsworth of Tampa, Fla., and Steve (Sharon) Ellsworth of Fort Collins; two grandsons J. Scott Ellsworth of Boulder, and Brett E. (Sarah) Ellsworth of Denton, Texas; and great grandsons Blake and Ethan Ellsworth, also of Denton, Texas.