April 27, 1944 ~ October 15, 2021

Born in: Shreveport, LA
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Charles Dale Rea, Jr., 77, lost his fight with Parkinson’s Disease and went to be with the Lord on Oct. 15, 2021. He was born in Shreveport, La. on April 27, 1944. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred Catherine Rea and Charles Dale Rea, Sr.; sons, Joseph Dale Rea and Ronald Dale Rea.  He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Juli; daughter, Lisa Rea; five grandsons; one granddaughter; five great-grandsons; sister, Cleone (Lyle) Slade; niece, Colleen; nephew, Kevin; and niece, Michelle. He loved his dogs and had many throughout his life. Dale retired as Fremont County Sheriff moving up the ranks being elected twice. He loved to fish, ride motorcycles and spend time at the family cabin he and his dad built. Dale was a teacher and coach. He graduated from Durango High School and played football and wrestled. He also graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, played college football and worked for the forest service and was a smoke jumper. Dale built 7-11’s in the early 80’s and ran the Texas Creek Trading Post with his wife Juli. They were successful in getting a post office at Texas Creek in 1983. He loved his family and will be deeply missed and cherished by his family and friends. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Services will be held at a later date. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. CandleImageI have a lot of fun memories of learning and working with and for Dale. I was a deputy at Fremont County from 1988 to 1998. Dale was always a good man and I had huge respect for him. I was friends with Ron and had a lot of fun and crazy times. I learned a lot of what I know today from Dale as I still work in LE and credit so many lessons to Dale. My condolences to the Rea family.

  2. Juli,
    I just learned of Dale’s passing. I held a lot of respect for Dale during his time as Sheriff. I also watched the toll it took on him with the daily stress of the office. My thoughts are with you.

  3. We were classmates at Fort Lewis and I followed him as he moved up the law enforcement chains. He was a good man, a solid citizen, and exemplary of the ‘Durango spirit’. RIP my friend.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Dales passing. He was a great Sheriff and I considered him a wonderful friend. May he now rest in peace. Susie and my condolences go out to juli and the rest of the family.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of my former high school classmate’s death. Dale was then, and through college, the epitome of physical strength and stature. It is sad to know that his latter years were full of so much physical pain. You were there by his side all the way, Juli, and enduring your own kind of pain in caring for him. Ron Plumlee would keep me posted now and then about Dale’s status. I’m sorry he’s gone and I wish you and your family peace and healing and comfort.

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