Edward A. Rizer, 94, died July 27, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Berna; children, Effie (Elva Lou) Fern and James Rizer; grandchildren, David (Debbie) Fern, Gerald Fern, Jeffrey (Janice) Murray, Adrienne (Dave) Hobbs and Alexandria (Patrick) Romero; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, George. A native Puebloan born to Bess and Edward Rizer, Ed enjoyed fly-fishing and big game hunting. He was employed as a letter carrier for the US Post Office for 29 years and worked part-time at Belmont Hardware. Then he and his son George built, owned and operated two Mesa Hardware stores for about twenty years. Following retirement from these careers, he spent 17 years volunteering for SRDA Meals on Wheels. During this tenure, he received several awards, including the 2012 Senior Citizen of the Year from the Pueblo Area Agency on Aging and the Colorado State Volunteer of the year awarded by the Colorado Commission on Aging. A lifetime member of the Church of Christ, he was also a 50+ year member of the National Assn of Letter Carriers. Graveside service, 10 a.m. Friday, August 7, at Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Pueblo SRDA Meals on Wheels, Hairy Cell Leukemia Research or a charity of choice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. My name is Steve Spear and my Dad was Jack Spear. Ed and my dad were both raised in the same neighborhood and both attended Somerlid school. Dad introduced me to Ed when I was a teenager and told of what a wonderful mentor and big brother Ed was to him. My dad was raised in poverty like many families in the 30’s and dad told me how Ed took him under his wing, being 4 years older and communicated value and worth to him that he didn’t receive at home. The main story I remember was when Ed stepped in and defended my dad from some bullies at school. As long as dad and Ed were friends the bullies never again bothered my dad. Ed was a guiding influence in helping my dad maneuver the struggles of shame that went with being raised in extreme poverty, and I am sure played a major role in his development that later led to his success in life. You are so very blessed to have a Father and husband that made such a difference in so many lives as he lived out his Christian beliefs.

  2. Mr. Rizer has always been one of my favorite people. Whenever he and the always beautiful and charming Mrs. Rizer dined at La Renaissance (which was a lot!), it was always a treat to catch up. He had an ability to show interest in others and a memory that wouldn’t quit. What a character! It was great to see him last year and I will miss him very, very much. I share in your loss. Love, Dominique Fredregill (San Francisco Bay Area)

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