John B. LaForce, 1922-2005.John was born to John and Emma La Force in Oak Creek, Colorado on August 17th, 1922. John grew up in the Glenwood Springs vicinity until graduating from Glenwood High School in 1940. He served in the Army during WWII attached to the 119th Armored Engineers Battalion of the 12th Armored Division. John's transition to the civilian workforce followed his military career. He worked on the Hoover Dam project before returning to Colorado where he continued his career as a structural engineer. Building bridges was a lifelong passion for John, and many of his works still stand, as a testimony to his hard-working genius, all over Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. John retired in Durango, Colorado where he enjoyed life in his beautiful Animas Valley home, with his beloved wife Gert, for 20 years. The LaForces moved to Grand Junction in 1996, and then to Pueblo West in 2000. John was preceded in death by his father John B., his mother Emma Reib, sisters Wilma Cerise, Stella Rector, and Marge Blank, and son Ronald Engholm. His loving wife Gert of Pueblo West survives John, as do sons Mark and Curt LaForce of Denver, daughter Norma Hockman of Golden, Lee Bryson of Montrose, and Max Bryson of Raton, NM, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 18th at Montgomery and Steward Chapel, 1317 North Main, in Pueblo. A celebration of John's life will be held at 4 p.m. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Family,

    I did not know John LaForce, but I am a distant relative. My Grandfather was William Paul Rane LaForce. I would like very much to hear from anyone interested in sharing family history.

    Best Regards,
    Ross R. Lopton
    425.687.8652

  2. To Gert and the LaForces,

    My condolensces on Johnny’s passing. May all the wonderful memories of Johnny’s life console us through these times. I know the Schrupp family were all the benefactors of his friendly and caring ways.

  3. Our deepest condolences, from our family to yours. John will be missed. I’ll always remember his smile, quick humor and the abundant energy he put into everything he did. He knew how to live life to the fullest.

  4. To the family of John, I very much enjoyed having him as a client and visiting with him when he came in. He was a gentle soul and will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for your family.

    Linda Salbato
    Claudette Zuk
    Farmer’s Insurance

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