Richard A. Vawter, Jr., 53, passed away Jan. 3, 2011, at his home in Midway, Colo with his family at his bedside. He fought a short but very courageous battle with cancer. Rick was born to Richard and Alice (nee Frazer) Vawter on Jul 24, 1957, in La Junta, Colo. He is survived by his partner in life, Annie Shiflett; the light of his life, his daughter, Mallori Vawter; his mother and step-father, Alice and Nick DeNardo; sister, Debbie Vawter; brother, Curt Vawter; nephews, Jacob and John-Paul Campbell, Casey and Adam Vawter; step-sisters, Jolene DeNardo and Roxann Duncan; best friend, John Akers; several aunts, uncles and cousins who were very close to him. Preceded in death by all his grandparents; aunts, Carol and Frankie; and his dad, Richard A. Vawter. Rick attended South High School. He worked in the coal mines at Redstone, Colo for a few years. He then turned to his craft, where as Rick put it he and his brother were 'builders of America'. He worked as an Iron Worker building dams, power plants, water treatment plants, bridges, military silos and sky scrapers. Any place that needed rebar, he would get it there. He worked from San Diego, Calif to Boston, Mass and El Paso, Tex to Des Moines, Iowa. Rick will be dearly missed by family, friends and co-workers with whom he shared his knowledge in his craft. Ricks family would like to thank the radiation staff at Dorcey Cancer Center the oncology staff at Parkview Hospital, Dr. Balizet and his office for their help with Rick's fight. A special thanks to Alan and Elizabeth from Sangre de Cristo Hospice for their help the last week. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 3:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Rick Calhoun officiating. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Annie, Alice, Nick and extended family…i am so very sorry to hear of ricks passing…he was a great person with a huge heart and sparkling personality. Rick will be greatly missed and always remembered…

  2. Just found out about Ricks passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rick was a good childhood friend, although we didn’t keep in touch through the years, I thought of him often. God Bless you all.

  3. My thoughts are with you at this very hard time. Rick always lived his life to the fullest. I know him from my youth and even though I didnt stay in touch, He will be missed. If I can do anything to help, plese let me know. Jim Walter

  4. Dearest Annie,
    We are so sorry for your loss and also for Rick’s family. We know how much you and Rick meant to each other and how much love you shared. Know we are here for you if you need us.

  5. Debbie and Curt,
    I am so sorry for your loss and so sad that I will never see Rick again. I think of Rick from time to time and it always brings back good memories… grade school, high school, to infinity and beyond. May you find strength and peace in your memories of Rick and in the support of those who care about you.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Debbie (Neighbours) Forsberg

  6. Alice, Nick and family, our prayers are with you all. We are so sorry for your loss, and are thinking of you a lot.

  7. Nick & Alice – We are so sorry for your loss. God bless your family and comfort you at this sad time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Dear Nick and Alice
    WE are with you in prayer. Wish I could give you a big hug. They only thing that keep us going at times is knowing the Peace of Lord, and your Son has returned to his arms.
    love ya

  9. So sorry to hear of Ricks passing, I have fond memories of our times together, may the wind be at your back old friend..

  10. Annie, Alice, Deb, Nick and extended family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. My heart aches for all of you. Love and hugs, Tracy

  11. I am very sorry to hear about this — so sad. I’ve been gone a long time, but still have some happy memories of Rick.

  12. Alice, Nick, Debbie, Curtis, Annie and families: I will always remember that the last conversation I had with Rick was a compliment from him! Our prayers are with all of you. Bill and Clara Berry, nieghbors

  13. Alice, Nick and family. Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow. Just know we are thinking and praying for you. Dan and Twila

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