Richard D. Shifflet, age 79, passed away on October 29, 2012. He was born in Pritchett, Colorado, August 5, 1933, the 9th of 12 children to Coleman Robert Shifflet and Mary Viola Ault Shifflet. He grew up in Pueblo and graduated from Centennial High school in 1952. He served in the United States Navy for 4 years from 1952-1956 during the Korean War. He married Betty Jean McDowell. He started Craftsman Heating and Air Conditioning in 1962 and ran a successful business for over 40 years. He was also involved in many other business ventures. Dick was fortunate enough to travel extensively and he loved spending time with his family and friends in the outdoors. He was well known for his kind heart, generous pocketbook and quick wit. He had a story to share about nearly everything and was always the life of the party. His genuine love of people and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Richard is survived by his wife, Betty Jean McDowell Shifflet; children, David (Catherine) Shifflet of Poway, CA, Scott (Donna) Shifflet of Pueblo, Donna (Roger) Meserve of St. George, UT, Amy (Kelly) Mitchell of St. George, UT; siblings, Betty Hansen, Robert (Darlene) Shifflet, Donna (Richard) Buys, Janice Spinuzzi, Lowell (Gwen) Shifflet; grandchildren, Jamie (Chuck) Ward, Jodi (Marcel) Sagastume, Kipp (Becky) Shifflet, Ty (Sheena) Shifflet, Vance Shifflet, Amanda (Adam) Holden, Coy Shifflet, Kelsey (Brock) Walker, Trevor Meserve, Jake Wixom, Monica Shifflet, Natalie Shifflet, Taylor Meserve, Emily Wixom; and a great-granddaughter, Brynn Ward. He is preceded in death by parents, Coleman Robert Shifflet and Mary Viola Ault; siblings, Genevieve Davis, Louis Shifflet, Doris Vider, Jean Haney, Wanda Krall and Frieda Miller. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1411 West Fortino Boulevard. Entombment will follow at Imperial Cemetery. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dear Aunt Betty and family,
    We were unable to join in the celebration of Uncle Dick’s life today but know we were with you in spirit.
    There will always be a special place in our hearts for him, and his smile and laughter will be missed but never forgotten. How thankful we are to have known him and been able to experience his great humor.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Love from Mitzy and family

  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Betty and the family during this time of sorrow. I met Dick in 1990 when I worked in Pueblo as the last manager of the Pueblo branch of Contractors Heating Supply. Dick was the man who always had something nice to say and just took life as happy as could be. My favorite memory of Dick even though I was only in Pueblo for 13 months, was I has just returned back to work after a weeks vacation and the company president out of Denver showed up my first day back to work and shared the news that they had decieded to close the Pueblo branch. I was dis appointed as if I had known about the closure, I would have spent my weeks vacation looking for work. When Dick came in and we were talking, he said to me “if you want to get back into plumbing (he knew I was a master plumber) I will just add a plumbing side to Craftsman Heating and you can go to work for me”. I always felt honored of his offer and also that he felt enough about my work ethic and value to even consider such a move.
    Dick you will be missed and will always be grateful for having shared a very small portion of your life.
    Randy Losey

  3. Although we never spent time as siblings growing up I have always felt my half brother as my brother. What a sense of humor you had. Betty, I am sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Find peace in your heart…… Fly high my brother into the arms of family waiting……
    your sister Dianna Shifflet Hadlock

  4. Dear Aunt Betty and Family,

    Please know that our thoughts and heart felt sympathy are with you.
    Uncle Dick’s humor and smile created so many special memories…
    he will be missed.
    Love from Debi (Grinstead) Shifflet and family

  5. Betty & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing.
    We have a lot of good memories, and family discussions about your family and ours, of course we always end up laughing about some of the crazy experiences we had with all of you through the years.
    We were all such good friends, and enjoyed our association with you and Dick and your kids.
    He will surely be missed by many.
    Love from the Steeds – Bill, Hazel and kids
    Our prayers are with you, as well as our condolences.

  6. Betty, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. When we worked at Fashion Bar you and Dick bought me my first turtle, a clock named Hercomer to remind me to make time for things. I still have that clock, and many many more
    turtles I have collected through the years.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Linda Runco Salbato

  7. Dear Betty and Family,

    Please accept out deepest sympathy on the loss of Dick. He will be missed by all who knew him! His quick wit and winning smile will be missed at the gym by all who knew him!

    May you beautiful memories help to bring you comfort and peace in the difficult days ahead.

    Sincerely, Ron and Scharlee Whitten

  8. Aunt Betty and family, so sorry for Uncle Dick’s loss. Although I didn’t spend an enormous amount of time with him, the time I did spend with him was always pleasant. I remember playing with Donna and Amy when I was very small and thinking your house on Hillside Road was so awesome. I’m thinking of you during this time. I hope you are able to find some comfort and peace. Love, Dawn (Robert and Darlene’s granddaughter)

  9. Dear Betty and Family:
    Hugs and Prayers to all of you. So sorry to read about your loss. I have fond memories of Dick and your family as good neighbors on Hillside Road. May the great memories of wonderful times give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

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