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Western Slope Obituaries 9-5-11

Charles V. Hallenbeck, Jr., 85, of Hotchkiss, colo., passed away on August 26, 2011 at the Paonia Care Center in Paonia, Colorado.

He was born in Rifle, Colo., on October 22, 1925 to Charles V. Hallenbeck, Sr. and Olive (Finnegan) Hallenbeck. He spent his early years in Rifle, Denver and Whitewater. Charles graduated with the Abbey High School class of 1942 in Canon City.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1944. He served in Europe and received the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Following his military discharge, Charles owned and operated a cattle ranch near Hotchkiss until 1948. He worked construction in Colorado and Wyoming from 1948-1951.

On June 21, 1951, Charles married the love of his life, Gwendolyn R. Leitzinger in Hotchkiss, Colo. To this union, a son and daughter were born. Charles and Gwendolyn celebrated 60 years of marriage this year.

He attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a civil engineering degree with honors. He then attended the University of Colorado as a graduate student and instructor where he obtained his masters in 1956.

He was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado from 1956-1974. While teaching, he was a consultant for the City of Boulder, evaluating and obtaining water rights. He was a project manager for Black and Veatch Engineers, Denver, until 1983. Projects included Project 7 in Montrose. He moved to Hotchkiss in 1979, owning and operating a farm while continuing engineering.

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Charles was a highly respected engineer and leader. He served as a director of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District; Chairman of the Six City Water Committee; Director and President of the Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company; Director and President of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. He also served as Delta County Commissioner from 1985-1989.

Charles lived a good life and gave his family a better one. We are blessed.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwendolyn Hallenbeck of Hotchkiss; one son, Charles J. Hallenbeck and wife Mary Kay of Timnath, Colo.; one daughter, Amy Hallenbeck Hauptman and husband Gary of Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren: William Daniel Hauptman and Eric Joseph Hauptman both of Boulder, Colo., Katie Elizabeth Hallenbeck and husband Sean Bowden of Denver, Colo., and Charles Jacob Hallenbeck of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sister-in-law, Carol Hallenbeck of Delta, Colo.; cousin, John (Jack) and wife Mary Finnegan of Delta, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters: Gladys, Patricia, Josephine, and Norma; and one brother, Clyde.

Memorial contributions be made to the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Hotchkiss, Colo., 81419.

Services were held on August 29, 2011 at the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church in Hotchkiss, Colo.

A private interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery.

Charles V. Hallenbeck, Jr., 85, of Hotchkiss, colo., passed away on August 26, 2011 at the Paonia Care Center in Paonia, Colorado.

He was born in Rifle, Colo., on October 22, 1925 to Charles V. Hallenbeck, Sr. and Olive (Finnegan) Hallenbeck. He spent his early years in Rifle, Denver and Whitewater. Charles graduated with the Abbey High School class of 1942 in Canon City.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1944. He served in Europe and received the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Following his military discharge, Charles owned and operated a cattle ranch near Hotchkiss until 1948. He worked construction in Colorado and Wyoming from 1948-1951.

On June 21, 1951, Charles married the love of his life, Gwendolyn R. Leitzinger in Hotchkiss, Colo. To this union, a son and daughter were born. Charles and Gwendolyn celebrated 60 years of marriage this year.

He attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a civil engineering degree with honors. He then attended the University of Colorado as a graduate student and instructor where he obtained his masters in 1956.

He was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado from 1956-1974. While teaching, he was a consultant for the City of Boulder, evaluating and obtaining water rights. He was a project manager for Black and Veatch Engineers, Denver, until 1983. Projects included Project 7 in Montrose. He moved to Hotchkiss in 1979, owning and operating a farm while continuing engineering.

Charles was a highly respected engineer and leader. He served as a director of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District; Chairman of the Six City Water Committee; Director and President of the Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company; Director and President of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. He also served as Delta County Commissioner from 1985-1989.

Charles lived a good life and gave his family a better one. We are blessed.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwendolyn Hallenbeck of Hotchkiss; one son, Charles J. Hallenbeck and wife Mary Kay of Timnath, Colo.; one daughter, Amy Hallenbeck Hauptman and husband Gary of Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren: William Daniel Hauptman and Eric Joseph Hauptman both of Boulder, Colo., Katie Elizabeth Hallenbeck and husband Sean Bowden of Denver, Colo., and Charles Jacob Hallenbeck of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sister-in-law, Carol Hallenbeck of Delta, Colo.; cousin, John (Jack) and wife Mary Finnegan of Delta, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters: Gladys, Patricia, Josephine, and Norma; and one brother, Clyde.

Memorial contributions be made to the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Hotchkiss, Colo., 81419.

Services were held on August 29, 2011 at the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church in Hotchkiss, Colo.

A private interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery.

Charles V. Hallenbeck, Jr., 85, of Hotchkiss, colo., passed away on August 26, 2011 at the Paonia Care Center in Paonia, Colorado.

He was born in Rifle, Colo., on October 22, 1925 to Charles V. Hallenbeck, Sr. and Olive (Finnegan) Hallenbeck. He spent his early years in Rifle, Denver and Whitewater. Charles graduated with the Abbey High School class of 1942 in Canon City.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1944. He served in Europe and received the rank of sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Following his military discharge, Charles owned and operated a cattle ranch near Hotchkiss until 1948. He worked construction in Colorado and Wyoming from 1948-1951.

On June 21, 1951, Charles married the love of his life, Gwendolyn R. Leitzinger in Hotchkiss, Colo. To this union, a son and daughter were born. Charles and Gwendolyn celebrated 60 years of marriage this year.

He attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a civil engineering degree with honors. He then attended the University of Colorado as a graduate student and instructor where he obtained his masters in 1956.

He was a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado from 1956-1974. While teaching, he was a consultant for the City of Boulder, evaluating and obtaining water rights. He was a project manager for Black and Veatch Engineers, Denver, until 1983. Projects included Project 7 in Montrose. He moved to Hotchkiss in 1979, owning and operating a farm while continuing engineering.

Charles was a highly respected engineer and leader. He served as a director of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District; Chairman of the Six City Water Committee; Director and President of the Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company; Director and President of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. He also served as Delta County Commissioner from 1985-1989.

Charles lived a good life and gave his family a better one. We are blessed.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gwendolyn Hallenbeck of Hotchkiss; one son, Charles J. Hallenbeck and wife Mary Kay of Timnath, Colo.; one daughter, Amy Hallenbeck Hauptman and husband Gary of Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren: William Daniel Hauptman and Eric Joseph Hauptman both of Boulder, Colo., Katie Elizabeth Hallenbeck and husband Sean Bowden of Denver, Colo., and Charles Jacob Hallenbeck of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sister-in-law, Carol Hallenbeck of Delta, Colo.; cousin, John (Jack) and wife Mary Finnegan of Delta, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters: Gladys, Patricia, Josephine, and Norma; and one brother, Clyde.

Memorial contributions be made to the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Hotchkiss, Colo., 81419.

Services were held on August 29, 2011 at the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church in Hotchkiss, Colo.

A private interment will take place at the Riverside Cemetery.