Robert (Bob) Raymond Nieslanik
The Roaring Fork Valley has lost a good one. Bob was born the 9th child of 12 on December 10, 1936 to John Frank Nieslanik Sr. and Mary Katherine Nieslanik. He was raised in Spring Valley on the family farm and developed a passion for hunting and the outdoors. He served in the Army Reserves and eventually ranched, farmed, and operated a dairy for many years with two of his brothers, Paul and John. He also contributed to Carbondale’s history of raising potatoes. Bob’s kind heart and big smile will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Another cowboy is coming home.
The family moved to Rifle shortly after John was born and started Rifle Auto Parts (NAPA) where John would grow up and learn the business eventually owning Rifle, Parachute and Rangely NAPA stores (hence the nickname NAPA John) adding Radio Shack in Rifle and Parachute.
John was loyal to the community, serving 23 years 1971-1994 on the Rifle Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department. He held positions of Chief for each department and President of the Board of Directors. John volunteered time with the Rifle Chamber of Commerce and was even honored with the prestigious award of Chamber Person of the Year. John’s volunteer work didn’t stop there he held various positions with the Rifle Elks Lodge.
John was a beloved father, husband, brother, uncle and grandfather. His greatest joy was family! Even with so much volunteer time he found time to enjoy and be instrumental in Dawn, Lynn and Kenn’s lives. With his strong determination and refusal to never give up he overcame all obstacles with more appreciation and enjoyment of life.
Earl Edward Dawson
Growing up in New Castle, Colorado, he was one of the three “Dawson boys” (Roy, Earl, and Monk), and along with their precious sister, Ruth, they were the embodiment of hard work, mischief, and youthful energy. Earl grew up farming, ranching, and milking cows. In 1940, Earl and his brother, Clarence “Monk”, went to Rico, CO, and learned to cut timber. When Earl enlisted in the Army Air Corps for WWII, his occupation was listed as “timberjack”. He served in the European theater primarily in northern Italy during WWII and was a Staff Sergeant in the 97th Bomb Squadron of the Army Air Corps. Like most veterans of his era, Earl rarely spoke of his experiences, but his service made him cherish the gift of life, and he lived every day to the fullest. Earl was never too busy to share his love of life with those around him. He proudly served in the American Legion Post #164 (New Castle) and as a member of the Past Commanders Club of Colorado. He also served on the School Board of District RE-2 (Rifle) for several years and taught hunter education classes for the DOW for many years. In his later years, he could often be seen peeling around corners in Rifle in his rebuilt CJ-7 with a trusted furry companion gripping on for dear life in the passenger seat as they headed to the hardware store or to the Visitor Center, where Earl volunteered as a greeter.
Carl Charles Mobley
Growing up in the Meeker/Rangely area, Carl spent many summers working with his father on the Flat Tops herding sheep. Carl served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After discharge, he worked as a master mechanic for Tenbrook Garage and later Revier Equipment Company. He ended his career with Master Petroleum at age 85. Carl and Dee started their family in New Castle, raised 3 children on West Divide Creek and Rifle, then enjoyed their last 47 years on Silt Mesa. Carl, a great storyteller, also entertained his children by singing old cowboy songs that he learned from his father. He and Dee loved to take road trips in the western states, spend time outdoors and hike, staying active into their late 80’s. They often volunteered together, including delivering Meals on Wheels.
Arnold “Mac” Mackley
Arnold “Mac” Mackley became part of the Garfield County Fair when his daughters Diane and Darla enrolled in 4-H and Darlene was superintendent of open class. He became more involved as a county commissioner and always wanted to see the fair grow and the grounds improve. He was proud to see this accomplished.