Elvin D. "Buster" Riddle


Buster Riddle, 89, of Meeker died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Elvin D. Riddle was born April 23, 1915, in Deeth, Nev., the son of Enion F. and Ora (Harkins) Riddle. His parents have preceded him in death as have his brothers Emmet and Orville.

On April 23, 1949, he was united in marriage to Ellene H. Best in Portland, Ore. Ellene survives in the family home.

Buster worked in Bend, Ore., in the timber industry then, during World War II, as a machinist in Portland for Hyster. In June of 1949, Buster and Ellene moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where he worked for Alaska Railroad, as a machinist for Northern Commercial Co., and then for several years at Fairbanks Sand and Gravel. He also worked for seven years at a satellite tracking station. While living in Fairbanks, Buster built two houses. Hunting and working as a gunsmith were favorite pastimes.

On Oct. 6, 1972, he and Ellene left Alaska and moved to Meeker, first living at the LeFevre's and then moving into their home on Sixth Street, where he resided until his death. After moving to Meeker, he worked for Rio Blanco County Road and Bridge for several years as a welder and then did carpentry work.

Buster loved to hunt, actively combing the hills until his mid-80s. He was an excellent marksman and gunsmith and helped the Meeker Sportsman Club at their annual sight-ins until 2004. He enjoyed attending meetings at the Meeker Kingdom Hall and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

In addition to his beloved wife, Ellene, Buster will be missed by many friends and family members.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Cochran Memorial Chapel. Interment was made in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Watchtower Society or the Rio Blanco County Meals on Wheels Program through the funeral home office.

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