Eddie Charles Riley passed away Jan. 5, 2007, at his home in Nucla, Colo.
He was born Aug. 22, 1943, in Farnsworth, Texas. He graduated from high school in Spearman, Texas, and then traveled to Denver to attend an electronics/drafting trade school. He met his wife Paula in Denver and they were married Aug. 23, 1964. They had two children, Curtis Duane and Kyra Dawn.
Eddie served in the Navy from 1966 through 1967 and later worked as a draftsman for Samsonite, Ball, and Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Denver.
In 1972 they left Denver, moving to Montrose, where he worked construction and as a carpenter. In 1976 they moved to the Craig area, where he began working for Trapper Mine as a carpenter and started a cattle ranch on Morapos Creek east of Hamilton.
They came to Nucla in 1995 and Eddie became an independent contractor doing remodeling and also continued running his cows under the ranch name Black Diamond Angus. He developed a reputation for quality Angus seed stock and thoroughly enjoyed the breeding, selling and promotion of the Angus breed.
In his free time Eddie loved exploring new places, fishing, camping and going out on his boat. He also was active in the Nucla Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife Paula; son Curtis of Northglenn, Colo.; daughter Kyra and her husband Neil Wagner of Homer, Alaska; mother Ruby and her husband James Riley of Spearman, Texas; and sisters Betty and her husband Tommy Davis of Beaver, Okla., Pauline and her husband Frank Heinz of Laverne, Okla., Lois and her husband Mike McCaskill of Las Vegas, and Callie and her husband David Van Kleeck of Phoenix.
A funeral service was held at Jan. 10, 2007, at the Nucla Baptist Church with Pastor Doug McClaskey officiating. Interment will be in the Nucla Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alpine Health/Hospice in Norwood.