1938 - December 15, 2010
Frederick Charles Weis was born Oct. 31, 1938, to Mildred (Swanson) and Phillip Weis in Silver Cliff. He was the oldest of five children.
His four younger sisters, Alfreda, Shirley, Phyllis and Mildred, could count on their older brother to tease and make them cry whenever the opportunity arose.
Early in life, they moved to Kansas and finally back to Westcliffe. His passion was ranching, and at the age of 16, Charles quit school and started working on ranches.
He worked as a cowboy throughout young adulthood, and his love for horses and everything cowboy stuck with him his entire life. Even when life would lead him down a different path, whether truck driving, mechanics or operating heavy equipment, he remained true to the cowboy inside him.
In 1958, Charles met and married the love of his life, Norma Sue McLaury.
They lived in Westcliffe for eight years. During this time, they received two beautiful boys, Frederick Charles and James Dean, whom he showered with love and adoration.
In 1968, Charles and Sue moved their family to McClave, where he found gainful employment with Ryher Enterprises, farming grain and cattle feed, as well as trucking the commodities to feed lots throughout the region. This fulfilled one of his dreams, to drive the big rigs that he loved.
In 1975, his truck-driving job took his family to Craig, where he continued driving and working in mechanics. Charles went to work for Colowyo Coal in 1979. He held several positions throughout his 19-year career until retirement.
He went to work for the Moffat County Road Department as a blade operator, a job he often referred to as his favorite of his long working career that did not require shift work and allowed him to travel the remote roads at Great Divide.
He dreamed of his youth as a cowboy and spent his spare time with his grandchildren exploring and experiencing all that the area could give.
Charles died Dec. 15, 2010, after living a life filled with pride, respect and honor.
Charles was a positive role model as a father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He liked people and worked at being liked by everyone.
He was a quiet man and a good man. This is evident in his love for his family and friends. He will be sorely missed.
A memorial service took place Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Leonard Browning officiating.
Alex Chavez sang “Wish You Were Here,” and Roxanne Chadwick, Kevin and Ali Weis sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Amazing Grace.”