March 26, 2012
Chuck "Hard Way" Farrington, formerly of Craig, died in his sleep Saturday, March 24, 2012. He was 87.
Chuck was born March 30, 1924, to George and Grace (Barton) Farrington. He was the youngest of five children: Alice, Pete, Eleanor and Lillian.
He married Zelma Lloyd in 1943, and together they created three children: Charlotte, Benny and Shirley.
As a young man he tended to the family ranch. When Chuck was 13 he went to work in the Black Diamond Coal Mine, which is where his lifelong career of coal mining began.
Chuck served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge under General George S. Patton and was hit with shrapnel. Weeks after being hit, he was told he would never walk again. He defied all odds and not only walked again, but returned to the war before coming home.
He later purchased Cedar Canyon Coal Company.
In 1963, the mine caved in. He was able to get his employees out, but he was crushed by a boulder. He rehabilitated for two years, and in 1965 moved his family to Axial (Streeter), where they lived on the property of Colowyo Coal Mine.
He earned the nickname "Hard Way Farrington" at Colowyo.
He retired from Colowyo in 1989. In 1990, he and Zelma moved to Grand Junction.
Chuck was an avid gardener. He and Zelma lived retirement to the fullest, enjoying cruises and several trips to Branson, Mo., and many other trips around the country. Between trips, Chuck's family often found him in his woodshop, building beautiful furniture for family members.
He is survived by his children: Charlotte (Louis) Ketchum, Benny (Becky) Farrington, and Shirley (Matt) McCarthy; grandchildren Clint (Shelly) Farrington, Tisha (Doyle) Mann, Shannon (Matt Moore) Russell and Kaleb (Alexis) McCarthy; and great-grandchildren Morgan Shrum, Adain Russell and Nathan Mann.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother and sisters.
Memorial services for Chuck will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Grand Junction Memorial Gardens, 2970 N. Ave., in Grand Junction.