Obituary: Dale Pulliam
Dale Erwin Pulliam, age 85, went home to be with his Savior on May 14, 2020 exactly one year to the day following the death of his beloved wife, Velda.
Dale was born August 24, 1934 in Tabernash, Colorado to Albert and Inez Giles Pulliam and joined the family having an older sister, Novella. He spent most of his growing up years outside working on ranches in Colorado to include Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Summit County, and Savery, Wyoming.
One day Dale met a beautiful girl named Velda Jane Talkington. Soon after she turned 17 and graduated high school they were married on June 12, 1956. Dale was drafted into the Army and began his service on April 24, 1957 where he spent two years stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington and was honorably discharged April 23, 1959. During the time of this service their first son, Allen, was born on October 25, 1957. After returning to Colorado, Dale was hired by the Colorado Department of Transportation and worked on Rabbit Ears Pass, Muddy Pass and Highway 14, Byers Canyon, and Loveland Pass. He attended heavy equipment operator school in Georgia where he got certified in this and did most of the heavy equipment operation for the highway department in West Grand County.
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Dale and Velda expanded their family with two more sons, Larry and Jeffrey. They were very proud of their boys and raised them in the Kremmling area.
In 1972 Dale went back to working on ranches in the Kremmling area and spent around a year and a half on the YOLO Ranch near Prescott, Arizona. That was an experience living and riding among the cactus. He enjoyed roping and riding with his boys and instilled a work hard ethic in them.
After working many years on ranches, Dale went back to working with the Colorado Department of Transportation in Summit County. He did this until his retirement and Dale had quite the stories about plowing snow on Loveland Pass. Once retired he and Velda moved into their “big blue house” in Kremmling and were there until June, 2014 when they sold it and purchased a small acreage near Austin, Colorado where they enjoyed the milder winters and wildlife that occasionally showed up on their property. They also had two miniature donkeys that gave them much pleasure and looked after some goats belonging to a daughter-in-law.
One year ago Dale lost his beloved wife to a sudden illness and his own health began to deteriorate. He passed away in hospice care at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction. Dale is survived by his sons, Allen (Denise) of Kremmling, Larry (Nona) of Grand Junction, and Jeff (Telina) of Hotchkiss; seven grandchildren: Jarrod, Jennifier, Josh, Janelle, Jack, Opal, and Wendy. He also leaves sixteen great-grandchildren.
Dale is preceded in death by his wife Velda, his parents, sister, and a great grandchild (Shaylin).
There will be a friends and family gathering at Dale’s home near Austin, Colorado on June 20, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Physical address: 10259 2150 Rd. Mailing address: P.O. Box 21 81410
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Project Healing Waters in support of our military veterans at http://www.projecthealingwaters.org.
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