by Ron Rhyne
Curtis C. Rhyne
Oct.22 1915 - Nov.15 2011
Curtis C. Rhyne passed away Nov. 15 2011 he was 96 years old.
Born in Pear Park (near Clifton, CO) to John and Della (Rench) Rhyne, in 1916 his family moved to Glade Park where the homesteaded and dry land farmed until 1928 when his mother died. Anxious to move away, his father traded their 320 acre homestead on Pinion Mesa for a milk cow and moved away leaving Curtis with friends on Glade Park.
On his own at 12 years of age, Curtis lived with with various families while going to school on the Park, he attended the West End School, Little Park School and the Pipeline School where he graduated the 8th grade.
He then worked for Charley Wallace and the Goslin Sheep Co., Joe Pace, "The Bank Outfit" (US Bank) and the National Park Service working on Rimrock Drive. It was while working on Rimrock drive that he was involved in the Half tunnel cave-in that killed 9 men in 1933, he was working side by side with Leo Adams and watched as he was blown off into the canyon and killed.
He worked for the Western Railway Ice Co. (the Ice House) on and off from 1938 to 1963, it was while working there he met Anna Dennis in 1938 and married her on June 29,1939
To this union 3 children were born;Dennis(1941),Doug(1943),Judy(1944)
Curtis was drafted into the Army in 1944 and was Honorably discharged in 1945.
He then went to work at various construction jobs until 1947 when he went to work for the Mesa County Road Dept. and served as the Glade Park District Foreman for 25 years, he retired in 1982 after 37 years of service.
Curtis served over 10 years on the Founding Board of Directors of the Glade Park Community Services and over 30 years as the Glade Park Cemetery Manager.
Curtis enjoyed hunting and was the first licensed Guide and Outfitter on Glade Park. He also enjoyed fishing and rodeo's.
After retirement from the Road Dept. Curtis leased the Carpenter Place and ran cattle for a number of years, helped his grandson move cattle at Mountain Island Ranch and worked at the Glade Park Store until he was unable to drive anymore in 2005.
Curtis is survived by his wife of 72 years, Anna; his daughter, Judy(Gary)Wuster; grandchildren, Karla(Gene)Coleman; Julie Kochevar; Mark Rhyne; Ron(Lisa)Rhyne; Joe Rhyne and Nick Lambuth; daughters-in -law, Joan Rhyne and Linda Erhardt-Rhyne. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Dennis and Doug and four brothers and sisters.
Burial will be at the Glade Park Cemetery with a dinner to follow at the Glade Park Community Building