Donald L. Richmond: 1928 -- 2005

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Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Donald L. Richmond died July 21, 2005. He was 77.

Don was born July 20, 1928, in Argonia, Kan., to Dean and Farrel (Roe) Richmond. Don moved with his parents and siblings, Lola, Norma and Mel, to Steamboat Springs in 1939 to continue ranching on Don's great-uncle's homestead near Sidney.

Don attended the Hilton Gulch School.

Don married Evelyn E. Eubank on Nov. 2, 1948. He worked as a ranch hand and a mechanic in the area for Quentin Semotan, Dean Brunner, Farrow Repair Service and the Yampa Valley Co-Op.

Don and Evelyn purchased their own ranch up the Elk River and ranched there until they decided to move to Twin Bridges, Mont., in 1976.

After medical problems made it impossible to work the ranch, they sold it and moved into town. They later decided to retire and live in Cedaredge to be closer to their son, Larry Richmond, and daughter, Linda Riele. Their other daughter, Lora, stayed in Montana and still lives there with her husband, Rob Ball.

Don is preceded in death by his wife, who died in 1993; his parents; and sisters, Lola Bishop and Norma Ebert.

Don is survived by his brother, Mel Richmond of Littleton; his three children, Linda K. Riele and her husband, Pete, of Steamboat, Larry D. Richmond, and his wife, Lynn, of Steamboat, and Lora T. Ball, and her husband, Rob, of Twin Bridges, Mont.; three grandchildren. Cliff Riele of Steamboat, Justin Richmond of Crestview, Fla., and Cassandra Richmond of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and one great-granddaughter, Nikki Richmond of Crestview, Fla.

Services were held July 26, 2005, at the Yampa Valley Funeral Home with interment held at the Steamboat Cemetery after the service. A celebration of life was held in Cedaredge on July 28, 2005.

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