Long-time Winter Park resident Alvin J Stadelman (Uncle Al) died of natural causes at his home on Jan. 25, 2014.
Al was born in Hays, Kan., on April 25,1929, to Nicholas and Katherine (Brungeard). Al spent his early years in Kansas and Fort Collins, Colo., where he graduated from high school. The family summered in the Fraser Valley, raising cattle and grass hay on their ranch between Fraser and Tabernash.
Al went to work in the winters for George and Joyce Engel in 1952 at the Winter Park Ski Shop. In the summertime, he worked at various jobs including the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby and the Little King Ranch, Morrow and Sons before working for the Engels year round until his death.
Al loved adventure, fixing things and helping people, and at one time owning his own plane serving on Grand County Search and Rescue. He was a deputy coroner and member of the sheriff’s department, a master locksmith, but most of all Al loved to talk and share his wonderful stories.
Al is survived by brother Orville (Betty), nieces and nephews, Vicki, John, Michael, Ronald of Grand Junction, brother, James (Virginia) nieces and nephews, Janice and Jim, brother, Leroy (Shirley), nieces and nephews, Steve, Donald, Mary, David, Andrew, and Janet Engel and Wendy Engel Christensen. He was preceded in death by his sisters Rosedelima and Bernice Stadelman Michaud.
A Memorial Service to Celebrate Al’s life will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Fraser. In addition to flowers, donations may be given to the Grand County Historical Association or the Fraser Learning Center. Go to Al’s web page at www.grandcountymortuary.com to make a donation or send a condolence to the family. Grand County Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements, Mark Shearon, director.