Used with permission from photographer Chuck James
(January 20, 1922 - March 31, 2009)
United States Obituary Collection
April 1, 2009
Richard Dick J. Vondra
Posted: Wednesday, Apr 1st, 2009 in the Torrington Telegram
Memorial services for Richard Dick J. Vondra, 87, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2009, at the Colyer Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Matthew Gordon officiating. Richard died at Community Hospital on March 31, 2009, and cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Goshen County Volunteer Fire Department or the Shriners for family travel expenses. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Dick was born Jan. 20, 1922, to J.L. Pete and Mabel (Abley) Vondra of the Prairie Center Community. He was a farmer and rancher at heart. He worked at Holly Sugar for 30 years, retiring in 1987. He married Hazel Meacham during World War II while in the service. They were later divorced. He later married Ophelia Mac McCoy in 1961 and they made their home west of Torrington.
Dicks greatest joy was his family, and his grandchildren were very near and dear to his heart.
Dick is survived by his wife, Mac of Torrington; a sister, Pat and Stan Kuns of Torrington; four children, Richard Shetlley of California, Bonnie Ilg of California, Raymond McCoy of Gillette, Wyo., and Bobbie Sanger of Casper, Wyo.; and seven grandchildren, Rick, Terri, Tammy, Brenda, Missy, Bryan and Stacey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Pearl; two brothers, Jim in 1939 and Kenneth Bud Vondra in 1994; three sisters, Dolly Gheen in 1967, Vivian Britton in 1989 and Esther Schloatman in 2005; two nephews, Billy and Jim Vondra; and a niece, Diana Schnornberg.
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