William Eugene Kresl | SteamboatToday.com

William Eugene Kresl

1/30/1931 – 12/12/2015
William Eugene Kresl Jr., beloved father, joined our Father in Heaven on December 12, 2015, he was 84.
Bill was born on January 30, 1931 to William E. Kresl Sr. and Edna Pauline Kresl in Tobias, NE. His childhood was spent helping in the family store until they moved to Denver, CO. He attended South High School until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1949 serving in the Korean War as a Sergeant. When he returned from war, he attended the University of Colorado where he studied history and geology. He married his first wife, Cathy Gavend, and they had three children together, Bill, Terri and Susan. Later, he married Judy in Phippsburg, CO where their son Bobby was born, later they moved to Lakewood, CO where their daughter Willa was born.
Bill worked on the railroad for 42 years as a locomotive engineer, spending 30 years on coal trains for the Rio Grande Railroad and 12 years on passenger trains for Amtrak. He then decided to retire in Grand Junction. While living in Phippsburg, he also ran his own firewood business and saw sharpening service. Upon retiring, Bill was able to spend more time on his favorite pastimes, crossword puzzles and golf. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and a Shriner for over 50 years. Bill touched many lives, and made many friends, as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, his family was very grateful for his almost 17 years of sobriety.
William is survived by his children Bill, Terri, Susan and Willa, a brother Robert and sister Jody, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Judy and son Robert. In lieu of flowers, send memorial contributions to Alcoholics Anonymous of Western Colorado, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, or HopeWest Hospice.

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