Francis William Hewes
Francis William Hewes, Jr. (Better known as “Punch”), 78, entered Heaven’s gate on May 28, 2016 with his children by his side. Punch was born in Denver, CO to parents Francis William Hewes, Sr., and Elizabeth (Gangl) Hewes on April 29, 1938. Punch, formerly of Toponas, CO, was half-owner and operator of Hewes & Hewes Land and Cattle Company where he raised cattle and champion quarter horses. He received his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his Cessna 182. He was an avid welder and inventor of countless things, most notable the portable dipping vat for cattle. He built a successful gravel pit operation alongside his son’s. He was also a gold card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. While athletic in all rodeo events, bulldogging was his sport. Punch was born and raised with all the cowboy tradition. He is not alone. Many of his kind will rest with him. While his accomplishments were many, his proudest achievement was his family. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and a hero to his children. He gained much joy in making people laugh. His humor was infectious. He was a man of true grit. His legacy is grand, his job is finished.
Punch is preceded in death by his Father Francis William Hewes, Sr., Mother Elizabeth (Betty) Hewes, Sister Bunny Hewes.
Punch is survived by his sisters: Cindy Wright and Joanne Hewes . Children: Alisa Estrada and husband David of New Mexico, Ben Hewes & wife Kelley of Sterling, Nathan Hewes of Toponas, Kelly (Hewes) Tachera & husband Wayne of Elbert, and Frank Hewes & wife Jeffie of Toponas. Grandchildren: Marc and Larisa Estrada, Dylan Emmons Tachera, Kamehana Tachera, Nahe Tachera and numerous extended family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial 11:00am Sunday June 5th at St. Martins Catholic Church with interment to follow at 1:00pm in the South Routt Cemetery Yampa, CO. Family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Frank Hewes Memorial Fund, C/O Kelly Tachera, 13550 Murphy Rd. Elbert, CO 80106 for the Benefit of Devonshire Acres that cared for Punch in the most loving way.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Devonshire Acres staff, nurses and doctors whom helped them through a difficult time.
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