Charles Steele Burgin died March 13, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 87.
He was born in Delta Oct. 15, 1929, to Samuel and Jane (Greene) Burgin. He was delivered by his grandfather, Dr. Charles Herschel Burgin.
He graduated from Fruita Union High School and attended Mesa Junior College where he was on the wrestling team. He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in Germany in Army intelligence.
He was a sheepherder for Frank McKibben and Wyman McIntyre, and foreman for Dan McIntyre, then Larry McIntyre, of McIntyre Livestock. He worked closely with the herders, speaking fluent Spanish. He retired in 2006 after a 44-year career.
He enjoyed hunting, leatherwork, spending time with his family and being a mentor to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by a brother, William Burgin; special friend, Brenda Wrightsman; stepsons, Richard (Pat) Hansen of Montrose and Larry (Ida) Hansen of Salida; a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Hansen of Monument; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie; sister, Nancy (Don) Dickey; brothers, Richard (Elaine), Jack (Joan) and Pete Burgin; daughter-in-law, Jerry King; and son-in-law, Ron Hansen.
A celebration of life is planned on Ragged Mountain (the Muddy) this summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VA designated for blind rehab or respiratory unit, or to the organization of the donor's choice.
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