Delta resident James Leonard Stroud died from cancer Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home. He was 75.
He was born in Cortez March 12, 1941, to Gordon and Loretta (Lavender) Stroud. During his childhood he lived in Disappointment Valley near Norwood. He graduated from Norwood High School in 1960.
In November 1963 he married Charlotte Olinger of Delta. He moved throughout the Unites States, working as an electrical lineman.
Mr. Stroud was drafted into the United States Marine Corps in March 1966 and began his two-year deployment in Vietnam. He was a field radio operator and was honorably discharged in March 1968.
He received a bachelor of business degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango in 1973.
The Strouds moved to Delta in 1978.
Mr. Stroud worked as a heavy equipment operator and road foreman for Delta County until 1982 when he began working for the Colorado Department of Corrections. He retired in December 2009 as a lieutenant, after 20-plus years of service.
He was a parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church in Delta. He was a member of Delta Elks Lodge #1235, VFW in Delta and Colorado Department of Corrections Retired Officers Association.
He enjoyed spending time with his wife, fishing with family and friends, watching and supporting his grandchildren's sports, listening to country music, traveling, and watching NPR bull riding and horse racing. He was committed to the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Stroud is survived by his wife, Charlotte Stroud; two daughters, Barbara (Ryan) Thrush of Delta and LaeLana Tabor of Cedaredge; a brother, Larry (Larraine VanDorn) Stroud of Cortez; four grandchildren, Cole Grett, Payton Grett, Camden Thrush and Mariah Tabor; a brother-in-law, George (Donna) Deleff; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Palmer; and a grandchild, Erica Tabor.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Disappointment Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416, or to Grand Mesa Oncology, 1501 E. 3rd St., Delta, CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.