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June 19, 2012
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George Jouflas services set for Saturday

One of the valley's originals died Saturday.

George P. Jouflas, 87, was surrounded by his family when he died in Grand Junction, at St. Mary's Medical Center.

A Trisagion Prayer Service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Callahan-Edfast

Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road, Grand Junction.

The funeral service is scheduled for noon Saturday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will follow at Municipal Cemetery.

He is survived by his children, Peter John Jouflas of Wolcott, Greg Jouflas of Grand Junction, Michael James Jouflas of Wolcott, Jan Marie Jouflas of Wolcott, his brother Chris of Grand Junction, and six grandchildren.

To say George Jouflas was a rancher is a little like saying Rembrandt painted a little.

He, Chris and the rest of the Jouflas family built the Jouflas ranch into one of the nation's largest sheep ranching operations. At its peak the ranch ran more than 20,000 head of sheep.

After George stopped ranching in the mid-1960s, he opened one of the first real estate offices on Vail's Bridge Street, Western Colorado Land Company.

The family ranch is now home to spots like Red Sky Ranch.

The family asked that memorial contributions be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3585 North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

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