Eloy ‘Ruskie’ Lopez, Minturn resident dies
Eloy Lopez, beloved father of Barbie and Christine, and loving husband of Patricia, died Monday, January 17, due to complications from pneumonia.Eloy was born in Española, New Mexico, Oct. 25, 1962 to Dennis and Maria Lopez. The Lopez family moved to Minturn shortly after Eloy was born and he attended Battle Mountain High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Valdez, on Feb. 13, 1982. The couple spent their married life in Minturn.Eloy was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing in the local mountains and streams. Eloy and Patricia lived in a home he built from the ground up. He was very proud of his home and garden where he grew his beloved columbines. Eloy was employed at The Christie Lodge in Avon for the past two years where he made many friends. His family and friends will always remember him for his gentle ways, loving smile and sparkling eyes. Eloy’s sense of humor will be missed most of all.Eloy was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Patricia; his two daughters, Christine and Barbie; sisters, Shirley Henessee (husband Marc) of Hawaii, Bella Darnell (husband Bill) of Florida, Lorraine Lopez of Minturn, Sandra Smaller (husband Bill) of Minturn and his brother, Jerry Lopez (wife Stephanie) of Minturn. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Mika and Phillip Valdez of Avon; his five Godchildren and several nieces and nephews.A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 at St. Patrick’s Parish in Minturn.A Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, also at St. Patrick’s Parish. Father Hugh Guentner will conduct the ceremony. A reception will follow.Pallbearers will be Jerry Lopez, Andy Sandoval, George Castro, Jarod Fox, Crestino Gonzales, Leroy Lopez, William Darnell, Dwayne Valdez, Michael Borrego and Charlie Esquibel.Memorial donations for the family are being accepted by the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Checks should be made out to the VVCF and mailed to P.O. Box 3861, Eagle, 81631. Write the name Eloy Lopez in the memo line of the check. The VVCF will also accept credit card donations. Donations are tax-deductible. Call the Vail Valley Charitable Fund at 328-1884 for more information.
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