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Evertt Liimatta, longtime Minturn resident, dies at 73

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Everett Liimatta, the last worker to retire from the Minturn railroad yard, died Monday. His burial is 1 p.m. today at Palisade Cemetery.

Evertt Liimatta, who lived in Minturn for more than 40 years but moved to Grand Junction 10 years ago, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 73.

Liimatta was born April 29, 1930 in Calumet, Mich., to Serene Liimatta and Mamie Parske. He went to high school in Highland Park, Mich.

He was married to Alberta L. Burton Liimatta on Sept. 9, 1950. He spent his career working in the Minturn railyards, where he was a car inspector and cargo hauler, among other positions.

His hobbies in the later years of his life including camping and shopping, friends and family members said. He was a member of the Lands End Campers.

Liimatta was preceded in death by his parents and sister Iva.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his sons, Steven Liimatta and his wife, Karin, and Andrew Liimatta and his wife, Becky, both of Sandy, Utah; daughter Jean Bratcher of Clifton, Colo.; brother Glen, and his wife, Wilma, of Arizona; an aunt, Mildred McMahan of Grand Junction; and several granddaughters.

He will buried at 1 p.m. today at the Palisade Cemetery.

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