Local teen dies near Gilman
Charles Florian “Charlie” Salazar died Tuesday, July 20 near Gilman. He was 15.Salazar was born Aug. 2, 1988 in Glenwood Springs. His parents are Theresa A. Casaus and Richard D. Salazar. At the time of his death, Charlie was spending the summer with his grandfather, Fred, in Minturn. He was a student at Fruita Monument High School.His friends and family say he liked dirt biking, snowboarding and skateboarding, drawing, fishing, hunting and anything outdoors. He also enjoyed listening to rap music and partying with his friends. Friends said he was especially fond of girls and no one will ever forget how much he loved to smile.Salazar is survived by his mother, Theresa A. Casaus in Grand Junction; father Richard D. Salazar in Glenwood Springs; two brothers, Richard and Gabriel Salazar; and one sister, Selena Salazar all in Grand Junction; maternal grandparents Fred and Nella Casaus in Minturn and Grand Junction; paternal grandparents Florian (Rocky) and Cora Salazar in Minturn; uncles and aunts Fred and Connie Casaus Jr., Jerome and Susie Gallegos, Anthony and Cathy Valdez Jr., and Lorraine Trujillo and Joe Salazar.He is also survived by his cousins Melissa, Eric, Fabian, Amanda, Alicia, Jerome, Clarissa, Tammy, Annette, Rocky, Kathleen, Jolyn, Joey, Billie Joe and Lorrie.The Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, with Father Frank Maroney officiating. Internment was at River View Cemetery in Minturn.Volker GrothVolker Groth, 81, was born Oct. 7. 1922. He died July 17, 2004. Groth retired to Sarasota, Fla. in 1988 from Frankfurt, Germany. He became an American citizen in 1994.For much of his career, he was chief executive officer for United German Metal Works. He was a resident in Vail from 1992 to 1998 and was an avid motorcyclist and skier.He graduated from a German military academy and was company commander of a German Panzer regiment in Russia at age 20. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth T., a daughter, Stephanie Fry of England, a son, Klaus-Ulrich of Duisburg, Germany, a sister, Franziska of Bietighem-Bissin, Germany, and a grandchild.