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Charles Bagwell

Charles Bagwell

Tuesday, April 5th, 1955 - Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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Obituary

Charles Jeffrey Bagwell, 64, died at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa, Colorado on March 31, 2020 after a 30 year battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Charley was born April 5, 1955 in Alamosa, Colorado to Gordy Luther and Ruth Weddington Bagwell. He was a rancher and was a partner in G.L. Bagwell & Sons. He loved music and classic movies. He had many close friends and was assisted by many close friends. He loved going to the cabin along the Brazos River when he was able and loved living at the family ranch in Los Cerritos. He enjoyed trips with Scott Sowards over the years, traveling as far as Tahiti.

He is survived by brothers: Tom Bagwell (Barbara) and Lee Bagwell (Grace) of Manassa, Colorado and sister, Barbara Gay Goddard (Dave) of Castle Rock, Colorado. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and great-niece, Kristi Bagwell.

At his request, cremation was chosen and no funeral services will be held. His ashes will be scattered at the ranch in Los Cerritos.
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Gay Goddard

Posted at 11:08am
I spent many hours with Charley when he was transferred to St. Francis hospital in Colorado Springs. Beings I live in Castle Rock, it was an easy trip for me. I am 12 years older than him. I started college the same year he started kindergarten, so I didn't grow up with Charley like I did with Tom and Lee. After Dave and I moved to Colorado, I went back and forth to Manassa numerous times. I would visit Daddy in the hospital in La Jara and then go to Alamosa to visit Charley while in rehab. On one visit to Manassa I mentioned I heard a lot about La Sauses but had never been there. He said, "Let's go" we so did. Another time I went with him to
Poochy (sp) Valley to start the pump to water the cows. We had a great time both times just talking about growing up in that area and how much we loved it and appreciated all our family and friends.

Charley appreciated and loved his friends like Bob, Carol, Mary Ann, Geoff and Scott. I want to thank them for all they did for Charley over the years.

We spent hours just sitting and talking while he was in the hospital in Colorado Springs. I treasure that time. I wish it had been under better circumstances but I got to know who Charley really was. We both commented numerous times how thankful we were for the time we spent together.

I am an optimist and felt Charley was getting better and was going to recover. It wasn't meant to be. I miss him but have many fond memories of our time together as adults. Rest in Peace Charley. Your time on earth was full of pain and illness but now you are whole again and free of pain. I love you.
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Randal Bagwell

Posted at 07:58pm
My earliest memory of my Uncle Charley is visiting him with my parents on a Sunday evening when he still lived in the house at the Pottberg place. He had a lot of cats back then. Another time I went inside there when nobody was home and picked up the phone and listened to his neighbors talking on the party line. He had a huge collection of records then.

One of the most vivid memories of Charley was one that I didn't actually witness myself, but heard about so many times that I can still picture it in my mind whenever I cross a certain creek in the Murphy's place on the way up to the Brazos. The story is that once when Charley was on a horse crossing that creek, due to a broken or loose cinch his saddle went down with him in it, so he was struggling to find his glasses in the muddy water. Possibly partly due to this experience, I rarely saw Charley on a horse, but I do remember riding with him once to Chavez Creek when he saw a bear. We ran after it, but that bear was a lot faster than our horses and was quickly far out of sight.

I believe that one blessing of the friendships that Charley made during his life was that Bob Formhal's (who was from New England) moved to Manassa and worked on our ranch for several years when I was young. Bob was a hard worker and pleasant to be around. He was always really helpful and patient with me, and we had many interesting conversations while riding through the mountains. Unlike some adults, he was always willing to race horses with me (which eventually led to him being seriously injured and needing to find a new line of work).

For several summers Charley and I were in charge of the hay baling, so I often rode to work with him. We ate our lunches together in his pickup, and a couple of times he took me to eat Mexican food at Abe's.

In 2011, I had the opportunity to drive Charley to Pueblo and back so he could receive chemotherapy. We had a really good visit. One topic we spoke about was the Brazos. I remember him saying that selling the Brazos would be like him selling his birthright. I agreed, and felt sad that his health was deteriorating such that he might never be able to visit the Brazos again in this life. I feel happy that he is now finally free of that painful body, and that he will be resurrected to a body free of disease and suffering.

In 2011 I had the opportunity to drive Charley to Pueblo so he could
 
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Randal Bagwell Posted at 08:00pm

Sorry. I should have proofread before clicking post.
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Sandy Martinez

Posted at 05:37pm
I was so sad to see that Charlie had passed away! Knowing him for many many years, he was always cheerful & friendly. We had some good talks together. It's nice to know that his suffering is over. May our Heavenly Father send the comforter to be with the family at this time. May you all be blessed with wonderful memories of him.
 
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Farron Williams Posted at 05:13pm

Well Charley you get to meet Miles Davis now. I listened to Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica album when I heard the news, since that was your "2nd favorite album of all time." It was nice knowing you man.
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