Herbert L Stwalley 97 passed away November 18, 2019 in Golden, Colo., after a brief illness. Herb was born to Ray L Stwalley and Ruth Blanche (Winslow) Stwalley on Sept. 3, 1922 on the Stwalley homestead 20 miles southwest of Las Animas, Colo.
Herb shared the family homestead with brothers Richard and Don and sisters Ruth and Estella. He graduated as valedictorian of Bent County High School Class of 1940. Following high school he enrolled at present day Colorado State University. With the onset of WWII, Herb left school to work as a civilian at an army airbase in Alaska. He then joined the 133rd Construction Battalion (SeaBees) serving from 1943 to 1946. Herb received commendation for outstanding heroism in support of military operations during the seizure of Iwo Jima in 1945.
He married high school sweetheart Elinor Sharswood Green on Dec. 29, 1945. They were united in marriage for 59 years until Elinor's passing in 2005. Herb returned to CSU and obtained a degree in civil engineering accepting employment with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. His work involved dam construction projects in Colorado, Utah, Montana and Washington. Herb retired in 1979 as Branch Chief of the Bureau in Lakewood, Colo.
Herb's interests included hunting, fly fishing, gardening, reading and attending CSU football games. He was an active member of the Green Mountain United Methodist Church in Lakewood, Colo. Herb was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Blanche and his siblings Richard, Ruth, Donald and Estella.
Herb is survived by his many nieces and nephews and a host of friends from Green Mountain United Methodist Church, Lakeview Senior Living and retired members of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Funeral services were held on Nov. 22, 2019, at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary in Wheat Ridge, Colo., with interment following at Crown Hill Cemetery.