Bill Deal – Bent County Democrat

A memorial service for Bill Deal will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Las Animas, Colorado. An inurnation will be held at Bent/Las Animas Cemetery with Military Committal Rites provided by American Legion Post #6 and VFW Post #2411.

William “Bill” Deal was born on August 21, 1941 in Las Animas, Colorado to Floyd Jr. and Ellen (Brunton) Deal. He died on April 4, 2022 at the age of 80 at his home in Las Animas, Colorado.

Bill attended schools in Las Animas and graduated from Bent County High School in 1959. He was very proud to be a member of the 1957 State Basketball Championship team. In April 1961, Bill enlisted in the United States Army. He married his high school sweetheart, Roxanna Riggs, on December 17, 1961. They raised three children: Rhonda, Roger and Rana. After her honorable discharge in 1965, the family returned to Las Animas. Bill had several jobs in the community: Fort Lyon Canal Company, Police Department and finally the Fire Department before becoming the Fort Lyon Fire Chief. He was actively involved in his community. Bill was a member of the Las Animas School Board for 30 years and worked to build the new elementary school. Additionally, Bill has served as BOCES President, President of the Bent/Las Animas Fire District where he was instrumental in planning the new fire station, and as a member of the Light and Power Board. He was also actively involved with Las Animas Municipal Golf Course, the Advisory Board of Otero Junior College, and First Presbyterian Church. He married Ruby Ruark on June 29, 2019.

Bill is survived by his second wife, Ruby Deal, Wellington, Colorado; Children, Rhonda (Greg) Koenig of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Roger (Jodi) Deal of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Rana (Chip) Brown of Las Animas, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Erika) Miller, Jada (Matt) Specht, Zach Koenig, Allie Brown, Ryan Deal, Asa Brown, and Rachel (Nyssa) Deal; nine great-grandchildren; Brother, Robert “Bob” (Pam) Deal of Windsor, Colorado; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Roxanna Deal.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bent/Las Animas Fire District or the Bent County Golf Course Association under the care of Horber Funeral Chapel, PO Box 431, Las Animas, Colorado 81054 .horberfuneralchapel.com.

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