Walter Wieben

Walter Wieben

December 24th, 1927 - August 5th, 2020
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Walter Christie Wieben, 92 passed away peacefully on August 5, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Walt (“Sonny”) Wieben was born on December 24, 1927 in Aspen, Colorado, the oldest child of Chris and Ann Wieben. His sisters, Shirley and Betty would later join the family. He attended school in Basalt. He was raised on a working ranch in Snow Mass up the Capitol Creek Valley and stayed and worked on that ranch until 2000, when he retired, sold the ranch and moved to Silt, Colorado.

Walt married Joyce Barz in 1951. Together they raised six children, Bruce, Wendy, Clint, David, Marc and Matt. They were later divorced. He married Dorothy Dunn in 1994.

Walt was a featured “Cowboy” in the book “I Remember One Horse, the Last of the Cowboys in the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond.” He was Realtor in the Roaring Fork Valley for many years. He was a long-time member of the Aspen Elks Lodge and served as a PER and Trustee. He also served as a Trustee for the Roaring Fork School District and he served as president of the Holy Cross Cattleman’s Association.

Walt had a dry-wit and was known for telling corny jokes. He often retold stories from his younger years about all the antics he and his cousin Orville got into. As was common on most ranches, he broke several horses including his favorite horse, Judy who lived to be 31 years old. In his later years, he enjoyed being on a bowling league, traveling, and spending time at his cabin in Mamm Creek with his wife.

Walt is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his children, Wendy, Clint, David, Marc and Matt, his sister Shirley Alsbury, 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Walter Bruce Wieben, his sister, Betty Hartle, and his grandson, Kirk Wieben.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Farnum Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Burial will be at the Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen, Colorado.
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Don & Lyn Smith

Posted at 03:41pm
Many good memories of Walt. I remember when we could meet in our trucks on Capitol Creek Road and talk for over an hour without another car coming by. Our sympathy to Dorothy and the family. Rest in Peace dear friend.
Don & Lyn Smith

Kim Guthrie Burch

Posted at 04:08pm
Sonny Wieben was a friend to my family in Snowmass. Of course he, Joyce, Chris and Anne were regulars at the store and Post Office. Fond, fond memories of the "good ole days". My sincere condolences to Dorothy, Wendy, Clint, Marc and Matt.
Kim (Tucker) Guthrie Burch

Dede Snead

Posted at 03:00pm
Oh that smile and laugh will be missed. One of my favorite memories as a little girl was dancing on Sonny's toes at the old red brick school in Basalt. Every visit at the ranch was filled with fun! I've often wondered just how many of us kids we loaded on to that toboggan at one time....Sonny and Dad certainly had a lot of adventurous stories to share about growing up together, they must be rolling on the floor of heaven laughing now and reminiscing!

Randy Cote

Posted at 01:06pm
Always a gentleman and respectful ! He never raised his voice to me or about the DOW, even though we know there were things he didn't like too much about elk!!!
Hi to all I knew
Randy Cote


Posted at 11:54pm
Walt was my neighbor in Silt and oh how I have enjoyed his story’s he knew by dad back in the good old days and would tell me story’s of their rowdy times ! He’d say boy your dad could drink some whiskey and just laugh ! He will be missed ! Prayer and my deepest sympathy to the family!

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