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.