PUEBLO — John T. Brelsford, 83, of Pueblo, passed away Feb. 14, 2013, following a lengthy illness.
He was born in Dines, Wyo., on Sept. 15, 1929, to John and Emma Brelsford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, June Smith.
John is survived by his wife, Kay; daughter, Cynthia D. Smith; sons, Michael J. (JoDee) Brelsford and Max F. Ewing; grandchildren, Erin McAuliffe, Desiree (Dean Jacquez) Madril, J.D. McAuliffe; great-granddaughter, Dejah Jacquez; nephew, Rob Smith; and niece, Nancy Hansen.
He graduated from Trinidad High School in 1948, and joined the U.S. Navy as a Fire Controlman. After the Navy, he worked for Mountain Bell, retiring in 1987. He also worked for Alamosa County as the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. John served as Assistant Chief on the Alamosa Fire Department, and was PER of Alamosa Lodge No. 1097 BPOE. He was the recipient of the Vail Medal of Honor. He loved hunting, fishing, carpentry, and being outdoors.
At his request, cremation with no service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alamosa Fire Department in care of Tony Bobicki, 1402 Second St., Alamosa, Colo. 81101. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com