Jack Refior was born June 28, 1931 in Monte Vista to Leonard “Dutch” and Effie Refior and passed away on September 2, 2013 at the age of 82. His mother passed away when he was two years old. His Dad married his Mom, Mildred Groves. He grew up in Center and attended Center Schools, graduating in 1950. After graduation, Jack worked for the La Garita Telephone Company until 1952 when “Uncle Sam” decided he should work for the Army. Before going into the service he and Carol Watts were married June 1, 1952 in Center, Colorado. They have enjoyed 61 years together.
Jack served his military tour in Korea. After he was discharged, he attended Adams State College. His father’s death in 1955 prompted Jack to move the family to Pomona, California. He found employment with General Telephone Company and remained for 17 years. Jack is also a skilled stainless steel welder. He was a partner in a welding shop where they contracted to dairies and creameries (Safeway) for stainless steel milk receivers. His milk tanks were sent world-wide.
When his oldest child graduated from high school in California, the family decided to return to the Valley. Jack worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company and eventually retired from AT&T.
Jack is survived by his wife Carol; his children Lynn Refior, Debbie (Clint) Cunningham, Ray (Dawn) Refior, Sandi (Angelo) Centofante and Jackie (Jeanette) Refior, seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his mother, his granddaughter Krystal, his sister Willadean McCormick and his in-laws Ray and Dorothy Watts; as well as one brother-in-law and numerous uncles and aunts.
Jack loved to go fishing and boating with his friends and family as well as collecting items with historical value. Jack and his sons restored the 1933 Chevy truck his grandfather purchased. He also loved to travel and used to say he has been from ocean to ocean and many points in between. Jack was a member of Temple Gate Masonic Lodge No. 128 in Center and earned his 33rd Degree as a Mason. He was also a member of the Al Kaly Shrine and Southern Colorado Consistory.
Cremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to either the Temple Gate Lodge #128 Masonic Scholarship or to Hospice del Valle, both may be made through Rogers Family Mortuary, 404 Morris St., Monte Vista, CO 81144.
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