Rego Edward Omerigic

It is with great sadness that the family of Rego Edward Omerigic announces his passing on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the age of 84.

Omerigic was born in Leadville on Oct. 8, 1936. He was raised in Leadville by his parents, Rego and Nellie Omerigic. While growing up, he enjoyed being outdoors, surrounded by the natural beauty of the high-altitude Rocky Mountains. He graduated from Leadville High School in 1955, upon which he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served for three years.

After returning from the Marine Corps, Omerigic and settled back in Leadville where he worked at the Climax Mine. He had many jobs during his time there, but eventually went on to study to become an electrician, which became his main occupation.

On Aug. 22, 1964, Omerigic married Katherine Wadsworth of Leadville. They were married for 57 years and raised four children together. As a family they enjoyed many camping trips, as well as fishing and hunting outings, where Omerigic taught his family about his love of the outdoors. He was a family man who loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Upon retirement, Omerigic became especially interested in the management of Colorado water resources and laws. He studied water law and issues and served on the board of Parkville Water District for 14 years. He also served on the Colorado State Roundtable Commission as a representative for the Upper Arkansas Valley and was a cooperator on the Lake County Soil District for seven years.

Omerigic’s family said he was a strong, kind, loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather. He was a life-long learner, often researching various topics including history, water conservation and mining. He enjoyed polka dancing, cherry Dr. Pepper, and giving the greatest hugs to friends and family.

Omerigic was preceded in death by his daughter Melissa (Omerigic) Gibson.

Omerigic is survived by his wife Katherine; his sons Rego A. (Denise) Omerigic of Westcliffe and Brian (Bella) Omerigic of Grand Junction; his daughter Valerie (David) Omerigic-Sahyoun of Magdalena, New Mexico; and his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A rosary will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. Following the rosary, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks Omerigic’s loved ones and acquaintances to donate to a charity of their choosing.