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Courtesy Photo, George Woerndle and his wife Carol

Loved And Esteemed Red River Leader George Woerndle Dies

The small town of Red River is grieving the passing of an esteemed leader, businessman, avid skier, and lifelong friend, George Woerndle. Woerndle passed away after a brief stint with cancer. Tributes poured out across social media as people shared stories and memories about what made Woerndle special and unforgettable.

According to a story shared in the Red River Miner in 2021, Woerndle and his family relocated to Red River from Aspen, where he was born. In northern Taos County, he attended the Moly Mine School and Questa Schools before returning to Holy Cross in Canon City, Colorado. He went on to attend college at the University of Denver and the University of New Mexico where he was an inaugural member of the UNM ski team. He was known for his love of skiing, snowmobiling, and giving back to his community—and impacting so many lives of the people in it.

At the time of his passing, George served Red River as Mayor Pro-Tem and was in his sixth term, set to expire in 2025. He leaves behind his wife, Carol, and many family members and friends who will miss him tremendously.

Some of the heartwarming and touching tributes on social media about George read:

Nick Church:
Red River lost a true legend today. George will truly be missed by so many. Thank you G Dub for teaching me so much while I had the pleasure of working for you, thank you for your friendship, thank you for the many, many smiles and laughs after great turns on the mountain! Rest In peace.

Kristine Anderson Willis:
I didn’t get to know George until I was an adult. What I will tell you is, George wanted to make sure any kiddo in Red River could get their rentals at Sitzmark Sports. The only payment he wanted was Schwan’s Ice Cream and luckily, we had a truck come through when my girls were little.

I was able to do some RRFD activities with him over the years as well. We also had some PT sessions at the same time when I had thumb surgery. George would call or text me to check on my progress. He was always a joy to be around, and that laugh was always distinguishable. Red River has lost a true treasure, and he will be greatly missed! I know God had a mountain full of snow ready for him when he got there.

Joyce Archuleta:
I have so many wonderful memories of my friend Georgie, growing up with the Woerndle family. George never forgot a birthday, a holiday or a special day. I will miss him so much!!! Hugs and prayers to Carol, Rudi, Sandra, Gerdi and the family and friends of our dear George!!

Mayor Linda Calhoun
We are so saddened by the passing of Mayor-Pro Tem George Woerndle today. Please keep the Woerndle family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. George served our community tirelessly for many years and will be deeply missed.

Jess Rael
One person can wear many hats and be many things to people in different ways. Reading all the beautiful tributes about George makes my heart smile. George was one of the few hardworking, genuine, humble people left to look up to! He gave me an opportunity to open a business and follow my dream with full support and handy advice! I will miss our morning chats and afternoon laughs.

Thank you for loving my family and being so good to us. We will always appreciate you and I know my life was blessed having you in it.

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