Lawrence V. Monninger

Lawrence V. Monninger, a month short of 91 years old, passed away March 9, 2014, after breaking a hip. He is survived by his three children, Mary Ranney of Dolores, Louise Thomas of Denver, and Chuck Monninger of Bellevue, Wash.

Larry held a master’s degree in Forestry from CSU and spent his life fishing, sailing, loving his “canyon country” and reveling in the beauty of nature. He was a proud WWII vet and even asked to re-enlist after 9/11.

A professional photographer for years, his business was known as, “Monninger’s Moments,” and his pictures captured his love of the outdoors. He was an avid swimmer at the Cortez Recreation Center and believed passionately in exercise. He was an adventurer to the end.

There is no service planned as per his wishes. For further information please call Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468 or log on to and click on the obituary section.