Eldred Ralph Tharp

Died — February 6th, 2020

Eldred Ralph (Bud) Tharp passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020. He was born in Webster Springs, WV in 1941 and moved to Colorado in 1958. He is preceded in death by his first wife Joyce Tharp and his son Kevin. Bud is survived by his daughter Keli (Sam) Belmonte of Louisville and a grandson Matthew (Ashley) Brophy, great-grandchildren Poppy and John all of Encinitas, CA. He is survived by his current wife Dolores Mastriona of Broomfield and 5 step children, Bruce (Tami), Kevin (Lauri), Scott (Candy), DeAnn (Mike), Steve and 11 grand children and 13 great grand children. He is also survived by two brothers Jack Tharp and Roger (Shirley) Pugh of West Virginia. 

Bud enjoyed fishing, bird hunting, camping, bowling and golfing. He enjoyed being around family and friends, and you could always find him and Dee at the Elks eating supper and playing bingo.  Bud was a longtime Louisville resident and most remember him for filling your gas tank or repairing your car at Louisville 66 that was on the corner of Main and Pine.  He also served on the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.  He was also the president of the Louisville Rod and Gun Club for many years and loved camping and fishing at Marshall Lake with family and friends.  Bud held a special place in all our hearts and will be dearly missed.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Louisville Fire Department. Please join us following the service at the Louisville Elks to share stories and enjoy lunch.


A visitation will be held at Darrell Howe Mortuary on Thursday, February 13th beginning at 9:30am. The funeral service will directly follow at 10am.




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Dolores and family, we are sorry for your loss. We enjoyed knowing Bud through Megan and Cody. Please accept our sympathies, thoughts and prayers. Bob, Kelly, Eric, Alex and Ashley Bear
Knew Bud for many years and he helped me out with car "troubles" multiple times. Always a good word for all and stayed connected with his daughter Kelli and sister-in-law, Cathy (Cooper)Akins and his nephew and niece, JR Cooper and Melissa Cooper May his family know he is at rest and with his Lord. RIP Bud and prayers to his extended family.
We are deeply sorry for your loss Mike Dionigi and family.