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Funeral Held for Men who Died on Grand Mesa

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Ryan Wells, owner of Ol' Red's Towing out of Delta, and his childhood best-friend Ricky Colton, lost their lives after a sno-cat they were in fell through the ice while driving on a lake on the Grand Mesa on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

To honor their fellow tow operator more than 32 companies from around Colorado came together to show support for the families.

"We basically had representation from Telluride, Montrose, Gunnison, Grand Junction, Rifle and Delta," said Price Hoey, Owner of M&H Towing.

Companies attended the service in their work attire and after the funeral services they drove in unison for blocks.

"We're all a family, so when it comes down to it we may not be immediate family, we may not be blood, but we're all family when it comes down to it as far as the towing community," said Hoey.

Friends and some people who had never met Wells say competition was left at the door and replaced with a strong sense of brotherhood.

"Competition doesn't come into play when something like this happens, the competition goes out the door, it becomes something that no one thinks about at that moment," said Amber Elder, owner of Elder Salvage and Towing.

Many of the tow companies attending the service say they're using this day as a time to come together.

"For all of us to come together this means a lot to us, because we all have our own businesses, we all are competitive in our businesses, but when it comes to a situation like this, we all pull together, we all work together, we're all brothers," said Hoey.

For anyone interested in donating funds to the family and children of Ryan Wells, a GoFundMe account has been set up, as well as a bank account at Alpine Bank in Delta.


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