Harry Force, 1942-2010
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Harry Force, dead at 67.
Harry Force, dead at 67.
TELLURIDE – Harold LeRoy Force, Jr. was born on September 15, 1942, in Macon County, Illinois to parents, Harold L., Sr. and Margaret Mary Force. He attended schools and grew to adulthood in Illinois. Following completing his education, Harry entered the United States Military, serving four years.

Harry was the owner of O’Bannon’s Bar in Telluride. He loved the mountains of Colorado, hunting and traveling.

He is survived by his children: Angie Clark and husband Matt of Decatur, Ill., along with their children, Josh Hill and Noah Clark; Tim Force and wife Laura of Chicago, Ill., along with their daughter, Alexandra. Harry is also survived by his siblings, Evan Force, Barb Tippit and husband Chuck, and Debra Ragan and husband Bill along with many nieces and nephews.

Harry was preceeded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Force, and his sister, Donna Shelly.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Aug. 23, at Telluride Town Park.

Visit the website, sign the online register and send condolences to his family at
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Steve Adams
September 01, 2010
I was sorry to hear the news of my good friend Harry Force's passing. I met Harry at the Bluegrass fest around 1983 camping in the town park with him and his biker buddies from Indiana.

We all kept in touch and camped in that old park boneyard each year until Harry decided to move out here and purchased Obannion's .He was a good man, so generous and good to his long time employees and friends. So many memories from the early years when he had bands at the pub, many early morning coffee and Bloody's reading the newspapers before the bar openedand many late nights . Harry always enjoyed talking about his world travels and showing me photos of his trips. He got to know my young sons from our annual trek to the Bluegrass festival and years later always wanted to know where they were at and what they were doing . He always welcomed the many friends I brought to Telluride over the years and made them feel like family at his bar.One of the true characters of Telluride will be missed
Thanks Tom
August 28, 2010
You are a good man and I personally know how much Harry respected you and liked you. He will be missed deeply.

Harry would indeed talk politics with you, but not if you were an idiot. Gruff? No. Able to discern character in an individual? Always.

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John Wontrobski
August 27, 2010
Hey Tom,

You may be heartened to know his memorial in town was well attended (200-400 people, depending on who you ask). Around town, the main thing I have been hearing is memories of Harry's outsized generosity, both public and private versions.

I always liked Harry- he sponsored our town-league soccer team back in the early 90's and I got to know him a little then. As for temperament, you just had to know what to ask. If you wanted to talk town politics, for example, he wasn't interested and could get very gruff, but if you wanted to talk about his kids, his face would light up- he loved to talk about his kids.
Thomas Wirth
August 27, 2010
I love the picture, but am sadly disappointed at the lack of interest in this kind man's death. Harry had been in town running his business since 1987 and directly affected many people on a daily basis the entire time -- either through his charisma, the wonderful staff he employed or the bar he created. I wish a little more care had gone into the reporting of his passing. Everyone should know that he will be sorely missed and that a small piece of the "Telluride experience" has passed with him. Rest in peace my friend.