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Pusedu remembered for giving back

j letofskyj letofskyBY JEFF LETOFSKY | The Pueblo Chieftain | FEB.  26, 2020

Ray Pusedu’s legacy was giving back to youth.

One of Pueblo’s most revered sports personalities, Pusedu passed away on Feb. 22. He was 85.

A Central High School two-sport athlete, Pusedu enjoyed a successful athletic career in football and wrestling where he was an all-state performer. He went on to become a two-time all-conference selection as guard/linebacker at Pueblo Junior College and also went on to play football and wrestle at the University of Denver.

Pusedu was instrumental in the development and construction of Runyon Field and will be remembered as a founding member of the Italian Open golf tournament that has become an annual event in Pueblo.

A field director, he helped start the local semipro baseball team, the Collegians, and played a part in bringing Colorado high school baseball tournaments to Pueblo and Runyon Field. He also had a hand in starting the Tony Andenucio Baseball Tournament and the Hank Pechek Tournament.

For his efforts over the years, Runyon’s smallest field was named in his honor, Pusedu Field, where youngsters 8-under have opportunities to learn the game of baseball and softball.

Completed in 2012, Pusedu Field is one of six at the complex.

Pusedu, who helped construct the complex over the years, was proud of what was accomplished at the complex.

In a Chieftain article, he stated: “When I go down there (Runyon) I’m amazed because when we were down there it was one field. That complex is as good as any in the country for kids.”

Pusedu also helped sponsor a tournament at his field held over Memorial Day weekend at Runyon every year. He gave money to the complex to help buy rings for the championship team, a glove for the best fielder and a bat for one of the top hitters.

“My nextdoor neighbor played (in the tournament) and his team won the tournament,” Pusedu was quoted. “He came running and jumped over my fence in the back yard and came running to show me his ring. They really think that’s something.”

Pusedu will be remembered for giving back.

“I think the people of Pueblo can be proud of (Runyon),” Pusedu told the Chieftain. “And it keeps a bunch of kids off the street and stuff. Instead of hanging out on the corner getting in trouble, they are down at Runyon staying out of it.”

He was enshrined in the Greater Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame, Central Hall of Fame and received the Sons of Italy State Golden Lion Award.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Shrine of St. Therese Church, 300 Goodnight Ave. Donations may be payable to the Ray Pusedu Memorial Fund, c/o Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors to support Pueblo youth baseball/softball.

Chieftain interim sports editor Jeff Letofsky can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Twitter @JeffLetofsky

 

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