Ruben Joseph Bustamento

July 9, 1930March 23, 2021

Ruben J. “Shorty” Bustamento of Fountain, Colorado, entered eternal life to be with his loving wife, Dorothy, on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Ruben passed away at home surrounded by his children. Ruben was born on July 9, 1930 in Robeline, Louisiana to Paul and Viola Bustamento. Ruben was a twin and born third of seven children. He grew up in Louisiana and met the love of his life, Dorothy there. Ruben and Dorothy married on November 21, 1954 and had four children. He moved his family to Colorado in 1966 and resided in Fountain from 1971 until his passing. Ruben was a Korean War Veteran serving with the U.S. Army in the 9th Infantry Regiment in the Tank Company. Ruben worked for the City of Colorado Springs Utilities as a Journeyman Lineman from 1966 and a Line Crew Foreman until his retirement. He was initiated on May 24,1956 as a Journeyman Lineman with I.B.E.W. and was member for 65 years.

Ruben loved hunting, collecting antiques, restoring classic cars, working in his yard, and enjoyed listening to Hank Williams and Jim Reeves. Ruben was dedicated to his wife and children and took pride in his family. He adored his grandchildren and supported each of them from being their biggest fan at baseball games, hockey games, music concerts and award ceremonies. He was preceded in death by his, parents, Paul and Viola, brothers, Huey, Paul Jr., Frank and sisters, Sissy, Evelyn, and Margie, and his beloved wife Dorothy. He is survived by his children, Karen (Scott) Ledbetter, R.J. (Cindy) Bustamento, Danny (Tawnia) Bustamento, Kim (Jason) Daniluk and seven grandchildren; Jessica, Jennifer, Sarah, David, Cole, Kane and Carter. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Dove Witt – Family Mortuary, 6630 S. Highway 85/87, Fountain, CO 80817, Burial Committal will be at 12:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, 757 South Santa Fe Avenue, Fountain, CO (Please wear your Levi’s Jeans to honor one of the greatest Lineman ever – Shorty would love it.)


  • Rosary Service

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021


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Sarah Bustamento

March 31, 2021


To put down what you meant to me with a 2000 character limit doesn’t feel doable. So I’ll stick with one thing that I realized today while I sat at your memorial. You were a reliable man for everyone in your life. Whether that was while you worked as a lineman, while you were taking care of grandma or while you were babysitting us grandkids. So many of us relied on you either for a season or for a lifetime and all you asked for in return was a hug.

I will be forever be grateful that the moment I would step foot into a house you were in you would say “Come give Grandpa a hug.” I will never forget what your hugs felt like because I think I’ve hugged you more than I’ve hugged anyone in my life. Haha

So when my time here on earth comes to an end. When it’s time for me to cross over. I can’t wait to hear “Come give Grandpa a hug.”

Love you and miss you forever and always,

Kim Daniluk

March 31, 2021

Dad, last Tuesday morning was one of the hardest things in life I had to face since God called Mom home, and that was to set you free and let Jesus and Mom lead you to eternal paradise. I can only imagine your faces when you saw each other again. That’s what gives me Peace and Comfort in this very difficult time. I am so blessed that God chose you to be my Dad. Thank you for the impact you had on me and our sons “The Boys”. I know for certain that you and Mom have the best seat at the baseball games and we have another Angel in the outfield. I love you so much and miss you already. This isn’t good-bye, it’s so long, see you later. Until I see you and Mom again, Peace be with you both . Love you! Your daughter, Kim

Rick Foltz

March 30, 2021

Shorty was my first foreman in the Linegang. In my apprenticeship, he taught me so much about safety and the respect for the Lineman, which later in my career I tried to do much of the same with the people I worked with. I also remember him not leaving the job site until everything was picked up, Everything!! I will miss you buddy and say hi to Dorthy

steve storrs

March 26, 2021

Shorty Bustamento taught me a few things. One was that when he looked up from the ground he wanted to see orange...lots of it. He taught me that if you looked at something and thought maybe you should cover it, then you absolutely should. He taught me that Budweiser was the best beer ever, and after 5 or 6 I usually agreed. He was absolutely the best man I ever worked for/with, and a friend who was always ready if you needed him. Shorty made a good portion of my life easier to live. I will miss you, brother.

Steve Plutt

March 25, 2021

What can you say about Shorty….he was one of the best human beings I’ve even known. What a guy he was. And Dorothy, also an angel.
Shorty drove me to Denver a long time ago when it was time for me to take my JL test at LU111. After I passed, we went to a few bars in Denver, one in Littleton, one in Castle Rock, a couple in the Springs and ended up in Fountain at his favorite bar there. We had such a good time that day.
The story I remember Shorty telling is when in Louisiana he and a friend were out at night checking their trout lines on some swampy like slow running river when a Cottonmouth dropped into their small boat from an overhanging tree limb. To hear Shorty tell the story, you laughed and laughed.
He and Dorothy were also good friends of my mom and dad when they were alive years ago.
I’ll remember you for the rest of my life Shorty. ---Steve Plutt

David Bustamento

March 25, 2021

Some of my most vivid and favorite childhood memories revolve around riding in cars with my grandpa! I remember listening to Green Green Grass Of Home – either the Tom Jones or the Elvis Presley version, I don't remember which - in his Buick with the rest of my cousins . We would often go to McDonalds with Grandpa in that car, where he told us we of course had to order off the dollar menu. He told me when I grew up rich and successful, I had better take him out to McDonalds and he wasn't ordering from the dollar menu.
That was grandpa, the best sense of humor around.

I also remember climbing into the back of his blue Ford Bronco like a jungle gym, sitting on his lap while he drove the tractor around the cul de sac. I even remember riding in that beautiful black Cadillac, being very confused why there was no seatbelts. But I think my favorite memory of all was riding in the RV, heading south on I-25, straight to the Cracker Barrel. A trip that always ended with a visit to see Grandma in Fountain, Colorado.

Thank you for the happy memories, grandpa - memories that have helped to shape me into the man I am today.

Love you always grandpa,

Nicole Fayyaz

March 24, 2021

Ruben will definitely be missed. We are grateful for the memories made with him going to lunch & just visiting at his house and on the phone. He was a special friend!
Please accept our sympathies & may God comfort you all at this difficult time!

- til we meet again Ruben- rest easy.
❤️ you!