Mario Bart Zadra
Barbara Lee Peterson
Richard A. Koepp
Clyde Sherman Williams
ALVIN JOSEPH FICCO
Robert Louis Massard
Adeline “Addie” Racioppi Bonatti
Roger E. Henn
James “Jeff” Jeffrey, M.D.
David Griffiths Wood
Dr. Patty Ammon
Sylvester H. Schoening
Kathryn L. Callaway
Elizabeth Graves (Tyke) Lunt
Richard “Dick” Rion
(Carlena) Esther (Busch) Lewis
Marjorie L. Soderquist
Robert Stanley Dean
Angie C. Henn
Michael Wayne Duce
Paul Raymond Studley
Philip Kerner Icke
Bernadine 'Bea' Mae Allen
Rosibell Koehler Hinz
Pamala Ann Reed
William "Bill" Roy Steele
Carl V. Bates “Dockie”
David Wells Kenney
Mary Gertrude (Beach) Perotti
Rev. Max Lee Kendrick
Edward I. Gilbert
Ronald (Ron) Lee Wabel
Rosa Josephine Zadra Halls
Gloria Gaye Roberts
Arnold Rodney Heineman
Castle, Paul Merton
Wood, Mary L.
Loebe, Eulalie “Lee”
Bray, Jr., Carl “Buddy”
Kohl Lankenau, Dorothy Mae
McNeil, Daniel Louis
Schlarbaum, Dennis Dane
Ford, Jerry A.
Comerer, Warren Edwin
HUESING, RALPH A.
Boland, Earl L.
Brooks, Sr., Theodore Lincoln
Cox, Lafayette Clinton
Durkee II, Frank Leo
Stowell, Jr., Otsie Clark
Collins, Charles Dee
Gomez, Brianna White
Mario Bart Zadra
Loved his life as a rancher
1916 — 2013
Mario Bart Zadra, age 97, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at his home in Montrose, after a long battle with COPD and CHF. He was born May 12, 1916 in a small brick house near Ridgway, the third of five children born to Italian immigrants Matteo Zadra and Ottilia Marinelli.
He was educated at the old Piedmont School near Ridgway, and around the age of 12, left home to help support his family by working at the Camp Bird Mine high above Ouray. Mario's job was to pack gold ore from the mine onto a string of mules and lead the animals over miles of treacherous terrain (including snow slides) to Ouray. He also helped out on the Zadra family ranch located between Ridgway and Ouray.
In his mid-teens, Mario started working for rancher Marie Scott. In time, he started his own cattle operation along with his brother, Victor Zadra, while continuing to work for Marie Scott.
Mario married Eda Terresa Tessitore on July 21, 1951. They were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Jan, several years later. Mario ventured out on his own, purchasing a ranch in Norwood in 1957 and moving his family from Ridgway to Norwood in 1964. In addition to ranching, he served two terms as county commissioner for Ouray County and 20 years on the Board of Directors for the San Miguel Power Assn. Later, he served on the San Miguel Planning Commission during the onset of development in the Telluride/Norwood area.
Mario's greatest pride and joy were his horses, Hereford cattle and his dogs. He was an accomplished horseman and shared a mutual respect with all his animals. He was one of the last ranchers to give up his team of horses.
Mario enjoyed the wide open spaces and took great pride in operating his ranch in pristine condition. He felt closest to God while riding his horse in the high mountain country he loved so much.
Mario is survived by his daughter, Jan (Jerry) Scharf of Montrose; sister, Victoria Hudson of Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews and their extended families.
The family would like to give special thanks and recognition to Mario's caregivers and the Hospice nurses. His dog, "Mike," and kitty, "Spice," were also an important part of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eda Zadra; sisters, Anna Lucille Smith and Rosa Josephine Halls; and brother, Victor Zadra.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Montrose Christian Church, 2351 Sunnyside Road, Montrose. Graveside services will follow at Valley Lawn Cemetery. A luncheon will be served after the graveside services in the fellowship hall at the church. Please join the family for a celebration of Mario's life.
Contributions, in memory of Mario Zadra, can be made to: Hardin Hospice, 2764 Compass Drive, Suite 110, Grand Junction, CO 81506; or the Norwood Fire Department, attn.: Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 411, Norwood, CO 81423.
Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, CO 81401 (970) 249-2121
Barbara Lee Peterson
January 1, 1948 ~ June 7, 2013
Born January 1, 1948 in Flint, Michigan to Charles Kasimer Pietrosz and Mary Elizabeth Vickers, both of Flint, Michigan. Barbara and her brother Chuck were adopted after her parents deaths by Leonard and Georgia Norman of Dickinson, Texas in 1960. She attended Texas Women’s College in 1969. In 1974 she married Charles Rodney Peterson in Houston, Texas. Barbara is survived by her husband Rodney of Ouray, Colorado; brother Chuck Norman of Dickinson; three daughters and their spouses Caroline & Earl Burleson of Wyandotte, Oklahoma; Nikki & John Komar of Ouray, Colorado; Jennifer Canavan of Ouray, Colorado
Barbara had 7 grandchildren: Victoria Nielsen - Timothy Nielsen • Erica Pahl • Tayler Pahl • Cooper Pahl - John Komar jr. • Aidan Canavan
Great Grandchildren: Revan Nordan • Kathryn Klein
Barbara was an active member of the Ouray Elks Lodge for years. She was a founding charter member of the Ouray Lady Elks before women were permitted to be actual members. Barbara was a founding member of the Rock N Roll Revival. She volunteered her time for any years at the Ridgway Arts and Crafts Rendezvous. She was also a long time board member of the Friends of the Library and could be seen every year helping the models strut their stuff on the catwalk.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Ouray Elks Lodge.
In lieu of flowers the family would like any donations to be made to HopeWest (Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado) P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402. You can also provide this confidential information by calling 970- 257-2365. Visit the tribute website and send condolences to Barbara's family at www.SunsetMesaFuneralDirectors.com. Arrangements are being held under the direction of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors.
Richard A. Koepp
August 16, 1929 – May 27, 2013
Richard “Dick” A. Koepp, formerly of Ouray, peacefully passed away in Post Falls Idaho, on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, at the Post Falls Life Care Center at the age of 84. Born in Evanston, IL to Dr. A.W. and Hazel M. Koepp, he attended Iowa University, studying chemical engineering. He served in the U.S. Army’s Occupational Forces in Germany. In 1969, he moved to Denver from Park Ridge, IL with his mother Hazel, and accepted a position with the Harry A. Lowe Insurance Agency in Ouray, CO. He worked at the Citizen’s Bank of Ouray for many years, while his mother taught piano. Dick travelled often, even experiencing an SST flight to Europe, and loved to play Bridge wherever he went. His wife and Bridge partner, Sharon, preceded him in passing in 2003. A member for many years, Richard attended the Ouray Presbyterian Church, loved to sing, was an accomplished pianist and organist, and was said to have perfect pitch. Richard had many friends in Ouray and his family will miss him. Surviving Richard is his sister, Catherine of Sacramento, CA; 3 step-children, and many nieces and nephews. There will be no memorial services.
April 3, 1931 ~ June 9, 2013
Our beloved Dixie Keithly, 82, of Ridgway peacefully passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 in her Solar Ranch home with friends at her side.
Dixie was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 3, 1931. Her vitality, uniqueness, energy and positive approach to life touched so many lives here and in California.
In her mid-20s, she was an elementary school teacher, a realtor and earned her pilot's license. A true trail blazer for the time, Dixie became a radio DJ for KKUP Santa Clara, CA, discussing the topic of alternative medicine and confuting interviews with prominent writers and practitioners as an advocate on the subject, reaching out to a wide audience. In Ridgway, she continued to maintain and monitor an alternative therapy hot line for a time with her motto of "Your health, your choice" on a one-on-one basis.
A cancer survivor for over 20 years, Dixie was a long-time member and supporter of the Cancer Victors, a strong and loving support group located in California.
Many knew Dixie to be passionate about her daily two mile river walk, birding, her flower garden, her enjoyment of the views she had of the mountains from her home, Big Band music, the area hot springs and her gratitude for just being here in what she called her beautiful "Rigdway Paradise." Some of her greatest gifts were her unfailing love for others, sharing her survival story and offering her approach to health. Dixie's quirky personality, vitality, energy, celebration of life and people made her a dynamic and positive force in our Ridgway community and the universe at large.
True to Dixie's nature of giving her all, there will be no interment service as she has donated her body to science.
She is survived by her brother James Hilton, sisters Kathy Ward and Alicia Leal.
Dixie will be missed and remembered by many.
For Dixie's untold friends from all walks of life, there will be a memorial gathering in Hartwell Town Park, Ridgway, at the gazebo on Friday, June 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m., for those who wish to celebrate her life together as a community.
February 23, 1938 ~ November 10, 2012
Margareta Kircher was born in Sweden February 23,!938 and died in Wilmington,North Carolina November 10, 2012. Her birth name was Sonja Anna Greta Margareta Johansson which she later changed to Margareta Sonja on her U.S. naturalization document when she became a citizen in 1960. Margareta was proud to be an American and of her excellent command of English.
In 1949 she married Kurt Kircher and they traveled to Argentina before coming to America. They moved to Detroit where her son Carl was born. Her daughter Anna was born 18 months later in Denver.The family home was in Littleton for 20 years.
Margareta and Kurt opened Denver's first foreign car repair shop and they founded the Denver chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. She raced a 1957 Thunderbird and had a lasting love of cars and racing.
In 1973 they purchased the Box Canyon Motel which was the beginning of a lifelong love of Ouray and its citizens. After the couple divorced she continued to operate the Box Canyon until selling and opening a successful gourmet cooking and gift shop on Main Street in Ouray called The Viking. After closing her shop she became a realtor/property manager for ORI for many years. Margareta was active in the Republican Party in Ouray County.
Upon her retirement she moved to Montrose where she volunteered at Heirlooms for Hospice, worked-out at Curves and made many new friends. Margareta especially enjoyed spending time with her grand daughters Kelsey and Lauren and celebrating all holidays with family and friends. She was a big Denver Bronco fan.
In 2012 she moved to Charlotte,NC to be closer to her son. Then, fulfilling her last wish to live by the ocean again, she and Carl moved to Wilmington,NC. To all those who knew Margareta, she lived an interesting life, had many friends and much fun around the world. She was happy, upbeat and was excited about the future just as you would have expected.
A gathering to celebrate Margareta's life will be held at the Western Hotel on Wednesday June 19th at 5:00 p.m-7:0 p.m. Bring your memories to share.
Clyde Sherman Williams
February 8, 1940 ~ April 22, 2013
Former Ridgway Marshal Clyde Sherman Williams passed peacefully in his home in Montrose, Colorado on Monday, April 22, 2013 surrounded by his loving family and cats.
Sherm was born in Ouray, Colorado on Feb 8, 1940 to Sherman and Eva Williams. He spent time in Ouray as a child and moved to Bisbee, Arizona in his early teens. Sherm loved Arizona; and often told stories of going arrowhead hunting with his mother and his time boxing and training with at-risk kids.
Sherm started his career in law enforcement in California, and returned to Colorado in the 1970's where he found his calling as a police officer in Montrose. Sherm ended his police career in Ridgway after more than a decade with the Marshal’s Office. His community service conitnued through his retirement, which he spent working at the Brown Center in Montrose, working with the young men and inspiring them to walk the line.
Sherm enjoyed time working on his ranch property in Montrose, riding his Gold Wing with the Blue Knights, rescuing animals and playing his guitar.
Sherm is survived by his wife Susan Rahn, former wife and good friend Debra (Jeff) Ford, his children Mary (Randy) Melton, Ann Williams, Joel (Shelia) Williams, Teresa McFarland, Stanley (Katharina) Williams, Jamie (Mike) Freyman, and stepchildren Nathan (Shannon) Rahn, Katie (Tim) Rupnow, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sherm was preceded in death by his mother and father.
At Sherm's request, a Celebration of Life will take place in Ridgway, Colorado on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1 pm at the Ridgway Fire Hall.
Following the service, we hope that you will continue to celebrate Sherm with us at his favorite spot in the Ridgway, The True Grit. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to ANY animal shelter in his memory.
ALVIN JOSEPH FICCO
Death leaves a Heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a Memory no one can steal.
~ Author unknown
Alvin Joseph Ficco, 80, of Ouray, Colorado died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at home with family and friends.
He was born to the late Joseph and Mary Ficco on December 30, 1932 in Ouray, Colorado. Alvin graduated from Ouray High School in 1950. He entered the U.S. Army after graduation and was stationed in Germany from 1953 to 1955. He married Marjorie Louise Gunn on November 27, 1958 and they enjoyed 54 years together.
Alvin co-owned Rice Lumber Company in Ouray from 1956 to 1969 with his brother, Tom Fellin and sister-in-law, Sally Fellin. He then went into the construction business with his best friend, Norm Fedel. Together they ran Box Canon Construction from 1969 to 1994.
Alvin was involved in the VFW and acted as the Commander until it dissolved in 2012. He was also an active member of St. Daniel’s Catholic Church in Ouray. Alvin loved family, friends, building and constructing, gardening, golf and anything to do with chainsaws. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend. If you were lucky enough to know Alvin, then you were his friend.
Alvin is survived by his wife, Louise, and four sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Krista Ficco, Dave and Lori Ficco and Art and Tina Ficco of Ouray, Colorado and Joe and Kim Ficco of Montrose, Colorado. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Art and Ginny Ficco of Ouray. He was blessed with 13 grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 30.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the San Juan Cancer Center, 600 S. 5th Street, Montrose, CO 81401.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 and funeral services will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Daniel’s Catholic Church, Ouray.
Robert Louis Massard
September 10, 1925 - April 25, 2013
Robert Massard of Wellesley Hills, MA, passed peacefully surrounded by family on April 25, 2013 at age 87 of congestive heart failure. He was the son of the late Frank L. and Ruth E. Massard, and brother of the late Richard Massard, and grew up on 349 5th Street in Ouray, Colorado.
Bob’s father, Frank, was a partner in the Ouray Post Office Drug Store with Albert Schneider from 1920-1963. Frank was mayor of Ouray in the 1970’s. Ruth taught high school in town and served as Superintendent of Ouray Schools for several years. Fifty-three years ago, Ruth named the Annual Artists’ Alpine Holiday, an annual art show held each summer, one of the oldest in Colorado.
In 1943, Bob enlisted in the US Navy V-12 Officer’s Training Program and graduated in 1945 from the University of Colorado with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After serving in the Pacific, he received a Masters Degree in Electronics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on the Whirlwind Computer project. There he met Ann Connor, and discovered a life-long sweetheart. Bob was one of the engineer-founders of Computer Control Company (3C) in 1953, and started Financial-Technical Assistance (Fin-Tech) in 1969, both located in Massachusetts. He had a great interest in genealogy, published many volumes with The New England Historic & Genealogical Society and served as a Trustee of the Society.
Bob and Ann travelled extensively in Europe and the Caribbean including family trips visiting ancestral homelands of Ireland and Switzerland.
Bob and family returned to Ouray nearly each year to visit with his late parents, Frank L. and Ruth E. Massard and his first cousin, Verena Jacobson.
He was the beloved husband of Ann Connor Massard for 63 years and father of Victoria McCormick (husband Stephen) of Shelburne Falls, MA; Pamela Tisch (husband David) of Cobleskill, NY; Gregg Massard (wife Valerie) of Sagamore Beach, MA and Wendy Hakken (husband Joel) of Ann Arbor, MI. Also survived by nine loving grandchildren: Erich (Alison), Emilie and Gretchen Tisch, Matt and Tim McCormick, Andrew and Julia Massard, Dillon and Darby Hakken.
Adeline “Addie” Racioppi Bonatti
January 6, 1919 ~ April 25, 2013
Addie Bonatti, age 94, of Ouray, Colorado passed away April 25, 2013, surrounded by family at her daughters home in Montrose. Born in Medford, Masschusetts, she was a business woman in Ouray for many years, first owning the Pick Café and Bar and then the Ore Gift Shop. Addie contributed much to her Ouray Community for over 60 years. She was a member of St. Daniel’s Catholic Church, and also member of Rebecca lodge in Ouray.
Addie is preceded in death by her husband Rudy Bonatti, grandson Joey Giannetto. ...she leaves behind her daughter Chris, son Joe Giannetto; one daughter in law Erin Giannetto; granddaughters Talia Bonatti, Montrose, Amanda Giannetto, South Carolina; grandson, John Giannetto, South Carolina; two great-grandchildren Rudy Bonatti, Montrose and Janessa Giannetto, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Dolphin House, in memory of Addie Bonatti, 236 S. 3rd Street, Suite 311, Montrose, Co. 81401or St. Daniel’s Catholic Church in memory of Addie Bonatti, P.O. Box 565, Ouray, Co. 81427. A Memorial Mass, in celebration of Addie’s life will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Daniel’s Catholic Church. The family encourages condolences may be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. The Service will conclude at the Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Roger E. Henn
Roger E. Henn, age 95, of Montrose, and lifetime resident of Ouray, Colorado passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at Sunrise Creek Assisted Living in Montrose. At Roger’s request, cremation has taken place and A Memorial Service in celebration of Roger’s life will be held this summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Wright Opera House, in memory of Roger Henn, c/o Jim Opdahl, P.O. Box 17, Ouray, Co. 81427. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Full Obituary to come.
James “Jeff” Jeffrey, M.D.
June 6, 1926 ~ December 22, 2012
A quiet and gentle man of dignity and grace, a man who loved his profession, Dr. James S. Jeffrey, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2012, at Brewster Village in Appleton, Wisconsin after a beautiful giving life and an eight-year journey with Alzheimer's Disease.
His demeanor was modest and never overbearing, and his moral consistency, concern and care for his patients and whoever he touched in life could never be denied. Dr. Jeff always wore a smile and took the time to listen. He believed listening was an integral part of healing.
Dr. Jeff was born in Huntley, Nebraska on June 6, 1926 to Robert A. and Hazel (Loesch) Jeffrey. The son of a Methodist minister, Jeffrey grew up during the Depression on the edge of the dust bowl. He attended high school in Gretna, Nebraska and upon graduation in 1944 joined the US Navy. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946 he entered the Nebraska College of Arts & Sciences at Lincoln and received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1954. He interned at St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee until taking over retiring Dr. Flanagan's medical practice in Kaukauna in 1955, the year of the polio epidemic. In less than a year he was asked to join Drs. Geo. L. Boyd and George A. Behnke in practice at the Kaukauna Clinic, where he remained until his retirement in 1994.
Obstetrics was Dr. Jeff's favorite part of his practice. "I liked delivering babies the best", he said, "I never lost that sense of wonder or mystique that goes with the birth of a child".
He was a Founding Father and Member of the American Academy of Family Practice, served on various boards and committees at Kaukauna Community, St. Elizabeth, AMC hospitals and the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. Along with serving on the Round House Manor Board in Kaukauna, he was a past Grand Knight of Kaukauna Council No.1033 Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion past president and a member of Kaukauna Lions.
Besides being involved with his local church community he was very active in the Green Bay Diocesan Cursillo Movement, Marriage Encounter Weekends and Marriage Preparation Courses. After retiring to Ouray, Colorado in 1994 he served as a caring minister in the Stephen Ministry, and volunteered in the Kairos Prison Ministry at the Delta Correctional Prison at Delta, Colorado. He was an Ouray County Performing Arts Board Member, and was instrumental in forming the Lions Club of Ouray and AARP in Ouray County.
He married Shirley Iggulden on July 11, 1950, and they had six children. She preceded Jeff in death in 1970. He married LaVerne Van Dyke in Kaukauna on September 18, 1971. She preceded Jeff in death in 2011.
He is survived by his children: Patricia (James) Hebert of Waldorf, Maryland; Kathryn Pettys of Great Mills, Maryland; Julie (Paul) Moderson of Kaukauna; adopted step-son Mark (Van Dyke) Jeffrey (Deborah) of Larwill, Indiana; Christopher Jeffrey of Standardsville, Virginia; and a son-in-law: Gregory Huber of Prescott, Arizona.
His grandchildren are: Clifton, Amanda, Charles, and Kathryn Hebert; Elizabeth and Kristina Pettys; Mark (Hannah) Moderson, Greg (Naomi) Moderson, Kurt and Jill Moderson; Zachary, Samantha and Andrea Huber; and two step-grandchildren: Michael and Kristen Jeffrey. His great-grandchildren are Lily and Tyler Moderson (Mark), and Nathaniel and Thaddeus Moderson (Greg).
Dr. Jeffrey was preceded in death by his parents, a son James, a daughter Amy Huber, brothers Robert (Peggy) Jeffrey of San Rafael, California and Marion Jeffrey of Omaha, Nebraska.
The funeral liturgy for Dr. Jeffrey will be held on Friday December 28, 2012, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish - St. Mary Church, 119 W. 7th Street, Kaukauna, with Fr. Jerry Pastors and Fr. Bob Lexa co-officiating. The family will greet friends and relatives at the Fargo Funeral Home, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Kaukauna on Thursday, December 27, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm and again at the church on Friday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. Online condolences may be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for St. Paul Elder Service.
The family wishes to thank the many caregivers and friends who have cared, helped, prayed and loved us through these past years, and no words can convey how very much we appreciate the care and love given by the staff at Brewster Village to our dear Dr. Jeff.
September 10, 1927 ~ December 25, 2012
Josephine Calhoon, age 85, Lifetime Ouray resident, went to be with her Lord on Dec. 25, 2012 at Sunrise Creek Assisted Living in Montrose, Co. Josephine was born Sept. 10, 1927 to Joe and Mary (Tell) Ficco in Ouray. She spent her childhood in Ouray and graduated from Ouray High School in 1945. Josephine married David Andrews Calhoon on Apr. 6, 1950 in Ouray, and they were members of St. Daniel’s Catholic Church in Ouray. She worked seven years at the Ouray Post Office, and prior to her retirement, Josephine worked as an Officer at the Citizen’s State Bank in Ouray for 25 years. She enjoyed her work, but also enjoyed her family, and her grandchildren were very special to her. Josephine also enjoyed the mountains and the outdoors; gardening and her flowers.
Surviving family members include her husband, David of the family home in Ouray; son Joseph A. (Claudia) Calhoon; two brothers Art (Virginia) Ficco, Alvin (Louise) Ficco, all of Ouray, CO; grandson Aaron (Mary T.) Calhoon of Reno, NV., Granddaughter Andrea (Ernesto) Meruelo of San Diego, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Tom Fellin, sister Vera Smith, and granddaughter Tamara Calhoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliaitve Care of Western Colorado, in memory of Josephine Calhoon, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Co. 81402 A Rosary will be recited on Friday, Dec. 28th at 7:30 P.M. at St. Daniel’s Catholic Church in Ouray. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:00a.m. at St. Daniel’s. The service will conclude at the Church. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Ouray, Co. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
October 24, 1927 ~ November 20, 2012
Larry Klinger, longtime Log Hill resident, passed away Tuesday evening, November 20, 2012, at Montrose Memorial Hospital, Montrose, Colo.
Larry was born October 24, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., to Andrew and Georgine Klinger. Primarily due to the Great Depression, the Klinger family moved to Tawas City, Mich., during the 1930-31 timeframe. Larry was then raised on a small farm in the Laidlawville, Mich., area near Tawas City from 1931 through 1944.
Through the sixth grade, he attended a one-room, country school in the Laidlawville area, then St. Joseph Catholic School through the ninth grade, and the 10th and llth grades at Tawas City High School. In 1944 he moved to Flint, Mich., where he attended and graduated from St. Michael’s Catholic High School in 1945.
Shortly after graduation, Larry was drafted into the U.S. Army, and then worked in Michigan for a year after an honorable discharge. He then hitchhiked to Arizona during the spring of 1948 where he spent the summer fighting forest fires.
Larry then returned to Michigan and enrolled in college, graduating with a B.S. degree in January, 1952, from Bowling Green State University at Bowling Green, Ohio.
Following college, he moved to Texas where he followed various careers, and eventually built businesses that he ran and owned. In Beaumont, Tex., he worked until 1954 in various sales positions. He then relocated to Houston, Tex., in 1954 where he worked a safety engineer, spending most of this time in the emerging offshore oil industry.
He relocated to Bryan, Tex., where he worked for Alenco Aluminum Windows as a salesman, starting in 1958. For the next four years he worked in sales covering the eastern half of the U.S., then the nine western states, followed by the entire U.S. for large projects, eventually opening the company’s first direct-sales operation in Houston.
Larry then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1962 where he worked two years as a salesman throughout the U.S. for the Floataway Door Company. When the company was sold to U.S. Gypsum in 1964, he moved back to Houston and started his own business, Larry Klinger & Assoc., which sold doors, windows and a wide variety of fixtures and other items through the commercial construction industry. Business was very good, and Larry expanded with the opening of Tex-Lam Mfg. Co. in 1970 and he operated both companies until his retirement in 1982. He sold the companies, and both are still operating in Houston.
Larry was single until he married Dorothy Borski on April 15, 1972, in Houston. Dorothy’s sister Mary, a victim of Down’s Syndrome, immediately became Larry’s “partner” and “#1 Secretary,” a status she held until her death in 2004. Mary decided she wanted to live with Larry and Dorothy because, as Mary said, “there wasn’t any action” at home, and her parents were “too old.” Both during the time Larry ran his businesses, and during his retirement, Larry and Mary were inseparable.
The Klingers kept three homes together, Dorothy’s Kingwood home, Larry’s Lake Rayburn home, and Mary’s Bay House at Port Lavaca. Mary liked the houses on the water best, because of her love of fishing with Larry and Dorothy.
For the next 383 months (one month short of 32 years, as Larry likes to keep time) the family worked and played very hard. They traveled to Canada, Alaska, Spain, Portugal and North Africa, as well as many locations within the U.S. During those travels, they fell in love with Western Colorado, and eventually bought their fourth home, this one on Log Hill in Ouray County in 1987.
The Klingers split their time during the next four years between Colorado and Texas, eventually selling their Texas properties in 1993. In the meantime, they had acquired approximately 480 acres on Log Hill, which they named the Double K Mesa Ranch, and where they built their new home. When not working on the property, the Klingers enjoyed hunting, scouting for arrow heads and other artifacts and otherwise enjoying the canyon-laced ranch. The Klingers relished entertaining their friends and family members at the ranch, and nobody ever left hungry after the “Texas-sized” meals they prepared.
Dorothy passed away on March 21, 2004, following a short illness and just one month short of their 32nd wedding anniversary. Mary passed away exactly seven months later. Since Dorothy’s death, Larry has funded a scholarship in her honor through Fortuna Tierra, a Log Hill women’s organization in which Dorothy was a very active contributor and member.
Larry’s birth family members are sisters Virginia Jones, deceased, and Marian Ulman and Helen Troutman, and a brother, James Klinger, all of Tawas City, Mich.
A vigil followed by a rosary will be held at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at 7:00 be at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Interment will follow the service at Grand View Cemetery, west of Montrose. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
David Griffiths Wood
Mar. 1, 1931 ~ Nov. 26, 2012
David Griffiths Wood died Nov. 26, 2012, in Palm Desert, Calif., a short time after suffering a massive stroke. His step-children, Sarah Farrar, John Tjossem and Martha Tjossem were with him during his final days. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary L. Wood, and his brother Raymond Perry Wood II, MD – both within the past 16 months – and his step-son David Tjossem. His own health declined over that time but he was still actively working as Chairman of the Board at the Citizens State Bank and President of the Harry A. Lowe Agency until leaving for California about a week before his trauma. In addition to his step-children he is survived by grandchildren, Andrew Farrar, Brian and Mary Sweeney, Hannah and Jeremiah Tjossem and their parents Drew and Barb Cleland, daughter-in-law Margaret Tjossem and various cousins in both Colorado and California.
Dave was born in Whittier, Calif., on Mar. 1, 1931, the first son of Blossom Griffiths Wood and Raymond Perry Wood. The Wood family returned to Colorado, where they lived in Canon City, Gunnison and Grand Junction. Dave attended Grand Junction High School and then the University of Colorado at Boulder where in 1953 he earned a B.A. degree in Business. He then served two years in the Army after which he attended law school at the University of Colorado.
During the summer of 1949 he worked as an usher at the Central City Opera and came to truly love opera and continued to enjoy annual trips to both Central City and the Sante Fe Operas. He was interested and knowledgeable about the history of Western Colorado, the mining and ranching industries and knew the business of the area and the people who settled it.
In 1956 Dave was employed at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as an Assistant Bank Examiner working in the States of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Dave resigned from the FDIC in 1961 and moved to Ouray, where he went to work for the Citizens State Bank of Ouray. At the time he lived in the little square house behind Al’s Service Station. Over the years he served in various officer positions and ultimately acquired control of the bank with the departure of Harry and Margo Lowe. Over the span of his 51-year career at Citizens State Bank, Dave’s dedication, commitment and generosity to his family, employees and the community was felt and appreciated.
Dave and Mary L. Smalley Tjossem married on Nov. 27, 1976, at Mary’s home on Oak Street. They lived in the apartment over the bank while the old Franz home they bought on 4th Street was renovated. They moved into that home in 1981 and it remained their home until their respective deaths. They enjoyed entertaining both friends and family in the warm, elegant and generous style for which they will be remembered. Dave enjoyed the arts, music, travelling and cooking. He was a fabulous cook and a founding member of a fraternal cooking club of friends, established for the sole purpose of enjoying great cuisine and travelling the world to find it. Dave and Mary both loved and supported the Artists Alpine Holiday annual art show and were honored for lifetime support. He worked on many committees, supporting the beautification of Ouray and many cultural organizations events. His generous support to so many local groups and actions will be remembered.
He enjoyed Jeeping in the high country of Colorado and spending time fishing and relaxing at his family’s century old “camp” on the Taylor River near Almont, Colo. He appreciated 19th century furniture and renovated the bank with integrity to its original period and design. He loved interior design, renovating and furnishing the Benson Building in Silverton plus the home on 4th Street in Ouray.
He was an astute money manager, reading the Wall Street Journal and watching the Nightly Business Report, keeping up with the stock market daily. He never lost interest or knowledge in current economic conditions and was constantly evaluating and monitoring investments, hoping to teach his family and customers good investment and money management practices.
Dave’s influence reached deeply into the community and he will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Ouray Community Center, San Juan Room.
Contributions to the David G. Wood Memorial Fund may be made at the Citizens State Bank of Ouray. The Fund will support charities he supported in his lifetime.
Dr. Patty Ammon
October 10, 1956 – September 16, 2012
Dr. Patty Ammon passed away gently at her home on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. She leaves behind a hole in the heart of the community, but also a legacy of healing, compassion, and strength in the face of adversity.
Patricia Ammon was born October 10, 1956, in Florence, Kentucky to Robert and Margie Ammon, following siblings Tom and Linda. After gaining her nursing degree, she worked in St. John’s Hospital in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There, fellow nurse Dale Yocum was quick to recognize the gem that she was, and did not give up until she agreed to marry him in 1982.
Patty knew that her calling went beyond nursing, and so returned to her home state to earn a medical degree from the University of Kentucky. After completing her residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction in the late 1980s, she practiced in both Telluride and Montrose before taking on and expanding Ouray County's only medical facility. Initially in the old Idarado clinic building, the Ouray Clinic became St. Mary's Clinic in Ridgway and ultimately the current Mountain Medical Center.
During this time, Patty received her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Rather than slow her down, it instead fueled her passion to gain a deeper understanding of healing practices beyond traditional western medicine. Patty came to believe that both the spirit and body work together for physical health. To this end, she pursued studies in Ayurvedic medicine, which led to her integrated treatment approaches. A brilliant student, she was one of the first people to complete a fellowship in the Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona. Patty then anchored a group of providers that have nourished Ridgway's integrative medicine services in the community today.
Patty always gave her best to her patients and there was never a clock ticking when she was with them. While she inspired the best in them, she also felt as though she gained strength and perseverance in return.
Patty considered her life to be full of miracles, not the least of which was that her own health could be maintained through her sense of spirit-mind integration. However, she felt that her greatest miracles were her two adopted sons, Ryan (14) and Ian (12). She was - first and foremost - a dedicated and inspirational mother. While the void in her sons’ lives can never be filled by her loss, the infinite love that she gave was enough to last throughout their lifetimes.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at 1:00 in Ridgway’s Hartwell Park. (Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.) A potluck will follow at the Yocum Home at 250 S. Laura St. in Ridgway. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Patty Ammon Fund established at the Alpine Bank in Ridgway, to be used for a project in a medically underserved area.
Sylvester H. Schoening
Apr. 1, 1930 ~ August 29, 2012
Sylvester H. Schoening, known by many as “Father Syl”, age 82, of Norwood, Colorado, died August 29, 2012 at “The Hermitage”, his Norwood home of 20 years. Schoening was born April 1, 1930 to Sylvester Joseph Schoening and Clara Catherine Herrmann in Evansville, Indiana.
Schoening attended elementary school at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Evansville and High School at Saint Meinrad Preparatory High School, Saint Meinrad, Indiana. He attended Saint Meinrad College, where he earned a B.A. in liberal arts. He later attended University of Innsbruck in Tyrol, Austria from 1952 to 1956, and earned his Master’s Degree (STL) from University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1957.
Schoening was ordained as a Catholic Priest on Aug. 6, 1958. From 1958 through 1967 he served in several at parish assignments and taught high school in the Evansville area. In 1967, he transferred to the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, and was named pastor at the Telluride Catholic Church, Saint Patrick’s, in 1969, where he served 12 years, simultaneously serving as pastor at Our Ladies of Sorrows, Nucla.
From 1981 to 1983 he served as pastor in Cortez, Saint Margaret Mary Parish CO as well as in Dove Creek, Saint Jude. In 1983, he was given a one year sabbatical after 25 years as a priest, which he spent supervising the building of his home, the Hermitage, outside of Norwood, CO.
From 1985 – 1991 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Paonia, as well as Saint Margaret Mary in Hotchkiss. In 1992 he retired to his home at the Hermitage, where he lived with his family of wolf hybrid dogs, and continued to celebrate Sunday Mass at the Hermitage until his death.
In addition to his commitment as a Christian to the Catholic faith, he had a passion for the mountains and wilderness, particularly the San Juan and San Miguel mountains, wildlife, particularly wolves, and railroads. The kind help of many people made possibly days of peace, tranquility, and beauty for Schoening at his Hermitage home.
Schoening will be buried at the Hermitage, which through a conservation easement will continue as a sanctuary for nature and wildlife. Funeral arrangements are being made by Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose, Colorado. A burial service, presided by Father Jesse Perez of Leadville, and reception will be held Tuesday, September 4th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Hermitage (1250 Mountain View Lane., Norwood, Colorado). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hermitage Fund (c/o the Telluride Foundation, PO Box 4222, Telluride, CO 81435).Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Kathryn L. Callaway
May 10, 1953 ~ June 25, 2012
Callaway, Kathryn L., age 59, formerly of Ouray, CO, passed away June 25, 2012, in suburban Minneapolis, Minn., of pulmonary fibrosis. She had lived in Ouray for nearly 12 years, returning to her original home city in 2011 where she had worked in the hospitality and nursing home industries for a number of years before moving to Colorado. Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted mother, Anna I. Callaway (92), sister, Susan (Bill) Duerre, brother, David L., niece, Marisa D. Glass and family, nephew, Michael D. Callaway, and additional family members. She was predeceased by her father, Ralph J., and her brother, Brian T. A memorial service for Kathryn was held in Minneapolis on July 24, 2012, with private interment thereafter. Memorials may be given to the donor's preferred charity. Any notes of condolence may be sent to
August 18, 1938 ~ July 21, 2012
Joan Allen born Joan Corrin, August 18, 1938 in Compton, CA succumbed to lung cancer on July 21, 2012.
Growing up in Southern California, Joan was a teen model and amateur dancer which included performances for the USO shows. Joan’s love for travel and adventure lead her to 28 states and 3 European countries.
Joan retired to Dixon, CA in 2001 after many years in the food service industry in Colorado, Idaho and Arizona. Joan remained active in the communities of Dixon, Vacaville and Sacramento as a volunteer at the Dixon Senior Center, and many events for 1st Realty & Investment, The Rotary Club of Vacaville, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Shiners’ Children’s Burn Center.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Erma Corrin, a brother, Charles Corrin Jr.; two sisters, Bertha Pittman, Wanda Corrin; two husbands, James Bennett, Mearle Allen, brother in law, Joe Pittman and a granddaughter, Tamera Sisler. She is survived by family members, Ken & Diane Corrin, Bernice Corrin, Margie Bennett, Wanda & Jim Barkhurst, Charlene Allen and Shawna Waterman. Joan had been blessed with 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 expected great grandchildren. Joan’s loving heart and circle of family extended to 3 additional grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Joan was brave, strong and giving throughout her struggle with cancer. She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be greatly missed on this earth. A family memorial will be held in Colorado at the Dallas Park Cemetery.
Elizabeth Graves (Tyke) Lunt
August 7, 1922 - May 23, 2012
Elizabeth Graves (Tyke) Lunt died peacefully in Australia on Saturday, May 23rd.
Tyke was born in Kansas City Missouri on the 7th of August, 1922 to Ludwick Graves and Ozelle Miller Graves. She attended Bryant elementary school and the Sunset Hill School before studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute.
After the war and after being a bridesmaid in more society weddings than anyone I know, she married William Charles Lunt Jr at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Tyke enjoyed a part time career that included working as the society editor of the Kansas City Star, the PR person for the local AAA club and as a scout for Better Homes and Gardens magazines. For the Independent Magazine, in the 1960s and 1970s, she wrote the ‘After Hours’ column that featured insights into the private lives of prominent Kansas City citizens.
She was known locally in Ouray as ‘Liz’. As a kid from Kansas City, Liz’s dream was always to move to Colorado. She finally made that happen when she retired from her career as a photo journalist and built her mountain home in Ouray in the early 1980s.
Liz loved living here. In her jeep, she would travel all over the high country, hunting chanterelles, picnicking with her many local friends, often with bloody marys and pink gin fizzes. Miraculously, without having killed anyone on Black Bear, she left Ouray to move to Australia to be closer to her daughter Lindsay, where she died in May 2012 after suffering through several years of dementia-related illnesses.
Liz was popular and full of life. Her friends were many and her contribution to this world is more than she may have realised since it was made without regard to any lasting legacy but in the spirit of fun, creativity and having a great time.
Since Ouray was her favourite place on earth, she is returning to Yankee Boy Basin. On the morning of August 1st, there will be a gathering of her friends and family to celebrate her life and release her ashes into her vision of ‘heaven’. Details of when and where to meet are to be determined.
Liz is survived by her daughter, Lindsay. She was 89 years old.
There is no need to send flowers anywhere. If you want to make any kind of contribution in her name, something towards Alzheimer’s research would be appropriate.
Richard “Dick” Rion
November 9, 1930 - June 2, 2012
Richard “Dick” Rion of Montrose, Colorado passed away June 2, 2012 as the result
of a brain tumor. Dick was born November 9, 1930 in Marion, Iowa the son of
Howard and Lola May Rion. His father moved the family to California in 1946
settling in San Luis Obispo where Dick graduated from high school. Dick served
in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio,
Texas where he met his future wife Carol Larson. He was a career grocery man
with Safeway, beginning in 1955 as a store clerk in Pismo Beach, Ca., advancing
to store manager in Lompoc, Ca. and Las Vegas, Nevada and ultimately district
manager in southern California until his retirement in 1986. Dick is survived
by his wife of 57 years, Carol, sons Steve (Janette) of Durango and Doug
(Debbie) of San Luis Obispo, Ca , granddaughter McKenzie Carol of Durango and
twin sister Rosemary. Older sister Lesta Jean passed away in 1989.
Dick and Carol enjoyed many years at their cabin in Wrightwood, California,
moved to Montrose in 1987 and also resided many years in Ouray where they
enjoyed their view of Main Street and the surrounding mountains. They recently
returned to a new home in Montrose. Dad enjoyed his daily newspapers and
watching many sports on television. Dad instilled a strong work ethic in both
his sons, taught them woodworking and initiated their love of the outdoors as
young boys with camping and fishing trips to Lake Mead, the Colorado River,
four-wheeling in the desert surrounding Las Vegas and vacations to Sedona,
Grand Canyon and southern Utah.
At his request there will be no services. Dad will be cremated and his ashes
scattered on the mountains overlooking Ouray.
His family encourages everyone to contribute to your local Hospice organization.
Thanks Dad. Farewell. Rest in Peace.
(Carlena) Esther (Busch) Lewis
Esther Lewis died at her home in Montrose after 102 years of life in Ouray County. She was the only child of the late Henry Busch and Eleanor (Cooper) Busch of Ridgway. Esther developed a strong work ethic during her early years while she and her mother milked cows and made butter to sell. In 1929, she married rancher Roy Lewis of Ridgway. They lived and worked happily together until Roy’s passing in 1967. Esther was a supporter of 4-H and the Ouray County Rodeo; she was a member of the Rebekahs, the Mt. Hayden Lodge, and the Columbine Club. As recently as 1998, Esther could be seen riding her horse, Tony, in the Ridgway Labor Day parade, or even more recently be seen riding in the passenger seat next to her ranch manager and devoted friend, Lanah Hutt on their way up to Esther’s Baldy pasture, visiting old friends along the way. Esther loved her fellow ranchers who helped her irrigate, cut hay, fix fence, chase livestock, or those who helped with so many other tasks; she loved her horses, dogs, and cats that provided so much pleasure and comfort to her. But most of all, Esther loved the land that provided so much beauty, prosperity, and pride through her lifetime. With Esther passes a great generation of families of settlers who persevered through countless hardships to make our country great. Her life has meant so much to so many throughout the yea
Esther is survived by her niece /cousins Marie Lewis and Bruce Lewis of Laramie, Wyoming; cousins Ann Barnes of Florida; cousin Beth Hughes of Ohio; Lanah Hutt and family. If you wish, donations can be made in Esther’s memory to Alpine Hospice – 924 Spring Creek Rd. Unit C Montrose, CO 81403
A visitation for family and friends of Esther was held Friday, May 11th at Crippin Funeral Home 802 East Main St. Montrose from 12 to2 pm , with a graveside service at Dallas Cemetery at 3 pm. A gathering to celebrate Esther’s life was held in Ridgway following the graveside service.
Marjorie L. Soderquist
August 3, 1925 ~ June 20, 2012
Marjorie L. Soderquist, age 86, passed away at Montrose Memorial Hospital on June 20, 2012. Marjorie was born August 3, 1925 to George O. Baumgardner and Florence M. (Pritchard) Baumgardner in Ridgway, Colorado. She spent her childhood and youth in Ridgway. After graduating from Ridgway High School, she spent one summer in Dayton, OH as teletype operator for The First Air Service Command. She married Andrew A. Soderquist from Colona on Feb 16, 1946. They farmed at Colona until 2003. She had lived in the same house since 1952. During their marriage of 59 years, Marjorie was a devoted housewife raising her family. She also helped in every aspect of running the ranch from feeding cows to disking the fields to baling hay. She always raised a large garden, canning most of the produce. Homemade butter, bread, and raspberry jam were the family favorites.
She was a 4-H leader with the Pride of the Rockies 4-H Club when her children were younger. She was a member of the Colona Grange and the Helping Hand Club. When her boys were in high school she was a devoted supporter of Montrose FFA and was Chapter Mother in 1965. She and Andrew were selected as Grand Marshall of the Ouray County Fair and Rodeo Parade in 1995.
Survivors include her two sons, Larry and wife Carol of Montrose, Dean and wife Linda of Olathe, and daughter Connie Herring and husband Randy of Loveland, CO. She has seven grandchildren, Chandra Mountford and husband Scott of Olathe, Jeff Herring of Loveland, Jared Herring and wife Jessica of Mead, CO, Aaron Soderquist and wife Brittany of Olathe, Vaughn Soderquist of Fruita, CO, John Soderquist of Tehachapi, CA, and Becky of Northridge, CA. She has five great-granddaughters, Kaylie Mountford, Delana Mountford, Joclyn Herring, Jaylyn Herring, and Liberty Soderquist. She is survived by four brothers and four sisters, Tom Baumgardner, Kenneth Baumgardner, Roy Baumgardner, Wayne Baumgardner, Lois Bryan, Nellie Merling, Jean Everitt, and Shirley Broadhead, plus numerous nephews and nieces who knew her as Aunt Marj. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Andrew A. Soderquist, and 3 brothers, Robert, Ray Keith and Jack Baumgardner.
A memorial service to honor Marjorie’s life will be Monday June 25, 2012 at 11:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose. Burial will follow the service at Valley Lawns Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Marjorie’s name to the Colona Grange #259 Restoration Project, c/o of Thelma Caddy, 1625 Leeds Ave, Montrose, CO 81401.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory of Montrose.
January 4, 1922 - June 19, 2012
John Claremont entered this world at Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England on January 4, 1922 first born child of Edward and Winifred Hedditch. He departed over ninety years later at Montrose, Colorado, U.S.A. on June 19, 2012, leaving behind his beloved wife Mildred, niece Terri Epps of West Sussex , England, nephew Allen McDonald of Zionsville, Indiana, and innumerable friends and family throughout Great Britain and the United States.
A diligent student, John won two scholarships to the Kinston Technical College in Surrey, where, with his father’s encouragement, he studied aviation technology. Like most Englishmen of his generation, when World War II erupted, John marched off courageously to shoulder arms against the fascists. He served in the British Army, primarily in North Africa and the Middle East. That experience cost him a great many friends, but earned him many more, some of whom remained dear to him throughout life. He spoke occasionally with great emotion and conviction about his wartime experiences, which obviously formed a very core element of his character.
Following the war, John emigrated to Canada where he spent a few years working for the De Havilland Aircraft Company. Through Canadian friends he made some contacts in the United States. Seeing a chance to relocate again, he seized the opportunity and realized a life-long dream by settling in the U.S., initially making his home in Cleveland, Ohio. He lived there for many years with two very dear friends, Gertrude and Margaret Dahlwick, who came to think of and treat him as a son.
While living in Cleveland he became involved, as he put it, “gathering intelligence.” Those activities led him to extensive travels throughout the Middle East, where he served as a “special consultant” to the United States government. That service put him on a fast track to U.S. citizenship, a status he wore with great pride for the rest of his life.
Growing up at Walton-on-Thames - known at the time as the “Hollywood of England” – John had quickly learned and developed a keen interest in the motion picture industry, especially the art and craft of screenwriting and writing in general, which he pursued with passion both personally and professionally for the rest of his life. While living in Cleveland he published numerous stories and essays, and wrote as a free-lancer for several American network television production companies.
The Dahlwick Sisters loved quilting and the home they shared with John became a Mecca for like-minded women, including Rosinda Herr. One day Mrs. Herr brought along her daughter Mildred Herr Leachman of Ouray, Colorado. John was quickly smitten and soon proposed to Mildred. The couple married at Ouray in 1978 and made it their home for the next thirty-three years.
Once established in Ouray, John quickly became and for life remained a friend, a fixture and a familiar face in town and around the County. He was active in the Montrose Rotary and St. John’s Episcopal Church, where for many years he edited the parish newspaper, The Communicator. Throughout those years he wrote prolifically, producing voluminous journals, letters and postcards.
Though childless himself, John devoted himself steadfastly to Mildred and grew deeply rooted in her family. He developed a great love for her children, Jim Leachman (Billings, Montana), Joy White (Haiku, Hawaii), Lynn Kircher (Ridgway) and Gay Leachman (Ridgway), her 10 grand sons and her 9 great grand children. John and Mildred travelled together extensively, often by car, with John as driver and Mildred as navigator. They shared many adventures and enjoyed a very intimate circle of friends in Ouray County.
In 2011, John was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. His response to the news created a remarkable legacy for those who knew him well. He never seemed troubled by the diagnosis and never fought the disease, choosing instead to live above it. That strategy proved victorious in the end. He died at peace, seemingly untouched by the cancer, passing with astonishing dignity, grace and, above all, gratitude for the friends and family who loved him dearly. A service and celebration will be held for John at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ouray, Colorado on July 7, 2012, 10AM .
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the party and holiday fund for residents of Heidi’s Chateau, an assisted living facility where John lived for the past 8 months. For more information, please call Heidi’s at (970) 252-8228, in Montrose, Colorado.
Robert Stanley Dean
April 1, 1930 ~ June 28, 2012
Robert Stanley Dean, 82, died June 28, 2012, in his home with family at his bedside.
Bobby was born April 1, 1930, to Albert and Lillian (Deaton) Dean in Loveland, CO. He graduated from Loveland High School, where he met and married the love of his life Dorothy (Beard) Dean. They moved to Casper, WY, where Bobby attended Casper Community College before beginning his career as an electrical contractor. Bob and Dorothy enjoyed many years in Jackson Hole, WY, before retiring in Ouray, CO, and later Montrose, CO.
Bobby had a great love for collecting and studying art, wildlife, politics, and cheating at basketball.
He is preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and one grandson. He is survived by his wife (Dorothy Dean), son (Dwight & Kay Dean), daughter (Robin& Tom Connelly), grandchildren (Michelle, Jennifer, Danielle, Alisa, Joshua, & Erica), two great-grandchildren (Ruby & Zara), and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family memorial service is to be held on July 9, 2012, in Montrose, CO. A reception is scheduled for2:00 pm on July 10, 2012, at Sunrise Creek Assisted Living.
Bobby was a Godly influence to all he met and his sense of humor will be missed by all. Arrangements are under the care of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Angie C. Henn
February 15, 1918 ~ May 5, 2012
Angie Chapman Henn, 94, passed away May 5th in Montrose, CO. She is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Roger also of Montrose, and her three children, Frank C. Henn and wife Janet of Brandon, MS, Patty Ratliff and husband Stephen of Ouray, CO and Alan Henn and wife Linda of Starkville, MS. She had five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and one surviving sister, Edith Sessums with husband David, of Byram, MS.
Angie was born to Clarence and Minnie Chapman in Hickory, MS. on Feb. 15, 1918. She was the the 8th of 10 children. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women in 1940, went to work in Washington D.C. and met her husband Roger. Eventually she moved to Illinois, where she got a Masters of Education and was administrator and teacher of a preschool.
Retiring to Ouray in 1979, Angie’s real passion began to show itself. Together with her husband Roger, she helped to keep open the Ouray Historical Museum, began the Ouray County Arts Association art show, and The Ouray Quilt Club as well as Neighbor to Neighbor. She participated in WISE, was president of Woman’s Club of Ouray, was an original supporter of the Ouray Trail Group and ENOJAH, and organized Ouray’s Twelfth Night.
She and Roger were Ouray’s own ambassadors to countless tourists and newcomers to Ouray as they walked their dog and greeted everyone they knew or didn’t know.
A Celebratory Memorial Service will be held at a later date. If you wish to make a memorial donation in Angie’s name, please send it to The Friends of the Wright Opera House or The United Church of the San Juans.
Wayne Michael Duce
September 12, 1935 ~ May 2, 2012
Wayne Michael Duce age 76, of Boyd, left this world on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 with a fishing pole in his hand, and his dog Patrick by his side; doing what he loved to do best now, spending time at the family’s favorite gathering spot Tippee Canoe Fish Camp. Wayne was born September 12, 1935 at home in Boyd, the son of the late Herbert & Vivian (Larson) Duce. He grew up in Stanley and attended area schools, graduating from Stanley High School in 1953. On September 16, 1955 he married the love of his life, Carole Jo Lodahl, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Yellow River. The couple moved to Milwaukee with Wayne working long hours as a switchman for the railroad at a machine shop and a garage and setting pins at a bowling alley in the evening. In 1957 they moved south of Stanley where Wayne was employed at LaGrander’s Cheese Factory and the Yellowstone Garage. The family survived the tornado of 1958 with the scars to prove it. Later that year Wayne opened his own garage “Wayne’s Standard Service” offering red carpet service to the Stanley area for over 20 years. In 1978 Wayne turned the wrenches and gas pumps over to his son Steve and started a new adventure with Carole and John in SW Colorado. For 16 years Wayne did everything from welding, concrete work, and mechanic work at Hartman Bros. and Sunset Service. He even played a small part in a Dennis Weaver film. (Wayne created countless memories for friends and family with hunting, camping, fishing and horseback riding through the beautiful San Juan Mountains, and also throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada. They then moved to Colfax, WI and later back to their roots in Boyd. Wayne was an excellent horseman doing gaming, racing and hosting horse shows at this home in Stanley. Wayne was instrumental in establishing the Rock & “K” saddle club in Hannibal. He played drums in polka bands and also at his church in Florida, Peace Lutheran. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, was an avid Packer fan, Stanley-Boyd Oriole fan, strongly supporting wresting and football and helped on the chain gang. Wayne and Carole made numerous trips across the country and spent winter in Florida.
Wayne is survived by his wife Carole of Boyd and his five children, Julie (Darrell) Richard of Menomonie, WI; Randy (Laura) Duce of Cologne, MN; Steve (Becky) Duce of Ridgway, CO; LaVonne (Jim) Burns of Colfax, WI; John Duce of Boyd, WI; twelve grandchildren, Nyna, Jesse and Ian Richard, Dana (Dan) Gavin, Steve, Eva, Heidi Duce, Tiffany, Justin (Melissa) and Brittney Acker, Kyle (Kristi) and Derek Duce, four great-granddaughters, Adelyn Acker, Madelyn Duce, Kendyl Acker, August Power, step grandchildren Jessica (Sam) Burns, Jordan Burns, Jeff, Kelsi, and Tessa Scanlon and Kyle Travis, plus twelve beloved brother and sister-in-laws. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Jesse Randahl Acker and brothers, Herbert Jr., and Richard Duce, and sister, Marlene Duce.
A Memorial service will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Plombon Funeral Home, Stanley. Friends and family may call from 4-7:30 p.m. on Monday prior to services.
Wayne was so passionate and proud of his large family and that extended to his “adopted family.” He always made sure that everybody had their fill of his “special recipe” pancakes. He may not still be at our side but he will always be in our hearts. The trail is endless.
Paul Raymond Studley
July 30, 1944 ~ December 8, 2011
Paul Raymond Studley, 67, of Graham, Texas died December 8, 2011 from complications of kidney failure. He was a summer resident of Ouray for over 30 years. Paul’s passion was capturing the beauty and the history of the San Juan mountains and Ouray through his photography. He won many awards with his photographs. He is survived by his wife, Sandy, of Graham, Texas and Ouray, and his son, Bryan, of Witchita Falls, Texas.
Philip Kerner Icke
August 8, 1939 ~ April 23, 2012
Philip Kerner Icke, 72, a longtime resident of Ouray, CO, and nephew of former Illinois governor, Otto Kerner, passed away Monday evening, April 23, 2012, at the Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, CO, from complications brought on by pneumonia.
Philip was born August 8, 1939, in Evanston, IL, the only child of Philip F. Icke and Rose (Kerner) Icke. At a young age, Philip (known to friends and family as “PK”) moved with his parents to Ouray, where his father began a successful practice as a lawyer, and later, as the county judge. After graduation from the Ouray schools, PK attended the University of Colorado-Boulder, and graduated in 1961. It is there where he met his future wife, Jeri Foster. The two were married on April 29, 1960, and had two daughters, Karen Rose and Jill Susanne. After graduation, PK enlisted in the army, and moved with Jeri to the Washington, DC, area, serving two years at Fort Belvoir. After completing his service, PK moved with Jeri, and now Karen, to the Chicagoland area, where PK had accepted a job with the First National Bank of Chicago (a predecessor bank to today’s JP Morgan Chase Bank), and where PK began a very long and successful career selling municipal bonds. He retired from the bank in 1991, and shortly thereafter, moved back to Ouray, to care for his ailing father, his mother having passed away many years prior.
PK truly enjoyed returning to Ouray, and became a strong supporter and booster for the Ouray County Museum and the Ouray County Historical Society. In his free time, he enjoyed watching the Cubs on TV on his back patio, and taking annual trips to Europe and Florida.
Surviving to mourn his loss are his former wife, Jeri, of Highlands Ranch, CO; his two daughters, Karen, of Lakewood, CO, and Mrs. Jonathan (Jill) Buck of Castle Rock, CO; and two granddaughters, Grace and Eleanor Buck, as well as numerous friends and extended family in Colorado, Wisconsin and Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents.
PK had wished to be cremated. The family honored those wishes, and will plan a memorial service in Ouray this summer, the plans for which will be announced at a later date.
The family humbly requests friends refrain from sending flowers, but would welcome donations on PK’s behalf to the Ouray County Historical Society or to the City of Ouray Fire Department, to help with the funding of The Fourth of July events.
We will miss you dearly, PK.
d. April 17, 2012
Edith Noble age 94 of Grand Junction, Co passed away Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012 in Grand Junction, Co.
Survivors include her sons James D. (Patsy) Noble of Evergreen, Co , H. Roger (Gail) Noble of Ridgway, Co and her daughters Bonnie J. Noble of Grand Junction and Joan R. (Larry) Johnson of Montrose, Co.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose, with burial to follow at Grand View Cemetery, west of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers memorial contribution in loving memory of Edith may be made to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, c/o Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, Co 81401. Condolences may be made to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Crippin Funeral Home, Montrose.
April 15, 1958 ~ April 14, 2012
Steven McMullen was born on April 15th, 1958 in Jacksonville, Florida to parents Samuel and Pauline McMullen. The family moved throughout the Midwest when he was a child before settling in Grand Junction. Steve loved talking about working at a dairy with his father when he was a teenager. But his fondest childhood memories were from spending summers in Ouray visiting his Great Uncle Keith and Aunt Fran Johnson who lived in the Dexter Creek House. He loved listening to the creek at night and fishing in it during the day. His ties to Ouray can be traced back to when his mom was a little girl growing up in Camp Bird. Steve developed a lifelong love for the mountains at an early age.
Steve raised daughters Jessica and Aubrey McMullen in Grand Junction where he owned and operated Stemco Painting/Construction. In 2002, Steve moved to Ouray with daughter Aubrey after building the first of eight specialty homes in town. He held a great amount of pride in his hard work and craftsmanship and passed this trade on to his daughter Jessica. His hobbies included jeeping, camping, grilling and traveling, even once surprising his daughters by visiting them in Peru. Nothing made Steve happier than spending time with his daughters. He openly welcomed all of their friends and had a father-like love for many of them.
Steve is survived by both daughters and his sisters: Patricia Martison, Michelle McMullen and Kathleen Duff; he will be greatly missed by the entire community of Ouray.
A graveside service will be held at 2pm, Thursday the 19th of April at Cedar Hill Cemetery. A pot-luck celebration of life will be help immediately following the service at the Duce residence. Anyone who knew Steve, or knows Jessica or Aubrey is more than welcome to come celebrate Steve’s life. Contributions can be made to the Steve McMullen Memorial Fund at any Alpine Bank location.
Bernadine 'Bea' Mae Allen
August 28, 1912 - April 11, 2012
Bernadine 'Bea' Mae Allen passed away late Wednesday afternoon, April 11, 2012 with her loving and devoted family by her side at the age of 99.
Bea was born August 28, 1912 in Goodwell, Oklahoma to Prof. Thomas Jay Perry and Perthina Harrison Perry, Bea was the ninth of the children, Bea was the last surviving of the Perry children.
In 1945 Bea married her sweetheart Arthur Franklin Allen, in Phoenix, Arizona, after both returned home after both were serving in World War II. Bea was very proud of her service in the Navy. Arthur and Bea were blessed with two boys, Perry Arthur and Robert Wayne, and a daughter, Linda May. She was very fond and proud of her family always enjoying the time she spent with them. Arthur preceded Bea in death in October of 1970.
Bea worked for many years for Dr. Norman Brethouwer, M.D. here in Montrose, before she retired in 1979.
Surviving family members include her children Perry (Michele) Allen; Robert 'Bob' (Joan) Allen; and Linda Frank. Bea is also survived by three grandchildren and nine precious great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Bea's life will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Crossroads Victory Church at 10:00 am, with Pastor Chris Peterson officiating, the service will conclude at the church. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Loving Memory of Bea to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Co 81402. Condolences maybe made to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, Co 81401 (970) 249-2121.
Rosibell Koehler Hinz
February 28, 1921 ~ March 26, 2012
Rosibelle Koehler Hinz, age 91 of Seguin, passed away on March 26, 2012. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with Rev. Paul M. Cross officiating. A reception will follow in the Life Enrichment Center. Rosibelle was born on February 28, 1921 at home in rural Comal County, Texas to Rose DuMenil and Bruno Koehler. She is preceded in death by her husband, M/Sgt. Albert E. Hinz, U.S. A. F. (Ret.) who passed away July 25, 2008; her parents; sisters, Marilyn Haas and Peggy Koehler; brother, Wallace Koehler and niece, Susan Koehler. Survivors include her brother, Charles Koehler and wife, Jackie; sister-in-law, Ann Koehler; nephews, Rick Haas, Rodger Koehler, Steve, Jeff and Gregg Koehler, Kevin and Kerry Koehler; nieces, Carol Koehler Smith and Nancy Koehler; special friend, Betty Schmidt; several great nephews and nieces and her precious companion, her cat Mattie. Rosibelle was baptized on February 28, 1921 at First Protestant Church, New Braunfels and confirmed April 5, 1936 at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marion, Texas. Rosibelle, or Hubby as she was affectionately known, graduated from Marion High School, and attended Durham Business School in San Antonio and eventually worked at Randolph Air Force Base where her husband was stationed. During and after the war, Rosibelle and Albert were stationed in England for a number of years, returning to the States in Smyrna, Tennessee, where Albert began his retirement phase of his Air Force career. After their military retirement they moved to Austin, Texas where they became avid Longhorn fans. Rosibelle was employed by Concordia College and later Conwell Smith Bus Company for many years in Austin. They then had their second retirement moving to Seguin in 2001 and building their dream home, which they thoroughly enjoyed until age and illness set in. Albert and Rosibelle spent many summers in Ouray, Colorado. Rosibelle and Albert were members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austin, and when they moved to Seguin, they chose Faith Lutheran Church as their church home. Although Rosibelle and Albert never had any children of their own, they certainly claimed their nieces and nephews as their own. The family would like to thank Seguin Assisted Living; Argent Court Assisted Living; caregivers, Regina Lee and Annette Zenteno, and Dr. Phil Rinn for their patience and care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Faith Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1326 E. Cedar St., Seguin, Texas, 78155. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.treshewell.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.
Pamala Ann Reed
October 21, 1947 - February 29, 2012
Pamala Ann Reed, 64, of Clyde, Texas, died Wednesday February 29, 2012 in Abilene, Texas. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, Clyde with Dr. Toby Henson and Rev. Louis Johnson officiating. Pam was born October 21, 1947 in Bryan, Texas to John and Allie (Currie) Rhodes. She married Tony Reed August 24, 1968 in Abilene, Texas. Pam is survived by her husband Tony of Clyde, Texas; two daughters, Angela Herrington and husband Roman of Plano, Texas and Alyssa Preston and husband Dan of Ouray, Colorado; three brothers, John Rhodes and wife Laurie of Brookings Harbor, Oregon, Nick Rhodes and wife Betty of Wylie, Texas and Danny Rhodes and wife Linda of Haltom City, Texas; father-in-law, James Reed of Abilene, Texas; two stepbrothers, John Morey of Camp Wood, Texas and Chris Morey of San Angelo, Texas; five grandchildren, John Paul, Caleb, and Judah Preston and Emma and Ellis Herrington; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father John Rhodes, her mother and stepfather Allie and Don Morey.
William "Bill" Roy Steele
April 14, 1956 - March 2, 2012
William “Bill” Roy Steele died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, March 2, 2012. Bill was born on April 14, 1956 in Springfield, Vermont. His parents are Nada (Jacobs) Steele and Charles K. Steele. Bill lived and worked in Springfield for most of his adult life. In 2002 he moved to Colorado, a dream that was inspired by a road trip he took with his uncle when he was 16. Bill met the love of his life Mary Deganhart, and they moved to the Ridgway area in 2006. On February 7, 2009 Bill and Mary were married at Wedding Canyon in Colorado National Monument. At the time of his death Bill was the Coordinator for the Public Lands Partnership.
Bill was a skilled craftsman and truly enjoyed improving “SteelHart”, the property owned by Bill and Mary in Ouray County. Bill completed a log cabin, a barn and many other improvements, as well as crafting fine pieces of furniture. Bill had recently taken up photography and loved being outdoors getting the “perfect shot”. Bill loved camping and canoeing with Mary. Bill was a kind, thoughtful, funny, loving man who will be deeply missed.
Bill is survived by his wife Mary of Ridgway; his parents Charles and Nada Steele of Springfield, VT; his brother Bob of New Tripoli, PA; his sister Natalee Roberts of Chesterfield, VT; nephew CJ Steele, and niece Jennifer Roberts; “son” Raegan Robb; mother-in-law Elizabeth Deganhart, and brothers-in-law John and Tom Deganhart; three cats – Kitten Pie, Whacky Cat, and Critter, and his beloved horse Drifter. Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents Roy & Nellie Jacobs.
Services are scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Chance Humane Society, PO Box 2096, Ridgway, CO 81432 or at www.adoptmountainpets.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Carl V. Bates “Dockie”
1939 – 2012
Carl passed away on February 19, 2012 in Denver, CO. Carl was a Ouray native, son of Evelyn (Flor) Bates and Dr. Carl V. Bates. His name, Carl V. Bates Jr., was given to him by over fifty local townspeople and businessmen in Ouray by petition prior to his birth. His childhood years included bouncing back and forth between the Ouray Hospital, where his dad worked, and playing at the Western Hotel with his grandmother, Mary Flor, who cooked and ran the hotel for the miners. Carl worked locally “haying” at the Ray Porter ranch on Cow Creek and assisiting with his Uncle Tuffy Flor’s mortuary business in town. Other interests and hobbies included horseback riding, mushroom hunting, jeeping, fishing, and deer/elk hunting in the Cimmaron Range.
Carl graduated from Ouray High School in 1957. He attended the University of Colorado and obtained a Bachelor of Science in polical science. As he sought a master’s degree in public adminstration, he worked as an amored car driver and an EMT at Denver General Hospital. It was there, he met and later married Colleen (Blach) Bates. After his graduation in 1963, Carl became a hospital adminstrator at Fort Logan Mental Heath Center in Littleton, CO for the next 28 years. He and Colleen raised three children in Wheat Ridge, CO., Creighton Bates, Carleen (Bates) Birchette and Crandall Bates. He retired in 1994 and returned to Ouray to enjoy the remaining years including his daily awe and admiration of the San Juan mountain range. He leaves behind Colleen Bates, Creighton and Pamela Bates, Carleen and Mike Birchette, Crandall and Elizabeth Bates and his five grandchildren: Cuentin, Colby, Kaylin, Madison and Ashlyn. Carl requested no formal funeral services. Donations can be sent to St. Daniels Catholic Church in his name.
David Wells Kenney
May 12, 1934 ~ February 14, 2012
Dave passed away quietly on February 14, 2012 at the San Juan Living Center in Montrose, CO.
Dave was born on May 12, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio to William and Rhobie Alura (Bready) Kenney. When he was 10 years old they moved from Ohio to Southern California. As he was growing up he enjoyed working on the ranches in the area and participating in rodeos. He went to college at University of California in Davis and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1962. He then returned to the San Diego area to start his veterinary practice. In 1964 he went to work for Sea World in San Diego and was their first veterinarian. He helped capture the first Shamu (killer whale) for the park and also did extensive research on Gigi, the first baby gray whale that was in captivity. He then left Sea World in 1972 and went back into private practice in the San Diego area.
In 1997 Dave relocated to Ridgway and with his wife, Connie Stapleton, established Ridgway Animal Hospital. Dave essentially retired from practicing at that point, however he continued for several years to work on all the exotic animals in need of medical care from Rocky Mountain Ark out of Telluride. This was his love and he enjoyed the challlenge of working on each and every type of animal.
Dave is survived by his wife, Connie Stapleton Kenney of Ridgway, son Lucas Kenney of Grand Junction, sons Shane Kenney, Miles Kenney, Colin Rognlie and daughter Gwen Kenney all residing in California. He is also survived by sisters Meredith Mailor and Elizabeth Ecke and brother William Kenney, all also residing in California.
He was much loved and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. Per his request there will not be a funeral service. There will be a celebration of his life later this year.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alpine Home Health and Hospice in Montrose, CO.
Mary Gertrude (Beach) Perotti
March 17, 1916 – January 23, 2012
Gertrude Perotti, of Ridgway, Co., born March 17, 1916 in Placerville, CO, died January 23, 2012 at Valley Manor in Montrose (her residence for the last 9 years).
She was born to Preston Beach and Dorothy (Meyers) Beach of Horsefly Mesa and resided there until she lived with her grandparents in Ridgway to attend High School. She then went to Gunnison to attend Western State College for 21/2 years before marrying Jerald Perotti of Dry Creek and moving to his family ranch to begin married life.
She and Jerald bought the ranch South of Ridgway in 1950, where they lived, rearing a family and tending the ranch until she moved to Montrose in January of 2003. She loved gardening and livestock, and was reportedly the oldest “milk maid” in Ouray County, only giving up the daily “pailing the bossies” in her late 80’s.
She was a 3rd generation newspaper reporter, working for the Grand Junction Sentinel, the Montrose Daily Press, the Ouray County Herald, and the Ridgway Sun at various times. Many residents will remember the frequent calls from “Gabby Gert” as she called herself.
She was a member of the Cow Creek Community Club, the Cattlemen’s Association, the Rebekahs (Mt. Hayden Lodge #54), Legends of the West, and a tireless worker for the Mosquito Abatement Program. She also appeared in scenes of “How the West Was Won” and “True Grit”, both of which were filmed in the Ridgway area. In her spare time she loved playing the harmonica, singing, and participating in local talent events as well as entertaining at Valley Manor in Montrose.
She and Jerald had three sons, Rolan (Patricia) Perotti of Illinois, Loran Perotti (deceased), and Orlan Perotti of Ridgway. She has three grandsons, Rick Perotti of Virginia, Chris Perotti of Colorado, and Joseph Perotti of Illinois. She also has three great grand-children, and two great, great grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerald in 1992, and her middle son, Loran in 1974, as well as a brother and three sisters. She has a surviving brother, Leslie of Utah, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A viewing will be held at Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose on Sunday, January 29 from 4:00 to 7:00p.m at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at the Ridgway Community Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 30, with interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, in Ouray. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Co. 81402. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Rev. Max Lee Kendrick
July 8, 1940 ~ January 22, 2012
Delta County civic leader, Rev. Max Lee Kendrick, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at his home in Eckert, Colorado. He was 71.
A memorial service honoring Max’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Eckert Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jo DeVinny and Rev. George Miller presiding. A private inurnment will be held at the Eckert Cemetery.
Max Lee Kendrick was born to Donald Clyde and Atha Mae (Basey) Kendrick on July 8, 1940 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He spent his early childhood in Oklahoma City and moved to Eckert with his family when he was 6 years old. Max attended schools both in Eckert and Cedaredge, graduating from Cedaredge High School with the class of 1958.
Max furthered his education at Mesa College in Grand Junction, Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.
On July 14, 1963, Max married the love of his life Betty June Peterson at the Cedaredge United Methodist Church. Max and Betty celebrated 48 years of love and marriage together.
Max was a member of several clubs and organizations including: past president of the Cedaredge Rotary Club; Delta County Advisory board member of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado; Chaplain and Ethics Committee member of the Delta County Memorial Hospital; former Eckert Presbyterian Church minister; and served as moderator of the Presbyterian Church.
Max loved and cherished his family, friends and community. Among many interests, Max enjoyed fly fishing, reading, photography, eating a home cooked meal and enjoyed live music. More importantly, Max loved his Lord and Savior and serving people. He will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege to love and know him. Max served in churches in Central Washington and Ridgway, Colorado before settling in Eckert, Colorado in 2001.
Max is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty J. Kendrick of Eckert; two sons, Mike (Susan) Kendrick of Beaverton, OR, and Doug Kendrick (Sonya Templin-Zimmer) of Dundee, OR; one daughter, Tricia Kendrick of Eckert; and two brothers, Charles R. “Dick” (Kathy) Kendrick of Waynesville, NC, and James “Jim” (Jonni) Kendrick of Delta. Max is further survived by three grandchildren: twins, Justine and Kayla Bird, and Jacob Kendrick all of Beaverton, OR.
Max was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Atha Mae Kendrick.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Max’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colorado 81416. Or to the Eckert Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 7, Eckert, Colorado 81418.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.
d. January 10, 2012
Bob Tomassi, 91, of Shawnee,KS passed away January 10, 2012. Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara, his 8 children: Bob, Bill, John, Steve, Mary, Joan, Sue, Jim, their spouses, as well as 21 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Bob was a WWII vet and a former general manager at a regional office for The Hartford Insurance Group. He retired in 1980. Bob and Barb have been summer residents of Ouray since 1987.
08/18/28 – 01/03/2012
On January 3rd, 2012 Polly was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We know Bob, Gene and all who have passed before her were so happy to finally have her home. She was born and raised in Wood County, Texas and moved to Dallas when she was 17 years old where she worked for the phone company before marrying Bob. They were married September 16th, 1950. Bob joined the Army shortly after and was stationed in Germany. In 1954 Polly joined Bob in Germany where they proceeded to travel, as much as possible, all of Europe. In 1955 Bob was honorably discharged from the Army and they came back to Dallas where Polly went to work for Greybar Electric. In the early 1970’s they found Ouray, Co and as most do, fell in love with, not only the town, but the people there. Both Bob and Polly have left their mark on Ouray, as they started to build north of town, which is now known as the North Corridor. First, the Timberidge with the restaurant and campground, next was the Riverside Inn and in later years the Lone Star Subdivision and the “little campground” between the Riverside Inn and the Biota Bottling Co. Polly was active in the Baptist Church and the Rebekah’s Lodge in Ouray. She had many, many friends both in Ouray and Dallas and will be truly missed by them all. Virgie Pauline Griggers was preceded in death by her husband Bob, son Gene, brothers Herbert and Roy Bagby. She is survived by her son Rocky, daughter in law Carrie, four grandchildren Chris, April, Aaron and Austin, brother Buddy, sister in law Chris and six great grandchildren.
Edward I. Gilbert
d. December 18, 2011
Edward I. Gilbert, passed away peacefully at home at age 86 on December 18, 2011. Ed was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and one terrific friend. He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife of 62 years Elizabeth (Pam), and daughters, Diana Mason (husband Dave), Lori Fawley and Lisanne Shanahan; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Ed was the youngest of two children born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He was a U.S. Army/Air Force veteran of World War II and a graduate from SMU where he met Pam and married in 1949. They both moved to Tucson, AZ on their honeymoon so Ed could attend U of A to get his Masters in Geology. Five years later they moved to the Scottsdale Area, where he accepted a position with the Franklin Life Insurance Company as Regional Vice President. Ed remained in the business until his death. He had a strong work ethic and a great sense of adventure. His positive attitude and enthusiasm brought out the best in everyone around him. Ed was one in a million and his spark will live on in all of us forever! Private family services have been held. Arrangements by Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottdale, Arizona.
Ronald (Ron) Lee Wabel
February 13, 1935 - December 9, 2011
Ronald (Ron) Lee Wabel, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away at age 76 on Friday December 9, 2011 at the Grand Junction VA Hospital of congestive heart failure. His wife of 50 years, his children and many grandchildren were at his side.
Born February 13, 1935 to the late Wilbur and Anna (Ittenbach) Wabel, Ron was raised the elder of two sons. He spent his early life working the family farm; he played football, and graduated from Eureka High School in 1954. At the age of 21, Ron enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa as a jet engine mechanic. Upon his return, he married the love of his life Karen Betts of Eureka, Illinois. Ron and Karen’s family grew to include three sons and two daughters. Ron was a skilled mechanic, he worked as union ironwork, and he mastered many trades. In his spare time he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Over the last few years, he found enjoyment in cooking, gardening, tinkering with projects, and rooting on the Packers. Ron enjoyed people, and the family celebrates his witty, funny nature and his openness to conversation. He knew many well and we are grateful to all those who befriended and supported him over all these years.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Anna (Ittenbach) Wabel and his beloved younger brother Larry Wabel of Eureka, Illinois. Ron is survived by his wife, Karen Wabel of Grand Junction; son, Dan Wabel and wife Lisa of Grand Junction; daughter, Tina Weller and husband Kris of Montrose; son, Dean Wabel and wife Cheryl of Peoria, Illinois; daughter, Tiffney Johnson of Grand Junction; son, Dale Wabel and wife Jolene of Woodville, Wisconsin, and the joy of his life, his 10 grandchildren and one great grand-child.
Memorial services were held in Grand Junction at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on December 11th and the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on December 15, 2011.
Rosa Josephine Zadra Halls
Rosie Halls passed away peacefully from problems incident to age in the tender care of her family on November 30, 2011, in Olathe, Colorado. She was living with her daughter Wanda and her husband Gene who lovingly cared for Rosie in the last year of her life.
Born in the old Belvedere Hotel in Ouray, Colorado, on November 12, 1913, Rosie was the first of five children born to Italian immigrants Matteo Zadra and Ottilia Marinelli. Rosie loved her parents and honored them all the days of her life. Her native tongue was Italian. She learned English over time through association with friends and neighbors.
Rosie left home and went to work at the age of twelve as a maid in the Western Hotel in Ouray. Nothing in the years to follow would break her heart more than leaving home for the first time and spending her first night away from her parents and siblings.
Rosie was educated in the old Piedmont School near Ridgway and graduated from the 6th grade in the 1920s. She went on to earn a degree in human relations gained through 98 years of interaction with the human race. Her education was not in worldly knowledge, but in the practical application of love and friendship. She considered her friendships the most precious possessions she ever owned.
She had two wonderful marriages, her first to Pierre Tristant who died prematurely from heart disease and with whom she had two daughters, Judy and Wanda; and her second to Dean Halls, a widowed Ridgway rancher with whom she had two sons, Ray and Ronnie. She also helped raise Dean's children, Linda, Lillian, and David.
Rosie worked hard throughout her life. In addition to her household duties as a mother and wife, she hauled coal, bucked bales, saddled horses, milked cows, irrigated fields, and cooked meals for dozens of miners. She would often rub her hands and comment on how rough they were when she was young. Those hands grew crooked with arthritis in later years and her doctors were amazed that she never suffered any pain from it.
Rosie was raised Catholic and became a Latter-day Saint after her marriage to Dean. But her true religion was not in theology, doctrine, ritual, or weekly attendance; it was in the practical application of God's greatest commandment to "love thy neighbor as thyself." She loved people and spread the seeds of friendship everywhere she went.
Rosie loved parties, dinners, get-togethers, and Sunday drives. But more than any other social activity, she loved her association with her friends in the Rebekah Lodge. This organization, its Christian teachings, and the wonderful women she associated with were a blessing in Rosie's life for over sixty years.
Her greatest joy in the last few years of her life was to go on a ride with her children to Ouray and Ridgway and to travel the back roads and reminisce about friends who used to live on the ranches and in the towns. She loved Ouray county, the mountains and valleys, and most of all the people.
She lived alone for over thirty years after Dean's death in 1977, first on the family ranch near Ouray and then in an apartment in Montrose. Five years ago, she moved in with her daughters, spending time alternately with them in Denver and Olathe until her death. Her daughters and their husbands have provided for her every need in her old age and have given their lives in the care of their mother.
Rosie is survived by her four children, Judy Smith, Wanda (Gene) Ashley, Ray (Doreen) Halls, and Ronald (Karyn) Halls; three step children, Linda (Harold) Gibson, Lillian Divine, and David (Roxanna) Halls; her siblings Mario Zadra and Victoria Hudson; twelve grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Anne and Victor, her loving husbands, and her son-in-law Marvin W. Smith.
A viewing and funeral services were held at 12:00 o’clock noon in Montrose at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1521 Hillcrest Drive, on Monday, December 5, 2011. Rosie’s children extend a special thanks to Julie Lowther from hospice for her sweet care of their mother. We love you Mom and look forward to the day we will meet again in God's eternal worlds.
Gloria Gaye Roberts
May 8, 1928 - November 3, 2011
Born in Grand Junction Colorado, Gloria passed away peacefully in Montrose, Colorado in her home, with family, surrounded by her amazing collection of artwork and artifacts, most of which come with fond memories of people and places she has encountered.
Friends and family describe Gloria as "amazing", "truly magnificent", "one of a kind", "an elegant lady", "a renaissance woman". During her lifetime she did things her way. She grew up traveling the Colorado back-country and loved it dearly her entire life. On a trip to California in 1950 she met her beloved husband Robert Wesley Roberts and spent many years working side by side with him raising two children, working as a mate on his commercial fishing boat and later learning to drive a semi-truck as an "assistant" owner-operator. Shortly after his death in 1985, she graduated with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley. Gloria then moved back to Colorado where she worked as a case worker for Community Options in Montrose. Retirement was followed by a two year stint in the Peace Corp in Kenya, Africa. She learned to speak Swahili and turned 70 helping the women of Mt. Embu create an income source through their remarkable basket making skills. Upon her return to the Montrose area she devoted the remainder of her life to helping others and enriching the community in which she lived.
Gloria was the oldest of three children born to Florence (Record) and Lovell Chapman. She was predesceased by her brother William Chapman and is survived by her brother G. Edward (Ed) Chapman. She has two daughters, Karen (David) Macy and Robin (Kirk) Regal, an adored granddaughter, Sierra Putrino and a treasured great granddaughter, Tia Putrino. Gloria has many nieces, nephews, and cousins all of whom consider themselves fortunate to have been a part of her family.
Thank you to all of Gloria's friends who have enriched her life in health and who helped keep her strong during her short illness. She truly appreciated each and every one of you. Hospice of Western Colorado and close cousin Terry Skalla Cranney made her passing far more comfortable.
Services for Gloria will be in Montrose, Friday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is at 1521 Hillcrest Drive, Montrose, CO.
For those wishing to make a donation, Gloria and her family would like to suggest the Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, PO Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402. Donations can be made online atwww.hospicewco.com. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Arnold Rodney Heineman
December 13, 1924 ~ November 6, 2011
Arnold Rodney Heineman, age 86, of Montrose, Colo., passed away Nov. 6, 2011 after a lengthy illness at his home, with his daughter by his side. Arnold was born Dec. 13, 1924 to Herman and Minnie(Boseman) Heineman in Readlyn, Iowa.. He spent his younger years of his life in Waterloo, Iowa. When he was 20 years old, he bought his first house. Ever since then, he dealt in buying and selling of property, even in his last days. Arnold worked at Powers Manufacturing from 1944 to 1961. While working there, he was President of Garment Workers of Iowa. In 1947, he met the love of his life, Esther Stahr. They were married Apr. 1948 for 61 years and she preceded him in death in Apr. 2009. Arnold and Esther owned and operated two motels, one in Waterloo, Iowa and the other in Sedona, Ariz. Arnold was also President of the Motel and Hotel Association of Iowa. He attended school until the ninth grade and never finished. Arnold was proud of his accomplishments in life, especially since he referred to himself as a high school dropout. Arnold resided in Iowa, Arizona, California and then to Ouray, Colo., where Arnold and Esther were owners of Sacks Fifth Avenue Antiques for 28 years, before moving to Montrose, where he made his home until his time of death. He will be missed by his family and so many great beloved friends.
Of this union of marriage, they had two daughters, June Diamond and Joan Burch of Montrose; one grandson, Michael Diamond, also of Montrose; one nephew, Richard Heineman of Clarksville, Ind. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bill Heineman, one sister, Maxine Juregans, and wife, Esther. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Co. 81402 or The San Juan Cancer Center, 600 S. 5th Street, Montrose, Co 81401. A Funeral Service is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 10:00 am at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service on Saturday, from 9:30 up to the service time. Burial will follow the service at Grand View Cemetery, West of Montrose. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Paul Merton Castle
June 23, 1929 ~ October 24, 2011
Paul Merton Castle, son of Paul and Florence Patton Castle, was born June 23, 1929 in a sod house on the banks of the Blanco River in Del Norte, Colo.
Paul departed this life, after a long illness, on the early morning of Oct. 24, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Paul attended public schools in Prichett, Pagosa Springs and Montrose, Colo. In 1946, at the age of 17, Paul entered the navy, honorably serving for over 20 years, retiring in 1966. In 1952 Paul met, while on leave, the love of his life, Betty, and to this union four children were born, Susan, Paul, David and Donny.
After his navy retirement, Paul moved his family back to Montrose, Colo., where he eventually became a master wallpaper hanger and painting contractor. Many of the Victorian homes in Ouray, Colorado still display his artistry. Paul and Betty eventually moved to Nucla, Colo., where he continued to work until the age of 73.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Florence Castle; his brothers, Emmitt Castle of Montrose, Colo., Fred Castle of Las Vegas, Nev., Johnny Castle of Ridgway, Colo; three sisters, Margie Brown and Betty Smith, both of Montrose, Colo., Peggy Jackson of Olathe, Colo; two nephews, Richard Castle of Montrose., and Billy Jackson of Driggs, Idaho. Paul is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty, of the family home; daughter Susan of Flernley, Nev., sons, Paul of Ouray, Colo., David and wife, Carol of New York, N.Y., Donny and wife, Tami of Ridgway, Colo.
Paul is also survived by his beloved 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, brother, Harry Castle; sister Florency Lyon all of Ridgway, Colo; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Paul enjoyed hunting, boxing, fishing, prospecting, riding his horse, Bucky and spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends.
O Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow;
I’ve loved creation better as it stood.
That day you finished it, so long ago,
And looked upon your work and called it good.
Just let me live my life as I’ve begun!
And give me work that’s open to the sky;
Make me a partner of the wind and sun,
And I won’t ask a life that’s soft and high.
Make me as big and open as the plains;
as honest as the horse between my knees;
Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains;
Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze.
Just keep an eye on all that’s done and said;
Just right me sometime when I turn aside;
And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead
hat stretches upward towards the Great Divide.
A Memorial Service in celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. At Paul’s request, cremation has preceded the service. The Service will conclude at the Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Colo.
May 3, 1923 - August 10, 2011
Services were held for Lester Clark on August 16 2011 in Grand Junction Colorado.
He passed away with his family at his side on August 10, 2011.
He was born May 3, 1923 in Ouray, Colorado to Lyster and Mary Clark. He spent his childhood in Ouray. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was honorably discharged in 1947.
He married Doris Wood on September 5, 1948 in Aztec, New Mexico. They celebrated 62 years of marriage and raised five children.
Through the years, he worked in the mining industry and industrial construction specializing in geothermal power plants which he constructed with great pride.
Lester was a member of the Ouray Lodge #37 AF & A.M., Ouray Elks BPOE #492, and El Jebel Shrine of Western Colorado.
He is survived by his wife Doris, sons Robert (Nola) Clark, Butch (Kim) Clark, daughters Marcella (Jim) Pond, Michele (Glenn) Lewis, Marilouise (Wes) Dilley, ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and brother Jack (Jackie) Clark.
There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at their residence 2181 Meadows Ct., Grand Junction, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made in Lester Clark’s name to the organization of donor’s choice.
Mary L. Wood
April 4, 1931-August 6, 2011
Mary L. Wood of Ouray, Colo. died suddenly Aug. 6, 2011. She passed away at St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., shortly after taking a fall at home and then experiencing a massive stroke. She passed gently and peacefully with her family around her. She was 80 years old.
Mary was a long-time resident of Ouray, moving there in 1965. She was involved in many cultural and historic organizations and gave many years of dedicated service to the community. She was recently honored by The Ouray County Arts Association for many years of work serving twice as the Director of the Artists’ Alpine Holiday. She volunteered at the Ouray County Historical Museum, supported the Crow Canyon Archeological Society and many, many historical and genealogical societies throughout the United States. Family history and genealogical research and preservation was her passion. Her research was published in a number of genealogical publications. She was a diligent and thorough researcher and a proud Daughter of the American Revolution and The National Society of Colonial Dames; her family roots run deep into America’s early history.
Mary was born at Cobb Place near Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa on Apr. 4, 1931. She was raised on the farm by her parents, Ralph W. Smalley and Leona Furl Weir Smalley, the 7th of 8 children. She was predeceased by her brothers, Nelson, Laurel (L.G.) and Ralph (Sim) and sisters, Ruth Smalley Whitney and Bethel (Beckie) Smalley Jackson. She is survived by one brother, Jean Smalley (Arlene) and one sister, Patricia Smalley Jackson, both of Medford, Oregon.
Mary’s early education was in rural southeastern Iowa. She attended country school, walking two miles each way until the 4th grade when she attended school in Conway, Iowa to the 8th grade. She graduated from Gravity High School in Gravity, Iowa and continued her education at the University of Iowa at Iowa City from which she graduated in 1953 with a B.S. degree in Registered Nursing. She married John M. Tjossem in 1954 and moved to Flagstaff, Ariz., where she continued her nursing education. She was employed by Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose, Colo. She also worked for a time as Philip Icke’s legal secretary and then became Director of Social Services for Ouray County.
Mary and David G. Wood were married Nov. 27, 1976 and enjoyed 34 years together living in Ouray. They enjoyed traveling all over the world and entertaining their friends and family in their beautiful home. They enjoyed the arts and music making annual trips to experience and enjoy the Sante Fe Opera and the Central City Opera among other cultural events. In recent years they spent winters in Palm Desert, California.
Mary was predeceased by two sons: David Ray and Matthew Ralph. She is survived by one son, John Tjossem (Margaret) of Ridgway, Colo., and two daughters: Sarah Farrar of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Martha Sweeney Tjossem of Grand Junction, Colo., and five grandchildren; Andrew Farrar, Brian and Mary Sweeney and Hannah and Jeremiah Tjossem. Her family misses her greatly.
Services to be held at the First Presbyterian Church at Ouray, Aug. 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m with visitation from 2:00 to 2:45. Graveside service at 4:00 pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery just north of Ouray. A reception will follow at the family home, 431 4th Street in Ouray at 5:00pm. Charitable donations to either The Friends of the Wright Opera House, P.O. Box 17, Ouray, Co. 81427 or Ouray Public Library, P.O. Box 625, Ouray, Co. 81427. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose.
Eulalie “Lee” Loebe
Lee Loebe of Ouray, Colo. passed away July 16, 2011 in Grand Junction, Colo. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rober “Bob” Loebe of Ouray, in 2001. Lee was cremated and her ashes will join those of her husband. No service - no flowers. They are survived by their son, Jack Loebe, of Grand Junction, Colo.
Carl “Buddy” Bray, Jr.
December 15, 1948 - July 27, 2011
Carl “Buddy” Bray, Jr., age 62, passed away on Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011 at San Juan Living Center in Montrose.
Carl Thurston Bray Jr. was born on December 15, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents, Carl Thurston and Jacqueline (DeArman) Bray. Buddy was raised in the Tulsa area, graduating from Broken Arrow High School in 1967. He attended a couple years of college until he joined the United States Navy Reserve and served the during the Vietnam Era.
Buddy resided in Ouray county since October of 2004. Buddy enjoyed spending time with his Ouray Mountain Institute family and friends, the outdoors, electronics and enjoyed teaching meditation.
Buddy is survived by his sister, Janet Bray of Ridgway, Colorado; brother, Paul R. Bray of Tulsa, Oklahoma; James “Jim” E. Bray and wife, Ellen DelBene of Kauai, Hawaii; Frank A. Bray and wife, Clara of France and 3 nephews, Sam C. Kieffer Bray, Roman J. Bray and Liam K. Bray.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, H. David Bray.
In lieu of flowers, please send tax deductible donations to Ouray Mountain Institute (non-profit) at P O Box 215, Ouray, Co 81427.
Visit the website, sign the online register and send condolences to his family and friends at www.SunsetMesaFuneralDirectors.com.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors (970) 240-9870.
Dorothy Mae Kohl Lankenau
May 23, 1932 - June 18, 2011
Dorothy Mae Kohl Lankenau, 79, of Allen, TX, and Ouray, CO, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2011.
A Memorial service was held in Dallas. A second memorial service will be held at the United Church of the San Juans, Ridgway on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 11 am.
Dorothy was born May 23, 1932, in Mokena, IL to Lawrence and Lydia (Geuther) Kohl. She graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1950 and later received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education. She married Vernon Lankenau on August 7, 1954, in Peotone, IL. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her first teaching job was at a one room schoolhouse with student from 1st – 8th grade. Later, she taught elementary music and second grade in the Orland Park School District. In addition to 31 years of teaching, Dorothy was an accomplished pianist and organist; she began playing weddings at the age of sixteen. She shared her music at Ouray Presbyterian Church, Hillcrest Congregational United Church of Christ, Montrose and Church of the San Juans, Ridgway. She was a proud charter member of the American Guild of Organists, Joliet Chapter and Choristers Guild. Despite many health problems, Dorothy’s grace and beauty continues to shine through in all the lives she touched.
Those left to cherish her memory are: her husband of 56 years, Vernon, daughter, Laura LaFrano (Buz) of Dallas, TX; son, Steven Lankenau, of Henderson, NV; daughter, Amy Donoho (Jay) of Northlake, TX; brother, Roy Kohl, of Mokena, IL; six grandsons: Chase and Trent LaFrano and Caleb, Cooper, Carter and Corbin Donoho; nephews, loved ones, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Marvin Kohl.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western CO/Montrose, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402 www.hospicewco.com or United Church of the San Juans, 295 N. Lena St., Ridgway, CO www.ucsjridgway.org.
Daniel Louis McNeil
September 14, 1955 ~ June 17, 2011
Lt. Col. (retired) Daniel Louis McNeil died on June 17, 2011; he was 55 years old, born on Sept. 14, 1955, in Turlock, Calif. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday June 22, 2011 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Delta. Dan is survived by his wife of 34 years, Donna Case McNeil, and his daughters Molly McNeil of the home (18) and Erin McNeil-Coberly (22), and his son-in-law, William James Coberly, Savannah, Ga. He is also survived by his nephews and sister-in-law, Michael McLively, Berkeley, Calif., Andrew McNeil, Los Angeles, Calif. and Nancy McNeil, Danville, Calif. Other survivors include: Don Case, Delta, Colo.; Dennis and Lee Ann (Case) Fadler, Smithville, Mo.; Martin and Sally Case, Bloomington, Ill.; Justin L. Case, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; John Case, Delta, Colo. Memorial contributions can be made to Colorado Mesa State Scholarship Fund in c/o Donna McNeil, P.O. Box 692, Delta, CO 81416. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
Dennis Dane Schlarbaum
April 8,1961- May 16, 2011
SIERRA VISTA, AZ-Dennis Dane Schlarbaum, 50, died May 16, 2011, concluding his hard-fought battle with colorectal and liver cancer. Dennis spent his early years in Estes Park, Colo., and was a 1979 graduate of Estes Park High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1988. Dennis resided in Loveland Colo., until 2009, when he was diagnosed with cancer at Tucson, VA Medical Facility.
Schlarbaum served with the U.S. navy in the Persian Gulf during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and aboard the USS New Jersey (BB-62) off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon in 1983-84. He later earned his spurs as a U.S. Army officer with Second Armored Cavalry Regiment along the East-West German border. He separated from military service shortly after the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989.
A Distinguished Military Graduate, Dennis also attended U.S. Army Parachute Infantry Training course at Ft. Benning, Ga., Armor Officer Basic Course at Ft. Knox, Ky., and the Scout Platoon Leaders Course. During his service, he was awarded two Navy/Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Force Medals, a navy Unit Citation, three Sea Service Ribbons, and an Amery Service Ribbon.
Over the course of his life, he won awards as an athlete, poet, journalist, and photojournalist. He was recognized by both the Colorado and Louisiana Press Associations during a brief career as a print journalist. In his later years, he worked as an automatic fire sprinkler fitter in Arizona, Colorado and Massachusetts. He changed careers again after 2000 and began work as a low-voltage technician. He installed satellite TV distribution in hospitals and nursing homes, nurse-call systems, voice/data and other low-voltage systems throughout Colorado, South Dakota, New Mexico, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Although he took up many careers and took pride in his work, Dennis would rather be remembered for the love of his family, the service to his country, and his unceasing faith in God. Dennis lived as a simple man in what he considered to be a troubled and complex world. Where he could, he tried to understand and make a difference in the lives of others.
He is survived by his mother, Ann Wilson and step-father James of Sierra Vista, AZ; his father Ron Schlarbaum and step-mother LeaAnn of Burns Flat, Okla.; three brothers, Douglas Schlarbaum and wife Sybille, nieces Chelsea and Courtney Schlarbaum; Dale E. Chase of Ada, Okla., and Curtis Chase of Burns Flat, Okla.; two sisters Fayrene Brigance of Michigan City, Ind., and Belinda Reneger of Richland, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Scott A. Chase of Burns Flat, Okla.; and two sisters Betty Jo Chrastil of Estes Park, Colo., and Anna Hean Serquinia of Buckley, Wash.
There will be a Memorial service on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Allnutt Funeral Service in Loveland, Colorado. Following the service his cremains will be interred at Loveland Burial Park, Loveland, Colorado. Call Doug Schlarbaum at (970) 232-4144 for more details. Please view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest book at www.allnutt.com. Memorial contributions may be made to a hospice of your choice in care of Allnut Funeral Service.
Jerry A. Ford
June 17, 1937-May 27, 2011
Jerry A. Ford passed away recently at his residence in Ouray. He was 73 years of age.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1 at St. Daniel’s Catholic Church in Ouray with Father Nathanael Foshage officiating.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402.
d. April 28, 2011
Kathy Campbell age 63, resident of Ridgway for the last 20 years died April 28, 2011 at her daughter Stacey Munoz’s home in Colorado Springs. She had been fighting cancer for the last year and a half. She was in Colorado Springs to be with her Daughter’s family which included 5 of her 9 grandchildren.
Kathy taught piano for many years in Ridgway, enjoyed gardening, and loved traveling with her husband Al. Kathy was born in San Diego California and moved to Ridgway with Al in 1991. She is survived by her husband Al Campbell, daughters Stacey Munoz of Colorado Springs, Maggie Crispin of Los Angeles, California, son Greg Campbell of Ridgway, brother Mike Gordon of Montrose, sister Bonnie Gordon of Ridgway, sister Jennifer Gird of San Bernardino, CA, mother Adeline Gordon of Escondido, California.
Kathy is loved by many, and has a sweet spirit that will be missed.
There will be a memorial service at the Ridgway Community Church at 11:00am Saturday the 21st of May.
Warren Edwin Comerer
March 30, 1920–April 19, 2011
Warren Edwin Comerer, age 90, passed away recently. He was residing in Grand Junction when he passed, but lived most of his life in Colona. Warren was an excellent provider and loving son, who took over running the family farm at an early age because of the death of his father.
Warren married Alice LaBarr on Dec. 24 and she was his beloved companion for 62 years. He loved the uniqueness of a Christmas Eve wedding, and was thrilled that so many friends not only attended their wedding but continued to celebrate with them for so many years.
Warren spent the majority of his life as a rancher and a farmer, and enjoyed being active in the community. He was a member of many organizations, including Colona Grange, Montrose Elks, Ouray County Commissioners, Ouray Sheriff Posse, Colorado Water Board and Sugar Beet Growers.
Once he retired, Warren spent his days tending to his backyard garden, teaching grandchildren how to fish, and playing as many card games that the day would allow. He had a deep love of education, with a sharp memory and a love of books.
Warren is survived by his wife Alice, three children, Alan (Kathy) Comerer, Cherie (Ted) Jones, and Beverly (Randy Hampton) Craddock, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A memorial service to remember and share will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Colona Grange at 10 a.m. Valley Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the care and arrangements for Warren and his family, 505 S. 2nd St., Montrose, CO, 81401, (970)249-4400.
RALPH A. HUESING
June 24, 1933-April 9, 2011
Ralph A. Huesing of Ouray and Green Valley, Ariz., died unexpectedly Saturday, April 9, 2011. Vernon G. Hughes, his beloved partner of more than 53 years, was with him at the time.
Ralph was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on June 24, 1933, to Adolph and Irmgard Rodenvaldt Huesing, who preceded him in death. He is survived by Hughes, of Ouray and Green Valley, and his sister Ursula Huesing Rakow, brother-in-law Donald, two nephews and a niece, all of Rockwall, Tex.
After graduating from secondary school in 1951, Ralph attended City College of New York, a seminary prep school in Winfield, Kan., and Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Clayton, Mo., from which he graduated in l956. He received his master’s degree from Washington University in Clayton, Mo., in 1964, and his Ph.D. from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., in 1973.
Dr. Huesing was an elementary teacher, counselor and principal in Jennings, Mo., until his retirement in 1986. After retirement, he and his partner Vern moved into a 19th century Victorian house in Clarksville, Mo., which they restored to its original condition, and opened an antiques shop in the front parlors. The house was considered to be of such significance that it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
While Vern took care of the shops – which came to include two more across the street in the business district, Ralph involved himself in civic affairs. At the time, the Board of Aldermen was considering taking a headache-ball to the two-block commercial area. Instead, Ralph, in 1987, formed Historic Clarksville, Inc., and raised over $3 million to enable Historic Clarksville to purchase these abandoned, dilapidated and collapsing buildings and restore them to their original condition and appearance. This area is now a National Historic Register District and is a destination for many visitors from St. Louis and beyond. In addition, Ralph worked to form a chapter of National Main Street, a group whose mission is to restore the economy of small downtowns. Both of these endeavors have earned numerous awards.
Ralph then turned his attention to Clarksville’s main north-south route, Highway 79, running through town, and helped this highway achieve the designation of the Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
When Ralph and Vern retired from their antiques businesses and moved to Ouray, Ralph discovered that the famous Wright Opera House was for sale and was threatened by plans to convert it to condominiums. While working for the Jennings School District and later during his civic efforts in Clarksville, Ralph had gained expertise as a grant writer, which he then used to good effect to help enable the Friends of the Wright Opera House to acquire the property.
Ralph served as president of the Clarksville organizations he had founded and, at the time of his death, was the president of the Homeowners’ Association of West Villas in Green Valley, Ariz.
Ralph was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ouray, St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley, and St. James’ Episcopal Church in Griggsville, Ill.
A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, the date for which has not yet been set. Donations may be made to Second Chance Humane Society in Ridgway, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ouray or Friends of the Wright Opera House in Ouray.
Sept. 9, 1969-April 26, 2011
Allison Kreutzen, 41, of Tahoe City, Calif., was tragically killed with her boyfriend, Kip Garre, in an avalanche on Split Mountain in the eastern Sierras recently. Kreutzen worked as an ER nurse at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, Calif. She was an accomplished skier, climber, kayaker, ultra runner and mountain biker, earning a reputation as a highly skilled and respected extreme athlete in mountain communities in the western United States.
Allison recently returned to her longtime home in North Lake Tahoe in 2009 after living for several years in the Ridgway/Telluride areas of Colorado. Although her athletic achievements were impressive and numerous, she was known to downplay her accomplishments, some of which include: first woman to free climb Patagonia's Central Tower of Paine in Chile; running 250 miles of the John Muir trail in five days; finishing the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run in under 24 hours, taking fourth place among women; and climbing El Capitan (and other Yosemite walls).
Allison will be most remembered, though, for her compassion and kindness, expressed in her hallmark smile, generosity of spirit and ability to engage and connect with all children (who found her intoxicatingly enchanting). Her natural beauty and sense of unique, personal style garnered her the nickname "Glitter Girl." It was not unusual to see her adorned in sequins and sparkles atop remote peaks in the Sierra, Rockies, Alps, Patagonia, Alaska or even Mongolia.
She was admired for her zeal for life and deep love of the mountains. She had recently found joy in her relationship with 38-year-old Garre, who had a similar playful, creative side.
Allison was born in San Francisco in 1969. She grew up skiing in the Sierras where her family spent vacations, weekends and holidays throughout her childhood. She attended Chico State University earning a BA in Recreation Management. She later returned to school for a nursing degree at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev. Kreutzen is survived by parents Dick and Sharon Kreutzen of Ridgway and brothers Jeff and Tim Kreutzen, both of San Francisco.
A memorial honoring both Allison and Kip is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at 2 p.m. at the Olympic Valley Lodge in Olympic Valley, Calif. In lieu of "open mic," guests are encouraged to prepare a piece of art work, poetry, and/or written account of a favorite memory for each of the deceased on 8.5x11-inch paper and bring to the event. These will be displayed at the memorial and bound later for the family. Donations can be made in Allison's name to the following organizations: Girls on the Run http://www.active.com/donate/GirlsOnTheRunIntl, and the Eastern Sierra Land Trust: www.easternsierralandtrust.org.
Earl L. Boland
August 1922-April 22, 2011
Earl L. Boland, 88, of Golden and Ouray, died April 22, 2011 at the Denver VA Hospital. Earl was preceded in death by his wife Barbara and is survived by his son Mike (Diana) Boland and daughter Mary Lynne Boland.
Earl was born in Ohio in 1922. He completed one year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force in November 1942. He served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force as a B17 pilot in the 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in the European Theater during WWII. His plane was shot down twice. The second time was Oct. 5, 1944 near Frankfurt, Germany, and Earl was captured and was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 1 in Germany until the war ended in Europe in late May 1945.
Earl returned to Miami University in January 1946. Barbara and Earl were married on April 29, 1949. He received his Masters Degree in Education from Miami University in 1952. Son Mike was born in 1954, and daughter Mary Lynne was born in 1955.
Earl was employed by Indian Hill High School, Ohio, 1950-1961 as Athletic Director, teaching Physical Education and Driver’s Ed and coaching basketball, track and golf. The family moved to Golden, Colo., in the summer of 1961. Earl worked for Jefferson County Schools from 1961 until his retirement in 1984. He was Assistant Principal at Arvada High School, Alameda High School and Golden High School; then Principal at Evergreen Junior High School until retirement. Earl and Barbara bought a house in Ouray in 1969 and spent summers here.
Barbara and Earl were members of the Ghost Town Club of Colorado and involved with other outdoor groups. Earl loved Colorado, the Rocky Mountains and Ouray, and enjoyed golfing and taking trips in his motor home. The family spent many wonderful days exploring the Colorado high country and the Ouray area, hiking, jeeping and sharing adventures with their many dear friends.
We appreciate every one of you who have contributed so much to our lives and share wonderful memories of Earl and Barbara. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ouray Trail Group, attn: Dennis Moyer, Box 50, Ouray, CO 81427.
Theodore Lincoln Brooks, Sr.
March 30, 1919-April 12, 2011
Theodore (Ted) L. Brooks, Sr., age 92, of Montrose passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Ted was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on March 30, 1919, to the Rev. Arthur A. Brooks and Clara Mason Brooks. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers Arthur and Lee Culver Brooks.
He married Marian Ruth Inhelder on March 31, 1939, who predeceased him in 1982. He is survived by their three children, Theodore Lincoln Brooks, Jr., John Alford Brooks and Ann Brooks Carr, and by four grandchildren, Essie (Bob) Becker of Montrose, Marian (Tom) Omernik of Montrose, Mason Brooks, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Aaron Brooks of Montrose.
Ted attended Cornell College and the University of Nebraska, and he graduated from the University of Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Law in 1943. He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater on Admiral Nimitz’s staff as a naval intelligence officer after completing the Japanese language school at the University of Colorado.
He moved his family to Montrose in 1946, where he practiced law until his retirement in 1997. He first practiced in the firm of Bryant and Petrie, before starting an individual practice with Ralph Miller in the firm of Brooks and Miller. Several other attorneys later joined the firm, including John Overholser, Jerry Lincoln, his son John Brooks, Bob White and his grandson Aaron Brooks. During his legal career he was elected and served as the District Attorney of the Seventh Judicial District from 1953 to 1957. In 1982 Ted was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Colorado River Water Conservation District and was elected President of the Board in 1987, serving as its president for eight years, retiring as President upon the successful completion of the Wolford Mountain Project. He served as legal counsel for Tri-County Water Conservancy District for 25 years and for Montrose Memorial Hospital for 40 years. He represented the citizens of the community of Naturita in its incorporation in 1952. He was one of the founders of the Project Seven Water Authority and the San Juan Health Care Foundation. He was honored by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Colorado Legislature for his distinguished years of service to the citizens of western Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the San Juan Healthcare Foundation, 800 S. 3rd St., Montrose, CO 81401. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Montrose. The service will conclude at the church, with a private family inurnment with Military Honors to be held at Cedar Cemetery, Montrose.
Lafayette Clinton Cox
June 10, 1934-March 5, 2011
Known to everyone as Clint, Lafayette Clinton Cox died at the age of 76 of a heart attack at the home on Suzanne Lane he shared with Jane Meiklejohn. The OCEMS worked hard to revive him.
Cox was born in South Carolina and raised in Schenectady, N.Y., where he lived most of his life. He came to Ridgway in July 2008 and quickly adjusted to the altitude. His best friend Meiklejohn and he shared a fondness for the mountains — he wanted to hike almost as much as he wanted to take time to quietly watch wildlife. Cox was intrigued by Colorado’s unpredictable weather, which was quite a change from his home up north.
Cox authored several highly-acclaimed books for young readers, including three on fascinating yet little-known aspects of African American military history. He first became interested in writing after hearing his father and other black veterans describe their combat experiences during World War II.
Cox is survived by his three sisters: Catherine Boyd, Pauline Cox and Carolyn Parker. He is also survived by his nephews Ralph Boyd, Jr. and Leonard Parker and their children: Dylan Parker and Katie, Jessica, Maggie Mae, Jamie and Jeremy Boyd.
Frank Leo Durkee II
Oct. 19, 1932-March 25, 2011
Ouray native son Frank Durkee died suddenly but peacefully on March 25, 2011. He was 78.
An only child, Frank was born in the miners' hospital in Ouray on Oct. 19, 1932 to Lillian McDaniel Durkee and Frank Leo Durkee, who was superintendent of the Ouray School for a brief period of time. The family moved from Ouray when young Frank was a toddler and eventually settled in St. Louis, where Frank's father became the head of disaster planning for the Red Cross.
Here, Frank graduated from Webster Groves High School in 1951. He went on to earn a degree in history from Princeton College in 1955, then attended Virginia Theological Seminary.
He was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1959.
For the next two decades, Frank worked as an assistant priest at several Episcopal churches in Georgetown and Washington, D.C., including St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation.
Frank also worked at a poverty agency and an economic development agency during Johnson’s era of the "Great Society" and traveled as a consultant to various cities helping with business development. A first marriage ended in divorce.
Through his work, Frank met Sheila Joroff, whom he married in 1979. The couple remained in Washington, D.C., for a decade before moving to Ouray in 1989 with their three young children, Sean, Cyle and Bryanna. The family had vacationed here and were attracted to the small town lifestyle. All three children attended Ouray School.
In Ouray, Frank devoted himself to raising his children and was very involved with St. John's Episcopal Church, although he was never the rector here.
He served on the Ouray City Council in the 1990s and volunteered countless hours for the Ouray County Food Bank until his recent illness.
The Durkee family spent a brief period in the Caribbean, where Frank had a temporary assignment as a priest at St. Kitt’s and Nevis.
For two years in the 1990s, Frank also taught at Verde Valley School, a private school in Arizona from which his eldest son Sean graduated.
Starting in the late 1990s, Frank worked as the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Sedona for five years. He also had a short 18-month stint at the Episcopal church in Buena Vista, Colo., before his retirement.
“Frank Leo Durkee II was a man of grace,” his son Cyle said. As someone who spoke his mind freely, he made frineds gracefully, and made rivalries even more gracefully. Frank would show you how to be merciful with the strength of angels. He would also show you how to defend your beliefs and your principles with a sword of fiery passion. He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.”
A funeral service will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ouray at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 with Bishop Rob O’Neill of Denver presiding. In lieu of flowers, which are not allowed in the church during Lent, the family asks for donations to be made in Frank's name to St. John's Episcopal Church Kenya orphanage project (call 325-4655 for more information), St. Stephen's and the Incarnation in Washington, D.C., or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Sedona, Ariz.
There will be a reception in the parish hall following the service.
Died March 31, 2011
Ann Larson, elementary school educator, died March 31, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz.at the age of 89. Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Leslie A. Larson II, and by her son, Leslie "Chip" Larson III. After retiringfrom teaching in Tucson, Ann lived in Ouray for a number of years. She is survived by daughters Sharon Larson and Kristin Teran(Humberto); by grandchildren Jeff Suter, Scott Suter (Roberta),Gregory Teran (Laurie) and Pamela Wallace (John); by six greatgrandchildren; and, by friends and caregivers in the Reminiscence Community at Sunrise at River Road in Tucson. Contributions in memory of Ann may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Part-time Ouray resident Ralph Huesing died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 9 in Green Valley, Ariz. Locally, he was active in St. John’s Episcopal Church and was a founding member of the Friends of the Wright Opera House, for which he served as chair for some time. He also worked extensively with the City of Ouray’s Community Development Committee as it was conducting the 2020 Survey several years ago – a major survey instrument measuring customer and tourist data for Ouray businesses.
An obituary will be forthcoming. A memorial service has not yet been scheduled. Condolence cards can be sent to Vern Hughes, 186-A Paseo Quinta, Green Valley, AZ 85614.
Otsie Clark Stowell, Jr.
May 16, 1925- March 16, 2011
Otsie Clark Stowell Jr., 32nd Degree Mason who was active in the Ouray Masonic Lodge, died March 16 at the Homestead Assisted Living facility in Montrose. Otsie was 85 years young. He died of chronic obstructive lung disease.
Otsie was born May 16, 1925 in Madison, Kan., to Otsie Clark and Julia Del Stowell. Otsie graduated from Russell Kansas High School, class of 1943. While attending Russell High he met his high school sweetheart Violet Marie Tullis and they married in 1945 while both were serving in the military during World War II.
Otsie is survived by four children: Otsie Stowell III now in Boulder; Albert Stowell of Austin, Tex.; Denise Stowell Weiger of Pueblo; and Terressa Stowell Love of Montrose. Otsie and Violet had eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Otsie also has seven nieces and nephews and one sister-in-law and brother-in-law remaining.
Otsie is preceded in death by his precious wife of 62 years, his sister Kathleen Owens of Stillwater, Okla., his sister-in-law Agnes Bird of Hays, Kan., and his grandson Otsie Clark Stowell IV.
Otsie would have earned his 60-year Masonic Lodge pin this fall and was a lifelong member of the Blue Lodges in Colorado. Otsie was chosen as the Mason of the Year for Colorado in 2003 along with other Masonic honors and offices throughout the years. Otsie was a 32nd degree Mason and was very active in area lodges in Grand Junction, Ouray, Olathe, Delta and Montrose. Otsie was also a member of Eastern Stars, which he watched his daughter Terressa join in 2008. Both Violet and Otsie had been members of Eastern Stars in Montrose and Ouray. Otsie served on the speech and hearing committee at Montrose Memorial Hospital, and in lieu of flowers, donations to this honorable program in Otsie’s name are requested.
Otsie’s other interests in life were river trips with his sons Otsie and Albert, working on his ranch with Violet and traveling to visit daughters Terressa and Denise in Las Vegas. Otsie took great comfort and joy with his great-grandkids and spent this last Thanksgiving with grandson Steven Carlson and his family, where his great-grandsons called him the “shake and bake grandpa” due to the percussion vest he used twice a day. All five great-grandkids loved hugging Grandpa while he used the vest.
Otsie had varied careers and started out in the oil fields of Kansas, following in his dad’s and father-in-law’s footsteps after getting released from the Air Force, in which he learned to fly warplanes. The oil fields moved Otsie and Violet and their new family (son Otsie) to Rangely, Colo., where Otsie continued to fly private planes and work in the oil fields. This love of flying led Otsie to become an Air Traffic Controller at the Denver Tower, moving the now expanded family of six to Aurora, Colo., then to Longmont, Colo., where Otsie was a controller until he retired for medical reasons. While living in Longmont he helped Violet with the bra business she ran and later became a Farmers Insurance agent. Otsie and Violet retired from their businesses and moved to Austin, Tex., to be near their grandchildren, where Otsie worked for his son Albert. Otsie and Violet moved back to Montrose permanently in 1998. Daughter Terressa moved in with Otsie in January 2008 after Violet’s death in October 2007.
Services will be held at Grace Community Church, which Otsie has attended and was a member for the last three years with Terressa. The date and time of the service is to be announced. The service at Grace Community Church is separate from a service to be held at the Montrose Pavilion in May.
Oct. 19, 1932-March 25, 2011
Ouray native Frank Durkey died last Friday, March 25 at Montrose Memorial Hospital. A service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The Plaindealer will print an obituary in next week’s paper.
July 17, 1925-March 25, 2011
Estelle Blake, age 85, passed peacefully from this life at Montrose Memorial Hospital of an unexpected illness on Tuesday morning March 15, with her daughter by her side.
For the past 17 years, Estelle (affectionately known as “Granny” to her family) lived with her daughter Barb, son-in-law Doug and her granddaughter Hannah in Ridgway.
Estelle was born July 17, 1925 in Dearborn, Mich. Her greatest joys in life included her family, her friends, and the beauty and serenity that surrounded her in Ridgway. Her kind and loving nature touched everyone around her. With warmth and grace, Estelle faced her life’s challenges with a courageous spirit.
At age 66, Estelle made a life-changing move from Newport Beach, Calif., to Colorado to be a part of her granddaughter’s life. She loved Hannah with all of her heart. The 17 years that she shared with Hannah will always be remembered with love and gratitude.
Estelle always remained a “California Girl.” She kept in frequent contact with her friends and family that remained there. She rarely missed her daily dose of California news and commented frequently on California’s weather and happenings during the family’s daily dinner conversations.
Estelle (“Granny”) will always be remembered for her love, her courage, her grace and her joy. Her infectious and engaging smile will be greatly missed. There will be a celebration of Estelle’s life in late May or early June. For more information, please contact her daughter Barb Morrison at 626-5896. In lieu of flowers, feel free to remember Estelle with a donation to a charity of your choice.
Charles Dee Collins
July 14, 1917-March 27, 2011
Charles Dee Collins went home to be with his Lord on March 27, 2011. He was born on July 14, 1917 to Andrew Boyd and Gertrude Eugenia (Saunders) Collins at the Collins Ranch on Hastings Mesa, San Miguel County, now known as the Last Dollar Ranch. He was born in the house that his father and grandfather finished building three months prior to his birth. He had one brother, Everett, and two sisters, Fern and Grace.
His days on the ranch with the family were spent milking 40 head of cattle by hand twice a day, irrigating, fixing fences, haying and cutting timber for winter heat. Dee met his future wife, Janie Ione Carnal at a dance at Sawpit and the two were married on the bank of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah on his birthday in 1940. They were blessed with four children, LaVelle, Howard, Lloyd and Karen. Their 22 years of marriage ended in divorce, and Dee later married Lorna Mays and helped raise her three children, Dean, Mona and Theron. That marriage also ended in divorce.
Dee was a hard worker and did whatever he needed to do to support his family. He found it necessary to work off the ranch too, so he built fences for area ranchers and the Forest Service on the Uncompahgre Plateau, Horsefly Mesa, Hanks Valley and Specie Mesa. He planted trees near Transfer Road for the Forest Service and retired from there after 25 years of service. When living in Sawpit, so his children could go to school, he worked as a miner and also at the ball mill in Telluride. He was the mayor of Sawpit. At one point later on he drove a bus and worked as a carpenter on condominiums in Vail.
Dee loved music and, like his father, taught himself how to play the fiddle by ear. When asked how he did it, he said, “I just kept sawing on it until I learned. If I hit a note that didn’t sound right, I’d keep fiddling around until I found the right one.” He loved dancing, playing cards, snowmobiling and teasing everyone. One grandson asked him, “Gee, granddad! Aren’t you ever going to grow up?” And another grandson told his son, “You just as well get used to it son, we had to!”
He is survived by his faithful dog, Patches; his daughter, LaVelle (Bob) Corey; his son, Lloyd (Judy) Collins and eight grandchildren: Dwain and Rick Cribari and Steven Collins (Montrose), Chester Collins (Columbus, Neb.), Mike Bell (Hollis, Okla.), Deanna Olsen (Mt. Pleasant, Utah), Charles Stonehocker (Durango) and Gerald Stonehocker (Delta). He’s also survived by 16 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and two sisters, his baby son Howard and daughter Karen, a grandson, great-grandson and nephew. Dee was a charter member of Christ’s Church of the Valley. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him!
A visitation for family and friends was held Thursday, Mar. 31 at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, Apr. 1 at 11 a.m. at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 10 Hillcrest Plaza, off East Main Street, Montrose. Burial will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Ouray at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
July 16, 1957 - January 6, 2011
Kent Bridges was born on July 16, 1957, to Lloyd and Mary Bridges in Shattuck, Okla. He was raised a "western man" and was proud of having spent his life in Oregon, Utah, Texas and Colorado. Kent also briefly lived in Scotland where he worked on an oil rig in the North Sea. He attended Colorado Mountain College, majoring in Ski Area Operations. He was a master snowcat operator and took great pride in producing high-quality grooming. He worked for many ski resorts throughout the west, most recently Telski and the nordic trails of Mountain Village. He was also a skilled horseman, as well as an excellent dog trainer. He wrangled for Roudy for many years and they were very close friends. Kent loved to ski and spent some time as a downhill racer with the U.S. Ski Team. He will be remembered as a rugged and hard-working family man with a beautiful singing voice.
Kent enjoyed a variety of activities and hobbies: hiking, camping, Southwestern art, fine dining, an eclectic assortment of musical genres, driving, game shows, Tomato Wars, anything with Mickey Mouse on it, Disney movies, powder days, collecting useless stuff, traveling throughout the West, M & M's, ice cream, hiking for turns in the backcountry, drumming, singing, rocks and minerals, new shoes, catalogue shopping and spending time with his dogs.
Kent was married twice, first to Nancy Cavendar for seven years. In 2002 he married Suzann Geisler and adopted her daughter Lily Rae as his own. Another daughter, Kalli Cheyenne Bridges, was born in 2003 and was the light of his life. Although Suzann and Kent were divorced, they remained good friends and were committed to raising their daughter co-operatively. Kent grew into his role as "Daddy" and often said that being a father was the best thing he had ever done. Period.
All who knew Kent would agree that he had a heart of gold and was generous to a fault. He would go out of his way to help a friend in need. When you were his friend, you knew it and he would do anything for you. Kent loved life, his friends, family and dogs deeply.
Kent suffered a heart attack while driving and died on Jan. 6, 2011. He was 53 years old. Preceding him in death were his parents Lloyd and Mary. He is survived by his daughter Kalli of Ridgway, brothers Kevin (Cathy) Bridges of Hollywood, Fla., and Phil (Toni) Hughes of Austin, Tex., a sister Lynann (Ed) Derrick of Annapolis, Md., and his mother Donna Jo Bridges who lives near Austin, Tex. Nieces and nephews include Samantha and Ben Hughes, and Annabelle and Philip Derrick. His ex-wives Suzann and Nancy both loved him dearly and miss him greatly.
A memorial service is planned for his birthday, July 16, 2011, and will be held in Ouray County. Donations can be made to an education fund for his daughter - details pending.
"I've been rode hard and put away wet."
BRIANNA WHITE GOMEZ
March 21, 1980 - December 27, 2010
Brianna White Gomez, 30, of Amarillo died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010.
Brie was born March 21, 1980, in Amarillo to Thomas White and Cynthia Lahr.
Brie graduated from Dalhart High School in Texas in 1998, but grew up in Ouray from the time she was seven and attended school here until her senior year. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies in 2001 followed by a Master's Degree in Counseling from Texas Tech University in 2003.
Brie was a Licensed Professional Therapist for Buckner Children's Home from 2003-2004. She currently worked as a therapist for New Hope Counseling Services and was a freelance writer for Lifeway magazines.
Brie married Eric Gomez on May 19, 2001. Their first daughter, Mali Elise, was born in November 2004. Eleri Kate was born in January 2009. Curran Blaec Gomez was delivered on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.
Brie loved Jesus and her family and was a devoted friend. Brie was passionate about raising her children to love Jesus. She enjoyed playing with her girls and watching her husband coach. She loved being in the mountains, taking vacations and playing volleyball. Brie was active in her church.
Brie is survived by her husband, Eric, two daughters, Mali, 6, and Eleri, 23 months, and one son, Curran. Parents: Tom and Terry White and Cynthia Lahr; two sisters, Zina Lahr and Megan Howard Anderson and husband Chris; two brothers, Brandon White and wife Liza, and Jordan Howard and wife Chrissy and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Hideaway Foundation, 1880 S. Washington St., Suite 215, Amarillo, TX 79102. A trust fund has also been set up for her newborn baby at Happy State Bank for the Curran Blaec Gomez fund.
Celebration services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 at Hillside Christian Church in Amarillo.
– This obituary originally appeared in the Amarillo Globe News