Miscellaneous LaPlata County, Colorado Obituaries


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William A. Jenkins, Jr.

     William A. Jenkins, Jr., died May 26, 1999, while fishing in Belize. The long time La Plata County resident was born September 10, ‘26, in Beggs OK. He was a veteran of the US Air Force who served in World War II. He worked as a geologist in the oil and gas industry and was an independent producer in the Four Corners for 25 years.
     Jenkins graduated from Oklahoma State University in ‘50 and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. And he was a former elder of First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater OK.
     He lived at Vallecito since ‘76.
     He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Vallecito and Scottsdale AZ; sons William Jenkins III and S.Nicholson Jenkins; brother R.Lee Jenkins; sisters Jerry Umbah and Grace Garner; and grandchildren Amanda Jenkins and Jessica Jenkins of Stillwater, Tyler Jenkins of Durango and Chase Jenkins of Carlsbad CA
     Contribution will be welcomed by Make- A- Wish Foundation, 711 East Northern, Phoenix AZ 85020.

Richard Clyde Box

     Richard Clyde Box was born March 17, 1981, to Virginia M Watts and Greg N. Box in Durango. He died May 30, ‘99, near Ignacio, where he had lived all his life.
     Box, a Southern Ute, had been a student at Ignacio High School and was completing his education through GED courses. He worked as a farm machine operator at the Custom Farm Department of Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
     He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, camping, fishing and hunting.
     In addition to his parents, Box is survived by his grandmother Rose Watts, brothers Craig Box and Loren Watts, and sister Candace Watts all in Ignacio, and many aunts, uncles and cousins in Ignacio, Portland OR, Boise ID and Towaoc.
     Father Eddy Andary said Mass of Christian Burial at St. Ignatius Catholic Church for Box on June 4; burial at Ouray Memorial Ceremony. There was a wake the night before at Box’ grandmother’s home. 

     Kirk S. Malone

     Kirk S. Malone died May 31, 1999, in Johnson KS. He was born February 17, ‘57, in Perryton TX to Dewayne and Sally Stoskopf Malone.
     He was raised in Ulysses KS where he graduated from high school in ‘75. He lived in Lakin KS from ‘80 to ‘88 and has been a resident of Bayfield since. He worked as senior customer support analyst for BP Amoco of Ulysses. 
     A quiet and caring person, Malone enjoyed sports, flying his plane, hunting, fishing, activities with his family, and understanding and solving the technology of computers. He was a member of Shelton Memorial Christian Church, Airplane Owners and Pilots Ass’n and Experimental Aircraft Ass’n. 
     He and Cynthia Luter married May 11, ‘98, in Santa Fe NM; she survives and lies in Bayfield.
     Other survivors include his sons Seth B. Malone and Adam C. Malone both of Bayfield, stepson Brandon M. Luter, stepdaughter Heidi M. Luter; his parents; brothers Scott Malone and Craig Malone of Ulysses and Mark Malone of Springfield MO, and many nieces and nephews.
     A celebration of Malone’s life was held June 4, at Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses, Rev. Bill Harrold presiding. Burial at Ulysses Cemetery.
     His family requests memorial donations be given to the Seth and Adam Malone Educational Fund, Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant, Ulysses KS 67880. 

     Vernon Lee “Jack” Sadahiro

     Vernon Lee “Jack” Sadahiro died June 1, 1999, in Durango. He was born January 19, ‘33, in Durango to Charles and Susie Gesellman Sadahiro.
     Sadahiro, raised in Durango but resident of Bayfield when he died, began working in food service at age 12 in the New York Bakery on Main Avenue. He attended Fort Lewis College and other colleges to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. He joined the US Air Force and did a tour in the Philippines during the Korean War.
     He returned to Durango in ‘56 and went on to own and operate Lucky’s Drive In on 32nd Street and Main. He and Ruby RaNea Roundy married November 20, ‘58 and started a large family. He continued working in food service the rest of his life.
     Those who survive him include the mother of his children from whom he was divorced; sons Charles Sadahiro in Las Vegas NV, Daniel Sadahiro and David Sadahiro both in Grand Junction, Steve Sadahiro in Durango, and Ronald Sadahiro at Flagstaff AZ; daughters Susan Sadahiro at Broomfield and Rhonda Sadahiro in Durango; 11 grandchildren; two great- grandchildren, and sister Winiford Ford in Fort Lauderdale FL.
     Memorial donations will be welcome at American Cancer Society, Box 931, Durango CO 81302.

     Susan Lehi

     Graveside services for Susan Lehi of Towaoc were to to June 10, 1999, 10 a.m., at Towaoc Cemetery. Terry Knight and Rick Wells will officiate. A wake began the evening before.
     Lehi was born March 4, ‘18, in Whiterocks UT and died June 5, ‘99, at Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez.
     She is survived by sons Roger Lehi, Larry Lehi, Leroy Lehi, Benjamin Lehi, Isaac Lehi, Elias Lehi and Larenson Lehi, all of Towaoc, and daughters Christine Lehi, Angelita Torres and Shirley Lehi of Towaoc, and Mary Ann Owl of Navajo Mountain UT. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. Her parents and her husband, Curtis Lehi, died earlier.
     Susan Lehi served nine years as a Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Councilwoman. 

Stephen E. Cannon

     A memorial service was held June 10, 1999, at Malletta Funeral Home Livingston Chapel in Missoula MT for Stephen Cannon, who died June 6 in a river rafting accident. 
     He was born December 14, ‘60, and grew up in La Junta CO. He founded the Pine River Times in May '85 and was its publisher, editor and main writer for almost three years. He received a BA in psychology from Fort Lewis College in '92 and a doctorate in clinical psychology from University of Montana in '96.
     Survivors include his wife Julie in Missoula; mother Linda Goss- Cannon of Grants NM; father Aubrey Cannon of Las Lunas NM; sister Stacy Cannon Fitzwater of Albuquerque; brother Aubrey Gene Cannon of League City TX; grandparents Maxine and Dave Woods of Las Lunas; and nephews and nieces Jessie, Kaylee, Ian and Alyssa.
     Memorials in his name may be sent to Brown Bear Resources, 222 N. Higgins, Missoula MT 59802; Missoula Trout Unlimited, c/o John Barthelmess, Finnigan's, 700 E. Broadway, Missoula MT 59802; or Rock Creek Trust, 102 E. Main St, Missoula MT 59802.

     James Allen Nelson

     James Allen Nelson was born in Sioux Falls SD February 23, 1920; he grew up with his parents, Henry and Alice Nelson, in Adrian MI.
     He graduated from Worthington Minnesota Junior College and served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1951 to ‘54. Nelson returned to marry Elaine Marie Wendlandt on June 5, ‘53, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs CO.
     While in Colorado Springs, he owned his own small business, a repair and gas station, and worked there as a mechanic. He lived in Colorado Springs 44 years where he ranched before moving to Durango in 94.
     Nelson was devoted to his wife of 46 years, an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Durango, and an avid sports fan.
     He died June 11, ‘99, in Durango where he had lived five years.
     He is survived by his wife, son David Nelson of Bayfield, daughters Pam Avila and Brenda DeBolt of Durango, and grandchildren Danielle Nelson, Amy Nelson, Dana DeBolt, Lukas DeBolt and Faith DeBolt.
     Rev. John Knutson led a memorial service June 15 at Christ the King Lutheran Church; burial at Greenmount Cemetery.
     Memorial contributions will be welcome at the church, 495 Florida Road, Durango CO 81301, or to Hospice of Mercy, 375 East Park Avenue, Durango CO 81301. 

     Lillian May Liese

     Lillian May Liese died June 11, 1999, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. She was born February 16, ‘23, in Durango to George and Alta Dewitt Handley.
     She is survived by sons George Liese of Durango, Bill Liese of Farmington, Charlie Liese of Ignacio, and Bob Liese of Bloomfield; grandchildren Jennifer Miller, Eric Liese and Mandee Liese; sister- in- law Lucille Handley and three great- granddaughters.
     Liese was preceded in death by her husband William Liese, her parents and brother Charles Handley.
     Services were June 14 in Allison Tiffany Community Church with Chaplain Mike Darmour officiating; burial at Allison Tiffany Cemetery. Pallbearers were her four sons, grandson Eric Liese and grandson- in- law Robert Miller.
     Funeral arrangements were made by Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington. 

Donna Gallavan

     Donna Halverson Gallavan died July 9, 1999, at her home near Piedra River. She was born in 1935 to Leslie Jerome and Cetta Halverson in Durango and lived all her life in the area.
     Rev. Louis Day officiated a memorial service at Community Bible Church in Pagosa Springs, July 21. Pagosa Springs Funeral Options was in charge of arrangements.

      Ryley Sherman

     Juniors at Bayfield High School would like to express our deepest sympathy, prayers and support to the family and friends of Ryley Sherman. He died July 14, 1999, at Bondad CO.
     Ryley was a great friend. He was our classmate throughout mid school. Every moment spent with him was enjoyable and a unique memory.
     We remember him as very cheerful and outgoing, always happy; he always had a smile on his face. He was not the type to put people down or make fun of others. He stayed a true friend though thick and thin. Walking into the school and seeing his one- of- a- kind smile was a great way to start every day.
     We all love and miss Ryley. Thanks, Ryley, for being a wonderful friend and a great person.

      Gerald Dwight Howe

     Gerald Howe died July 13, 1999; he was born April 25, ‘48, at Ignacio to Rudolph and Stella and lived his life here.
     How was raised by his grandparents, Frank and Flora Howe, who taught him traditional ways. He stayed fluent in Ute language. He married Danielle Red August 27, ‘72, at Cortez.
     At the time of his death, Howe was Executive Office of Southern Ute Indian Tribe. He had served as Tribal Councilor, had worked as administrative office director for Bureau of Indian Affairs and had been an administrator of Indian Health services. He was a sergeant for Southern Ute Police Reserves.
     Howe participated a great deal with the Sun Dance and was selected by Eddie Box to succeed him as Bear Dance Chief in the Event of Mr. Box’ death. Howe sat often with Bird Red who taught him to make whistles and other crafts. He initiated the Southern Ute Heritage Youth and contributed to the group’s national success.
     Howe was an active member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and was an altar boy in his youth.
     His greatest interest in life was his love for and time spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and family.
     He is survived by his wife; children Monique Medina of Sacramento CA, Robert Howe of Pueblo and Erica Howe in Ignacio; mother Stella Santistevan; brothers Don E. Howe and Reggie Howe and half- brother Steven Burch all of Ignacio; sister Florann Howe of Ignacio; five granddaughters; aunt Anna Marie Howe Scott of Ignacio; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and traditionally adopted children, plus a host of friends and admirers of his thoughtful ways.
     Rosary service July 15 evening, sunrise ceremony at 5:30 a.m. July 16 in the churchyard and Mass of Christian Burial later in the morning were at St. Ignatius Catholic Church; burial in Ouray Memorial Cemetery. A reception followed at Rolling Thunder Hall.

      Paul Hudson Norman, Jr.

     Paul Norman died July 15, 1999, at his home in Bayfield. He was born May 17, ‘18, in Amarillo TX.
     He graduated Amarillo High School in ‘36. He was baptized into Christ in ‘35 and was a member of the church of Christ.
     He and Wylene Capps married December 18, ‘37, at Amarillo. The he worked as paymaster for Santa Fe Railway for 14 years. He moved his family to Bayfield in ‘51, then owned and operated Pine River Lodge at Vallecito Lake until ‘65.
     At that time Normans moved into Bayfield where he built a home and worked as business manager for Bayfield School District and spent several summers with US Forest Service. He and his wife wintered the past 20 years at Apache Junction AZ. He felt well and enjoyed life until has last moment. 
     Many who are left will remember respectfully his dedication to hard work, keeping his word, doing right and cheerfulness.
     Those who survive him include his wife in Bayfield, daughter Barbara Jean Stelding and her husband Charles of Abilene TX, grandchildren Michelle Baccherini and her husband Ludovic of Nashville TN and Michael Paul Stelding of Dallas TX, brothers M. Taylor Norman, Edward Earl Norman and John Robert Norman all of Amarillo.
     Funeral services were led by Gene Chapin July 20 at Bayfield church of Christ; burial at Bayfield Cemetery.
     Memorial contributions will be welcome to Church of Christ Building Fund, Box 320, Bayfield CO 81122. 

Charles A. “Chuck” Wright

     Chuck Wright was born September 2, 1926, to John W. and Ethel C. Wright in Rattlesnake Butte CO. He has been a resident of this area since ‘31. 
     Wright served in World War II in the US Navy. He has been a farmer and rancher his entire life and was a member of the Hereford Ass’n and American Farm Bureau. Wright was known for his wonderful sense of humor, and he would talk to anyone for hours.
     Wright died a dignified death.
     He is survived by daughter Jan Jackson at Albuquerque; son and daughter- in- law Steve and Joyce Wright at Arboles; sisters Marion Elwell of Rye, Eleanor Madill at Pueblo, Nell Clark in Pagosa Springs and Maxine Kolz of Montrose; brothers Norman Wright in Ignacio, George Briar at Klamath Falls OR and Kenneth Briar of White city OR; two grandchildren; and former wife Lois B. Wright in Albuquerque.
     His brothers Harold Wright and Ralph Briar died earlier.
     Funeral services were October 6 afternoon in Hood Mortuary Chapel; Pastor Gerald Brush officiated. Burial at Greenmount Cemetery.

     Robert Lee Loos

     Robert Lee Loos was September 8, 1945, to DeLasso and Billie Nell Loos in Duncan OK. He lived here most of his life and is a 1963 graduate of Durango High School. He graduated fro Fort Lewis College in ‘69 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
     Loos and Deborah Sittner married on April 30, ‘67. He taught school for ‘70 to ‘73 in Zuni NM and then in Ignacio, ‘73-’86. He coached track and football at both school.
     He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in ‘72
     Loos started his own business, L&R Trading Co and from ‘71 to ‘73 dealt in Indian jewelry. He was a real estate sales with Campbell realty in ‘78. 
     He served as county delegate to the Colorado Political Assembly in ‘78, was president of Central Colorado Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society in ‘83, and was chosen by members as the MS Father of the Year in ‘83. He was chosen by Fort Lewis College alumni to serve on the FLC Alumni Board of Directors, and he was named Ignacio Teacher of the Year in ‘87.
     Loos enjoyed hunting, camping, outdoor activities and music. He as DJ at many high school dances in Ignacio over his teaching years.
     Loos is survived by his parents in Durango, daughter Sonya Meador at Hesperus, son Justin Loos in Durango, brothers Phillip Loos at Colorado Springs and Richard Loos in San Antonio TX, sisters Anita Zellitti in Durango and Kim Rayburn at Odem TX, former wife Deborah Rowe in Durango and grandchildren Kaylynne Loos in Durango and Lacey Jo Meador at Hesperus. 
     A memorial service was October 2 at Hood Mortuary Chapel.
     Memorial contributions will be appreciated either to National MS Society Colorado Chapter, 1777 S. Harrison Suite 200, Denver CO 80210, or to Robert Lee Loos Memorial Fund, First National Bank of Durango, Durango CO, for college tuition for his grandchildren. 

Ross Riggin 

   Ross Riggin died October 10, 1999, at a hospice in Sun City AZ. He was born in Auburn KS, September 13, ‘19. His family moved to the Allison- Tiffany area of Colorado in ‘28 and later to the farm near Ignacio where he lived until moving to Wittmann AZ in ‘94. 
   He was always a farmer and worked at many construction jobs in the area and for Bureau of Indian Affairs. He served on the SUCAP board and was a bus driver for the Ignacio School District for many years and caretaker of the Ignacio Cemetery. 
   Surviving him are his wife Frances Parks Riggin of Wittmann, daughter Patricia Riggin and granddaughter Dusty Dawn of Wittmann, and son Mike Riggin of Phoenix AZ. 
   According to his wishes, his body was cremated and there were no services. 

Douglas W. Melcher 

   Douglas W. Melcher, DVM, died October 11, 1999, in Durango. 
   Chaplain Ginny Brown officiated a memorial service October 15 at Elks Picnic Grounds east of Durango. 
   Melcher was born December 13, ‘23, in Omaha NE. He married Norma B. Herrick on September 20, ‘47, in Scottsbluff NE. He received his bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry in ‘51 and his doctor of veterinary medicine in ‘55 at Colorado State University. He moved to Durango in ‘55. 
   Melcher owned Animas Veterinary Clinic but sold it and doctored large animals. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Ass’n and Colorado Veterinary Medical Ass’n. 
   He was a member of BPO Elks Lodge. He was interested in hard rock mining, horse packing, and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. 
   Survivors include his wife; sons Jim Melcher and Bill Melcher in Durango; daughters Leslie Melcher of Durango and Sally Hall at Hesperus; sister Shirley Gilbaugh of Gering NE; six grandchildren, and one great- grandson. 
   Memorial donations may be made to Parkinson Disease Ass’n, 1250 Hylan Blvd Suite 4B, Staten Island NY 10305, or to Colorado State University Foundation for DW Melcher Scholarship Fund, Box 1870, Fort Collins CO, 80523-1870. 

W.R. (Bubba) Echols 

   W.R. (Bubba) Echols passed away early Friday morning, October 15, 1999. This was a favorite time of day for him, made even more special as he was surrounded by his family. He had battled emphysema for several years. 
   Bubba was a rancher, team roper and story teller. Many of his stories came from his large family, which was very important to him. He often told many interesting and humorous stories which are just a part of how he will live forever in our memories. 
   Bubba lived in Bayfield for many years. He was PTA president and president of Pine River Arena Association. He helped revive and support Bayfield High School girls basketball in ‘69 and the tradition of senior trips. He was instrumental in starting BHS Rodeo and was an influential community supporter for many years even after he moved to New Mexico. 
   He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Norma; his daughters Robin Snooks of Bayfield, Sana Echols of Taos NM; Trudy Kremer and Tish Nelson of Bayfield; and his son Colonel Echols of Sioux Falls SD. He has 13 grandchildren, three great- grandchildren (another is on the way), and many nieces and nephews. 
   Bubba was born in Corsicana TX on May 22, ‘27. He attended new Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and was in the Navy. After serving in the Navy, he went to University of New Mexico and Hardin Simmons College in Abilene TX. He met and married Norma Hughes at Hardin Simmons in ‘50. They moved to Carlsbad NM and ranched there for many years, then moved to Bayfield in ‘65 to help Jack Hughes ranch. He eventually retired to a much smaller ranch in Las Cruces NM. He has led a long and full life, and it is without regret that we send him on to his roping partner in the sky. 
   Funeral services were October 18 at St. James Episcopal Church in Las Cruces. 

Jeanne L. McCrary

   Jeanne L. McCrary, Bayfield resident for 25 years, died November 23, 1999. She was b   orn November 11, ‘19 in Barrington IL. 
Following the death of her husband, Aaron Floyd McCrary, on January 2, ‘94, she moved to Farmington to be near her daughter. She was a homemaker throughout her life. 
   Those who survive her include son Pat McCrary of Raleigh- Durham NC, daughters Linda Johnson of Farmington and Kathy Wallace in Longmont, six grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. 
   Grave side services were November 27 at Bayfield Cemetery. 

Alys Boman Connell 

Alys Luella Boman Connell, age 93, whose home has been Ouray since 1992 died November 15, 1999, at Columbine Care Center West in Fort Collins; her body was cremated. 
   She was married to James Edward Connell, who died October 26, '90, at Cincinnati OH. Alys and Jim celebrated 63 years of marriage before his death. The couple will be interred together next September at Cedar Hill Cemetery five miles north of Ouray. The date and time for grave side services will be announced in spring 2000. 
   It was in the mid '30s that Jim and Alys came to Ignacio. Here they left a lasting imprint even though they moved elsewhere after 1941-42 school year. Jim came to fulfill a contract with the Ignacio School Board. He soon became the Superintendent of Schools. During his tenure he taught high school classes, coached school athletic teams, refereed basketball games and was leader of the Ignacio Boy Scout troop. He was a mentor to many teenagers of that time, imparting words of wisdom and encouragement which are remembered even today. Ignacio has honored Jim by placing his name on the monument at Ben Nighthorse Campbell Community Service Park in Candelaria Heights. To honor Jim Connell also honors Alys for they were a team. 
   During the Ignacio years, Alys operated a preschool in her home. She encouraged artistic creativity and fellowship in her program. She was very active in school functions both as a parent and as the superintendent's wife. Alys was a member of the Presbyterian church and taught Sunday school there. She often remarked that Ignacio was the best place she and Jim had ever lived. They enjoyed friendship with many area families and especially with the Lawrence Wisemans, the Morrill Turners and the Elbert Floyds. It was an era of great family life, too. 
   Alys Boman was born January 18, '06, at Oshkosh NE to Hezekiah and Mary Alice Johnson Boman. The family were homesteaders near Broadwater where Alys spent her formative years. There Alys developed many basic artistic skills under the tutelage of her creative mother. These skills were to serve her well even into her most recent years. At age 14 Alys and her family moved to Loveland. When a senior at Loveland High School, Alys received an art scholarship to University of Colorado at Boulder. The family then moved to Boulder and Alys enrolled a the university, majoring in Art. 
   She taught school two years prior to her marriage, first in Boulder and then in Fort Morgan. In '28 she and Jim, her college sweetheart, were married. They lived many different places, the first three at Rolla and Ulysses KS, and then Ignacio. Some of her other homes were at Elgin IL, Mendham NJ and Cincinnati OH. 
   Alys was a devoted wife, mother of three and homemaker who found time to participate in a variety of church and community activities. Once she became an "empty nester," she studied art once more and began to paint and make pen and ink drawings. Her work often reflected her Nebraska farm roots and her love for the Colorado mountains. During her lifetime, she painted nearly 100 watercolors and was awarded several Bright of America contest honors including a first place for one of her still life paintings. 
   Alys also wrote stories and thoughtful poetry based upon her life experiences. In the late '80s, her poetry was assembled in a booklet along with some of her pen and ink drawings and photographs. Alys called the booklet Reflections. Just as with her watercolors, people across our country and in other countries have purchased her work even though she never worked professionally. 
   While a nursing home intermediate care resident the past few years, Alys continued to paint. With encouragement from the nursing home activities director, Alys painted enough to merit an art show at the care center. This was the second time her work was exhibited featuring a large number of watercolors. The first of these one person shows took place in '88 at Elgin IL. 
   Alys was a long time member of the American Association of University Women, Elgin and Ouray Women's Clubs and National Federation of Women's Clubs. She is survived by her son, James R. Connell of Rice Lake WI, her daughter Ann Hoffman and son- in- law Neil of Ouray, daughter Nancy Morehouse and son- in- law Richard of Cypress CA, her sister Gladys Boman Stark of Denver, 8 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. 

Minter Marion Griggs 

   Graveside services were January 6, 2000, at Ignacio Cemetery for Minter Marion Griggs. He died January 1 in Mancos. Services were officiated by his son, Pastor Robert C. Griggs. 
   Griggs was born near Fort Worth TX March 30, 1908. He married Leola Opal Knowles December 30, ‘28, at Abernathy TX, and was a pastor for 55 years in Texas and Oklahoma. They moved to the Ignacio area in ‘88 to be near his son. Leola preceded Griggs in death on June 8, ‘96. 
   Griggs is survived by his son and daughter- in- law Robert and Verna Griggs, four grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. 

Forrest Douglas Capps

   Forrest Douglas Capps was born June 2, 1923, near Mexia TX, the son of Lee Wesley Capps Sr. and Bertha Mae Pitts Capps. He died January 5, 2000, at his home in Cortez, at the age of 76. Private memorial services were held. 
   Following service as a submarine sailor in WW II and Korea, Forrest graduated from the University of Houston. At the end of his career in the oil industry, Forrest retired from Amoco Production Co., escaped to Bayfield and later moved to Cortez. He was a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, for which he served as Ambassador of Liberty County and Chairman of the Fiddle Contest Committee. He also served as Captain of the Texas Range Riders mounted drill team, Wagon Boss on the Salt Grass Trail Ride and President of the Mesa Verde Back Country Horseman’s Association. 
   Forrest is survived by wife Carol Robinson Bartosh Capps, of Cortez, brother Lee Capps, sons Dr. Stephen Capps and Judson Capps, step-children Robin Bartosh, Lt. Brady Bartosh (USN) and Randy Bartosh, grandchildren Rebecca Capps, Christopher Capps, Wesley Capps, Kristin Capps and Eric Capps. Contributions may be made in his memory to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Education Fund, PO Box 20070, Houston TX 77225.

Kathleen Theresa Bendik Rhodes 

   Kathleen Theresa Bendik Rhodes, 58, died January 17, 2000, at her home since 1995 in Ignacio. Memorial service was January 26 at Pine River Valley Baptist Church; Pastor Joe Sparks officiated. 
   Kathleen Bendik was born September 9, ‘41, in Cleveland OH, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Bendik. Kathy spent her early years in Ohio, but she filled a lifelong dream of living in the west by moving to Arizona in ‘90. She married Robert “Bob” Rhodes on August 5, ‘90, and lived in Ignacio until her unexpected death. 
   Rhodes is survived by her husband, mother Mary Bendik of Parma OH, brother Chris Bendik of Richfield OH, son Matthew Arensberg of Showlow AZ, daughter and son- in- law Jennifer and Todd Crusan with granddaughters Tammy, Heather, Jessica, and Kaitlynn all of Avondale AZ, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. 
   Memorial contributions may be sent to Pine River Valley Baptist Church, 11942 Hwy 172, Ignacio CO 81137 or Stonehouse Baptist Church. 
Naomi Hilda Rice 
   Naomi Hilda Rice, 100, died January 20, 2000, at Valley Inn in Mancos. Rice lived in the area 85 years. 
   A funeral service was January 24 at Hood Mortuary Chapel with Bishop Joe Brown officiating; burial at Greenmount Cemetery. 
   Rice was born June 23, 1899, in Woodland Park CO, the daughter of Willis and Lydia Koon. She married Charles E. Rice at about 25 years of age and had a son, Willis. Rice is the last of a large pioneer family. 
   Rice played piano and French harp beautifully since she was seven years old and learned to play both by ear. When she was young, her father would hold the harp to her mouth while she was on the piano. By about 10 years old, she was playing for dances and parties. 
   She is survived by son and daughter- in- law Willis E. and Jean Rice of Farmington; nieces Jean Brown at Bayfield, Dorothy Brewer in Flora Vista, Alberta Erwin in Mesa AZ and Norma Jameson at Pueblo; four grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren, and two great- great- grandchildren. 
   Her parents, three sisters and two brothers died earlier. 
   Memorial contributions may be sent to Valley Inn Nursing Home to help buy furniture and stained glass windows for a new chapel, 211 Third Avenue, Mancos CO 81328. 

Frank Benjaman Lyall 

   Frank Benjaman Lyall died January 23, 2000, at his sister’s home in Cortez. Lyall was born December 12, ’37, to Roy W. and Clarene Lyall at Fairplay. 
   He graduated from Pagosa Springs High School and served his country in the US Navy, enlisting on May 28, ‘56, at Pagosa Springs. He received an honorable discharge from the Patrol Squadron 48 on May 27, ‘60, in San Diego CA. 
   Lyall worked as a heavy equipment mechanic, truck driver and lineman for the electric company. 
   He and Nettie Jo Williams married July 26, ‘81, at Pagosa. 
   Lyall is survived by his wife in Bayfield; mother Clarene Lyall at Cortez, son Frank in Mesa AZ; stepsons Jim Thompson in Mesa and Charles Thompson at Ignacio; daughters Elizabeth A. Lyall in Tempe AZ, Rebekah S. Vint at Higley AZ and Chelsea Lyall; sister Connie Robinson at Cortez; three grandchildren and three step grandchildren. 
   His father died in ‘77. 
   A memorial service is planned for June. 
   Memorial contributions will be welcome at Hospice of Montezuma, Inc., 1345 South Broadway, Cortez CO 81321. 

Barbara Ann “Barby” McCoy Fleener

   A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., January 27, in Bayfield High School gym for Barby Fleener. Ned Amstutz from First Baptist Church of Durango will officiate. At Barby’s request her body will be cremated. 
   Barby ended her courageous and inspirational battle against cancer January 24, 2000. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother and friend and will be missed by anyone who ever knew her, and probably some who never knew her. 
   Barby was born in Colorado Springs July 1, 1955, to Orville and Mildred McCoy. They brought her to Durango a month later and she stayed a resident of the area. She was a graduate of Durango High School and attended Wayland Bible College in Plainview TX. She married Gerald “Jerry” Fleener June 22, ‘74, and they had one child, Isaac, now 18. 
   She worked for Forrest Dean Brown, DDS, as a dental assistant and office manager for 23 years. 
   Her devotion to family, friends, community and church centered around the youth of the Bayfield- Durango area. She sang with a Christian women’s group, New Hope, and participated in youth ministry as Sunday school teacher and member of Teen Bible Study Group in Bayfield. She was a past president of Bayfield PeeWee Wrestling organization and was a founding and active member of the revitalized Bayfield Booster Club where she served in many ways. 
   She supported La Plata County Youth Baseball and was instrumental in fund raising for youth baseball in Bayfield, Durango and Farmington. She was the driving force behind the movement to start a baseball program at BHS which included massive fund raising for many yeas to finance program costs and field improvements. She was a great team mom and cheerleader for all team sports. In May ‘99 she was selected as BHS Parent of the Year. She participated wholeheartedly in any efforts which benefited youth in the area. 
   Barby enjoyed cross- stitching, camping, hiking and tending to her flower garden in her spare time. 
   Barby is survived by her husband; son; parents in Durango; sisters Susan Holman in Indianola IA, Priscilla McCoy of Denver, Sandra Weils of Ely NV and Pamela Crawford of Grand Junction; brothers Dell McCoy of Murrieta CA and Ed McCoy of Rancho Cucamonga CA; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, and friends beyond number. 
   Memorial contributions will be appreciated by the Barby Fleener Memorial Baseball Fund, Pine River Valley Bank, 301 North Commerce Drive, Bayfield CO 81122, or, due to the wonderful support she received from Mercy Home Health and Hospice, to Hospice of Mercy, 375 East Park Avenue, Durango CO 81301. 
   Bayfield School District 10JtR, in honor and recognition of the life and person of Barby Fleener, will dismiss classes at Bayfield High School at 11:25 a.m. January 27. Lunch will not be served at BHS that day. Buses will leave there at 11:35 a.m. for students who wish to go home. Bayfield Elementary and Bayfield Mid Schools will be in session, but parents are welcome to check out their children to attend the service. 

Suzanne Sue Watts 

   Funeral service for Suzanne Sue Watts, age 31, will be January 28, 2000, 10 a.m., Indian Baptist Church in Ignacio, officiated by Rev. Kelly Winlock. Interment at Ouray Memorial Cemetery.

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