|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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
Funeral services were October 6 afternoon
in Hood Mortuary Chapel; Pastor Gerald Brush officiated. Burial at Greenmount
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.