Miscellaneous LaPlata County, Colorado Obituaries

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Kevin Allen Moore
Dec. 17, 1998
Kevin Allen Moore of Stafford, Va., died Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. He was 31.
Mr. Moore graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City in 1984, and was a member of the 1984 state championship football team. He attended Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., before attending the University of Arizona in Tucson and Fort Lewis College. Mr. Moore joined the United States Marine Corps on the first day of Desert Storm. He was the Honor Man of his recruiting class, and received two meritorious promotions while still a recruit. 
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research, 501 St. Jude’s Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. The cause of death was not available. An autopsy has been performed in Russia. 

David Goff
Dec. 30, 1998
No services are planned for David Goff, who died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, in Arizona. He was 46.
Mr. Goff was born March 28, 1952. He grew up in Durango and graduated from Durango High School in 1970.
At the time of his death, Mr. Goff was living in Mayer, Ariz.
Survivors include his parents, Karle and Jeanne Goff of Mesa, Ariz.; son, Dave of Florida; sister, Karla Clark; nephew, Scott Aber and niece, Wendy Aber.
The cause of death was not available.

Larry G. Paxton
Dec. 31, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Cortez First Baptist Church for Larry G. Paxton, who died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at his home in Dolores after an extended illness. He was 61.
The Rev. Dan Rhodes will officiate. Burial will follow at Summit Ridge Cemetery.
Mr. Paxton was born May 14, 1937, in Durango. He lived in Durango for 16 years, attending high school in Durango. On Dec. 5, 1953, he married Gerri Dora Brown in Gallup, N.M.
Mr. Paxton was a member of the Cortez Elks Lodge since 1972.
Survivors include his wife, Gerri of Dolores; daughters, Debra Majors of Salida, Colo., Connie Majors of Montrose, Colo., and Becky Dorr of Woodland Park, Colo.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Long of Aztec, N.M.; uncle, Ed Thompson of Durango and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to benefit Hospice of Montezuma, c/o the Dolores State Bank.

Orval Ray Shubert
Dec. 31, 1998
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Durango Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. No. 507 for Orval Ray Shubert, a longtime resident of Durango and World War II veteran, who died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, in Durango. He was 73.
Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mr. Shubert was born March 20, 1925, in Gove, Kansas, and served in England during World War II in a medical unit and as a prison guard. He worked as a plumber for 42 years and moved to Durango in 1969.
Mr. Shubert married his wife, Lois, on June 14, 1980, in Durango, and operated a tool sharpening shop for 15 years. A member of the V.F.W. Post No. 4031 and the Durango B.P.O.E. No. 507, he was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and playing pool.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, of Durango; two sons, David Shubert of San Antonio, Texas, and Steve Shubert of Bakersfield, Calif.; three step-daughters, Mardie Fletcher, of Cortez, JoAnne Shubert of Howard, Colo., and Wanda Davis of Moriarty, N.M.; three brothers, Chester and Carroll Shubert, both of Durango, and Raymond Shubert of Centerpoint, Texas; two sisters, Letha Evans, of Centerpoint, Texas, and Retha Daniels, of Palisade, Colo.; and many grand-children, great-grand-children, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO, 81301, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 931, Durango, CO, 81302.
The cause of death was not available.

Kelly Rex Green
Dec. 22, 1998
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hesperus Baptist Church for Kelly Rex Green, a longtime area resident who died Tuesday, Dec. 22, near Hesperus. He was 47. 
There will be cremation. 
Mr. Green was born Nov. 18, 1951 and grew up in Albuquerque. He was an iron worker throughout his life and also enjoyed mining. He owned a mine stake in La Plata Canyon. 
Mr. Green had lived in the area for the past 10 years. 
He is survived by his daughter, Athena Hott, of Pagosa Springs; two sons, Shane Green of Tulsa, Okla.. and Daniel Green of Stillwater, Okla.; sister, Terry McKay of Korea; uncle, Bob Delcamp of Cuba, N.M.; two aunts, Juanice Miller of Robert Lee, Texas, and Betty Green of Coleman, Texas; and four grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available.

James Franklin ‘Frank’ Kelley Sr.
Dec. 31, 1998
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Trujillo-Sheets Post 28 for James Franklin "Frank" Kelley Sr., who died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, in Durango. He was 79.
Mr. Kelley was born Oct. 22, 1919, in the Falfa area of Florida Mesa. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He owned and operated Verse’s Bar and Hotel in Durango.
Mr. Kelley farmed and ranched, and was a cowboy throughout his life running cattle in the Lemon Lake area. He loved horses and training. He was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, May Kelley of Durango; children DiAnn Hitchcox of Dallas, Texas, VeAnn Dillon of Durango, James F. Kelley Jr. of Pagosa Springs and Maurice Kelley of Westminster, Colo.; sister Violet Hitti of Durango; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to La Plata County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2164, Durango CO 81302.

Joyce Lou ‘Jo’ Taylor
Dec. 28, 1998
Services will be noon Saturday at the Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Farmington, N.M., for Joyce Lou Taylor, who died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, in Allison. She was 52.
The Rev. Earl McQuitty will officiate. Burial will follow at the Covey Cemetery in Ignacio.
Mrs. Taylor was born July 24, 1946, in Seligman, Ariz. She had lived in this area since 1971.
She married Virgil Ray Taylor Dec. 27, 1965, in Reno, Nev.
Mrs. Taylor worked with her husband and daughter, Jolinda, writing and playing the ominicord as a gospel recording evangelist. They had made several CDs and cassette recordings of their music. Her faith was nondenominational.
Survivors include her husband, Virgil Ray Taylor, of Allison; son Virgil Ray Taylor Jr. of Farmington, N.M.; daughters Jackie Lou Rivas and Jolinda Taylor, both of Pagosa Springs; father Alton J. Covey of Ignacio; sisters Judy Lee Poulton and Jolene Hopper, both of Ignacio, and June Covey of Butte Falls, Ore.; brother Jimmy Covey of Ignacio; and five grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available.

Vera Griffin Holmberg
Dec. 21, 1998
A celebration of life memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for Vera Griffin Holmberg, a longtime resident of Durango and member of a pioneer family from the greater Four Corners area. Mrs. Holmberg died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998. She was 86.
Mrs. Holmberg was born Feb. 2, 1912, in Denver, and lived in Durango the majority of her life.
Mrs. Holmberg was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for more than 70 years, and was active in the Grannies Club, Seniors Community Center and Tops.
Following the service, burial will be in the Memorial Gardens Columbarium at St. Mark’s, which she and her late husband, Carrol Holmberg, donated to the church.
Survivors include members of the Holmberg, Griffin, Bluck and Real families.
The cause of death was not available.

Louise M. Carrell
Dec. 26, 1998
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. today at St. Columba Catholic Church for Louise M. Carrell, who died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, in Del Norte, Colo. She was 71.
The Rev. Mike McCleary and the Rev. Jesse Tate will officiate.
Mrs. Carrell was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Ft. Garland, Colo. She was a resident of Ignacio.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Gilbert Carrell; son, Michael Krier of Lake Vallecito, daughters, Dorothy Tate of Albuquerque, N.M., and Margaret Simon and Catherine Wilson, both of Durango; nine grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Paul John of Blanca, Colo., Ida John and Verna Cordova, both of Ft. Garland, Colo., Karl John of Pueblo, Colo., Alzera Gunter of Blanco, Colo., and Grace Stephens of Alamosa, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The cause of death was not available.

David A. Campbell
Dec. 28, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Ignacio Community Church for David A. Campbell, who died Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, in Ignacio. He was 75.
The Rev. Curt Alderton will officiate. Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery. Visitation will be today and Thursday at Hood Mortuary.
Mr. Campbell was born Feb. 12, 1923, in Ignacio. He married Helen Knickerbocker Oct. 27, 1946, in Bayfield. 
Mr. Campbell was a farmer and rancher. He retired in 1980 but continued to help his daughter and son-in-law on the ranch. He worked at Basin Livestock for 45 years.
He was a member of the Ignacio Community Church, Colorado Farm Bureau and Colorado Cattlemen Association, and was director of the Spring Creek Ditch for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Campbell of Ignacio; daughters, Davylou Beaty of Allison and Katheryn Harris of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters, Cora Hiner of Durango, Ethel Poma of Pagosa Springs, Frances McKenzie of Grand Junction and Marie Floyd of Battlement Mesa; brother, Kenneth Campbell of Pagosa Springs; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Ignacio Community Church or Spring Creek Community Association, c/o Sally Powell, 5962 County Road 334, Ignacio, CO 81137.
The cause of death was not available.

Henry J. Trujillo Sr.
Dec. 25, 1998
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, December 31 at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Henry Joseph Trujillo Sr. of Durango, who died at Centura Health Mercy Medical Center on Christmas Day. He was 83.
Father Mike McCleary will say the Mass. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mr. Trujillo was born Nov. 7. 1915 in Kim, Colo. He was a retired carpenter who enjoyed craftsmaking, and hunting and fishing in the mountains of Colorado. He also traveled extensively through Europe, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. 
He is survived by a sister, Annie Olguin, of Trinidad, Colo.; eight children, including Ursula Manriquez, Claude Trujillo, Carolyn Rourke, Ernestine Cole, Harold Trujillo, Marguerite Albright, Sherrie Quintana, and Henry J. Trujillo Jr.; fifteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Carlotta Gurule Trujillo, and a son, Victor David Trujillo, who was killed in the Vietnam War.
The cause of death was not available.

Maxine E. Shubert
Dec. 26, 1998
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cornerstone Church for Maxine E. Shubert, who died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1998, in Durango. She was 65.
The Rev. Shawn O’Reilly will officiate. Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery.
Mrs. Shubert was born Jan. 30, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas.
She lived in the area for many years.
She married Chester Shubert July 16, 1949, in Seguin, Texas.
Mrs. Shubert worked for Woolworth’s for 20 years as a clerk and at the lunch counter.
Survivors include her husband, Chester M. Shubert of Durango; sons, Dennis Shubert of Arboles, and Kenneth Shubert of Durango; daughters, Sheryl Kennington of Durango, Janet Reynolds of San Antonio, Texas and Cindy McCormick of Pagosa Springs; sisters, Marjorie Smith of Lancaster, Calif., and Alice Jean Massey of San Antonio, Texas; 11 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 375 E. Park Ave., Durango, CO 81301 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 931, Durango, CO 81302.

Damasio Mark Albo
Dec. 25, 1998
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Damasio Mark Albo, who died Christmas Day at San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington, N.M., of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 18.
Father Joseph L. Gallegos will officiate at services. Interment will be at Greenmount Cemetery. An evening prayer service will be held tonight at 7 at Hood Mortuary Chapel.
Mr. Albo was born May 27, 1980, in Durango, where he was a lifetime resident.
Mr. Albo loved his car and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Joe Pete and Elvina Albo of Durango; his mother, Sarah L. Atencio of Durango; sisters, Linda Marcus of Bloomfield, N.M., Maxine Albo of Durango, Karen Stewart of Albuquerque, N.M., and Geraldine Torres of Durango; brothers, Pete and Lorenzo Albo of Durango, a grandmother, Victoria Atencio of Ignacio; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mary E. Huntsman
Dec. 16, 1998
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Mary E. Huntsman, a former office nurse, who died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in Durango. She was 71.
The Rev. Robert Kujath will officiate.
Mrs. Huntsman was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Walsenburg, Colo. She was a longtime resident of Durango.
She married Elmer R. Huntsman Oct. 30, 1948, at Aztec, N.M.
She was preceded in death by her father, a son, a granddaughter, a sister and two brothers.
Survivors include her husband, of Durango; sons, Bruce Hamer of Durango, Danny Huntsman of Durango and Don "Joe" Huntsman of Bloomfield, N.M.; daughters, Verna Huntsman of Farmington and Vivian Neil of Ignacio; mother, Stella Bustos of Huntington Beach, Calif.; sisters, Rita Menaldino of Tucson, Ariz., Lorraine Herrera of Marvel and Inez Munoz of Newman, Calif.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The cause of death was not available.

Ethel Wright Colvig
Dec. 14, 1998
No services are planned for Ethel Wright Colvig, who died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at her home in Durango following an extended illness. She was 84.
Mrs. Colvig was born Feb. 6, 1914, in Lake City, Iowa. She and her husband, Porter "Cy" Colvig, moved to Durango in January 1996 to be near family.
Mrs. Colvig was preceded in death by her husband Cy, son Craig and step-son Bruce.
Survivors include her son, Jim Colvig of Durango; grandchildren, Jacy, Cassidy, Clay and Cameron, all of Durango; and one great-grandson.

Ethel Endersby
Dec. 15, 1998
Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco, Texas, for Ethel Endersby, who died of natural causes Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, in Waco, Texas. She was 78.
Burial services will be in Durango.
Mrs. Endersby was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Cormorant, Minn. She married Arthur Endersby in 1945 in California. They were longtime residents of Durango and had lived in Waco since 1972.
Mrs. Endersby was employed as a licensed vocational nurse at Hillcrest until her retirement in 1985. She was a Presbyterian.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Frields of Waco, Texas; son, Thomas Endersby of Hewitt, Texas; sisters, Bernice Gripentog of Henderson, Nev., Fern Howlett of St. Paul, Minn., and Nadine Bodine of Durango; brothers, Edward Mitchell of Palm Springs, Calif., and Howard Mitchell of Medford, Ore.; and five grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Community Cancer Association in Waco.

Ulys S. Payne
Dec. 15, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Englewood Family Funeral Care in Englewood, Colo., for Ulys S. Payne, who died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, in Englewood, Colo. He was 90.
Mr. Payne was born Sept. 4, 1908, in Crosby County, Texas. He married Mae Ola Burton in 1928 in Ignacio. 
Mr. Payne retired from Gates Rubber Co.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Survivors include his sons, Stanley Payne of Deer Trail, Colo., and Ulys Payne and Cecil Payne, both of Englewood, Colo.; and daughters, Eula Mae Clements of Denver, Colo., and Charlotte Hartley of Houston, Texas.
The cause of death was not available.

Eleanor M. Sattler Romine
Dec. 11, 1998
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Chanute, Kan., for Eleanor M. Romine, a former Red Cross volunteer, who died Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, at St. Francis Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kan. She was 72.
Sister Connie Haug will officiate at services. Family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson Mortuary in Chanute.
Mrs. Romine was born Eleanor M. Sattler Nov. 10, 1926, in Herndon, Kan. She married Robert Romine on Aug. 14, 1948, in Erie, Kan.
Mrs. Romine was a housewife. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of Chanute.
She is survived by two sons, Dan Romine of Chanute and Larry Romine of Enumclaw, Wash.; two daughters, Rosemary Roberts of Durango and Sharon Gard of Wichita; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

JoAnn Preston McKee
Dec. 8, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the Pine River Valley Baptist Church of Ignacio for JoAnn Preston McKee, who died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was 60.
The Rev. Joe Sparks will officiate. Burial will be at the Ignacio Cemetery.
Mrs. McKee was born Dec. 2, 1938, in Cheyenne, Wyo. She graduated with honors from Ignacio High School in 1957. She married Robert L. McKee in 1961.
Mrs. McKee then lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., until 1993 when she moved to Phoenix, Ariz. While in Phoenix, she was a home loan processor.
Survivors include her husband, Robert L. McKee of Phoenix, Ariz.; sons, William Michael Stogner of Belton, Mo., R. Shawn McKee of Fort Collins, Colo., and Christopher P. McKee of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Ronald Preston of Greeley, Colo., and Kenneth Preston of Aztec, N.M.; sisters, Carmen Rea of Ignacio and Shirley Vrtaka of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four granddaughters.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 2222 S. Dobson Road, No. 401, Mesa, AZ 85202.
The cause of death was not available.


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