Miscellaneous LaPlata County, Colorado Obituaries


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L.R. ‘Vern’ Siemens
June 30, 1998
L.R. "Vern" Siemens, a World War II veteran, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, at his home in Holdenville, Okla. He was 75.
Mr. Siemens was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Corn, Okla. He graduated from Cowden High School in 1941 and married Addie Mae Brence in Cordell, Okla. a short time later.
Mr. Siemens served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 815th Tank Destroyer Battalion.
Upon returning from the war, he worked as an X-ray technician at Station Hospital in Fort Hood, Texas. He was a barber for 50 years and also worked as a U.S. Postal Service employee in Oklahoma and Colorado and as a farmer and rancher in Hughes County, Okla.
A member of the Church of Christ since age 16, he was ordained as an elder at the Church of Christ in Holdenville, Okla.
Mr. Siemens was an avid photographer, winning the best movie award from the Oklahoma City Cinematographers Society in 1967. He was a licensed aircraft pilot and owned a plane for several years. Mr. Siemens was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Jean, and grandson, Trent.
He is survived by his wife, Addie Mae of Holdenville; sons Eddie of Muldrow, Okla. and W.F. "Bill" of Oklahoma City; brothers, Delmer of Oklahoma City, Gene of Durango and Kenneth of Norman, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Bert Martinez
June 30, 1998
Bert Martinez, a former railroad employee from Ignacio, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Colorado Springs. He was 80.
Mr. Martinez was born Oct. 29, 1917, in Ignacio. He served in the U.S. Army and then worked for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad for 30 years until his retirement. Mr. Martinez was living in Alamosa at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona A. Martinez; daughter, Eunice Lancing of Holbrook, Colo.; son, Wayne Martinez of Durango; three brothers, Bill of Del Norte, Colo., Del of Orem, Utah, and Tony of Mills, Wyo.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Lee B. Knickerbocker
June 26, 1998
Services were held June 30 at Oakley’s North Chapel in Roanoke, Va., for Lee B. Knickerbocker, who died Friday, June 26, 1998, in Roanoke, Va. He was 77.
Mr. Knickerbocker was born March 2, 1921, in Bayfield. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. In June 1944, he married Leona Richards.
Mr. Knickerbocker worked for Vanadium Corporation of America in Durango and Shiprock, N.M., before transferring to Virginia. Mr. Knickerbocker was a member of the Shenandoah Baptist Church in Roanoke, Va.
Survivors include his wife, Leona Knickerbocker of Roanoke, Va.; daughters, Marty Roettenbacher of Durango, Jean Williams of Virginia and Donna Malone of Virginia; son, Alan Knickerbocker of Tennessee; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Roy Knickerbocker of Nucla, Colo.; and sister, Helen Campbell of Ignacio.
Interment was in Sherwood Memorial Park in Roanoke, Va.

Brad L. Newton
June 25, 1998
Memorial services will be held at a later date for Brad L. Newton, who died of cancer Thursday, June 25, 1998, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont. He was 60.
Cremation has taken place.
Mr. Newton was born April 2, 1938, in Carlsbad, N.M. He attended schools in Bayfield and the University of Colorado in Boulder. He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged July 27, 1963.
Mr. Newton was associated with the computer industry for 30 years. He held two patents for parts he designed. He worked for IBM, STC, Unisis International in Singapore and Northern Telecom International in Malaysia.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Newton of Wellington, Fla.; sons, Mike Newton of Castle Rock, Colo., Tim Newton of Kansas City, Kan., and Thomas Newton of Wellington, Fla.; daughters, Dawn Annis of Denver, Colo., and Jennifer Newton of Wellington, Fla.; brothers, Carroll Newton of St. Ignatius, Mont., Bill Newton of Denver, Colo., and Pat Newton of Nederland, Colo.; sisters, Zelta Isgar of Cortez and Bettye Powell of Ignacio; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Gordon C. Repp
June 26, 1998
No services will be held for Gordon C. Repp of Hesperus, a former heating/refrigeration technician, who died Friday, June 26, 1998, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. He was 51.
Visitation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Hood Mortuary.
Mr. Repp, a veteran, was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Albia, Iowa.
He is survived by his wife, Dixie K., of Hesperus; two daughters, Holly Jacobus and Amanda Repp, both of Hesperus; a grandson, Harley Jacobus of Hesperus; and two brothers.

Rachel Ann Hill
June 21, 1998
A memorial gathering will be 4 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Rachel Ann Hill, who died Sunday, June 21, 1998, drowning in the Animas River. She was 36.
Bishop Jack Davison will officiate. There will be cremation.
Mrs. Hill was born July 31, 1961, in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Washington, D.C. She moved to Durango in 1992.
On Jan. 30, 1997, she married Stanley Bryant Hill in Durango.
Mrs. Hill enjoyed time in the outdoors hiking and camping, helping people in need and spending time with her son. She had a talent for art design and crafts.
Survivors include her husband, Stanley Hill of Durango; son, Adrian Burd of Durango and his father, Mike Burd of Durango; and sister, Ruth Doherty of Washington, D.C.

William Alexander Fasolo
June 21, 1998
No services are planned at this time for William Alexander Fasolo, who died Sunday, June 21, 1998, in Durango after a lengthy illness. He was 83.
Mr. Fasolo was born May 15, 1915, in New York, N.Y. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1938 and Harvard School of Law in 1942. He was a member of the New Jersey and New York Bar associations. He practiced law in Hackensack, N.J., with the firm Fasolo, Krause and Dexter from 1945 to 1980.
Mr. Fasolo served as borough attorney in Milford, N.J., from 1951 to 1963 and borough attorney in Demarest, N.J., from 1953 to 1975. He also served as judge of the Borough of Tenafly from 1953 to 1975. He was named in the 1984 edition of Who’s Who in American Law.
During World War II, Mr. Fasolo serves as 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force at Headquarters Squadron, Bolling Field, Washington, D.C.
In 1978, Mr. Fasolo retired to Carefree, Ariz., where he served as a key member of the Carefree Corporation Committee. He was a member of Desert Forest Golf Club and former member of the Knickerbocker Country Club Tenafly, N.J. He spent summers in Durango for the past five years.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Geraldine; son, Jeffrey of Durango; daughter, Jerilyn Dexter of Tenafly, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Delores (Lorie) Ann Crawford Caldwell
June 20, 1998
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Hood Mortuary for Delores (Lorie) Ann Crawford Caldwell, who died Saturday, June 20, 1998, from injuries sustained in a car accident on U.S. Highway 550 near Hermosa. She was 38.
Bishop Del A. Talley will officiate at services.
Mrs. Caldwell was born Sept. 20, 1959, in Bridgeport, Calif. She married Doug Caldwell on April 1, 1978, in Durango.
She is survived by her husband, Doug; two sons, Wesley Stephen Caldwell and John Logan Caldwell; parents, Wally and Carolyn Gitile, of Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Christopher Crawford of Lewiston, Idaho, and Willy Gitile of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Tonya Alexander of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandmothers, Lucille Hughes of Escondido, Calif., and Lena R. Regan, of Pueblo, Colo.; two nephews; three nieces; and numerous aunts and uncles. 

Augusta Nitzsche Watson
June 16, 1998
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Nucla Cemetery in Nucla, Colo., for Augusta Nitzsche Watson, who died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in Durango. She was 102.
Mrs. Watson was born June 17, 1895, in Chicago, Ill. In 1903, she moved to Nucla with her parents. She attended grade school in Nucla. When she was ready to attend high school, there was no high school in Nucla, so she traveled to Montrose to stay with a private family while attending school. She graduated in 1913. 
Mrs. Watson then attended Gunnison Teacher’s College, and then Greeley College where she received a lifetime teacher’s certificate. She taught school at Third Park, Second Park, Nucla, Naturita and Norwood schools for 30 years. 
In 1923, she married Don E. Watson in Nucla. They farmed together. 
Mrs. Watson was involved with local activities in Nucla, including service on the school board for 12 years. She was active with the registration board and was the Farmer’s Union Insurance agent for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985 and by infant daughter, Donna Jean. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Watson made her home with daughters in Dolores and Durango.
Survivors include her daughters, MyrPhil Turnbull of Dolores and Virginia Herrick of Durango; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Daisy May Atchison
June 14, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Daisy May Atchison, who died Sunday, June 14, 1998, in Durango. She was 94.
The Rev. John Richardson will officiate. Burial will be at Hilltop Cemetery in Pagosa Springs. Visitation will be today and Wednesday at Hood Mortuary.
Mrs. Atchison was born April 29, 1904, in New Mexico. She grew up on the family ranch eight miles north of Pagosa Springs and graduated from Pagosa Springs High School. She married and moved to California. She returned to Colorado, living the last 18 years in La Veta, Colo., with her husband, Ralph Atchison.
Mrs. Atchison was employed as a cook. She was a member of the Mountain View Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Atchison, three years ago.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy Whitaker of Durango; sons, Ralph Etheridge of Bay City, Ore., and Russell Norton of Barnhart, Mo.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Beau James O’Neill
June 13, 1998
A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the family home, 224 S. Coyote Court., Hesperus, for Beau James O’Neill, who died Saturday, June 13, 1998, at his home in Durango. He was 21.
Maps are available at Hood Mortuary and Western Slope Insurance to attend services.
Mr. O’Neill was born June 12, 1977, in La Junta, Colo. He graduated from Las Animas High School in 1995 and attended Otero Junior College and Fort Lewis College.
Survivors include his mother, Leanna O’Neill; stepfather, Clint Jaworsky; father, James O’Neill; brother, Jared O’Neill; stepsisters, Stevi Jaworsky and Lauri Schultz; stepbrother, Chris Jaworsky; grandmother, Carol Sanburg and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sunshine Foundation (a foundation to grant wishes for the terminally ill), P.O. Box 225, Laughman, FL 33858. Those sending flowers may have them delivered to Hood Mortuary, 1261 East Third Ave., Durango. 
The cause of death was not available at press time.

Cheri Lea Newbold
June 12, 1998
A celebration of life will be 7 p.m. today at St. Columba Catholic Church for Cheri Lea Newbold. A memorial service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Columba. Mrs. Newbold died Friday, June 12, 1998, as a result of contracting hantavirus. She was 38.
Mrs. Newbold was born April 11, 1960, in Waco, Texas, and had lived in Durango since 1970. She graduated from Durango High School in 1978 and from Fort Lewis College in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in business and secondary teaching certification.
Mrs. Newbold was a teacher until becoming a mother, and she recently began substituting in School District 9-R. She was a frequent volunteer for many community organizations and within the 9-R school system.
Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Keith Newbold; children, Darin, Kristi and Devin Newbold; parents, Marvin and Donna Giersch of Durango; brothers, Chris Giersch of Russell, Kan., and Curtis Giersch of Durango; sister, Amy Lantz of Durango; and grandparents, G.L. Giersch of Salina, Kan., and Isabelle Krannawitter of Hoxie, Kan.
Memorial donations may be made to the Giersch Family Scholarship Fund, c/o the Fort Lewis College Foundation Office, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301-9993, or to the Cheri Newbold Memorial Fund, c/o Burns National Bank, P.O. Drawer N, Durango, CO 81302-2950.

Daniel Karl Leithauser
June 8, 1998
Services were held June 13 in Afton, Wyo., for Daniel Karl Leithauser, who died Monday, June 8, 1998, in Kill Devils Hill, N.C. He was 34.
Mr. Leithauser was born March 5, 1964, in Durango. He attended grade school in Durango and Bayfield before moving to Afton, Wyo.
Survivors include his father, Vernon Leithauser of Vallecito Lake; mother, Phyllis Leithauser of Afton, Wyo.; sisters, Connie Philpot of Clinton, Mont., Verna Warren of Afton, Wyo., and Karen Leithauser of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Joe Leithauser of Fort Collins, Colo., Will Leithauser of Kill Devils Hill, N.C., and Greg Leithauser of Silverton.
The cause of death was not available at press time.

Catherine Hazel Ekstrom
June 6, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Colo., for Catherine Hazel Ekstrom, who died Saturday, June 6, 1998, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. She was 93.
Burial will be at Orchard Mesa Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. Rosary service at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction. Mrs. Ekstrom is survived by her son, Thomas Ekstrom of Durango; sister, Marguerite Keller of Pueblo, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Four Corners Health Care Center, 2911 Junction St., Durango, CO 81301.

Kenneth Carroll ‘K.C.’ Schultz III
June 5, 1998
Services will be 1 p.m. today at New Life Chapel for Kenneth Carroll "K.C." Schultz III, who died Friday, June 5, 1998, in Bellevue, Neb. He was 23.
Chaplain Capt. Donovan Gaffney will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mr. Schultz was born March 24, 1975, in Durango. He graduated from Durango High School in 1993. 
He married Lauri Jaworsky on March 11, 1995, in Durango. 
Mr. Schultz joined the U.S. Air Force in May 1995, and specialized in maintenance of aircraft computers.
Survivors include his wife, Lauri of Nebraska; parents, Ken Schultz and wife, Jody of Durango and Mary A. Mullen of Los Alamos, N.M.; brother, Lukas Schultz of Durango; sister, Kayla Schultz of Durango; and grandparents, Ken and Elaine Schultz of Aztec, N.M., and William Laspe of Denver. 
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 931, Durango, CO 81302 or the Civil Air Patrol, San Juan Composite Squadron, 1911-B Main Ave., Suite 106, Durango, CO 81301.
The cause of death was not available at press time.

Lenora Marjorie ‘Dodie’ Bonan
June 1, 1998
A memorial service will be 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Cortez for Lenora Marjorie "Dodie" Bonan, who died Monday, June 1, 1998. She was 85.
The Rev. Jerry McKenzie will officiate, assisted by Deacon Cindy Irvin. Refreshments will be served in Mary Blake Hall following the service. Mrs. Bonan was born July 25, 1912, in Mancos. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aldo Bonan; and infant son, Jared Bonan.
Survivors include her sister, Ola Giacomelli of Cortez; children, Robert "Bob" Bonan of Fort Collins, Colo., and Beverly "Betsy" Jones of Cortez; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial fund has been established at Citizens State Bank.

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