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H. Raymond Bunn
1920 - 1998
H. Raymond Bunn of Hayden, Colo., died Aug. 23, 1998, at the Extended Care Center in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He was 78.
Bunn was born to Isaac and Mary (Greer) Bunn April 6, 1920, in Henry, Tenn. He spent his childhood in Henry. and moved to Hayden when he was 18 years old.
Bunn was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Bunn married Clara Baker Jan. 25, 1958, in Denver, Colo. 
He worked as a rancher, guide and outfitter and for Seneca Coal Company.
His hobbies were carpentary, roping, hunting, fishing and any outdoor activities.
Bunn is survived by his wife, Clara (Baker) Bunn, of Hayden; son, Michael Bunn, of Hayden; brother, Charles Bunn, of Delta, Colo.; sisters, Mary Kay Shovan, of Algonac, Mich., and Julia Ridgway of Sun City, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Earl Bunn.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Aug. 28, 1998, at the Hayden Congregational Church.
David Henderson of the Hayden American Legion Post officiated the service with Avis Funk as organist, Gretchen Hayes as soloist and selections of "Beyond The Sunset" and "Wind Beneath My Wings."
Honorary pallbearers were all his many friends.
Services concluded at the church.
Final disposition was by cremation.
Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

Theresia Durkop
1935 -1998
Theresia Durkop of Hamilton, Colo., died Aug. 29, 1998, in Thornton, Colo. She was 62.
Durkop was born to Michael and Elizabeth (Horwath) Gross Sept. 29, 1935, in St. Peters, Hungary. She married Art Durkop May 28, 1960, in Ogallala, Neb.
Durkop was a homemaker. Her hobbies included watching wildlife and spending time with her nine grandchildren.
Durkop is survived by her husband, Art Durkop, of Hamilton; son, Henry Durkop and wife, Mindy, of Craig, Colo.; daughters, Linda Behrman and husband, Terry, of Craig, Nancy Bohrer and husband, James, of Craig, Rita Harris and husband, Jay, of Craig, Marie Durkop, of Denver, and Darlene Hamilton and husband, Ray, of McFadden, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; sisters, Elisabeth Burbach and Kathy Morway, of Thornton, and Marie Tavaszi, of Georgetown, Canada.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Larry; her brother, Hans Gross; and granddaughter, Adrian Durkop.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sept. 3, 1998, at Grant Mortuary in Craig. Minister Tim Osborn officiated.
Final disposition was at Craig Cemetery.

Jill S.I. Varga
Jill S.I. Varga of Craig, Colo., died Sept. 3, 1998, in Denver, Colo. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at First Congregational Church in Craig. Rev. Kenneth Forshee will officiate.

Larry O'Conor
Larry O'Conor of Meeker, Colo., died Monday at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Meeker Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Meeker Mortuary. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Annie Merriam Medical Fund through Meeker Mortuary, P.O. Box 1048, Meeker. 

Flo Hein
1902 - 1998
Flo Hein from Colorado Springs, Colo., died Sept. 11, 1998, at the Colonial Columns Nursing Home in Colorado Springs. She was 96.
Hein was born to Alva and Mary Williams April 22, 1902, in Mitchell, Ind. She spent her childhood in Indiana until the age of 13. 
Hein lived in Hayden, Colo., and graduated from Hayden High School. 
She married Paul Hein Sept. 16, 1920, at her parent's ranch on the Williams Fork. 
She lived in Hayden until 1995, when she moved to Colorado Springs.
She was a member of the Hayden Congregational Church and worked with the Rainbow Girls for many years.
She enjoyed writing poetry, quilting, baking, canning and ran a booth at the county fair.
Hein is survived by her daughter Pauline (James) Lung of Denver; son-in-law, Jay Hockett of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, LeAnn Privett of Colorado Springs, Barbara Lusero of Fort Lupton, Colo., John Lung of Littleton, Colo., Becky Williams of Westminster, Colo., and Pamela Walz of Broomfield, Colo.
She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Hein, who died Jan. 9, 1971; daughter, Avis Hockett; and her parents.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sept. 14, 1998, at the Hayden Congregational Church with Bill Iammatteo-Code officiating.
Avis Funk was organist and Gretchen Hayes was the soloist. Selections were "In The Garden" and "Beyond The Sunset."
Pallbearers were Louis Lusero, Mike Williams, Ron Walz, Arlan Privett, John Lung and Duane Hockett.
Interment was at the Hayden Cemetery.

Willie Newton Nottingham
1914 - 1998
Willie Newton Nottingham of Craig, Colo., died Sept. 9, 1998, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 84.
Nottingham was born to Robert and Fannie (Kizzia) Gullett June 7, 1914, in Porum, Okla. She spent her childhood in Cortez, Colo., graduating from Cortez High School.
She married E. Willis Nottingham March 8, 1947, in Denver. 
She was a housewife and worked as a public health nurse in Adams County, Colo. She took her nurse training at Mercy Hospital in Durango, Colo., and Mercy Hospital in Denver and received her degree in Public Health Nursing from Vanderbilt University.
She previously lived in Avon, Colo., and Grand Junction, Colo., She lived in Craig since 1973.
Nottingham was a member of the First Congregational Church in Craig and a member of the library board for several years.
She enjoyed knitting, reading and walking.
She is survived by sons, Edward Nottingham of Denver, Michael (Kelly) Nottingham of Craig, and Robert (Barbara) Nottingham of Maybell, Colo.; and grandchildren, Amelia, Edward W. III, Robert Emmett Jr., Laura Lee, Katy and Spencer Nottingham.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Willis Nottingham, who died Oct. 21, 1994, and her brother, Herbert Gullett.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sept. 12, 1998, at Grant Mortuary and officiated by Richard Henderson.
Organist was Elaine DeuPree and soloist was Judy Lyon. Selections were "How Great Thou Art" and "Wind Beneath My Wings."
Pallbearers were Amelia Nottingham, Laura Nottingham, Emmett Nottingham, Spencer Nottingham and Willis Nottingham. Honorary pallbearer was Katy Nottingham.
Interment was at the Craig Cemetery. 

Darlene (Bonnie) Sherman
1942 - 1998
Darlene Sherman, formerly of Craig, Colo., died at her home in Meeker, Colo., Sept. 14, 1998. 
She was born to Charles B. and Genevieve Vera (Mlinek) Hayes Edwards April 19, 1942, in Meeker and attended school in Craig. 
She married Jon Daniel (Dan) Sherman Aug. 8, 1960, and they moved to the Ferndale Ranch northwest of Craig. They ran a guide and outfitting operation.
Sherman volunteered at the hospital, became a nurse's aid, a ward clerk and obtained a position at the Craig Medical Clinic working there for 19 years.
She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, painting, gardening, photography, reading, genealogy, cake decorating, camping and traveling. 
Sherman was a charter member of The Center of Craig, involved with the Craig Planning and Zoning Board for many years, a member of the Moffat County Parks and Recreation Board, a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and a 4-H leader when her children were young.
She is survived by her husband, daughters, Deborah JoAnne (Tim) Hurst and Christina Rene (Lester) Welch; grandchildren, Corine Rene Welch, Sherry JoAnne Welch and Clint Daniel Welch of Craig; brothers, Charles B. (Dorothy) Hayes, Jr. of Grand Junction, Colo., and Larry Edward (Betty) Hayes of Evergreen, Colo.; stepfather, Joseph Edwards of Craig; and nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Daniel Sherman, her parents and a brother.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Sept. 18, 1998, at Grant Mortuary with Richard Henderson officiating.
Leonard Hurst of Sheridan, Wyo., father of Tim Hurst, was the soloist. Organist was Virginia Biskup. Selections were "The Lord's Prayer" and "In The Garden."
Pallbearers were John Cowie, Glen Sherman, Greg Hollar, Matt McCarthy, Lester Welch and Tim Hurst.
Memorial donations may be made in care of Grant Mortuary for her grandchildren's college fund.

Ruth Bayley
1902 - 1998
Ruth L. Bayley of Lake City, Minn., died Aug. 15, 1998, at the Lake City Nursing Home. She was 96.
Bayley was born to William and Edna (Robey) Lumley July 4, 1902. 
She was graduated from Ohio State University in 1924 and taught business classes for several years in Ohio.
Bayley married Dr. E. Covall Bayley Aug. 1, 1933, in Chicago and moved to Lake City.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Lake City Women's Club, Eastern Star and Lake City Garden Club. She served on Lake City's Library Board for 36 years and was an avid doll collector.
Bayley is survived by daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Al) Shepherd of Craig, Colo.; sons, Bruce (Barb) of Eau Claire, Wis., John (Sandy) of Saphire, N.C., and Douglas (Bette) of Broomall, Pa.,; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died Dec. 23, 1969, one sister and one brother.
Services were held Aug. 19, 1998, at the First Congregational Church in Lake City with the Rev. David Badgley officiating. 
Interment was at the Lakewood Cemetery in Lake City.

Muriel L. Avgares
1911 - 1998
Muriel L. Avgares of Craig, Colo., died Sept. 18, 1998, at Valley View Manor in Craig. She was 87.
Avgares was born to John Henry and Autrey (Dalton) Bailey Aug. 3, 1911, in Chickasha, Okla.
She married George Avgares, who died April 24, 1979. She lived in Craig for 80 years.
She was a housewife, worked for the Red Cross, was a secretary for Farm Bureau and worked as an election judge.
Avgares was a member of Home Demonstration Club, Cowbells, Hospital Auxiliary and Woolgrowers Auxiliary. 
She enjoyed knitting, making latch hook rugs from wool and cooking.
She is survived by sons, Deno Avgares of Craig and Jim Avgares of Denver; sister, Nan DeBaca of Reno, Nev.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and two brothers.
Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 1998, at Grant Mortuary in Craig.
Kenneth Forshee officiated the service with Elaine DeuPree as organist and Ben Bye as soloist. Selections were "How Great Thou Art" and "In The Garden."
Pallbearers were Steve Raftopoulos, Jake Timmer, Blaine Tucker, Tyler Kez, Jack Timmer and Richard Lovelady.
Interment was at the Craig Cemetery.

Darlene (Bonnie) Sherman
1942 - 1998
Darlene Sherman, a life-long resident of Craig, Colo., died at her home Sept. 14, 1998. She was 56.
She was born to Charles B. and Genevieve Vera (Mlinek) Hayes Edwards April 19, 1942, in Meeker and attended school in Craig. 
She married Jon Daniel (Dan) Sherman Aug. 8, 1960, and they moved to the Ferndale Ranch Northwest of Craig. They ran a guide and outfitting operation.
Sherman volunteered at the hospital, became a nurse's aid, a ward clerk and obtained a position at the Craig Medical Clinic working there for 19 years.
She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, painting, gardening, photography, reading, genealogy, cake decorating, camping and traveling. 
Sherman was a charter member of The Center of Craig, involved with the Craig Planning and Zoning Board for many years, a member of the Moffat County Parks and Recreation Board, a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and a 4-H leader when her children were young.
She is survived by good friend Dan Sherman; daughters, Deborah JoAnne (Tim) Hurst and Christina Rene (Lester) Welch; grandchildren, Corine Rene Welch, Sherry JoAnne Welch and Clint Daniel Welch of Craig; brothers, Charles B. (Dorothy) Hayes, Jr. of Grand Junction, Colo., and Larry Edward (Betty) Hayes of Evergreen, Colo.; stepfather, Joseph Edwards of Craig; and nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Daniel Sherman, her parents and a brother.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Sept. 18, 1998, at Grant Mortuary with Richard Henderson officiating.
Leonard Hurst of Sheridan, Wyo., father of Tim Hurst, was the soloist. Organist was Virginia Biskup. Selections were "The Lord's Prayer" and "In The Garden."
Pallbearers were John Cowie, Glen Sherman, Greg Hollar, Matt McCarthy, Lester Welch and Tim Hurst.
Memorial donations may be made in care of Grant Mortuary for her grandchildren's college fund.

George T. Boyer
1921 - 1998
George T. Boyer of Savery, Wyo., died at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, Colo., Sept. 12, 1998. He was 77.
Boyer was born to J. St. A. and Mary A. (Spicer) Boyer July 1, 1921, near Savery on the family ranch.
He spent his childhood in Savery and Thermopolis, Wyo., attending Kent Prep School in Kent County and Pasadena College.
He married Ruth Goodhue, who is deceased. He had formerly married Dorene Evans, who is deceased.
Boyer spent the summers in Savery and the winters in LaJolla, Calif.
He enjoyed tennis and gardening.
He is survived by a step-daughter, Pamela Voorhees Buncher of Del Mar, Calif; brother, Winston P. Boyer of Savery; sister, Joyce B. Saer of Savery; niece, Eliza Boyer Baer of Santa Fe, N.M.; nephews, Winston S. Boyer and Jonathan Boyer of Carmel, Calif.; and many other nieces and nephews.
Boyer was preceded in death by his wives, Dorene Evans and Ruth Goodhue; parents; brothers, Livingston, Dick and Jack; and sisters, Katherine and Charlotte.
Services will be held at a later date.
Final dispostion was cremation.

William Eric Herod
Services for William "Rickey" Eric Herod were held at Mesa View Mortuary Chapel in Delta, Colo., at 10 a.m. Sept. 19, 1998.

Gary Mullen
Graveside service for Gary Mullen of Craig will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at the Craig Cemetery.

Frances Kelly
Frances Kelly of Craig died Thursday, Oct. 29, 1998, at The Memorial Hospital. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998 at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the meals on wheels program in care of Grant Mortuary.

Michael W. Thomas
1944-1998
Michael W. Thomas of Craig, Colo., died Oct. 30, 1998, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 54.
Thomas was born July 1, 1944, in Seattle, Wash., to William E. and Thelma (Diamond) Thomas.
He spent his childhood and was graduated from Central High School in Grand Junction, Colo.
He married Rita D. Williams Nov. 25, 1989, in Grand Junction. They moved to Craig in 1991.
He worked as a network technician for US West telephone company, retiring after 30 years.
Thomas is survived by his wife; one son, Rusty Weaver, of Alabama; one daughter, Tabitha Weaver, of Craig; two brothers, Dan Thomas, of Arvada, Colo., and Chris Thomas, of Denver; two sisters, Kathy Berman, of Denver and Terri Thomas, of Fort Collins, Colo.; father, William Thomas of Fort Collins and mother, Thelma Garner of Grand Junction; mother-in-law and father-in-law, R.D. and Bobbie Williams, of Lucedale, Miss.
Final disposition was cremation.

Joel Earls
Joel Earls of Craig died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, at The Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, at Calvary Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Gene Higgins
Former Craig resident Gene Higgins died Jan. 25, 1999, in Louisville, Colo. He was 78. Services are pending.

James Anthony
"Tony" Roberts
James Anthony "Tony" Roberts of Craig and Meeker died Friday, Feb. 12, 1999, near Columbus, Neb. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb, 19, 1999, at the First Christian Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery.

Gene Higgins
1919-1999
Gene Higgins, formerly of Craig, Colo., died Jan. 25, 1999, in Louisville, Colo. He was 80.
On Sept. 26, 1919, in California, Mo., Higgins was born to Charley and Clara Higgins. He moved to Craig in 1949. Higgins worked at J.C. Penney's, Brinkley Hardware, sold cars at Buick Corral's Chevrolet and Chuck Conner's Cadilliac and then owned his own car lot.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; daughters, Lyn and Carol, and Debra (Tom) Maneotis of Craig; sons, Ron (Jeannie) Higgins of Craig, and Vern Higgins of Denver; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and great-granddaughter, Alish Higgins.
Memorial services were held Feb. 10, 1999, at the home of Tom and Debra Maneotis.

Ian Gavin Messer
1998-1999
Ian Gavin Messer of Craig, Colo., died Feb. 5, 1999, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Messer was born Dec. 1, 1998, in Craig to Ian Daniel and Donitra Lynn (Tomlin) Messer.
Messer is survived by his parents; brother, Torin Daniel, 2; and grandparents, Darrell and Debbie Tomlin of Craig, Becky and Jeff Lakes of Ohio, Danny and Tonya Messer of Indiana, and Phyllis Carter of Indiana. 
Services were held Feb. 10, 1999, at Grant Mortuary. Burial was at the Craig Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Ray Reed, Nick Yarbrough, Mike Johannas and Ron Wyatt.

Curtis Temples
1927-1999
Curtis Temples of Meeker, Colo., died Feb. 6, 1999, in an auto accident 30 miles north of Meeker. He was 71.
Temples was born Oct. 18, 1927, to Gladys and Sally Temples. He was raised in Talco, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
Temples married Bobbie Brown, later divorced.
He is survived by sons, Jeff and Tim Temples of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; daughters, Patsy Carnes of Mt. Pleasant, Paula Reeves of Stamps, Ark., JoDee Parrin of Mt. Pleasant, and Kathy Collins of Dangerville, Texas; brothers, Sam (Elsie) Temples of Longview, Texas, and Taylor (Norma) Temples of Vernal, Utah; sisters, Dorothy Lewis of Houma, La., Thelma (Ralph) Thomas of Topock, Ariz., and Eris (Art) Blazk of Fowler, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bud Lee and Joe Temples. 

Iris Lyons
Iris Lyons of Craig died Friday, April 16, 1999, at Valley View Manor. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at Grant Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in care of Grant Mortuary to The Memorial Hospital in memory of the original nursing staff.

Janis Henderson
Janis Henderson of Craig died Sunday, April 18, 1999, at Valley View Manor. Services are pending.

Adeline A. Eberle
1905-1999
Adeline A. Eberle of Craig, Colo., died April 6, 1999, in Craig. She was 93.
On April 27, 1905, in Almena, Kan., she was born the daughter of Allen and Laura (Reynard) Short. She moved to Craig in 1917 and was graduated from Craig High School in 1925. She took an extension college course and taught school at the Rock Valley School for three years, the Seventh Day Adventist parochial school for one year and substituted for three years.
On Aug. 17, 1935, she married William Eberle. They lived on a ranch west of Craig.
Eberle is survived by daughters, Pat Tucker of Lahabra, Calif., Sharon Barker of Lahabra, and Carol Buchanan of Craig; sister, Orva Betz of Hesparia, Calif.; brother, Lester Short of Clifton, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Peggy; parents; brothers, Vern and Buck; and sister, Helen.
Services were held April 10, 1999, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Craig. 
Pallbearers were Lee Jensen, Ned Miller, Steve Bush, Mike Eberle, Bob Powell and Ralph Paulson.
Interment was at the Craig Cemetery.

Chad Wayne Cookston
1983-1999
Chad Wayne Cookston of Craig, Colo., died April 12, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 16.
On March 14, 1983, in Craig, Cookston was born the son of Wayne and Diane Cookston. He was a sophomore at Moffat County High School. He was a member of the boys swim team, soccer team, Craig Sea Sharks and youth group of First Congregational Church.
He is survived by his mother and father; sister, Shawn Cookston; grandparents, Evelyn Cookston of Montrose, Colo., and Lynn and Bill Hubert of Montrose; and great-grandparents A. M. and Mary Cookston of Denver and Nettie Hubert of Montrose.
Services were held April 16, 1999, at the Craig Middle School auditorium. Interment was at the Craig Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dylan Schopper, Jeremy Thuney, Travis Butts, Wes Lytle, Josh Shipley, Kole Nielson, Nick Davis, Brandon Cramer and Ben Koucherik.
Donations may be made at the Bank of Colorado for a scholarship fund in memory of Cookston.


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