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Stanette J. Grimes
Daughter, Sister, Mother
Aug. 23, 1955 - Nov. 20, 1998
MONTROSE - Stanette J. Grimes, age 43, of Montrose, died Friday afternoon, Nov. 20, 1998, in the Colorow Care Center at Olathe.
Stanette J. Fry, the daughter of Stanley H. Fry and Peggy (Gill) Blake Fry, was born on Aug. 23, 1955, in Denver, Colo., where she spent her childhood, graduated from Cherry Creek High School, and grew to adulthood.
Ms. Grimes moved from Denver to Montrose in 1993 where she made her home until the time of her death.
Survivors grateful to have shared Ms. Grimes' life include two daughters: Nicole Grimes and Amber Grimes; two brothers: Donald and Ronald; and one sister, Pamela.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Ms. Grimes' life were officiated by James Bandmann on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. The service concluded at the chapel.
Cremation followed the service, with arrangements handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

John S. Finley
Heavy Equipment Operator
Jan. 7, 1910 - Nov. 21, 1998
HOTCHKISS - Lifelong Delta County resident, John S. Finley, age 88, a resident of Hotchkiss for 15 years, died on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998, in the Delta Care Center.
Born on Jan. 7, 1910, in Delta County, Colo., John S. Finley was the son of David Russell and Addie (Hallock) Finley. He spent his childhood, received his education, grew to adulthood, and life his entire lifetime in Delta County until the time of his death.
Mr. Finley married Hazel Gregory, who preceded him in death in November 1982.
On March 15, 1984, he married Grace Blankenship in Delta, Colo. The couple celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary this year in March.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Finley was employed as a heavy equipment operator.
He was a member of the Western Horsemen's Association and the Delta Roundup Club.
Mr. Finley greatly enjoyed horses and farmed with mule teams and horses.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Finley's life include his wife, Grace Finley, of Hotchkiss; two sons: Ron Finley and wife Loretta, of Delta; Don Finley and wife Marty, of Colorado Springs; one daughter, Doris and husband Richard Akin, of Rifle; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Russell Finley, of Anaheim, Calif.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Hazel, Mr. Finley was also preceded in death by one sister, Nellie Dixon.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service in Delta.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Finley's life will be officiated by Marlon Halbakken and Walter Burch on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Interment will follow the service in the Mesa View Cemetery at Delta, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Eureka L. Bollan
Beautician Owner/Operator
Sept. 18, 1909 - Nov. 22, 1998
MONTROSE - Eureka L. Bollan, age 89, of Montrose, died Sunday morning, Nov. 22, 1998, in the Colorow Care Center at Olathe.
Eureka L. Bollan was born in Eldridge, Mo., on Sept. 18, 1909, the daughter of William W. and Jane (Campbell) Bailey.
Miss Bailey was married on April 3, 1926, in Ava, Mo., to Fred H. Bollan, who preceded her in death after 72 years of marriage on June 18, 1998, at the Colorow Care Center in Olathe.
Mrs. Bollan was a beautician owner and operator for several years in Lebanon, Mo.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Bollan's life include two sons: Harold Bollan and wife Phyllis, of Grand Junction; Jack Bollan and wife Geraldine, of Pelsor, Ark.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Fred, Mrs. Bollan, the last surviving member of her siblings, was also preceded in death by three sons: Howard, Freddie and Charles; one grandson; two brothers; and seven sisters.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Bollan's life will be officiated by Minister Tim Smith on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. from the Montrose Christian Church.
Interment will follow the service in Cedar Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Darren Mott
Son, Husband, and Father
Jan. 7, 1964 - Nov. 25, 1998
PAONIA - Darren Mott, age 34, a son, husband and father of Paonia, died on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998, in an automobile accident near Crawford. Mr. Mott was a resident of the Paonia-Crawford area most of his lifetime, except for a year he lived in Crane, Mo., and was employed as a mechanic.
Darren Mott was born in Delta, Colo., on Jan. 7, 1964, the son of Richard D. and Faye L. (McCord) Mott. He spent his childhood in the Paonia-Crawford area, graduated from the Paonia High School in 1982, and grew to adulthood there. He continued to pursue his education and graduated in automotive and diesel mechanics from the Phoenix Institute of Technology in Phoenix, Ariz., and Denver.
Mr. Mott married Lara Uldene Kuretich on Oct. 30, 1993, in Paonia, Colo. The couple just recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary this year in October.
Mr. Mott attended the Friends Church in Paonia.
The love and joy of his life was his family, hunting, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Mott's life include his wife, Uldene Mott; one son, Aaron Tyler Mott; and one daughter, Alissa Taylor Mott, all of Paonia.
Other family survivors include his parents, Dick and Faye Mott, of Maher; two brothers: Todd Mott and wife Rhonda, of Kalispell, Mont..; Troy Mott and wife Tina, of Whitman, Neb.; two sisters: Kelly and husband Terry Marcovich, of Denver; Sandee Mott, of Butte, Mont.; and his grandparents: Doris McCord, of Springfield, Ore.; and Horace and Pauline Mott, of Cottonwood, Ariz.
Mr. Mott was preceded in death by one grandfather, Thomas McCord.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Mott's life will be officiated by Pastor Gaylen Kinser on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. from the Friends Church in Paonia.
Interment will follow the service in the Garden of Memories Cemetery at Crawford, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Audrey Jane Short
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Sept. 24, 1925 Nov. 15, 1998
DURANGO - Lifelong Montrose resident, Audrey Jane Short, age 73, died on Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, in Durango.
Audrey Jane Humphrey was born on Thursday, Sept. 24, 1925, in Rexford, Kan., the daughter of J.B. and Anna Fern (Riley) Humphrey.
She married Eldon Short and the couple celebrated 56 years of marriage prior to Mr. Short's death in September of 1998.
Mrs. Short was a homemaker and lifelong Montrose resident.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Short's life include one son, Howard Short, of Mesa, Ariz.; one daughter, Janeen Shilaikis, of Durango; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include three brothers: J.B. Humphrey and Dale Humphrey, both of Montrose; Marlin Humphrey, of Bloomfield, N.M.; and four sisters: Jo Sittner, of Durango; Vauna Bellgardt and Norma Swingle, both of Montrose; and Rita Ehr, of Wheat Ridge.
At Mrs. Short's request, no services will be held.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Hood Mortuary of Durango.

Marion L. "Charles" Moreaux
World War II Veteran
June 5, 1923 Nov. 27, 1998
GLENWOOD SPRINGS - Former Naturita resident, Marion L. "Charles" Moreaux, age 75, a retired Master Plumber of Glenwood Springs, died on Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, in the Valley View Hospital.
Marion L. Moreaux was born in Naturita, Colo., on June 5, 1923, the son of Charles and Augusta (Schaeffer) Moreaux. He spent his younger years in Naturita and graduated from the San Pedro High School in California.
During World War II, Mr. Moreaux served his country in the United States Army Medical Corp.
He was a member of West Minster Elks Lodge No. 2227, B.P.O.E. for 35 years.
Mr. Moreaux, a kind man who was loved by everyone, will be greatly missed.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Moreaux's life include one daughter, Judi Ross; one granddaughter, Katie Ross-Biorn; one great-grandson, Chace Ross; and three great-granddaughters: KateLee Biron, Kellsea Biorn, and Kyleah Biorn, all of Glenwood Springs.
Other family survivors include one sister, Dorothy Cornforth, of California.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Moreaux was also preceded in death by one daughter, Cheryl Lee Moreaux; one son, Charles Moreaux; and one granddaughter, Autumn Nicole Ross-Aldrich.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Moreaux's life will be officiated on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. from the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home Chapel, 405 West 7th, in Glenwood Springs.
Interment will follow the service in the Rosebud Cemetery at Glenwood Springs, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Farnum-Holt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. of Glenwood Springs.

Lena Etta Kelley
One of Nine Siblings
April 30, 1909 Nov. 28, 1998
GRAND JUNCTION - Longtime Paonia resident, Lena Etta Kelley, age 89, a homemaker of Grand Junction, died on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction.
Lena Etta Wiening, the daughter of Charles F. and Clara (Rober) Wiening, was born on April 30, 1909, in Paonia, Colo., where she spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood.
Miss Wiening married Frank F. Kelley in Delta, Colo.
The Kelleys lived in Paonia until 1952 when they moved to Grand Junction where Mr. Kelley preceded his wife in death on June 13, 1981. Following her husband's death, Mrs. Kelley continued to make her home in Grand Junction until the time of her own death.
She was a member of the Paonia Lutheran Church and the Orchard Mesa Bowling Club.
The joy and delight of Mrs. Kelley's life was gardening, fishing, and flowers.
Mrs. Kelley, the last surviving member of her immediate family, is survived by nine nieces, 10 nephews, and six cousins.
In addition to her parents and husband, Frank, she was also preceded in death by one nephew; four sisters: Ellis, Emma, Minnie, Mary; and four brothers: Charlie, Walter, Bill, and Clifford.
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Kelley's life will be officiated by Pastor J.C. Sparks on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Paonia.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Merl Raymond Beekman
Retired Hard Rock Miner
Feb. 7, 1922 Nov. 28, 1998
HOTCHKISS - A World War II veteran and retired hard rock miner, Merl Raymond Beekman, age 76, a resident of Hotchkiss for 23 years, died on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Born on Feb. 7, 1922, in Doniphan, Neb., Merl Raymond Beekman was the son of Jacob Jensen Beekman and Mary (Harshfield) Beekman. He spent his childhood in Grand Island, Neb., until joining the CCC.
During World War II, he served his country in the United States Army.
Mr. Beekman married Bernadine E. "Cass" Knight on Sept. 2, 1947, in Grand Island, Neb. The couple were privileged to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary this year in September.
The Beekmans moved from Leadville to Hotchkiss in 1975 where Mr. Beekman made his home for 23 years until the time of his death.
His favorite hobby was farming on his 30-acre farm in Hotchkiss. Mr. Beekman was an avid reader and liked to play cards.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Beekman's life include his wife, Bernadine E. "Cass" Beekman, of Hotchkiss; and one son, Monty Beekman, of Cripple Creek.
Other family survivors include one brother, Willis Beekman, of Grand Junction; and one sister, Alice James, of Wallback, Neb.
Mr. Beekman was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Marvin, Arnold, Dale, Robert, Vernon; and two sisters: Verna Burkhart and Ruby James.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Beekman's life will be officiated by The Rev. Judi Taylor on Friday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. from the United Methodist Church in Hotchkiss. The service will conclude at the church.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Hotchkiss Senior Citizens, In Memory of Merl Raymond Beekman, P.O. Box 455, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419.

Daniel Thomas Murphy
Loved Helping Others
April 16, 1930 Nov. 30, 1998
MONTROSE - Daniel Thomas Murphy, age 68, a resident of Montrose since 1986, died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, in his home at Montrose. Mr. Murphy was employed as a counselor for the State of Colorado Vocational Rehabilitation.
Daniel Thomas Murphy was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 16, 1930, the son of Thomas Henry and Frances Agnes (McCann) Murphy. He lived in Salt Lake City until he was 7 years old when he moved with his family to Sunnyside, Utah, where he graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood. He continued to further his education and earned a Master's degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Mr. Murphy served his country in the United States Armed Forces.
Following his discharge from military service in 1955, he moved to Grand Junction where he remained until relocating to Arvada. In 1986, he moved from Arvada to Montrose where he made his home until the time of his death.
Mr. Murphy married Leah Lehman, who preceded him in death on Oct. 24, 1996. He was previously married to Joan for 32 years.
He had a great love for the outdoors and the mountains. Mr. Murphy loved helping others in need especially helping with Meals-on-Wheels.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Murphy's life include his first wife, Joan Murphy, of Arvada; four sons: Patrick Murphy and wife Mona, of Idaho Springs; Michael Murphy, of Montrose; Joseph Murphy and fiancee Mandy Vikdahl, of Arvada; Kevin Murphy and wife Michelle, of Wheat Ridge; three daughters: Mary Murphy, of Denver; Seana Murphy and Steve Robertson; Molly Murphy and fiance David Webb, all of Arvada; and seven grandchildren: Jordan, Kevin, Kyle, Andra, Alicia, Alex Murphy, and a new born.
Other family survivors include three brothers: James Murphy, of Boston, Mass.; Robert Murphy and wife Carol, of Grand Junction; Gerald Murphy and wife Kris, of Palisade; and two sisters: Mary Francis Kiloh and Margaret "Peggy" and husband Gary Fowler, all of Grand Junction.
In addition to his second wife, Leah Murphy, Mr. Murphy was also preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Murphy's life will be officiated by The Rev. John Farley on Friday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. from the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Grand Junction. The service will conclude at the church.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Friends of the Ute Museum, In Memory of Daniel Murphy, 17253 Chipeta Dr., Montrose, Colo. 81401 or Community Options, In Memory of Daniel Murphy, P.O. Box 31, Montrose, Colo. 81402.

James Pinckney Moore
Martin Marietta Supervisor
May 22, 1915 Dec. 2, 1998
CEDAREDGE - James Pinckney Moore, age 83, a resident of Cedaredge since 1975, died on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, in the Horizons Care Center at Eckert. Mr. Moore was employed with Martin Marietta in Denver for 38 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1973.
James Pinckney Moore was born on May 22, 1915, in Globe, N.C., the son of David S. and Carrie (Schull) Moore. He spent his childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood in White Hall, Md.
On Aug. 2, 1938, Mr. Moore was married in Hazelton, Pa., to Ruth Whitecraft, who preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 1986, at Cedaredge.
The Moores lived in Denver from 1957 until 1975 when they moved to Cedaredge where Mr. Moore made his home until the time of his death.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cedaredge and the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Moore especially enjoyed horses and dogs as well as hunting and fishing.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Moore's life include two sons: Fred J. Moore, of Westcliffe; David C. Moore, of Silt; one daughter, Melanie Crosby, of Pueblo; and five grandchildren: Randall J. Merchant, Jeffrey D. Merchant, Christopher T. Merchant, Joy Christine Moore, and James Pinckney Moore.
Other family survivors include on sister, Louise Barlow, of Baltimore, Md.
In addition to his wife, Ruth, and parents, Mr. Moore was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mesa View Mortuary in Delta.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Moore's life will be officiated by The Rev. Steve Reinhard on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. from the Mesa View Mortuary Chapel in Delta.
Interment will follow the service in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.
Memorial gifts may be made to: American Heart Association, In Memory of James P. Moore, c/o Retta Carson, P.O. Box 542, Cedaredge, Colo. 81413.

Lena Etta Kelley
One of Nine Siblings
April 30, 1909 Nov. 28, 1998
GRAND JUNCTION - Longtime Paonia resident, Lena Etta Kelley, age 89, a homemaker of Grand Junction, died on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction.
Lena Etta Wiening, the daughter of Charles F. and Clara (Rober) Wiening, was born on April 30, 1909, in Paonia, Colo., where she spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood.
Miss Wiening married Frank F. Kelley in Delta, Colo.
The Kelleys lived in Paonia until 1952 when they moved to Grand Junction where Mr. Kelley preceded his wife in death on June 13, 1981. Following her husband's death, Mrs. Kelley continued to make her home in Grand Junction until the time of her own death.
She was a member of the Paonia Lutheran Church and the Orchard Mesa Bowling Club.
The joy and delight of Mrs. Kelley's life was gardening, fishing, and flowers.
Mrs. Kelley, the last surviving member of her immediate family, is survived by nine nieces, 10 nephews, and six cousins.
In addition to her parents and husband, Frank, she was also preceded in death by one nephew; four sisters: Ellis, Emma, Minnie, Mary; and four brothers: Charlie, Walter, Bill, and Clifford.
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Kelley's life will be officiated by Pastor J.C. Sparks on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Paonia.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Helen Frances Corn Burgess
California Business Owner
Sept. 27, 1941 Nov. 26, 1998
GLENDALE, Calif. Helen Frances Corn Burgess, age 57, died following a lengthy illness on Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, in Glendale, Calif.
Private services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Burgess' life have taken place, with arrangements handled under the direction of Forest Lawn Mortuary of Glendale, Calif.
Helen Frances Corn was born in Uravan, Colo., on Sept. 27, 1941, the daughter of William and Helen Corn. She spent her school years in Montrose.
In 1957, Miss Corn married George Burgess in California where they were business owners, which Mr. Burgess still owns and operates, and thoroughly enjoyed working together until the time of her death.
The last few years the couple made time in July to come home to Montrose for family reunions.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Burgess' life include her husband, George Burgess, of Glendale, Calif.; one daughter, Patricia Burgess; one son, Dan Burgess; and two grandchildren.
Other family survivors include her mother, Helen and stepfather John Davis, of Montrose; three sisters: Antonette "Toni" Boyer and Monette Major, both of Montrose; Lynette Carter, of Idabel, Okla.; two brothers: Bill Corn, of Florence; Dennis Herman, of Farmington, N.M.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Burgess was preceded in death by one daughter, Crystal Burgess.

Frances Marie Allen
Retired School Teacher
Jan. 27, 1910 Dec. 1, 1998
CEDAREDGE - Retired school teacher, Frances Marie Allen, age 88, a resident of Cedaredge for 27 years, died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, in her Cedaredge home.
Frances Marie Leymaster, the daughter of Harry E. and Maggie (Foss) Leymaster, was born on Jan. 27, 1910, in Hamilton County, Neb. She spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood in Central Nebraska. She continued to pursue her education and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Nebraska.
Miss Leymaster married James Scott Allen on Dec. 20, 1941, in Thedford, Neb. The Allens would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this month.
The Allens moved from Beltsville, Md., to Cedaredge 27 years ago where Mrs. Allen made her home until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Episcopal church, a charter member of Chapter G.T. of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, and a past state president of the Maryland P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Allen's special interests were in the P.E.O., bird watching, cooking, and eating.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Allen's life include her husband, James Scott Allen, of Cedaredge; and one brother, Donald E. Leymaster and wife Elna, of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Maggie Leymaster.
At Mrs. Allen's request, no funeral service will be held.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

James Mitchell Trounce
Dedicated To His Work
Nov. 30, 1927 Dec. 2, 1998
MONTROSE James Mitchell Trounce, a resident of Montrose for 37 years, died on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998, at his home near Montrose two days after celebrating his 71st birthday.
Born on Nov. 30, 1927, in Denver, Colo., James Mitchell Trounce was the son of Harry Lawrence and Lillian Mae (Gordon) Trounce. He spent his childhood in Michigan and Colorado, finishing his education in Boulder.
After completing his education, Mr. Trounce joined the United States Air Force where he served his country near the end of World War II.
On May 7, 1950, Mr. Trounce and Dona Nadine Lovejoy were married in Denver. The couple were privileged to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary this year in May.
In 1961, Mr. Trounce moved his family to the Montrose area to be near his wife's family. He began working on the Blue Mesa project, then when the Morrow Point project came on line he became the carpenter foreman on the job. He continued working in the area of industrial construction on the Eisenhower Tunnel, water tunnel construction near Bakersfield, Calif., and as the dam superintendent on the Crystal project in Gunnison County.
Mr. Trounce later returned to California where he worked as the project supervisor on the construction of the Los Angeles Subway. He retired in 1990 and returned to Montrose where he made his home until the time of his death.
He greatly enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, and hunting. He especially enjoyed woodworking, reading western and science fiction books, but he was most interested in his work. No one person was ever more dedicated to his field of endeavor than Mr. Trounce.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Trounce's life include his wife, Nadine Trounce, of Montrose; three sons: Timothy Dale Trounce and wife Kristan, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Randy Lynn Trounce and wife Vickie, of Montrose; Wayne Mitchell Trounce and wife Diana, of Olathe; two daughters: Janet and husband Harvey Gray, of Olathe; Elizabeth Anne and husband William Lynch, of Kenai, Alaska; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Harry Trounce, Olathe; Richard Trounce, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three sisters: Anneva Masters and Virginia Stewart, both of Evergreen; and Shelby Ferguson, of Thornton.
Mr. Trounce was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Della Wilson.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Trounce's life will be officiated by Pastors Bob Cadenhead and Tim Parish on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. from the Olathe Baptist Church. The service will conclude at the church.
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Helen D. Skeffington
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Nov. 6, 1929 Dec. 6, 1998
HOTCHKISS Helen D. Skeffington, age 69, a homemaker and resident of Hotchkiss for 10-1/2 years, died on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Helen D. Cram, the daughter of Harold and Clara (Hansen) Cram, was born on Nov. 6, 1929, in Clinton, Iowa, where she spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood.
She married James W. Skeffington on Aug. 12, 1945, in DeWitt, Iowa. The couple were blessed with two daughters and were privileged to share 53 years of marriage this year in August.
The Skeffingtons moved from Marble to Hotchkiss 10-1/2 years ago where Mrs. Skeffington made her home until the time of her death.
Hobbies she enjoyed throughout her lifetime were crocheting, sewing, and fishing. When she went fishing she would take her crocheting along and if the fish weren't biting she would do her crocheting.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Skeffington's life include her husband, James W. Skeffington, of Hotchkiss; two daughters: Linda and husband Tom Myers, of Grand Junction; Kathryn and husband Tom Hansen, of Rock Island, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Bob Cramm, of Kansas City, Kan.; Martin Cramm and wife Liz, of Minneapolis, Minn.; and one sister, Clara and husband Ed Obermiller, of Clinton, Iowa.
Mrs. Skeffington was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Gene Cramm; and one sister, Shelia Sweet.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: North Fork Ambulance Assn., In Memory of Helen D. Skeffington, P.O. Box 47, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419.

Velta Eveline Pope
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
July 8, 1930 Dec. 3, 1998
OLATHE Velta Eveline Pope, age 68, died Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 1998, at her home in Olathe.
Velta Eveline Brewer was born in Vernon, Okla., on July 8, 1930, the daughter of Samuel and Mollie (Moore) Brewer. She spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Miss Brewer was married on Jan. 14, 1951, in Flagstaff, Ariz., to Gerald Albert Pope, who preceded her in death on June 23, 1973.
Mrs. Pope, a homemaker, and her husband moved from Cottonwood, Ariz., to Olathe in August of 1968 where she made her home until the time of her death.
Mrs. Pope loved to read, do word puzzles in the newspaper, and hook rugs.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Pope's life include two sons: Jerry Pope and wife Bonnie; John Pope; six daughters: Donna Pope; Cheryl Johnson and her husband; Geraldin and husband Kenny Benjamin; Linda Case and Rod Leonard; Judy Pope and Phillip Romero; Caroline Pope and Frank Terzo; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Elmer Brewer; and one sister, Ola Williams.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Pope was also preceded in death by one grandson, Jerry Allen Pope; and three sisters.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Pope's life will be officiated by Beth Patterson on Monday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Velta Pope, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.

Coryden "Ed" Perkins
Former Montrose Resident
June 4, 1910 Nov. 8, 1998
SALEM, Ore. Former Montrose resident, Coryden "Ed" Perkins, age 88, died on Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, in Salem, Ore.
Coryden "Ed" Perkins was born on June 4, 1910, in Montrose, Colo., the son of Martin and Cora Perkins. As a young boy he was a shepherd for his father in Colorado.
He was an avid rock hound and also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins.
Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and private inurnment of the cremains will be held in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral home of Montrose.

Julia J. McCaslin
A True Humanitarian
April 14, 1913 Dec. 5, 1998
FRUITA Julia J. McCaslin, age 85, died following a lengthy illness on Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998. This wonderful lady will live forever in the hearts of those who knew her giving, tireless self. She was a true humanitarian. She was a resident of Cedaredge since 1944 and the last five years of her life she was a resident of the Oaks at Family Health West in Fruita.
Julia J. Shinn was born on April 14, 1913, at White Cloud, Mo., the daughter of Andrew B. and Bertha (Cox) Shinn. Her mother died shortly thereafter so she was reared by her maternal grandparents, Victoria and William Breshears. She grew up and attended schools near Wheatland, Mo.
Miss Shinn and Glen McCaslin were united in marriage on Oct. 22, 1933, in Osceola, Mo. They farmed in the Wheatland area until moving to Cedaredge in 1944. The McCaslins were privileged to share 53 years of marriage prior to Mr. McCaslin's death.
Mrs. McCaslin was a tireless individual with many vocations, interests, and hobbies throughout her lifetime. She operated restaurants at different times in Cedaredge, managed the local movie theater for over 15 years, and worked as a school cook and lunchroom supervisor for many years.
She was a member of the Cedaredge Church of the Nazarene who will best be remembered for her forever giving to family, church, friends and even acquaintances. She gladly welcomed all for fellowship with fresh home-made pies and cakes, bountiful dinners, and canned vegetables from her large garden.
Knitting and quilting were also among Mrs. McCaslin's hobbies. Family and friends will always cherish her hand-made gifts of love.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. McCaslin's life include two sons: Bob McCaslin and wife Barbara, of Pittsburg, Mo.; Jack McCaslin and wife Eva, of Grand Junction; three granddaughters; one grandson; two great-grandsons; as well as many friends too numerous to mention.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. McCaslin was also preceded in death by two older sisters.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. McCaslin's life will be officiated by The Rev. Bob Carpenter on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Cedaredge.
Interment will follow the service in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made in memory of Julia J. McCaslin to a charity of the donor's choice.

Gary E. Kroschel
Husband, Father, Grandfather
Sept. 25, 1945 Dec. 6, 1998
BEAUMONT, Calif. Former 40-year Delta resident, Gary E. Kroschel, age 53, died of cancer on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, at his Beaumont, Calif., home.
Born on Sept. 25, 1945, in Brawley, Calif., Gary E. Kroschel was the son of Herbert Elsworth and Florence Esther (Bauer) Kroschel. He spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood on the Eastern Slope of Colorado.
Mr. Kroschel lived in Delta for 40 years before moving to Beaumont, Calif., where he made his home for 14 years until the time of his death.
He was employed as a truck driver for over 20 years and was currently employed by Pacific Modular, Inc., in Beaumont, Calif.
Mr. Kroschel married Jeannie Aileen Widner on April 13, 1997, in Delta, Colo.
He enjoyed a variety of special interests and hobbies during his lifetime which included playing the guitar, country music, mechanics, and hiking in the mountains.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Kroschel's life include his wife of one year, Jeannie A. Krochsel, of Beaumont, Calif.; two sons: Ernie R. Patton, of Banning, Calif.; Gary E. Kroschel, of Canon City; two daughters: Wanda Glasser, of Olney Springs; Billie Jo Sandoval, of Grand Junction; and nine grandchildren.
Other family survivors include his father, Herbert Kroschel, of Kingman, Ariz.; four brothers: Elsworth Kroschel, of Dear Island, Ore.; Ronnie Kroschel, of Kingman, Ariz.; Wesley Kroschel, of Del Norte; Bill Fletcher, of Kingman, Ariz.; and two sisters: Linda Andrews, of Kingman, Ariz.; and Dixie Luna, of Albuquerque, N.M.
Mr. Kroschel was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Esther Kroschel; two sisters: Wanda and Flossie; and one brother, Carl.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delta Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Kroschel's life will be officiated by The Rev. Steve Reinhard on Friday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Hilton M. Hutton
Heavy Equipment Operator
Sept. 28, 1929 Dec. 3, 1998
HILL CITY, Kan. Former Montrose resident and longtime heavy equipment operator, Hilton M. Hutton, age 69, of Hill City, Kan., died on Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998, in the Hays Medical Center at Hays, Kan., from injuries he received in an automobile accident on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Hilton M. Hutton, the son of Clair Cecil and Esther W. (Hatcher) Hutton, was born on Sept. 28, 1929, in rural Graham County, Kan.
He married Joan Hagley on March 25, 1966, in Hill City, Kan. The couple were privileged to share 32 years of marriage this year in March.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Hutton's life include his wife, Joan Hutton, of Hill City, Kan.; one stepson, Bud Smith, of Montrose; two stepdaughters: Jolene Mitchell, of Morland, Kan.; Troy Kennington, of Texarkana, Ark.; four step grandchildren; and seven step great-grandchildren.
Mr. Hutton was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one stepson, Tim.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Hutton's life will be officiated by Pastor David E. Williams on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. from the Spencer Chapel in Hill City, Kan. The service will conclude at the chapel.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Spencer Chapel of Hill City, 522 North Pomeroy, Hill City, Kan. 67642; phone 785-421-2177.

Vic Harrison
Enjoyed Life to the Fullest
July 23, 1959 Dec. 1, 1998
AZTEC, N.M. Victor James Harrison, age 39, of Aztec, N.M., died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, in the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, after a brave battle against cancer. He lived his life on his own terms and in doing so enjoyed life to the fullest. His motto was "it is better to burn out than to fade away."
Victor James Harrison was born in Monticello, Utah, on July 23, 1959, the son of Jim and Jeanette (Camberlango) Harrison. He attended Kirtland High School and was employed for the last 17 years with the Bloomfield Refinery.
Mr. Harrison was a loving and caring husband, father, son, brother and friend. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and friends and loved to watch football especially when the Oakland Raiders were playing.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Harrison's life include his wife, Maria, of Aztec, N.M.; one son, James, of Las Cruces, N.M.; and one daughter, Jeanette, of Bloomfield, N.M.
Other family survivors include his father, Jim Harrison and stepmother "Mom" Joan, of Grand Junction; three brothers: Mike Harrison and wife Deana; Jimmy Harrison and wife Angie, all of Grand Junction; Harley Morrell, of Salt Lake City, Utah; three sisters: Gennie and husband Dan Gardner, of Deer Trail; Gena and husband Mike Wood, of Grand Junction; Haley and husband Kelly Plandel, of Toldeo, Wash.; his former wife, Teresa Harrison, of Bloomfield, N.M.; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is also survived by his good friends: Cotton McDaniel, Jim Hartle, Richard Hefner, Dean Prugh, Mike Perez, and many other caring friends and co-workers. Mr. Harrison will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents, all of whom he missed very much, and is now with.
Mr. Harrison's family would like to say a special thanks to the employees of Giant Industries/ Bloomfield Refinery for their many acts of kindness and financial support. Also to the doctors and nurses at SJRMC's Cancer Center, who in the process of trying to heal Mr. Harrison's body, also became his friends.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Harrison's life will be officiated on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Interment will follow the service in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
A Celebration of Mr. Harrison's life will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield Multicultural Center. Anyone who knew Mr. Harrison is welcome to come and share his/her stories about this special man.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Connelly Hospitality House, In Memory of Vic Harrison, Farmington, N.M.


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