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Nichole Janelle Adair
DENVER Nichole Janelle Adair was born on Aug. 6, 1984, in Denver, Colo. She spent most of her life in Denver except for residing in Montrose from November 1995 until June 1998 at which time she was admitted to The Children's Hospital in Denver where she was diagnosed as having a "malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor." 
Nichole died on Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at the age of 14 years, 7 months and 4 days. 
Survivors include her aunt, Janet Kissner; maternal grandmother, Edna Mina; and aunt, Della Christensen, all of Montrose. 
She was preceded in death by her mother, Sandra Adair; grandfather, John Adair; and her stepgrandfather, Dale Sundgren. 
Nichole will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her.

George M. Crocker III
Loving Husband and Grandfather 
May 27, 1949 March 20, 1999 
MONTROSE George M. Crocker III, age 45, a resident of Montrose for four years, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 20, 1999, at his home in Montrose. 
George M. Crocker III, the son of George Crocker Jr. and Jeanette (Furman) Crocker, was born on May 27, 1949, in Hampton, Va. He spent his childhood, graduated from Howard High School, and grew to adulthood in Ellicott City, Md. 
He married Lisa Gage on Oct. 16, 1995, in Las Vegas, Nev. 
George worked as a carpenter and tradesman. He and his family moved to Montrose four years ago where he made his home until the time of his death. 
During his 45 years of life, George found pleasure and enjoyment in music, the outdoors, family and friends. 
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Crocker and family members, of Montrose; and three sons: Paul, Sid, and Andy, of West Virginia. 
Other family survivors include his parents, George and Elaine Crocker Jr.; one brother, Eugene; four sisters: Alice, Judy, Janet, and Susan; and numerous friends and relations. 
George was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanette. 
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor George's life were officiated by Pastor Jeff Benson on Thursday, March 25, at 10 a.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. The service concluded at the chapel. 
Cremation preceded the service, with arrangements handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Richard Dean "Tuffy" Dicamillo
Very Athletic/Loved Outdoors 
Feb. 18, 1953 March 20, 1999 
ANTLERS, Okla. Former Montrose resident Richard Dean "Tuffy" Dicamillo, age 46, died Saturday afternoon, March 20, 1999, at his home in Antlers, Okla. 
Richard Dean Dicamillo, the son of Raymond and Nancy (Vier) Dicamillo, was born on Feb. 18, 1953, in Montrose, Colo., where he spent his childhood, graduated from Montrose High School, and grew to adulthood. He continued to pursue his education and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins for two years. 
Following his two years at CSU, Tuffy moved to Bayfield, Colo., where he was employed as construction superintendent for Western Mobil for approximately 20 years. 
Tuffy married his wife, Rose Marie, on Dec. 14, 1994, in Durango, Colo. In the spring of 1997, they moved from Bayfield to Antlers, Okla. where Tuffy made his home until the time of his death. 
During his high school years, Tuffy was very athletic and was a state wrestler. He loved all sports including baseball, football, wrestling, golf, skiing, hunting, fishing, and camping. He had many memories of these special times and events that he had shared with family and friends. 
Tuffy's life was filled with many accomplishments from awards and honors as a student and athlete in high school to the ultimate honor of being a father, stepfather, and loving husband. 
He loved everything about the outdoors and deeply loved his many, many friends. 
Tuffy could always bring a smile to those who surrounded him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. 
Survivors grateful to have shared Tuffy's life include his wife, Rose Marie Dicamillo, of Antlers, Okla.; two daughters: Christy Dicamillo, a student at Colorado College in Sterling; Elizabeth Dicamillo, a student at Fruit High School in Fruita; and one stepdaughter, Karen Bennett, a student in Antlers, Okla. 
Other family survivors include his mother, Nancy Dicamillo, of Cushing, Okla.; and two sisters: Yonna and husband Fred Miller; Yvonne and husband Scott Beyer, all of Montrose. 
Tuffy was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Dicamillo, in 1980. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Tuffy's life will be officiated by Pastor Mike Lundberg on Friday, March 26, at 1 p.m. from the Montrose Christian Church. 
Interment will follow the service in the Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: The National Kidney Foundation of Oklahoma, per Dr. Chris Kaufman, In Memory of Tuffy Dicamillo, 3617 NW 58th, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73112.

Clettis "Red" Floyd
Korean Conflict Veteran 
Feb. 25, 1932 March 24, 1999 
BOONEVILLE, Miss. Former Montrose resident Clettis "Red" Floyd, age 67, died of congestive heart failure on Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at his home near Booneville, Miss. following an extended illness. He was a High Priest and lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
Born on Feb. 25, 1932, in Prentiss County, Clettis Floyd was the son of Rocky Lee Floyd and Esther Lee (Moorman) Floyd. He was a graduate of Brigham Young University with a major in history. 
During the Korean Conflict, Red served his country as an artillery instructor in the United States Army. 
For much of his adult life, Red worked as a carpenter, building houses in Utah, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi. He also owned and operated Floyd's Sawmill near Booneville, Miss. for many years and also worked as a caseworker for the Mississippi Department of Human Services for about eight years. 
Red was a talented musician and singer, playing virtually all string instruments. 
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Ramona Hill Floyd, whom he married on March 20, 1958, in the Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah; five children: Tom Floyd and wife Brenda, of Walls, Miss.; Ned Floyd and wife Dawn, of Booneville, Miss.; Esther and husband Mark Wheat, of St. Louis, Mo.; Dan Floyd and wife Pam, of Citrus Heights, Calif.; and Bob Floyd and wife Barbara, of Booneville, Miss. 
Red was the proud grandfather of 19 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren. 
Other family survivors include two sisters: Marie Cole and Frances Stephenson, both of Booneville, Miss.; and his mother-in-law, Modine Hill, also of Booneville, Miss. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Red's life will be officiated by Bishop Jimmy Burcham, Bishop Jimmy Lee Floyd, President Jon T. Larsen, Bro. Arthur Byrd, Bro. Danny Stiles, and Bro. Wayne Mosely on Saturday, March 27, at 10 a.m. from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Booneville, Miss. 
Interment will follow the service in the Mormon Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Booneville Funeral Home of Booneville, Miss. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Booneville Ward Family History Center, c/o Bishop Jimmy Burcham, 279 CR 1101, Booneville, Miss. 38839.

Ora Beatrice Hart
Loved to Collect Dolls 
July 23, 1907 March 23, 1999 
FRUITA Former Montrose resident, Ora Beatrice Hart, age 91, died early Tuesday morning, March 23, 1999, in Family Health West at Fruita. 
An immediate burial service was held on Wednesday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
Ora Beatrice Walker, the daughter of Bart and Minnie F. (King) Walker, was born on July 23, 1907, in Montrose, Colo., where she spent her childhood and grew to adulthood. 
In July of 1923 Ora married John Lee Hart Sr. The Harts moved from Montrose in 1959, and then established their home in Grand Junction in 1961 where Ora, a homemaker, resided until the time of her death. 
She was preceded in death by her husband on July 3, 1971. 
Ora was a Christian and especially enjoyed bingo and going for walks. Collecting dolls was her love. 
Survivors include three sons: Robert Hart, Dan Hart, Mike Hart; and six daughters: Barbara Ann DeVinney, Betty Meeks, Phyllis Farris, Marlene Winters, Ruth Ellen Land, and Oralee Ashburn. 
In addition to her parents and her husband, Ora was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters; two sons: John and Bill; and one daughter, Mary.

Ivan Edward McKinney
Rancher and Cattleman 
May 28, 1929 March 23, 1999 
REDVALE Ivan Edward McKinney, age 69, a lifetime Redvale resident, died suddenly on Tuesday, March 23, 1999, in the Norwood Medical Clinic at Norwood. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Redvale Community Church. 
A Funeral Service in remembrance and to honor Ivan's life will follow visitation on Saturday, March 27, at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Redvale Community Building, with Pastor Clint Perry and The Rev. Syl Schoening officiating. In the event of inclement weather, the services will be conducted in the Redvale Community Church. The service will conclude at the Redvale Community Building grounds. 
Cremation will follow the service, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Hale & Gerken Funeral Home of Naturita. 
A funeral reception will take place during the visitation hours and after the funeral service. All are welcome. The reception will be held in the Redvale Community Building. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Norwood-Redvale Fire Department and E.M.T. Fund, In Memory of Ivan Edward McKinney, P.O. Box 277, Norwood, Colo. 81423 or the Redvale Community Building Fund, In Memory of Ivan Edward McKinney, c/o Evelyn Bray, Redvale, Colo. 81431. 
Born on May 28, 1929, in Durango, Colo., Ivan Edward McKinney was the son of Irwin Harold and Lila Ruth (Skidmore) McKinney. He spent his childhood in the Redvale/ Coventry area, and received his high school education at the Nucla High School. 
Ivan married Joan Altgilbers on Nov. 24, 1955. The couple were blessed with two sons and two daughters. Ivan and Joan would have celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary this year in November. 
Ivan was a rancher, owning his own ranch, and a cattleman. Besides being a rancher's wife, Joan is also a retired school teacher. 
Ivan was a former president of the board of directors of the Norwood/Redvale Fire District, and was a past president of the Farmers Water Development Corp. He served on the board of directors for the Norwood Medical Clinic, the Norwood/Redvale Chamber of Commerce, The Cattleman's Association, and the Southwest Water Conservancy District. Ivan took great pride and interest in these organizations. 
Ivan was always there to help his neighbors with their haying or to move cattle. He loved to ride his horse. He was very interested in range improvements and better conditions for the ranches. 
Survivors grateful to have shared Ivan's life include his wife, Joan McKinney, of Redvale; two sons: Carl McKinney and wife Lori, of Redvale; Earl McKinney and wife Donna, of Montrose; two daughters: Mary Kay and husband Roger Burnett; Jean and husband John Hatfield, all of Littleton; and eight grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include two brothers: Lloyd McKinney and wife Linda, of Moab, Utah; Paul McKinney and wife Pat, of Amargosa Valley, Nev.; and one sister, Norma and husband Jack Schalk, of Arvada. 
Ivan was preceded in death by his parents.

Dolly Marie (Minerich) Sigler
Former Somerset/Paonia Resident 
Dec. 25, 1916 Feb. 26, 1999 
AUBURN, Wash. Dolly Marie (Minerich) Sigler, age 82, of Auburn, Wash, died on Friday, Feb. 26, 1999, in the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., following a brief illness. 
Dolly M. Minerich was born in Muskegan, Mich., on Dec. 25, 1916, the daughter of Christopher and Kate (Mihelich) Minerich. The family moved to Someret, Colo., where Dolly and her brothers, William and Johnnie, spent their early childhood. Later the Minerich family moved to the family farm on Stewart Mesa where Dolly attended Stewart Mesa Grade School and graduated from the Paonia High School with the Class of 1936. 
Following her graduation, Dolly attended nursing school at the Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, completing her schooling with a nursing degree. While living in Pueblo, Dolly married her high school sweetheart, N.W. "Sig" Sigler Jr. in 1939. They had two daughters, Sharon and Judy, while living there. 
In 1956 the family sold their oil business they owned in Pueblo and moved to the Seattle, Wash. area. They owned and operated a family-style restaurant in Auburn, Wash. for many years until Dolly's husband's death. 
Following her husband's death, Dolly continued her nursing career in Auburn at a health care center for several years. 
Survivors grateful to have shared Dolly's life include two daughters: Sharon Welsh and Judy Phifer, both of Auburn, Wash.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one sister, Katherine Pasquale, of Paradise Valley, Nev. 
In addition to her parents and husband, Dolly was also preceded in death five brothers: Carl, Leo, Chris, William, and John Minerich. 
Dolly enjoyed her family and greatly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed visiting with loved ones and friends and also loved her flower gardens. 
On Tuesday, March 2, Dolly was laid to rest beside her husband, Sig Sigler, in the Washington Memorial Gardens in the Auburn area. 
Memorial gifts in memory of Dolly Sigler may be made to a Heart Fund of the donor's choice. 
Condolences would be appreciated by Dolly's daughters: Sharon Welsh and Judy Phifer, 1926 Pike St., N.E. Auburn, Wash. 98002, and her sister, Katherine Minerich Pasquale, P.O. Box 4, Paradise Valley, Nev. 89426.

Paul Anton Sneller
Hotchkiss-Paonia Area Farmer 
Oct. 23, 1928 March 23, 1999 
HOTCHKISS Paul Anton Sneller, age 70, of Hotchkiss, died on Tuesday, March 23, 1999, in the V.A. Medical Center at Grand Junction. 
Paul Anton Sneller was born in Paonia, Colo. on Oct. 23, 1928, the son of Paul Peter Sneller and Katherine Frances (Panion) Sneller. He spent his childhood, graduated from the Hotchkiss High School, and grew to adulthood in Hotchkiss. 
Paul served his country in the United States Army. 
He was a lifetime Paonia and Hotchkiss area resident and worked as a farmer. 
Paul loved sports and was an avid Denver Broncos fan. He especially enjoyed his family and hunting. 
Survivors include one brother, John Sneller and wife Norma, of Wellborn, Fla.; his twin brother, William Sneller, of Hotchkiss; and three sisters: Emma and husband Fred Freeland, of Englewood; Helen and husband Gayle Bruner, of Arvada; and Elizabeth and husband Joe Beaver, of Scott City, Kan. 
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Andrew Sneller; and two sisters: Rose Conrow and Mary Striber. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Paul's life were officiated on Saturday, March 27, at 11 a.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel. 
Interment followed the service in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Paonia, with arrangements handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Babe Ruth Little League Baseball, In Memory of Paul Anton Sneller, c/o First State Bank of Hotchkiss, P.O. Box 38, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419.

L.J. "Llew" Springer
Prestigious Delta Civic Leader 
Dec. 15, 1915 Feb. 19, 1999 
DELTA L.J. "Llew" Springer, age 83, died on Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, in the Colorow Care Center at Olathe. 
Memorial Services will be officiated by The Rev. Bill Forbes on Monday, March 29, at 10 a.m. from the Presbyterian Church in Delta. 
Interment of the cremated remains will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta. 
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Delta County Hospice Project, In Memory of Llew Springer, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804. 
L.J. Springer was born in Bayfield, Colo. on Dec. 15, 1915, the son of Mary and Melvin Springer Sr. He moved with his family to Delta in 1920 where he graduated from the Delta High School in 1933. Llew then graduated from the University of Washington in 1938. That same year he joined his father Mel and brother Jim at the Colorado Bank and Trust Company, where he worked until his retirement in 1975. 
Llew took a four-year leave from the bank during World War II to join the United States Army, where he rose to the rank of Major and served a tour of duty in Europe. 
In addition to banking, he and his brother Jim owned and operated the Stirrup Bar Cattle Ranch at Maher for many years. 
Llew is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mildred Springer, of Delta; one daughter, Christine Ashmun, of Highland, Calif.; one son, Alan M. Springer, of Fairbanks, Alaska; three grandsons: Dylan and Connor Ashmun, of Highland, Calif.; Matt Springer; and one granddaughter, Andrea Springer, both of Fairbanks, Alaska. 
Other family survivors include one sister, Martha Pollock, of San Diego, Calif. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Melvin Springer Sr.; and his brother, Jim Springer, of Delta. 
Llew's first priority was always his family. He spent many fine days on picnics, boating, hunting, fishing, and riding horses. He instilled in his children and grandchildren an enduring appreciation of nature and the outdoors. 
Throughout his lifetime, Llew was a leader in the following capacities: as a Drum Major in his high school marching band, as president of the SAE fraternity in college, and as a member and officer of many organizations in Delta. Among these, he was the first president of the Delta Community Concert, a position he held for several years; president and board member for many years of the Delta Chamber of Commerce; 
President of the local Rotary Club and a District Governor of Rotary International; secretary-treasurer of the Delta Presbyterian Church for 26 years; treasurer of the Grand Mesa Resort Company; a long-time supporter of Little Britches Rodeo and 4-H; a member of the Delta Memorial Hospital Citizen's Committee; and a Colorado West Ambassador. 
Llew was honored as Sportsman of the Year by the Delta Quarterback Club. He initiated the Boy Scout Flag Program in 1960 when he was told of a similar program in another city by an employee at the bank, Worthy Russell, and recognized the obvious benefits that would come to this community if it were begun here. Keeping his priorities straight, however, he declined an invitation to fill a vacancy in the Colorado House of Representatives upon the death of a Western Slope representative for fear that such a job would require too much time away from his family. 
Llew was also a teacher, both in his home and in his profession. He was a founding board member of the Western Colorado Conference of the National Association of Bank Auditors and Comptrollers; an instructor for the American Institute of Banking; and for several years was on the faculty of the Colorado School of Banking, an institute on banking practices sponsored by the Colorado Bankers Association and the University of Colorado School of Business and attended by bankers from 15 western states. 
Perhaps a sense of Llew's dedication to things he valued his family, community, and nation, a sense of the way he led his day-to-day life can be found in a notice published in the Delta County Independent in 1942, when he was promoted to Captain in the Army: 
"Congratulations to Delta's Llew Springer who has just advanced to the rank of Captain and who has also been serving as a Company Commander. Recently we were privileged to read a letter Llew wrote back to Delta and we were impressed with the very deep interest shown in his work and duties as evidencecd by that letter. All of which bears out the hope given by the Legion of men leaving here for service, i.e., 'you will get out of it what you put in.' We remember Llew when, representing the Chamber of Commerce, he pitched in with the city hall boys to give Delta some of the finest Christmas decorations it has ever had. Nice going, Llew, and may your silver bars develop into an eagle."

Fred D. Suttle
An Outstanding Vocalist 
Jan. 18, 1916 March 21, 1999 
OLATHE Fred D. Suttle, age 83, a retired farmer of Olathe, died on Sunday, March 21, 1999, at his home in Olathe. 
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Fred's life were officiated by Daniel Casebier on Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m. from the Olathe Methodist Church. 
Marian Harvat served as organist, with vocalist Lyle Waller singing the selected hymns, "How Great Thou Art" and "The Lord's Prayer." 
Inurnment followed the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: The United Methodist Church of Olathe, In Memory of Fred Suttle, P.O. Box 148, Olathe, Colo. 81425. 
Fred D. Suttle was born in Olathe, Colo., on Jan. 18, 1916, the son of Arthur and Zola (Hogan) Suttle. He spent his childhood, graduated from the Olathe High School, and grew to adulthood in Olathe. He continued to pursue his education and attended Western State College in Gunnison for one year. 
On Oct. 9, 1938, Fred was married in Ridgway, Colo., to Lois Myers, who preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 1998, in the couple's home at Olathe. 
Fred was a member of the Olathe Methodist Church and the Masons. 
He was a horseman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Fred was an "outstanding vocalist." 
Survivors include two daughters: Sharon and husband Patrick Dwyer, of Greeley; Carol and husband Daniel Casebier, of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Dean Suttle, of Durango; and one sister, Evelyn Smith, of San Angelo, Texas. 
In addition to his parents and wife, Fred was also preceded in death by one brother, Kent Suttle.

Ruth Love Wootton Thomas
School Teacher/ Postmistress 
June 1, 1902 March 22, 1999 
GRAND JUNCTION Ruth Love Wootton Thomas, age 96, formerly of Eckert, died on Monday, March 22, 1999, in the Integrated Health Services Mesa Manor at Grand Junction. 
Ruth Love Wootton, the third child of the affluent family of Henry Ashe and Grace Elizabeth (Hubbard) Wootton, was born on June 1, 1902, at San Angelo, Texas. Her father was the first Santa Fe ticket agent and telegraph operator in San Angelo, Texas, in 1900. 
Ruth's mother died in 1918 when she was 16 years old, and the family had a struggle staying together, therefore they became very close knit. Ruth had three brothers and five sisters and she outlived all of the Wootton and Hubbard families. 
Through the kindnesses of Mrs. Rushing, Ruth attended Baylor Belton All Girl Baptist College at Baylor, Texas and Sul Ross University at Alpine, Texas, where she received a lifetime teaching degree. 
Ruth was employed as a teacher at Drasco, Texas, where she taught all grades of school. She met William "Bill" Thomas about 1922. They went together for six years and married on July 15, 1928, at Ballinger, Texas. 
In 1935, Ruth became the Postmistress of Corona, N.M., where she was employed for eight years. 
In 1943, Ruth and Bill and their daughter, LaVerne, moved to Eckert, Colo. Ruth taught first grade at Cedaredge for two years, then moved to Delta where she taught second grade for three years. 
At the forks of the roads one going to Delta and one to Austin, Bill and Ruth developed what he called Orchard City. They had a station, a restaurant and orchards of cherries, plums, and apples. They later changed to a small trailer park and sold the stone house, station, restaurant and orchard. 
Bill and Ruth enjoyed traveling, visiting Old Mexico, Florida, and all of the Southern states. 
After being married for 47 years, Bill preceded Ruth in death in 1974. 
Following her husband's death, Ruth and her sisters continued to travel taking two trips to Hawaii, one to Switzerland, and went on two cruises. Ruth enjoyed wintering in Junction, Texas. 
In August of 1994, she broke her hip and had been under care for the last five years of her life. 
Ruth is survived by one daughter, LaVerne and husband Lester Doyle, of Grand Junction; two grandchildren: Linda G. and husband Terry Brown, of Delta; Daniel Doyle, of Camas, Wash.; five great-grandchildren: Shannon T. Brown, of Denver; Kimberly A. Brown, of Grand Junction; Misty D. Brown, of Gunnison; Dustin A. Doyle, of Camas, Wash.; Evan T. Brown and wife Angela, of Opelika, Ala.; and two great-great-grandchildren: Chrissy and Jordan Brown, of Opelika, Ala. 
Other family survivors include one nephew, Larry Lincecum, of Buhl, Idaho; and two sisters-in-law: Connie Wootten, of De Sota, Texas; and Nadine Scott, of Grand Junction. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mesa View Mortuary in Delta. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Ruth's life will be officiated by Pastor Buddy Bishop on Friday, March 26, at 9 a.m. from the Mesa View Mortuary Chapel in Delta. 
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.

N. Joyce Johnson
She Loved Flowers 
June 12, 1922 March 25, 1999 
MONTROSE N. Joyce Johnson, age 76, a resident of Montrose for 49 years, died early Thursday morning, March 25, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose. 
N. Joyce Peterson was born in Cedaredge, Colo., on June 12, 1922, the daughter of Archie and Effie (Meyers) Peterson. She spent her childhood, graduated from the Cedaredge High School, and grew to adulthood in Cedaredge. 
Joyce married Leland C. "Lee" Johnson on Aug. 9, 1942, in Reno, Nev. This union was blessed with three sons and one daughter. 
Forty-nine years ago the Johnson family moved from Cedaredge to Montrose where Lee preceded Joyce in death on Jan. 5, 1986. 
Joyce worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's business, Lee Johnson Plumbing, for over 20 years. She then was employed as a tax preparer with H & R Block and was also self-employed as a tax preparer. 
She was a member of the Montrose Church of Christ. 
Joyce always enjoyed her work, along with sewing and crocheting. She loved her flowers and growing them. 
Survivors include three sons: Troy Johnson; Samuel Johnson and wife Glennith; Karl Johnson and wife Vickie, all of Montrose; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Oran Peterson, of Cedaredge; and one sister, Marie Miller, of Delta. 
In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was also preceded in death by two brothers: Archie and Jim Peterson; one daughter-in-law, Lois Johnson; and one granddaughter, Sandra Johnson. 
Visitation for family and friends was scheduled for Friday, March 26, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel at Montrose. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Joyce's life were officiated by Pastor Tim Smith on Saturday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m. from the Church of Christ on Townsend in Montrose. 
Joyce's grandsons served as casketbearers. 
Interment followed the service in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, with arrangements handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Paul E. Neuenschwander
Retired Quality Control Manager 
Jan. 14, 1926 March 27, 1999 
DELTA Paul E. Neuenschwander, age 73, a resident of Delta since 1970, died on Saturday, March 27, 1999, at his residence outside of Delta. 
No services are planned at this time. 
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Paul E. Neuenschwander, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804. 
Paul E. Neuenschwander was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on Jan. 14, 1926, the son of Harry and Alma (Burkhart) Neuenschwander. He graduated from high school in Oxford, Ohio. 
Paul married Nancy Jane Albrecht and they danced together for 37 years. 
He served his country in the United States Navy Air Corp. 
Prior to his retirement, Paul was employed as a quality control manager with Beech Aircraft. 
He lived all his life in Oxford, Ohio until moving to the Boulder-Longmont area where he and his wife lived for eight years before moving to Delta in 1970, where Paul made his home until the time of his death. 
He was a member of the Christian Church and the Appaloosa Horse Club. 
Special interests that added meaning and pleasure to Paul's life were pool, chess, bowling, darts, golf, fly fishing, and show horses. 
Survivors include his wife, Nancy J. Neuenschwander, of Delta; three sons: Kris, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Tim, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Bill, of Siberia, Ind.; seven daughters: Adienne, of Lafayette, Ind.; Shari, of Louisville, Ohio; Tari, of Woodsfield, Ohio; Rebecca, of Somerset; Amy Lisa, of Thornton; Anna, of Olathe; Laura, of Rangely; 30 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, and an uncle and aunt, John and Beth Burkhart.

Ruth K. Sauer
Montrose Resident Since 1988 
May 24, 1915 March 23, 1999 
MONTROSE Ruth K. Sauer, age 83, a Montrose resident since 1988, died Tuesday afternoon, March 23, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital. 
Funeral Mass in remembrance and to honor Ruth's life was officiated by The Rev. Dan Huber on Saturday, March 27, at 11 a.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Montrose. Prior to the Mass, viewing was held from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the church. 
Selected hymns were "On Eagle's Wings," "Amazing Grace," and "How Great Thou Art." 
Pallbearers were Bob DeJulio, John Duncan, John Peloquin, Porfy Tafoya, John Welch, and Ed Chenevert. 
Graveside Services will be officiated on Thursday, April 1, at 1 p.m. in the Melville Cemetery at Long Island, N.Y., with local arrangements handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
Born on May 24, 1915, in Patterson, N.J., Ruth K. Kennedy was the daughter of Patrick R. and Lena (Jaeggi) Kennedy. 
Prior to her retirement, Ruth was employed as an admitting clerk for the Brunswick Hospital in Long Island, N.Y. 
She married Henry Sauer on Feb. 14, 1983, in Florida. The couple moved from Spring Hill, Fla., to Montrose in 1988 where Ruth made her home until the time of her death. 
She was a member of the Catholic church. 
Ruth loved ballroom dancing and her animals. She is survived by her dog "Sparky" and her cat "Maxie." 
Survivors grateful to have shared Ruth's life include her husband, Henry Sauer; and one sister, Jean Boylan, both of Montrose. 
Other family survivors include her nieces and nephews: Tommy Boylan Jr. and Ann Purdy, both of Colorado; Jeanne Boylan, of Arizona; Catherine Boylan, of California; Danny Boylan and Teresa Asher, both of Colorado; and Patti Cipollini, of Connecticut. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.


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