Miscellaneous Montrose County, Colorado Obituaries


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Henry Deines
Retired Farmer/Rancher 
May 2, 1913 April 6, 1999 
MONTROSE Longtime Montrose resident, Henry Deines, age 85, died on Tuesday evening, April 6, 1999 at his residence. 
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 9, at 2 p.m. from the Montrose Christian Church with the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Grand View Cemetery in Montrose. 
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions, in Memory of Henry Deines, may be made to The Children's Hospital Foundation, 1129 E. 17th Avenue, Denver, Colo. 80218, where Henry's grandson, Taylor, is currently undergoing treatment for Leukemia. 
Henry Deines was born on May 2, 1913 at Briggsdale, Colo., the son of German immigrants, Henry Deines Sr. and Barbara Speaker Deines. He spent his childhood in the Briggsdale and Berthoud areas in agriculture. 
In the mid 1930s, Henry moved to the Meeker and northwestern region of Colorado and worked in the timber industry. He later worked for the Colorado State Highway Department for approximately five years. 
In 1948, Henry, along with his wife Irene and seven children, moved to Nunn, Colo. where he operated a dairy farm until 1956. In 1956, Henry and his family moved to Montrose and purchased the Veo ranch on Bostwick Park. He farmed on Bostwick Park until 1968, at which time the ranch was sold and is now known as the Elk Ridge Restaurant. Henry retired and purchased a home on Hillcrest Dr. and lived there until the time of his death. 
He enjoyed hunting, his garden, fishing and farming. He took pride in his work and family. Henry loved his children and family gatherings. He was truly loved and respected. 
Henry is survived by his children: Robert Deines and wife Chlorene, Joan Tofflemoyer and husband Dick, Bill Deines and wife Beverly, Dick Deines and wife Carol, all of Montrose; Betty Smith and husband Galen of Fruita; Pat Jones and husband Joe of Colorado Springs; and donna Belcher and husband Dick of Yorba Linda, Calif.; 26 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include three sisters: Frieda Schreiner of Edgewater, Colo; Elizabeth Hart of Sidney, Neb.; and Rachel Englemann of Lakewood, Colo. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Sauer Deines in October 1963. He remarried Almettie Sanders in 1965, who died in 1982. Therefore, Henry is also survived by three step-children and several step-grandchildren. 
In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, one grandson and one great-grandson.

June Cornelia Galloway Earle
Retired Teacher 
April 30, 1913 April 4, 1999 
MONTROSE Former Montrose and Norwood resident, June Cornelia Galloway Earle, age 85, died of natural causes on Sunday, April 4, 1999 in the Beverly Manor Nursing Home at Blythe, Calif., after only living there 20 days. 
Graveside Services were held Thursday, April 8, 1999 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grand View Cemetery of Montrose, with the Rev. Billy Merrell of the First Southern Baptist Church of Palo Verde, Calif., officiating. 
Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 7 at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Montrose Valley Funeral Home of Montrose. 
June Cornelius Galloway was born on April 30, 1913 at Norwood, Colo., the daughter of Eugene Galloway and Mabel Biddle Galloway. 
At the age of 6 months, Miss Galloway lost her mother. When she was 12 years old her grandmother died, and then her father died when she was just 16. She grew to adulthood in the care of friends and relatives in the Montrose and Norwood area. 
On June 13, 1937 she was married to Emory George Earle at Durango. 
Mrs. Earle was a homemaker and taught elementary school for a number of years in the Montrose school system, retiring in 1973. 
She was a member of the Sunnyside Foursquare Church while living in Montrose, and attended the First Southern Baptist Church in Palo Verde, Calif. 
She is survived by a son, Eugene Gideon Galloway of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Jeannine Forrest of Blythe, Calif.; five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Mrs. Earle was preceded in death by a grandson.

Louisa Hatten Hollingshead
One of 10 Siblings 
Oct. 15, 1912 March 30, 1999 
PARKER Former Montrose resident, Louisa Hatten Hollingshead, age 86, a resident of Parker for 10 years, died Tuesday afternoon, March 30, 1999, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Delbert Isom, at Parker. Louisa was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and homemaker. 
Louisa Hatten Batte, one of 10 siblings, was born in Plainview, Texas, on Oct. 15, 1912, the daughter of William Robert and Florence Lucille (Sherrod) Batte. Louisa spent her early childhood on the family farm in Mayhill, N.M., and attended school in Cloudcroft, N.M. 
At the age of 18, Louisa married Charles Fredrick Hollingshead on Aug. 2, 1930. After their marriage they moved to the Greeley area for a time, working on different farms and ranches. They then spent some time in Gunnison and then moved to Uravan where Charles worked for Union Carbide, retiring after 18 years with the company. 
After his retirement, Charles and Louisa moved to Montrose and built a new home , where Charles preceded Louisa in death in 1982. Louisa remained in their Montrose home for seven years before moving to Parker, Colo. to be with her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Delbert Isom. She was also surrounded by her grandchildren; son, Don and family, and was lovingly cared for by her granddaughter Stacy and other family members. 
Louisa loved to raise flowers and have a garden wherever she lived. She also enjoyed reading books and doing needlepoint. The things closest to her heart were her children all five of them and her grandchildren who she loved dearly. 
Survivors include four sons: Wayne Hollingshead, of Warren, Wis.; Don Hollingshead, of Parker; Dave Hollingshead, of Delta; William "Bill" Hollingshead, of Montrose; one daughter, Betty Isom, of Parker; 19 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren. 
All of Louisa's siblings, three brothers and six sisters, her parents, and husband are deceased. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Monday, April 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Louisa's life will be officiated by Pastor Tim Wade, of the Rosemont Baptist Church in Montrose, on Tuesday, April 6, at 2 p.m. from the Montroes Valley Funeral Home Chapel. 
Interment will follow the service in the Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Lael Sybil (Cross) Kettle-Underwood
Former MMH Employee 
March 13, 1937 March 28, 1999 
EADS Former longtime Montrose resident, Lael Sybil (Cross) Kettle-Underwood, age 62, died of a long illness Sunday afternoon, March 28, 1999, at her home in Eads. 
Lael Cross, the daughter of Archie and Frances (Sloan) Cross, was born on March 13, 1937, in Montrose, Colo., where she grew up, received her education, and made her home until moving to Eads, Colo. in 1997. 
Lael married (Lester) Wayne Kettle on Nov. 8, 1958. They made their home in Ridgway and Montrose. Wayne preceded Lael in death on Nov. 23, 1969. 
On June 6, 1975, Lael married Ernest Underwood and they made their home in Montrose. Ernest preceded Lael in death on June 18, 1986. 
Lael was employed with Montrose Memorial Hospital for 30 years, until January of 1997. 
She was a dedicated member of the First Assembly of God in Montrose and was also very involved in the activities of Eads Assembly of God during her time in Eads with her son Larry and family. 
During her life, Lael worked with many people and made many dear friends. She loved the outdoors and had many interests. She was a very dedicated and loving mother to her children. 
Survivors include four children: Shawna Lynn (Kettle) and husband Scott Allmon, of Glenwood Springs; Douglas Duane Kettle and wife Brenda, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Larry Dean Kettle and wife Marilyn, of Eads; and Danie Lea (Underwood) and husband Scott Brew. 
Lael was the proud grandmother of 17 grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include two sisters: Donna Lee Heiden and Idane Gibbons; one brother, Duane Cross; and one sister-in-law, Erika Gordon, of Florida. 
In addition to her parents and both husbands, Lael was also preceded in death by one son, Darrel Wayne Kettle, who was born and died on March 9, 1960; a granddaughter, Rachel R. Kettle, who was born and died on Dec. 9, 1988; and three brothers: Don Cross, Dale Cross, and Clifford Cross. 
A service of remembrance and celebration was officiated by The Revs. Ron Frierson and Larry Kettle on Monday, March 29, at 7 p.m. from the Eads Assembly of God Church. 
Special music was provided by the Eads Assembly of God Worship Team, Kathy Shade and Pam Frierson. 
Casketbearers were Geleslie King, Tony Jensen, Harvey Shade, Walt Immer, Rich Hockett, and Larry Wyatt. 
The service concluded at the church. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Lael's life were officiated by The Revs. Keith Howard, Robert Smith, and Phil Neely on Wednesday, March 31, at 10 a.m. from the First Assembly of God Church in Montrose. 
Musical selections were provided by Carma Grimes and Marilyn Wyatt and Charlie Wagner. Lael's family also provided musical selections. 
Serving as casketbearers were Gordon Blay, Tom Grimes, Bill Archer, Bill Ross, Sam Brim, and Doug Chaffin. 
Interment followed the Montrose service in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, with local arrangements handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home and Eads' arrangements handled under the direction of Brown Funeral Home of Eads. 
Memorials gifts may be made to: Eads Assembly of God Church Building Fund, In Memory of Lael S. Kettle-Underwood, c/o Brown Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Eads, Colo. 81036.

Carolyn Bridgewater
43-Year Eckert Homemaker 
April 21, 1930 April 12, 1999 
ECKERT Carolyn Bridgewater, age 68, a homemaker and resident of Eckert for 43 years, died on Monday, April 12, 1999, in her Eckert home nine days before she would have celebrated her 69th birthday. 
Carolyn Burtard, the daughter of Matthew J. and May R. (Ryan) Burtard, was born on April 21, 1930, in Denver, Colo., where she spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood. 
Carolyn married Roy Bridgewater on June 26, 1949, in Denver. Their union was blessed with two daughters and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year in June. 
In 1956, she moved from Lakewood in to Eckert where she remained until the time of her death. 
Carolyn was a member of the Eckert Presbyterian Church. 
She loved her family and enjoyed making ceramics, oil painting, and art work. 
Survivors include her husband, Roy Bridgewater, of Eckert; and two daughters: Karima "Carol Lynn" Mansour, of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Joyce and husband Ken Ballard, of Cedaredge. 
Carolyn was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren: Daniel and Sam, of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and Christy and Bobby, of Cedaredge. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Wilbur Burtard, of Denver; and one sister, Edna Mae Kenison, of Arizona. 
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mesa View Mortuary in Delta. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Carolyn's life will be officiated by The Rev. Grady Allison on Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m. from the Eckert Presbyterian Church in Eckert. 
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery at Delta, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: KJOL Radio, In Memory of Carolyn Bridgewater, 1206 Ute Ave., Grand Junction, Colo. 81501-4618. 

John Duane Cheney
Wife and Son His Greatest Loves 
May 9, 1951 April 3, 1999 
REXFORD, Kan. John Duane Cheney, age 47, the youngest of four children, was born on May 9, 1951, in St. Thomas Hospital at Colby, Kan., the son of William Allen "Bill" and Blanche Louise (Turrell) Cheney. He died early Saturday morning, April 3, 1999, the day before Easter Sunday in the Citizens Medical Center at Colby, Kan. after a brave battle against cancer. 
From the time he was a little boy John was a very strong-willed child, and he matured into a strong-willed man. He grew up on his parents' farm north of Rexford, where he learned to farm and raise cattle working beside his father. 
John attended Vickers School, a one-room country school with one teacher for all eight grades, a few miles from his family home. Vickers School was closed at the end of John's seventh grade year and he continued his education in Rexford. In May of 1969, John graduated from the Rexford High School. He enjoyed playing basketball during and after high school. John, his neighbors, and friends played many basketball practices and games in the hayloft of the barn at the Cheney farm. He also enjoyed singing and playing the guitar in his later teenage years and early 20s. 
On April 2, 1961, John was baptized by Rev. Norman Linhart and became a member of the Rexford Community Church. 
During his senior year of high school, John met Phyllis Jean Dahl of Colby, the love of his life, and they were married on Aug. 9, 1969, in the First Baptist Church at Colby, Kan. John and Phyllis' union was blessed with one son, Allen Scott Cheney, and they were so privileged to have shared almost 30 years of marriage. 
John and Phyllis established their home on John's family farm where he farmed, raised cattle, did mechanic work, and pumped oil wells for West Kansas Oil. 
John was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He loved to hunt, fish, and work on race cars. He had a passion for guns, but, John's greatest joy was to get on the tractor and turn up the soil. He loved the smell of the freshly turned up earth. 
John's faith in God was very solid as he totally trusted and loved his Lord. He was a very brave man and accepted whatever was given to him in this life. 
Besides God, the closest thing to John's heart were his two greatest loves in life: His wife, best friend, and prayer partner, Phyllis; and his son, Allen, who was the pride of his life. 
John will be so deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. His presence could fill a room, as well as his laughter. If our love could have saved him, we would still have John today. 
Survivors very grateful to have shared John's life include his wife, Phyllis Cheney; his son, Allen Scott Cheney; his mother, Blanche Cheney; and his special granddog, Ace, all of Rexford, Kan. 
Other family survivors include two sisters: Marilyn and husband Alvin Korte, of Garden City, Kan.; Lois Ann Hake, of Montrose; one brother-in-law, Jay Dahl and wife Nancy, of Rexford, Kan.; two sisters-in-law: Vicki Barnett, of Colby, Kan.; Kay and husband Mike Petersen, of Rexford, Kan.; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends including his special devoted friend, Terry Gotchall, of Colby, who spent every Friday with him. 
John was preceded in death by his older brother, William Earl Cheney, age 19, April 7, 1968; his father, Bill Cheney, Feb. 8, 1988; one nephew, Tommie Korte, age 27, Nov. 13, 1992; one brother-in-law, Gary "Barney" Barnett, age 46, May 16, 1993; a nephew through marriage, Tim Carl, age 34, May 31, 1995; his father-in-law, Jay Dahl, May 11, 1996; and his mother-in-law, Donna Dahl, Feb. 18, 1998. 
A memorial fund in John's name has been established at Kersenbrock Funeral Chapel, 745 South Country Club, Colby, Kan. 67701. 
A celebration of John's life was officiated by Pastor Gary Taylor and Pastor Lane Purcell on Tuesday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Rexford Community Church. 
Cremation had taken place, with the service concluding at the church. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Kersenbrock Funeral Chapel of Colby, Kan. 
Graveside Services and interment of the ashes was conducted by Pastor Lane Purcell on Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. in the Rexford Cemetery. 

Richard P. Tisdel
Retired Ouray Attorney 
April 17, 1943 April 7, 1999 
OURAY Richard Philip "Rich" Tisdel, age 55, of Ouray, died on Wednesday, April 7, 1999, 10 days before he would have celebrated his 56th birthday. He suffered a massive heart attack that took his life while sailing on the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota, Fla., with his wife, Francie; and good friends, Dee and Glynn Williams. 
To those he left behind, Rich was a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend ..... an attorney, a colleague, a citizen of Ouray ..... a dreamer, an adventurer, and in all things, a prankster extraordinaire. 
Humor fizzes through the stories of his life. It is impossible for those who knew him to dwell too long upon his death, for the memories of all his antics cannot be repressed. And the memories bring laughter perhaps the best of all the gifts he left behind. 
Rich was the senior attorney at Tisdel, Hockersmith and Burns, P.C., the major law firm in Ouray County. He practiced law in Ouray from 1974 until he retired in 1996. 
Rich served as Ouray County attorney for 20 years, and was very involved in the many development issues as Ouray went from a mining and agriculture area into growth and tourism. 
Richard Philip Tisdel was born in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 17, 1943, the son of Peres "Bill" and Helen Tisdel. His early childhood was spent in Hurley, N.M. and Georgetown, Colo. When Rich was 8 and his sister, Pat, was 12, their father died suddenly of a heart attack. The family then moved to Greeley, where Rich graduated from College High in 1961. 
He continued to pursue his education and attended college and law school at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. Throughout his schooling Rich earned a long list of honors. 
In the summer of 1965, between college and law school, Rich vagabonded all around Europe. He met Francie in the village of Zermatt, Switzerland and began the love story of his life. Ten days later Rich proposed to Francie on a moonlit evening in Rome and they were married the following summer in Salisbury, Conn. 
Rich and Francie spent their honeymoon summer in Ouray, where Rich worked as a legal clerk for attorney Phil Icke, who offered Rich a job when he graduated. 
But the Vietnam War was raging, and Rich joined the Navy's Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, and was commissioned as a Lieutenant J.G. He was stationed first in Newport, R.I. then in San Francisco, Calif. before relocating with his family to Canberra, Australia in 1971. 
Rich spent the next three years looking after the legal needs of American soldiers in Australia on R&R from Vietnam, as well as working occasionally at the Navy's "Operation Deep Freeze" New Zealand base, which until recently provided logistical support to the United States Antarctic Program. 
The Tisdels decided to return to the United States and establish their home in Ouray. In 1974 they set out on an overland trek back to the U.S. They lived out of backpacks for the next six months, following a route through Southeast Asia, across the then Soviet Union, and through much of Europe before crossing the Atlantic and settling into their new home in Ouray. 
Altogether, Rich spent over 22 years practicing law in Ouray. He started out at Icke's law firm. When Icke retired, Rich bought the practice, nurturing it into what is now one of the most respected and well established law firms in the region. Partners Mike Hockersmith and Robert Burns joined him in the 1980s. Partner Andy Mueller and Associate Susan McIntosh came on board more recently. 
Rich's areas of legal expertise encompassed mining law, water law, and eventually real estate law. At different points in his career, he also served as attorney for the City of Ouray, the Town of Ridgway, and Ouray County, and played an integral role on the Ouray County Planning Commission. 
Rich was appointed to the Colorado River Conservation District's Board of Governors, he testified at the State Capitol for mining law reform, and in 1997 his peers in the 7th Judicial District Bar Association honored him with the Award for Professionalism. 
The touchstones of his career were honesty, integrity, an absolute intolerance of bigotry especially in his own community and an ability to recognzie and nurture that in people which is good. 
Rich sang in the Ouray Presbyterian Church choir, and performed in the Totally Talentless Trio (TTT), as well as Musical Saw sing-a-longs. He played leading roles as "Daddy Warbucks" and "Scrooge" in local theatrical productions. He was an Ouray School Board member from 1989 to 1995 and was president of the board for three of those years. He was a founding member of the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, president of the Culinary Arts Show, which put Ouray on the cultural map in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and Big Boss of the now-defunct Royal Ouray Yacht Club (ROYC), which once sponsored toy-boat races down the Uncompahgre River. 
Rich had a true knack with friendship, and could put people immediately at ease with his easy warmth and humor. The Tisdels opened their home to many foreign exchange students over the years. 
In 1988, the Tisdels took a year off to return to Down Under. They then returned to their jobs in Ouray. They started composing a "to-do" list of things they would like to do with the rest of their lives. In 1996, Rich and Francie quit their jobs and started on the list. They learned to sail and served an apprenticeship as crew members on the Voyager. With their appetite for sailing merely whetted, they returned to Ouray just in time for the birth of their grandson, Morgan Tisdel Wright. 
In the months before Rich's death, he and Francie were living in Nokomis, Fla. fixing up their little sailboard, enjoying a parade of guests, and planning their next adventure hiking the Colorado Trail. 
Rich died while living out his dreams, surrounded by friendship and love. He is survived by his wife, Francie; his mother, Helen; his two children: Ben and Samantha; and his grandson, Morgan Wright. 
Other family survivors include a sister, Pat and husband Wes Sandle; a niece and a nephew, Alison and Troy, as well as their respective families. 
A ceremony and celebration of Rich's life will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 11 a.m. in the Ouray Community Center, with a potluck lunch afterwards. Libations shall be provided, and shall flow freely. 
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial gifts, in memory of Rich, be made to the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation or the Ouray Performing Arts Guild.

Wayne Wheeler
Mechanic, Loved Music 
June 18, 1963 April 15, 1999 
MONTROSE Wayne Wheeler, age 35, a resident of Montrose for five years, died of multiple sclerosis early Thursday morning, April 15, 1999, in the Grand Junction Care Center. 
Born on June 18, 1963, in Brockton, Mass., Wayne Wheeler was the son of Kenneth Elwin and Lorraine (Lewis) Wheeler. Wayne spent his childhood in California. 
He worked as a mechanic and made his home in Montrose the last five years of his life. 
Wayne loved music and especially enjoyed his motorcycle. 
Survivors include one brother, Steve Wheeler, of California; four sisters: Cheryl Fraijo and Debra Wippler, both of Colorado Springs; Melanie Wheeler, of Montrose; Barbara Kline, of California; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 
Wayne was preceded in death by his father in 1995. 
Memorial Services to honor and celebrate Wayne's life will be officiated by Pastor Michael Lundberg, of the Valley Baptist Church of Montrose, on Monday, April 19, at 11 a.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. The service will conclude at the chapel. 
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

David Bryan Alves
Transmissions Mechanic 
March 6, 1968 April 15, 1999 
CRAWFORD David Bryan Alves, the son of Arthur Joseph and Elsie Darlene (Carroll) Alves was born on March 6, 1968, in Fresno, Calif. He died on Thursday, April 15, 1999, at the age of 31 in a one-vehicle roll-over accident. 
David spent his childhood in Madera, Calif., and graduated from high school in Manteca, Calif. 
On Feb. 24, 1999, he married Angela Annette Lawson in Reno, Nev. 
David was employed as a transmissions mechanic and lived in Redding, Calif., before moving to Crawford in February of 1999, where he resided until the time of his death. 
David especially enjoyed fishing and hunting. 
Survivors include his wife, Angie Alves, of Crawford; one son, Devon Dowdin, of Sacramento, Calif.; two daughters: Ashley Nichole Alves, of Manteca, Calif.; Nicole Gamaza, of Mesa, Ariz.; one stepson, Michael Harmon; and one stepdaughter, Jimi Jo Lawson, both of Crawford. 
Other family survivors include his parents, Art and Darlene Alves, of Manteca, Calif.; three sisters: Connie and husband Greg Parmer, of Rocklin, Calif.; Tracey and husband George Tisnado, of San Diego, Calif.; Karen and husband Ron Poole, of Fresno, Calif.; and one grandmother, Christine Alves, of Tracy, Calif. 
David was preceded in death by three grandparents. 
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate David's life were officiated by R. Wayne Eklund on Monday, April 19, at 11 a.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss. 
Interment followed the service in the Garden of Memories at Crawford, with arrangements handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Hotchkiss.

Joseph "Lee" Atchley
Retired Farmer 
Jan. 15, 1916 April 17, 1999 
DELTA Joseph "Lee" Atchley was born on Jan. 15, 1916, in Delta, Colo., the son of William Thomas and Mary S. (Renfrow) Atchley. He died on Saturday, April 17, 1999, at the age of 83 in his Delta home. 
Lee spent his childhood, received his education, and lived his entire lifetime at Delta until the time of his death. 
He married his wife, Martha, on June 1, 1937, in Delta, Colo. Their union was blessed with three children and they were privileged to share 61 years of marriage. 
Prior to his retirement, Lee worked as a farmer. 
He was a member of the Delta Christian Church and greatly enjoyed softball, baseball, hunting, fishing, and bowling. 
Survivors grateful to have shared Lee's life include his wife, Martha Atchley, of Delta; one son, Robert "Lloyd" Atchley, of Fort Collins; one daughter, Joan and husband Larry Jones, of Delta; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Ben Atchley, of Delta. 
Lee was preceded in death by one daughter, his parents, four brothers, and one sister. 
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Lee's life will be officiated by Pastor Don Bavor on Monday, April 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the Delta City Cemetery. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Delta. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Delta Christian Church, In Memory of Joseph "Lee" Atchley, 658 Howard St., Delta, Colo. 81416.

Bertha Modean Hill
Former Montrose Resident 
March 28, 1917 April 17, 1999 
BOONEVILLE, Miss. Former Montrose resident, Bertha Modean Hill, age 82, died of a heart attack on Saturday, April 17, 1999, at her home near Booneville, Miss. 
Bertha Modean Smith was born in Bowie, Texas on March 28, 1917, the daughter of Dock Calvin and Myrtle Della (Vaught) Smith. For several of her early years, she lived in Oklahoma. 
Bertha married George Ray Hill on Jan. 11, 1937, and they moved to Montrose, Colo., where Bertha and her family lived for 48 years. When her health began to fail in 1985, she and her husband moved to Booneville, Miss. to be near their daughter. 
Bertha was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
A genealogy devotee, Bertha traced parts of her own family history as far back as the year 900. She was instrumental in the publishing of several books on the subject of genealogy, and also influenced many people to research their own family history. 
Survivors include one daughter, Ramona Floyd, of Booneville, Miss.; one son, Clinton Hill, of Chesapeake, Va.; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. 
Bertha was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Ray Hill, in 1997; one son, Tillman Hill; and one brother, Virgil Smith. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Bertha's life will be officiated by Bishop Jimmy Burcham, Bishop Jimmy Lee Floyd, President John Larsen with Bro. Arthur Byrd and Bro. Elmer James assisting on Monday, April 19, at 4 p.m. from the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville, Miss. 
Interment will be in the Mormon Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Booneville Funeral Home, 506 North Third St., Booneville, Miss. 38829.

Martin John Pavlisick
Retired Coal Miner 
Oct. 14, 1906 April 15, 1999 
PAONIA Martin John Pavlisick, age 92, a retired coal miner and resident of Paonia since 1944, died on Thursday, April 15, 1999, in the Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center. 
Born on Oct. 14, 1906, in Floresta, Colo., Martin John Pavlisick was the son of Martin and Josephine (Fabian) Pavlisick. He spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood in Bowie, Colo. 
Martin married Jennie DeLost on Aug. 26, 1933, in Paonia, Colo. To their union two sons and one daughter were born. The Pavlisicks would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this year in August. 
In 1944, the Pavlisicks moved to Paonia, where Martin made his home until the time of his death. 
During his lifetime, Martin worked as a coal miner for 48 years until his retirement. 
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Paonia, Elks Lodge No. 1897, and United Mine Workers Association (UMWA) Local No. 6417. 
Martin loved and greatly enjoyed his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, horseshoeing, and gardening. 
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Pavlisick; two sons: Kenneth Pavlisick and wife Rena; Marvin Pavlisick and wife Carol Ann, all of Paonia; and one daughter, Carolyn and husband Tom McKee, of Palisade. 
Martin was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren and the great-grandfather of nine great-grandchildren. 
He is also survived by one brother, Adolph Pavlisick and wife Mary, of Grand Junction. 
Martin was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Joe and Bill Pavlisick; and two sisters: Ruby Kuretich and Josephine "Josie" Sims. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Monday, April 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia, with the Rosary to follow visitation at 7 p.m. at the church. 
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by The Rev. Mike Smith on Tuesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia. 
Rite of Committal will follow the Mass in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Paonia, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: North Fork Ambulance Association, In Memory of Martin John Pavlisick, P.O. Box 127, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419.

Tyler Mathew Hillis
4-Week-Old Infant 
March 19, 1999 April 16, 1999 
DELTA Tyler Mathew Hillis, the son of Thomas and Carmen (Foy) Hillis, was born on Friday, March 19, 1999, in Montrose, Colo. Tyler Mathew, of Delta, died at the age of 4 weeks old on Friday, April 16, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction. 
He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Carmen Hillis; and two brothers: Thomas Hillis Jr. and Timothy Hillis, all of Delta. 
Other family survivors include his grandparents: Tom and Marti Foy, of Bonsall, Calif.; Roy and Martha Hillis, of Delta; great-grandparents: Tom and Agnes Foy, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Elma Sue Cox, of Ohio; and two aunts and uncles: Jodi and Dan Edwards, of Oceanside, Calif.; and Michelle and Keith Trujillo, of Delta. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Monday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. at Delta. 
Funeral Services to honor Tyler Mathew's life will be officiated by Dr. James Hamilton on Tuesday, April 20, at 2 p.m. from the Gunnison Valley Church of the Nazarene 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. of Delta.

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