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
Other family survivors include three sisters: Frieda Schreiner of Edgewater,
Colo; Elizabeth Hart of Sidney, Neb.; and Rachel Englemann of Lakewood,
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Interment will be in the Mormon Cemetery, with arrangements being handled
under the direction of Booneville Funeral Home, 506 North Third St., Booneville,
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
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
Rite of Committal will follow the Mass in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at
Paonia, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral
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
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.