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Harry L. Ergott Jr.
Worked as an Outfitter 
July 29, 1961 April 18, 1999 
CIMARRON Harry L. Ergott Jr. was born in Amarillo, Texas on July 29, 1961, the son of Harry L. Ergott Sr. and Joanne (Roan) Ergott. He died early Sunday morning, April 18, 1999, at the age of 37 in his Cimarron home. 
Harry spent his childhood in Amarillo, Texas; Missouri and Pennsylvania before moving with his family at the age of 11 from Pennsylvania to Cimarron. He graduated from the Montrose High School in 1979. 
On Feb. 17, 1988, Harry and Carol Paris were married in Pennsylvania. 
Harry was employed as an outfitter for The Little Big Horn Lodge. His profession as an outfitter awarded him the opportunity to meet people from all across the United States which led to many wonderful and lasting friendships. 
The Division of Wildlife greatly appreciated Harry and his family's willingness to support any wildlife issues and their efforts to raise money for the division and its employees. They helped with the winter wildlife feeding program and sponsored hunts over the last several years, with the funds raised to help sponsor the North American Conservation Officers Hall of Fame in North Dakota. 
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Montrose. 
Harry's love of the mountains endowed his life with passions such as hunting big game, fishing the high mountain lakes and streams with friends and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. These activities always brought a smile to Harry's face, a smile which has touched many hearts over the years, a smile that will truly be missed and surely never forgotten. 
Survivors include Harry's wife of 11 years, Carol Ergott, of Montrose; and one son, Stephen J. Micenec, of Cimarron. 
Other family survivors include his parents, Harry L. Ergott Sr. and Joanne Ergott; and two sisters: Tina and husband Rick Mayer; and Penny and husband Alan Bishop, all of Montrose. 
Memorial Mass in remembrance and to honor Harry's life will be officiated by The Rev. Dan Huber on Thursday, April 22, at 11 a.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Montrose. 
A second Memorial Service to celebrate Harry's life will take place, immediately following the Memorial Mass, at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel, also officiated by The Rev. Dan Huber. 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. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Norwest Bank, Harry Ergott Jr. Benefit Fund, Acct. No. 6255078579. The funds will go to the University Hospital in Denver for Cancer Research.

John "Dick" Poulos Jr.
Retired Chef/Baker 
May 16, 1920 April 17, 1999 
PAONIA John "Dick" Poulos Jr., the son of John and Fronia (Tucker) Poulos, was born on May 16, 1920, in Paonia, Colo. He died on Saturday, April 17, 1999, at the age of 78 in the Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center. 
Dick spent his childhood in Paonia, graduated from the Paonia High School in 1939, and continued to pursue his education at Chilicothe Business College in Chilicothe, Mo. 
He served his country in the United States Navy. 
Dick married Mary Alice Holvoet on May 1, 1947, in Paonia, Colo. To this union two daughters were born. 
A life-long Paonia resident, Dick was employed as a chef/baker prior to his retirement. 
He was preceded in death by his wife on Oct. 24, 1997, in Grand Junction. 
Dick was a 50-year member of the American Legion. 
Special interests he greatly enjoyed during his lifetime were his pets, cooking, baking, and fishing. He loved spending time with his family. In his later years, Dick found great pleasure in all of his dogs. 
He is survived by two daughters: Susan and husband Rick Smith, of Delta; Mary Jane Poulos, of Paonia; and two grandchildren: Christopher and Meghan Smith. 
Other family survivors include two brothers: Pete Poulos, of Paonia; and James Poulos, of Golden. 
In addition to his parents and wife, Dick was also preceded in death by two sisters: Evelyn Palese and Georgia Cheves. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Dick's life will be officiated by James Gall on Wednesday, April 21, at 10 a.m. from the Paonia Christian Church. Dick's son-in-law, Rick Smith, will give the eulogy. 
Interment will follow the service 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: Delta County Humane Society, In Memory of John "Dick" Poulos Jr., P.O. Box 1111, Delta, Colo. 81416.

James "Jim" Bonato
Retired Telluride Mill Machinist 
March 28, 1923 April 21, 1999 
MONTROSE James "Jim" Bonato, the son of Sabastian and Mariana (Tasca) Bonato, was born on March 28, 1923, in Telluride, Colo. He died Wednesday evening, April 21, 1999, at the age of 76 in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose. 
Jim spent his childhood, graduated from the Telluride High School, and grew to adulthood in Telluride. 
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a machinist with the Telluride Mill for many years. 
Jim was a lifelong Telluride resident until moving to Montrose approximately 17 years ago where he made his home until the time of his death. 
He was raised a Catholic and was a lifetime member of the Telluride Elks Lodge No. 692, serving as a Past Exalted Ruler of the lodge. 
Jim loved all sports and watching it on TV and enjoyed bowling and playing horseshoes. 
Survivors include a sister, Perina and husband Elmer Ranta, of Montrose; his twin sister, Johanna and husband James Lehrer, of Pueblo; three nieces: Rica Lehrer, Vicki Eldsmo, Mary Ann Lund; and two nephews: Kirk D. Lehrer and Allan Ranta. 
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Dan Lehrer. 
Memorial Services to honor and celebrate Jim's life will be officiated by The Rev. Dan Huber on Wednesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. The service will conclude at the chapel. 
Cremation has taken place, with inurnment of the cremains to be held at a later date in the Lone Tree Cemetery at Telluride. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Telluride Elks Lodge No. 692, In Memory of Jim Bonato, P.O. Box 986, Telluride, Colo. 81435.

Kenneth Harlan Brown
Retired Office Manager 
Dec. 21, 1905 April 25, 1999 
CEDAREDGE Kenneth Harlan Brown, the son of James William and Frances (Harlan) Brown, was born on Dec. 21, 1905, in Randolph County, Mo. He died on Sunday, April 25, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital at the age of 93. He had been a resident of Cedaredge since Dec. 12, 1970. 
Kenneth spent his childhood in Kit Carson County, Colo., where he received his education and grew to adulthood. 
He served his country as a PFC in the United States Army from Feb. 11, 1924 to Feb. 10, 1927. 
After growing up in Kit Carson County, Colo., Kenneth lived in Colorado Springs and then moved to Denver where he made his home for 40 years. On Dec. 12, 1970, he moved from Denver to Cedaredge where he remained until the time of his death. 
He married Gertrude E. Warren on Dec. 29, 1926, in Evergreen, Colo. She preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 1967, in Denver. 
On April 5, 1968, Kenneth married Anna Marie Ford in Lakewood, Colo. Kenneth and Anna were privileged to celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary earlier this month. 
Prior to his retirement, Kenneth was employed as an office manager for American District Telegraph for 40 years. 
He was a member of the I.O.O.F. of Cedaredge and special interests he found great pleasure in during his lifetime were woodworking, hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. 
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Anna Marie Brown, of Cedaredge; one grandson, Warren Harlan Brown Jr., of Denver; one great-granddaughter, Christina Ann; and one great-great-grandchild. 
In addition to his parents and first wife, Gertrude, he was also preceded in death by one son, Warren Harlan Brown; and one sister, Katha Marie Tanner. 
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.

J.A. "Buzz" Coffman
Beloved Husband, Parent, Grandparent 
July 26, 1915 April 20, 1999 
MONTROSE Montrose resident, J.A. "Buzz" Coffman, age 83, died after a short illness on Tuesday, April 20, 1999. 
Buzz was born on July 26, 1915, in Kansas but spent most of his life in Denver, Colo. 
He and his wife of 57 years, Dottie, moved to Montrose in 1987. 
Survivors include his wife, Dottie Coffman, of Montrose; one daughter, Sandi Garrett, of Tulsa, Okla.; and three granddaughters: Marnie Brockman, of Tulsa, Okla.; Wendy Daru, of Denver; and Diva Bechtold, of Vancouver, Canada. 
Buzz was an avid fisherman. He and Dottie loved to travel in their trailer, making people smile and laugh wherever they went. 
He loved the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies. He also loved to swim and won several medals in the Senior Olympics. 
Buzz found the best in others and truly made the world a better place. He'll be missed more than he could ever know. 
Services will be held on Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church. The service will conclude at the church. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Buzz's name, to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program where Buzz loved to donate his time.

Chad Wayne Cookston
Greatly Loved Family, Friends 
March 14, 1983 April 12, 1999 
CRAIG Chad Wayne Cookston, age 16, a lifelong resident of Craig, died on Monday, April 12, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction. 
Chad Wayne Cookston was born on March 14, 1983, in Craig, Colo., the son of Wayne and Diane (Hubert) Cookston. Chad spent his childhood in Craig and was a sophomore student at the Moffat County High School at the time of his death. 
He played percussion in the high school band, was a member of the boys swim team, the soccer team, the Craig Sea Sharks, and belonged to the youth group of the Congregational Church. 
Craig's hobbies he found great pleasure in were four-wheeling, mountain biking, snow skiing, hunting, camping, and traveling. 
He had such a great love for his family and friends. 
Survivors very grateful to have shared Craig's short time here on earth include his parents, Wayne and Diane Cookston; and one sister, Shawn Cookston, all of Craig. 
Other family survivors include Craig's grandparents: Evelyn Cookston; Lynn and Bill Hubert, all of Montrose; great-grandparents: A.M. and Mary Cookston, of Denver; Nettie Hubert, of Montrose; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. 
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Craig's life were officiated by The Revs. Kenneth Forshee and Tim Osborn on Friday, April 16, at 4 p.m. at the Craig Middle School Auditorium. 
Prelude to the service was by the M.C.H.S. Band "How Firm Thy Friendship." Elaine DeuPree served as pianist. Musical selections by The Congregational Choir were "God Of The Sparrow" and "Surely The Presence." A piano solo was performed from Forrest Gump, "The Feather Theme." A special musical selection was "God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You." 
Pallbearers were Dylan Schopper, Jeremy Thuney, Travis Butts, Wes Lytle, Josh Shipley, Kole Nielson, Nick Davis, Brandon Cramer, and Ben Koucherik. 
Interment followed the service in the Craig Cemetery, with arrangements handled under the direction of the Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colo. 81625. 
Memorial gifts may be made to a Memorial Fund in Memory of Chad, c/o Bank of Colorado.

Albert E. "Gene" Hancock
Retired Railroad Engineer 
March 29, 1914 April 22, 1999 
MONTROSE Albert E. "Gene" Hancock was born in Santa Rita, N.M., on March 29, 1914, the son of Allen M. and Ellen (Rudd) Hancock. He died early Thursday morning, April 22, 1999, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose at the age of 85. 
Gene graduated from the Austin High School in El Paso, Texas. 
During World War II, Gene served his country as a locomotive engineer in France and Germany with the 723 Operating Battalion in the United States Army. 
He married Jeanne Thorpe on Jan. 30, 1943, in Las Cruces, N.M. Their union was blessed with one son and one daughter and they were privileged to share 56 years of marriage. 
Prior to his retirement, Gene was employed as a railroad engineer. 
After being lifelong El Paso, Texas residents, the Hancocks moved to Montrose a year ago to be closer to their family, where Gene made his home until the time of his death. 
He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite member in El Paso, Texas. 
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Hancock, of Montrose; one son, Gene McCardle and wife Nell, of El Paso, Texas; and one daughter, Carole and husband Pastor Frank Vanlandingham, of Montrose. 
Gene was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren: Leslie Zeiger, Kyle McCardle, Patricia McCardle, all of El Paso, Texas; Kelly Vanlandingham, Christine Woerner, both of Montrose; Shelly Waggoner, of Aurora; and the great-grandfather of eight great-grandchildren. 
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Perkins. 
Memorial Services to honor and celebrate Gene's life will be officiated on Saturday, April 24, at 10 a.m. from the Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2705 Sunnyside, Rd., in Montrose. The service will conclude at the church. 
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: The Colorado West Christian School, In Memory of Gene Hancock, 2705 Sunnyside Rd., Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Frederick Lee Hoover
Professional Musician 
July 12, 1952 April 22, 1999 
PAONIA A resident of Colorado for 25 years, Frederick Lee Hoover, age 46, a professional musician of Paonia, died on Thursday, April 22, 1999, at his Paonia home. 
No service will be held at this time. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. 
Memorial gifts, in Frederick's name, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 
Frederick Lee Hoover, the son of Woodrow Madison Hoover and Mildred Ernestine (Foor) Hoover, was born on July 12, 1952, in Columbus, Ohio. He spent his childhood in Lithopolis, Ohio, graduated from the Bloom-Carrol High School in Carroll, Ohio with the class of 1970; attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio for one year; and completed one year at the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. 
Frederick loved and enjoyed guitar playing, writing music, fishing, and hunting. 
Survivors include his mother, Ernestine Hoover, of Lithopolis, Ohio; one sister, Sherry Vercoe; one niece, Melissa and husband Todd Jacob; and their children: Eileen, Elana, and Evan Jacob, all of Columbus, Ohio. 
Frederick was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Madison Hoover, five years ago.

Florence E. Krumback
Elementary School Teacher 
April 10, 1909 April 22, 1999 
ECKERT Florence E. Krumback, a resident of Eckert for one year, died on Thursday, April 22, 1999, in the Horizons Care Center at Eckert just 12 days after celebrating her 90th birthday. Florence was a retired elementary school teacher. 
Born on April 10, 1909, in Lindsay, Neb., Florence E. Petersen was the daughter of Peter Jensen Petersen and Jeppeline (Hansen) Petersen. She spent her childhood in Newman Grove, Neb., graduated from the Kearney High School in Kearney, Neb. in 1926, and completed her education at the Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney, Neb. 
Florence was married on Feb. 28, 1931, in Fremont, Neb., to LeRoy A. Krumback, who preceded her in death. 
After living in Kearney, Neb. for 26 years, Florence moved to Arvada, Colo. where she resided for 39 years until making her home in Eckert a year ago, where she remained until the time of her death. 
She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Arvada and especially enjoyed bowling and sewing. 
Survivors include one son, Randall Krumback, of Mesa, Ariz.; two daughters: Kathleen Roles, of Roseburg, Ore.; Virginia Kendall, of Cedaredge; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include two sisters: Elna Wells, of Roseburg, Ore.; and Louise Reynolds, of Anchorage, Alaska. 
In addition to her parents and husband, LeRoy, Florence was also preceded in death by one daughter, Marilyn; and one grandson, Steve. 
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Florence's life will be officiated by Pastor Larson on Tuesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. from the Peace Lutheran Church in Arvada. 
Interment will follow the serve in the Arvada Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Fern O. Mallett
Lifelong Delta Resident 
Oct. 8, 1918 April 23, 1999 
DELTA Fern O. Mallett, age 80, a homemaker and lifelong Delta resident, died on Friday, April 23, 1999, in her home at Delta. 
Fern Fahrney was born on Oct. 8, 1918, in Delta, Colo., the daughter of Lloyd and Hazel (Carr) Fahrney. She spent her childhood in Delta, graduated from the Delta High School with the class of 1937, and made her home in Delta until the time of her death. 
On July 18, 1938, Fern married Andy Mallett in Delta, Colo. To this union two sons and one daughter were born. Fern and Andy were very privileged to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary last year in July. 
Fern was a member of the First Baptist Church of Delta. Her special interests included loving the Lord and her family, and helping others. 
Survivors include her husband, Andy Mallett, of Delta; two sons: Larry Mallett, of Grand Junction; Vincent Mallett, of Miami, Ariz.; and one daughter, Sharon Bridgewater, of Grand Junction. 
She was the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren; and great-grandmother of 11 great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include two brothers: Allen Fahrney, of Grand Junction; Delwin Fahrney, of Lake Stevens, Wash.; and three sisters: June Myers, of Grand Junction; Norma Nichols, of Mesa, Ariz.; and Laura Brown, of Saugus, Calif. 
Fern was preceded in death by her parents. 
Visitation for family and friends was held on Sunday, April 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Mesa View Mortuary of Delta. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Fern's life will be officiated by Pastor James Conley on Monday, April 26, at 1 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of 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. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: First Baptist Church, In Memory of Fern O. Mallett, 1250 Pioneer Rd., Delta, Colo. 81416.

John F. "Jack" Tobin
Founded Millwork Firm 
Dec. 11, 1921 March 31, 1999 
CHICAGO, Ill. John F. "Jack" Tobin was born on Dec. 11, 1921, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Tobin. Jack, a longtime Oak Park, Ill. resident, formerly of Montrose, died on Wednesday, March 31, 1999, in the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. at the age of 77. 
His mother died in childbirth, and Jack, an only child, was raised by his father, who moved from Los Angeles, Calif. to Montrose, Colo., where he became a rancher and also worked for the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users. 
Jack grew up, attended local schools, and graduated from the Montrose County High School with the class of 1939. He continued to pursue his education by attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and was just two courses short of his diploma when he left college to join the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. 
After World War II, Jack moved to the Chicago, Ill. area to join his uncle, John Brennan, at the Brennan Lumber Co. in Cicero. 
When he started work in Cicero, a co-worker, Al Bradley, took Jack home to meet the Bradley daughters. Jack fell in love with the older daughter, Grace. The couple married and had 10 children. 
In 1960, Jack founded the John Tobin Millwork Co. of Villa Park. His father-in-law, a specialty lumber salesman, helped him start his business. 
For the first 20 years, most of the company's work was with tract home builders. Then Jack began to supply millwork for more high-end housing and in 1985 began to install his own products. 
All of Jack's 10 children went to work in his business. 
Knock on any door at more than 10,000 homes in the Chicago area, and that door will have been made or sold by the John Tobin Millwork Co. of Villa Park. 
Survivors include his wife, Grace Tobin; six sons: John, Gerard, Patrick, Eugene, Joseph, Michael; and four daughters: Bridget Herald, Liz Sodic, Julie Driscoll, and Gracie Tobin. 
Jack was the proud grandfather of 20 grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include five first cousins and their families of Montrose. 
Visitation for family and friends was held on Sunday, April 4, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 245 Madison, Oak Park, Ill. 
Mass was officiated on Monday, April 5, at 10 a.m. from St. Catherine and St. Lucy Roman Catholic Church, 38 N. Austin, Oak Park, Ill. 
Interment followed the Mass in the Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Ill.

Frances M. Weber
Former Montrose Resident 
May 17, 1908 April 20, 1999 
GREELEY Frances M. Weber, age 90, of Evans, formerly of Montrose, died on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, in the North Colorado Medical Center at Greeley. 
Frances M. Lesoing was born in Hickman, Neb. on May 17, 1908, the daughter of Frank and Etta May (Williams) Lesoing. Frances attended a one-room country grade school and then drove a horse and cart three miles to high school in Hickman, where she graduated in 1926. 
As a young girl, Frances began developing a lifelong interest in culinary arts and clothing construction, which enabled her to serve her own family as well as those of neighboring farm women. 
She married Ben Weber on April 6, 1932, in the Methodist Church at Roca, Neb. After their marriage, the couple farmed near Firth, Neb. until 1936 when they moved to Montrose and farmed on Spring Creek Mesa. Frances planted large gardens and canned large quantities of fruits, vegetables, and meats for her family. 
She was an active participant in the parent-teacher organization at her children's school, in the Sunshine Community Club, and was a 4-H club leader for several years. She was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church at Montrose. 
Frances was employed as a cook at the Chipeta Cafe in Montrose, where she became well known for her pies. Later, she formed her own catering service for banquets and weddings. 
After her retirement, Frances moved to Evans in the early 1970s and was able to fulfill her dream to travel to several of the states and parts of Canada. At the age of 70, she learned to swim and represented Greeley in the Senior Olympics for her age group. She also took a woodworking class at Aims Community College and constructed her own bedroom furniture and a spool chest. 
Frances maintained an active interest in trying out new recipes, gardening, sewing and other needlework, photographing flowers and mountain scenery, oil painting, the quilting group, and the Presbyterian Women's Circle at her church, and especially her family. 
She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Greeley, where she was active in the quilting group and the Presbyterian Women Circle No. 2. She was also a former member of the Greeley Art Association. 
Survivors include one son, David E. Weber and wife Beverly, of Colorado Springs; one daughter, Joleita J. and husband Harold Felte, of Windsor; four grandchildren: Dale Felte, of Ault; Mark Weber and Mary Weber, both of Colorado Springs; Janice Sherwin, of El Cajon, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Melvin Lesoing and wife Lorraine, of Hickman, Neb.; and one sister, Madge May, of Luverne, Minn. 
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, and one grandson. 
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Frances' life will be officiated on Friday, April 23, at 2 p.m. from the First United Presbyterian Church in Greeley. 
Interment will follow the service in the Linn Grove Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., in Greeley. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: The Missions Supported by First United Presbyterian Church, In Memory of Frances M. Weber.

George A. Wollbrinck
Retired Olathe Attorney 
April 1, 1919 April 24, 1999 
OLATHE World War II veteran and retired Olathe attorney, George A. Wollbrinck, age 80, a resident of Olathe since 1975, died early Saturday morning, April 24, 1999, in his Olathe home. 
George A. Wollbrinck was born in Cozad, Neb., on April 1, 1919, the son of John H. and Mabel (Rhone) Wollbrinck. He spent his childhood in Baca County, Colo., and graduated from high school in Colorado. 
He worked his way through college to get a little knowledge. He was an ignorant farm boy who did not know he should not be going to college during the Depression. George went to college in 1937 and continued receiving his education for seven years, earning his Doctor of Law degree. He entered the University of Colorado at Boulder with $65 in his pocket and spent half on the first quarter tuition and saved the other half for the second quarter now all he had to do was figure out how he was going to eat. During World War II, George served his country as a lieutenant in the 15th United States Air Force, and had achieved the rank of Major when he left the service. He was a hero, flying 57 missions rather than the customary 25 missions. George was also a Squadron Navigator. 
During his career, George was a Deputy Attorney General, a judge at Lamar, Colo., was also a radio announcer on the side, and a retired Olathe attorney. He was the only attorney Olathe ever had. 
He married Margaret "Rusty" Thompson on April 5, 1995, in Olathe, Colo. He was previously married to Ann Wollbrinck, who preceded him in death in 1992. 
George moved to the State of Colorado in 1924 and made his home in the Denver area until moving to Olathe in 1975, where he remained until the time of his death. 
He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Montrose, a lifetime member of the Montrose Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 784, and was a charter member of the Olathe Lions Club. 
George loved to help others and also loved his yard work and gardening. 
Survivors include his wife, Margaret "Rusty" Wollbrinck, of Olathe; one son, John Wollbrinck and wife Tammy, of Northglenn; three daughters: Joan Wollbrinck, of Manchester, N.H.; Kathleen and husband Ed Bader, of Florida and New York; Dawn Rossett, of Colorado; as well as numerous grandchildren; stepchildren, and stepgrandchildren. 
George is also survived by his special friends: Hap and Lois Jantzen; and Leonard Campbell, all of Montrose. 
In addition to his parents and wife, Ann, George was also preceded in death by three brothers. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. 
Funeral Services to honor George's life will be officiated by Pastors Tom Belt and Emerson Taylor on Wednesday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Montrose. 
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with Graveside Military Rites being conducted by the V.F.W. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, In Memory of George A. Wollbrinck, 2900 Sunnyside Rd., Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Darrell D. Ross
Drove A Truck 34 Years 
April 11, 1937 April 25, 1999 
OLATHE Darrell D. Ross was born in Montrose, Colo., on April 11, 1937, the son of Merrill and Juanita (McAferty) Ross. He died on Sunday morning, April 25, 1999, in the Lutheran Medical Center at Lakewood, Colo. 14 days after celebrating his 62nd birthday. Darrell was a resident of Olathe. 
He graduated from the Olathe High School in 1955. 
On Aug. 1, 1959, Darrell married Judy Dalla. They later divorced and he married Kathy Fox on June 1, 1996. 
Darrell drove a truck for 34 years, working for John Doyle Trucking, Montgomery Wards and Viking Freight. He drove over 4 million miles and received numerous safe driving awards. 
He was a member of the Delta Elks Lodge and enjoyed working on his farm, fishing, and playing pool. 
Survivors include his former wife, Judy; his wife, Kathy Ross, of Olathe; four daughters: Tammy Waldrep, of Denver; Teri Koons, of Henderson, Nev.; Janet and husband Joe Lapeyra, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Stephanie and husband Neal Sullivan, of Denver. 
He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren: Kristopher Waldrep, Krystal Waldrep, Cody Koons, Jennifer Lapeyra, and Justin Lapeyra. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Merrill Ross and wife Carole, of Lafayette, Ind.; as well as nieces, nephews, and many friends. 
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Darrell's life will be officiated on Wednesday, April 28, at 12:30 p.m. from Horan and McConaty Chapel in Denver. The service will conclude at the chapel. 
Graveside Services will be conducted on Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Nina Bernice Gilbert
Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother 
May 14, 1907 April 25, 1999 
MONTROSE Nina B. Gilbert, age 91, a homemaker and resident of Montrose, died Sunday morning, April 25, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose. 
Nina Bernice Smith was born on May 14, 1907, in Kiowa, Kan., the daughter of Samuel and Jessie (Griffin) Smith. She spent her childhood in Woodward, Okla., where she graduated from Woodward High School with the class of 1928. 
On July 27, 1929, Nina married Charley Gilbert in Woodward, Okla. To this union one son and one daughter were born. Charley and Nina had their 69th wedding anniversary last year in July. 
Nina studied with the Jehovah Witnesses. Her faith in Jehovah God was very important to her as many of her friends were also Jehovah Witnesses. 
Nina loved her family who was the main focus of her life. She was especially fond of her son-in-law. She greatly enjoyed genealogy, good religious music, gardening, and canning to preserve food. 
Survivors include her husband, Charley Gilbert; one son who she had a special fondness for, Robert Lee Gilbert; and one daughter, Monna Lou and husband H.L. "Dude" Mills, all of Montrose. 
Nina was the proud grandmother of three grandsons: Dennis Mills and wife Mary Jo; Danny Mills and wife Debbie; Darrin Mills; and the great-grandmother of four great-grandchildren: Dasha, Nicole, Andrea, and Jeremy Mills. 
Other family survivors include two sisters: Lenore Lang and Lola Spray; one brother-in-law, Raymond Gilbert; and two sisters-in-law: Helen Witcher and Fern Schmaltz. 
Nine was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters. 
Cremation has taken place and at Nina's request no service will be held. 
Private family inurnment of the cremains will be conducted on Friday, April 30, at 9 a.m. in the Cory Cemetery at Cory, Colo. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Minnie Sanders
Last Survivor of Eight Siblings 
May 21, 1894 April 23, 1999 
GRAND JUNCTION Minnie Bailey, one of eight children, was born on May 21, 1894, in Guthrie Center, Iowa, the daughter of Gene and Mahala (Vaughn) Bailey. She died on Friday, April 23, 1999, in Grand Junction at the age of 105. 
When Minnie was 4 years old her mother died and the large family remained together with the help of older siblings, their grandparents, and other relatives. 
When Minnie was 13 years old, her father brought the family to the Ash Mesa farming area of Delta, Colo. They traveled on an immigrant train, bringing with them household goods, farm implements, livestock, and their gray pony. 
She spent some of her high school years in Pasadena, Calif. with an aunt and uncle. 
Minnie married Grover L. Sanders on March 3, 1917, in Delta, Colo. After their honeymoon in Grover's home state of Oklahoma, they took the train to DeBeque where they took a wagon on the DeBeque cutoff to Collbran. The wagon mired in mud and they had to ride horseback the rest of the way. 
Grover had a job with the Forest Service and they lived at the Hightower Ranger Station in the summer and moved into Collbran in the winter. 
In 1927, Grover quit the Forest Service and bought out several beekeepers. 
In March of 1930, Grover and Minnie bought a farm in the Pomona area of Grand Junction which is still the family home. The honey business expanded and Minnie had a big part in the operation plus taking care of chickens, cows, hogs, and a big garden. 
The old-fashioned Beehive Honey stand still has a place on the front lawn. 
Grover died in March of 1984 shortly after he and Minnie celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. 
She was a member of the Grand Junction First Congregational Church UCC and a lifetime member of Sunshine Chapter No. 453, Order of the Eastern Star. At one time she was a member of the Kannah Creek Cowbells, the Navy Mothers, and Pomona Wednesday Club. 
Besides being actively involved in the family business, Minnie was noted for being a good cook making everything from scratch, and her family was almost never out of home-made bread and cinnamon nut rolls, sweetened with honey. 
Her flower garden was a source of pride and she spent many happy hours caring for it. 
Survivors very grateful to have shared Minnie's life include her four children: Daphne Branson, Sue Sanders, Gene Sanders, Jim Sanders, all of Grand Junction; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren, with most of them living in Colorado. 
She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families. 
In addition to her parents and husband, Minnie was also preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Minnie's life were officiated by The Rev. Richard K. Riddoch on Tuesday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. from the First Congregational Church in Grand Junction followed by an Eastern Star service. The service concluded at the church. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary of Grand Junction. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: First Congregational Church, In Memory of Minnie Sanders, 1425 North 5th St., Grand Junction, Colo. 81501.

Raymond G. Turner
Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather 
April 26, 1928 April 23, 1999 
MONTROSE Longtime Montrose resident, Raymond G. Turner, age 70, died early Friday morning, April 23, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital three days before he would have celebrated his 71st birthday. During his lifetime Raymond worked as a truck driver, in heavy equipment, was a farmer, owned a pipeline construction company for 10 years, and was a barber in Montrose from 1959 to 1960. 
Raymond G. Turner was born in Bern, Kan., on April 26, 1928, the son of John H. and Katherine I. (Baker) Turner. He spent his childhood in Humboldt, Neb., where he graduated from high school in 1946 and grew to adulthood. 
During the Korean Conflict, Raymond served his country in the United States Navy beginning in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1954. 
On Sept. 6, 1953, he married Ruth Smith in Montrose, Colo. Their union was blessed with two sons and two daughters and they were privileged to share 45 years of marriage. 
Raymond obtained his pilot license in 1974. Never losing his love for the air, he joined the American Model Association and the Montrose Model Aircraft Association. He was happiest flying his airplanes and talking with flying buddies. 
Following his retirement in 1990, Raymond enjoyed driving a school bus for the Bennett School District in Bennett, Colo. He truly loved each child and cared for their well-being. After his retirement, he also returned to Humboldt, Neb., every year to attend the Alumni gathering on Memorial Weekend. 
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8449 in Bennett, Colo. 
Raymond was so very proud of all his grandchildren and loved to attend events they participated in. He also loved to watch his son play softball. 
Survivors very grateful to have shared Raymond's life include his wife, Ruth Smith Turner, of Montrose; two sons: Michael L. Turner and wife Marie, of Golden; Robert Turner and wife Tami; two daughters: Kate and husband Rick Chaney; and Martha Lehigh, all of Montrose; eight grandchildren; and one niece, Sherri Lyn, of Salem, Neb. 
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and two brothers. 
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Raymond's life will be officiated by Pastor Keith Howard on Friday, April 30, at 3 p.m. from the Montrose First Assembly of God Church. The service will conclude at the church. 
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Humboldt Lake Fund, In Memory of Raymond G. Turner, P.O. Box 627, Humboldt, Neb. 86376 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Harvey O. Gunn
Montrose Cattle Rancher 
April 10, 1918 April 26, 1999 
MONTROSE Harvey O. Gunn, the son of John F. and Esther Ellen (Wells) Gunn, was born on April 10, 1918, in Lucerne, Mo. He died Monday evening, April 26, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center after being a resident there for a short time 16 days after celebrating his 81st birthday. Harvey was a longtime Montrose area resident and a well-known cattle rancher. 
He lived in Lucerne, Mo., until he was 7 years old. He then moved with his family to Springfield, Colo., where he spent the remainder of his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood. 
At the age of 18, Harvey moved to Meeker, Colo., to work with his brother, Lewis Gunn, and A.Y. Wagner on a ranch. He later met Bertha Wagner in Canon City. Harvey returned to Meeker and Bertha moved there at a later date. 
Harvey and Bertha Wagner were married on July 1, 1939, in Meeker, Colo. Their union was blessed with two sons and they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year in July. 
In 1942, the Gunns moved to Grand Junction to a ranch called Caldwell Ranch which is near White Water and Orchard Mesa., where they lived for seven years. 
Due to health issues, they moved on Dec. 24, 1949, to a ranch on Cow Creek, which is now part of the Sleeping Indian Ranch. 
In 1969, Harvey and Bertha had to downsize their operation due to their health and moved to North Mesa near Montrose. 
In 1977, they moved to High Mesa where they remained for the next 22 years. They spent their summers taking cattle up to the grazing land called Spring Grazing in Ouray County, San Miguel County, and Dallas Divide. 
Harvey was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Ouray Cattleman's Association, and served as president of the state and local Colorado Guide and Outfitters Association. 
Harvey loved the high country, fishing, and country western dance at the Cow Creek Dance Hall in Ridgway. Since the 1950s, he took care of the dance hall for about 20 years. He was also a 4-H leader in the 1960s in Ouray and Ridgway and he loved to spend time with the children. 
Survivors include his wife, Bertha Gunn; two sons: Eldon Gunn and Lawerence "Butch" Gunn, all of Montrose; two grandsons: Gary Gunn and Lane Gunn; one granddaughter, Marla Berry; and one stepgranddaughter, Faren Wilbur, all of Montrose. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Lewis Gunn, of Montrose. 
Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, John and Esther Gunn, of Grand Junction; one brother, Raymond Gunn, of Las Animas; and one sister, Ruby, of Wichita, Kan. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, April 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Harvey's life will be officiated by Minister Alan Miller on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. from the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel. 
Interment will follow the service in the Dallas Divide Cemetery near Ridgway, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Josephine Potts
A Unique and Creative Lady 
April 20, 1930 April 27, 1999 
LAZEAR Josephine Harrison was born in McKinney County, Texas, on April 20, 1930, the daughter of Ernest Rabin and Bessie Marie (Honea) Harrison. She died of cancer on Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at her Lazear home seven days after celebrating her 69th birthday. 
A resident of Delta County for many years, Josephine was a writer and publisher. 
In 1980, she was married in Dallas, Texas, to C.D. Potts who preceded her in death. 
Josephine , a member of the Cedaredge Assembly of God Church, had a deep love and faith in God and encouraged others in their relationship with God. 
Josephine was involved in the different communities she lived in and was a big supporter of issues and people she believed in. She had many dreams and saw many of those dreams become a reality because she believed in herself and brought so much enthusiasm and excitement into her plans. She also had a way about her that made others want to help her fulfill whatever she was endeavoring to accomplish. 
Her special interests that added meaning and pleasure to her life were writing, creating poems, paper crafts, counseling, dried flower arranging, and her artwork pencil and ink drawings. 
Josephine will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She will be remembered for her many, many creative abilities, her open mindedness, and always wanting to help others. 
Survivors include two sons: Daniel McCreary and wife Barbara, of Cedaredge; Jim Potts and wife Joyce, full-time RVers with Sowers Ministry; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include two brothers: Ron Harrison and wife Marge, of Delta; Robert Harrison, of Dallas, Texas; and one sister, Doris and husband Glen Miller, of Paxton, Ill. 
Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Dianne Stutesman; and one grandson, Lee McCreary. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Cedaredge. 
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Josephine's life will be officiated by Pastor Dennis Gullion and James Jesser on Friday, April 30, at 1 p.m. from the Cedaredge Assembly of God Church. 
Interment will follow the service in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Cedaredge. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Open Hands Network, In Memory of Josephine Potts, P.O. Box 971, Clifton, Colo. 81520.

Daniel Davidson
World War II Veteran 
March 12, 1921 April 28, 1999 
OLATHE Daniel Davidson was born in Mount Vernon, Ky., on March 12, 1921, the son of Benjamin H. and Lula Belle (Ash) Davidson. He died Wednesday morning, April 28, 1999, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Grand Junction at the age of 78. 
Daniel spent his childhood in Kentucky, where he received his education and grew to adulthood. 
During World War II, he served his country in the United States Air Force from September of 1942 through September of 1945. 
Daniel married Vicy Hudson on Dec. 27, 1947, in Kentucky. This union was blessed with two daughters and Daniel and Vicy were privileged to share their 51st wedding anniversary last year in December. 
The Davidsons moved from Ohio to Olathe in 1961, where Daniel made his home until the time of his death. 
During his lifetime, Daniel worked as a carpenter, and was a lifetime member of the Masons. 
Daniel loved his family and took great joy in his grandchildren. Daniel was loved so much and will be missed by many who knew him. 
Survivors include his wife, Vicy Davidson, of Olathe; two daughters: Carolyn Davidson, of Riley, Kan.; Connie Davidson, of Edgewater; and two grandcildren: Eric George, of Denver; and Nicole George, of Fort Collins. 
Other family survivors include five brothers: Earl Davidson, of Olathe; and Monroe, Hiram, Armel, and Everett Davidson, all of Ohio. 
Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and one sister. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Daniel's life will be officated by Pastor Marty Riggan on Saturday, May 1, at 3 p.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. 
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.


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