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Elmer W. Ranta
Aug. 5, 1917 - Aug. 31, 1999
MONTROSE - Elmer W. Ranta, age 82, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 31, 1999, in Montrose.
Elmer W. Ranta was born in Telluride, Colo. on Aug. 5, 1917, the son of Jacob and Anna (Maki) Ranta. He lived in Telluride until moving to Montrose in 1989. He graduated from the Telluride High School in 1935.
Elmer served his country during World War II as an aviation engineer in the United States Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946.
He married Perina Bonato in Telluride in 1947. Elmer and Perina had two children: Vicki Ranta Eidsmo and Allan Ranta.
Elmer owned and operated a plumbing business in Telluride through the early 1960s, then was employed with the State of Colorado as a driver's license examiner until his retirement in 1982.
He was a 20-year member of the Telluride Fire Department and a life-time member of Telluride Elks Lodge No. 692.
Elmer loved the San Juan Mountains and activities associated with the outdoors of Western Colorado and was an avid golfer. Above all, Elmer loved spending time with his family his wife, Perina, his children, and grandchildren.
Survivors who loved Elmer dearly include his wife, Perina Ranta, of Montrose; one son, Allan Ranta and wife Becky; and one daughter, Vicki Ranta Eidsmo and husband Ivar Eidson, all of Telluride.
Elmer was the proud grandfather of four grandchildren: Jennifer Kailey Ranta, Traci Allana Ranta, Victoria Anna Eidsmo, and Lisa Maki Eidsmo, all of Telluride.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William A. Ranta.
A Memorial Celebration of Elmer's life will be officiated by long-time family friend, Tom Hedlund, on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m., at the Montrose Christian Church, 2351 Sunnyside Rd., in Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to: Telluride Historical Museum, In Memory of Elmer Ranta, P.O. Box 1597, Telluride, Colo. 81435.

Mable Owens
Delta Homemaker Since 1980
Jan. 8, 1908 - Sept. 3, 1999
DELTA - Mable Owens, age 91, a homemaker and resident of Delta since 1980, died on Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Mable Brewer was born in Hennesy, Okla., on Jan. 8, 1908, the daughter of Charles H. Brewer and Turah (Cline) Brewer. She spent her childhood in Brewster, Kan., and attended high school at the Brownville School near Brewster.
Mable was married on Oct. 8, 1924, in Brewster, Kan. to Edward James Owens. Their union was blessed with six children.
The Owens farmed in Western Kansas from 1924 until 1948. In 1948 they moved to Monument, Colo. where they ranched until 1980. They then moved to Delta where Mable was preceded in death by her husband in 1983.
Following her husband's death, Mable continued to make her home in Delta until the time of her own death.
She was a member of the Delta Christian Church.
Above all, Mable deeply loved her family and especially enjoyed crocheting and painting.
Survivors include two sons: Dee Owens and wife Iris, of Rangely; Don Owens and wife Mary Jo, of Peyton; and one daughter, Wanda and husband Bill Kendrick, of Delta.
Mable was the proud grandmother of 21 grandchildren; the great-grandmother of 22 great-grandchildren; and the great-great-grandmother of one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mable was also preceded in death by three sons: Ray, Paul, and Jim Owens.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mable's life will be officiated on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Delta Christian Church.
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Delta.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Delta Christian Church, In Memory of Mable Owens, 658 Howard St., Delta, Colo. 81416.

Eileen Kempf
Had Many Talents, Interests
Oct. 16, 1921 - Sept. 3, 1999
GRAND JUNCTION - Former Delta and Montrose resident, Eileen Kempf, age 77, a resident of Grand Junction since 1995, died on Friday, Sept 3, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction.
Eileen Edwards, the daughter of Eber Robert Edwards and Leta Inez (Chamberlain) Edwards, was born on Oct. 16, 1921, in Hugoton, Kan. Shortly after Eileen's birth, the family moved to Corbel, Calif., then Compton, where they remained until 1932. They then moved to northern Arizona to homestead during the Depression, where Eileen and her sister walked four miles each way to school.
Eileen later returned to California to attend high school and after graduation she moved to Phoenix, Ariz. where she completed business school. Eileen returned to Los Angeles to attend UCLA.
Upon her graduation, she worked as manager of the Los Angeles Passenger Terminal throughout much of World War II. Around 1939, Eileen's mother moved to Delta as a means of improving her health. In 1950, Eileen joined her mother to be close to her in her elder years.
While living in Delta, she managed the Delta Municipal Light & Power Company. After about three years, she moved to Montrose, and on Dec. 15, 1954, she married a Montrose attorney, George V. Kempf, in Montrose. George later became a District Court Judge, serving the 7th Judicial District of Colorado. Judge Kempf died on Nov. 7, 1980.
Following her husband's death, Eileen continued to make her home in Montrose until moving to Grand Junction in 1995 to be near her daughter, Alice and her husband, Nick Lobato.
Eileen was a member of the Montrose Methodist Church, the Montrose Women's Club, and the Jane Jefferson Democratic Club.
Eileen, an avid reader, was a woman of many interests and talents. When she was younger, she enjoyed running and playing baseball. She enjoyed wood carving, and once carved a chess set in which each piece was different. Ellen enjoyed building and construction and moved houses onto vacant lots, remodeled and reconstructed them, and managed them for a number of years as rental property. She greatly enjoyed being outdoors, camping, traveling, and touring as many National Parks and areas throughout the West as possible. She once took her travel trailer and traveled for six weeks by herself.
Eileen enjoyed knitting, crocheting, drawing, and was an excellent seamstress. She always loved animals and had many pets throughout her lifetime.
The caring nature of Eileen's personality led her to become the director of the Uncompahgre Workshop, a sheltered workshop for the developmentally disabled, from 1968 to 1978. She invented a stationary product made from Colorado wildflowers that became a popular gift item statewide and gave much needed exposure to the disabled people who made it. Her keen sense of humor, compassion, and intelligence made her many friends, even in her short time in Grand Junction. Eileen will be so deeply missed.
Survivors include one daughter, Alice L. and husband Nick Lobato, of Grand Junction; three brothers: Ira Edwards, of Delta; Paul Edwards, of Norman, Okla.; Lowell Edwards, of Aurora, Utah; and two sisters: Ione Tyler, of Delta; and Muriel Marshall, of Eckert.
In addition to her parents and husband, Eileen was also preceded in death by one brother, Wilfred Edwards.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Eileen's life will be officiated on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Assembly of God Church at Delta.
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Viola June (Annear) Helmericks
Enjoyed Family, Friends
June 3, 1922 - Sept. 6, 1999
AUSTIN - Former longtime Montrose resident, Viola June (Annear) Helmericks, age 77, of Austin, died Monday morning, Sept. 6, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Viola June Annear, the daughter of Charlie Annear and Mary Alice (Brown) Annear, was born on June 3, 1922, in Holly, Colo. She spent her childhood in Syracuse, Kan., and graduated from Montrose County High School.
June married John Helmericks on Nov. 1, 1946 and their union was blessed with three sons and one daughter. June and John would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this year in November.
June lived most of her adult life in Montrose and had moved to Austin, Colo. just prior to her death.
She was a member of the Montrose Christian Church.
June was a homemaker who greatly enjoyed her family and friends. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, and collecting antique dishes.
Survivors include her husband, John Helmericks, of Austin; one daughter, Marcia Ann and husband Terry Tormey, of Grand Junction; two sons: David Helmericks and wife Katie, of Riverside, Calif.; Michael Helmericks, of Ft. Collins; and two grandchildren: Caleb and Emily Tormey, of Grand Junction.
Other family survivors include two sisters: Dorothy Herring, of Naturita; and Shirley Cook, of Montrose.
June was preceded in death by her parents; one son, John Franklin Helmericks II; and one granddaughter, Hanah Jane Tormey.
Memorial Services to honor and celebrate June's life will be officiated by Minister Tim Smith on Friday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Inurnment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Delta County Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Unit, In Memory of Viola June Helmericks, P.O. Box 10100, Delta, Colo. 81416-5003.

Maxine Lenore Gustin
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Sept. 29, 1924 - Sept. 5, 1999
CEDAREDGE - Maxine Lenore Gustin, a homemaker and resident of Cedaredge for 11 years, died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction at the age of 74.
Maxine Lenore Proffitt was born in Gordon, Colo. on Sept. 29, 1924, the daughter of Bryan Proffitt and Katherine (Newton) Proffitt. She spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood in Walsenburg, Colo.
Maxine married Edward L. Gustin on June 19, 1943, in Goodland, Kan. Their union was blessed with four sons and they were privileged to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary this year in June.
The Gustins lived in Denver until 1967 and then moved to Garden Grove, Calif., where they resided until 1988. Maxine and Edward moved to Cedaredge in 1988 where Maxine made her home for 11 years until the time of her death.
She was the proud owner of a huge doll collection and also enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include her husband, Edward L. Gustin, of Cedaredge; and four sons: Eddie Gustin and wife Sue, of LaPine, Ore.; Forrest Gustin, of Loveland; Richard Gustin and wife Avis, of Eckert; and Jack Gustin, of Cedaredge.
Maxine was the loving grandmother of 12 grandchildren and the great-grandmother of 14 great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one sister, Evelyn Proffitt, of Portland, Ore.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wilbur "Buddy" Proffitt.
Private Family Graveside Services will be officiated by Pastor Del Hampton on Friday, Sept. 10, in the Cedaredge Cemetery at Cedaredge.
Memorial gifts may be made to: American Diabetes Assn., Colorado Chapter, In Memory of Maxine Gustin, 2450 S. Downing St., Denver, Colo. 80210.

Levi Loren Crabtree
A Lifetime Jockey
April 23, 1914 - Sept. 5, 1999
AUSTIN - Levi Loren Crabtree was born on April 23, 1914, in Pagosa Springs, Colo., the son of Robert and Sarah (Milton) Crabtree. He died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital at the age of 85.
Levi married Myrtle Alice Scott who preceded him in death on May 29, 1997, in Austin, Colo. He then married Mariann Fasano on Aug. 3, 1998, in Delta, Colo.
He lived in Glenwood Springs before moving to New Castle where he resided for 20 years. He then moved to Austin in 1992 where he made his home until the time of his death.
Levi loved horses and horse racing, having been a jockey all his life. He was extremely proud that he won the Queens Plate horse race in Canada in 1937. Levi also enjoyed gardening and raising roses.
Survivors include his wife, Mariann Crabtree, of Austin; two sisters: Hester St. John, of Medford, Ore.; Virginia Beckenhouer, of Conoga Park, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has take place, with no services planned at this time.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Rd., Delta, Colo. 81416; (970) 874-8633.

John Warren Camper
Truck Driver
April 24, 1935 - Sept. 6, 1999
DELTA - John Warren Camper, a truck driver and a resident of Delta off and on for most of his life, died on Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Born on April 24, 1935, in Topeka, Kan., John Warren Camper was the son of Gordon and Etta (Bales) Camper. John received his education in Delta.
Working as a truck driver, John had lived in several states during his lifetime as well as living off and on in Delta.
Survivors include one aunt, Dell Burkins, of Grand Junction; and several nieces and nephews.
John was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister.
Graveside Services to honor and celebrate John's life will be officiated by Pastor Clark Childers on Friday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Delta City Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.

Clement A. Blankenship
RMNG Technician Specialist
Jan. 3, 1917 - Sept. 5, 1999
MONTROSE - Clement A. Blankenship, age 82, of Montrose, died Sunday morning, Sept. 5, 1999, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose.
Clement A. Blankenship, the son of Thomas and Mary Ann (Elmore) Blankenship, was born on Jan. 3, 1917, in Olathe, Colo., where he spent his childhood, graduated from the Olathe High School, and grew to adulthood.
Clement married Dorothy A. Garrison on Feb. 28, 1950, in Albuquerque, N.M. Clement and Dorothy celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this year in February.
Prior to his retirement, Clement was employed as a Technician Specialist with Rocky Mountain Natural Gas for 18 years.
He was a member of the Rotary Club of Olathe.
After his retirement, Clement enjoyed his C.B. radio and his handle was known as "Gadchet Gus." He was also a goldsmith and made custom jewelry. Clement absolutely loved the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and gardening.
Survivors include Clement's wife, Dorothy Blankenship, of Montrose; and one daughter, Cheri Blankenship Tobin, of Colorado Springs.
Clement was the proud and loving grandfather of one grandson, Patrick Tobin and wife LeAnn, of Montrose; and three granddaughters: Judy and husband Jerry Hollingshead; Bridget and husband Joe Bollinger, all of Montrose; and Erin Tobin, of Austin, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Alice and Gladys Blankenship.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Clement's life will be officiated on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Clement Blankenship, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.

Irene Bingham
Loved Large Family Gatherings
Sept. 14, 1907 - Sept. 3, 1999
MONTROSE - Irene Bingham, age 91, of Montrose, died on Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose 11 days before she would have turned 92.
Irene Tarr, the fifth of eight children, was born on Sept. 14, 1907, near Belton in Cass County, Mo., the daughter of Frank Bittner and Ruth (Hale) Tarr. In 1912, at the age of 5, Irene moved with her family to Colorado. She graduated from Teachers College High School in 1925 and then went one year to Teachers Normal College at Greeley.
Irene married Art Bingham on Nov. 12, 1927, in Longmont, Colo. Their union was blessed with seven children.
During World War II, the Binghams received an outstanding Farm Family Award from President Roosevelt, and in 1958, Irene's biographical record was entered in that year's edition of Who's Who in Colorado.
In March of 1947, the Binghams moved to a ranch in the Colona area where Irene made her home for 52 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art, on Nov. 21, 1963, in Montrose.
Irene was a 55-year member of the Grange Farm organization and served as an officer for many years. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 784 for the past 26 years and a member of the Montrose Christian Church. She was also the office manager for the Carpenters Local No. 1156 from 1965 to 1975.
During her 91 years of life, Irene had many interests and hobbies. Her hobbies consisted of volunteering, ceramics, glass making, oil painting, bowling, playing cards, watching baseball games, watching her grandchildren ride their horses, trying out all their new built and rebuilt vehicles, their motorcycles, boats and doing anything else they wanted her to do. Where her children and grandchildren were concerned, Irene trusted them completely and would try anything once. However, she was quick to let them know if she liked it or not.
Irene loved large family gatherings, reunions and any celebration. A large family reunion was held this year on Aug. 15 and 16 to celebrate Irene's upcoming 92nd birthday. She saw many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her first great-great-grandchild, as well as her children and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Survivors include six children: Tom Bingham and wife Leola, of Spring, Texas; Ruthann Ellis, of Lakewood; Lorraine and husband Dallas Sturgeon, of Golden; Jean and husband Mike Scott, of Olathe; Larry Bingham and wife Donna, of Dove Creek; Harlan Bingham and wife Sharon, of Montrose; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Irene is also survived by one sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Irene was also preceded in death by one son, Eldon Bingham, who died shortly after birth; and one son-in-law, Warren Ellis.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Irene's life were officiated by Minister Doug Anderson, Associate Pastor of the Montrose Christian Church, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment followed the service in the Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose, with arrangements handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

James "Lee" Altsman
Korean Conflict Veteran
Jan. 2, 1929 - Sept. 8, 1999
DELTA - James "Lee" Altsman, age 70, a resident of Delta since 1993, died early Wednesday morning, Sept. 8, 1999, at his home in Delta.
James Lee Altsman, the son of James W. Altsman and Addie Mae (Baugh) Altsman, was born on Jan. 2, 1929, in Amarillo, Texas, where he spent his childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood.
During the Korean Conflict, Lee served his country in the United States Army.
He married Frankie D. Russell on June 23, 1951, in Clovis, N.M. Lee and Frankie's union was blessed with four daughters and they celebrated 48 loving years of marriage this year in June.
Prior to his retirement, Lee was employed as foreman of a paint manufacturing company.
In 1993, Lee and Frankie moved from Whittier, Calif. to Delta where Lee made his home until the time of his death.
Lee greatly enjoyed traveling in their RV home, as well as camping and fishing. Above all, the love and joy of his life was spending time with his family, children, and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Frankie Altsman, of Delta; two daughters: Terry and husband Ricky Tyndall, of LaHabra Heights, Calif.; Carol and husband Tom Allison, of Delta and Montrose; and five grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Charles Altsman and wife Gerry, of Amarillo, Texas; Nelson "Tex" Altsman and wife Toni, of Kinnear, Wyo.; and one sister, Fredia and husband Don Bartlow, of Amarillo, Texas.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters: Karen Lee Altsman and Kelly Gayle Altsman.
Private family visitation will be held.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Lee's life will be officiated by George Senecal on Monday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. The services will conclude at the chapel.
Interment will be conducted on Friday, Sept. 17, in the Crestlawn Memorial Park Cemetery at Riverside, Calif.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Delta County Hospice project, In Memory of Lee Altsman, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo. 81416 or Hospice of The Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Lee Altsman, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.

Jacqueline Joan Bohte
An Animal Lover
Aug. 25, 1933 - Sept. 7, 1999
MONTROSE - Jacqueline Joan Bohte, age 66, a homemaker and resident of Montrose for nine years, died on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at her home in Montrose.
Jacqueline Joan Christopher, the daughter of Thomas Edward Christopher and Jean (Gill) Christopher, was born on Aug. 25, 1933, in Denver, Colo., where she spent her childhood, graduated from a Catholic, school and grew to adulthood. Jacqueline continued to pursue her education at Regis University in Denver, earning a degree in Journalism.
In 1954, Jacqueline married Peter Bohte Sr. in Denver. The Bohtes union was blessed with eight children.
They moved to Montrose nine years ago where Jacqueline made her home until the time of her death.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Montrose.
Jacqueline will be remembered as a great animal lover who was always able to pick a great dog. She loved to do things with her hands and loved crafts. She made dolls for the police department and gave the dog catcher collars that she had made. As a young girl, Jacqueline loved horses.
Survivors grateful to have shared Jacqueline's life include her husband, Peter Bohte Sr., of Montrose; four sons: Peter S. Bohte and wife Cindy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Chris Bohte and wife Roama, of Colorado Springs; Greg Bohte and wife Rhonda, of Grand Junction; Patrick Bohte, of Montrose; and four daughters: Jean M. Bohte, of Aurora; Mary and husband Ron Molinaro; Debbie Bohte, all of Denver; and Monica Bohte, of Evans.
Jacqueline was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren: Domica Jordan, Jessica Paul, Dina Jordan, Kim Bohte, Billy Bohte, Rachel Molinaro, Shawn Richards, Amber Bohte, and Michele Bohte.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one sister.
Vigil for the deceased will be recited on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Montrose.
Funeral Mass in remembrance and to honor Jacqueline's life will be celebrated by The Rev. Dan Huber on Friday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Rite of Committal will follow the Mass in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the dirction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Mardell Gleason King
QUINTON, Ala. - Longtime Montrose and Durango resident, Mardell Gleason King, age 66, died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, in Quinton, Ala.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mardell's life were officiated on Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Quinton.
A private family Memorial Service to honor and celebrate Mardell's life will be held in Durango.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to: American Lung Association, In Memory of Mardell Gleason King.
Mardell is survived by her husband, Charles L. King, of Quinton, Ala.; two sons: Steve Gregg and wife Cleo; Delvin Gregg and wife Darla, all of Durango; three grandchildren: Heather and husband Ken Tarr, of Cortez; Diedre Gregg and Matthew Gregg, both of Durango; and two great-grandchildren: Kenna and Kyla Tarr, both of Cortez.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Gary Gleason, of Delta; Gene Gleason, of Hays, Kan.; and one sister, Donna and husband Robert Hardy, of Camarillo, Calif.
Mardell was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Minnie Gleason; and two brothers: Omar Gleason and Edward Gleason.

Harry Orley Patterson
A Uranium Miner, Welder
May 6, 1939 - Sept. 10, 1999
DELTA - Harry Orley Patterson, age 60, a resident of Delta since 1994, died Friday morning, Sept. 10, 1999, at his home in Delta after a long battle with cancer.
Harry Orley Patterson, the son of James Franklin Patterson and Bernice Mable (Howlett) Patterson, was born on May 6, 1939 in Nucla, Colo., where he went to school and grew to adulthood.
Harry Orley Patterson was a grandson of the late Franklin Lee Patterson and Bertha E. (Kelley) Patterson.
Harry served his country in the United States Marines from 1960 to 1964.
He married Virginia Altena Smith on Sept. 22, 1972, in Moab, Utah. Harry and Virginia would have celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary this year on Sept. 22. Virginia had three sons and one daughter from a previous marriage. There were no children born to Harry and Virginia's union of nearly 27 years.
Prior to Harry's ailing health, he worked in the uranium mines as a maintenance miner, and as a welder for different companies.
In 1994, Harry and Virginia moved from Oregon to Delta, where Harry made his home until the time of his death.
Harry loved fishing, hunting, camping, rock collecting, and the great outdoors. He especially enjoyed his family, joking around, and playing music. He could play anything he picked up, but his favorites were the guitar and harmonica. Harry and Virginia really enjoyed playing for nursing homes. Harry will be greatly missed by all how knew and loved him. His music and jokes will also be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of sharing them in his life.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Altena (Smith) Patterson, of the Delta family home; one stepdaughter, Alberta Zimmermann, of Kansas; and three stepsons: Jess Robinson, of Minnesota; Rick Robinson, of Delta; and Louis Robinson, of Oklahoma.
Other family survivors include three brothers: Jim Ross, of Rawlins, Wyo.; Arthur Anderson, of Nebraska; Bobby Raddizz, of California; seven sisters: Florence (Patterson) Vasquez, of Grand Junction; Develva Mae (Patterson) Austin; Erma (Patterson) Knox; Madge (Ross) Rogers, all of Montrose; Debbie Wilson, of Oregon; Marlene Shrock, of Denver; Laveta (Patterson) Pacheco, of Grand Junction, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, James Franklin and Bernice Mable (Howlett) Patterson; four brothers: James "Jim" Patterson, William "Bill" Patterson, Floyd Patterson, Charles "Chuck" Patterson; two sisters: Edith (Patterson) Boring, Maxine Patterson; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are pending with the Hale & Gerken Funeral Home, 219 W. 1st St., in Naturita; telephone (970) 865-2818.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hale & Gerken Funeral Home, In Memory of Harry Orley Patterson, P.O. Box 86, Naturita, Colo. 81422.

Dr. Kathryn Hoye Pichette
Regis University Professor
Aug. 31, 1922 - Sept. 6, 1999
LAFAYETTE - Former Montrose resident, Dr. Kathryn B. Hoye Pichette, age 77, of Lafayette, died on Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, in Denver.
Kathryn B. Hoye was born in New Bedford, Mass. on Aug. 31, 1922.
She married Dr. Lucien O. Pichette. Dr. Lucien Pichette of Regis College in Denver was persuaded to become the first president of Colorado West College in Montrose, a small college unique for its time that made headlines and history. Dr. Kathryn H. Pichette was hired as a professor of English at the Montrose college.
Colorado West College was open between 1967 and 1972 and was closed when definite plans were in the works for Delta-Montrose Vocational Center to be opened.
Prior to her retirement, Dr. Kathryn Pichette was employed as a professor at Regis University in Denver.
Dr. Pichette and her husband had just recently attended a Colorado West College reunion in Montrose on Aug. 13 and 14 at the Montrose Elks Lodge, along with approximately 40 other former college members.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Rotary Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Delta Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi.
Survivors grateful to have shared Dr. Pichette's life include her husband, Dr. Lucien O. Pichette, of Lafayette; four daughters: Marie Smith, of Englewood; Anne Tekansik, of Littleton; Jean Bair, of Denver; and Christine Webb, of Lafayette.
Dr. Pichette was the loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and the great-grandmother of one great-granddaughter.
Other family survivors include one sister, Elizabeth Hoye, of New York.
Rosary was recited on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Horan-McConaty Family Chapel, 3020 Federal Blvd., in Denver.
Funeral Mass in remembrance and to honor Dr. Pichette's life was celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. at Regis University in Denver.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Horan-McConaty Family Chapel of Denver.

Wayne Edward Pope
Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather
Feb. 17, 1955 - Sept. 8, 1999
GRAND JUNCTION - Former Delta resident, Wayne Edward Pope, age 44, a resident of Grand Junction for six years, died on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, in Grand Junction.
Wayne Edward Pope, the son of John R. Pope and Merna R. (Connaway) Pope, was born on Feb. 17, 1955, in Delta, Colo., where he spent his childhood, graduated from Delta High School in 1973, and grew to adulthood.
Wayne married Elizabeth Ann Klim on June 18, 1993, in Meeker, Colo.
He was employed as a plumbing and heating contractor with Connaway & Co.
Wayne lived in Delta until six years ago when he and his family moved to Grand Junction where he made his home until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Delta.
Wayne's special interests and hobbies during his 44 years were: Golfing, craftwork, woodworking, his family, and watching football on TV especially the Denver Broncos.
Survivors grateful to have shared Wayne's life include his wife, Elizabeth Ann Pope, of Grand Junction; three sons: Van Bomgardner, Christopher Pope, Zachary Pope; two daughters: Shawna and husband Tony Oakes; Jennifer Pope; and one granddaughter, Jordan Oakes.
Other family survivors include his parents, John and Merna Pope, of Delta; two brothers: Roy Pope, of Delta; Glenn Pope, of Rhode Island; three sisters: Carrie Montoya, of Austin, Texas; Naoma Heaps, of Grand Junction; Cheryl King, of Delta; one grandmother, LaVara Connaway, of Delta; as well as 12 nieces and nephews and one uncle.
Wayne was preceded in death by three of his grandparents.
Graveside Services to honor and celebrate Wayne's ife will be officiated by Larry Short on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Mesa View Cemetery at Delta.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Wane Pope Memorial Fund, c/o Mesa View Mortuary, 682 1725 Rd., Delta, Colo. 81416.


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