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William Frederick "Billy" Turner
Was Very Independent
April 24, 1922 - Sept. 11, 1999
MONTROSE - William Frederick "Billy" Turner, age 77, a resident of Montrose since 1993, died Saturday morning, Sept. 11, 1999, in his home at Montrose.
William Frederick Turner, the son of William Leonard and Lillian (Bloxam) Turner, was born on April 24, 1922, in Colorado Springs, Colo. At the age of 15, Billy moved from the family home to a group home in Grand Junction.
On May 1, 1970, Billy moved from Grand Junction to Harold's Group Home in Olathe and lived there until the home was closed in 1993. He then moved to Montrose where he made his home until the time of his death.
Billy worked in the workshop of Silver Mountain Enterprises.
He greatly enjoyed his family and many dear friends. Billy always looked forward to visiting home in Colorado Springs in the summer and at Christmas. His favorite pastime was collecting rocks. He liked participating and winning in the Special Olympics. Billy also enjoyed flying, videos, movies, and eating out. He will be remembered as being very independent.
Survivors include two sisters: Eva Jones and Lois Peterson, both of Colorado Springs.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Clara Gerlack.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Billy's life will be officiated by Roger Langer on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. The service will conclude at the chapel.
Private interment will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery at Colorado Springs, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Lee M. Tunget
Farmer and Rancher
Aug. 24, 1926 - Sept. 9, 1999
OLATHE - Lee M. Tunget, age 73, died of a heart attack on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999 in the Montrose Memorial Hospital , Montrose, Colorado.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate his life were held this morning at 10 a.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Howard of the Olathe Church of Christ officiating. Interment followed at the Olathe Cemetery at Olathe, Colo., with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Lee M. Tunget was born on August 24, 1926 on Ash Mesa in Montrose County, the son of William Orlando and Tennessee Lucille Phillips Tunget. He spent his childhood , received his education and grew to adulthood in Olathe.
He married Helen Louise Marsh on Aug. 12, 1944 in the Church of God at Delta. The couple had the privilege of celebrating their 55th anniversary this year.
After receiving his education, Lee started cowboying on a ranch near Cedaredge and then began working for the Fosters on 25 Mesa. After his marriage he moved to a farm and ranch on Ash Mesa near the Joe Gray family. He has been in the farm and ranch and cow business in the Olathe area from 1944 to present.
During the winter months he worked for the Holly Sugar Company during 35 sugar campaigns and when the sugar factory ceased operation, he worked for the Skyland Food Company for 10 years. For a number of years he worked for the Angel's Ranch.
The family has lived on the present ranch since 1959. He thoroughly enjoyed spending many summers with his cattle on 25 Mesa. Even though most of his work was outside, he truly enjoyed being out of doors riding his horses and camping.
He enjoyed working with children and for a number of years both Lee and Helen were engaged in the Flying O 4-H Horse Club, a 4-H horse group for youngsters.
Lee was always on time, usually being 15 minutes early. He was a man of great integrity, a person whose word was his bond, and most would rather have his word on something than a written contract from others.
Above all, his children and grandchildren and family were the main reason for his love of life.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Tunget, of Olathe; daughters Debbie Dunn and friend Bruce Cole, of Olathe; Marian Cook and friend Carleton Heer, of Delta; Anita Tunget of Montrose; six grandchildren: Dennis, David and Darlene of Olathe; Sherri Hansen of Grand Junction; Michael Davis and wife Dolores of Grand Junction; Billy Davis and wife Darlene of Grand Junction; and six great-grandchildren: Kassandra Kuhns and Karissa Kuhns of Grand Junction; Brittney and Mason Davis of Grand Junction; Benjamin Davis and Nicholas Davis of Grand Junction.
Lee was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

David Martin Seaman
Renowned Mineralogist
Feb. 24, 1907 - Sept. 13, 1999
GRAND JUNCTION - David Martin Seaman, age 92, of Norway, Maine and Grand Junction, a renowned mineralogist, died on Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose.
David Martin Seaman was born on Feb. 24, 1907, in Somers, Conn. He received his Master's degree in Geology from the University of Colorado in 1934. He also attended Carnegie Institute, Washington and Jefferson College, and the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
He was associate curator of the Mineralogical Museum at Harvard University, associate curator of the Carnegie Mineralogical Museum at the Museum of Natural History, associate curator of the Mineralogy American Museum of Natural History, curator of the Minerals Museum of Western Colorado, and curator of the Minerals Delta Museum in Delta.
David married Thelma D. Januzzi on March 25, 1972, in Danbury, Conn. David and Thelma were privileged to celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary this year in March.
Survivors grateful to have shared David's life include his wife, Thelma Seaman; one daughter, Virginia Seburg; and three stepchildren: Cindy Andrews, Diane Strout, and William Dodge.
David was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren: Kirsten, Kate, Mark, Nicole, Tracy, David, and Jessica.
Memorial Services to honor, celebrate, and pay respects to David's life will be officiated on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m. at the chapel, Memorial Gardens Cemetery, in Grand Junction.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Martin Mortuary of Grand Junction.

William E. Scott
Rancher and Stockman
Sept. 7, 1913 - Sept. 10, 1999
MONTROSE - William E. Scott, age 86, died on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999 in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose. William just celebrated his 86th birthday with a family celebration and picnic at Riverbottom Park.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. from the Montrose Valley Funeral Home. Interment will be held at the Grand View Cemetery, west of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 this evening at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
William E. Scott was born on Sept. 7, 1913 in Montrose, the son of William E. and Mattie E. Heckman Scott. He lived his entire life in Montrose.
On Oct. 28, 1942, he married Bernice Marple at Delta. His wife of nearly 57 years survives.
After receiving his education, William began working and ranching with his father in the Spring Creek Mesa area, summering his cattle on private ground in the Log Hill area and on permits in the Dry Creek Basin.
After their marriage, the couple established their home on Maple Grove Road where they have remained for 57 years.
William enjoyed the out of doors and enjoyed hunting and being around his horses. Most of all, he thoroughly enjoyed his family and ranching.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters: Billie and husband Paul Jones of Olathe; Nancy Bright of Montrose; Barbra and husband Archie Coghill of Montrose; Shawna and husband Dave Weber of Montrose; four grandchildren: Travis Coghill of Montrose, Deanna McCallum of Lafayette, Shannon Wilkins of Montrose, Colleen Scott of Denver; and two great-grandchildren, Amanda Wilkins and Kaleb Wilkins, both of Montrose.

Irving W. Roberts Jr.
Electrical Engineer
Oct. 7, 1913 - Sept. 10, 1999
MONTROSE - Irving W. Roberts Jr., age 85, died Friday morning, Sept. 10, 1999 in the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
A memorial Service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Tom Belt officiating. Cremation has preceded the service and the service will conclude at the chapel.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Irving W. Roberts was born on Oct. 7, 1913 at Liberty, Mo., the son of Irving W. Roberts Sr. and Rubey Kissock Roberts. He spent his childhood at Eureka, Kans.., Worland, Wyo., and Denver, Colo., graduating from South High School in Denver.
He attended Colorado State University at Fort Collins, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He was employed as an electrical engineer for the United States Bureau of Reclamation.
Irving married Virginia Mosley on June 18, 1937 at Denver. His wife of 62 years survives.
The Roberts moved to Montrose in 1965, where Irving made his home until the time of his death. The moved from Loveland where they had lived for 10 years, working for the Bureau of Reclamation.
He was a member of the S\igma Nu Fraternity, the Masonic Lodge Joppa Daylight Lodge No. 174 A.F. & A. M., was a Past Worthy Matron of Orient No. 23 of Loveland; a member of the Eastern Star, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, AARP, the Montrose Elk's Lodge No. 1053, and was a volunteer for the Montrose Historical Museum and the Senior Center of Montrose.
Irving enjoyed stamp collecting, tennis and bridge. He also enjoyed camping, traveling and dancing. He was an avid sports fan, especially football and baseball.
He enjoyed spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Barbara Jean and husband Norman R. Clifford of King, N.C.; five grandchildren: Samuel W. and wife Judy Clifford; Kelly J. and fianc Terry Neiss; Maxwell N. and wife Akiko Clifford; Holly J. and husband Henry Nethery; Tomi and Amy Jo Roberts; eight great-grandchildren: Samantha, Maxine and Leo Clifford, Elizabeth and Stacy Nethery; Norman, Sakura and Yui Clifford.
Other family survivors include a sister, Alice and husband Bob Phennah; and a niece, Sharon Phennah.
Memorial contributions in memory of Irving W. Roberts Jr. may be made to The Colorado Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 681, LaJunta, Colo. 81050-9909.

Estella M. Marshall
Gibson Employee 11 Years
Oct. 13, 1930 - Sept. 13, 1999
MONTROSE - Lifelong Montrose resident, Estella M. Marshall, age 68, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 13, 1999, in her home at Montrose.
Estella Mae Larue was born in Telluride, Colo. on Oct. 13, 1930, the daughter of John E. Larue and Ruth M. (Walker) Larue. She spent her childhood, graduated from Montrose County High School with the class of 1949, and grew to adulthood in Montrose. She continued her education at business school in Pueblo.
Estella married Gerald R. Williams, a Colorado State Patrolman, in 1951 at Montrose, Colo. Gerald was killed in 1967 while on duty with the state patrol in LaJunta.
Estella, a homemaker, was employed with Montrose Gibson's Discount Store for 11 years prior to her retirement.
During her 68 years of life, Estella acquired many special interests and hobbies that added pleasure and meaning to her life including: crossword puzzles from papers throughout the United States, making hand-stitched doll clothes, her friends, books, and her eight grandchildren.
Estella recently attended her 50th Montrose County High School Reunion and was so thrilled to see and be with her high school pals. She was equally thrilled in July to visit and be with all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in Kansas.
Survivors include two sons: Michael R. Williams and wife Janet, of De Soto, Kan.; Patrick J. Williams, of Queens City, Texas; and one daughter, Debra J. and husband Wayne Kansgen, of Longmont.
Estella was the very proud grandmother of eight grandchildren: Kelli and husband Shannon Mocca; Kent Williams, all of De Soto, Kan.; Ross Williams and Garrett Williams, both of Queens City, Texas; Jerald Lohr; Adam Lohr and wife Farrah; Trista Kansgen; and Devin Kansgen, all of Longmont; and the great-grandmother of three great-grandchildren: Joseph Drew Mocca, 5 months old, of De Soto, Kan.; Stone Alexander Lohr, 2 years old; and Jamie Lohr, 10 years old, both of Longmont.
In addition to her parents and husband, Estella was also preceded in death by one brother, Jackie Larue, who died in 1941.
Cremation has taken place, with no services planned. Private inurnment of the cremains will be conducted in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Lois M. Lange
Retired Art Teacher
May 17, 1903 - Sept. 9, 1999
DELTA - Lois M. Lange, age 96, a retired art teacher and a resident of Delta, died on Thursday, Sept, 9, 1999.
Lois M. Matthews was born in North Judson, Ind. on May 17, 1903, the daughter of Henry and Florence (Tucker) Matthews. She spent her childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood in the Indianapolis, Ind. area. She continued to pursue her education at the Indiana School of Fine Arts in Indianapolis, graduating with a degree in Art.
During her lifetime, Lois worked as an art teacher.
She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Denver.
Survivors include two sons: Steve Lange and wife Carol, of Littleton; Joseph Lange and wife Bonnie, of Grand Junction; and two grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one sister, Florence E. Matthews, of Southbend, Ind.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Ralph E. Keep
Korean Conflict Veteran
Jan. 22, 1933 - Sept. 12, 1999
FORT COLLINS - Lifetime Colorado resident Ralph E. Keep, a resident of Fort Collins for 44 years, died on Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, in the Poudre Valley Hospital at the age of 66.
Ralph E. Keep, the son of Charles Keep and Concetta (Morone) Keep, was born on Jan. 22, 1933, at St. Charles Mesa, Colo. During his childhood, Ralph was raised in both Montrose and Pueblo. He attended school in Pueblo.
During the Korean Conflict, he served his country in the Tank Division of the United States Army.
Ralph married Dorothy E. Freeman on June 16, 1955, in Greeley, Colo. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters and they celebrated 44 loving years of marriage this year in June.
Ralph was employed as a mobile home park manager.
He was a member and served as Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1881 in Cheyenne, Wyo.; and belong to Montrose Elks Lodge No. 1053.
Ralph especially enjoyed going to Cloverleaf Dog Track.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy E. Keep, of Fort Collins; and two daughters: Kaycene Hulbert and Roxanne Harris, both of Fort Collins.
Ralph was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren: Jessica, Jillian, Gary Lee, Teri Jo, Kaylene, and Brenda; and the great-grandfather of nine great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one sister, Mary Sanders, of Modesto, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Memorial Services to honor and celebrate Ralph's life will be officiated on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Bohlender Funeral Chapel at Fort Collins, with Military Honors being conducted by American Legion George Beach Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans.
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, Colo. 80524; telephone 970/482-4244.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to: Ralph E. Keep Memorial Fund, c/o Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, Colo. 80524.

Jimmie Cortez Hudson
Husband, Father, and the Substitute Janitor for the Delta County School District
July 27, 1933 - Sept. 16, 1999
HOTCHKISS - A well loved husband, father, and substitute janitor with the Delta County School District, Jimmie Cortez Hudson, age 66, a resident of Hotchkiss for 12 years, died on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction.
Jimmie Cortez Hudson, the son of Kenneth Boyd Hudson and Dolores Ann "Lora Ann" (Sivil) Hudson, was born on July 27, 1933, in Hartshorne, Okla., where he spent his childhood, graduated from the Hartshorne High School with the class of 1950, and grew to adulthood. He continued to pursue his education at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.
Jimmie served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and did a year and a half of peace-time service during the Vietnam War.
He married Jean F. Blankinship on Jan. 5, 1957 in L'Anse, Mich. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter and celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this year in January.
The Hudsons lived in Hotchkiss from 1976 to 1979 and then moved several times before moving back to Hotchkiss from Senecaville, Ohio, 12 years ago, where Jimmie remained until the time of his death.
He retired from the Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Interior. Jimmie was working as a substitute janitor with the Delta County School District.
He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Hotchkiss, Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807, and the National Rifle Association (NRA). Jimmie was a former volunteer for the Hotchkiss Fire Department, a former fire chief of the Santa Rosa, N.M. Volunteer Fire Department, a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Lake Mills, Wis.; and a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, N.M. and Charles City, Va.
The pride and joy of Jimmie's life were his seven grandchildren. He also greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling.
Survivors grateful to have shared Jimmie's life include his wife, Jean Hudson, of Hotchkiss; two sons: Danial Hudson and wife Delaine, of Delta; David Hudson and wife Trudy, of Hotchkiss; one daughter, Karen and husband Cliff Lacey, of Hotchkiss; and seven grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, J.W. Hudson and wife Mae, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and one sister, Winnie Flaming, of Olathe.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, K. Hudson; and one sister, Mary Jacobs.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. until noon at the Taylor Funeral Service in Hotchkiss.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by The Rev. Mike Smith on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Hotchkiss.
Rite of Committal will follow the Mass in the Riverside Cemetery at Hotchkiss, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Lorene Margaret Hess
Matriarch of Her Family
Oct. 1, 1927 - Sept. 10, 1999
MONTROSE - Lorene Margaret Hess, affectionately known as "Grammy," age 71, of Montrose, died of cancer Friday evening, Sept. 10, 1999, in her home at Montrose.
Lorene Margaret Chitwood, the daughter of William and Katherine (Peters) Chitwood, was born on Oct. 1, 1927, in Durango, Colo., where she spent her childhood, graduated from the Durango High School, and grew to adulthood.
Lorene married Everett Lynn Hess Sr. on Oct. 12, 1951, in Aztec, N.M. Lorene and Everett lived in Grand Junction, Paradox, and Ridgway before establishing their home in Montrose where Everett preceded Lorene in death on Aug. 26, 1998.
Lorene was a homemaker, day care provider, bookkeeper, and a school board member.
She was a member of the Columbine Club, the Colorado Day Care Assn., was a 4-H leader, was in Who's Who of Colorado, served on the Ridgway School Board from 1967 to 1977, kept the books for the Ridgway School for 25 years, and was a day care provider for 25 years.
Lorene's first love was her family and her friends. Her heart was so big that all who knew her loved her. There was never a friend she didn't help, never a child she didn't love, and never a need she didn't try to fulfill. Lorene was the matriarch of her family.
Survivors include two sons: Everett Lynn Hess Jr. and wife Teri, of Craig; Joseph William Hess and wife Janie, of Olathe; one daughter, Lynnda Rene Hess and fiance Glenn Watts, of Montrose; and five grandchildren: Lane Everett Gunn, Dustin William Hess, Amy Michelle Hess, Eric Lynn Hess, and Ryan Lane Hess.
In addition to her parents and husband, Lorene was also preceded in death by one grandson, Curtis James Hess; one sister, Kathy; and one nephew, Jim Chapman.
Memorial Services to honor and celebrate Lorene's life will be officiated on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel at Montrose. The service will conclude at the chapel.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Ridgway Schools, In Memory of Lorene Hess, c/o Gale Noble, P.O. Box 230, Ridgway, Colo. 81432.

Anny Hecker
Lady of Remarkable Courage
June 6, 1913 - Sept. 9, 1999
PAONIA - Paonia resident Anny Hecker, age 86, died of ALS in her home on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999.
She was born Anny Ludwig on June 6, 1913 in Durnkrut, Austria. After her marriage to Richard Hecker on Aug. 11, 1947, Anny followed Richard and the 86th Air Police (OIC Polish Guard) with the allied forces throughout Western Europe.
In September of 1949, Richard and Anny came to the United States where they lived in Milwaukee, Wis. On Sept. 6, 1955, Richard and Anny became citizens of the United States and in 1984 they moved to Paonia, where Richard still resides.
Anny had many loves and spoke often of hiking in her native Austria as a young girl. She continued walking and hiking up to four miles a day until her disease prevented her from doing so. Anny loved gardening and was well known for her beautiful flower gardens. Anny's two cats, Fluffy and Sushi, were her only "children" and remained by her side to the end.
Anny showed a remarkable courage throughout the course of her life and the duration of her disease. Through it all, her wonderful sense of humor lifted the spirits of all around her. Her selflessness and deep devotion to her faith was an inspiration to all who knew her. Anny's giving spirit continued to the very end. She gave generously to many charities and, in the true spirit of Anny Heckler, she chose to donate her body to the DU Science Center for research into the disease which devastated her body but not her spirit.
Anny is survived by her husband, Richard Hecker; as well as several nieces and many friends.
Anny's Memorial Mass will be officiated on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia. Anny requested that no arranged flowers be sent, but that flowers from the attendants gardens be brought instead.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice Delta Project, In Memory of Anny Hecker, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo. 81416.

William Francis "Bill" Hardwick Jr.
Carpenter, Iron Worker
Aug. 22, 1926 - Sept. 12, 1999
CRAWFORD - Carpenter and iron worker, William Francis "Bill" Hardwick Jr., age 73, a resident of Crawford for 20 years, died on Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Born on Aug. 22, 1926 in Amarillo, Texas, William Francis Hardwick Jr. was the son of William Francis Hardwick Sr. and Dorothy Jane (Saunders) Hardwick. He spent his childhood in New Mexico and graduated from the Clovis, N.M. High School. Bill continued to pursue his education at Colorado A & M in Fort Collins, graduating with a degree in Animal Husbandry.
Following World War II, Bill served his country in the United States Army as a part of the occupation forces in Japan. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.
He married Artie Anna Pierson on Aug. 12, 1979 , in Paonia, Colo. The couple had just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last month. Bill was previously married to Marilyn Ross.
During his lifetime Bill was employed as a carpenter and iron worker and had lived in Hereford and Port Isabel, Texas prior to moving to Crawford 20 years ago where he remained until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Hotchkiss.
Bill absolutely loved learning about new technology, new processes, natural remedies, and building new things. He was a very loving, kind, generous, and giving man. Bill had one goal: To be the quality of man his dog, Hank, thought he was. He truly believed that God had been very good to him and his response was to be very good to others. Bill will be so deeply missed by all who loved and knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Artie Anna Hardwick, of Crawford; one son, William Ross Hardwick, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and four daughters: Marsha Hardwick Harris, of San Bernardino, Calif.; Marsy Sue Moore and Gloria Polson, both of Hotchkiss; and Janice Ryan, of Palatine, Ill.
He was the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and the great-grandfather of five great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Ted Hardwick, of Alamogordo, N.M.; and one sister, Joan French, of Lubbock, Texas.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Pat Lackey.
Cremation has taken place, with services to be held at a later date.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

David Ray Carter
Retired Police Officer
July 18, 1927 - Sept. 9, 1999
MONTROSE - David Ray Carter, age 72, of Olathe, died on Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999 in the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. from the St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta. Inurnment will be held following the service in the Pea Green Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, Delta.
David Ray Carter was born on July 18, 1927 at Park City, Utah, the son of Ricker C. and Thelma Gustine Stonebreaker Carter.
He graduated from high school in Las Vegas, Nev., and attended Metropolitan Business College in San Bernardino, Calif.
David married Joyce Rae Smith James on July 16, 1952 at Las Vegas, Nev., His wife of 47 years survives.
He started his law enforcement career in Hiawatha, Utah as a reserve deputy while he was working in the superintendent's office at the mine. After that he held law enforcement positions in Grand Junction, Colo.; Las Vegas, Nev..; Fountain, Colo.; and Colorado Springs, Colo., where he retired as a Senior Lieutenant from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
The Carters moved from Colorado Springs to Olathe 11 years ago, where David remained until the time of his death.
He was a member of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta, and a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
He served his country during World War II and Korea in the Navy.
In addition to his wife, David is survived by his daughters, Stephanie and husband Carl Gard, Michelle Lynn Ford; grandsons: David Rick Ramsey and wife Dona; William Lewis, Jeremy Gard, Jason Minor, Ernest Nice; granddaughters: Kelly White and husband Jerry, Naomi Jeann Lewis, Tammy Picozzi; great-grandsons: Sammy White, Michael Picozzi, Sabriel Lewis, Michael Lewis; great granddaughter, Michelle Ann Maling.
Other family survivors include his brother, Robert Carter and sister, Alta and husband Dave Bennett.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Rick Carter; daughter, Connie Danielle; great grandson, Max Maling; great-granddaughter Theresa Danielle; and sister Mona Martin.
Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of David Ray Carter to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 145 W. 5th Street, Delta, Colorado 81416.

Maurice Willard Blake
Retired Junior High Teacher
March 22, 1919 - Sept. 16, 1999
GREEN RIVER, Wyo. - Former Cedaredge resident, Maurice Willard Blake, age 80, a resident of Green River, Wyo. for the past year and a half, died on Thursday, Sept. 16, 1999, in the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyo., shortly after being admitted.
Maurice Willard Blake was born in Pawnee County, Kan. on March 22, 1919, the son of William D. and Myrtle (Williamson) Blake. He attended schools in Larned, Kan. and graduated from the Larned High School with the class of 1936. Maurice then attended college and received his Bachelor's degree in Education.
He married Eunice Munsell on June 6, 1940, in Larned, Kan. Maurice and Eunice's union was blessed with one son and one daughter.
Prior to his retirement in 1978, Maurice was employed as a junior high teacher in Evanston, Wyo.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cedaredge and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Eunice Blake, of Cedaredge; and one son, Stan Blake and wife Jeannie, of Green River, Wyo.
Other family survivors include one brother, Ernest Blake, of Rozel, Kan.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Maurice was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Maureen Kugler, who died in 1992.
A visitation time for family and friends is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cedaredge.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Maurice's life will be officiated on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church at Cedaredge.
Interment will follow the service in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with local arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Carolyn Cookie' Been
Former Naturita Mayor
Nov. 9, 1931 - Sept. 7, 1999
NATURITA - Carolyn Cookie' Been, age 67, died on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
She was born on Nov. 9, 1931, in Ada, Okla., the daughter of Harrison and Verda Meaders.
Miss Meaders attended Texas State College for Women and the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of the Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority, then attended East Central College in Ada. There she met William Been and they were married on March 29, 1952.
The Beens moved to Naturita from Farmington, New Mexico in 1959, and started their own business, Bill's Body Shop, which later became A to Z Industries.
In the mid 1980s, she founded a floral shop and started the area's first video retail business, both of which she later sold. In 1996 she started an antiques store, Granny's Treasures, which gave her and her sister Marion great pleasure. She continued to oversee A to Z Industries and Granny's Treasures until her illness.
Cookie served as a Naturita town board member from 1991 to 1992, when she was elected to the position of Mayor. She served as Mayor until 1998, securing grant funding of over $500,000 for the renovation of the town park and community center, rebuilding of the town's water and sewer treatment facilities, and many other local improvements. Cookie received several accolades for her many services to the community that she loved and continually tried to improve. She was named Woman of the Year in 1998 by the Nucla-Naturita Chamber of Commerce.
Cookie also was actively involved with the Rimrocker Historical Society and was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. I
She loved to travel, was an accomplished photographer, and an avid gardener.
Survivors include her five children: Michael who owns Z to Z Mine Supply in St. George, Utah; Vicki who is a Professor of Law at New York University School of Law in New York City; Sheryl who writes children's books and works in a floral business in Denver; David who owns A to Z Machine in Naturita; and Terry who works as a project controller for Union Carbide in Seadrift, Texas.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Chris and Kelsy Been, Rachel Been, Joshua and Sarah Revesz, and Timothy and Trevor Been.
Additional family survivors include her sister, Marion Belew; two daughters-in-law, Sue Been and Michelle Been, and son-in-law Richard Revesz.
Cookie was preceded in death by her father in 1957, her husband in 1990, and recently by her mother.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church in Naturita. The family has requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Rimrocker Historical Society, P.O. Box 913, Nucla, Colo. 81424.

Chester West Ball
World War II Veteran
May 1, 1914 - Sept. 10, 1999
MONTROSE - A Montrose resident since 1988, Chester West Ball, age 85, a World War II veteran and a retired tool and dye maker manufacturer, died on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Grand Junction.
Born on May 1, 1914, in Powell, Wyo., Chester West Ball was the son of Walter and Gertrude (West) Ball. He was raised by aunts and uncles in Minnesota.
During World War II, Chester served his country in the United States Navy.
He married Ruth Mae Gillis on Dec. 22, 1974, in Denver. Chester and Ruth would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year in December.
They lived in Denver for 15 years before moving to Montrose in 1988 where Chester made his home until the time of his death.
Chester was a Past Master of the Masons and a member of the Shriners. He greatly enjoyed helping others as a member of both organizations.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ball, of Montrose; two stepsons: Mike and Nick Huskey; one grandson, Scott Bradley, in the United States Air Force in Kansas; one granddaughter, Karen Bright, of Denver; and four great-grandchildren.
Chester was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara (Brush) Ball; one daughter, Barbara Bradley; and one son, William Ball.
At Chester's request, cremation has taken place and no service is planned.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Harvey Fred Beall
Long Haul Truck Driver
April 18, 1927 Sept. 19, 1999 
DELTA - Harvey Fred Beall, age 72, of Delta, died on Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, in Integrated Health Services in Delta.
Harvey Fred Beall was born in Denver, Colo. on April 18, 1927, the son of Fred and Ona (Messick) Beall.
Harvey served his country in the United States Coast Guard and then worked as a long haul truck driver.
Harvey's marriage ended in divorce.
He was a resident volunteer at Community Care for five years.
Harvey was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Denver.
Survivors include one son, Vincent Wade Beall.
Harvey was preceded in death by his father, Fred Beall; his mother, Ona (Messick) Beall; and one brother, Max Vincent Hoorebeke.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Rd., Delta, Colo. 81461; telephone 970/874-8633.

Mildred Q. Crandell
Homemaker/Excellent Seamstress
Oct. 6, 1905 Sept. 10, 1999 
MONTROSE - Mildred Corine Quigley Crandell, age 93, a longtime Montrose resident, died on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, in Colorado Springs. She was a resident of Pikes Peak Manor at the time of her death.
Mildred Corine Quigley was born in Montrose County, Colo., on Oct. 6, 1905, the daughter of Henry and Lucille Quigley. She spent her childhood in DeBeque, graduating from the DeBeque High School.
Mildred married Benjamin R. Crandell on June 9, 1923. They lived in Glenwood Springs and Canon City for several years before settling in Montrose in 1935.
Mildred was a homemaker, excellent seamstress, pianist, organist, and gardener. For many years, she was involved in church and community activities.
Survivors include four grandchildren: Denise Crandell Woody, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Mark Crandell, of Leesburg, Va.; Matthew Crandell, of Woodbridge, Va.; Elise Crandell Dwyer, of Potomac Falls, Va.; and seven great-grandchildren: Justin, Benjamin and Lauren Woody, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Kyle, Bryan, and Danielle Crandell, of Woodbridge, Va.; and Connor Dwyer, of Potomac Falls, Va.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin R. Crandell, in 1974; an infant son, Douglas, in 1928; and two other sons: Gordon, in 1996; and Harry, in 1998.
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Mildred's life will be officiated by The Rev. Mike Lundberg, of Valley Baptist Church, on Friday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Pike's Peak Manor, In Memory of Mildred Crandell in Colorado Springs or Montrose Little Theater, In Memory of Mildred Crandell.

Christopher James Foster
MONTROSE - Christopher James Foster, age 3, of Montrose, died Monday morning, Sept. 20, 1999, in Montrose.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Christopher's life will be officiated on Friday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Montrose Christian Church.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Sue Garner
A Very Special Lady
Nov. 2, 1934 Sept. 16, 1999 
HOTCHKISS - Sue Garner, age 64, a homemaker and a resident of Hotchkiss, died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 16, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Sue Cole was born in Boulder, Colo. on Nov. 2, 1934, the daughter of Cass Cole and Susie (Barnes) Cole.
Sue married Roy Garner on Sept. 16, 1954, in Montrose. Their union was blessed with two sons. Sue died on her and Roy's 45th wedding anniversary.
She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and latchwork. Sue was a very special lady who loved her family and relished taking care of her home and yard. She had a way of making those around her feel important. Sue's family and all who knew her feel blessed to have known her and will miss her greatly.
Survivors include her husband Roy Garner, of Hotchkiss; two sons: Allen Garner, of Hotchkiss; Miles Garner, of Glendale, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.
Other family survivors include her parents, Cass and Susie Cole, of Delta; two brothers: Ken Cole and Ivan "Butch" Cole, both of Cedaredge; and one sister, Carol Lanzl, of Grand Junction;
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Sue's life will be officiated by Paul Nystrom on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at 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.
Memorial contributions may be made to: North Fork Ambulance Service, In Memory of Sue Garner, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419.

Merlyn Eugene Webb
Montrose County District 2
Assistant Road Foreman
Dec. 25, 1926 Sept. 17, 1999 
OLATHE - World War II veteran and former longtime Montrose resident, Merlyn Eugene Webb, age 72, died Friday morning, Sept. 17, 1999, at his home in Olathe.
Merlyn Eugene Webb, the son of Ellis Henry Webb and Ida M. (Lyon) Webb, was born on Dec. 25, 1926, in Montrose, Colo. He spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood in Montrose, where he made his home for 65 years.
During World War II, Merlyn served his country in the United States Navy.
He married Donna L. Cox on Jan. 4, 1948, in Aztec, N.M. Their union was blessed with one son and one daughter.
Merlyn was employed as a mechanic with Dewey Miller and Meyer Implement, and then worked as assistant road foreman for Montrose County District 2.
After making his home in Montrose for 65 years, Merlyn and Donna moved to Olathe where Donna preceded him in death on June 15, 1993, at their home in Olathe.
Following his wife's death, Merlyn continued to make his home in Olathe until the time of his own death.
He loved hunting and fishing and especially enjoyed mechanical work.
Survivors include one son, Stanley E. Webb, of Olathe; one daughter, Joyce and husband Ray Pahl, of Montrose; one granddaughter, Jody and husband Joe Baugh, of Montrose; and four stepgrandchildren: Brenda Moxley and Stacey Clay, of both of Virginia; Nicole Pahl, of North Carolina; and Christopher Pahl, of Montrose.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Donald C. Webb, of Olathe; Lawrence Webb, of Montrose; and one sister, Norma Crawford, of Meeker.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Donna, Merlyn was also preceded in death by one brother, Clifford Webb; and five sisters: Thelma (Alderman) Finley, Neva Woods, Ruby Hoffman, Naomi Brooks, and Baby Doris.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Merlyn's life will be officiated by Hospice Chaplain Ken Backman on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, with Military Graveside Rites being conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion.
Arrangements are 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 Merlyn Webb, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.


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