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Fay Isabell Young
Loving Mother, Grandmother
Feb. 28, 1928 Sept. 29, 1999 
MONTROSE - Fay Isabell Young, age 71, a resident of Montrose since the early 1940s, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 29, 1999, in her home at Montrose.
Fay Isabell Moore, the twin daughter of Joseph B. Moore and Blanche Mamie (Hughes) Moore, was born on Feb. 28, 1928, in Palisade, Colo. She spent her childhood moving around Colorado with her family as part of the family freight business.
Prior to her retirement, Fay was employed as a telephone operator, a checker for City Market, and also worked for Russell Stover Candies in Montrose.
Fay was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved her pet dog and especially enjoyed collecting owls. She loved people and had many friends. Fay will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include two sons: Maurice B. Cutler and wife Sallie; Marshall H. Cutler, all of Montrose; four daughters: Nanette P. and husband Rhey Wright, of Fort Collins; Renice K. and husband Rob Lake, of Montrose; Lynnae F. and husband Pat Whitehead, of Kirkland, Ariz.; Rogene R. Seevers, of Montrose; and 10 grandchildren.
Fay was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two sisters.
At Fay's request, cremation has taken place and no services are planned.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Schlermderma Research Foundation, In Memory of Fay Young, 2320 Bath St., Suite 315, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93105.

Helen Sylvester
Life's Main Focus: Family
Jan. 12, 1917 Sept. 30, 1999 
MONTROSE - Helen Sylvester, age 82, a resident of Montrose since 1948, died on Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose.
Helen Poppert was born in Harlan County, Neb. on Jan. 12, 1917, the daughter of George Poppert and Myrtle (Pollett) Poppert. She spent her childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood in Nebraska.
Helen married Everett Sylvester on Oct. 27, 1935, in Atlanta, Neb. and their union was blessed with two daughters.
Helen, a homemaker and at one time a bookkeeper for Sylvester Equipment, moved with her husband from Greeley to Montrose in 1948 where she resided until the time of her death. Everett preceded Helen in death in December of 1983.
She was a member of the Montrose Christian Church, a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, a charter member of Montrose Federated Women's Club, and a Past Mother Advisor of Rainbow Girls No. 33. Helen also belonged to Beta Sigma Phi Choir Group and Order of Eastern Star No. 40.
Among her many special interests in life, Helen especially enjoyed sewing, camping, and music. The main focus, love, and delight of Helen's life was her family.
Survivors grateful to have shared Helen's life include her two daughters: Marlene and husband Ken Townsend, of Montrose; Marcia and husband Bill Carlson, of Colorado Springs; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Louis Poppert, of Bertrand, Neb.
In addition to her husband, Helen was also preceded in death by her parents; and six brothers: Russell, Rex, Lowell, Don, Daryl, and an infant brother Merle.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose.
Funeral Services in remembrance, to honor, and celebrate Helen's life will be officiated by Ken Backman, Hospice Chaplain, on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. in the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, 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 Helen Sylvester, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-8104.

James Larimore "Larry" Pearsall
Owned, Operated Pearsall Nursery
May 23, 1914 Sept. 29, 1999 
MONTROSE - World War II veteran and retired Montrose businessman, James Larimore "Larry" Pearsall, age 85, a resident of Montrose for 65 years, died of a sudden illness Wednesday morning, Sept. 29, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
James Larimore Pearsall, the son of Truman Pearsall and Ada (Kirby) Pearsall, was born on May 23, 1914, in McMinnville, Tenn. He spent his childhood in Shelbyville, Tenn. and Priest River, Idaho.
During World War II, beginning in 1942, Larry served his country as a supply sergeant with the 757th Battalion in North Africa and Italy.
After the war, Larry returned to Montrose where he married Frances Weber on May 24, 1953. Their union was blessed with two sons. Larry and Frances had shared 46 loving years of marriage this year in May.
In 1953, Larry entered the nursery business. He owned and operated Pearsall Nursery in Montrose until his retirement in 1986.
He was an active member of the Montrose Christian Church and enjoyed singing with the choir. He also belonged to the American Nurseryman's Association.
Larry enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing, and climbing 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. Later he took up cross-country running, 10K and other long distance running. During one 12-month period, he ran 3,000 miles! As he grew older, Larry walked long distances in order to remain fit and to spend time outdoors. He was an avid football fan and followed high school, college, and professional teams with great interest. His love of fishing remained with him as long as his health permitted him to fish.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Pearsall, of Montrose; two sons: James Pearsall, of Montrose; Brian Pearsall, of Lakewood; and two grandchildren: Joshua James Pearsall and Rachel Lauren Pearsall.
Other family survivors include one brother, Edward "Tom" Pearsall, of Alhambra, Calif.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Oliver Pearsall, Ramsey Pearsall, Louie Pearsall; and one sister, Mamie Scott.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Funeral Services in remembrance, to honor, and pay respects to Larry's life will be officiated by The Rev. Don Woodstock, of the Norwood Christian Church, on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Montrose Christian Church.
Interment will follow the service in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Missionary Fund of the Montrose Christian Church, In Memory of Larry Pearsall, 2351 Sunnyside Rd., Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Grace Louise McColl
Retired English Teacher
Aug. 14, 1939 Sept. 27, 1999 
HOTCHKISS - Grace Louise McColl, age 60, of Hotchkiss, died on Monday, Sept. 27, 1999, in the Paonia Care Center and Rehab Center. She had been a resident of Paonia and Hotchkiss for six years.
Grace Louise Bichof, the daughter of Fredrick Bichof and Mary (Smith) Bichof, was born on Aug. 14, 1939, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she spent her childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood. She continued to pursue her education at Colorado College in Denver and CU at Boulder, earning her Teacher's Degree.
Grace married Arthur McColl on July 1, 1969, in Colorado Springs. Their union was blessed with two sons and one daughter. The McColls celebrated 30 loving years of marriage this year on July 1.
Grace worked as a English teacher for 31 years in Denver Public Schools. After the McColls moved from Denver to Paonia, she was a teacher for the Delta County School District for five years.
She was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church of Paonia and the Retired Teachers Association.
Grace was very supportive of the Delta County swim program. She loved to read and always enjoyed being in the classroom dealing with the children and teaching them. Grace will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew and loved her
Survivors include her husband, Arthur McColl; two sons: Ian McColl and Rob McColl, all of Hotchkiss; and one daughter, Stephanie McColl, attending Bard College in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Other family survivors include two sisters: Molly Bcarzi, of Colorado Springs; and Molly Link, of Aurora.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Mary Bichof.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Grace's life will be officiated by The Rev. Steve Wengrovius on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta. The service will conclude at the church.
Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery at Colorado Springs.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Phyllis J. Garrison
"Her Family Was The Love Of Her Life"
June 1, 1941 Sept. 30, 1999 
MONTROSE - Phyllis J. Garrison, age 58, of Montrose, died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 30, 1999, in her home at Montrose after a very lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
Phyllis J. Moon was born in Wewoka, Okla. on June 1, 1941, the daughter of Nola Whitener and stepfather Clell Whitener. She grew to adulthood in Olathe, graduating from the Olathe High School in 1959.
Phyllis married Edwin R. Garrison on July 19, 1961, in Aztec, N.M. Their union was blessed with one daughter and three sons and they shared 38 loving years of marriage.
The Garrisons were in the livestock business in many locations in Western Colorado, using Montrose as their headquarters. They operated ranches in 11 counties in Colorado.
Phyllis touched everyone she ever knew with her kindness and gentleness. She had the ability to make everyone feel special. Her family was the very center of her life and she loved being with her children and grandchildren. She loved to cook and always had enough for anyone who happened to stop by. Phyllis brought a depth of love and a brilliant light into the world of those around her and will be so deeply missed by her family and many friends.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Edwin R. Garrison, of Montrose; and her four children: One daughter, Geraldine "Geri" and husband Chad Wold, of Montrose; and three sons: Terry Garrison and wife Barbara, of Concord, Calif.; Kevin Garrison and wife Sheila; and Tommy Garrison, all of Montrose.
Phyllis was the proud and loving grandmother of six grandchildren: Amanda Flowers and Trevor Wold, both of Montrose; Scott Garrison and Sean Garrison, both of Concord, Calif.; and Candace Garrison and Cameron Garrison, both of Montrose.
Other family survivors include five brothers: Alvin "Al" Whitener and wife Sheila, of Grand Junction; Gary Whitener and wife Diana, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Tim Moon and wife Susan, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Tom Moon and wife, of Dallas, Texas; David Moon, of Ohio; one sister, Kay and husband Ed Deti, of Olathe; and one stepsister, Donna and husband Leon Oliver, of Eufaula, Okla.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her mother, Nola Whitener; her stepfather, Clell Whitener; her father, Hubbard Moon; and one brother, Terry Moon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Western Colorado Bank for medical expenses incurred.
Funeral Services to pay respects to Phyllis' life will be officiated on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God on Hillcrest in Montrose.
Interment will follow the service in the Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Kevin Lee Patterson
An Infant
Sept. 20, 1999 Oct. 2, 1999 
DELTA Kevin Lee Patterson was born on Sept. 20, 1999, in Delta, Colo., the son of Josh Lee Patterson and Rhonda Lynn Kasinger of Delta. He died on Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction.
In addition to his parents, Kevin is also survived by his grandparents: Kevin and Doni Liddell, of Austin; Joyce and Arnie Cottrell; and Kim and Johnny Kasinger, all of Cedaredge.
Kevin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Floyd Patterson, who died in 1981; and his great-grandfather, Albert Messano.
Funeral Services to honor Kevin's life will be officiated on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Delta.

Artie Anna Hardwick
Homemaker, Mother, Grandmother
Feb. 14, 1931 Oct. 1, 1999 
CRAWFORD Artie Anna Hardwick, age 68, a homemaker, mother, and resident of Crawford for 20 years, died on Friday, Oct. 1, 1999, in her home at Crawford.
Artie Anna Pierson, the daughter of Lester Pierson and Hazel Elizabeth (Harp) Pierson, was born on Feb. 14, 1931, in Lamar, Colo. She spent her childhood at Lamar and Hotchkiss, graduating from the Hotchkiss High School.
Artie's marriage to James Graham ended in divorce.
She married William F. Hardwick on July 12, 1979, in Paonia, Colo. William had just preceded Artie in death last month on Sept. 12, 1999 in Delta.
After growing up in Hotchkiss, Artie lived in the Aspen and Carbondale areas before moving back to Hotchkiss and Crawford, where she remained until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Methodist Church of Crawford and enjoyed reading and flower gardening. Artie greatly enjoyed the numerous hours she spent helping older people in need in the Crawford area, reading to them and visiting.
Survivors include three daughters: Gloria A. Polson, of Hotchkiss; Janis Z. Ryan, of Mt. Pulaski, Ill.; Marsy S. Moore, of Hotchkiss; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include her mother, Hazel E. Pierson, of Crawford; and three brothers: Donavon Pierson, of Omaha, Neb.; Victor Pierson, of Dallas, Texas; and Daryl Pierson, of Paonia.
In addition to her husband, Artie was also preceded in death by her father, Lester Pierson.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Artie's life will be officiated by The Rev. Judi Taylor on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Crawford. The service will conclude at the church.
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Gary Lee Thornton
Loving Husband, Father, Son, Brother
Feb. 11, 1946 Oct. 3, 1999 
CEDAREDGE Gary Lee Thornton was born on Feb. 11, 1946, at Springfield, Colo., the son of Fred and Odelee (Mayhan) Thornton. He died Sunday afternoon, Oct. 3, 1999, in an explosion at the Louisiana-Pacific Corp. Plant near Olathe where he had been employed for seven years.
In October of 1953, at the age of 7, Gary moved with his family to Cedaredge, where he spent the rest of his childhood, graduated from the Cedaredge High School, and grew to adulthood.
Following his high school graduation, Gary served his country for four years in the United States Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga.
He married Laurie Jean Kunkel on Sept. 18, 1976, at Christ Chapel on Grand Mesa. Gary and Laurie celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary last month.
Gary accepted the Lord as a boy and was a member of the Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church of Cedaredge.
He was a loving husband, father, son, and brother. Gary dearly loved camping and hunting. His sudden death has left a huge unwanted emptiness in the lives of all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Laurie Thornton; two daughters: Aimee Marin, age 18; Lynsie Manon, age 17; and one son, Rhett Wade, age 10, all of the family home at Cedaredge.
Other family survivors include his parents, Fred and Odelee Thornton, of Cedaredge; three sisters: Sharon and husband Ron Ebaugh, of Phippsburg; Sonya and husband Natheal Ballard, of Delta; Vicky and husband Ron Shellabarger, of Grand Junction; one brother, Don Thornton and wife Annette, of Loma; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Gary's life will be officiated by Pastor Del Hampton on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church in Cedaredge.
Interment will follow the service in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Road, in Delta; telephone 874-8633.

Raymond L. "Skip" Franks Jr.
Montrose Auto Zone Salesman
Nov. 5, 1937 Oct. 4, 1999 
MONTROSE Raymond L. "Skip" Franks Jr., age 61, a resident of Montrose since 1973, died Monday evening, Oct. 4, 1999, at his home in Montrose.
Raymond L. Franks Jr. was born in Los Banos, Calif. on Nov. 5, 1937, the son of Raymond L. Franks Sr. and Lena Marie (Koch) Franks. Skip attended high school in Creede, Colo.
He was proud to serve his country in the United States Navy.
Frank married Linda A. Hedglin on April 10, 1964, in Edgemont, S.D. Their union was blessed with two daughters and one son and they were privileged to celebrate 35 loving years of marriage this year in April.
Skip and his family moved to Montrose in 1973 where he made his home until the time of his death.
He was employed as a Parts Pro in sales for the Montrose Auto Zone.
Skip was a member of the Menoken Christian Church near Montrose and attended the Rosemont Baptist Church in Montrose.
He enjoyed horses, fishing, and camping. Skip's love and delight in life was spending time with his five grandchildren.
Survivors grateful to have shared Skip's life include his wife, Linda A. Franks, of Montrose; one son, Robert R. Franks and wife Mylissa, of Olathe; and two daughters: Raelynn and husband Kirk Roemer, of Grand Junction; and Rhonda and husband Charles Burch, of Montrose.
Skip was the proud and doting grandfather of five grandchildren: Kayleigh and Cade Franks, Alexis Roemer, and Mikhala and Trevor Burch.
Other family survivors include his mother, Lena Franks, of Montrose; one brother, Ronald Franks and wife Patricia, also of Montrose; and one sister, Jeanette and husband Bryce Sanburg, of Grand Junction.
Skip was preceded in death by his father, Raymond L. Franks Sr.
Memorial Services in remembrance, to honor, and pay respects to Skip's life will be officiated by Pastors Timothy Wade and Allen Miller on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. The service will conclude at the chapel.
The eulogy will be given by Lymon Thomas, with Jody Brown serving as vocalist and guitarist.
Cremation will precede the service, 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 Skip Franks, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.

Bessie Mae Horitski
Loved to Paint
Oct. 14, 1917 - Oct. 5, 1999 
OLATHE - Bessie Mae Horitski, age 81, of Olathe, died on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, in the Horizons Care Center at Eckert nine days before she would have celebrated her 82nd birthday.
Bessie Mae Hickman, the daughter of Isaac Allen Hickman and Minnie (Ferris) Hickman, was born on Oct. 14, 1917, in Lovelady, Texas. She spent her childhood in Texas and received her GED in Colorado Springs later in her life.
Bessie married Raymond Horitski, with the marriage ending in divorce.
She was employed as an accountant and manager with the United States Air Force at the main PX at Fort Carson, Colo.
Having always considered Colorado her home, Bessie moved to Colorado nine years ago where she remained until the time of her death.
Bessie never really retired as she was always busy doing something. She helped at a nursing home in Texas and drove a school bus in Centerville, Texas. Among the many loves in her life, Bessie especially loved to paint, quilt, and work in her garden.
Survivors include one son, Edward Charles Dueboay and wife Margaret, of Florida; two daughters: Nancy Ann and husband Bill Swanson, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Malinda Horitski, of Delta; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Bessie was preceded in death by her father and mother and her former husband.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Bessie's life will be officiated on Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel. The service will conclude at the chapel.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Owen G. "Bud" Janssen
Husband, Father, Grandfather
July 9, 1938 - Oct. 7, 1999 
CEDAREDGE - Owen G. "Bud" Janssen, age 61, a truck driver and resident of Cedaredge since 1976, died on Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, in the Horizons Care Center at Eckert.
Owen G. Janssen, the son of Milton Janssen and Zoe (Smith) Janssen, was born on July 9, 1938, in Boulder, Colo., where he spent his childhood, graduated from the Boulder High School in 1955, and grew to adulthood.
Bud married Susan Watters on April 24, 1971, in Westminster, Colo. They had the privilege of sharing 28 loving years of marriage this year in April.
In 1976, the Janssens moved from Boulder to Cedaredge where Bud made his home until the time of his death.
Bud's special interests and hobbies that added meaning and pleasure to his life were hunting, fishing, and trains.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Janssen, of Cedaredge; two sons: Clay Janssen, of Wyoming; Ty Janssen and wife Deanna, of Colorado; one daughter, Shawna Janssen, of Colorado; and one grandchild.
Other family survivors include six brothers: Darrell Wright and wife Marie, of California; Bob Coatsworth and wife Joann, of Colorado; Gary Coatsworth and wife Cathy, of Idaho; Tony Janssen and wife Kathy; David Janssen and wife Ann; and Mert Janssen and wife Chris, all of Colorado.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Zoe Janssen.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Bud's life will be officiated by The Rev. Joan Uda on Monday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Cedaredge United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.; telephone 874-9988.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Alzheimer's Assn., Greater Grand Junction Area Chapter, In Memory of Bud Janssen, 743 Horizon Ct., Suite 100A, Grand Junction, Colo. 81506-8715, for research or Parkinson Research, In Memory of Bud Janssen, c/o Taylor Funeral Service, Inc., 800 Palmer St., Delta, Colo. 81416.

Gladys Estelle Terry
Three-Year Delta Resident
Aug. 22, 1921 - Oct. 6, 1999 
DELTA - Gladys Estelle Terry, age 78, a homemaker and resident of Delta for three years, died on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Gladys Estelle Morton was born in Balmorhea, Texas on Aug. 22, 1921, the daughter of William Allen Morton and Ovie Mae (Jones) Morton. She spent her childhood and graduated from high school in Alpine, Texas. Gladys continued to pursue her education at the Sul Ross College in Alpine, Texas.
Gladys married Weldon Terry on April 19, 1948, in El Paso, Texas. Weldon preceded Gladys in death on Feb. 5, 1977.
Three years ago Gladys moved from Alpine, Texas to Delta where she made her home until the time of her death.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Alpine, Texas and greatly enjoyed fishing and golfing.
Survivors include one brother, Ernest Wynn Morton, of Vanderpool, Texas; and one niece, "Myrt" and husband Bert Hodges, of Austin, Colo.
In addition to her parents and husband, Gladys was also preceded in death by three sisters: Willie Tarpley, Rena Strother, Josephine Jones; and one brother, Ray Calvin Morton.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Delta.

Jerry Loper
Paonia Gun Smith Many Years
Aug. 10, 1933 - Oct. 5, 1999 
PAONIA - Jerry Loper, age 66, a businessman and Paonia resident for 34 years, died on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, in the Paonia Care and Rehab Center.
Jerry Loper, the son of Mancy Loper and Ethel (Seitz) Loper, was born on Aug. 10, 1933, in Houston, Texas, where he spent his childhood, graduated from Ragon High School, and grew to adulthood.
Jerry, a gun smith, owned and operated M & J Guns in Paonia for many years.
He married Linda Ewing on Dec. 9, 1983, in the North Fork Baptist Church at Paonia. Jerry and Linda would have celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary this year in December.
Jerry was a member of the North Fork Baptist Church of Paonia and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
He was a man who was hard to get to know, but, once you got to know him, Jerry was a teddy bear at heart. He was a kind, quiet, and very loving man. Jerry especially enjoyed leather work, fishing, and loved and delighted in his family. The crowning glory and love of Jerry's life were his two granddaughters.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Loper, of Paonia; three sons: Peter Ewing and wife Kathy, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; Jimmy Nichols and wife Teresa; and Paul Ewing, all of Thornton; and two granddaughters: Gabrielle Ewing, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; and Kayla Nichols, of Thornton.
Other family survivors include his mother-in-law, Sylvia Ewing, of Paonia.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Jerry's life will be officiated by George Schroeder on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Cedar Hills Cemetery at Paonia.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Joseph Perez Gomez
Former Montrose Pastor
May 3, 1914 - Oct. 3, 1999 
DENVER - Former Montrose resident, Joseph "Joe" Perez Gomez, age 85, of Denver and the former pastor of the Apsento Alto Assembly of God Church in Montrose, died of cancer Sunday morning, Oct. 3, 1999, at the Hospice of Metro Denver.
Joseph Perez Gomez was born in La Trinadad, Mexico on May 3, 1914, the son of Rosalio Gomez and Rosa Perez Gomez. At the age of 9, Joe moved with his family from Mexico to Lorado, Texas and shortly thereafter, when he was 12 years old his father died. The family moved to Northern Colorado and Joe received his education and grew to adulthood in the Weld County area. At the age of 17, Joe moved to Berthoud and attended the Four Square Bible College. He maintained a life-long interest in ministry.
While traveling and working in agriculture, Joe met Guadalupe Minjarez in Sugar City, Colo. After a long courtship, they were married on Aug. 19, 1936 in Fort Collins, Colo.
Joe and Guadalupe worked and lived in the northeastern area of Colorado and for a short time in Nebraska. They then moved to California to assist in the war effort by both becoming welders in the shipyards in the Los Angeles area.
After the war, Joe and Guadalupe returned to the Sugar City area in Colorado where they were engaged in farming. They eventually moved to the Greeley area where Joe started a blacksmith ship. In 1952, Joe started working for the Continental Oil Company where he remained until his retirement in 1965.
After he retired, Joe and Guadalupe moved to Montrose and Joe became the pastor of Apsento Alto Assembly of God Church. He continued his active ministry until the death of his beloved wife on Jan. 16, 1995, in Montrose.
Later in 1995, illness forced Joe to move from Montrose to Denver to be closer to his family where he remained until the time of his death.
The main focus, love, and joy of Joe's life was his family and his extended church family.
Survivors include one son, Ezekial Gomez and wife Maria Armida, of Denver; three daughters: Dina Gomez, of Aurora; Rosalie Hernandez, of Littleton; and Mary Ann and husband Isan Duran, of Arvada.
Joe was the proud and loving grandfather of 13 grandchildren, and the great-grandfather of 21 great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include four brothers: Benjamin Gomez and Jess Gomez, both of Greeley; John Gomez, of California; Charles Gomez, of Denver; and three sisters: Isabel Chavarria, of Denver; Rose Garcia and Lia Hunt, both of California.
In addition to his parents and wife, Joe was also preceded in death by one sister.
Funeral Services in remembrance, to honor, and celebrate Joe's life will be officiated on Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Greeley Assembly of God Church, 601 21st Ave., in Greeley.
Interment will follow the service in the Linwood Cemetery at Greeley, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

John Roy Coleman Sr.
Wholesale Hardware Salesman
Dec. 16, 1907 - Oct. 6, 1999 
MONTROSE - Retired wholesale hardware salesman, John Roy Coleman Sr., age 91, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 6, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose. John had been a resident of the Montrose/ Olathe area since 1998.
John Roy Coleman was born in Bethel, Kan., on Dec. 16, 1907, the son of Garrett Coleman and Melinda (Green) Coleman. He spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood in Kansas.
In 1928 John married Marguerite Casteel in Kansas. Marguerite preceded John in death.
John moved to Missouri in 1937 where he established his home until 1998. In 1998, at the beginning of the year, he moved to Olathe and then entered Valley Manor Care Center where he remained until the time of his death.
He was a member of the IOOF in Missouri.
John greatly enjoyed hunting birds and being outdoors, but the main focus, love, and delight of his life were his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, John Coleman Jr. and wife Evelyn, of Montrose; one daughter, Barbara Twyman, of Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren: Mark Coleman and wife Debbie, of Montrose; Kevin Twyman, of Grandview, Mo.; John L. Coleman, of Denver; Denise and husband Robert Bolinder, of Palmer, Alaska; Debbie and husband John Topi, of Blue Springs, Mo.; Shari and husband Pat Urtz, of Raytown, Mo.; Melinda Coleman, of Montrose; Karen Twyman, of Kansas City, Mo.; as well as 15 great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Jim Coleman and wife Golden, of Bonner Springs, Kan.
In addition to his parents and wife, John was also preceded in death by one son, Robert Coleman, who died in January of 1999; two sisters; and three brothers.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor John's life will be held in Missouri next week.
Interment will be held in the Floral Hills Cemetery at Kansas City, Mo.
Local arrangements are being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral home.
Memorial contributions, in John's memory, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

James Roderick Newberry
Olathe Farmer, Montrose Businessman 
Nov. 18, 1915 - Oct. 9, 1999 
MONTROSE - Longtime Montrose resident and owner of Jim's Sheet Metal Shop, James Roderick "Jim" Newberry, age 83, died Saturday morning, Oct. 9, 1999, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose after a brief illness. 
James Roderick Newberry was born on Nov. 18, 1915, in Floyd County, Iowa, the son of Benjamin E. Newberry and Eva Margaret (Duncan) Newberry. When he was still an infant, he moved with his parents to Ash Mesa near Olathe. He attended the Highland School and graduated from the Olathe High School in 1933. After his high school graduation, he continued his education at the Hemphill Diesel Engineering School in Los Angeles, Calif., while still maintaining a residence in Olathe. 
Jim married Elizabeth "Ellen" Lipes on March 29, 1939, in Olathe, Colo. They lived and farmed in the Olathe area until 1942 when they moved to Iowa to farm for Jim's Uncle George Newberry. 
The Newberrys returned to Montrose in 1945 and Jim worked for Lathrop's Hardware & Tin Shop until 1959 when he opened Jim's Sheet Metal Shop. He retired in 1979 and sold his business to the Cooling brothers. 
Jim was an active member of the Montrose First United Methodist Church for over 50 years and was awarded several Certificates of Recognition for his volunteer service from the General Board of Laity Rocky Mountain Conference. He was a Past Noble Grand of the Montrose IOOF Lodge and was active in Scouting and Good Sams RV Club. 
Jim thoroughly enjoyed traveling and spent several winters visiting family and friends in the western half of the United States. 
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth "Ellen" Newberry, of Montrose; one son, Elden Newberry and wife Linda, of Scottsbluff, Neb.; and one daughter, Shirley and husband Paul Crockford, of Cheyenne, Wyo. 
Jim was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren: Michael, Renee, Lionel Newberry, of Nebraska; Sean Eskridge and wife Darcy, of Montana; Brian Eskridge and wife Kelly, of Washington; and the great-grandfather of one great-grandson, Gregory Newberry, of Nebraska. 
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Eva Newberry of Olathe; and one brother, George Stanley Newberry of California. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Jim's life will be officiated by Pastor Steven K. Warren on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church at Montrose. 
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to: First United Methodist Church, In Memory of Jim Newberry, 19 S. Park Ave., Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Ila M. Geyer
Beloved Mother, Grandmother 
Sept. 23, 1918 - Oct. 10, 1999 
ECKERT - Ila M. Geyer, age 81, a homemaker and a Delta County resident since 1956, died on Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, in the Horizons Care Center at Eckert. 
Ila M. Mendenhall, the daughter of Ira Mendenhall and Mabel (Conger) Mendenhall, was born on Sept. 23, 1918, in Esbon, Kan. After spending the first two years of her life in Kansas, Ila moved with her family to Colorado, where she spent the remainder of her childhood and attended school. 
She married Harry H. Geyer in Ft. Morgan, Colo. Ila and Harry established their home in Ft. Morgan until 1956 when they moved to Delta County. Harry preceded Ila in death at Delta. 
Following her husband's death, Ila continued to make her home in Delta County until the time of her own death. 
She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Cedaredge Saddle Club, the North Fork Horse Patrol, the Rebekah Lodge, and the Grange. 
Among Ila's many loves in life, she had a real passion for horses, roses, and flowers. 
Survivors include one son, Darrell Geyer, of Eckert; one daughter, Marjorie Cooley, of Hotchkiss; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include two sisters: Agnes Frost, of Wiggins; and Hazel Cowell, of Delta. 
In addition to her parents and husband, Ila was also preceded in death by one daughter, Lila Atwood. 
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta. 
Memorial contributions may be made to: Horizons Care Center, In Memory of Ila M. Geyer, 1141 Hwy. 65, Eckert, Colo. 81418.


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