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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.

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.

Nettie M. Darter
Delta Resident 68+ Years
Sept. 1, 1906 Oct. 9, 1999 
DELTA Nettie M. Darter, age 93, a homemaker and a Delta resident for 68-plus years, died on Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, in Integrated Health Services of Delta.
Born on Sept. 1, 1906, in Deadwood, S.D., Nettie M. Gray was the daughter of Frank Gray and her mother's maiden name was Reed. She attended schools in Delta.
Nettie married George B. Darter on Oct. 21, 1950 in Delta, Colo. After sharing eight loving years of marriage, George preceded Nettie in death in 1958 in Delta.
Nettie was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Delta and especially enjoyed sewing.
She is survived by one niece, Mickie Herford, of Bend, Ore.
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Nettie's life will be officiated by Larry Short on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. in the Delta City Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Reorganized L.D.S. Church Big Spruce Camp, In Memory of Nettie Darter, c/o Dave Tiffany, 1940 Hawthorne Ave., Grand Junction, Colo. 81506.

Gertrude Viola Caulder
Loved, Enjoyed Her Family
Jan. 6, 1927 Oct. 10, 1999 
MONTROSE Gertrude Viola Caulder, age 71, a homemaker and resident of Montrose, died Sunday morning, Oct. 10, 1999, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose.
Gertrude Viola Creamer, the daughter of Hugh S. Creamer and Mathe Bell (Groves) Creamer, was born on Jan. 6, 1927, in Tampa, Fla., where she spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood.
Gertrude married Gerald W. Caulder, with the marriage ending in divorce.
In 1955 she moved to California and lived there until moving to Colorado.
Gertrude was a member of the Baptist Church in California.
She loved and greatly enjoyed her family, church activities, and dogs.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Lee and husband Jose Alarcon, of Montrose; three grandchildren: Marnie L. and husband Warner Bauer; Raelene S. Alarcon, all of Warren, Mich.; Lacey J. Alarcon, of Orange County, Calif.; and six great-grandchildren: Anthony J. Alarcon, Kyle D. Bauer, Kristopher H. Bauer, Miranda L. Narro, Savannah J. Alarcon, and Joseph E. Alarcon.
Other family survivors include one brother, Hugh Edward Creamer, of California.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Gertrude's life will be officiated by Pastor Martin Riggan, of the Victory Baptist Church of Montrose, on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at the San Juan Living Center in Montrose. The service will conclude at the center.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Winifred B. Goodhue
Retired Registered Nurse
June 5, 1908 - Oct. 13, 1999 
MONTROSE - Winifred B. Goodhue, age 91, a retired registered nurse and a resident of Montrose since 1959, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital. Winifred made her home in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose for the last two years.
Winifred B. Owens was born in Carlisle, Iowa on June 5, 1908, the daughter of Walter Owens and Alice (Rice) Owens. She spent her childhood in Iowa, graduated from high school in Carlisle, Iowa and the Iowa Lutheran Hospital Nursing Program in Des Moines, Iowa.
Winifred married Marion Goodhue on Feb. 27, 1935, in Carlisle, Iowa. Winifred and Marion's union was blessed with four sons and one daughter. Marion preceded Winifred in death on Feb. 18, 1996 in Montrose nine days before they would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.
The Goodhues moved from Iowa to Montrose in 1959 where Winifred made her home until the time of her death.
Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a registered nurse.
Winifred was a member of the United Methodist Church of Montrose and the United Methodist Women.
The main loves in Winifred's life that added meaning and much pleasure were her family, church, gardening, and flowers.
Survivors include four sons: David E. Goodhue and wife Margaret, of Montrose; Howard D. Goodhue and wife Marilyn, of Carlisle, Iowa; Fred O. Goodhue and wife Jeanne, of Spokane, Wash.; Robert M. Goodhue and wife Linda, of Montrose; and one daughter, Mary E. and husband Raymon Snyder, of Montrose.
Winifred was the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren, and the great-grandmother of nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Winifred was also preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Crippin Chapel.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Winifred's life will be officiated by The Rev. Steven Warren on Friday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. in the United Methodist Church at Montrose.
Interment will follow the service in the Valley Lawns Cemetery south of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial contributions may be made to: United Methodist Church, In Memory of Winifred B. Goodhue, 19 So. Park, Montrose, Colo. 81401 or San Juan Health Care Foundation, Nursing Scholarship, In Memory of Winifred B. Goodhue, 800 So. 3rd, Montrose, Colo. 81401.

William Russell "Bill" Vance
Utility Lineman
Dec. 18, 1968 Oct. 14, 1999 
MONTROSE - William Russell "Bill" Vance, age 30, of Montrose, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at his home in Montrose.
William Russell Vance was born in Denver, Colo. on Dec. 18, 1968, the son of J. Neil Vance and Valtie (Ouellette) Vance. He spent his childhood in Montrose, graduated from the Montrose High School, and grew to adulthood here.
Bill then moved to California where he made his home until a year ago when he returned to Montrose, making his home here until the time of his death.
Bill was employed as a lineman for a utility company.
Among the many loves and joys in Bill's life were: computers, football, boating, waterskiing, and spending time in the mountains.
Survivors include one daughter, Whitney Vance, of Arkansas; his father, Neil Vance, of Montrose; his mother, Valtie Taylor, of Texas; and his grandmothers: Betty Vance, of Montrose; and Dorothy Ouellette, of California.
Other family survivors include: Barbara Vance, Al and Lou Vance, Rene Lucky, Chris Black, Shane and Shelly Sparlin, Eddie Willis, Charlene Willis, Jerry Taylor, Tommy Conner, Jami Conner, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Bill's life will be officiated by the Montrose Elks on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Montrose Elks Lodge. The service will conclude at the lodge.
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main, Montrose, Colo. 81401; telephone (970) 249-2121.

Jerry James "J.J." Swisher
Western Colorado Rancher
Oct. 7, 1936 Oct. 12, 1999 
DELTA - Jerry James "J.J." Swisher, a resident of Delta for 13 years, died on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at his home after a long battle with cancer, five days after celebrating his 63rd birthday.
Jerry James Swisher was born in Los Angeles County, Calif. on Oct. 7, 1936, the son of Charles E. Swisher and Minnie L. (Cooley) Swisher. He spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood in Northeastern and Southeastern Colorado. He continued to pursue his education at the University of Southern Colorado and earned an Associate degree from Oklahoma State University. While attending Oklahoma State University, J.J. was a team member of the university's rodeo team.
He was proud to have served his country in the United States Marine Corp.
J.J.'s first wife, Patty (Argello) Swisher, preceded him in death. His second wife, Barbara J. "B.J." Swisher also preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 1992, in Grand Junction.
J.J. was a rancher and had ranched in Western Colorado since the mid-1970s.
He lived in Grand Junction prior to moving to Delta 13 years ago where he made his home until the time of his death.
On Aug. 2, 1999, J.J. married Susan McGinnis in Delta.
He was a member of the National Canadian Rodeo Association and the Rodeo Cowboy Association.
In 1961, he qualified for the finals in the National Canadian Rodeo Association in Edmonton Alberta, Canada.
J.J. had a passion for rodeos. He rodeoed and won many awards in Southeastern Colorado, riding rough stock, saddle bronc riding, as well as roping.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Swisher, of Delta; and five grandchildren.
J.J. was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patty (Argello) Swisher and their daughter, Judy Ann Dibrell; and his second wife, Barbara J. "B.J." Swisher.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cedaredge Taylor Funeral Service and again on Monday, Oct. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Cedaredge Taylor Funeral Service.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor J.J.'s life will be officiated by R. Wayne Eklund on Monday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel at Cedaredge.
Interment will follow the service in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Cedaredge.
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, In Memory of J.J. Swisher, c/o Fredrica Morris, 1451 Hwy. 65, Eckert, Colo. 81418.

Chester E. Knoll
WW II, Korean Conflict Veteran
May 12, 1917 Oct. 13, 1999 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Former Montrose resident, Chester E. Knoll, age 82, died of cancer on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at his home in San Diego, Calif.
Chester E. Knoll, the son of Charles Chester Knoll and Irene (Friend) Knoll, was born on May 12, 1917, in Riverside, Calif., where he spent his childhood, graduated from high school, grew to adulthood, and attended the Riverside Junior College.
Chester served his country as a Captain in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
After 35 years of service, Chester retired from his position as administrator in 1975 with the Pacific Telephone Company.
He married Evelyn Wolverton on April 3, 1964 in Haven, Calif. Chester and Evelyn's union was blessed with one son and one daughter and they had shared nearly 35 loving years of marriage at the time of Evelyn's death on Feb. 17, 1999.
He lived in San Diego, Calif., then returned to Riverside and remained there until moving to Eckert in 1980. After his wife's death in February this year, he returned to San Diego to be with his daughter where he made his home until the time of his death
Chester was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of Riverside, Calif.
His special interest that added meaning and pleasure to his life was building and flying remote control airplanes. Chester was also an avid ham radio operator.
Survivors include one son, William C. Knoll, of Oceanside, Calif.; one daughter, Suzanne Power, of San Diego, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Other survivors include one sister, Edna Meairs, of Riverside, Calif.
In addition to his parents and wife, Chester was also preceded in death by one sister, Jeanette Niedens.
Private Services in remembrance and to honor Chester's life will be held at the family's convenience.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Cedaredge.

Earl Dee Hildenbrand
Businessman, Farmer
April 30, 1908 Oct. 14, 1999 
HOTCHKISS - Earl Dee Hildenbrand, age 91, a longtime Hotchkiss resident, died on Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Earl Dee Hildenbrand was born in Kinsley, Kan. on April 30, 1908, the son of Frank and Alda (Mills) Hildenbrand.
He married Mary Belino on June 5, 1940, in Monte Vista, Colo. Earl and Mary established their home at Hotchkiss, where Earl owned Hildenbrand Electric and farmed in the Hotchkiss area for many years. He sold his farm in 1989.
Mary preceded Earl in death on Jan. 14, 1996.
Earl was a member of the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Klingler, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; one son, Donald Dugger, of Boise, Idaho; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include a half sister, Anna Green, of Castle Rock, Colo.
In addition to his wife, Mary, Earl was also preceded in death by his father, Frank B. Hildenbrand; and his mother, Alda F. (Mills) Hildenbrand.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Earl's life will be officiated on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church.
Interment will follow the service in the Mesa View Cemetery at Delta, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Rd., Delta, Colo. 81416; telephone (970) 874-8633.

Lois Margaret Fields
Retired Rural Postal Carrier
Nov. 20, 1921 Oct. 14, 1999 
OLATHE - Longtime Olathe resident, Lois Margaret Fields, age 77, died Thursday evening, Oct. 14, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
Lois Margaret Thornburg, the daughter of William Lewis Thornburg and Hazel (Honeyman) Thornburg, was born on Nov. 20, 1921, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa. When she was 4 years old, Lois moved with her family to Iowa. The Thornburg family moved to Colorado Springs when Lois was approximately 10 years old. In the spring of 1934 they came to Western Colorado and established their home in Olathe, where Lois made her home until the time of her death.
Lois and James Franklin "Frank" Fields were married by The Rev. Lewis Thornburg on Dec. 15, 1939 in Olathe. Their union was blessed with one son and one daughter and they would have celebrated 60 loving years of marriage this year in December.
Prior to her retirement, Lois was employed as a rural postal carrier.
Lois was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Olathe until the doors were closed. She then attended church at the Presbyterian Church of Delta. She belonged to the Heritage Club in Montrose and enjoyed getting to do some traveling. Lois was a wonderful organist and pianist, playing for the church and services. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and always having something good to say about everyone.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Frank Fields; one son, Lewis Franklin Fields; and one daughter, Myrnice "Annie" and husband Don Rundberg, all of Olathe.
Lois was the proud grandmother of three grandchildren: Jimmy Fields and wife Julie, of Montrose; Janet and husband Kirk James, of Erie; Sharil A. Rundberg, of Olathe; and the great-grandmother of two great-grandchildren: Kayleen and Austin Fields, of Montrose.
Other family survivors include a sister, Marjorie and husband John Smrdu, of Colorado Springs.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert Thornburg.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Lois' life will be officiated by Pastor Bill Forbes on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at 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.

Marvin Douglas Feutz
Farmer, Carpenter
Sept. 23, 1905 Oct. 16, 1999 
MONTROSE - Former Hotchkiss and Delta resident, Marvin Douglas Feutz, age 94, of Montrose, died on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose.
Born on Sept. 23, 1905 in Hotchkiss, Colo., Marvin Douglas Feutz was the son of Rudolph and Lovella (Douglas) Feutz.
Marvin married Mereatha Evelyn Fluke on Dec. 31, 1926 in Delta, Colo. Mereatha preceded Marvin in death on Aug. 12, 1993.
Marvin lived in Hotchkiss and Delta where he was engaged in farming and did carpentery work prior to moving to Montrose where he resided until the time of his death.
He attended the Delta United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, William Marvin Feutz, of Cerrales, N.M.; one granddaughter, Lucia Dupree; and one great-grandchild, Andrea Dupree.
Other family survivors include one nephew, Earl D. Monroe, of Delta; and one cousin, Clayton Douglas, of Hotchkiss.
In addition to his wife, Mereatha, Marvin was also preceded in death by his father, Rudolph Aberaham Feutz; his mother, Lovella Agatha (Douglas) Feutz; and one sister.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Marvin's life will be officiated on Monday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, L.L.P. in Delta.
Committal of the cremated remains will follow the service in the Mesa View Cemetery at Delta, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Rd., Delta, Colo. 81416; telephone (970) 874-8633.

Dorothy A. Blankenship
Greatest Loves: Music, Dancing
March 7, 1914 Oct. 13, 1999 
MONTROSE - Former longtime Olathe resident, Dorothy A. Blankenship, age 85, a homemaker and resident of Montrose since May of 1998, died Wednesday evening, Oct. 13, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
Dorothy A. Garrison was born on March 7, 1914, in Olathe, Colo., the daughter of Walter R. Garrison and Loretta B. (Anderson) Garrison. She spent her childhood in Montrose, graduated from the Montrose County High School, and grew to adulthood here.
In her early years, Dorothy and her parents moved to Seattle, Wash. during World War II and worked for Boeing Aircraft and then returned to the Montrose area.
Dorothy married Clement A. Blankenship on Feb. 28, 1950, in Albuquerque, N.M. They established their home in the Olathe area where they lived for 47-1/2 years prior to moving to Montrose in May of 1998. The Blankenships celebrated 49 loving years of marriage in February this year.
Clement preceded Dorothy in death on Sept. 5, 1999 in Montrose.
The greatest loves of Dorothy's life were music and dancing. Her other favorite interests were shipping, fashion, and wearing the jewelry her husband Clement made. She especially enjoyed the Denver Broncos and baseball. Above all, Dorothy's family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were so very special to her.
Survivors include one daughter, Cheri Blankenship Tobin, of Colorado Springs; 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.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Clement.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Dorothy's life will be officiated by Minister Tim Smith on Monday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Dorothy Blankenship, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804.

Clifford H. Ginther
World War II Veteran 
Jan. 31, 1923-Oct. 15, 1999 
CEDAREDGE - Clifford H. Ginther, age 76, a resident of Cedaredge for 13 years, died on Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital at Delta. 
Clifford H. Ginther, the son of John and Amelia (Dietrich) Ginther, was born on Jan. 31, 1923, in Omaha, Neb. 
During World War II, he served his country in the United State Army. 
Clifford married Janice Frances Remington on March 27, 1945, in Chesterfield, Ind. Their union was blessed with one daughter. Janice preceded Clifford in death. 
He lived in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; and Omaha, Neb., prior to moving to Cedaredge 13 years ago where he remained until the time of his death. 
Clifford was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Delta and belonged to the Thunder Mountain Hub Wheelers. 
His special interests and hobbies that added meaning and pleasure to his life were: Gardening, fishing, woodworking, and daily walks with his neighbors and their dogs. 
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia and husband Bruce Sutherland; and two grandchildren: Lauren Sutherland and Dane Sutherland, all of Melbourne, Fla. 
Other family survivors include his father, John Ginther, of Omaha, Neb.; and two sisters: Judy Reed, of Richardson, Texas; and Helen Christensen, of Omaha, Neb. 
In addition to his wife, Janice, Clifford was also preceded in death by his mother, Amelia (Dietrich) Ginther; and one sister, Sr. Betty Irene Ginther. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Clifford's life were officiated on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. in the Redeemer Lutheran Church at Delta. 
Interment followed the service in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta. 
Memorial contributions may be made to: Redeemer Lutheran Church, In Memory of Clifford H. Ginther, 1000 Pioneer Rd., Delta, Colo. 81416.

Virginia May Fletcher
Dietary Services Manager 
March 27, 1913-Oct. 15, 1999 
HOTCHKISS - A former Arvada resident for 55 years, Virginia May Fletcher, age 86, a resident of Hotchkiss for a year and a half, died on Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at her home in Hotchkiss. 
Virginia May Bahmeier, the daughter of Albert Henry Bahmeier and Anna (Arthur) Bahmeier, was born on March 27, 1913, in Denver, Colo. She spent her childhood in Denver and attended the Alcott Elementary and the Skinner Junior High School. 
Virginia married Leamon A. Fletcher on Sept. 2, 1939, in Denver, Colo. Leamon preceded Virginia in death. 
Virginia was a homemaker and worked as a dietary services manager at the Mountain Vista Nursing Home. 
She moved to Hotchkiss a year and a half ago where she made her home until the time of her own death. 
Virginia was a member of the Evangel Baptist Church of Wheat Ridge. 
She especially loved and enjoyed reading, church activities, and gardening. 
Survivors include two daughters: Claressa Fletcher and Jeanette and husband Bill Habenicht, all of Hotchkiss; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Fred Bahmeier, of Tucson, Ariz.; and three sisters: Clara McCoy and Sally Peterson, both of Denver; and Olivia Kirkpatrick, of Lakewood. 
In addition to her parents and husband, Leamon, Virginia was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Moore-Howard Berkeley Park in Denver. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Virginia's life will be officiated by The Revs. James Amend and William Stoddart on Friday, Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangel Baptist Church in Wheat Ridge. 
Interment will follow the service in the Arvada Cemetery at Arvada, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Hotchkiss and Moore-Howard Berkeley Park of Denver. 
Memorial contributions may be made to: Evangel Baptist Church, In Memory of Virginia Fletcher, 4101 Lamar St., Wheat Ridge, Colo. 80033 or Delta County Hospice Project, In Memory of Virginia Fletcher, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo. 81416.

Bonita M. "Bonnie" Duran
Computer Programmer 
Nov. 19, 1930-Oct. 16, 1999 
CEDAREDGE - Bonita M. "Bonnie" Duran, age 68, a Cedaredge resident for two years, died on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at her home in Cedaredge. 
Bonita M. Cress, the daughter of Walter Henry Cress and Wilma Hazel (Blevins) Cress, was born on Nov. 19, 1930, in Denver, Colo. She graduated from Bear Creek High School in 1948. 
Bonnie's marriage ended in divorce. 
Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a computer programmer with the Air Force Accounting & Finance Center. 
Bonnie moved from Arvada to Cedaredge two years ago where she made her home until the time of her death. 
She loved and enjoyed Bible Study, ceramics, and helping with Project Literacy U.S. 
Grateful for having shared Bonnie's life are her two daughters: Pam and husband Larry Trujillo, of Parker; Penny and husband Lynn Manahan, of Cedaredge; and three grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Gene Scheve and wife Linda, of Eckert; one sister, Dorris Mae and husband Louie Roberts, of Arvada; as well as several nieces and nephews. 
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents. 
Private family services in remembrance and to honor Bonnie's life will be held. 
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta. 
Memorial contributions may be made to: Make-A-Wish Foundation, In Memory of Bonnie Duran, 1241 S. Parker Rd., Suite 100, Denver, Colo. 80231.

Ivola Rose Beckley
Loved Niece, Nephews, Roses 
Aug. 11, 1918 Oct. 18, 1999 
DELTA Ivola Rose Beckley, age 81, of Delta, died on Monday, Oct. 18, 1999, in J.V.'s Easy Living at Delta. 
Ivola Rose Blankenship, the daughter of John and Pearl (Benton) Blankenship, was born on Aug. 11, 1918, in Colona, Colo., where she spent her early childhood. Ivola graduated from Cedaredge High School with the class of 1937. 
She married William Beckley on March 10, 1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ivola was preceded in death by her husband in 1992. 
Prior to moving to Cedaredge in 1981, Ivola lived in California for 40 years. 
She was a member of the Cedaredge United Methodist Church. 
Ivola especially enjoyed traveling, reading, horses, and rodeos. She loved and delighted in her niece, nephews, and her roses. 
Graveside Services in remembrance and to honor Ivola's life will be officiated on Friday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Cedaredge Cemetery. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta. 
Memorial contributions may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, In Memory of Ivola Rose Beckley, 743 Horizon Court, Suite 100A, Grand Junction, Colo. 81506-8715 or Cedaredge Pioneer Town, In Memory of Ivola Rose Beckley, P.O. Box 906, Cedaredge, Colo. 81413.

Carl N. Brown
Greatest Love: Lord Jesus 
March 13, 1953 Oct. 17, 1999 
TAMPA, Fla. - Carl N. Brown, age 46, a former Montrose mathematics teacher, died on Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, in Tampa, Fla. 
Carl N. Brown, the son of Lester Brown and Annabell (Martin) Brown, was born on March 13, 1953, at the family farm in Crescent, Okla. He spent his early school years at Fairmont, Okla., and graduated from high school in Cashion, Okla., in 1971. 
Carl married Terry Smith in August of 1971 and their union was blessed with two daughters: Rachel and Sarah. Carl and Terry had just celebrated 28 loving years of marriage this year in August. 
He graduated from Central State University in Edmond, Okla., in 1975, receiving his Master's degree in 1983. Carl taught school and coached sports for six years in Oklahoma before moving to Colorado, where he taught and coached in Montrose County School District Re-1J for 11 years beginning at Centennial Junior High School and then at Columbine Middle School. 
Carl's entire life was spent either as a student or teacher. He was a jeep tour driver for San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours in Ouray for 10 summers and absolutely loved being in the mountains. 
Most recently Carl had attended the River Bible Institute in Tampa, Fla., where he was preparing for full-time ministry. The Brown family returned to Montrose in August, and shortly thereafter Carl was diagnosed with cancer. 
Carl's greatest love was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and he delighted in sharing that love with those around him. Carl was a loving husband and father, and truly cherished family time with his wife and two daughters. 
So grateful for having shared Carl's life are his wife, Terry Brown; and two daughters: Rachel, age 16; and Sarah, age 13, all of the family home in Montrose. 
Other family survivors include his mother, Ann Brown, of Guthrie, Okla.; stepmother, Edna Brown, of Enid, Okla.; one sister, Eva Earline Brown, of Ada, Okla.; one brother, Dale Brown, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; as well as nieces and nephews. 
Carl was preceded in death by his father, Lester Brown; and one sister, Barbara Cox. 
A Memorial Service in remembrance and to honor and celebrate Carl's life will be officiated in Oklahoma.

John Mead Avara
Husband, Father, Grandfather 
July 6, 1932 Oct. 21, 1999 
CEDAREDGE - John Mead Avara, age 67, a resident of Cedaredge for 12 years, died on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at his home in Cedaredge. 
John Mead Avara was born in LaJunta, Colo. on July 6, 1932, the son of John E. Avara and Lola M. (Mead) Avara. He spent his childhood in LaJunta, Karval, and Ordway, graduating from the Ordway High School with the class of 1951. 
John married Mary N. Miller on June 15, 1952, in LaJunta, Colo. John and Mary's union was blessed with two sons and one daughter. They celebrated 47 loving years of marriage this year in June. 
The Avaras lived in Ordway from 1952 to 1953 and from 1962 to 1965; Broadwater, Neb. from 1959 to 1961; and Castle Rock, Colo. from 1953 to 1958 and again from 1965 to 1987. In 1987 they moved to Cedaredge where John made his home until the time of his death. 
He worked for Colorado Department of Transportation in Highway Maintenance for 20 years where he attained the position of supervisor. 
John was a member of the Cedaredge United Methodist Church in Cedaredge, the Masonic Douglas Lodge No. 153 of Castle Rock, Colo.; the Spruce Chapter No. 129, Order of Eastern Star; and Martha Chapter No. 135 of Castle Rock, Colo. 
Fishing, camping, and traveling were among the activities that brought John much enjoyment during his lifetime. The last 12 years of his life John dedicated his life to being a caregiver to the ill. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary Avara, of Cedaredge; two sons: Robert W. "Bob" Avara, of Littleton; John "Mike" Avara, of Rifle; one daughter, Pat and husband Jack Kercher, of Arvada; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 
Other family survivors include John's mother, Lola M. Avara, of Rocky Ford; two brothers: Melvin Avara and wife Gwen, of Canon City; Dean Avara and wife Lois, of Pueblo; two sisters: Marjorie and husband Harry Case, of Pueblo; Marie and husband Duane Yoder, of Rocky Ford; as well as many other relatives. 
John was preceded in death by his father, John E. Avara; and one brother, Roy E. Avara. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at the Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St., in Arvada, Colo. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor John's life will be officiated by Pastor Jean Hoeft on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Arvada United Methodist Church. 
Interment will follow the service in the Crown Hill Cemetery at Wheat Ridge, with arrangement being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. 
Local Memorial Services in memory of John will be officiated by Pastor Joan Uda on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Cedaredge United Methodist Church. The service will conclude at the church. 
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, In Memory of John Avara, c/o Fredrica Morris, 1451 Hwy. 65, Eckert, Colo. 81418; or Cedaredge United Methodist Church, In Memory of John Avara, P.O. Box 396, Cedaredge, Colo. 81413; or Delta County Hospice Project, In Memory of John Avara, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo. 81416.


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