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Dixie Doe Gill
Dearly Loved Her Cats
Feb. 28, 1942 Nov. 29, 1998
PAONIA Dixie Doe Gill, age 56, a lifelong Paonia resident, died on Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in Grand Junction after a long battle with cancer.
Dixie Doe Gill was born on Feb. 28, 1942, the daughter of Francis and Betty (Clark) Gill.
Miss Gill cared for her mother until her mother's death in 1985 and then cared for an aunt until her aunt's death.
Miss Gill's pets then became her family, especially her cats, which she dearly loved.
She is survived by numerous cousins.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Miss Gill's life were officiated on Thursday, Dec. 3, from the United Methodist Church in Paonia.
Interment followed the service in the Bethlehem Cemetery at Paonia, with arrangements handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Clara Edith DePriest
Always Had A Smile
March 19, 1917 Dec. 8, 1998
MONTROSE Clara Edith DePriest, age 81, of Montrose, died on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, in the Colorow Care Center at Olathe, where she had been a resident for the past five years.
Clara Edith Bower, the daughter of Charles Henry Bower and Edith Fae (Prince) Bower, was born on March 19, 1917, in Ely, Nev. Her mother died when she was 2 years old and she moved with her father to Montrose, Colo. She went to a one-room school on Log Hill.
Mrs. DePriest was a homemaker and worked as the head cook for the Conejos County Hospital for 18 years.
The love and joy of Mrs. DePriest's life was her children and grandchildren. She loved cooking and handiwork. She was noted for being cheery and happy and always had a smile for somebody.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. DePriest's life include her husband, Vernal Weston DePriest, of Manassa; one daughter, Diana M. and husband Carl Westbrook, of Montrose; and two sons: Gary D. DePriest and wife Terry L., of Albuquerque, N.M.; Terry W. DePriest and wife Sharon, of LaJara.
Mrs. DePriest was the proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren and the great-grandmother of 11.
She was preceded in death by two sons and one grandson.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. DePriest's life will be officiated on Friday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manassa.
Interment will follow the service in the old Manassa Cemetery at Manassa.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose and Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa.

Roxann Alice Wilson
Delta Christian Church Member
Jan. 31, 1913 Dec. 9, 1998
DELTA - Roxann Alice Wilson, age 85, a homemaker and resident of Delta since 1961, died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in her Delta home.
Born on Jan. 31, 1913, in Rankin, Okla., Roxann Alice Estes was the daughter of Earl and Carrie Bell (Bates) Estes. She spent her childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood in Oklahoma.
Miss Estes and Monte Wilson were married on July 4, 1928, in Oklahoma. They were blessed with two daughters and had the privilege of sharing 70 years of marriage.
In 1961, the Wilsons moved from Cheyenne, Okla., to Delta where Mrs. Wilson made her home until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Delta Christian Church and her special interrests and hobbies she greatly enjoyed were gardening, yard work, and crocheting.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Wilson's life include her husband, Monte Wilson, of Delta; one daughter, Erla Kenney, of Eckert; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one sister, Juanita Billingsly, of Sayre, Okla.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Frankye Franklin; four brothers: Orville Estes, who was killed in World War I; Forest Estes, Dick Estes, and an infant brother; and one sister, Evelyn Mabry.
Private family services will be conducted in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Wilson.
Interment will follow the private service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.

Wilma Rose Snyder
Loved and Enjoy Her Family
Feb. 2, 1913 Dec. 11, 1998
DELTA - Wilma Rose Snyder, age 85, a homemaker and resident of Delta for three years, died on Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, in the Integrated Health Services at Delta.
Wilma Rose Watson was born on Feb. 2, 1913, in Perry County, Ark., the daughter of Robert and Lillian (Andrews) Watson.
Miss Watson was married in 1928 to Garner Harlen, who preceded her in death in 1934 in Conway County, Ark. She then married Herschel Snyder on May 18, 1935, in Montrose, Colo. Mr. Snyder preceded his wife in death on Dec. 28, 1996, in Delta.
Mrs. Snyder lived in Cedaredge from 1988 until being admitted to Integrated Health Services at Delta in 1995. Previously she had lived for 53 years on East Mesa near Olathe.
She enjoyed attending the Methodist church in her younger years. She also enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, and going fishing. The greatest love and joy of Mrs. Snyder's life was being with her family.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Snyder's life include two daughters: Lillie Helmick, of Cedaredge; Marilyn Cox, of Glenwood Springs; one son, Herschel Albert Snyder, of Hines, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one sister, Mary James, of Ventura, Calif.
In addition to her two husbands, Garner Harlen and Herschel Snyder, Mrs. Snyder was also preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lillian (Andrews) Watson; one son, Thomas Ray Harlen; two brothers; and three sisters.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Snyder's life were officiated by The Rev. Del Hampton on Monday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. from the Mesa View Mortuary Chapel in Delta.
Interment followed the service in the Olathe Cemetery at Olathe, with arrangements handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.

Jessie M. Ormsby
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Jan. 24, 1911 Dec. 10, 1998
MONTROSE - Jessie M. Ormsby, age 87, of Montrose, died quietly Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, 1998, in Carla's Retreat at Olathe, and slipped away to the arms of her Heavenly Father and her eternal family.
Beloved by all who knew her, Jessie M. Gulliver was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Jan. 24, 1911, the daughter of Fred and Knell (Grenade) Gulliver.
She lived many years in Hollywood, Calif., and later in Camarillo, Calif., with her beloved husband, Charles Mathias Ormsby.
A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, her life was given graciously in service to everyone she knew, particularly her children: Linda, Charles and Donald.
Mrs. Ormsby is survived by two children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, who all adored her.
Words most often used to describe Mrs. Ormsby were: Kind, nurturing, generous, gentle, and talented. Mrs. Ormsby's talents were manifold, including oil painting and sketching. She could create a feast with whatever was in the cupboard, and soothe a troubled soul with a word. She always loved Christmas at home, and this year she is truly home with her family. Never has there, nor will there ever be, a kinder, more Christ-like soul within this mortal sphere.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Ormsby's life will be officiated on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. The service will conclude at the chapel.
Interment will be held in Conejo Mountain Cemetery at Camarillo, Calif., with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Clarence W. Johnson
Loved and Supported Family
Oct. 16, 1932 Dec. 12, 1998
OLATHE - Clarence W. Johnson, age 66, of Olathe, died of cancer on Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, at his Olathe home. Mr. Johnson worked as a miner and was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Clarence W. Johnson was born on Oct. 16, 1932, at Chadwick, Mo., the son of Charles and Lilly (Cross) Johnson. He spent his early years in Dolores and Rico, Colo., moving to Delta in 1945 where he completed his education.
Mr. Johnson served his country from January 1953 until May 1956 in the United States Army, spending 16 months in Korea during the Korea Conflict.
On Oct. 13, 1957, he married Darlene Jones from Delta, Colo., and they established their home in Telluride, where Mr. Johnson began his career as a miner.
In his younger years, he played basketball, baseball, and softball and enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, gardening, and reading. Until his illness, Mr. Johnson very seldom missed a sporting event of his children or grandchildren. He loved and supported his family in everything they did.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Johnson's life include his wife of 42 years, Darlene Johnson, of Olathe; two sons: Chad Johnson, of Montrose; Darin Johnson, of Olathe; one daughter, Deanna "Dee" Brant, of Ouray; four grandsons in Olathe; two granddaughters in Ouray; one granddaughter in Georgia; one great-granddaughter in Ouray; and two great-grandsons in Georgia.
Other family survivors include one sister, Rosalie Johnson, of Delta.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Louise, who died in 1959; and his parents.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Johnson's life will be officiated by Lyman Thomas on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. from the Menoken Christian Church. The service will conclude at the church.
Cremation will precede the service, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in memory of Clarence W. Johnson may be made to: Centennial Savings Bank, c/o Darlene Johnson, 1200 S. Townsend, Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Lucy DeVincentis
Main Focus Family/Ministry
April 7, 1914 Dec. 10, 1998
MONTROSE Lucy DeVincentis, age 84, a resident of Montrose her entire lifetime, died Thursday morning, Dec. 10, 1998, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose.
Lucy Deltondo, the daughter of Charles and Carmel (Deluise) Deltondo, was born on April 7, 1914, in Montrose, Colo., where she spent her childhood, received her education, grew to adulthood, and lived her entire lifetime until the time of her death.
Miss Deltondo married Dan DeVincentis on Nov. 29, 1935, on Dallas Divide in Ouray County. The couple were blessed with two sons and two daughters and just recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this year in November.
Mrs. DeVincentis, a homemaker, wife, mother, and grandmother, was a member of the Montrose Jehovah's Witnesses.
The main focus and joy of Mrs. DeVincentis' life was her family and ministry. She enjoyed her garden and flowers.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. DeVincentis' life include her husband, Dan DeVincentis; one son, Don DeVincentis and wife LeeAnn; two daughters: Alice and husband Wilbur Zahniser; Julie Crawford, all of Montrose; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one brother, Joe Deltondo and wife Annie; and her twin sister, Mary English, both of Montrose.
Mrs. DeVincentis was preceded in death by one son, Will DeVincentis; one great-granddaughter; her parents; three brothers: Pete, Louis, and Dominck Deltondo; and one sister, Annie English.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. DeVincentis' life will be officiated by Minister George Butner on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 pm. from the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall on Woodgate Rd. in Montrose. The service will conclude at the hall.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The World Wide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses, In Memory of Lucy DeVincentis, c/o Crippin Funeral Home, 802 East Main St., Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Charles E. "Chuck" Spiers
Vietnam War Veteran
May 21, 1947 Dec. 12, 1998
AURORA Former Montrose resident, Charles E. "Chuck" Spiers, age 51, a resident of Aurora for the last six years, died Saturday morning, Dec. 12, 1998, in the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Denver.
Charles E. Spiers, the son of Charles Stanton and Madelyn (Topliss) Spiers, was born on May 21, 1947, in Montrose, Colo., where he spent his childhood, graduated from Montrose High School in 1965, and grew to adulthood.
Mr. Spiers served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
With the exception of the last six years, he lived his entire lifetime in Montrose.
Mr. Spiers was a past president of the Montrose Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, a 28-year member of Montrose Elks Lodge No. 1053, and a past member of the Montrose Rotary Club. He was an avid wrestling fan and was also a past president of the Montrose Wrestling Association.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Spiers' life include his companion, Wendy Williams, of Aurora; one son, Shaun Spiers, of Denver; and one daughter, Shelli Spiers, of Montrose.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Madelyn Spiers.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral home Chapel in Montrose.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Spiers' life will be officiated by Pastor Mike Lundberg on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. from the Montrose Christian Church.
Immediately following the services, interment will be held in the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial gifts may be made to: The American Cancer Society, In Memory of Chuck Spiers, c/o Lucille Masden, 715 N. 4th St., Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Edith E. Purcell
North Delta Businesswoman
Jan. 5, 1917 Dec. 14, 1998
NORTH DELTA North Delta Market owner and operator, Edith E. Purcell, age 81, died following a short illness on Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at her North Delta home.
Catherine Edith Eleanor Cole was born on Jan. 5, 1917, the daughter of Edward and Mattie (Dickman) Cole, in Lenora, Okla. She spent her childhood in Dewey County, Okla., where she graduated from the eighth grade.
Miss Cole married Pat Boyd on Oct. 22, 1933, in Talogia, Okla. The couple made their home in Colorado in the summer of 1936. Mrs. Boyd was baptized into the Church Of The First Born in February of 1938. In 1953, she was preceded in death by her husband.
In 1954, she married Jim Purcell, who preceded her in death in 1997.
Mrs. Purcell enjoyed the retail business and had a love for people. In 1958, she started a small grocery business called the North Delta Market, which she successfully owned and operated for 24 years.
She was a devoted sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Mrs. Purcell truly enjoyed work, and had a knack for "fixing-up." She never saw a job that was too big to undertake.
She enjoyed traveling and had seen much of the United States as well as Hawaii and Mexico and had taken three trips to the Holy Land. Mrs. Purcell loved helping others and spent many volunteer hours in her community. She especially enjoyed being involved with church activities and cherished her time with her family.
Mrs. Purcell will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Purcell's life include one son, Jerry Boyd and wife Janet, of Austin; and two daughters: Patty and husband Ron Schroeder, of Austin; and Connie and husband Jess Sanders, of Delta.
She was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren: Rhonda Hines, Lori Reiher, Rachelle Morris, Becky Smith, Darren Boyd, Charity Sitton, Misty Sanders, Jesse Sanders; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her two husbands and parents, Mrs. Purcell was also preceded in death by one son, seven brothers, and six sisters.
Visitation time for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service in Delta.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Purcell will be officiated by Allen Moss, Lester Pfister, and Bob Cunningham on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Interment will immediately follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Church Of The First Born, In Memory of Edith E. Purcell, c/o Taylor Funeral Service, Inc., 800 Palmer St., Delta, Colo. 81416.

Mary Louise Neely
Mother of Three Sons
Jan. 12, 1941 Dec. 11, 1998
GLOBE, Ariz. Mary Louise Neely, age 57, a homemaker and resident of Globe, Ariz., for six years, died on Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, in her Globe, Ariz., home.
Mary Louise Byers, the daughter of Harvey A. and Edna A. Byers, was born on Jan. 12, 1941, in Olathe, Colo., where she spent her childhood, attended the Olathe High School, and grew to adulthood.
On June 2, 1958, Miss Byers married Dallas "Forrest" Neely in Olathe, Colo. The Neelys were blessed with three sons and were privileged to share 40 years of marriage this year in June.
The Neelys moved from Grand Junction to Globe, Ariz., six years ago, where Mrs. Neely made her home until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Church of the First Born.
Mrs. Neely's main focus, love, and joy in life was her family, grandchildren, and friends.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Neely's life include her husband, Forrest Neely, of Globe, Ariz.; three sons: Denny Neely and wife Carlene, of Grand Junction; Kyle Neely and wife Vicki, of Apache Junction, Ariz.; Scot Neely and wife Michelle, of Globe, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren.
Other family survivors include her father, Harvey A. Byers, of Delta; one brother, Lester Byers and wife Bessie, of Olathe; and four sisters: Betty and husband Dole Ashby; Patty and husband Bob Arnold; Wanda and husband Greg Gibson, all of Delta; and Sherly and husband Jody Retherford, of Olathe.
Mrs. Neely was preceded in death by her mother, Edna A. Byers.
Visitation for family and friends was held on Monday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Neely's life were officiated by Mondis Herrmann and Bob Byers on Monday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. from the Delta Taylor Funeral Service Chapel.
Interment followed the service in the Pea Green Cemetery at Pea Green, with arrangements handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.

Georgia R. Lucas
Medical Records Technician
Feb. 28, 1913 Dec. 13, 1998
MONTROSE - Georgia R. Lucas, age 85, a resident of Montrose since 1981, died Sunday morning, Dec. 13, 1998, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
Georgia R. Rougas, the daughter of John and Katherine (Tause) Rougas, was born on Feb. 28, 1913, in Pueblo, Colo., where she spent her childhood, graduated from the Pueblo High School, and grew to adulthood. She continued to pursue her education at Pueblo Business College in Pueblo.
She married Pete Lucas who preceded her in death in 1952.
Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Lucas was employed as a medical records technician for the Penrose Hospital at Colorado Springs.
In 1981, she moved from Colorado Springs to Montrose where she made her home until the time of her death.
Mrs. Lucas was versed in Ancient Greek History. She thoroughly enjoyed reading Western and Indian history.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Lucas' life include one brother, Dean Rougas, of Spring, Texas; three sisters: Harriet Zaharias, of Colorado Springs; Irene Ingle, of Montrose; Elaine Scott, of Pueblo; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Pete Lucas, Mrs. Lucas was also preceded in death by one stepson, Harry Lucas; three brothers; and one sister.
A Greek Trisagion Service will be held on Thurday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. from the Shrine of Remembrance Chapel in Colorado Springs.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Lucas' life will be officiated on Friday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. from the Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home Chapel.
Private entombment will be held in the Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum in Colorado Springs.
Local arrangements are being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
Memorial gifts may be made to: St. John's Greek Orthodox Church, c/o Father MacArius, In Memory of Georgia Lucas, 1010 Spruce St., Pueblo, Colo. 81004.

Roll Mitchell LeMay
Husband, Father, Grandfather
Aug. 8, 1922 Dec. 14, 1998
PAONIA Roll Mitchell LeMay, age 76, a resident of Paonia since he was 14 years old, died on Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Born on Aug. 8, 1922, in St. Helen's, Ore., Roll Mitchell LeMay was the son of Charles Dean and Effie (Mitchell) LeMay. He spent his childhood in Oregon until he was 14 years old and then moved with his family to Paonia where he made his home until the time of his death.
Mr. LeMay married Carol M. Hammond on July 14, 1946, in Paonia, Colo. The LeMays were blessed with one son and three daughters and were privileged to share 52 years of marriage this year in July.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a farm laborer in agriculture.
Mr. LeMay's special interests and hobbies he especially enjoyed throughout his lifetime were reading, rocks, fishing, and hunting.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. LeMay's life include his wife, Carol LeMay, of Paonia; one son, Paul LeMay, of Paonia; three daughters: Linda LeMay, of Denver; Janet LeMay, of Paonia; Peggy LeMay, of Delta; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Other family survivors include one brother, Charles LeMay and wife Betty Jo, of Smith River, Calif.
Mr. LeMay was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and four sisters.
No services are planned, with arrangements handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: North Fork Ambulance Association, In Memory of Roll M. LeMay, P.O. Box 127, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419.

Gerald Charles Kiser
Retired Electronics Engineer
Nov. 19, 1912 Dec. 15, 1998
CEDAREDGE World War II veteran and retired Civil Service electronics engineer, Gerald Charles Kiser, age 86, a resident of Cedaredge since 1975, died on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at his Cedaredge home.
Gerald Charles Kiser, the son of Charles Wood and Lola Ann (McHugh) Kiser, was born on Nov. 19, 1912, in Cedaredge, Colo., where he spent his childhood, graduated from the Cedaredge High School in 1931, and grew to adulthood.
After graduating from the Cedaredge High School, Mr. Kiser joined the United States Coast Guard and lived in San Francisco, Calif. He also lived in Riverdale, Md.; Kaneoa, Hawaii; San Diego, National City, and San Leandro, all in California. Mr. Kiser lived in Chula Vista, Calif., for 23 years prior to moving to Cedaredge in 1975 where he made his home until the time of his death.
During World War II, he served his country as a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Navy.
On Jan. 1, 1942, Mr. Kiser married Mary Margaret Knox in Vallejo, Calif. The couple were blessed with two daughters and were privileged to celebrate 56 years of marriage this year on Jan. 1.
He was a member of the Cedaredge Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was also a member of the American Legion, Toastmasters International, and Air Borne Coordination Group.
Among Mr. Kiser's special interests and hobbies he enjoyed during his lifetime were camping, fishing, electronics, ranching, pursuing knowledge, and tinkering.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Kiser's life include his wife, Mary Margaret Kiser, of Cedaredge; and two daughters: Anadeane and husband Layne Galbraith, of Fremont, Calif.; Maryanne and husband Robert Berrett, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Kiser was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, and great-grandfather of nine great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: James "Mike" Kiser, of Healdsburg, Calif.; Walter Engel, of St. George, Utah; and one sister, Geraldine Miller, of Grand Junction.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon
at the Mesa View Mortuary in Delta.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Kiser's life will be officiated by Stephen Palmer on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. from the Cedaredge Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The service will conclude at the church.
Private family interment will be held in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Pioneer Town of Cedaredge, In Memory of Gerald Charles Kiser, P.O. Box 906, Cedaredge, Colo. 81413.

Clement D. "Clem" Urich
All-Around "Fix It Man"
Aug. 10, 1930 Dec. 16, 1998
DELTA Clement D. "Clem" Urich, age 68, a resident of Delta since 1991, died on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, at his Delta home. During his lifetime, his work was farming and agriculture related.
Clement D. Urich was born in Garner, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 1930, the son of Anton and Albina (Ptacek) Urich. He spent his childhood, graduated from high school in 1944, and grew to adulthood in Duncan, Iowa. In 1953, he graduated from USAFI.
Mr. Urich served his country as an acting SFC in the United States Army Signal Corps.
He married Angeline Meier on March 31, 1951, in Elma, Iowa. The couple were blessed with four sons and five daughters and were privileged to celebrate 47 years of marriage this year in March.
After being a resident of Iowa for 56 years, the Urichs moved to Colorado in 1986 and established a home in the Orchard City area. In 1991 they moved to Delta where Mr. Urich made his home until the time of his death.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church of Delta, belonged to the Catholic Workmen for over 60 years, was a member of the American Legion for over 44 years, and belonged to Delta Elks Lodge No. 1235 for 10 years.
Mr. Urich was a talented all-around "fix it man." He greatly enjoyed being a motorcycle mechanic and collecting stamps and coins.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Urich's life include his wife, Angeline Urich, of Delta; four sons: Gerald Urich and wife Rita, of Delta; Tony P. Urich and wife Sue; Bernard Urich and wife Bambi, all of Garner, Iowa; Bonaven Urich and wife Joyce, of Delta; five daughters: Veronica Corkill, of Crystal Lake, Iowa; Yvonne Vazcarra, of Des Moines, Iowa; Nancy and husband Jeff Horstman, of Britt, Iowa; Karen and husband Terry Brunsen, of Colorado Springs; Marjori and husband Charlie Longhoff, of Tacoma, Wash.; and 23 grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one sister, Marian Liska, of Albert Lea, Minn.
Mr. Urich was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Connor Brunsen.
A Rosary/Vigil Service for the deceased will be recited on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. from St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta.
Mass of the Resurrection will be officiated by The Rev. Charles Sena on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. from St. Michael's Catholic Church in Delta. The service will conclude at the church.
A final Mass of the Resurrection will be officiated on Monday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m. from Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan, Iowa. The service will conclude at the church.
Local arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Delta Elks Lodge No. 1235, Laradon Hall Project, In Memory of Clem Urich, 563 Main St., Delta, Colo. 81416.

Michael Paul Tuttle
Computer Programmer
Aug. 8, 1958 Dec. 16, 1998
ECKERT Michael Paul Tuttle, age 40, a computer programmer and resident of Eckert, died on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Michael Paul Tuttle was born on Aug. 8, 1958, in Clovis, N.M., the son of Robert and Frances (Schilling) Tuttle. He lived in Eckert, Colo., for several years and in Gunnison for a short time before moving to the Cedaredge/Delta area. He attended schools in Cedaredge and Delta, graduating in 1976 from the Delta High School.
After graduating from high school, Mr. Tuttle continued to pursue his education at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., and graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 1981. He also attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
Mr. Tuttle lived in Grand Junction for seven years before moving to Eckert to live with his parents, where he made his home until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Delta, a past president of the Sertoma Club of Grand Junction, and was very interested in and volunteered for the Center for Independent Living in Grand Junction. Mr. Tuttle enjoyed publishing a newsletter for both groups.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Tuttle's life include his parents, Robert J. and Frances (Schilling) Tuttle, of Eckert; one brother, Stuart Tuttle and wife Mary, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; his grandparents: Walter and Ermadean Tuttle, of Eckert; Bill and Esther Schilling, of Fort Collins; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mr. Tuttle was preceded in death by one brother, Steven Tuttle.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Tuttle's life will be officiated by Pastor Marion Hofman on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. from the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1000 Pioneer Rd., in Delta. The service will conclude at the church.
Cremation will precede the service, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.

Margaret Lucille Peterson
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Jan. 29, 1909 Dec. 9, 1998
OLATHE Margaret Lucille Peterson, age 89, died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in the Colorow Care Center at Olathe.
Margaret Lucille Miller, the daughter of John and Addie (Mullen) Miller, was born on Jan. 29, 1909, in Parsons, Kan., where she spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood.
Miss Miller married Harold Peterson in Durango. After their marriage, the couple established their home on the Peterson Ranch in Durango.
After retirement, the Petersons moved to Craig where they resided until Mr. Peterson's death in 1987. Following her husband's death, Mrs. Peterson, a homemaker, moved to Montrose where she made her home until poor health caused her to enter the Colorow Care Center in Olathe where she remained until the time of her own death.
Mrs. Peterson greatly enjoyed gardening.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Peterson's life include three sons: Roy Alan Peterson, of Battle Creek, Mich.; Stanley Peterson, of Craig; and Norman Peterson, of Poway, Calif.
She was the proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Peterson's life will be officiated by Pastor True Kirk on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. from the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
Inurnment will be held in the Greenmont Cemetery at Durango, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Margaret L. Peterson, may be made to Alzheimer's.

Jennie Perotti
Cherished Her Flower Garden
April 14, 1916 Dec. 12, 1998
RIDGWAY Jennie Perotti, age 82, a Ridgway homemaker and a lifetime Ouray County resident, died Saturday evening, Dec. 12, 1998, at her Ridgway home.
Jennie Pecchio, the daughter of John B. and Philomena (Talamonte) Pecchio, was born on April 14, 1916, in Ouray, Colo., where she spent her childhood, received her education and grew to adulthood.
After her marriage to Albert Perotti on June 2, 1932, in Ridgway, Colo., the couple established their home on the Perotti Ranch in Dry Creek. In 1938, they purchased a ranch a mile and a half north of Ridgway where they ranched until selling and moving to town in 1955. The ranch is now owned by Austin Baer and is known as the Little Bear Ranch.
After moving to Ridgway, Mr. Perotti worked for the State Highway Department and Mrs. Perotti spent her time in her flower garden which she cherished.
Mrs. Perotti lost her husband to death on April 2, 1979, in Ridgway.
She enjoyed working with the public and made many friends through the years. Mrs. Perotti especially enjoyed entertaining in her home, embroidering, and taking care of her flowers. The love and joy of her life was her grandchildren and their families. Mrs. Perotti's family and friends all called her "Nana."
Survivors grateful to have shared Mrs. Perotti's life include two daughters: Rose "Rose Mary" Janes, of Durango; and Alberta "Burt" and husband Wallace Lammett, of Willard, Utah.
She was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren: Mike Janes and wife Kathy, of Carl Junction, Mo.; Gary Lammert and wife Paula, of Baltimore, Okla.; Teresa and husband Don McLeod, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Keith Lammert and wife Becky, of Ogden, Utah; Steve Janes and wife Tracy, of Durango; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Perotti was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mrs. Perotti's life will be officiated by Pastor Joe Kirby on Friday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. from the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow the service in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Ouray, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
We will miss you, Nana.

Kermit Ivan Osborn
Cattle Rancher
June 6, 1919 Dec. 18, 1998
ECKERT Cattle rancher, Kermit Ivan Osborn, age 79, died on Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, in his Eckert home.
Kermit Ivan Osborn, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Osborn, was born on June 6, 1919, in Craig, Colo. He was raised on a ranch five miles southeast of Hamilton, Colo., where he received his education, grew to adulthood, and made his home for 58 years, from 1919 until 1977.
Mr. Osborn served his country at the end of World War II, from March 1945 to April 1946, as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged and received the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and the Golden Dragon.
He married Noelle E. Thompson on Nov. 12, 1944, in Craig, Colo. The couple were blessed with two sons and one daughter and were privileged to celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary last month.
In 1978, the Osborns, who were cattle ranchers, moved from Hamilton to Cedaredge where they remained until 1992 when they moved to Eckert, where Mr. Osborn made his home for six years until the time of his death.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedaredge, the Masons, Yampa No. 88, A.F. & A.M. at Craig; belonged to the Colorado Cattlemen's Association; and was a 4-H club leader.
During his lifetime, Mr. Osborn greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, and taxidermy.
Survivors grateful to have shared Mr. Osborn's life include his wife, Noelle E. Osborn, of Eckert; one son, Dale B . Osborn and wife Becky, of Austin; one daughter-in-law, Flora Osborn, of Hayden; and seven grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two brothers: Lowell Osborn, of Meeker; Kenneth Osborn, of Parachute; and two sisters: Naomi Durham, of Axial; and Edith Ottens, of Craig.
Mr. Osborn was preceded in death by one son, Gary Keith Osborn; one daughter, Karen Lynn Osborn; his parents; and four brothers: Marion, Everett, Floyd, and Clarence.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mr. Osborn's life will be officiated on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. from the Grant Mortuary Chapel in Craig.
Interment will follow the service in the Craig Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. and Grant Mortuary of Craig.
Memorial gifts may be made to: American Cancer Society, In Memory of Kermit I. Osborn, c/o Fredrica Morris, 1451 Hwy. 65, Eckert, Colo. 81481 or American Lung Association, In Memory of Kermit I. Osborn, P.O. Box 3154, Grand Junction, Colo. 81502.


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