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E. Dean Reed
Retired Farmer 
Feb. 18, 1909 March 17, 1999 
GRAND JUNCTION - Retired farmer, E. Dean Reed, age 90, a resident of Grand Junction since December of 1997, formerly of Hotchkiss, died on Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at his home in Grand Junction. 
Born in Red Cloud, Neb., on Feb. 18, 1909, E. Dean Reed was the son of Clerance and Cora (Smith) Reed. When he was a year old, Dean moved with his family to Akron, Colo., where he spent his childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood. 
Dean married Beulah Rapp on May 7, 1938, in Denver, Colo. This union was blessed with seven children. The Reeds were privileged to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary last year in May. 
Dean and Beulah made their home in Hotchkiss for 46 years. After losing their Hotchkiss home in a fire, they moved to Grand Junction in December of 1997, where Dean made his home until the time of his death. 
He was a member of the First Church of God of Hotchkiss. 
Special interests that brought enjoyment into Dean's life were coin collecting, stamp collecting, horses, collecting in general, and he liked to go to auctions. 
Survivors include his wife, Beulah Reed, of Grand Junction; three sons: Clerance Reed and wife Anita, of Craig; Keith Reed and wife Debbie, of Dalton, Mass.; Glen Reed and wife JoAnn, of Lund, Nev.; and four daughters: Doris and husband Lee Miller, of Crawford; Mary and husband Ben McFarlin, of Grand Junction; Lola and husband Leroy Wold, of Spokane, Wash.; and Glenda Bass, of Hotchkiss. 
Dean was the proud grandfather of 22 grandchildren, great-grandfather of 36 great-grandchildren; and the great-great-grandfather of one great-great-grandchild. 
Other family survivors include two brothers: Benard Reed and wife Mary; Fred Reed and wife Lois, all of Sun City, Ariz.; and one sister, Bell and husband Emmett Stratton, of Choctaw, Okla. 
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Clerance and Cora Reed. 
Visitation for family and friends was scheduled for Saturday, March 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Dean's life were officiated by The Rev. Karl Martin on Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss. 
Interment followed the service in the Riverside Cemetery at Hotchkiss, with arrangements handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Senior Citizens of Hotchkiss, In Memory of E. Dean Reed, P.O. Box 455, Hotchkiss, Colo. 81419. 

Norma Jean Richmond Bennett
Lover Of Plants and Flowers 
March 31, 1947 March 18, 1999 
MONTROSE - Norma Jean Richmond Bennett, age 51, a resident of Montrose for 22 years, died Thursday afternoon, March 18, 1999, in her Montrose home following ravages of lung cancer which metastasized to her brain. 
Norma Jean Richmond, the daughter of Norman and Jean (Wood) Richmond, was born on March 31, 1947, in Jacksonville, Fla. Norma Jean lived her early years in several states, including the countries of Germany and Italy. Her father was a 33-year career Naval officer. 
Norma was self-employed with an accounting computer business in her home. 
Norma's family and friends were the main focus, love, and joy of her life. 
She is survived by two daughters: Nicole and Marisa, of the family home in Montrose; and a 5-month-old grandson, Bobby Birawer. 
Other family survivors include her parents, Norman and Jean Richmond; and a brother, Clyde, all of Tucson, Ariz. 
A Celebration of Life Remembrance Service for Norma will be conducted on her birthday, Wednesday, March 31, at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 515 So. Hillcrest Rd., in Montrose. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Hospice of the Valley, In Memory of Norma Jean Bennett, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804. 
The parents of Norma wish to express their profound appreciation to Hospice for their responsive invaluable service and care of Norma. Her parents and daughters also wish to acknowledge the host of friends who provided love, loyal support and service to Norma over the years and in particular recent months. 

Felix "Babe" Maldonado Jr.
Enjoyed Life To Its Fullest! 
Sept. 2, 1936 March 13, 1999 
GRAND JUNCTION - Felix "Babe" Maldonado Jr. was born on Sept. 2, 1936, in Farmington, Utah, the son of Felix and Seberina (Puente) Maldonado Sr. He died on Saturday, March 13, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction at the age of 62. 
Babe married RoseAnna "Chana" Pacheco on April 9, 1960, in Montrose, Colo., and worked as a used car salesman. 
Babe enjoyed life to its fullest! He enjoyed his music, friends, taking and posing for pictures, sharing jokes and laughter. He loved collecting many things like jewelry, Buddhas, coins, etc. His love and joy in life was his familia, pets, and partying! 
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, RoseAnna "Chana" Pacheco Maldonado; four daughters: Kelly and Steve Montoya; Marquita and Manuel Galindo, all of Grand Junction; Joslyn Maldonado and Henry Martinez, of Clifton; Shay Maldonado and Matthew Martinez; three sons: Felix Maldonado III and wife Lisa; Jimmy Lee Holt, Jade Maldonado, all of Grand Junction; as well as numerous extended familia. 
Babe's grandchildren include Koreena and Carlos Montoya; Monique and Manuel Maldonado; Silvia and Sharde Galindo; Marcus Fernandez; Shanice and Felix Maldonado IV; Rico and Selena Martinez; and one on the way. 
Other family survivors include two brothers: Frank Maldonado and wife Julia; Marvin Maldonado and wife Sally; two sisters: Marcia and husband Frank Cordova; Virginia and husband John Trujillo, all of Grand Junction; two sisters-in-law: Cordelia Arvayo and Virginia Maldonado; aunt and uncle, Michelle "Mickey" Puente Garcia and Tony Garcia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
Babe was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Joe Cruz Maldonado and Albert Maldonado; and one granddaughter: Shania RoseAnna Martinez - Maldonado. 
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary Chapel in Grand Junction and will continue until the Rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the chapel. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Babe's life will be officiated on Friday, March 19, at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Junction. 
The Maldonado familia would like to thank everyone for their love, help and support in their time of need. Muchas Gracias para todos! 

Floyd Edwin Jones
World War II Veteran 
June 12, 1918 March 17, 1999 
PAONIA - World War II veteran and retired coal miner, Floyd Edwin Jones, age 80, a resident of Paonia since 1966, died on Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in the Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center. 
Floyd Edwin Jones was born in Cory, Colo., on June 12, 1918, the son of Dean Leslie and Fern Bertha (Garner) Jones. He spent his childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood in Paonia. 
Floyd served his country in a tank corps with the United States Army during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. 
He married Lola Ilene Wood, with the marriage ending in divorce. 
Prior to his retirement, Floyd was employed as a coal miner. 
He lived one year in Ogden, Utah and then moved to Wichita, Kan. where he resided for 13 to 14 years before moving back to Paonia in 1966, where he remainded until the time of his death. 
Floyd was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a member and Past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge No. 1807, as well as a member of the Paonia Wilson-Head American Legion Post No. 97. 
Floyd found enjoyment in fishing, camping, sight-seeing, and dancing. 
Survivors include two sons: Jerry Jones and wife Karen, of Parachute; Stanley Jones and wife Mary, of Rockford, Ill.; one daughter, Donna Walker, of Parachute; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Orville Jones, of Parachute; and two sisters: Bertha and husband Dr. Norman Baughman, of Loma Linda, Calif.; and Norma Jones, of Denver. 
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Mike; one brother, Kenneth; and a grandson, Allen. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, from 9:30 a.m. until service time (11 a.m.) at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Paonia. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Floyd's life will be officiated by Mike Kissner on Tuesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. from the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Paonia. 
Interment will follow the service in the Cedar Hill Cemetery at Paonia, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: Elks Lodge, In Memory of Floyd E. Jones, 5100 Lincoln St., Denver, Colo. 80216, for crippled children at Laradon Hall. 

William Henry "Bill" Howard
Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Assn. Retiree 
Sept. 26, 1915 March 18, 1999 
MONTROSE - William Henry "Bill" Howard, age 83, a resident of Montrose since 1955, died Thursday afternoon, March 18, 1999, in the Valley Manor Care Center at Montrose. 
William Henry Howard was born on Sept. 26, 1915, in War Eagle (Benton County), Ark., the son of John Franklin and Minnie Viola (Wood) Howard. He was 6 months old when his parents moved to Leedey, Okla. and farmed in the Canadian Community northwest of Leedey. They lived there three years before going went back to Arkansas where they stayed three years, and then moved to Granby, Mo. They moved to Wichita, Kan., in 1923 and lived there four years, moving back to Oklahoma in 1928 and established their home on a farm 14 miles northwest of Leedey, Okla. 
Bill went to school in the grades in Arkansas; Missouri; Wichita, Kan.; and the Canadian Community, graduating from the eighth grade in 1931 at Canadian. He started high school at Liberty Center, walking two miles twice a day to the school bus, which was a 1928 Model-A driven by Jim McKay, and rode eight miles to school. Bill graduated from high school in 1935. 
While attending school at Liberty Center, Bill met Norma Nadine Clem and they were married on July 15, 1937 at the Arapho Courthouse in the judge's chambers by Judge Donald Darrah. Bill and Norma lived on his parents' place northwest of Leedey, Okla., 14 miles, in a half dugout for three months and then moved to another place about two miles north on the South Canadian River, also owned by Bill's father. 
The later part of 1938, Bill and Norma bought 280 acres, three miles southwest of Leedey, and moved on it. Approximately 120 acres was farmland and the remaining 160 acres was grass. They raised cotton, wheat, oats and corn maize, as well as quite a few cows. Bill did custom wheat combining to help. They milked lots of cows and sold cream, chickens and hogs were a part of this farm. Each fall Bill and a neighbor, Roy Blacketter, would get together and butcher enough hogs for winter meat. Bill was great at sugar curing meat and it would keep all winter. At this time there were no deep freezes, electricity etc. 
In 1950 electricity was brought to the farm and the Howards bought a 2-year-old refrigerator and a new deep freeze. The refrigerator was still working in July of 1987. 
After being in three tornadoes, one of which demolished everything on May 31, 1947, Bill and Norma left Oklahoma in 1955 and moved to Montrose, Colo. A number of droughts were also a factor in their leaving. They sold their cattle but kept their place in Oklahoma for two years, and then sold it also. 
Bill applied and got a job immediately with the Uncompahgare Valley Water Users Association in Montrose, starting on April 5, 1955, and worked for the Water Users for the next 25 years until his retirement. 
Bill and Norma moved three times around Montrose until buying the place on North Mesa in April of 1956 with 20 acres of grass. In 1979 Bill was forced to retire on account of heart surgery, but Norma raised sheep to supplement their income. 
Bill and Norma belonged to two square dance clubs: The Delta Hub Wheelers and The Black Canyon Twirlers. 
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Norma Howard; two sons: William Harold Howard and wife Shirley; Leland Eugene Howard and wife Lola Mae; one daughter, Shauna Kay and husband Dean Hovey, all of Montrose; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Erma Drusilla Hogg. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Bill's life will be officiated on Monday, March 22, at 2 p.m. from 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 the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: F.F.A. Montrose Chapter, In Memory of Bill Howard, c/o Brett Saunders, P.O. Box 1626, Montrose, Colo. 81402. 

Lila M. Champlin
Retired School Teacher 
Sept. 28, 1903 March 14, 1999 
MONTROSE - Lila M. Champlin, age 95, a resident of Montrose for 26 years, died Sunday afternoon, March 14, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital. Lila was a school teacher, homemaker, and operated a day care from her home in Montrose. 
Lila M. Ross was born on Wilson Mesa near Telluride, Colo., on Sept. 28, 1903, the daughter of Henry and Sara Arletta (Bruce) Ross. She spent her childhood on Wilson Mesa, Telluride, and Cedar, Colo. a community located in Disappointment Valley. After receiving her teaching certificate from Western State College in Gunnison, Lila returned to Disappointment Valley to teach school. 
On Oct. 7, 1926, she married Henry Clay Champlin in Ouray, Colo. They established their home in Telluride and Lila taught school in Ophir, Telluride, Norwood, Wilson Mesa, and the small community in Disappointment Valley called Cedar. 
The Champlin family lived in Naturita from 1939 to 1948 where Henry was engaged in mining. The family then lived in the Telluride area from 1953 until 1972 and Lila taught school in Ophir and Telluride. 
Henry died on Jan. 22, 1967, in Montrose. 
Lila moved to Montrose in 1972 where she operated a day care from her home for many years until her retirement in 1980. 
She was a member of the Montrose Christian Church, and belonged to the Women's Fellowship Group (WOW), and Senior Saints at the church. 
In her leisure time, Lila enjoyed crafts, making piggy banks for children and decorative crafts for her friends. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, and while she lived in Telluride she made wedding cakes for many years. 
Survivors include two sons: Donald Champlin, of Montrose; and Lloyd Champlin, of Salem, Mo. 
Lila was the grandmother and mother to Marla Kirk, who is among her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who grew from infancy to adulthood while being cared for in Lila's home. 
She was the last surviving member of her family of seven brothers and five sisters. 
In addition to her parents, husband, and all her brothers and sisters, Lila was also preceded in death one son, Harold Champlin; and three grandchildren. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Montrose Valley Funeral Home. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Lila's life will be officiated by The Rev. David Ross on Thursday, March 18, at 1 p.m. from the Montrose Christian Church. 
Interment will follow the service in the Lone Tree Cemetery at Telluride, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home. 

Beatrice Frances "Bess" Bouchard
Wife, Mother, Grandmother 
Oct. 2, 1913 March 17, 1999 
PAONIA - Beatrice Frances "Bess" Bouchard, age 85, a homemaker and resident of Paonia, died on Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in the Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center. 
Beatrice Frances Fagley was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 2, 1913, the daughter of Haven and Elizabeth (Cooper) Fagley. She spent her childhood, graduated from high school, and grew to adulthood in Pittsfield, Mass. She continued to further her education at the San Diego City College in San Diego, Calif. 
Bess married Harry Bouchard on June 8, 1934, in Albany, N.Y. Their union was blessed with one daughter. The Bouchards celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary last year in June. 
Bess and her husband lived in San Diego, Calif., from 1934 until a year and a half ago when they moved to Paonia where Bess made her home until the time of her death. 
She belonged to a girls' athletic association that was for girls who played basketball. 
Bess was active in sports including swimming, basketball, skiing, sledding, and gymnastics. 
Survivors include her husband, Harry Bouchard, of Paonia; one daughter, Carol Ann Bruce, of Quartzite, Ariz.; five grandchildren including granddaughter, Janice and husband Kirk Madariaga, of Paonia; and four great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Haven Cooper Fagley, of Pittsfield, Mass.; and one sister, Peggy Gaddis, of Merced, Ga. 
Bess was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild. 
Graveside Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Bess' life will be officiated by Pastor Don Ford on Monday, March 2, at 11 a.m. in the Bethlehem Cemetery at Paonia. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. 

Lucille C. Bennett
Worked in Nursing 
May 12, 1918 March 17, 1999 
PAONIA - Lucille C. Bennett, age 80, a resident of Paonia for three years, died on Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction. During her lifetime, Lucille worked in nursing. 
Born in Holman, Mo., on May 12, 1918, Lucille C. Carpenter was the daughter of William H. and Mary (Wynn) Carpenter. She spent her childhood, attended Delta High School, and grew to adulthood in Delta. She furthered her education at the Van Buren Nursing School in Phoenix, Ariz. 
Lucille was married in 1984 in Pomona, Calif., to Claude D. Bennett, who preceded her in death. She was previously married to Reynold Boyd Atchley and John Latta. 
Lucille lived in Phoenix, Ariz., for 23 years before moving to Paonia three years ago where she made her home until the time of her death. 
She was a member of the Nazarene Church of Paonia. 
Lucille's special interests that added meaning and pleasure to her life were needlework, fishing, camping, and yard work. 
Survivors include two sons: James H. Atchley and wife Rene, of Paonia; Rex E. Atchley and wife Alice, of Azle, Texas; one daughter, Anna L. Ullrich, of Paonia; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Everett Carpenter, of Aurora, Ill. 
In addition to her parents and three husbands, Lucille was also preceded in death by one son, Reynold Boyd Atchley Jr.; one daughter, Nada Joann Atchley; one brother, Walter Carpenter; and one sister, Helen Higgs. 
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Lucille's life will be officiated by Pastor Larry Johnson on Saturday, March 20, at 3 p.m. from the Paonia Nazarene Church. The service will conclude at the church. 
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. 
Memorial gifts may be made to: American Heart Assn., Delta County Chapter, In Memory of Lucille C. Bennett, P.O. Box 474, Grand Junction, Colo. 81502. 

Nichole Janelle Adair
"A Little Mother Teresa" 
Aug. 6, 1984 March 10, 1999 
DENVER - Nichole Janelle Adair was born on Aug. 6, 1984, in Denver, Colo. Except for a year or two spent in Montrose, Nichole grew up in the Denver area. She died on Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at the age of 14 years, 7 months and 4 days. 
Nichole's life was far too brief and she faced battles that no little girl should ever have to face. Nevertheless, she packed a lot of life into her 14 years and never developed any bitterness, anger, or animosity. From the beginning to the end, Nichole loved others and was well loved by everyone around her. She never lost her sense of humor, fun loving, life loving, people loving, animal loving . . . enthusiasm. Nichole was always full of life, very alert, aware of everything going on around her. She was one of the bravest, most courageous girls, and was a strong fighter to the very end. 
Nichole was known for her creative talents. She was very good with crafts. She was also a talented artist and poet. She loved to make things for other people and loved to collect Beanie Babies and Barbie Dolls. 
Nichole was also quite a businesswoman. She became a computer whiz and began creating and selling her own business cards, stationary, and address labels. She was very sharp and creative. 
Along with her bravery and persistence, maybe her greatest trait was how she always put others' pain and struggles above her own. She put others first. Even when she was in extreme pain, she would express her concern for others and how they were doing. She would try to pick up their spirits and encourage them. Her focus was never inward on her own problems. Those who were closest to her considered her as a "little Mother Teresa." As put by the one she called Dad this last year, "We lost a big heart and a great mind." 
Survivors include her custodial Dad and Mom, Don and Pat Sundgren; a brother, Eric, of Denver; an aunt and uncle, Nikki and Rex Arney, of Casper, Wyo., as well as several other relatives and friends. 
Nichole was preceded in death by her mother, Sandra Adair; and her grandfather, "Papa" Sundgren. 
May Nichole's soul rest in peace with our Lord.

Robert Byron Bell
Businessman/Teacher 
Feb. 16, 1916 March 20, 1999 
MONTROSE - Robert Byron Bell, age 83, a resident of Montrose since 1995, died Saturday evening, March 20, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital. During his lifetime he was a teacher, World War II veteran, and a businessman. 
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Robert's life will be officiated by Pastor Mike Lundberg, of the Valley Baptist Church of Montrose, on Wednesday, March 24, at 10 a.m. from the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. The service will conclude at the chapel. 
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, In Memory of Robert Bell, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo. 81402-1804. 
Robert Byron Bell was born in Lincoln, Neb. on Feb. 16, 1916, the son of Victor Ray and Bertha (Beall) Bell. Robert graduated from Hay Springs, Neb. High School in 1933 and from the Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1937. 
After graduating from college, Robert taught school in Sarben and Culbertson, Neb. 
He married Hazel Wilma Cox on Oct. 26, 1937. Their union was blessed with two sons. The couple celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last year in October. 
During World War II, Robert served his country as an Ensign in the United States Navy. 
Robert entered the lumber business in Kearney and Grand Island, Neb. and then in Dayton, Ohio. In 1968 he moved to and started an executive personnel service in Toronto, Canada. Robert retired to DeLand, Fla. in 1978. In 1995, he moved to Montrose to be with family. 
Robert is survived by his wife, Hazel Bell; two sons: Stephen Bell and wife Virginia; Rodney Bell and wife Irene; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
Other family survivors include one brother, Joseph Willard Bell and wife Carol Ruth, of Lakeland, Fla. 
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Franklin Ray Bell, of Montrose.

Fred Harold Burns
World War II Veteran 
Oct. 6, 1919 March 17, 1999 
RIDGWAY - Fred Harold Burns, age 79, of Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, March 17, 1999, in the Montrose Memorial Hospital. Fred was a World War II veteran, a farmer for 15 years in the Traverse City, Mich. area, and a retired electronics engineer. 
Cremation has taken place and no formal Memorial Service is planned. 
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home. 
Fred Harold Burns, the son of Claude H. and Gertrude (Metcalf) Burns, was born on Oct. 6, 1919, in Traverse City, Mich., where he spent his childhood, received his education, and grew to adulthood. 
During World War II, Fred served his country in the United States Army in the European Theatre, and was wounded by a land mine while serving in Italy. He was not only awarded the Purple Heart Medal, but several other commendations while serving his country. 
On his 21st birthday, Fred married his first wife, Marie LaLone in Traverse City, Mich. They remain friends. 
On March 15, 1975, he married Norma Alleen Weeden in Shorewood, Ill. Fred and Norma had just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary two days before Fred's death. 
In the 1950s, Fred developed an interest in the new medium of television. He first became a television repairman and later became an engineer. 
During his electronics career, he traveled the world while working with NBC, the RCA Corporation, and later with the Motorola Corporation. While with RCA, Fred was sent to South Vietnam to build and reestablish that country's communication system. 
In 1991, Fred and Norma moved to Ridgway, Colo., to be closer to his children, where he made his home until the time of his death. 
During most of his life he was active in raising and showing dogs, and was an enthusiastic member and contributor to the Ouray County Animal Humane Society. 
Fred enjoyed electronics and during his idle time he would tinker and improve on existing technology. Survivors include his wife, Norma Allene Burns, of Ridgway; two sons: Robert Burns, of Ridgway; Michael Burns, of Hotchkiss; and two daughters: Sharon Wilcox, of Ouray; and Suzanne Burns, of Ridgway. 
Fred was the proud grandfather of three grandchildren and the great-grandfather of two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four stepgrandchildren, and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Ruth Emmaline Imhoff
Homemaker/Excellent Seamstress 
July 23, 1900 March 21, 1999 
DELTA - Ruth Emmaline Imhoff, age 98, of Delta and a resident of Western Colorado since 1938, died on Sunday, March 21, 1999, in the Integrated Health Services of Delta. 
Born in Shelbyville, Ill., on July 23, 1900, Ruth Emmaline Crowder was the daughter of Athol Smith Crowder and Elizabeth (Crowder) Martin. She moved with her family from Illinois to South Dakota and in 1910 moved to Two Buttes, Colo. where she attended school through the 10th grade. 
Ruth was married in Two Buttes, Colo., on Feb. 14, 1918, to William Franklin Imhoff, who preceded her in death on March 22, 1967, in Delta. 
Ruth was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Delta, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). 
Ruth was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed crocheting afghans, making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, and tatting. She also enjoyed raising a large garden until she was 92 years old. 
Survivors include two daughters: June and husband Willard Bull, of Cedaredge; Elsie and husband Dee Crockroft, of Delta; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. 
In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth was also preceded in death by one son, Wilson Imhoff; one daughter, Grace Mortensen; and one brother, Howard Crowder. 
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Ruth's life will be officiated by Pastor James Conley on Thursday, March 25, at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church in Delta. 
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.

Norma Jean Shoemaker
Proud of Native Heritage 
July 20, 1940 March 18, 1999 
MONTROSE - Norma Jean Shoemaker, age 58, died Thursday evening, March 18, 1999, in her home at Montrose. 
Norma Jean Trahern, the daughter of Willie M. and Alda Fay (Ward) Trahern, was born on July 20, 1940, in Montrose, Colo., where she spent her childhood and grew to adulthood. 
Norma was a homemaker and attended the Olathe Baptist Church. 
She was a member of the Friends of the Ute. 
Norma was a loving mother and was proud of her native heritage. She especially enjoyed making crafts of all kinds and loved animals. She is survived by her dog, Poncho. 
Survivors include her mother, Alda Fay Erickson; one daughter, Anna and husband Dennis Hooven and their children: Morning Star, Steven Richard, Shaun David, and Michelle Ann; one son, Rockie Shoemaker and his wife Susan and their children: Caroline and Victoria and granddaughter, Misty Frye, and her mother Chris Wandell. 
She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Willa E. Foster and her children: Sheila Foster and her son Michael Foster and Sandy Foster and her children; Albert Shoemaker, Eva Baker and her three sons; her stepchildren: Janeen Figeieroa and her son Frankie; Vickie and her daughter Reanna; Gary and his son Shane; Debra and her son Dwayne; and Chris Morgan. 
Other survivors include her friends: Clay Campbell, Nettie McCormick, C.J. Brafford, Edgar and Miram Hotchkiss, Don and Atta Fay Dixon, and Nick Resovich. 
Norma was preceded in death by her father, Willie M. Trahern; Dan Kelly, Ray Foster, and Jocey Martin. 
Memorial Services in remembrance and to honor Norma's life will be officiated on Tuesday, March 30, at 2 p.m. from the Olathe Baptist Church. The service will conclude at the church. 
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.

Erika Marie Tabor
4-Month-Old Infant 
Nov. 17, 1998 March 21, 1999 
DELTA - Erika Marie Tabor, the daughter of Jimmy Joe Tabor and LaeLana Alice (Stroud) Tabor, was born on Nov. 17, 1998, in Delta and died on Sunday, March 21, 1999, at 4 months of age in Delta. 
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Mesa View Mortuary at Delta. 
Funeral Services for Erika Marie will be officiated on Friday, March 26, at 2 p.m. from the Mesa View Mortuary Chapel in Delta. 
Interment will follow the service in the Mesa View Cemetery at Delta, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta. 
In addition to her parents, Jimmy Joe and LaeLana Tabor, Erika Marie is also survived by one sister, Mariah Ann Tabor, of Delta. 
Other family survivors include her grandparents: Shirley and Jim Tabor; Charolette and Leonard Stroud, all of Delta; and two great-grandmothers: Arla Bollig and Barbara Deleff, both of Delta. 
Erika Marie is also survived by the following aunts and uncles: Darla and Jim Brune, of Delta; June and Bill Butler, of Grand Junction; Sandy and Ron Boren, of Fort Morgan; Valerie and Michael Tabor, of Grand Junction; Barbara and Tom Grett, of Olathe; Donna and George Deleff, of Delta; as well as numerous cousins.


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