Miscellaneous Colorado Obituaries


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Polly A. Shiflet (1937-2000)
Posted Aug. 10, 2000
Polly A. Shiflet of Rogers Mesa died of cancer at St. Maryís Hospital. 
Services will be held at the Christian Church in Montrose.
Mrs. Shiflet had lived in the Montrose-Delta County area since 1967.
She was born May 25, 1937, in Jonesville, La. She spent her childhood and 
attended high school in Jonesville.
She married Ronald ìRonî Shiflet on Jan. 10, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nev. He 
Mrs. Shiflet was a member of the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Albert Henderson 
of Jonesville, La., and Tod Ryser of Montrose; two stepsons, Harold 
'Rowdy' Shiflet of Cedaredge and Justin Shiflet of Parker; a stepdaughter, 
Tara Houge of Paonia; two sisters, Callie Ryser and her husband Norman of 
Montrose and Maxine Ivey of Jonesville, La.; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, JoAnn Henderson, and 
two brothers, Buddy White and James White.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Uncompahgre 

Wilbur Frank Francis (1923-2000)
Posted Aug. 10, 2000
Wilbur Frank Francis, 67, died Saturday, July 29, 2000.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Joanne Francis; two daughters, Patty 
Crain and Sharon Fogleson and her husband David; a son and his wife, Gary 
and Eileen Francis; a brother and his wife, Welton and Mary Francis; four 
grandchildren, Jennifer Jordan and her husband John, Jared Crain, Davy 
Foglesong and Daniel Foglesong; an uncle and many cousins and in-laws.
Mr. Francis attended schools in Delta, graduating with the class that 
recently held its 50th reunion. He taught school in Hotchkiss for one year 
before serving in the U.S. Army. He was a teacher in Arizona for 33 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sudie Francis, and a 
brother, Warren Francis.
Funeral services were held at North Phoenix Baptist Church Chapel on Aug. 
2. Burial was at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. 

Betty Jean Strebel (1932-2000)
Posted Aug. 10, 2000
Betty Jean Strebel of Hotchkiss died of natural causes Monday, Aug. 7, 
2000, at her home. She was 67.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Kingdom Hall of 
Jehovahís Witnesses in Hotchkiss. A discourse will be given by Frank 
A homemaker, Mrs. Strebel had lived in Hotchkiss for the past 26 years. 
Previously she lived in Denver.
She was born on Sept. 13, 1932, in Topeka, Kan., to Carl and Evelyn 
Margaret (McLean) Johnson.
She spent her childhood and graduated from high school in Topeka, Kan.
She married Maurice I. Strebel on May 5, 1956, in Corpus Christi, Texas. 
He died on June 11, 1997, in Grand Junction.
Mrs. Strebel was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovahís Witnesses in 
Hotchkiss. She enjoyed playing games, especially cards with her friends, 
traveling, dining out, especially at Zackís and the senior center, and 
visiting with her friends.
She is survived by a son and his wife, Eric and Barbara Strebel of 
Hotchkiss; her mother, Evelyn Margaret Johnson of Montrose; a sister and 
her husband, Anna Rose and Lloyd Myer of Montrose; a niece and her 
husband, Cindy and Ron Motrenec of California; and two nephews and their 
wives, Dan and Sharon Myer of Denver and Tim and Dana Myer of Montrose.
She was preceded in death by her father and by her husband.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service. 

Harvey A. Barsch (1908-2000)
Posted Aug. 10, 2000
Harvey A. Barsch of Miami, Okla., died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at the NEO 
Healthcare Center. He was 92.
Mr. Barsch was born March 28, 1908, at Montrose, to Harvey Helmer and 
Katie Rae (Roff) Barsch.
Mr. Barsch attended schools in Gunnison and Montrose.
He was a former rancher and owned and operated Harveyís Modern Market in 
Pueblo. He was also a sales manager for Kasper Wire Works in Shiner, 
Texas. Mr. Barsch received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award of Rotary 
International in 1955, and was a member of four different Rotary clubs in 
four different locations. He had also been involved in other community 
service clubs. Mr. Barsch was a member of Primitive Baptist Church and 
attended the Clear Creek Primitive Baptist Church near Neosho, Mo.
He was married to Mary Ellen Galyen on July 6, 1933, at Salt Lake City, 
Utah, and she preceded him in death in 1972. He then married three other 
times at later dates. Lucille Kuester Barsch, Gertrude Barron Barsch and 
Nettie Emmerson Barsch preceded him in death, as did a special friend, 
Mable Parker.
Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Betty Lou and Bill Ankenman 
of Miami, Okla.; a son and his wife, Raymond E. and Dorothy Barsch of 
Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Mildred Moyer of Kingman, Ariz.; two 
stepdaughters, Carol Ann Moore of Victoria, Texas, and Lynette Emmerson of 
Woodsboro, Texas; four stepsons, Billy Kuester of Victoria, Texas, Kenneth 
Barron of California, Bill Barron of Point Barrel, Alaska, and Garland 
Emmerson of Yoakum, Texas; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 
and numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a stepson, Wayne Kuester.
Funeral services were scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the 
chapel of the Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home, Miami, Okla., with Elder 
Kenneth Clevenger officiating. Burial will be Saturday, Aug. 12, at 
Gardens of Memories Cemetery in Crawford, with James Gall officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stratton Texas Primitive Baptist 
Church, Clear Creek Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, or a 
charity of the donorís choice, and may be sent in care of Cooper-Althouse 
Funeral Home, 5 B. Street Northwest, Miami, OK 74354.
Local arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service. 

Robert Ralph Arnold (1912-2000)
Posted Aug. 10, 2000
Robert Ralph Arnold of Fruita died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, at his home after 
an extended illness. He was 87.
A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at Rose Hill 
Cemetery in Rifle.
Mr. Arnold was a retired master electrician. He traveled extensively 
throughout the western United States in construction.
He was born Dec. 29, 1912, to Ralph Robert and Margaret Ann ìMaggieî 
(Barron) Arnold in Rifle. He spent his childhood and attended schools at 
Harvey Gap.
On Aug. 6, 1932, he married Marguerite Tracy at Rudi. She died in Salt 
Lake City, Utah, in 1976.
Mr. Arnold was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical 
Workers and a past member of the American Legion in Rifle. He was proud to 
serve his country with the United States Army during World War II.
He loved to fish, hunt and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include a son, Robert P. Arnold and his wife Pamela of Arvada; a 
brother, William ìBillî Arnold of Rifle; a sister, Mary Randolph of Grand 
Junction; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces 
and nephews.
Two brothers, Alex J. Arnold and Carl Conrad Arnold, and a sister, Barbara 
B. Robinson, preceded him in death.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Grand Valley Hospice & 
Palliative Care, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
McLean Funeral Home in Fruita was in charge of arrangements. 

Ivan Allen (1915-2000)
Posted Aug. 10, 2000
Ivan Allen of Paonia died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Heritage Senior Home 
in Palisade, where he had lived since May. He was the son of Edith 
(Bendix) and Orestis M. Allen.
Mr. Allen was born in Ouray on Jan. 7, 1915. He had two brothers and two 
sisters who preceded him in death.
He attended school in Paonia, graduating from Paonia High School in 1935. 
He married his high school sweetheart, Esther Lois Audin, on Nov. 5, 1937, 
in Delta. She preceded him in death June 10, 1998, in Paonia.
They were the parents of four sons, Ralph Allen and his wife Gwendolyn of 
Longwood, Fla., Paul Allen and his wife Barbara of Abilene, Texas, Norman 
Allen and his wife Ruth Ann of Grand Junction, and Kenneth Allen and his 
wife Caroline of Paonia. They had 15 grandchildren and 30 
great-grandchildren. One grandchild, Christopher Allen, died earlier this 
year in Florida.
Mr. Allen worked 26 years at the Hawkís Nest mine near Somerset. In 1964 
he became the Gunnison County road supervisor. He was a member of the 
United Mine Workers of America and Hotchkiss Elks Lodge. He enjoyed 
fishing, hunting and gardening, but his real enjoyment was his family.
Viewing was held at First Christian Church in Paonia Monday, Aug. 7, 
followed by graveside services at Cedar Hill Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Fork Ambulance 
Association, P.O. Box 127, Hotchkiss, CO 81419.
Arrangements were handled by Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. 

Charles Emory Rowan (1910-2000)
Posted Aug. 10, 2000
Charles Emory Rowan died the evening of July 28, 2000, at his home on 
California Mesa est of Olathe, two days after his 90th birthday.
Charles Emory Rowan, the son of Dan and Effie (Dye) Rowan, was born on 
July 26, 1910, on a farm on California Mesa. His grandparents, Thomas and 
Katherine (Morrison) Rowan, immigrated to this country from Ireland and 
Scotland in the late 19th century. They settled in Fall River, Mass., 
later moving to Longmont in 1874. From there they came to the Uncompahgre 
Valley in 1882 and were one of the first settlers of the valley.
Mr. Rowan attended Fairview, Liberty, Frost and Central schools. He had 
fond memories of how their teacher, Helen Wilson, would play ball in her 
long skirts with all the kids at recess at Frost. When he was younger he 
held many odd jobs that he said ìpaid only $1 a day.î
He married Mary Distel on Feb. 1, 1940, at St. Michaelís Church in Delta. 
They celebrated 60 years together this year. Mr. Rowan was a longtime 
farmer and rancher. He was presdent of the Frost school board and the 
Olathe Co-op, and was a life member of the Montrose Elks for 53 years. He 
also worked as the warehouse foreman through 17 sugar campaigns at the 
Holly Sugar Factory in Delta.
He enjoyed his family, farming, fishing, hunting and his dog Toby.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Rowen of Olathe; two daughters, Brenda 
Rowan of Olathe and Judy Legg and her husband Jack of Grand Junction; a 
son and his wife, Larry and Cindy Rowan of Montrose; nine grandchildren, 
Candice Rowan of Montrose, Lisa Rowan of Olathe, Mike Legg of Gunnison, 
Kristy Dempewolf of Capitola, Calif., Tom Legg of Grand Junction, Jacki 
Wells of Grand Junction, Randy Rowan of Montrose, Scott Rowan of Fort 
Collins and Traci Wise of Fort Collins; two step-grandchildren, Michael 
and Stephanie of Montrose; and 10 great-grandchildren, Chelsea, James and 
Courtney Wells, Carmen Legg, Drew Dempewolf, Kelsie, Sydney and Ryon 
Rowan, Nathan Wise, and Adian Rowan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Bobby Rowan, five 
brothers, Harold Rowan, Howard Rowan, Dave Rowan, Willard Rowan and Bill 
Rowan; and one sister, Roberta Seip.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Montrose Valley Funeral 

William A. "Bill" Paul 
William A. “Bill” Paul died of natural causes Nov. 15, 2000, at his home 
in Hotchkiss. He was 80.
Graveside services were conducted by the West Elk Mountain Men and members 
of Wilson-Head American Legion Post #97 Monday, Nov. 20, at Bethlehem 
Cemetery in Paonia.
Mr. Paul worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He had lived in 
Hotchkiss for 11 years. He previously lived in Salida.
He was born in Steamboat Springs on Oct. 22, 1920, to William and Mary 
(Kustler) Paul. He spent his childhood in the Paonia/Somerset area. He was 
a graduate of Paonia High School.
He married Lisa Anne Gladman on May 4, 1988, in Gunnison; she survives.
Mr. Paul was a member of the Salida Elks Lodge and Paonia Masonic Lodge 
AF&AM #121, and a past commander of Salida Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. A mountain man, he enjoyed 
hunting, fishing and participating in rendezvous.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Anne Paul of Hotchkiss; two sons and 
their wives, William F. and Bonnie Paul of Salida and Mario A. and Lan 
Paul of Quantico, Wash.; two daughters and their husbands, Mary Margaret 
and Jim Gentile of Cañon City and Angie M. and Randy West of Hotchkiss; a 
brother, Fred Paul of Boulder; five grandchildren; and three 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, c/o 
Fredrica Morris, 1451 Hwy. 65, Eckert, CO 81418.
Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service.  

Loell Dale Roles 
Loell Dale Roles, 76, died Nov. 13, 2000.
Mr. Roles was born to Cloyd and Kate Roles March 26, 1924, in Stanton 
County, Kan.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from Jan. 29, 1943, to Nov. 
28, 1945.
He grew up in Walsh. After the war he lived in Aurora and worked at the 
Rocky Mountain Arsenal. After he retired he moved to Hotchkiss where he 
lived for 18 years. He lived in Fruita for seven years before moving to 
Grand Junction, where he had lived for the past three years.
He married LouElla Faires on Nov. 25, 1956.
He is survived by his wife; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Angeline 
Roles of Fruita; one daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Stan Brown of 
Livermore; and three grandchildren, Alisha, Kaleene and Justin Roles.
Mr. Roles was a past master of Masonic Lodge #156 in Aurora. He enjoyed 
horses and cattle.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 16, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary 
in Grand Junction, with interment following at Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 
Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.

Anne Mae Tracey 
Anne Mae Tracey of Delta died of natural causes Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at 
Delta County Memorial Hospital. A homemaker, she was 87.
No services are planned at this time.
Mrs. Tracey had lived in Delta since 1995. She lived in Grand Junction for 
15 years prior to moving to Delta.
She was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 1, 1913, to Stephan and Kata 
(Artukovich) Chutuk. She spent her childhood and graduated from high 
school in Los Angeles.
On Oct. 24, 1934, she married Albert F. Tracey in W. Los Angeles, Calif. 
He died on Jan. 1, 1968, in Santa Monica, Calif.
She was a member of Eastern Star in Helena, Mont. She enjoyed playing 
Survivors include a son and his wife, Anthony and Suzanne Tracey of Delta; 
a brother, John Chutuk of W. Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters, Rose West 
of Canoga Park, Calif., Eva White of Laguna Hills, Calif., and Paulene 
King of Alhambra, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a daughter, 
Memorial contributions may be sent to All American Homes of Western 
Colorado (providing tandem care for children), 721 Main St., Suite #1, 
Delta, CO 81416.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service. 

Chester Earl White 
Chester Earl White of Clifton died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, at St. Mary’s 
Hospital in Grand Junction. He was 72.
At his request cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be 
A manager for City Market, Mr. White retired after 32 years of service.
He was born May 9, 1928, to Virgil Eldon and Ruby Pearl (Nusz) White in 
Blaine County, Okla. He spent his childhood in Oklahoma, graduating from 
Geary High School in Geary, Okla. He was a graduate of a watchmaker’s 
school in Weatherford, Okla.
On Oct. 17, 1954, he married Reba Oleeda Kyle Brown. She died Jan. 4, 
Mr. White moved to Colorado in the late 1940s, settlign in the Crested 
Butte area. In the ‘50s he moved to Hotchkiss where he shared partnership 
in a jewelry store with Bill Portias. He also drove a school bus in 
Hotchkiss. In 1953 he moved to Denver where he worked as an instrument 
repairman for Denver Blueprint Company and in 1959 he moved to Grand 
Mr. White was a member and past president of the Fruita Rotary Club, a 
member of the Fruita Chamber of Commerce and a 35-year member of the 
American Quarterhorse Association.
His hobby was horses – raising, buying, selling and training.
Survivors include two sons, Karl White and his wife Dianne of Palisade and 
Earl D. White of Fruita; two brothers and their wives, Virgil Ray and 
Peggy White of El Reno, Okla., and James O. and Sherrie White of Kingston, 
Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society, Mesa 
County Unit, Box 3315, Grand Junction, CO 81502, or to the Colorado 
Horseman’s Council, 220 Livestock Exchange Building, 4701 Marion Street, 
Denver, CO 80216.
McLean Funeral Home, Palisade, was in charge of arrangements.

Carl A. Farnsworth
Carl A. Farnsworth of Murtaugh, Idaho, died of natural causes Saturday, 
Jan. 27, 2001, at Cassia County Regional Medical Center in Burley, Idaho.
Funeral services will be held Thurday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m., at the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paonia. Visitation is scheduled at 
the church from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at the 
Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss. 
A retired rancher, Mr. Farnsworth had lived in Murtaugh, Idaho, since 
He was born on Aug. 9, 1911, in Colnia Garcia, Mexico, to Ernest Laffayete 
and Edith Caroline (Nielson) Farnsworth. He spent his childhood and 
attended school in Mexico.
He married Eva Elma Haynie on Dec. 21, 1935, in Douglas, Ariz.; she 
Mr. Farnsworth lived in Paonia from 1961 until 1973, when he moved to 
Murtaugh, Idaho. In 1975 he moved to Downing, Mo., where he lived until 
1997 when he moved back to Murtaugh, Idaho.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had his private pilot’s 
license. In addition to flying, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding 
bucking horses.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 
Paonia. He held the office of high priest in the church. He held numerous 
other offices and did missionary work for the church for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Eva Elma Farnsworth of Murtaugh, Idaho; four 
sons and their wives, C. Larry and Winona Farnsworth of Unity, Maine, Jack 
Haynie and Ellen Farnsworth of Murtaugh, Idaho, Fred Lee and Sandy 
Farnsworth of Morgan Hill, Calif., and E. Lynn and Karen Farnsworth of 
Roswell, Ga.; three brothers and their wives, Grant and Ellen Farnsworth 
of Paonia, Elmo and Elnora Farnsworth of St. George, Utah, and Douglas and 
Hellen Farnsworth of Pima, Ariz.; 20 grandchildren; and 11 
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, four brothers and a 
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service.

Irma Jean "Jeannie" Carpenter 
Irma Jean “Jeannie” Carpenter of Hotchkiss died of natural causes Sunday, 
Jan. 28, 2001, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 53.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m., at the Hotchkiss 
Elks Lodge, with Pastor Bill Stoddart officiating. Burial will follow in 
Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss.
Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Taylor 
Funeral Service in Hotchkiss.
A homemaker, Ms. Carpenter had lived in Hotchkiss her entire life.
She was born on Oct. 18, 1947, in Hotchkiss, to James Wayne and Doris C. 
(Surroz) Carpenter. She spent her childhood and attended school in 
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hotchkiss, Hotchkiss 
Emblem Club, Cotton-wood Club and Hotchkiss Senior Citizens.
Ms. Carpenter loved her family and her dog. She enjoyed spending time with 
people, playing bingo and singing in her church choir.
She is survived by her mother, Doris C. Carpenter of Hotchkiss; a brother, 
James William Carpenter and his wife Gladys of Hotchkiss; an uncle, Ernest 
Surroz of Hotchkiss; a nephew, Carl Carpenter of Hotchkiss; four aunts, 
Lucille Young and Muriel Carpenter of Hotchkiss and Jose Minerich and Mary 
Reich of Paonia; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.
A fund to help defray funeral expenses has been established in Ms. 
Carpenter’s memory at the First State Bank of Hotchkiss, P.O. Box 38, 
Hotchkiss, CO 81419.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 
26, Hotchkiss, CO 81419, or to the North Fork Ambulance Association, P.O. 
Box 127, Hotchkiss, CO 81419.
Arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service.

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