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Harley Andrew Fay (1931-2001)
Harley Andrew Fay, 69, of Cedaredge died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at his home in Cedaredge. He was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Oriville, Wash., to Harley and Anna (Trowbridge) Fay. He married LaDona Pope on July 29, 1954, in Delta, and they raised four children together. He served in the U.S. Army from April 6, 1954, until April 5, 1957, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was later employed as a miner for many years, and owned a store with his wife. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cedaredge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, remodeling and tinkering with cars. He is survived by his wife, LaDona Fay; a son and his wife, Earl and Kay Fay of Grand Junction; three daughters, Vickie Kolisch and her husband Richard of Creede, Tammy Fay of Great Mill, Md., and Shauna Duran and her husband Marty of Steamboat Springs; two brothers, Wesley Fay and his wife Lou of Eckert and Harry Fay of Arizona; a sister, Penny Pratte of Delta; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren. Both his parents preceded him in death. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Delta County Hospice Project, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416. Cremation has occurred and memorial services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will occur at the Delta City Cemetery, under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetry.

Leona N. "Onie" Ferganchick (1930-2001)
Leona N. “Onie” Ferganchick of Eckert died of natural causes Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at her home in Eckert. She was 70. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 29, at Cedaredge Assembly of God, with Rev. Phil Neely and Rev. Bob Hillyer officiating. Burial took place at the family ranch, Hecoma Ranch in Eckert. A homemaker and rancher, Mrs. Ferganchick had lived in Eckert since she was 16 years old – a total of 54 years. She was born in McPhee on March 28, 1930, to Emmett (Willis) and Grace Marie (Denison) Bounds. She spent her childhood in the Mancos and Dove Creek areas in southwest Colorado. She attended school in Cortez. She married Tony James Ferganchick in Aztec, N.M., on Sept. 21, 1946; he survives. Mrs. Ferganchick was a member of the Assembly of God in Delta. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, fishing and hunting. An amateur archaeologist, she enjoyed collecting arrowheads. She was known as a mother to many. Survivors include her husband, Tony James Ferganchick of Eckert; three sons, James Ferganchick and Elmer Ferganchick and his wife Brandy, all of Eckert, and Fred Ferganchick and his wife Terry of Cedaredge; two brothers and their wives, Roger and Donna Rohwer of Washington and Ed and Linda Rohwer of Colorado; a sister and her husband, Euella and Leonard Lampton of Cedaredge; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene, and two sisters, Ardella and Nellie. Memorial contributions may be sent to Delta County Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416. Funeral arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service.

Ella Mary Gleason (1922-2001)
Ella Mary Gleason of Cedaredge, formerly of Naturita, died Jan. 23, 2001, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 78. She worked as a restaurant cook, and skidded logs. She felt that the best years were when she worked at Binders Texaco in Naturita. She was born in Nucla on Sept. 24, 1922, to John and Katie (Crabtree) Norlund. She is survived by a son and his wife, Paul and Pat Gleason of Barton, Ala.; a stepson and his wife, Ray and Barbara Gleason of Grand Junction; six daughters, Dixie Coggins of Humboldt, Neb., Marjorie Jo Bohl and her husband Ralph of Walsh, Katerine Mardell and Robert Rogne of Brillon, Wis., Loretta Irene Gedeon of Hiram, Ohio, Sheryl Rae Hatter and her husband Dirk of Cedaredge and Debra Dee Svec Jr. and her husband Vincent of Snook, Texas; two brothers, John Norlund and his wife Gene of Kuna, Idaho, and George Norlund of Nucla; a sister, Elva Palmer of Nucla; 26 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Omar Eugene Gleason, and three sisters, Doris Binder, Ida Miller and Katerine Gleason. Memorial services were held Monday, Jan. 29, at the Hale and Gerken Funeral Home in Naturita. Interment followed at the Nucla Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Hale and Gerken Funeral Home.

Lelia Helen Hale Atwell Loghry (1911-2001)
Lelia Helen Hale Atwell Loghry, Delta, was born on Feb. 24, 1911, at Crossroads in Miller County, Mo., the daughter of Samuel H. and Beulah Helen (Null) Hale. She died Friday, Jan. 21, 2001, at Delta County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was 89. Mrs. Loghry was first married on March 31, 1934, at Iberia, Mo., to Arthur Atwell. They had one daughter. After Mr. Atwell’s death, she married S.W. Samuelson of Riverton, Wyo., in October 1959. He also preceded her in death. In December 1985, she married Gerald Loghry in Riverton, Wyo.; he survives. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Lena Martin Long and Gladys Deardeuff. Mrs. Loghry taught Sunday school for many years and prior to her marriage to Mr. Atwell, she was a grade school teacher. She had a real and living faith. She was a free lance writer of religious articles, humor and poetry. She also wrote a weekly column for the Riverton Ranger for years. She was a devoted homemaker and housewife all her life. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Loghry of Delta; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Wendell Putman of Cedaredge; her stepchildren; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; four brothers, Norman Hale of Wright City, Mo., Robert Hale of Cohokia, Ill., Bill Hale of St. Louis, Mo., and Ted Hale of Lebanon, Mo.; and two sisters, Nina Hess of Jerome, Mo., nad June Reising of Salem, Mo. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Dixon Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes with Rev. John Parker, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dixon, Mo., officiating. Interment was in the Dixon, Mo., under the direction of the Dixon Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes.

Netha A. Macfarlane (1905-2001)
Netha A. Macfarlane, 95, of Cedaredge died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 19, 1905, in Berthoud to Joseph and Alma (Patton) Milner. She married Charles Macfarlane on March 11, 1926, in Timnath. They raised nine children together. Mrs. Macfarlane was a member of the Elberta Rebekah Lodge #149 of Cedaredge, Cedar Mesa Women’s Club, the Cowbelles and was a board member for Camp Courage. She was also very active in many community and senior citizen activities. She enjoyed crocheting and making quilts for her family and friends. She is survived by two sons, Donald Leroy Macfarlane of Camp Verde, Ariz., and Robert L. Macfarlane of Delta; six daughters, Dixie Zadena Loucks of Fort Collins, Alma Estelle Mayberry of Delta, Josephine D. Decker of Delta, Janet Mary Gage of Arizona, Patricia Ann Siebert of Colorado Springs and Marjorie Jean Macfarlane of Grand Junction; a sister, Fern Iris Woliver of Loveland; 34 grandchildren; and 64 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Charles Daniel Macfarlane, two sisters, Cleo Wild and Enid Milner, and a brother, Paul Milner. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., at Mesa View Mortuary Chapel in Delta with Pastor Lee Ponder officiating. Burial followed in the Cedaredge Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery.

Georgia A. Miller (1917-2001)
Georgia A. Miller, 83, of Cedaredge died Jan. 24, 2001, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. She was born in Shraug, Neb., to Robert S. and Daisy (Jenkins) Wilson. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Clair Simmons Graves and Willis Miller. Survivors include a son, Jerry N. Graves of Kremmling; two daughters, Penelope C. Rugg of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jean Paull and her husband Barry of Cedaredge; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Glen Eugene Myers (1925-2001)
Glen Eugene Myers, 75, of Seibert, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, near his home in Seibert. He was born on June 10, 1925, in Olney Springs to Vance and Leah Myers. He grew up on a small farm in Olathe. After graduating from Olathe High School in 1944, he joined the Army and served two years during the Korean War. After his term of service, Mr. Myers returned to Olathe to run the family farm. On July 17, 1953, he married Kathryn Lell. They settled on the farm. In 1963, the family moved to Seibert where Mr. Myers started work for the state highway department. He worked there until his retirement in 1987. During his years in the Seibert community, he was a member of the school board, the volunteer fire department and the ambulance service. He served on the town council for many years, as well as serving as town mayer. He was a Boy Scout leader and Little League coach. In his younger years he was pitcher for the local softball team, one of his many loves. At the time of his death, Mr. Myers was employed at Seibert Solid Waste Site. He enjoyed his interaction with the people in the community. He is survived by his wife Kathryn; daughter Nathlia and son-in-law Andri; daughter Becky and son-in-law Kelly; son David and daughter-in-law Karen; son Michael and daughter-in-law Julie; and grandsons Jeffrey, Matthew, Andrew, Mason, Gavin and Dane; brothers Gerald, Andrew Vern and Harry; and sisters Helen and Ethel. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 19, at the RDLS Church in Seibert with Norman Eagleton presiding. Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Delta City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Seibert Ambulance Fund or to the Seibert Food Store Building Fund in care of Linda McAuley in Seibert. Funeral arrangements were handled by Love Funeral Home.

Irene Genevieve Rozman (1923-2001)
Irene Genevieve Rozman of Paonia died Jan. 23, 2001, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 77. Graveside services were held at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia on Jan. 26. Following the service a reception was hosted by the ladies of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She is survived by two sons, Al Rozman of Paonia and Ed Rozman of Grand Junction; a sister, Lois Frost of Prescott, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert (Tony) Rozman, and two sons, Jim Rozman and Tommy Lee Rozman. Mrs. Rozman was born Dec. 8, 1923, in Crested Butte, to Curtis and Irene (Ball) Morrow. Her mother died when she was a young girl and she was raised by her father and his second wife, Blanche. She was very active in the high school drama department and even traveled to Indiana to the National Thespians’ first national drama workshop for high schools across America. She was the class historian and poet and won a scholarship to Barnes School of Commerce in Denver. She married Tony Rozman, a military man, in May 1941. While he was in Camp Pickett Military Hospital in Virginia, she went to Somerset to be with her parents when son Al was born in 1943. When Mr. Rozman was discharged, they moved to Denver, where they lived until 1949. They then returned to Somerset where Mr. Rozman sought employment in the coal mines. Mrs. Rozman was active with “the boys” in camping, fishing and hunting. She shot the largest bull elk (480 pounds dressed out) brought into the Paonia Locker. She also hauled many Paonia High School athletes to wrestling and baseball events in her station wagon. After Mr. Rozman’s death in 1968, she ventured to San Diego, Calif., from 1972-1979, where she attended Grassmont Community College and obtained a dental assistant degree. She moved back to Paonia in 1979, occupying her father’s former house at 204 Colorado until she succumbed to diabetes. She enjoyed pets, plants, crafts, reading and playing the piano at home. She was a member of the Ladies Elks Club and the American Legion. In September 1985 she penned a poem entitled “The Book,” about the Bible, which won the 1990 Golden Poet award from the International Society of Poets.

Lillian Jean Stockton (1922-2001)
Lillian Jean Stockton, known as “Sissy” to her family, died at her home in Hotchkiss on Jan. 21, 2001, after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m., at the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church, with Pastor Judi Taylor officiating. Mrs. Stockton was born to John Calhoon Sr. and Marjorie LillyBell Clarey in Vallejo, Calif., on Sept. 26, 1922. She was married to Walter O. Stockton on Sept. 22, 1937, in Grants Pass, Ore., a union that lasted 63 years. He survives. They had two children, Marjorie J. Smith of Hoopa, Calif., and Stanley W. Stockton of Hotchkiss, both of whom survive along with their spouses, Margaret Stockton and Gene Smith. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Marcia Manker of Huntington Beach, Calif., Leslie Peterson of Spanish Springs, Nev., and Shannon Arroyo and Natasha Ferrel of Fernley, Nev.; and seven great-grandchildren, K.C. Peterson, Erin and Kelsey Manker, Sierra, Lorenzo and Ophelia Arroyo, and Hunter Ferrel. She had seven sisters and one brother. Helen Atkinson, Elsie Gevas, Margie Glynn, “Tam” Moore and Audrey D. Allan, all of California, survive her. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Allan, and two sisters, Ann Northrup and Lita Barnes. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including special nephews John Gevas, David Morton and Mark Williams, and nieces Margie Hunter and Leslie Peterson. Mrs. Stockton was proud of her early work as an obstetrical nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka, Calif., and her many years as a cosmetologist at Enderts Drugs in Crescent City, Calif. She was very active in Grange and took great comfort from Pastor Judi Taylor, attending the United Methodist Church. Her love for “her” babies, her beautiful afghans and the thousands of crocheted caps for newborns donated to hospitals all over the world will remain as lasting memories of her lifetime. Memorial donations may be sent to the Hotchkiss United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Hotchkiss, CO 81419, or to the Hospice of the Uncompahgre Valley, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402-1804. Taylor Funeral Service is handling the arrangements.

Pauline K. Aschenbrenner - (1907-2001)
Pauline K. (Kloberdanz) Aschenbrenner of Denver died Feb. 24, 2001, at Centura Senior Life Center. She was 93. Mrs. Aschenbrenner was a resident of the Delta area for many years. Services were held March 1 at the Archdiocese of Denver chapel. Interment was at Mount Olivvet cemetery. Mrs. Aschenbrenner was born Nov. 8, 1907, in the village of Rothummel, Saratov, Russia. In 1928 she married John Aschenbrenner in Montrose. He preceded her in death in 1973. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Jo Basta. She is survived by three daughters, Marjorie Riggs and her husband Bob, Betty Foos and Lillian Kaestner, all of Denver; six grandchildren; and seven great-grand-children.

Jeannie Davis - (1925-2001)
Jeannie Davis, 75, of Meeker, formerly of Cedaredge, died March 9, 2001, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing in Meeker. Mrs. Davis was born Aug. 18, 1925, in Portsmouth, Ohio, the daughter of James and Mable (Higgins) Rose. She was married to Alvin Lee Davis, who preceded her in death. She worked as a secretary for many years, later working as the proofreader for the Delta County Independent. While her children were young, she worked as a manuscript typist for Wilson Publishing of New York City, receiving handwritten copy, editing and typing books for final publication. She also worked as a crossword puzzle creator for Dell. Mrs. Davis enjoyed entering contests, always keeping her eye on winning the big one. She loved doing genealogy research and "surfing the web" on the Internet. She moved from Cedaredge to Grand Junction and then two years ago moved to Meeker to live with her daughter. She had been a resident of the Walbridge Wing since June 2000. Survivors include one son, Jim Davis and his wife Linda of Cedaredge; one daughter, Carol Dorsett and her husband Robert of Meeker; five grandchildren; five great- granddaughters; and one sister, Julia of Dayton, Ohio. No services are planned. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Walbridge Memorial Wing through Meeker Mortuary, Box 1048, Meeker, CO 81641.

Jesse Wyatt Davis - (2001-2001)
Jesse Wyatt Davis was born to Mark and Tracy Davis on Feb. 15, 2001. He died on Feb. 26, 2001. He is survived by his parents; his grandparents, Bob and Shari Davis of Paonia and Rick and Cathy Dill of Estes Park; his great-grandparents; and aunts and uncles. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital, 1056 East 19th Street, Denver, CO 80218.

Charles Harry Dickson - (1927-2001)
Charles Harry Dickson, 73, of Crawford died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, near his residence. He was born July 17, 1927, in San Francisco, Calif., to Charles and Leopoldine (Patzner) Dickson. He married Ethel Elizabeth Phillips in Big Bear Lake, Calif., in the late 1950s. The marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Dickson served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was retired as a meter reader for Southern California Water & Electric in Big Bear Lake, Calif. Mr. Dickson lived in Susanville, Calif., as a youth and worked on a cattle ranch. After serving in the Army he moved to Big Bear Lake, Calif., where he was a horseshoer and horse trainer, as well as a meter reader. While in Big Bear Lake he started a horse club known as Big Bear Valley Sky Riders. He was also a member of the mounted posse. He enjoyed teaching his daughter to ride horses, square dancing, and leatherwork, including saddlemaking. He is survived by his former wife, Ethel Dickson of Big Bear Lake, Calif.; a daughter, Susan Dickson of Crawford; and a son, David Dickson of Realto, Calif. His parents preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery.

Iris L. King - (1910-2001)
Iris L. King, 90, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, in the San Juan Living Center at Montrose. Iris L. Impson, born July 20, 1910, at Sams, was the first of 12 children born to Don E. and Lilly Grace (Sparks) Impson. She attended school and grew to adulthood in the Placerville canyon. She was working at the hotel in Placerville when she met her husband, Earl Carter. They were married in 1934; the marriage ended in divorce 17 years later. She also worked as caretaker and cook at the Green Mountain Ranch six miles west of Placerville, and later in Montrose for the same family. In August 1952 she met and married Jude King of Springfield, Ill. They traveled all over the western states. Mr. King ran a crew for the fruit orchards during harvest time, across California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. They retired in 1990. Upon Mr. King's death in 1994, Mrs. King came to live with her brother Clinton and his wife Barbara. Ill health forced her to the nursing home for constant care. Mrs. King had no living children, but she was always there to love her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed living close to her brothers and sisters. Her fondest pastimes were fishing, crocheting, crossword puzzles and bingo. She is survived by four sisters, Jeanie Daugherty, Madge Wolff of Montrose, Dorthy Sale of Olathe and Nelly Proper of Clifton; one sister-in-law, Barbara Impson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, two sisters and her husband Jude. Cremation has taken place; a private memorial will be held at a later date.

Willard Kenneth Livingston - (1916-2001)
Willard Kenneth Livingston, 84, of Paonia, died Friday, March 9, 2001. He was born Dec. 9, 1916, in Taloga, Okla., to Alonzo (Lon) and Ruth Dedrick Livingston. The oldest of 10 children, he grew up on the family homestead near Seiling, Okla. He graduated from Seiling High School. Mr. Livingston married Mable Squire in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 25, 1937. They were married for 63 years. In 1940 he moved from California to the North Fork Valley where he became a coal miner, mail carrier, farmer, rancher and orchardist. He was an excellent orchardist, raising "The Famous Sweet Cherries." He established markets throughout Colorado as well as several other states. His grandchildren have fond memories of earning their first paycheck in his cherry orchard. He retired in 1982 after 25 years as a bus mechanic and school bus driver for the Delta County School District. He was especially fond of driving the activity bus for various meets and tournaments. Mr. Livingston loved both playing and observing sporting events, traveling, fishing and hunting. He was also an expert marksman. Relationships with people, especially family members, were always a priority in his life. Mr. Livingston is survived by his wife Mable; one son, Laddie Livingston and his wife Judy of Paonia; two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Art Lund of Grand Junction and Faye and Stan Campbell of Powell, Wyo.; three sisters, Fern Brewer and her husband Richard of Oklahoma City, Okla., Irene Carr of Hotchkiss and Phyllis Rowland and her husband Leroy of Moore, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. His parents, four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m., at the Paonia Friends Church. Pastor Gaylen Kinser officiated. A private interment took place at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paonia Friends Church, P.O. Box 278, Paonia, CO 81428. Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service.

Melody Jean Laughlin
Melody Jean Laughlin died at her home in Cory Saturday, Sept. 16, after a lengthy illness. She was 55. A memorial service will be held at the home of Bill and Leona Hamilton, 1573 Highway 65 in Cedaredge, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. Bill Hamilton will officiate. Mrs. Laughlin was a senior buyer for Ametek-Dixson. She had lived in Cory since 1996. She was born in Independence, Mo., on Sept. 1, 1945, to Earl Thompson and Maxine Thrasher. She spent her early years near Independence and Jacksonville, Mo., and her teenage years in Colorado. She graduated from high school in Durango, then attended Denver Business College. She obtained a paralegal and purchasing/management degree. She married Carvel “Gene” Eugene Laughlin in the chapel at the Bar D Chuckwagon in Durango in July 1993. He survives. Two previous marriages ended in divorce. Mrs. Laughlin was a member of a Protestant church group which met at the home of Bill and Leona Hamilton. She was also a member of the National Purchasing Association. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and photography. She was known as an excellent pianist. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Charles Wayne Aspermonte of Karnack, Texas; a daughter and her husband, Danielle Rae and Johnny Procell of Karnack, Texas; a granddaughter, Megan Procell; and a brother, Bob Thompson of Silver City, N.M. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Mary Louise Cairns (1917-2000)
Mary Louise Cairns of Olathe died of natural causes Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Carla’s Retreat in Olathe. She was 82. Memorial services will be conducted by Rev. Stephen Wengrovius on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Delta. Mrs. Cairns was a homemaker. She had lived in Olathe for a year and a half. She was born on Oct. 10, 1917, in Paonia, to Lawrence “Elmo” and Margery Christine (Watson) Spore. She spent her childhood in Paonia. After graduating from Paonia High School, she attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. She also lived in Vista and Escondido, Calif. She married John Fredrick Cairns in West Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 21, 1936. He preceded her in death on April 7, 1977, in Vista, Calif. Mrs. Cairns was a member of the Flower Club of Vista, Calif., and Quail Gardens in Carlsbad, Calif. She enjoyed gardening, basket weaving, cooking, reading and music. She is survived by a son and his wife, John and Barbara Cairns of Cedaredge; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Lawrence Elmo and Idonna Spore of Cedaredge, William Andrew and Pauline Spore of Gardena, Calif., and Gavin Spore of Hotchkiss; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister, Margery Maude “Monnie” Houseweart. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service.

Clayton G. Douglass (1913-2000)
Clayton G. Douglass of Hotchkiss died of natural causes Oct. 7, 2000, at Paonia Care and Rehab Center. He was 87. Graveside memorial services were conducted Monday, Oct. 9, at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss by BPOE #1807 of Hotchkiss. Mr. Douglass was a lifetime resident of Hotchkiss. In the early ‘30s he built Douglass Auto Court and Garage, which he operated until 1976. He was born in Hotchkiss on March 9, 1913, to Earl and Olive (Garrison) Douglass. He spent his childhood in Hotchkiss, graduating from Hotchkiss High School in 1931. He was a charter member of BPOE #1807 in Hotchkiss and a past member of Kiwanis International, Hotchkiss. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and cutting wood. He is survived by four sons, Norman Douglass and his wife Beverly of Albuquerque, N.M., Raymond S. Douglass and Roger L. Douglass, both of Littleton, and Eric N. Douglass and his wife Dawn of Apacha Junction, Ariz.; two daughters and their husbands, Nancy and David Phillips of Hotchkiss and Linda J. and Ken Minerich of Clifton; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Earl Douglass and Clayton Robert Douglass, a brother, Clair Douglass, and his ex-wife, Nina Marie Douglass. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hotchkiss Public Library, P.O. Box 540, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service.

Curtis Trevor Eddleman (19??-2000)
Curtis Trevor Eddleman died of heart failure Sept. 30, 2000, at the VA Hospital in Portland, Ore. A former resident of Delta, he was 77. Mr. Eddleman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Gertrude Petit on March 16, 1946. He had three children, James Eddleman, who died in June 1995, Lorraine Kereczman of Hillsboro, Ore., and David Eddleman, all of whom formerly lived in Delta. He also had eight grandchildren. He is survived by five brothers, Herman Eddleman of Read, Troy Eddleman of New Mexico, Bernard Eddleman of Kansas, Calvin Eddleman of California and Lee Eddleman of Oregon.

Preston O. Miller (1935-2000)
Preston O. Miller of Grand Junction died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center. He was 65. Mr. Miller was born on March 1, 1935, at Lake City, Ark., to Sherman and Lula Janette (Fletcher) Miller. He spent his childhood in the Lake City/Jonesboro, Ark., areas, graduating from Dixie High School. He received his medical technician degree in 1965. He worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Grand Junction for 14 years, then became the owner and operator of Cleaner Carpets by Preston for the next 16 years, until his health no longer permitted him to work. He enjoyed fishing and camping, was an avid Broncos and Rockies fan, and enjoyed watching sports. He was a minister in the Jehovah’s Witnesses since the age of 18. He gave 47 years of his life to the ministry. He married Betty L. Parmenter on Nov. 5, 1960. She survives. He is also survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Rod and Alicia Miller of Seattle, Wash., and Brook and Natalie Miller of Grand Junction; two daughters and a son-in-law, Dondi and Lynn D. Griffith and Dusti Miller, all of Grand Junction; four sisters, Bill Laughlin of California, Maud Montgomery of Loving, N.M., Rachel Sutterfield of Bay, Ark., and Lavea Bowman of Jonesboro, Ark.; seven grandchildren; and 20 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m., in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Clifton, with minister Dan Machado officating. Burial of the cremated remains took place Friday, Oct. 6, at Orchard Mesa Cemetery in Grand Junction. Arrangements were handled by Callahan-Edfast Mortuary of Grand Junction.

Margaret E. Edler Patton (1909-2000)
Margaret E. Edler Patton died Oct. 4, 2000, at Paonia Care and Rehab Center. She was born on Dec. 21, 1909, in Paonia, to Anna and David Edler. Mrs. Edler was a registered nurse. She worked at the North Fork Clinic for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, Robert M. “Jack” Patton of Paonia; two cousins, Dorothy Chaney and Bess Carter, both of Ventura, Calif.; and two sisters-in-law, Grace Edwards of Paonia and Florence Destrup of Salt Lake City, Utah. At Mrs. Patton’s request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Fork Historical Society, c/o Judy Livingston, P.O. Box 522, Paonia, CO 81428, or to Paonia Care Center, Memorial Garden, 1625 Meadowbrook Blvd., Paonia, CO 81428.

Herman G. Soderquist (1934-2000)
Herman G. Soderquist, 66, of Delta died Oct. 3, 2000, at his home. He was born to George and Maude Veo Soderquist in Cimarron on May 30, 1934. He was raised on the Soderquist Ranch in Cimarron and graduated from Montrose High School in 1952. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, receiving his bachelor’s degree. He received a Fullbright Scholarship and attended college in New Zealand. He married Jane Bailey on Feb. 18, 1961, in Paonia. Following their marriage they worked on the family ranch in Cimarron. Mr. Soderquist then returned to Colorado State University and received his master’s degree in animal husbandry. After graduation he was an extension agent in Fairplay. He and his family moved to Delta in 1967, where he worked for the Tri-River Extension office as an extension agent until his retirement. Mr. Soderquist was a former member of the Delta Rotary Club. He had served as clerk of session, elder, deacon and Sunday school superintendent for the Presbyterian Church of Delta. He is survived by his wife, Jane Soderquist of Delta; two sons, Timothy Soderquist and his wife Marilyn of Marysville, Wash., and Daniel Soderquist of Gunnison; two brothers, Albert Soderquist and his wife Aileen and John Soderquist and his wife Maxinne, all of Montrose; and a granddaughter and her husband, Michelle and Nate Foreman of Hebron, Israel. He was preceded in death by a son, George Soderquist. The family suggests that donations be made in his memory to either the Delta County 4-H Council, c/o CSU Tri-River Extension, 295 West 6th Street, Delta, CO 81416, or to the children’s Sunday school program at Presbyterian Church of Delta, P.O. Box 143, Delta, CO 81416. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m., in the Presbyterian Church of Delta. Interment followed at the Delta City Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery.

Darlene Stone (1926-2000)
Darlene Stone of Hotchkiss died of natural causes at Horizons Care Center in Eckert on Oct. 6, 2000. She was 74. Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Bryan Newman and Pastor Fred Thompson at the First Baptist Church in Hotchkiss at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Burial followed at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Crawford. Mrs. Stone retired as a baker from City Market in Hotchkiss. She also worked at Garbers Clothing in Hotchkiss and at various other jobs in the area. She had lived in Delta County since 1935. She was born on May 8, 1926, in Benedict, Kan., to Irvin and Edith (Honaker) Polson. She spent her childhood in Crawford, graduating from the high school there in 1944. She attended Blair Business College in Colorado Springs. On Nov. 14, 1945, she married J.B. Stone in Crawford. He survives. Mrs. Stone was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hotchkiss. She particularly enjoyed her family. She loved to travel with her husband and her daughters. She also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, flower gardening and walking. In addition to her husband, J.B. Stone of Hotchkiss, she is survived by four daughters and their husbands, Janice and George McCabe and Diana and Brad Meek, all of Hotchkiss, Carol and Wes Spore of Gunnison and Terry and Don Hatfield of Norwood; a brother and his wife, Duane and Pat Polson of Crawford; a sister, Eloise Christian of Naturita; six granddaughters, Karen Henderson and her husband Jim of Broomfield, Tisha LaFramboise and her husband Tom of Norwood, and Kerri Spore and Kelli Spore, both of Gunnison; two grandsons, Kevin McCabe and his wife Melanie of Grand Junction and Alan Hatfield of Norwood; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dorrel Polson. Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 26, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service.

Chester E. Stotts (1924-2000)
Chester E. Stotts, 75, of Delta, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Montrose Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 25, 1924, in Olathe, to Lewis and Julia (Urban) Stotts. He married Rosemaire Hinton on June 15, 1947, in Delta. Mr. Stotts spent his childhood in the Olathe and Delta areas, attending Columbine Grade School. He graduated from Delta High School in 1942. He went on to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. After college he moved to Chicago where he worked for Swift and Company in poultry research. In 1967 he returned to Delta to work for Hinton Auto Parts, retiring in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge with the 101st Airborne Division. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Delta, president of the Grand Mesa Good Sams RV Club, and past president of Delta Senior Citizens. His special interests included RVing and delivering Meals on Wheels. He built one of their homes and a fifth wheel camper, and drew the plans for their current home. He is survived by his wife, Marie Stotts of Delta; a son, Gary Stotts of Castle Rock; two daughters, Kathy Morgan of Chicago, Ill., and Cindy Henley of Mead; two brothers, Joe Stotts of Vancouver, Wash., and Jim Stotts of Ogden, Utah; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church of Delta. Burial followed at the Delta City Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Presbyterian Church of Delta, P.O. Box 143, Delta, CO 81416, or Delta Senior Citizens, 247 Meeker, Delta, CO 81416. Funeral arrangements were handled by Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery.

Minnie N. Davis (1909-2000)
Minnie N. Davis, a former resident of Crawford, died of natural causes Nov. 17, 2000, at Cherry Creek Nursing Center in Aurora. She was 91. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Judi Taylor Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10 a.m., at Crawford Community United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Crawford. Mrs. Davis was a homemaker. She moved from Crawford to Littleton in March 1996. She previously lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, for 53 years. She was born in Crawford on Nov. 2, 1909, to Roy and Emma (Newburg) Cotten. She spent her childhood in Crawford, Maher and Onion Valley on Black Mesa. She married Glen Duane Davis on Oct. 6, 1928, in Delta. He preceded her in death on Jan. 28, 1998, in Aurora. Mrs. Davis was a member of Christ Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, where she was in charge of the prayer chain. She was also affiliated with the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed fancy work like crocheting and embroidery. She is survived by a daughter and her husband, Emily and Bill Thompson of Littleton; two sisters, Ollie Mae Bass of Grand Junction and Veda Weinant of Molina; two sisters-in-law, Eva Cotten and Elva Cotten, both of Hotchkiss; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews all over the Western Slope. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three daughters, Ella May Davis, Glenna Dee Davis and Etta Jean Davis, and five brothers, Clyde Cotten, Orville “Jack” Cotten, Orlo “Babe” Cotten, Bruce Cotten and Clayton Cotten. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service.

Charlotte Joyce Flaatten (1917-2000)
Charlotte Joyce Flaatten of Cedaredge died of natural causes at IHS - Willow Tree in Delta on Nov. 19, 2000. She was 83. No services are planned at this time. Mrs. Flaatten was a rancher. She had lived in Cedaredge since 1979. She previously lived in Oak Creek for many years. She was born on Aug. 27, 1917, in Evansville, Ind., to Spiro and Clara (Wurtz) Medcalf. She spent her childhood and graduated from high school in Evansville, Ind. She married Bjarne Flaatten in Evansville, Ind., on July 3, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 6, 1996, in Delta. Mrs. Flaatten enjoyed ranching, quilting and raising a variety of violet plants. She is survived by two brothers, Glenn Medcalf of Evansville, Ind., and Wayne Medcalf of Cedaredge; two sisters, Loraine Martoglio of Oakwood, Ill., and Sharon Hunter of Pigeon Ford, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister, Jeanette. Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service.

Wayne Leroy McPherson (1948-2000)
Wayne Leroy McPherson, 52, of Cedaredge died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 22, 1948, in Cedaredge to Floyd and Verda (Blankenship) McPherson. He married Marianne McKenna on May 26, 1973, in Cedaredge. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era from 1968 to 1972. After his military service he returned to Cedaredge to work with his father on the family farm. After his father’s retirement in 1993, he continued to work the farm. He enjoyed calf roping, woodworking, sailing and, in particular, watching his children participate in sports. He was a member of VFW Post 9221 in Cedaredge. He also served on many water boards in many different offices. Survivors include his wife, Marianne McPherson of Cedaredge; a son, Brian McPherson of Cedaredge; two daughters, Amber McPherson of Grand Junction and Ginger McPherson of Cedaredge; and a sister and her husband, Leila and Richard Kehmeier of Spokane, Wash. His parents and grandparents preceded him in death. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Guardian Angels School, 1158 Grand Avenue, Delta, CO 81416. Graveside funeral services were held Nov. 21 at 10 a.m., at Cedaredge Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 9221. Funeral arrangements were handled by Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery.

Arthur J. (AJ) Luckey - (1923-2001)
Arthur J. (A.J.) Luckey died Thursday, March 28, 2001, at his home. He was 77. He was born on the family farm in Greenleaf, Kan., on June 19, 1923, to John and Rosann (Gallagher) Luckey. He grew up in the Greenleaf, Kan., area, and graduated from Greenleaf High School. He enlisted in the Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor. He served active duty in the Pacific during World War II on the LST 39. While in the Navy Electrical Engineering School at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, he met Mildred A. Wallace of Saratoga, Iowa. They were married in New Orleans on Oct. 19, 1943, while Mr. Luckey was on shore leave. After his discharge they moved to Denver where he was a tool and heavy equipment salesman. They then lived in Conifer where Mr. Luckey operated his own excavating business for 20 years. They moved to a small farm near Delta eight years ago. Mr. Luckey loved the outdoors, whether he was riding his horse, hunting, fishing or working on the farm. He was active in many volunteer organizations including Gideons, Kairos and prison ministry. He was an active member of the Conifer Community Church and Mountain View Bible Church in Lazear. He was noted for saying, "Better days are coming." He especially enjoyed his family, friends and equine companions. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Luckey of Delta; two daughters, Ann K. Luckey of Denver and Jane M. Barrack and her husband Roger of Colorado Springs; and two sisters, Mary Alice Warman and her husband Dale and Kathleen Peters and her husband Ralph of Santa Rosa, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Madeline Cahill. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, 2900 Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN 37214, or to the charity of the donor's choice. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.

Nives Thayer - (1932-2001)
Nives Thayer died at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction on March 2, 2001, due to complications of vascular disease. Mrs. Thayer was a home health professional until she was forced to quit working in 1999, due to poor health following open heart surgery. She was born July 27, 1932, to Alberto and Maria (Sansone) Tont. She married Allan Guy Thayer in Trieste, Italy, in 1952. They lived in Trieste and Germany prior to moving to the United States in 1956. After Allan Thayer retired from the Air Force, they moved to Montrose in 1970. They divorced in 1986. He survives. Mrs. Thayer had lived in Grand Junction since 1988. She was a member of the Westgate Freewill Baptist Church. Her family and her church were her life. She is survived by two sons and their wives, Allan and Sharon Thayer of Dolores and Jonny and Tonya Thayer of Delta; three daughters, Maria Decker of Delta and Jo-Anna Dalton and her husband Rory Lopaz, and Theresia Holman and her husband Tom, all of Grand Junction; a daughter-in-law, Patti Thayer of Alaska; 13 grandchildren, Shawn and Kristen Thayer, Charlie, Tonya and Crystal Decker, John Coats and his wife Teresa and Gara Black and her husband Steve of Crawford, Jeannie and her fiance Nathan Cutler, Wendy, Jonny and Dustin Thayer, and Lindsay and Casey Holman; and seven great-grandchildren, Michael Decker, Cameron Sill, Zoe Thayer, Dakota and Ty Coats, and Makayla and Christopher Black. Two brothers, Guerrino Tont and Mario Tont, reside in Trieste, Italy. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ermano. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 10, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, with Pastor Bob Lewis officiating. Contributions may be made to Westgate Freewill Baptist Church, c/o Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.


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