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Miscellaneous Moffat County, Colorado Obituaries


Howard W. Ritchie, Sr.
Wednesday, December 3, 2003
Craig resident, Howard W. Ritchie Sr., died Nov. 10, 2003, at his home. He was 83. Ritchie was born Dec. 27, 1919 in Elida, Ohio, to David and Ama (Brunk) Ritchie. Ritchie was raised and attended schools in Elida and Lima, Ohio, graduating from Lima South High School in 1938. He immediately began employment at Westinghouse, in Lima, as a draftsman apprentice, attending related schooling, and soon becoming a journeyman draftsman. On Nov. 6, 1938, he married Grace Edna Huber, of Lima, in Campbell County, Kentucky. Ritchie was drafted in to the U.S. Navy, serving the Western Pacific Fleet, aboard the U.S.S. Lavaca from June 1944 to March 1946. He returned to employment at Westinghouse, continuing his career in Lima until 1952, when he transferred with Westinghouse to Columbus, Ohio. In January 1970, he and his wife moved to Columbia, Md., where he began employment at General Electric, as a Tool & Die Engineer, until he retired in December of 1981. They returned to Lima in 1982, eventually moving to Craig, Colo., in August 2000. Family and friends were the center of his life. He was a deeply involved member of the Church Of The Brethren, in Lima, and a member of the Tool and Die Workers' Association, where held various positions. His hobbies included electronics, gardening, and constantly helping others. Ritchie is survived by his wife, Grace Edna Ritchie, of Craig; son, Donald (Martina) Ritchie, of Colorado Springs; daughter, Nancy (Barry) Nalley, of Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law, June Ritchie, of Craig; grandchildren Nadine Ritchie-Wheeler, of Craig, Pamela Ritchie, of Las Vegas, Nev., Vanessa Ritchie, of Fairbanks, Alaska, Deborah Durbin, of Craig, and Jonathan Nalley, of Boise; and great-grandchildren Matthew Wheeler, Paige Durbin, Megan McCammon, Keaton Durbin, Kaysee McCammon, and Slater Durbin. Ritchie was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Isola Smith, and son, Howard W. Ritchie, Jr. Services were Nov. 17, 2003, at First Congregational Church with Rev. Ron Gross and Rev. Howard Miller officiating. Honorary pallbearers were "All Howard's Many Friends". Services were concluded at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Colorado VNA & Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

Billy Wilson Waters
Monday, December 1, 2003
Craig resident, Billy Wilson Waters, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Rifle, Colo., at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home. He was 84. Waters was born May 29, 1919, to Benjamin "Tex" and Blanche (Hunt) Waters. Waters grew up on a ranch on Elkhead River north of the present day Yampa Valley Regional Airport and attended Hayden Union High School where he was Captain of the Tigers football team and Salutatorian of his class, 1938. He generally rode horseback to school but occasionally caught the Mt. Harris school bus into Hayden. In the winter, Waters cross-country skied home and his horse followed him. He loved horses and his dad taught him how to handle them. He and a fellow wrangler gathered a herd of wild horses down in Brown's Park and with the sale of that herd he was able to buy his first car. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he was schooled in diesel mechanics and later served on a welldeck destroyer, the USS King. While stationed in San Francisco, he fell in love with Eloise Miller and following a courtship of four weeks and four days, they were married on May 15, 1943. This year was their wedding anniversary. Following World War II, they and their daughter, Sherry, moved to Craig. Later, they had another daughter, Susan. Waters was first employed by Halliburton and later Watson Motor Company, both in Craig. Weekends were always spent fishing, hunting, and camping with his family. He never told a joke, but had a wonderful sense of humor and his tallest of tales were always about fishing. He enjoyed the vicarious life he found in Western novels, John Wayne movies, and Denver Bronco games. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, and being around people, especially his family. Like Will Rogers, he never met a man he didn't like. He was involved in Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Lodge, Masonic Yampa Lodge 88, Order of Eastern Star, and Rainbow Girls, Rainbow Dad. Waters is survived by his wife, Eloise Waters, of Craig; daughters Sherry (Jim) Nickoloff, of Billings, Mont., and Susan Stussy, of Bakersfield, Calif.; granddaughter, Lori (Kevin) Schwartzkopf; great-grandchildren Melissa, Chelsea, Lindsey, and Matthew; brother, Ben (Lolita) Waters; and by numerous aunts and uncles. Waters was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and BlancheWaters, his sister, Marguerite Cnniff, and his grandson, Grant Nickoloff. Services were Nov. 14, 2003, at First Congregational Church with Gay Albers officiating. The organist was Elaine DeuPree. Selections were "Precious Lord Take My Hand", by Butch McKune, "The Lord's Prayer" and "How Great Thou Art" by Lori Schwartzkopf. Pallbearers were Walt Cisar, Bill Harding, Mike McIntyre, Dale Thompson, Von Wilson, and Mike Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Dayton Dowling, Jack Ducey, Lewis Livingston, Wilbert Miller, Jim Rogers, Homer Wilson, and Al Cortez. Interment was at Craig Cemetery. Graveside service was by Officers of VFW Post #4265. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice or the Colorado Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

Ida Wommer
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Funeral services for Ida Wommer, former Steamboat Springs resident, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at the Euzoa Bible Church in Steamboat. Memorial donations may be made to the Native Gospel Outreach, Box 67, Kirtland, N.M. 87417.

Paul Amos Perez Sr.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Craig resident Paul Amos Perez Sr. died Oct. 25, 2003, at his home. He was 54. Perez was born Nov. 29, 1948, in Salt Creek, Colo., to Joe and Ruth (Peralta) Perez. Perez was raised and attended school in and around Pueblo. He married Margaret Flick on March 10, 1967, in Pueblo. They made their home there and for a short time in Denver prior to moving to Craig in 1977. Perez had worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation as a utility worker II. He later became disabled and was unable to work the past few years. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and tinkering in his garage. Perez is survived by his wife, Margaret Perez, of Craig; daughter, Mary (Lance) Hammond, of Craig; son, Paul (Stephanie) Perez Jr., of Craig; grandchildren Saraya and Camaron Hammond, and Kyle, Cole, and Kincaid Perez; and numerous brothers, sisters, and other relatives. Perez was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Sintas, and a son, David John Perez. No services will be held.

Elaine Alvina McStay
Friday, November 14, 2003
Craig resident Elaine Alvina McStay died Nov. 4, 2003, at Valley View Hospital. She was 85. McStay was born Jan. 4, 1918. in WaKeeney, Kan., to Edward and Emma L. (Tegtmeyer) Claycamp. McStay was raised and attended school in WaKeeney. She married Harold K. McStay on Sept. 8, 1935, in Hays, and to this union six children were born, Allan, Janene, Vivian, Cheryl, Wes, and Mark. The family lived in Kansas until moving to Craig in 1962. She was a homemaker and enjoyed being around her children and grandchildren. She touched many lives through her playing of various musical instruments and writing of songs, and she also enjoyed painting. McStay had been living in the Heritage Park Nursing Home in Carbondale, Colo., the past few months, following the closure of Valley View Manor Nursing Home in Craig. McStay is survived by her husband, Harold McStay, of Craig; daughters Janene Ogletree, of Craig, and Vivian (Victor) Michael, of Lakin, Kan.; sons Wes McStay, of Craig, and Mark (Nancy) McStay, of Craig; grandchildren Charles Michael, Colleen Douglas, Kim Martinez, Sonda Etheridge, Regina Allred, Collin McStay, Tammy Rodd, and Troy Michael; and great-grandchildren Cody and Cory Douglas, Travis and Taylor Martinez, Adrienne and April Etheridge, Ryan, Paige, Erin Rod, and Clay Michael. McStay was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Allan, a daughter, Cheryl White, a grandson, Kevin Ogletree, son-in-law, Bobby Ogletree, and her five siblings. Services were Nov. 7, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with John Wilson and Harlan Hamilton officiating. The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Michelle Michael. Selections were "Amazing Grace," "Be Not Afraid," and "How Great Thou Art." Interment was at Craig Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association in care of Grant Mortuary.

Charles John Hellman
Monday, December 1, 2003
Craig resident, Charles John Hellman, died Nov. 19, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 86. Hellman was born Feb. 12, 1917 in Forest Park, Ill., to Charles T. and Kate L. (Ashfield) Hellman. Hellman was raised and attended school in Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Letha Musser on Sept. 14, 1983, in Las Vegas, Nev. He worked as a salesman in the appliance and vacuum business. He moved to Craig in 1983 from California. He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, and making crafts. He and his first wife Ilene raised grandchildren Scotty Boren and Cind Castaneda. Hellman is survived by his wife, Letha Hellman, of Craig; stepsons Larry (Sandy) Seip, of Craig, Jerry (Wilma) Seip, of Vernal, Utah, and Harry (Dorothy) Seip, of Fresno, Calif.; a brother, Ron Hellman, of New Plymouth, Idaho; and sisters Ruth Hart, of Manahowkine, N.J., Ethyl Williams, of Dillwyn, Va., and Carol Sevier, of EeuClaire, Wis. Hellman was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ilene, and a sister, Betty. Services were Nov. 24, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel, with Marty Young and the Officers of VFW Post #4265 officiating. The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Wanda Brown. The selection was "Amazing Grace". Honorary pallbearers were "All Chuck's Many Friends". Services were concluded at the mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice in care of Grant Mortuary.

Tony T. "Butch" Angelo
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Craig resident Tony T. Angelo passed away October 1, 2003 at the Veterans Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. He was 79. One of sixteen children, ten of whom reached adulthood, Tony was born June 5, 1924 in Megath, Wyo. to Jose and Victoria (Carrillo) Angelo. He grew up in Mt. Harris, Colo. and graduated from Hayden Union High School with the class of '43. He was a three-sport letterman, football, basketball and track, while attending high school. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Craig. He felt the call to duty for his country at an early age and enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately following high school graduation. While serving his military duty he was awarded the Bronze Star, Residential Unit Citation for participation in the Battle of the Bulge, Purple Heart, and Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty for participation in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He was honorably discharged April 17, 1946. He and Betty Ann Jacobsen were married in 1952. They were later divorced. He was employed by Pete Sheley at the Green Furniture Store and subsequently worked at The Moffat County State Bank for many years until his retirement in 1976. He then co-owned A-A Distributors with Tony Montoya for a short time. "Butch" (as he was known by his family and long-time friends) enjoyed fishing, playing golf and teaching figure skating to children and adults. He was instrumental in the organizing and coaching of the Old Timer's Little League Summer Baseball. Neither United Way nor grant funding was available at the time and expenses for the program were met by passing a hat during the games. In fact, some of the children would inquire of their parents if he was the tooth fairy because of his collecting money at the games. In 1959, her married Faye Collom. To this union one son was born. They were divorced in 2001. Following his second retirement he was active in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program with the Internal Revenue Service to assist the elderly in filing information to procure rebates for heating and rental costs. Angelo is survived by a son, Tony Lynn of Oklahoma City; a nephew and two nieces whom he helped raise as his own following the death of their parents in 1966, Mark (Michelle) Angelo, of Grand Junction; Annette (Manuel) Estrada and Vicky Pena, both of Denver; sister, Lucy Romero, of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers, Jess (Bea), Sidney and Ray, all of Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jennie Bustos and brothers, Ernest, Junior, Louis and Roy. A memorial mass for Angelo will be said at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Craig at 9 a.m., Sunday, November 30. A military memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004 at the V.F.W. Post 4265 (419 E. Victory Way, Craig). Immediately following the military service, a reception will be given by the V.F.W. for family and friends.

Raymond Edward Haskins
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Moffat County resident, Raymond Edward Haskins, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Craig. He was 87. Haskins was born Oct. 26, 1916 in Webb City, Mo., to Guy F. and Viola Mae (Harrison) Haskins. The family moved northwest of Craig when Haskins was one year old and homesteaded near Cedar Mountain. He attended school in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1936. He entered the U.S. Army in September of 1944, serving until July of 1946. He married Rose Sally Hoth on Dec. 17, 1944 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Following his discharge from the service, Haskins returned to Moffat County and has lived in the Maybell and Sunbeam area since then. He was known as an avid horseman, he broke and trained numerous horses over the years. He was also a musician and played the guitar, harmonica, and fiddle. As a young man, he played for various dances, and through the years continued to play at home and with the family. He was a rancher with a place on Price Creek and also worked for Union Carbide for nine and a half years. Haskins and his family owned and operated the Oasis café and gas station in Maybell from 1966 to 1978. He was active in the Maybell community serving on the Volunteer Fire Department, as a Cub and Boy Scout Leader, and was also the local handyman. He was a cowboy and a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Haskins is survived by his wife, Sally Haskins, of Maybell; daughters Bonnie Jane (Jim) Andrew, of Baggs, Wyo., and Lucretia May (Blair) Wilson, of Craig; sons John David (Carol) Haskins, of Craig, Guy Daniel (Ruth) Haskins, of Craig, Raymond Dale (Lynn) Haskins, of Maybell, and William Darwin (Julie) Haskins, of Sunbeam; grandchildren Amanda, Jacob, and Melissa Haskins, Ty and Amy Andrew, Emma (Robert) Flores, Flint (Amy), and Keith (Hollie) Haskins, Clinton and Camie Haskins, Josey and Jessie Haskins, and Grady, Lucas, Travis, and Jordan Wilson; great-grandchildren Kathryn Rose, Courtney Faith, and Aislee Brienne Haskins; and a brother, Carrol (June) Haskins, of Yerrington, Nev. Haskins was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Willis, and grandson, Trent Haskins. Services were Nov. 15, 2003, at First Christian Church with Beryl Wright officiating. Musical selections were by Darwin Haskins, Jesse Haskins, and David Haskins. Selections were "Happy Trails" and "Zebra Dun". Pallbearers were Flint Haskins, Ty Andrew, Keith Haskins, Clint Haskins, Josey Haskins, Grady Wilson, Jake Haskins, Lucas Wilson, Jesse Haskins, Travis Wilson, Jordan Wilson, Robert Flores, and Michael St. Martin. Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

Jeremiah James Garoutte
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Jeremiah James Garoutte died Nov. 8, 2003 in Denver, Colo. He was 24. Garoutte was born Feb. 24, 1979 in Canon City, to James Garoutte and Christine Kissinger. Garoutte attended school in Steamboat Springs, where he spent most of his life. He loved the great outdoors. He spent many days skiing, snowboarding, snow mobiling, camping, and fishing. He also loved to fly kites with his Aunt Jeri. Garoutte is survived by his mother, Christine Adams; stepfather, JD Adams; brothers Cody and Kye Adams; his father, Jim Garoutte, and Seema Boling; stepmother Debi Garoutte; brothers Scott and Clancy Garoutte and Boe and Brice Boling; grandmother Eileen Garoutte; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Garoutte was preceded in death by his grandparents Carl J. Garoutte and Ellen L. and Charles H. Kissinger. Services were Nov. 14, 2003, at First Christian Church with Beryl Wright officiating. The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Kathy Hildebrandt. Selections were "Amazing Grace" and "I Can Only Imagine". Special music was "Answer" by Vince Gill. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Adams, Kye Adams, Scott Garoutte, Clancy Garoutte, Boe Boling, and Brice Boling. Services were concluded at the church.

Dallene R. Hart
Friday, December 5, 2003
Craig resident, Dallene R. Hart, died Nov. 25, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 66. Hart was born April 3, 1937 in California, Pa., to Dallas and Gertrude (Batten) Martin. Hart lived in Pennsylvania until the age of six, when her family moved to Peshtigo, Wis., where she attended school. She married Robert J. Hart on Dec. 26, 1956 in Grover, Wis. They lived in Harmony Corner, until 1983 when they moved to the Eagle-Gypsum area. While there, Hart worked for several years for the Eagle County School District as a baker. They moved to Craig in 2000 to be near their son and daughter-in-law. She enjoyed baking, watching car races, watching Tiger Woods play golf, and listening to her scanner. Hart is survived by her husband, Robert J. Hart, of Craig; children Robert Hart, Jr., of Wisconsin, Shawn Hart, of Coleman, Deadra Ann (Kevin) Boes, of Plainfield, Ill., Kale (Susan) Hart, of Oak Creek, Mitch Hart, of Paonia, and Richard (Dolena) Hart, of Golconda; grandchildren Jessie Shafiabady, Mandy Boes, Kyle, Sadie, Morgan, Jason, Karri Beth, Dalton, and Zoe Hart; sisters Sarah Baldwin, of Lena, and Marilyn Baldwin, of Lena; brother, Bill Martin, of Coleman; mother-in-law, Viola Hart, of Harmony Corners, Pa.; and sisters-in-laws Julie Bratts, of Green Bay, and Joyce Hart, of Peshtigo. Services were Nov. 29, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with John Graler officiating. Pallbearers were Kale Hart, Mitch Hart, Shawn Hart, Robert Hart, Richard Hart, and Jamie Lord. Honorary pallbearers were "All Dallene's Many Friends". Interment was at Craig Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Moffat County United Way in care of Grant Mortuary.

Albert Blaine Wood
Monday, December 1, 2003
Little Snake River Valley resident, Albert Blaine Wood, died Nov. 17, 2003 at Castlerock Convalescent Center, in Green River, Wyo. He was 83. Wood was born Sept. 29, 1920 in Craig, Colo. Wood grew up in the 1930's on the family homestead at Putt Creek. In addition, he herded sheep as a young man on Baker's Peak and the desert west of Baggs. Wood and Barbara Peter were married on Jan. 17, 1946, in Rawlins, and they had three children. He worked for John Cobb on the ranch at Savery, after serving in the Navy during the Second World War. Later, Wood moved the family to Encampment, where he worked on the Silver Spur Ranch. He returned to the Little Snake River in 1958, leasing a ranch from Margaret Anderson at Savery. He and his wife, Barbara, worked the ranch for twenty-two years leaving in 1980. Prior to retiring in 1990, he worked for Mountain Fuels for nine years. Wood is survived by his sister, Mary (Frank) Kenny, of Wintrop, Wash., and their sons Lowell and Kim; a brother, Crawford Wood, of Fremont, Neb.; sons Blaine, and Blaine's two daughters, Jennifer (Mike) Granlund, of Greeley, Colo., and Janice Wood, of Greeley, and Pete (Barbara), of Twentynine Palms, Calif, and their children Jeremy, Kelly, and Kristen; and a daughter, Barbara A. "Missy" (Steve) Smith, of Baggs, their son Darrell (Callay) Danford, of Dixon, and their son, Gabe Danford. Wood was preceded in death by his parents Ira B. and Harriet Wood, grandson, Michael Lynn Danford, and wife, Barbara, who passed away Dec. 2, 1996. Services were Nov. 21, 2003, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with Doug Wasinger officiating. The organist was Connie Spicer and the soloist was Jake Fleming. Selections were "My Father's Eyes", "The Old Rugged Cross", and "These Are My Mountains". Pallbearers were Jeremy Wood, Kelly Wood, Kristen Wood, Janice Wood, Jennifer Wood Granlund, and Darrell Danford. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Cobb, Jack Cobb, Mike Thomas, Shyla Allen, Eli Allen, Cliff Hauser, and "All Albert's Many Friends Past and Present". Interment was at Reader Cemetery.

Jessica "Jazz" Avery Zulian Ziegler Horn
Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Jessica "Jazz" Zulian Ziegler Horn died Nov. 2, 2003, in Texas. She was 21. Jessica married Lynn Horn on Jan. 31, 2003, in Craig. Jessica and Lynn were visiting relatives in Beaumont, Texas, when, following a trip to the Gulf of Mexico, Jessica and her unborn child were tragically killed in an automobile accident. She was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, John Schuster; and her great-grandmother, Mary Zulian. Jessica is survived by her husband, Lynn Horn, of Craig; two sons, Jeremiah and Johnathen Ziegler of Craig; her mother, Sheryl Zulian of Craig; her father, Ken Ziegler of Gunnison; her grandparents, Don and Bev Zulian of Craig and Mary Ziegler of Hobe Sound, Fla.

Audrey May Jepkema
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Craig resident, Audrey May Jepkema, died Dec. 2, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. She was 75. Jepkema was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., to Charles and Gladys (Inglish) Brown. Jepkema was raised and attended school in Detroit. Following high school, she attended Western Michigan College at Kalamazoo and earned a degree in Occupational Therapy. She married John H. Jepkema on March 11, 1951, in Kalamazoo. She worked as a therapist until she started raising her children. They lived in Kalamazoo until 1954 when they moved to Gladwin, and lived there for nine years. They moved to Hamilton in 1963, and resided there until moving to Craig in 1988 following her husband's retirement from the school district. She enjoyed art, music, dog training, swimnastics, and hiking. She successfully trained a seeing-eye dog. Jepkema is survived by her husband, John H. Jepkema, of Craig; daughters Laurel (Wes) DeVries, of Spring Creek, Nev., and Julie (Tim) Mower, of Wheat Ridge; a son, John D. (Jan) Jepkema, of Golden; grandchildren Ben and Charles DeVries, Mindy Vodopich, Kalina DeVries, Duncan Mower, Regina Taylor, and Sylvia and Jordan Kissick; great-grandchildren Wesley and Christopher Vodopich; a sister, Jeanne Gadwa, of Elk Rapids, Mich.; and a brother, Tom Brown, of Marcellus, N.Y. Jepkema was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Richard. Services were Dec. 6, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Beryl Wright officiating. The organist was Anne Carr, and the soloist was Wanda Brown. Selections were "The Dance," "Wind Beneath My Wings," and "The Rose". Honorary pallbearers were "All Audrey's Many Friends." Services concluded at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Morris Animal Foundation or Moffat County Humane Society or Guide Dog Foundation, all in care of Grant Mortuary.

James Griffin
Monday, December 8, 2003
James Griffin, husband of Marlene Griffin of Craig, died Saturday, Dec 6, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. Services are pending.

Donovan Lee Disch
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Colorado Springs, Colo., resident Donovan Lee Disch, died Nov. 17, 2003. He was 60. Disch was born June 8, 1943, in Casper, Wyo. Disch was an engineer at Citadel Mall, and retired from law enforcement. He was the Deputy Sheriff in Craig. Disch is survived by his daughter, Kristi Gibbs, of Austin, Texas. Services were Nov. 25, 2003, at Nolan Funeral Home Chapel in Colorado Springs. Interment was at Crystal Valley Cemetery, in Manitou Springs.

Ann Ducey Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Ann Ducey, died Nov. 17, 2003. She was 98.
Ducey was born Nov. 15, 1905 in Frasier, Colo., to Allan and Winnifred McKinnon, prior to their settling as early homesteaders in the Lower Big Gulch community. As a young woman, Ducey was an elementary school teacher in rural county schools. In 1929, she married Delbert Ducey and they spent their early married years raising wheat and cattle on a farm southwest of Craig. In 1953, they moved to Browns Park after purchasing the Greystone grocery and Post Office. Ducey became the Postmaster and remained in this position until she retired in 1975. At that time, the postal service was discontinued at Greystone and it closed as one of the last remaining rural post offices. After leaving Greystone in 1984, she spent her retirement years in Grand Junction, Denver, and Canon City. Ducey is survived by her daughter, Pat (Hal) Boeker, of Canon City; granddaughter Andra (Doug) Hall; and grandsons Luke and Jake, of Lakewood. Ducey was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Delbert, a brother, Allan McKinnon, and a sister, Florence Keating. Burial was in Craig Cemetery, following a family ceremony in Canon City.

Joyce Mary Ferguson
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Joyce Mary Ferguson, of Denver, died Nov. 17, 2003 at a Thornton hospital. She was 80. Ferguson was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Denver, Colo., to Frank and Besse (Cram) Bieser. Ferguson attended school in Simla, Steamboat and Craig. After a year of college at Doane, Neb., she married John Ferguson of Denver. Four children were born to them, Cynthia Louise, Patricia Lea, Linda Besse, and Shirlyn Laurett. After raising her children, Ferguson worked as a nurse's aide. Ferguson was a member of Riverside Baptist Church, and a volunteer helper and photographer at West Adams Salvation Army Senior Home where she lived for many years. Her love for her family and extended family was exemplary. Her way of looking on the bright side of life will be long remembered. Ferguson is survived by her children and their spouses, her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her sister, Marilyn Bolchunos, of Arvada, her brother, Al Bieser, of Houston, Texas, and her sister, Shirley Higgins, of Longmont.

Dollie Louise Shelton
Monday, December 15, 2003
Dollie Louise Shelton of Westminster, wife of the late Ernie Shelton and mother of Bryan Shelton died. Graveside Services, will be held Monday, 1 p.m., in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Area A.

Ethel Manley
Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Ethel Manley of Hayden died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, in her home. Services are pending.

Ethel Manley
Thursday, February 5, 2004
Funeral services for Ethel Manley of Hayden will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at the Granby Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Granby Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church in Hayden in care of Grant Mortuary.

Harold Gray
Thursday, February 5, 2004
Former Craig resident Harold Gray died Jan. 12, 2004, in Blanchard, Okla. He was 66. Gray is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barb; children Brenda, Charles, Ken, Mike, and Becky; 14 grandchildren; brother, Earl; sister, Alice; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were Jan. 16, 2004, in Oklahoma City. Interment was in Blanchard.

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