Thomas Leroy Smythe
Leadville resident Thomas Leroy Smythe, 40, died June 14 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Denver.
Born Jan. 14, 1959, in Fairplay to Albert and Cecilia (Martinez) Smythe, he graduated from Lake County High School in 1977.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was an avid elk hunter and Bronco fan and had never missed a game.
He was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church of Leadville, the Elks Lodge #236 of Leadville and the National Rifle Association.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother Cecilia Smythe, Leadville; sister Allison (Greg) Smith, Grand Junction; niece Whittney Smith, Grand Junction; nephew Spencer Smith, Grand Junction; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary and Mass of the Christian Burial were held June 19 at the Annunciation Catholic Church of Leadville with Father Tom Killeen officiating. Organist was Neil Reynolds and vocalist was Sister Mary Clarita.
Pallbearers were Greg Chambers, Randy Chambers, Dan Costa, Manuel Marquis, Kirk Schurman and Greg Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Spencer Smith, Henry Martinez, Sr., J.B. Martinez, Anthony Cano and Gerald Cushman.
Interment services followed in Elks Rest Cemetery in Leadville with members of the Leadville Elks Lodge. Leadville Post #859 V.F.W. and Buena Vista Post #55 American Legion provided a flag presentation, twenty-one gun salute and taps..
Arrangements were handled by Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home, Salida.
Amy Sue Fairchild
Amy Sue Fairchild was just 17 when she died in an auto accident on June 28 near Redcliff.
Born on Nov. 25, 1981 in Denver to Peggy Rowe and Terry Fairchild weighing only 1 lb. 13 oz, she started her life as a fighter.
Even though she was so tiny, it never stopped her from joining all activities. She would have been a junior at Lake County High School this fall. She loved playing T-ball and taking part in Girl Scouts and dance class. As she grew, she enjoyed playing softball in the summer and basketball in the winter. Amy loved cruising in her mother's car with her cousins, who will miss her everyday.
She was a member of the Catholic Community and was an altar girl.
She was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Helen Rowe and Pat Hardy and her aunt, Bonnie Fairchild.
She is survived by her parents, Peggy Rowe, Leadville, and Terry Fairchild, Grand Junction; grandfather John Rowe, Canon City; grandparents Benny and Janis Fairchild, Grand Junction; greatgrandmother Mahamalea Fairchild, Salida; seven aunts, Theresa (Jeff) Rutkey, Leadville; Anna (David) Fear, Canon City; Shona (Wes) Thomas, Grand Junction; Maggie (Dan) Foster , W. Va.; Pam (Randy) Nygren, Gypsum; Susan (Jerry) Kissel, Ariz. and Sherry Hardy, Phoenix; and four uncles, George Rowe, Eagle Vail; Bob Rowe, Kansas; John (Brenda) Rowe, Mo.; and Billie Hardy, Phoenix.
She is also survived by many cousins, great aunts and great uncles.
Amy had a very special relationship with her great aunt Dot Marble, Salida. Amy loved her like a grandmother.
The Rosary was recited July 1 and Mass of Christian Burial July 2, both at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Patti Smith sang accompanied by Jean Elliott.
Pallbearers were George and Robert Rowe, Jeff Rutkey, David Fear, John Rowe, Jr. and John Lacey. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry and Stephen Rutkey, John Fear and David Fear, Jr., Jason Cerise and Jared O'Leary.
Interment was in St. Joseph cemetery.
The family received friends at a reception at La Cantina Restaurant.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Amy Sue Fairchild Memorial Fund c/o First Mountain Bank, 403 Harrison Ave. Leadville, CO 80461.
Carvel N. "Lefty" Stout
Carvel N. Stout, 81, better known as "Lefty", died July 2 at St. Vincent General Hospital, where he had been a patient.
He was born in Rolla, Kansas on May 17, 1918 to the late John W. and Nora (Clark) Stout.
After graduating from high school, Carvel attended a year of college at Ft. Collins and was then drafted into the United States Army, serving in WWII.
After receiving an honorable discharge, Carvel returned to Colorado to work for the Resurrection Mining Company/ASARCO; he remained there for 25 years. He then went to work for the Lake County Road and Bridge Crew as a heavy equipment operator.
On Sept. 13, 1947, Carvel married Margaret F. Elliott in Annunciation Church in Leadville. They were married for 51 years and one daughter, Patricia, was born.
"Lefty" had many hobbies, including feeding the birds in the winter, fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking, of which his specialty was roast beef. He also enjoyed traveling, going to plays and telling stories of the old mining days in Leadville. He was also an avid Bronco fan.
He also enjoyed working on the family home which is about 115 years old. Carvel redid every room in the house.
He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; three sisters, Viola Wilcox, Audrey Yarbrough and Delma Klostermeier, and one brother, Virgil Stout.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Stout, Leadville; one brother, John Stout, Jr., Centralia, Wash.; a niece, Mary (Lynn) Washburn; other relatives.
Mass of Christian Burial was July 5 at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Paul Sykora officiated. Dave and Carol Schutte, Lizbeth Firestone and Joan Dawson provided music. Judy Fabian read the readings during the mass. The eulogy was given by Jean Marie Dawe.
Pallbearers were Calvin and John Dawe, Rodney Fenske, Don Fabian, Frank Shober and Dr. J. L. Brookshire. Honorary pallbearers were Jennifer and Karen Fenske, Rudy Shober and Herman Fernandez.
Interment was in Elk's Rest Cemetery with committal services by the B.P.O.E. Lodge #236. A reception followed at the Elk's Lodge in Leadville where Carvel had been a member for 53 years.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Annunciation Catholic Church, 609 Poplar, Leadville, CO. 80461.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Richard Douglas Tinkler
Richard Douglas Tinkler, 41, died July 5 following an accident at his home in Plano, Texas.
Born in Montrose to Forrest and Joan (Jutten) Tinkler, he attended area schools in Montrose and graduated from Montrose High School in 1976. He won numerous local, state and national awards for his science fair projects in junior and senior high school and was an outstanding football player for the Montrose Indians.
He graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1982 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He moved to Dallas and began his career with Texas Instruments.
His love of engineering began as a young boy building rockets and computers and grew to his present position as Senior Electrical Engineer in the Defense Systems department at Raytheon where he developed the technology and patents for some of the world's most advanced night vision systems.
He was a loyal and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. He always had a kind word and helping hand for all who had the good fortune to know him. Although his time on earth was short, he will continue to live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Tinkler, Plano, Texas; daughters Christina and Jennifer Tinkler, Plano, Texas; parents, Forrest and Joan Tinkler, Montrose; sister Wendy Werner and nieces Shelby, Chelsea and Taryn, Fort Collins; mother- and father-in-law, Tina and Manuel Flores, Leadville; brothers-in-law Joe Flores, Denver and Manuel Flores, Leadville; sisters-in-law Julia Flores, Leadville and Tina Flores, Denver; and many friends.
Memorial services were held July 8 in Plano, Texas and July 10 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville.
Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorial gifts to benefit Christina and Jennifer Tinkler may be made to the Richard Tinkler Memorial Fund, c/o Bank United, 551 East 15th St., Plano, Texas, 75074.
Ronald J. Van Voorst
Leadville resident Ronald J. Van Voorst, 41, died in a vehicle accident near Copper Mountain July 22.
Born in Zeeland, Mich. to Howard J. and Lois A. (Padmos) Van Voorst, he attended school in Holland, Mich. before coming to Leadville in 1979.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching car races, and was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #236.
He was preceded in death by his brother Jim Van Voorst.
He is survived by his daughter Katie Van Voorst, Corpus Christi, Texas; parents, Howard and Lois Van Voorst, Leadville; brother Bill (Diana) Van Voorst, Georgetown, Colo.; sisters Julie (Tim) Hamilton, Kuna, Idaho and Karen Cooper (Russell Nauta), Woodland Park, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held July 27 at the First Presbyterian Church in Leadville with the Rev. Austin Van Pelt officiating. Cecil Tapey, accompanied by Joelyn Linn provided music.
Pallbearers were Stan and Scott Hinton, David Wilson, Mike Flores, Mike Ambrose and Kevin Dycus. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Barrett and Douglas Czerkies from Michigan.
Interment was in Elks Rest Cemetery with committal services by B.P.O.E. Lodge #236.
Memorial contributions may be made to Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 856, Leadville, CO 80461.
Arrangements were by Bailey Funeral Home.