Faye E. Osborn
Faye E. Osborn, 68, died April 2, 2004, in Leadville.
Osborn was born on March 17, 1936, in Norton, Kan., the
seventh child of eight born to Clara and John Mussman.
Later in her youth, her family moved to a
farmstead in Oxford, Neb., and then later to
town where she attended school. Osborn met Merlin
(Scotty) Osborn in 1951 when they were introduced to one
another by their sisters. They were married in January 1954
in Hastings, Neb. In 1957, they moved to Kokomo, Colo.,
and in 1960 to Climax and had their daughter, Karen. The
small family then moved to Leadville, where they had two
more children, Brenda born in 1965 and Timothy born in
While in Leadville, Osborn worked at Montgomery Wards for
seven years and then at Food Town, where she retired in
1994 and began travelling with Scotty. Some of their
favorite places to travel to were Yellowstone National Park,
Black Hills National Forest, Sequoia National Forest,
Yosemite National Park, Death Valley and other places in
Arizona and Nevada.
Some of Osborn's favorite hobbies included gathering with
her family, sewing, making crafts, cooking, shopping and,
most importantly, spoiling her grandchildren.
Osborn is survived by her husband Scotty, Leadville;
daughters Karen (Bob) Finkenbiner, Omaha, Neb.; and
Brenda Bond, Leadville; son Timothy (Kim) Osborn,
Leadville; grandchildren Michael and Rachel Finkenbiner,
Nicholas, Westley and Kelsey Bond, and Logan, Jonah and
She is also survived by her brother Harold Mussman,
Missouri; sisters Luella Ruff, Mickey Stump and Ferne
Noltie; and sister-in-law Winnie Mussman, all of Nebraska.
She is greatly loved and missed by all.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, April 7, at
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, W. 8th and James streets.
Kalin John Roche
Kalin John Roche, three months old, died March 31 in
Graveside services were held on April 3 at St. Joseph
cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Jessica Garcia and
Kalin J. Roche.
Patsy C. Wellman
Patsy C. Wellman, 74, died on April 6, 2004, at St. Mary’s
Hospital of complications from diabetes and kidney failure.
Wellman was born on Nov. 13, 1929, in Wichita Falls,
Texas, to John and Doris Cutbirth. After graduating from
high school in Wichita Falls, she attended Southern
Methodist University in Dallas, graduating with a degree in
music in 1952.
Following her graduation, she journeyed to Leadville to
spend the summer with family friends. During her stay, she
met and fell in love with Donald Macdonald. They were
married in 1953.
Wellman remained in Leadville for the next 35 years,
becoming very active in the community and serving in a
number of civic and volunteer positions. She was blessed
with a natural ability to put others at ease and lead by
example. Because of these qualities, she assumed
leadership roles in many organizations, including having
been president of the St. Vincent Hospital Auxiliary and
president of Lake County Community Concerts.
In 1968, Wellman went to work for the Lake County School
District and became an elementary school music teacher.
This allowed her to bring together her love of music,
leadership qualities and a wonderful ability to communicate
with children. Over the course of the next 20 years, she was
able to bring enrichment to hundreds of students through
In 1979, she married Ralph Wellman, and in 1987, she and
Ralph moved to Grand Junction to retire.
During her years in Grand Junction, she was again active in
volunteer work, especially in bringing the gift of music to
other retirees by visiting nursing homes to lead sing alongs.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Wellman.
Wellman is survived by her children Donald Macdonald,
Idaho Falls, Idaho; Rory Macdonald, Wise River, Mont.; and
Alison Macdonald, Leadville; grandchildren Matthew Bollig,
Jaylin and Katie Glenn, all of Grand Junction; sister Purna
Lee Dixon, Tyler, Texas; and former daughter-in-law Mary
Macdonald, Grand Junction.
Osban Ellis Ruble
Osban Ellis Ruble, 80, died April 1 at his home in Thornton,
Colo., from lung cancer.
Ruble was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Hotchkiss, Colo.
He was very proud of his years that he served in WWII in
the South Pacific.
Ruble was a fruit farmer before he came to Leadville,
working at Climax Molybdenum Mine until his retirement.
In 1972, he married Maurine Martin, who had three children
from a previous marriage (Kathleen, Colleen and Johnny).
He had two children from a previous marriage, Randall
Wade Ruble and Janice (Cooper) Ruble.
Anyone who knew him could see that he had a green
thumb: his lawn was his pride as well as his beautiful
Ruble plowed snow at Annunciation Church for several years.
About 13 years ago, the Rubles moved to Edgewater, Colo.,
and resided there until January 2004, when they moved to
Thornton. Ruble was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly
Ruble was preceded in death by his wife Maurine Ruble.
Ruble is survived by his children Janice (Dave) Cooper,
Lazear, Colo.; Randall Wade (Bella) Ruble, Leadville;
Kathleen (Jim) Andrews, Arvada; Colleen (Jerry) Ahlers,
Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y.; and John Ellis Ruble, Portland,
Ore.; grandchildren Forrest (Kim Lee) Cooper, Delta, Colo.;
Pamela Y. (Mike) Donoher, Leadville; Bryan E. (April) Ruble,
Grand Junction; Terri S. (Brian) Lake, Highlands Ranch,
Colo.; and Eric Andrews, Leadville; great grandchildren
Michael A. Ruble, Grand Junction; Justin C. Ruble, Frisco;
and Michael P. Donoher, Leadville.
Franklin Delano Escudero
Franklin Delano Escudero, 66, died April 21 at St. Vincent
Hospital in Leadville.
Escudero was born in Russell Springs, Kansas, on Sept. 16,
1937, to William and Marie (Potterf) Escudero.
"Frank," as he was known, grew up in Kansas but eventually
moved to Leadville where he made his home for the past 27
Escudero worked on the Eisenhower Tunnel and also on
various water projects, including the Twin Lakes Power
When asked what Escudero’s hobbies were, his brother,
Harry, replied, “Chasing women and stealing corn!” He was
also an avid hunter and fisherman.
Escudero was preceded in death by his parents; brother
Charlie Escudero; sister Wilma (John) Smith; and brother-inlaw
Escudero is survived by brothers Bill (Joyce) Escudero,
Cheyenne Wells, Colo.; and Harry Escudero, Leadville; sister
Louise Crisswell, Tennessee; sister-in-law Margaret Davis,
Castlerock, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation was held on April 22 at Bailey Funeral Home in
Leadville and then Escudero was taken to Cheyenne Wells,
Colo., for graveside services on April 24 at Fairview
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.