Edward Beurman Larsh
Edward B. Larsh, 81, died Oct. 1, 2004, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., near his daughter, after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be announced at a later date.
Larsh – Leadvillites knew him as “Eddie-Boy” and “coach” – was born into an authentic pioneering family Dec. 28, 1922, in Leadville. His paternal grandfather, John Minor Larsh, came over Mosquito Pass in 1877 and settled in as a professional gambler at the famous Pioneer Bar; he no doubt played poker with Doc Holliday. He died in 1900. Edward Larsh’s father was the pressman and job printer at the Herald Democrat for 20 years and for 20 years a sole proprietor of Ed’s Printing House. The building is now Bill’s Sport Shop on 3rd and Harrison Avenue. The Ed Larsh family resided at 520 West 6th St. from 1927 until 1947, and then moved to 3rd and Harrison Avenue. Larsh was one of the very good athletes of Leadville, a Leadville Panther. He also coached and played for the Varsity Cleaners, a championship Leadville softball team. Once in college at Western State, he continued in athletics, serving as fullback on the football team.After a colorful life growing up in Leadville, he graduated from Leadville High School and went on to graduate from Western State College in Gunnison, Stanford University and the University of Northern Colorado where he received his Ph.D. in the field of education. From 1942 to 1946 Larsh served as an aerial engineer in World War II.
Larsh was a devoted, passionate and active fan of life. He sought opportunities, took chances and embraced challenges that aimed at making society a better place; a great influence has been made on many who knew him. He coached varsity basketball and taught senior social studies at Monterey High School from 1949 to 1965 and later served as a Peace Corps director in Malawi, Africa, with his wife, Jane. He served as a senior program officer for the U.S. Department of Education and was a consultant with the Far West Educational Laboratory in San Francisco. His hobbies included mountain climbing, skiing, reading, writing and directing – anything and everything.
He has published “Take the Aspen Train, A History of Changing Values and Railroads in Colorado,” “Leadville U.S.A,” an oral history of his hometown in Colorado, 1880-1994, which was followed by his play at the Tabor Opera House. A Leadville U.S.A. mural was painted on the brick wall across from the opera house. Most recently Larsh wrote and published “Doc’s Lab, Myth & Legends of Cannery Row.
”Larsh divided most of his later years between living and writing in Monterey, Calif., and at his home in Carbondale, Colo.
Larsh’s enthusiasm, creativity and guidance will be greatly missed by his daughter Skye and son-in-law Douglas Hessing of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; loving mother of Skye, Barbara Larsh; brothers Jack of San Jose, Calif., and Donald of Ft. Collins, Colo.; sister Thelma McMillin of Angels Camp, Calif.; and his aunt, Julia Beurman of Leadville. His second wife, Jane O’Herron Larsh, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Gerald L. Bellhouse
Gerald L. Bellhouse, 74, a long-time Leadville resident, died in Winter Haven, Fla., on Nov. 5, 2004, of heart failure. He was born June 6, 1930, in Canada.
A hard-rock miner and mechanic, Bellhouse enjoyed dancing, playing pool, singing, hunting and fishing. He was a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason.
He was preceded in death by his son Scott Bellhouse.
He is survived by daughter Carol Bellhouse, Leadville; son Russell Bellhouse, Leadville; daughter Ilene Wagoner, Sun Valley, Ariz.; ex-wife Irma Vansickle Harris, Dundas, Ontario; and nine grandchildren, Whitney and Mike Horstman; John and Taylor Bellhouse; and Bryce, Nevada, Rietta, Elaina and Buddy Wagoner.
Anthony Bernard Cavalli
Anthony Bernard Cavalli, 53, of Buena Vista, died in Denver on Nov. 7, 2004. Cavalli was born April 30, 1951, in Leadville to Alfred and Patricia Cavalli.He attended St. Mary’s School 1st – 8th grade, during which time he was an altar boy for St. Joseph Church; Hays Military School (Kansas) 9th – 10th grade; and graduated from Lake County High School in 1969.He served in the U. S. Navy for two years and studied for a lab tech degree in Minnesota, also for two years.In 2001, he married Pamela Orton.
Cavalli was employed with many local companies, including
St. Vincent Hospital, Climax Mine, Leadville Police Dept., and Colorado Department of Corrections, retiring from the last in 2003 as a lieutenant after 23 years. He was involved in many community groups including St. Rose of Lima Church, current volunteer for the Arkansas Valley Christian Mission Station in making gift bags, volunteer for Angel of Shavano Hospice, and for many of the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce functions.He enjoyed Bible studies, the outdoors including hunting with his son and brothers, fly tying, fishing, horseback riding, ranching, hiking with his wife, traveling, splitting wood and laying carpet.
Cavalli was preceded in death by his parents; and other aunts and uncles.Cavalli is survived by his wife Pam Cavalli, Buena Vista; daughters Tammy Cavalli; and Rachael (John) Ayers, both of Leadville; son Randy Cavalli, Leadville; mother of his children Rosemary Hren Cavalli; stepdaughter Kristy Orton, Boulder; granddaughter Caitlyn Ayers, Leadville; grandson Andrew Ayers, Leadville; sister Janet (Dave) Miller, Marysville, Wash.; brothers Bob (Annie) Cavalli, Pueblo; Tom (Gelane) Cavalli, Lincoln, Kan.; Patrick (Carrie) Cavalli, Wheatland, Wyo.; and Mike (Heather) Cavalli, Lisco, Neb.; aunts Mary Koucherick, Leadville; and Thora Jorgensen, Albuquerque, N.M.; uncle Bill Atteberry, Albany, Calif.; brothers- and sisters-in-law Patricia and Robert Matz, Cañon City; Fred and Karen Javernick, Cañon City; Chuck and Carol Javernick, Westminster; and Dave and Angie Jones, Florence; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m., both at St. Rose of Lima Church.Private cremation will be held following the services.
Donations may be made to the Asthma Foundation.
Arrangements by Runyan Mortuary.
Wando Gene Farris
Wando Gene Farris, 68, died Nov. 3 at his home in Leadville. Farris was born in Alton, Mo., on Nov. 18, 1935, to Clyde and Maggie (Connor) Farris. He went to school in Alton and then on June 9, 1961, married the former Betty Silvey in Ava, Mo. In May of 1962 they moved to Leadville where Farris went to work for the Climax Molybdenum Mine; he retired from the mine in 1986.Farris enjoyed watching football, fishing and country music, but his real passion was horses. He loved watching horse racing and spending time with his own horses.
Farris was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Matrid Williams.
Farris is survived by his wife Betty, Leadville; children Dian Farris, Thornton; Steve Farris, Colorado Springs; and Darin Farris, Silverthorne; grandchildren Jodi, Aaron and Zoe Farris; and sisters Bonnie Breedlove, Betty Jo Mahon, Wilma Jean Lakey and Peggy Evans, all in Missouri; and Martha Frazier, Arkansas. He is also survived by 34 nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Frank Anderson of the Mountain Crest Baptist Church in Leadville officiated, and musicians were Chuck, Vanita and Rebekah Talley.
Farris was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darin Farris, Duane Gonzales, Tony Romero, Monta Lykins, Paul Garvin and Brian Pesterfield. Honorary pallbearer was Junior Evans.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Lewis Leroy “Bill” Shaffner
Lewis Leroy “Bill” Shaffner, 89, died Nov. 9 at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville.
Shaffner is survived by his former wife and long-time companion Peggy Shaffner, Brighton; children Patty Diedrich, Buena Vista; and Skeets (Jan) Irby, Brighton; sister Lola Ricketts, Pierre, S.D.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
According to his wishes, Shaffner will be cremated; no local services will be held.
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.