Virginia Lea Griego
Virginia Lea Turnbull Griego, 54, died on April 10, 2005, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born in Gilman, Colo., on Oct. 17, 1950, to Margaret and Leonard Turnbull.On May 16, 1966, she married Remigio A. Griego. They lived in Leadville for 24 years and then moved to Elko, Nev.She was preceded in death by her father Leonard Ira Turnbull; sister Beverly Pena; and son Ray Leonard Griego.Griego is survived by her husband Ray Griego of nearly 39 years; daughter Cheryl (Lee) Garcia, Elko, Nev.; son Scott (Cathy) Griego, Leadville, Colo.; daughter Tara (Juan) Sandoval, Spring Creek, Nev.; grandchildren Nicholas, Kevin, Cameron and Lee, Elko, Nev.; David, Joseph and Chantelle, Leadville; Andreana and Anthony, Spring Creek, Nev.; great grandchildren Angel and Antwone, Elko, Nev.; sisters Leona (Gilbert) Martinez, Colorado; Tito Pena, Colorado; Grace (Dan) Mills, Texas; and Debbie (George) DeVries, Michigan; brothers Leonard; Eddie (Elaine) Turnbull; and Charlie (Jenelle) Turnbull, all of Colorado.A memorial service was held at the Annunciation Catholic Church on April 15, 2005.
Thomas E. Burns
Thomas E. Burns, 84, passed away April 29, 2005, at Columbine Manor, Salida.He was born on May 11, 1920, to Ora Pearl and Robert Dana Burns, in Fredricktown, Mo. His family moved to southern Colorado when he was a young boy, and eventually to Climax. He graduated from Leadville High School in 1938.He met his wife, Dorothy, while living in the boarding house her parents owned in Boulder. They were married on Aug. 6, 1940. Burns served in the U.S. Army during WW II, stationed in the Aleutian Islands.After serving in the army, he and his wife returned to Colorado, and eventually to Climax, where Burns was employed as a bookkeeper/clerk. The family moved to Leadville in 1957, where they resided until his retirement from Climax. The couple loved to travel. They explored the western United States, Canada and Alaska. He also enjoyed fly-fishing, reading and camping.His wife and a grandson preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Thomas N. (Penny) Burns of Carlsbad, N.M., his daughters D'Ann Ague of Thornton, Colo., Dana (Eldon) Jensen of Denver, Sherri (Bob) Hillis of Salida, eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.At his request, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ark-Valley Humane Society, care of Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
Rex "Skip" Welton Emery, Jr.
Rex "Skip" Welton Emery, Jr. died April 29, 2005, at his home in Silverthorne. He was 58.Emery was born Oct. 29, 1946, in Danville, Va. His family later resided in Scottsbluff, Neb., and in 1963, the family moved to Leadville. He graduated from Lake County High School in 1965 and later from Adams State College in 1970.Following his college graduation, he returned to Leadville, where he resided until 1984.He then moved to Summit County, where he was employed at Eddie Bears in Silverthorne. He later was a bookkeeper at the Conoco in Dillon.Emery was a very active member of the Elks. He joined the Elks on Sept. 19, 1968, and was later elected exalted ruler on Sept. 18, 1988. He was active in both the Leadville and the Silverthorne lodges.He is survived by his mother, C. Jean Emery Sullivan of Westminster, Colo.; his sister, Sharon Emery-Johnstone of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; two brothers, Bruce C. Emery of Westminster and Mark P. Emery of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; step-brother Mike Sullivan, and step-sisters Kami Sullivan Del Norte and Marti Sullivan. Other family members include Travis Bartell of Commerce City, Colo.; Rex C. Emery of Arvada, Colo.; Carrieann Stutz of Broomfield; Tamara Bartell of Greeley; and Heather Mason of Colorado Springs.A memorial service was held Saturday, May 7, at the Silverthorne Elks Lodge. A reception followed. Services are under the direction of Rocky Mountain Funeral Home of Breckenridge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Silverthorne Elks Lodge or the Leadville Elks Lodge.
Gus J. Paustian
Gus J. Paustian died Friday, April 29, at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville.
Paustian was 83 years old. He was born in Denver on Dec. 25, 1921. His parents were the late Henry and Alvena Paulson Paustian.Paustian went to school in Denver, graduating from West High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and had the distinct honor of serving as an aide to the then secretary of state at the Peace Conference in San Francisco.Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Paustian returned to Denver. After a visit to Leadville, Paustianís love of the mountains kept him in Leadville. He worked at the Resurrection Mine for a short time and then became an employee of the Climax Molybdenum Mine in the accounting and personnel departments, followed by a number of years at the ASARCO (Black Cloud) Mine.Paustian was proud of his military service and became the Lake County veteranís service officer. In this capacity he helped many a veteran with service benefits.On June 14, 1947, Paustian married the former Emma J. Vidrik in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville.Paustian loved astronomy and enjoyed studying the stars and their movements. He also was quite a craftsman and, like many in Leadville, spent much of his retirement working on the family home.The Paustians loved sweet peas and planted them every year. A summer ride around Leadville was not complete without a pass by the Paustian home to see their latest crop.Paustian was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Leadville Elkís Lodge #236.He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Eloise Quickenstet and Bernice Davidson, and two brothers, Howard and Elmer Paustian.Paustian is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Emma, in Leadville, three brothers, Henry (Jane) Paustian, in California, Millard (Margaret) Paustian in Wyoming and Robert Paustian in Arizona. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law and many beloved nieces and nephews.The Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Jay Jung officiated with committal services by the officers of the Elkís Lodge. Joan Dawson & Larry Brady sang, accompanied by Beverly Pologar.Paustian was laid to rest in Elkís Rest Cemetery with military honors by the United States Air Force. Pallbearers were Kenny MacLennan, Joe Hren, Robert Vigil, Andy Borrego, Ray Dawson and Carl Schaefer.Following the interment, the Elkís Lodge hosted a reception.Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
John Jay Shroyer
John Jay Shroyer was born Dec. 6, 1978, in Leadville. He attended public schools in Scottsdale, Ariz., and was an honor graduate of Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, 1997. He attended the University of Arizona and Paradise Valley Community College and attained degrees in computer science and technology.He was an exceptional artist and athlete, had an exceptional sense of humor, loved his immortal life style and loved his motorcycle rocket which took his life May 6, 2005.He is survived by his parents, Connie and Don Shroyer, and brother, Thomas Jay Shroyer. Every year of his short life was a blessing to his family and friends.
Marjorie Elizabeth Wenman
Marjorie Elizabeth Wenman, 70, Buena Vista, died in the Heart of the Rockies Regional Center on May 9, 2005. A memorial service will be Thursday, May 12, at Runyan Mortuary in Buena Vista at 10 a.m. Private cremation will be held.