Edwin Hayes Queener
Edwin Hayes Queener died Monday, May 15, in Seattle,
Wash., from a cerebral aneurism the previous night. He was
84 years old.
Queener grew up in Bryte, Calif., a small town near
Sacramento, Calif. As a boy, he worked many jobs to help
support his mother and sisters, as their family struggled
through the Depression. He married his childhood friend
and high school sweetheart, Melba Pfyffer, in 1944. He
enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the outbreak of World War II
and spent more than 20 years as a submariner on the USS
Sunfish, Tunosa and Spinax. In the 1960s he transitioned to
nuclear-powered subs and served as a chief electronic
technician on the USS John Marshall. He retired from the
Navy in 1964.
Following a second career in civil service in Riverside, Calif.,
Queener moved with his wife to Leadville to watch their
grandchildren grow up. Having spent much of his time in
ocean depths, life in the Rocky Mountains took an upward
climb to 10,000 feet. He often referred to the 17 years
spent here as the best time in his life. This can be
attributed to the pleasure he took learning to ski at the age
of 62, membership in the gun club and bowling league, as
well as friendships with dear friends and neighbors.
Queener leaves his wife of 61 years, Mel Queener;
daughters Janice Shaw and Victoria Camp; sons-in-law Blair
Shaw and Harry Camp; grandchildren Kelly and Eddie
Camp, Miguel Martinez and his sister Jeanne Carver.
He will be remembered for his engaging humor, his
woodworking, the beautiful flowers he grew to give away,
and his courage, strength, kindness and generosity. Above
all else, Queener was a good man who believed in his
country and loved his family.
A graveside service was held at Port Blakely Cemetery on
Friday, May 19, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is
directing donations to Furrytale Farms, a not-for-profit
animal rescue, rehabilitation and adoption facility (7988
Lovgreen Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110; www.
William Edward Vosberg
William Edward Vosberg died Tuesday, May 23, at Northern
Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. He was 46 years old.
He was born in Leadville on Nov. 13, 1959. His parents are
Kenneth and Alzada (Talley) Vosberg.
Will, as he was known, went to school in Leadville and has
been living in Windsor for the past several years.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Keith, who
died in 1956.
Vosberg is survived by his parents and brothers, James
(Kathryn) Vosberg, Kenneth Charles Vosberg and Donald
Vosberg, all of Leadville.
Memorial services will be Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at
the Leadville Eagles Lodge at 9th and Hemlock streets.
Pastor Russell Baker will officiate.
Because of Vosberg’s love for animals, his family requests
that those wishing may make memorial contributions to the
Lake County Animal Shelter, c/o Hela Carpenter, P.O. Box
566, Leadville, CO 80461.
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Regina R. Harrington
Regina R. Harrington, 83, of Salida, died Monday, June 12,
at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.
Harrington was born June 16, 1922, in Leadville to Charles
and Mary (McGeehan) McGuire. All of Harrington’s brothers
and sisters were also born in Leadville. She had been a
resident of Salida since 1957.
June 16 was a cause for celebration in Harrington’s family,
since quite a few family members shared their birthdays
together. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
She is survived by her son, Doyle “Jerry” (P.J.) Harrington
Jr. of Salida, daughter Linda Harrington-Stone of Salida,
grandchildren Scott Harrington of Salida, Gwen (Jeff)
Militello of Fairmont, Minn., and Cameron (Jeani) Stone of
Salida. Harrington is also survived by her greatgrandchildren
Madison and Macy Militello of Fairmont, Minn.
and Jimmy and Tristin Stone of Salida and a very special
niece Joann Wall of Aurora.
Harrington was preceded in death by her parents, husband
Doyle Harrington, brothers Charles, Leo, Raymond and
Huey McGuire, sisters Dorothy Oelrich and Pat Agnes
Zoberski and a grandson Michael Harrington.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14, at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.,
Thursday, June 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.
The family requests that people omit flowers. Memorial
contributions can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.
Hazel A. “Pat” Kness
Hazel A. “Pat” Kness of Longmont, died Saturday, June 10, at
Longmont United Hospital. She was 93 years old.
Pat, as she was known to family and friends, was born Nov. 27,
1912, in Bethany, Ill., to Charley Sloan and Ivadene (Florey) Sloan.
At the age of 3, she moved with her family to Colorado. She grew
up between Wiggins and Ft. Morgan and later in Johnstown.
On April 7, 1929, she married
Charles Kness in Denver. The couple made their home in
Climax and Leadville before settling in Longmont in 1968.
As a homemaker, Kness worked hard to raise her five
children. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star,
Colorado Chapter #2, in Leadville and was later involved in
the Longmont chapter. She was also a member of the Past
Matrons Club. Kness volunteered for many years with Meals
on Wheels and had been a member of the Baptist Church in
She is survived by her sons, Charles R. (Rhea) Kness of
Grand Junction, and John J. Kness of Loveland; and
daughters, Betty Jean Held of Allentown, Pa., and Patricia
(Richard) Deulen of Poncha Springs. Ten grandchildren and
21 great-grandchildren survive her.
Kness was preceded in death by her parents; her husband
on January 14, 1972; her brother, Flavel “Flake” Sloan; and
a daughter, Jennifer Lambert.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 14, from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. at Howe Mortuary, Longmont. Funeral services
will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, at Howe
Mortuary. Interment will be in the Johnstown Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Longmont Meals on Wheels, 910
Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501. Share thoughts
and memories with the family at www.howemortuary.com.
Dick Webster – adventurer, academic, athlete, engineer,
companion, friend – was killed in a mountaineering accident
Sunday, June 4.
He was a resident of Leadville from 1979 to 1981 and an
instructor at Colorado Mountain College. He was also
affiliated with Colorado Outward Bound as a course
instructor and helped to develop the Trail 100 course with
He is survived by his wife Collette, mother Helen Webster,
sister Nancylee Berney, brother Glen Webster,
stepdaughters Katrina Roberts and Kimberly Foster,
granddaughter Mikada Davison and a great many friends.
A celebration of Webster’s life will be held Wednesday, June
21, at the Moab ValleyeInn, Moab, Utah, from 3 to 8 p.m.
For details visit www.dickwebster.com.
Betty A. Burch
Betty A. Burch, 69, of Grand Junction passed away June 17,
following a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 10, 1937, to Voll “Jack” and Juanita Newberry
Williams in Canon City. She married Frank Burch on Jan. 16, 1955.
Burch lived in Leadville until she and her husband relocated to
Grand Junction in 1983.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Burch; her children, David
J. (Ruthie) Burch and Dan J. Burch; grandchildren Megan
Burch, Shane and Ben Lange; siblings Bert (Phyllis)
Williams, Marty (Barbara) Williams and Ruth (Anton) Purkat.
Her brother Harden, sister Nell, two infant brothers and her
parents preceded her in death.
Burch was known for her great sense of humor and her
hearty laugh. She loved to cook and entertain her family
and friends. She also loved the outdoors, drag racing, the
Broncos and reading.
Mass of Christian Burial was to be held at St. Joseph’s
Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 21, with burial to
following at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.
Arrangements entrusted to Martin Mortuary.