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Lake County, Colorado Obituary Collection

Lake County, Colorado Obituary Collection - 2006 - 15

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Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2010, at 4:49 p.m.

Robert (Bob) Joseph Coquoz
Robert (Bob) Joseph Coquoz, 76, died Sept. 28, at his home
in Grand Junction. He was surrounded by his family the last
few days of his life.
Coquoz was born in Denver. He was the third-generation Coquoz
who had lived in Leadville and operated the Rocky Mountain
dairy; he attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from
Leadville High School in 1947.
He met Helen Machay while visiting relatives in Denver and
knew at that moment they would spend the rest of their
lives together. He married her in 1953 and then went into
the Army and fought in the Korean War.
The couple had three children, Debbie (Shuey), Robert and
David Coquoz. Anyone who knew Coquoz knew how
important his family was to him. He was a family man. He
spent weekends with his family on Jeep rides, fishing and
camping while his children where growing up. All three of
his children love the outdoors to this day.
Coquoz delivered milk from the time he returned from the
war until the Rocky Mountain Dairy closed its doors in 1980.
He enjoyed visiting with people and never minded the
“emergency” deliveries on Saturday and Sunday. People
often would see him giving treats to the customers’ dogs.
Throughout most of Coquoz’ life, his Uncle Andre (Koke)
and family friend John Dornick lived with the family. When
Coquoz’ wife died suddenly in 1990, he continued to care
for his Uncle Andre until Andre died in 1993. At that time,
due to poor health, Coquoz had to move to a lower altitude.
He lived in Battlement Mesa for six years and then lived in
Grand Junction for the last seven years.
Coquoz loved music and had a high-school band that he
and his sister, Evelyn Berthod, played in. Their band never
had a name, but their theme song was “Four Leaf Clover.”
He had a beautiful voice and often at family gatherings
there were impromptu “jam” sessions. Music was a very
important part of his life.
Coquoz also loved to write poetry. Whether it was a
birthday, anniversary or another special event, he would
write a poem and surprise the person with a poem in a
card. He never forgot a family member’s birthday or
Coquoz was preceded in death by his beloved wife, his
parents Rene and Bertha Coquoz, infant brother Robert
Rene, and his grandson Jared Shuey. He is survived by his
children: Debbie (Curt) Shuey of Kenai, Alaska; Robert
(Sue) Coquoz of Meeker; and David (Kim) Coquoz of Grand
Junction; his sister Evelyn (Jim) Berthod; and his
grandchildren, Jason, Kristlynn, Jesse, Jeremy and Jordan
Coquoz; and nephew Jim (Jill) Berthod.
The family requests that any donations be made in memory
of his grandson Jared and sent to the Jared Shuey Memorial
Fund, c/o Debbie Shuey, 35077 Kalifornsky Beach Road,
Kenai, AK 99611.

Audrey Joyce Sharp Knight
Audrey Joyce Sharp Knight died Thursday, Oct. 12, at her
home in Leadville. She was 76 years old.
She was born in Grand Island, Neb., on Oct. 21, 1929. Her
parents were the late Benjamin and Adeline (Kirkpatrick)
On Jan. 1, 1950, she married James W. Knight in Grand
Island where they continued to live until 1960 when they
moved to Climax. James Knight went to work for the Climax
Molybdenum Mine and Audrey Knight raised their family of
three children. In 1964 they purchased their home on Mt.
Harvard where she continued to live.
Knight loved to crochet. Her family will always cherish the
many works of art she created with her crochet hook.
Knight was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved
husband of 541¤2 years who died in 2004, brother Kenneth
Zornes, sister Alice Ross and grandson Frank James
She is survived by three children, Mike Knight in Nebraska,
Penny Garland in Tennessee and Kitty Knight in
Carbondale; two brothers, Howard Zornes in California and
Carl Sharp in Nebraska; sister Melva Bohl in California; six
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren as well as several
very special friends and neighbors.
Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Bailey Funeral
Home Chapel in Leadville. The Reverend Russell Baker
officiated. Knight was taken to Grand Island, Neb., where
graveside services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the
Phillips Cemetery in Phillips, Neb. The Reverend Jack
Sample officiated, and Knight was laid to rest next to her
beloved husband.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

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