From Garfield County, Colorado:
Dicksie Ruth Bussell
October 3, 1925-May 11, 2000
Dicksie Ruth Bussell, 74, of Farmington passed away on May 11, 2000 at San Juan Regional in Farmington, New Mexico. She was born Oct. 3, 1925 in Pueblo, Colo. to Ben and Elsie McClung.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Keith McClung. She moved to Silt when she was six years old. She married Gene A. Bussell on Dec. 31, 1942. They celebrated their 58th anniversary in 1999.. They lived in Rifle until they moved to New Mexico in 1973 and lived in Kirtland until 1992, then moved to Farmington. Dicksie worked for different doctors in Farmington as an insurance clerk until retirement.
Survivors included husband Gene A. Bussell of Farmington, Gene E. Bussell and wife Linda of Farmington; Jerry L. Bussell and wife Jerilee of Farmington; Judy R. Johnson and husband Don of Aztec; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Roy McClung and wife Stella of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Don McClung and wife Karen of Silt, Riley McClung of Silt, and sister Carol Sanger of Yuba City, Calif.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wed. May 17 at the First Baptist Church in Aztec, New Mexico. There will also be a memorial service on Fri., May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Rifle. Reverend Dene Johnson officiating. Arrangements are with Lee & Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Foundation would be appreciated.
James W. Babcock
James W. Babcock passed away May 8, 2000 at the Colorado Veteran's Hospital in Rifle, Colorado. He was 80 .
Mr. Babcock was born in Lamport, Colorado in 1919. He moved to Rifle in 1988 from Canon City, Colorado. Mr. Babcock served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He is survived by two sons, David and Bob Babcock; two sisters, Maxine Spurll, and Jean Porter; a brother, Richard Babcock; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his wife Betty Babcock.
Loretta Rose Goodrich
November 15, 1928-May 11, 2000
Loretta Rose Goodrich passed away Thursday, May 11 at her home in Rifle, Colorado. She was 71. Ms. Goodrich was born November 15, 1928 to Lawrence Milner and Grace Stone Milner of Cripple Creek, Colorado. On June 3, 1947, she married Richard Williams who proceeded her in death on April 11, 1971. Loretta moved to Rifle, Colorado in 1965 where she worked as a bank teller at the First National Bank. Loretta then worked several years for Jack Goodrich as a book keeper, who she later re-married.
Loretta enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with friends. She also enjoyed supporting and sponsoring softball teams and was a great fan of the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies.
Ms. Goodrich is survived by a son and daughter, Scott Williams of Grand Junction, Colorado and Carol Land of Clifton Hill, Missouri; son-in-law Kelvin Land; step-son John Goodrich of Parker, Colorado; grandchildren Jason Jacoby of Seattle, Washington, Eryn Jacoby of Dallas, Texas, Travis nd Dane Land of Fayette, Missouri, Kellie Land of Kansas City, Missouri, Derek Williams and twin grand daughters Devyn and Daniele Williams of Grand Junction, Colorado; nephew Mark Moulton of Junea, Alaska.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 at the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Rifle at 11:00 a.m. There will be a small reception beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church for anyone who would wish to attend.
William Edward Wimmer
May 30, 1927-May 20, 2000
William "Bill" Edward Wimmer passed away Saturday, May 20, 2000, of natural causes at the age of 72.
William was born May 30, 1927 to Thomas George Wimmer and Ruth Kolodzej of Kansas City, Missouri. He spent most of his childhood in the Miller area in Kansas. William married Dorthy Shakespear on April 4, 1956 in Pioche, Nev. He resided at 0442 County Road 346, in Rifle and had been a Rifle resident since 1960.
William worked many years in oil fields and later became a rancher and farmer. He served aboard the U.S.S. Shields during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was also a 57-year member of the Masonic Lodge-VFW.
William's interests were ham radio, procurement of "used merchandise" from farm sales and dreaming. He always enjoyed practical jokes and was known to be cantankerous and argumentative at times. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
William was survived by his wife, Dorthy Wimmer of Rifle, a son, Warren (Lois) Wimmer of Green River, Wyo., daughters, Patti (Dan) Buzzell of Paonia and Peggy Wimmer of Memphis, Tenn., and a whole bunch of grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 2:00 p.m., at the Divide Creek Cemetery in Silt. Family members will be officiating the service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tenn., 38105.
Rodney Kent Guccini
December 7, 1949 - May 27, 2000
At the age of 50, Rod Guccini passed away at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Fruita to William T. Guccini and Donna L. Guccini, long time residents of the area, Rod attended Hawthorn Elementary School in Grand Junction and was a graduate of Glenwood Springs High School.
In 1968, he enlisted in the United States Air Force proudly serving his country with the 460th TRW at Tan Sen Nhut Air Base during the Vietnam War. Upon his return, Rod completed an apprenticeship with UA Local 145 Plumbers & Pipefitters. He continued working in the trade to become a master plumber, contractor, and was a former owner of Irrigation By Design and I.B.D. Plumbing & Heating in Glenwood Springs. Rod's confident smile and hard work ensured a customer's job well done, and with his guidance, he made it possible for many apprentices to learn the plumbing and irrigation trades.
Rod and Kerry Elizabeth Kuyrkendall were united in marriage October 30, 1987, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels, Texas. Rod and Kerry enjoyed motor home travel, playing golf, and exploring the cherished beauty of the Rockies. Rod's bold spirit is personified in these rugged mountains he called home.
Including his wife Kerry, Rod survived by daughter Nichole Guccini of Tucson, son Travis Guccini of Glenwood Springs and their mother Jorgeanne Guccini. Also surviving are parents William T. Guccini and Donna L. Guccini, grandmother Mrs. E. A. Hiatt, all of Grand Junction and brothers Randy Guccini of Cedaredge and Toby Guccini of Silt.
A memorial service was held Saturday, June 3, 2000, at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary Chapel with Timothy Paul Kuyrkendall officiating.
The profound illness which Rod fought to conquer has been determined by the Department of Veteran's Affairs and the Veterans Administration to be related to agent orange exposure during the Vietnam War. In recognition of Rod's efforts during this war, the family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, c/o James J. Doody, 442 City View Lane, Grand Junction, CO 81503, (970) 242-0073.
Irene Janet Wood passed away June 1, 2000 in Rifle, Colorado. She was 80 years old. Ms. Wood was a resident of the Colorado State Veteran's Home in Rifle. A life-long resident of the area, she graduated from New Castle High School. Ms. Wood also served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
She is survived by a brother, James Wood of Kansas; nieces Inez Bergerson of Mobile, AL and Pearl Knight of Silt, CO; and nephew Harold Nelson of Brookings, OR.