From Rio Blanco County, Colorado:
Robert (Bob) Sullivan
June 1, 1916 ~ November 28, 2003
Robert (Bob) Sullivan, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Nov. 28, 2003, at the Valley Manor nursing home in Montrose. Sullivan was born in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., on June 1, 1916.
Sullivan and his family farmed in eastern Colorado. Life was a struggle in those days and he had to leave high school to help support his family by serving in the Civilian Conservation Corp.
He worked from 1934 to 1936 in the CCC working in such places as Woody Creek near Aspen. He returned to Cheyenne Wells where he was graduated from high school in 1937.
On Dec. 23, 1939, Sullivan married Viola Hicks, in Goodland, Kan. In 1943, Bob, Viola and their two children, Marilyn and Robert, moved to Meeker and soon after Bob enlisted in the Navy.
He returned from the war in 1945 and worked in the oilfields in Wilson Creek, near Meeker and Worland, Wyo. In 1947, Sullivan and his family moved to Rangely where he worked for Chevron Oil.
A third child, Russ, was born in 1948.
Sullivan retired in 1976 as a production foreman. In Rangely he was a faithful and active member of the Christian church and served many years as elder.
Upon retirement Bob and Viola moved to Montrose and joined the Montrose Christian Church.
Sullivan was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Sadie Sullivan, his sisters, Tressa and Mabel, and his beloved wife, Viola, and daughter, Marilyn.
Surviving family members are sons Robert and wife, Joyce, of Fort Mill, S.C., and Russ and wife, Sheila, of Montrose, his brother Joe of Meeker, his grandchildren Bruce Parish of Baltimore, Md., Dan Parrish of Denver, Stacey McKeithan, Alex Sullivan, Jennifer Sullivan all of Fort Mill and Matthew Sullivan of Seattle, Wash., and two great-grandchildren Emily McKeithan and Georgia Sullivan.
The funeral was held Dec. 3 at the Montrose Christian Church.
Timothy R. Welle
August 9, 1975 ~ November 21, 2003
Timothy R. Welle, 28, of Chalmette, La., formerly of Meeker, died Nov. 21, 2003, in Chalmette.
Welle was born Aug. 9, 1975, in Meeker, the son of Dick and Cindy (Goedert) Welle. He was raised in Meeker and was graduated from Meeker High School with the class of 1993. While in high school he wrestled for two years. Shortly after his graduation, Welle enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country for four years, in Hawaii, Asia and in the Persian Gulf following the collapse there.
After his discharge, he worked for Arrowhead in Lamar, doing line construction, then for The Peterson Company in electrical sales in Denver before becoming a partner in Applied Power Services. After Welle “retired” from APS, he moved around and did odd jobs until September of this year when he went to work offshore in Louisiana for Superior Energy.
Welle was an adventurous person who had a sense of humor that was unequalled. He loved to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing and boating. It never mattered to Welle what he was doing as long as he was going fast. He enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his parents, one brother Jake and his wife Abby, his paternal grandmother, Doris Welle and his maternal grandparents Joe and Frances Goedert, all of Meeker. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Connie and Tom Edwards of Gardner, Kan., Wendy and Greg Garrett, Billy and Tasha Goedert, Terry and Dee Ann Goedert, all of Meeker; Tom and Shona Welle of Westminster and Bill and Ruth Welle of Englewood. Numerous cousins and a host of friends, fellow military servicemen and electrical line workers throughout the world also survive him.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday from Fairfield Community Center in Meeker. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Timothy R. Welle Memorial Fund at First National Bank of the Rockies. Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Joseph David Williams
Joseph David Williams, 8, of Wellington, Colo., died Nov. 24 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. He was born May 21, 1995, in Fort Collins and at the time of his death was a third grader at Eyestone Elementary School in Wellington.
He is survived by his parents Scott and Carrieann Thomas Williams, a sister Brittany, a brother Matthew, grandparents Ted and Mary Ann Williams of Meeker, Julie and Bruce Suter of Corvallis, Ore., and David and Helen Thomas of Deary, Idaho and great-grandmother Doris Pool of Mesa, Ariz.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday from Cochran Memorial Chapel with interment to following in Highland Cemetery.
Additional funeral services were held Wednesday in Fort Collins.
Funeral services for well-known Meeker resident Pia Bjerregaard will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Fairfield Community Center. Private family interment services will follow. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Pia Bjerregaard Memorial Fund at First National Bank of the Rockies.
A native of Denmark, Bjerregaard was a patient care technician at Pioneers Hospital. She is survived by her three children, Ann Marie Nielsen and her fiancee Gene Scritchfield, Alan Nielsen and his wife Becca, Kent Nielsen and his wife Marci, all of Meeker, six grandchildren, Mason, Tristan, Daylon, Derek, Denee and Kaysyn and two brothers, Hans and Frank, both of Denmark.
A complete obituary will follow in the next edition of the Herald Times.
December 30, 1917 ~ November 9, 2003
Elry Kincher passed away on Nov. 9, 2003, at Pioneers Hospital.
Born Dec. 30, 1917, to Arthur and Alice Kincher, Elry grew up and attended school in Meeker. He worked for several different ranchers around Meeker in the summers.
He enlisted in the Army in 1942. He received his basic training in the states and then was stationed in England for three years. He was an airplane mechanic. He returned to Meeker after the war was over and went back to ranching with his father. Later he was in partnership with his brother Edward operating the family ranch. In 1960 he bought Edward out and was on his own.
In 1946 he married Betty Warren. To this union were born four children: Lois, Allen, Russell and Fay.
Kincher did all his own repairs on the machinery and the buildings. He understood the cattle business and raised exceptionally good quality cattle. He never had a hired hand; his wife and children helped him with the haying. He leased Margaret Isaac’s ranch next to the Kincher place for 29 years. He sold the Kincher ranch in 1979. They saved some acreage from the ranch and Kincher and his two sons built a new home there. This has been their home for 23 years. Kincher was a quiet person and had a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Betty; a daughter Lois (Ben) Williams of Torrington, Wyoming; sons Russell (Becky) Kincher of Fort Collins and Fay (Stacie) Kincher of Meeker; sister Lorraine Findlay of Meeker; four grandchildren, Laurie (Shad) Jackson of Vernal, Utah; Lance (Colette) Sizemore of Helena, Montana; Brian Kincher and Jeniffer Kincher; a great granddaughter, Britni Rich and a great grandson, Dace Rich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Allen, a sister Edith Humble and one brother Edward.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 12 from Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker. Interment with military honors followed in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Pioneers Hospital Memorial Fund.
Cochran Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
Margaret M. Rassi Romersberger
December 6, 1913 ~ November 4, 2003
Margaret M. Rassi Romersberger, 89, of Morton, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 4 , 2003. She was born Dec. 6, 1913. She was married to Orville Romersberger on Jan. 26, 1974, in Grand Junction. They made their home in Meeker until his death in November of 1994, after which she returned to Morton. She will long be remembered for her generous hospitality and love of playing bridge.
Surviving are two stepsons, Gary (and Linda) Romersberger of Grand Junction, David (and Carol) Romersberger of Palmyra, Mo., two stepdaughters, Kay (and Larry) Bowen of Texas, Susie (and Les) Sprod of Meeker; Four brothers and three sisters survive, as well as five step grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and 36 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and seven sisters.
Services were held in Morton, Ill., on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003.