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Cortez Journal Obituaries - Nov - Dec 2001
Cortez Journal

Obituaries
Jan - Feb  2005 


Mary Marguerite Allmond
Jonathan C. Ames
Kevin 'Kip' Archibeque
Glenn Lenord Baker
Tana Renae Black
Troy Lawson Bowling
Christopher William Brunk
Rita Jeanne Burke
Faustina Ann 'Frosty' Cumpton
James Howard Daves
Florence Julian Downey
Clifford House Eagle
Annie Pontino Fish
Bonnie Joan Forest
John Samuel Foster
George Raymond Geer
Dick  "Red" Greer
Thomas W. Hansen
Donald Junior Harrison
Marcell Hopkins
Patricia Ellen 'Patti' Hover
Robert Huckabay
Iva Hutton
Abraham  "Joe" Jackson
Merl LeRoy James
Mary Frances Johnson
Hazel Maureen Lee
Betty Lou 'Helen' Leonard
Barbara Joann Linnens

 


Bobby Marshall
Shaun Michael McAndrew
Ava Meador
Walter James Moffitt
Nona Lynn Moore
Jon Allison Pilon
Bradley Hastings Record
Cecil Albert Rice
Joyce Butler Robb
Ralph Edward Robbins
G. Wayne Rust
Donny Yazzie Shaggy
John Howard Searle
Harold Joseph Shipman
Marjory Coppinger Smith
William M. 'Bill' Sprenger
Carmen Arriola Stonesifer
Bernard C. 'Benny' Stramel
John O'Brien Thomas
Scott Martin Thornsberry
Robert John Torok
Willis Lewton Walton
Tunney Francis Waterman
Glen Watmore
Martha E. West
Wayne Eugene White
Zena Rae Whitener

 

Dr. Martin J. Dale

Martin J. Dale of Hemet, Calif., died Feb. 26, 2005 at Redlands Health Center at the age of 82. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. March 4 at the Panorama Village Center in Hemet.

Dr. Dale was born Oct. 8, 1922 in Hanover, Pa., to Norman and Peggy Dale. He was raised in Colorado Springs and Denver. He was an Air Force veteran, spending time in Europe during World War II. He practiced optometry in Cortez from 1949-1975.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene, of 40 years; three daughters, Donna Livingston of Phoenix, Ariz.; Marsha Beach; and Marti McNamee of Grand Junction, Colo.; three stepchildren, Holly Alm of Grand Junction; Jody and Bill Blackmer of Cortez; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother, Robert Dale; and granddaughter, Debbie.

For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Abraham Joseph "Joe" Jackson

Memorial services for longtime Dolores resident Abraham Joseph "Joe" Jackson will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 26 at the American Legion.

Burial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3 at Pleasanton Memorial Gardens in Pleasanton, Calif.

He was born Feb. 13, 1928, in El Dorado, Kan., to Abraham Joseph and Myrtle Ballinger (Hawn) Jackson. He died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at his home in Dolores at the age of 77.

A Navy veteran, he was a member of the American Legion. He was an avid reader and historian. Some favorite pastimes were hunting and watching movies.

Surviving are children, Wally Jackson and wife, Jain, of Corralitos, Calif.; Cary Jackson of Fort Collins, Colo.; Teresa Stine and husband, Eric, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Wade Jackson and wife, Lauren, of Pleasanton, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Wally Jackson, Jr.; Jennifer Jackson; Matthew Jackson; Celeste Jackson; Giorgia Terry; Ian Terry; Chelsea Jackson; and Connor Jackson; and siblings, Loral Jackson and husband, Roland; and Arlin Dean Jackson.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife of 40 years, Vaden Jesteen Jackson; and siblings, Viola Jackson and Roy Jackson.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Montezuma or to the American Legion. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section.  Top of Page  

John Howard Searle

John Howard Searle, 48, of Great Falls, Mont. died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005. He was born August 3, 1956 in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Charles M. and Elizabeth (Stanton) Searle.

Raised in Cortez, he graduated from MCHS in 1975. After graduation from college, he moved to Montana where he worked with livestock for the Broken O Ranch.

Surviving are his parents, Charles and Betty Searle of Cortez; his siblings, Charlie Searle and wife, Julie, of Denver, Colo.; Tom Searle and wife, Cathy, of New River, Ariz.; and Ann Philpott and husband, Cam, of Denver, Colo; nephews and niece, Charles Searle of Prairieville, Kan; Daniel Searle of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Alex, Jack and Catherine Philpott of Denver; cousins, Caroline Reed of Santa Fe, N.M.; Elizabeth Hamilton, Cathy Hamilton and Barbara Hamilton all of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Tracy Maupin, Stan Maupin and Suzzanne Maupin all of the San Francisco Bay area, Calif.; and aunts and uncle, Jacklyn Maupin of San Mateo, Calif., and Gerald and Phyllis Hamilton of Edgewood, N.M.

The Ertel Funeral Home is assisting arrangements. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section.  Top of Page  

Jonathan C. Ames

J.C. Ames, 25, of Dolores, and former Homer, Neb., and Meriden, Iowa area resident, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005 in Utah, in an auto accident.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Larry Ostercamp will officiate. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery. Memorial services will be held in Cortez on March 3, 2005.

He was born Feb. 23, 1979 in Cherokee, Iowa, to Dale and Carol (Darr) Ames. He graduated from Homer High School, Homer, Neb., in 1997. He was active in track and football his junior and senior years and played basketball and baseball all four years of high school. He attended DMAC College in Boone and Midland Lutheran College in Fremont where he played baseball. He was a salesman at the Ford dealership in Cortez. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, playing any type of sports and loved to wrestle with his nephews and nieces.

Surviving are his father, Dale R. Ames of Cherokee, Iowa; his mother, Carol Ames of South Sioux City, Neb.; two brothers, Brian Ames of Sheldon, Iowa; Alan Ames and wife, Amy, of St. Paul, Minn.; maternal grandmother, Mildred Darr of Sutherland, Iowa; sister-in-law, Angie Ames of Alta, Iowa; special friend, Delaney Padilla and her parents of Cortez; 11 nieces and nephews; and many friends in the Homer and Cortez area.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Merrill and June Ames; his maternal grandfather, Warren Darr; and an aunt, Lorraine Stoffern.  Top of Page  

Tunney Francis Waterman

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Tunney Francis Waterman will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 5, 1922 in Decatorville, Mo., to Mark and Rhoda Pearl (Webster) Waterman. He died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home at the age of 82.

On April 28, 1945 in Cortez, he married Betty Lou Harris. He enjoyed collecting antiques and fishing. One of his favorite pastimes was watching very old western movies.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Lou Waterman; children, Arie David Waterman and wife, Lucille, of all of Cortez; Ernest Mark Waterman and wife, Andrea, of Upland, Calif.; Aleta Marie Huck and husband, Robert, of Clayton, Calif.; Vera Mae Walker of Edmonton, Canada; Greta Lou Meyer and husband, Gary, of Jerome, Idaho; and Janet Lee Stanko and husband, Steve, of Grand Junction, Colo.; 15 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren; and his brother and sister, Joseph Alfred Waterman of Sunnyside, Wash.; and Martha Mary Ball of Lebanon, Mo. Preceding him in death were his parents.

Memorial contributions can be made at First National Bank.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Scott Martin Thornsberry

Memorial services for Summit Ridge resident Scott Martin Thornsberry will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Mercy Medical Center Solarium in Durango.

He was born Jan. 20, 1959 in Quantico, Va., to James L. and Myrna L. (Twiggs) Thornsberry. He died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005 at his home in Summit Ridge at the age of 46.

He was an Army veteran who flew Apache helicopters and was also a Special Forces medic. He was currently working as a medical imaging technologist both at Mercy Medical Center and Southwest Internal Medicine. Mr. Thornsberry was an active member in the Masonic Lodge, Veterans Administration, as well as the A.O.P.A. pilots association. During his spare time he loved flying, fly fishing, and horseback riding. He was also an excellent gourmet cook.

Surviving are his mother, Myrna Thornsberry, of Cleveland, Ohio; his children, Andrea and Ian Kirby of Mansfield, Ohio; his significant other, Vickie Stinson, of Summit Ridge; and his siblings, Grant, Phyllis and Jim. Preceding him in death was his father, James L. Thornsberry.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cortez Animal Shelter or to the Humane Society. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Cecil Albert Rice

Cecil Albert Rice, a longtime resident of Nucla, Colo., died Feb. 19, 2005 at his residence. He was 78.

Arrangements are pending with Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken. Call 564-0667 for more information. Top of Page

Willis Lewton Walton

Services for Mancos resident Willis Lewton "Lewt" Walton will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28 at St. Rita Mission in Mancos. Father Derrek D. Scott will officiate. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Rosary services will be Sunday at 7 p.m. at St. Rita Mission.

He was born Jan. 21, 1964 in Las Vegas, Nev., to Harley E. Walton and Marcheta (Smith) Walton. He died at his home in Mancos Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005 at the age of 41.

He loved working with the elderly and volunteered at Valley Inn Nursing Home. He also enjoyed working with wood. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and supported the Alzheimer’s Association.

Surviving are his mother, Marcheta Newholm of Mancos; father, Harley Walton of Sparks, Nev.; grandmother, Glee Smith of Mancos; sisters, Peggy Halls and husband, Keith, of Mancos and Kim Lipe of Dolores; and brother, Scott Walton and wife, Karleen, of Mancos; uncle, Leslie "Boots" Smith of Tucumcari, N.M.; aunt, Virginia Crangle and husband, Bill of Hesperus; 12 nieces and nephews and 3 great nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, Joe Walton, Todd Walton and Jess Walton preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions can be made at the Mancos Valley Bank.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Wayne Eugene White

Funeral services for lifelong Pleasant View resident Wayne Eugene "Gene" White will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 26 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Sylvan Cemetery.

He was born April 23, 1923 in Ackman, Colo., to Henry H. and Rose A. (Retherford) White. He died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at his home in Pleasant View. He was 81.

He was an Army veteran who served his country well. On Sept. 29, 1947 in Aztec, N.M., he married Bessie Marie Hollen. He was always a farmer at heart and on the side enjoyed playing baseball and other sports too.

Surviving are his wife, Bessie White, of Pleasant View; his children, Brad White and wife, Pam; Lori Olander and husband Mike; and his brother Don White, all of Pleasant View. He leaves three grandchildren as well.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his daughter, Alesa Mitchum; and two brothers and one sister.

Memorial contributions can be made at Dolores State Bank or to the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Tana Renae Black

Memorial services for Dolores resident Tana Renae Black will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.The Rev. Matthew Mays of the Angelican Church of Saint Philip the Evangelist will officiate.

She was born June 7, 1977 in Durango, to Phillip and Sandra (Wolf) Black. She died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005 in rural Utah at the age of 27.

She was an engineer for Houston Construction in Durango. She loved her job and all of her co-workers. Horses were a passion of hers; her horse Tilly was one of her dear loves. Her family and friends were adored and loved by her, as she was adored by them. She had an infectious smile that everyone around her enjoyed. She will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her mother, Sandy Black of Dolores; her father, Phil Black of Hobbs, N.M.; her sister Holly Baldwin and husband, Carl, of Roswell, N.M.; her grandparents, Stanley and Nadine Black of Lewis; as well as her extended families the Wolf’s, Black’s and Goodall’s.

Memorial contributions can be made at either branch of the Dolores State Bank. For more information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section.  Top of Page  

Merl LeRoy James

Merl LeRoy James, 90, died Friday, Feb.. 18, 2005 at his home in Bayfield, Colo. He was born Dec. 19, 1914, in Center, Colo., to Fred A. and Susie Murray James.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, in Bayfield. The Rev. Samuel B. Adams of the Calvary Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Kevin Arensman of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will officiate. Burial will follow at the Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield.

He served in the Navy during World War II and moved to Bayfield in 1946, owning and operating James Hardware until it was destroyed by fire in 1954, after which he was a Port of Entry officer for 25 years.

He was a charter member of the Bayfield Lions Club, a member of the Odd Fellows, the Grange, the B.P.O.E., and the American Legion, the 4 Corners Horseman Association, the Appaloosa Horse Club and the Pine River TV Association.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Janice; son, Keith James, D.V.M. of Casper, Wyo.; daughter, Sophra Farmer of Enid, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews in Enid, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, four brothers and three sisters who died in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lion’s Camp For The Blind, P.O. Box 9043, Woodland Park, CO, 80866, or the American Cancer Society, District II – Southwest Colorado, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO, 81301.  Top of Page  

Shaun Michael McAndrew

Memorial services for Cortez resident Shaun Michael McAndrew will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Father Derrek D. Scott will officiate.

He was born Oct. 31, 1978 in Farmington, N.M., to William Michael and Cherie (Lewis) McAndrew. He died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005 in rural Utah at the age of 26.

He was a hardworking stockbroker who owned and operated his own financial business. Outside of work, he was an avid hunter and fisherman who belonged to the National Western Turkey Federation. He was very active in his community maintaining memberships with both the Kiwanis Club, and the Rotary Club. He also sat on the Cortez Cultural Board.

Surviving are his parents, Mike and Cherie McAndrew of Cortez; his grandparents, Tom and Ann McAndrew, and Don and Dolly Lewis all of Farmington, N.M. He leaves his brother, Patrick McAndrew; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions can be made to benefit a scholarship fund in his name. Donations can be sent to Edward Jones Office, 112 W. Montezuma Ste.#1 or to 30 W. 1st Street Ste. #B Cortez, CO 81321.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.  Top of Page  

Donny Yazzie Shaggy

Funeral services for Donny Yazzie Shaggy, 35, of Shiprock, N.M., will be held at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 17 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel in Cortez. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

He was born April 30, 1969 in Shiprock, to Kee Yazzie Shaggy Sr. and Grace K. (Nez) Shaggy. He died at San Juan Regional Medical Center Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005.

He was carpenter foreman for Navajo Engineering Construction Authority. In his free time he liked working cattle and rodeoing, as well as hunting, fishing and four-wheeling.

Surviving are his children, Samantha Shaggy of Fruitland, N.M., and Robert Willie of Farmington, N.M.; sisters and brothers, Lucinda Begay and husband, Leslie Sr.; Kee Shaggy Jr. and wife, Jackie; and Carol Washburn and husband, Johnson Jr., all of Shiprock; Keith Shaggy and wife, Dawn, of Bloomfield; Cindy Shaggy and Sherry Shaggy, both of Shiprock; and Irving Shaggy and wife, Janine, of Farmington; and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Glen Watmore

Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Glenn Hardy Watmore will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at the Cortez First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lynn Evans will officiate. His remains will be placed in the Columbarium at the Methodist Church.

He was born Dec. 4, 1920 in Shickley, Neb., to John Henry and Lillie Blanche (Ekwall) Watmore. He died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 84.

He was banker with Dove Creek State Bank, First National Bank in Cortez and Mesa Verde Savings and Loan. He has lived in Cortez since 1980 and retired in 1985.

He was a member of the Cortez Rotary Club, First United Methodist Church and the Cortez Elks Lodge.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Shirley Watmore, of Cortez; son, Greg Watmore and wife, Tracey; granddaughters, Kristin Isabelle and Lauren Elizabeth Watmore all of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; brother ValDean Watmore of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-law, Rubye Smith of Denver, Colo.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his three brothers, Dean, Donald and Wilbur.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Cortez First United Methodist Church at 515 N. Park Street, Cortez, Co. 81321. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Love Fund of the church.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.  Top of Page  

Rita Jeanne Burke

A celebration of life memorial service for Cortez resident Rita Jeanne Burke will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Anasazi Restaurant.

Mrs. Burke was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Houston, Texas, to Thomas Marshall and Gertrude (Johnston) Ouzts. She died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005 at her home in Cortez, among her family. She was 74 years old.

She worked as a supervisor for VanKamps Bakery for 37 years. She was also very active in her community as a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 87, League of Women Voters, Community Correction Board, Democratic Women and Friends of the Library.

Surviving are her daughters, Marian Rodd and husband, Jim, of Cortez; Jo Anne Roach and husband, Chris, of Frisco, Texas; and Kathleen Burke of Arcadia, Calif.; stepson, Bobby Burke and wife, G.G., of Boise, Idaho; sister, Marion Buckingham and husband, Ken, of Payson, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, and another due in April.Preceding her in death were her parents.

Mrs. Burke requested that no flowers be sent but instead that donations be made to Hospice of Montezuma at 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez or to the Cortez Public Library at 802 E. Montezuma, Cortez.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Faustina Ann 'Frosty' Cumpton

Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Faustina Ann "Frosty" Cumpton will be held at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 15 at the First Assembly of God Church. Pastor Don Henderson will officiate.

She was born Jan. 28, 1930 in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Austin Phelps and Anna (Grinch) Russell. She died Saturday, Feb. 12 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 75.

In June 1958, she married William Earl Cumpton. The couple moved to Cortez in June 1973.

Surviving are her children, Carey Benjamin and husband, Rod, of Camas, Wash.; Dale Cumpton of Cortez; Mark Cumpton and wife, Stacy, of Lewellen, Neb.; and Helen Cumpton of Cortez; grandchildren, Jacob and Rachel Benjamin of Washington; Haylie and Tanner Cumpton of Cortez; Sterling and Seth Cumpton of Lewellen, Neb.; and Bo Johnson and Molly Cumpton of Cortez; stepchildren, Noel Cumpton and spouse, Jimmie, of Idaho; Hazel Cross of Nebraska; Earline Cook of Texas; and Melvin Cumpton and spouse, Dimple, of Mississippi; and numerous friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband and one brother and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Dolores State Bank to further education for the F.F.A. and Ag kids.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Patricia Ellen 'Patti' Hover

Memorial services for Dolores resident Patricia Ellen "Patti" Hover will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Arriola Bible Church. Pastor Larry Chappell will officiate.

She was born Jan. 14, 1958 in East St. Louis, Ill., to John and Virginia (Eastman) Tisdale. She died suddenly Monday, Feb. 7, 2005 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., after a sudden illness. She was 47 years old.

Mrs. Hover never knew a stranger; she talked to everyone as if they were her longtime friend. She was a wonderful mother, wife and partner. She never believed in step-children. If you asked her, she would tell you she had six children: Chris, Tom, Dani, Jay, Lindy and Tim. She also had eight grandchildren that she absolutely adored: Kali, Von, Rachael, Shamus, Christalynn, Kylie, Lance and Alexia. Patti's brothers, Lee-jay and Bobby; and sisters, Deedee and Jamie also survive her. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Tom Hover of Dolores.

Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468 or log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Bobby Marshall

Bobby Marshall, 70, was born Dec. 15, 1934 in Franklin, Texas. He died Feb. 11, 2005.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005 at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington from 4 to 7 p.m. Services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield, with Dr. Joseph Bunce officiating.

He married his wife, Betty, on Dec. 15, 1953.

Mr. Marshall moved his family from Texas to Teec Nos Pos, Ariz., in 1964, on a job that involved building several boarding schools on the Navajo Reservation. He eventually moved to Cortez and opened his own business, spending time traveling and trading Native American arts and crafts. Mr. Marshall and family eventually moved to Bloomfield.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Betty Lou Marshall, of Bloomfield; five children, Bobby Marshall Jr. and wife, Dorothy, of Bloomfield; Janice Warnke and husband, Steve, of Longpine, Neb.; Tammy Coulon and husband, Jeff, of Ainsworth, Neb.; Michael Marshall and wife, Niki, of Aztec, N.M.; and Russell Benson and wife, Kristi, of Farmington; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Baxter of Garland, Texas; one sister, Margie Del Anoot of Houston, Texas; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia Lee Marshall, and sister, Doris Nell Adams.

Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home and Crematory, 103 E. Ute Street, Farmington, is in charge of arrangements. Top of Page

Ralph Edwards Robbins

Funeral services for lifelong Mancos resident Ralph Edward Robbins will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Cortez Elks Lodge #1789 with burial following at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Bud Rousset will officiate.

He was born Sept. 6, 1937 in Mancos, to Vern Ira and Gertrude M. (Wilkerson) Robbins. He died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005 at his home in Mancos at the age of 67.

Mr. Robbins was a lifelong rancher and cattleman in the Mancos area. He was a member of the Southwest Cattleman's Association, Colorado Cattleman's Association, Mancos Cattleman's Association and was a former B.P.O.E. member.

Surviving are his wife, Dixie Robbins of Mancos; daughters, Deana Kaye Yeomans and husband, Don; Robyn Lyn Robbins and husband, Dave Archibeque, all of Mancos; his grandchildren, Karassa Horrocks and husband, John; Brianna Yeomans; Jori Lyn Yeomans; Kole Edward Yeomans; Autumn Lyn Robbins; and Shacee Lane Robbins. He leaves his siblings, Clyde Robbins of Arkansas; Verna Towne and Vergie Edwards both of Mancos; and Eileen Moore of Rio Rancho, N.M.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his two sons, Richard Vern Robbins and Wesley Lee Robbins; and brothers and sister, Clarence Robbins, Roger Robbins, Delbert Robbins, Buster Miller and Margaret Winters.

Memorial contributions can be made at the Citizens State Bank or give to a charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Harold Joseph Shipman

Harold Joseph Shipman was born Oct. 6, 1924 in Logan, Mo., to Joe Fred and Alma Bonnie (Stout) Shipman. He died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home at the age of 80.

On May 15, 1947 in Fruita, Colo., he married Roxianna Joy Hale. Before embarking on a mining career, Harold served his country in the U.S. Navy. Later he went to work mining in the uranium mines. He was a member of both the V.F.W. and the Odd Fellows. During his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, tying flies and driving.

Surviving are his wife, Joy Shipman of Mancos; children, Michael Joe Shipman and wife, Cindy, of Kremmling, Colo., and LaDawna Emch of East Point, Mich. He leaves behind his grandchildren, Melissa Joy Emch, Diane Bird, and Michelle Bird; four great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marian Shipman and Phillis Shipman; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers.

No services have been scheduled at this time. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Bernard C. 'Benny' Stramel

Bernard Camillous "Benny" Stramel was born Jan. 16, 1918 in Topeka, Kan., to Clem and Anna Marie (Gibler) Stramel. He died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 87.

He was an avid sportsman, who played for the Brooklyn Dodger’s farm team entering the Army after Pearl Harbor.

Later, golf became a sport he was very good at. At the age of 73 he won the Seniors Golf Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. He also enjoyed bowling and won many bowling tournaments in both Kansas and Texas.

Surviving are his son, Jim Stramel of Santa Monica, Calif.; his siblings, Ray Stramel and wife, Nadine, of McCook, Neb.; Eugene Stramel and wife, Loretta, of Cortez; James Stramel and wife, Alice, of Hays, Kan.; Frank Stramel and wife, Rita Mae, of Glen Elder, Kan.; Irene Walters of Hays, Kan.; and Rita Mae Schmidtberger and husband, Virgil, of Lawrence, Kan.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, N. Eileen Stramel; his second wife, Louva Brown Stramel; and two brothers.

There are no services scheduled at this time. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468 or log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Florence Julian Downey

Florence Julian Downey, lifelong resident of Cortez, died at Golden Years Retirement Home in Dolores Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005. She was 92 years old.

She was born Aug. 26, 1912 in Windsor, Colo., to John Julian and Florence (Carlson) Downey. After moving to the Cortez area, the Downey family became involved within the community. Judge John Downey served in the courts here for a number of years and in honor of his dedication and service, Downey school was named for him.

In her early years, Miss Downey was known for her vivacity and humor. She is remembered as a most tenderhearted, compassionate, sweet and kind person, much like her father. She was an avid reader, trusted God, and believed in the afterlife, looking forward to being reunited with her beloved sister, Elizabeth Downey Ricker, as well as her parents.

Her only niece, Marilyn Meberg of Frisco, Texas, survives her.

No services are planned. Cremation will take place and her remains will be buried next to her parents in the Cortez Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.  Top of Page  

Betty Lou 'Helen' Leonard

Graveside services for longtime Lewis resident Betty Lou "Helen" Leonard will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb.14 at the Arriola Cemetery.

She was born April 22, 1926 in Amarillo, Texas, to Clifford Neal and Lillian Mitilda (Keeter) Eddy. She died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005 at the Mesa View Retirement Home in Cortez at the age of 78.

She moved from Texas to Cahone in 1941. She grew up in this area attending school at Garret Ridge. On March 8, 1945, she married Marion Harold "Buddy" Leonard and moved to Lewis.

An avid gardener and active member of her community, she maintained memberships with the Country Girls, Lewis Grange, and the Saddle Dusters Riding Club.

She was a dedicated mother raising not only her two children, but at various times taking in foster children.

Surviving are her children, Randy Leonard and wife, Sara, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Loretta Rytting and husband, Monte, of Lewis. She leaves three grandchildren, Dr. Jacyln Rae Fulcher and husband, Dr. Grant Fulcher, of Dallas, Tex., Joe Rytting of Lewis, and Shane Rytting who is serving in the Navy stationed at Port Hueneme, Calif. Her brothers, Neal Eddy and wife, Nancy; Tim Eddy and wife, Marilynn; and Jim Eddy and wife, Jaque, all of Cortez also survive her.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Clifford N. Eddy in 1992 and Lillian M. Eddy in 1994; and her husband, Buddy Leonard in 2003.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Nona Lynn Moore

Funeral services for Cortez resident Nona Lynn Moore will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Cortez First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. The Rev. Bud Rousset will officiate.

She was born Oct. 17, 1947 in Scotia, Calif., to Raymond E. and Meredith Elwyna (Dew) Barkdull. She died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005 at Colorado University Hospital in Denver at the age of 57.

A well-known painter in the Four Corners area, she belonged to the Ute Mountain Art League and the Plein Aire Painters of the Four Corners.

Surviving are her beloved husband of 17 years, Earl Moore, of Cortez; her mother, Meredith Barkdull, of Cortez; three daughters, Teri Lyn Hancock and husband, Shawn, of Twin Falls, Idaho; Kara Lynn Renfro of Boise, Idaho; and Sara Lynn Justice and husband, Chris, of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Christopher Lynn Renfro and Lindsey Raymond Moore, both of Cortez; two stepsons, David Coleman and wife, Mary, of Fullerton, Calif.; and Aaron Earl Moore of San Diego, Calif.; stepdaughter, Leslie Ann Green and husband, Joel, of Bartlesville, Okla.; and two granddaughters, Kasey Ann Renfro and Hailey Lynn Justice.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Barkdull and her brother, Curtis Raymond Barkdull.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Citizens State Bank of Cortez for development of an art program at the Cortez Cultural Center.

Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Glenn Lenord Baker

Glenn Lenord Baker died Feb. 3, 2005 in Galveston, Texas, at the age of 73.

The funeral service will be held at Pine River Valley Baptist Church, 11942 Highway 172, in Ignacio Thursday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. There will be a meal for family and friends. Services will be performed by Pastors Joe Sparks and David McCaw.

The burial and graveside service will be handled by Pastor Bob Ross at Crestview Cemetery, intersection of Highway 160 and Highway 172.

He was born in Ringo County, Iowa, Feb. 14, 1931. In 1947, his family moved to Loveland, Colo., where he worked underground in tunnels and mines. There he met and married Bonnie Jean Grundvig. They moved to Durango in 1960 with their family.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sisters, Fay Huffman of St. Joseph, Mo., and Virginia Rothe of Loveland; children, Donald and Robert Baker, both of Durango; Alvin Baker of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Isaiah Baker, Dustin Baker, Ryan Baker and Casey Baker, all of Durango; Frankie Ann Baker of Phoenix, Ariz.; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his siblings, Cleo Baker, Lavena Schmitz and Ilene Easton.

All contributions can be sent to Pine River Valley Baptist Church's Missions Fund in lieu of flowers. Top of Page

Clifford House Eagle

Clifford House Eagle, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Hood Mortuary in Durango from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass will be held Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Father James Koenigsfeld will officiate. Burial will take place at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio.

Mr. Eagle was born Nov. 16, 1925 in La Boca, Colo., to Amos and Daisy Eagle. He worked for the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and later worked for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. He also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for over 30 years, performing many tasks including maintaining roads on the reservation. Upon retirement, he received a 30 year pin for his loyal work.

He is survived by his wife, Annabelle Eagle; two daughters, Linda E. Eagle and Ramona Y. Eagle; an adopted son, D. Sage Remington; six grandchildren (five girls and one boy); six great-grandsons; and his beagle, Snoopy; as well as numerous relatives and friends on the Southern Ute Reservation, the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and the Northern Ute Tribe.

He was preceded in death by two sons, two daughters and one granddaughter, as well as his parents, Daisy Eagle and Amos Eagle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Columba Catholic School, 1800 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO 81301. Top of Page

John Samuel Foster

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident John Samuel Foster are pending with the Ertel Funeral Home.

He was born Sept. 9, 1947, in Telluride, Colo., to Jesse McKendree Foster and Violet (Swain) Foster. He died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 57.

He married Bobbie Christine Caldwell on Oct. 2, 1964 in Cortez. By trade, Mr. Foster was an auto mechanic and he loved old cars. In his free time he liked to hunt and ride ATVs, and enjoyed being around horses. He was a member of the Mancos Church of Christ.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Bobbie Foster of Cortez; two daughters, Lisa Ann Renner and husband, Shawn, of Tucson, Ariz., and Carrie Ellen Short and husband, Kevin, of Durango; grandchildren, John Casey Hart, Jessica Christine Renner, Kyle Foster Short, and Marilyn Rose Short; one great-grandchild, Garret Hart; brother, Seciel Foster and wife, Linda; and sister, Carylee Phillips and husband, Jim.

Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Marcell Hopkins

Marcell Hopkins, a longtime resident of Naturita, Colo., died Feb. 3, 2005 at her residence. She was 79.

Cremation will take place, with no services planned at this time.

Mrs. Hopkins was a co-owner of the Bunkhouse Motel in Naturita, along with her husband Bill Hopkins, who survives her.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family. Top of Page

Bradley Hastings Record

Bradley Record, a resident of Dolores, died Feb. 3, 2005 in his home surrounded by family and friends. He was 42.

Cremation is planned, with a graveside service set for 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6 at the Record’s residence, 25570 County Road S.6, in Dolores.

Surviving are his father Clark Record of Coos Bay, Ore.; his mother Patricia Record of Dolores; siblings, Steve and Stacy Record, both of Dolores; and Cindy Record of Grand Junction; grandparents, William and Norene Runck of Cortez and Jack and Maxine Peters of Grand Junction.

He will be loved and missed by all who knew him. A special thanks to his best friend, Sharon Novlan, of Grand Junction.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family. The services are under the direction of the family.   Top of Page     

Iva Hutton

Graveside services for Iva Hutton, former longtime Cortez resident, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at the Cortez Cemetery.

Visitation has been set for Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

She was born in Ulysses, Kan., Jan. 4, 1913, to Ross and Ruby Ethel (Rider) Mosher. She died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla., at the age of 92.

She and her husband, Donald, owned and operated Hutton Variety in Cortez in the 1940s. They later relocated to California, where Mr. Hutton died in 1986. Mrs. Hutton has been a resident of Panama City, Fla., since 2003.

Surviving are her daughter, Donna Gants; granddaughter, MelindaBosiltevac and husband, Rick and her two sons, Sasha and Max Bosiltevac, all of Panama City Beach, Fla.; grandson, Don Gants and wife, Nanci, and his three daughters, Siera, Tiana, and Olivia Gants all of San Diego, Calif.; her sister, Esther Vaught of Houston, Texas; and her brother, Ross Mosher and wife, Nora, of Cortez.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Donald Hutton; and by her brother, Melvin Mosher.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section.   Top of Page     

Bonnie Joan Forest

Funeral services for longtime Lewis resident Bonnie Joan Forest will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery. Brother Don Wilson of the Lighthouse Baptist Church will officiate.

She was born June 14, 1934 in Clovis, N.M., to Charlie M. Rogers Sr. and Florine Imogene (Brooks) Rogers. She died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home, at the age of 70.

She lived in the Lewis area for 55 years. She worked as a bookkeeper for both Empire Electric and Greeley Gas. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star. During her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, reading and shopping.

Surviving are her daughters, Judy Marquez and husband, Ron, of Lewis, and Ellen Keith of Dolores; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Janet Kittel of Farmington, N.M.; Charlie M. Rogers, Jr. of Summit Ridge; Jim Rogers and wife, Sandy of Lubbock, Texas; Helen Pilcher and husband, Duane of Kirtland, N.M.; Cathy Shields of Farmington and Daisy Collins of Cortez. Preceding her in death were her parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Montezuma. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneral home.com and click on the obituary section.   Top of Page   

Zena Rae Whitener

Funeral services for lifelong Dove Creek resident Zena Rae Whitener will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Dove Creek First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Dove Creek Cemetery.

She was born May 20, 1925, to Charles and Inez Hatfield. She died at her daughter's home in Durango Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005.

She had eight brothers and sisters, John Martin, Paul Martin, Lucille Mayes, Martin Hatfield (all of whom preceded her in death) and Rena Jo Todd, Charlie Hatfield, Pearl Maxwell and Celesta Mikel, who survive her.

On May 1, 1948, she married Andy Whitener in Bernalillo, N.M.

After marriage, the couple lived briefly in Arizona and California, but eventually returned to Dove Creek. Mrs. Whitener worked as the Clerk of the County Court, a job she had for many years.

She is survived by her daughters, Andrea Reader and husband, David; Sandy Odette and husband Doug; Barbara Lewis and husband, Greg; and Rebecca Martinez and husband, Steve. She also has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Andy, preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions can be made at Community Bank of Dove Creek. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

James Howard Daves

Funeral services for longtime Cahone resident James Howard Daves will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Dove Creek Memorial Hall. Burial will follow at the Cahone Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

He was born in Collingsworth, Texas, Jan. 16, 1936, to James Floyd and Glennis Ardena (Atkinson) Daves. He came with his family to Lewis, Colo., at the age of one and a half. He died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 69.

Surviving are his wife, Imogene Daves of Cahone; children, Rhonda Sue Wright and husband, Terry, of Tulare, Calif.; James Rodney Daves and wife, Crystal, of Pleasant View; Roger Dean Daves and wife, Keila, of Cahone; Rita Jean Davis and husband, Troy, of Cahone; Roxie Annette Wilbanks and husband, Carl, of Clifton, Colo.; Rebecca Jeanine Norris and husband, Dan, of Cahone; 14 grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Wood, Earlene White, Kay Daves, and Linda Rehmert; brothers, Marlin Daves, Wayne Daves, Eddie Daves, Woody Daves, Stanley Daves; and sister-in-law, Margret Daves.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Floyd and Glennis Daves; brother, Bobby Joe Daves and sister, Neta Sue Dunagan.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.   Top of Page    

George Raymond Geer

Funeral services for Cortez resident Army Pfc. George Raymond Geer will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at the Dolores High School Gymnasium.

Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the U.S. Army Color Guard.

He will lie in state at the Ertel Memorial Chapel Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This visitation will continue all day Thursday.

He was born Nov. 22, 1977 in Munising, Mich., to Harold R. and Lois M. (Long) Geer. He was killed in combat Monday, Jan. 17, 2005 at Camp Ramadi, Iraq while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Geer was a graduate of Dolores High School. He had a deep affection for cars and found work with local auto dealerships and tire companies. He was a member of the High Altitude Steel Car Club and the Four Corners Drag Race Association. In his free time, he loved jeeping in the mountains and road trips.

Surviving are his parents, Harold and Lois Geer of Cortez; sister, Hope K. Geer also of Cortez; grandmother, Shirley E. Geer of Coldwater, Mich.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A brother, Chad H. Geer, preceded him in death in 1989.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Blue Star Moms of America, 1423 E. Main St., PMB 232, Cortez, or with the Citizens State Bank of Cortez or the Dolores State Bank.

Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Jon Allison Pilon

Jon Allison Pilon, a resident of Cortez, died Jan. 22, 2005 in Cortez. He was 65.

Cremation has taken place, and no immediate services are planned at this time.

Mr. Pilon was born to Allison Leroy and Myrle Margret (Lucas) Pilon on April 30, 1939 in Seattle, Wash. He's lived in the area since 1957. He served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Pilon was a retired uranium and hard rock miner, who worked for mining companies in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. He was a former member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his siblings, James Pilon and wife, Beverly, of Dove Creek; Jeanne Todd and husband, Ken, of Cortez; Joseph Pilon and wife, Carolyn, of Roanoke, Va.; and Jerry Pilon and wife, Leta, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Allen Pilon; and an infant daughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Montezuma, Inc. or to the Dove Creek Ambulance Service.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family.   Top of Page    

Christopher William Brunk

Christopher William Brunk, a resident of Cortez, died Jan. 25, 2005 at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 17.

A celebration of his life will be held Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, in Cortez. The Revs. Kim and Steve Nofel will officiate. Burial will follow in the Cortez Cemetery.

He was born to Mark William and Karen Diane Hill Brunk on Nov. 12, 1987 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

He was a member of the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church and loved attending services and the children at church. He was always willing to help the older members of the congregation with their needs through the church youth group. He enjoyed drama and stagecraft classes in high school, skate boarding, reading, building things, video games, camping and hiking and catching the occasional fish, operating the PA system at church, wrestling with his little brothers and teasing his mom.

Surviving are his mother, Karen Hill, of Cortez; father, Mark Brunk, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; brothers, Seth and Neco Ecoe, of Cortez; sister, Stephanie Hill, of Morrow, Ga.; grandmother, Geraldine Brunk, of Cortez; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles Brunk, and his maternal grandparents, Mertie and Leo Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the Montezuma Valley Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Washington, Cortez, CO 81321.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family. Top of Page

Thomas W. Hansen

Thomas Hansen, a resident of Durango, and formerly of Boulder, died Jan. 23, 2005 at the Mercy Medical Center of Durango. He was 70.

Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned at this time.

He was born June 30, 1934 in Newark, N.J., to Harry and Jane M. Warne Hansen. He graduated from high school in Clifton, N.J. and continued his education, earning his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Worcester Poly Technical Institute in Worcester, Mass.

On Aug. 3, 1957 he married Carol R. Spanenberg in Eaton Town, N.J. They were blessed with two daughters.

He served his country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged.

He was a mechanical engineer employed with IBM and retired after 30 years of employment. Hiking, skiing and photography were his favorite past times.

He is survived by his wife, Carol R. Hansen of Durango; daughter, Leslie Hansen and husband, Oscar Trono, and granddaughter, Lila Trono.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Erica Hansen.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family. Top of Page

Joyce Butler Robb

Joyce Butler Robb was born March 16, 1916 in White Haven, Cumbria, United Kingdom, to John Byers and Emma Jane (Butler) Smith. She died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 88.

She was a window dresser for various retail shops. She enjoyed both crocheting and knitting.

Surviving are her daughter, Jeannette Frizell and husband, Sam, of Mancos; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, Donald Lowe Robb.

Memorial services will be held in England later this summer. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Robert Huckabay

Robert Huckabay, a longtime resident of Nucla, died Jan. 22, 2005 at his residence. He was 66.

Arrangements are pending with Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken. For further information, call 564-0667. Top of Page

Marjory Coppinger Calhoon Smith  

Funeral services for former area resident Marjory Coppinger Calhoon Smith will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. The Rev. Erika Meyer will officiate. Mrs. Smith was born Dec. 6, 1918 in Cortez, the daughter of Elwin J. and Elva K. (Coppinger) Calhoon. She died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005 at the age of 86 in Marin County, Calif. She, along with her husband George Smith Jr., owned and operated George Smith Hauling. After her husband’s death, she moved to California where she lived for the last 20 years. Surviving are her daughter, Judith Sue Smith of Sausalito, Calif.; grandson, Michael George Smith of Berkeley, Calif.; sisters, Kathryn Story of Cortez, Norma Malernee of Calgary, Canada, and Ona Lee Olson of Cortez; brothers, Elwin Calhoon, Jr. of Boise, Idaho, and Jack Calhoon of Deltona, Fla. She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Dean Smith, and husband, George W. Smith Jr. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.

Funeral services for former area resident Marjory Coppinger Calhoon Smith will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. The Rev. Erika Meyer will officiate.

Mrs. Smith was born Dec. 6, 1918 in Cortez, the daughter of Elwin J. and Elva K. (Coppinger) Calhoon. She died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005 at the age of 86 in Marin County, Calif.

She, along with her husband George Smith Jr., owned and operated George Smith Hauling. After her husband's death, she moved to California where she lived for the last 20 years.

Surviving are her daughter, Judith Sue Smith of Sausalito, Calif.; grandson, Michael George Smith of Berkeley, Calif.; sisters, Kathryn Story of Cortez, Norma Malernee of Calgary, Canada, and Ona Lee Olson of Cortez; brothers, Elwin Calhoon, Jr. of Boise, Idaho, and Jack Calhoon of Deltona, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Dean Smith, and husband, George W. Smith Jr.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

William M. 'Bill' Sprenger

William M. "Bill" Sprenger, 83, of Log Hill, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005. He was born in Washington Court House, Ohio, to Harry and Olivia (Manning) Sprenger.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II where he kept B17s and other bombers flying throughout the war. After the war, he continued his education at the University of Berkeley. He was an avid reader who loved history, 17th century English, gardening and cabinet-making.

He is survived by: sister, Barbara Fernsten of El Dorado, Calif.; grandsons, Jonathan and Mark Gregg of Fort Worth and Halten City, Texas; two great grandchildren and several nieces. He will also be missed by his dear friends, Gary and Nancy Johnston, his fellow WWII veteran buddy, James "Chief" Kimmel and many friends and neighbors in the Montrose, Ouray and Cortez areas.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Darcie Gregg; and two brothers, Herbert of Ohio and Richard of Mancos.

No service will be held, but a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 681 Fifth Ave., N.Y., N.Y. 10022. Top of Page

Army Pfc. George Geer

Services for local resident Army Pfc. George Geer are pending with the Ertel Funeral Home. Private Geer was killed in combat on Monday, Jan. 17, 2005 at Camp Ramadi, Iraq, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

For further service information contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468 or log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section.   Top of Page    

Martha E. "Aunt Keek" West

Martha E. "Aunt Keek" West died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at her home in Cortez at the age of 99. She was born Oct. 4, 1905, in Decatur, Ill., to Robert and Marie (Adams) Hill.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Riverview Cemetery in Brawley, Calif. The Order of the Eastern Star officiated.

A celebration of her life will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Masonic Lodge, 304 E. First St., Cortez.

She married Elmer E. West in 1925 in Long Beach, Calif. They made their home in southern California and spent their summers in McElmo, Colo. She was a gold miner who owned her own gold mining claims. She enjoyed knitting, reading, cooking and fishing. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She maintained memberships in the Meridian Chapter #310 in Long Beach and LaPlata Chapter #83. She moved permanently to Cortez one year ago to live with her great nephew, George West and wife, Halene.

She is survived by nephews and nieces, Jesse West, Sam Pinkerton, Cleo Gore, all of Cortez; Ann Mae Johnson of Greeley, Colo.; Virginia Smith of Farmington, N.M.; and many great-nephews, great-nieces and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her brother, and her husband, Elmer West.   Top of Page    

Dick Seward "Red" Greer

Dick Seward "Red" Greer, 68, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005 at his home in Hesperus of natural causes. Services will be Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School on Hwy 140 in Kline, Colo. Pastor Bud Rousset of Marvel United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Marvel Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Hood Mortuary Friday from noon to 8 p.m.

Mr. Greer was born February 22, 1936 in Redmesa, Colo., to Frank and Harriet Greer. He served in the Navy from 1954 to 1958. During his enlistment he served on the USS Philippine.

He married Donna Harris on March 20, 1960 and the couple had three sons before divorcing. He then married Dora Martinez on June 28, 1973 and adopted her two children. He worked construction as a fabricator and welder. He also worked in Alaska during the construction of the pipeline.

He is survived by his wife, Dora, of Marvel; children, Rodger Greer and wife, Kim, of Larkspur, Colo.; Marlon Greer and wife, Moana; Paul Greer; Mike Greer; Michelle Kirk, all of Marvel; 12 grandchildren; siblings Annabelle Isaacs and husband, Bob of Buhl, Idaho; and Pat Greer and wife, Lila, of Marvel.

He was preceded in death by his siblings: Frances Greer, John Greer, Allie Gladden, Betty DeVore, and Paul Greer.

Contributions may be made to the Marvel Methodist Church Outreach Fund, c/o Marvel Methodist Church or they can be mailed to Clara Mae Schmitt, Treasure, 981 C.R. 122, Hesperus, CO 81326.   Top of Page    

Walter James Moffitt

Graveside services for former area resident Walter James Moffitt will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24 at the Cortez Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 12, 1924 in Arizona, to Walter James and Caroline Louise (Habermann) Moffitt. He died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at his home in San Diego, Calif. at the age of 81. Mr. Moffitt spent his career as a college professor.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and clink oc the obituary section.   Top of Page    

John O'Brien Thomas

John O'Brien Thomas, 49, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005 in Denver. Services will be held in Arkansas at a later time.

Mr. Thomas was born Nov. 7, 1955 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Rex and Nova Thomas. He married Micah Denise Thomas in 1992 in Cortez. He was raised in Huntsville, Ark. His lifetime work was in video production.

He enjoyed football, watching NASCAR racing, and camping, but most of all spending time with his family. His daughter described him as a loving father, grandfather and a great friend to all who knew him and his dog Bud.

He is survived by his wife, Denise, of Cortez; daughter Tessa Peterson and husband, Vern, of Bayfield; son, John Thomas of Fayetteville, Ark.; grandchildren, Nicholas and Austin Thomas , both of Fayetteville, Ark.; Mackenzie Thomas and Nova Peterson, both of Bayfield; stepchildren, Cathy Wewer of Ozark, Ark.; Greg Johnson of Ft. Smith, Ark., and Gary Johnson of Savannah, Ga.; brothers, Clayton Thomas of Kendall, Fla., and Rex Thomas of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one half sister.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marlene Thomas.   Top of Page    

Donald Junior Harrison

Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Donald Junior Harrison will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

He was born Sept. 26, 1925 in Akron, Ohio, to Donald Allen and Oral (Becker) Harrison. He died on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez at the age of 79.

He was a former B.P.O.E. #1789 memb 29, nd an avid Cudera, N.M., to Lawson and Ethel (Heath) Bowling. He died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 at Mercy Medical Center in Durango at the age of 88.

As a young man he worked in his father's coal mines and the Red Arrow mine. He worked for the Colorado Highway Department for 35 years, running their hot mix plant all over the state in summer, and plowing the mountain passes in the winter. of Cortez; and Brad Harrison and wife, Frances of Cortez; his grandchildren, Michael and Casey Daboll of Denver; Travis Marshall and Danika Urban of Grand Junction, Colo.; John and Melissa Marshall of Mora, Minn.; Sara and Randy Spencer of Mancos; Hallie and David Yoder of Durango; Chance Harrison of Durango; Ben Banks of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Mathew Harrison of Cortez; and Kristen Harrison of Grand Island, Neb.; and great-grandchildren; sister, Wanda Kimbro of Prescott, Ariz.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and an infant grandson, Bruce Allen Harrison Jr.

Memorial contributions can be made at Vectra Bank.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Troy Lawson Bowling

Funeral services for lifelong Mancos resident Troy Lawson Bowling will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the First Baptist Church in Mancos.  Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Pastor Rick Gregory will officiate.

He was born June 29, 1916 in La Madera, N.M., to Lawson and Ethel (Heath) Bowling. He died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 at Mercy Medical Center in Durango at the age of 88.

As a young man he worked in his father's coal mines and the Red Arrow mine. He worked for the Colorado Highway Department for 35 years, running their hot mix plant all over the state in summer, and plowing the mountain passes in the winter.

He is survived by his brother, Richard (Ink) Bowling and wife, Donna, of Cortez; numerous nephews and nieces; and many friends in the Mancos area. Preceding him in death were his parents; an infant sister, Helen; and his sisters, Inez Halls and Dorothy Lee.

Mr. Bowling was a quiet man in life but his presence will be missed.

Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section.   Top of Page    

Mary Marguerite Allmond

Funeral services for lifelong Dove Creek resident Mary Marguerite Allmond will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cahone Cemetery. Father Derrek D. Scott will officiate.

A visitation has been set for Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ertel Chapel.

She was born Nov. 15, 1912, to Austin and Annie (O'Haire) Kilcoyne. She died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005 at her home in Dove Creek at the age of 92.

Throughout her life, she remained an active member of her community. She was a school teacher for 39 years, and belonged to several organizations, including PERA, Cahone Home Ladies Club, Tigress Club and the Area On Aging Group. During her spare time, she loved visiting her friends, and being with people.

Mrs. Allmond is survived by her children, Richard Miller and wife, Ruth, of Bothell, Wash., Shirley Davis and husband, Paul; and Pat Knuckles and husband, Richard, all of Dove Creek. She leaves seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and five great great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her father, Austin Kilcoyne; her mother, Annie Brose and step-father, Herman Brose; her husband, Chess Allmond; her son, Austin Miller; and her sister, Kathleen Blackham.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.  Top of Page   

Ava Meador

Ava Mural Meador was born Jan. 24, 1921 in Randolph County, Ark., to Henry N. and Cora Belle (Askew) Stull. She died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 83.

She was a hardworking rancher who enjoyed living on her ranches. She also liked the work that came with ranching. One of her favorite pastimes was gardening. On February 10, 1963 in Richmond, Calif., she married William Daniel Meador.

She is survived by her husband, Dan Meador of Mancos; her children, Ron Mullen of Farmington, N.M., Dennis Mullen and wife, Ruth Ann, of Fort Myers, Fla., Halla Belle Bogart of San Pablo, Calif.; her step-daughters, Sheral May Linne of Rodeo, Calif., and Mary Louise McCanna of Tillamook, Ore. She leaves eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren; as well as her brother, Bert Stull of Nara Vista, N.M. Preceding her in death were her parents.

Memorial services will be held later this summer. Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

Wayne Rust

Kevin Joseph 'Kip' Archibeque

Kevin Joseph "Kip" Archibeque of Peoria, Ariz., died Jan. 6, 2005 at his residence. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Dolores. The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 also at Our Lady of Victory Church. His ashes will be interred in Dolores Cemetery, however there will be no public graveside services.

He was born Aug. 20, 1968 to Janette Lucero Archibeque and Ernest Archibeque in Cortez. He was a graduate of Dolores High School and served in the United States Navy in the Gulf War. He worked as a telecommunications specialist with Netsian Technologies in Phoenix, where he had lived since 1993.

Surviving are his mother, Janette Archibeque and stepfather Jon Tucker of Glendale, Ariz.; daughter, Michaela Greer of Hesperus; brother, Jason Archibeque and family of Dolores; grandmother Bertha Lucero of Dolores; aunts, Kathy Ragland of Dolores and Donna Lucero of Thornton, Colo.; cousins, Douglas Ragland of Dolores and Rachel Ragland of Cortez; uncles, Max Archibeque and Tom Archibeque of Montrose, Colo. and grandmother Bessie Archibeque, also of Montrose.

Flowers may be sent to Dolores Catholic Church. Memorial contributions can be made at the Dolores State Bank. Top of Page

Hazel Maureen Lee

Funeral services for Hazel Maureen Lee, 50, of Mancos, will be held Saturday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m., at the LDS Church in Mancos.

She was born Feb. 25, 1954 in Farmington, N.M., to Rea John Schamp and Hazel Scott Schamp. She died Jan. 8, 2005 at San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington after a long illness.

She married Jack Lee on June 21, 1986. They made their home in Winslow, Ariz. for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Lee, of Mancos; her mother, Hazel Schamp, of Mancos; her aunt and uncle, Mary Ann and JB Tanner of Farmington; her sister and brothers, Connie Bates and husband, George, of Bloomfield; Terry Schamp and wife, Laura, of Mancos; John Schamp and wife, Becky, of Riverton, Wyo.; her nephews and nieces, Monte and Aleta Bates and family of Kirtland, N.M.; Jeri and David Bowen and family of Bloomfield, N.M.; Toni and Wayne Gilge and family of Cortez; Rea and Kim Schamp and family of Cortez; April Schamp and family of Las Vegas, Nev.; Allen Schamp of Mancos; Lily Schamp of Riverton, Wyo.; and numerous cousins and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rea John Schamp, and her brother, Anthony Jay Schamp. Top of Page

G. Wayne Rust

Funeral services for Wayne Rust will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Arriola Cemetery. Doug Carver will officiate.

Visitation will be Friday at the Ertel Chapel from 4 to 6 p.m.

He was born May 5, 1932 in Cortez, to Glen D. and Billie Maxine (Kennedy) Rust. He died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005 at his home in Cortez at the age of 72.

On Aug. 1, 1952 in Cortez, he married Bonnie Lou Carver. He spent his career as a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Rust served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 21 years. He was well respected, honest and had a tremendous work ethic. He will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving are his children, Danny Rust of Mesa, Ariz.; Cindy Rust Durall and husband, Gerry, of Cortez; Coral Loyd and husband, Danny, of Kingman, Ariz.; Todd Rust and wife, Rhonda, of Chappell, Neb.; and Scott Rust and wife, Seleena, of Kingman, Ariz.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Maxine Baker and husband, Don, of Takysie Lake, British Columbia, Canada, and Donald Rust of Cortez. He leaves behind many in-laws, aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins. Top of Page

Robert John Torok

Robert John Torok, a resident of Lake Vallecito, Colo., died Jan. 5, 2005 in Bayfield, Colo. He was 63.

A graveside service will take place today, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Bayfield Cemetery. Pastor Don of the Aztec Baptist Church will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the VFW post 4031 of Durango.

He was born to John Robert and Francis E. Trach Torok on May 21, 1941 in Youngstown, Ohio. After attending school, he entered the U.S. Navy and served his country for six years during the Vietnam War, before being medically discharged from the service.

On Nov. 30, 1968 he married Dorothy K. Brodigan in Youngstown, Ohio in the St. Columbus Cathedral. They were blessed with a son, Michael.

He worked as a cement finisher for several companies back east. Metal detecting, hunting and fishing were his favorite enjoyments.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy K. Torok of Lake Vallecito, Colo.; son, Michael Torok and family of Spokane, Wash.; mother, Francis Torok, of Cuyahoga, Ohio; sisters, Patricia Lissi and Elizabeth Merolillo, both of Cuyahoga, Ohio; Kathy Musatanio of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and Franie Torba of Japan. Two grandchildren also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family. Top of Page

Carmen Arriola Stonesifer

Carmen Castro Arriola Stonesifer, of Cortez, died Jan. 7, 2005. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Thursday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. in the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cortez. Father Derrek Scott will officiate. Burial will follow in the Cortez Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Ute Mountain American Legion Post.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a rosary service at 8 p.m. in the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel.

She was born to Miguel San Miguel and Carmen Castro Arriola July 14, 1945.

She is survived by her husband, David Lee Stonesifer; children, Michael and wife, Lisa, of Florida; Joaquina and husband, Michael Kosaka of Texas; Pedro and wife, Tina, of Florida; Lucia Arriola-Story and husband, Scott, of Colorado; James and wife, Juli, of Hawaii; Magdalena Tenorio and husband, Jude, of Washington; and Juan and wife, Shelly, of Kansas; brothers, Francisco Arriola of Texas, Jesus Arriola of Texas, Joseph Arriola of California, Ramon Arriola of Mississippi, Antonio Arriola and David Arriola, both of Saipan; sisters, Maxima Arriola of Washington, Lisa Chargualaf of California and Margarita Guzman of California; numerous in-laws, grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Maria Lizama. Top of Page

Barbara Joann Linnens

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Barbara Joann Linnens will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Faith Bible Church. Pastor Dave Seaford will officiate. Burial will be at the Lebanon Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 27, 1940 in Perry, Okla., to Wiley Clyde and Marjorie Fern (Joachims) Morse. She died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 64.

She spent her working years in a variety of industries. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening and caring for small animals.

Surviving are her children, Robert E. Jones and wife, Penny, of Cortez; Sherrl Fry of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Rick C. Jones and wife, Sandra, of Cortez; and Shawna Watkins and husband, Scott, of Grand Junction, Colo.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother, Bob L. Morse and wife, Diana of Tulsa, Okla.; best friend, Lola Davis of Cortez; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section.  Top of Page  

Mary Frances Johnson

Funeral services for Mary Frances Johnson, 74, of Towaoc will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Pastor George Toledo will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 16, 1930 at Mancos Creek, N.M., to Frank Todecheene and Maggie (Denetchilly) Todecheene. She died at Southwest Memorial Hospital Jan. 6, 2005.

She enjoyed sewing and making quilts. She also liked attending revivals and church activities.

Surviving are her children, Sylvia Dickson and husband, Harry of Kirtland, N.M.; Frank Johnson of Florence, Colo.; Edward Johnson and Sarah Johnson, both of Towaoc; James Johnson Jr., Maggie Johnson and Raymond Johnson, all of Shiprock, N.M.; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Ned Mark, Hazel Frank and Nellie Todecheene.

Her husband, James Johnson, preceded her in death.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com   and click on the obituary section.  Top of Page  

Annie Pontino Fish

Annie Pontino Fish, a resident of Cortez, died Jan. 3, 2005 at her residence. She was 51.

A mass of Christian burial will take place Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005 at 10 a.m. in the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Father Derrek Scott will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the Arriola Cemetery. A visitation is set for Friday, Jan. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel.

She was born Sept. 3, 1953 in Lomon-Kapagan, Philippine Islands, to Pedro and Meyln Jose Pontino. Her mother died at her birth. She grew up on her family's rice farm with her father and her siblings.

In 1976, she met and married Allen Fish at Angeles City, Philippines, and the couple traveled the world together throughout his 21-year Air Force career.

Surviving are her husband, Allen; her children, Judy Meyln Fish and Charles Allen Fish, both of Cortez; her sisters, Jane Bazan and husband, Frank; Alma Anding Bagsail and husband, Lawrence; her brothers, Bokman Pontino; and Ben Pontino and wife, Helen, all of the Republic of the Philippine Islands; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Presco Pontino.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dolores State Bank in Cortez.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale & Gerken is serving the family. Top of Page




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