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March & April's Obituaries - 2005

 

Robert Alfred Adler
Paul Edward Allmeyer
Jerry Michael Barrett
Kenneth Wayne Baxstrom
Joe Beletso
Margaret Ann Bianchi
Samuel George Bland
Theodore Boekhout
Julius Waymund Bond
Charles Melvin Combs Sr.
Sylvia "Jeanne" Cox
Juanita Rose "Tuttie" Dinae
Alvina L. Dresch
Jesse Marvin Dufur
Dillard O. Duran
Alyne Eakins
Charles 'Happy' Foote
George William French Jr.
Victor Gallegos
Gerold George
Robert H. 'Bob' Goode
Lawrence Wallace 'Joe' Gran
Mary  "Kitty" Gray
Evelyn Juanita Green
Nancy Marie Griffin
Carolyn  Dickinson Gurd
Vera Electa Hays
Howard Leuders Hight
Daniel Spencer Hilton
Edith C. Hinton
Mary Magdeline Hite
Travis Edwin Hughes
Florence Ethel Reed Ismay
Victor Joseph Jacobs
Sue Kaiser
Norma Elaine Lancaster
Virginia D. Lancaster
Berniece Lewis
Tracy Gene Lopez
Patricia Jean Hart Ludeman

Richard S. Luhman
Robert E. "Bob" Luthi
Michael Dennis Mays
Bessie McCabe
Sue McNeill
Raymond Leo Murphy
Lilly Dean Nelson
Emily Rose Laner Nez
Della June Osborn
Preston 'Sam' Porter
James Benjamin Presson
Randi Raquel Reed
Cecil Albert Rice
Vernon L. Ridge
Helen Faye Risenhoover
Evalena 'Evie' Ritthaler
Peggy Ann Roe
William Joshua Roundtree
William Howard Runck
Christopher Michael Rush
Thomas Sakizzie
Dean Edgar Saylor
Gary William Schafer
John Howard Searle
Leon Daniel "L.D." Seitz
Judith Sue Smith
Mildred Odell Spencer
Leonard Clair Switzer
Billy Byron Tate
Lorene Tobin
Filbert Kelly 'Randy' Velasquez
Felton V. Watkins
Lorna Lu Williams
Robert "Bob" Wright Sr. 

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Ismay

A graveside memorial service for Florence Ethel Reed Ismay is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Mancos. Pastor Neely Lewis will officiate the services.

She died on March 4, 2005 in Grand Junction, Colo.

She is survived by her sister, Crissie Smith of Nucla; numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

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

Leon Daniel "L.D." Seitz

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident, Leon Daniel "L.D." Seitz will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the Cortez Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, County Road M Chapel. Burial will follow at the Goodman Point Cemetery.

Visitation has been set for Monday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

He was born Aug. 31, 1925 in Cortez, the son of Ralph Waldo and Mattie Lee (Odom) Seitz. He died at his home in Cortez on Friday, April 29, 2005 at the age of 79.

Born and raised in the Cortez area, he left the area following work. He was able to return to the area several years ago. He worked as a lineman with several electric organizations. After his retirement he operated a security business, which he truly enjoyed. His nature made him a true western character, he loved the old west and had a fascination with guns. His nature held a true stubbornness and this turned out to be a real asset as he fought against the illness that he had. You just couldn't get him down, said relatives.

Surviving are his children, Ralph "Rex" Seitz of the Carolinas; Dawna Lynn Warr and husband, David of Yarrington, Nev.; Sarah "Denise" Barnes of Idaho Falls, Ida.; and Karen Lee Black and husband, Keith of North Las Vegas, Nev.; 17 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; and numerous cousins and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dova Cleo (Hart) Seitz; a son, Leon David Seitz in 1999; two brothers, Archie and Willis Seitz; and a sister, Nina Lea Odom.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Leon Daniel Seitz with Citizens State Bank of Cortez.

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   

Vera E. Hays

Funeral services for Vera E. Hays, a longtime resident of Cortez are pending with the Ertel Funeral Home.

She was born Feb. 26, 1907 in Hood River, Ore., the daughter of Erton Timothy and Bertha Loretta (Bryant) Folts. She died at Vista Grande Nursing Home on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at the age of 98.

For futher 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   

Jerry Michael Barrett

Jerry Barrett, a resident of Cortez, died on April 24, 2005 in Cortez. He was 64.

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

Charles David 'Happy' Foote

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Charles David Foote will be at 10 a.m., Monday, May 2 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Nucla Cemetery.

A visitation has been scheduled at 8 a.m. prior to the service Monday morning.

He was born on Jan. 29, 1919 in Ackman, Colo., the son of Willie Cleaveland and Myrtle (Pigg) Foote. He died Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home at the age of 86.

There were 14 children in his family and he was one of nine that served in the military. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 12, 1944 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He proudly served his country during World War II. He was a member of the First Calvary Division and was part of the first group who entered into Tokyo after the surrender. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his achievement in ground combat. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 4, 1946 at Fort MacArthur, Calif. He returned to Cortez and went to work as a line superintendent for Empire Electric for many years. During his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as hunting rocks and arrowheads. He was also a member of the Mancos Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving are his two sons, Charlie Foote, Jr. of Olathe, Colo. and Ralph Foote of Cortez. He leaves six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and six siblings. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Ruth Eloise (Hall) Foote; his children, Gene Foote and Eileen Foote; and eight siblings.

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   

Victor Joseph Jacobs

Funeral services for Victor Joseph Jacobs, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church with Father Derrek D. Scott officiating.

Visitation and Rosary services will be Monday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

He was born Jan. 7, 1921 in Hays, Kansas, one of 13 children born to Casper and Magdalena (Urban) Jacobs. He died at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the age of 84.

A graduate from Kansas State University, he served his country during World War II in the Army. On June 16, 1947, he married Amelia Riedel in Hays, Kansas. After making a move to the Cortez area in June 1949, he began a career as an electrical engineer for Empire Electric working from June 1949 to March 1983.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Amelia Jacobs of Cortez; his children, Elizabeth Jacobs of Cortez, Joe Jacobs of Boulder, Colo., and Mary Ann Fake and husband, Doug of Oakland, Calif.; and his grandchildren, Regina Fake and Veronica Fake. His 12 siblings preceded him 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

Virginia D. Lancaster

Funeral services for former longtime Cortez resident, Virginia D. Lancaster will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the Cortez First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.

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

Bessie McCabe

Bessie Roy McCabe, a resident of Cortez, died on April 28, 2005 at her residence. She was 79.

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

She was born to Henry and Barbara (Severns) Eaves on Dec. 5, 1925 in Lovington, N.M.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Van Arsdale and husband, Gerald of Kirtland, N.M.; three grandchildren, Mike, Todd and Kevin; and numerous great grandchildren.

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

James Benjamin Presson

Memorial services for longtime Mancos resident, James Benjamin Presson will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will be held privately at the Presson Family Cemetery.

He was born on April 22, 1926 in El Paso, Texas, the son of Harry and Frances (Carsrud) Presson. He died Thursday, April 14, 2005 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home at the age of 78.

He was an active man who loved playing his guitar, horseback riding, hunting and fishing.He enjoyed "putzing" around building and fixing things. He loved to take the kids camping and showed them hunter safety. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are his wife, Eddie Elizabeth Sahlen of Mancos; his children, Judith Presson of Tacoma, Wash., Michael James Presson of Hesperia, Calif. and Patricia Diane Presson of Langley, Wash. He leaves four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; and his first wife, June E. Presson.

Memorial contributions can be made in Jim's memory to the Dolores Fire Department.

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

Robert Alfred Adler

Robert Alfred Adler, 91, died at the Colorado State Veteran's Nursing Home in Walsenburg, Colo., April 24, 2005.

He was born in Somerville, Mass., Sept. 23, 1913 to Alfred A. Adler and Esther N. Nilsson. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 641st Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group, WWII. He participated in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge at Utah Beach, June 6, 1944. In 2001, he was awarded the French Government Gold Medal for his bravery in action in the Allied Forces march to free Normandy.

A long time Black Forest, Colo., resident, he lived the later years of his life in the Cortez area where he was known as "The San Juan Gunsmith."

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Laura Frances Fraser, in 1974. He is survived by his four children, Patricia Chamberlain of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Paula Fraser of Seattle, Wash.; Gregory Adler of Windsor, Colo.; and Robert Adler of Naples, Fla. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his sister, Hazel Wilson of Lexington, Mass.; his brother, Karl Adler of Bedford, Mass. and many nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving visitors at Swan-Law Funeral Home, 501 North Cascade Avenue on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Eastonville Cemetery in Black Forest, Colo. The Rev. Nick Natelli will officiate. Top of Page

Gary William Schafer

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident, Gary William Schafer will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Lewis Cemetery. Mr. Doug Carver will be officiating.

A visitation has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the Ertel Chapel from 3:30 until 5 p.m.

He was born on May 11, 1941 in Denver, Colo., the son of William and O'Linda (York) Schafer. He died Monday, April 25, 2005 at his home in Cortez at the age of 63.

He was an Army veteran who served two consecutive terms in Germany, Israel and Jordan. He moved to the area 25 years ago where he worked for Nielson's/Skanska as a mechanic for 20 years. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure which caused an early retirement. He was recently diagnosed with cancer.

During his early years he loved racing stock cars. He has a Web site dedicated to his racing memories, www.coloradoracingmemories.com. He cherished frequent visits from his grandchildren catering to their every need. He loved taking regular drives with his wife, Wanda. Most importantly, he loved living life and caring for his wife, children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Wanda Ann Schafer of Cortez; his children, Marion Barrios, Janeen Wise both of Gaithersburg, Md., Sheley, Darrell "Dennis" Carver, Carol Gray, Merlyn Carver, Brian Carver, Susan Carver, and Rebecca Kline. He leaves numerous grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter; his brother, Harold Schafer and wife, Carolyn of Page, Ariz.; his aunt, Lois Schafer of Denver; and his lifelong family friend, Darlene Spomer of Lakeside, Colo. Preceding him in death were his parents; and his son, Anthony Schafer.

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

Dillard O. Duran

Funeral services for Dillard O. Duran, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Pastor Matt Segebart of the Seventh Day Adventist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery with the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75 conducting military services.

Visitation has been set for Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ertel Chapel.

He was born Dec. 4, 1941 at Arriola, Colo., to Edward C. and Alma I. (Leslie) Duran. He died at his home in Cortez Thursday, April 21, 2005 at the age of 63.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970. He held membership in the American Legion and the VFW. He was a member of the Four Corners Community Band, playing the tuba.

Surviving are his daughter, Dalena Cross and husband, Joseph, of Lansing, Mich.; grandsons, David W. Cross and Joseph Levi Cross, both of Lansing, Mich.; former wife, Vicky S. Duran of Lansing, Mich.; sisters, Vivian Duran, of Montrose, Colo., Dana Duran, of Brighton, Colo., and Marlene Duran, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and special friends, Ruth Ann Brown, of Cortez and Linda Luce, of Mancos.

Three brothers, Eddie Duran, Sidney Duran, and Duane Duran; and one sister, Donnis Duran preceded him in death, as did his parents.

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

Randi Raquel Reed

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Randi Raquel Reed will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at Cortez Elks Lodge #1789. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Visitation has been set for Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

She was born in Cortez March 3, 1976, to Brad and Mindy Jean (Hargrove) Reed. She died at her home Sunday, April 24, 2005 at the age of 29.

A very active young woman, she loved playing softball, golf, bowling, and throwing darts and horseshoes. She was a member of the Cortez Women's Golf Association, Rocky Mountain Ringers Horseshoe Club, and American Legion Dart Club. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Cortez Elks Lodge.

Surviving are her husband, David Pierce, of Cortez; her children, Ryatt Lane Pierce and Regan Raquel Pierce, also of Cortez; her mother and stepfather, Mindy and Jim Rosenbaugh, of Cortez; and her father and stepmother, Brad and Dawn Reed, of Cortez. Two brothers, Channing Tanner Sparks, of Durango and Boe Garon Reed, of Cortez; a sister, Fandon Mask, of California; two stepsisters, Mary Miller, of Glen Rock, Wyo., and Kodi Ward, of Cortez; and a stepbrother, Kenny Ward, from Rock Springs, Wyo.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Randi Reed Benefits Account with the Dolores State Bank.

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

Vernon L. Ridge

Vernon Ridge, a resident of Cortez, died April 21, 2005 at his residence. He was 84.

Cremation will take place, with a private family gathering to follow at a later date.

He was born Nov. 5, 1920 to Winfield Sherman and Eva Harrellson Thomas in Clinton, Okla. When he became an adult, he changed his name from Wilbur Thomas to Vernon L. Ridge. He was a welder for most of his life, working at a shipyard and in the oil industry. He married Elevyne Florence Fitton in Durango. She preceded him in death on Nov. 27, 1951. He enjoyed sunning, playing cards, resting in his van and telling stories.

He is survived by his daughters, Sharon and husband, Richard, of Cortez; and Mary and husband, Dave, of Eureka, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a son.

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

Alvina L. Dresch

Graveside services for former Mancos resident Alvina L. Dresch will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 25 at the Cortez Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 14, 1908 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Christian and Augusta (Burgstaller) Lutz. She died Monday, April 18, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y. at the age of 97.

She married William James Dresch and resided in Mancos. She spent her working career as a bookkeeper.

She is survived by her children, Suzanne Dresch; Bill Dresch and wife, Marialies, all of Long Island, N.Y; Maureen Henneman and husband, Jim, of Mancos; her grandchildren, David Henneman; William H. Dresch; Kathryn Henneman and Debra Sue Jacques. She leaves four great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, William James Dresch.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sayville, N.Y.

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

Peggy Ann Roe

Funeral services for lifelong area resident Peggy Ann Roe will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 25 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Pastor Jonathan Bland of New Hope Christian Ministries will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 24, 1932 in Lewis, Colo., to Lee Curtis and Eva Elizabeth (Stevenson) Duncan She died at Southwest Memorial Hospital Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at the age of 72.

She married Darrell Cornelius Roe July 25, 1953, in Aztec, N.M. Her husband died Oct. 6, 1967. She worked 25 years for Southwest Memorial Hospital as a data processor. In her free time she loved to garden and tend her African violets.

Surviving are her children, Donna Dennison, Debbie Roe and Grant Roe and wife, Julie, all of Cortez; Becky Williams and husband, Randy, of Durango; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; brother, Bill Duncan of Lewis; sisters, Daisy King and husband, Bill, of Cortez, and Pat Ashbaugh and husband, Lloyd, of Grants, N.M.; sisters-in-law, Vada Small and Lois Rutledge and husband, Bill, all of Cortez; and brothers-in-law, Sid Powell of Cortez and Darwin Roe of Fort Collins, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darrell; brothers, Thomas H. Gilliland, Richard Duncan, and John Duncan; and sisters, June McCulley and Jeanne Reed.

Memorial contributions can be made with the American Cancer Society. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.  Top of Page   

Judith Sue Smith

Funeral services for Judith Sue Smith, originally of Cortez, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Cortez. The Rev. Erika Meyer will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

She died April 12, 2005, at the age of 65 in Marin County, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Dean Smith; her father, George William Smith, Jr.; and her mother, Marjory Coppinger Calhoon Smith.

She is survived by her son, Michael George Smith, of Sausalito, Calif.

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        

Robert Lee "Bob" Wright Sr. 

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Robert Lee "Bob" Wright Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 18 at the Lifeway Baptist Church. Pastor Jimmy Kennedy will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery with military services being provided by Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75.

He was born April 24, 1926 in Atoka, Okla., to Sydney Leroy "Boss" and Jessie Mae "Dixie" (Bruton) Wright. He died at San Juan Regional Medical Center Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at the age of 78.

He served during World War II in the Marines. On April 4, 1948, he married Asalea McBee in Texas. In 1957, he and his family moved to Cortez, where he owned and operated Wright Construction. He held memberships in Elks Lodge #1789, the Masons, Shriners and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Asalea Wright of Cortez; children, Bob Wright and wife, Sherri, of Cortez; Boss Wright and wife, Tammy, of Cortez; and Lisa Wright of Sarasota, Fla. Five grandchildren Kelly, Robby, Leah, Jeff and Randy; five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Aryelle, Avery, Kyrah and Tagan; a brother, Joe Wright and wife, Kathleen, of Farmington, N.M.; and a stepsister, Delsia Brown of Mancos also survive him. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Hollis Wright in 1949.

Memorial contributions can be made at the Citizens State Bank of Cortez. The family will determine charitable contributions to be made from this fund.

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

Emily Rose Laner Nez

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Emily Rose Laner Nez will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 18 at The Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

A wake is set for Sunday beginning at 6 p.m. at 1418 Lafayette Street in Towaoc.

She was born July 15, 1950 in Blanding, Utah, to John Parker Laner and Katie Deer. She died Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at her home in Cortez at the age of 54.

She loved to gamble, and enjoyed meeting and greeting other people. Traveling and seeing new places was a passion. Her grandchildren were her dearest love.

Surviving are her husband, Andrew Nez, of Cortez; children, Delaney Starr of Cortez; Melissa Watts and husband, Greg McCook, of Towaoc; grandchildren, Caleb Starr, Cody Starr, Kaelyn Starr, and Delvin Starr, Jr.; siblings, Shirley Deer of Towaoc; Wanda Farjado of Tennessee; Ramona Cantsee of Towaoc; Wahella Begay of Whitemesa, Utah; Joanna Laner; Nola Price and husband, Lewis; Sandy Laner and husband, Raymon Kuebler Sr., all of Towaoc; Clarissa Laner and husband, Kendall Whiskers, of Cortez; Anabell Laner, of Towaoc; Lori Laner, of Cortez; Byron Laner; Johnny Laner and wife, Kate Arkansas, all of Towaoc; and Jack Cantsee Sr. and wife, Mary, of Whitemesa, Utah.Preceding her in death were her parents; her son, Delvin Starr; and two sisters and two brothers.

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

Lorene Tobin

Memorial services for Lorene Tobin, a longtime area resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Burial will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 12, 1926 in Denver, Colo., to Sylvestus Henry and Marguerite "Ruth" (Patterson) Holtzclaw. She died in Phoenix, Ariz., April 10, 2005.

She spent most of her life in Dolores. She married Charles Tobin on June 24, 1951. Charles died January 2004 after 52 years of marriage. For the past 50 years, she faithfully served as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Cortez Congregation.

Surviving are her three children, Charles Leroy Tobin and wife, Donna, of Farmington, N.M. and their children, Fawn and Shawna; Lynda Tobin of Cortez and her daughter, Deanna, of Denver; and Michael Tobin and wife, Tamra, of Dolores and children, Ty, Thayne and Terrance; and grandchild Mark Mordecki of Farmington, N.M. and four great grandchildren. Her siblings, Walt and Flo Holtzclaw of Dallas, Texas; Norma Nelson of Lemon Grove, Calif.; Margarett Felwock of Las Vegas, Nev.; Dorcas Ray of Denver, Colo.; Francis (Mrs. Gerald) Litton of Riverside, Calif. and half sister, Marjory (Mrs. Reef) Egger of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Pauline Baldy of Allyn, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents and three half brothers, Donald, Alvin and James Baldy.

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

Raymond Leo Murphy

Memorial services for Cortez resident Raymond Leo Murphy will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75. Both the Ute Mountain Legion Post and Mancos VFW Post will conduct the services.

He was born June 18, 1921 at Luton, Iowa, to Ruth Bernice (Montgomery) and Lawrence Patrick Murphy. He died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at the age of 83.

He joined the United States Navy serving from 1942 to 1946. He married Donna Marie Morse on Feb. 21, 1947.

He was a charter member of the Robert Irish American Legion Post in Salix, Iowa, and a member of the Ute Mountain American Legion Post and the Mancos VFW Post.

He worked as a drilling rig motorman for seven years and spent numerous years farming. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He also enjoyed gardening and his many friends.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Donna Murphy, of Cortez; daughters, Patty and husband, Keith Tilton, and Rosalie and husband, George Young; son, Daniel Murphy and wife, Jill; daughter-law, Sandy Beck; sisters, Lucy and husband, Glenn Reynolds; Shirley and husband, Bob Cody; and Beulah Murphy; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

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

Preston 'Sam' Porter

Preston "Sam" Porter died in his Mancos home Thursday, April 7, 2005. Born to O.O. and Lora Mae Porter in Brookaton, Texas, May 13, 1944, he was a rodeo rider, an accomplished welder and painter and worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for CFI in Pueblo for many years.

He leaves his wife, Loraleigh, of the family home; daughters, Kiristina and husband, John DeLuzio-Katona, and son, Konner of Denver; La Shawna Null and children, Scott, Shawn, Savannah and Simon of Ordway; brothers, Ron Porter and wife, Vicki of Cortez; and Dwayne Porter. He will be missed by his stepchildren, Steven Peterson of Seattle, Ian Kinkade and wife, Holly and daughter, Mellodie of Lake Havasu; Alicia Navage and husband, Chris and daughter, Jordan; and Colin Kinkade, all of Cortez.

An informal memorial service was held at the American Legion. As he wished, no formal services were held.

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

William Howard Runck

William Howard Runck, of Cortez, died April 11, 2005, at the Vista Grande Nursing Home, at the age of 94.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel. The Masonic Lodge # 133 AF and AM of Cortez and the Eastern Star, Chapter 87 of Cortez, will officiate the services. Cremation will take place, with burial at a later date. A reception will follow the services in the Cortez Masonic Lodge, located at 304 E. First.

He was born Jan. 13, 1911, to Philip and Anna Runck on the family farm in Dolores. He attended Union College in Lincoln, Neb., where he met and married Lorena Schlegel. They lived at the family farm until he became an electrician moved his family to Cortez and then later to Durango.

He married his second wife, Norine Record, June 2, 1946. The couple opened Montezuma Appliance and operated a retail appliance and music record store in Cortez.

Surviving are his wife, Norine; four children: Howard; Merle and wife, Marcia; Rodney and wife, Fay; and Joyce Bates and husband, Durrel; one stepson, Clark Record; siblings, Roger Runck; Ruth Smoot and Mildred Beck; as well as six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews; grand nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Shelly.

Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family. For more information, call 564-0667. Top of Page

Charles Melvin Combs Sr.

Funeral services for Dolores resident Charles Melvin Combs Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Mountain View Baptist Church located at 16302 Road 30.5 on Summit Ridge. Burial will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery. Pastor Roy Venson will officiate.

Visitation has been set for Friday at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from 3 to 5 p.m.

He was born Nov. 6, 1935 at Norwood, Colo., to Charles Marion and Orah Estella (Major) Combs. He died at his home Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at the age of 69.

On Oct. 20, 1961, he married Anita Blaisdell in Cortez. He worked a number of years as a hard rock miner in the uranium mines. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, guns, computers and music and was a member of the Mountain View Baptist Church.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Anita Combs, of Dolores; his children, Charline Cummins and husband, Dan, of Price, Utah and Charles M. Combs Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Carlin, Nev.; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild; sisters, Christine Houser and husband, Dee, of East Carbon, Utah and Billie Enberg and husband, Don, of Delta, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Hixon.

Memorial contributions can be made at the Dolores State Bank.

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

Gerald Grover George

Funeral services for Cortez resident Gerald Grover George will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Duckwater Tribal Gymnasium in Duckwater, Nev. Burial will follow at the Duckwater Cemetery. Pastor Marvin Mings will officiate.

He was born March 15, 1950, in Schurz, Nev., to Willie George and Beulah Bullcreek. He died Thursday, March 31, 2005, in Towaoc at the age of 55.

He was a member of the BIA firefighting team stationed at Towaoc. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Jennifer Oberg of Novato, Calif.; his grandchildren, Alexander and Katherine Oberg; his half-sister and brother, Sharon and Drew Sackett; and his cousins, Wanda J. Quasula of Peach Springs, Ariz., and Linda Hooper of Duckwater, Nev.

Local services and 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

Evelyn Juanita Green

Funeral services for lifelong Dolores resident Evelyn Juanita Green will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8 at the Dolores Southern Baptist Church.Burial will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation has been set for today at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from 3 to 5 p.m.

She was born Aug. 13, 1923, at Dolores, to Leonard and Grace (Marshall) Robinson. She died at her home Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at the age of 80.

In September 1953, she married George E. Green at Chama, N.M. She was a member of the Garden Club and the Dolores Southern Baptist Church. She loved baking pies, crocheting and quilting, as well as mushroom hunting. She drew great pleasure being with her grandchildren and visiting with people. She loved bird watching.

Surviving are her husband, George Green, of Dolores; and children, Shirley Juarez of Dolores; Don Johnson and wife, Linda, of Dolores; Ron Green and wife, Marsha, of Lewis; Mary Foster and husband, Dusty, of Dolores; and Wally Green of Dolores. Seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and a sister, Molly Miller of San Diego, Calif. also survive.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Dolores Southern Baptist Church. 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

Edith C. Hinton

Graveside services for longtime Farmington resident Edith C. Hinton will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2005 at the Cortez Cemetery.

She died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at the age of 93. She resided at the Life Care Center in Farmington. She was born in Ione, Wash., on Jan. 3, 1912, and married Raymond Howard Hinton in Cortez on Nov. 12, 1931. He died in 1976. She lived in the Farmington area for the past 42 years and was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is by her sons; Howard Hinton and wife, Wanda, of Beaumont, Calif.; Norman Hinton and wife, Ouida; and daughter, Karen Broten and husband, Scott, all of Farmington; and her sister, Ruth Tate, of Farmington; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alva Eddie Brown and Clara Mae Dennison Brown; her daughter, Dorothy Ileen Greenlee; and infant daughters, Shirley Edith and Mona Glee; as well as her grandsons, Michael Norman Hinton and Steven Kent High; and her sisters, Irene Carver, Ella Hinton, Blanche Hendrickson; and brother, Elmer Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northwest New Mexico Hospice or the Activity Fund at the Life Care Center of Farmington. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Tracy Gene Lopez

Funeral services for Towaoc resident Tracy Gene Lopez will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, April 11 at the Boyd Lopez residence located on U.S. Highway 491. Burial will follow at the Towaoc Cemetery.

A wake will be held Sunday at the Boyd Lopez residence beginning at 6 p.m.

He was born January 31, 1969 at Cortez, to Bill and Mary Louise (Tabbee) Lopez . He died at San Juan Regional Center in Farmington Tuesday, April 5, 2005. He was 36 years old.

He was a talented craftsman and enjoyed his time spent outdoors. He was currently a chef student.

Surviving are his children, Shasha Lopez; Reece Lopez and Isaias Jaramillo; and his brothers and sisters, Shelly Lopez; Prisllena Lopez; Boyd Lopez; Berlinda Cotonuts; Bailey Cotonuts; Mindy Cotonuts; Glen Cotonuts; Patty Lopez; Pricellia Blackhawk; Vernon Lopez; Buddy Lopez; Julian Lopez; Victor Orange and Lavern Lopez.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill Lopez and Mary Louise Lopez; and two brothers, Franklin Lopez and Raymus Lopez.

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

Michael Dennis Mays

Dennis Mays, a resident of Dolores, died April 1, 2005, at his residence. He was 55.

Cremation is planned with a memorial service to take place at a later date in Bakersfield, Calif.

He was born Oct. 26, 1949, in Porterville, Calif., to Ben J. and Velta Lee (Hood) Mays. He was a high school graduate and continued his education in the U.S. Army in computer sciences. He was a Vietnam War veteran. He lived most of his life in Bakersfield, coming to Dolores in January of this year.

He was a member of the Lost Dutchman's Association, Gold Panning Amateurs Association and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gold prospecting.

He is survived by his children, Erik Anthony Mays and Melissa Renee Gabalin, both of Bakersfield; a sister, Vivian Cox of Clovis, Calif.; close friends, Randy Sublett of Bakersfield and Mitch and Bobbie Payne of Dolores.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Thomas Sakizzie

Funeral services for Montezuma Creek, Utah, resident Thomas Sakizzie will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Montezuma Creek Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will follow at the Sakizzie family cemetery.

A visitation has been scheduled for Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel.

He was born Feb. 15, 1912. He died at Southwest Memorial Hospital Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at the age of 93.

Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, call Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468 or log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section. Top of Page

John Howard Searle

A memorial service will be held for John Howard Searle at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cortez. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception in the Parish Hall following the services.

Mr. Searle, of Great Falls, Mont., died suddenly Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at the age of 48.He was born Aug. 3, 1956, in Colorado Springs. He was the son of longtime Cortez residents Charles and Elizabeth Searle.

Surviving are his loving parents, Charles and Elizabeth Searle of Cortez; his brothers Charlie Searle and wife, Julie, of Denver; and Tom Searle and wife, Cathy, of New River, Ariz.; and his sister, Ann Philpott and husband, Cam, of Denver.He is also survived by five nieces and nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 600 Central Avenue, Suite 219, Great Falls, MT 59401.Donors can designate the funds to be used for "Community Health and Education."

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

Leonard Clair Switzer

Leonard Switzer, a longtime resident of Cortez, died April 5, 2005 at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 73.

A memorial service is planned for today, April 9 at 1 p.m. in the Ute Mountain American Legion Post 75 Rodeo Arena (east side). Full military rites will be performed by the American Legion and the VFW.

Mr. Switzer was born in Blue Water, N.M., to Hubert and Gertie (Hoisington) Switzer March 30, 1932. He was the first of four children. He graduated from high school in Cortez and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He served his country during the Korean War for four years before being honorably discharged. He married Twila Bridgewater and to this union, four children were born: Cris, Betty, Steve and Lesa.

He is survived by his four children; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; three brothers: Ed, Wes and Jerry Switzer; many nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; his stepmother; and two grandchildren.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family. The Ute Mountain American Legion Post 75 and the VFW is in charge of the services. Top of Page

Paul Edward Allmeyer

Paul Allmeyer died April 2, 2005 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 89. He was born in St. Louis, Mo. to Paul and Emma (Beyer) Allmeyer on March 16, 1916.

He will be cremated and a memorial service will be held in St. Louis, Mo. where he will be buried. In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to the Chapel Fund at the Valley Inn Nursing Home, 211 Third Ave., Mancos, CO 81328. Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family. Call 564-0667 for further information. Top of Page

Kenneth Wayne Baxstrom

Memorial services for Cortez resident Kenneth Wayne Baxstrom will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Military services will be conducted by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75.

He was born June 4, 1937 in Trail Canyon, Colo., to Howard L. and Blanche P. (Ashbaugh) Baxstrom. He died Friday, April 1, 2005, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 67 years old.

He was in the Indian arts trading business which he deeply loved. He was a Native American anthropologist, graduating from Fort Lewis College "cum laude." His great-grandfather, Peter Baxstrom owned a stone quarry. He was also a rock hound and loved traveling.

Surviving are his son, Richard Baxstrom and wife, Mamiko Hada, of Baltimore, Md.; and his siblings, Harold Baxstrom and wife, Judy, of Durango; Helen Holliday of Eager, Ariz.; Mary Scott and husband, Tex, of Durango; Gene Baxstrom and wife, Dana, and Robert Baxstrom and wife, Sharon, all of Dolores.

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

Samuel George Bland

Graveside burial services for lifelong Cortez resident Samuel George Bland will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 7 at the Cortez Cemetery. The Rev. Jonathan Bland will officiate.

He was born March 27, 1937 in rural Bayfield, Colo., to Jack David and Ann (Cooper) Bland. He died Sunday, April 3, 2005 at his home in Cortez at the age of 68.

He was a Navy veteran who defended his country during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He maintained his membership with the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75. Reading was a passion of his. In his past years, hunting and fishing were favorite pastimes.

Surviving are his mother, Ann Bland, of Cortez; his children, Lynda Gosnell and husband, Bob, of Cortez; Cathy Frederick and husband, Steve, of Mesa, Ariz.; and Carmen Serrano of Tucson, Ariz. He leaves six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his father, Jack Bland; and his brother and sister, David Bland and Carol Bland Whitson.

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

Theodore Boekhout

Theodore Boekhout, a resident of Nucla, died April 3, 2005 at his residence. He was 71.

Arrangements are pending with Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken.

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Gerold George

Funeral services for Gerold George, a member of the BIA firefighting team stationed at Towoac, are pending with the Ertel Funeral Home.

He was born March 15, 1950. He died in Towaoc March 29, 2005 at the age of 55.

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

Mary Magdeline Hite

Funeral services for Cortez resident Mary Magdeline Hite will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 7 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church with Father Derrek D. Scott officiating. Burial services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Hayden Cemetery in Hayden, Colo.

Rosary services and visitation will be held Wednesday at the church beginning at 7 p.m.

She was born Nov. 22, 1904 in Hayden, Colo., to George W. and Julia Annie (Wedell) Hite. She died Monday, April 4, 2005 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She was 100 years old.

Before moving to Cortez, she served on the Hospital District Board in Oak Creek, Colo. She also served as president of her local senior citizens organizationand was a member of the Pioneers of America. She loved to travel.

Surviving are her three nieces, Virginia M. Coppinger of Dolores; Marjorie Coppinger of Cortez; and MaryLou Hines of Casper, Wyo.; and her nephew, William R. Hite of Henderson, Nev.

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

Travis Edwin Dewayne Hughes

Memorial services for longtime Cortez resident Travis Edwin Dewayne Hughes will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Military services will be conducted by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75. A visitation has been scheduled for Tuesday at the Ertel Chapel from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

He was born Aug. 30, 1972, at Topeka, Kan., to Virgil Edward and Judy Arlene (Loe) Hughes. He died Friday, April 1, 2005 in rural Montezuma County at the age of 32.

He was an Army veteran who served as a helicopter crew chief, combat flight medic and a Drug Interdiction Team member in Kansas. Upon honorably discharging in September 1995, he entered the life of sales. Above all he cherished and loved the time he spent with his children.

Surviving are his children, Taylor Mitchel Muse and Kelsey Lynne Hughes both of Clovis, N.M.; his parents, Virgil Edward Hughes of Larkspur, Colo., and Judy Arlene Ward of Topeka, Kan.; his brother, Brad Edward William Hughes and wife, Mary, of Topeka, Kan.; his stepsister, Leann Chandler of Larkspur, Colo.; and his nephew, Lane Edward James Hughes of Topeka. Preceding him in death were his stepmother, Beverly Jean Hughes; his stepfather, Matthew H. Ward; and his grandparents, Vivian B. Loe, George E. Hughes, Liberty Hughes, and Kenneth Kern.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. Top of Page

Alyne Eakins

Memorial services for Alyne Eakins, a longtime resident of Cortez, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. A reception will follow at the Cortez Elks Lodge.

She was born Oct. 19, 1924 in Celina, Texas, to Roy Edgar and Alla Tommie (Raper) Rucker. She died at Southwest Memorial Hospital Saturday, March 26, 2005, at the age of 80.

Mrs. Eakins was a real estate agent for a number of years and was currently working for Century 21. She would tell you that she loved her line of work. She was a true professional and her work was her hobby.

Surviving are her daughter, Belinda L. Hawkey of Cortez; her granddaughter, Jill Kristin Hawkey of Durango; great grandson, Kale Steffenson of Beulah, N.D.; and her sister, Louise Duncan of Dallas, Texas.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Murray Delton Eakins in April 2003.

Memorial contributions can be made with the Dolores State 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

Victor Gallegos

Memorial services for lifelong Cortez resident Victor Gallegos will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 1 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Father Derrick D. Scott will officiate.

A prayer vigil has been scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.

He was born Feb. 6, 1934 in Cebolla, N.M., to Adolpho and Eufemia (Gurule) Gallegos. He died Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at his residence in Cortez at the age of 71.

In 1972, he married Roberta Sanchez in Denver, Colo. He worked as a house painter for Mike's Painting and Drywall for many years. He loved fishing, hunting and woodworking.

Surviving are his wife, Roberta Gallegos of Cortez; his children, Tricia Lemke and husband, Steve, of Omaha, Neb.; Sonja Alvarez and husband, Vinnie, of Cortez; Sonny Rodriguez and wife, Cindy, of Grand Junction, Colo.; Julia Mirabel and husband, Vince, of Arizona; and Victoria Rodriguez of Grand Junction; two grandchildren; and siblings, Carmelita Archibeque and husband, Mike; and Adonais "Ed" Gallegos, all of Cortez.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Delphina Gallegos; and his brothers, Pete, Gilbert and Domingo Gallegos.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Montezuma.

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

Robert H. 'Bob' Goode

Robert H. "Bob" Goode of Montrose died March 20, 2005 at St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. in the Lion's Club Park in Montrose.

He is survived by his four children, Kayla Goode; J.W. Goode, both of Montrose; Shane Goode; and Kandi Goode, both of Farmington, N.M.; and friend, Dorothy Goff of Montrose.

Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory of Montrose. Top of Page

Dean Edgar Saylor

Dean Edgar Saylor was born Oct. 3, 1947 in Bakersfield, Calif., to Clyde Edgar and AnnaDean (Decker) Saylor. He died Monday, March 28, 2005 at his residence in Egnar at the age of 57.

He was a chemical engineer and served on a chemical emergency team for several years. He moved to the Dove Creek/Egnar area sometime ago and felt that this was where he belonged. He loved the Dove Creek area.

Surviving are his parents; Clyde Saylor of Bakersfield, Calif., and AnnaDean Saylor of Taft, Calif.; his children, Michael Saylor of Stockton, Calif., and Lisa Saylor of Henderson, Nev. He leaves one granddaughter, Regan Saylor; and his siblings, Dale Saylor of Taft, Calif.; Susan Myers of Sacramento, Calif.; and Sally Saylor of Taft, Calif.

There are no services scheduled at this time. 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

Felton V. Watkins

Funeral services for Felton V. Watkins, longtime area resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Dove Creek Cemetery. Jeff Foster of the Cortez Church of Christ will officiate.

Visitation has been set for Friday at the Ertel Chapel from 3 to 5 p.m.

Mr. Watkins was born at Boyd, Okla. on April 1, 1914, to Andrew Clarence "A.C." and Fannie Jane (Holiday) Watkins. He died at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado Tuesday, March 29, 2005. He was 90 years old.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Opal (Wheat) Watkins of Cortez; his children, Barbara Lee Citak and husband, Jack, of Las Vegas, Nev. and Harold Dean Polf of Las Vegas, Nev.; nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Geneva Watkins and Mary Watkins both of Dove Creek; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, L.G. Polf; and his nine sisters and brothers, Bessie and Myrna Watkins as infants, Tola Trollinger, Earl Watkins, Rosa Cory, Lois Sword, Oscar Watkins, Virgil Watkins, and Ernest Watkins.

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

Margaret Ann Bianchi

Margaret Ann Bianchi, 63, died Sunday, March 27, 2005 at her home in Mancos. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 10 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church. A rosary will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango. Top of Page

Helen Faye Risenhoover

Funeral services for Helen Faye Risenhoover, longtime Egnar resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the Cahone Community Church. Burial follows at the Cahone Cemetery. Pastor Matt Segebartt will officiate.

Visitation is Wednesday from noon until service time at the Cahone Community Church.

She was born Jan. 12, 1913 at Agra, Okla., to Orville and Nora (Neely) Smith She died at Vista Grande Nursing Home Sunday, March 27, 2005 at the age of 92.

She married Lewis Jasper Risenhoover June 29, 1929 in Chandler, Okla. The couple moved to Colorado in 1930. She loved to travel and enjoyed a large vegetable garden.

Surviving are her children, Darrell Risenhoover and wife, Laura, of Tucson, Ariz.; Alice Wright of Clifton, Colo.; Rachel Geisinger and husband, Clifford, of Egnar; Margaret Heaps and husband, Charlie, of Smyrna, Tenn.; and Carol Hicks and husband, Jim, of Denver, Colo.; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; and three daughters-in-law, Diane Risenhoover of Cortez, Ruthie Renne of Cortez, and Wanda Turner of Sedona, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Risenhoover; two sons, Delbert and Donald Risenhoover; and a brother, Glen Smith.

Memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. Risenhoover's name to the Rehabilitation Unit at the Vista Grande Nursing Home. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Mildred Odell Spencer

Funeral services for Mancos resident Mildred Odell Spencer will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Pastor David Ramsey will officiate.

She was born Sept. 30, 1911, in Archibald, La., to George and Ethel (Tomlinson) Clampitt. She died Friday, March 25, 2005 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home at the age of 93.

She married Olen Amos Spencer on Jan. 29, 1933 in Mancos. She was a dedicated homemaker to her husband and four children. She was a member of the Southwest Cowbelles, and Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed gardening; especially gladiolas.

Surviving are her children, Glen Spencer and wife, Eva, of Bloomfield, N.M., and Alice Riggins and husband, Cal, of Idaho. She leaves eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren behind as well.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Olen Amos Spencer; her son, James Spencer; her daughter, Carolyn Johnston; and one brother.

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

Sue Kaiser

Sue Kaiser died Saturday, March 26, 2005 at the age of 67. She was born Dec. 31, 1937, to Olen Bud and Audrey Birdie (Cannon) Rusing at Bogey Point, Okla. She married Charlie Fredrick Kaiser June 3, 1959 in Aztec, N.M.

She lived in Cortez since 1971. She enjoyed sewing, crochet and horses.

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Charlie Kaiser of Cortez; her children, Audrey Collom; Terry Zahorka and husband, Ron; and Chuck Kaiser and wife, Lynn; as well as her eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Virginia Collins and Johnnie Stanley; brother, Phillip Rushing and wife, Marlis; special friends, Ronnie and Bob Schwiebenz and daughter, Heather; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and other friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Olen and Birdie Rushing; a brother, Don Allen; and infant twin brothers.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Nancy Marie Griffin

Nancy Marie Griffin was born Sept. 5, 1944 in Denver, Colo., to Clarence Clifford and Margaret Carolyn (Wanasek) Griffin. She died at Southwest Memorial Hospital Saturday, March 26, 2005 at the age of 60.

On Sept.4, 1979, she married William Ellisworth Griffin in Cortez. She loved to read and enjoyed riding in the mountains with her husband.

Surviving are her husband, Bill Griffin, of Cortez; two daughters, April McClure of Fort Collins, Colo. and Rhonda McClure of Nampa, Ida.; and three stepsons, Billy Dean Griffin and wife, Darlene, of Cortez; Bud Griffin of Lewis, Colo.; and Danny Griffin and wife, Kathy, of Cortez; sisters, Maxine Clark of Fort Collins, Colo.; Anita Taussig of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Debbie Foster of Kremmling, Colo.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are through the Ertel Funeral Home. Top of Page

Juanita Rose "Tuttie" Dinae

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Juanita Rose "Tuttie" Dinae will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will at the Cortez Cemetery. Brother Don Smith will officiate.

A wake will be held Wednesday from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Dinae residence at 905 Brookside Drive in Cortez.

She was born Feb. 29, 1964 in Farmington, N.M., to Sam D. and Fern (Lang) Foster. She died Friday, March 25, 2005 at San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington at the age of 41.

She was a trained cosmetologist who loved to travel and watch and coach her children in sports. She also enjoyed yard sales and flea markets with her husband.

Surviving are her husband, Jonathan Dinae, of Cortez; her children, Nicole, Traci, Cody, Jowan "Bop" and Jalen "J.J." Dinae, all of Cortez. She leaves her siblings, Gilbert Foster and wife, Roseanne, of Shiprock, N.M.; Norma Dupree and husband, Fred, of Rapid City, S.D.; Percy Wing and husband, Orrin, of Cortez; B.J. Frost and husband, Harvey, of Towaoc; Corrina Willie and husband, Melvin, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Darlene Whiteman and husband, Darwin, of Towaoc; and Philbert Foster and wife, Fritz, of Showlow, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Delbert Foster.

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

Julius Waymund Bond

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Julius Waymund Bond will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Pastor Ron Horne will officiate.

Visitation is Wednesday at the Ertel Chapel from 3 to 5 p.m.

He was born April 15, 1917 at Fort Cobb, Okla., to John William and Georgia Missouri (Saddler) Bond. He died Sunday, March 27, 2005 at his home at the age of 87.

On June 17, 1936 in Chickasha, Okla., he married Minnie Gertrude Sample. In 1959 he moved his family to the Cortez area. He worked as a derrick foreman for Superior Oil Company for 33 1/2 years.

Surviving are his wife, Minnie Bond, of Cortez; children, Aretta Gooch and husband, Tommy, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Jo Ann Miller of Carlsbad, N.M.; Reta McNeill and companion, Don Fox, of Cortez; John W. Bond and wife, Deanna, of Cortez; J. Howard Bond and wife, Kaye, of Perry, Okla.; and Gail Bond and companion, Gary Gellatly, of Cortez; and his sister, Armetta Knowles of North Hollywood, Calif.

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

Berniece Lewis

Berniece Lewis, a lifelong area resident, died March 26, 2005 at Southwest Memorial Hospital. She was 77.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 30 at Life Way Baptist Church in Cortez. Pastor Jimmy Kennedy and Pastor Neely Lewis, her son, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Cahone Cemetery. A dinner is planned at the Lewis-Arriola Community Center, following the burial.

She was born Aug. 8, 1927 in Cahone, Colo., to Den and Blanche White Neely. She married Clem C. Lewis in Aztec, N.M., Oct. 17, 1944. She became ill with polio as a child and needed the use of a wheelchair, but she was a wonderful person to her many friends.

She was a member of the Montelores Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Clem Lewis, of Cortez; children, Jeanine Trone; Gary Lewis and wife, Mary; Bernie Lewis and wife, Joetta; and Neely Lewis, all of Cortez; a brother, Raymond Neely and wife, Alene, also of Cortez; 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Claudie and Lee Neely and a sister, Lorene Risenhoover.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Montelores Baptist Church, PO Box 2, Lewis, CO 81327.

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

George William French Jr.

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident George William French Jr. will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, March 26 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

He was born July 26, 1921 in Portland, Texas, to George W. and Dollye (Trice) French. He died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 83.

In 1941, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in San Antonio, Texas. He served two tours in World War II. He was a pipefitter by trade, and stayed in that profession during his working years. On Dec. 31, 1944 in Oklahoma City, Okla., he married Doris R. Brixey. He enjoyed riding horses, going to the mountains and camping. He adored and loved his family.

Surviving are his wife, Doris R. French, of Cortez; his children, Vicki L. Linderholm and husband, Ed, and Steven L. French all of Lakewood, Colo. He leaves three grandchildren, Kristy and Wendy Linderholm of Los Angeles, Calif., and Holly Linderholm of Boulder, Colo.; siblings, Dorothy Harris of Lake Charles, La., Ella Kellogg, Nonie Singleton and Leonard "Buz" French, all of Portland, Texas. Preceding him in death were his parents.

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Patricia Jean Hart Ludeman

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Patricia Jean "Patsi" Hart Ludeman will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Cortez First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. The Rev. Lynn Evans will officiate.

She was born April 22, 1941 in Gunnison, Colo., to Edward A. and Nellie C. (Miller) Short. She died Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 63.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the state and national level, Girls State, Cortez Emblem Club, Republican Women, Central Committee for Republicans, Red Hat Society, president of the Ladies Golf Association and president of the N.W. Division of Ladies Auxiliary. She owned Hart's Specialty Shop, as well as Patsi Hart's Tax Office.

She also was known for being a wonderful baker, who supplied her lemon and coconut pies for Elks' bingo every Thursday night.

Surviving are her husband, Joe Ludeman of Cortez; twin sisters, JoAn Fortney and June Lehe both of Grand Junction; brother and two sisters, James Short and wife, Cheryl, of League City, Texas; Alice and husband, Felton, of Magnolia, Texas; and Donna Heyman and husband, Roscoe, of Menard, Texas. Preceding her in death were her parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Fisher House in Denver, Colo. located at the old Fitz Simmons Military Base.

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Billy Byron Tate

Memorial services for lifelong Cortez resident Billy Byron Tate will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 28 in the Indoor Arena at his residence, located at 16900 C.R. 20, in Cortez.

He was born July 9, 1964 in Cortez, to Byron F. and Judy Carolyn (Nielson) Tate. He died Sunday, March 20, 2005 in rural Cortez at the age of 40. He was a local horse trainer and stable owner for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Jody Tate of Cortez; his children, Ashley Brianne Tate of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Chance William Tate of Cortez; his stepdaughter, Shaylin Todeschi of Cortez; and grandson, Kage Chance Tate of Sierra Vista, Ariz.

He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Bill and Gean Nielson of Dolores; his paternal grandmother, Arveda Bruce of Cortez; his sister, Carolyn Chandler and husband, Foy, of Arriola; and his two nieces, Brittney and Brandi Chandler, both of Arriola.

Memorial contributions can be made at either branch of the Dolores State Bank.

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Lorna Lu Williams

A Celebration of Life will be held in memory of lifelong Cahone resident Lorna Lu Williams at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Cahone.

She was born April 14, 1934 in Cahone, to Milton and Gertrude Lemoyne (Howard) Hughes. She died Sunday, March 20, 2005 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 70.

She was a member of the Civitans and the Dolores County Search and Rescue. She worked as a cashier for the Dove Creek Superette Grocery Store. She enjoyed tole painting and beadwork. She was an avid "rock-hound" who enjoyed collecting rocks.

Surviving are her daughters, Lemoyne Bradfield and husband, Charles, of Mesa, Ariz.; Cherrie Garchar and husband, Dwayne, of Dove Creek; and Connie Cannon and husband, Dennis, of Rico; 11 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, Edna Myrle Spillar of San Antonio, Texas; June Posey and husband, Jim, of Dove Creek; Ann Weese of Dove Creek; Sue Johnson and husband, John, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Jimmy Hughes and wife, Janet, of Clyde, N.Y.; and Howard Hughes and wife, Rose, of Arriola.

Her husband, Henry Thomas Williams and her parents preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions can be made to either the Dolores County Search and Rescue or to the Dove Creek Ambulance Fund.

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Sylvia "Jeanne" Cox

Funeral services for former Cortez resident Sylvia "Jeanne" Cox will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Cortez Church of Christ. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 29, 1924 in Florence, Colo., to Stephen and Nancy (McLoney) Berardi. She died Friday, March 18, 2005 at her home in Boerne, Texas, at the age of 81.

She was a school teacher and a mother of two. She is survived by her children, Jody Kuykendall of Boerne, Texas, and Tom Cox of Cortez. She leaves two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and her sister, Norma of Snowflake, Ariz.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, Thomas Eugene Cox.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Montezuma at P.O. Drawer 740, Cortez, CO 81321; or the American Cancer Society.

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Carolyn Adelaide Dickinson Gurd

Funeral services for Cortez resident Carolyn Adelaide Dickinson Gurd will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Pastor Don Thompson of the Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate.

She was born Feb. 13, 1909 in New York City, N.Y., to William Brant and Adelaide Elizabeth (Prahl) Dickinson. She died at Vista Grande Nursing Home Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at the age of 96.

On June 14, 1931, in Long Island, N.Y., she married LeRoy Babcock Gurd. With this union three sons were born. She spent her career as a kindergarten teacher. She was involved in "The Circle" in Georgia for a time, and she enjoyed food.

Surviving are her sons, Richard D. Gurd of Cortez, and Robert W. Gurd of Warner Robins, Ga. She leaves four grandchildren; and her nephew Edward England, of Lancaster, Pa.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, LeRoy Gurd; her son, LeRoy B. Gurd; and her siblings.

Memorial contributions can be made at Citizens State 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  

Howard Leuders Hight

Funeral services for lifelong Towaoc resident Howard Leuders Hight will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 18 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Towaoc Cemetery.

A visitation has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the Ertel Chapel from 3 to 5 p.m.

He was born Oct. 3, 1939, to Jack and Melissa (Leuders) Hight. He died Monday, March 14, 2005 at his home in Towaoc at the age of 65.

He loved to hunt, fish and visit with family and friends. He truly enjoyed going and listening to powwow songs. He spent his working career with the Towaoc Police Department as a police officer.

Surviving are his siblings, Jane Hight Lehi and husband, Howard Sr.; Donnie Hight; Jennie Kuebler; and Celia Cuthair and husband, Ira, all of Towaoc. He leaves many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents.

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Robert E. "Bob" Luthi

Robert E. "Bob" Luthi of Nevada City, Calif., formerly of Cortez, died March 15, 2005 in Colfax, Calif., at the age of 67. He was born Oct. 7, 1937 in Bayfield, to Emil and Eliza Luthi. He died after a lengthy, courageous fight with cancer.

Surviving are his son Rob Luthi and Elaine Bernie of Colfax, Calif.; his daughter Sherri Knight and husband, Andrew, of Sacramento, Calif.; his grandchildren, Alex, Tressa, Jeanette, Aaron and Kyla; his siblings, Myron Luthi; David Luthi and wife, Paula; Mary Imel and husband, Dan; and Lucille Waterman and husband, Arie, all of Cortez. Many other close relatives and friends also mourn his passing.

Preceding him in death were his loving wife Carrol in 2003, and his parents.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in California. Memorial contributions can be made to help purchase a bench in Carrol and Robert Luthi's name to be placed at Greyhound Rock Beach. Send memorial contributions to: Sherri Knight, 9125 Kendrick Way, Orangevale, CA 95662. Top of Page

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Sue McNeill

Funeral services for lifelong Cortez resident Sue McNeill will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Visitation has been set for Monday afternoon at the Ertel Chapel from 4 to 6 p.m.

She was born June 29, 1923, in Cortez, to James Addison and Elizabeth Ann (Scott) Wheeler. She died at Golden Years Retirement Home Thursday, March 10, 2005, at the age of 81.

On Dec. 4, 1944, she married Dave Monroe McNeill in Aztec, N.M. The couple resided in Cortez operating Wheeler's Market located at the corner of Beech and Main Street. She operated her own beauty shop for a number of years. She loved playing cards and enjoyed going to the casino. She also enjoyed time spent knitting.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Don Tozer of Cortez; grandchildren, Heather Tozer and Hardy Tozer both of Cortez; and sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Bill Stroud.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 38 years, Dave McNeill in 1983; two sisters, Helen Blackmer and Elizabeth "Punky" Williamson; and brother, James Wheeler.

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Lilly Dean Nelson

Lilly Dean Nelson, 95, of Payson, Utah, died March 6, 2005, at the home of her daughter. She was born in Mancos Aug. 17, 1909, to Henry Royal Dean and Deloras Bruun.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 10, 2005, at noon in the Payson, Utah, 14th Ward Chapel, 110 South 300 West, where friends may call from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Mancos Friday, March 11, 2005 at 2 p.m.

She married Harold O. Nelson ("H") Nov. 7, 1931. They lived all of their married life in Mesa Verde National Park and in Mancos. She worked as a postal clerk. After the death of her husband, she moved to Payson in 1975 to be near her daughters. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints. She loved sewing, creative cooking, playing board games, singing, playing the piano, crossword puzzles, her roses, neighbors, home teaching, and family, especially grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Michelle DeLeeuw and husband, Gary, of Greenwich, Utah, and Louana Bailey and husband, Cary, of Payson, Utah; 13 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; daughter, Jerry Lynn; and brothers, Adrian; Lynn; Bobby Roy and sisters, Coralie Rider; Emma Guillet; Vivian Bone and Kate Hanner.

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Christopher Michael Rush

Christopher Michael Rush, a recent resident of Cortez and formerly of Prescott, Ariz., died on March 5, 2005 in the Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 18.

A funeral service will take place Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in the New Hope Christian Ministries Church, located at 11088 U.S. Highway 491, in Cortez. Pastor Johnathan Bland will officiate. A visitation will be held at the New Hope Christian Ministries Church Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of services. A funeral service and burial is planned for a later date in Prescott.

He was born to John E. and Marcella D. Du Boas Rush Dec. 23, 1986 in Phoenix, Ariz. He lived in Prescott most of his life, until moving to Cortez one year ago. He enjoyed attending church with his family, and read the Bible daily to his mother. He enjoyed playing the guitar, especially with his father; many types of music; playing basketball; skateboarding; riding his Haro bike; rapping and just "clowning around."

He is survived by his parents, John Rush of Prescott and Marcella Rush of Cortez; his brothers, Joshua Rush; Jeric Rush; and Nathan Rush, all of Prescott; his paternal grandmother, Martha Lee Rush of Cincinnati, Ohio; his maternal grandmother, Libby Baker of Cortez; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken is serving the family locally. Hampton Funeral Home of Prescott is in charge of arrangements in Arizona. Call (888) 778-4401 for further information. Top of Page

Cecil Albert Rice

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

A memorial service will take place Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. in the Nucla Fire Hall. Pastor Dan Williams will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 9058 of Nucla. A dinner will follow the services at the fire hall.

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

Filbert Kelly 'Randy' Velasquez

Memorial services for lifelong Dolores resident Filbert Kelly "Randy" Velasquez will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2005 at the Evangel Assembly of God Church with Pastor Jeff McDonald officiating. Military services will be conducted by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75 at the Cortez Cemetery following the services.

He was born April 15, 1955 in Cortez, to Kelly Epifanio and Lilly (Maestas) Velasquez. He died Saturday, March 5, 2005 in Albuquerque, N.M., at the age of 49.

He was an Army veteran who served his country during Vietnam. He worked as a plumber before a diagnosis of leukemia left him unable to work. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and hunting. He had a clever mind and enjoyed coming up with creative ideas for new inventions. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and practical jokes.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, Kelly and Elisa Velasquez of Dolores; his children, Patrick Aguilar and wife, Vicki, of Fort Collins, Colo.; Brady Jo Aguilar and Danny Ray Aguilar, both of Farmington, N.M.; Antonio Velasquez of Cortez; and Heidi Montano of Farmington, N.M.; nine grandchildren; and four nephews and three nieces. Preceding him in death was his mother, Lilly.

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Richard S. Luhman

Richard S. Luhman, 62, died Friday, March 4, 2005 in Cortez.

Born Sept. 6, 1942 in Chicago, Ill., to Marion Lorna Quirk Luhman and Werner Scott Luhman, he was a practicing attorney in Cortez. He earned his B.S. at Northwestern University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois Law School in 1967. After beginning the practice of law in Chicago, he moved to Telluride in 1975, then to Cortez in 1988, where he joined the law firm of Dyer & Dilts before starting his own practice in 1993. He was a member of the Montezuma County Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association, Rotary International and the Elks Club. He also was a member of the board of directors of the Piñon Project and of the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center.

He is survived by his wife and dearest friend, Joan Sorenson Luhman, of Cortez; parents, Werner and Marion Luhman, of Tucson; brother Donald Luhman and wife, Bonnie, of Maple Grove, Minn.; sister, Marcia Luhman, of Tucson; niece, Heather Ann Hart and husband, Brian; and nephews Carl Robert Luhman, Joshua Abraham Pechter, and Matthew Scott Pechter.

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Cortez, 515 N. Park, Wednesday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Southwest Memorial Hospital Foundation, P. O. Drawer L, Cortez CO 81321, or the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center 140 N. Linden, Cortez CO 81321.

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Evalena 'Evie' Ritthaler

Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident Evalena "Evie" Ritthaler will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jimmy Burton officiating. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.

Visitation has been set for Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ertel Chapel.

She was born Oct. 18, 1937 in Crandon, Wis., the daughter of Charles and Susie (Kidd) McPherson. She died Friday, March 4, 2005 at Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 67.

She was involved with the Montezuma County Democratic Party and Montezuma County Democratic Women. She worked in the office of the Montezuma County Clerk from 1973 to 2002, serving two terms as Montezuma County Clerk.

Surviving are her husband, Rodney Ray Ritthaler, of Cortez; children, Cindi Robb and husband, John, of Cortez; Raymond Ritthaler and wife, Audrey Spindle, of Durango; and Rodney Ritthaler and wife, Jamie, of Cortez; grandchildren, Brandon Haile and wife, Hannah; Tiffany Haile; Jackson Robb; Rhiannon Spindle-Ritthaler; Belle Mae Spindle-Ritthaler; Kacey Lard; Jennifer Lard; Naomi Ritthaler; and Jake Ritthaler; four brothers and three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers and two sisters.

Memorial contributions can be made to the M-CHS Band Boosters or the Montezuma County Women's Democratic Committee.

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William Joshua Roundtree

Services for William Joshua Roundtree, formerly of Cortez, are pending with the Ertel Funeral Home.

He was born on March 29, 1915 in Wister, Okla., the son of John Wiley and Clara Lula (Armstrong) Roundtree. He died on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004 at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Administration Medical Center in Temple, Texas, at the age of 89.

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Della June Osborn

Cortez resident Della June Osborn was born on Dec. 18, 1936 in Ackman, Colo., the daughter of Harvey Earl and Gaither Katherine (Tewell) Oliver. She died on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004 at her home in Cortez at the age of 67.

She is survived by Wesley, her husband of 49 years, of Cortez; her children, Michael Osborn and wife, Ruth, of Boulder, Douglas Osborn and wife, Michele, of Phoenix, Ariz., Shari Beke and husband, Dave, of Cortez, Steven Osborn and wife, Lori, of Capitan, N.M., and Kelly Osborn of Cortez. She leaves 13 grandchildren; and her brother and sister, Troy Oliver and wife, Shorlene, and Vada Wood.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, and two sisters.

Memorial contributions can be made with the American Cancer Society. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

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Joe Beletso

Funeral services for lifelong Montezuma Creek, Utah, resident Joe Beletso will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Calvary Baptist Church of Montezuma Creek. Pastor Kenneth Norton will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Hot Springs Family Cemetery near Montezuma Creek.

Mr. Beletso was born on Nov. 14, 1910 in Montezuma Creek to Nakai Hosteen and Ason (Yazzie) Hosteen. He died on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 93.

Surviving are his children, Stanley Joe Beletso and wife, Emma Jean, of Cahone Mesa; Bessie Beletso of Cortez; Marie Beletso of Montezuma Creek; and Nelson Beletso and wife, Marie, of Montezuma Creek; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Minnie (Nakia) Beletso; his daughter, Marene Begay; and two sons, Ramond Joe Beletso and Henry Joe Beletso.

Memorial contributions can be made at First National Bank.

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Jesse Marvin Dufur

Graveside services for lifelong Dolores resident Jesse Marvin Dufur will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 4, 2004 at the Cortez Cemetery.

A visitation has been scheduled from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel before the service.

Mr. Dufur was born on June 22, 1929 in Aztec, N.M., to Xavier and Elizabeth Annie (Payne) Dufur. He died on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004 at the Mesa View Retirement Home at the age of 75.

Surviving are his children, Sharon Amber, of Cannon Beach, Ore., and Jess Daniel Dufur, of Cortez; his grandchildren, John Dufur and Steven Amber; his brother and sister, Norman Dufur of Farmington, N.M., and Cloy Hatch of Nampa, Idaho; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers; and four sisters.

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Norma Elaine Lancaster

Funeral services for lifelong Pleasant View/Cortez area resident Norma Elaine Lancaster will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Cortez Church of Christ. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt will officiate.

Mrs. Lancaster was born on Nov. 29, 1929 in May Canyon, west of Dolores, the daughter of Claude "Bud" and Ethel Louise (Dickerson) Ince. She died on Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 at Banner Gardens Hospice House in Mesa, Ariz., at the age of 74.

Surviving are her three children, Barbara Floyd, Boyd Lancaster and Cheryl Lancaster; her grandchildren, Mindy Weaver, Matt Floyd, Michael and Jessica Lancaster and Rawlin and Kenny Brown; and five great-grandchildren, Dustin, Hayden, Kaleb, Ryker and Alaina. Also, her sister, Edith Chappell of Cortez; brothers, Nate Ince of Lebanon and Vernon Ince of Lewis and a wealth of extended family members.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Boyd; her sister, Barbara Remer; brother Carson Ince; and two infant siblings, Clayton and Aileen.

Memorial contributions can be made with Banner Gardens Hospice House, 7231 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, Ariz., 85208.

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Mary Elizabeth "Kitty" Gray

Mary Elizabeth "Kitty" Gray, a resident of Cortez for the last three years, died at her home in Cortez on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at the age of 74.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Pastor Don Thompson of the Trinity Lutheran Church officiated.

Mrs. Gray was born June 15, 1930 at Espanola, N.M., the daughter of Juan Shije and Manuelita Velarde Sisneros Quintana. She attended the University of New Mexico and Weber State University where she earned her bachelor and master's degree in special education. She was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a special education teacher. She held membership with the National Teachers' Association and the National Education Association. Mrs. Gray also was a member of Ruth Guild Quilting Club and she enjoyed her time spent sewing.

Surviving are her husband of 38 years, John Gray, of Cortez; her children, Thomasine Eagle, Gloria Eagle, Michelle Eagle Boyer and husband, Jake; Sharon Quam and husband, Alvin Pinnecoose; Jean Marie Gurule, Susan Gray, Jean Gray and Ned Gray; as well as numerous grandchildren. Kitty is survived by two sisters from Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M., and siblings from Jicarilla Apache, Dulce, N.M.

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Daniel Spencer Hilton

Daniel Spencer Hilton, a resident of Dolores, died at his home on Oct. 31. He was 56. A celebration of Mr. Hilton's life will take place on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Hollywood Bar in Dolores. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to P.O. Box 892, Dolores, CO 81323.

Mr. Hilton is survived by his wife Lynn of Dolores; his children, Joe Burns of Dolores; Jammie Homan of Mesa, Ariz.; and Jay Dee Burns of Farmington, N.M.; his brother Don Hilton of Dolores; his step-brother Jerry Meacham of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; two stepsisters Carolyn and Betty, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren; and aunts; uncles; cousins; nephews and nieces throughout Utah.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his parents.

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