George W. Towns
Funeral services for George W. Towns, 93, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at the Lebanon Cemetery. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt and Mrs. Julia Smith will officiate. Visitation has been set for Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. until service time at the Ertel Chapel.
George was born to Walter and Taressa Ann (Wright) Towns on April 15, 1908 in Hardeman County, Texas. He passed away on Monday, Oct. 1, 2001 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos.
On Nov. 13, 1931, in Lovington, N.M. George married his sweetheart Lauralee Hale. In 1977 George moved to the Dolores area. He lived his life as both a sheep rancher and a horse race trainer. With his hard working personality came a man who loved to write poetry and songs. He also enjoyed bluegrass and gospel music. George was also a member of the Church of Christ.
George is survived by his children, Julia (J.D.) Towns Smith of Mancos, and Lex Carroll (Anita) Towns of Missouri; his siblings, Lillie Chitwood of Fremont, Calif., and F.C. Towns of Seattle, Wash.; and his grandchildren, Wayne Jay (Lisa) Smith of Grand Junction, Colo., Jesse Karl (Suzette) Smith of Denver, Hale Turner (Molly) Towns of Chicago, and Janelle Sarah Towns of St. Louis, Mo.
His parents, and his wife, Lauralee Towns, preceded him in death.
Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Carol Ileen Hoy
Funeral services for Carol Ileen Hoy of Cortez will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Lynn Evans of the Cortez First United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.
Carol, the daughter of Melvin and Charolette (Wenzel) Hines was born in Brainerd, Minn., on July 8, 1953. She passed away at her home in Cortez on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at the age of 48.
On Aug. 26, 1996 in Cortez, Carol wed Benjamin Chase Hoy Jr. She was a creative person enjoying having her hands busy with various needle crafts. She particularly liked to quilt, crochet, and needlepoint plastic canvass
Surviving Carol are her husband, Chase Hoy of Cortez; her mother, Charolette Wenzel Hines of Gillette, Wyo.; her son, Richard Shane (Charlene) Marx of Arriola; daughters, Robin Marie (Justin) Dodson and Brandi Lynn (Anthony) Saben both of Cortez; and seven grandchildren.
Carol is also survived by brothers, Dean Hines and Bob Hines both of Gillette, Wyo., and Rick Chornuck; and sisters, Tammy (Steve) Overlease of Laird, Colo., and Traci (Steve) Burr of Gillette, Wyo.
Memorial contributions can be made with Hospice of Montezuma. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Elma E. Evensen
Elma E. Evensen, 90, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at her home in Durango. A funeral service will be today, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2 Hilltop Circle, with Bishop James Cooper officiating. Burial will occur at Greenmount Cemetery
Mrs. Evensen was born April 20, 1911, in Paola, Kan., to William and Frieda Peine. She married Clifford Hermand Evensen on June 8, 1937, at the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mrs. Evensen taught piano and organ lessons in Durango and was a church organist for 73 years. Mrs. Evensen also played in a small dance band here in Durango. She was an avid gardener.
She is survived by four children: Ronald Evensen, Provo, Utah; Val Evensen, Durango; Elaine Bard, Randlett, Utah; and Karen Christensen, Farmington, N.M.; a brother, Fred Peine of St. George, Utah; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Clifford Hermand Evensen, preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2000.
Memorial contributions may be made to The LDS Missionary Fund, 2603 N. College Dr., Durango, CO 81301, or Hospice of Mercy , 375 E. Park Ave., Durango CO 81301.
William Wright Clarkson
Services for William Wright Clarkson, 93, of Cortez, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the First Assembly of God Church. Pastor Don Henderson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Cortez Cemetery.
Visitation is today, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, who are serving the family.
Mr. Clarkson passed away Sept. 28, 2001, at his residence. He was born to John Holland and Pearl Ella Wright Clarkson on June 9, 1908, at Webster Grove, Mo. The family moved to California, where Mr. Clarkson grew up and graduated from the Hollywood High School. He received a degree in accounting from the University of California.
On June 2, 1938, he married his beloved wife, Constance Patch, in Hollywood, at the Congregational Church. They were blessed with three children.
Mr. Clarkson was self-employed as an accountant until his retirement. He moved to Cortez in 1993, and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.
Mr. Clarkson enjoyed riding his bicycle and his horse, and played the accordion in a dance band. He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America in Pasadena, Calif.
William Wright Clarkson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Constance of Cortez; son, Dr. Kenneth (Mary Jane) Clarkson and grandsons Steven and Tom of Coral Gables, Fla.; daughters, Edythe (Monty) Monroe and granddaughter, Jennifer of Cortez; Dorothy (James) Allen and grandchildren Jerry and Janice of Jacksonville, Fla.; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
James Allen "Jim" King
Funeral services for James Allen "Jim" King will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Father Thomas Munson will officiate.
Jim was born to Frank and Rachel (Johnson) King on April 10, 1925 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He passed away on Friday, September 28, 2001 at his home in Cortez.
Jim was raised on a ranch in Pagosa Springs. In May of 1942 he graduated high school from Pagosa. After graduation Jim decided to serve his country by joining the Army. He served from 1942 to 1945. Jim fought in the Philippines, and saw combat on the island of Mindinao. He was promoted to sergeant at that time.
After the war, he worked for Barlow Trucking Company in Denver. Later in 1951 Jim worked as a contractor for Hutchinson Homes in Denver.
On April 20, 1966 Jim married Irene Brennan. In 1979 they moved to the Cortez area where Jim worked as a carpenter until his retirement in 2000.
Jim is survived by his wife, Irene King of Cortez; his sister, Frances Davis of Denver.; brother, Sid King of Denver; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Jim in death are his parents; and his brother, Arthur King.
Memorial contributions can be made at Citizens State Bank of Cortez to benefit Hospice of Montezuma. Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Ann Morris and Allen Morris
Memorial services will be held for Elizabeth "Liz" Ann Morris and Allen Morris, on Sunday, Oct. 21. Services will be conducted at the American Legion, 320 N. Harrison, at 2 p.m. Funeral services were previously held in Riverton, Wyo.
The Morrises passed away on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Wyoming. Mrs. Elizabeth Morris was born on Dec. 17, 1949 in Cortez, to Guy Dyer and Ruth Taylor. Mr. Allen Morris was born June 15, 1961 in Riverton, to Waldo R. Morris and Bonnie Stickney.
Elizabeth is survived by her father, Guy Dyer and wife Marty of Cortez; her mother, Ruth Taylor of Lakewood, Colo.; four sons, three brothers, three sisters, six grandchildren and other family.
Allen is survived by his parents, Clifford and Bonnie Stickney of Pavillion; one son; one brother; two sisters and one stepsister.
Allen was preceded in death by his father, Waldo R. Morris; a sister, and his grandparents. A brother, Darun Taylor, and her grandparents preceded Elizabeth in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #75, 320 N. Harrison, Cortez, CO 81321.
Devon Edward Banks
A memorial service for Devon Edward Banks will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at Calvary Baptist Church, 2501 E. 20th, Farmington, N.M.
Devon passed away in Santee, Calif., on Sept. 15, 2001. He was 21.
He was born April 19, 1980, in San Diego, Calif., to Chuck and Kathy Banks.
Devon worked as an apprentice machinist in Santee at the time of his death.
He leaves to mourn, his parents, of Farmington; sister, Amanda Banks, of the family home; aunts and uncles, Billy and Marti Spitzer and family of Dove Creek; Buddy and Kati Banks and family, also of Dove Creek, and paternal grandmother, Mary Banks, of Farmington.
Funeral services for Nell Sodic, 72, of Dove Creek, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Dove Creek. Father Tom Munson will officiate.
Nell was born on Aug. 5, 1929, to Voll Hardin and Juanita (Newberry) Williams in Cañon City, Colo. She passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos.
On Aug. 29, 1947, Nell married her sweetheart, John Sodic in Leadville, Colo. Nell enjoyed her life as a seamstress and homemaker. She loved to quilt, paint, write poetry and spend time outdoors. She was also a member of the Rebekahs Lodge. The most important part of Nell’s life was her family.
She is survived by her children, Nita (Joe) Purkat of Dove Creek; Clifford (Lupe) Sodic of Brighton, Colo. and Bert (Grace) Sodic of Leadville; siblings, Hardin (Myrtle) Williams Massilon, Ohio; Bert Williams of Delta, Colo.; Marty (Barbara) Williams of Leadville; Betty, (Frank) Burch of Grand Junction, Colo.; Ruth (Anton) Purkat of Leadville; Avis Sodic of Colorado Springs, Colo.; aunt, Gladys Gird of Grand Junction; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made with Hospice at the Community Bank of Dove Creek. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Archie R. Seitz
Archie R. Seitz, a resident of Berryville, Ark., was born Aug. 13, 1928, in Cortez to Ralph Waldo and Maddie Lee (Odam) Seitz. He departed this life Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001, in his home at the age of 73.
Mr. Seitz was a veteran having serving his country with the U. S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a 100 percent service-connected disabled American veteran and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and D.A.V. He was also a member of the American Legion, having served a previous commander of the Carrolitos V.F.W. Post #87 and the American Legion #389.
On Nov. 25, 1986, he was united in marriage with Dixielee B. (Brown) Seitz, who survives him. He is also survived by a stepson, Mitchell Dean and his wife Linda Gail (Ross) Santella of Berryville; three stepchildren, Michael Skyhawk-K Santella, Moonshaddoww Santello, and Summer Rain-N Santella; and one brother, Leon D. Seitz, Sr., of Cortez.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Willis B. Seitz, and one sister, Nina Lee Hampton.
Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 22 at the Gobbler Cemetery
and interment followed under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service.
Eugene William "Gene" Tozer
Memorial services for Eugene William "Gene" Tozer, 77 of Cortez, will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Pastor Don Henderson will officiate.
Gene was born on February 18, 1924 in Cortez, to Clyde I. and Liddie Anna (Meadows) Tozer. He passed away on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001 at his home in Cortez.
As a farmer and rancher Gene enjoyed growing vegetables and giving them to his friends. He enjoyed telling stories to others and loved little kids. Animals were an interest of Gene's as well.
On Dec. 23, 1946 Gene married DeLouris Cox in Aztec, N.M.
Gene is survived by his wife, DeLouris Tozer of Cortez; children, Vicki (Ron) Porter, Kim (Scott) Stiegelmeyer, and Karen (Fred) Palmer all of Cortez; brother, Chester (Joan) Tozer of McElmo; grandchildren, Rickie Tozer, Kenna Messier, Jennifer Roundtree, and Callie Palmer; great-grandson, Alec Courtney; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his son, Kent Tozer; two brothers and one sister.
Memorial contributions can be made in Gene's name with the Dolores State Bank-Cortez Branch or with Hospice of Montezuma.
Gene C. Lindberg
Gene C. Lindberg, 62 of Dolores was born to Wesley Lester F. and Clara V. (Comstock) Lindberg on Jan. 18, 1939 in Roseau, MN. He passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos.
He is survived by his son, Charles Wesley Lindberg; and his sisters, Sharon Conway, and Sonia Reynolds. Preceding Gene in death are his parents.
There are no services planned at this time.
Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home.
James Renco Ayers
Services for Dove Creek resident James Renco Ayers are pending with the Ertel Funeral Home. Mr. Ayers was born Feb. 7, 1917, in Troy, Kans. He passed away at his home in Dove Creek on Sept. 21, 2001, at the age of 84.
For further service information, please contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468.
Robert Glover "Bob" Sherwood
Robert Glover "Bob" Sherwood passed away at his home in Cortez on Sept. 20, 2001. He was 72.
He was born on Oct. 19, 1928, in Fairfield, Conn., to William Glover and Caroline (Metcalf) Sherwood.
Working in the banking industry, Bob was employed by the Dove Creek State Bank and later served as senior vice president of Valley National Bank from 1986 to 1992. Enjoying the outdoors, Bob loved to snow ski, duck-hunt, and play golf.
Surviving Bob are his children, Robert Scott Sherwood of Durango, Mari Lyn (Troy) Lichliter of Cortez, and William Glover Sherwood II also of Durango; as well as by two grandchildren, two brothers, and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Minna (Bohlman) Sherwood.
Gertrude Caroline Marsell
Funeral services for Gertrude Caroline Marsell, 85 of Mancos, will be held Monday, Sept. 24, 200, at 2 p.m. at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. There will be a visitation Monday morning from 9 a.m, to noon, also at the Ertel Chapel. Interment will follow services at the Cortez Cemetery.
Gertrude was born on Nov. 11, 1915, in Cortez, Colo. to Carl and Iva (Caviness) Gregory. She passed away on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos, Colo.
Surviving Gertrude are her two sons, Carl Marsell of Craig, Colo., and Richard Marsell of Fallbrook, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence L. Marsell.
Timothy Meyer of Denver, a former resident of Dolores, passed away Sept. 18, 2001, at Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 61. A memorial service is planned for a later date.
Among survivors is his wife, Marlene.