Edwena Wilkins Cary
January 13, 1908 - December 30, 2002
Edwena Wilkins Cary was born Jan. 13, 1908, on her grandparent’s ranch near Hayden, Colo., to Earle and Laura Dawson Wilkins.
She grew up on the Dawson ranch, where her family raised cattle and also kept buffalo and elk. She liked playing outdoors and in the barn. When she was young, she and her brother would hitch a goat to a wagon for rides, and when she was older, she rode her horse, Mac. She spent much time at a swimming hole on the river with her brothers and cousins and sometimes would build a fire on the sand to roast birds the boys had shot. The ranch and buildings are preserved by The Nature Conservancy.
The winters were sometimes spent in Denver or Los Angeles, but she was graduated from Hayden High School. She attended Colorado University, where she fell in love with Wilson Cary, also from a large Hayden ranching family. They were married in 1929 and moved to a high mountain ranch on the East Fork of the Williams River south of Hayden.
They raised two sons at their ranch. Edwena taught at the one room schoolhouse in the neighborhood. She enjoyed studying botany in college and kept vegetable, flower and rock gardens at the ranch, often experimenting with growing the wildflowers in the region.
She and Wilson stocked a small lake with fish for those too young or old to fish the river. She liked to lay on the pier and watch fish swim underneath. She talked all her life of the fun she had on horseback camping trips with her husband and sons.
Although there was no electricity at the ranch, she had a formal family dinner each day with china and silver and service from the head of the table. She enjoyed nice things and believed they were meant to be used.
She liked fine needlework since she participated in the sewing classes her grandmother led for her cousins, and she made and designed many rugs, wall hangings and chair seats
She later taught fifth grade in Meeker, after finishing her bachelor’s degree mostly by correspondence course.
When her sons were grown, she and her husband moved to Modesto, Calif., She liked to be able to swim often there, attended the Presbyterian church and continued to teach.
Her former students talk about her ability to make each feel they were special. She had a warm and gracious manner that made her well-liked by children and adults.
With her husbands health failing she moved to Richland, Wash., in 1988 to be near her son John and his family. She cared for Wilson at home. They were married for 64 years and the marriage brought both of them joy.
After his death she enjoyed visiting the ranch again with her great-grandchildren.
She moved to Hawthorne Court in Kennewick, Wash., in her late 80s and became a board member of United Blind when she lost much of her sight. She received good care in the last three years at the Arbors Cottage in Pasco, Wash.
She died Dec. 30, 2002, at the Arbors at the age of 94. She had a good long life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson; son John; and brothers Charles and Ralph.
She is survived by her son Earle and his wife Patricia, of Brooktondale, N.Y. and a daughter-in-law, Mary Cary of Richland.
Grandchildren are Lisa Dally and her husband, Paul, of Vancouver, Wash.; Annette Cary of Richland; Cheryl O’Brien and her husband, Barry, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Russ Cary of Oakhurst, Calif.; Randi Cary and his wife Jan, of Ithaca, NY.; Mikel Cary and his wife Susan, of Ithaca, NY.; and Brett Cary of Brooktondale, NY.
Great-grandchildren are Laura, John Paul and Matthew Dally of Vancouver; Henry and Molly O’Brien of Idaho Falls; and Steele, Ashley, Samantha, Brandon, Brian and Steven Cary of New York state. She is also survived by a great-great- grandson, Emmitt Houston of Ithaca, N.Y.
A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland.
October 6, 1927 - January 14, 2003
Longtime Rangely resident Arlene Sinclair, 75, died Jan. 14, 2002, at the Rangely District Hospital.
Arlene Remund was born Oct. 6, 1927, in Heber City, Utah, the daughter of Charles and Phoebe (Orgill) Remund. She attended schools in Heber City and following her graduation from high school worked for Hill Air Force Base. On Feb. 20, 1946, was united in marriage to James Otis Sinclair at Heber City. Mr. Sinclair preceded Arlene in death on August 14, 1999.
In August of 1948 the couple moved to Rangely where Mrs. Sinclair worked at the Rangely Hospital and in an insurance office. The majority of her life was spent as a homemaker, working in her yard and flowerbeds. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and enjoyed various handcrafts and spending time at her cabin. She particularly enjoyed snowmobiling. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include her daughter, Shirley of Rangely; one son, James R. Sinclair and wife Nadine of Lakewood; six grandchildren, Casey Wilder of Olathe, Kan.; Candy Wall of Craig; Stephanie Namken and her husband Kerry of Lakewood; Sarah Rogers and her husband Bill of Laramie, Wyo.; Brian and Bryce Sinclair, both of Lakewood; three great-grandchildren, Kara, Kylen and Brittany; as well as one sister, Theola Swain, one half-sister, Jeanine McKenzie; and one half-brother, Lloyd Remund, all of Heber City.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Rangely Wards Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will follow in the Rangely Cemetery. Friends may call Friday evening at the Rangely Mortuary and Saturday prior to services at the church. Rangely Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Audatheo (Theo) Linden
September 7, 1920 - December 11, 2002
Audatheo 'Theo' Linden Miller died Dec. 11, 2002, in Hesperia, Calif. Theo, daughter of Thelma Fairfield of Meeker and Ralph Byron 'Judge' Linden of Rifle, and granddaughter of Kitty Fairfield, was born in Meeker on Sept. 7, 1920. Her brother Byron Linden is a long-time Meeker resident.
Theo spent much of her life in Long Beach, Calif., moving to Hesperia in 1979 after the death of her husband Edgar 'Red' Miller. She died of cardiac arrest after a short illness. She lived at home until six weeks prior to her death. Her son Byron Miller of Provo, Utah, and daughter Lois Miller of Seal Beach, Calif., survive her.
Her ashes will be buried.
Caroline Wilson Dodo
July 22, 1910 - January 3, 2003
Longtime Meeker cattle rancher Caroline Wilson Dodo died Friday Jan. 3, 2003, in Carbondale, Colo.
Caroline and her husband Jim Dodo came to Rio Blanco County in the 1940s to begin ranching on Sulphur Creek near Meeker. She was an active member of the Rio Blanco County Cowbelles for many years and in 1962 was elected president of the Western Slope Council of the Colorado Cowbelles.
Caroline Ingraham Wilson as born on the eastern plains of Colorado in Snyder on July 22, 1910. Her family moved to New Castle, Colo., when she was a young girl, where she helped her mother Mabel operate the telephone office. Her father, Edward, worked as a carpenter and cabinetmaker.
Caroline and her three siblings, Ora, Ona and Walter Wilson, attended school in New Castle.
It was there that Caroline met and fell in love with Jim Dodo. On July 4, 1933, she and Jim, an avid rodeo cowboy, found a minister, convinced the clerk to open the Rio Blanco County courthouse for a wedding license and were married in Meeker during the Fourth of July celebrations.
They lived on the Dodo Family Ranch on West Elk Creek northwest of New Castle until they purchased their own ranch in Rio Blanco County.
During their nearly 70 years of marriage the Dodos worked side by side to make their cattle business prosper. Mark Sheridan, who was like a son to Jim and Caroline, has carried on the cattle operation and lives on the Dodo’s original ranch with his wife Gretta.
Jim and Caroline served as Grand Marshals of the Meeker Fourth of July Parade and were honored by the National Western Stockshow as some of Colorado’s oldest living cattle ranchers.
Caroline loved photography, wildflowers and fishing, and was an excellent horsewoman. She was devoted to her ranch and to her family, including her brother, sisters, nieces and nephews. Caroline adored children, but never had any of her own. She is survived by Mark Sheridan and his wife Gretta of Meeker, by her nieces Verlene Bruce White of Greeley, Colo., and Ruth Kamm Bailey of Vanleer, Tenn., and also many great nieces and nephews.
Caroline was preceded in death by her brother Walter Wilson, sisters Ora Bruce, Ona Kamm, a nephew Paul Edward Kamm, and her husband of 68 years, Jim Dodo, who died in 2001.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at St. James& Ep Episcopal Church, Meeker. Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery
in New Castle. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., c/o Meeker Mortuary, P.O. Box 1048, Meeker, Colo., 81641.
Chester A. 'Slim' Roberts
January 28, 1909 - January 7, 2003
Chester Roberts passed on Jan. 7, 2003, in the Midland, Texas, hospital from pneumonia.
He was born Jan. 28, 1909, in Rocky Comfort, Mo., to Charley and Minnie Roberts. Chester married Ruth Thayer in Cody, Wyo. Chester then started working in the oilfields which brought him to Rangely. Moving later to Wilson Creek. While working at Wilson Creek, his three boys attended Meeker schools and became part of the community.
After 31 years with Texaco, Chester retired in Vernal, Utah. After the death of his wife his health started failing and he moved to be with his son in Oklahoma City and later to Midland.
He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Cody, Wyo., and a member of the Elks Lodge in Craig and in Vernal. Besides fishing and hunting, his greatest love was to swap stories with other people which made his lodge associations dear to him.
Chester was preceded in death by his wife, two sons Warren and Dick and two brothers Jim and Homer. He is survived by one son Alan and Diane Roberts of Midland, Texas, five grandchildren Kevin and Pam Roberts, Montgomery, Texas; Lisa and David Laird, Austin, Texas; Teresa and Steven Wade, Austin, Texas; Cheryl and Mike Bruno, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Gayle Roberts, Lacey, Wash. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren.
Internment is set for Highland Cemetery, Meeker, Colo., on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2003. A short service will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel at Meeker Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Meeker Museum or to the charity of choice.
Morley F. 'Brandy' Brandborg
November 20, 1911 - December 14, 2002
Morley F. 'Brandy' Brandborg, 91, died Dec. 14, 2002 at IHS of Mesa Manor in Grand Junction. Morley was born Nov. 20, 1911 in Bemidji, Minn., to C. Warner Brandborg and Pearl Ann Thompson. He spent his childhood and attended high school at Monte Vista, Colo. Morley was graduated from University of Minnesota in forestry. Morley was a forest ranger. He married Dixie Mayor Brandborg in 1984 and was previously married to G. Maxine Herber May 29, 1937. Morley was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker. He was an avid reader and enjoyed golf and fishing. He is survived by his son Donald G. Brandborg and his wife Nikki of Denver; daughter Linda Baumann of Santa Barbara, Calif.; daughter-in-law Faye, sister Lois Ann Thompson of Missouri and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Morley is preceded in death by son Robert Glen Brandborg, wife Dixie Brandborg and former wife G. Maxine Herber. Memorial services will be held today at Chapel in Tower of Memories at Crown Hill Mortuary in Denver at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements were made by Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction. Contributions can be made to Charity of Donors Choice.
Otis Elliot Page
November 8, 1919 - December 25, 2002
Otis E. Page, 83, of Delta, Colorado, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at Delta Care Center.
He was born Nov. 8, 1919, in Vanadium, Colo., to Ulysses and Mary (Gomer) Page. He married Alameda Merle 'Bobbie' Foltz on Aug. 25, 1938, in Montrose.
He lived and worked in various towns in western Colorado before being called to serve in the Army in December 1942. In the Army he attained the rank of Tech Sergeant and was a truck mechanic and driver for the 467th Quarter Master Company in England, France and Germany. Following discharge in 1946 he was employed by Standard (Amoco) Oil in Colorado (1946-60). He worked in the pump station at Rangely until 1960 after discharge from the Army. He was then transferred to Baytown, Texas, for nine months, then transferred to Wamsutter, Wyo. in 1960. While there he ran the pump station. He was then transferred to Woods Cross, Utah, in 1969. He then went to Evanston, Wyo., in 1978 where he worked as a field gauger.
He returned to Delta upon retirement in 1981, where he lived until his death. He was a member of Delta Christian Church; the American Legion; and a life member of VFW Post #3571.
He enjoyed auctions, garage sales, antique and arrowhead hunting, and repairing things in his shop. He also liked to hunt, fish, camp and travel.
He is survived by son Ronald Page and wife Linda of Delta, Colo.; brother Virgil Page of Delta; step-brother Raymond Hawkins of
Delta; three grandsons, Tom and wife Tracy Page of Casper, Wyo., Johnathan Page of Delta, and Donald and wife Samantha Page of Cheyenne, Wyo.; five great grandchildren, Samantha Almond, Otis James Page, Julianna Page, Jacob Page and Suzann Page. He was preceded in death by his wife Bobbie on Oct. 26, 2002, his parents, brother Harold Page, stepfather T. H. Hawkins, and a stepbrother. Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Mesa View Mortuary Chapel in Delta. Burial will follow at Delta City Cemetery, with military rites by Delta Veterans organizations.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the on-line memorial at www.mesaview.net.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Road, Delta, Colo., 81416. (970) 874-8633.
Maude C. Mitchel
January 29, 1915 - December 18, 2002
Maude C. Mitchel, 87, of Meeker died Dec. 18, 2002, at the Walbridge Memorial Wing.
Maude Caroline Dohner was born Jan. 29, 1915, in Center, Colorado the daughter of Aaron and Verdie (Fort) Dohner. On May 31, 1936, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Mitchel at Center. Mr. Mitchel has preceded her in death as has one daughter, Susie, three brothers, Ivol, Lester and Arloff, and one sister, Enna. A former resident of Gunnison and Grand Junction, Mrs. Mitchel worked for many years in the bookstore at Western State College. Prior to that the family lived in Grand Junction where she was employed in the office of Mesa Community College. The family also owned M&M Grocery in Meeker and the Western Motel in Gunnison.
A fiercely independent woman, Mrs. Mitchel enjoyed Jeep rides and traveling, spending more than 10 years driving their Winnebago and Jeep Scout throughout the United States. She was active in the Gunnison Senior Citizens program, taking meal reservations for them. She enjoyed singing, dancing and playing cards. She was a member of the Koinonia Church of Grand Junction, Meeker Chapter #100, OES, of which she had served as Worthy Matron and was a former member of the Gunnison Community Church and its Deborah Circle.
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Harp and her husband Bill of Meeker; Betty Burdick and her husband Richard of Ventura, Calif.; Janet Beebe and her husband Richard of Scotts Valley, Calif.; one son, John Mitchel and his wife Debbie of Conifer; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday from the chapel of the Meeker Mortuary. Interment will be made at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Orchard Mesa Cemetery
in Grand Junction.
Friends may make memorial contributions to the Walbridge Memorial Wing through Meeker Mortuary, Box 1048, Meeker, Colo., 81641.
December 6, 1925 - December 23, 2002
Meeker resident Marlin Forest 'Bud' Cox, 77, died Dec. 23, 2002, at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker. Bud Cox was born Dec. 6, 1925, in a tent at Westportal, Colo.
His father was working on the Moffat Tunnel at the time. Bud was the son of Lester Ward Cox and Ethel Bates Cox. He attended school at Collum Gulch and Axial, Colorado. Bud joined the Navy in World War II in 1943 and served his country until 1947. He worked in the oil fields until he met and married Helen Bailey. They moved to Helen’s ranch on the White River and ranched for 18 years until the ranch was sold. They then bought the old Taxidermy from Dunbars, living there 19 years. They later moved to the Fairfield Apartments, until ill health forced him to the Walbridge Nursing Home.
Bud was the father to five children, Penny Brown, Kitty Caulfield, Lester E. Cox, Joy Clymer and Margaret Slaugh. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Caulfield and Cody Slaugh. He has two sons-in-laws, John Caulfield and Dennis Slaugh. Bud is also survived by three brothers, Lester W. Cox of Fruita, Sherrill and Bonnie Cox of Sterling, Colorado; Le Roy and Mary Ann Cox of Grand Junction, Colorado; sisters, Larene Slaughenhaupt of Grand Junction; Wilma Davis of Nucla; Lauretta Ainsworth of Jackson, Mississippi as well as many nieces and nephews.
Bud was a born fisherman, in lieu of flowers, please go spend a day fishing on Lake Avery in his memory.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday from the chapel of the Meeker Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery.
Clarence Shelton Chastain
July 8, 1922 - Nov. 27, 2002
Clarence Shelton Chastain, 80, Ashville, Ala., died Nov. 27. Mr. Chastain was born in Anniston on July 8, 1922. He was graduated from Anniston High School in 1940; from JSU in 1948 and received graduate degrees from the University of Colorado in 1953 and the University of Northern Colorado in 1961. He retired from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., in 1983 after 36 years of teaching. Mr. Chastain was a veteran of World War II, European Theater of War, serving in the U.S. Army in the 140th Army Ordinance Battalion. For eight year, from 1954-1962, he was an elementary school principal in Rangely.
He is survived by his wife, Elene Sparks Chastain of Ashville, Ala.; children Don and Alan Chastain both of Ashville; Carol McGee (Don) of Union Bridge, Md., Lee Ann Chastain (Randy Scheirman) of Pearland, Texas; and Rita DeGraaf (Larry) of Hawthorne Woods, Ill.; six grandchildren; brother Paul Chastain (Myra) of Anniston; sisters Caroline Guthrie (Clinton) of Anniston and Julie Sue West of Troy; sister-in-law Sarah Machen of Gadsden and many nieces and nephews.
March 19, 1924 - December 17, 2002
Kenneth Klein died Dec. 17, 2002, in Yuma, Ariz.
Klein was born on March 19, 1924, in Sutton, Neb., to Alfred and Eva Klein. He moved to Colorado and married Norma Jean Smith on March 7, 1947, in Denver. Three children were born of this union: Dale of Woodridge, Calif., Dean of Dinosaur and Sandra of Rangely.
Klein divorced and remarried in July 1963 to Ginger.
He served his country in WWII in the U.S. Army.
He was a crafty one, using discarded items to make clocks.
Survivors include his wife Ginger of Myrtle Creek, Ore., brothers Don of Calif. and Alan of Commerce City, Colo. Children Dale, Dean, Jimmy, Ricky, Sandy and Bunny. Ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed.
Morley F. 'Brandy' Brandborg
Nov. 20, 1911 - Dec. 14, 2002
Morley F. 'Brandy' Brandborg, 91, died Dec. 14, 2002, at IHS of Mesa Manor in Grand Junction. Morley was born Nov. 20, 1911, in Bemidji, Minn., to C. Warner Brandborg and Pearl Ann Thompson. He spent his childhood and attended high school at Monte Vista, Colo. Morley was graduated from University of Minnesota in forestry. Morley was a professional forest ranger. He married Dixie Mayor Brandborg in 1984 and was previously married to G. Maxine Herber May 29, 1937. Morley was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker. He was an avid reader and enjoyed golf and fishing. He is survived by his son Donald G. Brandborg and his wife Faye of Denver; daughter Linda Baumann of Santa Barbara, Calif.; sister Lois Ann Thompson of Missouri and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Morley is preceded in death by son Robert Glen Brandborg, wife Dixie Brandborg and former wife G. Maxine Herber. Memorial services will be held today at Chapel in Tower of Memories at Crown Hill Mortuary in Denver at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements were made by Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction. Contributions can be made to charity of donor’s choice.
Peter Charles Voloshin
April 13, 1933 - November 11, 2002
Peter Voloshin passed away at The Memorial Hospital Nov. 11, 2002, in Craig. Voloshin was born on April 13, 1933, in Craig, Colo., to George and Anna (Sztaszo) Voloshin. He was raised and attended school in Craig graduating from Craig High School in 1952. Chuck was instrumental in introducing wrestling to Northwest Colorado in 1950 when he wrestled Dutch Williams of Hayden. He was given a full ride football scholarship to the University of Wyoming where he attended for two years; he then attended Pueblo Junior College for a year and then Western State College in Gunnison where he received a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Chuck returned to Craig and taught physical education in the elementary schools and coached football and wrestling at the high school and was also partners with his brother Joe in the operation of Voloshin Livestock Company. He married Jo Delaine Booren in 1960 and to this union three children were born Melany, Mike and Mark. They were later divorced. Chuck retired from the school district in 1972 due to his health but he continued to ranch with his brother Mike where he enjoyed looking after the cattle. Chuck enjoyed watching his boys participate in athletics during their high school and college years. He liked to fish, hunt and ride horses. Chuck had a great sense of humor and liked to make people laugh.
Survivors include: daughter, Melany Guevara of Craig; sons Mike Voloshin of Denver and Mark and Sue Voloshin of Craig; grandchildren Anna Lynne, Payton Keely, Katia Briel and Michelle Carol; sisters Ann Hebenstreit of Castle Rock, Colo., Mary Semro, Helen McKee, Margie Keith all of Littleton, Colo., and Betty Arnone of Lakewood, Colo.; brother Mike Voloshin of Craig. Voloshin is also survived by nieces and nephew Sharon Fitzgerald, Gary and Bob Semro, Michelle and Betty Jo McKee, Jimmy Keith, Debbie Ziehm, Chuck Keith, Joni Voloshin, Linda Nashofer, Joe Arnone and Patty Damon.
Preceding Voloshin in death were his parents and brothers Andy, Joe, George and Johnny.
Services were held Monday, Nov. 18 at the St. Michael Church also in Craig with
Fr. Roger Loscelle officiating. He was buried at the Voloshin Ranch.
Dixie Magor Wittstruck Brandborg
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002
Dixie Magor Wittstruck Brandborg, 87, passed away at the Mesa Manor in Grand Junction Thursday, Nov. 28. 2002. A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. The burial took place at Rosehill Cemetery
in Rifle. Brandborg was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Morley F. Brandborg of Grand Junction; a son, Richard Wittstruck of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and a daughter, Dixie 'DeDe' Coy of Okemos, Mich. Brandborg had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dixie’s name to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
Funeral director was Gary Blackburn.
William Clayborne Moore
July 23, 1906 - December 1, 2002
William Clayborne Moore, 96, of Grand Junction, died Dec. 1, 2002. The funeral is set for Dec. 6 at noon at Crown Hill Mortuary Chapel in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. Moore was a rancher in Meeker from 1971-1998.
He was born July 23, 1906, in Pueblo to William C. Moore and Mary S. Kintz. He married Maude Moore who died March 11, 1979. He married Flora P. Moore Jan. 21, 1980 and she survives him. He was also survived by daughters Betty (Mike) Andrews of Denver, Mary (Bob) Campbell of Lakewood and Frances (Joe) Goedert of Meeker. He is also survived by three brothers, two sisters, nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to Meeker United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 26, Meeker, Colo., 81641 or Alzheimer’s Assn., 761 Rood Ave., Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.
The services were under the direction of Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction.
Thomas M. Bell
July 24, 1923 - November 24, 2002
Thomas M. Bell, 79, of Rangely died early Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at the Rangely District Hospital. Thomas Marion Bell was born July 24, 1923 in Tonkawa, Okla., the son of Thomas and Mary Linda (Britain) Bell. On March 30, 1943, he was inducted into the United States Navy, serving his country for three years as a naval metalsmith. He was a member of the Disabled American Veteran’s organization.
On Oct. 10, 1947, he was united in marriage to Marion Elizabeth Martin in Olympia, Wash. Mrs. Bell survives in the family home. For many years Mr. Bell operated Bell’s Welding in Rangely and later owned and operated Rangely’s 'Packrat' shop. He was an avid rock hound, spending a great deal of time hunting, polishing and creating his stones into jewelry. He also enjoyed hunting, bottle hunting and metal detecting. For the past several years he has enjoyed his rides through the countryside looking at antelope.
In addition to his beloved wife of 55 years, Marion, Tom is survived by three children, Mary Stalcup of McCleary, Wash.; Bob Bell and his wife Gaila of Rangely and Douglas Bell of Denver and three grandchildren, Amy Chung and her husband David of San Marcos, Calif.; Teresa Bass and her husband Blair of Newport News, Va., Shae Bell of Rangely; four great-grandchildren, Courtney and Kelby Bell, and Gabriel and Kyle Chung; one half-brother, Bob Cramer of Big Piney, Wyo., and one brother-in-law, James Martin of Olympia.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Jerramie. Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Rangely Cemetery
with military honors furnished by Veteran’s of Foreign War Post #5261 of Rangely. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Disabled American Veteran’s of the Grand Junction Veteran Affairs Center through Rangely Mortuary, P.O. Box 351, Rangely which has been entrusted with the arrangements.