Darrie Dean Bauer
August 15, 1965 ~ September 10, 2005
Darrie Dean Bauer, 40, the son of Delvin and Arlene Bauer of Billings, Mont., died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, in a single car accident in Colorado.
Darrie was born in Minot, N.D., on Aug. 15, 1965. He attended elementary school in Great Falls, Mont., and was graduated from Billings Senior High in 1983. In 1985, he became a father to his son Daniel. Darrie served in the armed forces. After he was discharged, he worked for Rich Myers. He presently was residing at the Mantle Ranch in Rifle, Colo.
Darrie was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. He like to race cars in his spare time.
Darrie is survived by his son Daniel Bauer of Waterloo, Iowa, grandson Gage of Waterloo, Iowa, grandmother Amanda Bauer of Beulah, N.D., parents Arlene and Delvin Bauer of Billings; brother David Bauer and family (nephews Gabe and Lucas) of Des Moines, Wash.; sister Annette Schaak (Neal, nephews Carson, Trent, Nickolas and Garrett) of Billings, Mont.; brother Dion Bauer (Raffeala) of Des Moines, Wash.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Darrie was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Ralph and Clara Neuberger and paternal grandfather Walter Bauer.
Arrangements are being handled by Cochran Memorial Chapels of Meeker. Memorials to a charity of choice. Memorial services will be held Thursday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at Cochran Memorial Chapel. Mervin Johnson officiating.
August 27, 1918 ~ September 3, 2005
Cecelia Knott, 87, lifetime resident of Craig, died Sept. 3, 2005, at Sandrock Ridge and went home to be with her Lord on that day.
Cecelia was born on Aug. 27, 1918, to Brendon Patrick and Mary Elizabeth (Marshall) Sullivan in a maternity home on 7th Yampa St. in Craig. She was one of the oldest children raised on the Sullivan homestead ranch and carried her share of responsibility on the ranch herding cattle, sheep and was the first child to get the bum lambs from her father.
She also helped care for her younger brothers and sister in the home and did other ranch chores. She loved the family ranch. She always rode a horse almost five miles to get down to school at Pagoda. She then was boarded in Hayden to attend high school.
On Nov. 21, 1936, she married Johnnie H. Knott in Craig. She received a divorce on Oct. 27, 1961, and then Johnnie passed away on June 7, 1990.
She was an active supporter of her daughter’s activities, such as bands, cheerleaders, acrobats, ballet, tap dancing and boarding school.
She will be deeply missed by her only child, Alice Lenore (Knott) Riley; grandchildren Lance Patrick, Gina Marie and Timothy Sean Riley; and six great-grandchildren, Christopher Timothy, Jerad Wayne, Luke Brendan, Jordan Ray, Breeshawna Marie and Isabelle Grace. They all were her pride and joy.
She also is survived by her sister Jeannette Gruber, and brothers Thomas, Francis, Melvin, Milton and Jim Sullivan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; baby twin brothers Patrick and Roger; sister Mary; and brothers Brendan, Patrick C. and Jack. She loved her family, friends and community, and her smile will be missed.
She enjoyed life as a worker, and worked at the Cowen and Palace drug stores as a pharmacist assistant in the 1940s and 50s. She then worked shortly for the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company in the late 50s, handling all the records and assignments in connection with the Craig Dial Conversion.
She then took a job with the dentist Dr. Scott for a few years just prior to becoming a teacher assistant at East Elementary School, until she retired on Aug. 1, 1984. She also did janitorial work for 33 years at the Moffat County Library.
A rosary was recited on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at St. Michael Catholic Church. Memorial services mass were Thursday, Sept. 8, at St. Michael Catholic Church, and burial was beside her father at the Pagoda Cemetery.
Her pallbearers were her nephews, Mike Sullivan, Bob Gruber, Melton Sullivan, Brendan Sullivan, Tad Sullivan, Glenn Duzik and Tim Duzik.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church, Moffat County Library or Museum of Northwest Colorado or given to Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colo., 81625.
Stanley Verne Stewart
1943 ~ 2005
Stanley Verne Stewart, 61, of Craig, passed away Aug. 18, 2005. Verne was born in Meeker in 1943.
He lived in Meeker and Paonia until moving to Greeley in 1962. He enlisted in the Army in 1963 and served three years. In 1967 he married Valerie LaFluer and moved to Cheyenne. While in Cheyenne he began working for Mountain States Telephone, eventually becoming Qwest. After the death of his father he transferred to Glenwood Springs and then back to Meeker. He retired from the telephone company after 33 years. Verne continued to offer telephone services in northwest Colorado with Stewart Telephone Company until his death.
He would stay in Colorado most of his life — teaching his children the love of the outdoors, archery, sports and golf. He volunteered as a firefighter, EMS driver, baseball and archery coach. He was a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
He is greatly loved and missed by many.
Services were held at First Christian Church Aug. 25. He was given military honors by VFW post #4265.
Contributions in his name can be made to Yampa Valley Golf Course.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Valerie, his son Ty Stewart and daughters Teresa Murray and Tina Whitt; his mother Nellie Stewart; sisters Reba Schaller and Jean Gianinettii; brothers Albert, Tom, Gary, Theo, Frank and Billy Stewart. He is preceded in death by his father, Stanley H. Stewart.
February 11, 1942 ~ September 4, 2005
Gene Dillashaw, 63, of Meeker died suddenly Sept. 4, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker.
Gene was born on Feb. 11, 1942, in Spur, Texas, the son of Thomas Travis and Alice Devota (Cummins) Dillashaw. His father was in the service during World War II, so the family moved to New Mexico where Gene received his education in the Flora Vista and Aztec schools, graduating with the Aztec High School class of 1959.
On July 20, 1959, he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, serving his country four years. Gene was a proud Marine and member of V.F.W. Post #5843, American Legion Post #74 and the Disabled American Veteran’s, having served as senior vice commander of the New Mexico D.A.V.
Gene returned to New Mexico where he worked in the oil patch and painted houses. He was a master painter and would work throughout the oil field areas supporting his family wherever he went. On Feb. 7, 1974, he was united in marriage to Cecelia Jolly. Gene and Cecelia 'retired' and moved to Meeker in 1997 to golf much and paint little. Gene became well known in Meeker for his unwavering honesty and values and ended up painting a lot and golfing a little. He loved the time he spent with his family and friends hunting, fishing, tinkering in his yard and quietly helping around town. He will long be remembered for his broad smile, friendly wave and always wondering 'what’s going on here?' attitude.
Survivors include his wife, Cecelia of the family home, six children, Liz Franz and her husband David of Wibeaux, Mont.; Cindy Dillashaw of Laramie, Wyo.; Robbie Dillashaw of Stafford, Va.; Trey Switzer of Cortez, Colo.; Casie Barnes and her husband Greg of Meeker; Rhonda Martin and her husband Brian of Rawlins, Wyo.; 15 grandchildren, one brother, Tommy Dillashaw of Meeker and two sisters, Creola Shahan of Meeker and Becky Greenberg of Atlanta, Ga., as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends throughout the western United States.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Fairfield Community Center with Pastor Jonathan Swope of Faith Baptist Church presiding. Interment with full military honors was made in the Highland Cemetery.
Friends may make memorial contributions to the Gene Dillashaw Memorial Fund in care of Cochran Memorial Chapel which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
June 17, 1940 ~ August 29, 2005
Well-known Rangely resident Gordon R. Goddard, 65, died Aug. 29, 2005, at his home.
Gordon Ray Goddard was born June 17, 1940, in Fruita, the son of Orville Lee and Georgia (Lane) Goddard. The family moved to Rangely when Gordon was seven and he attended school, graduating from Rangely High School.
While still in school he worked as a night watchman for Rio Blanco County and also dug post-holes and fought the gnats at Bonanza. On Oct. 17, 1958, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Covalt in Grand Junction. The family lived in Rangely until moving back and forth from Alaska several times.
In 1980 Gordon and his family started their own construction company, Goddard Construction. Gordon was known throughout western Colorado as an excellent caterpillar operator with a perfect level eye. He enjoyed working hard and spending time with his family hunting, fishing and camping in the mountains.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, of the family home, four sons, Toby of New Castle, Greg and his wife Madonna and Colby and his wife Jennifer, both of Rangely and Gordy and his wife Misty of Craig. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Zachary, Justin, Wesley, Hailey and Carrie; one brother, Russell 'Bud' Goddard of Rangely and one aunt, Nellie Williams of Grand Junction.
His parents and one sister, Pauline have preceded him in death.
Memorial services were held Sept. 1 at the First Baptist Church of Rangely. Interment followed in the Rangely Cemetery. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Gordon Goddard Memorial Fund at any First National Bank of the Rockies.
Russell 'Buck' Dickman
January 28, 1923 ~ June 1, 2005
Long-time smoking pipe repairman and native of Rio Blanco County Russell 'Buck' Dickman, 82, died June 1, 2005, in Oakland, Calif.
Russell Reynolds Dickman was born Jan. 28, 1923, at home on Price Creek, the third child of Alfred Charles and Coral Vallie (Reynolds) Dickman. He was raised and attended school around Meeker. While working at Dick’s Café (Meeker Café) he met Doris Dickerson. Buck and Doris were married July 4, 1942.
Buck served his country in World War II, becoming a paratrooper in the Army’s 101st airborne Division. Following the end of the war, the couple moved to Oakland, Calif., attracted by the economic boom.
Love of family, friends and Colorado drove Buck and Doris with daughter Coralyn (Corky) to return to Meeker every summer for many years.
Working as a full-time machinist, Buck took a second job as a smoking pipe repairman. Buck eventually quit his machinist job to become a full-time repairman. Upon learning of his death, a colleague lamented 'the loss of a true master, none better and a true gentleman.'
Buck was predeceased by his parents, Doris in 1997, and his brother Kenny just weeks earlier. He is survived by his daughter Coralyn (Corky) Kettlitz (Karsten) of San Leandro, Calif.; two grandchildren Kristian Kettlitz and Kara Bulling (Walter); two great-grandchildren Cole Russell and Elsie Bulling; four siblings Velna Stewart, Dean Dickman, Gerald Dickman all of Grand Junction and Ronnie Dickman of Tucson, Ariz., and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held June 7, 2005, with interment at Lone Tree Cemetery, Hayward, Calif. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Salvation Army.
Carlin J. Cobb
June 29, 1933 ~ September 4, 2005
Carlin J. Cobb, 73, died Sept. 4, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker.
Carlin was born June 29, 1933, in Grand Junction the son of Luther W. and Letha Rose (Caulfield) Cobb. He attended school in Hayden, having graduated with the class of 1951.
On June 26, 1951, he entered the United States Navy, serving his country proudly during the Korean Conflict. While in the service he was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross and was put in for a Congressional Medal of Honor.
Upon returning to Colorado, Carlin worked in the coal mines first for Cypress Empire Energy for 21 years and then at Colowyo where he retired after 23 years. Carlin loved spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America Local #1799, the N.R.A., Meeker Sportsman Club and a former member of the Meeker Snowmobile Club. He was an avid history buff and enjoyed sharing his love of war history with others.
Carlin is survived by his wife, Virginia of the family home, two daughters, Michelle (Rand) Hale of Corrales, N.M., and Keri (Todd) Ruckman of Craig; two grandchildren, Jesse Hale of Meeker and Katharine Hale of Albuquerque, N.M.; one great-grandson, Matthew Killian Hale and one brother Kerry Cobb of Hayden.
His parents and two infant brothers have preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Highland Cemetery. Friends are invited to gather with the family following the services at the Meeker Town Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlin Cobb Memorial Fund through Cochran Memorial Chapel.
Stanley Verne Stewart
August 18, 2005
Stanley Verne Stewart of Craig, 61, passed away Aug. 18, 2005. Services are to be in Craig. The viewing was held at Grant Mortuary on Wednesday. The funeral will be at First Christian Church, today at 10 a.m. Reception following at VFW at 12 p.m.
Stella C. Newton
November 9, 1937 ~ August 18, 2005
Stella Christensen Newton, 67, of Rexburg, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, at her home of an extended illness. She was born Nov. 9, 1937, at Deaver, Wyo., to Archie LeRoy Christensen and Gertrude Ellen Brown Christensen.
She attended schools in the Deaver-Frannie Wyoming School District and was graduated from Deaver High School in 1956. She met her husband David Earl Newton in Cowley, Wyo., and they married on Jan. 19, 1957, in Oklahoma City, Okla., Stella’s oldest three children were born in Oklahoma City. In 1964 they relocated to Deaver. Stella successfully battled Hodgkin’s disease in 1965. In 1966 her last child was born in Powell, Wyo. They moved to Rangely in 1973, where Stella worked for Northwest Community College as secretary to the president. They moved to Rexburg, Idaho, in 1997.
She is survived by her husband David Earl Newton of Rexburg, Idaho, her children; Gail (Shane) Goodwin of Rexburg, Idaho, Michael (Stevie) Newton of Hamilton, Mont., Patrick (Ann) Newton of Longmont, Colo., Linda Newton of Rexburg, Idaho, brothers; Chris (Jeannette) Christensen of Wickenburg, Ariz., Kenny (Pat) Christensen of Canadian, Texas, Art (Arlene) Christensen of Billings, Mont., a sister, Kathy (Bob) Kraft of Gillette, Wyo., seven grandchildren and a great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at the Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, Idaho where the family will receive friends one hour prior to services.
Interment was held in the Rexburg Cemetery.
Donna Crystal Dodo
March 12, 2005 ~ August 13, 1905
Donna Dodo, 100, of New Castle, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, in Rifle.
Donna was born March 12, 1905, in Bennington, Mich., to Leroy W. and Margret Louise (Lonsberry) Drury. She spent the first 13 years of her life in Bennington.
Donna received her teaching degree in Michigan and taught there for three years. She heard of a teaching job in Colorado and taught for one year at the Dry Hollow School, south of Silt. She was planning to return to Michigan, but then met and married Ralph Dodo June 12, 1929, in Denver. Ralph and Donna made their home on their ranch in 1932. They had a winter home in California.
She was a member of the New Castle Reading Club since 1932, a 50-year member of the Holy Cross Cattlewomen, she helped mark the Highland Cemetery, and she was a 4-H leader.
Donna was a very loving mother and grandmother, and had many friends. Her grandchildren have very fond memories of their Grandma. She always told people she had itchy feet and loved to travel, visiting areas of the United States, New Zealand and Mexico. She took a cruise for her 99th birthday.
Survivors include sons Warren (Dorothy Ann) Dodo and Louis (Carol) Dodo, all of New Castle; brother Lauren Drury of Wooster, Ohio; sister Pauline Clayton of Orem, Utah; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and one brother.
A graveside memorial was held last Monday, at Highland Cemetery
in New Castle. The Rev. Jim Warn, of the Congregational Church of the Valley, officiated. Following the service, a luncheon was held at St. John’s Guild Hall in New Castle. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
The Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Colby S. Holeyfield
August 28, 1974 ~ August 14, 2005
Colby S. Holeyfield, 30, died Aug. 14, 2005, at his home in Marble Falls, Texas.
Colby Scott Holeyfield was born Aug. 28, 1974, in Winter Park, Fla., to Glenn and Linda Erkman. He moved to Meeker as a young boy where his father passed away when he was five. In 1982, he was gifted with a second 'father' when his mother married Joe Holeyfield who adopted Colby when he was eight.
Colby attended school in Meeker, graduating with the class of 1992. While in school he played football and wrestled. He was active in 4-H and won many awards on the local and state level. He attended Dixie College in St. George, Utah, on a rodeo scholarship, graduating with an applied science degree. On Aug. 1, 1998, he was united in marriage to Pam Uran in Meeker.
Colby worked for Westland’s Ranch for two years and later served as the marina manager for the Horseshoe Bay Corporation. At the time of his death he was employed by Rick Zimmerman Ranches.
Colby loved to spend time outdoors riding snowmobiles and dirt bikes.
Survivors include his parents, Joe and Linda Holeyfield of Meeker, his wife, Pam of Marble Falls, Texas, his step-son, Billy Uran, a freshman at Texas A&M, two brothers, Michael (Theresa) Holeyfield and Mitchell (DeAnna) Holeyfield, grandparents, Anita Erkman of Grand Junction and Enid and Don Grant of Henderson, Texas, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Fairfield Community Center with interment in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may make memorial contributions to either the Meeker United Methodist Church or the Rio Blanco County 4-H Foundation through Cochran Memorial Chapel which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Margaret J. LaBorde
September 22, 1927 ~ August 11, 2005
Margaret J. LaBorde, 77, died Aug. 11, 2005, at her rural Meeker ranch home.
Margaret June Guenther was born Sept. 22, 1927, while her mother was vacationing in Hollywood, Calif. She was raised in Olmstead Falls, Ohio, where she attended local schools. Following her high school graduation, she attended Colorado A&M where she met and fell in love with Orval W. LaBorde. The couple was married on June 20, 1947.
For many years Margaret taught math, science and geology at Baker and Smiley Junior High Schools in Denver. While teaching, she was known to bring inner-city students home to her rural Denver home to teach them the qualities of rural living. She and Orval took in a number of foster children. Also, Margaret joined the International Hospitality Society, where the LaBorde family hosted many foreign visitors in their home. Many times they communicated by sign language because the interpreter ended up with a different host. In 1973 she left teaching to move to Meeker with her husband.
Margaret was an unforgettable force to all she met. She was an avid motorcycle enthusiast having purchased, new, a 1952 Harley Davidson which she took on many a solitary road trip. She was an excellent marksman and chased many unfortunate trespassers off her property up Little Beaver. She also loved to explore caves and was a lifetime member of the National Speleological Society. She took a Society sponsored trip to China before the doors were fully open to tourism there and once swam through Spring Cave at South Fork with a rope about her trying to see where the cave and the river went. For many years she was a leader of the ski patrol team at Arapahoe Basin.
Margaret was a long-time supporter and leader in the Rio Blanco County 4-H program, instructing youth in wool spinning and raising goats and chickens. If children couldn’t afford their own animals, Margaret was known to 'loan' out her animals. She loved knitting and crocheting and at the time of her death was working on three separate afghans and had recently finished knitted blankets as gifts for her grandchildren. She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens, as well as her greenhouse. She was also a fervent reader and Friend of the Library, often reading a box of books in a week’s time.
In addition to Orval, her husband of 58 years, she is survived by four children, Terry LaBorde of Turlingua, Texas; June LaBorde-Maschino and her husband John of Virginia Beach, Va.; George LaBorde and his wife Marla of Fresno, Calif., and Karen LaBonte and her husband Gerry of Meeker. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; Michelle (Daren) Cato, Jonathan Myrick , Sarah, Joshua, and Jessica LaBorde (from Fresno, Calif.) and Mason LaBorde (from Texas), Bruce (Jeranna) Hale, Bethany (Dewayne) Britt and Briana LaBonte and her fiancé, Thaddeus White. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Wilson, Bonnie Grace and Colby and one brother, Wm. Allen Guenther and his wife Joy of Olmstead Falls, Ohio.
Her parents and one granddaughter, Bonnie Leigh Hale, have preceded her in death.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Rio Blanco County 4-H Foundation through Cochran Memorial Chapel which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial Service Announcement
A funeral service for Colby S. Holeyfield will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. from the Meeker United Methodist Church with Pastor Johnny Arrington officiating. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may call Friday evening from 4-8 p.m. at Cochran Memorial Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Rio Blanco County 4-H Foundation or the Meeker United Methodist Church through the mortuary office.
Colby is survived by his wife Pam Dickey-Holeyfield and his stepson, Billy as well as his parents, Joe and Linda Holeyfield of Meeker. A complete obituary will follow in the next edition of the Herald Times.
September 25, 2004
A memorial service for Dr. Bailey Cotten, former Meeker resident and long-time Colorado veterinarian will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. from the Highland Cemetery. The Rev. Canon R. William Foster will officiate. Bailey died Sept. 25, 2004, at the age of 73.
Bailey was born and raised in Meeker. After high school he was proud to have served in the United States Navy for four years and was honorably discharged. Upon his return from the Navy, he went back to Meeker where he met the one and only love of his life, Joanne Pilkington at a Fourth of July rodeo in 1954.
They were married on Oct. 24, 1954. He attended Colorado State University where he became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1960. He practiced in Grand Junction and Boulder working on large and small animals before opening Aspen Arbor Animal Hospital in Westminster, Colo.
Bailey and Joanne retired to Mesa, Ariz., but he continued to work as a vet even after retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne, two daughters, Jodi and Susan Cotten, and one granddaughter Stephanie Shada-Miller.
Anthony 'Tony' J. Green
July 7, 1924 ~ December 23, 2004
A memorial service for friends and family of Anthony J. 'Tony' Green, 80, will be Saturday, Aug. 20 at noon at Town Park in Meeker.
Tony passed away after a short bout with cancer at the V.A. Hospital in Jefferson, Mo., on Dec. 23, 2004.
Tony was a long time auto body repair man. Tony first came to the Meeker area on a hunting trip in the 70s and had been a regular visitor, then a resident since that time. In 1997, Tony opened his own body shop and served the people of Meeker until August of 2004.
Tony was born July 7, 1924, to John and May Green in Fenton, Mo. Tony had two sisters and two brothers — John Green of St. Louis, Mo., Annie Simpson (Calvin) of St. Clair, Mo., James 'Jim' (Lois) of Portland, Ore., and Ellen Anello of St. Louis, Mo.
Tony was proceeded in death by his parents John and May Green, as well as his oldest brother John.
Tony was married twice and did not have any children of his own. Tony raised three children from his second wife, Darlene; Sylvia, Corky, and Dustin, all of whom live in Missouri, along with Sylvia’s daughter, and Dustin’s two sons.
The memorial service will begin at noon Saturday at the park where there will be a brief service. Friends and family are then welcomed to travel to Yellow Jacket to distribute Tony’s ashes in a place he had designated. Friends and family are then invited to meet at Sleepy Cat Guest Ranch for a final toast.