April 7, 1932 - April 27, 2006
Earl Cady, 74, of Rangely died April 27, 2006, at his home in Rangely.
Mr. Cady was born April 7, 1932, in Glenrock, Wyo., the son of Floyd Abe and Gladys Elenor (Marburger) Cady.
He was raised in Wyoming and western Colorado and the family lived for many years in Artesia where the Cady family helped operate “Pop’s Place” gas station, store and café.
In 1951, Earl entered the United States Air Force, serving his country as a B52 bomber for three years, being honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
On June 30, 1951, he was united in marriage to Bernice Bradley in Fort Worth, Texas. The couple lived throughout the west where Mr. Cady worked in propane distribution.
They retired to Price, Utah where his beloved Bernice preceded him in death on October 2, 1998. He is also preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Dean and Keith.
Earl was an avid reader of western novels.
Survivors include two sons, Brad and his wife Lynda Cady of Rangely, Craig and his wife Brenda of Gillette, Wyo., five grandchildren, Frank of Rangely, Darrell and his wife Erin of Glenwood Springs, Jodi and her husband Mike Parker of Spearfish, South Dakota, Brandi Cady and her fiancé Daniel and Kari Cady, all of Gillette, Wyo. and his mother, Gladys, who at 101 years of age lives in a care center in Lander, Wyo.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4 at Rangely Mortuary Chapel.
Services will conclude at the chapel.
Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Allison Maxine Kinkeade McCauley
May 29, 1927 - April 24, 2006
Mrs. Allison Maxine Kinkeade McCauley of Fredericksburg, Texas passed away at her residence on Monday, April 24, 2006, at the age of 78. Allison was born May 29, 1927, in Revere, Clark County, Mi., daughter of John William and Pearla Ruth Nye Kinkeade.
A civil services employee for many years, as well as a secretary for Rockwell Corp.
Preceded in death by two husbands, Charles E. Long and Peter McCauley.
Two sons survive her: Wayne Long of New London, Ia. and Wesley Long of Stronghurst, Ill. A sister, Ula Ruth Kinkeade of California, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Private family services and distribution of her human cremains will take place at a later date.
Arrangements by the Schaetter Funeral Home of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.schaetter.com
David Dean Jacobs
April 8, 1954 - April 8, 2006
David Dean Jacobs, 52, died at his home in Tonkowa, Okla., on April 8, 2006. David was born in Ponca City, Okla., April 8, 1954. He lived most of his early years in Purcell, Okla., where he was graduated from high school.
David served a four-year tem in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Takelma and received an honorable discharge in 1981 when he moved to Rangely. He worked for B.C. Well Service for several years, returning to Oklahoma in 1986.
David was an accomplished finish carpenter and guitar player. He took great pleasure in gardening and feeding the birds and wild rabbits. He nurtured and groomed his acre place in the country and loved his private sanctuary.
Survivors include two sisters; Lou Dean Jacobs of Rangely and Pat Jacobs of Tonkowa, Okla. Two nephews; Scott Cline of Boise, Idaho, and Duston Branson of Tonkowa, Okla. Private memorial services will be held on Blue Mountain in late May. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at First National Bank of the Rockies in the name of David Dean Jacobs, in care of Lou Dean Jacobs.
Lowell Osborn, Jr.
July 17, 1941 - April 20, 2006
Lowell Osborn, Jr., son of Mildred and Lowell Osborn was promoted to the Glory of God on Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Pioneers Hospital. He will be missed by his many family members and friends.
Lowell was born on July 17, 1941, in Craig and spent most of his child and young adulthood at Hamilton and Rangely. Lowell worked at his parents’ ranch 25 miles northeast of Rangely and was a student at the Rangely school.
Lowell loved the outdoors and among his many hobbies were hunting, fishing and gardening. Lowell loved flowers and many perennial varieties remain where Lowell spent his last days at the family Water Street home.
He had a deep faith in God whom he loved and served many years both at home and in the White River Southern Baptist Church, New Creation Church of Meeker and the Meeker Assembly of God.
Lowell is survived by his son, Emmit Joe, three brothers, Jerry of Grand Junction, Stewart of Rangely, Ronnie of St. George, Utah, and three sisters, Betty Cline of Grand Junction, Amaryllis of Tucson, Ariz., and Willa Martin of Meeker as well as two nieces and 12 nephews.
His parents and one sister, Norma Fay, have preceded him in death.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Christ Reformed Church, First and Main Streets in Meeker. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Friends can call Friday from noon until 7 p.m. at Cochran Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Lowell Osborn Memorial Fund through the funeral home office.
Patrick James “P.J.” McCord
May 14, 1984 - April 15, 2006
Patrick James McCord was born May 14, 1984, in Aspen, Colo., and died April 15, 2006, in Pisa, Italy. Graveside services will be held at the Fairview Cemetery
in Basalt, Colo., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2006, with full military honors. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.
He is the son of Sherri McCord of Meeker and Patrick B. McCord of Germantown, Md. P.J.'s brother Nick McCord resides in Meeker.
A full obituary to follow.
April 21, 1952 - April 23, 2006
Jim DeWitt, 54, of Rangely died Sunday, April 23 at the Rangely District Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.
James Howard DeWitt was born April 21, 1952, in Denver, the son of Fred A. and Grace (Strecker) DeWitt. He was raised in Denver, graduating from West High School with the class of 1970. Following his graduation, he entered the United States Army, proudly serving his country for three years during the Vietnam War. Jim served in Vietnam and Indochina where he attained the rank of sergeant and was awarded a bronze star.
Following his service he returned to Denver for a short time and then moved to Rangely. Jim worked for the Town of Rangely for 24 years, serving as the manager of the water treatment plant.
A very skilled gunsmith, Jim owned and operated Jim’s Gun Shop for many years. He was a proud and vocally patriotic American and was a member of V.F.W. Post 5291 in Rangely, having assisted with military funeral honors for his many fellow Veterans through the years. Jim by chance met a city slicker who came to Rangely to hunt rabbits. After dating long-distance for too long, Jim took Kathy Perry to Las Vegas and brought her home to Rangely. They enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing. In addition to his wife, Kathy, Jim is survived by his daughter, Frances Phillips and her husband Russell of Gallup, N.M., two grandchildren, DeeAnne and Jacob, his parents, Fred and Grace DeWitt of Salome, Ariz.; one brother, Douglas DeWitt of Aurora, one sister, Debbie DeWitt of Salome and one niece, Tammy Hearn of Aurora. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Rangely Mortuary Chapel. Services will conclude at the chapel. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Jim DeWitt Memorial Fund at First National Bank of the Rockies. Cochran Memorial Chapels has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Celistino “Tino” Martinez
November 11, 1937 - April 21, 2006
Celistino “Tino” Martinez, 68, of Meeker died suddenly Friday, April 21, 2006, at his home. To know him was to love him and he will be missed everyday by many, many people.
Celistino Louis Martinez was born Nov. 11, 1937, in Pagosa Springs, the son of Julian Trinidad and Mary (Herrera) Martinez. He was raised in the Pagosa Springs and Hotchkiss areas where he received his education. He worked with his father as a young man herding sheep and ranching and later went to work in the mines in Gunnison.
He later moved to Delta, Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs before moving to Meeker to fulfill his dream of living in the mountains he loved.
He met his soulmate and best friend, Kay Chambers, and they spent their time on earth together traveling, fishing and hunting. Kay preceded him in death two years ago. He is also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Julian and Sam and a sister, Casey Christian.
Tino loved to spend time with his family and friends and had just returned from a trip to San Carlos, Mexico, with his niece, Betty. He was a member of the Catholic faith as well as the Moose and Elk Lodges in Rifle.
Surv-ivors include one son, Larry Martinez of Gilbert, Ariz., one daughter, Cindy Martinez of Meeker, four sisters, Yolanda Warren of Pueblo, Dorothy Davies of Montrose, Virginia Clark of Farmington, N.M., Teresa Volgamore of Austin and three brothers, Larry Martinez of Delta, Delfin Martinez of Page, Ariz., and David Martinez of Raton, N.M. as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at the Sleepy Cat Guest Ranch in Meeker. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Mooseheart Children’s Home through Cochran Memorial Chapel, PO Box 1048, Meeker 81641, which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
John P. Dickey
December 26, 1919 - April 15, 2006
John P. Dickey, 86, of Meeker died April 15, 2006, at his home.
John Preston Dickey was born in Texarkana, Ark., on Dec. 26, 1919. Following his education, he served his country in the Merchant Marines during World War II. John met Meeker native Rosemary I. Brown at a dance at Foster Park and they were united in marriage on August 26, 1946. Rosemary preceded him in death on Feb. 2, 2006. He is also preceded in death by one sister, Frances.
John worked in the oilfields of California for many years before moving to Arabia. He returned to his family in the United States and began a very successful career as an auto mechanic. Following his retirement, he returned to Colorado in 1980, ranching near Buford for many years. He enjoyed the out of doors and spending time with his family.
Survivors include two daughters, Iantha Thompson and her husband Larry of Merced, Calif.; Leila Ray and her husband Gary of Squamish, B.C., Canada; six grandchildren, Matthew (Rachelle) Crawford of Modesto, Calif.; Scott (Carol) Crawford of Merced, Jenna Thompson of Merced, Erin Ray of Denver, Ian Ray of Burnaby, B.C., Heather Ray of Squamish, seven great-grandchildren and his extended family.
A time of sharing and fellowship was hosted by the family at their home on Tuesday. Friends may make memorial contributions to either the White River Community Center at Buford or the Lions Club Eye Bank through Cochran Memorial Chapel.
September 30, 1928 - April 14, 2006
Mary Bagley, 77, a resident of Grand Junction, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Mary was born Sept. 30, 1928, in Rangely to Milton Clark and Doris Eleanor Nichols Steele. She spent her childhood in Foundation and Douglas Creek and was graduated from Meeker High School in 1946. Mary moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where she married Larry Bagley. They moved back to Grand Junction from Arizona. They were later divorced.
Mary worked at Intermountain Printing before she and Dan Thurlow started Colorado Copy Center, which she later purchased. Mary and Glen Dennis started Valley Supply on North Avenue. She retired in 2004. Mary enjoyed golfing, water skiing, motorcycle riding, traveling and loved sports of all kinds.
Among survivors are a brother, Jim Steele of Rangely; sisters, Dorothy Clements of Fruita, Jennie Mott of Rangely and Virginia Tillotson of Kennewick, Wash. Her parents, four brothers and two sisters preceded Mary in death.
A funeral service was held April 18 at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Graveside services were held at Rangely Cemetery
Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
July 19, 1976 - April 8, 2006
Chad Sheppard was born July 19, 1976, in Wilcox, Ariz. Chad passed away on April 8, 2006, in Globe, Ariz.
Chad grew up in Rangely where he was graduated from Rangely High School in 1996. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, camp and work on vehicles with his friends and family.
He will always be remembered as a man who helped anyone in need and who loved his children more than anything.
Anyone who knew Chad knows he had a great sense of humor and always found a way to make you smile and laugh. He will be loved and missed forever.
Chad is survived by his wife Angelina Sheppard; sons Chance, Mikey, Brandon; and daughter Sidney; mother Barbara Lancaster (Ariz.); step-mother Lisa Sheppard (Rangely); brothers Chris Sheppard (Rangely), Tommy Munlin (Ariz.); sister Chanel Sheppard (Ariz.).
Chad was proceeded in death by his father Robert “Shep” Sheppard.
Justin Chew Eliasen
September 11, 1983 - April 9, 2006
Justin Chew Eliasen, 22, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2006, in Roosevelt, Utah. Justin was born on Sept. 11, 1983, in Glenwood Springs, Colo. He was the son of Russell and Renée Chew Steele and the late Earl Edward Eliasen.
Justin was raised on the Chew Ranch in Jensen, Utah, and Clark, Colo. He later moved to Maybell, Colo., with his mother and stepfather. His family later returned to Jensen, Utah, where he was graduated from Uintah High School with the class of 2002.
While attending high school, Justin was employed by Rattler Ropes. He worked as a cowboy for the Crippled Cowboy Cow Outfit in the Bookcliffs. He was a partner in a fencing business located in Meeker with his father Earl. He worked with his dad, Russ Steele at Intermountain Concrete in Jensen and was currently employed at Dalbo in Vernal. Throughout his life, Justin helped with ranching on both his parents’ and the Chew ranches.
Justin was known for his incredible sense of humor. He was a talented horseman, marksman, all-around cowboy, and a dedicated, hard-worker. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was respected for his sensitivity and tender-heartedness.
He was an avid reader. Justin enjoyed small children and animals. He was noted for his respect for girls and women and his loyalty, politeness and genuine friendship toward others.
Justin is survived by his mother, Renée; step-father, Russ; and sisters Joslyn Steele (Jensen, Utah), Alicia Steele (Hayden, Colo.), brothers, David Adams (Salt Lake City, Utah); Travis Adams (Meeker, Colo.); John Kuntz (Eaton, Colo.); and Robert “Bobby” Steele (Eaton, Colo.). He is also survived by his grandmother Laura H. Chew (Jensen, Utah) and Duane and Bonita Steele (Oak Creek, Colo.). His great-grandmother, Ethel Steele (Clifton, Colo.) is also still living.
Justin was preceded in death by his father, Earl Edward Eliasen; grandfather, Dean W. Chew; and grandmother, Mary Eliasen.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 14, 2006, at 11 a.m. in the Jensen Chapel. Viewing will be held one hour prior to services as well as Thursday evening, April 13 from 7-9 p.m. at the Thompson-Blackburn Vernal Morturary.
September 23, 1924 - March 20, 2006
Longtime Meeker resident Don Campbell died suddenly March 20, 2006, at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker.
Donald Loyd Campbell was born to Roy and May (Wilson) Campbell in Schram, Colo. on Sept. 23, 1924. His parents later moved to Yuma, Colo. where he attended the Yuma schools. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942. After being discharged in 1945 he moved back to Yuma where he worked for his father, who owned a small trucking company.
Don married Betty Ridgeway on April 26, 1947 in St. Francis, Kan. To this union, two children were born. Don’s father was killed in a tragic car accident in Yuma County, after which Don went to work for the Yuma School District as a janitor at the Yuma High School and also as a bus driver.
With Betty’s family living in Meeker, the family came to visit often, thus, Don fell in love with the little town of Meeker, with all of its beautiful mountains and great hunting and fishing. Don, Betty, Danny and Donna moved to Meeker in May of 1956.
Don worked for Harp Transportation and Rio Blanco County over the course of 35 years. Don and Betty attended all of Danny and Donna’s school activities. He loved to take rides with his faithful sidekick and companion, Spud, and especially enjoyed visiting with his friends and going to Chuckwagon. He treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren and they all thought their Papa walked on water.
It is estimated that Don and Danny went fishing together over 1000 times in the past 50 years in streams, lakes and the White River. They also went elk hunting for the past 49 years, including the 2005 season when Don was 81 years of age.
Every summer on Memorial Day weekend, he drove to Yuma, Colo. to put flowers on his parents’ graves. Often his daughter, Donna, would travel with him, stopping to see his son, Danny, in Fort Morgan. On their return trip, they would make two or three trips up the mountain to Blackhawk. Don loved to play the slots and was tickled when he recently won $400.
Survivors include his son, Danny, and fiancée Mary Hartwig of Delta; his daughter Donna of Denver; special daughter Caryl of Denver; “adopted” daughter Kathy Warren of Meeker. Grandchildren Jason Murphy, Dustin Murphy and his fiancée Lindsey of Denver, Kila (Jesse) Watkins of Grand Junction, Amber (Kaifah) DeToles of Phoenix, Ariz., Chris Campbell and his fiancée Casey of Lincoln, Neb. Great-grandchildren Jayce and Alise Settles and Jasmine Watkins of Grand Junction, Celeste DeToles of Phoenix, Ariz., and his best friend, Fenton Ridgeway of Denver.
He is preceded in death by his wife Betty, father Roy, mother May and his sister Vera Zwirn.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 25, 2006 from the Meeker United Methodist Church with Pastor Johnny Arrington officiating. Interment was made in the Highland Cemetery. Cochran Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
April 10, 1936 - March 24, 2006
Long-time Rangely educator Donny Collins died March 24, 2006, at his home.
Donald Kent Collins was born April 10, 1936, in Montrose, the son of Roy and June (Wilson) Collins. When Donny was in the fifth grade, his family moved to Rangely where his parents operated a grocery store. He attended Rangely schools, where he excelled in sports, especially football, basketball and track. For two years, he boxed as a 92 pounder on the Rangely High School Boxing team. He graduated with the Class of 1954 and attended Colorado State College (UNC) in Greeley, where he received his degree in Social Studies and Physical Education.
Donny taught for one year in Casper, Wyo., and another year in Leggett Valley, Calif., before moving to Brookings, Ore., where he worked with his father in the grocery business.
He then spent some time with his uncle and family in Los Alamos, N.M. In 1962, Rangely called him to come home where he began his long career as counselor, coach and teacher.
It was while teaching in his early career that Donny noticed a young fellow teacher, Miss Shaeffer, who drove a blue Mustang just like Donny’s. On June 3, 1967, Donny and Shirley were united in marriage at the Christian Church in Rangely. Donny continued his education, receiving his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Western State College.
Donny was more than a coach and counselor, he was a friend, mentor and confidant to four generations of students in Rangely. He was a man of honor and integrity who left a lasting mark in the lives of many Rangely young people. He retired from teaching in 1993, but continued his coaching “free agency” in Rangely for five more years. He remained active in local church, schools and community.
Donny was always in top physical shape, annually competing in the senior olympics in St. George, Utah. Although his primary event was softball, he easily won the pole vault competition (he was the only one to bring his own pole) and also competed in the high jump, basketball and horseshoes. He was in several senior softball leagues in Colorado, Utah and Arizona and also loved to play a game of basketball wherever he could and was an avid golfer.
Donny was an elder of the Rangely Christian Church where he often assisted in Sunday services and had officiated at several weddings and funerals of his Rangely friends through the years. In 1999, he and Shirley began spending winters in Mesa, Ariz., making many friends there, too.
In addition to his wife of 39 years, Shirley, of the family home, Donny is also survived by two children, his daughter, Kelli Neiberger and her husband, Ty, of Rangely; his son, Kent Collins and his wife Tawney of Lakewood; his four grandchildren, Johnathan and Shelby Neiberger and Mayzee and Sunny Collins; one brother, Tommy Collins and his wife Dorothy; two nephews, David Collins and his wife Jenny of Rangely; Tim Collins and his wife Renee of Fruita; one niece, Michelle Earhart and her husband Shon of Winston Salem, N.C.; his half-sister, Julie of Roseburg, Ore.; and a host of friends, fellow teachers, coaches and former students.
He is in our hearts and in His hands.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Rangely High School Gym. Services will conclude at the high school.
Friends may make memorial contributions to the Donny Collins Memorial Fund at First National Bank of the Rockies in Rangely.
Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Harry H. “Bud” Harp
April 20, 1923 - March 26, 2006
Longtime Meeker resident Harry H. “Bud” Harp, 82, died March 26, 2006, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Harry Hollis Harp was born April 20, 1923, in Rifle, the son of Harry Horace and Florence Irene (Parker) Harp. As a young man, the family moved to Meeker and following high school, Bud entered the United States Army, serving his country with the 97th Signal Battalion during World War II.
After his discharge, Bud returned to Meeker where he was united in marriage to Arda B. Madsen on Sept. 26, 1948, at the Methodist Church. Bud worked for many years in the mines and also owned a Ski-Doo dealership. He served on the Pioneers Hospital board for many years and also was a 10-year member of the Meeker Fire Department.
He enjoyed spending time outdoors, snowmobiling and traveling; being with his family and especially the special times he spent with his grandchildren.
Bud was a man of sterling character, high ideals and strong opinions who enjoyed to tell stories of his experiences.
Bud is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Arda of the family home; four children, Steven Harp and his wife Stefanie of Grand Junction; Edwin Harp and his wife Lori of Orlando, Fla.; Carla Gallaway and her husband Jon of Grand Junction; Paula Burress and her husband David of Falls Church, Va. Five grandchildren: Alicia Watt and her husband J.C.; Lindsey Miller and her husband Casey; Abbey Gallaway, Jennifer Harp and Michelle Harp; four great-grandchildren, Anthony and Avery Watt, Tyler Ilgen and Reese Miller; his step-grandchildren, Matt Real of Florida, Krysti Phillips and her husband Paul of Grand Junction, one brother, Bill Harp and his wife Shirley of Meeker and one sister, Dorothy Larsen and her husband Al of Oregon.
In addition to his parents, Bud is preceded in death by one sister, Phyllis and one brother “Ike” Bern Harp.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Meeker United Methodist Church.
A private family interment service will be held in the Highland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to either Pioneers Medical Center or the Walbridge Memorial Wing through Cochran Memorial Chapel which has been entrusted with the arrangements.