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.
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.
John T. Long
October 30, 1948 - August 16, 2005
John T. Long, 56, died Aug. 16, 2005, at the home of his mother in Dinosaur.
John Thomas Long was born Oct. 30, 1948, in the family home in Craig, the son of John Tharen and Loretta Mae (Wood) Long. As a youngster, the family moved to Florida and later to Longmont where John graduated from high school. A free spirit and lover of the earth, John was an excellent cook and artist. He loved to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing and camping. He also did river rafting guide work for Peter Yarrow of the musical group “Peter, Paul and Mary.” Throughout the years he did auto body restoration and painting at a Porsche dealership in Boulder and also imported handmade Indian shirts from South America.
John is survived by his mother, Loretta Duncan of Dinosaur, his son, Justin, of Boulder, his longtime companion Linda Smith and her daughters Laura and Pam and their children, whom he considered as his own children and grandchildren, two sisters, Cynthia (Mark) Pearce of Dinosaur and Linda (Larry) Northway of Pratt, Kan., and one brother, George (Diane) Long of North Kingstown, R.I., as well as Justin’s mother, Paula Newcomer. His father and one sister have preceded him in death.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Dinosaur Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rangely Mortuary which has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Robert Lee “Bob” Wise
December 18, 1906 - July 15, 2005
Robert Lee “Bob” Wise of Laporte, Colo., died Friday, July 15, 2005, in Fort Collins.
Bob was born on Dec. 18, 1906, in Meeker, Colo., to Zeb and Hattie (Banner) Wise. He attended a rural school in Meeker, Colo., and junior high and high school in Hotchkiss, Colo. He had been a rancher and worked with the CCCs during the depression. He later owned and operated the Robert L. Wise Construction Company. In 1958 he went into logging and continued with that until his retirement in 1970. He then opened a snowmobile shop in Laporte, Colo.
Bob was first married to Doctor Ann, then to Georgina Rael; mother of Wilfred, John and Boby; Bernice Burner all who preceded him in death. He is survived by Vera Webb his loving wife of 38 years.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Meeker, Colo., member of the National Rifle Association and was a founder of the “Poudre Drift Skippers” snowmobile club and was active with the club until he was 87 years old. He loved snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and ATV four-wheeling.
Survivors include his wife Vera Wise; one son John Wise of Lakewood, Colo., one step-son Wilfred Christopher Rael of Clifton, Colo., one daughter Roberta Wise of Grand Junction, Colo., two step-daughters Deana Lee of Guernsy, Wyo., and Anna Webb of Fort Collins, five grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday July 19, 2005, at the Allnutt Funeral Service Drake Road Chapel. The Rev. Bob Geller officiated.
Margaret L. Isaac
July 3, 1909 — July 16, 2005
Margaret Isaac, 96, died Saturday morning, July 16, 2005, at her Denver home.
Margaret was born July 3, 1909, at her Aunt May Ellison’s house on Water Street in Meeker, the only child of John R. and Charity Ann (Brown) Smith.
Margaret’s first three years were spent on her father’s pre-emption, eight miles up river. In 1912, her father homesteaded on Whetstone Hill at the northern foot of LO7 Mountain. In 1914, her parent’s bought the Tomlinson Place on the White River, which remains the family ranch.
Margaret attended the Mesa School for eight years, and continued to Rio Blanco County High School, graduating in 1928. She attended Denver University for three years, returning home in 1931 to teach the Mesa School for a year.
On Aug. 10, 1932, Margaret married Gerhard J. “Jerry” Isaac at the family ranch home. The couple lived in Washington, D.C., where Margaret completed her BA degree, and in Maryland until they returned to Colorado in 1948.
Margaret was the family historian, authoring John Hardin and His Wives (Willow Bend, 2003) and The Hand Family Scrapbook and The Henry Smith Family (both self-published). Also, she contributed to the This Is What I Remember volumes.
Survivors include Margaret’s son John and wife Terri of Littleton, son David and wife Connie of Burbank, Calif., and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret’s husband Jerry preceded her in death in 1983.
Funeral services will be held at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, with interment to follow at Highland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Museum of White River or to the Pioneer Hospital Memorial Fund through the funeral home office, PO Box 1048; Meeker, Colo., 81641.
June 5, 1960 - June 3, 2005
Cherice Tafoya was born June 5, 1960, and died June 3, 2005. Cherice was the daughter of Daniel A. Sanchez and Carol Santoya. Raised mainly in Thorton, Colo., and one of five brothers and sisters.
Cherice was a loving mother of Yvonne Tafoya, Edward Tafoya Jr., and Issac Sanchez. Cherice received her barber’s license from Denver Barber School.
After cutting hair in Denver for eight years, she moved to Meeker at the urging of local friends and opened Danny’s Barber Shop which was named after her father. Cherice loved Meeker and served the community well with the trade she loved and her willingness to do for others. Cherice left her family, friends and Meeker much too soon and she will be missed by all.
Shariann Beatrice (Arnold) Adams
October 2, 1947 - July 18, 2005
Shariann Adams died on July 18, 2005. She was born in Meeker on Oct. 2, 1947, and was the daughter of the late Helen Beatrice Sorensen DeWeese Arnold and the late Clifton Albert Arnold of Meeker.
She was graduated from Meeker High School in May of 1966 then served in the U.S. Army for three years. She married Franklin Delano Adams on Dec. 16, 1967. In April 1973 she and her family moved to Lynchburg, Tenn., where she lived until her death. She was graduated from Motlow State Community College on May 9, 1998, and was a member of the First Methodist Church of Lynchburg, Tenn.
She is survived by her husband, Franklin, and four children, Daryl Orville and Kyle Clifton Adams of Tullahoma, Tenn., Shawn Michael and Miranda Beatrice Adams of Lynchburg, Tenn. She is also survived by one sister and three brothers, Marilee I. (Arnold) Guise of New Castle, Colo., Darrell C. Arnold, Clifton W. Arnold of Meeker and Harold E. DeWeese of Roseburg, Ore. One sister, Roma Lee Arnold Wilson Hefti of Denver and a brother, Jimmy D. Arnold of Meeker and three nephews preceded her in death.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, July 23 at the First United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., or Hospice of the Highland Rim, Tullahoma, Tenn. Jennings-Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, Lynchburg, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Philip Craig Pratt
December 30, 1932 - July 5, 2005
Philip Craig Pratt, former resident of Delta, Meeker, and Montrose, Colorado, died on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Philip Craig Pratt was born on Dec. 30, 1932, to Phil S. and Lillian O. Pratt in Delta, Colo. He attended school in Delta, Meeker and Montrose, where he was graduated from Montrose High School with the class of 1951. He and his brother-in-law, Harold Broughton, were on the Montrose High School state championship football team the fall of 1950. He was also on the Colorado all-state football team, 1950; Montrose High School state championship baseball team, 1951; Montrose High School state championship runner-up basketball team, 1951; and the Montrose High School track and field team, setting a record in the 100-yard dash of 10 seconds. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Thespians and band.
Phil was graduated from Colorado A & M (Now Colorado State University) in 1955, with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
He participated on the football team, was a member of the Air Force ROTC, Scabbard & Blade, Math Honor Society, president of the senior class, and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
After college, Phil joined the U.S. Air Force and was on active duty for four years, attaining rank of captain.
His marriage to Barbara Jean Busey (Miss Colorado of 1955) in June of 1955, ended in divorce. He has two children from that marriage: Michelle Aree Smith of Denver, Colo., and Michael Philip Pratt of Rogers, AK; and granddaughters: Stephanie Dodds Chachkhiani of Denver, Colo., and Nicole Mariah Pratt of Rogers, AK; and triplet great-granddaughters that are due on Aug. 3, 2005.
Phil married Daisy Joe Satterwhite in September of 1962. They have a daughter, Amy Craig Pratt of Oklahoma City, Okla.; granddaughters: Katie and Annie; along with three stepchildren: Janet, Linda, and Wally and their children.
Phil is further survived by his sister and husband, Carol Ann and Harold Broughton of Delta, Colo.; her three daughters and four granddaughters; and nine cousins all of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip S. and Lillian O. Pratt.
Phil’s hobbies and interests were fishing on Grand Mesa, participating and watching all sports. He was also an avid bridge player. The most important thing in his life was his family and helping others by being a mentor and counselor.
Cremation and services have taken place in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Memorial contributions may be made in Phil’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 2480 W. 26th Ave., Suite 120 B, Denver, CO 80211, or to American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Division, 120 Wall St., 19th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005-400l.