Elmer W. Ranta
Aug. 5, 1917 - Aug. 31, 1999
MONTROSE - Elmer W. Ranta, age 82, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 31, 1999, in Montrose.
Elmer W. Ranta was born in Telluride, Colo. on Aug. 5, 1917, the son of Jacob and Anna (Maki) Ranta. He lived in Telluride until moving to Montrose in 1989. He graduated from the Telluride High School in 1935.
Elmer served his country during World War II as an aviation engineer in the United States Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946.
He married Perina Bonato in Telluride in 1947. Elmer and Perina had two children: Vicki Ranta Eidsmo and Allan Ranta.
Elmer owned and operated a plumbing business in Telluride through the early 1960s, then was employed with the State of Colorado as a driver's license examiner until his retirement in 1982.
He was a 20-year member of the Telluride Fire Department and a life-time member of Telluride Elks Lodge No. 692.
Elmer loved the San Juan Mountains and activities associated with the outdoors of Western Colorado and was an avid golfer. Above all, Elmer loved spending time with his family his wife, Perina, his children, and grandchildren.
Survivors who loved Elmer dearly include his wife, Perina Ranta, of Montrose; one son, Allan Ranta and wife Becky; and one daughter, Vicki Ranta Eidsmo and husband Ivar Eidson, all of Telluride.
Elmer was the proud grandfather of four grandchildren: Jennifer Kailey Ranta, Traci Allana Ranta, Victoria Anna Eidsmo, and Lisa Maki Eidsmo, all of Telluride.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William A. Ranta.
A Memorial Celebration of Elmer's life will be officiated by long-time family friend, Tom Hedlund, on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m., at the Montrose Christian Church, 2351 Sunnyside Rd., in Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to: Telluride Historical Museum, In Memory of Elmer Ranta, P.O. Box 1597, Telluride, Colo. 81435.
Delta Homemaker Since 1980
Jan. 8, 1908 - Sept. 3, 1999
DELTA - Mable Owens, age 91, a homemaker and resident of Delta since 1980, died on Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Mable Brewer was born in Hennesy, Okla., on Jan. 8, 1908, the daughter of Charles H. Brewer and Turah (Cline) Brewer. She spent her childhood in Brewster, Kan., and attended high school at the Brownville School near Brewster.
Mable was married on Oct. 8, 1924, in Brewster, Kan. to Edward James Owens. Their union was blessed with six children.
The Owens farmed in Western Kansas from 1924 until 1948. In 1948 they moved to Monument, Colo. where they ranched until 1980. They then moved to Delta where Mable was preceded in death by her husband in 1983.
Following her husband's death, Mable continued to make her home in Delta until the time of her own death.
She was a member of the Delta Christian Church.
Above all, Mable deeply loved her family and especially enjoyed crocheting and painting.
Survivors include two sons: Dee Owens and wife Iris, of Rangely; Don Owens and wife Mary Jo, of Peyton; and one daughter, Wanda and husband Bill Kendrick, of Delta.
Mable was the proud grandmother of 21 grandchildren; the great-grandmother of 22 great-grandchildren; and the great-great-grandmother of one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mable was also preceded in death by three sons: Ray, Paul, and Jim Owens.
Funeral Services in remembrance and to honor Mable's life will be officiated on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Delta Christian Church.
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. of Delta.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Delta Christian Church, In Memory of Mable Owens, 658 Howard St., Delta, Colo. 81416.
Had Many Talents, Interests
Oct. 16, 1921 - Sept. 3, 1999
GRAND JUNCTION - Former Delta and Montrose resident, Eileen Kempf, age 77, a resident of Grand Junction since 1995, died on Friday, Sept 3, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction.
Eileen Edwards, the daughter of Eber Robert Edwards and Leta Inez (Chamberlain) Edwards, was born on Oct. 16, 1921, in Hugoton, Kan. Shortly after Eileen's birth, the family moved to Corbel, Calif., then Compton, where they remained until 1932. They then moved to northern Arizona to homestead during the Depression, where Eileen and her sister walked four miles each way to school.
Eileen later returned to California to attend high school and after graduation she moved to Phoenix, Ariz. where she completed business school. Eileen returned to Los Angeles to attend UCLA.
Upon her graduation, she worked as manager of the Los Angeles Passenger Terminal throughout much of World War II. Around 1939, Eileen's mother moved to Delta as a means of improving her health. In 1950, Eileen joined her mother to be close to her in her elder years.
While living in Delta, she managed the Delta Municipal Light & Power Company. After about three years, she moved to Montrose, and on Dec. 15, 1954, she married a Montrose attorney, George V. Kempf, in Montrose. George later became a District Court Judge, serving the 7th Judicial District of Colorado. Judge Kempf died on Nov. 7, 1980.
Following her husband's death, Eileen continued to make her home in Montrose until moving to Grand Junction in 1995 to be near her daughter, Alice and her husband, Nick Lobato.
Eileen was a member of the Montrose Methodist Church, the Montrose Women's Club, and the Jane Jefferson Democratic Club.
Eileen, an avid reader, was a woman of many interests and talents. When she was younger, she enjoyed running and playing baseball. She enjoyed wood carving, and once carved a chess set in which each piece was different. Ellen enjoyed building and construction and moved houses onto vacant lots, remodeled and reconstructed them, and managed them for a number of years as rental property. She greatly enjoyed being outdoors, camping, traveling, and touring as many National Parks and areas throughout the West as possible. She once took her travel trailer and traveled for six weeks by herself.
Eileen enjoyed knitting, crocheting, drawing, and was an excellent seamstress. She always loved animals and had many pets throughout her lifetime.
The caring nature of Eileen's personality led her to become the director of the Uncompahgre Workshop, a sheltered workshop for the developmentally disabled, from 1968 to 1978. She invented a stationary product made from Colorado wildflowers that became a popular gift item statewide and gave much needed exposure to the disabled people who made it. Her keen sense of humor, compassion, and intelligence made her many friends, even in her short time in Grand Junction. Eileen will be so deeply missed.
Survivors include one daughter, Alice L. and husband Nick Lobato, of Grand Junction; three brothers: Ira Edwards, of Delta; Paul Edwards, of Norman, Okla.; Lowell Edwards, of Aurora, Utah; and two sisters: Ione Tyler, of Delta; and Muriel Marshall, of Eckert.
In addition to her parents and husband, Eileen was also preceded in death by one brother, Wilfred Edwards.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Eileen's life will be officiated on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Assembly of God Church at Delta.
Interment will follow the service in the Delta City Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Viola June (Annear) Helmericks
Enjoyed Family, Friends
June 3, 1922 - Sept. 6, 1999
AUSTIN - Former longtime Montrose resident, Viola June (Annear) Helmericks, age 77, of Austin, died Monday morning, Sept. 6, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Viola June Annear, the daughter of Charlie Annear and Mary Alice (Brown) Annear, was born on June 3, 1922, in Holly, Colo. She spent her childhood in Syracuse, Kan., and graduated from Montrose County High School.
June married John Helmericks on Nov. 1, 1946 and their union was blessed with three sons and one daughter. June and John would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this year in November.
June lived most of her adult life in Montrose and had moved to Austin, Colo. just prior to her death.
She was a member of the Montrose Christian Church.
June was a homemaker who greatly enjoyed her family and friends. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, and collecting antique dishes.
Survivors include her husband, John Helmericks, of Austin; one daughter, Marcia Ann and husband Terry Tormey, of Grand Junction; two sons: David Helmericks and wife Katie, of Riverside, Calif.; Michael Helmericks, of Ft. Collins; and two grandchildren: Caleb and Emily Tormey, of Grand Junction.
Other family survivors include two sisters: Dorothy Herring, of Naturita; and Shirley Cook, of Montrose.
June was preceded in death by her parents; one son, John Franklin Helmericks II; and one granddaughter, Hanah Jane Tormey.
Memorial Services to honor and celebrate June's life will be officiated by Minister Tim Smith on Friday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose.
Inurnment will follow the service in the Olathe Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of the Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Delta County Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Unit, In Memory of Viola June Helmericks, P.O. Box 10100, Delta, Colo. 81416-5003.
Clarance Austin Hawkins
Eckert/Cedaredge Cattle Rancher
May 4, 1916 - Sept. 4, 1999
CEDAREDGE - Clarance Austin Hawkins, the son of George and Mettie (Austin) Hawkins, was born on May 4, 1916, in Cedaredge, Colo. He died on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital at the age of 83.
Clarance married Lottie E. Morris on Jan. 31, 1949, in Delta, Colo. Their union was blessed with four children and they were privileged to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year in January.
Clarance spent his entire lifetime in the Eckert/ Cedaredge area as a cattle rancher. When time allowed, he especially enjoyed fishing.
Survivors grateful to have shared Clarance's life include his wife, Lottie Hawkins, of Cedaredge; two sons: Bud Hawkins, of Cedaredge; Jerry Hawkins, of Montrose; and one daughter, Debbie Lillard, of Olathe.
Clarance was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren; and the great-grandfather of three great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include two sisters: Eula Horn, of Eckert; and Thelma Anderson, of Cedaredge.
Clarance was preceded in death by his father, George F. Hawkins; his mother, Mettie C. (Austin) Hawkins; his wife, Phena Mae (Green) Hawkins; and an infant son, Jimmie Deane Hawkins.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Clarance's life will be officiated on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery Chapel at Delta.
Private interment will be held in the Cedaredge Cemetery, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Rd., Delta, Colo. 81416; telephone (970) 874-8633.
Maxine Lenore Gustin
Wife, Mother, Grandmother
Sept. 29, 1924 - Sept. 5, 1999
CEDAREDGE - Maxine Lenore Gustin, a homemaker and resident of Cedaredge for 11 years, died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, in St. Mary's Hospital at Grand Junction at the age of 74.
Maxine Lenore Proffitt was born in Gordon, Colo. on Sept. 29, 1924, the daughter of Bryan Proffitt and Katherine (Newton) Proffitt. She spent her childhood, received her education, and grew to adulthood in Walsenburg, Colo.
Maxine married Edward L. Gustin on June 19, 1943, in Goodland, Kan. Their union was blessed with four sons and they were privileged to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary this year in June.
The Gustins lived in Denver until 1967 and then moved to Garden Grove, Calif., where they resided until 1988. Maxine and Edward moved to Cedaredge in 1988 where Maxine made her home for 11 years until the time of her death.
She was the proud owner of a huge doll collection and also enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include her husband, Edward L. Gustin, of Cedaredge; and four sons: Eddie Gustin and wife Sue, of LaPine, Ore.; Forrest Gustin, of Loveland; Richard Gustin and wife Avis, of Eckert; and Jack Gustin, of Cedaredge.
Maxine was the loving grandmother of 12 grandchildren and the great-grandmother of 14 great-grandchildren.
Other family survivors include one sister, Evelyn Proffitt, of Portland, Ore.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wilbur "Buddy" Proffitt.
Private Family Graveside Services will be officiated by Pastor Del Hampton on Friday, Sept. 10, in the Cedaredge Cemetery
Memorial gifts may be made to: American Diabetes Assn., Colorado Chapter, In Memory of Maxine Gustin, 2450 S. Downing St., Denver, Colo. 80210.
Always Interested In Others
Feb. 18, 1922 Sept. 4, 1999
LAKE CHARLES, LA. - Former longtime Montrose resident and World War II veteran, Frieda Davis, age 77, a resident of Lake Charles, La. since 1996, died Saturday morning, Sept. 4, 1999, in her daughter's home at Lake Charles.
Frieda Plummer, the third of 11 children, was born on Feb. 18, 1922, in Johnson County, Ky., the daughter of Eddie Lee Plummer and Edith Mabel (Williamson) Plummer. In 1941, Frieda graduated from Eastern State Teachers College. She also had an Associates Degree from Pikeville Junior College.
During World War II, Frieda served her country in the Women's Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. She married Melvin Davis on Oct. 24, 1943 in Smyrna, Tenn. Their marriage was the first all active duty Air Force Military wedding.
After the war, Frieda continued to pursue her career in education and became a kindergarten and pre-school teacher. Melvin continued his military career and Frieda operated pre-schools. She operated a pre-school in Phoenix, Ariz. from 1954 to 1968.
After Melvin retired from military service, the couple moved to Forsyth, Mo., where Frieda wrote a column called "Comments and Things" for the Taney County Republican and the Ozark Headliner. She also continued her interest in pre-school education.
Melvin preceded Frieda in death on Dec. 29, 1979, in Montrose.
Frieda continued to make her home in Montrose until 1996 when she moved to Lake Charles, La., due to health reasons to be close to her family.
Frieda was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, and belonged to the Montrose Women's Club from 1976 to 1995, serving as president of the organization. She served as a member of the AARP Board of Directors from 1982 until 1996. Frieda was also a member of the International Poets Society and the Montrose Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Besides education, Frieda was interested in music, creative writing, arts and crafts, and greatly enjoyed being outdoors in her garden. She remained active and creative, and was always interested in others especially her family.
Survivors include one son, Stephen E. Davis, of Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters: Edith Thibodeaux, of Lake Charles, La.; Judith G. Massengale, of Arlington, Texas; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Other family survivors include four brothers: Millard Plummer, of Fort Gay, W.Va.; Howard Plummer, of Huntington, W. Va.; Deward Plummer, of Jeffersonville, Ind.; Bradford Plummer, of Inez, Ky.; and two sisters: Lydia Webb, of Fort Gay, W.Va.; and Glada Jarrell, of Inez, Ky.
Funeral Services to honor and celebrate Frieda's life will be officiated by Pastor Paul Parsons, of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, and Pastor Wayne Dartez, of Victory Baptist Church of Lake Charles, La., at 2 p.m. in the Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel at Montrose.
Mary Lou Luttrell will accompany soloist Bonnie Anders for the selected hymns, "Whispering Hope" and "In The Garden." The congregation will sing the hymn, "Amazing Grace."
Pallbearers will include her son, son-in-law, and grandchildren: Stephen E. Davis, Derek Davis, Charles Thibodeaux, and Joe Saunders.
Interment will follow the service in the Grand View Cemetery
west of Montrose, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Montrose Valley Funeral Home.
Levi Loren Crabtree
A Lifetime Jockey
April 23, 1914 - Sept. 5, 1999
AUSTIN - Levi Loren Crabtree was born on April 23, 1914, in Pagosa Springs, Colo., the son of Robert and Sarah (Milton) Crabtree. He died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital at the age of 85.
Levi married Myrtle Alice Scott who preceded him in death on May 29, 1997, in Austin, Colo. He then married Mariann Fasano on Aug. 3, 1998, in Delta, Colo.
He lived in Glenwood Springs before moving to New Castle where he resided for 20 years. He then moved to Austin in 1992 where he made his home until the time of his death.
Levi loved horses and horse racing, having been a jockey all his life. He was extremely proud that he won the Queens Plate horse race in Canada in 1937. Levi also enjoyed gardening and raising roses.
Survivors include his wife, Mariann Crabtree, of Austin; two sisters: Hester St. John, of Medford, Ore.; Virginia Beckenhouer, of Conoga Park, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has take place, with no services planned at this time.
Arrangements were handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery, 682 1725 Rd., Delta, Colo. 81416; (970) 874-8633.
John Warren Camper
April 24, 1935 - Sept. 6, 1999
DELTA - John Warren Camper, a truck driver and a resident of Delta off and on for most of his life, died on Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, in the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Born on April 24, 1935, in Topeka, Kan., John Warren Camper was the son of Gordon and Etta (Bales) Camper. John received his education in Delta.
Working as a truck driver, John had lived in several states during his lifetime as well as living off and on in Delta.
Survivors include one aunt, Dell Burkins, of Grand Junction; and several nieces and nephews.
John was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister.
Graveside Services to honor and celebrate John's life will be officiated by Pastor Clark Childers on Friday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Delta City Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery of Delta.