Alice M. Morrison
Alice M. Morrison, of Firestone died Aug. 6, 2003, of viral meningitis at Longmont United Hospital. She was 69.
She was born Aug. 30, 1933, in Limon, Colo., to John and Mildred (Neiderhaus) Banks.
Mrs. Morrison is a former resident of Durango. She graduated from Durango High School in 1950 and married Ronald J. Morrison here on Sept. 2, 1951. The Morrisons farmed in the Florida River valley, east of Durango, until the early ’60s.
Mrs. Morrison was a homemaker who also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Longmont and Firestone for 15 years.
Mrs. Morrison was a member of New Horizons Christian Church in Dacono. She also belonged to the National and State Grange, the Liberty Hall Grange and the Neighborhood Watch in Firestone.
She was a founder of the Tri Area Ambulance Service and one of the first certified emergency-medical technicians in Colorado.
She enjoyed sewing, making crafts and gardening.
Mrs. Morrison is preceded in death by her husband, on Nov. 3, 2001, and Rodney Morrison, her son, on April 27, 2003.
She is survived by three sons, Daniel Morrison of Broomfield, Roger Morrison of Longmont and Donald Morrison of Frederick, her brother, Don Banks and six grandchildren, Michelle, Jennifer, Andy and Kylie Morrison and Melanie and Jason Purcell.
The memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St., Longmont. Cremation will be at Ahlberg Crematory. A graveside service will take place at Florida Cemetery in Durango at a later time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado, in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Thomas Arthur Dakin
Thomas Arthur Dakin, 85, of Durango, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango.
Mr. Dakin was born July 18, 1918, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Thomas and Florence (Sylvester) Dakin. He graduated from Glendale Junior College in 1941, before entering the California College of Mortuary Science, earning his mortuary license in 1942.
Mr. Dakin enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the hospital ship, U.S.S. Barnstable, in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945.
He married Joann Alexander in Glenwood Springs and the couple had one son, John. Mr. Dakin made his career with Safeway Stores, Inc., managing stores in Salida and Grand Junction, as well as several in the Denver area.
Mrs. Dakin died in 1964 and Mr. Dakin married Pauline Miller in 1965. The family lived in Denver for 36 years, then moved to Durango in 2002.
Mr. Dakin is survived by his wife, Pauline Miller of Durango; his son, John Dakin of Edwards; his stepson, Geoff Miller of Durango; his stepdaughter, Sue Spehar of Glendale, Calif., his grandson, Tyler Miller of Durango; his granddaughters, Stephanie Spehar and Christine Spehar, of Glendale, Calif.
Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
Mary Jean Charles
Durango area resident Mary Jean Charles, 82, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center.
Mrs. Charles was born Oct. 15, 1920, in Manson, Iowa the daughter of William and Nettie (Kidder) Foley.
She was an active member of PEO for more than 50 years, an avid bridge player and a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center. Mrs. Charles lived at Sunshine Gardens Country Home, south of Durango.
"She loved to shop. She especially loved to go to Denver and shop with me. Now I love to shop," said her daughter, Jan Charles.
Mrs. Charles is survived by her son Craig C. Charles of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and her daughter, Jan A. Charles of Aurora.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Charles.
Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango. No local services are planned at this time. Her ashes will be buried next to her parents in Iowa.
Leslie G. Blohm
Leslie G. Blohm, 69, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, in Durango. He died of natural causes according to Hood Mortuary.
Mr. Blohm was born March 29, 1934, in Yankton, S.D., the son of Lyle and Dena Blohm. He attended high school in Corvallis, Ore., and graduated in 1952. The following year he joined the U.S. Navy and served until 1957.
Mr. Blohm attended Fort Lewis College and graduated in 1960. Immediately after graduation, he married Marguerite Dalla at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango on July 15. The Blohm family moved to Alaska, where Mr. Blohm joined the Alaska Air National Guard, serving as an aircraft and hydraulics technician until his retirement in 1978.
He enjoyed fishing and golfing.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Blohm of Durango; two daughters, Beverly Lopez of Henderson, Nev., and Carol Aguilar of Durango; and two grandchildren, Raymie Aguilar and Mia Susan Aguilar, both of Durango.
A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary. The Rev. Mike Darmour will officiate and burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Patrick W. Luter Cancer Center, 3801 N. Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Michael ‘Mike’ A. Green
Michael Anthony Green, 45, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at his home in Durango. He died of heart disease, said La Plata County Coroner Dr. Carol Huser.
Mr. Green was born March 16, 1958, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the son of Adrain and Sherrill Green.
The Greens moved to the Durango area from Illinois in 1970. Later, Mr. Green went to work for 4 Corners Distribution. He was an avid sports fan especially for the Broncos, Avalanche and Rockies.
"He loved his sons and his family and we’ll root for the Broncos for him," said Mr. Green’s sister, Laura Jaramillo. "We’ll miss his laugh," Sherrill Dickinson said of her son.
Mr. Green is survived by two sons, Nicholas Green and Jason Green of Durango; his father, Adrain Green of Cortez; his mother, Sherrill (Green) Dickinson of Durango; his brother and sister-in-law, David and Denise Green and his nephew, Corey Green, all of Wayne, Maine; his sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Floyd Jaramillo, and his niece, Brittany Jaramillo, all of Durango.
The family will host an informal gathering at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mr. Green’s family’s home, 3020 East Seventh Ave. Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Green’s name for the education of his sons, c/o Vectra Bank, 1101 East Second Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Monika Callard, 57, died at home in Tucson, Ariz., on July 30, 2003, after a 10-month battle with cancer. She died peacefully with family and friends at her side.
Mrs. Callard was born Jan. 2, 1946, in Prague, Czechoslovakia. After having lost most of her family in the Holocaust, she escaped danger a second time when she got out of Czechoslovakia in 1950, on the eve of the Communist takeover.
After stops in Austria, England and Canada, the family immigrated to the United States in 1957 and settled in Norwich, Conn., where Mrs. Callard graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1964.
She moved to New York City where she studied film, then to Telluride in 1972, where she joined her sister and brother-in-law in opening the Senate Bar and Restaurant. She married Robert Callard in Telluride in 1975.
Mrs. Callard learned her cooking from her family and polished her skills in Paris at Le Notre cooking school.
She opened Telluride’s first gourmet takeout, called Monika’s, featuring pastries, bread and baked goods. She closed Monika’s in the mid ‘80s and started a catering business. Her wedding cakes were particular favorites. In 1997, with her partners Karen and Mike Levitas, she opened the Wildflour where she continued to provide fine, creative food.
Her friends in Durango are centered around the restaurant business, soccer and skiing.
"As well-known as Monika was for her cooking, she was equally respected for her generosity and ability to embrace, accept and make everybody she encountered feel loved and welcome, regardless of the circumstances," said Elizabeth Callard.
Mrs. Callard is survived by her husband, Robert Callard, of Telluride; her sister, Terry Catsman of Telluride; her stepsons and stepdaughter, Jim Callard of Durango, Jeff Callard of Tulsa Okla., Gene Farris of Palatine, Ill., and Ruth Callard of Seattle, Wash.; and nine grandchildren.
Monika Callard’s life will be celebrated Sunday at the Wildflour in Telluride.
Earl Duane Schroeder
Earl Duane Schroeder, 84, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at home in Grand Junction. He died of natural causes, according to Callahan Edfast Mortuary.
Mr. Schroeder was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Lexington, Neb., to Myrtle V. (Chadwick) Schroeder and Herman F. Schroeder. He married his college sweetheart, Mary Jnell Mitchell, who grew up in Durango, on May 17, 1942.
Raised on a ranch near Carr, Mr. Schroeder graduated from Colorado A&M in 1941 with a degree in chemistry. After completing R.O.T.C., he received a reserve commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served in the European Theater during World War II, landing with the Allied Forces at Anzio and in southern France.
Mr. Schroeder was recalled to active service during the Korean conflict, then again in 1959 for liaison duty at the Pentagon. He served as executive officer of the 214th Field Artillery Group and as inspector general at Fort Sill, Okla. Then he moved to the Defense Atomic Support Agency at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.
In 1971, he retired from the Army with the rank of colonel. His highest honor was the Legion of Merit.
Mr. Schroeder’s military career was punctuated by years in the private sector. He worked as a chemist at Los Alamos, N.M., a dairy rancher near Ridgway and a loan officer and real-estate broker in Durango and Grand Junction. After retiring from the Army, he kept an orchard near Palisade. In 1993, he worked with Talbott Farms Inc. to grow apples.
He was an active member of Clifton Christian Church, in Clifton, near Grand Junction. Earlier he belonged to the First Baptist Church of Palisade. He was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction as their Citizen of the Year in 2000.
Mr. Schroeder was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed passing outdoor skills to the young, particularly his sons.
He is survived by Jnell Schroeder, his wife of 61 years; his brother, Dr. H.D. Schroeder of Wheatland, Wyo.; and seven sons: Gary Schroeder of Palisade, Dr. David Schroeder of New Castle, Alan Schroeder of Grand Junction, Dr. Michael Schroeder, of Kent, Wash., Robert Schroeder of Clifton, Randal Schroeder of Gypsum and Dr. James Schroeder of San Antonio. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Clifton Christian Church. A private burial will take place on another occasion at the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Junction.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Clifton Christian Church, Genesis Christian School Scholarship Fund or Mesa County Partners.
Daryl W. Streiff
Daryl W. Streiff, 60, died in his Pagosa Springs home on Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, from pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Streiff was born Feb. 11, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo., to the Rev. Lawrence H. Streiff and Blanche (Murdock) Streiff. He attended high school in Richmond, Mo., and graduated with a degree in engineering geology from San Diego State University.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 to 1965. Mr. Streiff married Karen Wright in 1990 and they lived in California and Australia before moving to Pagosa Springs in 1999.
Mr. Streiff was active in the Community United Methodist Church of Pagosa Springs, Habitat for Humanity, Four Corners Emmaus Community, Promise Keepers, Medical International, the Community United Methodist Thrift Shop and its board of trustees. He was a member of the Geological Society of America, San Diego State University Geology Alumni Association and the San Diego Association of Geologists.
Survivors include his wife, Karen, of Pagosa Springs; his brother, Larry Streiff of Belton, Mo.; and his stepsons, Jon Keller and Cameron Keller of Kansas City, Mo.
"Daryl loved God, his church, family, geology, home, travel, fishing, NASCAR racing, skiing, hiking, Colorado, helping others and snoozing with his dog Sunny," said Karen Streiff. She said her husband and family appreciated the compassionate care they received from Hospice of Mercy.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Community United Methodist Church of Pagosa Springs, 434 Lewis St. Memorial donations may be made to the Community United Methodist Church parking lot fund.
Roy William Henneman
Roy William Henneman, former mayor of Cortez and a Montezuma County commissioner, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at his home in Cortez. He was 88. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Mr. Henneman was born Sept. 20, 1914, in Chippewa Falls, Wis. He married Virginia Belle Clemens on May 27, 1939, in Amery, Wis.
Mr. Henneman was regional manager of Montgomery Ward for 28 years. In 1971, the Hennemans moved to Cortez where they joined Trinity Lutheran Church. He remained a church member for 32 years.
Grandson David Henneman remembered his grandfather as being "full of life and laughter."
Mr. Henneman served as planning commissioner, councilman, mayor and interim city manager of Cortez. He also sat on the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners. He also was a member of the board of directors of Southwest Memorial Hospital for six years.
Mr. Henneman was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Rotary Club. He also loved fishing, golf and horseback riding.
Mr. Henneman is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia Henneman of Cortez; son, Jerry Henneman; and grandchildren, David and Katie Henneman, all of Mancos. His brothers Ray, Evander and Herbert and sisters Jessie and Mamie preceded him in death.
Services under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home are set for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be at Cortez Cemetery, with the Rev. David Dahl officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Henneman’s name at Trinity Lutheran Church.