Fredrick Ray Owens
Fredrick Ray Owens, Durango resident, died Monday, March 17, 2003, in his home in Durango. He was 55.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
Mr. Owens was born Dec. 30, 1947, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Carole E. and Kenneth F. Owens. He moved to Durango in 1988 from Tipton, Mich. He was a client of Community Connections, and recently he worked on the cart crew at Wal-Mart. Mr. Owens also worked on the lawn crew at Fort Lewis College and the ski area. He attended the Fellowship of the Rockies Church in Durango.
Mr. Owens was a Detroit sports fan, and enjoyed bowling and other group activities with Community Connections friends.
He is survived by his brother, John Owens of Durango; his sister, Kris Shafer of Park Ridge, Ill.; one niece; one nephew and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. today at First Southern Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Connections, 281 Sawyer, Durango, CO 81303.
Robert ‘Bob’ Salyers Jr.
Robert "Bob" Salyers Jr. died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, after suffering a stroke. He was 71.
Mr. Salyers was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He brought his family to Durango in 1965 to live in the mountains.
He was a graduate of Fort Lewis College and longtime manager of Durango Tire Co. He was active in the Kiwanis of the Narrow Gauge Club and planted many of the trees in downtown Durango. Mr. Salyers and his wife, Pat, moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1980 to be near his parents. He retired six years ago from Jack Furrier’s Western Tire Center.
"He was a man who welcomed countless people into his home and his life, and will be forever missed," said his daughter, Julie Butler, of Durango.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Salyers of Tucson; a son, Bob Salyers III, of Maryland; a daughter, Julie Butler, of Durango; five grandsons, Mathew Romero of Denver, Ryan Romero of Stillwater, Okla., Carson Salyers of Maryland, and Adam Thorstad and Brandon Amparan, both of Tuscon; five granddaughters, Briana Salyers of Salisbury, Md., Jordon Salyers, Rylee Salyers and Delaney Salyers, all of Maryland, and Tana Whitton of Las Vegas, Nev.; six great-grandchildren; and his brother Jim, of California.
Mr. Salyers enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, lapidary work, and his family and friends.
An open house was held in his honor in Tucson. Later this summer, his family will gather in the mountains to sprinkle his ashes. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Association.
George David Byrd
George David Byrd died Monday, March 17, 2003, in Albuquerque. He was 68. The cause of death was not disclosed.
After retiring from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Byrd moved his family to Durango, where they lived for 18 years. During that time, he was a volunteer EMT and firefighter with the Hermosa Cliff Fire Protection District, a reserve deputy sheriff and the La Plata County coroner. Mr. Byrd was a Mason with the Hiram Lodge No. 13, AF & AM in Albuquerque and a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA in Santa Fe.
He is survived by his wife, Joan E. Byrd of Albuquerque; a daughter, Janelle S. Byrd of Albuquerque; and two sons, Gregory Allen Byrd of Coarse Gold, Calif., and George D. Byrd Jr. of Vancouver, Wash.
Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hiram Lodge, 3914 Silver SE, Albuquerque 87108-2624. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hiram Lodge.
Frank Edwin Conner
Frank Edwin Conner, a longtime Durango resident, died Monday, March 17, 2003, in Denver of natural causes. He was 86.
Mr. Conner was born to Mary and Brenzel Conner on Oct. 3, 1916, in Miami, N.M. The family moved to Pagosa Springs in 1919. He graduated from Pagosa High School in 1934. After he graduated, he ran a movie theater, he mined for silver and he worked in logging and construction. He also worked as a car salesman. In 1940, he lost his right arm in a construction accident working on Vallecito Lake.
He moved back to Pagosa Springs in 1942. He was elected Archuleta County clerk. He married Wilma Eaklor on Sept. 5, 1942. He moved his family to Durango in 1946, and worked as an accountant for General Motors. He began a career with State Farm Insurance Co. in 1955 and worked with the company for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Conner of Durango; a daughter, Cheryl Conner of Lakewood; two sisters, Tinnie E. Lattin and Ione Patterson, both of Pagosa Springs; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pagosa Springs.
Ann McBryne Hooper
Ann McBryne Hooper died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at her home in Bayfield. She was 82.
The cause of death was not available.
Ann McBryne Tunstall was born in Scotland on July 1, 1920, the daughter of Robert and Margaret Tunstall. The family immigrated to Canada and then to the United States when she was 3 years old. She married and had a daughter, Shirley. She worked in an airplane factory during World War II. She later married Bob Hooper and had a daughter, Margaret. She was a homemaker who enjoyed baking, crocheting, reading, dancing and doing crossword puzzles.
"She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and we will miss her dearly," said her husband, Bob Hooper, of Bayfield.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Shirley Hawk of New Baltimore, Mich., and Margaret Hooper of Littleton; two brothers, Alex Tunstall of Oxford, Mich., and Bob Tunstall of Orange, Calif.; a sister, Margaret Andrade of Trinidad; a grandson, Jason Hawk of New Baltimore; two granddaughters, Karen Hawk of New Baltimore and Jessica Emmons of Redmond, Wash.; a stepson, James Twiford of Spotsylvania, Va.; and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary. The Rev. Steve Easterday-McPadden will officiate. Cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary Crematory.
Bernard M. Boglino
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Baptist Church in Silverton for Bernard M. Boglino, who died Friday, March 14, 2003, at his home in Montrose. He was 71.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
Mr. Boglino was born in Dolores on Dec. 7, 1931, to Henry Frank Boglino and Eunice Licinda (Kasal) Boglino. He spent his childhood in Silverton and Durango, and graduated from Durango High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Boglino wrangled cows at Golden Horseshoe, plowed snow on Red Mountain, worked at Sunnyside Mine and drove a taxicab in Durango. He also tended bar at the American Legion in Durango and Silverton.
In 1996, Mr. Boglino moved to Montrose, where he remained until the time of his death.
He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post No. 28 in Durango.
Survivors include his son, Bill Boglino of West Mansfield, Ohio; three daughters, Ann Spillars of Jefferson City, Mo., and Connie Boglino and Sonia Cole, both of Montrose; and 10 grandchildren, Jake Spillars, Rachel Spillars, Aaron Spillars, Lauren Spillars, Dawn Chapman, Searra Boglino, Kendall Boglino, Bryson Boglino, Justin Richardson and Ashley Richardson.
Memorial contributions may be made to his daughter, Connie Boglino, in memory of Bernard Boglino, 35881 U.S. Highway 550, Montrose, CO 81401.
Lizaida ‘Lee’ Gomez
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Lizaida "Lee" Gomez, who died at her home Saturday, March 15, 2003. She was 94.
The cause of death was cancer.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at the church. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary.
Mrs. Gomez was born April 7, 1908, in Cebolla, N.M. She moved to McPhee in 1926. She married Guillermo Gomez on Oct. 11, 1930, in Cortez.
Mrs. Gomez moved to Durango in 1949. She was a homemaker, a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Altar Society, the Sewing Club and the Navy Mothers Club.
"She enjoyed gardening and playing the casino," said her daughter, Cris Lucero, of Durango.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guillermo Gomez.
Survivors include five sons, John Gomez of Cortez, Phil Gomez of Pueblo, Al Gomez of Lakewood, Bob Gomez of Fort Collins and Gary Gomez of Golden; four daughters, Cris Lucero and Liz Gomez, both of Durango, Carol Moon of Birmingham, Ala., and Toni Gardner of Louisville, Ky.; 18 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Lester A. Kelly
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Lester A. Kelly, who died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at his home in Durango. He was 86.
The cause of death was renal failure.
Chaplain Myron Darmour and Mr. Kelly’s nephew, the Rev. Denny Johnson, will officiate. Burial will occur at Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary Chapel.
Mr. Kelly was born Dec. 8, 1916, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Orville and Ida Kelly. He married Carmilla Maxine Johnson on June 23, 1938, and she preceded him in death on March 28, 2000.
Mr. Kelly worked in the Civil Construction Service Camps until World War II and then served in the Navy during World War II.
Mr. Kelly worked for 48 years for Siegrist Construction as a master mechanic and supervisor. He raised his family in Denver, and moved to Durango with Siegrist/Burnett construction in 1968. He owned and raced stock cars, breaking many records and holding many championships. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home and were snowbirds, spending their winters in Arizona and their summers at their home at Vallecito Lake.
"He was a great teacher to many, a loyal friend, a loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa," said his daughter, Vicki Kelly.
Survivors include two daughters, Kay Kelly of Denver and Vicki Kelly of Durango; six grandchildren, Kelly Hayman of Denver, and Kristen Taulli, Gina Gomez, Davin Gomez, Joe Taulli and Lisa Taulli, all of Durango; and eight great-grandchildren.
Jack Hughes Oldfield
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington for Jack Hughes Oldfield, who died Friday, March 14, 2003, at his home after an extended period of declining health.
Dr. Frank Hayes and the Rev. Kathy Potter will officiate.
Mr. Oldfield was born in 1920 on the Dryside west of Marvel to George Oldfield and Sophia Hughes Oldfield. He grew up on the family homestead farm and graduated from Marvel High School in 1938.
After attending Fort Lewis A&M for a year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on a destroyer minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he married Mercedes Mae Funk, of Farmington, on April 14, 1946. They lived in Silverton.
Mr. Oldfield worked at the Shenandoah Mill and, later, underground at the Green Mountain Mine. In 1952, they moved to Farmington. He worked for El Paso Natural Gas Company for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He spent his spare time farming on the Dryside.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Survivors include a son, Barney Oldfield of Farmington; two daughters, Linda Bingham of Bloomfield, N.M., and Connie Oldfield of Cortez; six grandchildren, Casey Oldfield of Minneapolis, Sherilyn Oldfield of Funabashi, Japan, David Dellinger of Lubbock, Texas, Brian Dellinger of Farmington, Jared Kaime of Colorado Springs and Kevin Kaime of Boulder; four great-grandchildren; a brother, George Oldfield of Farmington; and three sisters, Frances Kesselring and Nellie Horvath, both of Farmington, and Louise Eshelman of Bloomfield, N.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
Eva Taylor O’John
Eva Taylor O’John, a Southern Ute tribal member and former board member for the Denver Indian Center died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver of cancer. She was 60.
"She was a courageous woman. I always admired her. She raised three children from a wheelchair," said Carolynne Taylor, Mrs. O’John’s sister-in-law.
Mrs. O’John sustained a spinal injury from a car accident at 16, but the accident did not stop her from living a productive life, Mrs. Taylor said.
Mrs. O’John was born Aug. 4, 1942, in Ignacio. She earned a bachelor’s degree and later attended Metro State College in Denver to pursue a master’s degree. She served as a board member at the Denver Indian Center, an organization that provides employment and training services, community resources and referrals for various American Indian tribes.
Mrs. O’John was a former treasurer and president of the Denver Housing Board, and she was an active volunteer in the Denver public school system and United Way. She enjoyed helping people and spending time with her grandchildren.
Her brother, Erwin Taylor, of Ignacio, said she enjoyed traditional Southern Ute events such as the Bear Dance and Sun Dance.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cavanaugh O’John Sr.
Mrs. O’John is survived by her father, Henry Taylor Sr. of Ignacio; a daughter, Cecilia O’John of Denver; two sons, Cavanaugh O’John Jr. and Amos O’John, both of Denver; grandchildren, Christina O’John, Franklin O’John, Milo O’John, Darwin O’John, Darrin O’John, Davin O’John, Andrew O’John, Lonicia O’John, all of Denver; five brothers, Henry Taylor Jr. of Ignacio, Laddie Taylor of Ignacio, Erwin Taylor of Bayfield, Robert Taylor of Ignacio, and Gene Valdez of Ignacio; five sisters, Henrietta Taylor of Denver, Desiree Taylor of Denver, Mary Taylor of Ignacio, Marilyn Cotton of Ignacio, and Marie Rivas of Pagosa Springs; and numerous other family members.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ in Bayfield.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary Chapel in Durango. Mrs. O’John will be buried at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio.