Beverly Ann Kill
Beverly Ann Kill, 70, died on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at her home in Montrose. The cause of death was not disclosed.
She was born on May 17, 1933.
Mrs. Kill is survived by her husband, Louis Kill; her children, Barbara Kaylor of Montrose, Cormac Kill of Alpine, Calif., and Bradley Kill of Durango.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Columba Church in Durango. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Joyce Arleen Deemer
Joyce Arleen Deemer died on Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, in Mesa, Ariz., at the age of 78. She died of natural causes, said her daughter-in-law, Lynn Deemer of Bayfield.
Mrs. Deemer was born on Nov. 11, 1925, in Bethlehem, Pa. She was a part-time Bayfield resident who lived in Forest Lakes with her husband of more than 50 years, Phil Deemer.
Mrs. Deemer was a homemaker who enjoyed her friends, clubs and activities, and her loving relationship with her family.
"Joyce had a very happy and upbeat personality with a real zest for life. She was well-loved and will be missed immensely," said her son, Jim Deemer, on behalf of her family.
Mrs. Deemer is survived by her husband of Mesa and Bayfield; her sons, John Deemer of Lansing, Mich., and Jim Deemer of Bayfield; her grandsons, Nate Barovier of Coventry, R.I., and Ben Barovier of Bayfield; and her sisters, Audrey Reslie of Vacaville, Calif., and Lois Resetco of Bethlehem, Pa.
A memorial service will be held in Mesa at a time and date to be determined
Stella "Nona" Anderson
Stella "Nona" Anderson, 91, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango.
She was born June 30,1912, in Russell, Iowa, the daughter of Eugene Denike McKinley and Stella Chapman McKinley. The couple had six children.
She was part of a pioneer family that settled in Lucas County, Iowa. She attended school in Russell. After graduating from Russell High School, she moved to North Platte, Neb.
She married and later divorced Thomas Anderson in North Platte. They had one child, Barbara Jean Anderson.
She belonged to the First Methodist Church, and she volunteered at the North Platte Canteen during World War II.
In 1951, she moved to Denver, where she worked for Kistlers, Remington Rand, Colorado State Bank and the state of Colorado. Mrs. Anderson traveled frequently to all 50 states and six continents.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara; her grandchildren, Rick Wertz of Lafayette, Sheryl Wertz of Boulder, Judy Wertz Bolton of Durango, Ronald "Chip" Wertz of Englewood and Kris Wertz Hall of Bozeman, Mont.; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Howe Mortuary in Boulder. Burial will be after the service at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder.
Edwin I. Ward
Edwin I. Ward, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at his home in Durango.
Mr. Ward was born July 29, 1914, in Delta, the son of Arthur and Zora Ward. Mr. Ward graduated from Delta High School in 1932. He met LaVange Rienhardt in high school, and they were married on Nov. 8, 1935, in Delta.
"He was a man of principle, a good storyteller and loved the outdoors. His whole life was centered around his family and community," said his daughter Kristine Poer.
Mr. Ward worked on ranches in the Escalante Canyon in La Sal, Utah, and at the Agricultural Experiment Station at Old Fort Lewis. He brought his family to the Durango area in 1945. He worked for the Federal Land Bank, and he worked 21 years for Western Colorado Power and its successors. Mr. Ward served for several years as a union representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 57.
Mr. Ward was a member of the Animas Valley Grange and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks No. 507 in Durango. He also volunteered for many years as a member of the La Plata County Fair Board, the Animas Water Co. Board and the Mosquito Control District Board.
He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVange.
He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Bennett and Kristine Poer, both of Durango; seven grandchildren, Kathleen Poer, Margaret Poer, Rick Poer, Cindy Crist and Mona Kurlander, all of Durango, Dena Poer of Portland, Ore., and David Poer of Paso Robles, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1775 Florida Drive, in Durango. Pastor Aaron Hatfield and Daryl Ward will officiate. Cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to: The Colorado State Grange Scholarship Fund, 7275 S. Lima, Centennial, CO 80112-3850, or Hospice of Mercy, 375 E. Park Ave., Durango, CO 81301
Rosa Rose' Lorraine Watts
Rosa "Rose" Lorraine Watts, 73, a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center. She died of natural causes, her granddaughter said.
Mrs. Watts was born March 21, 1930, in Ignacio, the daughter of Elizabeth and Joe Lorraine. She enjoyed camping, hunting, watching basketball, going to powwows, traveling and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a homemaker who lived in La Boca most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Watts; her daughters, Suzanne Watts and Virginia Watts; her son, David Watts; and two grandchildren, Meredith Watts and Richard Box.
She was survived by her children, Gloria Frost of Ignacio, Tim Watts of La Boca, Raphael Watts Sr. of Ignacio, Marshall Watts of Ignacio, Robert Watts of Ignacio; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary. A wake will be held starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the home of Marietta Thompson, 228 Sagebrush Ave., in Ignacio. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Larry Tucker will officiate. Burial will follow at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio.
Terry Gayle Nelson
Terry Gayle Nelson, an Ignacio-area resident for 42 years, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at his home in Allison from prostate cancer. He was 63.
Mr. Nelson was born June 7, 1940, in Claycenter, Kan., to Elwin and Gladys Nelson.
He moved to Colorado in 1960 to work for Ramsour Brothers Construction, building a bridge over the Piedra River in Arboles. Mr. Nelson also helped construct Navajo Reservoir.
He worked for Sower's Lumber Yard and Lewis Mercantile in Bayfield and for La Plata County for a short time. He later worked in the Ignacio Shur Valu for about 30 years.
Mr. Nelson married Barbara Sutton on April 29, 1961, at the Allison Community Church in Allison.
He was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness in 1970.
Mr. Nelson was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, according to his family.
"My father was a person who never met a stranger, and he will be missed and remembered lovingly in many hearts," said his daughter, Stephanie.
He also enjoyed being with his Chihuahua, Loyal Protector Toro the Dog.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Allison; a daughter, Stephanie Tenorio of Allison; two granddaughters, Joanna and Andrea, both of Allison; a grandson, Daniel of Allison; a step-granddaughter, Lydia of Allison; six sisters; five brothers; one half-brother; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie, and a grandson, Zachary.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Ignacio. Cremation will occur at Hood Mortuary Crematory in Durango.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 120 County Road 319, Ignacio, CO 81137.
Charles Harold Radcliff
Charles Harold Radcliff, 93, of Pagosa Springs, died on Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, in Lakewood. He died of old age, his family said. His nicknames included "Rad" and "Gunsmoke."
A visitation will be held for Charles Harold Radcliff from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hood Mortuary. Mr. Radcliff, a longtime Pagosa Springs resident, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004. He was 93.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs.
The Rev. Cecil Brown, with the Church of the Nazarene, will officiate.
Burial will occur at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango after the funeral.
A reception at Dyke Ranch in Pagosa Springs will be held after the graveside service.
Mr. Radcliff was born Dec. 26, 1910, near Elida, N.M., in a half dugout house on the prairie, the son of Alberta Mary Barger and Charles Henry Radcliff. He was the fifth child in a family of nine children, seven natural and two adopted. In 1932, Mr. Radcliff married Ruby Mae Franke, his high school sweetheart. They were married 57 years until Mrs. Radcliff's death.
In 1946, he traded a ranch in Cañon City and $40,000 for what is known as the Dyke Ranch. Mr. Radcliff was a rancher his whole life, but for a few years he sold cars at Johnson Chevrolet in Pagosa Springs.
Since August 1999, after the death of his youngest daughter, Sharon Radcliff, he stayed with his daughter Wanda Chadwick in Lakewood so she could care for him. His philosophy in later years: Do the best you can and take one day at a time.
He wasn't a churchgoer; he said he felt closer to God riding a horse on top of a mountain.
He is survived by his daughter of Lakewood; his grandchildren, Shana, Shannon, Sharlene, Kristy, Tracy and Casey; and his great-grandchildren, Aja, Megen, Jade and Cody.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs. A graveside service in Durango will follow the ceremony.
Van A. Willis
Van A. Willis, who was the mayor of Mancos for 12 years, died on Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at his home in Mancos at the age of 87. The cause of death was not disclosed
Mr. Willis was born on Aug. 19, 1916, in Snowflake, Ariz., the son of Wilmirth (Flake) Willis and Joseph Stratton; he was the grandson of the founders of Snowflake. He graduated from Snowflake Academy High School and the Army's Officer Candidate School. He worked hard from an early age until the end of his life, ranching, selling real estate, and operating grocery and hardware businesses.
On Sept. 25, 1935, Mr. Willis married his high school sweetheart, Selma Oveson, in the Mesa Temple.
In 1942, he joined the Army Ordnance Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1952 with the rank of first lieutenant.
He moved to Bayfield in 1947 to buy and operate a ranch. He and his family also owned The Boys Market in Mancos from 1959 until 1986.
Mr. Willis held a post command in the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as serving the American Legion and chamber of commerce. He was president of Mancos Community Development.
He often brought flowers to the town's visitors' center and to his church from his gardens. His family will remember him as a generous husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Mr. Willis is survived by his children, Linda Willis Enochs of Mancos and Dean Willis of Golden; his grandchildren, Phillip, Evan and Ginny; his great-grandsons, Gage and Jayden; and his sister, Margaret Willis Hamblin of Snowflake.
A funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Mancos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 201 Montezuma. Visitation will be take place on Saturday from noon until the funeral service at the church. Bishop Melvyn Horrocks will officiate. Burial will follow at Webber Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Montezuma, 446 Main St., Cortez, CO 81321.
Velma Louise (Dunlap) Thompson
Velma Louise (Dunlap) Thompson, 94, who had lived in Durango since 1946, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. She died of natural causes, said her daughter, Sheila Hegglund.
Ms. Thompson was born in Dolores on Jan. 9, 1910, the daughter of Leota Dunlap and William Wesley. She attended Dolores and Durango schools.
Ms. Thompson worked as a secretary for the Colorado Highway Department. She enjoyed gardening and tending her yard. She also loved to travel, especially to her daughter's home during the winter. She was a past member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha chapter of Durango. She held all of the sorority's offices and was active in its charitable work.
Ms. Thompson is survived by her daughter of North Las Vegas, Nev.; her grandchildren, Wesley Hegglund of Houston, Heidi Hegglund of Durango and Sharon Hegglund of North Las Vegas; her sisters, Helen Dunlap and Margaret "Peggy" Akin, both of Durango; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hood Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Larry Osborne, with Durango Christian Church, will officiate. Burial will take place at Greenmount Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library, 180 Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80226.