Michael Lewis Hartley
Michael Lewis Hartley, 31, died in a traffic accident on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Metairie, La.
He was born in Durango on Jan. 27, 1973, to Joseph and Loretta (Pacheco) Hartley. His time was split between Durango and Farmington while growing up.
He worked as a heavy-equipment operator and laid electrical lines while living in the area.
In December 2000, he married Angel Beoubay in Hesperus.
He had lived in Louisiana for the past four years, working as a heavy-equipment operator in Jefferson Parish, La.
"The mountains and his family were his passion," said his aunt Julie Crawford.
He is survived by his wife, Angel Hartley; son Cole Ashton Hartley of Metairie, La.; father Joe Hartley of Vancouver, Wash.; brother Chris Hartley of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters Haley Hartley of Vancouver, Wash., and Hope Hartley of Bloomfield, N.M.; grandparents Homer and Wilma Hartley of Cortez; two nephews and one niece; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hesperus Baptist Church.
Virginia Agnes Rosenbaugh
A mother of nine and longtime resident of Cortez, Virginia Agnes Rosenbaugh, died in her home on Tuesday, September 28, 2004. She was 86.
Mrs. Rosenbaugh was an active member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and belonged to the Catholic Daughters and the Alter and Rosary Society. For many years, she was a registered nurse at Southwest Memorial Hospital and Vista Grande Nursing Home. She was a volunteer at Hospice of Montezuma and enjoyed visiting shut-ins.
Mrs. Rosenbaugh was born July, 15, 1918, in Walsenburg, and was the daughter of Adolph Joseph and Virginia Agnes Dissler. On Feb. 7, 1942, Virginia married George Glen Rosenbaugh in Walsenburg. Prior to moving to Cortez in 1963, the Rosenbaugh family had lived in Durango for three years.
Mrs. Rosenbaugh was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her children George "Tom" Rosenbaugh of Moncks Corners, S.C., Ray Rosenbaugh of Arvada, Ron Rosenbaugh of Cortez, Jim Rosenbaugh of Cortez, Charlie Rosenbaugh of Cortez, Ginger Byers of Albuquerque, Terry Rosenbaugh of Durango, Jerry Rosenbaugh of Westminster, and Don Rosenbaugh of Littleton; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. A prayer vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. The Rev. Derrek D. Scott will officiate. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Mrs. Rosenbaugh to Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez.
Bayfield resident Billy Horn died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, in Denver. He was 57.
Mr. Horn was born on Aug. 3, 1947 in Minco, Okla.
He is survived by his wife Donna Horn of Bayfield, his mother Lola Horn of Minco, Okla., his son Michael Horn of Minco, two grandchildren, Jason and Mary Beth of Minco, and his brother, Ronnie Horn of El Reno, Okla.
Mr. Horn was preceded in death by a son, Jason R. Horn.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Foursquare Church in Bayfield.
World War II veteran George Sauer died of natural causes in his Durango home on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004. He was 80.
"He loved the outdoors and worked hard all his life," said his friend David O'Keefe.
Mr. Sauer, the youngest of seven children, was born Dec. 25, 1923, in Tiffany to John Jr. and Kate Sauer. He grew up in Tiffany and moved to Durango in 1965 after being stationed with the U.S. Army as a patrol guard in both Korea and the Philippines.
Mr. Sauer worked as a security guard at Fort Lewis College for numerous years where he met Margie "Joy" Chitwood, whom he married on Dec. 12, 1970.
Mr. Sauer was an avid fisherman and hunter. He spent countless hours teaching his sons the enjoyment of his hobbies. He also enjoyed growing tomatoes and roses in his garden. He enjoyed sitting in his favorite chair on the front lawn telling numerous close friends his life's stories, said his family.
Mr. Sauer was preceded in death by his wife.
He is survived by his sons, Jim Sauer and George Sauer, both of Durango; his brother, John Sauer of Durango; and his granddaughters, Chelsea Sauer and Logan Sauer, also of Durango.
Cremation has occurred, and at his request no services will be held.
Todd Lee Waddell
Pagosa Springs resident Todd Lee Waddell died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center.
Mr. Waddell, 64, died of a stroke.
Mr. Waddell was born Feb. 25, 1940, in Chicago to Orville and Hazel Waddell. He married Becky Martinez on Dec. 18, 1971, in Las Vegas. They moved from California to Pagosa Springs in September 2001. Todd had worked as an automotive technician and was interested in stock-car racing.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Waddell; two sons, Charles Salazar of Pagosa Springs and Robert Waddell of Pagosa Springs; five daughters, Bernadette Mondry of Pagosa Springs, Joyce Salazar of Highland, Calif., Kim Waddell of San Francisco, Calif., Denise Goy of Garden Grove, Calif., and Alicia Mata of West Minster, Calif.; and his brother, Wayne Waddell of Arizona.
Family visitation and recitation of the rosary has been held in Pagosa Springs. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hilltop Cemetery.
The Rev. Carlos Alvarez will officiate.
Memorial contributions can be dedicated to the Todd Waddell fund at Rio Grande Savings & Loan in Pagosa Springs.
Myrtle I. Bowser
Myrtle I. Bowser died of natural causes on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at Four Corners Health Care Center. She was 83.
Mrs. Bowser was born Aug. 18, 1921, to George W. and Frances F. Walker. She was raised in Chicago. She married Robert L. Bowser in 1942 in the Chicago area. The couple moved to Durango about 20 years ago.
Mrs. Bowser is survived by her son, Robert E. Bowser, of Durango. She also is survived by grandchildren, Rob Bowser, Tracy Hanson and Nicole Mestas, all of Durango; and Rachel and Stephanie Bowser, both of Wisconsin. Three great-grandchildren also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son and a daughter.
Cremation will take place at Hood Mortuary. No services are planned.
Harmon E. Minor Jr.
An international racquetball champion, Harmon E. Minor Jr., 89, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, in Colorado Springs. The cause of death is unknown.
Mr. Minor was born on Oct. 20, 1914, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Harmon Sr. and Mary E. Kirkton Minor. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and moved to Colorado in 1942. After serving with the U.S. Army during World War II as a tank instructor, he returned to Cañon City.
On April 1, 1962, he married Florence Campbell in Cañon City and the new family moved to Durango in 1963.
"He loved kids," Mrs. Minor said. "His first wife, who died in 1957, had a daughter when they married and then they had four more; when we got married I brought two of my own and we had another. He raised all eight kids, and there was no difference in how he felt about them."
His parents had purchased The Notch Guest and Cattle Ranch north of Pagosa Springs in 1939, and when the Minors moved to Southwest Colorado they worked the ranch in the warm months and then wintered in Durango. They sold the ranch in 1981.
Mr. Minor didn't begin playing racquetball until he was in his 70s, but he won his first international tournament when he was 75 and another when he was 80, both in his age group. At the age of 75, he played in three tournaments and only lost one game. He and Mrs. Minor were both regular contestants in the Gridiron Green contest.
"He loved wildlife and birds and took care of them when he could," said Mrs. Minor. "We always had birdfeeders at our house on Junction Creek."
The Minors moved to Cañon City in May of this year.
Mr. Minor is survived by his wife Florence Minor; daughters Sandy Wentz of Golden, Andi Townsend of Texarkana, Ark., Marilyn Minor of Pacific Grove, Calif., Shannon Gray of Hope, Alaska, and Judy Stooks and Carol Lick, both of Colorado Springs; sons Jack Minor of Lafayette and Joe Gray of Colorado City; sister Dorothy Petet of Aurora; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has occurred. At his request, private interment services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent to Florence Minor, 624 North Reynolds, Cañon City, CO 81212.
Esther Mae Packard Winters
A former linotype operator forThe Durango Herald, Esther Mae Packard Winters, 90, died after a long illness Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at the home of her son, Carl Winters, in Indianola, Utah.
Born on March 22, 1914, in Bashor, she was the oldest child of Leon Duane and Mary Caroline Digerness Packard. She grew up on the family homestead in Hudson, and she attended a one-room school for several years before boarding in Brighton during her high school years. After graduation, she worked on several newspapers in the Denver area.
She married Wayne Potter Winters in May 1946 in Denver. He was an itinerant printer, and together they worked in Douglas and Casper, in Wyoming, and Grants, Gallup and Albuquerque, in New Mexico. The couple later divorced, and she settled in Durango, retiring from more than 20 years with theHeraldin 1973.
During the next 30 years, she traveled the United States, including Hawaii and Europe.
Her family said, "Although she was hard of hearing since childhood and had been deaf for many years, she still touched the lives of all who came into contact with her. She is remembered for her friendliness and willingness to help one and all. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they felt the same about her."
She is survived by her sons Carl Winters of Indianola, Utah, and James Winters of Pace, Fla.; sister Ruth Davis of Denver; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, with the fifth due in December; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at Tabor Funeral Home, with burial to follow next to her parents in the Elmwood Cemetery, both in Brighton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Dogs for the Deaf, Inc., 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR 97502; or to the La Plata County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2164, Durango, CO 81302.
Patrick Andrew Parrott
Patrick Andrew Parrott, 49, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at his home in Durango. The cause of death was complications from serum sickness.
He was born to Turner and Hazel Parrott on March 24, 1955, in Beaumont, Texas, and graduated from South Park High School there in 1973. While he accumulated 175 credit hours in three majors at the University of Texas in Austin, he never received a degree.
"He was just your basic everyday genius," said his wife, Ann Perkins-Parrott.
Mr. Parrott was the founder of a dot-com in Austin. He was certified in several computer technologies and had worked on the Microsoft Windows 95 launch team.
Mr. Parrott moved to Durango in August 2001 after living in Austin, Texas, for 27 years.
He married Ann Perkins on July 11, 2002, on the Southern Ute homeland. Betty and Eddie Box Jr., officiated.
"When we first met," said his wife, "he said that he really hated it when I said: 'Life is rich and full of wonder.' A few months ago, after he became ill, he began to say it himself."
His family said he loved the mountains, wildlife, the four seasons, white Christmases and having a large loving family.
Mr. Parrott was also an avid amateur radio operator.
"He said that his lifelong dream was to become a ham radio operator," said his wife. "I became one, too, and he said he never thought he'd find a woman who'd support him in that dream, much less join him in it."
He is survived by his wife Ann Perkins-Parrott of Durango; daughters Dale Kord of Durango and Candice Freeman of Austin, Texas; sons Chris Perkins, Robert Perkins, Ben Perkins and Luke Perkins, all of Durango, and Steven Perkins of Cañon City; six grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, and a funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, both at Hood Mortuary Chapel. Friends and family will officiate.
Burial will occur at Greenmount Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Durango Amateur Radio Club, c/o the First National Bank of Durango, 259 West Ninth St., Durango, CO 81301.