Glenn W. Hoselton (1/16/2007)
Longtime Durango resident Glenn W. Hoselton died on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. He was 86.
Mr. Hoselton was born to John Alonzo and Eva Hoselton in Drayton, N.D., on Dec. 8, 1920.
He served in the Pacific on the Gilbert, Solomon and Mariana islands during World War II as a member of the Marine Corps from Oct. 7, 1942, to Oct. 4, 1945. He was a weather observer.
Mr. Hoselton was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He moved to Durango in 1948 and owned La Plata Printing for five years. He then joined the staff of The Durango Herald as a printer, where he worked until his retirement.
Mr. Hoselton enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and having a beer with his friends down at the "V" (VFW). His favorite pastime was watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports.
"He was a hard-working, loving man who contributed much in his own quiet way to this community," his family wrote.
Mr. Hoselton was preceded in death by his son John Hoselton.
Mr. Hoselton is survived by his former wife, Helen Hoselton; eight daughters, Judy Black, Janie Wilson, Debbie McVean, Darla Hill and Carrie Martinez, all of Durango, and Trudy Logan, Eva Moreland and Lori Wagner, all of Eugene, Ore.; four sons, Gary Hoselton of Bayfield, Doug Hoselton of Ivanhoe, Ill., Jim Hoselton of Eugene, Ore., and Jesse Pride of Bernalillo, N.M.; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation will occur. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4031, 1550 Main Ave. in Durango.
Iola Verna Houdek Scott (1/16/2007)
Longtime area resident Iola Verna Houdek Scott, 92, died at Good Samaritan Village in Aztec on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2007. The cause of death is undetermined.
Mrs. Scott was born to B.B. "Wesley" and Mary (Kalivoda) Houdek on July 14, 1914, in Cuba, Kan.
Her mother died in the 1918 influenza pandemic, and her father never remarried. Mrs. Scott and her sister, Molly, grew up in the Czech community, close to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Her father farmed and oversaw numerous other activities.
Mrs. Scott loved to dance, and Lawrence Welk's periodic visits to Cuba brought people from miles around.
She taught school during the Dust Bowl and Depression. She later moved to Manhattan, Kan., to attend Kansas State University. At a USO dance, she met her future husband, Sandy Scott. Their first child, John, was born while Mr. Scott was serving in the European Theater during World War II.
After the war, the family moved to the Four Corners, where Mr. Scott had been raised.
Mrs. Scott was active with her children's lives and running the family business. The Scotts were ranchers and raised sheep for the majority of their ranching years. They switched to cattle when the number of dogs in the area increased from the development of neighboring properties and made sheep ranching difficult.
They divided their time between a farm in the Bloomfield area, the home property in Aztec and a ranch at Hesperus, where the Hesperus Ski Area is located. Mrs. Scott also owned and operated the Scott Apartments in Aztec.
Her son Jack Scott said that her granddaughter and great-granddaughter were "the lights of her life."
"Iola had a lust for life and lived it to the fullest, always saying she wanted to live to be 100," Jack Scott said. "Everyone knew Iola as the regal lady who radiated life."
Mrs. Scott was active in the Aztec Presbyterian Church, the Aztec Museum, Extension Club, 4-H, Alturian Library, garden club and ranching organizations along with other organizations, activities and interests. She also enjoyed oil painting.
Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by her husband, Sandy Scott.
She is survived by her sons, John Scott and Jack Scott, both of Aztec; daughter, Katy Scott, of Laguna Beach, Calif.; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; two cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service probably will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Aztec Presbyterian Church, 205 N. Church Ave., Aztec, NM 87410; The Aztec Museum, 125 N. Main St., Aztec, NM 87410; or the Memorial Rose Garden, c/o Diane Lane, P.O. Box 963, Aztec, NM 87410; or a charity of choice.
Phillip Glenn Denbo Jr. (1/13/2007)
Durango resident Phillip Glenn Denbo Jr. died at his home of coronary artery disease on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. He was 63.
Mr. Denbo was born to Agnes and Phillip Denbo Sr. in Trinidad on Oct. 4, 1943.
He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in geophysics and petroleum engineering. After college, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years and was stationed in Pensacola, Fla.
Mr. Denbo moved to Durango in the mid-1960s, and worked for oil companies on a seismographic crew. He was a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his daughter, Ann Malburg, of Colorado Springs; and sister, Cadette Denbo, of Cortez. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Patrick W. Luter Cancer Center, 3801 N. Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
William Franklin Wilbur (1/12/2007)
Former Southwest Colorado resident William Franklin Wilbur died of a heart attack on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in Pueblo. He was 80.
Mr. Wilbur was born to Frederick Albert and Cynthia Eva (Scofield) Wilbur in Rocky Ford on June 23, 1926. He was the fifth of 10 children.
He served in World War II with the Navy. Mr. Wilbur was stationed primarily in the Aleutian Islands and also spent some time in Hawaii.
Mr. Wilbur farmed with his family around Montezuma County. He later became a member of the Operators Engineers Union operating heavy equipment. He helped build I-70 and the Pueblo and Lemon dams.
Mr. Wilbur was a firefighter for the Fort Lyon Fire Department, from which he retired. He also worked on the railroad in La Junta and Pueblo.
On July 1, 1950, he married LaVern Odom, and the couple had four children. The marriage later ended in divorce.
Mr. Wilbur married Betty Cunningham on Nov. 24, 1972, and became the stepfather to five more children.
He was a longtime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served at one time as a bishop. He and Betty served a two-year mission for the church in Berryville, Ark. His family said that he enjoyed that very much.
"His church was his passion," his daughter Florine Morrison said.
In his later life, Mr. Wilbur's favorite activity was to fly with his computer simulator. His family said he bragged about having flown around the world.
Mr. Wilbur is survived by his wife, Betty, of Fort Lyon; children Florine Morrison of Bayfield, Roger Wilbur of Mountain View, Wyo., Aileen Collom and Rhonda Cordova, both of Cortez; stepchildren Bill Cunningham of Las Animas, Trudy Devries of Craig, Ellen Brown of Concord, Calif., Ronda Sherman of Crowley, Texas, and Tammy Garcia of Colorado Springs; sisters Lila Brown of Modesto, Calif., Eva McGee of Grand Junction and Joan Hughes of Arriola; 28 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous members of his extended family.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at the La Junta Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Laura Jane (Harwood) Phelps (1/11/2007)
Durango resident Laura Jane (Harwood) Phelps died of heart failure at Mercy Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, after a brief hospitalization. She was 53.
Mrs. Phelps was born to Arthur and Nyta Harwood in Sigourney, Iowa, on Jan. 9, 1953. She was raised in Waverly, Iowa, and graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1971.
She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from the University of Georgia. While in college, she was an active member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and served as chapter president.
On May 12, 1990, she married Gary Phelps in Atlanta. Mrs. Phelps worked for the Trust Company Bank in Atlanta for many years until she moved with her family to Durango in 1997.
Her family said she was a devoted wife, mother and friend. Until the last few weeks of her life, they said she was a delightful correspondent, sharing with her family and friends both humor and news. Mrs. Phelps used e-mail to stay in contact with a large number of people.
Like her mother, Mrs. Phelps was fond of P.E.O Sisterhood and was a former member of the FX chapter in Durango.
She also was a talented cook.
Mrs. Phelps is survived by her husband, Gary Phelps, of Durango; daughter, Jennifer Edwards, of New York; father, Arthur Harwood, of Athens, Ga.; brothers, Donald Harwood of Tampa, Fla., John Harwood of State College, Pa., David Harwood of Montgomery, Ala., and George Harwood of Athens, Ga.; sisters, Ann Harwood-Nuss of Jacksonville, Fla., and Kate Harwood of Athens, Ga.
A private memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at her father's home in Athens, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to a charity of choice in her name.
Dorothy Elaine Krauser (1/11/2007)
Longtime Durango resident Dorothy Elaine Krauser died from complications of Alzheimer's disease at her Hermosa Creek home on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. She was 79.
Known as "Dottie," she was born to Oscar and Stella Otterson in Whitehall, Wis., on Feb. 20, 1927.
After graduating from high school, Mrs. Krauser was employed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Chicago. It was during her residence there that she met and married Dr. William J. Krauser on June 15, 1947.
The couple later moved to El Paso, Texas, where her husband was a medical officer at William Beaumont Army Hospital. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1954.
In 1960, the Krausers moved to Durango. Mrs. Krauser assisted in her husband's orthopedic surgical practice as a medical transcriptionist. For many years, she was active in promoting the fine arts and bringing musical and dance performances to Durango.
Mrs. Krauser had many interests, including a passion for gardening, cooking, arts and antiques. She enjoyed skiing and family activities at their Electra Lake cabin. She was a longtime member of the Reading Club of Durango.
Mrs. Krauser is survived by her husband, William Krauser, of Durango; daughters Ellyn Elizabeth Krauser, and Liese Joy Krauser, both of Durango; sons John Lindsey Krauser of Durango, and William J. Krauser of Los Alamos, N.M. ; sisters Sharon O'Keefe of Holmes Beach, Fla., and Ellyn Otterson of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada; and three grandchildren.
The Rev. Myron T. Darmour officiated at a small family service on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at Hood Mortuary. Burial followed at Greenmount Cemetery.
The family requests no flowers or contributions.
Joel Jay Weaver (1/10/2007)
Ignacio resident Joel Jay Weaver died of heart and liver failure at Four Corners Health Care Center on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. He was 52.
Known as "Jo Jo," he was born to Joseph and Nona (Romero) Weaver in Durango on July 8, 1954. He grew up in Ignacio and graduated from Ignacio High School in 1973. He also attended the Southwest Indian Polytechnic School in Albuquerque.
Mr. Weaver worked as a surveying technician for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. He retired from that career.
Mr. Weaver enjoyed being with friends, going for drives, gambling and cheering for the New England Patriots. In his younger years, when he was more physically able, he was an avid softball player and enjoyed hunting.
His family said that Mr. Weaver was "a very loving father, brother and grandfather."
Mr. Weaver is survived by his son, Brian Weaver, of Ignacio; brother, Roland Norris, of Ignacio; sisters Lillian Seibel and Arlene Millich, both of Ignacio; foster parents, Art and Sylvia Weaver, of Ignacio; and four grandchildren.
Visitation (closed casket) will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today Jan. 10, 2007, at Hood Mortuary.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Monsignor Dan Huber will officiate. Burial will occur at Ouray Memorial Cemetery in Ignacio.
Kathryn Eloise Alexander (1/10/2007)
Durango resident Kathryn Eloise Alexander died at The Valley Inn in Mancos on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. She was 89.
Known as "Mamo," she was born in Iowa to Harlan and Jennie Wamsley on May 11, 1917. She was raised in Minneapolis.
In 1941, she married Wallace E. Larson. They raised their family in Norwalk, Calif., after moving there in 1946.
In 1974, she moved to Durango and had lived in the area since then. In 1983, she married Wayne Alexander. He preceded her in death in 2003.
Her family said Mrs. Alexander was a Christian wife and mother, as well as loyal friend to many. She was known for her hospitality, her gospel music on the piano and being "one creative woman," they said.
Mrs. Alexander also was preceded in death by her first husband, Wallace Larson, and her son, Earl W. Larson.
She is survived by her daughter, Janet Ruth Nelson, of Cortez; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at Hood Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Draw Nigh Ministries, 491 Arabian Way, Grand Junction, CO 81504.