Eulalie “Lee” Loebe
Lee Loebe of Ouray, Colo. passed away July 16, 2011 in Grand Junction, Colo. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rober “Bob” Loebe of Ouray, in 2001. Lee was cremated and her ashes will join those of her husband. No service - no flowers. They are survived by their son, Jack Loebe, of Grand Junction, Colo.
Carl “Buddy” Bray, Jr.
December 15, 1948 - July 27, 2011
Carl “Buddy” Bray, Jr., age 62, passed away on Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011 at San Juan Living Center in Montrose.
Carl Thurston Bray Jr. was born on December 15, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents, Carl Thurston and Jacqueline (DeArman) Bray. Buddy was raised in the Tulsa area, graduating from Broken Arrow High School in 1967. He attended a couple years of college until he joined the United States Navy Reserve and served the during the Vietnam Era.
Buddy resided in Ouray county since October of 2004. Buddy enjoyed spending time with his Ouray Mountain Institute family and friends, the outdoors, electronics and enjoyed teaching meditation.
Buddy is survived by his sister, Janet Bray of Ridgway, Colorado; brother, Paul R. Bray of Tulsa, Oklahoma; James “Jim” E. Bray and wife, Ellen DelBene of Kauai, Hawaii; Frank A. Bray and wife, Clara of France and 3 nephews, Sam C. Kieffer Bray, Roman J. Bray and Liam K. Bray.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, H. David Bray.
In lieu of flowers, please send tax deductible donations to Ouray Mountain Institute (non-profit) at P O Box 215, Ouray, Co 81427.
Paul Merton Castle
June 23, 1929 ~ October 24, 2011
Paul Merton Castle, son of Paul and Florence Patton Castle, was born June 23, 1929 in a sod house on the banks of the Blanco River in Del Norte, Colo.
Paul departed this life, after a long illness, on the early morning of Oct. 24, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Paul attended public schools in Prichett, Pagosa Springs and Montrose, Colo. In 1946, at the age of 17, Paul entered the navy, honorably serving for over 20 years, retiring in 1966. In 1952 Paul met, while on leave, the love of his life, Betty, and to this union four children were born, Susan, Paul, David and Donny.
After his navy retirement, Paul moved his family back to Montrose, Colo., where he eventually became a master wallpaper hanger and painting contractor. Many of the Victorian homes in Ouray, Colorado still display his artistry. Paul and Betty eventually moved to Nucla, Colo., where he continued to work until the age of 73.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Florence Castle; his brothers, Emmitt Castle of Montrose, Colo., Fred Castle of Las Vegas, Nev., Johnny Castle of Ridgway, Colo; three sisters, Margie Brown and Betty Smith, both of Montrose, Colo., Peggy Jackson of Olathe, Colo; two nephews, Richard Castle of Montrose., and Billy Jackson of Driggs, Idaho. Paul is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty, of the family home; daughter Susan of Flernley, Nev., sons, Paul of Ouray, Colo., David and wife, Carol of New York, N.Y., Donny and wife, Tami of Ridgway, Colo.
Paul is also survived by his beloved 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, brother, Harry Castle; sister Florency Lyon all of Ridgway, Colo; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Paul enjoyed hunting, boxing, fishing, prospecting, riding his horse, Bucky and spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends.
O Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow;
I’ve loved creation better as it stood.
That day you finished it, so long ago,
And looked upon your work and called it good.
Just let me live my life as I’ve begun!
And give me work that’s open to the sky;
Make me a partner of the wind and sun,
And I won’t ask a life that’s soft and high.
Make me as big and open as the plains;
as honest as the horse between my knees;
Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains;
Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze.
Just keep an eye on all that’s done and said;
Just right me sometime when I turn aside;
And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead
hat stretches upward towards the Great Divide.
A Memorial Service in celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. At Paul’s request, cremation has preceded the service. The Service will conclude at the Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Colo.
Edward I. Gilbert
d. December 18, 2011
Edward I. Gilbert, passed away peacefully at home at age 86 on December 18, 2011. Ed was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and one terrific friend. He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife of 62 years Elizabeth (Pam), and daughters, Diana Mason (husband Dave), Lori Fawley and Lisanne Shanahan; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Ed was the youngest of two children born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He was a U.S. Army/Air Force veteran of World War II and a graduate from SMU where he met Pam and married in 1949. They both moved to Tucson, AZ on their honeymoon so Ed could attend U of A to get his Masters in Geology. Five years later they moved to the Scottsdale Area, where he accepted a position with the Franklin Life Insurance Company as Regional Vice President. Ed remained in the business until his death. He had a strong work ethic and a great sense of adventure. His positive attitude and enthusiasm brought out the best in everyone around him. Ed was one in a million and his spark will live on in all of us forever! Private family services have been held. Arrangements by Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottdale, Arizona.
Ronald (Ron) Lee Wabel
February 13, 1935 - December 9, 2011
Ronald (Ron) Lee Wabel, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away at age 76 on Friday December 9, 2011 at the Grand Junction VA Hospital of congestive heart failure. His wife of 50 years, his children and many grandchildren were at his side.
Born February 13, 1935 to the late Wilbur and Anna (Ittenbach) Wabel, Ron was raised the elder of two sons. He spent his early life working the family farm; he played football, and graduated from Eureka High School in 1954. At the age of 21, Ron enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa as a jet engine mechanic. Upon his return, he married the love of his life Karen Betts of Eureka, Illinois. Ron and Karen’s family grew to include three sons and two daughters. Ron was a skilled mechanic, he worked as union ironwork, and he mastered many trades. In his spare time he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Over the last few years, he found enjoyment in cooking, gardening, tinkering with projects, and rooting on the Packers. Ron enjoyed people, and the family celebrates his witty, funny nature and his openness to conversation. He knew many well and we are grateful to all those who befriended and supported him over all these years.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Anna (Ittenbach) Wabel and his beloved younger brother Larry Wabel of Eureka, Illinois. Ron is survived by his wife, Karen Wabel of Grand Junction; son, Dan Wabel and wife Lisa of Grand Junction; daughter, Tina Weller and husband Kris of Montrose; son, Dean Wabel and wife Cheryl of Peoria, Illinois; daughter, Tiffney Johnson of Grand Junction; son, Dale Wabel and wife Jolene of Woodville, Wisconsin, and the joy of his life, his 10 grandchildren and one great grand-child.
Memorial services were held in Grand Junction at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on December 11th and the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on December 15, 2011.
Rosa Josephine Zadra Halls
Rosie Halls passed away peacefully from problems incident to age in the tender care of her family on November 30, 2011, in Olathe, Colorado. She was living with her daughter Wanda and her husband Gene who lovingly cared for Rosie in the last year of her life.
Born in the old Belvedere Hotel in Ouray, Colorado, on November 12, 1913, Rosie was the first of five children born to Italian immigrants Matteo Zadra and Ottilia Marinelli. Rosie loved her parents and honored them all the days of her life. Her native tongue was Italian. She learned English over time through association with friends and neighbors.
Rosie left home and went to work at the age of twelve as a maid in the Western Hotel in Ouray. Nothing in the years to follow would break her heart more than leaving home for the first time and spending her first night away from her parents and siblings.
Rosie was educated in the old Piedmont School near Ridgway and graduated from the 6th grade in the 1920s. She went on to earn a degree in human relations gained through 98 years of interaction with the human race. Her education was not in worldly knowledge, but in the practical application of love and friendship. She considered her friendships the most precious possessions she ever owned.
She had two wonderful marriages, her first to Pierre Tristant who died prematurely from heart disease and with whom she had two daughters, Judy and Wanda; and her second to Dean Halls, a widowed Ridgway rancher with whom she had two sons, Ray and Ronnie. She also helped raise Dean's children, Linda, Lillian, and David.
Rosie worked hard throughout her life. In addition to her household duties as a mother and wife, she hauled coal, bucked bales, saddled horses, milked cows, irrigated fields, and cooked meals for dozens of miners. She would often rub her hands and comment on how rough they were when she was young. Those hands grew crooked with arthritis in later years and her doctors were amazed that she never suffered any pain from it.
Rosie was raised Catholic and became a Latter-day Saint after her marriage to Dean. But her true religion was not in theology, doctrine, ritual, or weekly attendance; it was in the practical application of God's greatest commandment to "love thy neighbor as thyself." She loved people and spread the seeds of friendship everywhere she went.
Rosie loved parties, dinners, get-togethers, and Sunday drives. But more than any other social activity, she loved her association with her friends in the Rebekah Lodge. This organization, its Christian teachings, and the wonderful women she associated with were a blessing in Rosie's life for over sixty years.
Her greatest joy in the last few years of her life was to go on a ride with her children to Ouray and Ridgway and to travel the back roads and reminisce about friends who used to live on the ranches and in the towns. She loved Ouray county, the mountains and valleys, and most of all the people.
She lived alone for over thirty years after Dean's death in 1977, first on the family ranch near Ouray and then in an apartment in Montrose. Five years ago, she moved in with her daughters, spending time alternately with them in Denver and Olathe until her death. Her daughters and their husbands have provided for her every need in her old age and have given their lives in the care of their mother.
Rosie is survived by her four children, Judy Smith, Wanda (Gene) Ashley, Ray (Doreen) Halls, and Ronald (Karyn) Halls; three step children, Linda (Harold) Gibson, Lillian Divine, and David (Roxanna) Halls; her siblings Mario Zadra and Victoria Hudson; twelve grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Anne and Victor, her loving husbands, and her son-in-law Marvin W. Smith.
A viewing and funeral services were held at 12:00 o’clock noon in Montrose at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1521 Hillcrest Drive, on Monday, December 5, 2011. Rosie’s children extend a special thanks to Julie Lowther from hospice for her sweet care of their mother. We love you Mom and look forward to the day we will meet again in God's eternal worlds.
Gloria Gaye Roberts
May 8, 1928 - November 3, 2011
Born in Grand Junction Colorado, Gloria passed away peacefully in Montrose, Colorado in her home, with family, surrounded by her amazing collection of artwork and artifacts, most of which come with fond memories of people and places she has encountered.
Friends and family describe Gloria as "amazing", "truly magnificent", "one of a kind", "an elegant lady", "a renaissance woman". During her lifetime she did things her way. She grew up traveling the Colorado back-country and loved it dearly her entire life. On a trip to California in 1950 she met her beloved husband Robert Wesley Roberts and spent many years working side by side with him raising two children, working as a mate on his commercial fishing boat and later learning to drive a semi-truck as an "assistant" owner-operator. Shortly after his death in 1985, she graduated with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley. Gloria then moved back to Colorado where she worked as a case worker for Community Options in Montrose. Retirement was followed by a two year stint in the Peace Corp in Kenya, Africa. She learned to speak Swahili and turned 70 helping the women of Mt. Embu create an income source through their remarkable basket making skills. Upon her return to the Montrose area she devoted the remainder of her life to helping others and enriching the community in which she lived.
Gloria was the oldest of three children born to Florence (Record) and Lovell Chapman. She was predesceased by her brother William Chapman and is survived by her brother G. Edward (Ed) Chapman. She has two daughters, Karen (David) Macy and Robin (Kirk) Regal, an adored granddaughter, Sierra Putrino and a treasured great granddaughter, Tia Putrino. Gloria has many nieces, nephews, and cousins all of whom consider themselves fortunate to have been a part of her family.
Thank you to all of Gloria's friends who have enriched her life in health and who helped keep her strong during her short illness. She truly appreciated each and every one of you. Hospice of Western Colorado and close cousin Terry Skalla Cranney made her passing far more comfortable.
Services for Gloria will be in Montrose, Friday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is at 1521 Hillcrest Drive, Montrose, CO.
For those wishing to make a donation, Gloria and her family would like to suggest the Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, PO Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81402. Donations can be made online atwww.hospicewco.com. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Arnold Rodney Heineman
December 13, 1924 ~ November 6, 2011
Arnold Rodney Heineman, age 86, of Montrose, Colo., passed away Nov. 6, 2011 after a lengthy illness at his home, with his daughter by his side. Arnold was born Dec. 13, 1924 to Herman and Minnie(Boseman) Heineman in Readlyn, Iowa.. He spent his younger years of his life in Waterloo, Iowa. When he was 20 years old, he bought his first house. Ever since then, he dealt in buying and selling of property, even in his last days. Arnold worked at Powers Manufacturing from 1944 to 1961. While working there, he was President of Garment Workers of Iowa. In 1947, he met the love of his life, Esther Stahr. They were married Apr. 1948 for 61 years and she preceded him in death in Apr. 2009. Arnold and Esther owned and operated two motels, one in Waterloo, Iowa and the other in Sedona, Ariz. Arnold was also President of the Motel and Hotel Association of Iowa. He attended school until the ninth grade and never finished. Arnold was proud of his accomplishments in life, especially since he referred to himself as a high school dropout. Arnold resided in Iowa, Arizona, California and then to Ouray, Colo., where Arnold and Esther were owners of Sacks Fifth Avenue Antiques for 28 years, before moving to Montrose, where he made his home until his time of death. He will be missed by his family and so many great beloved friends.
Of this union of marriage, they had two daughters, June Diamond and Joan Burch of Montrose; one grandson, Michael Diamond, also of Montrose; one nephew, Richard Heineman of Clarksville, Ind. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bill Heineman, one sister, Maxine Juregans, and wife, Esther. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Co. 81402 or The San Juan Cancer Center, 600 S. 5th Street, Montrose, Co 81401. A Funeral Service is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 10:00 am at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service on Saturday, from 9:30 up to the service time. Burial will follow the service at Grand View Cemetery, West of Montrose. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Mary Gertrude (Beach) Perotti
March 17, 1916 – January 23, 2012
Gertrude Perotti, of Ridgway, Co., born March 17, 1916 in Placerville, CO, died January 23, 2012 at Valley Manor in Montrose (her residence for the last 9 years).
She was born to Preston Beach and Dorothy (Meyers) Beach of Horsefly Mesa and resided there until she lived with her grandparents in Ridgway to attend High School. She then went to Gunnison to attend Western State College for 21/2 years before marrying Jerald Perotti of Dry Creek and moving to his family ranch to begin married life.
She and Jerald bought the ranch South of Ridgway in 1950, where they lived, rearing a family and tending the ranch until she moved to Montrose in January of 2003. She loved gardening and livestock, and was reportedly the oldest “milk maid” in Ouray County, only giving up the daily “pailing the bossies” in her late 80’s.
She was a 3rd generation newspaper reporter, working for the Grand Junction Sentinel, the Montrose Daily Press, the Ouray County Herald, and the Ridgway Sun at various times. Many residents will remember the frequent calls from “Gabby Gert” as she called herself.
She was a member of the Cow Creek Community Club, the Cattlemen’s Association, the Rebekahs (Mt. Hayden Lodge #54), Legends of the West, and a tireless worker for the Mosquito Abatement Program. She also appeared in scenes of “How the West Was Won” and “True Grit”, both of which were filmed in the Ridgway area. In her spare time she loved playing the harmonica, singing, and participating in local talent events as well as entertaining at Valley Manor in Montrose.
She and Jerald had three sons, Rolan (Patricia) Perotti of Illinois, Loran Perotti (deceased), and Orlan Perotti of Ridgway. She has three grandsons, Rick Perotti of Virginia, Chris Perotti of Colorado, and Joseph Perotti of Illinois. She also has three great grand-children, and two great, great grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerald in 1992, and her middle son, Loran in 1974, as well as a brother and three sisters. She has a surviving brother, Leslie of Utah, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A viewing will be held at Crippin Funeral Home in Montrose on Sunday, January 29 from 4:00 to 7:00p.m at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at the Ridgway Community Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 30, with interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, in Ouray. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Co. 81402. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Rev. Max Lee Kendrick
July 8, 1940 ~ January 22, 2012
Delta County civic leader, Rev. Max Lee Kendrick, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at his home in Eckert, Colorado. He was 71.
A memorial service honoring Max’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Eckert Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jo DeVinny and Rev. George Miller presiding. A private inurnment will be held at the Eckert Cemetery.
Max Lee Kendrick was born to Donald Clyde and Atha Mae (Basey) Kendrick on July 8, 1940 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He spent his early childhood in Oklahoma City and moved to Eckert with his family when he was 6 years old. Max attended schools both in Eckert and Cedaredge, graduating from Cedaredge High School with the class of 1958.
Max furthered his education at Mesa College in Grand Junction, Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.
On July 14, 1963, Max married the love of his life Betty June Peterson at the Cedaredge United Methodist Church. Max and Betty celebrated 48 years of love and marriage together.
Max was a member of several clubs and organizations including: past president of the Cedaredge Rotary Club; Delta County Advisory board member of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado; Chaplain and Ethics Committee member of the Delta County Memorial Hospital; former Eckert Presbyterian Church minister; and served as moderator of the Presbyterian Church.
Max loved and cherished his family, friends and community. Among many interests, Max enjoyed fly fishing, reading, photography, eating a home cooked meal and enjoyed live music. More importantly, Max loved his Lord and Savior and serving people. He will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege to love and know him. Max served in churches in Central Washington and Ridgway, Colorado before settling in Eckert, Colorado in 2001.
Max is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty J. Kendrick of Eckert; two sons, Mike (Susan) Kendrick of Beaverton, OR, and Doug Kendrick (Sonya Templin-Zimmer) of Dundee, OR; one daughter, Tricia Kendrick of Eckert; and two brothers, Charles R. “Dick” (Kathy) Kendrick of Waynesville, NC, and James “Jim” (Jonni) Kendrick of Delta. Max is further survived by three grandchildren: twins, Justine and Kayla Bird, and Jacob Kendrick all of Beaverton, OR.
Max was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Atha Mae Kendrick.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Max’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colorado 81416. Or to the Eckert Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 7, Eckert, Colorado 81418.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.