Bernadine 'Bea' Mae Allen
August 28, 1912 - April 11, 2012
Bernadine 'Bea' Mae Allen passed away late Wednesday afternoon, April 11, 2012 with her loving and devoted family by her side at the age of 99.
Bea was born August 28, 1912 in Goodwell, Oklahoma to Prof. Thomas Jay Perry and Perthina Harrison Perry, Bea was the ninth of the children, Bea was the last surviving of the Perry children.
In 1945 Bea married her sweetheart Arthur Franklin Allen, in Phoenix, Arizona, after both returned home after both were serving in World War II. Bea was very proud of her service in the Navy. Arthur and Bea were blessed with two boys, Perry Arthur and Robert Wayne, and a daughter, Linda May. She was very fond and proud of her family always enjoying the time she spent with them. Arthur preceded Bea in death in October of 1970.
Bea worked for many years for Dr. Norman Brethouwer, M.D. here in Montrose, before she retired in 1979.
Surviving family members include her children Perry (Michele) Allen; Robert 'Bob' (Joan) Allen; and Linda Frank. Bea is also survived by three grandchildren and nine precious great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Bea's life will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Crossroads Victory Church at 10:00 am, with Pastor Chris Peterson officiating, the service will conclude at the church. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Loving Memory of Bea to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Co 81402. Condolences maybe made to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, Co 81401 (970) 249-2121.
Rosibell Koehler Hinz
February 28, 1921 ~ March 26, 2012
Rosibelle Koehler Hinz, age 91 of Seguin, passed away on March 26, 2012. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with Rev. Paul M. Cross officiating. A reception will follow in the Life Enrichment Center. Rosibelle was born on February 28, 1921 at home in rural Comal County, Texas to Rose DuMenil and Bruno Koehler. She is preceded in death by her husband, M/Sgt. Albert E. Hinz, U.S. A. F. (Ret.) who passed away July 25, 2008; her parents; sisters, Marilyn Haas and Peggy Koehler; brother, Wallace Koehler and niece, Susan Koehler. Survivors include her brother, Charles Koehler and wife, Jackie; sister-in-law, Ann Koehler; nephews, Rick Haas, Rodger Koehler, Steve, Jeff and Gregg Koehler, Kevin and Kerry Koehler; nieces, Carol Koehler Smith and Nancy Koehler; special friend, Betty Schmidt; several great nephews and nieces and her precious companion, her cat Mattie. Rosibelle was baptized on February 28, 1921 at First Protestant Church, New Braunfels and confirmed April 5, 1936 at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marion, Texas. Rosibelle, or Hubby as she was affectionately known, graduated from Marion High School, and attended Durham Business School in San Antonio and eventually worked at Randolph Air Force Base where her husband was stationed. During and after the war, Rosibelle and Albert were stationed in England for a number of years, returning to the States in Smyrna, Tennessee, where Albert began his retirement phase of his Air Force career. After their military retirement they moved to Austin, Texas where they became avid Longhorn fans. Rosibelle was employed by Concordia College and later Conwell Smith Bus Company for many years in Austin. They then had their second retirement moving to Seguin in 2001 and building their dream home, which they thoroughly enjoyed until age and illness set in. Albert and Rosibelle spent many summers in Ouray, Colorado. Rosibelle and Albert were members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austin, and when they moved to Seguin, they chose Faith Lutheran Church as their church home. Although Rosibelle and Albert never had any children of their own, they certainly claimed their nieces and nephews as their own. The family would like to thank Seguin Assisted Living; Argent Court Assisted Living; caregivers, Regina Lee and Annette Zenteno, and Dr. Phil Rinn for their patience and care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Faith Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1326 E. Cedar St., Seguin, Texas, 78155. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.treshewell.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.
Pamala Ann Reed
October 21, 1947 - February 29, 2012
Pamala Ann Reed, 64, of Clyde, Texas, died Wednesday February 29, 2012 in Abilene, Texas. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, Clyde with Dr. Toby Henson and Rev. Louis Johnson officiating. Pam was born October 21, 1947 in Bryan, Texas to John and Allie (Currie) Rhodes. She married Tony Reed August 24, 1968 in Abilene, Texas. Pam is survived by her husband Tony of Clyde, Texas; two daughters, Angela Herrington and husband Roman of Plano, Texas and Alyssa Preston and husband Dan of Ouray, Colorado; three brothers, John Rhodes and wife Laurie of Brookings Harbor, Oregon, Nick Rhodes and wife Betty of Wylie, Texas and Danny Rhodes and wife Linda of Haltom City, Texas; father-in-law, James Reed of Abilene, Texas; two stepbrothers, John Morey of Camp Wood, Texas and Chris Morey of San Angelo, Texas; five grandchildren, John Paul, Caleb, and Judah Preston and Emma and Ellis Herrington; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father John Rhodes, her mother and stepfather Allie and Don Morey.
William "Bill" Roy Steele
April 14, 1956 - March 2, 2012
William “Bill” Roy Steele died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, March 2, 2012. Bill was born on April 14, 1956 in Springfield, Vermont. His parents are Nada (Jacobs) Steele and Charles K. Steele. Bill lived and worked in Springfield for most of his adult life. In 2002 he moved to Colorado, a dream that was inspired by a road trip he took with his uncle when he was 16. Bill met the love of his life Mary Deganhart, and they moved to the Ridgway area in 2006. On February 7, 2009 Bill and Mary were married at Wedding Canyon in Colorado National Monument. At the time of his death Bill was the Coordinator for the Public Lands Partnership.
Bill was a skilled craftsman and truly enjoyed improving “SteelHart”, the property owned by Bill and Mary in Ouray County. Bill completed a log cabin, a barn and many other improvements, as well as crafting fine pieces of furniture. Bill had recently taken up photography and loved being outdoors getting the “perfect shot”. Bill loved camping and canoeing with Mary. Bill was a kind, thoughtful, funny, loving man who will be deeply missed.
Bill is survived by his wife Mary of Ridgway; his parents Charles and Nada Steele of Springfield, VT; his brother Bob of New Tripoli, PA; his sister Natalee Roberts of Chesterfield, VT; nephew CJ Steele, and niece Jennifer Roberts; “son” Raegan Robb; mother-in-law Elizabeth Deganhart, and brothers-in-law John and Tom Deganhart; three cats – Kitten Pie, Whacky Cat, and Critter, and his beloved horse Drifter. Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents Roy & Nellie Jacobs.
Services are scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel in Montrose. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.crippinfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Chance Humane Society, PO Box 2096, Ridgway, CO 81432 or at www.adoptmountainpets.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
Carl V. Bates “Dockie”
1939 – 2012
Carl passed away on February 19, 2012 in Denver, CO. Carl was a Ouray native, son of Evelyn (Flor) Bates and Dr. Carl V. Bates. His name, Carl V. Bates Jr., was given to him by over fifty local townspeople and businessmen in Ouray by petition prior to his birth. His childhood years included bouncing back and forth between the Ouray Hospital, where his dad worked, and playing at the Western Hotel with his grandmother, Mary Flor, who cooked and ran the hotel for the miners. Carl worked locally “haying” at the Ray Porter ranch on Cow Creek and assisiting with his Uncle Tuffy Flor’s mortuary business in town. Other interests and hobbies included horseback riding, mushroom hunting, jeeping, fishing, and deer/elk hunting in the Cimmaron Range.
Carl graduated from Ouray High School in 1957. He attended the University of Colorado and obtained a Bachelor of Science in polical science. As he sought a master’s degree in public adminstration, he worked as an amored car driver and an EMT at Denver General Hospital. It was there, he met and later married Colleen (Blach) Bates. After his graduation in 1963, Carl became a hospital adminstrator at Fort Logan Mental Heath Center in Littleton, CO for the next 28 years. He and Colleen raised three children in Wheat Ridge, CO., Creighton Bates, Carleen (Bates) Birchette and Crandall Bates. He retired in 1994 and returned to Ouray to enjoy the remaining years including his daily awe and admiration of the San Juan mountain range. He leaves behind Colleen Bates, Creighton and Pamela Bates, Carleen and Mike Birchette, Crandall and Elizabeth Bates and his five grandchildren: Cuentin, Colby, Kaylin, Madison and Ashlyn. Carl requested no formal funeral services. Donations can be sent to St. Daniels Catholic Church in his name.
David Wells Kenney
May 12, 1934 ~ February 14, 2012
Dave passed away quietly on February 14, 2012 at the San Juan Living Center in Montrose, CO.
Dave was born on May 12, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio to William and Rhobie Alura (Bready) Kenney. When he was 10 years old they moved from Ohio to Southern California. As he was growing up he enjoyed working on the ranches in the area and participating in rodeos. He went to college at University of California in Davis and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1962. He then returned to the San Diego area to start his veterinary practice. In 1964 he went to work for Sea World in San Diego and was their first veterinarian. He helped capture the first Shamu (killer whale) for the park and also did extensive research on Gigi, the first baby gray whale that was in captivity. He then left Sea World in 1972 and went back into private practice in the San Diego area.
In 1997 Dave relocated to Ridgway and with his wife, Connie Stapleton, established Ridgway Animal Hospital. Dave essentially retired from practicing at that point, however he continued for several years to work on all the exotic animals in need of medical care from Rocky Mountain Ark out of Telluride. This was his love and he enjoyed the challlenge of working on each and every type of animal.
Dave is survived by his wife, Connie Stapleton Kenney of Ridgway, son Lucas Kenney of Grand Junction, sons Shane Kenney, Miles Kenney, Colin Rognlie and daughter Gwen Kenney all residing in California. He is also survived by sisters Meredith Mailor and Elizabeth Ecke and brother William Kenney, all also residing in California.
He was much loved and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. Per his request there will not be a funeral service. There will be a celebration of his life later this year.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alpine Home Health and Hospice in Montrose, CO.
Kathryn L. Callaway
May 10, 1953 ~ June 25, 2012
Callaway, Kathryn L., age 59, formerly of Ouray, CO, passed away June 25, 2012, in suburban Minneapolis, Minn., of pulmonary fibrosis. She had lived in Ouray for nearly 12 years, returning to her original home city in 2011 where she had worked in the hospitality and nursing home industries for a number of years before moving to Colorado. Kathryn is survived by her loving and devoted mother, Anna I. Callaway (92), sister, Susan (Bill) Duerre, brother, David L., niece, Marisa D. Glass and family, nephew, Michael D. Callaway, and additional family members. She was predeceased by her father, Ralph J., and her brother, Brian T. A memorial service for Kathryn was held in Minneapolis on July 24, 2012, with private interment thereafter. Memorials may be given to the donor's preferred charity. Any notes of condolence may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 18, 1938 ~ July 21, 2012
Joan Allen born Joan Corrin, August 18, 1938 in Compton, CA succumbed to lung cancer on July 21, 2012.
Growing up in Southern California, Joan was a teen model and amateur dancer which included performances for the USO shows. Joan’s love for travel and adventure lead her to 28 states and 3 European countries.
Joan retired to Dixon, CA in 2001 after many years in the food service industry in Colorado, Idaho and Arizona. Joan remained active in the communities of Dixon, Vacaville and Sacramento as a volunteer at the Dixon Senior Center, and many events for 1st Realty & Investment, The Rotary Club of Vacaville, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Shiners’ Children’s Burn Center.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Erma Corrin, a brother, Charles Corrin Jr.; two sisters, Bertha Pittman, Wanda Corrin; two husbands, James Bennett, Mearle Allen, brother in law, Joe Pittman and a granddaughter, Tamera Sisler. She is survived by family members, Ken & Diane Corrin, Bernice Corrin, Margie Bennett, Wanda & Jim Barkhurst, Charlene Allen and Shawna Waterman. Joan had been blessed with 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 expected great grandchildren. Joan’s loving heart and circle of family extended to 3 additional grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Joan was brave, strong and giving throughout her struggle with cancer. She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be greatly missed on this earth. A family memorial will be held in Colorado at the Dallas Park Cemetery.
Elizabeth Graves (Tyke) Lunt
August 7, 1922 - May 23, 2012
Elizabeth Graves (Tyke) Lunt died peacefully in Australia on Saturday, May 23rd.
Tyke was born in Kansas City Missouri on the 7th of August, 1922 to Ludwick Graves and Ozelle Miller Graves. She attended Bryant elementary school and the Sunset Hill School before studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute.
After the war and after being a bridesmaid in more society weddings than anyone I know, she married William Charles Lunt Jr at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Tyke enjoyed a part time career that included working as the society editor of the Kansas City Star, the PR person for the local AAA club and as a scout for Better Homes and Gardens magazines. For the Independent Magazine, in the 1960s and 1970s, she wrote the ‘After Hours’ column that featured insights into the private lives of prominent Kansas City citizens.
She was known locally in Ouray as ‘Liz’. As a kid from Kansas City, Liz’s dream was always to move to Colorado. She finally made that happen when she retired from her career as a photo journalist and built her mountain home in Ouray in the early 1980s.
Liz loved living here. In her jeep, she would travel all over the high country, hunting chanterelles, picnicking with her many local friends, often with bloody marys and pink gin fizzes. Miraculously, without having killed anyone on Black Bear, she left Ouray to move to Australia to be closer to her daughter Lindsay, where she died in May 2012 after suffering through several years of dementia-related illnesses.
Liz was popular and full of life. Her friends were many and her contribution to this world is more than she may have realised since it was made without regard to any lasting legacy but in the spirit of fun, creativity and having a great time.
Since Ouray was her favourite place on earth, she is returning to Yankee Boy Basin. On the morning of August 1st, there will be a gathering of her friends and family to celebrate her life and release her ashes into her vision of ‘heaven’. Details of when and where to meet are to be determined.
Liz is survived by her daughter, Lindsay. She was 89 years old.
There is no need to send flowers anywhere. If you want to make any kind of contribution in her name, something towards Alzheimer’s research would be appropriate.
October 24, 1927 ~ November 20, 2012
Larry Klinger, longtime Log Hill resident, passed away Tuesday evening, November 20, 2012, at Montrose Memorial Hospital, Montrose, Colo.
Larry was born October 24, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., to Andrew and Georgine Klinger. Primarily due to the Great Depression, the Klinger family moved to Tawas City, Mich., during the 1930-31 timeframe. Larry was then raised on a small farm in the Laidlawville, Mich., area near Tawas City from 1931 through 1944.
Through the sixth grade, he attended a one-room, country school in the Laidlawville area, then St. Joseph Catholic School through the ninth grade, and the 10th and llth grades at Tawas City High School. In 1944 he moved to Flint, Mich., where he attended and graduated from St. Michael’s Catholic High School in 1945.
Shortly after graduation, Larry was drafted into the U.S. Army, and then worked in Michigan for a year after an honorable discharge. He then hitchhiked to Arizona during the spring of 1948 where he spent the summer fighting forest fires.
Larry then returned to Michigan and enrolled in college, graduating with a B.S. degree in January, 1952, from Bowling Green State University at Bowling Green, Ohio.
Following college, he moved to Texas where he followed various careers, and eventually built businesses that he ran and owned. In Beaumont, Tex., he worked until 1954 in various sales positions. He then relocated to Houston, Tex., in 1954 where he worked a safety engineer, spending most of this time in the emerging offshore oil industry.
He relocated to Bryan, Tex., where he worked for Alenco Aluminum Windows as a salesman, starting in 1958. For the next four years he worked in sales covering the eastern half of the U.S., then the nine western states, followed by the entire U.S. for large projects, eventually opening the company’s first direct-sales operation in Houston.
Larry then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1962 where he worked two years as a salesman throughout the U.S. for the Floataway Door Company. When the company was sold to U.S. Gypsum in 1964, he moved back to Houston and started his own business, Larry Klinger & Assoc., which sold doors, windows and a wide variety of fixtures and other items through the commercial construction industry. Business was very good, and Larry expanded with the opening of Tex-Lam Mfg. Co. in 1970 and he operated both companies until his retirement in 1982. He sold the companies, and both are still operating in Houston.
Larry was single until he married Dorothy Borski on April 15, 1972, in Houston. Dorothy’s sister Mary, a victim of Down’s Syndrome, immediately became Larry’s “partner” and “#1 Secretary, ” a status she held until her death in 2004. Mary decided she wanted to live with Larry and Dorothy because, as Mary said, “there wasn’t any action” at home, and her parents were “too old.” Both during the time Larry ran his businesses, and during his retirement, Larry and Mary were inseparable.
The Klingers kept three homes together, Dorothy’s Kingwood home, Larry’s Lake Rayburn home, and Mary’s Bay House at Port Lavaca. Mary liked the houses on the water best, because of her love of fishing with Larry and Dorothy.
For the next 383 months (one month short of 32 years, as Larry likes to keep time) the family worked and played very hard. They traveled to Canada, Alaska, Spain, Portugal and North Africa, as well as many locations within the U.S. During those travels, they fell in love with Western Colorado, and eventually bought their fourth home, this one on Log Hill in Ouray County in 1987.
The Klingers split their time during the next four years between Colorado and Texas, eventually selling their Texas properties in 1993. In the meantime, they had acquired approximately 480 acres on Log Hill, which they named the Double K Mesa Ranch, and where they built their new home. When not working on the property, the Klingers enjoyed hunting, scouting for arrow heads and other artifacts and otherwise enjoying the canyon-laced ranch. The Klingers relished entertaining their friends and family members at the ranch, and nobody ever left hungry after the “Texas-sized” meals they prepared.
Dorothy passed away on March 21, 2004, following a short illness and just one month short of their 32nd wedding anniversary. Mary passed away exactly seven months later. Since Dorothy’s death, Larry has funded a scholarship in her honor through Fortuna Tierra, a Log Hill women’s organization in which Dorothy was a very active contributor and member.
Larry’s birth family members are sisters Virginia Jones, deceased, and Marian Ulman and Helen Troutman, and a brother, James Klinger, all of Tawas City, Mich.
A vigil followed by a rosary will be held at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at 7:00 be at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, Interment will follow the service at Grand View Cemetery, west of Montrose. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.
David Griffiths Wood
Mar. 1, 1931 ~ Nov. 26, 2012
David Griffiths Wood died Nov. 26, 2012, in Palm Desert, Calif., a short time after suffering a massive stroke. His step-children, Sarah Farrar, John Tjossem and Martha Tjossem were with him during his final days. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary L. Wood, and his brother Raymond Perry Wood II, MD – both within the past 16 months – and his step-son David Tjossem. His own health declined over that time but he was still actively working as Chairman of the Board at the Citizens State Bank and President of the Harry A. Lowe Agency until leaving for California about a week before his trauma. In addition to his step-children he is survived by grandchildren, Andrew Farrar, Brian and Mary Sweeney, Hannah and Jeremiah Tjossem and their parents Drew and Barb Cleland, daughter-in-law Margaret Tjossem and various cousins in both Colorado and California.
Dave was born in Whittier, Calif., on Mar. 1, 1931, the first son of Blossom Griffiths Wood and Raymond Perry Wood. The Wood family returned to Colorado, where they lived in Canon City, Gunnison and Grand Junction. Dave attended Grand Junction High School and then the University of Colorado at Boulder where in 1953 he earned a B.A. degree in Business. He then served two years in the Army after which he attended law school at the University of Colorado.
During the summer of 1949 he worked as an usher at the Central City Opera and came to truly love opera and continued to enjoy annual trips to both Central City and the Sante Fe Operas. He was interested and knowledgeable about the history of Western Colorado, the mining and ranching industries and knew the business of the area and the people who settled it.
In 1956 Dave was employed at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as an Assistant Bank Examiner working in the States of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Dave resigned from the FDIC in 1961 and moved to Ouray, where he went to work for the Citizens State Bank of Ouray. At the time he lived in the little square house behind Al’s Service Station. Over the years he served in various officer positions and ultimately acquired control of the bank with the departure of Harry and Margo Lowe. Over the span of his 51-year career at Citizens State Bank, Dave’s dedication, commitment and generosity to his family, employees and the community was felt and appreciated.
Dave and Mary L. Smalley Tjossem married on Nov. 27, 1976, at Mary’s home on Oak Street. They lived in the apartment over the bank while the old Franz home they bought on 4th Street was renovated. They moved into that home in 1981 and it remained their home until their respective deaths. They enjoyed entertaining both friends and family in the warm, elegant and generous style for which they will be remembered. Dave enjoyed the arts, music, travelling and cooking. He was a fabulous cook and a founding member of a fraternal cooking club of friends, established for the sole purpose of enjoying great cuisine and travelling the world to find it. Dave and Mary both loved and supported the Artists Alpine Holiday annual art show and were honored for lifetime support. He worked on many committees, supporting the beautification of Ouray and many cultural organizations events. His generous support to so many local groups and actions will be remembered.
He enjoyed Jeeping in the high country of Colorado and spending time fishing and relaxing at his family’s century old “camp” on the Taylor River near Almont, Colo. He appreciated 19th century furniture and renovated the bank with integrity to its original period and design. He loved interior design, renovating and furnishing the Benson Building in Silverton plus the home on 4th Street in Ouray.
He was an astute money manager, reading the Wall Street Journal and watching the Nightly Business Report, keeping up with the stock market daily. He never lost interest or knowledge in current economic conditions and was constantly evaluating and monitoring investments, hoping to teach his family and customers good investment and money management practices.
Dave’s influence reached deeply into the community and he will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Ouray Community Center, San Juan Room.
Contributions to the David G. Wood Memorial Fund may be made at the Citizens State Bank of Ouray. The Fund will support charities he supported in his lifetime.