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Adams, Richard (Dick) E. - Richard Died at the home he loved on Nov. 15. Dick was a 16 year liver transplant survivor but lost his battle with melanoma. He was 69 years old. Dick grew up in Littleton and graduated from Western State College. HE and his wife moved to East Orchard Mesa in 1981. He has been with Knode and Associates insurance since 1983. Dick loved hunting with his family, especially his cousins, and watching sports on TV. Survivors include Marilyn, his wife of 39 years and son Lewis.


Allmond, Mary - Class of 1959, passed away in 2006

Alonen, Allan C. born on Dec. 12 1945 in Ossinging, N.Y and grew up in Westchester County, N.Y. He attended Western State College of Colorado receiving a bachelors of arts degree in history and business administration. In 1971 Al went to work for Westinghouse Electric Corporation at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and worked his way from time checker to scheduler. IN 1976 he accepted an offer to work on Westinghouse Brazilian nuclear Power Plant then at the Rio de Jeneiro Project Office. After eight years in Brazil Al moved his family to Georgia in 1985 and worked at the plant Vogtle Nuclear Plant. In 1986 he went to work at WIPP mainly working with records. After 24 years with Westinghouse he went to work for Day & Zimmermann and eventually L & M tech. before leaving the WIPP Project. Al spent his last few years in Miami, Florida surrounded by his family prior to his death on Dec. 15, 2006. Al is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carol, and children Heather, Jason and Chas.

Amick, Cleora Mina was born Feb. 4, 1913, in Lockney, Texas, the daughter of Jonathan Ross and Mina Holt Agee. She was the second child among five bothers and sisters. Cleora's early childhood was spent in Paducah, Texas, near her beloved grandmother, Satsie Ann Agee. Due to illness as a small child, her family was advised to relocate to a dryer climate. Reading of homesteading opportunities in the newspaper, the family journeyed to Meeker in May of 1918 in a Maxwell car. Cleora remembered fondly the family homestead near Hole in the Wall Canyon with their first home a boarded tent with dirt floors. Her parents raised grain and vegetables for sale to the miners; likely instilling her well-known and admired gardening ability. Cleora loved learning. Her early education was at the homestead, with her mother purchasing schoolbooks at the Axial store. When the family leased the Sanderson farm outside Meeker in 1924, Cleora attended school in Meeker and was graduated as valedictorian in 1930. She attended Western where she received her teaching certificate and later her bachelor's degree. Cleora taught in several of the one-room schools around Meeker, including White River City, Strawberry Creek, Coal Creek and Morapos Creek. She also taught in Dinosaur, Hayden and Parachute schools. On July 23, 1935, she was united in marriage to James A. Amick in Glenwood Springs, Colo. In the early years of marriage, they traveled and worked in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. During this time, DeeAnn, their oldest daughter, was born. Upon the family's return to Meeker, Jim and Richard were born. After her husband's death in 1961, her mother's heart added two more children to the family in 1967, Sandra and Leticia. Her love of gardening was overshadowed only by her love of God. She spent many years serving as a Sunday school teacher and playing the piano in a number of churches. Cleora is survived by her five children: DeeAnn Dondit and husband Bill of Wheeling, Ill., Jim D. Amick and wife Nancy of Meeker, Colo.; Richard Amick and wife Debbie of Warren, Mich.; Sandra Holloway of Littleton, Colo.; and Leticia Lofton and husband John of Phoenix, Ariz.; fourteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother Carol Agee of Fort Collins, Colo.; brother Walter Agee of Cedar Hill, Texas, and five nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; one brother, Julian Agee; and one sister, Naomi White. Contributions may be made in Cleora's memory to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Fla., 32862-8200.

Anders, Joseph R. of Olathe, died on Friday, March 9, 2007, at his home in Olathe at the age of 90. Joseph was born at Crested Butte, Colo., on Nov. 2, 1916, the son of George Anders and Kathryn (Danni) Anders. His parents bought the ranch at Jack's Cabin when he was 5 years old, where he spent his childhood. He graduated from high school and Western, both in Gunnison, along with several other graduate schools. Some of his degrees included contractor and electrical engineer. Joseph was proud to serve his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as a contractor and electrical engineer in San Diego. Calif., for many years. He was also employed as an electrician, biologist and at NASA. Joseph loved the ranch at Jack's Cabin his parents bought when he was 5 years old. He was a very kind and gentle man. Joseph loved to go fishing and hunting. He will be deeply missed. Joseph was the last survivor of his family. Survivors who were blessed to share Joseph's life include a special friend, Margaret Towner, of Delta, Colo.; caregivers: Jerry and Margaret Hogan, of Olathe, Colo.; Ann Johnson, of Montrose, Colo.; Linda Weekley, of Olathe, Colo.; and longtime friends: Steve and Candy Smiley, of Ramona, Calif.; and Mike Sabey, of Olathe, Colo. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Jr. A graveside service to celebrate Joseph's life will be officiated at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the Gunnison Cemetery at Gunnison, Colo. Arrangements are being handled under the direction and care of the Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, 802 E. Main St., in Montrose, (970) 249-2121"

Anderson, Jacque Louise passed away March 23, 2007. She was born on Aug. 21, 1935, in Longmont, Colorado, to Mildred (Clark) and Chester L. Anderson. When she was two weeks of age, they moved to Jamestown, where her father was a teacher, then to Gunnison, where he attended Western State for a year and then to Ouray, where they resided for eight years before moving to Ca on City. Jacque attended Ca on City local schools from sixth grade through graduation in 1953. She was a member of the National Honor Society, attended Girls State, was Worthy Advisor of Rainbow Girls and received the Grand Cross of Colors (highest honor that a Rainbow Girl or a member of Eastern Star can receive). She has been a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1948. After graduation from high school she attended Colorado State College in Greeley for two years and then transferred to Western in Gunnison where she received her B.A. degree and teaching certificate. She did her student teaching in Ca on City and taught for two years. When a position became avail-able at the Pabco wallboard manufacturing plant out of Florence, she decided that sounded more desirable than teaching. So, she worked there for 19 years and most of that time, she scheduled that plant production, received orders, scheduled truck and rail shipments and kept the inventory. At that time, she was the only woman in all the plants holding that position. Jacque s bowling career began during her freshman year in college when it became one of her P.E. classes. She was secretary of the Wednesday Night Ladies League in Florence for many years, secretary of the Tuesday Nite Caps, and secretary of the Fremont County Women s Association for nine years. Jacque attended 40 consecutive Colorado state tournaments and received the last recognition in 1999 and since then, she has not bowled at the state level. She also bowled in 13 national tournaments. She has currently been bowling in the Thursday A.M. Ladies League. Jacque has lived in Ca on City since 1946 with the exception of her four years in college and three snow-bird years spent in Casa Grande, Ariz. She will be remembered mostly by her Christmas decorations all over her home inside and outside. She always invited friends to come and view as it was changed each year and appeared different to each one who came every year. She loved to entertain, loved to knit and crochet and was still doing counted cross stitch pictures, and just last year, she learned to quilt. She loved to travel and visited all the United States with the exception of four states. She enjoyed cruises to Hawaii, the Bahamas and to Alaska just this past summer. Her next trip was to be to Berlin, Germany, in the fall of 2007 to visit Kirk and Dolores. Another great love was that of the Denver Broncos and she was fortunate to experience the first Super Bowl win for the Broncos in San Diego. Her Bronco flag is flying every day a game is being played. Jacque will be missed by her many friends from a long time ago and the new ones she has become close to. Survivors include two aunts by marriage, Mrs. Alberta Clark of Longmont and Mrs. Lorene Anderson of Marshall, Mo.; first cousins, Paul Anderson of California, Beth Anderson of New Jersey, Mary Thompson and John Anderson of Missouri, Donna Sekich of Longmont, Shirley (Robert) Jackson of Longmont, and Marlene (William) Wright of Longmont; numerous second and third cousins and very good friends Karen (Tony) Dotolo of Glendale, Ariz., Kirk (Dolores) Kleinholz of Bothell, Wash., Jeff (Cindy) Kleinholz of Aurora, Kristi Kleinholz of Aurora, Dan Kleinholz of Fort Collins, Jeremy (Amber) Logan, Lorelei and Jude of Albuquerque, N.M., and Jennifer Logan of Scottsdale, Ariz. Jacque was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, her mother and father, eight uncles and nine aunts, and four first cousins.

Thelma Mary Poe ArbuckleThelma Mary Poe Arbuckle
   We have lost a marvelous, successful graduate of WSC from the class of 1936.  Thelma Mary Poe Arbuckle went to be with the Lord on September 6, 2010.  She was born in Delta, Colorado to Mary Alberta and Elbert Poe September 24, 1914.  She was the youngest sibling of two brothers and three sisters and her parents had a farm.  She is survived by two daughters, Maryl Case and Kayte Allred, and three grand children and their families which include three great-grand children, plus many neices and nephews.
   She was a successful student.  In Delta High School she was in the school plays, and won an award in the Colorado state speech contest. She won first place in sewing at the county fair in Delta.  She played in the marching band at Delta High School and at Western State College, and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi.  She remembered climbing  Tenderfoot Mountain to white wash the big W.  We heard many stories about the classes she took at WSC, and the dorm at Chipeta Hall, and other parts of the campus.  She worked to supplement the scholarship she had.  While in high school, her parents' house burned to the ground.  Friends, neighbors, fire fighters flocked there to give assistance.  Everyone was safe.  They lived in a garage on their property until the new house was finished.  It was so far to the school, so the principal of the high school and his family offered their house to accommodate her during the school term. 
   At WSC Thelma majored in art and English education with a minor in dramatics, marched in the band playing the cornet, and played the piano for fun.  Her favorite piano piece was "When It's Spring Time in the Rockies".  She worked to pay expenses. She designed some of the interior of the student meeting area.  After graduation she taught elementary school in Salida and later at Rocky Ford, CO where she lived with other teachers in a teacherage, a rooming house, most of the time (in Salida) walking to work even in the snow, clear across town.
   July 3, 1940, she married Ralph W. Arbuckle whom she met while a student at WSC.  Jobs were scarce, but work was found in California.  So they left Colorado and moved to California where they stayed.  Ralph passed away in 1991. Thelma taught school until retirement.  She was given the California State Teachers WHO (We Honor Ours) Award, and was president of the teachers' association.  She made a trip to Sacramento to speak to state officials about making positive changes in the school system, and was successful in helping many students and teachers.
  After retirement, she was active in the California Retired Teachers Association where she held several offices.  She was on the scholarship committee, program chairman, among others.  Many students were helped with college scholarships given by the CRTA under her leadership.  She was also very active in church projects, including being on the Children's Center school board.  She and Ralph were members of the Gem and Mineral Society, and the Mission Bells RV club.  She and Ralph traveled abroad, also.
   During her teaching career Thelma took classes in Spanish, art, and many classes for teachers.  She was also a gifted artist.  Our family and friends will always enjoy the various works she created in different mediums which included many paintings we now have on our walls.
  Thelma was greatly  admired by all who knew her.  She was an amazing woman who stayed current with world events and technology as well as involved with her friends and family.  We all miss her.



Ayres,
Joyce  died April 5, 2007. Joyce was 51 years old. She survived by her daughter Dangy, sister Rebecca and brother Rod.

Azevedo, Tony "Bucky" Sierra Village resident Tony "Bucky" Azevedo, 63, died June 5, 2006 from injuries suffered in auto accident in Twain Harte. He was born in Gustine and lives in Sierra Village for six years. He worked as a teacher for Los Banos Unified School District for 35 years. He was also a football and wrestling coach in Los Banos. He was a Denver Bronco fan, enjoyed driving a Jeep and he was known for his sense of humor. Mr. Azevedo is survived by his wife, Sharon, Children Kristine, Michele, Nicole and T.J.


Bacheller, Peter Flanagan 51, of Parker died Nov. 29, 2006. A memorial service was Dec. 3, 2006, at Parker Funeral Home. Born Nov. 24, 1955, in Denver, he was the son of Frank and Helen (Carelli) Bacheller. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western in Gunnison. He was a wholesale distributor for PFB Inc. for 10 years. He enjoyed playing golf, skiing and spending time with his children. Survivors include son Derek Bacheller of Parker; daughter Lindsay Bacheller of Parker; mother Helen Bacheller of Greenwood Village; sister Brooke Granville and her husband, John, of Denver; uncle Edward Carelli of Denver; aunts Beatrice Carelli and Diana Kiniry of Parker; aunt Yolanda Bell of Denver; and fiance Susie King of Castle Rock. Parker Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Bacon, Catherine Jane 50, originally from Deerfield, IL passed away on August 20, 2008.  In 1979 Cathy graduated from Western State College with a degree in education.  She moved to the front range and owned an adventure and leisure travel company.  Cathy travelled the world extensively.  She loved the outdoors, skiing, biking, SCUBA, and sailing.   She went on to become a chef and sommelier.  After moving to southern California in 2002 she continued her love of the outdoors by gardening.  She was a member of the Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, CA and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA.  Cathy was active in Northpark Community Church education.  She is survived by her husband, Dan, parents Hugh and Jane McGee, sister Nancy McManus and Nancy's two children.  In lieu of flowers, Cathy requested donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX Specific Fund - Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Barrett, Frances Madeline passed away after a short illness on Oct. 8, 2006, at 91 and a half years of age. Mrs. Barrett was born in Gunnison, Colo., in 1915 to John E. and Madeline Mahoney. She attended school in Gunnison, Colo., until the family moved to Ely, Nev., where she graduated from White Pine High School in 1932. She returned to Gunnison, Colo., to attend Western State College, graduating in 1936 with a B.A. in History and Education. She commenced her teaching career in elementary schools in Colorado until 1939. She left for Reno, Nev., to marry John H. Barrett and then to Vallejo, Calif., where they created their life. Mrs. Barrett was employed as a Social Worker for Solano County for three years and then recommenced her teaching career at various elementary schools for Vallejo Unified School District for over 37 years, retiring in 1979. During her tenure as a teacher she continued her education earning her Masters Degree in Education. Mrs. Barrett was a member of numerous charitable and school organizations. She acted as a Regent for the Catholic Daughters, was a volunteer for over 21 years for the Sutter Solano Hospital Guild, a member of the International Club and the Catholic Social Service Auxiliary/Saint Ann's Unit. She is survived by a son, John E. (Gene)/(Gail) Barrett; and a daughter, Mary Walton. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H.; daughter, Katherine West; and brother, John E. Mahoney. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, James, Chris, Lisa, Eric, Dennis, Brandon and Kristin; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Barrett enjoyed traveling, was an avid reader and enjoyed any time spent with her family and friends.

Barz, Margaret of Glenwood Springs died Sept. 17th at home. Margaret Ellen Klingensmith was born Aug. 16th 1919 to Jeannetta and Ivan Klingensmith at the ranch home. Margaret's first 10 years of schooling were in a two teacher schoolhouse in Sand Arroya. Her next two years were in Sugar City after her parents moved there. She graduated in 1936 among the top of her class and then enrolled in Western State College where she earned her teaching degree and where she met her husband James Hare. The couple had three children and their marriage eventually ended in divorce.  She took a position as an administrative assistant with the Gunnison National Forest from 1952 to 1960. On November 20th 1960 she married Maurice D. Barz in Steamboat Springs. The couple moved to Colorado Springs where Maurice was transferred in 1963. In 1972 they transferred to Glenwood Springs where he then retired in 1976.  Margaret was a member of the First Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs and the national Association of Retired Federal Employees. She was known for her gardening, food, preservation as an excellent homemaker and cook.

Bennetts, Douglas E., 57, of Buena Vista died Jan. 13, 2009. He was the husband of Mary Jo He was born Sept 28, 1951, in Grand Junction to William C. and Dixie L. Bennetts. Doug was raised in Fruita. He graduated from Fruita High School in 1969. He attended Western State College, Gunnison, where he began a major in political science with the intention of going to law school. He took a couple of shop classes while at Western State, which ended up steering him toward his true calling: teaching. He was on the wrestling team and todeo team at Western state also. He graduated from college in 1973. His first teaching job was in Strasburg, teaching wood shop, metal shop, and drafting and coaching wrestling. It was while he was teaching at Strasburg that he met his wife, Mary Jo. They were married on June 18, 1977, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Doug and Mary Jo moved in August of 1977 to Buena Vista when Doug accepted a position at the high school as metal shop teacher. He later became the wood shop and drafting teacher. He coached wrestling for many years at all levels and was an expert at running wrestling tournaments. Doug earned his master's degree from Colorado State University in industrial arts..

 
Benson, Gladys, 90, of Fort Collins died early Tuesday, March 6, at her home after a few years of declining health. Benson was born April 30, 1916 in Minneapolis Minnesota to Louis and Sevrine Berg. Gladys married Gerald Benson then moved to Gunnison Colorado. She worked for more then 20 years as an accountant at CSU. Gladys excelled at anything having numbers; she loved to travel was proud of her Norwegian heritage and was a longtime member of the sons of Norway.



Bugnell, Kathleen "Micky" Kathleen 88, of Gunnison died Oct. 33. she was born May 6th 1918 in Guthrie, Okla. She died after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She is survived by her husband James E. of 63 years daughters Kathleen and Marya; sons Michael, Shane and Mark. She was blessed with seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Binns, Jr, David S. . died July 31, 2006, in Estes Park. David was born May 20, 1951, in Westchester, Penn. to David S. and Pauline (Beatty) Binns. David moved from Swarthmore, Penn. to Estes Park in 1969. He then attended Western in Gunnison, Colo. where he majored in art. David married Sonya Kaiser on April 16, 1983 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Estes Park. David was a carpenter by trade and worked for various companies in Estes Park throughout his life. He was currently working with dNb Construction. He previously worked at Fawn Valley Inn, Michael Ricker Pewter and National Park Resort. David's hobbies included the love of his home and animals, hiking, canoeing, traveling, reading, music, geology, archaeology and carpentry. He was preceded in death by his mother Pauline. He is survived by his wife, Sonya of Estes Park; father, David S. Binns of Estes Park; sister, Becky Ludlam of Estes Park; brother, Barney Binns of Bayfield, Colo., and six nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pet Association of Estes Park, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. Visit www.allnutt.com to sign online guestbook.

Black, April Elizabeth Born in April in Salt Lake City, lived in Ontario Canada until 1958 when the family moved to Denver where April attended the Holly Hills Elementary School, Cheery Creek Junior and Senior High School, and then graduating from St. Mary's Academy. She attended Western State in Gunnison where she met her first husband, Paul Emmet of New York. Their marriage ended in New York where she lived and took voice lessons and performed at various Clubs between Denver and Grand Junction. She operated a cow- calf ranch in Mesa for the past 28 years. In addition to her varied activities as a Licensed Insurance agent, was involved for several years in the Powder horn Handicapped Ski Program.

Borrelli, Lois Mae was born on February 3, 1925 in Montrose, Colo. the daughter of Trefly Wilbur and Hazel (Roatcap) Rusho. She passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 82.  On September 17, 1944, Lois married Delbert Edwin Borrelli in Denver, Colo. Lois and Del celebrated 63 loving years of marriage together. Lois received her teaching degree from Western State College. On July 1, 1957 the Borrelli family moved to Cortez. Lois brought her teaching credentials to the RE-1 School District becoming an English teacher in the Junior High. Her past students will well remember learning Casey At The Bat each fall around the time of the World Series and each spring Mrs. Borrelli's students were challenged to recite The Daffodils in front of the class. Lois was a member of American University Women, Tri Sig Sorority, and the ladies Bridge Club. She loved to fish and was an avid reader, but mostly she enjoyed her time spent with her family and being involved with their activities.  Surviving Lois are her beloved husband, Del Borrelli of Cortez; two daughters, Kathy Ann Borrelli of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Corby Sue Archierno and husband, Fredrick of Grand Junction, Colo.; two grandchildren, Alicia Marie Achierno of Albuquerque, N.M. and Jeffrey Scott Achierno of Grand Junction, Colo.; and by her brother, Bud Rusho and wife, Carole of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Lois Borrelli with Montelores Retired School Employees Organization, c/o John Patton, PO Box 687, Cortez, Colo. 81321. Rita Wanda Botelho ('63) February 9, 2005

Boyd, Dr. James  James was a 1948 Western State College Grad. He received a bachelors of Arts in Chemistry. He then became a physician in Mesa County. For more information please contact Karen Meeker at 480-634-4058






Braley, Robert John "Bob" age 55, died on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at his home in Montrose. Bob was born in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 6, 1951, the son of Edward L. Braley and Barbara Jean (Plummer) Braley. He spent his childhood in Lakewood and graduated from Bear Creek High School in 1970 at Lakewood. Bob continued his education at Western in Gunnison, earning his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts. In 1989, he moved to the Montrose area, where he made his home until the time of his death. Bob was employed as a courtesy clerk at Safeway in Montrose. The loves of Bobs life were fishing, hunting and bowling. The lives he touched and influenced will forever cherish Bobs memory. He will be deeply missed. Survivors include his father, Edward Braley, of Hot Springs, Ark.; two brothers: Richard Braley and wife Janet, also of Hot Springs, Ark.; Scott Braley and wife Amy, of Roseville, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Steve. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bob Braley to a charity or church of the donors choice.

Brewer, James A. - James died at the age of 74 at his winter home in Clearwater, FL on February 13, 2006. Jims primary residence was in Richfield Springs NY. Jim then moved to Gunnison Colorado and taught a number of drama and Theater classes at Western State College. Jim loved the theater and the students who he taught and worked with. Jim's other interests included being a concert pianists, vocalist, director, actor, set designer, woodworker, gourmet cook and practical joker. Jim lived his life to the fullest. Jim also served in the US Navy, after teaching at Western State College. Jim completed his
teaching career in CA at Cabrillo College.


Brentlinger, Dana 1938-2007- Dana Brentlinger of Montrose died Saturday, Oct 20, 2007, after a battle with cancer. She was 69. Mrs. Brentlinger was born to Willa and Chester Dalzell in New York City on March 11, 1938. She graduated from high school in Decatur, Ind. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University. In Madison, N.J, and a Masters in Education from Western State College in1976. She attended Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. She married Bill Brentlinger on July 23, 1955. "Mrs. B" continued substitute teaching in Delta and Montrose after her retirement. Her final teaching project was starting the first-ever Sunday school class for special adults in Montrose

Brooks, John Joseph a graduate of Western State College (class of '38) passed away on January 5th 2006. He received a major in economics and participated in many years of football on the Western State Team. John is survived by his daughter Marilyn Brooks.

Brown, David Harrison David Harrison Brown's long and fulfilling journey through 83 years of life began December 31 1923 in Greeley, CO and ended July 5, 2007 in Santa Rosa, CA. He often recalled his happy childhood spent with his parents, Gus and Effie Brown, his brother, Paul and his beloved grandfather, Benjamin Florence. The family moved to Grand Junction, where David attended high school and mesa state college before serving in the Army Air Force medical corps, primarily in Guam during WWII. Sergeant Brown returned home to complete his bachelor's at Western State College, while working as "Brownie" the plumber and helping out with the Grand Apartments. In 1948 he married Faye Munfrada of Montrose, who remained his loving and devoted wife for the next 59 years. In 1950, their son Stephan was born, and in 1955 the family moved to Fruita, where David taught English, drama, and speech. In 1962, the family moved to Red Bluff, CA where David continued to teach high school, and nurture a fledgling radio broadcasting class into a Peabody award-winning program.

Campbell, J.W., Sports information director (SID) of the year award is in honor of the longtime Western State College SID J.W. Campbell, who died March 26, 2000, of Cancer. Campbell also was the assistant to the Western State President, an assistant professor, teaching seven separate disciplines and was the school's information director. He also co-authored two books and wrote numerous articles from magazines and trade publications. Campbell was a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America receiving a lifetime achievement award from the group in 1999. He served in the Harlon Hill Awards Fame Selection Committees and was an ordained minister.

Canterbury, Jeffrey Wayne With my family, friends and those I meet along the way to hold on to, I will live my life to the fullest, and smile at Gods gifts along the way. Jeff died peacefully at home with his family at his side. Living his life meant being a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend. Jeff was born in Denver, Colorado to Laurence and Jauncey. He graduated from Western State College of Colorado with an MA in Science. His love for nature and birds began when he was very young/ He was an Eagle Scout, Falconer, fly fisherman, and passionate outdoorsman. Jeff's idea of the perfect vacation was pitching a tent in the mountains or on a beach with his family and friends. At home he enjoyed cooking and building furniture. He always felt his most important purpose was raising his two children to go out into the world as happy people. Jeff hopes was for a greater awareness of prostate cancer.

Carara, Dennis L. - On the morning of Jan. 5, 2007, the spirit of Dennis L. Carara ascended through a beautiful Florida sky, past a full moon into the waiting arms of Jesus. He had been in a coma for 10 days. Dennis was 69 years old and for 12 of those years he endured with patience the ills of Alzheimers Disease. Born 3 June 1937, Dennis was the son of Beatrice Carter and Dennis M. Carara of Pueblo, CO. He graduated from Western Colorado Millikin University in l966, and served in the National Guard. On 15 April 1960, he married Beulah Randolph. Dennis taught elementary PE in Colorado before becoming a farmer in rural Macon County. Dennis loved attending Decatur Foursquare church where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served as an elder and board member. He was an officer in Full Gospel Businessmens Fellowship. After retirement Dennis enjoyed winters in Ft. Myers where he died. Surviving him are his wife Beulah, son Randy (Carol Ann) Carara, IL; son Troy Carara, FL; sister Darlene Coen, CO; and 4 beautiful granddaughters: Jordan, Tory, Taylor, and Jessica Carara. Services will be held 7 PM on Jan.11, at Life Foursquare Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity, DMH Hospice program, or Alzheimers research. Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at: www.legacy.com/herald-review/Obituaries.asp

Carara, Ralph R. -1920 - 2007- Ralph was born on June 25, 1920, in Denver, Colorado and passed away peacefully at home in Kerman, California on Friday, March 2, 2007, at the age of 86. As youngsters, Ralph and his sister Joy performed on the Old Orpheum Circuit. These were programs of great variety that were put together and sent out to be performed in many, many communities. Many were those famous one-night stands. With a provided pit band, Ralph and Joy had a dance act. On entering high school in Denver, Ralph began playing the trombone. He really enjoyed this and participated in the marching and concert band. He also started his own small ensemble that played for dances in the area. A highlight of his young musical career was sitting in with the legendary Glenn Miller. Ralph got caught up in World War II and this consumed more than five years of his life. He played in the U.S. Army Band. Along with his unit, he spent three years in the Pacific Theatre furnishing music for all sorts of events. Ralph played USO gigs and performed with such stars as Bob Hope, Jack Benny and others. With the band, Ralph had the privilege of playing for General Douglas Mac Arthur. Ralph returned from the war and entered the University of Denver, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 1949. After graduating, Ralph began teaching instrumental music and some times chorus. He taught in Hotchkiss, Colorado, Meeteetse, Wyoming, Johnson, Kansas, Holbrook and Ray, Arizona, and finally arriving in Kerman, California in 1962. While teaching, he furthered his education and earned a Masters Degree in Music from WSC in Gunnison in 1952. While attending WSC and working towards his Masters Degree, he met his future wife Lucile. They married on August 19, 1951, and later had two children, both boys. From 1963 to 1980, he was constantly involved in representing Fresno County as band director. He received national recognition for his dedication and efforts in these activities and received a certificate of appreciation signed by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Ralph retired from teaching school in 1980. But, he didn't retire from music. Ralph was active in the Kerman Community Band and the Shrine Band. In 1986, he was the president of the Fresno Shrine Band. He traveled widely for events held in California and Nevada. He also played with the Selma Municipal Band. His loving wife Lucile of Kerman; son Scott of Kerman; son Randall and daughter-in-law Tracy of Fresno, and his sister Joy of Lakewood, Colorado, survive him. Please make donations to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95617

Craig, Maxine Anita - died after a brief illness on March 7, 2009, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 91. Mrs. Craig was born Jan. 21, 1918, in Lazear. She was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and lived her entire life on the Western Slope. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western State College in Gunnison. She taught primary education in several Colorado communities. Mrs. Craig was an avid traveler and enjoyed both quick and extended trips by car, bus and air, and made several trips abroad.

Chapman, Dr. Hazel Peterman, Ph. D- Hazel was born June 25, 1914 in Grover Township, North Dakota to Mary and Judd Peterman. She was the was the third eldest of six daughters. The family homesteaded a small farm raising wheat and wool. Hazel excelled academically at an early age, completing high school by the age of 14 and college by the age of 18. She soon obtained a teaching degree where she taught at South Prosperity Consolidated School in Sherwood. Hazel served in the US civil Service Commission, working in San Francisco and Denver. Following World War II she was instrumental is designing and implementing systems for civil force reduction after the war, earning special recognition and gratitude for making the process for making the process go very smoothly and equitably. Hazel again returned to academia, entering Iowa State University to earn a doctoral degree in Sociology in 1966. Irvin kept the business going in LuVerne, and Hazel moved to campus with her mother Mary and daughter Cheyenne. What a celebration when Hazel finished her dissertation and passed her exams! She accepted a professorship in sociology at Western State College in Gunnison Colorado ant the family moved west.

Christey, Kathleen M. Age 51, born June 13, 1948 in Tacoma to Marshall F. Christey and Anne (Humphrey) Christey, died May 28, 2000. A graduate of St. Leo's High School in Tacoma, University of Washington and Western State College. She was a teacher at Crown hill Elementary for the past 17 years.

Clark, John was born April 20, 1908 in Rosedale, Indiana. He moved to Montrose, Colorado in 1909. John graduated from Montrose High School and attended WSC in Gunnison, Colorado where he was a member of the track and boxing teams and played the drums in the college band and orchestra. John went with the J.C. Penny Company and was sent to Clareton, Iowa. He married Virginia Ketchen of Montrose, Colorado. He was transferred to Oskaloosa, Iowa and later to New Hampton, Iowa. Later to Boone, Iowa where he managed the Penny store for 15 years. He retired from Penny's after 30 years. He then worked at the Boone News Republican for 5 years. He ran the Rickenberg clothing store for one year, then went in the real estate business with his son Jack (known as Clark Real Estate). He was in the business for 30 years before retiring for a second time. During this time period they developed Nob Hill, a subdivision of homes in Boone. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Elks Club, Masonic Lodge and Country Club. After the passing of his wife of over 50 years he found true love again. John would go on to marry Linda Lee Hanisko of Chicago on June 22, 1985. After living in Boone for 11 years they moved to Las VegasBoone, Iowa (deceased), Tim Clark, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Tiffany Greinke, Sioux City, Iowa. He had one sister, Carmen Moore (deceased). He also leaves behind five grand children and six great-grandchildren. He was loved by every life he touched and will be deeply missed by all where they continued in real estate. John was the beloved husband of Linda Lee Clark. Loving father of Jack Clark.

Cleveland, William Robert 53, originally from Lead, died in Arlington, Virginia, on September 20, 2006. He graduated from Lead High School in 1971 and WSC in Colorado in 1977. He also received an MA in Military History from the Army's School of Advanced Military Science and an MS in Information Systems Management from Capitol College. He served for twenty years as a United States Marine Corps officer and a helicopter pilot and retired as a major. He lived with his family in Manassas, Virginia. At the time of his death, he was the Director of Civil Information Security for Computer Sciences Corporation in Washington, DC. Even throughout a lengthy illness, he continued to teach an adult class with his wife at Manassas Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed much success with home building projects and working with computers. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elizabeth Cleveland of Lead. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn, and their four children, Scott and his wife Lindsay, Andrew, Abby and Paul. He is survived by his siblings, Kenneth of Virginia Beach, VA, JoAnne of Spearfish, S.D., Beth McDonald of Norfolk, VA, Tim of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Frank of Baltimore, MD. Interment will be October 6th at the Black Hills National Cemetery at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Officer's Christian Fellowship, 3784 S. Inca St., Englewood, CO 80110-3405

Cliff, Arnold , 57, of Manzanola, Colo., passed away Sept. 5, 2006. AC received his bachelor's degree from WSC in 1973, majoring in history, with minors in sociology and education. AC worked as a self-employed ranch and farm operator, he was currently an established land developer. His favorite quotes were: Don't follow leaders, watch the parking meters and The Edge+there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over,"" by Hunter S. Thompson. He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Cliff; and sister, Deborah Cliff. Survived by his mother, Helen Collins; special friends, Joann Oelfke, Steve Peters and Lenny Brooks; and numerous friends.

Cohen, Pete  departed this life crossing over the great divide on Feb. 18th. He was born Nov 19, 1923 in New York State. Pete's travels and adventures took him far and wide around this country and the world. Pete served his country and the world. Pete he served his country in the Air Force during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He met the love of his life, Jeany Pharr in Southern California in 1977 and they were married shortly thereafter. Pete and Jeany Cohen and Walter and Margaret Halls blessed Gunnison worth the Ramble II Restaurant north of Gunnison where he was known as "The Greeter" They has many years of serving the public with their delicious meals, fine desserts and lively parties. Pete has a passion for music and now and again would bring his trombone down to play with a live band performing at the Ramble. Retirement never crossed Pete's mind!

Collins, Donald Kent April 10, 1936 - March 24, 2006 Long-time Rangely educator Donny Collins died March 24, 2006 at his home.- Donald Kent Collins was born April 10, 1936 in Montrose, the son of Roy and June (Wilson) Collins.- When Donny was in the fifth grade, his family moved to Rangely where his parents operated a grocery store.- He attended Rangely schools, where he excelled in sports, especially football, basketball and track.- For two years, he boxed as a 92 pounder on the Rangely High School Boxing team.- He graduated with the Class of 1954 and attended Colorado-State College (UNC) in Greeley, where he received his degree in Social Studies and Physical Education.- Donny taught for one year in Casper, Wyoming and another year in Leggett Valley, California-before moving to Brookings, Oregon where he worked with his father in the grocery business.- He then spent some time with his uncle and family in Los Alamos, New Mexico.- In 1962, Rangely called him to come home where he began his long career as counselor, coach and teacher.- It was while teaching in his early career that Donny noticed a young fellow teacher, Miss Shaeffer, who drove a-blue Mustang just like Donny's.- On June 3, 1967, Donny and Shirley were united in marriage at the Christian Church in Rangely.- Donny continued his education, receiving his Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from WSC.- Donny was more than a coach and counselor, he was a friend, mentor, and confidant to four generations of students in Rangely.- He was a man of honor and integrity who left a lasting mark in the lives of many Rangely young people.- He retired from teaching in 1993, but continued his coaching free agency in Rangely for five more years.- He remained active in local church, schools, and community.- Donny was always in top physical shape, annually competing in the Senior Olympics in St. George, Utah.- Although his primary-event was softball,-he easily won the Pole Vault competition (he was the only one to bring his own pole) and also-competed in the high jump, basketball, and horseshoes.- He was in-several senior-softball leagues in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona and also loved to play a game of basketball wherever he could and was an avid golfer. Donny was an Elder of the Rangely Christian Church where he often assisted in Sunday services and had officiated at-several weddings and-funerals of his Rangely friends through the years.- In 1999, he and Shirley began spending winters in Mesa, Arizona, making many friends there, too. In addition to his wife of- 39 years, Shirley, of the family home, Donny is also survived by two children, his daughter,-Kelli Neiberger and her husband, Ty, of Rangely, his son, Kent Collins and his wife Tawney of Lakewood,-his four grandchildren, Johnathan and Shelby Neiberger and Mayzee and Sunny Collins, one brother, Tommy Collins and his wife Dorothy, two nephews, David Collins and his wife Jenny of Rangely, Tim Collins and his wife Renee of Fruita, one niece, Michelle Earhart and her husband Shon of Winston Salem, North Carolina, his half sister, Julie of Roseburg, Oregon and a host of friends, fellow teachers,-coaches and former students. You are in our hearts and in His hands.- Friends may make memorial contributions to the Donny Collins Memorial Fund at First National Bank of the Rockies.

Crockett, Thomas J. "TJ" 87, of Manchester, beloved husband of the late Elsie (Pallein) Crockett, passed away unexpectedly Monday (February 27, 2006).  He was born February 23, 1919, in Manchester, son of the late William J. and Lena (Custer) Crockett.  Jack was raised in Manchester, graduated from Manchester High School with the Class of 1937B and graduated in 1942 from Western State College of Colorado, where he played four years of Varsity Football.  He also attended the UConn School of Law for two years.  Mr. Crockett served with the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer Officer during World War II and was involved with the invasion of Saipan.  Jack started in the real estate and insurance business in July of 1947 and had been President of both the Manchester Board of Realtors and the Manchester Association of Insurance Agents.  He was also a Founding Director of the Manchester State Bank.  He often said that the best deal he ever made was marrying his beloved wife Elsie Pallein in 1949 and that any success he had was because of her.  Mr. Crockett joined the Manchester Country Club in 1947 and was very active in club affairs.  He was in his 65th year of membership in the Manchester Lodge #73 A.F. and A.M. and was a member of the SphynxShrine Temple in Hartford.  Mr. Crockett was elected and served on the Manchester Board of Directors for four years.  Jack and Elsie moved to Bolton in 1953, where he became Chairman of the Public Building Commission, Chairman of the Board of Finance, and was involved with the planning and building of the new Bolton High School.  In retirement he and his wife lived on Jekyll Island, GA, six months each year for over 20 years.  He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas P. and Cindy Crockett and Michael W. and Linda Crockett all of Manchester; daughter and son-in-law, Susan A. and Hugh Hanson of Melbourne, FL; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Crockett of Seattle, WA, Leslie Crane of Arlington, VA, Debra Crockett, Leanne Crockett, Brynn Crockett and Jed Crockett all of Manchester, and Kayla Hanson of Melbourne, FL.  He also leaves a special friend and Bridge partner extraordinaire, May Fitzgerald of Manchester.  Funeral service and burial will be private in the East Cemetery.  It is come as you are attire and all family and friends are welcome to attend.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA. 01104-2396 or to a charity of your choice.  

Decker, Avis Elaine 82, of Fort Collins, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Blue Grouse Health Care Center. After graduating from high school in Florence, Avis earned a bachelor of art degree in education and English from Western State College in Gunnison. On June 5, 1946 she married the Rev. Eldon Lawrence Decker. After they moved to Fort Collins, Avis worked for the food distribution center and then went to work for Poudre School District. She was a substitute teacher for 20 years. Avis was active in school helped with Campfire girls and was a Cub Scout den mother. She was involved with church activities at the Grant Avenue Presbyterian Church, where her husband served as the pastor. She occasionally played piano and organ for services, and she taught Sunday school most of her life. Avis was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother

Decker, Robert L. "Bob" passed away in the comfort of his home this past Dec. 25. He was born in Denver on Oct. 16 1929, to Johnny and Fannie Mae (Hunt) Decker. Bob attended elementary school in Golden and Fort Logan and graduated from Englewood High School in 1948. He stated his college education at the University of Colorado in Boulder, majoring in engineering. Bob's education was interrupted when he joined the Air Force and played basketball for the Air Force team. Bob returned to CU, graduating with his bachelor's degree in education in 1957. While at CU, he was active in the Sigma Nu fraternity, serving as its president during his senior year. Bob also played basketball and was on the CU team that placed third in the 1955 Final Four tournament. He began his teaching career in the fall of 1957 in Las Animas, Colo., as a high school math teacher and also coached football and basketball. His basketball team won the state championship in 1958 and 1959. Bob married Martha Jean Lowe in March of 1959 and the had three daughters, Debra, Carol and Susan. Bob completed his master's degree in education and counseling at Western State College in Gunnison in 1961. Bob and his family then moved to Longmont, where Bob coached basketball and taught at Longmont High School. During his six years there, he was a coach of the North High School All-Star Team. Bob served as the president of the Colorado High School Coaches Association in 1965. He received emeritus status at WSC in 1988. During his tenure at WSC, Bob served as head of the recreation and P.E. department for one year, was faculty trustee to the consortium of state colleges and was the faculty representative to CCHE. He received a lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the WSC Athletic Hall of Fame in September of last year. Bob was very active in community affairs in Gunnison.


Denton, Vera (Bruce) '38, May 10, 2005

Denison, Susan Marie of Palisade, CO entered to her Lord's care August 18, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was 56. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 21, at Palisade Christian Church, 140 W. 5th St., Palisade, CO. Susy was born in Pampa, TX on August 4, 1950 to Herman and Jessie Mae Wagley. She attended schools in Texas until she moved to Colorado in 1962. She graduated from Central High School in 1968. In 1969, she met the love of her life, Randy Denison. They were married February 14, 1970. Susy received her A.A. from Mesa College in 1970, her B.A. from Western State College in 1985, and her M.A. from University of Northern Colorado in 1992. Susy worked as a special education teacher for the Mesa County School District for seventeen years. In 2005, the Colorado State Congress commended Susy for her level and excellence in teaching and the impact of her outstanding inspiration to her students. Susy was a devout Christian and was active in the Palisade Christian Church. Susy enjoyed this world. She was always eager to travel to new places and try new things, making adventurous trips to Northern Alaska and several boat trips in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. She loved nature; a favorite weekend activity was a drive through the mountains to enjoy summer wildflowers and the fall colors. She loved people; she opened her home to numerous people over the years, including seven exchange students from Brazil to Denmark. She loved her friends and family, she leaves behind a large collection of people who love her dearly.

Deep, Stephen Paul Stephan, 28, died May 6 at his home in Gunnison. He was born May 6, 1979 in Glenwood Springs. He was a junior at Western State College, majoring in Business.

Dilts, Louena Rouviere passed on with Dirigo Pines in Orono, Maine where she spent the last 20 months.  Louena was born on April 15, 1915 in Gunnison Colorado on the Rainbow Ranch, the daughter of Louis Henry Rouviere and Maida Beatrice Carroll. It is from her roots on the ranch preparing meals for 60 hungry cowhands, that she developed culinary skills. She published two cook books. Louena graduated from Western State College in 1936. With the sense of adventure she left the ranch for the big city of Denver and started her post grad studies. She attended Cu and met the love of her life George E. Dilts. Louena was also an avid member of many local state and national organizations.

Dorricott, Virginia a long time Gunnison resident, died March 2 in Centennial Co. Her late husband Herb died in 1993. Herb had served Western for 33 several roles including admissions and business manger. Virginia taught forth grade for many years at Pine Street School and at Lake ElementaryDudrick, Edna Marie, 64, Pueblo, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2006, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. The rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Holy Family Church on Prairie and Lakeview in Pueblo. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the Shrine of St. Therese on Prairie and Goodnight in Pueblo with Father Robert A. Hagan, S.J., officiating. Edna was born Dec. 2, 1941, in Trinidad, Colo., the daughter of Nick and Jennie Ruscetti. She attended both Trinidad and Holy Trinity high schools, graduating from Holy Trinity High School in Trinidad in 1959. She received her associate of arts degree from Trinidad State Junior College, and both her Bachelor of Arts and master's degrees in education from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. Edna married Richard Dudrick on Aug. 10, 1963, in Trinidad. The couple has lived in Pueblo since 1963 where Edna taught school at Goodnight Elementary, Happy Hands Preschool and John Neumann Catholic School for 32 years combined. She retired from teaching in 1995. Edna volunteered for many years at the Suicide Prevention Center and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, and taught religion classes. She enjoyed traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Edna was devoted to her Catholic faith and spent many hours counseling others.

Dudrick, Edna Marie, 64, Pueblo, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2006, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. The rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Holy Family Church on Prairie and Lakeview in Pueblo. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the Shrine of St. Therese on Prairie and Goodnight in Pueblo with Father Robert A. Hagan, S.J., officiating. Edna was born Dec. 2, 1941, in Trinidad, Colo., the daughter of Nick and Jennie Ruscetti. She attended both Trinidad and Holy Trinity high schools, graduating from Holy Trinity High School in Trinidad in 1959. She received her associate of arts degree from Trinidad State Junior College, and both her Bachelor of Arts and master's degrees in education from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. Edna married Richard Dudrick on Aug. 10, 1963, in Trinidad. The couple has lived in Pueblo since 1963 where Edna taught school at Goodnight Elementary, Happy Hands Preschool and John Neumann Catholic School for 32 years combined. She retired from teaching in 1995. Edna volunteered for many years at the Suicide Prevention Center and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, and taught religion classes. She enjoyed traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Edna was devoted to her Catholic faith and spent many hours counseling others..

Dwire, John Franklin, 73, passed away Dec. 10, 2006, in Casa Grande, Ariz. He was born Aug. 15, 1933, in New Castle, to John W. and Nora K. Dwire. He graduated from New Castle High School and from Western State College of Colorado with bachelors and masters degrees. John served in the U.S. Army and as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He married Betty Ann Miller June 2, 1961. He was a teacher of mathematics and history. He was also a logger and employee of the federal government. He was a member of Masons and Odd Fellows. Fishing and travel were among his favorite pastimes. Since his retirement, he and Betty Ann visited all the contiguous 48 states.


Edmondson, Evelyn wife of William (Bill) Edmondson, Emeritus History professor at WSC died 11/2005.

Edmondson, Dr. William resident of San Diego CA. passed away at the age of 88. Edmond was a professor of History at Western State College from 1959 to 1985 and was the only intercollegiate coach of a cricket team, as quoted by his good friend Dr. Duane Vandenbushe5


Eirchman, George Russell Russ was born in Denver to George and Blanche Eirchman and moved to Salida, CO, where he had great time growing up. He graduated from Salida High School and Western State College in Gunnison. He married Judith Ivey in 1960 and began his teaching career in Leadville, CO. In 1962 they moved to Widefield so he could continue his career teaching science at Talbott Elementary School. He retired from School District 3 in 1991. Russ is survived by his wife Judy.

Enenbach, Deborah S. Debby, age 57, died peacefully in her sleep at home in Santa FE recently. She showed great strength in her nearly two year battle with mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Debby was born in Carbondale, Ill on November 14, 1948. She made her home in Santa Fe for the last 25 years and enjoyed hife to the fullest, passionately pursuing bicycling, hiking, running and swimming. Debby graduated with a B.A and M.A degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. She spent many years as a Human Resource Professional at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she enjoyed a loving supportive group of co- workers.

Endner, Patsy Nell was born to Lillian fern story and Dow O. Hough on May 22, 1930, in Winnett, Mont. She attended schools there through the sixth grade, then the family moved to the West Coast to be with Dow who was with Signal Corp. during WWII. In 1946, the family relocated to Grand Junction and Patsy graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1948. She also attended Mesa State. In 1950 Patsy and James H. Bennett were united in marriage and later divorced. Patsy graduated with a Masters from Western State College in 1968. She then relocated to Gunnison to teach, she met and married Bill Endner. After Bill's death Patsy moved to Grand Junction where she has lived ever since.


Fair, Jeane Dr. Jeane Delcine fair died on March 12th 2006. Dr. Fair was a university professor at St. Mary's of Woods in Chicago IL, Western State College and Metro State University in Colorado. Dr. Fair is survived by first cousins, Dorothy Armstrong, Mark Armstrong and Barbra Ormeo.

 

Faulkner, Charles Douglas was born in the small timber and saw milling community of Gary-sonia, Arkansas on April 12, 1922. Charles was one of 13 born to Joseph and Augnusta. Charles lived to be 84 years old and died in Enid, Oklahoma on August 12th 2006, following a period of illness. While Charles was a youth, the Joseph Hardy Faulkner family moved from Gray-sonia, Arkansas to another saw milling town nearby named Delight, Arkansas in 1942. Charles then graduated and married his high school sweetheart, Jesse Pearl Lewallen. Charles then received a degree from Western State College and became a teacher. In 1943, the couple had a daughter named Charlotte Ann.  Soon after Charlotte became an educator and spent 27 years at Texas A&M along with her father.

Fay, Abbott ('70)- Former Western State College professor and Colorado historian Abbott Fay died March 12, 2009 of a stroke in Grand Junction, his retirement home. He was 82. Fay taught history at Western from 1964 to 1982. He practiced what he preached while here, writing, "Mountain Academia" a history of the college up to 1960. Fay came to Western from a teaching stint at what was the Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction. In 1982 he returned to Grand Junction, where he taught at Mesa State College for several more years before retiring to the North Fork valley to write and run a small rare-books operation. He continued to lecture on his history at libraries and museums around the West Slope until recently. He authored 10 books after "Mountain Academia"- all about Colorado history and all published by Mountain Reflections Press in the Uncompahgre Valley. Among the most popular were "A History of Skiing in Colorado" (1999) and his last book, "I Never Knew That About Colorado: A Quaint Volume of Forgotten Lore" (2001).  At Western e was highly regarded by students for the quality and interest of his lectures, for the level of engagement he demanded in discussion and assignments, and for his engagement in campus life outside the classroom. He was instigator and faculty advisor for the Quigley Club, a service club for students that- in addition to campus improvement efforts-launched a small army of shovelers during snowstorms to help senior citizens get their walks and drive-ways clear. Closely related to Quigley Club was self-discipline program he set up, which one student recalled as "one of the best things I ever did as a student".  He believed that his responsibility for preparing students for the future did not end at the classroom door, and engaged in at least one major "co-curricular" venture that was 30 years ahead of its time. In the 1977-78 school year, following the first "Energy Crisis" in the mid-1970's, he worked with a group of students to launch a "National Energy Conservation Challenge", whereby Western challenged every college and university in the United States to try to reduce its energy consumption more than Western would that year. Nothing done at the college before or since gained Western as much positive national attention as NECC did that year.  Abbott Fay's philosophy of education was expressed in a 1977 "Top O' the World" interview about the National Energy Conservation Challenge: "I want the students to be able to use this when they leave the college. Instead of talking about what they are going to do, I want them to have done something."  A native of Nebraska, Abbott Fay came to Colorado after serving in the European thater in World War II. He spent the rest of his life here, on the West Slope. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and their three offspring, Randy, Collin, and Dede.

Fitzgerald, Robert Fulton, 76, Pueblo, passed away on Oct. 27, 2006. Robert was born on Dec. 13, 1929, the second child of Francis (Frank) Owen Fitzgerald and Helen Fulton Stephenson. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lila Louise Sullivan Fitzgerald; three sons, Mark Stephen (Mary) Fitzgerald, Houston, Texas, Michael Stuart (Valerie) Fitzgerald, Steubenville, Ohio, and Douglas Matthew Fitzgerald, Pueblo; two sisters, Patricia Karnes and Martha Hayes, both of Pueblo; five grandchildren, April L. Fitzgerald, Joseph B. (Devin) Hunter, and Allen B. Hunter, all of Houston, Texas, Joseph T. (Irene) Fitzgerald, Pueblo, and Alexander D. Fitzgerald, Steubenville. Robert is also survived by one great-grandchild, Lila Josephine Fitzgerald, Pueblo. Robert graduated from Central High School in 1947; from the University of Northern Colorado in 1957 with a B.A. in social sciences; and from Western State College in 1962 with an M.A. in guidance and counseling. He was a teacher at Centennial High School, 1957-59, and was one of the founding faculty members at East High School when it opened in the fall of 1959. He was variously a teacher, guidance counselor and activity director at East from 1959 to 1982. He served Central High School as activities director in 1982-83, before retiring from School District 60 in 1983. Robert served in the U.S. Navy, 1948-52, as a hospital corpsman and was a veteran of the Korean War. In 2001, he received the Korean War Service Medal from the Republic of South Korea. He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Pueblo Lodge No. 90. One of Robert's final wishes was to voice his hope and concern for the future success and happiness of all of the thousands of students he taught, counseled and directed over the years.

Fooshe, Helen of Garden City, Kan., formerly of Eckert, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, in Garden City, Kan. She was 87. Mrs. Fooshe was born Nov. 8, 1919, in Fresno, Calif., to Don and Hazel (Andrus) Kehmeier. Her mother died a few months later and she lived with her grandparents, William and Leota Kehmeier in Eckert. She spent her childhood in Eckert and graduated from Gunnison High School in 1936 and Western State College in 1940. She taught at various high schools in Colorado before moving to Portsmouth, Va., in 1965. She received her master's degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., in 1973. She married Sanders Fooshe in 1965. He preceded her in death in 2005. Mrs. Fooshe was a social worker for the State of Virginia. She was president of Toastmasters Club in Norfolk, Va., and a member and taught classes at Unity Renaissance Church in Chesapeake, Va. She moved to Garden City, Kan., in 2006.
 
Foster, Harry Vincent, age 98, of Grand Junction, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Mantey Heights Rehab & Care Center of natural causes. Harry was born on April 9, 1906, the son of Ernest A. and Anga M. (Billings) Foster at Powderhorn, Colo., where he spent his childhood. Harry graduated from high school at Gunnison, Colo., and also attended Western State College where he received his Master's degree in School Administration. He married Esther Rigg, who preceded him in death in 1994. Harry was a retired school administrator. He lived in Gunnison, Marble and Montrose, Colo., and San Mateco, Calif., before moving to Grand Junction 25 years ago where he remained until the time of his death. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and Masons. Harry especially loved and enjoyed fishing and hunting.


Franklin, Jim "Whiskey"  - August 17, 1946 -February 20, 2008.  Jim Franklin died on February 20, 2008.  Jim is survived by his daughter, Ever Hopper and granddaughter, Rio; also his brothers, John (WSC '72) and David.  Jim was born in Columbus, Ohio.  He lived in Colorado Springs for the past 45 years.  He graduated from Wasson High School in 1964.  He served two years in the United States Marine Corps.  He served in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart during his service.  Jim attended Western State College from '68 to '72.  While at Western, Jim made many lifetime friends.  He is remembered as an excellent athlete, a member of the Water Ski Club and the Luftseben's...he was the best bartender in town!  He was employed by the Postal Service for over 30 years.  In retirement, Jim continued to enjoy golf, hiking, climbing 14er's, cooking, traveling, attending homecoming at Western and always enjoyed a good party.  Jim lost his battle with Myeloma at the age of 61.  He will be missed and remembered by all as a reliable, honest and intelligent friend."

Grosland, August Johnannes was born Aug 8, 1919 in Brookfield Township, Worth County, Northwood, Iowa to Ole and Clara Grosland. He began his teaching career in Iowa in a rural one- room school- house known as the Tenold School. He served in WWII in the Signal Air Warning unit attached to the 9th Air Force and took part in the D-Day landing. He received his masters of fine arts degree from Iowa State University in 1949. After graduating in Iowa he moved to Gunnison in 1949. He then took a position with the art department at Western State College. August received his doctorate in education from the University of Missouri. He adjudicated art shows throughout the state and was an active member of the art faculties in higher education in Colorado. Gus eventually became the chairman of the art department at Western State. Under his direction, the homecoming art auction was created, which made scholarships available for art department students. Jus then married on Dec. 26, 1969. He retired from Western State College in 1979. HE also created several scholarship programs for the school.

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