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    Carl David Yeager II

    Carl David Yeager II, “Dave”, a loving family man and trusted master mechanic, took his last breath on Jan. 12 at the age of 56 in his home. Dave is survived by his parents, Carl (Margo) Yeager and Jane Yeager; his wife, Leigh Ann Yeager; his children, Shawn (Leah) Seckman, and Ginny (Chris) Baylor; and his grandchildren, Brookelin Seckman and Waylon Baylor. Dave was born in National City, Calif., on April 8, 1963. He was the youngest of four children. With his sisters Lawan, Sherri and Sandi he grew up in Southern California. He enjoyed the fast paced world of all motorsports, building and racing stock cars, and cheering on…

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    Jack Joseph Panek

    Jack Joseph Panek passed away suddenly on Dec. 15, 2019 at his home in Gunnison, Colo. Jack was born to Emil and Suzanne Panek on Sept. 30, 1953 in Cheyenne, Wyo. He graduated from George Washington High School in Denver in 1972 and Western State College in Gunnison in 1976. As an avid cyclist, skier, and lover of the outdoors, he adopted Gunnison as his hometown and became part-owner of the Tune Up Bike Shop. In 1976 Jack co-founded the West Elk Road Club and began organizing cycling races in the Gunnison Valley. In 1986 he was a Race Director of the 1986 Munsingwear International Stage Race, which took place…

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    Bevalie Catherine Bouchard

    The family of Bevalie Catherine Bouchard (née Bonardi) announces the death of their mother on Dec. 16 at 90 years old in Greeley, Colo. Bevalie often expressed words of wisdom that she shared with her children and grandchildren. Some of her favorites were: “Never pass up a cup of coffee or a piece of chocolate”; “Eat what you want, leave the rest and don’t talk about it”, “I’ve told you 49 thousand times……” and our favorite, “Put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.” Her full embrace of life led her to live in many states including New Hampshire, Vermont, Utah, Colorado and Alaska. She also…

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    Roberta (Bobbie) Ann Anderson

    Roberta (Bobbie) Ann Anderson, passed away on Dec. 3 in her home in Gunnison after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 66 years old. Bobbie was born on July 20, 1953 in Washington D.C. to Joseph and Dorothy Sherdian. She met her husband Roy and they were married Dec. 28, 1982. In 1991, they moved to Gunnison and raised their two daughters, Karlie and Whitnie. Bobbie was a girl scout leader for many years and worked at City Market for 25 years. Throughout the years, Bobbie touched so many lives. She was known for her kind and compassionate heart that brought smiles to so many people. Bobbie was…

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    Melanie Lila-June Hines

    Melanie Lila-June Hines passed away peacefully on Dec. 9, 2019. Melanie was born on Oct. 25, 2019. During her seven weeks here on earth she brought much joy to her family and was loved deeply by her parents. Melanie was the precious angel of Walker and Madeleine Hines of Gunnison, Colo. Melanie is survived by her brother Jameson Gray, her paternal grandparents Mimi and Brian Hines of Houston, Texas and maternal grandparents Leslie Gray of Haslet, Texas and Kevin Gray of Tellico Plains, Tenn. Funeral services will be held at Oh Be Joyful Church in Crested Butte, Colo., on Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. A reception will follow the ceremony…

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    Ronald ‘Sparky’ O’Hair

    Ronald “Sparky” O’Hair, 80, of Montrose and a lifetime member of the Gunnison Masonic Lodge, passed away on Dec. 10. A service was held Dec. 14 at Cedar Creek Cemetery in Montrose. Crippin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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    Robert Sterling Moffatt

    Robert Sterling Moffatt, 59, of Gunnison, Colo., passed away at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo., on Wednesday, Nov. 20 after a long, debilitating illness. Robert was born on Oct. 5, 1950 and was the son of Lucille and Col. John Sterling Moffatt who preceded him in death. He is survived by a brother, John Scott Moffatt, of (Merritt Island, Fla.), nephew John Moffatt and niece Anne Moffatt of Omaha, Neb. Robert, being the son of a military family, lived in various European countries growing up. He was an expert skeet shooting competitor, winning a European skeet competition. For many years, Robert owned and ran a local sign shop in…

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    Chris Charles Harnish

    Chris Charles Harnish was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., on Dec. 11, 1939, to Evelyn Vera Jurgens and Ivan Henry Harnish. He lived the first years of his life in Nebraska and Wyoming moving to Climax, Colo., in 1948. After graduating Max Schott High School in Climax, he then entered the United States Marine Corp in 1958. While serving in the marines, Chris’s family moved to Leadville, Colo., in 1962 when the entire town of Climax was relocated there. After his active duty from the Marines, Chris joined his family in Leadville and began to work for the Climax Molybdenum Company. He continued to work for the company and its subsidiaries…

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    Colemon Lynn Krizmanich

    Colemon Lynn Krizmanich Colemon Lynn Krizmanich left us too soon on Oct. 29, 2019 at 57 years old. Colemon was born Oct. 16, 1962 in Gunnison, Colo., to Charles and Myrna (Hainer) Krizmanich. The family moved to Olathe, Colo., when Colemon was very young, where he graduated from high school in 1981. He later moved to Eastern Colorado. Colemon had many passions in his life, as a young man he enjoyed team roping and rodeo, making the NHSRA National Finals on more than one occasion. In later years you could find him in the mountains hunting with his father and brother or on the lake fishing with his close friends.…

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    Karl Roger Peterson

    Karl was born in Belvidere, Ill., on April 11, 1937 to Alice and Elmer Peterson, the fourth of five children. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Silvanus, in 1956. They had three children. He ran the family farm until he decided to go into the construction business in 1968. In 1971, he and Ruth decided to move to Fort Collins, Colo., where he became a general contractor. He and Ruth moved to Gunnison in 1981 and opened Drakewoods, a garage door and cabinet shop. Karl loved sports, especially golf. In his semiretirement, he was President of the Dos Rios Golf Club for two years. He was always very proud…

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    Bill Ankenman

    Bill Ankenman, retired rancher, passed away Nov. 18. Bill was born on Oct. 29, 1933 to Leigh and Helen (Coldiron) Ankenman in Crawford, Colo. Bill married Betty Lou Barsch on Aug. 1, 1953 and they enjoyed 66 wonderful years together. Bill is survived by his wife Betty Lou and daughter, Carol Coiner. Other survivors are daughter-in-law Sandy Ankenman and granddaughters Autumn Fuhrman, Lacey Ankenman and Abbey Ankenman. Bill was preceded in death by his son Chris Ankenman. After Bill’s family and many friends, his passion was cattle ranching. He was never in an environment he was not interested in cattle, hay, water, or something about the cattle industry. Bill was…

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    Marian Sievers

    Marian Neoma Sievers, age 91, died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Gunnison, Colo. Marian was born on Oct. 2, 1928 in Tulsa, Okla., to Almeta and John Holman. She came to Gunnison at the age of 17 where she met and fell in love with a local boy, Robert “Si” Sievers. They were married on July 20, 1947 and raised four children here in Gunnison: John, Trudy, Judy and LuAnna. Marian was a homemaker most of her years while raising her children. She also worked at Fleetwood Drug Store, worked at and helped manage several motels, and worked at French Electric Cleaners. She was a great cook, loved to…

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    Jason Swenson

    Jason Wesley Swenson was born March 27, 1960, in Joliet, Ill., to Ronald and Mildred Swenson. He moved multiple times over the country and to Europe growing up, but the family settled in Houston, Texas, where he graduated high school. After trying out college Jason found himself joining the United State Marine Corps. After six years of service and the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombing behind him, Jason ventured on to building, creating and entrepreneurship. In 1991 Jason found himself with a fresh start in Gunnison, Colo. After three years of work and establishing himself he was told about the phenomenon of “The Internet.” In December of that year with…

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    Haroldine N. Esty

    Eckert resident Haroldine N. Esty passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo. She was 88 years old. A memorial service was held Oct. 28 at Delta City Cemetery in Delta. Haroldine Naomi Bever was born on April 10, 1931 to Harold and Florence (Wooton) Bever in San Bernardino, Calif. She spent her childhood and attended schools in San Bernardino and Colorado, where she attended Delta High School. On Jan. 18, 1951 Haroldine married Richard Eugene Esty. To this union three daughters were born. The couple had the honor of sharing 48 years of love and marriage before Richard passed away Dec. 9,…

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    Patricia Jean Reycraft

    Patricia Jean Reycraft, born in 1940, passed away. Pat lived in and loved Crested Butte and Gunnison for most of 50 years. She loved and was loved by so many. She made a difference in so many lives both personally and through her careers as social worker, trans-personal psychologist, hypnotherapist and past life regressionist. Pat received her B.A. degree from Maryland and her M.A. from Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colo. A life-long activist, Pat fought for equal rights for all. She had an amazing intellect and read and learned avidly about anything and everything her entire life. She had a heart full of love, compassion and generosity. Pat was an…

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    Roy William Anderson

    Roy William Anderson passed away on Oct. 29 at his home in Gunnison. He was 83. Roy was born March 13,1936 in Blue Island, Ill. to Thorval and Margot Anderson. He was a deputy sheriff with Will County in Illinois for 26 years. He met his wife Bobbie and they were married Dec. 28, 1980. After his retirement from law enforcement they moved to Gunnison in 1991 where they raised their two children, Karlie and Whitnie. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Vicki Weaver, his son Timmy Anderson, and his grandson Trevor Ireland. He is survived by his wife Bobbie; his daughters Cheryl Clift, Karlie Ireland…

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    Charlie Cole

    Charlie Cole, a native of Bonham, Texas, died in September 2019 at his home in Bali, Indonesia. He was 64. Charlie’s father, Dr. Newton Cole, has been a long time summer resident of Spring Creek. Newton was a pastor in Tin Cup and the author of local historical books. He resides part-time in Houston. Charlie gained notoriety as a photographer with his “Tank Man” photo for Newsweek in 1989, which went on to win the World Press Photo Award in 1990. The photo depicts an unidentified Chinese demonstrator confronting a line of People’s Liberation Army tanks on Chang’an Avenue in Beijing on June 5, 1989. This was one day after…

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    Venus Lynn Kalogjera (Delany)

    Venus lost her courageous battle with breast cancer on Oct. 27 at the age of 57. Venus passed away at her home in Australia surrounded by family. Venus moved with her family to the Gunnison area in 1967. She graduated from Gunnison High School and moved to Denver in her early twenties. She attended school and worked as a hairstylist until she met her husband Mark, a native of Australia. Venus moved to Australia with her husband in 1986. There they raised three children and she ran a hair salon out of her home for many years. Venus had a kind heart and a beautiful spirit. She loved to visit…

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    Connie Elze

    Connie Elze, age 84, of Gunnison, Colo., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16 in Gunnison. Connie was born Aug. 9, 1935 in St. Louis, Mo., to Ida Caroline Randle and Edwin Richard Randle. Connie was raised in Montrose, Colo. After graduating from Montrose County High School in 1953, she attended Western State College. While attending Western in Gunnison she met Richard John Elze, aka Buddy Elze. They were married March 12, 1955 and their love was strong for the rest of her life for 64 years. Together they raised two children, Mike Elze and Debbie DeVorss. Buddy and Connie ranched in the Ohio Creek Valley for their entire ranching livelihood. Connie…

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    Franklin Houston Austin Jr.

    Franklin Houston Austin Jr., age 87 of Ottawa, Kan., died Thursday, Oct. 3 in Englewood, Colo. Franklin Houston Austin Jr. was born Dec. 28, 1931 to Permelia Lee Carson Austin and Franklin Houston Austin Sr., in Paris, Ark. Frank was raised in Osawatomie, Kan. Graduating from OHS in 1949, Franklin attended the University of Kansas, majoring in Civil Engineering and was a member of the Lamda Chi fraternity, KU football squad and the Air Force ROTC. After graduation, in 1954 Franklin joined the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. In 1955, Frank completed pilot training in Hondo, Texas and was assigned to Vance AFB in…

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    MaryJane Ellis

    MaryJane Ellis passed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., on Oct. 7 after a brief medical health decline. She was bom in Leadville, Colo., on Aug. 4, 1940. Her father was a miner in Leadville and died when MaryJane was a child. She and her mother and brother lived in the Rectory, with Father Spehar in Leadville. This enhanced her deep love and devotion in the Catholic Church. MaryJane lived briefly in Hawaii while she was in her mid-twenties and worked for the hotel industry. She moved to Gunnison, Colo., where she attended Westem State College, which was made possible by the Betty Spehar family. She earned a…

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    Lawrence Richard (Larry) Nims

    Lawrence Richard (Larry) Nims died Oct. 4 in Pueblo, Colo. He was born May 30, 1935 in Anderson, Ind., where his two older brothers named him after Lawrence of Arabia. In between birth and death, he spent significant time in and around Greeley (1939-1967); Cañon City (1968-1971); Gunnison (1971-1998); and Pueblo (1998-2019). He grew up in Greeley, graduating from Greeley High School and Colorado State College. He met his wife Joyce in Greeley; their three children were born there. In Greeley also he started his long career in education. He continued that career in Cañon City and Gunnison, teaching and coaching. He retired to Pueblo. His passion was sports. He…

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    Callie I. Robertson

    Callie I. Robertson passed away quietly in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 28. The daughter of Marie Hughes and Otto Thompson, Callie was born on Sept. 16, 1931, on their family’s ranch in Glendo, Wyo. Her father passed away at an early age when Callie was just four. After her mother married T. Robert Ingram, Callie moved frequently with them, especially during the war years. Among her fondest memories were attending Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, while Bob Ingram was serving in the Navy in the Pacific Theatre, and graduating from Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass. Callie was a talented artist and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial…

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    Nadine Henry

    Nadine Henry, 63, died Oct. 2 at the Gunnison Senior Care Center Hospice Room after a short but courageous battle with an aggressive form of non-smoker lung cancer. She was born Feb. 21, 1956, in Denver, Colo., to LaMar C. and Nancy Jane Henry. She attended school in Brighton, Colo., and graduated high school in Goodland, Kan. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Physical Education and History. The first love of Nadine’s life were the youth, whom she taught and led throughout her career and considered “her kids.” Upon college graduation, she first taught school in Hagler, Neb., and then coached basketball and taught P.E. at…

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    Betty Lou Rosenthal Light

    Betty Lou Rosenthal Light died Oct. 6 in Tucson, Ariz. She was 97. She is survived by her three children, Patty Hayes (Larry), Ken (Marcia), and Rick (Morgan), seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her brother and sisters preceded her in death as did her beloved husband of almost 60 years, Dr. Mason M. Light. Betty Lou Rosenthal was born July 13, 1922, a lucky Friday the 13th, in Denver, Colo. She was the fourth of six children. She grew up in Denver and graduated from East High School. While attending Denver University, she met a handsome young doctor. Mason Light was a friend of her older brother, and had completed…