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    Jerrod Albert Samber

    Jerrod Albert Samber, 50, of Atwood, Colo., died peacefully at his home after a courageous battle against cancer. While Jerrod had cancer, it never had him. Jerrod was raised in Stoneham, Colo., the son of Jerry and Margie Samber, and graduated from Prairie High School in 1988. Jerrod had a love of livestock all of his life which propelled him to attend Northeastern Junior College and excel on the Livestock Judging Team, where they won the National Championship. He served as Colorado Future Farmers of America State Secretary and then went on to graduate from Colorado State University (CSU). He was also part of the CSU Livestock Judging Team and…

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    Robert Keith Rosette

    Robert Keith Rosette passed away on March 27. He was 92 years old. He was born on May 5, 1927 to Raymond and Naomi Rosette in Alamosa, Colo. He grew up in Salida, Colo., where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoor life. He graduated from Salida High School in 1945 and then joined the Marine Corps during World War II. He had just completed boot camp when Japan surrendered, but instead of discharging him, the Marines sent him to Nagasaki, Japan, the location of the second atomic bomb. He arrived after the bombing and before the official surrender. During his service in the occupation of Japan, he became fluent…

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    Franklin David Zanetell, Sr.

    Franklin David Zanetell, Sr. of Gunnison, Colo., died of congestive heart failure, peacefully at home on March 21. He was born in Aguilar, Colo., on Nov. 5, 1933, a son of Emma and Joseph Zanetell. Frank was drafted during the Korean War and sent to Europe where U.S. occupational troops were maintained after World War II. In Germany, he was captain, not in rank, but of the U.S. Commanding General’s winning football team in the European Theatre Football League. After serving in the U.S. Army, Frank came to Gunnison in 1956 to attend Western State College (now Western Colorado University) where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business. He…

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    Edward Franklin Campbell

    Edward Franklin Campbell passed away in Grand Junction on March 21 following a brief illness. He is survived by brothers Pat Campbell of Vancouver, Wash., and Paul Campbell of Edmond, Okla. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Walter and Eva May Campbell and his brother George Douglas Campbell. His wife of 38 years, Rosemary Elizabeth Roellig of Philadelphia, preceded him in death in 2019. Eddie was born and raised in Guymon, Okla., on June 29, 1941. He attended Guymon High School, Oklahoma State University and New Mexico University, graduating with a degree in history. A veteran of the Cold War, Eddie served with U.S. Army Artillery headquarters…

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    Ruediger Josef Apfelthaler

    Ruediger “Rudy” Josef Apfelthaler passed away at his residence in Montrose, Colo., on Feb. 23. He was born in Salzburg, Austria July 28, 1947 and moved to the United States at the age of 18. Rudy entered the United States Army in 1968. He served two tours in Vietnam. After leaving the Army he married his wife Barbara Noles and they moved to Gunnison, Colo., with their two sons, Scott and Cory Noles, in 1975. There Rudy lived his life skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and trapping just enjoying the beautiful Gunnison Country with his family and friends. He had many friends that he celebrated life with often throughout his years…

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    Mary Jane “Irish” Beals

    Mary Jane “Irish” Beals passed away at home in Boise, Idaho on the evening of Feb. 27, surrounded by her family. She was 94 years old. Mary Jane is lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia L. (Beals) and Stephen M. Evans of Boise, Idaho. She adored being “Gram” to Morgan M. Evans of Seattle, Wash., Andrew R. and his wife Jenessa Evans of Boise, and Zachary M. Evans and his partner Anja Crocker of Boise. She was predeceased by her parents and sister. Mary Jane was born in beautiful Telluride, Colo., to Ina Flossie (Salmon) and James Anthony Gallagher on Aug. 6, 1925. Her sister Loretta Fay was…

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    Neva Mae (Paine) Cummings

    Neva Mae (Paine) Cummings, 98, died on Feb. 24 in Sacramento, Calif. She was born Oct. 24, 1921 and raised in Enid, Okla. She married Donald J. Cummings also of Oklahoma. They moved to New Mexico where they raised one daughter (Judy) and one son (Robert). Neva and her husband started a construction supply business there, too. When they retired, they moved to Gunnison, Colo., where they enjoyed snow sports and golf. Neva was active in the Gunnison Community Church and Dos Rios Golf Club. The last seven years of her life, she lived in Sacramento, Calif., close to her children and their spouses (Warren and Eileen) and extended families.…

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    Joseph “Mike” Kunes

    Mike Kunes passed away in the loving arms of his family at his daughter’s home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mike was born Sept. 1, 1942 and passed away March 2. Mike came to Gunnison, Colo., in 1972 after attending Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and serving his country in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1965. In July 1972 he married Dawn Hollick from Jersey Shore, Penn., whom he had known growing up in Jersey Shore. Mike and Dawn had two children, Jason Kunes, born in 1973, and Amanda Kunes, born in 1976. During this time Mike earned his B.A. from Western State College, as well as worked…

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    Ralph Edward Kwiatkoski

    Ralph Edward Kwiatkoski died Saturday, Feb. 15 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction after a short illness. Born Jan. 7, 1936, Ralph was 84. He was the youngest of the seven children of Anthony and Florence Kwiatkoski. Ralph loved growing up in Cheboygan, Mich., where he swam in Lake Huron and rode his bike delivering flowers from his father’s garden and the town’s newspapers. He married Dorothy Bishop in Michigan and fathered four children. Unfortunately, his marriage failed after he moved his family to Boulder, Colo., in 1960. Ralph was a master mechanic and leased three Amoco service stations in Boulder. In 1977 when he was offered a fourth…

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    Karen Louise McBreen

    Karen Louise McBreen departed this world on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26. She was born Sept. 28, 1948 in the Bronx, the middle child of Ethel Jane Ach and John William Cherewatti. Karen spent her childhood in Long Island’s Massapequa Park eventually finding herself in the Big Apple studying nursing at Methodist Hospital where she earned her cap in 1968. Following graduation, she went onto Boston’s New England Deaconess Hospital followed by Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Never one to sit still, Karen hopped in her 1970 Camaro and was Vegas bound. After working as a nurse at a hospital in the other City that Never Sleeps, a new ambition struck her…

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    Andrew Markley “Mack” Miller

    Andrew Markley “Mack” Miller born Oct. 15, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah passed away Feb. 16 in Boise, Idaho. Mack studied at Western State College where his attention shifted to Nordic ski events. He became the most prominent American cross-country skier of his era competing in the Olympics twice. Donations in his honor can be made to Payette Lakes Ski Club.

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    Jonathan Michael Palmer

    Jonathan Michael Palmer, 43, of Montrose, Colo., passed away Feb. 16 at Montrose Memorial Hospital. He was born in South Dakota on July 5, 1976. He is survived by his wife, Melisa Palmer and his step-children Morgen and Annalee Fletcher. He is survived by his mother, Chris Jorgensen, and spouse, David, and his father, Michael Palmer; his siblings, Melissa Coblentz and spouse Carlton, Justin Palmer and spouse Jackie and niece Hailey Palmer. He is also survived by his aunt, Pam Neary, his uncle, Matt Starr, cousin David Starr, cousin Kaitlyn Starr and her children Bentley and Oaklee Davidson. Jonathan spent most of his childhood in Gunnison. He graduated from Gunnison…

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    James Coleman

    James Lee Coleman, 90, passed away Saturday morning in Gunnison. Memorial services will likely be held in May and a full obituary will be published prior to that date.

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    Clyde Kevin Hicks

    Kevin Hicks, 61, passed away on Feb. 4, at Gunnison Valley Hospital. Born in Colorado, Kevin was a lifetime resident of the Gunnison Valley, most of which was in Sargents. He was the son of Clyde Roy Hicks and Veora Luvern Hodges. Kevin attended the Gunnison Valley schools before leaving early to begin his career in anything he could get his hand in. Kevin was most recently employed by Saguache County Road and Bridge and he was owner of Timberland Industry supplying oils and lubricants. He was once a member of the Sargents Volunteer Fire Department and a truck driver. He enjoyed collecting anything and everything. Although Kevin is not…

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    Veronica Bernadette Marquez

    Veronica Bernadette Marquez, 60, passed away on Jan. 22 at her home of many years here in Gunnison. She was born Feb. 4, 1959 In Fort Collins, Colo., then moved with family to start her life in Gunnison. Veronica attended the Gunnison school system and graduated from Gunnison High School. Veronica was one of the hardest workers the world has ever seen, spending her last many years at Western Colorado University cleaning floors, shoveling snow, or just jokingly harassing the student body, (mostly student athletes and coaches). If Veronica was not at work, she was with her dog Ozzy and or traveling to see Western sports, or she may be…

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    Autumn Borre

    A funeral service for Autumn Borre, who passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 9, 2019, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1-4 p.m. at the Fred Field Center in the Cement Room. A GoFundMe for the family is active at gofundme.com/f/6vkmxps. No flowers please.

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    Joseph Hugh Danni

    Sandra Cortner Joseph Hugh Danni, born Sept. 26, 1927 in Gunnison, passed away Jan. 17. He was loved and admired by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and all who came in contact with him. He led by example and quietly inspired many with his humor, patience, work ethic and genuine care for all who interacted with him. He was born to Anton (Tony) and Isabella Danni, an Italian immigrant and daughter of a Scottish immigrant, respectively. He grew up on a ranch on the East River and rode to school at the Jack’s Cabin one room schoolhouse on a mule. In an interview with Sandra Cortner he said that…

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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…