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    Michael “Mike” W. Cox

    Mike Cox, 59, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away on Sept. 5, 2019. Mike was born to Richard and Delores Cox in Pueblo, Colo. Raised in Colorado, Mike graduated from La Junta High School in May, 1979.Mike was a devoted husband, father, and friend of many. His passion was being outdoors. He was an avid archer, hunting and participating in competitions. Mike enjoyed providing instruction to people new to, and enthusiastic about, the sport.Mike is survived by his wife of 26 years, Valerie (S…

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    Virgil Herald Wells

    Virgil Herald Wells, 76, passed away on Aug. 30 at his Ordway home. He was born on March 17, 1943, in Scott City, Kan., to Malvin O. and Edith M. (Wren) Wells. He married Anetta Joy Horn on April 18, 1992, in Aurora.He served in Vietnam and was a retired sergeant from the U.S. Army. In his younger years, he was a bronco and bull rider. He was a horse rancher and liked to ride horses often. His real passion was training horses. He loved his family and spending time with them, including his gra…

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    Eldo Miller

    Eldo Miller was born on Nov. 17, 1919, and peacefully transitioned from this life to be with his heavenly Father on Sept. 5, 2019. Eldo was the seventh of eight children born to Elias and Nettie (Garber) Miller. He joined the family at their home in Protection, Kan. His father was a farmer and when Eldo was three years old the family loaded all of their earthly possessions on a horse drawn wagon and moved to Jet, Okla. After several moves, the family settled in Cheraw, Colo., when Eldo was in…

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    Ramona Story

    Ramona Lee (Leighty) Story, 86, of Pueblo, Colo., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo. She was born in Springfield, Colo., to Oakla and Ollie (Zongker) Leighty on July 29, 1933. Ramona graduated from high school in Sylvia, Kan. She married Paul Story in 1952 and they raised their five children in Swink, Colo., until 1989 when they moved to Canon City, Colo. During the years before Paul’s death in 2006, they wintered in Texas an…

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    Obituary: Ramonda Lee Story

    Ramona Lee (Leighty) Story, 86, of Pueblo, Colo., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo. She was born in Springfield, Colo., to Oakla and Ollie (Zongker) Leighty on July 29, 1933. Ramona graduated from high school in Sylvia, Kan. She married Paul Story in 1952 and they raised their five children in Swink, Colo., until 1989 when they moved to Canon City, Colo. During the years before Paul’s death in 2006, they wintered in Texas an…

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    Obituary: Veryl Deane Fagan

    Veryl Deane FaganJune 13, 1929 — Sept. 1, 2019 Veryl Deane Fagan, 90, passed away on Sept. 1, 2019 at his Rocky Ford home. He was born on June 13, 1929, to Harold & Avis (Kready) Fagan in Abilene, Kan. He married Sally R. Pennington on Jan. 22, 1954, in Ordway, Colo.; she preceded him in death on Dec. 2, 2009.He graduated from Quenemo Kansas High School, then attended Kansas State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Security Agency in 1948 and served during the Korean War. He was hon…

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    Steve Noble

    Funeral Services for Las Animas, Colo., resident, Steve Noble will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Las Animas, Colo. Pastor Rod Coulter will officiate. Burial will follow in the Bent/Las Cemetery in Las Animas, Colo. Visitation for Steve will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at Horber Funeral Chapel in Las Animas, Colo. Stephen Allen Noble, affectionately known as Steve, was born on Aug. 12, 1955, in Dallas, Texas, to Au…

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    Obituary: Mary Lou Farmwald Snyder

    Feb. 9, 1926-Aug. 12, 2019 Mary Lou Snyder, past resident of Cheraw and Rocky Ford, peacefully went to be with her Lord on Aug. 12, 2019, at the age of 93. Born Mary Lou Farmwald, born Feb. 9, 1926, was the daughter of Henry J. and Katrina (Katy) Miller Farmwald of Plain City, Ohio, and Sarasota, Fla. Mary Lou was loved and respected by her family and communities for her beautiful smile, fine mind, medical knowledge, compassionate care for others and her faith. Always a lover of learning, she…

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    Betty Guerrero

    Betty Guerrero, 93, passed away on Aug. 25, 2019, at her La Junta home. She was born on June 29, 1926, in La Junta to Hilario and Altagarcia (Hernandez) Urrea. Betty had a very contagious laugh and will be missed dearly. She is survived by her children, San Juanita (Santiago) Vasquez of La Junta; Lawrence (Susie) Guerrero of Pueblo; Vickie Lowe of Pueblo; “Butch” Tiburcio Guerrero of La Junta; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and five great, great-grandchildren; numerous nieces a…

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    Obit: Ruth Montano

    Ruth Montano of La Junta, Colo., entered into rest Aug. 14, 2019, at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo. She was born to Jose Montano and Linda Lovato November 19, 1970, in La Junta, Colo. She was 48 years of age. Ruth is survived by her special friend, Larry Pfannenstiel of La Junta, Colo.; children, Harley Scott of La Junta, Colo., and Haley Scott of La Junta, Colo.; brother, Eddie Montano of Craig, Colo.; ex-husband, Dave Scott of La Junta; nieces and nephews, Daniel, Andriea, Derrick…

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    Vital statistic: Dolores Bustamante

    Dolores Bustamante, 91, of Manzanola, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at the Sangre De Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care’s Joni Fair Hospice House in Pueblo. Arrangements are pending with Ford–Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    Vital statistic: Murdock Oliver

    Murdock Oliver, 15, of Rocky Ford. We lost him on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Denver. Arrangements are pending with Ford–Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    Obit: Billie Gooden

    Billie Gooden, 85, of La Junta, Colo., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Aurora, Colo. Billie was born on May 30, 1934, to Bill and Ruby Whitman, and was the second of six daughters. She married her high school sweetheart, Tom Gooden, on June 6, 1952, in Raton, N.M. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2007. They had four children. Billie lived most of her life on a ranch and loved working beside Tom in the daily duties of ranch life. She was a fan of any sport in which …

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    Ruth Anne Visker

    Ruth Anne Visker, 87, formerly of Rocky Ford, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Canon City, CO. Arrangements are pending with Ford–Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.

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    Wilda J. Carver

    Wilda J. Carver, 88, of La Junta died peacefully on Aug. 11, 2019, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Nursing Care Center in La Junta. Wilda was born on March 3, 1931, to Willis & Ruby (Houtchens) Bland of Las Animas, one of six children including Agnes, Hazel, Otis, Uldine, and Vern. Wilda attended school in her hometown of Las Animas, but she completed her education in La Junta. She married and later divorced her high school sweetheart. Later, she met and married Richard Carver, son of Rob…

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    Jleverto “Gilbert” Torrez

    Jleverto “Gilbert” Torrez of Wichita, Kan., peacefully entered into rest, Aug. 9, 2019, in his home.He was born to Mike and Rosa Torrez, June 9, 1956, in La Junta, Colo. He was 63 years of age.Gilbert is survived by his wife Melinda Torrez of Wichita, Kan., sisters, Catalina (Jim) Harris of Plano, Texas, and Ledia (Mike) Ayala of Leoti, Kan., brothers, Alvino Torrez of La Junta, Colo., Pedro Torrez of La Junta, Colo., Blas (Tammy) Torrez of Hugo, Colo., Tim Torrez of Dodge City, Kan., and Joe…

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    Janet K. Lowther

    Janet K. Lowther, 73 of Fowler passed away on Aug. 3, 2019, at the Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo. She was born on November 28, 1945 in Trinidad, Colo., to Wilbur & Lula Mae (Elwood) Link.Janet graduated from Adams State College with a BA in Business Administration She and her husband, Willie, moved to Fowler in 1971. Janet worked for the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colo., for 35 years. She was the Secretary of Cottonwood Links Golf course in Fowler and a Deacon at Trin…

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    Jean Arteaga

    Jean Arteaga of La Junta, Colo., peacefully entered into rest Aug. 9, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 6, 1964, in Delta, Colo., to Richard and Jennie Romero. She was 55 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Sal, “Chava” Arteaga of La Junta, Colo.; sons, Salvador (Valerie) Arteaga and Brandon Romero, of La Junta, Colo.; mother, Jennie Leyba of La Junta, Colo.; grandchildren, Jennie, Alice, and Aurora Romero of Pueblo, Colo.; brother, Gilbert (Vivian) Romero of …

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    Will Rogers

    Will Rogers, 89, of La Junta, passed away on Aug. 8, 2019, in Pueblo, Colo. He was born on April 18, 1930, to Earl Elizabeth Kaye Rogers in Walsenburg, Colo. Will spent his life ranching, farming and building fences that are scattered all over the State of Colorado on many ranches and The Frying Pan Arkansas Project. He was also a storyteller: He loved visiting with people about the various exploits he had experienced in his life.Will had 9 siblings, Ethel (Hurbert Furphy), Milo (Florence) Ro…

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    Robert L. Poulignot

    Robert L. Poulignot, born Oct. 6, 1935, in Rocky Ford, Colo., to Charles G. And N. Faye Poulignot, passed away Aug. 10, 2019. He is survived by sons, David Poulignot, James Poulignot, and Richard (DeAnn) Poulignot; daughter, Cindy (John) Allen; brother, Don (Karen) Poulignot; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; numerous family and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Akins; his son, Robert Poulignot; daughter, Sheila Huffine; infant grands…

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    Angel Nathaniel Alvidrez

    Angel Nathaniel Alvidrez went home to be with the Lord, Aug. 2, 2019, in Pueblo, Colo. He was born, to Jessica Alvidrez and Charles Rivera Aug. 9, 2003, in La Junta, Colo., he was 15 years of age​. Angel is survived by his parents, Charles and Jessica Rivera of Pueblo, Colo., sister Angelic Guerra of Pueblo, Colo., Andrea Guerra, of La Junta, Colo., brother, TJ Guerra of Pueblo, Colo., grandmother, Lucy Garcia of Pueblo, Colo., grandparents, Ted Sr. (Barbara) Guerra of La Junta, Colo., uncle’…

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    Michael David Whitehead

    Michael David Whitehead, 63, a long-time Walsenburg resident, left us heartbroken in the early morning hours of Aug. 1. This world is a better place for him having lived in it. Born on April 7, 1956, in Wilmington, Ohio, he was the devoted eldest son of Wilmot David Whitehead and the late Clara JoAnn (Dettwiller) Whitehead of La Junta. He was joyfully married to Carol Lynne (Marks) Whitehead for 35 years. The marriage produced four beautiful children; David Arthur Whitehead (Shiloh) of Walsen…

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    Pauline “Linda” Cedalia Gonzales

    Pauline “Linda” Cedalia Gonzales, 51, of La Junta, Colo., passed away Monday, July 29 unexpectedly at Penrose Main Medical Center, Colorado Springs.Linda was born in Rocky Ford, Colo. on October 19, 1967, a daughter of Cedalia Maria (Lopez) Gonzales and the late Albert Gonzales.She was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church Rocky Ford, Colo.She is survived by Her mother Cedalia of La Junta;Companion John Anthony Garcia;Daughter Desiree Gallegos, of Pueblo, Colo.;Daughter Venessa Eloyd, of Gre…

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    Alice Mae Olshefskie

    Alice Mae Olshefskie died on July 23, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. She was 81 years old. She was born in Pueblo, Colo., on March 24, 1938, to Dorothy Oughtred Bouldin and William Howard Bouldin and was the oldest of three children. She graduated from Fowler High School and worked at various jobs until she married Anthony Olshefskie. They had two children, Patricia and Randolph, and were subsequently divorced. Ms. Olshefskie was preceded in death by her parents, her son Randolph Olshefskie, her …

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    Sonja Barnes

    Sonja L. Barnes, 80, died July 27, 2019 at Western Planes Medical Complex. Sonja was born May 23, 1939 at Bison, Kansas, to Eugene and Betty (Lewis) Schleuning. She had lived in Dodge City since 1998, moving from Colorado. She enjoyed being a volunteer for Hospice of the Prairie and a care giver at Manor of the Plains. She was married to Donald Lee Barnes on December 22, 1983. He preceded her in death on February 23, 2000. Survivors include two sons, Tim Pennington and wife Debra, Dodge City,…

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    Darlene Ann Blair

    Darlene Ann Blair, born December 10, 1936, passed from this mortal life and joined her husband, Tom Blair in Heaven on July 16, 2019. She is survived and loved by her sons, Bill Blair, wife Paula and Bob Blair; sister Helen Hying and niece Kym Duea, husband Mike and their family. She was also loved and honored by Dale and Cheryl Holling and many, many dear friends. Darlene and Tom, may you now and forever “stroll across Heaven together!” A Catholic mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Au…

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    Audrey Mae Eubanks

    Audrey Mae Eubanks was born on December 31, 1965, Jonesboro, Ark., to Arthur and Mary Eubanks. Audrey departed us on July 23, 2019, in La Junta, Colorado. Audrey is survived by two sisters Nancy of the home and Mary Sue, Arkansas, along with two brothers James, Arkansas and John, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents.Audrey was known for her smile, telling everyone hi, and just waving to people. Audrey enjoyed being around town and being a part of the community. Audrey was involved …

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    Roxie Ann Hoss

    Roxie Ann Hoss, 69, of La Junta, passed away on July 27, 2019, at UCHealth Memorial Central Hospital in Colorado Springs. She was born on Sept. 12, 1949, in Goodland, Kan., to Don Carlos & Ileene Marie (Bricker) Hoover.On June 27, 1965, she and Ronnie Hoss were married at Sharon Springs, Kan. In 1966 they moved to La Junta, Colo., where they raised three sons. She had retired from Colorado East Bank & Trust, where she had been a loan clerk.She was preceded in death by her parents, Ile…

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    Maebethene Eiline Bartholomew

    Maebethene “Mae” Bartholomew, 79, passed away on July 26, 2019, at her La Junta Home. She was born September 9, 1939, in Howell, Kan., to Dalton Arnold & Ida Anna (Ratzlaf) Smith.Mae was a waitress at a Scott City, Kan., hotel where she met Bruce Bartholomew. He worked on the old Santa Fe Railroad; they were married on July 31, 1966 in Scott City. Two years after they married they had a son Clayton Bruce in 1968 and their daughter Brenda Sue was born four years later. Mae was a home maker…

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    Helen S. Scalzi

    Former longtime resident and employee of Fort Lyon, MC, Helen was born on Long Island, N.Y., on September 22, 1941, and passed away in Lima, Ohio, on July 8, 2019. She succumbed to ovarian cancer after a short battle. Helen came to Fort Lyon from VAMC Fayetteville, N.C., as Chief, Library Service and retired as head of the Medical Education Department. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Scalzi; stepdaughter, Francesca M. Whitlock …

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    Mary Roberta Montanez

    Mary Roberta Montanez of Rocky Ford, Colo., entered into rest, July 22, 2019, at Parkview Medical Center, in Pueblo, Colo. She was born to Augustine Vigil and Aurelia Garcia, March 27, 1941, in Logan, N.M. She was 79 years of age.She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Ann (Ruben Corral) Cole of Rocky Ford, Colorado, Elaine (Bobby) Davis, of Denver, Colo., Brenda (Gerald) Ochoa of Rocky Ford, Colo., sons, Charles E. Montanez of Pueblo, Colo., and Jim Garcia of Colorado Springs, Colo., grand…

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    Ruth Ella Whorton

    Ruth Ella Whorton, 78, of La Junta, Colo., and more recently of Greeley, Colo., died on Wednesday, July 24, at Garden Square Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in Greeley. Ruth was born in Kermit, Texas, on January 28, 1941, to Edna Pauline (Thomas) Eagle and Melvin Greer Eagle.Early in her life her family moved to Arlington, Colo., to run a cattle ranch where Ruth attended a one-room school house in Arlington until high school when she transferred to Ordway High School through graduation…

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    Ignacio “Tani” Aguilar

    Ignacio “Tani” Aguilar, 85, of La Junta went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luterio and Abelina Aguilar; granddaughter, Sierra Alynn; and brother, Emilio Aguilar. Tani is survived by his wife of 62 years, Reina Aguilar; children, Christine (Gerald) Yalotz, Mary Aguilar, Evelyn Aguilar, Anthony (Kristy) Aguilar; grandchildren, Crystal (Michelle), Adrienne (Jason), David, Zachary (Ruth), Andre, Brandon (Kelsie), Isaiah, Ezekiel, Gabriel, Anthony J…

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    Jarin Dan Lasley

    Jarin Dan Lasley, 11, of La Junta passed away on July 15, 2019, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center. He was born on December 4, 2007, in La Junta to Tyler Lasley and Amanda Chavez.Jarin was a loving and a very affectionate child, who loved hugs from everyone. He enjoyed wrestling, football and basketball. He was a huge Denver Bronco Fan. He enjoyed playing his PlayStation, swimming with his siblings, riding his bike, and spending time with his best friend, Angelito Rodriguez, and h…

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    Kathleen Ann “Kathie” Berger

    Kathleen Ann “Kathie” Berger, age 69 years, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.Kathie was born March 9, 1950, in La Junta, Colorado, the daughter of James R. and Sarah M. Gartside Crane. She was married on December 30, 1970, in La Junta, Colorado, to Bruce Berger.She was a 1968 graduate of La Junta High School and a 1972 graduate of Park College (now University), where she met her husband. It was there that she earned a Bac…

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    Billie Sue Pantle

    Billie Sue Pantle, 78, of Rocky Ford, Colo., passed away Tuesday, July 16, while in the company of family, at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo.Billie was born in Wink, Texas, on March 1, 1941, a daughter of the late Wilda (Dinwiddie) Henderson and William Denison.She was the widow of Duane Lee Pantle.She was a member of United Methodist Church in Ordway, Colo.Billie graduated high school from Alamogordo, N.M. It was there where she met her husband, Duane, and the two were married on July 27,…

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    Donna J. Waugh

    Donna J. Waugh, 95 of La Junta passed away on July 12, 2019, at the Fowler Healthcare Center. Arrangements are pending through Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home & Arkansas Valley Crematory.

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    Carlos Edward Lucero

    Carlos Edward Lucero, age 63, went to be with our Lord on July 9, 2019. He was born to Christobal and Marianna (Moreno) Lucero in La Junta, Colo., on June 19, 1956. He was caretaker for his mother and brother Mike until their passing. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era, and was a Rifleman for the Color Guard of Post 8 in Rocky Ford, Colo.Carlos was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Marianna; brothers, Christobal (Sonny) Jr., Gilbert (Geno), and Michael…