Obituaries

Thomas Harold Kutzley

Thomas Harold Kutzley passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, at his beloved mountain home that he designed and built in 1980. ... more

Ronald Gale Rounds

Ronald Gale Rounds, 86, of Creede, Colo., passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2024, at Sundance Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. He was a beloved father, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.... more

Charles Everett Preas

DEL NORTE — Charles Everett Preas, 83, a cherished family man and friend, passed away Feb. 4, 2024, in Del Norte, Colo., leaving behind a legacy of caring, generosity to those struggling in life, and an unquenchable zest for life. Born on June 15, 1940, in Big Spring, Texas, Charles's journey through life was marked by his intelligence and his love for his family and community. His handy nature showed through in many aspects of life, with an innate problem-solving ability and insights into how hard jobs could be accomplished.... more

Robert ‘Bob’ Davie

MONTE VISTA – Bob Davie, 71, passed away Jan. 29, 2024, at River Valley Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.... more

Gail O’Connor

Gail O’Connor passed away Jan. 20, 2024, in Cañon City, Colo., with her son by her side. Primarily of Irish descent, Gail was born Aug. 29, 1936, in San Diego, Calif., and fondly remembered summers with her beloved cousins and Grandmother Brown at Blue Eyes Mine in California’s Gold Country.... more

Michael Kukuk

Michael was born Aug. 26, 1995, at Gunnison Valley Hospital to Robert and Janelle Kukuk.... more

Oma Jean Hansen

Oma Jean Hansen, 94, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born in Opal, Ark., to Marvin Davis and Dovie (Bates) Davis. The second of four children.... more

Ann Brunsvold

Ann Brunsvold, aged 84, passed into heaven on January 30, 2024, in Comfort, Texas. She was born in Winfield, Iowa to Herman and Margarete Wolf on October 29, 1939. She married Michael A. Brunsvold on August 12, 1962, in Winfield, Iowa. ... more

Mike Gill

Mike Gill, of Creede, Colo., unexpectedly went to his eternal home in heaven on Jan. 22, 2024, at the age of 68.... more

Alice Faye Wardlow

Alice Faye Wardlow, 86, passed away peacefully on Jan. 15, 2024. Alice was born on April 24, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Edward Curtis and Faye Livengood Curtis. She moved to Colorado with her mother and sister when she was seven. Alice graduated from Loveland High School in 1955.... more

Gladys Clara Kraft

Gladys Clara (née Blair), 92, of Banning, Calif., died peacefully at the hospital from complication of a stroke with family by her side. Born in Wadena, Minn., the daughter of Giles and Clara (née Hunky) Blair.... more

William ‘Bill’ James Lucero

William "Bill" James Lucero, a native of Colorado, passed away suddenly on Jan. 9, 2024, at his home in Pagosa Springs. Bill was born on May 9, 1964, at Monte Vista Hospital to Joe and Erlinda (Manzanares) Lucero. ... more

Betty Mary Ann Maestas

Our loving mother Betty Mary Ann Maestas entered into eternal rest on Dec. 27, 2023, at the age of 83. Betty is the daughter of the late Pete and Matilda Martinez of Monte Vista, Colo. ... more

Richard B. Quintana

A man of stubborn wit, Richard B. Quintana, 67, gave his last testament of defiance against the holiday spirit as he passed on Dec. 24, 2023.... more

Karen Rose Gere

South Fork, Colo., resident Karen Rose Gere, 78, passed away on Dec. 21, 2023, at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte surrounded by her loving family.... more

Lois Marie Dillon

On Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, Lois Dillon, loving mother and matriarch passed away at the age of 97.... more

Darlene Carnicia Bandy

Del Norte resident Darlene Carnicia Bandy, 86, passed away on Dec. 24, 2023, at the Rio Grande Hospital with her loving daughter by her side.... more

Alta B. Berkstresser

Alta B. Berkstresser, 89, passed away on Dec. 24, 2023. Born in Lindsay, Neb., on April 19, 1934, Alta studied to be a nurse in Sioux City, Iowa, where she met and married George W. Berkstresser. Alta and George moved to Sargent, Colo., in 1964 where they raised their family and built an extensive community over the years.... more

Janys R. Jones

Life-long Monte Vista resident Janys R. Jones, 91, passed away on Dec. 1, 2023, at River Valley Rehabilitation Center in Del Norte, Colo. Janys was born during a very stormy night on Jefferson Street on Jan. 28, 1932, to Harold and Cody Schall. She grew up on 222 Davis St. and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1950. She married Clyde Jones on April 9, 1951, in Monte Vista, Colo., and raised six children at their family home on Highway 160.... more

Joseph Stevens Murrelle

DEL NORTE — Our loving son and father, Joseph Stevens Murrelle, 31, born March 23, 1992, in Vail, Colo., passed away on Dec. 10, 2023, at his childhood home in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Sharon Adams

Monte Vista resident Sharon Adams, 70, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 23, 2023.... more

Sandra Lucylle Hosselkus Kroll

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the passing of Sandra Lucylle Hosselkus Kroll (Sandy). Sandy passed away on Nov. 16, 2023, at the Del Norte Hospital. She was born on May 18, 19?? in Del Norte. She spent her life in Creede and the Creede community meant the world to her.... more

Willard G. Martin

Longtime Monte Vista resident Willard G. Martin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at the Colorado State Veterans Center Nursing Home at the age of almost 99 years old.... more

Mary A. Martinez

Longtime Monte Vista resident Mary A. Martinez, 100, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.... more

Clinton ‘C.G.’ Betenbough

LA JARA — Distinguished and longtime La Jara resident Mr. Clinton “C.G.” Betenbough, 101, passed away on Nov. 3, 2023. in La Jara.... more

Alberto Adelmo Quintana

Longtime Monte Vista resident Alberto Adelmo Quintana, 81, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023.... more

Jerry Claude Beeson

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved man, Jerry Claude Beeson. Born in Clinton, Okla., on July 24, 1945, he left an indelible mark on the world around him. A true son of the Sooner State, he embodied the spirit of excellence from an early age, shining as an all-star athlete in his youth.... more

Cipriano ‘Sepe’ Jose Pacheco

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and friend to many. Cipriano “Sepe” Jose Pacheco, 85, passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 24, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.... more

Glenn Burnham

Glenn Burnham of Lewiston, Utah, formerly of Monte Vista, Colorado, and a Native of the San Luis Valley, died on Sunday, October 22, 2023, in Logan, Utah.... more

Steven Gregory Martinez

Steven Gregory Martinez was born Feb. 9, 1970, in Monte Vista, Colo, and passed away into the Lord’s care, at the age of 53, surrounded by his family and friends who he loved so much on the morning of Oct. 24 just after 1 a.m.... more

Marvin Lee Davis

Longtime resident Marvin Lee Davis, 89, passed away on Oct. 19, 2023, at the Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colo.... more

Alfred Theodore Schaak, Sr.

Alfred Theodore Schaak, Sr., passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 19, 2023, at the age of 95. He was surrounded by love from his family.... more

Don Wagnon

Don Wagnon, loving son, brother and spouse, fought a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, passing away at the age of 75. Born in Texas, Don was the son of Manford and Mary Louise Wagnon and brother of Susan Clage... more

Virginia M. Starr

Longtime Del Norte resident Virginia M. Starr, 96, passed away Sept. 20, 2023, at the River Valley Rehabilitation Nursing Home in Del Norte.... more

Everett Santistevan

Everett Santistevan, 62, died recently in Del Norte. Everett was born Feb. 17, 1961. A constant presence on the streets of Del Norte, Everett was beloved by the entire community. ... more

Everett Santistevan

Everett Santistevan, 62, died recently in Del Norte. Everett was born Feb. 17, 1961. A constant presence on the streets of Del Norte, Everett was beloved by the entire community. He was easily recognized by his tall stature, but it was the glittery nails, expressive makeup, handmade jewelry, and purple bicycle that made him who he was. ... more

 

Neva Kathleen Ross

Neva Kathleen Ross, born May 5, 1926, passed away Sept. 7, 2023, at the age of 97. She is survived by her son-in-Law Doug Davie, three grandchildren, Tandy (Nicole) McDaniel, Lucas (Kat) Millhouse, and Meara (Terry) McDaniel, and five great-grandchildren (Aiden, Quinlann, Mackenzie, Aubrianna, and Kathryn). ... more

Merolyn Kay Wyley

The Creede community has lost a true local icon with the passing of Merolyn Kay Wyley. She passed away at her home in Creede on Sept. 1, 2023. She was born in Monte Vista on Jan. 26, 1945, to W W “Bibs” and Nell Wyley.... more

Mary Frances Benavides

Mary Frances Benavides of Del Norte, Colo., returned to our Lord on Sept. 2, 2023. She was born on April 18, 1948, in La Garita, Colo. Frances grew up in La Garita and worked as a teacher aide for the Del Norte School District, as the church secretary for several years at Holy Name of Mary in Del Norte, then returned to the Del Norte School District to be a bus driver before retiring.... more

Galen DeGani

Longtime Center resident Galen DeGani, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in Center on Sept. 4, 2023. ... more

Maria J. Viera Cendejas

Center resident Maria J. Viera Cendejas, 72, died Aug. 31, 2023, at the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.... more

Karen Sue Cochran Tempfel,

Karen Sue Cochran Tempfel, 80, of Columbia, Mo., passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, at The Villa Blue Ridge.... more

Ruth McClure

June 8, 1937-Aug. 24, 2023 Ruth (Ruthie) Ann McClure was born in Elgin, Ill., to Les and Ruth Villars and she and her family moved to Monte Vista, Colo., when she was young. ... more

Lila Eloisa Maestas Espinoza

1926-2023 With the deepest gratitude and hearts warmed by cherished memories, the family of Lila Eloisa Maestas Espinoza announces that she peacefully and gracefully passed away at her home in Monte Vista, Colo., with loved ones at her side. She was 97. ... more

Chris E Glunz

Long-time Monte Vista resident Chris E Glunz passed away peacefully in his home at 83 years old. He was born at home in Elsie, Neb., on June 20, 1940, to John and Anna (Lovenburg) Glunz. Chris graduated from Elsie High School in 1958 with a graduating class of nine seniors. He made his way to Denver, Colo., where he met the mother of his children and they married in 1960. They had three children, C.E., Gary, and Dawn. ... more

James Barnes

James (Jim) R. Barnes of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away Saturday evening Aug. 26, 2023, with members of his family surrounding him. He was born June 2, 1954, in Kenton, Ohio. He had returned to Kenton to be with his siblings and their families during his illness.... more

William Dean Philbern

On Aug. 19, 2023, William Dean Philbern, affectionately known as "Pops", went to be with the Lord. He passed in his favorite place in the world, his home, at Blue Creek Lodge.... more

Alan Dean Moyer

Alan Dean Moyer’s last at-bat was Aug. 10, 2023, at Atria Campana del Rio in Tucson, Ariz., after a year of declining health accompanied by Alzheimer’s disease. Alan was born on Sept. 4, 1928, on the family farm near Galva, Iowa.... more

Loraine Kay (Rockey) (Johnson) Campbell

On Monday, July 24, 2023 at 3:25 a.m., Loraine Kay (Rockey) (Johnson) Campbell, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away at the age of 80 in Newberg, Ore.... more

Franklin Earl Rogers

Franklin Earl Rogers, of Centennial, Colo., passed away on Aug. 3, 2023. He was 79 years old. Frank, as he was known by friends and family, was born to Jesse and Jessie Rogers on Jan. 30, 1944, in Culver City, Calif. His family moved to Del Norte, Colo., in 1946, where he grew up enjoying the outdoors with his parents, younger brother Steve, and younger sisters, Dianne and Pam. ... more

Catherine Lague Woods

Longtime San Luis Valley native and porcelain artist, Catherine Lague Woods, passed away on Aug. 4, 2023, at River Valley Nursing Home in Del Norte, Colorado.... more

Gail Soldato

Longtime Del Norte resident Gail Soldato died Sunday, July 30,2023, at the River Valley Rehabilitation Healthcare Center Nursing Home in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Michael Wallace Danielson

Michael Wallace Danielson, 72, passed away on Aug. 4, 2023. Mike was born Sept. 11, 1950, in Concordia, Kan., to Whitney and Maxine (Ouellette) Danielson. He was preceded in death by his parents Whitney and Maxine Danielson, brother Jeff Danielson. ... more

Benjamin John Davis

Benjamin John Davis, 41, died Aug. 5, 2023, at his home in Creede, Colo. He was born on Jan. 23, 1982, in Tribune, Kan., the son of Jane Davis. ... more

Robert 'Bob' Kernen

Robert "Bob" Kernen, a long-time resident of Del Norte, Colo., peacefully passed away on his birthday, Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Bob was born on June 28, 1950, in Del Norte, Colo., to his parents, John and Betty Kernen.... more

Michael Lloyd Golder

Mike Golder left this world suddenly on July 4 at his home near Del Norte in the company of his two beloved dogs, Baylee and Hershey. He celebrated his 72nd birthday the previous night by indulging in chocolate cake and an assortment of ice cream.... more

Randy Verne Glover

Randy Verne Glover of Center, Colo., was born on Dec. 26, 1954, to Theron J. Glover and Leona McComb; he was reunited with them in heaven on June 24, 2023. He will always be remembered as a fun-loving brother, super uncle, and friend.... more

Martha Maria Valdez Hagan

Martha (Marty) Maria Valdez Hagan was called home by her Lord and Savior on June 18, 2023, surrounded by her family. She was born in Del Norte, Colo., on Nov. 23, 1942, the daughter of Abel Valdez and Teresa Pacifica Espinosa and sister to Marcella Gonzales Martinez.... more

Isabel Marie Pacheco

Longtime Monte Vista resident Isabel Marie Pacheco, 89, died June 27, 2023, at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte, Colo. It was with great love and sorrow that her children, all present at her passing, said their goodbyes.... more

Nathaniel David Watts

Nathaniel David Watts passed away June 14, 2023, in Jamestown, N.D. Nathaniel was a much-beloved son, brother, father and uncle. He graduated from Aztec New Mexico Highschool in 1987.... more

Martha Ann ‘Marty’ (Adams) Steward

Martha Ann “Marty” (Adams) Steward, 90, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on June 18, 2023. She lived a full life and touched many hearts on her earthly journey... more

 

Sally Hubbard Towns

Sally Hubbard Towns, beloved wife, sister, aunt and great-aunt, passed away on May 24 due to complications from a stroke and dementia. She was born on Jan. 17, 1950, to the late Millard Farmer Hubbard and Dorothy Adams Hubbard in Jackson, Miss., the second of three children. She graduated from Murrah High School in 1968 and was named Junior Miss Jackson and first runner-up for Junior Miss Mississippi that year.... more

John C. Tompkins

John C. Tompkins, 69, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away on June 2, 2023. Born Aug. 2, 1953, in Greensboro, N.C. John attended Culver Military Academy, Illiana Christian High School, and Calvin College.... more

Lela May Pierce

Longtime Del Norte resident Lela May Pierce, 88, passed away on May 30, 2023. She was born on a ranch 5 miles west of Del Norte, Colo., on April 4, 1935, to Paul E. and Sarah Frances (Love) Weaver.... more

Sam Keith

Sam Keith, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Warren, Texas, on May 30, 2023. He was born on Oct. 3, 1939, in Wichita Falls, Texas to Sam Keith and Opal Thompson Keith.... more

Delma Dorothy Dooley

Longtime Creede resident Delma Dorothy Dooley, 94, died peacefully at home June 5, 2023, in Creede. ... more

Ray Warren Berry

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ray Warren Berry, 85, died June 4, 2023, at the River Valley Inn Nursing Home in Del Norte, Colo.... more

MSGT (RET) Alejandro (Alex) Antonio Martinez

MSGT (RET) Alejandro (Alex) Antonio Martinez, of Denver, Colo., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at the age of 85 at Veterans Home Fitzsimons in Denver, Colo.... more

Mary Ann Messick

Mary Ann Messick passed away May 21, 2023, in Tucson, Ariz., a month shy of her 92nd birthday. She was born June 20, 1931, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Leto and Lorna LaJune Scott Kehler, the fifth of eight children.... more

John E. McDaniel, Jr.

John Edgar McDaniel, Jr., long-time Adams State professor and philanthropist, passed away on May 2, 2023. He was born Oct. 10, 1932, in Decatur, Texas, the son of John Edgar McDaniel and Vivian Randolph McDaniel.... more

Sadie Marie Skeff

Longtime Center resident Sadie Marie Skeff passed away on April 28, 2023, in Center, Colo. She lived her life devoted to her church, her family and her community. ... more

Arnulfo Bolaños-Mateo (El Paisa)

Arnulfo Bolaños-Mateo (El Paisa), 76, of Center, Colo., was born on Sept. 8, 1946, in Los Angeles, Michoacan, Mexico, and passed away on April 21, 2023, in Colorado Springs surrounded by his family.... more

Garry Lee Gustafson

Garry Lee Gustafson of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away of natural causes in his home at the Homelake Veterans Center on Saturday, April 22. He was 78 at the time of his death.... more

John D. Velasquez

John Dale Velasquez passed away at the Washington Oddfellows Nursing Home in Walla Walla, Wash., on Jan. 8, 2023. He was one day shy of his 91st birthday.... more

Sally Bills Peck

Sally Bills Peck, 80, of Del Norte, Colo., passed away on April 5, 2023.... more

Ruth Blanche (Dye) Pope

Longtime Bayfield resident, Ruth Blanche (Dye) Pope, died April 13, 2023, at Mercy Hospice House in Durango, Colo. She was 77 years old. ... more

Kennie Ann Still

Kennie Ann Still, 79, of Ft. Collins, daughter of Kenneth Hocker and Dorothy (Milner) Ellithorpe, died in the early morning of April 8, 2023, after suffering with Vascular Dementia. Her husband, Doug Still, along with her daughter Jennifer Hurley and son Christopher Still were by her side to help ease her passing.... more

‘Children Need Heroes, Be One’

When I decided to become a counselor, I did not think I wanted to counsel children. I had previously worked at Tu Casa, Inc., with the Children’s Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley (CAC) under its umbrella. Even though I did not work directly with the children at the CAC, I did occasionally work with the family in one way or another.... more

Men to the left because women are always right

The Bunny came and went here without so much as a dyed egg as that tradition seems to have passed the way of all things messy for moms. Nowadays of course we have multicolored plastic eggs that can be filled with all sorts of things like candy and toys and even coins.... more

Rev. Armin Stolp

Rev. Armin F. Stolp, 93, of Canon City, Colo., was called to his eternal home with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on March 14, 2023. Armin was born in Greenleaf, Kan., on March 11, 1930; the first of five children born to Rev. Theodore Stolp and his wife Lisette (VonLehe) Stolp.... more

John Ardeth Wardell

John Ardeth Wardell died peacefully at UC Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs on April 3, 2023.... more

Gladys Eilene Duncan

Gladys Eilene Duncan, 98, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2023, at River Valley Rehabilitation Healthcare Center. Her daughter Judy was by her side.... more

Donna L. Avara

Monte Vista resident Donna L. Avara, 84, passed away on March 8, 2023, in Monte Vista, Colo. She was born on June 10, 1938, in Bowen, Colo., to Ronald and Lilly (Anderson) Iske. She married Richard Wesley Avara on Feb. 18, 1984, in Monte Vista.... more

Nancy Lee Stoeber

Monte Vista resident Nancy Lee (Rice) Stoeber passed away on March 22, 2023, in Del Norte, Colo., surrounded by family and friends.... more

Beverly Jean Francis

Longtime Valley resident Beverly Jean Francis, 76, passed away on March 14, 2023. She was born on July 12, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., to Ira Mose and Helen Catherine (Llewelyn) Francis. She married Gerald “Jerry” Robinson.... more

Tracy Shay Trow

Creede resident Tracy Shay Trow, 55, passed away with her family by her side March 9, 2023, of liver failure, at San Luis Regional Medical Center, Alamosa, Colo.... more

Marilyn Joyce (Sawyer) Davey

On Friday, March 10, 2023, Marilyn Joyce (Sawyer) Davey, loving wife, mother, and longtime resident of the San Luis Valley passed away at the age of 73. Marilyn was born to Derrell and Ruth Sawyer in Lamar, Colo.... more

Sharon Sowards

Longtime Manassa resident Sharon Sowards, 84, died March 9, 2023, at the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.... more

Ronald (Ron) D. Golden

Ronald (Ron) D. Golden, 81, passed away on March 3, 2023, in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Ronnie W. Zumwalt Sr.

Ron was born to his parents Charles Alexander and Mildred Pearl Zumwalt on Nov. 28, 1945, in Silver City, N.M. Joining his brother Charles Ervin and sister Betty Bell. Ron grew up in Silver City, graduating from high school there.... more

Gerald Lee Sears

Gerald (Tiny) Sears was born on March 14, 1930, to Samuel and Viva (Hiatt) Sears and passed away peacefully at his home in Cleo Springs, Okla., surrounded by his family. He was 92.... more

Mark William Wetherill

Mark William Wetherill, son of Hank and Joy Nichols and Clayton Wetherill, was 50 years old when he left this world to enter the next one on Aug. 11, 2022.... more

Clifford Andrew Pearcy

Clifford Andrew Pearcy, dearly beloved son, brother, nephew and uncle, died on Jan. 5, 2023, at the age of 54. Clifford was born on Feb. 7, 1968, in Monte Vista, where he was raised, and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1986. ... more

David Carl Schueler

David Carl Schueler, born July 2, 1964, was a husband, a brother, and a friend; a man who exuded compassion and treated each person he met with respect, in his personal life and professionally. Born in Hereford, Texas, and raised in Colorado’s San Luis Valley with a family of seven brothers and sisters, Dave was known for his humor, a smile that could light up a room, and an exceptional sense of kindness. He had the sort of kindly manner that offered comfort and reassurance to those who had the good fortune to cross his path.... more

Mary Ann Wright

Mary Ann Wright, age 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.... more

Carolyn Lou Kimball

Monte Vista resident Carolyn Lou Kimball, 93, passed away on Jan. 6, 2023. She was born on July 12, 1929, in Harrisville, W. Va., to Chester William and Alberta Marion (Lambert) McKitrick. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio Valley School of Nursing in Steubenville, Ohio.... more

Orville (Jay) Roberts

Longtime Valley resident Orville (Jay) Roberts, 76, passed away on Jan. 11, 2023. He was born on Aug. 21, 1946, in Nampa, Idaho, to Lauren Phillip and Loretta Marie (Finneran) Roberts.... more

Randi Kay Scherer

Randi Kay Scherer passed peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in her bed at the Scherer’s cabin home in the Big Horn Mountains outside of Buffalo, Wyo., at the age of 70.... more

John David Sanford

ALAMOSA — John David Sanford, 88, passed away from natural causes, Dec. 20, 2022, at Homelake Veterans Center, Monte Vista, Colo., with family members in attendance. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 25, 1934.... more

Staff Sgt. Bobby Lee Mahannah

Staff Sgt. Bobby Lee Mahannah, 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family at the Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake in Monte Vista, Colo., on Dec. 29, 2022. Bobby was a decorated veteran who served in the Vietnam War and retired from the United States Army with 20 years of service.... more

Jean Ann Consaul

Jean Ann Consaul (Meyer), age 39, of Center, Colo., passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.... more

Kathrine Lynn (Krulikosky) [Boylen] Reischling

Kathrine was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend as well as a fierce advocate for animals and had a devoted love for Jesus. Kathy went to her forever home with Jesus on Dec. 14 of 2022; her loving children, Angela and Jason Boylen by her side.... more

Beulah (Boots) Ann Rogers

Monte Vista resident Beulah (Boots) Ann Rogers, 88, passed away on December 7, 2022. She was born on March 13, 1934 in Denver, Colo. She was raised by Otto and Hattie May (Cole) Terry.... more

Loretta Irene Ehardt

South Fork resident Loretta Irene Ehardt, 80, passed away on Dec. 10, 2022. She was born on Feb. 28, 1942, in Biloxi, Miss., to Harry Crews and Ida Osborne. Loretta was raised by her grandmother in Colorado Springs and graduated from William Palmer High School in 1960.... more

Linda Sue (Drake) Hessman

DODGE CITY — Linda Sue (Drake) Hessman, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Penrose-Saint Francis Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo.... more

Debra E. Perea

Passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 30, 2022. Debi was with her husband of 50 years, Jess.... more

Don Collins - 1937-2022

Donald Eugene Collins died on Nov. 30, 2022, at age 85, after a gradual decline following challenges with chronic kidney disease. Don was born in Del Norte, Colo., on April 11, 1937, and was the son of Thomas (T.A.) Collins and Loretta (Mabry) Collins, and grew up in Monte Vista, Colo. Don was class president at Monte Vista High School, where he met his future wife, Edith McFadden.... more

Robert H. Parker

Robert H. Parker was born June 7, 1954, in Taos, N.M. His parents were Richard H. Parker and Betty B. Parker. He graduated from Center High School in 1972.... more

Phyllis Rea

Georgia Phyllis Rea, age 94, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Nov. 26, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo.... more

Wayne Lee Wedel

Wayne Lee Wedel, 71, passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Nov. 22, 2022. He was born in Dodge City, Kan., on Feb. 18, 1951, to Lacy and Viola Wedel. He grew up in Kansas where he learned to be a farmer, just like his father. He found that farming was where his heart was.... more

Harriet Wright

We are sad to announce the death of Harriet Ann Wright, 94, of Monte Vista, Colo., on Nov. 25, 2022. Harriet passed away in Del Norte, Colo., surrounded by family after a short illness.... more

Donald Lee Howard

Donald Lee Howard was born in Fort Collins, Colo., on Aug. 11, 1960, to John Howard and Sandra Strickland Howard. He passed away on Nov. 9, 2022, after a month-long illness.... more

Dr. Jack L. ‘Doc’ Brown

Dr. Jack L. “Doc” Brown passed away on Nov. 2, 2022, at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake in Monte Vista surrounded by family after 98 years of life full of love, service and adventure. Dr. Brown was born on Aug. 17, 1924, in the small town of Stratton, Neb., to Dr. Lionel B. (L.B.) Brown and Nina (Hostetter) Brown.... more

Lena Sue ‘Susie’ McCown Crabtree

Lena Sue "Susie" McCown Crabtree of Del Norte, Colo., formerly of Allenspark, Colo., passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones on Oct. 30, 2022, at the age of 67, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.... more

Ernest Floyd Tempfel

Ernest Floyd Tempfel, 82, of Warsaw, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.... more

Jerry Post, 93

Ralph Jerald “Jerry” Post Passed away April 15, 2020, of complications from COVID. He was born in Walsenburg, Colo., on Nov. 28, 1926, to Ralph and Laura (Stuckey) Pospahala. He spent his childhood along with his younger sister Shirley, in Monte Vista, Colo., where his mother taught school and his father ran a filling station and used furniture store.... more

Eodofredo (Fred) Levi Benavides

Eodofredo (Fred) Levi Benavides of Del Norte, Colo., went with the Lord on Oct. 27, 2022. He was born on Feb. 14, 1946, in Del Norte, Colo.... more

George Rudy Herrera

George Rudy Herrera was born on Nov. 17, 1950, in Monte Vista, Colo.... more

Kenneth Keith Landis Jr.

Kenneth Keith Landis Jr. of Denver, Colo., died at the age of 73 on Oct. 1, 2022. He was born on Dec. 19, 1948, to Kenneth and Blanche (Taylor) Landis in Walters, Okla. Kenneth, usually referred to as Ken or Kenny, grew up in Duncan, Okla. He graduated from West Point in 1971 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Ken was the financial officer in Soul Korea for five years until he resigned from the Army as a Captain.... more

Margaret Mary (Malouff) McKenna

Margaret Mary (Malouff) McKenna, age 85, of Ellis, Kansas passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Society, Hays. She was born June 11, 1937, in Capulin, Colo., to John and Mary Malouff.... more

Stephen Jake Filippi

Stephen Jake Filippi, 19, of South Fork, Colo., passed away on Sept. 18, 2022. He was born on June 2, 2003, to Michael Filippi and Juda Filippi in Denver, Colo.... more

Robert L. Bressman

Robert Bressman, born in Omaha, Nebraska, was a resident of Colorado all his life until June of 2022, when he moved to Texas with his daughter and family, while suffering with dementia.... more

John Michael ‘Mike’ Edwards

Homelake resident John Michael “Mike” Edwards, 73, died Sept. 25, 2022, at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake.... more

Herman Reimer

Herman Reimer, 93, of Golden Valley, Ariz., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.... more

Roland Eugene Martin

Roland Eugene Martin, born Feb. 20, 1930, and passed away Sept. 28, 2022. He was born in Topeka, Kan., to Smith and Opal (Lyon) Martin.... more

Sharon Anne Atencio

Del Norte resident Sharon Anne Atencio, 66, passed away on Sept. 15, 2022. She was born on Nov. 20, 1955, in San Francisco, Calif., to Albert and Juanita (Marquez) LeBlanc.... more

Cathryn Ann Mallow

On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, our ray of sunshine, Cathryn Ann Mallow stepped through heaven's gates at the age of 54. She was adopted by Fred and Carolyn Morse and loved dearly by them and her two brothers David and Jon Morse.... more

Jimmy Preston Pierce

Jimmy Preston Pierce, 84, of Creede, Colo., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. He was born on Dec. 23, 1937, in Borger, Texas, to Leon Preston Pierce and Mary Wright.... more

Mary Lou Millsap

Longtime San Luis Valley resident Mary Lou Millsap, 89, died Sept. 7, 2022, at the Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa.... more

Vickie Lynn Myers

Long-time Center resident Vickie Lynn Myers, 67, passed away on Sept. 10, 2022. She was born in West Virginia on Jan. 23, 1955, to Jack and Billie Jean (Carter) Shrewsbury.... more

Mary Elizabeth (Hearn) Churchman

Mary Elizabeth (Hearn) Churchman passed from this life on Aug. 25, 2022, at UT Southwest in Dallas. She was a resident of Granbury, Texas.... more

Warren Clayton Hemphill

Warren Clayton Hemphill of Sonora, Texas, passed on to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sept. 1, 2022, at the age of 88. A private family graveside will be held Monday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sonora.... more

JoAnne Grace Medina

Longtime Monte Vista resident JoAnne Grace Medina passed away on Aug. 30, 2022, at UC Health Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by loved ones. She was born Sept. 2, 1948, in Alamosa, Colo., to Rose P. Martinez and Benito Martinez.... more

Michael ‘Mike’ Muncy

Michael “Mike” Muncy was born Leadville, Colo., June 22, 1958, to Elsie and Harvey Muncy. Mike passed away Aug. 18, 2022, in Westminster, Colo. He was 64 years old.... more

Robert ‘Bob’ Lewis

Gained his wings Aug. 14, 2022. Bob was born in Santa Ana, Calif., on Oct. 5, 1933, to Wilber and Bernice (Owens) Lewis.... more

James Edward Bradley

James Edward Bradley, 92, of Monte Vista Colorado was welcomed into heaven on Aug. 9, 2022, after quietly succumbing to the rigors of a long life, well spent.... more

Carla Jayne Worley

Carla Jayne Worley passed away peacefully on July 25, 2022, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Carla was born on May 21, 1957, in Monte Vista, Colo., to parents Carl and Audrey Worley. She was the third or middle daughter out of five girls.... more

Robert Virgil Clark

Robert Virgil Clark,73 (Robbie to everyone who knew him) went to join his little dog, Clara, in heaven on July 24, 2022, in Yuma, Ariz. Robbie was born on Nov. 10, 1948, to Delmar V and L Ruth Clark.... more

Juan 'John' Francisco Gallegos

He was known as John by friends, coworkers and loved ones. He was raised in the San Luis Valley of Colo. He lived in Saguache and Moffat most of his life. He grew up in a full household and did chores to help feed and care for the family. He fondly recalled drinking milk straight out the bucket, warm and sweet. He graduated high school in 1955 (Hooper, Colo.) and went into the US Navy right after graduation.... more

Marvin ‘Merv’ Self

Merv Self, a life-long resident of Monte Vista, passed away in the Del Norte Hospital on July 28, 2022, at the age of 85.... more

Evelyn 'Evie' Underwood

Evelyn “Evie” Underwood was born on Jan. 14, 1948, to Duane Underwood and Lillian Falk Underwood in Del Norte. She transitioned peacefully in the love of God, at home on her beloved family ranch on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Evelyn was surrounded by her loving family, as well as her dear, irrigation-ditch-loving, dog Inka. Evelyn was understated, gentle, kind, and caring from the beginning to the end.... more

Tracy Joe Freel

Tracy Joe Freel, 57, of Moffat, Colo., passed away on June 21, 2022, suddenly by stepping in to protect a woman in a domestic violence situation. ... more

Patricia Ione Malouff

Lifetime San Luis Valley resident Patricia Ione Malouff, loving wife and mother passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the age of 85.... more

Madeline LaVene Otts

A Celebration of Life for Madeline LaVene Otts will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2022, at the United Methodist Church, 215 Washington St., Monte Vista. It is open to all family and friends.... more

Virginia Sue Giles Henderson

Monday, June 27, 2022, Virginia Sue Giles Henderson passed into the arms of Jesus.... more

Carl Richard Ivey

Carl Richard Ivey passed away May 28, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Louisiana in 1938 to Thomas W. Ivey and Beulah Kirkpatrick Ivey.... more

Royce Rodney Reinhardt

San Luis Valley native, Royce Rodney Reinhardt, 90, passed away on Feb. 7, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colo. He was born on Aug. 23, 1931, in Alamosa, Colo., to Elmer Reinhardt and Mabel (Goff) Reinhardt.... more

Phyllis Roberta (League) Brown

Phyllis Roberta (League) Brown passed away peacefully, surrounded in heart and spirit by her beloved family in Alamosa on June 1, 2022, the day before her 91st birthday. Phyllis was born on a farm outside the small town of Stratton, Neb., on June 2, 1931, to Ernest and Ellen (Hawkinson) League. She and her sister, Delores (League) Campbell spent their childhood living and working together on the family farm in western Nebraska, finding joy together in the lean years of the Great Depression.... more

James Larry Mitchell

James Larry Mitchell, 79, of South Fork, Colo., passed away on June 3rd, 2022, with his loving wife by his side.... more

Daryl Lee Vanderpool

Daryl Lee Vanderpool, 76, a longtime resident of Monte Vista, Colo., known for his friendly personality, playful sense of humor and the gift of gab, died May 26, 2022, in Pueblo, Colo., after a lengthy battle with COPD.... more

Beverly J. Vitale

Monte Vista resident Beverly J. Vitale, 83, died peacefully on May 4, 2022, at the Monte Vista Estates Nursing Home in Monte Vista.... more

Gregory (Mike) Allen Aden

Gregory Allen Aden, a longtime resident of Houston, New Braunfels and Lake McQueeney, passed away Friday, May 13, at the age of 80. ... more

Charlotte L. Fuchs

Charlotte L. Fuchs, 80, of Del Norte, Colorado went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 2, 2022. She was born on March 31, 1942 to Joe and Fern (Richardson) McMillan in Twin Falls, Idaho. At the age of one, the family moved to Walden, Colorado and lived there for 15 years. In 1957, they again moved to South Fork and later Del Norte. Charlotte graduated from Del Norte High School in 1960. After graduation, Charlotte worked for Wilbur Helms at the E-Z Freeze, a popular drive-in for burgers and shakes. ... more

Terry A. Larson

Terry A. Larson, 87, of Creede, Colo., passed away on May 10, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family.... more

Dorothy ‘Mickey’ Hart Merrell

Dorothy "Mickey" Hart Merrell passed away May 7, 2022, at 97 years old at her daughter's home in Boise, Idaho. She was the oldest of six children to Howard and Dorothy Hart of Monte Vista, Colorado. Mickey was born in Del Norte, Colorado on Aug. 23, 192... more

JoAnn Marie Sanz

On May 8, 2022, JoAnn Marie Sanz was called home to be with her Lord and Savior. She received the greatest grace of eternal peace, where there is no sadness or tears.... more

Darlene Ann Morgan

Monte Vista resident Darlene Ann Morgan, 78, earned her heavenly wings on May 6, 2022, at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte with her kids by her side.... more

Wilma Faye Schaffer

Wilma Faye Schaffer, 74, was born on Nov. 26, 1946, to George and Ruth Skinner. She was the oldest of five children. Wilma lived in several other states, before her parents decided to make Saguache, Colo., their forever home.... more

Dr. Richard L. Brownrigg

Dr. Richard L. Brownrigg passed away on April 14, 2022, after a short illness. Dr. Brownrigg was born on Nov. 15, 1935, in Kansas City, Kan., to John and Emma (Jacobson) Brownrigg. He grew up in Kansas City, Kan., where he was a member of the Wyandotte County High School swim team.... more

Edna Lyma Miles (Cossitt)

Edna Lyma Miles (Cossitt), long time Creede resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 5, 2022, in the River Valley Inn nursing home in Del Norte, Colo. She was 101 years young.... more

Cheryl Candace (Pacheco) Garcia

Cheryl Candace (Pacheco) Garcia, 38, born Sept. 15, 1983 in Alamosa, Colo., died March 11, 2022 in Colorado Springs.... more

Carolyn Jean Gray

Carolyn Jean Gray (Prentice), 71, passed away at her home on April 4, 2022, from a long battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 8,1951, in Alamosa, Colo., to Melvin and Goldie Peterson... more

George Harry McDonald (Buster)

Born in Taos, New Mexico, Jan. 10, 1930, and he took his final breath on April 10, 2022.... more

Raymond Nathan Skeff

Longtime Monte Vista resident Raymond Nathan Skeff, 83, passed away on April 7, 2022. He was born on July 5, 1938, in Center, Colo., to Kelley H. and Margaret M. (Sawaya) Skeff.... more

Ralph Glenn Nash

Ralph passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital on March 23, 2022, of respiratory failure.... more

Alfred Orville Chapman

Alfred Orville Chapman was born in Del Norte, Colo., on Dec. 30, 1949, and went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2022. The sixth-born of eight children to Orville Chapman and Helen Myers Chapman, he was raised in South Fork and graduated from Del Norte High School in 1970, following which he earned his Associates Degree in Mechanics from Trinidad State Junior College in 1972.... more

Let’s all celebrate March

They say the older you get the faster time seems to go and that certainly seems to be the case for Ol’ Dutch and Miss Trixie. And poor Mr. Cooper, the Yorkie, really sees it fly by as one dog year is the equivalent to seven human ones.... more

J. Ryan McClure

Jonathan Ryan McClure, 48, was born in Del Norte, Colo., to John Raymond and Suzanne McClure on Sept. 15, 1973, and passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 26, 2022, near Center, Colo.... more

Richard ‘Rich’ Alan Forrest

Richard Alan Forrest, 73, lost his life on Jan. 11, 2022, at UC Health Memorial Central in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a brief battle with gallstone pancreatitis.... more

Sandra Lee Weiss

Long-time Moffat resident, Sandra Lee Weiss, age 75, passed away on Feb. 19, 2022. Sandra was born in 1946 in Denver, Colo., and married Alfred Weiss in 1968, recently celebrating 53 years of marriage.... more

Daniel Alfredo Rios

Longtime valley resident Daniel Alfredo Rios, 87, passed away at the Homelake Veterans Home on Feb. 17, 2022. He was born on Feb. 15, 1935, in Morenci, Ariz., to Camilo and Concepcion (Haro) Rios.... more

Phillip Eugene Leggitt

Phillip Eugene Leggitt passed away on Feb. 15, 2022, at Memorial Central Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born on Aug. 27, 1941, in Crestone, Colo., the middle child of 16 children born to Parley and Genevieve Leggitt. Phil moved to Creede in 1950 with his family and attended Creede schools and graduated from Creede High School in 1961.... more

Rocky A. Birdsey

Rocky Arlen Birdsey, 76, passed away peacefully at home in Cordes Lakes, Ariz., on Feb. 27, 2022. The son of Sam and Garnet Birdsey, Rocky was a third generation Creedite born in Del Norte, Colo., on Nov. 19, 1945. Rocky graduated from Creede High School in 1963 and loved being a part of the legendary Creede Boys Basketball team, going to State all four years!... more

Rey Simon Sisneros

Rey Simon Sisneros, 62, passed away too soon on Jan. 28, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colo., after complications from an illness. He was born on Feb. 18, 1959, in Espanola, N.M., to Simon Sisneros and Corine Sisneros.... more

William Joseph Haberlein

William Joseph Haberlein, experienced gatherer and lifelong learner, died Wednesday morning Feb. 16, 2022, at his home in El Paso, Texas, after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 74 years old.... more

Rory Dwight McClellan

Rory Dwight McClellan, 65, of Monte Vista, passed away at home on Feb. 10, 2022.... more

Michael ‘Grizz’ Addison Garnett

Ulysses, Pa., resident Mike Garnett passed away Dec. 26, 2021, in Coudersport, Pa., at the age of 67.... more

Royce Rodney Reinhardt

San Luis Valley native, Royce Rodney Reinhardt, 90, passed away on Feb. 7, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colo. He was born on Aug. 23, 1931, in Alamosa, Colo., to Elmer Reinhardt and Mabel (Goff) Reinhardt. Royce grew up in the Bowen Community south of Monte Vista and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1949.... more

Wilson Roger ‘Bill’ Hurd

Much loved Husband, Father and Grandfather. Bill grew up in Monte Vista, and married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Sweet.... more

Sandra Kay Rose

On Feb. 2, 2022, Sandra Kay Rose beat her fight with multiple sclerosis after 33 years. Calvin Rose, her faithful husband of 42 years, never left her side and she was surrounded by family.... more

Linda Jane Taylor

Linda Jane Taylor, 80-year-old resident of Buffalo, Wyo., and previously of Del Norte went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 20, 2022.... more

William ‘Will’ John Henninger

Del Norte resident William “Will” John Henninger, 80, died Jan. 27, 2022, at his home in Del Norte, surrounded by family and under hospice care.... more

James 'Jim' Montgomery Phillips

James “Jim” Montgomery Phillips, of Creede, and Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Jan. 16, 2022, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.... more

Carlyn L. Clark

Carlyn L. Clark, 84, of Del Norte, Colo., passed away on Jan. 8, 2022, in La Jara, Colo.... more

Antonio Felix Cebreros

Antonio Felix Cebreros, 71, of Rocky Ford, Colo., formerly of Monte Vista, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, at his residence.... more

Michael (Mike) Crawford Gates

Michael (Mike) Crawford Gates, of Fort Collins, died peacefully at Poudre Valley Hospital of complications of COVID-19. He was 62.... more

Norah Grace Dooley Korn

Norah Grace Dooley Korn was born to Alma Lucile Wintz and John Loran Dooley on Dec. 14, 1932, in Creede, Colo., and passed away Nov. 17, 2021, at her home in Kalispell, Mont.... more

Kathryn Jane Prins

Kathryn Jane Prins, or Kate as she was known to her family and friends, passed away on Nov. 26, 2021, at the age of 67.... more

Austin Fernando (Ford) Romero

On Dec. 7, 2021, Austin Fernando (Ford) Romero entered the gates of heaven. Austin was born Jan. 27, 1948, in Arroyo Seco, N.M., the oldest sone of Juan I and Manuelita (Sanchez) Romero.... more

Shirley Boyce

Shirley Boyce, a resident of Grand Junction, passed away on Nov. 24, 2021. She grew up in Wisconsin and received her nursing degree in Chicago.... more

Harry A. Fluck

Harry A. Fluck was born in Marion, Ill., on Jan. 19, 1940, and was the second of seven children born to Alfred “Mutt” Fluck and Ida Broeking Fluck. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., in 1962 with a Bachelor’s of Science, and received his Master’s in Forest Management from Michigan State University in 1969 after serving in the Air Force for a 5-year tour.... more

Obbie Lee Dickey

Longtime Del Norte resident Obbie Lee Dickey, 91, passed away on Dec. 11, 2021. He was born on Oct. 1, 1930, in Stonington, Colo., to Theodore Arthur and Amber (Herford) Dickey. Obbie was a farmer and rancher all his life. He was involved in the Colorado Cattleman’s Association as well as the Colorado Outfitters Association. He loved riding horses and fishing.... more

Damian Sean Trow

With great sadness, the "families" of Damian Sean Trow announce his passing from this life on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Damian was born in Aurora, Colo., on April 15, 1994, to David Trow and Tracy Rogers Trow.... more

Martha Jane Olson Walker

Martha Jane Olson Walker, 63, died peacefully in her sleep from complications of kidney disease, while in hospice care in her home, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.... more

Don Gary Allee

Don Gary Allee, 78, passed away on Nov. 27, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Childress, Texas, Don eventually made his way to Del Norte, Colo., in 1979 with the love of his life, Sally, by his side. Together, Don and Sally opened the Tin Cup restaurant. They operated the business for 2 years and eventually sold it after they realized they weren’t restauranteurs. However, this allowed them to meet and become part of the community they loved.... more

Peggy Jo Blenden

Peggy Jo Blenden died on Nov. 11, 2021, while visiting family in Columbia, Mo., at the age of 65. She lived with her husband, Michael Dale Blenden, in Del Norte, Colo. Her death was due to unexpected heart failure. Peggy was born in Fulton, Mo., on Dec. 26, 1955, to Barbara Gum Books and Maurice Tate Books.... more

Arthur Palmer Kraft

Arthur Palmer Kraft, 90, of Banning, Calif., died peacefully at home from complication from dementia with family by his side. Born in Pomona, Calif., the son of Frank and Marguerite (née Palmer) Kraft.... more

Doroteo C. Martinez

Longtime Monte Vista resident Doroteo C. Martinez, 74, passed away from dementia on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at the San Luis Valley Health in Alamosa, Colo., with his loving wife by his side. Doroteo was born on Aug. 5, 1947, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Jose Ignacio "Nacho" and Estefanita Lucero Martinez.... more

Stanley Jay Aldridge

Stanley Jay Aldridge, longtime Monte Vista resident, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. He was born on March 19, 1957, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Preston and Irma (Cox) Aldridge.... more

Debbie Garcia

Center resident Debbie Garcia, 62, passed away on Nov. 25, 2021. She was born on Nov. 22, 1959 in Monte Vista, Colo., to Agapito Sierra and Mary (Francis) Montano.... more

Glen A. Hinshaw

Glen Alan Hinshaw passed away November 12, 2021, at his home in Montrose, Colo. He was 80. Born Aug. 11, 1941, to Leslie and Birdean Leggett Hinshaw, he graduated from Denver’s North High School in 1959 and Colorado State University in 1963.... more

Robert Lauren Bryning

Monte Vista native and longtime resident Robert Lauren Bryning, 78, passed away on November 16, 2021. He was born on March 31, 1943 in Del Norte, Colo., to Kyle Bryning and Thelma (Correll) Bryning.... more

 

Phyllis Shown

Phyllis Shown 102, Cañon City, Colo., passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 13, 2021. She was born Aug. 7, 1919, to Christian Carl Staley and Maria Elsworth. She later married Robert Shown.... more

Alva W. Hibbs, P.E.

Alva William Hibbs was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on Aug. 10, 1942. He affirmed until the day he died that he remembered the day, with the bright lights and awkward discomfort. He had a prodigious mind that simply amazed all those with whom he shared his encyclopedic memory, wit, and wisdom.... more

Jane F. David

Long-time resident of Monte Vista, Jane F. David, 97, passed away Nov. 5, 2021, at her home in Monte Vista, following a lengthy illness.... more

Frances (Fran) Elaine Henson

Frances (Fran) Elaine Henson, 73, died Nov. 10, 2021. She was born in Mena, Ark., on July 15, 1948, to Grady and Gladys (Pitchford) Cook. She was the oldest of three children. Fran grew up in Arkansas and Texas, and moved with her family to the Center, Colo., around 1963. She had moved back to Arkansas and lived in Tennessee for a few years, before returning to Colorado... more

Richard Ernest ‘Rick’ Black

Richard Ernest “Rick” Black, born in Del Norte, Colo., on Feb. 9, 1947, passed away on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Loveland, Colo., at the age of 74, due to complications from COVID-19. In recent years, Rick had battled serious medical issues related to his military service in the Vietnam War, but despite this discomfort, Rick met those challenges with his self-deprecating humor, quick wit, and a smile.... more

Madeline LaVene Otts

Madeline LaVene Otts passed away on Oct. 24, 2021. Madeline was born May 7, 1934, in Friars Point, Miss., to Josephine (Sorce) and Dominick LaVene.... more

George Eugene (Gene) Morgan

George Eugene (Gene) Morgan, 96, passed away on Sept. 18, 2021, at HomeLake Veterans Center in Monte Vista, Colo. He was born on Feb. 17, 1925, in Salina, Kan. to George W. and Margaret D. (Braddock) Morgan.... more

Allen J. Hosselkus

Allen J. Hosselkus (AJ) was born Jan. 5, 1929, to the parents of Allen J. Hosselkus and Margaret M. Hosselkus in Creede, Colo. AJ passed away on Oct. 13, 2021, at the Homelake Veterans Center.... more

Greg Allen Peterson

Greg Allen Peterson was born Feb. 3, 1963, and died Oct. 2, 2021, from complications with COVID-19 Pneumonia. Greg was a farmer North of Monte Vista, Colo. He grew up in the Sargent area and graduated in the Sargent High class of 1981.... more

Lorraine Alvina Ross

Lorraine Alvina Ross, after living a full and prosperous life, peacefully passed away at the age of 98 on Oct. 1, 2021. Lorraine (Rieke) was born in Burlington, Iowa, on July 30, 1923, to Anna and Art Rieke, owners of Rieke Hatchery. Her parents taught Lorraine the poultry business and the love of fowl.... more

George Eugene (Gene) Morgan

George Eugene (Gene) Morgan, 96, passed away on Sept. 18, 2021, at Homelake Veterans Center in Monte Vista, Colo. He was born on Feb. 17, 1925, in Salina, Kan., to George W. and Margaret D. (Braddock) Morgan.... more

Lawrence (L.D.) Wallace

Lawrence (L.D.) Wallace, 77 of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away in May 2021 at his home after a lengthy battle with Inclusion Body Myositis.... more

Mary Virginia Sessums

Mary Virginia Sessums, 87 of Thornton, Colo., passed away on Aug. 30, 2021. She was born May 7, 1934, to Robert and Ray Sproul of Eldorado, Texas. ... more

David Samuel Nickerson

David Samuel “Sam” Nickerson, 94, a 30-year resident of South Fork, Colo., passed away Aug. 21, 2021, in Manchaca, Texas.... more

Ken G. ‘Bunky’ Arnett

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ken G. “Bunky” Arnett, 81, died July 17, 2021, at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa.... more

Janet ‘Skippy’ Lee Morrison

Alamosa resident Janet “Skippy” Lee Morrison, 74, died Aug. 8, 2021, of natural causes at the Pikes Peak Hospice at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by her loving family.... more

Jose "Lupe" Guadalupe Luna Sr.

Longtime Monte Vista resident Jose "Lupe" Guadalupe Luna Sr., passed away Aug. 4, 2021. Lupe was born on Nov. 9, 1947, in Center, Colo., to Alfred and Eulalia (Arellano)Luna.... more

Marvin Goad

Life-long San Luis Valley resident, Marvin Goad, went home to be with the Lord, with his loving family by his side, on Aug. 4, 2021. He was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on July 17, 1956, to Donald “Donnie” Goad and Ruth Kell Goad. He was raised in Monte Vista, Colo., and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1974.... more

Gordon Lee Off

Gordon Lee Off passed peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Gordon was born during the Great Depression, which might help explain his frugality, tendency to hold on to things, gather lots of stuff, and frequent thrift stores.... more

Ethel Louise Dixon

Del Norte resident Ethel Louise Dixon, 75, passed away on July 31, 2021. She was born on April 9, 1946, in Alamosa, Colo., to Donald D. and Adelaide (Baldwin) Knapp.... more

Mary Edith (Thorp) Morfitt

Mary was born to Grace Marie (Pease) and Herschel Edward Thorp in Sutherland, Neb.... more

John Richard Ireland 

John Richard Ireland was born on June 25, 1951, in Hereford, Texas, and passed away on July 30, 2021. As a child, he moved to Moriarty, N.M. In Moriarty, he met his wife of 51 years, Judy.... more

Darrel Eugene Asay

Darrel Eugene Asay, 92, passed away in his sleep on July 14, 2021. A life-long resident of the San Luis Valley, Darrel recently relocated to Caddo Mills, Texas to be with family. Darrel was born on April 9, 1929 in Alamosa, Colorado to Otis and Elsie (Miller) Asay.... more

Alexander MacGreggor Colville Jr.

Lifetime Del Norte resident Alexander MacGreggor Colville, Jr., 89, passed away on July 31, 2021. He was born on June 30, 1932, in Del Norte, Colorado to Alexander MacGreggor and Ruth Marie (Samuels) Colville.... more

Jose Vivian Lujan

Jose Vivian Lujan, 73, a 51-year resident of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away July 19, 2021. He was born in 1947 in Lobatos, Colo., to Juan Lujan and Eurcinia Lujan. He married his Antonito, Colo., sweetheart Lena Lujan, 50 years ago in Las Vegas, Nev. ... more

Clayton Wirt ‘Kelly’ Mackey III

Clayton Wirt "Kelly" Mackey III, 73, went to his eternal home on Saturday, July 24, 2021. He was born on July 23, 1948, in Steyr, Austria, to Clayton Wirt Mackey, Jr. and Erika Steffe Mackey.... more

 

Rebekah Maye King Atencio

Our beloved Rebekah was taken from us suddenly and tragically on June 10, 2021 in Del Norte, Colo. Rebekah was born on Oct. 15, 1984, in Durango, Colo., to Kenneth King and Rosalie Hood. Although the family moved many times, from Washington, DC to various Colorado towns, it was the San Luis Valley that Rebekah considered home.... more

JoAnne Lewis

JoAnne Lewis (Maiden Name: Gott) will be remembered as a luminary storyteller of her time, sharing her presence, love, and never-ending series of tales with those who knew her from 1936-2021. JoAnne lived to be 86 years old, and is legend — she will be dearly missed by the tapestry of family and friends she wove together during her lifetime of adventures.... more

Nelson ‘Red’ Wayne Mickelsen

Nelson Wayne Mickelsen entered this earthly life on Oct. 10, 1938, in Alamosa, Colo. He was the first born of Nelson Cornum Mickelsen and Thelma (Jepperson) Mickelsen. After a life full of adventure and hard work, he passed away on July 21, 2021.... more

Gene Smith

Monte Vista resident Maurice E. “Gene” Smith, 88, died Dec. 9, 2020, at the Rio Grande Inn Nursing Home in La Jara.... more

Crystal Rae Sanderson

Crystal was born in Center, Colo., to Charles and Grayce Sheets and she attended school in Saguache. Crystal was a sensitive child and often helped her mother with the daily chores. Growing up in rural Colorado, there were always things to do, and she played with her brothers and sister.... more

Ken G. ‘Bunky’ Arnett

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ken G. “Bunky” Arnett, 81, died July 17, 2021 at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa.... more

Alice Medina

Alice Medina was laid to rest July 9, 2021. She was born in Guadalupita, N.M.,June 26, 1935, to Presciliano and Elisa Bernal.... more

Marvin Gates

Lifelong Del Norte resident Marvin Gates, 66, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2021. Born on March 10, 1955, in Del Norte, Colo., the son of Martin Gates and Lucille Hines Gates.... more

Eutimio “Tim” Atencio

Eutimio “Tim” Atencio, 72, beloved husband, father, and grandpa, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19, 2021, in Richland, Wash., with his loving family by his side.... more

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini, 90, Monte Vista, passed away July 5, 2021 at Conejos County Hospital in La Jara, Colo.... more

Thomas S. Magness

Thomas S. Magness, 89, Monte Vista, Colo., passed away at home June 22, 2021. Tom was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Rapid City, S.D., to Cedric St. Clair and Martha Haaser Magness. His family settled in Monte Vista in the late 30’s.... more

Mary Alire

Mary Alire, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed peacefully with family members at her side on June 21, 2021, in Albuquerque, N.M.... more

Jack Eldon Seneff

Jack Eldon Seneff was born in Monte Vista, to Chester and Lucille (Hicks) Seneff. The second of three children, Jack loved treasure hunting and later became a prospector. Jack maintained his love of treasure hunting as an adult, and searched diligently for Montezuma’s legendary lost treasure, on Wolf Creek Pass.... more

Mary C. Gallegos

Monte Vista resident Mary C. Gallegos, 87, passed away peacefully June 25, 2021, with her loving family by her side. Mary was born on June 2, 1934, in Manassa, Colo., the daughter of Alfredo LeFebre and Ana Padia LeFebre.... more

Thelma (Tudy) Worker

Thelma Diane Borud Worker passed away and joined her beloved, Raymond Worker in Heaven, on June 16, 2021.... more

Charles Franklin Lewis

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Charles Franklin Lewis, "Chuck," 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 26, 2021.... more

Tillie Gonzales Velasquez

Tillie Gonzales Velasquez was born June 15, 1925, in Los Valdeses, Colo. She passed away on May 24, 2021, in Walla Walla, Wash., three weeks shy of her 96th birthday. She was the daughter of Anita E. and Jose Benigno Gonzales of Los Valdeses, Colo.... more

Robert Myers

Life-long Valley resident, Robert William “Bob” Myers, died March 14, 2020. He was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on June 24, 1926, to Willie Jennings Myers and Edith “Betty” Gibson Myers.... more

Ida Pomeroy

Ida Pomeroy, 89, of Aurora, Colo., born Ida Bernard in Saguache, Colo., passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family members. Ida was a proud, supportive and loving mother.... more

Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols

Mr. Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols, of Creede, Colo., passed away suddenly on Jan. 6, 2021, at the age of 91.... more

Clarence Gordon (Butch) Hammel

Clarence Gordon (Butch) Hammel, 78, of Saguache, Colo., passed away on May 23, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family. Butch was born on Dec. 16, 1942, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Clarence B. and Nellie Hammel.... more

Michael Gallegos

Michael Gallegos passed away on Nov. 13, 2020. Michael was born on Aug.1, 1983. He grew up in Martinez, Calif. Michael moved to the San Luis Valley with his family in 1993.... more

Peggy Atha Cummings

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, Peggy Atha Cummings went home to with be her Lord Jesus. She was born on Jan. 1, 1942, to Harold and Wilma Atha in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Eleanor Marie Martinez

Monte Vista resident Eleanor Marie Martinez, 90, passed away peacefully at her home under Hospice Care on June 15, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.... more

Lee Eugene Wilkinson

Lee Eugene Wilkinson, 94, passed on June 4, 2021, in Vernon, Texas.... more

Rose Mary (Lepp) Wolcott

Rose Mary (Lepp) Wolcott was born in Bismarck, N.D., to Arthur and Anna M. Lepp during the Great Depression with an older sister, Ann, ready to welcome her. Their mother died when Rose was 2 years old and their father placed them in a Catholic orphanage with nuns that Rose remembered all her life as loving and kind-hearted.... more

Fay Williams Jr.

Fay “Willy” Williams Jr., of Buena Vista, passed away peacefully on May 17 at Centre Avenue Health and Rehab Facility in Fort Collins.... more

Kevin Andrew Sanderson

On April 9, 2021, Kevin Andrew Sanderson’s spirit left his body following a heart attack. Kevin was born on Aug. 25, 1978, in Alamosa, Colo., to Tom and Margaret Sanderson, while his 2-year-old sister, Ginger, (only sibling) waited excitedly at home with her Grandmother Sanderson.... more

Craig ‘Panda’Leroy Jones

San Luis Valley native and longtime resident Craig “Panda” Leroy Jones, 66, died April 20, 2021, at Penrose-St Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by friends and family.... more

Larry D Shaw 

Larry D Shaw, 82, lived in Monte Vista Colorado. He was born to Alice Brown and Tony Shaw in may of 1938.... more

Connie J. Hill

Long-time Del Norte resident, Connie J. Hill, 83, passed from this earth peacefully, but unexpectantly, of natural causes on April 16, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born in Del Norte on July 1,1937, her daddy’s “little firecracker.”... more

Gerald Karl Haynie

Having lived a full and prosperous life, Gerald Karl Haynie departed this life on April 1, 2021, in Lehi, Utah. Jerry was born on June 15, 1929 in Manassa, Colo., to Harran Hall and Mary Manning Haynie. He was the third of seven children. He had a happy childhood and grew up with a large extended family unit. He remained close with his siblings throughout his life. ... more

Billy J. Marques

Lifetime Center resident Billy “Balls” J. Marques, 64, died April 4, 2021 at the River Valley Inn nursing home in Del Norte.... more

Billie Jean Gaultney Walker

Billie Walker, 96, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021, at Montage Creek Senior Living in Montrose, Colo.... more

John D. Baker

John Baker completed this final chapter of his earthly life early Monday morning, March 22, 2021, of complications of Parkinson’s Disease at Aspyre Rock Creek in Fort Collins where he had been a resident since mid-November. It is a blessing that he no longer is suffering from the symptoms of Parkinsons. We believe he is at peace and has transitioned to a room in God’s heavenly mansion.... more

Marty D. Heimsoth

Longtime San Luis Valley resident Marty D. Heimsoth, 75, died March 24, 2021, at the Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo.... more

Franklin Bruce Bassett

Franklin Bruce Bassett, 85, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on Dec. 17, 1935 in Tampa, Fla., to Franklin Oak Bassett and Alliene Tuggle Bassett.... more

Elsie Maxine Ward

Elsie Maxine (Zanetell) Ward, 90, a long-time Monte Vista resident, passed away peacefully at the River Valley Inn, on Feb. 17, 2021, three weeks after a debilitating stroke. Born to Henry and Elsie Zanetell, in Aguilar, Colo., Maxine was the fourth of five children.... more

 

Robert Forrest Crow

Robert Forrest Crow, Communications Pioneer in San Luis Valley, Colorado was born February 20, 1934 in Del Norte, Colorado and passed away February 28, 2021 at the age of 87 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.... more

Chester Van Kimberling

Chester Van Kimberling, 80, of Monte Vista, Colorado passed away on March 10, 2021 at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte, Colorado. He and his twin brother were born in Kilgore, Texas on April 6, 1940 to Chester and Rosabella Kirch Kimberling.... more

Berdena Elaine Clark

Berdena Elaine Clark was born on October 16, 1928 in Grinnell, Iowa to Edward and Minnie Lincoln.... more

Ryan Mark Stuebs

Beloved Son, Father, Brother, Spouse, Uncle, and friend, Ryan Mark Stuebs, “Nibbs," age 44, died by his own hand tragically, early the morning of March 1, 2021.... more

Larry Kent Benns

LOWRY — A quiet and unassuming man with countless talents and abilities, who only recently moved to South Dakota, left this life March 1 and will be sorely missed and cherished always by his loving wife and four children.... more

Rebecca Kay Aultman

San Luis Valley resident Rebecca Kay Aultman, 66, died March 6, 2021 at the Conejos County Hospital in La Jara.... more

Donna Marie Stoeber

Lifelong San Luis Valley resident Donna Marie Stoeber, 86, died Feb. 15, 2021, at the River Valley Inn Nursing Home in Del Norte.... more

 

Michael J. Fuchs April 5, 1949 – Jan. 30, 2021

Michael Joseph Fuchs, the fourth son of Hugh and Margaret Fuchs, passed away Jan. 30, 2021, at Rio Grande Hospital.... more

 

Dorothy Ann Cochran

Dorothy Ann Cochran, 87, formerly of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away on Feb. 3, 2021, in Colorado Springs of natural causes after a three-year degenerative illness.... more

 

Elizabeth Medina Martines, 80

Elizabeth passed away in her home she loved dearly on November 26, 2020. ... more