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Anderson, Ernie  
Ernest "Ernie" W. Anderson September 15, 1921 - January 5, 2015 Ernest "Ernie" W. Anderson passed away peacefully on January 5, 2015, at his home in Grand Junction, Colorado surrounded by his loving family. Ernie was born on September 15, 1921, to John W. and Gwendolyn Anderson in Golden, Colorado. He was the fourth of ten children and attended schools in Golden. Ernie answered the call of his country and served during WWII in General Patton's Third Army. Ernie was in four major campaigns in Europe during WWII, including D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, and received the Bronze Star in France in 1944. He met Elaine Churches (daughter of Ralph J. and Vivian Churches) on the day he returned home from WWII. They were married in Denver in 1946. Ernie and Elaine started their life together in Golden where Ernie worked in construction for Coors Brewing Company and Elaine worked in the Coors Porcelain Plant. Ernie and Elaine moved to Steamboat Springs in 1959, as the new owners of the Ski-Vu Motel. In 1962, they purchased Steamboat Floral and Greenhouse. At that time, Ernie also started his general contracting business building custom homes, cabins and cabinetry, as well as remodeling. Ernie later hired Donnie Sandelin and they worked together for 20 years. After retiring from his business, Ernie became a familiar face as a shuttle bus driver for Steamboat Ski Corporation where he worked for 12 years. Ernie and Elaine permanently retired to Grand Junction in 1992. Ernie was a true Colorado native loving the outdoors, hunting, fishing and all that the Colorado mountains have to offer. Ernie and Elaine loved sports and were avid fans and supporters of the local junior high and high school athletic events. Ernie is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elaine; daughters, Pam (Joel) McKeehen of Loma, and Janet (Scott) Hartwigsen of Fort Collins; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. Ernie was a mentor to many, and will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, strength of character, love of life, firm hand shake, winning smile, infectious laugh and warm heart. At Ernie's request, there will be no services. A private remembrance will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 25, 2015
Andrews, Donald  
Donald Keith Andrews May 19, 1924 - January 13, 2015 Donald Keith Andrews of Nucla, Colorado died January 13, 2015, at home. He was born May 19, 1924, to Keith McGregor Andrews and Grace Nelson in Gunnison, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sydney, and a sister, Wilda Cloyd. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Irene Hoyt, October 22, 1948. They had three children, Donald M. Andrews of Nucla; David (Terri) Andrews of Norwood, and Bonnie (John) Young of Brigham City, Utah; ten grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Don was raised up Ohio Creek and on the Powderhorn where he loved to hunt and fish. He graduated from Gunnison High School in1942. He served in WWII, enlisting in the Army Air Corp in 1942. He entered pilots school in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and he was commissioned a Lt. at 19 years of age. He was a pilot in the South Pacific Theatre in the the 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group. After WWII he went to work as a pilot for Rigg Aviation in Grand Junction, Colorado. He began mining with his father on the Colorado Plateau in 1949, and later with his sons until 1984. He loved airplanes and to fly. He taught many people how to fly including his children. He flew emergency medical flights as well as commercially in the area. He continued to fly for enjoyment in later years. He retired in 1984, living in Nucla until his death. Don loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and spent many hours with them. He was a great patriot and loved his country, the Nucla area and its people. He never liked to attend funerals and at his request there will not be one. Graveside services will be held Monday, January 19, 2015, at 1:00p.m. at the Gunnison Cemetery, Gunnison, Colorado. If you wish to make a memorial donation please give to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Colorado.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 18, 2015
Basford, Kenneth  
Kenneth R. Basford April 25, 1948 - January 11, 2015 Kenneth R. Basford passed away January 11, 2015. He was born April 25, 1948 in Gunnison, CO to Carol and Henry Basford. He grew up in Sargents, Colorado, and attended Gunnison High School and Denver Mechanics School. Kenneth served in the Army from 1967 to 1969 serving in Vietnam. He retired from the retail business as an Assistant Manager. Kenneth loved camping, four-wheeling, and teasing people. He also loved to "McGyver" things, and always had a joke and a smile. He is survived by his lifetime partner, Janesse Inda of Grand Junction; sons, Christopher (Liz) Basford of Las Vegas, Nevada and Keith (Chelcy) Basford of Fruita; step-children, Sabrena (William Troutwine) Inda of Grand Junction and Marty (Shelly) Inda of Alaska; nine grandchildren; and sister, Judy Sandifer. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Carol Basford, and his sister, Terry Obrosler. Services will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Memorial Contributions may be made to HopeWest, 3090B North 12 Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 18, 2015
Bennetts, Dixie  
Dixie Lee (Corbin) Bennetts May 19, 1929 - January 18, 2015 It is with sad, but grateful hearts that we celebrate the life of our sister, aunt, mother, grandma, and friend, Dixie Lee Bennetts. Dixie passed away with her sons nearby, on a glorious Sunday morning. She was born Dixie Lee Corbin to Torrence W. and Madalyn B. Corbin on May 19th, 1929, in her grandmother and grandfather's home near Shaffer's Crossing, in Pine, Colorado. She was very much a part of a Colorado pioneer family, and was always proud of her roots. Any given day, she could recount story after story about life as a homesteading/ranching family, which dated back to the 1850's homestead. With two brothers and three sisters, life was busy and everyone had a job. From a very young age, Dixie was able to handle adversity and challenges that life gave the family. Whether it be their family cabin burning down, or dealing with injuries and deaths, she developed a strength and faith inside that is unique. Dixie attended Pleasant Park School through eighth grade, in a one room schoolhouse that usually had eight to 12 students. When she entered the ninth grade, her parents decided to send her to live with her grandma and great-grandma, near Arvada, so she could attend high school. The early high school years were filled with fond memories, but half-way through her sophomore year, her life changed again. Her great-grandmother passed away and now Dixie and her mother, Madge, moved to Golden. It was war time, and Madge started working at Coors, while Torrence stayed to ranch and let the rest of the kids finish out the school year. Soon, they were all back together, in Golden, where Dixie finished high school. She held several different offices in the clubs in which she belonged. In 1945, Dixie was chosen 'Miss Golden Days', and was a cheerleader from 1946-1947. She worked at the First National Bank in Golden, when she met her husband of 50 years, William "Bill" C. Bennetts. In 1947, Bill had the opportunity to move to Fruita to open Fruita Super Service, a garage and filling station, which also included a used car lot. Fruita Super Service still operates today, 68 years later,and is owned by her two sons, Rocky Bennetts and Chris Bennetts. From the day Dixie and Bill moved to Fruita, she was an active member of the community. She worked at the Fruita State Bank for over 18 years. She was a member of the Friendly Circle Club. She had ties to the Fruita Methodist Church, Grace Community Church, and finally, Monument View Church. Dixie and Bill had four sons, Rocky, Douglas, James, and Chris. She also raised a nephew, Rick, and two nieces, Deana, and Phyllis, which she considered her own children. Life was busy for the Bennetts' family on North Mesa Street. As the kids grew up, Dixie and Bill took a liking to traveling and reached places like, Guam, Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and all over the continental United States. They were busy grandparents up until Bill's passing in 1998. After, Dixie continued to be active in the community, especially at the Fruita Thrift Store, where she served from 1952 to 2014. For the past 20 years, Dixie had been snowbirding in sunny Earp, California, and made many, many friends there. She loved her card games and her bingo, and was especially fond of crafting and collecting. Of all her accomplishments, her "little kids" were the apple of her eye. She loved all her grandchildren so much, and this love carried on to the great-grandkids. She was blessed to live so close to much of her family, and was able to see them every day. Dixie is preceded in death by her parents, Torrence and Madalyn Corbin; brothers, Henry and Dean Corbin; sister, Luann Moreland; husband, Bill Bennetts; nephew, Rick Corbin, and son, Doug Bennetts. She is survived by sons, Rocky Bennetts, Jim Bennetts, and Chris (Connie) Bennetts; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Bennetts; nieces, Phyllis (Rick) Davis, and Deanna (Rick) Pratt. She is also survived by sisters, Arlene Munyon and Virginia (Lee) Durbin; many other nieces and nephews, as well as 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. We will miss our grandma, but know and feel joyous for her to be with her Lord Savior. Funeral services will be Friday, January 23rd, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Monument View Church in Fruita. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Grand Valley, for whom we are grateful for their outreach and support. Matthew 6:9-13, Our Father which art in heaven…
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 23, 2015
Bieber, Marguerite  
Marguerite M. Bieber October 7, 1920 - January 15, 2015 Marguerite passed away peacefully on January 15, 2015, with her family by her side at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, CO. Born to Axel and Mabel Mortensen in Brayton, Iowa, she spent her early years on her grandfather's nearby farm. The family then moved to Chicago and later settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1930. Marguerite graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1938, and in 1942, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wyoming where she served as President of the Association of University Women. Upon graduation, she accepted a teaching position in Evanston, Wyoming. In 1944 she enlisted in the Women's Army Corp, serving at the Pentagon in intelligence, assisting in the analysis of Japanese communications in the Pacific. She often said that her wartime service in Washington, D.C. was the highlight of her life. She married Edwin D. Bieber in 1945 with whom she raised four children. His work as a mining engineer took them to Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. A teacher and principal, Marguerite concluded her career in Clifton, Arizona, as principal of Laugharn Elementary School. Upon her retirement in 1985, Marguerite returned to what she felt was her true home, Grand Junction, Colorado, where she was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church, her beloved Reviewers Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, and PEO. An avid traveler in retirement, Marguerite traveled to all the continents. She particularly enjoyed her National Geographic voyage up the coast of South America, her adventures in Russia and her final trip, taken with her sister, Mary, to India at the age of 86. Marguerite always believed books were furniture for the mind. From discovering the first pages of the Little Red Hen to the beloved sisters in Little Women and the biographies of many inspirational lives, her reading life reflected that of an 18th century bluestocking - well-versed in the voices and hearts of humankind. Marguerite is survived by her sister, Mary Burman, of Laramie, Wyoming and her brother, Joe (Kathy) of Midland, Michigan; three children, Dutch (Diane) Bieber of Helena, Montana; Mary B. (Peter) Kurtz of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Meg (Dion) Spencer of Greeley, Colorado; Karen Bieber of Dallas, Texas; Michael's surviving widow; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles and Jim; her husband, Edwin Bieber; son, Michael R. Bieber, and granddaughter, Annie Bieber. A memorial service will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colorado, Saturday January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to be held Friday May 22, 2015, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Mesa County Public Library Foundation in memory of Marguerite Bieber or to the First Presbyterian Church Bell Choir in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. To extend condolences to the family go to adamsonchapels.com .
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 25, 2015
Blanchard, Virginia  
Virginia Blanchard July 25, 1923 - January 1, 2015 Virginia "Ginny" Blanchard, 91, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away January 1, 2015. Virginia was living in Palisade, Colorado, with her son, Don, and under the loving care of her daughter-in-law, Dorothy. Virginia was born July 25, 1923, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Gladys (Barr) Cotter. She was raised in Prescott, Iowa, by her mother and her grandparents, Genevieve and Lee Barr, and graduated from Prescott High School as Valedictorian. Virginia attended Simpson College until the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she felt compelled to join the Third Regiment of the US Naval Waves. She met her husband of 63 years, Warren, while they both were in the Navy. They were married in the chapel at Tufts University on April 7, 1947. Virginia was employed at Collins Credit Union when she retired in 1995. The loves in Virginia's life were church, family, and the Iowa Hawkeyes. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Cedar Rapids until her move to Colorado, where she was a member of the Palisade Church of the Nazarene. Her greatest joy was her time with her friends and family. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew her and loved her. Virginia is survived by her three children, Don (Dorothy) Blanchard of Palisade, Colorado; Dean (Sandy) Blanchard of Cedar Rapids, and Jan Blanchard of Albuquerque, New Mexico; five grandchildren, Nathan Blanchard, Aaron (Jessica) Blanchard, Mark Blanchard, Alex Blanchard, Jacob Blanchard; and great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Matthew and Olivia Blanchard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Blanchard, and her brother, John Cotter. Virginia's funeral was held on January 17th at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A Memorial Service will be held January 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the Palisade Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Don Blanchard officiating.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 22, 2015
Burnett, Fannie  
Fannie V. Burnett March 2, 1923 - January 18, 2015 Grand Junction resident Fannie Viola Burnett, 91, died Sunday, January 18, 2015, after an extended illness. She was of the "Greatest Generation," with vivid memories of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, she and her twin sister, Jennie, now of Albuquerque, were born March 2, 1923, in Elkhart, Kansas. Fan married her tall, handsome sweetheart, Marian "Bud" Burnett, on February 5, 1941, and kept the "home fires burning" while he fought in Europe. They then lived in Lamar, Colorado where daughter, Mary, was born in 1947, and son, Mel, now of Los Alamos, New Mexico, was born in 1949. The family moved to Dolores in 1954, then to Durango, where Bud became a postman. Fan worked as a cook and, later, as cafeteria manager for the schools. The couple loved outdoor activities and being with family and friends. They retired in the early 1980s, and moved to Clifton in 1987 to be near Mary and her husband, Norm Kinney. Fan is survived by three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Granddaughter, Cheryl, died in 2005. Bud died in 2003, shortly after their 62nd anniversary. A memorial service will be held later. Contributions may be made to HopeWest Hospice or any charity.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 25, 2015
Case, Larry  
William Larry Case November 22, 1941 - January 15, 2015 William Larry Case, age 73, passed away, due to complications from surgery, on January 15, 2015. He was born November 12, 1941, at home in Leadville, CO, to William A. Case and Alma E. (Carter) Case. He began his schooling in Leadville CO, and attended through the third grade. His family then moved to Grand Junction, CO where he finished out grade school at Appleton, and graduated from Fruita High School in 1959. At age 17, he dedicated two years to the Navy, and was honorably discharged in 1965. He went to Mesa College in Grand Junction, and received an Associate in Science Degree. While attending Mesa College, he met Mary Ruth Smith; they were married on June 18, 1976. Larry worked as a registered nurse for 16 years, after which he formed his own business as a landscaper. He is survived by his three sons, Calvin, Stevan, and Lawrence, their wives, and 11 grandchildren; as well as two sisters, Ruth Acord, and Karen Smith, and brother-in-law, Ronald Smith. The funeral will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 511 Oak Ave., Panioa, CO. The burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2830 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction CO. Memorial contributions can be made in Larry's name to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Missionary Fund.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 21, 2015
Charlesworth, Edna  
Edna Holsan Charlesworth October 20, 1918 - January 13, 2015 Edna Mead Holsan Charlesworth peacefully passed away Tuesday afternoon, January 13th, in her native town of Grand Junction, Colorado. Born in 1918, to Edith and Albert Mead. She graduated from Fruitvale High School and went on to attend Ross Business School. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Holsan, and they had four children, Richard, Gary, Myrna and Kent. After Robert's early passing in 1961, she raised their children on her own until her marriage to Lloyd Charlesworth (deceased). Always active within her community and her political party she served as a board member of Clifton Sanitation District #2, was a devoted member of the Clifton Christian Church, a participant in the Clifton Garden Club, and longtime employee for the Clifton Water District to name a few. She loved the outdoors and her beautiful yard, time with loved ones and volunteering. Later in life she began painting and spent countless hours recreating the beauty she saw in the world that she was so active in. Forever loved by all that knew her, including her seven grandkids, seven great-grandkids and many other extended family members. Edna will be laid to rest at Memorial Gardens following a service at Martin Mortuary on January 23rd at 10:00 a.m.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 21, 2015
DuBois, William  
William DuBois Family The DuBois Family would like to thank the people of Grand Junction and the greater Western Slope for the outpouring of love, support, and patriotism during the most difficult time we have ever encountered. There truly are not words to describe the loss of our son Will. We are so very grateful for the support shown to Captain William H. "Pyro" DuBois Jr. upon his arrival back in Colorado and then on the trip from Grand Junction to Rifle for his Memorial. The five mile display of patriotism with citizens waving American Flags and signs for this fallen warrior is truly humbling, and heartwarming, and will be cherished always. The parties participating in this huge undertaking deserve to be recognized and to be sincerely thanked. We would especially like to thank, all the people that showed up along the procession route as well as: The Walker Field Personnel Colorado Patriot Guard Riders American Legion-Legion Riders American Red Cross Grand Junction Police Department Mesa County Sheriff's Department Colorado State Patrol Federal Protection Agency Air Force Honor Guard-Peterson AFB Capt. Max "EFES" Cover USAF Capt. Dan Culp USAF Grand Valley Funeral Homes Grand Junction Fire Department Central Orchard Mesa Fire Department Plateau Valley Fire Department Clifton Fire Department Fruita Fire Department Palisade Fire Department DeBeque Fire Department Colorado River Fire & Rescue Department Glenwood Springs Fire Department Carbondale & Basalt Rural Fire Departments Aspen Fire Department If we missed anyone we are truly sorry. We humbly apologize and say Thank You! This was a large undertaking by so many supportive people and we appreciate each and every one of you.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 25, 2015
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