Eugene Capps Vories

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  • "You will be greatly missed! !"
    - PPRR
  • "Since Gene's arrival at the Lasater Ranch more than 60..."
    - Dale Lasater
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    - Susan and Roger Langenheim
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    - John Quintana
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Eugene Capps Vories January 19, 1923 – February 1, 2013 Eugene Capps Vories passed away on Friday, February 1, 2013, at age 90. He was born January 19, 1923, in Walsenburg, Colorado, the son of Eugene Stark Vories and Ruby Leon Capps Vories. Gene's grandparents homesteaded in Colorado before it became a state. Gene grew up riding horses and helping out his uncles on the family cattle ranch near Pryor, Colorado and loved working with the cowboys he met there. His dream was to have a ranch of his own someday. During high school his family moved to Grand Junction and he worked as a janitor and lived in the basement of First Baptist Church. At this church he met and later married his bride, Eunice Marks on September 20, 1942. He was drafted into the Army in 1943, and served as a combat veteran of World War II in the European theatre. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1946. After the war he worked as a ranch manager at the Columbia Ranch in Ft. Garland and later at the Lasater Ranch in Limon, Colorado. He moved to Colorado Springs and eventually started his own business, Vories Control Co., making contacts in the plumbing and heating business. Later he became the branch manager of the Pueblo branch of Southwestern Supply Co. and then was transferred to run the Grand Junction branch. Later he put together investors to buy out the Grand Junction branch and started Top Line Supply Company which he ran for 25 years. His dream was realized when he bought a ranch on Glade Park in 1970 where he rode horses and ran Beefmaster cattle for 18 years. He then retired and moved to La Veta, Colorado where he could be close to the old family ranch he so loved. He was known for his western fiction novels and has published 17. He was a past District Governor of Rotary International and received the Paul Harris Fellow award in 1980. He was a saddle maker and made saddles, bridles, belts, chaps, wallets, and other items for many family members. He was a member of the Pikes Peak Range Riders and made several horseback trips with them, some in his 80's. He is preceded in death by his wife in 1996 and his oldest daughter, Rebecca Ann Vories, in 1997. He is survived by his sister, Lula Amelia Vories Benson of Canon City, CO, and his four living children, Kimery (Dawn) Vories of Wentzville, MO; Nancy (Bob) Uhl of Grand Junction, CO; Carol (Waylon) Ferguson of Albuquerque, NM, and Dan (Nancy) Vories of Carbondale, CO; as well as ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His funeral will be held on Monday, February 11th at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Grand Junction, 7th and Grand. Burial will follow at Orchard Mesa Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Upon the Rock (Christian Camp), PO Box 1007, La Veta, CO 81055 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 N 12th, Unit B, Grand Junction, CO, 81506.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 6, 2013
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