Obituaries

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16
Apr
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Arthur L. Jones, May 4, 1942 – April 11, 2015

Arthur L. Jones (Art) passed away early the morning of April 11, 2015 in his home west of Norwood, Colorado with his wife Beverly Walker, and daughters Lancy Falk and Callie Jones by his side following a brief battle with cancer.

Wed
11
Mar
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Alene Serafina River

Alene Serafina River, 92, a recent resident to Rock Island and longtime Ouray, Colorado resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, February 26, 2015, at her daughter Roxanna’s home in Rock Island, Washington.
    She was born on July 23, 1922 in Ouray, Colorado to the late Oliver and Alice (Deru) Fellin.  Alene received her elementary and high school education, graduating Valedictorian of her class, and continued her education at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Elwood Robert River at Gunnison, Colorado.  They moved to make their first home in Victor, Colorado for one year prior to returning to Ouray.

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11
Mar
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Lou Bastian

Lou Bastian, 95, passed away on February 26.  He was a long-time Gunnison resident who had lived in an assisted living facility in Arvada, CO, for the last three years.
Lou graduated from Ouray High School, Class of ’36.  During his years in Ouray he was a miner. He attended Western State College in Gunnison.  Lou enlisted in the United States Army as a Bomb Disposal Technician, earning the rank of Technical Sergeant, serving in World War II where he was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and Victory Ribbon.  Lou retired from the IRS in 1973 and built a home in Gunnison.  Lou was an active Life member of the BPOE Elks Lodge in Gunnison for over 40 years and held numerous offices.  He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

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10
Jan
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Benton Cody Willis

Benton Cody Willis of Ouray, Colorado was born on May 16, 1984 in Jackson, Mississippi to Bob and Belinda Willis.  A rambunctious, energetic child, he grew into a skilled adventurous man who loved the outdoors.

Cody was still a boy when he began to call Ouray home. He immediately adapted to the mountain lifestyle taking to skiing, snowboarding, climbing, and skateboarding.  He may have lost some of his Southern accent, but he always carried the gentlemanly demeanor of a bygone era exhibiting loyalty, honesty, and generosity.

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19
Dec
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Patricia (Patti) Lynn Ritter

Patricia (Patti) Lynn Ritter, age 58, of Ridgway, Colorado went to be with her Lord and  Savior on Monday, December 15, 2014 at University Hospital in Aurora, Colorado.
Patti was born October 7, 1956 to Kenneth and Mildred (Rakich) Anderson in Tucson, Arizona.  She spent her childhood in Tucson and graduated from Round Valley High School in Springerville, Arizona.  Patti married Kevin Lynn Ritter, on May 16, 1975 on her father’s ranch at 5:00 am in the morning.  They remained in Tucson, until 2007 when Kevin and Patti moved to Ridgway, Colorado and made their home until her time of death.  Patti’s faith in God and the love she had for her family was so great.  Her husband, children and grandchildren were the light of her life. Patti touched so many hearts throughout the years and   will be missed by her family and friends. The mountains that surrounded her at home and the river behind her house were a daily love to see.

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01
Oct
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Ronald R. Coles

Ronald R. Coles
June 24, 1934 ~ August 4, 2014

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01
Oct
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Donna Jean George

Donna Jean George
October 10, 1945 ~ August 28, 2014

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01
Oct
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Ryan Lee Kraft

Ryan Lee Kraft
May 6, 1993 ~ September 15, 2014
 
Ryan Lee Kraft, age 21, of Ridgway died September 15, 2014.  Ryan was born May 6, 1993 to Christopher R. and Laureen (Quigley) Kraft.  As a young child his family moved to Ridgway from Texas and Ryan graduated from Ridgway High School in 2011.  He went on to college at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Ryan loved the outdoors and his family.  Hobbies were his love of cars and fitness, and his two favorite buddy’s were his dogs.
Surviving family members include his parents, Chris and Laureen Kraft; brother, Christopher James Kraft, all of Ridgway.
A Memorial Service in celebration of Ryan’s life was held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Ridgway High School.  The Service concluded at the school.  Arrangements are under the care of Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, Montrose, Co.

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06
Aug
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Caja Lynette Ashcroft-Redmond

    Caja Lynette Ashcroft-Redmond, 23, of Montrose and Ridgway, left us on Thursday July 31 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic car accident.
    A true daughter of the Southwest, Caja was born in Gallup, New Mexico on the 24th of March 1991 to Annette Ashcroft and C.J. Smolen. Caja was cherished by her four older sisters: Heather, Sandi, Michelle and Shana who watched over her while their mother completed her studies in nursing school. They were soon joined by brother Ty, completing their family.
    Living in various places in the Southwest, in 2000 the family settled in Montrose where Caja grew into the beautiful woman cherished by family and friends.

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27
Jun
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Jim Points

JIM POINTS

1937 – 2014

 

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day,

so I never have to live without you.

Winnie the Pooh

 

Jim Points, 76, of Battlement Mesa, Colorado left us unexpectedly on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

James Phillip Points, or as some would call him, Jim, Jimmy or J.P., was born in  Rushville, Nebraska on  December 26, 1937 to the late Wilson Points and Zella Kearney Points.  He was also predeceased by his very special sister, Betty Points.  He graduated from Ouray High School in 1955.

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