Obituaries

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02
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Richard Schwartz

Richard Schwartz

February 1948 ~ June 5, 2015

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02
Jul
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William W. Slemmer

William W. Slemmer

d. June 23, 2015

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02
Jul
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Gloria Parry

Gloria Parry

July 10, 1922 ~ September 21, 2012

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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.

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11
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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
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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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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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