Kathleen May "Kay" PECK (Lair), age 97, formerly of Ouray passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV. Kay was born in Durango, Colorado on September 2nd, 1922 and lived there for most of her childhood. Kay graduated from high school in California and became a carhop where she met Harry J. Peck. Kay and Harry were married during WWII. Kay and Harry lived in Ouray for around 70 years. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and was very passionate about the organization and its mission. Kay was survived by one sister, Elaine Kessler, 99; daughter Sharon Weller, son Nick Peck and his wife, Sherry; son Larry and his wife, Sandy; daughter Sandy and her husband, Pete; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Cedar Hills Cemetery in Ouray on Saturday, September 5th at 10 a.m. Afterwards, a gathering wi ll be held at the Peck residence for the celebration of life.
Darrel Rogers Cox passed away on August 3, 2020, with his wife Cindy by his side, just as she had always been. Darrel was an extraordinary man who was appreciated by a broad spectrum of society for his wisdom, generosity, and kindness. He was liked and loved by all who knew him, whether man or beast. Darrel is survived by Cindy, his sister Darlene, and cousins Clifford and Peter.
A “celebration of life” service will be held on Saturday, August 22 at i p.m. at Grace Community Church, 16731 Woodgate Road, in Montrose. Use the South Gymnasium entrance and park in the west side Gymnasium parking lot.Face masks are mandatory and there will be ample space for social distancing.
Nancy L. Price, 89, died on Sunday, July 5 in Grand Junction after a brief illness. Nancy was born in 1931 in Los Angeles, CA to the late Roland and Margaret Riess. Nancy grew up in California and Iowa. She earned her BSN from the University of Southern California and her Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. She married T. Dennis Price in Los Angeles on June 25, 1954. They had four children: Cheryl (Bill Lukens), Steven, Kent (Lynn), and Cynthia Breitkreuz (Dietmar). In addition to her children, she is survived by five grandsons: Matthew Lukens, Graham and David Price, Cody and Dustin Breitkreuz, one step-grandson, Drew Sampson (Jenn) and their children, Harper and Austin.
On the morning of July 5, 2020, our beloved father, brother, husband and caretaker left his earthly home. Daniel was born to Lynn and Michael Hudson in Montrose, Colorado and spent his childhood in Ouray, Colorado where he developed his love for horses, hunting and the outdoors. He spent summers with his cousins and family in Missouri and Arkansas making memories on the family land outside of Mammoth Springs. Dan left Ouray for Arizona in his late teens and spent much of his young adulthood in west, including Arizona and California.
Richard Louis Spirek Jr. (Dick) was born on July 10, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to Richard Louis Spirek Sr. and Ruth E (nee Schirmer) Spirek. He passed away peacefully on Monday, june 15, 2020. Dick is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ellen (M-E) (nee Rataj ik) Spirek; his daughters Lisa (Sean) McCaleb and Lori (Kevin) Bayerle; and his grandchildren Myles McCaleb and Sara and Ryan Bayerle. He was preceded in death by his parents. Dick and M-E married in Chicago and raised their family in Arlington Heights, IL. They owned and operated a Bicycle Shop in Arlington Heights called Bikes Plus. Dick and M-E traveled by bicycle in many countries around the world. They had a strong passion for adventure all their life. Dick loved to fish and golf. When they retired, they moved to Ridgway, Colorado. They had 26 wonderful years in Ridgway. They loved having their family come visit especially their three grandchildren. Dick was a member of the Ouray Elks Club and was very active in their town and community. Dick was always a cowboy at heart. He was a member of the Legends of the West, Wild West Show. He and M-E founded the Second Chance second-hand store, part of the Second Chance Humane Society in Ridgway. Dick and M-E organized the annual Elks Club toy drive for the less fortunate and Dick was Santa, delivering gifts door to door all over Ouray County. They had a passion for volunteering for the annual Woman's Club's rummage sale and Ridgway Ski Swap. Their life in Colorado to them was paradise.
Mary Ellen (M-E) (nee Ratajik) Spirek was born on February 19, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Walter A Ratajik and EleanorE (nee Kestler) Ratajik. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 21, six days after her beloved husband Dick. M-E is survived by her daughters Lisa (Sean) McCaleb and Lori (Kevin) Bayerle; and her loving grandchildren Myles McCaleb and Sara and Ryan Bayerle. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Louis Spirek Jr. (Dick) and her parents. M-E and Dick married in Chicago and raised their family in Arlington Heights, IL. They owned and operated a Bicycle Shop in Arlington Heights called Bikes Plus. M-E and Dick traveled by bicycle in many countries around the world. They had a strong passion for adventure all their life. When they retired, they moved to Ridgway Colorado. They had 26 wonderful years in Ridgway. They loved havi ng their fan1ily come visit, especially their three grandchil dren. M-E was a member of the Woman's Club of Ouray County and was very active volunteering in her town and community. M-E worked for Dennis Weaver in Ridgway. M-E and Dick founded the Second Chance second-hand store, part of the Second Chance Humane Society in Ridgway. M-E and Dick organized the annual Elk's Club toy drive for the less fortunate. They had a passion for volunteering for the annual Women's Club's rummage sale and Ridgway Ski Swap. Their life in Colorado to them was paradise. A celebration of life will be held for M-E and her husband Dick on July t8th in Ouray, Colorado.