Most people who come to Ridgway are going somewhere else. It’s a two-valley town, an upstream town—usually, a visitor approaches on Highway 550, climbing the steady rise of the Uncompahgre Valley. On a sunny day, there’s the occasional flash of reflected light from the rapids on the river beside the road. And then, at the only stoplight in the county, the visitor is confronted with some choices. Shell or Conoco. Red Mountain Pass or Dallas Divide. Ouray or Telluride. What’s it going to be?
Jeannette Callender Hepp passed away on December 7, 2020 after a life exceptionally well-lived for 94 years. She was born and grew up in Oak Park, Illinois with an outgoing spirit and intrepid sense of adventure. During WWII she played women’s pro baseball in Chicago where she met her future husband Don, a sailor on a blind date. After the war they married and moved to Oregon - building their first house together with materials salvaged from a flood. His electrical engineering and Navy career brought Jeannette and children Donna and Michael, to New Jersey, Hawaii and back to the Pacific Northwest. Retirement on the Oregon coast included building another house themselves with family help and combining a zest for travel with Lions Club projects. Over the next 12 years they explored the world touring New Zealand, Australia, Africa, Mexico, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Japan, China and Russia.
Louis Von Schlosser passed away on November 29th, 2020 while surrounded by his loved ones after a fiercely fought battle with cancer On February16, 1936, Louis was born to Clarence and Florence (England) Schlosser in Mason City, Iowa. He grew up on his family’s farm helping to raise hogs and corn along with his sister and brother while going to school.