Obituaries

Vernon Glenn Hughes

Vernon Glenn Hughes, age 87, son of Allen Glenwood Hughes and Cleo Nadine Hulsey, stepson of Leroy Phares, was born June 25, 1933 in Elvins, MO. He passed away February 18, 2021, at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO

Bruce Bergman

Bruce Bergman, age 84, passed away in peace surrounded by his loved ones Friday, February 12, 2021. He was originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but had been a resident of Ridgway, Colorado, for the past 24 years.

Daniel Wolf

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?

Alfred John Rossi

Al Rossi was one of a kind. Born at home in Ouray, Colorado, on the morning of June 30, 1936, he was the beloved only son of Levy Lucy Zanella Rossi and John Simon Rossi.

Peter Randolph Decker

Peter Randolph Decker, 86, educator, soldier, rancher, public servant, scholar, author, and patriarch, died on the morning of December 12, 2020, with his beloved wife Deedee at his a life well and lived.

Jeannette Callender Hepp

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.

Elaine Kessler

Lydia “Elaine” Lair Kessler died peacefully in her sleep Dec. 14, 2020 after celebrating ioo years of life.

Louis Von Schlosser

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.

Joan Ruth Johnson

Joan Ruth Johnson, 78, of Montrose, Colorado passed away on November 8, 2020 in her home with her family by her side. Joan was born in Montrose, Colorado on September 16, 1942 to Howard & Edith (Hanlon) Noble.