Obituaries

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.

Vernon Pleasant Jr.

Vernon Sessions Pleasant, Jr., age 66, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Merit Health River Oaks in Flowood, MS. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

James “Jim” Dee Noble

James “Jim” Dee Noble, 8o, of Evergreen, passed away October 24, 2020. Jim was born to Edith (Hanlon) and Howard Noble in Montrose, CO. Jim grew up shepherding and ranching on the western slope. He moved the family’s livestock, summering in Ridgway and wintering in Mack. In 1960, he married Patsy Bartlett in Ouray, CO. Their daughter Christine was born that same year. A son, Jimmy, was born a year later, followed by son, John. Jim obtained an associates degree at Colorado CSU and soon after joined the Colorado State Patrol, moving the family to Aurora, CO. Jim later took a position with Gayno, Inc. in Evergreen as they developed the Soda Creek neighborhood. In 1987, he established Jim Noble, Inc., an excavation company that did it all. While his grandchildren no longer work full-time for the company, they are proud to visit and reminisce the many various sites and jobs they worked on with their Grandpa—the plowing, nearly rolling or spinning-out equipment or being chewed-out by him. Outside of work, Jim enjoyed country dancing with his wife, hunting, golfing and skiing. Jim was also a volunteer ski instructor for the blind at Winter Park and a lifetime member of the Ouray Elks’ Lodge.

Ferris Elwood “Rocky” River

Ouray native son and diehard baseball fan Ferris Elwood “Rocky” River rounded the bases and closed out the final inning of his life in Ventura County Calif. on Oct. 27, 2020 - the very day his beloved Dodgers went on to win the World Series.

Kathleen May Peck

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

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.

Vincent Lawrence Kontny

Vince Kontny passed away peacefully in his sleep August 9, 2020, at his home on the Centennial Ranch in Ouray County, Colorado, at age 83. Vince, or Larry as he was known until he joined the U.S.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

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

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.

Daniel Shane Hudson

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.