Obituaries

Walter Wright Rule Jr.

Walt (Walter) Wright Rule, Jr. gave up his five year struggle with declining health early morning, April 18th at his home in Montrose, with wife Nancy and son Walter III by his side. Walt was born May 30, 1931 in Plainfield, New Jersey to Walter W. Rule and Maud Renshaw and grew up in New Jersey, and Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Upper Darby (PA) High School and St. James Episcopal School, Hagerstown, Maryland, graduating in 1950. He received his commission in the U.S. Army as 2nd Lieutenant. Upon graduation from the University of Maine in june of 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. After their wedding in Maryland in Apri l955, he and Nancy traveled to Columbus, Georgia where Walt completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia in September. He was posted to South Korea, where he served at first in the north on the DMZ with the 24th Infantry Otvtston. After six months he was promoted to First Lieutenant and became a company commander at Inchon Harbor.

John (Jack) B. Backlund

John (Jack) B. Backlund, World War II veteran, died Thursday at u:3o a.m. March 12, 2020. He was born to parents Arvid and Mary Backlund in Bismardc N.D. There were six children in the family. Two surviving sisters are Suellen Hubbard of Montrose and Rita Hardesty, recently of Denver, Colorado.

Rodney Lee Cobb JD

Rodney Lee Cobb JD, age 74 of Ridgway, CO formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away on Wednesday February 26, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years, Susan (nee, Taggart) Cobb; brothers in law, Thomas (Rosemary) Taggart and Gary (Marla) Taggart; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and precious pets, Bogart, Chloe and service dog, Clair. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jonathan and Melba E. Cobb and mother in law, Virginia Taggart.

Melissa Head

Melissa Head was born Melissa Potter on December 26th, 1952, at Bates Hospital in Ouray, Colorado, to Willma and John Henry Potter of Potter’s Hereford Ranch. Melissa attended Ouray High School until she graduated in 1970, upon her graduation she married Walter Head and they purchased a mobile home and moved onto her parents’ ranch. She had three children who all graduated from Ridgway High School. Melissa worked numerous jobs in Ouray, as well as working and retiring from Ouray Citizens State Bank. Melissa was also heavily involved in 4H. As a 4H leader she loved working with children, showing them how to groom and present their animals for the Labor Day 4H show and being a mentor to children of Ouray County.

Kenneth "Ken" Lee Charles

Kenneth Lee Charles, 70, passed away after a 22-month long battle with Melanoma on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the HopeWest Care Center surrounded by family. Ken was born in Montrose, Colorado on October 28, 1949 to John and Nora Charles. He grew up in Ouray, the youngest of five children. He had two sisters, Ruby “Sis” and Jean “Jeannie”, as well as two brothers, William “Bill” and John “Jay”.

Robert Dale Baca

Robert Baca left his family and friends long before he wanted. He still had places to go and lots to do, but weakened health closed this life chapter early on

Larry Lee Soderquist

Larry Lee Soderquist was born in Ouray, CO, to Andrew “Andy” and Marjorie “Marge” (Baumgardner) Soderquist. At the age of 72, Larry passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand

Tom Henry Hash

Tom Henry Hash, former resident of Ouray, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on August 18, 2019 in the home of his daughter in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.