Obituaries

Richard Louis Spirek Jr.

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) Spirek

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.

Lynnda Rene Hess Watts

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved family member, Lynnda Rene Hess Watts, who lost her hard-fought battle with cancer on June IS, 2020 and made her journey to be with her family in Heaven, all of whom will be wahing with open arms to greet her.

Serafina Fellin

Serafina Fellin passed away on Sunday June 7, 2020, at the Hope West Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, CO after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Remembering Walt Rule, a society founder

The Ouray County Historical Society received word that Walter Rule, longtime OCHS Board member, died on April 18 of this year. Walt was a remarkable man who loved history and its preservation.

Larry Leeper

Larry Leeper of Ouray, CO passed away June 7, zozo with his wife Alice lying at his side.

Benjamin C. Kuehling

Benjamin “Benjy” C. Kuehling III was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 9,1938, the son of Maebelle and Benjamin C. Kuehling, Jr., and grandson of Washington DC Police Captain Benjamin C. Kuehling. Benjy grew up in various places as his family moved around, from Seattle, Washington to Coos Bay, Oregon to Southgate, California and Denver, Colorado.

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.