Obituaries

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.

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.