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December 17, 2012
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Western Slope Obituaries 12-17-12


Irene Viola Rees

Irene Viola Granat Rees, 93, passed away December 2, 2012, after a lengthy history of Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Eagle Bend, Minn., February 15, 1919. At the age of two, the family moved to Colorado settling in Palisade. Her parents, Nels and Lera Granat, raised a family of five children there.

Later, after graduating from Palisade High School, she married John May. They had a son, Fred. They later divorced. On October 24, 1942, she and Howard F. Rees were married. With this union, a set of twin boys was born, Dean and Dale, on July 30, 1944. This “city gal” soon learned the ways of a farmer’s wife, while husband, Howard, continued a career on the D&RGW railroad.

Irene was involved in many community activities, such as Central High Mothers’ Club, selling Ute Water taps door to door in their early history, and later became a renowned artist of landscapes in oil. She and Howard were also 4-H leaders in the Pear Park area for many years. Later on she was employed by the State of Colorado at the Regional Center. AARP played a large role after retirement where she served as its local chapter President for several years.

Her spirit for life lives on in those whose life she touched in so many ways.

She is survived by son, Dale (Laura) of Palisade, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clyde, Lyndon and Carl, as well as a sister, Eva. More recently by husband, Howard, and sons, Fred May and Dean Rees.

Memorial services were held December 8, 2012, at Martin Mortuary

Interment was at Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. ❖

David Leroy Head

David Leroy Head, 64, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away December 5, 2012 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.

He was born to Theodore L. and Wilma Annette (Decker) Head on November 6, 1948 in Montrose, Colo. He spent his childhood in Salt Lake City, Utah and Ouray, Colo. He attended schools both in Ouray, Colo., and Bonanza, Utah. After graduating high school, David honorably served his country with the United States Army.

On October 22, 1976, David married the love of his life, Norma Rae Cain in Montrose, Colo. To this union, a son and two daughters were born. David and Norma resided in Montrose, Colo., for several years before moving to Cedaredge, Colo., in 1981. The couple celebrated over 36 years of marriage together this year.

David, a retired MSHA inspector, enjoyed spending time outdoors whether he was hunting, fishing, camping and going horseback riding. More importantly, he was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Rae Head of Cedaredge, Colo.; his father, Ted Head of Montrose, Colo.; one son, DJ Head and his wife Jennifer of Cedaredge, Colo.; two daughters, Sandra Wilson and husband Brett of Hotchkiss, Colo.; and Cherie Spangler and husband Greg of Texas; three sisters, Kathy Reed and husband Donnie of Eckert, Colo., Kristina Miller and husband Dale of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Vicki Hecht and husband Timothy of Montrose, Colo.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Head, and his brother, Danny Head.

Memorial services were held December 11, 2012 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.

Burial followed at the Delta City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in David’s memory to Spirit Wind Horse Rescue in Crawford, Colo. ❖

Erma Jessie Meier Sheldon

Erma Jessie Meier Sheldon, 93, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away December 4, 2012.

She was born February 23, 1919 in DuBois, Neb., to William F. and Ida Parli Meier. Erma was one of 12 children. She spent her childhood and attended school in DuBois, Neb., graduating from DuBois High School in 1937. Erma went to Peru State Teachers College and graduated from Peru, Neb., with a teaching degree in 1941.

While at Peru, Neb., Erma met Ben O. Sheldon. They were married on August 27, 1941. Ben and Erma lived in Rock Springs, Wyo., then in Greenbelt, Md., during the war. After that they lived in Lincoln, Neb., and Gunnison, Colo. On a cold, snowy day in December, 1950, they moved to Hotchkiss, Colo. The North Fork Valley, Hotchkiss, and Barrow Mesa in particular, was Erma’s beloved home for the next 62 years.

Erma raised her four children while helping Ben with the orchards, the hay fields, and the dairy. Erma was an excellent cook. She loved to can and bake. Those who ate at her table will always remember her chocolate malt ice cream, pecan and cinnamon rolls, and giblet gravy. Erma did not like to garden.

She was a leader for many years of the Barrow Mesa 4-H Club. Erma was a member of the United Brethren Church as a child, the United Methodist Church in her early years in Hotchkiss, Colo., and the Bible Baptist Church in later years. Erma particularly loved playing pinnocle with a group of their friends.

She was preceded in death by Ben, her husband of 54 years, her son, Benjamin Robert, her grandaughter, Hannah, and a great-grandaughter, Maggie, as well as all of her classmates, cousins, closest friend and 10 of her 11 siblings: William, Alma, Margaret, Helen, Lois, Loise, Howard, Clyde, Doreen, and Lyle.

She is survived by her brother, Verne Meier, her sister-in law, Miriam Ryan; her children, Margie (Jere) Hollembeak, Cindy (Dick) DeMore, Ralph (Wendy) Sheldon; her 13 grandchildren, Bryan, Eric, Lisa, Jered, Dillon, Geoff, Natalie, Austin, Allison, Benjamin, Leah, Jeremy, Adam; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was laid to rest with her husband, her son, and grandaughter at Riverside Cemetary in Hotchkiss, Colo., on December 8, 2012.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com.

Dale A. Dickerson

Dale A. Dickerson, 88, of Buena Vista, Colo., passed away December 5, 2012 at the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, Colo.

He was born September 15, 1924 in Olathe, Colo., to Joel and Ruth Hogan Dickerson. Dale was raised on a fishing resort near Gunnison, Colo. He assisted his mother in managing the resort before and after he served in the US Army during WWII (April 1945-December 1946.)

He married his wife of more than 56 years, Elree Brown Dickerson, on June 9, 1952 in Aztec, N.M. After moving to South Park, Colo., Dale worked on ranches, and then operated a service station and mechanic service. They moved to Center, Colo., for a year then chose their permanent residence in Buena Vista, Colo. Initially they ran a service station and mechanic service in Johnson Village, and then worked for the school district as a bus mechanic and driver.

After retiring, Dale loved to travel the United States with his wife in their motor home. His favorite hobbies were hunting, camping, fishing and hand crafting wood and metal objects. Dale was a faithful member of Mountain Heights Baptist Church where he served as Church Deacon and on numerous church committees including the Building Committee.

He is survived by his children Daleyne (Steve) Carpenter of Bend, Ore., Dean (Gwyn) Dickerson of Blanca, Colo., and Zola Dickerson of Bend, Ore.; his grandchildren Anthony Blake, Kylia Blake, J’Leyne Rubbert, Marlin Dickerson, Ryan (Crystal) Dickerson and Travis (Lena) Dickerson; his great-grandchildren Jacob and Lilly Dickerson, Allison and Mason Blake, Tanner and K’Dance Sutherland; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elree Dickerson, infant son Lyndon Dickerson, his parents Joel and Ruth Dickerson, and his only brother Clanton Dickerson.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Cremation was chosen.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Mountain Heights Baptist Church, P.O. Box 786, Buena Vista, Colo., 81211.

Online condolences for Dale’s family may be made at www.RogersFunerals.com.




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