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Western Slope Obituaries 12-24-12


Lawrence E. Baughman

Lawrence E. Baughman, 60, passed away December 15, 2012 due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis.

He was the second of seven children born to Bob and Frances (Keithley) Baughman, and a fifth generation Grand Junction, Colo., native. Larry grew up on the family farm learning many valuable life lessons including the importance of family, a strong work ethic, and good moral character. His early education in Catholic schools further impressed upon him these virtues. Larry graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1970, attended Mesa College, and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1976.

He married Kathleen Takach that same year. Their son Alex was born in 1979. Larry shared a very special and close relationship with Alex, always teaching by example and sharing his life’s experiences. Larry was employed by the Colorado Dept. of Transportation as a Right of Way Engineer from 1977-2005. He was licensed as a Professional Engineer and a Professional Land Surveyor. He had an encyclopedic memory of Region 3 roadways and projects that he helped to build, and was a knowledgeable and valuable asset to his “CDOT family.”

Larry was diagnosed with primary-progressive MS in 1981. As the illness progressed, his complications increased. He continued to work in spite of his physical disability, but made the decision to retire in 2005.

Larry was well respected by everyone who knew him for the love and devotion to his family, dedication to his career, and for always being a model of strength, dignity and grace. Larry never allowed himself to be defeated by an illness he could not control.

Larry loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. In his earlier years he also enjoyed building and riding his custom Harley Davidson motorcycle, his ‘57 Chevy hardtop, and his ‘66 Chevelle SS 396. He was an avid fan of sports of all kinds, especially his favorite team the New York Yankees. He had a special interest in education, particularly history and science. He had a great love for his country and kept well informed on current events.

Larry was a member of The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Larry will always be remembered for his gentle spirit, his unique sense of humor and commitment to God. He was interested in the activities of those close to him, and had the gift of making everyone feel special with his kind smile and a story to share. He enjoyed life, was very level headed, rational and slow to anger. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kathie; son, Alex; mother, Frances; brothers, Jim, Kent (Lynn), and Bruce; sisters, Mary (Harvey) Schuchman, Roberta (Richard) Lawrence, and Barb (Mike) Asher; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob, preceded him in death.

The Baughman family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Hospice and Palliative Care for the kind and compassionate care that Larry and his family received over the last four and one half years.

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

Memorial services were held December 21, 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Burial was at Calvary Cemetery on Orchard Mesa. ❖

Velma C. Van Kirk

Velma C. Van Kirk, 89, passed away December 11, 2012 at Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

She was born in Darke County, Ohio, to E. Roy Dickey and Cecil (Shuff) Dickey. She lived her entire life in Darke County until she moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1997 to be near her daughter. In September, 1942, Velma married Herbert Grewe. One daughter was born of that union, Linda (Grewe) Scibienski. Herbert passed away in 1954. In August, 1957, she married Paul C. Van Kirk, Jr., who predeceased her in June, 2009.

She worked with Herbert on their farm. After his passing, she worked as a bookkeeper. Before retiring, she worked at Van Kirks’ Grocery and Tavern, a small family business.

Her greatest pleasure was sewing and crocheting. She was an excellent seamstress and made many quilts for her family, all stitched by hand.

She is survived by her daughter; two grandchildren, Dustin Whetstone and Tara (Whetstone) Hicks; two grandchildren, Aaron and Jennifer Hicks; and a sister, Vera (Dickey) Threewits.

She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands; two brothers, Everett Dickey and Glen Dickey.

Interment was at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.

Memorial contributions may be made in Velma’s name to Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 3090 North 12th Street., Unit B, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506. ❖

Paul Gilbertson

Paul Gilbertson, 75, passed away December 10, 2012, in El Monte, Calif.

He was born June 6, 1937 to Guy and Grace Gilbertson. He had attended school in Palisade, Colo., and grew up working the family fruit orchard. Paul moved to Silt, Colo., in 1979.

He enjoyed walking through Silt, Colo., and visiting with is many neighbors and friends. He also enjoyed repairing things and had a highly intellectual mind.

He is survived by his sister, Jan and husband, Gene Jacobson of California; two nephews, Daniel and wife, Leslie Jacobson and Christophe Jacobson; and niece, Marti, and husband Wayne Whitman of Rifle, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack.

There will be a grave side service at a later date, where he will be laid to rest by his brother Jack. ❖

Craig Warren Hampton

Craig Warren Hampton, 63, of Delta, Colo., passed away December 5, 2012.

He was born to Richard and Helen Hampton on April 6, 1949, in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Craig grew up in Loma, Colo., and spent his childhood helping his father ranch and farm there. He attended Fruita High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. Craig graduated in 1967.

He married Susan Withrow in 1970, and had two children, Barry Warren “Tad” and Rain Vali. Craig became a heavy equipment operator and worked on various projects around the state. The family then followed Craig’s father to Australia where he again worked on the family ranch. After returning to the States, Craig worked in various Western states before ending up in the Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz., area. He returned to Colorado several years ago.

Craig lived generously and left friends in all the places he passed through as he traveled through life.

He is survived by his two children, Tad and Rain of Fruita, Colo.; former spouse and friend, Susan of Olathe, Colo.; father, Richard Hampton of Emerald, Australia; sister, Gail Hampton Hackitt (David) of Mesa, Ariz.; nieces and nephew, Helen, Garrett and Gaileen of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Mark Lytle Hampton (Cathy) of Emerald, Australia; and niece and nephews, Alexandria, Luke and Christopher of Emerald, Australia.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Lytle Hampton on November 18, 1965.

Memorial services were held December 14, 2012 at the Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo. ❖




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