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Western Slope Obituaries 10-29-12


David Noble

David Noble, 28, of Denver, Colo., and Montrose, Colo., passed away October 21, 2012, unexpectedly of natural causes.

David began his love of the outdoors while growing up in the Smith Fork Canyon in Hotchkiss, Colo., as well as in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Parker, Colo. As an adult he continued to enjoy the outdoors through farming and ranching. David was a generous, faithful and loyal friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his mother Stephanie Noble of Montrose, Colo.; sister Sharon Noble Faircloth; brother Brian Noble of Evergreen, Colo., as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Homer Noble of Montrose, Colo., Barbara Noble Willeford and Michael Noble of California.

Memorial services were held October 26, 2012 at All Saints Anglican Church in Montrose, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club of Montrose, Colo., in memory of David Noble, P.O. Box 1907, Montrose, Colo., 81402. ❖

Joe Homer Baldwin

Joe Homer Baldwin, 90, of Montrose, Colo., passed away October 21, 2012 at his home in Montrose, Colo.

He was born to Jess and Mable (Leffel) Baldwin in Mountain Park, Okla. He spent his early life in the southwest. Early in Joe’s life, he helped create the First Orange Groves around the Phoenix, Ariz., area. To this day, he would request oranges from Arizona, as they were the sweetest.

Joe was a man of many talents. An inventor and innovator; he was a business owner, rancher, horse breeder and uranium miner.

At the age of 20, Joe married Arlene Reisher in Delta, Colo. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2006. In the 50’s Joe built some of the first forklifts made in California. When television first became available in Cortez, Colo., he packed up the entire store and moved there to become the only store in town and selling out his inventory. Joe became very interested in developing Beefalo in the 70’s and 80’s. He purchased the buffalo Siemen from a producer in Canada and started his herd, one of the first on the Western slope. He also was an innovator of horse trailers made to carry racehorses, which he manufactured in and sold in Montrose, Colo., and are still in use today.

Joe loved the outdoors, and was a horse race enthusiast for many years; along with raising beefalo, and even staking uranium claims along with investing. Of all Joe’s accomplishments, the most important to him was his family. He treasured his wife, children, grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and his great-great-grandchild. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones.

He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Williams of Scottsdale, Ariz., Charlene (George) Unrein of Montrose, Colo., Connie (Gary) Iverson of New Castle, Wyo., Marsha (Glen) Vanderpool of McKinney, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial services were held October 27, 2012 at Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory in Montrose, Colo. ❖

Miriam L. Byler

Miriam L. Byler, 90, of Montrose, Colo., passed away October 13, 2012, at Heidi’s Chateau.

She was born January 16, 1922 in Smyrna, Pa., to Daniel and Sadie Smoker. On July 25, 1942 she married the love of her life, Chester L. Byler, in Ephrata, Pa. They enjoyed almost 60 years together before Chester’s death in May, 2002.

Miriam enjoyed a lifelong career as a homemaker — her meals were legendary, and she was always a gracious hostess. She enjoyed working outdoors, and had a special ability to rehabilitate animals needing rescue. In addition to cooking, her special interests included bird watching and growing plants. Family was very important to Miriam.

Miriam was a wonderful mother, grandma, and great-grandma—we will greatly miss her smile and welcoming presence, but we know she is experiencing fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord and Savior she loved and served throughout her life. Our sincere gratitude goes to Hospice and Heidi’s Chateau for the wonderful care they extended to Mom in her final days.

She is survived by her daughter, Janice (Sam) Auker of Montrose, Colo.; sons, Jason Byler of Montrose, Colo., and Jon (Julie) Byler of Camp Verde, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Sarah Byler of Harrisonburg, Va.; grandchildren, Brett (Brandy) Auker of Montrose, Colo., Chad (Joy) Auker of Bellemont, Ariz., Dustin (Lauren) Byler, Nicole (Blake) Barth, James Byler, and Jordann Getman of Montrose, Colo., and Jenny, Josh, Joni, and Jared Byler of Camp Verde, Ariz.; great-grandchildren, Cheyanne, Cole, and Clayton Auker, Tayler Byler, Madelyn Barth of Montrose, Colo., and Natalie and Brett Auker of Bellemont, Ariz.; three brothers, Vernon (Ada Nancy) Smoker and Dale (Ruth Anna) Smoker of Pennsylvania, and Don Smoker of Phoenix, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sons, James, Jerry and Chester Wynn Byler, four sisters, Viola Smoker, Verdna Smoker, Sara Stoltzfus, and Ann Forman, one brother, Leroy Smoker, and a special cousin, Reba Smoker.

Memorial services were held October 20, 2012 at Valley Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Miriam Byler to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo., 81402. ❖




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