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Western Slope Obituaries 3-25-13


Robert Edwin “Ed” Marah

Robert Edwin “Ed” Marah , 90, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away March 11, 2013, at his home in Cedaredge, Colo. He was a lifetime resident and community leader of Cedaredge, Colo.

He was born to Joseph Patrick and Mary Jane (Goodwin) Marah on November 30, 1922, in Cedaredge, Colo.

He graduated from Cedaredge High School with the class of 1942 after taking a year absence to care for his mother and siblings after his father’s death.

On June 21, 1945, Ed married Betty Beryle Thompson in Cedaredge, Colo. To this union a son and two daughters were born. The Marahs would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in June.

Ed loved the Town of Cedaredge, Colo., where he served in several capacities: police chief, mayor, town administrator, councilman, deputy sheriff, EMT and volunteer fireman. He was instrumental in the development of the Cedaredge Ambulance Service. He was a faithful member of the Cedaredge Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Ed was involved with several business ventures including Tamco Ranching, Marjo Heights housing development, Double L Construction and the Blue Ribbon Coal Mine, Bowie, Colorado .

Ed’s grandchildren brought special joy to him. He also enjoyed cooking, baking bread, tending his garden and having frequent family gatherings. It brought him great satisfaction to give gifts of bread, garden produce and meals to family and friends in the community.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Beryle, one son, Bob and wife Becky of Cedaredge, Colo.; daughters, Terry and husband Alan Rutan of Delta, Colo.; Pat and husband Gerry Chapman of Aurora, Colo.; two brothers, Patrick Marah and wife Gwen, Dale “Mike” Marah and wife Bertie and one sister, Helen Kungel all of Cedaredge, Colo.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Floyd and Bill Hamilton, and sister, Rosella Martin.

Memorial services were held March 18, 2013, at the Cedaredge Assembly of God Church with Pastors Gerry Chapman and Don Anderson officiating.

Burial followed at Cedaredge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to one of the following organizations: Children’s Hospital of Denver, 13123 E. 16th Ave., Aurora, Colo., 80045; The American Heart Association, 123 North 7th St., Unit 110, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501; or to The American Diabetes Association, 2460 W. 26th Ave., Suite 500 C, Denver, Colo., 80211.

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

Brenda E. “Bren” Hogan Mastrullo

Brenda E. “Bren” Hogan Mastrullo, 55, of Paonia, Colo., passed away March 12, 2013.

She was born April 16, 1957 in Salem, Mass., and spent the majority of her life in Marblehead, Mass., growing up in the “Barnegat” area, riding horses at “Roches’ Ring” in Steer Swamp.

An avid horsewoman, she worked at Flying Horse Farms in Hamilton, Mass., in the late 1980’s as well as at Hamilton Farms in later years. For many years she lived happily in the Jackson, North Conway area of New Hampshire.

She was a graduate of the Marblehead High School class of 1975, and Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, N.Y., class of 1977, where she majored in equine studies.

She loved her times at “the beach,” “over at the island,” and “up the hill.” She lived happily in Colorado these last few years, but she also had “salt water in her veins.” Above all she loved her family, horses, the sea and life.

She is survived by her beloved husband Frank Mastrullo of Paonia, Colo.; her son, Stash G. Durkee and his wife Erin (Reynolds) Durkee; her beloved grandchildren, Keaghan and Lilly Durkee of Colorado, by whom she was lovingly referred to as “Beama”; her mother, Dorothy G. Hogan of Marblehead, Mass.; her sisters, Cyndy Hutchinson and her husband Dana, their three children: Sarah, Becky and Tim Hutchinson all of Salem, Mass.; and Susan Hogan and her children: Patrick, Sean, and Cameron Sylvester all of Marblehead, Mass.; ex–husband Gordon Durkee and his wife Mary Beth (Goodwin) Durkee of Colorado, as well as her ex–brother–in–law, Joe Sylvester of Marblehead, Mass.; her dog Cammie; friends Jen, Shane, Earl, Sarah and Susan as well as Bren’s favorite ride, Night Hawk, and too many others to mention.

She was preceded in death by her father, L.T. Hogan.

Memorial services were held March 22, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paonia, Colo.

Burial followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia, Colo.

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

Otto Walter Armstrong

Otto Walter Armstrong, a native of Colorado and a resident of Grand Junction, Colo., for over 40 years, passed away March 5, 2013 at the Veterans Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born in Roan Creek (DeBeque area) to John and Gertrude (Letson) Armstrong in 1924. The Armstrong family was some of the early settlers of the Roan Creek area. His grandparents Samuel and Sarah (Cox) migrated to Roan Creek from Missouri in 1885. Otto rode horses to school in his early days to the Conn Creek School.

After graduating from Grand Valley High School (Parachute), he joined the Army. During World War II, he fought with the Army in the Pacific Rim, eventually serving with occupation forces in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

After the war, Otto returned to ranching with his father. On November 15, 1947, he married Barbara Linn of Collbran in Glenwood Springs, Colo. They had two children, Otto L. (Linn) and Vickie. Otto moved his family to the Blue Stone area to farm and ranch. Otto built their family home on the family’s ranch. As Otto was working for the Colorado State University’s Western Colorado Research Center on Orchard Mesa, Otto moved his family to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1969. He continued working at the Research station until retiring in 1992.

Otto loved hunting, camping, and ATVing in the outdoors. Riding the Grand Mesa and familiar sites in the DeBeque area were his favorites. He also enjoyed carpentry as he built some beautiful furniture for their home. He was also known for the trailers he constructed. In 1993, Otto and Barbara moved to Arvada, Colo., to live with their daughter, Vickie. Otto had been his beloved Barbara’s caretaker until her death in September 1994 in Arvada, Colo.

He is survived by his son, Linn and wife, Sharon of Palisade, Colo.; daughter, Vickie and husband, Jim of Akron, Colo.; his brother, Harvey and wife, Susan of Silt, Colo., and his companion, Violet “Vi” Brown of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandson, Ari and wife, Jennifer of Westminster, Colo.; grandsons, Devin, Dillon and Kevin of Akron, Colo.; granddaughter, Rebecca and husband, Braulio of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Sheri of Sterling, Colo.; Nichole and Vickianne of Akron, Colo.; and three great-grandchildren, Lily and Ariel of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Ian of Greeley, Colo.

Memorial services were held March 18, 2013 at the Masonic Lodge in Grand Junction, Colo.

Burial was at the Arvada Cemetery beside his wife.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Amendment Foundation, James Madison Building, 12500 N.E. Tenth Place, Bellevue, Wash., 98005. ❖




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