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Western Slope Obituaries 7-30-12


Billy Haddow

Billy Haddow, 68, former Durango, Colo., resident, passed away July 11, 2012 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, at his home in Walsenburg, Colo.

Known as “Hap,” he was born to George and Myrtle Haddow on December 11, 1943, in Pueblo, Colo. His father was a Scottish immigrant. His family said he loved climbing the mountains around his house.

A graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Trinidad, Colo., Billy excelled in sports. He later received bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and history.

After college, he voluntarily enlisted in the Army, spending two tours in Vietnam as a member of the Reconnaissance Platoon of the 1st Battalion 5th Infantry (Mechanized) of the 25th Infantry Division, also known as the “Electric Strawberry.” He was wounded in battle and spent a year in a body cast in Japan, later receiving a Purple Heart.

On March 12, 1978, he married Cindi Clark in Durango, Colo. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Billy lived in the late 1970s in Durango, Colo., where he was a bartender at the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Strater Hotel. His family said he had many talents and was resourceful in finding careers. At various times, he was a policeman, worked in construction, drove a tractor-trailer hauling cattle and worked in restaurant and bar management in various places including Dallas, Texas, San Francisco, Calif., and Greeley, Colo.

In 2001, he married his wife, Helen, in Walsenburg, Colo.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Helen Haddow of Walsenburg, Colo.; son, Lawrence Haddow of Durango, Colo.; former wife, Cindi Clark Haddow of Durango, Colo.; two grandchildren; and several cousins.

Memorial services were held July 28, 2012, at the Walsenburg Golf Club in Lathrop State Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675, for injured servicemen and women or the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, South Office, 711 Walsen Ave. No. B, Walsenburg, Colo., 81089. ❖

John Robert Main

John Robert Main, 52, of Clark, Colo., passed away June 21, 2012 in an all terrain vehicle accident near his home.

He was born June 8, 1960. He was the son of Meredith and Robert Main. John grew up in Saginaw, Mich., and graduated from Swan Valley High School, and Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in Ranch Management and an Associates Degree in the Agriculture Electrical Program. He moved to Clark, Colo., in 1986, and married Kathy Winograsky in 1988. She passed away in 2008.

John owned Delta Electric, now JR Main Electric. He was a fine bluegrass/country musician who played banjo and guitar. He was a self-taught sculptor with many artistic talents. John loved the outdoors and was a hunter, horseman, guide and mountain man. He loved people and he loved Colorado.

He is survived by his parents; son, John Garrett, financee Stephanie Pachorek and her son Jake Stees; two brothers, David Main and Tom (Trish) Main; two stepdaughters, Jamie (Chris) Carbone and Kate (Gary) Warchol; three step-grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law; and a long list of good friends.

Memorial services were held June 26, 2012 at the lower Glen Eden Resort.

At his request, cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice or to Second Presbyterian Church in Saginaw, Mich. ❖

Robert Clayton “Bob” Wood

Robert Clayton “Bob” Wood, 69, passed away July 21, 2012, in Crawford, Colo., looking out over the mountains that he loved and called home.

He was born in Moab, Utah on September 18, 1942 to Lucie May (Fisk) VanDenBerg and Karl Wood. He went to Crawford Elementary School and then graduated from Paonia High School in 1960. He attended Western State College where he dated and then married Marilyn Meek in 1963. He was accepted to CSU School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1968.

Marilyn and Bob then moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where he owned Bookcliff Veterinary Clinic with one of his closest friends Dave Gallob. This is where they started their family and stayed for 10 years. They moved back to Crawford, Colo., to start a ranch and Bob also became the veterinarian for the Colorado Fair Circuit and then the State Racing Commission.

He loved traveling and spent time in Belize, Costa Rica and the Mexican Baja. His hobbies included hunting lion, bear and fishing at Blue Mesa, Lake Powell and the Gulf of Mexico. He also loved racing horses and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 48 years; his two daughters Linda Wood of Crawford, Colo., and Sheri Wood-Purveen of Houston, Texas; three grandsons, Nathan Hughes, Russell Black and Stephen Black; and he leaves behind many fishing and hunting buddies as well as extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucie M. VanDenBerg, Ted VanDenBerg and Karl Wood.

The family would like to thank all of his friends and family for the phone calls, food, cards, and caring during this time. At his request, no services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Oncology Center at Delta County Memorial Hospital; or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

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

Margaret M. Shook

Margaret M. Shook, 89, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away June 29, 2012, at Mesa Manor Care Center.

She was born June 22, 1923, to Arthur J. and Mary A. Lehman Fitzpatrick in Aurora, Colo. She spent her childhood living and working on the family dairy: The Local Farm Dairy. She milked cows and bucked hay especially after her father passed away in August, 1939. She worked at the Arms Munitions Plant in Denver, Colo., during WWII. She also was a waitress at The Famous Chef, Apple Tree Shanty and The Brown Palace. She graduated from William Smith High School in 1941.

She married Joseph C. Shook on August 29, 1944, in Aurora, Colo. He passed away in November, 1995. She lived in Aurora, Colo., and Hayden, Colo., before moving to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1958. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Margaret enjoyed baking and cooking for her family and friends, gardening, swimming, listening to music and dancing. Her greatest love was her Faith in God.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Jeannie of Elk Grove, Calif., and John and Karen of Billings, Mont.; daughter, JoAnn Caton of Fort Collins, Colo., daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Larry Wunderwald of Grand Junction, Colo., a daughter-in-law, Roberta Shook of Morrison, Colo.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Duckels of Laporte, Colo., and Mildred (Jim) Haselden of Aurora, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her son, James; grandson, Joshua; two brothers, Arthur and Edward Fitzpatrick, and her sister, Dorothy Willcox.

Memorial services were held July 28, 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Cremation preceded the Mass. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Outreach, 245 S. 1st Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501. ❖




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