John “Jack” R. Stevens Sr.
John “Jack’ Stevens, 84, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away April 14, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital after a sudden illness.
Jack was born on October 29, 1929 in Hudson, Colo., from the union of Estel and Garnet Stevens. He was the oldest of four children.
He served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII. He returned from his service to our country and married M. Lucille Cummings on October 15, 1953, they raised three children.
He attended Colorado State University. He was the Henrylyn Irrigation District President for many years providing for and protecting water rights for Eastern Colorado farmers.
He was a member of the Farmers Marketing Association, the James Memorial United Methodist Church in Hudson, CO., the Elks, the VFW and the American Legion.
Jack and Lucille ranched and farmed in Hudson, Colo., until their retirement in 1995. They traveled throughout the US, Canada and Mexico in a fifth wheel trailer full time for 15 years.
He enjoyed fishing, coin collecting, playing pool with the boys and spending time with his family.
Jack leaves behind his wife of 61 years; Lucille Stevens of Grand Junction, Colo., their three children; a son; John (Debbie) Stevens Jr. of Denver, Colo., daughters; Laurel of Milford, Mich., Jana (Robert) of Grand Junction, Colo., a brother; Jerry (Pat) Stevens of Denver, Colo., a sister; Joan Johnston of Greeley, Colo., four grandchildren; Brooke, Heather, Luke and Connor, and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister; Janice Norrish.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., April 28, 2014, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colo.
Friends and family may leave their condolences at MartinMortuary.com. ❖
Mary K. Patterson
Mary K. Patterson, 93, passed away April 17, 2014, at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Mont.
Mary K. Keenan was born to Patrick and Catherine (Walsh) Keenan on May 17, 1920, in Hotchkiss, Colo.
She spent her childhood on the family ranch in Crawford, and graduated from Crawford High School with the class of 1939.
On June 7, 1939, Mary married the love of her life, Jack Patterson in Paonia, Colo. To this union, a son and daughter were born. Mary and Jack celebrated over 68 years of marriage together before Jack’s passing in 2007.
Mary found employment with Sidney Savings and Loan in Sidney, Neb. She served as Vice President for several years before retiring and moving back to Colorado.
Mary, a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother, enjoyed playing piano, sewing, ceramics, bowling and playing card games. She was well known for her prize winning lemon pies at the Hotchkiss Fair. Above all, she loved and cherished her family and close friends.
Mary is survived by her son, Ralph Patterson and his wife Linda of Bullhead City, Ariz.; one daughter, Katherine Stuart of Great Falls, Mont.; two brothers, Robert Keenan of Montrose, Colo.; and Raymond Keenan and his wife Jean of Grand Junction, Colo.; and one sister, Agnes Oglesby of Hotchkiss, Colo.. Mary is further survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Patterson; one son-in-law, Don Stuart; one sister, Rose Tracy; one brother, Dannie Keenan; sister-in-law, Velda Keenan; and her brother-in-law, Edsel Oglesby.
Services were held April 23, 2014, at St. Michael’s. Burial followed at Garden of Memories in Crawford. Colo. ❖