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July 8, 2014
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Western Slope Obits 6-30-14

Imogene (Jean) Ione Lewis

Imogene (Jean) Lewis, 89, of Montrose, Colo., passed away June 9, 2014, at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

Jean was born January 7, 1925, in Olathe, Colo., to Tivis and Ethelyn Walker, the fifth of eight children.

She attended both elementary and high school in Olathe, graduating as valedictorian of her class in 1943. Up until she married Tom Lewis in 1956, Jean had lived nearly her entire life on a small farm located on Ash Mesa, one mile west of Olathe.

Jean’s father died when she was seven, leaving Jean’s mother, her brother, and five sisters to carry on without him. Jean took her responsibilities on the farm seriously, milking cows, raising orphan calves, chopping wood, tending the chickens and lending a listening ear to her sisters who always took their problems to her.

Jean loved her family, animals, and her home in Montrose where she lived until ill health forced her to enter San Juan Living Center for the last 18 months of her life.

Although Jean had no children, her nieces and nephews were as dear to her as any children of her own would have been and she delighted in them all. Jean never missed a birthday or holiday without sending a card to each of them, their children, and their children’s children.

Jean enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an accountant, working for three different law firms and Lathrop’s Hardware in Montrose. She spent her last 24 years before retirement keeping the books at Montrose Consumers Oil Corporation. Jean’s work ethic was strong and she was loved and respected by all who knew her. Upon retirement, Jean devoted her time to travel, spending time with her many family members, spoiling her dog, Hobie, and filling her home with collectibles.

Jean attended First Baptist Church in Olathe from her childhood until shortly after she married Tom, at which time the couple moved to Montrose and began attending First Baptist Church in Montrose.

Jean is survived by her sister, Ellen Rose-Scanlon of Monte Vista, Colo., her sister-in-law, Lois Walker of Gypsum, Colo., 14 nieces and nephews, 27 great nieces and nephews, and 33 great great nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, her parents, and six siblings.

Services were held at The Old King James Bible Baptist Church in Olathe, Colo.

Donations may be made to Rosemont Baptist Church in Montrose, Colo. ❖

James Uphoff

James Uphoff, 80, of Loma, Colo., passed away June 22, 2014, in Loma, Colo., after battling health issues.

He was born April 28, 1934, in Savanna, Ill.

Jim moved to Colorado in 1960.

Having worked as a newspaper typesetter, Jim followed his heart and became a rancher. First at DeBeque on Roan Creek, then to other ranches in Western Colorado before making Loma his home.

Jim’s surviving family includes one brother Bob (Carol) Uphoff of Morrison, Ill.; wife Ellie; children Tim (Chris) Uphoff, Jan (Galen) Valencia, Lyn (Bob) Cordova, Brad (Teri) Uphoff; grandchildren, Coe Uphoff, Sunni Valencia, Justin and JC Cordova, Blain and Morgan Uphoff, and also seven great grandchildren.

The family is planning a private service at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to HopeWest or Hospice of your choice.

We all knew

There would come this day

At peace but sorrow

Cause dad passed away

These last years

Sure took their toll

Lost his strength and body

but not his soul

Knowing Dad he would say

Please remember me

The way that

I used to be

Papa worked hard

All his life

To care for us kids

And Ellie, his wife

With common sense, ingenuity

And some baling wire too

It was truly amazing

What that man could do

And when it is time

For us to go

We'll see him

This we know

Because it wouldn't be Heaven

Without our loved ones so dear

Until then we'll cherish

And keep his memory near

So we say goodbye

The best that we can

To the one we loved

A very special man ❖

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