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December 2, 2013
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Western Slope Obits 12-2-13

Sharon L. Starr

Sharon L. Starr, 76, of Delta County, Colo., passed away November 20, 2013, at Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Sharon was born to Jesse C. and Agneta A. (Butler) Ensley on January 14, 1937, in Delta, Colo.

She spent her childhood and attended schools in Read, and Delta, Colorado. She graduated with the class of 1954 at Delta High School.

Sharon, a devoted and loving mother and grandmother, enjoyed gardening, fishing, bird watching, and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Orchard City Town Council, served on numerous ditch boards, she was a member of the Fruit Growers Association, and she was an FFA Honorary Chapter Member.

Sharon is survived by her two sons, Mark (Tricia) Starr of Austin, Colo.; Bob (Cimmy) Starr of Delta, Colo.; one daughter, Terri (Clayton) Goodwin of Denver, Colo.; and one sister: Janice (Richard) Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss, Colo. Sharon is further survived by six grandchildren, Ciara Starr, Brendon Starr, Andy Starr, Shane Starr, Abigail Goodwin, and Clayta Goodwin; and two great-grandchildren Gauge and Hazel Starr.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Agneta Ensley; one brother: Bob Ensley and one son Mike Starr.

Services were held November 27, 2013. ❖

Lewie Z. Willson

Lewie Z. Willson, 81, of Gunnison County, Colo., passed away November 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a brave battle with cancer.

Born Oct. 2, 1932, in Elmo, Utah, to Myron and Ada (Winder) Willson.

He left home in 1948 to work for Charlie Redd in La Sal, Utah.

Lewie served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1953-1955 earning the Korean Service Medal, Bronze Star, the UN Service medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

He married Bonnie Lou (Cloud) Willson July 31, 1957 in Palisade, Colo., and shared wedding cake with a grizzly while honeymooning in Yellowstone.

He was a loving father who taught by example to always work hard, play fair and hang in there. No matter the day or hour, if someone asked, “How are you?” Lewie would answer, “Good, good.” If we lived by his example, we would all have the courage to see and do everything we wanted, enjoy all that’s good in life, do harm to no one, always tell the truth, mind our own business, put others first, and be the best at whatever we attempted.

Lewie lived in and near La Sal, Utah, working for Redd Ranches for many years and later retired from Gunnison County, Colo., where he worked as a heavy equipment operator.

The best cowboy, pie baker and storyteller there ever was ... “Now listen, we had a helluva time, didn’t we?”

Survived by brothers: Ellis, Pat, and Leland; sisters: Polley, Lana, and Aurelia; children: Calvin, Clay and Margret; Grandchildren: Valarie, Amanda, Tyler, Noorah, and Lewie and two great grandchildren.

Services were held November 26, 2013, south of Montrose, Colo. ❖

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