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December 30, 2013
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Western Slope Obits 12-23-13

William Fisher Kennon

Will Kennon, 47, of Collbran, Colo., passed away December 12, 2013.

He was born June 13,1966 in Alamosa, Colo., and was raised in Parachute, Colo., on the Kennon Ranch up Wallace Creek.

He attended school in the same building from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1984.

As a young boy, Will was lively and filled with energy and he learned ranching from his first days onward. He was riding and swinging a rope from nearly the time he could walk. At school, Will was always entertaining and was known for his pranks and untamable spirit. In school, he competed in basketball, football and High School Rodeo and participated in many clubs and activities. Throughout his childhood and youth, Will competed in 4-H and rodeos showing cattle and roping, and he spent much of his time out of school on horseback and learning the ways of a cowboy at his father’s side. Will had several mentors in the ranching community whom he greatly admired and innumerable friends, none of whom escaped his penchant for pranks.

As an adult, Will ranched in the Mack/Loma area, and more recently in Collbran, Colo., with his lifelong friend and cattle-business partner, Jerry Gunderson.

He met his wife, Tiffani, in Collbran, Colo., and they married there on May 15, 2010.

Will loved the cowboy way of life; ranching was in his blood, and he was more at home on horseback, feeding cows, or in an arena than anywhere else. In the past few years, Will had worked to build a line of bucking bulls and spent a lot of time at bull riding events.

Will was also a talented and creative craftsman. He was a skilled at working with leather and iron and worked many years constructing iron fencing for corrals and arenas along with making bits and crafting western-style purses. Will loved his family and friends, but his favorite people were kids, and they were always drawn to him. He loved working with kids and teens and teaching them to ride and rope.

Will is survived by his wife Tiffani, of Collbran, Colo., daughter Nikki (Michael) Prewitt, 28, of Plantersville, Texas, son Kade Edward Kennon, 17, of Mack, Colo., step-daughter Felicia Montoya, 19 and stepson Lucas Montoya, 25, both of Farmington, N.M. He also leaves behind his sister Nancy (Jeff) Hauer and his nephew Teig Hauer, 17, and niece Jacey Hauer, 13, of Rifle, Colo.

He is preceded in death by his father Ned (Edward Stewart Kennon, 1924-1996) and mother Kathleen (Hammerich Kennon, 1921-1999).

A memorial service was held December 20, 2013 the Collbran Auditorium.

The family asks that donations be made to Plateau Valley FFA checks payable to PVHS FFA, 56600 Hwy 330 Collbran, Colo., 81624. ❖

William Oscar Linman

William Oscar “Bill” Linman passed away November 23, 2013.

He was born to Oscar and Adelia (Davis) Linman at Crawford, Colo. Bill was the fourth of seven children.

Bill graduated from Crawford High School in May of 1954. He joined the United States Army in March of 1955 and returned home January of 1957. Bill served in South Korea during his time in the Army.

Bill was a dedicated lifetime rancher. He served on the Crawford Water Conservancy District Board for five years, the Crawford Clipper Ditch Board for 32 years, and he was president of the board for 28 years. He was also involved in the Crawford mesa Domestic Water Board for 12 years. Bill was a member of the B.P.O.E for over 53 years and a charter member of the Delta County Livestock Association.

Bill received a certificate of appreciation from the United States Forest Service for being instrumental in the forming of the West Elk Grazing Association.

His family says that Bill was special because he still slept in the same room of the home he was born in.

He is survived by his wife Lila Linman of almost 60 years; four sons, Dennis (Penny) Linman of Hotchkiss, Colo.; Lyle (Deb) Linman of Sedgewick, Colo.; Scott (Marilyn) of Colby, Kan.; Leslie Linman of Hotchkiss, Colo.; two sisters, Patty Gay (Dale) Patton of Grand Junction, Colo.; Sharon (Don) Frey of Montrose, Colo.; one brother, Archie (Linda) Linman of Klamouth Falls, Ore.; one sister in law Berth Ann Linman of Crawford, Colo.; one brother in law James Beal of Leavenworth, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Sherri (Paul) Brandt, Matt (Krista) Linman, Clint (Tamarah) Linman, Cris (Jessica) Linman, Eric (Michelle) Linman, Holli (Sam) Toman, Amy Linman (Chuck) Balke, Kelly (Justin) Korth and ten great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Adelia; his sister Lenore and infant sister Sara Rose; one brother Dale; and one grandson Casey.

Services were held November 29, 2013 at the Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss, Colo. Burial followed at Garden of Memories in Crawford, Colo.

The family would appreciate that donations go to the North Fork Ambulance Association. P.O. Box 127 Hotchkiss, Colo., 81419. ❖

Opal Benson Rine

Opal Benson Rine passed away peacefully on December 6, 2013, in Eckert, Colo.

Opal was born March 29, 1924 in Kim, Colo., to Alfred W. and Bertha McPherson on the family homestead. She was the fourth child in the family of 10. At the age of 14, Opal and her family moved to Cedaredge, Colo., during the dust bowl in hopes of a better life on the Western slope.

Opal married Thomas H. Benson in 1942 and together they had four children and celebrated 54 years of marriage. He passed away in 1997. In 2002, Opal married Ted Rine and they had 11 special years together.

Most of all, Opal loved her family and the wonderful times they spent together, especially holidays. She loved gardening and taking care of her beautiful flowers. Opal was also quite competitive; she would take on a game of Scrabble or Aggravation any day. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, picnics, puzzling, and walks.

Most know Opal through their Apple business, Surface Creek Orchards. Tom and Opal owned their business for 30 plus years. Opal took pride in her apples and always wanted them to be perfect. She established many great friendships in the community through the business.

She is survived by her husband, Ted Rine; two daughters Darlene (Ellis) Fritchman and Sharon (Vic) Petranovich; two sons, Ed Benson and Dwight (Karen) Benson, all of Eckert/Cedaredge, Colo.; two sisters, Ruby Downer of Fruita, Colo., and Jewel Garnick of Juneau, Ark. Also 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held December 14, 2013 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel In Delta, Colo.

Opal would be grateful for donations made to the Cedar Mesa Club in her name, PO Box 433, Cedaredge, Colo., 81413. Her parents, Alfred and Bertha McPherson donated the land in 1944 for the Cedar Mesa Club, where she was a past member. Opal also was involved with the Baca Busy Bees and the Delta TOPS for many years.

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