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Western Slope Obits 12-30-13

Orville Wesley “Wes” England

Orville Wesley England, 90, of Austin, Colo., passed away December 15, 2013, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert, Colo.

Wes was born to Willis and Lou (Garrison) England on September 3, 1923 in Montrose.

He spent his childhood on a farm west of Montrose and attended schools in Montrose. Wes logged in California for 10 years before coming back to Colorado where he farmed, ranched and tended an orchard. He was a resident of Austin for 55 years.

On November 20, 1951, Wes married Mary L. Henderson in Cedaredge, Colorado. To this union two sons were born. The England’s celebrated 62 years of marriage this year. Mary survives.

Wes spent most of his life as a community leader. He was a D.M.E.A. board member, President of the Lion’s Club of Delta, President of Grand Mesa Resort, Town Manager of Orchard City for over 35 years, a member of I.O.O.F Eckert Lodge, and served on several ditch company boards. He enjoyed hunting, farming, ranching and taking care of his livestock. More importantly, he enjoyed being with his family.

Wes was the proud award recipient of the American Water Works Association for the Orchard City Water Distribution System within the State of Colorado.

Wes is survived by his wife, Mary England of Austin, Colo.; two sons, Leonard (Karen) England of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Michael England of Rico, Colo.; two grandchildren, Brandon (Brittney) England of Montrose, Colo.; Andrew (Brittney) England of Fruita, Colo.; and three great grandchildren: Kennedy and Karley both of Fruita, Colo., and Katelynn of Montrose, Colo.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Gerald, Stanley, Joel, William R. and Carl England; and one sister, LaVerne Lee.

Services were held December 19, 2013, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo. A private family graveside service followed at the Cory Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wes England Memorial Fund. ❖

Josephine Gore

Josephine “Jo” Mae Gore, 92, passed peacefully away December 20, 2013, after a brief illness.

Josephine Mae Beach was born on California Mesa near Delta, Colo., to Floyd and Dora Beach on May 26, 1921, the third of four children.

On January 3, 1939, she married the love of her life, Wayne Gore who preceded her in death in 1980. To this marriage two sons were born, Richard and Tom.

One of her many skills and sources of enjoyment was cooking large meals whether for the ranch work or Holidays. Jo loved to collect antiques and arrowheads.

Jo believed firmly in community involvement. Among Jo’s many lifetime accomplishments was helping found the Delta County Historical Society and Museum, Delta County Livestock Association, the Delta Altrusa Club, State President of the Cowbells organization, and serving Delta County as Clerk and Recorder for 10 years.

Jo is survived by sons Richard of Olathe, Colo., Tom (Paula) of Delta, Colo., grandson Ian of Delta, Colo., and granddaughter Katie Jo and fiancé Matt Matusio of Fountain, Colo. Her brother, Melvin Beach, also survives and is a resident of Colorow Care Center.

Jo was preceded in death by husband Wayne, sister Coral, sister Millie Gavin, and her parents Floyd and Dora Beach.

Services were held December 28, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Delta Altrusa Club, P. O. Box 648, Delta, Colorado 81416. ❖

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