Western Slope Edition Obituaries 06-17-13
August 5, 2013
Ted Kellogg Watson
Ted Kellogg Watson, 85, of Eckert, Colo., passed away on June 8, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by family.
He was born on June 24, 1927, in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Clair Charles and Gertrude Pamelia (Kellogg) Watson. He was the oldest of seven children.
He spent his childhood in High School in Council Bluffs in 1944. After Ted graduated from high school he moved to Washington, D.C., and worked briefly n the Council Bluffs area, living in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, and Malvern, Iowa. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln for the FBI in their fingerprint division. He left Washington, D.C., returned home and enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve during WWII. After being discharged from the US Navy in August of 1946 he returned to Iowa. Ted longed for the “west” and worked briefly for a cattle ranch in Wyoming. He then worked for the railroad as a telegrapher. While working for the railroad he met his future bride Doris Marie Stull. Ted and Doris were married on February 1, 1953 in Eagle, Colo. They celebrated 60 years of marriage together. Ted and Doris were able to realize their dream and ranched in South Routt County for 40 years. Ted and Doris owned and operated the Myriad Springs Trout Ranch, south of Yampa, Colo. Upon retiring in 1997 they moved to Eckert, Colo.
He was in the American Legion, served on the board of the South Routt County School District and also served as the Municipal Court Judge for Yampa, Colo. Ted was a member of Yampa Bible Church where he served as treasurer for 20 years. After moving to Eckert he attended Delta Christian Church.
As a young man he learned the value of hard work and helped his family financially during the depression. He carried this work ethic into his ranching career and family life. He truly loved ranching and all that comes with it, building fence, welding, mechanical work, and raising animals, especially pigs. After retiring from ranching he pursued his hobby in woodworking making many gifts for his grandchildren. Through all of the hard work he maintained a positive attitude and will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and contagious laughter.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Watson of Eckert, Colo., three sons, George (D.J.) Watson of Munford, Tenn., Tom (Darlene) Watson of Eckert, Colo., Frank (Deb) Watson of Hayden, Colo., three daughters; Helen (Jim) Hohenstein of Eckert, Colo., Hazel (Sheldon) Kier of Delta, Colo., Rebecca(Al) Gaus of Hermann, Mo.; one brother; Charles (Jeanette) Watson of Council Bluffs, Iowa sisters; Pam McHenry of Montgomery Village, Md., Nancy (Larry) Goodfriend of Palm Dessert, Calif., Janet (David) McIntosh of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services were held on June 14, 2013, at Delta Christian Church.
Burial was at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother George Clair Watson.
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Lawrence L. Blanchard, 80, of Delta, Colo., passed away on June 6, 2013, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.
He was born on March 20, 1933 to Lawrence and Marie H. (Blanchard) Gymiski in Superior, Colo. Lawrence later legally changed his name to Lawrence Blanchard so that his fiancé would marry him. She insisted on not marrying him with a Polish last name.
He spent his childhood in Superior, Colo. and graduated from Louisville High School. Following his high school graduation, he entered the United States Navy and proudly served 4 years. During his service in the Navyhe gained his Electrician trade.
Lawrence, an electrician by trade, resided in Denver, Colo. until moving to Eckert, Colo. six years ago. He was a Catholic and loved hunting fishing, gardening and caring for small animals and birds.
He is survived by his son, Mark Gymiski and spouse, Cheryl of Brockton, Ma.; sister, Shirley L. Graham and spouse, Richard of Grand Junction, Colo.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori An Blanchard and his parents.
Services were held June 11, 2013 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colo.
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