Western Slope Obits 8-19-13
Ryan Summerlin August 20, 2013
Thomas H. Wise
Thomas H. Wise, 91, of Clifton, Colo., passed away August 9, 2013.
Tom was born in Meeker, Colo., to Harvey and Ethel Wise on
October 13, 1922. He was the fifth of seven children, and the first born son.
Tom attended school in Meeker, and graduated from Meeker High School.
He worked on various local ranches and rodeoed until he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943. He saw action in WWII, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1946.
In 1948, he married Lois Lugenbeel, and they began working together on the family’s YZ Ranch. In 1952, Tom began working for Brown Construction, which would ultimately evolve into a career as a highway engineer with the Colorado Department of Highways (CDOT). In 1953, Tom and Lois moved to Craig, where they lived for 31 years. While working for the Highway Department, Tom also became a well known and respected radio broadcaster in Northwestern Colorado, broadcasting the state high school wrestling tournament for 15 years on KRAI in Craig. Additionally, Tom and Lois ran the LTW/ Glory Jo Trailer Park in Craig for 11 years.
Upon retiring in 1984, Tom and Lois moved to Clifton.
Tom was an avid hunter, fisherman and bowler. He continued to enjoy rodeos, and thoroughly loved watching his grandchildren compete.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois; son, Wayne (Tammy), and this three grandchildren, Phillip, Aubrey, and Jessica.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Tom Wise Memorial Fund at any Credit Union of Colorado location or to Hope West Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on August 21, 2013 with inurnment to follow at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. ❖
Tommy Saruwatari, 83, of Delta, Colo., passed away Aug. 4, 2013.
He was born on August 15, 1929 to Tom and Tatsu of Delta where he grew up and resided most of his life.
While serving his country in the United States Air Force, he met and married Yoneko Matsubara on Aug. 9, 1954. They were married for 56 years prior to Yone’s passing in 2011.
Tommy owned and operated a farm in Delta for 39 years before retiring. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, reading and doing crossword puzzles. He was also an avid Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos fan. He was a member of the Snow Cruisers snowmobile club and the Delta Potato Growers Co-Op.
He is survived by two sisters, Toyo (Ed) Nochi of Scottsbluff, Neb., Shizu (George) Mochizuki of Bountiful, Utah, his children David (Susan) Saruwatari of Grand Junction, Colo., Steve Saruwatari of Delta, Colo., Terry (John) Hall of Denver, Colo., Janice (Kraig) Meyer of Grand Junction, Colo., and Sharon (Frederick) Parker of Grand Junction, Colo. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Yone, son Michael, and four brothers, Ben, George, Henry and Johnny.
Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Delta on August 10, 2013 Inurnment followed at the Delta City Cemetery in Delta, Colo.
Memorial contributions can be be made to HopeWest Hospice and Care Center, 3090 B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506. ❖