Obituaries: June 12-18 |

Obituaries: June 12-18

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Richard Arthur Simpson, 82

June 8, 1934 – June 3, 2017

Las Animas, Colo.

Richard Arthur “Dick” Simpson was born on June 8, 1934, to Glen and Bertha (Tuell) Simpson in Lincoln, Neb., and passed away on June 3, 2017, in Pueblo, Colo.

Richard, known to most as “Dick”, grew up in Montrose, Colo., and enlisted in the United States Army in 1954, serving two years during the Korean War. After obtaining his teaching degree, he spent his career teaching science and physical education and coaching junior high football and wrestling. He would help anyone who asked, and was always willing to drive a car full of wrestlers to the next tournament.

Dick retired from teaching in 1990, but remained passionate about helping youth learn the skill of wrestling. Dick’s other passion was horse racing. He was always on the lookout for a horse that had good conformation and a nice hip. You could frequently find him studying the race programs and speed index of the horses. He touched many lives and inspired others to try new things.

“Heart is more important than talent.” We will always be thankful for the support and encouragement he has given to his family, friends, colleagues and students. The care and love he gave his wife, Isabell, proves his awe-inspiring integrity. Riders Up!

Dick is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Isabell Janet (Morrow) Simpson; children, Brian Simpson, Wayne (Jill) Simpson, Janet McGinnis, Franklin (Sylvia) Robertson, Barbara (Keith) Reynolds, James Robertson, Thom (Tracy) Simpson, Lyndell (Bart) Story; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Bertha (Tuell) Simpson and brother, Robert Simpson.

A graveside memorial service for Dick will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Fort Lyon National Cemetery in Las Animas. Robert Morrow will officiate. Military committal rites provided by American Legion District #1 Post #6 and VFW Post #2411.

Memorial contributions may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 431 Las Animas, CO 81054.

Melva Lorraine (Fleming) Marney, 93

Feb. 2, 1924 – April 28, 2017

New Castle, Colo.

Melva Lorraine (Fleming) Marney passed away April 28, 2017. Melva was born on Febuary 2, 1924, in Topeka, Kan., to Frank Monroe Fleming and Anne Elizabeth (Ausherman) Fleming. She was the fourth of five children and married the love of her life, GIfford David Marney, on May 19, 1942, in Topeka, Kan. They lived in St. Louis, Mo., where she worked while Gifford was in the Army. Then they moved to Charleston, Mo., before moving to Kansas. In 1957 they moved with their five children to Glenwood Springs, Colo. Melva remained at home to care for their children while Gifford worked. In 1966, they built a new home south of Glenwood and opened the Sopris View Shoe repair, which they ran together. Melva remained in their home after Gifford’s passing in 1974 until her move to New Castle in 1992.

Her hobbies were babysitting many of her grandchildren, gardening, fishing, traveling, cooking and doing dishes. She was known as the “Chocolate Lady.” Anyone who came to her door always had to have a chocolate kiss before they left. She considered us all her children, and she was the best mother-in-law in the world. Melva was a member of the Eastern Star Erica Chapter 69.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gifford, parents, three sisters, one brother; her son, Gregory Marney; and grandson, Conrad Ryden.

She is survived by daughters, Angela (Charles) Ryden of Silt, Colo., Pamela (Larry) Sweeney of Rifle, Colo.; sons, Dwight (Susie) Marney of Grand Junction, Colo., and Steven (Tammy) Marney of New Castle; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and one on the way; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral service was held May 12, 2017 at the Rifle United Methodist Presbyterian Church. Burial at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs followed the reception. ❖