West Slope Obituaries
Evelyn Rose Venable was born on July 2, 1935 in Cushing, Oklahoma to Eva and Paul Venable. She was one of eight children. When Evelyn was young, the Venable Family moved to Colorado. Evelyn met Earl Bonine while attending school in Cedaredge, Colorado and they were married in February 24,1952 in Eckert, CO
Work opportunities moved the Bonine family to the south Dakota Farms, the California Suburbs and then returning to Colorado in 1975. Together Evelyn and Earl raised five children; Terri, Cindy, David, Gail and Glen Bonine. Evelyn made each home a special place where her children have fond memories of the family and activities.
Evelyn was resourceful and creative. She loved to garden and made sure the pantry was full of home canned fruits and vegetables at the end of every years crop. What once seemed like a lot of work, has turned to fond memories for her family of picking up apples in the orchards after the harvest only to spend a Saturday pressing gallons of apple cider with neighbors for the next winter. Evelyn and Earl worked to maintain close relationships with a large number of family and friends, and in turn, their home was always open to guests and she always had a homemade meal to share, which often times included her amazing homemade cinnamon rolls.
As a family, the Bonines took a lot of road trips. Most included visits to relatives, often at great distances from home. Many times, Earl would call Evelyn during the day to suggest that they leave right after work and visit family and friends in other areas of the country. She would pack the car and family and they would travel all night. Evelyn and Earl worked to maintain close relationships with a large number of family and friends, and in turn, their home was always open to guests throughout the years.
Evelyn purchased a Singer Sewing Machine in 1955. She took great pride in the care of the only sewing machine she has ever owned and after over 50 years of making the family diapers, clothing, wedding dresses, curtains, etc., the machine is still in mint condition today. She taught all three daughters to sew. Each of her 12 grandchildren have received a denim quilt that Evelyn made in recent years.
Evelyn loved Earl and would choose his company over anyone else’s. She was never tired of Earl’s stories and seemed to hang on every word, as if she had never heard it before. She loved to hear him talk.
Evelyn was first diagnosed with cancer in 2001. She fought a brave fight and the family has been grateful for the many good times she shared the last seven years. In the last months, after she lost her speech, the brightest parts of her day were to be able to sit and listen to visiting company. She often showed increased energy and clearer attention that covered her true condition. In spite of her struggles, her family was blessed with her recognition of those that loved her. She accepted her care with grace, a quiet disposition, and a bright blue-eyed smile. Evelyn quietly left us on Friday, August 15, 2008 to join Jesus Christ in heaven. She is dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
Evelyn is survived by her beloved husband, Earl Bonine of Delta, CO; two sons, David Bonine and his wife Julie of Delta, CO; and Glen Bonine and his wife Terry of Paonia, CO; three daughters: Terri Wyley and her husband Scott of Cory, CO; Cindy Bonine of Port Angeles, WA; and Gail Webb and her husband Gary of Grand Junction, CO; one brother, Walter Venable of Whitesboro, NY; and one sister, Dorothy Proctor and her husband Willard of Delta, CO. She is further survived by thirteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and one sister.
Randall Thomas Birchard, died on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. He was fifty-three years of age.
Randall Thomas Birchard was born to Clarence and Alma (Roskens) Birchard on November 9, 1954, in Everly, Iowa. He spent his childhood in Everly, and graduated from high school there in 1972. Randy furthered his education at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and graduated with a business degree.
Randy married Kae B. Loverink on October 23, 1982, in Spencer, Iowa. The couple resided in Greeley, Colorado, for several years before moving to Delta ten years ago.
His interests included his love for the great outdoors whether he was hiking or camping. He also enjoyed cooking, had a gift for numbers, and he had a compassionate heart who loved to help others. Randy was also a member of Colorado Trails.
Randy was a business office manager for Delta Family Physicians. He will be greatly missed by all those that had the privilege to love and know him.
Randy is survived by the love of his life, Kae Birchard Loverink of Austin, CO; two brothers, John Birchard and his wife Linda of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; and Larry Birchard and his wife Roxanne of Springdale, Arkansas; and one sister, Vicky Henderson and her husband Roger of Luverne, MN.
Arnal Alanzo Hunt, died on Monday, September 1, 2008, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was ninety-two years of age.
Arnal Alanzo Hunt was born to Clarence Edgar Hunt and Minnie Marie Hamilton on February 29, 1916, in Olathe, Colorado. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Cedaredge and Montrose, Colorado.
Arnal married the love of his life, Anne Elizabeth Peterson on July 22, 1941, in Syracuse, Kansas. Arnal and Anne celebrated over fifty-four years of love and marriage together before Anne’s passing on January 9, 1996.
Arnal was an auto mechanic and a carpenter for many years. His interests included his love for the outdoors whether he was fishing, hunting, boating, or spending time building things. Arnal also had a great passion for buying and restoring old boats and RV’s. More importantly, Arnal loved his family and cherished the time he shared with them. Arnal was also a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Delta.
Arnal is survived by two daughters, Evelyn Rudiger and her husband Eldo of Arvada, CO; and Carol Hendrix of Dallas, TX; three sisters: Marjorie Holly of Midland, TX; Betty Rood and her husband Harry of Lakewood, CO; and Beulah Cerise and her husband Wally of Rifle, CO. Arnal is further survived by one grandchild, Allen Rudiger.
Arnal was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anne; four brothers: Raymond, Alvin, Cecil and Bill; one sister, Anna Hunt; and his parents.
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