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Tom A. Waide of Montrose, CO died September 6, 2008 at San Juan Living Center in Montrose, CO. He was 94.

Mr. Waide was born December 26, 1913 at Hale Center, TX to Joe and Ollie Pearl (Boliver) Waide. He joined the U.S. Army in January 1942. He was a World War II Veteran and a staff sergeant with the Reconnaissance Sq. Hdqs and served with the 17th Calvary Troop. Tom was very proud to be a veteran and served his country in World War II. He was sent to Normandy Beach for the invasion of France and continued on to Belgium, Holland and Germany.

After his discharge on June 30, 1945, he worked for various ranches; Meadow Gold Dairies; Holly Sugar Beet Factory, and the Town of Hotchkiss, Dr. Wilson as ranch manager for the IX Ranch in Hotchkiss.

He married Margaret Belle Dozier on February 14, 1946 in Garden City, TX. Margaret Belle passed away on December 3, 1971.

He married Sandra Davis on January 10, 1974 in Montrose, CO. She survives.

Mr. Waide raised paint and quarter horses. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Assn., The American Paint Horse Assn., and the Colorado West Paint Horse Assn. where he served as president in 1984 and was on the board of directors for several years. Tom served on the Delta County Fair Board for 30 years. He was Delta County Fair Grand Marshal in 1984. Mr. Waide was involved in 4-H for many years. He enjoyed team roping and showing horses. Mr. Waide was a lifetime member of the BPOE Elks Lodge in Hotchkiss and served as Post Commander for VFW Post 9333.

Tom will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

Mr. Waide is survived by his wife Sandy of Montrose, CO; his son Allan and his wife Roxy of Castle Rock, CO; his daughter, Sherry and Jerry Kitsmiller of Montrose, CO; his step-sons, Joel Davis and wife Cindy of Pomona, CA; Robert Davis of Denver, CO; step daughters, Meschelle Quine and husband Tom of Charlotte, NC and Sheryl and husband Jim Wardlaw of Paonia, CO; numerous grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Wally Davis of Grants, NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ollie Pearl Waide; his first wife, Margaret Belle; four brothers: John Ed, Charlie, Billy, and Bob Waide; and four sisters: Cassie Stephens, Jo Nell Layman, Ida Keller, and Mary Belle Sims.

John Kelso “Jack” Musser passed away on Friday September 5, 2008 at 89 years of age.

John Kelso Musser was born in Delta Colorado on April 16, 1919 to S. Kelso and Eda May (Baker) Musser. He attended school in Escalante and Delta, graduating from Delta High School in 1936. He attended the University of Wyoming for one year and returned home to help address the demands of the family business.

On November 14, 1944 Jack married the love of his life and best friend Bernice N. Hendrickson, in Grand Junction Colorado.

As third generation cattle ranchers Jack and his brother Tom remained active in the industry several years after the sale of the family’s Escalante Canyon ranch in 1988. For some their retirement marked the end of an era and way of life. Never truly retired, the brothers busied themselves building wood furniture. With hand made pieces numbering in the thousands, some made it as far as France and England.

Jack was a 66 year member of the Delta Elks Lodge #1235, former president of the Delta County Farm Bureau, long time member of the Delta County Planning Commission, and Charter Board Member of the Beefmaster Breeders Universal and the Foundation Beefmaster Association.

He enjoyed ranching, the livestock, reading, woodworking and a light-hearted sense of humor that kept his family and friends smiling.

Those grateful to have shared in his life, his wife Bernice of Delta Colorado, one son John and Vickie Musser of Delta, one daughter Margaret and Ray Veatch of Delta, one brother Tom and Pat Musser of Delta, and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Alice.

Helen L. Gardner was born April 22, 1927 to Horace and Agnes Mann in Kansas City, Kansas. She moved as a young child to the city of San Francisco, California, the place where she grew up and loved; later marrying Stanley W. Gardner, native of Sydney, Australia.

Helen could have been anything she wanted to be; she loved reading about historical events, countries, cultures, science, biology, and most of all, about people and the things they do. Music was another pat time, keeping time with classical music, big band era rhythms, pop-jazz-and rock and roll. She was open to most all things – loving life to its fullest.

She is survived by two sons; Steven Gardner from Delta, Colorado, Peter Gardner from Modesto, California; Four daughters; Cissy Yoakum from Grass Valley, California, Rebecca Boyd from Grand Prairie, Texas, Beverly Gardner and Janet Gardner, both from Clear Lake, California.

Helen has thirteen Grandchildren, seventeen Great Grandchildren and one Great-great Grandchild.


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