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West Slope Obituaries

, 70, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., passed away Monday, May 22, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospital from injuries sustained in an ATV accident on his ranch up Four Mile Road.

Buckey was born August 12, 1935, to Emery E. and Beulah (Henry) Arbaney in Carbondale, Colo. Growing up in the Roaring Fork Valley, he made Glenwood Springs his home until November of 1998, when they built a second home to spend the winters in Ft. Mohave, Ariz.

Buckey went to Garfield County High School and then to college for engineering in Roswell, New Mex., and Mesa State in Grand Junction. He then joined the U.S. Army, continuing his education and teaching school in Germany. He was a member of the U.S. Army Ski Team there.

After an honorable discharge, he came back to the valley and worked with his father, owning and operating Arbaney & Sons, a sawmill and construction company which constructed roads and gas well pads in the Thompson Creek area in the 1960s. Buckey was Garfield County Commissioner from 1988 to 1996.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lucy Louise Mongiat Arbaney; two daughters: Dawn (Larry) Thrun and Lesa (Eric) Chestnut, of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; step-children Bill (Patti) Mowrer of Phoenix, Ariz., and Valerie Scarlett of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Frank Arbaney; and stepfather, Pat Letey.

, 80, died at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo., on Tuesday, June 20, 2006, after complications from a recent stroke.

Lee was born to Darwin and Neva Burford, a pioneer family of the Grand Valley, in Grand Junction, Colo. He spent his childhood years in Grand Junction and on their Eagle ranch in the summer. He attended high school in the Grand Junction area, graduating from Grand Junction High School with the class of 1944. He then joined the U.S. Navy.

He married Helen Lehman on March 7, 1948. Lee worked for various auto dealerships in Grand Junction as parts manager for several years. Lee and Helen worked together in motel management, and in later years, he worked for Denning Lumber until he retired.

Lee is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen; three children: Linda (Brad) Cox, and Kitty (Phil) Herrera, all of Grand Junction, Colo., and Gary (Lana) Burford of Tempe, Ariz.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers: Pierce (Betty) Burford of Fruita, Colo., and Bill Burford of North Platte, Neb; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

, 71, died Saturday, June 17, 2006, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle, Colo., after a courageous battle with ALS.

He was born November 1, 1934, to Leland “Poke” and Pauline (Newby) Roach in Mesa, Colo. Sam grew up at Molina, Colo., and attended Bull Creek grade school and high school in Mesa, then moved up to Collbran Union High School. He worked on ranches throughout Plateau Valley while attending high school. After high school, Sam joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Long Beach, Calif., aboard the U.S.S. DeHaven 727. He proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict.

Sam and Norma Delling were married in Mesa on December 30, 1959 and to this union one son was born.

Sam worked in the oil fields from the Texas border to the Canadian border. He was job superintendent at CB Tract for Colorado Maaco in the Piceance Creek Basin the early ’80s. In the late ’80s, Sam worked in the gold mines in Nevada.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Lee Roach of Carbondale, Colo.; son William Allen Roach of Carbondale; brother Richard A. Roach and sister-in-law Richlyn (Barnard) Roach, both of Viola, Ark.; aunt Maida (Roach) Page of Fruita, Colo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; and both paternal and maternal grandparents.

, 53, of Grand Junction, Colo., died Monday, June 26, 2006, after a battle with cancer.

Monte was born in Quincy, Ill., April 15, 1953, and came to the Grand Valley at the age of 14. He attended Palisade High School and graduated with the class of 1971.

On January 12, 1986, Monte married Lynda Drennan in Las Vegas, Nev.

He enjoyed horsemanship, hunting, fishing, golf, and anything outdoors. He completed a 100-mile ride over the Grand Mesa.

Monte is survived by his wife, Lynda Miller of Grand Junction, Colo.; his parents, Ralph and Evelyn Kuhn of Fruita, Colo.; daughters: Shannon (Bruce) Dannels and Heather McCrystal, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers: Mark Harris and Rick Harris, both of Grand Junction, Colo.; three sisters: Theresa Miller of Scotts Valley, Calif., Tameras Grogan of Grand Junction, Colo., and Chonnie Cutsforth of Grand Junction, Colo.; and seven grandchildren.

, 89, longtime Delta County resident, passed away Friday, June 23, 2006, at Horizon’s Care Center in Eckert, Colo.

He was born August 27, 1916, in Morton County, Kansas to the late Emory and Lucy (Latham) Addington. He spent his childhood in Morton County, Kansas, and graduated from Elkhart High School with the class of 1935.

He furthered his education at the University of Kansas.

On October 26, 1937, Alden married Nadean Holder. She preceded him in death on December 26, 1998, in Delta.

Alden moved to Delta, Colo., in 1974, then lived for a short time in St. George, Utah, before moving back to Delta. He was a rancher who was interested in mining, history, and he loved to travel. He was a sixty-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Elk’s Lodge.

Those grateful to have shared in Alden’s life include son-in-law Vic Clampitt of Austin, Colo.; two brothers, Richard (Lorriene) Addington of Elkhart, Kan., and Bill Addinton of Ft. Worth, Texas. Alden is further survived by three grandsons: Kent Clampitt of Grand Junction, Colo., Lane (Cheri) Clampitt of Bozeman, Mont., and Shane (Cindy) Clampitt of Farmington, Utah; and eight great-grandchildren.


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