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West Slope Obituaries

, 59, a resident of the Surface Creek area, passed away March 14, 2006, at the Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, Ariz.

Iva R. Hood was born to the late Jesse A. and Abby (McDermott) Hood in Cedaredge, Colo. She spent her childhood and attended school in Cedaredge, graduating with the class of 1964.

On September 21, 1968, Iva married Larry E. Campbell in Cedaredge, Colo.

Iva was employed as a secretary. She moved away from Cedaredge and resided in Denver, Colo., for 20 years. She enjoyed tending to her garden.

Those grateful to have shared in Iva’s life include a daughter, Rene (Ronald) Loy of Delta, Colo.; a son, Dallas (Jennifer) Campbell of Denver, Colo.; four brothers: Arnold (Audrey) Hood of Cedaredge, Colo., Earl (Marjorie) Hood of Fruita, Colo., Dale (Loretta) Hood of Tucson, Ariz., and Milton Hood of Cedaredge, Colo.; two sisters: Arlene (John) Fowler of Cedaredge, Colo., and Myrna (Clinton) Lampton of Marganton, Ga. She is further survived by three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Iva was preceded in death by her parents.

, 93, of Montrose, Colo., died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Colorow Care Center.

He was born at home in Riverside, Colo., on October 5, 1912, to Walter L. and Ora (Books) Sanburg. He attended school at Riverside Elementary and Montrose County High School.

On June 5, 1932, Pink married Ruby Lee Kegans of Olathe, Colo. She preceded him in death on June 27, 2003. They had celebrated 71 years of marriage. Pink and Ruby established their home at Riverside, where their three sons and two daughters were born. He farmed and ranched with his father and brother and worked at Burtis Brothers Meat Packers, before retiring from Western Colorado Power Company in 1972. The couple wintered in Yuma, Ariz., for 15 years, until it became impossible to continue to travel.

Pink was a member of the Riverside School Board, was involved with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and was a longtime board member of the Montrose County Historical Society, where he was active in acquiring artifacts and opening of the historical depot museum. He was also an active member of the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society. His special interests involved the outdoors: hunting, fishing and arrowhead hunting with his kids.

Pink is survived by four of his children: Monte J. (Shirley) Sanburg, Willis “Bill” (Thera) Sanburg, and Doreene (Robert) Gerle, all of Montrose, Colo., and Sandra (Richard) Whitton of Cedaredge, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Carol J. Sanburg of Durango, Colo.; sister, Elen Smith; and sister-in-law, Alice Sanburg, both of Montrose, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby; son, Carroll L. Sanburg; his parents; a brother, Clifford Sanburg; and two great-grandsons.

, 89, longtime Delta, Colo., resident, died Saturday, March 25, 2006, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe, Colo.

Gladys Opal Sinison was born December 27, 1916, in Washington, Iowa to the late Charles and Johanna (Thompson) Sinison. She spent her childhood in eastern Colorado and attended school there.

On January 3, 1934, Gladys married Delbert “Shorty” Asher in Colorado Springs, Colo. He preceded her in death on October 14, 1998, in Delta, Colo.

Gladys retired in 1977, having worked as the manager of a movie theater. Her interests included crocheting, embroidering, quilting and dancing.

Survivors include a daughter, Frances Gardner of Broomfield, Colo.; a son, Kenny (Bonnie) Asher of Delta, Colo.; four sisters: Laurine Moore of Simla, Colo., Betty Jo (Everett) of Pueblo, Colo., and Virginia Wilson and Lucille Kusch, both of Colorado Springs, Colo. Gladys is further survived by four grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Hans Sinison, a son-in-law, Alvern Gardner; brothers-in-law, Clarence and Loyd Asher, and a grandson, Dan Asher.

, 82, of Eckert, Colo., passed away Friday, March 24, 2006, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

Paul Elmo Parks was born to the late Frank H. and Nedra Parks in Helena, Mont., on November 8, 1924. Paul spent his childhood and attended schools in Gresham, Ore.

On July 4, 1945, Paul married Betty Hampton in Portland, Ore. Betty preceded him in death. Paul married his second wife, Nell Marie (Smith) Stockemer, in Delta, Colo., on April 3, 1989, having moved to Eckert, Colo., twenty years ago.

Paul served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a tech sergeant. He received several medals including the Purple Heart, French Medal of Valor, D-Day medal, ETO medal with two oak clusters, and the Unit Citation with four B stars.

He was employed at Marine Electronics in their sales and service department, retiring in 1982. Paul enjoyed shooting, fishing, photography, remote control airplanes, and he especially loved the outdoors. He was a member of the 4-H Hot Shots, the VFW, and the Ex Pows.

Those grateful to have shared in Paul’s life include four daughters: Myla Krueger of Aloha, Ore., Merrae (Dan) McCann of Redmond, Ore., Michelle Moore of Hotchkiss, Colo., and Paula (Jorge) Villarreal of Shelton, Wash.; two sons: Leonard and Laura Parks of Newman Lake, Wash., and Randy (Kathy) Parks of Portland, Ore. He is further survived by eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his two wives: Betty and Nell.

, 77, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away March 26, 2006, at Mantey Heights Rehabilitation Center with his family by his side.

He was born March 23, 1929, in Douglas, Ariz., to Cosmo and Maria Tarango. When he was 11 years old he was left on a ranch in Candelaria, Texas, where he worked to make his own way. His life truly began when he met the love of his life, Dorothy Gallegos, and they became an instant family. Together they raised six children: Debra, David, Lisa, Karl, Paul, and Ralph. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend.

Paul worked in many different fields. He was never too proud to do what it took to support his family. In the early 70s, he became a cement mason and helped build the Eisenhower Tunnel. He then moved his family to Hayden, Colo., to work on the Hayden Station power plant, then to Craig, Colo., to work on the power plant there. The family remained in Craig until 1987, when they returned to Grand Junction.

Paul never met a stranger and never knew an enemy. Everyone he met instantly loved him. He had that special charm and loved spending time with his friends and family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gambling and was a great cook. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Dorothy Byrd; two daughters: Debra (Daniel) Smith of Arkansas, and Lisa (Gary) Vigil of Grand Junction, Colo.; four sons: David Burnell of Nebraska, Karl (Tina) Tarango of Loveland, Colo., Paul (Kim) Tarango of Ohio, and Ralph (Deena) Tarango of Wyoming; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Eugene Gary Vigil.