Western Slope Obituaries 10-22-12
Albert Lee Conatser (Bigin), 86, of Delta, Colo., passed away October 13, 2012.
He was born June 13, 1926 in Dumas, Texas, and spent his childhood in Cuba, N.M., before returning to Texas and then serving in the Navy for two years during WWII.
Albert spent the last 42 years of his life in Colorado where he worked for Coors Brewing Company and continued his passion for raising, training and riding his beloved horses with his family and extended family of friends. Anyone who was fortunate enough to know Albert was a better person because of it.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy; three daughters, Rosetta (Frank) Menapace of New Mexico, Vicki (Mickey) Hinchman of Cedaredge, Colo., and Barbara (Harry) McDonald of Montrose, Colo.; one son, Robert (Janet) of Golden, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many, many extended family and friends.
Please come join us for a celebration of Albert’s life and final round-up with a potluck at the Pea Green Community Center (Corner of Banner Road and Hwy 348) on October 27, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or the VFW. ❖
Edward Perry Robirds
Edward Perry Robirds, 76, of Cory, Colo., passed away October 12, 2012 surrounded by his loving family at his residence.
He was born September 29, 1936 to Joseph Edward and Bessie Bernice (Hawkins) Robirds in Sidney, Neb.
He spent his childhood and attended schools in Sidney, Neb., and Peetz, Colo. After graduating from high school, he attended college in Sterling, Colo.
On December 7, 1985, Edward married Jacklyn Jane (Jackie) Blodgett Beavers in Denver, Colo. They moved to Crawford, Colo., in 1994 and then to Delta, Colo., and the Cory, Colo., area.
Edward was a journeyman electrician by trade. He was a business owner and worked after retirement as Water Superintendent at Orchard City Irrigation District. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Delta, Colo.
Edward was a cowboy at heart. His true love was roping. He loved ranching, farming and breeding horses. At one time he also raised cows and sheep. He also enjoyed boating, camping, and fishing in his free time.
He is survived by his spouse, Jackie Robirds of Cory, Colo.; two sons, Scott Robirds of Arnold, Neb., and Jason Robirds of Australia; a step-son, Jeffrey Beavers and spouse, Lisa of Orange, Calif.; three daughters, Velinda Robirds and spouse, Todd of Oklahoma, Leisa Robirds of North Platte, Neb., and Kelly Robirds and spouse, Kevin of Alliance, Neb.; a step-daughter, Justine Brown and spouse, Mark of Brighton, Colo.; his brother, Douglas Robirds and spouse, Patty of Sidney, Neb.; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bessie Robirds and his sister, Jeanie McRea.
Memorial services were held October 20, 2012, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Delta, Colo.
Memorial contributions to be made in Edward’s memory to the American Cancer Society (www.Cancer.org).
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖
Milton Warren McPherson
Milton Warren McPherson, 88, a lifelong resident of Western Colorado at Silt, Rifle and Grand Junction, passed away October 14, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born to Daniel A. and Mary E. McPherson at Silt, Colo., into a large family of 11 children. Having been raised on a farm/ranch immediately south of Silt, Colo., he married Geraldine “Jerry” Harper, a Denver girl that he met in a barley field during harvest on Divide Creek, in June 1945. Two sons, Mick and Gale, were born to their marriage.
Warren and Jerry were both united with Christ in January, 1947, and became faithful Christians and members of the First Baptist Church at Silt, Colo., from 1947 until their respective deaths.
Also in 1945, Warren joined his brothers in a family partnership, farming and ranching in sheep and cattle on the Silt, Colo., home ranch and in the Grand Junction, Colo., area for 20 years until 1965. He continued in partnership with his younger brother, Dale, on Divide Creek and later on his own until retirement in the mid-80s.
A Colorado outdoorsman, Warren was an avid hunter/fisherman who collected fish and wildlife trophies in Colorado, British Columbia and Alaska.
Jerry, his wife of 37 years, passed away in 1982. God was gracious to Warren. He re-married in 1983 to Ida L. Figurski of Rifle, Colo., she having lost her husband ‘Buss’ several years before. Warren and Ida continued living near Silt, Colo., and remained faithful members in the Silt, Colo., church, where he was a deacon and trustee, even after they moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1994.
For over a decade beginning in the late 80s, they traveled to Alaska nearly every year, for a few months of salmon fishing on the Kenai Peninsula.
He is survived by Ida; her two daughters, Jerilee Bussell (Jerry Lynn) of Farmington, N.M., and Linda Heinrich (Scott) of Phoenix, Ariz.; his two sons, Mick McPherson (Pat) of Barnsdall, Okla., and Gale McPherson (Mary) of Durango, Colo.; two younger sisters, Stella McClung of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Natalie Meisner of Casa Grande, Ariz.; and younger brother Dale McPherson of Grand Junction, Colo., and Divide Creek; Jerry’s sister, Jean Bottorff, of Denver, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; more than 40 nephews and nieces of the McPherson, Bagley, Raley, McClung, Meisner and Bottorff families, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by all of his older siblings and their spouses.
Memorial services were held October 20, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Silt, Colo.
Burial followed at the Divide Creek Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences at http://www.RifleFuneralHome.com. ❖
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From June through September, John Etchart spends most of the day driving a tractor through hayfields below the mountains near Meeker in northwestern Colorado.