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Western Slope Obituaries 10-4-10

Edward Gene Hearlson, 82, of Palisade, Colo., passed away September 17, 2010 at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Western Colorado due to a stroke.

He was born on July 6, 1928 to Francis and Inez Hearlson in Coffeeville, Kan. His family moved to the Grand Valley from Denver, Colo., in 1962, where he later met and married his wife Ruth.

Ed loved farming and gardening. He had a large garden, of which he was “super proud.” He would load up the pickup truck with fresh produce and make his weekly pilgrimage to Collbran to sell to the locals. He never once came back with left over items. Ed also grew pumpkins and would invite the Kids of the Kingdom Preschool to visit the pumpkin patch every year to pick out their special pumpkin and have a photo with Farmer Ed. Some of Ed’s other favorites included hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, and a good Rockies or Broncos game. He was a fabulous cook.

Ed spent 26 years of his life working as a salesman for the food service industry on the Western Slope and Eastern Utah. He had worked for the Keebler Corporation, Pacific Fruit and Produce and American Wholesale affiliated with CD Smith. Ed was well-known and respected by all who came in contact with him. At Northeast Christian Church, Ed was referred to as “The Bethlehem Man.” He built and set up the scenery pieces for the annual “Bethlehem Revisited.” Last year was the first year Ed was unable to participate in preparing for the annual production. The men of the church teased they were going to go get a comfortable recliner for Ed to sit in so that he could make sure everything was set up correctly.

He is survived by his lovely wife of 46 years, Ruth Hearlson of Palisade, Colo.; his sons, Robert Gene Hearlson of El Paso, Texas; Bob (Elaine) Korver of Palisade, Colo.; his daughters, Linda Marshall of Caldwell, Kan.; Kathy (David) Kelly of Austin, Texas; and his daughter-in-law, Polly Crabtree of Grand Junction, Colo.; four half-brothers; two half-sisters; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two half brothers and son, William Korver.

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Memorial services were held September 23, 2010 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Edward Gene Hearlson, 82, of Palisade, Colo., passed away September 17, 2010 at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Western Colorado due to a stroke.

He was born on July 6, 1928 to Francis and Inez Hearlson in Coffeeville, Kan. His family moved to the Grand Valley from Denver, Colo., in 1962, where he later met and married his wife Ruth.

Ed loved farming and gardening. He had a large garden, of which he was “super proud.” He would load up the pickup truck with fresh produce and make his weekly pilgrimage to Collbran to sell to the locals. He never once came back with left over items. Ed also grew pumpkins and would invite the Kids of the Kingdom Preschool to visit the pumpkin patch every year to pick out their special pumpkin and have a photo with Farmer Ed. Some of Ed’s other favorites included hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, and a good Rockies or Broncos game. He was a fabulous cook.

Ed spent 26 years of his life working as a salesman for the food service industry on the Western Slope and Eastern Utah. He had worked for the Keebler Corporation, Pacific Fruit and Produce and American Wholesale affiliated with CD Smith. Ed was well-known and respected by all who came in contact with him. At Northeast Christian Church, Ed was referred to as “The Bethlehem Man.” He built and set up the scenery pieces for the annual “Bethlehem Revisited.” Last year was the first year Ed was unable to participate in preparing for the annual production. The men of the church teased they were going to go get a comfortable recliner for Ed to sit in so that he could make sure everything was set up correctly.

He is survived by his lovely wife of 46 years, Ruth Hearlson of Palisade, Colo.; his sons, Robert Gene Hearlson of El Paso, Texas; Bob (Elaine) Korver of Palisade, Colo.; his daughters, Linda Marshall of Caldwell, Kan.; Kathy (David) Kelly of Austin, Texas; and his daughter-in-law, Polly Crabtree of Grand Junction, Colo.; four half-brothers; two half-sisters; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two half brothers and son, William Korver.

Memorial services were held September 23, 2010 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Edward Gene Hearlson, 82, of Palisade, Colo., passed away September 17, 2010 at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Western Colorado due to a stroke.

He was born on July 6, 1928 to Francis and Inez Hearlson in Coffeeville, Kan. His family moved to the Grand Valley from Denver, Colo., in 1962, where he later met and married his wife Ruth.

Ed loved farming and gardening. He had a large garden, of which he was “super proud.” He would load up the pickup truck with fresh produce and make his weekly pilgrimage to Collbran to sell to the locals. He never once came back with left over items. Ed also grew pumpkins and would invite the Kids of the Kingdom Preschool to visit the pumpkin patch every year to pick out their special pumpkin and have a photo with Farmer Ed. Some of Ed’s other favorites included hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, and a good Rockies or Broncos game. He was a fabulous cook.

Ed spent 26 years of his life working as a salesman for the food service industry on the Western Slope and Eastern Utah. He had worked for the Keebler Corporation, Pacific Fruit and Produce and American Wholesale affiliated with CD Smith. Ed was well-known and respected by all who came in contact with him. At Northeast Christian Church, Ed was referred to as “The Bethlehem Man.” He built and set up the scenery pieces for the annual “Bethlehem Revisited.” Last year was the first year Ed was unable to participate in preparing for the annual production. The men of the church teased they were going to go get a comfortable recliner for Ed to sit in so that he could make sure everything was set up correctly.

He is survived by his lovely wife of 46 years, Ruth Hearlson of Palisade, Colo.; his sons, Robert Gene Hearlson of El Paso, Texas; Bob (Elaine) Korver of Palisade, Colo.; his daughters, Linda Marshall of Caldwell, Kan.; Kathy (David) Kelly of Austin, Texas; and his daughter-in-law, Polly Crabtree of Grand Junction, Colo.; four half-brothers; two half-sisters; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two half brothers and son, William Korver.

Memorial services were held September 23, 2010 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.