Western Slope Obituaries 11-12-12
Robert Julian Christian
Robert Julian “Bobby” Christian, 53, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away October 31, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., from a long illness.
He was born February 15, 1959 in Delta, Colo., to Robert F. and Casilda Christian. He spent 53 years of life in Hotchkiss, Colo. He never married.
Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed reading western books and collecting knives. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hotchkiss, Colo., and a volunteer for the Senior Citizen’s Center in Hotchkiss, Colo. Bobby loved being around all his family and friends.
He is survived by his brothers, Brent Christian of Hotchkiss, Colo., and Hobie Christian and wife, Lisa of Paonia, Colo.; sister, Anita Webb and husband, Trey of Canadian, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Casilda Christian.
Memorial services were held November 5, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Hotchkiss, Colo.
Interment followed at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Crawford, Colo.
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Paul Gene Collins
Paul Gene Collins, 58, passed away October 12, 2012 in the presence of his loving wife, at his home. He was diagnosed with cancer, but always had a positive attitude, faith and hope.
Paul was born to Robert Kelly and Frances Nell Collins in Boise City, Okla., on November 21, 1953. He graduated from Boise City High School in 1972. Paul and Brenda Sue Heppard dated in high school and married July 7, 1973.
He served on the Boise City Volunteer Fire Department and bowled on a league. Paul started work at the Texaco Station with his parents and his brother, then at the Boise City Body Shop, before moving to Clifton, Colo., in 1978, where he worked for Chuck Davies Guide Service until 1981. He started working for High Country Sales, Inc., until 1995, and then went to work for Mesa Mack Sales and Service, Inc. When Paul passed he was employed at Ferguson Beauregard; a great company with wonderful people.
Paul was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed kids, bowling, and watching the PBR. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and North American Hunting Club.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Sue, of 39 years; his mother, Frances; brother and sister in-law, David and Charlene; one niece, Gina (Jared); one great-niece. Kendra (Armando) Villalobos, all of Boise, Okla.; one great nephew, Ty Pruitt; nephew, John (Shari) Collins; three great nephews, Chance, Clay, and Cole, of Shattuck, Okkla.; Aunt Doe, Uncle Wayne; numerous cousins; mother in-law, Bonnie Heppard of Kenton, Okla.; and Brenda’s family.
He was preceded in death by his father and brother.
According to his wishes, no services will be held.
Memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to a charity of your choice, or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th Avenue, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506. ❖
Reuben W. Nelson
Reuben W. Nelson, 93, of Rifle, Colo., passed away October 27, 2012, at Crossroads Assisted Living in Rifle, Colo.
He was born October 9, 1919, in Meeker, Colo., to Robert and Leona (Reynolds) Nelson.
He proudly served his country in the Army (Cavalry) during WWII. He was stationed in the Pacific Front and earned a Purple Heart before his discharge in 1946.
Two years later, he married Leila Ogden. They ranched at many locations on the western slope before Reuben went to work for the US Forest Service and settled the family in Gypsum, Colo. He had a deep love of ranching and the outdoors.
After the loss of his wife in 1993, he returned to Rifle, Colo.
He is survived by his daughters, Iva Osburn, and Dena (Randy) Thompson; son-in-law, Bruce Wolfe; sister, Mary Plowman; granddaughters, Lisa (John) Gau and Jennifer (Jeff) Lamb; three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leila; daughter, Ruby Wolfe, and sister, Sarah Ridgeway.
Memorial graveside services were held October 31, 2012 at Russey-Hurlburt Cemetery in Parachute, Colo.
Online condolences at RifleFuneralHome.com. ❖
William “Bill” Kralicek
William “Bill” Kralicek, 62, of Montrose, Colo., passed away November 3, 2012.
He was the son of Joe and Dena Kralicek. He graduated from Olathe High School and was an Academic All-American at the University of Colorado in football and wrestling.
Bill was a lifelong resident of Colorado. He coached football and wrestling at Mesa State and various high schools on the western slope.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman, who loved spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Gail, of the home; two sons, Joe and wife, Amy of Kansas, and Chris and his wife, Shawna of Grand Junction, Colo.; four grandchildren and the many young lives he’s influenced over the years.
Memorial services were held November 10, 2012, at The Quality Inn in Montrose, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stronghold Youth Foundation, 2631 N Skyline Dr., Bloomington, Ind., 47404. ❖