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Western Slope Obituaries 11-22-10

James J. “Jim” Ayer, 68, of Crawford, Colo., passed away on November 9, 2010 near Maher, Colorado as a result of a hunting accident.

James Judson Ayer was born to Burtis Bennett and Mary E. (Stewart) Ayer on November 26, 1941 at the Ayer Ranch in Crawford. He attended schools and spent his childhood in Crawford. Jim graduated from Crawford High School with the class of 1960. Jim furthered his education at an electronics school in Denver; Mesa State College in Grand Junction; and Western State College in Gunnison.

Jim was drafted to military service in the Army on October 1966 and served until October 1968. He was assigned to the Headquarters Battery of the 2nd Battalion of the 18th Artillery Regiment in Rothwesten Germany and was discharged as a Specialist E4 with a security clearance.

On August 25, 1971, Jim married Susan Albright at the Hotchkiss Baptist Church. The couple had the honor of sharing over 39 years of marriage together this year.

Jim volunteered for numerous organizations throughout his community including: American Legion Post No. 190; National Cattlemans Association; Colorado Cattlemans Association; Delta County Livestock; Friends of Crawford Town Hall; and the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807.

The Ayer Ranch is a founding member of Colorado Homestead Meats. In addition, Jim was president of the Black Mesa Livestock Association, and the Saddle Mountain and Daisy Ditch Companies. He was on the board of the Cathedral Water Company, and the Virginia, Stewart, and Dyer Fork Ditch Companies. Jim was also a member of the NRA.

For Jim’s hobbies, see above! In addition, Jim fulfilled his life long dream of skydiving in 2005, accompanied by his sons.

Jim is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan Ayer of Crawford, Colo.; one daughter, Amy Peebles and husband Gary of Crawford, Colo.; two sons, James Ayer and wife Karen of Crawford, Colo., and Justin Ayer of Avon, Colo.; three sisters: Mary Helen deKoevend of Nucla, Colo., Henrietta Keenan and Margaret Deutsch both of Crawford, Colo. Jim is further survived by seven grandchildren: Colton, Jace and Blaine Peebles, and Grace, Naomi, Faith and Sarah Ayer.

Memorial services were held November 14, 2010 at the Crawford K-8 School.

A private burial took take place at the Ayer Ranch.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com.

James J. “Jim” Ayer, 68, of Crawford, Colo., passed away on November 9, 2010 near Maher, Colorado as a result of a hunting accident.

James Judson Ayer was born to Burtis Bennett and Mary E. (Stewart) Ayer on November 26, 1941 at the Ayer Ranch in Crawford. He attended schools and spent his childhood in Crawford. Jim graduated from Crawford High School with the class of 1960. Jim furthered his education at an electronics school in Denver; Mesa State College in Grand Junction; and Western State College in Gunnison.

Jim was drafted to military service in the Army on October 1966 and served until October 1968. He was assigned to the Headquarters Battery of the 2nd Battalion of the 18th Artillery Regiment in Rothwesten Germany and was discharged as a Specialist E4 with a security clearance.

On August 25, 1971, Jim married Susan Albright at the Hotchkiss Baptist Church. The couple had the honor of sharing over 39 years of marriage together this year.

Jim volunteered for numerous organizations throughout his community including: American Legion Post No. 190; National Cattlemans Association; Colorado Cattlemans Association; Delta County Livestock; Friends of Crawford Town Hall; and the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807.

The Ayer Ranch is a founding member of Colorado Homestead Meats. In addition, Jim was president of the Black Mesa Livestock Association, and the Saddle Mountain and Daisy Ditch Companies. He was on the board of the Cathedral Water Company, and the Virginia, Stewart, and Dyer Fork Ditch Companies. Jim was also a member of the NRA.

For Jim’s hobbies, see above! In addition, Jim fulfilled his life long dream of skydiving in 2005, accompanied by his sons.

Jim is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan Ayer of Crawford, Colo.; one daughter, Amy Peebles and husband Gary of Crawford, Colo.; two sons, James Ayer and wife Karen of Crawford, Colo., and Justin Ayer of Avon, Colo.; three sisters: Mary Helen deKoevend of Nucla, Colo., Henrietta Keenan and Margaret Deutsch both of Crawford, Colo. Jim is further survived by seven grandchildren: Colton, Jace and Blaine Peebles, and Grace, Naomi, Faith and Sarah Ayer.

Memorial services were held November 14, 2010 at the Crawford K-8 School.

A private burial took take place at the Ayer Ranch.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com.

James J. “Jim” Ayer, 68, of Crawford, Colo., passed away on November 9, 2010 near Maher, Colorado as a result of a hunting accident.

James Judson Ayer was born to Burtis Bennett and Mary E. (Stewart) Ayer on November 26, 1941 at the Ayer Ranch in Crawford. He attended schools and spent his childhood in Crawford. Jim graduated from Crawford High School with the class of 1960. Jim furthered his education at an electronics school in Denver; Mesa State College in Grand Junction; and Western State College in Gunnison.

Jim was drafted to military service in the Army on October 1966 and served until October 1968. He was assigned to the Headquarters Battery of the 2nd Battalion of the 18th Artillery Regiment in Rothwesten Germany and was discharged as a Specialist E4 with a security clearance.

On August 25, 1971, Jim married Susan Albright at the Hotchkiss Baptist Church. The couple had the honor of sharing over 39 years of marriage together this year.

Jim volunteered for numerous organizations throughout his community including: American Legion Post No. 190; National Cattlemans Association; Colorado Cattlemans Association; Delta County Livestock; Friends of Crawford Town Hall; and the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807.

The Ayer Ranch is a founding member of Colorado Homestead Meats. In addition, Jim was president of the Black Mesa Livestock Association, and the Saddle Mountain and Daisy Ditch Companies. He was on the board of the Cathedral Water Company, and the Virginia, Stewart, and Dyer Fork Ditch Companies. Jim was also a member of the NRA.

For Jim’s hobbies, see above! In addition, Jim fulfilled his life long dream of skydiving in 2005, accompanied by his sons.

Jim is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan Ayer of Crawford, Colo.; one daughter, Amy Peebles and husband Gary of Crawford, Colo.; two sons, James Ayer and wife Karen of Crawford, Colo., and Justin Ayer of Avon, Colo.; three sisters: Mary Helen deKoevend of Nucla, Colo., Henrietta Keenan and Margaret Deutsch both of Crawford, Colo. Jim is further survived by seven grandchildren: Colton, Jace and Blaine Peebles, and Grace, Naomi, Faith and Sarah Ayer.

Memorial services were held November 14, 2010 at the Crawford K-8 School.

A private burial took take place at the Ayer Ranch.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com.


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