Western Slope Obituaries 12-31-12

Owen Lowell "Buddy" Jacobs

Owen Lowell “Buddy” Jacobs

Owen Lowell “Buddy” Jacobs, 88, a lifetime resident of the Hotchkiss, Colo., vicinity, passed away December 20, 2012 at Paonia Care Center.

He was born August 18, 1924 on Rogers Mesa to Lawrence Edwin and Ethel (Stanley) Jacobs, early settlers of the North Fork Valley. His dad came from Nebraska in 1894 and his mother from Iowa in 1909.

Owen was a rancher. At one time, he owned sheep and cattle, but his lifelong interest was in the sheep business. He believed in wool products and always wore wool shirts in the winter time. Owen always took care of his animals, no animal ever went hungry. He always rode a good horse. When he moved the sheep camps and took supplies to the herders he always had a dog or two following along. Everyone said he knew how to pack the mules. The mules tried to shake it loose, but it was there to stay. He loved the mountains and all of nature, especially the Hubbard Creek area.

Owen graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1942. He married the love of his life, Vauna Lee Newman, a resident of Rogers Mesa, on June 15, 1945 in Paonia, Colo.

In 1945 he was inducted into the Army during World War II. He served on the “Sea Perch” and “U.S.A.T. George Washington,” carrying 5,000 troops and crew. He worked in the hospital dispensary and ordered supplies. Owen crossed both oceans, making six trips, one trip to Manila Philippines, which took 31 days one way, three trips to La Harve, France and Liverpool, England, and two trips to Bremenhaven, Germany. He said, “If I ever get back to Colorado, I’ll never leave.” He kept his word, never being gone more than a few days at a time. Owen was honorably discharged as Sergeant on December 21, 1946.

The Jacobs moved January 1, 1951 to their present home on Hanson Mesa (62 years.) He enjoyed feeding the hummingbirds and caring for petunias and tomatoes. He loved fiddle music and polkas’.

Owen had been a member of the Consolidated Wool Growers, being Secretary and Treasurer for 13 years (1963 to 1976) and the Colorado Wood Growers association. He was a lifetime member of V.F.W. #9333 and a member of the American Quarter Horse association.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Vauna Lee Jacobs; his daughter, Marcella Young and her husband Tim of Hooker, Okla.; grandson, Owen Lee Olinger of Hooker, Okla.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special young friend Brandon Sullivan of Hotchkiss, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Portia Black, and brothers Paul and Stanley Jacobs.

Memorial services were held December 24, 2012 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss, Colo.

Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Owen’s name to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, N.Y., 10018 or

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Edythelma Sattley

Edythelma Sattley, 82, passed away December 9, 2012 at The Gingerich Home For The Elderly in Farmington, N.M.

She was born in Dolores, Colo., and lived her entire life in Southwestern Colorado. Her childhood was spent living on a ranch in Disappointment Valley and the San Juan Mountains. Edyth’s parents named her Edyth after her Grandmother Edith Miller and the name Thelma came from a family friend who was schoolteacher in the Disappointment Valley area.

She was a loving wife, mother and excellent homemaker. She loved the ranch life and helped with every aspect of the business. Edyth was a gifted horsewoman and kept all family members well supplied with good ranch horses. She loved her farm animals and enjoyed caring for them.

Whether it was painting a picture, writing a poem or raising a beautiful garden, she was truly gifted. Edyth was a wonderful role model and has enriched each of her family members’ lives.

Edythelma lived a very interesting life and provided much love and beautiful memories for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Alvin Sattley; her two children, Jesse Sattley and wife Charlene and Carol Taylor and husband Bill; her grandchildren, Derrick Taylor, Adam Sattley and Abby Sattley; one great-grandchild Alex Sattley; her sister Clydella Likes and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Donaldson Royce and Pearl May (Bankston) Royce; and an infant son, Thomas Kent Sattley; two brothers, Don Royce and Glen Royce; sister, Marie Sharp; and a grandson, Darren Taylor.

Memorial services were under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home of Cortez, Colo.

She was laid to rest at the Summit Ridge Cemetery near Dolores, Colo. ❖

Robert Thomas “Tom” Ruckman

Robert Thomas “Tom” Ruckman, 81, long time Grand Junction, Colo., resident, passed away December 1, 2012, at his home in Prineville, Ore., with his son Tom at his bedside.

He was born July 20, 1931, in Lay, Colo., to Alice Marie (Anderson) Ruckman and Morris T. Ruckman, a pioneer family of Meeker, Colo. Tom graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1949, then went to work as a heavy equipment operator for the D&RG Rail Road where he met his first wife, June Owens. They were married in 1952. They later divorced.

Upon his retirement, he left Grand Junction, Colo., and went to Meeker, Colo., to work at his own cattle ranch. He later left Meeker, Colo., and went to Oregon where he resided until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; his children, son, Tom of American Fork, Utah; daughters, Shannon of American Fork, Utah and Laurie Lavelle, of Carson City, Nev.; step-children, Albert, Debbie and Paul; numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren; and brothers, Bill and Albert of Grand Junction, Colo., and Gary of Arvada, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Maureen Bockius.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Prineville, Ore. ❖

Benjamin Joseph Shipard

Benjamin Joseph Shipard, 50, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away December 14, 2012 at his home after his battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

He was born October 15, 1962, in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia. In 1993, he moved to the United States where he pursued a career as a Farrier.

He is survived by his daughter, Kylie Shipard of Grand Junction, Colo.; his mother, Judith Shipard of Australia; his sister, Sarah Shipard of Australia; his cousin, Jan of England, and numerous family and friends in Australia and Colorado.

Memorial services were held December 22, 2012, at the Eagles Lodge in Grand Junction, Colo., 81503. ❖