Western Slope Obituaries 3-19-12
March 19, 2012
Robert William (Bob) Hoff, 69, of Eckert, Colo., passed away March 7, 2012 in his home in the presence of his family after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Bob was born July 1, 1942 in Hendricks, Minn., to Joseph and Esther Hoff (Wilking). He was baptized and confirmed in Calvary Lutheran Church in Hendricks, Minn., and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1960. He then attended Minneapolis School of Business.
He married Judith Ann Christensen in 1963, and had three children. In 1963 he enlisted in the Navy as an Electrician’s Mate, where he served in Vietnam on the U.S.S. St. Paul. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, and was honorably discharged as an E-5 in 1967.
He went on to pursue a career as a master electrician, beginning at Goos Electric in Tyler, Minn. He purchased that business, which he ran and owned successfully until 1983, at which point he moved his family to Colorado. He worked for a number of commercial electrical companies, finally settling in with Casey Industrial, where he worked throughout the United States and abroad.
He retired from Casey in 2008, and moved to Eckert, Colo., to live with his son and family, where he had the privilege of helping to raise his youngest granddaughter, Ava. Throughout his life, Bob’s greatest joy was spending time with family. His favorite hobby was woodworking, and he was a member of Grand Valley Woodturners. Other hobbies included riding horse, camping, and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Judith, of Russell, Minn.; daughters Shiela (Joel) Zuehlke of Fairmont, Minn., and Jennifer (Corey) Evans of Balaton, Minn.; son Joseph (Sarah) Hoff; grandchildren: Shaun Madden, Isabella, Abigail, and Elijah Zuehlke; Colin, Derek, and Colton Evans; Ava Hoff; brother Richard (Wanice) Hoff; brother-in-law August Hamer; sister Donna (Eldon) Thurow; sister Joan (Burt) Pederson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
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He was preceded in death by grandson Benjamin Joel Zuehlke, his parents Joseph and Esther, sister Darlene Hamer, brother-in-law Herbert Hamer Sr, nephews Joel and Timothy Hamer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Memorial services were held March 10, 2012 at the All Saints Luther Church in Eckert, Colo.
There will be a prayer service at the Christ Lutheran Church with interment of ashes at the East Cemetery in Hendricks, Minn., in June.
Richard “Dick” Kuta, 82, of Delta, Colo., passed away March 6, 2012 at his home in Delta, Colo., after a lengthy illness.
He was born to Adam A. and Mary E. (Nosal) Kuta on September 22, 1929 in Loup City, Neb. He spent his childhood in Loup City, graduating from Loup City High School in 1946.
Richard honorably served his country in Germany and Korea while in the US Army.
On September 2, 1989 Richard married Jacque K. Booth in Ouray, Colo., and gained three step-daughters. Richard and Jacque would have celebrated their 23rd anniversary this year. Richard was previously married to Phyllis (Redden) Kuta. They raised three children.
Richard worked as a Colorado State patrolman for 16 years. After retiring from the state patrol, Richard drove a school bus for 16 years. He loved children, and the students brought him joy over the years.
Richard was an avid Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies fan. He loved traveling the mountains and enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, reading and wintering in Arizona. More importantly, he loved and cherished his family.
Richard was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and a former member of Knights of Columbus. He was also a life member of Delta Elks Lodge and belonged to several coffee clubs, socializing with comrades and co-workers.
He is survived by his wife, Jacque Kuta; two sons, Randy Kuta of Aurora, Colo., and Mike Kuta of Austin, Colo.; one daughter, Melinda Kuta of Erie, Colo.; three step-daughters Kimberly Shreeves of Delta, Colo., Shelly (Dave) Vandertie of Solana Beach, Calif., and Lisa (Bernie) Kuta of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; six sisters, Lynn Rozmiarek of Pueblo, Colo., Rita (Lee) Mendyk of Winona, Minn., Dodie Dickerson of Belmont, Calif., Marian Novak of Rio Rancho, N.M., Georgia Treadwell of Fruita, Colo., Kathy (Marvin) Klaes of Middleburg, Fla.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and large circle of friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest Kuta and Arnold “Jack” Kuta; his parents; his former wife, Phyllis Kuta; and two infant children.
Memorial services were held March 12, 2012 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo.
Inurnment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416.
Marvelle Pearl Couey, 93, passed away March 11, 2012.
She was born July 31, 1918 to Leon Cabe and Anah Starbuck Cabe in Glenwood Springs, Colo. She lived on Divide Creek with two brothers, Charlie and Lyle Cabe, for 18 years. She married Tony Manuppella in 1935 and lived in Peach Valley until 1945. They then moved to New Castle, Colo., with two sons, Michael (born November 5, 1936) and Richard (born January 15, 1938).
They began a business called Tony’s Recreation. Marvelle attended numerous football and basketball games. She also took the boys to many band concerts. Riding her horse, Storm, everyday was one of her greatest pleasures. She had five generations on the Manuppella side twice. Tony passed away in 1956.
In 1957 Marvelle met and married Jesse Wilbur Couey and had three children, Jacque, Kelly and JoAnne. They lived on the family ranch located on Mamm Creek.
Marvelle’s way of life included large gardens, beautiful flowers, canning fruits and vegetables and baking. She enjoyed her monthly Bridge Club. Marvelle’s musical talents were legendary. She played the piano, accordion, organ and guitar. Marvelle played for many dances and get-togethers. The great thing about this was Marvelle taught herself how to play these instruments.
Even with all this she had time to take care of her family and help Wilbur with the daily chores of ranching. She always enjoyed those chores because it meant that she got to spend time on her favorite horse, Storm. She had many favorite horses throughout her life, but none could compare to Storm in her eyes.
In 1977 Wilbur passed away and Marvelle was faced with the daunting task of operating and running the family ranch. Marvelle fought to preserve her family’s way of life. She had numerous accomplishments in her life including; Rancher of the year, a life time member of the Holy Cross Cattleman Association and supporting the 4-H program. Marvelle was Grand Marshall of numerous parades including Rifle Apple Pie Days, Silt Hay Days and Burning Mountain Days.
She is survived by a brother Lyle (Marge) Cabe; children Michael (Carol) Manuppella, Jacque (Levy) Burris, Kelly (Carrie) Couey, JoAnne Couey; grandchildren Tony (Gail), Mike, Scott (Dianne), Theresa and Kim Manuppella, Jesse (Jennifer), Earon (Jennifer), Erika, Dolores Burris, Tyrel, Clinton, Cassidy, Marvelle, Tanna and Cabe Couey; great-grandchildren Cole, Mike, Alexis, Sara, Justin and Kyle Manuppella, Jordan McCurley, Kailyn, Kiara Forsberg, Jordan, Kacie, Gabriel, Merri Lynn, Jacob, Jonathon and Erilyn Burris; great-great-granddaughters Mya, Katy and Karly Manuppella.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Anah Cabe; a brother Charles Cabe; two husbands, Tony Manuppella and Wilber Couey; a son and two granddaughters, Richard, Lisa and Kari Gail Manuppella.
Memorial services were held March 16, 2012 at the LDS Church in Rifle, Colo.
Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.