Western Slope Obituaries 3-4-13
William “Bill” Keller, 83, of Fruita, Colo., passed away February 13, 2013, at his home.
He was born in Hyannis, Neb., to Chloe and Lola Keller on January 4, 1930. He spent his childhood in the Sandhills of Nebraska, working ranches, where he met and married the love of his life, Lois Lea Lineback, on December 19, 1948.
His early career found him as a logger in the mountains of Colorado until he started his career as a union carpenter in San Diego, Calif., in the summer of 1965.
Bill was known by many names; son, brother, husband, father, “pops”, grandfather, and most importantly, friend. He loved to help people. Because of that, he never met a single stranger, just a future friend. He was someone anyone could trust for anything. Bill will be dearly missed by family and many friends.
He is survived by two sisters, Delores (Jerry) Jones, and Helen King; daughter, Billie Keller; two sons, Chloe Kelly, and Bradley (Donna) Keller; grandchildren, James (Sheila) Ray, Jason (Alana) Ray, Sonja (Josh) Abbott; great-grandchildren, Michael Ray, Ashley Ray, Nathan Ray, Alexandria Ray, Domanick Ray, and Hunter Abbott, and one great-great-grandbaby, Ethan William Ray.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; his parents; brother, Clifford, and two sisters, Opal and Joy.
Memorial services were held February 20, 2013 at the Monument View Bible Church in Fruita, Colo. ❖
Delores C. “Pat” Gabossi
Delores C. “Pat” Gabossi, 82, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away February 11, 2013 at Hospice in Grand Junction, Colo.
She was born and raised in Oak Creek, Colo., on a ranch, where her love for horses grew and her quick-witted nature developed.
She worked many years in the banking industry, was a licensed cosmetologist, and volunteered for the Grand Junction Sherriff’s Department and Community Hospital. She found so much joy in helping and working with others.
Pat spent 60 great years of marriage with her husband, Carlo Gabossi.
She is survived by her husband; their son, Ben; daughter-in-law, Lorree; granddaughter, Michelle; grandson, Justin, and a large extended family as well as numerous friends.
There are no services planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 3090 North 12th Street Unit B, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506. ❖
C.W. “Mac” McCart
C.W. “Mac” McCart, 97, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away February 13, 2013 surrounded by family and friends in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born May 21, 1915.
He was married to Charline McCart who preceded him in death. Mac and Charline lived in Delta, Colo., where he worked for Fiegel Trading Post, then became a partner at R.W. Stephens Produce, before becoming a Regional Barley Manager for Coors.
Mac was on the Delta City Council and was the Mayor of Delta. After retiring, he and Charline moved to Grand Junction, Colo. Mac was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.
He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Lowe (Bill) and Catherine Nasalroad (Jim); four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held February 16, 2013 at Larchwood Inn.
Graveside services were held February 19, 2013 at Orchard Mesa Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. ❖
Isabelle Denham Smith
Isabelle Denham Smith, 93, passed away February 23, 2013, at the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Western Colorado in Grand Junction, Colo. Cause of death was from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on January 31, 2013.
She was born November 17, 1919, in Olathe, Colo., to Marvin A. and Mary Garrett Denham. She was the youngest of seven siblings and grew up ranching in the Olathe, Colo., area.
She graduated from Olathe High School in 1937, and married Thomas O. Smith in 1940, in Grand Junction, Colo. They made their home in Uravan, Colo., until Tom was called to military service in 1943.
After the war, Tom and Isabelle started their career in farming around the Olathe, Colo., area. They ultimately purchased their family farm in Pea Green in 1953, where they raised their family and successfully farmed for 26 years.
Upon their retirement in 1979, they built a home outside of Olathe, Colo., in the Neal Subdivision and enjoyed golf, traveling in their RV, and spending time with friends and family. They celebrated 51 years of marriage.
Isabelle lived in Montrose County all of her life and was a member of the Olathe United Methodist Church since the age of four. She enjoyed laughing with her friends during lunch three days a week at the Olathe Community Center, going to her monthly lunch date with her card club girlfriends and spending time with her family. She was an avid Broncos and Rockies fan.
She is survived by her 97-year-old sister, Helen Glendening of Montrose, Colo.; sons, Thomas D. Smith of Olathe, Colo., and M. Richens Smith of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Jean Thweatt of Durango, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, on November 28, 1991 and by her son, Melvin A. Smith on March 3, 2011.
Memorial services were held February 27, 2013 at the Olathe United Methodist Church.
Interment was at the Olathe Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Isabelle Smith’s name to the Olathe Community Center c/o Alice Rivera, PO Box 355, Olathe, Colo., 81425. ❖