Western Slope Obituaries 4-1-13
Wayne Moore, 89, passed away February 4, 2013, at the Palisade Living Center in Palisade, Colo.
He was born March 28, 1923, in Saginaw, Mich., from the union of Arthur and Grace Moore. He graduated from high school in Saginaw, Mich., and later attended college.
He was a United States Army Veteran of WWII and served in Germany.
He married Chun Cha Kwon in 1974, in Newberry, Mich. She survives. Wayne was the former Newberry Sherriff for eight years. The family moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1977.
Wayne enjoyed riding horses and was a member of the NRA.
He is survived by his wife, Chun Moore of Grand Junction, Colo.; brother, Rod Moore of Texas; and family friend Galan Wilson of Grand Junction, Colo.
Memorial services with military honors were held March 22, 2013, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.
Friends and family may leave condolences at http://www.MartinMortuary.com. ❖
Gloria Faye Tappan
Gloria Faye Tappan, 73, of Palisade, Colo., passed away March 22, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
She was born February 17, 1940, to the late Clyde Russell and Mamie Houston in Portales, N.M. Gloria graduated from high school in Carlsbad, N.M. She married Darrell Dean Ryan and they later divorced.
She married J. Tell Tappan in 1963, and their jobs required transfers to several locations including Hattiesburg, Miss., and Las Vegas, Nev. They finally settled in Palisade, Colo., in 1970. As well as working on the peach farm they bought together that year, Gloria took an entry-level position for Union Carbide and worked her way up to management before she retired in 1995.
Tell Tappan passed away in 1989, and after Gloria’s retirement, she found companionship and friendship in Larry Clark of Palisade, Colo. They traveled together and supported each other. Larry passed away two days prior to Gloria.
Gloria loved animals, and she would always talk to and treat her pets as one of the family. She was passionate about politics and current affairs, and would often engage in lively debates with whoever was willing. She was strong in her opinions and beliefs, and was fiercely independent. She enjoyed trips to gambling cities to play blackjack and to warm up from cold Palisade, Colo., winters.
She is survived by her sister, Linda MacArthur and brother-in-law, Woodie MacArthur of Spur, Texas; her son, Ricky Ryan and daughter-in-law, Wendee Ryan of Grand Junction, Colo.; two grandsons; two nieces; three great-nephews; and by many friends whom she considered her family.
Memorial services were held March 27, 2013 at Callahn-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo.
The final resting place for Gloria will be the family plot in Spur, Texas. ❖
Joe Arthur “Lil Joe” Johnston, Jr.
Joe “Li’l Joe” Arthur Johnston, Jr., 54, passed away March 22, 2013, on the Nottingham Ranch in Eagle County, Colo., as the result of an ATV accident.
He was born in Moab, Utah, on January 17, 1959, to Joe and Dolly (Palmer) Johnston. The family moved to Alaska three months later where he spent the first four years of his young life. Joe started school in Cortez, Colo., then moved to the Grand Valley where he completed his schooling, graduating from Fruita Monument High School in 1977. He was active in school sports, lettering in wrestling and football. Through his mother’s heritage Joe was a registered member of the Choctaw Nation.
Joe started working for pay while still in high school and became skilled in construction work and developed a liking for farm and ranch life, later becoming manager of the Gateway Ranch near Lake City, Colo.
He was an avid archer and bowhunter, at one time becoming a registered guide specializing in lion hunting.
He is survived by his parents, Joe and Dolly of Fruita, Colo.; his two sons, Jameson, born to Kathleen (Murphy) and Jack, born to Vonda (Christian); his two stepchildren, Christopher and Allison Athey of Powderhorn, Colo.; brother, Jon (Lisa) of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, Meta of Powderhorn, Colo., and Dana (Joe) Elliott of Grand Junction, Colo., as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; the rekindled love of his first wife, Angie Bornshein who shared his life and work on the Nottingham Ranch.
Memorial services were held March 30, 2013 at Canyonview Vineyards Chapel in Grand Junction, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation, P. O. Box 1210, Durant, Okla., 74701. ❖
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