Western Slope Obituaries 4-30-12
Jacob C. Wood, 96, of Durango, Colo., passed away April 18, 2012, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango.
Known as “Jay,” he was born to Willie Wood and Grovey Pearl Knowles on Aug. 20, 1915, in Lohan, Texas.
One of five children, he grew up in Texas. His family moved to Colorado in 1937, and they settled at Pleasant View in Montezuma County. That was his home for the next nine years. The family left Pleasant View in 1946, and moved to the Redmesa area, where they cleared land and grew beans.
On Nov. 19, 1938, he married C. Marie Lee in Aztec.
They continued farming with his father until 1950, when Mr. Wood went to work at Vanadium Corporation of America in Durango. After Vanadium Corporation shut down in 1963, Mr. Wood worked at Federal, Home, Plaza and Boker lumber companies.
Mr. Wood was a Boy Scout leader for many years. He loved to camp, hike and fish with his troop.
Mr. Wood was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, C. Marie Wood, just five days earlier on April 13, 2012; and his sons Walter Clark Wood and Elmer Eugene Wood.
Mr. Wood is survived by four grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held April 24, 2012, at Hood Mortuary Chapel.
Albert Phillip Schmalz, 74, of Montrose, Colo., passed away April 11, 2012 at his home.
He was born November 27, 1937 to Manuel and Irene (Scheetz) Schmalz in Delta, Colo. He spent his childhood on the farm on Ash Mesa in Delta, Colo., and graduated from Olathe High School.
Albert married Carole Ann Hale on August 15, 1959 in Montrose, Colo.
Albert worked with the City of Montrose, retiring from the City after over 20 years of service. He loved the outdoors and the mountains. A good time was often spent camping and fishing. Albert enjoyed working with his hands. He spent many hours doing woodworking and building. He will be greatly missed by his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Carole of the family home in Montrose, Colo.; sons Don (Caroline) Schmalz of Peyton, Colo., Steve (Bobbie) Schmalz, and Brian (Alisha) Schmalz all of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one daughter Cindy (Pat) Wigley of Blue Springs, Mo.; brothers Joe (Mary Ann) Schmalz, Frank (Cindy) and George (Marie) Schmalz, all of Grand Junction, Colo.: sisters Millie (Tom) Sinner of Delta, Colo., Marti (Dwight) Serfoss of Cortez, Colo., Mary Hovis, Marge (Rick) Radebaugh, and Teri (John) Baviere all of Grand Junction, Colo; three granddaughters, eight grandsons; one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Sonny, Mike, David and Tim Schmalz and his parents.
Memorial services were held April 14, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church.
Services concluded at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, Colo., 81402 or a Memorial Park Bench for Riverbottom Park, c/o of Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, Colo., 81401.
Irvin “Bert” Frazier, 89, of Delta, Colo., passed away April 18, 2012 at his home in Delta, Colo.
He was born to Bert and Ellen (Paxton) Frazier on July 20, 1922 in Montrose, Colo.
He spent his childhood in Montrose, Colo., and Delta, Colo., and attended schools in Montrose, Colo.
Bert joined the United States Navy and was discharged in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1945. He remained in Hawaii for 16 years and worked as a precision instrument repairman.
On November 4, 1955, Bert married the love of his life, Evelyn Valenzuela, a R.N. from Los Angeles, Calif., in Honolulu, Hawaii. They moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1958. To this union, two children were born. The couple would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this fall.
Bert worked for Air Research in California for five years. He moved his family back to Delta, Colo., in 1963, where he became a hog farmer. Bert became very active in FFA and High Country Pork Producers of the Western Slope. He was instrumental in the building of a hog processing plant in Grand Junction, Colo. In 1983, Bert started Household Services which he sold and repaired vacuum cleaners until his retirement.
More importantly, he was a devoted husband and loving father. Among his interests, Bert enjoyed aquatics at the Delta Rec. Center, fishing, gardening, word puzzles, and reading Louis L’Amour westerns.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Frazier of Delta, Colo.; one son, David Andrew Frazier and daughter-in-law, Kristi of Atlanta, Ga.; one daughter, Ramona Frazier of Delta, Colo.; one brother, Lester Frazier and wife, Linda of Port LaVaca, Texas; two sisters, Ethel Hall of Vernal, Utah and Frances English of Montrose, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ruby, Faye, Irma, and Evelyn; and two brothers, Owen and Ellie.
No services will be held at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made in Irvin’s name to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416.
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Michael Douglas Sullivan, 69, passed away April 17, 2012.
He began his journey on this earth January 17, 1943 to parents Douglas and Lucinda Sullivan in Norwood, Colo. He was the eldest of six children and spent his childhood helping on the family ranch.
Mike met his lifetime sweetheart Barbara Marshall at a gas station in Redvale, Colo., and they were married on August 11, 1962.
He enjoyed spending time with family, was passionate about his work and his horses.
Mike was a miner for many years, when the mines shut down in 1984, his career path would change leading to the formulation of Alpine Mountain Construction Inc. Mike along with longtime partner and friend Rod Kukulan went on to build many fine custom homes in Telluride, Colo., and the surrounding areas. Mike and Rod took great pride in their work and would go on to be featured in custom home building magazines.
Mike was a pillar of the community, as well as an elder at Telluride Christian Fellowship. Mike loved God and had chance to touch many lives through his work and the church.
Mike was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He loved and praised Jesus with every part of his being until the day he completed his journey joining Him in eternity.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Montrose, Colo.; his children Michael Sullivan Jr. of Montrose, Colo., Jeff (Dana) Sullivan of Grand Junction, Colo., and Stacie (Carl) Via of Montrose, Colo.; his four grandchildren, Wade and Megan Sullivan, Carlie and Carissa Via; brothers Stephen and Tim Sullivan, and sisters Sheila Reeves and Kathy Zelazny along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Gerald.
Services were held April 21, 2012 at the Grace Community Church in Montrose, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to The San Juan Cancer Center, c/o Mary Snyder, 800 S. 3rd St., Montrose, Colo., 81401.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.CrippinFuneralHome.com.