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Western Slope Obituaries 4-4-11

James Glodery Cheney, 88, of Paonia, Colo., passed away at his home March 30, 2011.

James was the middle of three children (Lois, John) born to Alfred and Gertrude Cheney on Jan. 27, 1923 in Chicago, Il. He graduated from Larned, Kan., High School in 1941, then served in the U.S. Army 82nd Engineers until 1945. He married Vivian on July 27, 1947 and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1950. After eight years as a home builder in Perry, Kan., he spent 17 years as District Executive with the Professional Boy Scouts of America in Missouri. James came to Paonia through his love of the outdoors beginning in 1955 and was able to move here in 1975 when he became the town manager, serving until his retirement in 1986.

James had dual membership in Blue Lodge No. 415 of Perry, Kan., and No. 121 of Paonia, Colo. He was also a member of the Moolah Shrine in St. Louis, Mo., and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry in Grand Junction, Colo. He was active in many community organizations including the Lions Club, Crime Stoppers, Club 20, and Senior Citizens. He was president of the Cemetery Board and had been a trustee of the Methodist Church of Paonia.

James was an avid outdoorsman who never turned away someone in need.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian Riffer Cheney, two nephews David (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Dan (Tacoma, Wash.) Evans and one niece Janice Cheney Schow (Longmont, Colo.), brother-in-law Lloyd Riffer, sisters-in-law Sheral Riffer and Marilyn Riffer McKenzie, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, brother and a brother-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the Paonia United Methodist Church with Pastor Russell Fletcher presiding. James will be cremated and inurnment will occur at a later date.

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Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Boy Scouts of America, Mountain States Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1097, Longmont, Colo., the Shriners Hospital for Children, or a charity of your choice.

James Glodery Cheney, 88, of Paonia, Colo., passed away at his home March 30, 2011.

James was the middle of three children (Lois, John) born to Alfred and Gertrude Cheney on Jan. 27, 1923 in Chicago, Il. He graduated from Larned, Kan., High School in 1941, then served in the U.S. Army 82nd Engineers until 1945. He married Vivian on July 27, 1947 and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1950. After eight years as a home builder in Perry, Kan., he spent 17 years as District Executive with the Professional Boy Scouts of America in Missouri. James came to Paonia through his love of the outdoors beginning in 1955 and was able to move here in 1975 when he became the town manager, serving until his retirement in 1986.

James had dual membership in Blue Lodge No. 415 of Perry, Kan., and No. 121 of Paonia, Colo. He was also a member of the Moolah Shrine in St. Louis, Mo., and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry in Grand Junction, Colo. He was active in many community organizations including the Lions Club, Crime Stoppers, Club 20, and Senior Citizens. He was president of the Cemetery Board and had been a trustee of the Methodist Church of Paonia.

James was an avid outdoorsman who never turned away someone in need.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian Riffer Cheney, two nephews David (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Dan (Tacoma, Wash.) Evans and one niece Janice Cheney Schow (Longmont, Colo.), brother-in-law Lloyd Riffer, sisters-in-law Sheral Riffer and Marilyn Riffer McKenzie, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, brother and a brother-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the Paonia United Methodist Church with Pastor Russell Fletcher presiding. James will be cremated and inurnment will occur at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Boy Scouts of America, Mountain States Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1097, Longmont, Colo., the Shriners Hospital for Children, or a charity of your choice.

James Glodery Cheney, 88, of Paonia, Colo., passed away at his home March 30, 2011.

James was the middle of three children (Lois, John) born to Alfred and Gertrude Cheney on Jan. 27, 1923 in Chicago, Il. He graduated from Larned, Kan., High School in 1941, then served in the U.S. Army 82nd Engineers until 1945. He married Vivian on July 27, 1947 and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1950. After eight years as a home builder in Perry, Kan., he spent 17 years as District Executive with the Professional Boy Scouts of America in Missouri. James came to Paonia through his love of the outdoors beginning in 1955 and was able to move here in 1975 when he became the town manager, serving until his retirement in 1986.

James had dual membership in Blue Lodge No. 415 of Perry, Kan., and No. 121 of Paonia, Colo. He was also a member of the Moolah Shrine in St. Louis, Mo., and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry in Grand Junction, Colo. He was active in many community organizations including the Lions Club, Crime Stoppers, Club 20, and Senior Citizens. He was president of the Cemetery Board and had been a trustee of the Methodist Church of Paonia.

James was an avid outdoorsman who never turned away someone in need.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian Riffer Cheney, two nephews David (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Dan (Tacoma, Wash.) Evans and one niece Janice Cheney Schow (Longmont, Colo.), brother-in-law Lloyd Riffer, sisters-in-law Sheral Riffer and Marilyn Riffer McKenzie, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, brother and a brother-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the Paonia United Methodist Church with Pastor Russell Fletcher presiding. James will be cremated and inurnment will occur at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Boy Scouts of America, Mountain States Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1097, Longmont, Colo., the Shriners Hospital for Children, or a charity of your choice.