Western Slope Obituaries 4-8-13
Robert Warren “Bob” Crum
Robert Warren “Bob” Crum, longtime fruit salesman in Palisade, Colo., and the Grand Valley, Colo., area, and resident of Brandon, Fla., passed away March 19, 2013, surrounded by those dearest to him.
He was born February 25, 1927, in Homeland, Fla. A fourth generation native Floridian on both sides of his family, Bob was very proud of his “Cracker” heritage. Bob served in the Army during World War II and later graduated from his treasured University of Florida in 1952. He was a lifelong avid “Gator” who always generously supported the university and lived “a life of orange and blue.”
A man of many and varied interests, Bob savored life to the fullest and most enjoyed his time as a pilot, having logged several thousand hours in his Beechcraft Bonanzas. Bob made frequent trips to Canada, from Florida to Colorado and vice versa, as well as to many “away” Gator football games. In addition, Bob was a proud member of the Ancient Order of Quiet Birdmen (QB’s) and the Confederate Air Force, attached to the Rocky Mountain Wing.
Bob’s first experience selling peaches came in 1953, shortly after his college graduation, as a salesman at United Fruit Growers in Palisade, Colo. At that time, the peach harvest was very different from today’s harvest, with only two main varieties of peaches. 24 hour activity during the harvest was the norm, as was the use of railroad cars to ship a far greater volume of peaches than is shipped from the Palisade, Colo., area today. The main office of Bob’s produce sales has been in Florida for over 50 years but every summer Bob would pack up belongings from his Tampa area office and home and relocate to this area where he would represent numerous entities. In his long local tenure, 1953-2012, Bob was a salesman/broker for UFGA, Schmieding Bothers, Mountain Lion and, beginning in 1980, his own company, The Bob Crum Company. When UFGA closed its doors, Bob, along with Sowell Orchards, seized the opportunity to purchase the renowned “Mountain Lion” label. With his partner, Hugh Coachman, Lakeland, Bob continued marketing fruit for Sowell Orchards using this label.
All those privileged to know and work with Bob would describe him as a man of unquestionable character, honor and integrity; he was the consummate Southern gentleman. Bob’s generosity, soft spoken manner, quiet and caring ways will be missed by all who knew who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved companion of 28 years, Kaia Elam; daughters, Gayle Stamler, Jill Crum and Teri Susak; Karen Elam Solomon and Stephanie Elam, and Cynthia (Sissy) Waldron; sons-in-law, Michael Stamler, Howard Solomon and Thomas Yanish; eight grandchildren and three nephews.
Memorial services were held March 23, 2013 at the Methodist Church in Homeland, Fla., Historical State Park.
Private internment to be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Homeland Cemetery Association, Inc., P.O. Box 79, Homeland, Fla., 33847. Cards and other remembrances will also be welcomed to Kaia Elam, c/o Bob Crum Co., P.O. Box 809, Valrico, Fla., 33509. ❖
Wanda Lee Goss
Wanda Lee Goss, 88, passed away March 28, 2013.
She was born October 21, 1924, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Opal Dixon and Claude L. Long.
In 1929, when she was five, her parents along with another couple, loaded all their belongings into an open touring car and headed West across Kansas hoping to find work. They settled in the San Luis Valley where she spent her youth, attending Sargent Consolidated and Rio Grande County schools, graduating in 1942. Upon graduating, instead of taking advantage of a scholarship that was offered to advance her education, she went to work for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. A decision she would regret all her life.
In 1945, she married Arden Wolfe, a Marine returning from the war. They immediately moved to Fort Collins, Colo., so that he could continue his studies at Colorado State University. She then went to work at CSU until they moved to Aurora, Colo., in 1949.
In 1950, their first child, Donna, was born followed by two sons, Stephen in 1952, and John in 1956. That same year, they moved to the Washington D.C. area. She enjoyed all the rich history of the United States. They returned to the Denver, Colo., area in 1960. At this point, she decided to go back into the work force and worked various short term and temporary jobs until she started to work for Metropolitan State College, Red Rocks Campus, until 1972, when they moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. She then worked for El Paso Community College until 1974 when she moved to Grand Junction, Colo. She then worked for Mesa State College until she retired in 1988.
In 1980, she married William N. Goss, a descendant of Pioneer families who started settling in the Fruita, Colo., area in 1886. At this point, she also acquired her second family, Ronald, Clifford and Karen. They spent the next 33 happy years RVing, jeeping, boating, and raising a small herd of beef cattle. Also, during her lifetime she was able to visit 38 of the United States along with various tours to Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, and Europe.
She is survived by her beloved husband, William; her second family, Ronald Goss of Lynwood, Wash., Clifford Goss of Fruita, Colo., and Karen (John) Springer of Loma, Colo.; brother, Claude (Sharon) Long of Hyrum, Utah; sister, Sandra (Emmett) Palmer of Fruita, Colo.; daughters-in-law, Gloria Jones of Meeker, Colo., and Marianne Wolfe of Colorado Springs, Colo., and son-in-law, Tom (Maria) Hannigan of Conifer, Colo.; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; all of her children, Donna Hannigan; Stephen Wolfe, and John Wolfe, and sister, Viola Ormond.
Memorial services to be held at a later date.
At her request, cremation has taken place.
Memorial contributions may be made to the local American Cancer Society , 2754 Compass Drive, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506 or Hospice Care Center, 3090B N. 12th St., Grand Junction, Colo., 81506. ❖
Ardis Lydia Clarissa “Ardie” Hendricks
Ardis Lydia Clarissa “Ardie” Hendricks, 81, of Clifton, Colo., passed away March 22, 2013 surrounded by loved ones.
She was born February 26, 1932 in Denver, Colo., to the late James J. and Lydia (Glantz) Lawson.
After attending school in Denver, Colo., she met and married Melvin C. Hendricks in March 1951. Moving to the Grand Valley in 1970, Ardie started her own day care on their small farm, which she operated for over 30 years. Her spirit and imagination created a very happy environment for many generations of her kids and rescued animals.
Ardie will be remembered as kind and giving, as well as a top notch storyteller and bargain hunter. Her charm and wit will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Death ends life, but not love.
She is survived by two daughters, Jolie Hendricks of Aurora, Colo., and Jeanie Hendricks (Barbara Smith) of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren, Amber Clark-Vigil of Grand Junction, Colo., and Keaton Lewis of Aurora, Colo.; one brother, Theron (Teny) Lawson of Denver, Colo.; many nieces and nephews, as well as her best friends, Betty, Robert, Bob, and her beloved dog and loyal sidekick, Scampy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1988, and siblings, Esther Fouts and Harold Lawson.
A joyous celebration of Ardie’s life will be held during Memorial Day Weekend on May 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Eagle Rim Park in Orchard Mesa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western CO or the Roice-Hurst Humane Society.
Family and friends may sign the guest book online at http://www.DignityMemorial.com/Martin-Mortuary. ❖
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