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Western Slope Obituaries 5-14-12

Stuart C. “Bogie” Bogenreif, 84, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away April 20, 2012, from complications of leukemia.

He was born March 18, 1928, in Altamont, S.D., to Clarence and Mildred Bogenreif, but spent most of his youth and early adulthood in Watertown, S.D.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, for part of World War II as a medic. He was very proud of his military service and having served his country.

He married Marlyn, “Marnie” on February 6, 1948, and the two of them shortly thereafter moved west to the wilds of Montana, where they both worked and started their family, much to the chagrin of their families.

Bogie had over a 30 year career with International Harvester Co. (IHC) working in the truck sales division. During his career, he and his family moved to different locations including: Great Falls, Mont.; Havre, Mont.; Billings, Mont.; Sheridan, Wyo., and Colorado Springs, Colo.

He retired from IHC during the fall of 1977 and moved to Grand Junction in the fall of 1977 where he worked for Hanson Equipment Co., and later with Mervin’s. Marnie came to the Grand Valley in the spring of 1978, and it soon became their favorite and permanent home. They both made many good friends along the way and some would be life-long.

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Bogie was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will remain a role model for future generations. He was a real people person and never met a stranger. He could talk with anyone and make that individual feel comfortable. He was optimistic and upbeat and could light up a room with is smile. He was an avid crossword puzzle solver and reader, who looked forward to opening day for the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marnie; daughter, Katherine (Charles) Rinker of Bozeman, Mont.; son, Charles (Nora) of Albuquerque, N.M.; son, Michael (Julie) of Tallahassee, Fla.; brother, Clayton (Judy) of Volga, S.D.; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on April 24, 2012, with interment at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors in Grand Junction

The family requests donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the charity of one’s choice.

Eloise I. Clark, 85, of Kent, Ohio, passed away May 1, 2012.

She was born to William H. and Katherine J. (Calkins) Barnes in Portland, Ore., on April 28, 1927. She was the third of four siblings. Eloise graduated from Clifton High School in 1945.

She married Gerald E. Clark on February 10, 1948. They were blessed with 64 years of marriage and raised a family of four girls on the farm where they still live.

Eloise was an accomplished seamstress, homemaker and cook. She enjoyed many hobbies including quilting, painting, crafting, gardening, fishing and camping. She always enjoyed hosting family gatherings. Their place was always the hub of the family.

Eloise was a member of Faith Bible Church. She volunteered extensively in the community and over the years made many friends in organizations including the Good Cheer Club, of which she was a past president, Christian Women’s Fellowship, Happy Homes Extension Club and the Colorado Welcome Center. Eloise and Gerald enjoyed square dancing and were previous members of the Dip & Weave and the Out Post Twirlers clubs. In later years they enjoyed playing cards with dear friends. Eloise’s favorite card game was Hand & Foot. They also enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald of Fruita, Colo.; three daughters, Janette (Nels) Nelson of Fruita, Colo., Retha (Bill) Byers of Fruita, Colo., Vaneta (Duane) Knapp of Eckert, Colo.; son-in-law, Beryl Mize of Fruita, Colo.; and sister, Rose Kreis of Wichita, Kan.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Trudy Mize; her parents; brother, LaVern Barnes and sister, Maxine Colby.

Memorial services were held May 4, 2012 at Canyon View Chapel in Grand Junction, Colo.

Internment followed at New Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Bible Church, 529 East Grand, Fruita, Colo., 81521 or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 North 12th Street, Unit B, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.

Logan O. McMurry, 84, of Montrose, Colo., passed away April 29, 2012.

He was born January 24, 1928. Logan lived most of his life in Crawford, Colo., raising cattle with his parents on their spread just northwest of the Crawford, Colo., city limits on Highway 92, which included the historic old barn which still stands today and is a local landmark.

From 1967 to 1971, Logan lived on Anna Maria Island, Fla., following his marriage to Dorothy Jean Snyder McMurry. He worked as a welder and a diesel mechanic. Though Logan and Dorothy Jean lived in what most would find an idyllic setting just a few hundred feet from a sandy white beach on the Gulf of Mexico, Logan moved back to Crawford, Colo., with Dorothy Jean in 1971 to help his aging parents run the family ranch. In doing so, Logan not only returned to his roots, but helped his wife realize a dream she had had since she was a little girl of living on a working ranch in Colorado. Together, Logan and Dorothy Jean worked the land side by side over the next decades, with Logan augmenting their living by hauling logs off of Black Mesa and Blue Mesa for Spencer Logging, and doing custom swathing during haying season.

A kind and gentle man, Logan’s swathing jobs always took a little longer due to his always carefully walking the fields before he cut them, so that he could mark the locations of pheasant nests so as not to harm the birds or the eggs.

Logan earned state recognition for an innovative irrigation water conservation system which he designed and built, which required extensive re-contouring of some of his fields and employed a retention pond to preserve runoff water. Logan was an avid reader, and ready to converse on any number of subjects with folks who dropped by for some welding or mechanical work. Logan kept a journal of every day of his adult life, and was in the process of writing a history of Crawford, Colo., at the time of his death.

Due to his wife’s illness and her need to be closer to her doctors, Logan and Dorothy Jean sold the Crawford, Colo., property and moved to Montrose, Colo., in 2005. After Dorothy Jean’s passing in 2006, Logan lived with his faithful companions, his dog, Blue Belle, and his beloved Kaiser, an old diabetic kitty to which Logan administered insulin shots on a regular basis, and which owed its life in the first place to Logan having rescued it as a kitten after it had been abandoned in the snow on the side of the road.

Logan was described some years ago by one person who knew and loved him as “a mountain of a man,” which was not a reference to his 6-foot-4-inch height, but the boundless size of his character, heart and kindness.

Logan’s passing has left an enormous hole in the hearts of his family, but we take solace in knowing that he now walks fields of gold with Dorothy Jean again at his side.

He is survived by three sisters, Lois Brodak of Grand Junction, Colo., Betty Strong of Newman Grove, Neb., and Esther Smith of Aurora, Colo.; many nieces and nephews, including his nephew, Mark Ratliff of Sarasota, Fla.; and Dorothy Jean’s brother and sisters, Michael Knight of Louisville, Ky., Patricia Snyder Medley of Albuquerque, N.M., and Glena Snyder Radcliffe of Tucson, Ariz., as well as his close friends, Bob and Heather Kuklish and Larry and Donna Wiltse.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Mary McMurry, his wife, Dorothy Jean, and his brother, Clarence.

A private celebration of Logan’s life will be held by the family this coming summer.

Cremation was chosen.