Western Slope Obituaries 5-21-12
Leona Mae Alber, 85, passed away May 12, 2012.
She was born on December 16, 1926.
Leona Rickstrew married Carl H. “Bud” Alber on January 6, 1949. He was the love of her life and she never found another to replace him in the 23 years he was lost to her. Married for 40 years, Leona and Bud first met after the close of WWII when Lieutenant Alber returned from the Pacific Theatre. They ranched at Parachute, Colo., until 1956 bringing three of their five children into the world there. After leaving ranching, Bud joined the Soil Conservation Service. He and Leona lived in Flagler, Colo., Burlington, Colo., Bethune, Colo., Cortez, Colo., Alamosa, Colo., and Cedaredge, Colo., respectively before returning to the Grand Valley in 1984.
Leona loved to walk the high desert Pinion, Juniper country and spent innumerable hours at that pursuit. Anyone visiting Leona was invited to stay and eat. She could really make a great cherry pie.
She is survived by four of her five children; 10 grandchildren; six of seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be held at Martin Mortuary on June 1, 2012 at 2 p.m., with a pot luck following at Sherwood Park’s south pavilion.
Memorial contributions may be made in Leona’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
B. Wayne Bain, 84, of Palisade, Colo. passed away May 7, 2012.
He was born in Sweetwater, Texas, to Ethel Bain and Robert C. Neeper. His parents divorced at an early age and his mother moved to Lubbock, Texas, so that he could enter school there.
He married Marjorie Bates in 1947, in Lubbock, Texas. They were blessed with four children, Patti, Brian, Spencer and David.
Wayne was in the Navy amphibious forces during WWII and later was called back into the Naval Reserves during the Korean Conflict. His assignment involved the hydrogen bomb trials at Eniwetok atoll.
He graduated from Texas Tech University with a baccalaureate degree and received a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He worked in the credit field for 13 years in Texas before moving to Palisade, Colo., in 1965, where he purchased peach and pear orchards. He eventually replanted and owned 6,700 trees in a high density planting of drip irrigated peaches and plums. Wayne also worked as Business Manager for a number of firms, the last being Palisade Irrigation District.
Wayne loved golf and particularly his golfing friends, even though he had to work constantly on his game. He enjoyed traveling in later years, fishing, hiking and being with friends in a group called “Over the Hill Gang.” He was a great believer in exercising at the gym. He and Marjorie always enjoyed visiting friends and family in Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years Marjorie; daughter, Patti (Dave) Ward; son, Brian Bain, both of Grand Junction, Colo.; son, David (Tracy) Bain of Palisade, Colo.; grandchildren, Dylan Bain, Bethany Feely, Cassandra Feely, Keegan Bain, and Kali (Cory) Williams, and two great-grandchildren, Owen Bain and Aiden Bain.
He was preceded in death by his mother; son, Spencer; grandsons, James Tyler Bain and Zachary Bain.
Services were held May 14, 2012 at Callahan-Edfast Funeral Home. Interment followed at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Larry Richard McIntyre, 78, of Fruita, Colo., passed away May 10, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family following his valiant battle with cancer.
He was born April 18, 1934 in Denver, Colo. He was adopted by Dan and Edith McIntyre of Hotchkiss, Colo. He spent his childhood in the North Fork Valley and on the Muddy. He graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1953 where he was a star athlete, enjoying football, basketball and track. Following graduation, he attended CSU for one year prior to enlisting in the Army in 1954 where he served in the infantry. He was stationed in Germany for two years before returning to Hotchkiss, Colo., to help his father with the ranch.
Larry has lived in the Grand Valley since 1956. He married Vergie McDaniel in 1964, and they made their home in Fruita, Colo., with summers spent on the Muddy near Ragged Mountain. They shared many years together before Vergie’s passing in 2008.
He spent his life as a sheep rancher following a family tradition of four generations. He successfully owned and operated McIntyre Livestock Corporation, running approximately 5,000 head of sheep, wintering near the Colorado/Utah State line and spending summers on McClure Pass near Ragged Mountain. He took pride in his farming and livestock operation.
Fly fishing on the Clear Fork was one of his favorite past times. He also enjoyed hunting, hosting many lamb barbeques for friends on the Muddy and traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., and Blackhawk, Colo., for slot tournaments or a few hands of blackjack. Popping in to visit with friends was a daily event he treasures.
Larry was an active member of the Colorado Wool Growers Association, The Mesa County Wool Growers Association, the Masonic Lodge, the Moose Lodge and the Shriners.
During his courageous fight, Larry kept a positive attitude and never lost his sense of humor, always responding with an “I don’t know about that.” He has always been a pillar of strength to his family, setting many examples to follow.
He is survived by his children Danny (Joellen) McIntyre of Fruita, Colo., Dana Worsham of California, Michell (Andy) Schmidt of Ellensburg, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Edith McIntyre, his wife, Vergie, and his two loyal sidekicks Judd and Mouse.
Per his request, no services were held.
He was cremated, and his wishes will be honored at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Larry’s name to Hospice and Pallative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 North 12th Street, Suite B, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.
Terrill S. “Terry” Snyder, 78, of Norwood, Colo., passed away May 8, 2012 at the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 8, 1934 to Neal Elsworth and Lorna Ruth (Swain) Snyder in Bedrock, Colo. As a young toddler, his family moved to Norwood, Colo., where he spent his childhood and graduated from Norwood High School. Terry went on to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.
Terry served his country in the United States Army. Following his discharge, he married Jo Anne Hills on February 16, 1958 at the Norwood Methodist Church and celebrated 54 years of marriage. He was a farmer and rancher and loved the outdoors. Terry was a member of the Colorado Farm Bureau and Colorado Woolgrowers Association. For years he raised sheep and cattle.
A good time spent was snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and playing cards. Terry loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughters. They were very special to him. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by them all.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jo Anne of Norwood, Colo.; sons, Steve (Jodie) Snyder of Norwood, Colo., Todd (Joyce) Snyder of Redvale, Colo.; daughters, Terri (Ray) Moureaux and Jackie Thompson all of Norwood, Colo.; brother, Raymond (Phyllis) Snyder of Norwood, Colo.; sisters, Anne Shaffer of Norwood, Colo., Violet Snyder of Fruita, Colo., Francie (Don) Yeager of Powderhorn, Colo.; 13 grandchildren, Rachel and Nate Lamers, Sarah Shepardson, Amie, Shelley, Landon, Brenden, and Chase (Lisha) Snyder, Tera (Brandon) Alexander, Tyrell and Talon Thompson, Natalie Moureaux; great-granddaughters Kieley and Sage Shepardson.
Memorial services were held May 12, 2012 at the Norwood Christian Church.
Interment with Military Honors was at Norwood Cemetery, in Norwood, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Norwood Fire Department and Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 411, Norwood, Colo., or the Norwood Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 434, Norwood, Colo. 81423.
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