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Western Slope Obituaries 5-7-12

Jerry “Bud” Murray Rice, 79, passed away April 27, 2012, from complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Bud was born to Elmer Rice and Ruth Robertson Rice in Avery, Okla., on May 9, 1932. The family which consisted of Elmer, Ruth, and older brother, James moved to Palisade, Colo., in 1933. The family grew to include three brothers and one sister (Michael, Frank, John and Amelia).

Bud graduated from Palisade High School in 1950, and served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged at a rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. Bud achieved a degree in primary education and taught in the local District 51 schools. He worked in construction, uranium mining, fruit farming, and drove his own semi tractor trailer for years.

When Bud was not working, he enjoyed many hobbies, among them were camping, fishing, hunting, wood working and spending time in the shop.

He is survived by his son, Jerry “JD” Dale Rice of Forest Grove, Ore.; brothers, James “Jim” Rice of Sacramento, Calif.; Michael “Mickey” Rice of Palisade, Colo.; sister, Amelia “Amy” Vercruyssen of Shingle Springs, Calif., and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Frank Rice and John “Jonny” Rice.

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Services were held May 3, 2012 at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Marvin Lee Mitchell, 79, of Delta County, Colo., passed away April 29, 2012 at San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colo.

He was born to Melvin Earl and Ada Bell (Lynch) Mitchell on April 27, 1933 in Hotchkiss, Colo. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Hotchkiss, Colo. He resided in various areas including Hotchkiss, Colo., Montrose, Colo., Gunnison, Colo., Thompson, Utah, Grand Junction, Colo., and Delta, Colo., since 1992.

During the Korean Conflict, Marvin honorably served his country with the United States Army.

On March 19, 1957, Marvin married Mary Lou (Wilcox) Davis in Delta, Colo. To this union, four children were born. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Marvin, a retired barber, farmer and rancher, enjoyed spending time outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge No. 1807 B.P.O.E.; Moose Lodge No. 270 in Grand Junction, Colo.; and the Black Canyon V.F.W. Post 9333 in Hotchkiss, Colo.

He will be greatly missed by his family and close friends who had the privilege to love and know him.

He is survived by two sons, Garth Lee Mitchell and James Earl Mitchell and his wife Nancy Cook-Mitchell both of Montrose, Colo.; two daughters, Barbara Bourke and her husband Michael of Montrose, Colo., and Connie Lou Hranchak of Aurora, Colo.; and two sisters, Marie Bond of Montrose, Colo., and Myrna Meek of Crawford, Colo.; six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Melvin and Merle Mitchell; and one sister, Carolyn Clonts.

Memorial services were held May 5, 2012 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.

Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss, Colo., with graveside services by the Black Canyon V. F. W. Post No. 9333.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com.

Evelyn Lucille Payne, 100, passed away April 26, 2012, in Ignacio, Colo.

Known as “Chicky,” she was born October 10, 1911, in Durango, Colo., the daughter of Arthur and Dovie Jones. She grew up in the Ignacio, Colo., area and attended the Lower Spring Creek one-room schoolhouse from first through eighth grades.

Because she lived so far in the country, she later attended the Fort Lewis Boarding High School in Hesperus, Colo., and then Durango High School. She graduated from DHS in 1929.

Evelyn and her sister moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., and attended Colorado College for two years, studying education. In 1931, they both returned to the area because the Great Depression hit, and their family home had burned down. She then began teaching at the Lower Spring Creek School at the age of 19.

In 1935, she met and married Glen Payne. They were “secretly married” in Silverton, Colo., because schoolteachers at that time were not allowed to be married and, because of the depression, households were only allowed one person to hold a job. So they kept their marriage quiet.

The Paynes eventually moved to Vallecito, Colo., where Glen was employed on the Vallecito Dam project and began to raise their family. Their son, Jackson, was born, and two or three years later, they moved to a ranch south of Ignacio, Colo.

In the late 1940s, Chicky returned to teaching at the Holder School and also started teaching primary school in Ignacio, Colo. She stayed home for a few years after her second child, Glenda, was born in 1950 and returned to teaching in 1956. She taught until 1977. Glen became ill, and Chicky became his primary caregiver. He passed away in 1981.

While on her ranch, Evelyn enjoyed gardening, cooking (she made the best banana-nut bread and peanut-butter fudge) and being with her beloved family. She was a member of Ignacio Community Church and Delta Kappa Gamma (teachers association). She was a softspoken person and had a fondness for animals. She took great pride in being able to drive until she was 96-years-old, and she traveled throughout the United States and many other countries.

She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Hocker, and son, Jackson Payne, both of Ignacio, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson, Scott Payne.

Memorial services were held May 1, 2012 at Ignacio Community Church.

Burial followed at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango, Colo.

Norma Evelyn Volk, 85, passed away April 15, 2012 at DCMH, with her family by her side.

 She was born January 8, 1927, in Delta, Colo., to Russell and Erma (Blakley) Davis. She spent her childhood in Roubideau Canyon, 25 Mesa area, and attended Mountain View and Delta, Colo., schools.

Norma enjoyed the outdoors, ranching, horseback riding, cattle drives, fishing, camping, rock hunting, gardening, wildflowers, looking for four-leaf clovers, playing cards, puzzles, and bingo. She enjoyed the simple things in life, and loved all animals big and small.

She took great pride in spending time with family, friends, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She married Charles L. Lampton on October 20, 1949. He passed away on January 2, 1953 of a sudden illness. She married John F. Volk on October 24,1954 and moved to Ragged Mountain and Bone Mesa where she spent her time raising her children and ranching.

She is survived by two sons, Dean Lampton and his wife Kathy and John R. Volk, all of Ragged Mountain; two daughters, Charlotte Creasman-Castoe of Eckert, Colo., and Linda Emmett and her husband Craig of Delta, Colo.; a brother, Shorty Davis of Pennsylvania; a sister, Dixie Minear of Delta, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, John F. Volk and Charles L Lampton, three brothers, Buford Davis, Hick Davis and Carl Davis; six sisters, Vesta Davis, Louise Davis, Vivian Heneforth, Anne Gray, Virginia Lampton and Lou Malone-Patterson.

At her request, no services will be held. The family is planning a private celebration of her life at a later date.   

Memorial contributions may be made to Delta County Humane Society or Colorow Care Center.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com.