Western Slope Obituaries 6-11-12 | TheFencePost.com

Western Slope Obituaries 6-11-12

John Howard Davis, 75, of Olathe, Colo., passed away May 30, 2012, at his home.

He was born October 5, 1936, to Lloyd Ernest and Sara Margaret (Morris) Davis in Norwood, Colo. He spent his childhood in Norwood, Colo., and graduated from Norwood High School in 1954. As a teenager he worked in the Locker for his father and on the Horace Joseph Ranch. John began his 35 year life career with the Colorado State Highway Department as a summer hire-on in Norwood, Colo. During his career he lived in Eagle, Gunnison, and Montrose, Colo., finally settling in Olathe, Colo.

He taught his children many things, including good work ethic, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, digging post holes, etc. He would butcher deer and elk for friends (with his kid’s help), on the barter system … he would get a quarter of the meat for butchering, so the family always had good meat for the table. Later he started raising chickens, turkeys, rabbits, pigs and cattle, so his family was well fed.

He participated in Boy Scout 50 mile hikes with his sons, was active in the local Rod and Gun Club where everyone learned good shooting skills.

John shot competitive pistol, taught hunter safety, was a member of Montrose Elk’s No. 1053 for many years, and in later years became a member and Past Master of several Masonic Lodges, Norwood No. 111, Telluride No. 56, Delta No. 62, Olathe No. 157, and was a member of Black Hawk No. 11. He had the opportunity to announce rodeos several years. John helped many people over his life, was known for his quick wit, and sense of humor even in failing health.

John was previously married to Linda Marie Swartz and of this union were four children. John later married Linda Joyce Scott from Cedaredge, Colo. John was a devoted and loving husband, father, doting grandfather, and recently great-grandfather.

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He is survived by his wife, Linda J.; sons, Larry (Nancy); Kirk (Winnie); Scott, and daughter, Charlotte-Char (Michael); grandchildren, Alissa, Sienna, Adam, and Emma, and great-grandson, William James; brother, Wayne and sister, Norma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-sister, Susie Seevers.

Memorial services with Masonic Honor was held June 5, 2012 at the Norwood Cemetery, in Norwood, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Linda Davis, for the John Howard Davis Scholarship Fund, c/o The Bank of Colorado, 500 U.S. Hwy. 50, Olathe, Colo.. 81425.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.CrippinFuneralHome.com.

Joseph Paul Cox, 94, passed away May 28, 2012.

He was born in Salida, Colo., to Elmer and Gertrude Cox. He was the youngest of four brothers. Tragedy hit when Joe was two. His parents died of flu, and the brothers were split-up. Joe and Buck were raised by their Aunt Minnie and Uncle Ed Romans in Kersey, Colo. Brother Albert was nearby. But John went to Aunt Mary in Napa Valley, Calif. When Joe was 16, he hopped a freight train to join John in Napa. His stay left him dreaming of becoming a dairy farmer in Napa Valley.

At age 20, back in Kersey, Colo., he met Ernestine Adams on a double date. Love was too instant. They rudely dumped their dates before dinner, soon married and spent the next 57 years together. With $30 and a Ford Model A, they moved to Napa, Calif., on their wedding day, and eventually became partners in The Rockinar Dairy. During World War II, they dairy farmed by day and built submarines at Maire Island Ship Yard by night. Napa, Calif., was home for 20 years.

In addition to milk, they produced Larry, Betty and Barbara Minnie. In 1956, the family moved to Greeley, Colo., to be close to grandparents. Joe joined the Greeley Police, serving until 1960 when he went to work for Monfort’s. A superb mechanic, he became head of maintenance for Monfort’s Packing Plant. He retired 24 years later and, with Ernestine, traveled the U.S. and Canada in a motor home that only a superb mechanic could keep running.

His life changed dramatically in 1996 when he suffered a stroke and Ernestine passed away a month later. Joe was not a complainer. He made the best of things and was pure joy to his family and friends. No one was more kind, generous and loving than Joe Cox.

He is survived by his children, Larry (Dian) Cox of Greeley, Colo., Betty (Joel) Bechtel of Grand Junction, Colo., and Barbara Mini of Albuquerque, N.M.; his grandchildren, Kerrie (Kris) Melby of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Barrett (Carrie) Bechtel of Fruita, Colo., Jodi Cox of Greeley, Colo., Mike (Lindsay) Cox of Phoenix, Ariz., Adam (Karyn) Bechtel of Glade Park, Colo., Aaron Roylance and Heather Roylance of Albuquerque, N.M.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held June 2, 2012, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel.

Private family interment was at the Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Family Health West (The Willows), 228 North Cherry Street, Fruita, Colo., in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book, and send condolences at http://www.Allnutt.com.

Walter Lee Elliott, 62, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away May 27, 2012, at University Hospital of Colorado.

He was born October 17, 1949, in Alamosa, Colo., to Kenneth and Margaret (Turner) Elliott. He was the second of three children. Walt spent his early childhood in Hale Center, Texas, Bayfield, Colo., and Marysvale, Utah. Later, the family moved and settled in Carbondale, Colo. Walt attended Roaring Fork High School, graduating in 1968. He took surveying and forestry classes at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., from 1968 -1970. Wanting to see the world, Walt moved to Wrangell, Alaska, to work in the fishing and logging industries. He also spent time in Seattle, Wash., before returning to Colorado to farm and work construction.

In 1975, Walt met the love of his life, Analee Llewellyn in Glenwood Springs, Colo. The two married on August 20, 1976. They have two children, Amber Sigler and Tyrell Elliott. Walt was a compassionate and caring person who appreciated spending time with his family and friends, including imparting his wisdom to his only grandson. He enjoyed the mountains, camping, fishing, horses & tinkering in the shop.

He is survived by his wife, Analee of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughter, Amber Sigler of Grand Junction, Colo.; son, Tyrell (Ashley) Elliott of Grand Junction, Colo.; mother, Margaret Elliott of Grand Junction, Colo.; sister, Sandy McPherson of Silt, Colo.; brother, Fred Elliott of Redmond, Wash., and grandson, Jaron Sigler.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Elliott.

Memorial services were held June 8, 2012 at Canyon View Vineyard Church Chapel.

Ellen Jean Smith, 75, of Paonia, Colo., passed away May 30, 2012 at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.

She was born on July 2, 1936 to Eugene and Eleanor Hansen in Gunnison, Colo. She spent her childhood in Bowie, Colo., and Grand Junction, Colo. She graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1954. After graduation, she furthered her education at Mesa College and Western State College where she received her Master’s Degree in Special Education.

Ellen married Harold E. Smith on August 18, 1958 in Grand Junction, Colo. They have been residents of Paonia, Colo., for 54 years.

She was very active in her community and volunteered for many organizations. She also was an excellent cook and loved cooking for family and friends. Ellen was a teacher in the Paonia School system for 30 years.

Ellen was a member of many clubs and organizations including the following: Ute Trails Car Club, serving as Secretary/Treasurer; Western Slope Antique Engine Club; and the Garden Club. She helped organize the BMW Rally and the Colorado Grand Car Tour and was a caretaker at the Paonia Teen Center.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Smith; son, Ken Smith and spouse, Betsy; and daughter, Danita Green and spouse, Darrell, all of Paonia, Colo.; a brother, Dr. Dan Hansen of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Eleanor Francis and a sister, Anita Ritenour.

Memorial services were held June 6, 2012 at the City Park in Paonia, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Delta County Federal Credit Union % Ellen Smith Memorial scholarship fund.

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