Western Slope Obituaries 6-25-12
June 23, 2012
Harland E. Jacob, 84, passed away June 6, 2012 at his home, of causes incident to age.
He was born August 18, 1927, in Crofton, Neb., to Paul and Lizzie Jacob, the last child in a very large family of seven boys and three girls. He was raised on the farm until the end of World War II when he was drafted into the Navy. The war ended just as his papers cleared, and he was called home to care for the farm of his ill and elderly parents.
In the fall of 1949, he attended a town barbeque where he met Ruth Ann Chase. He was totally smitten by his Ruthie, and they became engaged at Christmas and married on June 4, 1950. They just celebrated 62 years of being together and will continue their love through eternity.
After leaving the farm in 1953, they moved to Yankton, S.D., where Harland worked for JCPenney. The family moved to several locations with his employment, finally coming to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1965. He co-founded “Inside Story Flooring” with his son in 1981, and worked tirelessly at their business, even after “retiring.”
He cared for and loved his family and anyone else who needed his kind and gentle attention. All who loved him will remember his wonderful example, his quiet humor, and his tender care. A true Rockies and Broncos fan, he loved watching all the baseball games-professional, high school, Little League, JUCO, and reruns of games on TV. Memorial Days were spent with his family gathered to picnic and attend JUCO.
He was a 40 year member of the Lions Club and provided much service through this organization. He was also a member of Canyon View Vineyards Church. He is a devoted Christian and always lived his life to please the Lord.
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He is survived by four children Kathy Ann (Pascual) Ramirez, Michael Harland (Wreadith) Jacob, Jean Jacob, and Todd Myrl (Jan) Jacob; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and all their spouses.
Memorial services were held June 12, 2012 at Canyon View Vineyards Chapel in Grand Junction, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fruitvale Lions Club.
The obituary can be viewed and online condolences sent to http://www.Callahan-Edfast.com.
George Peter Jouflas, 87, passed away June 16, 2012 from natural causes at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born November 4, 1924, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Peter Jouflas and Dorothy (Anadiotes) Jouflas. He spent his summers at the family ranch on the Frying Pan River near Basalt, Colo., and the winters in Grand Junction, Colo.
He attended Grand Junction High School, graduating with the class of 1942. He attended the University of Colorado for two years.
George was a Rancher and Real Estate Broker. He was involved in investments, including Real Estate and Oil & Gas.
He married Helen Arlene Horton on October 18, 1953 in Grand Junction, Colo. She preceded him in death.
George enjoyed many accomplishments during his life. He witnessed enormous changes in the ranching community as Eagle County made the transition to a year round, world renowned resort. He took great pride in the stewardship of the land he loved.
He was a member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the Masonic Lodge in Eagle, Colo., the Elks Lodge 575, and was an honorary Lifetime Member of the Red Sky Ranch Club in Wolcott, Colo. His most treasured role, however, was that of Papu (grandfather), father and brother. George’s interests included flying, cars, fishing, and hunting.
He is survived by his children, John of Wolcott, Colo., Greg of Grand Junction, Colo., James of Wolcott, Colo., and Jan-Marie of Wolcott, Colo.; brother, Chris of Grand Junction, Colo.; and six grandchildren.
Memorial services were held June 23, 2012 at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Junction, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in George’s honor may be made to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
Mary Louise Keyes-Stacy, 94, of Montrose, Colo., passed away June 10, 2012, at her home with family at her side.
She was born August 30, 1917, in Canon City, Colo., to Dr. Edgar Webb and Anna Caroline Webb. When Mary Louise was 5-years-old she decided she wanted to be called Meezie. She loved riding horses and rounding up cattle with the cowboys and thought the name Mezzie suited her better.
Her college years were spent at Stephen’s College in Columbia, Mo., and then onto Stanford University in California, where she received her BA degree in Social Services. After college she married Ernest Victor Keyes. They married in 1939 in Canon City, Colo.
When Ernie asked her what he could give her that she wished for more than anything, she replied “a dude ranch.” They then decided in 1946 to come back out west and start a dude ranch. Thus was born the Tumbling River Dude Ranch out of Grant, Colo. While Ernie drove back and forth to Fairplay, Colo., as Park County Attorney, Meezie was taking out horseback rides, jeep trips, and entertaining the guests with stories. Their three daughters, Carol, Cherie, and Lynn, worked right along beside them on the ranch making it one of Colorado’s favorite dude ranches.
They sold the ranch in 1975, due to Ernie’s health. He passed away in 1977 at their Old Homestead cabin in Geneva Park, Colo., where they spent their summers. Meezie continued to spend her summers at her cabin and her winters in Tucson, Ariz.
Meezie rode on many horse pack trips throughout the Rockies and Australia with several of her cowgirl friends for the next 12 years after selling the ranch.
After 13 years of being a widow, Meezie met Richard (Dick) Stacy. They married in 1992 when Meezie was 75-years-old. They spent their summers up at her cabin out of Grand, Colo., and their winters in Tucson, Ariz., and Montrose, Colo. They moved to Montrose, Colo., in 1996. They had 23 wonderful years traveling and enjoying life together.
Meezie had many accomplishments in her life and contributed to many Park County and Montrose County community services. She was on the Platte Canyon School Board in Park County for 10 years, Girl Scout leader of Troop No. 1 in Platte Canyon for 12 years, president of the Baily Women’s Club, member of the National as well as the Colorado Dude Ranchers Association for 28 years. Meezie was in Whose Who of Women of Colorado and in Whose Who of Women of the World. While in Tucson, Ariz., she was docent of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for 25 years. In Montrose, Colo., she and Richard were on the board for the Friends of the Ute Museum, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, belong to RSVP and read and worked with Students at Olathe Elementary, where Meezie’s daughter Cherie taught. Meezie did volunteer work for the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, belonged to the Republican Women’s Club, league of Women Voters, a member of Montrose Animal Protection Agency, the Historical Society, and the Newcomer’s Club.
She is survived by her husband Richard of Montrose, Colo.; daughters Carol (Howard) Morris of Frederick, Colo., Cherie (Stan) Whiteford of Montrose, Colo., and Darlynn Keyes of Grant, Colo.; grandchildren Debbie (John) Fuller of Johnston, Colo., Kara (Rich) of Pueblo, Colo., Danny (Angie) Whiteford of Trinity, N.C., and Justin (Elvi) Whiteford of Grand Junction, Colo.; eight great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Paula Brun of Tucson, Ariz., David (Susan) Stacy of Lake Mary, Fla., Tammy (Rick) Blair of Greeley, Colo., and Liane (Dean) Andrews of Phoenix, Ariz.; five step-grandchildren; as well as two step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service with family and close friends will be held.
At her request she will be cremated and wants her ashes scattered in her beloved mountains up near her cabin in Grant, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.