Western Slope Obituaries 6-29-09
June 29, 2009
James “Jim” Berthod, 78, of Fruita, Colo., passed away June 8, 2009.
He was born August 6, 1930 in Leadville, Colo., to Michael and Cherie (Pilliod) Berthod. Jim was delivered at home by his father. The family owned and operated the Paris Dairy which became Berthod Brothers Dairy. Jim received his education in the public schools in Leadville, Colo., and graduated from Leadville High School in 1948, which is now the National Mining Museum. After graduation, he worked on the family ranch.
On December 18, 1949 he married Evelyn Coquoz. They made their home in Leadville until 1951 when he enlisted in the United State Coast Guard. He was stationed in California and Hawaii. He served in the Coast Guard for three years. After Jim’s Discharge, they moved to Buena Vista and managed the family ranch. In 1956, a son, James Michael, was born. They moved back to Leadville in 1962, where they where in engaged in different business ventures, including Berthods, Inc., of which Jim was President. He also worked on many construction jobs including the Homestake diversion tunnel, the Twin Lakes Power Plant, and Leadville Corporation, which eventually became Hecla Mining. After Hecla, he became Superintendent for the Leadville Sanitation District. While in Leadville he served on several boards including Leadville Sanitation District, Saint Vincent General Hospital and the Leadville Coalition Board. In 1998 he retired from the District and, due to his wife’s health, moved to Fruita, Colo.
When they moved to Fruita, he went back into the ranching business. He enjoyed his animals – especially his cows, and he loved calving time, watching the little calves running and playing in the field. His animals always came first. He spent a lot of time with them, knowing each and everyone individually. He truly enjoyed the ranch life and believed in working extremely hard and keeping the ranch neat and tidy. He could do anything from ranching and farming to carpentry, electrical, plumbing and everything else that needed to be done. In 2007, Jim and Evelyn celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James M. and Jill; sister, Emma Hahn; and her son and daughter-in-law, Vic and Joyce; numerous nieces and nephews, Geno Berthod, Bob (Candie) Berthod, Debbie (Curt) Shuey, Robert (Sue) Coquoz, David (Kim) Coquoz, and relatives in Italy.
He was preceded in death in 2008 by his wife, Evelyn; mother, Cherie (Pilliod); father, Michael; brother and sister-in-law, Geno and Mary Berthod; sister, Erma Berthod; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Helen Coquoz.
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At his request no services were held. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scattered on the ranch property in Tennessee Park in Leadville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your choice or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090 B North 12th, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.