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Western Slope Obituaries 6-8-09

William “Bill” Minelli, age 81, passed away May 22, 2009, suddenly at his home in Grand Junction, Colo.

Bill was born on November 21, 1927 in Virginia, Minn., to Leonard Minelli, from Montefalcone Valfotore, Italy, and Carmella (Scinto) Minelli.

Bill worked in the iron ore mines in Virginia before attending the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He was then called to serve our country as a Surgical Technician in the United States Army during World War II. After graduating college with a degree in English and Social Studies, he moved to Yampa, Colo., for his first teaching job. There, he met the love of his life, Sally Smith. The two were married in August of 1954. This year would have been their 55th anniversary. Together they had one daughter, Denise.

They worked at various teaching jobs around the state before finally settling in Arvada, Colo., where he retired after 34 years of teaching. Bill and Sally resided in Arvada for 39 years, and in May of 2002, they made the move to Grand Junction, Colo., to be closer to the grandkids. Bill and Sally enjoyed their monthly trips to Denver for the theatre and dinner with friends. He also enjoyed playing the “Mexican train game,” and Bunco with friends and neighbors in Grand Junction.

Bill was an amazing, generous, and outgoing dad, grandpa, papa, uncle, brother and friend, who loved his family dearly. He will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sally; daughter, Denise (Ed) Elder; sisters, Jane Young and Irene Jones; grandchildren, Jason (Tanya) Elder, Micah (Ed) Daniels, Jarad (Rachael) Elder; great grandchildren, Brandi and Braden Elder, Chance and Austin Daniels and Reese Elder; nieces, Sandy and Shelbie Baskall and Peggy Young; and nephews, Don Adair, Jim and Rich Young and John Jones. His parents; a great grandson, Bryson Elder; brothers-in-law, Harry Young and Gerald Jones preceded him in death.

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Cremation. A celebration of his life was held June 3, 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 123 N 7th St. or Catholic Outreach, 245 S 1st St., both in Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.

William “Bill” Minelli, age 81, passed away May 22, 2009, suddenly at his home in Grand Junction, Colo.

Bill was born on November 21, 1927 in Virginia, Minn., to Leonard Minelli, from Montefalcone Valfotore, Italy, and Carmella (Scinto) Minelli.

Bill worked in the iron ore mines in Virginia before attending the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He was then called to serve our country as a Surgical Technician in the United States Army during World War II. After graduating college with a degree in English and Social Studies, he moved to Yampa, Colo., for his first teaching job. There, he met the love of his life, Sally Smith. The two were married in August of 1954. This year would have been their 55th anniversary. Together they had one daughter, Denise.

They worked at various teaching jobs around the state before finally settling in Arvada, Colo., where he retired after 34 years of teaching. Bill and Sally resided in Arvada for 39 years, and in May of 2002, they made the move to Grand Junction, Colo., to be closer to the grandkids. Bill and Sally enjoyed their monthly trips to Denver for the theatre and dinner with friends. He also enjoyed playing the “Mexican train game,” and Bunco with friends and neighbors in Grand Junction.

Bill was an amazing, generous, and outgoing dad, grandpa, papa, uncle, brother and friend, who loved his family dearly. He will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sally; daughter, Denise (Ed) Elder; sisters, Jane Young and Irene Jones; grandchildren, Jason (Tanya) Elder, Micah (Ed) Daniels, Jarad (Rachael) Elder; great grandchildren, Brandi and Braden Elder, Chance and Austin Daniels and Reese Elder; nieces, Sandy and Shelbie Baskall and Peggy Young; and nephews, Don Adair, Jim and Rich Young and John Jones. His parents; a great grandson, Bryson Elder; brothers-in-law, Harry Young and Gerald Jones preceded him in death.

Cremation. A celebration of his life was held June 3, 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 123 N 7th St. or Catholic Outreach, 245 S 1st St., both in Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.

William “Bill” Minelli, age 81, passed away May 22, 2009, suddenly at his home in Grand Junction, Colo.

Bill was born on November 21, 1927 in Virginia, Minn., to Leonard Minelli, from Montefalcone Valfotore, Italy, and Carmella (Scinto) Minelli.

Bill worked in the iron ore mines in Virginia before attending the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He was then called to serve our country as a Surgical Technician in the United States Army during World War II. After graduating college with a degree in English and Social Studies, he moved to Yampa, Colo., for his first teaching job. There, he met the love of his life, Sally Smith. The two were married in August of 1954. This year would have been their 55th anniversary. Together they had one daughter, Denise.

They worked at various teaching jobs around the state before finally settling in Arvada, Colo., where he retired after 34 years of teaching. Bill and Sally resided in Arvada for 39 years, and in May of 2002, they made the move to Grand Junction, Colo., to be closer to the grandkids. Bill and Sally enjoyed their monthly trips to Denver for the theatre and dinner with friends. He also enjoyed playing the “Mexican train game,” and Bunco with friends and neighbors in Grand Junction.

Bill was an amazing, generous, and outgoing dad, grandpa, papa, uncle, brother and friend, who loved his family dearly. He will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sally; daughter, Denise (Ed) Elder; sisters, Jane Young and Irene Jones; grandchildren, Jason (Tanya) Elder, Micah (Ed) Daniels, Jarad (Rachael) Elder; great grandchildren, Brandi and Braden Elder, Chance and Austin Daniels and Reese Elder; nieces, Sandy and Shelbie Baskall and Peggy Young; and nephews, Don Adair, Jim and Rich Young and John Jones. His parents; a great grandson, Bryson Elder; brothers-in-law, Harry Young and Gerald Jones preceded him in death.

Cremation. A celebration of his life was held June 3, 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 123 N 7th St. or Catholic Outreach, 245 S 1st St., both in Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.

William “Bill” Minelli, age 81, passed away May 22, 2009, suddenly at his home in Grand Junction, Colo.

Bill was born on November 21, 1927 in Virginia, Minn., to Leonard Minelli, from Montefalcone Valfotore, Italy, and Carmella (Scinto) Minelli.

Bill worked in the iron ore mines in Virginia before attending the University of Minnesota at Duluth. He was then called to serve our country as a Surgical Technician in the United States Army during World War II. After graduating college with a degree in English and Social Studies, he moved to Yampa, Colo., for his first teaching job. There, he met the love of his life, Sally Smith. The two were married in August of 1954. This year would have been their 55th anniversary. Together they had one daughter, Denise.

They worked at various teaching jobs around the state before finally settling in Arvada, Colo., where he retired after 34 years of teaching. Bill and Sally resided in Arvada for 39 years, and in May of 2002, they made the move to Grand Junction, Colo., to be closer to the grandkids. Bill and Sally enjoyed their monthly trips to Denver for the theatre and dinner with friends. He also enjoyed playing the “Mexican train game,” and Bunco with friends and neighbors in Grand Junction.

Bill was an amazing, generous, and outgoing dad, grandpa, papa, uncle, brother and friend, who loved his family dearly. He will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sally; daughter, Denise (Ed) Elder; sisters, Jane Young and Irene Jones; grandchildren, Jason (Tanya) Elder, Micah (Ed) Daniels, Jarad (Rachael) Elder; great grandchildren, Brandi and Braden Elder, Chance and Austin Daniels and Reese Elder; nieces, Sandy and Shelbie Baskall and Peggy Young; and nephews, Don Adair, Jim and Rich Young and John Jones. His parents; a great grandson, Bryson Elder; brothers-in-law, Harry Young and Gerald Jones preceded him in death.

Cremation. A celebration of his life was held June 3, 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 123 N 7th St. or Catholic Outreach, 245 S 1st St., both in Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.