Western Slope Obituaries 7-2-12 | TheFencePost.com

Western Slope Obituaries 7-2-12

Toby J. Crespin, 84, of Delta, Colo., passed away June 20, 2012 at San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colo.

He was born April 27, 1928 in Delta, Colo., to Phil M. and Elsie (Trujillo) Crespin. Toby was raised and attended schools in Delta, Colo. After graduating high school Toby joined the United States Army.

On March 25, 1949, Toby married Delia M. Gallegos in Montrose, Colo. To this union, four children were born.

Toby worked in the uranium mine in Uravan, Colo., The Daily Sentinel, and the Delta County Independent as a newspaper pressman. Toby later opened his own commercial printing business The Delta Printer and ran it for several years.

Toby, a devoted husband and loving father, enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, four wheeling, masonry, but most of all he loved and cherished his family. Toby built his home, where he lived over 60 years and raised his family.

He is survived by his wife Delia Crespin; three sons, Toby P. Crespin, Jr. (Frances) of Commerce City, Colo., Alan J. Crespin (Yolonda) of Denver, Colo., Randy L. Crespin (Lorraine) of Delta, Colo.; a daughter, Debbie Crespin Cayou (David) of Delta, Colo.; one brother, Jim T. Crespin (Elva); five sisters, Lois (Frank) Jemeniz, Viola Trujillo, Roberta Salazar, Margaret Loveall, Maryanne (Jim) Romero; one sister-in-law Bernice Crespin of Delta, Colo.; two grandchildren, Chrystal Romero (Albert) and Tyler Werner.

He was preceded in death by his brother John Crespin.

At his request, no services will be held at this time.

Inurnment will take place at a later date at the V.A. Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colo.

Dennis Duane Hovel, 73, of Delta, Colo., passed away June 23, 2012 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born on May 20, 1939 in Sterling, Colo., to Walter and Dorothy (Heldt) Hovel, and was the eldest of four children. He spent his childhood in Haxtun, Colo., and often recalled many memorable experiences with his family and extended family during this time, particularly his cousins and close friends.

Dennis was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun, Colo. He graduated from Haxtun High School in 1957 then secured employment in the Black Hills National Forest fighting forest fires and harvesting trees.

Dennis was drafted into the U.S. Army in October of 1961, where he was stationed primarily in Zimdorf, Germany. He was given an honorable discharge in October, 1963. Following his time in the army, Dennis enrolled at Colorado State University where he earned a degree in Forestry, graduating in the spring of 1968. It was at CSU that he met his loving wife and best friend Jenean (Renzelman) Hovel, also of Haxtun, Colo. They were married on June 9, 1968. Their daughter Patrice and son Kendall were born in 1970 and 1973 respectively in Laramie, Wyo. They also adopted a son, Nathan, (aged 2 at the time) from Manila, Philippines in 1976.

Dennis was a valued employee of the U. S. Forest Service throughout his career, which led him and his family to many new and different places including Walden, Colo., Centennial, Wyo., LaJara, Colo., Gunnison, Colo., Cheyenne, Wyo., Denver, Colo., and finally Delta, Colo. He and his family have called Delta, Colo., home since 1984.

Dennis made spiritual life a priority for himself and his family. He was highly involved in church activities and organizations at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Delta, Colo. He served on the church council, was instrumental in helping build the new church facility, and also helped establish Tiny Treasures preschool, which is located at Redeemer. Dennis loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking. He also loved to read (particularly cowboy novels) and found great satisfaction in “fixing things.” Family was Dennis’s top priority, and he worked diligently to make sure those he loved were cared for in every way. He was a kind, generous, compassionate and loyal man who has truly left the legacy of his positive example to his children, grandchildren, and to all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Jenean; his children Patrice (Patrick) Weil of Valparaiso, Ind., and Kendall (Tara) Hovel of Woodland Park, Colo.; grandchildren Emily, Caleb, Daniel, Anysia, and Anika; siblings Judy (Pat) Sturgis of Pt. Neches, Texas, Sharon (John) Scheurman of Watertown, Wis., and Barry (Janell) Hovel of Sterling, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Nathan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tiny Treasures Preschool at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1000 Pioneer Road, Delta, Colo., 81416.

Memorial services were held June 28, 2012 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Delta, Colo. Interment followed at the Delta City Cemetery.

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Darwin Lee Hinshaw Lewis, 70, of Montrose, Colo., passed away May 19, 2012, at his home in Montrose, Colo. He fought a long and hard battle with Agent Orange from the Vietnam War. It had caused diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and many other health problems.

He was born in Stoutland, Mo., to James Starr and Verba Cromer Hinshaw. After a hard childhood, he moved to Colorado and was adopted by his sister Mabel (Sally) Lewis and husband Robert Kenneth Lewis. He was 14-years-old and started to get caught up on his education, graduating from Ridgway High School in 1962. He left that summer to go to college at Van Nuys, Calif., for veterinary school. After one semester, he had decided he wanted to marry the love of his life and friend, Sharon Morlang. They were married on December 23, 1962. He was so excited about the 50th wedding anniversary due this year. Sharon was the daughter of Henry and Lois Morlang, and to their union were born three children.

Darwin’s experience as a heavy equipment operator in Vietnam as a sea bee in the Navy helped in getting jobs at the Morrow Point Dam, Rifle Gap Dam and the water line from Buena Vista, Colo., to Colorado Springs, Colo., Blue Mesa Dam. He then decided he was ready to help build the Trans-Alaska pipeline. The family moved to Valdez, Alaska, in 1976 and stayed during the building and the start-up crew of the first oil to come from the north slope of Alaska to Valdez. He was one of five men assigned to catch the first barrel of oil for the city of Valdez celebration. It was a big event with the townspeople waiting and the sirens blowing! That was a great accomplishment for the city and to be a part of. He was hired as a foreman to work in the power house and boarding of the ships. After a few years, a heavy jack fell from the truck onto Darwin and broke his back. He had three back surgeries and kept working where he was put in charge of rebuilding the berth arm. He was the boss over about 300 men that were to weld and repair the arms. After that job was completed in 1984, he had to have two more surgeries, and the Alyesha Pipleine Service Company gave him a medical retirement. He really loved the job and hated to be retired.

He tried moving to Mexico to be close to his parents, but it was too laid back and there was nothing to do. The family moved back to Alaska, where the fishing was great and the friends were many. This time, the family settled in Seldovia, Alaska, where the weather was milder and the king salmon were 50 to 60 pounds. He caught the biggest salmon that summer that was 64 pounds.

Darwin was the best husband, best father, best grandfather and best friend anyone could ask for. The family did many adventures like going to every state in the union and taking a trip to Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and Singapore.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Lewis of Montrose, Colo.; children, Robbie Kay Lewis Monson and husband Josh of Montrose, Colo., Robert Kenneth Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz., and Nancy Lee Lewis Peterson and husband Eric of Waterford, Conn.; five grandchildren, Steven Keith Jones of Grand Junction, Colo., Wesley Darwin Lewis of Sommerville, Mass., Emily Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz., and Arianna Peterson and Madalyn Peterson of Waterford, Conn.; sister, Freda Wick and husband Gary of Grand Junction, Colo.; brothers, Roy and Junior Cromer of Missouri; nephew, David Hinshaw; and his best friends, Cass Stanislawski and wife Betty; and constant companion, Cowboy, a Jack Russell terrier.

He was preceded in death by his real dad and mom; adopted parents; two grandchildren, Amanda Nicole Jones and Andrew Jones; and several brothers, Wesley Hinshaw, James “Buck” Hinshaw, Sylvester Hinshaw and Jack Hinshaw.

Memorial services were held May 24, 2012 at Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors.

Inurnment followed at Ridgway cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

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