Western Slope Obituaries 7-9-12
July 9, 2012
William H. “Bill” Boyd, 95, of Montrose, Colo., passed away June 13, 2012.
He was born Feb. 13, 1917, to Thomas W. and Laura (Miller) Boyd in Lenora, Okla. He spent his childhood in Lenora, Okla., until his family moved to Delta, Colo., in 1933.
He married Virgina Olive Meyers from Padroni, Colo., on July 27, 1943. Ginny preceded Bill in death on May 14, 1995, in Montrose, Colo.
Bill served his country in the United States Army from October 1943 until his honorable discharge in November 1945 as a machine gunner in the 51st Field Artillery in New Guinea and the Philippines. Throughout his life, he worked at various jobs for the Montrose Water Users Association, as a ditch rider, operating the drag-line and other heavy equipment from 1952 to 1981, when he retired. Bill had also worked on the Gunnison Tunnel during its building stages. He enjoyed spending his spare time hunting with his favorite hounds and breaking horses.
Bill was a wonderful person who was trusted, respected and honored by his family and friends. He enjoyed bird watching, wrestling and the outdoors. Bill enjoyed spending time with family and being grandpa. Many will miss his quiet, caring, giving and his kind nature.
He is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Mae Boyd of Montrose, Colo.; son, Garry (Cheryl) Boyd of Medvale, Utah; one sister, Ruby Nichols of Delta, Colo.; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Virginia “Ginny” Boyd, three sisters, Clara, Sadie and Lucille, daughters, Carolyn Kay Bellah and Dottie Darlene Boyd, one son, Rex Lynn Boyd, and one grandson, William “Billy” Henry Kitsmiller.
Memorial graveside services were held June 21, 2012, at Delta Municipal Cemetery.
Marjorie L. Soderquist, 86, of Montrose, Colo., passed away June 20, 2012 at Montrose Memorial Hospital.
She was born August 3, 1925 to George O. Baumgardner and Florence M. (Pritchard) Baumgardner in Ridgway, Colo. She spent her childhood and youth in Ridgway, Colo. After graduating from Ridgway High School, she spent one summer in Dayton, Ohio, as teletype operator for The First Air Service Command.
She married Andrew A. Soderquist from Colona, Colo., on February 16, 1946. They farmed at Colona, Colo., until 2003. She had lived in the same house since 1952. During their marriage of 59 years, Marjorie was a devoted housewife raising her family. She also helped in every aspect of running the ranch from feeding cows to disking the fields to baling hay. She always raised a large garden, canning most of the produce. Homemade butter, bread, and raspberry jam were the family favorites.
She was a 4-H leader with the Pride of the Rockies 4-H Club when her children were younger. She was a member of the Colona Grange and the Helping Hand Club. When her boys were in high school she was a devoted supporter of Montrose FFA and was Chapter Mother in 1965. She and Andrew were selected as Grand Marshall of the Ouray County Fair and Rodeo Parade in 1995.
She is survived by her two sons, Larry and wife Carol of Montrose, Colo., Dean and wife Linda of Olathe, Colo., and daughter Connie Herring and husband Randy of Loveland, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Chandra Mountford and husband Scott of Olathe, Colo.,Jeff Herring of Loveland, Colo., Jared Herring and wife Jessica of Mead, Colo., Aaron Soderquist and wife Brittany of Olathe, Colo., Vaughn Soderquist of Fruita, Colo., John Soderquist of Tehachapi, Calif., and Becky of Northridge, Calif., five great-granddaughters, Kaylie Mountford, Delana Mountford, Joclyn Herring, Jaylyn Herring, and Liberty Soderquist; four brothers and four sisters, Tom Baumgardner, Kenneth Baumgardner, Roy Baumgardner, Wayne Baumgardner, Lois Bryan, Nellie Merling, Jean Everitt, and Shirley Broadhead, plus numerous nephews and nieces who knew her as Aunt Marj.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Andrew A. Soderquist, and three brothers, Robert, Ray Keith and Jack Baumgardner.
Memorial services to honor Marjorie’s life were held June 25, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, Colo.
Burial followed the service at Valley Lawns Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Marjorie’s name to the Colona Grange No. 259 Restoration Project, c/o of Thelma Caddy, 1625 Leeds Ave, Montrose, Colo., 81401.
Jennifer Lara Ticen Rotunno Bowman, 40, passed away June 22, 2012.
She was born December 12, 1971, in Denver, Colo. She grew up in Palisade, Colo., graduating from Palisade High School in 1990. Jennifer was always active, loved the outdoors and animals, and spent many years showing both dogs and horses. She and her horse “the Lass” were active in 4-H growing up. Jennifer attended Mesa State College, graduating in 1994, with a Bachelors degree in Parks and Recreation Management.
Jennifer was the owner of Bowman RV Storage in Pueblo, Colo. This enabled her to work from home, working in her yard and garden alongside her precious dogs, “Boo” and “Skeeter,” while allowing her to interact daily with many different people. She never knew a stranger and everyone commented on her wonderful smile, infectious laugh, and sweet nature.
She is survived by her father, Tim Rotunno of Grand Junction, Colo., and mother, Janyce Rotunno of Pueblo, Colo.; sisters, Shauna Shaw of Magnolia, Texas, and Jamie Rotunno of Rangely, Colo.; brother, Taylor Peterson of Grand Junction, Colo.; three nieces, Zoe and Sydney Shaw of Magnolia, Texas, and Brooklyn Griggs of Rangley, Colo.; grandmother, Lois Sorter of Grand Junction, Colo.; many aunts, uncles, and cousins, including her much loved Uncle Julian Ubillos of Pueblo, Colo., uncles, Bill (Janell) Ogle of Grand Junction, Colo., Jim (Kris) Ogle of Clifton, Colo., and Richard Rotunno of Fort Collins, Colo.; Aunts, Teri (Dale) Mingleton and MaryAnn (Barney) Caranta of Denver, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Ticen and her much loved Aunt Pat Ubillos
Memorial services were held June 28, 2012 at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo., and in Pueblo on June 30, 2012 at Victory Life Ministries.
Interment was in the Oddfellows Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation , 30 East 33rd St., New York, N.Y., 10016.
Faira Sens, 63, of Palisade, Colo., passed away June 15, 2012 at the Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.
She was born August 10, 1948, to Donald and Mildred Burris. She was raised in Shellsburg, Iowa, and graduated from Vinton High School, Iowa. She married Harold W. Sens, of East Molina, Ill.; however, they later divorced.
She held several occupations, including cashier, pharmacy tech and medical secretary. Faira was a member of the Oak Grove Church, was in 4-H, and worked as a candy striper. She loved her flower garden; often staying out until dark tending and planting flowers and filling her hummingbird feeders. Faira also loved birdwatching; her dog, Holly; and she especially loved taking care of her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her spouse, David Tofsrud of Palisade, Colo.; her mother, Mildred Burris of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; her sons, Jonathon (Mari) Sens and Quint (Maggie) DeWitte of East Molina, Ill.; her daughters, Angela (Mason) Otberg of Grand Junction, Colo.; Jeannine (John) Scenters of Stafford, Va.; LeeAnn Tofsrud; Tracy (Ira Jr.) Carte of Va., and Kelly Ward of Miss.; her brothers, David (Kathy) Burris of Kansas City, Mo.; Greg (Marla) Burris of Center Pointe, Iowa; Bob (Betty) Burris of Manchester, Iowa; her sister, Connie McAnally of Ridecrest, Calif., and 15 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Burris, and step-mother, Faith Burris.
Memorial services were held June 21, 2012 at Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo. Local memorial services were held June 25, 2012, at Oak Grove Christian Church in Shellsburg, Iowa. Interment followed in the Garrison Cemetery.