Western Slope Obituaries 8-13-12
Gordon Seneff, 87, formerly of Durango, Colo., passed away July 23, 2012, in Aurora, Colo.
He was born to John and Emily Seneff on November 14, 1925, in Granite City, Ill.
He grew up in Illinois and joined the Navy in 1943. He was at the Chapel Hill Naval Academy in North Carolina during World War II and served as a damage control officer on the USS Barton during the Korean War. His ship hit a mine and suffered casualties during the war.
In June 1949, he married Lois Hoelscher in Granite City, Ill.
After completing his military service, Gordon continued his work in uniform for 33 years. He worked for the Colorado Game & Fish Department, the U.S. Forest Service and in Yellowstone for the U.S. National Park Service.
A lover of the outdoors, he was an avid hunter, fly fisherman, golfer and skier.
“In retirement, he developed a passion for genealogy and bequeaths the family a wealth of information,” his family said.
He lived in Durango, Colo., from 1968 to 1972.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Doerr, of Englewood, Colo.; sons John Seneff, of Durango, Colo., Bill Seneff, of Eaton, Colo., and David Seneff and Daniel Seneff, both of Pueblo, Colo.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Seneff.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. ❖
Dwyla Minerich, 86, passed away July 24, 2012 at her home in Fort Mill, S.C.
She was born December 14, 1925 in Atlanta, Neb., to Roy and Helen (Pearson) Bennett. She was the second of four children; all have preceded her in death. Dwyla attended school in both Nebraska and Colorado.
Dwyla married the late Johnny Minerich in March 19, 1944 and raised two children. She worked side by side on the farm with Johnny and helped sell honey from their business to the local community and to visitors from as far away as South Africa. Dwyla was a lifetime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and a member of the Bone Mesa Helping Hand Club.
She loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, going on picnics and cooking for loved ones. She always wore a smile on her face and made friends wherever she went. She was a loving and caring person, devoted wife, mother, and friend. “To know her was to love her.”
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Coutts of Hotchkiss, Colo.; grandson Brett (Carolyn) Coutts of Grand Junction, Colo.; granddaughter Tamra (Clint) Shiflet of Fort Mill, S.C.; four great-grandchildren, Chase Shiflet, Sierra Coutts, Alexsi Shiflet, Zachary Coutts and many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny; her son, David and three brothers, Earl, Don and Lyle Bennett.
Memorial services celebrating Dwyla’s life will be held August 13, 2012 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Paonia, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Western Colorado Hospice & Palliative Care of Grand Junction, Colo., or to the charity of their choice.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at http://www.TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖
Stephen “Steve” Price
Stephen H. ‘Steve’ Price, 76, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away August 2, 2012, at his home.
He was born October 23, 1935, to Paul and Thyra Price in Tucson, Ariz., the fourth child of five. He spent his childhood in Hotchkiss, Colo., where he graduated from high school. In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S Navy and worked as an Electrician’s Mate on the USS Boxer (Aircraft Carrier) and the USS Atule (Submarine).
On May 20, 1956, Steve married his Red Haired Sweetheart, Patricia Jean Simmons, in Farmington, N.M.
After the Navy he started College at Western State in Gunnison, Colo., and earned his BS in Math and Science as well as a Masters in Education. He then worked through the ranks in the Grand Valley School District, as a Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent.
After moving to Grand Junction, Colo., Steve substituted at both Central and Palisade High School, was an Electrician in the oilfield and later worked and retired from Peach Tree True Value.
Steve and Patricia proudly raised their two sons, Marc S. Price and Christopher D. Price and later their granddaughter Phoenix L. Price. Steve was infamously known for his gruff personality that could make even the toughest man a little nervous, but deep down he had a mushy heart of gold. He greatly enjoyed being with his family and friends and sharing his knowledge, hilarious stories and his talents of roping, shooting, and mathematics. During his down time you could find him reading western, war or historical books. Steve was a creative, intelligent, strong willed and a loving person who will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Marc (Shanan) Price of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Christopher Price of Rifle, Colo.; granddaughters, Phoenix (Austin) Hadley of Grand Junction, Colo., and Brenna Price of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; great-granddaughter, Amelia Hadley of Grand Junction, Colo.; sister, Emma Lou VanDeren of Carpenteria, Calif., and brother, Donald William Price of Boulder, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul B. Price and Thyra M. Price; brothers, Carl David Price and Paul Benjamin Price, and great-grandson, Ryder Price Hadley.
Memorial services were held August 9, 2012 at Shepherd of The Valley Lutheran Church.
Inurnment followed at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in Steve’s name. ❖