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Western Slope Obituaries 8-2-10

George Osco Kensley, 58, of Blanding, Utah, passed away unexpectedly July 6, 2010, from complications following an accident occurring on the evening of July 3, 2010.

He was born June 10, 1952, in Monticello, Utah, (30 seconds before his twin brother, Jim) to Fran and Bill Kensley. As he grew up, he moved between Monticello, Calif., and Oregon, but he spent his summers at Marge and Harry Sturgeon’s VY Ranch on Peter’s Hill.

After graduating from Dayton High School in Dayton, Ore., in 1970, he worked for a year before joining his brother in the Air Force, where George was a correctional custody guard.

When he finished his time in the Air Force, George became a full-time rancher, working with his Uncle Harry and Aunt Marge Sturgeon and running the VY after Harry’s death. He also worked at various times as an emergency medical technician, a police officer for the city of Monticello, and a wildlands firefighter for both San Juan County and the state of Utah.

George spent his life in service to others, and was happiest when he was able to help someone solve a problem or to provide support in times of stress, including moving to Blanding several years ago to help his brother with ongoing health issues.

He is survived by his twin, Jim (Amy Watkins) of Blanding, Utah; his brothers, John Saltzman of Grand Junction, Colo., and Mike Penfield of Dallas, Texas; his nephews, Chris (Nikki Etzler) and Cameron Saltzman and Michael Kensley; and a niece, Christy Saltzman; as well as two grand-nephews, and many, many friends from all over the Four Corners area including Joyce Turner and Glenda and Aeriel Daniels, all of Cortez, Colo., who are also claimed as family.

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Memorial services were held July 10, 2010 at the Blanding North Chapel.

Interment will follow at a later date.

George Osco Kensley, 58, of Blanding, Utah, passed away unexpectedly July 6, 2010, from complications following an accident occurring on the evening of July 3, 2010.

He was born June 10, 1952, in Monticello, Utah, (30 seconds before his twin brother, Jim) to Fran and Bill Kensley. As he grew up, he moved between Monticello, Calif., and Oregon, but he spent his summers at Marge and Harry Sturgeon’s VY Ranch on Peter’s Hill.

After graduating from Dayton High School in Dayton, Ore., in 1970, he worked for a year before joining his brother in the Air Force, where George was a correctional custody guard.

When he finished his time in the Air Force, George became a full-time rancher, working with his Uncle Harry and Aunt Marge Sturgeon and running the VY after Harry’s death. He also worked at various times as an emergency medical technician, a police officer for the city of Monticello, and a wildlands firefighter for both San Juan County and the state of Utah.

George spent his life in service to others, and was happiest when he was able to help someone solve a problem or to provide support in times of stress, including moving to Blanding several years ago to help his brother with ongoing health issues.

He is survived by his twin, Jim (Amy Watkins) of Blanding, Utah; his brothers, John Saltzman of Grand Junction, Colo., and Mike Penfield of Dallas, Texas; his nephews, Chris (Nikki Etzler) and Cameron Saltzman and Michael Kensley; and a niece, Christy Saltzman; as well as two grand-nephews, and many, many friends from all over the Four Corners area including Joyce Turner and Glenda and Aeriel Daniels, all of Cortez, Colo., who are also claimed as family.

Memorial services were held July 10, 2010 at the Blanding North Chapel.

Interment will follow at a later date.

George Osco Kensley, 58, of Blanding, Utah, passed away unexpectedly July 6, 2010, from complications following an accident occurring on the evening of July 3, 2010.

He was born June 10, 1952, in Monticello, Utah, (30 seconds before his twin brother, Jim) to Fran and Bill Kensley. As he grew up, he moved between Monticello, Calif., and Oregon, but he spent his summers at Marge and Harry Sturgeon’s VY Ranch on Peter’s Hill.

After graduating from Dayton High School in Dayton, Ore., in 1970, he worked for a year before joining his brother in the Air Force, where George was a correctional custody guard.

When he finished his time in the Air Force, George became a full-time rancher, working with his Uncle Harry and Aunt Marge Sturgeon and running the VY after Harry’s death. He also worked at various times as an emergency medical technician, a police officer for the city of Monticello, and a wildlands firefighter for both San Juan County and the state of Utah.

George spent his life in service to others, and was happiest when he was able to help someone solve a problem or to provide support in times of stress, including moving to Blanding several years ago to help his brother with ongoing health issues.

He is survived by his twin, Jim (Amy Watkins) of Blanding, Utah; his brothers, John Saltzman of Grand Junction, Colo., and Mike Penfield of Dallas, Texas; his nephews, Chris (Nikki Etzler) and Cameron Saltzman and Michael Kensley; and a niece, Christy Saltzman; as well as two grand-nephews, and many, many friends from all over the Four Corners area including Joyce Turner and Glenda and Aeriel Daniels, all of Cortez, Colo., who are also claimed as family.

Memorial services were held July 10, 2010 at the Blanding North Chapel.

Interment will follow at a later date.