Western Slope Obituaries 8-27-12
Raymond Carey ‘Ray’ Kessler
Raymond Carey ‘Ray’ Kessler, 51, of Montrose, Colo., passed away August 19, 2012 in Cimarron, Colo., doing what he loved to do.
He was born December 17, 1960, to Henry J. “Hank” and Doris F. (Galloway) Kessler in Montrose, Colo.
He graduated from Montrose High School, where he was president of the FFA chapter. Following high school, he attended Auctioneer School.
Ray married Mary Gilmore on December 31, 1987. Together they enjoyed farming, ranching and the cowboy way of life. Ray worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation and was a certified weed coordinator QS, and also a certified master blaster for avalanche control. Ray also cowboyed for several local ranchers over the years, where his favorite pastime was to ride full out through the brush chasing cows and hauling livestock for those ranchers at times.
Ray loved spending time cooking for family and friends, and barbecued everything from burgers to his favorite, eye of round.
He was so kind hearted, but his true love was his great-grandbabies, Lexi and Gracie. He loved to get down on the ground and play cars, horses and even tea party.
Memorial services were held August 25, 2012, at the Kessler Residence. ❖
Charles “Bud” Wayne Altland
Charles Wayne “Bud” Altland, 77, longtime owner/operator of Palisade Cleaners, passed away August 18, 2012, after a short illness, with his family and friends by his side.
He was born in Breckenridge, Colo., and spent most of his childhood in Dillon, Colo., and Gunnison, Colo. He and his family moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in the early 1950s.
Bud was an incredibly hard worker which led to his success in the dry cleaning business. Bud operated Palisade Cleaners for almost 50 years along with his wife, Sandy, receiving satisfaction from striving for perfection and giving the utmost in old-fashioned customer service. They retired from the business and sold it in 2007.
Bud enjoyed working on his lawn and caring for his tomato garden each year. In his younger years, Bud enjoyed archery competitions attaining championship status as well as his love for archery hunting. He enjoyed fishing and taking his periodic trips to Wendover, Nev.
If you knew Bud, he always had a joke to tell or he was frequently pulling a prank on someone; he loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed having coffee with his friends in Palisade, Colo., each morning. Bud was overwhelmingly trusting and was generous, to a fault at times, to everyone who crossed his path.
Palisade, Colo., was Bud’s home for life. He loved Palisade, Colo., so much and would have never considered moving away from such a beautiful place.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra “Sandy” of Palisade, Colo.; brother, John Altland of Kingman, Ariz.; step-mother, Sarah Altland of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughters, Teri Martin of Monument, Colo., Kelley Trierweiler of Erie, Colo., Denise Madden of Grand Junction, Colo.; step-daughter, Robin Ely of Grand Junction, Colo.; step-sons, Dave Ely of Palisade, Colo., and Steve Ely of Boulder, Colo.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and last but not least, his princess cat, Sapphire.
Memorial services will be held September 9, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. at the Palisade Community Center, 120 W. 8th St., Palisade, Colo. Please join us in celebrating a wonderful man who never knew a stranger, always gave freely, and will be missed more than these words can express.
Cremation has taken place and inurnment in Breckenridge, Colo., (where his mother, Margaret, is buried) will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bud’s name to CLAWS Rescue and Adoption Center, 2214 Sanford Drive, Grand Junction, Colo., 81505. ❖
Paul William Peterson
Paul William Peterson, 91, former La Plata County, Colo., resident, passed away August 9, 2012, in Bloomfield, N.M. He was one month shy of his 92nd birthday.
He was born to John Victor and Goldie Peterson on September 7, 1920, in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He was one of six children.
He graduated from eighth grade in Pagosa Springs, Colo., before going to work during the Depression.
During World War II, he served as a paratrooper, jumping into many battles, including D-Day on Normandy Beach in France.
On June 1, 1946, he married Mary Margaret “Margy” Grimes in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Paul was a former resident of Durango, Colo., Bayfield, Colo., Ignacio, Colo., and Pagosa Springs, Colo.
He enjoyed being a rancher and a ranch foreman for all of his working life and was one of the last “real cowboys,” his family said. He worked on several ranches in the area, including for the Cugninis and Ludwigs and above Vallecito Reservoir.
Until about three years ago, he worked at the sale barns in Breen, Aztec and Kirtland, N.M.
Paul was a member of Disabled Veterans of America. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his son Dale Peterson of Bloomfield, N.M.; brother Jack Peterson of Wickenburg, Ariz.; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Margaret Peterson; and son Dean Peterson.
Memorial services were held August 25, 2012, at Bloomfield First Baptist Church Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Guardian Angels Home Health and Hospice, 4801 N. Butler Ave., Suite 2000, Farmington, N.M., 87401. ❖