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Western Slope Obituaries 8-8-11

Ben Johnson, 95, of Delta, Colo., passed away July 29, 2011 at his home.

He was born in Provost, Alberta, Canada, on July 13, 1916 to Jacob and Lydia Johnson. After moving to the Grand Junction, Colo., area in 1928, Ben attended and graduated from the Appleton School and later attended Ross Business College.

Ben married Dorothy Eastman on February 16, 1941. Their three children are Jerald Johnson (Vicki), Linda Kukal (James) and Claire Diers (Gordy).

He had a diverse career which included farming, raising horses, and was a recognized and approved horse show judge, uranium driller, artist and teacher. Ben owned and exhibited four National Champion Appaloosa horses as well as training record setting Appaloosa race horses. Ben was the longest serving director of the Appaloosa Horse Club as well as serving as Vice-President for many years. He and two of his horses, Patchy and Patchy Jr. are in the Appaloosa Hall of Fame.

In 1975, Ben and Dorothy moved to the eastern slope of Colorado and lived in La Veta, Colo., for several years before moving to Trinidad, Colo., where he accepted the position of instructor of fine arts at Trinidad Junior College.

Ben was commissioned to design sculptures by the Appaloosa Horse Club that were presented as awards. He was commissioned by the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce to sculpt the Coal Miners Memorial which sits in the town square. He was also commissioned to sculpt and design the Trinidad Junior College’s Trojan mascot which is on display on the campus.

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Ben and Dorothy had been married for nearly 58 years when she passed away in 1998.

He married Lois Dick in Trinidad, Colo., in 2002 and they moved to Delta, Colo., in 2005 to be near family. Lois passed away in 2006.

He is survived by his children; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, and Jerimiah Johnson and Audra Diers; six great-grandchildren; brother Clarence Johnson and sister Ruby Woodcock and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Lydia, brother Raymond, sister Hanna and granddaughter, Sherri.

Memorial services were held Aug. 6, at Taylor Funeral Home in Delta, Colo.

Graveside services followed at Elwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Co 81416.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www. TaylorFuneralService.com.

Ben Johnson, 95, of Delta, Colo., passed away July 29, 2011 at his home.

He was born in Provost, Alberta, Canada, on July 13, 1916 to Jacob and Lydia Johnson. After moving to the Grand Junction, Colo., area in 1928, Ben attended and graduated from the Appleton School and later attended Ross Business College.

Ben married Dorothy Eastman on February 16, 1941. Their three children are Jerald Johnson (Vicki), Linda Kukal (James) and Claire Diers (Gordy).

He had a diverse career which included farming, raising horses, and was a recognized and approved horse show judge, uranium driller, artist and teacher. Ben owned and exhibited four National Champion Appaloosa horses as well as training record setting Appaloosa race horses. Ben was the longest serving director of the Appaloosa Horse Club as well as serving as Vice-President for many years. He and two of his horses, Patchy and Patchy Jr. are in the Appaloosa Hall of Fame.

In 1975, Ben and Dorothy moved to the eastern slope of Colorado and lived in La Veta, Colo., for several years before moving to Trinidad, Colo., where he accepted the position of instructor of fine arts at Trinidad Junior College.

Ben was commissioned to design sculptures by the Appaloosa Horse Club that were presented as awards. He was commissioned by the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce to sculpt the Coal Miners Memorial which sits in the town square. He was also commissioned to sculpt and design the Trinidad Junior College’s Trojan mascot which is on display on the campus.

Ben and Dorothy had been married for nearly 58 years when she passed away in 1998.

He married Lois Dick in Trinidad, Colo., in 2002 and they moved to Delta, Colo., in 2005 to be near family. Lois passed away in 2006.

He is survived by his children; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, and Jerimiah Johnson and Audra Diers; six great-grandchildren; brother Clarence Johnson and sister Ruby Woodcock and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Lydia, brother Raymond, sister Hanna and granddaughter, Sherri.

Memorial services were held Aug. 6, at Taylor Funeral Home in Delta, Colo.

Graveside services followed at Elwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Co 81416.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www. TaylorFuneralService.com.

Ben Johnson, 95, of Delta, Colo., passed away July 29, 2011 at his home.

He was born in Provost, Alberta, Canada, on July 13, 1916 to Jacob and Lydia Johnson. After moving to the Grand Junction, Colo., area in 1928, Ben attended and graduated from the Appleton School and later attended Ross Business College.

Ben married Dorothy Eastman on February 16, 1941. Their three children are Jerald Johnson (Vicki), Linda Kukal (James) and Claire Diers (Gordy).

He had a diverse career which included farming, raising horses, and was a recognized and approved horse show judge, uranium driller, artist and teacher. Ben owned and exhibited four National Champion Appaloosa horses as well as training record setting Appaloosa race horses. Ben was the longest serving director of the Appaloosa Horse Club as well as serving as Vice-President for many years. He and two of his horses, Patchy and Patchy Jr. are in the Appaloosa Hall of Fame.

In 1975, Ben and Dorothy moved to the eastern slope of Colorado and lived in La Veta, Colo., for several years before moving to Trinidad, Colo., where he accepted the position of instructor of fine arts at Trinidad Junior College.

Ben was commissioned to design sculptures by the Appaloosa Horse Club that were presented as awards. He was commissioned by the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce to sculpt the Coal Miners Memorial which sits in the town square. He was also commissioned to sculpt and design the Trinidad Junior College’s Trojan mascot which is on display on the campus.

Ben and Dorothy had been married for nearly 58 years when she passed away in 1998.

He married Lois Dick in Trinidad, Colo., in 2002 and they moved to Delta, Colo., in 2005 to be near family. Lois passed away in 2006.

He is survived by his children; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, and Jerimiah Johnson and Audra Diers; six great-grandchildren; brother Clarence Johnson and sister Ruby Woodcock and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Lydia, brother Raymond, sister Hanna and granddaughter, Sherri.

Memorial services were held Aug. 6, at Taylor Funeral Home in Delta, Colo.

Graveside services followed at Elwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Co 81416.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www. TaylorFuneralService.com.