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Lynne Fry

LYNNE MARIE FRY October 6, 1958 – November 14, 2019

Lynne Marie Fry, 61, of New Castle, Colorado passed away peacefully on November 14, 2019 at 5:14 AM at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO. Lynne was born October 6, 1958 in Long Beach, CA, the youngest child of Carl Klenck and Paulette Katona. She grew up in Long Beach, CA.

Lynne moved from California to Basalt, CO in 1981 where she met and went on to marry Kenneth Fry in 1984. They had three children, Courtney, Erik and Nicholas Fry. The family has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley throughout those years. Lynne was a successful and well-respected accountant for many valley residents. In 2000, Lynne bought a home in New Castle, CO and was self-employed working as an accountant. She also formed a licensed non-profit dog rescue, ‘Perfect Unions Animal Rescue Foundation’.

Lynne was a lover of life with a heart of gold. She was a tomboy at heart and enjoyed the outdoors; from fly fishing to camping to riding motor cycles and hunting. She enjoyed spending time with her children, playing guitar, and going to concerts. Her laugh was contagious and she instantly made friends with everyone she met. Besides her children, the thing that she was most passionate about was rescuing and adopting dogs to wonderful families. In 2001, she began fostering dogs that needed to find a perfect ‘forever home’ and her passion grew for helping these innocent animals. She has spent her life saving and adopting upwards of 4,000 dogs that otherwise would not be here today without the help of her and the incredible dog rescue community. Her mission was to educate about the importance of spaying and neutering and to let others realize the value and beauty of rescuing animals.

Lynne was preceded in death by her mother Paulette Katona, step-father John Katona, and sister Sherry Engle. She is survived by her three children, Courtney, Erik, and Nicholas Fry, her daughter in-law Kai Robinson-Fry, niece Ashley Engle and great-niece Castiel Samuel, nephew Christian Addie, father Carl Klenck, and step-mother Lou Klenck.

Please join us celebrating Lynne’s life on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 1 PM – 3 PM at Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs, CO. All are welcome to attend and please feel free to bring your doggies. Please stay tuned as updates will be shared on Lynne’s Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/lynnemariefry

Henry O. Ash

Henry O. Ash July 4, 1930- December 1, 2019

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Henry Oliver (Hank) Ash passed away at the age of 89 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hank was born on July 4, 1930 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A member of the Luther League at St. Paul Lutheran Church, he graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1948. He began his geology studies at the University of New Mexico, then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1950-1952. He then resumed his studies at UNM, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology.

At UNM, Hank met Jane Reynolds, whom he married in 1955. They moved to Phoenix in 1957, where their daughter, Deborah was born in 1959. He worked for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management there until 1963, when he transferred with BLM to Washington, DC, where son Gregory was born in 1963 and son Daniel in 1965. In 1972, the family relocated to the Denver area when Hank became the coordinator for BLM’s oil shale program. Retiring from the government in 1983, he then began a second career in real estate, first in Denver, then later in the greater Glenwood Springs area after he and Jane relocated to the town of Silt on Colorado’s Western Slope.

A highlight for Hank post-retirement was accompanying his brother Sid on a scientific expedition to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, where they collected paleobotanical specimens, dodged musk oxen, and camped in the wilderness.

An avid fisherman, hunter, hiker, bicyclist, jogger and swimmer, Hank enjoyed sharing the outdoors with his family and friends. He was active with his sons’ Boy Scout troops and sports teams, and a great supporter of his children’s musical and academic endeavors.

Loyal UNM Lobos, he and Jane were active in the Denver alum ni chapter for many years. After Jane’s retirement, the couple traveled extensively throughout the U.S., toured Europe, and cruised the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Hank relished cowboy poetry and music, often attending the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Thus inspired, he began writing his own poems.

Hank loved animals, and had at least one dog in his life at any given time, plus cats and later, horses. His pets gave him great joy, and he raised his children to cherish God’s creatures great and small. No Ash home is ever complete without a pet!

Hank and Sid remained in touch with their fellow Luther Leaguers, holding occasional reunions in Albuquerque. Hank and Jane were most recently members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs.

Predeceased by son Daniel, brother Sidney, and parents Oliver and Ellen, Hank is survived by his wife Jane, daughter Deborah, son Gregory and wife Susan, daughter-in-law Dianna, grandchildren Lisa and Laura Johnson, and Leah and Jaden Ash, and his brother’s family, Shirley, Randy, Kathleen and her family.

Services will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Interment with honor guard will be at 11:00am in Sunset Memorial Park, followed by a 1:00pm memorial service and reception at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where Hank was baptized, confirmed, and married. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).

Lynne Marie Fry (October 6, 1958 – November 14, 2019)

Lynne Marie Fry, 61, of New Castle, Colorado passed away peacefully on November 14, 2019 at 5:14 AM at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO. Lynne was born October 6, 1958 in Long Beach, CA, the youngest child of Carl Klenck and Paulette Katona. She grew up in Long Beach, CA. 

Lynne moved from California to Basalt, CO in 1981 where she met and went on to marry Kenneth Fry in 1984. They had three children, Courtney, Erik and Nicholas Fry. The family has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley throughout those years. Lynne was a successful and well-respected accountant for many valley residents. In 2000, Lynne bought a home in New Castle, CO and was self-employed working as an accountant. She also formed a licensed non-profit dog rescue,

‘Perfect Unions Animal Rescue Foundation’. 

Lynne was a lover of life with a heart of gold. She was a tomboy at heart and enjoyed the outdoors; from fly fishing to camping to riding motor cycles and hunting. She enjoyed spending time with her children, playing guitar, and going to concerts. Her laugh was contagious and she instantly made friends with everyone she met. Besides her children, the thing that she was most passionate about was rescuing and adopting dogs to wonderful families. In 2001, she began fostering dogs that needed to find a perfect ‘forever home’ and her passion grew for helping these innocent animals. She has spent her life saving and adopting upwards of 4,000 dogs that otherwise would not be here today without the help of her and the incredible dog rescue community. Her mission was to educate about the importance of spaying and neutering and to let others realize the value and beauty of rescuing animals. 

Lynne was preceded in death by her mother Paulette Katona, step-father John Katona, and sister Sherry Engle. She is survived by her three children, Courtney, Erik, and Nicholas Fry, her daughter in-law Kai Robinson-Fry, niece Ashley Engle and great-niece Castiel Samuel, nephew Christian Addie, father Carl Klenck, and step-mother Lou Klenck. 

Please join us celebrating Lynne’s life on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 1 PM – 3 PM at Veltus Park in Glenwood Springs, CO. All are welcome to attend and please feel free to bring your doggies. Please stay tuned as updates will be shared on Lynne’s Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/lynnemariefry

Henry O. Ash (July 4, 1930 – December 1, 2019)

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Henry Oliver (Hank) Ash passed away at the age of 89 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hank was born on July 4, 1930 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A member of the Luther League at St. Paul Lutheran Church, he graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1948. He began his geology studies at the University of New Mexico, then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1950-1952. He then resumed his studies at UNM, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology.

At UNM, Hank met Jane Reynolds, whom he married in 1955. They moved to Phoenix in 1957, where their daughter, Deborah was born in 1959. He worked for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management there until 1963, when he transferred with BLM to Washington, DC, where son Gregory was born in 1963 and son Daniel in 1965. In 1972, the family relocated to the Denver area when Hank became the coordinator for BLM’s oil shale program. Retiring from the government in 1983, he then began a second career in real estate, first in Denver, then later in the greater Glenwood Springs area after he and Jane relocated to the town of Silt on Colorado’s Western Slope.

A highlight for Hank post-retirement was accompanying his brother Sid on a scientific expedition to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, where they collected paleobotanical specimens, dodged musk oxen, and camped in the wilderness.

An avid fisherman, hunter, hiker, bicyclist, jogger and swimmer, Hank enjoyed sharing the outdoors with his family and friends. He was active with his sons’ Boy Scout troops and sports teams, and a great supporter of his children’s musical and academic endeavors.

Loyal UNM Lobos, he and Jane were active in the Denver alumni chapter for many years. After Jane’s retirement, the couple traveled extensively throughout the U.S., toured Europe, and cruised the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Hank relished cowboy poetry and music, often attending the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Thus inspired, he began writing his own poems.

Hank loved animals, and had at least one dog in his life at any given time, plus cats and later, horses. His pets gave him great joy, and he raised his children to cherish God’s creatures great and small. No Ash home is ever complete without a pet!

Hank and Sid remained in touch with their fellow Luther Leaguers, holding occasional reunions in Albuquerque. Hank and Jane were most recently members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs.

Predeceased by son Daniel, brother Sidney, and parents Oliver and Ellen, Hank is survived by his wife Jane, daughter Deborah, son Gregory and wife Susan, daughter-in-law Dianna, grandchildren Lisa and Laura Johnson, and Leah and Jaden Ash, and his brother’s family, Shirley, Randy, Kathleen and her family.

Services will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Interment with honor guard will be at 11:00am in Sunset Memorial Park, followed by a 1:00pm memorial service and reception at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where Hank was baptized, confirmed, and married. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).

Sunday Profile: Rick Tadus, driving the future

Born in New Mexico but raised in Rifle, Rick Tadus has been chauffeuring the youth of the Roaring Fork Valley as a school bus driver for 23 years.

His father was a jewelry repairman, so out of high school Tadus went on to the Kansas City School of Watchmaking to help out with the family business. That involved a move back to Raton, New Mexico in the early 70’s.

Before the move, Tadus met his wife, Marsha, in 1971.

“We actually met when I was umpiring a softball game and she was playing,” Tadus said. “She was born and raised in Rifle.”

“I promised her (Marsha) that we would always move back to Glenwood,” Tadus said; which they did, in 1985.

After working various jobs, Tadus eventually opened All Valley Pest Control in 1996. Looking for some extra income, he started driving a bus for the Roaring Fork School District in 1997.

Rick Tadus greets kids as they hop on the bus at Sopris Elementary School.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

“I was good friends with Carol Burns, who at the time who was a driver trainer for the district. She approached me about it and since I had driven a bus before, it wasn’t that big of a deal,” he said.

Tadus worked for the Silt and New Castle Recreation Program in 1971 and drove kids to and from Glenwood for swim lessons and baseball games.

“I’ve always liked kids, so that helped me make that decision. I wasn’t afraid to be around kids,” he said.

The smiles, hellos and see you tomorrows from the kids show that they enjoy Tadus, also.

“You try not to get attached, but you become friends with them, especially when you have the elementary school kids. I have young adults now who have young families of their own that I see at Strawberry Days, and they still remember me from when I was driving them to school, so that’s rewarding,” Tadus said.

Rick Tadus has been driving kids to and from school for the Roaring Fork School District for 23 years.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Tadus predicts within the next five years or so he will be driving the kids of the kids he drove to school many years ago.

Driving a bus while also keeping track of 40-60 students is no small task. Tadus’s head is on a constant swivel between watching the road and checking on the kids in his rearview mirror.

“I get along with 99% of the students. The school district has a write-up system for any kids that misbehave on the bus,” Tadus said.  “This is my 23rd year and I’ve written up less than 10 kids” 

Tadus drives one of two bus routes that go up Four Mile Road each morning and afternoon.

“I love my route up Four Mile. I like going up there every morning not knowing what we are going to see, from deer to elk to bear or moose,” he said. “The elementary school kids get pretty enthused, especially when we see a bear.”

Rick Tadus has been driving kids to and from school for the Roaring Fork School District for 23 years.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Tadus has worn multiple hats for the school district, including being a driver trainer for the new guys, which he admitted was his favorite role.

Jared Rains, who is the Transportation Director for the Roaring Fork Schools, was one of the lucky ones who was trained under Tadus, because he enjoyed teaching the new guys how to drive safely.

“Rick taught me how to drive a school bus in 2016; he had my job at that time,” Rains said. “I continue to lean on him for advice, guidance and insight.”

“He is a regular sounding board for many of our drivers, myself, my staff and the district executive team regarding transportation issues,” Rains added.

Aside from the kids and his love for driving, Tadus thoroughly enjoys the people he works with.

“Just a great bunch of people … We all have a common goal of student safety. It’s all about getting them home to school and school to home safely,” he said.

Now retired from his business, Tadus continues driving as a way to get out and about in the mornings.

“I’m a morning person, so I’m up. And now that I’m retired, it gives me something to do to occupy my time, Plus, I still enjoy the kids,” he said. “There are times when we tell jokes and we visit. I just really enjoy it.”

cself@postindependent.com

#PostSnaps for Jan. 19

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Hanging Lake Trail. @christine6369
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Justin Bair

Justin Bair Mar 23, 1983 ~ Jan 1, 2020

Justin March 23, 1983 – Bair January 1, 2020 Justin Robert Bair, 36, of Fruita, passed on January 1, 2020, at Community Hospital. He was born on March 23, 1983, in Glenwood, CO to Irvin Grant and Patricia Anne (Briggs) Bair. spent his childhood in Glenwood Springs where he attended high school and then later moved to Grand Junction. Justin was well known as a salesman at Jim Paris Tire and later as a General Manager after the company was acquired by American Tire Distributors. met the love of his life, Jesie, in 2006 through mutual best friends. They were married on September 12, 2009, in Palisade, CO. Together they adopted a daughter and son, both of whom he loved dearly. Justin enjoyed camping, shooting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. is survived by his spouse, Jesie Kissell Bair; son, Henry Bair; daughter, Sophia Bair; brother, Daniel Bair (Ashley) of Glenwood Springs; brother, A.J. Briggs of Denver; Niece, Sierra Bair; Grandmother, Helen Briggs; Aunt, Karen Briggs (Daryn Miller). memorial service will be held February 1, 2020, at Victory Life Church, 2066 Hwy 6&50, Fruita, CO at 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Justin Bair Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo account number 9394554621.

Doug Davis

Doug Davis January 17, 1950 ~ January 15, 2020

Doug Davis died peacefully at home with his loving family on Wednesday, Jan. 15, two days short of his 70th birthday. Born in Bakersfield, California, but a Coloradoan since the early 1970s and a Carbondale/Missouri Heights resident since the late 1970s, Doug was truly a Renaissance man who, from an early age, had a deep interest and expertise in an incredibly wide range of topics. He was a pioneer in the solar energy and computer industries. A self-described “modem cowboy,” Doug had a passion for technology, science and finding new techniques to make the world around him more energy efficient, more reliable and more purposeful. Doug’s mind could barely contain the overflow of ideas, inventions and plans contained within (and to the chagrin of his wife, his home and workshops could barely contain the overflow either). He was a thinker, a maker, a builder, a mechanic, a web developer, a ski patroller, a jewelry maker, a ham radio operator, a sailor, a musician, a windsurfer, a photographer and so very much more. Chief among his passions, and a great and lasting pride in his life, was being a valued member of the Carbondale Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT for over 35 years. Some of Doug’s last words were to ask if he was still on the fire department. The answer was yes, he still was and always will be. was a lifelong learner who deeply loved the outdoors and deeply cared about the environment; he was always striving to reduce his carbon footprint on the world. He had a pragmatic mind but a big heart. For all of his interests and projects, nothing mattered more to Doug than his family. Some of his best times were spent on family road trip adventures to Mexico, camping in the desert, sailing on Ruedi Reservoir, manning the family raft down the Colorado River, building contraptions for his grandkids or simply playing Scrabble with his wife or daughter. He was a dedicated and involved father who enthusiastically supported his two daughters’ interests, goals and life choices. will be forever loved and missed by his family, including his wife Alice, daughters Adrienne and Nell, grandchildren Mariah and Tyler, sons-in-law Marc and Joe, brother Matt, sister-in-law Debbie, sister Laurie, brother-in-law Anton and mother Carol.

Demon boys hold on for rivalry basketball win at Rifle

Everyone in the Jack Smith Gymnasium held their breath on Friday night as Rifle senior guard Garrett Robinson arched what could have been the game-winning 3-pointer toward his team’s basket with just 9 seconds showing on the clock.

When the ball bounced high off the rim and into the waiting arms of Glenwood’s Mitchell Burt, the Demons had pulled off the big rivalry win, holding on for a nail-biting 49-45 road victory in 4A Western Slope League action.

Burt sank two free throws to ice the win after being fouled in a game that was well worth the price of admission, and then some.

“There were times when we felt like we had them, but they (Rifle) always fought their way back,” Glenwood head coach Fred Heisel said.

It was the Patrick Young and John Iuele show for the Demons early on, as the two senior guards staked Glenwood to an early lead. Iuele’s baseline fade away jumper gave Glenwood a 9-2 advantage as the Demons looked to be rolling along. Rifle’s Carter Pressler brought the Bears back into the game with a 3-pointer, trimming Glenwood’s lead to 11-8 at the end of the first period.

Senior post AJ Adams, who helped control the rebounding department all night long for Glenwood, scored a couple of baskets in the paint, and fellow Demon senior Adam Schrader got a bucket in close to give Glenwood a 19-16 lead.

Robinson hit a 3-pointer for Rifle and senior Trey Lujan got a couple of free throws to drop, keeping the Bears right in Glenwood’s rearview mirror at 22-20 at the halfway point of the contest.

The Demons started the second half in a stifling full court press that gave the Bears — who basically run a five-guard lineup — fits. Young scored on a drive to the basket that gave Glenwood its biggest lead of the game at 33-25 midway through the third period, but Lujan and Kade Bishop each hit 3-pointers for the Bears to keep the home team close.

To start the final period, Lujan hit two free throws and then swished the net with a floater in the lane to tie the tense affair at 38-all.

Iuele, as he often does in pressure situations, came to the rescue for the Demons with a 3-pointer and a score off a baseline drive to give Glenwood some breathing room. Lujan answered with a 3-pointer to tie the game once again. Adams got a critical rebound for Glenwood and scored on a put back as the game would then come down to the ending dramatics that would fall Glenwood’s way.

In a key statistic for the game, Glenwood out rebounded Rifle by a 30-11 count.

Iuele led Glenwood with 18 points for the game, with Young and Burt tallying 9 and 8 points, respectively. Lujan had a game-high 25 points for Rifle with Alonso Ruiz chipping in with 10 points.

Glenwood (9-3, 2-0 WSL) will face Grand Junction Central on the road Saturday afternoon.

Girls

Glenwood 52, Rifle 17

The Glenwood Springs girls ventured into Rifle’s gymnasium on Friday night and ran their record to 9-3 overall and a perfect 2-0 in 4A Western Slope League play with a convincing 52-17 win over the home-standing Bears.

Nursing a slim 11-6 lead after one quarter of play, the Demons used a 15-4 scoring outburst in the decisive second frame to put Rifle into a submission hold that they were never able to break out of.

Glenwood junior guard Maddie Moser dropped in a couple of 3-point tosses to give the Demons some early momentum as they battled Rifle’s deliberate pace of play. Sophomore guard Jamie Caron notched a basket and two free throws to get Rifle into the first quarter break trailing by just 5 points.

The flood gates opened from that point on for the Demons after Rifle’s Mackenzie Elizardo and Glenwood senior post Michelle Marshall traded baskets in the paint.

The Demon onslaught started when sophomore left-hander Kenzie Winder drilled a long 3-pointer and senior guard Natalya Taylor scored on a hard drive to the bucket and hit a free throw to complete a conventional 3-point play. It was then senior Kate Shanahan’s turn to hit a soft shot off the glass for a Glenwood score. Winder added another basket to her game resume as the Bears were officially rocking back on their heels facing a 26-10 deficit at intermission.

“We have talked a lot as a team about coming out flat to begin games, and we started in similar fashion tonight,” Glenwood head coach Rhonda Moser said. “Once the kids got into the rhythm of the game, though, they really started playing.”

Glenwood widened the big lead to 35-13 midway through the third period. Senior post Qwynn Massie scored on a back door cut and a shot in the lane off a miss by Taylor. Rifle senior Delaney Phillips got a basket and free toss to end the Bears’ dry spell, but Moser would answer with her third triple of the night, and Taylor scored on two hard drives down the lane. In the blink of an eye, it was game, set and match.

“Our plan was to make Glenwood play slow. We did a good job of that early on, but Glenwood is a very athletic team and hard to keep in check,” second year Rifle coach Eric Caro said.

Moser led Glenwood in scoring with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Taylor chipped in with 11 points, and Massie had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Caron led Rifle with 5 points.

Glenwood heads to Grand Junction to play the Central Warriors on Saturday.

Other Friday game results

Girls — Grand Valley 58, Olathe 41; Delta 51, Roaring Fork 39

Boys — Grand Valley 59, Olathe 48; Delta 65, Roaring Fork 52

Colorado River Valley residents inducted into Aspen Hall of Fame

When New Castle-area residents Barbara and Peter Guy arrived in Aspen in June 1960, they weren’t entirely sure how long their stay would last.

Peter Guy had received a call from a friend, asking if he was interested in helping open a restaurant in Aspen that summer. 

Wanting to ski out west, the Guys jumped at the opportunity and made the long trek from the northeast to the Rocky Mountains where they helped open the Steak Pit restaurant.

“It’s the old Aspen story,” Peter Guy said. “You try it, and it’s tough to get away.”

Saturday, 62 years after their first date, Barbara and Peter Guy will take their rightful place in the Aspen Hall of Fame for their service to customers and community.

According to the Guys, the beloved Steak Pit restaurant’s bread and butter menu items included its top sirloin, New York strip and filet.

“I remember the top sirloin, in June of 1960, was $2.95,” Peter Guy said. “Including the salad bar.” 

While many know the Guys for the Steak Pit restaurant business, the Aspen community has also recognized the couple for their abundance of volunteer work.

In addition to serving multiple terms on Pitkin County’s Planning and Zoning commission, Peter Guy was also a member of the Aspen School Board for over two decades. 

The couple was also involved with the Aspen Community Church, having served on its board, too.

Now retired, the Guys live in the Silt/New Castle area.

“The pressure’s off,” Peter Guy laughed.  

The Guys will join Rick Deane and David Swersky, as well as Sue Smedstad, who will also be inducted as part of the 2020 Aspen Hall of Fame class.

mabennett@postindependent.com