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Obituary: Patricia Warren

Patricia Diann Warren March 26, 1954 – March 24, 2020

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Patricia Diann Warren, 65, of Battlement Mesa, Colorado passed away peacefully, in her husband’s arms, at their home “On the Mountain” .

Pat was born March 26, 1954 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Dwight and Maxine Mott. On December 27, 1978 she married Randy N. Warren and they raised three boys, Chance, Chad and Chess.

Pat spent most of her adult life as a dental hygienist in Alaska, the Vail Valley, and the Grand Valley. Pat loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers. When she was not working in the yard, she was with husband Randy, camping, hunting, cutting wood, fishing or just taking Sunday drives. Anytime spent with her boys was unforgettable. She was also the best hockey mom ever. She was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile, and her kind and compassionate spirit.

Pat was preceded in death by her father, Dwight Mott, her mother Maxine Mott and her step mother, Shirley Mott. She is survived by her husband Randy N. Warren, her three sons, Chance (Heather) Warren, Chad Warren, and Chess Warren, three grandchildren (Landon, Keenan and Tate), her sisters Kathy Deschepper (Ron) and Onna Stowers and a brother, Michael Mott.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, in the near future.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Hope West Hospice Service at: Hope West Hospice 3090 North 12th Street Grand Junction, CO 81506 or on the Website www.hopewestco.org 1-970-241-2212

Obituary: Robert (Bob) Max Ballinger

Robert (Bob) Max Ballinger 12/09/41 – 03/24/20

Bob Ballinger, 78, passed away at home on March 24, 2020, after a long fight with cancer and other serious illnesses. He was born in Norton, Kansas, to Dale Ballinger and Leona McClain Ballinger. He graduated from Norton High School. He made a name for himself in wrestling, going to State in his time there. He went to a one-room schoolhouse for the first part of his education and then went to school in town. He used to brag that he had his first car when he was 11 years old but that might have been stretching it. He was a “farm” kid and those kids could drive because there wasn’t a school bus.

Bob worked at Holy Cross Energy for 26 years and made many lifelong friends. He enjoyed watching our daughter play basketball. He loved going to our grandson’s wrestling matches and attending our granddaughters’ swim and gymnastics. Wrestling was his thing and he was good at it. A small bundle of energy wrestling at 95-110 lbs. Imagine Bob in wrestling tights!

Bob married Michelle Huber Ballinger on 09/03/1976 in Las Vegas, NV. It was a marriage that would last the rest of his natural life. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Triston Ballinger. He is survived by his loving wife of 43+ years, Children-Max Ballinger, Debra Ballinger, and Mark Ballinger. Step-children- Wendy Vanderhoof and Robyn Toothaker. Seven wonderful grandchildren, Cory, Lina, Emily, Wyatt, Chase, Kendall, Kaitlyn, many loving nieces, nephews, & cousins, and his sister, Rovella Fisher. He is also survived by close family friends, Nadia Condre, Alex Ghilan, and their children, Victoria, and Nickolas.

Bob was an exceptional human being. He would get a smile and usually a laugh when he was around. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and son. He was a stanch Denver Broncos fan, loving every football game he could watch. His main hobby was people and he enjoyed them immensely. He will always be remembered for his kindness, compassion, and sense of humor, especially his sense of humor.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in his name at CARE, Colorado Animal Rescue.

Obituary: Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis October 9, 1973 ~ March 27, 2020

Jeremy Davis, born in Glenwood Springs, Colorado was tragically taken from his family and friends by Covid-19. Jeremy was a good man – he and his high school sweetheart Delcie were married for 26 years. He was an avid fan of his children’s sports, school events, coaching and cheering. He never missed hockey, lacrosse, football, volleyball, soccer or a dance recital. His family was his life.

Jeremy grew up playing football, basketball and track. He was very successful with 4H, but he wasn’t always the crowd favorite because he often won. Jeremy loved showing animals and the success it brought him. He worked very hard to support his family. He grew up in a family trade business which he continued to this day. The family has received great letters from other men that worked for Jeremy who were able to take the trade he taught them and open their own successful businesses. According to Clayton, Jeremy was driven and dedicated. He always wanted his family together and wanted to experience fun adventures together with people he loved. Sometimes he was hard of hearing, usually responding with a “huh,” “I often thought that he just wanted to hear me again” said Clayton. He cared for many and wanted to help. He came up with the easiest of techniques that just made things so fast and efficient. More often than not he would project his laughter, giving smiles to those around. Delcie and Jeremy knew each other since 5th grade, were high school sweethearts and married at a very young age. They have 3 beautiful children, who Jeremy was so proud of. “I’ve never seen such a proud man” said Delcie. “Through ups and downs I always knew my husband would pull through. When I got the news of his death my heart broke, I wasn’t able to give him a last kiss, hold his hand or whisper I love you to him. To know he was alone breaks me. We were never alone. He was my life partner – we grocery shopped together, we worked on our small garden, and enjoyed everything about the outdoors. We started bird watching last summer. That’s when I knew we had grown old together. I love him so much!! ” According to Hunter “I want to say thank you to this amazing community – we all grew up in Eagle County and the amount of support we have received in this short time is truly heartfelt.” According to Delcie, “My children and I have a big road ahead, but I have no words for the amount of support we have received. This shows that my husband truly touched a lot of people. Again, thank you community!!!” The Davis Family

Obituary: Josephine Kinder

Josephine M. Kinder August 10, 1934 – March 13, 2020

Josephine passed away peacefully at Renew Roaring Fork Memory Care in Glenwood Springs. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and beloved Grandmother/Great Grandmother. Her death follows that of her beloved Husband, Raymond Kinder. She enjoyed family gatherings, cooking and bingo. She is survived by her four daughters, Judy & Mike Morrison, Sue & Donnie Potter, Barb Kinder, Jojo & Scott Toombs; three grandchildren, Breck, Kim & Nicholas and four great-grandchildren, Dakota, Sierra, Jordan and Rhylee.

Born in Chicago, Illinois she and her husband moved to Colorado in 1953. They were both business owners in Colorado.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later time. Jo will be missed by many, yet will remain in our hearts forever.

Obituary: James Carr Harris Jr

James Carr Harris Jr March 1, 1933 ~ March 16, 2020

James Carr Harris Jr, 87, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2020, at Grand River Hospital in Rifle, Colorado with his daughter, Tina by his side. He entered joyously into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jim was born on March 1, 1933, to Pearl Smith and James Harris Sr. in Aguilar, Colorado. He was born into a mining family, the 4th of 5 children, and spent his childhood in Aguilar, Paonia, Palisade, finally ending up in Gunnison, Colorado. He graduated high school in Gunnison and joined the Air Force where he spent 4 years serving his country. Jim returned to Gunnison where he married Dixie Stott and they had 2 children, Tina and Wayne. After a short time living in Gunnison, the family moved to Carbondale. Unfortunately, Jim and Dixie would part ways in early 1970. Jim continued to live in Carbondale working as a carpenter. He would start his own construction company in 1979 and would construct many homes throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, Rifle and Parachute area. Jim met Maryan Pharo in 1988 in Grand Junction and they would marry in Granby in May, 1994. Shortly after they both retired, they moved to Granby where Jim remodeled Maryan’s family cabin that overlooked the lake. They lived there happily, taking time to explore their home state of Colorado often taking hikes, biking, or cross country skiing. Many stopped by for a visit at their home on the lake, where they enjoyed a cup of coffee and a visit. Their home was a gathering place for friends and family. In the early 2000s, Jim and Maryan began camp-hosting in the campgrounds of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona during the winter months. They enjoyed exploring new areas, socializing and making new friends. They made life-long friends that kept in touch through the years by phone or stopping by for a cup of coffee or a short stay. Due to an illness in late 2014, Jim & Maryan relocated to Battlement Mesa, CO. They enjoyed the milder winters, warmer weather, and the closeness of family. Maryan passed away in October of 2016 and Jim mourned her loss each day for the rest of his life. He never quite got over the loss of his best friend. Jim enjoyed many jobs over the years. His roots were in the mining industry. He spent many years doing different jobs in mining from loading coal into the cars to delivering and unloading coal to customers. He also held jobs as a truck driver, ski lift operator, ranch hand, a short stint as a ‘cowboy’, and the one that he was known best, a master carpenter. After he retired, he also found a love for woodworking and became a craftsman with a bandsaw and scroll saw. Many friends and family have enjoyed the benefits of his handy work through his handmade wooden gifts. He loved to share the items he made with others. Jim loved his family and boasted often to friends about them. We will remember him as an ornery sort that was known to speak his mind. He gave of himself to others generously and without pause. His faith was strong and he loved his Lord and was never afraid to share his faith with others. Jim is survived by a daughter, Tina (Dale) Bingman, Silt, CO and a son, Wayne (Pam) Harris, Grand Junction, CO; brother, David (Anita) Harris, Greeley, CO; Step-daughters Diane Rickstrew, Debeque, CO and Lynn Collins, Pueblo, CO; Granddaughters, Amanda Bingman, Jessica Proctor, Annika O’Rourke, Kourtney Gilliam, and Hannah Harris; Grandsons, Zachary Bingman and Robert Harris, 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved so much. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Maryan Pharo; parents, Pearl (Smith) and James Harris, Sr.; sisters, Joyce Messer and June Perusek; and brother William Harris. was surrounded by a close-knit group of friends that cared deeply for him. The family extends their deepest heartfelt gratitude to Ted and Betty Birdsill, Rich Reynolds, Marty Thompson, Pam Keller, and Debra Fick and the many others who called on him daily. A celebration of life for Jim is postponed to an unknown date due to the current pandemic. Once a date has been set, the family will reach out with details.

Obituary: Ralph Long

Ralph Long
September 11, 1932 ~ February 8, 2020

A much loved father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Ralph Daniel Long of Centennial, Colorado passed peacefully on February 8, 2020 at the age of 87 with his children by his side.

He was born on September 11, 1932 at his childhood ranch on Morrisania Mesa in Grand Valley, Colorado.  He was raised by his parents Daniel Tony Long and Emma P Hoag.  Being the youngest, he learned as a young man to work hard on the family’s ranch. Known as Sonny to most, he graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1950.

Ralph enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952. He served with the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One and on the USS Capricornus from Rhode Island to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Rota, Spain. Ralph received an Honorable Discharge in 1956. He served the Navy Reserves for an additional 4 years.

On April 3, 1954 he married Hazel Marie Huff from Medora, Illinois. They started their family and moved to the ranch. Settling in Glenwood Springs with their four children and starting the family trucking business, H&R Trucking. “Dr. Dofunny” as many know him, came to life doing what he loved with his truck “White Lightning”

On July 14, 1984, Ralph married Barb Wilcock in Littleton, Colorado. He gained four step-children and they had been married for 35 years before her passing 4 months prior.

He is survived by his son, Richard(Donna Jo) Long, daughter, Toni(Pat) Shuster, daughter, Karen(Jay) Long, daughter-in-law, Janie Long; step-children Jim(Karyn) Felt, Lori(Frank) Spear, Mike Felt, Susan Brand; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren; 7 step great-grandchildren; sister Alberta Sandelin and half-brother Dean(Mary Jane) Hangs. Fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and wonderful trucking friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife Hazel; wife Barb; son Steven; sister Mary Lou(Louie) Thornton; his parents; his birth mother Ruth Hawn Hangs; step-brothers Harry Hoag and Dick(Elenor) Hoag.

He was known for his quick wit, his unusually humorous jokes, his infectious smile and his kind compassionate giving nature.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on June 20th, 2020 at 10am at the Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Avenue in Rifle. Please join us for refreshments, jokes, stories and memories of Ralph’s life.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in Ralph’s name.

Obituary: RA Dick Prosence

R. A. “DICK” PROSENCE April 23, 1924 – March 21, 2020

Former Glenwood Springs resident and veteran highway engineer, R. A. “Dick” Prosence passed away at his home in Meeker. He was 95. Born in Illinois, he grew up in Colorado and Utah. After serving in the Army during World War II, he received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 1950. While working for the US Bureau of Public Roads he returned to Colorado and eventually went to Grand Junction to work for the Colorado Department of Highways. The last 13 years of 26 years of service with the Department, he was District Engineer, supervising all highway activities for northwestern Colorado.

Dick was a leader in the development of Interstate Route 70 between the Utah state line and Silverthorne, including widely acclaimed segments over Vail Pass and through Glenwood Canyon. For one year he lived in Glenwood Springs and supervised the construction of the twin tunnels east of town. During his tenure Colorado highway projects received many national awards. In 1974 the section of I-70 from Mack to the Utah state line won the top national award for a rural highway in its natural environment. Dick believed in widely sweeping curves and broad medians as constructed east and west of Rifle and from Loma west. In 1980 Dick received the prestigious Forest Service 75th Anniversary Award for his support of environmental concerns along the Vail Pass segment of I-70.

During the controversy over the Glenwood Canyon segment of I-70, Dick was tenacious in his determination to succeed in getting route and design approvals so that construction could proceed. During the summer of 1976, he lived in the Colorado Hotel in Glenwood Springs so that he could personally conduct public tours of the canyon and chair the many public meetings.

Once the final design of the canyon segment had won approval, Dick retired and moved to Phoenix to assist with design development for the Papago Freeway through the center of the city. Many aesthetic solutions developed for Vail Pass and Glenwood Canyon can be found on Phoenix area freeway projects.

Dick loved the outdoors. He would miss supper to go fly fishing with his hand tied flies. Camping and hiking wilderness trails were favorite activities. For 30 years he rode all varieties of motorcycles, beginning with Tote Gotes in 1964. These rides included trips to Canada and the coast on street bikes.

A prolific author of “Letters to the Editor”, Dick had over 100 of his letters on a variety of subjects printed in newspapers in Phoenix, Denver, Vail, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Meeker, Grand Junction, Montrose and Gunnison. His book, Building I-70, describes the development of that freeway across Western Colorado. A second book, Wheels in My Life, documents every wheeled vehicle beginning with his first tricycle and describing each car, truck, motorcycle and bicycle and the experiences he enjoyed with each one.

Dick is survived by: his wife, Beverly of 37 years; children Cas Nelson (Dale), Gillette, WY; Paul Prosence (Nancy), North Salt Lake City, Utah; Matt Prosence (Konnie), Glenwood Springs, CO; stepchildren David Dickman, Grand Junction, CO; Annie Long, Meeker, CO; Paul Dickman (Denise), Phoenix, AZ; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held later in the summer.

Memorial donations may be made to: Hope West, 575 Third Street, Meeker, CO 81641.

Obituary: Lisa Antonelli

Lisa Antonelli February 16, 1969 ~ March 24, 2020

Lisa Kay Antonelli was born February 16, 1969in Rifle, Colorado and died March 24, 2020 at Collier Hospice Center in Westminster, Colorado due to complications from chemotherapy and cancer. Lisa was raised on a farm, but was a city girl at heart. Shortly after graduating from the Dental Hygenist program at Rangely College, she moved to the Denver area and truly found her niche. She met a wonderful guy there, John Fuschino, who she married and together they enjoyed all the amenities the big city has to offer. Lisa worked as a hygenist for Dr. Mayer of Broomfield for over 20 years just recently retiring due to her health. She leaves her husband of 19 years, John Fuschino, Westminster, her parents, Larry and Glenda Antonelli of Silt, Colorado, her sister and brother-in-law Tanya and Eric Fritz of Hudson, Colorado, two dearly loved nieces, Allyson and Lauren Fritz, a special mom-in-law Sally Fuschino of Westminster, a lifelong friend and sister at heart Billie Jo Walker Wood of Delta, Colorado, many, many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends and her beloved black cats, Harley, Peanut, Elmer, Groot and Mojo.

Obituary: Mark Harrington

Mark Joseph Harrington

Mark Joseph Harrington, age 68 of Vonore, Tennessee passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was born to the late Alden and Mary (Johnson) Harrington in Lansing, Michigan.

Mark was a talented craftsman. He loved to build and remodel homes, especially log homes. When he slowed down, he started a home inspection company where he could employ his knowledge in helping others. He and his wife, Janet located in the Kahite neighborhood of Tellico Village in Vonore, Tennessee. He immediately embraced the community and started making friends. He enjoyed golfing and hanging out with his buddies. A social butterfly at heart, he wasted no time as he involved himself in many activities that included softball and the Woodworking Club. Mark also served his fellow man as a member of the Army National Guard and attended the Tellico Village Community Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step children, Nathan and Seren Smith. He is survived by his loving wife, Janet (Sienkiewicz) Harrington; children and spouses, Anthony (Hilary Padget) Harrington, NJ and Theresa (Tim) Fisher, MI; stepdaughter, Jolyn McAllister, MI; grandchildren, Ella, Ashley, Hailey, Chelsye, Seren and Brittney; 6 great grandchildren; brothers, Jim (Rolondo Perez) Harrington, Patrick(Robin Barfoot) Harrington; sisters, Martha Harrington, Connie (Gary) Crawley and Mary Anne Shaffer.

Services for Mark are being planned for a later date. McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Highway 72 N, Loudon, TN. www.mcgillclick.com

Obituary: Anthony Terry

Anthony (Tony) Lee Terry July 26, 1963 – March 23, 2020

Anthony (Tony) Lee Terry, lifelong resident of Garfield County, passed away at his residence on the morning of March 23rd with his wife and best friend of 36 years, Joyce Terry, by his side after a long battle with cancer.

He was born July 26th 1963 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to Eutice (Hoot) and Wanda Terry.

Tony was a kind hearted, very hard working man. He enjoyed his job working in construction, most recently with Garfield County Road and Bridge where his coworkers particularly enjoyed his one of a kind sense of humor and willingness to lend a helping hand whenever and however he could. He liked to spend his free time working on projects on his ranch, some of which included wood working, landscaping, fixing anything and everything that was broken, and gardening. His main pride and joy was his grand daughters. He never missed a ball game, dance recital, or birthday party, and he spent much of his time thinking up fun things and activities to do with them.

He is survived by his wife Joyce Terry of Rifle; mother Wanda Terry of Silt; his son, Justin Terry of Rifle; son and daughter in law, Tyler and Justyne Terry, two granddaughters and lights of his life, Willow and Harlow Terry all of Rifle, Colorado; Brother Dean (Karen) Donelson of Silt, brother Benny (Tamara) Terry of Rifle, and sister Nancy Terry; Along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

No services are planned at this time.

Contributions may be made to Calaway Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.