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Betty Bernice Park (February 25, 1931–October 6, 2019)

Betty Park passed away on October 6, 2019 in her home of more than 50 years, in her favorite recliner, and peacefully. She was born in Collbran, Colorado to William and Elsie Martin. She grew up the oldest of five siblings and was a rancher’s wife to Franklin (Ed) Park for 47 years until his passing on January 19, 1999. Betty’s favorite pastimes included gardening and could often be seen bird watching in her back yard.

She was proceeded in death by three of her siblings Berla Hoggatt, Beverly Bunn, and Bobby Martin. She was survived by her sister Bernis Sattler; daughter Phyllis Witchel and (Bob) Witchel of Watkins; granddaughters Krissy Robideau (Aurora, CO) and Kimberly Witchel (Enid, OK); and four great-grandchildren Hailee Witchel (Watkins, CO), Jaden Grubb (Enid, OK), Jesee Robideau (Aurora, CO) and Aslyn Witchel (Enid, OK).

In lieu of flowers, at the gravesite, contributions can be made to Lift-Up of Garfield County or Phyllis Witchel. The service will be held graveside at East Divide Creek Cemetery on Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

Jeanne M. Furman (October 8, 1921 — October 7, 2019)

Jeanne passed from this life one day prior to her 98th birthday at Emerald Springs Senior Living in Yuma, Arizona, where she had lived since the spring of 2017 and attended Christ Lutheran. Her daughter, Susan, and the love of her entire family and many dear friends accompanied Jeanne on her final journey. Jeanne was preceded in death by her son Kris, brother Bill and grandson Case.

She is survived by son Eric Furman (Ann) of Beverly Hills, FL; daughter Linda Schuemaker (Mark) of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; and daughter Susan Hanson (Jim) of Yuma, Arizona; five grandchildren including Ben Furman (Elizabeth) of Gulfport, FL; Alyssa Lipp (Nathan) and Ryan Hanson (Samantha) of Phoenix, AZ; and Karsten and Ian Hanson of Yuma, AZ; four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. A full obituary is available at desertviewmortuary.com.

No services are planned.

Dwight Webster “Shorty” Frantz (April 30,1935 — Oct. 6, 2019)

Dwight Webster “Shorty” Frantz, of Meeker, died Sunday, October 6, 2019, at The Pioneers Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019, at The 4-H Building in Meeker. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Highland Cemetery.

John Buxman (August 13, 1930–October 6, 2019)

John Buxman was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1930.

Surviving as the 11th out of 12 children born to immigrant parents during the Dust Bowl, he went on to build the type of life that seemed unlikely given his meager beginnings.

John moved his family from Denver to Minturn, CO. in 1966 when the opportunity to own his own grocery store merged with his family’s love of skiing.

Over time John went on to open grocery stores in Vail, Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Edwards, Telluride, and Moab, Utah.

The Village Markets have become synonymous with locals serving locals, and John always took great pride in becoming part of the communities his businesses served.

His retailing expertise earned him recognition throughout the industry for his strength of character, mental fortitude, and steadfast determination.

We all thank him for his service in the Marine Corps. Semper Fi

According to John “I live my life the way I play golf, down the middle.”

John will be greatly missed by his family, wife Patty Buxman, his children Mary Flast, Chris Fox, John Buxman Jr., as well as 3 grandchildren.

There will be a Rosary and Mass at 1:00pm on Thursday Oct. 10th at St. Stephens Church in Glenwood as well as a celebration of life at the Aspen Glen Golf Course Clubhouse in Carbondale on Saturday October 12th from 12 to 4pm.

DeLoss Proctor

Beloved dad, DeLoss Proctor passed away peacefully with his girls by his side, Wednesday, October 2, 2019. His final words were, “Oh you girls, my wonderful daughters.”

Dad was born and grew up in Meeker, Colorado, and was raised by his maternal grandparents. He started school at the Little Beaver School House where he walked to school, uphill both ways, in 6’ of snow, year-round. Around middle school, the family moved to town, and he graduated from Meeker High School.

He married our mom, Geraldine Johnson, in March of 1951 and was soon drafted into the army, and he spent most of his deployment in Germany. After arriving home, he started working for Mountain Bell and retired in 1987. Soon after he started Proctor Communications, an underground locating service. Mom passed in 1990, and soon after dad married Colleen Vermillion in 1991, and they moved to Grand Junction and continued running the business until he sold the company. Dad then bought some property in Whitewater and started his elk ranch and eventually developed the Elk Run Subdivision. Colleen Passed in November 2017.

Our Dad was a devoted Moose Member and loved to dance every Tuesday and Friday night until early 2019. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, ranching and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Shelly Rosa (Joe), Linda Schroder (Cliff) and Tenna O’Dell; 6 grandchildren, Billie Cherry (Tom), Michael Rosa (Natalie), Ricky Schroder, Allyssa Schroder, Bodhi O’Dell and Racee O’Dell; and 7 great-grandchildren. His brothers Kenneth and Doug and Sister Katie.

Services will be October 23, 2019, at 5:00 PM at the Moose Lodge, 567 25 ½ Rd, with a dinner and Celebration of Life dance to follow.

Memorial Notice: John Darol Woolley

A memorial service for Darol will be held on Friday, October 11, at 1pm at The Orchard at 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.  Darol Woolley, 82, of Basalt, CO, passed away in his sleep on September 29.  Please join us to honor Darol and share great stories and memories.

John Darol Woolley

Darol Woolley, 82, of Basalt, CO, passed away in his sleep from apparent heart failure on September 29. He was born to John and Helen Woolley in Longmont, Colorado. The family lived at the Tucker McClure Ranch (now Cap-K Ranch) in the 1940s, and Darol graduated from Basalt High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a driver for the staff of General MacArthur in New York City. Later, he was a helicopter mechanic and spent the rest of his career working as a phone technician for Mountain Bell, later Qwest, in the Aspen area. He was a member of the Aspen Elks Club for 42 years, and after retirement, he maintained telephone cable on the ski areas for Aspen Telecom Group. Darol and his brother Larry moved their cabins and the Meredith Store to their present location when the Ruedi Dam was built in the 1960s. He was fun, funny and will be remembered for his storytelling, wit and charm.

Darol is survived by his brother Larry Woolley (Betty Lou) and sister Marilyn Lee (Henry), nieces Teresa Lee, Cristal Logan (Mark) and Pamela Woolley (Fred Malone), grandniece Elizabeth Melville, grandnephews Henry Melville and Levi Logan. He is also survived by his very special friend Barbara Cain, who made his last five years the happiest years of his life.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced soon.

Paula Ann Prince, “Princess Paula” (February 17, 1954–October 1, 2019)

Paula passed away on October 1, 2019. Paula was an amazing woman with a big personality, beautiful smile, outgoing, funny, and caring. She was born in Galveston, Texas and lived in Glenwood Springs for over thirty years. Paula enjoyed being active in the Special Olympics with bowling, tennis, softball, track and field, Mother’s Day and Strawberry Day walks. She also volunteered at Meals on Wheels and at the Silt Library. For many years she worked as a weaver, making beautiful handwoven items. Paula was a loving sister, a special aunt, and a thoughtful and kind friend to all. Paula will be deeply missed by everyone!

“God has you in his keeping Paula, we have you in our heart.”

Mary Helen Railsback (1949–2019)

It is with great sadness we announce that Mary Helen Railsback, our dear wife, mother, and friend, passed away on September 28, 2019.

She was born in Minnesota but made Colorado her home for most of her life. She was a passionate person and put all her energy into things that meant the most to her. She loved to cook; a way to bring her family and friends together and no one ever left her home being hungry. Her weekends were filled with camping trips with family and friends, and her beloved pups. She would welcome anyone into the campsite to join in on the fun. She loved the adventures that her and her husband had together and enjoyed telling stories about them. Her grandchildren meant the world to her and she was always doting on them. Her favorite place to be was surrounded by her husband, her kids, grandkids, and as many friends who could join.

Mary was born in Minnesota in 1949, where she grew up the second youngest in a family of 8. She married John Railsback in 1992, where he gained her two children, Chris and Andi. She had 9 grandchildren Tyler, Christopher, Katie, Desirae, Trebor, Torii, Bree, Brayden, and Jackson. Each one of them had a special place in her heart.

She is proceeded in death by both parents, five of her siblings, and her mother in law. She is survived by her loving husband John, Son Chris (Nan) Danielson, daughter Andi (Chris) Lillemoen, 9 grandchildren, her sisters Betty and Diane, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wants to thank everyone for the outpouring of support, prayers, and thoughts during this difficult time. The love and kindness they have received is a testament to how many people she impacted and the kind of person she was. We will be having a Celebration of her Life on Friday, October 4th at 5pm at the Railsback residence. This will be a casual open house as Mary would want it.

Robert (Bobby) Russell Rhodes (March 1, 1955 — September 24, 2019)

Surrounded by his Mt. Valley family, Bobby Rhodes of Rifle, Colorado, passed away Tuesday, September 24th.

Born in Cody, Wyoming, Bobby was the son of Allen and June Rhodes. He is preceded in death by his mother and father and his oldest brother, Rex Rhodes. He is survived by his sisters, Cindy Rhodes, Pam Powell, and Deanna Frazer, and his brother Larry Rhodes.

Bobby spent his early years in Lander, WY, and Grand Junction, CO. In 1975 Bobby came to Mountain Valley Developmental Services, in Glenwood Springs, and was one of their original residents. For a number of years Bobby lived with other Mountain Valley residents in apartment settings and then various group homes in Glenwood and Rifle. Bobby integrated well into the community where he held a number of different jobs including delivering papers, working at City Market, and doing recycling work. Later Bobby started working at the Mountain Valley Greenhouse, which was a place he enjoyed very much.

Bobby enjoyed bowling, playing basketball and Special Olympics. Bobby always had a good sense of humor and loved a good joke. In his later years, he enjoyed art activities, dancing and working with Meals on Wheels. Throughout his life he loved listening to music, playing cards and games, preparing meals at home, organizing and cleaning, and he always enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Bobby was a very friendly person and made numerous friends both at Mountain Valley and in the communities that he lived and worked.

He was loved by many and will truly be missed. A celebration of life will be held for Bobby at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center, 100 Wulfsohn Rd, Glenwood Springs, at 1:00pm on October 10, 2019. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Mountain Valley Developmental Services https://www.mtnvalley.org/donate-now/.