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Douglas Lee Weller (December 21, 1967–November 29, 2019)

Douglas Lee Weller, 51, of New Castle CO passed away unexpectedly on November 29, 2019 at the place he loved the most – his family cabin. Doug was born in Aurora, CO on December 21, 1967 to Alan and Jeanette Weller. Doug graduated from Aurora Central High School in 1986. He worked in the telecommunications and security industry. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and he loved hunting, fishing and shooting. He was a state wrestling champion and would show off his wrestling skills to his kids when they least expected it. Doug’s second language was sarcasm and he loved the Denver Broncos, South Park, Beavis and Butthead and his two cats. Despite his cutting remarks, jokes and stubbornness, there is substantial evidence that he was a very loving, giving and caring person. Doug will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him and we hope to keep his witty sarcasm alive through his children. Doug is survived by his parents, Alan and Jeanette Weller of Aurora, CO; his sons, Ty Weller of Littleton, CO; Jared Weller of Glenwood Springs, CO; his daughters, Shanda Hunter of Rifle, CO; Kayla Holloway (Aric Holloway) of Killdeer, ND; his brother, Chris Weller (Laura Weller); niece Sydney Weller; and his grandchildren, Aalyiah Scott, Ryatt Hunter, Madison Holloway, Bryson Holloway; and several aunts, uncles and cousins that loved him dearly. A Celebration of Life will be held at the New Castle Community Center on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, we ask that contributions be made to the Salvation Army in his honor.

Patricia H. Yale (nee Hyrup) (May 14, 1934–December 7, 2019)

Patricia Yale (Hyrup) passed away in her sleep at her home in Buena Vista on 7 December 2019.

Pat was born on a ranch on the Frying Pan River in Basalt, Colorado in 1934 to Chris and Hazel Hyrup (nee Mount) of Basalt (both deceased). She schooled in Basalt, then attended St Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Denver, CO, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1955. During her nursing training, she made three lifelong friends: Bonnie Groy, Eva Marsh (dec), and Lucy Gritz (dec).

Pat began her nursing career at the Monte Vista Hospital, CO before enlisting in the US Navy as a Lt Junior grade on the USS Haven in San Diego. She also nursed in Florida, Salida Hospital, then completed her career as a Correctional Nurse at BVCC in Buena Vista, from where she retired in 1995.

She met and married Dean M. Yale in 1958 while both were serving in the Navy. They first lived in Basalt, CO for a few years, eventually settling in Buena Vista in 1964. Dean preceded her in death in 1990. She was also preceded in death by her 3 siblings Eugene Hyrup, Annabelle Leonard, and Robert (Bob) Hyrup.

Surviving her are her four children: Robinn Yale-Kearney (Chesney Thomas) of South Africa, Lynn Yale Sharpe of Denver, Chris Wood-Mueller of Buena Vista, and Bradford Yale (Leslie Navarre) of Colorado Springs; and 10 grandchildren: Christopher Sharpe, Holly Sharpe, Joshua Wood (Jennifer), Jake Wood, Matthew Kearney (Justine), Colter Sharpe-Hawkins (Jasmine), Shannon Kearney, Judge Mueller (Danielle), Jeneral Mueller (Lexus), and Jirehmiah Trumble. She was blessed to know three great-grandchildren: Mayla Sharpe, Sidney Sharpe Determan, and Jakson Sharpe Hawkins.

Pat loved bridge and made good friends playing socially and competitively. She bowled, played softball, was an avid reader and loved crossword puzzles and games.

Pat requested a cremation and her ashes given to the wind. No formal funeral is planned, but a gathering of family and friends will take place in the summer of 2020.

Her only desire for those who loved her is to do something nice for someone you love in her memory.

Libby Thurman (January 23, 1962 — November 30, 2019)

Gwen “Libby” Elizabeth Thurman was born in Bozeman, Montana, to Margaret Nancy Babcock and Jack Franklin Thurman on 01/23/1962. She is survived by her daughter Ashley Anderson, her four brothers Andy, Coble, Pirk and Shawn, as well as her daughter-in-law Jill Anderson and her grandchildren Jacklyn and Julia Anderson. She passed after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer and left us surrounded by her loved ones at Valley View Hospital on November 30th at 1:15 PM. At this time no memorial has been planned.

Earl “Nick” Huston III (July 2, 1940–October 30, 2019)

Earl “Nick” Huston III of Glenwood Springs passed away on October 30, 2019 at UCHealth Hospital in Aurora, CO from complications following spine surgery. He was 79 years old.

Nick was born July 2, 1940 in Evanston, Illinois to Earl “Tex” Huston, Jr. and Rachel Elizabeth Danley Huston. Nick was the oldest son followed close in age by brother, Dan. At an early age, Nick’s family moved to Riverside, California where he attended Magnolia Elementary, Central Junior High and Polytechnic High School. He played junior varsity basketball. When Nick was in 10th grade, the family moved to Orinda, California where Nick graduated from Acalanes High School in 1958.

Following high school Nick joined the California National Guard and went through basic training at Fort Ord, California from September, 1958 to March, 1959. He remained in the National Guard until honorably discharged in 1966. Nick’s family moved to Millburn, New Jersey in September, 1959 and he attended Union Junior College in Cranford, NJ. They then moved to Charlotte, NC and Nick enrolled at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1960 where he studied business.

In 1962, Nick was in a car accident that left him a paraplegic. Following rehabilitation, he could not return to UNC because the campus was not wheelchair accessible. In 1964 he enrolled at the University of Illinois, one of the few universities, at that time, making college attendance possible for disabled students. Nick graduated from the University of Illinois in 1966 with a B.S. in Economics.

During Nick’s college years, he participated in sports for the disabled and excelled in swimming. Nick won a gold medal in swimming at the National Wheelchair Games in 1966. The University of Illinois later started recognizing the accomplishments of disabled athletes, and in 2004, at a special ceremony, Nick was retroactively awarded a varsity letter from the University of Illinois in swimming/wheelchair sports.

It was at the University of Illinois where Nick met Judy Waterman from Colorado. She, too, had become a paraplegic in a car accident and had transferred to the University of Illinois for the very same reason; her college, the University of Colorado, was not wheelchair accessible. Nick and Judy began dating and soon discovered they were meant for each other. They married in June of 1966. The couple lived in campus housing and Nick worked for the University of Illinois purchasing department until Judy finished her degree.

In 1967 the Hustons moved back to Judy’s home, the Roaring Fork Valley. Nick got a job working for PortaMix Concrete as office manager. Then, in the summer of 1968, Nick began working in the payroll department for Winston, Foley, Fraiser, Davis and Hurley; the engineering company that oversaw the Fryingpan-Arkansas Water Diversion Project. Early every morning Nick drove the Frying Pan Road up the valley floor to the company trailer near Norrie Colony. Then, one day in late summer, Nick’s route was diverted up on the mountain above the valley and the farmland below was slowly inundated, thus creating Ruedi Reservoir.

In 1968 Nick began working for Grand Mesa Distributing Company (later named Coors Western Slope) as Office Manager/Comptroller, a job he held for 29 years until retirement in 1997. Judy began teaching 2nd grade in Glenwood Springs. Nick and Judy bought a little house way up Three Mile Canyon outside of Glenwood Springs. Many winter mornings Nick was up before dawn blowing snow with his Cub Cadet tractor. He also had a plow on his Jeepster Commando to clear their driveway, and sections of 3 Mile Road too, since upper 3 Mile Road was not high priority on the county’s plow list.

In 1972 Nick and Judy were thrilled to learn they were accepted as adoptive parents of a darling four-month old baby boy, Jordan “Jordy”. Nick was a “hands on” dad from the very start; changing diapers, washing diapers, warming bottles, getting up in the middle of the night etc. Nick enjoyed being involved in Jordy’s activities. He attended soccer games and helped with Cub Scout projects. Nick and Jordy built a sleek pinewood derby car they named the “Silver Bullet”. It didn’t win but it sure looked cool.

Nick thrived on outdoor activities. He would drive the big ol’ Ski Doo snowmobile around the fields pulling Judy and Jordan, screaming, behind on sleds. The family enjoyed jeepin’, picnics in the high country and overnights at their remote cabin in the mountains above Glenwood Springs. In summer they often traveled. One summer, when they were planning a road trip out East, Nick broke his leg just days before their planned departure. Not one to let a little thing like a broken leg change their plans, Nick drove his hand-controlled van with his lower leg cast propped up on the dash board. In 1984, the Hustons sold their 3 Mile home and in 1986 they moved into a house on Oasis Creek that they had designed specifically for their needs. They lived there until the present.

Nick cared about his community. He devoted time to meetings on Glenwood’s planning and zoning issues. He was a generous supporter of numerous valley non-profits; among them, Youth Zone, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Thunder River Theater and Home Care of the Valley. Nick made monthly contributions to Wounded Warriors and the St Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota. Nick was initiated into the Glenwood Springs Elks Club in 1980. He served as trustee for seven years and devoted 40 years of service to the Elks’ causes.

Nick was an avid reader and particularly liked mystery thrillers and historical western novels. He has an extensive collection of Terry C. Johnston autographed hardbacks and the entire leather-bound collection of Louie L’Amour. One of Nick’s favorite things was groovin’ to the “sweet jazz” played by Walt Smith and his band. Nick and Judy tried never to miss an evening when Walt Smith played at the Buffalo Valley Restaurant or any opportunity to hear Walt play. Nick loved going out to eat. He and Judy were practically fixtures at the Riviera Supper Club on prime rib night, and of course, for Nick, no dinner was complete without the requisite two Manhattans. Nick also enjoyed meeting up with some of his buddies from Coors for a weekly lunch.

Nick loved to have a good time. He had a clever wit and a dry sense of humor. He didn’t talk a lot but when he did his words often caused gales of laughter. Nick had a keen intellect and a formidable memory. We could say “Ask Nick” instead of “Ask Google”. Nick was a man with undaunted spirit and “true grit”.

Nick was predeceased by his parents, Tex and Betty. He is survived by his wife, Judy Waterman Huston of Glenwood Springs, CO; his son, Jordan (Liz) Huston and step daughter, Kairi of Aurora, CO; brother, Dan (Billie) Huston of Richmond, Virginia; nephew, Knox (Ashley) Huston and niece, Catherine Huston.

The community is invited to share in a celebration of Nick’s life on Saturday, December 28, 2019, 1:00 pm at the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge, 51939 Hwy 6, Glenwood Springs, CO. Please bring a fond memory of Nick and enjoy appetizers and beverages as we remember this great guy, Nick Huston. If desired, a memorial contribution can be made to any one of the organizations Nick supported.

Bonnie Lee (Worden) Snyder (January 16, 1926–November 7, 2019)

Bonnie Lee (Worden) Snyder passed away on Nov. 7, 2019 at the Monument Care facility with nieces by her side. Bonnie was born Jan. 16, 1926 in Jewell County, KS, the youngest child of Curtis and Ina (Bowles) Worden. She grew up in Jewell County, KS and after high school graduation attended the State Teachers College in Emporia, KS for two summers receiving a teaching Certificate.

On Aug 5, 1944 Bonnie married Nelson (Bud) Snyder in Mankato KS and they moved to Scottsbluff NE and later to Kimball. While in Scottsbluff two sons were born to them, Leroy and William. The family moved to Golden, CO in 1964 and onto Glenwood Springs in 1965. Bonnie was employed at the Valley View Hospital where she worked as a Ward Secretary and aid for 28 ½ years. In 1971 they bought a home in Silt, CO and she lived there until the sudden death of her oldest son who lived with her. Bonnie moved back to Scottsbluff in Dec of 2014 to be closer to her nieces.

Bonnie was a life member of the Rebecca’s and VFW and had memberships at the May View, Christian and Nazarene Church’s. She volunteered at the Senior Center in Silt, loved to read, tend plants and square dance.

Bonnie is survived by her son William Snyder (Martha) and Granddaughter Rebecca Snyder of New Hampshire. Grandson Richard Snyder and Great Grandson Jacob Snyder of California. Cherished nieces Inabelle Trauernicht, Sharon Wood, Ina Denham, Anita Applebee-Gall and many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Nelson (Bud) Snyder, son Leroy Snyder, brother Loraine Worden, Sisters Velma Applebee and Opal Norton.

As per Bonnies request cremation has taken place and at a later date she will be laid to rest at the Couch Cemetery in Jewell County, KS with her husband and many other family members.

Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel in Scottsbluff is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com

Beatriz Del Socorro Lowick (January 10, 1958–November 30, 2019)

Age 61. Passed away in her home in Carbondale. No services are planned.

Ryan Moyer (February 24, 1981–December 2, 2019)

Ryan Peter Moyer, loving Husband and caring Father passed in his sleep on December 2nd at his homestead in Silt, Colorado at the age of 38, born February 24th in Elmira, NY.

Ryan found his path when he escaped the East Coast for a more adventurous life in the Rocky Mountains. He and Colorado were meant for each other. A hardworking local since 2006, Ryan worked diligently, making the best of his time on this Earth. He embraced the Colorado mountain lifestyle- tuning skis, raft guiding and boat house managing for a local outfit, and eventually owning his own rafting company, Up The Creek.

An avid athlete and outdoorsman, Ryan always kept the guiding experience quaint and personal. “As you prepare, don’t lose sight of the reason you’re out there: to have fun.” Ice hockey also lured him during his time in the Roaring Fork Valley where he skated out for one team and was goalie for another. In addition, the Colorado Avalanche has now lost a huge fan.

Ryan found his paradise in the hills above Silt, where he and wife Molly have grown their homestead. Chickens, goats, pigs, and ducks abound. Those passions provided his family with goat’s milk, eggs, meat, and vegetables. The homestead became a joyous place of playing pond hockey, star gazing from the bottom of a raft, and cooking around a campfire where family and friends could gather.

Ryan is survived by his wife Molly (Ballensky), and his children Delphi Ann, (4) and Daedalus Phike, (1), mother and father, Patrice (Eagen) and Philip Moyer of Mechanicsburg, PA, sisters Alicia (Greg) Salerno of Madison, NJ, Cristin (John) Dicker, and Kathleen (Joshua) Steinour both of Mechanicsburg, PA, maternal grandmother, Joan Eagen of Elmira, NY, paternal grandmother, Patricia Moyer of Front Royal, VA as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Rio. “The best dog in the universe”.

Those wishing may remember Ryan with a donation to the Delphi & Daedalus Fund through GoFundMe. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Ryan’s honor on Saturday 12/07/2019 from the banks of the Crystal River near the Redstone Campground at 11am. followed by a gathering at the Moyer Homestead at approximately 1:30pm. All are welcome to attend either event.

-Quote from The Post Independent June 28, 2018

Carl Lloyd Worrall (September 2, 1941– December 3, 2019)

Carl Lloyd Worrall died December 3, 2019 at home in Glenwood Springs in the company of his wife Carol Nofziger and his caregiver Fawn. He had suffered dementia over the past six years and had gone into hospice care on December 2. He is survived by his wife Carol Nofziger, his son Greg Worrall, daughter-in-law Ann, three granddaughters, Emily, Katherine and Mia of Pennsylvania and his brother Bruce Worrall of New Jersey.

Carl was born in Trenton, New Jersey on September 2, 1941. His entire working life was spent with a rigging company started by his father Carl, Sr. Carl and his brother Bruce co-managed the company until Carl’s retirement in 2003. His love was big trucks, large cranes and any heavy equipment. Even at the end, his memory took him back to work.

Carl and Carol married in Princeton, New Jersey on November 9, 1996. They lived in Princeton until their retirement to Glenwood Springs, Colorado in September of 2004. In retirement Carl and Carol loved to travel. Many memories were made in England, Scotland, France, the Arctic, the Antarctic and South Africa. We are grateful for those opportunities and the memories that resulted.

Sincere expressions of gratitude go to our pastor Charis Caldwell, Carl’s four wonderful caregivers Blanca, Fawn, KJ and Vickie, Valley View Hospital and also to Hospice of the Valley. A simple, private gathering to remember Carl and to ponder the mystery of the Resurrection will be held at their home on Sunday December 8, 2019.

Jesse Wyatt Merry (May 11, 1999–November 29, 2019)

Jesse “Wyatt” Merry was a beloved son, brother, father, and friend. Wyatt always had a way to make those around him laugh no matter the situation. He was never one to back down and always gave an honest opinion. He was proud of being a heavy machine operator and worked hard in every job. Wyatt loved spending time with his family, and especially loved being an uncle and a brother. His hobbies included; anything gun related, ranching, snowmobiling, and nights filled with good times and friends.

Wyatt, 20, passed away on November 29, 2019 in his hometown of Parachute. Wyatt was born on May 11, 1999 in Grand Junction to Jesse V. Merry and Melanie (Laman) Aldrich. He is survived by his father Jesse, and mother Melanie (Ben). Sisters Baileyann (Ben) Williams, Cayley and Annika Merry, Josey and brother Wade Aldrich. Son Jesse M. Merry, three nieces, and a nephew. Step sister Sadee and step brother Gus Aldrich.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to a trust for Wyatt’s son, Jesse Mahlon Merry, through Wells Fargo.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Wyatt’s life will be held Sunday, December 8, at the Grand Valley High School cafeteria at 2 p.m.

Frank James Breece (April 10, 1957–November 28, 2019)

Frank James Breece passed away on November 28, 2019 at his home in Rifle, Colorado. Frank was born to Ruth (Beard) and Charles Breece in Florence, Colorado on April 10, 1957. He grew up in Wetmore and attended school in Florence.

Frank married Deborah Kay Littig on January 8, 1977 in Florence, Colorado. He and Debbie moved to Leadville, where they had their two children, Randy and Barbara. The family eventually moved and settled in Rifle in 1982. Frank worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation for 30 years. He also worked as a Funeral Director for 25 years. Frank gave a lot of himself and volunteered wherever he could. He was a member of the Lion’s Club, CDOT Employee Council, and Knights of Columbus. He was also on the Board of Directors for Rifle Senior Housing, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle. Frank loved watching westerns, especially John Wayne movies. He also enjoyed playing solitaire, but his greatest joy was playing with his grandsons, Rocky James and John Ray.

Frank was preceded in death by his father, Charles; a brother, Robert, and his sister, Cynthia.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Debbie; His son, Randy (Maryann) Breece; His daughter, Barbara (Josh) Ailport and their sons, Frank’s pride and joy, Rocky James and John Ray Ailport. Frank is also survived by his mother, Ruth and step-father, John; Sister, Debbie (Bruce) Summers, and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in law, as well as nieces, nephews, and adopted family and friends. It has been said many times, “If you knew Frank, you loved him.” He will be greatly missed by those who did. A service will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rifle, Colorado. The Rosary will start at 9:00 A.M and Mass will take place at 10:00 A.M. followed by a reception at the church. Inurnment will take place in Wetmore, Colorado in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Frank’s name to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Go to www.johnwayne.org for further information.