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Obituary: Brenda Hartman~Schramm

April 22, 1953 – November 10, 2021

Brenda Lou passed away peacefully Wednesday November 10, 2021. She leaves her son Shane Froio, daughter Tara Charlesworth, son-in-law Eric. Grandchildren Austin, Uriaha, Tristan & Maya. Beloved Mom Irene W. Hartman, brothers Mickey Hartman & Hal Hartman, sister Marty Hartman.
Brenda was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado and loved the beauty & wildlife of Colorado. She loved her family deeply and her greatest pride was her children & grandchildren.
A service in memory will be Saturday November 27th at 11:00 a.m. at New Life Fellowship Church in Rifle, Colorado, followed by a reception.

Obituary: Willetta Stanton

December 21, 1929 – November 20, 2021

Willetta Jane Crawford passed away peacefully on November 20, 2021. She was born December 21, 1929 in Meeker, Colorado to Malvin William Crawford and Ruth Willetta Caldwell. Following her high school graduation from Meeker High School in 1947 she earned her teaching certificate at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado where she met her husband, Maxwell Dean Stanton. After graduating in 1955 she taught elementary school in several communities on the Western Slope of Colorado. In 1965 she and Max, with two young children settled in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where they owned and operated Max’s Music Company. After retiring Willetta volunteered and worked in medical records at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs for several years.
Willetta was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Boyd “Bill” William Crawford and Robert “Bob” Henry Crawford as well as her son Roger Dean Stanton and ex-husband Maxwell Dean Stanton. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Richard) Breed of Lakewood, Colorado; two grandsons, Michael (Angela) Breed of Colorado Springs, Colorado and David Breed of Lakewood, Colorado; one brother, Malvin “June” Crawford of Meeker, Colorado and a sister, Arlene Niles of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by two great-grandsons, Colton and Alexander Breed and numerous nieces and nephews.
As requested there will be no service. Donations may be made in Willetta’s name to a charity of your choice.

Obituary: Hilda Mae McKee Sykes

May 17, 1932 – November 13, 2021

It is with profound sadness we announce the death of Hilda Sykes. Hilda left us while peacefully sleeping at home with her family beside her bed. Hilda was suffering from a broken hip, major stroke, and the ravages of Alzheimer’s. A Celebration of Life will be held the spring of 2022. Our loving mother and friend touched many lives during her 89 years. After meeting Hilda, you were her life-long friend and member of the family.
Hilda was predeceased in death by her husband of 47 years, Larry; (infant daughter) LynnDel, her parents Bill and Ruby (George) McKee, brother Walter and sister Sylvia (Webster). Hilda and Joe Dice shared five years of companionship before his death in 2018. She is survived by her sister Virginia Carroll, sons Harold (Desiree Vaughn) and Dennis (Cindy); grandson Justin (Callie Daniels) and great grand-daughters Hailey, Charlie, and Zoie.
Hilda attended beauty college in Grand Junction before marring Larry. She worked as a beautician, even owning her own shop until her family was grown and on their own. At that time, she devoted her life caring for Larry and enjoying many volunteer projects, hobbies, and activities. She and Larry loved to snowmobile, dance, square dance on horse-back, outings on horses, supported their children in rodeo and loved to travel. Larry and Hilda were avid supporters of the Dorothy Percy Senior Center and worked on many projects. That devotion continued after his death. She was an activist on issues involving seniors. She worked on many projects and initiatives with Deb Stewart through the Senior Center, Regional and Garfield County Council on Aging, Colorado, Western Slope and Rifle Senior Wellness. For these efforts, she received the honor of Garfield County Senior of the Year in 2012. Hilda may be remembered most for her unwavering dedication to the Senior Breakfast, a fund raiser for the center. On breakfast day, she awoke at four and was at the senior center by five to begin the food preparations. When everyone had been served breakfast, she would leave the kitchen and begin her rounds to say hello and give hugs to virtually everyone. (Note: That was the only day she would admit taking a nap!)
She made a great many friends while golfing and was a long-time member of the Rifle Creek Ladies Golf Club. She loved rodeo and often attended the PBR finals in Las Vegas with friend Lee Kizer. Hilda loved to travel and after Larry’s passing, she took many wonderful trips with her dearest friend Sunny Dunn and got in a few with Joe. It was common to see Hilda line dancing with her group at the nursing home or assisted living. Hilda also volunteered for the Grand River Hospital District Health Fair.
For everyone that loved her, we will never forget her infectious smile and undying love for her family and friends.
Our special thanks to the family and friends that took time out of their busy lives to visit Hilda at Eagle Ridge in Grand Junction and at her home after she left the nursing home. Also, special thanks to Abode Home Health and Hospice for their loving help and support.
For anyone wishing to honor Hilda, the family is encouraging donations to the Sales and Cans Committee/Dorothy Percy Senior Center or the charitable organization that touches you.

Obituary: David Mork

January 11, 1947 – November 3, 2021

David Wallace Mork, a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, passed away at the age of 74. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he quickly left the East Coast for greater adventures to the West and to explore the world, particularly Asia, as a young adult. He eventually landed back in Aspen, but built his life and home in Carbondale with his wife, Nanna Schov, and his children, Andreas and Maria Mork.

David’s love for the outdoors was unparalleled, which started at an early age when his dad would bring him and his siblings skiing in Aspen in the 60’s. Whether it was hiking and backpacking the mountains of Colorado (including all the 14ers), rafting roaring rivers, skiing in all its forms, or camping with the family, being connected to mother nature was his biggest passion. He loved listening to music (and the weather), taking care of his home, and traveling. Community development was also important to him. He was a smart and stubborn man who was a well known character up and down the valley, always willing to chat and share a smoke.

Although his final years were riddled with obstacles and difficulties, he lived a long and noteworthy life. He always said that life was no dress rehearsal. He is loved and missed by his family and many friends.

A memorial will be announced at a later date.

Obituary: Orville Hurt

December 20, 1940 – November 13, 2021

Another cowboy went to heaven.

To know Orville was to love him. He was a cowboy through and through with many traits.
He knew how to ride a horse (broke or not), fix a fence, feed cows (in rain or snow) drive almost any type of equipment, turn a wrench, run a shovel and do whatever it takes to complete a job.
He never left a person without one of his many sayings. He put a smile on faces of those he knew as well as those he did not know. He never failed to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He became known as the guy who would wave to the neighbors and kids. People would drive by his home when he lived in Merced and then when he lived in Rifle just to see the wild flowers blooming in front of the porch.
Orville was preceded in death by his father Ormond L. Hurt, his Mother Myrtle Hurt, his Brother Walter Hurt, and his grandson Cody Hanks. He left behind his wife of 61 years, Mary Louise Hurt, his sister Nettie May Reynolds and brother George Decker. He had 5 children, Sherrill Hurt (Kirk), Sharon Miranda (Jeremiah), Shirley Regert (Roddy), Dwain Hurt (Jennifer), and Sara Hanks (Lester). He had many grandkids and great grandkids. Orville loved to bounce them on his knee and give them whisker rubs just to watch their faces light up and hear their laughs.
Orville had a way of bringing out the best in people. He is loved and will be missed by many who knew him.
A celebration of Orville’s life will followed at a later date.

Obituary: Brenda Hartman~Schramm

April 22, 1953 – November 10, 2021

Brenda Lou passed away peacefully Wednesday November 10, 2021. She leaves her son Shane Froio, daughter Tara Charlesworth, son-in-law Eric. Grandchildren Austin, Uriaha, Tristan & Maya. Beloved Mom Irene W. Hartman, brothers Mickey Hartman & Hal Hartman, sister Marty Hartman.
Brenda was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado and loved the beauty & wildlife of Colorado. She loved her family deeply and her greatest pride was her children & grandchildren.
A service in memory will be Saturday November 27th at 11:00 a.m. at New Life Fellowship Church in Rifle, Colorado, followed by a reception.

Obituary: Orville Hurt

December 20, 1940 – November 13, 2021

Another cowboy went to heaven.

To know Orville was to love him. He was a cowboy through and through with many traits.
He knew how to ride a horse (broke or not), fix a fence, feed cows (in rain or snow) drive almost any type of equipment, turn a wrench, run a shovel and do whatever it takes to complete a job.
He never left a person without one of his many sayings. He put a smile on faces of those he knew as well as those he did not know. He never failed to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He became known as the guy who would wave to the neighbors and kids. People would drive by his home when he lived in Merced and then when he lived in Rifle just to see the wild flowers blooming in front of the porch.
Orville was preceded in death by his father Ormond L. Hurt, his Mother Myrtle Hurt, his Brother Walter Hurt, and his grandson Cody Hanks. He left behind his wife of 61 years, Mary Louise Hurt, his sister Nettie May Reynolds and brother George Decker. He had 5 children, Sherrill Hurt (Kirk), Sharon Miranda (Jeremiah), Shirley Regert (Roddy), Dwain Hurt (Jennifer), and Sara Hanks (Lester). He had many grandkids and great grandkids. Orville loved to bounce them on his knee and give them whisker rubs just to watch their faces light up and hear their laughs.
Orville had a way of bringing out the best in people. He is loved and will be missed by many who knew him.
A celebration of Orville’s life will followed at a later date.

Obituary: Willetta Stanton

December 21, 1929 – November 20, 2021

Willetta Jane Crawford passed away peacefully on November 20, 2021. She was born December 21, 1929 in Meeker, Colorado to Malvin William Crawford and Ruth Willetta Caldwell. Following her high school graduation from Meeker High School in 1947 she earned her teaching certificate at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado where she met her husband, Maxwell Dean Stanton. After graduating in 1955 she taught elementary school in several communities on the Western Slope of Colorado. In 1965 she and Max, with two young children settled in Glenwood Springs, Colorado where they owned and operated Max’s Music Company. After retiring Willetta volunteered and worked in medical records at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs for several years.
Willetta was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Boyd “Bill” William Crawford and Robert “Bob” Henry Crawford as well as her son Roger Dean Stanton and ex-husband Maxwell Dean Stanton. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Richard) Breed of Lakewood, Colorado; two grandsons, Michael (Angela) Breed of Colorado Springs, Colorado and David Breed of Lakewood, Colorado; one brother, Malvin “June” Crawford of Meeker, Colorado and a sister, Arlene Niles of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by two great-grandsons, Colton and Alexander Breed and numerous nieces and nephews.
As requested there will be no service. Donations may be made in Willetta’s name to a charity of your choice.

Obituary: Daniel Thompson Jr

January 24, 1956 – November 6, 2021

On Saturday evening, my father, Daniel Wesley Thompson Jr. went out in a blaze of glory. He taught me how to ski, swim, snowboard, start a fire, grow a garden, make a friend, build a tipi, and drive a car. The gifts he gave me don’t end there. I have been so blessed to grow up with the understanding that nature is my keeper, and a vegetable you pull out of your garden is WAY better than the one you buy at the store.
Dan was a true adventurer and passionate about living a life in the wild, a life just as wild as his spirit. Summer was for hiking, biking, building, and camping. Winter was for the powder. On ski trips he was known to continue on another 3 mile hike just to get an extra run while the rest of the crew stopped for lunch. “Gotta earn your turns, kiddo.”
I can still hear him cheering me on. I can feel him in the air around me pointing to each mountain top, “Climb that one! Go see what the view is like on top of the world!”
I feel him whispering, “Have you gotten your skis waxed yet, kiddo? There’s powder up top already!”
I can feel him in the ground I walk on, “Don’t forget to start planning your garden for next season, grow some peppers for me!”
I’ll never forget the first day I went into the back country, calling him to say, “I finally get it dad, it’s so peaceful it feels like flying!”
Thank you for teaching me to live wild, outside of the box, and absolutely in love with this wild world.
He is survived by his daughters Valerie May Thompson and Claire Daniel Thompson and the love of his life, Alice Thompson

Obituary: Ramona Lea Klein

December 12, 1952 – November 12, 2021

Ramona Lea (Willey) Klein passed away November 12,2021 at The Walbridge Wing in Meeker, CO.
Mona was born December 12,1952 in Denver, CO to Olen F. and Opal N. (Scrogum) Willey.
Mona married the love of her life and lifetime companion Julius John Klein Jr. on July 7,1979 in Meeker, CO in the backyard of John’s parent’s home. The couple enjoyed bowling together for many years and Mona loved the many fishing and camping trips with her loved ones. Mona and John spent many happy times gambling on their frequent trips to Mesquite and Las Vegas. Mona also loved hosting family get-togethers for the holidays, as she had a deep love for all her family especially her nieces and nephews.
Mona is survived by her sister Verna L. Mullet (Merle) of Montrose, brother Ronald M. Willey (Beth) of Meeker, 6 nephews, 2 nieces and numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nephews.
Mona was preceded in death by her beloved husband John Klein Jr., Mother Opal N. (Scrogum) Willey, Father Olen F. Willey and brother Bernie R. Willey.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on November 24,2021 at Mountain Valley Bank 400 Main Street with interment following at Highland Cemetery Meeker, Colorado.