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Obituary: Margaret Hicks

Margaret Hicks

Margaret Hicks passed away February 10, 2020 in Rifle. Colorado. She is survived by her son, Carey “Case” Hicks (Susan) of Tennessee, and her daughter, Charlotte Hicks of Silt, Colorado. Margaret was precede in death by her husband, Edward Hicks.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at Glenwood Church of Christ, 260 Soccer Field Rd. in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.

Obituary: Frank Maseto

Frank Maseto February 13, 1939 ~ February 5, 2020

Frank James Maseto 13, 1939-February 5, 2020Maseto passed away, days shy of his 81st birthday, doing something he loved with people he loved. A heart attack took him on a bluebird day snowmobiling on the Flat Tops. February 13, 1939 in Spangler, Pennsylvania he excelled in football as a young man and was later recruited to play at Penn State. From 1956-1958 Frank served in the Vietnam War as part of the Army Special Forces.adventurer at heart Frank raced speed boats and skydived. His career spanned decades of work in the automobile industry. In 1989 Frank officially made Colorado home where his passion included hunting for elk and deer.1991 Frank met Leslie Trulove and they were partners for the remainder of his life. They loved time together boating and fishing at Lake Powell. When he wasn’t traveling for work Frank could be found at any of the numerous golf courses throughout the valley. is survived by his partner Leslie, stepchildren Ty and his wife Tina Trulove of Glenwood Springs, CO, Whitney Trulove of Loveland, CO and Tracy Trulove of Glenwood Springs and seven grandchildren; Kaitlyn Cranor, Ivey, Lara and Wyatt Trulove and Hannah, Patrick, and Katherine Young. The family will hold a private event this Summer to spread Frank’s ashes.

Obituary: Emmett Haptonstall

Emmett Haptonstall June 7, 1938 – February 7, 2020

Emmett Lee Haptonstall passed into the lords’ hands on February 7, 2020. Born June 7, 1938 in Delta, Colorado to Chester & Lois Haptonstall.

Emmett served 35 years with the Colorado Dept of Transportation as a project engineer. In addition, Emmett had a distinguished 32-year military career, serving eight years as the Command Sergeant Major. Emmett had 20 years volunteering with the Rifle Fire Protection District and a term as fire chief. He was a certified EMT, a high school referee and a City Councilmen in Rifle.

Emmett was proceeded in death by his parents Chester & Lois, his wife Barbara, 2nd wife Marion, brothers Gary & Dennis. He is survived by his three boys Mark (Tracy), Mike (Anna) and Chet (Jan), sister Carol (Russ), Laura and brother Ray (Darla), sister-in-law Tammy and numerous grandchildren and a great grandchild.

A graveside service will be held June 6 at the Cedaredge Cemetery followed by a reception in Delta.

In leu of flowers, please make donations to the Veterans Committee of the Western Slope, Inc.

Obituary: Preston Cordova

Preston Cordova September 23, 1979 ~ February 2, 2020

Preston Lee Cordova, 40, passed away unexpectedly on February 2, 2020 at his home in Silt, Colorado. He was born on September 23, 1979 to Lynne and Steve Cordova in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Melissa Cordova. Preston is survived by Lynne and Steve Cordova (parents), Krystal Cordova (wife), Isabella and Asher Cordova (children), and many treasured aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and friends. Preston enjoyed the outdoors, digging for fossils, motorcycles, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. He was well known for always joking around and bringing joy and laughter to those around him. Preston loved helping people and was everyone’s confidant. His heart was his greatest gift and he gave it freely without reservation. memorial services will be held for Preston. The Colorado service will be held on February 15th at 10:30 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 1400 Birch Ave in Rifle, CO 81650. The New Mexico service will be held on March 21st at 10:30 AM at Christian Life Santa Fe located at 121 Siringo Rd in Santa Fe, NM 87505. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado or The Epilepsy Foundation. In addition, the Isabella and Asher Education Fund has been created for Isabella and Asher Cordova at Alpine Bank in Colorado.

Obituary: Wendee Blatter

Wendee Blatter July 23, 1960 ~ February 6, 2020

We are very sorrowful to announce that Wendee Blatter passed on to a beautiful place on February 6, 2020 at the age of 59. Wendee was born to Ken & Shirley Blatter on July 23, 1960 in Denver, CO. She was to become a loved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and aunt. She grew up in Golden and later moved to our Valley. She spent many years working for CDOT, before an injury forced her to choose another path. She always made sure her friends and family knew how much love she had for them, while remaining honest and humble. My mother fought hard for her beliefs and cared so deeply for everything. She is survived by her parents, Ken & Shirley, her siblings, Debi, Tammy and Mark, their spouses and children – to whom she was Aunt Winky, her daughter Megan Jeannette and husband Jeff, grandchildren Nathaniel, Cybil, Beaumarie and Sabriel, as well as many more family members and friends. We celebrate in the knowledge that our Wendee is in a place of peace and happiness. In lieu of flowers, please reach out to a loved one with an offer of love and assistance.

Obituary: Amanda Hunt

Amanda Katherine Hunt November 11, 1980-January 21, 2020

Our beloved Amanda, 39, of Carbondale, CO and Tortola, British Virgin Islands, passed away on January 21st, 2020 in Road Town, BVI. She is survived by her husband Chris Hunt of Carbondale, CO and Tortola, BVI; her parents Daryl and Laurie Pederson of Grand Junction, CO; brother Bryan Lloyd (Kumiko) of Kent, WA; brother Nick Lloyd (Rie) of Katori, Japan; sister Briana McLaren (Kevin) of Rifle, CO; parents in-law Alan and Peggy Hunt of Scottsdale, AZ; many aunts, uncles and cousins; a nephew, two nieces and countless friends.

Just as she left us, unexpectedly and far too soon, she also made her entrance into this world earlier than expected. Amanda was born in Denver, CO on November 11, 1980. She was three months premature and weighed only 2 lbs. Despite her rough beginning, she thrived and succeeded in all aspects of life growing up. She was raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and attended Basalt K-12 graduating from Basalt High School in 1999. She then went on to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology. After college, Amanda moved back to the Roaring Fork Valley and started working for Aspen Valley Hospital in 2004. She was a devoted employee and held multiple roles within the hospital, the last of which was the Surgical Services Resource Coordinator prior to moving on in 2018. In 2019, she completed her CPC certification for medical coding.

Amanda married Chris Hunt in September 2012. The two shared a passion for adventure, outdoors, travel and just life in general. They resided in Carbondale, but then took a giant leap in 2016 when they moved to the British Virgin Islands where Chris had accepted a job offer. Once settled on the island of Tortola, Amanda enjoyed sailing, snorkeling and everything the beach life had to offer. She was always tan, sun kissed from spending days at the beach. She could often be found quietly reading a book under the shade of a palm tree or gathering shells and sea glass to add to her collection. Exploring and hiking around the island was one of her favorite things to do. She and Chris also did a lot of boating. Her big, blue eyes would light up with excitement when they’d be out on the water. She enjoyed watching sunsets each night from their patio above Cane Garden Bay, she’d always say “the sunsets never get old in the Caribbean”. Chris and Amanda explored many of the Caribbean islands and had plans to continue traveling the world.

Not only was she beautiful and smart, Amanda was also a truly gifted artist and photographer. Her creativity was effortless and met no boundaries. She was a natural and could capture the beauty in anything and everything through a camera lens or on a canvas.

Amanda touched so many lives throughout her existence. People were drawn to her care-free personality and she, so easily, made lifelong friendships. She was a wild and free spirit, she was a daughter, a sister, a wife and a friend and she will be greatly missed by many.

A celebration of Amanda’s life will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Old Thompson Barn at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale- 333 River Valley Ranch Rd., Carbondale, CO 81623

Ceremony will start at 1:00pm, open house to follow until 5:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to any of the following: www.awayout.org www.aspire-recovery.com www.coloradoanimalrescue.org https://palgroup.org/

Obituary: Dorothy Bruno

Dorothy Mae Bruno, a longtime resident of Rifle, died at the Grand Junction hospice on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the age of 97. She was born January 23, 1923 in Woodruff, KS to Jesse Ray and Ada Parish. Dorothy served in the Army at Ft. Simmons in the secretary pool during WWII. While assigned to the Army newspaper, she had the honor of meeting and spending the day with then General Eisenhower. After the war, her bookkeeping career brought her back to Denver, CO where she met her husband John Vito Bruno. They married January 16, 1949 and shared 56 wonderful years of love, family and travel. Dorothy and John started their family in Denver and as the family grew they moved to Westminister, CO. John’s work brought the family to Glenwood Springs, CO in 1976. They moved to their apple orchard in New Castle, CO in 1981. From there, she and her husband moved to Rifle, CO in 1998 where she lived until moving to assisted living in Grand Junction, CO in 2016. Dorothy’s strength, determination and loving compassion inspired many. She had a blessed life full of family, her dearest friends, and catholic community. She will be missed by all. Dorothy is survived by her brother Garold Parish, her sister Mildred Erickson, her children Marcia & James Bunning, John & Beth Bruno, Carol Bruno & Kurt Trede, Danette Bruno & Chuck Reed, Linda Bruno & Mark Scharns, her 11 grandchilden and 17 great-grandchildren. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 12:30 pm Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rifle, CO. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Relief Services or HopeWest of Colorado Hospice.

Obituary: Dale Benson

Dale “Boone” Benson January 14, 1937 – January 23, 2020

Dale “Boone” Benson, 83, of New Castle, Colorado passed away at home on January 23, 2020. Boone was born on January 14, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Earl and Blanche Benson. Boone served in the U.S. Army from 1956 – 1958. He later became a welder by trade, finishing his career with Gould Construction. Boone was raised in Upper Michigan and had many lifelong friends there. He moved to Western Colorado in 1979 and loved his adopted state. A daredevil in his younger days, Boone enjoyed skydiving and ski jumping. Some of his many interests included hunting, classic cars, German Shepherd dogs, and the Green Bay Packers. Most of all Boone loved his family and many friends. Boone is survived by his beloved partner, Sharon Hanson; His sister, Judy (Dan) Gillen; Sons, Daniel (Helen) Benson and David (Sandy) Benson; Daughter, Sabrina (Mike) Morgan; Seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one nephew and niece, and several great-nephews and nieces. Boone was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Dean Benson, and nephew, Mike Kaufman. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Marquette, Michigan.

Obituary: Eloise Cooklin

Eloise Cooklin July 6th 1948 – December 10th 2019

Eloise Margaret Cooklin of Glenwood Springs passed away on December 10th, 2019 at Valley View Hospital. Born in Macy, Nebraska, she was one of eleven brothers and sisters. Eloise moved to Redstone, Colorado in 1976 has always considered the Roaring Fork Valley her home. Eloise’s later years were quiet and she enjoyed traveling, gardening, and antique collecting. Proud of her heritage, Eloise enjoyed making Native American crafts and art. But her greatest joy was doting over her granddaughter Lilly, with whom she enjoyed a special bond.

She is survived by her devoted husband Gene Smith, her son Cain, daughter-in-law Nichol, and granddaughter Lilly, and her last remaining sibling, Stanley Parker of Macy. Eloise Cooklin will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

In Memoriam: Paul Mayer

Paul Mayer January 14, 1955 – December 25, 2019

Please join family and friends for a Celebration of Paul’s Life. Share with us on Thursday, February 13th, from 4:00-6:00p.m. at the Eagle County Building in El Jebel.