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Obituary: Franklin D. Keefauver

Franklin D. Keefauver September 21, 1935 – May 22, 2020

Franklin passed away at the Veterans Community Living Center in Rifle, Colorado where he resided for 20 years. Franklin was born in Longmont, Colorado to Paul and Cora (Cain) Keefauver. Franklin was honorably discharged from the Marines. He loved hunting, fishing and enjoyed off road racing. He is survived by his children, siblings, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Franklin is preceded in death by his wife, parents, one brother and one sister. Franklin will be missed.

Obituary: Theda Wheeler

Theda Wheeler January 29, 1921 ~ June 24, 2020 Theda Wheeler formerly of Glenwood Springs passed away June 24, 2020 at the age of 99. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stewart A. Wheeler. While living in Glenwood she ran the Read Mor Book and Gift store which she thoroughly loved. She was an avid golfer and loved playing on the Glenwood Springs Golf Course. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Settle (Curt), 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Obituary: William Zilm

William Martin Zilm January 21, 1929 – June 18, 2020

William Martin Zilm passed in his sleep in the early morning hours of June 18 with his wife Charlotte Bea by his side. He had battled orthostatic hypertension and worsening dementia for some time. They had been married an exciting 66 years. A visionary, inventor, developer and optometrist, Bill was happiest as a family man and fisherman. It was fitting he left us on National Go Fishing Day.

Bill was born to Charles Robert and Rose Marie Zilm on a homestead in Olds, Alberta. He was preceded in death by both his older brother Robert (1940) and his younger sister Marie (2008). Although the farm had survived the Great Depression, the family found themselves unable to recover when their home was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 1941. They relocated to Des Moines to live closer to Rose’s family, where they would have a roof over their heads and Charles could secure work.

William had a colorful youth. He worked at Younkers department store and used his earnings to take flying lessons, obtaining a pilot’s license at the age of 16. He attended North High in Des Moines, and just before what would have been his senior year enlisted in the US Navy in the summer of 1946. Bill trained on the west coast prior to shipping out to serve in the Pacific Theater of WWII. Two years after his enlistment he was discharged and returned to his family. Bill studied construction management on the G.I. Bill for a year at Denver University, where he fell in love with the mountains of Colorado.

Moving back to Des Moines, he continued his studies in actuarial science at Drake University. Bill’s younger sister, Marie, introduced him to Charlotte Norstrum one night at home when her friends dropped in to take her to a movie. Bill had just gotten out of the shower and was sitting at the kitchen table in his bathrobe. She was smitten and he never had a chance, and they were married on Christmas Eve in 1953. A few years later they had two sons, Kurt William (b. 1955) and Mark Robert (b. 1958).

Bill supported his family by investing in land, building spec houses and working in the family business, but he wanted a more challenging career. In 1960 he was admitted to the Southern College of Optometry, and the family relocated to Memphis. Bill studied while his wife worked and his boys started grade school. Elected as president of his class, Bill graduated with his doctorate in optometry in 1964. He returned to Des Moines, establishing a vision clinic at the Still College of Osteopathy.

After only a year back in Iowa, Bill and Charlotte followed their dream to relocate the family to Colorado, briefly living in Denver before finally settling in Glenwood Springs in the fall of 1965. The practice started small, with Bill also seeing patients part-time in Aspen. Bill served as president of the hospital board at a time when that was a volunteer position, and recruited many physicians to practice in the area. As the area grew, so did the optometry practice and the optical business, eventually leading to the establishment of 20/20 Eyecare. The business continues to thrive today under the guidance of Bill’s son, Mark, who followed in his father’s footsteps as an optometrist.

At the same time as he was building a successful optical business, Bill invested in land and he developed the Sunlight I and Sunlight II subdivisions on Fourmile Creek. While Bill retired in 1994, he really never quit working. He continued to finish the Sunlight II subdivision, and was also a successful inventor, patenting several profitable trailer hitch designs licensed by Reese.

When he was not working, Bill most enjoyed spending his time fishing with his wife and extended family. As a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Bill was able to own a fishing camp on Laird Lake in northern Saskatchewan, accessible only by float plane. Bill and his friends and family would spend several weeks each year there when the ice went out in the spring, and again before the lake froze over in the fall, fishing for lake trout and northern pike. Those days with Charlotte, his sons and grandchildren were some of his fondest memories.

Bill is survived by the love of his life Charlotte, his wife for 66 years. His youngest son, Mark, a long-time resident of Glenwood Springs, is married to Phyllis. Their children, Nick, Sarai and Kenna, all sorely miss Bill, the best grandpa ever. Bill is also survived by his older son Kurt who lives in Connecticut with his wife Velma, and their six adult children who have moved to every corner of the U.S. Charles, Katie, Emily, Michael, Lauren and Johnathon, will never forget fishing and hiking and target shooting and horseback riding with their beloved Grandpa Bill. All are thankful that Bill lived to see the addition of four great-grandchildren to the family; Lydia, Martin, Alexys and Isaac. The family feels especially fortunate to have gathered everyone together to celebrate Bill’s 90th birthday in 2019.

Given travel restrictions during the pandemic, Bill will be remembered at a virtual service at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity.

Obituary: Donald Duane Wurtsmith

Donald Duane Wurtsmith June 14, 1939 – June 20, 2020

Donald Duane Wurtsmith, 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 20, 2020. He is now walking with the Lord after a long battle with illness. He was best known to family and friends as Don, Dad/Pop and Grandpa. Don was born on June 14, 1939 in Oak Creek, Colorado to Mary and Donald Wurtsmith and had a brother and sister, Benson “Ben” and Miriam “Billie”.

He was raised on his parents’ ranch in Burns, Colorado and left home to serve in the United States Airforce. He later moved to Arizona, where he made his home and family. Don had a way of making lifelong, loyal friends with those who were around him for only a short time. Those who knew him often spoke of his kind and loving heart. He loved fishing, playing the piano and being outside in the Lord’s creation.

Don is preceded in death by his father, mother, brother, sister and step-grandson. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Alice, his sons Chris (Michele) & Barry (Angela) Wurtsmith, his daughter Shannon (Maury) Ellerbusch, step-daughters Kim (Patrick) King, Tammy (Craig) Beyer, Rhonda (Curtis) Edwards, Christi (Scott) Haymaker, Heidi (Harry) Kalaus, and 5 grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 38 step-great-grandchildren as well as his dog Chaco and countless friends he considered his family. He will be dearly missed.

A gathering of family and friends will take place in 2020 in lieu of a funeral.

Obituary: Dariel Clark

Dariel Clark November 17, 1925 ~ June 21, 2020

Dariel Clark, 94, of Grand Junction, passed away on June 21, 2020 at Aspen Ridge Alzheimer’s Care Center. and his twin brother, Don, were born on November 17, 1925, to Harry and Ruby (Nichols) Clark. He spent his childhood in Collbran, and graduated high school there. He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17. During WWII, Dariel was a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber that flew missions over Germany. After the war, Dariel married Betty Lorimor on February 13, 1945. They were married 70 years until her passing in March of 2016. attended Mesa College in Grand Junction, Denver University, and UNC in Greeley, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education. Dariel began his career in education as a teacher in Collbran. In 1960, he continued his career as the superintendent of DeBeque schools. He later became the superintendent of schools in Arriba and Holyoke. He returned to the Western Slope to become the superintendent of the Rifle School District until he retired at the age of 62. In 1987, Dariel and Betty moved to Grand Junction, where they lived for the rest of their lives. In his free time, Dariel enjoyed fishing, traveling, and photography. is survived by his sons, Jim Clark, and Ted (Jacque) Clark, both of Palisade; daughters, Cathie Clark of Grand Junction, and Janet (Larry) Barth of New Castle; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers; and two sisters. may be made in Dariel’s memory to HopeWest Hospice 3090 N. 12th Street, Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or www.hopewestco.org.have been entrusted to Martin Mortuary.

Obituary: Armand Wellman

Armand Wellman June 1, 1954 – June 19, 2020

Armand passed away in New Castle, CO at the residence of a great friend and caregiver. Armand was 66 years old.

Armand was born in Meeker, CO, where he went to school and graduated from Meeker High School, Class of 1972. He attended Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO. Armand went to work in the oil fields of Wyoming; then a fencing company out of Denver, CO, the road project in Glenwood Canyon, and lastly to work 20 plus years as a painter in the Rifle/Aspen, CO area.

Armand Wellman was preceded in death by his father, Gerald A. Wellman, and mother, Mary May Dean Clark Wellman. He is survived by his sister Marie C Evans, of Moyie Springs, ID, and Virgil L Wellman (m Evalina) of Grand Junction, CO.

Armand was dedicated and passionate about his work as a painter, always generously sharing his knowledge of procedure, technique, and color.

Armand was passionate about the outdoors; camping, hiking, fishing and golfing. He liked animals, and they had an affinity for him.

Armand Wellman will be remembered for love of family, friendship and hard work.

Memorial Services to be determined at a later date. Memorial Donations: Armand requested that donations be made to the Rifle Animal Shelter, Rifle, CO

Obituary: William Zilm

Death Notice:

William Zilm passed away June 18, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, CO surrounded by his family. William was born January 21, 1929 in Canada. A full obituary will follow with updated information.

Obituary: Joe Kline

Joe Kline July 29, 1944 ~ June 12, 2020 Joe Francis Kline passed away peacefully in Carbondale, Colorado, on June 12, 2020. He was 75 years old.

Joe was born to Victor Glenn Kline and Evelyn Elizabeth (Koons) Kline in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, on July 29, 1944. The family moved to southern California where he graduated from Gardena High School in 1963. Joe married Shirley Fay Fischer on Jan. 30, 1965, in Gardena, California. Their marriage was sealed in the Los Angeles LDS Temple in 1971. Joe and Shirley decided to make Carbondale, Colorado, their home in 1970. Joe and Shirley were devoted parents having raised five children: Michael, Daniel, Todd, Robin and Dean.

Joe worked in multiple industries throughout his career including sales/service, construction, real estate and mortgage broker. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping in the outdoors of Colorado, tinkering in the shop, and participating in local politics. Joe was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and enjoyed serving and fulfilling his many church callings.

Joe is preceded in death by his wife Shirley and his parents. He is survived by his five children: Michael of Gypsum, CO; Daniel (Heidi) of Boise, ID; Todd (Ananyanee) of Champaign, IL; Robin (Carl) Anderson of Pleasant Grove, UT; and Dean (Cindy) of New Castle, CO. Joe has 13 grandchildren: Eric, Jessica (Adam) Frye, Aaron, Cheryl, and Nathan Kline; Brianne (Deryck) Deno, Olivia, Caleb, and Emily Kline; Anannalea Kline; Rebecca (Ethan) Sorenson; and Brittany (Erik) Spindler. Joe’s posterity also includes 9 great grandchildren.

Joe was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale Colorado on June 17, 2020 surrounded by family.

Obituary: Candace Gazley

Candace Gazley February 25, 1956 ~ June 11, 2020 Candace had a heart of gold. She was always the first to give aid, to feed, and to shelter anyone and everyone. She volunteered for the Red Cross for over 20 years. Perhaps her giving nature wore her down and the good Lord called her early to give her the peace and serenity she so richly deserves; though she would never have changed the way she gave of herself. Her family was blessed by her grace. Glenn, her husband of 34 years, will cherish her memory deep in his heart and soul forever, and will always try to emulate her selflessness and giving spirit. Her family takes solace knowing that she is in the hands of her Lord, free of the pain and torture she suffered in her final years. May she walk in the radiance of God on a beach in heaven with her beloved Maddie and Timber, and we hope that God will grant us the joy of joining her one day.

Obituary: Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson April 1, 1971 – June 13, 2020

Mark Jackson, was born in St. Peterburg, Florida. He enjoyed being outdoors and listening to music. He knew how to make people laugh. He loved his family especially his grandkids. Mark will be missed and forever in our hearts. Mark is survived by his daughters, Cheyenne Luna and Cierra Bustillos; grandchildren Zaidyn and Izayah Luna; sister, Patricia Bogle; father, Allen (Kathy) Jackson; Stepfather, Bob Ross and nephew Aaron Higgins.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Ross and son, Adyn Jackson.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Garfield County, Silt, Colorado.