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Obituary: Neva Joyce Downing

Neva Joyce


February 1, 1928 – June 6, 2021

Rifle, Colorado – Neva Joyce Downing age 93 passed away Sunday June 6, 2021 at Aspen Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Grand Junction, Colorado after a long battle with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Born February 1, 1928 in Jewell Kansas to the late Eugene C Jackson and the late Velma Jackson. Neva is predeceased by her brother Paul and her sister Sue McMillan.

Neva is survived by her husband John S Downing and her sister Phyllis (Pete) Lee and numerous nieces and nephews.

Neva married John S Downing in Glendale, California in 1948.The marriage produced three children, George (Rebecca) Downing, Carolyn (Rod) Miller, and John S II (Debbie ) Downing.

They have six grandchildren: Jody Miller, Randall Downing (Kristi), Michael Downing (Zime), John W Downing (Jackie), Brianne Downing (Michael Jeffries), and Brandon Downing.

Neva is survived by 12 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

Neva was a loving homemaker who took pride in taking care of her family. She loved gardening and her beloved horses. The last 48 years of her life she lived on the Painted Pitchfork Ranch. She was a great friend to many and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Neva will be buried on the Painted Pitchfork Ranch on Saturday June 19, 2021.

The family requests in lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hope West Hospice 2754 Compass Drive, Suite 377, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506 in Neva’s name.

Obituary: Jodi Manera

In Memoriam

Jodi Manera

June 29, 1970 – July 14, 2020

A Memorial service will be held for Jodi K. Manera 3:00 July 24th, 2021 at the CMC Rifle campus auditorium followed by a celebration at Centennial Park in the City of Rifle 5:00 to 8:00. Food will be provided at the Park by Gold Star Realty. Please join the family and friends for the service or for live music, laughter, and tears at the park.

Obituary: Scott C. Pretti

Scott C. Pretti

March 31, 1954 – June 15, 2021

Born in Omaha, NE to Jo Ann and Reno Pretti. He passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital – Grand Junction, CO. after a brief illness. Scott and wife Regina resided on their ranch in Parachute. A family graveside service was held. Scott’s memorial is on August 3rd – 10 am. at St. Stephen Catholic Church – Glenwood. A full obituary will follow later.

Obituary: Ken Vagneur

Ken Vagneur

January 11, 1950 – June 3, 2021

Ken Vagneur left this world on June 3, 2021, after a struggle with cancer. Ken was born on January 11, 1950, in Aspen, Colorado to Clyde O. Vagneur and Geri R. (Evans) Vagneur.

Ken had a life filled with family, adventure, and great stories. He experienced skiing on perfect Colorado powder days and sledding down Little Nell on lunch trays. He paddled kayaks and oared rafts down the rivers of Colorado, Utah, and Idaho and through the Grand Canyon (he never flipped, although there were a few exhilarating close calls that he would never admit to, but his wife swears are true). He dived and sailed the waters of the Caribbean. He designed and built furniture and created mobiles that Alexander Calder would appreciate. He backpacked and hiked to multiple hidden gems in Colorado, Utah, and Oregon, claiming each as his special, secret place. He flew stunt kites on Oregon beaches. He played a mean game of cross-country croquet with family and friends. He enjoyed numerous camping and wandering road trips throughout the Western United States and Canada taking less-traveled roads (paved and unpaved) just to see what he might discover (sometimes to his wife’s dismay but always ending with a good story to tell when back home).

Although his last adventure was not what he would have chosen, it was not without new discoveries, humor, and stories to tell his family thanks to the care, wit, and compassion of the wonderful nurses, doctors, and staff at the Calaway Young Cancer Center, all of whom he considered as part of his extended family.

Ken was a kind and generous “old soul” who made a positive impact on many lives. He is now on another adventurous “walk-about” and we wish him happy trails.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; his sisters, Kit Brown, Gale Gates, Ivy Wreden, numerous nieces and nephews, and other extended family. Ken requested that no services be held. In his honor, have an adventure and/or donate to a charity of your choice.

Obituary: Terry Ewbank

Terry Ewbank

April 18, 1948 – February 9, 2021

Join us for a Celebration of Life for Terry Ewbank

Saturday, June 26, 2021, at Veltus Park

(Playground Shelter) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Share a story at a special “ceremony” at 12:00 p.m.

Obituary: Rita Bejarano


Rita Bejarano

November 5, 1946 – July 24, 2020

Please come and join us on June 26th, 4:30pm.

at 25 Mesa Avenue Carbondale, CO.

Share a story, bring a chair, and enjoy a picnic with music and food to celebrate our sweet Rita.

Obituary: Arnold Christner



May 30, 1941 – June 13, 2021

Arn Christner passed away peacefully Sunday, June 13, 2021. He was born in Southeast Iowa to Dale and Darlene Christner on their family farm. After high school he made his way to Colorado and lucked out in meeting his love, Billie. They married in December 1961, settled in Billie’s native town of Basalt and raised four children. In 1978 Arn moved the family 8 miles up Mamm Creek south of Rifle..to the “banana belt”. That was a record winter for snow and his family didn’t ever let him forget his “banana belt” delusions of grandeur. Arn was always quick to help his neighbors. He was a jack of many trades from sheep sheering, branding, shoeing horses and playing in the hay field. Arn loved to be out on his horse in the high country while hunting and camping. His mustangs had a special place in his heart. He shared his wooden rocking horses and more recently his horseshoe cowboy sculptures with many lucky recipients.

Whether you knew him as Red, Farmer, Arn, Dad, Pops or Papa he was always quick with a smile, twinkle in his eye and signature laugh.

He worked numerous jobs including milking cows, high-scaling at Ruedi Reservoir, construction in Aspen/Snowmass and farming. He spent several decades in the trucking industry hauling fuel, bread, liquid nitrogen/oxygen and lots more. The Flying Farmer had his own truck also and traveled thousands of miles across the US & Canada. Billie joined him on many trips and this usually resulted in some entertaining stories!

Arn is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Billie; son, Rick (Karla) Christner; daughter, Shelly (George) Kuersten; daughter, Sara (Dominic) Dodero; grandchildren, Marc Dodero, Sabrina (Ryan) Lahti, Jordan Kuersten, Preston Kuersten, Kerrick Christner, Brittan Christner, Keith Porter, Jaimie Heckman and great granddaughter, Daisy May Lahti. His family in Iowa; brother, Gene (Sandy) Christner; sister, Mary (George) Parker; sister, Sherry (Harold) Grant, and brother, Mike (Tess) Christner. As well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is proceeded in death by his parents; brother, Ron; sister, Wanda and son, Shaun.

The rich life of Arn Christner will be celebrated by family & friends on Friday, September 10, 2021, 6-8pm at the Red Barn Guest Ranch, New Castle CO.

Cake & Ice Cream to be served.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you pay a kindness forward to your neighbor.

Obituary: George Robert Keith

George Robert


May 1, 1948 – June 14, 2021

George (Butch) was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming May 1, 1948. His family moved to Craig and then Loveland during his youth. From his earliest memories he ways worked before and after school, weekends, and holidays. He loved working with horses, on ranches, helping his father in the lumberyard, and helping friends and neighbors with building projects. He attended Mesa State College where he met and married the love of his life, Sue. They married and had a son, Robert. Soon after, he enlisted in the Navy SeeBees and served in Viet Nam for 3 years.

When he returned he went to work for the State Highway Department and soon asked for a transfer to Glenwood Springs. He had many stories about plowing in the Glenwood Canyon when it was a 2-lane road. The family then moved to a ranch in Carbondale where he worked as an all-around ranch hand. Sue and Robert often worked and played alongside him where “The Kid” learned so many things from his dad. They then moved to New Castle and Butch went to work with Brad Earnest Fabrication and Welding until he retired.

Butch knew so much about so many things—how to build and repair anything. Throughout the years many people came to him for help and advice. He talked to his son the day before he passed away, and after hanging up told Sue how proud he was of his son and the many things he has learned to do.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sue, son, Robert (Susan), brother, Richard, and sisters, Alice, Melissa (Kraig) and Margaret (Dean).

The family will have a memorial get-together later in the summer.

Obituary: John Lorton

In Memoriam

John Lorton

August 22, 1943 – June 21, 2016

Thanks for the adventures and the memories.

Thank You for choosing Me.


Obituary: Jeffrey Scott Riviere

Jeffrey Scott Riviere

March 11, 1952 – June 10, 2021

Jeffrey Scott Riviere, of Chattanooga, TN passed away June 10, 2021 in his home after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jeff was born in Oakland, CA. He attended school in Colorado Springs and Atlanta. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University and later, his master’s degree in theology from Fuller Seminary. Jeff’s career was spent primarily in faith-based organizational leadership including several years as the associate pastor of Mountain View Church Glenwood.

With a deep biblically-based, fire-tested faith, Jeff was a source of wise counsel. A meticulous planner and an accomplished athlete; he loved to engage and inspire others, laugh, tell stories and share life.

Jeff is survived by his wife Beth Riviere; his daughter Rachel Fuller; step-daughters Kelly (& Matt) Firing and Megan (& JP) Stokes; his sister Kay (& Tony) Mohr; and a loving band of nieces and nephews with their spouses and children. He was preceded in death by parents Roy & Doris Riviere; sister Patti Rice; and son Robbie.

The memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church Chattanooga on June 19, 2021. Further details are on the Carter-Trent funeral website https://cartertrent.com/