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Obituary: Ronny C. Woods

Ronny C. Woods

March 8, 1946 – September 22, 2020

On Tuesday September 22nd, 2020, Ron Woods passed away at the age of 74.

Ron was born on March 8th, 1946 in Boulder Colorado to Glenn and Lois Woods. In 1967 he married his wife Robin (DeGraw) Woods and they moved to Glenwood Springs. They had three children, Michele, Tracie and Glenn. In 1975 they moved to New Castle to raise their family. He was a grandfather to six and a great grandfather to nine.

Ron spent his years working at Western Slope Laundry, Hall Concrete, Porta-Mix, Western Mobile, La Farge Cement, Rey Motors, and Berthod Motors where he retired. Ron and Bobbi also started their own business, Moonlight Maidens Maintenance.

He had a knack for making people smile with his famous one liners. He never knew a stranger and he always went out of his way to raise thought provoking questions.

He was proceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother James Woods, his wife Bobbi, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ron will be cremated and at his request, there will be no funeral.

Obituary: Joan Rauwerdink

Joan Rauwerdink

May 9, 1943 – September 4, 2020

Loving grandmother, mother, daughter, sister, wife, Joan passed away peacefully on Friday September 4, 2020, surrounded by her sons in Grand Junction, CO. Leaving behind six grandchildren Avery, Ella, Michael, Ana, Kaity, and Tim. They were her world. Every picture they gave her a masterpiece forever cherished. Any school event or sport, something she never missed. Three sons she proudly raised; Bob, Doug, and Erik. Their wives Kathy, Kathy, and Jessie. She was the nucleus of our family; holidays, traditions, and togetherness. Preceded in death by her husband Henk and brother Don. Instead of flowers, please devote your charitable efforts to Hope West at hopewestco.org.

Obituary: Ethel B Jones

Ethel B Jones

September 14, 1930 – September 18, 2020

Ethel B. Jones of New Castle died on September 18, 2020. Ethel was born in Camden, Arkansas on September 14, 1930. She received her B.A. degree from Vassar College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. Her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics were awarded by the University of Chicago.

After receiving her doctorate, Ethel returned to Arkansas, and worked on the state’s economic development program becoming Assistant Director of the Industrial Research and Extension Center in Little Rock. From 1965 until retirement, she conducted research and taught economics at the University of Georgia and Auburn University. She also served as Associate Dean of the College of Business at Auburn. Her research included topics in unemployment, changes in hours of work, occupational wage differences, and the effect of unions upon wages and working conditions. Her research appeared in many articles in major economic journals. She was also active in professional organizations, serving as Vice President of the Southern Economics Association and the American Economics Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She also served on two advisory committees of the federal government, one related to the Department of Labor and the other to the National Science Foundation.

Ethel moved to Carbondale in 1999 and then to New Castle in 2006. Among her volunteer activities in the Valley were service on the Advisory Board of Roaring Fork Hospice, the vestry of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, and the Friends of the Library of both Carbondale and New Castle.

Ethel is survived by the loves of her life: nephews David Jones (Belgrade, Montana), Matthew Jones (Oklahoma), and niece Kathleen Harris (Silt, Colorado). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Feed my Sheep or the River Center of New Castle.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 26 at 11:00 AM at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, Glenwood Springs.

Obituary: Brian Glenn Beatty

Brian Glenn Beatty

March 30, 1948 – September 10, 2020

Brian Glenn Beatty, known locally by some as “BB”, passed away unexpectedly on September 10th at the age of 72. He was a very gentle giant and lover of the earth and all that is good. Brian is survived by 3 nieces and 3 nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Drs. Homer G. and Louisa G. (nee Pupke) Beatty, his brother Oliver Glenn, and his sisters Kim, Lynn, Blythe Cheslin and Gayle.

Obituary: Arthur Smith

In Memoriam

Arthur Smith

November 25, 1926 – August 11, 2020

Arthur James Smith, aka, Smitty, 93 passed away peacefully at home on August 11th. He was born on November 25, 1926 to Walter and Katie Smith, in Boulder Colorado. He spent the majority of his childhood in Victor Colorado, near Cripple Creek. He enlisted in the army in 1944 and when he was done serving he went into mining. He spent the majority of his life in this profession, which he loved. He met and married the love of his life, Norma Mullen there. They spent 66 wonderful years together before her passing in 2014.

Smitty is survived by his two sons, Harold (Marcia) and Gary. He also had an adopted son, Rick Habeggar (Dion). He had five grandchildren, Lauri and Tami both in Las Vegas Nevada, and Michelle, Mike and Matt, all in Vancouver Washington Smitty also left eight great grandchildren, KJ, Kaeden and Kamden in Las Vegas and Caden, Emma, Allie, Camden and Foxly, all of Vancouver Washington.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two sisters, and one brother. He is survived by many relatives and great friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Obituary: Marl Marion Martin

Marl Marion Martin

April 13, 1939 – September 10, 2020

Passed away at home with his wife Pat at his side. He was born to Marvin Martin and Della Morrow in Helper, Utah moving to the Battlement Mesa at an early age residing until his passing. Marl and his first wife Jeanette Tolini had five children, Donna, Tammy, Ron, Marlene, and Roger. Marl is preceded in death by his daughter Tammy, 2 brothers Melvin and Max, both parents and several son-in-law’s. Marl is survived by Donna, Ron, Marlene, and Roger, 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and his brother Mickey and sister Melba. He is at Mesa Research Center no service are planned.

Obituary: William James Langstaff

William James


July 15, 1929 – September 18, 2020

William James Langstaff was born to William Leon Langstaff and Annie Smith on July 15, 1929. On August 6, 1950 he married Alberta Langstaff. They enjoyed 70 years of marriage and many adventures. They had two sons, Alvin and Jim, and one daughter Ralona. James, as he was known to his family, was a lifelong resident of the Rifle area. He passed from this world to the next on September 18, 2020 at the E Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle.

James was a direct descendent of some of the early founders of Rifle and had an affinity for Western Colorado, that was very important to him.

James was a jack-of-all-trades and a master at several. During his life he worked as a coal miner, ran the Langstaff sawmill and owned a TV repair business. In the mid-1960s he got a job in the blossoming oil shale industry and worked as a plant operator and later as a shift supervisor for various oil shale companies until his retirement in the early 1980’s. Retirement freed him up to become a gentleman farmer at the Langstaff ranch west of Rifle where he grew up. He also fulfilled his desire to explore southern Colorado, as well as Alaska and the northeast states, making many trips with his beloved wife Alberta.

James had a strong moral compass and instilled an enduring sense of responsibility in his children. He had an ability to repair almost anything and could construct from scratch a very serviceable home, shed, cabin, or garage as the need arose.

He particularly enjoyed one-on-one conversations with friends and relatives. James could turn a phrase in a way that let you know exactly what he was talking about without ever directly stating the topic.

Each of his grandchildren had their own special relationship with him.

Although he will be sorely missed, the family is grateful that he is no longer suffering from several years of declining health.

He is survived by his wife Alberta Langstaff and his children Alvin (Pam) Langstaff, Ralona (Wade) Harry, Jim Langstaff and Marsha Lively, five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Special thanks to Raymond and Elaine Langstaff for their help whenever we needed it.

James was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers and three sisters.

People who wish to remember James may make donations in his name to the E Dene Moore Care Center or the First Christian Church in Rifle.

Obituary: Vernon Chris Murray

Vernon Chris


July 23, 1946 – September 12, 2020

Vernon Chris Murray of Rifle Co. Born July 23rd 1946 in Roosevelt UT. Age 74 passed away unexpectedly September 12, 2020 while doing what he loved, hunting on the Flattops.

Vernon is survived by: His loving wife of 50 years Martha, Sons David Murray (Westy), Wayne Murray (Alison) and three amazing grandchildren Keelee, Ely, Auri Murray and Halah and Suede Harmon who he adored. Sister Charlene Parker, Sister Pamela Murray and Brother Randy Murray

Vern you are going to be missed by us all, We Love You!!

Obituary: Velda McCabe Mangan

Velda McCabe


October 29, 1932 – September 6, 2020

Velda Bernice McCabe Mangan passed away peacefully of lung cancer on September 6, 2020 in Corvallis, Oregon. Velda was born in Hotchkiss, Colorado on October 29, 1932 where she spent her childhood summers on a sheep ranch in the Ragged Mountains. Velda and James (Jim) Mangan went to school together, class of 1950, and married in 1951.

Velda pursued a career in office administration and worked for a variety of firms throughout the western US as she and James relocated for his Forest Service assignments. Velda also edited the book Elmer Bair’s Story in 1987. After their retirement, Velda and James returned to Hotchkiss, enjoying their mountain flower garden and card games with family and friends. Velda embraced her Irish heritage and traveled to Ireland and Scotland. After James died in 2007, Velda moved to Tucson, Arizona for lung cancer treatment and lived with her daughter Coleen and husband. Once her health improved, Velda relocated to Newberg, Oregon in 2014. There she fell in love with Darrell Zook and treasured their time together.

Velda is survived by her four children Maureen Chaffin (Steve), Louis Mangan (Robin), Coleen Keedah (Randy), and J. Sean Mangan (Rhonda), 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Her parents H. Buster and Dorothy McCabe, husband Jim, and son Dennis preceded her in death.

Velda will be greatly missed along with all of her Irish traditions and superstitions. She was shy yet strong, a horseback rider, a seamstress, an artist, a worrier, genealogist, keeper of family heirlooms, and a caretaker. Velda taught her sons how to really throw a ball. She won most card games, enjoyed campfire hotdogs, nature, strawberry milkshakes, made the best pies, and ate chocolate daily. Velda was a loving and gracious lady with a gentle, thoughtful soul who was never profane or disrespectful. She never let the many hardships and trials turn her from kindness. Known for her strong belief in prayer, she would privately helped those shunned and ignored with a leg up. Velda was a brilliant guiding light to all who knew her. Her light has not gone out, it has now been handed down to the generations she influenced. Love you forever and a day.

Obituary: Charles Dean Avila

In Memoriam

Charles Dean Avila

November 29, 1956 – September 11, 2011

You Are Missed So Very Much

I often sit and think about

The years that have passed by

And of the happiness and joy

That was shared by you and I

I think of all the laughter,

The smiles and all the fun

And, before I even know it,

My tears have once again begun

For, although it brings me comfort

To walk down memory lane

It reminds me how, without you,

Life has never been the same

Love, Becca