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Memorial: Ronald Morris

Celebration of Life for Ronald Morris, will be held on May 25, 2019 at 2 PM at the Orchard Church, 110 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale CO. Reception to follow. Ron passed away April 24, 2019. Full obituary can be viewed online at Post Independent (May 2, 2019).

Memorial notice: Joy Maxwell Caudill (May 9, 1928 — January 27, 2019)

The Caudill Family invites friends in our community to join us, for a simple Celebration of Life for Joy Maxwell Caudill. The memorial will begin at 4:00 on Friday, June 14th, at TLazy 7 Ranch, in her beloved Maroon Creek Valley. The ceremony will begin at 5:00. Come dressed for weather, as the gathering will be outside, rain or shine. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

Dr. Christiaan Alexander Edward Maurer (September 12, 1972 – May 13, 2019)

Christiaan Alexander Maurer; MD, 46 years old of New Castle, Colorado died May 13, 2019 of Glioblastoma multiform, a type of malignant brain cancer. He was diagnosed with this cancer on Friday the 13th, April 2018.

Christiaan was born on September 12, 1972 to his mother Lynn V. Maurer (McCoy) and his father Edward A. Maurer in Smithtown, New York. At the age of 3 he moved from New York to Leesburg, Virginia where he lived with his family on the farm, Morven Park, for 18 years of his life. Here he learned to love all things outdoors including hunting, archery, fishing and camping.

Dr. Maurer attended the all boys Jesuit high school, Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville, Maryland graduating in 1990. He then attended Mr. Jefferson’s university of Virginia in Charlottesville graduating in 1994. He was accepted to Georgetown University School of Medicine and graduated with his medical degree in 1998. Christiaan completed internship and Residency in Internal Medicine during the years of 1999-2001 at Georgetown University Medical Center.

He moved to Colorado in 2001, where he practiced medicine in Garfield County, until the diagnosis of brain cancer. Dr. Maurer enjoyed a good debate on a particularly difficult diagnosis or the most effective treatment. He was always late because he loved to chat with his patients about the interesting aspects of their life or family. Many of his patients were long time friends.

While living in Colorado, Christiaan enjoyed lacrosse, archery hunting for elk, and small game hunting with his son along with river rafting, skiing and game nights with his entire family. He trained 2 fantastic bird dogs, Cody and Foxxie, both Labrador retrievers.

In 2015 he married Stacy Atkins. They enjoyed traveling, skiing, rafting and scuba diving.

Christiaan is survived by his wife Stacy Maurer, children Ashley and Alexander, step-sons Jerick and Jordan, step-daughter Breauna, parents Edward and Lynn Maurer, sister Heather Maurer (husband Noah Raskin, and nieces Daisy Raskin and Mariah Raskin, nephew Boman Raskin). He is also survived by Joan McGinnis (Aunt), Anne and Les Carter (Aunt and Uncle), Harriet Maurer (Aunt), and cousins Jack Mackinnis, Michael Maurer Jr, Kenneth Maurer, and Elizabeth Maurer Brancati. He was married in a previous marriage to Amanda Miller (Fuhr) the mother of his children.

Services: Wake will be held 5/16, 4-7pm @ Farnum Holt funeral home

Funeral Mass will be held 5/17 @10am St. Stephens Catholic Church

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.graymattersfoundation.org

Gerald Bretz (February 16, 1920 — May 11, 2019)

Gerald (Jerry) Bretz passed away on May 11th, 2019, in Plainville, Kansas, at the age of 99 years old. Gerald was born on February 16th, 1920, and lived in Glenwood Springs (No Name) with his wife, Irene, (passed 2004) since 1982. He served in WWII as an Army tank gunner in the Pacific, taught high school and farmed in KS, and loved the mountains, fishing, and people of the valley. He will be greatly missed.

Celebration of life: David Dodson

Please join us to celebrate David Dodson on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, 5 PM, at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course, “The Hill.” Dress casually for the outside ceremony.

We invite you to bring a written memory or favorite picture to share with the family.

In memoriam: Court Will (October 2, 1979 — May 13, 2017)

In Loving Memory of Court Will

Always Remember Never Forget!

The signature smile, the helping hand, a great son, brother, father, husband, uncle, friend, teacher and champion roper.

Albert Edward Clay Kimbrough

Passed April 16th, 2019 in Grand Junction, CO

Was a cook at the Blue Moon Bar and Grill

Survivors include brother Jon Kimbrough of Nevada, Sisters Emma Chapman (Indiana), Kim Stringer (Missouri), and Scheryl Bland (Missouri).

Myrta Taylor (June 17, 1920 — April 27, 2019)

Myrta Taylor, 98, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and formerly of Columbus, Nebraska, passed away on April 27, 2019. Born on June 17, 1920, in Schoftland, Switzerland, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lina Gloor.

Myrta emigrated from Switzerland with her parents in 1924. They lived in Redfield, South Dakota, before moving to Columbus in 1927, where she worked with her parents at the Gloor Bakery. She met and married Robert Taylor and assisted him with his business, Jack & Jill Supermarkets. In 1968 she and family moved to Aspen, Colorado, where they were owners and operators of the Innsbruck Sportsmotel. They eventually settled in Glenwood Springs in 1985.

Myrta was preceded in death by her husband Robert, brother Reinhart Gloor and sister Alvena Weber.

She leaves behind her daughter Roberta; son Ronald and wife Mary; sons Rhett, Ricky and Roland; sister Fani Trofholz; grandson Michael and wife Michele; great-grandson Michael; and many nieces and nephews.

Edward Laverne Downing (January 16, 1930 — April 30, 2019)

Surrounded by the love of his family, Edward Laverne Downing, 89, passed away on April 30th, 2019, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Edward was born on January 16th, 1930, to Seth Thomas and Mable Aletta (Hansen) Downing. Ed was raised in Glenwood Springs and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working his grandparents’ ranch in the Spring Valley area.

In 1951 he joined the Army and was stationed at Camp Carson, now known as Fort Carson, in Colorado Springs serving in the 14th Infantry Division and the 11th Armored Calvary. When he returned home to Glenwood Springs he owned and operated Downing Painting, Decorating and Wallpaper Hanging with his brother Gordon. Gordon passed in 1967, and Ed continued to run the business until he retired in 1992. In 1954 he married Lucylle Gilstrap, and they had 3 daughters Lorie (Noel) Crawford, Lana (Jeff) Holub and Linda (Michael) Mansfield. Ed and Lucylle later divorced.

On August 25th, 1984, he married Shirley Marie Maddalone and lovingly welcomed her children Tina Maddalone, Karra (Donald) Snyder, Jimmy (Cindy) Maddalone, and Virgil (Judy) Maddalone.

Ed and Shirley lived in El Jebel and later moved to Glenwood Springs. They spent many days camping, fishing, hunting and doing projects around the house. Ed was an avid reader, enjoyed woodworking and spending time outdoors. He had a gentle heart, a warm smile, and he taught us so many priceless lessons that we will cherish forever.

He is survived by his loving wife Shirley, his 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gordon Downing, and his sister Marjorie Coller.

At Ed’s request there will be no memorial service.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at 1012 Minter Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

Margaret Ann Hawes Sparks (June 15, 1936 – April 28, 2019)

On April 28th Margaret “Peggy” Ann Hawes Sparks passed away peacefully following her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, and her husband Lynn Sparks. She is survived by her three children Cheryl Hiebert (Brian), Brian Sparks, and Kevin Sparks (Merideth).

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday May 19th at 2:00 pm.