John Richard "Rich" Weatherly |

John Richard "Rich" Weatherly

John Richard "Rich" Weatherly

John Richard “Rich” Weatherly, 77, passed away Jan. 10, 2009, at his Cortez home.

Rich was born June 5, 1931, in Silt, to Guy Elroy and Ezma Annona (Terrell) Weatherly.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Rich was a loving husband, father, granddad, brother and the favorite uncle to all of his nieces and nephews. He was a caring and gentle man, taking the greatest of pleasure in the raising of his grandson Alex, who came to live with Rich and Barbara at the age of three months. Rich’s personality and great humor made him a friend to all he met.

A lover of life, Rich was always ready for the next adventure whether it be fishing, hunting, prospecting or antiquing.

Rich’s family and friends will forever miss him.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Barbara Weatherly of Cortez; daughter Katie Weatherly of Cortez; son Scott Weatherly of Dolores; grandson Alex Martinez of Cortez; daughter-in-law Carla Weatherly of Cortez; brothers Bill (Tinnie) Weatherly of Kirkland, Ariz., Ed (Darlene) Weatherly of Prescott, Ariz., and Kay (Dolores) Weatherly of Grand Junction; and sister Eileen (Terry) Lutz of Guffey.

He was preceded in death by son Warren Weatherly; and sister Edith Weatherly.

Memorial services are planned for later this spring.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Rich Weatherly with Hospice of Montezuma, P.O. Box 740, Cortez, CO 81321.

Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.

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