William C. Lockhart
William “Bill” C. Lockhart, 82, passed away Dec. 21, 2006, at Family Health West in Fruita. Bill was born May 18, 1924, in Kimberly, Idaho, to Robert Louis and Lena A. (Reese) Lockhart.He spent his childhood in Jenks, Okla., and graduated from Jenks High School.Bill married Marcheta Lawson, Oct. 28, 1942, in Tulsa, Okla. He worked at John Zink Engine Company in Tulsa. Bill became a pilot during World War II, and earned the rank of lieutenant. After the war ended, he returned to work at Zink. He was called back into the Airforce Reserves in 1947 to participate in the first space program. Bill attended Long Beach City College, in Long Beach, Calif., graduating with a business degree. The family then moved to Colorado and he worked in the furniture business in Monte Vista. In 1955, he purchased a furniture store in Craig, which became the family business, Craig Furniture. He was in the furniture business in Northwest Colorado for 40 years.Part of Bill’s other career was spent in the Christian Ministry in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona. Bill enjoyed studying, teaching and preaching the Bible, and working with his wife. He especially liked to start new churches and work in the growth of others. He was most recently a member of the Orchard Mesa Christian Church in Grand Junction. Bill was a member of the Craig Lions Club, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Intermountain Bible College Board and Yampa Valley Golf Association. He liked flying his Piper Cherokee airplane, fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends in the mountains around Hahn’s Peak. He also enjoyed golfing in Arizona. Bill is survived by his wife; step-father, Herb Blagg of Morriston, Fla.; children Linda Lockhart of Grand Junction, Nancy (Jim) Grecian of Tehachapi, Calif., and Billie Lockhart-Luckett (Cris, deceased) of Grand Junction; grandchildren Kurt (Terry) Laubhan of Grand Junction, Laura Laubhan of Gypsum, Luke Luckett and Jordan Luckett of New York, Jennifer Hicks of Lake Forest, Calif., Jamie Taylor of Gilbert, Ariz., and Julie Banigan of Hinkley, Ill.; great-grandchildren David and Dale Laubhan, Stefanie and Dustin Hicks, Ramsey, Tristan, Keegan and Jaidden Taylor, and Emily and Nikki Banigan; brother Michael Blagg of Meeker; and nephews and nieces Diana Jones, Dawn Ikeman, Justin Blagg, Stephen, Timothy and Mark Scarbeary.He was preceded in death by his sister, Francis (Earl) Scarbeary; brother Robert K. Lockhart; and nephew Herb Lockhart. Funeral services were held Dec. 30, at Martin Mortuary with internment following at Memorial Gardens in Grand Junction. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to the Orchard Mesa Christian Church, 2883 Victoria Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81503.
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