Citizen Telegram Obituaries – Dec. 19, 2013
Thomas Leo Shea
Nov. 2, 1959 – Dec. 11, 2013
Thomas Leo Shea (Ghost), 54, passed away Dec. 11, 2013. Thomas was born Nov. 2, 1959, to John and Anne Shea in Chicago Heights, Ill.
Thomas is survived by his mother, Anne; stepfather, Bill; stepbrother, Jeffery; stepsisters, Patricia and Penny; nephew, Jon Patrick Shea and niece, Micaela Vitello.
Thomas was preceded in death by his father and brother, Tim Shea. There will be a memorial service in the spring. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice.
William Fisher Kennon
June 13, 1966 – Dec. 12, 2013
Will Kennon was born June 13,1966, in Alamosa, Colo. and was raised in Parachute, Colo. on the Kennon Ranch up Wallace Creek. He attended school in the same building from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1984. As a young boy, Will was lively and filled with energy and he learned ranching from his first days onward. He was riding and swinging a rope from nearly the time he could walk. At school, Will was always entertaining and was known for his pranks and untamable spirit.
In school, he competed in basketball, football and high school rodeo and participated in many clubs and activities. Throughout his childhood and youth, Will competed in 4-H and rodeos, showing cattle and roping, and he spent much of his time out of school on horseback and learning the ways of a cowboy at his father’s side. Will had several mentors in the ranching community whom he greatly admired and innumerable friends, none of whom escaped his penchant for pranks.
As an adult, Will ranched in the Mack/Loma area, and more recently in Collbran with his lifelong friend and cattle-business partner, Jerry Gunderson. He met his wife, Tiffani, in Collbran, and they married there on May 15, 2010.
Will loved the cowboy way of life; ranching was in his blood, and he was more at home on horseback, feeding cows, or in an arena than anywhere else. In the past few years, Will had worked to build a line of bucking bulls and spent a lot of time at bull riding events.
Will was also a talented and creative craftsman. He was skilled at working with leather and iron and worked many years constructing iron fencing for corrals and arenas, along with making bits and crafting western-style purses. Will loved his family and friends, but his favorite people were kids, and they were always drawn to him. He loved working with kids and teens and teaching them to ride and rope.
Will was preceded in death by his father, Ned (Edward Stewart Kennon, 1924-1996); and mother, Kathleen (Hammerich Kennon, 1921-1999). He is survived by his wife, Tiffani, of Collbran; daughter, Nikki (Michael) Prewitt, 28, of Plantersville, Texas; son, Kade Edward Kennon, 17, of Mack; stepdaughter, Felicia Montoya, 19; and stepson, Lucas Montoya, 25, both of Farmington, N.M. He also leaves behind his sister, Nancy (Jeff) Hauer; his nephew, Teig Hauer, 17; and niece, Jacey Hauer, 13, of Rifle, Colo.
Will was loved by many and had countless friends who will miss his wild ways, his ornery streak and crazy sense of humor, as well as his willingness to drop everything and help anyone in need at any time. Will was a character, the life of the party, a good hand, and a good man. He will be dearly missed.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the Collbran Auditorium. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Plateau Valley FFA, checks payable to PVHS FFA, 56600 Highway 330, Collbran, CO 81624.
Nels Edward Olsen, Jr., originally from Mankato, Minn., age 49, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at his home in Rifle, Colo. Services are pending with the Le Center Funeral Home in Le Center, Minn. (507) 357-6116, schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.
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