Obituaries

Nelson ‘Red’ Wayne Mickelsen

Nelson Wayne Mickelsen entered this earthly life on Oct. 10, 1938, in Alamosa, Colo. He was the first born of Nelson Cornum Mickelsen and Thelma (Jepperson) Mickelsen. After a life full of adventure and hard work, he passed away on July 21, 2021.... more

JoAnne Lewis

JoAnne Lewis (Maiden Name: Gott) will be remembered as a luminary storyteller of her time, sharing her presence, love, and never-ending series of tales with those who knew her from 1936-2021. JoAnne lived to be 86 years old, and is legend — she will be dearly missed by the tapestry of family and friends she wove together during her lifetime of adventures.... more

Rebekah Maye King Atencio

Our beloved Rebekah was taken from us suddenly and tragically on June 10, 2021 in Del Norte, Colo. Rebekah was born on Oct. 15, 1984, in Durango, Colo., to Kenneth King and Rosalie Hood. Although the family moved many times, from Washington, DC to various Colorado towns, it was the San Luis Valley that Rebekah considered home.... more

Gene Smith

Monte Vista resident Maurice E. “Gene” Smith, 88, died Dec. 9, 2020, at the Rio Grande Inn Nursing Home in La Jara.... more

Crystal Rae Sanderson

Crystal was born in Center, Colo., to Charles and Grayce Sheets and she attended school in Saguache. Crystal was a sensitive child and often helped her mother with the daily chores. Growing up in rural Colorado, there were always things to do, and she played with her brothers and sister.... more

Ken G. ‘Bunky’ Arnett

Longtime Monte Vista resident Ken G. “Bunky” Arnett, 81, died July 17, 2021 at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa.... more

Alice Medina

Alice Medina was laid to rest July 9, 2021. She was born in Guadalupita, N.M.,June 26, 1935, to Presciliano and Elisa Bernal.... more

Marvin Gates

Lifelong Del Norte resident Marvin Gates, 66, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2021. Born on March 10, 1955, in Del Norte, Colo., the son of Martin Gates and Lucille Hines Gates.... more

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini

Phyllis Emily Martinez Lenzini, 90, Monte Vista, passed away July 5, 2021 at Conejos County Hospital in La Jara, Colo.... more

Eutimio “Tim” Atencio

Eutimio “Tim” Atencio, 72, beloved husband, father, and grandpa, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19, 2021, in Richland, Wash., with his loving family by his side.... more

Thomas S. Magness

Thomas S. Magness, 89, Monte Vista, Colo., passed away at home June 22, 2021. Tom was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Rapid City, S.D., to Cedric St. Clair and Martha Haaser Magness. His family settled in Monte Vista in the late 30’s.... more

Mary Alire

Mary Alire, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed peacefully with family members at her side on June 21, 2021, in Albuquerque, N.M.... more

Jack Eldon Seneff

Jack Eldon Seneff was born in Monte Vista, to Chester and Lucille (Hicks) Seneff. The second of three children, Jack loved treasure hunting and later became a prospector. Jack maintained his love of treasure hunting as an adult, and searched diligently for Montezuma’s legendary lost treasure, on Wolf Creek Pass.... more

Mary C. Gallegos

Monte Vista resident Mary C. Gallegos, 87, passed away peacefully June 25, 2021, with her loving family by her side. Mary was born on June 2, 1934, in Manassa, Colo., the daughter of Alfredo LeFebre and Ana Padia LeFebre.... more

Thelma (Tudy) Worker

Thelma Diane Borud Worker passed away and joined her beloved, Raymond Worker in Heaven, on June 16, 2021.... more

Charles Franklin Lewis

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Charles Franklin Lewis, "Chuck," 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 26, 2021.... more

Peggy Atha Cummings

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, Peggy Atha Cummings went home to with be her Lord Jesus. She was born on Jan. 1, 1942, to Harold and Wilma Atha in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Michael Gallegos

Michael Gallegos passed away on Nov. 13, 2020. Michael was born on Aug.1, 1983. He grew up in Martinez, Calif. Michael moved to the San Luis Valley with his family in 1993.... more

Clarence Gordon (Butch) Hammel

Clarence Gordon (Butch) Hammel, 78, of Saguache, Colo., passed away on May 23, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family. Butch was born on Dec. 16, 1942, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Clarence B. and Nellie Hammel.... more

Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols

Mr. Henry (Hank) Lawrence Nichols, of Creede, Colo., passed away suddenly on Jan. 6, 2021, at the age of 91.... more

Ida Pomeroy

Ida Pomeroy, 89, of Aurora, Colo., born Ida Bernard in Saguache, Colo., passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family members. Ida was a proud, supportive and loving mother.... more

Robert Myers

Life-long Valley resident, Robert William “Bob” Myers, died March 14, 2020. He was born in Monte Vista, Colo., on June 24, 1926, to Willie Jennings Myers and Edith “Betty” Gibson Myers.... more

Tillie Gonzales Velasquez

Tillie Gonzales Velasquez was born June 15, 1925, in Los Valdeses, Colo.  She passed away on May 24, 2021, in Walla Walla, Wash., three weeks shy of her 96th birthday. She was the daughter of Anita E. and Jose Benigno Gonzales of Los Valdeses, Colo.... more

Eleanor Marie Martinez

Monte Vista resident Eleanor Marie Martinez, 90, passed away peacefully at her home under Hospice Care on June 15, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. ... more

Lee Eugene Wilkinson

Lee Eugene Wilkinson, 94, passed on June 4, 2021, in Vernon, Texas.... more

Rose Mary (Lepp) Wolcott

Rose Mary (Lepp) Wolcott was born in Bismarck, N.D., to Arthur and Anna M. Lepp during the Great Depression with an older sister, Ann, ready to welcome her. Their mother died when Rose was 2 years old and their father placed them in a Catholic orphanage with nuns that Rose remembered all her life as loving and kind-hearted.... more

Fay Williams Jr.

Fay “Willy” Williams Jr., of Buena Vista, passed away peacefully on May 17 at Centre Avenue Health and Rehab Facility in Fort Collins.... more

Craig ‘Panda’ Leroy Jones

San Luis Valley native and longtime resident Craig “Panda” Leroy Jones, 66, died April 20, 2021, at Penrose-St Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs surrounded by friends and family.... more

Kevin Andrew Sanderson

On April 9, 2021, Kevin Andrew Sanderson’s spirit left his body following a heart attack. Kevin was born on Aug. 25, 1978, in Alamosa, Colo., to Tom and Margaret Sanderson, while his 2-year-old sister, Ginger, (only sibling) waited excitedly at home with her Grandmother Sanderson.... more

Larry D Shaw 

Larry D Shaw, 82, lived in Monte Vista Colorado. He was born to Alice Brown and Tony Shaw in may of 1938. He made it to the 8th grade in school before he dropped out to help his parents with the family farm.... more

Connie J. Hill

Long-time Del Norte resident, Connie J. Hill, 83, passed from this earth peacefully, but unexpectantly, of natural causes on April 16, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born in Del Norte on July 1,1937, her daddy’s “little firecracker.”... more

Gerald Karl Haynie

Having lived a full and prosperous life, Gerald Karl Haynie departed this life on April 1, 2021, in Lehi, Utah. Jerry was born on June 15, 1929 in Manassa, Colo., to Harran Hall and Mary Manning Haynie. He was the third of seven children. He had a happy childhood and grew up with a large extended family unit. He remained close with his siblings throughout his life. ... more

Billy J. Marques

Lifetime Center resident Billy “Balls” J. Marques, 64, died April 4, 2021 at the River Valley Inn nursing home in Del Norte.... more

Billie Jean Gaultney Walker

Billie Walker, 96, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021, at Montage Creek Senior Living in Montrose, Colo.... more

John D. Baker

John Baker completed this final chapter of his earthly life early Monday morning, March 22, 2021, of complications of Parkinson’s Disease at Aspyre Rock Creek in Fort Collins where he had been a resident since mid-November. It is a blessing that he no longer is suffering from the symptoms of Parkinsons. We believe he is at peace and has transitioned to a room in God’s heavenly mansion.... more

Marty D. Heimsoth

Longtime San Luis Valley resident Marty D. Heimsoth, 75, died March 24, 2021, at the Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo.... more

Elsie Maxine Ward

Elsie Maxine (Zanetell) Ward, 90, a long-time Monte Vista resident, passed away peacefully at the River Valley Inn, on Feb. 17, 2021, three weeks after a debilitating stroke. Born to Henry and Elsie Zanetell, in Aguilar, Colo., Maxine was the fourth of five children.... more

Franklin Bruce Bassett

Franklin Bruce Bassett, 85, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on Dec. 17, 1935 in Tampa, Fla., to Franklin Oak Bassett and Alliene Tuggle Bassett.... more

Chester Van Kimberling

Chester Van Kimberling, 80, of Monte Vista, Colorado passed away on March 10, 2021 at the Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte, Colorado. He and his twin brother were born in Kilgore, Texas on April 6, 1940 to Chester and Rosabella Kirch Kimberling. ... more

 

Robert Forrest Crow

Robert Forrest Crow, Communications Pioneer in San Luis Valley, Colorado was born February 20, 1934 in Del Norte, Colorado and passed away February 28, 2021 at the age of 87 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.... more

 

Berdena Elaine Clark

Berdena Elaine Clark was born on October 16, 1928 in Grinnell, Iowa to Edward and Minnie Lincol... more

Ryan Mark Stuebs

Beloved Son, Father, Brother, Spouse, Uncle, and friend, Ryan Mark Stuebs, “Nibbs," age 44, died by his own hand tragically, early the morning of March 1, 2021.... more

Larry Kent Benns

LOWRY — A quiet and unassuming man with countless talents and abilities, who only recently moved to South Dakota, left this life March 1 and will be sorely missed and cherished always by his loving wife and four children.... more

Rebecca Kay Aultman

San Luis Valley resident Rebecca Kay Aultman, 66, died March 6, 2021 at the Conejos County Hospital in La Jara.... more

Glenda Ann Johnson

Glenda Ann (nee Price) Johnson, of Cedar Hill, Mo., was born July 22, 1952 in Leadville to Idos and Sally (nee Ray) Price and entered into rest Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 at her residence at the age of 68 years 6 months and 24 days.... more

David G. Colville

Lifetime Colorado resident and rancher, David G. Colville, 86, of Del Norte, passed away at home surrounded by family on Feb. 12, 2021.... more

Galen Ray Harrison

Galen Ray Harrison, 76, of Center, passed away from COVID-19 Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs.... more

Eutimio “Tim” Joseph Atencio

Eutimio “Tim” Joseph Atencio, of Richland, Wash., beloved husband, father, Grandpa, brother, and uncle, passed away peacefully at the age of 72 on Feb. 19, 2021, with family by his side.... more

Donna Marie Stoeber

Lifelong San Luis Valley resident Donna Marie Stoeber, 86, died Feb. 15, 2021, at the River Valley Inn Nursing Home in Del Norte.... more

 

Michael J. Fuchs April 5, 1949 – Jan. 30, 2021

Michael Joseph Fuchs, the fourth son of Hugh and Margaret Fuchs, passed away Jan. 30, 2021, at Rio Grande Hospital.... more

Dorothy Ann Cochran

Dorothy Ann Cochran, 87, formerly of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away on Feb. 3, 2021, in Colorado Springs of natural causes after a three-year degenerative illness.... more

Max Jay Capron

Our beloved Max Jay Capron passed away on Dec. 21, 2020 in Del Norte, Colo.... more

Patricia Louise Smedly

Patricia died Jan. 5, 2021, in Grand Junction, Colo.... more

Sherrill E. Mix, 82

Sherrill left this world due to complications of Parkinson’s Lewy Body Dementia on Jan. 7, 2021 at the Rio Grande Hospital... more

Elizabeth “Betty” June Nash

Elizabeth “Betty” June Nash passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2021, attended by her loving daughter and dedicated cats.... more

Kirk Ray Thompson, 52

Kirk Ray Thompson passed away on Jan. 2, 2021 at his home surrounded by family after a courageous fight with cancer.... more

Ernesto “Ricardo” Velasquez, 48

Ernesto “Ricardo” Velasquez was born on Oct. 15, 1972, in Del Norte to Richard and Cora Velasquez. He passed away on Dec. 25, 2020.... more

Robert (Bobby) Blea, 71

Robert (Bobby) Blea of Grand Lake, Colorado went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Nov. 27, 2020. He will remain forever in our hearts.... more