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Lynn A. Barber died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at his home in Vernal, Utah. He was born in Hayden to Ole and Jean Templeton Barber. He graduated from Moffat County High School, married Linda Brown Barber, and moved to Vernal in 1991. Lynn was retired from the Bureau of Land Management as a heavy equipment operator after 19 years. He served in the Air Force for four years during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1972. Lynn loved the outdoors, hunting, and enjoying nature. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will surely be missed. Lynn is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters Kassandra (Yancy Sharp) Barber and Casey (Jon) Pohl; sister Inafaye Mack; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Roy Barber. Memorial services for Lynn will take place Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Maeser Third Ward Latter-day Saints Chapel with visitation one hour before services at the chapel. Services are under the direction of the Vernal Blackburn Mortuary.
This is my grandma, Rosa (aka Rose) Oclires Blea (married Escobar). She graduated from Moffat County High School on May 25th, 1965.
Rose had 4 children, James Gustus, Christina Gustus, Julia Gustus (married Tweedy), and my mother Kimberly Estrada (married Edwards).
My grandmother grew up in Colorado, and later moved to Pennsylvania for a short time. Later she moved to Bakersfield, CA, (around 1970) where she had a lot of family and where she stayed. She has 5 grandchildren (John and Jennifer from Julia, Jeffery from Christina, and Samantha and Matthew from Kimberly), and now a growing number of great grandchildren.
She was funny and silly, and always laughing. Rose spent a lot of time with me as I (Samantha) grew up, and was a second mother to me.
Rose never took things too seriously, and she was really patient and a giving person. She helped even when she didn't have a lot to give.
Her favorite color was green, and she couldn't spit, it would just fall down her chin when she tried haha. And she was always joking with people. Her favorite animal was swans, and she collected swan sculptures all the time... She played the drums at school. She was a huge fan of Rod Stewart! She was a great artist, and also made beautiful flower arrangements and decorations. She was 5' 3" with dark brown hair and honey brown eyes. She was pretty popular at school and always had the boys chasing after her! :) Haha
She was bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. She was the third youngest of many children (maybe 15 children?).
She brought a very large family together, and often hosted meals for her very large family during Thanksgiving and Christmas. They came from very far and wide to come together again at her home. I remember always helping her peel potatoes haha, and I loved helping her make a mountain of fresh pumpkin pies for our family every year.
Rose was born October 13, 1946. And she went to be with God July 18, 2003. She was 56 years old.
She suffered complications from type 1 diabetes, leading to kidney and liver failure... ultimately taking her too soon.
She was a bright light in my little world, and I'll always remember her fondly. Now she is a little bright star shining in the heavens, where I'll always have her.
Thank you for always taking care of everyone, and of me.... I'll always love you and miss you. You were the best grandma I could have ever wanted.
~ Samantha Marie Edwards
William H. (Bill) Brewer was born April 28, 1947, in Vancouver, Wash., to William G. and Dorothy Padgett Brewer. Bill passed away Feb. 20, 2013, in Layton, Utah. Services were held Feb. 23, 2013. Bill’s younger years were spent in Vancouver, Wash., and Canon Beach and Seaside, Ore. He loved the coast. Bill moved to Craig in 1964 and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1965. He returned to Washington and married Beverly Thomas in June 1967. To this union, son William Todd Brewer was born. After his marriage to Beverly, Bill married Ellen Vanderveen. The couple had two children, William Chad and Kelsey Dawn. For the past 17 years Bill has shared his life with Margaret Arnold in Layton, Utah. Margie was the love of his life and encouraged him through failing health and the loss of his leg from diabetes in 2009. Bill was ambitious and able to accomplish anything he set his mind to. He was an excellent welder and enjoyed creating ornamental iron railings and trailers. For a time, he owned Iron Decor in Craig. Bill spent several years working alongside his dad, logging in the mountains of Colorado. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver and was part owner in Brewer & Sons Trucking, hauling oil out of Nevada and Utah with his dad and his brother, Greg. Bill also worked as a mechanic, tree trimmer and carpenter. He helped build a cabin at Wilderness Ranch and a home in Vancouver. One of his greatest accomplishments was helping to design and having the exclusive manufacturing rights for the Woodland Stove. He spent many years in this endeavor. He built a beautiful stone fireplace at Cedar Golf Course, also in Vancouver. Bill loved fast cars, boats, sandrails and motorcycles. He owned many cars, including classics. A black ’67 Corvette was among his favorites. He also had a collection of hundreds of Hot Wheels toy cars. He enjoyed camping, boating, skiing, sandrailing, watching NASCAR and Indy 500 races, which he had attended in person. He liked Western movies, car shows, barbecuing, hunting and spending time outdoors. Bill looked forward to spending time with family, friends, and especially his grandchildren. He realized his dream to attend the Sturgis motorcycle rally in 2011 with his brother, Greg. He made sure to get a hat to prove it. It would be the last such trip he was able to take, and he treasured the memories. Family describes Bill as ambitious, creative, passionate, meticulous, stubborn, handsome, loving, funny, caring, tenderhearted and, again, stubborn — a Brewer trait! Bill was preceded in death by his father, Bill; his mother, Dorothy; and his grandbaby, Shelby Fritz. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his sweetheart, Margaret; sons Todd (Cherl) and Chad (Melissa), and daughter Kelsey Brewer-Rick, all of Vancouver, Wash.; stepmother Jerry Brewer, of Craig; sisters Vickie (E.J.) McCarry, of Vancouver, Wash., Marilyn Hatzke, of Spokane, Wash., Cheryle (Leonard) Browning, Pat Doeden and Sherry (James) Marren, all of Craig, and Dana (Dale) Archuleta, of Sheridan, Wyo.; brothers Greg Brewer, of Craig, Jay Vallingham, Brian Vallingham and Mark Ryan, of Washington; and Margaret’s children Shawna (Chris) Fritz and Tammy (John) Smithfield, of Utah. Between Bill and Margaret, they adored 12 grandchildren, one great-grandson and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. The family loves Bill and he will be sadly missed by all.
Jan. 28, 1996
SALLY SUE (Robacker) CONTI: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Rocky Mountain News (CO) - Wednesday, February 7, 1996
Deceased Name: SALLY R. CONTI
SALLY R. CONTI, 48, of Golden died Jan. 28. Services were Jan. 31, with burial at Grand Lake Cemetery. Mrs. Conti was born in Craig on April 24, 1947. She married Richard Conti, 1971. She retired from the Jefferson County schools. Survivors include her husband; parents Earl and Ellen Robacker, both of Lakewood; brother Ronald Robacker of Golden.
Copyright (c) 1996 Rocky Mountain News
You were always there for me and I wasn’t for you. I’m sorry, sorry for a lot of things but I will always remember us and you will always have a special place in my heart.
From larry phillipps on October 21st, 2014
I just learned through this cite that Sally passed away. We dated and were best friends when we both attended World Campus Afloat in 1968-69. We obviously lost touch, but I would like to know how and when she died. She was a great person both inside and out.
David Homer Dean was born May 18, 1947 to Homer T. Dean and Jean Bates Dean in Cody, Wyoming. He passed away Thursday, April 29, 2010, at the age of 62. Dave was raised in the oil field camps in Toe-Creek and Hamilton Colorado, schooled in a 2 room country School through the 4th grade. The family moved to Craig, Colorado at the start of the 5th grade. In high school, he played football and wrestling. He was also the Homecoming King and the Prom King. After school, he worked at the standard station in Craig. While working at the Standard Station, he won the Outstanding Station Attendant Award for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Dave eventually moved to Southern California where he met his first wife "Tootie" (Hilda Hasel) on a blind date. They went bowling, played miniature golf and pool, and she beat him at all of them. He asked her out again to prove he wasn't a klutz. Dave fell very much in love with her and they married a year later. She had 2 young children; Mark and Vicki whom he adopted and loved very much. In 1970, they moved back to Craig, Colorado where he taught his children about wildlife, fishing and camping. Dave did many odd jobs as steady work was hard to find. He drove trucks in the oil fields, was a carpenter and worked for a cement company. Dave went to work for the city of Craig as a Building Inspector in 1974. That same year, his son AJ was born. Dave belonged to many organizations. He was the Fire Chief at the Volunteer Fire Department, head of the ambulance, on the Sheriff's Posse and was in the Police Reserve. He started the 4th of July Fireworks Committee, organized the first Mud Run and the spook house at the fire department and Visalia Elks Lodge #1298. Dave is listed in the 1982 Book of Outstanding Young Men of America. In 1986 Dave, Tootie and AJ moved to California and he went to work for Mammoth Lakes as a Building Inspector. He left there and went to work as a Plans Checker for the County of Tulare, eventually becoming the Chief Building Official for Tulare County. His wife Tootie had cancer and passed away in February 1990. A couple of years later, he met Suzanne (Sue), his current wife and they have enjoyed 18 wonderful years together. Her two sons Jason and Brandon also became very close to Dave. Dave is survived by his wife Suzanne, brothers: Ted and wife Elaine, Steve and his wife Suzi, Bob and his wife Kendra, Sister; Inez Hughes, Jeanie (Dennis) Temple. His children Mark Dean, AJ (Rico) Dean, Vicki (John) Haddan, Jason Ferguson and Brandon (Kim) Ferguson. His grandchildren; Zachary Haddan, Justin Haddan, Colby Haddan, Taylor Dean, Sinjin Dean, Logan Dean, Nikki Dean, Ty Dean, Regan Ferguson and Michaela Ferguson. He is also survived by his constant buddies, Tank and Tillie, his beloved Parti Cockers. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations be sent to the Visalia First Assembly Church Building Fund or to the Visalia SPCA. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Celebration of Life Service Friday, May 7, 2010, 10:00 AM at Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel. Private burial.
I'll miss David a lot. He always had a smile and/or a good joke when we were in school. He was a really good guy.
From Jim Gardner on June 30th, 2010
Dave befriended me when I was the new guy from California in Junior High. He was a true friend during and after high school. He once offered me the money for joining the union to be able to work in the oil fields when I had fallen on bad times. I hate that I lost contact with him many years ago, and that he is now gone. Dave could make you laugh a real belly laugh and bring tears to your eyes with his thoughtfulness and compassion. Bye Dave
From Carol Allen on July 12th, 2010
David Dean-An Obvious Gentleman! I hate reading his name in our "Memorial" section! David was a powerhouse of a man. He shall be missed at our reunion. He somehow managed to be friends with everyone and that was a great deal of his charm. I notice two wives mentioned in his obituary. No doubt-they were both fortunate women! Our numbers will continue to dwindle but his passing will probably affect us all! God bless and may he rest in peace.
Dugan Douglas passed away in Tuscan, Arizona on Oct. 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM. Dugan and his wife Mary Ann had just moved to Tuscan from Midland, Texas to be close to their daughter and grand children. They bought a condo and Dugan spent one night in the condo and said he couldn't breathe so they took him to the hospital and he never left the hospital. Dugan was cremated and the family will be having a memorial service in Tucson on November 17th. The service will be held at East Lawn Palm Mortuary @ 2:00 p.m. and then again in Midland, Texas on November 24th.
Donald Gene "Dugan" Douglas aged 66 passed away in Tucson Arizona on October 23, 2012, due to complications from Lymphoma. Born July 24, 1946 in Craig, Colorado to O. Dick Douglas and Betty Ann Douglas. He was the oldest of four children including, Connie (Douglas) Carberry, Vickie (Douglas) Thornton and Ronald Dean Douglas. He attended schools in Craig, graduating from Craig High School in 1964. He lettered in several sports. As a member of Boy Scouts he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Junior College in Rangely Colorado. Dugan was drafted into the Marine Corps and served in Viet Nam. Dugan began work in the "Oil Patch" at age 15 in Northwestern Colorado. His career spanned 41 years with stops in Grand Junction, Co., Rock Springs, Wyo., Abu Dhabi, Carlsbad, NM., ending up in Midland Tx. where he lived for 28 years before moving in September to Tucson to be closer to family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and gave haircuts to "long hairs". There were many "Dugan Stories" told over the years (most of which were true). He was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, National Rifle Association and the American Legion. He was married on May 25, 1980 in Eckert Colorado to Mary Ann Bruhn Armstrong. He is survived by his loving (very loved) wife of 32 years Mary Ann. He is survived by two daughters Tawna Kay and Brandi Dee, his stepchildren, Michael Armstrong and Shawn (Armstrong) Edgar, grandson, Malcolm Edgar, sister, Connie Carberry and brother, Ronald Douglas. A celebration of Dugan's life will be held on Saturday, November 24th at 1:30 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 N. Garfield in Midland. There will be a reception immediately following the service at the Church.
Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on November 18, 2012
Mary, I really miss you, wish you could be here to go to the class reunion this year. Who am I going to ask about "do you remember ...."...You were always so good at that sort of thing..
Your ole Cuz,
From Larry Jackson on August 9th, 2010
Mary, you are deeply missed. I will continue to not only claim you as a close classmate but my sister as well. When I get to the reunion this week, I will give Shirley two hugs, one from me and one from you.
From Vicki Douglas-Thornton on August 9th, 2010
Mary I will miss all the email jokes that we shared over the years. I'm saddend that we never got to meet again after the 70's. You were a very special friend to me. I was shocked to learn of your passing as we had just send emails the day before to each other. May you rest with the angels and be at peace. We all will miss you..!
Harley Howard Henderson February 13, 1947 – September 7, 2013 Harley Henderson passed away September 7, 2013, at his Parachute home with his loving family by his side, he was 66. Harley was born on February 13, 1947, to Howard and Agnes Henderson in Hayden, Colorado. He was a loving husband, father and friend who will be missed by all who loved him. Harley leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Nancy Henderson; a son, Harley Alan (Connie) Henderson; two daughters, Dawn Henderson (Billy Fitzsimmons), and Diann (Ted) March, and adopted daughter, Sarah (Geno) Clark; grandchildren, Harley Alan Jr., Dillon, Kathy Stallings and her fiancé, Brandon Berner, William Fitzsimmons, Breann Summer, and Regina Marie, and great-grandchildren, Haven Marie,and DeMarcus Bryan; a sister, Darlene Vieyra; a brother, Gary Henderson, and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Harley was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Moore, and a grandson, Bryan Stallings. Memorial services will be held 10:00 a.m., September 28, 2013, at Grace Bible Church, Battlement Mesa, CO and 11:00 a.m., October 5, 2013, at Loudy-Simpson Park, Craig, Colorado.
Craig never liked to be the center of attention. If he were with us now, he would want us to take the focus off him and put it on us. He would not want us to focus on the sadness of his death, but instead look at the happiness we still have in our lives. He would want us to look at each other and appreciate what we have together and what we hope to make better.
I have much comfort in the good feelings my memories give me about Craig. One of the first memories I have of Craig is being at his sister Barb’s house for the holidays, and I was semi-flirting with his daughter, Andrea who was 13 at the time. He looked at me like I was the enemy. He was always very protective of Andrea, he always seemed to try and keep me away from her. I was always afraid to take Andrea out on a date, because I would have to pick her up and drop her off, and I knew that I would have to answer to him if I wasn’t up to my best behavior.
At the moment Andrea and I had became serious Craig was always such a stand up guy and he required that I ask permission from him to Marry Andrea. He made me promise that I would always to care of Andrea and the kids – he asked me, and I quote “what are your intensions with my daughter” he asked me this when he was laying in a hospital bed from a heart attack in 2004. Of course I was able to give him this promise and from that point forward he and I had a wonderful and respectful father son relationship.
We loved to joke around and laugh all of the time of some of the stories that he had, or making light of situations that others found really serious. Together we would play around with the kids; they would bounce from me to him and back to me until I got tired. He never stopped with them; I would tire out before he did. He loved to bring the kids junk food that Mommy didn’t really approve of, but would always have to give them, since papa brought it for them, and Craig knew it. One great memory that Andrea has is Kylie’s first popsicle from the ice cream truck and sitting on our front porch - Kylie was completely covered with the firecracker popsicle, and papa loved every second of it.
Craig loved to give gifts to everyone. I enjoyed watching him during Christmas and Birthdays and he was so proud of the gifts he had purchased. He loved to make people happy with items that he picked out. As we have started to look through his belongings Andrea and I came to find out that he had many gifts that he had not given out to the kids, us, and other family members. This last week has really reminded us of how much he loved giving. He would always sit on the side or in the back of the room when everyone was tearing through their gifts and would observe and it would make his face light up to see everyone so happy.
Craig was so excited when we bought our first home and he was extremely eager to spend our first Christmas and Thanksgiving there. He just couldn’t wait to be a part of our first home family Christmas and he had the biggest smile on his face the entire time. I am pretty sure he smiled from November 1st through New Years because of the holiday time we shared. Craig was such a great guy that he always put us before him, but I remember I always made sure to call him every Veterans day and tell him thanks - you could hear over the phone how proud that made him to be honored like that.
Craig loved to go to Church with us every Saturday he would be there before us and the entire church, sitting and reading his Bible, we would have dinner after every service and he would never let me pay for it. He found God, along with me and we realized together what Jesus had done for us. We would like to invite everyone to read John 3:16 to learn what Christ had done for us and discover the kind of love that God has for us the way that Craig and I did. For those of you that don’t know the verse I will share it, but please take the time to read it all so you can learn like we did:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What a great feeling this would give Craig and I, and Andrea would teach both of us so much about Jesus whenever one of us had a question we would ask Andrea at the coffee table just before church and learn together.
We recently have been going through several of his possessions and discovered that he kept many things that were obviously very dear to him. With his important documentation – like bills, taxes ect. He had every card that Andrea had given him, and drawings that Kylie colored for him, he had a note that his sister Barb wrote to him framed in a crystal picture frame, and I feel like this reminded him of the love that he was surrounded by.During this time we have gone through several items that remind us of Papa Hill, Dad and Daddy. We have gathered all of our memories with pictures and memorabilia and placed them in a slide show and in the front to display and would like to invite everyone to share these memories with us.I would also like to take this opportunity for anyone to come up and share some of your memories and we can continue this celebration of a great man. Craig we miss you, but we will always have you in our hearts and we will remind our children of how great you were.
Age 62, of Aurora. Beloved father of Andrea S. Hill-Cook and her husband Chad of Littleton. Brother of Barbara Gilman of Parker. Papa of Kylie Su and Nathan Spencer. Uncle of Amy and Steven Gilman. Graveside Services 12:30 PM Friday, March 26, at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area "B" with Full Military Honors followed by Celebration of Life, 2:00 PM, Foothills Bible Church, 6100 So. Devinney Way, Littleton, 80127. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the church in Craig's memory.
Gayle Levingston, of Portland, Ore., and formerly of Craig, died March 19, 2010, of pancreatic cancer in Portland. She was 62. Levingston was born June 8, 1947, the daughter of Henry Allen and Ruth A. Smith. She attended Craig High School. Levingston worked at Kaiser Permanente for 22 years. A memorial service took place April 10, 2010, at Greater Portland Baptist Church. Burial will take place in Craig at a later date. She is survived by her sisters, Lesta Wagner and Lenora Baker, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
Source: Craig Daily Press 4/13/2010
I wish I would have known you were ill, Gayle. I will miss your email jokes and Facebook notes. I'm so sorry you couldn't make it in person to the reunion since you were so excited about it, but we'll raise a glass to you, knowing your spirit will be there with us.
Carl A. Rohnke, a longtime Craig resident, died Aug. 26, 2010, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 77. Carl, one of 15 children, was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Decatur County, Kan., to Karl and Tena (Jelken) Rohnke. He was raised in Norcatur, where he attended school and graduated in 1950 after lettering in many high school sports. He attended the University of Montana for one-and-a-half years before joining the Marine Corps in 1953. He spent most of his service time in Hawaii, and continued to participate in sports. In 1957, upon his discharge, he attended Dodge City Junior College. In the fall of 1957, he enrolled at UNC (Colorado State College) in Greeley on a baseball scholarship, where he participated in the 1958 and 1959 College World Series in Omaha. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1959. Carl married Kathryn Yearous on Dec. 14, 1958, in Fort Morgan. Carl moved to Craig in August 1959, and started his 30-year career with Moffat County Schools. He initiated the first elementary physical education program in the early 1960s. After receiving his master’s in 1964 from UNC, he later became an administrator and was principal at Sunset Elementary School until he retired in 1989. Carl enjoyed town team basketball, fishing, woodworking and golfing. He spent winters at his home in Sun City West, Ariz. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters. Carl is survived by his wife; daughters, Kristin (Steve) Hentschel, of Pagosa Springs, and Karen, of Craig. He has a grandson, Carson Hentschel. Also surviving are his brother, Ben (Deanna), of Greeley, and sisters Tena Wimer, of McCook, Neb., Marie McChesney, of Oberlin, Kan., Lillian Hartford, of Helena, Mont., and Gladys Russ, of East Helena, Mont. He was Uncle Carl to 54 nieces and nephews, and had numerous grandnieces and nephews. He had several cousins. A celebration of Carl’s life took place Aug. 30, 2010, in the arboretum at Sunset Elementary School with the assistance of Grant Mortuary. Carl was an organ donor and he was cremated. A scholarship fund has been set up in his name at the Bank of the West in Craig.
I love this picture of Carl. He almost always had that smile on his face. It's what made him so popular with all the elementary kids he saw thru Sunset Elementary. I still remember many things that he taught us in 8th grade English. We must have been his first teaching job out of college, which I didn't realize at the time. He seemed so old then and he seems so young now! We'll miss your smiling face, Carl. God Bless
CLARENDON — John Herman Shelly, 67, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Robertson Funeral Directors Saints’ Roost Chapel in Clarendon with Daniel Burcham officiating. Burial with Army Honors will be in Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon. Arrangements are by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.
Mr. Shelly was born July 6, 1947, in Haden, Colo., to Charles Elmo and Mary Ellen Shelly. He was active member of Donley County Senior Citizens in Clarendon and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Childress.
Survivors include a son, Douglas Shelly of Artesia, N.M.; a daughter, Kimberly Huchton of Amarillo; four brothers, Willie Shelly, Charles Shelly, Wayne Shelly and Blaine Shelly; four sisters, Shirley Shelly, Charlene Baze, Arlene Boteler and Berta Lou Hayes; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The family suggests memorials be to American Cancer Society, 3915 S. Bell St., Amarillo, TX 79109; or American Diabetes Association.
John was well liked and known as a classmate with
a big heart and comforting smile.
From Linda Gooch on January 23rd, 2015
I was so suprised to find that John was living just 1 hr away after we moved to Childress, TX. I was fortunate to be able to spend time with him on several occasions. He was still the same sweet, funny guy he had always been. The last time we saw John, we had lunch with him at a local cafe, he was on oxygen 24/7, but still optomistic about his life. I will really miss him and think of him every time I drive through Clarendon. RIP my buddy.
Kelvin Stehle was born on May 26, 1947 in Hayden, CO to Ervin and Mary Beth Stehle. He attended country school on the Great Divide and graduated from Moffat County High School.
He married Marsha Hallquist on December 28, 1968 and they made their home in Craig. They had one daughter, Heather.
Professionally, Kelvin worked various jobs over the years including owning
Stehle Electronics and Radio Shack in the 70’s, working at the Memorial Hospital, and retiring from the Moffat County Courthouse. He served on the Craig City Council for one-term and received the award for the most votes.
Kelvin was the kind of guy some would call a character. Ornery, even. He was famous for loving good jokes and telling great stories and felt most at home with a fishing rod in his hand. What he loved to do was a big part of who he was; but how he carried himself is how he will be remembered by so many. He never let anything get him down—his optimistic attitude was such a gift. He led by example and I know if he were here, he would want us to celebrate his life laughing, joking, eating good food from one of his recipes, and throwing back a cold beer. Some of you might remember back in 2015, when he threw a party for sixty friends and relatives just because that’s who he was. And how much he cared about the people in his life.
He is survived by his wife, Marsha, brother Cary (Stacie) Stehle, both of Craig, daughter, Heather (Greg) Tate of Flagstaff, AZ and numerous other relatives and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Mary Beth Stehle; nephew, Jared Stehle.
Jan. 23, 2009
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Obituary from the Craig Daily Press:
Joyce Williams 1947 - 2009
Joyce Williams, a former Craig and Hayden resident, died Jan. 23, 2009, at The Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City after complications to correct a rare malady.
Joyce was born March 1, 1947, in Hayden, the daughter of Joseph and Neata (Stevens) Christensen. Joyce was raised and attended school in Craig.
She married Billy W. Williams on Feb. 21, 1954, in Craig, and they became the parents of three daughters, Valorie, Billie Jo and Joanne.
They made their home in Hayden until moving to Kentucky in 1986.
After her husband's untimely death in a coal mine accident, Joyce moved in 1996 to Vernal, Utah, and resided there until her death.
Joyce was active in her church and her hobbies included embroidery, quilting, and collecting.
She is survived by her daughters Valorie (Dusty) Hanson, of Georgetown, Ky., and Billie Jo Baker, of Vernal, Utah; grandchildren Scott, Travis, Samantha, Logan, Sierra, Bryce, Billy, Zachary, Spencer and Braiden, and her sister, Doris (Bob) Griffin, of Vernal, Utah.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Phyllis Trouth, brothers, Rex, Narven, Ray and Phillip Christensen, husband, Billy, and daughter, Joanne.
A funeral was Jan. 28, 2009, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Craig with Gordon Kitchen conducting.
The family prayer was given by Bob Griffin.
The opening prayer was given by Jane Dunckley, the eulogy by Mary Ann Burgoyne, the speaker was Sylvia Walker and benediction was by Trudy De Veries.
Musical numbers were "O My Father," "I am a Child of God" and "God Be with You Till We Meet Again."
Kim Schnackenberg was the accompanist.
Pallbearers were Scott Andrew Baker, Billy Warren Baker, Travis Hanson, Logan Hanson, Dusty Hanson, Bob Williams and Dutch Williams.
Honorary Pallbearers were Samantha Jo Baker, Sierra Dawn Baker, Spencer Hanson, Braiden Matthew Williams, Bryce Hanson and Zachary Hanson.
Interment followed in the Hayden Cemetery with the Dedication of the Grave by Bob Griffin.