Obituaries

Jake Satterwhite

Funeral services for Jake Satterwhite were held at 10:30 a.m. today at Faith Lutheran Church.

Earl Ervin Short

1917 - 2001

Earl Ervin Short of Craig died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 84.

On Feb. 12, 1917, in Craig (Big Springs) he was born the son of Edwin and Gusta (Larson) Short. He grew up on the family homestead on the North Fork of Big Gulch. He attended a one-room school located on the North Fork.

He liked to hunt, fish, camp and fix anything that needed fixing. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was shipped to Hawaii to help in the repair of the Japanese bombing damages. He was an army carpenter. Later he served in the Canton Islands.

On July 9, 1948, in Laramie, Wyo., Short married Ella C. Fedinec.

He worked several years for the Eversharp Pen Company in Denver, a sawmill in California for the Civilian Conversation Corps constructing the Green Mountain Dam, operated a trucking business in Craig, and built and operated the Chevron gas station in Craig. He spent several years working for the Atomic Energy Commission as an explosive expert and powderman developing uranium claims near Grand Junction, Holbrook Ariz., Mineral Canyon, Utah, Dead Horse Point (near Moab) and Timble Mountain, Utah.

For 13 years, Short worked as an uranium ore sampler at processing plants in Grand Junction. He spent several years as a warehouseman during the construction of the Ruedi Dam and reservoir on the Frying Pan river above Basalt. He also worked on the water diversion tunnels above the dam and did all maintenance and janitorial work on the BLM buildings at Meredity.

Upon the completion of the dam, Short managed the Lazy Glen Mobile Home Park between Basalt and Aspen. He finished his working career as a warehouseman during the construction of Unit 2 at the Hayden Power Plant.

He was a long-time member of Colorado Brotherhood of Teamster's Local 13 Union. He was a former member of the VFW. He retired in Craig in the late 1970s.

Short is survived by his wife; daughters, Fay (Steve) Hafey of Craig, Pam (David) Roof of Grand Junction and May (Richard) Olson of Clifton; son, Jerry (Kathy) Short of Grand Junction; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and five sisters.

Memorial services were held Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at Craig Cemetery officiated by William Peterson.

Joseph John Schneider

1907 - 2001

Joseph John Schneider of Dixon Wyo., died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center. He was 93.

Schneider was born Nov. 21, 1907, in Downer, a town near Boulder. He grew up in the Boulder and Marshall area until his family moved to Morapos Creek in Northwest Colorado in 1916. He attended country school on Morapos and worked at various ranches in the area.

On Oct. 20, 1934, in Craig, he married Bessie Lee Mann.

He was employed by the Texas Company and lived at Tow Creek, Hamilton, Iles and Rangely. He retired from the Texas Company in 1950.

He lived in Baggs, Wyo., from 1953 to 1956. Schneider and his wife have been residents of Dixon since 1972.

He was an avid reader and was always taking courses to further his knowledge and education. He received his GED when he was nearing retirement age. He enjoyed playing cribbage, crocheting, knitting and could fix anything. He was a mechanic, carpenter and electrician.

Schneider is survived by his wife; daughters, Anita Shepard of Baggs, Barbara Ann Harris of Orem, Utah, and Bessie Jo (Beryl) Rienks of Hayden; sister, Margaret Jordan of Oregon; sister-in-law, Marie Schneider of Craig; 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elizabeth Osborn; brother, Charles (Dutch) Schneider; grandchildren, Kenneth S. Rienks, and Alan Shepard; great-grandson, Garrett Gunderson, and sons-in-law, Tom Shepard and Kenneth Harris.

Services were held Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, at Little Snake River School in Baggs with Paul Prestrud officiating. Accompanist was Connie Spicer, opening hymn was "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Jake Fleming, opening prayer was by Bret Hancock and musical number, "Home On The Range", was by Carson Shepard. A tribute to granddad was made by the grandchildren, closing hymn, "Till We Meet Again", was by Jake Fleming and the closing prayer was led by James Phillips.

Pallbearers were Rick Rienks, Carson Shepard, Scott Rienks, Craig Shepard, John Shepard and Ed Gunderson.

Honorary pallbearers were Bret Hancock, Brad Hall, James Phillips and Kip Christen.

Burial was at the Craig Cemetery with dedication of the grave by Bret Hancock.

Memorial contributions may be made to Noyes Clinic or Dixon Senior Center in care of Grant Mortuary.

Aloysius (Al) Joseph Schumacher

1908-2001

Aloysius Joseph Schumacher of Craig died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at Valley View Manor in Craig. He was 93.

On Jan. 19, 1908, in Potosi, Wisc., he was born the son of George and Anna (Ames) Schumacher. He moved to Wild Horse with his family when he was 13 years old. He married Murle Thompson in Wild Horse in the early 40s.

The couple moved to Hayden and he was an implement dealer for Minneapolis-Moline Farm and Ranch Equipment Company. He and his wife moved to Canon City in their later years and lived there until her death. Schumacher moved back to Craig where he has lived since.

He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing pinochle.

He is survived by his son, Norman Schumacher and sister, Sister Mary Ignatius of Ventura, Calif.

A prayer service was held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Aug. 8. 2001, at St. Michael's Catholic Church officiated by Fr. Roger Lascelle. Pianist was Gail Petch and organist was Celeste Sanchez.

Pallbearers were Andy Duzik, Walt Cisar, Jerry Teter, Dennis Sanchez, Ralph Rutherford, Chuck Sis and Alfonso Garces.

Interment was held Aug. 10, 2001, at Wild Horse Cemetery with Fr. Tom Kloppenborg, C.M., officiating.

Hila Parker

1915 - 2001

Hila Parker of Fruita, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at Family Health West Hospital in Fruita. She was 86.

Hila Parker was born June 7, 1915, the daughter of William Mullen and Nettie Havilland Mullen in Creamridge, N.J. She spent her childhood and attended schools in Creamridge and Clarksburg, N.J.

On Oct. 9, 1931, in N.J. she married Charles Parker. They celebrated 64 years of marriage before his death in Silt in 1995.

Parker moved to Craig in 1974 and to Silt in 1989. In May of this year, she moved to Fruita.

She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Garfield County in Silt. She liked to play cards, walk and read.

Parker is survived by sons, Charles (Marlene) Parker of Gold Canyon, Ariz., John (Marian) Parker of Garland, Texas and Gerald (Gloria) Parker of Silt; daughter, Jean (Dale) Payne of Fruita; brothers, Norman Mullen and Lloyd (Kay) Mullen, both of Foley, Ala., and Gerard (Alice) Mullen of New Egypt, N.J.; sisters, Kathryn South and Leona (Calvin) Winkle, both of Foley; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, brother, Clifford Mullen and two grandsons.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at the First Baptist Church of Garfield County in Silt with Pastor James Legg officiating.

Contributions may be made in her memory to either the First Baptist Church of Garfield County, 632 Grand, Silt, CO 81652 or to Family Health West Hospital, 228 North Cherry, Fruita, CO 81521.

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