Arnold E. Lieske


Arnold E. Lieske, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Ripon, Wisc., on April 26, 2001.

Arnold was born May 15, 1911, at Princeton, Wisc., the son of Henry and Elsie (Woeblke) Lieske. Arnold grew up in Princeton and Ripon; he worked at the foundry in Milwaukee, Wisc., making castings for engine blocks and various things made out of cast iron during the depression. He married Helen Eggleston on April 27, 1932, in Ripon. Helen and Arnold farmed various farms around Ripon before moving to Mesa, Ariz., in 1947. They went into the custom combining business following the wheat harvest, which took them into Eastern Colorado in 1948. In the fall of 1948 they purchased a ranch raising cattle and grain in Steamboat Springs area. In 1960, they moved to Denver where he became a carpenter, building homes. A few years later he worked as a truck driver driving cement trucks. In 1974 they moved back to Ripon.

Arnold had always had an interest in honeybees and enjoyed raising them and extracting the honey. He also enjoyed playing the stock market and was very successful at it. He always had a wonderful garden and took great pride in it right up to the last few hours of his life. Arnold loved a challenge and he faced many in his 89 years.

He is survived by son, Arnold (Mary Ann) Lieslce Jr. of Steamboat Springs; daughter, Marie Philman of Denver; brother, Robert Lieske of Ripon; sisters, Frieda Hartwig of Ripon, Anita Bloch of Ripon and Violet Bushweiler of Neshkoro, Wisc.; grandchildren, Delmar, Susan, Donny, Shane, David, Glenn, Willy, Jimmy, Connie, Joey, Danny, Tony, Jerry and John; step-grandchildren, Martin, Andrea, Becky and Kristine and great grandchildren, Michael, Betty Sue, Jeremy, Debbie, Daniel, Donna, Sharon, Amy, Valerie, Vicki, Clyatt, Marie, Alyssa, Ron, Heather, Doug, Eric, Tina, Mary, Connie, Brenda, James, Anthony, Jessica, Jerry, Taylor, Blake, Michael, Kristine, Nick and Katie; step great grandchildren, Amanda, Jennifer, Amber, Austin, Shaila, Meriah, Alissa, Kassie, Kandyce and Peter; and great-great grandchildren, Dakota, Courtney, Brieann, Gage and Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his wife in December 1994; sister, Loretta; and infant brother, Arthur.

Funeral services were Monday, April 30, 2001, at Our Saviour's United Church of Christ in Ripon. Burial was at Loper Cemetery in Ripon.

Ruby Opal Giddens

1909 - 2001

Ruby Opal Giddens of Craig died May 24, 2001, at Valley View Manor in Craig. She was 91.

On July 11, 1909, in Chester, Neb., she was born the daughter of Harry and Bertha Baker. She married George Gray May 25, 1926, later divorced. She then married Roy J. Giddens on Dec. 4, 1932. He died in 1970. She came to Craig in 1980 to care for her sister, Edna, and stayed for three years. She returned to Kansas and then came back to Craig in 1990. She enjoyed sewing and knitting. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Nebraska and Craig.

She is survived by her grandson, Roy T. Bridges of Snyder, Texas.

Giddens was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and sisters and a daughter, Doris Evelyn Gray.

Shirley Edith Dell

1934 - 2001

Shirley Edith Dell of Craig died May 19, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

On Sept. 23, 1934, in Bennett, she was born the daughter of Teddy and Dorothy (Lamb) Munsell. She grew up and attended school in Truth or Consequences, N.M., graduating from Hot Springs High School in 1952.

On Feb. 6, 1956, she married Oscar Dell. They were later divorced. She had been a resident of Craig since about 1960. She worked for Tat Security and later Trapper Mine as a security guard. She volunteered for the local food bank and the Vizabilities group. Dell had recently became a member of the Lutheran Church of Grace.

Dell is survived by sons, Victor A. Dell and companion, Kate Ford, of Craig and Jesse A. Dell of Craig; brothers, Howard Munsell of Custer, S.D., Earl Munsell of Hasty and Don Munsell of Elizabeth.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Tina Dell.

Services were held May 24, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Grant Mortuary Chapel officiated by Rev. Elizabeth Purdum. Organist was Anne Carr with soloist, Joyce Miller. Selections were "Amazing Grace" and " On The Wings Of A Dove."

Honorary pallbearers were Claudine Talkington, James Womack, Cleo Munsell, Charlene White, Stacia Womack, Beth Offutt and Annie McMinn.

Interment was at the Craig Cemetery.

Virginia May Ditges

l930 - 2001

Virginia May Ditges died May 10 at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 70.

On June 27, 1930, near Meade, Kan., Virginia May (Lampe) Ditges was born to Bernard Lampe and Catherine (Kuhl) Lampe.

The family later moved to West Plains, Mo., where she attended school and later attended a Catholic School in St. Louis, Mo. The family later moved back to Meade then to Dodge City, Kan., where she met William (Bill) Ditges. They were married on Feb. 1, 1951 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dodge City. with Rev. Monsignor Grillner officiating. Five children were born to this union.

Ditges was employed with J.C. Penny's for some time and as a cook at the Breeze Elementary School. She later was employed at The Memorial Hospital as a cook and later as Dietary Supervisor. She worked for the hospital for 26 years until her health forced her to retire.

Ditges and her husband owned and operated the Whispering Pine Lodge located on Slater Creek. They sold in 1994 and retired after operating the lodge for 18 years.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Michael W. Ditges of Lemon Grove, Calif., Kenneth W. Ditges of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Bill Ditges, Jr. of Grand Junction; daughters, Katherine M. Baer of Dubois, Wyo., Denise M. Woolsey of Fresno, Calif.; brother, John Lampe of Topeka, Kan.; sisters, Gertrude Eggers of St. Ann, Mo., Bernice Robinson of San Diego, Calif., and Agnes Gillam of Craig. She is survived by 12 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bernard Lampe of Capitola, Calif.; sisters, Alvina Lampe of Meade, Kan., Marie Fussner of St. Louis, Kate LeCompte of St. Louis, and Bertha Wurderman of Meade, Kan.

Her body was donated to science in accord with her wishes. Cremation will follow and burial will be pending at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery near Kinsley, Kan. Burkhart Funeral Parlor in Dodge City is handling the arrangements.

Her husband and family wish to thank all her friends for their prayers and cards that were received also all the food was greatly appreciated.

A memorial service was held at St. Michael's Catholic Church at 1 p.m. with a rosary at 12:30 p.m.

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