James D. Funk


Hayden resident James D. Funk died Oct. 2, 2003, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 85.

Funk was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Hayden, to James D. and Pearl (Anderson) Funk Sr.

Funk was raised in various places, including Hayden, McCoy, and Steamboat Springs, where he graduated from high school. Following high school, he attended Colorado A&M College for a year and then entered the U.S. Army, where he served for four years.

Funk married Avis C. Hooker on April 5, 1947, in Hayden, and has been a resident of Hayden since that time. He and his wife have lived in their present home since 1957. Funk was a rancher all of his life and was active in various community groups. He served on the Farm Bureau, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy Board, and was instrumental in the organizing of the West Routt Fire Protection District. He served on the Hayden School Board, Routt County Planning Commission, and the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee. He was a member and former commander of the Hayden American Legion Post and the Hayden Congregational Church. He enjoyed fishing and was a wonderful husband and father.

Funk is survived by his wife, Avis Funk, of Hayden; son, David Funk, of Hayden; sisters Joan (John) Bertus, of Wendell, Idaho, and Jean Wirick, of Vallejo, Calif.; brother, Merwin (Elsie) Funk, of Colorado Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funk was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Virginia Laughlin and Miriam Bainer.

Services were Oct. 10, 2003, at Hayden Congregational Church with Janet Babish officiating. The organist was Elaine Deupree with special music by Sand Reed. Selections were "I Sure Miss You" and "Surely The Presence," by Butch McKune.

Honorary pallbearers were all Jim's many friends.

Interment was at Hayden Cemetery with a graveside service by Hayden American Legion Post No. 89.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hayden Congregational Church or Hayden Museum, both in care of Grant Mortuary.

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