Clayton E. Ages: 1928-2005

Clayton E. Ages died Jan. 21, 2005, while on a shopping trip in Steamboat Springs. He was 76.

Clayton E. Ages was born May 31, 1928, in Bonanza, to John Henry and Grace (Wise) Ages.

Ages grew up in the Meeker area where he started working at a very young age as a sheepherder for Bill Jensen and a ranch hand on the Fred Winslet Ranch. He married Dorothy M. Wheeler on May 22, 1950, in Grand Junction, and to this union, three children were born. They lived in Meeker and Ages worked as an operator for the County Road Department until 1954, at which time they moved to Naturita where he worked in the uranium mines. They later moved to Bloomington, Minn., where he worked for a foundry and lived there for 19 years. He retired and moved back to Meeker, living there and moving to Craig in 1991. Ages enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, four-wheeling, working with leather and doing mechanic work.

Ages is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Ages, of Craig; daughters Bonnie Kerns of Bloomington and Debra Ages of Craig; son, Monty Ages, of Craig; grandchildren Manyon (Lacretia) Ages, Jonathon and Ryan; great-grandchildren Ashley, Amanda, and Devon Ray; brother, John (Doris) Ages, of Craig; niece, Ginger Brunson, of California and her daughter, Kim, and her husband, Mark, of Grand Junction; nephew, Mark Ages and family, of Craig; and brother-in-law, Robert Warren of Leadville.

Ages was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Eileen Warren; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Levi and Tillie Jane Wheeler.

Services were Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at Grant Mortuary, with David Carrick officiating.

Selections were, "Precious Memories," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Grandpa (Tell me 'Bout the Good Old Days)," and "Daddy's Hands."

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