Obituary: William 'Bill' C. Lockhart

William "Bill" C. Lockhart died Dec. 21, 2006, at Family Healthy West in Fruita. He was 82 years old.

Bill was born May 18, 1924, to Robert Louis and Lena A. (Reese) Lockhart in Kimberly, Idaho.

Bill spent his childhood in Jenks, Okla., and graduated from Jenks High School. In 1942, he spotted a young woman skating at the local roller skating rink. At that moment, he knew he would marry her. He did marry the love of his life, Marcheta Lawson, on Oct. 28, 1942, in Tulsa, Okla.

He worked at John Zink Engine Company in Tulsa. Their daughter, Linda, was born in 1943.

Bill became a pilot during WWII and earned rank as Lieutenant. His second daughter, Nancy, was born in 1946.

Bill attended Long Beach City College in Long Beach, Calif., graduating with a business degree. In 1954, his third daughter, Billie, was born.

In 1955, he purchased a furniture store in Craig, which became the family business, Craig Furniture. He was in the furniture business in Northwest Colorado for 40 years.

Part of Bill's other career was spent in the Christian Ministry. Bill enjoyed studying, teaching and preaching the Bible, and working with his wife, Marcheta.

He shared his knowledge with many people throughout the years and gave bibles to anyone who wanted one. He was a member of the Orchard Mesa Christian Church in Grand Junction.

Bill liked flying his Piper Cherokee airplane, fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends in the mountains around Hahn's Peak.

He and Marcheta also experienced traveling to many countries during their 64-year marriage.

Bill is survived by his wife Marcheta, of Grand Junction; step-father, Herb Blagg, of Morriston, Fla.; children, Linda Lockhart, of Grand Junction, Nancy (Jim) Grecian, of Tehachapi, Calif., and Billie Lockhart-Luckett (Cris, deceased), of Grand Junction.

He also is survived by seven grandchildren, Kurt (Terry) Laubhan, Laura Laubhan, Luke Luckett, Jordan Luckett, Jennifer Hicks, Jamie Taylor and Julie Banigan; 10 great-grandchildren, David and Dale Laubhan, Stefanie and Dustin Hicks, Ramsey, Tristan, Keegan and Jaiden Taylor, and Emily and Nikki Banigan; brother, Michael Blagg; and nephews and nieces, Diana Jones, Dawn Ikeman, Justin Blagg and Stephen, Timothy and Mark Scarbeary.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lena; father, Robert F. Lockhart; step-mother, Bea Blagg; sister, Francis (Earl) Scarbeary; brother, Robert K. Lockhart and nephew Herb Lockhart.

A viewing was held Dec. 29, 2006, at Martin Mortuary in Grand Junction. Funeral services took place Dec. 30 at Memorial Gardens in Grand Junction.

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