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James Driscoll

Funeral services for James Driscoll of Craig will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Craig Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel. Family will receive friends at the church from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Icie Leola Earle


Icie Leola Earle of Craig, died Nov. 14, 2000, at Valley View Manor in Craig. She was 83.

On July 1, 1917, in Durham, Okla., she was born the daughter of Dennis and Georgia (Lewis) Cockrell. She grew up and attended school in Oklahoma.

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On Nov. 2, 1939, in Reydon, Okla., she married Wilton Earle. She and her family moved to Craig 25 years ago.

She is survived by sons, Leon (Rosemary) Earl of Craig, Raymond (Genie) Earle of Craig, Dennis (Glenda) Earle of Tulsa, Okla., and Harold (Loretta) Earle of Craig; nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a twin sister.

Services were held Nov. 18, 2000, at Grant Mortuary Chapel officiated by Bill Peterson. Musical selection was “I’ll Fly Away.”

Pallbearers were Rich King, Clint Earle, Matt Davis, Shane Earle, Larry Kunkle and Scott Bivins.

Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the 4-H Foundation in care of Grant Mortuary.

Sylvia Catherine Wheeler


Sylvia Catherine Wheeler of Craig, died Nov. 10, 2000, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 66.

On Dec. 11, 1933, in Sligo, Pa., she was born the daughter of Robert and Elsie (Hartman) Thompson. She grew up on a farm in Limestone, Pa., and attended Clarion-Limestone schools.

On June 6, 1953, in New Bethlehem, Pa. she married Theodore D. “Ted” Wheeler. They lived in Pennsylvania until moving to Craig in 1974. She was a homemaker and antique dealer. She was a member of the Questers and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Community Budget Center.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Tina (Brion) Reid of Craig; sons, Theodore R. (Barbara) Wheeler of Craig, Tery L. Wheeler and Carol Williams of Huntington Beach, Calif, Timothy R. (Nadine) Wheeler of Craig and Todd A. (Terrianne) Wheeler of Craig; brothers, Robert (Faye) and Richard (Pat) Thompson of New Bethlehem, Pa. and Graydon (Donna) Thompson of Seneca, Pa.; grandchildren, Jason T. Wheeler, Angela L. Reed, Matthew J. Wheeler, Jeannie L. Reid, Kristen R. Reid and Cassidy R. Wheeler and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyan H. and Torin L. Reed.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Ferne Thompson.

Services were held Nov. 14, 2000, at First Congregational Church officiated by Bill Lyon. Organist was Elaine DeuPree. Soloist was Karen Brown. Selections were “The Old Rugged Cross” “Amazing Grace” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”

Pallbearers were: Ted Wheeler, Dean Reed, Todd Wheeler, Terry Wheeler, Brion Reid, Jason Wheeler, and Tim Wheeler.

Honorary pallbearers were: Bob Thompson, Chis Thompson, Brian Thompson, Richard Thompson, Rich Tompson, Jim Leander, Graydon Thompson, Doug Thompson and Matt Wheeler.

Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Crohn’s Foundation in dare of Grant Mortuary.

Gladys E. Kling


Gladys E. Kling of Craig, died Nov. 12, 2000, at the Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 86.

On Aug. 7, 1914, in Gilmanton, Wisc. Her mother died shortly after her birth and she was adopted by the Henry Hanson family. She grew up and attended school in Whitehall, Wisc.

On Nov. 10, 1932, in Winona, Minn., she married Hilbert H. Kling. She lived in Augusta and Black River Falls, Wisc., until moving to Craig to be near her daughter in 1984. She had been making her home with her daughter since suffering a massive stroke in June of 1992. She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and a 50 year member of the Eau Claire Chapter No. 126 order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by daughters, Kathy (Willie) Harkner of Craig, and Sharon Helmkamp of East Troy, Wisc.; sons, Howard (Audrey) Kling of Craig, Gary (Doris) Kling of Peoria, Ill., and Jon Kling of Buffalo, Wyo.; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Kling of St. Cloud, Minn., Myrtle Hess of Spooner, Wisc., Lorraine Korth of Forest City, Iowa, Elaine Carney of Tomah, Wisc., Norma Hanson of Portland, Ore.; 17 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her biological and adoptive parents, sisters, Agnes, Lila, Hazel, Alice, Stella and Mable, and brothers Chester and Clifford.

No services were held at her request.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russel St., Craig, CO 81625.

Robert J. Davis


Robert J. Davis passed away Dec. 5, 2000, in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Bob was born June 26, 1918, in Denver, Colo., to David and Dollie Hangs Davis. Bob grew up on the family ranch near Craig, Colo. He attended Colorado School of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (CSU) where he served as president of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and also a member of the Agricultural Fraternities Beta Beta Beta and Alpha Beta Honorary. He received a bachelor of science degree in Horticulture and Botany. Bob then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for five years stateside, as well as in Korea. In July of 1956, Bob went to work as an auditor for the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) and was transferred to Pueblo in 1957 where he served as county executive director for 27 years. He was active in local politics as a Republican precinct chairman. Bob was a member of South Pueblo Lodge No. 31 AF&AM, Order of Eastern Star Fidelity Chapter No. 144, past patron, Amaranth Laurel Court No. 16, past royal patron, and served on the boards of Rainbow for Girls and DeMolay. He was an active member of First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Mass., “The Mother Church” and the branch First Church of Christ Scientist in Pueblo, Colo., where he served as First and Second reader, chairman of the board and various other committees. He was preceded in death in 1990 by his wife, Mary Margaret Haney Davis, whom he married on Jan. 12, 1947, in Denver, and his brother, Frederick Jack Davis. Mr. Davis is survived by his children, Mary Kathryn (Bruce) McQuarrie, of Tennessee, David Frederick Davis, of Virginia, Joel Robert (Debra) Davis, of Iowa; his grandchildren, James, Heather, Virginia, Michael, Heidi, Zachariah, Brianna; his great-grandchildren, Eric and Seth; as well as several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, in the Davis Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will be in the family plot in the Craig Cemetery at a later date. Contributions may be made to The Mother Church in Boston, Mass., through the funeral home office.

Renora C. Culverwell


Renora C. Culverwell of Craig, died Nov. 23, 2000, at Valley View Manor. She was 88.

On July 5, 1912, in Upper Little Beaver, Rio Blanco County, she was born the daughter of William L. and Bessie A. (Clark) Jeffcoat. She attended school on Morapos Creek and high school in Boulder.

On Nov. 28, 1930, in Steamboat Springs, she married Fred Carroll. They lived near Axial and in 1935 they moved to Dixon, Calif. They moved back to Colorado in 1942 and ranched in Meeker and Baggs, Wyo., until 1953. In the late ’50s and early ’60s they lived in Hayden. Her husband died in 1975. In 1976, she married Frank Culverwell in Las Vegas, Nev.

She was a member of the Cowbelles.

Culverwell is survived by her husband; daughters, Betty (Otis) Lyons of Craig and Naomi (Tom) Parks of Sunlight, Ariz.; sisters, Helen (Jack) Ducey of Grand Junction and Gretta Thompson of Dixon, Calif.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, brother, Myron W. Jeffcoat and son, Fred Carroll Jr.

Services were held Nov. 28, 2000, at Grant Mortuary Chapel officiated by Mervin Johnson. Organist was Anne Carr and Soloist was Wanda Brown. Selections were “In The Garden” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Pallbearers were Myron Jeffcoat, Jake Hamill, Danny Jeffcoat and Jay Wagner.

Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.

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