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William Otho “BO” Glasgow
William Otho Glasgow of Baggs, Wyo., died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 79.
On April 5, 1922, near Baggs, he was born the son of James Frank and Pearl Mae (Gunter) Glasgow. He was raised in the Baggs area until he was 19 and then he moved to Ogden, Utah. On Sept. 5, 1942, in Malad, Idaho, he married Maxine Warner. In December 1942, he entered the US Army and served during WWII in the Battle of The Bulge, Seigfried Line, and the Battle of the Ardennes. He was discharged in December of 1945 and returned to Utah where he became employed as a maintenance mechanic at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden. While employed there he worked in the Minute Man Missle project and on other special assignments. He retired from this job after 30 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion, the Jaycees and the Eagles Lodge. He was a talented musician playing lead guitar and singing in a country dance band for many years and still enjoyed his music up until the time of his death. Glasgow enjoyed the outdoors and his family and his many friends. He moved to Baggs in 1996. He was a true patriot and loved his country.
Glasgow is survived by his wife Maxine of Baggs, Wyo.; daughter Sharon Mae (David) Glasgow Zaharias of Salt Lake City, Utah; son DeVon (Kris) Glasgow of Salt Lake City; grandchildren Sheila (Nick) Bayer, Monte Glasgow, Shane (Heidi) Zaharias, Jodie (Bill) Cox and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by other family members and many friends.
Glasgow was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roy, sisters Emma Ence, Vera Boyle and Faye Scott.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Little Snake River School. Conducting: Joe Ence; prelude: Jodee Ence; Opening prayer: Marvin Dwayne Cattoor; eulogy: Sheila Bayer; song: “Old Rugged Cross” soloist: Karen Cattoor; speaker: Ed Reed; song: “Somewhere My Love” soloist: Greg Lambert; benediction: Jeff Vandas.
Monte Glasgow, Bill Cox, Nick Bayer, Marvin Dwayne Cattoor, Shane Zaharias and George Ence.
Honorary pallbearers were Curt Sides, Greg Horsepool and Cliff Gasgow.
Interment was at the Baggs Cemetery.

Nickolas George Kawcak
Nickolas George Kawcak, formerly of Craig, died Oct. 1, 2001, in Reno, Nev. He was 70.
On Dec. 19, 1930, in Craig, he was born the son of Paul Panko Kawcak and Julia (Biskup) Kawcak. He attended Fairview Elementary School near the ranch on Elk Head through the eighth grade. He worked at the Texaco gas station while attending Moffat County High School.
At the age of 18 he enlisted into the Air Force and served in the Korean War. He was an Airman First Class and was honorably discharged in 1952. He then went to San Jose, Calif., and worked at the Alcoa Aluminum factory. Later he returned to Craig and worked at the Vic Smith Saw Mill at Lost Park northeast of Craig. Through his work history, he became active as an equipment operator, a member of the Local Union 234 and established a reputation as the best finish man as scraper operator. His work took him to numerous states such as Colorado, California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.
He was an active member of the Eagles and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Kawcak is survived by his children: Nicholas Ivan (Nicky), Mitchell Paul and Nancy Odette, brothers Mike, Paul, Danny, Ivan and Bobby; sisters Anna, Helen, Eva, Alice and Janet; 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Steve, Joe and Tommy and sisters Julia and Mary.
Prayer service was held Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. with Mass of Christian Burial Sat., Oct. 20, 2001, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church with celebrant Fr. Ernest Bayer. Pianist was Jean Talkington, organist Joan Stephenson and soloist was Joyce Miller. Selections were: “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagles Wings” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Pallbearers were Frank Kawcak, Junior Kawcak, Lonnie Kawcak, Shane Kawcak, Ken Kawcak and Mitchell Kawcak.
Graveside service was by Officers of VFW Post #4265 at Craig Cemetery.

Forrest Luther Warren
Forrest Luther Warren of Craig, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Valley View Manor in Craig. He was 80.
On Nov. 18, 1920, in Montgomery, Texas, he was born the son of Amber and Flora (Horner) Warren. He grew up and attended school in Oklahoma. Following high school, he attended college for two years. He served in the U.S. Army and in 1949 he married Marie Marshall. Warren worked as a mechanic on heavy equipment his entire life. He had lived in El Paso, Texas and Tucson, Ariz., prior to moving to Craig in the mid-1980s. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and panning for gold.
Warren is survived by sons Michael (Sandy) Warren of Craig and Bobbie (Peggy Jo) Warren of Sun Praire, Wisc.; sister Lucille Kephart of Watonga, Okla.; and grandchildren Justin, Michael, Hillary, Bobby Jo, BoDeene and Billy Joel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Bernice.

Morgan Alva Solace
Morgan Alva Solace of Craig died Oct. 17, 2001, at Family Health West in Fruita. He was 90.
On Nov. 14, 1911, in Palisade, Neb., he was born the son of Elverton Devilo and Eurie (Salone) Solace. He came to Colorado with his family in September 1921. They lived on a homestead south of Juniper Springs. He met Gladys Steele in Maybell where they were going to school in 1926, and they were married June 5, 1928, in Craig. He worked at whatever he could find during the depression. In 1942, they bought a small ranch near Maybell where they lived for 12 years. In 1955, they moved to Craig. Solace worked for the Moffat County and the City of Craig. He was Assistant Supervisor for Moffat County Road Department and retired from the County Jan. 1, 1974.
He is survived by son James (Delores) Solace of Fruita and daughter Jean (John) Mack from Aurora. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, daughter-in-law Marie Solace of Chandler, Ariz., and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, son Fred and his wife Gladys.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Grant Mortuary Chapel officiated by Mervin Johnson. Organist was Anne Carr with Soloist, Wanda Brown. Selections were: “Wispering Hope” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”
Pallbearers wer Sam McIntyre, Darryl Steele, Walter Bohrer, Michael Solace, Don Steele and Jim Solace. Honorary pallbearers were: Don Seick, John McIntyre, Mike Simonson, Lucky Sampson, Bob Steele, John Pedersen, Rex Reust, Wayne Helleson, Everett Bohrer and Roy Solace.
Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Grant Mortuary in Alva’s memory.

Gilbert Myers
Gilbert Myers of Hamilton, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at his home. He was 78.
On Dec. 10, 1922, in Minersville, Utah, he was born the son of Claude J. and Martha (Meldrum) Myers. He was raised in Utah and on the Two Bar Ranch on Snake River. During his high school years, the family lived in Craig where Gilbert attended high school, graduating in 1941. He attended college at The Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College in Fort Collins for three years. He married Marlys Reeve in Craig Aug. 17, 1946. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII serving in England. In 1948, they moved to the ranch on Wiliams Fork where they lived until the time of his death. He enjoyed hunting arrowheads, fishing, hunting, reading and he loved working on his ranch and caring for his cattle and sheep. Gilbert was a member of the First Christian Church, the Woolgrowers Association, the Hereford Association, Farm Bureau and he served on the Board for the Memorial Hospital and on the Craig High School Board.
Myers is survived by his wife Marlys of Hamilton; sons Donald (Phyllis) Myers and Ted (Patty) Myers of Hamilton; sister-in-law Edith Myers of Riverton, Wyo, sister Elaine (Ed) Weaver of New Orleans, La., and Kathleen (Chuck) Cline of Alpine, Utah; grandchildren Will, Sarah, Lindsey and Michelle.
Myers was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dean.
Services were held Sat., Oct. 27, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church officiated by Beryl Wright. Organist was Jeanette Harper with soloist Wanda Brown. Selections were: “Amazing Grace” “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” “This Is My Father’s World” and “Lead Me Gently Home.”
Honorary pallbearers were “All Gilbert’s Many Friends.”
Burial was at the Craig Cemetery/
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church or Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in care of Grant Mortuary.

Lottie Eldora Skidmore
Lottie Eldora Skidmore of Craig, died Tuesday, Oct., 23, 2001, at Valley View Manor. She was 94.
On Dec. 21, 1906, in Hoxie, Kan., she was born the daughter of Jessie L. and Martha J. (Stevens) Talkington. She moved to Craig when she was seven years old and has resided here since that time. She married Ora Skidmore in Ogallala, Neb., in 1925. She worked as a rancher for many years and in her later years was a cook at most all the cafe’s in Craig and retired as a cook at Valley View Manor. She enjoyed poetry, sewing, crafts, and writing poems. Prior to her husband’s death, Lottie was very devoted in caring for him during his lengthy illness. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Does, and the Royal Neighbors.
Skidmore is survived by grandchildren, Steven of Craig and Susan and Scottie Skidmore of Denver; nephew Ray Talkington of Craig and nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ora, brother Otho Talkington, son Clyde and an infant who died prior to birth.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church officiated by Beryl Wright. Organist was Anne Carr with soloist Wanda Brown. Selections were “Rock Of Ages” “Amazing Grace” and “Down In The Valley.”
Pallbearers were: Brad Talkington, Larry Pulliam, Gary Talkington, Dennis Fritz, Dan Talkington and Jeff Pulliam. Honorary pallbearers were “All Lottie’s Many Friends.”
Interment was at the Craig Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in care of Grant Mortuary.

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William W. Gentry
William W. Gentry of Meeker, died Oct. 22, 2001, at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker. He was 89.
On July 5, 1912, in Meeker, he was born the son of James C. and Henrietta (Witcher) Gentry. He served his country as a sergeant in the United States Army from 1942 until his discharge in 1945. On Dec. 12, 1948, in Glenwood Springs, he married Dorothy M., Wilson. A long-time fixture in Meeker, Gentry worked as a bartender at the Meeker Cafe where he met and grubstaked many local miners. He owned and worked uranium and coal rites and owned and operated the Meeker Feed Store. He also did maintenance work for the Town of Meeker and Rio Blanco County.
Gentry loved to tinker with his machinery, dance and was a member of the Oldtimer’s Organization of which he was a past president.
Gentry is survived by daughters, Arloa (Erv) Gerber, Arlene (Chuck) Estes all of Craig, Cora Lea (John) Burkdoll of Grand Junction; grandchildren Darrell and Wade Gerber, Bill Cody and Holly Steele and two great grandchildren, Tyler and Kearn Gerber.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Nov. 15, 1987, parents, and all six of his siblings.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 1, 2001, at the Meeker Mortuary Chapel. Friends may make memorial contributions to the charity of their choice.

Thomas Jefferson Holdridge
Thomas Jefferson Holdridge was born May 26, 1937, in Denver, to William Henry Holdridge and Dorothy Etta Robertson at Colorado General Hospital. He was raised in Denver on a small farm.
At 17, Holdridge joined the Navy. He served on the USS Bennington (an aircraft carrier), the USS Grenadire (a submarine) and at Buckley Air Force Base. His MOS was a dental technician.
In 1958, he married Wilma Lee in Denver. To this marriage four children were born: Thomas Lee, Daniel Lester, Lorene Etta, and Constance Marie. They later divorced.
In 1979, Tom married Hazel Bennett. They have one son, Kip Riley Holdridge.
Holdridge was a member of Yampa Lodge No. 88 AM&AF, a Cub Scout, a Boy Scout leader and served in the Colorado National Guard.
Tom participated in the gunfighters group and country line dancing. He spent weekends traveling to different towns to participate in craft shows.
Holdridge loved to paint ceramics, build items, do bead work, and attend yard sales. He has an extensive collection of HO scale model trains and matchbox cars. He and his family also spent many hours doing genealogy work.
He retired from the Colorado Department of Transportation in May of 1992. In February of 1994, he went to work for City Market. He took a disability retirement from City Market in August of 2001, after his battle with cancer became too much for him to work.
Holdridge passed over in his sleep on Oct. 14, 2001, at his home in Craig. He made a generous donation of his body tissues for research. His remains will be cremated and the ashes spread over Rabbit Ears Pass.
A celebration of life service was held on Oct. 19, 2001, at the Center of Craig in his memory.

C. Arnold “Arnie” Story
C. Arnold “Arnie” Story, formerly of Meeker, died Oct. 28, 2001, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose. He was 80.
On April 18, 1921, in Mesa, he was born the son of Albert and Mae (Boyer) Story. He was raised in Collbran and was united in marriage to Mildred L. Lyons, who preceded him in death in 1978. On April 14, 1985, he married Margie L. “Lorraine” Frye in Craig. Mrs. Story survives in the family home.
A longtime resident of Meeker and Craig, Story was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a great bowler. He moved to Montrose in 1991.
In addition to his wife Lorraine of Montrose, he is survived by three sons, Joe (Brenda) Story of Eagle, Larry ( Patsy) Story of Meeker, William “Bill” (Cathy) Story of Grand Junction, daughter Velvet George O’Sullivan of Fruita, sister Mary Hall of Salem, Ore.; step-sons James M. Brown of Magna, Utah, John Brown (Lydia) of Bakersfield, Calif., Harlen (Marlene) Brown of Evans, stepdaughters Linda (Ernest) Avery of Magna, Utah, Judy (Joe) Smith of Logan, N.M. as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded by his first wife, two brothers, one sister and one step-son Danny Brown.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Meeker Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Thursday at the mortuary.
Meeker Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangemennts.

Kelsey Eugene “Gene” Loyd
Kelsey Eugene Loyd of Craig died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at his home. He was 78.
He was born on Oct. 1, 1923 in Burlingtonn to Mack Melvin Loyd and Janey Wahneta Sprague Loyd. Gene graduated from Burlington High School in 1941. He attended Colorado University for two years where he was in the Navy ROTC program. He then entered the Navy Air Corp and received his wings in 1945.
He married Helen B. Dunn on March 19, 1945, in Corpus Christi, Tx. After his term in the Navy Air Corp, Gene and Helen briefly moved back to Burlington. In the fall of 1948, they purchased Craig Cleaners which then became known as Loyd’s Cleaners. Gene operated Loyd’s Cleaners until 1985, when he sold the business to his son Gary. Gene then worked part-time with Gary until his health forced him to retire in 1998.
Loyd was active in the community serving two terms on the City Council in the mid-fifties as past president of the Craig Chamber of Commerce and as an active member of the Kiwanis Club, the Yampa Valley Golf Association and the First Congregational Church of Craig. He was a founding member of the “Jolly Boys,” which he enjoyed through the years.
He loved camping, fishing, hunting, golfing and getting together with family and friends.
Loyd is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen; four children Gary (Cathy) Loyd of Craig, Judy Pottle of Lakewood, Michael (Alisa) Loyd of Evergreen and Janey Loyd (Martin) Singer of Ramsey, N.J.; eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Pollock of Loveland.
Services were held at the First Congregational Church of Craig on Oct. 22, 2001. Honorary pallbearers were: Neil McCandless, Chuck Stoddard, Leo Schneider, Lee Tucker, Jim Shepherd, Fred Mason and Fred Siebott.
Services concluded at the church.
Donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Craig or the Memorial fund of the First Congregational Church UCC.

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