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James Leroy Herod

Former Moffat County resident James Leroy Herod died Oct. 23, 2002, in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 63.

He was born July 16, 1939, in Texas City, Texas, to Leslie and Bernice Herod.

Herod moved to Colorado when he was 8 years old and was raised in Elk Springs, where he helped farm on Twelve Mile Mesa. He attended the one-room schools in Elk Springs and Maybell until high school.

He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1957.

Jim fell in love and married Ruth Gean Hebenstreit of Denver, Colo., on Dec. 31, 1959. They had two sons, Joseph Leslie and Jon Zane, both of Craig.

Herod started his own business, Craig Drilling, and worked with his son, Jon, for many years in Northwestern Colorado and Wyoming, drilling water wells. He also worked as a mason laying brick and rock.

Herod enjoyed fishing and hunting and had a passion for exploring Northwestern Colorado, the land he loved.

Herod is survived by his wife of 42 years, Ruth; sons Joe and Jon Herod, and four grandchildren, Casey, Jessica, Ashley, and Chelsey. He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Stark and Mary Teeter and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by both parents, his brother Ricky, and a granddaughter.

Memorial services were Oct. 26, 2002, at Calvary Baptist Church in Craig. Herod’s brother-in-law, David Ockers, officiated over the service.

Selections were “Wings of a Dove,” “Daddy’s Hands” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”

Honorary pallbearers were all his family and friends.

Services concluded at the church.


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