Obituaries |


Matt Schuster

Matt Schuster of Craig died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000 in his home. Funeral services wil be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church. Interment will follow in the Craig Cemetery. memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundarion in Care of Grant Mortuary.

Elaine Vantassel

Elaine Vantassel of Craig died Thursday at her home. Call Grant Mortuary fo time, date and place of service.

Carol June Jardon


Carol June Jardon of Craig, died Dec. 3, 2000, at the Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 73.

On Dec. 25, 1926, in Canon City, she was born the daughter of Clarence and Elsie (Shaw) Rapier. She grew up in the Canon City and Pueblo areas.

On Dec. 30, 1947, in Raton, N.M., she married William Jardon. Jardon was a housewife and had lived in many places prior to coming to Northwest Colorado 18 years ago. She moved to Craig about two years ago. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Faye (Michael) Hatch of Farmington, Utah; sons, Thomas (Ardella) Ekstrom of Mandan, N.D., Bill (Kim) Ekstrom of Meeker, and Harold Albert (Carolynn) of Ekstrom, Ogden, Utah; sisters Arlene (Ray) Janoski of Westcliff, Josephine Delly, of Elkland, Mo., Theodosa Moore of St. George, Utah and Gay Singleton of Pueblo; brothers, Eugene (Florence) Rapier of Payson, Utah and Alton (Laurel) Rapier of Pueble; 12 grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Argul and Gary and her husband.

Services were held Dec. 3, 2000 at Grant Mortuary Chapel in Craig, officiated by Fr. John Frary and the VFW Auxiliary. Organist was Anne Carr. soloist was Wanda Brown with selections of “Abide With Me” and “How Treat Thou Art.”

Martin Gene Walkup


Martin Gene Walkup of Craig, died Nov. 16, 2000, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

On Dec. 5, 1932, in Vernal, Utah, he was born the son of George W. and Aletha (Slaugh) Walkup. He grew up in the Vernal, Whiterocks and Roosevelt area. He graduated from Alteria High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict serving in both Korea and Germany.

On Aug. 2, 1972, in Craig, he married Elaine Grammer. He worked in the oil fields as a heavy equipment operator and lived in many places finally settling in Craig in 1988.

He is survived by his wife; son, Jeff (Cheryl) Walkup of Elko, Nev.; step daughter, Diana (Michael) Murphy of Hayden; stepsons, Scott Sumpter of Carlin Nev., Doug (Deanna) Sumpter and Delbert (Pam) Sumpter of Parachute; sisters, Fern Collett of Vernal and Thora (Frank) Yack of Roosevelt; grandchildren, Joshua, Mariah and Marissa Walkup, Michelle Pike, Calvin and Amanda Murphy and Alan Sumpter; great granddaughter, Bailey Pike and mother-in-law, Bernice Grammer of Craig

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Goergia and Wilma and brother, John.

Services were held Nov. 18, 2000, at Grant Mortuary officiated by Jeff Walkup.

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.

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.

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