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Jesse Dale Knights


Jesse Dale Knights of Craig, died Sept. 25, 2000, in Grand Mesa County. He was 19.

On Dec. 15, 1980, in Audubon, Iowa, he was born the son of Jeff and Amy (Gleason) Knights. They lived in Iowa prior to moving to the Yampa Valley 12 years ago. Knights lived in Steamboat, Hayden and Craig since 1987. He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1999. He played basketball and was named to the all-conference team two years, received honorable mention for the All-State team one year and was named to the second All-State team one year. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, being outdoors, working with wood and playing basketball.

He is survived by his parents; sister, Elizabeth of Craig; grandparents, Dale and Karen Knights of Audubon, Richard and Lela Gleason of Audubon; great-grandparents, Rita Knights of Stormlake, Iowa and Al Korwes of Fonda, Iowa; significant other, Misty Landoll of Craig; aunts and uncles, Brent (Jana) Knights, Brian (Lori) Knights, Jill (Joe) Wanninger, Doug (Vilinda) Gleason, Sue Alt, Debbie (Dan) Umland, John (Tracy) Burns.

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Services were held Sept. 29, 2000, at Craig LDS Chapel officiated by Gay Albers. Organist was Myrna Ence. Selections were “Up Where We Belong” by Jenifer Bowman and “On Eagles Wings” by Paulette Bird, Laura Christensen and Jennifer Bowman.

Pallbearers were Joe Vacarri, Ken Flinn, Terry Landoll, Erik Knoche, Josh bower and Andrew Christensen. Honorary pallbearers were Hank Gayle and Paul Clements. Services concluded at the church.

A memorial fund has been set up in memory of Jesse at Community First National Bank of Craig, 139 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625

Dennis E. Liljedahl


Dennis E. Liljedahl of Craig, died Oct. 6, 2000, at his home. He was 58.

On April 22, 1942, in Yakima, Wash., he was born the son of Everett and Faye Liljedahl. He grew up and attended school in Vancouver, Wash. He served in the U.S. Navy.

On March 23, 1962, in Portsmouth, Va., he married Nancy Daniels. He worked as an electric motor mechanic. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Liljedahl is survived by his mother; wife; daughter, Larna Welker of Twin Falls, Idaho; sons, James of Craig and Craig (Kathy) Liljedahl of Craig; brothers, John and Erick Liljedahl both of Vancouver; grandchildren, Allie, Amber, Steven and Larna;

He was preceded in death by his father.

At Liljedahl’s request, no services were held.

Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Moffat County Branch in care of Grant Mortuary.

Rodney H. PeckRodney H. Peck

Rodney H. Peck


Rodney H. Peck of Craig died Sept. 29, 2000, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He was 61.

On Aug. 20, 1939, in Denver, he was born the son of Howard H. and Beatrice (Johnson) Peck. He came from a family whose roots stretched back to the Colorado gold rush. Peck was particularly close to his grandfather, Albert S. Johnson, a man who was blinded at age 18 while he was studying to be a lawyer. Peck became a piano tuner, was deeply religious and a wise man. He graduated from East High School in Denver in 1957. He entered the Marine Corps and after active duty in 1958 he was admitted to Colorado College. He graduated Cum Laude in 1962 with a degree in geology. He then entered the University of Denver Law School. He received his juris doctorate in 1965. He accepted a job with Craig attorney, Sid Pleasant, in August of 1965. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in October of 1965 and was associated with Sid Pleasant in the practice of law until Pleasant retired in the late 1980’s. Peck was also associated with Bill Lawrence, both as a partner and office sharing from 1971 on. His law practice primarily consisted of civil office practice with emphasis in the areas of banking, real estate and business associations.

On Aug. 11, 1962, in Glenwood Springs, he married Betsy Foote. They had two boys, Kevin Howard and Corey Thomas Peck.

He was a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association, American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Bar Fellows, Yampa Valley Golf Association, Kiwanis Club, Moffat County School Board, Commissioner of Craig Youth Baseball and the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees.

He is survived by his wife, sons, Kevin (Amy) Peck of Craig and Corey Peck of Colorado Springs; his mother of Craig, and sister, Carol Sue Idol, of Omaha, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Services were held Oct. 3, 2000, at Craig LDS Chapel officiated by Craig Mortensen. Organist was Elaine DeuPree. Pianist was Barbara Nagoda. Honorary pallbearers were all his many friends.

Donations may be made to The Memorial Hospital or the Assisted Living Center program in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.

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