Obituary – William “Harry” Dobbs
William “Harry” Dobbs
William “Harry” Dobbs, formerly of Montrose, Craig, Steamboat Springs and Meeker, Colo., died Sept. 25, 1999, in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 91.
On July 7, 1908, in Meeker, he was born the son of Claude and Clarissa (Wells) Dobbs. He made his living during the Depression years as a fur trapper and caretaker on the Flattops in the winter and a wrangler in the summer at a dude ranch at Trapper’s Lake.
In July 1935, he married Bonnie Mills, a local school teacher who worked at the dude ranch at Trapper’s Lake. Harry Dobbs worked as a beaver trapper for Colorado Game and Fish Department in 1938, was promoted to fur inspector in Routt County, area supervisor in Craig and retired in 1974 as assistant manager of the Southwest Region of the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Montrose.
Dobbs is survived by sons, Gilbert of Alaska and Arizona, Milton of Golden, Colo., and Roger of Westminster, Colo.; daughters, Carolyn (Charles ) Hendrickson, and Nancy (Sterling) Hurst; sisters, Iola Hicken of Meeker and Lucile Hicken of Arkansas; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie (Mills) Dobbs in 1971; second wife, Minta (Foster) Dobbs in 1992; parents; sisters, Nellie and Irene; and grandsons, Charlie Hurst and Wesley Dobbs.
Services were held Sept. 29, 1999, at Valley Funeral Home in Montrose. Interment was at Valley Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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