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Orville Lee Updike


Orville Lee Updike of Grand Junction died Nov. 26, 2004 at Mantey Heights. He was 84.

Updike was born May 3, 1920 to Guy Cornelius and Nina Marjorie (Sturgill) Updike in Craig.

Updike spent his childhood living west of Craig. On May 23, 1943, he married (Edith) Viola Brintall in Craig. He was a 27-year resident of Grand Junction. He was a member of Grand Junction Church of Christ, A.A., and an active member of RSVP, volunteering many years at both the Veterans Affairs and community hospitals. He liked to share his life-changing experiences, wanting to bring hope to others. His hobbies included hunting, and fishing, and he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Updike is survived by his wife, (Edith) Viola Updike of Grand Junction; daughters Saundra Holderness of Clifton, and Sonya (Demetrio) Salazar of La Plata, N.M.; brothers Vernon Updike of Craig, Elwin Updike of Craig, and Marvin Updike of Grants Pass, Ore.; sister, Ella Marquess of Craig; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Updike was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Danette Salazar, great-grandson Skye Diamond, and son-in-law, Ward Holderness.

Visitation was held Nov. 28, 2004 at Martin Mortuary. Services were Nov. 29, 2004 at Grand Junction Church of Christ with John Cooper and Hunt Zumwalt officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Junction Church of Christ Youth Group, 2893 F Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

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