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Former Salida resident Gene Olin Carter, 89, died April 1, 2020, at McAlester Hospital in McAlester, Oklahoma.

He was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Greasy Creek, Oklahoma, to Arthur and Dora (Milam) Carter.

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Loretta “Jean” Green, 87, of Salida died March 28, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to Alex and Amelia Honstein.

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Longtime Salida and Howard-area resident Gary Gene Wilkins, 67, died March 27, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

He was born Jan. 29, 1953, to Lloyd and Lois Wilkins.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.

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Former Salida resident James G. Hoag, Jr., 59, died March 10, 2020, at Mimbres Care Center in Deming, New Mexico, where he had lived for the past 15 years.

Mr. Hoag served in the U.S. Air Force.

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Muriel Eileen Warner, 93 of Salida died March 6, 2020 at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born Jan. 6, 1927 in Hood River, Oregon to Franklin and Margaret (Kindall) McCutchan.

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Warren Miller, 83, Salida, died March 25, 2020, in Colorado Springs from complications related to COVID-19.

He was born June 16, 1936 in St. James Minnesota. 

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Jerry Lee Hixon, 71, of Howard died March 21, 2020, at his home.

He and his twin were born May 1, 1948, in Neodasha, Kansas, to Dale and Bonnie (Haines) Hixon.

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Former Salida resident Dorothy Louise (Stephenson) Wheeler, 91, died March 12, 2020, in Hamilton, Montana.

She was born Oct. 13, 1928, in Gunnison to Edward “Teddy” and Helen Stephenson.

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Derry Lou Marble, 70, of Salida died March 23, 2020, at her home.

She was born March 9, 1950, in Lyland, England, to Jack and Frances (Griffin) Marble.

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Alan “Cris” Crisler Thompson, 59, of Salida died March 17, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

He was born Oct. 29, 1960, at Salida Hospital to Roy and Charlene Thompson.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, funeral services for Willis “Buddy” Surber, scheduled for April 3, 2020, will be postponed until further notice.

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Due to COVID-19 precautions and concern for public safety, the celebration of life for James “Jamey” King scheduled for noon, March 21, 2020, at Salida Vineyard Church has been postponed until restrictions have been lifted.

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Due to COVID-19 precautions and concern for public safety, the celebration of life for James “Jamey” King scheduled for noon, March 21, 2020, at Salida Vineyard Church has been postponed until restrictions have been lifted.

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Willis I. “Bud/Buddy” Surber, 86, of Salida, died Feb. 29, 2020 at his home in Salida.

He was born July 23, 1933 in Salida to Ivy June Brown and Frank Surber.

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Former Salida resident Jamey King, 33, of Longmont died Feb. 18, 2020, at Anchutz University Health Hospital in Aurora, due to complications from outpatient surgery. 

He was born Sept. 1, 1986, in Brighton to Rayann (Gillespie) King.

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Sheri Ann Cannon, 58, of Poncha Springs died March 3, 2020, at her home.

She was born July 7, 1961, in Chula Vista, California, to James and Ruth Adams.

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Jefferson Cleveland Webb, 90, of Nathrop died March 5, 2020, at Brookdale Nursing Home in Greenwood Village.

He was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Oklahoma to Carl E. and Nellie B. Webb.

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Mass of Christian burial for Vicenzo Longo was held at 10:30 a.m. March 5, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salida.

The Rev. James Williams presided. Cantor was Beverly Scanga and organist was Judy Bullen. 

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Buena Vista resident Leonard Charles Brood, 86, died March 2, 2020, at UC Health Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

He was born Jan. 18, 1934, in Rudyard, Michigan, to Clifford and Ella Mae (Scott) Brood.

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Former Salida resident David K. Heeke, 63, of Haysville, Kansas, died Feb. 14, 2020, in Denver. 

He was born Sept. 18, 1956, in Pratt, Kansas, to Donna McCollum and was later adopted by Arnold and Mildred Heeke.

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Ralph Thomas “Skip” Selby, 84, died Jan. 18, 2020, in Apache Junction, Arizona, of natural causes.

He was born Aug. 24, 1935, to Anna Louise Gillin and Buel “Jack” Imel Selby in Cañon City. He was an only child.

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Petrina Trinette “Trina” Hayes, 50, of Howard died Feb. 4, 2020, at her home.

She was born June 5, 1969, in Laramie, Wyoming, to Larry David Richard and Wanda Eloise Vaudrey.

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Mildred K. Gulliford, 83, of Coaldale, died Feb. 19, 2020, at the Heart of The Rockies Regional Medical Center.

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Salidan Walter T. “Walt” Sneddon died Feb. 12, 2020 at his home.

He was born Dec. 15, 1949 to Wesley T. and Ruth Sneddon.

He married Maggi Kelly Sneddon June 1, 1980.

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Margory May Broome, 98, of Coaldale died Feb. 16, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Coaldale to John and Linnie (Todd) Cooper.

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Former Salida resident Bret Koster, 69, of Durango died Feb. 10, 2020, at his home from cancer.

He was born Feb. 18, 1950, in San Francisco, California, to Wallace and Dorothy Koster.

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Former Salida resident Larry Eugene Hicks, 55, died Feb. 11, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver.

He was born Oct. 12, 1964, in Alamosa to Charlene Birdwell. 

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Former Buena Vista resident Tonna Louise (Gay) Parkison, 64, died Jan. 31, 2020, at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton.

She was born Dec. 28, 1955, in Leadville to Laverne “Corky” and Claudette Gay. 

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Services for Lorena Rivali will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 15, 2020, at Mount Shavano Manor, 525 W. 16th St., Salida. 

Arrangements were with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida.

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Lorena Rivali, 62, of Salida died Feb. 4, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born Aug. 7, 1957, in Los Angeles, California, to Frank and Carmen Rivali.

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Mary Eugenia “Maegean” Smith, 83, of Maysville died Feb. 4, 2020, at her home.

She was born Dec. 29, 1936, in Warren, Pennsylvania, to Elton Allan and Janet Kathleen (Bundy) Edminston.

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Joseph Lee Miller Sr., 78, died Jan. 22, 2020, in Salida.

He was born Feb. 4, 1941, in Wichita, Kansas, to Dorothy (Thompson) and Wilbert Miller Sr. 

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Longtime Salida resident F. Harold Millage, 89, died Nov. 20, 2019, at his home, three days short of his 90th birthday.

He was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Norton, Kansas, to Harold M. and Lottie Millage.

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Michael “Mikey” Leslie Edward Kerr, 28, of Buena Vista died Jan. 19, 2020, at his home.

He was born June 18, 1991, in Salida to Leslie “Beau” Kerr and Shari Kerr. 

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Kenneth Jay Batchelor, 66, of Villa Grove died Jan. 17, 2020, at his home after a six-year battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 11, 1953, in New Mexico to Sherman and Shirley Batchelor.

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Jessica Hope Vigil, 36, of Monte Vista and Moffat, died Dec. 28, 2019, under hospice care in Colorado Springs.

She was born June 6, 1983, in Alamosa to Tommy Vigil and Kelly Jones.

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Donald Joe Pelc, 57, of Delta died Jan. 21, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family. 

He was born Nov. 19, 1962, in Cañon City to Larry and Marlene Pelc. 

He grew up in Buena Vista.

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Harry Ronald Ricci, 87, of Salida died Jan. 22, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

He was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Staten Island, New York, to Italian immigrant parents. 

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Robert J. Barnes, 86, died Jan. 17, 2020, in Colorado Springs. 

He was born Jan. 10, 1934, in Washburn, Woodford County, Illinois, the youngest son of John W. and Margaret Imhoff Barnes. 

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John M. Krocesky, 65, of Buena Vista died Jan. 18, 2020, at his home.

He was born Oct. 15, 1954, in Leadville to Edward and Dora (Durham) Krocesky.

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Mary Lou “Mom Lou” Church, 91, of Salida died Dec. 26, 2019, at her home.

She was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Winkelman, Arizona, to Luis and Mary Etta Dirr.

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Samuel T. “Sam” Rogers, 68, of Nathrop died Jan. 2, 2020, after a brief bout with a rare autoimmune disease.

He was born June 14, 1951, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Rodney James Rogers and Mary Elizabeth Read Rogers.

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William “Bill” Reeves, Jr., 73, of Buena Vista died Jan. 17, 2020, of natural causes at his home.

He was born July 29, 1946, in California to William and Gladys (Palmer) Reeves Sr.

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Funeral services for Opal “Tootsie” King were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18, 2020, at the Howard Log Cabin Church in Howard.

Interment followed at Howard Cemetery.

The Rev. Victor Lira from Agape Ministries officiated. 

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Lois H. Shearer, 90, of Salida died Jan. 12, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

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A memorial service for Sonia Walter will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 2020, at Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.

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Opal “Tootsie” King, 98, of Howard died Jan. 8, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

She was born March 6, 1921, in Kansas to Ben and Lena Ryman.

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Leon O. Truitt, 73, of Buena Vista died Jan. 9, 2020, at his home.

He was born Sept. 23, 1946, in Michigan to George and Ann (Sayres) Truitt.

He married Marie Paule Armand on Aug. 21, 1972, in France. They have lived in Buena Vista for the past 40 years.

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Sonia M. Walter, 52, of Salida died Jan. 5, 2020.

She was born April 12, 1967, the second youngest of five children, and grew up on a small farm in Beloit, Wisconsin. 

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Chaffee County resident Reneé Halay died Dec. 6, 2019. 

She was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Alabama.

In 2012, she and her husband moved to Chaffee County, where she loved the mountains. 

Funeral homes often submit obituaries as a service to the families they are assisting. However, we will be happy to accept obituaries from family members pending proper verification of the death.

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