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Chaffee County native Arthur Anthony Post, 96, died July 21, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center.  

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Michael Leroy Nordby, 53 of Cañon City, died June 22, 2020, at his parent’s home in Salida.  

Mr. Nordby was born, June 22, 1967 in Harlan, Iowa, to Marvin and Patricia Nordby.

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Salida resident Leota Elizabeth “Lee” Dooley, 97, died April 23, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born Dec. 16, 1922, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to Clarence and Nellie Herren.

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Anthony “Tony” Passarelli, 86, of Salida died May 5, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

He was born Nov. 20, 1933, in Salida.

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Jared Michael “Jeb” Rathbone, 40, died May 9, 2017, in Gunnison. 

He had struggled with severe Type I diabetes for several years. 

He was born Feb. 4, 1977, in Wichita, Kan., to Michael Rathbone and Susan Reiff Rathbone (now Brown). 

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A memorial service for Mario Pete Cordova will be held at 2 p.m. May 20, 2017, at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida. 

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Cleo V. Proctor, Jr., 78, a resident of Buena Vista for 11 years, died May 7, 2017, in hospice care, after having spent the previous five weeks at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. 

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Gary Wilson Higgins, 77, died May 3, 2017, at his Tucson, Ariz., home. 

He was born in 1939 in Ovid, Mich., to Sadie Somers Higgins and Wilson Higgins.

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Longtime Salida resident Dixie Stanton, 81, died May 1, 2017, with her family at her side.

She was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Westmoreland, Kan., to Harold and Bertha Roberts. 

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Former Salida resident Lynn Petrillo, 77, died Jan. 30, 2017, in Sisters, Ore., from complications of dementia.

She was born July 7, 1939, in Jersey City, N.J., and grew up in Maywood, N.J.

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Vaughn Fred Downare, 85, died March 12, 2017, at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta of natural causes.

He was born Aug. 12, 1931, at Colorado General Hospital in Denver to Phillip and Esther Downare, the oldest of six children.

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Former Salida resident Erma Bea Hurley, 87, of Pueblo died March 11, 2017, at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, surrounded by family. 

She was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Boise, Idaho, to Thomas and Sarah Orton. 

She and her five siblings were raised in Blackfoot, Idaho. 

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James Allen Morgan, 78, of Buena Vista died March 6, 2017, at his home.

He was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Sugar City to Lonnie and Doris (Johnson) Morgan.

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Theodore M. “Ted” Fish, 70, died March 10, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver due to complications from heart surgery. His wife was by his side.

He was born Aug. 11, 1946, in New York City, the borough of Manhattan, to Margaret and Theodore B. Fish.

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Larry Morton Green, 72, died March 10, 2017, in Salida.

He was born June 16, 1944, in Denver to Joseph Lewis and Bernice Morton Green.

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Jane Antoinette Ferraro, age 96, a lifelong resident of Salida, died July 7, 2020 at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.  

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Sarah Cooper (Melchert) Dreher, 67, of Salida, died June 28, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Boulder.

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Pamela Joan O’Hara, 71, of Salida died June 25, 2020, after battling with cancer.  

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Debra Faye (Hammond) McGuinn, 61, of Colorado Springs, died July 6, 2020, as a result of complications from cancer.

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Sarah Cooper (Melchert) Dreher, 67, of Salida, died June 28, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Boulder.

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 Edward S. Scott, age 95, of Sunland, California, died on April 12, 2020 of natural causes at the home of his son Peter Scott and Peter’s family after living with them for the past year and a half.

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Michael Leroy Nordby, 53 of Cañon City, died June 22, 2020, at his parent’s home in Salida.  

Mr. Nordby was born, June 22, 1967 in Harlan, Iowa, to Marvin and Patricia Nordby.

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Kirk James Lukrafka, 64, of Buena Vista died May 31, 2020, at Denver Hospice in Denver, surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer. 

He was born Feb. 2, 1956, in Southern California to William and Joy Lukrafka.

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Former Salida resident Patricia Ann Nordby, 74, died June 12, 2020, in Harlan, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

She was born Jan. 16, 1946, to Daryl and Clara Burger, one of five children. 

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Gerald “Moon” Mullins, 85, of Cotopaxi died April 27, 2020, at Joni Fair Hospice House in Pueblo.

He was born June 24, 1934, in Cotopaxi, to Hugh Patrick and Orilee Mullins.

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Rosalyne Marie Cope, 14, of Nathrop died June 10, 2020, in Nathrop.

She was born Oct. 5, 2005, in Salida to Scott and Amy (Franek) Cope.

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Raymond David Gallagher, 77, of Salida died June 2, 2020, at his home. 

He was born May 11, 1943, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Christian Gallagher.

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Donald William Christensen, 90, of Salida died May 24, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida, five days before his 91st birthday.

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Lester O. Longbrake, 92, of Salida died May 20, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida.

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Former Salida resident Joann “JoJo” Boyd, 82, of Cañon City died May 20, 2020, at her home.

She was born Feb. 1, 1938, in Salida to Frank and Adeline Stancato.

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Melvin Nicholas “Mel” Strawn, 90, of Salida died May 17, 2020, at his home.

He was born Aug. 5, 1929, in Boise, Idaho, to Milton Rozell and Irma Belle Strawn.

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Julia Trujillo, 104, of Salida died May 23, 2020, at her home of natural causes.

She was born Aug. 13, 1915, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to John and Josie Olguin.

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Graveside services for John R. Martinez were held at 10:30 a.m. May 23, 2020.

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Michael D. “Mike” Rudy, 90, of Salida died May 21, 2020, after a brief illness at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, surrounded by his family.

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John Roberto Martinez, 89, of Salida died May 19, 2020, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida. 

His death was unrelated to COVID-19.

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Fred R. “Freddie” Linza, 84, of Salida died May 12, 2020, at his home.

He was born Oct. 7, 1935, in Salida, the youngest child of Frank and Catherine (Palese)Linza.

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Nancy Viola Maes, 67, of Salida died April 3, 2020, in Salida. 

She was born March 7, 1953, in Leadville to Noah and Phylis Maes. 

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Albert L. Dilley, 83, of Salida died May 14, 2020, at his home.

He was born Aug. 16, 1936, in Denver to Theodore and Ethel (Coleman) Dilley.

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Former Salida resident David Bernard Sommerhauser, 90, died May 12, 2020, at Glen Carr House Memory Care assisted living in Derby, Kansas.

He was born May 16, 1929, in Derby to William and Mary (Cordes) Sommerhauser. 

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Dr. David Lavery Drake, 84, a retired U.S. Navy captain and dentist, of Buena Vista died May 14, 2020, at Brookdale Lowry Memory Unit of Denver.

He was born July 16, 1935, in Syracuse, New York, to Kenneth Perry Drake and Kathryn McClasky Drake.

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Louise Pace, 98, of Salida died May 2, 2020, at her home.

She was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Denver to Henry and Mary Williams.

She was the oldest and last surviving of four siblings.

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Former Salida resident Doris B. Larson, 97, died May 1, 2020, at an assisted living home in Centennial.

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Franz Xaver “X” Wuerfmannsdobler, 86, of Salida died May 7, 2020, at his home.

He was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Munich, Germany, to Alois and Franziska Wuerfmannsdobler.

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Graveside services for Anthony A. Passarelli were held at 11:30 a.m. May 9, 2020, at Fairview Cemetery in Salida.

The Rev. Jim Williams was the celebrant. 

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Richard Arnold “Dick” Bauer, 84, of Maysville died May 6, 2020, at his home.

He was born Aug. 24, 1935, in Bridgeport, Nebraska, to Carl and Grace Bauer.

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Former Salida resident Henry E. “Eddie” Mahe, Jr., 83, died May 3, 2020, at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

He was born Aug. 12, 1936, to Henry Edward Mahe, Sr. and Guernadine Vernal (Boston) Mahe in Pueblo.

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Marie Ellen Behrman, 96, of Salida died April 28, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born June 29, 1923, in San Francisco, California, to Morten and Clara Swanson.

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Michael Carl Baldino, Jr., 85, of Salida died April 28, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

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Bernice L. Walker, 92, of Salida died April 29, 2020, 10 days before her 93rd birthday, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born May 9, 1927, in Palestine, Texas, to Leander and Grace (Shaver) Hinson.

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Graveside services for Dannie Makris took place at 1 p.m. April 30, 2020, at Fairview Cemetery in Salida.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Fay officiated the service.

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Former Salida resident Eleanor M. Sneddon, 98, of Greeley died April 25, 2020, at Good Samaritan Community Center – Bonnell in Greeley.

She was born March 12, 1922, in Salida to Leslie and Grace (Williamson) Matthews.

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Dennis Lee “Denny” Bedingfield, 80, of Buena Vista died April 22, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida. 

He was born July 4, 1939, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Martha and Burl Bedingfield.

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Sharon “Sherry” Kaye Carr, 79, of Buena Vista died April 24, 2020, at her home. 

She was born Nov. 1, 1940, in Seward, Nebraska, to Raymond and Dorothy Flowerday. 

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Former Salida resident Dannie “Dan” or “Bing” Makris, 83, died April 22, 2020, at his home in Woodland Park after 17 months fighting Stage 4 lung cancer.

He was a first-generation Greek American, born Oct. 18, 1936, in Salida to Pete and Emma (Lucero) Makris. 

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Graveside services for George D. Karis were held at 11 a.m. April 27, 2020, at Fairview Cemetery in Salida. 

The Rev. Chuck Surface officiated the service.

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Robert J. “Bob” Berndt, 64, a lifelong Salida resident, died April 23, 2020, at Bear Creek Senior Care Center in Colorado Springs.

He was born Oct. 23, 1955, in Salida to Johnny and Kay Berndt. 

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Marian S. Skinner, 86, of Salida died April 22, 2020, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida from effects of COVID-19.

She had lived at Columbine Manor since November.

She was born Nov. 24, 1933, in Colorado Springs to the Rev. Charles and Clara Brown.

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George Dillon Karis, 91, of Salida died April 22, 2020, at Bruce McCandless Veterans Community Living Center in Florence, where he had lived since December.

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Imogene Pitney, 94, of Salida died April 8, 2020, of old age at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.

She was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Centralia, Missouri, to Cecil and Estel (Winters) Batts.

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Mr. Hutchinson, 95, of Salida died April 21, 2020, at his home.

He was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Rochester, New York, to Roy C. and Lois M. (Pine) Hutchinson.

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Raymond L. Carver, 77, of Fowler died Jan. 17, 2020.

He was born Oct. 5, 1942, in Lamar to Mike and Mary (Brooks) Carver.

He attended school in Las Animas and later in Salida.

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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