Jim Flowers passed away on Tuesday, April 10 after a lengthy illness.

Jim was born April 13, 1939, in Montrose to Wayne E. And Nellie (Humphrey) Flowers. He attended school at the Kinikin School for first grade, and then finished his elementary schooling at the Uncompahgre School. He graduated from Montrose High School with the class of 1957, was very active in FFA and served as secretary at the state level. He married Rayma Harris in August of 1960, and was a father to three children. Farming, ranching and livestock were his main interests until he attended auction school in 1970. He opened the livestock auction in Montrose, owning and operating it for several years. The business was closed due to his failing health. He then worked with the livestock auctions first in Salida, then Monte Vista, and finally Western Slope Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction at Loma.

Along with farming and ranching, he also held periodic farm machinery auctions at his lot in Montrose. He had a large collection of antique and classic tractors and vehicles. He worked at a variety of jobs throughout the years and made many good friends. He loved his family: children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed his auction career.

He is survived by his wife Rayma; daughters, Jill (Dave) Kearns of Montrose; Joy (Doug) McKnight of Ignacio; and son Jimmy D. (April) Flowers of Grand Junction; eight grandchildren, Nolan Kearns, Nathan (Chanen) Kearns, Ashlee (Jesse) McKnight/Ellison, Josh and Codi McKnight, Samantha, Jacquelyn and James D. Flowers; great-grandchildren, Karson and Kelton Guilliams, and Cylah and Kymber Kearns; siblings, JoAnn (Jim) Gardner, Jerry (Vicky) Flowers, Bill (Debra) Flowers, and Jack Flowers and Sandy; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Wayne Brown; along with many nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by his long-time close friend and co-worker, Bill (Karen) Sutton and their family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne & Nellie Flowers; nephew Larry Brown, and great niece, Alisha Bishop.

Services will be held Tuesday, April 24 at the Events Center at the Montrose Fairgrounds beginning at 1 p.m. Visitation will be held at the Crippin Chapel on Monday evening, April 23 from 4-6 p.m. Private interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a charity of choice, or the FFA Chapter, c/o Bret Saunders, 600 South Selig Ave., Montrose, Colo., 81401; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn., 38101-9929; or HopeWest Hospice, 725 South 4th Street, Mont rose, Colo., 81401. Arrangements are under the care of Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory.