Dora Mae Trampe
Dora Mae Trampe, 92, of Gunnison passed away on March 1, 2017 surrounded by her family in Gunnison. Dora Mae was born in Westcliff , Colo. to William Jacob Entz and Nellie Bly Hoss on Nov. 23, 1924. Dora Mae sought out the opportunity to attend college in Gunnison, working at M.J. Verzuh Insurance Agency allowed her to save up for her dream. On June 17, 1945 Dora Mae married Sheldon Trampe in Gunnison and she soon devoted herself to the ranching lifestyle. Over the years she immersed herself in the daily operations of the ranch, where she found a deeper passion than attending school. Until her husband passed away, Dora Mae found herself ranching north of Gunnison right alongside Sheldon. After losing her husband, Dora Mae worked tirelessly with her children to keep the ranch progressive and made sure it stayed within the family. Over the years her energy only grew for agriculture. She was actively involved in her grandchildren's 4-H projects and was a relentless advocate for ranching, land conservation and the livelihood of agriculture in the Gunnison Valley. All of which led to a passing legacy of ranching and recently resulted in the permanent preservation of the Trampe Ranch. Through the years Dora Mae had enthusiasm for being an active member of the Gunnison community, where she sat on the Gunnison County Planning Commission, The Colorado State Planning Commission, and was on the board of directors for the First National Bank. Furthermore, Dora Mae was an active member in The Rebecca Hall Lodge, Cowbells, Community Church of Gunnison and the Garden Club. Though Dora Mae's ambitions only grew. She traveled the world with her siblings, enjoyed rooting for Denver sports teams, loved the outdoors and became particularly fond of fishing at the family cabin. Dora Mae enjoyed life's simplicities; reading, sewing, needlework, playing bridge and she even became well known for her meringue pies. Dora Mae is preceded in passing by her husband Sheldon, and sisters Blanche Entz Loens, Freida Entz Hanson, Iola Entz Long and brother Lawrence Entz. She is survived by her son William (Bill) Trampe and Barbara East, daughter Bette Mae Rundell and her husband Don, granddaughters Karla Rundell and Shelby Rundell-Le and husband Chris Le, as well as many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers a memorial donations may be made to a fund in Dora Mae's name at Community Banks of Colorado, which will be used to further her passion of education. The family of Dora Mae Trampe wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Porter and staff at the Gunnison Hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date.