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Layton "Butch" Edwin Metz, Jr. passed away on April 29 at St. Mary's in Grand Junction. Layton was born on March 2, 1948 to Layton E. and Phyllis (Langston) Metz, Sr., the oldest of four children, in Fort Collins. He was 70 years old at the time of his death.

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Cody Weston Rice, age 54, of Cimarron passed away on Friday, April 27 in the comforts of his home. Cody was born May 4, 1963 in Gunnison. He spent his childhood in Gunnison and Cimarron and some in Marshfield, Mo., where he was a member of White Oak Baptist Church.

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Ralph “Peter” Carbone, 41, formerly of Seneca Falls, N.Y., passed away on Friday, April 20 in California as a result of injuries received in a motor vehicle accident. Family and friends attended a Memorial Mass on Friday, April 27 at St. Patrick’s Church, in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

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Tom Archuletta passed away on April 25. Tom was born and raised in Gunnison. He graduated from Gunnison High School and joined the U.S. Air Force where he honorably and faithfully served from 1961-65. Tom attended Mesa College for a year and then married the love of his life Georgia Pawless.

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David Allan Th eis, age 66, died peacefully at home on April 11 surrounded by family and a few close friends after an exhausting battle with cancer. Born in Laporte, Ind., he grew up in Boulder.

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Nicole Albin Dust (Nikki), age 34, passed away peacefully on April 26 in Longmont with her sister Ashley by her side. She was born in Hartford, Conn., and moved to Crested Butte in 1995 attending the Crested Butte Community School. She later lived in Gunnison before settling in Longmont.

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A memorial service to celebrate the life of Edna Mae Fry will be held on May 12 at 10 a.m. at the Community Church, 107 N. Iowa in Gunnison. Please join us for a luncheon after, 43111 U.S. Hwy. 50, to share stories and remember a life lived and loved to the fullest. Forever in our hearts.

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Crested Butte native Mary Apolona Stefanic-Armanini was born in Crested Butte on July 18, 1922. Her parents Mike (Misko) Stefanac (1879-1926) and Katarina (Kata) Stefanac (1884-1959) were immigrants from Croatia. The last name was somehow “Americanized” to Stefanic through misspelling.

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Montrose and Cimarron resident, Earl F. Alford, 80, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday April 21 surrounded by his family.

Son of Henry Alford and Lillie Lince, Earl was born in Yakima, Wash., on Nov. 13, 1937.

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Celia M. Swank, age 98 of Lake City passed away on Tuesday, April 17 at the Gunnison Valley Health Senior Care Center in Gunnison. Crippin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements, 970.249.2121.

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