David Hutchinson

David Hutchinson, 82, passed away Feb. 20, at Hope West in Grand Junction. He lived in Texas for 57 years until he discovered Colorado.

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Lee Taramarcaz, a Parlin native and lifelong Upper Tomichi Creek rancher, passed away on Monday evening from a lengthy illness. A graveside service is scheduled for Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Gunnison Cemetery.

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Lemoyne Layfayette Whitesides (L.L.) 78 years of age of Frankston, Texas, went home to the Lord on Friday, May 29. Lemoyne had been a resident of The Heights of Tyler, Texas.

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Billy Joe Long was lifted by angels to be with his heavenly Father and Lord Jesus on May 30. He died at St. Mary’s Hospital at the age of 85 suffering from dementia and other health issues. Billy Joe was born to Omar James Long and Carrie A. Jones on Dec. 13, 1934 in Gladewater, Texas. His father remarried later to Bernice L. Langston, who raised older brother Fred, Joe and younger brother Bob in Bristow and Pryor, Okla. The boys attended and graduated from Pryor High School, Okla. Joe and Fred attended OSU at Stillwater, Okla., and majored in building construction for two years. They then enlisted in the Navy Sea Bee’s — Joe going to Alaska and Fred to North Africa.

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Almont summer resident Betty Jane (Hill) Morrow died Sunday, April 26 at her home in Lakewood, Colo., at the age of 101. Betty was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1919, in Pueblo, Colo., to Hugh J. Hill and Mary Ethel (Mamie) Watson Hill.

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Betty Irene Andrews, 95, of Nucla, Colo., died May 2 at home. She was born Jan. 26, 1925 to John Schuyler Hoyt and Ruth Floy Williams in Findley, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, Robert Vern Hoyt and Leonard McClean Hoyt.

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Penny Lee Hughes, 61, was granted her wings on April 1. Born in Grand Junction, Colo., on Jan. 7, 1959 to Norman Lee Hughes and Beverly Jane Hughes. Penny lived in Grand Junction, Meeker and most of her life in Gunnison, carrying on a fourth generation of Colorado born natives.

Helen Aminda Kukkonen Bjork

Helen Aminda Kukkonen Bjork, 99, former Hancock and Marquette, Mich., and Gunnison, Colo., resident, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, April 29, at RidgeStone Village in Delavan, Wisc., where she had resided since 2013.

James Lee Coleman

Long time Gunnison County resident, James Lee Coleman, passed “over the Great Divide” on Feb. 15.

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