The Tri-County Obituary Project

Huerfano County, Pueblo County, and Las Animas County, Colorado.



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Bilby, Charlotte
Charlotte Bilby - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - February 3, 1922 - Pueblo - Frank Bilby, 27 years old, found guilty of the murder of his bride of three weeks, Charlotte Bilby, Aug. 8, 1921, has been sentenced to twenty-five to thirty years imprisonment by Judge J. Strimble of the District Court here. Even with time allowed for good behavior the sentence means that Bilby will have to spend nineteen or twenty years in prison. He thanked the court for a fair trial.

Bilger, George Jr.
George Bilger Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - December 10, 1998 - George Bilger Jr., 60, passed away Dec. 8, 1998. Survived by his wife, Teresa Bilger, of the family home- and children, Peggy Bilger, Greg (Joni) Bilger, and Michael (Wendy) Bilger, all of Pueblo. Grandfather of Gage and Blaine Bilger. Also survived by brothers, Edward (Betty Jean) Bilger, and Lawrence Bilger, Pueblo- sister, Anna Marie Goosey, Brookfield, Mo. - mother-in-law, Alice Hoffman- brother-in-law, Charles (Bonnie) Hoffman, all of Pueblo- and sisters-in-law, Sandra Alexander of Pueblo, and Sue (Frank) Ankele of Brighton- as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bilger was employed with maintenance at School District 60 for 31 years retiring in 1993. An avid fisherman, Mr. Bilger especially enjoyed fishing the Arkansas River. He was also a woodcrafter who could fashion toys, Christmas gifts and many other keepsakes. At his request, cremation, Almont Crematory. Mr. Bilger was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church parish where a will be held Friday, 10:30 a.m.

Bilger, Lawrence
Lawrence Bilger - Pueblo Chieftain - September 06, 1999 - Lawrence Bilger, born April 5, 1937, passed away Sept. 4, 1999. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Matilda Bilger- and brother, George Bilger Jr. Survived by his son, Kevin Bilger- brother Edward (Betty Jean) Bilger- sister, Anna Marie Goosey- and sister-in-law, Teresa Bilger. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Cremation with, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, at George McCarthy Historic Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ICU unit at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital.

Bill, Texas
Texas Bill - Boulder County News - August 10, 1870 - One of the men hung at Pueblo, Tuesday, was known as “Texas Bill,” who worked several months for Mr. Fay and others on Kiowa creek. The other was a German, name unknown, formerly from New York.

Biller, Mary Carol
Sister Mary Carol Biller - Kansas City Star - November 01, 1994 - Sister Mary Carol Biller, 83, Atchison, Kan., a former teacher in this area, died Oct. 30, 1994, in the Dolley Center at Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison. Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the St. Scholastica Chapel, Atchison; burial in the sisters' cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Dolley Center, where vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Sister Mary Carol taught at St. Pius X School, Kansas City, Kan., in 1959-60; at St. Benedict's School, Atchison, from 1954 to 1959; at St. Anthony's School in Kansas City, Kan., in 1949-50 and from 1952 to 1954; and at St. Benedict School in Kansas City, Kan., in 1932-33. She also taught in National City, Calif.; San Ysidro, Calif.; Beatrice, Neb.; Good Intent, Kan.; Walsenburg, Colo.; and Dawson, Neb. She taught at St. Louis College in Atchison from 1935 to 1937. She was born Anna Marie BILLER in St. Joseph, joined the Benedictine Sisters in 1930 and professed her vows in 1932 Survivors include nieces and nephews.

Billings, Billy Sr.
Billy Billings Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - March 27, 2005 - Billy Billings Sr., 74, passed away March 23, 2005. Graveside committal service, 10 a.m. Monday, at Mountain View Cemetery.

Billings, Esco R. Jr.
Esco R. Billings Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - May 09, 2003 - Esco R. Billings Jr., 81, departed this life on May 7, 2003. Preceded in death by his parents, Esco R. Billings and Lorea Billings. Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lois M. Billings; children, Sharon (Rich) Zajac, Esco R. (Valerie) Billings III, Daniel (Debbie) Billings, Lela (Gary) Mowry, Sheila Billings, Susan (Bill) Miller, David (Lael) Billings; brothers, Jim (Rosie) Billings, Bill (Norma) Billings; aunt, Loretta Dodge; grandchildren, Bob (Karen) Barger, Christa (Mark) Riggle, Jeremiah (Leslie) Rojas, Kyle Billings, Kenneth Brantley, Ross Billings, Amanda Billings, Brandon Billings, Ariann Billings, Kevin (Tricia) Miller, Jessica Miller, David Lee Billings Jr., Craig Billings, Ariel Billings; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Esco proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and the Korean War. He returned home to raise his family in Pueblo, where he retired from the Pueblo City Fire Department as an assistant fire chief. Esco was a member of Silver State lodge No. 95 AF&AM, Pueblo Elks Lodge No. 90, American Legion, DAV No. 2 and Eagles Lodge No. 145. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; his family was always number one in his life. He will be forever loved, remembered and deeply missed by his family and friends. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday May 10, 2003, in the Community of Christ, at the corner of Blackburn and McNeil streets. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. His family will receive extended family and friends at the home of Esco III, 1763 28th Lane, immediately following the services. The family requests that contributions be made to the Pueblo City Fire Department Fire Prevention Program, 1551 Bonforte, Pueblo, CO 81001.

Billings, Margaret
Margaret (Kirkland) Billings - Pueblo Chieftain - September 27, 2000 - Margaret (Kirkland) Billings, 86, passed away Sept. 23, 2000, in Bulverde, Texas. Resident of Pueblo, Colo., for 49 years, spending the last few years in Bulverde. Born May 29, 1914, in Pearsall, Texas, to Daniel and Elizabeth Kirkland. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin D. Billings; sisters, Flora Thurman and Mary Gibson; brothers, Daniel H. Kirkland and Moritz C. Kirkland. Survived by her sister, Frances Kirkland of Bulverde, Texas; sister-in-law, Elsie Kirkland of Pueblo; stepdaughter, Melva Butler of Pflugerville, Texas; nephews, Dan (Darla) Kirkland, Jim (Mary) Kirkland, Pat (Deanie) Gibson; nieces, Yvonne (Ray) Youngren, Joyce Bradley, Helen Fred, Beth Dale Brown; numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews. She will lie in state at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, with Pastor Richard Messer officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow the interment at Imperial Courtesy Hall. Those who desire may make memorials to American Lung Association or Animal Welfare through the funeral home.

Billington, Norman James
Norman James Billington - Wilson County News - April 13, 2004 - Floresville, TX - Former Bremerton resident Norman James Billington, 83, of Lewis, Colo., died July 25, 2002, in Lewis. He was born Dec. 8, 1918, in Gulnare, Colo., to Norman I. and Violet (McKiddie) Billington. Mr. Billington served in the Army during World War II. He later worked as a meat cutter in the Bremerton area. He enjoyed fly-fishing and card games. Mr. Billington was the last surviving member of his family. A graveside service was held July 30 at Cortez Cemetery in Cortez, Colo., under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home.

Billups, Howard Dean
Howard Dean Billups - Pueblo Chieftain - May 30, 2003 - Howard Dean Billups passed away May 25, 2003, in Pueblo. Howard was born Aug. 12, 1917, in West Virginia, and had been a longtime Pueblo resident. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be remembered for his honesty, high morals and good values as well as his love for his family. He will always be with us in spirit. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Rush B. and Elma Dean Billups; and son-in-law, Forest Irvin Woods. His survivors include his wife, Loretta M. Billups of Pueblo; daughters, Patricia Ann Woods of Colorado, and Phyllis Jean (Stanley) Dorris of Colorado; brothers, Glen L. Billups of Pennsylvania, Joseph D. Billups of Florida; beloved sister, Lois Jean Hathaway of West Virginia; his grandchildren, Lawrence H. Dorris, Joanne A. Thomas and Forest V. (Meg) Woods; and great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Ryan and Michael Thomas; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2003, in the Davis Memorial Chapel with Pastor Diane Bell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mission Wolf, through the mortuary.

Bilotti, Grace
Grace Bilotti - Pueblo Chieftain - May 16, 1999 - Grace Bilotti; age 71, died May 14, 1999, in Trinidad, Colo. She was born March 16, 1928, in Segundo, Colo., to Angelo and Nellie (Rockaforte) Barbero. Grace graduated from Primero High School. She had been a Trinidad resident for the past 71 years. She was married to Joseph Bilotti on Aug. 18, 1951, in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Trinidad, Colo. She worked for Deluxe Studio and then for Safeway for 37 years. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Altar Society and the Trinidad Knife and Fork Club. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Grace is survived by her husband, Joe Bilotti, Trinidad- brother, Ralph (Elaine) Barbero, Cerritos, Calif. - sisters, Angie (George) Bonacquisti, Downey, Calif., Phyllis (Joe) Bassetti, Pueblo, Nell (Donald) Guarienti, Albuquerque, N.M., - sister-in-law, Rose Simpleman- and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Visitation, 9 a.m. to6 p.m. Monday at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home. Rosary service, 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Mullare-Murphy Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Eugene Renard, S.J., and Father Ben Bacino concelebrating. Entombment in the Last Supper Mausoleum, Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers: Joe DeGarbo, Ben Naccarato, Joseph Bonato, Charles Simpleman, Anthony Bassetti and Don Allen Guarienti. Honorary pallbearers: All of her cherished friends. Memorials may be made to the Trinidad Catholic Schools. Arrangements under the direction of Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home.

Bilyeu, Maxine
Maxine Bilyeu - Pueblo Chieftain - March 02, 1998 - Maxine Bilyeu, 64, of Las Animas, departed this life in La Junta, Colo., Feb. 27, 1998. She was born May 12, 1933, in Campo, Colo., the daughter of Elmer and Dorothy Rusk Houser. She is survived by her husband, Everett Bilyeu, of their home in Las Animas- her children, Vicki Bilyeu of Tustin, Calif., Jo Ell (Don) Frantz of Las Animas, Sherri (Gilbert) Davis of Rocky Ford and Stanley (Tracey) Bilyeu of Las Animas, Colo.- and her grandchildren, Alec Bilyeu-Cordova, Caitlyn Frantz, Alissa, Natasha and Alexandria Davis and Wyatt Bilyeu. Also survived by a very special friend, Lucille Melchior, four sisters and seven brothers, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 1998, in Las Animas, at the Powell-Kuhns Chapel. Interment will follow at McClave Cemetery, McClave, Colo.

Binder, Thomas P.
Thomas P. Binder - Pueblo Chieftain - May 30, 2000 - Thomas P. Binder of Baton Rouge, La., passed away May 27, 2000. He was preceded in death on Oct. 21, 1979, by his wife, Josephine Stebley Binder. Funeral service, Wednesday, 10 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Binford, Barrie
Barrie Binford - Pueblo Chieftain - December 13, 2003 - Barrie Binford, 74, passed away Dec. 9, 2003. Survived by his wife, Dorothy Beth Massey-Binford, of the family home in Pueblo West; children, John (Linda) Binford of Newport Beach, Calif., Jana (Richard) Roney of Seattle, Wash., and Mark Binford of Pueblo; brother, Dr. Laurence C. Binford of Baton Rouge, La.; sister-in-law, Barbara (Harvey) Mizel of Pueblo; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Irene Binford of Glencoe, Ill. Barrie was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 23, 1929, and worked for Weyerhaeuser Co. and Timberline Pipe Co. He was a member of several clubs and organizations and was a tireless worker for the Republican Party. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Services and interment will be held in Michigan at a later date.

Bingham, Harvey G.
Harvey G. Bingham - Pueblo Chieftain - September 18, 1999 - Harvey G. Bingham, age 54. Graveside memorial service, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, at the Wiley Cemetery, Wiley, Colo. No visitation.

Bingham, Lula M.
Lula M. Bingham - Pueblo Chieftain - November 26, 1998 - Lula M. Bingham, 98, passed away Nov. 24, 1998. Funeral services, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Peacock-Wood Chapel. Visitation, Friday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Interment, Fairmount Cemetery.

Biondi, Ellen
Ellen Biondi - Huerfano World - October 26, 2006 - Ellen Biondi died October 17, 2006 in Florence. She was born November 20, 1916 in Sharpsdale, CO to Nickolas Ketcham and Mary Ellen Ketcham and lived in Huerfano County until moving to Canon city in 1999 to be closer to family. She loved embroidery, gardening and her pets. Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Fred Biondi in 1985. Her survivors include her children Marie (Sheldon) Downer, Shirley (Steve) Standiferd, John Sporcich, Jerry Lee Sporcich, Kenneth (Sharon) Sporcich, 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and several nieces and nephews. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2006 in the St. Benedict Catholic Church, 622 W. 2nd in Florence. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contribution in memory of Ellen be made to the St. Thomas Moore/Flora Brandt Nurses Scholarship Fund, 1338 Phay Ave., Canon City, CO 81212 or to the Florence Care Home, 1230 W. 3rd, Florence, CO 81226.

Biondi, Frank
Frank Biondi - Huerfano World – February 9, 1961 - Pallbearers Named for Frank Biondi - Oscar Santi, Joseph Habib, James Carelia, John Amidei, Joe Falsetta, and A.S. Lenzini, Jr., were the active pallbearers for the funeral of Frank Biondi on Monday. Honorary pallbearers were Vincent Repola, Frank LoPresto, Ernest Barbari, John Lenzini, and Pete Bassi.

Biondi, Louie
Louie Biondi - Huerfano World - February 23, 1989 - Louie Biondi, 75, of Walsenburg, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 1989, in St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. Born and reared in Toltec, he was the postmaster there for several years and then began working in the mines around the Huerfano County area. He worked in the mines for 20 years before owning and operating Biondi's Sporting Goods in Walsenburg. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1187, the Knights of Columbus 2139, treasurer of the Elks Lodge 1086, BPOE Walsenburg, and a member of the Local United Mine Workers #9856, Trinidad. He is survived by a brother, John Biondi, and a sister, Mary A. Biondi, both of Walsenburg; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Rosary was recited Monday and Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday from St. Mary Church. Burial was in North St. Mary Cemetery. Boies Almont was in charge of arrangements.

Biondolillo, Bertha Jane
Bertha Jane Biondolillo - Pueblo Chieftain - March 12, 2005 - Bertha Jane Biondolillo, 80, born Nov. 13, 1924, passed away March 10, 2005. Preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Sam Biondolillo; and parents, Tony and Helen Todero. Survived by her sister, Angel (Frank) Pantleo; daughters, Mary (Bud) Zupancic, Jane (Tom) Tye; sons, Bob (Paula) Biondolillo and Sam J. (Marylyn) Biondolillo; grandchildren, Cheri (Joe) Young, Bonnie (Phil) Hernandez, Kimberly (Chad) Jeffries, David (April) Tye and Patrick J. Biondolillo; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Alire, Kayla, Alexis and Ryan Timme and Haleigh Jeffries. Bertha was a loving wife, mother and a devoted SRDA volunteer for many years. Thanks to those at the Pavilion who took special care of her. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all the caring staff at hospice. Service, 2 p.m. Monday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. The family will receive friends there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice.

Biondolillo, Catherine
Catherine (Katie) Biondolillo - Pueblo Chieftain - October 12, 1998 - Catherine (Katie) Biondolillo, born May 8, 1907, passed away Oct. 10, 1998. Went to be with her husband, Phillip, who preceded her in death. Survived by her daughter, Mary (Gerald) Dremel - son, Frank Biondolillo- and daughter-in-law, Reeva Biondolillo, all of Pueblo. Grandmother of Karen, Rae Ann, Mark, David, Gerald, Frank, Tom, Sandy, Phillip, Vincent, Tony, Chris, Cary- and 17 great-grandchildren. Also preceded in death by two sons, Sammy and Leonard Biondolillo- brothers, John, Carl, Nick and Ted Buccola. Also survived by her sister, Eva (Joe) Godec, of Pueblo. Mrs. Biondolillo belonged to the Altar Society of Our Lady of Assumption Church. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting for her family. Viewing, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Our Lady of Assumption Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. A reception will be given by the family at the church following the interment.

Biondolillo, Reeva Jean
Reeva Jean (Tootsie) Biondolillo - Pueblo Chieftain - October 13, 1998 - Reeva Jean (Tootsie) Biondolillo, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Oct. 12, 1998. Preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Biondolillo- father, Robert R. Wood- and mother and father-in-law, Phillip and Catherine Biondolillo. Survived by her mother, Alice Wood, Pueblo, Colo. - sons, Chris (Michelle) Biondolillo and Cary Biondolillo- and granddaughter, Nicole, Pueblo, Colo. Also survived by brother, Robert (Rose) Wood Jr., Artesia, N.M.- sister, Kathryn (Norman) Wiedrick, Pueblo, Colo.- sister-in-law, Mary (Gerald) Dremel, Pueblo West, Colo.- and brother-in-law, Frank Biondolillo, Pueblo, Colo.- as well as numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and a special friend, Anthony (A.J.) DeLuca. Mrs. Biondolillo retired from the CF&I Steel Corporation after 27 1/2 years of service. In 1984, she established and operated Pride City Printing. She was the president of the Pueblo Elkettes No. 90, a member of Pueblo Aerie 145 Ladies Auxiliary (FOE), ALTRUSA International, precinct chairwoman for the Democratic Party, member of Dante Alighieri Society and the finance committee for Holy Family Parish. Visitation, Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, Wednesday, 10 a.m., Holy Family Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Reeva Biondolillo Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home office.

Birch, Madesta
Madesta "Vesta" Birch – Pueblo Chieftain – September 27, 2006 - Madesta "Vesta" Birch, 91, joined her loving husband, Ralph Birch, on Sept. 25, 2006, in Pueblo, Colo. Madesta was born Nov. 15, 1914, in Wahpeton, N.D., to Carl and Alvina Hermes, who preceded her; along with her brother, Dwayne Hermes. Survived by her sons, Gary (Cheryl), Orion (Alice), Launnie (Betsy), Karl (Robin); 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Madesta retired as a registered nurse from St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in 1972. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Shrine of St. Therese. Entombment to follow at the Chapel of the Angels Mausoleum, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Birch, Mr.
Mr. Birch – Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – March 20, 1873 – We learn from the News that Mr. Birch, of Golden, has, for some time, been engaged in railway construction at one of the camps on the Julesburg road north of Golden. On Thursday last he sat down to one of the meals prepared by the camp, and partook freely of a large quantity of fruit. This fruit, it appears, had been prepared in a brass kettle, and Mr. Birch was soon afterwards attacked with severe pains. He was at once taken to his home in Golden, and medical examination disclosed the fact that the unfortunate man had been poisoned, the effects of the fruit being cooked in kettles above mentioned. After suffering intense agony until Sunday morning, Mr. Birch died.

Birch, Ralph F.
Ralph F. Birch - Pueblo Chieftain - October 01, 2004 - Ralph F. Birch, 90, born Jan. 26, 1914, passed away Sept. 29, 2004. Survived by his loving wife and lifetime partner, Modesta Birch; children, Gary (Cheryl) Birch, Orion (Alice) Birch, Launnie (Betsy) Birch, and Karl (Robin) Birch; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Rogers; and brother, Raymond Birch. Ralph was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army and retired from the CF&I. He was a lifetime member of BPOE No. 90. Ralph enjoyed being with his family, traveling and going to Cripple Creek. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, Shrine of St. Therese Church. Entombment, Imperial Memorial Gardens Chapel of the Angels Mausoleum with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

Birchler, Anna
Anna Birchler - Pueblo Chieftain - March 17, 2000 - Anna Birchler, age 85, was born in Segundo, Colo., on May 10, 1914, and passed away March 15, 2000. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Howard Birchler, who passed away Oct. 14, 1963. Also preceding her in death is her loving mother, Jennie Mattie and father, Joseph Mattie; sisters, Mary Musso and Rose Tapia; brothers, Arthur and Ernest Mattie; as well as brother-in-law, Peno Carnelli. She is survived by daughter, Linda Conklin; sisters, Josephine Carnelli, Lucy (Conrad) Pelletier of Torrance, Calif.; brothers, Sam (Frances) Mattie of Pueblo, Albert Mattie of Segundo, Colo., Joe Mattie of Pueblo. Also surviving is brother-in-law, Robert Tapia of Cokedale, Colo.; sister-in-law, Clara Mattie of Segundo, Colo.; grandsons, Jay (Debbie) Glaze, Ryan Conklin and several nieces and nephews. Visitation, Sunday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, Monday, March 20, 10 a.m., St. Francis Xavier, interment to follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Bird, Amelia
Dr. Amelia Bird - Huerfano World - November 23, 1989 - This Week in La Veta History - 1910: Dr. Amelia Bird, who formerly practiced medicine in La Veta, died. [Editor's Note: Amelia VonFelden Bird died November 27, 1910. Obituary is listed in World Independent, December 3, 1910, Page 1.]

Bird, Georgia A.
Georgia A. Bird - Pueblo Chieftain - September 01, 2004 - Georgia A. Bird, 97, of Pueblo, passed away after a lengthy illness, with her loving family at her side on Aug. 29, 2004. Born Sept. 26, 1906, in Gering, Neb., to George and Sarah Hall. Preceded in death by her first husband, Frank Meadors; parents, two sisters, one brother; granddaughter, Sue Rusk; and grandson, Greg Bird. Survived by her loving husband of 65 years, George; children, George Meadors, Pattie Adams, Sam (Mary), Ron (Linda), Arthur "Corky" (Jan) Bird; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend, Patricia Pumphrey; extended family; brother-in-law, Virgil Bird; sisters-in-law, Louise (Jerry) Bishop and Wyneta (Ira) Clendenning. Georgia loved to fish and golf. She was a member of Central Christian Church. A 50 year member of Cactus Star Rebekah No. 2, Easter Star, Past Queen Esther of Dames of Malta, Past Dept., President of G.A.R., Past Master of Steel City Grange 491. Georgia taught Sunday school for many years and was a Cub Scout Leader. Georgia also wrote a book on her life in 1995. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Friday, Central Christian Church. Burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City. Donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice in her memory through the funeral home office.

Bird, Harry
Harry Bird – Bayfield Blade – June 9, 1910 – Harry Bird, an insane patient at San Rafael hospital, Trinidad, escaped Tuesday, was recaptured, and while being taken back to the hospital, died on the way.

Bird, Henry J.
Henry J. Bird – Huerfano World – June 1, 2000 - Henry H. Bird died May 27, 2000 in the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Walsenburg. He was a retired US Navy veteran of 20 years, and was a chief engineer in the Navy. Survivors include his wife, Odette Bird, Arvada; his children, Helen Bird, Pat McKinney, Richard Bird, Nancy Holzer and Michael Bird; two step-children, seven grandchildren and his many friends at the Veterans Home. Cremation. No service.

Bird, Ruth Yvonne
Ruth Yvonne Bird - Pueblo Chieftain - November 02, 2005 - Ruth Yvonne Bird, 84, passed away Oct. 27, 2005. She was preceded in death by her sister, Sue Cutler. Ruth is survived by her brother, Roy (Lucille) Golightly; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Donations may be made to the Frontier Hospice in memory of Ruth through the funeral home. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home.

Birdwell, Elaine Elizabeth
Elaine Elizabeth Simmons Birdwell - Pueblo Chieftain - May 29, 2005 - Elaine Elizabeth Simmons Birdwell was born May 18, 1918, in Kearney County, Neb. As high school valedictorian in Long Beach, Calif., she attended the University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins Nursing School. She married her husband of 30 years, Joseph Rodger Simmons on May 18, 1946, and became prominent store owners in Pueblo. She was active in Quota Club, the American Legion and Knights of Columbus wives clubs, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. She was a devoted Catholic until her death. She moved in 1984 to Dallas, Texas, to be near her daughter's family, then to Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1992, to marry Wheeler L. Birdwell Jr. She returned to Dallas in 1999 until her death. She is survived by daughter, Anne Ferris Simmons (Warren) Balden; grandchildren, Torrens, Raji, Elise, Evan, and Denique Balden; great-grandchildren, Christopher Balden, Jayden and Trinity Rockwell; nieces, Catherine Young-Dell of South Hadley, Mass., Elizabeth Young Albritton of Sarasota, Fla.; cousin, Mitzi Lucas Riley of Aledo, Texas. Her brother, Scott Young, preceded her in death. Donations may be made to the American Lymphoma Society or St. Pius X Catholic Church in Elaine's name. Viewing, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 31, 2005, T.G. McCarthy Funeral home with rosary and Mass to follow at 1:30 p.m., St. Pius X Catholic Church. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery.

Birkholz, William M.
William M. Birkholz - Denver Rocky Mountain News - January 30, 2001 - William M. Birkholz, 79, of Commerce City died Jan. 21. Services were Jan. 26, with burial at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. Birkholz was born in Walsenburg on Dec. 9, 1921. He married Pearl Stallings, 1966. He was a mechanic. Survivors include son Kevin Heye of Commerce City; daughter Connie Johnson of Fort Lupton; stepson John Sawyer of Ohio; brother John of Utah; sister Esther Myers of Denver; three grandchildren.

Birmingham, James P.
James P. Birmingham "Diesel Smoke" - Pueblo Chieftain - June 27, 2004 - James P. Birmingham "Diesel Smoke," age 63, passed away June 22, 2004. Survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary E. Birmingham; children, Loney L. (Mary) Guyette of Pueblo, Lorraine (Bob) Hines of Dale City, Va., Harland (Debbie) Guyette of Pueblo, Danny (Stephanie) DeHerrera of Denver, Edward M. (Karen) Birmingham of Marion, N.Y., Patrick J. Birmingham of Pueblo, and Arthur J. (Roberta) Birmingham of Colorado Springs; brothers, Joseph (Yvonne) Birmingham of Oceanside, Calif.; sister, Dorthy (Robert) Shive of Geneva, Ill.; and brother, Michael (Sandra) Birmingham of Mount Vernon, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his ex-wife, Dometilla Birmingham; father, James P. Birmingham Sr.; mother, Gladys Kerkove; and step-mother, Elizabeth V. Birmingham. Born to James P. and Gladys Birmingham, Aug. 9, 1940, in Elma, Iowa. Mr. Birmingham served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. A retired Pueblo Police officer, he loyally served the people of Pueblo. He was a life member of BPO Elks Lodge No. 90, Disabled American Veterans San Isabel No. 2, American Legion Post 2, Front Range Antique Power Association and Rocky Mountain Tractor Pullers Association. He will lie in state from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at St. Joseph Church, 1145 S. Aspen, with the Rev. Father Marcos Salinas and the Rev. Father Richard Becker as celebrants. Elks Rites by BPOE No. 90, full military honors by the Pueblo Veteran's Ritual Team and interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Reception will follow at the American Legion Post No. 2, 701 W. Ninth St.

Birner, Max J.
Max J. Birner - Pueblo Chieftain - June 12, 1986 - Dr. Max J. Birner, Ph.D., of 2216 Seventh Ave., June 10, 1986. Father of Dr. W. Frederic (Marjorie) Birner, Pueblo. Grandfather of Frederic Birner, Denver; Mark Birner, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Julie Birner, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Birner was predeceased by his wife, Olga, who passed away May 9, 1984. A Colorado resident since 1966 and a Pueblo resident for the past five years. Dr. Birner was employed as a chemist for Boehringer Pharmaceuticals in Germany and then served as director of research for Pfizer Drug Co. in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Birner was a member of Ascension Episcopal Church. Cremation, Almont Crematory. The Episcopal Burial Office of the Dead will be read 10 a.m. Friday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel by the Rev. Robert Schelling, Rector. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers; memorials may be made to the Ascension Episcopal Church, 420 W. 18th, Pueblo, Colo., 81003. The family will receive friends at 3025 Fourth Ave.

Birrer, Graham J.
Graham J. Birrer - Pueblo Chieftain - August 27, 2000 - Graham J. Birrer, 40, passed away Aug. 23, 2000. Preceded in death by mother, Clariss Birrer, and grandfather, Floyd J. Birrer Sr. Survived by loving wife of eight years, Jean Birrer; children, Jennifer, Justin, Mac, Zac, James, Randy and Ricky; grandchildren, Dani, Kyla, Michaela and Faith; father, Floyd J. Birrer Jr.; grandmother, Bertha Birrer; brothers, Clair S. Birrer and Merlin D. Birrer; two nephews; and three nieces. Graham's most precious possession in life was his family and friends. He spent long hours prospecting for his living and fulfilling his passion for mining. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, Rose Chapel. At the family's request there will not be a public viewing.

Birrer, Mikel Marie
Mikel Marie Birrer – Huerfano World – March 30, 2006 - Mikel Marie Birrer, left to be with the Lord on March 28, 2006. Born in Salt Lake City, UT, on August 6, 1935. She is survived by her husband, George W. Birrer, three sons, Jeff Bishop, Greg Bishop, and George E. (Stephanie) Birrer and daughters, Teresa (Edward) Vasquez, Tilda (Doug) Haines and Alicia (George) Rodriquez, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and her cat Sneakers. She was a phenomenal woman and had many friends and relatives who loved her. A resident of Walsenburg for 25 years, she was a member of St. Mary Church and also an active supporter of the Fox Theater as well as the co-owner of Dakota Mobile Home Park and Birco, Inc. A rosary will be held at St. Mary Church, Friday, Mar. 31, 2006, at 9:30 a.m. The funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fox Theater, care of First National Bank in Trinidad, Huerfano County Branch on Sixth Street in Walsenburg. She loved life and will be sorely missed.

Birri, Louis Sr.
Louis Birri Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - June 13, 2000 - Louis Birri Sr. went to be with the Lord June 10, 2000. Born June 6, 1910, in Switzerland, he immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Harriett Birri; son, Louis Birri Jr.; and daughter Elisa (Rev. John) Bacon, all of Tucson, Ariz. Also survived by grandchildren, Teresa (Francis) Hodge, Pueblo, Colo., Amy (Steve) Near, Carol (Don) Caruso and Cindy (John) Camyre, of Tucson, Ariz. Also survived by seven great-grandchildren. Arrangements pending.

Bisbee, David L.
David L. Bisbee - Pueblo Chieftain - January 28, 1987 - David L. Bisbee, late of Pueblo, died Jan. 25, 1987, at a local hospital. Survived by his sisters, Ann (William) Eberwein, Pueblo, Sara McDonald, Rye, Ida White, Manitou Springs, Colo.; sister-in-law, Margaret Bisbee, Beulah; nieces and nephews, Patsy (John) Sprouse, Penrose, Cathy (Charles) Ferry, Pueblo, Albert (Becky) Bisbee, Pueblo, Mary (Robert) Morris, Carrizo Springs, Texas, and Jim Bisbee, Pueblo. Also survived by numerous other nieces and nephews. Born Aug. 3, 1921, in Burnt Mill, Colo. Pueblo resident most of his life. He was manager of Mars and Cliff Brice service stations in the area. Preceded in death by his brother, Albert Bisbee, and his sister, Mary Buchanan. Service, 2 p.m. today, Davis-Wallin Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. A. W. Miller officiating. Visitation until service time. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home office. The family may be contacted at 306 Michigan. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery.

Bish, Caroline
Caroline Bish - Pueblo Chieftain - June 23, 1982 - Mrs. Caroline Bish. Graveside service 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, La Veta Cemetery. [No additional information available.]

Bish, Ruth M.
Ruth M. Bish - Pueblo Chieftain - October 02, 2002 - Ruth M. Bish, 96, formerly of Rocky Ford, passed away in Pueblo on Sept. 30, 2002. Survived by her sister-in-law, Pauline Bish of Pueblo; nephews, Jay W. Tracey of Boston, Mass., and John R. Tracey of Pueblo; niece, Barbara Griffiths of Lubbock, Texas; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Ruth was born July 8, 1906, in Lancaster, Penn., and was reared in Rocky Ford. She graduated from McPherson College in McPherson, Kan. Ruth taught school in Springer, N.M., Gillette, Wyo., and Avondale, Colo., and retired from Sheridan, Wyoming School District and then returned to Rocky Ford. Private interment will be held at Valley View Cemetery in Rocky Ford. Memorial service, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, at First Presbyterian Church, 303 S. Ninth, in Rocky Ford, with Rev. Rusty Butler officiating.

Bishard, Catherine L.
Catherine L. Bishard - Pueblo Chieftain - April 05, 2000 - Catherine L. Bishard passed away April 3, 2000. Born March 31, 1909, in Rugby, Colo. Preceded in death by parents, Rhoades and Catherine Bishard, and brothers, Harvey Bishard and Elmore Bishard. Survived by one sister, Arlyne Hudson of Ridgeway, Colo.; sister-in-law, Esther Bishard of Pueblo; niece, Bette Trenam of Addison, Texas, whom she raised; numerous other nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ed and Helen Reichert. Catherine was an accountant for Mid West Steel and P. Mayer Leather Company for many years. She was a member of Lake Avenue Baptist Church, a 66-year member of Pueblo Chapter No. 7 Order of Eastern Star, member of San Isabel Shrine No. 7 and helped promote the activities of Job's Daughters and Rainbow Girls. In 1992, Catherine represented Pueblo Manor Nursing Home in the Colorado State Fair Silver Queen contest. Viewing, noon until 5 p.m. today. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2000, both to be held at the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Service will be officiated by the Rev. Harold Tuttle. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Family respectfully requests that any memorial donations be made to Lake Avenue Baptist Church.

Bishard, Esther
Esther L. Bishard - Pueblo Chieftain - March 12, 2002 - Age 78, a longtime resident of Pueblo, passed away March 6, 2002. Esther retired from registered nursing after serving at both Parkview Medical Center and the Colorado State Hospital. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Bishard. She will be remembered by her sisters, Opal Houser and Colleene Dodson, both of Mountain Home, Ark.; nieces, Karla Houser, Lisa (Garry) Kingrey and Kenna (Mark) Matsui; nephew, Richard (Debbie) Hillman; and great-niece, Keeley Hillman. Also survived by many friends. A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, 2710 N. Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers and food the family respectfully requests any donations be made to (PCC nursing scholarship).

Bishard, John
John Bishard - Huerfano World - February 3, 1994 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1900: Mrs. Laura Bishard, whose husband John was killed in the Pryor mine Nov. 9 by a runaway trip, is suing Union Coal and Coke Co. for $5,000 damages, $95 burial expenses and cost of the suit. [Editor's Note: John Bishard died November 9, 1899. Obituary is listed in Walsenburg World, November 16, 1899.]

Bishoff, Nicholas P.
Nicholas P. Bishoff - Pueblo Chieftain - December 18, 1942 - Nicholas P. Bishoff at the Savoy hotel, Thursday, Dec. 17. Father of Bonnie Bishoff, Pueblo; Frank J. Bishoff, Monmouth, N.J.; Norbert Bishoff, Malden, Mass.; and Miss Belle Bishoff, Malden, Mass.; grandfather of Miss Bernadette Bishoff and eight others.

Bishop, Alice M.
Alice M. Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - January 23, 1913 - Widely Known Pueblo Woman Passes Away - Mrs. Alice M. Bishop, well known and greatly beloved by all who knew her passed away yesterday morning, after an illness of a few weeks duration. Mrs. Bishop was 63 years of age and her death will come as a great shock to her many friends.  The deceased had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Ira E. Jones, of 1140 Claremont Ave. and was removed to a local hospital a few weeks ago.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ira E. Jones and Mrs. Roy Sutherland of Pueblo, Mrs. Harry C. Smith of Creston, Iowa and one son, Mr. Leslie C. Maxwell of Nephi, Utah.  The funeral services will be held at the McCarthy Funeral chapel tomorrow morning at 10:00 o'clock and from the United Presbyterian church at 10:30.  The remains of Mrs. Bishop will lie in state at the McCarthy chapel Friday morning between the hours of 8 and 10.  The internment will be in Mountain View Cemetery.

Bishop, C. E.
C. E. Bishop – Telluride Daily Journal – March 16, 1903 – Murder at Pueblo – Hold-Ups Shoot Down Prominent Citizens in a Restaurant and Escape – Pueblo, March 16 – Last evening Doctor Turner, a prominent physician, and C. E. Bishop, an electrician, were killed by a pair of masked hold-ups who entered the Union café in the town and sought to hold up the cashier, when she screamed. Doctor Turner and Mr. Bishop arose whereupon the hold-ups turned their guns and fired on the gentlemen with fatal results. The hold-ups then escaped and at 10 o'clock this morning neither of them had been found. Aspen Democrat – March 16, 1903 – Pueblo Has Double Murder – Committed in a Bold Attempted Holdup – Popular Down Town Café the Scene of the Crime – Other Crimes Committed the Same Night Indicate the Work of Organized Gang – Pueblo, March 16 – As a result of a daring attempt by masked men to hold up the Lousteaus Café, a fashionable restaurant last evening, the bodies of Dr. J. H. Turner and C. E. Bishop are lying at the morgue. Dr. Turner was shot as he sat at a table in the front part of the restaurant, the bullet piercing his heart. He died instantly. Mr. Bishop, while attempting to comply with the demands of one of the holdups to stand up, was shot in the side. He was removed to St. Mary's hospital where he died at 10 o'clock this morning. The murderers escaped without securing any money. The officers are looking for Jack O'Keefe, the pugilist, who is thought to have taken a part in the holdup and murder in the café last evening. Pueblo, March 16 – A daring attempt at robbery and brutal tragedy in the most fashionable restaurant created intense excitement early this evening. The robbers, two in number and both small men wore black masks. They first entered the back door of Lousteaus' fine café opposite the opera house advanced half the length of the long room and then went to the back room. Presently they re-entered by the front door. One went to the cashier's desk; the other attempted to rob guests at the tables. He held a revolver toward Dr. C. H. Turner, who was eating his supper, and told him to throw up his hands. The doctor was surprised and hesitated, whereupon the robber fired full in his face, killing the doctor instantly and scattering his blood and brains all over the corner of the café. Then the desperado attacked another guest, C. B. Bishop and shot him in the left side. Without securing any booty the ruffians fled. Bishop was taken to the hospital and is in a critical condition. He came recently from Sugar City, where his brother lives. Dr. Turner was about thirty years old and from Iowa. He was a graduate of Princeton and of Rush, and has been here two years. The robbers in their escape were fired at by a policeman and his bullet perforated a plate glass, but thus far there is no clue. Wray Rattler – March 20, 1903 – Holdups Commit Murder in Pueblo – Pueblo, Colo., March 16 – At 7:30 o'clock to-night two masked men entered Lousteau's café on Fourth street, and pointing two revolvers at the head of Mrs. Lousteau, wife of the proprietor, demanded the money in the register. She screamed and rushed through the room to the kitchen. Both men wore masks and had guns in each hand. Dr. J. W. Turner was seated at a table in the front part of the café, and he rose to his feet when the shorter of the two hold-ups aimed his revolver at him and discharged it. The bullet entered the right arm and passed through it into the heart, killing him almost instantly. C. E. Bishop, employed by the Pueblo & Suburban Traction & Lighting Company, seated at a table near the doctor, started to rise when the second man fired at him. The bullet passed through the stomach. He was taken to St. Mary's hospital, where at 2 o'clock this (Monday) morning, it is said he cannot recover and is sinking rapidly. The police were notified and Chief Shoup called in all his night men and day men and instructed them to spare no work in running down the hold-ups. Every part of the city is being scoured and the chief is still at work hunting down the men. An order has been sent to Canon City for the bloodhounds, and as soon as they arrive they will be put on the trail. The police believe the work was that of novices or the result of some grudge between the men shot and the men who did the deed. Alamosa Journal – March 19, 1903 – Second Victim Dies – Pueblo, Colo., March 17 – C. E. Bishop, the second of the two citizens shot by the robbers in Lousteau's café last evening, died at St. Mary's hospital at 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning. He was a draughtsman. His wife lives in St. Louis, and other relatives are said to reside in Arizona. The double murder is still a mystery insofar as who the murderers are. The police and sheriff's office are exerting every effort and have arrested several suspects without any assurance that they are the guilty men. Aspen Democrat – March 29, 1903 – Murderers Arrested – Were Graduates of Reformatory – Their Photographs Have Been Identified – Denver, March 28 – After two weeks of darkness the history surrounding the murder of C. E. Bishop and Dr. A. H. Turner at Pueblo seems about to be cleared up. Two ex-convicts known to have been in Pueblo on the night of the murder and known to have left that city at 3:15 the next morning, and whose photographs have been identified by more than one person as the murderers, have been arrested and are now on the way back to Pueblo. The suspects are Raleigh Davis and Ross Brewer, young graduates of the Buena Vista reformatory. The capture of these men was the result of a curious hunch which came to Detective John Heyden of the Denver force. Nobody in the world suspected these men and no inquiry whatever had been made concerning them, but the intuition that they were the murderers came to the detective one night after he had gone to bed. Next morning he began the search for them, which resulted in their arrest. C. E. Bishop - Alamosa Independent Journal - April 2, 1903 - Men Arrested In Denver Are Accused of Pueblo Murders - Denver, March 28 - Two men suspected of the double murder in Pueblo two weeks ago Sunday are confined in the city jail. They are ex-convicts and were only recently released from the reformatory. The arrest was made by City Detective John Leyden and Deputy Sheriff Granger of Pueblo and Sheriff Sipple of Boulder at the Livingstone mine near Boulder yesterday forenoon. The men made no resistance. Both have bad records. With a companion, they were arrested a year ago on the roof of a gambling house at Nineteenth and Larimer Streets, which they were preparing to rob. The men are Ross H. Brewer and Raleigh Davis and the police say they can connect them with the Pueblo crime. Davis and Brewer were sent to the reformatory from Boulder on the charge of burglary. They remained in the prison a short time and were paroled. Davis returned to Boulder and has since made that place his home. A few months ago he was joined by Brewer. The men made occasional trips out of Boulder. March 17th they went to work in the Livingstone mine. According to Deputy Sheriff Granger, Davis and Brewer were in Pueblo on the night of March 15th. They were not there the next day, but were traced to Denver. The sheriff of Pueblo came here and with the city detectives tried to locate the men. The names of the suspects were learned and their photographs were found at the Denver police station. These pictures were sent to the witnesses of the murders in Pueblo and in every case they were identified as the murderers. The descriptions were sent to all the sheriffs in the state and when one reached Sheriff Sipple he notified the authorities of Pueblo and Deputy Granger started for Boulder, Detective Leyden accompanying. Sheriff Sipple took the deputy and the detective to the Livingstone mine and arrested the men. They were brought to Denver last night. They were taken before Chief Armstrong and put through a severe cross-questioning, but both denied complicity in the affair. They would not even admit the chief says that they were in Pueblo at the time of the murder and say they can prove that they were in a different part of the state. They are a sullen pair and answer questions in a dogged manner. Deputy Sheriff Granger says he is positive that Davis and Brewer were both in Pueblo the night of the murder. He also says the men who identified the photographs of the suspects are persons who are not at all likely to be mistaken. The murders with which Davis and Brewer are charged occurred in the Losteau restaurant in Pueblo about 7:30 o'clock in the night of March 15th while the place was filled with customers. Two men entered the front door and with drawn revolvers told Mrs. Losteau, who was in charge of the cashier's window, to hand over the money. Mrs. Losteau screamed. Among the people in the dining room were Dr. J. H. Turner and C. E. Bishop. They arose from their seats and were shot down by the robbers, who ran out the front door and escaped. Dr. Turner was killed instantly and Bishop lived until the next morning. Davis and Brewer served time in the reformatory for robbing several stores in Boulder in January of last year. They came to Denver after committing the crimes and the police were asked to look out for them. On the night of February 18th Policeman Morley was notified that some one was on the roof of the gambling house at No. 1859 Larimer street. Morley crawled to the roof and found Davis, Brewer and W. G. Berry. They were taken to jail where they confessed that they were going to rob the place. Davis and Brewer were identified as the men wanted in Boulder. They were sent to that town and convicted. Berry, the police say, is now serving a sentence in the penitentiary for burglary. Davis and Brewer will be taken to Pueblo today.

Bishop, Decelina Valdez Gonzales
Decelina “Dessie” Valdez Gonzales Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - July 04, 2004 - Decelina “Dessie” Valdez Gonzales Bishop, 79, born in Farr, Colo., May 5, 1925. The angels came to sweep her away to heaven on June 30, 2004. Predeceased by Bina and Bino Battiste Donati, who raised her since she was five years old; son, Vincent Bishop; father, Mose Gonzales; mother, Alyce Edwards; and brother, Vic Gonzales. Survived by Jim and Lanita Davis; sister-in-law, Virginia Gonzales; and her children, Steve, Sheree and Cindy; and numerous cousins and friends. Dessie enjoyed cooking and running errands. Her theory had always been that it is not how many friends you can acquire in a lifetime, it is how many you can keep that counts. She will be remembered as a fun-loving, kind, caring and generous friend to all. Dessie wanted to thank her many generous friends for their love, support and encouragement through the many years. She was employed by the Stein family for fifty years and wishes to thank them for their concern and generosity. Many thanks to Hospice for their kindness and care. Special thanks to caregiver and friend, James Garcia; and cousin, Ben Madrid; Maggie McFarron and Rose Prado. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Donations in her memory may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, through T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home.

Bishop, Destany Michelle
Destany Michelle Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - January 26, 2006 - Destany Michelle Bishop. "Our Precious Angel". Born May 19, 2004, and went with God on Jan. 18, 2006. Survived by her parents Dante and Shantell Bishop; sisters Shawntasia and Keiona; grandparents Susan (Darryl) Mondragon, great grandparents Herman (Patsy) Mondragon; uncle and aunts Jermaine, Stephanie, Haleigh and Breanna; great uncle and aunts Randy (Cathy), Christine and Sharon Mondragon; great, great grandparents Pete (Audrey) Gomez, and numerous cousins. Service Friday, Jan. 27, 12:00 at Evergreen Funeral Home, 1830 E. Fountain, Colo. Springs. Graveside service to follow at 2pm at Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo. Receiving friends and family at St. Joseph Cafeteria, Blende, following graveside.

Bishop, Harold
Harold Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - August 25, 2001 - Age 59, passed away Aug. 23, 2001. Viewing, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Monday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Full notice to run in Sunday's paper. Pueblo Chieftain August 27, 2001 Funeral service, 2 p.m. Monday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team and interment service by Silver State Lodge No. 95 A.F. and A.M. Donations may be made to the Al Kaly Temple, 635 W. Corona, Pueblo, CO 81004 in his memory.

Bishop, Irving N.
Irving N. Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - October 9, 1987 - Irving N. Bishop, 64, of Pueblo, died Oct. 8, 1987, at Pen-rose Hospital in Colorado Springs. Born April 4, 1923. Retired from Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., in 1980. Survived by wife, Helen W. Bishop, of Pueblo; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Perry James, of Pueblo; sister, Patricia Spahr, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Bishop, Kenneth
Kenneth "Vinny" Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - December 20, 1998 - Kenneth Vinny" Bishop, age 43, passed away Dec. 17, 1998. Survived by his mother, Decelina "Dessie" Gonzales Bishop of Pueblo- former wife, Lanita Bishop, Englewood, Colo. - and godson, Billy Manzanares of Pueblo. Also survived by several cousins, his aunt, Sue and his dog, Noka. Mr. Bishop enjoyed tennis and basketball. Cremation, Almont Crematory. , Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, George McCarthy Historical Chapel, 2 p.m. Special speakers, Rodney Sears and Rose Prado. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers.

Bishop, Margaret J.
Margaret J. Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - November 3, 1987 - Mrs. Margaret J. Bishop, passed away Oct. 31, 1987. Survived by her children, Jim (Pat) Lohmiller, Rye, Diana Lynne Millis-Kent, Pueblo, and Mary (Jeff) Lepley, Fallbrook, Calif.; sister, Frances (Charles) Litchfield, Pueblo. Survived also by four grandchildren and her niece, Elaine (Robert) Haney, Pueblo. Preceded in death by her parents, Joe E. and Edd Perkins. Born Jan. 13, 1918, in Pueblo and had been a lifetime Pueblo resident, having been employed by Mountain Bell Telephone Co. and retiring from the Pueblo County Department of Social Services after 35 years of service. Member of Rye Home United Methodist Church as well as several civic organizations and her church circle. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Rouch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Christine Monroe, officiating, followed by graveside service and interment at 2 p.m. at the Brookside Cemetery in Rye. Complete notice later.

Bishop, Owen
Owen Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - January 23, 1998 - Owen Bishop, 92, passed away Jan. 21, 1998, in Pueblo. Survived by his wife, Mary Bishop of Grand Junction- sons, Frank Bishop of Basalt, Colo., and Roger Bishop of El Jebel, Colo.- daughter, Martha Johnson of Monticello, Utah- sisters, Kate Shipp of Pueblo and Imogene Strait of Modesto, Calif.- 10 grandchildren- 27 great-grandchildren- and special friends, Viola Fisher and Coral Roberts, both of Pueblo West. Preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Owen Purkey. Born to Beulah (nee Todd) and Franklin Bishop on Nov. 6, 1905, in Nortonville, Ky. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Walter Gragert officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Wetmore.

Bishop, Paula A.
Paula A. Bishop - Colorado Springs Gazette - January 19, 1999 - Paula A. Bishop, 46, a former Colorado Springs resident, died Jan. 15, 1999, in Pueblo. Ms. Bishop was born Aug. 17, 1952, in Long Beach, Calif. She was married to Don Matz. Ms. Bishop is survived by her husband; her parents, Arthur and Mary Bishop; a son, Michael Savage; a brother, Michael; her sister, Michelle Bishop; and her triplet sister, Paulette Weinbrecht. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, 2710 N. Elizabeth, Pueblo, (719) 542-5912. Cremation is planned.

Bishop, Pauline A.
Pauline A. Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - November 09, 2003 - Pauline A. Bishop, a lifelong resident of Pueblo, Colo., passed away on Nov. 5, 2003. She had celebrated her 84th birthday on Monday, Nov. 3. Preceded in death by her husband, Willard Bishop; and her grandson, Roy Bishop. She is survived by her children, Jim Bishop, Johanna Trimble, Susan Steigerwalt and Will Bishop. Eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive her. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 307 E. Mesa Ave in Pueblo with the Rev. Joseph Halloran as celebrant. Please send memorial contributions to a favorite charity in her name.

Bishop, Willard Lee
Willard Lee Vincent Bishop - Pueblo Chieftain - May 25, 1987 - Willard Lee Vincent Bishop, late of Pueblo, died May 22, 1987 at home. Survived by his wife, Pauline A. Bishop, of the family home; children, James R. (Phoebe) Bishop, Bishop Castle, Joanna (Kenton) Trimble, Pueblo, Susan Charles) Steigerwalt, San Isabel, and Willard (Mana) Bishop, Colorado Springs. Also survived by nine grandchildren. Born April 15, 1919, in Wirt, Ind. Pueblo resident for 41 years, where he was self-employed in the ornamental iron works business. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop were married Jan. 31, 1941, in Reno, Nev. At his request, no service. Cremation, Davis-Wallin Crematorium. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Bishop's memory to the Bishop Castle, Non Profit Corporation, HCR 75, Box 179, Rye, Colo., 81069, or to the charity of donor's choice.

Bissell, C. H.
Rev. C. H. Bissell - Huerfano World - January 4, 1990 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1910: Died, Rev. C.H. Bissell, 79, a former editor of the Walsenburg World with his son.

Bitner, Dallas W.
Dallas W. Bitner - Pueblo Chieftain - November 03, 2003 - Dallas W. Bitner, 42, passed away Oct. 31, 2003. Survived by his wife, Deanna Bitner, of the family home; daughters, Alicia (Tommy) Exley of Jacksonville, Fla., and Melissa (Rawn) Stull of Colorado Springs; parents, Louise Bitner-James and Joe Bitner; grandchildren, Cheyenne Bitner, Aurora Stull, Jasmine Stull and Justus Stull; sister, Cheryl Male; mother-in-law, Betty Mills; brother-in-law, Steve (Brenda) Mills; niece, Stephanie Mills; aunt, Edith; numerous friends and relatives. Dallas also leaves his faithful pets, Beavis, Skid and Sadie. Preceded in death by his brother, Buddy Bitner; and sisters, Carol Shubert and Melissa Bitner. Dallas was born Feb. 24, 1961, in Pueblo. Viewing will be at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Rev. Dr. Rick Calhoun officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made in Dallas' memory to Deanna Bitner through the funeral home office.

Bitner, Ida V.
Ida V. Bitner - Pueblo Chieftain - November 23, 1999 - Ida V. Bitner passed away Nov. 20, 1999, in La Junta. Ida was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Median, Kan., to Joseph McBeth and Rena Suhler McBeth. Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Frank C. Bitner in 1993; her parents; her son, Ronnie Heisler; brothers, Walter and Joseph; and a sister, Margaret. Her survivors include her daughter, Betty Blanco of La Junta; brothers, John and James McBeth; sisters, Arvilla Lukassen and Beulah Booker; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mrs. Bitner will lie in state from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, in the Horber Funeral Home, Fourth and Locust Streets in Las Animas. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999, in the Fort Lyon National Cemetery with Pastor Darryl Johnson officiating. Military Honor Guard provided by the La Junta Civil Air Patrol.

Bitner, Thelma
Thelma (Horner) Bitner - Pueblo Chieftain - November 25, 2003 - Thelma (Horner) Bitner, 87, passed away Nov. 23, 2003. She is survived by her children, Ruth (Billy) Pasley, Des Arc, Ark., Roberta White, North Little Rock, Ark., Mary Looper, Orlando, Fla., Helen Horner and Joseph Horner, both of Pueblo; 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Thelma was a homemaker and an Avon representative for many years. Visitation, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Bittagomez, R.
R. Bittagomez – Hugo Range Ledger – November 12, 1910 – Deadly Explosion at Trinidad – Note: R. Bittagomez is listed among the dead of the Delagua Mine Disaster, November 8, 1910. R. Bittagomez: Mexican, age 27, married with no surviving children. He was a miner for the Victor-American Fuel Company; death was caused by an explosion of gas and dust and possibly an open lamp. Source: Denver Public Library, “Colorado Mining Fatalities.” See http://www.kmitch.com/Huerfano/delagua.html for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Bittenbinder, Donald Paul
Donald Paul Bittenbinder - Pueblo Chieftain - June 22, 1998 - Donald Paul Bittenbinder, 43, lost a long, hard battle against the Mad Demon," Juvenile Diabetes, on June 21, 1998. Survived by his parents, Frank and Joan Bittenbinder, of the family home- brothers, James (Dianne) Bittenbinder of Fairmont, Minn., Michael (Tracy) Bittenbinder of Pueblo West- sisters, Susan (Art) Yamamoto of Rio Rancho, N.M., Kay (Barry) Porter of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Teresa (John) Erickson of Pueblo. A loving and devoted uncle to his niece, Jessica Bittenbinder and nephews, Ryan, Nicholas, Dylan and Colton Bittenbinder. Also survived by numerous other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his brother, John Bittenbinder in 1989- uncle, James Koch, in Vietnam, in 1968- grandparents, Michael and Theresa Bittenbinder and Paul Florence Koch. Born on Oct. 10, 1954, in Wadena, Minn. Donald was a Pueblo West resident since 1971, graduated from Pueblo County High School and attended Pueblo Community College. He will lie in state at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, and after the rosary until noon. Recitation of the rosary will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial Mass to be announced.

Bitter, Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen Bitter - Pueblo Chieftain - October 05, 1998 - Mary Ellen Bitter, 68, of Rocky Ford, died Oct. 2, 1998, at her home. She was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Denver. Vigil, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Rocky Ford, with Father Wehrmeyer officiating. Interment, Hillcrest Cemetery, Rocky Ford.

Bittle, Gloria H.
Gloria H. Bittle - Pueblo Chieftain - November 16, 2004 - Gloria H. Bittle, 81, passed away Nov. 14, 2004. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Jimmie W. Bittle in 1991; and granddaughter, Sarah Gutierrez, in 1985. Survived by daughters, Paula (Ed) Gutierrez, Peggy Bittle (Tom Monosmith); sons, Bob and Michael Bittle; grandchildren, Aaron, Matthew and Philip Gutierrez, and Jeff and Andrea Bittle; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Marcus, Jeremiah and Jalin. Also survived by her sisters, Maxine of Grand Junction, Colo., and Nadine of Los Angeles, Calif.; and brother, Bill of Colorado Springs. Gloria was a kind person and a loving mother and grandmother. She grew up in Walsenburg and moved to Pueblo with Jimmie after their marriage in 1945. Gloria was a resident of Pueblo Extended Care Center, where she received excellent care by the staff. Visitation, noon to 7 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Wednesday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Marco Antonio Salinas as celebrant. Cremation to follow. Family will receive friends at St. Joseph Hall following the service.

Bittman, Emma
Emma Bittman – Pueblo Chieftain – October 18, 2006 - Emma Bittman, 92, born Aug. 10, 1914, to Louis and Hermine (Wehr) Kring in Audubon, Iowa, and grew up in Arndt, N.D. Emma married Arnold Bittman on Dec. 26, 1940; and moved to Pueblo, Colo., in January 1942, where she "devoted her life to her home and family." Emma left this life on Oct. 8, 2006, to reunite with loved ones who preceded her, her parents, two sisters, four brothers; and three special angels, daughters, Edna Bittman, Roberta Mendicello and Arna Atwater. She leaves to remember and love her, her husband of 65 years, Arnold of Legacy Commons, Pueblo West, their home for the last two years; daughters, June (Hugh) Byerly of Pueblo West, and Norma (Bob) Yagnich of Golden, Colo.; sister, Gertrude Porter, Cando, N.D.; four grandchildren, Cindy Byerly, Grand Junction, Colo., Ken (Denise) Byerly, Corrales, N.M., Nicole (Carlos) Murillo, Farmington, N.M., and Amanda (Jesse) Jacobs, Pueblo; four great-grandchildren, Ben (Angela) Byerly, Buena Vista, Colo., Steven Byerly, Canon City, Colo., Brittney and Jake Hood, both of Grand Junction, Colo.; one great-great-grandchild, Anthony Murillo, Farmington, N.M., and Emma Joy Murillo, arriving in January 2007; numerous nieces and nephews; and her family of two years at the Legacy Commons in Pueblo West. The family would like to thank Parkview Hospital, the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, and the Villa for their loving care of our loved one. Cremation. Graveside inurnment, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 427 Arriba Drive, Pueblo West, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006. In lieu of flowers and food, memorials may be made in Emma's memory to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice.

Bittner, Lester A.
Lester A. Bittner - Pueblo Chieftain - September 6, 1987 - Lester A. Bittner, 87, of Canon City, died Sept. 5, 1987. Born July 15, 1900, in Salina, Kan., and came to Colorado in 1912. He married Delia Perkins, Sept. 29, 1924, in Canon City. She survives as do their six children, Roy of Burleson, Texas; Glenn of Blackhawk, Colo.; Mary Purnell of Canon City; Carl of Dumas, Texas; Paul of Cupertino, Calif.; and Delia Mae Schneider of Grand Junction. Survived also by 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. He spent a great deal of his life working in coal mines, brick yards and farming in the Canon City area. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at First Southern Baptist Church, 1500 N. 10th, Canon City, with the Rev. Bob Pinkerton officiating. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery, Canon City.

Biundo, James Joseph
James Joseph Biundo - Pueblo Chieftain - February 22, 1998 - James Joseph Biundo, Castle Rock, formerly of Pueblo, passed away in Denver after a short illness on Feb. 19, 1998. He attended Pueblo Centennial High School, and earned his B.A. at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley and master's at Utah State University. He served as president of U.S. West Investment Co. of Englewood, and was a partner of Forstmann-Leff, a Chicago-based investment firm. Survived by wife, JoAnn- daughters, Stephanie (Scott) Cavallaro and Sonni Biundo- grandson, Jackson James Cavallaro- parents, Joseph and Olga Biundo, Pueblo- sister, Martha (Frank) Kinnaird, Pueblo- and several nieces, nephews and special friends. , 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Plum Creek Club House, Castle Rock.

Biundo, Olga Valentina
Olga Valentina Biundo - Pueblo Chieftain - February 10, 2005 - Olga Valentina Biundo, 82, passed away Feb. 6, 2005. Olga was born Feb. 14, 1922, in Salida, Colo. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Biundo; and her son, James J. Biundo. Survived by her daughter, Martha L. Kinnaird (Frank); grandchildren, Donald M. Bryant (Terry) of Dallas, Mark L. Bryant (Sonia) of Englewood, Stephanie Cavallaro (Scott) of Littleton, Sonni Marbary (Frank) of Littleton; and eight great-grandchildren. Also survived by her brothers and sister, Daniel (Katherine) Granzella, Zita (John) Milder, Ralph (Esther) Granzella and Cyril (Sharon) Granzella. Special friends of Olga include doctors Gregario and Haydee Kort and their children Marcello and Gabriela. Olga was employed at Colorado State Hospital for 40 years. Memorial Mass, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Pius X Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or St. Pius X Church in her memory.

Bivens, Lillian R.
Lillian R. Bivens - Pueblo Chieftain - April 1, 1987 - Lillian R. Bivens, Trinidad, died March 31, 1987. Funeral, 2 p.m. Thursday at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. James Richie officiating. Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery.

Bivins, Beulah M.
Beulah M. Bivins - Pueblo Chieftain - August 11, 1998 - Beulah M. Bivins, 87, of Rocky Ford died Aug. 7, 1998, at Pioneer Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 20, 1908, in Beaver County, Okla. She was a child care worker and restaurant owner. Funeral, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1998, at Rocky Ford Cemetery, Minister James Gunter officiating. Interment, Hillcrest Cemetery.

Bizup, John Jr.
John Bizup Jr. – Colorado Public Defender - August 14, 1964 - John Bizup Jr., Pueblo. W-W. Asphyxiation. Bizup was executed for the robbery-murder of a cab driver, Roy Don Bussey. Bizup, age thirty, had been hitchhiking through Colorado at the time of the crime. He had been in reform schools and jails since age twelve. Bizup confessed to the murder and claimed an insanity defense. One psychiatrist supported that claim, while three opposed it. The conviction was affirmed on appeal, and his petition for a writ of habeas corpus was denied. Shortly before his death, a psychiatrist concluded that Bizup was sane, and Governor John Love refused to commute the sentence. During the execution, cries of “killers” and “murderers” yelled by other prisoners and directed at the prison staff were heard in the death chamber.



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