The Tri-County Obituary Project

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

The Tri-County Obituary Project Coordinator is Louise Adams .
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LaVan, Erman J.
Erman J. La Van - Pueblo Chieftain - February 27, 2005 - Erman J. La Van, 93, was born Aug. 27, 1911, in Sharon, Pa., and passed away Feb. 21, 2005. He moved to Pueblo at the age of eight. He was an electrician at CF&I until his retirement in 1970. He is preceded in death by his wife, Emma; sister, Reba; and his companion of 20 years, Joan Uhl. Erman is survived by his sons, Nevin (Betty) La Van and Ron (Mary Lou) La Van; sisters, Alta Morris and Inez Reivitt; also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Erman was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 145 and enjoyed many cruises, dinner playhouses and going to Cripple Creek. Erman and Joan enjoyed dancing at the Eagles Lodge. Visitation, 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, First United Methodist Church, interment to follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be made to either First United Methodist Church or First Baptist Church; both through the funeral home office, or to the charity of your choice.

Lave, Jose A.
Jose A. "Joe" Lave - Pueblo Chieftain - November 19, 2001 - Jose A. "Joe" Lave, 61, of Pueblo, passed away Nov. 18, 2001. Born Feb. 6, 1940, in Sopris, Colo. Preceded in death by parents, Simon and Frances Lave. Survived by brothers, Manuel (Gloria) Laby, Colorado Springs, and Pete (MaryAnn) Lave, Pueblo; sisters, Ann Ruiz, Palmdale, Calif., Ruth Vasquez, Palmdale, Calif., and Ida (Chuck) Mottrano, Westminster. Cremation has taken place. Service to be held at a later date.

Laveirge, Stephen W.
Stephen W. Laveirge - Colorado Springs Gazette - April 26, 1989 - Stephen W. Laveirge, 67, of Colorado Springs died Tuesday at a local hospital. He served in the Army from September 1943 until retiring in September 1963 with the rank of master sergeant. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Evergreen Funeral Home, Fountain and Union boulevards. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Peterson Air Force Base Chapel with Air Force Chaplain Peter Lambert officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver. Mr. Laveirge was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Superior, Wis. He is survived by his mother, Rose (La Page) Laveirge of Royal Oak, Mich. Mr. Laveirge was preceded in death by his father, John Laveirge. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1954. Mr. Laveirge was a member of VFW Post 4051. He was married Dec. 5, 1942, in Colfax, La., to Jeanne Margaret Snyder, who survives. In addition to his wife and mother, Mr. Laveirge is survived by three sons, Stephen of Pueblo and Bruce and Gary, both of Colorado Springs; four daughters, Bonnie Mariani, Marion Laveirge and Marcy Kelley, all of Colorado Springs, and Karen Waters of Arkansas; a sister, Rita Smith of Michigan; and 16 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suites 105 and 105A, Colorado Springs 80903.

Lavender, John
John Lavender - Aspen Weekly Times - November 24, 1883 - H. S. Strange, of Walsenburg, visited Pueblo on the 17th, with the intention of furnishing bail for W. S. Hope, who killed Lavender, if the prisoner could be admitted to bail. Mr. Strange stated that Lavender was a hard character, and at the time of his death he was under indictment for an attempt to kill Mr. Strange. Hope, it is thought, will be cleared on the ground of self-defence. Buena Vista Democrat - January 24, 1884 - William Hope, who was on trial at Pueblo for killing John Lavender, has been acquitted. His plea of self-defense was well sustained.

LaVoo, Charles C.
Charles C. LaVoo - Pueblo Chieftain - February 10, 1998 - Charles C. LaVoo passed away Feb. 7, 1998, in Pueblo after a lengthy illness. Charles was born on Aug. 29, 1914, in Pueblo to Cristobel and Bertha LaVoo. He was a graduate of Centennial High School and was employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad for over 40 years before his retirement. Charles was preceded in death by his parents- four sisters, Mary, Allen, Bertha and Eleanor- daughter, Juliette Ann LaVoo Cavender- son, John Allan LaVoo- and his first wife, Elsie Lichti LaVoo. His survivors include his wife, Konstance B. LaVoo- daughter, Janet (Steve) Swearingen- son, James C. LaVoo- daughters-in-law, Rose Ann LaVoo and Rosalie Rusovick- as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. At his request, cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, in the Tabor Lutheran Church, 102 E. Orman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Tabor Lutheran Church or to the Alzheimer's Association of Pueblo.

LaVoo, John Allan
John Allan LaVoo - Colorado Springs Gazette - September 30, 1989 - Survivors Reach Out to the Wall/Vietnam Memorial Replica Visits Pueblo - Pueblo - He was a Vietnam vet and proud of it - his black ball cap said as much; his wife wore an orange and blue sweat shirt, pledging her allegiance to the Denver Broncos. The only sign of mourning was a bouquet of flowers, which he held as he stood before an information table inside the cavernous Palace of Agriculture at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. "Leslie Williams," he said to a woman seated behind the table. She leafed through a large notebook. "Leslie?" she asked. "Leslie," he said, quietly. "Marines." Moments later the woman handed him a slip of paper; written in pencil were numbers for a panel, 17-W, and a line, 6. Rex Walker then turned to face The Wall. Later, he would use the word "intimidating" to describe it: 250 feet long, almost 7 feet tall, 74 interlocking panels set side by side. Most of all, there were the names of the people: 58,022 in all - 620 from Colorado, 58 from Pueblo, 47 from Colorado Springs; all of them now dead, missing in action or prisoners of war - a war named Vietnam. "Everything about this is intimidating," Walker would say. But now Walker was looking for a single name; a volunteer, Vietnam veteran Jerald Valdez from the Springs, led him to panel 17-W, traced his hand down to line six, then stopped. Walker drew closer, reached up and touched the name: Leslie W. Williams. Like so many others, he ran his fingers over the surface; it was only Plexiglas - smoked black to replicate the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. - but that didn't seem to matter. Walker was reaching for a memory. When he found it, his eyes welled; he set the flowers at the base of The Wall, and then he and his wife fell into an embrace. "I was dating his sister when he died in Vietnam," Walker said, after he and his wife had stepped back to the far end of the huge room. "I didn't know him real well, but I knew his sister and family real well. I tried comforting them, but they weren't ready for comforting right then. A few months later, I quit school and joined the Army." Joining the Army, he explained, "was still a pretty popular thing for kids. I was raised to believe it was a thing of glory. I didn't have any other information to base it on. My opinion hasn't changed on that." Walker entered the Army on Jan. 12, 1968; little less than a year later, on Dec. 13, 1968, he was in Vietnam. "Thirteen days after my 18th birthday," he said. "I did two tours and my father died. They pulled the sole surviving son rule and wouldn't let me go back." Walker came home May 1, 1970. He still lives in Pueblo - the home town of the late Leslie Williams. Walker now has three sons and two daughters. His eldest son registered for the draft last week; he maintained that his other two sons will register when their times come. "They've never been told war is glorious," Walker said. "They know it's not a thing of beauty. But they also know if you don't support your country, you don't belong here." Walker said he's worked "about 150 different jobs" since coming home from Vietnam. He finally learned he wasn't cut out to punch a time clock; now he drives a rig. It was while driving the road that he heard about the Vietnam Memorial Replica, which began touring the country two years ago. On three occasions, Walker drove his truck into some town only to find out the memorial had just been there. "You missed it," he would be told. "It was here two days ago." On Wednesday, when Walker returned from another trip, his wife greeted him with the news. The Pueblo Chapter of the American GI Forum had arranged for the memorial to come to the state fairgrounds, where it will remain through Sunday. The memorial had finally come to him. On Friday, Walker paid his last respects to a fellow soldier, a boy from the past. "It's just a last way to say goodbye." And, finally, there was time for comforting. As his wife stood in the back of the room, looking at the thousands and thousands of names set in black, she broke into tears. "This should never happen again," she said. Walker held her in his arms. "It won't," he said. Picture Caption: Charles LaVoo of Pueblo helps guide the hand of his wife, Konstance, to the name of their son, John, on the Vietnam Memorial Replica that is making a stop in Pueblo. John, a bomber pilot, was killed in 1967 during his second tour of duty in Vietnam.

LaVoo, Konstance B.
Konstance B. LaVoo - Pueblo Chieftain - March 10, 2004 - Konstance B. LaVoo passed away March 3, 2004, in Canon City. Konnie was born in Lily, S.D., on April 13, 1917, to Lars O. and Nina A. Haugdahl Sunde. She was a registered nurse and served as director of nursing at Parkview Hospital before retiring in 1969. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles; a son, John Allen LaVoo; and a daughter, Juliette Ann LaVoo Cavender. Mrs. LaVoo is survived by a son, James C. LaVoo of California; a daughter, Janet Sue (Steve) Swearingen of Penrose; daughters-in-law, Rose Ann (Raul) Sanchez of Pueblo, Rosaile (George) Rusovick of Minnesota; brothers, Jerry, Luke and Obed Sunde; a sister, Lorraine Strader; grandchildren, Marcus, Christopher, Jaman Swearingen, Karna (Evan) Sandok, Margo Rusovick, Jacob LaVoo and Julia Sanchez; great-grandchildren, Kathlyn Barnes, Brittany, Steven and Sarah Swearingen, Conner and Gracia Sandok and the Sunde and Lichti families. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Christian Family Fellowship, 1011 Monroe Ave., Canon City.

Law, Earl Palmer
Earl Palmer Law - Pueblo Chieftain - August 27, 1986 - Earl Palmer Law, late of 1938 E. 11th, died Aug. 25, 1986, at a local hospital. Survived by his beloved wife, Wyoma Law, of the family home; his loving son Jesse (Penny) Law, Pueblo; four grandsons, Bryan (Elizabeth) Law, Colorado Springs; Michael (Sheri) Law, Littleton; Craig (Donna) Law, and Shawn Law, Pueblo. Also survived by six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Member of Royal Neighbors of America. Born May 4, 1907, in Strafford, Texas. Mr. Law was a past CF&I employee and also a local motel owner and businessman. Mr. Law was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and gardening. Preceded in death by his parents; son, Duane Law in 1958; two sisters and two brothers. Mr. and Mrs. Law were married Aug. 28, 1937, in Pueblo. Service, 2 p.m. today, Davis-Wallin Memorial Chapel with Dr. Philip L. Green Jr., officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Visitation today until time of service.

Lawrence, Christina V.
Christina V. Lawrence - Pueblo Chieftain - November 22, 1998 - Christina V. Lawrence, 86, passed away Nov. 20, 1998. Preceded in death by her husbands, Milo Ohleson and Cecil Lawrence. Survived by her stepson, David H. Lawrence, Pueblo- brothers, Nolan James (Blanche) Stuckey and Eugene Stuckey of Pueblo- sisters, Gladys (Gilbert) Goldtrap, Pueblo, and Okalee (Lewis) Arnold of Denver. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including, Freddie (Janet) Brewer of Colorado Springs. She was a member of the First Seventh Day Adventist Church. Viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the First Seventh Day Adventist Mission Fund, 3910 O'Neal, Pueblo, Colo. 81005.

Lawrence, Margerie
Margerie Lawrence - Pueblo Chieftain - November 21, 2003 - Margerie Lawrence, 81, passed away Nov. 18, 2003. Survived by her husband, Chester, of the family home; children, Larry Lawrence, Marsha (Robert) Schultz and Judy (Douglas) Cobb; grandson, Ryan Lawrence; and step-granddaughter, Ashley Cobb. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie Buckbee; and son, Richard Lawrence. Born June 22, 1922, in Manning, Kan. At her request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at Central Christian Church, 1902 N. Hudson Ave., Pueblo, with the Rev. Dr. David Chambers officiating. Those who desire may make a memorial donation in Margerie's name to the Colorado Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society through the funeral home.

Lawrence, Sally L.
Sally L. Lawrence - Pueblo Chieftain - May 11, 2005 - Sally L. Lawrence, 70, went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2005, in Pueblo, Colo. Born May 21, 1934, in Salida, Colo., to Walter and Greeba Graham, who preceded her; along with her loving husband of 48 years, Warren Lawrence; and grandson, Aaron Michael Lawrence. Survived by her children, Susan (Jim) Beck, Vaughn, Wash., Tami (John) Butler, Peoria, Ariz., Warren (Diane) Lawrence, Peoria, Ariz., Aaron (Teri) Lawrence, Divide, Colo.; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; siblings, Tim (Esther) Graham, Pueblo, Colo., Richard (Rayetta) Graham, Concord, Calif., Stephanie (Gale) Murphy, LaPorte, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and longtime friends. Per her request, a private family interment has taken place, and a memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Lynn Gardens Baptist Church. In lieu of donations, if you see a child in need, pass the blessing on.

Lawrence, Warren R.
Warren R. Lawrence - Pueblo Chieftain - December 29, 1998 - Warren R. Lawrence, beloved husband of Sally L. Lawrence, lifetime St. Charles Mesa-Pueblo resident passed away Dec. 26, 1998. Mr. Lawrence was employed by CF&I Steel Corp. 34 years, retiring in 1984, employed at Southside Wal-Mart four years and an avid sportsman. Graduate of Pleasant View High School, Class of 1950. Member Prairie Avenue Baptist Church and lifetime member Fin & Feather Club. Survived by wife of 48 years, Sally L. Lawrence, family home- his mother, Doris H. Harper, Pueblo- four children, Susan (Jim) Beck, Vaughn, Wash., Tami (John F.) Butler, Peoria, Ariz., Warren D. (Diane) Lawrence, Peoria, Ariz., and Aaron (Terri) Lawrence, Colorado Springs. Also survived by 10 grandchildren. Preceded in death by father, Dile D. Lawrence and grandson, Aaron Michael Lawrence. , 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, Prairie Avenue Baptist Church, private family interment.

Laws, Mary H.
Mary H. Laws - Pueblo Chieftain - March 25, 1986 - Dr. Mary H. Laws, the last member of a family of nine children of Samuel and Fannie Whitlow, passed away March 24, 1986. Born on June 8, 1892, in Booneville, Mo. When the family moved to Pueblo, she attended Central High School and graduated in the Class of 1912. After graduation she worked for a well-known Pueblo dentist, Dr. G. L. Watkins, who encouraged her to study dentistry. She graduated from the Denver University School of Dentistry in 1918, and was one of two women in the class. She was truly a pioneer of women in dentistry in the state of Colorado and practiced dentistry in Denver until her retirement in 1967. She twice married, first to Oris Hotaling, a fellow dental student, but was widowed upon his death after just five years of marriage. She was married in 1925 to Bert Laws, a Denver fireman, and was again widowed upon his death in 1947. She is survived by a niece, Janis Robinson of San Diego, Calif.; and nephews, Robert Whitlow of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Arthur L. Sullivan Jr. of Pueblo; and was a great-aunt of Mary Ann and Joe Robinson, Nancy Richard, Bill Whitlow, and George Sullivan. She was a delightful person, full of wit, friendly, generous, kind, an inspiration to her family and friends, and she will be sadly missed. A private memorial service will be held at the Rouch Funeral Home followed by private interment of her cremains in Mountain View Cemetery.

Lawson, Alice June
Alice June (Higdon) Lawson - Pueblo Chieftain - June 12, 2005 - Alice June (Higdon) Lawson, 66, passed away June 9, 2005. Survived by loving husband, Randall; son, Don (Karen) Higdon; grandchildren, Kelsi and Erik Higdon, Amy and Anthony Magda; sister, Alene Sharp; brother, Albert (Georgia) Fajt; in-laws, Lois Conrad, Russell Huber; and other relatives. Preceded in death by parents, Albert and Reba Fajt; daughter, Deborah Magda. After retiring from the judicial system in Houston, June and Randy made their home near Westcliffe. June loved cooking, was a talented seamstress and shared her talents with everyone. June was a kind, loving and generous person who will be greatly missed. Service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2005, Wilson Funeral Home, 1449 S. Ninth, Canon City. Memorial service in Pueblo at 1 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2005, at Fountain Creek Church, 540 Alma.

Lawson, Bernard Norman
Bernard Norman Lawson - Pueblo Chieftain - October 17, 2004 - Bernard Norman Lawson, 1924 to 2004, passed away on Oct. 15, 2004. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Antoinette; five children, Michael, Steven, Victoria, Richard and Daniel; three grandchildren, Keith, Nicki and A.J. Bernard worked at the Colorado Fuel and Iron for 35 years before he retired in 1985. He served in the Navy during World War II and was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. During his lifetime, Bernard was involved in photography, woodworking and was a voracious reader of history. He was a wonderful father and provider, and will be dearly missed by his family. At Bernard's request, no services will be held.

Lawson, Donald Virgil
Donald Virgil Lawson - Pueblo Chieftain - September 30, 2006 - Donald Virgil Lawson, died on Wednesday, September 27, 2006. He was born September 29, 1926, in Wetmore to Clyde and Mary Lawson. He is survived by Denise Dalton; former wife Evelyn Lawson; sister Florence LaVahn Rush of Pueblo; children, Virgil, Randy (Jan), Rick (Cheryl), Cindy (Eric) Bellas of North Carolina, Ashlee; grandchildren, Tuffy (Lisa), Ryan (Kristen), Taylor, Faith; great-grandson Dixon; nieces, Joyce Harvey of Arizona, Karen Provenza of Grand Junction; nephew Larry Rush of California. Visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 2 from 10-6 and Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. at the Holt Family Funeral Home, Pikes Peak Avenue in Florence. Graveside service will be held on Oct. 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the New Hope Cemetery in Wetmore. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Virgil Lawson 4-H Memorial, c/o Rocky Mountain Bank and Trust, 101 East Main, P.O. Box 579, Florence, CO

Lawson, Glenn S.
Glenn S. Lawson - Colorado Springs Gazette - June 11, 2009 - Glenn Lawson, age 93, passed away Friday, June 5, 2009 at Simla Good Samaritan Home. Glenn was born June 13, 1915 in Lafayette, Colorado to Swan and Emma Lawson. Glenn grew up in the Alta Vista and Corona communities raised by his aunt and uncle, Hilda and Jack Cook after his mother died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. Glenn was on his own at the age of 14 farming and ranching. He was married August 4, 1937 to Beulah Tipton in Trinidad, Colorado. Glenn and Beulah lived in the Alta Vista community for 24 years while raising their four children. After Glenn and Beulah's children left home, they raised foster children for eight years. Glenn wore many hats throughout his life. In addition to farming and ranching, he was a wheat harvester, dairyman, worked at Aircraft Mechanics and El Paso County Department of Transportation, and was a custodian and bus driver for Alta Vista School. Glenn also worked as a carpenter building custom homes, but his love was always the farm and the cattle. Glenn was a member of several cattle associations, a 4-H leader and served on the Alta Vista school board. He was also a charter member of the Pikes Peak Co-op and the Holtwood Gun Club. Glenn is survived by his four children, Glenna Ely and her husband Chet of Prosser, Washington, Jeannie Wager of Prosser, Washington, Dex Lawson and his wife Carol of Calhan, Colorado and Jack Lawson and his wife Joan also of Calhan; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Glenn was proceeded in death by his wife, Beulah, son-in-law Jim Wager, granddaughter Marci Lawson, brother Ford Lawson and sister Vi (Sandy) Cooper. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday June 16th at the Calhan United Methodist Church. Sidney Skirvin, long time friend and pastor officiating. Special appreciation goes to the caregivers at Simla Good Samaritan Home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Simla Good Samaritan Home, Box 38, Simla, CO 80835.

Lawson, Irene Evelyn
Irene Evelyn Lawson - Pueblo Chieftain - March 21, 2001 - Age 90, of Pueblo passed away March 20, 2001. She was under the wonderful care of Sangre de Cristo Hospice. Born July 24, 1910, in Passaic, N.J. Preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and Frank Toth; husband, Ralph Lawson; and sister, Isabel O'Sickey-Ford. Survived by her son, Eugene F. (Shirley) Molnar, Simi Valley, Calif.; daughter, Brenda I. (the late Sil Arteaga), Pueblo; grandchildren, Eugene D. (Vivian) Molnar and Maria (Scott) Dinger, both of Simi Valley, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Michael, Brandon, Mikayla Molnar and Ricky Dinger; and special cousins, Frank (Sara) Toth. Irene was the kindest and most beautiful and loving person one would ever meet. Her smile lit up any room she ever entered. She was also a loving, devoted mother to her immediate family, as well as extended family and friends in Pueblo and California. No viewing. Direct cremation. Burial of cremains to be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Whittier, Calif. Memorial rosary and Mass will be at a later date.

Lawson, Margaret E.
Margaret E. Lundy Lawson - Pueblo Chieftain - September 07, 1986 - Margaret E. Lundy Lawson was born Aug. 30, 1914, and passed away Sept. 6, 1986. The daughter of Thomas and Eloise Lundy. She married in Canon City to William D. Lawson in 1939. They lived in Pueblo until 1963. In Pueblo she was an LPN and registered psychiatric technician and supervisor at the Colorado State Hospital. She retired in 1963. She moved to Denver in 1965 and worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center with the handicapped until September 1984. She is survived by her husband, William; daughters, Aleta Jackie Zobuck of Pueblo; and Margaret Hitchcock of Canon City; grandchildren, Robert W. Hitchcock, Denver; and Jami J. Hitchcock, Houston, Texas. Predeceased by mother-in-law, Edith Vistal, and granddaughter, Lindy Marie Hitchcock.

Lawson, Robert
Robert "Skip" Lawson - Pueblo Chieftain - September 27, 2000 - Robert "Skip" Lawson, 63, of Pueblo, passed away Sept. 26, 2000, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Born Oct. 27, 1936, in Pueblo. As a youth he worked on his father's farm, served with the U.S. Marine Corps, and retired from the CF&I after a 42-year career in the Print Shop. He is preceded in death by his father, Vernon Lawson; sister, Evelyn Meek; and his daughter, Cheryl Ann Lawson. Survived by his mother, Sophia Lawson of Pueblo; children, Bob (Christi) Lawson of Pueblo and Brenda Delaney of Renton, Wash.; former wife, Karen Lawson; grandchildren, Melissa (Curtis) James, Brandi and Jennifer Mosco, Jessica and Nicolle Lawson; great-grandchildren, Tyler Delaney and Heather James; nephew, Jerry Justice; and niece, Robyn Meek. Also survived by many other very loving family and friends. Skip enjoyed hunting and fishing, Native American artifacts, watching Bronco games, motorcycling and Bluegrass Mountain music. Some of his best moments included spending time with his grandchildren, wearing a "Bronco Super Bowl Ring" courtesy of David Diaz-Infante, and his personal letter and autographed photo from John Elway. He was always known for his smile and great friendship and would go out of his way to help anyone that ever needed him. Skip also was a central figure with the Rocky Mountain Thunder Rally in Pueblo this past summer. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation, Imperial Crematory. Inurnment, Roselawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at 1811 Lynwood after the service. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Dream Weavers of Southern Colorado.

Lawson, Ruth Elizabeth
Ruth Elizabeth Lawson - Pueblo Chieftain - February 4, 1987 - Ruth Elizabeth Lawson, late of Pueblo Village Apartments, died Feb. 2, 1987, at a local hospital. Born Jan. 4, 1902, in Trinidad, but had lived in Pueblo since early childhood. Preceded in death by her father, Arthur L. Morrow; mother, Ada B. Morrow; sisters, Ferne Sears and Neva Johnson. Surviving are her brother, Arthur E. Morrow, aunt Nora White, and her beloved sister-in-law, Edith Morrow, all of Pueblo; nieces, Kathleen Dodson, Pueblo, Constance Lally, Colorado Springs, Winnefred DeVore, Taos, N.M., and Neva Aguayo, Palmdale, Calif.; nephews, Arthur L. Morrow II, San Luis Obispo, Calif., G. Steven Morrow, Murrieta Hot Springs, Calif., Ernest D. Sears, San Gabriel, Calif., and Wally Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz. Service, 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 1987, Christian Evangel Church, 2803 E. Orman Ave., with the Rev. Dorothy Nogle officiating. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to a memorial fund in her memory at her church mentioned above. Contributions can be given or mailed to the church. The body will lie in state from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Lawson, Sophie M.
Sophie M. Lawson - Pueblo Chieftain - February 28, 2004 - Sophie M. Lawson, 94, passed away Feb. 26, 2004. She is preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Lawson; daughter, Evelyn Meeks; son, Robert Lawson; brothers and sisters, Joe Baker, Mary Guadagno, Barbara Wikland and Anna Filler. She is survived by her 99-year old sister, Rose Mangusco; along with numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Sophie loved to spend time in her flower garden; there was not a plant she couldn't grow. When she baked, she made the best potica in town. She was always good for a story or a joke when you visited her. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Wood and his staff for the many years of care. The family also would like to thank St. Mary-Corwin and the Pueblo Extended Care Nursing Home for making her final days comfortable. Viewing, 2 to 5 p.m. today, Feb. 28, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 1, at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2004, St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Roselawn.

Lawson, Van W.
Van W. Lawson - Huerfano World - May 27, 1993 - Former Huerfano Coroner and Walsenburg Businessman Van W. Lawson of Pueblo died May 24, 1993 in that city. Born Dec. 22, 1911 in Anselmo, NE, he owned and operated funeral homes in Leigh and Fremont, NE. In 1960, he moved to Walsenburg from Nebraska and purchased and operated Furphy-Lawson Funeral Home until retiring and moving to Pueblo in 1985. While in Walsenburg he was a member of the La Veta Odd Fellows Lodge, the Elks Lodge, Rotary Club and Huerfano Lodge No. 27 AF&AM as well as the Southern Colorado Consistory in Pueblo. He was also a member of the LDS Church in Pueblo. Mr. Lawson served as Huerfano County Coroner for 25 years. Survivors include his wife, Mildred, Pueblo; a son John Lawson, Pueblo; three daughters, Linda MacDonald, Illinois, Dianne Lee, Colorado Springs and Vanda Ridge, Texas; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday (today) in Pueblo Stake Center, 4720 Surfwood Drive. Entombment will be in Imperial Cemetery with Masonic rites by South Pueblo Lodge No 31 AF&AM.

Lay, Byron O.
Byron O. Lay - Pueblo Chieftain - April 01, 2005 - Byron O. Lay, 91, born Nov. 1, 1913, passed away March 30, 2005. Preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Catherine in 2003; parents, Oscar and Mattie Lay; brother, Franklin Lay; and sister, Gladys Williams. Survived by his children, Julie Lay of Denver, John (Althea) Lay of Florida, Bernie (Genny) Lay of Pueblo West, and Mary (Nick) Rusovick of Pueblo; also survived by 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Bernice Bell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Byron was a life-time member of BPOE No. 90, and St. Patrick Parish. He retired from the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1977, after 36 years of service. Viewing, noon to 5 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Friday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Patrick Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to St. Patrick Church or to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Byron's memory.

Lay, Catherine A.
Catherine A. Lay - Pueblo Chieftain - October 27, 2003 - Catherine A. Lay, 90, born Nov. 7, 1912, passed away Oct. 24, 2003. Survived by husband of 65 years, Byron Lay; children, Julie Lay, John (Althea) Lay, Bernard (Genny) Lay, Mary (Nick) Rusovick; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bernice Bell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by lifelong friend, Mary Culig. Preceded in death by parents, Bernard and Julia Cullen; and brother, Msgr. Bernard Cullen. Catherine was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Parish. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, the Bishop's Guild, the Theresians of Pueblo, and a Benedictine Oblate. Viewing, noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday at George McCarthy Historic Chapel. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Wednesday, St. Patrick Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice in her memory.

Lay, Irene
Irene Lay - Pueblo Chieftain - July 06, 1997 - Irene Lay passed away at her home on July 4, 1997. She was born Dec. 7, 1916, in Pueblo. Survived by two children, Lee Ann (Robert) Watkins and Wilbur (Judy) Lay, both of Pueblo- six grandchildren- nine great- grandchildren- and one great- great-grandson- brothers-in-law, Bryan (Catherine) Lay and Wayne (Bernice) Bell- and many friends. Irene did volunteer work throughout the community for more than 20 years, including Pueblo Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of F.O.E. No. 145 Auxiliary. Recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, 1997. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 1997. Both services, St. Mary Church with interment at Rose lawn Cemetery. Viewing at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today. Arrangements by McCarthy-Comer Rose Chapel, 329 Goodnight Ave.

Lay, Minnie E.
Minnie E. Lay - Pueblo Chieftain- February 22, 1998 - Minnie E. Lay, 87, of Syracuse, Kan. Funeral services, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Valley Memorial-Holly. Burial, Holly Cemetery. Visitation, 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday. Memorial contributions to the Holly United Methodist Church.

Lay, Wilbur F. Jr.
Wilbur F. Lay Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - May 17, 2005 - Wilbur F. Lay Jr., 63, of Pueblo, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2005. Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur "Frank" and Irene; and sister, Lee Ann Watkins. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy; sons, Tracy (Crystal) Lay and Raymond (Tina) Lay; grandchildren, Jennifer and Amanda Lay; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald (Peggy) Wirth, Rodney (Patricia) Wirth and Robert Watkins; also leaving behind numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Wilbur will be dearly missed by his many friends and his fishing/hunting buddies. Wilbur retired from Dana Corp. after 34 years and was recently employed by Trane Corp. He loved the outdoors, especially his fishing tournaments. He had numerous top 10 finishes over a 15-year period. His favorite tournament was at Blue Mesa Reservoir with his son, Tracy. Wilbur was an avid fly-fisherman, archer and bowler. Wilbur's skill and knowledge of metal fabrication led to a hobby of custom knife making, and he produced wonderful handmade hunting knives to give to family and friends. He was a man of many passions and will be missed greatly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Viewing, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, May 17, 2005. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at the Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel, with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Laydon, Dennis Michael
Dennis Michael "Mike" Laydon - Pueblo Chieftain - October 21, 1997 - Dennis Michael "Mike" Laydon, born May 7, 1943, in Pueblo. Attended Pueblo schools, graduating from South High School in 1961. Died on Oct. 17, 1997 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver as the result of a massive heart attack. Served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1964, and was an active naval reservist, retiring in 1992. President of the United Government Security Officers of American Local No. 61. Member of the VFW Post 7945. Survived by wife of 28 years, Rosemary Musso Laydon- children, Kimberly (Heath) Strawn, Joseph (Jacelyn) Laydon, Thronton, and Brenda (Clay) McWhorter, Las Cruces, N.M.- grandsons, Payton and Nicholas Strawn and Joshua Brewer- twin sister, Janiece Cameron and her children, Pueblo- mother, Margaret Koss- brother-in-law, Mike (Imogene) Musso-sister-in-law, Terry (Clyde) Creel- and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by grandparents, Newton and Mary Hopkins- and parents-in-law, Joe and Isabel Musso. Rosary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Olinger Highland Chapel, 104th and I-25, Thornton. Funeral, 10 a.m. Thursday, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive, Northglenn. Burial, Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.

Laydon, Joseph A. Sr.
Joseph A. Laydon Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - April 29, 2003 - Joseph A. Laydon Sr., born May 1, 1916, passed away April 28, 2003. He attended school in Fort Collins while living with his grandparents. Joseph spent four years in the 250th Coast Artillery in Alaska during WWII. He retired in 1978 from CF&I as a heater in the Coke Plant after 38 years of service. He was a standing member of Local 2102 USWA and past president of the Cursillo in Christianity for seven years. Preceded in death by an infant son; parents, Lucinda and Bloss Laydon Sr.; brothers, Ben and Bloss Laydon Jr.; and sister, Rose Carleo. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosana; daughters, Linda (Joe) Dale, Gloria (John) Sather, Joan (Don) Snoberger, Elizabeth (Ed) Baros, and Clare (Jeff) Donahue; sons, Joseph Jr., Martin (Amy) and Patrick (Irene); 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Dave (Sarah); and sister, Mary (Joseph) Vallejo. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Leander Church, Seventh and Monument, with Father Ben Bacino as celebrant. Military Honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team and interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery

Laydon, Rosana M.
Rosana M. Laydon - Pueblo Chieftain - March 29, 2004 - Rosana M. Laydon, 83, passed away March 27, 2004, 10 months and 29 days after her husband of 63 years, Joseph A. Laydon Sr., who passed away on April 28, 2003, and are now together forever at last; and also preceded by infant son, Joseph. Survived by her children, Linda (Joe) Dale, Gloria (John) Sather, Joan (Don) Snoberger, Elizabeth (Ed) Baros, Clare (Jeff) Donahue, Joseph A. Laydon Jr., Martin (Amy) Laydon and Patrick (Irene) Laydon; siblings, Hilda Blanc, Lucille Laydon, Felia (Louis) Arellano, Fidel Aguerrie Jr. and Raymond (Violet) Aguerrie; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and numerous special friends, including Dorothy Bacino. Rosana was born Feb. 22, 1921, in Gardner, Colo. She was a devoted wife and mother, and a member of St. Leander Church where she served as a secretary and cook. Viewing at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. today. Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Leander Church, Sixth and Monument with the Rev. Father Ben Bacino as celebrant. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Those who desire may make a memorial to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Layne, Paul D.
Paul D. Layne - Pueblo Chieftain - April 22, 2000 - Paul D. Layne, 77, passed away April 20, 2000. Survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Esther Layne; children, David (Marsha) Layne and Dan Layne, both of Littleton, and Becky (Lin) Watkins of Colorado Springs; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Bettie (La Vere) Lloyd of Utah; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by grandson, Joe Hofmann. Paul was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. He retired from the Colorado State Patrol in l974 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. Viewing, 2 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Graveside service, 10 a.m. Monday, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Monday, Faith United Methodist Church. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Faith United Methodist Church Building Fund in his memory.

Lazo, Adolfo
Adolfo "Rudy" Lazo - Pueblo Chieftain - April 10, 2003 - Adolfo "Rudy" Lazo, 63, departed this life on April 7, 2003. Rudy was born May 21, 1939, in Pueblo, Colo. He served in the Army-National Guard and was retired from the CF&I and Oregon Steel Mills as a millwright. Preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Nora Lazo; brother, Jess Lazo; and grandmother, Erminda Lazo. Adolfo leaves to cherish his memory siblings, Sally (Miguel) Torrez, Rita (Salvador) Martinez, Eddie (JoAnn) Lazo, Linda (Frank) Jaquez, Margie (Jess) Hernandez, Deborah (Toby) Vigil and Anita (Rickey) Gutierrez; numerous nieces, nephews, to include special niece, Jolene Grasso. Vigil service, 7 p.m. today and funeral service, 10 a.m. Friday; both services at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 421 Clark St., Father Jim Koenigsfeld, celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Lazo, Anthony
Anthony Lazo - Pueblo Chieftain - November 17, 2004 - Anthony Lazo, 91, of South Chicago, formerly of Pueblo, Colo., passed away on Nov. 13, 2004. Re- tired from Wisconsin Steel Works, longtime South Chicago resident, business owner and sponsor of neighborhood sports teams. Cherished husband of the late Roberta; loving father of Patricia, Marjorie, Anthony Jr. (Sue), Kathleen, Guillermo (Judy), Edward (Sandra), and Alfred. Preceded in death by Richard and Michael; grandfather of 19 and great-grandfather of 10. Visitation, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Roselawn Funeral Home. Recitation of the Rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Mount Carmel Catholic Parish. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, Mount Carmel Catholic Parish. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Lazo, Jesus T.
Jesus T. Lazo - Pueblo Chieftain - June 18, 1998 - Jesus T. Lazo, 61, passed away unexpectedly June 15, 1998, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Mr. Lazo was born May 23, 1937, in Pueblo. Beloved husband of Mary H. Lazo. Mr. Lazo retired from County Road & Bridge Department. He is survived by three children, Matthew P. Lazo, John A. Lazo of Denver, and Bridget (Jason) Archambeault of Pueblo. Also survived by one grandchild, Kenneth R. Lazo of Pueblo- brothers and sisters, Sally (Mike) Torrez, Rita (Salvador) Martinez of California, Rudy Lazo, Eddie (Joanne) Lazo of Denver, Linda (Frank) Jaquez of Canon City, Margie (Jess) Hernandez, Debra (Toby) Vigil, Annie (Rick) Gutierrez, all of Pueblo. Mr. Lazo was preceded in death by his father, Jesus Lazo- and mother, Nora Lazo, both of Pueblo. Public visitation from noon to 5 p.m. today, at the funeral home. Rosary service, 7 p.m. today, at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Friday, June 19, 1998, St. Joseph Parish. Family may be contacted at 1166 29 1/4 Lane at the family home.

Lazzeri, Abe
Abe Lazzeri - Denver Post - August 21, 1992 - Abe Lazzeri, DPS bus driver, 79 - Abe Lazzeri of Denver, a bus driver for Denver Public Schools, died Monday. He was 79. No services were held. There was cremation. He was born Nov. 16, 1912, in Walsenburg. He played semi-pro baseball in the 1930s and '40s. He served in the Marines and was awarded a Purple Heart. He is survived by a son, Michael, Mountain View, Calif.

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