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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Lea, Cecile C.
Cecile C. Lea - Pueblo Chieftain - September 29, 1987 - Mrs. Cecile C. Lea passed away at a local hospital Sept. 27, 1987. Survived by her sisters, Mrs. Mary Bell, Boone, and Mrs. Gladys Hollenbeck, Fowler; brother, Tyler Turner, Boone. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Ray Lea, in 1946, and sisters, Edna Turner and Helen Cook. Born June 29, 1 908, in Pittsburg, Kan., and had been a Pueblo area resident since 1915, retiring as a seamstress for St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Member of Grace Baptist Church. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mountain View Cemetery with the Rev. Harvey Coberly and the Rev. Ray Allen officiating.

Lea, Francisco
Francisco Lea - Bayfield Blade - December 15, 1910 - Francisco Lea was killed by a rock fall in the mine of the Victor-American Fuel Company at Hastings.

Lea, W. J.
W. J. “Daddy” Lea - Walsenburg World-Independent - October 15, 1937 - W. J. Lea Dies after 29 Years at La Veta - W. J. Lea, 79, a resident of La Veta since 1908, died Thursday culminating a three-week illness. He was one of the best-known farmers in Huerfano County. Lea was born in Tennessee and came to Colorado in 1891, first settling in Las Animas County, and later moving to La Veta. He is survived by seven sons and two daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Jennie Erwin, of Arizona and Mrs. Belle Holmes of Idaho. Surviving sons are; George E. Lea of Cameron; J. J. of Stoney Point, California; A. L. of Provo, Utah; Luther C. of Bayfield, Colorado; Ben and Charles of Pocatello, Idaho and Carl H. Lea of Venice, California. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the La Veta Methodist church. The Unfug-Peet mortuary is caring for the arrangements. Huerfano World - October 18, 1990 - This Week in La Veta History - 1937: Died, W.J. ''Daddy" Lea, 79, a resident of La Veta since 1908. He leaves two daughters, Jennie Erwin and Belle Holmes of La Veta and seven sons, all living away.

Leach, Bernard Edward
Bernard Edward Leach – Albuquerque Journal - September 13, 2006 - Bernard Edward Leach went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at the age of 90. He was born on July 2, 1916 in Detroit, Michigan and later moved to Albuquerque in 1948, where he founded the chain of Bargaintown Stores and Leach Home Furnishings. While in Albuquerque, he served on the Board of Directors, and as President of Congregation Bnai Israel. He also served as Chairman of a Drive for the United Jewish Appeal and as Chairman of a Drive for the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In 1966 he moved to Stonewall, Colorado, where he owned and operated the Picketwire Lodge for a period of 10 years, and then managed the Monument Lake Resort for the city of Trinidad, Colorado. During his Colorado years he served as president of the Board of Directors and as Secretary Treasurer of The Stonewall Country Club for a period of 18 years. In 1994 he returned to Albuquerque and remained in retirement. Bernard is survived by his wife Marjorie, his son Donald, “Marie” grand daughter Amanda of Troy, Michigan, his son Alan of Sacramento, California, his brother Allan “Pearl” of Albuquerque, his brother Robert “Bernice” of Farmington Hills, Michigan and numerous other family members. Bernard will be missed by all. Cremation has taken place with internment at Fairview Memorial Park. A Memorial will take place in the Stover Chapel of Garcia Mortuary on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Bernie always considered himself to be extremely wealthy in his friends and family throughout his life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Funeral services are in the care of: Daniels Family Funeral Services Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222.

Leach, Christine
Christine Leach – Albuquerque Journal – August 17, 1998 - Christine Leach passed away on August 12, 1998. She was born in Lampasas, Texas on January 18, 1918 and lived in Waco, Texas until the early 1950's when she moved to Albuquerque. Christine and Bernie Leach married in 1960. Survivors are her husband, Bernie; her sons, Billy H. Tubb (Laura) of Houston, TX, Donald Leach (Marie) of Troy, Michigan and Alan Leach of Sacramento, CA. She also leaves three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Christine was preceded in death by her mother, Effie Childers; father, John Childers; and brother, J. H. Childers. Christine and her husband sold their furniture business in Albuquerque in 1966 and moved to their home in Stonewall, Colorado, where they lived for the next 28 years before returning to Albuquerque in 1994. Cremation has taken place and by her request memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, The Stonewall Country Club of Weston, Colorado 81091 or to a charity of your choice.

Leach, Honald Wesley
Honald Wesley Leach - Pueblo Chieftain - September 25, 2002 - Honald Wesley Leach, died Sept. 21, 2002 in Colorado Springs. He was born Jan. 28, 1917 in Pueblo to Arthur C. Leach and Julia Frances Duke Leach. He was a graduate of Centennial High School and a lifetime member of the Pueblo Masonic Lodge No. 17 and the Pueblo Al Kaly Shrine. He was two term past president of the Pueblo Board of Realtors and a former member of the Board of Trustees of St. John¹s Military Academy. Honald worked as an independent insurance agent and was a partner in The Leach Co. for over 45 years. He had lived in Colorado Springs since 1978. Mr. Leach is survived by his daughter, Judith Ann Beltz (Mike), Colorado Springs; son, Arthur Allen Leach (Annie), Littleton; grandchildren, Andy, Katie and Jennifer Beltz and Amy Leach; brother, Richard F. Leach (Ann); nephews John, Richard Jr., Patrick and Robert Leach and good friend Elaine Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Susan Leach Carver. Graveside services will be on Friday, Sept. 27 at 2:30p.m. at the Roselawn Cemetery, 1706 Roselawn Road, Pueblo, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Namaste Alzheimer Center, 2 Penrose Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colo. 80906.

Leach, Kurt Oliver
Kurt Oliver Leach - Pueblo Chieftain - October 16, 2004 - Kurt Oliver Leach passed away as the result of a single truck accident on Oct. 12, 2004, near his home in Pueblo West. Kurt was born Sept. 22, 1965, in Charles City, Iowa, attended grade school in Klemme, Iowa, and graduated from high school in Garner, Iowa. He worked for Pritchard Motors and also Stellar Industries in Garner until 1998. Kurt then moved to Pueblo West and worked for Kois Brothers in Aurora. That is where he met his wife, Irena, and was married on Aug. 28, 1998. He loved hunting and fishing, so in 2002, he built and opened his own sports store in Pueblo West. He and his wife built a home at the base of a mountain where he hunted deer, elk and bear that he shot and had mounted for his store. He also lived by a reservoir where he often took his oldest son fishing. Kurt is survived by his wife, Irena; two sons, Hunter and Brenden of Pueblo West; his mother, Melodee White; and special father-figure, J.D. Miller of Forney, Texas; his father, Larry (Karen) Leach of Pueblo West; brothers, Dean White, Aaron White and Robin (Kimberly) Leach; sisters, Nicole Leach and Kimmie Leach; his grandparents, to whom he was very close, Joyce and Laverne Sigler of Charles City, Iowa; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Kurt always will be remembered for his unique salesmanship. Cremation, Davis Crematory. Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 15, 2004, in the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West, 434 S. Conquistador. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Kurt Leach Memorial Fund at Canon National Bank.

Leach, Lyle L.
Lyle L. Leach - Pueblo Chieftain - August 9, 1980 - Lyle L. Leach, longtime Pueblo resident, passed away Aug. 7, 1980. Among his survivors are his cousins, Earl Riggs and Effie Unruh, both of Salem, Ore., and a host of friends. He was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Salem, Ore., and was a piano tuner for many years. Member of Fairmount Church of the Nazarene. Service will be held 10 a.m. Monday in the Rouch Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Meyering officiating. Interment, Roselawn. Please omit flowers. Memorials may be made to Fairmount Church of the Nazarene, direct of through our office. Pueblo Chieftain - August 10, 1980 - Service 10 a.m. Monday, Rouch Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Meyering officiating. Interment, Roselawn. Please omit flowers. Memorials may be made to the Fairmount Church of the Nazarene, direct of through our office.

Leach, Marion Z.
Marion Z. Leach - Pueblo Chieftain - December 04, 1997 - Marion Z. Leach, born in Tama, Iowa, May 15, 1903, Mrs. Leach was a resident of Pueblo from 1905 until 1985. She died in Dallas, Texas, Dec. 3, 1997. She is survived by one son, Paul L. Larry" Leach- daughter-in-law, Nancy Means Leach- three grandchildren, Stephen L. and Jonathan D. Leach and Kathryn A. Alvis- one great-grandson, Preston Lee Leach. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Leach was married for 56 years to Edgar L. Leach who preceded her in death, May 1, 1985. She graduated from Centennial High School in 1922 and was employed by several local hotels. Mrs. Leach was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church since 1940. Visitation at the funeral home from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997, and graveside service, 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, at Imperial Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements by Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, 2710 N. Elizabeth.

Leach, Mary Katherine
Mary Katherine Leach - Pueblo Chieftain - February 25, 1930 - Mary Katherine Leach, aged 73, died at her apartments in this city Monday evening, Feb. 24. The body is being cared for at the Rouch Funeral home and will be forwarded to Conway Springs, Kas., Tuesday for services and interment.

Leach, Richard Franklyn
Richard Franklyn Leach - Pueblo Chieftain - March 27, 2005 - Richard Franklyn Leach was born to Arthur Clay Leach and Julia Frances Duke Leach on Feb. 6, 1914, in Pueblo. Leach graduated from Centennial High School in 1933. Just out of high school he joined the CMTC at Fort Logan, continuing the military course offered until he had earned his second lieutenant's bars and was stationed at Fort Bowie, Ariz., working with CCC inductees. When he returned to Pueblo, Leach entered the business world with his father selling real estate until World War II broke out. He was sent first to Camp Roberts, Calif., then to Camp Livingston, La. Leach attained the rank of captain and was company commander of Company D, 109th Regiment, 28th Division, better known as the Pennsylvania National Guard. Active in the European Theater, his division landed on Omaha Beach two weeks after D-Day. It liberated many French villages on its way to Paris, where it liberated the capital city. It was during the battle in the Huertgen Forest that Leach was wounded. He assembled the other walking wounded and a group of German POWs and led the assembly back to a first aid station. Leach's wound was deemed to be one that rendered him useless to the war effort and he was sent to Madigan Hospital Center for repair surgery. He was promoted to major and proudly wore the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, the European Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon. On his return to Pueblo, Leach resumed his place in the real estate sales business. He was elected to the office of president of the Colorado Association of Real Estate Brokers (now known as CAR) in 1950. He served as regional vice president of the National Association of Real Estate Boards (NAR) and also on the national level was a member of Realtors' Washington Committee for several terms. He was appointed by Govs. Johnson and Love to three terms on the Colorado Real Estate Commission. In addition to his professionally related activities, Leach was active on the board of the Pueblo Boys Ranch, the YMCA, the CSU-Pueblo Foundation and the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. He was a past president of Rotary No. 43, a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of Al Kaly Shrine, the Masonic Lodge, Military Officers of America Association, the Air Force Academy Officers Club and El Paso Club of Colorado Springs. In December of 1947, Leach was married to Colorado Springs resident, Ann Allison Leach, who survives. The couple produced four sons, John Clay Leach (Kathy) of Dousman, Wis.; Richard F. Leach Jr. (Cindy) of Pueblo and Teller County; Patrick Allison Leach (Mary), and Robert Wesley Leach (Karen) all of Pueblo. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Leach was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Honald Wesley Leach. A branch of the Leach Co. was opened in Colorado Springs in 1974 and the Leaches moved to a ranch north of Colorado Springs. They returned to Pueblo in October of 2004, making their home at the Villa Pueblo. The Rev. Rick Calhoun will conduct a memorial service on Tuesday, March 29, in the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to the CSU-Pueblo Foundation or the Villa Pueblo Foundation through the mortuary.

Leach, Robert L.
Robert L. Leach - Pueblo Chieftain - January 30, 1987 - Robert L. Leach, longtime Pueblo resident, passed away Jan. 28, 1987. Husband of Rose M. Leach, of the family home. Brother of Mina Travis. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Eva Shreves, Frances Gant, Wilbert Leach, Edgar Leach, and Everett Leach. A city bus driver for 30 years, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Interment. Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food. Family will greet friends at 519 La Vista Road. The body will lie in state from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Leach, Rose M.
Rose M. Leach - Pueblo Chieftain - December 14, 2001 - Lifetime Pueblo resident passed away Dec. 10, 2001. Rose M. Leach was born Sept. 13, 1904. She was a member of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and was a devout Catholic even after she was no longer able to attend her church. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert L. in 1987, parents Frank and Ruth Padilla, brother Pete Padilla, sisters Tillie Gallegos, Mary Arguello, Bessie Lucero, and Hazel De Isla, godchildren Robert Padilla, Jack Sigler and several nieces and nephews. Rose is survived by her niece Barbara (Mike) Gonzales, nephew Leon Frank (Cheryl) De Isla, best friend Katie Bonham and beloved caregiver Cindy (David) Grever and godchild Sr. Raymonda DuVall. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews and their extended families. Rose was a lover of all animals, especially her devoted dog, Juno. Visitation 12- 5pm Today, Rosary recitation 7:30pm tonight, TG McCarthy Rose Chapel. Funeral mass at Mt. Carmel Church on Sat. at 1:30pm. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery.

Leachman, Chris J.
Chris J. Leachman - Pueblo Chieftain - October 10, 1987 - Chris J. Leachman of 705 Hunter Drive, Oct. 9, 1 987. Husband of Lydia A. Leachman and father of Edwin L. (Ann) Leachman, Seattle, Wash.; Virginia (Tony) Scalva, Sterling; Dorothy (Roy) Olsen, St. Paul, Neb.; Chris (Jan) Leachman, Huntsville, Ala.; Jerald (Joyce) Leachman, Pueblo; Carolyn (Richard) Giarratano, Arvada; and Kay E. (Fred) Fair, Pueblo. Brother of Frank Lechman, Sterling; John Lechman, Ventura, Calif.; and Anna Weingardt, Denver. Survived also by 33 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Mr. Leachman was a member of Christ the King Parish, Pueblo Elks Lodge No. 90 and Knights of Columbus Council No. 557. He retired in 1967 from the building material department at Sears after 13 years of service. Services, Christ the King Church. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Sunday and Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. Monday. Interment, Roselawn. The family respectfully requests the omission of flowers. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's research in care of the funeral home office.

Leachman, Lydia Ann
Lydia Ann Pfanenstiel Leachman - Pueblo Chieftain - December 29, 2005 - Lydia Ann Pfanenstiel Leachman, 101, passed away on Dec. 27, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Chris; and her son, Edwin, who passed away on Dec. 26, 2005. Survived by her children, Virginia (Tony) Scalva of Sterling, Colo., Dorothy (Roy) Olsen of St. Paul, Neb., Chris (Jan) Leachman Jr. of Rye, Colo., Jerry (Joyce) Leachman of Pueblo, Colo., Carolyn (Dick) Giarratano of Arvada, Colo., and Kay (Fred) Fair of Pueblo, Colo. Also surviving are 33 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. The family does not grieve mom's passing. We would rather celebrate her life in this world and life everlasting. Lydia was a member of Christ the King Church and a longtime resident of Belmont. Most recently, she was in residence at the Pavilion at the Villa. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Christ the King Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Leader, Teresa Anne
Teresa Anne McFail Leader - Pueblo Chieftain - May 20, 2004 - Teresa Anne McFail Leader, a resident of Westminster Oaks, Tallahassee, Fla., died on Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at the age of 89. She was born June 10, 1914, in Indian River, Prince Edward Island, to C. Leonard and Victoria MacDonald. She attended local schools in Rumford, Maine, and was a graduate of the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. She furthered her education at the University of Maine and Boston University and graduated from and did graduate work at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Teresa spent much of her adult life in various facets of the health field. She had experience in hospital administration in Maine and had been program director for the Maine Tuberculosis Association. She later moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. She worked for many years as a program director for the Florida Lung Association in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Jacksonville. She was a volunteer with the St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary and served on the hospital's board of directors. She was a member of the Women's Guild at St. Raphael's Parish in St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. A patron of the arts, she was on the board of the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. She also was a member of the Stuart Society, associated with the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, the Snell Isle Questers, the St. Petersburg Civitan Club and the St. Petersburg Women's Club. She also was an avid contract and duplicate bridge player. Preceding her in death were her two husbands, Loring W. McFail Sr. and William J. Leader Sr. Survivors include sons, Eric H. McFail, Pueblo West, Colo., and L.W. "Mike" (Elaine) McFail Jr., Treasure Island, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Tony) Hernandez, Tallahassee, Dr. Lori Isom, Conway, Ark., Janet McFail, Lakewood, Colo., Michelle McFail, Pensacola, Fla., Dr. Julie (Jeff) Weingarz, Schaumberg, Ill., Christopher McFail, Tampa, Fla., Becky (Tom) Dougherty, Marietta, Ga., Matthew McFail, Treasure Island, Fla.; four stepchildren, Jacqueline Leader (Joe) McKenzie, Clearwater Beach, Fla., John (Marcia) Leader, Putney, Vt., Joanne Leader Creeden, Chatham, Mass., and William J. (Charlotte) Leader Jr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She also is survived by several nieces, nephews and special friends, William White and Elsa Tugman, both of St. Petersburg. At Teresa's request, cremation. A memorial Mass will be said at St. Raphael's Church on Snell Isle. Tallahassee services will be in the chapel at Westminster Oaks on Saturday.

Leaf, Grace E.
Grace E. Leaf - Pueblo Chieftain - February 11, 2002 - Grace E. Leaf passed away at home Feb. 8, 2002, after a long hard battle with cancer. Grace was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Karlstad, Minn., to parents Eugene and Elsie Simmons. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Eugene and Bruce. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Charles Leaf; her son, Charles and his wife, Penny; daughter, Lori Greer; grandson, Derrick Leaf; great-grandson, Quintin; sister, Patricia Gillen; sister-in-law, Roberta Graham; and numerous nieces and nephews. Grace studied art and archaeology and worked as a secretary. When son Chuck was born, she became a super housewife and loving mother and grandmother. The family moved frequently, living in Colorado, Montana, Texas, Oklahoma, Calgary, Canada, California and then Aurora, Colo. After Chuck retired, they spent several years in their RV before settling down eight years ago in Pueblo West. Grace was active in her sorority. She and Chuck loved the mountains and enjoyed camping, fly-fishing, bird watching and golfing. In her final years she found solace and friendship in the Can Cer Vive Support Group. Grace was very much loved by all and will be sorely missed. There will be a private memorial service, Sunday, in the family home.

Leahy, Robert Frank
Robert Frank Leahy - Pueblo Chieftain - October 09, 2001 - Robert Frank Leahy, 60, of Pueblo, formerly of Denver, died Oct. 5, 2001, after a lengthy illness. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Clara Clack; a brother, Walter Clack; and survived by his wife of 38 years, Rita (Mora) Leahy; daughter, Elizabeth (Joe) Leahy-Martinez; and grandchildren, Dominique, Savanah and Romeo. He also is survived by his mother-in-law, Katie Mora, and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Robert was born in Denver on Oct. 17, 1940, and worked for many years at the Brown Palace Hotel. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing country ballads. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at St. Pius Parish, 3130 Morris Ave., Pueblo. A private internment is planned at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Denver. Friends and family will be received following the funeral services at the home of Juan and Deborah Espinosa, 4450 Overton Road, Pueblo.

Leal, Elsie
Elsie Leal - Hutchinson News - June 14, 2006 - Hutchinson, KS - Elsie Leal, 68, died June 4 at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal. She was born June 1, 1938, in Trinidad, Colo., the daughter of Joe and Juanita Gonzales Leal. She was a Liberal resident. She belonged to Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Liberal. She married Ralph Lavato and later married Aurelio Mares. Survivors include: a son, Aurelio Mares, Liberal; five daughters, Elaine Salas, Rosalia Aguilar, Janine Lavato and Julie Mares, all of Liberal, and Patricia Chapel, Baxter Springs; a brother, Ralph, Georgia; a sister, Margaret Ramos, Los Angeles; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; two sisters; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Liberal, with Elder David Vardin presiding. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Miller Mortuary, Liberal. Interment will be in Liberal Cemetery. Miller Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Leal, Gasper G.
Gasper G. Leal - Pueblo Chieftain - December 02, 1999 - Gasper G. Leal, 66, born Feb. 17, 1933, in Placida, N.M., passed away Nov. 30, 1999, at Parkview Hospital. A Pueblo resident since 1954, Mr. Leal was working for the Super Wal-Mart Center in Eagleridge. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, tinkering with older automobiles and traveling. Survived by his wife, Duve Carrillo Leal; children, Carol (Orlando) Romero, Frank (Lorraine) Leal, Loretta Leal, Carolyn (Richard) Marquez, Donna (Lawrence) Leal, Chris (Connie) Leal, Dolores Leal, Pablito Ortiz and Liz (Jesus) Falcon; sister, Jennie (Willie) Chacon; 26 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; special friends, Sam Romero and Valentin (Josie) Gonzales; and other relatives and friends. Visitation, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Rosary vigil, 7 p.m. today. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Rev. Benjamin J. Bacino, celebrant. Both services, St. Leander Catholic Church. Cremation to follow the Mass. Mr. Leal is preceded in death by his parents, Reyes and Manuelita Rodriguez Leal; and mother-in-law, Lupe G. Carrillo. Family will receive friends at 905 E. Fourth St.

Leaming, Avis L.
Avis L. Leaming - Pueblo Chieftain - June 03, 1998 - Avis L. Leaming, 74, formerly of Holly. Funeral services, 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, 1998, at Valley Memorial, Holly Chapel. Burial in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to service time Friday at Valley Memorial, Holly Chapel. Memorial contributions to the charity of the donor's choice.

Leanos, Daria
Daria "Lalita" Leanos - Pueblo Chieftain - September 22, 2003 - Daria "Lalita" Leanos, 90, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 19, 2003, after a brief illness. She was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, on Dec. 19, 1912. She graduated from Centennial High School class of 1932. She proudly became a United States citizen on Jan. 17, 1997. She is survived by her children, Beatrice (Aurelio) Medina, Frances Rivera, Mary Louise Bailey, Gilbert (Cathy) Leanos, Edward Leanos; brother, Emilio (Sally) Urrutia; sisters, Mary Diaz, Connie Torres, Trinnie Merx, sister-in-law, Delfina Urrutia; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; cousins, Lupe Flores and Jessie Martinez; best friend, Ruth Uyeda and other family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Abundio and Francisca Urrutia; mother-in-law, Maria Leanos; husband, Domingo Leanos; brothers, Anthony and Gregorio Urrutia; sister, Alexia LeFebre; children, Virginia and Augustine "Tino" Leanos. Daria was an avid gardener and fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Denver Broncos, she took great pride in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, her family and friends cherished the time they had with her and will always remember her beautiful life. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice. Viewing, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, family to receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral service, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.

Learnard, Alice
Alice Learnard – Yuma Pioneer – January 20, 1905 – Daughter's Death Kills Mother – Denver, Jan. 15 – A Fort Collins dispatch last night says: A telegram was received here to-day from Council Bluffs, stating that Mrs. Alice Learnard, formerly of Fort Collins, died there this morning. Last Monday Mr. and Mrs. Learnard, who lived at Trinidad, where Mr. Learnard is joint ticket agent for the Santa Fe, Rio Grande and Colorado and Southern roads, were notified that their only daughter, Mrs. Ina Apted, was critically ill and might not recover. They started from Trinidad at once, hoping to see the stricken woman before she passed away. They were too late, however, as Mrs. Apted died Tuesday, three hours before they reached her bedside. The shock was too great for Mrs. Learnard, and she survived her daughter but three days. The Learnards for many years were residents of Fort Collins, Mr. Learnard being station agent there for ten years.

Leary, Berneice M.
Berneice M. Leary - Pueblo Chieftain – October 4, 2006 - Berneice M. Leary, 82, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. today, Oct. 4, 2006, Our Lady of the Meadows Church. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Donations may be made in Berneice's memory to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Leary, Daniel
Daniel Leary – Durango Democrat – December 29, 1907 – Trinidad Murderers Captured – Trinidad, Dec. 28 – The investigation today showed, that Daniel Leary, the 16 year old boy, who was found dead near the depot last night, had been assaulted before he was killed. Two men, Charles Martin, and a negro are under arrest. Martin is a peg-leg, and was the last person seen with the boy. He got on a train to leave town and was intercepted by the officers. The police claim, that a scuffle ensued, and that the boy was afterwards murdered. Yuma Pioneer – January 24, 1908 – In the District Court at Trinidad Monday Judge Henry Hunter sentenced Charles Martin, convicted on the 19th inst. of the murder of Willis Leary, December 26th, to life imprisonment.

Leary, Michele D.
Michele D. Leary - Pueblo Chieftain - November 07, 1999 - Michele D. Leary, 47, entered in the arms of Jesus, Nov. 5, 1999, after complications she experienced from a stroke. Michele was born March 6, 1952, in Pueblo to the late Benny Gonzales and Rose Gonzales. She is survived by her husband, Michael; son, Brandon (Joanna) Scott; and grandchildren, Josiah, Christofor and Caleb Scott, all of Pueblo; sisters, Betty Ann (Tom) Taylor, Fruitland, Md., Patricia Gonzales, Pueblo, Corrine (Bob) Antoszewski, Pittsburgh, Pa., Cheryl (Erwin) McNeil, Cameron, N.C., Lisa Lawson, Kent, Wash.; brothers, Benny (Mary) Gonzales, Morrison and Marc (Lisa) Gonzales, Salisbury, Md.; and several nieces and nephews; aunt, Irene Gomez; and aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. John Maes, all of Pueblo. Michele was predeceased by her father, Benny Gonzales. She worked for Spanish Peaks, Parkview and EKO for many years as a counselor. Michele loved her family, her church and her Lord. She was an active servant for her Lord at Calvary Church where she volunteered her time in many ministries. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in her name to Porter Care Hospital Transplant, 2535 S. Downing, Denver. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 1999, at Calvary Church with Pastor Scott Thomas officiating.

Lease, Clifton D.
Clifton D. Lease - Pueblo Chieftain - June 25, 2002 - Clifton D. Lease was born in Freeport, Ill., Dec. 4, 1915, and died June 23, 2002, in Pueblo. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, stepmother and a half brother. Clif is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris, of the family home; one son, James (Cathy) Lease; a grandson, James Peter Lease, both of Billings, Mont.; a second grandson, Jeffery (Tammy) Lease of Spokane, Wash.; brothers-in-law, A. Donald Filer of Calimesa, Calif., Ralph (Marilyn) Filer, James R. (Mary) Filer, Robert Filer and Glenn Filer; a sister-in-law, Francis Filer, all of Pueblo; as well as a large number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews in Freeport, Ill., and Pueblo. Clif served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and retired from the PAD in 1975. Clif will be fondly remembered by his many friends in Southern Pueblo Lodge No. 31, AF&AM, Southern Colorado Consistory, Al Kaly Shrine, Laurel Court No. 16, Order of Amaranth, Fidelity Chapter No. 144, Order of Eastern Star, BPOE No. 90, American Legion Post No. 2, Eagles Aerie No. 145 and the Church of St. Peter the Apostle (Episcopal). Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Peter the Apostle, corner of Pueblo Boulevard and O'Neil Avenue followed by inurnment in the church columbarium. A reception for family and friends will be held in the parish hall of St. Peter the Apostle Church immediately following the services. In lieu of food and flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home office to the Church of St. Peter the Apostle.

Leasure, Theresa A.
Theresa A. Leasure - Pueblo Chieftain - March 05, 2003 - Theresa A. Leasure, 79, born July 24, 1923, passed away March 3, 2003. Survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Robert Leasure; and her children, Robert A. (Carol) Leasure, Meri (Ken) Greensweight, Jeffrey Leasure and Steve Leasure. Grandmother of Kimberly Reid, Justin Reid, Trevor Leasure and Megan Leasure. Great-grandmother of Alex and Zachary Reid. Also survived by sisters, Justine Mehle, Anne (Charles) Allen and Virginia (Richard) Fellion as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Rupar; sisters, Mary Fossceco and Jean Griffone; and brothers, Frank and Ray Rupar. Theresa was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed taking care of her family. At her request, Cremation, Almont Crematory. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Friday, Holy Family Church with private family interment. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Theresa's memory.

Leatherman, Evelyn G.
Evelyn G. Leatherman - Pueblo Chieftain - May 10, 2003 - Evelyn G. Leatherman passed away May 7, 2003, in Pueblo. Evelyn was born Jan. 16, 1930, to Wilbur and Amy Curtsinger and moved to Pueblo with her family as a child. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bill B. Leatherman; son, Billy; and daughters, Imogene, Diana and JoAnna. Her survivors include daughters, Marilyn (Billy) Tipton, Carolyn (Henry) Kiefer, Mary Ann (David Rhodes) Leatherman; brother, Joseph (Patricia) Curtsinger; sisters, Jeannie Hayes and Betty Finley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be held from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, at the mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2003, in the Holy Family Catholic Church, 2827 Lakeview Ave. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Leathers, Dorothy L.
Dorothy L. Leathers - Pueblo Chieftain - July 17, 1999 - Valley Memorial - Dorothy L. Leathers, 73, of Lamar, died July 15, 1999 . Funeral services, 10a.m. Monday, July 19, 1999 , at the Lamar United Methodist Church. Burial in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Valley Memorial, Lamar Chapel. The casket will not be opened at the church on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamar United Methodist Church or charity of choice.

Leatherwood, Kenneth A.
Kenneth A. Leatherwood - Huerfano World - February 7, 2002 - Kenneth A. Leatherwood, 70, Of Brighton, passed away Jan. 23, 2002 after a short illness. Mr. Leatherwood had spent 35 years with REA in Southern Colorado and Brighton. He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Barbara, Jim and Susan; grandchildren, Trina, Justin and Shelley. Private services were held and cremation was chosen.

Leben, Bertha Hinz
Bertha Hinz Leben - Holyoke Enterprise - April 14, 1955 - Last Rites Held For Mrs. Leben - Final rites for Mrs. Bertha Leben, 87, a resident of Phillips County for a number of years, were held last Thursday afternoon at the Lutheran Church in Amherst. Rev. Theo. Schauland was in charge. Interment was in the Amherst cemetery. Mrs. Leben passed away April 3 in Pueblo. As Bertha Hinz, Mrs. Leben was born April 7, 1867, in Stettin, Pommern, Germany. She was baptized in the Lutheran Church in infancy and was confirmed as a girl in Germany. She came to the United States in the fall of 1895 and was united in marriage with Herman Leben on December 30, 1895, at Plainview, Nebraska. They moved to Colorado in March, 1909 and lived on a farm east of Amherst for 11 years. They established their home in Holyoke in 1920. In 1926, Mrs. Leben was admitted to the state hospital in Pueblo, where she passed away. Surviving are two sons, Walter and Herman Leben Jr., Amherst; three daughters, Mrs. Otto Nierman, Amherst, and Mrs. Herbert Welper and Mrs. Leonard Harmon, Holyoke; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew in the United States; and other relatives in Germany. Mrs. Leben was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1935, and a son, Ernest, who passed away in 1931.

LeBlanc, Byron Anthony
Byron Anthony LeBlanc - Pueblo Chieftain - December 01, 2002 - Byron Anthony LeBlanc passed away on his birthday Nov. 28, 2002, in Pueblo. He was born on Nov. 28, 1938, in Texas City, Texas, to Ferdinand and Gladys LeBlanc, who preceded him in death. Also preceded in death by Carol Sparks-LeBlanc. He is survived by Nancy Rike-LeBlanc; Eugene and Lucille Rike; Everett and Florence Sparks; his children, Daniel LeBlanc, San Antonio, Texas, Eric (Michelle) LeBlanc, Phoenix, Ariz., and Kristen LeBlanc, Boulder, Colo.; grandchildren, Christopher, Alex, and Morgan; siblings, Kenneth LeBlanc, Houston, Texas, Kay LeBlanc, San Antonio, Texas, Dorothy Waggoner, San Antonio, Texas, and Richard LeBlanc of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous nephews and nieces. Byron served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed waterskiing and spending time in the outdoors. He had a passion for flying and was a pilot for many years. He was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor, who spent much of his time helping others. He will be missed greatly. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Pueblo Christian Center, 1605 S. Pueblo Blvd with Darrell Madsen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Byron LeBlanc to: Gideon's International, 329 S. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003. Family may be contacted through Adrian Comer Funeral Home. Reception following the service.

Lechlitner, Virginia
Virginia Lechlitner - Huerfano World - February 11, 1993 - Virginia Kastelny Lechlitner died in Van Nuys, CA, Jan. 21, 1993. Born in Cokedale, Mar. 7, 1910, when a small girl she came to Huerfano County with her parents where she was reared on a ranch. She attended Chillocothe Business College and moved to California when she was a young woman. She worked as a legal secretary and also for the Social Security Administration. She also taught art classes and painted many oils for family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Jim, Van Nuys; her sister, Helen Zancanelli, Walsenburg; nieces and nephews. Burial was in Forest Lawn in Glendale, CA.

Lechuga, Donald
Donald Lechuga - Glenwood Post Independent - September 15, 2005 - Donald Lechuga, of Pueblo, passed away on Sept. 8, 2005, in Pueblo. He was 76. He was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Deadwood, S.D., to John Lechuga and Priscilla (Gonzales) Lechuga. When Donald was a boy, the family moved to Trinidad, where he attended school. He began working in the baking industry at an early age. In September 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he earned the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupation Medal while in Kyushu, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to Trinidad. He met Margaret Sandoval in Trinidad, and they were married Dec. 4, 1954. They moved to Carbondale in 1956, where he was a miner for many years. He later worked for the city of Glenwood Springs until his retirement in 1991. In 1995 he moved to Pueblo, where he remained until his death. He is survived by sons Phillip (Martha) of Thornton and Donald W. (Kathy), of Carbondale; daughters Elaine Bohman (Paul), of Appleton, Wis., and Veronica Smith, of Carbondale; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother Adam Lechuga, of Denver; sisters Esther Zamora, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rose Garcia, of Denver; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret, to whom he was devoted for 39 years; brothers George, Abel and John; and sisters, Eva and Matilda. Services will at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Chapel, 405 W. Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs, with interment to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale. The family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lederman, Dennis M.
Dennis M. Lederman - Pueblo Chieftain - September 27, 2005 - Dennis M. Lederman, 60, passed away Sept. 25, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Betty Lederman; and brother-in-law, Arnie Krause. Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Janet; children, Daniel (Sharon) Lederman, Jennifer Lederman and Jessica (John) Clune; grandchildren, Alexandrea, Megan and John Paul; sisters, Sal Krause, Barbara Lou Herkowitz, Nancy (Tom) Tyndall. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Dennis was a master electrician for the IBEW Local No. 12, a member of the American Legion Post No. 2, and the Marine Corp League, serving in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, St. Pius X Catholic Church, with a reception to follow at the IBEW Hall, 2901 Farabaugh Lane. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Dennis to the Pueblo West Volunteer Fire Department or the charity of your choice through the funeral home office.

LeDoux, Jose Abe
Jose Abe LeDoux - Pueblo Chieftain - April 22, 1987 - Jose Abe LeDoux, 59, passed away April 20, 1987, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Mr. LeDoux is survived by four children, John LeDoux of Pueblo, Manuel (Eva) LeDoux of Santa Fe, N.M., Linda (Gary) Thiele of Long Beach, Calif., Joyce (Jim) Coffman of Clovis, N.M.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is survived also by sisters and brothers, Jimmy LeDoux, Mrs. Katherine Manzanares, both of Pueblo, Peggy LeDoux of Santa Fe, N.M., Mrs. Jenny Medina of Abiquiu, N.M., Mrs. Bennie Miller of Portland, Ore.; stepmother, Juanita Mares of Pueblo; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. LeDoux was preceded in death by his wife, Belen Lopez LeDoux in 1976; parents, Santiago and Manuelita LeDoux; and stepfather, Jake Mares. He was born Sept. 10, 1927, in New Mexico and was a Pueblo resident for the past 35 years. He was a foreman at C&W Railroad for 25 years until retirement in 1976 and was a member of the AFL-CIO Union. He also was a member of St. Anne's Church. Visitation hours from noon until 5 p.m. today at Imperial Funeral Home and from noon until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1987, at Imperial Funeral Home. Rosary recitation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 1987, at St. Anne's. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, 1987, at St. Anne's, with Father Mark Plewka officiating. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Imperial Reception Hall following interment.

LeDoux, Patsy
Patsy LeDoux - Pueblo Chieftain - July 20, 2003 - Patsy LeDoux went to the Lord on July 18, 2003. Born Feb. 10, 1929, in Austin, Texas, to Margarito and Carmen Garcia Hernandez who preceded her; along with her husband, Santiago LeDoux; and daughter, Marianne Valles. Survived by her children, Antonio Garcia, L. Myki Mykolajewycz (Gerald) Herrera, William (Alice) LeDoux, Patricia Ayala, Alice (Greg) Duran, Jimmy (Karen Mosier) LeDoux; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret (Tom) Silva; brother, Johnny Hernandez; numerous friends and relatives. Patsy retired in 1993 from Pueblo Manor as a housekeeper. She had a green thumb and enjoyed working in her yard and garden. She was an avid Broncos fan, enjoyed sewing, shopping and visiting with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a volunteer grandma at Spann Elementary School. Visitation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, at the Imperial Funeral Home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday; both at St. Leander Church. Interment to follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends and relatives at 815 E. Ash.

LeDoux, Santiago M.
Santiago M. LeDoux - Pueblo Chieftain - August 29, 1997 - Santiago M. LeDoux of Pueblo passed away Aug. 28, 1997. Mr. LeDoux served in the U.S. Army in World War II. A member of the Senior Citizens Club, AARP and Our Lady of Guadalupe. On Sundays from August through Super Bowl Sunday, you would find him in front of his TV where he would be rooting for his team, the Denver Broncos, or a boxing match, for he was a great fan of both sports. He is survived by his wife, Patsy LeDoux- children, Tony Garcia, Lupita Mykolajewcyz, Bill (Alice) LeDoux, Patty (Felix) Ayala, Alice (Greg) Duran and Jimmy (Karen) LeDoux Jr.- four sisters- 15 grandchildren- six great-great-grandchildren- as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a brother, one sister and his parents. Visitation, 1 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Rosary, 7 p.m. today. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday. Both services, Comer Garden Chapel. A reception will be held at the Garden Hall Reception Room immediately following the rosary. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Comer Garden Chapel, 2710 N. Elizabeth, where you may call to place your flower orders.

LeDoux, Willie E. Jr.
Willie E. LeDoux Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - February 25, 2006 - Willie E. LeDoux Jr. passed away on Feb. 22, 2006. Preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Celia; in-laws, Bea and Manuel Gurule; brother, Jesse. Survived by his wife, Charlotte; sons, Eric LeDoux and Jim (Jen) Quintana; sister, Loretta; brothers, Michael, Manuel Gonzales, Richard; special niece, Sandy (Craig) Sonke; great-niece and -nephew, Tori and Robert Sonke; and goddaughter, Kris Padilla; also survived by in-laws, Elsie (George) Butero, William (Gloria) Gurule, Manuel (Pearl) Gurule, Ken Gurule, Mark Gurule and Gary (Tina) Gurule; numerous aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. Willie was born in Springer, N.M., on May 16, 1954. Willie was an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic minister. Willie also spent time perfecting his skills as a master gardener. Visitation, 2 to 5 p.m. today, Feb. 25, 2006, Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel. Recitation of the rosary, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2006; both services at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Father Bill Huber as celebrant. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Willie's memory to the Capuchin Poor Clares Sisters or St. Pius X Catholic Church building fund in care of Roselawn Funeral Home.

Lee, Alton William
Alton William Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - May 05, 2001 - - Alton William Lee, 83, went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2001, in Pueblo, Colo. Born Aug. 5, 1917, in Damascus, Ark., to William and Zella Lee, who preceded him in death, along with two sisters and three brothers. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lucille Lee; daughter, Donna Lee of Pueblo; brother, Eugene Lee of North Little Rock, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Alton enjoyed hunting, fishing and being in the outdoors. He retired from the CF&I in 1980 after 20-plus years of service. Visitation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Lynn Gardens Baptist Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Lee, Charley
Charley Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - November 18, 2002 - Funeral & Cremation Care of Colorado The family of Charley Lee sadly announces his passing on Nov. 16, 2002. Charley was born Sept. 25, 1939, in Eldorado, Ark. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and then moved to the beautiful state of Colorado where he had resided since the 1950's. Charley was a very talented man who worked at Nabisco, performed auto body work and repaired recreational vehicles. However, he gained the most satisfaction from the masonry work he enjoyed for so many years, which can be seen throughout Southern Colorado. He faced the indignities of his illness with strength, courage and patience. Charley may best be remembered for his smile and sunny disposition and, of course, his wry sense of humor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool and darts, and especially visiting with friends. Charley never met a stranger. We would like to give a special thanks to all his friends who visited him often. He deeply enjoyed the visits and support which were invaluable to him. The family would also like to thank the staff at Life Care Center for the care and many kindnesses he received while residing there for the past 14 months. He is survived by his children, Sean and Jennifer Lee; sister, Joyce (Jerry) Lloyd; former wife, Betty Lee; brother-in-law, Jim (Bennie) Swanson; former mother-in-law, Mildred Stevenson; numerous nieces and nephews; and many very special friends. The family will host an informal open house on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 104 S. Alta Vista, Pueblo West, to celebrate Charley's passing to Heaven.

Lee, David J.
David Jeffrey Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - April 30, 2002 - Age 43, lifetime resident of Pueblo, passed away April 24, 2002, in Pueblo. He is survived by his parents, Wilbur “Sparky” and Drucilla Lee; a sister Linda (Jack) Krupka; nephew, Ryan Bush; nieces, Breanna and Karen Bush; and friend, Helen Lee. David graduated from Central High School in 1977 and then attended Pueblo Community College Automotive Transmission School. He worked for many years as a transmission specialist. He and his wife, Helen, realized a dream of opening a spiritual gift shop. David was an amateur radio operator, NOUQJ. He also worked as a data communication technician and most recently became a Certified Nurse Assistant. He was a member of the Center for Inner Peace Church. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the Davis Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.

Lee, Dorothy J.
Dorothy J. Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - March 09, 2003 - Dorothy J. Lee, 92, passed away on March 5, 2003. Preceded in death by husband, Dr. Osmer B. Kellogg in 1958; husband Cecil A. Lee in 1963; and her companion of 25 years Robert Groetzinger in 1989. She is survived by three children, Sandra Kellogg Harper-Fritz and Ken, Dr. Robert Kellogg, Jack Kellogg and Shirley; five grandchildren, David Harper Jr., Dr. Kimberly Kellogg, Robert Kellogg Jr., Ann Kellogg and Scott Kellogg; four great-grandchildren, Brooke Harper, Lily Harper, Emma Kellogg and Madeline Kellogg; and five nieces and nephews, Karen Kellogg Fain, Dr. Howard Kellogg, James Sharp, Richard Williams and John Williams. Dorothy was born in Denison, Iowa, Dec. 17, 1910. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and taught high school English and coached girl's basketball in Iowa. In 1936, she married Dr. Osmer Kellogg and started a family in Sterling, Colo. They moved to Pueblo in 1944 where she became very active in community services. She ascended to the role of President in Service League, the Local Chapter of the American Red Cross, and P.E.O. along with membership in Grey Ladies and Junior League. Dorothy was a lifelong bridge player and advocate for the game. She taught bridge, was a member of the board of directors of the American Bridge Teachers Association, and was an ACBL duplicate bridge director. She played in numerous national and international bridge tournaments and was selected with her longtime partner, Bob Groetzinger, to represent the United States in the seventh World Bridge Championship event. Her competitive play at a high level earned her the cherished award of ACBL silver life master in 1964. Cremation, Almont Crematory. Memorial service and inurnment will be at Roselawn Cemetery Chapel at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2003.

Lee, Earl
Dr. Earl Lee - Huerfano World - October 8, 1992 - This Week in La Veta History - 1938: Dr. Earl Lee died in Denver and Worth Baker died in Cortez.

Lee, Edith Maxine
Edith Maxine Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - May 12, 2001 - Edith Maxine Lee passed away May 11, 2001, in Pueblo West. Mrs. Lee was born in West Plains, Missouri, on November 2, 1922, to James F. Vowell and Martha McCracken-Vowell; graduated as salutatorian from Manford Oklahoma High School in 1938. She had lived in Pueblo since 1942. Mrs. Lee is survived by her husband, Donald Warren Lee, whom she married on June 27, 1941; a son, Douglas Warren (Becky) Lee; a son, Gary Alan (Essie) Lee; a daughter, Wendy Sue (Gary) Anderson; her grandchildren Rhonda, Darek, Paige, Cody, Brian and Jonathan; five great-grandchildren and numerous grand-nieces and nephews. Edith was formerly employed with Dincler's Fabric, Pioneer Paving and Fremont Paving and Redi-Mix. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Public viewing will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel.

Lee, Edna Mae
Edna Mae Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - January 08, 2002 - Passed away Jan. 6, 2002, in Pueblo. Edna was born Dec. 16, 1913, in Oakley, Kan., and had lived in Pueblo most of her life. Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Gene; and two sons, Ray and Keith. Her survivors include her son, Stephen (Diane) Lee; daughters, Wilma (Richard) Whisler and Lois (Garry) Davidson; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; as well as one brother, Raymond Mansfield; and two sisters, Lois Sharon and Goldie Sharon. Visitation for Mrs. Lee will be held from 2 until 6 p.m. today at the mortuary. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, in the Davis Memorial Chapel with Rev. Earleen Cornell officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Lee, Ellis A. Sr.
Ellis A. Lee Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - October 12, 2003 - Ellis A. Lee Sr. passed away Oct. 9, 2003, at his home in Colorado City. Ellis was born March 6, 1920, in La Veta, to George and Ima Elley Lee and has lived in Huerfano and Pueblo counties his entire life. As a young man, Ellis worked as a coal miner and later was employed as a social worker for the Huerfano Department of Social Services for many years before retiring in 1981. Ellis spent much of his retirement painting houses in the area. He was a member of Huerfano Lodge No. 27 AF&AM for over 50 years and served as its secretary for 30 years. He also belonged to Southern Colorado Scottish Rite Bodies, Southern Colorado Actual Past Masters Club and a former DeMolay and Order of Eastern Star Chapter in Walsenburg. He was preceded in death by his son, Ellis A. Lee Jr. in 1987. Ellis is survived by his wife Shirley Lee of the family home; two sons, George (Elizabeth) Lee of Pueblo, Donnie (Tammy) Lee of South Fork; a daughter, Beverly (Gary) Fearn of Pueblo; a brother, Elvin (Jean) Lee of Rye, as well as 11 grandchildren and a great-grandson. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, in the Davis Memorial Chapel.

Lee, Ellis Jr.
Ellis Lee Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - August 6, 1987 - Ellis Lee Jr., of Park City, Kan., passed away Aug. 4, 1987, in Colorado City. Husband of Nancy C. Lee. Father of Timothy Allen, Sandra Christine, and Stephanie Faith Lee, all of Park City. Son of Ellis A. (Shirley) Lee Sr., Colorado City. Brother of George Ross (Elizabeth) Lee, Pueblo; Donnie Pass Lee, Del Norte, and Beverly Lee, Colorado City. Also survived by four nieces and four nephews. Masonic memorial service will be conducted by the Huerfano Lodge No. 27, AF&AM, 2 p.m. Thursday, Boies Almont Memorial Chapel. Concluding services will be held in Wichita, Kan.

Lee, Glen Andrew
Glen Andrew Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - July 24, 1986 - Glen Andrew Lee, 82, of Hemet, Calif., a former Pueblo resident of 921 E. Seventh St. for 32 years, passed away July 22, 1986. He was an engineer for Southern Colorado Power Co. for 28 years and retired in 1968. He and his family then moved to California. Survivors include his wife, Vera M. Lee, of the family home; sons, J. Arnold (Candace) Lee, M.D., Hemet, Calif., Glen A. (Maryann) Lee Jr., Alamosa, Colo., Rev. J. Ronald (Jody) Lee, Pinckneyville, Ill., and the Rev. Robert (Pat) Lee, Ardmore, Okla.; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Service at 4 p.m. Friday, Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with the Rev. William L. Waye of Liberty Baptist Church officiating, interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family may be contacted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Johnson, 3928 Farabaugh Lane.

Lee, Gwen Sandusky
Gwen Sandusky Lee – Pueblo Chieftain – August 10, 2006 - Gwen Sandusky Lee, of Monte Vista passed away Aug. 6, 2006, in Pueblo. She is survived by her husband, Richard Lee; children, Cordell Sandusky, Glen Sandusky, Jim Sandusky, Don Sandusky, Lynn Sandusky; sister, Anne Carnahan of El Cajon, Calif.; eleven grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Saturday at Valley Church of the Nazarene, 228 Madison, Monte Vista. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in her name be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Organization.

Lee, Harley Milton
Harley Milton Lee - Colorado Springs Gazette - August 19, 2007 - Harley Milton Lee February 27, 1941 - August 15, 2007. Harley Lee was born in Nucla, Colorado and lived most of his life between Delta and Colorado Springs. He graduated from the Colorado Springs Deaf and Blind School. On his graduation day he raced to Walsenburg, Colorado to marry his beloved wife Diana. They settled in Colorado Springs and participated with the deaf community events, lifestyle and culture. Harley was a dedicated and faithful husband and father. He was thoughtful of his wife's well being and put her needs before his own. Harley overcame the challenges life put before him with determination and pride. He taught his children integrity and the value of honesty and respect. He was a dedicated and proud Civil Service employee of 36 years for the United States Air Force Academy Print shop. As Harley would say "I am a printer for the Air Force Academy and when I go to heaven I will be a printer for Jesus." Harley is survived by his loving wife Diana, and his children Shirley (Gregory) (Lee) Tomasello, Karen (Todd) (Lee) Millar, Milton Lee, and Dolly (Thomas) Anderson, five grandchildren; Jemahle, Vonna, Ashley, Eric and Shane, three great grandchildren and his sister Linda Lee. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm Tuesday 08/21/2007 with a service to begin immediately following at 1:30 pm. Both will take place at the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel.

Lee, Harry Preston
Harry Preston Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - January 14, 1987 - Harry Preston Lee of 1045 Palmer, Jan. 13..1987. Husband of Dolores Lee and father of Harriet and Jim Stuart of Pueblo. Survived also by grandchildren, James and Beverly Stuart', Rockaway, N.J., and Darin .and Chris Stuart of Pueblo, and great-grandsons, Daniel Timothy and Duncan Stuart. Predeceased by a sister, Corriene Parr. Mr. Lee was a member of Prairie Avenue Baptist Church and was a Pueblo resident since 1940. He was a route salesman for Continental Bakery from 1940 to 1965 and was employed the past seven years at Sangray Corporation. Service, 10 a.m. Friday, George McCarthy Historic Chapel will be conducted by the Rev. James Stuart Jr. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. The family respectfully requests the omission of flowers. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home office.

Lee, Harry T.
Harry T. Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - July 23, 1975 - Harry T. Lee, Services 1 p.m. Wednesday, Davis Chapel. Masonic graveside rites at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Those who desire may contribute to the Pueblo County Heart Unit, P.O. Box 1658, Pueblo 81002. The family may be contacted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Burris, 306 Jackson. The body will lie in state until noon Wednesday.

Lee, Helen B.
Helen B. Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - September 07, 1998 - Helen B. Lee passed away Aug. 30, 1998, in Pueblo. Helen was born July 17, 1901, in Iowa and resided many years in Rye before moving to Pueblo. She was a member of the Rye Home United Methodist Church. Her survivors include her stepdaughters, Grace Lee of Pueblo, and Ruth Putsche of Washington. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, in the Rye Home United Methodist Church with Rev. Herman Heise officiating.

Lee, Hope Cora
Hope Cora Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - January 08, 2006 - Hope Cora Lee, 88, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 5, 2006. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Juan; her beloved daughter, Trudi; and her beloved grandson, Leonard. Survived by her loving daughters, Gloria (Leonard) De Santos, Cindi (Brian) Phillips. She also leaves to cherish her memory her granddaughter, Debbie, whom she raised; she leaves behind her brother, Louis (Lena) Romero; four grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Hope will forever be in our hearts. Viewing, 1 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Christ the King Church. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Lee, Jerry
Jerry Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - August 04, 2005 - Jerry Lee, 69, passed into eternal happiness working for the Lord on Aug. 3, 2005. He was born to the union of Maggie Pauline Whatley and J.W. Lee on May 22, 1936, in Grand Saline, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wives, Dorene Lee and Barbara Swerdfeger; and son, Russell. Jerry is survived by children, Tammy Lee, Gayle (Dave) Gomez, Sonny Lee, Debbie Nickerson, Penny Lee, Layloni McEwen; siblings, Pauline DeVore, Sandy (John) Johnson, Fred (Laura) Lee; also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family and friends, too many to mention. Jerry loved his family first. Viewing, 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel.

Lee, Jesse Monroe
Jesse Monroe Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - February 01, 2002 - Age77, departed this life Jan. 29, 2002, at Denver General Hospital. Born Oct. 3, 1924, in Eldrado, Ark. Served in the U.S. Army. Member of American Legion Post 163 and DAV. Monroe will be remembered for riding his bicycle throughout the Bessemer District. He always had a vegetable garden and was forever giving the harvest to his friends. He also liked the scratch tickets and watching his favorite TV program daily, “The Price Is Right.” He was the custodian for several of the taverns in Bessemer. He also was the custodian for Bethlehem Baptist Church and sang in the church choir. He leaves to mourn his passing special friends, Johnna Gochie, Robert and Pat Armijo, Chris Perez, Sam Gomez, Arnold Finnigan, Lee "Precious" Barton, Terry Hayan, William Pappish, Nora Bachicha, Susie Maldonado, Jim Burns and staff of JB Pharmacy. Visitation, noon until 6 p.m. Saturday and Monday, Angelus Chapel. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Rev. F.L. Chandler officiating. Full military honors following the service by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Interment at a later date, Fort Lyon National Cemetery.

Lee, Marie Walter
Marie Walter Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - November 12, 1986 - Marie Walter Lee, late of Frasier Meadows Manor Health Care, Boulder, formerly of Pueblo, died Nov. 2, 1986. Predeceased by three brothers and three sisters. Survived by daughter, Nancy Lee Franklin, Boulder; sister, Eleanor Sheldon, Pueblo; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Nov. 6 at Frasier Meadows Manor. Private graveside service will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo.

Lee, Marvin O.
Marvin O. Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - July 27, 2000 - Marvin O. Lee, 80, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2000, in Eureka, Calif. Marvin, along with his identical twin, Walter, was born April 25, 1920, in Clifton, Wis., to Peter and Emma Lee, immigrants from Norway. After graduating from high school in Onalaska, Wis., he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941. Marvin proudly served his country as a B-24 bombardier in World War II Italy, as a Tank Unit Platoon Leader in the Korean War and as an Army Reserve Officer until his retirement as a Major in 1980. Marvin met and married the love of his life, Margery Hotchkiss, while on leave in Pueblo, Colo., in 1944. After the war, Marvin worked for Colorado Interstate Gas Company until his retirement in 1983. The family lived in Pueblo until they moved to Denver in 1957 and then moved to Eads in 1962. Margery passed away there in 1989. Marvin remained in Eads, staying active in community affairs and leadership positions in the local Lions Club and Masons until moving to California in 1997. Marvin is survived by his two children, son, Rodney and his wife Karen Lee of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and daughter, Audrey and her husband Greg Acorn of McKinleyville, Calif. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 2 p.m., Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Lee, Mary Frances
Mary Frances Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - September 23, 1999 - Mary Frances Lee, 93, passed away Sept. 22, 1999. Survived by her daughter, Mary Carol Lee of Denver; and good friend, Sister Mary Conter of Pueblo. Born Sept. 24, 1905, in Waupaca, Wis. Mary Frances was a Benedictine Oblate and was a member of Christ the King Church. Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, 1999, at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe, with Abbot Kenneth Hein from Holy Cross Abbey as celebrant. Interment, Roselawn. Those who desire may make memorials to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home.

Lee, Mike
Mike Lee - Westland News - May 14, 1920 - Mike Lee, a laborer employed by the Pueblo Bridge and Construction Company, which is repairing the Denver-Colorado Springs road, was killed near Husted, twelve miles from Colorado Springs, while unloading a carload of stone. The lever which he was operating slipped, inflicting a fatal wound on his head. No inquest will be held.

Lee, Robert
Robert Lee - Blue Valley Times - October 3, 1913 - Robert Lee, Marshal of Segundo, was shot and killed by a group of striking miners as they were destroying a camp foot-bridge.

Lee, S. K.
S. K. Lee - Yuma Pioneer - February 4, 1910 - Primero Coal Mine Disaster - Horrible Gas Explosion in Colorado Fuel & Iron Company's Mine - May Be Over 100 Dead - Rescue Workers Find Twenty-Four Dead Bodies and One Man Alive - Primero, Colo., Feb. 1 (Tuesday) - Over 100 men are believed killed by a terrific explosion in the Primero mine of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Note: S. K. Lee is listed among the dead of the Primero Mine disaster of January 31, 1910 through the Denver Public Library's collection entitled "Colorado Mining Fatalities." It lists S. K. Lee as a Korean, age 44, and married with five surviving children. He was working as a miner for Colorado Fuel & Iron, and the cause of death was listed as an explosion of gas and dust. For complete coverage of this disaster go to:

Lee, Shirley Mae
Shirley Mae Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - March 23, 2005 - Shirley Mae Lee passed away March 20, 2005, in her home in Colorado City. Shirley was born in Bledsoe, Ky., on Nov. 2, 1936, and had lived in this area for nearly 40 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Lee in 2003; a son, E.A. Lee in 1987; one brother and two sisters. Shirley is survived by her children, Beverly (Gary) Fearn, George (Elizabeth) Lee, both of Pueblo, Donnie (Tammy) Lee, South Fork; two brothers, Bob and Lester Howard; four sisters, Ora Saylor, Fran Turner, Joyce Little and Virginia Elliott; as well as 11 grandchildren, including Valerie Matic. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2005, in the Davis Memorial Chapel.

Lee, Vera M.
Vera M. Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - November 18, 1998 - Vera M. Lee, formerly of Pueblo, passed away Nov. 14, 1998, while residing in Beaumont, Texas. She lived several years in Hemet, Calif., then moved to Ardmore, Okla., where she resided until last summer when she moved to Beaumont. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Glen A. Lee, in 1986 and son, Glen A. Lee Jr. of Alamosa in 1992. Survived by her three sons, Arnold (Candice) Lee, Paradise, Calif., Ronald (Jody) Lee, Beaumont, Texas, Robert (Pat) Lee, Ardmore, Okla.; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Graveside service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998, at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Mrs. Lee.

Lee, Verta M.
Verta M. Lee - Pueblo Chieftain - September 04, 2001 - Verta M. Lee, 87, passed away Sept. 3, 2001. She is preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Lee. Survived by her children, Donald N. (Sonya) Baird of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Dr. Paul M. (Cecile) Hennegan, Pueblo, as well as by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was a bookkeeper for Dr. Hennegan's dental practice and was a member of the First Seventh Day Adventist Church. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the First Seventh Day Adventist Church. Interment will be in Omaha, Neb.

Lee, Ying
Ying Lee - Huerfano World - December 14, 1989 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1915: Died, Ying Lee, who came to the area in 1883 to work for William Krier in the La Veta Hotel. He came to Walsenburg in 1883 and has since been in the laundry business. [Editor's Note: Ying Lee died December 1915. Obituary listed World Independent, December 18, 1915, Page 1.]

Lee, Ying (Mrs.)
Mrs. Ying Lee - Huerfano World - June 25, 1992 - This Week in Walsenburg History - 1914: Ying Lee learned his wife died in Canton, China, leaving five children. He has been a resident here since 1885 but the law forbids her coming here; he returned to China four times in the past 20 years.

Leedle, Gwyn
Gwyn Jeannine Winfield Leedle – Huerfano World – February 9, 2006 – Gwyn Jeannine Winfield Leedle January 6, 1970 – January 30, 2006. She was a fighter who never gave up with a life-long battle with diabetes. She died of pneumonia at Stanford Medical Center, CA. She was survived by her husband, Michael Leedle of Livermore, CA; her father, Barry A. Winfield of Discovery Bay, CA; her brother Ryan Winfield of Mountain View, CA. Her mother, Karen F. Medina; her sister, Lavina R. Medina and her brothers, Santino M. and Edward Anthony Medina all of Colorado. Services were Saturday, Feb. 5, 2006 at Callaghan Mortuary in Livermore, CA. We would like to thank everyone for the prayers, phone calls, donations and cards. This meant a lot to all of us.

Leeds, Fred W.
Fred W. Leeds - Weekly Ignacio Chieftain - May 9, 1913 - Scaffold Drops; Two Killed - Pueblo, May 5 - Fred W. Leeds, a painter, and E. O. Grogan, recently of Evansville, a workman employed on the Thatcher building now under construction, were killed this morning when the scafford [sic] on which they were working fell with them and they were precipitated to the ground. Leeds' neck was broken. His home was in Denver.

Leeka, Francis Edgar
Francis Edgar Leeka - Bayfield Blade - March 20, 1914 - Francis Edgar Leeka - The people of this town were horrified last Monday morning when the report was circulated that F. E. Leeka, residing just west of the corporate limits, had ended his life by taking poison. Neighbors and the doctor who rushed to the home found the report only too true. Mr. and Mrs. Leeka had both been laboring in the garden in the morning. The wife had gone in the house, and had been there about a quarter of an hour, when she returned to the garden and noted the absence of her husband; she went at once to the barn and there found the husband lying on a pile of hay and life was extinct. She gave the alarm and neighbors and Dr. Newland soon arrived. The doctor found a vial in the hay, which would hold about four ounces, and in it was left a few drops of cyanide potassium. The evidence of self destruction was conclusive. Mr. Leeka had been ill for thirteen years contracting the illness while working in the Durango smelter, and ever since had spells of melancholia or despondency, and in the past week it had affected him more than usually, and his rash act is attributed to no other cause. For a number of years past he has threatened to take his life, but his relatives did not think he ever meant it. Francis Edgar Leeka was born in Ohio on December 23, 1855, and died on March 16, 1915, at the age of 58 (59) years, 2 months and 23 days. From Ohio he removed with his parents to Indiana in early childhood and there he spent the days of his youth. He was married to Sarah C. Sisson in Pennsylvania on November 29, 1887. No children were ever born to this union. In 1890 Mr. and Mrs. Leeka came to Durango and have resided there and in the vicinity of Bayfield ever since. Besides the widow three brothers and a stepmother in the east survive him, while in this immediate vicinity are H. D. Brindle and Mrs. Fred Balcom, nephew and niece of Mrs. Leeka. Mrs. Balcom had resided with the couple from the time she was seven years old up to the time of her marriage. Mr. Leeka was a devoted husband, a kindly neighbor, a loyal friend and a consistent member of the M. E. church. He practiced his religion in his every day life. He was a member of the K. P. at Durango for twenty years, the W. O. W. and Maccabee orders, in the last two he carried insurance to the amount of $4,000.00, part payable to his wife and the other to Mrs. Balcom and her little son. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. J. Q. Vermillion on Wednesday afternoon, and interment took place in the Bayfield cemetery immediately after. The funeral was largely attended. Bayfield Blade - March 20, 1914 - F. E. Sisson, Past Grand Chancellor of the K. P.'s of this state, and Mrs. Sisson arrived from Pueblo Tuesday evening to attend the funeral of Mr. Leeka. Mr. Sisson and Mrs. Leeka are brother and sister. They return home tomorrow. The Sissons were residents of Durango some twenty years ago. Bayfield Blade - March 20, 1914 - Coroner Hood and daughter, Miss Josie, spent a couple of days in Bayfield this week. Mr. Hood came over to investigate the Leeka death. Circumstances showing the cause of death were so plain that Mr. Hood did not think it necessary to hold an inquest. Bayfield Blade - March 20, 1914 - Local Happenings - Rev. J. Q. Vermillion came over from Pagosa Springs Tuesday to conduct the Leeka funeral the following day. Bayfield Blade - March 20, 1914 - Local Happenings - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Balcom were over from Durango to attend the funeral of their uncle, F. E. Leeka, on Wednesday. Bayfield Blade - March 20, 1914 - Local Happenings - Mrs. Sarah Leeka takes this means to thank all her neighbors and friends for their aid and sympathy in her great bereavement. Bayfield Blade - April 3, 1914 - In Memoriam - Died: F. E. Leeka, March 16, 1914, at Bayfield, Colorado. At a meeting of the M. E. church held at Bayfield, Colorado, Mrs. Mary J. Campbell, Messrs. J. M. Campbell, W. A. Bay, Hugh McGeary, E. W. Newland and J. E. Gibbs were appointed to draft resolutions of respect of our late brother F. E. Leeka, and the following resolutions were adopted by the committee: Whereas, God in His wisdom has called our brother F. E. Leeka from the activities of life to a home of eternal rest, be it Resolved, That in the death of brother Leeka the community in which he lived lost a useful and worthy citizen, our church, school and league a faithful officer and member, his wife and aged mother and kindred have met a loss we can not estimate, and in consolation we can only say "Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal." Resolved, That in respect to our brother these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our Sunday school and league and a copy by given to the family, and also a copy be furnished to the Bayfield Blade for publication.

Lees, Myrtle M.
Myrtle M. Lees - Pueblo Chieftain - January 18, 1998 - Myrtle M. Lees, 93, passed away Jan. 17, 1998, at Sharmar Village Care Center. Born Jan. 30, 1904, to pioneer Puebloans Maude Proffitt Behrens and William Behrens. The Proffitt family came to Colorado in 1859, settling in Pueblo in 1887. Mrs. Lees was co-owner with her husband, Raymond, of the Ray Lees graphy Studio for 25 years. He preceded her in death in 1971 as did her sister, Wilma Hedlund, in 1983. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 75 years. Survived by daughter, Jeanne Cochran- three grandsons, Kevin (Blanche) Cochran and Douglas Cochran, all of Pueblo, and David Cochran of Conifer. Great-grandmother of Jennifer and Andrea Cochran and Leah Marie Drummond. Also survived by two nephews, Dr. Dalva Hedlund, Ithaca, N.Y., and Hobart (Ann) Edwards, Englewood. Visitation, Monday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service, Monday, 2 p.m., Mountain View Cemetery. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association in care of the funeral home office. The family may be contacted at 1303 Longwood.

Leeson, Mary Edwina
Mary Edwina Leeson - Pueblo Chieftain - May 11, 2003 - Mary Edwina Leeson, 85, passed away May 8, 2003, in Pikes Peak Hospice. Mary was born on Sept. 3, 1917, in Birmingham, Ala., to Thomas Unrath and Edna Gertrude DiGamco. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth W. Leeson; grandson, Jeffery Coke; and sister, Yola Sandoval. She is survived by her children, James (Kathy) Coke and Patsy (Jerry) Wright; grandchildren, Wendy J. Jacobs, Cindy L. (John) Trent, Allan T. (Wendy) Coke, Gail (Rich) Pecoraro and Gene Wright; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Scott Jacobs, Jamie, T.J. and Chris Trent, Patrick, Jessica and Katie Coke, Alyssa Pecoraro; and other relatives and friends. Mary will always be remembered for her love of the Bible, praying with her constant prayer list, and joy of singing and playing the piano. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Rev. Howard and Betty Baker for the many years of friendship and care given to Mary. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2003, and funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday; both to be held at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Also, please visit Mary's memorial at

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