The Tri-County Obituary Project

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



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Van, Richard
Richard "Dick" Van - Pueblo Chieftain - October 29, 2003 - Richard "Dick" Van, passed away Oct. 27, 2003. He was born June 11, 1937, to George "Jud" and Margaret Van, who preceded him along with his brothers, Bill, David and Tom; and nephew, Jason Tanner. Dick leaves to cherish his memory "the love of his life and soulmate," Betty J. Van; three beautiful children and their soulmates, Penny (Lester) Lempke of Minnesota, Rick (Leslie) Van, Sam J. (Michelle) Van, both of California; his lovable baby sister, Mary Ann Tanner; nephews, Shane, Jadi and Shad Tanner of Washington; his first and No. 1 granddaughter, Cassie DeTomaso, who he referred to as Tootsie; grandchildren who adored "Poopa," C.J. and Jaelyn Lemke of Minnesota, Jud Van of California; great-grandson, Jake J. DeTomaso of Minnesota; special nephews, Mike Van, Steve Van, both of California, Greg Van of Colorado City; brother-in-law, Chuck (Cindy) Mattivi; sister-in-law/hairdresser, Judith Mattivi; father-in-law, Angeleo "Babe" Mattivi; uncle, Dario "Di" Mattivi; his "Doll Baby" cousin, Judy Wood-Zuber (Matt), and many more relatives and friends. Memorial graveside service, 2 p.m. Thursday, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

VanAcker, Brian Douglas
Brian Douglas Van Acker - Pueblo Chieftain - May 27, 2000 - Brian Douglas Van Acker, 34, passed away, May 23, 2000. Preceded in death by brother, Christopher John. Survived by beloved daughters, Alexandera and Cassidy. Also survived by loving parents, Julie and Richard Van Acker; brothers, Alexander (Judy), Thomas, Gregory; and sister, Deborah; as well as nieces and nephews, Ryan, Joel, Marc, Kyle, Skye, Anya and Russell. He will be missed by his dear friends, June King, Dr. Jacob Chi, Dr. Michael Beck, Van Van Garrick, Dan Masterson, Bill Strozier, Andrea Grubbs and the University of Southern Colorado Family, as well as his dear friends at the Ecumenical Church in Pueblo West. Brian greatly enjoyed the study of classical guitar. His other talents were in the arts, where he excelled in drawing, acting and philosophy. Funeral services 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West, 434 S. Conquistador Ave., Pueblo West. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends at the church immediately following the internment. Those who wish may make contributions to the Brian Van Acker Memorial Fund, Wells Fargo (Norwest Bank), 3000 Hart Road, Pueblo, Colo., 81008, in memory of Brian.

VanAken, Esther
Esther Van Aken - Pueblo Chieftain - September 16, 1998 - Esther Van Aken, 103, Alhambra, Calif., died Sept. 13, 1998. Survived by daughter, Arlene Limbocker, Huntington Beach, Calif.- son, David Van Aken, Laguna Hills, Calif.- grandchildren, Dave Merrill, Sheryn Parker, Carol (Charles) Snyder, Lori Limbocker, Gwen Van Aken, Tyler Van Aken, Karen Van Aken and Scott Van Aken- and eight great-grandchildren.

VanAlstyne, Elizabeth Marion
Elizabeth Marion Van Alstyne - Pueblo Chieftain - November 30, 2004 - Elizabeth Marion Van Alstyne, 87, passed away Nov. 26, 2004, in Pueblo, Colo. Born March 18, 1917, in Salida, Colo., to John and Bertha O'Connell, who preceded her in death, along with her husband of 53 years, C. Ray Van Alstyne; and son, Bob Van Alstyne. Survived by her son, Mark Van Alstyne; daughter-in-law, Judy Van Alstyne; and grandchildren, Adam, Lucas and Megan. Cremation has taken place, per her request. A private service will be held. Marion was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She worked for the Pueblo Star-Journal for many years and loved playing her piano.

VanAlstyne, Robert R.
Robert R. “Beatle” Van Alstyne - Pueblo Chieftain - October 25, 2001 - Robert R. “Beatle” Van Alstyne, 51, of Pueblo, escaped his battle with cancer on Oct. 22, 2001. Born Sept. 25, 1950, in Pueblo, Colo. Preceded in death by his father, Ray Van Alstyne; also his mother-in-law, Rose Carleo. Survived by his loving wife and best friend, Judy Van Alstyne of the family home; sons, Adam and Lucas Van Alstyne, both of Pueblo; mother, Marion Van Alstyne, Pueblo; brother, James Mark Van Alstyne, Pueblo; special aunt, Lily Santarelli; brothers-in-law, Joe (Sue) Carleo, Las Vegas, Nev., and Jimmie (Nancy) Carleo, Pueblo; nieces, Megan, Tess, Bristol, Hillary, Kristen and Melissa; special friends, Jess, Stan, Laura, Melissa and Matt. A loving, dedicated husband and father, Bob never knew a stranger. He was a car guy who loved camping, fishing and arrowhead hunting, but most of all spending time with his beloved family. No viewing. Memorial funeral Mass, 7 p.m. Friday at Holy Family Church. Celebrant, Rev. Maurice Gallagher. Relatives and friends will be received at Holy Family Church Hall after Mass. Cremation has taken place. The family respectfully requests the omission of flowers and food. Contributions may be made toward the education of Bob's sons through the Romero Family Home. Please make checks payable to the Van Alstyne family.

VanAndert, William
William Van Andert - Pueblo Chieftain – October 16, 1874 - William Van Andert was shot and killed on the Little Fountain by Jeff Steele.

VanAuken, Irene M.
Irene M. VanAuken - Pueblo Chieftain - July 24, 1986 - Irene M. VanAuken, July 23, 1986. Wife of Fern VanAuken, who passed away Aug. 25, 1975, Mother of Allen F. (Irene S.) VanAuken, Pueblo, and Joyce (Don) Bertholomey, Bosque Farms, N.M. Grandmother of six; great-grandmother of nine. Mrs. VanAuken retired in 1972 as a salad cook at Colorado State Hospital. Graveside service, 11 a.m. Friday, Roselawn Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Christine Monro, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Please omit food.

VanAuken, Irene S.
Irene S. Van Auken - Pueblo Chieftain - December 27, 1999 - Irene S. Van Auken, born Aug. 21, 1925, passed away Dec. 24, 1999. Survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Allen Van Auken; daughters, Sondi Stankov, Sharon (Steven) McCollough and Rene (Adam) Giffen; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Ida Lundien and Mary Belle Hayes; sister-in-law, Joyce (Don) Bertholomey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed. Graveside service, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colo.

VanAuken, Richard J.
Richard J. Van Auken - Pueblo Chieftain - February 20, 2000 - Richard J. Van Auken, 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 18, 2000. He was born on April 3, 1915, in La Porte, Ind., to John and Elizabeth (nee Shrader) Van Auken, who preceded him in death. He was married on Nov. 16, 1935, to Mildred Malott, who survives him. He is also survived by a son, John (Ruth) Van Auken of Pueblo West; grandsons, Jeffrey (Teresa) Van Auken of Pueblo and David (Judy) Van Auken of Evergreen, Colo.; five great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Willard. Mr. Van Auken was active for many years in church work and loved to share his love of the Lord with others. He retired in 1977 from Schroll Inc. in Michigan City, Ind. He lived in La Porte, Ind., all of his life until coming to Pueblo West in 1996 to live with his son and daughter-in-law. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Ecumenical Church, 434 S. Conquistador, Pueblo West, with the Rev. Ray Lincoln officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Springville Free Methodist Church, La Porte, Ind., in care of the funeral home.

VanBrakel, Ronald
Ronald VanBrakel - Pueblo Chieftain - January 14, 1999 - Ronald VanBrakel, 60, passed away Jan. 13, 1999. Survived by his wife, Yvonne VanBrakel- children, Sandra (Michael) Washburn- and their son, Bryan Washburn, Colorado Springs, Kelly (Stephanie) Johnson- and their daughter, Nicole Johnson, Colorado City- and special granddaughter, Tana Gallegos. Also survived by his parents, Russell and Helen VanBrakel- brother, Russell VanBrakel- and sister, Diana Behling, all of Harshaw, Wis. Mr. VanBrakel was a member of First Baptist Church. Cremation, Almont Crematory. Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 405 W. Ninth, in Pueblo.

VanBuskirk, Beth Marie
Beth Marie Van Buskirk - Pueblo Chieftain - June 02, 1999 - Beth Marie Van Buskirk, 18, passed away May 30, 1999. Funeral service, 10 a.m. today, at the First Baptist Church, Lamar. Interment, 2:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in La Junta.

VanBuskirk, Chester
Chester Van Buskirk - Pueblo Chieftain - January 04, 1999 - Chester Van Buskirk, 89, passed away Jan. 2, 1999. Funeral services, 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Peacock-Wood Chapel. Interment, Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation, today from 2-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

VanBuskirk, Craig Stanley
Craig Stanley Van Buskirk - Pueblo Chieftain - July 07, 2005 - Craig Stanley Van Buskirk, 62, of Pueblo, passed away on July 4, 2005. Preceded in death by his former wife, Linda Van Buskirk; father, Marvin Van Buskirk; and grandson, Daniel Carter. He is survived by his wife, Viola Montoya-Van Buskirk; children, Leann (Bruce) Casey, Robbie Van Buskirk and Terri (Jeff) Sierra; mother, Helen Susel; stepfather, Edgar Susel; brothers, Mike (Vicki) and David (Lorraine); sisters, Barbara (Pat) and Diane (Don); grandchildren, Ryan, Sheridan, Kirsten, Craig, Steel and Austin; nieces, Renie, Cabreena and Krissy; nephew, Andy; stepchildren, Perry (Chris), James, Kelly (Betsy), Jason (Lynette), Chad (Mandy); stepgrandchildren, Jeremiah, “Mackie” and other numerous stepgrandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Cremation will take place. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, at Romero Courtesy Hall.

VanBuskirk, Jess C.
Jess C. VanBuskirk - Pueblo Chieftain - October 05, 1986 - Jess C. VanBuskirk passed away at a local hospital Oct. 4, 1986. Husband of Mrs. Shirley L. VanBuskirk; father of Mrs. Caroline (Gene) Vecchia, Montrose; Mrs. Mary (Nick) Pizzuti, Denver; and Raymond G. (Sherrell) VanBuskirk, Pueblo; grandfather of nine, great-grandfather of four, and brother of Mrs. Harriet (Clet) Davis, Phoenix, Ariz. He was born March 22, 1917, in Hebron, Colo., and had been a longtime Pueblo resident, retiring from CF&I Steel Corp. in 1979. The family requests that food and flowers be omitted and suggests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Pueblo County Unit, 102 W. Orman, Pueblo, 81004, direct or through the funeral home office. The family may be contacted at 544-6007. He will lie in state Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Arrangements pending.

VanBuskirk, Stanley D. Jr.
Stanley D. Van Buskirk Jr. - Pueblo Chieftain - August 04, 2004 - Stanley D. Van Buskirk Jr. 80, accepted the sacrifice and promise of Jesus Christ prior to entering his Lords presence August 2, 2004. Stanley was born in Fredonia, Kansas on August 3, 1923. Stanley “Jr.” is survived by his children, Sue Waldenmeyer, Kelly (Becky) Van Buskirk, Terry (Lara) Van Buskirk; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Stanley was honorably discharged from the 17th Airborne Division in 1945 after receiving several meritorious awards for service to his country during World War II. Stanley loved singing with the Pueblo Sunsational Chorus and several Barber Shop Quartets. He was also an accomplished band musician and played the trombone. Stanley retired from the CF&I in 1982, as a foreman in the Wire Mill and since that time was known to be seen at golf courses throughout Colorado and Texas, plying his passion for the game. There are four little people that Stanley had a very special love for- Ethan, Luke, Sheridan and Kirsten. Stanley was a longtime active member of Park Hill Baptist Church. Celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 6, 2004, at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Donations in his name may be made to the Pueblo Sunsational Chorus.

VanCamp, Blanche L.
Blanche L. VanCamp - Pueblo Chieftain & Star Journal - April 8, 1981 - Blanche L. VanCamp, 73, of 1006 W. 16th, Pueblo, died April 6. Survivors include husband, Clarence, one son, two brothers, four sisters, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Crist.

VanCamp, Clarence Henry
Clarence Henry VanCamp - Pueblo Chieftain - June 26, 1987 - Clarence Henry VanCamp, longtime Boone and Pueblo resident, died June 25, 1987, at Southside Manor Nursing Home. Survived by one son, Thomas E. (Mary) of Pueblo; one brother, Earl of Amarillo, Texas; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Graveside service, 10 a.m. Saturday at Fowler Cemetery, the Rev. James L. Beck of Gilead Baptist Church officiating. Friends may call from 8 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the family home.

VanCamp, Dorice O.
Dorice O. Van Camp, Ph.D - Pueblo Chieftain - May 12, 2000 - Dorice O. Van Camp, Ph.D., a longtime resident of Pueblo, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2000. Dorice was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Wesley Van Camp, M.D. She is survived by her three children, son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Ellen Van Camp of Madison, Wis., daughters and sons-in-law, Christina "Kitty" and Don Gale of Rainy River, Ontario, Canada, and Victoria and Roy Buchan of Fort Collins. Dorice is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Joey Adamson of Vero Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorice was born in Detroit, Mich. In 1939, she married Wesley Van Camp, M.D., and they lived in Detroit for a short time before moving to Kirkwood, Mo., and then to Pueblo in 1946. With her children all in school, Dorice resumed her post-secondary education. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in psychology from the Colorado College and later earned her M.A. in counseling psychology. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 1963 and later a master's in public health administration from the University of Colorado. Her professional practice included work with the Pueblo County Health Department, Colorado State Hospital and various private clinics. A memorial service will be held at the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel at 3 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2000, with a private interment service to follow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Pueblo City-County Library District, White Branch (Pueblo West Library), 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd., Pueblo West, CO 81007.

VanCamp, Wesley
Dr. Wesley Van Camp - The Pueblo Chieftain - February 20, 2000 - Van Camp was dedicated to more than medicine by Mary Jean Porter - Dr. Wesley Van Camp worked tirelessly for causes in which he believed. He dedicated himself to the practice of medicine, he served Pueblo schools, he tried for a seat on the Pueblo West Metro District board of directors, he considered running for the University of Colorado Board of Regents, he protested the Army's acquisition of many thousands of acres of Southern Colorado land for training sites. Van Camp, a Pueblo resident since 1946, died Feb. 16 at the age of 90. A memorial service was held Saturday at Pueblo West Ecumenical Church. Van Camp practiced internal medicine and cardiology in Pueblo until he retired in 1983 following open heart surgery. "He was a good doctor and he was very community oriented," said Dr. Carl Bartecchi. "One of the things people brought out about him (in talking to Bartecchi) was that he was helpful during the polio epidemic in the early 1950s. He cared for a lot of people personally, even though that wasn't his specialty. "He was very big on exercise and diet, and he set a good example himself by always being lean and, of course, not smoking." Van Camp attended Harvard Medical School and served in the Public Health Services during World War II, stationed at Kirkwood, Mo. He and his wife, Dorice Orr Van Camp, moved to Pueblo in 1946, and he joined the Pueblo Clinic. He later established his own clinic in Belmont. Van Camp helped start a residency program in internal medicine in Pueblo, and was a supervisor for University of Colorado residents during the 1950s. He was president of the Colorado Society of Internal Medicine in 1962 and 1963, and also was president of the Colorado Heart Association. He received the Gold Heart Award from the Colorado Heart Association and, just this month, the Legacy of Life Award from the American Heart Association. While he was chief of staff at Parkview hospital, Van Camp provided a free heart clinic through the local health department. Van Camp served two six-year terms on the District 60 school board in the 1950s and 1960s, and was active in Pueblo Area Citizens for Education. Twenty years ago, he led that group's push for consolidation of Districts 60 and 70. He sought a seat on the Pueblo West Metro District board of directors in 1982, saying the community needed more businesses, more jobs and more trees. He and his wife had owned property in Pueblo West since 1969. Van Camp is survived by his wife of 60 years; by three children, Harry Van Camp of Madison, Wis., Christina Gale of Rainy River, Ontario, and Victoria Buchan of Fort Collins; and one sister, Mary Van Camp of Battle Creek, Mich. He had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Vancas, Joan P.
Joan P. "Dolly" Vancas - Pueblo Chieftain - May 06, 1999 - Joan P. "Dolly" Vancas, age 81, passed away May 5, 1999. Preceded in death by her husband, Michael Vancas- sister, Mary Susel- and brothers, John F. Strauss and Rudolph Strauss. Survived by brother, Fred (Josephine) Strauss- sister, Anna Boitz- nieces and nephews, Betty A. (Richard) Lest, Marian Genova, Rudy(Donna) Boitz, Rebecca (Kenny) Warren, Connie (Bob) Burchik, Edgar (Helen)Susel- and special friends, Betty Smith, Geraldine Scrivner, Eleanor Hart and Bernadette Santistevan. Funeral Mass, Friday, 10 a.m., Shrine of St. Therese. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Vancil, Catherine Elizabeth
Catherine Elizabeth (Stephens) Vancil - Colorado Springs Gazette - December 7, 2006 - Catherine Elizabeth Vancil, age 54, died December 3, 2006 in Colorado Springs. Catherine was born September 13, 1952 in Shockapee, Minnesota the daughter of Wilbur Arthur and Lois (Knowlton) Stephens. She has been a resident of Colorado Springs most of her life. Catherine was a Jehovah Witness, she also loved gardening, fishing and collecting antiques; but most of all she was a loving mother, who had a good heart and made everyone laugh. Catherine is survived by her mother, Lois of Pueblo; children: John Deacon Prosen and wife Angie, Tobey Ann Daily, Jieils Lee Vancil and Stephanie Marie Louise Kainz all of Colorado Springs; sisters: Linda Simmons, Bonnie Stephens both of Colorado Springs; and two grandchildren: Deacon Peter Jerome Prosen and Christina Wood. Private family services will be held.

Vancil, Stanley R.
Stanley R. Vancil - Pueblo Chieftain - August 02, 1998 - Stanley R. Vancil, 80, passed away July 31, 1998. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Zanelle Vancil, of the family home- children, Carole Bieshaar of Lakewood, Colo., Alan (Kay) Vancil of Colorado Springs, Don (Ellen Stewart) Vancil of Aurora, Colo., and Brian (Pascale) Vancil of London, England- sisters, Alice Christensen of Brush, Colo., Dorothy Ward of Sun City, Ariz., Ruby Reichert of Pueblo, Merle Wilburn of Denver and Shirley Gilfrey of Carbondale, Colo.- brother, Gene Vancil of Brush- grandchildren, Joe Bieshaar, Nick Bieshaar and Heather Vancil- and numerous nieces and nephews. Born to Ethel Minnie (nee Weber) and Ephraim Mitchell Vancil on Feb. 7, 1918, in Snyder, Colo. Stanley was in SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces) and served as a liaison pilot for General Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II. He retired in 1983 from CF&I Steel as an engineering/draftsman after 36 years of service. He was also an avid golfer. Member of First United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998, at First United Methodist Church, 310 W. 11th St., with the Rev. Steve Burnett officiating. The casket will remain closed. Interment will be held Wednesday at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund.

VanDeGrift, Thomas M.
Thomas M. Van DeGrift - Pueblo Chieftain - February 06, 2003 - Thomas M. Van DeGrift, age 89, of Canon City, passed away on Feb. 3, 2003, in Canon City. He was born on Feb. 21, 1913, in Wray, Colo., a son of the late DeRoy and Twila Opal Stiverson Van DeGrift. He is survived by three children, Mary Ann Van DeGrift of Pueblo, Norman (Ann) Van DeGrift of Denver, Thomas (Debbie) Van DeGrift; two sisters, Bessie and Nora of California; two brothers, Deal of Washington and Melvin of Arizona; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was also preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Williams Van DeGrift, two brothers and five sisters. He was a long time area resident. He was a member of the West Park Wesleyan Church in Pueblo. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Holt Family Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at Holt Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mary Coolidge officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.

Vandenburg, Rachel
Rachel Vandenburg - Pueblo Chieftain - April 08, 2005 - Rachel Vandenburg, 82, passed away April 5, 2005. Born Feb. 14, 1923, in Sherman, Texas, to Allen Evans and Hettie (Malone) Evans, who preceded her in death; along with her loving husband of over 50 years, Harold Vandenburg; two sisters, Hazel (Evans) Vandenburg and Eva (Evans) Campbell; grandsons, Kevin Poll and Christopher Williams; and great-grandson, Taylor Roberts. Survived by children, Carol (Wayne) Williams, Stella Vandenburg, Clayton (Kathy) Vandenburg, Katherine Wills; grandchildren, Denise (Mike) Roberts, Carol Rogers, Gary Huskins, Billy Poll, Patty Poll, David Poll, Doug Poll, Kelly Poll, Shane (Debbie) Williams, Dana (Aron) West, DeAdra (Travis) Williams, Allen (Stephanie) Vandenburg and Seth Vandenburg; also survived by sister, Violet (Don) Hollis; and numerous great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Saturday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. A special thanks to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice staff and one special thanks to RN Jeannette as well as to Doug, Gloria, Lance, Angel, Violet, Eva, Georgia, Kathy, Katherine and her son, Clayton, for taking time out of their lives to take care of Rachel in the last days of her life.

Vander Valk, Harry
Harry Vander Valk - Pueblo Chieftain - November 16, 1987 - Harry Vander Valk, Pueblo resident for 46 years, passed away Nov. 14, 1987. Mr., Vander Valk was a member of Tabor Lutheran Church and a lifetime member of BPOE Elks Lodge, No. 90. He retired from CF&I in 1979 from the rail mill. He had moved to Colorado from Illinois in 1943 and had managed the Main Theatre. Mr. Vander Valk had made donations to charities world-wide. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Hubert Nicholas Vander Valk and Agnes Vander Valk, who had beet born in Holland. Also preceded in death by two brothers, Gerhart and John Vander Valk. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Vander Valk of the family home; one son Gordon (Jo Anne) Vander Valk of Pueblo; and one daughter Sheila Thomas, also of Pueblo; four grandchildren, Tracy (John) Plutt, Heather Corlett, Harric Vander Valk and Tyral Thomas, and one great-granddaughter Cassandra Anne Plutt, as well as four brothers, Hubert Vander Valk of Bishop, Calif., William Vander Valk of Cary, Ill., Carl Vander Valk of Marengo, Ill., and Renus Vander Valk, also of Marengo, Ill. Also survived by sister, Geraldine Neuberger of Chicago, Ill., and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with the Rev. Randy Parshall of Tabor Lutheran Church officiating. Cremation will follow. The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers. Those who wish may make donations to the Sangre de Cristo Hospital through the funeral home office. Viewing times will be from noon to 8 p.m. Monday. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

Vander Valk, Kathryn
Kathryn Vander Valk - Pueblo Chieftain - June 11, 1999 - Kathryn Vander Valk, 76, passed away June 10, 1999. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Harry Vander Valk of 47 years- mother, Louise Melito- and brothers, Fred, Adolph and John Fair and James Melito. Survived by son, Gordon Vander Valk- daughter, Sheilah (Mark) Whitlock- grandchildren, Tracy (Mike)Wilson, Heather (Butch) Godinez, Harric Vander Valk and Tyral Thomas-great-grandchildren, Cassandra Plutt, Tiffany Plutt and Jennifer Godinez-sisters, Lucy Vadnal and Elizabeth Marcelja- brother, Anthony Melito- and numerous nieces and nephews. Kathryn was a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a great friend. She was also an avid bingo player. At her request, cremation with no services.

Vanderberg, Lydia M.
Lydia M. Vanderberg - Pueblo Chieftain - November 18, 1999 - Lydia M. Vanderberg, 72, passed away Nov. 16, 1999, at her home. Survived by her sisters, Tina Scharff, Elk City, Kan., Virginia (Robert) Bak, Colorado Springs, Angie (William) Golden, Walsenburg, and Rose Bassi, Loveland. Also survived by one niece and six nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Albert Vanderberg. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, George McCarthy Funeral Home. Funeral Mass, Saturday, 11 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, Walsenburg. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Walsenburg. Huerfano World - November 25, 1999 - Lydia M. Vanderberg, 72, of Pueblo, formerly of Walsenburg, died Nov. 16, 1999 at her home. Born to the late Giuseppe and Maria Andreatta, she married the late Albert Vanderberg. She is survived by her sisters, Celestina Scharff, Elk City, KS, Virginia Bak, Colorado Springs, Angie Golden, Walsenburg and Rose Bassi, Loveland; one niece and six nephews. Mass was Saturday from St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Walsenburg.

Vanderford, Frederick
Frederick Vanderford – Yuma Pioneer – May 29, 1903 – Frederick Vanderford, formerly of Pueblo, where he belonged to the Plumbers' Union, committed suicide in the stockyards of the Union Pacific at Henderson, east of Denver, on May 19. He took morphine and died in convulsions.

Vanderlippe, S. Pauline
S. Pauline Vanderlippe - Pueblo Chieftain - July 22, 2001 - S. Pauline Vanderlippe, 94, of Pueblo, went to be with the Lord, on July 18, 2001. She was Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fidelity Chapter; and a Past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She also enjoyed her membership in PEO, Chapter DU. Pauline also participated in Laurel Court Order of the Amaranth and the Social Order of the Beauceant. She enjoyed playing the organ and the piano; she also loved needlework. Predeceased by her loving husband, H.D. Vanderlippe; sister, Mary (Ralph) Muir; and grandson, Mark Leon Sonksen. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Leon "Les") Sonksen of Pueblo; sons, Robert (Phyllis) Vanderlippe of Springfield, Mo., and Paul (Ann) Vanderlippe of Etters, Pa.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 1 until 5 p.m. today, at the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2001, at the funeral home. Interment will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2001, at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver. In lieu of food or flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Building Fund of the Son Rise Church through the funeral home.

Vanderpool, Jeanette A.
Jeanette A. Vanderpool - Pueblo Chieftain - December 27, 2001 - Jeanette A. Vanderpool, wife of Wendal Vanderpool, who passed away Oct. 15, 1996, passed away Dec. 26, 2001. Mother of Carol (Michael) Johaneson, Castle Rock, and Gary Vanderpool of Pueblo. Grandmother of Tracy (Erik) Dickovich and Rhonda (Troy) Land; and great-grandmother of Nicholas and Thomas Dickovich, all of Minnesota. Preceded in death also by sister, Ellen Corsi. Also survived by brother, Charles (Violet) Dasenzo; brother-in-law, Fred Corsi, both of Pueblo; nieces, Debbie Krupka, Pueblo, and Sharon Chamberlain, Shawnee, Kan.; as well as several other brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Jeanette worked as a data review technician for Social Security for 23 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Our Lady of the Meadows Church Parish where services will be held. Funeral Mass, 2 p.m. Friday. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation, noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home. The family will greet friends in the parish hall following the cemetery committal service. In lieu of food, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Meadows Church Fund in her memory.

Vanderpool, Katherine M.
Katherine M. Vanderpool - Pueblo Chieftain - February 07, 2001 - Age 85, of Bristol, Colo., died Feb. 5, 2001. Funeral services, 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, Lamar, Colo. Burial in Sunnyslope Cemetery, Bristol, Colo. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m. to service time Friday. Memorial contributions to Bristol Fire Dept.

Vanderwalker, Dorothy Ellen
Dorothy Ellen "Mac" Vanderwalker - Pueblo Chieftain - May 18, 2000 - Dorothy Ellen "Mac" Vanderwalker, born May 28, 1912, Altman, Colo., passed away May 15, 2000, at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, Colo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E. Vanderwalker, April 20, 1998. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie M. Neu of Pueblo; two grandchildren, Frances V.A. Koral, Cripple Creek, Colo., and Roene E.M. Finehout of Ohio; and a great-grandchild, Joseph E. Koral; and a grandson-in-law, LeRoy E. Koral. Mrs. Vanderwalker was a distinguished artist who was often honored for her art work, and was also a hair stylist. Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2000, at the family home in memory of both Dorothy and Joseph Vanderwalker followed by an inurnment at the family property of 801 S. Eighth St., Victor, Colo.

VanDevender, Donald Larry Sr.
Donald Larry VanDevender Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - November 19, 2003 - Donald Larry VanDevender Sr., 62, passed away Nov. 17, 2003, at a local hospital. Larry was born Dec. 18, 1940, to Clarence and Eileen VanDevender in Pueblo, Colo. He graduated from Steamboat Springs High in 1959. After moving to Colorado Springs in 1965, he operated his own electrical business for many years. Larry loved the outdoors where he hunted, fished, raced and rode motorcycles, skied and coached the Broadmoor Ski Racing Team for four years. He is survived by his three children, Donald Larry VanDevender Jr., Pamla Rae Haley, Steven Daniel VanDevender; sister, Sandee VanDevender; and four grandchildren, Jeremy and Jessica Haley, Kassidy and Nicole VanDevender. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday, Imperial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.

VanDevender, Ruey Emily
Ruey Emily Van Devender - Pueblo Chieftain - October 27, 1936 - Ruey Emily Van Devender, 15 years, of 2011 Court Street, Oct. 26, at local hospital. Daughter of George O. Van Devender; granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Duvall and niece of Bernadine Avery, Mrs. Louise Piserchio, Anthony, Joseph and Alex Prelesnik, all of Pueblo and Anna De Cinco of Los Angeles, Calif. Announcements later.

Vandever, Henry Edgar
Henry Edgar Vandever - Pueblo Chieftain - August 27, 1986 - Henry Edgar Vandever, late of 1704 Zuni Road, died at a local hospital, Aug. 25, 1986. Survived by his wife, Emma Vandever of the family home; son, Bill R. Vandever, Mountain View, Calif.; sister, Madeline Meeks, Yakima, Wash.; brother, Sam Vandever, Torrance, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Dorothy (Gilbert) Farabaugh, Denver; Ruth (Charles) Bell, Rye. Preceded in death by his first wife, Mable in 1965. Member of South Pueblo Lodge No. 31, AF&AM and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Born Aug. 3, 1905, in Forest City, Mo. Pueblo resident since 1938. Mr. Vandever was a welder for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad for 40 years, with his last 10 years as a foreman. Mr. and Mrs. Vandever were married Oct. 4, 1969, in Pueblo. Service, 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Davis-Wallin Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert E. Mace officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Graveside rites by South Pueblo Lodge No. 31. AF&AM. Visitation, 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and until service time Thursday.

Vandiver, Donald Ray
Donald Ray Vandiver - Pueblo Star Journal - October 9, 1956 - Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Davis Mortuary Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. William Benham, pastor of the Rye Home Church, officiating. To Mountain View. The 1955-56 State Class C champion basketball team of the Rye High School, of which Don was a member will serve as active and honorary pallbearers.

Vandiver, Eleanor R.
Eleanor R. Hood Vandiver - Pueblo Chieftain - December 23, 1987 - Eleanor R. Hood Vandiver, late of Avondale, died Dec. 22, 1987, at a local hospital. Survived by her daughter, Audra L. Grace, Manzanola; two granddaughters, Karen Fluke and Rebecca Sue Torri. Also survived by two great-grandchildren; three sisters, May L. Youngberg, Pueblo, Evelyn (Don) Head, Pueblo, and Florence (Rodney) Williams, Avondale; sister-in-law, Veta Hood, Pueblo; brother, Walter P. (Nadine) Hood, Pueblo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Born July 8, 1917, in Pueblo, and a lifetime resident. Preceded in death by her husband, Homer Vandiver, Nov. 21, 1983; son, Donald Ray Vandiver, 1956; and three brothers. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, Davis-Wallin Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Donald Thurn officiating. Cremation, Davis-Wallin Crematorium. The family may be contacted at 2016 Lane 27.

Vandiver, Gordon
Gordon Vandiver - Pueblo Chieftain - February 01, 2006 - Gordon Vandiver, 86, a retired physician, passed away Jan. 30, 2006, in La Junta, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Dr. Vandiver was born on Nov. 24, 1919, in Tuba City, Ariz., to Wesley and Lottie Vandiver. He started his education at the Old Columbian School in La Junta and completed high school in Long Beach, Calif. He attended UCLA and USC, where he graduated from medical school. He married Carolyn Coates on Feb. 3, 1943, in Los Angeles, Calif. He was a captain in the U.S. Army and upon discharge moved to La Junta in 1948, where he set up his medical practice. He was known as a compassionate physician and a devoted family man. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the Colorado Mountains. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Harry, Frank and Elmer Vandiver; and grandson, Jason Vandiver. Gordon is survived by his beloved wife, Carolyn; his brother, Paul Vandiver; two sons, Steven Vandiver and Jon (Nancy) Vandiver; three daughters, Donna (Don) Vandiver-Pack, Dianne Vandiver, and Sonya (Bob) Vandiver-Richardson; seven grandchildren, David Pack, Denise Stanley, Laurie Vanhook, Jennifer Norris, Joshua Vandiver, Kristie Vandiver and Matthew Vandiver; five great-grandchildren, William Stanley, Chase, Brooklyn and Jason Vanhook, and Ashley Pack. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, United Methodist Church, with Tom Dudley officiating. Visitation, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, Peacock Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Arkansas Valley Hospice or to the United Methodist Church of La Junta direct or through the funeral home.

Vandre, Mary M.
Mary M. Vandre - Pueblo Chieftain - June 29, 2001 - Mary M. Vandre, 79, passed away June 27, 2001. Survived by her children, Sandra (David) Fenton, Jackie (Robert) Westlund, both of Denver, Michael (Mary) Vandre of Kremmling, Colo., and Pat Vandre of Denver; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Stanley "Stan" Vandre on April 2, 2001; sisters, Hazel Mae Harris and Fern Rheinscheld; and brother, Luther Francis Romine Jr. Born on Feb. 4, 1922, in Chauncey, Ohio. Member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Pueblo West. She will lie in state at the funeral home Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Continuing viewing and services will be held at Drinkwine Mortuary, 999 W. Littleton Blvd., in Littleton, Colo. Viewing from 3 until 8 p.m. Monday with a funeral service at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Vandre, Stanley
Stanley "Stan" Vandre - Pueblo Chieftain - April 04, 2001 - Stanley "Stan" Vandre, 74, passed away April 2, 2001. Survived by his wife, Mary M. Vandre, of the family home in Pueblo West; children, Sandra (David) Fenton, Jackie (Robert) Westlund, both of Denver, Michael (Mary) Vandre of Kremmling, Colo., and Pat Vandre of Denver; siblings, Carl (Dorothy) Vandre of Denver, Bertha Lentz of Canada and Erhard (Caroline) Vandre of Wisconsin; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Born Dec. 11, 1926, in Merrill, Wis. Stan owned and operated Stan's Mechanical and Refrigeration Company in the Denver area until his retirement. Member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He will lie in state at the funeral home today from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2001, at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, with Pastor Chris Kellogg officiating. Continuing viewing and services will be held at Drinkwine Mortuary, 999 W. Littleton Blvd., in Littleton, Colo. Viewing from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday with a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association through Montgomery & Steward, P.O. Box 777, Pueblo, CO 81002.

VanDresser, Jason Richard
Jason Richard VanDresser - Pueblo Chieftain - August 05, 1997 - Jason Richard VanDresser, 15, of Pueblo, passed away Aug. 2, 1997, in Pueblo. He was born Oct. 15, 1981, in Pueblo. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Thelma VanDresser. Survived by parents, Richard and Cathi VanDresser of Pueblo- brother, Justin VanDresser, Pueblo- grandparents, James and Virginia Topping, Pueblo- uncles, Curt (Tammy) Topping, Gary Topping, Paul VanDresser and Donald (Connie) VanDresser, all of Pueblo- aunt, Patricia (Tom) Gennetta, Pueblo- special cousins, Melissa Lopez and Tony Gennetta- and numerous cousins, great uncles, great aunts and good friends. Jason was an artist and student at South High and he enjoyed music and art. Jason had many close friends who will miss his wonderful personality and great sense of humor. He has touched many lives in his short stay on this Earth. Viewing, 1 to 8 p.m. today at Romero Funeral Chapel. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, also at Romero Funeral Chapel. Cremation to follow. Relatives and friends will be received at 2810 Aster.

VanDuyn, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Van Duyn - Pueblo Chieftain - September 02, 2003 - Brooklyn Van Duyn, 76, was born Jan. 24, 1927, in Pueblo, and passed away Aug. 31, 2003. Survived by her children, Dorene (Roland) Crowe, Harry David (Paula) Van Duyn and Tom (Lisa) Van Duyn; mother, Sarah Fisher; sister, Burlyn Carter, all of Pueblo; grandchildren, Shannon (Pat) Larson of Las Vegas, Nev., Jason Crowe of Pueblo, Joshua (Amy) Van Duyn of Beulah, Boz Van Duyn, Holly Van Duyn (Tommy Ware), and Tyler Van Duyn (Jessica Aragon), all of Pueblo; and great-grandchild, Rylee Van Duyn. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard T. Van Duyn; and father, Thomas Fisher. Per her request, there will be no viewing. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Sally Foulks officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, through the funeral home. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.

VanDyke, Alta B.
Alta B. VanDyke - Colorado Springs Gazette - June 23, 1997 - Alta B. VanDyke, 81, died June 21, 1997, at a local care center. She was a retired assembly-line computer employee. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Blunt Mortuary Chapel, 2229 W. Colorado Ave., with the Rev. Thomas K. Hobby officiating. Private burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Mrs. VanDyke was born Jan. 2, 1916, in Pueblo to Albert and Lydia Williams. Her parents are deceased. She was married in 1934 in Lake George to Stephen VanDyke. He also is deceased. Mrs. VanDyke is survived by two sons, Jack of Colorado Springs and William of Falcon; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Bruce. She was a lifetime resident of Colorado.

VanDyke, H. Gene
H. Gene Van Dyke - Pueblo Chieftain - January 05, 2005 - H. Gene Van Dyke, 60, born July 22, 1944, in Seattle, Wash., and passed away Dec. 30, 2004, in Denver, Colo. Preceded in death by mother, Neva Lee (Crawford) Van Dyke. Survived by son, Gregory Gene Van Dyke, Maple Valley, Wash.; father, Robert W. (Norma) Van Dyke; brothers, Robert S. (Susie) Van Dyke and Ronald W. Van Dyke, all of Wichita, Kan.; former wife, Sally A. Kennedy of Pueblo. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Gene was very proud of the track records he set in 1962 at Pueblo South. He was awarded a track scholarship from SCSC, now CSU-Pueblo, and graduated in 1968. Gene had a very successful career in the insurance industry while living in Denver, Honolulu, Seattle and most recently in Sun City, Ariz. His many special friends and family will remember Gene for his generosity and love of people. To him, there were no strangers in his life, only those he had not yet met. He will be missed. Cremation by Aspen Mortuaries in Denver.

VanDyke, Marcella
Marcella Louise Van Dyke - Pueblo Chieftain - November 12, 2002 - Marcella Louise Van Dyke, 31, resident of Fort Collins formerly of Pueblo, went home to be with the Lord, Nov. 9, 2002. Born March 27, 1971, in Pueblo. Preceded in death by grandparents, Emilio Quintana, Epifanio and Mary Archuleta. Survived by her husband, Michael Vernon Van Dyke, Fort Collins; parents, Jimmy and Dianna Archuleta, Pueblo; sisters, Stacie (Fred) Gonzales, Pueblo, and Jamie (Reynaldo) Torres, Pueblo; grandparents, Drucilla Quintana, Pueblo; parents-in-law, Mark and Sarah Van Dyke, Pueblo; brothers-in-law, Mark (Deana) Van Dyke, Pueblo, and Mario (Amanda) Van Dyke, Colorado Springs; grandmother-in-law, Ida Farbo, Pueblo; nephews, Austin Van Dyke, Brandon Vigil-Archuleta, Alec Gonzales, Gaige Gonzales; niece, Amanda Lynn Van Dyke. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Vigil Rosary, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial funeral Mass, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, both at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Celebrant, the Rev. Darrell Schaffer. Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received at Local Union Hall 2102 following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USC Foundation for the Marcella Van Dyke nursing scholarship fund or may be dropped off at Romero Family Funeral Home.

VanEtton, W.O.
W.O. Van Etton - Huerfano World - February 25, 1993 - This Week in La Veta History - 1927: W.O. Van Etten, 77, committed suicide in Walsenburg. [Editor's Note: W. O. Van Etton died February 18, 1927. Obituary listed World Independent, February 22, 1927, Page 1.]

VanGarrick, Deborah Ann
Deborah Ann Van Garrick - Pueblo Chieftain - May 11, 2003 - Deborah Ann Van Garrick, 42, departed this life unexpectedly after a lengthy illness on May 8, 2003. She was born Dec. 4, 1960. She is survived by her loving parents, Richard and Julie Van Acker. Also survived by her devoted husband, Phillip M. (“Van”) Van Garrick; son, Marc Robinson; siblings, Alex (Judy), Thomas, Gregory; nephews, Kyle, Joel, Ryan, Russell; nieces, Alexandra, Cassidy, Anya, Skye; special friends, Alice, Joe and Alison Hart, Marc Robinson Sr., Bernice Parreira. Brothers, Christopher and Brian precede her in death. Debbie served the community as a respiratory therapist at St. Thomas Moore Hospital in Canon City. She was a talented guitarist/singer/songwriter who enjoyed sharing her gifts. Deb will best be remembered for her uninhibited sense of humor, vivacious personality, generosity of spirit and for her bravery and strength of character throughout her illness. Debbie had a strong appreciation for flowers, unique art, music and family. A small service for family and friends will be held at the Center for Inner Peace at 4 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2003, 740 W. 15th St., Pueblo, Colo. The family will receive friends at the Van Garrick home following the service. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Deborah Ann Van Garrick to the Lupus Foundation through the funeral home office.

VanGieson, Kenneth Wayne
Kenneth Wayne Van Gieson - Pueblo Chieftain - March 14, 1986 - Kenneth Wayne Van Gieson, Blanca. Son of Kenneth and Willa June Van Gieson, Blanca; brother of June Araye (Earl) Kreutzer, Model; Jackie Lynn, Joyce Ann, and Kyle Kane Van Gieson, Blanca. Grandson of Elwood and Irene Van Gieson, Blanca. Uncle of Jennifer Kreutzer. Also survived by numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Service, 2 p.m. Monday, La Veta Baptist Church. Interment, La Veta Cemetery.

VanGorden, George Marshall
George Marshall VanGorden - Pueblo Chieftain - September 07, 2003 - George Marshall VanGorden , 82 passed away Aug. 28, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruth; daughter Kristin Strachan (John); and granddaughter Arlie Ruth Casebeer, all of Pueblo. Memorial service, Sept. 20, 2003, 1p.m., Denver Archdiocese Mortuary, Wheatridge, Colo.

VanHam, Dorothy T.
Dorothy T. Van Ham - Pueblo Chieftain - March 05, 2001 - Dorothy T. Van Ham, 82, of Manzanola, Colo., passed away March 3, 2001. Survived by her children, Judith (Wayne) Lips, Manzanola, Elizabeth (Michael) Jones, Aurora, Ill., and Robert (Elaine) Van Ham of Thornton, Colo. Services will be held in Illinois.

VanHook, Barbara Ann
Barbara Ann VanHook - Pueblo Chieftain - May 01, 2000 - Barbara Ann VanHook, 63, passed away April 28, 2000. Survived by daughters, Helen (Thierry) Connault, Henderson, Nev., and Laura (Mark) Moss, Loveland, Colo. Also survived by five grandchildren. Cremation, Almont Crematory. Memorial service, Wednesday, 11 a.m. at King of Kings Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Sangre de Cristo Hospice through the funeral home office.

VanHook, Vevia L.
Vevia L. VanHook - Pueblo Chieftain - January 22, 2005 - Vevia L. VanHook, 95, of La Junta, passed away Jan. 19, 2005, in Canon City. She was born Feb. 9, 1909, in Rocky Ford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern VanHook Sr.; sons, Paul and Jerry Eberhart; and daughter, Lois Rush. She is survived by a daughter, Donna (Jack) Duncan of Canon City; and son, Bob (Ellen) Eberhart of Pueblo; sisters, Ruth Garber of Wichita, Kan., and Mabel Wingo of Albuquerque, N.M.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Church of Christ in La Junta, with Evangelist Danny Aragon officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

VanHorn, D. W.
Major D. W. Van Horn – Pueblo Star Journal – March 3, 1899 – Major D. W. Van Horn – Colorado Pioneer Killed in Rock Island Railroad Accident. Wednesday Afternoon About 5:30 – John A. Thatcher received a telegram from the cashier of the bank of Clarendon, Texas, conveying intelligence of the death in a railroad accident on the Rock Island road, of Major D. W. Van Horn. A few hours later the sad news was corroborated in a telegram received by Mr. Thatcher from Mr. Van Horn's wife. No particulars of the accident were given in either message and there has been no news of a wreck on the Rock Island road received here. Major Van Horn was about 62 years old and came to Colorado from Lockport N. Y., in 1868, locating at Fort Lyons, which was then in Pueblo County. He was manager for A. E. Reynolds of a post traders' store at that place. From there he removed to the old town of Las Animas where he conducted a general store until 1874, when he went to the new town of Las Animas as manager of a general store, where he remained until 1880, when he removed to Fort Elliott, Texas, and established a bank, of which institution he was president at the time of his death. The deceased served as an officer in a New York volunteer regiment during the civil war. He was well known in Colorado and had many friends who will regret his sudden demise. The deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. They live at Wellington, Kansas.

VanLoon, Henry Paul
Henry Paul Van Loon - Pueblo Chieftain - December 30, 2005 - Henry Paul Van Loon "Paul" went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 27, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Ruby Van Loon; and his brother, Timothy Van Loon. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Pamelia; son, Timothy (Suzie) Van Loon of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughters, Linda Van Loon, Pueblo, Sharon (Scot Anderson) Van Loon, Conifer, Colo., Carrie Van Loon, Austin, Texas, and Mollie (Errol Fernandes) Van Loon of Boalsburg, Pa. Also survived by his granddaughter, Kimberley Kilpatrick; great-granddaughter, Laurel Kilpatrick, both of Pueblo; and several cousins scattered across the U.S. Nicknamed "Peanuts," Paul ran a successful wholesale, vending, and amusement/games business in Pueblo for more than 47 years. Funeral service, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Interment, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, Fairmount Cemetery in Denver. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Paul's honor to either the Humane Society or the charity of your choice. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

VanMatre, Barbara Lee
Barbara Lee Van Matre - Pueblo Chieftain - September 13, 2004 - Barbara Lee Van Matre, of Rye, passed away Sept. 11, 2004, in Pueblo. Barbara was born Jan. 29, 1944, in Gary, Ind., the second daughter of Roy and Eleanor Downey. On Aug. 29, 1965, she married Richard “Rick” Van Matre in Greeley, Colo. They had two children, James M. Van Matre of Aurora, Colo., and Wendy L. Van Matre Bowles, married to Rodney Bowles; and two granddaughters, Lacey and Ashley Bowles. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and her sister. She is survived by her husband, her children and grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Barbara was talented and accomplished. She was an expert horsewoman, a licensed private pilot who flew her own plane all over the U.S. for pleasure, an accountant, an actress and an artist. Her proudest accomplishments were her children and grandchildren. Barbara was a sensitive, caring person who was very generous with her time and assets. She volunteered as a hospice worker and, on her own, established a free service to drive people from the valley to doctor's appointments, shopping and so forth. Barbara acted in and directed numerous plays at the Greenhorn Valley Theatre in Rye and wrote original scripts. Barbara was also an award-winning fiber artist. From 1981 to 1989, she was comptroller of Pan Canadian Petroleum Co., a nationwide oil and gas exploration and development company. There were a few things that Barbara couldn't do, nothing she wouldn't try and she would help anyone with anything. She will be missed by all who knew her; she has touched the lives of countless people in her life and her family will struggle with this loss. Cremation, Davis Crematory. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in the Rye Home United Methodist Church in Rye. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations in memory of Barbara be made to the Rye Home United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 70, Rye, CO, 81069.

VanMatre, Bruce Dale
Bruce Dale "Buddy" Van Matre - Huerfano World - September 7, 2000 - Bruce Dale "Buddy" Van Matre, 63, of Stephensville, TX, formerly of Rye, died after a brief illness Sept. 2, 2000. Born in Hoehne, Nov. 25, 1936 he was the fifth of seven children born to Elton O. "Chuck" and Edna Van Matre, who were ranchers in the southern Colorado area. In 1955, shortly after joining the Marines, he met and married Janet Workman of Trinidad. After military service, he joined the border patrol, then worked with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Agency and then became an officer with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), where he was appointed Senior Agent in Charge (SAC) at several locations, including San Jose, CA, Costa Rica and Phoenix, AZ. After retirement from DEA in 1986, he and his wife moved to Rye, where he was justly famous for raising Arabian horses and for playing the guitar and singing. Mr. Van Matre is survived by his wife, Janet; their six children, Terry (Frank) Zorc, Rye, Vicki Harter, Stephensville, Debby (Brian) Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK, Kelly (Robert) Jordan, Anaheim, CA, Nancy (Drew) Jones, Lake Forest, CA, and Bruce "Buddy" (Mary) Van Matre, Rye; four sisters, Clara, Mary, Dorothy and Joyce; two brothers, Ken and Rick; 12 grandchildren; mother-in-law, Julia Williams and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Van Matre came from a very large family which he loved very much and he will be greatly missed by all. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 from First Christian Church, Trinidad followed by burial in Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the American Cancer Society in the name of Bruce Van Matre.

VanMeter, Darla Dee
Darla Dee "Our Sweetie" Van Meter Gruner - Pueblo Chieftain - June 13, 1999 - Darla Dee "Our Sweetie" Van Meter Gruner, 41, died May 19, 1999 , Sacramento, Calif., as a result of an automobile accident. Ms. Van Meter was born Feb. 8, 1958, in Redlands, Calif. Her family later moved to Pueblo where she attended school and graduated from Central High School in 1976. She later moved back to California. She was one of the fifth finalists in the Miss Colorado U.S.A. pageant after high school. She was an avid golfer, and loved boating, her family and her dog, Brittany. Survived by parents, Ray and Ruth Van Meter; sisters, Shelley Van Meter, Vickey Van Meter, all of California, Cheryl (Dave) Ellis, Pueblo; brother, Robbie (Nicole) Van Meter, California; aunts, Jean Hyndman, Pueblo West, Sarah DeSalvo, Pueblo, and Martha (Tex) Cokeley, California; nieces and nephews; and special cousins in Pueblo. Service was held on May 24 at Green Valley Mortuary Chapel, Cameron Park, Calif.

VanMeter, Johanna Angelina
Johanna Angelina Van Meter - Pueblo Chieftain - July 9, 1987 - Johanna Angelina Van Meter, late of Pueblo, died unexpectedly July 6, 1987, at a local hospital. Survived by her children, Charles Rucker, Charlene Rucker (Harry Jordan), Richard Rucker, Roberta Van Meter and Bobby Jo Van Meter, all of Pueblo; mother, Carolina Gray, Kentucky; brothers, Paul Gray, Marietta, Ga.; Gregory and Rebel Gray, both of Denver; Robert Gray, Kentucky; sisters, Ruthy Thomason, Kentucky; and Velma Riley, Denver. Survived also by two grandchildren, Timothy Rucker and Michael Jordan. Pueblo. Born July 22, 1946, in Massachusetts, and was a Pueblo resident most of her life. Service, 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, Davis-Wallin Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Reyna officiating. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Visitation, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

VanMeter, John Thomas
John Thomas Van Meter – Pueblo Indicator – February 20, 1932 – Well Known Café Man Dies – John Thomas Van Meter, 65, died at his home, 113 South Union Avenue, February 16th, after a short illness. He had conducted a café at the street number many years. One of the many victims of the big Pueblo flood of June 3, 1921, he went back into the business again.

VanMeter, LeRoy O.
LeRoy O. Van Meter - Pueblo Chieftain - May 09, 2006 - LeRoy O. Van Meter, 68, of Pueblo, went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2006. Preceded in death by his father; two sisters and other relatives. He is survived by his loving wife, Verna; children, Connie Shenefelt, Deanna (Michael) Marcen, Amanda Van Meter and Brandon Van Meter; mother, Thelma Rodgers; brothers, Dick (Betty) Van Meter, Dale (Donna) Van Meter, Robert (Norma) Van Meter, Bill (Pam) Van Meter, Kelly (Debbie) Van Meter, Jack Van Meter and Charlie (Sue) Van Meter; sisters, Bertha (Gerald) Bedwell, Dorothy Maerean and Linda (Terry) Ray; grandchildren, Justin Van Meter, Jeffrey Shenefelt, Michael Marcen Jr. and Matthew Marcen; great-grandchildren, Julian, Brianna and one on the way; father- and mother-in-law, George (Iverna) Morley; one uncle and aunt; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives and friends. Viewing, 3 to 5 p.m. today, and funeral service, 11 a.m. Thursday; both at Romero Chapel. Interment to follow at Imperial Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received at Romero's Hall after burial.

Vannest, Byron W. Sr.
Byron W. Vannest Sr. - Pueblo Chieftain - December 11, 1986 - Byron W. Vannest Sr. passed away Wednesday, Dec. 1 1986, at a local hospital. Survived by his children, Phyllis (Roy) Boughton, Robert (Jacque) Vannest, Byron (Roseann) Vannest Jr., all Pueblo, Melba (Roy) Farrar, Elk City, Okla., Pauline (Norville) Prosser, Spotsylvania, Va., and Ellis (Ethel) Vannest Farmington, N.M.; brother, Charles Vannest, Rocky Ford. Also survived by 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Born June 12 1904, in Burlington, Iowa, ant had been a longtime Pueblo resident, retiring several years ago as a mechanic for several Pueblo auto dealerships. Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Rouch Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev Harold Tuttle officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Buena Vista. Colo.

Vannest, Christopher
Christopher "Kris" Vannest - Pueblo Chieftain - October 28, 1998 - Christopher "Kris" Vannest, 27, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 26, 1998. Survived by parents, Roseann and Byron Vannest, of the family home- grandfather, Paul Vella- twin brother, Anthony- sister, Ronita Coen- loving godchild, Elizabeth Loveland- special friends, Connie and Brian Loveland, Katie Bahner and Brian Loveland Jr. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Public visitation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m. today, Christ the King Church followed by a reception in the church hall. Funeral Mass, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Christ the King Church. Interment to follow, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the YWCA Family Crisis Shelter, 801 N. Santa Fe, Pueblo, Colo. 81003.

Vanotti, Andrew B.
Andrew B. Vanotti - Pueblo Chieftain - August 18, 1999 - Andrew B. Vanotti, 85, passed away Aug. 16, 1999. Preceded in death by wife Helen Vanotti- parents, Steve and Josephine Vanotti- and brother, Frank Vanotti. Survived by daughters, Diane (Forrest) Clark and Louise (John) Welsby- grandchildren, Bill (Chris) Schwer, DeDri Kay Schwer, Jason Welsby and Stephanie (Brian) Morsch- great-grandchildren, Megan Lee Bigley, Brian Mark, Shelby Schwer and Justin Schwer- beloved sisters-in-law, Edith Vanotti and Olga Vaughn- and nieces, Elaine Cameron, Frances (Henry) Lupton and Tina Louise Armstrong and families. Mr. Vanotti (Andy) was known in the western states for the registered Hereford cattle raised and shown by the Vanotti Hereford Ranch (VHR). Andy was an avid leader in the cattleman's associations in the state of Colorado and was selected by the American Hereford Breeders Association to attend the International Convention for Hereford Cattle in Scotland. Andrew had a love for the land and cattle. He shared his wealth of knowledge with his children, nieces and youth in the state of Colorado through 4-H and Hereford Association. He served on the first board of the San Isabel Rural Electricity Association and was instrumental in bringing electricity to rural areas of Southern Colorado. He was joint owner of the VLB Lumber Company. He was manager and sawyer for the Lumber Co. He later become employed by construction companies and was sought after for his talent with explosives. His expertise is evident along I-70 and the Spinney Mt. Reservoir. Mr. Vanotti was a traveler and found great satisfaction in perusing his heritage. He was a proud man and a loyal father. Viewing, 2 to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Friday. Both services at Sacred Heart Church of Avondale. Burial following the service at North St. Mary Cemetery in Walsenburg. Reception will follow at Mazzone Hall. Huerfano World - August 26, 1999 - Andrew B. Vanotti, 85, Avondale, died August 16, 1999. Survivors include his daughters, Diane Clark and Louise Welsby; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, sisters-in-law and nieces. Mr. Vanotti was known in the western states for the registered Hereford cattle raise and shown by the Vanotti Hereford Ranch. He served on the first board of San Isabel Rural Electricity. He was the joint owner of VLB Lumber Company. He was employed by construction companies and was sought after for his talent with explosives. Funeral mass was August 20 at Sacred Heart Church in Avondale. Burial followed at North St. Mary Cemetery in Walsenburg.

Vanotti, Frank D.
Frank D. "Wop" Vanotti - Pueblo Chieftain - November 21, 1997 - Frank D. "Wop" Vanotti, born Sept. 21, 1917, in Farr, Colo., and passed away Nov. 20, 1997, in Pueblo. Preceded in death by his parents, Stefano and Josephine Vanotti. Survived by his wife, Edith, to whom he was married 53 years- his brother, Andrew- his daughters, Elaine (Glenn) Cameron, Frances (Henry) Lupton and Tina Armstrong- grandchildren, Charles Vanotti, Curtis and Nicole Lupton and John and Steven Armstrong- nieces, Diane (Forrest) Clark and Louise (John) Welsby- and great-nieces and nephews, Bill and De Dri Kay Schwer and Jason and Stephanie Welsby. Frank and his brother owned and operated Vanotti Hereford Ranch and VLB Lumber, both at the base of the East Spanish Peak, and in 1968 moved east of Walsenburg and in 1976 he moved to Avondale. He served in the 13th Armored Division in World War II and was wounded Dec. 2, 1942, in Africa, for which he received the Purple Heart. He also received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Ribbon with two bronze stars. He served on the Huerfano County School Board for 15 years and was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Avondale, the VFW in Pennsylvania and Operating Engineers, Local No. 9. Services, Sacred Heart Church in Avondale. Rosary recitation, 7 p.m. Sunday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, with interment to follow at North St. Mary Cemetery in Walsenburg. Viewing hours are 1 to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Family to receive friends at Mazzone Hall in Walsenburg following the interment. Arrangements by McCarthy Rose Chapel, 329 Goodnight. - Frank D. "Wop" Vanotti - Huerfano World - November 27, 1997 - Frank D. "Wop" Vanotti, 80, died November 20, 1997 in Pueblo. Born September 21, 1917, in Farr, he and his brother, Andrew, owned and operated Vanotti Hereford Ranch and VLB Lumber, both at the base of the east Spanish Peak. In 1969 he moved east of Walsenburg and in 1976 he moved to Avondale. He served in the 13th Armored Division in World War II and was wounded December 2, 1942 in Africa, for which he received the Purple Heart. He also received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal and ribbon with two bronze stars. He served on the Huerfano County School Board for 15 years and was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Avondale, the VFW in Pennsylvania and Operating Engineers, Local #9. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Edith, of the home; his brother, Andrew Vanotti; three daughters, Elaine Cameron, Frances Lupton and Tina Armstrong; five grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral mass was Monday from Sacred Heart Church in Avondale. Burial was in North St. Mary's Cemetery.

VanPelt, Alice M.
Alice M. VanPelt - Pueblo Chieftain - June 29, 2006 - Alice M. VanPelt passed away June 27, 2006, in Pueblo. Alice was born Sept. 10, 1924, in New Hampton, Iowa, one of eight children to Clayton and Minnie Werner. On Aug. 22, 1948, she married Kenneth F. Van Pelt and they moved to Pueblo nearly 45 years ago. Alice enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers. Her survivors include her husband, Kenneth VanPelt Sr.; two children, Ken (Jean) VanPelt and Dianna (Randy) Kelley; four grandchildren, Mallory, Lucas, Sheila and Tracey; three great-grandchildren, Danielle, Joshua and Jason; two brothers, two sisters and numerous nephews and nieces, including Mary Berry. She also leaves several other relatives and friends. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2006, in the Davis Memorial Chapel.

VanRemmen, Rita Louise
Rita Louise (Roque) VanRemmen - Pueblo Chieftain - May 03, 2006 - Rita Louise (Roque) VanRemmen, 45, went home to our Father on April 27, 2006, at her home in Castle Rock, Colo. Born in 1961, in the village of Puli, Taiwan, Republic of China; she joined the Roque family at the age of 2. She was a free spirit who loved life. She was a true "people-person" and loved to travel and explore. She is survived by her "Pops" Lou Roque, CPO, USN (Ret.); and her mom, Marty; her beloved children, Sabrina VanRemmen Davis, Samantha VanRemmen and Louis A. Roque Jr., SN, USN; and the twinkle in her eye, grandson, Kaden Davis. To celebrate her life she leaves behind her Padrinos, Rita and Sam Albert and Buzz and Rosie Siddell; her loving family in Pueblo and beyond; many friends and loved ones throughout the world. Recitation of the rosary, 7 p.m. Friday, and memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2006; both services, St. Pius X Parish, 3130 Morris Ave. Private inurnment, Mountain View Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rita Roque VanRemmen Memorial fund through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors.

VanRiper, Ransom
Ransom VanRiper - Pueblo Chieftain - May 22, 1917 - Ransom VanRiper, age 10 years, died in this city yesterday forenoon. The body will be shipped to Denver, Colorado this morning by the Whiton Mortuary.

Vansandt, Kenneth L.
Kenneth L. Vansandt - Pueblo Chieftain - June 04, 2006 - Kenneth L. Vansandt, 59, passed away June 1, 2006. Survived by his brothers, Virgil and Jimmy; sisters, Frances, Jo, Vella, Betty, Marjorie and Brenda; several nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones. Preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Thelma Vansandt. Memorial service 11:30 a.m. today at the Salvation Army, 520 W. 13th St. Private interment, Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to help with funeral expenses may be made in his name to Montgomery Steward Funeral Directors.

Vansandt, Velma
Velma Vansandt - Pueblo Chieftain - March 08, 2005 - Velma Vansandt, 91, passed away on March 6, 2005, in Castle Rock, Colo. Survived by her children, Jo Glenn, Vella Cannady, Virgil Vansandt, Frances Cernoia, Kenneth Vansandt, Betty McQuay, Marjorie Schooley, James Vansandt and Brenda Derr; one sister, five brothers, 24 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Leroy Vansandt in 1966. Velma was born to John and Mary Bohannon on Jan. 18, 1914, in Fayetteville, Ark. Graveside service will be held 3:30 p.m. today, at Mountain View Cemetery, (please enter through Beulah Avenue gate), with the Rev. Hal Hartman officiating.

VanSchoyck, Bailey
Bailey Van Schoyck - Huerfano World - March 25, 1993 - Bailey (Bert) Van Schoyck, 66, of Walsenburg died Mar. 23, 1993 in Walsenburg Care Center where he had been in residence for about five years. Graveside service was at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Masonic Cemetery. Born in White Oaks, NM, Mar. 22, 1927, he graduated from Walsenburg High School and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Survivors include his wife, June, New Cuyama, CA; three children, Albert, Santa Maria, CA, Christina Ventura, Nipomo, CA, and Stanley, San Luis Obispo, CA; a brother, Wayne, Walsenburg; eight grandchildren. J.M. Antle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

VanSchoyck, George
George "Wayne" Van Schoyck - Pueblo Chieftain - June 01, 2002 - Huerfano World - June 6, 2002 - George "Wayne" Van Schoyck passed away after an extended illness on May 30, 2002, in Walsenburg, Colo. Wayne was born in White Oaks, Lincoln County, N.M., on June 22, 1916, to Wayne and Edith Van Schoyck. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, he worked in the coal and gold mines in White Oaks. He then moved to El Paso, Texas, where he began a long relationship with Western Auto in retail sales. He returned to Lincoln County to manage the Western Auto Store in Carrizozo and married Leslye E. Cooper, on Aug. 20, 1938, in Carrizozo, N.M. They moved to Tucumcari, N.M., and, in partnership with his lifetime friend, opened their own store, eventually expanding the business to five stores in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. He was a member of the New Mexico State Guard and was a catcher in the semi-pro league. In 1943, Wayne and Leslye moved to Walsenburg where they owned/operated the Western Auto on Sixth Street and soon after moved the business to Main Street. They owned/operated the Gamble Store for 41 years. Wayne was a lifetime member of the Walsenburg Masonic Lodge and was Rainbow Dad for his daughters and several of their friends. He was also a lifetime member and Past Exalted Ruler of the BPOE. He was an avid supporter of Walsenburg and served as a City Councilman. Wayne and Leslye loved music and dancing. They learned to square dance and taught friends and their children to square dance at the Kirkpatrick Hotel, at the new tennis courts in Walsenburg, in the school buildings in La Veta and Rye, and in the basement family room at their home. They were avid bowlers, golfers and travelers. With all the demands on their time, they were very active in their children's lives and were always an inspiration and role model for their loving daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Edith; and brother, Bert; and by his beloved wife of 62 years, who was his soul mate and best friend, Leslye. Wayne's devotion to his family, community and friends were an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Margaret (Gene) Gleisberg, Walsenburg, Waynette (Frank) Warrick, Hemet, Calif., and Judith Van Schoyck, Hemet, Calif. Also survived by grandchildren, Bill Gleisberg, Jeannine Gard, Angela Belcastro, Waynette Gleisberg and Bianca Peterson, Jim Warrick and Darren Warrick and Todd Brewer, Jamie Brewer and Chad Brewer. And survived by 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one niece; and two nephews. Services will be held at Boies-Ortega Funeral Home on Monday, June 3, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Lee Kline officiating. Internment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Walsenburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Senior Outreach Program or the Masonic Lodge Shriner's Children's Hospital in care of the funeral home. Friends and family will be received following the services at the family home at 320 W. Cedar St.

VanSchoyck, Leslye E.
Leslye E. Van Schoyck - Pueblo Chieftain - October 29, 2000 - Leslye E. Van Schoyck, 82, Walsenburg, Oct. 27, 2000. Survived by her husband, G. Wayne Van Schoyck, and daughters, Margaret Gleisberg, Walsenburg, and Waynette Warrick and Judith Brewer, both of California. Funeral service, 10 am Monday, Boies-Ortega Memorial Chapel. Boies-Ortega, Walsenburg. Leslye E. Van Schoyck - Huerfano World - November 2, 2000 - Leslye E. Van Schoyck, 82, of Walsenburg, died Friday, October 27, 2000. Mrs. Van Schoyck was born in Carrizozo, NM, on April 12, 1918 to the late James and Lucy Henley Cooper. She married G. Wayne Van Schoyck and together they owned and operated to Gamble Retail Store for 41 years. Mrs. Van Schoyck was a majority member of the Order of Rainbow for Girls and a past grand officer for the New Mexico Grand Assembly. Mrs. Van Schoyck is survived by her husband of 62 1/2 years, Wayne, Walsenburg; daughters Margaret (Gene) Gleisberg, Walsenburg, Waynette (Frank) Warrick and Judith Brewer, California; grandchildren, Bill Gleisberg, Jeannine Gard, Angela Belcastro, Waynette Gleisberg, Bianca Peterson, Jim Warrick, Darren Warrick, Todd, Jamie and Chad Brewer; 17 great-grandchildren and several nephews. Funeral service, 10 a.m., October 30, at Boies-Ortega Memorial Chapel with Rev. Lee Kline officiating. Interment, Huerfano Masonic Cemetery. Huerfano World - November 2, 2000 - Leslye E. Van Schoyck, 82, of Walsenburg, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000. Mrs. Van Schoyck was born in Carrizozo, NM, on Apr. 12, 1918 to the late James and Lucy Henley Cooper. She married G. Wayne Van Schoyck and together they owned and operated to Gamble Retail Store for 41 years. Mrs. Van Schoyck was a majority member of the Order of Rainbow for Girls and a past grand officer for the New Mexico Grand Assembly. Mrs. Van Schoyck is survived by her husband of 62 1/2 years, Wayne, Walsenburg; daughters, Margaret (Gene) Gleisberg, Walsenburg, Waynette (Frank) Warrick and Judith Brewer, California; grandchildren, Bill Gleisberg, Jeannine Card, Angela Belcastro, Waynette Gleisberg, Bianca Peterson, Jim Warrick, Darren Warrick, Todd, Jamie and Chad Brewer; 17 great-grandchildren and several nephews. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Boies-Ortega Memorial Chapel with Rev. Lee Kline officiating. Interment, Huerfano Masonic Cemetery.

VanTuyl, J. H.
J. H. Van Tuyl - Bayfield Blade - July 7, 1910 - J. H. Van Tuyl, a Western Union lineman of Trinidad, when shocked by a live wire, was thrown to the pavement, sustaining a fracture of the skull and a broken shoulder. He died Wednesday night.

VanVranken, Walter F.
Cmdr. Walter F. Van Vranken USNR - Pueblo Chieftain - January 21, 2003 - Cmdr. Walter F. Van Vranken USNR, Ret., 81, passed away Jan. 17, 2003. Born in Farr, Colo., Dec. 28, 1921. He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl J. and Elizabeth Van Vranken; and his brother, Earl V. Van Vranken. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Madeline M. (Burke) Van Vranken; his children, John W. (Patricia Burke) Van Vranken of Chicago, Ill., Alice M. (William) Swenson of Juneau, Alaska, and Robert J. (Jolene) Van Vranken of Pueblo, Colo.; grandchildren, Bryan M. Johannsen of Price, Utah, and Grant A. Van Vranken of Great Falls, Mont.; and great-grandchildren, Elijah and Madeline Johannsen. Walter joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, and retired in 1969. He served actively in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and again in Korea during that conflict. He had been the commanding officer of the Naval Reserve Surface Division 9-238(L) in Pueblo, and had been the vice president of the Pueblo Chapter of the Retired Officers Association. Walter was also a past president of the Pueblo Master Plumbers Association, a former chairman of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee of the Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Apprentices of the United States and Canada Local 20 of Pueblo, a past president of the Exchange Club of Pueblo, and a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Pius X Parish. Viewing will be held 2-4 p.m. today at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel. Rosary, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian burial, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, both to be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Also, please visit Walter's memorial at www.mem.com.

VanWaggen, Mary
Mary Van Waggen – Pueblo Chieftain – January 20, 1937 – Van Waggen, Mary, 76, died Jan. 19 at local hospital. To Denver for interment.

VanWinkle, Beatrice
Beatrice Van Winkle - Pueblo Chieftain - December 30, 1987 - Beatrice Van Winkle, Dec. 30, 1987. Service and interment, Macomb, Ill.



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