Death Notices, May 16, 2010

Betty Jo Hayes, 75, Palisade, died May 14, 2010, at her home.

Services are pending with Snell-McLean Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hayes was a fruit grower.

Survivors include her husband, Tom; and two sons, Wesley K. and Michael L., both of Clifton.

Memorial contributions to Mesa Developmental Services, 950 Grand Ave., Grand Junction 81501.

Former Delta resident Wilma Annette Head, 83, Montrose, died May 13, 2010, at her home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. Burial will follow at Delta City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Ted; one son, David L. of Cedaredge; three daughters, Kathy E. Reed of Eckert, Kristina A. Miller of Pagosa Springs and Vicki L. Hecht of Montrose; one brother, Virgil Decker of Read; one sister, Dorothy Gregory of Fruita; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose.

Andrew Ronald Krabbe, 52, Grand Junction, died May 13, 2010, at his home.

Private services will be at a later date.

Mr. Krabbe was a miner.

Survivors include three daughters, Hattie A. Motter, Andrea M. Krabbe and Sherry S. Mansfield, all of Grand Junction; his mother, Elsie Norris of Grand Junction; three brothers, Rollie Frank Jr. and Thomas D., both of Grand Junction, and Ernest J. of Elko, Nev.; one sister Kathleen M. Shammo of Loma; and six grandchildren.

Lisa Marie Lyne, 45, Grand Junction, died May 12, 2010, at her home.

No services are planned.

Mrs. Lyne was a registered nurse.

Survivors include her parents, Paul Didier of Grand Junction and Katherine Didier of New Hampshire; one brother, Mark Didier of Deer Island, Ore.; and one sister, Aimee Didier of Minneapolis.

Memorial contributions to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th St., Grand Junction 81506.

Alma Ethel Rice, 95, Grand Junction, died May 11, 2010, at Larchwood Inns.

Services are pending with Mesa Funeral Service.

Mrs. Rice was a homemaker.

Survivors include her sons, Robert of Mesa, Ariz., Jack and William, both of Grand Junction; one daughter, Susan Subbert of Firestone; one brother, James Mechem of Whitefish, Mont.; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions to the Rebels Activity Fund in care of Susan Martin at Larchwood Inns or Hospice & Palliative Care, 3090B North 12th St., Grand Junction 81506.

Jose Ruben Romero, 85, Red Cliff, died May 13, 2010, at his home.

A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Inurnment will follow at 1 p.m.  at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.

Survivors include his wife Estrella; four sons, Bobby of Westminster, Calif., Donald of Lake Havasu, Ariz., Michael Duran of Denver and Clifford Duran of Red Cliff; one brother, Candido of Beryle, Utah; one sister, Rose Mojica of Kearns, Utah; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions to American Lung Association of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 3154 (Western Region), Grand Junction 81502.

Oras Smith, 96, Grand Junction, died May 11, 2010, at Valley Manor Care Center in Montrose.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. June 3 at New Horizons Foursquare Church. Services follow at the church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mr. Smith was a steelworker.

Survivors include his two sons, Roy of Honolulu and Delbert of Ridgway; one daughter, Lenee Grisier of Grand Junction; one brother, Dalton of Las Vegas; two sisters, Joy Bergstrom of Portland, Ore.,  and Loiese Bryan of Fort Worth, Texas; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice.

Nathaneal Zene Weimer, 27 days, Nucla, died May 10, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Visitation will be 9 a.m. May 24 at New Hope Pentecostal Church of God in Naturita. Services will follow at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Nucla Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Matt and Kat Weimer of Nucla.

Frederico Zamora Jr., 55, Grand Junction, died May 12, 2010, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin Mortuary Chapel.

Survivors include his wife, Debra; two sons, Joseph Commander of Alaska and Donald Thistle of Grand Junction; one daughter, Angela Zamora of Grand Junction; his parents, Fred and Lillian Zamora of Clifton; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions to Hospice &  Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th St., Grand Junction 81506.


Walker Mahurin, one of the leading American fighter pilots of World War II, who downed enemy planes in Europe and the Pacific, and, later, in the Korean War, died Tuesday at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 91.

His death was announced by his wife, Joan.

Having arrived in Britain in January 1943 with the Army Air Forces’ 56th Fighter Group, Mahurin, who was known as Bud, flew P-47 Thunderbolts that protected American bombers on their missions.

He downed his first two German planes in August 1943, and in November he shot down three planes in a single day during a raid on Bremen, Germany, giving him a total of 10 “kills” and making him the first “double ace” in the Eighth Air Force.

On March 27, 1944, Mahurin’s fighter was hit when he took part in shooting down a German plane during a raid on Tours, France.

He bailed out, hid in a haystack and was found by a farmer who placed him in the hands of the French Resistance, which arranged his return to England.

When he returned to the United States in June 1944, his combat days were seemingly over. Since he might be forced to provide information about the French underground if shot down again by the Germans and captured, he was not permitted to fly over Europe any longer. But he obtained a transfer to the Pacific theater and shot down a Japanese plane in the Philippines, piloting a P-51 Mustang. By the war’s end, Mahurin had been credited with 20.75 kills, the fraction representing shared credit with other pilots.


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