OBITUARIES

LEON JOHNSON

Leon Johnson, 45, of Colorado Springs died December 10, 2002. He was a computer engineer. Mr. Johnson was born December 14, 1956 in McCook, Nebraska to Kurtis J. Johnson, who is deceased, and Leona (Ogorzolka) Johnson Miles.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his mother; a brother, Frank; a sister, Debra Millhone; and a step-brother, Williams Bowers.

Mr. Johnson served in the US Marine Corps and was a Vietnam veteran.

A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 14th, at the Memorial Gardens Chapel.

LT. COLONEL JAMES L. CROSSEY, RETIRED USAF

Lt. Colonel James L. Crossey, age 84, long-time Colorado Springs resident, died December 11, 2002, peacefully at home in the care of his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

James Crossey was born in Leetonia, Ohio on April 11, 1918 to Michael J. and Catherine Rose (O’Donnell) Crossey. He graduated from St. Francis De Sales High School in McKees Rocks, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Michael, Edward, and Anthony. One brother, Eugene, survives.

Jim attended the University of Pittsburgh, was graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, with a B.S. degree in aeronautical-mechanical engineering. Commissioned in the U.S. Army/Air Corps in 1942, he flew B24s with the 460th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. He served as a pilot and an engineer at the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia, Spain, The Air Force Academy, Alaska, and Vietnam. He served as the DCS/ Civil Engineering, opening the Air Force Academy in 1958. His numerous decorations include: Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, five Air Medals, Army and Air Force Commendation medals, and the Purple Heart. Following his military retirement, he was the Physical Plant Director at Colorado College.

His wife of 60 years, Anna Mae, his seven children and their spouses: Maureen, Ann, Jim and Nancy, Dan and Judy, Patty and Rob Ross, Michael and Laurie, and Kathleen and Dean Koehler, survives him. Grandchildren of Jim’s are Jim, Darren and Tara Carey; Deserae and Chris Lilly; Erin and Kyle Crossey; James (L.J.) Crossey; Bridget and Curtis Koehler. Great Grandchildren include Brenden, Ashley and Derek Carey.

Jim was an active member of Divine Redeemer Community. He belonged to many organizations, including the Professional Engineers, the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Cheyenne Village Advisory Board, and Facilities Advisor to Regis University.

Jim was a loving husband, a terrific dad, a fabulous friend, and an avid sportsman. He enthusiastically supported the Air Force Falcons, the CC Tigers, and all things Irish!

Visitation will be at the Shrine of Remembrance Chapel on Friday, December 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. A vigil service will follow. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at the Air Force Academy Cadet Catholic Chapel at 1:00 on Saturday, December 14, followed by burial at the Air Force Academy Cemetery. A reception will be held at 3:00 at Colorado College in McHugh Commons.

Memorial contributions can be made to Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Cheyenne Village, 6275 Lehman Dr., or the James L. Crossey Endowed fund, Development Dept., 14 E. Cache la Poudre.

Born September 3, 1922 – Died December 10, 2002

EDNA MARGUERITE (WASSON) LARSEN

Edna was born in Pueblo, CO. to Samuel Harry Wasson and Catherine Violet (Sayhouse) Wasson. She married Harold J. Larsen (who survives) in Colorado Springs, on October 5, 1942. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together. Her children are Dr. Harold J. Larsen, Jr. and Faith of Grand Junction, CO.; Dr. Samuel H. Larsen and Louise of Clinton, MS.; David A. Larsen and Claire of Harrisburg, PA.; Stephanie E. Reininger and Joseph of Colorado Springs, CO.; and Malinda G. Mann and Roger of Pueblo, CO.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents and son, Joseph Daniel Larsen.

Edna’s sisters are Marcella Gerhardt (widow), Jennie Newman and Fred E., and Harriette Benson and Harold. Her brother-in-law is Birger A. Larsen, and sister-in-law is Martha Larsen (widow). She is survived by 15 grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

She retired after 20 years in Computer Processing at Fort Carson, yet she remained actively participating in local services at area nursing homes and churches with her husband, Harold.

Her life was a constant testimony of her reliance upon, and her love for Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior.

The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. at Roswell Community Church, 2728 Beacon, Colorado Springs, 636-1515. Inurnment will be private, by family.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Evergreen Funeral Home, 1830 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, 475-8303.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Roswell Community Church, or First Baptist Church of Victor, CO., or any other Christian Mission work, as Edna always supported. She had served as Treasurer, and organist of the Security Bible Church for many years.

ALICE E. RICHARDSON

Alice E. Richardson, age 81, a resident of Colorado Springs from 1950 to 1953, and again since 1971, died Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at a local care facility, after a long battle with Alzheimers.

Alice Kapple was born May 22, 1921, in Logan, Utah, to Claire (Bradford) and Dixon Kapple, who are both now deceased. She married R. Stanley Richardson in January of 1950.

She served in the United States Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She went on to become a psychiatric nurse for 12 years at Bradys Hospital. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

She is survived by her husband, her daughter, Candice Richardson, her son, Dirk Richardson, her brother, Dick Kapple, her sisters, Jean McIntosh and Joann Lane, and her three grandchildren, Kimberlee Stocks, Chelsey Richardson, and Ryan Richardson.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2002, at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel of Roses. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2002, at Shrine of Remembrance. Private interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2930 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918.

DORAINE (DORIE) M. DOMINGUEZ

May 15, 1951 – December 6, 2002

Loving daughter and sister, Dorie enjoyed doing life and keeping it simple. Camping, fishing and playing sports. Her life brought joy to all who were around her, as her jolly attitude always brought a smile and a laugh to everyone she met.

Dorie is preceded in death by her parents, John and Emily Dominguez. She leaves brothers: Rick, Pat, Rod, Tony and Eric, and a sister, Drenda.

Services will be held Saturday, December 14, 2002, at Holy Family Catholic Church (in Security), at 1:00 p.m.

PETE D. RUGGIERO

Pete Ruggiero, 50, passed away on December 6, 2002 at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, CO., of cancer. He was born in Holyoke, MA. and grew up living all over the world while his father served as a United States Air Force officer. His family lived in Colorado Springs for several years, followed by Paris, Crete, Michigan, and then returned to Colorado, residing in Aurora.

Pete graduated from Aurora Hinckley High School. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho School of Law. Pete was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1977, and served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fort Collins, CO. until 1982. He specialized in land use law while working for the City, and was proud of the work he and his colleagues did to draft and implement the City’s nationally recognized Land Development Guidance System.

Upon leaving the City of Fort Collins, Pete became an attorney in Student Legal Services at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. In 1986, he became the University Ombudsman and held that position for five years. He also began teaching part-time for CSU, and taught family law and business law courses to undergraduates for several years, and then taught higher education law to graduate students in student personnel administration. Pete would continue to teach business and commercial law courses for several colleges and universities even after leaving CSU in 1990.

In 1991, Pete changed careers to pursue his long time interest in financial planning. He served as a retirement planning specialist and financial planner in Colorado Springs after moving there in 1991. He also served on the Colorado Springs Planning Commission from 1993 to 1999.

Pete loved the outdoors, and spent many enjoyable years hiking, camping, backpacking, cycling, cross country skiing and rafting. He traveled extensively and particularly enjoyed traveling with his wife Debbie in the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest. In the last several months of his life, he became a father and loved spending time with his daughter, Grace. He will be remembered as a caring husband, father and son. He was a man of great integrity and intelligence, and had a tremendous sense of humor.

Pete is survived by his wife, Debbie Sagen; his daughter, Grace; and his mother, Madeline Palomba Ruggiero, all of Colorado Springs; and his brother, Lewis Ruggiero of Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by his father, Hugo Tullio Ruggiero.

A memorial service will be held on December 13, 2002, at First Congregational Church in Colorado Springs, CO. A private burial service will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins, CO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, or to Pikes Peak Hospice.

JEAN BURROUGHS SCHEIHING

Jean Burroughs Scheihing died December 6, 2002 of natural causes at her home in Colorado Springs, CO. Family members were present at her death. Born Jean Frances Mitchell on December 4, 1908 in Bonham, TX. to Jane Read Page and Harry H. Mitchell, Jean graduated from Texas Women’s University in 1930, and taught in Texas public schools until her marriage to John Burroughs, her college sweetheart, in 1935.

Jean moved from Dallas, TX. to Portales, NM. in 1946 with her husband and family, to establish a business. Always a community activist, she served as president of many organizations, including the Blue Bird and Camp Fire Girls Board of Directors, Portales Women’s Club, Portales Garden Club, and United Church Women. She was equally devoted to the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Portales, serving as an elder and member of the Board of Sessions.

A lifelong gardener and recognized horticulturist, she won numerous prizes at the state and local level. She served as President of the New Mexico State Garden Clubs from 1969- 1970. She became First Lady of New Mexico when her husband John Burroughs served as Governor from 1959- 1961. During her tenure in the Executive Mansion, she transformed the gardens using plantings representing all areas of the State of New Mexico. John Burroughs died in 1978.

Jean was an accomplished artist, historian, and writer. Her paintings of native landscapes won many awards. National magazines published her children’s stories and articles on gardening. Her poetry was included in journals and anthologies. In 1976, her book Children of Destiny won a National Pen Women’s award. Following the publication of On the Trail: The Life and Times of “Lead Steer’ Potter by the Museum of New Mexico Press, she was presented the 1982 Zia Award by the New Mexico branch of the National Federation of Press Women. She published numerous historical accounts of the American Southwest, including Roosevelt Country: History and Heritage and Bride of the Santa Fe Trail. In recognition of her historical writings, she was appointed research professor at the Llano Estacado School of Advanced Studies and Research at Eastern New Mexico University, and was a 1990 recipient of the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Award.

In 1984, she married Charles Scheihing of Portales, NM. Together they moved to Colorado Springs, CO. in 1992, and in retirement enjoyed international travel, gardening and community work, especially with public libraries. Charles Sheihing died in 1996. Her sister Catherine Morse also preceded her in death. Jean is survived by four daughters: Jane Downs of Santa Ana, CA., Nan Burroughs of Boulder, CO., Karen Marchman of Colorado Springs, CO., and Belinda Wilson of Denver, CO.; eight grandchildren: Lance and David Downs, John and James Anthony, John and Ellen Marchman, and Megan and Paige Wilson; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service has been scheduled for December 27, 2002, 1:00 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 2511 North Logan Avenue in Colorado Springs. Burial will be in Portales, NM. at a later date. It was Jean’s request that memorial contributions be sent to the Portales Public Library, 218 South Avenue B, Portales, NM., 88130; First Presbyterian Church of Portales, 108 South Avenue F, Portales, NM., 88130; or Grace Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.

DEATHS

JAMES L. CROSSEY

Born April 11, 1918. Died Dec. 11, 2002.

Professional engineer, 44-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Anna M.; three sons, James, Dan and Michael Crossey; and four daughters, Maureen Crossey, Patricia Crossey, Ann Crossey and Kathleen Koehler. Visitation, 6 to 7 p.m., with a vigil at 7 p.m., today, Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home. Services, 1 p.m., Saturday, Air Force Academy Cadet Catholic Chapel. Burial, Air Force Academy Cemetery.

LOREE ARLINE (HIATT) EPLER

Born Aug. 9, 1921. Died Dec. 11, 2002.

Homemaker, 42-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by two sons, Ken and Ed; and two daughters, Barbara Emerson and Pat McDaniel. Visitation, 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Swan Law Funeral Directors. Services, 11 a.m., Monday, Swan Law Cascade Chapel. Burial, Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

C. DIXON JOHNSTON

Born Dec. 26, 1920. Died Dec. 10, 2002.

Rancher, longtime Park County resident. Survived by a son, Cliff; and a daughter, Milli Korbin. Graveside services, 1 p.m., Saturday, Como Cemetery, Como. Swan Law Funeral Directors.

ESTHER L. KAISER

Born May 26, 1918. Died Dec. 11, 2002.

Company employee, 37-year Colorado Springs resident. Evergreen Funeral Home.

HENRY ORTEGA

Born July 8, 1928. Died Dec. 9, 2002.

Business owner, 21-year Colorado Springs area resident. Survived by two sons, Dean Ortega and Michael Gallegos; and two daughters, Sylvia Sanchez and Kathy Quintana. Visitation, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., today, Ustick Donelson Johnson Funeral Home. Services, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1209 Swink Ave., Rocky Ford. Burial, Hillcrest Cemetery, Rocky Ford.

ALICE E. RICHARDSON

Born May 22, 1921. Died Dec. 10, 2002.

Psychiatric nurse, 34-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by her husband, R. Stanley; a son, Dirk; and a daughter, Candice. Visitation, 5 to 8 p.m., today, Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home. Services, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Shrine of Remembrance, “America the Beautiful,” Chapel of Roses.

MIKE RUSSELAVAGE

Born April 9, 1912. Died Dec. 1, 2002.

Welder, 5-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by a nephew, Victor. Memorial services, 11:30 a.m., St. Mary’s Church (Chapel), 22 W. Kiowa St. Cappadona’s Alternative Funeral Service.

MARY ANN SMITH

Born April 10, 1917. Died Dec. 10, 2002.

Homemaker, 39-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by three sons, Marshall, William C., II and Randy; and a daughter, Danny Simpson. Services, 2 p.m., Sunday, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Inurnment, Broadmoor Community Church Columbarium. Swan Law Funeral Directors.

MILDRED UNSER

Born Oct. 28, 1907. Died Dec. 11, 2002.

Cashier, longtime Cascade resident. Visitation, 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Blunt Mortuary Chapel. Services, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Blunt Mortuary Chapel. Burial, Fairview Cemetery, Colorado Springs.

SERVICES

Richard Ayers

Services, 10 a.m., today, Evergreen Funeral Home. Burial, Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Retired Sgt. 1st Class James E. Hulterstrom

Memorial services, 4 p.m., today, Shrine of Remembrance, “America the Beautiful,” Chapel of Roses.

Kurtis Leon Johnson

Memorial services, 1 p.m., Saturday, Memorial Gardens Chapel.

Sally S. Ornelas

Visitation, 4 to 7 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m., today, Memorial Gardens Chapel. Services, 10 a.m., Saturday, Memorial Gardens Chapel. Burial, Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Peter D. Ruggiero

Memorial services, 1 p.m., today, First Congregational Church, 20 St. Vrain St. Swan Law Funeral Directors.

Vincent Williams

Visitation, 2 to 3 p.m., with services to follow at 3 p.m., today, Cappadona’s Family Service Center.

Copyright 2002

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