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Obituary: Dean H. Look

Dean H. Look

March 23, 1934 – January 13, 2021

Dean H. Look, lifetime Routt county resident, passed away January 13, 2021. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10AM at the Yampa Valley Funeral Home. Graveside service immediately following at the Hahns Peak Cemetery. Arrangements handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Beverly Zulian

Beverly Zulian

March 4, 1938 – January 8, 2021

Former Routt/Moffat county resident Beverly Zulian died Friday January 8, 2021 at her home in Grand Junction with family by her side. Beverly was born Friday March 4, 1938 in Mount Harris to John and Viola Schuster. Beverly is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 65 years Donald Zulian, three daughters Deborah Lynn of Grand Junction, Sheryl Zulian of Craig, Dawn (Terry) Paulsen of Steamboat Springs, four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. At Beverly’s request, no services will be held. Access additional memorial information and tributes at: https://www.brownscremationservices.com/obituary/Beverly-Zulian.

Obituary: Dennis Fineran

Dennis Fineran

March 26, 1955 – December 23, 2020

Dennis Lloyd Fineran, 65, of Fruita, formerly of Craig, Co, died December 23,2020 at his home after a year long illness following a stroke.. He was born March 26, 1955 to Lyle and Doris Fineran in Sioux City, Iowa. He graduated from So. Sioux City H.S. in 1973. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad after high school. On April 3, 1976, he married Marilyn Andrews of Moorhead, Iowa. To this union 2 sons were born. They moved to Craig, Co., in 1979, and he worked at the Hayden Power Plant until his retirement in 2015. While his family was growing up, they enjoyed many years of camping, golfing, archery, fishing, riding motorcycles, and family , vacations. After ‘retirement, he enjoyed traveling, visiting several National Parks, and casinos.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in laws Howard and Deloris Andrews. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Marilyn, sons Jeremy (Julia) of Baggs, Wyo. and Jason (Sara) of Redstone, Co., granddaughters Hailie Fineran and Madison Fineran of Baggs, Wyo. and step grandsons Tucker and Everett Johnson of Baggs, Wyo., soon to be born grandson of Redstone, Co. and brother in law Vernon Andrews of Dunlap, Iowa.

Per his request, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will happen this summer at our favorite camping area.

Obituary: Dean H. Look

Dean H. Look

March 23, 1934 – January 13, 2021

Dean H. Look, lifetime Routt county resident, passed away January 13, 2021. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10AM at the Yampa Valley Funeral Home. Graveside service immediately following at the Hahns Peak Cemetery. Arrangements handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: James C. Stimson

James C.

Stimson

March 24, 1949 – January 11, 2021

James C. Stimson passed away at home in hospice on Jan. 11, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer that began in April. He was with his wife, daughter, son and golden retriever Martha.

Jim, or Jamie, as he was known to his childhood friends, was born on March 24, 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa to James E. and Shirley (Hardman) Stimson. They lived in Maquoketa, Iowa where he attended a one room schoolhouse, and his parents owned a bowling alley and restaurant. The family moved back to Des Moines and Jim went to Perkins Elementary and Franklin Junior High. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967. He went to Grandview College and transferred to the University of Iowa where he received his bachelor’s degree.

Jim started working in radio in the 8th grade, becoming a rock and roll disc jockey working more than full-time until his junior year of college. He was then asked to join KCRG TV in Cedar Rapids as a weekend news anchor, quickly becoming the weekday evening news anchor. He left radio and tv for a position at one of the nation’s fastest growing companies at the time, Winnebago. That began a long and successful career in marketing.

Jim went on to work in the Minneapolis area for a handful of Fortune 200 companies, in entry level to chief marketing officer roles. He was recruited to a billion-dollar worldwide marketing consulting firm in the 1980s to develop what grew to a $40 million, 400 employee Customer Loyalty division, being one of the first to develop frequent flyer programs for a major airline.

At Winnebago, Jim also met a very cute, smart, and kind summer intern who he knew would be an incredible mother. In 1974, he married that intern, Barbara Knudtson and the two would be best friends for the next 47 years. Jim and Barb had two kids: Kathryn Joy and Zachary James.

Having fallen in love with Colorado and with both kids in college, Jim and Barb left the Twin Cities and moved to Steamboat Springs to ski and enjoy the beautiful weather. They stayed for 18 years and Jim returned to his true work love: broadcasting. He worked at AT&T cable, KBCR and KRAI in Craig. He hosted the Steamboat Springs Dining Guide, did advertising for three car dealerships in Northwest Colorado and was the “Man in the High Country,” reporting twice-daily on the weather and road conditions in the mountains for 42 radio stations. Often, after hearing him talk, strangers would say: Are you the Man in the High Country?

Other than the Beaverdale Bs, Jim’s golden retrievers were some of his best friends. He served as the Director of Heeling Friends in Steamboat with his dogs Bingo and then Martha – both trained hospital therapy dogs.

Four years ago, the call of grandchildren brought Jim and Barb from Steamboat to Denver. His two Minnesota-born and educated kids were now married, parents and living in Denver. Kate is a lawyer and mother of three. Zack runs a small construction company and has two children. Jim continued his work with therapy-dog Martha at Denver International Airport. In fact, one of his nurses told the family that her young daughter had Martha’s business card on her bulletin board and remembered meeting both Jim and Martha at DIA – a bright spot in what had been a difficult trip.

Jim lived every day of his life being the bright spot for those around him. From his mailman to his lifelong friends to his family, he always offered a story, a joke or a kind gesture. He became friends with everyone he met. His sense of humor was rivaled by none. In his final days, he told his wife, kids and closest friends that it had been a great run and “no one has had a better life.” Indeed, no one had a better dad than Kate and Zack.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barb and children Kate Stimson married to Tyrone Glover of Denver and Zack Stimson married to Emily MacCormick of Highlands Ranch, five very special grandchildren aged 2 ½ to 9 years, and, his beloved English Golden Retriever Martha. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.

A private family service will be held at a park near his home where you can see from Pikes Peak to Boulder with an environmentally friendly balloon release and probably some rock n roll.

Memorials can be sent to Heeling Friends, PO Box 771414, Steamboat Springs CO 80477 or any charity of your choice.

Obituary: Dean H. Look

Dean H. Look

March 23, 1934 – January 13, 2021

Dean H. Look, lifetime Routt county resident, passed away January 13, 2021. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10AM at the Yampa Valley Funeral Home. Graveside service immediately following at the Hahns Peak Cemetery. Arrangements handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Robert (Bob) J. Marko

Robert (Bob) J.

Marko

September 22, 1953 – January 8, 2021

Today we reflect on the kindness of Bob Marko and the wonderful memories that will live on after his sudden passing on January 8th, 2021. Bob touched the hearts of those that knew him with his loyal and compassionate spirit.

He shared his enthusiasm for sports with others throughout his lifetime as an accomplished softball pitcher, a dedicated bowler and a passionate golfer. He also enjoyed watching his favorite college basketball teams, PGA golf, and Nascar. UCONN was his favorite team! He spent his career as a United States postal worker until retirement.

In the small and welcoming town of Stafford Springs, CT, Bob was born as Robert John Marko on Sept. 22, 1953, to Vera Marko and the late John Marko. Growing up in such a loving community, he built and kept life-long friendships that were so very dear to him. He remained close with his mother Vera always.

He was also a devoted father and grandfather to his surviving son Thomas Marko, daughter-in-law Adreena Marko, and his grandchildren Maliki, Gabriel, and Kayla. Bob and his son Thomas shared an admiration for golf, music, and going on grand adventures together including camping in Yellowstone and biking through Martha’s Vineyard.

Other family members that survive Bob include his sister Judith Titus and her husband Robert, his niece Jamie Murray and her husband Adam, three great nieces, a great nephew and so many more loving relatives and friends who he adored. He was also predeceased by his nephew Robert Titus Jr. Bob was the type to make lasting bonds with others and he will be missed dearly.

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” -unknown

A celebration of life will be held at a later date when the weather is more suitable for an outside service.

Obituary: Scott Berntsen

Scott Berntsen

February 8, 1964 – January 10, 2021

Scott (Whitebread) Berntsen passed peacefully in his sleep on January 10, 2021, at 6 pm. He fought an aggressive glioblastoma (brain tumor) that took his body, but not his spirit. Scott celebrated life full tilt and was all in with everything he pursued in work, friendships, family, or fun. Scott leaned into every endeavor with focus and intensity. He would listen to what others wanted to talk about, to help you learn how to ski or play soccer, or to be there for you as a friend. Scott would give back to others by helping you to stretch a small budget painting or discounting what he did, lend equipment, fix broken things, or bump you ahead to start, salvage, or complete a painting project. Scott lent out his body and mind to many friends to help you lift, dumpster dive, or be there for you through a personal crisis.

Scott would dive into the winter slopes of the mountains with his buddies to ski. They drove into town in Saabs and friends would find them by looking for the Saabs parked outside, with Scott eventually upgrading to a 1986 International Scout. He was born on February 8, 1964, growing up in New Jersey, but his goal was to escape to the mountains every chance he would get. Scott completed high school at Morris Knolls High School, then spent time living in Norway with relatives and family friends, traveled by train to explore the culture and get to know some of the people in the European countryside. Even if Scott didn’t know the language, he would soon win people over with his smile and laughter. As soon as you engaged with Scott, he made you feel comfortable no matter your background or viewpoint of the world; he would open the door to you as a friend and invite you to join. Scott believed in mentorship and helped pull kids up through volunteering coaching soccer. He always went further with the kids to help some of the Hispanic players explore the wider world. He took them on soccer trips with his family and even connected one child to better dental care resulting in a new radiant smile and different ways to look at the world and its people.

Family eventually became the focus of Scott’s world. His sons, Lars and James benefitted from his love by attending every hockey or soccer game, Scott encouraged their skiing efforts, listened to sometimes painful music programs, and taught them to drive a stick in empty parking lots hoping they wouldn’t strip gears or bash into telephone poles. He loved them deeply and during his awake brain tumor surgery in December, the speech pathologist informed his wife that he spoke with pride about his two sons and how they have grown up to stand on their own to pursue their dreams. As a husband, Scott was full of love and he was a deeply caring companion to his wife, Mary. He was willing to follow her and their children to India to serve the poor at an ashram during the holiday season. As a family, they canoed, camped with their pets (including a hedgehog, rabbits, dog, and cat,) fished, biked, traveled, cried, talked, and laughed. Scott loved music passionately listening to blues, zydeco, rock, and attempted to play the ukulele very badly.

To honor and celebrate his life, listen to music that makes you happy and shake with joy, enjoy the winter slopes, give back by reaching out and change someone’s day with a kind word, thought, or deed. Scott loved life, made the most of every minute, and would like you to dive in and do the same. He will miss you, but guaranteed you will miss him more.

Please come by and light up the night with a candle in the courtyard of the United Methodist Church on Friday, January 15th between 6 and 7 pm in Scott’s memory.

People are asked not to congregate, but simply light a candle (which are provided), place it in the snow and exit the courtyard. It is the family’s wish that you mindfully move through respectfully so this memorium does not contribute to the spread of Covid. Arrangements are being handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: E. Carol Green

E. Carol Green

December 2, 1933 – January 10, 2021

Estella “Carol” Green decided she had seen more than enough of this world and moved on to her peaceful place early Sunday morning.

Carol was born in Mesa, Colorado December 2nd, 1933, to Carl Monroe and Estella (Weaver) Monroe. After high school, she attended St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, graduating in October of 1960, as a Registered Nurse.

On December 15th, 1962, she married William Richard “Dick” Green. They lived in Mack, Colorado for the first part of their marriage having one son, Bill Green and one daughter, Tome Green. In 1970, they moved to Elk Springs, Colorado.

Carol was a nurse for many years including being an RN at Rangeley Hospital, a school nurse for Dinosaur school and the Public Health Nurse for Moffat County.

She leaves behind numerous extended family members as well as direct family members; Bill (Julie) Green, their children Yvonne (Eric) Moore (Judah and Melody), Jackylne Green, Michael Green, Daniel Green and Crystal (Alejandro) Almaraz-Green, and Daughter Tome Green.

Services will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

Obituary: Scott Berntsen

Scott Berntsen

February 8, 1964 – January 10, 2021

Scott Berntsen, a resident of Steamboat Springs, passed away January 10, 2021. People are invited to light a candle in honor of Scott in the courtyard at Heart of Steamboat UMC from 6-7pm on Friday. People are asked not to congregate, but simply light a candle (which are provided), place it in the snow and exit the courtyard.. Arrangements are being handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.