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Obituary: James Richardson Linville


Richardson Linville

September 19, 1947 – April 19, 2021

Jim Linville lived his life to the fullest with integrity, passion

and respect.

His love of all things wild was engendered at an early age in the

green pastures and hills of Conifer, Colorado. He grew up with three strong sisters on a ranch owned and operated as a summer camp for underprivileged inner city kids from Denver. His dad, Henry (Hank) was the camp director and teacher. His mother, Virginia

(Ginny) worked as a Social Worker for the Denver public schools. Jim and his sisters Virginia (Ru), Mary, and Jane wandered the hills on foot, on skis, or on horseback. The woods and the beaver ponds were their playground. Jim especially loved riding bareback,

at night, across the meadows.

Jim lost his dad, whom he revered, at the age of eighteen. As was

his character, he took over as man of the family. He was a protective and kind big brother to his sisters.

Jim was valedictorian of his high school class and received a Boettcher

Foundation scholarship. He was accepted at Stanford but decided he wanted to be closer to home in his beloved Colorado, so he went to Colorado State University and graduated with a civil engineering degree.

After he graduated, he joined the Peace Corps in Kenya for 4 years, using his

engineering prowess to build water systems and road ways. He became fluent in Swahili.

Jim and his beloved dance partner, Joan Donham moved to Steamboat

in 1981, where he taught skiing, built homes, and worked as a commercial river guide for many years. They were married in 1982.

Jim began teaching at The Lowell Whiteman School (Steamboat Mountain School) in 1988. Jim taught

a course called “Advanced Geography” which he created to be about breaking down the boundaries we tend to arbitrarily put up between people, places and things. We’re all in this together, he would teach. He would practice this by refraining from criticism

of others. Jim was a lover of river trips, the wild,

skiing, animals, and people of all persuasions. He could find love and kind words for most anyone

and so he was much loved.

Out of the classroom was where Jim made his deepest connection

with his students. Jim was the lead on multiple foreign trips. He had a capacity to think broadly

about what most of us would consider the “differences” between us. He was a professional educator who believed and practiced that knowledge/wisdom is so much more than book learning.

Jim was a dedicated member/leader of Routt County Search and Rescue. He saved lives. Jim could rescue any

of us from a down day with that smile and sincere inquiry about our well being.

We are so grateful for his time with all of us.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:

The Yampa Valley Parkinson’s Support Group

1550 Meadow Lane, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Contact: Marty O’Leary 406-600-8502

and The Linville Endowed Chair for Global Studies at


An outdoors Celebration of Jim Linville’s life is planned for May 8th, 2021 at 2 pm at Rita and Jamie’s in Steamboat. For further information please call Joe Carney at 970-819-4499 Shuttle will be available and is encouraged. Masks are mandatory.


join us in this celebration of Jim.

Obituary: Gregory Alan Hamilton

Gregory Alan


October 23, 1944 – April 1, 2021

Longtime Craig resident Greg Hamilton passed away April 1, 2021, after battling cancer for several years. Greg was born in Pampa, Texas in 1944, graduated from Moffat County High School in 1962, and attended college at CSU in Fort Collins and Mesa College in Grand Junction. He was a Certified Public Accountant since 1969 and ran his own private practice in Craig, Colorado. He served on Craig City Council, Kiwanis and the Yampa Valley Golf Board. In his younger years he was active in local softball and bowling leagues. Greg was an avid golfer playing in the Cottonwood Classic Golf Tournament for 47 years, and was the champion in his flight 7 times.

Greg and Jane drove thousands of miles to attend sporting events for their kids, and then later their grandkids. He loved fly fishing and hunting, and worked with his son Eric guiding hunters for twenty plus years.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Avice Siebott and his beloved wife of 56 years, Jane, who passed away August 8, 2020.

He is survived by his 3 children: Brian (Deanne) – Salmon, Idaho; Eric (Keri) – Craig, Colorado; and Ann Marie (Kregg) – Riverton, Wyoming and 7 grandchildren; Tyler, Tucker, Zane, Matthew, Alex, Halle, and Zeke. And Greg’s brother Jeff Hamilton(Paula) -Grand Junction, Colorado.

A memorial and celebration of Greg will be held May 8 at the Pavilion in Craig. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Greg Hamilton Scholarship fund at Bank Of Colorado, in Craig, CO.

Obituary: Raymond J Corbett

Raymond J


August 15, 1938 – April 2, 2021

Raymond J. Corbett, a resident of Clark, Colorado, was born August 15, 1938 and passed away in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on April 2, 2021. Arrangements are in the care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.

Obituary: Robert (Bob) Marko

In Memoriam

Robert (Bob) Marko

September 22, 1953 – January 8, 2021

In memory of Bob we will be hosting a celebration of life on April 18, 2021 3pm-6pm. It will be held at his home in Steamboat 2 on Fathom Dr. All who knew him are encouraged to come, reminisce and enjoy some food. Nothing formal, just good times with good people, as was his style. Contact Tommy at (509) 294-5147 with questions.

Obituary: Anna Louise Fox

Anna Louise Fox

March 8, 1919 – March 18, 2021

Longtime Routt County resident Anna Louise Fox, died Thursday, March 18, 2021. The full obituary may read at www.grantmortuarycraig.com

Obituary: Vikki Miller

Vikki Miller

September 3, 1945 – February 22, 2021

A virtual memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1pm

zoom ID: 414-789-0345 Passcode 130818.

Obituary: Connie May Link

Connie May Link

May 19, 1942 – March 31, 2021

On March 31, 2021, Constance May (Thrasher) Link, loving wife of David H.J. Link and mother of two, passed away at the age of 78. Connie was born May 19, 1942, and grew up in Chardon, Ohio. Connie met David at Baldwin Wallace College, fell in love, earned a B.A. degree, and they married after graduation in 1964. As a middle school and high school teacher at Danbury Local Schools, (Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio) for 29 years, Connie instructed many students in Health, Reading, Power Reading, Study Skills, English, and Biology. She was deeply committed to all her students in and out of the classroom while also advising Student Council and Prom. Many teens benefitted from Connie’s countless hours of care, mentoring, and counseling.

Connie loved hiking with David in the mountains of Colorado. She enjoyed growing flowers, adored singing in the church choir first for Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton, Ohio, and then for Steamboat United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She loved entertaining and spending time with family and neighbors, and delighted in reading, chatting, walking and giggling with her grandchildren and daughters.

Connie is survived by her husband David, daughters Heather L. Merckens (Jonathan Merckens), Michelle L. Boback (Scott Boback), beloved grandchildren Sydney Ann Merckens (9), Rachel Rose Merckens (12), Ella Josephine Boback (17), Cole James Boback (20), cherished siblings Judy Fivecoate (Clarence)(CO), Diane Armington (Bob)(FL), and John Thrasher (Sandy)(CO), cousins Joni Thrasher Millavic (AZ), Michael Smith (PA), Steven Smith (SC), and many loved nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in Connie’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

Obituary: William M McKellar

William M


October 4, 1950 – March 6, 2021

William Mather McKellar, “Wild Bill”, age 70 of Steamboat Springs, Colorado passed away on Saturday March 6, 2021 surrounded by his loving family and many of his close friends. He was born October 4, 1950 in Dallas, Texas to Ed and Alice McKellar. Bill grew up in Beaumont, Texas and Westport, Connecticut graduating from Staples HS in Westport, in 1969. He attended the University of Texas where he met his wife of nearly 45 years, Michele (King) McKellar. After a few years of living life to the fullest, Bill attended the University of Wyoming Law School, graduating in 1982. At the time of his death, Bill had been a licensed attorney in both Wyoming and Colorado for 39 years.

Bill was a well-respected, successful litigation attorney and mediator in Wyoming and Colorado. He was a true western gentleman who loved the law, helping people and mentoring other lawyers. A colleague recently said: “Bill was a class act all the way. The integrity of our profession and devotion to the Rule of Law took precedence, for Bill, over the issues or interests of any one case. He was firm, compassionate, professional and an accomplished trial lawyer. As a mediator he also was able to understand and evaluate both sides of a case, identify the soft underbelly of each side’s perspective, and work to bring the case to resolution.” Bill enhanced the practice of law by serving as President of the Laramie County Bar Association and President of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association. He was admitted to the Shoshone and Arapahoe Tribal Court and helped to reestablish Defense Lawyers of Wyoming (DLAW). In 1990, Bill was awarded the rank of Advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocates.

The Family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and doctors at YVMC and Dr. Joann Grace & Emily Henderson from Northwest Colorado Health Hospice for their care, compassion and support. Donations may be made to LiftUp of Routt County or Heeling Friends Inc. Please visit https://www.yampavalleyfh.com/obituary/william-bill-mckellar for the full obituary.

Obituary: Andy Dennison

Andy Dennison

October 7, 1934 – February 28, 2021

Calvin Andrew Dennison, Jr. aka Andy Dennison aka Lama Konchog of Steamboat Springs and Namche Bazar, Nepal passed on February 28, 2021 in Kathmandu Nepal, surrounded by his Sherpa family and monks of the White Monastery. Buddhist ceremonies and the fire puja were conducted under supervision of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche at the White Monastery, Boudanath Kathmandu. To recognize Andy’s love of the Yampa River, contributions are welcome for the Mandala on the Yampa Project, Bud Werner Memorial Library, Attn: Chris Painter, 1289 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs CO 80487, in memory of Lama Konchog; or for the Friends of the Yampa Education Fund, Box 771654, Steamboat Springs CO 80477

Obituary: Frances Rose Lalive

Frances Rose


July 23, 1952 – March 25, 2021

Born July 23, 1952 to Edward and Helen Gnam, Fran left her earthly body in her home, surrounded by family on the night of March 25, 2021. She is survived by her 3 loving children, Caroline, Isabelle, and John-Philippe, her 3 grandchildren Freya, Oceana, and Hugo, her husband Willie and stepson Eric, her 5 sisters, 5 of her 6 brothers and countless nieces and nephews.

Fran will be so greatly missed. She was the rock of her family, and a key ingredient in what makes up the heart of our Steamboat community. She was an active member of her church and enjoyed encouraging many others to discover their own relationship with God. She was an avid adventurer – whether it was a hike or bike ride, skiing, or a mission trip to the other side of the globe, she loved to see God’s beautiful world, and she loved to connect with people from all walks of life. Her warm nature earned her friendships world wide. Her youthful energy paired with wide ranging life experiences gave her friends that were both young and old alike. Her home was always brimming with joy and love- flowers, laughter, music and food to share with anyone and everyone. Her heart and her home were always open. She was a gracious host, an art collector, a great story teller, and a culinary magician. In her career as a nurse, she compassionately cared for the elderly citizens of Routt and Moffat county. She gave families the gift of knowing their loved ones were in good hands- her hands. She was known for her warm smile that could light up our whole town. She loved animals, colors, music, and dancing- and LOVED to laugh. She helped countless people find housing (often in her own house), jobs, friendships, and a sense of belonging. It seemed she always had a gift to give to someone – and she gave the best gifts. She spoke French and Spanish, had a hidden talent for painting and loved reading books. She had a stylish sense of fashion, and wrote in perfect cursive. She exemplified timeless beauty with her class, charm, grit and grace and unassuming elegance. She truly was forever young. She loved our country, and loved our town. True to her Irish heritage, she stubbornly fought for her life, outliving her bleak prognosis. We take great comfort in knowing that Fran is basking in the beauty of heaven- undoubtedly singing and dancing with angels, or likely signing up for some celestial adventure. However, we are deeply saddened by the enormous void her absence leaves.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you send your own mother flowers, or a loved one. We ask that you ‘burry the hatchet’ and make that phone call. Or perhaps it’s simply saying hello to your new neighbor, or donating to a charity that impresses you. In some way, we ask that you use your energy towards nurturing and taking care of your relationships and friendships, building up and encouraging someone else, or doing some random act of kindness. In this way, we feel that Fran’s legacy of selfless love and generosity lives on. In her own words:

“Put the other first- you won’t regret it.”

Per the request of Fran, her celebration of life will be held this summer when we can all gather outside and relish in her goodness. Further details to come.

Arrangements handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.