Honoring those we lost this past year
Nancy Stuart, 72, of Granby, passed away on March 10, 2022 surrounded by family.Nancy (Nana) was born in Grand County on October 13, 1949, to the late Edgar and Edna Peterson. She was the little sister to her two brothers Bill and Tom. Growing up in Hot Sulphur Springs she was a tomboy who became a State Champion Skier and HSS Days Queen. Nan graduated from Middle Park High School in 1967 and married the love of her life, Paul Stuart the very same year. They grew up together in Grand County and were inseparable throughout their adult life, being very active in the community. Nan graciously touched and influenced so many people. She welcomed others into her ‘family’ with an open heart, and quite often, a delicious, home-cooked meal.Nan had a wide range of occupations: Butcher with her Father in Law Ernie, she created beautiful things as a florist, Appliance Salesman at Gambles for Casey Farrell, RJ Liquor for Bob and Jo Anderson then was elected to being a Grand County Commissioner for 8 years where she loved serving the people of Grand County. Her true passion was being a Mom to her five kids and all her pets, and a Nana to her grand children and great grand children.
Her love of travel took her around the world, where she had the opportunity to learn about different cultures and traditions. Nan enjoyed the mountains and the outdoors. She spent the majority of her days in her yard enjoying her love of gardening, feeding birds and taking care of animals.Nan is survived by her husband, Paul Stuart; her children, Dawn, Nicci and Brian. Son in law KC. Her Grandchildren, Eron, Baile, Skylar, Champ, Mia, Serena and Annika. Her Great Grandchildren Nathan and Kace. Her brother, Tom. Nan is now in the arms of her two children, Kris and Erin along with her Grandson, Dominic who preceded her in death.
Edwin Henry Linke Jr, "Eddie"
Edwin Henry Linke, Jr, "Eddie," died peacefully at his home on the ranch near Granby Colorado, on November 4th, at 8:00 am, 2021. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas on November 29, 1930 to, Ed and Susie Linke of Granby. He was just 3 weeks short of his gist birthday at the time of his death.
Eddie spent his entire life here on the ranch attending elementary in a one room schoolhouse just down the valley. He attended high school at Colorado Military Academy where he spent his time there participating on the show jumping team, where he competed at the National Western Stock Show. Eddie served in the US Navy Reserves and was granted an honorable discharge on April 29, 1995. Eddie attended Colorado A and M in Fort Collins. When the opportunity arose to purchase the adjoining Roracher Ranch, Eddie returned home to pursue his lifelong dream, he then married the love of his life Lorene. Eddie and his bride Lorene moved to the ranch in September of 1957 and proceeded to build their life together. They raised 6 children who all grew up with love of ranching, animals, agriculture and a desire to promote the western lifestyle.
Two of Eddie's favorite things were his 1942 D7 Cat and the 1952 Willy's Jeep that came with the Roracher Ranch. He told us that Teddy Roosevelt used that cat to build the Panama Canal and we believed it. Later we learned that the dates did not really match up. Eddie spent countl ss hours plowing snow, building roads, and pushing dirt on that old D7 cat.
Lorene stated that Eddie was happiest when he was around rodeo. Throughout his life he was involved in every facet of rodeo. He was instrumental in building the Flying Heels Arena which started as a BLM owned sagebrush flat. He played a key role in maintaining and improving that
arena his whole life. Just this fall he was pursuing ideas to replace the bucking chutes at the arena.
Eddie started his own rodeo career when he was 17. He competed in bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestli g, calf roping, ribbon roping, especially with Lorene, and his favorite event of all was team roping. One of his favorite treasures was his Gold PRCA card number 405, same as his post office box number. As soon as the boys were old enough to rope, they became his favorite partners. He loved roping with his kids. He won his first saddle team roping with Chrissy in 1995.
As much as Eddie loved roping with his kids he loved helping other people pursue their dreams of being rodeo cowboys. He provided practice bulls, bucking horses, roping steers and roping calves and all the necessary equipment for beginners as well as the experienced competitor. In reflection of all the people that Eddie helped along the way, a longtime family friend Russ Bayer stated "from the first time I showed up at the Flying Heels Arena with my stock truck, rope and mule, Eddie welcomed me and asked me to stay and always encouraged me to keep trying and to never give up."
Eddie was a true patriot which he demonstrated in the Grand Entry at the rodeos, when he posted the colors of the flag when the National Anthem played and Ragged Old Flag, the tears
always welled up in his eyes and a tear rolled down his face, because of the love of our country and the freedoms that we are granted by our country.
Throughout his life, Eddie had numerous broken bones and horse related mishaps. One of the most memorable was him getting kicked by a horse and going to the house to stitch himself up with the help of one of the kids.
Eddie also had a love for draft horses and a hard days work. He grew up using horses in the hay field and then progressed to using a skid horse named "Big Jim," for logging. Big Jim always knew when it was quitting time because he would not stop atthe pile, he would just head down to the barn. Trey, Merrit and Eddie logged for several years. Trey and Eddie ran the chain saws, while Merrit ran the skidder. Merrit recalls "Dad would always say "One more drag." But Merrit and Trey always knew that meant work until dark anyway. Eddie enjoyed haying but enjoyed all of the family being in the hayfield, with everyone contributing and being there, especially Lorene in the bus with the baby crib in the back as she ran the plunger and read stories between loads.
We are grateful and blessed that all of you are here to celebrate the life and legacy of a great man, a true cowboy and a genuine steward of the land. Eddie had a tremendous appreciation for the gifts from above, from the first robin, the first green grass, the first willows in bloom, to the sun breaking through after days of snow. In closing, Eddie had so many amazing gifts with the eyes to see the best in people, attitude to be positive, a heart to help and mentor others but most of all to love like we all are loved.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Lorene, Sons, Trey (Jolene), Merrit (Teri), Monte (Gay), and Daughters, Marina (Tom
Hadley), Tish (Tony Krempin), and Chrissy (Billy Dawson) as well as 15 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eddie Linke Jr. Memorial Fund at the Grand Foundation.