Longtime Routt County resident Mike Benedick died March 5, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat. He was 94.
Mike was born Sept. 3, 1908, in Leyden, Colo., to Polish immigrants Stephen and Katherine Bidnik. Mike was raised and attended school in Dacono, Colo., and Frederick, Colo.
He began working in coal mines at the age of 14.
Mike married Emily Kiddie June 30, 1928. The couple lived in Oak Creek and Craig before moving to Yampa many decades ago.
In 1937, Mike and Emily purchased a Yampa saloon owned by Mike's brother-in-law and began operating it under the name Antlers Cafe and Bar. The couple ran Antlers for 65 years until bad health forced them to close.
Mike returned to the coal mines during World War II to help fill in for the younger miners that had been called to war. Toward the end of the war, Mike enlisted in the Navy, and he was sent overseas. He was always very proud of his service in the Navy.
Mike was an avowed Democrat who was active in local politics and always supported the person he felt would best serve the public, no matter what that person's political affiliation was.
He was a member of the American Legion and St. Martin's Catholic Church. Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing cards.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; one brother; a son and his wife.
He is survived by two daughters, Paula Wyman of Craig and Twila Evans of Fort Collins; a sister, Pauline Rowland of Denver; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin's Catholic Church, the Doak Walker Care Center or a charity of choice in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, 81625.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Douglas P. Buchanan died March 22, 2003, at the Veteran's Hospital in Hot Springs, S.D. He was 57.
Doug was born March 16, 1946, in Steamboat to parents Norman and Alice Buchanan. Doug attended school in Steamboat and graduated from Steamboat Springs High School.
Shortly after graduation, Doug enlisted in the Army. He served our country from 1965 to 1967 in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroism for successfully evacuating every wounded soldier of his communications platoon while under fire. Doug also served four years as a standby reserve.
Doug was a cowboy all his life, and he lived life like he wanted to.
He is survived by two brothers, Ed Buchanan of Baggs, Wyo., and Mike Buchanan of Pavilion, Wyo.; four sisters, Ellen Burkett of Newman, Ga., Julia Kuney of Steamboat, Phyllis Bettger of Byron, Wyo., and Pat Peck of Buffalo, Wyo.; two stepchildren, Tony Johnson of Glenn, Neb., and Genny Cowell of Crawford, Neb.; his special companion of 13 years, Ruth Stark; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Resurrection was held Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Holy Name Catholic Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Holy Name Catholic Church in care of Yampa Valley Funeral Home, 2095 Curve Ct., P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, 80477.
Longtime Yampa resident Joe Harold "Bob" Jones died peacefully March 24, 2003, at the Doak Walker Care Center in Steamboat. He was 95.
Bob was born June 3, 1907, in Pittsburg, Kan. In 1911, Bob's family traded their Kansas home for a homestead near Boyero, Colo. A few years later, the family moved to Kit Carson.
As a teen, Bob worked as a cowboy on ranches in Wyoming and Colorado. Eventually, Bob and four of his brothers became mechanics in the rapidly growing auto industry.
In 1937, Bob moved to Yampa, where he fell in love with the town and mountains. A skilled mechanic, he found work in a local garage.
Bob married Evelyn Greenwood after moving to Yampa. The couple had one son. Bob had two daughters, Barbara and Patricia, from a previous marriage to Grace Dunn of Boulder.
Bob joined the Navy Seabees as a petty officer during World War II, and he spent the war years working on ships and landing craft near the San Francisco Bay.
Upon his discharge, he purchased the garage and Standard station on Yampa's Main Street. For the next 30 years, Bob kept south Routt County's cars, trucks, school buses, tractors and hay rakes in working order. He also sold snowmobiles, trail bikes and motor scooters and ran a successful towing service.
Bob served two terms on the Yampa Town Council, he was finance chairman, chaplain and former commander of an American Legion post and he was the assistant fire chief for many years.
He is survived by two sisters; two brothers; one daughter, Patricia Davoren of Denver; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.