John Leslie Monger, 1918-2005

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Longtime Steamboat Springs resident John Leslie Monger died Oct. 16, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center. He was 87.

John was born on May 24, 1918, near Steamboat Springs to John P. and Adeline (Johnson) Monger. He was delivered at his mother's homestead home and was the youngest of six children. His mother passed away when he was 6 months old, and his father took him to his grandparents, Frank and Mathilda Johnson. They homesteaded what is the Saddle Mountain Ranch today.

John was able to ride with Joey Michelleti during his first two years of high school, and he milked cows for a dairy on Yahmonite for room and board in the last two. He stayed there during the summer months, as well.

John married Margaret Leston on July 1, 1945, in Denver and they had two children.

John has lived in Steamboat Springs all but the five years of his life when he lived in Grand Junction and operated a Texaco service station.

His family later returned to Steamboat, and he ran service stations at 11th and Third streets and Lincoln Avenue.

He later went to work for the Routt County Road Department and worked there for 25 years, retiring as a foreman on the north route. At one time, he also did weather surveys for the state of Colorado.

John enjoyed skiing, fishing, hunting, riding horses and hiking. When he was young, he skied most of the area around what is now Saddle Mountain Ranch. He was a member of the Kiwanis, the Elk Mountain Grange, the Rifle Club and the Routt County Search and Rescue team for 25 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ben, Frank and Lloyd; and sisters, Elizabeth and Vanna.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Monger of Steamboat Springs; his daughters, Mary Monger of Steamboat Springs and Kathleen and her husband George Haller of Lakewood; and a grandson, Gregory Haller.

Memorial services were held Oct. 22, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Steamboat Springs.

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