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G. K. Chesterton wrote, "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." The men and women who served in the armed forces, whether during a time of war, or one of peace, are living examples of that contradiction. Each should be honored and remembered, so that our gratitude never fades.

Our Veterans' Memorial Wall includes the names of those individuals who served the nation, and are now entrusted to our care. If the veteran you are looking for is not here, please enter the name of the deceased or the next of kin in the search box below and click search. You may also view current and past listings to find the name of your veteran. Names are listed alphabetically.

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Sam Gaston

January 01, 1930 - - March 19, 2018

Sam Mims Gaston passed away Monday, March 19, 2018, in Durango. He was 88 years old. Sam was born January 1, 1930, to Robert Lee and Edith (Mims) Gaston in Aztec, New Mexico. At the age of 18, he left the family ranch at Cedar Hill to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Force. He served during the Korean War in the 934th Signal Battalion/5th Communications Group, 2nd Radio Relay Squadr ...

Bob Tillerson

September 16, 1926 - - February 25, 2018

While holding the hand of his wife, Bob J. Tilllerson was taken home to God on February 25, 2018. Born September 16, 1926 to Varnie Maston and Julia Leo Tillerson in Wichita Falls, Texas. Bob was an active Boy Scout and graduated from Wichita Falls Senior High School in 1943. He attended Hardin Junior College (now Midwestern State University) for one year. At the end of that ye ...

Wayne Dunn

September 02, 1935 - - January 31, 2018

Wayne J. Dunn, Jr. was born in Brownsville, Texas to Lt. Colonel Wayne Dunn, Sr. and Elizabeth Dunn on Sept. 2, 1935. He was called to Glory on January 31st, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard before attending the University of Minnesota, where he obtained a degree in Forestry. After summer internships on the Medicine Bow N.F., Wayne was employed by t ...

Raymond Ferguson

September 22, 1948 - - January 11, 2018

"The Mountains are calling, and I must go." John Muir Raymond Allan "Ray" Ferguson was born September 22, 1948 at the American Legion Hospital in Telluride, CO to John Ferguson, Jr. and Gladys Dill Ferguson and passed away on January 11, 2018 at The Hospice at Mercy Hospital in Durango, CO. The Ferguson family moved from Telluride, CO to Durango, CO in 1954. Ray attended Ne ...

Owen Bell

October 10, 1933 - - December 23, 2017

Owen “Shorty” Bell passed away on December 23, 2017 at his home in Pagosa Springs. Shorty was born to Henry and Letha Bell in Missouri. Shorty grew up in Pagosa Springs. At 21 years old he joined the Navy and served 4 years active duty and another 4 years in the reserves. Shorty married the love of his life, Emily on March 31, 1964. Shorty worked for many years in Pagosa ...

Charles Lemmon

December 15, 1914 - - September 11, 2017

Charles Arthur "Art" Lemmon passed away Monday, September 11, 2017, at his home. He was 102 years old. Art was born December 15, 1914, to Arthur Earl and Harriett Irene Lemmon in Durango, Colorado. Art attended Durango Schools, graduated from DHS and Attended Fort Lewis College for 2 years. He was inducted into active service with the National Guard in February of 1941. He se ...

Robert Hawley

January 17, 1921 - - June 25, 2017

Robert Lee Hawley passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Pagosa Springs, CO. He was 96 years old. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 3 pm and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Robert was born January 17, 1921, to Oscar Lee Hawley and Nannie Bell (Clark) Hawley in Rockwood, Texas. He grew up in Oklahoma on the Johnson Ranch close to ...

Joe Candelaria

November 19, 1938 - - May 11, 2017

Joe R. Candelaria, a 48 year resident of Durango, peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family on the evening of May 11, 2017 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, CO, he was 78. Joe was known to most people as “Rudy.” Rudy was born on November 19, 1938 in Rosa, NM. He studied at Fort Lewis College and then proudly served as a Marine on the island of Oahu, ...

Gilbert Reinhardt

December 19, 1930 - - May 08, 2017

Gilbert Frank Reinhardt passed away Monday, May 8, 2017, at home with his family by his side. He was 86 years old. Gilbert was born on December 19, 1930, to August Frank Reinhardt & Eva M. Reid in Bloomfield, NM. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army where he received a silver star. August 15, 1955 he married Shirley Robinson and together they had 3 children. Gilbert ...

Neil Cloud

March 29, 1933 - - March 29, 2017

Cloud Neil Buck Cloud left mother earth to go be with his family on March 29, 2017 at his family home. Neil Buck Cloud’s father was Julius Nash Cloud and his mother was Mollie Buck Tobias Cloud. He was born in the Taylor Hospital in Ignacio, Colorado, and attended the Ute Vocational School. Neil was the second oldest of nine children. During his lifetime he went to college in ...

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