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Deaths for September 24, 2017

September 23, 2017 Updated: September 23, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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Viola Regina Leach

Born Feb. 26, 1924.

Died Aug. 4, 2017.

Forty-seven-year Security resident. Survived by a daughter, Patricia Walker. Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Sept. 27, Holy Family Catholic Church, Odin, Kan. Inurnment, Holy Family Cemetery, Odin, Kan. Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.

Howard A. Merrick

Born Sept. 12, 1935.

Died Sept. 21, 2017.

U.S. Navy veteran, retired machinist, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Donna Jo; two sons, Mike and Tom; a daughter, Michelle; three stepsons, Gene, Jim and Tom; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Private inurnment, Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum, Gate of Heaven. Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, Mausoleum and Crematory.

Senior Master Sgt. Billy Taylor Mitchell

Born May 22, 1937.

Died Sept. 21, 2017.

Operations administrator, retired U.S. Air Force, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Cora; two daughters, Gayle Landrum-Montgomery and Donna Carns Archuletta; two sisters, Mary Charlotte Rosson and Willie Sue Crimm; and six grandchildren. Service, 10 a.m. Sept. 28, Hilltop Baptist Church, 6915 Palmer Park Blvd. Graveside services, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 28, Fort Logan National Cemetery. The Springs Funeral Services.

David T. Prather

Born Sept. 30, 1938.

Died Sept. 20, 2017.

Carpenter, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Joan; a son, Kirt; three daughters, Kristi Schroeder, Kim Solberg and Kay Gerlock; and 15 grandchildren. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Sept. 29, Swan-Law Funeral Directors. Swan-Law Funeral Directors.

Otto J. Sidon

Born Aug. 1, 1931.

Died Sept. 20, 2017.

Retired, U.S. Air Force, 47-year Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Helen; two daughters, Kathleen Tiell and Vickie Clark; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Sept. 27, Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel. Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, Mausoleum and Crematory.

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