Longtime Delta resident Elbert "Bert" Dougan died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. He was just a few days shy of his 95th birthday.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Delta United Methodist Church.
Elbert Milne Dougan was born in San Francisco, Calif., March 24, 1922, to Clarence and Rose (Pedigo) Dougan. He moved to Delta when he was six years old. Shortly after graduating from Delta High School in 1940, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II. After returning home to Delta, he started and operated a mink ranch for nearly 20 years.
On Nov. 14, 1959, he married Beverly White in Austin. He helped build the Sundance Café and ran the restaurant for several years with his wife. He also repaired irrigation pumps and electrical motors.
He was a lifelong member of Delta United Methodist Church and a member of Delta Elks Lodge #1235, serving as exalted ruler in 1962. He volunteered at Delta County Memorial Hospital and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling and staying active outdoors.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carlene Dougan; three sons, Mike Dougan, Gary Dougan and Ronald Dougan; a daughter, Nancy Stovall; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bud Dougan; and a sister, Patricia Dougan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delta Senior Center, 247 Meeker St., Delta, CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.