James E. (Jim) Flowers
April 13, 1939 ~ April 10, 2018
Jim Flowers passed away Tuesday, April 10, after a lengthy illness. Jim was born April 13, 1939, in Montrose, Colo., to Wayne E. And Nellie (Humphrey) Flowers. He attended school at the Kinikin School for first grade, and then finished his elementary schooling at the Uncompahgre School. He graduated from Montrose High School with the class of 1957, was very active in FF A and
served as secretary at the state level. He married Raymo Harris in August 1960, and was father to three children. Farming, ranching and livestock were his main interests until he attended auction school in 1970. He opened the livestock auction in Montrose, and owned and operated it for several years. The business was closed due to his failing health, and he then worked with the livestock auctions first in Salida, then Monte Vista and finally Western Slope Cattlemens Livestock Auction at Loma, Colo. Along with the farming and ranching, he also held periodic farm machinery auctions at his lot in Montrose. He had a large collection of antique and classic tractors and vehicles.
He worked at a variety of jobs through the years, and made many good friends. He loved his family—children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren—and enjoyed his auction career. He is survived by his wife, Raymo; daughters, Jill (Dave) Kearns of Montrose; Joy (Doug) McKnight of Ignacio; son, Jimmy D. (April) Flowers of Grand Junction; eight grandchildren—Nolan Kearns, Nathan (Chanen) Kearns; Ashlee (Jesse) McKnight/Ellison, Josh and Codi McKnight; Samantha, Jacquelyn and James D.
Flowers; great-grandchildren Karson and Kelton Guilliams and Cylah and Kymber Kearns; siblings JoAnn (Jim) Gardner, Jerry (Vicky) Flowers, Bill (Debra) Flowers and Jack Flowers and Sandy; sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Wayne Brown, along with many nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by his long-time close friend and co-worker Bill (Karen) Sutton and their family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Nellie Flowers; nephew Larry Brown; and great-niece Alisha Bishop.
Services will be held Tuesday, April 24, at the Events Center at the Montrose Fairgrounds beginning at 1 p.m. Visitation will be at the Crippin Chapel on Monday, April 23, from 4-6 p.m. Private interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a charity of choice, or the Montrose FFA Chapter, c/o Bret Saunders, 600 So. Selig Ave., Montrose, Colo., 81401; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. 0. Box 50, Memphis Tenn., 38101-9929; or HopeWest Montrose, 725 So. 4th St., Montrose, Colo., 81401.