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Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary Newsletter Nov. 19, 2019

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Everyone here is fine & we have had beautiful, mild weather.

I am dedicating this newsletter to my Dad, who passed away Nov. 1, 2019

Moreau “Mike” Kates passed at Hope West in Grand Junction, Colorado on November 1, 2019.

“Mike was born November 9, 1931 in NYC. He attended Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. He married H. Patricia Ott in June 1950. He served in the U.S. Army 1952-1954 stationed at Ft. Benning, GA. Taught communication equipment. After being discharged, the family returned to NYC where Mike worked for Bigelow-Sanford Carpets and became production manager. He attended NYU at night and received a degree in business. He was a member of the NY Athletic Club. His daughter, Cathy, has fond recollections of the times they spent horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and water skiing at their summer home in CT, snow skiing and practicing archery and riflery. She recalls shooting him with a target arrow by accident and he did not even get angry. He was always fun to be with.

Mike volunteered with the San Diego Sheriff Department for 10 years. After moving to Grand Junction in 2005 he volunteered with Mesa County Sheriff’s Department for 8 years, also volunteered at CBI for one year. He received awards while employed at Lockheed Martin for teamwork. Received NOVA award in 1995.

Mike was a member of Knights of Columbus 2005-2007 in San Diego. Transferred to Immaculate Heart of Mary council in 2007 until present. He was treasurer in the council for 9 years. He received numerous awards, Knights of the year in 2004 and 2007. Received Service award in 2014.

Mike will be dearly missed by his daughter and all who his life touched.

The Vigil service by Knights of Columbus will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Thursday, November 14 at 7 pm. The memorial service will be held Friday, November 15th at 10:00 am. Interment at the Veteran’s Cemetery on November 18th at Riverside Parkway at 1 pm.”

He loved dogs and the ashes of his beloved dog, Clyde, were included in the columbarium with my Dad’s.

Word Press won’t let me edit photo sizes, but there are photos at the obituary site and on Facebook, should anyone want to see. I miss him and am trying to adjust to life without a father.


Cathy & the Gang

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  1. arnold gutlaizer says:

    Sorry for your loss. Sounds like he lead a full life with lots of giving.

  2. Carryl Edwards says:

    Cathy I’m so sorry for your loss. I sill have my dad at 93 but lost my mom and brother in 2017 in May and April. It’s hard losing loved ones, I miss my mom every day. Please know your dad is watching over you. Love thou take care of yourself and all your beautiful rescues. Hugs to Poco.

  3. Katrin Winterer says:

    Dear Cathy,

    I am so sorry to hear the news of the passing of your father. Loosing a parent marks the end of a fundamental, relationship with someone who’s known you all your life and shares your history. It leaves a hole in your heart.

    May you find peace and comfort in the memories you shared.

    Please accept my sincerest condolences.

    With love,


  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much, Katrin. Every word you said is true.

  5. Jacqueline Frary says:

    Cathy. Thank you for sharing this us. He seems to have been a very good man. I hope in time his memory will soothe your soul. Hugs to you

  6. JudyTorgerson says:

    Dear Cathy – I know what it is to lose a “Dad”. Mine passed in 2003 here in Kingman. I miss him everyday. Your Dad sure had a wonderful and giving life – all those years in the K of C – a sure thing to be proud of. He is watching over you, with Clyde at his side.

    You were blessed to have such a kind, loving, and talented Dad.

    Love, Judy

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Judy

  8. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you!

  9. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Carryl.

  10. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Arnie. Love you.

  11. Steven Vazquez says:

    I have fond memories of your father. He was a very gentle man. I know you will miss him but remember, he will always be with you.
    The world is a better place because of you. Love Steven

  12. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Steven. I am glad you remember him. Love you.

  13. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you,Arnie. Love you.

  14. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Carryl.I am so sorry for your losses, in such a short time, too. Hugs!

  15. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Katrin. every word you said is true.

  16. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you

  17. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you,Judy

  18. Chris Mehling says:

    Dear Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Surely you will miss him but remember, he will always be with you and you’ll hear him in your heart guiding you in your journey. hugs…chris

  19. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Chris

  20. Susan Monty says:

    What a beautiful newsletter and tribute to your dad. He sounds like a wonderful man. That doesn’t surprise me at all as he raised you! I know how much you will miss him – I think of my dad every single day. Cherish those memories, and let him love on in your heart. Love to you, Susan

  21. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Susan. I am the last one in our family, so that is making it harder. My parents & I were all only children. It seems like yesterday that he was on his hands & knees playing “horsey” so I could ride around our living room. Life goes by too fast. Love to you, too.

  22. Ma Armstrong says:

    I lost my dad when he was 43, know the sadness it brings, also know he will be with you always in your thoughts and deeds.

  23. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Marshia. I am sorry your Dad was so young when you lost him.

  24. jackie carroll says:

    My thoughts are with you at this time, I still miss my Dad although it has been a long time since he died. Your Dad can now meet Knickers, Warrior, Rhonda and all the others you have taken care of and lost and swap stories with them. I am here if you want to talk. Love you as always. Just a note to-day is the 17th anniversary of when we found Spirit and all the others.

  25. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you, Jackie. My Dad was able to travel to visit in 2010 & meet everyone here at that time. Thank you for saving Spirit. I know you miss him so much now. Love you

  26. Judith Hughes says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  27. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    thank you, Judith.

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