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Monte Joe Sanburg

December 28, 1932 - April 12, 2021

Monte was a 4th generation Sanburg in Montrose. 

In lieu of a funeral, Monte requested a potluck picnic.  It will be held at 12:00 noon, on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at the home of his son, Randy Sanburg, Montrose, Colorado.

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Monte Joe Sanburg died April 12, 2021, at his home in Montrose.  He was born December 28, 1932 to Carroll “Pink” and Ruby Kegans Sanburg, at his grandparents Kegans’ home on 6250 Rd., Spring Creek Mesa, Montrose, Colorado.

Monte grew up on the family farm in the Riverside community, and attended the Riverside School, where he graduated from the 8th grade in 1946.  He graduated from Montrose High School in 1950.

Monte Sanburg married Shirley Scheibler, October 14, 1952.  They had three children, Randy, Darlynn, and Verlee.

Monte was a 33-year employee of City Market, where he started as a boxer, later was Produce Manager, and on January 1, 1972, he was promoted to Store Manager.  He retired from City Market in 1987.

After his retirement from City Market, Monte worked for Centuries Research, as a field technician, conducting historical and archaeological surveys.

Monte joined the local Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society in 1952, and later served as president for more than 14 years.  He also served as president of the Colorado Archaeological Society, at the state level.

Monte helped found the Montrose County Historical Society, October 8, 1968, where he was a member of the original board of trustees, and served as president for many years.  He was an officer in the Colorado State Historical Society.  Monte was instrumental in starting the Depot Museum in 1974, known today as the Montrose County Historical Museum.

Monte was very involved in the Montrose Community, where he was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, the Sheriff’s Posse, and the Rotary Club.

He enjoyed his family and friends, and spending time at his cabin.  One of his favorite activities was cutting firewood, and he always managed to have his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids “gleefully volunteer” to help.  Spending time with “Great” Monte was cherished.

Monte was preceded in death, by his parents Carroll “Pink” and Ruby Sanburg, his brothers Carroll “Scrub” Sanburg, Willis “Bill” Sanburg, his sister Dorene “Nene” Gerle, and his brother-in-law Gayle Gerle.

Monte is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley; his three children, Randy Sanburg (Myrna), Darlynn Powers (Dave), Verlee Sanburg (Julie Lowther); his six grandchildren, Amie Sanburg Henderson (Kirby), Angie Sanburg Sjoden (Chris), Scott Sanburg (Tiffany), Spence Powers (Renee), Nikki Powers Corn (Ryan), Melanie Powers Fenske.  Monte is survived by 20 great grandchildren, Kenzie Henderson Markley (Drew), Kammie Henderson, Kade Henderson, McKenna Sjoden, Braden Sjoden, Lake Sanburg, Easton Sanburg, Macey Sanburg, Natalie Powers, Maverick Powers, Jovie Powers, Boaz Powers, Gracie Powers, Truly Powers, Sadie Corn, Lizzy Corn, Bryson Corn, Jaden Fenske, Marlee Fenske, Calvin Fenske.

Monte is also survived by his sister Sandy Whitton, brother-in-law Dick Whitton, sisters-in-law Carol Jean Sanburg, and Thera Sanburg.

At the time of Monte’s death, all of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren lived in either Montrose County or Delta County.

Monte was a 4th generation Sanburg in Montrose.  His great grandchildren represent the 7th generation of Sanburg’s in the Montrose area.

In lieu of a funeral, Monte requested a potluck picnic.  It will be held at 12:00 noon, on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at the home of his son, Randy Sanburg, Montrose, Colorado.