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Good Samaritan Society - Water Valley Senior Living Resort

805 Compassion Dr., Windsor, CO 80550
Toll-free (866) 290-2522

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Good Samaritan Society - Water Valley Senior Living Resort

Good Samaritan Society – Water Valley Senior Living Resort

805 Compassion Dr.

Windsor, CO 80550



(970) 686-2743

Toll-free 1-866-290-2522

(senior housing)


Corporate news

Chuck Dreith survived a WWII kamikaze attack on the USS Terror.

(Windsor, Colorado) – In retirement, Chuck Dreith is taking it easy at his Water Valley Senior Living Resort home. But his life hasn’t always been so calm.


Shortly after graduating from Berthoud (Colorado) High School in 1940, Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a radar specialist. In this role, he used recently developed radars to monitor planes that flew by his ship, the USS Terror.


The Terror was a minelayer and mine supply ship for troops in the Pacific. It would anchor in a harbor and give orders to other ships and lay mines. Within four days of joining the Terror, Chuck and his crewmates were sent to Iwo Jima, where the ship became part of history.


The Terror was anchored south of Okinawa at Kerama Retto when, just before 4 a.m. on May 1, 1945, the crew was put on alert for a possible kamikaze attack.


“I was off duty and sound asleep when an alarm was sounded,” Chuck says. “I dressed and headed to my station, which was in the radar shack. I vividly remember how dark it was that morning. I put my hand in front of my face and could not see the hand. I took my station, listening to inter-ship communications. Soon I heard some guns begin firing and felt and heard the kamikaze hit the ship.”


Chuck explains that the crew didn’t have to abandon ship, but did have to deal with a fire and many casualties.


“That was the day I saw my first burial at sea,” he says.

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Center news highlights

It’s Monday morning and the crayons are out at Water Valley Senior Living Resort.


Resident Mary Alice Jensen

(Windsor, Colorado) – Who says coloring is only for children?

Every Monday morning, the Coloring Club gathers at Good Samaritan Society – Water Valley Senior Living Resort. Residents are invited to express their creativity with crayons and coloring books made specifically for adults.

While coloring is a lot of fun, it also benefits seniors’ health with its capacity to stimulate the brain and reduce stress. Many publishers have been launching coloring books specifically for adults. The trend is growing in Europe and North America.


Resident Jo Ebben had been coloring for some time after her daughter introduced her to adult coloring. She recommended a coloring program to the campus’ director of Lifestyle Enrichment, and Jo donated several coloring books to get the group started.


The group has as many as 11 participants at one time. They listen to music while coloring, and residents say the creative time is very relaxing.

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Center news

Ruth and Warren Wille.

(Windsor, Colorado) – After seventy-plus years of marriage, and more than ninety years of exploring together, you might say that Warren and Ruth Wille have “been there, done that.”

The Good Samaritan Society – Water Valley Senior Living Resort residents met at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in the fall of 1938 when Ruth was in college as an English major and Warren was preparing for Law School.


Before entering into the workforce, Warren was called into flight school training. He and Ruth were married before he went to Victorville, California for bombardier training.


After training, Warren shipped off to the Pacific, where he employed new attack strategies when flying over Japan with his 11-man crew.


During the war years, Warren traveled a lot, and when the war ended he and Ruth returned to Minnesota so that Warren could attend Concordia Seminary. Ruth taught elementary and high school English while raising their children, and after Warren’s studies were completed, the family moved to Colorado where Warren would serve as a minister.


In 2009, the couple moved to Water Valley Senior Living resort, which was “the best move we ever made,” says Warren.



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The Willes say the deep friendships they developed with the many happy residents were an unexpected surprise when they moved in. The “good, Christian atmosphere” is also a big factor in their happiness at Water Valley. After years of travel and different living experiences, that says something!


Even though Ruth and Warren no longer move around the country as they did in their youth, today the couple still enjoys visiting different places—virtually.


As a former pilot, Warren is an avid computer flight simulator enthusiast. He uses Microsoft Flight Simulator with a joystick with an oversized computer monitor to view his airplane control panels.

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