Tributes for August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 — 

Maurice Wayne Boney

Maurice Wayne Boney, 96, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away May 2, 2015.

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Tributes for August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 — 

Richard Podtburg

Richard “Rich” Podtburg, 74, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 25, 2015.

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August 10, 2015 — 

Lee Roy E. Rusher

Lee Roy E. Rusher, 83, passed away June 20, 2015 in Salida, Colo.

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Tributes for August 3

August 3, 2015 — 

Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers, 60, of Lingle, Wyo., passed away July 12, 2015 at Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo.

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Tributes for July 27, 2015

July 31, 2015 — 

Francis Johnson

Francis Pearl (Taylor) Johnson, 88, passed away on June 22, 2015in Casper, Wyo.

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Tributes for July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015 — 

Scott Walck

Scott Jackson Walck, 84, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away July 3, 2015, at his home.

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Tributes for July 13, 2015

July 13, 2015 — 

James (Jim) Allen Jones

James (Jim) Allen Jones, 62, of Greeley, Colo., passed away in his home on June 18, 2015, following a two year battle with cancer.

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Tributes for July 6, 2015

July 6, 2015 — 

James M. "Jim" Pavlisick

James M. “Jim” Pavlisick, 81, of Paonia, Colo., passed away June 21, 2105, at his home.

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Tributes for June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 — 

Clinton R. “CR” Franklin

CR Franklin, 95, passed away June 6, 2015, in Caldwell, Idaho, after moving there just a few weeks previously to be close to family.

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Tributes for June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 — 

James R. Grumbles

James R. “Jim” Grumbles III, 76, passed away May 18, 2015, in Greeley, Colo.

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Tributes for June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015 — 

William L. Morrison

William L. Morrison, 88, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away April 26, 2015, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

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Tributes for June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015 — 

Jarrell M. Massey

Jarrell M. Massey passed away March 26, 2015, in Rangely, Colo.

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Tributes for June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015 — 

Donna Kay Dier

Donna Kay Dier, 72, of Longmont, Colo., passed away April 29, 2015.

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Tributes for May 25, 2015

May 27, 2015 — 

Henry Lanckriet

Henry “Hank” Anthony Lanckriet, 91, of Julesburg, Colo., passed away March 3, 2015.

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Tributes for May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015 — 

Alan Dailey

Alan Brock Dailey, 54, of Arnold, Neb., passed away April 24, 2015, at Great Plains Health.

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Tributes for May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 — 

Charles “Chuck” Sis

Charles “Chuck” Frank Sis, 78, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away February 11, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., after complications from COPD.

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Tributes for May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015 — 

Della Lange

Della Lange, 81, passed away March 5, 2015 in Hugo, Colo.

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Tributes for April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 — 

Clyde Cook

Melvin “Clyde” Cook, 80, of Montrose, Colo., passed away April 8, 2015.

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Tributes for April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015 — 

Balyn Keen Brent

Balyn Keen Brent, 65, of Arriba, Colo., passed away of cancer complications on March 28, 2015, in Denver with his devoted family by his side.

He was the first of four sons born to Kimel and Wanda (Crom) Brent on September 1, 1949.

When Balyn was young, his parents moved north of Arriba to begin farming. Balyn gave his life to Jesus Christ at the young age of 12 at Sunnydale Church. He attended Arriba High School and graduated in 1967. He attended McPherson College for two years before studying and earning his Bachelor’s Degree in General Ag at Colorado A & M University, later CSU, in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1972.

In 1976, Balyn married Vicki Lynn Kressler. Life grew strangely dim in 1977, when Balyn suddenly lost his first wife and son, Aaron B. They both passed away from a rare blood disease. Balyn continued to turn his eyes upon Jesus and kept his Bible close for five hard years.

Balyn married Linda Louise Helling on March 20, 1982, at First Baptist Church in Fort Collins, Colo. Balyn and Linda moved to Arriba to build Brent Welding and Machine Inc., where he enjoyed countless hours of welding and engineering for 33 years. In the late 1990s, Balyn also enjoyed moving houses, grain bins, and other buildings.

On April 20, 1984, Balyn held his second son, Ephron, in his arms. Balyn and Linda had four more sons and one daughter. Balyn was involved in the community and his local church. He was the church music leader and often played his trumpet. He was humble and content with what he had and would always stop what he was doing to help anybody. Balyn was a friend to all and a stranger to no one. He cherished his relationships and loved to visit with anyone, especially those in the hospital due to their health complications. He was not quiet about his faith and understood grace completely. He had sincere respect for veterans young and old.

Balyn was a loving older brother, who listened and continually offered a helping hand. Balyn’s greatest passion was being a dad and grandpa.

Survivors include; wife, Linda; sons, Ephron (Bobbie), Kysor (Melissa), Jonathan (Josie), Theron (Bethany), Caleb (Winnie); daughter, Shilo; his nine “little Urchkins”; Kittley, Nayvee, Dillon, Owen, Lillian, Braelyn, Miles, Declan, and a girl “bun in the oven”; parents, Kimel and Wanda; brothers, Terrell (Patty), Ralph (Dawn), Nelson; brothers-in-law, Bob (Janelle) and Steve (Shelley) Helling; sisters-in-law, Paula (Brad) Carver, Myrna (Don) Andrews, Marilee (Larry) Kelly, and Lisa Klinzmann; his Aunt Evelyn and Aunt Jean; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by; first wife, Vicki; son, Aaron; grandparents, Shelah and Hassie Brent, and Frank and Mildred Crom; In-laws, Harold and Lucille Helling.

A Celebration of Life was held on April 7, 2015, at the Faith Family Fellowship in Flagler, Colo. The large celebration was concluded by the group re-assembling outside of the church on the chilly sun-shiny morning for the tolling of Balyn’s large red, white and blue bell, (which was hauled to the church site for the occasion) 65 times, for the final Farewell until we meet again in Heaven. Inurnment was held at the Arriba Cemetery in Arriba, Colo.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: The Arriba Fire House, 218 Elm Street, Arriba, CO 80804, Gift of Life Foundation, PO Box 245, Hugo, CO 80821 or Wheatland Conference Center P.O. Box 63, Flagler, Colo., 80815. ❖

Floyd V. Stevens

Floyd V. Stevens, 91, of Brighton, Colo., passed away April 4, 2015.

He was born on February 12, 1924, in Sterling, Colo., to Fred and Inez Stevens.

Floyd grew up in Loveland, Colo., and graduated from Loveland High School in 1942; he immediately enlisted into the army and served four years as a mechanic. After his service to his country he purchased a gas station and worked in this field for 15 years. After that venture he went to work making artificial limbs for a couple of different companies in Denver, he worked in this field until his retirement.

Floyd loved watching any kind of football and everyone knew when it was football season because he wouldn’t get very far from the TV. He also came from a long line of horse traders. He loved going to farm auctions to purchase tractors to buy and restore, his favorite were the Ford’s which he knew inside and out. He loved to go camping, fishing and hunting. He loved to spend quality time with his family who meant the world to him.

He married Ramona Maxine Bever, the love of his life, on January 17, 1947; they made their home in Loveland Colo. They were married for 63 years until her untimely death on November 15, 2009. They raised two sons, Mark (Nancy) and Ron Stevens both from Ft. Lupton, Colo. He was blessed with four grandchildren and three great grandsons, Calvin, Shaina, Cody, Shelby, Brexton, Malachi and Merrick Dean.

He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, an infant son and all of his siblings, Mildred, Eunice, Ralph and Robert.

Services were held April 10, 2015, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery. ❖

John Bowen

John A Bowen passed away on April 2, 2015.

He was born on November 23, 1924, to John G. Bowen and Marie K. Zeilinger in Englewood, Colo.

Johnny started his career in farming with his dad and mom on a cattle and dairy farm near County Line Road and present day Lucent Blvd.

He attended the School of Mines in Golden, Colo., for one year before returning home to the farm to help his dad with the ever-increasing load of planting, harvesting and raising cattle. Johnny was active in the county farm community and was Grange Master at the Sunflower Grange in Sedalia, Colo.

In June of 1949 Johnny married the love of his life, Katherine Theresa Ehmann at Saint Francis Catholic Church in Castle Rock.

By 1954 the Bowen’s ranch had grown to almost 1,000 acres. Severe drought in 1953 and 1954 discouraged the Bowens and in 1954 they sold all but 80 acres and purchased a dry land wheat farm near Strasburg, Colo. In 1962 a trade orchestrated with The Gated Rubber Company for their remaining 80 acres moved them to the Eberhard Ranch at the intersection of County Line Road and Santa Fe. An avid pilot of small aircraft, Johnny was often seen landing his Cessna on the dirt runway on the ranch, appropriately called the Fly’n B. Tragic small plane accidents claimed the lives of both his brothers; George in 1965 and Martin in 2007. In 2004 the Fly’n B Ranch was sold to Erickson Communities to be developed into a retirement campus known today as Wind Crest.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 66 years, Katherine and his four children; Daniel (Cheri), Christine Hickman (Jason), David (Richard), Katherine Bollig (Joseph), 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Services were held April 17, 2015, at Parker PACE Center in Parker, Colo. ❖

Ben A. Ginther, Jr.

Ben A. Ginther, Jr., passed away April 4, 2015, peacefully in his sleep.

He was born to Ben and Mariàn-Esther (Flint) Ginther on May 23, 1925. He would have been 90 next month. His ancestors were among the wave of Russian-Germans who came to this area in the 1880s. Ben grew up on the Adams County farm that his German grandfather had bought in 1902, and farmed there until 2009.

He was a founding member of the Good Luck 4-H Club in the 1930s. He attended one year of school at the Zion Lutheran School in Brighton, but 11 years at Eastlake School and was the only Eastlake graduate in 1943. He served in the US Army in the last year of World War II, stationed in Korea.

He was a long-time member and retiree of the West Adams County Volunteer Fire Department. He and his life-long friend, Howard Cundall, continued to be active in Good Luck 4-H into adulthood.

In 1947, he married Barbara Coan from Keenesburg, with whom he spent the next 67 years, raised six kids, and continued to farm.

He was never happier than when he was driving a tractor, setting irrigation tubes, fixing fence on his mountain pasture, or caring for his cattle. Ben loved the outdoors and the farming life. He managed his father’s and grandfather’s farm, raised cattle, had a custom hay hauling business and supplemented his income by working at Time DC Trucking and Great Western Sugar Factory in the wintertime. Ben was a long time member of the Roman Catholic Church. He traveled to the Holy Land, England, Ireland, Guatemala, and many states in the USA.

He is survived by sons, Bruce (JoAnne) Ginther of Broomfield, Colo., Brett (Marge) Ginther of Brighton, Colo., Bart (Mary) Ginther of Brush, Colo., Paul (Teri) Ginther of Wichita, Kan., and Steve (Clint) Ginther of New York City; daughter, Brenda (James) Jackson of Joplin, Mo.; Sister, Nina Schloo, of Brighton, Colo., 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces,nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, his parents, his sister, Virginia, and a grandson, Adam.

Services were held April 8, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Lafayette, Colo. He was entombed at Evergreen Cemetery in Broomfield, Colo.

Memorial Gifts may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310 White Plains, N.Y., 10605. ❖

Miles Reed

Miles Stanley Reed, 97, passed away April 7, 2015, at Hope West.

Miles was born May 5, 1917, to Lloyd S. Reed and Alice E. (Johnston) Reed at the family homestead ranch southeast of Molina, Colo.

He attended Georgia Mesa School for 10 years and graduated from Collbran Union High School in 1936. Miles went to California in 1936 to attend a mechanical school for one year.

He came back to the ranch to work the summer of 1937. The fall of 1937 he worked for the Meeker Forest Service on the White River at Ripple Creek. The year 1939-1940 he worked for Western Railway Ice in Grand Junction, Colo. The year 1954 he was working for the Mesa county Road Department. The summer of 1971 he worked for the Colorado Water Resources to help a friend. Then he started working full time for Colorado Water Resources 1973-1989. While doing these different jobs, he still helped at the ranch.

The 1941-9145 he joined the Army serving in the European Campaign in WWII. He was in Company K, 157th infantry, 45th division. Miles was shipped to the tip of Africa, then to Cyprus, Italy. He was wounded during an amphibious landing and received the Purple Heart combat badge. Walking through different parts of Europe, his division was in Germany helping free prisoners from Dachau. Miles was discharged June 1945. When Miles arrived back home, he and Billie were married.

Miles enjoyed the outdoors — working the land; irrigating; raising chickens, turkeys, hogs, sheep and cattle; and, of course, fence building/repair. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trips to Arizona in the winter with Billie. He had a great memory of knowing the history of the Plateau Valley area and the people, land, water, and his own relatives and family. He enjoyed going the Grand Mesa, especially Cottonwood No. 1, which he, his dad, and his grandfather helped build.

Miles was a member of the Clifton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Survivors include one daughter, Vickie L. Green of Craig, Colo.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie M. (Horton) Reed; son, Lloyd Miles Reed; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann (Toucher) Smith-Reed; sister, Eleanor B. (Reed) Nichols, parents, Lloyd and Alice Reed; and son-in-law, Danny Green.

Services were held April 11, 2015, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo. Burial was at Mesa Cemetery.

Contributions to the Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated in Miles Reed’s name. ❖

David Smith Jr.

David Hilary Smith Jr., 83, of Meeker, Colo., passed away April 7, 2015 at Pioneers Hospital.

He was born in the Meeker family ranch home on April 20, 1931 to David Hilary Smith Sr. and Jessie Ray (Cunningham) Smith.

His 12 years of early schooling were in Meeker, Colo., and at his graduation in 1949, he was valedictorian. He attended CU Boulder for one year before he was needed at home to work on the ranch because of his father’s health.

In 1951 he married Sue Ann and they began their journey of 63 years together. Five children blessed their life: David W., Brent, Matt, Lori and Brian. Times were busy with ranch work and all the variety of church, school, 4-H, and athletic events. He also began outside activities such as school board, church vestry committee, several water boards and local ditch projects. All of which brought him enjoyment and expertise.

Survivors include his four sons, their wives, a daughter and her husband, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, a brother Rodney Smith, and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Jessie, and infant daughter, Susan Marie, infant granddaughter, Sarah Lynn and his sister, Patricia.

Services were held April 11, 2015 in Meeker, Colo. ❖

Eugene “Gene” Hahn

Eugene “Gene” Hahn, 70, of Grover, Colo., passed away April 9, 2015, at Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

He was born May 5, 1944, in Kimball, Neb., to Edward and Louise (Harms) Hahn.

Gene grew up in Grover and graduated from Grover High School.

On October 22, 1967, he married Sharon Sandberg in Burns, Wyo.

Gene served in the Air National Guard’s 153rd Armored Airlift Group for six years in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Gene loved his cattle, flower garden, and leather craft. He was a charter member of the Grover FFA, a 4-H leader and fair superintendent for Weld County and Grover Guys and Gals for 45 years. Gene loved working with kids of all ages.

He was a lifetime member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grover, a member of the Pawnee Grazing Association and various other Co-Ops.

Gene was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Grover, Colo.; son, Kevin (Michelle) Hahn of Grover, Colo.; four grandchildren; sister, Evelyn (Bill) Hoffman of Grover, Colo.; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Becky Nadine Hahn; and brother, LeRoy Hahn.

Services were held April 15, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can be made to Zion Lutheran Church in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634.

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Victor Eugene Hanson

Victor Eugene Hanson, 91, passed away peacefully April 8, 2015, in the Hospice of Northern Colorado inpatient unit at NCMC in Greeley, Colo.

Vic was born in Sterling, Colo., on March 8, 1924, to Martin and Ada Helen Hanson.

He grew up on their family farm and attended school in New Raymer, Colo., graduating with the class of 1942. Vic attempted to sign up for the armed services but was rejected due to his childhood hearing losses.

On June 24, 1951, Vic married his high school sweetheart, Beth Arlene Hunter, in Brighton, Colo. While continuing to farm and ranch, he also worked nights at the Great Western Sugar Company in both Eaton and Fort Morgan for many years. In August, 1961, the family moved to Fort Morgan so Beth would be closer to her job and the children could attend school there. Vic continued to commute to New Raymer to work the family farm until retiring in 1989.

After 53 years of marriage, Beth died suddenly in July, 2004. Vic continued to live in Fort Morgan enjoying his trips to the farm, fixing and “puttering” with things around the house and doing yard work until moving to The Bridge Assisted Living in Greeley in August, 2010.

Vic took extreme pride in his family and worked many long hours to provide for them. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Fort Morgan, and life member of the Fort Morgan Elks Lodge No. 1143, receiving the Elk of the Year Award in 1969.

Vic is survived by his daughter, Vickie and son-in-law Jim, and his son Greg; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his, close friend, Donna Bolingbroke, as well as nieces, nephews, and his extended family at the Bridge who were so good to him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beth, brother, Raymond, sisters, Frances Starkey, Evelyn Linsenmaier, and Florence Singleton Silvas, and his parents, Martin “Mike” and Ada Helen Hanson.

Services were held April 15, 2015, at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan, Colo., with interment in Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Rescue Mission, Hospice of North Colorado, or the Fort Morgan Elks Lodge No. 1143 all in c/o the Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan, Colo.

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Vashti James

Vashti James, 84, passed April 9, 2015, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born to Charles and Gertrude Long on May 22, 1930, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

She lived in many places while growing up, always returning to the Cheyenne, Wyo., area. She attended Cheyenne High School until she become ill and could not finish her last year.

She met and married Howard James in 1948. They spent 61 years together. To this union was born one daughter and five sons. Vashti was an old fashioned wife, mother and homemaker.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crafting, painting, traveling and sightseeing. This lady was supportive of her husband, children and grandchildren, always glad to hear about their activities.

Vashti James is survived by daughter, Carolyn (Walter) Hagemeier of Burns, Wyo.; sons, Chuck (Donna) of Cheyenne, Wyo., David of Rayville, La., Bill (Shelby) of Mitchell, Neb., Phillip of Livonia, N.Y., and Pat (Naomi) of Carr, Colo.; sister, Margie (Jim) Dreiling; 13 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents and sister, Charlene Bates.

Services were held April 17, 2015. Interment followed at the Burns Cemetery. ❖

William “Buzz” Folley

William Frank “Buzz” Folley, 73, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away April 12, 2015, at his home.

He was born on October 20, 1941, to Harry and Christine Folley, in Flomot, Texas. He lived in Texas until coming to Northern Colorado in 1964.

Buzz worked in the oil fields and construction prior to opening Performance Welding in 1974. He owned and operated Performance Welding in Fort Collins for 22 years.

Upon selling the welding shop in 1998 Buzz retired. In retirement he started farming and ranching, on his farm north of Wellington, Colo. Buzz enjoyed running a cow/calf operation and running roping’s in the family arena. Buzz found great joy in supporting youth rodeo in the Folley arena.

Buzz loved rodeos in general and enjoyed participating in Team roping as a Header.

In the last few years Buzz enjoyed the quiet life on the farm until he moved into an assisted living facility in Fort Collins. He quickly became the life of Collinwood Assisted Living and made many friends. While there he enjoying playing poker, bingo and socializing.

Buzz is survived by his companion, Carol Arnold; two sons, Eric (Tamie) of Timnath, Colo., and Tom (Stacy) of Greeley, Colo.; two nieces Denese Skinner of Texas and Terese Skinner of New York.

He is preceded in death by, his wife, Judy McDonough Folley, his mother Christine Folley, his Father Harry Folley, his step-mother Ruby Folley, and his sister Jackie Skinner.

Services were held April 17, 2015 at River of Life Fellowship Church in Wellington, Colo. Interment followed at Highland Cemetery in Wellington.

Please go to to share thoughts and memories with Buzz’ family. ❖

Tributes for April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015 — 

Kenneth Hartman

K enneth Harold Hartman, 86, of Guide Rock, Neb., passed away November 13, 2014, at his home.

Kenneth was born in 1928 on the Hartman farmstead near Rosemont, Neb.

He was raised in the Rosemont/Guide Rock area and graduated from Eckley High School in 1945.

On July 23, 1949, he married the love of his life, May Elizabeth Figgins. They farmed north of Red Cloud, Neb., from 1945-1955 and had four children, David, Daniel, Karen and Kenneth Jr.

They moved to northern Colorado in 1955 where another daughter, Kenda, was born. Ken worked at several area dairies before buying his own herd of cattle and moving to Loveland, Colo., in 1966. In 1973, Kenneth purchased a dairy north of Fort Collins, Colo. Children Lauri, Eric, and Alisa were added to the family, via legal guardianship, while in Colorado. Kenneth sold his dairy and retired in 1994. He drove for Harvest Farm in Wellington, Colo., for eight years.

Kenneth served as president of Northern Colorado Water Association for 30 years and was a delegate to the Colorado Rural Water Association. Ken represented the organizations at national conventions in the interest of providing drinking water to Northern Colorado.

Kenneth and May left Colorado in 2008, settling in Guide Rock, Neb.

Kenneth had immeasurable love for the Lord and his family. His smile and calm disposition made him a friend to everyone who knew him.

Surviving are his family, David Hartman and wife, Judy, Karen Nelson and husband, Wayne, Daniel Hartman and wife, Pamela, Kenda Peter and husband, Arnold, Lauri Mink and husband, John, Eric Walker, and Alisa Hartman; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; twin brother, Keith Hartman and wife, Daisie, and brother, Marvin Hartman; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his dear wife, May, infant son, Kenneth, Jr., two sisters, and five brothers.

Memorial services will be held April 25, 2015 at 1 p.m., at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud, Neb. Those who knew Kenneth are encouraged to attend as there will be an open time of sharing. If unable to attend, please send your cards and memories to the family at 715 Pleasant St, Guide Rock, Neb., 68942.

Interment: Rosemont Presbyterian Cemetery.

Full obituary may be viewed at ❖

Lois Marian Nichols

L ois Marian Nichols, 86, of Collbran, Colo., passed away February 7, 2015.

She was born July 17, 1928, in Collbran, Colo., to Thomas Hartley and Katherine Pitts Phillips.

Lois grew up in the Collbran area where she attended the Collbran Congregational Church and was an active member of the Rainbow girls.

In 1946, she graduated from Collbran Union High School as the valedictorian. Upon graduation Lois attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., on a scholarship to study History. After a year at college Lois returned to the Collbran area and married her high school sweetheart, Benjamin E. Nichols, on January 11, 1948.

Following Ben’s completion of a Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado A and M they returned to the Molina area and later purchased a ranch on Big Creek in Collbran, the same home Lois was born in. Here they ranched to be close to both of their families and set up a large and small animal veterinary practice.

Lois worked side by side with Ben as his veterinarian assistant, and was also the ideal hardworking ranch wife. She was devoted to her family and loved to cook for her family, friends and to anyone who wanted to stop by during the noon hour. Everyone was welcomed at Lois’s table and whenever the family went on a cattle drive the highlight was when Lois brought lunch.

During the summer and into the fall she loved to can fruits and vegetables that she grew from her immense garden and picked from her favorite fruit trees to stockpile them in her cellar.

In her spare time she was an active member of the Eastern Stars, Rebekah’s and an avid fan of baseball, she never missed a World Series. Quilt making was another hobby of Lois’s and she made it a goal to make a quilt for every one of her children and grandchildren, as well as a quilt for her granddaughter’s dolls. Ben and Lois were blessed with seven children, 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Ben of Collbran, Colo., son Benjamin Jr. (April) Nichols of Mesa, Colo.; daughters Ellen (Jim) Lancaster of Monte Vista, Colo.; Susan (Michael) Prescott of Grand Junction, Colo.; Joann (Matt) Robinson of Meeker, Colo.; Judy (Brad) Tutor of Gunnison, Colo.; Janet (Hal) Kime of Craig, Colo.; and Anita (Bill) Curry of Arthur City, Texas. As well as her brother Joe Phillips of Grand Junction, Colo., and sister Amy Phillips of Mesa, Ariz.

Lois was preceded in death by her mother Katherine Pitts Phillips, father Thomas Hartley Phillips, Sister Ilda Anderson, four brothers; Thomas D. Phillips, John Phillips and two infants.

Services were held February 14, 2015 at the Chapel in Martin Mortuary and at the Molina Baptist Church. ❖

Robert (Bob) Leon Fanning

R obert (Bob) Leon Fanning, 82, of Wauneta, Neb., passed away March 25, 2015, at his home.

He was born January 11, 1933, in Chase County, Neb., to Vern and Velma (Barnes) Fanning.

Bob attended Chase County high School and at the age of 17 he entered the US Navy serving in the Korean War aboard the USS Okanagen. He was honorably discharged in October, 1959.

He was united in marriage to Berneice Artist Jones on April 29, 1956, at the Crete Church west of Championm, Neb. They were blessed to have 59 years of marriage together. To this union three children were born: Marty, Mark and Mike.

During the course of his life, he was a successful farmer and rancher throughout Chase County, from which he never retired. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the Andrew Kinder Post No. 4688 for many years.

Survivors include: His wife, Berneice Fanning of Wanueta, Neb. Sons: Marty Fanning and Fiancé, Marci of Wauneta, Neb.; Mark Fanning and wife, Karen of Imperial, Neb., and Mike Fanning and wife, Elania of Enders, Neb. Four grandchildren, one step-grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Sister, Betty Kraxberger and husband, Frank of Alaska. Brother, Carl Fanning and wife, Joanne of Alaska. Sister, Kay Castle and husband, Merlin of Imperial, Neb. Sister-in-law, Ruth Fanning of Oregon. Sister-in-law, Burnetta Ahrens and husband, Bob of Imperial, Neb., and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held March 28, 2015, at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta, Neb. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.

Memorials are suggested to the Wauneta United Methodist Church, Wauneta American Legion and the Imperial VFW. ❖

Balyn Keen Brent

B alyn Keen Brent, 65, of Arriba, Colo., passed away of cancer complications on March 28, 2015.

He was born to Kimel and Wanda (Crom) Brent on September 1, 1949.

When Balyn was young, his parents moved north of Arriba, Colo., to begin farming. Balyn gave his life to Jesus Christ at the young age of 12 at Sunnydale Church. He attended Arriba High School and graduated in 1967. He attended McPherson College for two years before studying and earning his Bachelor’s Degree in General Ag at Colorado A & M University, in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1972.

On May 9, 1976, Balyn married Vicki Lynn Kressler. Life grew strangely dim in 1977, when Balyn suddenly lost his first wife and son, Aaron B. They both passed away from a rare blood disease.

On March 20, 1982, Balyn married his sweetheart, Linda Louise Helling at First Baptist Church in Fort Collins, Colo. Balyn and Linda moved to Arriba to build Brent Welding and Machine Inc., where he enjoyed countless hours of welding and engineering for 33 years. In the late 1990s, Balyn also started moving houses which he really enjoyed as well as grain bins, and other buildings.

On April 20, 1984, Balyn held his second son, Ephron, in his arms. Balyn and Linda had four more sons and one daughter.

Balyn was involved in the community and his local church. He was humble and content with what he had and would always stop what he was doing to help anybody. Balyn was a friend to all and a stranger to no one. Balyn’s greatest passion was being a dad and grandpa.

Survivors include; wife, Linda; sons, Ephron (Bobbie), Kysor (Melissa), Jonathan (Josie), Theron (Bethany), Caleb (Winnie); daughter, Shilo; his nine “little Urchkins”; parents, Kimel and Wanda; brothers, Terrell (Patty), Ralph (Dawn), Nelson; brothers-in-law, Bob (Janelle) and Steve (Shelley) Helling; sisters-in-law, Paula (Brad) Carver, Myrna (Don) Andrews, Marilee (Larry) Kelly, and Lisa Klinzmann; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by; first wife, Vicki; son, Aaron; grandparents, Shelah and Hassie Brent, and Frank and Mildred Crom; In-laws, Harold and Lucille Helling.

Memorial services were he held April 7, 2015, at Faith Family Fellowship in Flagler, Colo. Inurnment followed at the Arriba Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Arriba Fire House, Gift of Life Foundation or Wheatland Conference Center. ❖

James (Jim) Howell Parker II

J ames (Jim) Howell Parker II passed away on March 28, 2015, in Aurora, Colo., from heart complications.

Jim was born May 30, 1922, to James Howell Parker and Fannie Corinne (Jackson) Parker in Edgewood Arsenal, Md.

Jim’s father was a career Army man which meant the family was required to relocate frequently while Jim was growing up.

In February of 1943 Jim joined the Air Force. He was a Chief Engineer Clerk with the 383rd Fighter Squadron during WW II. Among his campaigns were Normandy, northern France, Air Offensive Europe, Ardennes Rhiniland and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945.

When he was a young cadet doing some of his clerks training in Greeley, Colo., he met Alma Bernice Haugen, whom he later married in August of 1947. They lived for a short time in Hanford, Wash., where he worked as a civilian at the plutonium producing facility, part of ‘The Manhattan Project’, which brought an end to WWII, and there after meeting challenges of ‘The Cold War’. They moved from Washington to north of Strasburg, Colo., where they lived with Bernice’s folks, working on the Haugen’s ranch.

In October of 1948 James Howell Parker III joined the family. In 1955 the family moved to Brighton, Colo., where Jim took a job as dispatcher for the Brighton Police Dept. They once again moved in 1959 to Sterling, Colo.,, where he was employed with the Colorado State Patrol as a dispatcher. This job took the family to several locations in Colorado and finally to Denver in the early 1970s where they have remained. Jim retired from the State Patrol in 1985.

Jim is survived by wife Bernice Parker, son James Howell Parker III, both of Denver, Colo.; nieces, Karen Alsbrooks of Paragould, Ariz.; Sharon Neira of Strasburg, Colo.; nephews, Terrence Lemont; Robert (Mary) Haugen of Eden Prairie, Minn.; great nephews, Steven Elmore of Paragould Ariz.; Tom (Heather) Neira of Bennett, Colo.; Scott (Crystal) Haugen of Belle Plaine, Minn.; great niece, Brenda Haugen of Greeley, Colo.; along with numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, a sister in law, three brothers in law, and two nephews.

Services were held April 12, 2015, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colo. Inurnment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

The family suggests any memorials be directed to Saron Lutheran Church in Strasburg, Colo., or St. Mark’s Lutheran in Aurora, Colo. ❖

Marie Albertson

K atherine Marie Younger Albertson, 98, passed away March 30, 2015.

She was born February 12, 1917, to Nona and Bert Gates on the Gates Ranch near Burns, Colo., where she was raised.

Marie graduated from Gypsum High School and attended Blair’s Business College in Colorado Springs. She then returned to Burns where she met Charles W. Younger. They were married October 5, 1941. They ranched near Oak Creek, Colo., for many years. They moved to Grand Junction for Charles’ health in 1961, and had lived there for 12 years when Charles passed away.

Marie and Joe E. Albertson were married in 1974. They spent many summers at his ranch in Burns, and winters in Grand Junction or Arizona.

Marie and Charles are survived by three sons, Bert (Rolanda), Daniel (Ethel), and Glen (Becky); seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren,; two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Younger, their daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Don Colson; her second husband, Joe Albertson; four brothers; four sisters, and her parents.

Services were held April 2, 2015, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo. ❖

Albert Hanlon

A lbert Robert Hanlon, 76, of Byers, Colo., passed away March 30, 2015, at the Medical Center of Aurora, Colo.

He was born on May 21, 1938, in Denver, Colo., to Albert Hanlon, Sr. and Lucille M. Hanlon. He was their first born child.

He attended a country school which was across the road from his home, then went to Strasburg to school and graduated in 1956.

He married Margaret (Marge) Turner on August 5, 1960. To this union was born Brenda Kay on June 21, 1962, and Cheryl Lynne on February 2, 1964.

Albert worked for Adams County and in construction, but his heart was in farming. He farmed with his brother Kenneth until his brother passed away in 1996. They were not only brothers, but best friends. Albert continued to farm until his health prevented him from doing so.

Albert and Marge in their 54 years of marriage spent time vacationing to different places. He especially enjoyed his family and friends.

He was a charter member of the Deer Trail Elks Club, a member of the Aurora Eagles and the Aurora Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife, Marge Hanlon, his daughters Brenda (Bob) Wells and Cheryl (John) Eastwood, his mother Lucille Hanlon, his sisters Carol Davis and Maxine Jolly and brother Bruce (Jan) Hanlon, nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his dad Albert Hanlon, Sr., brother Kenneth L. Hanlon, granddaughter Natalie Eastwood, mother-in-law and father-in-law Faye and Jim Turner, brother-in-laws Jimmy Turner and Boyd Davis.

Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Services were held April 3, 2015, at Strasburg Community Church in Strasburg, Colo. Interment followed in the Byers Cemetery. ❖

Alvin Siefkas

A lvin Siefkas, 98, of Eads, Colo., passed away March 30, 2015, in Pueblo.

He was born January 21, 1917, at Lacelle, Iowa to Fred and Ella Mae (Smith) Siefkas.

Alvin’s family moved to Haswell, Colo., arriving August 1, 1920, when Alvin was 3-years-old. He started school at the age of four and graduated from the Haswell School in 1934 in the middle of the depression and the dust bowl. He worked various jobs including the CCC Camp in Red Feather Lakes, while building up a cow herd with his dad and brother. By the end of the 30s they had a farm of their own.

In February of 1942, after Pearl Harbor, Alvin volunteered in the Marine Corps, serving with the 2nd Marine Division in the South Pacific until his discharge in September, 1945. His unit received a Presidential Citation for “bravery beyond the call of duty” for their part in the battle on the island of Tarawa.

He and Louise Elizabeth Jacobs were married January 20, 1945. They raised eight children while operating dairy farms first at Akron and then at Elizabeth, Colo. During those years Alvin served on the Elizabeth school board, the Elbert County planning and zoning board and was elected as a board member on the Intermountain Rural Electric Association. He was named the Outstanding Conservationist of the Year for Elbert County in 1978. After he and Louise moved to Eads, Colo., he served on the Kiowa County planning and zoning board and on the Eads town board. He also served as trustee, deacon, and Sunday school teacher in the churches they attended in Elizabeth, Castle Rock, and Eads.

Alvin is survived by his children, Darnly and husband, Larry Motter, Kim and wife, Donna Siefkas, Ricky Siefkas, Kevin and wife, Marsha Siefkas, Kerry and wife, D Siefkas, Roxana and husband, Conrad Smith, and Craig Siefkas; 18 grandchildren, a growing number of great-grandchildren; sister, Iola Geiger; numerous nieces and nephews along with many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; daughter, Sharon Maleto; granddaughter, Katherine Maleto; daughter-in-law, Lesley Siefkas; parents, Fred and Ella Siefkas; brother, James Siefkas; sisters, Thelma Prescott, Mildred Jacobs, Ruby Weisdorfer, and Helen Siefkas.

Services were held April 4, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Eads, Colo. Interment took place at Haswell Cemetery. ❖

Etta Fern Ashcraft

E tta Fern Ashcraft, 83, of Scott City, Kan., passed away on March 30, 2015.

Etta-Fern was born on July 15, 1931, in Copeland, Kan., the daughter of Spencer and Jessie Shuman Glover. She was the fifth of nine children.

On December 28, 1946, Etta-Fern was united in marriage to Walter A. Ashcraft in Limon, Colo. The newly wed couple honeymooned in Simla, Colo., and moved to the Homestead Farm-Ranch of Walters folks, Marion and Saide. In 1954, with a family of four they settled in the country where they actively farmed and ranched.

Etta-Fern became a wonderful homemaker, and she enjoyed things such as gardening, cooking, Sunday afternoon ice cream socials, playing cards with the neighbors, arrow head hunting and sewing. She was a good little bowler and loved to play the piano and dance in her day. Etta-Fern’s amazing talent and accomplishments was her art work that her family will cherish forever.

She was a member of the Rural Central Bible Church in which she was very active.

She and Walter lived on the ranch for 48 years. Walter passed away on May 31, 1997, in Santana, Kan., and shortly after Etta-Fern moved off the farm where she resided with Terry and Jayne Ashcraft and family in Limon, Colo. She moved into a new home in Limon on August of 1999, after that moving to Carla’s Cluster Care for a short time and then moved to Scott City, Kan., in March of 2014 to be closer to her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Etta is survived by two son’s, Terry and Jayne Ashcraft of Limon, Colo., and daughter, and Mike and Heather Glover of Idaho, three daughter’s; Diana and Dick Jennison of Healy, Kan., Dana Cranston of Park, Kan., and Donna Glover of Albuquerque, N.M. She is also survived by three brothers; Dale and Lynn Glover of Arizona, Edward and Linda Glover of Limon, Colo., Gary and Georgiana Glover of Calhan, Colo., one sister, Edna Mae Boegher of Dodge City, Kan., 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and a host of over 1,000 nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 50 years, two brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter.

Services were held April 10, 2015, at the Love Funeral Home in Limon, Colo., with inurnment at the Simla Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Full Gospel Assembly in Limon, Colo., or Central Bible Church in Matheson, Colo. ❖

John Bowen

J ohn “Johnny” Bowen, 90, of Franktown, Colo., and Fly'n B Ranch, passed away peacefully April 2, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

Loving Husband of 66 years to Katherine.

A Memorial Service will be held on April 17, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Parker PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., in Parker, Colo. A Reception will immediately follow the Service (also at the PACE Center). ❖

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Nell May Perrett

N ell May Perrett, 95, passed away February 5, 2015, in Wibaux, Mont.

Nell was born in Gordon, Neb., to Peter and Blanche Andersen, and grew up with eight siblings.

She became a school teacher and met a pupil’s older brother, Royce Perrett, who she wed in 1944.

After WWII, Royce and Nell began ranching, which took them from the Sandhills of Nebraska, to Isabel, S.D., and then Wibaux, Mont., over the next 70 years.

Nell developed polio in 1950, and though it made many changes in her life, she adapted and became an active member of many communities and was involved in many activities throughout her life. Royce and Nell raised three children, Marc, Barbara and Jerry, who continued to be an important part of their lives.

Nell was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile, a talented seamstress, and always a teacher. For many years, she was a 4-H leader, mentoring youth in the Isabel community. She became an acclaimed quilter and enjoyed collecting (especially thimbles), following bull riding, and watching her family grow. She so loved her children, their spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and Royce.

Nell is survived by her husband Royce Perrett, who is on a ranch in Wibaux, Mont., brother Joe Andersen of Pinedale, Wyo., children Marc (Laurie) of Port Townsend, Wash., Barb Lutz (Arny) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jerry (Rayetta) of Port Townsend, Wash., grandchildren Megan Huber (Andy) of Leavenworth, Kan., Courtney Pushcar (Shaun) of Sheridan, Wyo., and great grandchildren Hadley, Jonell and Hunter.

Nell requested her ashes be returned to a private location in the Sandhills of Nebraska. A memorial service is planned for mid-June at the Grace Lutheran Church in the Skaar community north of Wibaux.

The family asks that any memorial considerations be made to Sidney Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, 314 Road 101, Sidney, Mont., 59270. ❖

Joe Ray Bain

J oe Ray Bain, 84, of Dumas, Texas, passed away March 18, 2015.

Joe was born to Clarice and George Bain on April 22, 1929 in Claude, Texas. They moved to a farm east of Dumas in 1930 after surviving the dust bowl.

He graduated from Dumas High School in 1946 and began working in the family business in Texas and Colorado. He took over the farming operation from his brother Bill in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., where he met the love of his life Norma Jean Hammer. They were married on July 6, 1950, in Raton, N.M.

For over 40 years, Joe was a successful rancher and farmer and raised a wonderful family. Joe was a 4-H leader, ASCS committee board member, school board member, and a devoted church member in Castle Rock, Colo. Their ranch in Colorado grew to more than 10,000 acres owned and leased comprising of 300 cows, 300-500 yearlings, and 600 acres of wheat, oat and alfalfa.

Joe and Norma moved to Dumas, Texas, full time in 1990 where Joe became an active board member of Dumas Church of the Nazarene.

He leaves behind his wife Norma of the home; three children: Don Bain of Pueblo, Colo., Linda and Jim White of Dumas, Texas, and John and Beth Bain of Stuart, Okla.; sister-in-law: Carole Lowe of Cheyenne Wells, Colo.; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a host of special friends who all appreciated his loving nature. His smile, laughter and his Christian faith is seen in his wife, his children, Grandchildren and Great-Grand Children.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and their spouses; daughter-in-law: Marcie Bain.

Services were held March 23, 2015, at the Church of the Nazarene in Dumas.

The family request donations to the Church of the Nazarene in Dumas, Texas or your favorite charity. ❖

Harry John Hansen

H arry John Hansen passed away March 22, 2015.

Harry was born on the family homestead north of Genoa, Colo., April 24, 1922, to John Hansen and Ella Petersen.

Harry attended Union Country School through the eighth grade. Harry was in the first graduating class of the new Genoa School building in 1940.

After graduating high school, he worked several different jobs but knew his passion was the family farm. In 1944, Harry joined the naval war effort, going to San Diego to serve. While in California, he also held other part time jobs including working in a brewery.

On January 30, 1945, he married his sweetheart, Joan Daleen Potts. They were married in Daleen’s parents home in Genoa. When Harry was discharged from the Navy, they moved back to Genoa.

Harry and Daleen had four children, two girls (Loretta and Christy) and two boys (Tim and Ross). In 1965, they lost their oldest son, Tim, who was 16-years-old at the time when he passed in a tragic accident.

In the spring of 1948, Harry bought the Conoco gas station in Genoa, and the couple moved from the country into the town of Genoa. Harry, however, continued to farm while running the gas station. In 1955, Harry traded the Conoco station for the farm where they lived for 59 years. Over the years, they renovated and made additions to the farmhouse and buildings. They raised their children on the farm and enjoyed their grandchildren, until moving into Carla’s Assisted Living in 2014.

Harry was a member of the Genoa Evangelical United Brethren Church. Harry was very involved with numerous remodels of the church, including the stained glass doors, donated by Harry and Daleen in memory of their son, Tim. The beautiful doors have been moved and are now enjoyed as windows above the entrance to the church.

Harry enjoyed being involved in the community and serving on the Genoa School Board in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was also a long time member of the Genoa Lions Club.

Harry enjoyed socializing and visiting with friends. He enjoyed playing cards for most of his life. Harry also enjoyed going to the local coffee spot several times a week until the last year of his life.

Harry took the family on many trips. Once the kids were grown, Harry and Daleen continued to travel in the US, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and Europe. They also enjoyed many Elderhostel educational vacations.

Harry valued education and was proud to see all his kids graduate from college. He also enjoyed helping young people, providing employment for many through the years on the farm.

Harry is survived by his wife of 70 years, Daleen; his sister Vera Clark of Aurora, Colo.; daughter Lori Hansen of Bennett, Colo., daughter Christy Cook (Fred) of Salt Springs Island, British Columbia Canada; son Ross Hansen (Sharon) of Genoa, Colo.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harry was preceded in in death by his son, Tim; sister, Mary Brintnall, and nephew Ricky Clark.

Services were held March 28, 2015 at Genoa United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Genoa Community Cemetery. ❖

Ruth Brown Perry

R uth Brown Perry (Ditty) passed away March 24, 2015.

She was born November 28, 1918, in Denver, Colo., to David Robinson Crocker Brown and Ruth McNutt Brown.

Ruth spent her childhood summers in Aspen, Colo., at the family home above Hallam Lake and her winters in Denver, Colo. Growing up, Ruth was an avid horsewoman, often riding horseback with her family to Snowmass Lake, over Taylor Pass, and numerous other trips in the mountains.

Known affectionately as “Ditty” to her friends. She treasured the Quiet Years in Aspen. Ruth loved to ski and often hiked up Aspen Mountain for a run. She enjoyed hiking with family, friends, and her dogs.

She married her lifelong childhood friend Robert M. Perry (Bob) on May 17, 1940. They moved to Carbondale, Colo., in 1941 and started the Mt. Sopris Hereford Ranch where they raised cattle, horses and their seven children. Bob and Ruth were married for 66 amazing years. They ranched for over 65 years and were an integral part of the Carbondale community.

Throughout her life Ruth welcomed everyone into her home, with a cheery smile, welcoming spirit, and food for any number of last minute visitors. Ruth’s enthusiasm for life was contagious and filled everyone around her with joy. Ruth instilled in her children and grandchildren a love for the outdoors, and the knowledge of how to live life abundantly. For Ruth, the abundant life was one filled with love for God, Country and Family.

She is survived by her six children: Robert (Robin) M. Perry III (Cindy Perry), Roz Turnbull (Tom Turnbull), Ted Richardson (son in law), Nancy P. Shaffer (Dr. William Shaffer), William K. Perry (Judy Fox-Perry), Marj Perry (Bill Fales), Charlotte Perry White (Dr. Andrews A. White), 26 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren, all of whom she kept up with and loved dearly.

She was predeceased by her husband Bob, daughter Ruth Richardson, and her brothers Gordon, Fletcher, and DRC Brown.

Services will be held April 6, 2015, at 11 a.m., at The Orchard Gathering Center in Carbondale, Colo.

Memorials can be given to The Church at Redstone, N.W. Youth For Christ or The Carbondale Historical Society Thompson House. ❖

Roger Thompson

R oger Sherman Thompson, 82, of Ft. Collins, Colo. passed away March 25, 2015, at his home.

He was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, graduated in 1951 from Jesuit High School, attended Arlington College and received his teaching certification from East Texas State in Commerce, Texas.

Roger married Sandra Raish on December 15, 1956 and later married Patricia Honeyfield in 1969.

He lived the life he wanted from beginning to end. Roger was a rodeo cowboy, rodeo clown and photographer, a magazine publisher and author of “Cowboy Preacher,” taught Junior and Senior High School, was an accomplished private pilot, and an actor and stuntman in such films such as “Hang ‘Em High.” Roger was an artist in both oil and charcoal, sang and played the guitar, was a Sherriff’s Deputy, a volunteer firefighter/EMT, a school bus driver, a columnists for the Fence Post and had a little ranch where he chose to live out his days.

Roger lived a cowboy’s life with his purpose being to give glory to God by sharing the message of Jesus Christ. He touched many lives during his ministry through the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.

Roger is survived by his six children: James Roger Thompson, twins: Valerie Romo and Deborah Dodson, Lisa Davis, Holin Honeyfield and Audra Beth Thompson; his first wife and long-time-friend, Sandra Thompson; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 31, 2015, at River of Life Fellowship in Wellington. ❖

Margaret E. Johnson

M argaret E. Johnson, 91, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away March 25, 2015.

She was born November 19, 1923, at the family farm at Yoder, Wyo., to Thomas and Florence (Henke) Eaton.

Growing up on the farm, Margaret was active in 4-H and graduated from Veteran High School. She then attended the University of Wyoming, graduating with honors, then attended Northwest Medical School in Chicago, Ill.

Returning to Wyoming, she married Everett Johnson on March 7, 1947, in Torrington, Wyo.

After their marriage, the couple ranched west of Laramie in the Harmony Community, and during their ranching career Margaret was a member of the Harmony Home and Community Club, the Harmony and Albany County Farm Bureau, Zonta, and the Albany County Cowbelles. She also served as a 4-H Leader and on the Albany County Library Board. During her term on the library board the present Albany County Library was built. She also worked at the University of Wyoming in the College of Ag.

She was a very gracious lady, enjoying her family, country living, and her involvement in community service.

She is survived by her daughter Joyce Tyrrell (Bill) of Buffalo, Wyo.; her son, David Johnson (JoLynne) of Stratham, N.H.; grandchildren, Kenli Urruty (Tyler) of Denver, Colo.; Mark Tyrrell of Portland, Ore., and Amanda Johnson of New York City, N.Y.; a brother Mel Eaton (Rosalie) of Torrington, Wyo., and a sister-in-law Carol Speight of Prescott, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett in 2011, and a brother John Eaton.

Services were held March 31, 2015, at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie, Wyo. Burial followed in Green Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Laramie or to the Albany County Cattle Women. ❖

James West

J ames Luther West, 83, of Johnstown, Neb., passed away March 25, 2015.

He was born January 4, 1932, at Norwich, Iowa, to Ben and Hattie (Hardin) West.

When he was small, the family moved to Holt, Mo., returning to Iowa when he was about three. He and his two youngest sisters attended Clarinda High School. He graduated in 1950 and enlisted in the Coast Guard a year later. James served his country for three years, in Cape May, New Jersey, Grand Isle, Louisiana and was honorably discharged from Grand Isle Lifeboat Station, Grand Isle, La.

After his military service, James came to western Nebraska where he visited the Sandoz, and decided to stay. He worked for the Sandoz for several years. It was during this time that he met and later married Shirley Ann Lewis. The two made their first home in Chadron, Neb.

Through the GI Bill of Rights, James trained to be an electrician. Soon after this, Fritz Sandoz offered James the opportunity to manage his ranch which was located northwest of Chadron, Neb. It was there that their first son Jeffrey was born. Later the family was relocated to a ranch north of Taylor, Neb., where a daughter, Rachel and son, Daniel were added to the family.

In 1965 the family purchased a ranch of their own southwest of Johnstown, Neb., where James lived until his death.

James was a member of the Woodlake Union Church and also joined the Gideons International.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three children, Jeffrey (Bethanie) West of Omaha, Neb., Rachel (Jonathan) Stevens of Wheaton, Ill., and Daniel (Carla) West of Johnstown, Neb.; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Symons of Saginaw, Mich., and Ethelene Jones of Warsaw, Mo.

James was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Clifford, Dolton, Elza, and Frank, and sisters Corrine Kendrick, Beda Stogdill, Melody Ridnour, and Maxine Reed.

Services were held on March 31, 2015, at the Wood Lake Union Church in Wood Lake, Neb. Burial was at the Ainsworth Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideons or to the Wood Lake Union Church. ❖

Robert R. White

R obert R. White, 72, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passsed away March 26, 2015.

He was born to Raymond C. and Arlene L. (Hammond) White in Paonia, Colo., on January 10, 1943.

He spent his childhood in Hotchkiss, graduating from HHS in 1961. He continued his education, and graduated from CSU in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army.

On July 27, 1969 he married Edra L. Siemers in Moorcroft, Wyo. Together, they raised a son and two daughters.

Throughout his career, he was always willing to share his vast knowledge of fruit-growing with other orchardists. He was a long time board member and past president of the Western Colo. Horticulture Society and was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2012; He served on the Colo. Apple Committee, and on multiple water boards including the Colo. Water Conservancy District for 35 years. His community involvement included serving as president of the cemetery board, and 1st State Bank board. While raising his children, he coached baseball and was very supportive of the community youth sports programs.

His hobbies and interests included many outdoor activities, especially whitewater rafting.

He is survivored by his wife, Edra of Hotchkiss, Colo.; his daughter Kelly Reilly and husband Ian,of Hotchkiss, Colo.; a son Chris White and wife Nancee of Hotchkiss, Colo.; and daughter Cari Roberts and husband Dave of Golden, Colo.; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild; three sisters, Ludene Urquhart of Castle Rock, Colo., Hazel Lee MacKendrick of Grand Junction, Colo., and Charlene Price of Eckert, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will take place at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge on April 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. ❖

Betty Joan Pearman

B etty Joan Pearman, 84, of North Platte, Neb., passed away March 27, 2015.

Betty was born on October 27, 1930, in Lakeside, Neb., to Frank C. and Freida (Leistritz) Adam.

She grew up on the family ranch at Lakeside and finished high school at the Curtis Ag High School. After graduation she took her teacher’s training and went on to teach at various rural schools in the Sandhills.

She met Bob Pearman in 1947 and the couple was married on September 10, 1950, at Lakeside Methodist Church. They lived on the family ranch before moving to their own ranch in Maxwell, Neb., in 1951, where they continued to live and ranch for the next 63 years. Betty also ran the Flock Inn for many years and was always a good listener and mentor to many of the people that came in. In addition she drove the school bus for several years.

Betty is survived by her children Doug (Collene) Pearman of Maxwell, Neb., and Jolene (Clarence “Butch”) LaBore of Mullen, Neb.; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren as well as many other extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bob; daughter Barbara; and three sisters Edna Boots, Elaine Mellinger and Jean Neafus.

Services were held March 31, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial followed at Plainview Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Maxwell Public Schools Scholarship Fund. ❖

Jessie Pauline Vian Lehmkuhler

J essie Pauline Vian Lehmkuhler, 98, formerly of Stapleton, Neb., passed away March 27, 2015, at North Platte, Neb.

She was born May 28, 1916, the eldest daughter of Jess J. and Florence Harriet (Whelden) Vian, at the family home near Simpson, Colo.

Pauline came to Nebraska as a child, attended the Hoaglund School and graduated from the Gandy High School in 1936. Following her graduation, she lived with and worked for families caring for mothers and babies during childbirth until she married.

Pauline married Ernest George Lehmkuhler September 28, 1936, at North Platte, Neb. They lived and farmed near Stapleton, Neb., until 1990 when they sold the farm to his cousin, Charles and Twyla Kramer. They purchased lots on C Street in Stapleton, and designed and built a beautiful and comfortable home. They moved into the new house March 17, 1990. Ernest suffered a stroke June 9, 1990 and because of his forethought in the design of their home, was able to live at home where Pauline lovingly cared for him until about six months before he died on September 6, 1992. Pauline continued to live in the home with the help of the children, friends and neighbors until October 26, 2007, when she moved to Independent Living at Centennial Park Retirement Village.

Pauline was baptized and raised in the First Baptist Church of Arnold. She, Ernest and their family joined the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton in March 21, 1948. They were very faithful members, actively teaching Sunday School, Women’s Association or helping out wherever they were needed. She was ordained an Elder, January 25, 1981 and served until 1984. She had read the Bible through 20 times by the year 2000.

Ernest and Pauline had four children, Ernest, Virgil, David and Charlene. They always raised a large garden and most of their own meat as the family growing up.

Pauline was very involved in the community serving as a 4-H leader and Extension leader. She preserved vegetables, fruit and meat by canning and freezing. A testament to her generosity was her special invitations extended to ministers, visiting church guests, friends and family members to come to the farm for a generous meal. She sewed the children’s clothing on a treadle sewing machine until 1959 when they purchased a new Necchi sewing machine.

Survivors include: Sons, Ernest (Ardis) of Dodge City, Kan.; Virgil (Karen) of Sidney, Neb.; daughter Charlene (Dwayne) Berger of Dannebrog, Neb.; daughter-in-law Barbara Lehmkuhler of Copperas Cove, Texas; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sister in-law Gwen Vian and many special nieces and nephews.

Pauline was preceded in death by a son David Lehmkuhler; granddaughter Lorna Barrett; her husband; her parents; sister, Lucille Halstead; brothers Dean Vian and Walter “Harry” Vian.

A graveside service was held April 2, 2015, at the Arnold Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are requested to the Cornerstone Church, Gideon’s or KJLT. ❖

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March 30, 2015 — 

Duane Clyde Bartels

Duane Clyde Bartels, 82, of Ft. Collins, Colo., passed away March 5, 2015

Duane Clyde Bartels was born August 30, 1932, as the only child of Thelma Mae Ulrich and Frank Leroy Bartels in Fort Collins.

He grew up on the family farm northeast of Fort Collins graduating from Fort Collins High School in June 1950. He attended one semester at Colorado State University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in February 1951. He served in the Pacific during the Korean War on the Bonn Homme Richard earning a Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a National Defense Medal while being stationed at Point Mugu in California.

When he was home on leave, he eloped with Olive Belle Norton on December 21, 1951. When she graduated from high school in June 1953, she joined him in California where their daughter, Joyce was born.

He was honorably discharged on February 1955 with the rank of TD3.

Upon returning to Ft. Collins, they moved to a farm northeast of Ft. Collins where he resided until his death. He farmed for 60 years growing Coors barley, pickles for Dreher Pickle Company, corn, alfalfa, sugar beets, pinto beans and raised cattle and SPF hogs. He was awarded Outstanding Young Farmer from the Ft. Collins Jaycees during the 1960s.

He served on the board for Poudre Valley CO-OP, Poudre R-1 advisory board and was a 4-H leader for several years. During that time, three more children, Carol, Doug and Donice were added to the family.

He was know for his quick wit and sense of humor and the ability to fix just about anything. He was the most amazing, hard working and caring man whose blue eyes and smile could light up a room and will be missed tremendously by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Olive, children Joyce (Stanley) Schwarz of Ft. Collins, Colo., Carol Neukirch of Fairplay, Colo., Douglas (Nancy) Bartels of Ft. Collins, Colo., Donice (Scot) Nealy of Greeley, Colo., six grandchildren, one step grandchild, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous step great-grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and one son-in-law, David Neukich.

Services were held March 11, 2015, at Grandview Cemetery.

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Marvin Ray Fisher

Marvin Ray Fisher, 62, of Hershey, Neb., passed away March 14, 2015 at his home.

He was born September 13, 1952, in North Platte, Neb., to Robert and Margaret (Korbel) Fisher.

Marv graduated from Hershey High School in 1970. Two years later he was drafted, serving in Germany during the Vietnam War. After his discharge, Marvin returned to Hershey and farming.

On August 28, 1976, he married Cynthia “Cindy” Eberly.

He hired out with the Union Pacific Railroad, he was laid off in 1983 when he went to work at the John A. Gentleman Power Plant at the guard shack. He moved up to a station operator, retiring in 2013 due to health reasons. After retirement he enjoyed helping his boys with projects, driving the grain cart and farming.

He loved pheasant hunting, water sports and the outdoors. Marvin loved a good story and loved to tell them, he was a kind, giving person, always helping others and very community minded. He loved his family very much, and had a heart of gold.

Survivors include his two sons, Jeff (Keri) Fisher and their children Elleigh and Neeva, and Ryan (Brenda) Fisher and their daughter, Hope Boggs all of North Platte, Neb.; twin sister, Marylin (Charles) Bicak of Kearney, Neb.; brother, Bill (Susan) Fisher of Maxell, Neb.; nieces, Libby Bicak of Lincoln, Neb., and Carlee Cochran of Holyoke, Colo.; nephew, Nathan Bicak of Radford, Va.; numerous other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Cindy.

Services were held March 18, 2015, at the Maria Lutheran Church in Hershey, Neb. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Neb. Cremation was chosen.

Memorials may be made to the Maria Lutheran Church of Hershey or to the American Legion No. 279. ❖

Lawrence Rudolph

Larry (Lawrence) Walter Rudolph, 87, passed away March 21, 2015.

He was born in Ft. Collins, Colo., on November 14, 1927. He was the sixth of seven children of Fannie and Charles Gordon Rudolph.

Larry grew up on their farm east of Ft. Collins, Colo., and attended Boxelder School. He graduated from Fort Collins High in 1946 where he was a wrestler and cheerleader.

Larry served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division from June 1946 to January 1948. Then, he enrolled in Colorado A&M (now CSU) where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Larry graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture.

While attending Colorado A&M, he met his future bride, Marietta Rough, of Denver, Colo. They were married April 4, 1953, then lived in a house Larry built next door to the farmhouse where he grew up. They had three children, Jennifer, Jeffrey, and Jody.

Larry enjoyed farming all of his life, where he mainly raised corn, sugar beets, sheep and cattle.

Larry was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Timnath Community Players, Elks Lodge, Lambfeeders Association, and the Lake Canal Irrigation Board.

Larry is preceded in death by his wife Marietta and daughter Jennifer.

Services were held March 28, 2015, at the Timnath Presbyterian Church.

Donations may be made to the Timnath Presbyterian Church or Parkinson Foundation. ❖

Eleanor M. Brew

Eleanor M. Brew, 86, of Olathe, Colo., passed away March 22, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.

Eleanor M. Kettle was born on February 15, 1929, to John and Ida (Maxfield) Kettle in Telluride, Colo.

She spent her childhood in Austin and Cory area, Eleanor graduated from Delta High School in 1947. After high school, Eleanor went on to further her education at Western State Collage in Gunnison, Colo.

On February 8, 1948, Eleanor married Merle Brew in Austin, Colo. To this union two children were born. The couple just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past February.

Eleanor was a member of Delta United Methodist Church. Eleanor worked at Whitney Pontiac, Gibson’s Mink Farm and Community Options but being a farmer’s wife, a mom, and grandmother was the most important.

In addition to her home and garden, her special pleasures were her many friends, the dinner club, bridge club, and Sunday picnics, and numerous trips especially the trips to Hawaii.

Eleanor is survived by her husband, Merle Brew of Olathe, Colo.; son, Wayne Brew of Delta, Colo.; daughter, Merlene Brew of Delta, Colo.; grandson, Quinn Archibeque of Delta, Colo.; great-grandchildern Morgan Archibeque of Cedaredge, Colo., and Steven Archibeque of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Douglas Archibeque.

Services were held March 26, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo. Interment followed at Mesa View Cemetery. ❖

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March 23, 2015 — 

Fred Patterson

Fred Patterson, 80, of Erie, Colo., passed away March 6, 2015, in Longmont, Colo.

Fred was born August 14, 1934 to Fred and Annie Patterson.

Fred was raised and attended rural schools in Weld County.

He served in the service for the United States Marine Corps.

He was a single father who raised three children which he was very proud of. In 1980 he married Fern Patterson which he gained three step-sons.

Fred was dedicated to his family and worked at Longmont Packing where he retired.

He loved animals. He raided sheep, chickens, ostriches, a pig and goats. He was an avid hunter. He loved to fish and watch sports.

Fred is survived by his wife, Fern Patterson; daughters, Connie Patterson and Debbie Patterson; son, Rick Patterson; stepsons, Dennis Orbach, Bob Orbach, and Kevin Orbach; sisters, Ethel Wilson and Elsie Seal; and brother, Roger Patterson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ted Patterson and Charles Patterson; sisters, Hilda Birsall, Agnes Brunner, Ruth Brawner, Amy Terry and Pearl Ryan.

Service were held March 13, 2015, at Crossroads Church in Ft. Lupton, Colo. ❖

James R. Schmaltz

James (Rick) Schmaltz, 76, of Delta, Colo., passed away March 10, 2015.

He was born on September 9, 1938, to Adam Frank and Margaret Kathryn (Mildenberger) Schmaltz in Olathe, Colo.

He grew up on a farm on Garnet Mesa.

He married Janice L. Tefft in May 1957. They later divorced.

Rick worked at Western Tanning for 29 years as the warehouse foreman.

He moved some of his family to Rock Springs, Wyo., and worked for an Oil field business for four years before moving back to his own little farm north of Delta, Colo. He also worked for San Juan Produce, and Tuxedo Corn in Olathe, Colo. There he learned to drive the corn picking machines, and later hauled corn from the field to the cooler/warehouse. He was also known for working at Hi-Q for numerous years during packing season. He also did custom farming in the area.

Rick enjoyed hunting with his son and family, and spent many weekends and days, drowning a worm, and sometimes catching a fish. He also was seen every morning at a coffee clutch with friends at Butch’s Cafe or the Stockyards Restaurant. He liked shooting the bull, and spending time with his large family, especially at pot lucks and barbecues.

Rick is survived by five children; Richard of Delta, Colo., Debbie (Tom) Clark of Delta, Colo., Alvin of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Oman, Steven (Nikki) Schmaltz of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Robin (Terry) Dalpiaz of Delta, Colo. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Three sisters, Elanore (Bill) Timbrook of Concord, Calif., Kay (Moe) Durbin of Hoodsport, Wash., and Pat (Alvin) Chick of Delta, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews, also by his best friend for 20 years, Debbie Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, John, Andrew, Adam Jr., and Edward, also by seven sisters Betty, Ann, Marie, Marge, Barbara, Bertha, and Bea.

A celebration of Rick’s life was held March 21, 2015 at IOOF (Oddfellows) Lodge No. 116 in Delta, Colo. ❖

Donald Allen Welch

Donald Allen Welch, 85, of North Platte, Neb., passed away March 10, 2015 at the North Platte Care Center.

He was born August 6, 1929, in North Platte, Neb., to Robert Allen and Iliean Grace (Litz) Welch. Don grew up south west of Paxton, Neb., attending District 8 school through the 11th grade when he finished early to hunt and farm with his family.

He farmed the family homestead his entire life.

He entered the US Army in April 1951, serving in the Korean War.

On September 11, 1951, he married Cassie L. Bryant in Paxton, Neb.

After his discharge, he returned home to start his family and continue his love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing and trapping. Don’s life centered around his family, hunting, and the outdoors. He did not know a stranger, would bail anyone out of jail once, and did not expect anything in return!

Survivors include his wife, Cassie of North Platte, Neb.; children, Becky Vandewalker, Pat ( Teresa) Welch all of North Platte, Neb., Diane (Leo) Gonzalez of Lexington, Neb., Mike Welch of North Platte, Neb., William (Judy) Welch of Paxton, Neb., Tom Welch of North Platte, Neb., and Gina (Scott) Covington of Fredricksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Matt ( Crystal) Welch of North Platte, Neb., Melissa (Mike) Logan of DeSoto, Mo., Austin Welch of North Platte, Neb., Jeremy (Mandy) Evans of Hastings, Neb., Sadie (Brad) Worthing of Lexington, Neb., Jesse (Lacie) Evans of Elwood, Neb., Chloe Gonzalez, Barron Gonzalez both of Lexington, Neb., Kolby Welch of Ft. Collins, Colo., Willy Welch of Omaha, Neb., Audrea Welch and Emily Welch both of Paxton, Neb., Max Covington and Alex Covington both of Fredricksburg, Va.; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Cooper of Lincoln, Neb; numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Cecilia Rice; grandchildren, Molly Welch, and Connor Covington.

Services were held March 14, 2015, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Paxton, Neb. Burial followed at the Paxton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Charge Syndrome Foundation for the disabled.

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Simon Moore Jr.

Simon Moore Jr., 62, of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away March 13, 2015.

Simon was born December 1, 1952, in Kirbyville, Texas, to Simon Moore Sr. and Marie Moore. Simon was very proud of both his Coushatta Indian and Irish heritage.

Simon was a student at Elizabeth High school in Elizabeth, La., and Pitkin High school in Pitkin, La., and attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.

Simon’s true passion was roping and he was the best header he knew, he was a golfing legend in his own mind, believed you should “Love Purple and Live Gold,” was a true coyote and prairie dog terminator and turkey slayer, the bartender of the Broken Arrow Arena Saloon and teller and re-teller of tall tales and the infamous Facebook fire starter.

Simon was a member of the Rancheros Visitadores part of Los Paisanos camp (ride on Paisanos), United States Team Roping Championship, World Series of Team Roping, and Perry Park Country Club.

He spent countless hours as a volunteer for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Board of Directors, C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), Semper Fi Fund, Wounded Warrior, Mountain States Circuit Finals Timed Event Director, and Director of Jim R. and Bonnie White Memorial Roping to benefit Colorado High School Rodeo Association.

Simon was a huge advocate for the C.A.S.A benefit roping, auction and kid’s fun day. He was a youth baseball coach and a very animated grand stand coach for his granddaughter’s volleyball games.

Both personally and professionally there wasn’t a selfish bone in his body, and through his business Town and Country Foods he made countless donations to a wide range of charitable causes.

He was drafted into the Army in 1971, he was a true patriot that believed in God, Family, and his country. He stood true to his beliefs and never backed down, right or wrong, especially when he was wrong.

Simon was a man of Faith, he held tightly to his precious Savior Jesus Christ. Salvation was his armor, and the Bible was his sword. He faithfully supported his church and his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Simon is survived by his wife Brenda Barr Moore (B. Moore), his daughter Kim (Kimbo) and husband Scott Bailey, his son Scott (Boo) Moore, granddaughters Aubri and Hanna Bailey, stepson Seth and wife Beth Sneller, Uncle Jimmy Moore, brother Tony Moore, sister Sandy Moore, brother Danny Moore, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, father-in-law Bennie Barr Sr and wife Donna, mother-in-law Elle Barr, two of his oldest friends Andy Anderson and Johnny Manual, and an abundance of close and dear friends (Simon never met a stranger), and his faithful companions Otis and Hank (the first dogs to ever live in his house).

He was preceded in death by his father and best friend Simon Moore Sr., Uncle Dee Moore, Cousin Randy Davis and Ma T.

Services were held March 20, 2015 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Semper Fi Fund ( or CASA Advocates for Children, 166 Main Street, Elizabeth, Colo., 80107. ❖

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March 16, 2015 — 

Robert E. Nazarenus

Robert “Bob” E. Nazarenus, 82, of Denver, Colo., passed away December 28, 2014.

Bob and his twin bother were born on February 21, 1932 to Philip and Mary Nazarenus in Torrington, Wyo., the second to the youngest of 13 children.

Bob grew up in the Severance/Windsor area and worked on the family farm until he joined the Navy in 1952. He served on the troop carrier USS Barnett and was stationed in Guam. After his tour of duty he was sent to Treasure Island in San Francisco, then on to San Diego Naval Destroyer Base.

He returned home on leave and married Mary Lou Weigle on September 5, 1952, a union that lasted 62 years.

Bob also served on the USS Okanoga which took him to Japan, Okinawa, and the coast of Korea, and was honorably discharged.

While stationed in San Diego, their first child Robbie was born; then came Cindi Lou, Chuck and Gi Gi. He immediately got a job at Denver Water as a load control supervisor where he worked for 36 years, retiring at age 58.

He was very active in sports, playing softball for the Denver Water Board teams, coaching his boys baseball and football and bowling with his family on a team named Bob-a-Lou. He was also an avid Broncos and Avalanche fan.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 109 in Windsor and joined the Holy Family Men’s Club where he worked the beer booth every year at the annual bazaar.

Bob was committed to his faith, family and friends

Bob loved to dance, going out almost every weekend — mainly Dutch Hops and Polkas. He would even dance while waiting in line!

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou, children Rob (Kathy), Cindi Lou (Lee) and Chuck; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister Edith and brother Milton.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, siblings Alex, Mary, Thelma, Linda, Esther, Eleen, Ben, Bud and Roy and his daughter Gi Gi.

Services were held January 3, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church. ❖

Miriam Tittmann Moreng

Miriam Tittmann Moreng, passed away Feb. 6, 2015.

Miriam married Robert E. Moreng in 1950 and together they lovingly raised a family including: George (Sylvia), Nathan (Robin), Jon (Carol), Diane (Garry), Michael, Charlie (Mary), and Joseph (Janet), all whom survive. She was blessed with fourteen grandchildren: Kate, Jared, Aaron, Kelsey, Jesse, Lauren, Melissa, Stacey, Bridget, Justin, Carley, Kevin, Audrey, Amy, and one great grandson due in May.

Miriam and Robert moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1955 where Bob became head of the poultry science department at Colorado State University. Miriam enjoyed her years working on the family farm and Diamond Peak Ranch. She was once employed at CSU as a seed analyst.

Miriam accompanied Bob to foreign countries and after his passing in 1995 she traveled to Africa, rafted the Grand Canyon, visited Mexico, and enjoyed trips within the USA. She was a true adventurer, never afraid to consume a fried grasshopper, bake a pinto bean pie, or make endless products from rhubarb.

Miriam was a gardener by every meaning of the word. She found peace and reflection in her bountiful vegetable gardens, and joy in raising and nurturing farm animals and pets. She always loved turtles.

Miriam’s interests included art, reading, weaving, baking, bee keeping, and writing. She loved fishing on Diamond Peak Ranch and was able to continue this passion through her late 80s. Miriam seldom complained and exhibited toughness during life’s challenges.

Miriam’s wish was that she be cremated. A celebration of her life will be held in the spring. ❖

John E. Davidson

John E. Davidson, 73, of Las Animas, Colo., passed away suddenly on February 16, 2015, at his home.

He was born on June 5, 1941, to Neil and Dorothy (Crays) Davidson in Las Animas, Colo.

John married Sherry Lyons on November 12, 1981.

John graduated from Las Animas High School where he played with the two time state basketball championship team. He graduated from Iowa State University, attending there on a full ride basketball scholarship.

Following college John spent the remainder of his life on the family ranch. He spent his entire life on the family ranch. Ranching and grandkids, kids in general, were his life.

He recently became a board member of the Las Animas-Bent County Community Center and was a well respected member of the community.

John was a husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend to everyone.

John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sherry of the family home; children, Carrie (Randy) Babb of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tonya (Boyd) Bender of Las Animas, Colo., and Brad Davidson; brother, Robert (Brenda) Davidson of Las Animas, Colo.; grandchildren, Luke (Aimee) Babb of Kansas City, Mo., Wyatt (Kaelina) Babb of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lindsey Babb of Colorado Springs, Colo., Hailey Davidson, and Broc and Hannah Bender of the family ranch in Las Animas, Colo. And a soon to be great-grandson, Raylan Jackson Babb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Dorothy Davidson and his in-laws, Bob and Maxine Lyons.

Services were held Februaqry 21, 2015, at the Las Animas-Bent County Community Center.

Memorial donations may be made to the Seed and Supply Church, 736 Ash, Las Animas, Colo., 81054 or to the Las Animas-Bent County Community Center or to the Bent County 4-H. ❖

Mary Ann Alverson

Mary Ann Parrish Alverson, 72, of Loveland, Colo., passed away February 28, 2015.

She was born August 29, 1942, in Carey, Texas, to Arthur Leo Parrish and Tressie Lavena (Williams) Parrish.

She married the love of her life Ronald Lee Alverson on April 15, 1961, in Boulder, Colo., and they enjoyed 48 years together.

She was very dedicated to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She worked in the family businesses, the Boulder Color Center in Boulder and Mountain View Welding in Longmont. She joined husband Ron on the road when he worked for Longmont Foods. She also cleaned houses for several years and made many friends along the way.

Mary Ann also loved the outdoors where she spent a good deal of time gardening and enjoying animals. She truly enjoyed studying God’s word with her church Shepherd’s Chapel and loved sharing her faith and understanding with family and friends.

She is survived by brothers Clarence Parrish of Texas, Lonnie Parrish of Alaska, three children, Chris Alverson and wife Julie of Loveland, Colo.; Kevin Alverson of Gravette, Ark.; and Julie Schmidt and husband Jason of Gravette, Ark., nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ronald, parents Leo and Tressie and brothers Vaughn and Jesse.

Services were held March 14, 2015, at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland, Colo.

Donations may be made to the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter. ❖

Allen “Al” Knott

Allen “Al” Knott, 101, of Arthur, Neb., passed away March 5, 2015

Al was born September 27, 1913, at the family farm northwest of Albion, Neb. He was the third child of eight children.

In 1936 he traveled from Albion to Grant, Neb. In August of 1939, he married Dorothy Ott of the Grant area. To this union three children Karol, Doug, and Tim were born.

Al and Dorothy worked for Walt Haythorn, ran a garage in Arthur, Neb., and then moved to the Storer ranch east of Arthur in 1951. In 1962 they moved to the Trego ranch, 15 miles west of Tryon. Dorothy died in August of 1969.

Al married Nellie Wheeler Walz in 1970. Al and Nellie moved from the Schick ranch to Arthur in 1973. He worked at the Arthur Ranch Supply from the mid 1970s until 2011, when the business closed. Al and Nellie liked to square dance and enjoyed their many friends and relatives. Their home was always open to visitors and overnight guests. Nellie passed away in 2005.

Al loved to play cards, especially bridge and 500. He had a passion for gardening and many have enjoyed a free watermelon from his patch.

Al was a member of the Arthur Baptist Church, Zion Lodge 234 of Hyannis, A and A Scottish Rite Freemasonry of Alliance, and the Ogallala Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his children: Karol (Ed) Cooney of Arthur, Neb., Doug (Verdena) Knott of Sun City, Ariz., and Tim (Shelley) Knott of Arthur, Neb.; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his step-children: Louise (Johnie) Hendrix of Washburn, Mo., Jerry (Judy) Walz of Cody, Neb., Marv (Theo) Walz of Arthur, Neb., eight step-grandchildren, 12 great-step-grandchildren, and three great-great-step-grandchildren. Also two sisters: Phylis Michel of Albion, Neb., and Betty Miller of Omaha, Neb.

He is preceded in death by grandchild Shawn Cooney, step-grandchild Del Rae Walz, step grandchild Royce Slack, two sisters and three brothers.

The family chose cremation. Service were held March 12, 2015, in the Arthur Baptist Church

Memorials have been established to the Shriners Children’s Hospital and the Arthur County Betterment Authority. ❖

William Norman Michal

William Norman Michal, 75, of Flagler, Colo., passed away March 2, 2015 at the St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Norman was the sixth child of Frank and Ida (Kuhl) Michal. He was born on May 4, 1939 in Flagler, Colo.

He attended country school near his childhood home northwest of Flagler until consolidation in 1951. After his father died in April 1955, Norman and his mother moved into Flagler. Norman graduated from high school in 1957. During this time he continued to help on the farm.

After graduation Norman went to Fort Collins to attend CSU and help his brother, LaVern, at his gas stations. He only went to one year of college but he did earn his pilot’s license while there. Norman had a love of flying and gave many rides to family and friends along with helping to search for cattle and/or people. He also enjoyed buzzing folks on the ground. People called him “Storming Norman”. Norman spent many years crop dusting for Nelson Stake, owner of the Flagler Airport. He farmed northeast of Flagler when he wasn’t flying.

He married Vivian Schaal of Burlington, Colo., in 1969 in Scotts City, Kan. Norman, Vivian, and her children, Dian, Sherry and Duane made their home in Flagler, Colo. After their marriage dissolved, Norman lived on his farm.

In February 1999 Norman married Joyce Parrish of Yuma, Colo. Together they enjoyed many trips sightseeing and visiting family and friends by car and motorhome.

Norman never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. Through these trips they met many new friends.

Norman had served on the board of the Flagler Equity Coop. He was past coordinator of the Flagler Civil Defense of Kit Carson County. He was actively involved in the local Lions Club and went on to become the 1984-1985 Sixth Southeast District Governor. Through the years he was a member/officer of the Big Sandy Amateur Radio Club and other antique car and Ham radio clubs.

Norman is survived by Joyce, his brothers, David (Gwenn) Michal of Sterling, Colo., and LaVern Michal of Enterprise Ala., many cousins, nieces and nephews, Joyce’s mother, five children, 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ida Michal, his sisters, Helen (Lee) Ellsworth, Florence (Alfred) Dorsey, Eunice (Jim) Shaw, their husbands and sister-in-law Kathy Michal.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held May 3, 2015, from 1-5 p.m. at the Michal Farm. Lunch will be prepared by the Flagler Lions Club.

Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 98, Flagler, Colo., 80815.

Memorials may be made to the Flagler Lions Club in care of the High Plains Bank, Box 158, Flagler, Colo., 80815. ❖

Carl Lee

Carl Lee, 78, of LaPorte, Colo., passed away March 3, 2015.

He was born December 1, 1936, in Sturgis, S.D., to Bud and Margaret Lee.

The family moved to Frasier, Colo., for a short time until his Dad bought the 600 Ranch in Stove Prairie in 1943 where they raised cattle and operated a sawmill.

Growing up he had adventures with his brother Dean that most boys only dream about. He graduated from Cache La Poudre High School in 1955, and joined the Navy the following year, realizing after three days that he had made a mistake.

On September 8, 1958, he married Eloise Williams and they shared a wonderful journey for 56 years.

Carl worked hard from a young age skidding logs down the mountain behind a horse to their sawmill and off-bearing the sawed lumber. Over the years he held various jobs including being Head Herdsman at American Breeders Service. He took over the family ranch in 1977 from his Dad and operated it for 14 years until it sold in 1993.

Carl had a special connection with horses, livestock and children. He was one of the best horsemen God ever created, and was often referred to as the last of the real cowboys. After losing most of his sight and riding a horse was no longer possible, he bought a colt “Little Bit,” and broke him to pull his wagons that he built. The two of them were often seen throughout the LaPorte and Bellvue areas.

He most loved breaking his colts, riding out to check his cattle in the mountains, elk hunting, the road trips he and Eloise took throughout the U.S., family, friends, and a good cold beer.

This amazing man set the standards for hard work, honesty and love so high that most men cannot even imagine achieving what he was. He never knew a stranger and would do anything for anyone in need. So very, very many friends loved Carl. In his last few weeks he often said “Well, It’s been a good ride!”

Carl is survived by his loving wife, Eloise; daughters, Lorri (Pat) McGregor, Debbi (Denny) Hodgson and Cindi Lee, all of this area. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one brother, Billy Lee and countless friends who loved and respected him.

Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Dean.

Contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.

Services were held March 9, 2015, at Wellington Community Church. ❖

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March 9, 2015 — 

William Kenneth Caldwell

William Kenneth Caldwell, 89, of Lakewood, Colo., passed away February 4, 2015.

He was born to the late Willie and Ivy Seaton Caldwell, February 17, 1925, in Grahamville, Ky.

Kenneth graduated from Metropolis Community High School in 1943.

Kenneth had a passion for flying and attended Aviation Cadet Training in 1943. But by 1944, the Army needed reinforcements. Though disappointed, he faithfully served his country during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946, earning three service citations.

In 1951 he received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Denver and married Jane Schwob.

Kenneth worked as a Directory manager for U.S. West, until his retirement in 1984.

Kenneth never forgot his rural roots and the importance of family. He often spoke fondly of farm life, eagerly lending a hand at his daughter’s farms both in Colorado and Montana.

Kenneth often shared family photos, old stories and genealogies with his children. His love of beekeeping, traced back to his grandfather. He played the trombone and guitar and enjoyed singing harmony — his love of music no doubt kindled from sitting next to his mother as she played the piano — his love of growing things, inspired by her as well. His simple but elegant rose garden will be one of the family’s fondest memories of him.

Kenneth was fascinated with wood working. Over his lifetime he designed and built furniture, restored antiques, and with his love of the west and horse drawn vehicles, built an authentic Concord Stagecoach in the family garage. Kenneth was also an accomplished architect and successfully planned and built two homes for his family. The work was tedious but leant itself to his patient and precise nature.

Kenneth’s mind seemed to never stop — he always kept a file of drawings and detailed notes of his ideas in his workshop. Many of his inventions were ahead of his time but would appear in his children’s generation — brought to fruition by others — while Kenneth tended to a busy home and work life.

Above all, Kenneth will be remembered by close friends and family as bright, optimistic, gentle, sincere and caring, always eager to share his wisdom and experience — ready in an instant to lend a helping hand to anyone, no matter what their station in life. A man at peace with himself and his accomplishments, always hopeful, not looking to go, but with his strong faith, ready when the time came. A loving son, husband and father who always took time to smell the roses and taught others to do the same.

Kenneth is survived by his wife: Jane Caldwell, of Lakewood, Colo.; daughters: Deborah Skow of Keenesburg, Colo.; and Carolyn Withrow of Holyoke, Colo. He is also survived by his nephew Craig Marshall of Parker, Colo.

Kenneth did not want a formal memorial service. But his family and friends will honor him with a living memorial — leading their lives by his example. Be patient and persistent, be generous to others, be OK with what is but always strive for more, love and support your family, and never stop looking for the beauty in life. ❖

Paul “Soapy” William Gardner

Paul “Soapy” William Gardner, 95, of Yuma, Colo., passed away and February 20, 2015, at the Yuma Life Care Center.

He was born in Denver, Colo., November 21, 1919, the only surviving child of John William “Bill” Gardner and Florence “Floss” (Paul) Gardner.

Paul grew up in Yuma, Colo., working at the family’s implement business from the time he was a young boy and playing football long before the days of Yuma Indian’s proud colors of red and white — somewhere in the basement is his Yuma Cornhusker’s purple and gold team sweater. Paul graduated from Yuma High School in 1937 and attended CU Boulder, graduating in 1942 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. It was during his college days that he received his nickname “Soapy.” Apparently, there were four “Pauls” in the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity house and since his initials were “P & G” (as in Procter and Gamble), he was from then on known as “Soapy.”

On April 7, 1942, Paul was inducted into the U.S. Army. While on leave, he married Julia “Anne” Bewley on November 14, 1943, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Denver. Paul met Anne while she was visiting her Aunt Stella Vaughn, former owner of Hotel Yuma. The couple honeymooned at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and then made their home in Brownwood, Texas, where Paul was stationed until the summer of 1944. Anne returned to Colorado when Paul was transferred to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. During his furlough, before he was deployed to France during World War II, their first son, Paul “Soapy” Jr., was born October 15, 1944.

Throughout his years in the Army, Paul worked in various field and general hospital units in France and sent weekly, sometimes daily, correspondence to his “folks” and wife and son, detailing his travels and sights in his near-perfect penmanship. In a letter dated August 9, 1945, he wrote of the “new atomic weapon” he had heard about on the Truman radio address, following the August 6 bombing of Hiroshima. In this letter, he talked of his hopes that the war would soon end. His wishes came true, and in January 1946, he was discharged from the Army.

Once back from the Army, Paul and his family lived at 220 W. 2nd Avenue and soon welcomed a second son to the family. John Winton was born on Anne’s birthday, September 7, 1948. Paul was proud to work with his dad at Farmers Implement, buying into the business in 1949 and beginning plans to build a ranch-style house just one block south of his childhood home, where his parents still resided. In 1950, Paul, Anne, their two boys, and dog, Brownie, moved into their forever home at 501 S. Birch Street, where he resided until he entered the Yuma Life Care Center in December 2011.

Working at Farmers Implement — often seven days a week — until 2011, Paul carried on the father-son tradition of the family business with John, who began his career as an implement dealer following his graduation from CSU in 1970. Paul’s longtime business partner, Howard Crowley, sold his share of the business to John in 1990. John eventually bought Paul’s share as well, allowing Paul to slow down—though he still worked every day, sometimes enjoying an extended lunch hour with his newfound “retirement”, and proudly using his manual typewriter and balancing the books to precision. When thinking about Paul’s hobbies, it’s easy to conclude that he viewed Farmers Implement not only as his career, but as a true passion and even as his hobby. He spent many Sundays “at the store” and later picked up “Annie” for a trip to Woody’s Drive-In and a country drive to see the crops. He loved the golden wheat and green corn fields and always worried about the weather.

Paul was a member of the United Methodist Church, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion and Masonic Lodge, and a former member of the Yuma Hospital Board, County Fair Board and Lions Club.

He was a patient and kind husband and accompanied Anne on many Denver shopping sprees, always happy to carry her purse and coat, as well as those of the grandkids who often tagged along. As a couple, they also enjoyed playing Bridge together.

Paul loved his boys and seldom missed any of their events—he even attended most of his grandchildren’s events, by then answering to the name “Grandad” and usually wearing his IH, and later Case IH, work shirts. Paul threw the football and baseball to his boys and grandkids, never seeming to tire. He mowed his yard and scooped his walk for years longer than he should have. He trimmed the rose bushes, and once, in an overzealous attempt to “clean up the yard”, he pulled out all of Anne’s beloved gooseberry and raspberry bushes—never would he hear the end of that one. Each Christmas, he happily hung his wooden snowman and “Hi” on the front on the house and greeted visitors with a “Ho, Ho, Ho”.

When he wasn’t at work, Paul loved to travel, taking his extended family on vacations to Texas, Oregon/Canada, Hawaii and many weekend trips to Denver for fancy meals and plays at the Buell Theatre. Paul and Anne continued traveling as long as they could with the Heritage Club and were known for their many visits to see their grandchildren, and eventually great grandchildren.

In 2004, Paul attended the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. During this trip, he was asked to speak at the National Archives, where his tales of his years in the war were recorded and will forever remain. Also in 2004, though not on his Washington, D.C. trip, he met President George W. Bush and proudly gave framed copies of their picture shaking hands to his family that Christmas.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Gardner; son, Paul “Soapy” Gardner; parents, John William “Bill” and Florence “Floss” Gardner; baby brother, John Wilmer Gardner; and father- and mother-in-law, George and Verla Bewley. He is survived by son, John, and wife, Cindy Gardner; grandchildren, Robert Woodward (wife Cheyenne), Lisa Gardner-Pettigrew (husband Aaron and son Caden Kokes), Jeff Woodward (wife Angela), Cory Gardner (wife Jaime and children, Alyson, John Thatcher and Caitlyn) and Paul William III “Trip” Gardner.

He was a hard worker, loyal husband, dedicated father, and proud grandad and great grandfather. His family likes to think of him standing beside Annie in Heaven, holding her purse and admiring the fields in the perfect weather—no hail or drought and always just the right amount of rain, and best of all, only International Harvester tractors.

The Memorial Service was held Monday, March 2, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Yuma Methodist Church in Yuma, Colorado, with Pastor Jaime Nieves officiating. The inurnment followed at the Yuma Cemetery, directed by Baucke Funeral Home. ❖

William “Everett” Segelke

William “Everett” Segelke, 86, passed away February 23, 2015, on his ranch near Hillrose, Colo.

He was born July 5, 1928, in Brush, Colo., to F. W. “Bill” and Lusine (Friedrichs) Segelke.

Everett attended and graduated from Roosevelt School near Merino, Colo.

After graduation he spent two years serving in the US Army stationed in Germany.

Shortly after his discharge, Everett met Ruth Helen Wiebe at a square dance in Sterling, Colo., on April 24, 1954. They were married on the same date one year later. They were married almost 60 happy years. They spent those years raising their family and ranching the same land that Everett spent his entire life on.

Everett’s faith was very important to him, raising his family to share his love of God. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church until it combined with Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Morgan, Colo., and name was changed to Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church. He served as an elder for many years.

Everett was an expert fence builder, excelling at making them straight and tight. He was a well-known horseman and for years had a band of mares and a band of mammoth donkeys. He also raised and sold many colts and mules. He had many friends and customers far and wide and enjoyed those relationships. He was very social and loved to visit. He loved to attend horse auctions across the country and enjoyed taking his family along. He always enjoyed draft horses and working teams of horses. Everett loved all type of livestock work. He was able to spend his lifetime doing what he loved — building fence just moments before his passing. He and Ruth loved music, especially attending bluegrass festivals with friends.

Everett is survived by his wife, Ruth; three daughters, Kim (Vic) Vondy of Sterling, Colo., Arlene (Darrell) Smith of Yuma, Colo., Naomi (Pat) James of Carr, Colo.; two sons, Chris of Brush, Colo., and Glen of Atwood, Colo.; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, Francis (Gwendolyn) Segelke of Brush, Colo.; Burlie (Shirley) Segelke of Hillrose, Colo., and Wesley (Marty) Segelke of Englewood, Colo., and many esteemed nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Susan.

Services were held February 28, 2015, at the Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church in Fort Morganm Colo. Interment was in the Merino Cemetery. ❖

Eddie Swendener

Eddie Ray Swendener, 67, of Mullen, Neb., passed away February 23, 2015.

Eddie was born on March 13, 1947, in Mullen, Neb., to Ray and Mary (Carr) Swendener.

He went to rural school K-8th grade north of Mullen, Neb. He went to Mullen and graduated high school in 1966.

He was drafted into the Army in 1969. He served in Germany for two years as a mobile artillery mechanic.

After coming home he worked at various construction jobs, the village of Mullen, school bus driver, at Buchfinck Ranch fencing and other various jobs.

Eddie is survived by his mother Mary Kravcisin of Mullen, Neb., two brothers, Rod Swendener of Mullen, Neb., and Ted (Bonnie) Swendener of Mullen, Neb., three nephews, four nieces, seven great-nephews and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his father and both sets of grandparents.

Services were held March 4, 2015, at the Mullen Funeral Home. Inurnment was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.

Memorials may be given to Mullen American Legion Post No. 109 or VFW No. 5541. ❖

Norman Peterson

Norman Clay Peterson, 79, of Eaton, Colo., passed away February 25, 2015.

He was born in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., on September 12, 1935, to Julius and Koneta Peterson.

He grew up in Wild Horse, Colo., and graduated from Kit Carson High School in 1953. He then attended Otero Junior College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Northern Colorado.

Norm felt blessed to have worked in a variety of fields in his career. He was a brick layer, teacher, coach, personnel director of Monfort, owner of The Greeley Hat Shop and crop insurance adjuster.

He married Margaret on May 11, 1968, in Loveland, Colo. Their children are Cathi Fulton, Cindy (Paul) Franks, Diana (Michael) Jacobs, Rocky (Susan) Peterson, Ricky (Judy) Peterson, Terri (Marty) Dahlgren, and Julie Geist.

Norm was a member of Lions Clubs for 46 years. He held every local, district, and state office. He was a member of the Galeton Community Church for 30 years and current member of the Briggsdale Baptist Church.

His interests included agriculture, woodworking, antique clock repair, and sports of all kinds. His family was the pride and joy of his life.

Norm’s survivors are his wife Margaret, seven children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 12 great grandchildren, and sister Glaida Craven of Kit Carson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merle and Allen Peterson, son-in-law Earl Fulton, and grandchildren Matthew Fulton and Melissa (Fulton) Nicklas. Also preceding him in death were four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.

Services were held March 2, 2015, at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, Colo. Interment at the Briggsdale Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kersey Lions Club or the Matthew Fulton Memorial Scholarship in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, Colo., 80620. ❖

Twyla Mae Shadonix

Twyla Mae Shadonix, 90, formerly of Arnold, Neb., passed away February 26, 2015, at the Callaway Good Life Center.

Twyla was born on May 28, 1924, in Stapleton, Neb., to John M. and Edna A. (Willoughby) Layher.

She grew up in the area and attended country schools in Logan County, graduating from Stapleton High School in 1941. She took normal training while in high school and after graduation she taught in McPherson County. She later worked with her dad at Gunderson Plumbing in North Platte, Neb.

On April 4, 1945, she married Charles “Owen” Shadonix at St. John’s Rectory in Stapleton, Neb. The couple lived on the farm on Garfield Table Road until 1961 when they bought the Remington Arms Motel in Ainsworth, Neb. After selling the motel in 1975 the family moved to North Platte, Neb., then on to Arnold, Neb., around 1978 and built a home there. In 2011 she moved to the nursing home in Callaway, Neb.

Twyla enjoyed knitting, crafts, shopping and was a good cook. She also belonged to St. John’s Catholic Church and the Busy Country Homemakers Extension Club.

Twyla is survived by four nieces Sharon (Chub) Dailey of Stapleton, Neb., Glenda (George) Winters of Garden City, Kan., Vickie (Kevin) Curtis of North Platte, Neb., and Debbie (Larry) Myers of Stapleton, Neb.; a nephew Duane (Jeroldine) Schlientz of Almogordo, N.M.; as well as numerous great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Owen in 1991; and a great-great nephew Zachary Winters; two sisters Ethel (Clarence) Pinkerton and LeVerna (Leslie) Schlientz; and an infant brother Orville Layher.

Services were held March 4, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial followed at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the Callaway Good Life Center. ❖

Esther E. Holscher

Esther E. Holscher, 94, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away Feb. 26, 2015, at Indian Hills Healthcare.

Esther Elizabeth Holscher was born November 11, 1920, in Jansen, Neb., the daughter of Heinrich and Marie C. (Bier) Funkner.

She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. She received her early education in Jansen.

Following her fathers’ death in 1930 the family relocated to Paxton, Neb., to be closer to family.

Esther graduated from Paxton High School in 1938 and then continued her education at Kearney State Teachers College. In 1941 she began her teaching career in Keith County at a rural school and later in Ogallala Public Schools.

On January 23, 1959, Esther married Ernest Holscher and they made their home on the family farm southeast of Ogallala, Neb. She became a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies’ Aid. She volunteered in other church activities including Vacation Bible School.

In 1965 the Holschers adopted three children Renee, Jae and Yvette.

In 1983 Esther and Ernest moved into Ogallala, Neb. Esther moved to Wel-Life Assisted Living in 2007.

Her hobbies included sewing, gardening and keeping her flowers beautiful. Esther also volunteered at Indian Hills Manor and as a Pink Lady at the Ogallala Community Hospital.

Survivors include her children Kim (Dan) Dobson, Jae Holscher, and Yvette Unruh; and nephew Ron (Evelyn) Siffring. Four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Ernest in 1994, daughter Renee Hawley in 1982, three grandchildren Kenneth, Tara, and Marie; and six brothers and sisters.

Service were held March 2 , 2015, at St. Johns Lutheran Church, southeast of Ogallala, Neb. Interment followed in the Ogallala Cemetery. ❖

Danny D. Cotten

Danny D. Cotten, 75, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away March 1, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.

Danny was born on February 26, 1940, to Clyde D and Bertha Z. (Dodge) Cotten in Paonia, Colo.

He spent his childhood in Crawford, Black Mesa, and Crystal Creek. He went to school in Crawford and graduated in 1958. He has resided in Hotchkiss for the past 35 years. On July 1, 1960, Danny married Nola Belle Cruse in Delta, Colo.

Danny was a member of a nondenominational faith that meets in homes. He was part of the Hotchkiss Crawford Historical Society.

His interest included hunting and history.

Danny is survived by his loving wife Nola Belle (Cruse) Cotten from Hotchkiss, Colo.; his two sons: Mick and spouse Dawna Cotten, and Kent Leon Cotten both of Hotchkiss, Colo.; his three daughters: Dana and spouse Jordan Bogue of Grand Junction, Colo., Nila and spouse Bob McCuaig of Post Falls, Idaho, and Cari and Spouse Todd Coston of Bakersfield, Colo; and two sisters: Nita Brandon and Bonnie and spouse Gary Hess both of Crawford, Colo. Danny is further survived by 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde D. and Bertha Z. Cotten

Service were held March 7, 2015, at Hotchkiss High School in Hotchkiss, Colo., with an internment at Garden of Memories in Crawford, Colo. ❖

Theodore Ralph “Ted” Correll

Theodore Ralph “Ted” Correll passed away February 26, 2015, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

Ted was born on August 10, 1930, to Frank and Eva (Whittaker) Correll at their home south of Wallace, Neb. He attended grade school in rural Lincoln County, near Wallace, and graduated high school from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis in 1947. The family moved to their ranch home in McPherson County, south of Tryon, in 1946.

Ted married Lois Lavon Daly on March 16, 1951.

He worked at various ranches, including Storer Land and Cattle Company from 1951-1953. In 1953 they rented a farm/ranch east of Ringgold, until 1967, when they purchased his folks’ ranch, south of Tryon. In 1992 they sold the ranch and retired to North Platte, Neb., where they have since resided.

Ted served on rural school boards, the Agricultural Stabilization Committee for thirteen years and served on the Miller Cemetery Board for nineteen years. Ted enjoyed golfing and was always ready for a card game.

He and Lois were parents of three sons, Gerald Eugene, Douglas James, and Bruce Edward.

Ted is survived by his wife, Lois; sons, Gary (Deb) Correll of North Platte, Neb., Doug (Marlene) Correll of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Bruce Correll of Broken Bow, Neb; grandchildren, Allen (Jen) Correll, Ryan Correll, Kyle (Emily) Correll, Erin (Chris) Fortier, Sara (Nate) Luehrs, Geoff Correll, Bridget Correll; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Clarence (Evelyn) Correll and Jim (Della) Correll; sister, Evelyn Daly; sisters-in-law, Rita Correll, Ilene Daly, and Linda Paxton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Walter (Jack) and Clara Daly; a brother, Lenard (Rusty) Correll; brothers-in-law, Gerald Pyzer, Emory Daly, Ron Paxton, and Art Daly; and great-grandson, Jesse Tyler Correll.

Memorials may be made to Callahan Cancer Center, Great Plains Health Hospice, or donor’s choice.

Services were held March 2, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial was at Miller Cemetery near Tryon, Neb. ❖

Clint Edward Loyd

Clint Edward Loyd, 78, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away peacefully on February 27, 2015. He was surrounded by his family at Aspen House in Loveland, Colo.

A complete obituary and details of a Spring memorial service to follow. ❖

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Willard Henry Hofmeister

Willard Henry Hofmeister, 88, of Alba, Texas, passed away December 23, 2014, in Sunnyvale Texas hospital.

He was born October 14, 1926, in Haxtun, Colo., to the late Dan E. and Gladys (Switzer) Hofmeister.

His Father Dan, died suddenly from a ruptured appendix when Willard was 9-years-old. Being the oldest child in the family he took on lots of responsibilities.

Willard was a mail carrier at the age of 15.

He graduated from Holyoke High School, Holyoke, Colo., in 1944, and joined the Navy at age 17. He served during World War II on the USS Kula Gulf CVE 108.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 90 in Holyoke, Colo., and Disabled American Veterans.

On March 13, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Dela Prussman. They were married in the Methodist Church in Holyoke, Colo., to this marriage, their son Dan was born November 1, 1948. Their daughter Pam was born December 4, 1949, son Ryan was born April 7, 1951, and another son Terry was born July 8, 1952.

Survivors include his wife Neilia Hofmeister of Alba, Texas. Dan Hofmeister of Cumby, Texas. Pam Ertle of Sterling, Colo., Terry Hofmeister of Amherst, Colo., John Hofmeister of Austin, Texas, Billie Deel of Alba, Texas, Sally Hofmeister of Waco, Texas, sister and brother-in-law, Nelda and Dale O’Neal of Holyoke, Colo., Dela Prussman of Sterling, Colo., and Dolores Hofmeister of Fort Morgan, Colo.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dale, Melvin and Raymond Hofmeister.

Services were held December 27, 2014 at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home chapel. Burial was in Salem Cemetery in Alba, Texas.

Memorials may be made to

Ronald Jerry Jaehn

Ron Jaehn, 70, of Eaton, Colo., passed away January 3, 2015.

He was born April 6, 1944, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Otto Paul Jaehn II and Goldie Irene Jaehn.

Ron attended Fort Collins High School then joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division deploying to Germany from 1961-1964.

He returned to Colorado where he made a career in HVAC, home inspection and home remodeling. They moved to Sheridan Wyo., in 1978 where they started their HVAC business. In 1985 they moved the company to Colorado Springs, Colo., and then to the Black Forest, Colo. They resided there until moving to Eaton, Colo., in 2004.

Ron was very skilled with his hands and built and remodeled several homes for his family as well as others.

Ron loved the outdoors and was happiest when he was hunting, fishing, or camping. He especially loved the trips he took with his son, stepsons, and son-in-laws to hunt and fish in Alaska, Wyoming, Nebraska and Monte Vista, Colo. They made some wonderful memories they will cherish forever. He loved spending time with his whole family. His home was always open and all were loved and welcome.

Ron is survived by his wife, Pat (Knaus); son, Sean (Annette) of Eaton, Colo.; stepdaughters, Tracy Blumenshine (Craig) of Riverton, Wyo., Nanci Loseke (Dave) of Sheridan, Wyo.; stepsons, Chris Rumley (Laurie) of Winchester, Tenn., Todd Rumley (Marla) of Loveland, Colo. Grandchildren, Trevor, Hannah, Seth and Jaehn, Courtney Heischman (Eric), Kyle Blumenshine (Caroline), Cody Blumenshine (Rachel), Jenna and Josh Loseke, Ryan and Sydney Rumley, Brock, Soren and Aubrey Rumley; great-grandchildren, Nixon, Jaehn and Stella Heischman. His sisters, Helen Laurence of Fredrick, Colo., Bobbi Ware of Longmont, Colo., Elaine Debruyan of Washington; brother, Fred Jaehn (Pat) of Mississippi; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death his parents; three brothers, Bill, Dick and Bud; and his beloved daughter, Heather Jaehn.

A memorial service will be held March 2, 2015 at 11 a.m., at the Cowboy Church, 33131 Hwy 85 in Lucerne, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Denkai Animal Sanctuary 36710 WCR126 Grover, Colo., 80729 or Hospice of Northern Colorado 2726 W 11th St Rd, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Thelma Bell

Thelma Bell, 94, of Craig, Colo., passed away February 3, 2015, in Steamboat, Colo.

She was born August 8. 1920, in Bovina, Colo., to Joe and Marie Busselle.

Her mother died when she was 6-months-old, so she was raised by her aunt until the age of six. Her father, a Rock Island depot agent, brought her and brother, J.B. to Norton, Kan., where she graduated from high school. Thelma then attended Colorado Women’s College and graduated in 1940, with a business degree.

After working a short time for the federal government, she married John G. Moore on April 12, 1941, brother to her college roommate, Norma Moore. The two worked in sawmill camps in Deer Trail and Green Ridge for John’s grandfather, Herb Moore. When World War II broke out, they moved to Hiawatha, Utah, to work in a coal mine, where two children were born, Virginia, (Ginni), and John E. They moved to Yampa, Colo., in 1952, where Linda joined the family in 1953.

While John worked in mining and ranching, Thelma worked as a reporter to the Steamboat Pilot, and secretary to superintendents’ at the SOROCO school system. John passed away in 1979, and Thelma continued the ranch enterprises, and worked at the Routt County Clerk’s office.

After meeting Wal Bell, a widower from Australia, they were married in November 1987. Traveling between Australia and Oak Creek, fulfilled Thelma’s desire to see the world, which she treasured very much. Wal passed away in 2000, and Thelma continued to travel until 2008, when she settled in Oak Creek for good.

Playing bridge and visiting with her friends and family fulfilled her life until she suffered poor health. Thelma played piano and organ for church, wedding, and funeral services for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Ginni Steele (Reg) of Mt. Gambier, Australia; son, John Moore (Jennifer) of Pine Haven, Wyo., daughter Linda Lamb (Tom) of Jackson, Wyo.; stepsons and daughters, Kate Hayne (Ed) Yampa, Colo., John Bell (Robyn) of Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, Jenny Holcombe (Brian) of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many friends in USA and Australia.

A memorial will be posted at a later date in June, 2015. Burial will be in the Yampa Cemetery. ❖

Robert Kidd

Robert Richard (Bob) Kidd, 67, passed away February 18, 2015, at his home in Eaton, Colo., surrounded by his loving family. He fought valiantly against throat cancer for over four years.

Bob was born December 21, 1947, in Albuquerque, N.M.

He attended schools in New Mexico and Colorado. He enrolled in the Navy and served his country as a Navy Seal.

Bob married Judy Ritter on March 30, 1970, in Aurora, Colo. They would have celebrated 45 years of marriage next month.

He worked in the construction industry his entire life as a heavy equipment operator, an estimator and a supervisor.

He was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local No. 9, the American Legion and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Bob loved the outdoors and enjoyed many hunting, fishing and camping trips with his family and friends. He was an avid Nascar and Denver Broncos fan, and he enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. Bob was a cowboy through and through and he embraced the western way of life. He loved all animals and they loved him back. He was a loyal friend and enjoyed hearing a good story.

He is survived by his wife Judy, his daughter Coleen (Tony) Lyman of Berthoud, Colo., his son, Andy (Julie) of Eaton, Colo., his grandchildren Lisa and Jesse Lyman and Dalton and Raeleigh Kidd, his large extended Ritter and Goman family, his best friend, Phil Chadwick and many other friends. He embraced being a brother-in-law and ‘Uncle Bob’ to many.

Services were held February 27, 2015, at Northern Colorado Cowboy Church in Lucerne, Colo.

Contributions may be sent to Halcyon Hospice at PO Box 177 Mead, Colo., 80542 or The Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kan., 66675.

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John H. Lousberg

John H. “Jack” Lousberg passed away on February 11, 2015 at his home in Sterling, Colo.

He was born on January 20, 1928, in Fleming, Colo., to Edward Peter and Mary Irene (Berg) Lousberg.

He attended New Haven, St. Peters Catholic, and Fleming Schools.

Married to Elda Rizzolo on June 4, 1955, they became parents to Terrie and Richard, who were born on the same day 11 years apart. Although he didn’t become “Grandpa Jack” until he was 80 years of age, he was blessed to receive Cade, Ciana, and Emoree all at once.

Jack loved being a farmer; the land and his family were the loves of his life. He was a great husband, dad, grandpa and brother. As a master of all trades with a streak of perfectionism, there was almost nothing he couldn’t accomplish; be it carpentry, mechanics, plumbing, or inventions to get the job done just a “certain way.”

Drafted into the U.S. Army on October 27, 1950, and trained at Camp Polk, La., Jack, along with the entire 45th Division Thunderbirds, was shipped to Korea in March of 1951. Sergeant Lousberg served on the front line for nine months and received three Bronze Service Stars for the campaigns of Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, and Heartbreak Ridge. He was Honorably Discharged on August 16, 1952.

Active in his communities, he was lifelong members of the Elks Lodge 1336 and the VFW Post 7153 of Fleming, Colo.; he served on the Board of the Farmers Co-operative Elevator for 12 years, and was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Sterling, Colo., serving on the Church Council for several years. On March 19, 1990, he was honored as Conservationist of the Year for 1989 by the South Platte Soil Conservation District.

Jack is survived by his wife, Elda Rizzolo Lousberg; his daughter, Dr. Terrie Lousberg Poulos (Dr. Michael Poulos); his son, Richard Lousberg (Christa Kuntz Lousberg); and three grandchildren; Triplets, Cade, Ciana and Emoree. Additionally he is survived by sisters, Virginia Brown (Finnis), Betty Pimple (Wayne), and Sister Mary Clarice; brothers, Eddie Lousberg (Joy) and Larry Lousberg (Dwanna). He is also survived by his sister in-laws, Luella Lousberg and Helen Lousberg.

Preceded in death by his father and mother, and two brothers, David and Frank.

Mass of the Christian Burial was held February 14, 2015. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Jack Lousberg Memorial Fund in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P. O. Box 1547, Sterling, Colo., 8075l. ❖

Vicki Lee Kennedy

Vicki Lee Kennedy, 72, passed away at the family home on February 19, 2015.

She was born on November 24, 1942, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Gerald Laird and Vivian Webb Laird.

Vicki was home schooled and then attended many schools in such memorable areas as Homer, Alaska, Bryce Canyon, and Hawaii as her father was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. She had fond memories of the years growing up free spirited in many different isolated areas.

While attending high school in Coachella, Calif., Vicki met and married William R. Burrage. To this union two children were born, William David and Rebecca Ann.

She later moved to Akron, Colo., where she met and married Don King Kennedy. To this union two sons, Konnery King and Sean Kyle were born.

Her dedication and love for her family was unconditional and immeasurable. As her children were growing up, Christmas was especially important to her. She spent days and hours choosing the perfect tree, shopping for unique gifts, and stuffing stockings for her family. She loved to play cards with family and friends. She also enjoyed sewing clothes.

After the children were grown, Vicki and her husband Don bought a fifth wheel and traveled extensively. She also became very proficient on the computer and began to design multi-media presentations.

Left to mourn are her husband Don, daughter Rebecca Spiva, son Sean Kennedy, step-son Jeff Kennedy (Shawnee), grandchildren Tristan, Nicole, Ashley, Damon, David, Eric, Shelbe, Jakobi, and Jillian, and great-grandson Judel. She is also survived by brother Jere (Karen) Laird, sister Jackie (George) Bower, brother-in-law Bill (Julaine) Kennedy and numerous other family and friends both local and across the country.

Vicki was preceded in death by both of her parents and two sons, David and Konnery.

Vicki chose cremation and a memorial in her honor will be held at a later date. ❖

Gloria Jean Hansen

Gloria Jean “Jeannie” Hansen, 70, of North Platte, Neb., passed away February 21, 2015, surrounded by family at Great Plains Health after a bout with cancer.

Born January 19, 1945, she was adopted by Leonard and Marjorie Folchert of Wellfleet, Neb.

She attended elementary school in Wellfleet and high school at the UNSA campus in Curtis. She was united in marriage with Lawrence Delane Hansen June 10, 1962, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Platte, Neb. The first five years of married life were spent on the family ranch south of Maxwell, Neb. In 1968 they purchased from Jeannie’s parents the property near Wellfleet where she had grown up, and they lived there until 1989 when they bought a ranch in Cherry County, relocating to the Sand Hills. In 1996 they purchased a ranch southeast of Alliance, Neb. In 2002, wanting to return to the region where both had grown up, they traded the ranch at Alliance for a ranch at Stapleton. At that time Jeannie and Lawrence moved into a home north of North Platte.

She served as Sunday School teacher, was on the County Extension Board and 4-H Council, also serving as leader of an area 4-H club, was a member of Opal Springs Extension Club, the Cow Belles, and later worked in the cafeteria at Hyannis High School.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, legendary for her pies and other culinary skills.

She is survived by husband Lawrence Hansen and three children, Tom (Jill) of Wellfleet, Neb., Travis (Melody) of Stapleton, Neb., and Tammy (Ron) of Costa Rica; six grandchildren and one great grandchild; brother George (Marge) Spencer, brother-in-law Vernon Hansen, sister-in-law Florence (John) Shetler, sister-in-law, Virginia Spencer, and many other family members too numerous to list.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother John Spencer, brother-in-law Ned Hansen, sisters-in-law Cora Jane Hansen and Roberta Hansen, brother-in-law Stanley Grandstaff, and other family members.

Services were held February 26, 2015, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial followed at the Curtis Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer Center and online condolences may be shared at

Patricia Whitman

Patricia Ann Whitman, 83, passed away February 21, 2015.

Pat was born July 31, 1931, north of Fort Laramie, Wyo., to Clyde and Irene (Dearcorn) Wilson.

When she was 2-years-old, they moved to western Oregon where her Dad’s sister lived. She started school in Riddle, Ore., and when she was 10 they moved back to Wyoming. The rest of her schooling was in Torrington, Wyo., graduating from high school in 1950.

On October 1, 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Don Whitman.

In 1954, they moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where they raised their three boys.

Pat’s favorite things were being a “stay at home” mom, traveling, doing genealogy research, sewing, crocheting, reading, and working in her flower garden.

Pat was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 58 years and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Surviving her are her husband, Don; three sons, David (Ellen) of Laramie, Wyo., Larry (Debbie) of Brighton, Colo., and Warren (Mary) of Old Orchard Beach, Maine; a brother, Bill (Mary) Wilson of Chester, Idaho; a sister, Charlotte (Francis) Morgan of Riddle, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and a foster daughter, Cyndy (Stearns) Allen of Cambridge, Vt.; and two Goddaughters and their families.

Services were held February 25, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church.

Donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne. ❖

Betty Marie Bruce Nielsen

Betty Marie Bruce Nielsen, 77, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away February 23, 2015.

Betty was born on September 15, 1937, on the family ranch on Rogers Mesa to Charles and Edna (Stewart) Bruce.

The first of the sections of the ranch were bought in 1912 by her grandparents Sam and Marie Bruce. Betty lived her entire life on the ranch which was known as Bruce Farms and Orchards.

She graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1955. She attended Colorado A&M, now known as CSU.

Betty married Charles Lewis Nielsen on September 15, 1957. They had three children; Kathy, Suzy and Scott. They later divorced.

In 1976, Betty went to work for the Neill Agency and became a multiple licensed insurance agent. She also worked for the Whiteside Agency in Delta, Colo., and the Brooks Insurance office in Montrose, Colo. She was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Western Colorado and held the office of Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-President of IIAWC.

In later years when she retired, Betty was employed by the Delta County Memorial Hospital as a CNA for Delta Montrose Home Health Services.

Betty was very involved in her children’s activities while they were growing up and in the community.

Betty loved fresh air, the outdoors, nature, landscaping her yard and the uncomparable beauty of the Western Slope. She always told her children, grandkids and great-grandkids that she would rather look at what God made than what Man made.

Betty is survived by her two daughters: Kathleen “Kathy” Joann Brown and spouse, Brian and Suzanne “Suzy” Marie Conner and spouse, Jack, all of Amarillo, Texas; a brother, Charles Roger Bruce of Johnstown, Colo.; Seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Edna Bruce and her son, Scott Erik Nielsen.

Services were held February 28, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made in Betty’s memory to the North Fork Ambulance Association, P. O. Box 127, Hotchkiss, Colo., 81419. ❖

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February 23, 2015 — 

Clay Roscoe Claus

Clay Roscoe Claus, 28, of Douglas, Wyo., passed away February 3, 2015, as a result of hypothermia. While hiking his favorite bluff overlooking the North Platte River, the factors of timing, overexertion, exposure, dropping temperatures and heavy snowfall contributed to this accident.
Clay was born November 1, 1986 in Boulder, Colo. He was the first child of David and Francie Claus. His early years were spent on the family farm in Mead, Colo. On May 17, 1989, Clay welcomed a sister, Sarah June, to the family. Clay attended grade school in Mead. From the beginning Clay loved school, and was an eager participant. He also enjoyed Boy Scouts, singing, fishing, hunting, working and playing on the farm.
In 1996 the Claus family moved from Mead to the ranch in Douglas. Although regretting leaving his buddies and fellow Scouts in Mead, Clay quickly made new friends in Douglas. Clay’s middle school years in Douglas found him in band, choir and sports. His love for music was growing. He also enjoyed math, science and participated in numerous math bowls with his classmates.
Clay attended Douglas High School and graduated in 2005. While in high school he was a member of the swimming and golf teams. His passion for music lead him to choir and band. He was part of the elite Hamilton Choir and traveled with them on the Midwest road tour. For two years he was selected to participate in the All State Choir. He was in the marching band where he played bass clarinet. He was self-taught on bass guitar and played in the jazz band and also the pep band. His rich, deep alto voice entertained many. Clay’s drive and hard work led him to Student Council, President of National Honor Society and to graduate among the top of his class.
In 2005 Clay began attending Denver University (DU) as a Daniels Fund Scholar to pursue an Electrical Engineering Degree. By 2006 Clay pledged the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. From 2006 to 2010, he participated as: Greek Council President, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute Graduate, Western Region Greek Association Leadership Conference, Kappa Sigma West Region Leadership Conference, Kappa Sigma Grand Scribe, Emerging Leaders Program and the Community of Excellence.
While at DU, Clay held many part time jobs including: DU orientation Leader, Daniels Fund SHIFT (Scholars Heading Into the Future Together) Peer Mentor, DU making of an Engineer Camp Counselor, Work-study within the Engineering Department, as well as conducting research for flare stacks as an Intern for Leed Fabrication. His Design projects included Knee Rehabilitation Goniometer Engineering and an Algal Photobioreactor. In 2009 Clay traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to the Center for International Studies as part of the study abroad program. He found this experience to be very rewarding and enriching. He learned to surf and stayed with the Mowery an indigenous tribe.
In May, 2011 at the age of 23 ½ his life forever changed when diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He struggled with the onset of this terrible disease and had to leave DU. Although he walked with his class, he only lacked a few remaining credit hours for his degree. His intention was to return and finish. Clay moved back to the family ranch where he worked with the livestock and farming operation. Clay greatly loved all animals and always had a gentle hand with the cattle.
Clay was a hardworking, driven, goal oriented man. No task was left half-done or second class. He was a true leader and an inspiration to family, friends, peers and teachers alike. Clay’s warm and compassionate personality immediately endeared him to all those who crossed his path. He saw the beauty and good in everyone, never judged them and challenged others to do the same. His zeal for life and love for all people lightened their load and elevated their spirits. Every day to Clay was an opportunity to work hard and play hard. He found such enjoyment out of dancing and was especially talented at country swing. “It’s a beautiful day” along with words of affirmation were heard from Clay each day. His life goals were to love and help his fellow man. He was truly a wonderful man among men, and will be greatly missed. Clay is waiting and watching over us in Heaven ready to greet us with his great big bear hug and winning smile. He is a soldier for Christ and a warrior for “Light”.
Clay is survived by his parents David Clayton Claus and Frances Naomi (Jehorek) Claus; his sister, Sarah June Claus; grandparents Clayton Claus and Max Cox; his uncles and aunts: William H. Claus (Lindy) of Arvada, Colo.; Cheryl (Claus) Barcelona (Jerry) of Berthoud, Colo.; Sandy (Claus) Hopson (Bill) of Gillette, Wyo.; Pauline (Jehorek) Fifield (Dean) of Madera, Calif.; Caroline (Jehorek) Moes (Dr. Francis) of Green Bay, Wisc.; Leon Jehorek (Lois) of Paxton, Neb.; Thomas Jehorek and Deanna Wolford of Ogallala, Neb.; Dorothy Jehorek of Ogallala, Neb.; Rose Jehorek; Robert Jehorek (Teresa) of Ogallala, Neb.; Jennifer Jehorek of Arizona; Stephen Jehorek (Karen) of Brule, Neb.; William E. Jehorek (Kristi) of Ogallala, Neb.; David Jehorek (Kathy) or Las Vegas, Nev.; Martin Jehorek (Janie) of Lincoln, Neb.; and Reverend Jonathan Jehorek (Tiffany) of Longview, Texas. He is also survived by the many friends that loved him and were inspired by him; nearly 100 cousins, many of whom were also his dear friends; his Sweetheart, Tiffany Patterson “Tiffy” and his thirteen year old companion, a yellow lab, Clay’s ‘Honey’ Bear.
Clay was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Lois June (Graham) Claus and Lucille (Coyner) Jehorek Brethauer; grandfathers Leo Jehorek and Jake Brethauer; and his uncles, Larry Jehorek and Richard Jehorek.
Services honoring his amazing life were held February 14, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas, Wyo., with Pastor Donnie Holt officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Nicholas Hopson, Erik Buderus, Brandon Werner, Chris Wellens, JT Grainger, Mike Muscatello, Adam Osborne and Ty Boner. His family and friends will be serving as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church; Converse County Search and Rescue; or Bipolar Research for the Cure. All contributions can be mailed to the Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel, P.O. Box X, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 in honor of Clay Roscoe Claus.
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Karen Joy Hnizdil

Karen Joy Hnizdil, 76, of Eaton, Colo., passed away Feb. 12, 2015.

She was born in Sherwood, Ore., to Earl and Freda (Carlholm) Christensen.

She married Vern Hnizdil on August 25, 1957.

Karen graduated from Garden County High School and attended Colorado Women College.

She was a homemaker, family ranch hand and a great cook. She was an accomplished artist and enjoyed raising orchids and roses.

She is survived by her husband Vern Hnizdil; son Steve (Bridget) Hnizdil; sister Sandy (Dennis) Wallace; grandchildren Shawna (William) Harbour, Seth (Bailey) Hnizdil, Hannah, Emma, Luke, and Sam; great-grandchildren Ally, Jazlyn, Jayla, Anden, Little Doug and Kyla.

She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Freda Christensen; and her son Doug Hnizdil.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Front Range Equine Rescue of Pueblo in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Robert Gordon Williams

Robert (Bob) Gordon Williams, 80, of Hugo, Colo., passed away February 6, 2015, doing what he loved, taking care of his ranch.

He was born May 30, 1934, at home to Glyn and Mildred Williams, the youngest of four children.

Bob was united in marriage to Alice Trainer at Raton, New Mexico, on September 4, 1952. To this union two children were born: a daughter, Marleen and a son, Wayne.

Bob loved ranching and his family. He enjoyed taking care of his cattle and his horse, Bucky. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandkids. He loved his home and the love of his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Alice, daughter Marleen Pfost, son and daughter-in-law Wayne and Billie Williams all of Hugo, Colo., and sister Frances Chitwood of Wellington, Kan. Also surviving are grandchildren Christopher Pfost, Stacy Deal and fiance’ Jeff Tebo, Jared and Sheryl Williams, Shanna Williams and fiancée Brian Kopp, great grandchildren; Kylie and Kaelan Deal, and a new baby Williams that the family will be blessed with in the fall, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding Bob in death was his parents and two brothers.

Bob’s life journey began and ended on the place he loved most!

A Memorial service was held for Bob February 13, 2015, at the Karval School Gymnasium in Karval, Colo.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital In Care of Alice Williams, 20151 County Road 22, Hugo, Colo., 80821.

Please visit to sign our online guest book or to send your message of condolence to the family. ❖

William H. Elder Jr.

William H. Elder Jr., 90, passed away February 8, 2015, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Neb.

Bill was born north of Hemingford, Neb., on the family farm/ranch April 23, 1924 to William H. and Christina (Gasseling) Elder, Sr.

William grew up on the family farm-ranch milking cows, raising hogs, cattle, chickens, horses, wheat, oats and other various crops. He rode his faithful pony Mary Legs to school as a small child.

Bill graduated from Hemingford High School in 1942. After high school he continued farming/ranching and did some part time construction work.

On October 13, 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in World War II in Japan. William was assigned with Service Company 35th infantry regiment 25th Division as a rifleman and truck driver. He fought in the battle of Luzon and was honorably discharged on November 23, 1946. Bill received the Army of Occupation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was also the recipient of the Philippine Liberation ribbon with one Bronze Star.

Upon returning home he met and married a wonderful woman, Doris M. Gregg on November 22, 1951, at St Bridget’s Catholic Church in Hemingford, Neb. To this union four children were born; James, Howard, Julie and Billie Jean.

He was a member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Hemingford Legion Post No. 9, Farmers COOP and the Hemingford Cooperative Telephone Company.

He was active in his family’s lives in everything, especially 4-H and FFA. He served as the Hog Superintendant for a number of years and faithfully attended the Box Butte County Fair; he also served as a Grand Marshall.

William is survived by his Son; James (Vicky) Elder of Marsland, Neb., Julie (Mike) Kresl and Billie Jean Elder all of Hemingford,, Neb. Daughter-in-law Barb (Max) Franey of Chadron, Neb. Bill is also survived by six grandchildren; James (Tammy) Elder Jr. of Hemingford, Neb., Valery (Chad) Bell of Alliance, Neb., Andrew (Samantha) Kresl of Hemingford, Neb., Sean (Shari) Franey of Beaverton, Ore., Blythe Franey of Chadron, Neb., and Nathan (Angela) Franey of Tucson, Ariz. He also leaves behind six Great Grandchildren; Cassie Elder of Chadron, Neb., Hadley Elder of Hemingford, Neb., Gavin and Gattlen Bell of Alliance, Neb., Gracey Franey of Beaverton, Ore., and Joeie Elizabeth Kresl of Hemingford, Neb. Sister-in-law Alice (Richard) Elder of Alliance, Neb., and host of cousins and friends survive him too.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Doris on February 15, 2009, his parents, his brother, Richard, his son, Howard, his aunts, Mamie Hollinrake, Lyda Kuhn, Rose Combs Rudisill, and Josephine Tschacher and his uncles, Lennis Rudisill (Elder), Clyde Elder and Frank, Edward, John, Leo, William, and Donald Gasseling.

Services were held February 12, 2015, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hemingford, Neb. Burial was in the Hemingford Cemetery.

Memorial Donations can be made to Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association or Chadron Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be left at

Annabel Harrington

Annabel Harrington, 93, passed away February 14, 2015, at her residence in Delta, Colo.

Annabel Lowe was born on February 20, 1921, to Bert and Winifred (Miles) Lowe in Cedaredge, Colo.

Annabel spent her childhood in Cedaredge graduating in 1939 from Cedaredge High School.

On August 31, 1940, Annabel married Keith W. Bond. He preceded her in death after 39 years of marriage in 1979. She then married Joseph Harrington in 1983. He preceded her in death in November 1986.

Annabel was a member of the Bridge Club. Her hobbies included gardening and playing bridge.

Annabel is survived by her daughter-in-law, Susan Bond of Delta, Colo., two granddaughters: Lezley (James) Cordova of Delta, Colo., and Robin (Rick) Tanski of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and one grandson, Jerrett (Liz) Bond of Grand Junction, Colo. She is further survived by six great-grandchildren: Zachary Cordova, Tylon Cordova, Colton Cordova, Eric Tanski, Kameren Bond and Kaden Bond.

Annabel was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Keith Bond; her husband, Joseph Harrington; her two sons: Warren Bond and Keith M. “Moe” Bond; five brothers and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held March 1, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta, Colo. ❖

Everett Eugene Harris

Everett Eugene (“Gene”) Harris, 79, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away February 15, 2015.

Gene was born February 5, 1936, in Burns, Wyo. He was the third of four children born to George Everett and Delila (Dilley) Harris. His siblings were George Harris (deceased), Pearl Gray of Downey, Calif., and Don Harris of Shawnee, Okla.

Gene grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Chadron, Neb., before graduating from Loveland High School. He attended California State University at Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif.

In his early years, Gene worked for Wyoming Hereford Ranch in Cheyenne, back in the days when cowboys still had a remuda of horses and when everything was done horseback. In his spare time, he competed in rodeos.

Gene’s cowboy and ranching experiences provided him a lifetime of colorful stories that he loved to share with his children and grandchildren who would plead with him, “Grandpa, tell us a story.”

He was a real cowboy and was definitely the “Dr. McDreamy” of his day, but in those days he was more likely to be referred to as a real “Marlboro Man.”

Gene deeply loved horses and was a farrier his entire working life. In addition to operating his own business, he taught farrier science at CSU. He assisted dozens of young men and women farrier apprentices in the establishment of their own farrier careers. Gene enjoyed difficult cases where he assisted in returning a lame horse to soundness. He believed in working hard and took the greatest enjoyment from his work and his customers. He enjoyed a successful career and was well respected by those in the Northern Colorado equine community.

In 1963, Gene married Wanda Morgan and together they raised their children.

Gene is fondly remembered as a man with a big heart, a true and loyal friend, and someone who never hesitated to help anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda; his brother, Don, his children Diana Hollaway, Dennis Harris, and Marty Hoganboom; grandchildren, Lindsey (Troy), Keaton (Liza), Kayleigh, Katie, Raymond, David, Kyle, Sarah, Randy, and Jered; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, his brother, George, and his sons, Scott Hoganboom, Jerry Harris, and K.C. Harris preceded Gene in death.

A celebration of Gene’s life was held February 22, 2015, at The Lodge at Mackenzie Place in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Contributions can be made to the “Everett E. Harris Memorial Fund” c/o Alluntt Funeral Service. Donations will support a memorial scholarship awarded to an aspiring horseshoer. ❖

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February 16, 2015 — 

Marie Wissler

Marie Wissler, 95, a long time resident of Monument, Colo., passed away peacefully February 3, 2015, in Allen, Texas.

She was born February 16, 1919, in Adair County Missouri to James and Nancy (Norton) Cooper.

She attended local schools and graduated from Bible Grove High School in 1937.

Upon graduation, Marie worked in the glove factory in Kirksville, and during World War II she served her country as a worker at the ordinance plant by transporting explosives. After the war, she came to Colorado and worked at Shepard Citation.

On January 20, 1952, she and Roy C. Wissler were united in marriage at the Little Log Church, in Palmer Lake, Colo. Marie was Roy’s partner and helper on the family ranch northeast of Monument, Colo., throughout their life together while raising three daughters.. Upon Roy’s death in 1994 she remained on the ranch with her faithful dog Dolly until 2010. Marie was a loving wife and mother.

She was an active member of the Little Log Church in Palmer Lake, Colo., and the Women’s Missionary where she served her church, and community, in a variety of ways.

Marie is survived by daughters, Mary (Joe) Walker of Texas, Jane (Terry) Rust of New Mexico, and Brenda (Seth) Minster of Wisconsin; Sisters, Dorthy Shreve of Indiana, Betty Platz of Iowa and Katharine Haley of California. Grandchildren: Sara (Jason) Pettyjohn, David (Tara) Rust, Bethany (Josh) Spurgeon, Alexander (Stephanie) Minster, Adam (Nicole) Minster and Kelly (Jon) Walker and three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband,two sisters and two brothers.

Services Were held February 11, 2015, at the Spring Valley Cemetery Chapel in Larkspur, Colo. Burial followed at the Spring Valley Cemetery. ❖

Pauline Julia Nicholson

Pauline Julia Nicholson, 84, of North Platte, Neb., passed away February 3, 2015, at Great Plains Health Center.

Pauline was born June 20, 1930, in Tryon, Neb., to Paul and Opal (Shriver) French.

She believed life is an adventure. Her first adventure was from birth to age 18, growing up in the Tryon area and graduating from McPherson County High School.

The second adventure began after meeting a young man named Don Nicholson who was running a café in Tryon, playing for dances and pitching baseball. Don and Pauline were married on June 26, 1948 and had three boys, Danny, Rocky and Monte.

The next adventure began in 1956 and lasted for eight years. The couple moved around finding work wherever they could. They lived in Kimball, Neb., Cheyenne, Wyo., Torrington, Wyo., Golden, Colo., Ord, Neb., and Arnold, Neb., finally returning to Tryon, Neb., in 1964 to open a café and run the Tryon Graphic.

Adventure number four lasted a while longer. During this time they still operated the café, plus she was the dispatcher for Don who was the McPherson County Sheriff. 1990 would begin her last adventure which was retiring to North Platte, Neb. She spent her lifetime enjoying her kids, grandkids, great and great great grandkids.

Pauline is survived by her husband Donald of North Platte, Neb.; sons Dan (Penny) of Oologah, Okla., Rocky (Pat) of Hershey, Neb., and Monte (Teresa) of Bryan, Texas; 11 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and sister Alice (Clayton) Dobbins of Riverbank, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law Arthur and Alma Nicholson; and two brothers Arthur and Buryl.

Cremation was chosen and a memorial service was held February 6, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Hershey Baptist Church and online condolences may be shared at

Herman G. Peterson

Herman G. Peterson, 90, of Kersey, Colo., passed away February 3, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born February 22, 1924, in Kersey, Colo., to Magnus and Anna (Eichner) Peterson.

He married Dorothy Jean Plumb on November 24, 1946 in Kersey, Colo.

Herman graduated from Kersey High School; he joined the Army during WWII (occupation of Japan); and after the service he farmed at home in the Kersey area. He was born, raised and lived in the same house in Kuner his entire life.

Herman enjoyed fishing, rodeo and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean Peterson; son Randy (Laura) Peterson; daughters Marsha (Ron) Baker and Sandy (Rodney) Roose; daughter-in-law, Connie Peterson; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Herman L. Peterson; and by eight siblings.

Services were held February 9, 2015, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Donna Jean Smith Wheeler

Donna Jean Smith Wheeler, 80, of Erie, Colo., passed away February 3, 2015, at Longmont United Hospital.

She was born March 31, 1934, in Westminster, Colo., to Gerald (Gerry) William & Doris Elizabeth (Payne) Smith.

While at college, she met the love of her life, Jack Chester Wheeler. They were married August 16, 1959, and were happily together for 53 years. She still lived on their family ranch near Erie raising cattle and riding horses.

After graduating from Westminster High School and Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), she taught for 29 years. As a P.E. teacher, she taught first through 12th grade for several years. Then she taught seventh through 12th grade at Erie Junior Senior High School. While working there she coached the first ever girls’ basketball team. Finally, she taught at Mead Elementary for 15 years.

Donna Jean actively helped put on the Colorado Senior Pro Charity Rodeo for 31 years. It was her passion to help children love to ride stick horses. She qualified for the National Senior Pro Rodeo 10 consecutive years.

Being passionate about horses, she served as a board member of St. Vrain Round-Up Club for many years and even when she was no longer able to participate she was overseeing events.

Donna Jean together with Jack shared her passion of teaching and working with young people. She was a 4-H leader of the Cloverleaf Riders Club for over 20 years. Together they coached and mounted many young people through High School Rodeo and 4-H. She was a founding sponsor of the Colorado High School Rodeo in Westminster, the first high school rodeo in Colorado in 1958.

She is survived by her two daughters: Dee Jay Smith and Jackie Carlson, a son-in-law Stener Carlson III, three grandchildren: J.T. Smith, Tristan Smith, and Brooke Carlson, her sister: Geraldine Highland, brother-in-law Larry Highland, and three nieces: Julie Lauridsen, Joy Daniell, and Teresa Dudden. She is survived by numerous other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by Jack Chester Wheeler, her mother Doris Elizabeth Payne Smith, her daddy, Gerald (Gerry) William Smith.

A celebration of her life was held February 10, 2015, at Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot Campus.

Donations are appreciated to the Boulder County 4-H Foundation in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. ❖

James Bowlin

James I. “Jim” Bowlin, 84, of Arthur, Neb., passed away February 3, 2015, in his home.

Jim was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Walcott, Ark., the son of Roy I. and Rosa Lee (Elliott) Bowlin.

He grew up on a farm north of Walcott, Neb. When he was 18 he came to Nebraska to pursue his dream of being a cowboy. He started his ranching career working for Bill Smith. The Smiths became life-long friends.

On August 2, 1951, Jim was united in marriage to Phyllis Hild. Jim worked at Frank’s Farm Equipment and various ranch jobs in the early years of their marriage. In 1958 they moved to Arthur to work for Meyers Land and Cattle Company. They lived at Box Lake Ranch, later moving to the Sillasen Ranch.

In 1963 Jim and Phyllis moved into Arthur, Neb. Jim worked for Ray Kramer and did custom haying. In 1965 Jim was appointed to finish Ray Kramer’s term as Arthur County sheriff, then was elected, holding that office for 13 years. In 1973 they moved to the Mahlon Johnson place where he ranched. In 1985 they moved to the Ted Frye Ranch were he continued to reside. Jim continued custom haying for the Triangle Ranch. Jim worked hard to achieve his dream of building a good herd and his own ranch. He was awarded the 2014 Rancher of the Year, Eldon Peterson Memorial Award.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis Bowlin of Arthur, Neb.; his son Neil (Shelley) Bowlin of Gurley, Neb.; two daughters: Carolyn (Red) Cerny of Arthur, Neb.; and Ronda (Alan) Haumann of Thedford, Neb.; one sister Ruth Ann Pollock of Paragould, Ark.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death brothers Lawrence Bowlin and Alton Bowlin.

Service were held February 6, 2015, in the Arthur High School Gymnasium.

A memorial has been established in his name. ❖

John Edward Gustafson

John Edward Gustafson, 89, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of Eaton, Colo., passed away peacefully on February 4, 2015, at Grace Pointe in Greeley, Colo.

He was born in Palco, Kan., on August 20, 1925, to H.R. and Bertha (Nead) Gustafson.

He attended school through his junior year at Galeton High. John served in the U.S. Army as a Control Tower Operator. When he came back from the service he started farming south of Galeton, Colo.

He married Doris Jean Brotherton, his loving wife of 66 years on June 30, 1948, at her parent’s home in Greeley.

He farmed in the Eaton/Galeton community until their retirement in 1996. At that time he enjoyed fishing with his family and fishing buddies and doing woodwork for his family.

He was a past Board Member of Production Credit Association and Agland, Inc. of which he found great joy in serving. John also was a member of the Galeton Lions Club, Eaton Country Club and the Eaton VFW. He was also a member of the Eaton Lutheran Church.

John is survived by his wife, Doris; son, Wayne and his wife Judy; daughter, Dee Ann and her husband Wayne; four grandchildren, Jodi (Troy) Freauff, Jami (Jeff) Kirkbride, Eric (Amanda) Gustafson, Shawn (Julie) Gustafson; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his five sisters, Muriel Carney, Doris Gish, Clara Simpson, Bernice Johnson, and Veda Heinze.

A celebration of life was held February 10, 2015, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “John Gustafon Memorial Fund” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Edward L. Wahlert

Edward L. Wahlert, 78, of Hillrose, Colo., passed away February 4, 2015.

Ed was born February 27, 1936, in Exira, Iowa, the son of Jim and Arlene Wahlert.

The family moved to Hillrose, Colo., in 1946. Ed graduated from Hillrose High School in 1954 and married Charlene Giauque in 1955. They farmed between Hillrose and Brush for a year before Ed enlisted in the Air Force; after four years, spent mostly in California the family returned to Hillrose.

In 1964 Ed went to work on the 22 Ranch between Hillrose and Merino and remained there for 50 years. Ed learned to be a cowboy from good friend Buck Jones and enjoyed “cowboying” for the rest of his life.

He was employed at Brush Livestock Commission for five years and then at Livestock Exchange, Inc. for 25 years.

Ed served as city councilman in Hillrose for eight years and as Mayor for three years. He was instrumental in the design and construction of the Hillrose Petteys Estates Memorial Park. He was also a major factor in the Hillrose water projects.

Ed is survived by his wife, Charlene, brother’s Verne and wife Patricia of Brush, Colo., Rich and wife Linda of Newport News, Va., and sister Betty and husband Tom Wiemann of Exira, Iowa. Four sons, Rick and wife Karen of Hudson, Colo., Jeff and wife Tanya of Grover, Colo., Ron and wife Reenie of Maypearl, Twxas, Scot and wife Chelle of Galeton, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Seth and Allison, Dirk, Wes, Austin and wife Justine, Jessica, Ross and wife Jossie, Owen, Colt, Cassidy, Colby, Melissa and Jennifer and six Great Grandchildren, Dakota Wryker, Raegan, Isaac, Sierra and Addison.

Services were held February 9, 2015, at Brush United Methodist Church in Brush, Colo. ❖

Violet Jane Stromberger

Violet Jane Stromberger, 86, of Windsor, Colo., passed away February 5, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., surrounded by her loving family.

Violet was born on June 11, 1928, at Ault, Colo., to Henry Jr. and Henrietta (Miller) Kissler.

She grew up near Ault, where her family farmed. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley. She attended schools at Wyatt and Gill until moving with her family to east of Peckham where she attended Big Bend School and graduated from College High School in 1946. She then attended Greeley Commercial Business College before working for Haefeli Optical.

When growing up, Violet’s older brother became ill; she then helped her oldest brother and dad on the farm and in the fields. This prepared her for 63 treasured years of marriage to Harry Stromberger which started on September 16, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Windsor. They actively farmed east of Windsor for 58 years where she helped her husband in the fields and feeding the livestock and chickens. They retired in 2009 and continued to manage the farm business. Violet was Harry’s right arm and business partner, being the reason for their success. She took pride in growing a large vegetable and flower garden.

Violet taught Sunday School at St. John’s Lutheran Church for a number of years and later was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She was a charter, life and active member in the Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. She served on the local board as membership chair from 1988-1992 and 1995-2009. During this time the chapter was recognized a number of times for early renewal and having growth with new members.

Together, they raised two children. Violet cherished the time with her family and was very proud of them. She will be remembered for being a wonderful, hard working farmer’s wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Violet is survived by her husband, Harry; children, Barbara Stromberger of Greeley, Colo., Daniel and wife Cindy of Sterling, Colo.; granddaughter-in-law, Kristyn Stromberger and great-granddaughter, Pacyn Stromberger both of Iliff, Colo.; sister-in-law, Mary Kissler and brother in-law, Emmanuel Eckas both of Greeley, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond and Roland Kissler; sister, Delores (Kissler) Eckas; sister-in-law, Mildred Kissler and her only grandchild, Jeffrey D. Stromberger.

Services were held February 12, 2015, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, Colo. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor, Colo.

Memorial gifts may be made in Violet’s name to” Bethel Lutheran Church” or “Northern Colorado Chapter of AHSGR” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Glen Dee “Red” Barner

Glen Dee “Red” Barner, 89, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away February 7, 2015, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte, Neb.

Red was born on July 31, 1925, in Stapleton, Neb., the second of eight children born to Chet and Edith (Utterback) Barner.

He graduated from Baker Rural High School in Stapleton, Neb., in 1944.

After a brief stay in California, Red moved back to Stapleton in 1947.

He married Leona Cash on June 23, 1948. The couple raised six kids, Joleen, Don, Glenda, Teresa, Kyle, and Trent. Lenona passed away in July 2010 after 62 years of marriage.

Red lived 87 of his 89 years 10 miles west of Stapleton, Neb., on the family farm. As a self proclaimed “Old Sandhiller” the Sandhills were his home.

Red loved farming and ranching. He still had a few cows two weeks before he passed. In addition to farming and ranching, he had a few other occupations in order to make ends meet — custom corn shelling, shearing sheep, and he was a licensed electrician.

He had a strong belief in service to his community, and was involved in many organizations, which included, the School Board, Elks Club, Fire Department, County Commissioner for 24 years, and Logan County Fair Board President for 35 years, starting in 1953.

Red got a kick out of “educating” the city folk, whether relatives or boy/girl friends as to how life was on the farm!

He enjoyed the mountains and visited Montana many times. Red kept his quick wit one line humor right to the end.

Rodeo was Red’s first love. He entered his first rodeo in 1944. The arena “fence” was made up of parked cars. His bareback horse made it out between two parked cars, he got his rigging back a week later. Red competed regularly statewide, as well as out of state from 1944 through the mid 60s. His regular events were, Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Dogging (steer wrestling), Bull Riding, and the Wild Horse Race. He won numerous events at numerous rodeos, including the Nebraska Amateur Cowboy Association All Around Title and Bull Dogging Title in 1953. He then dusted off his bull rope and bareback rig for the first Old Timers rodeo in Hyannis in 1974. He continued to compete and place every year in the dogging at the Old Timers Rodeo until winning the Bull Dogging title with a time of 7 flat at the age of 52.

Red helped produce rodeos throughout the state in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, while working for a couple different stock contractors, doing everything from “flanking” to Arena director. He liked the interaction with the cowboys, but more importantly he liked the handling and the performance of the stock, mainly the bucking horses and bulls. He followed rodeo right to the end, staying up late to watch the National Finals Rodeo in December. Red was a true “Sandhills Cowboy.”

Survivors include daughters, Joleen Blake, Glenda (Jack) Krebs all of North Platte, Neb., and Teresa (Steve) Facka of Dickens, Neb.; sons, Don (Joan) Barner of Wallace, Kyle (Veda) Barner of Big Sky Mont., and Trent (Marissa) Barner of Reno, Nev.; grandchildren, Casey Blake and Allyson (Mark) Dennis, Jay Dee Barner, Andy Barner, Koby Krebs, Justin Krebs, Shane (Ashley) Mathers, Malery Mathers, Tad Mathers, Stacy (Dan) Iske, and Deonna Smith; several great and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma May Christian of Arizona, and Pam Wright of Merna, Neb.; brothers, Myron (Jan) Barner of North Platte, Neb., Byron (Elaine) Barner of Lincoln, Neb., and Lemoyne Barner of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leona; brother and sister-in-law, Earl Dean and Leni Barner; sister and brother-in-law, June and Dean Hanna; and a son-in-law, Ken Blake.

Services were held February 10, 2015, at the Loup Valley Cemetery in Stapleton, Neb., on land donated by his grandfather.

Memorials may be made to the Loup Valley Cemetery and online condolences may be shared at

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February 9, 2015 — 

Bonnie Lou Sorensen

Bonnie Lou Sorensen, 81, passed away, November 21, 2014.

She was born June 12, 1933, in Fremont, Neb., to Louis and Edna (Johnson) Tank.

On April 20, 1952, in Fremont, Neb., she married Harold D. Sorensen. They moved to Lafayette, Colo., in 1966 from Creighton, Neb.

She worked as a seamstress and homemaker.

Bonnie was a very active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

She was a 4-H leader for many years and also enjoyed sewing, gardening, traveling, spending time with her family, and especially her grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by her husband Harold, son Rick Sorensen, three daughters Diane Wade, Wendy Mears, JoAnn Wolters, six grandchildren Chris, Karen, Mandy, Jennifer, Phillip, Brandi, and four great-grandchildren, Antonio, Emily, Ryker, and Leland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law, and her brother and sister.

Services were held November 29, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colo. ❖

Ronald L. Buderus

Ronald L. Buderus, 71, of Wisner, Neb., battled several illnesses over the years before passing away in his sleep on December 5, 2014.

He was born on March 11, 1943, the son of Ruben and Betty Buderus of Fort Collins, Colo.

He grew up on the family farm, helping milk cows and doing other farm chores.

He married Teresa Holly in 1967. They started their family in Fort Collins before moving to Minnesota in 1974, where they operated their own dairy farm.

In 1987, Ron and Terry embarked on a move to Wisner, Neb. They started Plum Creek Dairy with full family involvement. Ron was active with the daily running of the farm until 2009, when he retired. He turned over the farm to several of his sons, who continue with the dairy operations, as well as the management of the farm.

He was a member of the Holstein Association, Associated Milk Producers Incorporated, and his family received the Good Neighbors Award of Cuming County this past year.

Ron is survived by his wife of 47 years, Terry; 13 children, Ron Jr. and Cara of Mesa, Ariz., Tressa and Ed Myers of Omaha, Neb., Dawn of Wisner, Neb., James of Bertha, Minn., Tim and Melissa of Omaha, Neb., Holly of San Diego, Calif., Pat of Pender, Becke and Terry Dimon of Wisner, Neb., Elizabeth Gustafson of Wisner, Neb., Josh and Brandi of Wayne, Neb., Dan of Pilger, Jake and Sarah of Pender, Neb., and Ben and Taylor of Pilger; 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his sister, Judi (Chuck) Horning of Fort Collins, Colo., and three brothers, Bob and Linda, Mike, and Mark and Cheryl, all of Fort Collins, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard.

Services were held December 9, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

The family requests memorials be made to the William’s Syndrome Association or another charity of your choice. ❖

Melvin Lee Smock

Melvin Lee Smock, 67, of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away January 1, 2015.

He was born in Greeley, Colo., to Carlyle (Chub) and Elsie Smock.

He was raised on a ranch east of Grover, Colo. He and his four brothers and sister had many adventures growing up.

Mel began his construction career in York, Neb. He worked in many states finally finding a home with SC Anderson in Bakersfield, Calif. Mel LOVED his job and his SCA family. He passed peacefully and pain free at home with his family at his side.

He served in the Marine Corp. from 1966-1969. After serving in the service, he met and married Debra Blankenship. They had two children, Troy (Rebecca) and Candy (James Prendeville). Together he enjoyed his five grandchildren, Sean, Lauren, Ryan, Elsa and Jonah.

He met and married Jan Smock in 1994. Merging another family and gaining six more grandchildren, Davey, Alyssa, Jacob, Josh, Adriana and Brandon. Jan had three children of her own who welcomed Melvin with open arms. They are David (Maria) Murbach, Cari (Rick Grayston) and Lori Flores.

He is survived by brothers, Don and wife Joyce, Alvin (P.W.) and Cecelia, and Mel’s twin, Carlyle (Cork); his sister Carolyn Branigan. He also enjoyed 15 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and oldest brother, Ron.

Many thanks to the wonderful care given to him by Optimal Hospice: Jennifer, Madelyn, June, Lori, Maria and Robert.

A memorial picnic is being planned for August in Greeley, Colo. ❖

Rolland Johnson

Rolland “Rod” Andrew Johnson, 96, of Brighton, Colo., passed away December 24, 2014, peacefully surrounded by four generations of loved ones in his home.

Rod was born in the company of his twin brother Red on May 25, 1918 in Hixton, Wisc., to John R. and Rosie Johnson.

He grew up on a dairy farm where he learned the skills that would help carry him through his life. He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse, but his time there was cut short by scarlet fever during his sophomore year. After a period of convalescence, he began work as a farm hand at the age of 17. He quickly developed a reputation as a hard working and dependable hired man.

Rod was working in Wisconsin when a young preacher’s daughter, Esther Humphrey, came to visit his employer. After a brief courtship, Rod’s shyness prompted Esther to issue a directive, “I’ll get the ring and the flowers and you meet me at the preacher’s house.” He happily obeyed. This was the beginning of a loving, 75-year long marriage.

Shortly after the birth of their first child, Esther encouraged Rod to look for a better life. They packed their baby and humble belongings, fueled up the Model A at 7 gallons to the dollar, and headed west.

After a pit stop in Burns, Wyo., they settled in Cheyenne, Wyo., where Rod’s amiable personality, humor and diligence allowed him to find work easily. In 1941, he started as the head dairyman at the legendary 60,000-acre Wyoming Hereford Ranch. It was there it became clear he was skilled at raising show cattle and had a knack for selecting the finest, most beautiful animals. He left the ranch briefly, but returned at the behest of his wife and was hired back to take charge of the ranch’s carlot bulls. He was esteemed for his knowledge and experience, which led to judging cattle at local livestock shows. Under his direction, the ranch had two gold medal bulls and several carlot grand champions at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

In an effort to strike out on their own, now with three children, the family moved to Wheatridge, Colo., where he managed dairy cows and registered Holstein bulls. His success continued and he exhibited several championship bulls for the private ranch. After a few years, the family moved to Brighton, Colo., where he bought his own herd of milking cattle. With time they were able to secure a loan and purchase their own farm just outside Fort Lupton, Colo. They had their fifth and final child, a daughter.

The good fortune, good business, and earnest effort of Rod and his wife Esther allowed them a comfortable life and retirement surrounded by doting family and friends.

Though Rod’s family remembers the pride he had in his work, what they remember most is how proud he was of them and how much he cared for them. He lit up with fondness and joy when his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces or nephews entered the house or called on the phone. He loved to tell jokes and people would surround him to listen to his stories. People warmed to him easily and had many dear friends over the years. He always had time for you. And as much love as he gave to the people in his life, there was no one he loved more than his wife Esther, his rock.

Rod is survived by his beloved wife, Esther Humphrey Johnson; son, Rolland James Johnson (and wife Mary Esther) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter, Jean Haynes (and husband Gary) of Garland, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Marilyn Ruth Johnson (died in infancy); daughter, Rosalind Gonzalez; son, Mark Humphrey Johnson; and granddaughter, Janice Carrender.

Services were held December 30, 2014, in Brighton, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made in Rod’s name to Hospice Care of the Rockies at

Gayle Downing

Gayle Elaine Daly Downing passed away January 31, 2015, after a battle with cancer.

Gayle was born on September 9, 1953, to Byron and Wanda (Allen) Daly.

Gayle attended area country schools. In 7th grade she began attending Stapleton Public School where she graduated in 1971.

On May 21, 1971, she married Donald Joe Downing, and they had two children Jillana Jodell and Nancee Jo.

Joe and Gayle had many life adventures from managing the Dumbell ranch in Hyannis, Neb., it was there Gayle perfected her skills as a superb cook for many people. After leaving the ranch, they moved to Mullen, Neb., where they operated D Boot Shop in Mullen. When they moved to Stapleton, Neb., she worked as a teacher’s aide for Stapleton Public School. In her remaining years she worked at the Quality Inn and Suites.

Gayle had a zest for life and shared it every day that she lived. Gayle will be remembered for her strong and unwavering faith in God. She loved hosting family dinners, where she could serve a new recipe, but most importantly that she could spend time with family and friends. Lastly, Gayle was patriotic and loved her country.

Gayle is survived by husband Joe, daughter Jillana Downing and her husband Chris Valentino of Redwood City, Calif., Nancee and her husband Mike Welling of Crawford, Neb. Her father Byron Daly, brother Dan (Deb) Daly, sister Kristy (Dan) Kramer, sister-in-laws Lila (Dan) Johnson, Michele (Bruce) Smith, brother-in-law Bill (Connie) Downing. And three grandchildren.

Preceded in death are her mother Wanda Daly, maternal grandparents Floyd and Leola Allen, paternal grandparents Ed and Myrtle Daly, and her mother and father in-law Pat and Marion Downing.

Services were held February 5, 2015, at the Quality Inn and Suites. Burial followed at the McCain Cemetery.

Memorial will be given to Gandy Community Church Building Fund. ❖

Kermit Alton Brent

Kermit Alton Brent, long-time resident of the Bovina-Genoa, Colo., community, passed away January 12, 2015, at Aspen Leaf Assisted Living in Flagler, Colo., after a brief illness.

Kermit, second son and the second child of seven children born to Shelah H. Brent and Hassie Mae (Taylor) Brent, was born March 29, 1915, at his grandparents’ home northwest of Smithville, Tenn., on Mill Branch which ran into Indian Creek. His older brother, Herbert, and younger sister, Irene, were also born in Tennessee before the family moved to Stafford, Kan., by train when Kermit was 4-years-old. He remembered crossing the Mississippi River while on the train. Four more children were born to the couple in Kansas, including Dessie, Ralph (who died in infancy), Kimel and Evelyn.

In June, 1931 the family moved from Ensign, Kan., to a farm northeast of Bovina, Colo., on the Arikaree River. The trip to Colorado was in a 1929 Pontiac car, (while Shelah brought the loaded truck) with 16 old Kermit driving with his mother, Irene, Dessie, Kimel and Evelyn riding with him — no driver’s license and no insurance — one HOT, tiresome RIDE! Another of Kermit’s tales during childhood in Kansas was when he and his older brother put a smaller steel wheelbarrow wheel on the front of a bicycle — while Kermit was riding on it down a steep hill, he was thrown off, landing on his head, broke his nose, and was unconscious for about a day.

Kermit graduated from Lincoln School, a country school, in 1933 and worked for a short time in Kansas and Colorado doing various farm labor jobs.

In 1935, Kermit married Arlene Beedy (after they borrowed $17 from one of her sisters), and to this union three children were born — Ronald, Loretta, and Sharon.

Kermit worked building roads in eastern Colorado before moving his family to Denver where he delivered coal and worked for the WPA hauling materials for various construction projects including Cherry Creek Dam and Lowry AFB.

Farm life seemed like a better life choice, so Kermit and Arlene moved back to Lincoln County bought the farm where they were living, and continued living there for about the next 60 years. Kermit and Arlene worked hard to build their farm and spent several years’ custom combining wheat in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado while farming his own acreage.

In the early 1990s his beloved Arlene started suffering with Alzheimer’s and in 1997 she was moved to the Flagler Assisted Living Facility, until her passing in 2003. Kermit continued to live on his farm by himself with the help of loving relatives and neighbors, until he chose to move over to the Aspen Leaf Assisted Living Facility in Flagler, Colo., where he lived about two years before passing after a short illness. One of his last requests was to get to see his 1-month-old great-great niece, Sadie, daughter of one of his great nieces, who was one of his special care givers.

He is survived by his three children, Ronald Brent (wife, Beverly) of Arriba, Colo.,; Loretta McDonald (husband, James) of Lincoln, Calif.; and Sharon Thompson (husband, James) of Green Valley, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 19 great-great grandchildren; brother, Kimel Brent (wife, Wanda), of Arriba, Colo., sister, Evelyn Barr, of Portland, Ore., brother-in-law Raymond Beedy (wife Gloria), Genoa, Colo., and numerous nieces nephews, and other relatives.

Kermit was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother Ralph, his wife Arlene, two grandsons, brother Herbert, sisters Dessie and Irene.

Funeral services were held January 15, 2015, at the Arriba Congregational Church, Arriba, Colo.,, and interment followed at the Arriba Cemetery, Arriba, Colo. ❖

Georgia Johnson

Georgia Grace Johnson, 94, of Windsor, Colo., passed away January 28, 2015, at her home.

Georgia was born on October 17, 1920, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Isaac Rae Cowdin and Alice May (Foster) Cowdin.

Her early years were spent in Grants Pass, Ore. During the summer months, she lived on the Rogue River in a houseboat built by her father. Her adventures on the river and exploring in her canoe helped her develop a lifelong sense of independence and fostered her adventurous spirit. Orphaned at the age of 15, Georgia moved to Colorado to live with her mother’s family.

After graduating in 1938, she attended Colorado Women’s College for two years. While there, she became a competitive golfer, served as President of the Equestrian Club (competing at the National Western stock show), and was voted the Athletic Queen her sophomore year.

Georgia was married on July 21, 1940, and moved to Paso Robles, Calif., where her husband taught school. While in California, they had two sons, Lynn and Tim. In 1950, the family moved back to Colorado to take over the family farm.

In 1956, Georgia went to work for the Windsor School District as Secretary to the School Superintendent; later she became the Business Manager for the same district. In 1974, Georgia retired and farmed side by side with her husband. After farming for 46 years, they sold the farm and moved to Windsor, Colo. Following 66 years of happy marriage, she became a widow after Norman passed away in 2006.

Over the years, Georgia was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Windsor, United Methodist Women, Chapter U PEO, and REA Women’s Task Force. She was an avid participant in several bridge groups, loved to dance, and had many outdoor adventures camping and riding trail bikes with longtime friends, the Lindblads. In her later years, she delighted in watching and encouraging her grandchildren and great grandchildren at their athletic and musical events.

She is survived by her son, Lynn and his wife, Karen; daughter-in-law, Joyce; grandchildren Kurt, Lars (Angie), Shelley (Kyle), Kirsten, Kevin (Angie), Erica (Jeremy); and nine great grandchildren.

Georgia is preceded in death by her parents, Isaac Rae and Alice; husband, Norman; and son, Tim.

Service were held Feb. 6, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Windsor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Piano Fund. ❖

Burton Guenin

Burton Guenin, 81, of Chappell, Neb., passed away January 29, 2015, at the Regional West Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh, Neb.

Burton Walter Guenin was born the second of three children January 6, 1934, to Walter H. and Hazel Marie (Hedlund) Guenin at Julesburg, Colo. Burt was baptized and confirmed in the Berea Lutheran Church in rural Deuel County, Neb. Burt spent his childhood on the family farm in Garden County, Neb.

He attended a rural one room school house in District 5 in Garden County graduating from Deuel County High School in Chappell, Neb., with the class of 1952. In the fall of 1952 he enrolled in Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), Fort Collins, Colo. He studied animal science and agriculture until 1956 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

He spent two years in Garmisch, Germany, at a small medical unit which was a branch of the second Field Hospital in Munich, Germany.

As this was a rather peaceful period of the world, Burt traveled extensively over the great ports of Europe. He was discharged in 1958 and returned to college to complete his B.S. Degree and begin another course of study in Agriculture Economics. While attending college, Burt was very active in student affairs and leadership roles, in various organizations and clubs including; President of the AG Council and named Student of the Month in 1956.

In 1964 Burt and Virginia Parker, of Julesburg, Colo., were united in marriage in Las Vegas, Nev. Following an extensive wedding trip through the Southwest they returned to live in Julesburg. In 1967 they moved to Chappell, Neb. To this union a son, Matthew Parker Guenin and a daughter, Nina Christine Guenin were born.

In 1971 the family moved to the Guenin farm in Garden County where Burt continued to live.

Burt was a 4-H leader for nine years, served on the board of the Nebraska Stockgrowers; member of Farm Bureau, Elks Lodge No. 1760 and a member of the Methodist Church in Chappell, Neb.

Burt was a cowboy. He looked like a cowboy, dressed like a cowboy and acted like a cowboy. He loved his cattle, horses, grassland and the western way of living. Burt also rode saddle broncs and bulls at various rodeos throughout the area.

Burt and his family received the Garden County Conservation Award in the 1970s and the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Family Award in 1984 for owning and living on the same land for 100 years or more. The land was first homesteaded by his great uncle, August Guenin in 1880.

Burt raised buffalo for some 40 years maintaining a small herd mostly as a hobby. Therefore, Burt became known as Buffalo Burt or just plain Buffalo. Burt also was a very talented writer, poet and cook. He mostly enjoyed cooking with his buffalo meat and was featured in the Taste of Home magazine. In his later days, he enjoyed checking daily on the fields and pasture, having morning coffee at Hanson’s, attending Sunday morning church and spending time with his many friends in the community in which he lived for 81 years.

Burt is survived by his son, Matthew Parker Guenin of Lewellen, Neb., and special friend, Michelle Chrastil of Lincoln, Neb.; daughter, Nina Guenin Custis and husband, Kevin of Sheridan, Wyo.; grandsons, Kyle and Kolin Custis of Sheridan, Neb.; sister, Dixie Riley of Chappell, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by wife, Virginia “Ginny” in 2005, his parents, Walter and Hazel; and an infant daughter, and a sister, Jacque Anderson.

Services were held February 3, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Chappell, Neb. Burial followed at Ash Hollow Cemetery near Lewellen, Neb.

A memorial has been established in Burt’s name to the United Methodist Church in Chappell or to the CSU Rodeo Club at

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February 2, 2015 — 

Johnie Keith Pickinpaugh

Johnie Keith Pickinpaugh, 90, a Converse County pioneer rancher passed awawy November 18, 2015, at the Poplar Living Center in Casper, Wyo.

Johnie was born March 26, 1924, on the home ranch the son of Ralph Lawrence and Susie Mildred (Humphreys) Pickinpaugh.

He attended grade school at Orin, Wyo., and later graduated high school in Douglas, Wyo.

Johnie married Patricia June Rodgers on August 23, 1944. To this union were born three children, Pamala Ann, James Kenneth, and Vicki Jo. Patricia died on February 26, 1971.

Johnie married Elizabeth Alice (Brunner) Stanford in April of 1976.

He served his country during World War II, one year of which was in Okinawa. Johnie was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to the ranch homesteaded by his dad and grandfather. He and his father, Ralph, engaged in the ranching business raising Hereford cattle, sheep, and farming. Johnie later added more land to the family ranch. He raised Rambouilett sheep, registered quarter horses, and eventually Angus cattle. In 1972 Johnie bought the original homestead. He and Kenneth operated the ranch together. Johnie was an employee for the ASCS for many years.

Johnie ranched east of Orin, southeast of Douglas.

Johnie was a lifetime member of the Douglas Moose Lodge No. 602. He also served 34 years on the Soil Conservation District Board.

Johnie was a man of integrity who loved his family and his way of life on the ranch. He rarely complained and accepted nature’s way in all things.

Johnie was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Pickinpaugh of 38 years; son, James Kenneth (Barb) Pickinpaugh of the family ranch; daughters, Vicki Jo (Francis) Horn and Pamala Ann (Jim) Anderson all of Glenrock, Wyo; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Floyd; sisters, Mary Bunning Susie Mae Lee, Helen Opal Scott, and Goldie Rose Wright; first wife, Patricia; and daughter-in-law, Vicki Lynn Pickinpaugh.

Services were held January 24, 2015, at the McKibben Cafeteria on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, Wyo. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

A memorial to the Converse County Soil Conservation District Scholarship Fund, 911 South Windriver Drive, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to the Douglas Moose Lodge No. 602 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 168, Douglas, Wyo., 82633 would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Kay Williams

Kay Williams, 73, of Kettering, Ohio, passed away on January 25, 2015.

She was born on October 9, 1941, in Freemont, Neb., to the late Arthur and Marjorie Christian.

Kay was a beloved mother and grandmother who enjoyed her family.

Kay is survived by her children, Kimberly Williams, Nancey Springhart and Bret (Tracey) Williams; step-son, Jon Williams; step-daughter, Barbara Williams; grandchildren, Christian and Kayla Springhart and Brooke and Seth Williams; sister, Sharon Johnson; brother, Larry Christian; and many friends.

Donations may be made in Memory of Kay Williams to the Ken Anderson Foundation for Autism (PO Box 53516, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45253).

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Anna Lee Zimbelman

Anna Lee Zimbelman, 74, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away January 14, 2015, at her home.

Anna Lee was born on September 29, 1946, in San Diego, Calif., to J.W. and Pauline G. (Rhodes) Looney.

Anna Lee grew up in San Diego, during her childhood. Her family lived in several places, due to her father being in the military.

In 1962, she married Donald “Sonny” Zimbelman at the Keenesburg Baptist Church in Keenesburg, Colo.

Anna Lee volunteered at Southeast Weld County Fair, announcing at the Livestock Show.

She enjoyed hunting for Arrowheads, bowling, going on cruises, trips to Las Vegas and Blackhawk and watching NASCAR; her favorites were Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson.

Anna Lee was very outgoing. Her grandchildren enjoyed watching dry humor shows on TV with her. At Sunday dinners with her family, her specialties were roast potatoes, gravy and German desserts. Her favorite drink was Dr. Pepper.

Anna Lee is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (James) Denning; two sons, Tony Zimbelman and Jason (Valerie) Zimbelman; brother, Andy (Jane) Looney and five grandchildren, Jacob Denning, Austin Zimbelman, Brennan Zimbelman, Jordan Denning and Colton Zimbelman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

A Celebration of Life was held January 24, 2015, at the Keenesburg American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Keenesburg American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please visit to sign an online guestbook. ❖

Betty McKee

Betty Clara McKee, 81, of Elk Mountain, Wyo., passed away January 20, 2015, at Life Care of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Betty was born to Albert N. and Clara Belle (Morris) Hanson on August 15, 1933 in Bemidji, Minn. She was the fourth of 10 children.

The family moved from Minnesota to South Dakota then came to Wyoming. When Betty was only 12 years old, tragedy struck with the loss of her mom Clara. As the oldest daughter, Betty became the surrogate mother to her siblings. The difficulties of the situation would have been overwhelming. That the family remained intact is a testament to Betty’s physical and mental strength. Through this great trial she became an expert caretaker and homemaker.

On October 16, 1953, she married Eldon “Pete” McKee in Laramie, Wyo. They met at a dance at the famous Garden Spot Pavilion in Elk Mountain. After a bull buying honeymoon to Omaha, Neb., they returned to the McKee ranch on the Medicine Bow River. They spent their married years ranching at Elk Mountain and Leo, Wyo.

Betty’s life revolved around the ranch and her family. She could put a picnic together for family outings at Mule Creek or the Sublette place in no time. Cinnamon rolls were her specialty. She grew up in a family of loggers/truckers and enjoyed time spent in the woods. The high lite of her life was watching her five granddaughters grow up and attend their school and 4-H activities.

Survivors include three children: Mike (Linda) McKee of Lucerne, Colo., Jackie (Steve) Palm of Wheatland, Wyo., and Pat (Phyllis) McKee of Elk Mountain, Wyo. Five granddaughters. Brothers: Alfred (Isabel) Hanson of Custer, S.D., Harry (Carol) Hanson of Mesa, Ariz. Sisters: Mildred Drummond of Rawlins, Wyo. Jean Murray of Grand Junction, Colo., Rose Patras of Lincoln, Neb., and Edith Simms of Memphis, Tenn., and numerous nieces and nephews, and special extended family John Douglas of Torrington, Wyo., and Jim and Tammy Linder of Elko, Nev.

Cremation has taken place. As per her request no services will be held. A private family gathering will be held at the Sublette place the summer of 2015.

Memorials in Betty’s memory can be made to the Elk Mountain Senior Center, P.O. Box 51 Elk Mountain, Wyo., 82324. ❖

Doris M. Watson

Doris M. Watson, 81, passed away on January 26, 2015, at Horizon Care Center, in Eckert, Colo.

Doris M. Stull was born on September 2, 1933, to Harry A. and Bertha E. (Cock) Stull in Burns, Colo. She spent her childhood on the family’s homestead in the Burns area. Doris graduated from McCoy High School.

On February 1, 1953, Doris married Theodore Kellogg Watson in Eagle, Colo. To this union six children were born. Doris and Ted spent 32 years ranching near Yampa before moving to Eckert in 1997. Doris resided at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta the past year.

Doris was a member of Delta Christian Church, Yampa Ladies Aid, Yampa Bible Church Women’s Union, Green Ridge Mountaineers Square Dancing and The Gleaners at DCC.

She enjoyed sewing; cooking, riding horses and she was also very active working alongside Ted on the ranch.

Doris is survived by her children, George (D.J.) Watson of Munford, Tenn., Thomas (Darlene) Watson of Eckert, Colo., Frank (Deb) Watson of Hayden, Colo., Helen (Jim) Hohenstein of Eckert, Colo., Hazel (Sheldon) Kier of Delta, Colo., and Rebecca (Al) Gaus of Hermann, Mo.; two brothers, Jake Stull of McCoy, Colo., and Albert (Rozella) Stull of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two sisters, Lou Ella McWilliams of Canon City, Colo., and Ellen Stull of Grand Junction, Colo.; 15 grand children and 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Doris’ memory to Hope West Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416. ❖

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