Obituaries

Tributes for January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015 — 

Jessie Hawthorne

Jessie Ellen Hawthorne, 95, of Fruita, Colo., passed away December 23, 2014, at Larchwood Inns in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Tributes for January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015 — 

Tab Wood

Tab Gerald Wood, 42, of Imperial, Neb., passed away December 21, 2014, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

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Tributes for January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015 — 

Cornelia V. Nelson

Cornelia V. Nelson, 80, of Loveland, Colo., passed away January 3, 2015, at her home.

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Tributes for January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015 — 

Frederick Allen Fick

Frederick Allen Fick, 73, of Longmont, Colo., passed away December 19, 2014, in his home on.

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Rocky Mountain Obits for December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014 — 

Charles Albert Niswender

Charles Albert Niswender, 82, of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., passed away December 18, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits for December 27, 2014

December 29, 2014 — 

Mary Helen Keslar

Mary Helen Keslar, 91, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 20, 2014, in Louisville, Colo.

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Rocky Mountain Obits for December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 — 

Sylvia Ruth Byers

Sylvia Ruth Byers, 65, of Longmont, Colo., passed away December 11, 2014, at her home.

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Plains Edition Obits for December 20, 2014

December 22, 2014 — 

Dottie Kramer

Dottie Kramer, 72, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 12, 2014 at Great Plains Health.

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Rocky Mountain Obits for December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 — 

Elma Jean (Marolf) Edmiston

Elma Jean (Marolf) Edmiston, 86, of Longmont, Colo., passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side, in her home December 2, 2014 after a hard battle with cancer.

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Plains Edition Obits for December 13, 2014

December 15, 2014 — 

LaVern Dale Schneider

LaVern Dale Schneider, 90, of North Platte, Neb., formerly of McCook, Neb., passed away December 5, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 12-8-14

December 8, 2014 — 

Thomas H. Evans

Tom Evans, 89, of the Waverly, Colo., passed away November 21, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 12-6-14

December 8, 2014 — 

Monine Elizabeth Mortensen

Monine Elizabeth Mortensen ended her battle with pancreatic cancer at home on November 29, 2014, surrounded by family.

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Rocky Mountain Obits

December 2, 2014 — 

Phylis Ann Brown

Phylis Ann Brown, 77, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away September 21, 2014, at Grace Pointe in Greeley, Colo.

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Western Slope Obits 12-1-14

December 2, 2014 — 

S. Maxine Backes Helm Pike

S. Maxine Backes Helm Pike, 92, of Craig, Colo., passed away November 3, 2014, at The Sandrock Ridge Care Center.

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Plains Edition Obits 1-29-14

December 2, 2014 — 

Andrew “Andy” Biel

Andrew “Andy” Biel, 38, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away October 23, 2014, in Great Plains Health at North Platte, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 11-24-14

November 24, 2014 — 

Sarah “Ann” Goddard

Sarah “Ann” (Breezeley) Goddard, 94, passed away November 13, 2014 in Haxtun, Colo.

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Western Slope Obits 11-24-14

November 24, 2014 — 

June Ruth Carr

June Ruth Carr, 94, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away November 5, 2014, at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Plains Edition Obits 11-22-14

November 24, 2014 — 

Delmar Gene Kesterson Sr.

Delmar Gene Kesterson Sr., 85, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away at his home on November 5, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 11-17-14

November 18, 2014 — 

Daniel Lee Kirchenschlager

Daniel Lee Kirchenschlager, 56, took his final ride to the sky on September 30, 2014. He was able to remain in his home with his loving family surrounding him.

He was born February 8, 1958, in Yuma, Colo., to Dale and Betty Weeks Kirchenschlager.

Being the third of four children, the youngest three being boys, the Kirchenschlager house was anything but quiet. The children were well known for their time spent competing in rodeos and gymkhanas, though hauling was sometimes a challenge. Before there were trailers, Dale would back the farm truck into the ditch so the kids could jump the horses into the back of the truck. There wasn’t enough room in the cab, so the kids often rode with the horses in the bed of the truck. As the kids grew, the whole rodeo crew did as well, then traveling in a bright yellow bus with multiple families from the area. Known for their ornery ways, the kids would attach an old car hood behind a horse and sled, no matter if it was summer or winter. The boys made a game out of trying to “buck” each other off the sled and many big spills are often reminisced about. This tradition is one that has followed into the younger generation, as Dan’s nieces and nephews remember Christmases spent outside on the sled with Uncle Dan pulling them a horse back.

Growing up, Dan was always involved with 4-H and showed livestock. From his earliest days, he wanted nothing more than to be a rancher — being a cowboy was just in his DNA. Dan graduated from Yuma High School in 1976. He was heavily involved in FFA and participated in both high school and amateur rodeos. He was a star athlete in both football and basketball; opponents dreaded playing against him because his quickness and speed made him a most formidable opponent. After graduation, Dan attended Lamar Community College for a year, where he was on the rodeo and basketball teams. His rodeo events included bull riding, calf roping and team roping. Friends and family frequently complimented Dan on his natural athletic abilities in all sports, as he rarely needed to practice in order to be competitive. The following year Dan moved back to the area to work on a farm and be closer to his family.

Dan met his soul mate and future wife, Kindra Kae Bushner, in 1974 at the Woody’s Drive-In. With the help of his brothers, Kindi finally convinced Dan to give her a ride home in his famous green Chevy. Dan and Kindi then dated all throughout high school while he worked farming and ranching for his and Kindi’s fathers. A lively and vibrant couple, they have always been known for their fast moving country swing dancing. Dan and Kindi married on November 11, 1979 at the Presbyterian Church in Yuma. After “snow-birding” that winter in Florida, they settled down in Yuma and started building Shooting Spear Ranch.

On February 17, 1982 they were blessed with their first daughter, Amber Raquel. They welcomed their second daughter, Mallori Shae on January 27, 1985. During those 21 years, Dan all but stopped hauling to his own rodeos to focus on his girls. The foursome put a lot of miles on the old blue Ford traveling the tri-state area to gymkhanas, rodeos, and team ropings. He spent countless hours sharing with them his passion for family, horses, sports, and the great wide open. Dan’s patience, love for life, and strong work ethic were evident in his everyday living. From raking and baling hay in the middle of the night to driving cattle and building fence, Dan made sure his girls understood the value of a hard earned dollar and a long day’s work.

Dan was anything but a part time dad. While the girls were in school, Dan never missed a concert, a game, a rodeo, or a play. Dan loved coaching their Little League teams and touched the lives of many young athletes. He was constantly attending and supporting his nieces and nephews in all of their extracurricular activities. He could always be heard at the basketball games enthusiastically “cheering” and supporting not only the girls, but the refs as well. He may have been told to have a seat, but he was always there for the final buzzer.

After the girls graduated, Dan’s friendships and activities diversified into many different areas. He continued his involvement with the United Methodist Church in many ways: usher, liturgist, giving children’s sermons, participating as a lay speaker, was a member of the Men’s group and attending many Bible studies. Dan was a member of Kitzmiller Grazing Association and United States Premium Beef Association. He was an avid poker player who really knew when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. Dan spent hours in various pawn shops, estate sales, and auctions viewing and buying a variety of guns and knives. It became a tradition to shoot guns with not only his friends, but his entire family.

The mutual passion for guns became a founding pillar in Dan’s relationship with his soon to be son (in-law), Max Moore. Dan often reminisced about their wedding being one of the happiest days of his life, as he truly loved Max like a son. However, that day was surpassed as his happiest when he welcomed the birth of his granddaughter, Henley Marie. Throughout his life, Dan wore many hats: son, brother, husband, uncle, and father; however, wearing “Papa Dano” was his proudest and most cherished hat of all. In Danny’s final months, the highlight of his days was spending time with his family, especially his “special little punkin’”.

Dan is survived by his always faithful and loving wife Kindi, daughters Amber and Mallori, son-in-law Max, granddaughter Henley, parents Dale and Betty, sister Tena McCaslin (Mike), brothers Jay Bea and Roger (Tammy), parents-in-law Fred and Kay Bushner, brother-in-law Trent Bushner (Vicki), and loved nieces and nephews: Renee Goeglein (Kent) and their children Kendall, Molly, and Kyler; Korie and her children Braxton and Kasen; Dakota (Whitney) and their daughter Brylyn; Tate; Trevor; Brianna Bushner; Dakin Bushner, and a host of friends.

Dan was preceded in death by his Uncle Lynn Weeks, Aunt Dini Stevens, and nephew Brandon Kalb.

There was a Cowboy Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., in the Grandstands at the Yuma County Fair Grounds with Pastor Gail Allen (Cowboy Minister) and Jaime Nieves (Yuma United Methodist Church) officiating. ❖

Jess Lazear Bond

Jess Lazear Bond, 69, of Kersey, Colo., passed away November 7, 2014, in Greeley, Colo., after a brief illness.

He was born November 19, 1944 in Greeley, Colo., to Frank and Virginia (Gross) Bond.

Jess grew up on the family farm north of Kersey and attended Kersey schools. He was a member of the first graduating class of Platte Valley High School in 1962.

On September 17, 1966, he married Irene Steinmetz in Greeley, Colo.

He worked at Monfort of Colorado for 13 years, first as a meat cutter then as a tallow rendering operator. In 1982 he left Monforts to farm full time on his own farm, which was also north of Kersey, raising pigs, corn and hay. Jess and Irene showed pigs all over the country and attended many National and State shows. Jess was a Swine Superintendent at the Weld County Fair for many years and enjoyed watching his grandkids show pigs and goats.

Jess was a volunteer firefighter for the Kersey Fire Department for 30 years and a Fire Instructor at Aims Community College for several years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Platte Valley Fire Protection District.

Jess served in the Army National Guard for six years. He was a member of Greeley Wesleyan Church.

He was an avid fisherman, and his favorite places included Colorado, Canada and Alaska. He also bought and sold collectible farm toys. He loved to travel with his wife.

In 2013 their farm was completely covered by floodwaters and they have worked for the past year to recover with the help of the church and many great friends.

Jess is survived by his wife, Irene; son, Don (Lynn) Bond; daughter, Cynthia (Darren) Horn; brother, David Bond; sister, Carol Bond; and grandchildren, Dustin and Kyle Horn and Jamie and Jessie Bond, all of Kersey, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held November 14 , 2014, at the Greeley Wesleyan Church. Interment was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Contributions may be made to the Greeley Wesleyan Gideon Fund or Hospice of Northern Colorado both in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please visit www.StoddardSunset.com to sign an online guestbook. ❖

Alma Mae McKay

Alma Mae McKay, 85, of Greeley, Colo., passed away peacefully November 7, 2014 at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, Colo.

She was born on April 28, 1929 to Claude and Inez (Harris) Cornwell in Grover, Colo.

Alma grew up in Grover and married Jim McKay on July 1, 1950. They moved to California in 1952 where they raised their family. They were happily married for 64 years.

Alma enjoyed playing the piano and organ and singing with her daughters and the church choir. In her younger years, the family enjoyed camping in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

Alma is survived by her husband, James McKay; son, Bob McKay (Connie); daughters, Judy Klimmek (Jim), and Jan Hauer (Steve); eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a loving extended family; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters and four brothers.

A celebration of Alma’s life was held November 14, 2014, in the Adamson Reception Center. Inurnment was in the Loveland Burial Park in Loveland, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Herford Community Church in care of Adamson Funeral Home, 2000 47th Avenue Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to her family at www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖

Clarence Melvin “Mel” Lepper

Clarence Melvin “Mel” Lepper, 79, passed away November 5, 2014, at Hospice of Northern Colorado, after his two year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

He was born January 19, 1935, in Liberty, Ill., to Clarence and Irene (Linker) Lepper.

Mel graduated in 1952 from Payson High School in Payson, Ill., and in later years attended night school for 16 years to receive his degree from Colorado University.

Following high school he worked at the grain elevator in Hull, Ill.

In 1957, he joined the Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a Tech Sergeant.

After the service he worked on the Titan 1 Missile Program in Colorado, Idaho and Later for Rockadyne in Canoga Park California. In 1965, Mel went to work for the Department of the Interior as a Physical Scientist in research for the U.S. Bureau of Mines. After 30 years he retired from the government and in 1995 he and his wife Shirley moved from Boulder to the Jackson Lake area and raised Texas Longhorn Cattle and farmed two pivots.

Mel was an elder in the Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church. He was a lifetime member of the local American Legion and a member of the Masonic Temple for 55 years.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; his daughter, Linda Oglesbee and step children, Richard Harrison and Cynthia Laraway; three grandchildren, Kelsey, Kourtney and Colton Oglesbee; six step grandchildren; and one great grandson, Aydain.

A memorial service was held November 10, 2014, at Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church in Goodrich, Colo. ❖

Western Slope Obits 11-17-14

November 18, 2014 — 

Ruth Imogene Waechter Pearce

Ruth Imogene Waechter Pearce, 89, of Meeker, Colo., passed away November 8, 2014.

She was born January 1, 1925 in Yuma, Colo., to Arthur and Martha Waechter.

Ruth and her older sister Frona were raised in the Yuma area by their father after losing their mother to tuberculosis when Ruth was 6-years-old.

Following graduation from high school, Ruth attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education.

She taught in Monte Vista Colorado for a year prior to moving to Meeker in 1948 where she taught English and Spanish at Rio Blanco County High School for several years.

Not long after moving to Meeker, she met Hal “Tom” Pearce standing in front of the Meeker Drug. At the time she was living with Joe and Jennie Spence, and after meeting Tom, she was late returning to the Spence residence. The doors were locked so she crawled through a window to get back in.

Ruth and Tom were married June 21, 1950. To this union were born four children- Christine Ann, Hal W., Mark H. (who died in infancy), and Denise Jean.

In addition to being an active partner with her husband in the Pearce Ranch, Ruth was very active in the community. She served on the hospital board, the school board, the Rainbow Girls board, was a 4-H leader, member of the Cowbells (now known as the Cattlewomen’s Association), active member of the Meeker United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women where she served on numerous committees and was church treasurer for many years, was secretary treasurer of the Colorado Rural Electric Association Women’s Task Force, and was a member of Mesa Club which was a community home demonstration club.

Ruth was known for her outstanding cooking, gardening and canning abilities. She was often referred to as the “jelly queen” at the county fair for her countless blue ribbon jellies and jams. She was also known for her delicious homemade biscuits and pies.

In 2006 Ruth was honored with her husband as the Range Call parade marshals, and served as the presidents of the Rio Blanco County Pioneers Association the same year.

Ruth is survived by her three children; Christine, Hal and wife Julie, and Denise. She is also survived by three grandsons; Tom and wife Heidi, Jim, and Matt. Ruth’s great granddaughter Hallie Ruth Pearce, also survives her.

In addition to her infant son Mark, she was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, and her husband.

Funeral services will be held on Monday November 17, at 10:00 a.m., at the Meeker United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery under the direction of Grant Mortuary.

Memorial donations may be made to The Walbridge Wing Activity Fund in care of Grant Mortuary.

Condolences my be sent to her family at www.GrantMortuary.com. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 11-15-14

November 18, 2014 — 

Richard D. Toombs

Richard D. Toombs, 61, of Kimball, Neb., passed away at University Medical Center in Denver, Colo., on November 2, 2014.

Richard “Rich” Dean Toombs was born in Kimball, Neb., on September 26, 1953, the son of Kenneth and Burnetta (Swanson) Toombs.

He was raised in Kimball and attended the Kimball Schools, graduating in 1971. He received his associate’s degree in diesel mechanics from Western Nebraska Community College at Sidney.

He farmed and ranched in Kimball his entire life. Rich also had a custom hay hauling business.

Rich was a member of the Kimball Eagles Aerie No. 3889 and also the Kimball Rodeo Committee. Rich will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his Aunt Maxine James of Kimball, Neb. Sister-in-law Wanda Toombs of Wheatland Wyo. Nieces; Kelly (CW) Anderson, Lindsey (Rowdy) Anderson of Riverton Wyo., Tessa Brunig of DesMoines, Iowa, Laurie Brunig of Arvada Colo., and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Toombs and sister and brother-in-law JoAnn and Art Brunig.

Services were held November 8, 2014, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, Neb. Burial was held in the Kimball Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to the Kimball Cemetery Improvement Fund or the Donor’s Choice.

Friends may visit www.CantrellFH.com to view the obituary and leave condolences for the family. ❖

Joan Marie Bruening

Joan Marie Bruening, 84, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away November 9, 2014 with all of her family present.

Jody was born into the French Canadian community of Bladen, Neb., on November 8, 1930.

She was raised in Hastings, Neb., where her father had a grocery store and farm (in Doniphan).

While attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she met her husband of 60 years at a mass for the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and Sigma Chi Fraternity, in which Gene and Jody were members.

Following her attendance at UNL, Jody worked in the Foreign Service, which included living in Rome, Italy where she worked for the United States Embassy.

Gene and Jody married in Hastings, Neb., in a blizzard on February 20, 1954 and then relocated to an air force base in Montana, where their first child was born. Jody later became a mother of four, and a grandmother to six.

Jody had avid interests in the arts, gardening and being the best hostess for family and friends. A docent for Sheldon Art Museum, participant in Epic 8 and recipient of the Dorothy Weaver Morgan Award for Fraternity Loyalty in 1990, she unselfishly put others before her and unconditionally supported the interests of her family and friends.

Jody is survived by daughter, Cecilia Bruening-Walstrom and her spouse Gary Walstrom, of Kansas City, Mo; son William Bruening and his wife Julie Bruening and the their four children Michael L’Heureux, Steven, Laura and Peter, all of Omaha, Neb.; son, Robert Bruening JD, and his wife Nancy Fraser and their two children Louis and Xavier L’Heureux, of Burlingame, Calif.; and daughter, Rebecca Bruening-Berg, and her husband Michael Berg, of Chicago.

Gene, her partner and husband of 60 years, predeceased Jody by 75 days.

Graveside Services were held November 15, 2014, at Lincoln Memorial Park In Lincoln, Neb.

Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.ALZ.org. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 11-10-14

November 11, 2014 — 

Teresa A. Blach

Teresa A. Blach, 89, passed away October 15, 2014.

Teresa A. Devlin was born August 16, 1925, to B. Leo Devlin and Mary Agnes ‘Mamie’ [O’Rourke] Devlin on the family farm and ranch in Hale, Colo. Teresa was one of eight children.

She graduated from Idalia High School in 1942, at the age of 16. Teresa earned a degree in Elementary Education, attending Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kan., and Denver University in Denver, Colo.

She taught one year at North Logan Grade School in southeast Yuma County, where she had a one room school, five children and five grades, acting also as the janitor and she was her own principal. She taught three years at Lakewood Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo.

In the summer of 1947, while attending a CYO event she met Perry Blach from west Yuma County. They married August 2, 1948. They started their journey northeast of Yuma, Colo., on a farm bought from Eddie Itten, that would be their home for over 60 years. They raised nine children.

Teresa was known for her devotion to her Catholic faith and her family. As a mother, her nine children viewed her as the ultimate mother, “Mother Teresa.” In 1991, all nine wrote the Yuma Chamber of Commerce to nominate her for Mother of the Year, an honor that she was awarded that year. Each of her children wrote about her kindness, her relentless smile and understanding, and her unflappable presence at all school and sporting events in which they participated. Ironically, each one also questioned how she could possibly maintain her sanity having to withstand the rigors of raising nine kids and all of the practical jokes and teasing that they bestowed upon her. Yet, she always met each circumstance with a smile and a positive or kind word, or a bar of soap. She lived her Faith in how she conducted herself and how she treated everyone. Through it all, we witnessed her devotion to Faith and family, which showed that she was probably the most sane person we’ve known.

Teresa volunteered to serve her community in many capacities. She was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Yuma, serving on Altar and Rosary Society and in numerous leadership positions of that group. She served as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Communion Distributor to the Homebound , member and officer of Parish Council, dinner committee, taught Religious Education and other duties that go with being in a parish. Her church work extended to the Northeast Council of Catholic Women. She was on the Board of Directors of D.A.C.C.W. for about 16 years — including serving as President. She was privileged to assume the duties as Province Director of the Wyoming/Colorado Council of Catholic Women for a two-year term. Yuma is a progressive community where she was privileged to serve in many ways — Leader of the first Young Mother’s Group for several years, Lioness Club, advisory board of Yuma County Extension Service, Okihi Club, the Welcoming Committee, and many more. Teresa served as President of the Colorado Hereford Auxiliary and served on their Board of Director for many years . Teresa then served on The American Hereford Auxiliary Board for eight years and served as President in 1979-1980.

Teresa was an avid sports fan, often reminiscing about playing baseball with her brothers in childhood, recounting the many sporting activities of her kids and grandkids, and rarely missing a game of her favorite local teams, the Broncos and the Rockies. She loved playing bridge, an activity that she participated in locally for more than 50 years. Teresa spent a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing meals for her family, many hired hands, and visitors to the Blach household. Homemade cookies, pies, bread, and many other family favorites were prepared daily, and she loved sharing her passion for serving others with her kids and grandkids, many of whom learned to cook from her.

Teresa is survived by her sister Cathy Waller and husband Tom, brother Paul Devlin and wife Mamie, brother Father Thomas Philip Devlin, brother Terry Devlin and wife Linda, sister in-law Barbara Devlin and many nieces and nephews. Teresa is also survived by daughter in-law Cindy Blach of Ft. Collins, Colo., Tom and wife Brenda of Yuma, Colo., son in-law Don Metzler of Ft. Collins, Colo., son Tim of Denver, Colo., daughter Mary Kay Robertson and husband Dan of Yuma, Colo., daughter Nancy Curtin and husband Chris of Leawood, Kan., son Bob and wife Lisa of Sterling, Colo., son Randy and wife Karen of Centennial, Colo., son Ed and wife Darci of Monument, Colo. Teresa was especially proud of her grand and great grandchildren: Briar Clark, Amari and Mason, Brevin and Natashia Blach, Talon and Braden, Justin and Dawn Blach, Kalyn and Kyli, Jaden and Lyndsey Blach, Chasey, Louden, Kallen, Cooper and Raylee, Sarah and Dan Hogan, Connor and Parker, Katie and Aaron Kruger and Ruthie, Hannah and Brian Long, Cimarron, Bailee, and Carson, Maggie Metzler, Caleb Metzler, Teresa and Tom Sanders, Wade and Josie, Tim and Briana Robertson, Caysen and Quinn, Thad Robertson, Dylan and Daisy, Caroline and Peter McGah, Grant Curtin, Kyle and Sarah Blach, Jordan Blach, Ty and Haylee Blach, Garrett, Brina, Grady, Kenzie, Granger, and Grogan Blach.

Teresa is preceded in death by husband of 62 years, Perry Blach, daughter Patty Metzler, and son Bernard Blach, as well as her parents, her brother Mark, brother Eugene, sister Peggy Jones.

Services were held at St. John’s Catholic with a Vigil Service on October 19, 2014. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery.

Memorials will be used to support two Perry and Teresa Blach Scholarship funds to Colorado State University and St. John’s Catholic Church. ❖

Donald L. Harmon

Donald L. Harmon, 81, of Erie, Colo., passed away on September 24, 2014.

He was born in Boulder, Colo., to Lale L. and Ethel Harmon, Sr., on May 23, 1933. His family lived in Boulder, Netherland, Denver, Daniel Gardens (Lakewood), Palisade and Rifle. He was one of seven children, five boys and two girls.

Don grew up working in his dad’s mine outside of Rifle, Colo., going to school and picking fruit and vegetables. They moved back to Lakewood in 1951.

Don joined the Army going into the 4th Field Artillery Mule Pack in 1954 for three years. He was stationed at Fort Carson during the Korean war. During the winter they would hike to Camp Hale near Leadville, Colo., staying all winter then hiking back to Fort Carson. His last few months he was stationed at Camp McCoy, Wisc., Before being discharged.

Marrying his wife, Joann K. Flanders, on July 10, 1955, they raised three sons; Tim, Tracy, Terry (Kelley) and Kevin (Sharon). They have six grandchildren, Veronica, Victoria, Alexandra, Kaylynn, Ashalee and Austin and a great grandson, Patrick.

Don was a general contractor in the Denver Metro area for 45 years, from 1954 through 1999. He and his wife raised and raced American Quarter horses starting in 1977. He was a member of the AQHA and is still a member of RMQHA.

He loved his horses and spent a lot of time with them. He enjoyed racing the horses on the “fair circuit.” In 1986 Ima Golden Flight won both major futurities at Holly, Colo., the start of the “fair circuit.” Others going on to win were Sharon Lee Step, Truly An Ace, Teteka and Milliles Wildflower. Also a number that did not make it to the race track but went on to excel in other events. He really enjoyed meeting new people that had horses racing on the different tracks. He also loved hunting and fishing, enjoying it more if he could get his boys to go with him.

In 2001, they sold the horses and their property and traveled for 1-1/2 years. They finally settled in Clifton, Colo., until they returned to the Erie, Colo., area where they purchased 3-1/3 acres but have no horses. They wanted the country atmosphere.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

He was laid to rest on September 29, 2014, in the Tower of Memories at Crown Hill Cemetery. ❖

Western Slope Obits 11-10-14

November 11, 2014 — 

Florence Eva Crowder

Florence Eva Crowder, 91, passed away October 29, 2014, at Family Health West in Fruita, Colo.

Florence was born to John Edith (Wright) Treece in Caldwell, Idaho.

She spent her youth in Taft, Calif., where she met Leonard Crowder, and they were married when he was discharged from the Army.

They moved to Los Angeles, where Leonard Jr. was born. They then moved to Springfield, Ill., where John was born. They then moved to Taft, Calif., where Jane was born. In 1957, they moved to Avenal, Calif., where Flo was a cook for the Avenal High School and later for the Avenal Hospital and where Leonard retired from Standard Oil after 31 years of employment.

In 1974, they moved to Grand Junction, Colo. Len and Flo did everything together and loved to travel (all 50 states) working on the farm, camping, hunting, bowling, church, volunteer work (35 years).

Florence is survived by son, Leonard Jr. of Grand Junction, Colo,; daughter, Jane Cook of Lemoore, Calif,; six grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; son, John; parents, and three sisters.

Services were held November 7, 2014, at the Fruita Faith Baptist Church in Fruita, Colo. Interment was at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colo.

Please donate to the Fruita Faith Baptist Church. ❖

Berniece E. Hotchkiss

Berniece E. Hotchkiss, 104, passed away on October 27, 2014, at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta, Colo.

Berniece E. Carnine was born September 17, 1910, to John F. and Mamie (Spencer) Carnine in Paonia, Colo.

She spent her childhood in Paonia, Colo., where she graduated from Paonia High School. After graduation, she attended Barnes Business College.

Berniece married the love of her life, Adair John Hotchkiss, II on February 25, 1933, at her home in Paonia. He preceded her in death on February 2, 1980 in Mesa, Ariz.

She and Adair resided in Hotchkiss, Colo., until 1952, when they moved to Montana, where they owned and operated a cattle ranch 40 miles north of Malta. They returned to Hotchkiss in 1973.

Berniece was a member of the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church; P.E.O., Chapters AK and GT; Hotchkiss Wednesday Club; Bridge Clubs and Eastern Star.

Berniece is survived by her son, John Hotchkiss and daughter, Mary Farmer and spouse, Chuck, all of Hotchkiss, Colo.; five grandchildren: Jody Labuda, Val Gaffield, Brian (Kip), Jim, and Patrick Farmer; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Norma Golding and spouse, Jerry; and a nephew, John Carnine and spouse, Erna.

Berniece was preceded in death by her two sisters, brother, husband and her daughter, Helen Wadley.

As per Berniece’s request, no services will be held.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made in Berniece’s memory to Hope West Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416 or to the charity of one’s choice.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 11-8-14

November 11, 2014 — 

James “Jim” Thomas

James “Jim” Thomas, 83, longtime Ogallal, Neb., resident, passed away October 25, 2014, at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Jim was born March 7, 1931, in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Leon and Emma (Duffey) Thomas.

Jim attended schools in Ogallala, Neb.

In November 1948 he entered the Army and served in the Heavy Weapons Infantry Division in the Korean War.

After discharge in 1951, Jim returned to road work, construction, and later, farming.

He was united in marriage to Wyona Plummer and the couple made their home in Ogallala, Neb.

Mr. Thomas was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church and belonged to the Elks Lodge and the VFW.

Survivors include a daughter Jerri (Daniel) Chrisp of Lincoln, Neb., daughter-in-law Micky Thomas of Ogallala, Neb., a brother Michael (Lola) Thomas of Miami Beach, Fla., and a sister Kathryn Peterson of Edgar, Neb., three grandchildren: Melissa Thomas of Loveland, Colo., Christina Thomas and Avery Chrisp, both of Lincoln, Neb., four great-grandchildren: Tameron, Markelle, and Lochlyn Thomas and Evan Schroyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his wife Wyona, his parents, his son Terry J. Thomas, two brothers Howard Thomas and William Thomas, and a sister Jeanette Condon.

Graveside services were held October 29, 2014, in the Ogallala Cemetery

A memorial has been established to St. Lukes Catholic Church in Ogallala, Neb.

Online Condolences may be sent to DrauckerFuneralHome.com. ❖

Nadine June Friehe

Nadine June Friehe, 88, of McCook, Neb., passed away Oct. 12, 2014, at Hillcrest Nursing Home.

Nadine was born on the family farm near McCook, Neb., on April 2, 1926, to parents, Benjamin and Olga Juliana Fredricka (Hinz) Klein.

She graduated from McCook High School in 1943.

On February 20, 1944, she was united in marriage to Ervain John Friehe at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Mo. They made their home in several locations while Erv was in the service. They eventually returned to McCook, Neb., where the couple farmed until retirement.

Nadine was a devote member of Peace Lutheran Church, LWML-Guild, Sunday School Teacher and Forerunners Club. She was also a member of the Nebraska Wheat Hearts, Germans from Russia, and helped coordinate the regional Nebraska Crippled Children’s Clinic.

Nadine was an avid reader, proficient in jigsaw puzzles and researched genealogy. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed needle work. She and Erv spent many happy summers at their vacation home in Estes Park, Colo. Her passion was spending time with family and playing games with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Erv Friehe of McCook, Neb.; two daughters, Dr. Mary Friehe and Susan Christensen of Omaha, Neb.; sons, Ronald Friehe and wife, Doris, of McCook, Neb., and Thomas Friehe and wife, Mari Jo, of Estes Park, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Mary Louise Friehe of Omaha, Neb.; brother, Don Klein and wife, Norma, of McCook, Neb.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Ben and Olga Klein and son, Robert “Bob” Friehe.

Services were held October 16, 2014, at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook, Neb. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in her memory to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), PO Box 199, McCook, Neb., 69001. ❖

Ted K. Cannon

A few hours into his 92nd year of life, his body could not keep up with the cowboy, and Ted K Cannon passed away October 26, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

Ted was born October 26, 1922, in Silver Creek, Neb., to Clyde W. and Hulda (Ruff) Cannon.

He graduated from Silver Creek High School in 1939 and from Reppert School of Auctioneering in 1942.

He married Mildred I. Thurstonson on December 30, 1944, at the Fairview Methodist Church south of Silver Creek, Neb.

Ted served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre and Occupied Japan during WWII.

Following the service Ted returned to Silver Creek where he farmed and ranched south of Silver Creek. He raised, trained and raced standard bred, thoroughbred and quarter horses. Ted was a calf roper and steer wrestler at the Pro and amateur rodeo levels.

He was an early member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, and was entered in the first RCA rodeo ever held in Wahoo, Neb. Ted was leader of the Clear Creek 4-H Club, which he organized and named after the creek running through his pasture.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and usually kept a pack of coyote hounds. Ted was a jack of all trades, doing his own machinist, mechanic, repair and farrier work, plus helping out the neighbors when needed.

Ted is survived by special friend Dolores Hopwood of Shelby, Neb., Daughter, Diane (Leonard) Current of Hershey, Neb., son, Ken (Beverly) Cannon of Silver Creek, Neb., daughter LaTona (Dean) Lord of Hornick, Iowa, grandchildren: Wylie Current; Rusty, Bailey and Boone Lord; Cy, Wynn and Corby Cannon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde W. and Hulda Cannon, wife, Mildred Cannon, sister, Loraine Cannon and brother, Craig W. Cannon.

Private family graveside services were held October 30, at the Silver Creek Cemetery, with Military Honors by Hartman Post No. 84 American Legion Honor Guard, under direction of McKown Funeral Home. Long time friend and horse breeder, Clair Jones, led one of Ted’s favorite horses ,under his saddle to his graveside. Whiplash was the last horse Ted trained. Charles Roberts spoke at the service, ending with the Cowboy’s Prayer. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 11-3-14

November 3, 2014 — 

E. Frank Orcutt

Ernest Frank Orcutt, 76, of Rush, Colo., passed away August 23, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was born to Ernest and Grace (Broadhurst) Orcutt on June 13, 1938, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Frank graduated from Miami/Yoder High School in Rush, Colo., and started ranching and farming with his dad.

Frank married Caroline Ploutz on September 18, 1958, in Farmington, N.M. They were married for 56 years and from that marriage they had five children.

Frank started driving a truck for Gaddy Truck Line in 1957. He started Longhorn Truck Line in 1972 and hauled livestock, hay, equipment and pulled a refer trailer for 35 years, all while continuing to farm/ranch.

Frank never knew a stranger more than a minute. He loved to hunt and play softball. From this love, he helped to form the Men’s Softball League. He loved his grandchildren they were the light of his life, whether he was teaching them about livestock for 4-H or how to farm.

Frank is survived by his wife, Caroline Orcutt; children, Arnold Orcutt of Rush, Colo.; Brenda Tipton of Limon, Colo.; Debora (James) Rieder of Campballsport, Wisc.; David (Shelly) Orcutt of Rush, Colo.; brother, Dale (Bonnie) Orcutt of Ramah, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; son, Heath; brother, Allen (Butch); and sister, Betty.

Services were held September 6, 2014, at Miami Yoder School Gymnasium in Rush, Colo. Inurnment took place at Kanza Cemetery in Rush, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, Fla., 33607. ❖

James Edward Irvine

James E. Irvine (Jim), of Wheatland, Wyo., passed away October 27, 2014.

He was born August 21, 1918, on the Wheatland flats to James (Jimmy) and Bessie (Memmer) Irvine.

The Irvine family including younger sister Francel spent a few of Jim’s earliest years in Hallick Canyon. From there the family soon moved to the Slate Creek ranch where they remained.

As a reminder of their Irish heritage, during the 1930s Jimmy built a rock wall around the house and yard using rocks that Jim and Francel hauled using a stone boat. The wall remains today.

In 1936, at age 18, he was the youngest cowboy to ride on the last roundup off the Laramie plains when the open range days were coming to an end. Previously Jim had only helped bring cattle home from the roundup. He started on the North Laramie with seven or eight saddle horses — one for his bedroll — and then worked and sorted on the west side of the plains. He helped gather and sort for about three weeks with the ranch crews. He recalled sorting about 5,000 cows – mostly branded - in three days at Big Springs. He remembered roping and “picking brands” on some that had blotchy or bad brands.

When riding with Francel, Jim packed a spoon in his chaps pocket and stopped at a sheepherders’ wagon once in a while for something to eat. They would share a can of tomatoes or beans for a meal.

Jim was drafted into the army but a physical revealed a concern with his heart and he was not accepted. An excellent carpenter, Jim built army barracks as a union member at Camp Pendleton in California before he was married.

On July 9, 1941, Jim married Ruth Margaret Chase in Cheyenne, Wyo. The newlyweds resided in Monterey, Calif., for a short time and returned to ranch in Wyoming the remaining 73 years of their marriage.

Jim and Ruth bought a place in 1943. Their son Glen Alan was born that same year and Sharon Carol came along in 1948.

In 1949, ever the mindful rancher, Jim gathered his cows into the calving shed as a three day blizzard set in. He spent all of one day shoveling snow from the creek to give the cows a chance to drink one at a time. The snowdrifts were big enough to allow the saddle horse to walk on the granary roof.

Jim enjoyed riding a good saddle horse but didn’t ride after he broke his pelvis in a horseback accident in 1973. His favorite mount was a gray horse named Pepper. “They say you only get one good horse, one good dog and one good woman, and I’ve had one of each.”

Jim cut many a blade of hay with a horse-drawn mower. He recalled one time when he and his dad were each operating separate outfits. When he left his team to help his dad take the W off his horse, Jim’s gentle horse sat down and broke the tongue and the team ran away.

In later years Glen joined the family operation and the ranch grew.

Jim enjoyed working with Glen and his family and was proud of the condition of the ranch and the quality of the cattle they produced as a team.

A passionate but patient card player, Jim never turned down the chance for a hand of pinochle or any card game.

He tended a productive garden, fed laying chickens, milked a cow and kept a nice yard. He had several special dogs in his life, and was rarely seen in his pickup without one.

Children were special to Jim. Each of the generations cherishes the memories of his silly jokes, his kind words and his gentle demeanor.

Jim is survived by his wife of 73 years, Ruth of Wheatland, Wyo., his daughter Sharon (Les) Longwood of Lemmon, S.D.; daughter-in-law Mary (Sumnick) Irvine of Wheatland, Wyo., grandchildren and great-children, Duncan (Brady), Curran and Logen of Wheatland, Wyo.; Jason of Wheatland, Wyo., and children Shaya of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Chase of Casper, Wyo.; Amanda (Neal) Sorenson, Cole and Chance, Arvada; Laura (Jared) Lahr, James and Ella of Morrison, Colo., Carrie (Jeremy) Stadheim, Pitch, Kyan, Kinley, Stone, Rainn of Reeder, N.D.; and Erin (Luke) Stadheim, Cora and baby girl on the way of Reeder, N.D.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Jimmy and Bessie Irvine, his sister Francel (Irvine) Rietz, and his son Glen.

A service was held October 30, 2014, at First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyo.

Memorials can be given to Slater Hall, Palmer Canyon Fire Rural Fire Department or the charity of the giver’s choice in Jim’s memory. ❖

Plains Edition Recipes 11-1-14

November 3, 2014 — 

Charles Noral Daniels

Charles Noral Daniels, 89, of Ainsworth, Neb., passed away September 9, 2014 at the Ainsworth Care Center.

He was born March 25, 1925, at Wood Lake, Neb., to Charles L. Daniels and Ella M. (Mizner) Daniels. Before he was born, his parents had suffered the loss of older brother, Colonel. Noral welcomed siblings Edsel in 1927, Donna in 1928, Duane (Dude) in 1929, and Betty in 1931.

He was baptized at the Elsmere Church.

Noral grew to adulthood on his father’s ranch north of Elsmere. He attended grade school at the North Elsmere School. He placed second in Cherry County in the 8th grade examinations, which he was very proud of. He attended high school at Purdum for three weeks and decided he’d rather be home to help his dad pick corn.

He was a member of the Purdum Baseball Team. He worked for several Elsmere ranches; namely Chet Fink, Harold Chase and Laurence Keys.

In September of 1943, he met the love of his life, Shirley Wrage. She taught school at the North Elsmere School and boarded with Noral’s folks.

On September 4, 1944, Noral and Shirley were married at the Brown County Courthouse. In the first year of marriage, he worked for Laurence Keys, and Shirley taught Oatman School at Long Lake. Then they started working on the Fink Ranch. While they were there, they were blessed with two daughters, Connie Lou and Shirley Ann.

They moved from there to the Ender’s Lake Ranch, which Noral managed for several years. Two sons were born shortly after, Steve and Chuck. They moved into a very friendly community. The girls went to school at the Ender’s Lake School.

They bought the Ray Biltoft place 20 miles south of Ainsworth, Neb., in 1954. The children attended Raven School, and all graduated from Ainsworth High School. The family learned to square dance, round dance and water ski. Most Sundays could find them at the Ender’s Lake Overflow skiing and enjoying fried chicken.

Noral and his family completed many hay contracts for other people as the children grew. Noral broke many horses to ride. The children broke their ponies to ride to school.

In 1977, with the help of his brother, Dude, they built a new house. They had many family reunions, wedding anniversaries and holiday gatherings in the spacious home. Neighbors, friends and even delivery drivers could regularly be found at the table being entertained by Noral’s stories. He took great delight in helping plan a surprise 80th birthday dance at Johnstown for Shirley.

He enjoyed being a grandfather and great-grandfather. Noral and Shirley were blessed with 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Noral is survived by beloved wife, Shirley; children Connie Lou Daniels of Scottsbluff, Neb., Shirley Ann (Fred) Pitcher of Ainsworth, Neb., Steve Daniels of Mullen, Neb., and Chuck (Dianne) Daniels of Ainsworth, Neb., as well as 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Clara Mae and Mary Daniels as well as many nieces and nephews.

Noral was preceded in death by infant sister, Donna, his parents, brothers Colonel, Edsel and Duane; his sister, Betty; as well as granddaughter, Tansy, and great-granddaughter, Nicole.

Graveside Services were held at Ainsworth’s South Cemetery on Saturday, September 13, 2014. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 10-27-14

October 27, 2014 — 

Teresa A. Devlin

Teresa A. Devlin, 89, passed away October 15, 2014.

She was born August 16, 1925, to B. Leo Devlin and Mary Agnes ‘Mamie’ [O’Rourke] Devlin on the family farm and ranch in Hale, Colo. Teresa was one of eight children.

She graduated from Idalia High School in 1942, at the age of 16. Teresa earned a degree in Elementary Education, attending Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kan., and Denver University in Denver, Colo.

She taught one year at North Logan Grade School in southeast Yuma County, where she had a one room school, five children and five grades, acting also as the janitor and she was her own principal. She taught three years at Lakewood Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo.

In the summer of 1947, while attending a CYO event she met Perry Blach from west Yuma County. They married August 2, 1948. They started their journey northeast of Yuma, Colo., on a farm bought from Eddie Itten, that would be their home for over 60 years. They raised nine children.

Teresa was known for her devotion to her Catholic faith and her family. As a mother, her nine children viewed her as the ultimate mother, “Mother Teresa.” In 1991, all nine wrote the Yuma Chamber of Commerce to nominate her for Mother of the Year, an honor that she was awarded that year. Each of her children wrote about her kindness, her relentless smile and understanding, and her unflappable presence at all school and sporting events in which they participated. Ironically, each one also questioned how she could possibly maintain her sanity having to withstand the rigors of raising nine kids and all of the practical jokes and teasing that they bestowed upon her. Yet, she always met each circumstance with a smile and a positive or kind word, or a bar of soap. She lived her Faith in how she conducted herself and how she treated everyone. Through it all, we witnessed her devotion to Faith and family, which showed that she was probably the most sane person we’ve known.

Teresa volunteered to serve her community in many capacities. She was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Yuma, serving on Altar and Rosary Society and in numerous leadership positions of that group. She served as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Communion Distributor to the Homebound , member and officer of Parish Council, dinner committee, taught Religious Education and other duties that go with being in a parish. Her church work extended to the Northeast Council of Catholic Women. She was on the Board of Directors of D.A.C.C.W. for about 16 years — including serving as President. She was privileged to assume the duties as Province Director of the Wyoming/Colorado Council of Catholic Women for a two-year term. Yuma is a progressive community where she was privileged to serve in many ways — Leader of the first Young Mother’s Group for several years, Lioness Club, advisory board of Yuma County Extension Service, Okihi Club, the Welcoming Committee, and many more. Teresa served as President of the Colorado Hereford Auxiliary and served on their Board of Director for many years . Teresa then served on The American Hereford Auxiliary Board for eight years and served as President in 1979-1980.

Teresa was an avid sports fan, often reminiscing about playing baseball with her brothers in childhood, recounting the many sporting activities of her kids and grandkids, and rarely missing a game of her favorite local teams, the Broncos and the Rockies. She loved playing bridge, an activity that she participated in locally for more than 50 years. Teresa spent a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing meals for her family, many hired hands, and visitors to the Blach household. Homemade cookies, pies, bread, and many other family favorites were prepared daily, and she loved sharing her passion for serving others with her kids and grandkids, many of whom learned to cook from her.

Teresa is survived by her sister Cathy Waller and husband Tom, brother Paul Devlin and wife Mamie, brother Father Thomas Philip Devlin, brother Terry Devlin and wife Linda, sister in-law Barbara Devlin and many nieces and nephews. Teresa is also survived by daughter in-law Cindy Blach of Ft. Collins, Colo., Tom and wife Brenda of Yuma, Colo., son in-law Don Metzler of Ft. Collins, Colo., son Tim of Denver, Colo., daughter Mary Kay Robertson and husband Dan of Yuma, Colo., daughter Nancy Curtin and husband Chris of Leawood, Kan., son Bob and wife Lisa of Sterling, Colo., son Randy and wife Karen of Centennial, Colo., son Ed and wife Darci of Monument, Colo. Teresa was especially proud of her grand and great grandchildren: Briar Clark, Amari and Mason, Brevin and Natashia Blach, Talon and Braden, Justin and Dawn Blach, Kalyn and Kyli, Jaden and Lyndsey Blach, Chasey, Louden, Kallen, Cooper and Raylee, Sarah and Dan Hogan, Connor and Parker, Katie and Aaron Kruger and Ruthie, Hannah and Brian Long, Cimarron, Bailee, and Carson, Maggie Metzler, Caleb Metzler, Teresa and Tom Sanders, Wade and Josie, Tim and Briana Robertson, Caysen and Quinn, Thad Robertson, Dylan and Daisy, Caroline and Peter McGah, Grant Curtin, Kyle and Sarah Blach, Jordan Blach, Ty and Haylee Blach, Garrett, Brina, Grady, Kenzie, Granger, and Grogan Blach.

Teresa is preceded in death by husband of 62 years, Perry Blach, daughter Patty Metzler, and son Bernard Blach, as well as her parents, her brother Mark, brother Eugene, sister Peggy Jones.

Services were held at St. John’s Catholic with a Vigil Service on October 19, 2014. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery.

Memorials will be used to support two Perry and Teresa Blach Scholarship funds to Colorado State University and St. John’s Catholic Church. ❖

JT Smith

JT Smith, 65, of Strasburg, Colo., passed away on October 6, 2014 in the Denver Hospice.

JT was born November 10, 1948 in Van Horn, Texas, to Virgil and Mavis (Gossett) Smith.

Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where he received his early years of education. The family eventually moved to the Northwest, settling in La Grande, Oregon.

In 1966 JT joined the U.S. Marine Corps at Central Point, Oregon, completing a tour in Viet Nam from 1968, serving with the 8-inch Self-Propelled (SP) Howitzer Heavy Artillery Group located on the DMV Zone.

After discharge in 1970, he started his family, having two children, a son, Michael, and a daughter Melissa Rae. Melissa Rae passed away at a very early age in 1992.

JT trained as an electrician, acquiring the status of master electrician.

Throughout his life, JT was involed with farming related to the hay industry. JT loved the outdoors and was an excellent marksman and avid hunter.

He settled in Colorado in 2003 where he had to give up the electrical career due to health problems. He then returned to full-time work in the hay industry.

JT is survived by his wife, April (Reposa), his son Michael (Felicia), brothers, Larry (Melanie), Dan (Beth), Kenneth (Lola), Rex, sister, Loreta (Smith) Guthrie, and twins, niece Connie (Smith) Foster and nephew Ronni, and their younger brother, BoDean who were raised by JT’s mother. JT is survived by four grandsons, Shawn, Morgan, Logan, Arron, and two granddaughters, Kalix and Ali. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, and several other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and one brother, James “Kootsey,” and his daughter.

A memorial service will be held at Fort Logan early in 2015. ❖

Douglas L. Ditus

Douglas L. Ditus, 72, passed away October 8, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a long-time resident of Elbert County in Elizabeth, Colo.

Doug was born in Wichita, Kan., on April 20, 1942.

He grew up in Burdett, Kan., and graduated from Burdett High School. He continued on to receive an Associates degree from Lassen Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Fort Hays State College.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, on February 7, 1961, and celebrated 53 years of marriage.

Doug held a number of careers. He started out with the US Geological Survey working on a survey crew mapping the topography of the western United States. He transitioned into working as a livestock buyer for Hormel Foods. These careers required numerous moves; therefore, Doug made a change and began working in lending and banking with the Production Credit Association, Agri-Store, and the Kiowa State Bank.

He enjoyed motorcycling, camping, softball, golf, bowling, gardening and dancing. He was also actively involved in the Lions Club, Republican Party, and clerked livestock sales for the 4-H clubs in Elbert County.

Doug is survived by his wife Sharon; children Tammy Jo (Jerry) McWhorter, Kurt Darold Ditus and Karl Leon (Pam) Ditus; grandchildren Heather and Shawn McWhorter, Garrett, Kaylyn, Graham and Mackenzie Ditus; great grandchildren Addison, Troy and Sadie McWhorter; siblings Gregory (Glenda) Ditus, Jeanette Ryan and Fredrick (Vonah) Ditus; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Lorena Ditus.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Kiowa Creek Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hallin Kiowa, Colo. A private burial took place in Elizabeth Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association - Denver, 2460 W 26th Ave, #500C, Denver, Colo., 80211.

Please share memories and condolences at HoranCares.com. ❖

Kathryn (Kate) Moon

Kathryn (Kate) Moon, 81, long time Platte Valley, Wyo., resident passed away in Houston Hospice October 16, 2014.

She was born December 13, 1932, to Lee and Mary (Faulconer) Depoy of Bethel Township, Fandon, Ill.

She married Jack Moon June 19, 1950. After Jack’s time in the Air Force, they moved to Loveland, Colo., then to the One Bar Eleven Ranch south east of Saratoga, Wyo., in 1958.

Kate was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a ranch wife, homemaker and retired in 2001 as Administrative Assistant at the Colorado State University Beef Improvement Center.

Kate was a member of the Encampment Presbyterian Church, an active elder and past Deacon, Order of the Eastern Star, State and local Cattlewomen, Grand Encampment Museum and past member of the Wyoming Board of Agriculture.

Kate is survived by her three children, her son Mike (Kathy) of Saratoga, Wyo., her daughters Cheryl Moon of Prescott, Ariz., and Peggy Moon of Las Vegas, Nev., Grand children Tonja Moon of Cheyenne, Wyo., Brent (Mandy) Moon of Saratoga, Wyo., Katie (Dennis) Crawford, Regan Palmer, Shannon Tharp and Tasha (Derek) Scott. Her sister, Martha Jo (Badia) Rahman of Houston, Texas, and companion, Bill Mansperger of Coatsburg, Ill. Numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews all of whom she dearly loved.

She is preceded in death by her husband Jack, her father and mother, brother George Depoy, sister Anna Lou Westerhold, grandson Allen Moon and granddaughter Brandy Kay Moon Smith.

A private family burial will be at a later date at the Mountain View Cemetery east of Riverside. A memorial service will be November 1, 2014, at the Encampment School gym at 1 pm.

Memorials may be made to the Grand Encampment Museum, PO Box 48, Encampment, Wyo., 82325 or the Encampment Presbyterian Church, PO Box 745, Encampment, Wyo., 82325. ❖

Western Slope Obits 10-27-14

October 27, 2014 — 

John Ralph “Jay” Lloyd

John Ralph “Jay” Lloyd, 90, of Delta, Colo., passed away at Paonia Care Center in Paonia, Colo., on October 12, 2014. The cause was a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s’.

He was born May 25, 1924, in Searcy County, Ark.

He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to entering the Army. John served in the South Pacific where he was awarded the Silver Star.

John settled in the Imperial Valley, California, where he managed agricultural operations. He relocated to Delta, Colo., in 1976, but continued in the agricultural industry in the Imperial Valley and foreign countries until his retirement.

Survivors include, his wife, Doreen; daughter, Barbara; son, John and wife Linda of Delta, Colo.; step daughter, Carole of Greeley, Colo.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, three sisters, and daughter, Bette Ruth.

Services were held October 16, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hope West Hospice, P.O. Box 20, Delta, Colo., 81416

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖

Terry Jick “T.J.” Balbach

Terry Jick “T.J.” Balbach, 57, of Loma, Colo., passed away October 18, 2014 at home in Loma, Colo.

We know he has started his life with the Lord, with a smile and humorous remark. His parents Calvin and Toni were blessed with his arrival on February 9, 1957. From that day forward he inspired every one that knew him to live their life to the fullest, no matter what difficulties they were facing.

Terry made friends easily with his big smile, quick wit, his sense of humor and contagious belly laugh. He was a loyal, caring friend. The best days of his life he said, was spending time with his friends. He also loved children and they thought he was super.

Terry never knew the term, I can’t do it. Unless it came to something mechanical.

He was a “bull hauler” for 25 years and he could take that truck where others were afraid to go. The last seven years he drove truck for Grand Junction Pipe.

Terry enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and was a passionate owner of beautiful horses. And only he could find the oddest dogs to be his buddy.

He will always be in our hearts, especially when we see a beautiful horse or a bull hauler going down the road.

Terry is survived by his mother Toni, his brother Gary and Gary’s wife Kim. Two nieces Crystal Balbach, Brenda Bayless, a great niece Sydney McCutchen, a great nephew Wyatt Brockert and two adopted nephews Capp and Cord Biggerstaff. Also his Aunt Toots Harvey, her husband Sam, his cousin Sami Jo Harvey, and family member Stan Young.

His father Calvin, both sets of Grandparents and his cousin Tobi preceded him in death.

His family asks you to please join them to rejoice and celebrate his life, Monday, October 27, at 10:00 p.m., at Western Slope Cattlemens Livestock Auction in Loma, Colo.

Terry would want any donations made to your favorite charity. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 10-25-14

October 27, 2014 — 

Joseph J. Knott

Joseph J. Knott, 87, of Albion, Neb., passed away October 8, 2014, at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Home in Albion, Neb.

Joseph J. Knott, son of Joseph Peter and Senie Marianne (Peterson) Knott, was born March 31, 1927 on the family farm west of Loretto, Neb.

He attended Boone County School District No. 67 through the 8th grade, Loretto High School to the 10th grade and graduated from Albion High School in 1944.

On July 12, 1945, Joe entered the United States Army and served during World War II as a squad leader in the 32nd Infantry Regiment, until receiving an honorable discharge on January 21, 1947.

On May 28, 1950, Joe was united in marriage to Doris Darlene Fleek at the Loretto Methodist Church. They made their home on the farm near Loretto until moving to Sargent, Neb., in 1968. They returned to Albion in May of 2000. Over the years, Joe farmed and ranched, sold feed and worked as a livestock nutritionist for Walnut Grove Feeds.

He was a member of the Loretto United Methodist Church since May 25, 1941, Sargent Volunteer Fire Department, District No. 89 School Board, and was a member and past president of the Custer County Sheriff’s Posse. Joe enjoyed horses, cattle, the sandhills, drinking coffee and he always had a bag of candy in his pick-up.

Joe is survived by his wife Doris of Albion, Neb.; four sons: Michael (Toni) Knott of Arthur, Neb.; Thomas (Karla) Knott of Broken Bow, Neb.; Kevin (Patrice) Knott of Taylor, Neb.; Ross (Danielle) Knott of Petersburg, Neb.; 11 grandchildren: Sam (Jeff) Guest of Crawford, Neb.; Jennifer (Dan) Dyer of Sutherland, Neb.; Jessie Knott of Arthur, Neb.; Andy Knott of Thedford, Neb.; Lisa (Dan) Neal of Amherst, Neb.; Heather (Kyle) Koob of Blair, Neb.; Edmond (Colleen) Knott of Albion, Neb.; Lane Knott and Riley, Macy and Trey Warner of Petersburg, Neb.; 14 great-grandchildren: Megan, Sariah, and Tyler Guest; Eliana, Kate and Luke Dyer; Kylie and Garrett Knott; Colton, Jasper and Cooper Neal; Kinley Koob; Kade and Kamryn Knott; one brother: Al Knott of Arthur, Neb.; two sisters: Phyllis Michel of Albion and Betty Miller of La Vista, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Irene Bent and Mary Knott, two brothers: Lester Knott and Oliver Knott, and one grandson, Michael T. Knott.

Services were held October 11, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Albion, Neb. Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. ❖

Ardyce A. (Hulsebusch) Dwyer

Ardyce A. (Hulsebusch) Dwyer, 80, passed away October 6, 2014, in Omaha, Neb.

She was born January 17, 1934, in Pender, Neb., and grew up in Lyons, Neb.

She married Edward V. Dwyer on June 15, 1956, in Fremont, Neb., and they lived in Lincoln, Neb., for 38 years where they were members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

She was an active member of the Legion of Mary.

Ardyce retired from Nebraska Agricultural Statistical Service.

She is survived by her husband Edward, daughter, Kathy (David) Volkman, son, Dan (Denise) Dwyer, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren.

Services were held October 10, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial took place in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials to Pink Sisters, 1040 South Cotner Blvd., Lincoln, Neb., 68510. ❖

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Wendy Mae Larsen

Wendy Mae Larsen, 65, passed away October 5, 2014, at her ranch near Douglas, Wyo., following a horse related accident.

Wendy was born May 8, 1949, the oldest of three children born to George and Elaine (Lockner) Ohlman in Denver, Colo.

In 1955 the family moved to Cherry Valley (Franktown), Colo., where she was raised on the Ohlman family ranch. She attended the Cherry Valley two-room country school where she received her elementary education. Wendy grew up around horses and cattle, participating in gymkhanas and family activities with the other neighborhood ranch families.

She attended Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colo., graduating in 1967. During her high school years, Wendy was active in sports, 4-H, Livestock Judging and High School Rodeo.

She attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., for one year, then transferred to Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo, Colo., where she graduated with a degree in education. Wendy taught PE and Health at Ellicott, Colo., for six years, and coached the High School Girls Basketball Team.

Wendy met Fred at a college rodeo, and were united in marriage on June 4, 1977, in Cherry Creek, Colo. They settled in Douglas, Wyo., and established the Larsen Ranch south of Douglas along the North Platte River.

Wendy placed everyone else’s priorities before her own. She loved all sports, competing in basketball, volleyball and rodeo, and was always an ardent participator. She worked various jobs in town as well as working on the ranch. She had many skills that she had learned and used throughout her employment, but her finest attributes were her ‘people skills.’ Wendy was always willing, helpful and friendly.

Wendy was an accomplished horsewoman, winning many barrel racing and goat tying championships. She was affiliated with a number of state and national rodeo and ranch associations. She shared her knowledge generously with those who wished to become better riders and competitors, including the handicap riding program in Douglas, Wyo. She loved helping the neighboring ranches and friends work cattle. One reputable cowboy stated that “Wendy was the best cowgirl I’ve ever seen on a horse.”

One of her greatest joys was helping others, and she was known and loved for her unconditional friendship to all.

She became a great inspiration to many and an encourager to all. As Fred’s biggest supporter and fan in his endeavors and accomplishments, she made sure the ‘home fires kept burning’ while he was away.

Wendy took more pleasure and pride in the accomplishments of others than those of her own. She was passionate about her horses, dogs, and cattle, all the while embracing life full-throttle.

Wendy is survived by her husband, Fred; three nephews, Tony Larsen, Wade (Ali) Larsen, and Lane Larsen, all of Sheridan, Wyo.; and two brothers, Terry Ohlman and Gary (Michele) Ohlman, both of Franktown, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine (Lockner) Ohlman and Capt. George Ohlman, a renown WWII pilot of Franktown, Colo.

A Celebration of Life was held for Wendy Mae Larsen October 11, 2014 at the Douglas High School Gymnasium in Douglas, Wyo.

Memorial funds in Wendy’s name may be made to the Wendy Larsen Memorial Fund, c/o the Converse County Bank, Drawer 689, Douglas, Wyo., 82633. All proceeds will be used to benefit youth rodeo programs.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.GormanFH.com. ❖

Herman Schulte

Herman Schulte, 73, of Orchard, Colo., passed away October 12, 2014, in his home.

Herman was born to Joseph and Catherine (Engelhaupt) Schulte on July 2, 1941.

He grew up in Baker, Neb., and married Judy Baker on February 16,1965. They have lived in Morgan County for the last 30 years.

Herman was a son and brother. He was a husband, a father, an uncle, and a grandfather many times over. He was a Christian, a Veteran, and carpenter. He was a great man with more than capable hands and a greater heart. His passions were his family and carpentry. He was loved and will be missed, but he is home now with his heavenly father. There were farewells, but no goodbyes. He has gone home.

He is survived by his wife Judy; four children — Herman and wife Nancy, Julie and husband Rob Kennedy, Keith and wife Diane, Joseph and wife Alicia, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters — Annie Marie Moser, Louise and Robert Johnson, Lucy and Nick Hammerlun, Margaret and Steve Reiser; four brothers — Joseph and Juanita Schulte, John and Mary Schulte, Leo and Sherry Schulte, Jerome and Roberta Schulte.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers — George and John Schulte.

The services celebrating the life and accomplishments of Herman Schulte were held October 17, 2014, at Christ Congregational Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. ❖

Lloyd Lee Dunaway

Lloyd Lee Dunaway, 78, passed away peacefully with family by his side, October 11, 2014.

He was born in Denver, Colo., on April 23, 1936, to Belle and Cal Dunaway.

Lloyd spent his childhood in Walden, Colo., living and working with his parents on cattle ranches. After graduating from Jackson County High School in 1955, Lloyd attended Colorado State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, 1959.

Lloyd went on to serve in the United States Army. After an Honorable Discharge from the military, Lloyd returned to Walden, Colo., and soon met the love of his life, Karen (Sterry) Dunaway.

Lloyd and Karen married, and spent the next 36 years together, until her death in 2001. Lloyd and Karen had three children, and parenting was of the utmost importance to them.

Lloyd owned and operated a large cattle and hay business, known as Dunaway Livestock Company. Lloyd often stated how fortunate he was, to own a business that allowed him the freedom to spend a lot of time with his wife and kids. When Lloyd retired, he moved to Ft. Collins, Colo. It was there that he met Marcia Elwood, and spent many enjoyable years with her, as his companion and dear friend.

During the many years that Lloyd lived in Walden, Colo., with his family, he was active in the community. He served in various organizations, including: North Park Stockgrowers, Woolgrowers, and eight years on the North Park School District, board of education. Lloyd was a 4-H leader, both in sheep club, and shooting sports. Education and youth organizations were important to him. Lloyd was a large donor to Colorado State University Athletics, and enjoyed home football games from his seat in the skybox.

Lloyd was a generous man, who appreciated the small things. In retirement, he loved nothing more than spending summers on his ranch in Walden, Colo. Lloyd would sit on the deck of his cabin, enjoy the scenery, and talk with family and friends all day long.

Lloyd is survived by his son, Lance Dunaway and wife, Brooke; friend, Marcia Elwood; daughter, Rachel Dunaway and partner, Karen Romeo; daughter, Rebecca Wilkinson and husband, Bud; grandchildren, Calee and Troy Wilkinson. Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Dunaway and parents, Cal and Belle Dunaway.

A Memorial Service was held October 17, 2014, at Bohlender Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations will gratefully be accepted by the North Park School District, PO Box 798, Walden, Colo., 80480. Please send gifts by check payable to: North Park Activities. In the memo line, write: Lloyd Dunaway Scholarship Fund.

Friends may send condolences to the family at BohlenderFuneralChapel.com. ❖

Douglas L. Ditus

Douglas L. Ditus, 72, passed away October 8, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a long-time resident of Elbert County in Elizabeth, Colo.

Doug was born in Wichita, Kan., on April 20, 1942.

He grew up in Burdett, Kan., and graduated from Burdett High School. He continued on to receive an Associates degree from Lassen Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Fort Hays State College.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, on February 7, 1961, and celebrated 53 years of marriage.

Doug held a number of careers. He started out with the US Geological Survey working on a survey crew mapping the topography of the western United States. He transitioned into working as a livestock buyer for Hormel Foods. These careers required numerous moves; therefore, Doug made a change and began working in lending and banking with the Production Credit Association, Agri-Store, and the Kiowa State Bank.

He enjoyed motorcycling, camping, softball, golf, bowling, gardening and dancing. He was also actively involved in the Lions Club, Republican Party, and clerked livestock sales for the 4-H clubs in Elbert County.

Doug is survived by his wife Sharon; children Tammy Jo (Jerry) McWhorter, Kurt Darold Ditus and Karl Leon (Pam) Ditus; grandchildren Heather and Shawn McWhorter, Garrett, Kaylyn, Graham and Mackenzie Ditus; great grandchildren Addison, Troy and Sadie McWhorter; siblings Gregory (Glenda) Ditus, Jeanette Ryan and Fredrick (Vonah) Ditus; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Lorena Ditus.

A Memorial Service was held October 14, 2014, at Kiowa Creek Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Kiowa, Colo. A private burial took place in Elizabeth Cemetery.

Donations may be made to American Diabetes Association - Denver, 2460 W 26th Ave, #500C, Denver, Colo., 80211.

The family of Douglas Ditus wishes to thank all those who have made phone calls and sent cards supporting him during his battle with cancer. Please share memories and condolences at HoranCares.com. ❖

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