Obituaries

Rocky Mountain Obits 9-29-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Charles Everett Lamberson

Charles Everett Lamberson, 78, of Branson, Mo., passed away September 2, 2014, in Springfield, Mo.

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Western Slope Obits 9-29-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Jeannie Aileen Kroschel

Jeannie Kroschel, 81, of Cedaredge, Colo.,, passed away peacefully September 18, 2014, at Horizon Care Center in Eckert, Colo.

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Plains Edition Obits 9-27-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Gerald Spurgin

Gerald Spurgin, 70, of rural Paxton, Neb., passed away September 17, 2014, surrounded by family, at his home.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 9-22-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Robert Main Richmond

Robert (Bob) Main Richmond, 76, of Baker City, Ore., passed away September 5, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 9-22-14

September 22, 2014 — 

George W. “Jude” Arnett

George Washington Arnett, 88, of Delta, Colo., passed away September 3, 2014, at the Colorow Care Center.

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Plains Edition 9-20-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Clarence A. Romans

Clarence A. Romans, 83, of North Platte, Neb., passed away September 10, 2014, at the Callaway Good Life Center.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 9-15-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Jean Stewart Reid

Jean Stewart Reid, 90, passed away August 30, 2014, in her home with her family surrounding her.

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Western Slope Obits 9-15-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Shane Cannon

Shane Cannon, 59, of Delta, Colo., passed away September 3, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 9-13-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Archie Tate

Archie Tate, 96, of Valentine, Neb., passed away August 30, 2014, at the Great Plains Health Hospital in North Platte, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 9-8-14

September 8, 2014 — 

William Gordon “Bill” Leafgren

William Gordon “Bill” Leafgren, 88, of Lucerne, Colo., passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at his home on August 27, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 9-8-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Harold Richard Lloyd

Harold Richard Lloyd, 80, passed away August 28, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 9-6-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Robert Jennings Moreland

Robert Jennings Moreland, 91, passed away August 28, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Recipes 9-1-14

September 8, 2014 — 

John Wade Bartmann

John Wade Bartmann, 50, of Greeley, Colo., passed away August 17, 2014, in a tragic ranch accident while hauling supplies to his sheepherders in a remote area of the Routt National Forest where his sheep have grazed and he has enjoyed the beauty and challenges of the forest, for more than 15 years.

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Western Slope Obits 9-1-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Marian G. Lovato

Marian G. Lovato, 98, of Delta, Colo., passed away August 19, 2014, at Colorow in Olathe Colo.

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Plains Edition Obits 8-30-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Vedor Bloomquist

Vedor Bloomquist, 91, of Grand Island, Neb., passed away August 17, 2014, at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 8-25-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Beulah Ferne Bohlender

Beulah Ferne Bohlender, 99, of Greeley, Colo., (formerly of La Salle, Colo.), passed away at Bonell Good Samaritan on August 16, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 8-25-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Gladys M. Sandoval

Gladys M. Sandoval, 94, of Delta, Colo., passed away on August 11, 2014, at Willow Care Center in Delta, Colo.

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Plains Edition Obits 8-23-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Robert Thomsen

Robert L. Thomsen, 78, of North Platte, Neb., passed away August 12, 2014 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 8-18-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Dean Brinkman

Dean Brinkman, 80, of Corona, N.M., passed away August 3, 2014, in their home near Corona, N.M.

Dean was born September 4, 1933, near Plainview, Neb., to O.C. and Iva Mullins Brinkman.

He married Sharon Hanna on March 9, 1989, in Rapid City, S.D.

Dean served in the US Army during the Korean War. Most of that time was spent building gun sites across northern Alaska.

He ranched for several years near Ericson, Neb., raising cattle, Quarter Horses, Belgians and draft mules. He was a part-owner of Ericson Livestock Market in the mid-1980s. He and Sharon moved to their ranch and present home near Corona, N.M., in March, 1991 where they raised commercial cattle and Paint horses. Since downsizing in 2005, they have grazed cattle for others during summer months.

Dean’s favorite pastimes were team-roping and hunting, especially elk. One of his most memorable moments was coming home with an 8x7 bull elk in 2009.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Hanna of Corona, N.M., Son, Jim and Tana Brinkman of Ericson, Neb., Daughter, Jane and Joel Qualm of Ericson, Neb., Sister, Jean and Birney Powell of Elko, Nev., seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

No services, ashes to be scattered privately. ❖

Loren Cockroft

Loren Cockroft, 79, passed away August 11, 2014 in Kersey, Colo.

He was born on July 30, 1935, to Glenn and Violet (Crider) Cockroft in Philipsburg, Kan.

In 1947 Glenn and Violet moved the family from Kansas to Colorado with hope of better farming opportunities. Loren graduated from Kersey High School and served in the U.S. Army.

On August 23, 1963, he married Marilyn Wold in Greeley, Colo. They were married for 38 years until her passing in 2002.

Loren owned and operated Cockroft Dairy Farm with his sons. He had a passion for growing: crops, calves and children of all ages! Over the years Loren and Marilyn opened their home to many who benefited from his strength as a father and gave them the environment they needed to grow. He was a hard worker, innovative farmer, and a charter member of the Greeley Wesleyan Church.

On July 15, 2011 he married Marlene Schild in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Loren will be remembered for his contagious laugh, his love of the mountains — especially Estes Park — and his love for his family. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Cockroft; children, Jeff Cockroft, Michelle Cockroft (Stephen), Brad Cockroft (Stacy) and Scott Cockroft (Nichol); stepchildren, Sherri Wood, Brian Schild, Perry Schild, Mark Schild, and Ashley Sewell; 19 grandchildren; brother, James Cockroft; sisters, Ann Marshall and Linda Head; and a loving extended family.

Loren was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn; sisters, Leita Greene and Donna Hubbard; and grandson, Samuel.

Services were held August 15, 2014, at Greeley Wesleyan Church in Greeley, Colo. Interment took place at in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to Greeley Wesleyan Church or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Ray Sidney Tallman

Ray Sidney Tallman, 86, passed away July 17, 2014, at the Pawnee Manor in Pawnee City, Neb.

He was born in Chase County, Neb., December 19, 1927, to Ray and Hazel (Cooper) Tallman.

He attended a country school near the town of Chase, and graduated in 1945 from high school in Imperial, Neb.

Sid was married to Shirley Makinster in McCook, Neb., in February, 1950. They had four children, Cyndie Rohrbaugh, Rock Tallman, Ronnie Smith, and Robin Varner.

Sid was in the Army before and during the Korean War and was stationed in Rhode Island, Wash., Korea and Japan. When he returned home he worked as a television and radio repairman, at a lumberyard, and ran a maintainer for Chase County, Neb. He and his family moved to Estes Park, Colo., in the early 50s. He worked as a carpenter, and as a repairman for electronics. He and a friend, Don Hoff purchased a TV store. Later, Sid and Shirley also purchased a laundromat and dry cleaning business in Estes.

Sid and Shirley moved to Pawnee City in 1982. Sid worked as a carpenter and handyman, cut hedge posts and for the Soil Conservation Service.

Sid trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1993. His favorite verse was Romans 10:17 — “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Sid and Shirley spent several months each year as volunteers at New Tribes Mission in Sanford, Fla., and at the New Tribes Mission in Arizona. Sid traveled to Venezuela to help build an airplane hanger at the NTM aviation center there. He served as deacon at Faith Baptist church in Pawnee City.

Sid has been blessed with 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Services Were held July 22, 2014, at Faith Baptist Church in Pawnee City, Neb. Interment followed at the Pawnee City Cemetery in Pawnee City, Neb.

Memorials to family choice. ❖

Henry George Heizenrader

Henry George "the Greatest" Heizenrader, 73, of Kiowa, Colo., passed away August 8, 2014.

He was Born on February 15, 1941, in Lincoln, Neb.

Honorable veteran of the United States Navy — Quatermaster Third Class — and longtime beloved employee for Potestio Brothers.

Surviving him are his loving wife Penny Ann, three children: Jon, David and daughter-in-law Melinda, and Cary and son-in-law Michael Miloni, his beloved grandchildren Isabella, Kaylee Ann, Alexandra, Antonia, and Henry George.

Services were held August 15, 2014, at Elbert County Fairgrounds. ❖

James M. Goold

James M. Goold, 67, passed away July 24, 2014.

Jim was born June 12, 1947.

He graduated in 1965 from Eaton High School in Eaton, Colo., where he played football and wrestled. Introduced to hard work at an early age, he established his own cattle company (JMG) and worked for Monfort’s Feed Lots during and after high school.

Jim moved to Dallas in 1966 where he received his draft notice. Like so many young men that were sons of the greatest generation, he dutifully accepted his being drafted and served with honor and distinction in Viet Nam, 1967- 1968. As a combat medic with the US Army’s “Big Red One” 1st Infantry Division, Jim spent his tour “in the bush” providing life-saving trauma care on the battlefield, was wounded in action and received two Bronze Stars.

After his release from active duty, Jim joined the Dallas Sheriff’s Department and then the Addison Police Department. Jim cherished his 12 years as a peace officer and made lifelong friends. Jim’s second highly successful career was in commercial real estate, lastly with CBL and Associates.

Jim enjoyed 16 years of Boy Scouts with his sons, both who successfully earned Eagle Scout. Jim especially loved being with his sons and numerous other scouts on various adventures that included sailing in Key West and hiking at Philmont. As Troop Committee Chairman and Life-to-Eagle Advisor, he earned numerous personal awards and commendations. The number of scouts that made Eagle either through his direct or indirect leadership is innumerable. For over 15 years, Jim co-led St. Rita’s largest ministry — Austin Street Shelter. He always served with a warm heart, smile on his face, and gentle compassion for the homeless and less fortunate that live on the streets.

A man of few words, Jim was very proud of his family, friends, Dallas, the Cowboys, and of being a Texan. Jim appreciated a good story, a hearty laugh, long drives, a fine meal, a loyal dog, vacations in Hawaii and Seaside, and quality time with family and friends. Jim was always there for anyone that needed him and had a positive impact on so many, but was never one to take credit when due.

Survived by the love of his life for 42 years, Patricia; sons John and Steven of Dallas, Texas; sister Carolyn Reeb of Sheridan, Wyo.; and brother Dave of Sundance, Wyo.

A memorial service was held August 7, 2014, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas.

The family requests donations be made to the Austin Street Shelter. ❖

Western Slope Obits 8-18-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Doris M. Moore

Doris M. Moore, 92, of Eckert, Colo., passed away surrounded by her loving family July 29, 2014 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.

Doris Mildred Binkley was born on May 15, 1922, to Earl Termaine and Bertha (Mead) Binkley in Grand Junction, Colo. She spent her childhood in Grand Junction where she graduated from high school.

Doris married Keith Phillip Moore on June 5, 1940, in Moab, Utah.

Doris has been a resident of Eckert, Colo., the past three years where she lived as a blessing to her daughter and son-in-law. Before that, she resided in Craig, Colo.

Doris was a member of the First Christian Church of Craig, Colo. Like her father, they believed their Church was anywhere and everywhere they could worship their Lord.

Doris’ love of helping others started at a very young age. She was a member of the Riverside Women’s Service Club in Grand Junction, Colo. Throughout her children’s school years, she supported them by being involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Band Parents, PTA and anything else that she could do to enhance their lives. She was so proud of the fact that two of her sons and one grandson made the rank of Eagle Scout.

After her children left her nest to begin their lives, she started a career as a volunteer at the Craig Memorial Hospital. She loved helping others, from taking pictures of the newborn babies to giving directions to people coming into the hospital to visit, to running the gift shop. When she retired, she had worked 37 years and had volunteered about 22,000 hours.

Doris loved to bake and make candies. She entered her Angel Food Cake in the county fair where she received a box full of ribbons, most of them blue and grand champion. Her children all loved it when she was baking for the fair, we got to eat all the cakes she “rejected”. For many years, she baked each child in her family an Angel Food Cake for their birthday.

She was an avid Bronco fan, there were posters, footballs and Bronco bears all around her home. Her home was never quite when there was a game on the TV. Her children took her to Denver to several games which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Doris is survived by her three sons: Daniel (Carol) Moore and Stanley (Janice) Moore, all of Craig, Colo.; and Steve (Christy) Moore of Grand Junction, Colo.; her daughter, Patricia (Patrick) Wingfield of Eckert, Colo.; a sister, Alice Else of Grand Junction, Colo.; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers: Howard, Jack and Marvin Binkley; a sister, Muriel Kennedy and a brother-in-law, Delos Else.

Graveside services were held August 1, 2014, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colo. A Celebration of Life Service was held August 5, 2014, at the Legion Hall in Craig, Colo.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made to MS Research or Macular Degeneration Research in memory of Doris and in honor of Steve Moore and Jessica Lampshire.

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

Plains Edition Obits 8-16-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Grace Miller

Grace Miller, 93, of Tryon, Neb., passed away August 4, 2014.

Grace Evelyn (Lutes) Miller was born on August 20, 1920, the daughter of Joseph H. and Mary A. (Reynolds) Lutes. Grace was born in Lincoln, Neb., at the home of her grandparents James A. and Catherine (Booher) Reynolds. Grace was the second born of seven children.

The Lutes family resided in Logan County, Neb., on the Lutes Ranch and later in Stapleton. Grace lived many unique childhood adventures with her father’s unusual endeavors. Grace related, she was her Dad’s helper in his honeybee-keeping enterprise, his mink farm, his trapping and his tree-growing endeavors, learning a love for the outdoors that persisted throughout her life.

Grace graduated from Baker Rural High School, Stapleton in 1938, where, like many young ladies, she took a class called “normal training” that prepared her to teach in a country school. She first taught for two terms (1938-1940) in Pleasant Hill Dist. No. 14 in southeastern McPherson County. Those first pupils and their families became lifelong friends. Grace also worked as a “soda jerk” at Sigman’s Drug Store in Stapleton, launching her love of ice cream!

Even though they had been raised in the Sandhills not too many miles apart it was at a “Hillbilly Dance” that a young cowboy in his new black hat and red bandana scarf caught Grace’s eye! That romance progressed steadily and Wayne Miller and Grace were married on Christmas Eve of 1939. Wayne worked for a farmer and cattle feeder in Perkins County, a rancher in Thomas County and the Baskins Diamond Bar Ranch in Logan County until 1944 when they moved to the ranch in northeast McPherson County that was homesteaded in 1914 by Wayne’s parents, Earl and Della (Harvey) Miller. They leased the ranch and bought his father’s livestock and machinery and after several years bought the ranch. Grace shared her husband’s boyhood dream and was a supportive “rancher’s wife” in every adventure. Grace always planted a big garden, did lots of baking and sewing and exhibited at the county fair in a big way. Wayne was often on the road to a weekend rodeo or even hosting a rodeo at the ranch with Grace as his “pardner.” Years later they proudly raised prize winning purebred Hereford cattle and owned and operated Miller Ranch Supply.

Wayne and Grace raised five children (first born 1940 and the baby in 1958). Those kids were raised on beans and buns, but were healthy and active in 4-H as well as helping with ranch work. Grace received the local “Good Neighbor Award” in 1954 after being nominated by her neighbors and friends. Throughout her life, Grace was a dedicated community volunteer in Hall Church (established in 1951) and was an avid supporter of Bethel Bible Camp, she served as 4-H Club and Cooperative Extension Leader, being recognized with the “Friend of McPherson County” 4-H award. She was a charter member of Sandhills Craftique FCE club. As leader of the local Tree Board, and honoring Arbor Day, many school children learned the value of planting a tree. Grace was always interested in being a steward of the land. Her grandchildren relate how she instilled in them a love of God and the nature he created, sharing her breadth of knowledge about gardening and the birds, bugs, trees, grass, weeds and wildflowers that covered her beloved Sandhills. A self- taught student of the environment, she shared her enthusiasm and knowledge with anyone who expressed a desire to learn. Red Cross Blood Services benefited as she donated blood religiously during her life, along with volunteering at bloodmobiles whenever possible. Grace loved genealogy; she held an unbounded store of affection for her extended family and felt that it was her duty to keep the family bond strong. She loved the Lutes, Reynolds, Miller, and Harvey lineage.

Wayne and Grace celebrated 65 years of marriage before his death October 28, 2005. In 2010 Grace was honored with a 90th birthday party. She smiled continually for a month, it seemed, from the outpouring of affection and loving regard shared with her at the party and in her mail. Loved ones took the opportunity to tell her of her importance in their lives.

Grace is survived by children: Velda (John) Schraer of Atchison, Kan.; Elwin (Margaret) Miller of North Platte, Neb.; Penny (Dan) Nicholson of Oologah, Okla.; Doye (Vickie) Miller and Berva (Dan) Arensdorf of Tryon, Neb. Grace and Wayne’s family was blessed with 19 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren (three more expected soon) and 12 great-great grandchildren. Grace is also survived by sisters-in-law Donna (Lutes) Chapin, Lincoln; Delma (Harvey) Knapp, Ogallala; and brother-in-law Orval Miller, Tryon.

Preceding Grace were husband Wayne, grandson Shawn Schraer, great –grandchildren Jessika Songster and Dante Chavez Rodriguez, her parents and siblings, Marilyn Lutes, Halcyon Miller, Joan Dobbins, Joseph Peter (Pete) Lutes, William F. Lutes, and Barbara Dappen.

Services were held August 11, 2014, at Hall Church, north of Ringgold, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the Hall Church and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

Russell Paul Eggers

Russell “Russ” Paul Eggers, 79, of North Platte, Neb., passed away August 9, 2014.

He was born July 2, 1935, in North Platte, Neb., to Grover V. and Laura (Jewell) Eggers.

He was a life-long resident of North Platte and married Shirley Paxton on Aug. 22, 1972.

He hired on to the UPRR at age 17 and retired as a brakeman after 44 years. He enjoyed many things such as square dancing, playing cards, whistling, old country music, his John Deere tractor, reading murder mysteries, SciFi and working crossword and Sudoku puzzles. He was an avid fan of all North Platte sports, his favorites were Legion baseball, NPHS football and basketball, and MPCC basketball. He was a jack-of-all-trades and could be found out in his shop working on a variety of projects. As a kid he fixed many a neighborhood kid’s bike! He liked to go to the coffee shop for coffee and cake donuts. Throughout the years he supported his children and grandchildren in their sports, horse 4-H and school projects.

Russ is survived by his wife Shirley of North Platte, Neb.; children Kenneth Eggers, Susanne (Nathan) Lukas, Kristen (Bo) Uhrmacher; grandchildren Amy Eggers, Cassidy Eggers-Lukas, Carter Lukas, Chloe Lukas, Cohen Lukas, Elliott Uhrmacher, Laura Uhrmacher; and sisters Gladys (Pete) Laune and Ruth (Bob) Radke; and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Laura and Grover; in-laws Victor and Hazel Paxton; stepson Steven; and siblings Harry, Roger, Lola, Betty, Edna and Ruby.

Services were held August 14, 2014, at the North Platte Berean Church. Burial followed at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Baseball Field or the 4-H Program and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 8-11-14

August 11, 2014 — 

J. Norman Brown

J. Norman Brown, 92, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 26, 2014.

He was born on November 15, 1921, on a farm near Macksville, Kan., to William Absalom and Alta May (Seal) Brown.

His family moved from Kansas to Cedarwood, Colo., when he was 6-years-old and then moved to Pierce, Colo., in 1935. He graduated from Pierce High School in 1939 and attended Colorado A&M University for one year.

On January 2, 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served in the 110th Air Force Squadron. During the war he spent time in Spokane, Wash., at the Army Air Base in Richmond, Va., and then in Panama. While in Panama, his unit inspected bases in Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Guatemala. He married Ruth L. Cogswell on April 12, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, while he was stationed in Spokane, Wash. He was honorably discharged on December 3, 1945.

Upon his discharge from the Army, he returned to the family farm in Pierce and farmed winter wheat and raised cattle with his father. He and his father showed wheat samples at state and international seed shows and in 1947 won the national title in Chicago. They also won honors at the Colorado Pure Seed Show in 1948. He retired from farming in 1999.

Norman served on the Weld County Extension Advisory board, Pierce School Board, Pierce Elevator Board, Hawkins Manufacturing board and Weld County General Hospital board from 1961-1965. With the urbanization of farm land in Weld County, the Weld County Taxpayers Association, a group formed by members of several agricultural committees, campaigned and were successful in getting agricultural land valued under productivity for taxation purposes. He served as president of the Weld County Taxpayers Association for many years and felt his greatest accomplishment was the work he did while serving on this board. He also served as chairman of the Farm Show, chair of the 4-H County Board, Governor Lamm’s North Colorado Development Committee and on the Standley Lake Water Committee and was elected to the Weld County Home Rule Charter Commission in 1975. After the Charter was written, he was appointed by the county commissioners to chair the farm committee to write the first county planning and zoning ordinance. He was president of the Weld County Agriculture Council from 1977-1986. He was a 60 year member of the First United Methodist Church in Pierce, serving on its board and he put together the 100 year history of the church for its 100 year celebration.

He enjoyed arrowhead hunting, was a rock hound and did lapidary work and spent countless hours doing genealogy research for both his and Ruth’s families. He volunteered with Hospice of Northern Colorado for seven years doing home visits.

He is survived by his wife Clorinda (Romero) Brown; daughter Barbara (Wayne) Scott; son Duane (Janice) Brown; sister Myrna Thompson of Tennessee; granddaughters Krista (Dave) Schuetz, Richelle (Joe) Hutchins; grandsons Clint (Kristen) Brown and Derek Hjerleid. He has eight great grandchildren, Trevor, Shaelyn and Devin Schuetz, Kyla and Bailey Hjerleid; Caden and Cody Hutchins and Braxton Brown. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, step children, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruth in 2003 after 61 years of marriage, and brother Noel Absalom Brown who was killed in an airplane accident while training in Texas during World War II.

Services were held July 31, 2014, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment in the Eaton Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Pierce or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.Allnutt.com. ❖

Melvin Wayne Niles

Melvin Wayne Niles, 89, of Greeley, Colo., passed away August 4, 2014, at the Bonell Community in Greeley, Colo.

He was born October 24, 1924, in Orchard, Colo., to Victor Verne Niles and Ruth Agnes Woodard on the family farm. His family then moved to Evans where he and his two brothers went to school. He helped his grandfather on the homestead in Orchard every summer.

He graduated from the 8th grade and went to work at various jobs. At age 17, he started driving truck.

He met Byrdie Maxine Horn (Morehead) at the Evans Methodist Church and they married on October 15, 1954 at that church. Byrdie had two children, Viola and Jimmy from previous marriage. Mervin and Byrdie had three children, Larry, Susan and Anita.

Over their nearly 55 years together Mervin drove truck hauling cattle, hay and oil. He farmed and ranched in the Boulder and Weld county areas. He also owned Niles Carpet Service selling and installing carpet in Denver, and Niles Custom Service, cutting, baling and stacking hay and cutting silage for numerous ranchers and farmers. They resided 36 of those 55 years at their home on the north edge of Hudson, Colo. Mervin always had livestock and worked for farmers in the area until the age of 86. In November 2012, he moved to an independent apartment in Greeley, Colo., where he resided until his passing.

Mervin was a simple man with a passion for flying, farming, ranching, John Deere tractors, Chevrolets and the USA. He did whatever was necessary to care for his family. He loved listening and dancing to good ole county music, going to Alaska and a visiting with fellow farmers at local coffee shops.

Mervin was survived by sons Jimmy Morehead (Cathy) of Longmont, Colo., Larry Niles (Jasmine) of Sutton, Alaska, daughters Susan Pope (Duane) of Wiggins, Colo., Anita Bell (Robert) of Hudson, Colo., 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and special friend Jane Remington of Louisville, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents Victor and Ruth; brothers Wayne Laverne Niles and Verne Eugene Niles; daughters Gail Ruth Niles and Viola Marie Manweiler; son Russell Wayne Niles; grandson Chad Niles and wife Byrdie Niles.

A Celebration of Life will be held August 12, 2014, at the James Memorial United Methodist Church, 506 Beech Street, Hudson, Colo., at 11 a.m., with luncheon to follow.

The family wishes any memorial donations go to the James Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 26, Hudson, Colo., 80642. ❖

Ralph Dean Judson

Ralph Dean “Buzzy” Judson, 84, of Milliken, Colo., passed away July 31, 2014.

He was born January 23, 1930 in New Underwood, S.D., to Lucius Bud and Ruth Minerva (Work) Judson.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie Mae Moorhead on August 18, 1950 in South Dakota.

They lived in South Dakota, California, moved back to South Dakota, and then to Johnstown, Colo., and later settling in Milliken, Colo.

Ralph was a rancher, worked at Douglas Aircraft in California, worked at Great Western Sugar Factory, in a diamond mine, was a cement hauler and worked for the Ehrlich Feedlot before retiring. He served as a pick up man in rodeo over 25 years and inducted into the PRCA Rodeo Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed watching baseball and loved horses.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children; Rodney (Tammy) Judson, Rick (Loretta) Judson, Laverne Judson, Sharon (Ron) Walters and Marti (Gary) Frank, sisters; Geraldine Hackens and Kathleen Boland both of Rapid City, SD as well as 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Dean Judson, brother, Lavern and sister, Vera and his parents.

Services were held August 7, 2014, at New Underwood Community Church in South Dakota. Interment Viewfield Community Cemetery in South Dakota. ❖

Cody Wayne Lockman

Cody Wayne Lockman, 46, of Ault, Colo., passed away August 3, 2014 at North Colorado Medical Center.

He was born May 20, 1968, to Darrel and Tami Lockman in Greeley, Colo.

Cody graduated from Eaton High School in 1986.

On May 20, 2000, he married Roberta Brees.

He worked for water supply and storage as a ditch rider, Jerrys Upholstery, Lesh Drilling, Zetor Tractor and many other local businesses throughout his life. Cody had a love for the outdoors, spending time with his family and tinkering in his shop.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Lockman of Ault, Colo.; parents Darrel and Tami Lockman of Eaton, Colo.; brothers, Ron (Sheri) Lockman of Eaton, Colo., and Brad Lockman of Pierce, Colo.; stepson, Scott Hanna of Ault, Colo.; stepdaughter Michelle Hanna of Greeley, Colo.; grandsons Tyler Hanna and Landon Paswater; nephews Casey and Shawn Lockman; and many step nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his brother Ken Lockman.

A Celebration of life service will be held August 9, 2014, from 3-6 p.m., at 38994 WCR 33 Ault, Colo., 80610.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cody Lockman Memorial Fund in care of Northern Colorado Crematory, 700 8th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Doris Lenora Johnson

Doris Lenora Johnson, 89, passed away July 31, 2014, at the Laramie Care Center.

She was born October 17, 1924, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Arthur Russell and Julia (Webster) Russell. She was raised near Tie Siding, Wyo., with her sister and two brothers.

Doris attended local schools and graduated from High School in Laramie, at what is now known as the Civic Center. After high school, she met and married Leonard Johnson and lived most of her life on their ranch on the Little Laramie River. They were married for 64 years and were blessed with three sons.

Doris loved the ranch life and could be found out riding through the cattle every day in the winter time, while her husband fed. She also spent many hours in the hayfield every summer and never missed a branding in the spring. Doris was an amazing cook and her children and grandchildren looked forward to the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and birthday dinners she would prepare lovingly for them. After these meals, she enjoyed being entertained by the sounds of her husband and sons and granddaughter playing a variety of musical instruments. Sunday’s would find her and her family in church, where she taught Sunday school classes to the children for many years.

Doris was also a gifted artist and loved to create cloth photo albums, dolls and paintings to give away to her loved ones; gifts that we will all cherish forever. She was a lifetime member of the Albany County Cowbelles and was honored to be awarded the Outstanding Ranchwoman of the Year in 1993.

Doris was a much loved mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched. She was a fighter until the end, overcoming many medical problems that plagued her through the years and lived far beyond what anyone expected. She was well loved by the caretakers at the Care Center and thought highly of all of them and her roommate Dorothy (Dottie) Brown.

Survivors include her three sons, James Johnson (Deanna), Andrew Johnson (Linda) and Mark Johnson (Margy) all of Laramie, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, Jon Johnson (Jamie), Aaron Johnson, Charles Johnson (Rebekah), Heather Norelius, Matthew Johnson (Julia), Amanda Johnson, April Miller (Spencer) and six great grandchildren: Jessica Norelius, Keegan Norelius, Jamison Johnson, Dawson Johnson, Tucker Johnson and Everett Johnson. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Victor Johnson in addition to several cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard, her sister Edna, her brothers Jim and Wayne Russell, and her great-nephew, Buck Johnson.

Services were held August 6, 2014, at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. Interment followed at Green Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Snowy Range Evangelical Church at 2552 North 15th, Laramie, Wyo., 82072.

To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, go to www.MontgomeryStryker.com. ❖

Clarence Lee Linker

Clarence Lee Linker, 79, passed away with his family and loved ones at his bedside August 3, 2014, at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo., following two years of ill health.

He was born March 6, 1935 in Hillrose, Colo., to Henry and Bertha Linker.

He started school in Hillrose, then attended Roosevelt, and graduated high school in Hillrose in 1953.

Clarence was a 6 year member of the Fort Morgan National Guard, serving in Fort Lenard Wood, Mo., and Fort Carson, Colo.

He married Beva Rae Wind on January 26, 1958, in Brush. They were married for 56 years.

In 1958 Clarence and his brother Hank started farming as Linker Bros. They farmed for 38 years before retiring and moving to Brush.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Brush, serving as governor for two years; Member of Elks Lodge No. 1143 in Fort Morgan, Colo., with his 50 year pin; belonged to the Brush Bowling Association, where he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 and Bowler of the Year for 1992-93. He was also a member of the Brush Beet Growers Association, serving as president one year. He then belonged to Fort Morgan Local Sugar Beet Growers Association for 35 years, and Colorado Sugar Beet Grower Association as State Director for 29 years, and as Secretary-Treasurer for eight years.

Survivors include his wife Beva; two sons, Stan (Cathy) and Bryan (Jill); and five Grandchildren, Trenton (Cora), Chad (fiancée Kortney Kaper), Lindsey Cavinder (Ryan), Matthew (Lauren), and Katie; and a great grandson coming in November.

Clarence was preceded in death by his brothers Alvin and Hank and sister Beverly, and his parents.

Services were held August 7, 2014, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brush, Colo. Inurnment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery Columbarium.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center. ❖

Ken Knight

Ken Knight, 64, of Brush, Colo., passed away July 29, 2014, at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo.

Ken was born June 7, 1950, in Brush to Ralph and AnnaBelle Knight and was raised on the family farm south of Brush.

After graduating from Brush High School in 1968, he moved to Boulder where he majored in business and accounting at the University of Colorado. After college, he remained on the front range in the Denver area where he met Dawn, who would become his partner in life and business for the next 40 years. Ken and Dawn were married in Arvada, Colo., in 1978. In 1980 they returned to the family farm to reconnect with Ken’s love of farming and cattle. They were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Samantha, Ashley, and Courtney, whom they also raised on the family farm.

Ken never lost his desire to continue learning. He began his knowledge of grain merchandising while working at Cox Grain. In 1990, he began his own business, Golden West Agri Services.

An active member of the community, Ken served in Rotary and on various boards. Our family remains proud to this day of the Golden West Art Show which he and Dawn founded to benefit children with disabilities, a cause that was very close to their hearts. The art show was part of the Brush Rodeo for ten years. This was just a glimpse of the generous man that was always willing to contribute to charities that work to improve the lives of others.

Ken leaves behind his wife, Dawn; his daughters, Samantha (CJ), Ashley, and Courtney; his grandchildren, Adilynn and Evan; his sister, Shirley Burt; nephews Bill, Ty, Todd, Adams, Jesse, and nieces Shannon and Kari.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and AnnaBelle, and his brother-in-law, Tim Dunphy.

A remembrance of Ken’s life will be held August 9, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Livestock Exchange in Brush, Colo. The service will conclude at that time with private family inurnment at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Ken Knight Memorial Fund with the funds to be designated at a later date to charities that Ken supported. These gifts may be sent to the Heer Mortuary in Brush.

Condolences may be sent at HeerMortuary.com. ❖

Frank Arthur Batman

Frank Arthur “Art” Batman, 92, of Pierce, Colo., passed away on July 27, 2014.

He was born November 10, 1921, in Ault, Colo., to Frank Arthur and Susie (Tormey) Batman.

Art grew up in Pierce and graduated from Pierce High School. After graduation he attended Colorado State Teachers College now UNC. During WWll he enlisted in the Navy, serving as a radar operator on naval aircraft at various locations in the South Pacific. Later he was a radar instructor at Corpus Christi, Texas. While in Texas he met Mary Lou Grindle who was also in the Navy as a yeoman working in the radar tower. They married at her family home in Copan, Okla., on December 24, 1945.

After being honorably discharged from the service in 1946, Art worked on the family farm until 1965. In 1965 he became the manager of the Pierce Grain Elevator and Feed Store. He held this position until his retirement.

He enjoyed fishing, people, sports and traveling. Art also volunteered for numerous Weld County organizations, including Hospice, RSVP, and Pierce-Weld County Senior Citizens. He also served on the board for the Weld County Senior Citizens and Senior Nutrition. He was named to the Weld County Senior Hall of Fame in 1995. Art was a charter member of Brown-Foster American Legion Post #188 and was an 82 year member of the First United Methodist Church of Pierce. Art was recently honored as a Quiet Disciple from the Methodist Peaks and Plains Council. The real joy of his life though was his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Art is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Pierce, Colo.; children, Gail (Jeanne) Batman of Copperas Cove, Texas, Geery (John) Cordova of Pierce, Colo., Carmen Batman of San Diego, Calif., and Richard Batman of Ault, Colo.; brother Larry (Shirley) Batman of Greeley, Colo.; brother-in-law Rex Eutsler of Bartlesville, Okla.; grandchildren, Joel A. (Ronda) Cordova, Jason L. (Katie) Cordova, Gary A. (Louise) Batman, Gregory C. (Melinda) Batman and Jillann Small; great- grandchildren, Jaron Cordova, Jasynda Cordova, Kyler Cordova, Mya Cordova, Arynn Cordova, Lily Batman, Noah Batman, Trey Small, and Jaden Small; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, BC Batman; sisters, Marie Jones, Helen Williams, Alta Lacy, Evelyn Geib, Nonie Horning, Glynnellen Grogan, Doris Kerbs, and Matilda Draper; and great- grand daughter Morgan Cordova.

One of Art’s last requests was for his body to be donated to science through the Anatomical Board of the State of Colorado.

A celebration of life will be held August 30, 2014, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Pierce, Colo.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Pierce First United Methodist Church or Pierce Senior Center in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Western Slope Obits 8-11-14

August 11, 2014 — 

Judith Kathleen Brown Wilson

Judith Kathleen Brown Wilson of Powderhorn, Colo., passed away peacefully July 14, 2014, at her home.

She was born April 10, 1942, to Lloyd Brown and Adell Gibson Brown.

She married Wendell A. Wilson May 31, 1962. They made their home on the family ranch in Powderhorn, Colo.

Judy was postmaster of Powderhorn 34 years from 1970 until she retired in 2005.

Judy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful person who will be missed by all who know her.

She was mother to Terrie Kathleen Garrett of Federal Heights, Colo., and Donald of Loma, Colo.; grandmother to Heather Kathleen (Nathan) Scavezze of Commerce City, Colo., Brandi Garrett of Powderhorn, Colo., and Alyson Garrett of Boulder, Colo.; and great-grandmother to Avery Scavezze.

No service will be held per Judy’s request.

Any contributions in her memory are asked to be made to Home Medical Services Hospice, 120 N. Boulevard St., Gunnison, Colo., 81230. ❖

Nellie J. Chaffee

Nellie Jane Chaffee, 90, of Delta, Colo., passed away July 29, 2014 at Colorow Care Center in Olathe, Colo.

Nellie Jane McMann was born August 26, 1923, at Grand Haven, Mich., to James and Florence (Sullivan) McMann.

Nellie married Arthur V. Chaffee on July 22, 1966, at Spring Lake, Mich. Together they celebrated over 44 years of marriage until Art’s death in 2010.

Nellie had lived in Delta, Colo., for 29 years.

She was a dog groomer and kennel owner for most of her life. She was an accomplished horsewoman. Her life was devoted to animals and served as a 4-H leader for many years. Nellie was very active in community events and organizations over the years. She enjoyed cooking and was known for her whiskey dogs and hearty hogwash.

Nellie is survived by her niece; Sandi Walters and two cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and her husband Arthur Chaffee.

A memorial will be held on September 20, 2014, at Grand Haven, Mich., to honor and celebrate Nellie’s life.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Delta County 4-H Clubs, 525 Dodge Street, Delta, Colo., 81416

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

Plains Edition Obits 8-9-14

August 11, 2014 — 

Walter Arthur (Art) Daly

Walter Arthur (Art) Daly, 74, passed away August 1, 2014, at what he called “long shadow time” in the afternoon.

He was born January 28, 1940, to Walter G (Jack) and Clara M (Winters) Daly.

Art went to grade school in rural McPherson County and graduated from McPherson County High School with the class of 1957. He attended college at Chadron State.

On June 5, 1959, Art married his high school sweetheart, Ilene Power, at Tryon, Neb. They lived for 54 plus years on the ranch where he grew up. Art and Ilene were blessed with three children-LeAnn, LaRae and Mike.

Art was a good steward of the land and livestock. In his strong faith he gave God the credit for the wonder and the beauty around him. He strived for preservation of our Western Heritage, Traditions and Patriotism. He loved ranching and raising cattle and had a definite knack for putting a sound mind on a horse.

Leather tooling was one of his many gifts. He spent countless hours (some with daughters sitting on the back of his folding chair “watching”) making belts, purses, billfolds, tack and 80 some saddles.

Art loved music and was a self-taught guitar player. He played with several dance bands through out high school and college. He eventually formed a group called “Art Daly and the Buckaroos.” This band played for many dances and helped make wonderful memories for many people. His talents spilled over into rodeo announcing — high school and amateur, as well as professional. He holds PRCA Gold Card No. 20255. He received many “Announcer of the Year” awards. He was honored to announce the PRCA Circuit Finals in 1993.

Art was a great role model for kids everywhere and always made time for them. He was the World’s Best Husband, Dad and Granddad (according to his family).

Survivors include his wife Ilene of Tryon, Neb.; three children, LeAnn (Kevin) Reichenberg of Grant, Neb., LaRae (Kirt) Thompson of Brady, Neb., and Mike Daly of Sidney, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Krista McClain of Grant, Neb., Bo (Holly) Reichenberg of Sutherland, Neb., Cain Reichenberg of Sutherland, Neb., Stacy (J.T.) Metcalf of Loveland, Colo., Sidney Thompson of Lincoln, Neb., Sarah Daly of Sidney, Iowa, and Samuel Daly of Sidney, Iowa; six great grandchildren, Kayla Reichenberg, Taylor Hubl, Ben McClain, Wyatt Reichenberg, Wilber Reichenberg, and Ellie Joy Metcalf; two sisters, Lois (Ted) Correll of North Platte, Neb., and Linda Paxton of Stapleton, Neb.; brother and sister in laws, Jim (Maureen) Power of North Platte, Neb., and Shirla (Jim) Croghan of Broken Bow, Neb.; godchildren, Lynn Daly of Windsor, Colo., Sheryl (Danny) Chaves of Galeton, Colo., Kim (Steve) Graff of Windsor, Colo., Lloyd (Dani) Harding of Bridgeport, Neb., and Margo (Bruce) Ferguson of Scottsbluff, Neb.; and numerous other family members and friends.

Art is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Clara; mother and father-in-law, John and Clara Power, and a brother-in-law, Ron Paxton, and a sister-in-law, Lynn Power.

Services were held August 5, 2014 at the McPherson County High School. Burial was at the Miller Cemetery near Tryon, Neb.

A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences can be made at www.AdamssSanson.com. ❖

Ray Sidney Tallman

Ray Sidney Tallman, 86, passed away July 17, 2014, at the Pawnee Manor in Pawnee City, Neb.

He was born in Chase County, Neb., December 19, 1927, to Ray and Hazel (Cooper) Tallman.

He attended a country school near the town of Chase, and graduated in 1945 from high school in Imperial, Neb.

Sid was married to Shirley Makinster in McCook, Neb., in February, 1950. They had four children, Cyndie Rohrbaugh, Rock Tallman, Ronnie Smith, and Robin Varner.

Sid was in the Army before and during the Korean War and was stationed in Rhode Island, Wash., Korea and Japan. When he returned home he worked as a television and radio repairman, at a lumberyard, and ran a maintainer for Chase County, Neb. He and his family moved to Estes Park, Colo., in the early 50s. He worked as a carpenter, and as a repairman for electronics. He and a friend, Don Hoff purchased a TV store. Later, Sid and Shirley also purchased a laundromat and dry cleaning business in Estes.

Sid and Shirley moved to Pawnee City in 1982. Sid worked as a carpenter and handyman, cut hedge posts and for the Soil Conservation Service.

Sid trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1993. His favorite verse was Romans 10:17 — “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Sid and Shirley spent several months each year as volunteers at New Tribes Mission in Sanford, Fla., and at the New Tribes Mission in Arizona. Sid traveled to Venezuela to help build an airplane hanger at the NTM aviation center there. He served as deacon at Faith Baptist church in Pawnee City.

Sid has been blessed with 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Services Were held July 22, 2014, at Faith Baptist Church in Pawnee City, Neb. Interment followed at the Pawnee City Cemetery in Pawnee City, Neb.

Memorials to family choice. ❖

David K. Van Winkle

David K. Van Winkle, 78, of Valentine, Neb., passed away July 5, 2014, at Pine View Good Samaritan nursing home in Valentine, Neb.

He was born on June 30, 1936, to Ira and Gladys Van Winkle in Valentine, Neb. David was the first born son of five children.

David attended grade school at the ABC school on the Niobrara River south of Kilgore, and graduated from Valentine High School in 1955.

After high school David worked as a ranch-hand south of Valentine, then traveled much of the western United States as an over-the-road trucker for a few years before returning to his first love of ranching with his parents south of Kilgore.

David enjoyed horse shows where he took great pride in showing his beloved horses. David always enjoyed rodeos, and visiting with family and friends. It was not uncommon for David to call family and friends far and wide on their birthdays.

David was a member of Farm Bureau, a long-time member of the Kilgore Volunteer Fire Department, and attended the Sandhills Church of Hope in Cody, Neb.

David was a loving, son, brother and uncle. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include brother, Boyd Van Winkle of Edmonton, Canada, sister, Sharon Grove of New Castle, Wyo., Orin Van Winkle and wife Mary of Kilgore, Neb., and sister, Marn Telitz and husband Vern of North Platte, Neb. Eight nieces and nephews, Shelly Christensen, (John), Kevin Grove, Brian (Colleen), Lisa Swendener, Austin (Bethany) Swendener, Allison (Randy) Bauer, Megan (Josh) Failor, and Nathan Van Winkle. David is also survived by former spouse, Sally Sheets, and a host of neighbors and friends.

Services were held at the Cody-Kilgore High School in Cody, Neb., on July 9, 2014, with burial at the Kilgore Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Kilgore Volunteer Fire Department. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 8-4-14

August 4, 2014 — 

William Reed Taussig

William Reed Taussig, 89, of Limon, Colo., formerly of Parshall, Colo., passed away July 16, 2014.

Bill was born on February 10, 1925, in Denver, Colo., to Willard S. and Clara M. (Kraxberger) Taussig, one of seven children.

He grew up on the Ute Park Ranch in the Williams Fork River Valley near Parshall, Colo. He attended Columbine School, a one room school house, and graduated from Kremmling Union High School in 1942. After high school graduation Bill attended Wheaton College for a year, then after World War II, went to the Denver Bible Institute.

Bill served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II from March 24, 1944 to April 3, 1946. He participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima where he was wounded. He humbly served his country and never took his freedom for granted. It was during this time that he confronted this question: “Taussig, are you absolutely certain that if you get killed you will go to heaven to be with Jesus?” The Holy Spirit led him to Matthew 10:28 and he was overwhelmed with peace and comfort, confirming his assurance of salvation. He knew if his body was killed in battle he would be immediately in heaven.

Bill married Virginia D. Miller on February 4, 1949 in Denver, Colo., and the couple was blessed with five children. They loved ranching and raising their family in the mountains where God’s creation was very visible. Bill was also a lay minister at the Parshall Chapel and performed many weddings and funerals in the Parshall and Kremmling areas.

He enjoyed hiking and camping, loved to sing, was an avid student of the Bible, and loved reading in general. Bill loved God’s creation from big to small. He enjoyed watching birds and slowing down to literally smell the roses. Bill enjoyed the spring rains, playing in the snow, the birth of new baby calves, and working cattle. He loved his wife of 65 years and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren dearly. Bill praised his Creator daily, believing that all things are a gift from God.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia and their children: Jan (Jim) Polzin of Las Vegas, Nev.; Reed (Kathy) Taussig of Littleton, Colo.; David (Kim) Taussig of Limon, Colo.; Nancy (Larry) Mitchell of Las Animas, Colo.; and Kim (Steve) Fahrenkrog of Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Grandchildren: Heidi and James Polzin; Kelley (Matt) Rice, Jason (Allycia) Taussig, Matthew (Lana) Taussig; Claire (Michael) Carroll, Libby Taussig; Mick (Rachael) Mitchell, Andrea (Drew) Keck; Jovi and Justin Fahrenkrog. Great grandchildren: Austin, Alexandra, Isabella, Genevieve, Christopher, Abbi, and Will. Bill is also survived by his brothers: Jim (Vicki) Taussig of Kremmling, Colo.; Jack Taussig of Canon City, Colo.; sisters: Marilyn (John) Story of Lovell, Wyo.; Miriam (Ray) Coon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and sister-in-law: Anita Taussig, Ft Collins, Colo.

Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister, Marge McElroy; brother, Don Taussig; brother-in-law Ken McElroy; and sisters-in-law: Lois Taussig and Faith Taussig.

Services were held July 24, 2014 at Parshall Bible Chapel in Parshall, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to: Hi-Plains Baptist Church P.O. Box 158, Limon, Colo., 80828 or Parshall Bible Chapel P.O. Box 353, Parshall, Colo., 80468 or to an organization of donor’s choice. ❖

Harold I. Edstrom

Harold I. Edstrom, 89, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 21, 2014, at home, after a long battle with lung and heart problems.

He was born September 28, 1924, in Brighton, Colo., to Edward Harold and Anne Marie (Mathisen) Edstrom.

Harold graduated from Ft. Lupton High School.

He married Evelyn Eichner on November 1, 1946, in Brighton, Colo. Evelyn died on September 7, 1973. He married Linda Larson on September 28, 1974 in Commerce City, Colo.

Harold was a dairyman at heart. He started shipping milk at the age of 14. He had cattle his entire life. He also owned and operated Donut Haven in Greeley, Colo. He survived WWII in the infantry. He was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. He was honorably discharged as a staff Sergeant.

Harold became a Lutheran in 1946 so he could marry Evelyn Eichner.

Harold’s hobbies included taking care of calves, playing with his grandchildren and collecting toy farm animals.

Harold was a quiet, gentle and strong man who loved his family, friends and animals. He loved baseball and Holsteins. He will be missed by many forever.

He is survived by his wife Linda Edstrom of Greeley, Colo.; sons Lane (Renate) Edstrom of Thornton, Colo., Steven (Ashley) Edstrom of Kersey, Colo., and Gary (Alaina) Edstrom of Greeley, Colo.; daughters, Deb (Andy) Herasimtschuk of Timnath, Colo., Dawndee (Loren) Schmunk of Evans, Colo., Anne (Nick) Nesmith of Evans, Colo., and Brenda (Nick) Findell of La Salle, Colo.; sister, Evelyn (Melvin) Stoecklein of Brighton, Colo.; 15 grandchildren, Ericka Duncan, Ryan Edstrom, Denise Loveless, David Herasimtschuk, Lauren Herasimtschuk, Kayla Schmunk, Rylee Schmunk, Campbell Halloway, Braylon Edstrom, Regan Edstrom, Andrew Edstrom, Landree Edstrom, Porter Edstrom, Blake Edstrom and Henlee Findell; great grandchildren, Morgan Duncan, Rhett Duncan, Ali Edstrom and Ava Edstrom.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn; daughter Cindee Gayle; infant son William Edward; brother Milton Edstrom; and his parents.

Services were held July 25, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Friends and family may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.Allnutt.com. ❖

Helen Joyce (Abbott) Schmidt

Helen Joyce (Abbott) Schmidt, 79, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away June 30, 2014.

She was born on Christmas Day of 1934. Helen was born on the family farm in Colorado, the youngest of eight children born to Allen and Opal (Cowel) Abbott. She loved telling people that her Dad shot the stork after the seventh child was born, so Santa Claus had to bring her.

She lived in the Keenesburg, Colo., area and graduated from Brighton High School in 1952, she then moved to Denver to attend Colorado Women’s College. She remained there until she met her husband, Ray Schmidt. Ray and Helen were married in Raton, N.M. on July 7, 1956. They continued to live in Colorado, where their three children were born. In 1966 Ray and Helen took their family and moved to Buffalo, Wyo., where they lived until 1977. They then moved to Casper, Wyo., and lived there until 1985. In February of that year they then decided to move to a warmer climate and moved to Fountain Hills, Ariz. Helen was active with golf and bowling while living there. Then in 2002 Ray and Helen moved to Mesa, Ariz., where they lived until her death. Helen loved children, if there was one anywhere around she was talking or playing with them. She loved when she could baby sit for her godchildren or her grandchildren. They brought such joy to her life.

Helen in survived by her husband Ray, of almost 58 years; a son Scot Schmidt of Coolidge, Ariz., two daughters: Terri Schmidt of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Robin (Fred) Lueck of Gilbert, Ariz.; four grandchildren: Ryan Anderson of Encinitas, Calif., Kacy Schmidt of Scottsdale, Ariz., Rikki Lueck of Laramie, Wyo., and Dalton Lueck of Gilbert, Ariz.; one sister: Shirley Uhrich of Loveland, Colo.; four sister-in-laws: Georgene Abbott of Keenesburg, Colo., Sally Abbott of Brighton, Colo., Jane Abbott of Kiowa, Colo., and Jeanne Schmidt of Fort Lupton, Colo.; numerous nieces and nephews; two Godchildren Jason Drake of Johnson City, Tenn., and Katie Keele of Franklin, Tenn.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents Allen and Opal, four brothers: Herbert, Virl, Gean, and Gilbert; two sisters: Beverly Bodine, and Hazel Cronk; four brother-in-laws: William Uhrich, Hartley Bodine, Russell Cronk, and Forrest Schmidt; one sister-in-law: Doris (McCune) Abbott; one infant niece: Cindy Cronk, and one infant nephew: Robert Schmidt.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held on Saturday August 16, 2014 at 11:00 for family and friends, at the place she loved and was born. The place is now occupied by her nephew Douglas and Johanna Abbott at 43450 E.160th Ave. Keenesburg, Colo.

Memorials can be sent to the Helen Schmidt Memorial c/o Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 N Fountain Hills Blvd., Fountain Hills, Ariz., 85268. ❖

Kathy DeSmith

Kathy DeSmith, 74, of the Left-Hand Ranch in Wellington, Colo., tragically and accidentally passed away on July 5, 2014. She died with her boots on at the ranch she loved so well.

Kathy was born in Sodas, N.Y., to Bill and Geraldine DeSmith. When her family moved to Colorado, Kathy realized she was in “her place.” After graduating from Colorado State University with a major in physical education, her love of ranching and the rural life led her to teach in small, rural schools. She taught at the Grover school for 17 years, and continued to substitute teach at Grover and Wellington schools after retirement.

The world has lost a beautiful person, a woman who touched countless lives, a woman always ready to lend a hand, share an experience and give advice. She was a nonjudgmental person who lived life on honest, hard-working principles — too rare today.

We lost a friend, a love, a ray of light throughout any gloom. She was never too busy, always welcoming, and loved by many. We will miss you; your time was well-spent.

Those left to cherish and honor Kathy’s memory are three sisters: Mary Decker (Darryl), Julie DeSmith (Jackie Parker), Gerry Gentry; brother, Fred DeSmith (Elaine); special friend, Tom Mulhollund, and Kate Hendren, life partner.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at 2 p.m., August 9, 2014, at Heart of the Rockies Church, 6501 Brittany St. in Fort Collins.

Donations may be made to the Kathy DeSmith Fund at Pawnee School District, PO Box 220, Grover, Colo., 80729. ❖

Jerome M. (Jerry) Linnebur

Jerome M. (Jerry) Linnebur, 64, of Roggen, Colo., passed away July 20,2014, at his home.

He was born on July 11, 1950, in Brighton, Colo., to Fred W. and Martha A. (Schauf) Linnebur.

Jerome graduated from Weld Central High School, then worked as a parts man for over 30 years, at different locations before coming back to Roggen where he worked for local farmers before retiring due to his health.

Jerome is survived by his son, Jason Linnebur of Brighton, Colo. He is also survived by seven siblings, Ron and Verma Linnebur, Nancy Powell, Judy Shinbur, Fred and Vianna Linnebur, Bill and Sallie Linnebur, Pam and Leroy Martinez, Janice and Delbert Moore. He also had many nieces, and nephews.

Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Martha Linnebur and several uncles and aunts.

Service will be held at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo., on Monday, July 28, 2014. ❖

Gail Maynard Borden

Gail Maynard Borden, 95, passed away July 14, 2014 in Hugo, Colo.

He was born March 6, 1919 in a two room sod house 15 miles North and two miles East of Arriba, Colo. It was the homestead of Albert Rhodell Borden and Eva Lena Campbell Borden.

He attended Red Twin School for two years before it was destroyed by a tornado. He then rode horse or walked the mileage to attend Sunny Slope School. Gail graduated top of his class in 1937 and then farmed and ranched with the family.

On October 14, 1956, Gail married Creta Iralyn Marrow and moved two miles west to the new home place.

Until his father’s health failed they farmed together. Gail and Creta maintained one of the last and oldest Angus herds in Colorado. In 2006, he retired from farming.

The highpoint of Gail’s life was October 1, 1960 with the birth of Royce, their only child.

He was a lifetime member of the Bethel Church of The Brethren, during which time he held many positions and filled many duties locally and for the regional conference.

Some highlights of Gail’s life included driving a school bus two years after high school. While reading was a passion, reading the King James Version of the Bible was his favorite.

He shared three things with neighbors and friends. They were taking long walks while relating history, singing even when the words were wrong and catching people in one of his humorous stories.

Gail enjoyed and encouraged Royce in his inventions and road trips to family reunions. Later in life, he became the loving father-in-law to Sandra Chadwick, Royce’s wife.

He moved to Leisure Pines in downtown Arriba, Colo., in 2009, but continued going to many farm sales with his son and new daughter-in-law. He retired to Lincoln County Care Center in 2012, but maintained an active visitation through cell phone and trips to Bethel Church.

He is survived by his business partner and daughter-in-law, Sandra Chadwick Borden.

Gail was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Creta and his only son, Royce.

Memorial Services were held July 23, 2014, at Bethel Church of The Brethren in Arriba, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to: the Bethel Church of the Brethren in c/o Patricia Hill 376 County Road Y Lindon, Colo., 80740. ❖

Stephen J. Kaisler

Stephen “Steve” Kaisler passed away June 26, 2014, in a rafting accident, on the Platte River, near Saratoga, Wyo.

He was born in Laramie, Wyo., on Sept. 15, 1943, to Frank and Ann M. “Babe” (Baillie) Kaisler and spent 66 of his 70 years on the fifth generation family ranch on the Little Laramie River.

Steve graduated from University of Wyoming Prep High School in 1961 and married Martha Short in 1963. They had three sons and were married 12 years. Steve married Sherri Dycus on June 24, 1978. They enjoyed many things together including building a cabin on their property on Battle Mountain. It has been a family project enjoyed by their son’s, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and other family and friends. He along with other valley ranchers started the Little Laramie Volunteer Fire Department in 1973 where he was also chief of the Department for many years. He was also instrumental in starting the Little Laramie Valley Mosquito Control Program which he was director of for 36 years. Steve worked for the Albany County School District driving a school bus and cleaning the Little Laramie Valley View School for close to 30 years. He loved the outdoors, raising cattle, hunting and fishing.

Steve was a champion of a grandpa. His love for his grandchildren reflects clearly in their many memories of him. From hunting and fishing escapades, to mountainous adventures while staying at the family cabin, and not to mention the countless number of miles he traveled to support them in their athletics and other events that he knew were important. His playful, lighthearted ways taught his grandchildren to enjoy the little things in life, as he truly did.

Steve is survived by wife Sherri of Laramie, Wyo.; his mother, Babe of Laramie, Wyo; sons Ty and wife Becky of Marshfield, Mo.; Todd and wife Darcy of Savery, Wyo.; Trevor and wife Linda of Savery, Wyo.; grandchildren, Brandy and Josh of Craig, Colo.; Grant and Blake of Springfield, Mo.; Coy and Destre of Savery, Wyo.; and Taylor and Slater of Savery, Wyo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Frank; and his sisters, Mabel Schuman and Ethel McCauley.

Cremation has taken place and his family will spread his ashes at his family ranch on Herrick Lane and on the family cabin property on Battle Mountain.

Memorials may be made to the Little Snake River FFA Chapter in care of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home, 2133 Rainbow Ave., Laramie, Wyo., 82070.

To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, please go to www.MontgomeryStryker.com. ❖

Gerald William Hoff

Gerald William Hoff of Bellvue, Colo., passed away peacefully on July 24, 2014, at his home.

Gerald was the last survivor of nine children born to German Russian immigrants, Henry L. Hoff and Elizabeth (Bauer) Hoff. He was born January 18, 1923, on a farm Northeast of Timnath, Colo.

At the age of 3-weeks-old his family moved by wagon to a farm north of Fort Collins, Colo., on the Waverly Road. He attended Rocky Ridge Grade School and graduated in 1942 from Fort Collins High School. While attending high school he met his best friend for life Clark Moen. Many happy times through the years were spent at the Moen Ranch in Virginia Dale, Colo.

At the Colorado State Fair in 1941 he won the high point individual in livestock judging and was a member of the championship livestock judging team. By winning the championship in livestock judging he was awarded a trip to the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. He placed 15th in the nation in livestock judging and may have placed higher but he had no experience in judging draft horses. He also won numerous awards showing livestock at the Larimer County Fair, Denver Stock Show, and the Colorado State Fair.

After high school he farmed with his dad until his was drafted into the Navy in the spring of 1943. He served on the destroyer U.S.S. Mustin and was honorably discharged in 1945.

In January 1948, he met Doris Anne Jane Huntzinger on a blind date at the Denver Stock Show arranged by his older brother, George. One year later on January 15, 1949, their marriage took place during the blizzard of ’49 in Douglas, Wyo. Their early life together included ranching on Fish Creek in Virginia Dale. In 1958 they moved to Bellvue.

He was committed to his family and taking care of his livestock. During their 62 years of marriage, Gerald and Doris had three sons, Charles (Sara) Hoff and Karl (Cindy) Hoff of Bellvue, Colo., and Shawn (Pam) Hoff of Windsor, Colo. He will be remembered by grandchildren, Scott Beckman, Anna Park, Stephanie DeBan, Matthew Hoff, Blair Hoff and Katelyn Hoff; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters; Faye and Marguerite, his six brothers; Gail, Henry, Gordon, George, Raymond, and John; and his best friend Clark Moen.

A private burial was held on July 29, 2014 at Roselawn Cemetery in Ft. Collins, Colo. ❖

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August 4, 2014 — 

Zacharias “Zack” McEwen

Zacharias E. “Zack” McEwen, of Cedaredge, Colo., 68, passed away July 27, 2014, at the V.A. Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

Zacharias Emmanuel McEwen was born on December 28, 1945, to Lloyd and Laverne (Lorenze) McEwen in Pueblo, Colo.

He spent his childhood in Pueblo and Hooper, Colo., in the San Luis Valley. Zack graduated from Hooper High School. After graduation, he attended Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo. He has resided in Cedaredge, Colo., the past 12 years moving from Las Vegas, Nev.

Zack married Dina L. Bell on November 11, 1972 in Fruita, Colo.

He was the owner of an appliance repair shop. Zack enjoyed building furniture, listening to music and hunting and fishing.

Zack is survived by his wife, Dina McEwen of Cedaredge, Colo.; his daughter, Tiffany Barker and spouse, Chris of Rock Springs, Wyo.; a brother, Patrick McEwen of Florida; and two grandchildren: Jordan and Brayden Barker.

Zack was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and a sister.

Services were held August 1, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Cedaredge, Colo. Interment waT at Cedaredge Cemetery.

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

Hortense M. Dixon

Hortense M. Dixon, 88, of Fruita, Colo., passed away July 25, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Hortense was born on February 10, 1926, to O.B. and Myrtle Hurt in Barnsdall, Okla.

She married U.F. “Mutt” Dixon in Russell, Kan., on May 18, 1944. They settled in Rangely, Colo., in 1946, where they raised four children.

Hortense worked at the Rangely District Hospital for 20 plus years. She was a member of Living Water Baptist Church in Fruita, Colo., where she enjoyed serving Power Lunch to Fruita Monument High School Students. She was also a member of the 80 plus Women’s Club where they enjoyed singing, crafts and fellowship. She has always been very active in her church.

After Mutt’s retirement from Chevron Oil Company in 1982, they moved to Dinosaur, Colo., and lived there for a short time then moved to Vernal, Utah. After Mutt’s death in 1998, Hortense moved to Barnsdall, Okla., to be near her siblings until returning back to Fruita, Colo., to be near her children.

Hortense loved fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with family. She always enjoyed gardening; sharing her vegetables and flowers with anyone who wanted them. She spent all of her spare time gardening right up to the very end.

She is survived by her children, Debbie (Butch) Norris, Fairl (Tonya) Dixon, LeeAnn (Terry) Eaton and Roy (Mary Lou) Dixon; sisters, Mildred McKinney, and Vona Anthony, and brother, Joe Hurt; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hortense is preceded in death by Mutt, her husband of 52 years; her parents; multiple siblings and two granddaughters.

Services were held July 30, 2014, at Living Water Baptist Church in Fruita, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to Living Water Baptist Church, 1822 J 3/10 Road, Fruita, Colo., 81521. ❖

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August 4, 2014 — 

Delores Jean (DePriest) Crosby

Delores Jean (DePriest) Crosby, 82, of rural Sutherland, Neb., passed away July 21, 2014.

Delores was born February 25, 1932, in North Platte, Neb., the daughter of Donald DePriest and Lenora Wilson.

She was raised in North Platte until she moved to Sutherland when she was in the sixth grade. She graduated from Sutherland High School in 1950 and attended one year of business school at North Platte Business School.

Delores married George Elery Crosby on April 13, 1951, in St. Paul, Neb. To this union four daughters were born. They lived south of Sutherland on the family farm and Delores worked various jobs in Sutherland before accepting the position of Food Service Manager at Sutherland Public Schools. Delores was employed by the Sutherland Public Schools from 1970-1995. After her retirement, she and George began caring for their great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Sutherland United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women (Church Choir), Lily of the Valley Garden Club, TeamMates Mentoring Program, Booster Club (Admiral Award Winner.) She was actively involved in her children’s, grand children’s and great-grand children’s events. She also enjoyed bowling, gardening, sewing, puzzles, brazilin embroidering, and music.

Survivors include her husband George and four daughters: Georgina (Late Earl) Roberts and their children Tim and Billie Fear (Tyler, and Bailee), Joseph and Stacy Cravatt (Jalyne, Haeven, and Tayton Schuster), Marty and Marlo Roberts (Morgan Simpson, Mason, and Mataya); Cindy Crosby and her children; Trampas Osborne (Hunter), Andy and Elery Hoban (Teghan), Wylie and Dana Osborne (Berkeley and Cohen); Randy and Janie Rasby, Shane and Jessica Rasby (Story, Shaydyn, Caydence, and Camry) Brook Lyn (Gunnar and Lainey) Mark and Aliscia Benes (Braden, Brant, Brogan, Brielle, and Brinklee) Chase and Keri (Corbyn); Brent and Judy Wever, Andy Henson and Britney (Brycen), Courtney Wever, sister-in-law Mim Crosby and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents Donald DePriest and Lenora Wilson; her mother and father in-law Edgar and LaVon Crosby; son-in-law Earl E. Roberts Jr.; and grandson Ryan Justin Rasby.

The family has chosen cremation and a memorial service was held July 29, 2014, in Sutherland at the United Methodist Church. Inurnment will followed at the Riverview Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Sutherland United Methodist church or Great Plains Health Hospice.

Online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

Ralph E. “Geno” Meredith

Ralph E. “Geno” Meredith, 71, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away July 12, 2014, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

Geno was born February 28, 1943, in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Ralph and Edithora (DeFord) Meredith.

He attended schools in Ogallala, North Platte, and Brule and in Cheyenne, Wyo. Geno then returned to Ogallala and worked various jobs.

His interests included singing country music, making a record which included “Kansas City” and “I Found Love When I Found You.” Geno was a member of the Lions Club and he especially enjoyed watching the sport of rodeo.

Survivors include his father Ralph Meredith of North Platte, Neb.; his son Jerome Meredith of Sterling, Colo.; two sisters: Teena (Tom) Zezulka of Bellevue, Neb., and Linda (Rick) Weisgerber of Bennington, Neb.; two brothers: Ted (Marcia) Barnhill of Ogallala, Neb., and Tom Meredith of North Platte, Neb.; and a sister-in-law Diane Barnhill of Ogallala, Neb. Also several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his mother, his step-father Ted E. Barnhill, and three brothers: Gary Barnhill, Eldon Barnhill, and Ron Barnhill.

Services were held July 15, at the Draucker Funeral Home. Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to the Keith County Senior Center and the Indian Hills Manor Residents Fund. ❖

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July 28, 2014 — 

Glen D. Helberg

Glen Helberg, 86, of North Platte, Neb., passed away July 14, 2014.

Glen was born in Arnold, Neb., February 20, 1928, the son of Ben J. and Eula (Reed) Helberg.

The family resided in Cherry County, north of Seneca, where Ben engaged in buying and selling horses and cattle. Ben developed a business relationship with the operator of the York Livestock Market, and the family moved to York, Neb., to help operate the business in 1936. In 1938, they moved to North Platte, Neb., and began conducting horse and cattle auctions in the round barn at North Platte Farms south of east Phillip Street. In 1941, the auction business was moved to the present Isabell Auction location on East 4th Street in North Platte, Neb. It was a true family operation with Ben and Glen running the auctions, and Eula running the café.

Glen married Beverly McKinley on July 18, 1948.

In 1951, the livestock auction business was moved north of the UPRR tracks to the present location of North Platte Livestock. With his father and family, Glen developed a well respected livestock auction business in Lincoln County. Especially impressive was the loyalty shown by the wonderful farm and ranch people who came to town to work at the “barn” on sale day. Glen thought of those people as friends, and extended family, and treated them as such. He was willing to lend a hand to someone he knew as a hard worker, but “just needed a little help.”

Glen’s career was involved with owning and operating Western Livestock Auction Company. Glen was an accomplished auctioneer, and in 1965 won the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer title in Kansas City, Mo. The auction was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Muhlbach Hotel with the cattle delivered to the sale ring in the freight elevator. As a result of winning the Championship, Glen appeared on the CBS TV game show “To Tell The Truth” in New York City and attended the World’s Fair while there. He also traveled to Hawaii to conduct the State 4-H livestock auction, and was a guest of the famous Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. In 2010, Glen was inducted in to the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame.

In addition to his auction duties at the North Platte market, Glen and Beverly conducted numerous purebred livestock auctions, horse sales, real estate and farm machinery auctions, and auctions on all types of personal property. In the 60s and 70s, Glen and the sale barn crew had numerous total cow herd dispersals on ranches throughout the sandhills. Glen and Beverly were a team with Glen listing and conducting the auction, and Beverly overseeing the clerking, and other bookwork. Glen held a real estate license for over 50 years.

In his younger years, Glen enjoyed rodeoing, and was one of the good calf ropers in central Nebraska. He had a life long love of hunting and fishing. Glen and Beverly shared many summer trips to Big Mac with camping at Cedar View, and fishing the lake. He was always a “sandhiller” at heart, and really enjoyed visiting with people. He had a way with recounting a story, and remembering details of an era that is no more. Countless people would remark through the years on how enjoyable it was to talk with him.

Survivors include daughter Ann Correll, granddaughter Callie Kae Correll, grandson Dan Helberg and wife Megan, grandson Wade Helberg, son Don Helberg and wife Karen.

Glen was preceded in death by his brother Donal J. Helberg, mother Eula, father Ben, and wife Beverly.

Celebration of life service will be held Friday, August 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. CT in North Platte, Neb. Service will be at Harvest Christian Fellowship at 1501 South Dewey.

Memorials will be for the benefit of scholarships awarded by the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association. ❖

Clyde Everett Hardesty

Clyde Everett “Whitey” Hardesty, 92, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of the Johnstown area, passed away at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colo.

He was born to Ernest Hardesty and Mildred (Titler) Hardesty near Johnstown.

He left school after completing the eighth grade in order to help support the family where he would assist his father harvesting beets, corn and wheat on the family farm.

He served in the U.S. Navy for a short while, until his twin brother, Claude, was killed during WWII.

On May 5, 1950, he married Shirley Joyce Fields in Johnstown. To this union he was blessed with three sons and one daughter.

When Shirley’s parents moved into town, they took over the Fields homestead. While on the farm, Clyde harvested wheat and helped his sons start up dairy business. After the dairy, he raised sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and usually had a donkey. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Johnstown. He had lived in Greeley since 1994.

He worked at Carnation Milk Plant, and then spent 25 years working at GW Sugar in Johnstown.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hardesty of Greeley, Colo.; three sons and one daughter, Walt (Linda) Hardesty of Otis, Colo., Ray (Sheryl) Hardesty of Eaton, Colo., Les (Sherrill) Hardesty of Estes Park, Colo., and Marj (Rod) Jones of Brush, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Preceded Clyde in death were his parents; Ernest and Mildred Hardesty and Twin brother, Claude Hardesty.

Services were held July 18, 2014, at Greeley Baptist Temple. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Weld County Dairymen Fund in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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

Ruth Peterson Rider

Ruth Peterson Rider, 93, of Liberty, N.C., passed away July 3, 2014, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Ray and Nellie Campbell Peterson of Fort Collins, Colo., and was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Aubert Rider and three brothers, Vernon, Ralph and Lyle Eugene Peterson.

Ruth was a long time teacher at Liberty Elementary School where she taught first, third and sixth grades. She was active in her church for many years of her life, did missionary work in Texas, and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years.

Surviving are her daughters, Catherine Rider Berg and Nell Ruth Rider and sons, Frederick Timothy Rider, Robert Michael Rider, Richard George Rider, Christian Paul Rider, Ray Aubert Rider and Skye Kirby Rider; sister, Barbara Eades-Bock; brother, Dale Peterson and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services are private.

Please make memorial donations, in her name, to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 220, Liberty, N.C., 27298.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com. ❖

R. Wayne Miller

R. Wayne Miller, 73, of Watkins, Colo., passed away July 9, 2014. in his home.

He was born in Goodland, Kan., on May 11, 1941.

He was raised on a farm in Vona, Colo., with his two brothers and attended school there.

Wayne moved to Denver for work, where he was employed at the Samsonite Corporation, while attending school at CU and became a plastics engineer. Samsonite is where he met his wife of 52 years, Barbara Ringdahl.

Wayne and Barbara were married in 1962 and later had a son and daughter. He moved on to pipe manufacturing and became a Vice President at Continental Plastics. They built a home in Watkins in 1971, while working in town and raised a cattle herd there with his family, which he enjoyed. Wayne also enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He later returned to his roots and became a fulltime farmer and rancher in 1986 to the present.

Wayne served on the board of directors for the American Pride COOP in Brighton and the Bennett Volunteer Fire Department.

Wayne was strong, kind, and a good friend to many, he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Stephen, daughter Lisa (Ricky) Barber, grandchildren Josh, Levi and Reese Barber, brothers; Dave (Karen) and Steve (Danise) Miller.

Services were held July 18, 2014, at Bennett Community Center in Bennett, Colo. ❖

Frederick (Fred) William Frihauf

Frederick (Fred) William Frihauf, 76, passed away July 17, 2014, after suffering injuries in a vehicle accident two miles from his home.

Fred was born to Fred and Lydia Frihauf on November 26, 1937 in Wheatland, Wyo. At this time his father managed the YMCA at a mining town in Sunrise, Wyo., where they lived. Fred’s family then followed the other Frihauf family members to farm in Wiggins, Colo., in 1942.

Fred attended Long Meadow Country School, south of Wiggins, moving into town school in fourth grade. Fred then graduated from Wiggins High School in 1957, where he played football and basketball as a Wiggins Tiger. He was a member of the first state football team. He enjoyed, and sunk a half court basket with a buzzer beater to win a tournament championship! After graduation he was involved in farming, and in the winter months Fred hauled sugar beets to the Ft. Morgan factory from the Hoyt and Wiggins piles, hauled hay out of Nebraska to Colorado, and worked for others with cattle. Fred had raised sugar beets as 4-H and FFA projects and that was the start of his lifelong love of raising them.

After graduation, and getting started farming, Fred married his high school sweetheart! Fred and Bonnie (Kress) were married in the Wiggins Community Church on June 1, 1958. The whole community of family and friends danced and celebrated until 5:00 a.m. the next morning. Fred and Bonnie loved to Dutch Hop and attended dances in Wiggins and surrounding communities for many years.

Bryan was born on Nov. 7, 1959, and that cold winter his crib was pulled into the living room to be near the heater! Karla was born Oct. 10, 1961. During this time Fred and Bonnie had moved to several different farms as they acquired more farm land, always raising sugar beets and corn. Then on July 8, 1965, during the Bijou flooding, daughter Lisa was born in Greeley. Bonnie and Fred had moved out of their home because they lived on the bank of the Antelope creek and were sure it would flood them out! Later they were told by the old timers that spot was actually one of the highest spots around, but the town of Wiggins did get flooded!

With several moves around Wiggins, from south to north and back south of Wiggins, they continued to grow their farming operation. But in 1975 they were able to rent land in Yuma, Colo., and the big move was made with their three children, machinery and their two Dachshund dogs! With their children attending school in Yuma they made many wonderful friends, and became involved in all school sport activities, not missing any events for their grandchildren.

Fred’s farm operation continued to grow, eventually forming Popson Farms Partnership with his son Bryan. Fred always said he served his country, not in the military but by helping feed the world! Fred raised sugar beets all but 12 years from 1984-1996. Then the Great Western Sugar Company was purchased by a Coop of producers and he was excited to get back into the sugar beet industry. During these years of raising sugar beets, he was on local sugar beet boards for many years, attended National Sugar Beet conventions around the US. When GW Sugar Company still honored the high sugar growers, Fred was honored in years 1979 and 1980 with being the High Sugar Producer in the Ft. Morgan Factory District, of which Yuma was/is part of. Fred was part of the sugar beet eras that moved immensely in weed control and higher production! He was just recently notified he had the heaviest sampling in the State of Colo., of the first samples of 2014.

Fred was recently told by his surgeon “Fred you know you still are a miracle,” as he had struggled through many health obstacles for the past 19 years, including kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and heart surgeries. But Fred always kept faith in God that he would be allowed to continue enjoying his family, whom he dearly loved, and allowed to continue farming which he did until his last day! Sitting around was not his favorite pastime, as he would climb on his little Massey-Ferguson and groom his country yard if he had a few spare moments from his farming duties!

Fred was a private, quiet man in many respects and yet he had this outgoing personality that allowed him to never meet a stranger. Fred could spot a farmer in a crowd and start a conversation. He always was interested in where this person was from and what they enjoyed in life. Fred’s sense of humor never diminished during the times of serious illnesses or hits from Mother Nature. This sense of humor always had his grandchildren gathered around him experiencing many times of great joy. They just never knew what “grandpa trick or gift” was in store for them! Of course many of his friends were also victims of this sense of humor! Fred never had difficulty in showing or expressing his love for his family or friends.

Fred will be deeply missed by his wife Bonnie, recently celebrating 56 years of marriage. Also survived by children Bryan Frihauf (Julie), Karla Blach (David), Lisa Merrill (Clint). Grandchildren Alex and Abigail Frihauf; Jeremy (Meghann), Jace, Brittnee, Jenner Blach; Sierra Saxton, Bailey Riegel (Ethan), Nati, Kidus, Aaron and Erica Merrill; the newest love of his life little great granddaughter Adley Blach; sister Carol Cook, sister-in-law Roberta Langan (Mike), and brother-in-law Eddie Kress (Annette). Neices Kim, Kris, Robin, Suzanne, Deeann, and Kristine; nephew Rick.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Lydia Frihauf, sister Donna Frihauf, brother Richard Frihauf, nephews Doug and Don Cook, mother-in-law Mary Kress and companion Jim Russell, father-in-law Ed Kress, sister-in-law Susie Jackson and brother-in-law Bud Ruhl.

A gathering of family and friends was held July 25, 2014, at the Irrigation Research Farm in Yuma, Colo. Inurnment was in the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colo. ❖

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July 28, 2014 — 

Kenton Mellott

Kenton Wallace “Ken” Mellott, 95, passed away on July 11, 2014, at the Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Ken was born on May 25, 1919, in Monticello, Utah, to George and Laura (Hughes) Mellott. Ken lived in several states as he was growing up which included Colorado, California, Utah and Oregon.

Ken served his Country in the United State Air Force where he obtained the rank of E9. Ken started his military career in 1943 and retired from the service in November 1963. He served in both the WWII and Korean Wars.

Ken married Nellie “Claire” Stirewalt in Reno Nevada and celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Ken moved to Paonia, Colo., from Erie, Colo., in 1970 after retiring from Dow Chemical.

Ken was also the sexton of the Cedar Hill Cemetery and Bethlehem Cemeteries in Paonia.

Ken was a past member of the Paonia Lions Club and the Wilson Head American Legion Post No. 97 in Paonia, Colo. He enjoyed Ham radio, photography, electronics, motorcycles, fishing and woodworking.

Ken is survived by his wife: Clare Mellott of Paonia, Colo.; two son’s and daughter in law: Greg Mellott of Paonia, Colo., and Brian and Jackie Mellott of Paonia, Colo.; a brother Ned Mellott of Sacramento, Calif. He also is survived by two grandchildren: James and his wife Jessica Mellott of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jessica Mellott of Fort Mill, S.C.; one great grandchild: Caden Mellott of Ft. Mill, S.C.

No services are scheduled at this time. Interment will be at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Paonia, Colo. ❖

Lucille Amen Wellman

Lucille (Amen) Wellman, 86, of Craig, Colo., passed away June 28, 2014, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, Colo.

Lucille was born to John Amen and Anna Marie (Greenwald) Amen on December 22, 1927 in Loveland, Colo.

Lucille went to school in Loveland, Colo., and graduated from Loveland High School in 1945. She then graduated from Colorado College of Education (University of Northern Colorado) in 1949 with a teaching degree in English. She taught at Brighton High School from 1949-1958. She taught journalism and English and will be remembered as “Miss Amen.”

Lucille married Douglas Wellman November 24, 1957. They moved to the Wellman sheep ranch on the Rio Blanco-Moffat County border in June 1958. From this union, two sons were born Harrison William (Bill) and John Wellman.

In 1963 during the school year, the family moved to Craig. In Craig, Lucille was very active in Make It With Wool, the Republican Women, First Congregational Church choir, Moffat County Library board, playing bridge with the ladies and substitute teaching.

Lucille loved the Craig community and her many wonderful friends! She also loved to sing, read, visit with friends and spend time at the ranch.

Lucille is survived by Douglas, her husband of 56 years; her children, Harrison William (Catherine) of Palmer, Alaska, and John (Debbie) of Hamilton, Colo.; eight grandchildren and one great grand daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her older sister, Beatrice.

Services were held July 7, 2014 at the First Congregational Church of Craig. Interment at the Craig Cemetery. ❖

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July 28, 2014 — 

Glen D. Helberg

Glen Helberg, 86, of North Platte, Neb., passed away July 14, 2014.

Glen was born in Arnold, Neb., February 20, 1928, the son of Ben J. and Eula (Reed) Helberg.

The family resided in Cherry County, north of Seneca, where Ben engaged in buying and selling horses and cattle. Ben developed a business relationship with the operator of the York Livestock Market, and the family moved to York, Neb., to help operate the business in 1936. In 1938, they moved to North Platte, Neb., and began conducting horse and cattle auctions in the round barn at North Platte Farms south of east Phillip Street. In 1941, the auction business was moved to the present Isabell Auction location on East 4th Street in North Platte, Neb. It was a true family operation with Ben and Glen running the auctions, and Eula running the café.

Glen married Beverly McKinley on July 18, 1948.

In 1951, the livestock auction business was moved north of the UPRR tracks to the present location of North Platte Livestock. With his father and family, Glen developed a well respected livestock auction business in Lincoln County. Especially impressive was the loyalty shown by the wonderful farm and ranch people who came to town to work at the “barn” on sale day. Glen thought of those people as friends, and extended family, and treated them as such. He was willing to lend a hand to someone he knew as a hard worker, but “just needed a little help.”

Glen’s career was involved with owning and operating Western Livestock Auction Company. Glen was an accomplished auctioneer, and in 1965 won the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer title in Kansas City, Mo. The auction was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Muhlbach Hotel with the cattle delivered to the sale ring in the freight elevator. As a result of winning the Championship, Glen appeared on the CBS TV game show “To Tell The Truth” in New York City and attended the World’s Fair while there. He also traveled to Hawaii to conduct the State 4-H livestock auction, and was a guest of the famous Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. In 2010, Glen was inducted in to the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame.

In addition to his auction duties at the North Platte market, Glen and Beverly conducted numerous purebred livestock auctions, horse sales, real estate and farm machinery auctions, and auctions on all types of personal property. In the 60s and 70s, Glen and the sale barn crew had numerous total cow herd dispersals on ranches throughout the sandhills. Glen and Beverly were a team with Glen listing and conducting the auction, and Beverly overseeing the clerking, and other bookwork. Glen held a real estate license for over 50 years.

In his younger years, Glen enjoyed rodeoing, and was one of the good calf ropers in central Nebraska. He had a life long love of hunting and fishing. Glen and Beverly shared many summer trips to Big Mac with camping at Cedar View, and fishing the lake. He was always a “sandhiller” at heart, and really enjoyed visiting with people. He had a way with recounting a story, and remembering details of an era that is no more. Countless people would remark through the years on how enjoyable it was to talk with him.

Survivors include daughter Ann Correll, granddaughter Callie Kae Correll, grandson Dan Helberg and wife Megan, grandson Wade Helberg, son Don Helberg and wife Karen.

Glen was preceded in death by his brother Donal J. Helberg, mother Eula, father Ben, and wife Beverly.

Celebration of life service will be held Friday, August 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. CT in North Platte, Neb. Service will be at Harvest Christian Fellowship at 1501 South Dewey.

Memorials will be for the benefit of scholarships awarded by the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association. ❖

Bill Laurence McCall

Bill Laurence McCall, 68, passed away July 19, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Bill was born January 12, 1946, at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Neb., to Leslie and Georgia McCall.

Bill’s family lived in the Hastings area until he was 7-years-old and then moved to the Wolbach-McCall ranch north of Johnstown. Bill served his country by being an Army medic in the Vietnam/Korean fronts from 1966 to 1968. He was proud to have served his country. Bill returned home to work with his parents on the family ranch May 1968. Bill purchased his own place in 1970 on Plum Creek and lived there until 1973, when he married Mary Jo Sherman on May 17, and moved to the home they have lived in for 41 years, west of the Ainsworth Airport.

Bill and Mary Jo were blessed with three children — Lacy, James and Billy. Bill taught the sport of rodeo and riding to all of his kids and it was with great pride to watch them compete in their events.

Bill worked on the Brown County Fair Board and the Johnstown Fire Department for many years. Bill was a member of the Mid-States Rodeo Association since 1981. He served as director, Vice-President and President many times and devoted many hours to the sport of rodeo that he loved. In 1988, Bill and Mary Jo started the Rodeo Entry Line. They took entries the first year for the Mid-States and the Colorado Rodeo Associations. They ran the Entry Line for a total of 16 years.

Bill was a bus driver for over 20 years and enjoyed all of the kids he carried over the years. He loved seeing their name in the papers and what they were doing in life.

He earned his Pro Card riding saddle broncs and bull riding; in 1981 he joined the amateur association and stayed closer to home so they could compete together. Bill had a deep love for good horse flesh; and was very lucky to have several very good calf horses over the years. Bill enjoyed the varying stages of farming. He farmed for many years for himself and then later for others. In the last few years, he ran the combine for Mark and Brent Johnson, which he enjoyed immensely. In 2007, he purchased a commercial spraying business, which he ran with his wife, Mary Jo and sons.

Survivors include wife, Mary Jo, Lacy and Donnell Holeman of Carpenter, Wyo., James McCall of Johnstown, Neb., and Billy McCall of Gering, Neb. Brother, Joe and wife Dawn of Ainsworth, Neb.; niece, Amber and Sheyenne of Bassett, Neb., Cole McCall of Ainsworth, Neb. Sister, Jacque and husband George Jones of Gordon, Neb.; niece Phyllis and Scott Lindsay and family of Gordon, Neb. Nephew, Mike and KaCe McConaughey and family of Merriman, Neb. Brother-in-law Jim McConaughey of Merriman, Neb. Mother-in-law, Helen Sherman of Ainsworth, Neb., sister-in-laws, Dorothy Mook of O’Neill, Neb., Betty and Jimm Johnsonand family of Rose, Neb., Donna and Dennis Jones of Ainsworth, Neb., and brother-in-law, David and Ronda Sherman and family of Johnstown, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Georgia McCall, Uncle Laurence McCall, niece Tomi McConaughey, nephew Mark McConaughey, father-in-law, Howard Sherman.

A Memorial service was held on July 24, 2014, at the Brown County Fairgrounds. ❖

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