Carolyn Kay Chadwick
Carolyn Kay “Cookie” Chadwick, 72, passed away February 21, 2014.Learn more »
Davie Dave Robertson
Davie Dean (Dave) Robertson, 83, passed away February 11, 2014, at the Rangely District Hospital after a year of severe illness.Learn more »
Bette J. Krauter
Bette Jean (Chesmore) Williams Krauter, 88, of Sidney, Neb., passed away February 26, 2014, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.Learn more »
Hazel Jean Wheeler
Hazel Wheeler, 83, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., passed away February 18, 2014 at The Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat following a brief fight with breast cancer.Learn more »
Larry Ross Knowles
Larry Ross Knowles, 70, of Crawford, Colo., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Hotchkiss, Colo.Learn more »
Margaret “Meg” Ressegieu, 91, of Ogallala, Neb., and formerly of Arthur and Alliance, passed away February 23, 2014 in the Ogallala Community Hospital.Learn more »
Jesse Ernest Loyd
Jesse Ernest Loyd, 90, of Hereford, Colo., passed away February 11, 2014, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.Learn more »
Phyllis I. Dodson Mayfield
Phyllis I. Dodson Mayfield, 76, of North Platte, Neb., passed away at her home on February 3, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.Learn more »
Richard Eugene “Dick” Kimmel
Richard Eugene “Dick” Kimmel, 83, of Nunn, Colo., passed away February 10, 2014, at his home.Learn more »
Tiny McDaniel, 61, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away following complications from lung cancer on February 4, 2014, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.Learn more »
Carolyn L. Mueller
Carolyn L. Mueller, 73, of Sutherland, Neb., passed away February 7, 2014.Learn more »
Joann L. Blehm
Joann L. Blehm passed away January 26, 2014.Learn more »
Clifford Vernon Davis
Clifford Vernon Davis, 77, passed away January 6, 2014.Learn more »
Dan S. Daily
Dan S. Daily, 71, of Anselmo, Neb., formerly of North Platte, Neb., passed away February 2, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Cozad, Neb.Learn more »
Raymond Emmett Boyd
Raymond Emmett Boyd, 88, of Burlington, Colo., passed away in his home January 19, 2014.Learn more »
Blaine Adrian Farrar
Blaine Adrian Farrar, 87, of Curtis, Neb., passed away January 26, 2014.Learn more »
Donna Norgren, 80, of Platteville, Colo., passed away after a lengthy bout with cancer at her home surrounded by her loving family on January 13, 2014.Learn more »
Alta Atchley, 96, of Delta, Colo., passed away January 4, 2014, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta, Colo.Learn more »
Plains Edition Obits 1-25-14January 27, 2014 —
Marion Wayne Steward
Marion Wayne Steward, 85, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away December 22, 2013, at the Ogallala Community Hospital.
Wayne was born August 30, 1928 near Alva, Okla., to Harry and Maudie (Hiett) Steward.
He attended the Ferry school at Alva.
Following his schooling, Wayne worked in harvesting for a number of years with his family. He moved to Nebraska in 1950, where he worked as a truck driver for North Port. In 1952 Wayne entered the United States Army, and following his discharge in 1954 he moved to Ogallala where he resumed his career as a truck driver.
On March 21, 1959, Wayne married Jerry Robb at the First United Methodist Church in Ogallala and the couple resided in Ogallala their entire married lives. Their union was blessed with three children, Kendace, Kevin and Karma.
Wayne drove truck locally until 1975. He then spent the next 15 years working at Goodall’s as a welder. In 1990 Wayne retired from Goodall’s. He then spent the next 17 years driving vehicles for Ogallala Motors. Eventually, Wayne retired altogether after his health began to fail, but not before logging over 500,000 worth of miles and stories that he came to cherish.
Wayne was a hard worker his entire life. In his later years, he worked hard at being a wonderful ‘Papa’ to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was always involved in their activities, particularly their sporting events. Wayne had a gift for being able to fix just about anything, which was put to good use over the years as he enjoyed assisting his children with their various home projects. Wayne was a dedicated husband, father and grandpa. He will be sorely missed by his family and loved ones.
Wayne was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ogallala, as well as the VFW Post 3755 of Ogallala. He was also extremely proud to be a member of Elks Lodge 1760 for 50 years.
Wayne is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Jerry Steward of Ogallala, Neb.; two daughters, Kendace (Joe) Peters, Karma (Bart) Voycheske all of Ogallala, Neb.; son, Kevin (Jodi) Steward of Westminster, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Chris, Cody, Lizzy, Joshua, Lauren, Tucker and Ciara; three great grandchildren, Emajyn, Maximus and Shadix; two sisters, Jean Yohn and Verna Blevins; along with many other relatives and friends.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Pearl Benningfield, Ruby Baxter, Freda Thomas; three brothers, Lou Steward, Bub Steward and Lester “Boad” Steward.
Services were held on December 27, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Ogallala, Neb. Burial took place at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell.
A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at www.GubserFuneralHome.com. ❖
David L. Wolfe
David L. Wolfe, 56, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away January 9, 2014, in his home with his family by his side after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born on March 29, 1957 in Lincoln, Neb.
He attended Waverly High School, as well as Southeast Community College in Milford for Motorcycle Mechanics.
In 1977, he married Cindy (Simonds), and together they had two children, Shane and Breana.
David worked for the State of Nebraska for years, before working on the family farm, with his grandfather, father and uncle. He was a unique soul, mechanically gifted and loved to ride his motorcycles.
David is survived by his parents Clifford (Pete) and Jacquelyn Wolfe, wife Cindy; children, Shane (Erin) Wolfe and Breana (Jessup) Rima; as well as his grandchildren, Skyler Wolfe, Jamison Wolfe, and Olivia Rima.
David is preceded in death by his grandparents, Margaret and Ray Wolfe Sr., Joseph and Evelyn Streur, his uncle Ray “Buss” Wolfe Jr., and his cousin Robert Thallas Jr.
A Celebration of David’s Life was held January 18, 2014 at The Towers. ❖
Rocky Mountain Obits 1-20-14January 20, 2014 —
Jim Berger, 85, of Saratoga, Wyo., passed away January 5, 2014, at his home.
Jim lived 72 years in Wyoming, after moving from his childhood home in New Jersey in 1941 at age 13. He attended high school in Cheyenne, finishing in three years, while working as a stable hand and wrangling horses. He attended the University of Wyoming, where he served as president of the UW Rodeo Club and helped organize the Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. He was a member of the Alpha Zeta agricultural honor fraternity. During his college years, he worked on several area ranches, which helped to shape his future. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from UW in 1949.
In June, 1949, Jim married Marian Aden of Saratoga, Wyo. They remained partners in ranching and in life for over 64 years. After a short time in Lander, where Jim taught farming to war veterans, they settled in the Saratoga valley.
In 1950, they leased the Gould Ranch on the North Platte River, east of Saratoga. In 1954, they purchased the Kingman Ranch, west of Saratoga, on North Spring Creek. They traded in 1957 for the Aden Ranch on South Spring Creek, which remains part of the Berger Ranch. Through the years, they expanded the ranch to include several additional ranches on North Spring Creek, stretching from Highway 130, south of Saratoga, to the Medicine Bow National Forest boundary to the west. In addition to the Berger Ranch operation, which he owned and operated, Jim managed Saratoga valley ranches for outside owners. As the extent of lands under his management grew from the dry pastures of the continental divide west of Saratoga to the irrigated foothills west of Encampment, he earned his private pilot’s license and flew his airplane, managing from the sky.
Jim enjoyed his work with cattle, horseback riding, grass and hay production and the entirety of the ranching life. His greatest passion was irrigation.
Beginning early in his career, Jim accepted an expanding role in community and livestock industry affairs. Jim was recognized in 1959 as the outstanding young rancher of Carbon County. He became president of the Encampment-Saratoga Angus Association in 1961. In 1962, he was elected President of the Carbon County Farm Bureau. He was appointed to the Governor’s Committee on Education in 1964. Also in 1964, he ran as a candidate for Carbon County Commissioner. Jim served as Chairman of the Carbon County Republican Party. Perhaps his greatest service came with his position as president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association from 1985 to 1987. He remained very active in the work of WSGA and its committees and supporting foundation throughout his career. In addition, he did committee work for the National Cattlemen’s Association, including the controversial study of the livestock futures trading contracts of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to make them workable for all segments of the industry, and chairing the Cow/Calf Stocker Council in 1988 and served later on the foreign trade committee. He served from 1988 to 1990 on the executive committee of the National Cattlemen’s Association. Always, he focused on issues regarding Wyoming water, and actively helped with the work of the Upper North Platte River Water Users Association.
Through the years, Jim and Marian built a quality herd of Angus cattle, using herd selection, performance testing and range renovation techniques. Their success in these endeavors earned them repeated recognition in many regional publications.
Jim was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. In his later years, he became a regular golfer. This led to his active involvement in Old Baldy Club, where he served on the Board of Directors from 2006 through 2010. Jim was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Saratoga.
Jim is survived by his wife Marian and three children, Robert George (Rosie) Berger of Big Horn, Wyo., Jack Aden (Diana) Berger of Saratoga, Wyo., and Jamie Lynn (Jimmy) Campbell of Saratoga, Wyo. He was survived also by seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one infant child and by his parents George and Gertrude Berger of Saratoga.
Services were held January 8, 2014, at the Valley Chapel at the Saratoga Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming Stock Growers Association or the American Heart Association. ❖
James W. “Jim” Read
James W. “Jim” Read, 92, of Sterling, Colo., passed away January 7, 2014, in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Jim was born March 3, 1921, in his parents’ home in East Dorset, Vt., the youngest of five children.
He attended two years of high school, and then attended the Vermont School of Agriculture, where he graduated valedictorian of his class in 1939.
On July 2, 1942, he married Alice Welch of Merrimack, N.H. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force as an air craft mechanic/instructor and a B-24 bomber crew chief in Casper, Wyo.
After the war he went to work as a dairy herdsman for the University of Wyoming. He was encouraged to enroll as a student at the University of Wyoming, and in 1953 graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.
In August of 1956 he accepted the position of County Extension Agent in Cheyenne County. There was a severe grasshopper infestation during that time and Jim started Colorado’s first countywide grasshopper campaign.
After two years he transferred to Lamar and stayed there for five years. There he started the All American Swine Show, a brucellosis testing program, and worked to improve grain sorghum varieties in Prowers County.
In December of 1963, he moved to Sterling, where he served as county agent of Logan County for 20 years. Here he worked to improve grain variates and better production methods specifically for Logan and surrounding counties. He also helped to start the Great Western Beef Expo and Sugar Beet Days. He was actively involved in the county and state fairs and served as swine superintendent of the Colorado State Fair for many years. In 1970 he took a sabbatical leave to get his Masters of Education degree at Colorado State University.
In 1983, Jim retired from extension work. He became involved in other activities in the community, such as serving on the Northeastern Junior College board of directors for 16 years and serving one term as Logan County Commissioner.
The culmination of his many awards and recognitions resulted in Jim being selected to the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2010.
Jim is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter, Betty King and husband Kenneth; a son, John and wife Barbara; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers; and his parents, Frank V. Read and Clara (Tanner) Read.
Funeral services were held January 13, 2014, at Chaney-Reager in Sterling, Colo. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, Colo.
Memorials may be made to the Northeastern Junior College Foundation to benefit the NJC agricultural department, 100 College Ave., Sterling, Colo., 80751. ❖
Ruben Harold Vigil
Ruben Harold Vigil, 73, of Thornton, Colo., passed away January 8, 2014, due to heart failure.
Ruben was born to Ruben P. Vigil and Ruby (Cisneros) Vigil in Fort Morgan, Colo., in the year of 1941.
The family moved to Padroni, Colo., where Ruben attended and graduated from Padroni High School in 1959.
While living in Padroni, Ruben was instrumental on the Vigil Dairy Farm. By the age of 12 he was operating all farm equipment and milking the cows. He later moved to Denver, Colo., and attended and graduated from Barnes Business College. After college Ruben went to work for CFL as a dispatcher for a number of years. He then started his own Mexican food delivery business (Tamales De Denver) until his passing.
While in Denver, Ruben also got married and raised two children.
He is survived by his mother Ruby of Brighton, Colo. Brothers Robert of Brighton, Colo., Harry of Roggen, Colo., Nick of Thornton, Colo., Eugene (Red) of Brighton, Colo. Sisters Pauline Vasquez of Brighton, Colo., Susan Montoya of Thornton, Colo., Sarah of Brighton, Colo., and Laura of Denver, Colo. Four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruben was preceded in death by his father Ruben and sister Mabel Bailey.
Services will be held January 18, 2014 at Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1955 Jennifer Court, Brighton, Colo. ❖
Grace Anne (Zehnder) Cundall
Grace Anne (Zehnder) Cundall, 88, of Brighton Colo., passed away January 4, 2014 at her home.
She was born February 25, 1925 to Rudolph Robert Zehnder Sr. and Caroline Susanna (Scheoch) Zehnder at the family homestead west of Standley Lake near Arvada, Colo.
Grace attended Wagner Elementary School in Jefferson County and graduated from Holy Family High School in Denver, Colo., in 1942.
Grace Anne worked at St. Anthony’s (Central) hospital, Denver, Colo., and the Arvada Dime Store in Arvada, Colo., before being employed by Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company later known as Mountain Bell. She continued to work for Mountain Bell until she married Howard Frederick Cundall on April 20, 1947 at Shrine of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. To this union four daughters were born: Margaret Burnett (Jerry) Hereford, Colo., Paula Tietmeyer (Scott) Grover, Colo., Virginia Halligan (Bill) Bushnell, Neb., and Gloria Cundall (Peter Starin, deceased) Brighton, Colo. Grace and Howard were very proud of their daughters, their families, and their accomplishments.
Grace retired from Mountain Bell in March, 1986 after 30 years of employment only taking a few years away while the girls were small. After her retirement Grace remained active helping Howard on the family farm. She spent countless hours working on the families’ genealogy, scrapbooking, embroidering and working jigsaw puzzles. She loved the outdoors and traveling. One of her traveling highlights in her later years was being able to travel to Austria and Switzerland in 2009 where she visited her family’s historical homestead in Sattel Switzerland.
She was an active supporter and project leader of the Good-Luck 4-H Club enjoying the members and their projects. Grace and Howard both devoted much of their lives enriching the lives of those around them. They were outstanding role models and will continue to influence the lives of those they touched. But above all, the family and the time spent with the family was most important to Grace.
Grace is survived by her four daughters and their families; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, sister, Ardella Stake and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Cundall, her parents, brother, Rudolph Robert Zehnder, Jr. and sister Elizabeth Bachman.
Services were held January 10, 2014 at Shrine of St. Anne Catholic Church in Arvada, Colo. Interment took place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good-Luck 4-H Club scholarship fund or the charity of your choice. ❖
Plains Edition Obits 1-18-14January 20, 2014 —
Doris Eileen Neal
Doris Eileen Neal, 83, formerly of Tyron, Neb., passed away January 13, 2014 at Linden Court.
She was born March 24, 1930, in North Platte, Neb., to Hugh and Louelva Connell Priest.
Doris grew up in Hooker County on her parent’s ranch. Doris lived her entire life in the sandhills area except for one year when at age four her family lived in California.
She attended a one room school house in Hooker County.
She and LaVerne Neal were childhood friends and were united in marriage on July 11, 1946.
The couple lived south of Tryon, in Tryon and in Thomas County where LaVerne worked for Chester Paxton. In 1952 they moved to their own ranch, north of Tryon which he purchased from his brother. The couple lived there until his death in 2008. Doris continued to live there until 2010 when her health no longer allowed it.
Doris was a wonderful cook. She made the best “butter horn” rolls and noodles! She could whip up a meal for unexpected guests in no time. She was also very musical, always singing. She rocked her children and grandchildren to sleep while singing her special little songs. She was a long time member of the Tryon Methodist Church and she and LaVerne were active members in the church for years. She helped on the ranch while they raised their children. Doris enjoyed watching the cows and little calves.
Survivors include her children, Dave (Linda) Neal of York, Neb., Evelyn (Terry) Pettit of Culbertson, Neb., Steve (Sharon) Neal, Dallas (Judy) Neal all of North Platte, Neb., and Kirk (Barbara) Neal of Tryon, Neb.; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grand-child; sisters, Alice Bassett and Audrey French; sister-in-law, Phyllis Priest’ and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 62 years; infant son, Derold Mark Neal; and brothers, Hermel and Kenneth Priest.
Service were held January 17, 2014 at the Tryon Methodist Church. Burial followed at Miller Cemetery. ❖
Rodney Joe Pooschke
Rodney Joe Pooschke, 61, of North Platte, Neb., passed away January 5, 2014 in Julesburg, Colo.
He was born May 11, 1952 in Arnold, Neb., to Ivan and Rose Clouse Pooschke.
Rod graduated from Stapleton High School in 1970.
He married Wilda Jividen and to this union three children were born, Michelle, Leeann, and Chad.
He worked on the Milldale Ranch for around 10 years where he hauled grain to the West Ranches. Rod continued to do trucking, working for various companies, currently working for Sellman Brothers hauling mail.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his children, Michelle Pooschke of Elkhorn, Neb., LeeAnn (Larry) Roepke of Kearney, Neb., and Chad (Christy) Pooschke of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Tyler, Kelsey, Logan and Lorissa; father, Ivan Pooschke of Stapleton, Neb.; sisters, Peggy (Kenny) Kramer of Stapleton, Neb., Susan (Randy) Keith of Lexington, Neb., and Jackie (Gary) Herbst of North Platte, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rose Pooschke and beloved dog Jake.
Services were held January 10, 2014, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made in his name and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖
Rocky Mountain Obits 1-13-14January 14, 2014 —
Emma Virginia (Lou) Bibbey
Emma Virginia (Lou) Bibbey, 100, of Greeley, Colo., passed away at Fairacres Manor on December 29, 2013.
She was born March 18, 1913, to Henry Christian and Ida Louise (Westman) Rosett in Edgewater, Colo.
She graduated from Greeley High School and enrolled in Agricultural Courses at CSU. After living in Edgewater for three years she had been a long time resident of northern Colorado living in Briggsdale, Greeley and La Salle. She worked as a Graduate Student Hostess at UNC.
Emma Married Harry Lehman Bibbey on March 22, 1936 in Nebraska.
Emma had been the First Relief Society President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Greeley, Colo. She loved everything outdoors, horses and all animals, and the prairie. She was an artistic painter, and enjoyed horseback riding — she came from a farming family.
She is survived by her son, William H. (Annette) Bibbey; daughters, Kathryn Bibbey, Margaret (John) Brookman and Virginia (Lance) Peterson; as well as 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harry L. Bibbey; son, James D. Bibbey; her parents; 3 sisters; and one brother.
Services were held January 4, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Greeley, Colo. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Weld County Humane Society or The Children’s Hospital in Denver in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631.
Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.Allnutt.com. ❖
Harold W. Hosmer
Harold W. Hosmer, 95, passed away December 16, 2013, at Lutheran Hospice in Wheatridge, Colo. He lived independently on his farm southeast of Hudson until five days before his death.
Harold was born June 22, 1918, southeast of Hudson, Colo., to Darrell William Hosmer and Myrtle A. Williams Hosmer.
A graduate of Brighton High School, he lived his entire life on the family farm.
He married Leone L Bowles, also of Hudson, Colo., in 1938. When first married, he worked nights for Sundstrand Corp in Denver and farmed during the day.
His love of horses became a life-long pursuit and successful business enterprise. He raised Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, and Shetland ponies. In addition to raising two world-champion Appaloosas, he bred and raised Skip’s Flaming Star, AQHA Superior Halter Horse and AQHA champion with 199 halter points.
Harold and Leone were married for 63 years. Their passion for dancing was well known, and they enjoyed competition square-dancing for many years. Harold had a reputation for being tough but fair-minded. He was a man of his word with a great sense of humor. His was a life well-lived and he leaves a legacy that will long be remembered.
Harold is survived by his son Butch (Leslie) Hosmer, daughter La Donna Stuckert, grandson Craig (Lisa) Black, great-grand daughter Chyanna Black, grandson Jamie (Rebecca) Hosmer, and great-grandchildren Audrey and Clark Hosmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leone in 2001, his sister Eleanor Hanson, son-in-law John Black, daughter-in-law Barbara Ann Hosmer and his grandson Jason William Hosmer.
A Celebration of Life was held January 7, 2014, at Tabor Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo. ❖
Christina C. Johnson
Christina C. Johnson, 94, LaSalle, Colo., passed away December 30, 2013, having died in her sleep of old age at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, Colo.
She was born to Hollis Howard and Leora Bacon on March 23, 1919, in a Sod House located in Flattop, Colo., [which she always had stories aplenty about], she had one sister, Margaret Ethel Roe.
Christina graduated from Woodrow High School, and though she had thought she might like to be a nurse, had met Marlyn James Johnson, and later married him on October 14, 1940. They had three children, Karen Joan, James Hollis, and Lewis Lloyd, and were married nearly 63 years. Marlyn James Johnson passed away April 21, 2003.
Christina and Marlyn started their new marriage living in a Sod House south of Last Chance, Colo., and then moving to Leadville, Colo., and numerous other places until they moved to Berryville, Ark., in January 1956. They moved back to Colorado in July 1962 on Crow Creek Ranch, just east of Ault, and then to Thornton, and then finally to 16015 Weld Country Road in LaSalle, Colo.
Christina and Marlyn went on a 30 day vacation to Australia in October 1986, to visit a family they had had pen pal correspondence with since 1939. The relationship began with Marlyn, passed to Christina, and now has been handed down to their son Jim. Christina later farmed Emus, as a result of her visit to Australia, with her husband Marlyn.
Christina’s life was focused upon her family, and her family was of primary importance to her, and being and doing things with Marlyn was her thing. Christina and her family were baptized into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 1959, each family member having chosen their own path; and in her later years she much enjoyed Bible readings, inspirational scripture verses, and prayers, and has visited the Adventure Church and also the Greeley SDA Church.
Christina is survived by her two sons: James Hollis Johnson of LaSalle, Colo.; Lewis Lloyd Johnson and his wife Claudia Johnson of Woodland Park, Colo.; Karen Joan Johnson passed away 1991, and is laid to rest at the Fort Morgan Cemetery with her grandfather Hollis, and grandmother Leora. Christina is also survived by her three grandchildren, Leora Lyn Johnson of Maine, Luke James Johnson of Colorado, and Matthew Jeremiah Johnson and his wife Jill with Christina’s three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Brook, and Emma of Colorado. There are other numerous extended family throughout the Continental United States as well.
Interment will be held sometime in August of 2014 when those who are able can be present for a graveside memorial. ❖
Myrtle Joan Orr
Myrtle Joan Orr of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away December 9, 2013, at the Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Ariz., following a brief illness.
She was born January 28, 1936, to Ted and Sarah Orr of Kremmling, Colo.
She was raised on the Whitely Peak Ranch, the Jones Ranch and the Orr Ranch near Kremmling, Colo. While growing up she attended the Kremmling Community Church and later the United Methodist Church in Sun City West, Ariz.
Myrtle attended school in Kremmling. Colo. She graduated from Kremmling Union High School in 1954 and continued her education at Oregon State College in Corvallis, Ore. She received a degree in elementary education in 1958 and went on to teach school in Colorado and Wyoming. She loved children and they loved her. In the summer months, she switched gears and went to the ranch and raked hay for her dad.
Myrtle and her mother, Sarah moved to Sun City West, Ariz., in the fall of 1979. There she met Paul Uthe of Ames, Iowa. They were married June 8, 1984 and subsequently divorced in late 1991. In 1997, Paul became ill with cancer and Myrtle compassionately cared for him until his death in June of that year.
Myrtle was fond of flowers (especially roses), art and classical music. She enjoyed her years in the “land of the sun” with wonderful, loving neighbors and beautiful roses. She had a great sense of humor which endeared her to all who knew her.
She is survived by her brothers Ted (Virginia) Orr of Haines, Ore., Jack (Alta) Orr of Granby, Colo., Ron Orr of Casper, Wyo., her sister Jean Hinman of Fort Morgan, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her ex-husband, father and mother.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Kremmling Community Church in Kremmling, Colo., on June 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Friends who wish may donate to the charity of their choice or donate blood in Myrtle’s memory. ❖
John “Big Daddy” Gates, 58, of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away January 3, 2014, after a courageous fight with cancer.
John, a native of Colorado, was born January 2, 1956, in Denver, Colo., to Glen and Lu Gates.
He grew up and was educated in Aurora, Colo. His love for horses and rodeo started at a young age.
He met Sandra (Sam) Thiede, on August 15, 1972 at the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals. They married on June 6, 1975, and were blessed with two children, Stephen and Tiffany.
John was a subcontractor, owner of Gates Construction; he enjoyed working outside and the challenge of building basements all over Colorado. He was a hard worker and a craftsman, strengths he inherited from his father.
He also worked at FedEx in Denver and Colorado Springs area.
His true loves (other than Sam and his kids) were his horses, team roping and working his ranch. He was successful at all. John was blessed with a strong, even temperament and was enjoyed by many, many friends.
John was preceded in passing by his father Glen M. Gates.
He is survived by his loving family, mother Lu Gates, his wife Sandra “Sam” Thiede Gates, his son Stephen Gates and his wife Natasha, his daughter Tiffany Marie Gates and his granddaughter Kaycee Elizabeth Erickson Gates. Also surviving John are his brothers Glen E. Gates and his wife Maureen of Fresno, Calif., Sisters Julie Gates of Hailey, Idaho, and Betsy Gates of Aurora, Colo., his brothers-in-law Robert Thiede and his wife Joann of Kiowa, Colo., John Thiede and his wife Jennifer of Westminster, Colo. John loved all his nieces and nephews. They include Kristen Gates, Maren Gazulis, Adam Gates and Jordan Hendricks, Rob Thiede, Jeff Thiede, Brian Thiede, Jamie Atkinson Collier, Joseph Thiede, Richard Thiede, Suzanne Thiede, Tammy Walden, Stephanie Morisey, Heather Philippi, Mike Thiede and 16 grand nieces and nephews.
The family extends a special thanks to the extremely professional and caring staff at Kaiser and Exempla St. Joseph Hospital including Dr. Ben Briggs and “Dr. Dan” Casello for their efforts in helping John.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Elbert County Fairgrounds Ag Building on January 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to celebrate. Hats are allowed but ties and tears are not.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Gates memorial fund, Bank of the West, Elizabeth, Colo., to help with medical and funeral expenses. ❖
Western Slope Obits 1-13-14January 14, 2014 —
Shirley Agnes Ochs
Shirley Agnes Ochs, 80, of Delta, Colo., passed away January 4, 2014.
She was born April 29, 1933, to Ishmael and Agnes Burns in Alexandria Bay, N.Y. She attended schools there and in 1954 graduated from Oswego State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught Elementary Education in Illian, N.Y., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Long Beach, Calif.
In 1958 she met Donald Ochs while teaching in Colorado Springs. They were married in Las Vegas on December 20, 1958 and celebrated 55 years of marriage in 2013. To this union came two children: Stacy with husband Mark Cool, and Russell Ochs with wife, Becky, both of Hotchkiss, Colo.
Shirley loved teaching, and later regretted not returning to it after her children were raised. She and Don moved from Colorado Springs to Hotchkiss in 1978 where she joined right in with her husband in operating their fruit farm. She enjoyed being a farmer’s wife and especially enjoyed meeting people as she sold fruit and later Christmas trees at the farm.
She was a member of the Mountain View Bible Church of Lazear, and held memberships in the Music and Arts Club, the Harmony Club, and earlier enjoyed Beta Sigma Phi as well. At the time of her passing, Shirley was the longest serving member of the Hotchkiss Senior Citizens Center. She began in 1980 and was still delivering meals until the program ended in October 2013. She was an ardent bridge player and over the years attended various Bible Studies. Family gatherings were a particular joy to her, as well as being a homemaker.
Shirley is survived by six grandchildren: Heather Cool, Matthew and wife, Abigail Cool, Andrew and wife, Fran Cool, Erica Ochs, Caleb Ochs, and Landon Ochs. There is also one great grandchild, Tatum Chandler Cool. She is also survived by her brother, Donald Burns and wife, Linda, of Los Alamos, N.M., Sisters Mary Young, of Bridgewater, N.J., and Mary Ellen Lyon and husband, Jim, of Bloomfield, N.Y.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Funeral services were held January 9, 2014, at Mountain View Bible Church in Lazear. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery at Hotchkiss, Colo. ❖
Geneva L. Smith
Geneva L. Smith, 88, of Delta, Colo., passed away on January 2, 2014 at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.
Geneva L. Nix was born on February 16, 1925, in Panther Creek, Okla., to William Doyle and Olie Ethel (Smyers) Nix.
She attended school in Ada, Okla.
In October 1955, Geneva married the love of her life, Harold E. Smith in Ada, Okla.
Geneva was a loving mother and homemaker to Harold and her daughter, Sharon. They moved from Ada, Okla., to Delta, Colo., in 1963.
Geneva loved working in her yard and reading her bible. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing and yard sales. Most of all, Geneva loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.
Geneva is survived by her only daughter, Sharon Gray of Delta, Colo.; a brother, Gene (Jenny) Nix of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters: JoAnn Sewell of Leesville, La., and Sue Harper of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four grandchildren Michael Isom, Kelly Weber, Stacy Johnson, Brian Gray and six great-grandchildren; Kayden Isom, Zach Weber, Megan Weber, Emmalee Johnson, Colton Johnson, Lola Gray and one on the way.
Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, William and Olie Nix; husband, Harold Smith; four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held January 7, 2014, at the Delta City Cemetery in Delta, Colo. ❖
Plains Edition Obits 1-11-14January 14, 2014 —
Terry M. Vasa
Terry M. Vasa, 55, of Arthur County, Neb., Passed away December 31, 2013, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.
Terry was born June 21, 1958 in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Joseph and Carole (Rohlfing) Vasa.
He attended School District 55 in Arthur County. After graduating from Arthur County High School in 1976 he attended Chadron State College. In 1978 he returned to Arthur.
On June 2, 1979 he was united in marriage to Frances Sherman of rural Valentine, Neb. The couple made their home on the family ranch.
Terry enjoyed helping his children start their own cattle herds to continue their ranching heritage. He was a good steward of the land and had a passion for feeding out and finishing the cattle.
His hobbies included going to farm and livestock auctions and he especially liked antique tractors.
He was a member of St. Lukes Catholic Church and served as an Arthur County Commissioner.
Survivors include his wife Frances Vasa; two sons: Marty (Mandy) Vasa and Bradley Vasa, all of Arthur, Neb.; two daughters: Katie (Darin) Robertson of Elsie and Sammie Jo (Joe) Ferguson of Grove, Okla., His mother Carole Vasa of Ogallala, Neb. One brother Steve (Lisa) Vasa of Arthur, Neb., and four sisters: Sheila (Doug) Canning of Ogallala, Neb., Lisa (Larry) Wood of Moscow, Idaho, Julie Hart of North Platte, Neb., and Marcy (Tom) Evangelisti of Blair, Neb. Also four grandchildren: Hannah, Trey, and Ashley Robertson and Nash Ferguson and expectant granddaughter Peyton Ferguson.
Preceding him in death was his father, his son Kevin Vasa in 1989, and two sisters: Mary Beth and Katherine.
Funeral services were held January 4, 2014, in the Arthur High School gymnasium. Interment was in the Arthur Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Arthur Betterment Foundation and the Arthur County Ag Society.
Online Condolences may be sent to www.DrauckerFuneralHome.com. ❖
Benjamin Arthur Simpson, Sr.
Benjamin “Benny” Arthur Simpson, Sr., 85, of Hyannis, Neb., passed away December 31, 2013, in his home.
Benny was born March 13, 1928, in Hyannis, Neb.
As a child growing up he lived on the ranch south of Hyannis. He and his dad moved to Savery, Wyo., for a couple years. Coming back to a ranch south of Mullen, Benny graduated from Mullen High School in 1946.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1947 and went to boot camp in Ft. Riley, Kan. After that he was first stationed in Camp Lee, Va., later being reposted to Ft. Richardson, Alaska.
In July 1949, he met Donna J. Russell while she was visiting her mother in Anchorage. Donna’s mother, as it turned out, lived just down the street from Gerald Wright, Lyle Wright’s older brother. After a short courtship, Benny and Donna were married on November 10, 1949. To this union were born four children: Benjamin Arthur, Jr. on Aug. 20, 1950, in Richardson, Alaska, Leonard Gerald on Feb. 14, 1952, in Alliance, Connie Sue on Jan. 28, 1956, in Alliance and Machelle Joy (Miki) on Feb. 6, 1961, in Mullen.
Benny was an involved member of the community, serving as a 4-H leader, and organizer of the Central Sandhills Gun Club, and an active member of the A.D. Fetterman Post of the American Legion for over 40 years. He had also served on the Nebraska Resource Department board. Benny was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent many hours sharing these hobbies with his buddies and passed this love of life and the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. He also was a collector of arrowheads, guns and western history artifacts.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna, by their four children, Benj and Jan, Lenny and Rhonda, Connie and Bruce, Miki and Jeff, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two pending great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Calvin Russell; two special nieces Bonnie Strasberger and Bev Uphoff and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Ruby, and a sister Alice Gier and brother-in-law Glen Gier.
Services were held January 4, 2013, at the Hyannis Congregational Church UCC with interment in the Hyannis Cemetery. ❖
Rocky Mountain Obits 1-6-14January 6, 2014 —
James Arwin Beren
James Arwin Beren, 80, of Commerce City, Colo.,, passed away on December 18, 2013 at Denver Hospice at Lowery.
He was born in Denver, Colo., on September 14, 1933.
Jim graduated from Adams City High School.
Jim joined the Navy in 1956 and received his honorable discharge on December 17, 1959. Jim received the Medal of Honor and Good Conduct Medal. Jim was stationed on the USS North Hampton based in Norfolk, Va.
He met Evelyn Kopf through her Uncle, Super Chief John Shatinsky, USN Ret. and they were married on January 23, 1960 in the Bronx, New York.
The couple came back to live in Colorado. They ultimately settled into a house in Commerce City six months into their marriage and Jim lived there until he went into Hospice Care on December 10, 2013.
Jim retired in October 1998 from Safeway Grocers after 45 years of working in the warehouse off of I-70 and Dahlia. He also worked part time jobs to make ends meet mostly for Dr. John and Shirley Norton, Ray Kerr and Jack Grunwald hauling race and show horses thru out Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska and Colorado.
Jim was an avid NASCAR fan, his favorite drivers were Dale Sr., Bill Elliot and Ernie Irvan. Jim was also a big fan of TV Western shows and Western Movies, especially John Wayne movies. He also enjoyed reading the weekly Fence Post.
After Jim retired he enjoyed taking his Grandkids to school and spending time with them in the mornings in the car and in the pre-school classroom. He was always willing to play with the Grandkids. He even let the girls play beauty shop and he was their ‘client’. He let them be the doctor and give him his insulin shot and his pills. He always kept dollar bills easily available to pay the kids for their ‘work’.
Jim and Evelyn were proud and happy to take the responsibility of providing free day care for their five adorable but rambunctious Grandbabies from 6 weeks old to Pre-School. All five of the Grandkids will have special memories of them and ‘Pa’.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Evelyn F. Beren (Kopf); his children — Kathleen and Mark Honomichl, Michelle Beren and Robert Biggart, Kevin and Jessica Beren. He had five grandchildren who were the apple of his eye — Morgan and Madison Biggart, Kaitlyn and Kristine Honomichl, and Emily Beren. He is also survived by his brothers John D. Beren and Leonard McKay and sisters Teri and Vivian. He had several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents John F. Beren and Hazel E. Beren (Hoover) and his step-mother Irene Beren (McKay), his nieces Tiffany Oliver (Beren) and Jan McKay, sister-in-law Shirley A. McKay and his in-laws Michael and Eva Kopf. And several good friends.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on December 26, 2013 at The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Denver (Welby) with Interment immediately following at Ft. Logan Cemetery with Navel honors. ❖
Robert (Bob) Schott
Robert (Bob) Schott, 77, of Sterling, Colo., passed away December 25, 2013 after a nearly five-month long endurance against pancreatic cancer.
Bob was born to Robert and Amelia Schott on August 4, 1936, in Sterling, Colo.
He attended grade school in both Atwood and Crook and graduated from Sterling high school in 1954. He spent one year at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, and he graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1962 where he had played basketball.
Bob married Judith Lee Smith on September 7, 1958 in Merino, Colo. They made their home in Merino where they raised their family. Bob and Judy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2008 and later that year moved from Merino into Sterling.
Bob was a man of the land. He engaged in farming for over 30 years after which he went to work as manager for the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District from June 1991 to March 2003.
Papa was a man of great faith whose aim was to treat people fairly. He embraced others in their joys, their struggles and their grief and was often called a “gentle giant.”
As our family gathers together to celebrate Papa’s life, it seems that “family” is precisely how to convey the life and legacy of Mr. Robert Leon Schott. Even though he has passed on, Papa’s kindness, gentleness, humor, and love is manifested in his wife Judy, their five children, and their 14 grandchildren as well as the many other family members and friends who knew him.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judy Schott, his brother, Gordon (Ann) Schott of Denver, Colo., his daughter Lori (Tom) Gill and family of Merino, Colo., and his sons: Bradley (Kelly) Schott and family of Lexington, Neb., Jeffery (Suzy) Schott and family of Eaton, Colo., Avery (Lori) Schott and family of Milaca, Minn., and Tyler (Rita) Schott and Emmett of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Robert and Amelia Schott, his brother, Edmund Schott, and his sisters: Betty Karg, Shirley Miller, and Carol Sinkey.
Services were held December 28, 2013, at First Christian Church.
Memorials may be made to Colorado Special Olympics. ❖
Raymond Bassett Hansen
Raymond Bassett Hansen , 91, passed away December 17, 2013.
He was born and raised and worked on a farm in Bricelyn, Minn.
Raymond served in the Army for 26 years, during WWII he was in the 12t armored Div 92 Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadren [Mechanized] in Europe where at what came to be the ending of the war they were stripped of any insignias and where known as the mystery Div. so the Germans couldn’t track them. They where under the command of Gen. G. Patton and they sweeped through Europe and took many towns freed many prisoners and took Nazi prisoners in the thousands. After the war he served as a Constabulary, and recruiter in Denver. Then went to the Korean war and after Korea served at many posts in the US, was stationed near Stuttgart Germany for about five years, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., Okinawa and Ft Lewis, Wash, in the HHD 1st Sig Gp Stratcom.
He retired in 1969 moved to Colorado and worked for the USPS and started farming again “haying” and cutting lawns at big apartment complexes. He continued haying until 2007. He also volunteered at the stock show for almost 20 years, also long time member of the Lions club. He was a Mason since the early 1960s he was a 32nd deg., also a member of the Shriners, and VFW. Eyesight and health issues and strokes slowed him down from 2008 on.
He is survived by one daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, great grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie and one brother.
Services were held on December 30,2013 at Advantage Aurora Chase Funeral home. Burial at Ft Logan National Cemetery. ❖
Western Slope Obits 1-6-14January 6, 2014 —
Richard James “Jim” Platz Jr.
Richard James “Jim” Platz Jr., 47, of Fruita, Colo., passed away December 12, 2013, in Collbran, Colo., while flying looking for cattle that weren’t accounted for from summer pasture.
Jim was born January 8, 1966, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Dick and Jody Platz.
Jim attended schools in the Grand Valley and graduated from Gateway in 1984. Jim’s class was one of the biggest graduating classes from Gateway. His Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Wright, gave a speech at his graduation and also presented him with his diploma.
Growing up, Jim participated in 4-H, Basketball and Baseball. Being a cowboy was in his blood. He saw no other way to make a living, that is what he was meant to do in life and he wouldn’t have had it any other way. He had been on a horse since he was two months old. Jim left us doing what he loved. Jim worked on a ranch when he was younger for the Craig family on the Uncompaghre. The Craig family bought the ranch from Jim’s wife’s grandparents. In addition to ranching, Jim was a Rep for local sale barns and feedlots and drove a truck hauling cattle and hay.
He married Laurie Standifird in June of 2000 in Loma, Colo. They lived in Fruita, ranched in Collbran in the summers, and wintered some in Eastern Utah. With Jim everyday was an adventure. He loved his family and will be deeply missed by many.
Jim was with his friend, Will Kennon and pilot, Dana Brewer, a trusted friend and pilot whom they had previously flown with before, looking for cattle. They were looking for the cattle that didn’t make the fall gather. The two would do whatever they had to do to get every animal accounted for. They were going to find the strays and figure out their game plan to get them out of the snow banks and down from the high country for the winter.
Jim is survived by his wife, Laurie of Fruita, Colo.; daughters, Misty Jones of New Mexico; Jessi and Kevin Grimsby of Fruita, Colo., and April and Shane McCormack of Fruita, Colo.; sons, Clint Platz of New Mexico, and Matt Darnell of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, JoAnn and Mike Hindson of Grand Junction, Colo., and Julie of Mesa, Colo., and brother, John of Mack, Colo.; six grandchildren, with one on the way; three nieces; two nephews; three great-nephews; mother, Jody of Mack, Colo., and many aunts, cousins and adopted ranching families.
He is proceeded in death by his father.
Services were held Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Callahan-Edfast in Grand Junction, Colo., with burial following in Collbran, Colo., at the Clover Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Plateau Valley Cattlewoman’s Association c/o Sylvia Spangler P.O. Box 363 Collbran, Colo., 81624. ❖
Plains Edition Obits 1-4-14January 6, 2014 —
Dr. John Bryan Campbell
Dr. John B. Campbell (Jack), 80, of North Platte, Neb., passed away December 29, 2013 at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
He was born March 30, 1933 in Fairmont, Neb., to John Bernard and Cecelia White Campbell and raised on a small tenant farming operation near Wallace, Ne.
At 12-years-old Jack was enrolled at Saint Patrick’s Academy in Sidney, Neb., where he enjoyed participating in sports and received varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track. After high school graduation, Jack joined the Union Pacific Railroad in Wyoming at age 17 and was the youngest brakeman in the U.P. System. Drafted for military service during the Korean War, Jack was fortunate to be assigned to a transport division, touring much of Europe, and qualifying as a military expert marksman.
Upon returning stateside and resuming his work with Union Pacific, he met his future bride Jane Bernadette Hughes of Battle Creek, Neb., who was working as a grade school teacher in Rawlins, Wyo. They were married June 12, 1956 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Battle Creek, Neb. Together they had four children, John, Mike, Jeannie, and Cathy.
Jack completed his undergraduate, as well as master’s degree at the University of Wyoming. The family then transferred to Manhattan, Kan., where Jack took a graduate fellowship at Kansas State University to pursue his Doctoral studies in entomology. Jack did his PhD work in the Kansas Flint hills studying rangeland grasshopper lifecycle and control for pasture improvement. After earning his PhD, Jack began his career in Lincoln, Nebraska with the US Department of Agriculture in a research laboratory. When a research and extension position opened in 1969 at the University of Nebraska North Platte Experiment station Jack and family moved to North Platte. He spent many years with the University of Nebraska and truly loved his work, his colleagues, and the farmers and ranchers he served throughout the State.
Jack accumulated many professional honors and awards over the years including the Distinguished Service to Agriculture award presented in Washington DC by Secretary of Agriculture John Block. He was also inducted into the University of Nebraska Agricultural Hall of Fame. Highlights of Jack’s professional career include his research and pioneering of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) pest control systems for feedlot and range cattle. Jack demonstrated the impact of stable fly populations on cattle performance and the spread of pink eye infections by face fly. Jack’s research led to invitations to present papers and conduct seminars around the world. He greatly enjoyed his professional trips to Africa, South America, and Europe spreading the knowledge gained over five decades of work. Jack retired from full time work but was invited to stay on in a part time capacity until he was 72. Jack was named Professor Emeritus, and joked about many of his graduate students retiring before he did.
Jack was devoted to North Platte Saint Patrick’s High School. He served on the school board for many years including the Chairmanship. He was an Honorary Life Member in the Knights of Columbus. All his children graduated from St Pats.
Jack was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed following the Huskers, Wildcats, Cowboys, and Royals. He also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. Jack was a road warrior for his family. He was constantly on the road for trips to Kansas City, Omaha, and San Diego to visit his children, grandchildren for special events and holidays. He also enjoyed heritage trips with Jane to Ireland and Scotland, trips to the Netherland to visit their beloved exchange student Analees Mulder, and a trip to New Zealand for son John’s wedding. Closer to home, Jack and Jane loved the company of his bother-in-laws and sister-in-laws in the Hughes family and the companionship of his brother Jerry. His spiritual life was centered on Holy Spirit Catholic Church and its many activities.
Survivors include; wife Jane of North Platte, Neb.; brother Gerald of North Platte, Neb.; sons, John (Robyn Tait) of New Zealand and Mike (Debbie) of Kansas City; daughters, Jeannie (Tim Kluempers) of Kansas City and Cathy (Dean) Miyake of California; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by father and mother, John and Cecilia Campbell.
Donations may be given to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Women’s Resource Center, and NP Catholic School Endowment Fund.
Services were held January 3, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Burial followed at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. ❖
Rocky Mountain Obits 12-30-13December 30, 2013 —
Ellen E. Orth
Ellen E. Orth, 90, of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away December 11, 2013.
She was born July 6, 1923, in Akron, Colo., to Charles and Florence Cummins.
Ellen married Albert Orth on November 6, 1948, in Scottsbluff, Neb.
She was a member of the San Arroyo Club, and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. She loved working on the family ranch. She also enjoyed traveling, cooking, and gardening.
Survivors include her two daughters, Janet Schneider of Windsor, Colo., and Joan Brock, and her husband James of Claremore, Okla.; four grandchildren, Adrianne Bostic and her husband, Shane, Brian Schneider, Jennifer Harsh, and Jami Olsen, and her husband Jonathan; and five great grandchildren, Kaycee, Brady, and Emerson Bostic; Grace and Judah Haller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, Lois and Opal; two brothers, Wayne and Melvin; and her parents.
Services were held December 27, 2013, at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan. Interment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery. ❖
Shane William Kramer
Shane William Kramer, 53, passed away December 20, 2013.
He was born to Robert and JoAnn Kramer on November 22, 1960.
He attended the Fort Lupton Schools and graduated in 1979. He was a graduate of the Phoenix Institute of Technology.
He married Barbara Lyrain Davies on May 21, 1982.
He was employed by Longmont Turkey Farms and then by Amoco/British Petroleum until he retired in 2011. He was recently employed by Rousch.
He is survived by his parents, his wife Barbara and his sons Brandon (Karin) and Cory (Magi), his grandchildren Jeannene, Kolby, Devin, and Isaiah, his brother Jeff (Missy), and his nieces and nephews, also aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Services were held December 29, 2013. ❖
Billie Louise Stuehm
Billie Louise Stuehm, 79, of Ault, Colo., passed away December 18, 2013, at Life Care Center of Greeley.
She was born December 25, 1933, in Sterling, Colo., to Clifford and Merle (Ballinger) Sherwin.
She married Dennis Eugene Stuehm September 6, 1953 in Sterling. He died July 31, 2013.
Billie grew up and was educated in Sterling, Colo. After graduating from Sterling High School, she attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins where she received a bachelor’s degree in Education. She taught physical education at Highland Elementary School in Ault, Colo., and retired from teaching in 1982. Billie also worked alongside her husband at their 1,000 acre farm and feedlot in Ault, where they ran 7,000 head of cattle. She and her husband farmed and operated their cattle feeding business together until 2002.
She was a member of Highland Community Church in Ault, Colo.
She had a lifelong love of horses and enjoyed riding on their farm. She also took pleasure in scrapbooking and tending her garden.
Billie is survived by two daughters, Ramona Stuehm (Dan Baum) of Helena, Mont., Tammy Killip (Jay) of Pierce, Colo., a son, Lowell Stuehm (Carlotta) of Nunn, Colo.; sister, Judy Andersen (Bob) of Ft. Collins, Colo.; three granddaughters, Tyne Killip, Erin Stuehm, and Lora Stuehm of Nunn, Colo., and two grandsons, Kyle Stuehm, and Colby Killip of Pierce, Colo.
Services were held December 23, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Pierce, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Highland Community Church or Highland Recreation Association both in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Please visit www.Stoddardsunset.com to sign online guestbook. ❖
Loyd A. Musgrave
Loyd A. Musgrave, 100, of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away December 20, 2013, at Valley View Villa Nursing Home.
He was born March 6, 1913, in Danberry, Neb., to Thomas and Lena Musgrave.
Loyd graduated from FMHS in 1930. He attended elementary and middle school at the Mountain View School in Adams County. Following graduation he attended the CMTC military training school at Fort Logan, Colo. Shortly after completing that school Loyd moved back to the area and began farming with his Father. In 1936 he worked with the WPA program helping to build bridges on Highway 36.
He farmed North of Shamrock, and in 1938 moved near Hoyt where he continued to farm most of his life.
On May 27, 1938, Loyd married Phyllis Curry at Adena, Colo.
Loyd was very involved in the communities where he lived. He was one of the original members of the North Kiowa BijouWater District and served as its secretary for over 40 years. He drilled his first irrigation well on his property in 1945. On his farming operation, he planted pinto beans, alfalfa, sugar beets, barley, and irrigated and dry land wheat. He was a 4-H leader in the Hoyt and Big Antelope 4-H Club and had served as a counselor at the 4-H Camps. He grew up attending the American Sunday School Union Church at Mt. View School. He was a member of the Adena Chapel, and then the Hoyt Sunday School, where he was a founder and board member and remained active for over 70 years. At various times he was also a member of the Home Presbyterian Church, the United Presbyterian Church and the Wiggins Community Church. He also served as a counselor at the Presbyterian Church Camp at Allenspark when his boys were growing up. He served as a board member briefly for both the Wiggins Co-Op , and the Hoyt Community Center.
Survivors include his wife of 75 years, Phyllis; two sons, Jerard of Wiggins, Colo., and Larry of Byers, Colo.; one Foster Brother, Wilber Roper of Citrus Heights, Calif.; six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, two sisters, three sisters, 1one foster brother, and his parents.
Services were held December 28, 2013, at the Wiggins Community Church. Interment followed in the Hoyt Cemetery.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Hoyt Cemetery, the Wiggins Community Church or to Valley View Villa all c/o the Heer Mortuary. ❖
Western Slope Obits 12-30-13December 30, 2013 —
Orville Wesley “Wes” England
Orville Wesley England, 90, of Austin, Colo., passed away December 15, 2013, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert, Colo.
Wes was born to Willis and Lou (Garrison) England on September 3, 1923 in Montrose.
He spent his childhood on a farm west of Montrose and attended schools in Montrose. Wes logged in California for 10 years before coming back to Colorado where he farmed, ranched and tended an orchard. He was a resident of Austin for 55 years.
On November 20, 1951, Wes married Mary L. Henderson in Cedaredge, Colorado. To this union two sons were born. The England’s celebrated 62 years of marriage this year. Mary survives.
Wes spent most of his life as a community leader. He was a D.M.E.A. board member, President of the Lion’s Club of Delta, President of Grand Mesa Resort, Town Manager of Orchard City for over 35 years, a member of I.O.O.F Eckert Lodge, and served on several ditch company boards. He enjoyed hunting, farming, ranching and taking care of his livestock. More importantly, he enjoyed being with his family.
Wes was the proud award recipient of the American Water Works Association for the Orchard City Water Distribution System within the State of Colorado.
Wes is survived by his wife, Mary England of Austin, Colo.; two sons, Leonard (Karen) England of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Michael England of Rico, Colo.; two grandchildren, Brandon (Brittney) England of Montrose, Colo.; Andrew (Brittney) England of Fruita, Colo.; and three great grandchildren: Kennedy and Karley both of Fruita, Colo., and Katelynn of Montrose, Colo.
Wes was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Gerald, Stanley, Joel, William R. and Carl England; and one sister, LaVerne Lee.
Services were held December 19, 2013, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo. A private family graveside service followed at the Cory Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wes England Memorial Fund. ❖
Josephine “Jo” Mae Gore, 92, passed peacefully away December 20, 2013, after a brief illness.
Josephine Mae Beach was born on California Mesa near Delta, Colo., to Floyd and Dora Beach on May 26, 1921, the third of four children.
On January 3, 1939, she married the love of her life, Wayne Gore who preceded her in death in 1980. To this marriage two sons were born, Richard and Tom.
One of her many skills and sources of enjoyment was cooking large meals whether for the ranch work or Holidays. Jo loved to collect antiques and arrowheads.
Jo believed firmly in community involvement. Among Jo’s many lifetime accomplishments was helping found the Delta County Historical Society and Museum, Delta County Livestock Association, the Delta Altrusa Club, State President of the Cowbells organization, and serving Delta County as Clerk and Recorder for 10 years.
Jo is survived by sons Richard of Olathe, Colo., Tom (Paula) of Delta, Colo., grandson Ian of Delta, Colo., and granddaughter Katie Jo and fiancé Matt Matusio of Fountain, Colo. Her brother, Melvin Beach, also survives and is a resident of Colorow Care Center.
Jo was preceded in death by husband Wayne, sister Coral, sister Millie Gavin, and her parents Floyd and Dora Beach.
Services were held December 28, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Delta Altrusa Club, P. O. Box 648, Delta, Colorado 81416. ❖
Plains Edition Obits 12-28-13December 30, 2013 —
Dale David Bruns
Dale David Bruns, 89, of Chappell, Neb., passed away December 14, 2013, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Dale was born on his parents’ farm three miles south of Chappell, Neb., on July 21, 1924.
He went to country school, then Deuel County High School, graduating in 1941. He attended the University of Nebraska on an Agriculture Short Course until he had to return to help his father and mother, Harvey J and Viola P Bruns, on their farm after Pearl Harbor.
He entered the U.S. Army early in 1945, and married Marie A. Essman on March 21, 1945, between basic training and shipping out for the European Theatre of War. Arriving in France at the end of the Battle of Bulge, he served in the 28th Division, HQ Battery of the Field Artillery.
After serving in the Army of Occupation in Germany, he returned to the USA where he was to train for the invasion of Japan. While on leave the war in Japan ended in August, and he and Marie remained stateside, mustering out of the Army in 1946 and returning to Chappell. They set up shop on a farm a mile south of where he was born, and lived there all their lives. Marie died in 2002, but Dale remained on and operated the farm even after his cancer diagnosis early in 2013.
A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Dale was also involved in the community, serving on the school board for seven years, and as president of the Rural Fire Board for thirty years. As a founding member of the Chappell VFW and American Legion, he was proud that he presented the flag of his best friend from High School, Kent Wright, to Kent’s widow in the first military funeral in Chappell after WWII. He helped with nearly every military funeral in Chappell, as well as many in neighboring towns, until the funeral of Keith Wright, Kent’s brother, who died in 2012.
His sister Joan, his sons Randy (Donna) and Barry (Mary) of Cheyenne, Wyo., survive him as do his grandchildren Nikole Carey (Shawn), their sons Caden and Grant of Denver, Colo., Zachary Bruns of San Francisco, Calif., Paul Bruns, and Travis Bruns (Nellie) of Colorado, step grandchildren Julie Enderby of Colorado, Megan Enderby of Seattle, Wash., and Ashley Day (Dustin) and their son Landon of Lincoln, Neb.
His parents, his brothers Carl and Glenn, his sister Irene, and his step grandson, Ben Cunningham, preceded him in death.
Services were held December 21, 2013, in the Zion Lutheran Church in Chappell, Neb. He will be interred in the Chappell cemetery next to the love of his life, Marie.
A memorial in Dale’s name can be made to the Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore Rd, Cheyenne, Wyo., 82009, or the B-24 Crash Site Memorial, In Care of VFW Post 7002, in Chappell, Neb., 69129. ❖
Helen Joyce McMahon
Helen Joyce McMahon, 80, of Lincoln, Neb., Passed away December 21, 2013.
She was born July 30, 1933, in Lincoln, Neb., to John and Dorothy (Amos) McMahon.
Helen was a graduate of Northeast High School and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
She worked as an Home Extension Agent, Perkins County, Grant, Neb., and the Dept. of Poultry Science at UNL.
A lifelong member of Warren United Methodist Church, Ruth Circle, Bryan Board, Sharon Extension Club, UNL, Nebraska and American Home Economists Alumni Associations, Lincoln Sewing Guild, and Waverly Grange No. 369.
She is survived by brother, Robert A. McMahon and many cousins.
Service will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Warren United Methodist Church, 1205 N. 45th., Lincoln, Neb. Burial in Wyuka Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church. ❖