Obituaries

Rocky Mountain Obits 7-21-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Pat McDonnell

Patrick Arthur “Pat” McDonnell, 64, of Eaton, Colo., passed away July 4, 2014 at his home.

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Western Slope Obits 7-21-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Clarence Allen Nichols

Clarence Allen (Clancy) Nichols, 51, passed away May 25, 2014 in a massive landslide.

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Plains Edition Obits 7-19-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Donald Lee Lage

Donald Lee Lage, 84, of Arthur, Neb., passed away July 10, 2014, at his home.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 7-14-14

July 11, 2014 — 

John Newton Morris

John Newton Morris, 82, widely known citizen of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away July 3, 2014, after a valiant battle with lymphoma.

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Western Slope Obits 7-14-14

July 11, 2014 — 

Betty Jo Schmidt

Betty Jo Schmidt, 92, of Delta County passed away peacefully June 25, 2014, at the Paonia Care and Rehab Center.

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Plains Edition Obits 7-12-14

July 11, 2014 — 

Warren Diedrichsen

Warren Diedrichsen, 68, of Creighton, Neb., longtime co-owner of the Creighton Livestock Market passed away July 4, 2014, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 7-7-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Edward Weimer

Edward Weimer, 96, of Greeley, Colo., passed away June 30, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 7-7-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Wesley Eugene Signs

Wesley “Wes” Eugene Signs, 89, of Hayden, Colo., passed away May 26, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 7-5-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Steven Dinslage

Steven Dinslage, 69, passed away June 17, 2014, at his home in Lincoln, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-30-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Doris Roberta Bacheller

Doris Roberta “Bertie” Bacheller, 77, devoted wife, mother and friend, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 6-30-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Imogene (Jean) Ione Lewis

Imogene (Jean) Lewis, 89, of Montrose, Colo., passed away June 9, 2014, at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

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Plains Edition Obits 6-28-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Kerry Dwight Bryant

Kerry Dwight Bryant, 54, of Kilgore, Neb., passed away suddenly May 15, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-23-14

June 23, 2014 — 

Franklin Clyde Stewart

Franklin Clyde Stewart, 92, of Platteville, Colo., passed away June 17, 2014 in Greeley, Colo.

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Western Slope Obits 6-23-14

June 23, 2014 — 

Leslie “Dale” Todd

Leslie “Dale” Todd, 70, of North Fork, Colo., passed away June 15, 2014, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Plains Edition Obits 6-21-14

June 23, 2014 — 

Jeffrey W. Peters

Jeffrey W. Peters, 36, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away June 10, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-16-14

June 16, 2014 — 

Glen L. Williams

Glen L. Williams, 85, of Longmont, Colo., passed away May 27, 2014 at his home.

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Western Slope Obits 6-16-14

June 16, 2014 — 

C. W. (Bill) Brennan

C.W. (Bill) Brennan, 88, passed away, May 30, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 6-14-14

June 16, 2014 — 

Dean Schow

Dean Schow, 69, of rural Paxton, Neb., passed away May 27, 2014, in the Ogallala Community Hospital after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-9-14

June 9, 2014 — 

Leslie Mechem

Leslie Mechem of Berthoud, Colo., passed away May 25, 2014, in Mount Dora, Fla. He was vacationing with his wife at their daughter’s home when he became ill. After heart surgery and rehab treatment his heart gave out.

Les was born January 12, 1937, in Clarion, Iowa.

He grew up on the family farm and attended the Clarion public schools. He went on to attend Iowa State University with an emphasis in Agriculture/Farm courses.

In 1959 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1962. He met his wife, Connie, while he was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. The couple married on January 1, 1964. At that time they moved back to Iowa and farmed the family farm until 1979.

Leaving the farm the couple moved back to Colorado, settling in Berthoud. Les gained employment with the Regional Transportation District and retired from that company after 20 yrs. From there he worked part-time as a driver for the Mead Coop in Mead, Colo., for the next eight years.

Les was a member of Masonic Cyrene Lodge of Clarion, Iowa, for 49 years. He also was a member of the Berthoud United Methodist Church, 085 Mobile Squares and the American Lowline Association.

His love for music was encouraged by his mother as she was a music teacher. His interest ranged from classical to country western. The couple learned to square dance early in their married life and attended many festivals, TV shows and conventions across several states.

Les’ love for animals started at an early age. He was a 4-H and FFA member as well as being on a livestock judging team. When his children got interested in showing horses, he transported them to many shows in several states.

After he retired he didn’t slow up as he became interested in a cattle breed that was new to the U.S., the American Lowline, from Australia. By breeding and raising these calves he again traveled to many places such as the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA and the NILE show in Billings, Montana He also showed them for 14 consecutive years at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. He and Connie were able to travel to Australia & New Zealand to see the origin of the cattle. One of the highlights of the trip was attending the famous cattle show The Sydney Royal, Sydney, Aust. Les made many friends and sold his calves from coast to coast across the United States. He diligently passed his knowledge and love for cattle on to his granddaughter, Bailey.

He was able to check off another item on his ‘Bucket List’ by traveling to England. His heritage came from that country and he was thrilled to see where his grandmother and many cousins called home.

After a busy day outside a person could always find him in his easy chair with a book in his hands. He loved to read action filled novels.

Les is survived by his wife Connie, daughter Deb (Virgil) of Mount Dora, Fla., son Brad (T.J.) of Torrington, Wyo., granddaughters, Taylor (Jeff), Bailey, Carly, Nicole, grandsons, Braden, Cody (Sara), Bo (Jaquel), five great grandchildren, sister Eleanor Griffin, Waxahachie, Texas, brother Frank (Mary) Mechem, Clarion, Iowa, sister-in-law Loydene (Mark) Strum, Littleton, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held on June 10, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the Berthoud United Methodist Church, 9th and Lake, Berthoud, Colo.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Berthoud United Methodist Building Fund. ❖

Robert Howard Helmerick

Robert Howard Helmerick, 88, passed away May 25, 2014, at home after a courageous and determined battle with cancer.

He was born on February 25, 1926, in Greybull, Wyo.

He was proud to serve in the army in Europe during World War II. His trip to Washington D.C. in 2009 with Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial was a highlight of his life. Upon his discharge from the Army he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. He briefly taught school in Saratoga, Wyo., and worked for the Soil Conversation Service before returning to the University of Wyoming to earn his master’s degree in 1954 and his doctorate in 1958 from the University of Nebraska. Bob’s entire career was dedicated to sugar beet breeding and was highly respected by his colleagues in the industry. He cooperated worldwide with other breeders on improving the genetics of sugar beets.

In the fall of 1951, he met his future wife while working in Douglas, Wyo. He married Ruth Joan Rochford on June, 26, 1954, in Sheridan, Wyo. Together they raised five children while living in Lincoln, Neb., Rocky Ford, Colo., Sheridan, Wyo., and Longmont, Colo. They enjoyed collecting arrowheads, camping and fishing, hiking, gardening, visiting their children, babysitting grandchildren and traveling. Their travels included several memorable trips to Europe. Bob’s heart was broken when Joan passed away on June 17, 2004, just nine days away from their 50th wedding anniversary.

Six years after losing Joan, Bob reconnected with Phyllis Winzenreid, a good friend from his time in Saratoga, Wyo. They re-established their friendship and enjoyed traveling, spending the cold winters in Mesa, Ariz., and split the beautiful summers between Longmont, Colo., Rawlins, Wyo., and treasured time at Phyllis’ cabin in Ryans Park, Wyo. They often hosted family reunions. They were fortunate to spend four years enjoying life together.

Bob is survived by his companion, Phyllis Winzenried; his sister, Lois (Dick) Sherman of Millani Town, Hawaii; two sons, Rob (Laura) Helmerick currently living in South Africa; Jim (Michelle) Helmerick of Medical Lake, Wash.; three daughters, Jean (Mike) Gorzalka of Sheridan, Wyo.; Ruth (Tom) Heald of Casper, Wyo.; Mary Helmerick of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Amy and Brent Gorzalka, Elena, Kathryn and Bob Helmerick, Jon and Erin Heald, Zane Helmerick, Gabby Staley, and his faithful cat Chewbacca.

He was preceded in death by his grandson Keegan Garlock in 2010.

A memorial service will be held on June 9, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Westview Presbyterian Church in Longmont, Colo. Interment will take place on June 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery in Sheridan, Wyo.

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Robert Eugene Bullard

Robert Eugene Bullard, 84, of Greeley, Colo., passed away at Hospice of Northern Colorado on May 29, 2014.

Robert was born November 25, 1929, in Denver, Colo., to Edwin Robert and Helen Leota (Randall) Bullard.

He married Betty Lee Munger on September 2, 1950 in Taos, N.M.

Robert attended grades 1-7th at the Friendship school (a country school) and 8-12th grades at Hudson, Colo.

He was a member of James Memorial United Methodist Church in Hudson and an associate member of Evans United Methodist Church.

Robert was a volunteer fireman for 20 years with the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department and 13 years more as a board member of the Fire Department. He was also a member of the Farmers Gun Club and the NRA.

Robert loved raising his cattle and horses. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his family was very special to him. He loved a good joke and being around people especially his coffee time buddies.

Robert is survived by his wife Betty Bullard of Greeley, Colo.; Children, Richard L. Bullard of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Charles R. Bullard of Lafayette, Colo., and Kathleen K. Bullard-Chalk of Loveland, Colo.; sister, Verna (Bullard) Marshall, Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wonderful Uncles and Aunts.

Services were held June 3, 2014, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. A private family interment was held at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy’s Ranch in La Junta or the charity of your choice 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. ❖

Byron Augustus Yost

Byron “Bud” Augustus Yost, 96, of Longmont, Colo., passed away May 29, 2014.

He was born on June 29, 1917, in New Columbia, Pa., to Oliver and Sarah (Gehris) Yost and raised on a farm in NE Kansas, near Sabetha. Bud’s parents were farmers and his father, a good practical horse vet, sparked Bud’s interest in medicine.

Bud drove horses for every kind of farm work. For sheer joy he rode horses at every opportunity, always bareback. He attended a one-room country school, but went into town for high school graduating from Sabetha High School where he was president of his class. Bud did his undergrad at Kansas State University and a MA in History and MD as a General Practitioner Surgeon from University of Kansas.

During WWII, Bud quit his teaching position to serve as sergeant on the guard force at Sunflower Ordnance in Eudora, Kan.

Bud married Ruth Germann on April 4, 1942, in Lawrence, Kan., and they enjoyed 72 years together. In 1951 they moved to the Longmont, Colo., area from Wellington, Kan., where he served the Erie community and surrounding coal mines until 1954. At that time the family moved to Longmont where Bud was a Family Practice doctor. His career spanned 52 years.

Bud was raised in the Congregational Church in Kansas and attended this church in Longmont for many years until he became too elderly. He is a member of First United Church of Christ, American Academy of Family Practice and American Medical Society, founding member of St. Vrain Roundup Club, Longmont Old Timer’s Rodeo Club, Longs Peak Barbershopper’s Chorus, National Rifle Association, American Field Service, Lions Club and Masons.

Bud was a man of many and varied interests including history and cultures, music, art, riding their gold wing motorcycle, swimming, tennis, guns and hunting, skiing and being on the medical ski patrol at Winter Park and Eldora, horses and riding and roping, traveling, but especially caring for his patients. He truly enjoyed his friends, and loving his wife and family.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Faunt “Mike” Yost, and a sister, Fern Yost.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughters — Rebecca Curtis (Jay) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Sally Jesser (Bill) of Longmont, Colo., Penny Zvejnieks (Sig) of Rapid City, S.D., and Trudy Shepard (Guy) of Missoula, Mont.; Grandchildren — Robert Curtis (Margaret), David Curtis, Mandy Jesser, Teri Jesser, Kip Jesser, Kyle Zvejnieks, Jaclyn Zvejnieks and Nathan Zvejnieks.

The family would like to thank everyone who cared for Doc at Atria of Longmont Assisted Living Facility, Family Hospice, SummerCares Home Health Agency, Dr. Mathwich and Dr. Kanniganti.

Services were held June 6, 2014, at United Church of Christ in Longmont, Colo. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

Contributions may be made to Therapeutic Riding Academy and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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John Stockley Jr.

John Stockley Jr., “Bud” 81, of Brighton, Colo., passed away April 29, 2014.

He was born at the family home in Denver, Colo., on March 10, 1933 to John and Grace Stockley and was of English and Irish descent. He was the second of four children including older sister Grace “Babe,” younger sister Shirley and younger brother Daniel.

As a child he was always fascinated with animals and raised pigeons, then later goats and eventually horses.

He grew up in North Denver attending Berkeley Gardens Primary School and graduating from Westminster High School in 1952.

After graduation, John worked for Wright and McGill fabricating fishing rods.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953 and was stationed in Formosa (Taiwan) at the end of the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1957. While in the Air Force, he learned his trade in Water Plant operation. After the service he worked for Consolidated Mutual Water Company in Lakewood for over 20 years and then the City of Lafayette Water Department from which he retired in 1995.

He married Carol Behnke on May 5, 1962. A year later they moved to a small acreage southwest of Brighton, Colo., where he pursued his lifelong hobby of raising livestock including hogs, cattle, horses, chickens, geese, pheasants, quail and doves. He continued raising Black Angus cattle past the age of 80.

John enjoyed country music, working outdoors with his tractor and spending time with his dogs. John was also really interested in sports and in particular the Broncos. He and Carol attended Super Bowl XXI in 1987 to watch the Broncos play the Giants.

He is survived by his wife Carol, siblings Grace Peterson, Shirl Richardson and Dan Stockley, sons Joel (Janet) Stockley and Jay (Karen) Stockley and grandchildren Jason (Rhonda), Seth, Rhiannon, Annelise and Fallon Stockley.

Interment took place May 6, 2014, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Broomfield, Colo. ❖

Western Slope Obits 6-9-14

June 9, 2014 — 

Wanda Pollock

Wanda L. Pollock passed away at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo., May 19, 2014.

Wanda was born in Balko, Okla., to Ona (Bowlby) Ray and George Ray Sr.

Wanda Moved to Delta, Colo., when she was 4-years-old, and attended schools from elementary through high school.

Wanda married Avery Pollock, the love of her live, in 1947. They built their home in Austin and lived there for the next 64 years until Avery passed away in 2011.

Wanda and Avery were charter members of the Eckert Presbyterian Church for all those years.

Wanda was employed as a bookkeeper and a rural mail delivery person. Wanda had been living with her daughter Cheryl and husband Cam Paterson in Loveland, Colo.

She is survived by her brother Don Ray, her son Danny (Diana) Pollock and her daughter Cheryl (Cam) Paterson, grandchildren Cheyennia Pollock, Michelle Petrillo, Josh Paterson, Cameron Paterson, and Aaron Paterson, many nieces and one nephew, and seven great grandchildren.

Her parents preceded her in death, as did her husband Avery, sister Dorothy Ray and brothers Clyde Ray and George Ray.

Services were held May 31, 2014 at the Eckert Presbyterian Church with inurnment at the Eckert Cemetery.

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Amanda Nora “Mandy” Rumble

Mandy Rumble, 44, of Olathe, Colo., passed away June 1, 2014 at her home in Olathe.

Amanda Nora “Mandy” Doloughan was born August 18, 1969, to William John and Claire M. (Garrett) Doloughan in Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa.

Amanda spent the first six years of her life in Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa before moving to New Zealand for two years and then moving to the United States.

Mandy graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with a degree in Business. She also studied nursing.

She was a Christian.

Mandy loved her children and spending time with them. She liked doing family things. She enjoyed riding horses.

Among survivors is the love of her life her husband: Todd A. Rumble of Olathe, Colo.; her son: Tyler Rumble of Olathe, Colo., and her daughter: Josie Rumble of Olathe, Colo.; her mother; Claire Doloughan Hannan of Tasmania, Australia; two brothers and their wives’: Kerry and Robyn Doloughan of Spokane, Wash., and Rory and Cassie Doloughan of Salmon, Idaho.

She was preceded in death by her father William John Doloughan and her grandmother Dorothy Garrett and Todd’s grandfather, Donald Denham.

Services were held on June 6, 2014, at the Delta High School.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mandy’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 2754 Compass Drive, Suite 328, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.

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

Plains Edition Obits 6-7-14

June 9, 2014 — 

L. Robert ‘Bud’ Mayfield

L. Robert ‘Bud’ Mayfield, 85, of North Platte, Neb., passed away June 3, 2014, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

Bud was born July 5, 1928, in Lincoln County, Neb., to Leslie Jasper and Dorothy Chamberlin Orton Mayfield.

He attended several Lincoln County grade schools and graduated from North Platte Senior High in 1947.

On March 24, 1956, Bud married Phyllis Dodson at the First United Methodist Church in North Platte and they were together for nearly 58 years when Phyllis passed away in February. When he was in his early 20s, Bud began working for Sidles Auto Store in North Platte and Lexington. In 1978 they purchased the store and operated it as Mr. Automotive for 20 years. Bud enjoyed his customers and selling parts so much that even after selling Mr. Automotive, he continued to work there until 2012 when he decided it was time to retire.

Bud was actively involved in a number of organizations. He was involved with public education, serving on the Osgood School Board and advisory council at North Platte Senior High. He was an officer and lifetime member of Elks Lodge No. 985 and was named Elk of the Year in 2002. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church and had received his 50-year membership pin in November 2009.

Woodworking was one of Bud’s hobbies in life and he shared his talents by teaching woodworking for 15 years as a 4-H leader. He organized the North Platte High School Gun Club with the students qualifying for state level.

Bud’s passion in life was playing his saxophone for dances. He played with a number of local musicians and bands including Hadley Barrett and the Westerners, the Riverside Dance Band and for the past several years with the Golden Classics. In 2012, Bud was recognized for his contributions to country music by being inducted into the Nebraska Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bud loved to camp, fish, garden and be with his family and friends. He was known to always have a story or joke to tell, and was accused once of laying awake at night thinking up the stories or jokes.

He is survived by his three children, Rick (Yvonne) Mayfield, of Bassett, Neb., Jody (Jeff) Ford, of Elkhorn, Neb., and Rusty (Bridget) Mayfield, of North Platte, Neb.; his grandchildren, McKenzie and Bill McCarter and Megan Mayfield, all of Omaha, Neb., and Mark Mayfield, of North Platte, Neb.; a great-granddaughter, Charleigh Rose McCarter of Omaha, Neb.; his sister, Marjorie ‘Mick’ Hoffmann, of North Platte, Neb.; sister-in-law, Eileen (Vernon “Sonny”) Shirley, of North Platte, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Duane (Beverly) Dodson, of Maywood, Neb.; his very special nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful friends and other relatives.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; their children, Randy Lee and Joni Marie Mayfield; his parents, Dorothy Vencill and Leslie Mayfield; a brother-in-law, Larry Hoffmann; and his parents-in-law, Harold and Dorothea Dodson.

Services were held June 6, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Maywood Cemetery.

The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers and plants to the Maywood Cemetery, First United Methodist Church or the North Platte Public Schools Foundation. The family would like to keep his legacy of making beautiful music alive by contributing to the high school band and church music programs. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may also be shared at www.OdeanChapel.com. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 6-2-14

June 3, 2014 — 

Doris (Spady) Baldwin

Doris (Spady) Baldwin, 80, of Hudson, Colo., passed away May 19, 2014.

She was born December 19, 1933, at her grandmother Kelly’s home in Imperial, Neb., to Clarence (Bruz) and Nelda (Kelly) Spady.

She grew up on farm and country living and she went through eighth grade school in one-room rural school houses. Her high school years were spent at Chase County High in Imperial, Neb. She graduated in 1952 with a teaching permit and taught in a one-room school south of Champion, Neb.

On August 16, 1953, Doris married Ray Harmon Baldwin and they moved on to his grandparents’, Frank and Nora Baldwin’s ranch. Doris taught school at Lone Star School. When her husband was drafted in to the U.S. Army, she lived with him in his second eight weeks training. Ray was transferred to Leominster, Mass., and a short tour in upper state New York. During this time, they took many short trips to see all the sites. Doris’ most favorite was the ocean. Every chance she got to see the ocean was where she wanted to go.

After two years in the Army, it was back to Imperial, Neb., but the ranch had been sold, so after a short time, they moved to Sterling, Colo., where they lived for 13 years. During this time, three children were adopted: Michael Ray, Douglas Dee and Denise Kay. All were baptized into the Methodist Church.

In June of 1972, Doris and the family moved to Arvada, Colo.

After the children were in high school, she went to work outside the home. Doris gained employment at Mountain Bell and when AT&T and Mountain Bell were separated, she went with Mountain Bell. After U.S. West purchased Mountain Bell, she retired in 1995.

In 1996, Doris and Ray moved to Hudson, Colo., and built a new home.

Doris loved to cook and have family in and always had all the holiday dinners. She liked to knit and made afghans for nearly all the babies she had contact with. About all her friends and relatives have an afghan made by Doris. Fishing was a passion of hers. She dearly loved to catch the most and the biggest fish. She did a lot of embroidery work on pillow cases and dish towels to give away to friends and relatives. She did a lot of cake decorating until her hand gave out and she just couldn’t do it anymore.

Survivors Include: Husband, Ray of Hudson, Colo. Son, Michael and wife, Dawnene, of Thornton, Colo. Son: Douglas and wife, Deena, of Frederick, Colo. Daughter, Denise Bunn of Arvada, Colo. Four grandchildren: Amber Reese and husband Bobby; David Baldwin; Nash Baldwin and wife, Jacie, and Dori (Baldwin)Jacobs and husband Parker. Four Great-Grandchildren: Haleigh Baldwin; Hazelee Baldwin; Chloe Reese; Taylor Reese. Brothers: Darwin Spady of Lincoln, Neb., Dennis Spady and wife, Celia, of Champion, Neb., Deloyce (Pete) Spady and wife, Becky, of Imperial, Neb.

Services were held May 23, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Imperial, Neb. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.

Colorado memorial services were held June 5, 2014, at Zion Congregational Church in Brighton, Colo.

A memorial has been established in Doris’ memory. ❖

Milan Krizan

Godfrey Milan Krizan, 83, of Brush, Colo., passed away on May 11, 2014, at Northern Colorado Hospice.

Milan was born in Veteran, N.Y., on March 29, 1931, to John Krizan and Susan (Boor) Krizan.

He was a 1949 graduate of Farley High School in Colfax County, N.M., and later served as a United States Marine.

Milan worked most of his life in the ranching industry and enjoyed the rural lifestyle. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

Milan is survived by his children, Ron (Naomi) Krizan of Laramie, Wyo., John (Vicki) Krizan of Greeley, Colo., Bonnie (Karl) Keller of Alamosa, Colo.; siblings SA Bennett of Clayton, N.M., Elizabeth Plottner of Raton, N.M., and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dona (Pritchard) Krizan, his parents, his brothers Ed and John Wayne and his sister Pauline Martin.

Cremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life Service will be held June 2, 2014 at Rankin Presbyterian Church in Brush, Colo.

Contributions are suggested in Milan’s name to Hospice of Northern Colorado or the Wounded Warrior Project. ❖

Esther Ruth (Reed) Werner Reichley

Esther Ruth (Reed) Werner Reichley, 99, of Greeley, Colo., passed away May 19, 2014, in Greeley, Colo.

She was born in WoodRiver, Neb., April 20, 1915, to Issac and Ruth Reed. Esther was the third child of eight.

The family moved to Colorado in 1930. They settled in the Briggsdale-Grover communities. Esther attended the West Pawnee School through the 10th grade. She quit school to help her family and worked for other families in the area.

Esther married Ben Werner on April 30, 1934. Two sons were born, Leslie Norman and Harry Dean. Ben was killed in a farming accident on September 3, 1940 while living at the Oasis Ranch west of Grover. Esther, Leslie and Harry moved to Greeley for a short period of time, before moving back to Grover. Esther began working for Guy Smith and Sons. She was active in numerous women’s clubs in the Grover area. She later worked at the Grover Post Office.

Esther married Ben Reichley on July 27, 1944. Two sons were born, William Issac (Bill) and Everett (Ray). They continued to live on the farm west of Grover after Ben Reichley’s death February 3, 1970. After Bill and Ray finished school, Esther moved to Greeley. In Greeley, she did some babysitting and quilted with a ladies group. Esther had a big yard that she always kept well manicured. She kept up with her yard until ill health forced her to leave her home.

Esther is survived by three sons; Leslie (JoAnn) of Kersey, Colo., Bill Reichley and Ray Reichley of Greeley, Colo.; five grandchildren; Nancy (Don) Marshall of Wiggins, Colo., Ruth (Joe) Zirtzman of Mooreland, Okla., Ronald (Laurie) Werner of Wiggins, Colo., Tabitha Tennet of Sterling, Colo., and Amber Highberger of Ft. Collins, Colo.;13 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren; Brother Jim of Texas and sister-in-law Evalyn Reed of Loveland, Colo. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Esther is proceeded in death by her two husbands; one son, Harry; five brothers, Martin, Everett, John, Arthur and Kenneth; one sister, Betty; one great-grandson, Travis Werner and one great-great-grandson, Chance Trusty.

Services were held at Adamson’s Chapel on May 27, 2014. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. ❖

Earl “Duane” Ullmann

Earl “Duane” Ullmann, 74, of Chino Valley, Ariz., passed away May 3, 2014.

Duane was born October 20, 1939, to Henry and Maxine Freauff Ullmann in Johnstown, Colo.

Duane spent most of his childhood living and working on his family’s sugar beet farm just outside of Johnstown. But his passion was really auction’s and cattle. In 1964 he graduated from auctioneer school in Cheyenne, Wyo. Shortly afterword he went to work for Producer’s Livestock and Feedlot. Soon he hit the road buying cattle.

His only daughter Desiree was born in 1964.

He moved to southwest Colorado in the 70s where he sold and ran The Cortez Livestock Auction as well as selling several other auctions including Aztec, N.M. He lived in Delores, Colo., for awhile where he owned and ran The Salt Lick Saloon and The Whiskey Drummer liquor store.

Duane moved to Laughlin, Nev., in 1990 where he met his loving wife of 18 years, Patsy. He was tending bar at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nev. In 1998 Duane and Patsy moved to Chino Valley, Ariz., where Duane worked for Prescott Livestock Auction for five years, and also Harris Auctions for 16 years until his death at 74.

Duane is survived by his wife, Patsy Ullmann of Chino Valley, Daughter Desiree Cooper and her husband Bryan Ledford of Ft. Morgan, Colo. Stepdaughter Beverly Sexton and her husband Robert. Stepson Gregory Steinmetz and his wife Cherie. Six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mother-in-law Joan Fakinos and her husband Frank of Paulden, Ariz. Bother-in-law Harvey Zeller of Eaton, Colo.

Services were held May 8, 2014 at the Heritage Memory Mortuary, Prescott, Ariz. Interment took place at the Chino Valley Cemetery in Chino Valley, Ariz.

View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at HeritageFuneralChapels.com. ❖

Charles Edward Salladay

Charles Edward Salladay, 86, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away May 13, 2014.

He was born on March 13, 1928 in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Lee Raymond and Lena Johnson Salladay.

Charlie’s grandparents homesteaded in the Ellicott area in 1898 where Charlie resided until his passing.

Charlie was a farmer and a dairyman from a very young age until failing health caused him to retire in 1985.

During his lifetime he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycling, square dancing, and other activities involving family and a multitude of friends.

On March 20, 1950 he married his loving wife, June, of 64 years. Together they raised four children: Gordon (Debbie) Salladay, Brian (Rose) Salladay, Christy (Lloyd) Malone, Sandy (Mike) Salladay-Higgins, and one daughter/granddaughter, Karen Higgins, who came to live with them before the age of two. Together they have five grandchildren: Tracy Wilcox, Aaron Salladay, Sharra Miller, Clem and Elizabeth Malone, and 10 great grandchildren.

He is also, survived by his sister, Inezbelle Williams; and two sister-in-laws, Dorothy Brownewell, and Gayle Cropp.

Charlie was active in the community. He served on the Ellicott School Board for 12 years and he was a member of the Central United Methodist Church. Charlie was on the original Board of Directors for the Board of Cooperative Services, the Board of Directors for the Ellicott Fire Protection District for eight years, and was on the Volunteer Fire Department for over 34 years. His associates on the Fire Department would not let him retire because he was the only engineer they had.

Services were held May 19, 2014, at the Central United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The family requests donations be made to the Ellicott Fire Department or the Central United Methodist Church in Charlie’s name. ❖

Western Slope Obits 6-2-14

June 3, 2014 — 

Ralph Leslie Mangum

Ralph Leslie Mangum, 70, of Delta, Colo., passed away May 24, 2014.

He was born to the late L.T. and Margaret Mangum on February 4, 1944, in McAllen, Texas.

Ralph graduated from Delta High School in 1962. He was an all-state football selection and a proud member of the 1960 Delta High School state champion football team. He earned his BA in Business Administration and Social Science from the Colorado State College (now UNC) in 1965.

He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Alexander, on June 8, 1963. They had a blessed marriage of 51 years.

Ralph was a John Deere dealer. After graduating college, he worked for Deere and Company for five years traveling as a territory manager in eastern Colorado. In 1971 he joined his father’s business, Delta Implement Company. Ralph and Pat purchased the business in 1973 and together built the farm equipment dealership to include three locations. He enjoyed his relationships with his dedicated employees and the many fine farmers and ranchers in the area. He and Pat retired in the fall of 2010.

Ralph loved his community and was always involved in helping people when he could. He served on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, was a board member of the Colorado Bank and Trust for many years, and was elected to two terms on the hospital board. He was a generous supporter of the Delta County Fair and many local causes. Ralph was an active member of St. Michael’s Church.

Ralph loved his family and his friends. He truly lived a wonderful life and leaves a legacy of humor and kindness for us to remember.

Ralph is survived by the love of his life, Pat. He is also survived by his daughter Gina, her husband Carl and granddaughters Julie and Sami Cassel, all of Delta, Colo., his sister-in-law; Gean, her husband Dud of Eckert, Colo., nieces and nephews; Mike, his wife Michelle Davis, Teri, her husband Bill Palmer, Dudley Davis, and Debbie, Tricia, her husband Mark Starr, all of Delta, Colo., and Vanir Stevens of Washington state.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betsy and brother David.

The family is requesting that donations be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church or the Delta Food Pantry.

Services were held May 29, 2014, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo.

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

Gordon Frederick Byers

Gordon Frederick Byers, 73, of Rangely, Colo., passed away May 16, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Gordon was born on August 12, 1940, in Fruita, Colo., to Frederick and Minta White Byers.

Gordon married his sweetheart, Dena Marie Dotson, on December 22, 1969, in Fort Collins, Colo.

He enjoyed flying, golfing, camping, and he was a member of the St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Masons.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Dena Byers; children, Bryon (Bonnie) Byers; Bret (Ellen) Byers; Kathy (John) Brown; Cena (Todd) Carlson; Jill Redwine, and Jeff Byers; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews along with many friends.

Gordon is preceded in death by his son, Christopher Byers; parents; sister; three brothers; nephew, Jimmy and niece, Sherry.

Services were held May 21, 2014, at Rangely Christian Church in Rangely, Colo. Interment was in the Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 5-31-14

June 3, 2014 — 

Robert E. “Bob” Pearman

Robert E. “Bob” Pearman, 84, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away May 25, 2014.

He was born on September 10, 1929, in Thomas County, Neb., to Robert Ernest and Rena G. (Allen) Pearman.

Bob grew up on the family ranch and graduated from Seneca High School in 1947 in a class of two people. After graduation, he worked for various ranches in the Sandhills. Bob met a local schoolteacher at Whitman, Neb., in 1947, Betty Adam. The couple was wed on September 10, 1950, at the Lakeside Methodist Church near Alliance, Neb.

Bob worked on the Adam family ranch before the couple moved to Maxwell to their family ranch in 1951. They continued to live there for the next 63 years. Bob and Betty owned and operated the Flock Inn in Maxwell for many years. He also sold fertilizer and seed corn. Bob was a longtime member of the Maxwell School Board, and he and Betty drove the activity bus for the school for many years. Bob was involved in many youth activities in Maxwell and the 4-H Club. He loved children and loved teasing them.

He enjoyed dancing, watching race cars, and raising and working his horses, cattle, and dogs. Bob will be remembered for loaning out his roping horses to several young people to help them in their rodeo careers.

Survivors include his wife Betty of Maxwell, Neb.; two children, Doug (Collene) Pearman of Maxwell, Neb., and Jolene (Clarence “Butch”) LaBore of Mullen, Neb.; a sister, Marion Isom of Mullen, Neb.; five grandchildren, Amy (Lloyd) Pemberton of Lynchburg, Va., Trent (Kate) LaBore of Denver, Colo., Jill (Rob) Star of North Platte, Neb., Lana LaBore of North Platte, Neb., and Jennifer (Travis) Franks of Mansura, La.; four great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jaelyn, Ashton, and Alexander; and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Norman Neisius; a daughter, Barbara in 1983; and a brother, Norman Pearman.

Services were held May 29, 2014, at the Adams and Swanson Chapel. Burial was at Plainview Cemetery near Maxwell, Neb.

Memorials can be made to the Maxwell Public School Scholarship Fund. ❖

Ivan Gutherless

Ivan Gutherless, 86, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away May 25, 2014, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

Ivan was born on November 22, 1927, south of Maxwell to Russel and Marie (Larsen) Gutherless.

His mother passed away when he was 9-years-old and his grandparents Garfield and Charlott Gutherless, along with his father, raised him. He attended school at Jeffery Queen Country School and graduated from Curtis in 1946. After high school he started ranching south of Maxwell with his father and grandfather.

Ivan entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea from 1950-1952. While serving he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with a bronze service star, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Upon returning from Korea, he was united in marriage to Mary Eileen Burke on May 24, 1952 in North Platte, Neb. The couple celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary recently with their immediate family. When Ivan and Mary returned from their honeymoon, he returned to ranching where he developed skills with cattle, horses and range management. Ivan was a member of the Maxwell American Legion, and the VFW. He enjoyed riding his horse chasing cattle and loved the ranching life.

Ivan is survived by his wife Mary of Maxwell, Neb.; three children, Douglas L. (Sharon) Gutherless of Maxwell, Neb., Kent D. (Karen) Gutherless of North Platte, Neb., and Joleen K. (Royce) Schauer of Maxwell, Neb.; grandchildren, Lori (Tyler) Hughes of Maxwell, Neb., Tara (Jason) Trisdale of North Platte, Neb., Curtis Duane Gutherless of Knoxville, Tenn., Sara Ann Martens of Arizona, and Russell (Julie) Gutherless of North Platte, Neb.; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; a sister Shirley Parker; and a brother, John Gutherless.

A memorial has been established to the Maxwell American Legion.

Services were held May 30, 2014, at Adams and Swanson Chapel. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with full military honors. ❖

Doris (Spady) Baldwin

Doris (Spady) Baldwin, 80, of Hudson, Colo., passed away May 19, 2014.

She was born December 19, 1933, at her grandmother Kelly’s home in Imperial, Neb., to Clarence (Bruz) and Nelda (Kelly) Spady.

She grew up on farm and country living and she went through eighth grade school in one-room rural school houses. Her high school years were spent at Chase County High in Imperial, Neb. She graduated in 1952 with a teaching permit and taught in a one-room school south of Champion, Neb.

On August 16, 1953, Doris married Ray Harmon Baldwin and they moved on to his grandparents’, Frank and Nora Baldwin’s ranch. Doris taught school at Lone Star School. When her husband was drafted in to the U.S. Army, she lived with him in his second eight weeks training. Ray was transferred to Leominster, Mass., and a short tour in upper state New York. During this time, they took many short trips to see all the sites. Doris’ most favorite was the ocean. Every chance she got to see the ocean was where she wanted to go.

After two years in the Army, it was back to Imperial, Neb., but the ranch had been sold, so after a short time, they moved to Sterling, Colo., where they lived for 13 years. During this time, three children were adopted: Michael Ray, Douglas Dee and Denise Kay. All were baptized into the Methodist Church.

In June of 1972, Doris and the family moved to Arvada, Colo.

After the children were in high school, she went to work outside the home. Doris gained employment at Mountain Bell and when AT&T and Mountain Bell were separated, she went with Mountain Bell. After U.S. West purchased Mountain Bell, she retired in 1995.

In 1996, Doris and Ray moved to Hudson, Colo., and built a new home.

Doris loved to cook and have family in and always had all the holiday dinners. She liked to knit and made afghans for nearly all the babies she had contact with. About all her friends and relatives have an afghan made by Doris. Fishing was a passion of hers. She dearly loved to catch the most and the biggest fish. She did a lot of embroidery work on pillow cases and dish towels to give away to friends and relatives. She did a lot of cake decorating until her hand gave out and she just couldn’t do it anymore.

Survivors Include: Husband, Ray of Hudson, Colo. Son, Michael and wife, Dawnene, of Thornton, Colo. Son: Douglas and wife, Deena, of Frederick, Colo. Daughter, Denise Bunn of Arvada, Colo. Four grandchildren: Amber Reese and husband Bobby; David Baldwin; Nash Baldwin and wife, Jacie, and Dori (Baldwin)Jacobs and husband Parker. Four Great-Grandchildren: Haleigh Baldwin; Hazelee Baldwin; Chloe Reese; Taylor Reese. Brothers: Darwin Spady of Lincoln, Neb., Dennis Spady and wife, Celia, of Champion, Neb., Deloyce (Pete) Spady and wife, Becky, of Imperial, Neb.

Services were held May 23, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Imperial, Neb. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.

Colorado memorial services were held June 5, 2014, at Zion Congregational Church in Brighton, Colo.

A memorial has been established in Doris’ memory. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 5-26-14

May 27, 2014 — 

Judith Ann “Judy” Pearce

Judith Ann “Judy” Pearce, 75, of Windsor, Colo., passed away unexpectedly April 15, 2014.

Judy was born to Pete and Maxine Baller on June 14, 1938, in Longmont, Colo. Her ancestors were early pioneers to Longmont and her great grandfather, Amos Millice joined the Chicago Colony helping to form Longmont and was part of the survey crew helping to lay out the town.

Judy was raised in rural Colorado, attending schools in both Berthoud and Walden, Colo., where she graduated high school in 1956. She was both a majorette and a cheerleader. She attended college at CSU in Fort Collins, Colo., where she met and married Leonard Pearce on January 7, 1961. They lived in Dodge City, Kan., and later divorced.

Judy lived in Vail, Colo., for several years where she was a medical transcriptionist at Vail Valley Medical Center.

She loved skiing and all sports.

Recently Judy moved to Windsor, Colo., where she was a crossing guard for the Windsor Police Department at Grandview Elementary School. She loved the children and being called “Miss Judy.” She was also employed by the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland and enjoyed being around people.

Judy was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Eagles and the Avalanche. She enjoyed going to sporting events, concerts and horse races.

Judy is survived by her children: Sandra Pearce of Fort Collins, Colo., Mike Pearce(Becky) of Laramie, Wyo., Linda (Ben) Bobbitt of Middleburg, Fla., and Jason Pearce of Dodge City, Kan.; granddaughter, Ashley Pearce of Middleburg, Fla.; brother Jim (Gen) Baller of Walden Colo., two sisters, Sue (Rick) Ulrich of Kingman, Ariz., and Nancy (Ron) Knaus of Fort Morgan, Colo., an Aunt Jeane Law of Longmont, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandparents and other relatives.

A private memorial service will be held later this month in Walden, Colo.

Cards and condolences can be sent to Pearce Children, c/o Sandra Pearce, PO Box 273184, Fort Collins, Colo., 80527. ❖

William Foglesong

William Foglesong of Northglenn, Colo., passed away May 5, 2014, at Swedish Hospital.

He was born March 1, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Marie (Schreiner) Foglesong and William Foglesong.

Bill went to high school in Ovid, Colo.

Bill was in the Navy and the Marines.

He retired from the Mint and enjoyed his hobbies.

Bill never married.

He was a very talented person. He loved to hunt with his hunting dogs. He fished and took his nephew, Allen Antonucci. Bill took him fishing and taught him about ice fishing and many other things. He did a lot of carving of birds and ducks. Bill did all of his own taxidermist. He did beautiful paintings, woodworking and built furniture.

He is survived by his sister Eunice Lowes of Ft. Lupton, Colo., six nieces, and one great niece.

Bill was preceded in death by both of his parents, bother Leroy, bother Harold and sister Alice Norris.

Cremation completed by Vets Funeral Home.

There will be a memorial at a later date. ❖

John S. “Jack” O’Brien

John S. “Jack” O’Brien, 74, of Gandy, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa.

Jack was born December 31, 1939, in Pierre, S.D., the son of Samuel and Elsie (Kellogg) O’Brien.

He grew up in the Valentine, Neb., area, graduating from Valentine High School in 1958.

Jack continued his education at Wayne State College, receiving his teaching degree in physical education and industrial arts. He played football for the Wayne State Wildcats, being named all-conference offensive tackle for what was then called The Nebraska College Conference.

Jack taught and coached in Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona. The highlight of these years was coaching his Wilcox, Ariz., football team in the Arizona High School championship game.

His career choice left his summers free to pursue his passion for rodeo; competing in steer wrestling. He was a PRCA Gold Card member.

In later years, Jack’s chosen event was cutting. He truly enjoyed riding a good horse, watching a good horse work, and making many good friends.

Jack married Connie Hodgson, September 22, 1984, on Connie’s grandfather’s ranch near Livermore, Colo. In 1993 Jack moved back to his Nebraska Sandhills with his wife Connie. They purchased their present home in Gandy, Neb. Here they have made many friends who have become like family.

At the time of his death, Jack was doing what he enjoyed — traveling around the country employed as a truck driver.

Jack treasured time spent with family and friends, reliving old memories and making new memories.

Surviving him are his wife Connie; sister Helen (Bob) Farrell of Green Valley, Ariz.; in-laws Lee and Bev Hodgson of Platteville, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held May 19, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton. Interment was in the Loup Valley Cemetery, west of Stapleton, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the Jack O’Brien Memorial Fund. ❖

James Foy Beeman

Jim Beeman, 71, formerly of Lodgepole, Neb., passed away suddenly May 13, 2014, in Saint David, Ariz.

Jim was born in Albany, Ore., and spent his youth on his grandparent’s ranch in Callaway, Neb. The family moved to Littleton, Colo., where he attended high school. He attended colleges throughout Colorado on rodeo scholarships. He spent his entire life in the cowboy lifestyle — working on ranches; rodeoing (he is a gold card holder in the PRCA); building saddles of all types; owned a rodeo equipment company; put on rodeo schools — always encouraging young people and showing them the right way; western stores; western sales rep; he was an artist — doing wonderful leather interior accent pieces and moose horn carvings; and most recently owned an art gallery in Saint David, Ariz., while still working with leather.

He was a professional bull rider when he met the love of his life in 1971. They shared many adventures; good times and bad; joys and sadness; visited places some only dream of and were planning an extended trip to the Pacific Northwest this year. His hoy was rodeo and he spent hours watching the PBR and envying those young men wishing he were young enough to ride again — so we can only imagine what he is doing now.

Jim was first and foremost a cowboy, and then a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, bother, in-law, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife Cindy; sons TJ (Darla) and Casey (Lisa); daughter Kristie; grandchildren Demi, Macy and Kaleb; mother; sister; mother and bother-in-laws; nieces; nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Boone, and his father-in-law Larry Iverson.

Jim wanted to help others and so he participated in a donor program and his ashes will be scattered in his beloved Montana when his family and friends can gather. ❖

Robert M. Turner

Robert Merrill Turner, 82, passed away January 29, 2014, from lung disease. He lived most of his life in Walden and Jackson County, Colo.

Bob was born October 16, 1931 to Harvey Oliver and Erna Lena Turner of Coalmont, Colo. He was one of 10 children.

Bob started school at the Butler one room school. It held grades one through eight and Bob was the only student in his grade. He went to hight school at Jackson County High School and graduated in 1950.

He went to Alaska right after graduation and worked that summer in the gold fields. When he returned he enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and became a member of the Seabees which was a construction unit to build roads, airstrips and buildings as bases for the soldiers in combat zones during the Korean conflict. Bob acquired his knowledge in steelwork, welding, heavy equipment and surveying. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

Bob’s main interest in life was ranching. He grew up on a ranch, managing ranches and owned ranches. He loved the hay operation and working with cattle and horses. He was also a “cat skinner” for Forest Service Timber Stand Improvement and Road contracts and building and reclaiming oil well locations. He took great pride in doing good work. Bob was also the dozer operator at the Saratoga landfill for several years and received an award from the state of Wyoming for the cleanest and best kept landfill in Wyoming in 1991.

Bob is survived by his wife of 46 years Millie, son Kurt (Tamera) of Casper, Wyo., daughter Marilyn of Walden, Colo., stepson Dan (Teresa) Unger of Augusta, Kan. Grandchildren: Lindsey and Shawn Turner, Daniel, William and Robert Unger VanFossen, Dakota and Phoenix Erickson. Also step grandchildren: Micheal, Stephany and Chris and many neices and newphews along with three sisters, Lillian Turner, Mildred Mooring and Patrica (Ronald) Sanders.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles, Harvey, Herbert, Richard and sisters Hazel Weatherwax, Marilyn McNew.

He is greatly missed by those who knew and loved him A reflection of life will be held July 19, 2014, at the Wattenburg Center in Walden, Colo., at 1 p.m. Come eat, laugh and tell stories with us. For more information please contact mit80480@yahoo.com. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 5-24-14

May 27, 2014 — 

James Foy Beeman

Jim Beeman, 71, formerly of Lodgepole, Neb., passed away suddenly May 13, 2014, in Saint David, Ariz.

Jim was born in Albany, Ore., and spent his youth on his grandparent’s ranch in Callaway, Neb. The family moved to Littleton, Colo., where he attended high school. He attended colleges throughout Colorado on rodeo scholarships. He spent his entire life in the cowboy lifestyle — working on ranches; rodeoing (he is a gold card holder in the PRCA); building saddles of all types; owned a rodeo equipment company; put on rodeo schools — always encouraging young people and showing them the right way; western stores; western sales rep; he was an artist — doing wonderful leather interior accent pieces and moose horn carvings; and most recently owned an art gallery in Saint David, Ariz., while still working with leather.

He was a professional bull rider when he met the love of his life in 1971. They shared many adventures; good times and bad; joys and sadness; visited places some only dream of and were planning an extended trip to the Pacific Northwest this year. His hoy was rodeo and he spent hours watching the PBR and envying those young men wishing he were young enough to ride again — so we can only imagine what he is doing now.

Jim was first and foremost a cowboy, and then a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, bother, in-law, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife Cindy; sons TJ (Darla) and Casey (Lisa); daughter Kristie; grandchildren Demi, Macy and Kaleb; mother; sister; mother and bother-in-laws; nieces; nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Boone, and his father-in-law Larry Iverson.

Jim wanted to help others and so he participated in a donor program and his ashes will be scattered in his beloved Montana when his family and friends can gather. ❖

Pauline Edna Shineman

Pauline Edna Shineman, 97, of Riverton, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, at Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Pauline was born on May 30, 1916 to Otto and Bertha (Lippstreu) Kahrs on a farm south of Wilcox, Neb. Her family moved to Spring Valley, north of Riverton, three years later.

In 1929 she graduated from eighth grade at Crystal Springs School and in 1933 Pauline graduated as valedictorian from Riverton High School. Afterwards, she attended Teachers College in Kearney, Neb., and taught in country schools in both Franklin and McPherson counties.

On January 1, 1936, she married Virgil Shineman of Riverton, Neb. After their marriage they moved to the Sandhills of Nebraska to begin ranching.

In 1945, they adopted Myron from the Nebraska Children’s Home when he was 8-months-old.

Pauline loved life on the ranch and was very active in her church.

In 1982 Virgil and Pauline moved into Tryon, and after his death in 1983, she remained in Tryon until she moved to North Platte in 1993. She resided in Centennial Park Retirement Village for 19 years until moving to Mountain Vista Retirement Village in Wheat Ridge, Colo., in 2012 to be near family.

Pauline loved God, her family, friends, music and reading.

She is survived by her sister –in- law, Lorraine Kahrs of Franklin, Neb.; nieces, nephews, and many other dear relatives and friends who will miss her greatly.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil; son, Myron; her brothers, Richard and Robert; and sister- in- law, Betty.

Services were held May 20, 2014, at the Franklin Cemetery in Franklin, Neb.

A memorial has been established in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

John S. “Jack” O’Brien

John S. “Jack” O’Brien, 74, of Gandy, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa.

Jack was born December 31, 1939, in Pierre, S.D., the son of Samuel and Elsie (Kellogg) O’Brien.

He grew up in the Valentine, Neb., area, graduating from Valentine High School in 1958.

Jack continued his education at Wayne State College, receiving his teaching degree in physical education and industrial arts. He played football for the Wayne State Wildcats, being named all-conference offensive tackle for what was then called The Nebraska College Conference.

Jack taught and coached in Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona. The highlight of these years was coaching his Wilcox, Ariz., football team in the Arizona High School championship game.

His career choice left his summers free to pursue his passion for rodeo; competing in steer wrestling. He was a PRCA Gold Card member.

In later years, Jack’s chosen event was cutting. He truly enjoyed riding a good horse, watching a good horse work, and making many good friends.

Jack married Connie Hodgson, September 22, 1984, on Connie’s grandfather’s ranch near Livermore, Colo. In 1993 Jack moved back to his Nebraska Sandhills with his wife Connie. They purchased their present home in Gandy, Neb. Here they have made many friends who have become like family.

At the time of his death, Jack was doing what he enjoyed — traveling around the country employed as a truck driver.

Jack treasured time spent with family and friends, reliving old memories and making new memories.

Surviving him are his wife Connie; sister Helen (Bob) Farrell of Green Valley, Ariz.; in-laws Lee and Bev Hodgson of Platteville, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held May 19, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton. Interment was in the Loup Valley Cemetery, west of Stapleton, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the Jack O’Brien Memorial Fund. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 5-19-14

May 19, 2014 — 

John Ralph Walter

John “Jack” Ralph Walter, 84, of La Junta, passed away April 14, 2014 at his residence.

Jack was born in La Junta on December 27, 1929, son of the late Reuben James and Pearl (Clinger) Walter. One of 10 children, Jack entered the world at a time of little prosperity in America, during the depression.

Jack had been a cowboy, trucker and rancher all his life. He began breaking colts at age 12. At age 14, he made his first claim to fame at the La Junta Kids Rodeo by earning the title of Top Hand. In 1948, he took third place in amateur bronc riding at Cheyenne, and in 1950, he won the all-around title at Eads by taking first place in saddle bronc, bareback bronc riding and bulldogging. During this same time, Jack was driving a truck and hauling livestock for ranchers, but continued with his love of rodeo.

In 1951, Jack took a four year vacation from trucking and rodeos and joined the Navy. He served on a destroyer in the Korean War as Torpedoman’s Mate Third Class. He was Honorably Discharged from the service in 1954, and returned to La Junta to his truck driving.

Jack married Shirley Blakney on January 23, 1957, and they soon after started a beautiful family of three rowdy and ornery boys. In 1963 they purchased a trucking business from his father-in-law, John Blakney, and began operating the Jack Walter Trucking Company.

Jack and Shirley continued with the trucking business, as well as his interest in rodeo. This time, however, his interest and love for rodeo was through his three boys. He was actively involved with the boys in their rodeo, including serving as a pick-up man for several years. In fact, when his youngest son, Jim won the Colorado State High School finals in 1981, Jack hazed for him the entire year. He was not only Jim’s hazer, but his biggest fan. The family traveled all over Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming, participating in the Little Britches Rodeo.

Jack and Shirley sold the trucking business in 1977, and he continued as a self-employed Rancher/Cattleman and cowboy in the La Junta and Higbee Valley for the remainder of his life. He enjoyed working cattle, horses, and spending time with his grandkids. He instilled within his grandkids, who endearingly called him “Poppy,” his love for cattle and riding horses. As retirement became more visible to Jack, he purchased a boat, and enjoyed taking his boys and grandchildren on fishing trips.

At the end of a long and honorable life, Jack could be found riding in his little green Ford Ranger, heading to Higbee to remain involved in his family’s farming and ranching operation. You could also find him buying roses or splitting a hamburger with his wife at the Hogsbreath. And, ever the devoted cattleman, he never missed a Tuesday cattle sale.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Blakney Walter of the family home; children, Mike (Debbie) of Olney Springs, Colo., Alan and Family of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jim and Family of Higbee, Colo.; sisters, Mary Jane Hesslink of Ordway, Colo., and Edith (Lloyd) Hall of Delhi, Colo.; brothers, Rev. William Walter of Olathe, Kan., and Tom (Glenna) Walter of Rocky Ford, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, son William “Billy”, three brothers, Grant, Bob and Alan Walter; two sisters, Ruth Rafferty and Wanda Walter.

Services were held April 17, 2014 at the First Church of the Nazarene Church in La Junta, Colo. Interment followed at the Fairview Cemetery. ❖

Truth N. Colvard

Truth N. Colvard, 99, passed away May 8, 2014.

She was born August 26, 1914, near Douglas Okla., daughter of Freemont and Minnie Bayor.

Raised on a wheat farm, Truth enjoyed the outdoors throughout her life.

During the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, Truth attended CSC at Edmond, Okla. She financed her college education by teaching every other year in the rural school that she attended growing up.

Truth married Ralph B. Colvard in 1940. Following the oil boom first to Indiana, they had two children, Gene and Joyce. Then on to Montana where Nancy and Dorita were born. Finally, a move to Sterling, Colo., became a permanent home.

Truth will be remembered in Sterling as a gifted and giving teacher at Sexton and Pantall (Stevens) Elementary schools for 30 years. She helped many students prepare for spelling bees and instilled an appreciation of art. After retiring she tutored adults in the Laubach Literacy program.

Truth was a member of the First Baptist Church and was involved in its many activities over the years. The church was her home away from home and she was instrumental in the plans for the new church built in the mid 1970s.

After retirement Truth was able to enjoy the great outdoors even more, fishing in the Rockies with her son Gene. She loved to golf at Riverside, hiked in the Southwest and continued her education by attending Edlerhostle classes in several states. She also loved to watch and keep scorecards for baseball, whether it was local or professional.

Truth was a long time member of Alpha Delta Kappa, teacher sorority, AAUW (American Asso. of University Women), and PEO, Philanthropic Education Organization, promoting educational opportunities for women.

Truth is survived by her daughters Joyce Douglas, Nancy Pew, and Dorita Brady. Truth had close relationships with her eight grandchildren, Geoff and Scot Lucas, Bryan and Brent Colvard, Walker and Nikolas Pew, Stacy and Tyler Brady. Great joy lit her face when she spent time with her eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her brother Bob and his wife Nadine, husband Ralph, son Gene and his wife Wanda Kay.

Services were held May 13, 2014 at Ward Road Baptist Church in Arvada, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to Truth’s favorite charity, Navajo Missions, P.O. Box 1230, Farmington, N.M., 87499. ❖

Gerald Oren Sievers

Gerald (Shorty) Oren Sievers, 86, passed away on May 2, 2014 in Wray, Colo.

He was born April 9, 1928, in Parks, Neb. Shorty was one of the two sons born to Oren Mark Sievers and Stella Maybell Singley Sievers.

Shorty married Alvina Arleen Calkins on June 3, 1954, and to this marriage four children were raised, Randall LeRoy, Mark Duane, Cindy Lou and LeLand Lester. Shorty was Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Step Grandpa to several.

Gerald was well known in Wray, Colo., and in several areas where he had lived in his past years. He was always busy with different clubs and organizations.

Shorty had spent 18 years working for the Colorado Game, Fish and Parks Division of Wildlife which he enjoyed. Shorty always had a hand in everything and was a big dreamer that was always coming up with different things to build and how to make things better, and if he had the chance to make an extra dollar with improving something he would. Shorty was also known by the community as the guy they could always call if they had something that they needed hauled. “Dad would tackle any load with his one ton pick-up and trailer whether it was tied down or not he would head down the road.”

Gerald was a very active member of the Wray Masonic Lodge No. 71, and the Akron Masonic Lodge No. 26. In 2013 Gerald received his 50 year recognition pin from Lodge No. 71. Through the Masons and the Shriners Shorty earned his Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, his Knights of the York Cross of Honor, The Colorado York Rite of Freemasonry, The Royal Order of Scotland, The Sterling Commandery Number 35 Knights of Templar and the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees. Gerald had held several offices in his years with the Mason’s and held this organization dear to his heart. Most people in surrounding counties knew Shorty as the gentleman with the miniature semi that he ran in every parade that he could make it to with the Shriners. Gerald was also a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his time that he spent in the Korean War. His other passion was the Boy Scouts of America which he has been an active member for several years and had just received a plaque at the 2014 Scout Show for being one of the original members that organized the show 25 years ago. He was known to always be there to help the Troops, Crews or Leaders whenever needed. Gerald’s son’s Randall, Mark and Leland, Grandsons Casey and RJ Sievers and Great Grandsons Kyle Sievers, and Wyett and Wade Martin have followed in his path with his love for scouting.

Shorty is survived by his children, Randall Sievers, Mark Sievers and wife, Shawnna, Cindy Knight, Leland Sievers and wife, Jewell; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Alvina, and brother, Carl Sievers.

A funeral service was held May 8, 2014, at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colo.

Memorials may be given to the Wray Scouting Foundation, c/o Chester Zwirn, 24568 Co. Rd. FF, Wray, Colo., 80758. ❖

Western Slope Obits 5-19-14

May 19, 2014 — 

William E. “Bill” Meyers

William E. “Bill” Meyers, 77, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away May 8, 2014.

William Ernest Meyers was born on February 27, 1937, to William Robert and Bernice Elaine (Kartunavich) in Cleveland, Ohio.

He spent his childhood in Cleveland and Solan, Ohio. He attended Mesa State College and received his Associates degree in auto body and repair.

On September 23, 1961, Bill married the love of his life, Yvonne Ann Wilke in Montebello, Calif. Together, they have resided in Cedaredge Colo., since 1970 moving from Whittier, Calif.

Bill had several jobs throughout his life that he was very proud of, including serving in the Army National Guard; working for Rocketdyne; as a longshoreman; and a long career as an electrician and motorman for US Steel in Somerset, Colo. He retired from the Colorado State University Research Center and devoted his energy toward ranching and spending time with his family.

Bill was a member of St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus; IOOF, Hotchkiss Elk’s Lodge No. 1807, UMWA and Montrose Amateur Radio Club.

Bill loved music and was an excellent singer and musician. His instrument of choice was a guitar, although he could play just about anything. He enjoyed falconry, horses, collecting rocks and antiques, ghost towns, and his motorcycle. More importantly, Bill loved his church and spending time with his family and grandchildren. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting around the kitchen table and playing games with his family.

Bill is survived by his wife, Yvonne Meyers of Cedaredge, Colo.; three sons: Bill Meyers and spouse, Sherri of Del City, Okla.; Ron Meyers and spouse, Roberta of Grand Junction, Colo.; and Jack Meyers and spouse, Cheryl of Cedaredge, Colo.; five daughters: Karen Crespin and spouse, Abram of Clifton, Colo.; Debbie Frazier and spouse, Kevin of Vancouver, Wash.; Patti Buddecke and spouse, Tony of Las Vegas, Nev.; Tami Sandoval and spouse, Brian of Delta, Colo., and Theresa Toothaker and spouse, Jason of Cedaredge, Colo.; eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a sister.

Mass of the Resurrection was held May 14, 2014, at St. Philip’s Catholic Church n Cedaredge, Colo.

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

Helen R. Talbott

Helen R. Talbott, 76, of Montrose, Colo., passed away May 9, 2014.

The child of Ralph and Naomi Cowan, she was born in Boise, Idaho, and lived in several locations throughout her childhood. But Western Colorado was her home. Some of her fondest childhood memories stem from her time living with her grandparents near Telluride in Ames, Colo., where her grandfather operated the Ames Power Plant, the world's first commercial alternating-current power plant.

She married D. Eugene Talbott in Castle Rock, Colo., in 1959. They shared a lifelong love of the outdoors and togetherness. With her at his side, he passed away suddenly in 2001.

She was a devoted mother, loving wife, cherished friend and consummate grower of African violets. She worked as a bookkeeper and accountant, including at Connors Drilling in Montrose and Delta-Montrose Electric Association.

She is survived by son Clinton Talbott, daughter-in-law Melinda Marquis, and brothers Orion Cowan and Marvin Cowan.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, “Gene,” her daughter, LaRena, and her baby boy.

A graveside remembrance was held May 16, 2014, at Grandview Cemetery in Montrose, Colo. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 5-17-14

May 19, 2014 — 

Bernard (Ben) Francis Winkenwerder

Bernard (Ben) Francis Winkenwerder, 82, passed away May 9, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Broken Bow, Neb.

He was the 12th (and the youngest boy) of 14 children born to Richard and Amelia (Miller) Winkenwerder, at their home southwest of Hershey, Neb., on March 7, 1932.

He attended the Lamont country school, and Sutherland High School. He helped run the family farm while his older brothers were in the military during WWII. Ben was very active in the Rural Youth, where he met many friends and his future wife. He joined the Army in 1954 and was sent to Korea where he was a military police officer.

He married Alice Bloomquist on Oct. 21, 1962. They adopted son Craig in 1966, daughter Karen in 1968, and daughter Carol in 1970.

He worked at Armour Meat Packing, then started his own business laying carpet. He was known to be a perfectionist at his work. He laid carpet for 35 years until his health forced him to quit and even then would do small carpet jobs to help out a friend or neighbor.

He moved to Dunning, Neb., to live with his sister Dotty Roseberry for several years until his declining health sent him to the nursing home-first in Sutherland and then in Broken Bow.

He is survived by his daughter Carol (Trever) Staff of Lexington, Neb., son Craig of Sutherland, Neb., and daughter Karen; five grandchildren, Jesse “Jess” Schroeder of Gothenburg, Neb., Wolfgang Schroeder of Canon City, Colo., Konrad Schroeder of Lexington, Neb., Katrina Stiefel of Canon City, Colo., and Amber (Daryl) Jones of Lexington, Neb.; and seven great-grandchildren, Kyle, Cameron, and Dominick Stiefel, Alexia Deck, Izayah Jones, Bella Jones, and Melody Cervantes ; sisters Edith (Gordon) Phetteplace of LaCrosse, Wisc., and Dotty (Jim) Roseberry of Dunning, Neb.; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his wife Allie, son Todd Allen, and 11 of his siblings.

Funeral services were held May 16, 2014, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sutherland, Neb. Burial was in the Lamont Cemetery southeast of Sutherland, Neb.

Please send memorials to the Kearney Area Ascera Hospice, the Sutherland Senior Center or the Grace Lutheran Church.

Online condolences can be made at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

Melvin R. Simms

Melvin R. Simms, 75, of Kimball, Neb., passed away at the Kimball County Manor on May 7, 2014.

Melvin Richard Simms was born in Sterling, Colo., on September 18, 1938, the son of Lawrence and Esther (Clermont) Simms.

He was raised on a farm/ranch near Padroni, Colo., and graduated from the Padroni High School in 1956. While in high school he learned the trade of welding in his classes and FFA, this trade became his livelihood.

Melvin was married to Roxie Chambers on September 28, 1958, in Sidney, Neb. Melvin moved his family to Kimball, Neb., in 1964 and owned and operated Simms Welding Service until 2005. He built many gas plants and laid miles of pipeline in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas. From 1987 until 2012 he also helped with the farm/ranch near Padroni. Melvin had a love for working hard, fishing, and animals.

Survivors include his wife Roxie of Kimball, Neb.; daughters LaValla (Rodney) Reher of Padroni, Colo., Lisa (Todd) Parsons of Bushnell, Neb., and Loretta Simms of Kimball, Neb.; sisters Janice (Donald) Shriver of Commerce City, Colo., and Genevieve (Mark) Ramey of Sterling, Colo.; grandchildren Crystal (Jeff) Cook, Spencer Teasley, Sierra (Corey) Kramer, Woodrow Parsons, and Cody Simms; step granddaughters Amanda, Natalie, and Nicole; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held May 12, 2014, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, Neb. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given in Melvin’s name to the Kimball FFA Scholarship fund. ❖

John H. “Johnny” Freiberger

John H. “Johnny” Freiberger, 84, passed away May 12, 2014, at his home surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born on September 9, 1929, to Gust and Lillian (Goos) Freiberger at Bridgeport, Neb.

Johnny lived with his parents and older sister on a farm outside Bridgeport, Neb. He swam, with friends, in the river, herded turkeys, broke Shetland ponies, attended school and teased his sister. His family moved to Alliance, Neb., when he was 12-years-old.

Johnny graduated from Alliance High School in 1947. He received many music awards, including a four year scholarship to Chadron State College. While at CSC he had the great honor to sing for the governor. He had worked for the Peterson Brothers Ranch and fallen in love with one of the owners’ daughters. They decided in 1948 that he would quit college and start ranching. John and Tina were married on December 19, 1948 in Alliance, Neb. They ranched south of Alliance in the Sandhills until they retired in 2010 and moved into town.

Johnny enjoyed the community he lived in and believed in helping out. He was active in the First Christian Church as Elder, Treasurer, Chairman of the Board, Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director, Children’s Music Director, State Music Minister, Local Lay minister to National Conferences and faithful prayer warrior. He was the Alliance Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Chairman. He was active in the Storm Lake 4-H club where his children attended. He was on the board of the Nebraska Boys Ranch. Many of the Boys Ranch boys worked in his hay field to gain working experience. He belonged to the Nebraska Stockgrowers for 60 years and served as Chairman of the Western Nebraska area. He served on the State Water Board and even won the State Award for Ditching on his ranch. Johnny was the REA Country Telephone repairman for many years and helped establish the original phone lines. He was the rural fire chief for two terms and was responsible to keep all equipment ready for an emergency. He sang at many funerals and weddings in the area, even riding in the hearse to sing for out of town funerals. He loved his family, his ranch and his community giving them all he had to give. He will be missed.

He was a devoted dad, husband and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Tina, their four children, Carolyn Godwin of Minden, Neb., Peggy (John) Sampson of Alliance, Neb., Linda (Jim) Wodke of Loveland, Colo., and Don (Vic) Freiberger of Alliance, Neb. He is also survived by 78 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held May 16, 2014, at the First Christian Church. Burial was in the Alliance Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the First Christian Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.BatesGould.com. ❖

Marvin “Mert” Stivers

Marvin “Mert” Stivers, age 77, of Callaway, Neb., passed away May 8, 2014 as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

He was born on October 27, 1936, in Callaway, Neb., to Walter and Laura (Wilborn) Stivers.

Mert graduated from Callaway High School in 1955 where he was an all-state football player. After graduation, he returned to the family farm.

On September 13, 1959, Mert married Beverly West in Oconto. The couple moved to the family place where they farmed for many years. Later in life, Mert worked for All Points Fertilizer, and then for Trotters for the past several years.

Mert was a member of the Callaway Lutheran Church, the Masonic Lodge, and the Rodeo Association for over 45 years.

He loved farming and working his cattle, and still enjoyed going to bull sales. He loved to visit, especially one on one. Mert enjoyed his life and his work and always tried to keep a positive attitude.

Survivors include his wife Bev of Callaway, Neb.; three daughters, Deb Stivers of Omaha, Neb., Marjorie (Paul) Sararo of New Jersey, and Cindy Stivers of Tuscon, Ariz.; three siblings, Lorna Gannon of Portsmouth, Iowa, Frances Fuller of Grand Island, Neb., and Lynn (Sharleen) Stivers of Callaway, Neb.; and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Marilyn; and brothers, Johnny, and Bob; and an infant sister.

Services were held May 15, 2014, at the Callaway Community Building. Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery.

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

Rocky Mountain Obits 5-12-14

May 12, 2014 — 

Betty D. Grenemyer

Betty D. Grenemyer, 89, of Dacono, Colo., passed away May 1, 2014, at Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colo.

She was born January 12, 1925 in Brighton, Colo., the daughter of Raymond Frederick and Dora Viola (Nichols) Jump.

On July 3, 1945 she married Edwin Grenemyer in Fort Lupton, Colo. The family moved to Erie in 1962 from Weld County, Colo.

Betty was a member of the Tri-County Seniors; operated a daycare for a number of years and enjoyed traveling, especially with her children.

Survivors include her sons Edward (Linda) Grenemyer of Daconom, Colo., Robert (Cindy) Grenemyer of Hillsboro, Ore., Michael Grenemyer of Kersey, Colo., and her daughters Madoline (Harry) Nugent-Benson of Greeley, Colo., Susan (Jim) Hruby of Broomfield, Colo., and Penney (Gene) Murren of Longmont, Colo. She is further survived by her brothers Raymond (Margaret) Jump of Arvada, Colo., John (Lois) Jump of Ft. Morgan, Colo., Calvin Jump of Medicine Bow, Texas, Jim (Valerie) Jump of Medicine Bow, Texas and Richard Jump of Greeley, Colo., and her sister Patty Ann (Jim) Peterson of Orchard, Colo., and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edwin in 1995 and her sister Margaret Grabrian.

Services were held May 6, 2014, at the Summit Foursquare Church in Longmont, Colo. Burial followed at Foothills Gardens of Memory.

Share condolences at HoweMortuary.com. ❖

Robert Jack Barker

Robert Jack (Bob) Barker, 78, of Lumberton, Texas passed away April 30, 2014, at his home.

Bob was born October 10, 1935, in Greeley, Colo., to William L. and Esther J. Barker.

On March 23, 1958, he married Janet Marie Anderson in Loveland Colo. They lived in the Greeley area for 55 years where they raised four children. As a family they were involved with horses and they all played Cowboy Polo. He was a very supportive father never missing an activity his kids or family was involved in.

Bob spent most of his life working at Monfort Packing Plant or driving trucks before a heart attack forced him to retire. After retiring Bob kept busy building bird houses and creating art out of horse shoes.

In 2013 Bob and Janet moved to Lumberton, Texas where they were members of the Woodcrest United Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife Janet M. Barker, one daughter Karen Himmelreich (Wayne) both of Lumberton, Texas, and two sons Jeff Barker (Linnette) of Kersey, Colo., and Larry Barker (Marie) of Johnstown, Colo., and one brother Richard (Dick) Barker (Judy) of Milliken, Colo. Bob was also blessed with 11 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Edith J (Edie) Oster, his parents, one brother William (Bill) Barker and a sister Elizabeth (Betty) Dunlap.

A memorial Service will be held at the Johnstown Senior Center, 101 Charlotte St. Johnstown Co, on June 14, 2014 at 2:00. ❖

Eugene (Gene) Howard Smith

Eugene (Gene) Howard Smith, 87, passed away April 24, 2014.

He was born to Harvey A Smith and Mary E. (Priebe) Smith on June 14, 1926 in Haxtun, Colo.

He graduated from Haxtun High School and entered the US Air Force in 1945-1946. Upon his return he became a welder under his father in their blacksmith shop.

He married Alma Koch in 1948 and had three children.

In 1964 he moved his family to Longmont, Colo.

He worked as a machinist for Dualmatic from 1964 to 1980.

He divorced Alma in 1972.

In 1980 be moved to Berthoud, Colo. He worked for Circuit Images in Boulder, Colo., for 10 years and retired in 1992.

He married Marilyn Leonard on April 26, 1992 in Berthoud, Colo. According to his wife “He loved watching the mountains from their home while working in the yard and driving his beloved John Deere tractors.”

He is survived by Marilyn Smith of Berthoud, Colo., his children Vicki Kennedy (George) of Hudson, Colo., Robbie Smith (Geneva) of Ft. Lupton, Colo., and Nancy Smith (Dan) of San Francisco, Calif., two granddaughters, three grandsons and two great grandsons; sister Bernice Collins and bother Clarence Smith both of Sterling, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Harold, Richard and Leonard Smith.

Gene is to be cremated without ceremony.

Donations may be made to the Gene Smith memorial. ❖

John Ehrlich

John Ehrlich, 85, of Greeley, Colo., passed away on May 4, 2014.

He was born on July 19, 1928 in Gill, Colo., to August and Lydia Ehrlich.

John had lived in Greeley and Weld County all of his life. He graduated from Gill High School in 1948.

He married Betty Jean Harding on August 31, 1952 in St. Paul’s Congregational Church. She later passed away on May 17, 2011.

He farmed until the age of 81. Farming was his life, but, most important was spending time with his granddaughters and attending their activities.

John was a member of the Colorado Farm Bureau and St. Paul’s Congregational Church.

John is survived by his daughter, Robbi Young of Westminister, Colo.; son, Keith Ehrlich of Orange, Calif.; brothers, Harvey Ehrlich of Denver, Colo.; Robert Ehrlich and wife Janice of Greeley, Colo.; James R. Ehrlich and wife Ann of Windsor, Colo.; Sister, Mary Ann Bissell and husband Kelly Stone Bissell, Grand Junction, Colo.; two granddaughters, Sheena M. Lee and Sage N. Lee, Denver, CO; and his dog, Haley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister, Gloria Cogburn.

Services were held May 9, 2014 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

David Allen Hauk

David Allen Hauk, 62, of Miles City, Mont., formerly of Philip, S.D., passed away May 4, 2014, at his home near Miles City surrounded by his family.

David was born on June 20, 1951, in Wall, S.D., to Margaret “Peggy” (Clark) and George Hauk.

He attended Lincoln Grade School just north of the farm until starting high school in Philip. Dave graduated from Philip High School in 1969. Dave was the oldest of four boys, who when growing up were some of his best partners in crime. Dave attended college at Black Hills State until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1971. Basic training took him to Ft. Lewis, Wash., and later to be stationed in DaNang, Vietnam until being Honorably Discharged on April 2, 1972.

Dave was married to Roxanne Berry on December 14, 1974. From this union two children were born, Michael and Lisa. They ranched and worked for Philip Livestock until 1979. At which time they moved to Quinn, S.D., and started a construction company. Dave and Roxanne continued to ranch and work in the Philip area until Dave moved to Montana in 1998. While in Montana, Dave worked for Big R in Bozeman. He took great pride in his job and a promotion came that brought him to Miles City, Mont., in 1999 where he was the manager of Murdoch’s formerly Big R. He also was able to fulfill a lifelong dream to ranch in Montana with his son Mike. He found great contentment in Eastern Montana, even though home was always Western South Dakota. Dave later worked at Cowtown Ag Supply until he decided to semi retire and be a full time Grandpa.

Dave was competitive at heart whether it be playing a game of pitch or following his Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA. He also enjoyed fishing in Alaska and shooting guns with his grandson Jaxon. Some of Dave’s greatest accomplishments were being the recipient of the Bronze Star, learning how to fly with his first solo flight in 1999 and being a Western South Dakota Buckaroo since 1980. Some of the favorite loves in Dave’s life were his kids and grandkids, Hereford cows, and horses.

Thankful for sharing his life are: his mother, Peggy Hauk of Grindstone, S.D.; three brothers: Doug (Fay) Hauk of Philip, S.D.; Dan (Cindy) Hauk of Wall, S.D., Duane (J’nai) Hauk of Grindstone, S.D., his son Mike (Tracy) Hauk, and grandsons Jaxon and Jhett of Miles City, Mont.; daughter Lisa (JD) Wendt, and granddaughters: Jaelyn, Macey and Taylor of Newell, S.D.; and his most special friend Linda Harwood of Miles City, Mont. Along with many nieces, nephews and grandnieces.

Dave was preceded in death by his father George Hauk.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Philip, S.D. Interment with military honors will follow in the Masonic Cemetery in Philip, S.D.

Memorials may be made to Wake Up and Lace Up, 107 Balsam Dr., Miles City, Mont., 59301 or the charity of one’s choice. ❖

Leonard Eugene Graham

Leonard Eugene Graham passed away April 8, 2014.

He was born August 13, 1926, to George Graham and Edith Nelson Graham, in Garden City, Kan.

Leonard attended Deerfield High School in Kansas, where he played basketball, graduating in 1944.

A year later he married his beloved Alice Walters Graham on Sept. 30, 1945.

He supported his family as a farmer from 1944 to 1958, on 1,200 acres in western Kansas, gaining three children along the way.

In 1958 he moved his family to Denver, Colo., where he attended Denver University for a year, refining his accounting and marketing skills. The family then moved to Montrose, Colo., where he became the manager of a farm cooperative and lived for four years. From there, in 1962, they moved to Delta, Colo., where he began selling insurance with the National Farmers Union Life Insurance Company. He kept his insurance license active ever since. His three children graduated high school in Delta.

In 1966 the family moved back to Denver, and Leonard became the district manager for National Farmers Union Insurance Company there for five years.

Leonard and Alice came to Winslow in 1971, and together sold mobile homes and managed mobile home parks for over 40 years. He served 16 years on the city council, including two years as vice mayor of the City of Winslow. He spent six years on the Winslow Senior Citizens Board, and also delivered Meals on Wheels for six years.

He was active in the Winslow United Methodist Church as a member of the board of trustees, and he sang as a tenor in the choir along with Alice, who was a soprano. He was also a member of the Winslow Elks Lodge and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce. He was part of the Northland Pioneer College Foundation Board for 18 years.

Ever the outdoorsman, Leonard enjoyed swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, boating, golfing and fishing. Two days following his death, his beloved Alice Graham joined him in the arms of our Lord.

Survivors include his three children, Susan Lawler, Max Graham and Ted Graham, and their spouses; six granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; four nephews and their spouses; one niece; and many beloved cousins.

He was preceded in death by his three brothers and his parents.

A memorial service was held April 15, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Winslow, Kan. ❖

Alice Virginia Graham

Alice Virginia, 86, passed away April 10, 2014.

She was born in Garden City, Kan., on Oct. 6, 1927, to Virgil Walters and Marie Gangwer Walters, attended school in Haskell County and married Leonard Graham on Sept. 30, 1945.

Alice published Chester, the Houseboat Mouse, a series of four children’s books. She enjoyed traveling and writing, always sending postcards to friends and family while visiting many places, including Brazil, Germany, Alaska and more. For 10 years she kept in contact with exchange students hosted through Experiment In International Living.

Alice and her husband Leonard were active all their lives in their Methodist church wherever they lived, and sang in the choir for many years. (She was the soprano, he was the tenor.)

She became a certified swimming instructor in Montrose, Colo., and thereafter taught swimming in every community in which they lived, including for 17 years in Winslow. She worked for National Farmers Union as recreational director of state summer camps, and was a member of Toastmasters in Delta, Colo.

She was president of the Winslow Woman’s Club in 1986, and was the state president of GFWC Arizona in 1988 and 1989. She was part of the Northland Pioneer College Foundation for 18 years, a member of PEO for 16 years and a lifelong member of United Methodist Women.

Alice came to Winslow in 1971 and, together with her husband, managed mobile home parks for over 40 years. Three days before her death, her beloved husband passed away. They continued, to the very end, to do everything together. They were true partners in their interests and business, in family and friends, in love and in passing.

Survivors include both her brothers, Samuel Walters and Stan Walters; her sister-in-law, Ginny Walters; her three children, Susan Lawler, Max Graham and Ted Graham, and their spouses; six granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; two nephews and their spouses; and many beloved cousins.

A memorial service was held April 15, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Winslow, Kan. ❖

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