Obituaries — April 25, 2016

April 26, 2016 — 

Harold Rogers, 94

April 11, 1921-March 23, 2016

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Obituaries — April 18, 2016

April 19, 2016 — 

Mary Threewit, 91

March 27, 1924-March 17, 2016

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Obituaries — April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016 — 

Robert J. Hendrix, 83

Sept. 21, 1932-Feb. 16, 2016

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Obituaries — April 4, 2016

April 5, 2016 — 

Mark Vannest, 54

July 28, 1961-March 17, 2016

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Obituaries — March 28, 2016

April 5, 2016 — 

George Andre, 88

June 19, 1927-Feb. 29, 2016

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Obituaries — March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 — 

Myron Hess, 94

Aug. 29, 1921-Feb. 15, 2016

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Obituaries — Feb. 14, 2016

March 15, 2016 — 

William Rains, 88

Feb. 4, 1927-Jan. 29, 2016

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March 8, 2016 — 

Joe Bollers

Joe Bollers was born April 8, 1946 to Stanley and Irene Bollers of Hudson, Colo. Joe was the middle of three children with Barbara being his older sister and Kenny his younger brother. The family resided on a dairy farm and farm life was a part of Joe’s early years. He often regaled in stories about the unsavory chores of farm life, but he was always deeply rooted in a life based in agriculture.

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Obituaries — Feb. 29, 2016

February 15, 2016 — 

Shirley Jenkins

Shirley Gerene (Stewart) Jenkins passed away peacefully on Feb. 8 at the Box Butte General Hospital.

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Obituaries — Feb. 22, 2016

February 24, 2016 — 

Robert Erdmann

Cedaredge, Colo. resident, Robert Edward Erdmann, Jr., passed away Feb. 3 at his home in Cedaredge. He was 72 years of age.

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Obituaries — Feb. 15, 2016

February 15, 2016 — 

Warren Horner

Warren Eldon Horner was born Sept. 3, 1958 in Ainsworth, Neb., to Eldon and Ila (Moore) Horner of Rose, Neb. He was the fourth child in a family that eventually grew to eight children. The Horner Ranch was the perfect place for a young boy to grow and explore. There were cows, horses, dogs, cats, the great outdoors and sisters. Warren loved horses the most. From atop a horse he could rope calves, cows, fence posts and sisters.

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Obituaries — Feb. 8, 2016

February 8, 2016 — 

Robert Schmidt

Robert Vernon “Bud” Schmidt, Jr., 90 of LaSalle, Colo., passed away Jan. 20 at Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 22, 1925 in LaSalle to Robert Sr. and Mary (Renke) Schmidt.

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Obituaries — Feb. 1, 2016

February 3, 2016 — 

John Robinson

John Richard Robinson, 70 of Delta, Colo., passed away peacefully at home Jan. 9, 2016 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

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Obituaries — Jan. 25, 2016

January 26, 2016 — 


Lloyd M. Hall was a beloved husband, father, “Poppo,” friend, mentor and hero to many aspiring cowboys and cowgirls.

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Obituaries — Jan. 18, 2016

January 18, 2016 — 


Leonard was born in Garnett, Kan. on Oct. 15, 1952 and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 23. He was the oldest son and the second born of five children to Danny and Frieda Hiestand.

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Obituaries — Jan. 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 — 

Keith Sorum

Keith Max Sorum, 93, passed away Dec. 23 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.

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Obituaries — Jan. 4, 2016

January 5, 2016 — 

Ruth Beckius

Ruth Emily Beckius, 62, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 16, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

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December 28, 2015 — 

Francis Rogers

Francis Marion Rogers passed away December 7, 2015.

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December 23, 2015 — 

Glenn F Jesser

Glenn F Jesser, 88, passed away October 26, 2015, surrounded by his family, after a sudden illness.

He was born September 19, 1927.

Although he grew up in the Washington Park area of Denver, Colo., he was destined for the rural ranch lifestyle that he lived most of his adult life. He made his home in rural Fort Lupton, Colo., where he ran a sheep feedlot for many years.

Glenn was the “salt of the earth” and along with his wife Mary Jo became “surrogate” parents and grandparents to many cousins and offspring of family friends who had lost their loved ones early. Glenn and Mary Jo’s generosity to their family was unprecedented.

I learned many things from my father the most important was say your sorry when you need to, learn to laugh at yourself, work hard and laugh harder. Glenn always had a joke or a tease and was an incorrigible flirt. The last year of his life he spent in southern Arizona where wild turkeys, havalinas, deer and hummingbirds kept him company.

Glenn is survived by his daughter Donna, son-in-law Larry, son Bob, daughter-in-law Cheryl, grandchildren Travis, Sammie, and Garrett, great grandchildren Tate and Burke, grand-dogs, Outlaw, Maverick, Nitro, Molly, and Skipper.

He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Jo, daughter Janine Hijar, brother Dean, mother Edna and father Fred. ❖

John “Jack” Aspden

John “Jack” Aspden, 76, of Lewellen, Neb., passed away November 19, 2015, in his home.

Jack was born March 1, 1939, in Mitchell, Neb., the son of Warren and Velma (Donovan) Aspden.

John attended school in Alliance, Neb.

In 1957 Jack was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Lois Loree Kingry. The couple moved to Denver, Colo., where Jack was employed as a supervisor at Excel Energy. He retired after 38 years in 1994.

In 1995 the couple built a new home at Cedar View near Lake McConaughy and continued to reside there.

He enjoyed pheasant hunting, fishing, and working cattle with the Lobner family. Jack was known as the go-to handy man of the neighborhood.

Survivors include his wife Lois Aspden of Lewellen, Neb., two sons: Rick (Laurie) Aspden of Broomfield, Colo., and Jeff (Sherryl) Aspden of Tracyton, Wash.; Two sisters: Gladys (Gordon) Dughman of Sterling, Colo., and Joan (Jerry) Reeves of Seward, Neb.; two brothers: Bill (Pam) Aspden of Berthoud, Colo., and Mike (Mary) Aspden of Alliance, Neb.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers: Bernard, Bobby and Gene.

The family chose cremation. Services were held November 24, 2015, in the Draucker Funeral Home.

A memorial has been established in his memory. ❖

Elton “Dale” Sims

Elton “Dale” Sims, 86, passed away November 21, 2015 at Childress Health Care, in Childress, Texas.

He was born in Childress, Texas, May 9, 1928, to William (Willie) and Sadie (Cox) Sims.

A former contractor he built several homes in Boulder county as well pursuing his love for rodeo. Dale and his wife also owned the Oxbow Stables in Nederland as well as a working cattle ranch outside of Lakeview, Ore. Later they moved to Manhattan Montana where they lived for several years until returning to Colorado in 1983.

Dale was a member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association and competed for several years as a steer wrestler.

He is survived by his daughter Becki Tschirpke and her husband Gerry of Berthoud, Colo. He is survived by a younger brother Duane of Childress, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.

Dale is proceeded in death by his parents, brothers Morgan, Clifford, J.B., Joe and Ray and three sisters Mildred, Ollie and Elora. He is also proceeded in death by his wife Ruth and daughter Debbi.

There Will Be A Celebration of Life January 9, 2016, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Berthoud Community Center located at 248 Welch Ave., in Berthoud, Colo.

Donations to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Foundation would be appreciated. ❖

Shirley Arlene Pisel

Shirley Arlene Pisel passed away December 3, 2015.

She was born in Deer Trail, Colo., on November 8, 1919 to Oliver and Bertha (Zittle) Gerkin, the middle child of six brothers and two sisters.

She lived her entire life in Deer Trail, until a fall in June meant living her last six months at Carla’s Cluster nursing home in Limon, Colo., where she passed away surrounded by their loving care.

She married Wesley S. Pisel on November 9, 1938, having those wonderful years together until Wes’ death in June of 1979. To this union four daughters were born, ShirleyAnn, Linda JoAnn, Leona Rae, and Lois Christine. Upon their marriage, Shirley had become mother to, and raised Wesley’s two young children, James and Lavina, as her own. Together they farmed and ran an International Harvesting tractor dealership.

Shirley’s faith in the Lord carried her through the bad times, as well as the good. Her family was everything to her, and she was our rock, always there for all of us. She loved every new baby that was born into her family, welcoming each in her own special way. Many baby sweaters and caps she knitted for several hospitals. Her hand sewn quilts will be treasured by family and friends.

Shirley was an avid reader and a history buff, mostly learning through her travels. She was fortunate enough to have visited many foreign countries, including several European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. Her “traveling” goal was to see every state in the United States, which she achieved. Church, the Lord’s work, and music were very important to her, accomplishing so much in each. She accompanied many children at music festivals, competitions, played at hundreds of graduations, weddings, and funerals throughout the years, and was the church pianist and organist for over 40 years. She worked at the school and was the librarian for a few years, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Deer Trail, Eastern Star Chapter Hope 122, Deer Trail Music Club, Baptist Missionary Society, Lion’s Club, Deer Trail School Alumni and Senior Citizens.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-laws; Linda and James Johnson, Chris and Randy Roth, son-in-law Melvin Allison, stepson James Pisel, eight grandchildren and spouses, 16 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Her loved ones who passed before are her beloved husband Wes, daughters; Shirley Ann Pisel, Leona Rae Allison, step daughter LaVina Lee, grandson Donald Lippitt, great grand-daughter Brittany Lippitt, her parents Oliver and Bertha Gerkin, and eight siblings.

Services were held December 11, 2015, at the new Deer Trail School Gymnasium, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery Association, Deer Trail, Colo.

Memorials are suggested to the Evergreen Cemetery Association In Care of Deanna Johnson, 166 3rd Avenue, Deer Trail, CO 80105 or Deer Trail First Baptist Church P.O. Box 206, Deer Trail, Colo., 80105.

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

Marilyn M. Ast

Marilyn M. Ast, 66, passed away December 9, 2015.

Marilyn was born in Dickinson, N.D., on March 25, 1949, the sixth of Edward and Gwendolyn Schwehr’s 18 children.

She was raised on a farm in Belfield, N.D.; then moved with her family to a ranch in Selfridge, N.D., before finally settling on a ranch outside of McIntosh, S.D.

In 1968 Marilyn met Tom when he was up in North Dakota on a hunting trip. Two years later they were married in South Dakota and started a family in Emporia, Kan. Tom and Marilyn had three children, Rachel, Philip and Aaron.

In 1978 they moved to Aurora, Colo. Marilyn finished her schooling at University of Colorado, Denver, and got her CPA to work with corporate taxes. In 1992 they moved to Conifer, Colo., where they lived on a mountain. In 2013 they moved once more to Loveland, Colo.

Marilyn enjoyed spending time with her family and friends: hiking, boating, skiing, playing racquetball and traveling. During the years when her children lived at home, the family took several camping trips and road trips all around the United States. Upon retiring she, Tom and friends traveled many places in the United States including the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, South Carolina, California, Florida and Hawaii. They also took several international trips including: the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland. She doted on her eight grandchildren and was in the process of drawing their portraits. She also enjoyed volunteering.

Marilyn was a devout Catholic and developed a special connection to the Virgin Mary. She went on several retreats dedicated to Our Blessed Mother in the latter years of her life.

In 2009 Marilyn was first diagnosed with breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation she went into remission and enjoyed an active, full life. However, in the spring of 2015, a relapse showed that her cancer had turned metastatic. She fought it valiantly for seven months, but finally succumbed on December 9, 2015.

She is survived by her husband, Tom; daughter, Rachel Dobbins, her husband Lance and children Bailey and Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; son, Philip Ast, his wife Tricia and children Nathan, Joseph and Keilar of Denver, Colo.; and son, Aaron Ast, his wife Kate and children Sage, Rowan and Anjali of Ft. Collins, Colo. She also is survived by nine brothers and seven sisters, loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and countless friends.

She is preceded in death by father and mother Edward and Gwendolyn Schwehr, sister Jeanette, father-in-law Harold Ast and brother-in-law John Ast.

Services were held December 18, 2015, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Windsor, Colo. Inurnment followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Fort Collins, Colo.

Donations in the memory of Marilyn Ast be made to one of the following charities: Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, American Legion Post 15, Honor Flights, Hospice, or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. ❖

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December 14, 2015 — 

Elmer Schmidt

Elmer “Bill” Schmidt, 76, of LaSalle, Colo., passed away November 29, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center surrounded by his family, unexpectedly following complications of a cardiac procedure.

Elmer (Bill) Willard Schmidt was born October 31, 1939, to Elmer W. and Frances (Walker) Schmidt in Greeley, Colo.

Bill graduated from College High in 1957. He was pursued by colleges with offers of football scholarships. He decided instead to stay on the family farm and raise his family. His life was dedicated to family, friends, farming, and stewardship of the land and water in Colorado.

On December 19, 1958, Bill married Sharon Rossman. They were together for 26 years before Sharon’s passing in 1984. They were blessed with two children, a son Bret and a daughter Billie Jo.

On September 26, 1989, Bill married Bernadette Chapman. They enjoyed traveling to NASCAR races and while there, taking in all the local scenery and historic sites. Bill loved to play poker so Las Vegas was always a fun destination. He was an avid sports fan. When traveling to the events became more difficult, quite often he could be found in his favorite chair, watching the NASCAR race on one TV and a basketball, football or baseball game on the other. He loved talking sports with anyone who wanted to debate the merits of his favorite teams.

Bill was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and farmer. Though he unofficially retired in 2011, he continued to help his son with farming and water management projects until he died. Bill was active in community and youth programs his entire life coaching 4-H softball and basketball. He was a member of the Weld-RE 1 school board, past president of Platte Valley Irrigation Company, and a current board member of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District.

Bill was a student of water and irrigation in the South Platte basin. He was a quiet thoughtful man who did not seek attention or honors yet he was sought out by water managers, engineers, and politicians from all over the region. He had an amazing memory and knowledge of water in Weld County, which made him an invaluable asset to anyone interested in developing and conserving water for agriculture.

Family suppers, holidays and birthday celebrations were some of Bill’s favorite times. He attended as many of the grandchildren’s school and athletic events as he could. Distance did not matter. He traveled all over Colorado as well as destinations in Wyoming, Texas, Kansas and Nevada to show his love and support.

Bill is survived by his loving companion Bernadette Schmidt, son Bret (Brenda) Schmidt, and son-in-law Dale Rains and wife Linda of rural LaSalle, Colo., step daughter Laura (Brandon) Torrez of Greeley, Colo., brother, John (Laurie) of Windsor, Colo., sister JoAnne Adler of Phoenix, Ariz. His treasured grandsons include Bryson Schmidt Rains, Tanner and Adam John Schmidt, Aaron and Isaac Kness and Elijah and Isaiah Torrez. Nieces and nephews Heather and Jay Packard (Hunter and Madeline), Jamie Schmidt, Jon Adler, and Marci and Brian Rude (Charlie and Brody). Also loved by Gage, Kaylee, Hannah, and Alyssa.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Sharon, daughter Billie Jo Schmidt-Rains, his parents and his brother-in- law Gordon Adler.

Services were be held December 4, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo. Private family interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or Special Olympics Colorado NE Area in care of Allnutt Macy Chapel, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80631. ❖

Vernon Brown

Vernon Max Brown, 85, of Matheson, Colo., passed away December 2, 2015, at Littleton, Colo.

Max was born on November 20, 1930, to John William and Dyral Floreen (Minson) Brown in Mulvane, Kan. Max was one of four children.

He grew up in Mulvane helping with the family business, delivering ice. He, along with his brother, Dean, was responsible for delivering ice in the community starting at age 9. Later, his family was involved in a floor-sanding business where he and his brother would sand and refinish hardwood floors.

He attended and graduated from Mulvane High School in 1950. It was there, in third grade, he met the love of his life, Barbara Rose Cornthwaite and they were married in 1952.

After high school, Max worked several jobs in the Mulvane area including the Chevrolet Dealership, Western Auto, and at the grain elevator.

In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps and was sent to Kaneohe Marine Air Base in Kailua, Hawaii, where he served two years. Max and Barbara spent their first two years of marriage there. Max had fond memories of that time, and also picked up playing the ukulele. After his military service, they returned to Mulvane where he started his own business doing final finish dirt grading for new home construction. He then went on to work at Boeing Aircraft.

In 1956, he and Barbara purchased a farm near Matheson, Colo. For three years he was a suitcase farmer raising wheat during the summer and returning to Mulvane after the crop was put in. In 1959, after a call from a former classmate, urging Max to apply for a job at Martin Marietta in Denver he accepted a position there. He then decided to place the farm in the soil bank program and moved to the Englewood area. He worked there for 29 years retiring in 1988 and returned to the farm full time.

He and Barbara enjoyed winter trips in their motorhome going to places such as Texas, Arizona, and Florida. Their favorite place was Key West, where Max and Barbara became acquainted with a Pastor of the Key West Baptist Temple. Pastor Wright allowed them to park their motorhome in the church parking lot. Max and Barbara had many fond memories there and made many friends. He would perform light handyman work at the church. He loved attending the church services and Bible studies and would even play cards and games with the Pastor and his wife. Both he and Barbara enjoyed the many miles in the RV.

The couple were blessed with three children. Timothy Max was born in 1959, Thomas John in 1960, and Alicia Rose in 1963. They loved farming and raising their family going back and forth from Englewood, Colo., and the farm in Matheson.

Max was a hard worker. He also enjoyed his service as Director and later President and Vice President of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau. He actively served for 21 years. He attended many Colorado Farm Bureau Annual Meetings and a few American Farm Bureau Annual Meetings.

Max accepted Jesus as his personal Savior when he was 16-years-old at a revival. He and Barbara went to Riverside Baptist Church in Denver where he was an ordained deacon for many years. He was also a member of the Central Bible Church of Matheson and at the time of his death was attending Hi-Plains Baptist Church in Limon.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara of Matheson, Colo., son, Timothy (Johanna) of Limon, Colo., son, Thomas (Pam) of Limon, Colo., and daughter, Alicia (Bob) Matoba of Littleton, Colo., five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by his two sisters Doris Watkins and Norma Jean Bachman (Jerry), and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held December 7, 2015, at the Hi-Plains Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be left to the Alzheimer’s Association 455 Sherman Street Suite 500 Denver, Colo., 80203 or to Hi-Plains Baptist Church P.O. Box 158 Limon, Colo., 80828. ❖

Rex E. Abbott

Rex Elliott Abbott, 64, of Smithwick, S.D., passed away at his home December 2, 2015.

Rex was born March 19, 1951, to Herbert and Georgene (Kern) Abbott of Keenesburg, Colo. He attended grade school near the family farming and ranching operation at Sunnydale School.

He attended high school at Weld Central High School. Following high school he briefly attended Lamar Community College where he enjoyed riding bulls at the college rodeos. In the spring of 1970 Uncle Sam decided he would be a better soldier than a student and called him to serve in the Army. He served as a medic in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1973. As a proud veteran, he was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 180 in Keenesburg, Colo.

After returning home to Keenesburg, he married Ruth Ann Myers of Greeley, Colo., in September of 1973. From this union they had two children, Tina and Clint. Rex spent hours in the tractor on the family’s dryland wheat farm but he always found time to enjoy his family, his friends, and his cows and horses. As Tina and Clint grew up they traveled countless miles to Little Britches and High School rodeos. As always, he made the most of each adventure; meeting and making lifelong friends.

Rex loved rodeo and enjoyed being a member of organizations such as the Southeast Weld County Fair Board. He also served as a sponsor for the ADCO High School Rodeo Club and a parent director for the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association.

Rex was a true cowboy at heart and in 1999 he and Ann were able to pursue their dream of ranching with a move to Smithwick, S.D. He immediately felt right at home watching his cows grazing in the rolling hills east of Smithwick. His passion for ranching and cowboying was evident as he and Ann built a reputation herd of Red Angus cows. Rex never met a stranger and quickly became a vital member of this community. He also enjoyed serving on the Oelrichs Rodeo Association committee.

Rex treated his friends as family and was very proud to be known as “Papa Rex” to many little boys and girls in the area.

Rex ran a great race and seldom went less than full speed. He made it a point to have fun and did his best to make sure everyone around him had fun too.

Survivors grateful for having shared in his life include his wife Ann; daughter Tina (Mike) Christinck and grandsons Levi and Lane of Wheatland, Wyo.; son Clint (Heather) Abbott and grandsons Riley and Braden of Smithwick, S.D.; sister Sandra (David Rupple) Galey of Brighton, Colo.; brother Doug (Johanna) Abbott of Keenesburg, Colo.; and mother Georgene Abbott of Keenesburg, Colo. He was also survived by one uncle and numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Rex was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Elliott Abbott; grandparents, Allen and Opal Abbott; and grandparents, George and Ida Kern.

Services were held on December 7, 2015, at Prairie View United Methodist Church in Smithwick, S.D. A celebration of life followed at the American Legion in Hot Springs, S.D.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oelrichs Rodeo Association or Oelrichs Playday, PO Box 66, Smithwick, S.D., 57782. ❖

Walter M. Schlagel

Walter M. Schlagel, 88, of Kersey, Colo., passed away at East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo., on December 2, 2015.

Walter was born June 12, 1927, in Denver, Colo., to Pete and Ruth (Milton) Schlagel.

He married Mildred Schmidt on November 17, 1950 in Greeley, Colo.

Walter resided in the LaSalle and Kersey area, graduating from Kersey High School in 1945.

He was in the Navy for the duration of WWII.

Walter enjoyed gardening and antiquing with his wife, was a rock hound, and enjoyed mechanics and old tractors.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of LaSalle and attended Kersey Community Church.

Walter is survived by his wife, Mildred Schlagel; daughter Janell (Terry) Amundson; sisters Marlene Cockroft, Sharon (Ken) Corliss, and Myrna McLeavey; grandchildren Tiffany (Rick) Kreps and Tatianne Younger; as well as great-grandchildren Rylen Kreps, Tanya Younger and Cole Younger.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Duane and Kenneth Schlagel.

Services were held December 7, 2015, at Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kersey Community Church or the charity of your choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at ❖

Martha Jean Ravenscroft

Martha Jean Ravenscroft, 92 of Miles City, Mont., passed away December 5, 2015.

Martha Jean Ravenscroft was born on November 3, 1923, in Scottsbluff, Neb., the fourth child and second daughter of Joseph and Pauline Everett Spurgeon.

She graduated from high school in Scottsbluff, Neb., in 1942 and from nurses’ training in 1945 at West Hospital School of Nursing in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Martha met her future husband, Francis Ravenscroft, at a country dance in Kennedy, Neb. They were married on June 6, 1946, in Aunt Mae Everett’s house. They started married life living with Mother Ravenscroft and two other newlywed Ravenscroft brothers, all under the same roof, until their house was ready to move into, six months later. They lived on the Ravenscroft Cross O for seven years and then moved to Saratoga, Wyo. They lived in Saratoga for 20 years. They then moved to the SH ranch south of Miles City, Mont., on the Tongue River. In 1983 they started over and moved back to the sandhills of Mullen, Neb., until Francis death from cancer in 1996. After Francis’ death, Martha lived in Mullen for a year and then moved to Miles City to be close to daughter Alice and family.

Survivors include her sons; Ray Francis (Laura) of Sutherland, Neb., Edward Olin (Cheryl) of Rexburg, Idaho, and daughter Alice Jean (Greg) Kmetz of Miles City, Mont.; 11 grandchildren: Olin Ravenscroft of Stevensville, Mont., Keara (Dave) Brunner of Scottsbluff, Neb., Lex (Patrice) Ravenscroft of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ian Ravenscroft of San Diego, Calif., and Reid Ravenscroft of Washington State, Andrea and Trevor Kmetz of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Brooks (Brooke) Kmetz of Miles City, Mont., and Anacia, and Taylor Ravenscroft of Grand Island, Neb., and Kortnie Ravenscroft of Lincoln, Neb.; 6-1/2 great grandchildren: Bayleigh, Jessie and Brendan Ravenscroft, Dane Phillip Kmetz, Ezra Brunner, and another Brunner due the 24th of December of Olivia Ravenscroft; two sisters, Wilma Gibson and Phyllis (Dean) Drawbaugh of Scottsbluff, Neb. Also, sister-in-laws, Jean McGaughey and Ruth Holm, and brother-in-law, Donald Ravenscroft. We can’t forget her little Jack Russell Terrier, “Rusty.”

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis; brothers, Bob, John, and Ed Spurgeon, and older sister Ruth McKinley and her husband Homer McKinley.

Services were held December 10, 2015, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, Mont. Interment was held December 12, 2015, in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine, Neb.

Memorials can be sent to the Miles City Gideons, P.O. Box 362, Miles City, Mont., 59301. ❖

Leslie M Beck

Leslie M Beck passed away December 7, 2015.

Leslie was born in Hillrose, Colo., to Adam and Lydia Beck.

He served in Korea on the frontline, coming home he married Helen Holt on May 30, 1954.

He is survived by his wife Helen of 61 years, daughter Debora Beck-Massey, and son Monte Beck, grandchildren, Wesley Beck Faith Fiechtner, six great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and his brother Pastor Robert Beck.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, sister, two grandsons and great great great granddaughter.

No services will be held. ❖

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December 7, 2015 — 

Michel L. Struck

Michel L. Struck, 71, passed away November 19, 2015 in Amarillo, Texas.

He was born February 9, 1944 in Denver, Colo., to Paul and Ruth (Hubach) Struck.

Mike grew up on the family farm west of Brighton, Colo. He graduated Brighton High in 1962.

After high school, he joined the Navy and served for two years. When he returned home, he bought a semi and made his living for many years with over the road hauls. Mike took a break from trucking and went to work for the Colorado State Oil Department. While working for the state he met and married Lois Alexander in 1979. He worked for Calabrese Trucking until his health caused him to retire.

Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by nephew Toby Struck, nieces Tia Struck, Taffy (Tyler) Sonnenfeld, his stepdaughters Roya Beklik and Donna (Kelly) Maurice; step grand children, Cameron, Max, and Phae Maurice; a great niece; three great nephews; uncle, aunts and cousins.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ruth Struck and his wife Lois.

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Betty Matthews

Betty Matthews, 87, of Alamosa, Colo., passed away November 25, 2015.

Betty was born June 13, 1928, in Edgewater, Colo., to Frank Hall and Mabel Hamilton Hall.

She graduated from Englewood High School in 1945.

Betty met Oscar (Buck) Matthews, and they were married in Golden, Colo., on October 31, 1948. Betty and Buck moved to Berthoud, Colo., in 1958 where they farmed until 1999.

Betty enjoyed farm life and being a homemaker. In addition, Betty worked part-time at a variety of jobs including a shopkeeper at the Ideal Spot, which was the convenience store located a mile west of Berthoud. Betty loved to fish in her spare time, and she started a bait business, supplying fisherman with worms and night crawlers. Betty loved to can and freeze fresh produce from the garden, and also enjoyed sewing, knitting and other arts and crafts.

Betty is survived by two sons, Steve (Kathy) Matthews, and Mike Matthews, all of Monte Vista, Colo.; two daughters, Janice (Johnny) Smith of Las Vegas, Nev., and Pam (Don) Cook of Ft. Collins, Colo.; grandchildren Quinton (Valerie) Gray of Loveland, Colo., Amy Gray of Las Vegas, Nev., and Cari Matthews of Evans, Colo.; great-grandchildren Emerie and Gavin; Hailey, Kaytlin, Madison and Nathen; and special friends Bob and Pat Dudley of Longmont, Colo., Betty is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Buck in 2004, her parents, brothers Woodrow, Everett, Johnny, Ira, Howard, and Harding; and sister Bertha.

At Betty’s request, a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in her memory. ❖

Jo Ann Rose Davis

Jo Ann Rose Davis, Jody or Ma Davis to most, passed away of a heart attack on November 25, 2015.

Born in Greeley, Colo., on September 4, 1939, she was raised on a dairy farm where she developed a love of agriculture instilled by her parents, Roy and Dolly (Elgner) Redman.

Jody met the love of her life, Phil, and the two were married on November 1, 1958. This union produced one daughter, Julie.

As newlyweds, Phil and Jody moved to Elbert County. The early years of her life were devoted to family and ranching. On the ranch, she kept the books for the registered Simmental operation and could give you the entire history of any cow on the ranch. She was the recipient of the Top 5 Bookkeepers in the Simmental Association. Phil and Jody were a team and worked together hand in hand to accomplish unheard of conception rates within the breeding programs on the ranch.

She enjoyed cooking and was always prepared to serve a cowboy crew. While she served as a volunteer most of her life, her most active years came after Julie’s graduation. Jody’s tireless involvement in volunteer organizations includes but was not limited to the following: President Elbert County Cattlewomen, Past President Colorado Cattle Women, Past President/Director Colorado Foundation for Agriculture, Past President of Colorado Farm, Homemaker’s Guild, 2008 Winner of Channel 9 News Who Cares Award, Hunter Ed Instructor, Director Colorado Ag Council, President Elbert FCE, 4-H Leader for 42 years: Main Leader for Agate Rural Rustlers Club, President Leader’s Council, Advisor to 4-H Youth Council, and many other job titles.

She was involved in many other activities, committees, and sponsorships, so much so that it is impossible to list them all. The above list provides a snap shot of how active and passionate she was. Jody also received numerous awards and recognitions that will be left to her legacy.

Her hobbies included reading, writing poems, crafting, playing cards, and puzzles of all kinds. Jody was also incredibly proud of her American Indian Heritage and loved animals. In her younger years, she loved dancing and ice skating. Her family was incredibly important to her, and speaking ill of them, especially her husband, would land you in hot water. Once you were a friend or “child” of Ma Davis, you became one for life.

She is survived by her husband, Philip Davis of Agate, Colo.; her daughter, Julie (Walt) Marble of Atwood, Kan.; her sister, Joyce (Karl) Scott of Gilcrest, Colo.; two grandchildren, Echo Marble of Atwood, Kan., and Chance (Michelle) Marble of Como, Colo.; as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces; and a multitude of extended family and friends.

Services were held December 2, 2015, at the Agate School Gymnasium in Agate, Colo.

The Ma Davis Memorial Fund has been set up to help defray the cost of services, and all other funds will be used for a scholarship through the 4-H program. Donations and cards can be sent to the Ma Davis Memorial Fund, C/O Julie Marble, 16578 RD R50, Atwood, Kan., 67730. ❖

Bill Shrewsbury

Bill Shrewsbury, 93, passed away November 25, 2015, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.

Bill was born to Ralph and Nancy Shrewsbury on December 27, 1921, on their family homestead north of Lakeside, Neb.

Bill met the love of his life Betty Morris while stationed in Amarillo, Texas, and they were married on September 8, 1946.

Bill began ranching at a very young age, his father homesteaded at the ranch north of Lakeside and both Bill and his brother, Bert, were very active in all aspects of the operation. When his father passed away in 1938 Bill took over the ranch with his mother. As the ranch continued to grow Bill and Betty purchased land north of Ellsworth, Neb., and grew their herd that originated from a single 4-H heifer. His grandsons Justin and Rhett began helping Bill run the ranch as he got older and Bill turned the operation over to them when he retired from ranching in 2007.

Bill was also very well known for his rodeo legacy. Bill was a phenomenal calf roper and team roper. He made many rounds on the local and state circuits and as he got older became very active in the old timers rodeo circuit as well. Bill went on to fuel the passion and love for cattle, horses and rodeo in his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In his later years he spent many hours at ropings, rodeos, and junior rodeos supporting them.

Bill won many gold buckles during his rodeo years and was inducted into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame in June of 2014. He also received the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award that he was particularly proud of. Bill lived a life that truly defined what it means to be a cowboy and to live the western life. Bill’s legacy will live on as his family now sports the many gold buckles he won and continue his traditions in ranching and in rodeo.

Bill is survived by his children, Ginger (Jim) Arrants, Jay Shrewsbury, and Kim (Tim) Wills. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren who he loved dearly.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his parents Ralph and Nancy Shrewsbury, his brother Bert Shrewsbury, and grandchildren, Schan Worley and Chet Whaley.

Services were held December 1, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Alliance, Neb. Burial was at the Lakeside cemetery.

Memorials may be given to East Point Horspice or to a charity of the donor’s choice. They can be sent in care of Justin Shrewsbury, 605 Cheyenne, Alliance, Neb., 69301. ❖

Arlene Harms

Arlene Dorothy Papke Seger Harms, 91, of the Regent Park Nursing Home in Holyoke, Colo., passed away November 26, 2015, at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colo.

She was born in Firth, Neb., on January 28, 1924, to Herman and Dora Krueger Papke.

The family moved to Colorado when she was in elementary school and she graduated from Haxtun High School in 1942. She spent time in her high school years and the next two years helping area families with household duties and caring for children.

She married Lester Seger on February 20, 1944, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun, Colo. They made their home at the Seger farm north of Haxtun and raised three children, Valerie, Leland, and Lynn. She was a busy wife and mother and worked hard with gardening, sewing, cooking, and canning as well as helping with the eggs and cream sold to help keep the farm and family going.

Her baptism in God’s family on February 24, 1924, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Firth, Neb., led to her confirmation on April 10, 1938, at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, Colo. She was very active in Immanuel Lutheran Church. Her faith life included teaching Sunday school and VBS, choir, Lutheran Ladies Aid and LWML, and later being part of the church ladies quilting club. She was also a member of the neighborhood Silver Sage Club.

She was widowed on her birthday in 1979 after 34 years of marriage to Lester. She married Harry Harms of Fleming, Colo., on October 10, 1987. They enjoyed their retirement years together in Fleming with a large vegetable garden and many flowers. They loved spending time with each others children and grandchildrens families in Colorado and California. They enjoyed late summer trips to the mountains, pulling their tiny camper to go fishing.

In October 2012, they became residents of Regent Park Nursing Home in Holyoke, Colo. Many will remember her sitting outside or in the entry way greeting people with her smile as they entered. Arlene was widowed again on March 28, 2014, after 26 years of marriage to Harry.

She is survived by her daughter Valerie and husband Ken Raymond of Elizabeth, Colo., parents of Gary II and Kim White, Mark White, Christine and Tim Gurney, and Randy and Nikki Raymond. Son Leland Seger of Haxtun, Colo., father of Amanda Ness and fiancé Dave Ridlen, Dustin and Sharon Seger, and Megan Seger. Son Lynn Seger of Haxtun, Colo., father of Paul and Amy Seger, Kay and Mike Wolever, and Kendra and Regan Biesemeier. Sister Lola Mae and husband Bill Funke of Ft. Collins, Colo. Stepdaughter Ruth and husband Dan Dunbar of Visallia, Calif., parents of Debbie and Don Tadlock and Diane and Chris Bohan. Stepson Don and wife Daveda Harms of Greeley, Colo., father of Christy and John Pipher, Ravon and Craig Krueger, and Harry and Lynette Harms. Many great and great-great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, sisters Wilma Steeves and Fern Salyards, brother Raymond Papke, and infant brother, daughter-in-law Cindy Seger, great-great-grandson Gary White IV, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Services were held December 4, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Haxtun, Colo. Internment followed at Haxtun Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Regent Park Nursing Home. ❖

Robert G. Meyer

Robert “Bob” G. Meyer, passed away suddenly at the emergency room at Colorado Plains Medical Center on November 26, 2015, one day after his 90th birthday, with his wife, daughter and great grandsons Maverick and Matlock Hunter at his side.

Bob was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1925, in Sheboygan, Wisc., to George and Anna Geist Meyer.

The Meyer family moved to Morgan County when Bob was a young child. He entered the US Army on June 20, 1945, and was honorably discharged on November 26, 1946.

On October 29, 1950, Bob married Elaine Betzold in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Bob worked for the Colorado Department of Revenue as a driver’s license officer for 31 years. He was named by Gov. Roy Romer as Colorado Employee of the Month in November, 1987. Another honor Bob was very proud of was when he received his high school diploma, as a part of Operation Recognition from Brush High School.

He was an active member of the Immanuel Evangelical Church, serving as treasurer of the church building fund and the church memorial fund, and sang in the choir, men’s quartet and the mixed quartet. He was a life member of DAV, and VFW No. 2551, a member of the American Legion, member and former board member of the Sundowner’s Lions Club, a member of the Colorado Association of Public Employees, and the FFA Alumni at Fort Morgan High School.

His hobbies were golfing and gardening, hunting arrowheads, and watching sports, especially the Denver Broncos. His favorite time was spent helping his grandsons.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Elaine, one daughter, Cheryl Rouse; two grandsons, Matt (Megan) Hunter and Derrick (Nicky) Hunter; great grandchildren, Andy Bain, Caity Bain, Jackson Hunter, Maverick and Matlock Hunter; and great -great granddaughters Edrea and Stella all of Fort Morgan, Colo.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alex and Gus; seven sisters, Lydia, Mollie, Mary, Nellie, Esther, Hannah, and Susie; his son-in-law Tim Rouse; and his parents.

Services were held December 3, 2015, at the Immanuel Evangelical Church. Interment followed in Memory Gardens.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Immanuel Evangelical Church. ❖

Frank E. Embree, Sr.

Frank Earl Embree, Sr., 76, of Kersey, Colo., passed away November 27, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born August 2, 1939, in Longmont, Colo., to Lewis and Laura (DeGabain) Embree.

He graduated from Platteville High School.

On June 12, 1960, he married Alice Peters in Platteville, Colo.

He loved being with his family, his special trips with Alice, being around motorized equipment, fast cars and just being around people, he could always carry on a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and harvesting crops.

Frank is survived by his son, Frank (Sambath) Embree, Jr. of Greeley, Colo.; step grandchildren, Sophia, Ratha, Sambo and Michael; and his sister Lorraine Sater of Longmont, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Alice, brothers Arwin, Harold and Lewis.

Services were held December 3, 2015, at Adamson Chapel. Interment followed at Mizpah Cemetery in Platteville, Colo.

Memorial contributions maybe made to “American Diabetes Foundation” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

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November 30, 2015 — 

Harry Hookom

Harry Dean Hookom, 68, of Bloomfield, New Mexico passed away October 28, 2015, at home.

Born to Danial and Willimenia (Burnett) Hookom at Grover, Colo.

Harry married Kathy, the love of his life, on September 18, 1981, in New Mexico.

Harry spent his early life working on cattle ranches in Colorado. He then moved to New Mexico to work in the oil and gas industry until he became injured on the job in an accident.

Harry will be remembered by family for his love of agriculture and his leather-working skills. His first question when he called was to ask what the cattle market was doing in Colorado, Nebraska or Oklahoma. His beautiful leather pieces will be his legacy. After the death of his two brothers, he continued calls to his sisters-in-law to make sure they were OK.

He is survived by his wife Kathy of the home. Step children Debbie Daniel of Wyoming, Cheryl Blonut and Juanita Jackson of New Mexico. Sister-in-law Marlene Hookom of Greeley, Colo., and Alice Hookom of Enid, Okla.; two nephews Mike and Cody Hookom of Oklahoma; nieces Melody Benjamin of Nebraska, Julie McCaleb and Shannon Hookom of Colorado and Kathy Hayes of Oklahoma; and two great nephew and five great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Kathryn Schwab, brothers, J.W. (Bud) Hookom and Don Hookom. ❖

Robert Anderson

Robert Alan Anderson, 71, of Franktown, Colo., passed away October 30, 2015 while at home with his family.

Born December 11, 1943, at St Joseph’s hospital in Denver, Colo., he was brought home to the new family farm in Franktown, Colo., where he grew up with his older brother Don.

He attended Irving Elementary and Cherry Valley Elementary before graduating from Douglas County High School, in 1961.

As a boy and young man, he spent much of his time with cousins and neighbors hanging out, having fun, and perhaps even finding a little trouble.

In 1964 he joined the Air Force and after completing training was stationed in France and Libya during his service. He returned to Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City and was honorably discharged in December of 1968.

A short while after being discharged from the service he and Mary Ann Schriner of Elizabeth, Colo., were married on September 27, 1969. The newlyweds lived briefly in Aurora, Colo., and just a few short months in Elizabeth before returning to the family farm in Franktown. Robert and Mary Ann had three children, Brenda (2-28-70), Sheila (9-5-71) and Harold (5-13-73), and later ended up with four grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Becca and Charlie.

He loved his family and sacrificed much for them as was apparent by the number of hours and jobs he worked (many at the same time). Bob loved working with equipment, and moving dirt and rocks even from childhood. He spent years as a farmer in the Douglas/Elbert County area, as well as digging basements, building roads, carpentering, and running heavy equipment.

One thing Bob was known for was his smile and willing heart. Often ignoring his own needs he would have given you the shirt off his own back, if you needed it. He loved being around family and friends.

Bob is survived by his brother, Donald L. Anderson of Richland, Wash.; wife, Mary Ann (Schriner) of Franktown, Colo.; daughters, Brenda Lee (Randy) Davis of Castle Rock, Colo., and Sheila Ann Anderson of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; son, Harold Grant (Kim) Anderson of Elizabeth and four grandchildren.

Services were held November 11, 2015, at Harvest Bible Church in Elizabeth, Colo.

Please donate to your favorite charities in his name. ❖

Timothy Raye Dyer

Timothy Raye Dyer, 60, of Ault, Colo., passed away November 22, 2015, after a hard fought battle.

Tim was born May 25, 1955, in Greeley, Colo., to Ed and Mildred (Troudt) Dyer.

Tim’s early childhood was spent in LaSalle, Colo., until his family bought the farm in Ault, Colo., in 1965. He graduated from Highland High School in 1973, where he was an outstanding wrestler.

He was also known around town for his red “Superbee” and its speed and performance. Those that knew Tim always saw that he had a talent for getting the most out of an engine, which led him to becoming a master mechanic on trucks later in life.

Tim met Patti and they were later married in 1992. They have one son Tony Dyer and also two daughters Elizabeth and Amy from a previous marriage to Deb Ogan.

Tim started at Consumer’s Oil during his last year of high school. He then moved on to work at YR-Trucking as a truck mechanic, and for his brother Allen, at BD&W Truck Leasing. This is where he worked and learned from many talented mechanics, such as Willie (Willie’s Diesel) and Marvin Weber. After that he went to work at Greeley Rebuilders and the Richardson family, as a mechanic as well as driving trucks. Then he moved on to Colorado Kenworth and Ellis and Capp Equipment.

Tim was a perfectionist at everything he did. He had a passion for his children, grandchildren, camping, hiking, gardening, farming, fishing and motorcycles. He loved his trips to Sturgis. He was also very proud of his Corvette and his 1941 B John Deere.

Tim is survived by his wife Patti, daughters Elizabeth Dyer (Joe Padilla), Amy (Derrek) Semadeni and a son Tony Dyer. Parents, Eddie and Mildred Dyer. Brothers, Allen (Shawn) Dyer, Rod Dyer (Marla Lebo) and a sister, Cindy (Matt) Kaufman. Grandchildren, Kaci, Andi, Ryli, Jordyn and Jenea Padilla, Jaxon and Korben Semadeni and great grandchild Braxton. Along with many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Tim’s life will be held at Adamsons Chapel on November 30, 2015 at 1 p.m., with refreshments, followed with burial at the Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tim’s name to the American Lung Association in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services.

Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at

Berna Alexander

Berna Dean Alexander, 93, of Sterling, Colo., passed away November 23, 2015 in Sterling, Colo.

Bernie was born November 21, 1922, in Sterling, Colo., to Earl and Evelyn Evans Lawrence.

She graduated from Sterling High School in 1940.

She married William B. Alexander on February 2, 1943 ,at St. Francis, Kan.

She worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company as a telephone operator for 30 years. Bernie was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion Aux.

Bernie is survived by daughters Sandy Wilson and husband Donnie of Tigard, Oreg., and Linda Meisner and husband Jerry of Sterling, Colo.; grandchildren Sherry Terrell and husband Dustin and children Ashley and Amanda of LaSalle, Colo.; Alex Meisner and wife Whitney and son Landon of Wellington, Colo.; and Jeff Meisner of Sterling, Colo..

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William Alexander in 1978, great granddaughter Annika Meisner and brother Kenny Lawrence.

Funeral services were held November 25, 2015, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the Logan County Humane Society or Hospice of the Plains. ❖

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November 23, 2015 — 

Craig Lee Hansen

Craig Lee Hansen, 52, of Eads, Colo., passed away October 9, 2015.

He was born March 24, 1963, in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Craig grew up in Brighton, Colo., and graduated from Brighton High School in 1981. He attended and rodeoed at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

While rodeoing he met Darla Pfingston. They married and had two daughters, Tallara and Tanaia.

He lived in Eads, Colo., and worked for the Colo. Department of Transportation.

He leaves to mourn his daughters; Tallara (Braden) Lane of Chivington, Colo., and Tanaia Hansen of Eads, Colo., grandson Mathias, parents Dale and Beverly Hansen of Wiggins, Colo., best friend Cindy Pitman and her son Tim Pitman both of Eads, Colo., in-laws Don and Janice Pfingston, Dawn and Milt Watts all of Eads, Colo., nephews Trice and T.J. Watts, Brother Terry Hansen of Wiggins, Colo., sister Shawna Smith of Brush, Colo., nieces Tasha and Tanna, and a host of friends.

A private family celebration of Craig’s life is being planned for a later date. Per Craig’s request there will be no public service at this time.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Craig Hansen Memorial Fund c/o Kiowa County National Bank, Box 847, Eads, Colo., 81036. ❖

Lorena Felzien

Lorena Marie Felzien, 97, passed away November 2, 2015.

She was born August 14, 1918, at the family homestead northwest of Genoa, Colo. Lorena was the first born child of William F and Minnie M. Paul.

She was baptized in the Lutheran church on September 1, 1918, and confirmed on July 31, 1933, and has been a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa, Colo.

Lorena attended the lower grades in a one room school southeast of the family farm. She attended high school in Limon, Colo. She boarded in Limon at first with a family south of Limon where she helped care for the children. She contracted scarlet fever during her freshman year and had to drop out. She returned to high school the next fall and roomed with Hallie Fisher. Lorena graduated from Limon High School in the class of 1937. She worked in the school library and was secretary to the Principal following graduation.

She met George E. Felzien at a Walther League meeting and they were married on December 8, 1940. They lived on a farm north east of Genoa until moving into Genoa before their first daughter was born in 1945.

In 1947 they moved to Englewood, Colo., where George worked at a dairy, as a brick layer, and later at a foundry. He decided the farm life was better so the family moved to Vineland, Colo., where he worked on a dairy farm. From there they moved to another farm in Fowler, Colo.

When Lorena’s father decided to retire from farming and move to Limon, he asked George to come back and take over the farming on the homestead. So the family moved back to the Limon area in 1954.

Lorena and George raised four children and made sure they were brought up in the Christian faith.

Lorena was active in Farmer’s union and became a youth leader for the Farmer’s Union and was awarded a 50 year leader recognition. Lorena also was a member and treasurer of the Lutheran Ladies Aid Society, a member of the Sunshine Extension club, and RSVP.

After George passed away in 1970, Lorena learned to run the tractor to do the farming and to take care of the cattle. She stayed on the farm until October 1994 when she moved into Limon.

Lorena was adventurous and was always ready to go somewhere. She loved to participate in new activities and enjoyed travel. She made several trips to Wisconsin to visit her daughter Donna and Jim. She won a trip to Washington DC and one of her fondest memories was at Mount Vernon with her husband George. After George passed away, she took bus trips with the Farmers Union group to New England to see the fall foliage, and to Branson, Mo. She traveled to Ohio and Virginia to visit Joan and Joe and took a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. In Ohio, she took her one and only motorcycle ride with her son-in-law Joe. She traveled to Hawaii with Joan and Joe. She was also blessed with a trip with her sister Dorothy and Willis. They traveled to Yellowstone and on to Washington State. She was able to dip a toe in the Pacific Ocean.

Lorena loved to work in her yard and grew beautiful flowers. Lorena was able to stay in her own home until she was 92. She has been living at Carla’s Cluster Care Assisted Living.

Lorena is survived by her sisters Doris Ivey of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dorothy Baum of St Louis, Mo., and her four children and their spouses, Joan (Joe) Perry, Donna (Jim) Welch, Dale (Cleta) Felzien and Marilyn (Robert) Stark. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband George, and her sister Ethel Duell.

Services were held November 7, 2015, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Genoa, Colo. Burial followed at the Genoa Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church P.O. Box 126 Genoa, CO 80818. ❖

Richard Allen (Dick) Becker

Richard Allen (Dick) Becker, 66, of Agate, Colo., passed away November 5, 2015.

Dick was born in Denver, Colo., September 6, 1949, to John O and Helen (Schippert) Becker. He was the youngest of six children.

He received his education at Watkins Grade School and Bennett High School and graduated in 1967.

He was drafted in to the US Army and served his basic training in Fort Lewis, Wash. He then went to Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart for the injuries he received while serving his country.

On October 10, 1970, he married Pattie Fletcher Becker, his wife of 45 years. After he was honorably discharged from the US Army, they moved to Agate, Colo., to the ranch they lived on until his death. Their son, Tim, was born on August 15, 1978, and was Dick’s pride and joy.

Ranching and farming was Dick’s passion, but he also worked at John Deere in Franktown and Limon for 18 years and for Jumping Cow Ranch for 15 years as well.

Most recently, he enjoyed fishing trips with family and friends as well as traveling to livestock shows at county, state and national levels which his family has been so passionate about. His granddaughter has been the excitement in his life and he looked forward to her visits and phone calls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Eileen Crandall and his brother Lawrence Becker.

He is survived by his wife, Pattie of Agate, Colo.; his son Tim and daughter-in-law Monica and his granddaughter Tenley of Holyoke, Colo.; his sister Joyce Vetter (Dennis) of Lance Creek, Wyo.; his brother Duane (Cheryl) of Bennett, Colo.; his brother Marvin (Janice) of Deer Trail, Colo.; his sister-in-law Virg Becker of Rolla, Mo.; his brother-in-law Harvey Crandall; sister-in-law Dorothy Demaree; brother-in-law Don Rector; brother-in-law Robert Woodis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held November 12, 2015, at the Kiowa Ag Building. Burial followed at the Elizabeth Cemetery.

Dick has always enjoyed helping young people with not only livestock projects, but supporting them at sporting events as well. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Elbert County 4-H Youth Council PO Box 189 Kiowa, Colo., 80117.

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

Edmund Duggan

Edmund “Ed” Duggan, 78, of Windsor, Colo., passed away November 5, 2015.

Ed was born in Elsie, Neb., to Tom and Monica Duggan on March 28, 1937. He was one of four children.

He graduated from Paxton High School in 1955. Ed served in the United States Army for two years.

In 1973, he came to Colorado to dispatch for Cactus Hill Feedlot then went on to own Ed Duggan Trucking until his retirement in 2001.

Ed was a member of the Cattlemans Association and the T-bone Club. He was a founding partner of BRO (Bull Riders Only) and was a fan of the NFR and the PBR. Rodeos were his passion along with the Greeley Stampede.

Ed was a people person who never met a stranger. Helping people was his purpose in life.

Ed was parishioner of “Our Lady of the Valley” Catholic Church.

Ed is survived by his partner, Barbara Adler; his daughter, Daina Markussen; his sisters, Mary Davis and Eileen Duggan; and his brother Butch Duggan.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Loa J. Doyle.

Services were held November 12, 2015, at Our Lady of the Valley in Windsor, Colo. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Jodi Ann Bullington

Jodi Ann Bullington, 48, of Mullen, Neb., passed away November 9, 2015, at Great Plains Health.

Jodi was born May 5, 1967, to Larry and Linda (Fleecs) Montross in North Platte, Neb.

She attended elementary school with area neighbors at Sioux Lookout, a country school only a quarter mile from her home through 8th grade. She had many found memories of her walks to and from school as a young child. She attended Maxwell High School graduating May 5, 1985, as Valedictorian of her class. Jodi then attended Mid Plains Community College in North Platte, Neb., attaining an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Accounting, graduating with honors in 1987.

On May 29, 1987, Jodi married Garth Bullington residing on the Paxton Ranch in Stapleton, Neb., for the next 13 years. To this union two daughters were born, Cortney Ann and Justy Renee Bullington.

Jodi worked for various neighbors painting and doing various duties including a Vacation Dude Ranch Assistant, Bull Barn Genetics Receptionist, and the North Platte Sale Barn for 10 years working in the cafeteria under her good friend Lee Ann Paxton.

Jodi was active with various service groups including Girl Scouts and 4-H as her children grew up. In July 2000 the couple moved to Mullen, Neb., to help operate the Bullington family ranch.

Jodi enjoyed being outside working on the weekends and in between her job in town with the cows, horses and animals, gardening, and growing flowers, and raising her kids. She was very proud of her family and their accomplishments and family always came first in her life.

She worked for Mullen Public Schools as secretary of the High School from August 2000 to June 2015 when she was diagnosed.

Survivors include her parents, Larry and Linda Montross of North Platte, Neb.; husband, Garth of Mullen, Neb.; daughters, Cortney Bullington of Kearney, Neb., and Justy Bullington of Chadron, Neb.; sister, Kelly (Mark) Timmons of Billings, Mont.; sisters-in-law, Valma (Don) Smith, Merry (Gary) Venezie, Marsha Bullington, Alisa (Leonard) Phillips, Rhonda Crouch; and brother-in-law, Cecil (Mickey) Bullington; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Callista and Lloyd Fleecs, Erma and J.R. Montross; father-in-law, Veldon Bullington; brother-in-law, Edwin Bullington; nephew, Tab Bullington; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Celebration of Life Service was held November 12, 2015, at the Lariat in Mullen, Neb. Inurnment followed at Miller Cemetery near Tryon, Neb. Cremation was chosen.

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Phyllis Figard

Phyllis Evelyn Figard, 93, passed away November 12, 2015, at the Pioneer Memorial Rest Home.

She was born September 11, 1922, to Walter and Catherine Nutter in Sabula, Iowa. They lived in Iowa and Kansas before setting in Thomas County.

After graduating from high school, she married Erle (Gob) Figard April 19, 1941.

Gob went in the service and she followed him to Texas and then California. While there she worked for Lockheed Aviation in Pasadena where the Rose Parade was held, but it was the year they didn’t have one. She was so disappointed. She qualified to be a Rosy the Riveter but never got her certificate. She also loved going to see pro wrestling bouts with her sister-in-law Laverne.

After the service years they settled on the ranch south of Thedford, Neb., on the Dismal River. They had four children.

When she wasn’t taking care of the kids and Gob, rattlesnake killing, gardening, canning, coyote hunting with Lois, or picking chokecherries and making jelly, she worked as a clerk at the sale barn. She also clerked at some auctions. Might be where she got the love of going to auctions and garage sales. The Figard brothers got the Star Theater and she and Gob tried running the cafe for while, but decided a beauty shop would be a better deal.

When Gob got the sheriff job, they moved to town and lived in Lynch’s drug store. She got to be a more social person living in town and got to play pitch a couple times a week and thought she needed to take care of feeding the towns people, especially with dilly bread. She loved making popcorn balls to give at Halloween. She would have a few older than normal trick-or-treaters show up. She also would take canoers out to their drop off points. She was a permanent member of the Legion Auxiliary. She never knew a stranger.

She is survived by her children, Diane (Allen) Andersen and family, Dean Figard and family, Deb Figard, Denise (Joe) Hoesing and family; sister, Joyce (Duane) Molley and family; sister-in-law, Wanda (Leonard) Mackley and family; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents,;her husband; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Coyla Nutter; brother, Russ Nutter; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Gene Krause; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Grant and Lois Figard; hal-brother, Walt Nutter; half-sister, Lois Gibson; son-in-law, Gar Holbrook; grandson, Bernie Andersen; and step-grandson, John Holbrook.

A memorial graveside service was held November 18, 2015, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Thedford, Neb.

Memorials will go to the Legion Auxiliary, United Church of Christ or one of your choice. ❖

Robert Newell

Robert “Bobby” Eldon Newell, 81, of Earlsboro, Okla., passed away November 12, 2015, at the Colonial Estates Nursing Home in Shawnee, Okla.

Robert was born in Oshkosh, Neb., on March 5, 1934, to Orvie and Dorothy Larington Newell.

He graduated from Garden County High School in 1952.

Robert was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956 and was honorably discharged June 25, 1958.

Robert married Barbara Sue Weible on January 30, 1963. Two sons were born to this marriage, Todd Robert and David Lee. Robert and Barbara later divorced.

Robert ranched north of Oshkosh, Neb., for more than 20 years. He later moved to Medicine Lodge, Kan., where he continued to ranch.

In 2012, Robert moved to Earlsboro, Okla., to be near his son David.

Robert is survived by his two sons, Todd of Amarillo, Texas, and David (Christy) of Shawnee, Okla., sisters June Mikoloyck of Oshkosh, Neb., Alice Lee (Bill) Patterson of Oshkosh, Neb., and Dee Anna (Gene) Schmid of Oshkosh, Neb., four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Graveside services were held November 18, 2015, at the Oshkosh City Cemetery. ❖

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November 16, 2015 — 

Merlin “Matt” Enderson

Merlin “Matt” Enderson, 57, of Longmont, Colo., passed away on October 5, 2015.

He was born in Eads, Colo., on April 22, 1958, to Merle O. and Jo A. (Ruebesam) Enderson.

Merlin was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended Niwot High School. After high school he served his country in the Army and Army Reserves.

Merlin worked as a mechanic and on area farms.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, motorcycles, riding bikes and being outdoors.

He is survived by one daughter Shana Appelhanz of Collbran, Colo., and four sons Richard, Michael (Rebecca), and Steven Enderson of Loveland, Colo., and Eric Enderson of Medicine Bow, Wyo., one granddaughter, three grandsons with another due in December. He is also survived by his mother Jo Enderson of Loveland, Colo., two brothers Robert Enderson of Lafayette, Colo., Mark (Jennie) Enderson of Platteville, Colo., three sisters Sandra Hebrew of Johnstown, Colo., Jo (Larry) Smith of Mead, Colo., Billie (Michael) Nahlen of Wapiti, Wyo. Two uncles Ivan (Pauli) Enderson of Arriba, Colo., and Bill (Ardis) Ruebesam of Flagler, Colo., and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Merlin was preceded in death by his father Merle O. Enderson, both sets of Grandparents and several uncles and aunts.

Per the deceased request, no services were held and cremation has been conducted by Ahlberg Funeral and Crematory of Longmont, Colo.

A Celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2016.

Donations can be made to St. Jude’s Hospital. ❖

Evelyn Intermill

Evelyn Jane Intermill, 96, of Alliance, Neb., passed away October, 9, 2015, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.

She was born June 11, 1919, in Haigler, Neb., to William Glen Waters and Opal Etta (Ridgeway) Waters.

The family moved to Colorado when she was 3-months-old and Jane attended school in Laird, Wray and Eckley.

She married Joe Intermill in 1936 and they lived in and near Eckley for the next 20 years.

Jane kept busy as a mother and homemaker, but was always available to assist with school and community events. She was well known as an excellent cook and enjoyed large dinners for family and friends. No one ever left Jane’s table hungry! In 1956 the family moved to Limon and then to Fort Collins in 1960. Joe passed away in 1968 and Jane stayed in the Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor area where she established a successful career in sales. She relocated to Alliance, Neb., in 2002.

She was very proud of her 60-year-membership with the Royal Neighbors of America.

Jane is survived by her sons and their wives, Joe A. Jr. and Shirley Intermill of Ault, Colo., and Larry G. and Cathy Intermill of Alliance, Neb. Jane has seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a brother, William Roy Waters.

Per Jane’s wishes, there will be a private family service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Prairie Haven Hospice, 3701 Ave D, Suite #2204, Scottsbluff, Neb., 69361. ❖

Donald Lee Dodd

Donald Lee Dodd, 83, of Oneida, Kan., passed away October 23, 2015.

Don was born October 25, 1931, in Yuma, Colo., the son of Leon and Rose (Finkbeiner) Dodd.

He attended rural school at Sun Set Valley until sixth grade. The family moved to Nemaha County Kansas in 1944 and Don attended sixth and seventh grade country school. He graduated Sabetha High School in 1950.

Don worked at the Oneida Elevator after graduation. He joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and served in Korea during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged from the Army he worked for the grain elevator in Oneida, Nemaha County Coop Creamery, and then worked for the Engineering Department with KDOT. Don worked for KDOT for over 41 years, retiring in 1997.

He was united in marriage to Marlene Fuhrman on May 3, 1957, in Hiawatha, Kan. They had three children, James, Jane and Joy.

Don and Marlene are members of the Oneida United Methodist Church. They were both avid square dancers and were members of the Sabetha Sunflower Club from 1979 to 1997 and members of the Seneca Squares from 1997 to 2013.

Don loved to farm and especially enjoyed raising his baby calves.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene of the home; two daughters, Jane Clark and her husband, Charlie of Silver Lake, Kan., and Joy Lednicky and her husband, James of Horton, Kan; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Dodd of Seneca, Kan; grandchildren, Nichole (Bob) Koch, Melissa (John) Williamson, Rachel Dodd, Hannah Dodd, Holly (Nick) Leach, Nick Clark, Jamie Clark, Neil (Jessica) Lednicky, Emily Lednicky; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Cogie Ann Hartrick of Leslie, Arkansas. ; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Cogie Ann Hartrick of Leslie, Ark.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, James on January 21, 2013.

Services were held October 27, 2015, at the Popkess Mortuary in Seneca, Kan. Interment was made in the Sabetha Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be left to Coins For A Cause, sent in care of the funeral home, 814 Castle, Seneca, Kan., 66538.

Online condolences can be left for the family at ❖

Kathie Jo Aden

Kathie Jo Aden, 65, of Hudson, Colo., passed away October 30, 2015.

Kathie was born in Longview, Wash., on April 8, 1950, to Clinton C. Edgar and Mavis K. (Waite) Edgar.

As a small child, the family moved to Colorado where they lived in various locations in the Denver metro area until settling in Northglenn, Colo., in the early 1960s where Kathie attended school and graduated from Northglenn High School in 1968.

Her great adventures began on June 7, 1969, when she married Charles L. Aden and they built a rich life together in Colorado and Wyoming. Their greatest joy was their two children, Mark and Denise born in the mid 1970s.

Kathie briefly worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company until her husband completed his undergraduate degree when they moved to Chugwater, Wyo., and worked for Warner Ranches on the Double L west of Chugwater. Kathie began with enthusiasm to develop her awesome careers of cooking, canning, sewing, gardening, motherhood along with many outdoor skills of camping, fishing, hiking and processing game for the family in Wyoming then continued when they moved back to Colorado. She and the family traveled extensively by car, ship and private aircraft across the U.S. with trips to Mexico, Canada and Alaska. In 2001 they moved their small custom beef operation from Henderson, Colo., to Hudson, Colo., and expanded the operation now named Coyote Hill Land and Cattle.

Kathie embraced and dearly loved the rural life as she partnered with her husband. Although her life was shortened by a two year battle with cancer, she lived a full and engaging life. Her life was an excellent example of the description of an honorable wife in Proverbs 31: 10-31, with the value of an honorable role as summarized by what Solomon recorded in Proverbs 12:4a.

Kathie is survived by her husband of 46-1/2 years, Charles, her children Mark L. and (Staci) Aden of Brighton, Colo., (Sean) and Denise R. Davis of Broomfield, Colo., her mother Mavis K. Edgar and sister (Ron) and Linda Lewis of Fort Collins, Colo., her sister (Bradley) and Kim Cramer of Houston, Texas, her brother Randy and (Gloria) Edgar of Golden, Colo., her loved grandchildren Hallie and Audrey Davis, Kaleb and Jacob Aden, her mother-in-law Carrie L. Aden of Brighton, Colo.

Kathie was preceded in death by her father, Clinton C. Edgar, grandparents Wayland and Mary Waite, Claude and Ida Edgar and infant granddaughters Jillian and Sarah Aden and infant grandson Noah Aden and father-in-law Everett L. Aden.

Private memorial and cremation services were provided by Horan and McConaty Thornton location. The memorial service was organized and conducted on November 9, 2015.

In Memory of Kathie, memorial donations are being suggested to Family Bible Fellowship, 9992 S. 4th Ave Ste. 100-111, Brighton, Colo., 80601. ❖

Helen McCready

Helen Mae Pearman McCready, 89, of Mullen, Neb., passed away November 1, 2015, at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Mullen, Neb.

Helen was born February 8, 1926, in Hyannis, Neb., to Jess and Helen Christman Ingrum.

She grew up south of Whitman, Neb. When Helen was young she enjoyed riding horses and rode horseback to country school. She then attended high school in Mullen.

On Christmas Day, December 25, 1942, Helen married Elmer (Neak) Pearman. To this union five children were born: Rosalie, Gary, Dean, Lynn and Terry. Neak and Helen made their home in the Mullen and Seneca area, eventually settling in Seneca in a house close to the river. There was always a card game going, no matter what time of day.

Helen wasn’t sure her first born son, Gary, should rodeo, but after he began rodeoing anyway, you could not keep her away. If there was a rodeo, she was there.

Helen was an excellent knitter and enjoyed making hundreds of western sweaters with horse heads designed into the back of the sweater. Everyone in this area had one and she mailed them all over the country.

Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home opened its doors in 1965 and Helen was one of the first nurse aides. She worked there for 16 years, caring for many and training many new nurse aides.

Neak passed away January 21, 1986. Helen continued to live in Seneca and work at the nursing home.

She loved traveling and taking bus tours. On one such tour, she met Harry McCready of Hastings, Neb. A friendship grew and on June 3, 1987, they were married in Hawaii. Helen then moved to Hastings.

Helen and Harry loved traveling and family and never missed a family reunion. Helen loved having all of her children and grandchildren around her.

Harry passed away in December 1994. Helen continued to live in Hastings because she enjoyed the Senior Center, First Baptist Church and many friends and neighbors. She lived there until her health began to fail. She moved to the nursing home in Mullen on Dec. 6, 2011.

Helen is survived by sister Janet Musch, brother-in-law Joe Obermeier, sister-in-law Eldie Ingrum, daughter Rosalie (Gerald) Ritenour of Glenwood, Iowa, sons Gary Pearman of Mullen, Neb., Lynn Pearman of Stapleton, Neb., and Terry (Cindy) Pearman of Mullen, Neb.dg, step-sons Jim McCready, Terry McCready and Donald McCready, step-daughter Julie McCready, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, many other relatives, friends and a grand puppy, Koko.

Services were held November 7, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Mullen, Neb. Interment was at the Seneca Cemetery in Seneca, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to Seneca Cemetery or Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home. ❖

Samuel Wacker

Samuel Louis Wacker, 81, of Bluebell, Utah, passed away November 5, 2015, at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.

He was born March 11, 1934, in Ft. Morgan, Colo., to Samuel John and Christina Schmear Wacker.

In the early 1950s, he quit school to join the military, being stationed in Germany for the US Army.

In his early life, he worked for 14 years at the Test Site near Las Vegas, Nev., as one of the persons who drilled test holes that the atomic bombs were tested in. He worked all over the country and finally landed in the Uintah Basin.

In 1977, he started Four Star Fishing and Rental Tools, an oil field service company. He met his wife, Glenda Carolyn “Tippy” Thomas, when she came to work for him. They were married in 1982, in the yard of their Bluebell home.

He spent a lot of his work time inventing oil field tools, and has three US Patents.

Sam enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling and collecting old Mustangs.

When he was younger, he was a stock car racer, and liked raising and riding horses. He has a great fondness for cats, his favorite being “Baby”.

He was a great husband and father, and he never met a stranger — everyone was his friend.

Sam is survived by his wife, Tippy, of Bluebell, Utah; brothers and sisters, Marjorie (Ernie) Poe of Sharon Springs, Kan., Bernice Turcott of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; JoAnn (Ronald) Windolph of Hill Rose, Colo., Grace (Louis) Davis, Wendell (Margaret) Wacker, Edwin (Barb) Wacker, all of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; step-children, Barton Lee (Tara) Butcher of Casper, Wyo., Bradley (Stephanie) Butcher of Glyndon, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Leslie Bonnie (Mark) Udy of Salt Lake City, Utah; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lillian Wacker Longacre; parents, Samuel and Christina and his favorite cat, Bubba, that he had to put down after 20 years.

Graveside services were held November 13, 2015, at the Riverside Cemetery in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

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Robert H. Cole

Robert H. Cole, 94, passed away November 7, 2015.

He was born on October 8, 1921, at Gordon, Neb., to Raymond Wilsie and Anna Katherine (Holst) Cole.

He was raised on the family ranch 35 miles north of Hyannis in Cherry County. He was a third generation rancher working the ranch homesteaded by his grandfather in 1888.

On June 1, 1943, he was united in marriage to LaVeta I. Nance on the John Becker ranch north of Ashby. They lived on the Cole ranch until moving into Alliance in 1998. Bob enjoyed all aspects of the ranch life. He was an avid pilot and team roper for years.

He was a former Cherry County Commissioner, District 135 School Board member; he served on the Cherry County Hospital board and was a 65-year member of the Masonic Temple with dual membership in the Hyannis and Alliance Lodges. In 2014, he was inducted into the Tri-State Old Time Cowboys Hall of Fame. While living in Alliance, he was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, LaVeta, his children, Carol A. Cole of Alliance, Neb., Sandra I. (Marty) Schefcik of Winchester, Tenn., and LaVon J. (John) McLane of Kearney, Neb., seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Ray Cole and grandson, Jesse J. Cole, and his brother, Elvin G. Cole.

Services were held November 11, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Alliance, Neb.

Memorials may be given to the Tri-State Old-Time Cowboy Memorial Museum, Shriners Children Hospital or the First Baptist Church. ❖

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November 9, 2015 — 

Bill Jackson

William Burton Jackson Jr., or “Bill,” 71, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 27, 2015, while doing one of his favorite things: driving in the Colorado mountains with his wife, Cheryl.

Bill was born on January 21, 1944, in Butte, Mont., to William Burton Jackson Sr., and Evangeline M. (Austin) Jackson.

As an infant, Bill lived in Savanna, Ga., where his father was stationed during World War II. After the war, the family returned to their hometown in Fort Morgan, Colo., and Bill attended elementary school there. He was in Montebello, Calif., for his seventh grade year, and the family then moved back to Colorado. They lived in Yuma, Colo., where Bill graduated from high School with Cheryl in 1962.

After high school, Bill joined the U.S. Navy, where he served four years as a radioman; his duty included three tours of the Middle East.

Bill and Cheryl Richardson were married on December 19, 1964, at the First Presbyterian Church in Yuma, Colo. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year.

Bill received his BA in Journalism from Arizona State University in 1970, and began his career as a journalist at the Tempe Daily News. He also worked for the Sterling Journal Advocate before coming to work for the Greeley Tribune in 1977. He was the agricultural reporter at the Tribune for 34 years, retiring in 2011.

As the “Ag” reporter, Bill earned a special reputation for covering farming, ranching, water cases and all other types of agricultural stories in Weld County and the state. He was named to the Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2004, and participated and donated his time to the 4-H Foundation, the Farm Show, the Northeastern Colorado Heritage League, and the Paul and Jean Hoshiko Memorial 4-H Golf Tournament.

Those who knew and worked with Bill knew of his enjoyment of golf, fishing, sports and travel. He was an avid golfer and wherever they traveled, he could find a golf course and in addition to playing, he also collected golf balls from courses around the world. Bill also enjoyed playing card games and especially Bridge.

His sense of humor is legendary, as many friends remember.

After he retired, he and Cheryl traveled often to visit family, who were very important to him. When he met friends, he would always have photos of his grandchildren to show off.

His family said he loved to meet new people, tell stories and jokes, and seemed to know someone wherever he and Cheryl traveled.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; son, Theodore William (TW) Jackson and his wife, Jennifer (Channell) Jackson of Las Cruces, N.M.; his daughter, Amy J. (Jackson) Hanks and her husband, Glenn Hanks of California, Md. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Emma, Jacob, Caleb and Lillia Jackson of Los Cruces, and Meaghan and Killian Hanks of California, Md. His sister, Barbara (Jackson) Ingalls and husband Robert of Yuma, Colo.; nephew Christopher and wife Naomi of Arvada, Colo., nephew Michael Ingalls and wife Melissa of Lawrence, Kan., nephew Bryan Steyaert of Greeley, Colo. Other surviving relatives include Oliver Richardson and Joan Flory of Fort Collins, Colo., and Dave and Cathy Richardson of Seattle, Wash.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. and Evangeline; grandfather Dwayne G. Jackson; grandmother, Anna N. (Klingbeal) Jackson; grandparents, William J. Austin, Elizabeth (Worth) Austin; and niece Brook Renee (Ingalls) Steyaert.

A celebration of Bill’s life was held November 7, 2015, at Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to “CSU Foundation” please write “Bill Jackson Ag Scholarship” on the memo line, or the “Weld County 4-H Foundation” both in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services 2000 47th Ave. Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Edward Ralph Peppler

Edward Ralph Peppler, 94, passed away October 4, 2015 in Longmont, Colo.

He was born January 24, 1921, in Ft. Collins, Colo., to Jake and Emma Schnell Peppler and moved to Mead, Colo., where the family lived and farmed — moving to Longmont in following years.

Ed married his true love, Florence Walker, in 1942.

He joined the National Guard and soon left for WWII where he proudly served four years in the invasions of Sicily and Italy as First Sergeant. He was wounded and returned to Longmont with many medals and a Bronze Star for Valor. Ed, a patriot, cherished his trip to the Dedication of WWII Memorial with Marilyn Palmer in 2004. Later, he flew on the Freedom Flight to Washington DC with his grandson, Bill Smith, as sponsor.

In 1945, Ed purchased a farm northwest of Longmont and was a full time farmer until developing his land into Anhawa Manor. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW., Moose, Elk Lodge and served as treasurer of Kiwanis (Golden K) for many years. His 40 years on the Mountain View Cemetery Board and 20 plus years as president were very meaningful.

From the 70s on, he also worked part time at Traylor Hardware and became an accomplished golfer, playing diligently with brother, Vernon, and various buddies.

Retirement, along with his fun sense of humor, took him on many travels throughout the USA.

Survivors are his daughter, Anita Calhoun of Washington, sons Harleigh (Cheryl) of Johnstown, Colo., Warren (Denise) of Longmont, Colo., brother Vernon (Carol) of Longmont, Colo., and caring friend and companion Marilyn Palmer, her family, and devoted friends who visited often at The Bridge. Other family survivors are grandchildren, Heidi and Nicole Calhoun, Rachel David, Brandon (Tiffany) and Devon (Autumn) Mous, Michelle (Bill Smith) and Kate Jennings. Eleven great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers Jake, Jr. and Lloyd; Lillian Cunningham, and son in-law, Russ Calhoun.

Memorial services will be November 13, 2015, at 1 p.m., at Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman Street, Longmont, Colo.

Contributions to Wounded Warriors care of Howe Mortuary. ❖

Dorothy Zabka

Dorothy Martin Zabka, 91, of Greeley, Colo., passed away at Grace Pointe on October 21, 2015.

She was born August 30, 1924, to Henry G. and Anna C. (Kobobel) Martin in East Greeley.

Dorothy attended Greeley High School and graduated with the class of 1942. She also attended Barnes Business College in Denver. She returned home to work in the family business with her father.

She married Duane “Dewey” Zabka on June 1, 1958. They were married 57 years.

Dorothy had a part in the management of Martin Produce since a time when women in the produce business were practically unheard of. She continued to be a major force in the potato and onion industries for many years. She was a member of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and National Onion Association. She and Dewey traveled for business and pleasure attending business meetings and conventions.

Even after dedicating many hours to running a successful business, Dorothy still found time to enjoy bowling, tennis, vacationing and dining out with friends and family. Over the years, Dorothy was a collector. Some of the things she collected were cars, antiques, teddy bears, and pens. Dorothy also loved trains. She made it a daily ritual to wave at each passing train. All of the crews passing through Greeley knew her and would stop by the office for a visit when possible.

Dorothy served the community in a variety of ways. She was elected the first and only female mayor of Greeley serving two terms from 1965 to 1969. She and her husband were Grand Marshals’ of the Greeley Stampede in 1994. She supported the NCMC Foundation and served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. She was a huge supporter of the Weld County 4-H program. Dorothy was a 4-H leader for 50 plus years, founder of the Catch-It-Calf program and Weld County Fair Car Show, and served on the Fair Board and Royalty Committee. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Duane (Dewey); nephew Chuck (Debi) Bird; nieces Vickie (Bernd) Heyse and Terry Markley; great-nephews Mitch (Sasha) Bird, Matthew (Courtney) Bird and Drs. Marc (Jennifer) Bird, Jerome Markley; great-nieces Jessica Markley, Teresa Markley, and Sharon Markley; brother-in-law Don McWilliams and several great-great nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Lillian Bird and Betty McWilliams; brother in law Richard Bird; nephew Martin Bird; and great-nephew Mike McWilliams.

Services were held October 27, 2015, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo. Private family entombment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial gifts can be made to Weld County 4-H Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service. ❖

LaVada Rodewald

LaVada Rodewald, 94, of North Platte, Neb., passed away October 24, 2015.

She was born on January 24, 1921, to Lucius and Florence (Black) Tupper in Riverton, Neb.

She graduated from McPherson County High School and attended Normal Training at Kearney State College to become a school teacher.

She married Donald Rodewald on May 22, 1942, and they resided south of Seneca, Neb. They had a full life ranching in the Sandhill’s of southern Thomas County until 2006 when they moved to North Platte, Neb.

The Cattle Ranch LaVada and Don built together was her pride and passion. She was involved in the Extension Club in Logan County and involved in the Hall Church community of Ringgold. LaVada was very involved in her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s actives and did her best to attend all their actives. She spent the last several years perfecting her gardening, card playing and checker board skills with friends and family.

Survivors include special friend and checker board challenger Harold Rodewald; two daughters, Julie (Stan) Pettit of Stapleton, Neb., Linda Kemp of Tryon, Neb.; one son, Robert (Deena) Rodewald of Sheridan, Mont.; Sister, Mary Kemp; and sister-in-law Bessie Broeder and Grace Anderson; seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

LaVada was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Donald of 66 years; brother, Lyle Tupper; sister, Hazel (Vic) Paxton; brothers- in-law, Leorice (Bub) McNutt and Emerson (Tom) Kemp Sr.

Services were held October 30, 2015, at the Ringgold Free Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Miller Cemetery, near Tryon, Neb.

A memorial has been established and online condolences can be made at ❖

Melvin Vangraefschepe

Melvin Gene Vangraefschepe, 66, of Greeley, Colo., passed away October 27, 2015.

He was born March 23, 1949, in New Raymer, Colo., to Leonard and Geraldine (Littlefield) Vangraefschepe.

Melvin was a farmer in his earlier years, and enjoyed most things having to do with agriculture. He was a regular at the sale barn and various auctions in his neighborhood. Melvin was a major sports fan, which included most all of Colorado’s professional teams. He was also a season ticket holder for some University of Northern Colorado events.

Survivors include Virginia Sandoval whom he has been very close to for many years, two daughters, Sara Keen and husband Jason of Donnybrook, N.D., and Rachel Gemmill and husband Scott of Tucson, Ariz., two sisters, Glenda Baily and her husband Gary of Greeley, Colo., and Ruth Guldenpfennig and her husband Pete of Modesto, Calif., five brothers, David Vangraefschepe and his wife Nancy of Denver, Colo., Keith Vangraefschepe of Fort Morgan, Colo., Steven Vangraefschepe of Madison, Wisc., Stanley Vangraefschepe of San Francisco, Calif., and Ralph Vangraefschepe of Wiggins, Colo., and three grandchildren.

Graveside Memorial Services were held November 2, 2015, at the New Raymer Cemetery, in New Raymer, Colo. ❖

LaRue Catlin

LaRue Catlin, 85, of Montrose, Colo., passed away October 28, 2015.

On September 10, 1930, LaRue was born to Herman and Thelma Booth in Peyton, Colo.

LaRue moved with her family from Peyton to Norwood, Colo., where she was raised and received her education.

She married Vernon Cornforth August 10, 1947. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1993. LaRue was united in marriage with Verel Catlin on October 7, 1977. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2005.

LaRue was a devoted wife, mother, and partner her entire adult life. Her passions included flower gardens, farming and spending time with her children and grandchildren. One of her favorite pastimes was reading, especially books by Louis L’Amour. She also loved to dance and travel with friends. After retiring from many wonderful years of farming, she and Verel especially enjoyed spending time with their “coffee group” and Sunday breakfast with family.

Surviving family members who were honored to share LaRue’s life include one daughter; Verla (Richard) Haslem of Montrose, Colo., three sons; Daren (Sree) Cornforth of Providence, Utah, Stanley (Ramona) Cornforth of Montrose, Colo., and Thomas (Kathy) Cornforth of Montrose, Colo.; two stepdaughters: Barbara Allen of Montrose, Colo., Phyllis (Marty) Scott of Wickenburg, Ariz., and stepson Wallace (Alice) Catlin of Del Norte, Colo. She had 23 grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren; one sister Glenda (Ivan) Cole of Tucson, Ariz.; one brother Clinton (Shirleen) Booth of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a daughter-in-law Joyce (Larry) Catlin of Monte Vista, Colo.

LaRue was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, stepdaughter Beverly and husband Don Weber, stepson Larry Catlin, step sons-in-law Dallas Allen, Russ Beamer and one great grandchild.

Services were held November 4,, 2015, at Montrose United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Cedar Creek Cemetery in Montrose, Colo.

Memorial contributions to: HopeWest Hospice in Montrose, Colo., Alzheimer’s Association, Pueblo, Colo., or San Juan Cancer Center, Montrose, Colo.. ❖

Catherine McPeak

Catherine Marie McPeak, 72, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away October 29, 2015, at her home.

She was born December 12, 1942, in Jersey City, N.J., to Frank S. and Margaret F. (Mark) Morgan.

She graduated from Lincoln High School June of 1961 and joined the United States Navy. She trained in Maryland and went on to school in Olathe, Kan. She was stationed at Pensacola, Fla., as the first woman in the control tower, controlling military aircraft.

Catherine was married to Robert McPeak on March 6, 1964, in Brewton, Ala. Son Jack A. McPeak joined the family on December 31, 1964.

Catherine accompanied Robert who was also in the Navy all around the east coast of the United States until 1975 when he retired. The couple lived in California and Nebraska after retirement.

Catherine is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Jack A. McPeak; step-daughter, Roberta Patterson; step-son, Gerry; step-grandchildren, Ryan Hooper, Charlea Wickam, and Brittany Baker; step-great-grandchildren, Caden Wickam, Faith Baker, and Justin Baker; sisters, Alice Gilson and Jackie Knox; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Morgan and Arlene Morgan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dave McPeak; step-son, Jerry Patterson; sisters, Marge, and Mary; brothers, William, Charles, and Frank Morgan; several nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held November 4, 2015, at McCain Cemetery near Stapleton, Neb.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. ❖

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November 2, 2015 — 

Lester Miles

Lester Miles, 98, of Plainview, Neb., formerly of Chambers and O’Neill, Neb., passed away September 23, 2015, at the Plainview Manor in Plainview, Neb.

Lester Austin Miles was born May 28, 1917, to Austin Philo Miles and Janie Mae (Lester) Miles, near Arnold, Neb.

At the age of one, he and his parents moved to the sandhills about two miles east of Brownlee, known as Shepard Place. He started school in Brownlee, and attended High School at Brownlee and Curtis, Neb.

On May 29, 1939, he married Alberta Clarice Morford, a teacher from Hubbell, Neb. To this union, twin daughters were born at Alliance, Neb., on November 3, 1941. Mrs. Alberta Miles died in childbirth, and daughter, Marjorie was stillborn. Baby Alberta Catherine survived. On October 30, 1948, Lester and Sylvia Rose Florea, a teacher from Thedford, Neb., were married. To this union, three girls and twin boys were born.

Lester and Rose moved from Brownlee vicinity to the ranch in Garfield County, south of Chambers, in 1952. They retired and moved to O’Neill.

Lester loved his family, horses, cattle and a good dog. He always had time to visit with friends and neighbors.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in O’Neill and The Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also a member of the Holt County Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife, Rose, of Plainview, four daughters; Alberta Mikkelsen of Chambers, Neb., Sammie Rowse and husband Ricky, of Amelia, Neb., Cindy Fluckey and husband Calvin of Plainview, Neb., Sue Kissell and husband Greg of Sargent, Neb., two sons; Bernard Miles and Bart Miles, both of Grand Island, Neb., siblings; Eldora Hardy of Valentine, Neb., sister-in-law Kathleen Miles of Thedford, Neb., Merle Marie Melcher of Fairbury, Neb., Sam (Charolette) Miles of Valentine, Neb., Bernard (Lovella) Miles of Valentine, Neb., 10 grandchildren 10 great grandchildren, five step great grandchildren, step grandson Cecil (Samantha) Kissell, and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Mae, wife Alberta, daughter Marjorie, brother Robert, two brothers-in-law; Burton Hardy and Jim Melcher, nephew Bobby Hardy, son-in-law Eddie Grenier, Grandson Austin Grenier.

Services were held October 3, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in O’Neill, Neb. Graveside Services were at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Thedford, Neb.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation. ❖

Alton E. Johnson

Alton Eugene Johnson, 83, passed away October 5, 2015, at Hospice House of North Idaho from Alzheimer’s disease and kidney failure.

He was born on May 14, 1932, the youngest child, and only son, of John M. and Borghild C. Johnson in Willmar, Minn.

He was educated in Willmar schools and was the star basketball player for the Willmar Public High School Cardinals and he proudly achieved Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts.

In 1952, during the spring break of his senior year, Alton married the love of his life, Nina Molenaar. Of this 63 plus year romance three children were born.

Alton and Nina moved to Loveland, Colo., in 1955, where they would spend the next 60 plus years.

Alton began his career as a sheet metal worker making water tanks while employed by Aljo Trailer Manufacturing. He continued learning his craft at Slim’s Tin Shop and then moved on to open John’s Sheetmetal Shop in 1964. He taught Industrial Arts for two years in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where his students placed 1st at the CO State Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest. He then enrolled at Colorado State University and maintained a 4.0 GPA. Financial constraints of raising a young family took precedent so he went back in the sheet metal trade working on union jobs throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

He “retired” young and spent many years making a living from doing the things he loved most: trading old cars and parts, building or repairing homes, working on an abundance of wide-ranging projects and helping his kids move whenever needed. He was gifted with his hands and entirely self taught. He could restore most anything from doll parts for Nina to creating new old stock of Cushman motor scooter gas tanks. He loved sharing his knowledge, skills and stories with anyone, anytime. He taught his grandson Nathan metal work and a love of woodworking which he learned from his father John. Alton was always willing to help his family out with finding vehicles to meet their needs. He loved his family deeply and was happiest when they were with him or when he was able to share time with friends around his soda fountain spinning yarns about his uncanny ability to find antique treasures. He spent the last year of his life residing at Creekside Inn — a Memory Care facility in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with his wife, Nina by his side.

He is survived by his loving wife Nina and kids Karen (Thomas) MacElwee of Sandy, Utah, two grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; Christine (Tony) Kastella of Dalton Gardens, Idaho two grandchildren; and AJ (Holly) Johnson of Saratoga Springs, Utah, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of his life will be planned for the Spring of 2016 in Loveland, Colo.

Donations can be made to Hospice House of North Idaho or your local Alzheimer’s Association. ❖

Betty Markham

Betty Ruth Markham, 92, of Loveland, Colo. passed away October 10, 2015.

Betty Ruth (Deaver) Markham was born in Vinita, Okla., on September 30, 1923, to Dwight and Inez (Adamson) Deaver.

During her younger years she lived in Miami, Okla., later moving to Mead, Colo. to attend Mead High School where she graduated in 1942.

On December 2, 1942, Betty married the love of her life, Willard G. Markham, at First Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colo. They were married 66 years until his death in 2008.

Betty and Willard moved from Longmont, Colo., to their farm in Berthoud, Colo., in 1945 where she helped work on the farm before getting a job with the City of Loveland in the Accounting Department, working from 1958 to 1963. In 1963 she began her 20 year career with Loveland First Industrial Bank, which later became Zions Utah Bank corporation retiring in 1983. In 1992 Betty and Willard moved from the farm to Loveland Colo.

Betty was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Dorcus Circle and Past President of Chapter HA P.E.O. Betty enjoyed bowling and golfing participating in a nine-hole Ladies League. Betty was a 4-H leader in Weld County and enjoyed teaching sewing to her 4-H girls. Betty enjoyed family gatherings and especially enjoyed hosting “happy hour” on Fridays with family and neighbors. She enjoyed entertaining family, neighbors and friends.

Betty enjoyed traveling with her husband throughout the United States, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada as well as Australia, Tahiti, New Zealand and Fiji.

Betty enjoyed her grandchildren and would try to attend their ball games out of town (Ordway) and (Berthoud), volleyball games (Johnstown) and attend their showing livestock at the Larimer County Fair.

Betty is survived by her daughter Karol Anne Carter and husband Alvin of Ordway; Son William G. Markham and wife Elizabeth of Berthoud, Colo.; sister Bonnie Deaver of Longmont Colo.; sister Joanne McGinnis and husband Jim of Loveland, Colo.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; Godchild Cheryl Dollahan of Glendale, Ariz.; brother-in-law Kenneth Markham and wife Beverly of Berthoud, Colo., many nieces and nephews as well as friends.

Preceding her in death was her husband Willard and sister Shirley Morgan.

Services were held October 15, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo. Cremation has been completed.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hearts and Horses or Loveland Elks Club rehabilitation project in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. ❖

James A. Sinnard

James Allison Sinnard, 80, of Wheatland, Wyo., passed away October 15, 2015, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyo.

James Sinnard was born on December 4, 1934, in Fort Collins, Colo., the son of James and Elizabeth (Mair) Sinnard.

He was reared and educated in Wellington, Colo., and graduated high school from Wellington High School.

He lived in Wellington until 1975, farming and trucking.

He married Betty Dominguez in 1996 in Las Vegas, Nev. He then moved to Wheatland, Wyo., to farm sugar beets and he started trucking mostly hay with his wife Betty until his death. He received the high 10 honor for three years in Colorado for his sugar beets.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 1636.

Some of his hobbies included hiking, riding his motorcycle, having coffee with his friends, and watching the Denver Broncos. But most of all he loved spending time with his family and to them he was known as Big Paw.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Sinnard of Wheatland, Wyo.; children, Bob (Linda) Sinnard of Portland, Ore., Rick (Carolyn) Sinnard of Meridian, Idaho, and Dawn (Kent) Oglesbyard of Fort Collins, Colo.; sister, Patsy (Doug) Kraxberger of Portland, Ore.; five step children; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his dad, in 1954; mother, in 1997; and sisters, Nancy in 2000 and Elaine as a child.

Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date.

Please send a condolence cards to Betty Sinnard, 580 Gray Rocks Road, Wheatland, Wyo., 82201. ❖

Robert Russell

Robert Jonas Russell, 73, of Eaton, Colo., passed away October 19, 2015 after a year-long battle with Mesothelioma cancer.

Bob was born April 1, 1942, to James and Thelma Russell in Allegan, Mich.

Bob graduated from Flowing Wells High School and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. He then moved to Kremmling, Colo., to work summers on the family ranch. He graduated from CSU in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1967.

After graduation Bob went into the Army and served in Vietnam.

Upon returning in 1969, he married Wanda Kaye Mc Kain. They moved to La Salle, Colo., where Bob worked for Miller Feedlot for 40 years. They raised two daughters Tami and Tracy.

Bob enjoyed his family most in his life. Watching the grandchildren play sports was a highlight for him. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, team roping, training colts, ATVing and most anything that involved being outside. Bob enjoyed the Denver Broncos and playing Texas Hold ‘Em.

Bob was a kind and caring person who always found time to help others. He always looked for the good in everyone.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kaye of 46 years. Daughters Tami Russell of Eaton, Colo., and Tracy (Brad) Winterstein, grandsons Tyler, Trevor and Brady of Omaha, Neb., brothers Bill (Diana) Matheson of Kremmling, Colo., Don (Nancy) Matheson of Dillon, Mont.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma and Lynn Matheson and James Russell, and brother Frank Russell.

A Celebration of Life was held October 30, 2015, at Northern Colorado Cowboy Church in Lucerne, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Northern Colorado Cowboy Church, Lucerne, Colo., or Evangelical Free Church Youth Group, Eaton, Colo. ❖

Glenn Leavengood

Glenn Leavengood, 53, fought a seven-year battle with cancer that ended on October 19, 2015.

Glenn was born in Kansas on June 16, 1962, but got to Wyoming as quick as he could as the adopted child of Slim and Bird (Stockwell) Leavengood.

Glenn attended Saratoga schools K-12, and worked on several local ranches from the age 14 until he was employed by Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District in 90s.

Glenn worked for the SERCD until the day of his death. His most passionate work at SERCD was the living snow fence, and restoration projects of the Encampment and the North Platte rivers. But if asked, Glenn would most like to be remembered as a “good hand.”

Glenn enjoyed cowboying, hunting, reading and cooking. He will be remembered for his quick-witted, western-style humor.

During his battle with cancer, he was supported and cared for by Pam Meyer, Anndee (Chad) McKinney and children; KayCee (Bo) Alameda and children.

He is survived by his niece, Kaytee Thomas and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother and sister, Valerie.

Memorial services will be held in June 2016, and Glenn’s ashes will be spread by a crew of cowboy friends over the country he loved to ride. A date will be published closer to the service.

Donations can be made to conservation efforts or cancer research in memory of Glenn.

If you wish to send flowers, they would be most appreciated, in June, during his memorial. ❖

Sara Beth Campbell

Sara Beth Campbell, 25, passed away October 20, 2015.

She was born September 22, 1990, in Sanger California to Edward Kirk Pinkard and Justy Lynn Jenkins.

She was raised in California until she and dad moved to Colorado in 1996. She attended school in Hygiene Elementary, Lyons Middle School, and graduated from Silver Creek High School, with the help of Frieda Bishop, in 2008. She attended college at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., and then transferred to Panhandle State University in Goodwill, Okla., to pursue a career in agriculture.

As a young child she helped her father take care of cattle, sometimes against her will, for the Jack Willy Outfit, in Hygiene, Colo. In the later part of 2001 her father went to work for Sombrero Ranch where she helped him ride, shoe, and hitch horses. They both learned a lot. She helped and attended The Great American Horse Drive for several years and was a great asset and distraction. She went on to work as a day work cowgirl outside Amarillo, in Channing, Texas, with the help of the Bell family. In 2011 Sara went to Midland South Dakota to calve out a thousand head of heifers for Carl Maxwell. She completed her job and come back to help her father in the spring on the Sombrero Horse Drive.

Sara gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Tylar Lelani Pinkard, on January 6, 2013. As a single mother, she briefly moved to Santa Fe, N.M., to stay with her father. At this point she took a job with Clint Mortenson Silver & Saddles. She helped Wes Mastic in the saddle shop and Clint with the paperwork and buckles. It was in November in 2012 that Sara met Ty Campbell at the Working Ranch Cowboy Finals in Amarillo, Texas. In January of 2013, Sara took a job as a pen rider for Cargill Feeders in Eckley, Colo., under the direction of Chris Evans.

On October 5, 2013, Sara was wed to Tyrell Allen Campbell in an outdoor, western style wedding that matched their existing and future lifestyle. At this point, Sara took a job with Hickert Land Company as a ranch hand. She left after calving and day worked in the Washington and Yuma County area and for Brush Livestock. It was at this time that the office manager position opened at Cargill Feeders. Sara applied for the position, was hired, and went back to work for Cargill. She continued to build her life with Ty and on July 30, 2015, they welcomed their son, Hagen Alan Kalani Campbell.

Sara competed in the Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association and was an active member and a field representative for them until her untimely end. She was a cowgirl from one end to the other and either side. In the end she loved her husband, her family, her career, and she loved her life.

Sara is survived by her husband, Ty Campbell, daughter Tylar and son, Hagen. Her mother, Justy Lynn Jenkins, two step brothers, Mario Jarrett Bringetto and Joshua Dillon Richardson. Grandmother, Ginger Jenkins and her Uncle Raudy Jenkins and cousins and loved family. Father Edward Kirk Pinkard, Grandfather John Yada, Grandmother Susan Yada, Uncles Glen Pinkard, John Pinkard, Billy Pinkard, Scott Yada. Cousin Brandon, Kenna, Maddison, Kyla Pinkard, and many loving family members. Sara’s Father and Mother-in-law Paul and Linda Campbell, and brothers-in-law Trent and Tel Campbell. Along with many extended family and friends.

A funeral service was held October 26, 2015, at the Washington County Fairgrounds Arena in Akron, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to the Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association Crisis Fund, 408 SW 7th Ave., Amarillo, Texas, 79101. ❖

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October 26, 2015 — 

David Lee Pemberton

David Lee Pemberton, 64, of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away October 5, 2015, at the Denver Hospice.

Born on December 12, 1950, in Simla, Colo., he was the son of Lawrence and Katie (Schrum) Pemberton.

At the time of David’s birth the family lived in the country outside of Agate. Within a couple of years they moved to Elizabeth where David attended Elizabeth schools and graduated in 1969.

After graduation he continued working at the Elizabeth Locker Plant for 20 years. In 1989, David started working as a custodian for Elizabeth schools and continued for the next 21 years (1989-2010). He loved to make kids smile and during his time working for the Elizabeth school district he enjoyed being able to keep a watchful eye on his nieces at school.

David was a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, except for a brief one month try at city life in Denver.

David battled diabetes, which led to several subsequent illnesses, including kidney failure and various complications.

David enjoyed the outdoors and hunting. He liked watching game shows: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and his favorite The Price is Right. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Colorado Rockies, college football and basketball but he never missed a chance to root on his Denver Bronco’s. David had a kind heart and an always-smiling face. He attended numerous farm auctions and sales, always looking for the next bargain.

David is survived by his brothers and sisters: Alice and her husband George Taylor of Harrisburg, Pa.; Albert Ray and his wife Connie Pemberton of Burlington, Colo.; brother-in-law Franc Reed of Aurora, Colo.; Katherine and her husband Mark Mitchell of Benton, La., Betty McQuinn of Omaha, Neb.; Eileen Tegels of Mitchell, S.D.; Sharon and her husband Ray Lagarde of Albuquerque, N.M.; Fred and his wife Jonna Pemberton of Elizabeth, Colo., and Gene Pemberton also of Elizabeth, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

David is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Katie Pemberton, brothers Lee Roy and Jimmy and sister June.

Funeral services were held Oct. 12, 2015, at the Elizabeth Presbyterian Church.

Memorials gifts are suggested to the American Diabetes Association in David’s name at

Condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 125, Elizabeth, Colo., 80107. ❖

Mary Arnold

Mary Margaret Arnold, 78, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away October 14, 2015, after a brave and lengthy battle with cancer.

Born December 22, 1937, to Herman and Margaret (Hoffman) Schreibvogel in Garden City, Kan., Mary was a graduate of Adams City High School.

She was employed by American Fertilizer as a bookkeeper. She was especially proud of her work as a mother and a homemaker. She later worked alongside her sisters, Carol and Dian, at the Hair Hut in Brighton, Colo., for several years.

Her husband of 58 years, Daryl, her family, her children, and grandchildren were extremely special to Mary. Cooking, sewing and caring for them as a farm wife and mother was one of her greatest joys and are all things she did remarkably well.

Mary and Daryl were married in 1957. In 1964 they moved to Keenesburg, Colo., and began years of farming, feeding cattle, raising and showing paint horses and raising their children.

Mary and Daryl loved to race and show horses and did so with great success. Other enjoyments were going on small gambling trips, or supporting their children and grandchildren in sports, rodeo and livestock shows.

Mary taught her children and grandchildren by example how to love their spouses and family fiercely and what a heart of gold looks like. Her faith was deep and her sense of style was unmistakable.

Mary’s heart for service was evident outside the home through her love of agriculture and her years as a member of the Colorado Cattlewomen’s Association. She often spoke of a memorable trip to New York to see the infamous NWSS champion steer, Big Mac. She was a member of the Holy Family Altar and Rosary Society.

Mary is survived by her husband Daryl, four children and spouses, 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Brothers Jim Schreibvogel of Brighton, Colo.; Bob (Linda) Schreibvogel of Brighton, Colo.; sisters Lori (Bob) Lauer of Brighton, Colo.; Carol (Stan) Oster of Brighton, Colo.; Dian (Chauncy) Graves of DuPont, Colo,; brothers and sisters in law Bill and Shirley Graybill of Hudson, Colo.; Pear Whitman of Fort Lupton, Colo.; Bob and Pam Timm of Holyoke, Colo.; Larry and Sharon Arnold of Brighton, Colo; Ted Younger of Brighton, Colo., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary is preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Schreibvogel and father, Herman Schreibvogel, brothers, Kenneth Schreibvogel, and Butch Schreibvogel, sister Shirley Younger, and sisters-in-law, Lorraine Schreibvogel, Ester Schreibvogel, Marie Beckett, Stella Meits, brothers-in-law, Bill Graves, and Claude Arnold and two infant twin daughters, Karen and Kelly.

A Celebration of Life was held October 21, 2015, at Harvest Fellowship Church in Brighton, Colo. ❖

Harry Lee Gracik

Harry Lee Gracik, 74, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away October 16, 2015.

He was born April 27, 1941 in Bushnell, Neb., to Harry B. and Josephine (Konsinski) Gracik.

Harry is survived by his sons, Joe (Rene Schouviller) Gracik of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Jeff Gracik of Denver, Colo.; his grandchildren, Kathryn Warren of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Kayla Ratliff of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his siblings, Larry Gracik of Greeley, Colo., and Joann Heinz of Greeley, Colo. He is also survived by Bonnie Gracik, and his best buddy, Sam, the dog.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life was held October 24, 2015, at Wiederspahn Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes in Cheyenne, Wyo.

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Genevieve Hodgson

Genevieve A. Hodgson, 89, of Longmont, Colo., passed away October 17, 2015.

She was born January 14, 1926, to George and Rose Schadegg in Sterling, Colo. She grew up in a loving family with four sisters.

Genevieve met the love of her life, Elden Hodgson and they were married on January 23, 1945. They enjoyed family, square dancing with the “Country Cousin’s” and spending time at their cabin in Red Feather. They lived very happily on a farm outside of Boulder where they raised four children.

Genevieve belonged to Buttons Bows hobby club for 60 years, where she made many life-long friends. She enjoyed her family, picnics, reading, crocheting and watching the Denver Broncos.

After Elden’s passing in 1990, she moved to Longmont, Colo.

She is survived by three daughters and one son; Cindy (Fred) Vogel, Rick (Cheryl) Hodgson, Cathy (Jeff) Stumpf and Tami (Ken) Marten, and two sisters; Patsy Cornell and Dianne Bush along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was a devoted grandmother to her 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters, one granddaughter and one great-grandson.

Services were held October 23, 2015, at Crist Mortuary in Boulder, Colo.

The family asks that contributions be made to Laridon Hall or a charity of their choice. ❖

Wendell Edward Sonnenberg

Wendell Edward Sonnenberg, 87, passed away Oct. 17, 2015, in Greeley, Colo.

Wendell was born on September 4, 1928, in Sterling, Colo.

He received his primary education from Leroy School. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1946. Two years later, he graduated from Northeastern Junior College, where he majored in general agriculture.

He married Jewel Borth on June 22, 1952, at the First Baptist Church in Sterling, Colo. Together they raised four children: Rod, Don, Nancy and Cheryl.

Cattle judging was a very special interest of his. He was an active 4-H member and won a state judging championship. He placed third in the nation in cattle judging at the 1946 International Livestock Exhibition in Chicago. His prowess as a judge of cattle was recognized in 1970 when he was named to serve as one of four judges in the toughest and most highly touted feeder cattle show in the nation — The National Western Stock Show. He held that honor for four consecutive years.

He served as a member of the board of directors and vice president of the A.A. Smith 4-H and FFA Beef Foundation for the entire 15 year existence of that event.

In 1953, along with his father E.E. and brother Maynard, they built E.E. Sonnenberg and Sons Feedlot and operated in Sterling until 1975, at which point they built one of the most modern facilities in the nation in Proctor, Colo. The three of them operated the feedlot until 1983, when it was sold. He continued ranching and order buying, also receiving cattle on pasture east of Sterling.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church. In August of 2012, he and Jewel were honored as Grand Marshalls for the Logan County Fair. In May of 2015, he and Jewel were honored as Mace Bearers at Northeastern Junior College for their annual Graduation.

His hobbies were few, as his livelihood was his passion. He spent a lot of his time at Sterling Livestock Commission, almost never missing a sale in 70 years. His presence was well known at many sale barns throughout the region.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jewel; sons Rod Sonnenberg and wife Gloria, and Don Sonnenberg, daughters Nancy Sonnenberg, and Cheryl Miller and husband Jim, all of Sterling, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by in-laws, Richard Borth and wife Lois, Vern Borth and wife Gay, David Borth and Verna Sonnenberg, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and MANY special friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Laura C. Held, and father, Edward E. Sonnenberg. Also preceding him in death was his brother, Maynard.

Services were held October 22, 2015, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Sterling, Colo. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church. ❖

Jim Boyd

Jim Boyd, 91, passed away October 19, 2015.

Born in 1924, he enjoyed a long and full life. He and his partners conceived and grew Longmont Dairy before turning that responsibility over to his family.

Born into humble circumstances in South Dakota, he grew up during the Great Depression. He graduated from Wessington Springs High School where he met and later married Olna Stolen, his beloved wife of 60 plus years. He then joined the Army, completing his military service in the Air Corps, serving in Okinawa during WWII.

He served on various boards, serving his neighborhood, the community and region in general. Those included Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Colorado Milk Board, Longs Peak Water District, United Power and Tri-State Electric. He seemed to enjoy a board room as much as a great set of cattle. His penchant for risk taking, tough negotiating and vision for the future brought special advantages to the various groups he served.

Upon returning home, he farmed and became a state milk tester, and then the young farm manager for Marty Mission. As that door closed, another opened. He and a partner moved their families to Colorado to build a cow herd for Karls Farm Dairy. That’s where he met his future partners who built Longmont Dairy.

Growing up during the depression forced him to be frugal, but he was also generous. He knew how to do an honest days’ work but was best at delegation. Much could be said about his provision for family and his children had more opportunities than most, certainly more than he had. He was the first to admit his faults, mistakes and errors, yet what mattered most to him was the relationship and love he shared with Jesus Christ.

He is survived by sons David Boyd (Susan) of Longmont, Colo., and Bruce Boyd of New Cambria, Mo., daughter Debbie Zisch (John) of Longmont, Colo., eight grandchildren 10 great-grandchildren and three on the way.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Olna and his siblings.

Services were held October 26, 2015 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the Longmont Community Foundation for the Longmont Mountain View Cemetery Preservation Fund in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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October 19, 2015 — 

Perry D. Marolf

Perry Marolf, 67, of Lingle, Wyo., passed away on August 15, 2015, at the Northern Colorado Hospital in Greeley, Colo.

Perry was born December 2, 1947, to Bob and Elma Jean Marolf of Keenesburg, Colo.

Perry graduated from Weld Central High School in 1965. He attended Western State College, Northeastern Junior College and graduated for Colorado State University with a degree in Entomology.

After graduating from college, Perry taught at Northeastern Junior College for one year then followed his dream of farming and ranching starting in Crook, Colo. He continued his farming career in Fort Morgan and Wiggins, Colo. In 2004, Perry moved to Torrington, Wyo., where he purchased another farm and ranch. In 2011, he sold the ranch and then moved to Lingle, Wyo.

Perry will be remembered by his family and friends for his zest for life.

Perry is survived by his daughters, Angela Marolf of Fort Collins, Colo., and Amy Marolf of Denver, Colo.; one grandson, Sam; two sisters, Peggy Brewer of Park City, Mont., and Pam Baumgartner of Keenesburg, Colo., and his special friend Gwen Dowers of Lingle, Wyo.

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

No services held per Perry’s request. ❖

Joe Manchego

Joe Manchego, 81, of Ramah, Colo., passed away October 2, 2015, peacefully at the Good Samaritan Society in Simla, Colo.

Joe was born on March 19, 1934, to Antonio Esia and Sophia (Salas) Manchego he was one of 10 children.

He grew up in Walsenburg and Lyden, Colo., area and then the family moved to Golden, Colo., where Joe graduated from Golden High School.

Joe began his career as a hod carrier and brick layer after graduation.

He met and married Barbara Annette Hadden in Simla, Colo., on January 14, 1978, and the couple enjoyed 37 years of marriage.

Joe loved his family very much, he enjoyed when the family was all together. He was very involved in the church, he loved going to auctions and having cherry pie and coffee with the guys. Joe collected baseball caps and had over 1,000.

He was a member of the Post 77 American Legion, Open Door Church board member, Ramah Town Board Trustee for two terms, the Ben Lomond Gun Club and Laborers International Union Local 720.

Joe is survived by his wife Annette Manchego of Ramah, Colo., and children (from previous marriage); Joe Jr. (Barbara) Manchego of Fort Collins, Colo., John (Becky) Manchego of Fort Collins, Colo., Sofia (Donald) Thomas of Joliet, Ill., and Marla Manchego of Fort Collins, Colo., and he also was father to Charles Hadden of Denver, Colo., Douglas Thompson of Ramah, Colo., Donald (Lois) Gouker of Simla, Colo., and Deborah (Dave) Maffett of Sterling, Va., as his own. Joe is also survived by his brother Tony (Sid) Manchego of Canon City, Colo., and sisters; Cathrine Shopper of Missouri, Julia Auger of Colorado and Cordelia Jacobs of California along with 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son Jake, sisters; Martha, Dina, Theresa and brothers; David and Eloy Manchego.

Services were held October 10, 2015, at the Liberty Plains Baptist Church in Simla, Colo., with burial following at the Ramah Cemetery in Ramah, Colo.

Memorials are suggested to the Good Samaritan Society P.O. Box 38, Simla, Colo., 80835. ❖

Mary Salser

Mary Etta (Patty) Salser passed away Sept. 4, 2015, in Port Orange, Fla.

Patty was born on March 17, 1927, in Greeley, Colo., to John and Louisa (Bohlender) Staudinger.

She married Kenneth Salser September 1, 1946, in Estes Park, Colo. She and Ken had just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

Pat and Ken farmed in Beebe Draw on the family farm until they moved to Conifer, Colo., in 1972.

She was known for her excellent cooking, baking, and working with Ken as water commissioner of Colorado. She did numerous volunteer works throughout the community.

Ken and Pat spent many long years searching for Patty’s mother who was lost in the mountains near Rifle, Colo. In 1997 they moved to Port Orange, Fla. She continued her love of golf until her RA forced her to stop.

She enjoyed watching baseball and visiting with friends and family.

She is survived by her husband Ken (91); son, Larry (Bridget) all of Port Orange, Fla.; daughter, Gwen Stephens-Wardell of Ft. Collins, Colo., and son Mark (Elisa) of Denver, Colo. Sister, Betty Lou Anderson of LaSalle, Colo., four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Elma Mark and Virginia Jepsen; two sons-in-law, Bill Stephens and Gary Wardell.

Services will be held at a later date near LaSalle, Colo. ❖

Peter E. “Bud” Kamp

Peter E. “Bud” Kamp, 94, passed away peacefully October 5, 2015 at Life Care Center at Greeley, Colo.

Bud was born June 17, 1921, to Louis William Kamp and Ismay Izette (Cram) Kamp.

Bud grew up on the Little Medicine Ranch homesteaded by his grandparents Peter L. and Mariem Kamp.

Ranching was what Bud knew from growing up in the Little Medicine Bow River area of Albany County. Later in life he and his late sister, Illa Loyd, bought the ranch at Walcott, Wyo., and ran that ranch until it was sold in 1998. Bud and Illa bought the Bosler Ranch north of Laramie, Wyo., and other pasture land to the east in Albany County and ran cows on it for several years. Over the years parts of that land were sold off, but what remains in Albany County has a conservation easement placed on it with the Wyoming Stockgrowers Ag Land Trust. One of the last old cowboys in Wyoming, Bud rode a lot of miles from Little Medicine to Medicine Bow and Tullis (west of Saratoga) to Walcott. His word was his bond and a hand shake made the deal.

Bud is survived by his longtime friend Norma Beamer of Eaton, Colo., and her children and grandchildren of Colorado and Nebraska, as well as cousins who reside in Laramie, Wyo.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, parents and sister, Illa.

A private graveside service has taken place at Bud’s request.

Cards may be sent to Norma Beamer, PO Box 395, Eaton, Colo., 80615. ❖

Roger Patterson

Roger Patterson, 75, of Fort Lupton, Colo., passed away October 5, 2015 at his home.

He was born February 20, 1940, to Fred Amos and Annie Patterson at Jackson Lake, Colo.

He grew up and attended schools in the local area.

Roger joined the US Marine Corp in 1958 and was stationed in Okinawa and his tour of duty included Hawaii, Japan, Korea, China, Philippines, Borneo and Australia.

When he returned home he married Jeannette Weber and they had three children. They later divorced and he married Judy Davenport Wells in November 1982.

He drove trucks over the road for several years and in 1978 started his own business, Patterson Pumping Service that he Incorporated in 1979 and continued to own and operate until 2014.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, working in his shop, traveling and being with family and friends. He always enjoyed giving people a hard time.

Roger is survived by his wife of almost 33 years, Judy; one daughter, Rhonda (Jay) Patterson Eachus; two sons, Thomas (Renae) Patterson and Pete (Jody) Patterson; two step-sons, Shane (Diane) Wells and T.J. (Mandy) Wells; 13 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Roger is also survived by two sisters, Ethel Wilson and Elsie Seal and one sister-in-law, Fern Patterson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and five sisters.

Services were held October 9, 2015, at Crossroads Church in Fort Lupton, Colo. ❖

Janet Fay Magnuson

Janet Fay Magnuson, 79, long time Arthur, Neb., resident, passed away October 8, 2015.

Janet was born April 11, 1936, in Arthur, Neb., to John A. and Rosella (Mendenhall) Staples.

There she grew up, graduating from Arthur County High School in 1955. She attended Colorado State College of Education for one year before going to work for Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard operator.

She first worked in Ogallala, Neb., then in San Diego, Calif. After her return to Nebraska, she started competing in rodeos, barrel racing. It was at one of these rodeos that she met Oran Magnuson.

They were married November 11, 1962, in Ogallala, Neb. After nearly seven years they settled in Arthur, Neb., to raise a family.

They enjoyed playing cards, horseshoes and fishing. Their home was the center for many cups of coffee, glasses of iced tea and good times shared with friends and family. Janet always called their home a “summer house” — some are in, some are out, and some are on their way.

In 1977 she became very active in promoting industry and tourism in Arthur, garnering numerous awards for her efforts. This was a passion of hers that would eventually lead to a career as Travel Consultant for the State of Nebraska. She was also Oran’s extra hired hand, anytime he needed someone on a tractor or on the back of a horse.

After Oran’s death in 1998, she was employed at McDonalds, Office Service, Inc., as a caretaker for special friend Elijah Peterson, and later for the State of Nebraska. During that time she moved to North Platte, Neb., where she enjoyed being close to children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children; Mari (Monte) Warner of Paxton, Neb., and Charles (Moraine) Magnuson of North Platte, Neb.; step-children: Kent (Beth) Magnuson of Kearney, Neb., and Kendra (Larry) Burgess of Ashby, Neb. One sister: Nadeane (Gerald) Chandler of Paxton, Neb., and three brothers: Kenneth (Leila) Staples and Maurice (Gladyth) Staples, all of Ogallala, Neb., and Jim (Alice) Staples of Englewood, Colo. Sisters-in-law Jody (Bill) Reutzel of Ogallala, Neb., and Nita Staples of Bertrand, Neb.; brother-in-law Don Magnuson of Alliance, Neb., eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Oran Magnuson, and brother Don Staples.

The family chose cremation. Services were held October 16, 2015, in the Arthur Baptist Church. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorials donations are suggested to the Arthur Community Building Fund or Pawsitive Partners of North Platte, Neb. ❖

Wayne Albert Kasper

Wayne Albert Kasper, 84, of Willard, Colo., passed away peacefully on October 11, 2015, in Wellington, Colo., with his family by his side.

Wayne was born on August 13, 1931, in Denver, Colo., and was adopted by Albert and Loretta Kasper.

He graduated from Merino High School, where he played football and baseball, and excelled at both.

He worked as a plant operator at the Kansas Nebraska (KN) Gas Company north of his farm. He also farmed and ranched just north of Willard all of his adult life.

Wayne married Charlotte Doleshall on August 19, 1949, in Fort Morgan, Colo.; they were married for 64 1/2 years. Theirs was a true love story.

Wayne loved farming, ranching and country life. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And he loved animals.

He and Charlotte belonged to the Willard 4-Wheel Drive Club, and they enjoyed many fun outings with their friends.

He is survived by his sons, Larry Kasper and wife Sherry, Dean Kasper and wife Sherrie, and Jim Kasper, daughter, Peggy Kasper, and son Robert Kasper and wife Patricia; five grandchildren, Shaun County and wife Juli, David County and wife Misty, Steven County and wife Danielle, Linda Johnston and husband Brad, and Karly Kasper; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Charlotte, parents, Albert and Loretta Kasper; grandsons, James Kasper and Kyle Kasper; and daughter-in-law, Kal Kasper.

Per his wishes, cremation will take place. For those who wish to pay their respects and see the family, a sharing of memories and family visitation will be held on October 19, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tennant Funeral Home in Sterling, Colo.

The family suggests memorials be made in Wayne’s behalf to Pathways Hospice of Larimer County, David Walsh Cancer Center, or the Wayne Kasper Memorial Fund in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, Colo., 80751. ❖

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October 12, 2015 — 

Barbara Ludwick

Barbara K “Paddy” Ludwick, 80, passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 2015, in Lake Placid, Fla.

She was born June 28, 1935, in Denver, Colo., to Forrest and Hazel Roop.

Paddy attended grade school at Deer Creek School and Hawthorn Grade School in Englewood, Colo. She graduated, valedictorian, from Byers High School in Byers, Colo., where her parents farmed dry land wheat and raised cattle. After graduation Paddy attended the University of Colorado and studied music. She was an avid, accomplished piano player.

On August 22, 1954, Paddy married Ken Ludwick. Ken was from Deer Trail and worked for Forrest on his combine crew. After Ken’s graduation from Colorado A&M in 1955 the couple returned to the Byers/Deer Trail area where they had a small herd of dairy cows and also farmed along with Ken and Paddy’s parents. In 1957 they were blessed with a daughter, Sandra Lynn.

In 1959 Ken went to work for Proctor and Gamble and the family moved to Scottsbluff, Neb., where Steven Kent, their first son, was born in 1960. During this time Paddy continued to give piano lessons and in 1964 they welcomed their second son, David Scott.

In 1966 the family moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where Paddy was elected President of the Fort Collins Music Club and was also involved in the Fort Collins Symphony Guild. She continued her music education by attending Colorado State University and Rocky Ridge Music Camp in the summers. The Ludwick family moved to Loveland, Colo., in 1970 where they remained until 2013, farming and raising purebred cattle and operating other small businesses.

Paddy was very involved in the Limousin cattle business as the Colorado Junior Advisor, the secretary for the Colorado Limousin Association, and was on the Board of Directors for the Heartland Limousin Association. She was also very involved in the Larimer County Cattle Women.

Paddy is survived by two children, Sandy Steinruck and husband Tom of Okeechobee, Fla.; David Ludwick and wife Gari Lee of Windsor, Colo.; six grandchildren, Amanda and Emily Ludwick of Billings, Mont.; Kelly and Tommy Steinruck of Okeechobee, Fla.; Garrett and Hanna Ludwick of Windsor, Colo., nephews Mark Clayton and Mike Clayton and wife April of Orondo, Wash.; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Forrest and Hazel Roop; sister, Dottie and husband John Clayton; son, Steve Ludwick; and her husband of 59 years, Ken Ludwick.

Services will be held October 19, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland, Colo.

Donations can be made to Colorado State University, Department of Animal Sciences. Checks should be made payable to CSU Foundation with “In memory of Paddy Ludwick” in the memo line and mailed to CSU Foundation, PO Box 1870, Fort Collins, Colo., 80522. ❖

Byrl “Butch” Gary Trostel

Byrl “Butch” Gary Trostel, 67, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on September 27, 2015.

Butch was born in Providence, R.I., on October 18, 1947, to Byrl Frank and Ruth Evelyn (Miller) Trostel. The family moved to Colorado in 1949.

Butch was raised on a farm west of Brighton, Colo., with four brothers. Butch attended Mountain View School grades 1-4 and Fort Lupton Schools.

After high school Butch joined the Army in 1967. In 1968, he was sent to Vietnam where he was a Staff Sargent in the 7501 Infantry Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, an Airborne Ranger. He was a decorated solider earning the Bronze Star, Purple Heart Metal, Vietnam Campaign Metal, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Metal, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle and Machine Gun Bars, and Marksman Badge with Pistol and Auto Rifle Bars.

Butch was a manager for one of his brother Paul’s restaurants in Marshalltown, Iowa, where he met Ann.

Butch enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing. He was a skilled craftsman. He enjoyed making things out of rocks, cactus, and woodwork. Butch loved to collect rocks and antiques which he then turned into works of art. Butch was an active member in the T-Bone 4-H club in Adams County in his youth showing sheep at the Adams County Fair.

Butch followed his own path in life and always had a smile, a big heart, a great sense of humor and a great story to tell.

Butch was survived by his loving wife Ann, his children, Alan Trostel (Charlotte) of Henderson, Colo., Erik Trostel (Angie) of Springfield, Mo., Desiree Trostel of Lakewood, Colo., Waylon Trostel of Denver, Colo., Jennifer Hayes Holman (Danny) of Henderson, Colo., Jaci Hayes (Damon) of Torrance, Calif., and Julia Hayes Mirkovich (Mark) of Redondo Beach, Calif., 17 grandchildren, his brothers Mark Vance Trostel (PJ) of Kiowa, Colo., and David Kingdon Trostel of Erie, Colo., numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Paul Wayne Trostel and Robert Matthew Trostel.

Services will be held on October 16, 2015, at Fort Logan Cemetery, in Denver, Colo., Staging Area B, at 12:30 p.m. A reception following the services will be at the VFW Hall in Northglenn, Colo.

Please make donations to the Ann Trostel family to help with expenses. ❖

Frederick O. Spahn

Frederick O. Spahn, 94, a longtime Big Springs, Neb., business man, passed away September 30, 2015, in the Sedgwick County Memorial Nursing Home in Julesburg, Colo.

Fred was born July 28, 1921, in a sod house on the family homestead northwest of Arthur, Neb. His parents were Otto and Hannah (Porter) Spahn.

In 1939, Fred attended The Opportunity School in Denver, Colo., where he took automotive courses. Upon completion, he returned to Ogallala, Colo., where he worked for Scott Motors and Hayford Motors.

Fred and Jean (Palu) met on a blind date in the autumn of 1941 and were married on October 9, 1942.

In September, 1942, Fred enlisted in the Navy. During WWII, he served on board the USS Kennebec AO-36, a tanker, in the Atlantic and the USS 932, a tank landing ship, in the Pacific. He had earned the rank of Baker, First Class before receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy in November, 1945.

After being discharged, Fred and Jean moved to Big Springs, Neb., where they opened Spahn Body Shop. Over the years, the business underwent several changes and eventually evolved into Spahn Marine. After selling the business to Trish and Matt Meyer, Fred continued working at the shop and is well known for the promotional ads he did for Spahn Marine.

Fred was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Illinois LST Association. He was also a member of the Ogallala Chamber of Commerce and Lake Committee where he was involved in activities promoting tourism for Lake McConaughy.

Survivors include his children: John (Linda) Spahn of Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Spahn of Fontanelle, Neb., and Trish (Matt) Meyer of Big Springs, Neb.; and one granddaughter Carmen Robinson and her daughters Cortney and Cayleigh, of Becker, Minn.

Preceding him in death are Jean Spahn (wife), Arietta Yates (sister), Clara Abts (sister), William Spahn (brother), and an infant brother.

Services were held October 6, 2015, at the Draucker Funeral Home in Ogallala, Neb. Interment followed in the Arthur Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Arthur Community Building Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to

Alvin G. Hansen

Alvin George Hansen, 67, passed away October 3, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo., following a brief illness.

Born on March 2, 1948, to Richard “Joe” Hansen and Lois Hatch Hansen, Alvin attended schools on Divide Creek and graduated from Rifle High School in 1966. Further education resulted in an AAS degree in gunsmithing from Trinidad State Junior College in 1968 and a BS degree in industrial manufacturing and welding from the University of Southern Colorado in 1971.

Following his college graduation, Alvin served in the US Army from 1971 to 1973, and was a member of Charlie Company (Airborne), 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, stationed at Ft. Richardson in Anchorage, Ark.

Upon discharge from the Army, Alvin managed the 400 plus acre Loring farm/ranch on Silt Mesa for the next 15 years, followed by training with H-S Precision in Prescott, Ariz., as a precision rifling operator for the specialty weapons manufacturer. The company ultimately relocated to South Dakota instead of their original location Garfield County. Later employment included time at UNOCAL as a mine utility crewman until closure of the plant, as well as manager of Garfield Livestock Market in Silt, Colo., and his current position as a local delivery driver for Master Petroleum in Silt and Meeker. He took a lot of pride in keeping his many farm/ranch customers in fuel during these years.

Alvin married Linda Pretti Hansen on April 10, 1971, and they had two sons — James Michael and Craig Alvin.

Alvin’s hobbies included hunting and taking care of his beloved mini farm/ranch located at Antlers. He was well-known in the community for his farming skills. He also served many years as a livestock leader for the Rifle Ag 4-H Club, and as ringman for the annual 4-H livestock sale for more than 30 years. Other volunteer services included more than 10 years as President of the Grand River Ditch Company.

He is survived by his wife of more than 44 years, Linda, sons Mike (Raquel) of Grand Junction, Colo., and Craig of Wichita, Kan., granddaughters Brittany (Cory), Kortney and Jamee all of Grand Junction, Colo., as well as great-granddaughters Lylee and Jennavieve. Brother, Glenn Hansen, of Wray, Colo., also survives.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial services were held October 11, 2015, at the Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Rifle, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Garfield Country 4-H Council, P.O. Box 1112, Rifle, Colo., 81650 or charity of your choice. ❖

Kathleen Hughes

Kathleen Elizabeth “Liz” Hughes, 73, passed away at her Ault, Colo., home surrounded by her loving family on October 4, 2015.

Liz was born on April 3, 1942, in Luton, England, to Stanley and Nora Mayson.

She came to America and married Donald Hughes in Arvada, Colo., in 1976.

She was a dispatcher for the Department of Energy at Rocky Flats until she retired to her lovely home in Ault, Colo.

Liz loved to travel and journeyed to England each year to be with her sisters. Family was very important to her as was her garden and home. She was a talented designer and designed their home in Ault. Liz loved her afternoon tea and never refused a “spot” of hot tea any other time of the day.

She was a member of the Church of England (Episcopal).

Survivors include her husband, Donald, daughter Tracy Moore and husband George, and Kathleen Roberts, step daughter Donelle Welk and husband Paul, step son David Hughes and wife Chrystal, and sister Sheila Williams, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ian, and sister Eileen.

A private family memorial service has been planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation for Christian Discipleship, in care of Vessey Funeral Service. ❖

Ruth Rothe

Ruth Rothe, 91, of Greeley, Colo., passed away October 6, 2015, at Grace Pointe in Greeley, Colo.

Ruth was born December 28, 1923, in Kuner, Colo., to Gottfred and Mollie (Sitzman) Harding.

Ruth attended school in Kuner, Colo.

She married Wallace Herman Rothe September 20, 1941, in Kearney, Neb.

She worked as an accountant for Home Light and Power and was also a wonderful homemaker.

Ruth was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and a proud member of the Kuner Circle.

She enjoyed quilting, collected bird figurines, and loved to travel to the Rocky Mountains with her husband. Together they passed on their love of nature to their children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Terry L. (Marilyn) Rothe; daughter-in-law Shelia Roth; seven grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; three sister-in-laws; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Ronnie, six sisters and two brothers.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., October 12, 2015 at the Allnutt Reception Center. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Accent Hospice or Grace Pointe for the Memory Care Unit in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Paula (Katherine) Foster

Paula (Katherine) Foster, 39, passed away October 6, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice Center in Newton, N.C.

Paula was born in Fort Collins, Colo., October 27, 1975.

She graduated from Falcon High School in 1994. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo., in 1998.

Paula worked at Farmer’s State Bank in Falcon, Colo. She married Micheal Foster, May 17, 1997, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs. They lived in Grand Junction from 1997 to 2000, and then in Falcon, Colo.

Work caused them to move to North Carolina in 2006. Paula home-schooled her children with great dedication until 2012.

Paula was extremely active in her church, The Living Word Church in Maiden, N.C., where she created the “Mothers of Preschoolers” group.

Paula was very active in her children’s lives including coaching their volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She volunteered at 4-H horse camps in North Carolina. She and Kaylynne enjoyed feeding and riding horses weekly.

Paula was very supportive of all of her family and enjoyed the time she was given to be with them. She had a bright light within her that shined on everyone who ever met her. She had an abundance of friends throughout her life, as she was known as a warm and caring person with a beautiful sense of humor.

For the last two years, she courageously fought her battle with Liposarcoma to the very end. During that time she underwent five major surgeries, 14 rounds of chemo and 10 rounds of radiation. Every day she fought a very gallant fight and stayed extremely strong, positive and kept her sense of humor to the very end. She was always focused on others even in her illness. Her amazing faith was prevalent in every trial.

Besides her beloved husband, Micheal, she is missed by her cherished children; Kaylynne,17, Jamianne, 13, Martina, 11, and James, 3. She is also deeply missed by her parents, James and Sharon Abendschan, of Black Forest, Colo., and Cheryl Stutzman of Hickory, NC.; her brother, Jacob Abendschan (Kacy), and sister, Crystal Hoehn (Skylar), both residing in Colorado Springs, Colo. She also leaves her grandmother Nora May Abendschan, of Colorado; aunts and uncles Belva Paukstis (Mike), Joe Abendschan (Lynda), Billie Arceneaux (Gary) and Dan Stutzman (Joan), and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Jacob Abendschan and Paul Stutzman, and grandmother Kay Watts, as well as her Uncle John Abendschan and Aunt Holly Watts.

Services were held October 9, 2015, at Living Word Church in Maiden, N.C. Graveside service was held October 10, at the Maiden City Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to One Drop, Inc. c/o Living Word Church, 923 Island Ford Road, Maiden, N.C., 28650. ❖

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October 6, 2015 — 

Edwin Schaefer

Edwin Carl Schaefer, 86, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 16, 2015, at his home.

Edwin was born on November 14, 1928, in Windsor, Colo., to Carl Erdman and Mollie (Schmidt) Schaefer.

Edwin grew up in the Windsor area. He graduated from College (University) High in 1947.

He married Lillian Croissant on August 20, 1950, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where he has been a member for 72 years. Edwin and Lillian recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Edwin farmed in the Greeley area raising corn, pinto beans, alfalfa and sugar beets. His favorite time of the year was calving season. As an extension of his farming life, he was an avid toy tractor collector.

He enjoyed watching the antics of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, watching the Colorado Rockies, and traveling the country roads to check on the growth of the area’s crops.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian of Greeley, Colo.; three daughters, Carolyn (Byron) Keirnes of Ft. Myers, Fla., Charlene (Charles) Winter of Eaton, Colo., Carrie (Ronald) Randolph of Greeley, Colo.; four grandchildren, Katie (Steven) Mussman of Greeley, Colo., Molly (Matt) Grubbs of Ft. Myers, Fla., Hannah (Jake) Lovejoy of Brentwood, Tenn., and Gabe (Hayley) Winter of Eaton, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, Adaline and Alyson Mussman, Lillian Grubbs, Kale and Kacey Winter, and Emma Lovejoy; two sisters, Wilma Helzer and Alice Hoffner, both of Greeley, Colo.

He is preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Martha Kent, Esther Daniels, Clara Hotchkiss and Nancy Wiedeman.

A memorial service was held on September 22, 2015, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services. ❖

Berneice Jacobs

Berneice E. “Bunny” Taylor Jacobs, 91, passed away September 22, 2015, surrounded by the love of her husband and family.

Bunny Jacobs was born on July 17, 1924, to William and Myrtle Taylor on the family ranch north of Whitman, Neb. Bunny and her twin brother Billy were born at home in a time when expectant parents didn’t know there would be twins. Billy was born first so Bunny was a surprise! Her parents named her Berneice Elvira but her father called her Bunny and that is how her friends and family knew her for 91 years.

Bunny spent her childhood north of Whitman, Neb., attending country school and helping her parents milk cows and riding the range with her siblings.

Bunny went to high school at the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis. She loved every minute of that experience and was proud to be an Aggie alum.

During World War II, Bunny worked in defense plants in Flint, Mich., and Burbank, Calif., a brave undertaking for a country girl. She came home for a few weeks during that time and over a fried chicken dinner at her parents’ home, she met Ellis ‘Jake’ Jacobs, who would become her husband of 71 years.

Jake and Bunny were married on August 19, 1944, in Mullen, Neb., at the home of the Methodist minister. They raised their family on the ranch south of Mullen, where Bunny tended a beautiful garden, kept the home and yard in immaculate form and cooked three full meals a day from scratch.

Bunny was involved with the United Methodist Women and the Goodwill Extension Club, and was known for providing a helping hand whenever and wherever it was needed. She had a knack for entertaining, so there were always extra people around the dinner table and Bunny made it seem effortless. If there was a potluck dinner, you could count on her to bring fried chicken, homemade rolls and a beautiful cake or pie.

Bunny’s family was her greatest pride and joy.

She leaves behind her husband, Jake, and their four children and spouses: Jeff (Cleo) Jacobs of Mullen, Neb.; Philip (Elizabeth) Jacobs of San Antonio, Texas; Kirk (Jodi) Jacobs of Mullen, Neb.; and Heidi (Tom) Piccini of Lincoln, Neb. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Andy (Mindy) Wright; Kelly (Wade) Marsh; Joel (Megan) Jacobs; Jesse (Kady) Jacobs; Tara Piccini Manzello; Brian Piccini and Jake Piccini, and 12 great-grandchildren and brother-in-law Don Magnuson. Bunny spent quality time with her nieces and nephews, who have fond memories of visits to the ranch and will miss her deeply.

Bunny was preceded in death by her sister June Magnuson, her sister and brother-in-law Joy and Don Carpenter, her brother Woodrow Taylor and her beloved twin brother Billy Taylor and his wife Carol.

Services were held October 3, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Mullen, Neb. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Whitman Cemetary.

Memorial donations can be made to the Mullen Ambulance, the United Methodist Church or the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home. ❖

Jenny Heinze

Jenny Heinze, 85, of Eaton, Colo., passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 23, 2015, at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, Colo.

She was born June 5, 1930, in Timnath, Colo., to Henry and Annie (Buderus) Winick. Jenny grew up in the Fort Collins, Colo., area.

On September 19, 1952, Jenny married Fred Heinze in Windsor, Colo.

Jenny was a great cook who loved her family, especially her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed collecting dishes and dolls.

Jenny is survived by her husband, Fred of Eaton, Colo.; sons, Gary Heinze of Greeley, Colo., and Stan (Carol) Heinze of Eaton, Colo.; granddaughters, Tammy (Casey) Blach and Jackie (Justin) Summers; great-grandchildren, Maddy Blach and James Summers; and sisters, Shirley (Dick) Kinnison of Pierce, Colo., Ruth (Roy) Hawkins of Pierce, Colo., and Beverly (Wray) Lewis of Timnath, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leroy and Jim; and sister, Elladina.

A celebration of Jenny’s life was held September 26, 2015, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jenny’s name to “Bethel Lutheran Church” or “Fairacres Manor” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Kenneth (Kenny) Lee Sadar

Kenneth “Kenny” Lee Sadar Kenny, 56, passed away September 25, 2015, of a massive heart attack following surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colo.

He was born in Longmont, Colo., to Rodney and Roberta Sadar on March 31, 1959.

Kenny lived his entire life on his family’s farm in Hygiene, Colo. Kenny attended Hygiene Elementary, Longs Peak Jr. High, and Niwot High School.

Kenny married Sue DeSousa on February 8, 1986, at the Hygiene Methodist Church.

Kenny was a dairy farmer, raised beef cattle and hay. He served 30 plus years as a fireman with the Hygiene Volunteer Fire Department.

Kenny was an avid fisherman, so much so, that he proposed to Sue with a ring attached to a worm harness and honeymooned on a Canadian fishing trip. Kenny’s favorite fishing spot was Seminoe Reservoir in Wyoming where he caught many trophy fish. Kenny and Sue traveled annually to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island with family and friends to fish and relax. Kenny also loved hunting, camping, pawnshops, and Craigslist. One would argue that Kenny’s favorite activity could be found six mornings a week at the Hygiene Café where he would share tall tales, and drink coffee with many of his local favorite friends all the while his loyal four legged companions, Blue and Squirt stood guard on his flat-bed truck. Not to be left out, Kenny attached a basket to his tractor for the little dog Tatum, so he too could work alongside him.

He is survived by his loving wife Sue, children Tyler (Miranda) and Keri (Tom), mother Roberta, sisters Deborah (Randy), Penny (friend Scott), brother in-laws JV (Ann), Dan (Linda) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kenny was preceded in death by his father Rodney Sadar, in-laws Joseph and Patricia DeSousa, and brother-in-law Mike Trevithick.

A celebration of Kenny’s was held October 3, 2015, at Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot, Colo.

A benefit will be held on October 9, 2015, in order to offset medical expenses at the Tasty Weasel. Oskar Blues will be donating a percentage of sales to the family. If you are unable to attend the fund raiser, donations are being accepted at

Contributions can be made to Weld County Yelpers Turkey Federation.

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James (Jimmie) M. Malson

James (Jimmie) M. Malson passed away September 27, 2015.

He was born on March 23, 1933, in Midwest, Wyo., to Archie and Ann (Brewington) Malson.

He graduated from Midwest High School where he played basketball and football.

He served in the armed forces drafted during the Korean War, sent to Germany for 18 months.

He married Melva M. McNatt on June 24, 1955. They lived on Flying Diamond Ranch for 20 years where they raised three children.

Jimmie was a 4-H Leader and taught all of his children to rope and ride.

Jim and Melva moved to Edgerton, Wyo., in 1977 where he owned and operated M-Bench Water Service. He retired and they moved to Casper, Wyo., where Jimmie loved doing genealogy and taking care of great grandbabies. He loved the Big Horns Mountains where he spent many summers at their cabin with grandchildren, enjoying fishing and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Melva; daughter, Debbie Malson; Debbie’s Family, Jaimie (Lindsey) Robertson and Maegan, Morgan, JC, Madison, Christina Hamilton and Nathan, Chance, Trey, Randall(Angela) Malson, and Randi; Son, Roger (Laurie) Malson; Roger’s Family, Sara (Conan) Millistein and Brianne, Connor, Hunter, Amanda (Simon) Lees and Madison, Jessica (Thomas)Nuti and Paizley, Tristan, Tanya, and Heather; Son, Gary (Robbee) Malson; Gary’s Family, Kylee (Josh) Thormahlen, and Coulter, Mayakla, Katie, Hyden, Hudson, Katrina Malson, Clayton (Danielle) Malson,and Dally, Paisley, Cody (Jack) Tatum, and Lettie. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arch, George, Jack, and Pete Holman; sisters, Maxine Patterson, Dorothy Ladeburg, Avis Wiloth, and Ima Moore; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held on October 6, 2015, at 1 p.m., at Newcomer Funeral Home Chapel. ❖

Glenn Everett

Glenn Everett, 81, of Salida, Colo., passed away September 28, 2015.

He was born June 18, 1934, the son of George E. and Wilmoth (McFarland) Everett, one of Chaffee County's earliest ranching families.

He attended Adobe Park Elementary School and graduated from Salida High in 1952.

He served for three years in the Army and received his degree from CSU in 1959 before returning to the family ranch to work alongside his father and brothers Terry and Jim.

He met and married Jeanie Brazil in 1963, and together they worked the ranch as well as an outfitting and ranch vacation business.

Glenn was an active and influential member of the community, serving on the Chaffee County Agriculture Committee, the Farmer’s Home Administration Board, Chaffee County Cattlemen’s Association, Upper Arkansas and Southeastern Water Conservancy District Boards, Historical Prospectors, the Heart of the Rockies Roping Association, the American Legion, the Salida School Board, and the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners. His dedication to the community he loved was recognized by the Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award in 1992.

Glenn embodies the true spirit of a cowboy. He loved the Lord, land, ranch, horses, hunting, and all things outdoors.

He will be remembered by all fortunate to know him for his wisdom, good humor, and old-timer stories.

His greatest contributions are the one’s he'll leave behind — his wife Jeanie, children Casey and Gina, and three granddaughters, Madison, Mckenzie and Modesta. Other surviving family members are his brother Jim Everett, Uncle Harvey Everett, brothers-in-law Mike (Linda) Brazil, Bob (Mary) Brazil, sister-in-law Pat Davis, nephews Andy (Stacey), Brady (Kim), nieces Kit (Kurt) and Courtney along with many cousins and extended family.

Services will be held October 6, 2015 at 11 a.m., at the Adobe Park Arena.

Donations can be made to Cowboys for Christ in care of Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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