Obituaries — May 23, 2016

May 25, 2016 — 

Jerry Lewy Cobb, 73

March 16, 1943-April 11, 2016

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Obituaries — May 16, 2016

May 17, 2016 — 

Otis Presson Dewey, 85

May 30, 1930-March 15, 2016

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Obituaries — May 9, 2016

May 10, 2016 — 

Richard Merrill, 76

March 28, 1940 - April 3, 2016

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Obituaries — May 2, 2016

May 3, 2016 — 

Williev Condron, 98

Oct. 6, 1917-March 29,2016

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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.

Leonard “Dean” grew up in rural Kansas with lots of family and lots of love. He was a man of traditional values; hard work, honesty, loyalty and honoring his parents. He was drafted into the Army and spent time serving his country. He was lighthearted, proud to be a cowboy, loved life and always had a joke to tell.

He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing. He loved all kinds of music from honky-tonk to bluegrass to old Gospel hymns. If you turned to a country radio station, you often heard him say, “That ain’t country music”. He was good with his hands — building corrals, laying tile on the bathroom floor or adding an addition to the house to make “ma” happy.

But one of his greatest talents was his love of cooking. He was always in the kitchen inventing new culinary dishes, always looking for recipes and “tweaking” them till they were just right.

He taught his children the meaning of family, calling his mom daily and taking trips back home to catch up on family news. He never missed the kids school events. He took his grandkids fishing, horseback riding, taught them how to drive and FaceTimed them just to say goodnight. He was deeply devoted to his wife, and he let everyone know it. He said it was love at first sight and told her everyday that he loved her and how beautiful she was.

He attended Cope Community Church and had a special bond with the men in his men’s bible study. He was strong and courageous during his battle with cancer and drew near to God over the years. He used that experience to reach out and encourage others and give hope to those who traveled that road behind him.

Those of us left with a void in our heart, wife: Debra Hiestand of Kirk, Colo.; daughter: Tiffany and husband Blair Yeager of Commerce City, Colo.; son: Dusty and wife Jolie Hiestand of Arvada, Colo.; daughter: Lacey and husband Chase Rehor of Laramie, Wyo.; mother: Frieda Hiestand of Garnett, Kan..; father: Danny Hiestand of Garnett, Kan.; mother in law: Joyce Stringer of Arvada, Colo.; father in law: Joe Stringer of Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren: Nick Sopris of Denver ,Colo.; Tyler Sopris of Berlin, Germany; Allyson Boettcher of Commerce City, Colo.; Jackson Rehor of Laramie, Wyo.; Avery Rehor of Laramie, Wyo.; Ada Hiestand of Arvada, Colo.; sister: Linda and husband Tarry Miller of Garnett, Kan..; brother: Roger Hiestand of Garnett, Kan..; sister: Glenda and husband JR Colden of Joes, Colo..; sister: Carol Long of Garnett, Kan..; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and special friends.

The Memorial Service was held Jan. 4 at the Liberty School in Joes, Colo. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.


Reta Helen Pletcher Lorenz was born on July 9, 1919 in Goshen, Ind., to Mertie Shank Pletcher and Calvin Pletcher and passed away Dec. 31. Reta grew up on the family farm, learning much over the years about gardening, sewing, cooking and farming. As a teenager, Reta made the decision to give her life to God and to join the Dunkard Brethren Church. Her trust and faith in God was a guiding force to the rest of her life.

On Nov. 28, 1937, Reta married Paul Lorenz. Reta and Paul lived for many years in Goshen, Ind. From there, they moved their family to Dallas Center, Iowa. They also made a home in Phoenix, Ariz., before retiring to their final home in Riverside, Wyo. During their 64 years of marriage, Reta and Paul raised four children and welcomed grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Although Reta said she didn’t know anything about cooking when she got married, she became a dedicated wife and mother. Everyone in Reta’s family benefited from her fine cooking and sewing skills.

In recent years, Reta made her home in Cheyenne, Wyo., at both Point Frontier Assisted Living, and most recently, Aspen Winds Assisted Living. The friends she made and the care she received was a great benefit to her. Reta also attended High Prairie Mennonite Church in Carpenter, Wyo. The friendship and support of this congregation was a great blessing to Reta in her last years on this earth.

Reta is survived by her children, Richard (Judy) Lorenz of Mansfield, Mo., Fred Lorenz of Encampment, Wyo.; and Alice Poncho of Anchorage, Alaska. She also has three surviving brothers and one sister: Virgil (Marcheta) Pletcher of Lake Forest, Calif.; Dwight Pletcher of Goshen, Ind.; Eldon (Karen) Pletcher of Goshen, Ind.; and Carol Heuer of McHenry, Ill. Reta has five grandchildren, Reta, Susan, Rick, James and Shannon. She also has six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceding Reta in death are her husband, Paul, a son, Danny, her parents, her step-mother Grace Pletcher, and brothers Howard, Floyd, Claude, Wayne and Dayton.

Reta leaves behind many friends and acquaintances in her extended church family and in the communities of Encampment, Laramie and Cheyenne.

Services were held Jan. 4 at the High Prairie Mennonite Church in Carpenter, Wyo.

The family is asking that donations honoring Reta and her love of learning and reading be made to the following organizations: Laramie County Library, Homebound Services or High Prairie Mennonite School.

Services are under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.


Bernice Antonio passed away Dec. 28 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was 76.

Bernice was born on Oct. 16, 1939 from the union of Edward and Rose Perry in Navato, Calif., where she was raised on her parent’s dairy ranch.

While attending a Portuguese Chamarita (Portuguese dance and religious function), she met Richard W. Antonio. They later married on March 3, 1956 in Reno, Nev.

Bernice was an accountant, a nurse and provided childcare. She graduated from Mesa College earning an associate’s in accounting. She was a member of the Clifton Christian Church. Bernice was a bit of a jokester and loved kids, babies and was an avid chicken collector.

Bernice leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Richard W. Antonio of Palisade, Colo., a son; Richard (Heather) Antonio Jr. of Grand Junction, Colo., three daughters; Valerie (Ed) Vial of Palisade, Colo., Julie (David) Abrames of Enfield, Conn., Bernice “Joe” (Bradly) Wailes of Nunn, Colo., two sisters; Rosemary and Barbara, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother; Louis “Butch” and Edward “Sonny” Perry.

A funeral service was held Jan. 4 at the Clifton Christian Church with a burial following at Orchard Mesa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950.

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Vernon Harding Owen, 95, of Greeley, passed away Dec. 28 at Centennial Health Care Center in Greeley. Vernon was born Oct. 15, 1920 in Bigheart, Okla., to William Daniel and Lucy Allie (Poe) Owen. He married Rena Hubbard on Dec. 4, 1948. They just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

Vernon was a longtime resident of Greeley. He worked as the head custodian for Weld County District 6 for 17 years. Vernon served in the U.S. Army during World War II for four years.

Vernon loved music. He was a talented musician who could whistle and enjoyed singing country music. He played the guitar and had a beautiful voice. He even had a 30-minute segment on the radio where he sang. Vernon’s greatest love was for his family.

Vernon attended Sunny View Church of the Nazarene and First Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by his wife Rena Owen; sons James C. (Janice) Owen and Van H. (Miriam) Owen; daughters Melody A. (Terry) Whittemore, Starla D. (Jerrold) D. Brethauer, and Susan A. (Jim) Michalek.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Herman; sisters Dorothy and Faye; and great-granddaughter Olivia Grace.

Services were held Jan. 2 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Greeley, with interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at


Cecil Warren King passed away at home on Dec. 23, 2015, in Fort Lupton. Cecil was born on July 24, 1922, to Willard and Rosa King in Fort Lupton.

He lived in Fort Lupton all his life. Cecil graduated from Fort Lupton High School in 1940 and went to Regis University for one year. When the war broke out, in 1942, he went into the Navy. He served in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Hovey, a minesweeper. The ship was sunk on Jan. 7, 1945. After being discharged from the service in 1946, he came back to Fort Lupton and married Ercelle Roberts on April 8, 1947. They raised three boys (Larry, Pat, and Greg). He was a dairy farmer until 1974 and continued farming until his death. He served on the Fulton Ditch Board for 32 years, holding the positions of president and secretary-treasurer. He also served on the Brighton Lateral Ditch as president. The Adams County Agriculture Committee recognized him for “Outstanding Contributions to Area Agriculture” in 1999. He was a member of American Legion Post 102 for 68 years. His hobbies were golfing, fishing, playing pool, watching sports and bs-ing with friends and family.

He is survived by his sons, Larry King (Rosa) of Denver; Pat (Earl) King (June) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Greg King (Debbi) of Littleton; seven grandchildren, Melissa Pendleton, Margaret King, Shawn King, Richard King, Patrick King, Michael King, and Mandi Sorley; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Rosa King; wife, Ercelle King; sister, Isabel Fridinger; half brother, Paul King; and grandson, Matthew King.

Family received friends Dec. 30 in Fort Lupton, Colo. A rosary was held at Saint Williams Catholic Church, and memorial services were Dec. 31 at Saint Williams Catholic Church in Fort Lupton.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Platte Valley Historical Society Fort Lupton, Colo.


Roy Herbert Bloom passed away Dec. 27 at the LifeCare Center in Longmont, Colo. He was 74 years old.

Roy was born Sept.11, 1941 in Erie, Colo. to Herbert and Helen (Leinweber) Bloom. He graduated from Longmont High School. Roy was a farmer. He farmed and lived near Erie his entire life. He was of the Lutheran faith and enjoyed history, music, farming, the Colorado Rockies and loved tractors.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by his son, Rory Bloom; his cousin, Bev Vernon (Butch); three aunts, Ann, Idell and Helen; and one uncle, Robert. Private family services will be held.

Memorial contributions can be made to OUR Center and sent C/O Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. To share condolences, go to


James L. (Jay) Curtis III, 62, passed away Dec. 17 at home. He was born March 11, 1953 to James L. Curtis, Jr. and Peggy Curtis.

He attended school in Saguache and graduated from Mountain Valley School. He attended college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Jay enjoyed his 30 years of trucking, which took him far and wide. He lived for many years in Farmington, N.M.

Jay was preceded in death by his father James L. Curtis, Jr. He is survived by his mother Peggy Curtis and sister Anne (Ed) Nielsen of Saguache and two nephews, Scott and Stan Nielsen.


Eugene H. Rightsell of Longmont passed away on Dec. 29 at Hospice of Northern Colorado Care Center, in Greeley surrounded by his family. He was 76.

Eugene was born Jan. 1, 1939 in Henderson, Texas to Ernest Esary and Alice Richie (Ferrell) Rightsell. He moved from Rusk Henderson, Texas to Longmont, Colo. at the age of 5 and graduated from Longmont High School.

Eugene married Mary Alice (Perry) Rightsell in 1960. Eugene served in the Navy for four years on the USS Lexington 16. After a four-year apprenticeship, Eugene was a journeyman electrician for 50 years for Local 68 IBEW. He helped build the Eisenhower Tunnel, DIA, multiple powerhouses in many places across the United States.

Eugene was of Baptist faith and past member of B.P.O. Elks #1055, Weld County Trap Club, and Colorado Clays Trap Club where he won the Colorado State Championship in 1973. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and trap shooting. Eugene loved camping with his family especially at his nephew Hal Embree’s house with his son Mike. Eugene liked taking care of his yard and tinkering in his garage.

Eugene is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Leon Brooks and Carl Rightsell, two sisters, Alta May Saunders and Mary Embree and one grandson, Jeff O’Dell.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice, one son, Mike Perry, four daughters, Vickie Johnson, Cindy Rightsell, Kelly Haffner and Janet Vandello, thirteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Jan. 2 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel with cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory and military honors by the United States Navy and American Legion Post 32. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203. Visit to share condolences.


Emily Elaine Gay, daughter of William and Opal (Selbe) Becker, was born April 17, 1918, in Logan County, Kan. She departed this life Jan. 30 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Elaine lived with her family in Kansas until 1929, when Dust Bowl conditions prompted relocation to Routt County, Colo. The Beckers farmed in the Sidney area where Elaine attended the one-room school. Elaine and her sisters helped tend the cabbage, strawberries and other produce sold to local stores.

A 1936 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, Elaine attended Colorado State Teachers’ College in Greeley. On July 17, 1938, Elaine and Robert Gay were married in Craig, Colo. They made their home on his family ranch in Pleasant Valley and became parents of 3 children — Roberta, Margaret and Bill. In 1948, they moved across the river and began to build Green Creek Ranch.

Elaine established her reputation as an excellent cook and was an accomplished seamstress. She grew a large garden and beautiful flowers. She learned tole painting and eventually taught the craft. She wrote and presented historical programs and authored two books.

Among many organizations and activities, Elaine belonged to the Mesa Club from the time she was a bride to the present and was a charter member of the Routt County CattleWomen. She was an active supporter of her children’s activities and loved to play bridge.

In the late 1980s, a proposed ski area and village at Lake Catamount put Elaine in the forefront organizing opposition to the development and spearheading its eventual defeat nearly a decade later. Although she remained steadfast in her opposition to extensive development, Elaine befriended many of those who came as a result of the community’s changing culture. She was particularly honored to receive the Hazel Werner Award and to have her story appear in several publications.

Elaine is survived by her children: Roberta (Delmar) Moellenberg of Idalia; Margaret (Rob) Hagenbuch of Westminster; Bill of Steamboat Springs; grandchildren: Gay (Jeff) Uhland, Eads; Joy (Cody) Akey, Wray; Dell Rae (Mike) Ciaravola, Loveland; Todd (Sarah) Hagenbuch, Phippsburg; Heidi (Mike) Dowell, Odessa, FL; great grandchildren: Tori and Mindi Uhland; Alaina and Railyn Akey; Trevor and Amelia Hagenbuch; and Dante Ciaravola.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob; her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law Nadine and Robert Reager, Eula and Charles Bufwack; Amelia and Val More, Emma and Paul Kuntz.

Funeral Services were Jan. 6 at the Steamboat Christian Center in Steamboat Springs with burial at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

Memorials may be designated to the Tread of the Pioneers Museum, P.O. Box 772342, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 or charity of your choice.


Little John was roped by our heavenly father’s hand to ride his buckskin Sundance into the promise land. Where the grass is belly tall and the Wyoming creeks are clear blue, he will never be gone. We can always look up and see his baby blues.

John was born Oct. 20, 1950 in Greeley, Colo. and passed away Dec. 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah after a battle with Alzheimer’s. He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Willis, and his mother, Mary Willis.

He is survived by his loving brother Harvey Willis, his sister Barbara Wegner (Dennis) and his sister Betty Skalasky (Alan) all from Powell, Wyo. Also, his wife of twenty years, Leslie Danuser and her children: Robert Childers (Jackie Bagley) and Dusty Muth (Jason) of Spring Creek, Nev., William Childers of Buhl, Idaho, Chad Childers (Heather) of Grants Pass, Ore., seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather.

John had a passion for the cowboy way of life. He grew up in Clark, Wyo., and later worked on multiple ranches from Montana to Arizona. He later joined the Army serving from 1970-1973 in Vietnam. During this time, he received multiple medals including Sharp Shooter M-16, Vietnam Service medal, National Defense medal, Bronze Service Star and overseas bar.

He was honorably discharged June 22, 1973. John was also in the Army Cavalry for the Nixon Inauguration. Upon leaving the military, he went to work for Bruce (Waddie) Mitchell of the Church Ranch with his brother. Later they both moved to help Peter Scheidemann of the XJ Ranch, establishing the first bison ranch in Nevada. John went on to side houses in the Elko area with his brother. Then, John went to work in the mining industry and retired from there.

John enjoyed spending time with family. His hobbies included exploring the old west ghost towns and dabbling in pan mining and ranching. He will be remembered as “Little John” to his Friends.

A memorial service for Johnny was held Dec. 30 at the Burns Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a celebration of life at the VFW Hall in Elko, Nev.


Sam Haslem passed away Dec. 16 in Steamboat Springs due to a massive heart attack. Sam was born in 1930, to Joseph and Ruth P. Haslem. He spent his summers at the Blue Mountain Cow Camp at Basin Springs and winters in Jensen, Utah, on the Haslem ranch. He started school at Pat’s Hole, located at the Dinosaur National Monument. This was a one-room school with three students, taught by his mother. Following the winter of 1935-36, he lived in Jensen, Utah, and attended the Jensen school. Sam graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah in 1947.

That fall he started college at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins, Colo. While attending college, he was active in the ski club, Aggie Hay Lofters (a square dance club), was a member of the American Commons Club (a fraternity), and was one of the original ten members of the Aggie Flying Club. While attending college, he was in the ROTC program and upon graduation in 1952, was a 2nd Lieutenant to the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo.; Ellington Field, in Houston, Texas; and Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, N.M.

Following discharge in 1954, Sam joined the Colorado Cooperative Extension Service with Colorado A&M College. He served as Extension Agent for the Ute Mountain Tribe at Towoac, 4-H agent in Adams County, at Brighton, Colo., and as County Extension Director for San Miguel and west Montrose Counties, stationed at Norwood.

He then served a 3-year term as State Sheep and Wool Specialist on campus at what is now Colorado State University. He then came to Routt County as County Extension Director for CSU in 1970 and served there until his retirement in 1987.

Sam was active in the National County Agriculture Agents Association and served a two-year term as Western Region Director on the national board. While at Steamboat Springs he was active in the Hayden Lions Club, Hayden Congregational Church, American Legion, Hayden Valley Lodge #126 AF&AM, Civil Air Patrol, Steamboat Rotary, Routt County Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau, Routt County Wool Growers and the Routt County Fair. Sam was active with the National Western Stock Show since 1960, first in the junior show and then as the first Superintendent for the National Western Sheep Shearing Contest.

Sam is survived by his wife of 48 years, Louise Beals Haslem, his children Richard (Verla) Haslem, Terri (Brad) Dunton, Sherri (Eric) Johnston, and Joseph Haslem. Sam has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents and by his younger brother Jack.

Memorial donations can be made in Sam’s name to the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Fund, C/0 Grant Mortuary, 621Yampa Ave, Craig, CO 81625.


William Ray Aylor, Sr., 89, of Brighton entered into rest Dec. 24, 2015. He was born in Denver Aug. 13, 1926, to John and Mabel Aylor.

Bill grew up in Brighton and went to work at an early age on the family farm. He worked for Lou Coffey and for several other places in Denver as a butcher for a period of time. He then worked for several years selling real estate for Pearl Mack and moved on to work for Metal Treating and Institute. Bill retired, raising and butchering poultry, lambs and other livestock in the Brighton area for many years. He was a very proud, hardworking farmer who owned and operated several farms.

Bill was a very dedicated, loyal and honest father and grandfather who loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also loved to go fishing and hunting pheasants and ducks. Bill loved to watch football and was a Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks fan.

Bill is survived by his son, William (Kathy) Aylor, Jr.; daughter, Janet (Don) Shaffer; grandchildren, David, Heather, Jessica and Ron; great-grandchildren, Brenden, Avery, Raydon, Jonathan, Jack and Darren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life service for Bill will be held at a later date in the spring.

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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.

He was born June 20, 1922, in Mitchell, Neb., to Carl G. & Lulu V. (Fisher) Sorum. He attended Natrona County High School, Casper, Wyo., and graduated from Glenrock High School in May 1940.

After the U.S. was attacked by the Japanese Navy in 1941, Keith wanted in the fight and enlisted in the Navy Air Corp where he was a flier. He later joined the U.S. Maritime Service where he became an Ensign, earned his FCC license and served as Radioman First Class on ships in the South Pacific Theatre.

He married Ellen Marie Powell on March 22, 1944 in Scottsbluff, Neb.

He worked at Standard Oil Company in Glenrock, Wyo., as a young man, was in the service for 4 years, farmed in the Alliance area from 1946-1954, worked for Neuswangers for a time and Dannen Mills from 1955 to 1960. He joined Dwight Sloan at Northern Plains Land & Cattle Company in 1960 and purchased the business in 1969. He sold it to Farmers National Co. in 1993, but continued to work there until he retired in 2007 at age 85.

He was a licensed Real Estate Broker in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana and a Certified Real Estate Appraiser in Nebraska. He was a member of the American Society of Rural Appraisers, a member of the United Methodist Church, charter member of the Rural Fire Protection District, President of the Potato Certification Assoc. of Nebraska, and served on the Alliance School Board and Alliance Public School Foundation Board at times. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, American Legion, Rotary and more than 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge. He served on the Board of the 5 C’s, the Panhandle Mental Health Board and the Boy’s Ranch Board.

He was an accomplished pianist. He enjoyed photography, growing tomatoes, camping and fishing. He especially loved spending time at his tree farm with his grandsons, Ed and Bob Hitchcock.

He is survived by his wife Marie Sorum of Alliance; his children, Sharon (Bruce) Hitchcock of Alliance, Stephen (Cindy) Sorum of Lincoln, Neb., and Carla (Charlie) Dingman of Bozeman, Mont.; his grandchildren he called ‘The Magnificent Seven”, Christine (Chip) Stanczak of Carson, Iowa, Edward Hitchcock of Alliance, Neb., Robert (Vanessa) Hitchcock of Lander, Wyo., Katie (Brandon) Sheahan of Denver, Sarah (Greg) Petner of Denver, Patrick (Lindsey) Dingman of Bozeman, Mont., and Michael (Mackenzie) Dingman of Oakland, Calif.; great grandchildren, Lily and Lincoln Hitchcock of Lander, Wyo., Ava, Harper, Asher and Ethan Sheahan of Denver, Jack and Mia Petner of Denver, Riley, Madilynne and Taylor Dingman of Bozeman, Mont., and Graham Dingman of Oakland, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lulu Sorum and in-laws, Lawrence and Ellen Powell.

Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at the United Methodist Church. Burial with military rites is in the Alliance Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska Chapter, 1500 South 70th Street, Suite 201, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68506, or the United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be left at Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. ❖

Allan Schnorr

Allan John Schnorr, 70, of Windsor, Colo., passed away at Medical Center of the Rockies on Dec. 20.

He was born Nov. 12 1945, to Henry and Ruth (Maul) Schnorr. Allan was raised in Windsor and graduated from Windsor High School in 1963.

After high school, he started to farm with his brother Kenneth in Loveland. They farmed in Loveland until 1970 when they were able to return to Windsor and farmed in the Windsor area until they retired in 2003.

Allan enjoyed farming his entire life and continued to help other farmers in the area until his death. He also enjoyed doing metal and woodworking projects with his brother. Allan also enjoyed the Sunday gatherings at his shop.

He is survived by numerous cousins and loving friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, who passed away in July 2015.

A memorial graveside service was held Jan. 8 at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor followed by a celebration of life at the American Legion.

Memorial contributions can be to the Allan Schnorr Memorial Fund in care of Marks Funeral and Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor, Colo., 80550. ❖

Shirley Hardesty

Shirley Joyce Hardesty, 86, of Greeley, Colo., passed away Dec. 21 at Sterling Regional Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 21, 1929 in Conifer, Colo., to Walter Ernest and Ruby Lena (Rogers) Fields. She was the oldest of ten kids. She loved having lots and lots of kids around, it was when she was happiest.

Shirley was raised in Johnstown. She graduated from high school in 1947 and attended Central Business College.

On May 5, 1950 she married Clyde Hardesty. They were members of the First Baptist Church in Johnstown.

Shirley worked as a bookkeeper for Burch Insurance Company and then Great Western Sugar Factory. She then worked at First National Bank in Johnstown.

She loved her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids tremendously. She enjoyed cooking, canning fruits and vegetables, sewing and raising goats and chickens.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Marjorie (Rod) Jones of Brush, Colo.; three sons, Walt (Linda) Hardesty of Otis, Colo., Ray (Sheryl) Hardesty of North Platte, Neb., and Les (Sherrill) Hardesty of Estes Park, Colo.; four sisters, JoAnn Schmidt, Helen Ford, Linda Fabrizio and Kathy Wenger; two brothers, Tom Fields and Bob Fields; grandchildren, Marcus Hardesty, Matthew Hardesty, Laura Fidler, Megan Miller, Tim Hardesty, Jacque Vance, Jennifer Holloway, Jessica Jones, Jeff Jones, James Jones, Marci McIntyre, Amber Bell and Chris Hardesty; 22 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde, parents, sister, Mary York and two brothers, Howard and Ernie Fields

A funeral service was held Dec. 28 at Stoddard Funeral Home. The interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Colorado Dairy Youth Foundation in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.

Please visit to sign an online guestbook. ❖

Marilyn Ast

Marilyn M. Ast, 66, of Loveland passed away on Dec. 9. A rosary was held Dec. 17 at Allnutt Funeral Service in Loveland. Memorial Services were held Dec.18 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Windsor. Inurnment at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Ft. Collins followed by a reception at the Associated Veterans of Loveland. Go to to view the full obituary, send condolences and sign the guestbook. ❖

Edward Cecil

Edward William (Ed) Cecil of Cope, Colo., 93, was born on March 1, 1922 and passed peacefully at Hospice of North Colorado Medical Center, in Greeley, Colo., on Dec.16. Ed was the oldest of six children born to Harry and Elsie (Gearhart) Cecil .

In the fall of 1941 Ed started college at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins. College was soon interrupted by Uncle Sam and he was drafted in the fall of 1942. He was stationed at Fort Hood and assigned to the 2751st Heavy Equipment Company. He spent 1945 in Guam as a parts clerk. He returned home on Feb. 3, 1946 and was honorably discharged on Feb. 9, 1946.

Ed returned home to help his dad with the farming. In the fall of 1947, Ed returned to CSU and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s in agriculture. His first job was a position with Pueblo Junior College as an instructor in agriculture for the veterans. He then took a job with the Farmers Home Administration as a loan supervisor and moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., in 1953. There, he met his wife, Ellen Ann Smith who was a secretary in the Basin office. The two were married on June 26, 1954 in Basin at the Episcopal Church. They moved to Fort Collins and then to Springfield in January 1955. Their son James (Jim) was born Sept. 28, 1955. Soon after, two of Ed’s brothers, who had been working with their dad decided to leave farming. Ed and Ellen made the decision to move back to the farm. In Jan. 1957, they packed and moved to Cope. Their daughter, Ruth was born that March 21. Ed and his family moved east of Cope in 1964 to a home Ed built, where he lived until he went to the hospital in October.

Ed was active in community and school activities. He served on many boards and in many capacities.

Ed very much enjoyed farming and ranching. He worked diligently with his father and brothers to plant and harvest many crops and cattle, ever mindful of the conservation of soil and water. When Ed’s son Jim graduated from college, Ed was willing to provide an opportunity to include his son in the farm and ranch operation. In all that he did, Ed had a vision for the future. His quiet leadership was evident as he worked with family, friends and neighbors. Ed had a kind and gentle spirit, with firm beliefs. Ed revered God, loved his family and served his country.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Jack Cecil, Lee Cecil, Lloyd Cecil, and Marvin Cecil; brothers-in-law, Harold Simpson, Dee Smith and Larry Smith; and sisters-in-law, Judy Cecil, Linanel Cecil, Bev Raven and Kitty Smith.

Surviving Ed are his wife of 61 years, Ellen Cecil, son Jim Cecil and wife Vickie of Cope; Daughter Ruth (Hybiak) and husband Brian of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren Misty Lyman and husband Dustin of Cope, Jamie Adam and husband Jesseb of Dodge City, Kan., Lauren Hybiak and Travis Hybiak, McKinney, Texas; three great grandchildren, Kellen, Harper, and Jaken; sister Lila Simpson of Yuma, brother-in law, Lee Smith, and wife Nona, of Riverton, Wyo., Raymond Smith and wife Bonnie of Thermopolis, Wyo.; and many special nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held for Ed on Jan. 2 at the Cope Community Church.

Memorials may be made to Cope Community Church or Hospice of the Plains. Baucke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. ❖

Cameron Herring

Cameron “Tom” Thomas Herring, Jr. passed on Dec.18 after a long battle against cancer. His grace and strength for the duration of the illness was admirable.

He was born on July 5, 1941 in Fort Collins to parents Cameron Herring and Elizabeth Heustis Herring, who preceded him in death.

On May 3, 1963 he married Mary Tuttle, his wife of 52 years, and she was at his bedside when he passed away.

Tom had a fun-loving and teasing personality. He had a huge heart and was always willing to help his friends and family.

In his younger years, Tom was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He loved to play poker and shoot dice at the craps table. He had a tremendous heart for animals and he loved farming and raising and caring for cattle and horses. He had a special fondness for his canine companion, Rozzy G. “the wonder dog”.

Tom graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1959. He was a lifetime member of the local Elks lodge BPOE 804 and the Colorado Chapter of the POA Horse Club.

Tom is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Brandi Herring and her companion, Susan Arias; sister in law, Nancy Tuttle; a niece and nephew and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a cancer fund of your choice in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524. Friends may send condolences to the family at

A Celebration of Life was held Dec. 29 at the Elks Lodge. ❖

Russ Groshans

Russ Groshans, 60, was called home to live with our Lord after a courageous battle with cancer on Dec. 23.

Russ was born on Feb. 11 in Holyoke, Colo., the son of Paul Groshans and Shirley Miller who preceded him in death. He attended Eaton High School and then attended Colorado State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business.

On Aug. 22, 1975, Russ married his high school sweetheart, Lynne. They moved to Salina, Kan., where Russ started his banking career after graduating from CSU in 1977.

Russ and Lynne returned to Colorado and lived in Otis from 1983-2002 and raised two children, Jaime and Ty. Russ was an active community member and held many office positions with the Otis Lions Club, Otis Volunteer Fire Department, Washington County Fair Board, Golden Plains Area Extension, Otis Vocational Agriculture Advisory Committee and Independent Bankers of Colorado.

He enjoyed helping FFA and 4-H members, including his own children, with fair projects and community service projects.

Russ and Lynne moved to Eaton, Colo., in 2002 and Russ continued his banking career. He remained active in the community volunteering and holding offices with Weld County Fair Board, Greeley Independence Stampede, CSU Ag Day and Habitat for Humanity.

Even after Russ’ initial diagnosis with cancer, he was frequently found volunteering the same day as a chemotherapy treatment. He loved his community and lending a helping hand.

Russ retired from Agriculture Banking 36 years to the day of starting his career.

Russ was a proud American and enjoyed golf, sports, livestock, carpentry, automobile racing, rodeo, travel and spending time with family.

Some of Russ’ favorite memories included several trips to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament, a 35th wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii with Lynne, driving 152 mph in a NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway and coordinating a surprise family trip to New York City for Lynne’s 50th birthday.

Russ is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lynne; daughter, Jaime Colby and husband Spencer Colby of Wilmington, N.C. and son Ty Groshans and wife Jamie Groshans of Akron, Colo. He was proud “Papa” to three grandkids; Stein and Sienna Colby and Sophie Groshans. He is also the beloved brother of Paulette Schliep and husband Rod Schliep of Yantis, Texas and Patricia Heermann of Holyoke, Colo., and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Russ’ life was held Dec. 30 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Russ Groshans Memorial Fund” in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Kenneth Schreibvogel

Kenneth Ray Schreibvogel, 57 of Berthoud, Colo., passed away Dec. 19 at home surrounded by friends and family after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 14, 1958 to Kenneth and Alice (King) Schreibvogel in Denver. On Oct. 18, 1986 he married Julie (Rathert), the love of his life.

He graduated from Weld Central High School in 1976 and attended Aims Community College and Horse Shoeing School in Bozeman, Mont. Kenny was an accomplished carpenter and had a varied career in sales that included hearing aids and pharmaceuticals, and concluded his career in the oil and gas industry. He loved boating, fishing, gardening and learning Spanish, which led him to many trips to Matzalan.

He was a past member of South East Weld County Fair Board, HOA board member in Johnstown and Berthoud, current member of The Berthoud Sportsman’s Club and a member of Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Parish.

Kenny and Julie have one son, Rorey, and daughter-in-law Nicki and granddaughter Angelique. Kenny is survived by his mother, Alice Schreibvogel of Keenesburg, brother Steve (Kris) Schreibvogel of Keenesburg, Lori (Todd) Wise of Keenesburg, brother-in-law Karl Ruud of Calgary, Alberta, mother and father-in-law Irene and Bill Rathert of Wolf Point, Mont., Jill (Greg) Page of Glasgow, Mont., Jana Rathert of Glendive, Mont., Billy Rathert (Francis) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., several nieces and nephews, many loving aunts and uncles and a wonderful circle of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Schreibvogel, and sister Lynda (Schreibvogel) Ruud, grandparents Lena (Beauchamp) and Raymond King, and Herman and Margaret (Hoffman) Schreibvogel.

A rosary service was held Dec. 22, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo. A Mass of Christian burial was Dec. 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roggen, Colo.

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements. ❖

Mary Jane Serl

Mary Jane Serl was called home unexpectedly on Dec. 17 in the Greeley Hospital at the age of 74.

Mary is survived by her husband Delmar Serl, son Eugene Serl and wife Peggy Serl, son Ron Serl , granddaughter’s Victoria Serl, Valerie Cottman and husband Daniel Cottman, Vanessa Zimmerman and husband Kyle Zimmerman, Valicia Serl, great granddaughters Kendal and Tori Zimmerman, Taylor Cottman and Micah, Brooklyn, Kyler and Aubrynn Elliott, brother Leroy Warboys and wife Janyce Warboys, sister Bev Carmin and husband Don Carmin, sister Betty Honebein and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Mary Warboys along with her in-laws Anna and Otto Serl.

Mary Jane was the oldest of four children, born on Jan. 26, 1941 in Fort Morgan, Colo. She and her brother, her sisters and a few neighbor kids enjoyed riding their horses in the Wildcat Canyons.

They had many adventures growing up, including her and her siblings trying to get a chicken out of an outhouse and it ending in flames. Another memory she talked about was when her sisters and a neighbor girl went skinny dipping. Mary was supposed to be the lookout, but didn’t do a very good job at it and they were busted.

Mary also enjoyed taking family vacations with her dad, mom and siblings. Mary graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 1960 and moved to Arvada and worked for Dow Chemicals in Rocky Flats. She met the love of her life Delmar Serl and was married on March 15, 1963.

Their first home as a married couple was in Arvada for a short period of time before they made their home in Otis, Colo.

Their family grew and they were blessed with Eugene in 1964 and Ronald in 1965. Mary was always a hard and dedicated worker. She pursued a career in book keeping. Mary worked at Yeamans in Akron for numerous years.

She then took on a new adventure at the Otis School District and retired from Audubon Park in 2003. Mary always kept herself busy with horse racing and helping her husband tend to their family farm, where she helped raise cattle, pigs, milk cows and bottle calves.

In the later years, Mary and Delmar enjoyed traveling coast to coast, four wheeling in the Rocky Mountains and spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Dec. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Akron. Interment followed at the Akron Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the family of Mary Serl C/O Bowin Funeral Home. ❖

Stan Moe

Stan Lee Moe was born Jan. 24, 1950, in Portland, Ore., to Cecil and Jean (Jackson) Moe, the second of seven children. Siblings are Ron (Debbie), Greg (Dawn), Julia (Ed Pitts), Sharon (Ralph Moxley), Doug and Curtis (Claudia). He passed to his eternal rest Nov. 20.

Stan saw military service as a tank mechanic in the Army. He served in the de-militarized zone in Korea. July 30,1977, he was united in marriage to Bonnie May Overlease and her children Mike and Amy, at his parents’ home in Littleton, Colo. Sons, Brad Lee and Chad Edward were born to this union. Stan became an entrepreneur when he and Bonnie co-founded S&M Foams, an insulation and roofing enterprise. They, along with Chad and Brad, have insulated everything from commercial buildings to homes and agricultural structures. They also did landscaping features for Home and Garden Shows, movies —including “The Shining”, and museums (The Wildlife Experience). Stan’s gregarious personality and integrity was a factor in establishing and growing a successful business. Stan loved being in business and was very proud of his finished product and being able to work daily with his family. He became an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed many memorable outings camping, fishing, and hunting with family and friends.

Stan was very giving to both family and strangers. He was an inspiration to all who know him during the duration of his health challenges. He never ceased in his faith or sense of humor. Besides his parents and siblings, other family includes: children Amy Sue Ponder (Emily Moe, Lindsey Straight and children Lilliana and Madison, Jacob and Travis Ponder), Mike Nash (Dawna and their son Max), Brad (Brianne and children Bella and Carson), Chad (Nick); mother in law, Lola Overlease, in-laws-Charlene and Rick Coulson, Steve and Tammy Overlease, Marcia and Kelly Casper; nieces and nephews.

Stan’s friends are surely to be included as they are family to him and Bonnie. Memorial Service were Nov. 27 at Cross Roads Community Church in Parker, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a charity of your choice. ❖

Frederick Hepner

Frederick A. Hepner, 85, of Keenesburg, passed away at home with family and friends on Dec. 27.

He was born March 24, 1930 in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Frederick and Myrtie (Swearingen) Hepner. He was a graduate of Loveland High School. He joined the Army in 1947. In 1952, he married Lois Jackson and together they raised four sons, of which he was so proud. He later married Sharon Hepner, of Lander, Wyo., on May 26, 1989.

Frederick is survived by his wife of twenty six years, Sherry Hepner; four sons, Frederick (Elaine) Hepner Jr., Martin (Junette) Hepner, Timothy (Jan) Hepner and Karl (Stacie) Hepner; four grandchildren, Nicole (Erik) Weesner, Jaime Hepner, Erik Hepner and Kyle Hepner. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Myrtie Hepner; brother, Jack Hepner; and sister, Angela Hughie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 180, P.O. Box 4, Keenesburg, CO 80643 or Christ Community Church, P.O. Box 144, Roggen, CO 80652.

Viewing was Dec. 31 at Christ Community Church in Roggen, Colo., followed by a service. ❖

Virginia Geesen

Virginia Mae Geesen passed away Dec. 21. She was born April 5, 1925 in Marcaline, Mo., to Charles E. and Vola O. McNeil.

Virginia married E.A. “Mick” Geesen Feb. 21, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC. They were happily married for 45 years. When Ginney met Mick, she worked as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines. They made their home in Agate, Colo., at the Geesen Ranch.

Ginney was a caring loving wife, mother, granny and friend. She cooked the most amazing meals for the family and ranch hands every day.

In 1965, a flood wiped out the ranch’s headquarters, equipment and cattle. The family persevered and rebuilt. The Geesen Family was the first family to breed Limousin Cattle on the North American Continent. Ginney was a member of the North American Limousin Foundation and the Elbert County Cowbelles.

Ginney was Mick’s wife and “goodwill ambassador” during his service on the board of directors with Mountain View Electric Association of Limon, CO, Tri-State G & T, and Western United Electric Supply Coop. Over the years, Ginney received numerous recognition awards for service.

Virginia is survived by four children; Edward J. Geesen and wife Nancy of Aurora, Colo., Ruth A. Geesen Fiorentini of Italy, Patricia M. Allushuski and husband Ron of Pittsboro, N.C., Michael A. Geesen and wife Brenda of Deer Trail, Colo. Six grandchildren; Ann Grimm and husband Patrick of Yelm, Wash., Jill David and husband Luke, of Algonquin, Ill., Dean Geesen and wife Heidi of Kersey, Colo., Donna Charmasson and husband Cody of Bristow, Okla., Amy and Ashley Allushuski of Pitsboro, N.C., Seven great-grandchildren, Kenya David, Lincoln David, Hunter Grimm, Mackenzie Geesen, Cooper Geesen, Zaylee Rae Charmasson, Quade Charmasson.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Vola, her brother, Cyril and husband; E.A. Geesen.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Catholic Emergency Assistance Center of Aurora, in care of: Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, 18000 E. Arapahoe Rd., Foxfield, CO 80016 or the charity of your choice.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Ginney on Dec. 30 at the the aforementioned church, after a visitation. Burial was held at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colorado was in charge of arrangements.

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

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.

Ruth was born August 4, 1953, in North Platte, Neb., to Emory and Frances (Blevins) Long.

She was raised in Stapleton and Gandy, graduating from Stapleton High School in 1971.

On May 22, 1971 she married Dan Beckius in St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton. The couple lived two years in Germany, and six months in Texas, while Dan was in the service. They moved to Kimball for two years before returning to Stapleton where Ruth ran a day care out of her home for years before working at the Stapleton High School as a para professional for 15 years.

Ruth was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and outside activities. She loved her family, grandchildren, and her dogs.

Survivors include her husband Dan of Stapleton, Neb.; children, Leroy (Sheri) Beckius, and Chad (Lisa) Beckius of Vermillion, S.D.; grandchildren, Emily Beckius, James Beckius, Andrew Beckius and Caleb Beckius; brother, Ray (Debbie) Miles of Montrose, Colo.; numerous other family members; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dale Miles; father and mother in-law, James and Lila Beckius.

Services were held December 21, 2015, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Loup Valley Cemetery near Stapleton, Neb.

Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at

Richard McCallum

Richard John McCallum, 76, of Holyoke, Colo., passed away December 16, 2015.

He was born June 14, 1939 to Clarence John and Julia Ellen (Ziermer) McCallum in Venango, Neb. He grew up with three brothers, six sisters, two half-brothers and one half-sister.

Richard married Joyce Darlene Morrison on January 17, 1964, in Holyoke, Colo. To this union six children were born, Michael, Darlene, Madelaine, Elaine,Glen, and Gary. Richard and Joyce shared 51 years of marriage together.

Richard was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved gardening, cooking, woodworking and arrowhead hunting. Being outdoors and caring for livestock and animals was a passion. He was well known all over Northeast Colorado for his fence building and work ethics, and was an active sponsor of 4-H and FFA.

Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children, Michael McCallum of Haxtun, Colo.; Darlene and Bruce Mahnke of Haxtun, Colo.; Madelaine and Jeff Lamm of Holyoke, Colo.; Elaine and Gene Daly of Glendo, Wyo.; Glen and Ranae McCallum of Holyoke, Colo., and Gary and Andrea McCallum of Holyoke, Color., along with 18 grandchildren; brother, Don McCallum and wife, Cathy of Lodgepool, Neb.; sisters, Phyllis Dobbins of Fort Collins, Colo., and Merna Olsen of Holyoke, Colo.; half brother, Clarence of Echo Oregon and half-sister, LaVaughn De Petro and husband Al of Littleton, Colo., along with many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Julia McCallum; sisters, Virginia McCallum, Margie May McCallum, Shirley Hagemann and Cathy Fisch; brothers, Charles McCallum and Joe McCallum; grandson, Jordan Mahnke; half-brother, Edward McCallum.

A Memorial Service will be held on January 8, 2016 at 10 a.m., at the First Christian Church in Holyoke, Colo.

Memorials can be given in Richard’s name and sent to the Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union.

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. Together Les and Helen worked ranches in Big Piney, Wyo, Marsland, Neb., New Raymer/Stoneham, Crook, and South of Brush, Colo.

After leaving ranching Les worked for several years for the Livestock Exchange and later was Maintenance for Eben Ezer and the Brush Hospital.

He is survived by his wife Helen of 61 years, daughter Debora Beck-Massey, 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 a great great great grand daughter. 

Leslie was cremated, No services were held.

Clara Ulrich

Clara Ulrich passed away peacefully December 11, 2015, surrounded by three generations of her family.

She was born Clara Kobobel on October 3, 1923, in Minatare, Neb. She was the 10th of 13 children born to Mary (Stricker) Kobobel and Carl Kobobel.

Growing up she worked along side her parents and siblings in the beet fields outside of Greeley, Colo. She attended dances in town with her sisters on Saturday nights and met her husband Elmer at one of these dances. They married December 31, 1943, in Deadwood, S.D., in the parlor of the Franklin Hotel.

After her husband’s deployment to Germany during WWII, Clara moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and began working at Remington Arms inspecting machine gun belts as well as at Weatherhead. Upon her husband’s return from the war, the two settled back in Greeley and began the East Side Market. In January of 1947 the first of three children were born. The year following their daughter’s birth (Lonna), Clara was named Mrs. Greeley 1948. She was an avid and talented seamstress who designed and made all of the clothing she used in the competition. She continued working along side her husband while their family grew with the birth of two sons in 1950 (Steven) and 1951 (Marshall). Clara and her husband Elmer moved to a farm outside of Kersey, Colo., in 1959 where they operated a dairy farm before purchasing Fort Morgan Pet foods in 1964. She and her husband then purchased Weld County Bi-Products and MCDU Inc. in 1965. The two continued operating the business together and all three children joined in to make the companies truly family owned and operated. In 1988 her husband and she expanded their farming operation with the purchase of ELMS Farms outside of Yuma. They continued working together until Elmer’s passing in 2008 and Clara continued to work at Weld County Bi-Products until she retired in 2013.

Clara was a very active woman who loved gardening, cooking, sewing and fitness.

She is survived by her daughter, Lonna Ulrich; sons, Steven and Marshall (Heather) Ulrich; as well as grandchildren, Elaine (Edward Etzkorn), Taylor, Cristina, Davis (Bre), Alexandra, and Kirsten Ulrich; and great granddaughter and grandson, Brecken and Caius.

Clara was proceeded in death by her mother and father, Carl and Mary (Stricker) Kobobel; her husband, Elmer Ulrich, and all of her brothers, Harvey, Elmer, Fred, Bill, Harry, Carl, Henry, and Edward Kobobel, and sisters, Molly Stroh, Lillian Moffat, Esther Clark, and Venice Johns.

A celebration of life was held December 27, 2015, at The Currier Inn in Greeley, Colo.

The family requests that donations be made to “Good Health Will”, 2611 W. 11th St. Rd, Greeley, Colo., 80631 ( or “the American Cancer Society.” ❖

Tributes for December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015 — 

Francis Rogers

Francis Marion Rogers passed away December 7, 2015.

He was number four of seven children born to Marion and Edna (Dinwiddie) Rogers on December 3, 1926, northeast of Yuma, Colo., in the Pleasant Valley Community.

Francis attended schools in the Waverly area and farmed with his dad until he was called for duty into the U. S. Army in May 1945. His basic training was at Camp Hood, Texas. From there he went by train to California, in preparation of being sent to Japan to fight in the War. When the Atom Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, which soon ended World War II. Then the army shipped Francis to New York where he was put on the troop ship; that trip was 26 days long. Going through the Mediterranean area he ended up in Iran for about six months, then on to Cairo, Egypt, where he was a Military Policeman. He enjoyed his time in Egypt when he was off duty, rented an Arabian Horse to ride around the Sphinx and the Pyramids. From Egypt he was shipped to Liege, Belgium and from there was discharged on November 30, 1946 as a Private First Class.

Francis met and married Mary Anderson, only child born to James and Henrietta (Hoch) Anderson. Francis often said he traveled around the world and found Mary in his own backyard! They were married on January 1, 1949. A few months after being married they moved on the farm 3-1/2 miles south of Yuma, Colo., after Mary’s parents moved to their home in Yuma.

Francis farmed for Mary’s parents. Her dad had a few commercial Angus cattle. After Francis complained about his Hereford cattle getting pink-eye and he didn’t like to dehorn them Mary said, “That’s easy to fix, why not switch to Angus cattle!” The rest is history! The first year of their newly married life, they purchased one registered Angus bull and 10 bred registered Angus cows. In 1950 they started going to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., and soon were showing a few head of Angus. Through the many years of attendance, they and their family received many honors; also some in Yuma, which they were always humbled by receiving them and thankful for the recognition. In their early married years and since they were ranching as well as farming they decided to name their home place “Wagon Wheel Ranch” and it still goes by that name today. Besides their Angus cattle, they also have a few registered Quarter Horses which Francis would break to ride, rope from and move cattle.

Francis and Mary were the parents of three children, MellaDee (Mark) Hagemann, Stanley Rogers and Kenneth (Jody) Rogers.

For many years he was the superintendent at the horse barn at the Yuma County Fair. He was a long time member of the Old Threshers Group and has had the Petting Zoo each September for children and the young-at-heart to enjoy the various animals people brought in.

Francis was a Christian and a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Yuma. His church family was near and dear to him.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary, of 66 years; his three children; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brother, Robert and sister, Maxine Heaton along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tyler Mark Hagemann; brothers, Ray and Lawrence Rogers and sisters, Josephine (Rogers) Darbin and Myrtle (Rogers) Pauli.

Services were held December 11, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Yuma, Colo. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery. ❖

Harold A. Harper

Harold A. Harper, 77, of Eaton, Colo., passed away December 8, 2015.

He was born August 12, 1938, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Howard and Betty (Carter) Harper.

Harold grew up in Indiana, working on the family farm and raising livestock. He was a member of his local 4-H Chapter where his interest in sheep and cattle became more focused. Harold was a champion sheep shearer and that skill paid his way through Purdue University, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and a member of the University marching band.

Harold served the livestock industry in Iowa and Nebraska, finding his home in Colorado. His love for livestock and Colorado led him to Eaton where he fulfilled his lifelong dream of a lamb feedlot. Together with his wife and three children, Harold built a reputation as one of the largest lamb feeders in the nation. Harold has received numerous awards and is held in the highest regards as a reputable industry leader.

Throughout the years Harold has been an active member and generous supporter of numerous industry organizations and a 50 year Noble member of the Shriners.

He is survived by his wife Judy; children Jeff and Jackie (Harper) Matz and their children Andrew and Caroline of Denver, Colo., Mike and MaryAnn Harper and their children Catherine, Emily and Madeline of Eaton, Colo., and Diane (Harper) Grossenbacher and her children Eli and Peter of Eaton, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard; and mother, Helen Harper.

Services were held December 15, 2015.

Memorial contributions can be made in Harold’s name to Meals on Wheels in care of Allnutt Funeral Service-Macy Chapel in Greeley, Colo. ❖

Tyler Jon Schlagel

Tyler Jon Schlagel, 29, of Longmont, Colo., passed away December 9, 2015.

He was born to Gary and Jo Dee (King) Schlagel on September 16, 1986, in Longmont, Colo.

He lived his entire life in the Longmont area.

Tyler graduated from Skyline High School in 2005.

He served in the United States Marine Corp from 2005 to 2009 and advanced to the rank of Corporal. He was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 2/7 Echo Company out of 29 Palms, Calif.

He worked odd jobs for two years after his military service. He spent several years working at Heritage Middle School/Timberline PK-8 as a Campus Supervisor and Wrestling Coach.

The last two summers Tyler had his dream job as a Fly Fishing Guide in the mountains of Northern Colorado.

Tyler was very active in 4-H showing pigs and sheep.

In school he lettered in Football, Baseball and Wrestling.

Tyler was happiest when he was at least knee deep in water fishing the waters along the foothills to his favorite high county lakes. He enjoyed hunting with his brother and friends, camping and hiking. He was definitely an outdoor kind of guy.

He is survived by his parents, Gary and Jo Dee Schlagel; a brother, Brandon Schlagel; Grandparents, Dave and Kathryn King of Longmont, Colo. Other survivors include, Roxanna Schlagel and Jack Phillips, Cindy Schlagel, Eddie and Lisa Schlagel, Terry and Karen Vanzant, Doyle and Sandy Eicher along with many cousins, relatives and friends.

Tyler was preceded in death by his grandparents LeRoy and Alberta Jane Schlagel.

Services were held December 17, 2015, at Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project or Project Healing Waters and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. ❖

Wesley Stephen Maranville

Wesley “Bubba” Stephen Maranville, 13, of Matheson, Colo., passed away unexpectedly December 10, 2015, in Simla, Colo.

Wesley was born August 27, 2002, to Scott and Sarah (Coulson) Maranville the second of three children.

School was a big part of Wesley’s life. Wes played basketball, football, track and baseball and excelled not only on the court and field but also in the classroom. He was a great friend to those who knew him and a teammate everyone respected on and off the court. Farming was a big aspect of his life. Wes loved driving tractors and combines and as young men often do, he had a close relationship to his Dad and “Papa.” He was always available to help and assist on the farm and learn “the ropes” so to speak. He wasn’t afraid of hard work and enjoyed working alongside his family as they cultivated the land.

Wesley was a member of Matheson Community Bible Church where his faith in the Lord grew as a young man. He also participated in 4-H, JH Matchwits and Elbert County Livestock Judging.

Wes immensely enjoyed his trips to the mountains with his family and loved fishing and hunting with his Dad. Anyone who truly knew Wes couldn’t argue that “Dukes of Hazard” was probably one of his favorite shows, from the theme song down to the 69 Dodge Charger that was the General Lee. Wes loved that show! Above all else, his family, friends and teammates meant the world to him. He loved his family and had a strong sense of community that he would do anything for. “Bubba’s” light glowed the brightest when he got to spend special time with his “Papas”; they were the best of friends. Bubba was the hero in each of his cousins’ eyes, and the light of their life. Wes had a huge impact on anyone who came in contact with him and although his time with us was short he will have an everlasting memory and legacy that will live in everyone forever.

Wesley is survived by his parents, Scott and Sarah Maranville; sisters, Riley Lou and Charley Marie Maranville; Great Grandpa Lewis (Liddie) Florey; Grandparents, Jack and Linda Maranville, Bruce and Suzann Coulson and Sue Coulson; Aunts and Uncles, Chad and Cindy Maranville, Barry and Mandy Maranville, Katie and Will White, Sarah and Charlie Fox, and Shad Coulson; Cousins, Kylie, Connor, Sterling, Will, Maddie, David and Wade. Also surviving are numerous extended family, friends and a loving community.

Services were held December 16, 2015, at the Simla Public School in Simla, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wesley’s memory in c/o Farmers State Bank Calhan, Colo., 80808. ❖

Fred Herman Maire

Fred Herman Maire, 81, of Sutherland, Neb., passed away December 12, 2015, at Great Plains Health.

Fred was born April 1, 1934, in Mullen, Neb., to Herman and Grace (Sexton) Maire.

Fred attended school in Mullen where he excelled at football and basketball.

He worked for Peter Kewitt Construction driving a truck for a year, then returned home to the ranch where he ranched and was a rodeo bareback rider.

He met Gladith Capellen and they were married June 13, 1953, in Mullen, Neb. The couple lived on the main family ranch south of Mullen, continued to ranch and haul cattle all over the country, then switched to long hauls with a reefer trailer traveling all over North America.

He was very active in the local roping club and with his children in 4-H. He also helped the neighbor girls with their 4-H projects. Fred was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He taught many guys to drive semis.

The couple moved off the ranch in 1985 and bought the Triangle Motel in North Platte, Neb., which they owned and operated for 10 years before moving to a farm west of Sutherland, Neb., where they continued to raise cattle and farm.

Survivors include his wife, Gladith of Sutherland, Neb.; daughters, Kathy (Jack) Haney of Hershey, Neb., Risa (Rick) Peters, and Lori (Dave) Yoshida all of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren, Dan (Monti) Haney of Ashby, Neb., Jennifer Lankaster of Hershey, Neb., Fred (Dawn) Peters of Hershey, Neb., Rebecca (Gilbert Gaona) Peters of North Platte, Neb., Sandi (Devin) Ruff of Sutherland, Neb., Wendy (Cameron) Bain of Paxton, Neb., Denise (Kyle) Hoyt of Mullen, Neb., Brenda (Katie) Hampton of Omaha, Neb., and Christina, Shelby and Dodge Yoshida all of North Platte, Neb.; 22 great-grandchildren; siblings, Goldie Little of Mullen, Neb., Ruby Davidson of Center, Neb., and Eunice Ritenour of Mullen, Neb.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Freda Hampton; brother, Roy Maire; and an infant sister Alice.

Services were held December 17, 2015, at the Hershey Baptist Church in Hershey, Neb. Burial took place at the Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the Christian Cowboy Association and online condolences may be shared at ❖

Willard E. Allacher

Willard Edward Allacher, 83, passed away on December 13, 2015.

He was born at Traer, Kan., on April 15, 1932, to Edward Earnest and Iva (Cox) Allacher.

In 1943, the family moved north of Flagler, Colo. Willard enjoyed riding his horse to country school. In September of 1945 the family moved to their forever home on the east edge of Flagler. From eighth grade through graduation he attended Flagler Public School, graduating in 1950..

Three days after graduating high school, Willard joined the Navy. He spent four years on the USS Princeton as a gunner and was discharged on March 18, 1954.

After hitch hiking from Washington he arrived home in Flagler where he met his future wife, Shirley Rae Karnes, who hadn’t lived in Flagler long. Willard and Shirley were married on July 24, 1955, and celebrated 60 years of marriage last summer. They were blessed with four sons and one daughter. For a short time they lived in rental homes until they purchased their home east of Flagler where he resided at the time of his death.

Willard worked at the Flagler Farmers CO-OP for 38 years, retiring in 1995. He also worked part time for Otteman’s Slaughter House and after his retirement he worked summers for Kit Carson County until his health no longer allowed him to work.

In his younger years, Willard enjoyed fishing, hunting coyotes, and playing with his children and their friends. After retiring he raised Holstein cattle and attended auctions, always seeking treasures.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Allacher, children, Ross (Becky) of Yuma, Colo., Jane Jones of Burlington, Colo., Scott (Mary) of Flagler, Colo., Matt (Tish) of Otis, Colo., and grandchildren Jake and Jared William Allacher of Flagler, Mike, Kerrie and Kristin Allacher of Burlington, Colo., Vance (Jeanette)Jones of Ft. Collins, Colo., Jared Earl Allacher of Annapolis, Md., Jason and Jaime Allacher of Otis, Colo., and one great grandson, Jackson Jones of Ft. Collins, Colo.

Willard was preceded in death by his son and wife, Ord and Mary K. Allacher, his parents, his sister, Florence Reeder, and his in-laws.

Private burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be sent to the Flagler Ambulance Service, PO Box 101, Flagler, Colo., 80815. ❖

Mary Ann McKenzie

Mary Ann McKenzie, 75, passed away on December 14, 2015, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.

She was born June 9, 1940, in Peoria, Okla., to Jim and Laura (Reber) Jimerson.

On August 31, 1958, she was united in marriage to Lawton Earl (Bill) McKenzie. Together, they had three daughters.

They raised their family in Greeley, Colo., until they moved to Seneca, Neb., in 1979. Mary and Bill bought and ran the Cattleman’s Bar and Café until they sold it in 1986.

They greatly loved to trap shoot where they won numerous trophies along the way and met many friends.

They moved to Alliance, Neb., in 2001 due to medical issues.

Mary loved visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed talking on the telephone, watching her favorite shows and Lifetime movies, and going on her yearly sister trips.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Felishia (Roger) Hoagland of Alliance, Neb., Melba Harding of Cozad, Neb., and Bobbie (Jess) Licking of Seneca, Neb., her step-son JD (Deb) McKenzie of Ft Collins, Colo., nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Betty Harbor of Cheney, Kan., Pauline (Richard) Farmer of Bedford, Texas, and Bobbie (Fred) Wilson of Greeley, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary is proceeded in death by her husband Bill, her brother, and two sisters.

Services were held December 21, 2015, at the Mullen Funeral Home with burial in the Seneca Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice at 2 W 42nd St #2300, Scottsbluff, Neb., 69361. ❖

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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.

No services were held. ❖

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.

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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.

Memorials may be made to Cancer Research and online condolences may be shared at ❖

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.

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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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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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