Rocky Mountain Obits 10-27-14

October 27, 2014 — 

Teresa A. Devlin

Teresa A. Devlin, 89, passed away October 15, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 10-27-14

October 27, 2014 — 

John Ralph “Jay” Lloyd

John Ralph “Jay” Lloyd, 90, of Delta, Colo., passed away at Paonia Care Center in Paonia, Colo., on October 12, 2014. The cause was a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s’.

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Plains Edition Obits 10-25-14

October 27, 2014 — 

Joseph J. Knott

Joseph J. Knott, 87, of Albion, Neb., passed away October 8, 2014, at the Wolf Memorial Good Samaritan Home in Albion, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 10-20-14

October 20, 2014 — 

Wendy Mae Larsen

Wendy Mae Larsen, 65, passed away October 5, 2014, at her ranch near Douglas, Wyo., following a horse related accident.

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Western Slope Obits 10-20-14

October 20, 2014 — 

Willard Proctor

Willard Lester Proctor, 88, passed away October 6, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 10-18-14

October 20, 2014 — 

Frank M. Lanka

Frank M. Lanka, 78, of Grand River, Iowa, passed away October 1, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 10-13-14

October 13, 2014 — 

Ray Henry

Ray William Henry, 99, of Genoa, Colo., passed away September 14, 2014, at the nursing home/care center in Hugo, Colo.

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Western Slope Obits 10-13-14

October 13, 2014 — 

Robert “Bob” E. McKune

Robert “Bob” E. McKune, 90, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., passed away September 27, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 10-11-14

October 13, 2014 — 

Merle LaVerne Durner

Merle LaVerne Durner, 87, of Wellfleet, Neb., passed away September 25, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 10-6-14

October 6, 2014 — 

Fred Osburn

Fred Osburn, 67, of Guernsey, Wyo., passed away September 23, 2014, in a automobile accident near Wheatland, Wyo.

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Western Slope Obits 10-6-14

October 6, 2014 — 

Larry W. Lampshire

Larry W Lampshire, 74, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away September 18, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital.

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Plains Edition Obits 10-4-14

October 6, 2014 — 

William Theodore “Bill” Sitz

William Theodore “Bill” Sitz, 87, of Burwell, Neb., passed away September 17, 2014, at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 9-29-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Charles Everett Lamberson

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

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Western Slope Obits 9-29-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Jeannie Aileen Kroschel

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

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Plains Edition Obits 9-27-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Gerald Spurgin

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 9-22-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Robert Main Richmond

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

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Western Slope Obits 9-22-14

September 22, 2014 — 

George W. “Jude” Arnett

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

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Plains Edition 9-20-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Clarence A. Romans

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 9-15-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Jean Stewart Reid

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

Jean was born as Lois Jean on February 5, 1924 in Frame, just outside of Charleston, W.Va. She was the 9th of 10 children born to Charles Stewart and Virginia Jackson Stewart.

Upon graduating from high school and business school Jean moved to Denver, Colo., in 1942 to care for her sister Mildred, who was recovering from a serious illness.

While Jean was living in Denver a man named George S. Reid was working on the Brett Gray Ranch. Through the match making efforts of Mrs. Brett Gray, George and Jean where introduced and went on a horse ride together. Jean married the love of her life on July 19, 1945.

George and Jean worked on the Brett Gray ranch, in the “L” of Lincoln County for several years. Jean cooked for the crew and quickly became known for her biscuits. Many days she made 72 biscuits for breakfast as well as cooking dinner and supper. George and Jean were blessed with the arrival of twins, John Glenn II and Mary Lynn in May of 1950.

Upon leaving the Brett Gray ranch George and Jean briefly lived and ranched near Penrose, Colo. In 1958 George and Jean purchased a ranch that later became Reid Cattle Company. They remained on the ranch the rest of their years, located between Ordway and Punkin Center. Making the ranch profitable was their first priority and they successfully owned, operated and grew Reid Cattle Company with the help of John and Mary. Much to Jean’s delight the ranch is now under the operation of the third generation.

During her years on the ranch Jean was active in the Lincoln County Cowbelles as well as serving as an election judge of the Cowan precinct. Later Jean was instrumental in the formation of the Gift of Life Foundation, which is dedicated to maintaining and improving health care in Lincoln County. Jean also served as a director on the Lincoln County Hospital Board. In March of 2003 Jean lost her beloved husband of almost 58 years. After that she continued to live in her own home and enjoyed her great-grandchildren on a daily basis.

Jean is survived by her children John and his wife Janell of the ranch and Mary and husband Charles Bloom of Windsor, Colo. She is also survived by her granddaughter Sara Jean and husband David Herman of Folsom Calif., grandsons George S Reid II (Chip) and wife Nikki of the ranch and Chris Bloom and wife Kay of Longmont, Colo. Also surviving are great grandchildren Maggie Jo Reid, Shane Reid and Sophia Bloom, sister-in-law Donna Stewart of Charleston W.Va, as well as many nieces and nephews. Norris and Loyd Patton, who adopted Jean as their grandmother, also survive.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband George S Reid, five brothers and four sisters as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services were held on September 5, 2014, at the Karval School. Interment was at the Hugo Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Gift of Life Foundation, PO Box 245, Hugo, Colo., 80821. ❖

Peter Dale “Pete” Robinson

Peter Dale “Pete” Robinson, 46, of Rawlins, Wyo., passed away on September 3, 2014.

Pete was born in Beaufort, S.C., on December 4, 1967.

He graduated from Rock River High School and was pursuing a degree from Western Wyoming College, where he was on the Dean’s List.

Pete owned and operated his own business, PDR Enterprises, and worked as an independent contractor in the oil field.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors and was an avid Denver Broncos fan. He was also actively involved as coach for the Lady Outlaws.

Pete is survived by his parents, Lee and Lance Robinson of Ranchester, Wyo.; daughters, Amie Robinson of Laramie, Wyo., and Kendall Robinson of Rawlins, Wyo.; sons, Grady Robinson and Beckett Robinson of Rawlins, Wyo., and Zephaniah Robinson of Kelso, Wash.; one grandson, Wyatt (Amie’s son) of Laramie, Wyo.; brothers, Paul and wife, Heather of North Platte, Neb., and Lance Jay and wife, Erica of Cody, Wyo.; sister, Michelle Robinson of Sheridan,Wyo.; uncle, Kenny Gibson of Orangeburg, S.C.; nieces, Shelby and Nicole of North Platte, Neb.; and nephews, Lance Donovan and Braden of Cody, Wyo.

Pete was preceded in death by grandfather, Russell Sawyer; grandmother, Ruth Jayne Robinson; and great-grandparents, Munson and Edna Sawyer and Mary and Lance John Robinson.

The Memorial Service will be held at the Rawlins High School Fine Arts Center on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pete Robinson Memorial Fund, C/O Bank of Commerce, P.O. Box 50, Rawlins, Wyo., 82301. ❖

Keith Vincent Ashbaugh

Keith Vincent Ashbaugh, 93, of Denver, Colo., formerly of New Raymer, Colo., passed away August 25, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on a farm south of Buckingham, Colo., on April 2, 1921. He grew up with six siblings and learned to have a great deal of fun with his four older brothers. His parents, Harry and Clara Ashbaugh, were hard working and taught their children the value of money and being wholesome, caring people.

He married Shirley Greenlee of Buckingham in 1946 and they lived on the farm for 65 years before health concerns caused them to move to Denver in 2010 to be near their daughter. They have two children: Cathy (Chris) Barnes and Roy Ashbaugh of Loveland, Colo. In 2012 the Ashbaugh Farm was honored by the Colorado Historical Society as a Centennial Farm at a ceremony at the Colorado State Fair.

When World War II came, Keith stayed on the farm, allowing his brothers to serve in the military. He raised wheat, dairy and beef cattle and Shirley had a huge garden from which the family ate heartily all through the winter.

Keith got a kick out of his extended family — celebrating together at an annual picnic and Thanksgiving, sometimes totaling 30 people from as far away as Texas, Michigan, California and Oregon. When these occasions were at the farm, Keith took great joy in providing “toys” for the kids. His mechanical prowess kept go-karts, bicycles, and ski do’s going for the various nieces and nephews.

He held many jobs in addition to being a farmer, rancher, husband and dad: Great Western Sugar Factory handyman, Weld County road maintenance operator, welder and mechanic.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Shirley; son and daughter; three granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held at August 28, 2014, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley, Colo. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Leona (Steitz) Keil

Leona (Steitz) Keil, 91, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 5, 2014.

She was born October 22, 1922, to Jake and Elizabeth Steitz of Bison, Kan.

She grew up in Bison, Kan., and received her education there. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church at Otis, Kan.

After graduation, she worked as a Nurses Aid for 10 years first at St. Rose Hospital at Great Bend, Kan., and then at the hospital in Sterling, Colo.

In 1945, Leona married Dave Keil of Iliff, Colo. They were married 65 years.

Leona and Dave farmed for 20 years, of which the first four years were at Belle Fourche, S.D. In 1950 they moved to Colorado and farmed near Sterling, Colo., at Proctor. They moved to Sterling in 1966 where she worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Rose Arbor Nursing Home and also at Sterling Hospital. In 1972, they moved to Greeley, Colo., where Leona worked for North Colorado Medical Center for 15 years in the housekeeping department.

Leona is survived by her children Larry and wife Connie of Ft. Lupton, Colo., Diana Gallegos and husband Manuel of Greeley, Colo., Cheryl Gantz of Evans, Colo., and Wayne and companion Colleen Kruger of Ft. Collins, Colo.; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Services were held September 11, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens. ❖

Ivan E. Thoms

Ivan E. Thoms, 93, longtime Morgan County resident, passed away September 4, 2014, at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo.

He was born August 14, 1921, to Emil and Ethel Thoms in Ogallala, Neb.

Ivan served in the US Army during WW II.

On November 30, 1942, he married Alice Wahlert in Sidney, Neb.

Following his honorable discharge, Ivan owned and operated an automotive garage in Hillrose, Colo. Following his retirement, the Thoms’ moved to Brush, Colo., where Ivan continued his scrap metal business.

He was a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Alice of Brush, Colo.; two sons, Eugene of Hesperia, Calif., and Norman of Gering, Neb.; eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Also survived by brothers, Renee, Hollis and Emil; sisters, Sydney, Alpha, Eunice, Myrl, Phyllis, and Eula.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Lyle, Donald and Neil.

Services were held September 10, 2014, at the Brush Memorial Cemetery Interment Chapel. ❖

Western Slope Obits 9-15-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Shane Cannon

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

Shane excelled in motocross at a young age. In the mid 70s he built a successful concrete contracting business while also racing off-road and hill climb cars.

Always an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and big game hunting across the US and Canada. His adventure story “My Last Colorado Mountain Goat Hunt” was published in the ‘The Bighorn’ magazine in winter 2013.

He had recently been very active with the Pikes Peak Range Riders where he thoroughly enjoyed riding his mules with his Range Rider Brothers.

Throughout his life he was surrounded by many friends and family, including his loving wife Jodi and his faithful companion, his dog Eddie.

Shane is survived by his wife, Jodi Cannon; his father, Art Cannon; his mother, Gwen Cannon; two sisters, Christine VanVerth and Ceresa (Bill) Grammer; and two nieces, Shayna Grammer and Larissa Grammer.

Shane will be missed very much by everyone who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Shane’s Life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, September 15, 2014 at Maguireville in Monument, Colo. A graveside funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Delta City Cemetery. ❖

Sylvester Farner

Sylvester Farner, 84, of Gunnison, Colo., passed away on September 4, 2014.

He was born on January 20, 1930, to Joseph and Salome Farner in La Cross, Kan.

On March 30, 1953, Sylvester married Dolores Tennent in Denver, Colo., and together they raised one son and two daughters.

Syl attended schools in Sterling, Colo.

He later joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After his service to the country, he opened up Syl’s RV in Gunnison, Colo., and Mesa, Ariz., which he proudly owned and operated for 30 years. Syl also owned and operated the Quarter Circle Restaurant in Gunnison for seven years. Syl also ranched in the Doyleville area of Gunnison and raised 75 head of buffalo during this time.

Syl loved all animals, for which he had a special gift. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved deep sea fishing in the Baja of Mexico. Syl was the “unofficial Mayor of Gunnison,” as he loved conversing with friends, family and those he met in Gunnison. Spending time with his grandchildren, helping and teaching them, was something that Syl truly cherished.

He is survived by daughters, Nanette (Ernie) Reed, Joyce Reynolds and son Scott (Tracy), all of Brighton, Colo.; grandchildren, Marty, Mandi, Davey, Silas and Shaun; brothers, Donald (Betty) Farner, Bill (Jackie) Farner and Jim (Dorothy) Farner all of Brighton, Colo.; sisters, Betty Martin of Windsor, Colo., Carol Specht of Brighton, Colo., Maxine (Jim) Pugh of Grand Junction, Colo., and Barbara Kraft of Brighton, Colo.; nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Dolores Farner; two brothers and one sister.

A Memorial Service was held September 12, 2014, at Brighton United Methodist Church. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 9-13-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Archie Tate

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

Archie Henry Tate was born August 5, 1918, at his parent’s ranch southwest of Crookston, Neb., to Henry and Minnie (Strickler) Tate. Archie was the third oldest of 10 children born to his parents.

He attended the country school, District 137, just a half mile north of his parent’s ranch where he graduated from the 8th grade.

After graduation he worked at home on his parent’s ranch.

Archie met his future wife, Manota Gale, and on September 15, 1942, they eloped and were married at O’Neill, Neb. They lived in Florida and Georgia while he was in basic training.

Archie was a radio and radar operator for 23 months with the 563rd Signal Air Warning Battalion, 9th Air Force in support of the Third Army. His unit took part during the invasion of Normandy Beach and four other major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge where he survived a Christmas Eve bombing.

Upon his discharge from the military in late 1945 he returned to the Sandhills and worked for several ranches. Five children were born to the couple. In 1949, they bought a ranch south of Mission, S.D. In 1971 he purchased his parent’s ranch near Crookston. In 1982 they retired and moved to Valentine, Neb., from the Mission, S.D., ranch.

Archie loved his family, enjoyed ranching, riding horses and raising Hereford cattle.

He was active in the Mission community. He served on the Todd County School Board, soil conservation board, a 4-H leader, and member of the American Legion and VFW. He received the first “South Dakota Rangeman of the Year” award in 1964. When Archie was about 30-years-old while attending a revival meeting he received Christ as his Lord and Savior. He faithfully lived for the Lord. He attended the Valentine First Baptist Church. In his later years he enjoyed baking pecan pies, sharing them with others, and attending the Senior Center. He and Manota enjoyed traveling and spending time with their children, grandchildren and extended families. They were married for 62 years.

Archie is survived by his children including Galene (Merrill) Feller of Valentine, Neb.; Norman (Janet) Tate of Crookston, Neb.; Duane (Beverly) Tate of Mission, S.D.; and Eileen (Ronald) Konechne of Sioux Falls, S.D. Grandchildren include Dean Feller, Brian (Rebecca) Feller; Bethany (Jon) Sieg; Sarah (Jamie) Fry; Christopher and Benjamin Konechne. Great Grandchildren include: Brielle and Brynna Feller; Eleanor and Liam Sieg; and Jeremiah Fry. He is survived by siblings: Venita Clifton of Damascus, Oregon; Robert (Vivian) Tate of Puyallup, Washington; and Betty (Barney) Richardson of Denver, Colo.

Archie was preceded in death by his parents: Henry and Minnie Tate; wife, Manota and infant daughter Nancy Jane; his sisters: Florence McAlevy, Dorothy Wendorf, Harriet Ryan, and infant sister; his brothers: Harry Lee Tate; and Harold Tate.

Funeral service for Archie Tate was held on Wed. September 3, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Valentine, Neb. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine, Neb.

Memorials may be made to the Valentine Senior Center. ❖

Wayne Raasch (Rouch)

Wayne Raasch (Rouch), 79, longtime resident of Champion, Neb., passed away August 11, 2014, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home in Imperial, Neb.

Survivors include: Wife Sharon of Imperial, Neb.; Daughter: Dottie Rankin and Husband, Earl, of Gillette, Wyo.; Son: Larry Raasch and wife, Tinker, of Champion, Neb.; Daughter: Cindy Fischer and Husband, Gordon, of Wauneta, Neb., and five Grandsons.

Services were held August 14, 2014, at the Champion Community Center in Champion, Neb. Inurnment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Champion, Neb.

Memorials have been established to the Champion Women’s Club and the Champion Community Center. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 9-8-14

September 8, 2014 — 

William Gordon “Bill” Leafgren

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

Bill was born on October 1, 1925 in Greeley, Colo., to Arthur and Lily (Erickson) Leafgren and grew up on a farm northwest of Eaton, Colo.

He graduated from Ault High School in 1943 where he excelled in athletics and was student body president.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 serving in the 77th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theatre. After the war ended, he served in the occupying force in Japan and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1946, while continuing in the reserve forces until 1949.

He attended college on the G. I. Bill, graduating from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) in 1950 with a degree in Vocational Agriculture. While in Fort Collins, Bill was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and played on the “Atom Bombers” intramural basketball team.

After graduation, he joined the family farming operation with his father and brother, Larry and farmed at Lucerne for the next 60 years. Bill continued irrigating and driving tractors until the age of 85, retiring in 2011. He was currently the board chairman of Lucerne, Inc.

On December 6, 1953, he married Annetta Ottoson at the First Presbyterian Church in Greeley, Colo. To this union was born their children, Brian, Brenda and Brad. They were married for 39 years until Annetta’s death on June 23, 1993.

On August 31, 1997 he married Suezann Knoedler at the Eaton Evangelical Free Church and enjoyed spending time with her children, Cyndee, Vickie, Larry and David and their families.

Faith, family and farming were the focus and joy of Bill’s life. An avid supporter and spectator of his children’s and grandchildren’s school and sports events, he was a proud “Papa.” A man who loved the outdoors, Bill was known as a good farmer and fly fisherman. For many years “coffee chats” with his farming friends was a daily highlight.

Bill was an active member of the Eaton Evangelical Free Church his entire life, serving in many capacities, and especially loved working with the AWANA Club kids in his later years. He served on the Rocky Mountain District Board of the Evangelical Free Church and was also a member of Gideons International.

Bill is survived by his wife Suezann; sister Harriet Leafgren; sons Brian (Deborah) Leafgren, and Brad (Denise) Leafgren and their children Lindsey and Jackson; daughter Brenda (Michael) Trautner and their son Nicolas (fiancé, Kate Williams); and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by step-sons Larry (Jane) Knoedler and their children Matt, Jon and Tim, and David (Margaret) Knoedler and their children Sara, Jacob, Hanna and Allison; step-daughters Cyndee (Steve) Norman and their children Zachary, Rebekkah, and Jason (Sarah), and Vickie (Gene) Anderson and their children Haley (David Grigg), Taylor and Logan. Also surviving are step-great-grandchildren, Tony and Zander Norman.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Lily, infant brother Richard, wife Annetta in 1993, and brother Larry in 2006.

Family burial with military honors took place at the Eaton Cemetery September 2, 2014, followed by a Memorial Service at the Eaton Evangelical Free Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Eaton Evangelical Free Church, Gideons International, or the Weld County 4-H Foundation.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at ❖

Robert Douglas Fouts

Robert Douglas Fouts, 70, of Eaton, Colo., passed away on August 24, 2014, as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Robert was born on August 5, 1944, in Battle Creek, Iowa, to Dean and Louise (Fouts) Lund and was later adopted by Kenneth and Feryle (Conard) Fouts.

He graduated high school from Ida Grove, Iowa in 1962.

Robert served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict, serving three tours as a sonar technician and shore spotter. He then worked as a dispatcher for the Nebraska Highway Patrol, and later worked 30 years for Eastman Kodak until his retirement.

In 1972, he married Rose M. Kuck in Loveland, Colo., where they lived from 1972 to 1992. Together they moved to rural Eaton in 1992. After his retirement, he drove a bus for the Eaton School District, the Sierra Coach, and the Greeley-Evans Transit.

Bob loved riding his motorcycle, which he and Rose took on many cross country vacations, adding a sidecar when Jarrod came along. Bob was an avid bowler and golfer and he enjoyed playing pool. Bob also had his private pilot’s license.

Robert is survived by his wife, Rose Fouts of Eaton, Colo.; a son, Jarrod Dean Fouts of Eaton, Colo.; two brothers, Richard (Elenore) Lund of Colorado and Ken (Meta) Fouts of Ohio; four sisters, Geraldean Johnson of Illinois, Judy (Jim) Dickerson of Nebraska, Regina Fox of Nebraska, and Shirley Loar of Nebraska; Sister-in-law, Pat Conard and Step sister Sandy Sandford; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, Elizabeth Fouts, and his brother, Kermit Conard.

Services were held September 6, 2014, at the Greeley V.F.W. Pioneer Post.

Donations can be made to The Honor Flight organization or a charity of your choice. Cards can be sent to 24802 CR 72, Eaton, Colo., 80615.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at ❖

Jeffrey Daniel Stromberger

Jeffrey Daniel Stromberger, 28, of Iliff, Colo., passed away unexpectedly August 29, 2014 in Burlington, Colo.

Jeff was born on November 24, 1985, in Greeley, Colo., to Daniel and Cindy (Rusch) Stromberger.

He graduated from Merino High School in 2004 and graduated with an Associate’s Degree from NJC.

He was on the brink of hitting his 10-year milestone working for his passion of serving others and John Deere green. Most recently he was promoted as parts manager at the John Deere dealership in Sterling, Colo.

Eight years ago, Jeff met the love of his life Kristyn (Wagner) and instantly they became one and did everything together from then on. On May 21, 2011 they were married at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Together they farmed and ranched in Iliff, Colo. He had a true passion for agriculture with cattle, farming and John Deere tractors, but most importantly, his family. On July 25, 2013 they welcomed Pacyn Kaylee Stromberger and she was just the beginning of the planning of their family.

Jeff is survived by his best friend and wife Kristyn, the light of his life Pacyn of 1 year, his parents Dan and Cindy, in-laws, Dennis and Cindy Wagner, brothers-in-law Ryan Wagner and Jared Wagner, Grandparents Harry and Violet Stromberger of Windsor, Colo., and Rosalie Rusch of Platteville, Colo. His aunts and uncles Barbara Stromberger of Greeley, Colo., Gerald Rusch and Dennis Rush of Platteville, Colo. Cousins Cory and Jamie Rusch and numerous friends and family.

Services were held September 4, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sterling, Colo. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions will be made to his daughter, Pacyn in care of Chaney Reager Funeral Home. Funds will be used to provide her with a gift from her dad that she will cherish forever. ❖

Karen W. Garver

Karen W. Garver, 74, passed away on August 25, 2014.

She was born on October 16, 1939 to Loy and Vivian Trueblood of Lyons, Colo.

She married her High School sweetheart, Roy Glenn Garver on January 31, 1957, and they began their country lifestyle together which included horses and raising longhorn cattle, first it was in Erie and then they moved to their 230 acre ranch near Lamar, Neb.

While at their Erie place they ran a team roping club which she kept things in line and made sure things ran smoothly. She worked for the town of Lyons as an assistant clerk, then at the Kinzie Candle Shop in Lyons, then worked at a sewing plant in Longmont for many years.

She enjoyed her flowers and yard work on their ranch. She was also a great supporter of her daughters and grandchildren be it in sports, team roping or anything they became involved in.

She is survived by her two daughters, Tracie Richardson-Markheim (Joel) of Ault, Colo., and Teresa Martin of Erie, Colo.; six grandchildren Jayson Richardson, Raelynn and Joe Ferrera, Sarah Stoudt, Sheri and Jimmy Peterson, Casey Martin and Jeremiah Bateman and great grandson Cael and great granddaughter Charley Rae Ferrera; Brother Gaye Trueblood (Marion), sisters Joy McDermed, Vonda Maywood (Jack), Merrilee Fulford (Vic) and sister-in-law Waunita Trueblood, and neices and nephews.

Karen was proceded in death by her husband Glenn, parents Loy and Vivian Trueblood, Son in-law Randy Richardson, brother Terry Trueblood, Brother-in-law Wayne McDermed.

Honoring her wishes, no services will be held. She asked to be cremated and to have her ashes scattered with her husband Glenn’s ashes on their land. The family will participate in this ceremony at a later date.

Cards may be sent to: Tracie Richardson-Markheim 41970 CR 35, Ault, Colo., 80610 or Teresa Martin P.O. Box 667, Erie, Colo., 80516. ❖

Charles Wesley “Skip” McClelland

Charles Wesley “Skip” McClelland passed away at his home near Granby, Colo., September 2, 2014.

Skip was born in Tiffin, Ohio, on January 22, 1925.

Two days after his 17th birthday, 1942, he entered World War II aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise and received two Bronze Stars. He served until a Komikaze attack at the battle of Okinawa. After the war he traveled the country and worked on several dam and water projects, as a surveyor/engineer. In Arkansas he owned a roller skating rink. After the mysteriously burning of the rink, he went to California and played professional roller hockey, to pay off the debt.

The Williams Fork water project relocated him from Arvada to Granby in 1956. Skip made Grand County his home ever since. During which he owned a land surveying company. He served as County Surveyor for almost 20 years. He lived and ranched at the east end of the airport for more than 50 years. The McClelland ranch has been known to have everything from horses, sheep, longhorns and goats to beautiful birds.

Skip was an exception pool player and spent time playing in professional tournaments across the country. For more than two decades he was also the pool shark that ran the tables at the Lariat Saloon. Skip as the chute boss for the Kremmling, Colo., roping’s knew every roper and steer that came into the arena.

He led a life that was hard, independent and adventurous. He was a complicated and talented man. His love of life was equaled only by his love of family and friends. He held a great love for the land and the people of Grand County. He will be missed and we give him into the hands of God.

He is survived by his wife Roselle McClelland; three children, Cheryl Kayfes, Ben McClelland and Kim Trygg; two Grandchildren, Michelle Warren, Justin Trygg and one great grandchild, Piper Rae Warren. He considered his brother’s girls, Jackie Kemp and Susie Cambell, his children as well.

Grave side services to be held at 1:00 p.m., September 13, 2014, at the Granby Cemetery. Stories and memories to be shared following the service.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation, in Skip’s name, to the Troublesome Horse Rescue, PO Box 1621, Kremmling, Colo., 80459. ❖

Don C. Taylor

Don C. Taylor, 94, of Northglenn, Colo., passed away August 17, 2014.

He was born to Jesse Taylor and Alma Zimmerman on April 3, 1920, in Paoli, Colo. His nuclear family also consisted on a brother, Jess, and two sisters, Dorothy and Faye.

He attended school in Windsor, Colo., and graduated from Littleton High School.

After graduation he courted and married Eileen Johnson of Berthoud, Colo. During the courtship, Don would walk from Longmont to Berthoud to see his future wife. They married Sept. 15, 1940, and subsequently, had a family of six children.

Don started his employment at a very young age. He first visited his father’s mine at the tender age of two months.

After marriage Don enlisted in the US Merchant Marine and served aboard a tanker, shipping oil from Alaska to California. He was discharged at the end of World War II. He found work as a railroad switchman and then proceeded to work in the feed manufacturing business, working for Intermountain Elevator Company in Denver and Longmont as the plant manager. When Imtermountain became Farmer’s Marketing Association, he was transferred to Fort Morgan, Colo. Don was later transferred to the Denver office of FMA. To care for his large family, he also took part-time work as a theater usher and ticket vendor at a greyhound racing park.

Don was a member of Rotary Club and Elks. He also served as a member of the Colorado Feed and Grain Association on the Board of Directors, being elected president in 1984. He retired at the age of 67 in 1987.

Don is survived by his two sons, Richard and Kent and his three daughters, Twila, Deidre and Debra. He also has four grandchildren, Lisa, Dawn, Bryce and Adam, as well as three great grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen, and his first-born, Donna.

Memorial services are pending. Don will be interred at Berthoud’s Greenlawn Cemetery, beside his wife and daughter. ❖

Stella Carturier Bianco

Stella Carturier Bianco, a longtime resident of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys passed away on August 19, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

Stella was born June 7, 1927 at home in Emma, Colo., to James and Berlena Carturier.

Stella married Mike Bianco on March 15, 1947.

Stella ranched with her husband for many years and worked as a housekeeper in Aspen. The couple retired in Silt, Colo., where Stella became active in senior citizen activities.

Stella is survived by her children, Michael (Karen) Bianco of Longmont, Colo., and Lois (Dan) Vetter of Palisade, Colo., five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one sister, Pauline Haller of Grand Junction, Colo., many friends and family.

Services were held September 6, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Silt, Colo. ❖

Western Slope Obits 9-8-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Harold Richard Lloyd

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

Many didn’t know that he was 80-years-old; his keenness belied his age. His silver swooped hair had been a recognizable trait since his early 30s. Water laced with arsenic was the backstory to his pearly head. He was a young cowboy trapped in a time touched body even as he laid in the hospital bed where he took his last breath. He was a mining, fishing, wisdom-seeking, coffee-drinking, good ole boy who brought hearty smiles and bellyborn laughs to those around him. His young and adventurous soul may have been due to his birth story back in December 27, of 1933. It went something like this ... “The snow was deep and Bertha Lloyd was heavy with child. She was riding a pregnant buckskin mare back to Mesa when they were set upon by bandits, because there were still bandits in those days. When they had escaped the unchivalrous malefactors and were nearly home, both she and the mare went into labor under a cedar tree. As soon as they had delivered and the colt had nursed, she sat her baby Harold on Little Bucky and they all ‘lit a shuck’ back to the ranch.” ... Or so “Grandpa” embellished the story to small listening ears some bearing his trademark blue eyes.

Harold attended school in Mesa (often traveling by horseback) and graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1951. His ranching days as a youngster lead him to the rodeo team at Colorado A&M. Having a “way with words” Harold graduated Auctioneer School in Kansas City in 1962. He was known for both his auctioneer skill as well as his “lively” rodeo announcements. Harold was an adventurous (maybe more truthfully dangerous) aviator, flying fixed wing and helicopters.

He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. Years later, his son Alex while stationed in Korea, was honored by an elderly Korean man who bowed low and said “I thank your father on behalf of my generation, for his help in the Korean war.” His service was recognized.

Appreciating beautiful “country,” masterfully crafted by the Creator originated with Dick Lloyd’s love of the land and this has gone on down to his son Harold, his grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Relationships built around the table over a cup of thick, dark coffee will continue to be a tradition. Harold could spin a tale, pull your leg and make people laugh. He made “coffee” a verb because he would drop everything to “coffee” with a friend. Harold lived an active life until the week he left this world. A generation has been removed, but there are a plethora of Lloyds to come, thanks to Harold Richard Lloyd.

Harold is the last of the original Lloyd generation that homesteaded up on the Mesa. But a heritage more important than land has been left: his two surviving sons (Erik and Alex), nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren bearing his “good ole boy” nature are his true legacy. To date; 10 men bare the Lloyd name, ensuring there are going to be plenty of stubborn but God fearing generations to come.

Graveside Services were held September 2, 2014, at the Mesa Cemetery in Mesa, Colo.

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Plains Edition Obits 9-6-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Robert Jennings Moreland

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

Robert Jennings Moreland was born to John Jennings (Jack) and Grace Fairhead Moreland, at the home of his grandparents, G.O. and Julia Boden Fairhead, in Merriman, Neb., on February 21, 1923. At that time, the family lived on a farm about 10 miles east of Martin, S.D.

In 1931, the family leased a ranch at the head of LaCreek, still in Bennett County, South Dakota. Bob and his younger brother, Stan, rode horseback five miles each way to the Lone Star School where there were 16 boys and a man teacher. In 1934, the Moreland family moved to a leased ranch which they later purchased, one mile south of Merriman, Neb., in Cherry County.

Bob graduated from Merriman High School in 1940. The following year he took a post-graduate agriculture course at Curtis, Neb., and the next year he attended Ag College at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. While there in the fall of 1942, he joined and boarded at Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Fees, room, and board cost $32 per month. Bob returned to the ranch after one semester of college.

The following year Clyde Weber offered Bob a job at $75 per month, agreeing to keep 50 bred heifers at $1.50 per head per month in lieu of wages. Bob sold his other cattle and purchased 53 bred Hereford heifers from Fred Tuchenhagen for $81 per head. Bob worked alternately at Webers and with his dad the next three years. During two of those winters, Bob batched and fed hay with a four-horse team to 800 cows on a hay meadow near LaCreek. He greatly enjoyed living in that community, and was invited to many meals with his friends. He even hosted a couple neighborhood steak-fry suppers at his meager one room cabin.

In the fall of 1946, the 16,000 acre Quigley ranch northeast of Merriman (known as the Bar T) came up for sale. Charlie Snyder bought 8,000 acres of the east half for $15 per acre, Clyde Weber bought the northwest corner consisting of 4,000 acres of summer range for $10 per acre, and Bob and his dad, Jack, went into partnership and purchased 3,500 acres of the home meadow and headquarters for $20 per acre, also getting a lease on 500 acres of school land. Possession was not until spring of 1947, so Bob worked for Fred Tuchenhagen during that winter. Fred’s ranch was uniquely located. Every day on Bob’s feeding round, he passed through two states and four counties, as the ranch lay where Shannon and Bennett counties in South Dakota corner with Sheridan and Cherry counties in Nebraska.

Bob and his brother Stan moved to the new ranch, later known as the Green Valley Hereford Ranch, on May 1, 1947. Stan was working for their father, taking his wages out in keep on cattle. The two young men batched on the new ranch until Stan got married in September of 1949. Stan’s wedding was in Greeley, Colorado, and one of his army buddies, Bruce Anderson, from Minnesota attended. Bruce’s sister, Elaine, accompanied him to the wedding, as she had Labor Day week-end off from the bank where she worked in Minneapolis. Elaine met Bob, and they courted long-distance until they were married on October 15, 1950 in Benson, Minn.

Stan and his wife Joy Lue moved south of Merriman to run the Moreland home ranch, while Bob and Elaine stayed on the Green Valley Hereford Ranch. Bob and Elaine had four children: Steve, born in 1951; Sandra in 1954; Sybil in 1958; and Nancy in 1966. Bob and his family acquired more land from Fred Fuchser in 1961, and from Lester Leach in 1967. Bob helped his son Steve purchase the remainder of Leach’s land south of Merriman in 1972. In 1986 the land south of Merriman was traded for the Snyder Ranch northeast of Merriman, which joined the Green Valley, and Steve and his family moved to the new ranch.

Bob and his family raised Hereford bulls for many years, and hosted the annual Green Valley Country Music Hereford Bull Sale for ten years, from 1973-1982. In later years the Moreland family switched to mostly Angus commercial cattle.

Bob was a life-long member of the Methodist Church. He was active as a Mason for 65 years as a member of Pioneer Lodge No. 219 A.F. & A.M. in Martin, S.D. He was a member of the Gordon Gideon Camp. He was a long-time member of the Nebraska Stockgrowers which evolved into the Nebraska Cattlemen. Bob has served three times as a director of the Sandhills Cattle Association. In 1990, he instigated the idea to have an annual January ranch tour. These tours have been very successful since January of 1991, with usually 200-250 people in attendance. In January of 2014, at nearly 91 years of age, Bob once again went on the tour. He and Ronna Morse, the director/manager of the Sandhills Cattle Association, are the only two people who have been on all 24 tours.

Bob was artistic and painted many pictures, and was a member of the Sand Painter Art Guild. He also took a multitude of photographs through the years. Bob enjoyed writing, and published his autobiography “Sandhills Satisfaction” in 1994. He started writing a newspaper column “Friends and Fancies” in September of 2003, which was published weekly in four area newspapers. After each year of 52 columns, they were compiled into a book. There have been ten of these books published, and his last column was written the week before he died. Bob has interviewed several old-timers through the years, writing down some of their history. He has always been good with a typewriter, and could type about as fast as they could talk.

Bob was musically talented, and sang at many funerals through the years in a quartet with his brother, Stan, and two cousins, Garould and Joy Fairhead. He enjoyed traveling and meeting people, and had many friends in all corners of the country and overseas. He felt deep affection for the Sandhills and its pioneer history. He admired good ranch practices and high quality livestock, and he loved his family and many friends.

Bob and Elaine Moreland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October of 2000. Elaine passed away in 2004. Bob married Arliss Emley DeKay in 2007, promising her at least 10 years of wedded bliss. He passed away three years too soon to fulfill his deal, and this may be the only time in his life that he didn’t keep his word.

He is survived by wife Arliss; son Steve (Carol) Moreland, daughter Sybil Moreland, and daughter Nancy (Shawn) Vineyard; grandsons Will (Desiree) Moreland, Brock (Chelsie) Moreland, and Terrel Vineyard; granddaughters Tiffany Moreland and Tori Vineyard; and great-grandchildren Fiora, Finnegan and George Moreland, Holden and Rowan Moreland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Grace Moreland, his brother Stan in 1999, wife Elaine in 2004, and their daughter Sandra in 1993.

Funeral services were held September 2, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Gordon, Neb. Burial was held in the Gordon Cemetery.

The family suggest memorials to the Tri-State Cowboys Museum, the Gordon Gideon Camp or the Donor’s choice and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home PO Box 366, Gordon, Neb., 69343. ❖

Jeffrey Daniel Stromberger

Jeffrey Daniel Stromberger, 28, of Iliff, Colo., passed away unexpectedly August 29, 2014 in Burlington, Colo.

Jeff was born on November 24, 1985, in Greeley, Colo., to Daniel and Cindy (Rusch) Stromberger.

He graduated from Merino High School in 2004 and graduated with an Associate’s Degree from NJC.

He was on the brink of hitting his 10-year milestone working for his passion of serving others and John Deere green. Most recently he was promoted as parts manager at the John Deere dealership in Sterling, Colo.

Eight years ago, Jeff met the love of his life Kristyn (Wagner) and instantly they became one and did everything together from then on. On May 21, 2011 they were married at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Together they farmed and ranched in Iliff, Colo. He had a true passion for agriculture with cattle, farming and John Deere tractors, but most importantly, his family. On July 25, 2013 they welcomed Pacyn Kaylee Stromberger and she was just the beginning of the planning of their family.

Jeff is survived by his best friend and wife Kristyn, the light of his life Pacyn of 1 year, his parents Dan and Cindy, in-laws, Dennis and Cindy Wagner, brothers-in-law Ryan Wagner and Jared Wagner, Grandparents Harry and Violet Stromberger of Windsor, Colo., and Rosalie Rusch of Platteville, Colo. His aunts and uncles Barbara Stromberger of Greeley, Colo., Gerald Rusch and Dennis Rush of Platteville, Colo. Cousins Cory and Jamie Rusch and numerous friends and family.

Services were held September 4, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sterling, Colo. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions will be made to his daughter, Pacyn in care of Chaney Reager Funeral Home. Funds will be used to provide her with a gift from her dad that she will cherish forever. ❖

Rocky Mountain Recipes 9-1-14

September 8, 2014 — 

John Wade Bartmann

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

John was born March 3, 1964, to Richard and Judith (Day) Bartmann in Logan, Utah. The family lived in Meeker (Piceance Creek) and Fort Collins.

He graduated from high school in Fort Collins, Colo. After graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, he married Sherry (Willson) in 1990 and they moved east of Windsor where they started their home and sheep business and he continued to work on his Master’s degree.

John was extremely involved in his kids’ school, Windsor Charter Academy serving four years on the board with three as president. He always said kids are our greatest investment and he wanted to leave a legacy of learning for them, so he has been a key player in developing plans for a new WCA high school.

He managed a cattle feedlot from 1990 to 1993 before forming JOSH Livestock. He also worked as the manager of Mountain View Lamb Feeders in Eaton. Nothing seemed to deter John from pursuing his passion of working toward the improvement of efficient sheep ranching. The Colorado Wool Growers Association honored John as the 2006 Wool Grower of the Year. In 1997, John bought 1,000 ewes and secured a grazing permit on the Colorado Wyoming border in between Encampment and Steamboat Springs. He was currently running sheep in the Red Desert of Wyoming in the wintertime and then in the Routt National Forest in the summertime. He loved his work with the sheep industry, and enjoyed the many pleasures of working in the great outdoors. He had a passion for showing his kids the sheep business, and the weekends he spent with them working with sheep are favorite memories for the kids, whether it was hauling supplies to herders, shearing, docking, shipping lambs, building corrals, or even a little fishing or target shooting along the way. Heading to sheepcamp was always the highlight of his week.

He is survived by his wife Sherry Bartmann; son Shane; daughter Jessica; parents Dick and Judy Bartmann of La Grange, Wyo; brother Milton (Coleen) Bartmann of Greeley, Colo.; sister Lori Duran; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents and uncles.

Services were held August 27, 2014, at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, Colo.

The family asks memorial donations be made to the Shane and Jessica Bartmann memorial foundation in care of Bank of Colorado in Windsor.

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Arthur Leroy Fabrizius

Arthur Leroy Fabrizius, 67, of Greeley, Colo., passed away August 21, 2014, at his home.

He was born December 5, 1946, in Greeley, Colo., to William and Elizabeth (Mauter) Fabrizius.

Art lived in the local area all his life, graduating from Highland High School in Ault in 1964.

In June of 1973 he married Patsy M. Woods.

Art was self-employed as a rancher and horse trader. He was proud of his business as a horse trader because he and his nephew Jason who was a partner could conduct business from his yard. He retired in 2008 but was involved in rental properties. If you saw smoke west of Ault, Art was burning something.

Art never knew a stranger, especially kids and was always there to help everyone in need.

His favorite sayings were “The thing of it is,” “It is what it is,” “Tell you about me” and “I don’t care what anybody thinks.” When sending cards to the family he was always very expressive.

Art loved nice cars, pickups, horse trailers and finer things in life. He loved to shop and Christmas was very special to him. He was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and brother.

His grandsons were the joy of his life.

He accepted Christ in his life at an early age and was a member of Greeley Wesleyan Church.

We would like to thank our sister, Patty for the kidney she gave our brother for seven wonderful years of a better life.

Art is survived by his children, Landra Fabrizius, Louis (Gina) Fabrizius, John (Sheryl) Fabrizius, Mickie (Steve) Cobb, and Sandy (Dean) Sorenson; brother, William (Lari) Fabrizius Jr. of Grover, Colo., sisters, Patty (Ron) Kauffman of Greeley, Colo., and Evelyn (Duane) Scheller of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and nephew, David Scheller.

Services were held August 27, 2014, at Greeley Wesleyan Church in Greeley, Colo., followed by interment at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, Greeley, Colo.

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Robert (Hall) Pearson

Robert (Hall) Pearson, 94, of Loveland, Colo., passed away August 8, 2014.

He was born July 17, 1920, in Ormsby, Minn., to Swedish immigrants Lillian and Perry Pearson. The family relocated to Minneapolis where sister Marjorie and brother Gerald (Bud) were born.

Having grown up during the Great Depression, Bob developed a hard work ethic early on in life. His first job was at age 8, selling magazines door-to-door. At age 12, he began driving his father’s truck to pick up/sell newspapers to customers on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis, as well as hauling ashes and delivering eggs and butter on Saturdays. This marked the beginning of Bob’s lifelong passion for driving — cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles ... anything with an engine and speed. As Bob was the oldest child, he also took on caretaking responsibilities in the home when his mother unexpectedly passed away in 1932. These early events conspired to instill the great value that Bob placed on family responsibility and the principle of hard work throughout his life.

In 1935, the family moved to Triumph, Minn., as Bob’s father obtained a mechanic position at a garage there. While attending Triumph High School, Bob worked as an attendant at a local gas station, earning 10 cents/hour. Upon graduation, Bob began working for his uncle, Eph Anderson, on his farm and at his livestock sale barn. At this time, Bob learned the art of cattle buying. Shortly thereafter, Bob and his Uncle became partners in a small trucking company. In 1942, Bob enlisted in the Army-Air Force, where he completed 51 missions in World War II as a B-17 “Flying Fortress” Waist Gunner in the 15th 97th Bomb Group (Heavy), 414th Bombardment Squadron, stationed in Foggia, Italy.

Returning to Trimont after the war, Bob married Jane (Hoel) Pearson on July 25, 1945. They were married for 69 years and were the proud parents of Nancy, Wendy, Debby, Heidi and Penny.

Bob’s Uncle Eph proposed a partnership to Bob in a small beef packing operation, with Eph mortgaging his farm to provide the financing and Bob providing the labor. At that time, it encompassed an entire day for Bob and a single employee to hand-slaughter three head of cattle. When Bob’s brother Bud returned from his navy enlistment in WWII, he joined Bob and Eph in the business. Bob and Bud performed all aspects of operations, from buying and butchering to loading the trucks and selling/delivering. In 1952, the plant was destroyed by fire. Rather than succumb to discouragement, the brothers and their uncle purchased a floundering meat packing plant in Spencer, Iowa. Bob’s niche was buying cattle and Bud’s focus was sales. Their fortitude and business acumen not only revived the business, but Spencer Foods, Inc. eventually became a multi-state half-billion dollar corporation, the largest kosher kill plant in the United States, and rated 323rd in Fortune’s 500 largest industrial companies. The company went public in 1975 and was sold to Land O’ Lakes in 1978.

Bob and Jane retired to Colorado after the company was sold and spent winters in Arizona. Bob volunteered for several organizations in his retirement, including Red Cross and Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Ariz. Bob and Jane generously supported many missionaries, charitable organizations and individuals in need over the years. Bob also became an avid tennis player, medaling in Senior Olympics, and garnering many tennis buddies while playing in both Colorado and Arizona.

Bob was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Trimont, Minn.

Bob genuinely cared for all people. He took great delight in connecting with and making them feel better for having met him. He was quick with a smile and compliment and always found the best in others. He harbored a child-like joy and appreciation for life, as well as an infectious sense of adventure. Bob was humble and modest, ever deflecting attention from himself in order to praise and give credit to others. He was a also a gentle, eternally optimistic man who was devoted to God and family. His faith, honesty, self-discipline, integrity and sense of responsibility were known by all. The sound of his hearty laughter and spontaneous outbursts into song will be missed by everyone who knew him.

In addition to his wife, Jane, he is survived and greatly missed by daughters Nancy Gadsby of Bellvue, Colo., Debby Fredrick of Loveland, Colo., Penny Pearson of Lafayette, Colo., son-in-laws Gary Gadsby, Bill Fredrick, Clarence Solomon and Mark Tatum, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his siblings, daughters Wendy and Heidi, and grandson Shane Gadsby.

A special thank you is extended to Pathways Hospice, Northshore Health/Rehabilitation Center and Lakeview Commons for their exemplary care of and support to Bob.

In lieu of flowers or memorial donations, the family requests that an act of kindness be bestowed upon someone in need, as Bob did every day of his life.

A private family ceremony has been held in Loveland, Colo., and will be followed by a service in Trimont, Minn., at an undetermined date.

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Western Slope Obits 9-1-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Marian G. Lovato

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

Marian G. Lovato was born to Pedro Gurule and Cleofas (Chavez) Gurule on April 18, 1916 in Lapiedre, Colo.

She spent her childhood and attended schools between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs.

On April 18, 1942, Marian married the love of her life, Fernando Lovato in Alamosa, Colo. To this union, eight children were born and raised two step-children. The Lovato’s moved to Delta in 1954 coming from Pagosa Springs.

Marian enjoyed fishing, cooking baking, canning and doing her families genealogy. She also loved sending out birthday cards to her loved ones and family. Marian was a faithful member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Marian is survived by five daughters and their husbands: Virgie Ramos and Louie of Delta, Colo., Theresa Armendariz and Victor of Montrose, Colo., Delores Lovato of Delta, Colo., Oranna Lovato of Dallas, Texas., and Lucille Aguilar and Arnufo of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sons: Bob Lovato and Lillian of Montrose, Colo., Gary Lovato and Kathy of Montrose, Colo., and Henry Lovato of El Paso, Texas. Marian is further survived by 25 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fernando; daughter, Margie Frias; son, Orlando Lovato; two sisters and three brothers.

Services were held August 26, 2014, at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. Burial followed at Delta City Cemetery. ❖

Warner L. Seely

Warner L. Seely, 77, of Eckert, Colo., passed away August 20, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

Warner was born in Arapahoe County Colorado in 1937. He graduated from Littleton High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1955, and studied Agronomy, Animal Husbandry and Animal Nutrition at Colorado A&M College (CSU).

As a youth he was involved in 4-H and earned many county and state, project and leadership awards. He served in the Colorado National Guard.

Warner married Marjorie Crowley at Grace Lutheran Church in Englewood, Colo., in 1958. They recently celebrated their 56th anniversary. Together they were blessed with two children, Tamera (Mark) Hausman, and Stephen (Jody) Seely.

Warner’s interest’s and studies led to many accomplishments as a farmer and rancher, licensed Colorado guide and outfitter, licensed pesticide applications specialist and supervisor, as well as many additional entrepreneurial endeavors. He was a licensed pilot, and enjoyed camping, trapshooting, hunting, fishing and RV travel.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie; two children, Tamera (Mark) Hausman, and Stephen (Jody) Seely; grandchildren, Jody (Nathan) Urbanczyk, Stephanie (William) Westcott, Amanda (Ty) Fletcher, Scott Hausman and great grandchildren, Hunter and Brooke Urbanczyk, and Melodi and Erica Westcott.

Warner was preceded in death by his parents Stephen and Martha Seely, Hugo and Marie Minshall, andbrother Rene` “Bud” Seely.

A Family service was held at his bedside prior to his passing.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Disabled American Veterans (Western Slope Transportation System), 2121 North Ave, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501, or to All Saints Lutheran Church, 20101 Deer Creek Road, Austin, Colo., 81410. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 8-30-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Vedor Bloomquist

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

Vedor Bloomquist was born December 24, 1922, at St. Edward, Neb., to Emil and Alice (Samuelson) Bloomquist.

He grew up and received his education in St. Edward.

He entered the U.S Army on January 15, 1945, where he served with the First Cavalry Division in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II. Mr. Bloomquist was awarded his honorable discharge on November 16, 1946, at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Following his military service he made his home in Grand Island and worked as a plant operator for the City of Grand Island Electric Utility until his retirement in 1987.

A deeply religious man, he loved Jesus and read his Bible every day that he could.

In retirement, Vedor enjoyed spending time on the farm restoring tractors. He was also a General Motors car enthusiast and enjoyed watching NASCAR races. He also thoroughly enjoyed his time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He will be remembered for the twinkle in his eye and his mischievous smile.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Veda and Gary Fredrick of Grand Island, Neb.; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Harlan and Marilyn Bloomquist of Grand Island, Neb., and Mary Bloomquist of Grand Island, Neb. Additional survivors include three grandchildren, Brittan Middleton of Grand Island, Neb., Kylee Fredrick of Lincoln, Neb., and Cole Fredrick of Omaha, Neb.; and two great-grandchildren, Macie and Madden Middleton.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Weston Bloomquist.

Services were held August 21, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Neb. Burial was in the Grand Island Cemetery. ❖

Dorothy Maxine Kirsch

Dorothy Maxine Kirsch, 95, of North Platte, Neb., passed away August 20, 2014 at Linden Court.

She was born May 27, 1919, at Anselmo, Neb., to Lawrence James and Josephine Marie (Snyder) Foran.

She grew up north east of Arnold on a farm and attended school at Pleasant Hill.

She was united in marriage to John A. Kirsch on May 12, 1941 at Ord, Neb. John passed away December 4, 1997. They lived most of their married life in North Platte and three years in Hawthorne, Calif.

Maxine enjoyed gardening and flowers.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Sara J. (Carl) deSoto and Randy L. Kirsch; two great grandsons, Llywellyn and Aiden deSoto; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; a son, Larry; sisters, Frances and Mary; brothers, Glenn, Raymond, Lyle and Bill.

Services were held August 23, 2014, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

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August 25, 2014 — 

Beulah Ferne Bohlender

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

Beulah was born in the winter of 1914 in Center, Colo., to Fred and Christina (Schlect) Weigand.

She married Adolph Bohlender on March 14, 1935, in Denver, Colo. He died February 16, 1997.

Beulah attended Beebe Draw School through the 8th grade. She was a homemaker and helped with the farm and ranch south east of La Salle, Colo.

Beulah was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and silk flower arranging.

She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and close family friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Fred and Roosevelt Weigand, and sisters Helen Moser, Sarah Klein, Emma Klein and Rachel Kaufman.

Services were held August 22, 2014, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Contributions may be sent in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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Mavis Haselbush

Mavis Haselbush, 73, of Longmont, Colo., passed away August 20, 2014 from cancer, surrounded by family at their home.

She was born May 26, 1941 in Vinton, Iowa to Orlo and Clara (Koster) Meyer.

Mavis moved to Longmont in 1950 from Colorado Springs, Colo. She graduated from Longmont High School in 1959.

Mavis married William “Bill” Haselbush September 2, 1960 in Longmont.

She had a strong Christian faith, honoring God by the way she loved and cared for everyone she met.

She was a homemaker and also worked in food service for St. Vrain Valley School District, then as a sales clerk for JC Penny’s for many years. Mavis was a volunteer at Longmont United Hospital, Boulder County Hospice and a Stephen Minister. She enjoyed time with her family and grandkids and loved music and her chickens.

Mavis is survived by her husband William “Bill” Haselbush, son Todd Haselbush and wife Jill, two daughters Trudy Coats and husband Bob and Tonya Haselbush, two brothers Paul Meyer and wife Joan and Ralph Meyer and wife Karen, seven grandchildren; Troy, Travis, Fawn, Shayla, Theo, Kendick, and Clara and three great granddaughters; Abygale, Piper and Alyssa.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A fellowship gathering to greet the family will be 7-8:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 25, 2014 at Foothills Gardens of Memory Cemetery. A reception will follow the graveside service at Hygiene United Methodist Church.

Contributions can be made to American Cancer Society or Halcyon Hospice.

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Western Slope Obits 8-25-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Gladys M. Sandoval

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

Gladys M. Martinez was born to Elimin and Carmilta Martinez on March 15, 1920 in Park View, New Mexico.

She spent her childhood and attended schools in Chama, New Mexico.

On October 15, 1938, Gladys married the love of her life, Frank A. Sandoval in Chama, New Mexico. To this union, five children were born. The Sandoval’s moved to Delta in 1950 coming from Grand Junction. The couple had the honor of celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary before Frank’s passing on Sept. 22, 1990.

Gladys, a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great grandmother, enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, canning and cooking for her family and close friends who came to visit her. She also loved her flowers and tending to her garden.

Gladys was a faithful member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Gladys is survived by three daughters and their husbands: Lorraine (Randy) Crespin of Delta, Colo.; Linda (Abe) Sanchez of Montrose, Colo.; and Cordey (Warf) Richard of Delta, Colo.; one son and his wife, Benny (Agnes) Sandoval of Grand Junction, Colo.; one brother, Joe Martinez of Grand Junction, Colo.; and one sister, Mary Martinez of Espanola, N.M. Gladys is further survived by nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; daughter, Teresa; brother, Fermon Martinez; and a sister, Margaret Felix.

Services were held August 15, 2014. Burial followed at Mesa View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Gladys’ memory to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 628 Meeker St., Delta, Colo., 81416. ❖

Dean Galen Sharpe

Dean Galen Sharpe, 77, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away August 16, 2014, at La Villa Grande Care Center.

He was born to Leslie and Hazel Gilmore-Sharpe in Montrose, Colo., on December 7, 1936.

Dean graduated from Grand Junction High.

He married Kathy Frank, June 8, 1957, in Grand Junction, Colo.

Dean was employed by Public Service Co. (Excel Energy) for 31 years. He met and maintained many lifelong relationships throughout his association with Public Service Co., he was known to many family and friends as Galen, while his Public Service friends called him Dean.

Dean enjoyed camping, fishing, trap shooting, and was a loyal Denver Broncos fan who rarely missed watching a game. He was dedicated to his only grandchild and hardly missed his grandson’s baseball and football games.

Surviving Dean is his son, Gordon; daughter-in-law, Cena, and grandson, Trevor, all of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen (Bob) Plute of Paonia, Colo.; Joann (Paul) Wells of Grand Junction, Colo.; Mary Lou Sharpe of Grand Junction, Colo., and Irene Frank of Union City, Calif. He was a special dad and grandfather to Mike, Rita, Travis, and Hailey Hiett of Santa Clara, Calif., and Michael Galloway of Norfolk, Va.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Kathy; his parents, and one brother, Gary.

Services were held August 21, 2014, at Callahan-Edfast in Grand Junction, Colo., with burial at Calvary Cemetery on Orchard Mesa. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 8-23-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Robert Thomsen

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

Bob was born on February 23, 1936 in North Platte, Neb. He was the fourth of seven children born to Arnold and Ruby (Liljigren) Thomsen.

He grew up in North Platte and moved with his family to the farm south of North Platte. After graduating from North Platte High School in 1954, he joined the Navy.

He met and married his wife Marion (Davis) in Cranston, R.I., in 1957.

He farmed and had a dairy from 1958-1997 and retired at that time, moving back to North Platte.

Bob will always be remembered for all the good humor and whoopies he left behind. He loved traveling in the motor home and playing horseshoes all over the country. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Marion of North Platte, Neb.; children, Michael (Justine) Thomsen of North Platte, Neb., Randall (Michelle) Thomsen of Colorado Springs, Colo., Robert “Gary” Thomsen of North Platte, Neb., Steven (Drae) Thomsen of Nampa, Idaho, and Barbara (Steve) Vance of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Jean Bonnin of Andover, Minn.; sister-in-law, Julaine Thomsen of North Platte, Neb.; and brothers-in-law, Jay Van Winkle of Tucson, Ariz., and Leonard Logg of Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marty and Charles; and sisters, Mary Fields, Rosie Van Winkle, and Janice Logg.

Mass of Christian Burial was held August 18, 2014 at St. Partick’s Catholic Church. Burial followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with full military honors graveside.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

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Arthur Jensen

Arthur Jensen, 103, of Grand Island, Neb., passed away August 14, 2014 at Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island, Neb.

Mr. Jensen was born February 5, 1911, on a farm in Howard County.

In 1920 his family moved to a farm north of Dannebrog, Neb. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Dannebrog High School in 1928.

Following high school Arthur worked on Milo German’s farm near Cozad, Neb. While working for Milo he met his future bride, Virginia Helberg.

Arthur and Virginia were united in marriage on September 1, 1939, at North Platte, Neb. With the help of Milo the couple made their home on a farm south of Gothenburg, Neb., where they raised their family. In 1964 they moved to a farm north of Shelton, Neb., where Arthur continued to farm until retirement in 1984. In 1991 Arthur and Virginia moved to Grand Island. Mrs. Jensen preceded him in death on November 22, 1999.

As a young man Mr. Jensen loved to ride his Harley motorcycle and even traveled to California twice in the 1930s. He also enjoyed playing cards, pitching horseshoes, bowling, watching baseball and shooting pool. He also enjoyed watching his son, Laverne, play softball throughout the years. Most of all Art enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by a son, Laverne (Judy) Jensen of Grand Island, Neb.; five daughters, Eunice (Gus) Vayas of Austin, Texas, Rosemary Moore of Belen, N.M., Carol (Lyle) Gronewold of Gothenburg, Neb., Jolyn (Scott) Harris of Kearney, Mo., and Kathy (Gordy) Potter of West Bend, Wis.; 23 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, George (Darlene) Jensen of Minden, Neb.; a sister, Helen Armour of Grand Island, Neb.; and five sisters-in-law.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia; a son, Dwayne; a grandson; eight brothers; and three sisters.

Services were held August 18, 2014, at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home. Burial was in Westlawn Memorial Park. ❖

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