Obituaries

Tributes for March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015 — 

Willard Henry Hofmeister

Willard Henry Hofmeister, 88, of Alba, Texas, passed away December 23, 2014, in Sunnyvale Texas hospital.

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Tributes for February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015 — 

Clay Roscoe Claus

Clay Roscoe Claus, 28, of Douglas, Wyo., passed away February 3, 2015, as a result of hypothermia. While hiking his favorite bluff overlooking the North Platte River, the factors of timing, overexertion, exposure, dropping temperatures and heavy snowfall contributed to this accident.
Clay was born November 1, 1986 in Boulder, Colo. He was the first child of David and Francie Claus. His early years were spent on the family farm in Mead, Colo. On May 17, 1989, Clay welcomed a sister, Sarah June, to the family. Clay attended grade school in Mead. From the beginning Clay loved school, and was an eager participant. He also enjoyed Boy Scouts, singing, fishing, hunting, working and playing on the farm.
In 1996 the Claus family moved from Mead to the ranch in Douglas. Although regretting leaving his buddies and fellow Scouts in Mead, Clay quickly made new friends in Douglas. Clay’s middle school years in Douglas found him in band, choir and sports. His love for music was growing. He also enjoyed math, science and participated in numerous math bowls with his classmates.
Clay attended Douglas High School and graduated in 2005. While in high school he was a member of the swimming and golf teams. His passion for music lead him to choir and band. He was part of the elite Hamilton Choir and traveled with them on the Midwest road tour. For two years he was selected to participate in the All State Choir. He was in the marching band where he played bass clarinet. He was self-taught on bass guitar and played in the jazz band and also the pep band. His rich, deep alto voice entertained many. Clay’s drive and hard work led him to Student Council, President of National Honor Society and to graduate among the top of his class.
In 2005 Clay began attending Denver University (DU) as a Daniels Fund Scholar to pursue an Electrical Engineering Degree. By 2006 Clay pledged the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. From 2006 to 2010, he participated as: Greek Council President, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute Graduate, Western Region Greek Association Leadership Conference, Kappa Sigma West Region Leadership Conference, Kappa Sigma Grand Scribe, Emerging Leaders Program and the Community of Excellence.
While at DU, Clay held many part time jobs including: DU orientation Leader, Daniels Fund SHIFT (Scholars Heading Into the Future Together) Peer Mentor, DU making of an Engineer Camp Counselor, Work-study within the Engineering Department, as well as conducting research for flare stacks as an Intern for Leed Fabrication. His Design projects included Knee Rehabilitation Goniometer Engineering and an Algal Photobioreactor. In 2009 Clay traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to the Center for International Studies as part of the study abroad program. He found this experience to be very rewarding and enriching. He learned to surf and stayed with the Mowery an indigenous tribe.
In May, 2011 at the age of 23 ½ his life forever changed when diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He struggled with the onset of this terrible disease and had to leave DU. Although he walked with his class, he only lacked a few remaining credit hours for his degree. His intention was to return and finish. Clay moved back to the family ranch where he worked with the livestock and farming operation. Clay greatly loved all animals and always had a gentle hand with the cattle.
Clay was a hardworking, driven, goal oriented man. No task was left half-done or second class. He was a true leader and an inspiration to family, friends, peers and teachers alike. Clay’s warm and compassionate personality immediately endeared him to all those who crossed his path. He saw the beauty and good in everyone, never judged them and challenged others to do the same. His zeal for life and love for all people lightened their load and elevated their spirits. Every day to Clay was an opportunity to work hard and play hard. He found such enjoyment out of dancing and was especially talented at country swing. “It’s a beautiful day” along with words of affirmation were heard from Clay each day. His life goals were to love and help his fellow man. He was truly a wonderful man among men, and will be greatly missed. Clay is waiting and watching over us in Heaven ready to greet us with his great big bear hug and winning smile. He is a soldier for Christ and a warrior for “Light”.
Clay is survived by his parents David Clayton Claus and Frances Naomi (Jehorek) Claus; his sister, Sarah June Claus; grandparents Clayton Claus and Max Cox; his uncles and aunts: William H. Claus (Lindy) of Arvada, Colo.; Cheryl (Claus) Barcelona (Jerry) of Berthoud, Colo.; Sandy (Claus) Hopson (Bill) of Gillette, Wyo.; Pauline (Jehorek) Fifield (Dean) of Madera, Calif.; Caroline (Jehorek) Moes (Dr. Francis) of Green Bay, Wisc.; Leon Jehorek (Lois) of Paxton, Neb.; Thomas Jehorek and Deanna Wolford of Ogallala, Neb.; Dorothy Jehorek of Ogallala, Neb.; Rose Jehorek; Robert Jehorek (Teresa) of Ogallala, Neb.; Jennifer Jehorek of Arizona; Stephen Jehorek (Karen) of Brule, Neb.; William E. Jehorek (Kristi) of Ogallala, Neb.; David Jehorek (Kathy) or Las Vegas, Nev.; Martin Jehorek (Janie) of Lincoln, Neb.; and Reverend Jonathan Jehorek (Tiffany) of Longview, Texas. He is also survived by the many friends that loved him and were inspired by him; nearly 100 cousins, many of whom were also his dear friends; his Sweetheart, Tiffany Patterson “Tiffy” and his thirteen year old companion, a yellow lab, Clay’s ‘Honey’ Bear.
Clay was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Lois June (Graham) Claus and Lucille (Coyner) Jehorek Brethauer; grandfathers Leo Jehorek and Jake Brethauer; and his uncles, Larry Jehorek and Richard Jehorek.
Services honoring his amazing life were held February 14, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas, Wyo., with Pastor Donnie Holt officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Nicholas Hopson, Erik Buderus, Brandon Werner, Chris Wellens, JT Grainger, Mike Muscatello, Adam Osborne and Ty Boner. His family and friends will be serving as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church; Converse County Search and Rescue; or Bipolar Research for the Cure. All contributions can be mailed to the Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel, P.O. Box X, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 in honor of Clay Roscoe Claus.
Condolences may be left at www.GormanFH.com.

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Tributes for February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015 — 

Marie Wissler

Marie Wissler, 95, a long time resident of Monument, Colo., passed away peacefully February 3, 2015, in Allen, Texas.

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Tributes for February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 — 

Bonnie Lou Sorensen

Bonnie Lou Sorensen, 81, passed away, November 21, 2014.

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Tributes for February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015 — 

Johnie Keith Pickinpaugh

Johnie Keith Pickinpaugh, 90, a Converse County pioneer rancher passed awawy November 18, 2015, at the Poplar Living Center in Casper, Wyo.

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Tributes for January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015 — 

Jessie Hawthorne

Jessie Ellen Hawthorne, 95, of Fruita, Colo., passed away December 23, 2014, at Larchwood Inns in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Tributes for January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015 — 

Tab Wood

Tab Gerald Wood, 42, of Imperial, Neb., passed away December 21, 2014, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

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Tributes for January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015 — 

Cornelia V. Nelson

Cornelia V. Nelson, 80, of Loveland, Colo., passed away January 3, 2015, at her home.

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Tributes for January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015 — 

Frederick Allen Fick

Frederick Allen Fick, 73, of Longmont, Colo., passed away December 19, 2014, in his home on.

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Rocky Mountain Obits for December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014 — 

Charles Albert Niswender

Charles Albert Niswender, 82, of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., passed away December 18, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits for December 27, 2014

December 29, 2014 — 

Mary Helen Keslar

Mary Helen Keslar, 91, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 20, 2014, in Louisville, Colo.

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Rocky Mountain Obits for December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 — 

Sylvia Ruth Byers

Sylvia Ruth Byers, 65, of Longmont, Colo., passed away December 11, 2014, at her home.

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Plains Edition Obits for December 20, 2014

December 22, 2014 — 

Dottie Kramer

Dottie Kramer, 72, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 12, 2014 at Great Plains Health.

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Rocky Mountain Obits for December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 — 

Elma Jean (Marolf) Edmiston

Elma Jean (Marolf) Edmiston, 86, of Longmont, Colo., passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side, in her home December 2, 2014 after a hard battle with cancer.

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Plains Edition Obits for December 13, 2014

December 15, 2014 — 

LaVern Dale Schneider

LaVern Dale Schneider, 90, of North Platte, Neb., formerly of McCook, Neb., passed away December 5, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 12-8-14

December 8, 2014 — 

Thomas H. Evans

Tom Evans, 89, of the Waverly, Colo., passed away November 21, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 12-6-14

December 8, 2014 — 

Monine Elizabeth Mortensen

Monine Elizabeth Mortensen ended her battle with pancreatic cancer at home on November 29, 2014, surrounded by family.

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Rocky Mountain Obits

December 2, 2014 — 

Phylis Ann Brown

Phylis Ann Brown, 77, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away September 21, 2014, at Grace Pointe in Greeley, Colo.

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Western Slope Obits 12-1-14

December 2, 2014 — 

S. Maxine Backes Helm Pike

S. Maxine Backes Helm Pike, 92, of Craig, Colo., passed away November 3, 2014, at The Sandrock Ridge Care Center.

Maxine was born March 30, 1922, to Helen Elsie Crumb and Melvin Backes on the Jones place near the Foot of Rabbit Ears Pass. Pleasant Valley Area. (S.S.CO) She was second of 10 children; two of which still survive; Perry Backes of Arkansas and Warren (Bev) Backes of Oklahoma.

Maxine and family moved a lot in her early years to places her dad worked. At age 7 her mother went by train with five children to Denver where Melvin met them and took them on to Atwood, Colo., where Maxine attended second grade. The next spring, when they were headed South, going up a hill, the Cotter pin fell out of the steering gear and the car ran into the banks throwing Maxine through the windshield landing on the hood, but not seriously hurt. Her grandmother Crumb and two uncles went to get the family and take them to Blue Springs, Neb. From there they went to Wymore, Neb., then to Berryville, Ark. They lived there five years before moving back to Steamboat Springs, Colo., in 1936.

At the age of 16 she married Melvin F. Helm in 1938 and moved to the Helm Ranch located on Fish Creek. Their first daughter, Mary Ann, was born 1945 and the second daughter, Shirley Sue, born 1947. Shirley died in 1951 of secondary infection from whooping cough and the same time Mary Ann had pneumonia and was very ill. Maxine never got over Shirley’s death.

The years from 1938-1952 Maxine learned a lot about growing and canning vegetables and meat, working in the hay fields, milking cows and goats and much more. When Mary Ann started school, Maxine worked at the school lunch room for several years, then she worked at Center Grocery, Boys Market, Kinney Drugstore, El Rancho Café, just to mention a few.

In 1964 Maxine left Steamboat Springs for Denver and later that year she and Melvin Helm divorced.

In 1966 she met Donald Pike and they married in 1967 then moving to Kansas City, Mo., where she lived until May 2002. Maxine and Don looked forward to their trip to Colorado every year to visit daughter and grandchildren and later the great grandchildren. In May 2002, they wanted to come back to the Steamboat area, but Don was in a wheel chair in K.C. nursing home. Her daughter, granddaughter, grandson and wife took pick up, trailer and Van and moved them to Craig. Had an apartment all ready at Sunset Meadows. Don had to be in the hospital for one week before going to Sandrock Ridge Care Center. He passed away just before the week was up. Maxine resided at Sunset Meadows until entering Sandrock Ridge Center in February 2002. In the past 12 years Maxine got to see more of her family which she missed living so far away.

She played the harmonica and learned to play the Organ, and did a lot of crocheting.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Ann (Arnold) Lieske of Steamboat Springs, Colo., granddaughters Andrea (Alvin) Luker of Craig, Colo., Becky Pacheco of Idaho, and Kristine Dunckley of Craig, Colo.; 13 Great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; five step grandchildren and one step-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, four brothers, Melvin Helm, Donald Pike, daughter Shirley Sue Helm, Granddaughter Cathy Ann Bugg, Grandson Martin Bugg and friend George Davidson.

At Maxine’s request, no services will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to The Sandrock Ridge Care Center, or The Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 1-29-14

December 2, 2014 — 

Andrew “Andy” Biel

Andrew “Andy” Biel, 38, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away October 23, 2014, in Great Plains Health at North Platte, Neb.

He was born August 21, 1976, in North Platte, Neb., the son of Robert and Geraldine (Grigsby) Biel.

He was raised on the family farm north of Ogallala and was a lifelong Ogallala resident.

After graduating from Ogallala High School in 1995, he attended the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis. After graduation in May 1997, he worked on the family farm and operated a commercial trucking business. He also helped area farmers and opened his own farming operation.

On April 2, 2005, he married Twila Marie Owen of Brule, Neb. On March 19, 2007, they had a son Mason John, on June 3, 2011, they had a little girl Kailey Marie. The couple made there home at Ogallala.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. His hobbies included camping, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling in the mountains, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Twila; his children, Mason and Kailey; his father, Robert Biel of Ogallala, Neb.; his mother, Geraldine Grigsby of North Platte, Neb.; a brother, Jim (Misty) Biel of Llewellyn, Neb.; a sister, Julie (Brad) Johnson of Minden, Neb.; his grandmother, Rose Grigsby of North Platte, Neb.; his mother-in-law, Nellie Owen of Brule, Neb.; sister-in-laws, Tina (Bryan) Winter of Dix, Neb.; Tonia (Dana) Hansen of Broadwater, Neb.; Teresa (Dale) Pinkston of Hastings, Neb.; Thelma (Brandon) Bullock of Brule, Neb.; and a brother-in-law, Duane (Becky) Owen Jr. of Juniata, Neb.; and seven nieces and seven nephews.

Funeral services were held October 28, 2014, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Fellowship Hall. Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.

Memorials are directed to a fund for his children’s education.

Online condolences may be sent to DrauckerFuneralHome.com.

Delmar Gene Kesterson Sr.

Delmar Gene Kesterson Sr., 85, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away at his home on November 5, 2014.

Delmar was born on February 1, 1929, in Hershey, Neb., to Arthur L. and Arvilla (Hubbell) Kesterson.

He went to country school in the Sandhills and Bignell until the ninth grade when he moved to North Platte to attend high school and live with his sister Nonie. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1946 then worked for local farmers, and in Oregon in the lumber mills before entering the US Army in 1951. He served in the Korean War.

After his discharge in 1953 he married Betty Johnson on January 15, 1954 in North Platte, Neb. The couple lived in North Platte for a short time before moving east of Maxwell where they farmed. They moved to their homeplace in 1975 where they raised corn, alfalfa and cattle. He loved the farming lifestyle and enjoyed working hard. He always took much pride in the big gardens he grew. In 1985 he and Betty took on a rural mail route and they worked that until 2006.

He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Delmar is survived by his wife Betty of Maxwell, Neb.; children Sandy (Max) Thomas of Plattsmouth, Neb., Delmar (Angie) Kesterson Jr, of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren Curtis (Jenny) Thomas of Lincoln, Neb., Amanda Kesterson of North Platte, Neb., and Charley Kesterson of North Platte, Neb.; two great grand children; sister Melba Griffin of Roseburg, Ore.; and numerous other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin daughters Debra and Diane; another infant daughter Marsha; twin grandchildren; brother Jeard; and sisters Cecile, Leta, Velva, Lenora “Nonie,” and Betty.

Services were held Nov. 10, 2014, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer Center. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 11-24-14

November 24, 2014 — 

Sarah “Ann” Goddard

Sarah “Ann” (Breezeley) Goddard, 94, passed away November 13, 2014 in Haxtun, Colo.

She was born April 20, 1920, to Tilman E. and Mittie Quinn (Haskins) Breezely at their home in Dailey, Colo.

She attended school all 12 years in Dailey, graduating in 1938.

Performing in operettas and piano contests was her passion.

Growing up, her farm chores included gathering cattle on her favorite horse Pal. She was a care giver to her mother who passed away when she was 18. Following the death of her mother she went to Denver to Business College. After graduating she held jobs in Fort Collins, Greeley, and Sterling.

While attending business school she met Gaylord A. Goddard. After courting a few years, they married in Yuma, Arizona on October 11, 1941. For a brief time they lived in California before returning to Colorado to begin a life time of farming and ranching. They continued in that occupation for over 60 years.

Ann was a devoted wife and mother to her husband and three children; Sharon Gay, Claude Jay, and RoAnn Sue. She was a hard working farm wife. She helped with the processing of cattle and hogs, raised chicks and hens for eggs and meat. Many times she would butcher the hen in the morning and have chicken and homemade noodles for dinner and usually had fresh baked pies.

Teaching Sunday school, playing piano for church, being a 4-H leader and scout leader, teaching piano lessons, and serving on the Pumpkin Vine school board kept her busy and involved in the community. She was a member of the Haxtun United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Silver Sage Club, extension club, Eastern Star, Red Hat Society and P.E.O. Ann was baptized at the EUM church in Dailey.

She was a seamstress and made most of the girls clothes on her mother’s tredel sewing machine. It was always fun to go to the feed store and pick out the bag of feed that was in fabric bags for your new dress or pick out the flour sack with new fabric.

Feeding hired hands and many family relatives was always done in her quiet demeanor. In the blizzard of ’49, there were family members stranded at their house for several days and so she had to be very creative in feeding everyone. Fortunately there was fresh milk and cream from the cow, eggs from the chickens, 100 pounds of potatoes and 100 pounds of flour, so no one went hungry. Many Sunday dinners were served to large family gatherings.

In 1950, after a tornado destroyed nearly all of the buildings on the farm, she and Gaylord were very diligent in picking up the pieces and making things good again.

In the 70s, Ann and Gaylord began traveling south. First they spent several winters in Texas and later spent their winters in Mesa, AZ. She liked to take classes of silversmithing, crafts, Bible studies, and Bingo. She loved to attend the school events of her 8 grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. Even later when she could not see well she wanted to attend their activities. Sometimes it was difficult to get her in the stands but she wanted to be there.

Ann is survived by two of children, Sharon Gay (Dick) and Claude Jay (JoAnn). Ann was especially proud of her eight grand- and great-grandchildren, Kevin ( Stacy), Kent (DeAnna), and Justin (Jill) McDaniel, Kendra (Mike) Anderson, Jay (Melisa) Goddard, Casey (Lindsey) Goddard, Jeff (Tanya) Poe and Wesley Poe. Sixteen great-grandchildren, Kody and Wyatt Anderson, Peyten, Tate, and Avery Goddard, Cassidy, Chase and Connor Goddard, Kolt, Kade McDaniel, Jade and Jase McDaniel, Taiylor and Shelby Poe, Aubrey and Isaac Poe, and three step-great-grandchildren, Ryan (Mandi), Reed, Cassie, Jack and Kal Jablonski and many nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband Gaylord, four days prior to their 70th anniversary, their daughter RoAnn, as well as her parents and her sister, Betty.

Services were held November 18, 2014, at Haxtun United Methodist Church in Haxtun, Colo. Interment followed in the Haxtun Cemetery in Haxtun, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s, United Methodist Church or the Haxtun Hospital Foundation. ❖

Dale Edwin Thompson

Dale Edwin Thompson, 79, passed away November 14, 2014, at Swedish Hospital in Denver, Colo., after complications from a fall.

Dale was born in Lincoln County, Colo., on February 28, 1935, to Leonard and Cecilia Matheson Thompson.

His parents were farmer-ranchers, and Dale enjoyed that occupation all of his life, except for the two years he served in the army.

He attended a one-room school in grades one through eight and graduated in 1954 from Hugo High School in Hugo, Colo.

In 1964 he married Mary Lorraine Haberer on April 26. To this marriage, three children were born. Kris A. Stevens (William), Ellen J. Simmons (Eric) and John D. Thompson (Cheryl).

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary, his sisters, Anna May Currier (Gene) and Agnes M. Parker (Dan), a brother Raymond H. Thompson (Marj), and grandchildren Mary Katelyn, Cullen, and Laura Stevens; Grayson and Brenna Simmons; and Brylie, Tailyn, Asha and Elsie Thompson; brother and sister-in-law Eric and Mollie Haberer, sister-in-law Pat Haberer, numerous cousins and friends.

His parents, brother David, nephew Carl Thompson, niece Jenell Kliesen, and brother-in-law Don Haberer preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held November 18, 2014, at the Genoa Lutheran Church.

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

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

Robert “Bob” Manino

Robert “Bob” Manino, 80, of Wiggins, Colo., passed away peacefully on November 18, 2014, at the Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colo., following a battle with respiratory failure.

He was born April 6, 1934, in Albion, Mich., the oldest of four children to Matthew “Michael” and Waneta Manino.

In the 1970s, Bob supervised all material handling from ports of entry, customs, the unloading of ships, trucking, inventory, the foundations and steel assembly on 700 miles of transmission line and 13 substations for the Arabian-American Oil Company (ARAMCO) in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia. While there, he took time off to travel to over 87 different countries. They had to add pages to his passport, as it was stamped over so many times. For over 45 years and in 28 states he supervised, coordinated and was a Chief or Lead Inspector on all phases of work on various transmission lines, substations and long haul fiber optics. He oversaw projects for the Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration and supervised fly yards for helicopter erection for various companies. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in the 1980’s when he supervised a project for the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

In 1986 Bob met his wife and best friend Peggy Lingo, when they both worked at Miner and Miner Consulting Engineers in Greeley. They were married on February 15, 1990. Every state that Bob worked in, Peggy met him so they could do some sightseeing and explore what that state offered.

Bob’s passion was hunting and fishing. He hunted moose and bear in every province of Canada, and his favorite was the caribou hunt as he watched over a half a million caribou walk right past him. His wife, Peggy accompanied him on many of his hunts in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland. He owned a cabin on a lake in Ontario, Canada, and loved to spend time there fishing with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Manino of Wiggins, Colo.; his daughters, Josette Pieniazek of Ada, Mich., Janine Manino-Smith of Rockford, Mich., and Jolana Manino of Grand Rapids, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Yulia, Dorothea, Nikolai, Devin, Shelby, Corey, Samantha, Gretchen and Myles; two great granddaughters, Lily and Olivia; nieces, Lisa, Marcia and Shawneene; and nephew, Christopher. He is also survived by his loving in-laws in Wiggins and Sterling.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Waneta; brother, Ronnie; sisters, Polly and Michaela; and nephew, Damon.

Visitation will be at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan, Colo., November 24, 2014, from 3-6 p.m. Cremation will take place after visitation. There will not be a formal memorial service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Keene Clinic in care of Heer Mortuary, 225 E. Platte Ave., Fort Morgan, Colo., 80701. ❖

Western Slope Obits 11-24-14

November 24, 2014 — 

June Ruth Carr

June Ruth Carr, 94, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away November 5, 2014, at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction, Colo.

June was born in Chicago, Ill., On May 10, 1920, to Sumner and Gertrude Barnes.

She attended high school in Las Vegas, Nev.

She later moved to Craig, Colo., where she met her husband, Jim Carr, who preceded her in death in 1999. They were married on November 28, 1940 and set up home in Browns Park. She and her husband moved to Routt County the summer of 1950 ranching in several places until retiring in Phippsburg, Colo., in 1986. She moved to Grand Junction to be closer to family in the fall of 2007.

June loved the Lord and had a deep faith. She was a great friend to so many and the smell of her cinnamon rolls will stay with us all.

June is survived by her son James Carr of Grand Junction, Colo., graddaughter Dana (Jamie) Current of Fruita, Colo., grandson Burt (Kim) Carr of Aurora, Colo., three great granddaughters, Jessica (Eric) Ahlberg of Fruita, Colo., Nikki Carr of Thornton, Colo., and Jasmine Carr of Aurora, Colo.; and great-great grandson Colton Ahlberg of Fruita, Colo.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim, a brother, and both of her parents.

Graveside services were held November 15, 2014, at the Yampa Cemetery. ❖

Mildred L. Childers

Mildred L. Childers, 89, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away on November 16, 2014, at Mantey Heights Rehab and Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

Mildred Lucy Skees was born on May 18, 1925, to Martin Lorraine and Hattie Sadalia (Ross) Skees in Nucla, Colo.

She spent her childhood in Nucla and graduated from Nucla High School with the Class of 1943.

On November 25, 1945, Mildred married Stanley C. Swain in Nucla. To this union, two sons were born. Stanley preceded her in death on October 2, 1962 in Grand Junction, Colo. Mildred moved to Grand Junction in 1966. Prior to moving to Grand Junction, she lived in Denver, Paradox and Cimarron, Colo.

On May 9, 1975, Mildred married Charles E. Childers in Grand Junction, Colo.

Mildred was a Baptist and a former member of Bethney Chapter O.E.S. She enjoyed family dinners and get togethers, fishing, camping, gambling and reading. She was an avid Denver Bronco fan. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds and gardening, especially her rose garden. At one time Mildred had over 50 rose bushes that she tenderly cared for. Mildred was a rancher, waitress for Gay Johnson’s for 11 years, and co-owner of Basin Western Trucking in Grand Junction prior to her retirement.

Mildred is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Charles “Chuck” of Grand Junction, Colo.; three sons: Joseph S. Swain and spouse, Lucy of Grand Junction, Colo.; Chalmer S. Swain and spouse, Marge of Delta, Colo.; and Kevin Childers and spouse, Jeanie of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Jack Skees and spouse, Leora of Farmington, New Mexico; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Stanley Swain, brothers: Bill and Bob Skees and sisters: Irene Zunich and Hazel Baker.

Services were held November 22, 2014.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made in Mildred’s memory to HopeWest Hospice, P. O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 11-22-14

November 24, 2014 — 

Delmar Gene Kesterson Sr.

Delmar Gene Kesterson Sr., 85, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away at his home on November 5, 2014.

Delmar was born on February 1, 1929, in Hershey, Neb., to Arthur L. and Arvilla (Hubbell) Kesterson.

He went to country school in the Sandhills and Bignell until the ninth grade when he moved to North Platte to attend high school and live with his sister Nonie. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1946 then worked for local farmers, and in Oregon in the lumber mills before entering the US Army in 1951. He served in the Korean War where he made lifelong friends with some of the men he served with.

After his discharge in 1953 he married Betty Johnson on January 15, 1954 in North Platte, Neb. The couple lived in North Platte for a short time before moving east of Maxwell where they farmed. They moved to their homeplace in 1975 where they raised corn, alfalfa and cattle. He loved the farming lifestyle and enjoyed working hard. He always took much pride in the big gardens he grew. In 1985 he and Betty took on a rural mail route and they worked that until 2006.

He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Delmar is survived by his wife Betty of Maxwell, Neb.; children Sandy (Max) Thomas of Plattsmouth, Neb., Delmar (Angie) Kesterson Jr, of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren Curtis (Jenny) Thomas of Lincoln, Neb., Amanda Kesterson of North Platte, Neb., and Charley Kesterson of North Platte, Neb.; two great grand children Emery and Dalton Thomas of Lincoln, Neb.; sister Melba Griffin of Roseburg, Ore.; and numerous other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin daughters Debra and Diane; another infant daughter Marsha; twin grandchildren; brother Jeard; and sisters Cecile, Leta, Velva, Lenora “Nonie,” and Betty.

Services were held November 10, 2014, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer Center.

Online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com.

Dorothy Howard

Dorothy Howard, 82, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away November 2, 2014, at Indian Hills Healthcare Community.

Dorothy was born September 18, 1932, in Norfolk, Neb., the daughter of Lawrence and Cora (Seaburg) Rice. As a young child she moved with her family to Scottsbluff, Neb.

After graduating from Scottsbluff High School in 1951 Dorothy attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for a short time.

She met Kenneth N. Howard while living in Scottsbluff and they were married on June 6, 1954. The couple made their home in Lincoln, Neb., while Kenneth was in dental college. They moved to Ogallala in 1958.

Dorothy was a homemaker and had a commitment to loving her family well.

Her hobbies included fishing, camping, traveling, reading, playing piano and organ, and gardening.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth Howard of Ogallala, Neb., and her sons: Dave (Connie) Howard of Lodgepole, Neb., Steven Howard of Ogallala, Neb., and Robert (Jill) Howard of Delaware, Ohio. A brother Larry (Margie) Rice of Belton, Mo. Also nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her brother Don Rice.

Service were held November 8, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church.

Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery. ❖

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November 18, 2014 — 

Daniel Lee Kirchenschlager

Daniel Lee Kirchenschlager, 56, took his final ride to the sky on September 30, 2014. He was able to remain in his home with his loving family surrounding him.

He was born February 8, 1958, in Yuma, Colo., to Dale and Betty Weeks Kirchenschlager.

Being the third of four children, the youngest three being boys, the Kirchenschlager house was anything but quiet. The children were well known for their time spent competing in rodeos and gymkhanas, though hauling was sometimes a challenge. Before there were trailers, Dale would back the farm truck into the ditch so the kids could jump the horses into the back of the truck. There wasn’t enough room in the cab, so the kids often rode with the horses in the bed of the truck. As the kids grew, the whole rodeo crew did as well, then traveling in a bright yellow bus with multiple families from the area. Known for their ornery ways, the kids would attach an old car hood behind a horse and sled, no matter if it was summer or winter. The boys made a game out of trying to “buck” each other off the sled and many big spills are often reminisced about. This tradition is one that has followed into the younger generation, as Dan’s nieces and nephews remember Christmases spent outside on the sled with Uncle Dan pulling them a horse back.

Growing up, Dan was always involved with 4-H and showed livestock. From his earliest days, he wanted nothing more than to be a rancher — being a cowboy was just in his DNA. Dan graduated from Yuma High School in 1976. He was heavily involved in FFA and participated in both high school and amateur rodeos. He was a star athlete in both football and basketball; opponents dreaded playing against him because his quickness and speed made him a most formidable opponent. After graduation, Dan attended Lamar Community College for a year, where he was on the rodeo and basketball teams. His rodeo events included bull riding, calf roping and team roping. Friends and family frequently complimented Dan on his natural athletic abilities in all sports, as he rarely needed to practice in order to be competitive. The following year Dan moved back to the area to work on a farm and be closer to his family.

Dan met his soul mate and future wife, Kindra Kae Bushner, in 1974 at the Woody’s Drive-In. With the help of his brothers, Kindi finally convinced Dan to give her a ride home in his famous green Chevy. Dan and Kindi then dated all throughout high school while he worked farming and ranching for his and Kindi’s fathers. A lively and vibrant couple, they have always been known for their fast moving country swing dancing. Dan and Kindi married on November 11, 1979 at the Presbyterian Church in Yuma. After “snow-birding” that winter in Florida, they settled down in Yuma and started building Shooting Spear Ranch.

On February 17, 1982 they were blessed with their first daughter, Amber Raquel. They welcomed their second daughter, Mallori Shae on January 27, 1985. During those 21 years, Dan all but stopped hauling to his own rodeos to focus on his girls. The foursome put a lot of miles on the old blue Ford traveling the tri-state area to gymkhanas, rodeos, and team ropings. He spent countless hours sharing with them his passion for family, horses, sports, and the great wide open. Dan’s patience, love for life, and strong work ethic were evident in his everyday living. From raking and baling hay in the middle of the night to driving cattle and building fence, Dan made sure his girls understood the value of a hard earned dollar and a long day’s work.

Dan was anything but a part time dad. While the girls were in school, Dan never missed a concert, a game, a rodeo, or a play. Dan loved coaching their Little League teams and touched the lives of many young athletes. He was constantly attending and supporting his nieces and nephews in all of their extracurricular activities. He could always be heard at the basketball games enthusiastically “cheering” and supporting not only the girls, but the refs as well. He may have been told to have a seat, but he was always there for the final buzzer.

After the girls graduated, Dan’s friendships and activities diversified into many different areas. He continued his involvement with the United Methodist Church in many ways: usher, liturgist, giving children’s sermons, participating as a lay speaker, was a member of the Men’s group and attending many Bible studies. Dan was a member of Kitzmiller Grazing Association and United States Premium Beef Association. He was an avid poker player who really knew when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. Dan spent hours in various pawn shops, estate sales, and auctions viewing and buying a variety of guns and knives. It became a tradition to shoot guns with not only his friends, but his entire family.

The mutual passion for guns became a founding pillar in Dan’s relationship with his soon to be son (in-law), Max Moore. Dan often reminisced about their wedding being one of the happiest days of his life, as he truly loved Max like a son. However, that day was surpassed as his happiest when he welcomed the birth of his granddaughter, Henley Marie. Throughout his life, Dan wore many hats: son, brother, husband, uncle, and father; however, wearing “Papa Dano” was his proudest and most cherished hat of all. In Danny’s final months, the highlight of his days was spending time with his family, especially his “special little punkin’”.

Dan is survived by his always faithful and loving wife Kindi, daughters Amber and Mallori, son-in-law Max, granddaughter Henley, parents Dale and Betty, sister Tena McCaslin (Mike), brothers Jay Bea and Roger (Tammy), parents-in-law Fred and Kay Bushner, brother-in-law Trent Bushner (Vicki), and loved nieces and nephews: Renee Goeglein (Kent) and their children Kendall, Molly, and Kyler; Korie and her children Braxton and Kasen; Dakota (Whitney) and their daughter Brylyn; Tate; Trevor; Brianna Bushner; Dakin Bushner, and a host of friends.

Dan was preceded in death by his Uncle Lynn Weeks, Aunt Dini Stevens, and nephew Brandon Kalb.

There was a Cowboy Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., in the Grandstands at the Yuma County Fair Grounds with Pastor Gail Allen (Cowboy Minister) and Jaime Nieves (Yuma United Methodist Church) officiating. ❖

Jess Lazear Bond

Jess Lazear Bond, 69, of Kersey, Colo., passed away November 7, 2014, in Greeley, Colo., after a brief illness.

He was born November 19, 1944 in Greeley, Colo., to Frank and Virginia (Gross) Bond.

Jess grew up on the family farm north of Kersey and attended Kersey schools. He was a member of the first graduating class of Platte Valley High School in 1962.

On September 17, 1966, he married Irene Steinmetz in Greeley, Colo.

He worked at Monfort of Colorado for 13 years, first as a meat cutter then as a tallow rendering operator. In 1982 he left Monforts to farm full time on his own farm, which was also north of Kersey, raising pigs, corn and hay. Jess and Irene showed pigs all over the country and attended many National and State shows. Jess was a Swine Superintendent at the Weld County Fair for many years and enjoyed watching his grandkids show pigs and goats.

Jess was a volunteer firefighter for the Kersey Fire Department for 30 years and a Fire Instructor at Aims Community College for several years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Platte Valley Fire Protection District.

Jess served in the Army National Guard for six years. He was a member of Greeley Wesleyan Church.

He was an avid fisherman, and his favorite places included Colorado, Canada and Alaska. He also bought and sold collectible farm toys. He loved to travel with his wife.

In 2013 their farm was completely covered by floodwaters and they have worked for the past year to recover with the help of the church and many great friends.

Jess is survived by his wife, Irene; son, Don (Lynn) Bond; daughter, Cynthia (Darren) Horn; brother, David Bond; sister, Carol Bond; and grandchildren, Dustin and Kyle Horn and Jamie and Jessie Bond, all of Kersey, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held November 14 , 2014, at the Greeley Wesleyan Church. Interment was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Contributions may be made to the Greeley Wesleyan Gideon Fund or Hospice of Northern Colorado both in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please visit www.StoddardSunset.com to sign an online guestbook. ❖

Alma Mae McKay

Alma Mae McKay, 85, of Greeley, Colo., passed away peacefully November 7, 2014 at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, Colo.

She was born on April 28, 1929 to Claude and Inez (Harris) Cornwell in Grover, Colo.

Alma grew up in Grover and married Jim McKay on July 1, 1950. They moved to California in 1952 where they raised their family. They were happily married for 64 years.

Alma enjoyed playing the piano and organ and singing with her daughters and the church choir. In her younger years, the family enjoyed camping in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

Alma is survived by her husband, James McKay; son, Bob McKay (Connie); daughters, Judy Klimmek (Jim), and Jan Hauer (Steve); eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a loving extended family; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters and four brothers.

A celebration of Alma’s life was held November 14, 2014, in the Adamson Reception Center. Inurnment was in the Loveland Burial Park in Loveland, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Herford Community Church in care of Adamson Funeral Home, 2000 47th Avenue Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to her family at www.AdamsonChapels.com.

Clarence Melvin “Mel” Lepper

Clarence Melvin “Mel” Lepper, 79, passed away November 5, 2014, at Hospice of Northern Colorado, after his two year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

He was born January 19, 1935, in Liberty, Ill., to Clarence and Irene (Linker) Lepper.

Mel graduated in 1952 from Payson High School in Payson, Ill., and in later years attended night school for 16 years to receive his degree from Colorado University.

Following high school he worked at the grain elevator in Hull, Ill.

In 1957, he joined the Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a Tech Sergeant.

After the service he worked on the Titan 1 Missile Program in Colorado, Idaho and Later for Rockadyne in Canoga Park California. In 1965, Mel went to work for the Department of the Interior as a Physical Scientist in research for the U.S. Bureau of Mines. After 30 years he retired from the government and in 1995 he and his wife Shirley moved from Boulder to the Jackson Lake area and raised Texas Longhorn Cattle and farmed two pivots.

Mel was an elder in the Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church. He was a lifetime member of the local American Legion and a member of the Masonic Temple for 55 years.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; his daughter, Linda Oglesbee and step children, Richard Harrison and Cynthia Laraway; three grandchildren, Kelsey, Kourtney and Colton Oglesbee; six step grandchildren; and one great grandson, Aydain.

A memorial service was held November 10, 2014, at Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church in Goodrich, Colo. ❖

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November 18, 2014 — 

Ruth Imogene Waechter Pearce

Ruth Imogene Waechter Pearce, 89, of Meeker, Colo., passed away November 8, 2014.

She was born January 1, 1925 in Yuma, Colo., to Arthur and Martha Waechter.

Ruth and her older sister Frona were raised in the Yuma area by their father after losing their mother to tuberculosis when Ruth was 6-years-old.

Following graduation from high school, Ruth attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in education.

She taught in Monte Vista Colorado for a year prior to moving to Meeker in 1948 where she taught English and Spanish at Rio Blanco County High School for several years.

Not long after moving to Meeker, she met Hal “Tom” Pearce standing in front of the Meeker Drug. At the time she was living with Joe and Jennie Spence, and after meeting Tom, she was late returning to the Spence residence. The doors were locked so she crawled through a window to get back in.

Ruth and Tom were married June 21, 1950. To this union were born four children- Christine Ann, Hal W., Mark H. (who died in infancy), and Denise Jean.

In addition to being an active partner with her husband in the Pearce Ranch, Ruth was very active in the community. She served on the hospital board, the school board, the Rainbow Girls board, was a 4-H leader, member of the Cowbells (now known as the Cattlewomen’s Association), active member of the Meeker United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women where she served on numerous committees and was church treasurer for many years, was secretary treasurer of the Colorado Rural Electric Association Women’s Task Force, and was a member of Mesa Club which was a community home demonstration club.

Ruth was known for her outstanding cooking, gardening and canning abilities. She was often referred to as the “jelly queen” at the county fair for her countless blue ribbon jellies and jams. She was also known for her delicious homemade biscuits and pies.

In 2006 Ruth was honored with her husband as the Range Call parade marshals, and served as the presidents of the Rio Blanco County Pioneers Association the same year.

Ruth is survived by her three children; Christine, Hal and wife Julie, and Denise. She is also survived by three grandsons; Tom and wife Heidi, Jim, and Matt. Ruth’s great granddaughter Hallie Ruth Pearce, also survives her.

In addition to her infant son Mark, she was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, and her husband.

Funeral services will be held on Monday November 17, at 10:00 a.m., at the Meeker United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery under the direction of Grant Mortuary.

Memorial donations may be made to The Walbridge Wing Activity Fund in care of Grant Mortuary.

Condolences my be sent to her family at www.GrantMortuary.com.

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November 18, 2014 — 

Richard D. Toombs

Richard D. Toombs, 61, of Kimball, Neb., passed away at University Medical Center in Denver, Colo., on November 2, 2014.

Richard “Rich” Dean Toombs was born in Kimball, Neb., on September 26, 1953, the son of Kenneth and Burnetta (Swanson) Toombs.

He was raised in Kimball and attended the Kimball Schools, graduating in 1971. He received his associate’s degree in diesel mechanics from Western Nebraska Community College at Sidney.

He farmed and ranched in Kimball his entire life. Rich also had a custom hay hauling business.

Rich was a member of the Kimball Eagles Aerie No. 3889 and also the Kimball Rodeo Committee. Rich will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his Aunt Maxine James of Kimball, Neb. Sister-in-law Wanda Toombs of Wheatland Wyo. Nieces; Kelly (CW) Anderson, Lindsey (Rowdy) Anderson of Riverton Wyo., Tessa Brunig of DesMoines, Iowa, Laurie Brunig of Arvada Colo., and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Toombs and sister and brother-in-law JoAnn and Art Brunig.

Services were held November 8, 2014, at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball, Neb. Burial was held in the Kimball Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to the Kimball Cemetery Improvement Fund or the Donor’s Choice.

Friends may visit www.CantrellFH.com to view the obituary and leave condolences for the family. ❖

Joan Marie Bruening

Joan Marie Bruening, 84, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away November 9, 2014 with all of her family present.

Jody was born into the French Canadian community of Bladen, Neb., on November 8, 1930.

She was raised in Hastings, Neb., where her father had a grocery store and farm (in Doniphan).

While attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she met her husband of 60 years at a mass for the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and Sigma Chi Fraternity, in which Gene and Jody were members.

Following her attendance at UNL, Jody worked in the Foreign Service, which included living in Rome, Italy where she worked for the United States Embassy.

Gene and Jody married in Hastings, Neb., in a blizzard on February 20, 1954 and then relocated to an air force base in Montana, where their first child was born. Jody later became a mother of four, and a grandmother to six.

Jody had avid interests in the arts, gardening and being the best hostess for family and friends. A docent for Sheldon Art Museum, participant in Epic 8 and recipient of the Dorothy Weaver Morgan Award for Fraternity Loyalty in 1990, she unselfishly put others before her and unconditionally supported the interests of her family and friends.

Jody is survived by daughter, Cecilia Bruening-Walstrom and her spouse Gary Walstrom, of Kansas City, Mo; son William Bruening and his wife Julie Bruening and the their four children Michael L’Heureux, Steven, Laura and Peter, all of Omaha, Neb.; son, Robert Bruening JD, and his wife Nancy Fraser and their two children Louis and Xavier L’Heureux, of Burlingame, Calif.; and daughter, Rebecca Bruening-Berg, and her husband Michael Berg, of Chicago.

Gene, her partner and husband of 60 years, predeceased Jody by 75 days.

Graveside Services were held November 15, 2014, at Lincoln Memorial Park In Lincoln, Neb.

Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.ALZ.org.

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November 11, 2014 — 

Teresa A. Blach

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

Teresa A. Devlin was born August 16, 1925, to B. Leo Devlin and Mary Agnes ‘Mamie’ [O’Rourke] Devlin on the family farm and ranch in Hale, Colo. Teresa was one of eight children.

She graduated from Idalia High School in 1942, at the age of 16. Teresa earned a degree in Elementary Education, attending Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, Kan., and Denver University in Denver, Colo.

She taught one year at North Logan Grade School in southeast Yuma County, where she had a one room school, five children and five grades, acting also as the janitor and she was her own principal. She taught three years at Lakewood Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo.

In the summer of 1947, while attending a CYO event she met Perry Blach from west Yuma County. They married August 2, 1948. They started their journey northeast of Yuma, Colo., on a farm bought from Eddie Itten, that would be their home for over 60 years. They raised nine children.

Teresa was known for her devotion to her Catholic faith and her family. As a mother, her nine children viewed her as the ultimate mother, “Mother Teresa.” In 1991, all nine wrote the Yuma Chamber of Commerce to nominate her for Mother of the Year, an honor that she was awarded that year. Each of her children wrote about her kindness, her relentless smile and understanding, and her unflappable presence at all school and sporting events in which they participated. Ironically, each one also questioned how she could possibly maintain her sanity having to withstand the rigors of raising nine kids and all of the practical jokes and teasing that they bestowed upon her. Yet, she always met each circumstance with a smile and a positive or kind word, or a bar of soap. She lived her Faith in how she conducted herself and how she treated everyone. Through it all, we witnessed her devotion to Faith and family, which showed that she was probably the most sane person we’ve known.

Teresa volunteered to serve her community in many capacities. She was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Yuma, serving on Altar and Rosary Society and in numerous leadership positions of that group. She served as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Communion Distributor to the Homebound , member and officer of Parish Council, dinner committee, taught Religious Education and other duties that go with being in a parish. Her church work extended to the Northeast Council of Catholic Women. She was on the Board of Directors of D.A.C.C.W. for about 16 years — including serving as President. She was privileged to assume the duties as Province Director of the Wyoming/Colorado Council of Catholic Women for a two-year term. Yuma is a progressive community where she was privileged to serve in many ways — Leader of the first Young Mother’s Group for several years, Lioness Club, advisory board of Yuma County Extension Service, Okihi Club, the Welcoming Committee, and many more. Teresa served as President of the Colorado Hereford Auxiliary and served on their Board of Director for many years . Teresa then served on The American Hereford Auxiliary Board for eight years and served as President in 1979-1980.

Teresa was an avid sports fan, often reminiscing about playing baseball with her brothers in childhood, recounting the many sporting activities of her kids and grandkids, and rarely missing a game of her favorite local teams, the Broncos and the Rockies. She loved playing bridge, an activity that she participated in locally for more than 50 years. Teresa spent a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing meals for her family, many hired hands, and visitors to the Blach household. Homemade cookies, pies, bread, and many other family favorites were prepared daily, and she loved sharing her passion for serving others with her kids and grandkids, many of whom learned to cook from her.

Teresa is survived by her sister Cathy Waller and husband Tom, brother Paul Devlin and wife Mamie, brother Father Thomas Philip Devlin, brother Terry Devlin and wife Linda, sister in-law Barbara Devlin and many nieces and nephews. Teresa is also survived by daughter in-law Cindy Blach of Ft. Collins, Colo., Tom and wife Brenda of Yuma, Colo., son in-law Don Metzler of Ft. Collins, Colo., son Tim of Denver, Colo., daughter Mary Kay Robertson and husband Dan of Yuma, Colo., daughter Nancy Curtin and husband Chris of Leawood, Kan., son Bob and wife Lisa of Sterling, Colo., son Randy and wife Karen of Centennial, Colo., son Ed and wife Darci of Monument, Colo. Teresa was especially proud of her grand and great grandchildren: Briar Clark, Amari and Mason, Brevin and Natashia Blach, Talon and Braden, Justin and Dawn Blach, Kalyn and Kyli, Jaden and Lyndsey Blach, Chasey, Louden, Kallen, Cooper and Raylee, Sarah and Dan Hogan, Connor and Parker, Katie and Aaron Kruger and Ruthie, Hannah and Brian Long, Cimarron, Bailee, and Carson, Maggie Metzler, Caleb Metzler, Teresa and Tom Sanders, Wade and Josie, Tim and Briana Robertson, Caysen and Quinn, Thad Robertson, Dylan and Daisy, Caroline and Peter McGah, Grant Curtin, Kyle and Sarah Blach, Jordan Blach, Ty and Haylee Blach, Garrett, Brina, Grady, Kenzie, Granger, and Grogan Blach.

Teresa is preceded in death by husband of 62 years, Perry Blach, daughter Patty Metzler, and son Bernard Blach, as well as her parents, her brother Mark, brother Eugene, sister Peggy Jones.

Services were held at St. John’s Catholic with a Vigil Service on October 19, 2014. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery.

Memorials will be used to support two Perry and Teresa Blach Scholarship funds to Colorado State University and St. John’s Catholic Church. ❖

Donald L. Harmon

Donald L. Harmon, 81, of Erie, Colo., passed away on September 24, 2014.

He was born in Boulder, Colo., to Lale L. and Ethel Harmon, Sr., on May 23, 1933. His family lived in Boulder, Netherland, Denver, Daniel Gardens (Lakewood), Palisade and Rifle. He was one of seven children, five boys and two girls.

Don grew up working in his dad’s mine outside of Rifle, Colo., going to school and picking fruit and vegetables. They moved back to Lakewood in 1951.

Don joined the Army going into the 4th Field Artillery Mule Pack in 1954 for three years. He was stationed at Fort Carson during the Korean war. During the winter they would hike to Camp Hale near Leadville, Colo., staying all winter then hiking back to Fort Carson. His last few months he was stationed at Camp McCoy, Wisc., Before being discharged.

Marrying his wife, Joann K. Flanders, on July 10, 1955, they raised three sons; Tim, Tracy, Terry (Kelley) and Kevin (Sharon). They have six grandchildren, Veronica, Victoria, Alexandra, Kaylynn, Ashalee and Austin and a great grandson, Patrick.

Don was a general contractor in the Denver Metro area for 45 years, from 1954 through 1999. He and his wife raised and raced American Quarter horses starting in 1977. He was a member of the AQHA and is still a member of RMQHA.

He loved his horses and spent a lot of time with them. He enjoyed racing the horses on the “fair circuit.” In 1986 Ima Golden Flight won both major futurities at Holly, Colo., the start of the “fair circuit.” Others going on to win were Sharon Lee Step, Truly An Ace, Teteka and Milliles Wildflower. Also a number that did not make it to the race track but went on to excel in other events. He really enjoyed meeting new people that had horses racing on the different tracks. He also loved hunting and fishing, enjoying it more if he could get his boys to go with him.

In 2001, they sold the horses and their property and traveled for 1-1/2 years. They finally settled in Clifton, Colo., until they returned to the Erie, Colo., area where they purchased 3-1/3 acres but have no horses. They wanted the country atmosphere.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

He was laid to rest on September 29, 2014, in the Tower of Memories at Crown Hill Cemetery. ❖

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November 11, 2014 — 

Florence Eva Crowder

Florence Eva Crowder, 91, passed away October 29, 2014, at Family Health West in Fruita, Colo.

Florence was born to John Edith (Wright) Treece in Caldwell, Idaho.

She spent her youth in Taft, Calif., where she met Leonard Crowder, and they were married when he was discharged from the Army.

They moved to Los Angeles, where Leonard Jr. was born. They then moved to Springfield, Ill., where John was born. They then moved to Taft, Calif., where Jane was born. In 1957, they moved to Avenal, Calif., where Flo was a cook for the Avenal High School and later for the Avenal Hospital and where Leonard retired from Standard Oil after 31 years of employment.

In 1974, they moved to Grand Junction, Colo. Len and Flo did everything together and loved to travel (all 50 states) working on the farm, camping, hunting, bowling, church, volunteer work (35 years).

Florence is survived by son, Leonard Jr. of Grand Junction, Colo,; daughter, Jane Cook of Lemoore, Calif,; six grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; son, John; parents, and three sisters.

Services were held November 7, 2014, at the Fruita Faith Baptist Church in Fruita, Colo. Interment was at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, Colo.

Please donate to the Fruita Faith Baptist Church. ❖

Berniece E. Hotchkiss

Berniece E. Hotchkiss, 104, passed away on October 27, 2014, at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta, Colo.

Berniece E. Carnine was born September 17, 1910, to John F. and Mamie (Spencer) Carnine in Paonia, Colo.

She spent her childhood in Paonia, Colo., where she graduated from Paonia High School. After graduation, she attended Barnes Business College.

Berniece married the love of her life, Adair John Hotchkiss, II on February 25, 1933, at her home in Paonia. He preceded her in death on February 2, 1980 in Mesa, Ariz.

She and Adair resided in Hotchkiss, Colo., until 1952, when they moved to Montana, where they owned and operated a cattle ranch 40 miles north of Malta. They returned to Hotchkiss in 1973.

Berniece was a member of the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church; P.E.O., Chapters AK and GT; Hotchkiss Wednesday Club; Bridge Clubs and Eastern Star.

Berniece is survived by her son, John Hotchkiss and daughter, Mary Farmer and spouse, Chuck, all of Hotchkiss, Colo.; five grandchildren: Jody Labuda, Val Gaffield, Brian (Kip), Jim, and Patrick Farmer; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Norma Golding and spouse, Jerry; and a nephew, John Carnine and spouse, Erna.

Berniece was preceded in death by her two sisters, brother, husband and her daughter, Helen Wadley.

As per Berniece’s request, no services will be held.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made in Berniece’s memory to Hope West Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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

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November 11, 2014 — 

James “Jim” Thomas

James “Jim” Thomas, 83, longtime Ogallal, Neb., resident, passed away October 25, 2014, at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Jim was born March 7, 1931, in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Leon and Emma (Duffey) Thomas.

Jim attended schools in Ogallala, Neb.

In November 1948 he entered the Army and served in the Heavy Weapons Infantry Division in the Korean War.

After discharge in 1951, Jim returned to road work, construction, and later, farming.

He was united in marriage to Wyona Plummer and the couple made their home in Ogallala, Neb.

Mr. Thomas was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church and belonged to the Elks Lodge and the VFW.

Survivors include a daughter Jerri (Daniel) Chrisp of Lincoln, Neb., daughter-in-law Micky Thomas of Ogallala, Neb., a brother Michael (Lola) Thomas of Miami Beach, Fla., and a sister Kathryn Peterson of Edgar, Neb., three grandchildren: Melissa Thomas of Loveland, Colo., Christina Thomas and Avery Chrisp, both of Lincoln, Neb., four great-grandchildren: Tameron, Markelle, and Lochlyn Thomas and Evan Schroyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his wife Wyona, his parents, his son Terry J. Thomas, two brothers Howard Thomas and William Thomas, and a sister Jeanette Condon.

Graveside services were held October 29, 2014, in the Ogallala Cemetery

A memorial has been established to St. Lukes Catholic Church in Ogallala, Neb.

Online Condolences may be sent to DrauckerFuneralHome.com.

Nadine June Friehe

Nadine June Friehe, 88, of McCook, Neb., passed away Oct. 12, 2014, at Hillcrest Nursing Home.

Nadine was born on the family farm near McCook, Neb., on April 2, 1926, to parents, Benjamin and Olga Juliana Fredricka (Hinz) Klein.

She graduated from McCook High School in 1943.

On February 20, 1944, she was united in marriage to Ervain John Friehe at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Mo. They made their home in several locations while Erv was in the service. They eventually returned to McCook, Neb., where the couple farmed until retirement.

Nadine was a devote member of Peace Lutheran Church, LWML-Guild, Sunday School Teacher and Forerunners Club. She was also a member of the Nebraska Wheat Hearts, Germans from Russia, and helped coordinate the regional Nebraska Crippled Children’s Clinic.

Nadine was an avid reader, proficient in jigsaw puzzles and researched genealogy. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed needle work. She and Erv spent many happy summers at their vacation home in Estes Park, Colo. Her passion was spending time with family and playing games with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Erv Friehe of McCook, Neb.; two daughters, Dr. Mary Friehe and Susan Christensen of Omaha, Neb.; sons, Ronald Friehe and wife, Doris, of McCook, Neb., and Thomas Friehe and wife, Mari Jo, of Estes Park, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Mary Louise Friehe of Omaha, Neb.; brother, Don Klein and wife, Norma, of McCook, Neb.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Ben and Olga Klein and son, Robert “Bob” Friehe.

Services were held October 16, 2014, at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook, Neb. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in her memory to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), PO Box 199, McCook, Neb., 69001. ❖

Ted K. Cannon

A few hours into his 92nd year of life, his body could not keep up with the cowboy, and Ted K Cannon passed away October 26, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

Ted was born October 26, 1922, in Silver Creek, Neb., to Clyde W. and Hulda (Ruff) Cannon.

He graduated from Silver Creek High School in 1939 and from Reppert School of Auctioneering in 1942.

He married Mildred I. Thurstonson on December 30, 1944, at the Fairview Methodist Church south of Silver Creek, Neb.

Ted served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre and Occupied Japan during WWII.

Following the service Ted returned to Silver Creek where he farmed and ranched south of Silver Creek. He raised, trained and raced standard bred, thoroughbred and quarter horses. Ted was a calf roper and steer wrestler at the Pro and amateur rodeo levels.

He was an early member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, and was entered in the first RCA rodeo ever held in Wahoo, Neb. Ted was leader of the Clear Creek 4-H Club, which he organized and named after the creek running through his pasture.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and usually kept a pack of coyote hounds. Ted was a jack of all trades, doing his own machinist, mechanic, repair and farrier work, plus helping out the neighbors when needed.

Ted is survived by special friend Dolores Hopwood of Shelby, Neb., Daughter, Diane (Leonard) Current of Hershey, Neb., son, Ken (Beverly) Cannon of Silver Creek, Neb., daughter LaTona (Dean) Lord of Hornick, Iowa, grandchildren: Wylie Current; Rusty, Bailey and Boone Lord; Cy, Wynn and Corby Cannon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde W. and Hulda Cannon, wife, Mildred Cannon, sister, Loraine Cannon and brother, Craig W. Cannon.

Private family graveside services were held October 30, at the Silver Creek Cemetery, with Military Honors by Hartman Post No. 84 American Legion Honor Guard, under direction of McKown Funeral Home. Long time friend and horse breeder, Clair Jones, led one of Ted’s favorite horses ,under his saddle to his graveside. Whiplash was the last horse Ted trained. Charles Roberts spoke at the service, ending with the Cowboy’s Prayer. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 11-3-14

November 3, 2014 — 

E. Frank Orcutt

Ernest Frank Orcutt, 76, of Rush, Colo., passed away August 23, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was born to Ernest and Grace (Broadhurst) Orcutt on June 13, 1938, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Frank graduated from Miami/Yoder High School in Rush, Colo., and started ranching and farming with his dad.

Frank married Caroline Ploutz on September 18, 1958, in Farmington, N.M. They were married for 56 years and from that marriage they had five children.

Frank started driving a truck for Gaddy Truck Line in 1957. He started Longhorn Truck Line in 1972 and hauled livestock, hay, equipment and pulled a refer trailer for 35 years, all while continuing to farm/ranch.

Frank never knew a stranger more than a minute. He loved to hunt and play softball. From this love, he helped to form the Men’s Softball League. He loved his grandchildren they were the light of his life, whether he was teaching them about livestock for 4-H or how to farm.

Frank is survived by his wife, Caroline Orcutt; children, Arnold Orcutt of Rush, Colo.; Brenda Tipton of Limon, Colo.; Debora (James) Rieder of Campballsport, Wisc.; David (Shelly) Orcutt of Rush, Colo.; brother, Dale (Bonnie) Orcutt of Ramah, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; son, Heath; brother, Allen (Butch); and sister, Betty.

Services were held September 6, 2014, at Miami Yoder School Gymnasium in Rush, Colo. Inurnment took place at Kanza Cemetery in Rush, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, Fla., 33607. ❖

James Edward Irvine

James E. Irvine (Jim), of Wheatland, Wyo., passed away October 27, 2014.

He was born August 21, 1918, on the Wheatland flats to James (Jimmy) and Bessie (Memmer) Irvine.

The Irvine family including younger sister Francel spent a few of Jim’s earliest years in Hallick Canyon. From there the family soon moved to the Slate Creek ranch where they remained.

As a reminder of their Irish heritage, during the 1930s Jimmy built a rock wall around the house and yard using rocks that Jim and Francel hauled using a stone boat. The wall remains today.

In 1936, at age 18, he was the youngest cowboy to ride on the last roundup off the Laramie plains when the open range days were coming to an end. Previously Jim had only helped bring cattle home from the roundup. He started on the North Laramie with seven or eight saddle horses — one for his bedroll — and then worked and sorted on the west side of the plains. He helped gather and sort for about three weeks with the ranch crews. He recalled sorting about 5,000 cows – mostly branded - in three days at Big Springs. He remembered roping and “picking brands” on some that had blotchy or bad brands.

When riding with Francel, Jim packed a spoon in his chaps pocket and stopped at a sheepherders’ wagon once in a while for something to eat. They would share a can of tomatoes or beans for a meal.

Jim was drafted into the army but a physical revealed a concern with his heart and he was not accepted. An excellent carpenter, Jim built army barracks as a union member at Camp Pendleton in California before he was married.

On July 9, 1941, Jim married Ruth Margaret Chase in Cheyenne, Wyo. The newlyweds resided in Monterey, Calif., for a short time and returned to ranch in Wyoming the remaining 73 years of their marriage.

Jim and Ruth bought a place in 1943. Their son Glen Alan was born that same year and Sharon Carol came along in 1948.

In 1949, ever the mindful rancher, Jim gathered his cows into the calving shed as a three day blizzard set in. He spent all of one day shoveling snow from the creek to give the cows a chance to drink one at a time. The snowdrifts were big enough to allow the saddle horse to walk on the granary roof.

Jim enjoyed riding a good saddle horse but didn’t ride after he broke his pelvis in a horseback accident in 1973. His favorite mount was a gray horse named Pepper. “They say you only get one good horse, one good dog and one good woman, and I’ve had one of each.”

Jim cut many a blade of hay with a horse-drawn mower. He recalled one time when he and his dad were each operating separate outfits. When he left his team to help his dad take the W off his horse, Jim’s gentle horse sat down and broke the tongue and the team ran away.

In later years Glen joined the family operation and the ranch grew.

Jim enjoyed working with Glen and his family and was proud of the condition of the ranch and the quality of the cattle they produced as a team.

A passionate but patient card player, Jim never turned down the chance for a hand of pinochle or any card game.

He tended a productive garden, fed laying chickens, milked a cow and kept a nice yard. He had several special dogs in his life, and was rarely seen in his pickup without one.

Children were special to Jim. Each of the generations cherishes the memories of his silly jokes, his kind words and his gentle demeanor.

Jim is survived by his wife of 73 years, Ruth of Wheatland, Wyo., his daughter Sharon (Les) Longwood of Lemmon, S.D.; daughter-in-law Mary (Sumnick) Irvine of Wheatland, Wyo., grandchildren and great-children, Duncan (Brady), Curran and Logen of Wheatland, Wyo.; Jason of Wheatland, Wyo., and children Shaya of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Chase of Casper, Wyo.; Amanda (Neal) Sorenson, Cole and Chance, Arvada; Laura (Jared) Lahr, James and Ella of Morrison, Colo., Carrie (Jeremy) Stadheim, Pitch, Kyan, Kinley, Stone, Rainn of Reeder, N.D.; and Erin (Luke) Stadheim, Cora and baby girl on the way of Reeder, N.D.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Jimmy and Bessie Irvine, his sister Francel (Irvine) Rietz, and his son Glen.

A service was held October 30, 2014, at First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyo.

Memorials can be given to Slater Hall, Palmer Canyon Fire Rural Fire Department or the charity of the giver’s choice in Jim’s memory. ❖

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