Obituaries — Aug. 22, 2016

August 24, 2016 — 

Kathleen Turner, 63

Jan. 22, 1953-June 11, 2016

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Obituaries — Aug. 15, 2016

August 17, 2016 — 

H. Glenn Snyder, 90

July 9,1925-June 18, 2016

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Obituaries — Aug. 1, 2016

August 2, 2016 — 

Dowe Bellew, 1

April 17, 2015-May 29, 2016

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Obituaries - July 18, 2016

July 19, 2016 — 

Charlotte Frances Nelson, 82

Feb. 19, 1934-May 28, 2016

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Obituaries — July 11, 2016

July 12, 2016 — 

Laura Russell, 99

March 22, 1917-May 22, 2016

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Obituaries — June 27, 2016

June 28, 2016 — 

Donald Schriner, 82

Dec. 14, 1933-May 18, 2016

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Obituaries — June 20, 2016

June 22, 2016 — 

Lee Benton, 82

Feb. 21, 1933-May 2, 2016

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Obituaries — June 13, 2016

June 10, 2016 — 

LeMoyne Joseph Wolfe, 91

April 7, 1925 - April 30, 2016

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Obituaries — June 6, 2016

June 7, 2016 — 

Charlotte Frances Nelson, 82

Feb. 19, 1934-May 28, 2016

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Obituaries — May 30, 2016

June 1, 2016 — 

Ivan Ahlbrandt, 77

March 15, 1939-March 25, 2016

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Obituaries — May 23, 2016

May 25, 2016 — 

Jerry Lewy Cobb, 73

March 16, 1943-April 11, 2016

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Obituaries — May 16, 2016

May 17, 2016 — 

Otis Presson Dewey, 85

May 30, 1930-March 15, 2016

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Obituaries — May 9, 2016

May 10, 2016 — 

Richard Merrill, 76

March 28, 1940 - April 3, 2016

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Obituaries — May 2, 2016

May 3, 2016 — 

Williev Condron, 98

Oct. 6, 1917-March 29,2016

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Obituaries — April 25, 2016

April 26, 2016 — 

Harold Rogers, 94

April 11, 1921-March 23, 2016

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Obituaries — April 18, 2016

April 19, 2016 — 

Mary Threewit, 91

March 27, 1924-March 17, 2016

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Obituaries — April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016 — 

Robert J. Hendrix, 83

Sept. 21, 1932-Feb. 16, 2016

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Obituaries — April 4, 2016

April 5, 2016 — 

Mark Vannest, 54

July 28, 1961-March 17, 2016

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Obituaries — March 28, 2016

April 5, 2016 — 

George Andre, 88

June 19, 1927-Feb. 29, 2016

Residence: Callaway, Neb. formerly of Stapleton, Neb.

George Melvin Andre, age 88 formerly of Stapleton, Neb. passed away on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at the Callaway Good Life Center.

Melvin was born on June 19, 1927, at the family home in McPherson County, Neb. to George Martin and Iva Elsie (Cassens) Andre. He attended Pleasant Hill Country School. He thoroughly enjoyed working for farmers and ranchers in the Stapleton area most of his life and took great pride in always doing a good job. His lived his last 12 years at the Callaway Good Life Center in Callaway, Neb.

Melvin is survived by his brothers, Clifford (Claire) of Morrison and John (Peggy) of Citrus Heights, Calif.; sister-in-law, Anna Andre of Plattsmouth, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Zeppelin Moore and Elsie Hopkins; and brothers, Lyle, Paul, James and Peter.

Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at

Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Monday, March 7, 2016, at the Ringgold Free Methodist Church with Pastor James Paine officiating. Burial followed at the Loup Valley Cemetery. Visitation was from noon- 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. ❖

Wiley Jones, 63

Nov. 15, 1952-Feb. 29, 20156

Residence: Saratoga, Wyo.

Marshall Wiley Jones was born on Nov. 15, 1952, in Akron, Ohio to Richard Henry and Annie Eileen (Quail) Jones. He died at his home near Riverside, Wyo. of an apparent heart attack in the early morning hours on Feb. 29, 2016.

He graduated from Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y. and went on to receive an Associate’s degree in Forestry from Paul Smith College in Paul Smith, N.Y.

After graduating from Paul Smith’s he came to Rand, Colo. to work for Huck Gaylord, logging using draft horses. During the spring breakup he worked for Clarence and Ray Stevens on their ranch in Rand and fondly remembered his days there. He then moved to Oregon where he cut timber. Wiley returned to Encampment where he worked for Hines Lumber felling trees and operating a yarder. In the early 1980’s he went into partnership with Patrick Lynch and they formed Jones & Lynch Logging. After a fire at the sawmill in the mid 80’s he went to southeast Alaska and cut the “big trees” before returning to the North Platte Valley. He and Pat were in business until Louisiana Pacific Mill in Saratoga closed in 2004. He was always a logger at heart and dearly missed working in the timber.

On August 24, 1996, he married Sue Ellis.

He and Sue bought a garbage collection business with 100 customers in 2006. Today Sunrise Sanitation Service, LLC in Saratoga, Wyo. has over 500 customers and a construction roll off business. Wiley Jones was the personification of kindness. He was thoughtful and considerate of all. He was a hard worker. His dedication, sense of duty, professionalism, and dependable nature in his work was unmatched.

He never met a stranger and had a smile for everyone. Wiley was a man of God with a deep and abiding faith. He touched many people and made a difference in many lives.

Marshall Wiley Jones was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Helen Kozlowski; and nephew, Andrew Schmidt.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; sisters, Sheila (John) Schmidt and Hilda (Tom) Kleven; brothers-in-law, Tom Kozlowski, Mike (Rita) Ellis and Joe Ellis; sister-in-law, Linda (Scott) Platts; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga, Wyo. Private family burial will be held at a later date. ❖

Glenn Sessions, 98

Nov. 10, 1917-March 1, 2016

Residence: Holyoke, Colo.

Glenn Sessions passed away in Holyoke, Colo. on March 1, 2016, he was 98 years old. He had been living at Regent Park and passed at The Melissa Memorial Hospital.

Visitation was from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home. Funeral service were at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, interment Riverside Cemetery.

Glenn Edwin Sessions was born on Nov. 10, 1917, to Byron and Ellen Sessions in Byron, Wyo. a small town named after Glenn’s grandfather, Byron Sessions. Glenn was the youngest of thirteen children. Glenn grew up and became an outstanding athlete, in fact, he won a hoop shoot-out which was the deciding factor for Byron High School to receive a new gymnasium. He graduated from that high school in 1936. After high school Glenn married Alice Delmonica in April of 1938 in Byron, Wyo.

The oil industry was just beginning around the time Glenn graduated and he worked every job around to learn as much as possible about the booming industry. Around 1940 he was hired on with Texaco, Glenn worked for them for a number of years while moving through the ranks. Eventually he went into business with four other men, starting an oilfield general contracting company called Harrison & Sessions. The oilfield continued to put bread on the table of Glenn and Alice and their children, Les who was born in 1939, Linda who was born in 1940, Sharon who was born in 1941 and Doug who was born in 1948. Linda passed away shortly after she was born. The family lived in Oregon Basin oilfield camp outside of Cody, Wyo.

In August of 1950, Glenn went out of town on a job to Merino, Colo. After a short time he decided Merino was a good place to stay and he moved his family down. Alice and Glenn bought his partners out in 1952 and his company became Glenn E. Sessions, General Oilfield Contractor. Also in 1952, they welcomed another son Ron, followed a few years later by another daughter Sue in 1957. When the boys grew and became a part of the business, the name was changed to name we know today- Glenn E. Sessions & Sons.

Glenn ran his company based out of Merino but spent plenty of time in Walden, and Ault, Colo., among other places for 47 years. During that time he was said to have hired many of the boys that graduated from Merino High School, a number of them worked for him for years. In 1987, when Alice’s health began to fail, Glenn retired. His retirement was spent being busy helping his son’s carry on the business, spending time with family, and being an avid outdoorsman.

Alice and Glenn were married for 54 years before she passed away in April of 1992. He reconnected with an old high school sweetheart Ann Duehlmeier and they married in 1993. This added six more children to his clan. Glenn and Ann enjoyed their large family and spent all the time they could with them. He spent loads of time up at the cabin in Walden that he constructed in 1972, fishing and hunting, and having family gatherings. Other times he was at home teaching his grandkids pitch or pinochle. He loved music and cooking and being surrounded by good friends and family. Glenn and Ann were married for 15 years before she passed away in 2008.

In 98 years Glenn lived an amazing life, his accomplishments and achievements spread far and wide. The positive impact and influence that he had on everyone he knew and loved will be missed the most as we celebrate the end of this journey. Glenn’s faithfulness and love for his family was inspiring and will live on forever in the family and the generations to come.

Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, and all of his brothers and sisters; his first wife, Alice, his second wife, Ann; daughters, Linda and Sharon; son, Ron; son-in-law, Rex; and his grandson, Brian. Glenn is survived by his sons, Les (Betty) Sessions of Merino, Doug (Pat) Sessions of Wray; daughter, Sue and husband (Danny) Skalla of Sterling; daughter-in-law, Vicki Sessions of Walden; 13 grandchildren and ever growing number of great-grandchildren. As well as his six step-children, Mary De (Lou) Mueller, Jannis (Fred) Eldredge, Paul Duehlmeier, Patricia (Douglas) Smith, Sydney (Terry) Stowe, Bill (Lezlie) Trader; and twenty-six step-grandchildren. ❖

Mike Price, 68

Sept. 30, 1947-March 3, 2016

Residence: Eckert, Colo.

Eckert, Colo., resident, Mike Price, after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 03, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He was 68 years of age.

Family and friends are invited to share memories of Mike from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Delta Elks Lodge.

Mike was born on September 30, 1947 to Carl David and Genevieve (MacKendrick) Price in Paonia, Colorado. He spent his childhood in Hotchkiss, Colorado where he graduated from Hotchkiss High School with the Class of 1965. After graduation, Mike attended Adams State College where he graduated in 1970.

On September 13, 1969, Mike married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Charlene White, in Hotchkiss, Colorado.

Mike was a member of the Delta Elks Lodge BPOE #1235 and Past President of the Hotchkiss Crawford Historical Society.

Mike enjoyed playing poker, golf and hiking. He taught music in Dove Creek and Hotchkiss.

Mike is survived by his wife, Charlene; daughter Michelle McKern and husband, Richard, of Summit, NJ; son Allan Price and wife, Kena, of Hotchkiss, CO; grandchildren Mathew, Kelsa, Hank, Aneka, and Quinnlan; sister Kelly Christian and husband, Roger, of Hotchkiss, CO, and a large extended family.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Genevieve Price.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to HopeWest Hospice, PO Box 24, Delta CO 81416; the Hotchkiss Crawford Historical Society, PO Box 724, Hotchkiss CO 81419; or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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William Fletcher, 85

July 29, 1930-March 3, 2016

Residence: Olathe, Colo.

Olathe resident William (Bill) Seaborn Fletcher passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe, Colorado, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born on July 29, 1930, to Seaborn Leo and Thelma (Spacious) Fletcher in Casper, Wyo. He served in the U.S. Air Force for five years during the Korean Conflict.

On April 11, 1954, William married the love of his life, Luwilda “Lukie” Hawk in New Mexico. The couple shared 62 years together, raising four sons. They lived in Gunnison, Colo. for 41 years and spent the last 15 years in Olathe, Colo.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lukie; three sons, Bob (Ruth) Fletcher of Montrose, Colo., Ron (Marya) Fletcher of Yonkers, N.Y. and Larry (Brucie) Fletcher of Grand Junction; grandchildren, Stephanie Edmonds, Ben Edmonds, Mark Fletcher, Quinten Fletcher and Kirk Fletcher.

Bill was preceded in death by his son, Ed Fletcher.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Memorial Services will be held later this summer in Gunnison, Colo. View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at

Dallas Buffum, 76

May 8, 1939-March 4, 2016

Residence: Grand Junction, Colo.

Dallas Forrest Buffum passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, March 4, 2016 in Grand Junction, Colo. After surviving a stroke in 2011, he eventually succumbed to heart disease. He was 76.

Dallas was born on May 8, 1939, to Este and Marie Buffum, their third child who, along with his two sisters Noela and Mardeen, grew up on their grandparents’ family farm near Montpelier, Iowa. He earned an early farming education working alongside his father and grandfather. His experience utilizing farm machinery, and penchant for mechanical engines, ultimately lead him to his long time profession as an interstate truck driver. Dallas worked for several freight transportation companies during his lifetime, including International Transport, Gless Brothers and Schultz Transit, primarily as an owner-operator. His cargo ranged from ammunition (in support of our US Armed Forces), liquid molasses and fertilizer, Illinois corn-fed beef and produce grown, picked and packed on the west coast. His travels covered the continental U.S. and Canada.

After retiring from trucking, Dallas moved to Colorado, where he enjoyed fishing, riding fourwheel drive over old mining trails and passes, and walking the trails in Confluence Park.

Dallas is survived by his sister, Mardeen (Buffum) Petersen of Long Grove, Iowa, and her family; son, Brian Buffum (Nancy) and two grandsons Matthew and Daniel of Chesterfield, Mo.; a “foreign exchange” son, Glenn Haines of Nagambie, Australia, and his family; longtime companion Paulette Hawkins of Delta, Colo.; her sons, Devon Hawkins of Lakewood, Colo. and Dale Hawkins (Kummi Ka) of Erie, Colo., and their two daughters, Kaylin and Danika.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Noela Buffum; his grandparents and parents.

Memorials may be made in Dallas’ name to HopeWest Hospice, 2754 Compass Drive #377, Grand Junction, Colo. 81506

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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Gerald L Kummer, 81

Aug. 19, 1934-March 12, 2016

Residence: Briggsdale, Colo.

Gerald L Kummer was born to Fred and Hannah Kummer. He was born on the homestead of his Russian immigrant grandparents in the Pawnee National Grasslands, Keota, Colo. He spent all but 10 years of his life here on the plains and dearly loved riding many horses across this country and taking care of the place where he and his wife, Portia, spent their 44 years together. He had a vast knowledge of the history of the area and shared many memories featuring the people, activities, weather and other notable events.

He loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, and spent every early morning with Him. He prayed daily for our country and its leaders and devoted three years to serving in the military. His priorities in life were to raise his family to love the Lord, do a job well, be honest and treat others fairly. Keeping in shape through working outdoors with horses and making sure he ate well and was adequately rested were daily priorities. He shod all of his own horses even in his seventies.

The whole family participated in their livelihood of training horses and there was never a shortage of well broke, good using horses around the place. Roping was of utmost importance throughout their lives and Gerald and Portia enjoyed team roping together.

He loved to fix things in his shop and take care of his machinery - he was meticulous about

maintenance. Sentimental about equipment and tools, he kept nearly everything that his folks had owned and usually found ways to repurpose it. He had an appreciation for the simple things in life, hot showers, good-fitting clothing, home-cooked meals, and tidiness.

Gerald had a love of basketball that started in the 4th grade when he played at the Keota School. He dearly loved watching the local high school basketball teams play.

Gerald is preceded in death by his father (daddy), Fred Kummer; and his mother, Hannah Kummer.

Left to live his legacy are his wife, Portia; two stepdaughters, whom he called his own, Melanie (Mike) Idler and Brenda (Tim) Brunelle; his son and little buddy, Coy Kummer (Maesa); precious grand daughters, Karysa Idler, Gracyn and Elle Kummer; grandsons, and basketball heroes Cody and Brye Brunelle and oldest and boldest with six children, Joshua Idler (Ashley); brother, Freddie Kummer (Judy); and sister, Bernice (Hulan) Winsett.

Gerald’s church affiliation is the Body of Christ.

A memorial service to celebrate Gerald’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, 1325 3rd St. in Eaton.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Gerald to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, in care of Moser Funeral and Cremation Service, 3501 11th Ave., Evans, Colo. 80620.

Livestream viewing of the service will be available.

An online obituary and guest book are at

Joseph Wayne Forney, 88

March 30, 1927-March 17, 2016

Residence: Franktown, Colo.

Joseph Wayne Forney of Franktown died peacefully on Thursday morning, March 17, 2016, at the age of 88.

Mr. Forney was born March 30, 1927, in Albuquerque, N.M. He attended Saint Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs but departed shortly before graduation and enlisted in the Navy in early 1945. He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater at HQ Mariana Islands in Guam and was honorably discharged in 1946. After World War II, Joe attended Colorado A&M where he met his wife, Virginia Holmes. While active in a number of organizations there, he was especially proud of being a founding member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in 1949. In Dec. 1949, he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry and he and Virginia were married at Saint Mary’s Church in Colorado Springs in January 1950.

Joe’s career began in San Luis, Colo. with the Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Home Administration. After a short assignment in Trinidad, he and his family moved to Greeley in Feb. 1957 where he became active in Saint Peter’s Church and later in Saint Mary’s Church. His five children graduated from University High School.

After receiving a Department of Agriculture Superior Service Award in 1960, Joe joined John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance as an Agricultural Investment Officer in 1961. He served in this capacity in Weld County until 1980 and was a good friend to many farmers and ranchers not only in Weld County and northern Colorado, but throughout Colorado and the surrounding area. Joe assumed regional responsibilities for John Hancock in 1981 when he and his wife moved to Franktown. The highlight of his career was managing the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch southeast of Colorado Springs, a part of which had been homesteaded by his wife’s family as the HOP Ranch beginning in 1871.

A cowboy at heart, Joe certainly built his fair share of fence. A member of the Colorado Livestock Association, he and his wife were horse enthusiasts and owned several Quarter Horses over the years. As an avid outdoorsman, he was a seasoned hunter and angler who carried his interest of the outdoors into photography. He had a great love for carpentry, wood-working, and leathercraft.

A kind and devoted family man, Joe never had a shortage of great ideas for good family recreation. In earlier years, there were numerous boating, hunting, fishing, camping, and vacation excursions. There were rodeos, stock shows, horse racing, and large family cookouts. Joe took a keen interest in his children’s lives – their schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and their personal interests. He was square as a die, and he could be counted on to be there.

Joe is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, J. Michael (Annette) of Castle Rock, W. Mark of Greeley, Virginia (J. David Hause) of Castle Rock, Jean (Thomas Gergens) of Amarillo, Texas, and David (Gina) of Bethesda, Md.; ten grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ernest Wayne; and mother, Rosavia Grace.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado. ❖

Obituaries — March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 — 

Myron Hess, 94

Aug. 29, 1921-Feb. 15, 2016

Residence: Crawford, Colo.

Crawford resident, Myron B. Hess, passed away, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Horizon Care Center in Eckert, Colo. He was 94 years old.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Myron is survived by his wife, Julia Hess; son, Gary Hess; two daughters, Judi Porter and Linda Spears; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at ❖

Ruth Mann, 90

Dec. 5, 1925-Feb. 17, 2016

Residence: Brighton, Colo.

Ruth C. Mann, 90, of Brighton Colo., passed away peacefully under the care of hospice and her family on Feb. 17, 2016. Ruth was born in Manzanola, Colo. on Dec. 5, 1925, she was the only child of Leroy and Blanche Cruts. She spent her childhood in Lake George and attended school in Manitou Springs. A mountain girl through and through, Ruth always fondly recounted the time she spent in her youth enjoying the nature and beauty of Colorado’s high country. She married Loren Kirby “Bud” Mann in October 1947. Together they pursued many endeavors including a trout farm, restaurant/bar, and raising livestock on their acreage in the Brighton area.

Ruth attended the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a Master’s degree in Education. Along with her endeavors with Bud, Ruth taught at Independence School in Fort Lupton, Pleasant Valley in Weld County, North Cottages, Bertha Hyde and Leroy Drive in Northglenn. Teaching was her passion and she worked diligently as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist for over 40 years. Ruth retired from the classroom in 1987, but continued to volunteer her time and energies as a reading aide for years after.

She was a dedicated member of the International Order of Eastern Star for 72 years, attending Loraine Chapter #52 in Brighton where she served as Worthy Matron in 1961. Ruth was actively involved in community service through the organization.

Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (GG). Her family was the love of her life. She was a vibrant and fearless pioneer woman who spent her free time on the farm working hard in addition to her other responsibilities. When not outside nurturing her flowerbeds or tending to the animals, she was busy cooking, playing the piano, or enjoying her favorite pastime, reading.

Ruth is survived by her two sons, Mike Mann of Thornton, and Chris Mann (Loretta) of Hudson; five grandchildren, Corrina Mann, Nick Mann, Amanda Reynolds (Don), Kirby Mann, and Amy Cozzens (Chris); four great-grandchildren, Laney, Keira, Carter, and Anderson; she also leaves behind many caring relatives and friends.

Her husband, Bud; and her parents, Leroy and Blanche, preceded her in death.

The Memorial Service were held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2016, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton. Interment will follow at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver.

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. ❖

William Faulkner, 34

July 28, 1981-Feb. 17, 2016

Residence: Bryan, Texas

William Brock Faulkner, 34, of Bryan was released to the presence of Jesus on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, after fighting a two-year battle with leukemia.

Born on July 28, 1981 in Bryan to Bill and Martha Faulkner, Brock married Brittney Schlatre May 22, 2004 in Baton Rouge, La. He graduated from Bryan High School in 2000, and earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M in Agricultural Engineering. He was a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band (A-Battery), Class of 2004.

Brock learned to ranch from his granddaddy. From those earliest days driving t-posts to establishing his own beef cattle operation, he was deeply connected to the family land.

His career in teaching culminated in serving as Assistant Professor at A&M, he advised the Secretary of Agriculture on the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, to which he was just re-appointed and he consulted for cattle ranchers in Colorado. Among his many awards are the 2012 Texas A&M College of Agriculture Award for Outstanding Achievement in Early Career Research, and 2014 Gale Holloway ASABE Professional Development Award. His greatest professional joy was working with students. He leaves a legacy of young men and women who were deeply impacted by his teaching and mentorship.

Brock served as an elder with Community Church of Bryan/College Station. His personal investment in his church community was wholehearted, even in his most difficult seasons. Above all his professional and ranching achievements, Brock’s deepest love was and is for Jesus, his wife, children, family, friends, and the people of Community Church.

Brock is survived by his wife, Brittney; son, Emery; daughter, Lyla Kate; and son Charlie; mother, Martha Faulkner; brother and sister-in-law, C.W. and Emily Faulkner and their children Brenna, Joseph, and Carly; and numerous other devoted family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Faulkner Fund through Community Church would be appreciated. These will be used to support Brock’s children, other families going through cancer treatment, and to plant trees on the family ranch in Brock’s honor. Checks should be marked “Faulkner Fund” and sent to Community Church, PO Box 10977, College Station, Texas, 77842. ❖

Arthur Lockhart, 91

Aug. 6, 1924-Feb. 19, 2016

Residence: North Platte, Neb. formerly of Lemoyne, Neb.

Arthur “Art” Wayne Lockhart, age 91 formerly of Lemoyne, passed away Friday, Feb.19, 2016, at Linden Court Nursing Home in North Platte.

Art was born on August 6, 1924, in Stapleton, Neb. to Richard and Grace Harriet (Colburn) Lockhart. He was the 3rd living child born to his parents and had four surviving siblings. He grew up in the area and attended Banner School thru the 8th grade. In March of 1946 he joined the army and served as a medic in Japan with the Occupation Forces at the end of WWII thru May of 1947. In his civilian life Art worked for 60 plus years for the Wilson Ranch near Lemoyne. He was truly a 19th Century Cowboy! He loved to ride, he could fix anything and he raised his own quarter horses. He was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008. Art loved kids and was very good natured.

Art is survived by his sister, Ruth Reynolds of North Platte, Neb.; brother, David Lockhart of Houston, Texas; a slew of nieces and nephews; the Wilson family; as well as many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Richard Lockhart and Betty Northey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at

The family requests casual dress at his service as “Art was not a suit and tie kind of man.” Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home with Chaplain Deb Dishman officiating. Burial will follow at Loup Valley Cemetery near Stapleton. Visitation was from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016, with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m., at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. ❖

Jean Andersen, 94

May 1, 1921-Feb. 19, 2016

Residence: Greeley, Colo.

Jean C. Andersen, 94, of Greeley passed away Feb. 19, 2016, at Life Care Center in Greeley. Jean was born May 1, 1921, in Maryville, Mo., at her grandparent’s home, to Mildred Evans Crom and Frank J. Crom.

Jean started school in Laramie, Wyo., and moved with her family to Pierce at an early age. She graduated from Pierce High School with a scholarship to Denver University. She attended College High School (University) in Greeley for one year. She attended Greeley Commercial College in Greeley. She worked in the Divisional office of Continental Oil Co., Denver. After WWII started she joined the WAVES and took training at Hunter College, Bronx, N.Y. and advanced training at Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her duty station was the 12th Naval District Headquarters in San Francisco. She was in San Francisco at the time of the chartering of the UN and attended some of the sessions. Also, the war with Japan and Germany were ended while she was still in the WAVES in San Francisco.

During time in the WAVES she took voice lessons from a protégé of Madame Schumann-Heink In preparation for a career as a concert singer. Jean was discharged honorably as YIC (WR) in July of 1946 and returned to Greeley to attend CSCE (now UNC) as a Business Administration major and Music minor. At CSCE she was a member of Pi Omega Pi-honorary fraternity.

Jean Crom of Pierce and Arthur L. Andersen Jr. of Ault were married in Greeley on Feb. 26, 1948, and went to live on the Andersen family farm when their new home, that they designed, was finished. Jean and Art owned and operated their own farms from 1948 until 1986 when they retired and moved to Greeley.

Jean sang in the chorus in two operas in Central City in 1947 and gave private voice lessons a few years. She also taught sewing and tailoring. She was a member of Farm Bureau, former member of Cowbelles, member of Chapter EC P.E.O Greeley, former member of chapter AB Eaton, Eaton Music Club, Centennial Chapter DAR, the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Mountain Prairie Chapter, Mayflower Society, Colorado Questers, Arvilla Meeker Chapter (a charter member), a member of Eaton-Ault Congregational Church and the Eaton Pioneer Society.

Jean sang at many weddings, funerals, church services and social functions. She was a volunteer at Centennial Village for several years, as well as other volunteering.

She is survived by a son, Michael (Krispin) Andersen of Littleton; sister, Wanda (Kimel) Brent; as well as several nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, of 57 years, Arthur; parents; brother, Howard; triplet brothers; sister; and infant sons.

Visitation was from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel with a reception to follow in the Allnutt Reception Center. Inurnment at the Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich., Scholarship Fund in the name of Arthur Andersen Jr. or the PEO Sisterhood Educational Scholarship Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631. Friends may view the online obituary at ❖

Diane Hoppe, 68

Dec. 14, 1947-Feb. 27, 2016

Residence: Denver

With a heavy heart we regret to inform you that Colorado has lost a truly remarkable woman in Diane Hoppe, who passed away Feb. 27.

Diane, a native of Colorado, was raised in Sterling. She spent almost 30 years in both the public and private sectors stewarding Colorado’s natural and agricultural resources.

“Representative Hoppe’s contribution to the State of Colorado was substantial and the loss of her leadership and friendship will be felt by many statewide,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Diane’s list of accomplishments is inspiring, and here are a few of the many. Diane served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1999 through 2006 and chaired the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, the Water Interim Committee, and the Water Resources Review Committee, and served as Minority Whip. She was a founding member of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and served as President from 2002 through 2007. Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Diane to the Colorado Water Conservation Board as the South Platte Basin representative in 2012, and she was elected chair of the Board in 2015. Diane received many honors during her lifetime including the Colorado Water Congress 2013 Wayne N. Aspinall Award for Outstanding Water Leader.

Diane Hoppe’s spirit will forever be remembered and will serve as an inspiration to the many lives she touched.

A funeral mass was held March 12 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Broomfield, with a memorial reception following at 11 a.m., at Copper Leaf Gardens, 1200 Miramonte St., Broomfield.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Diane Hoppe Memorial Water Scholarship Fund at or send checks payable to The Diane Hoppe Memorial Water Scholarship Fund care of The Denver Foundation, 55 Madison St., 8th Floor, Denver, Colo. 80206. ❖

Obituaries — Feb. 14, 2016

March 15, 2016 — 

William Rains, 88

Feb. 4, 1927-Jan. 29, 2016

Residence: Colorado Springs

William “Bill” Rains passed away Jan. 29 in Colorado Springs with family at his bedside, including wife Faye Rains, daughter Linda Metcalfe and Andrea Nimeth. Bill was a native of Colorado and a longtime member of Ellicott Baptist Church. He led a full and successful life, working hard daily. He had many occupations, from rancher, real estate broker, auctioneer to sale barn owner. During World War II, Bill served in the United States Navy.

He worked several cattle ranches including, Mesa De Maya, in Branson, Colo. He attended auction school, for professional auctioneer training. He opened up two sell barns, one in Colorado Springs and one in Trinidad in the early sixties. He was an active partner in the Rains Brothers Ranch, Colo. He appreciated a good horse and cowboy.

Bill is survived by his wife, Faye Rains; daughter, Linda Metcalfe; son-in-law, Mike Metcalfe, five grandchildren, Traver Rains, Matthew Rains, J.W. Metcalfe (Jenifer), Mandy Metcalfe and Jodie Metcalfe; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Kolt Metcalfe; and his youngest brother, Joe Rains.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, W.C. Rains; mother, Irma Rains; son, Lenard Rains in 2004; and brothers, Lloyd, Jim and Floyd.

He was a wonderful and loving husband; father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Feb. 20, 2016, at Ellicott Baptist Church, 24075 Highway 94, Calhan, Colo. 80808. ❖

Paul Moloney, 82

April 26, 1933-Feb. 13, 2016

Residence: Lafayette, Colo.

Paul Francis Moloney, long-time journalist, photographer, editor, teacher and friend to many, died Feb. 13 of heart failure at a Lafayette hospital. His family was with him shortly after he passed.

Paul was born in Alamosa on April 26, 1933, to Alexis and Casilda (Salazar) Moloney. He grew up in Monte Vista and graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1952. While in high school, Paul became interested in sports as a reporter and worked for the Monte Vista newspaper.

He received a degree in Journalism at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1956. While at CU, Paul was editor of the Colorado Daily, the campus newspaper, and also editor of the Coloradan, the university’s yearbook. He took a class in photojournalism at the university, but had to be tutored throughout because he knew so little about cameras. Many decades later, he would return to the college to teach the class.

After graduation, Paul worked for the Cortez Journal newspaper in Cortez, then for the Idaho Falls Post Register. He came to the Greeley Tribune later in 1956 as sports editor. “The third day on the job he was handed a camera and was told he was also the sports photographer,” said Paul’s son, Kevin Moloney. “He knew nothing about cameras, and he was 23 years old, but that night he went home and cried.” Then he contacted Ken Hikida of Ken’s Camera Center in Greeley, and Ken taught Paul everything he needed to know to shoot the photos. They became life-long friends.

In 1960, Paul and Annette Henscheid married and settled in Greeley to raise a family. While they were on their honeymoon, Paul learned he had won a national award for photography from the American Association of College Baseball Coaches. He would go on to win that award four more times, along with dozens of state and national awards for photography.

Starting as the sports editor for The Tribune, in his 25 years with the newspaper he also served as copy editor, city editor, and chief photographer. He wrote a weekly column that was popular with the readers: “Wondering, Wandering Photographer.”

Leaving daily employment at the newspaper in 1981, Paul continued to write his column until 2005, then published it as a blog until 2010. In total, he wrote the column for 35 years. He also wrote three books: Images of the Valley (1984), Sauguache: Profile of Tranquility (1986), and Friends and Celebrities (2001).

After leaving the Tribune, Paul taught photography at the Colorado Institute of Art and at CU Boulder. “I took his class, and he gave me an ‘A-minus’” said Kevin, who now teaches the same class. Paul retired from teaching in 1996.

There are many Paul Moloney stories of his photography, journalism, teaching and friends.

Paul and his entire family are great Saint Louis Cardinal baseball fans. It’s because his great aunt owned the land where the Cardinals built their stadium, and his father was a batboy for the Cards. “He (Paul’s father) once caught a pitch from Cy Young,” said Kevin. “It knocked him down.”

Surviving Paul are his wife, Annette; daughter, Regina Payne and husband Jeff, their daughter Kendra, son Brent and Kendra’s daughter, (Paul and Annette’s only great-grandchild) Marlee; Paul’s son Kevin, his wife Elizabeth Amidon Smith and stepson Callum Amidon; son, Lex Moloney and his fiancée Jennifer Dowland; daughter, Colleen Clair, her husband Timothy and daughter Bronwyn Clair.

Paul is also survived by hundreds of students and grand-students.

Donations may be made in Paul’s name to The American Diabetes Association ( or the Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel, Ore. (

For a story on Paul’s 50-year celebration as a photographer go to or to see a gallery of his photos, go to

Fred Szymanski, 77

April 27, 1938-Feb. 15, 2016

Residence: Poncha Springs, Colo.

Fred L. Szymanski, longtime Douglas County and Chaffee County rancher passed away at his ranch west of Poncha Springs, Colo. on Feb. 15. Mr. Szymanski was in the care of Heart of The Rockies Hospice when he passed. He was born April 27, 1938, in Denver to Fred and Bertha Rose Szymanski.

His first few years of his life he lived on a ranch at Melvin, Colo. He went to the Melvin School through 5th grade. Then in 1947, the family bought a ranch and dairy between Parker and Frank Town. He attended the 6th-8th grade at the school in Frank Town. Then he went on to attended Douglas County High School where he graduated in 1956. Four years after graduating he was drafted into the Army in 1960, serving in Germany and was discharged in 1962 due to a family emergency.

In his early years as a kid growing up he was a member of 4-H from the age of 9-18 years old. He was also a 4-H leader for a number of years. When the family lived between Parker and Frank Town, on the ranch and dairy that was bought back in 1947, by the time the dairy herd was sold in 1972 it was the second highest producing herd in the state of Colorado. Mr. Szymanski went to work for C-Dot for 13 years and still worked on the family ranch with his dad and his son Todd where he put up hay, sold hay and raised cattle on their ranch. When, Douglas County started to grow, his parents decided to retire and sold the family ranch and the family moved to Poncha Springs, Colo. in 1984. He was a member of the Salida Elks Lodge #808 for 25 years. Mr. Szymanski got to live his lifelong dream of owning his own ranch in the mountains. After 13 years at C-Dot he had to retire due to a disability. He was able to live out his final years on his ranch he loved so much called the Broken Bow Ranch.

Mr. Szymanski was preceded in death by his parents, many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by his son, Todd (Phyllis) Szymanski of Canon City; grandchildren, Jessica and Dakota Myers, Jessica and Luke Nessler; his puppy, Gator; and a very special friend, Helen Williams.

At his request, private services and burial have taken place. Friends who desire may make memorial contributions to either Heart of The Rockies Home Health and Hospice or Premier Home Care through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at ❖

Tobi Doyle, 2

Dec. 31, 2013-Feb. 13, 2016

Residence: Montrose, Colo.

Montrose resident Tobi Joan Doyle, 2 years old, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

A celebration of Tobi’s life was held 2 p.m., Feb. 27 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo. The family asks that the attending guest wear Minnie Mouse or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles memorabilia.

Tobi was born on Dec. 31, 2013, to Brandon Lewis and Chrystal Doyle in Delta. She spent her short two years in Delta and Montrose, Colo.

Tobi enjoyed dancing, music, Minnie Mouse and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this little angel absolutely loved life, her family and everyone she ever met.

Tobi is survived by her mother, Chrystal Doyle and Julie Huff; father, Brandon Lewis; grandparents, Brad and Angie Doyle, Debbie and David Cayou, Verna Prater; brother, Hezekiah Huff; uncles, Tyler Werner, Danny Huff, Jr., and Brandon Huff.

Tobi is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Toby and Delia Crespin and Joan Doyle.

A memorial fund has been set up in Tobi’s honor at Alpine Bank.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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Lewis Craig, 84

Feb. 20, 1930-Dec. 9, 2015

Residence: Northglenn, Colo.

Lewis Craig was 84 when he passed away on Dec. 9, 2015. He was the son of Ernest and Phyliss Craig, loving husband to Marjorie Yeager Craig.

He is survived by his children, Linda Fox of Pearland, Texas and David Craig of Brighton; grandchildren, Nicole Jura, Mandy Weaver, Krystina Dickman, and Jeff Craig; and at the time of his death he had seven great-grandchildren.

Lewis grew up on a farm in the Longmont/Fredrick area. Growing up on a farm, Lewis learned to do many things. He could fix almost anything. He helped many people with car and home repairs.

As a young man he worked for Longmont Seed Company, where he met Marjorie. In 1960, Lewis left the farm life and worked for Gates Rubber Company, then for Interstate Motor Freight System. He drove a semi-truck for most of his life, making deliveries in the Denver Metro area. He was a Veteran of the Korean War.

Lewis and Marjorie lived the majority of their life in the Northglenn/ Thornton area. Lewis enjoyed gardening and growing flowers for Marjorie. On the weekends you would find them in their Motor home camping, where Lewis enjoyed fishing. ❖


March 8, 2016 — 

Joe Bollers

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

He attended Weld Central High School where he was scheduled to graduate in May 1964. Joe had found employment on a wheat custom cutting crew that was scheduled to leave for the Texas wheat harvest prior to graduation. Weld Central administration informed Joe that he would not receive his diploma if he wasn’t present for graduation ceremonies. Joe, who never let books stand in the way of his education, left for Texas and eventually Weld Central relented and sent him his diploma.

Joe spent his first years out of high school working as a custom cutter in the summer and farm hand jobs the rest of the year.

His lifelong friendship with Mike Kilker, who was a schoolmate, neighbor and aspiring young bull rider provided Joe with an introduction to the world of rodeo. Joe traveled with an unsavory band of rodeo hands from the Denver-Brighton area and had countless memories and stories about his short but exciting rodeo career. Many of those cowboys remained Joe’s friends to this day. It was in this time frame Joe was involved in a one car accident that nearly claimed his life and left Joe with a deeper appreciation for life itself.

The early seventies found Joe with a night shift job on the shipping docks of Northeast Denver leaving his days open for odd farm jobs and frequenting sale barns where he developed an interest in buying and selling cattle. His first trades were buying feedlot calves, taking them home where he would shampoo and blow dry them and sell them a day or two later considerably fresher and for more money.

In the mid-seventies, he bought his first trading rig, a half ton pickup and a twenty foot gooseneck for $6,000 in total. In the next forty years, a caravan of trucks and trailers ensued until Joe could not remember how many he had gone through in his trading career. He often mused that the tires on his tractor-trailer cost more than his entire first trading rig.

No matter how busy Joe was, he always found time to help a friend or do someone a favor. Joe had a reputation for being a miser and really close to the dollar, but in reality he was generous to a fault.

In the late eighties, Joe contracted a contagious disease that slowed down his cattle trading. He developed “team roping fever” and spent the rest of his life honing his roping skills and enjoyed doing so almost as much as he enjoyed trading cattle. He became quite accomplished, qualifying for USTRC finals and winning numerous saddles and buckles.

Besides his passion for trading and team roping, Joe enjoyed sports of all kinds and until injuries sidelined him, was a perennial winner of the softball league MVP honor.

Joe left us on Feb. 6 after an extended battle with a respiratory illness.

Joe’s family, who loved him dearly, often perceived Joe as a “loner with a multitude of friends.” His multitude of friends perceived Joe Bollers as a confident, self-assured, independent, giving man who was comfortable in his own skin, didn’t mind spending time alone, but was at his best when being enjoyed by those friends fortunate enough to spend time with him.

Joe — You will be missed. ❖

William Wailes

William “Bill” R. Wailes, Jr., 69, of Fort Collins went to be with his Heavenly Father Feb. 26, 2016, from a rare and devastating prion disease.

Bill was born on Dec. 6, 1946 to William R. and Virginia (Elam) Wailes where he was raised on a dairy farm with his seven siblings in Johnstown. Bill graduated from Roosevelt High School in the Class of 1965 where he excelled in sports. Through 4-H, Bill developed a knowledge and a love for working with dairy cows. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1969, and then shortly after that, he joined the Marine Corps, attending Officer Candidate School. Bill became a Naval Flight Officer serving as Radar Intercept Officer on F-4 Phantom Jets. Upon returning from the service, Bill returned to Colorado State University managing the dairy, and then he became the Extension Dairy Specialist. Throughout his tenure at CSU, he had a passion for coaching the Dairy Judging Team. Moving up, Bill became Department Head of Animal Sciences. He worked for over 30 years as an ambassador, representing CSU, the dairy industry and animal agriculture where he touched and influenced countless young lives.

Bill was a member of a number of agricultural organizations as well as Redeemer Lutheran Church of Fort Collins. He was past president of the Colorado Livestock Association. Awards and honors he received include the following; 2011 Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011 Colorado State University Meats Judging “Rams Legacy Award”, 2008 Colorado State University Alumni Association Jim and Nadine Henry Award and 2008 Colorado Livestock Association Top Choice Award. He was recently nominated for the ADSA DeLaval Dairy Extension Award. Bill’s family received a flag which was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 24, 2016, in his honor. Bill was an avid CSU fan and he enjoyed many activities. The most important was attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities.

Bill is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughters, Heather Garcia (fiancé Blake Blewitt), Hollie (Lawrence) Hollier, Heidi (Scott) Elmore; step-daughters, Tamie (Mike) Goss and Debie (Scot) Dutcher; 14 grandchildren, Nathanael, Lindsay and Lucas Garcia, Ayanna and Kyla Hollier, Kate and Sarah Elmore, Kayd, Taryn, Slayter, Coltyr and Syree Goss, Will, Denim and Kinsley Dutcher; his mother, Virginia Morris; siblings, Linda (Jim) Young, Diana (Joe) Parker, Shirlee (John) Stevenson, Eric Wailes (Michael Hollomon), Marc (Janel) Wailes, Glen (Charla) Huwa, and Gregg Wailes as well as by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; former wives, Candi Hays-Winckel and Gretchen Wheeler, his in-laws, Roger Anderson, Lee (Sue) Anderson, and Joyce (Ken) Lind.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Wailes, his sister, Debbie Huwa, step-son, Jason Wheeler, step-father, Gene Morris and mother-in-law, Marie Anderson.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 7 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins, Colorado. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the “Colorado State University Foundation for the William R. Wailes, Jr. Animal Science Scholarship” in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at

Bennett Houston

Bennett “Ben” R. Houston, 86, of Longmont, Colo., went to his eternal home Feb. 26, 2016. He passed peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his beloved family.

Ben showed his first calf in 1938 as a nine-year-old schoolboy. This was the start of his American Dream to have a cattle ranch, a family to nurture, a good horse to ride and a chance to give something back for the opportunity of fulfilling a dream. Ben’s parents, Walter and Minnie (Leach) Houston, homesteaded in Yuma County, Colorado, but later moved to Buckingham, a small community in northeastern Weld county. Walter was a pioneer Angus breeder from whom Ben learned his strong work ethic and western values.

Ben graduated from Sterling High School and served 4 years in the USAF during the Korean conflict. During his enlistment, he attended the University of Illinois. In 1950, he married Anita Lambert and they had 4 children. Ben was herdsman for Norgren Polled Hereford Ranch, manager of Hilltop Angus and Haystack Angus Ranches, and joined the Austin Moody Sale Management organization. His cool, polite, likeable manner and keen eye for ‘a good one’ left him with many friends at every stop he made. In 1965, Ben established Aristocrat Angus Ranch on the St. Vrain near Platteville, Colo. The operation included a feedlot, an embryo transfer center and croplands. In 1976, Ben was appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Western Stock Show. He was elected President in 1985 and Chairman of the Board in 1999. Ben was a member of the American Angus Association for over 50 years and was inducted into the Angus Heritage Foundation in 2001. He served as president of the Colorado Cattle Feeders, Director of NCA, Round-Up Riders of the Rockies and Colorado National Bank. He was an ardent supporter of Colorado State University and served on the CSU Advisory Board, Developmental Board and CSURF. In 1995, Ben was honored with the National Western Stock Show Citizen of the West Award.

Throughout his life, Ben always gave much credit for his achievements to Nita, his wife of over 60 years, to his family, and to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Ben’s community service included Weld County 4-H Club leader, Valley High School FFA Advisory Committee, and Weld County Fair Board. He was proud to be a lifelong member of LifeBridge Christian Church.

Preceding Ben in death are his wife Nita, son Scott, and grandson Zachary Miller.

Surviving are his children Diane (Richard) Hergert of Platteville; Pam Miller of Loveland and Skylar Houston of Platteville. His grandchildren Travis (Amy) Hergert; Tawnya (John) Bangert; Josh (Jami) Hergert; Megan (Matthew) Ziegler; Taylor (Ben) Hulsey; Brandy (Mike) Geiger and Tanner Houston; great grandchildren Anna, Josef and Bennett Hergert, Owen, Logan and Emma Bangert, Morgan and Bailey Hergert, Raquel Ziegler and Jordan Geiger.

Cremation has been entrusted to Howe Mortuary.

Services were held March 4 at LifeBridge Christian Church.

Contributions may be made to LifeBridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Highway, Longmont, CO 80504 or National Western Scholarship Fund, Attn: Morgan Topolnicki, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80216

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Obituaries — Feb. 29, 2016

February 15, 2016 — 

Shirley Jenkins

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

Gerene was born in North Platte, Neb., on May 23, 1935 to Frank and Elva (Harding) Stewart. She attended North Platte High School and graduated in 1952 and then went onto Kearney, Neb., to college. She spent two years there getting her teaching degree then returned to Stapleton, Neb., for her first teaching job. There she met the love of her life, Jim Jenkins. Jim and Gerene were married April 1, 1955 in North Platte, Neb. Together they spent some time living around the Stapleton and North Platte areas until moving to their forever home in Whitman, Neb., in 1963. While in Whitman, Gerene helped Jim manage a grocery store and raised their three children. She later was a part time postal employee at the Whitman Post Office.

Gerene was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elva (Harding) Stewart, her sisters Phyllis (Stewart) Johnson, Dixie (Stewart) Haskell and her husband, James “Jim” Jenkins. Gerene is survived by her children, Will Jenkins of Whitman, Leasy (Chancy) Groves of Ashby, J.R (Karla) Jenkins of Kimball; her grandchildren, Tana (Cody) Miller of Venango, Taryn Groves of Sidney, Jeanna (Coy) Boland of Mitchell, Nathan Jenkins of Kimball, Joshua Jenkins of Chadron, Jacob Jenkins of Kimball; one great grandchild Rhett Miller of Venango; her special niece Lynne (Gary) Patterson of Logandale, Nev.; nephew Chad (Regina) Haskell of Las Vegas, Nev., brothers George Stewart of Porterville, Calif., and Frank “Stew” Stewart.

Gerene was a member of the Whitman Community Hall and worked in the Whitman post office for several years. She enjoyed using her crafting skills while knitting or crocheting. She made each of her grandchildren an afghan using their favorite colors. She was an avid Huskers football fan and enjoyed having family Husker parties. Some of her other hobbies were bowling, golfing, playing horseshoes, coyote hunting and gardening. She was also an exceptional cook and her recipes have been passed down through the generations.

Gerene truly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. In their younger years, you could always bet Jim and Gerene would be out for an afternoon drive in their Ford flatbed pickup or sitting out on their patio waving at cars that drove by. She especially enjoy summer visits from her niece, Lynne and her husband Gary Patterson, as well as anyone else that stopped by to visit. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

Memorial service was held Feb. 12 in Hyannis, Neb. Refreshments will follow at the Whitman Community Hall. ❖

Donald Cito

Donald Anthony Cito, 79, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away Jan. 25, at McKee Medical Hospital in Loveland.

Donald was born in Niwot, Colo., on Dec. 27, 1936 to Tony and Lucille Cito. He attended school in Longmont and was raised in Niwot, Colo., on the farm that his great, great grandfather homesteaded. Don was in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 and returned home to become a cabinetmaker and later went into business with his brother, David, with the dairy farm until 1968 when he moved to Johnstown, Colo. He continued to dairy farm on his own farm until 1986, and then did custom baling for other farmers.

On Jan. 30, 1959, Don married Bonnie B. Bremmer and they were blessed with three children, Ron, John and Vaughn.

He loved working on his farm and was always fixing equipment, mending fences and remodeling his home. He was a remarkable man with a big heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents Tony and Lucille Cito, brother Damian Cito and son Ron Cito.

Don is survived by his wife, Bonnie Cito of Johnstown; two children John Cito and wife Julie, Vaughn Cito and wife Michelle all of Johnstown; five grandchildren Jessica Patro and husband Matt, Anthony Cito, Jarron Cito, Hillary Cito, Jonathan Babb and wife Stephanie; two great grandchildren; his sister Donna Rodgers and husband Charles, brother David Cito and wife Eddy; along with several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Jan. 29 at Carroll-Lewellen Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian burial was Jan. 30 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont. Interment followed at Mountain View Memorial Park in Boulder. Military Honors were provided by American Legion Post 32 of Longmont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pathways Hospice in Loveland. ❖

Susan Burk

Grand Junction resident, Susan Burk, passed away Feb. 11 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. She was 56 years old.

A memorial service was Feb. 15 at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Cedaredge, Colo. Inurnment followed at Cedaredge Cemetery.

Susan was born the fifth child out of ten on July 30, 1959 to John Ivan and Ruth Marie (Vogel) Burk in Denver. She spent her childhood and attended school in Frisco and Denver, graduating from Summit County High School in 1977. Susan furthered her education in the late ‘90s at Colorado Christian University and Mesa State University, where she acquired two degrees.

Susan was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Philip’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering, quilting and crafts of any kind.

Susan is survived by her mother, Ruth Burk; brothers, Phil (Betty) Burk, Gerald (Beverly) Burk, Darrel (Violeta) Burk, Dennis (Janna) Burk; sisters, Annette (Mike) Anderson, Amy (Paul) Turley; sisters in-law, Kathy Burk, Michelle Burk. Susan is furthered survived by twenty nieces and nephews and eighteen great nieces and nephews.

Susan was preceded in death by her father Ivan Burk, two brothers Joe and Michael and a sister, Peggy.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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Geraldine Vangraefschepe

Geraldine Ada (Littlefield) Vangraefschepe passed away Feb. 4, 2016 at Fair Acres Manor. She was born April 3, 1928, at the family ranch northeast of New Raymer, Colo. Her parents were Ralph E. Littlefield and Lois P. (Osterhoudt) Littlefield. Gerry was the second youngest of six brothers and sisters. She attended school in New Raymer, where she graduated in 1947. As a child and young adult, she attended the Evangelical Free Church in New Raymer. Later, she attended the Assembly of God Church in Stoneham. She was married in April 2, 1948 and lived southwest of New Raymer where she raised her eight children.

Gerry worked as a school-bus driver for Prairie School for 15 years. After her children were raised, she worked as a cook and custodian at restaurants in Brush and Fort Morgan. Briefly, Gerry lived in Scottsbluff, Neb., and worked at the Scottsbluff Country Club. She eventually settled in Greeley, Colo., and worked as a nanny for several years.

Upon retirement, she lived at Benjamin Eaton Square apartments in Eaton, Col., where she found many lifelong friends. Failing health placed Gerry at Fair Acres Manor where she was loved and cared for until her death.

Gerry is survived by daughters, Glenda Bailey (Gary) of Greeley and Ruth Guldenpfennig (Pete) of Oakdale, Calif.; sons Keith of Fort Morgan, David (Nancy) of Denver, Steven of Madison, Wisc., Stanley of Oakdale, Calif., Ralph of Wiggins and a sister, Verlene Carlson of Woodlands, Texas; 41 Grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son, Melvin Vangraefschepe, granddaughter Kelsey Rae Guldenpfennig, her parents, sister, Lorraine Pivonka, brothers, Emerson, Wayne, Kenneth and James Littlefield.

Celebration of Gerry’s life will be April 9, 2016 at New Raymer Community Church in New Raymer, Colo., at 10:30 a.m.

She will be laid to rest at the New Raymer Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Gerry’s memory may be made to the New Raymer Community Church, P.O. Box 143, New Raymer, CO 80742. Please visit to sign an online guestbook. ❖

Duane Knackstedt

Duane Knackstedt, 94, passed away Feb. 12 in Englewood, Ohio. Born Oct. 29, 1921 in Conway, Kan., he was the second of three boys. While growing up, he worked on the family farm. He attended McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., for two years where he played football and studied engineering.

His college career was cut short when Duane enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed at Camp Perry, Va., during World War II. He served as a firefighter with the Seabees.

Duane and Mildred were married on Feb. 12, 1943. He was reunited with his beloved Mildred on what would have been their 73rd wedding anniversary.

Duane had a 29-year career with Halliburton, where he and Mildred became world travelers. Stateside, they lived in McPherson, Kan.; Eldorado, Kan.; Hays, Kan.; Perryton, Texas; Elkhart Kan.; Platteville, Colo., and after retirement in Greeley, Colo., and then Colorado Springs, Colo. Overseas they lived in Brisbane, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; San Salvador, Brazil; Singapore, Southeast Asia and Perth, Australia. While living in Platteville, his work pace changed.

In rotation, he worked off the shore of Brazil for 30 days, then came home to Platteville for 30 days. After Mildred’s passing, Duane moved to Troy, Ohio.

Duane and Mildred had three children, Wes Knackstedt and his wife Cheryl of Fort Collins, Colo.; Janet Crago and husband Tom of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Rhonda Rich and her husband David of Troy, Ohio. He had 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Duane was buried at Mizpah Cemetery in Platteville, Colo., Feb. 18 next to his wife, Mildred.

In lieu of flowers or for memorials, the family requests that donations be made directly to Happy Corner Church of the Brethren, 7037 Union Road, Clayton, OH 45315. ❖

Darrell Stack

Darrell LeRoy Stack, age 90, of North Platte passed away Feb. 15 at Great Plains Health. He was born April 28, 1925 in Tryon, Neb., to Donald and Esther (Schipper) Stack.

Darrell graduated from Oconto Public Schools, entered the United States Army, then served in Italy during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Oconto where he began ranching. On Sept. 17, 1950 he married Joyce D. Wood in Eddyville, Neb. The couple continued ranching in the Oconto area, and later bought their own farm in 1960, which they continued until moving to North Platte in 1972. Darrell worked for various places in North Platte, but mostly at 6th Street Grocery Stores from 1975-1985.

Darrell belonged to the American Legion for many years. He enjoyed woodworking and making yard art and furniture with Joyce. He loved the Huskers, Atlanta Braves and the KC Royals.

Survivors include his daughters, Rochelle (Larry) Fletcher and Patricia Porter all of North Platte; grandchildren, Travis Fletcher of North Platte, Teresa Evans of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and Michael Porter of North Platte; great-grandchildren, Lainee Evans, Logan Evans, Rowan Fletcher and Makena Porter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce; brothers, Delbert and Dale Stack; and an infant grandson.

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

Services were Feb. 18 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Burial followed Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens with full military honors graveside. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. ❖

Dorothy Schmunk

Dorothy Mae Schmunk, 87, of Eaton, passed away on Feb. 14, 2016 at North Colorado Medical Center. She was born April 29, 1928 in Windsor, Colo., to William and Mary (Haas) Jacoby.

She was raised in the Windsor area, attending schools in Windsor and Severance. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1946. She at one time was employed by Dr. Trethway as his secretary and at Kress’ in Greeley.

On Aug. 8, 1948, she married Melvin J. Schmunk at St. John’s Lutheran Church by the Reverend Max Shoenhauer.

Through the years, she and her husband farmed in Pierce, Gilcrest, Greeley and the Eaton areas.

They had three children, DuWayne, Gary and Barbara. She helped in all phases of farm life.

She was a member of St. John’s UCC, where she was actively involved in the women’s fellowship, serving as President, Vice-President and Secretary and also served on the food committee for many years, helping to organize the mother/daughter banquets as well as bus tours. Dorothy enjoyed crafting and sewing, Dutch-hop dances and she volunteered at NCMC.

Survivors include her children; DuWayne Schmunk, Gary (Charlene) Schmunk, Barbara (Lanny) Cook, grandchildren, Richard (Katie) Schmunk, Melissa (Daniel) Mullin, Bradley Cook, Brian (Amanda) Cook; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Emily and Lexi Schmunk, Ryan and Tristan Mullin and Chloe Cook; brother, Ray (Janice) Jacoby; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Printz and Beverly (Robert) McConville and brother-in-law, Ronald (MaryAnn) Schmunk as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Henry Gettman and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Viewing was Feb.17 at Adamson Chapel. Interment was Feb. 18 at the Eaton Cemetery with service following at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Greeley. A reception followed the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. John’s UCC in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation, 2000 47th Ave, Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at

Joe Boilers

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

He attended Weld Central High School where he was scheduled to graduate in May 1964. Joe had found employment on a wheat custom cutting crew that was scheduled to leave for the Texas wheat harvest prior to graduation. Weld Central administration informed Joe that he would not receive his diploma if he wasn’t present for graduation ceremonies. Joe, who never let books stand in the way of his education, left for Texas and eventually Weld Central relented and sent him his diploma.

Joe spent his first years out of high school working as a custom cutter in the summer and farm hand jobs the rest of the year.

His lifelong friendship with Mike Kilker, who was a schoolmate, neighbor and aspiring young bull rider provided Joe with an introduction to the world of rodeo. Joe traveled with an unsavory band of rodeo hands from the Denver-Brighton area and had countless memories and stories about his short but exciting rodeo career. Many of those cowboys remained Joe’s friends to this day. It was in this time frame Joe was involved in a one car accident that nearly claimed his life and left Joe with a deeper appreciation for life itself.

The early seventies found Joe with a night shift job on the shipping docks of Northeast Denver leaving his days open for odd farm jobs and frequenting sale barns where he developed an interest in buying and selling cattle. His first trades were buying feedlot calves, taking them home where he would shampoo and blow dry them and sell them a day or two later considerably fresher and for more money.

In the mid-seventies, he bought his first trading rig, a half ton pickup and a twenty foot gooseneck for $6,000 in total. In the next forty years, a caravan of trucks and trailers ensued until Joe could not remember how many he had gone through in his trading career. He often mused that the tires on his tractor-trailer cost more than his entire first trading rig.

No matter how busy Joe was, he always found time to help a friend or do someone a favor. Joe had a reputation for being a miser and really close to the dollar, but in reality he was generous to a fault.

In the late eighties, Joe contracted a contagious disease that slowed down his cattle trading. He developed “team roping fever” and spent the rest of his life honing his roping skills and enjoyed doing so almost as much as he enjoyed trading cattle. He became quite accomplished, qualifying for USTRC finals and winning numerous saddles and buckles.

Besides his passion for trading and team roping, Joe enjoyed sports of all kinds and until injuries sidelined him, was a perennial winner of the softball league MVP honor.

Joe left us on Feb. 6 after an extended battle with a respiratory illness.

Joe’s family, who loved him dearly, often perceived Joe as a “loner with a multitude of friends.” His multitude of friends perceived Joe Boilers as a confident, self-assured, independent, giving man who was comfortable in his own skin, didn’t mind spending time alone, but was at his best when being enjoyed by those friends fortunate enough to spend time with him.

Joe — You will be missed. ❖

Obituaries — Feb. 22, 2016

February 24, 2016 — 

Robert Erdmann

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

Robert Edward Erdmann, Jr., was born on Dec. 20, 1943 to Robert and Gladys (Dauslin) Erdmann in Bessemer, Mich.

He spent his childhood and attended schools in many different places because his father was in the military. Robert furthered his education at Perdue where he attained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1968.

Robert worked as an Electrical Engineer after he served in the United States Army. Robert’s background led him to work on projects in astronomy, which was also a passion.

His hobbies also included ham radios. He was a volunteer examiner for the ARRL (American Radio Relay League). Robert was also an avid lover of dogs.

Robert is survived by a son, Robert Gerald Erdmann of Holland; a daughter, Jennifer Bellmire of Aurora, Colo.; a sister, Connie McCart (Joe) of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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Cecil Treadway

Cecil Thomas Treadway was born in Little Rock, Ark., on Aug. 2, 1927. He passed away on Feb. 1, 2016. Cecil graduated from Little Rock Central High School and then enlisted in the Navy. Cecil was a prominent businessman in Little Rock from the late 1940s with Little Rock Carpet and Linoleum through the late 1950s with Western Hills Country Club.

After developing Western Hills and running it for a decade, he moved to Rogers, Ark. There, he continued pursuing his career in residential and commercial real estate.

Through the late 1950s to the late 1970s, he enjoyed his love of Quarter Horses.

He competed in the cutting ring, winning several Arkansas Cutting Horse Association Championships. A lifelong lover of golf, he enjoyed tennis after moving to Bella Vista, Ark.

In 1978, along with his daughter Cathy, established Arkansas School of Real Estate in Bentonville. The school operated from 1978 until 2003.

At the time of his death, he was living with his daughter Cathy in Colorado. Cecil is survived by his two daughters, Cathy Percefull (Brad) and Cindy Alter (Tom), and a brother, Wilton.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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Norma Jean Treadway

Norma Jean Treadway was born in Little Rock, Ark., on July 18, 1927.

She passed away, suddenly, on Jan. 28, 2016. After graduating from Little Rock Central High School, she worked for Lewis and Norwood insurance Company.

She married Cecil Treadway on Dec. 26, 1946.

Norma worked at the family business, Little Rock Carpet Company in the drapery and upholstery department. She was a Brownie Scout leader at Meadowcliff Elementary School.

She was also a library volunteer at Western Hills Elementary School. She loved oil painting, golf and after moving to Bella Vista, Ark., played tennis, was a charter member of Bella Vista Republican Women, and enjoyed the Bentonville-Bella Vista Symphony Guild. Mostly, she loved being a wife and mother to two daughters.

At the time of her death she was living with her daughter Cathy in Colorado.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil, and daughter, Cathy Percefull (Brad) and Cindy Alter (Tom).

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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Edwin Minion

Eckert resident Edwin P. Minion passed away Feb. 4, 2016 at Hope West Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 87 years old. A celebration of his life will be held May 14, 2016.

Ed was born to John Earl and Rita Anna (Kelly) Minion in Bingham Lake, Minn., on May 14, 1928. The family moved to Delta in 1947. Ed worked as a production manager for Skyland Foods for more than 20 years. On Aug. 9, 1969 he married Barbara (Bradley) Cates and the couple shared 46 years together. Ed belonged to the Delta Elks Lodge #1235 for 67 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, outdoor activities, and the game of billiards. He loved the beauty of Western Colorado.

Ed is survived by his wife, Barbara Minion of Eckert, Colo.; two sons, Greg P. Minion (Norine) of Pittsburgh, Penn.; Gary J. Minion (Jane Bolt) of Albuquerque, N.M., and a daughter, Shawna E. Minion of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Pat Albers (Ron) of Sun City, AZ and Carol Minion of Delta, Colo.; and one sister-in-law, Bernadine Minion of Grand Junction, Colo.; two step-sons, Danny Jay Cates of Oregon, David M. Cates of Montrose, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack, two nieces, Michelle Minion and Donna Minion; and the mother of his three children, Dorothy Minion.

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Alice Phelps

Alice Louise Phelps, 90, of North Platte passed away Feb. 7, 2016 at Linden Court.

Alice was born June 26, 1925 in North Platte to Clarence and Mary (Craigie) Spicer. She attended Jefferson Grade School and Graduated from North Platte High School with the Class of 1943. She was in the National Honor Society and helped to organize many class reunions for the Class of ‘43. Alice was an active member with the Lincoln County Farm Bureau for many years. She worked for the County Attorney and for Halligan and Mullikin Law Firm as secretary and was Deputy Register of Deeds.

On May 17, 1962 she married Glen Phelps and took an active part in the ranch. Alice and Glen loved to dance and play pitch with friends. Crocheting was another favorite pastime.

Survivors include her son, Craig (Diana Berglund); grandchildren, Camille Phelps, Kira (Troy) Garrels, and Chris (Lori) Berglund; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Trevor, and Ali.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen; and a sister, Wilma (Howard) Wyman.

Alice wished for her body to be donated to the Anatomical Board of the State of Nebraska for the training of medical students.

In Lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the North Platte Senior Center or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at

Memorial services were Feb. 11, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. ❖

Laura McBride

Laura L. McBride was born on July 16, 1923, at home on Wilson Lane in Ogden, Utah to John E. and Rose Wilson Spiers. She departed this life on Feb. 5 in Mullen, Neb. at the Pioneer Memorial Rest Home at the age of 92.

In 1942 she married Stanley Unck and to this union a daughter, Tamra was born. On Jan. 16, 1946 she married Ernest (Mac) McBride in Elko, Nevada. They later established their home in Broken Bow, Neb. A daughter, Trudie was born in 1952 and a daughter Jodi was born in 1957.

She attended Weber High School in Ogden graduating in 1941. She was then a student at the Chicago School of Interior Design, paving the way to many years as an interior design consultant for residential and commercial properties and working for Glaze Furniture in Broken Bow. She was also in business with her sister in-law at the Corner Style Shop, a ladies clothing store. Mac and Laura managed the Broken Bow Country Club for many years before moving to Lexington where they managed the Vet’s Club.

In 1984 they relocated to Mesa, Ariz., where they managed apartment complexes in Mesa and later in Scottsdale, where she also did interior design for the show apartments. In 1995 they moved back to Mullen, Neb., to be close to family and to manage the laundry for The Sand Hills Golf Club for 6 years. In 2003 her husband Mac, passed away after 57 years of marriage.

She continued to live in Mullen contributing her talents and gifts to the Mullen community. She was very well known for her love of baking and especially the rum cakes she made at the holidays, baking and selling nearly 150 each Christmas season.

In December 2013 she became a resident of the Pioneer Memorial Res Home. Until just recently she continued to play Bridge and other cards with two different card clubs. She was a member of Eastern Star, P.E.O, and St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mac, one brother and his wife, Donald and Virginia Spiers, five sisters and their husbands, Edna and Ken McComb, Dorothy and Carl Arbon, Florence and George Swaner and Marjorie and Grant Hewitt.

She is survived by three daughters and sons in-saw; Tamra and Harry Pribbanow of Roy, Utah, Trudie and Mike Miller of McAlester, Okla., and Jodie and Kirk Jacobs of Mullen, Neb.; nine grandchildren, Mike Pribbanow, Troy Pribbanow, Chris Pribbanow, Todd (Karen) Miller, Krissy Lane, Andy (Mindy) Wright, Kelly (Wade) Marsh, Joel (Megan) Jacobs and Jesse ( Kady) Jacobs; eighteen great grandchildren; Derek (Mandi) Pribbanow, Tawny Pribbanow, Ashley (Casey) Musselman, Anise Pribbanow, Olivia Pribbanow, John Miller, Kara Miller, Aston Wright, Ella Wright, Owen Wright, Alivia Wright, Hadley Marsh, Kyler Marsh, Emery Jacobs, Brooks Jacobs, Liam Jacobs, Dominic Grove and Brett Jacobson; six great-great grandchildren, Kellen, Dax, Maci Jo, Levi, Alden and Mia; one brother and sister in-law Bernard and Doris Spiers of Utah; brothers in-law, Bob McBride and Lauren McBride and sister in-law Donna Caricaburro; plus a host of nieces and nephews whom she greatly adored.

Visitation was Feb. 12 at the Mullen Funeral Home.

Memorial services were held in Mullen Feb. 13, at at the Mullen Methodist Church. Inurnment took place at the Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen with Mullen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Memorial may be made To St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Pioneer Memorial Rest Home or to the Mullen Community Foundation. ❖

Obituaries — Feb. 15, 2016

February 15, 2016 — 

Warren Horner

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

Warren attended kindergarten through third grade at District 4, a one-room schoolhouse on the southwest corner of his parents’ ranch. After District 4 closed in May of 1966 and merged with other small schools in the county, Warren finished out his elementary school years at District 72, a brand new, two-room school house, plumbed with indoor bathrooms and running water, built right across from the now closed Rose Post Office. In high school, Warren followed in the footsteps of his three older sisters, boarding in Bassett while attending Rock County High School.

He enjoyed his involvement in the music program run by Kay Lynn Kalkowski. He loved playing basketball with his friends and was an active member of the youth group at Valley Grove Community Church. His youth group leaders, Gordon and Shirley Hitchcock, helped him grow in faith and devotion to his Lord Jesus Christ, and they became his life-long friends. After graduation from Rock County High School in 1976, Warren earned his Associates Degree in Agriculture at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb. Even though it didn’t further his career plans, he chose to continue his education at Big Sky Bible College, located at the foot of the Judith Mountains near Lewistown, Montana. Studying and knowing God’s Word was important to Warren.

After college, Warren returned home to help his parents on the ranch and resumed his favorite sport, team roping. His specialty was heeling, and he and his buddies worked very well together, winning many local rodeos, and even a national championship. Being the only son in the family, Warren filled the brother gap with friends, many from his involvement in rodeo. Not only did Warren team rope at rodeos, he was often given the honor of singing the National Anthem at the opening of these events. Warren was a cardholder in the PRCA and a gold card member in the Nebraska Rodeo Association. He was a Team Roping Champion in both the Mid-State Rodeo Association and the Nebraska Rodeo Association. He belonged to the United States Team Roping Championship since the inception of it and was a USTRC National Champion. Warren won numerous saddles as well as buckles and many other prizes.

Warren remained on the ranch after his father passed away in 1986 and cared for his mother before her death in 2013. He loved everything outdoors, he loved to sing, he loved his family and he developed deep friendships with his rodeo family. He passed away Jan. 17.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Ila Horner; his brother-in-law, Jonathan Busenitz; his niece, Kayla Joy Klooz; and his grandniece Brenna Layne Clark. He is survived by his sisters: Velda Klooz and husband Jim of Purdum, Neb.; Carolyn Clark and husband Stan of Long Pine, Neb.; Teresa Brauser and husband Larry of Fort Collins, Colo.; Joyce Grinder and husband Brian of Cheney, Wash.; Mary Boehm and husband Tom of Elbing, Kan.; Rachel Busenitz and husband Gordon of Newton, Kan.; Genia Entz and husband James of Benton, Kan.; 41 nieces and nephews; 31 great nieces and great nephews and friends too many to count.

Funeral Services were held on Jan. 23, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Bassett, Neb.

In lieu of flowers memorials were suggested to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be made to the family at ❖

Rich Stieber

Rich Stieber of Fort Lupton passed away Jan. 16 at Hospice of North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.  Rich was born in the rural area of Wattenberg on Sept. 11, 1932 to Mary Salter Stieber and Edward James Stieber.

When asked about his education, he invariably claimed to have attended school one half-day in the fourth grade as a substitute for another kid.

However he did graduate from Wattenberg School District #19 in May 1946. He then attended Fort Lupton High School, but farm work often interfered, so he completed his GED while in the military and received a diploma with the class of 1955.

The United States Army called him in 1952. After boot camp, he went to Korea, returning in 1954 to rejoin his bride and daughter in Fort Lupton.

Rich and his brother Fred then farmed and raised dairy cattle with their father.  In 1959 he was offered a job at the John Deere store in Fort Lupton, which began his 40 year association in farm implement businesses.

From Fort Lupton, he went to Keenesburg, and eventually joined former governor Roy Romer in their dealership, Colorado Equipment Company until he retired in 2001.

On the May 7, 1953, Rich married Marlene Davis whom he’d met when she was in the eighth grade.  Five children were born to this union: daughter Zo and sons Greg, Ed, Chris and Jack.

Rich was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #102 and the South Platte Valley Historical Society, and he was a retired member of the Fort Lupton Fire Department, serving 19 years as a volunteer.

Surviving are his wife Marlene, daughter Zo, sons Ed (Dianne), Chris (Liz) and Jack; five grandchildren: Travis (Jessica), Samantha (Rod) Dudley, Makenzie, Madison, Kylanne and five great grandchildren: Cydni, Wyatt and Jaxon Dudley and Tate and Burke Stieber. 

Additionally, he is survived by his sister Barbara Tome, his brother Fred, daughter in law Shawna, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Greg, his brothers Jim, Tom, Don and his sister Eileen Parreco.

Rosary was Jan. 20 in Brighton.   The funeral was Jan. 21at St. William’s Catholic Church in Fort Lupton.

Donations may be sent to the South Platte Valley Historical Society. ❖

Roger Wurdeman

Roger Lee Wurdeman, 71, of Greeley, passed away on Jan. 30 at Grace Pointe Continuing Care in Greeley. He was born Aug. 14, 1944 in Columbus, Neb., to Walter and Etta (Paper) Wurdeman. Roger graduated high school in Leigh, Neb., and received his bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska-Omaha. On Jan. 16, 1971 in Grand Island, Neb., he married Helen Easterday. Roger was a veteran of the National Guard. Roger owned Wurdeman and Company. Roger enjoyed gardening, making things in his shop, traveling, and riding a snow mobile. He loved Nebraska football and Professional Bull Riding. Roger’s favorite thing was spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Roger is survived by his wife, Helen of Greeley; children, Michael Wurdeman (Matt Landman) of Denver, and Laura (Brian) High of Flower Mound, Texas; grandchildren, Ethan and Elle; brothers, Rodney, David, and Kenneth; and sister-in-law, Patricia Vaughan of Brazil. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia. A celebration of Roger’s life was Feb. 3 at Adamson Chapel in Greeley. Interment is in Linn Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Roger’s name to “American Lung Association” in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. Condolences may be left for Roger’s family at

Rose Horn

Rose Horn, 84, passed away peacefully in her home on the family ranch in McCoy, Colo.

Rose was born in Arvada, Colo., on Dec. 20, 1930 to Otto and Bertha (Olson) Ramstetter.

She grew up in Golden Gate Canyon on the family dairy, along with her siblings, Gordon, Arlene, Kenneth, Charles, Nora and Richard. Her father passed away when Rose was just shy of her 12th birthday.

She attended the Guy Hill School through the eighth grade, then started helping her mother with the farm and raising her siblings.

Rose met her future husband, Raymond Horn at the local Fourth of July celebration, and danced with him at the square dance that night. Three years later, when he asked her to marry him, she told him, “I need to go home and think that over.” She said yes, and her siblings bid her goodbye while she left with her new husband and milk cow.

Rose and Ray worked along with his parents on their ranch, just four miles away. They welcomed three sons while there, Carl, Gary and Dale. In 1964 they purchased the ranch in McCoy where the family continues to ranch today. Several years after moving to McCoy, they were blessed with a fourth son, Glen.

The family worked hard, side by side, to make the mortgage payment each year. Rose worked right alongside them, riding, irrigating and haying, while cooking and caring for the home.

After her husband Ray was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she had to give up the outside chores and care for him. She continued to do all the paperwork, cow records and finances until her last days.

She will be remembered for her faith, her genuine warmth, her wisdom, those blue eyes that twinkled and her infectious smile. Everyone who met Rose fell in love with her.

Rose is survived by her sons Carl, Gary (Brita), Dale (Rena), Glen (Angie); grandchildren CJ (Melissa), Chelsea, Adam, Nathan, Abbey, Belle; and great –grandchildren Katlyn, Camron and Cassidy.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, her parents, her half-siblings Elsie, Leona, Ray and Ernest, her brothers Kenneth, Gordon and infant Franklin, and by her grandson Levi.

Memorial services were held Dec. 21, 2015 at the McCoy Community Center in McCoy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the McCoy Community Church. ❖

Edward Butler

Edward Thomas Butler, age 68, of Agate, Colo. was suddenly taken from us Jan. 23.

Ed was born in Denver on Nov. 9, 1947 to parents Walter and Betty Butler. He was a lifelong resident of Agate. He graduated from Agate High School in 1965. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder and Northeastern Junior College in Sterling before returning to his passion, the ranch, in Agate. He married his lifetime partner, Donna, on Sept. 18, 1967.

Ed carried on the legacy of his father and was dedicated to protecting and enriching the ranch and farmland of Eastern Elbert County. He served 17 years as the president of the Agate Soil Conservation Board and served in several positions for the Colorado Soil Conservation Board.

He was a lifetime member and a longtime deacon of the Agate Community Church. He was also a member of the Elbert County Sheriff’s Posse. Ed was an avid member of the NRA and enjoyed shooting guns of all types. He enjoyed playing and “winning” any type of card or board game. Ed enjoyed the great outdoors and was always either riding his quad or motorcycling throughout the ranch at Agate. He and Donna enjoyed traveling and visiting with family and friends.

Ed is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna. His daughter, Jodie Welch and Ron of Union, Ky.; his granddaughter, Lacey Butler of New York, N.Y.; his brother, Bob Butler and Lisa of New Lisbon, N.J.; and sisters, Nancy Raths and Dick of Lewistown, Mont., and Naomi Malcom and Terry of Limon, Colo. Some of his greatest admirers were his eight nephews, eight nieces, 15 grandnieces, and 10 grandnephews, who also survive him.

Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at the Warren Mitchell Activities Building at Limon High School with burial following at the Pershing Memorial Cemetery in Limon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colorado was in charge of arrangements. Please visit our website at to sign our online guestbook or to send your message of condolence to the family.

Dennis Seewald

Dennis A. Seewald, 73, of Brush, passed away Jan. 19 at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland. He was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Longmont, Colo., to Joseph and Katherine Seewald.

On Sept. 1, 1962, Dennis married Carolyn Graham in Longmont. The Seewalds moved to Morgan County about 10 years ago. Prior to retirement Dennis was a farmer and rancher. Work was his hobby. Dennis did enjoy playing golf and traveling, especially traveling to Mexico.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carolyn of Brush; two sons, Don of Brush and Andy of Hillrose; one brother, Steve Seewald of Berthoud, Colo.; two sisters, Patti Marsh of Santan, Ariz., and Marsha Willis of Longmont; and six grandchildren.

A memorial gathering was in Brush on Jan. 27. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to The Shriner’s Hospital c/o Heer Mortuary.

Robert Smyth

Robert (Bob) Allen Smyth, 72, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at his home in Greeley, Colo., Feb. 1, surrounded by family.

Bob was born to Darrell and Marilyn (Boyes) Smyth on Sept. 22, 1943 in Julesburg, Colo. Bob spent his growing years on the Horseshoe Ranch, which instilled in him a love of working with cattle and horses that followed him through his entire life. After graduating from high school in 1962, Bob had many adventures, including working on a harvest crew, learning how to fly a plane and serving in the National Guard.

In 1967, he moved to Crook and started farming and ranching. In 1968, Bob married Jennifer (Gerk) Smyth, and they were married for 47 years. To this union, four daughters were born whom he proudly raised in the Crook community. Over the years, Bob was employed as a truck driver, cattle buyer, farmer and rancher.

In 1992, Bob and Jennifer moved to the front range near Greeley, Colo. There Bob continued work in farming, ranching and hauling cattle. In 2007, Bob was injured in a work accident that forced him into retirement. While this was a difficult time for him, as he had to give up the work he had always loved, he found a new passion in life in the game of Texas Hold’em and became a great player.

Bob is survived by his wife, Jennifer of Greeley; his daughters Bobbi Jo (David) Fitzgerald of Greeley and Austin, Bailey, Holden, Hattie and Hollis; Cindy (Shawn) Hesse of Keenesburg and Gage and Gunner; Kerri (Josh) Jaeger of Ogallala, Neb., and Jarod, Jayden and Kacey; and Annie (Steve) Shalla of Sterling and Colton and Brock; brother Bill (Linda) Smyth of Greeley; mother-in-law Lois Gerk of Loveland and brothers-in-law Bruce (Shirley) Gerk of Julesburg, Greg Gerk of Greeley, and sister-in-law Carol (Jim) Fehr of Oakland, Calif., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was Feb. 8 at Adamson Chapel in Greeley. Bob will be laid to rest in Julesburg, Colorado at the Hillside Cemetery and a graveside service will be held there at a later date.

Condolences may be left for Bob’s family at

Contributions to either organization may be made in care of Adamson Funeral Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colorado 80634. ❖

Darlene Coffield

Darlene (Watkins) Coffield was born Dec. 3, 1942 in Orangeville, Penn., to Robert Watkins and Evaline Phillips.  She, very peacefully, left her home of over 54 years, to join the Lord in her new home Jan. 27.

She was in the loving, caring company of her beloved husband and family at the time of her passing.  Darlene had two brothers, Carl and Charles Watkins. At a very young age, her family moved to Las Animas, Colo., where Darlene grew up.  She graduated from Las Animas High School in 1960. In January 1961, her mother married Maurice Kenworthy who Darlene often and affectionately referred to as the best “Daddy” in the world. 

In December 1961, Darlene married the love of her life, Thomas Coffield. Darlene and Tom grew up together as their families were long-time friends. They were married on her 19th birthday.  She often said that marrying Tom was the best birthday present she ever received, while everyone knew that Tom’s reason for getting married on her birthday was to secretly reduce the number of important dates he may possibly forget. 

Darlene and Tom started their life together on the Davidson ranch, south of Las Animas, a place that remained very near and dear to them and they visited often. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Leoti, Kan., for a few years, where their first two children were born.Dec. 15, 1962, the couple welcomed their first child, a son they named Thomas Ray.  They were such proud parents, even as they watched while Tom, as a toddler, melted a cube of butter on his head while sitting in the middle of the kitchen table, a story Darlene loved to tell.  On May 30, 1964, their second child, Sandra Darlene, entered the world.  She now had a daughter she could dress in ribbons and bows. Dec. 4, 1965 came the birth of their third child, another daughter, Tamra Kay.  Darlene loved to use her finger to make ringlet curls in Tammy’s curly, dark brown hair.  The fourth and final child, Mark Shane, was born July 10, 1967.  Darlene and Tom had no idea what Mark had in store for them. 

As the youngest child, he could use his big brown eyes to “work his magic” and could always convince her that he was completely innocent. In 1967, Darlene and Tom moved to Cheraw, Colo., where they immediately became very actively involved in the community.  Darlene had an absolute passion for children.  Her door was always open to children, her house was always full of them and there was always room for one more.  She loved them all.  Darlene worked for the Cheraw school for several years, first as a bus driver and then as the head cook in the cafeteria.  She was a very active volunteer in the school and in many other organizations.  Darlene and Tom, as a couple, have been presented with numerous awards and recognitions for their volunteer work, community service and dedication to their community.  As a testament to their absolute love of children, they spent a summer volunteering at a Lion’s Club summer camp for disabled individuals in Woodland Park, Colo. They spent countless hours cooking and caring for the camp attendees and developed some very special relationships. 

Darlene was a very gentle, kind, loving and caring person who positively impacted the lives of so many throughout her lifetime.  She will be missed by so many who knew her and loved her. The phrase she will always be fondly remembered by is “I love you, gobs and gobs!”

Darlene is survived by her beloved husband, Tom, her four children: Tom Coffield and his wife Regina, Sandy Sandberg and her husband Forrest, Tammy Collins and her husband Jim, and Mark Coffield and his wife Irene.  She is also survived by her nine grandchildren: Thomas Coffield, Nicki Erhlich and her husband Jake, Daniel Miller,  Tabitha Sandberg, Makana Sandberg, Jennifer Stum and her husband Chris, Tyler Collins and his wife Caitlin, Teisha Coffield and Chadron Coffield; and her nine great-grandchildren: Shaynna, Karlie, JJ and Camden Ehrlich, Josiah, Cayleigh, Ciyana, and Jeremiah Stum, and Lilly Collins.  Further, Darlene is survived by her brothers: Carl Watkins and his wife Josie and Charles Watkins and his wife Donna, numerous other family members including aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

A memorial service was Feb. 6 at the East Holbrook Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 direct or through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home and Arkansas Valley Crematory is in charge of arrangements. ❖

Obituaries — Feb. 8, 2016

February 8, 2016 — 

Robert Schmidt

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

Bud grew up in LaSalle and attended College High School. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II.

Bud married Mary Rowan in 1950 in Weld County. He worked as a farmer, growing corn and hay and raising cattle. In 1975, he began working for Weld County, working on the bridge and road crew.

Bud was known as the farmer in town after his retirement. He grew tomatoes, chili peppers and green beans. He enjoyed watching football and fishing on the Poudre from “Grandpa’s Bridge.” Bud was also the go-to person if you need anything fixed.

Bud is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Ed (Jan) Schmidt; sister, MaryAnn (Jim) Schmidt Conlin; two brothers, Rich (Madeline) Schmidt and Duke (Vickie) Schmidt; grandchildren, Paul (Keshia) Schmidt and Doug (Jacque) Schmidt and four grandchildren, Harley, Devin, Jon and Danica.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment t Sunset Memorial Gardens with a reception to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th Street, Greeley, CO, 80634.

Please visit to sign an online guestbook. ❖

Donald Mitchell

Donald Lee Mitchell was born Aug. 4, 1937 in Anderson, McDonald County, Mo., and passed away Jan. 20. He was the youngest child of Luther A. and Naomi Bailey Mitchell. Luther died from tuberculosis in 1939. Naomi married Earl Moss in July 1946 and the family moved to Lamar, Colo., where Don attended school and graduated from Lamar High School in 1955. In June 1955, he enrolled at Blair Business College as an accounting major. He was elected president of the student council. olo In 1956, Don was offered an opportunity to “learn banking from the bottom” and went to work at the First National Bank of Holly, Colo. The next year, he was promoted to an officer of the bank. Don was a firm believer of the bank’s slogan, “The Lord gave us two ends to use. Success depends on which we choose. Heads you win, and tails, you lose.”

In 1962 Don joined the Office of the Comptroller of Currency as an assistant national bank examiner, where he assisted in the examination of the smallest bank to the largest bank in the Twelfth National Bank Region consisting of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. In 1964, he joined the White Family Banking Group as vice president. This position led him to the FNB of Salida, Colo., where in 1968, he met and married Barbara Lee Watson, who remains the “love of his life.” They have three children, Heath, Von and Jodi.

Don graduated from the University of Colorado School of Banking in 1969. He was class president and a member of the Board of Trustees. While in Salida, he was elected to the Board of Education of Salida School District.

In November 1972, Don joined the Oliver-Moore Banking Group and was elected President of the FNB of Strasburg, Colo. In Strasburg, he was elected to the Board of Education of the Strasburg Schools. In June 1975, after the banking group purchased the Colorado Bank and Trust Company in Delta, Mitchell was elected bank president. He also was a founding director of the Montrose State Bank and Chairman of the Chaffee County Bank in Salida. These banks sold in 1981 to Affiliated Banks of Colorado.

In 1985, he moved to Canon City with the Fremont Group as executive vice president of Canon National Bank. In 1993, Don and Barbara returned to Delta, where he established a branch office of the Western Community Bank of Cedaredge in Delta. He served as senior vice president and senior loan officer over four offices, as well as Delta branch manager. Injuries and health issues forced an early retirement in 1995. Don held a Colorado Broker Real Estate License, a Colorado Multiple Line Insurance Agent’s License as well as a SEC Series 7 and 63 Investment Broker’s License.

Don is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church of Delta. He had been a member of several clubs. He served two terms as a board member of the Delta Chamber of Commerce. He received the Chamber’s Citizen Award in 1980. Don was a member of the Delta Masonic Lodge No. 62 and received his 50-year pin in 2010. He was also a member of Delta Elks Lodge No. 1235 and a past member of Western Colorado Consistory and Al Kaly Shrine. He was a past president of the Mon-Ark Shrine club in Salida and was a member of the Shrine Clown Unit, enjoying clowning in many parades!

He is survived by wife, Barbara, his children Heath and Michelle of Barstow, Calif.; Von & Marcia of Cedaredge, Colo.; Jodi & Sam Long of Grand Junction; grandchildren Sierra and Keaton Long. From a previous marriage, son Don S. and Teresa of Canon City, Colo.; two grandsons Liam and Levi. Additionally two brothers, Clyde and Jo Nell Mitchell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Max Moss of Barstow, Calif.; sister Erlene Allen of Lamar, Colo. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by mother, Naomi Moss and Father Luther Mitchell; two brothers Ken Mitchell and Levi Mitchell.

Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. 38105 or visit Services were Jan. 25 at the Episcopal Church in Delta. ❖

Harlan Schild

Harlan W. Schild was born on March 25, 1924, in Fort Collins, Colo., the eldest of four sons of Henry and Eva Schild. He attended country schools in Colorado and graduated from Windsor High School as salutatorian in 1942. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1944 and served overseas during World War II until being discharged in 1946.

Upon returning home, he was engaged with the family farm until he went to Greenland and worked for Peter Kiewit Sons Construction for eight years. In 1966, he graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, followed by Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Ill., for two years. He graduated with a master’s degree in history and international relations from New Mexico Highlands University in 1969. He married Lena Dassenko on Sept. 7, 1968 and they moved to Sturgis in 1971.

He returned to farming for a number of years followed by becoming an independent sales distributor for Harper Industrial Brush.

Harlan, 91, of Sturgis, passed on to his eternal home Jan. 14 while residing at Hospice House in Rapid City.

He is survived by his brother, Richard (Dorothy) Schild; sister-in-law, Marlene Schild Cockroft; and brother-in-law, Ivan Dassenko.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Lena; and brothers, Wilbur and Raymond.

Harlan will always be remembered for the love he showed his numerous nieces, nephews and friends, and his strong Christian faith.

Funeral services were at Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City on Jan. 22. A burial with military honors was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be made to: Zion Lutheran Church building fund, or Rapid City Regional Hospice, in care of Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Ave., Sturgis, SD 57785. ❖

LeRoy Edwin Waag

Lifetime Larimer County resident, LeRoy Edwin Waag, passed away Jan. 8, 2016, at Medical Center of the Rockies. LeRoy was active until the last few days of his life, living as he had for 84 years, actively participating in the family farming operation.

LeRoy was born on the family farm located at the southeast corner of Prospect and Shields in Fort Collins to Paul and Lena Waag on July 14, 1931. In 1942, they moved to the farm on County Road 48, east of Fort Collins, which is still farmed by his son and grandsons. He graduated from Fort Collins High School at age 16. He married Virginia “Elaine” Johnson March 18, 1952, and they moved to Oceanside, Calif., where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and deployed to Japan.

After being discharged from the Marine Corps, LeRoy and Elaine moved to the family farm on County Road 5, where he continued his agricultural career for over 50 years. He raised sugar beets, Coors malting barley, corn, alfalfa, beans and cucumbers. LeRoy also fed cattle and sheep, and never missed a “Monday Morning Meeting at the Headgate.”

LeRoy was on the board of directors for the Water Supply and Storage Ditch Company for 30 years. He was always diligent in meeting preparation, had an amazing memory for detail, and often shared humorous stories.

He won numerous “High Ten,” “Top Producer,” and “Presidents Quality Club” awards from The Great Western Sugar Company in his 60 years of growing sugar beets. He took great pride in raising Moravian barley for Coors. LeRoy was awarded a silver belt buckle for “High Producer of the Year.” He was also a Larimer County Farm Bureau member for 61 years.

LeRoy’s special interests and hobbies were golf, bowling, traveling, playing cards, reading newspapers and books, classic country music, RFD TV, and especially “Molly B Polka.” He also attended the farm show every year, unless he was traveling. He enjoyed his pool table and challenging his children and grandchildren to a game. At the age of 80, he went whitewater rafting on the Poudre River.

In September 2012, LeRoy traveled to Washington D.C. with the Northern Colorado Honor Flight. He considered it a great honor and enjoyed the trip immensely.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Elaine, in 2011. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and Clifford Waag; sister, Lorene Rader; and great-grandson, Tyler Zimmerman.

Survivors include daughters, Cheryl Zimmerman and Sue Waag; son, Darrell Waag. LeRoy has eight grandchildren, Matt Zimmerman (Tracey), Alexander Waag, Dustin Waag (Jennifer), Nicholas and Jessica Zimmerman, Katlyn Boling (Colby), Garrett Waag, and Kolter Herkstroeter; four great-grandchildren; his caregiver, Micki Sutton; and sister-in-law, Lou Waag.

LeRoy Waag was an incredible person, husband, father, friend, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A Memorial Service with military honors by the Fort Collins All Veterans Honor Guard was held Jan. 14 at Bohlender Funeral Chapel. ❖

George Gallegos

George A. Gallegos, 72 of La Jara, Colo., went to his eternal home on Jan. 31, 2016. He passed away at the Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver surrounded by his loving family. George was born on Feb. 22, 1943 in Alamosa, Colo., the son of Adolph Gallegos and Mercedes Sanchez Gallegos. George was united in marriage to Veronica Romero Gallegos on July 10, 1971 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa, Colo. George was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and school teacher who enjoyed hunting, fishing, ranching, farming and having menudo/posole parties with family and friends and cheering for the Denver Broncos.

George graduated from La Jara High School and then from Adams State University with a master’s degee in teaching, which he used at Centauri High School, retiring in 1998 after 33 years of teaching biology and spanish. He was a member of the following organizations: St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish of Capulin, Knights of Columbus, San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Wool Growers and the Conejos County Weed Board. George spent a lifetime in both the cattle and sheep industries raising quality Hereford, Lim-Flex and Angus cross cattle that would be excellent mothers raising big calves and surviving in high elevations during the summer months, as well as raising fine Rambouillet and Columbia ewes. George always enjoyed spending time in the San Juan Mountains during the summers moving cattle and sheep camps on the high range.

Survivors include his wife Veronica R. Gallegos of La Jara, Colo.; daughter Georgette (Kenny) Chavez of Englewood, Colo.: sons Joaquin (Brenda) Gallegos of Eaton, Colo.; Jude Gallegos of La Jara, Colo.; two grandsons Kyle Chavez of Englewood, Colo.; Keanan Gallegos of Eaton, Colo.; and one sister Dollie (Ernie) Valdez of La Jara, Colo. He is also survived by one aunt, Martha Gallegos Fresquez, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Mercedes Gallegos and one infant son, Jerard Wayne Gallegos.

Viewing and visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capulin, Colo. on Feb. 9. A Catholic Recitation of the Rosary will be held Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Capulin, Colo. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held immediately following the Recitation of the Rosary with Interment to follow at the Capulin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, you may send your donations to St. Joseph’s Parish, P.O Box 40, Capulin, CO 81124. The care of the arrangements has been trusted to the Romero Funeral Home of Alamosa, Colo. Out-of-town guests are welcome to stay, at a discounted rate, at either the Fairfield Inn or the Holiday Inn in Alamosa, Colo., under the Gallegos Funeral block. ❖

Clifton Hood

Delta, Colo. resident, Clifton L. Hood, passed away at his residence Jan. 23. He was 55 years old.

Graveside services were Jan. 29 at Delta City Cemetery. Visitation and viewing was prior to the service at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.

Clifton Lee was born on Sept. 26, 1960 to Truman R. and Delores J. (Peebles) Hood in Salt Lake City, Utah. He spent his childhood and attended school in Springville, Utah.

Clifton moved his family to Delta, Colo. in 1995 from Nephi, Utah. He was a member of Maranatha Fellowship in Delta. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his four grandchildren.

Clifton is survived by his mother, Delores Peebles of Provo, Utah; his four sons: Tony (Jennifer) Hood of Pensacola, Florida; Jeff Hood of Montrose, Colorado; Gary Hood of Greeley, Colorado and Alex Hood, also of Fort Collins; two sisters: Patricia Mortson of Provo, Utah and Valerie Hill of Salt Lake City, Utah; and four grandchildren.

Clifton was preceded in death by his father, Truman Hood; a brother, Clinton Hood and a sister, Trina Hatfield.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at

Obituaries — Feb. 1, 2016

February 3, 2016 — 

John Robinson

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

A service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16 at Delta Christian Church, 795 1600 Road, Delta, CO 81416.

John was born in San Diego Feb. 3, 1945 to John Harley and Margaret Marie Bredemeier Robinson. John was the second son of four. John attended Spring Valley Elementary and graduated from Mount Miguel High School in 1963.

In 1967 — after leaving college to avoid a speech class — John was drafted by the army and served in Vietnam until January 1969. Upon his return, he went to aviation mechanics school in Tulsa, Okla. He finished in half the time by taking morning and evening courses.

After living and working briefly in Michigan, he returned home to San Diego and got a job at Brown Field, where he met Gloria Renee Imlay. After dating for three weeks, they decided to get married Nov. 2, 1973. They just celebrated their 42rd anniversary. Along with a wife, he gained a curly-haired 3-year old son, Roger Scott, who John adopted as his own and his family was started. While working for U.S. Customs and living in El Cajon, Calif., their next two sons were born: Jacob Christopher in 1975 and Jesse John in 1977.

In 1978, John took a job at Western Skyways in Troutdale, Ore., bought a 10-acre farm, and had three more children: Joshua Levi in 1980, Joseph Matthew in 1982, and Jannie Rebecca in 1985. When he wasn’t working his job in aviation, he was living up to his other name, Farmer John. He loved raising farm animals and sharing the fruits of his labor.

In 1988, the family moved to Grand Junction, Colo. after John was hired by West Star Aviation, where he worked until 1993. Then he and three of his friends started a new engine shop, Western Skyways. In 1994 he moved the family to their current home in Delta, Colorado, bought a 40-acre farm, built a house, and carried on raising the kids along with a few pigs, chickens, and cows. In 2005 John was bought out by his partners and started Colorado Airparts, where his sons, Jesse, Josh and Joe are partners.

John was best known for his curly hair, bare feet, infectious smile, and his undying loyalty to friends and family, often traveling many miles out of his way just to say “Hi.” ❖

Robert LeBlanc

Robert Eldon LeBlanc, 95 of Sterling, Colo., passed away Jan. 11 in Sterling. Visitation was Jan. 15-16 at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home and a funeral service was Jan. 18 at the United Church of Crook. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

Robert was born June 4, 1920 on his grandfather’s homestead near Winston, Colo., between Peetz and Padroni, to Lucien C. and Sara E. Robirds LeBlanc. He graduated from Crook High School in 1939. On April 26, 1942 in Sterling, Colo., Robert married Lucile M. McDonnell. They were married for 73 years.

He farmed and ranched in the Crook area before moving to Sterling in 2014. Robert was a member of the United Church of Crook, the Crook Community Club (serving as chairman) and was a 4-H leader. He served on the board of the Presbyterian Church in Crook and was active in uniting the Presbyterian Church and Congregation Church to form the United Church of Crook in 1963. Robert served on the building committee for the current church building, which was dedicated April 7, 1966.

He also served on the School Board District No. 62 and was chairman of the reorganization committee of the Logan County School District. Robert served as chairman of the Farmer’s Union and was a founding member of Chimney Canyon Grazing Association.

Robert is survived by his wife, Lucile M. LeBlanc of Sterling, Colo.; sons, Richard (Miriam) LeBlanc, of Lincoln, Neb., Jack (Pat) LeBlanc, of Hildreth, Neb., Scott (Lynne) LeBlanc, of Crook.; daughters Melony (Ron) Graham, of Greeley, Colo. and Julie (Steve) Weingardt of Tampa, FL.; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Lucas Robert LeBlanc; brothers and sisters, Alice Shires, Leslie LeBlanc, Janice Franklin, Wilfred Warren LeBlanc, Calvin Loyal LeBlanc, Jeanne Bailey, Ted Wayne LeBlanc and Charles Dean LeBlanc.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Crook.❖

Ruby Cheney

Ruby was born April 8, 1909 in a cabin fifteen miles from Eads, Colo. She attended a one-room schoolhouse growing up. She married Ezra Craig Kerfoot May 20, 1925. The couple had six children: Ernie, Russell, Juanita, Mae, Leroy and Yvonne. Ezra died unexpectedly in his 40s. Later, Ruby married Claude Cyril Cheney Dec. 21, 1946. They had two children, Carolyn Cheryl and Cindy Lou. During their marriage, they lived in Lamar, Swink and Rye, Colo., but most of the time in Fort Collins, Colo.

Claude was a teacher and Ruby was the homemaker. They enjoyed a rural, farm life with a few animals, chickens and a prolific garden. Ruby won grand champion gardener at the county fair.

Ruby enjoyed family life and there was always laughter and teasing in the house. She worked very hard to make holidays special and memorable.

She would sneak peeks in her Christmas packages, so wrapping became very creative.

She also loved fishing. She always tried to catch the biggest one. She caught many things other than fish, including a boat, a turtle, a fisherman and trees. If the fish were getting away, she would jump in after it.

Claude and Ruby traveled every summer with the family and visited every state in the U.S. She continued on her own and also went to the Holy Land.

Ruby was very religious and was baptized in Lamar as a young adult. She attended church and made sure her children attended Sunday school and church.

Ruby was an artist and painted oil pictures, free painted ceramics, crocheted and sewed clothing for her children.

Since she lived to be 106, she outlived all her siblings except her brother, Clyde of Wiley, Colo. She is also survived by four of her children, Cindy Ferree of Limon, Colo., Carolyn Vickers of Wiggins, Colo., Mae Fritzner of Travis City, Mich., and Yvonne Torrez of Loveland, Colo. Ruby has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren across the U.S.

Ruby is preceded in death by her father, Leslie McKay Sanders and her mother, Ivy May Sanders (Wedkind), both from Kentucky.

A graveside service was held for Ruby at the Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins, Colo.

Memorials may be sent to Carla’s Cluster Care NE Campus, P.O. Box 39, Limon, CO 80828.

The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colo., was in charge of arrangements. Please visit our website at to sign an online guest book or to send the family your message of condolence. ❖

Mary Baiamonte

Mary Kay Baiamonte, 92 of Ault, passed away Jan. 13 at her home.

She was born Sept. 9, 1923 to Paul and Cora (Miller) Leaf in Greeley, Colo.

She graduated from Pierce High School in 1941 and married Vernon “Pete” Baiamonte March 20, 1942. She was a farm wife and worked with Vernon for many years.

She was a member of the Pierce Methodist Church for 78 years and was their oldest living member. She was a member of the Weld County Cattlewomen.

She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, and STULEDO Club. She and Vernon enjoyed bowling, playing cards and loved to go dancing.

She is survived by her daughter, Jacque (Dean) Baiamonte Wilson, a brother, Paul Leaf, grandchildren: Mike (Janine) Freeman, Steve (Karla) Freeman, Teresa (John) Lemmon, Jay (Casey) Barnaby and David Achziger and great-grandchildren: Peter Freeman, Lynsey Freeman, Cierra (Brandon) Huth, Maria Freeman, Jordan, Isaiah and Sarah Lemmon, Kyle (Donnell) Achziger, Christine Achziger, and Roman and Cameron Barnaby.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Baiamonte; parents, Paul and Cora Leaf; daughter, Lynda Baiamonte; brothers: Amos, Claude, Ardell Leaf; sisters, Clara Grever and Esther Lemonds, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 21 at the Pierce United Methodist Church.

Memorial gifts can be made to Mike Freeman and all funds will be equally divided among the Pierce United Methodist Church, Highland High School Activities Fund and the Ault/Pierce Fire Department in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, CO, 80620.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at❖

Elsie Newsom

Elsie Mae Allison was born Dec. 2, 1918, near Centerview, Kan., to Asul G. and Sadie (Robertson) Allison.

She attended grade school at Red Mound School and high school at Centerview, graduating in 1939. She met the love of her life, Wayne Newsom in high school. They never met before, but their parents’ farms were about six miles apart.

Wayne and Elsie were married Feb. 15, 1942. Later that year, Wayne enlisted in the Navy. Elsie’s time was split between Wichita, Kan., Norman, Okla. and Centerview while Wayne served. During this time their first son, Kenneth, was born. After World War II, in the spring of 1946, Wayne, Elsie and Kenneth moved to the Walks Camp Community north of Limon, Colo. and started their farm and ranch business. While there Steve and David were born.

Elsie’s career was being a farmer’s wife and mother, and a grandmother of five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She loved her career and excelled at it. She could do the hard work of cooking, cleaning, truck driving, fence repair, or working cattle. She was equally adept at the duties of a mother and grandmother.

The epitome of her career was the care she provided, at the detriment to her own health, to her husband during the last years of his life.

Elsie loved family gatherings, playing cards and reading. She loved attending the sports, music and other school activities. One of her proudest moments was when a great-granddaughter, Elsie Elizabeth Newsom, was named after her.

After suffering a massive heart attack in 2009, she was unable to live alone and spent the rest of her life in the Lincoln Community Care Center in Hugo. With the excellent and loving care provided while there, she was able to enjoy her final years. Elsie passed away Jan. 13.

She was preceded by her husband, Wayne; parents, Asul and Sadie Allison: two brothers, Glenn and Ernest Allison. She is survived by sons, Kenneth (Jan), of Broomfield, Steve (Sharon), of Limon, and David (Alta), of Clovis, Calif. She is also survived by brother, Elvin (Joyce) Allison, of Greensburg, Kan., her grandchildren, Kevin, Kurtis, Tracy (Tim), Kyle (Anna) and Miguel and great-grandchildren, Johanna (Louie), Ben, Nick, Katy Jo, Tate, Tripp and Ellie and several nieces, nephews and many friends.

A memorial service was held Jan. 19 at the United Methodist Church in Limon, Colo. Memorials can be made to the United Methodist Church P.O. Box 178 Limon, CO 80828 or the Lincoln Community Care Center P.O. Box 248 Hugo, CO 80821.

The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colorado was in charge of arrangements. Please visit our website at to sign our online guest book or to send the family your message of condolence. ❖

Ellis Jacobs

Ellis “Jake” Jacobs was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Norfolk, Va., to Margaret (Flint) Jacobs and Lester Jacobs. He passed away Jan. 17, at the age of 92, less than four months after he lost Bunny, his wife of 71 years.

Jake was a great writer and storyteller. He entertained his family and friends with tales of his childhood adventures growing up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

When his father passed away, his mother moved the family back to her home in Maine. He attended Fryeburg Academy, where he had a shop teacher who taught him how to fix just about anything. Those lessons served him well the rest of his life.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed, Jake enlisted in the Army and served in the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment until he was discharged due to an injury he received while training for the planned invasion on D-Day. He was stationed on the base in Alliance, and it was during that time he met Berneice E. “Bunny” Taylor, just before she was leaving for California to work in a defense plant. He took a train to California during his final days before shipping out so he could let her know he was serious about her.

Jake and Bunny were married Aug. 19, 1944, at the Methodist parsonage in Mullen, Colo. They raised their family on their ranch south of town.

Jake went to work for Consolidated Telephone Company in 1962 and retired in 1995. He enjoyed working with the latest technology the telecommunications industry had to offer, as well as delivering it to people in the Sandhills.

Jake served on the school board and the library board in Mullen and was a member of the American Legion and United Methodist Church, where he served in many volunteer capacities over the years.

Jake enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family.

He leaves his four children and their spouses, Jeff (Cleo) Jacobs, of Mullen, Philip (Elizabeth) Jacobs, of San Antonio, Kirk (Jodi) Jacobs, of Mullen, and Heidi (Tom) Piccini of Lincoln, Neb. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Andy (Mindy) Wright, Kelly (Wade) Marsh, Joel (Megan) Jacobs, Jesse (Kady) Jacobs, Tara Piccini Manzello, Brian Piccini and Jake Piccini and 12 great-grandchildren: Ashton Wright, Ella Wright, Owen Wright, Hadley Marsh, Kyler Marsh, Emery Jacobs, Brooks Jacobs, Liam Jacobs, Brett Jacobs, Dominic Grove, Arianna Manzello and Matthew Manzello; and brother-in-law, Don Magnuson.

Jake was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Walter Dana Jacobs; and his sisters, Berenice “Bunny” Grimmer, Edith Sternberg and Eleanor “Tippy” Mitchell.

A memorial service was Jan. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Mullen, followed by an inurnment at the Whitman Cemetery

Memorial donations are suggested to the Mullen Area Community Foundation or to the donor’s choice.

The Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. ❖

Margaret Jean Mazurie

Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, Margaret Jean Mazurie, passed away Nov. 12, 2015 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Margaret was born April 2, 1935 to Scots immigrants Margaret (MacKay) and Kenneth Finlayson. She was the youngest child in a family of three brothers and three sisters. She enjoyed an adventure-filled childhood always maintaining a “best friends” relationship with her sisters, Catherine and Mary Ella. The family spent the winters in Lander and summers were spent at the “homestead” on the Little Beaver in the Atlantic City-area. Her father was a sheep-man, owning his own band and working for the Gillis family. In 1951, Margaret lost her brother Kenneth, who was a twin of Catherine, in the Korean War. The family enjoyed the traditional Scottish dances and gatherings, talking often of the “good times.”

Following high school graduation in 1953, Margaret and her parents enjoyed an ocean liner trip to Scotland. She attended the University of Wyoming achieving her degree in elementary education in three years. While at the university, she joined Kappa Delta sorority and became an accomplished bridge player. After two years teaching in elementary schools in Casper, Wyo., Margaret taught on an Air Force base near London. She traveled to Germany, France and Scotland before returning to the states.

Upon returning to Lander, a friend of her father’s insisted on introducing “The Lassie” to her future husband, Martin. They were wed July 20, 1963 at the Lander Methodist Church.

They celebrated 52 years together. In 1967, the couple was blessed with a baby boy, Christopher Warren. Two years later another bundle of joy arrived, Victor Kenneth.

Margaret was active in many clubs and organizations. She was a member of the Lander Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at the thrift shop. She served as acting vice president for the Fremont County Valley Vocational High School reunion committee. She was a generous donor and supported many organizations and philanthropic events.

She was always the teacher, encouraging her children, grandchildren and others to continue their education. There are no words to describe the love, pride and devotion she felt for each member of her family. She said so very often “give me a minute and I’ll be there.”

She was very giving of her time to many family, friends and organizations.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Duncan, Charles and Kenneth. She is survived by her husband Martin; sons, Chris (Erica) and Vic (Ronda); grandchildren, Justin (fiancé Lacey) Breanna (Drew), Jack, Riley, Max and Eli; and great-grandson, Roady. She is also survived by sisters, Catherine Smail and Mary Ella (Don) Wolcott; sisters-in-law, Jacquie Finlayson and Mary Jane Finlayson, many nieces, nephews and friends.

The memorial service was Nov. 20, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Lander.

The family requests memorials be made in Margaret’s memory to the Lander Methodist Church, 262 N 3rd Street, Lander, WY 82520 or the Lander Senior Center, 205 S 10th Street, Lander, WY 82520.

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Obituaries — Jan. 25, 2016

January 26, 2016 — 


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

Lloyd was born Dec. 27, 1918 and went to gather cattle for his Lord on Jan. 1. He lived all of his 97 years on the ranch where he was born in Delhi, Colo., to Charlie E. and Laura Hall.

Lloyd attended grade schools provided by homesteaders and junior high and high school in Thatcher and Trinidad. He attended college at Colorado Agricultural College in Fort Collins, Colo. Lloyd’s love of horses began as soon as he could walk. He bought his first cows at the age of 16 from money earned scooping snow and mowing lawns in Trinidad. This was the beginning of his lifelong ranching career which he was blessed to live the life he loved. Lloyd worked several years at La Junta Livestock and the R P Lewis where he mouthed and showed horses to make ends meet. He broke and traded horses to provide for his family and continue the ranching life that he loved.

On Aug. 9, 1941, Lloyd married the love of his life, Edith A. Walter and they raised four children, along with many other boys that stayed with them from time to time. In 1949, Lloyd and Edith moved into their home closer to the highway, where they enjoyed 74 years of marriage.

Lloyd was a talented musician who played in some local bands, such as the Canyon Cowboys and the Sunflower Valley Boys. Later in life, he spent many hours playing guitar and singing for residents in nursing homes all over the Arkansas Valley.

Lloyd is survived by his wife Edith of La Junta, Colo.; children, Larry (Linda) Hall of Swink, Colo., Janice (Franklin) Price of La Junta, Monk (Lynda) Hall of Brighton, Colo., and Bruce (Carollyn) Hall of Ordway, Colo.; grandchildren, Shawn (Marlissa) Hall, Rhonda (Mark) Mehling, Devon & Ethan Hall, Kathy (Rob) France, Karen (Mark) Easton, Barbara Grisham, Tracy (Scott) Edgar, and Gary (Havie) Hall; many great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews survive.

Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie E. and Laura Hall and his siblings Glenn Hall, Cleo “Red” Hall, Nora Barta, Lois Pike, Zola Chapman and Velma “Squirt” Wright.

A funeral service was Jan. 7at the La Junta First Church of the Nazarene, 1111 W 10th St, La Junta, Colo. Lloyd was laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 124 W. Cranston, Fowler, CO 81039, direct or through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home & Arkansas Valley Crematory is in charge of arrangements. ❖


Montrose resident Brendan Gabriel Nolan, passed away peacefully Jan. 4 at Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose, Colo. He was 15 years old.

A rosary was held Jan. 7 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 8 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at Delta City Cemetery.

Brendan was born on May 3, 2000 to Mark and Trisha (Cunningham) Nolan in Bozeman, Mont. He spent his childhood in Montrose. Brendan attended Peak Virtual Academy and Mother of Divine Grace Online Home School for high school and was an intern at Deeply Digital.

Brendan served as an altar server at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He also achieved first class in Boy Scout Troop 480. Brendan was involved with the Montrose Art Guild, and had volunteered at both Christ Kitchen and Sharing Ministries. He also participated in tap and clogging classes at A Time to Dance from ages 4 to 12. He was a member on the Teen Advocacy Board at Partners. He enjoyed Magic the Gathering and Marvel comics, but most of all he cherished spending time with his family.

Brendan is survived by his mother, Trisha Nolan of Montrose, Colo.; grandmother Eloise Cunningham of Montrose, Colo.; a brother, Michael Nolan of Montrose, Colo.; a half sister, Alexandra Nolan of Centerville, Iowa; a cat, Moonshadow; a dog (Red heeler/Australian Sheppard mix) Elliott; He is further survived by his father, Mark Nolan of Florida; grandparents, Dick and Jean Nolan of Colorado; and an aunt, Kritty Nolan of Colorado.

Brendan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Mark Raymond Cunningham.

Memorial contributions can be made in Brendan’s name to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 628 Meeker St, Delta, CO 81416 or Dream Catcher Therapy Center 5814 Colo.-348, Olathe, CO 81425.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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Theodore “Ted” Elmer Kitzman, 93, passed away, Jan. 5 in Fort Morgan, Colo.

He was born May 13, 1922 to Jacob and Christina (Schmierer) Kitzman in Orchard, Colo.

Ted was one of nine children.

He attended numerous schools in Weld County and graduated from the eighth grade at Prospect Valley.

Ted enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on Oct. 10, 1942. After his service he came back to Morgan County and farmed with his parents and also went to school to become a welder.

Ted met his wife Clara Rohn at a dance in Hoyt. He proceeded to ask her out and wanted to know where she lived. She gave him the address of their labor house and not the address of the house they really lived in. He drove around the mile section that week looking for her house. He did finally find her house, and when he arrived for the date, her Mom told her that since she accepted the date she needed to get ready to go out.

They were married Dec. 9, 1948.

Ted was a member of the American Legion in Wiggins. He also started a gun club and shooting range in Wiggins. He was a good shot. He reloaded a lot of his own ammunition. Ted was a farmer, trucker, mechanic and welder. He enjoyed playing cards but made up his own rules when he played. In his later years he liked to socialize, spend time at the senior center and help his neighbors with various things.

Suvivors include, five children, Yvonne Smith (Ron) of Greeley, Ted Kitzman (Lori) of Wiggins, Marilyn Thomas (Raymond) of Wiggins, Edward Kitzman (Dorothy) of Fort Morgan, and Kenneth Kitzman (Camilla) of Wiggins, two sisters, Juanita Cowan, and Delain Phillps both of Loveland, one brother, Benjamin Kitzman (Rosie) of Loveland, thirteen grandchildren, Joe Kitzman, Charrisa Edwards (Brian), Rudy Graham (Mary), Bobbi Hergenreter (Troy), JoAnn Dirks (Bruce), Christina Thomas (Josh), Richard Thomas (Brooke), Ryan Thomas (Amanda), Clara Warffeli (Max), Jacob Kitzman (Samantha), David Kitzman, Katie Kitzman (fiancé, A J ), and Adam Kitzman, 24 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Ted was preceded in death by his wife Clara, his parents, three grandsons, Rusty Thomas, Edward Kitzman and Matthew Kitzman, one granddaughter-in-law, Mandy Thomas (Cochran), two brothers, Harold and Elvin Kitzman, and three sisters, Frieda Thomas, Rose Carlton and Flora Zimbelman.

There was a visitation Jan. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at the Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan.

Funeral Services were Jan. 12 at the Wiggins Community Church. Interment followed in Memory Gardens in Fort Morgan.

Memorial Gifts may be made to Wounded Warriors at 1 South Nevada Ave., Suite 205, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. ❖


Mildred Irene Maire, 97, of Litzenberrg Long Term Care of Central City, Neb., departed this life Jan. 6. Mildred was born to Harry and Laura (Moran) Romell in Ames, Kan., on Jan. 21, 1918. She attended school in Whitman, Neb., Hecla, Neb., and Mullen, Neb.

She married Jack Maire Nov. 3, 1933 and to this union were born four children: Johnnie, Robert, Peggy and Jim.

She worked at various places during her life: Pioneer Memorial Resthome for 16 years, running a mail route south of Mullen six days a week for more than 23 years and driving a school bus route from 1947 to 1978.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Jack, son Johnnie and daughter-in-law Velma; her parents, Harry and Laura Romell, and four brothers, John, Fred, Howard and Dean.

Mildred leaves her children, Robert (Pat) Maire of Plymouth, Neb., Peggy (Carl) Simonson of Hordvile, Neb., Jim (Sue) Maire of Omaha, Neb.; one sister, Edyth (Edon) Schomp and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Jan. 11 at the Assembly of God Church in Mullen, Neb. Burial is in Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb. Memorials may go to the Mildred Maire Memorial Fund: Maire Family, Box 23, Hordville, NE 68846.

Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. ❖


Tracy L. Cope, 79, died Jan. 8 in Rock River, Wyo.

He was born Aug. 7, 1936 in Loveland, Colo., the son of Lowell and Evelyn (Ramsey) Cope. He was raised and received his education in Livermore, Colo. He was an active member of the local 4-H club, and served in the Action Reserves at age 21. On one of the cattle drives they made, stretching from Livermore to Laramie River Valley he met his one and only Patsy R. (Monier) Cope along the Poudre.

They were soon to be married on Oct. 27, 1961 in Laporte, Colo. The couple ranched in the Bellvue area and worked at the Centennial Livestock Auction, also known as the Farmer Rancher Livestock Auction. They moved up Rist Canyon, Colo., where they raised their five rambunctious boys. In 1997, the family moved their ranch to Rock River, Wyo.

Tracy had a passion for his livestock and horses throughout his lifetime. When he wasn’t working, you could find him fishing and spending time with his family. He loved sharing stories and smiles with his grandchildren. He was a tough cattleman, whose soft heart and warm smile touched many people.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lowell and Evelyn (Ramsey) Cope, and wife Patsy Monier Cope.

He is survived by his five sons and their wives, Kyle and Linda Cope of Cheyenne, Wyo., Trevor and Shelli Cope of Hay Springs, Neb., Carr and Cheri Cope of Rock River, Wyo., Clay Cope of Rock River, Wyo., Kent and Jennifer Cope of Bellvue, Colo.; a sister of Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Brandon and Breanne Cope of Hay Springs, Kyle Cope of Laramie, Libby, Logan, Mykala, and Millie Cope of Bellvue, Ashley, Monique, and Kaitlyn Cope of Rock River; 2 great grandchildren, and a niece Rachelle Monier.

Cremation and private family services have taken place. Services are under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign the online guest book, visit the Website at


Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Speaker, 85, of Briggsdale, passed away Monday, Jan. 4 at Life Care Center of Greeley. She was born on July 21, 1930 in Grover, Colo., to Jess C. and Mabel (Cook) Gooch.

Liz was raised in the Briggsdale area and in northeastern Colorado. Liz worked in the medical industry, in dietary and in telecommunications, and later became a farmer.

Liz married Joe Small in Topeka, Kan., in 1945. He passed away in 1970. She then married William Speaker in 1971 in Laramie, Wyo.

After she got married to Bill, Liz began helping with the farming and care of the livestock and was also a housewife.

Liz enjoyed gardening and just being busy outside, family gatherings and baking — especially lemon and coconut cream pies, candy, and holiday meals. She also instilled values in her children and grandchildren. She was a very strong woman with a great heart and was very caring. She adored her little dog Midget.

Liz is survived by four daughters, Virginia (Jim) Needham, Bonnie (Troy) Wells, Nancy Martinez, and Fawnda (Randy) Statley; sister, Lillian Gooch; brother, Harold Gooch; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and three nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law, Frieda Speaker, first husband, Joseph H. Small, second husband, William Speaker, daughter, Mary Margaret, grandson, Doug Reed and great-great-grandson, Damian Fries.

Visitation was Jan. 14 followed by a funeral service at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Please visit to sign an online guestbook. ❖


Hotchkiss resident Tanya Lee Saiz, 40, passed away Jan. 6 at her home in Hotchkiss, Colo.

A memorial service was held Jan. 16 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss, Colo. Inurnment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Tanya Lee Larimer was born to Richard and Donna (Larimer) Hunsley on Sept. 28, 1975 in Phoenix, Ariz. Tanya was raised by her mother Donna and father George McFarland.

She spent her childhood and attended school in Phoenix, Texas, and Hotchkiss, attending Hotchkiss High School.

On April 19, 2011, Tanya married the love of her life Jonathan Saiz in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple had shared four short wonderful years of love and marriage.

Tanya enjoyed playing bingo and talking to friends on Facebook. She was a great mother and an amazing wife, she loved taking care and helping anybody she could.

Everyone she met loved her and she will truly be missed.

Tanya is survived by her husband, Jonathan Saiz; a son, Joseph Saiz; parents, George and Donna McFarland; a brother, Donald Larimer; a sister, Cheryl Brooks, all of Hotchkiss, Colo.; two half sisters, DeAnna Hunsley and LeAnn Hunsley; a half brother, Ralph Hunsley, all of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

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Martha Opal Wilson, 76, of Arthur, Neb., passed away Jan. 9 in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

Martha was born Sept. 27, 1939, in Valentine, Neb., to John “Jack” and Opal (Clark) Bennett. She grew up south of Cody on the family ranch near the Niobrara River and attended grade school and high school in Cody, graduating in 1957.

After attending Chadron State College for one year, she started teaching rural elementary schools on a temporary certificate. She would teach in the winter months and attend summer classes working toward a degree. After teaching for seven years, Martha went back to Chadron one year and student taught at Ogallala. It was there she met her future husband, Delwin Wilson. Martha graduated from Chadron in the spring of 1967. She then taught one year at Aurora, Neb., and two more years in Ogallala.

Martha and Delwin were married July 12, 1969. She retired from teaching in 1970 and made her permanent home on the Wilson ranch. Daughter Mindy was born in 1970 and son Dusty in 1973.

Martha enjoyed growing flowers and taking care of her yard. She was an avid reader and had a love of creative things, from cake decorating to making crafts to quilting. She was also an ardent sports fan, following everything from boys and girls high school teams to the Nebraska men and women’s teams to pro football and baseball.

Martha loved living in the Sandhills of Nebraska and actively supported her local community. She led 4-H clubs, served as treasurer on the local library board and was a member of the Glenrose Extension Club and the Arthur Quilting Club. She also served in the Arthur Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, as well as heading up the Beneficent Committee for many years.

Martha was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in January 2014 and accepted her prognosis with the same dignity and poise as she had lived her life. She loved her family and grandkids, always putting their needs ahead of her own.

Martha is survived by her husband, Delwin, of Arthur; two children, Mindy (Jon) Kroesche of Lincoln, and Dusty (Brandee) of Arthur; four grandchildren, Jeremiah Kroesche, Kaylee Wilson, Sarah Kroesche, and Braden Wilson; one sister, Margo Bennett, of North Platte; two brothers, Shelby (Angela) Bennett of Auburn, and Truman Bennett of Sandpoint, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Jayden Wilson.

Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at the Arthur County High School Gymnasium. The Service was streamed from for those unable to attend. Visitation was at the Arthur Baptist Church. Interment is in the Arthur Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Arthur Baptist Church and the Arthur Betterment Authority.

Online Condolences may be sent to

Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements. ❖


Harry Roy Cleveland, 85 of Wittman, Ariz., former long-time Keith County resident, passed away Jan. 2 in Sun City, Ariz.

Roy was born June 13, 1930 in a cabin in Banner County, Neb., to Lee and Catherine (Bulck) Cleveland. Roy was the oldest of eight children. He attended school at Horseshoe Bend, were he rode a horse to school. He was raised on his grandmother, Ida Franklin’s homestead near McGrew, Neb., were he learned to plow with a team of six horses by the age of 5. Roy graduated from Banner County High School as part of the class of 1950.

Following his schooling, Roy began what would become a storied career in the Sandhills. In the late 1950s, he bought his first stud and as his family says, a legacy was born. Roy had grown up as a cowboy, and roping and riding continued as his way of life.

His horse Buttermilk, that he’d ridden to school in the 40s, would eventually become THE Buttermilk that became the trusty companion of Dale Evans.

On Oct. 6, 1960, Roy married Shirley Logdson and they were blessed with three children, Rick, Cheryl and Mona.

Following a divorce, Roy married Nadean Chandler in August 1967 and it was through this union that Scott, Vic and Melody were welcomed into his family.

A few years later, Roy purchased the Notquitea Ranch west of Ogallala. His Bar C brand that was used on the ranch became known by countless people in the horse industry from Coast to Coast, Canada to Mexico. On Aug. 11, 1986, Roy married Marilyn Wade and their union was blessed with a daughter, Ty. 

Roy was blessed with a large family, and would proudly tell anyone that asked about his seven kids, their kids and their kid’s kids.

By the end of the 1950s, Roy had his own rodeo variety act that went on into the 1960s and intermittently after that. Roy shoed horses and competed in rodeos, where he excelled at bulldogging. He was quite proficient with a rope and followed in his fathers footstep in doing what many cowboys have tried, but few accomplished, by roping a coyote on a ranch north of Lemoyne in the mid 60s.

Roy worked on ranches, was a pick-up man and rough stock contractor for Bill O’Connor; worked at Ogallala Livestock Sale Barn; later worked as a wrangler on several Hallmark and Disney movies over the years.

Roy traded, trained and raised horses for over 70 years. In that time, he always loved meeting new people and taking them to look at the mares and colts.

He was known to drive his old ranch pickup through the pastures and into areas where no truck should rightly go. Roy loved to talk horse pedigrees and tell stories, and could do so for hours on end.

He always had a fresh pot of coffee ready for anyone who showed up wanting to trade stories.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack (Lee) Cleveland, sisters Ida Lou Shaul and Barbra Sterkel.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Wittmann, Ariz.; his children, Rick Cleveland of Hershey, Neb., Ramona (Dan) Vinton of Whitman, Neb., Cheryl Lenox of Gillette, Wyo., Scott McClain of Lyman, Neb., Vic McClain of Paxton, Neb., Melodi Bishop (Paul Simon) of Aurora, Colo., and Ty Cleveland (Libor Molak) of Elizabeth, Colo.; brothers, Don Cleveland of Fairfield, MT and Larry (Linda) Cleveland Hyannis, Neb.; sisters, Catherine Teppert of Gering, Neb., and Jean VanCura of Paxton, Neb.; 8 grandchildren, Heidi (Lee) Jensen of Belle Fourche, S.D., Niki (Jeff) Dowling of Gillette, Wyo., Kari (Jamaal) Greene of Waco, Texas, Ashli (Brian) Bowman of Gillette, Wyo., Justin (Amanda) Vinton of Whitman, Neb., Jammie Vinton of Omaha, Neb., Brenda Jo Boggs (Ryan) Fisher of Hershey, Neb., and Will (Sharley) Cleveland of Hershey, Neb.; numerous great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends.

A memorial has been established in Roy’s memory for later designation by the family. Condolences may be shared at, where the service was streamed for those unable to attend.

Memorial services were Jan. 15at the New Hope Church in Ogallala. A private family interment of cremains will be in the Brule Cemetery.

Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to 2nd Chance 2 Ride, a non-profit foundation to help provide saddles to paralyzed riders. Make donations payable to: The Family of Roy Cleveland. ❖


Benny Schibbelhut, 88, passed away at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, Colo. Benny was born on the Schibbelhut homestead west of Lamar on Sept. 5, 1927. Seven older brothers and three older sisters were there to welcome the youngest little one.

Benny’s parents were Alex Schibbelhut and Anna Elizabeth Hilgenberg Schibbelhut.

Benny went to the little Prowers School out west of Lamar in the tiny town of Prowers.

Most of these years were during the Great Depression and WWII. Benny learned about the value of hard work, which he carried all his life.

After finishing the eighth grade, Benny went to work. He and his brother Ernie worked for several farmers and ranchers around Prowers area. He soon got a job being a ranch hand along with his best school chum, Jack Sniff. This was for the Sniff Brothers south of Caddo.

Benny Joined the army in 1950 and was stationed in Germany after boot camp. After his honorable discharge, he came back home and went to work for Oscar Hasser.

Benny learned so much from the “Old Timers” ranchers. They saw a hard working young man that was always there to help.

He was also known of his ability in breaking ornery green colts and turning them into good and fine saddle horses. He never used brute force or meanness. Because of his kind and gentle ways, these ornery critters came to trust and do what was done in helping them to gentle down, and eventually be ridden.

Benny leased part of Bill-Sniffs land, known as the Parks Place South of Caddo.

He would also meet and fall for a “city gal.” She fell for him and his quiet and beautiful prairie home.

Benny and Vicky Brittain were married 43 years until her death in 1999.

They had 3 children, Kathy, Cindy and Marty.

Over the years, Benny ranched for Kelly Hayes, Jack Sniff, Bill Wooten and Jim Ellenberger.

When Benny and Vicky retired and moved to town, Benny couldn’t sit still and watch TV. That’s when he went to work for Jim Ellenberger.

But at the age of 72, Benny was diagnosed with cancer. That’s when he finally hung his spurs up for good and retired.

Benny was well known for his jokes and his pranks. When he would grin a certain way and you would look into his twinkling eyes, you knew something was up or he was fixin’ to say or do something ornery.

Benny was well thought of by many friends and family members. He had many close bonds with those who went before him and those left behind.

But of all, his love for his granddaughter Mandy, whom he nicknamed “Maynard” when she was little, was so strong. Their love for each other never wavered. He was always there when she needed him for anything and she was there for him, also.

He also had a friendship and loving bond with his daughter Cindy and his niece Alice.

Benny is survived by children Kathy and Marty. His grandchildren Tricia, Lucas, Mandy, Cici, Melissa, Tessa, Chad, Brittney and Ashley, and also 15 great grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife Vicky, daughter Cindy and infant son Monty. His parents and all his siblings, granddaughter Cori Jo and great-granddaughter Ashlyn also preceded him.

Bennys daughter Kathy found this and thought it was an appropriate in ending:

Missing you Always

You never said I’m leaving

You never said goodbye,

you were gone before we knew it

And only God knows why.

In life we loved you dearly

In death we love you still

In our hearts we hold a place

That only you can fill.

It broke our hearts to lose you

But you didn’t go alone.

A part of us went with you

The day God took you home.

-Unknown author ❖

Obituaries — Jan. 18, 2016

January 18, 2016 — 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Services are under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Obituaries — Jan. 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 — 

Keith Sorum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allan Schnorr

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

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

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

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

He is survived by numerous cousins and loving friends.

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

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

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

Shirley Hardesty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marilyn Ast

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

Edward Cecil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cameron Herring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russ Groshans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kenneth Schreibvogel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements. ❖

Mary Jane Serl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stan Moe

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

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

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

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

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

Frederick Hepner

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

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

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

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

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

Virginia Geesen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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