Rocky Mountain Obits 11-17-14

November 18, 2014 — 

Daniel Lee Kirchenschlager

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

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Western Slope Obits 11-17-14

November 18, 2014 — 

Ruth Imogene Waechter Pearce

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

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Plains Edition Obits 11-15-14

November 18, 2014 — 

Richard D. Toombs

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 11-10-14

November 11, 2014 — 

Teresa A. Blach

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

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Western Slope Obits 11-10-14

November 11, 2014 — 

Florence Eva Crowder

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

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Plains Edition Obits 11-8-14

November 11, 2014 — 

James “Jim” Thomas

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 11-3-14

November 3, 2014 — 

E. Frank Orcutt

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

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Plains Edition Recipes 11-1-14

November 3, 2014 — 

Charles Noral Daniels

Charles Noral Daniels, 89, of Ainsworth, Neb., passed away September 9, 2014 at the Ainsworth Care Center.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 10-27-14

October 27, 2014 — 

Teresa A. Devlin

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

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Western Slope Obits 10-27-14

October 27, 2014 — 

John Ralph “Jay” Lloyd

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

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Plains Edition Obits 10-25-14

October 27, 2014 — 

Joseph J. Knott

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 10-20-14

October 20, 2014 — 

Wendy Mae Larsen

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

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Western Slope Obits 10-20-14

October 20, 2014 — 

Willard Proctor

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

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Plains Edition Obits 10-18-14

October 20, 2014 — 

Frank M. Lanka

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 10-13-14

October 13, 2014 — 

Ray Henry

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

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Western Slope Obits 10-13-14

October 13, 2014 — 

Robert “Bob” E. McKune

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

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Plains Edition Obits 10-11-14

October 13, 2014 — 

Merle LaVerne Durner

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 10-6-14

October 6, 2014 — 

Fred Osburn

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

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Western Slope Obits 10-6-14

October 6, 2014 — 

Larry W. Lampshire

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

He was born August 31, 1940, to Edith Worley Lampshire and S. Warren Lampshire in Grand Junction, Colo.

He graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1958. He attended Mesa Junior College from 1963 to 1965. He belonged to the fraternal organization, The Order of DeMolay, received Honorary Degree of Chevalier, and also belonged to the Masonic Lodge.

He retired from the Denver and Rio Grand Western Railroad and also worked as a stone mason, concrete finisher and several other trades.

He was in the Navy from 1959 thru 1963.

He enjoyed playing baseball, softball, hunting, fishing, camping, his pets and watching his beloved Denver Broncos.

He was married to Sandra Craig Lampshire in 1964 and had two sons, Lonny Lampshire and Randy Lampshire. He later divorced and married Dewene Smith Lampshire in 1989. He had several stepchildren he considered as his own. Lenni Bishop, Diane Madole, Todd Toms. He is also survived by his brother, Clinton Lampshire and his uncle Marvin Garry Lampshire, Meshelle Troyer and eighteen Grandchildren.

Services were held at Legacy Funeral Home on September 27, 2014. There will be a memorial per Larry’s wishes at a later date at the Brass Rail.

Memorial contributions may be made to Roice Hurst Humane Society. ❖

Leona V. Martin

Leona V. Martin, 97, of Delta, Colo., passed away September 19, 2014, at the Willow Tree Care Center in Delta, Colo.

Leona V. Thornberry was born on October 30, 1916, to Marshall and Lola (Williams) Thornberry in Natoma, Kan.

Her family moved to Hotchkiss when Leona was in the second grade and resided there throughout her life until moving into Willow Tree Care Center.

Leona married the love of her life, Albert T. Martin, on November 24, 1934, in Hotchkiss, Colorado. He preceded her in death in January 2007.

Leona was a member of the Church of God of Hotchkiss.

She loved listening to and playing music. She also enjoyed gardening, canning and in her later years, painting. Leona helped Albert on the farm. Her family raved over her peaches.

Leona is survived by her two daughters: Helen I. Pace of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Maxine Willis of Arvada, Colo.; daughter-in-law, JoAnn Martin of Clifton, Colo.; a sister, Eleanor (Dave) Sanders of Montrose, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Marshall and Lola Thornberry; husband, Albert Martin; son, Eugene Martin; two brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss, Colo., with Aaron Clay officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss, Colo.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made in Leona’s memory to Willow Tree Care Center, 2050 South Main Street, Delta, Colo., 81416 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Plains Edition Obits 10-4-14

October 6, 2014 — 

William Theodore “Bill” Sitz

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

Bill was born July 6, 1927, in Kearney, Neb., to William August and Frieda (Gerdes) Sitz.

As a young boy Bill spent many a night sleeping in the barn with the cattle while he and his family were on the road showing cattle. Bill enjoyed showing at the County Fairs, AK-SAR-BEN and the State Fair. He remembers driving the family’s registered Angus cattle and Hampshire hogs to the railroad dock at Buda, Neb., where they loaded them on a rented cattle car on the route to various fairs.

In March of 1937 Bill moved with his family from Buda, Neb., and began a new life in the ranching community called the Green Valley south of Atkinson. During this time in 1945 Bill became a lifetime member of the American Angus Association.

Bill married Dee Stout on August 20, 1947, in Atkinson, Neb. Living in Holt County they named their ranch the 36 Angus Ranch. Shortly after they moved with their cowherd to the ranch in southeastern Rock County where they raised Angus cattle and their children, Bill Jr., Judy, Sheryl and Mike.

Bill trapped as a young man and used the income from his furs to purchase materials to build his first underslung. He enjoyed farm sales, working, building things out of iron, tractors, studying the weather, RFD TV, horses and his ponies. He learned how to use the Internet to keep track of the Big Iron web sites auctions.

Along with his lifetime membership to the American Angus Association he was also member of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association.

Bill is survived by four children, Bill Sitz of Burwell, Neb., Judy Newlin of Burwell, Neb., Sheryl and Lloyd Bellinger of Niwot, Colo., and Mike and Debra Sitz of Burwell, Neb. Ten grandchildren and spouses, Stephanie Sitz, Jesse and Tori Sitz, Cody and Melissa Sitz, Stacie and Jason Roblyer, Bethany and Joel Johnston, Eric Newlin, Zac and Dr. Mariah Bellinger, Johanna and Brett Sprencer, Alexis and Travis Fletcher and Ransom and Rachael Sitz and seven great-grandchildren, John Sitz, Lena Spencer, Macy Sitz, Jordee Johnston, Brady Spencer, Mya Sitz and Archibald Fletcher. One sister, Delores and Jim Wallace of Eckert, Colo., and a sister-in-law, Donna Sitz-Arthrum of Billings, Mont.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dee, two brothers, Francis and Bob, an infant sister, Ruth, and a son-in-law, Dave Newlin.

Services were held September 20, 2014, at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell, Neb. Burial followed in the Rose Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Rose Church. ❖

Luella Mae Newell

Luella Mae Newell, 101, of North Platte, Neb., passed away September 18, 2014.

She was born May 19, 1913, to Earl and Fern (Sexton) Smith at Ravenna, Neb.

Luella was raised in the Ravenna area.

She married Dave Newell and later married Jack Thompson and to this union four children were born, Roberta Jean, Ronald K., Jack and Larry. They lived in California and in 1970 she moved to North Platte, Neb. Luella later remarried Dave Newell.

She was a member of Bethel Church.

She is survived by her son, Larry (Sue) Thompson of Mt. Horeb, Wisc.; two daughters-in-law, Margie Thompson of North Platte, Neb., and Marilyn Thompson of Waunakee, Wisc.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and 19 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Roberta Jean Cleveland; two sons, Ronald K. Thompson and Jack Thompson.

Cremation was chosen.

Private family inurnment will be at a later date. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 9-29-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Charles Everett Lamberson

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

He was born July 27, 1936, in Meade, Colo. Chuck was the son of Alvree Lamberson and Nellie (Mantor) Lamberson.

Chuck proudly served our nation in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from Kiowa County High School.

Chuck worked as an HVac mechanic for Colorado State University for 20 years. He loved John Deere tractors. Chuck will be missed by all who knew him.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Alice (Burch) Lamberson; a son, Lee Lamberson of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a step-son, Kevin Kraning and wife Diana of North Platte, Neb.; a step-daughter, Kendra Lucas and husband Phil of Arnold, Neb.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Goehry and husband Bud of Colorado, May Sullivan of Arizona; a brother, Lou Lamberson and wife Mae of Colorado; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Donna Jackson.

Services were held September 13, 2014, at Branson United Methodist Church

Memorial donations may be made to Branson United Methodist Youth or the Church Choir. ❖

James (Jim) A. Kleeman

James (Jim) A. Kleeman, 56, of Granby, Colo., passed away of a sudden heart attack on July 26, 2014.

Jim was born September 9, 1957.

He graduated in 1976 from St. Johns High School in St. John’s Mich., and relocated to Colorado where he began his career as a white water river guide. As a result of his adventures, Jim became an accomplished cook, feeding friends and family. It was during one of Jim’s famous annual pig roasts when he met his wife, Sue.

Jim was a gifted craftsman and was sought out for his problem solving skills. There was nothing Jim couldn’t fix and his handy-man skills were known throughout the county.

For the last 18 years, Jim has been involved with some of the County’s largest water treatment projects, including GC’s District 1 water and sanitation plants, and was most recently an integral member of the operations team for the HSS Drinking Water project.

Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, winter sports enthusiast and enjoyed time spent with friends and family

He leaves his wife of 20 years, Susan (Friedrich) Kleeman; his son, Stephen, his five sisters, four sister-in-laws, and their families.

A Celebration of Life and Potluck will be held October 4, 2014, at 2 p.m., at the Kleeman’s Place located at 88 Lodgepole Rd., County Road 6234, Grandby, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Savings Bank, 129 E Agate Ave, Granby, Colo., 80446., to be used for Stephen’s future education.

Please visit to share memories and leave condolences. ❖

Robert Anthony Seefried

Robert Anthony Seefried, 68, of Carr, Colo., passed away September 13, 2014, at Northern Colorado Hospice in Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., due to stroke.

Robert, called ‘Bob’ by most, was born June 20, 1946, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Carl George Seefried and Doris T Harmon. Bob was the second of four brothers and a sister who grew up together in East Amherst, N.Y.

Bob attended high school in Williamsville, N.Y., where he excelled in athletics. After graduating he attended Union College in Schenectady, NY on an athletic scholarship. Then, Bob went on to law school at University of Minnesota.

Bob practiced law for a short time in Chicago then moved on to practice in Washington, DC. Bob was attracted to Colorado from vacationing here. In the late ’80s, Bob moved to Boulder, Colo., and set-up a law practice. In addition to law, Bob was certified as a Colorado Master Gardener and had a landscape and design company as his most beloved profession.

Bob was obsessed with the game of golf, continuously practicing to improve his game. He was also an avid follower of college basketball. He was a ‘died-in-the-wool’ CU Buffs fan from the 1980s until 2014. When, he surprised his wife by announcing that he was now officially a CSU Rams fan!

Bob is survived by his wife and best friend Linda Hardeman, his daughter Terri Seefried of Boulder, Colo., his step-son Michael Robinson and wife Casey of Fort Collins, Colo. Three brothers Carl, Paul and William also survive.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister Delores.

Bob insisted there be no services in his passing.

A Happy Hour was held at Eaton Country Club in Eaton, Colo., on October 22, 2014.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the National Stroke Association at or Hospice of Northern Colorado . ❖

Ken Ludwick

Ken Ludwick, 80, of Loveland, Colo., passed away July 29, 2014, in Lake Placid Fla.

He was born January 18, 1934, to Clarence and Mary Ludwick at his Grandparents house in Byers, Colo.

He grew up in Deer Trail on his father’s ranch. He graduated from Deer Trail High School. At 16-years-old he started driving a truck and combine for Forest Roop (Paddy’s dad). They traveled all summer harvesting wheat in Colorado and Kansas. When his class of 14 graduated from Deer Trail high school, Ken went to Colorado A&M and majored in Animal Husbandry. He was the first person in his family to go to college. He told the grandchildren that his parents dropped him off at school with no money and certainly no car. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and married Paddy the summer between his junior and senior year. Their 60th wedding anniversary would have been this month.

After graduation he and Paddy continued the family tradition of farming when they bought a dairy in Ft Lupton, Colo. He was Farmer of the Year during this time. Eventually he accepted a great job opportunity to be a salesman for Proctor and Gamble in Scottsbluff, Neb., and then Ft Collins, Colo. After 10 years of living in town and traveling, he and Paddy went back into farming and bought Loveland Turf Farm and the Limousin cattle. When the kids were in 4-H he was on the Larimer County Fair Board and supported the Catch a Calf program as part of the Beef Eaters. He was president of the Larimer County cattleman’s association and a member of the Elks lodge.

The cattle business and skiing in Steamboat were always family activities. The family worked together and played together. Their condo in Steamboat was a place where they entertained many of the kids’ friends in addition to their own friends.

Ken and Paddy also owned flea markets and the Madison Avenue Carwash. A year ago they moved to Florida to be near Sandy.

They had three children. Sandy currently lives in Okeechobee, Fla., with her husband Tom and their two children. Steve passed away in 2008. He had two children Amanda and Emily and they are both living in Billings, Mont. David currently lives in Greeley, Colo., with his wife Gari Lee and their two children.

Ken is survived by his wife, Paddy, two children — Sandy Steinruck and David Ludwick, and six grandchildren — Amanda Ludwick, Emily Ludwick, Kelly Steinruck, Tommy Steinruck, Garrett Ludwick, and Hanna Ludwick, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Steve Ludwick, his parents, Clarence and Mary Ludwick, and his sister Anita Price.

Memorial services were held in Loveland, Colo., on August 6, 2014, at Viegut Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to the CSU Animal Science department. ❖

Theron (Mac) Arthur McSay

Theron (Mac) Arthur McSay, 71, succumbed to injuries that he sustained in an auto accident on August 8, 2014.

He was welcomed into this world on February 23, 1943, in Greeley, Colo., to Theron E. McSay and Emery V. (Greenwood).

He attended Orchard Grade School in Orchard, Colo. In 1961 he graduated from Weldon Valley High School in Weldona, Colo. During high school, he was a member of the 1960 championship football and basketball teams and he was active in FFA and 4-H. He had several nicknames including ‘Bear’ (High school), ‘Sonny’ and ‘Jr’ (family and friends).

Mac served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1966 as an aviation electrician attached to an air transport, he also proudly served 10 years in the Naval Reserve. From the time he was a child, airplanes were a passion of his and supporting our country was so meaningful to him.

Later in life, he worked for various heavy construction and trucking companies.

Mac also belonged to several organizations during his life including the Jaycees, Operating Engineers, Odd Fellows, OOIDA (Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association), NRA and American Legion Post No. 4.

He was a very kind, special and unique guy who liked to talk about various unusual topics. He had compassion for many, but especially animals.

Mac is survived by Sister Ann McSay of Fort Collins, Colo., and many cousins and friends.

Mac is preceded in death by parents, grandparents, numerous relatives, and friends.

His cremation has taken place; his memorial service was held September 10, 2014, at the American Legion Post No. 4 in Fort Collins, Colo.

Please make memorial contributions to the American Legion Post No. 4, 2124 County Road G, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524 or to the Animal House Rescue 732 N. Shields Fort Collins, Colo., 80521.

Please visit to share memories and leave condolences. ❖

David Wayne Law

David Wayne Law, 56, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 16, 2014, at his home in Greeley.

He was born on April 24, 1958, in Greeley, Colo., to Harold Wayne Law and Betty Atwood-Law.

David graduated from Platte Valley High School in Kersey, Colo., in 1976.

On May 3, 1980, he married Kimberly Spedding.

He worked for his father Harold at Law Equipment Company (John Deere), a business Harold owned, in Greeley as well as Law Motors and in the farming industry. David also was the owner of Law Lawn Service which he started in 2000. David went on to also own a second business, Law Lawn Service LLC, based out of Greeley, Colo., with his sons.

David was an avid elk and mule deer hunter and enjoyed hunting his whole life. David was fond of traveling to Jackson Hole, Wyo., every year to hunt elk with his sons.

David is survived by his wife, Kimberly Law; and his four sons, Brian Law (Stacey Law), Matthew Law, Jeffrey Law and Thomas Law (Hilary Law) and two grandsons, Jack Law and Brooks Law, and another grandson due January of 2015, all of Greeley, Colo. David is also survived by his uncle Bill Law of Grand Junction, Colo., and sister, Sandy Siggs of Ore.

David is preceded in death by his mother, Betty and father Harold.

Services were held September 23, 2014, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in David’s name, in care of Allnutt Macy Chapel 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at .❖

Irene Mae Betz

Irene Mae Betz, 90, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 19, 2014, at North Colorado Medical Center.

She was born April 4, 1924, in Denver, Colo., to William and Katherine (Henry) Schoneman.

Irene lived in Greeley, Neb., for six years with her great aunt. In 1930 her parents came for her to work in the fields in Nebraska thinning beets, shocking grain, hoeing weeds and picking potatoes. She had eight years of schooling but spent most of her time working in the fields.

Irene married Leo Betz in Gering, Neb., on November 25, 1942. Their son Dennis was born in 1944 in Scottsbluff, Neb. She helped Leo at lambing time in Bayard, Neb., working for Ginn Company feeding 4,000 sheep. In the summer of 1947 the family moved to Platteville, Colo., to help her father and brothers on the farm. Irene worked at the potato docks, and in the evening worked as a hostess at Judy’s Supper Club in Platteville, Colo. In October they moved to Greeley, Colo., to work for Manuel Kindsfater. In June of 1949 their daughter Carolyn was born. In 1950 they started their own farm and dairy. She helped Leo on the farm cultivating, hauling beets and with the hay harvest.

Irene returned to school after their son Dennis joined the Air Force. She became a secretary for a real estate office. In 1970 she went to work at North Colorado Medical Center as a secretary and aid in the maternity ward. She retired in 1990 to take care of their daughter Carolyn who passed away in 1993. She also took care of Leo who had a stroke in 1996 and suffered from Alzheimer’s. He passed away in 2002.

Irene enjoyed going to Evans Senior Center, seeing all her friends and traveling with them whenever possible. She was also a member of the Red Hats Grandma’s. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and those who adopted her as their grandmother.

She enjoyed her crafts, making everything you could imagine from dolls to rabbits. She knitted and crocheted, making afghans, growing her flowers and plants, canning, taking pictures and being with her family. She kept very busy. In January 2013 she moved to Life Care Center. She presented ideas that were accepted and kept up with crafts in volume that were sold during the craft shows. While living there she also began to paint.

Irene is survived by her son Dennis and Laura Ann Betz of Greeley, Colo.; two sisters Sharon and Robert Grauberger of Wheatland, Wyo., and Doris Odenbaugh of Platteville, Colo.; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo, daughter Carolyn Ann, three brothers Albert, Billy, and Johnny Schoneman.

Services were held September 25, 2014, at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or Arthritis Foundation in care of Stoddard Funeral Home 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please visit to sign online guestbook. ❖

Marie Westhoff

Marie Westhoff, 93,of Wiggins, Colo., passed away September 12, 2014, at the home of her daughter Barb Carter in Aurora, Colo., where she had lived for the past three and a half years.

Marie was born December 22, 1920, in Denver, Colo., the third child of Lucien and Irene (Malo) Harris. Her two older siblings, Miles and Malo, died in infancy in January of 1920 from the influenza that ravaged the world following World War I. She had two younger siblings, Jane Light who died in April of 2012, and James Harris who died in August of 2013.

Marie grew up in Fort Morgan, Colo., and graduated from high school there. The family lived for a time during the Depression in Los Angeles, Calif., where Marie attended Notre Dame Catholic School. She completed two years of college at Colorado A&M, now Colorado State. She then taught in a one room schoolhouse for a year before her marriage to Vernon Westhoff on June 11, 1941.

Vernon and Marie lived their entire married life of 54 years on their 320 acre farm southwest of Wiggins where they raised their eight children, Anne, Jim, John, Dave, Kath, Barb, Pete and Wendy.

Most of her time was spent raising her children, but she also dedicated time to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Wiggins where she was a catechist in the religious education program and served as president of the Altar and Rosary Society.

Gardening of both vegetables and flowers, cooking, shopping, eating out and rooting for the New York Yankees were a few of her favorite things to do.

In her later years she was very involved in the lives of her 14 grandchildren, Brian and Brent Westhoff, Anthony, David, Erin, Nathaniel, Sam and Valerie Carter, Michael, Philip, Chris, Tom and Jacob Whittum, Jason Magbitang, and her two great grandchildren Patrick and Zoe Westhoff.

After the death of her husband Vernon in 1995, she remained on the farm with her son John who continued farming the land. John died in 2004, and Marie then lived with two of her children, Anne and Pete in Manassas, Va., for three years before returning to the farm with Pete. They moved to Aurora to live with Barb and her family in March of 2011.

Marie bore the cross of Alzheimer’s for nearly 14 years of her life.

Marie is survived by seven of her children, Anne Carroll of Manassas, Va., Jim of Wiggins, Colo., Dave and Beth of Reno, Nev., Kath and Joe Kopetzky of Wiggins, Colo., Barb Carter of Aurora, Colo., Pete of Wiggins, Colo., and Wendy Whittum of Fort Morgan, Colo., and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The vigil for Marie was led by Father Riley and the Requiem Mass was offered by Father Carlos Bello. Both rituals were held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Wiggins. Burial was at the Hoyt Cemetery. ❖

Western Slope Obits 9-29-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Jeannie Aileen Kroschel

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

Jeannie Aileen Widner was born September 10, 1933, to Chester and Mable (Ruble) Widner in Hotchkiss, Colo.

Jeannie spent her childhood in Delta, Colo., and graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1952.

Jeannie married Donald Patton on May 31, 1952, in Aztec, N.M. After Donald’s passing in 1967 Jeannie later married Gary Kroschel on April 13, 1979, in Beaumont, Calif. The couple had the honor of celebrating 19 years of marriage together before Gary’s passing in December 1998.

Jeannie, a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother, enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos, gardening, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Jeannie is survived by her daughter, Billie Jo Sandoval of Grand Junction, Colo.; one brother, Erine Widner of Austin, Colo.; three sisters, Dee King of Delta, Colo., Charlene Beach of Cedaredge, Colo., and Janet Heckenlively of Hotchkiss, Colo.; daughter-in law, Patty Patton; five grandchildren, Jeremein Sandoval, Jacob Sandoval, Savannah Sandoval, Tabatha Matthews, and Justin Patton; 13 great-grandchildren.

Jeannie was preceded in death by both husbands, Donald Patton and Gary Kroschel; a son, Ernie Patton; her parents.

Upon Jeannie’s request, no services will be held at this time. ❖

Donna H. Dickerson

Donna Lucille (Hillgardner) Dickerson, 88, peacefully passed away of natural causes at her farm home overlooking Cedaredge, Colo., on September 16, 2014, under the care and support of family, HopeWest hospice, and PeopleCare Health Services.

Donna was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and graduated from Wichita High School North, Wichita, Kan., Class of 1944.

She worked as an operator for Bell Telephone before marrying John (“Jack”) Edward Dickerson of Olathe, Colo., on August 28, 1948, in Wichita, Kan., where Jack attended The Municipal University of Wichita on the GI Bill. Donna then became a housewife and mother, while Jack continued his career as an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve.

In 1955 they purchased a 100-acre farm on Surface Creek northeast of Cedaredge where over the years various family members stayed, including Donna’s parents Elmer and Pauline (Jennings) Hillgardner. Following Jack’s retirement from military service in 1970, the family settled in Grand Junction, Colo. Donna took classes at Mesa State Community College and began a 20-year career as an accountant and office manager for Brownson’s clothing store at 401 Main Street, while Jack worked in the uranium ore exploration industry.

Jack and Donna permanently retired to their Cedaredge farm in 1991 where they raised peaches, and Donna’s hobbies included wildlife watching, gardening, reading, and crocheting heirloom gifts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her husband Jack, her four children Paula (and Leroy) Anway, John (and Peggy) Dickerson, Robert (and Rita) Dickerson and David Dickerson, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family plans a private memorial service, and requests a small donation be made in her name to a local charity in your area. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 9-27-14

September 29, 2014 — 

Gerald Spurgin

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

Gerald was born August 26, 1944, at North Platte, Neb., to Harley and Marguerite (Thalken) Spurgin.

He attended District 16 School at Paxton before graduating from Paxton High School in 1962.

Gerald attended UNL in pursuit of a degree in business when he took a job as a preliminary surveyor on the I-80 project for the State of Nebraska. Gerald eventually returned to the Paxton area, and began farming in 1967.

On June 16, 1973, Gerald married Janice Mazour at Sacred Heart Church at Lawrence, Neb. The couple made their home on the farm, where they raised their children and lived their entire married lives.

In 2013, Gerald was diagnosed with cancer. Gerald and his family spent the subsequent days and months in a courageous fight against the cancer. Throughout all of the challenges and difficulties of his treatment, Gerald never lost his sense of humor, even at the end of his journey.

Gerald was a charter member of the Optimist Club of Paxton and was a past President. He had served for several years on the Ogallala Community Hospital Advisory Board, the Paxton School Board, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was on the Parish Council for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Gerald loved the outdoors. In his younger years, he was an avid fisherman and bow hunter. He still holds a bow hunting record that was published in Boone and Crocket. Gerald even taught hunter’s safety for many years. Since he loved spending time outdoors, he cherished every moment of his career in farming, which spanned nearly 50 years. In 2013, the family was honored with a tree-planting award by the NRD. Gerald was innovative, and got a great feeling of fulfillment in creating things that made life easier on the farm, and for his family and friends. Gerald worked hard to be a good example for his children and grandchildren; his example and guidance will be greatly missed by his family.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; brother in law, Roger Mazour; sister in law, Corrine Mazour; and two unborn children.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Janice Spurgin of Paxton; three sons, Jeremy (Caroline) Spurgin of Paxton, Neb., Jon Spurgin of Paxton, Neb., Jacob (Krista) Spurgin of Paxton, Neb.; daughter, Jocelyn Spurgin of Paxton, Neb.; four grandchildren, Alexis, Kepler, Andromeda and Tycho; sister, Lorna Eileen (Tom) Hardman of Morris, Ill.; two brothers in law, David Mazour of Westminster, Colo., Leonard (Jo) Mazour of Lawrence, Neb.; and many other relatives and friends.

Services were held September 22, 2014, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Paxton, Neb. Burial in the Paxton Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 9-22-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Robert Main Richmond

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

Verle and Jud Richmond welcomed their first born, wee Robbie, on January 3, 1938, in Thermopolis, Wyo. He had the honor of being the first grandchild to Robert, his namesake, and first child born in 1938 in Hot Springs County. Imagine the thrill of his Mother being honored with $5 for this feat. He preceded to live his life honoring his Scottish ancestors, carrying their names with dignity.

Bob had the joy and freedom of attending small country schools. His humor started at a young tender age by locking his teacher in the outhouse of the one room schoolhouse — to the delight of fellow students! He learned a valuable lesson in etiquette and proper decorum. After graduation from Cody High School, Bob attended the University of Colorado, transferring to University of Idaho to graduate in 1961 with his degree in Forestry.

Bob began his 36-year career with the Forest Service, pulling up stakes to travel back and forth between North Dakota and Montana, Virginia and Oregon where he retired as Supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman Forest. During these travels they were blessed with the opportunity to make life-long friends with so very many wonderful and interesting people.

Bob may have retired from the Forest Service but he kept going non-stop right up until he left his earthly home. He was a member of the Baker United Methodist Church serving as Finance Chairman. Most Worshipful Brother Robert excelled as Grand Master of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Oregon and served leadership roles for many other appendant and concordant bodies of freemasonry. He was honored to be Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Oregon, currently Chairman of Revision of Laws and Advisor to the Most Worthy Grand Patron, General Grand Chapter, OES. Bob traveled tirelessly for many years serving others where needed and with total commitment.

Bob’s love and commitment to his family was at the forefront of his life. He was a loving husband, son and brother. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and uncle. He could fill a room with his smile and sense of humor.

Bob was an avid reader. To say that he loved books would be an understatement! In fact, Robert was on his way home loaded down with close to 8,000 books when he left us with a massive heart attack in Dillon, Mont. Bob had a delightful way of sharing stories and reciting poetry. His delivery and style of those tales and poems would enchant all who were present.

Bob was a man of integrity. His word and his handshake were true and unwavering.

There was only one Bob Richmond and all who had the opportunity to have been a part of his life will be forever blessed. He has left a lasting impression on us all and will be in our hearts eternally.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joyce, of 56 years, daughter Robyn Richmond-Winden and son-in-law Jerry Winden, son Jeffrey and daughter-in law Kristy, daughter Verlyn Richmond and special daughter Cyndi Richmond, granddaughters Kaylin, Janae, and Haylee Winden. Bob is survived by his mother Katherine Verle Richmond, his Brother Dennis Richmond, Sisters Joan Richmond and Mary Richmond Anderson, brother-in-law John Ellis Ward and sisters-in-law, Jean Ward, Judy Metzger, and Lenna Bernhardt, plus many special cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father George (Jud) Richmond.

A Celebration of Bob’s life was held on September 13, 2014, at the Baker High School Auditorium.

The family would appreciate memorials going to Baker United Methodist Church, Masonic and the Order of the Eastern Star Youth Scholarship Funds, ESTARL, or to a charity of one’s choice. Thank you. This may be done through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, Ore. 97814. ❖

Richard L. ‘Dick’ Raffelson

Richard L. ‘Dick’ Raffelson, 70, of Sterling, Colo., and longtime Padroni, Colo., area resident, passed away September, 12, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Sidney, Neb.

Richard Lee Raffelson the son of Richard B. and Edna (Anderson) Raffelson was born on December 5, 1943, at Oregon City, Ore. The family moved to Buffalo, S.D., when Dick was five and he later graduated from Buffalo High School.

In 1964 he met Elaine Rasmussen and they were married and later divorced. To this union three sons were born, Rick, Stace and Brian “B.J.” The family lived on the ranch in West Plains and Dick worked in the Oil Fields as well.

He was employed by Gardiner Gophers until his health forced his retirement.

Survivors include his sons: Rick and Leslie and their children, Rylee and Ryder of Peetz, Colo., Stace and Sandy and their children, Garrett, Trent and Matteya of Standish, Calif., and B.J. and Mandi and their children, Courtney, Katie and Cole of Sidney, Neb.; a nephew: Lon Bjerke and wife Paula and their children, Megan, Matt and Mallori. Lon and Paula cared for Dick during most of his illness. Other survivors include a sister: Bobbi Crites and husband Bob of Phoenix, Ariz., special friend: Delena Sexton of Spearfish, S.D., and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Melvin and Robert and a sister: Ruby Jean Bjerke-Sparks.

Memorial services will be held September 22, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., at the Chaney-Reager Funeral Home in Sterling, Colo. Services will conclude at the funeral home. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Cremation has been held. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family for future designation to two athletic programs and for Cancer research. Cards and condolences may be sent to Rick and Leslie Raffelson, 34761 CR 29, Peetz, Colo., 80747. ❖

Western Slope Obits 9-22-14

September 22, 2014 — 

George W. “Jude” Arnett

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

George was born on January 24, 1926, in Jenks, Okla., to Leonard and Leatha M. (Thompson) Arnett.

He spent his childhood and schooling around Pryor, Okla.

George served his country in the United States Navy during WWII serving from 1944-1945 aboard the USS Rocky Mount taking part in seven invasions in the Pacific Theater.

After being discharged from Navy, George worked in the oil fields of Rangley, Colorado and Riverton, Wyo.

In 1948, he met Wanda Isaac in Waterford, Calif. They were married in Reno, Nev., on July 26, 1950. To this union, two children were born: Steve (Cindy) Arnett of Olathe, Colo., and Regina (David) Rice of Acampo, Calif.

George was the owner of the Waterford Pool Hall and a truck driver for Mislter Brother Trucking in Dixon, Calif.

George moved to Delta in 1970 and bought the Old Poor Farm and farmed it until he retired in 1988. He then moved to North Delta for the rest of his life.

George loved to hunt and fish, play cards and dominoes. He also loved to put in a big garden.

He was a member of the Delta Elks Lodge No. 1235 and the Southern Baptist Church.

He is survived by his son, Steve Arnett; daughter, Regina Rice; granddaughter, Carolyn Emerick; step-grandsons: Brian and Steve Rice; brother,: Lenard (Audria) Arnett of Delta, Colo.; a sister, Florris Isom of Eckert, Colo.; brother, Jerry (Judy) Arnett of Port Orchard, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers, two sister and a granddaughter.

Services were held September 10, 2014, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will followed in the Delta City Cemetery. ❖

Douglas W. Welton

Douglas W. Welton, 63, of Delta, Colo., passed away September 10, 2014. at his residence.

Douglas Wayne Welton was born on June 12, 1951, to Merlin and LaWanda (Clement) Welton in Garberville, Calif.

He spent his childhood and attended school in Montrose, Colo.

On July 19, 1991, Douglas married Sharon Moore in Aztec, N.M. They have resided in Delta, Colo., since 2008.

Douglas, a oil and gas construction specialist, enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing, camping and riding 4-wheelers.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Sharon Welton of Delta, Colo.; a son, Adam Welton of Durango, Colo.; a daughter, Laura (John) Miller also of Durango, Colo.; a step-son, Scott Graham of Bakersfield, Calif.; two step-daughters: Jenny (James) DeShields of Delta, Colo., and Tina (Joe) Tabar of Bakersfield, Calif.; three sisters: Judy Lehner of Douglas, Wyo.; Donna (Logan) Wilkins of Flora Vista, N.M.; and Bev (Larry) Fenderson of Loveland, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Merlin and LaWanda Welton.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. ❖

Plains Edition 9-20-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Clarence A. Romans

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

He was born in Arnold, Neb., to Robert and Hazel “Irene” Blowers Romans on April 3, 1931.

Clarence grew up in Arnold, graduating from Arnold High School with the class of 1948. He attended Kearney State College for a year before returning to the family farm.

On March 26, 1953, in Hastings, Neb., he was united in marriage to Lois J. Brown. To this union four children were born, Terrie, Sherrie, Tam Allan and Bonnie.

Clarence served in the United States Army in the Korean War. After his discharge he returned home and resumed farming. Due to health reasons, Clarence sold his farm and moved to Lincoln, Neb. He volunteered with RSVP at the senior center for over 20 years. In 2010 he moved to North Platte to be closer to his daughters. Clarence was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include four children, Terrie Christensen of North Platte, Neb., Sherrie Wienke of Madrid, Neb., Tam (Sue) Romans of Lincoln, Neb., and Bonnie (Charlie) Morland of North Platte, Neb.; sister, Ruth Chrisp of Auburn, Neb.; brother, Duane Romans of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kristin (Vincent) Johnson of North Platte, Neb., Tracy (Ryan) Franzen of North Platte, Neb., Trenton (Katlin) Wienke of Lincoln, Neb., Brady (Hannah) Romans of Lincoln, Neb., Kisha Morland of North Platte, Neb., Kayla Morland of Omaha, Neb., Kurt Morland, and Kasey Morland both of North Platte, Neb.; great-grandchildren, Ryder, Cash and Winter Johnson, Chloe and Payzlie Franzen and Thomas Wienke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alice Butler and grandson, Cody Romans.

Services were held September 15, 2014, at the Arnold United Methodist Church. Burial followed at the Arnold Cemetery. ❖

Dean Brinkman

Dean Brinkman, 80, of Corona, N.M., passed away August 3, 2014, in their home near Corona, N.M.

Dean was born September 4, 1933, near Plainview, Neb., to O.C. and Iva Mullins Brinkman.

He married Sharon Hanna on March 9, 1989, in Rapid City, S.D.

Dean served in the US Army during the Korean War. Most of that time was spent building gun sites across northern Alaska.

He ranched for several years near Ericson, Neb., raising cattle, Quarter Horses, Belgians and draft mules. He was a part-owner of Ericson Livestock Market in the mid-1980s. He and Sharon moved to their ranch and present home near Corona, N.M., in March, 1991 where they raised commercial cattle and Paint horses. Since downsizing in 2005, they have grazed cattle for others during summer months.

Dean’s favorite pastimes were team-roping and hunting, especially elk. One of his most memorable moments was coming home with an 8x7 bull elk in 2009.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Hanna of Corona, N.M., Son, Jim and Tana Brinkman of Ericson, Neb., Daughter, Jane and Joel Qualm of Ericson, Neb., Sister, Jean and Birney Powell of Elko, Nev., seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

No services, ashes to be scattered privately, per Dean’s instructions. ❖

Willard Lynn Hoyt

Willard Lynn Hoyt,98, passed away August 30, 2014.

He was born in Hitchcock County, south of Culbertson, Neb., May 9, 1916, to Lynn and Helena (Hellrigel) Hoyt. His mother died nine days after his birth so was raised by his Aunt Vira and Uncle George Wallen on their farm south of Lincoln, Neb., until the age of five. He returned to live with his two sisters, Frances and Elynnor, after his father married Ruth Householder of Bladen, Neb., who owned land in Hitchcock County.

Willard attended the District 68 country school on the southeast corner of the home section from 1921 to 1930. He graduated from Culbertson High School in 1934. Willard was a student at the University of Nebraska from 1936 to 1938, studying farm operators courses and even coaching boxing at the Ag College. Through the years, Willard continued to attend various agricultural courses during winter months over the next 25 years.

He farmed with his father, Lynn, until his sudden death on July 11, 1938. Willard purchased the original 640 acre home section from the Lynn B. Hoyt estate in 1939. The home section had been acquired between 1910 and 1929. The last quarter section had been added a few days before the Great Stock Market Crash in 1929. The home and barn were powered by a 32 volt light plant and had the only yard light among the area farms. Rural electricity did not arrive until 1946. Willard began raising Certified Wheat Seed in 1942. When not farming, he worked as a Fireman on the Burlington Railroad from 1942 thru 1943, due to the labor shortage of the war years. He farmed 160 acres and eventually 800 acres of Department of Aeronautics land at the McCook Army Air Base from 1953 to 1970.

Violet Virginia Moreau became his bride in September, 1939.

Both earned pilot licenses, his in 1938 and hers in 1939. They traded a car worth about $250, for their first airplane. The first of their four daughters, Sharon Annette, arrived in 1941, followed by three daughters in three years between 1944 and 1946, Virginia Lynn, Patricia Helena, and Barbara Adeline.

Willard helped organize the Nebraska Flying Farmers in 1945 by designing their emblem. He promoted the Skyriders Flying Club in 1963 and became a Commercial Rated pilot in 1970. Willard served as President while he was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and helped the Jaycees conduct dances at the city auditorium in McCook while the Army Air Base was active.

Stock car racing became popular with him in 1953 when he ran 1932 and 1934 Fords with the numbers 4 and 4 ½ printed on cars painted pink with blue polka dots. By his last year of racing, he had a 1955 Thunderbird that ran on tracks in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

The McCook Public Power Board was an important part of Willard’s life as he served for 25 years, 14 of them as President. Willard was a member, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, the Elks Lodge, Eagles Lodge, and Red Willow County Sheriff’s Posse.

Violet succumbed to cancer in 1976. He married Frances Amen in 1978. Laverne “Vernie” Harrison, a family friend, became his wife in 1995. She died August 23, 2014, in a Fredricksburg, Texas, nursing home near her daughter, Sue Harrison-Jewell.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Helena Hoyt and his stepmothers, Ruth Householder Hoyt and Lula Anderson Hoyt; his wives, Violet, Frances, and Vernie. His two sisters Frances Trail and Elynnor Trail, as well as, his stepdaughter, Deb Amen, all passed previously.

Surviving Willard are his four daughters: Sharon (Wallace) Denison of Tuthill, S.D.; Virginia (Jack) Clark of McCook, Neb.; Patricia (Paul James “Jamie”) Forch of Trenton, Neb.; and Barbara (Patrick) McGill of Bennet, Neb.; 10n grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his stepdaughters Sandy (Rod) Kaiser of Greeley, Colo.; and Sue Harrison-Jewell of Fredricksburg, Texas, and their families.

Service will be held on September 24, 2014, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in McCook, Neb., at 10:30 a.m., with inurnment at Grove Cemetery south of Culbertson, Neb., at 2 p.m. ❖

Richard Raffelson

Richard L. ‘Dick’ Raffelson, 70, of Sterling, Colo., and longtime Padroni, Colo., area resident, passed away September, 12, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Sidney, Neb.

Richard Lee Raffelson the son of Richard B. and Edna (Anderson) Raffelson was born on December 5, 1943, at Oregon City, Ore. The family moved to Buffalo, S.D., when Dick was five and he later graduated from Buffalo High School.

In 1964 he met Elaine Rasmussen and they were married and later divorced. To this union three sons were born, Rick, Stace and Brian “B.J.” The family lived on the ranch in West Plains and Dick worked in the Oil Fields as well.

He was employed by Gardiner Gophers until his health forced his retirement.

Survivors include his sons: Rick and Leslie and their children, Rylee and Ryder of Peetz, Colo., Stace and Sandy and their children, Garrett, Trent and Matteya of Standish, Calif., and B.J. and Mandi and their children, Courtney, Katie and Cole of Sidney, Neb.; a nephew: Lon Bjerke and wife Paula and their children, Megan, Matt and Mallori. Lon and Paula cared for Dick during most of his illness. Other survivors include a sister: Bobbi Crites and husband Bob of Phoenix, Ariz., special friend: Delena Sexton of Spearfish, S.D., and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Melvin and Robert and a sister: Ruby Jean Bjerke-Sparks.

Memorial services will be held September 22, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., at the Chaney-Reager Funeral Home in Sterling, Colo. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Cremation has been held.

Memorial contributions may be made in care of the family for future designation to two athletic programs and for Cancer research. Cards and condolences may be sent to Rick and Leslie Raffelson, 34761 CR 29, Peetz, Colo., 80747. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 9-15-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Jean Stewart Reid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Dale “Pete” Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keith Vincent Ashbaugh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent to the family at ❖

Leona (Steitz) Keil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

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

Ivan E. Thoms

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

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

Ivan served in the US Army during WW II.

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

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

He was a member of the VFW.

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

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

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

Western Slope Obits 9-15-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Shane Cannon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sylvester Farner

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

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

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

Syl attended schools in Sterling, Colo.

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

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

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

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

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

Plains Edition Obits 9-13-14

September 22, 2014 — 

Archie Tate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to the Valentine Senior Center. ❖

Wayne Raasch (Rouch)

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

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

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

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

Rocky Mountain Obits 9-8-14

September 8, 2014 — 

William Gordon “Bill” Leafgren

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook and obituary are available at ❖

Robert Douglas Fouts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An online guestbook and obituary are available at ❖

Jeffrey Daniel Stromberger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karen W. Garver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Wesley “Skip” McClelland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don C. Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stella Carturier Bianco

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

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

Stella married Mike Bianco on March 15, 1947.

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

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

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

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