Rocky Mountain Obits 11-24-14

November 24, 2014 — 

Sarah “Ann” Goddard

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

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Western Slope Obits 11-24-14

November 24, 2014 — 

June Ruth Carr

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

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Plains Edition Obits 11-22-14

November 24, 2014 — 

Delmar Gene Kesterson Sr.

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

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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.

He was born March 30, 1924, to Clarence and Bessie McKune in Gravity, Iowa.

At the age of seven or eight, his family moved to Edgewater, Colo. He graduated from the eighth grade and finished the ninth grade.

He met Ann Harris in 1939, became fast friends and married on October 13, 1943. They ranched until he was taken into the Army and served in Korea for two years. When he came back, he worked at Gates Rubber Company and Coors, with the goal of living his dream of ranching.

The family moved to Routt County in 1957. There they ranched on Cow Creek, Trout Creek and by Yampa. In 2000, Ann and Bob moved to Rangely, Colo., where they continued to ranch until 2013, when they moved to the Haven, in Hayden, Colo. Bob was at the Doak in Steamboat Springs when he passed away.

His many accomplishments in Routt County included driving a school bus for 14 years; Routt County Commissioner for eight years; Very active in Veteran Foreign Wars and served on many boards concerning agriculture. He formed the pest control district in Rio Blanco County and was board member for White River Plant Center and the Water Conservation Board.

Bob was well thought of and respected in everything he did and by everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Ann of 71 years; two sons, Bob (Kathie) and Butch (Faye); grandson, Russell (Rusty) (Jennifer) and three great grandsons, Nicholas, Blake and Clase; one brother, James McKune (Helen); one brother-in-law, Ed Harris (Betty) and one sister-in-law, Mary Cordova (Tom) and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bessie McKune, four sisters, Evelyn Jackson, Irene Bowen, Margaret Hoyt and Dorthy Ludlow.

There was a private family memorial service on October 7, 2014, at the Grant Funeral Home in Craig, Colo. A Memorial service will follow for friends and family at a later date.

Donations may be made to the VFW, Post 4264, in Steamboat Springs, Colo. ❖

Glen Jarvis

Glen Jarvis, 86, passed away September 21, 2014 at San Juan Living Center.

Glen was born and raised in Oklahoma. He came to Santa Fe, N.M., as a young man and resided there for over 60 years.

Glen worked as a general contractor, building custom homes.

Glen is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bernette, and three daughters Carrie Freeman (Mark); Brenda Erikson (Scott), and Ronda Jarvis; five grandchildren, a sister-in-law and three nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Eddie and Lewis.

Services were held September 30, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Santa Fe, N.M. Burrial at Sante Fe National Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to or the charity of your choice. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 10-11-14

October 13, 2014 — 

Merle LaVerne Durner

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

Merle was born on April 5, 1927, on the homeplace near Wellfleet to John and Dorothy (Garner) Durner. He was the oldest of three children; his twin sisters Jean and Joan were born in 1929.

Merle lived all of his life on the homeplace. He attended the Bell Prairie School, riding his horse to and from school. He attended high school in Curtis at the Ag School before going to work for the Orville Kuhlman family for several years. He traveled by train as far as Mississippi showing champion livestock.

On July 27, 1952 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Kinney at the Lutheran Church in Wellfleet, and to this union two children were born, Roger and Nancy. They raised their family on the homeplace.

Merle was an active supporter of 4-H, serving as a leader for 50 years. He was a co-founder of the Medicine Valley Trail Riders 4-H Club. In the summer time on weekends, you could find him announcing 4-H horseshows. He was president of the Wellfleet Community Club for six years. He called many square dances and enjoyed auctioneering and going to auctions. During the 1988 NebraskaLand Days Celebration he was awarded the Trail Boss Award. After working for Kuhlman’s, he ranched with his father at Wellfleet where he enjoyed raising Longhorns. Together they used horses to help construct Highway 83. While working on the family ranch, he also worked construction for Simon’s Construction and Western Engineering.

Merle is survived by his wife Evelyn of Wellfleet, Neb.; children Roger (Dee) Durner of Wellfleet, Neb., and Nancy (Ron) Richardson of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren Amy (Jerry )Faulk of Rushville, Neb., Jason (Suzanne) Richardson of North Platte, Neb., Leslie (Mark) Brown of Merriman, Neb., Brooke (Cody) Lee of Grant, Neb., Austin (Myriah) Durner of Cozad, Neb., and Casey (Shawnee) Durner of Woodlake, Neb., Tessa Contreras of Crook, Colo., and Tye (Hannah) Bain of Spring Valley, Texas; great grandchildren Brock, Blake, and Blair Henry, Daytona Ham, Montana, Monte LaVerne, and Milee Durner, Rowan Lee and Saige Durner; Joel and Jace Contreras, Hadlie and Oaklee Bain; sisters Ramona Jean Elson of Curtis and Verona Joan West of North Platte, Neb.; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Smolik of Salt Lake City, Roberta Coleman of Imperial, Neb., and Isabell Kinney of North Platte, Neb., Kenneth and Beverly Kinney of Waco, Neb.; as well as numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Bill and Hattie Kinney; and brothers-in-law Warren Kinney, Glen Coleman, Jack Smolik, George Elson, and Jake West.

Services were held September 29, 2014, at the Adams and Swanson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Wellfleet Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Lincoln County 4-H Horse Program, Wellfleet Community Club or the Wellfleet/Maywood Fire and Rescue Units.

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Paul D. Smith

Paul D. Smith, 85, passed away on September 23, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

He was born on March 17, 1929, in Plainview, Neb., to Harley and Esther (Ellis) Smith.

Paul’s school years were spent in McLean, Neb. This is where he met his lifetime sweetheart, Ruth Galvin, becoming best friends at the age of six. Over the years, they enjoyed riding Paul’s pony, Ribbon, sledding on Main Street, playing softball in the schoolyard, roller skating and free movies on Tuesday nights. They were married on February 19, 1950, at the McLean Methodist Church where they both attended regularly in their growing up years. Paul and Ruth were blessed with three children, David, DeLila and Connie.

From a very early age Paul desired to make a living in farming and ranching. For several years, he joined the wheat harvest in Kansas and followed it into the Dakotas. Following graduation from high school, Paul rented his first farm southwest of McLean, Neb. A few years later he purchased his own farm southeast of Osmond, Neb., where he worked the land with his team, Barney and Daize. In 1965, he fulfilled another dream — trading the farm for a ranch on the Calamus River in the Sandhills of south Brown County, where he enjoyed two lifelong loves — his family and his cattle. Paul became well acquainted with many folks in Brown County and surrounding areas while hauling livestock and ear corn with his truck. Often times Ruth would pack a lunch and ride along with Paul.

Paul missed riding a horse when it came time he could no longer ride, but he joked that “the 4-wheeler is easier to catch.” His favorite pastime in recent years was checking and feeding his cattle on his 4-wheeler with his dog, Sam, running alongside.

Paul’s pride and joy were his kids, grandkids and great grandchildren. He enjoyed attending as many of their events as possible from grade school programs, to high school wrestling meets, to graduations, to college rodeos. Paul was Ruth’s rock through the ups and downs of life, and he was always doting on her. He was respected by friends, and when it came to business dealings, his handshake was as good as gold. Paul will always be remembered for his kind words and bright smile (which he always greeted everyone with).

Left to mourn his passing are his wife Ruth, of 64-1/2 years, brother Wendall (LeVila) of Muscoda, Wisc., children David (Sharon) of Rapid City, Neb., DeLila Lumbardy (Stan) of Recluse, Wyo., and Connie Rossenbach (John) of Ainsworth, Neb., 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren who cherish many wonderful memories of a wonderful, thoughtful man who enriched every life he touched.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Esther.

Services were held September 29, 2014, at the Ainsworth United Methodist Church. Burial followed at the Ainsworth Cemetery. ❖

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.

Fred was born July 30, 1947 in Anderson, Ind., the son of Leslie “Les” and Ruth A. (Judson) Osburn.

Fred attended school in Glendo, Douglas, Sunrise, and Guernsey all in Wyoming. He attended college at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyo.

He married Phyllis Johnston in 1974, and to this union, Phyllis brought daughters, Portia and Pam.

He was raised on the Osburn Ranch, north of Guernsey, which was established in 1949. Sawmill Canyon, on the ranch, was special to his heart and was the central place for the extended family to gather for holidays, get-togethers and picnics. He ran the ranch and the cattle business after his mother passed away. The ranch was sold in 2011. He then purchased Osburn Properties in Laramie and the Osburn Farm in Wheatland.

Fred was very well read and a history enthusiast, loved his country western music, and was a member of the Guernsey Gun Club. He was an avid collector of guns, cars, trucks, flashlights, lawnmowers, and the mossy oak collection from Cabela’s.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Osburn of Guernsey, Wyo.; daughters, Portia McCreery (Bill) of Torrington, Wyo., and Pam Tinz (Pat Robbins) of Corona, Calif.; grandchildren, Marissa Tinz and Ryan Tinz; loving cousins; extended family; many close friends; and his cat, Onslow.

He was preceded in death by his father, Les Osburn on December 4, 1974 and mother, Ruth Osburn on February 24, 1990.

A memorial to the Guernsey Rural Fire Department or to the Guernsey Fire Department, P.O. Box 702, Guernsey, Wyo., 82214 would be appreciated by the family.

Services were held September 29, 2014, at the Prairie Rest Cemetery near Guernsey, Wyo. ❖

Lester E. “Mike” Johnson

Lester E. “Mike” Johnson, 91, of Englewood, Colo., passed away August 24, 2014, at his home.

He was born to Earl A. and Lula Johnson on November 2, 1922, at Holdrege, Neb.

He returned with his parents and older brother to the family homestead in the Stoneham, Colo., area, where he lived most of his younger life.

He graduated from Stoneham High School in 1940, after which he entered the army in early 1943. He served three years int eh European Theater and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal while serving in France.

After his return home, he met and married his wife Vera (Hughes) and they moved to the Denver, Colo., area.

He worked at varios occupations and retired from Oroweat Bakery as a mechanic and troubleshooter.

Lester is survived by two daughters, Dorothy of Iowa and Jean of Oklahoma; grandsons Mike Jr., Adam and Evan; granddaughter Sarah, all of Denver, Colo.; brother Virgil of Loveland, Colo., formally of Stoneham, Colo.; Niece Julie of Denver, Colo., and nephew Skip of Loveland, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera, son Mike Jr., parents Earl and Lula and brother Darrel.

Internment took place September 4, 2014, at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. ❖

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.

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

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.

Condolences may be shared at ❖

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. ❖

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