Obituaries

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.

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Western Slope Obits 9-8-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Harold Richard Lloyd

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

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Plains Edition Obits 9-6-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Robert Jennings Moreland

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

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Rocky Mountain Recipes 9-1-14

September 8, 2014 — 

John Wade Bartmann

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

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Western Slope Obits 9-1-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Marian G. Lovato

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

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Plains Edition Obits 8-30-14

September 8, 2014 — 

Vedor Bloomquist

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 8-25-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Beulah Ferne Bohlender

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

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Western Slope Obits 8-25-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Gladys M. Sandoval

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

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Plains Edition Obits 8-23-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Robert Thomsen

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 8-18-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Dean Brinkman

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

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Western Slope Obits 8-18-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Doris M. Moore

Doris M. Moore, 92, of Eckert, Colo., passed away surrounded by her loving family July 29, 2014 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.

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Plains Edition Obits 8-16-14

August 25, 2014 — 

Grace Miller

Grace Miller, 93, of Tryon, Neb., passed away August 4, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 8-11-14

August 11, 2014 — 

J. Norman Brown

J. Norman Brown, 92, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 26, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 8-11-14

August 11, 2014 — 

Judith Kathleen Brown Wilson

Judith Kathleen Brown Wilson of Powderhorn, Colo., passed away peacefully July 14, 2014, at her home.

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Plains Edition Obits 8-9-14

August 11, 2014 — 

Walter Arthur (Art) Daly

Walter Arthur (Art) Daly, 74, passed away August 1, 2014, at what he called “long shadow time” in the afternoon.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 8-4-14

August 4, 2014 — 

William Reed Taussig

William Reed Taussig, 89, of Limon, Colo., formerly of Parshall, Colo., passed away July 16, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 8-4-14

August 4, 2014 — 

Zacharias “Zack” McEwen

Zacharias E. “Zack” McEwen, of Cedaredge, Colo., 68, passed away July 27, 2014, at the V.A. Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Plains Edition Obits 8-2-14

August 4, 2014 — 

Delores Jean (DePriest) Crosby

Delores Jean (DePriest) Crosby, 82, of rural Sutherland, Neb., passed away July 21, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 7-28-14

July 28, 2014 — 

Glen D. Helberg

Glen Helberg, 86, of North Platte, Neb., passed away July 14, 2014.

Glen was born in Arnold, Neb., February 20, 1928, the son of Ben J. and Eula (Reed) Helberg.

The family resided in Cherry County, north of Seneca, where Ben engaged in buying and selling horses and cattle. Ben developed a business relationship with the operator of the York Livestock Market, and the family moved to York, Neb., to help operate the business in 1936. In 1938, they moved to North Platte, Neb., and began conducting horse and cattle auctions in the round barn at North Platte Farms south of east Phillip Street. In 1941, the auction business was moved to the present Isabell Auction location on East 4th Street in North Platte, Neb. It was a true family operation with Ben and Glen running the auctions, and Eula running the café.

Glen married Beverly McKinley on July 18, 1948.

In 1951, the livestock auction business was moved north of the UPRR tracks to the present location of North Platte Livestock. With his father and family, Glen developed a well respected livestock auction business in Lincoln County. Especially impressive was the loyalty shown by the wonderful farm and ranch people who came to town to work at the “barn” on sale day. Glen thought of those people as friends, and extended family, and treated them as such. He was willing to lend a hand to someone he knew as a hard worker, but “just needed a little help.”

Glen’s career was involved with owning and operating Western Livestock Auction Company. Glen was an accomplished auctioneer, and in 1965 won the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer title in Kansas City, Mo. The auction was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Muhlbach Hotel with the cattle delivered to the sale ring in the freight elevator. As a result of winning the Championship, Glen appeared on the CBS TV game show “To Tell The Truth” in New York City and attended the World’s Fair while there. He also traveled to Hawaii to conduct the State 4-H livestock auction, and was a guest of the famous Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. In 2010, Glen was inducted in to the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame.

In addition to his auction duties at the North Platte market, Glen and Beverly conducted numerous purebred livestock auctions, horse sales, real estate and farm machinery auctions, and auctions on all types of personal property. In the 60s and 70s, Glen and the sale barn crew had numerous total cow herd dispersals on ranches throughout the sandhills. Glen and Beverly were a team with Glen listing and conducting the auction, and Beverly overseeing the clerking, and other bookwork. Glen held a real estate license for over 50 years.

In his younger years, Glen enjoyed rodeoing, and was one of the good calf ropers in central Nebraska. He had a life long love of hunting and fishing. Glen and Beverly shared many summer trips to Big Mac with camping at Cedar View, and fishing the lake. He was always a “sandhiller” at heart, and really enjoyed visiting with people. He had a way with recounting a story, and remembering details of an era that is no more. Countless people would remark through the years on how enjoyable it was to talk with him.

Survivors include daughter Ann Correll, granddaughter Callie Kae Correll, grandson Dan Helberg and wife Megan, grandson Wade Helberg, son Don Helberg and wife Karen.

Glen was preceded in death by his brother Donal J. Helberg, mother Eula, father Ben, and wife Beverly.

Celebration of life service will be held Friday, August 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. CT in North Platte, Neb. Service will be at Harvest Christian Fellowship at 1501 South Dewey.

Memorials will be for the benefit of scholarships awarded by the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association. ❖

Clyde Everett Hardesty

Clyde Everett “Whitey” Hardesty, 92, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of the Johnstown area, passed away at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colo.

He was born to Ernest Hardesty and Mildred (Titler) Hardesty near Johnstown.

He left school after completing the eighth grade in order to help support the family where he would assist his father harvesting beets, corn and wheat on the family farm.

He served in the U.S. Navy for a short while, until his twin brother, Claude, was killed during WWII.

On May 5, 1950, he married Shirley Joyce Fields in Johnstown. To this union he was blessed with three sons and one daughter.

When Shirley’s parents moved into town, they took over the Fields homestead. While on the farm, Clyde harvested wheat and helped his sons start up dairy business. After the dairy, he raised sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and usually had a donkey. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Johnstown. He had lived in Greeley since 1994.

He worked at Carnation Milk Plant, and then spent 25 years working at GW Sugar in Johnstown.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hardesty of Greeley, Colo.; three sons and one daughter, Walt (Linda) Hardesty of Otis, Colo., Ray (Sheryl) Hardesty of Eaton, Colo., Les (Sherrill) Hardesty of Estes Park, Colo., and Marj (Rod) Jones of Brush, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Preceded Clyde in death were his parents; Ernest and Mildred Hardesty and Twin brother, Claude Hardesty.

Services were held July 18, 2014, at Greeley Baptist Temple. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Weld County Dairymen Fund in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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

Ruth Peterson Rider

Ruth Peterson Rider, 93, of Liberty, N.C., passed away July 3, 2014, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Ray and Nellie Campbell Peterson of Fort Collins, Colo., and was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Aubert Rider and three brothers, Vernon, Ralph and Lyle Eugene Peterson.

Ruth was a long time teacher at Liberty Elementary School where she taught first, third and sixth grades. She was active in her church for many years of her life, did missionary work in Texas, and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years.

Surviving are her daughters, Catherine Rider Berg and Nell Ruth Rider and sons, Frederick Timothy Rider, Robert Michael Rider, Richard George Rider, Christian Paul Rider, Ray Aubert Rider and Skye Kirby Rider; sister, Barbara Eades-Bock; brother, Dale Peterson and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services are private.

Please make memorial donations, in her name, to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 220, Liberty, N.C., 27298.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com. ❖

R. Wayne Miller

R. Wayne Miller, 73, of Watkins, Colo., passed away July 9, 2014. in his home.

He was born in Goodland, Kan., on May 11, 1941.

He was raised on a farm in Vona, Colo., with his two brothers and attended school there.

Wayne moved to Denver for work, where he was employed at the Samsonite Corporation, while attending school at CU and became a plastics engineer. Samsonite is where he met his wife of 52 years, Barbara Ringdahl.

Wayne and Barbara were married in 1962 and later had a son and daughter. He moved on to pipe manufacturing and became a Vice President at Continental Plastics. They built a home in Watkins in 1971, while working in town and raised a cattle herd there with his family, which he enjoyed. Wayne also enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He later returned to his roots and became a fulltime farmer and rancher in 1986 to the present.

Wayne served on the board of directors for the American Pride COOP in Brighton and the Bennett Volunteer Fire Department.

Wayne was strong, kind, and a good friend to many, he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Stephen, daughter Lisa (Ricky) Barber, grandchildren Josh, Levi and Reese Barber, brothers; Dave (Karen) and Steve (Danise) Miller.

Services were held July 18, 2014, at Bennett Community Center in Bennett, Colo. ❖

Frederick (Fred) William Frihauf

Frederick (Fred) William Frihauf, 76, passed away July 17, 2014, after suffering injuries in a vehicle accident two miles from his home.

Fred was born to Fred and Lydia Frihauf on November 26, 1937 in Wheatland, Wyo. At this time his father managed the YMCA at a mining town in Sunrise, Wyo., where they lived. Fred’s family then followed the other Frihauf family members to farm in Wiggins, Colo., in 1942.

Fred attended Long Meadow Country School, south of Wiggins, moving into town school in fourth grade. Fred then graduated from Wiggins High School in 1957, where he played football and basketball as a Wiggins Tiger. He was a member of the first state football team. He enjoyed, and sunk a half court basket with a buzzer beater to win a tournament championship! After graduation he was involved in farming, and in the winter months Fred hauled sugar beets to the Ft. Morgan factory from the Hoyt and Wiggins piles, hauled hay out of Nebraska to Colorado, and worked for others with cattle. Fred had raised sugar beets as 4-H and FFA projects and that was the start of his lifelong love of raising them.

After graduation, and getting started farming, Fred married his high school sweetheart! Fred and Bonnie (Kress) were married in the Wiggins Community Church on June 1, 1958. The whole community of family and friends danced and celebrated until 5:00 a.m. the next morning. Fred and Bonnie loved to Dutch Hop and attended dances in Wiggins and surrounding communities for many years.

Bryan was born on Nov. 7, 1959, and that cold winter his crib was pulled into the living room to be near the heater! Karla was born Oct. 10, 1961. During this time Fred and Bonnie had moved to several different farms as they acquired more farm land, always raising sugar beets and corn. Then on July 8, 1965, during the Bijou flooding, daughter Lisa was born in Greeley. Bonnie and Fred had moved out of their home because they lived on the bank of the Antelope creek and were sure it would flood them out! Later they were told by the old timers that spot was actually one of the highest spots around, but the town of Wiggins did get flooded!

With several moves around Wiggins, from south to north and back south of Wiggins, they continued to grow their farming operation. But in 1975 they were able to rent land in Yuma, Colo., and the big move was made with their three children, machinery and their two Dachshund dogs! With their children attending school in Yuma they made many wonderful friends, and became involved in all school sport activities, not missing any events for their grandchildren.

Fred’s farm operation continued to grow, eventually forming Popson Farms Partnership with his son Bryan. Fred always said he served his country, not in the military but by helping feed the world! Fred raised sugar beets all but 12 years from 1984-1996. Then the Great Western Sugar Company was purchased by a Coop of producers and he was excited to get back into the sugar beet industry. During these years of raising sugar beets, he was on local sugar beet boards for many years, attended National Sugar Beet conventions around the US. When GW Sugar Company still honored the high sugar growers, Fred was honored in years 1979 and 1980 with being the High Sugar Producer in the Ft. Morgan Factory District, of which Yuma was/is part of. Fred was part of the sugar beet eras that moved immensely in weed control and higher production! He was just recently notified he had the heaviest sampling in the State of Colo., of the first samples of 2014.

Fred was recently told by his surgeon “Fred you know you still are a miracle,” as he had struggled through many health obstacles for the past 19 years, including kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and heart surgeries. But Fred always kept faith in God that he would be allowed to continue enjoying his family, whom he dearly loved, and allowed to continue farming which he did until his last day! Sitting around was not his favorite pastime, as he would climb on his little Massey-Ferguson and groom his country yard if he had a few spare moments from his farming duties!

Fred was a private, quiet man in many respects and yet he had this outgoing personality that allowed him to never meet a stranger. Fred could spot a farmer in a crowd and start a conversation. He always was interested in where this person was from and what they enjoyed in life. Fred’s sense of humor never diminished during the times of serious illnesses or hits from Mother Nature. This sense of humor always had his grandchildren gathered around him experiencing many times of great joy. They just never knew what “grandpa trick or gift” was in store for them! Of course many of his friends were also victims of this sense of humor! Fred never had difficulty in showing or expressing his love for his family or friends.

Fred will be deeply missed by his wife Bonnie, recently celebrating 56 years of marriage. Also survived by children Bryan Frihauf (Julie), Karla Blach (David), Lisa Merrill (Clint). Grandchildren Alex and Abigail Frihauf; Jeremy (Meghann), Jace, Brittnee, Jenner Blach; Sierra Saxton, Bailey Riegel (Ethan), Nati, Kidus, Aaron and Erica Merrill; the newest love of his life little great granddaughter Adley Blach; sister Carol Cook, sister-in-law Roberta Langan (Mike), and brother-in-law Eddie Kress (Annette). Neices Kim, Kris, Robin, Suzanne, Deeann, and Kristine; nephew Rick.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Lydia Frihauf, sister Donna Frihauf, brother Richard Frihauf, nephews Doug and Don Cook, mother-in-law Mary Kress and companion Jim Russell, father-in-law Ed Kress, sister-in-law Susie Jackson and brother-in-law Bud Ruhl.

A gathering of family and friends was held July 25, 2014, at the Irrigation Research Farm in Yuma, Colo. Inurnment was in the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colo. ❖

Western Slope Obits 7-28-14

July 28, 2014 — 

Kenton Mellott

Kenton Wallace “Ken” Mellott, 95, passed away on July 11, 2014, at the Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Ken was born on May 25, 1919, in Monticello, Utah, to George and Laura (Hughes) Mellott. Ken lived in several states as he was growing up which included Colorado, California, Utah and Oregon.

Ken served his Country in the United State Air Force where he obtained the rank of E9. Ken started his military career in 1943 and retired from the service in November 1963. He served in both the WWII and Korean Wars.

Ken married Nellie “Claire” Stirewalt in Reno Nevada and celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Ken moved to Paonia, Colo., from Erie, Colo., in 1970 after retiring from Dow Chemical.

Ken was also the sexton of the Cedar Hill Cemetery and Bethlehem Cemeteries in Paonia.

Ken was a past member of the Paonia Lions Club and the Wilson Head American Legion Post No. 97 in Paonia, Colo. He enjoyed Ham radio, photography, electronics, motorcycles, fishing and woodworking.

Ken is survived by his wife: Clare Mellott of Paonia, Colo.; two son’s and daughter in law: Greg Mellott of Paonia, Colo., and Brian and Jackie Mellott of Paonia, Colo.; a brother Ned Mellott of Sacramento, Calif. He also is survived by two grandchildren: James and his wife Jessica Mellott of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jessica Mellott of Fort Mill, S.C.; one great grandchild: Caden Mellott of Ft. Mill, S.C.

No services are scheduled at this time. Interment will be at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Paonia, Colo. ❖

Lucille Amen Wellman

Lucille (Amen) Wellman, 86, of Craig, Colo., passed away June 28, 2014, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, Colo.

Lucille was born to John Amen and Anna Marie (Greenwald) Amen on December 22, 1927 in Loveland, Colo.

Lucille went to school in Loveland, Colo., and graduated from Loveland High School in 1945. She then graduated from Colorado College of Education (University of Northern Colorado) in 1949 with a teaching degree in English. She taught at Brighton High School from 1949-1958. She taught journalism and English and will be remembered as “Miss Amen.”

Lucille married Douglas Wellman November 24, 1957. They moved to the Wellman sheep ranch on the Rio Blanco-Moffat County border in June 1958. From this union, two sons were born Harrison William (Bill) and John Wellman.

In 1963 during the school year, the family moved to Craig. In Craig, Lucille was very active in Make It With Wool, the Republican Women, First Congregational Church choir, Moffat County Library board, playing bridge with the ladies and substitute teaching.

Lucille loved the Craig community and her many wonderful friends! She also loved to sing, read, visit with friends and spend time at the ranch.

Lucille is survived by Douglas, her husband of 56 years; her children, Harrison William (Catherine) of Palmer, Alaska, and John (Debbie) of Hamilton, Colo.; eight grandchildren and one great grand daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her older sister, Beatrice.

Services were held July 7, 2014 at the First Congregational Church of Craig. Interment at the Craig Cemetery. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 7-26-14

July 28, 2014 — 

Glen D. Helberg

Glen Helberg, 86, of North Platte, Neb., passed away July 14, 2014.

Glen was born in Arnold, Neb., February 20, 1928, the son of Ben J. and Eula (Reed) Helberg.

The family resided in Cherry County, north of Seneca, where Ben engaged in buying and selling horses and cattle. Ben developed a business relationship with the operator of the York Livestock Market, and the family moved to York, Neb., to help operate the business in 1936. In 1938, they moved to North Platte, Neb., and began conducting horse and cattle auctions in the round barn at North Platte Farms south of east Phillip Street. In 1941, the auction business was moved to the present Isabell Auction location on East 4th Street in North Platte, Neb. It was a true family operation with Ben and Glen running the auctions, and Eula running the café.

Glen married Beverly McKinley on July 18, 1948.

In 1951, the livestock auction business was moved north of the UPRR tracks to the present location of North Platte Livestock. With his father and family, Glen developed a well respected livestock auction business in Lincoln County. Especially impressive was the loyalty shown by the wonderful farm and ranch people who came to town to work at the “barn” on sale day. Glen thought of those people as friends, and extended family, and treated them as such. He was willing to lend a hand to someone he knew as a hard worker, but “just needed a little help.”

Glen’s career was involved with owning and operating Western Livestock Auction Company. Glen was an accomplished auctioneer, and in 1965 won the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer title in Kansas City, Mo. The auction was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Muhlbach Hotel with the cattle delivered to the sale ring in the freight elevator. As a result of winning the Championship, Glen appeared on the CBS TV game show “To Tell The Truth” in New York City and attended the World’s Fair while there. He also traveled to Hawaii to conduct the State 4-H livestock auction, and was a guest of the famous Parker Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii. In 2010, Glen was inducted in to the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame.

In addition to his auction duties at the North Platte market, Glen and Beverly conducted numerous purebred livestock auctions, horse sales, real estate and farm machinery auctions, and auctions on all types of personal property. In the 60s and 70s, Glen and the sale barn crew had numerous total cow herd dispersals on ranches throughout the sandhills. Glen and Beverly were a team with Glen listing and conducting the auction, and Beverly overseeing the clerking, and other bookwork. Glen held a real estate license for over 50 years.

In his younger years, Glen enjoyed rodeoing, and was one of the good calf ropers in central Nebraska. He had a life long love of hunting and fishing. Glen and Beverly shared many summer trips to Big Mac with camping at Cedar View, and fishing the lake. He was always a “sandhiller” at heart, and really enjoyed visiting with people. He had a way with recounting a story, and remembering details of an era that is no more. Countless people would remark through the years on how enjoyable it was to talk with him.

Survivors include daughter Ann Correll, granddaughter Callie Kae Correll, grandson Dan Helberg and wife Megan, grandson Wade Helberg, son Don Helberg and wife Karen.

Glen was preceded in death by his brother Donal J. Helberg, mother Eula, father Ben, and wife Beverly.

Celebration of life service will be held Friday, August 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. CT in North Platte, Neb. Service will be at Harvest Christian Fellowship at 1501 South Dewey.

Memorials will be for the benefit of scholarships awarded by the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association. ❖

Bill Laurence McCall

Bill Laurence McCall, 68, passed away July 19, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Bill was born January 12, 1946, at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Neb., to Leslie and Georgia McCall.

Bill’s family lived in the Hastings area until he was 7-years-old and then moved to the Wolbach-McCall ranch north of Johnstown. Bill served his country by being an Army medic in the Vietnam/Korean fronts from 1966 to 1968. He was proud to have served his country. Bill returned home to work with his parents on the family ranch May 1968. Bill purchased his own place in 1970 on Plum Creek and lived there until 1973, when he married Mary Jo Sherman on May 17, and moved to the home they have lived in for 41 years, west of the Ainsworth Airport.

Bill and Mary Jo were blessed with three children — Lacy, James and Billy. Bill taught the sport of rodeo and riding to all of his kids and it was with great pride to watch them compete in their events.

Bill worked on the Brown County Fair Board and the Johnstown Fire Department for many years. Bill was a member of the Mid-States Rodeo Association since 1981. He served as director, Vice-President and President many times and devoted many hours to the sport of rodeo that he loved. In 1988, Bill and Mary Jo started the Rodeo Entry Line. They took entries the first year for the Mid-States and the Colorado Rodeo Associations. They ran the Entry Line for a total of 16 years.

Bill was a bus driver for over 20 years and enjoyed all of the kids he carried over the years. He loved seeing their name in the papers and what they were doing in life.

He earned his Pro Card riding saddle broncs and bull riding; in 1981 he joined the amateur association and stayed closer to home so they could compete together. Bill had a deep love for good horse flesh; and was very lucky to have several very good calf horses over the years. Bill enjoyed the varying stages of farming. He farmed for many years for himself and then later for others. In the last few years, he ran the combine for Mark and Brent Johnson, which he enjoyed immensely. In 2007, he purchased a commercial spraying business, which he ran with his wife, Mary Jo and sons.

Survivors include wife, Mary Jo, Lacy and Donnell Holeman of Carpenter, Wyo., James McCall of Johnstown, Neb., and Billy McCall of Gering, Neb. Brother, Joe and wife Dawn of Ainsworth, Neb.; niece, Amber and Sheyenne of Bassett, Neb., Cole McCall of Ainsworth, Neb. Sister, Jacque and husband George Jones of Gordon, Neb.; niece Phyllis and Scott Lindsay and family of Gordon, Neb. Nephew, Mike and KaCe McConaughey and family of Merriman, Neb. Brother-in-law Jim McConaughey of Merriman, Neb. Mother-in-law, Helen Sherman of Ainsworth, Neb., sister-in-laws, Dorothy Mook of O’Neill, Neb., Betty and Jimm Johnsonand family of Rose, Neb., Donna and Dennis Jones of Ainsworth, Neb., and brother-in-law, David and Ronda Sherman and family of Johnstown, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leslie and Georgia McCall, Uncle Laurence McCall, niece Tomi McConaughey, nephew Mark McConaughey, father-in-law, Howard Sherman.

A Memorial service was held on July 24, 2014, at the Brown County Fairgrounds. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 7-21-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Pat McDonnell

Patrick Arthur “Pat” McDonnell, 64, of Eaton, Colo., passed away July 4, 2014 at his home.

He was born on September 18, 1949 in Greeley, Colo., to Pete and Betty Irene (Decker) McDonnell.

Pat graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 until 1972.

On September 13, 1969, he married Susan Anna Marie Renner. They have resided in Eaton since 1974.

Pat worked as a production controller for Harsh Hydraulics, mechanic for Harris Aviation and Wyatt Crane. He also worked in maintenance for Bonell Good Samaritan Center. At the time of his death, he was the Post Commander of the VFW 2121.

Survivors include his wife, Susan McDonnell; his son, James P. McDonnell and wife Dawn; his daughter, Tammy McAmis and husband Daniel; his brothers, William M. McDonnell and Peter W. McDonnell; grandchildren, Austin Bryan and wife Dakota, Morgan McDonnell, Schuylar McDonnell, Delaney McDonnell, Kelley McAmis and Emma McAmis.

He was precede in death by his parents, Pete and Betty McDonnell, and a brother, James A. McDonnell.

Services were held July 11, 2014, at the Greeley VFW Pioneer Post No. 2121 in Greeley. Military honors followed at Linn Grove Cemetery. ❖

Helen Elaine Hartnagle

Helen Elaine Hartnagle passed away July 1, 2014, in Partner Hospital.

She was born September 20, 1933, in Boulder, Colo., to Neville Zorn Gibson and Nina Helen Keller Gibson.

In her early years, the family lived in Brighton, Colo. Her juvenile years were spent on the La Prele division of the Cross Five Ranch near Douglas, Wyo.

Later, Elaine went to El Monte, Calif., to live with her older sister, Lorena.

She graduated from El Monte High in 1950.

Elaine then returned to Colorado to be with her parents on the Bar Kane Ranches, headquartered in Boulder, Colo.

She and Ernie Hartnagle met in May 1953 and were married on her 20th birthday.

Highlights of her achievements include, but were not limited to being the first licensed day care home in Boulder. She was a consultant to the Colorado Legislature when they drafter and finalized the day care rules for Colorado and also a consultant to the Legislature where they established the rules and guidelines for purebred Breeder Kennel establishments in Colorado. Elaine was the driving force behind the development of the foundation Las Rocosa line of Australian Shepherd Dogs.

Her greatest accomplishments were being a wonderful, caring mother to her five children and being a faithful, devoted wife and homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ernie, and her children Jeanne Joy (Rick) Taylor of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Marilyn Christine (Vincent) Renna of Ocala, Fla., Carol Ann Hartnagle Madsen (Kenneth) of Brighton, Colo., James Edward (Lisa) of Loveland, Colo., and four grandchildren Vincent Jr., and Jason Eric Renna; Tyler Justin and Katy Lynn Taylor.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lorena and son Joseph Ernest.

She is laid to rest in the South Boulder parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Majestic View Church, PO Box 490, Kiowa, Colo., 80117. ❖

Margaret Hammond

Margaret Hammond, 65, of Peyton, Colo., renowned equestrienne, horse trainer and international horse show judge, passed away June 26, 2014, of Alzheimer’s disease.

Born July 6, 1948, the daughter of Charles and Sylvia Hammond of Denver, Colo., Margaret moved with her family when she was a youngster to the Black Forest area directly east of the United States Air Force Academy, where her father worked as deputy chief of staff of engineering. Margaret became enamored with horses at an early age and admitted years later that “they just couldn’t keep me off of them.”

In AQHA youth events, she and her horse, Joe Bruce, were consistent all-around winners. Upon graduation from Air Academy High School in 1966, she plunged full time into the horse business, riding, training and showing horses. She learned from the best of that era, including one of the top trainers, Sunny Jim Orr, to whom she was married for 10 years, then divorced.

While training on her own in the l970s, the legendary Quarter Horse breeder Hank Wiescamp asked Margaret to show some of his top horses, including the 1969 stallion Skip N Go, the acknowledged superstar of Wiescamp’s show string. She showed the big sorrel stallion to Superior awards in halter and western pleasure en route to his AQHA Champion title. Then she campaigned Wiescamp’s 1973 mare Silent Sheila to win the same awards once again.

Margaret also showed Skips Style, a 1971 palomino mare who earned her AQHA Champion title and Superior halter award in 1975, with a highly respectable 56 halter points. The mare also won in hunter under saddle, and in both heading and heeling in team roping.

Not willing to rest on these laurels, Margaret furthered her education by studying under two of the greatest horsemen of all time, the amazing Clyde Kennedy, who trained and rode horses for every discipline, and Hall of Fame horseman Don Dodge, cutting horse trainer extraordinaire.

In later years, Margaret enjoyed showing in the cutting events with San Norene, a talented gelding, and with her stallion, Docs Legend, whom she also stood at stud.

Margaret was respected far and wide as an excellent horse show judge. She held judging cards in all the major associations. She judged throughout the United States and Canada, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and the Dominican Republic. She judged the huge All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio, plus the AQHA World Championship Show (four times) and the Youth World Championship Show. Margaret was also called upon one year to judge the Miss Rodeo America contest.

But Margaret probably received more satisfaction than anything else by mentoring youngsters, teaching them to ride and then win in the show ring. Many of the children she worked with, including her nieces Rhonda (Morgan) Holmes and Christy (Morgan) Brasier, went on to achieve their own accolades in the show ring. All the former students are middle-aged now, and many have families and children.

They all remember Margaret as an instructor who believed it was important to strive for perfection, that riding lots of miles was good for both kids and horses. Her students were responsible for saddling their own horses when they arrived for lessons or prepared to compete. And they all learned to clean a horse stall — to perfection.

AQHA presented the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret in 2008 — “for a lifetime of commitment to the equine industry.” In 2011, she was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.

Margaret is survived by her sister Charlene Morgan and husband Butch, plus eight nieces and nephews, and about a million friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister, Dick Hammond and Carol Moore.

Services for Margaret is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 20, 2014, at Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gifts in memory of Margaret Hammond can be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation Endowment Fund at www.AQHA.com/MargaretHammondmem; by mailing a check to AQHF, P.O. Box 32111, Amarillo, Texas, 79120 (indicate “Margaret Hammond” in memo line); or by calling (808) 378-5040. ❖

Larry D. Elling

Larry D. Elling, 71, passed away June 11, 2014, at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., with his loving wife by his side.

Larry was born June 16, 1942, in Concordia, Mo., the son of Florus and Daisy (Kidwell) Elling.

Services were held July 17, 2014, at the Memorial Baptist Church in Wheatland, Wyo.

A memorial to the American Cancer Society, 333 South Beech Street, Casper, Wyo., 82601 and to the Platte County Shooting Association, P.O. Box 1324, Wheatland, Wyo., 82201 would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.GormanFH.com. ❖

Western Slope Obits 7-21-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Clarence Allen Nichols

Clarence Allen (Clancy) Nichols, 51, passed away May 25, 2014 in a massive landslide.

Clancy was born in Collbran, Colo., on July 12, 1962, the seventh of eight children born to Mary Lou (Kenney) and Dick Nichols.

He lived in the Molina area his entire life and graduated from Plateau Valley High School in 1980. He was a fourth generation descendant of early Kenney and Nichols homesteaders in the Plateau Valley area. Clancy combined both of these heritages into his brand, Reverse N, K Bar.

Clancy was a volunteer firefighter and EMT who also served on the Plateau Valley Fire Board and the hospital board. He worked for the Collbran Supply until his 21st birthday. He also worked at the Powderhorn Ski Resort, served as deputy town marshal in the Collbran area and has worked for the Mesa County Road Department since 1990. Clancy became the Mesa County Road and Bridge Crew Supervisor in the Collbran area in 2012.

Clancy married Monica Lytle in May of 1988. Together they were blessed with two sons, Daniel Allen and Matthew Tyler before parting ways.

Clancy was an avid outdoorsman who loved taking young hunters out on their hunt, hiking benches to search for arrowheads and animal sheds. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching all young children (his nieces and nephews, as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews) the proper way to each black olives or how to stuff their pockets plum full of candy. He loved hosting family gatherings to bring family closer together and having card parties deep into the morning hours. Clancy was first and foremost a family man whose sons, Danny and Matt were his greatest pride, along with their accomplishments. He was well known as an honest and fair man who would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Giving back to his community was an important part of his life.

Clancy is survived by his son, Mat, his mother, Mary Lou Ridenour, siblings Richie (Don) Compton, Mary Lane, Diana (George) Musselman, Bill (Penny) Nichols, Jean Files, Carol Smith (Barry Gregory), and Penny (Michael) Fulgham, as well as many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and cousins. He will be missed by countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Nichols, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and great niece, Jade Marrie. Clancy and his son, Daniel Nichols, perished together on May 25, 2014 at 5:44 p.m., in the Plateau Valley mountains they loved so much.

Memorial services were held June 1, 2014 at the Plateau Valley School gym in Collbran, Colo.

Please send donations to the Clancy Nichols Memorial Heritage Scholarship fund in care of Matthew Nichols, PO Box 465, Mesa, Colo., 81643. ❖

Daniel Allen Nichols

Daniel (Danny) Allen Nichols, 24, passed away May 25, 2014 in a massive landslide.

Danny was born January 29, 1990, to Monica and Clancy Nichols at St. Mary’s Hospital.

He lived in Plateau Valley all his life except for the four years he spent in Laramie, Wyo. He attended Plateau Valley School from preschool till he graduated as the Valedictorian in 2008. He went on to attend the University of Wyoming earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology.

After graduation he started working for Weatherford logging gas wells, then was hired by and was currently working for Olsson and Associates as an Assistant Scientist, Storm-water Inspector. He would say he had a cubicle in town but the outdoors was his office.

Dan loved the outdoors whether at work or play — hunting, hiking or fishing with his Pa. He is now home in his backyard of Plateau Valley.

Survivors include his mom and stepdad, Monica and Eric Bruton, his brother Matthew Nichols, grandparents Ken and Linda Lytle, and Mary Lou Ridenour and a huge extended family.

Dan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Dick Nichols and his great uncle Dan.

Memorial services were held June 1, 2014 at the Plateau Valley School gym in Collbran, Colo.

Please send contributions in Dan’s name to University of Wyoming, Attention: Dr. Erin Campbell-Stone Department of Geology and Geophysics No. 3006 Geology Field Camp Program, 1000 E University Ave., Laramie, Wyo., 82071. ❖

Deborah K. “Debi” Fisher

Debi Fisher, 67, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away July 11, 2014, at San Juan Living Center in Montrose, Colo.

Debi was born on May 29, 1947, in Gillroy, Calif., the daughter of James Earl Allen and Ruby L. (Way) Allen.

Debi was divorced.

She was a country music recording artist in Nashville, Tennessee from 1970 until 1977.

Debi was a loving mother and a best friend; a gentle spirit. Truly an inspiration to all who knew her.

Debi is survived by two daughters: Lisa Boyer of Bakersfield, Calif., and Linda Hatfield of Cedaredge, Colo.; a son, John Hawkins of Hotchkiss, Colo.; brother Jimmy Allen of Gerber, Calif.; sister Teresa Mumford of California; as well as six grandchildren: Cameron Hawkins of Grand Junction, Colo; and Destiny, Jerry, Deborah, Melissa and Jamie.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

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

Plains Edition Obits 7-19-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Donald Lee Lage

Donald Lee Lage, 84, of Arthur, Neb., passed away July 10, 2014, at his home.

Don was born June 6, 1930, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Grant and Frances (Seltz) Lage.

He attended elementary school at District 49 in Washington County, Neb. After graduating from Fort Calhoun High School in 1947 he farmed with his father and did custom haying.

In 1950 Don joined the Navy in San Diego, Calif., and served as a diesel mechanic.

On December 30, 1950 Don was united in marriage to Lois Plambeck in Millard, Neb. The couple made their home in San Diego, Calif. After Don was discharged in 1954 the couple returned to Fort Calhoun where he helped on the farm and did custom corn shelling. In 1966 the couple moved to Valley, Neb., where Don continued to farm and also operated a trucking business.

In 1970 Don sold his business and moved to the Sandhills where he worked on ranches. In 1991 Don retired and the couple moved into Arthur, Neb. He continued to manage their rental properties.

He belonged to the Gideons and attended the Arthur Baptist Church and served as the youth group leader. Don taught Sunday School in Martin Bay Community Church for 10 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 207.

Survivors include his wife Lois Lage of Arthur, Neb.; two sons: Roger (Donna) Lage of LaBroquerie, Manitoba, Canada and Ronald (Kristy) Lage of Arthur, Neb. Five daughters: Donelle (Glenn) Stewart of Almena, Kan.; Jeanine (Don) Baker of Brewster, Neb.; Nancy (Gary) White of Hershey, Neb.; Joanne (Blaine) Cullinan of Ogallala, Neb.; and Margaret (Pat) Lyons of Pawhuska, Okla. One Sister: N. Ann Andersen of Milwaukee, Wisc. Also 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were two sons James and Steven.

Services were held July 14, 2014 in Arthur Baptist Church. Interment was in the Arthur Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to the Arthur Baptist Church and the Martin Bay Community Church. ❖

Bertha Irene Coleman

Bertha Irene Coleman, 66, of Ord, Neb., passed away July 13, 2014, at the Park Place Golden Living Center in Grand Island, Neb.

Bertha was born September 17, 1947, to Walter Max and Vina Easter Ann Pace Hasenauer at North Platte, Neb.

She grew up on the family farm in Hayes County, Neb., and graduated from Maywood High School in 1967. Bertha then moved to Trayer, Kan., where she worked as a caregiver to a handicapped child and later washed dishes for a restaurant in Oberlin, Kan.

On July 13, 1969, Bertha married Vance Wayne Coleman at the Berean Fundamental Church in North Platte, Neb., where they made their home for a short time. In December 1969 they moved to a farm in Hayes County where Vance worked for her father. They moved to Hiawatha, Kan., in November 1970 then returned to North Platte a few months later and stayed until 1994 when they moved to Ord.

Bertha enjoyed solving word puzzles, crosswords and word finds.

She is survived by her husband, Vance, and two sons, Tim and Andrew Coleman, all of Ord, Neb.; a daughter, Vina (Rick) Smith, of Springfield, Mo.; a grandson, Trey Michael Salem; three sisters, Barbara DeMoude of Cheyenne, Wyo., Beulah (Dale) Docter of Hershey, Neb., and Betty (Alton) Lowry of Fort Collins, Colo.; three brothers, Charles (Barbara) Hasenauer of North Platte, Neb., Herman (Becky) Hasenauer of Wellfleet, Neb., and Eisenhower (Rhonda) Hasenauer of Cheyenne, Wyo.; her stepmother, Mable Hasenauer of North Platte, Neb.; aunts and uncles, Mary Smith, Bonnie (Paul) Broeder and Raymond (Arlene) Pace, all of North Platte, Neb., and Mrs. Gerald Vadeen, of Arvada, Colo.; many nieces, nephews and other family.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Vina Hasenauer; an infant daughter; infant twin sons; two brothers, Ivan and David Hasenauer; and a brother-in-law, Harold DeMoude.

Cremation was chosen. Services were held July 17, 2014, at Odean Colonial Chapel. Inurnment followed in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Kidney Foundation. ❖

Betty Jane Pinkston McDowell

Betty Jane Pinkston McDowell, 89, passed away peacefully July 9, 2014 at the Callaway District Hospital in Callaway, Neb.

She was born on February 17, 1925, in a sod house near Arnold to Homer and Leona Cook Pinkston.

She graduated from Arnold High School with the class of 1941. After graduation she taught school in the sand hills north of Arnold, Neb.

On March 14, 1942, she married Robert Lavern McDowell in Grand Island, Neb. They celebrated their 66th Anniversary in 2008. They had three daughters, Sandra, Jane and Betty Jo. She lived on the McDowell ranch for 66 years where she was a partner in the farming and ranching operations. Bob and Betty developed a guest ranch with fishing lakes, hunting and homemade meals. Besides the ranch she was employed by Arnold Jack and Jill grocery store and she also operated the Arnold Swirly Top. While her daughters were in school she was active as a Girl Scout Leader. Through the years she was a 4-H supporter, 4-H parent, grandparent and 4-H Council member.

Her hands were never idle because she was always, knitting, crocheting, quilting, or creating needle point works of art. Friends and family were often recipients of her beautiful needlework.

One of her joys in life was time spent with her dog Rudy. He was her constant companion. Her family was very important to her and she loved watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra (Roger) Stockall of Hershey, Neb., and their son Justin (Tonya Hoelting) of Scott City, Kan., and daughter Jane (Richard) Hornung of Arnold, Neb., their children Holly (Scott) Remund of Arnold, Neb., Heidi (Joe) Hornung-Scherr of Lincoln, Neb., Adam (Nicole) Hornung of Hong Kong, and Heather (Kyle) Schroer of Lincoln, Neb., and grandson Sam (Holly) Sennett of Omaha, Neb., sister in law, Mildred Pinkston of Arnold, Neb.; great grandchildren Sawyer Hornung-Scheer, Seneca Hornung-Scheer, Sadie Hornung-Scheer, Rio Remund, Riata Remund, Rayce Hornung- Relka, Scout Schroer, Syler Sennett, Mya Sennett, Ada Hornung and, Mae Hornung; and step great-grandchildren Tyler Remund, Emily Remund, Paul Remund, and Paige Hoelting.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter, Betty Jo Sennett, brothers John and Gene Pinkston, sister in law Fannie Pinkston, sister, Ena Maroney and parents Homer and Leona Pinkston.

Services were held July 15, 2014, at the Arnold Community Building.

Memorials are suggested to the Arnold Rialto Theater, Arnold Fire and Rescue, and Custer County 4-H Horse Committee. ❖

Roy E. Swanson

Roy E. Swanson, 80, passed away July 11, 2014, in Alliance, Neb., after a brief illness.

Roy was born February 18, 1934 in Windsor, Colo., – the oldest child of immigrant parents. His father, John E. Swanson, emigrated from Sweden in 1917 at the age of 17. His mother, Grace Marie (Ludeman) Swanson emigrated from Germany in 1929 at age 23. These two people, believing in what we now call the American Dream, successfully raised three children on the Front Range of Colorado. At the end of their lives, they owned 320 acres of prime farmland north of Fort Collins on the I25 corridor.

In October 1957, Roy married Jo Ann Ward and to this union three sons were born. Roy lived on that farm since he was 3-years-old but in 1982 decided to move the farming operation to Box Butte County, Neb., and develop new land. Roy spent his entire life farming and made the major move so that two of his sons, Jim and Steve, could continue in production agriculture. A third son, Clint, flies as a flight engineer for Lynden Air Freight.

During his entire working life, he has been part of a multi-generational family farming operation. He has maintained a close relationship with his three sons and passed on his knowledge of “how things work.” He was able to spend a lot of time with grandchildren, greatly enjoying them all. He taught many of them how to drive a “stick shift” and other useful life skills.

During his years in Colorado, Roy gave time and energy to many organizations and was a member of numerous boards: the Soil Conservation District, Larimer County Farm Bureau, Colorado Cattle Feeders, Larimer County 4-H, FFA Advisor, and American Lutheran Church Council. In later years, Roy served as a board member of the Farm and Ranch Museum in Gering, Nebraska, and was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Roy is survived by wife Jo Ann of Alliance, Neb.; sons James (Kathi) Swanson and Steve Swanson of Alliance, Neb., and Clint (Dawn) Swanson of Wellington, Colo.; grandchildren Kirsten, Sydney, Max, Brett, and Roy Swanson, sister Ann K. Fulton of Springdale, Ark., and brother Robert (Terry) of Lake Oswego, Ore., as well as numerous cousins and many nieces and nephews in the United States, Sweden and Germany.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother-in-law Dick Fulton.

Memorials may be given to Festival of Hope, P.O. Box 377, Scottsbluff, Neb., 69363 or contact Carol at (308) 630-1348 or cdiffen@festivalofhope.net. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 7-14-14

July 11, 2014 — 

John Newton Morris

John Newton Morris, 82, widely known citizen of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away July 3, 2014, after a valiant battle with lymphoma.

John Morris was born July 5, 1931, in Giles County, Tenn., son of Turner and Elizabeth Morris of Campbellsville, Tenn.

John attended the University of Tennessee his freshman year and he, along with five other Tennessee football players, followed Bowden Wyatt to the University of Wyoming the following year. He was a member of the championship Gator Bowl team in 1951. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Agriculture Business and Veternarian Science. It was at the university where he met Norma Jean Bell of Cheyenne who became his wife of 60 years.

John was commissioned through the University of Wyoming ROTC in 1954 as a second lieutenant. He was then stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., where he completed the basic infantry officer course. He was an infantry platoon leader at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., specializing in hand-to-hand combat.

John dedicated his life not only to his family, but also to his community, church, and his state. His commitment to the preservation of land and water is indicative by the boards he served on: the Environmental Quality Council, Citizens Water Advisory Council and Land Quality Advisory Board. He was a member of the prestigious Military Advisory Council at Warren Air force Base and the Wyoming Bancorporation. As a member of Kiwanis, he received the George F. Hixon fellow award. He was chairman of the Laramie County Fair Board, member of the HEELS, and Cowboy Joe Club.

John and Norma generously opened their home and extended the use of their beautiful ranch hosting the Governor’s Western Art Show picnic for decades, St. Mary’s Parish mass and picnic, and the announcements of two former Wyoming Governors’ campaign bids.

John and his wife Norma were both inductees into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame. After serving on the racing committee, he became the night show arena director, a position he held for thirty years. He was an advocate for humane treatment of animals and the safety of cowboys. John provided calves for the roping and Mexican steers for dogging events. In the mid 60s, John and his family started the cattle drive to Cheyenne Frontier Days Park, a tradition that continues today. His commitment to Cheyenne Frontier Days for over 60 years has greatly contributed to the success of the show.

He is survived by his three daughters, Betsy Morris Graham of Cheyenne, Wyo., and San Francisco, Karen and Curt Gowdy Jr. of New Canaan, Conn., and Marcy and Tom Habbe of Rapid City, S.D.; his 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

His wife, Norma Bell Morris, and grandson, Thomas Joseph Habbe, preceded him in death.

Services were held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on July 11, 2014.

Condolences may be offered to the family on-line by going to www.SchraderCares.com. ❖

Juanita Joy Richner
Juanita Joy Richner (Punky), 78, of Casper, Wyo., passed away July 4, 2014.
She was born in Columbus, Neb., to Lola May Shiveley Jerome and Glenn Jerome.
She married Edward Richner October 10, 1954, in Denver, Colo.
Juanita was the head cook for the Jefferson County School’s for 11 years before she and Ed purchased a ranch in the Leo Community, north of Hanna, Wyo., in 1976. Shortly after they established the Miracle Mile Ranch. Juanita kept busy with 10 cabins, a store, trailer park and feeding many fishermen, hunters, dam workers and geology students from Ohio. Every 4th of July she hosted a big crowd of family and friends, along with the usual volleyball games and water fights! She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed every minute of it. Juanita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Survivors include her husband, Ed of Casper, Wyo.; Daughter, Bonnie (Bob) Haddock of Craig, Colo.; Son, Ron (Stacey) Richner of Alcova, Wyo.; Daughter, Lynn (Gary) Vivion of Bingham, Neb.; Sister, Yvonne Tatham of Denver, Colo.; Brother, Kenneth Jerome of Denver, Colo.; Sister In-law, Shirley Jerome of Denver, Colo.; Six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Juanita was preceded in death by mother, Lola Jerome; father, Glenn Jerome Sr. and brother, Glenn Jerome Jr.
A Celebration of Life service will be held July 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. (MST) at Juanita’s son, Ron’s farm; 18177 State Highway 220, Alcova, Wyo. ❖


Cary Lee Lewis
Cary Lewis, 47, tragically passed away on June 30, 2014.
He was born on July 8, 1966 in Boulder, Colo., to Jack and Judy Lewis.
In January 1970, Cary and his family moved to the west side of North Park to ranch.
From an early age, Cary became a very skilled woodworker and carpenter and developed a deep love of ranching, livestock and all animals. Cary participated in FFA at North Park High School for all four years and was president of his senior class. Cary graduated in 1984.
In 1993, Cary and his father and mother purchased a ranch at Rand and have ranched there ever since. He was also very active in the community and served on numerous boards, including the Owl Mountain Partnership and the North Park Fair Board.
He loved ranching, the outdoors, animals, North Park and never met a stranger.
He is survived by his daughter Cora, his mother Judy, his father Jack, his twin sister Cathy, younger brother Mike, his uncle Don Lewis and numerous other relatives.
A private Catholic funeral mass will be held in July. A celebration of his life will take place this coming fall. ❖

William Joseph Lousberg

William Joseph Lousberg, 79, of Frederick, Colo., passed away April 21, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colo.

Bill was born on April 26, 1934 in Fleming, Colo., to William and Mary Berg Lousberg.

After graduating from Boulder High School in 1952, Bill served two years in the Army.

In 1965 Bill and Sherrill Paquette were married.

Bill lived his entire life in Colorado. He worked in both farming and construction in Boulder and Wiggins. After retiring in 2010 Bill moved to Frederick.

Bill was a member of the Boulder Rural Volunteer Fire Department and Boulder Elks Lodge No. 566. Bill took great interest in his family, and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He loved camping in the mountains and snow birding in the RV during the winter months with friends and relatives. His Catholic religion was extremely important to him. Over the years Bill built many great friendships through his kindness, generosity and an enjoyable sense of humor.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sherrill; sons, Jay Lousberg (Khanny) of Wiggins, Colo., and Jim Lousberg of Wiggins, Colo.; grandchildren, Shawnee of Loveland, Colo., Ellyna, Kelli, and Jason of Wiggins, Colo., and Kyle of Fort Collins, Colo. He is survived by five sisters and two brothers.

Bill was preceded in death by two sons, Jeffrey William Lousberg and Joel Adam Lousberg.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 30, 2014, at Saint Theresa Catholic Church. Burial was May 1, 2014, at Hoyt Cemetery in Hoyt, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003 or BVMCong.org or the Abby of St. Walburga, 1029 Benedictine Way, Virginia Dale, Colo., Walburga.org. ❖

Iline Daigh

Iline Daigh, 90, of Newcastle, Wyo., passed away July 4, 2014, at Weston County Manor.

She was born along with her triplet sisters on November 30, 1923, in Washington, Kan., to Lester Potter and Faye (Blocker) Potter.

She graduated high school in 1941 in Ogallala. Neb. While going to school she worked in her parent’s grocery store and was a member of the girls basketball team.

On July 12, 1942, she married John Daigh at Ogallala, Neb. The couple traveled from one coast to the other until John got out of the service in 1945. They stayed in Nebraska for a few years and then moved to Wyoming when John went to work for Continental Oil Co. for 34 years. They retired in 1983 to Newcastle, Wyo.

She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auciliary. She enjoyed camping and get togethers with her family and friends; going south for the winter; picture puzzles; and embroidering.

Survivors include four sons, Wayne (Charlotte) Daigh of Newcastle, Wyo., Robert (Sharon) Daigh of Wright, Wyo., Leslie (LuAnn) Daigh of Boyd, Texas, and James (Kari) Daigh of Newcastle, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, Sheila (Mike) Gregory, Cindy (Joe) Corley, Darbie (John) Moss, Aimee Daigh, Laurri (Kevin) Perrin, Carrie Hansen, and Justin Daigh; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; a great-great-granddaughter; eight step-grandchildren; 15 great-step-grandchildren; triplet sister, Maxine Hammond of Ogallala, Neb.; and sister-in-law, Ila Potter of Fort Collins, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; a son, Jerry Wayne Daigh; a grandson, David Wayne Daigh; a great-grandson, Landon Hansen; triplet great-grandchildren, Lucas, Brook and Payton Hansen; sisters, Ruthcile Washa and triplet infant sister, Pauline; brothers, Dean and Leroy Potter; brothers-in-law, Harvey Hammond and John Washa; and sister-in-law, Ila Marie Potter.

Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. ❖

Learnard C. Turley “Tex”

Learnard C. Turley “Tex,” 78, of Ft. Lupton, Colo., passed away June 20, 2014.

Tex was born to Quille and Novella Turley on November 6, 1935 in La Mesa, Texas.

He married Jenny Packer March 24, 1979.

Tex worked as a truck driver hauling hay, cattle and gravel for the majority of his working life. A short time he worked as a commercial fisherman, while living in CoQuille, Oregon, also ran a riding stable in Arizona.

Tex is survived by his soul-mate/wife Jenny and their children Vernon, Arlene (Ryan), David (Debra), Sarah, Doug (Stacey), Mary, Naomi, Dirk and Dale (Martha). His surviving sisters are LaVon and Myrna; 14 Grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Wilma and one brother Dewayne.

The Celebration of his life was held June 25, 2014, at The First Baptist Church in Hudson, Colo. ❖

Herman LeRoy Peterson

Herman LeRoy Peterson, 62, of La Salle, Colo., passed away July 6, 2014, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born July 17, 1951, in Greeley, Colo., to Herman and Dorothy (Plumb) Peterson.

He married Connie R. Stroh on October 23, 1970 in Greeley, Colo.

Herman graduated from Platte Valley High School in Kersey, Colo., in 1969. He graduated from the Electronic Technical Institute in Denver, Colo., in 1970.

Herman worked for Freeman Truck Bodies from 1970 to 1997, and then started Peterson Fabrication with his son Greg in 1997.

Herman was a Jack of All Trades; he was quite the handyman fixing anything that needed to be fixed. He enjoyed fishing, camping, spending time with grandkids and going to the kid’s activities, gardening, driving, water skiing, roasting marshmallows with the grandkids, and driving tractor.

He is survived by his wife Connie Peterson of La Salle, Colo.; parents Herman and Dorothy Peterson of Kersey, Colo.; children Cindy Walker of La Salle, Colo., Greg (Amber) Peterson of La Salle, Colo.; brother Randy (Laura) Peterson of Kersey, Colo.; sisters Marsha (Ron) Baker of Kersey, Colo., and Sandy (Rod) Roose of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren Jeremy and Adam Walker, and Sawyer and Owen Peterson.

Services were held July 11, 2014, a St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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

Western Slope Obits 7-14-14

July 11, 2014 — 

Betty Jo Schmidt

Betty Jo Schmidt, 92, of Delta County passed away peacefully June 25, 2014, at the Paonia Care and Rehab Center.

Elizabeth Josephine Knight was born on December 9, 1921, in Taswell, Ind. Her father wanted her to have the name of two queens. But, they never called her by either of her “queenly” names; instead, they called her Betty Jo.

Her father, Thomas Knight, taught her to “give a day’s work for a day’s pay,” and to take pride in her work. Her mother, Sophie Knight, taught her to “dream and to dare” — to have an imagination and the courage to use it.

Young Betty Jo also had a brother, named Don, and a sister named Perlita.

Betty Jo’s father was a miner, and the family moved several times: to Webb City, Mo.; Wolf Park, Colo.; Gilman; Madden Dam, in Panama; Canon City; Cross Roads and Camdenton, Mo. She graduated from high school at Red Cliff, Colo. Betty Jo was a teenager during the Depression, but she said that the family was happy, despite of the hard times, and they never felt poor. They worked at whatever jobs they could find, and followed their dreams. Betty Jo’s dream was to be a teacher and a writer.

Betty Jo’s mother was a teacher, and education was important to the family. Mom made sure that all three kids had a chance at college. Betty Jo went to Western State in Gunnison, and earned a teaching certificate. She taught at a country school and then started nurse’s training.

In 1941, Betty Jo met Glen Schmidt, a young farmer from Strasburg, who was in the army with her brother, Don. Betty Jo later wrote that she liked Glen because he loved country living, looked handsome in his uniform, and was her brother’s best friend. The couple dated for about two years, when Glen could get leave from the army. Glen finally proposed while they were together at the Denver Stock Show. Glen had decided that he would ask her to marry him if she petted the animals at the Stock Show ... She did. He proposed; she accepted. Betty Jo sold her saddle horse to pay for the wedding gown, and they were married July 25, 1943, in Strasburg, Colo.

At first, the couple lived in Minturn, Colo., then Wenatchee, Wash. While they were in Washington, in 1945, their son, Jack, was born. After Glen was out of the service, they returned to Strasburg, where Glen worked with his father and brother, raising wheat, pinto beans, and sheep. In 1948, their daughter, Kathy, was born. Betty Jo, and both of the children, were whole-heartedly involved in the farm work. The years flew by, filled with farm work, 4-H, FFA, sports, and music.

In 1963, the Schmidt’s moved to Gypsum, Colo., where they bought a cattle ranch. They were there until 1988. They were active in the community in many ways.

In 1988, they moved to Ava, Mo., and made many friends there.

In 1993, they retired to Grand Junction, Colo. Then in 1996, they moved to Cedaredge, Colo. Betty Jo cared deeply for her family and friends, and loved to give a helping hand. She loved corresponding with family and friends, and regularly wrote letters to loved ones.

Betty is survived by her son, Jack Schmidt of Cedaredge, Colo., four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, her husband, and her brother and sister.

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

Plains Edition Obits 7-12-14

July 11, 2014 — 

Warren Diedrichsen

Warren Diedrichsen, 68, of Creighton, Neb., longtime co-owner of the Creighton Livestock Market passed away July 4, 2014, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb.

Warren E. Diedrichsen, son of Harry F. and Dora E. (Rodieck) Diedrichsen, was born January 25, 1946 at Wausa, Neb.

Warren attended Creighton High School in Creighton, Neb.

He was married to Carol Albin on February 6, 1966 and later divorced in 2012. Three children were born to them: Tim, Jill, and Brian.

Warren was owner of Diedrichsen Quality Lawn and Garden in Neligh, Neb., and Co-owner of Creighton Livestock Market in Creighton, Neb.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh.

Warren is survived by his children, Tim and Janet Diedrichsen of Lincoln, Neb., Brian and Lisa Diedrichsen of Omaha, Neb., and Jill Kallhoff of Neligh, Neb.; seven grandchildren, Brady, Devyn, Ethan, Ainsley, Ella, Tyler, and Sara; his sister, Betty Oltjenbruns of Creighton, Neb.; and his brothers, Tom Diedrichsen of Creighton, Neb., and Doug Diedrichsen of Omaha, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Dora Diedrichsen; and brother, Harry Lee Diedrichsen.

Services were held July 7, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, Neb. Burial took place in the Greenwood Cemetery at Creighton, Neb. ❖

Hattie Ethel (Wheeler) Johnson

Hattie Ethel (Wheeler) Johnson, 97, of Sutherland, Neb., passed away June 27, 2014 at the Sutherland Care Center.

She was born January 5, 1917 in Custer County, Neb., to Heasell and Inez (Trew) Wheeler.

Hattie married Clarence Johnson on September 7, 1936. To this union two daughters were born, Nadine and Lois.

Clarence and Hattie furnished the livestock for RCA Rodeos for several years, later working for ranches in Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Nebraska; retiring in Chappell, Neb., in 1984.

Clarence passed away in August 1989. Hattie moved to Sutherland, Neb., in 2004 to be close to her daughter. She has resided in the Sutherland Care Center since September of 2008.

Hattie is survived by two daughters, Nadine (Bob) Thompson and Lois Miller; a sister, Iva Nichols brother-in-law, Al Knott; nine grandchildren, Jacque (Dave) Street, Gay Lynn Brown, Denise (Rusty) Gift, Jeanie (Randy) Forden, James Wilson, Mary Kay (Douglas Lee) Taylor, Laurie (Bob) Faust, Connie (Jeff) Fyfe, and Julie (Shelley) Thompson; as well as many great and great-great-grandchildren. Hattie’s friendship and pioneer spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services were held July 1, 2014 at the Sutherland Methodist Church. Burial followed at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Sutherland Senior Center or to the Hershey/Sutherland Food Pantry.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 7-7-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Edward Weimer

Edward Weimer, 96, of Greeley, Colo., passed away June 30, 2014.

He was born to John Weimer and Anna Marie Trupp Weimer on May 16, 1918 in Paul, Idaho. He was the youngest of three Weimer children. John Jr., the oldest; Dollie, the only Weimer daughter, and Edward. Edward was only six months old when his father passed away Nov. 9, 1918 in Lamar, Colo. Shortly there-after Anna Marie and her three children returned to Sugar City, Idaho, where she met and married the widower Lorens Kraus on May 26, 1919. Loren’s first wife had died giving birth to their only son, whom they named Edward Kraus.

Lorens and Anna Marie moved to the Lamar area to farm, so Ed spent a large portion of his childhood there. Also while in the Lamar area seven more children were born to this union. Walter Kraus, Bertha Kraus Price, Laurence Kraus, David Kraus, Jake Kraus, William Kraus and Emma Kraus Lebsack. His father, mother, step-father, siblings and step-siblings have all preceded him to eternal rest.

On Sept. 25, 1942 he entered Army Basic Training at Camp Roberts, Calif., and then more training at San Lois Obispo, Calif., and finally Camp Rucker in Alabama for maneuver and artillery training. In 1944 he served in the European Theatre of WWII, where he was in charge of heavy-duty bazookas. After his duty in the war, he was honorably discharged Sept. 25, 1945.

On Dec. 29, 1946 he married Bertha Hergenreder of Greeley at St. Paul Congregational Church. The couple then moved to Idaho, where they farmed until 1949. While there, the couple had two sons, James and John Weimer.

They then moved back to Greeley. Ed worked for Union Delivery Service until 1951. Then moved to a farm near Kersey, Colo., where they farmed for the next 32 years. He also was employed at the GW sugar factory in Greeley from 1969-1992.

He loved having his Grandchildren spend time with him on the farm. You could always find one or more tagging along with him as he worked the farm. They always had their irrigation boots near-by, just in case their help was needed. Helping Grandpa make sausage was great fun too! At meal-times you could always find one of his Grandkids sitting on his lap. When they would visit him at the sugar factory they all enjoyed their ride on the stand-up lift.

On Dec. 9, 1984 his dearly beloved wife Bertha suddenly passed away. He continued to farm alone and work the campaigns at the sugar factory four more years.

In 1988 he married Esther Baker; sold his farm equipment and moved to Greeley. He continued working the campaigns at the sugar factory until 2001 when he finally fully retired.

He loved going to the Conditioning Spa, woodworking, and was very active at the Evans Senior Center, where he was known as “the candy man.”

He was a long-time member of The First Congregational Church, but loved spending time with family and friends the most.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Weimer; two sons, James and wife Beverly Weimer of Evans, Colo., and John Weimer and partner Karen Garner of Kersey, Colo.; five grandchildren, Kevin and wife Cindy Weimer of Loveland, Colo., Kimberly and husband Glenn Cecil of Galeton, Colo., Steven Weimer of Las Vegas, Nev., Michael Weimer of Greeley, Colo., and Thomas Weimer; four great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jordan Weimer of Loveland, Colo., and Casey and Sarah Cecil of Galeton, Colo.

Services were held July 3, 2014 at Adamson Chapel. Interment at Linn Grove Cemetery. ❖

Joseph T. Christen

Joseph T. Christen, 85, of Roggen, Colo., passed away June 25, 2014 at home.

Joe was born in 1928 in Aurora, Colo., to Albert and Paula (Pauline) Christen. His parents came from Switzerland in 1916, spent a year in Madison, Wisc., and then took up homestead in Aurora in 1918. They both became citizens in 1922.

Joe served in the US Navy for three years, being honorably discharged in July 1949.

Joe married Gretta Anderson February 2, 1952 and resided on the family homestead in Aurora for 15 years. During this time they had two children, Cynthia “Cindy” Baumgartner and Joseph Leon (Joe Lee) (married to Ann) Christen. In July of 1967 the family moved to Roggen, Colo., where they continued to raise registered shorthorn cattle on KA’BA ranch. Joe and Gretta were married for 62 years.

Joe was a member of the Swiss Society, Shorthorn Association, Victor Grange No. 452 of Aurora, Colo., State Grange, Weld County Livestock Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and Colorado Cattle Feeders Association.

In 2006, Joe was honored by the National Western Stock Show for being an exhibitor in the cattle yards for over 25 years. In those 25 years, KA’BA Ranch received many awards for the best cattle pens and registered bulls. KA’BA Ranch was also known for their club calves that they would show and sell throughout the US and Canada.

Joe was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors are his wife Gretta; daughter, Cindy Baumgartner of Keenesburg, Colo.; son, Joseph (Ann) of Roggen, Colo.; grandchildren are Tammi Baumgartner of Brighton, Colo., Tricia Baumgartner of Henderson, Colo., Matthew Christen (married to Lizey), Adam Christen (married to Candy), and Micheal Christen all of Roggen, Colo. He was also a great grandfather to Caleb Baumgartner (son of Tricia), Brooklynn and Madelynn Christen (daughters of Matthew), Carlie Christen (daughter of Adam). He is the third of four siblings, Pauline Carlock (married to Bill) both deceased, Al Christen of Longmont, Colo., and Fred Christen (married to Sharon) of Dallas, Texas.

Services were held July 2, 2014 at Christ Community Church in Roggen, Colo.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖

Western Slope Obits 7-7-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Wesley Eugene Signs

Wesley “Wes” Eugene Signs, 89, of Hayden, Colo., passed away May 26, 2014.

Wes was born February 26, 1925, to Ernest and Rosella (Johnson) Signs in a log cabin on South Fork of Williams Fork near Pagoda, Colo. Wes’ sister, Lois, was born the next year.

In 1936, they bought the Wagner Place east of Hayden, Colo., presently the airport. Wes attended the Hayden schools and graduated in 1942. He attended CSU studying engineering.

West joined the Army, was trained as a demolition man in the combat engineers and shipped overseas to England in 1944. He served three campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge.

He returned to the US in 1946 and split his time between wheat farming with his Dad and studying engineering at CSU. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1951.

Wes worked for the SCS as an engineer for nine years. He obtained a Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor license and went to work in 1960 for the State of Colorado as Irrigation Division Engineer, Division No. 6. He enjoyed the job of administering water for 26 years. He served on many water boards including the CRWCB as Routt County’s representative for 33 years and was president for three years. He was very community minded. He belonged to the American Legion since 1946.

In 1948, Wes married Pat Holderness and they had five children, Cheryl, Chuck, Susan, Ann and Mark. They later divorced.

In 1977, Wes married Linda Fox. They continued ranching, raising cattle, horses and hay. They built a cabin on their property on East Fork of Williams Fork and enjoyed fishing, riding for cattle and hunting.

He loved the sport of team roping. They enjoyed spending 12 winters in Arizona, team roping and exploring the desert. Wes loved the mountains. He hunted in the Lost Lakes area since 1950 and went on several pack trips every year. He loved to visit with people and never knew a stranger. In the last few years, he liked to take drives and watch the wildlife.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Linda, his mother-in-law Louise Fox, his children Cheryl, Chuck, Susan and Mark, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, his son-in-law Kevin, his sister Lois Herndon and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and brother and sister-in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Ann Copeland.

Services were held May 31, 2014, at Hayden High School auditorium. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 7-5-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Steven Dinslage

Steven Dinslage, 69, passed away June 17, 2014, at his home in Lincoln, Neb.

Steven was born January 20, 1945, in Elgin, Neb., to Edward and Wilma (Petsche) Dinslage.

He grew up in Elgin and graduated from St. Boniface High School. After graduation, he attended Wayne State College for a year before moving to Omaha to work in the construction industry, later starting his own construction business.

Steven’s career also included owning and operating a feeder pig operation north of Elgin, later managing feeder pig co-op operations in St. Edward and Bloomfield, Neb. He returned to the construction field after moving to Lincoln, Neb., working for commercial construction companies. He was most proud of participating in construction of the site at the Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park and the Water Treatment Plant in Ashland, Neb. He was working for a Lincoln traffic control company when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, subsequently retiring.

Steven had a passion for fishing, and often took trips to local lakes surrounding Lincoln. For many years, he took an annual week-long fishing trip to Canada with his family and friends, which included his father, brother, Bob, and his son, Jeremiah.

In 1976, Steven married Patricia McMahon O’Bryan in Norfolk, Neb., and they came to live north of Elgin, Neb. They had two children, a son, Jeremiah Dinslage and a daughter, April Dinslage. They were divorced in 1995, and Steven continued to live in Lincoln, Neb.

In 1997, Steven met his love, Pam Leafty and they were married in December 30, 2003. Although they divorced, they quickly rekindled their relationship and remained happily together until Steven passed away.

He is survived by his son Jeremiah, daughter April, and step-children Lori Robison, Tina Crichton, John Crichton, Amberly Newstrom, and Kevin Harrell; two grandchildren, Joshua Dinslage, Devin Bellew, and numerous step-grandchildren. Steven is survived by two brothers, Robert Dinslage and Randy Dinslage; two sisters, Jeanette Wirges and Annie Mower, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is survived by two former spouses, Pam Leafty, and Patricia Dinslage. He is also survived by his “adopted daughter” April (Pfohl) Gertsch and daughter-in-law Harmony (Culp) Dinslage.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Joyce Dinslage, and one brother Glen Dinslage.

Cremation was conducted.

Services were held June 25, 2014, at Lincoln Berean Church in Lincoln, Neb.

Memorials to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. ❖

Wayne E. Vollbrecht

Wayne Eugene Vollbrecht, 84, of North Platte, Neb., passed away June 23, 2014 at Great Plains Health.

He was born May 27, 1930, to Herbert G. and Nora B. (Nicholson) Vollbrecht at Grand Island, Neb.

He grew up in Bartlett, Neb., and graduated from North Platte High School.

On September 12, 1948, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Bailey in North Platte, Neb.

He was employed in various businesses, including, a ranch hand in Chambers, Neb., truck driver and route salesman for Coca Cola, Kitty Clover, Dakota Snack Sales in Rapid City, S.D., Best Linen, administrator for the Moose Lodge and Magic Spray Car Wash until his retirement in 2006.

Wayne loved to fish at the Lake Maloney Inlet.

He is survived by a son, Kent of North Platte, Neb.; four daughters, Marcia (Richard) Fugate of North Platte, Neb., Carol Rudisale of North Platte, Neb., Nancy (John) Flores of Alliance, Neb., and Vickie (Terry Sandstrom) Snyder of Wheatland, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; and an adopted daughter, Peggy Stark.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and one brother, Herbert Lee.

Services were held June 27, 2014, at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. ❖

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