Obituaries

Rocky Mountain Obits for December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 — 

Elma Jean (Marolf) Edmiston

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

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Plains Edition Obits for December 13, 2014

December 15, 2014 — 

LaVern Dale Schneider

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 12-8-14

December 8, 2014 — 

Thomas H. Evans

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

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Plains Edition Obits 12-6-14

December 8, 2014 — 

Monine Elizabeth Mortensen

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits

December 2, 2014 — 

Phylis Ann Brown

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

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Western Slope Obits 12-1-14

December 2, 2014 — 

S. Maxine Backes Helm Pike

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

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Plains Edition Obits 1-29-14

December 2, 2014 — 

Andrew “Andy” Biel

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JT Smith

JT Smith, 65, of Strasburg, Colo., passed away on October 6, 2014 in the Denver Hospice.

JT was born November 10, 1948 in Van Horn, Texas, to Virgil and Mavis (Gossett) Smith.

Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where he received his early years of education. The family eventually moved to the Northwest, settling in La Grande, Oregon.

In 1966 JT joined the U.S. Marine Corps at Central Point, Oregon, completing a tour in Viet Nam from 1968, serving with the 8-inch Self-Propelled (SP) Howitzer Heavy Artillery Group located on the DMV Zone.

After discharge in 1970, he started his family, having two children, a son, Michael, and a daughter Melissa Rae. Melissa Rae passed away at a very early age in 1992.

JT trained as an electrician, acquiring the status of master electrician.

Throughout his life, JT was involed with farming related to the hay industry. JT loved the outdoors and was an excellent marksman and avid hunter.

He settled in Colorado in 2003 where he had to give up the electrical career due to health problems. He then returned to full-time work in the hay industry.

JT is survived by his wife, April (Reposa), his son Michael (Felicia), brothers, Larry (Melanie), Dan (Beth), Kenneth (Lola), Rex, sister, Loreta (Smith) Guthrie, and twins, niece Connie (Smith) Foster and nephew Ronni, and their younger brother, BoDean who were raised by JT’s mother. JT is survived by four grandsons, Shawn, Morgan, Logan, Arron, and two granddaughters, Kalix and Ali. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, and several other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and one brother, James “Kootsey,” and his daughter.

A memorial service will be held at Fort Logan early in 2015. ❖

Douglas L. Ditus

Douglas L. Ditus, 72, passed away October 8, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a long-time resident of Elbert County in Elizabeth, Colo.

Doug was born in Wichita, Kan., on April 20, 1942.

He grew up in Burdett, Kan., and graduated from Burdett High School. He continued on to receive an Associates degree from Lassen Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Fort Hays State College.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, on February 7, 1961, and celebrated 53 years of marriage.

Doug held a number of careers. He started out with the US Geological Survey working on a survey crew mapping the topography of the western United States. He transitioned into working as a livestock buyer for Hormel Foods. These careers required numerous moves; therefore, Doug made a change and began working in lending and banking with the Production Credit Association, Agri-Store, and the Kiowa State Bank.

He enjoyed motorcycling, camping, softball, golf, bowling, gardening and dancing. He was also actively involved in the Lions Club, Republican Party, and clerked livestock sales for the 4-H clubs in Elbert County.

Doug is survived by his wife Sharon; children Tammy Jo (Jerry) McWhorter, Kurt Darold Ditus and Karl Leon (Pam) Ditus; grandchildren Heather and Shawn McWhorter, Garrett, Kaylyn, Graham and Mackenzie Ditus; great grandchildren Addison, Troy and Sadie McWhorter; siblings Gregory (Glenda) Ditus, Jeanette Ryan and Fredrick (Vonah) Ditus; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Lorena Ditus.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Kiowa Creek Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hallin Kiowa, Colo. A private burial took place in Elizabeth Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association - Denver, 2460 W 26th Ave, #500C, Denver, Colo., 80211.

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Kathryn (Kate) Moon

Kathryn (Kate) Moon, 81, long time Platte Valley, Wyo., resident passed away in Houston Hospice October 16, 2014.

She was born December 13, 1932, to Lee and Mary (Faulconer) Depoy of Bethel Township, Fandon, Ill.

She married Jack Moon June 19, 1950. After Jack’s time in the Air Force, they moved to Loveland, Colo., then to the One Bar Eleven Ranch south east of Saratoga, Wyo., in 1958.

Kate was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a ranch wife, homemaker and retired in 2001 as Administrative Assistant at the Colorado State University Beef Improvement Center.

Kate was a member of the Encampment Presbyterian Church, an active elder and past Deacon, Order of the Eastern Star, State and local Cattlewomen, Grand Encampment Museum and past member of the Wyoming Board of Agriculture.

Kate is survived by her three children, her son Mike (Kathy) of Saratoga, Wyo., her daughters Cheryl Moon of Prescott, Ariz., and Peggy Moon of Las Vegas, Nev., Grand children Tonja Moon of Cheyenne, Wyo., Brent (Mandy) Moon of Saratoga, Wyo., Katie (Dennis) Crawford, Regan Palmer, Shannon Tharp and Tasha (Derek) Scott. Her sister, Martha Jo (Badia) Rahman of Houston, Texas, and companion, Bill Mansperger of Coatsburg, Ill. Numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews all of whom she dearly loved.

She is preceded in death by her husband Jack, her father and mother, brother George Depoy, sister Anna Lou Westerhold, grandson Allen Moon and granddaughter Brandy Kay Moon Smith.

A private family burial will be at a later date at the Mountain View Cemetery east of Riverside. A memorial service will be November 1, 2014, at the Encampment School gym at 1 pm.

Memorials may be made to the Grand Encampment Museum, PO Box 48, Encampment, Wyo., 82325 or the Encampment Presbyterian Church, PO Box 745, Encampment, Wyo., 82325. ❖

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’.

He was born May 25, 1924, in Searcy County, Ark.

He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to entering the Army. John served in the South Pacific where he was awarded the Silver Star.

John settled in the Imperial Valley, California, where he managed agricultural operations. He relocated to Delta, Colo., in 1976, but continued in the agricultural industry in the Imperial Valley and foreign countries until his retirement.

Survivors include, his wife, Doreen; daughter, Barbara; son, John and wife Linda of Delta, Colo.; step daughter, Carole of Greeley, Colo.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, three sisters, and daughter, Bette Ruth.

Services were held October 16, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hope West Hospice, P.O. Box 20, Delta, Colo., 81416

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Terry Jick “T.J.” Balbach

Terry Jick “T.J.” Balbach, 57, of Loma, Colo., passed away October 18, 2014 at home in Loma, Colo.

We know he has started his life with the Lord, with a smile and humorous remark. His parents Calvin and Toni were blessed with his arrival on February 9, 1957. From that day forward he inspired every one that knew him to live their life to the fullest, no matter what difficulties they were facing.

Terry made friends easily with his big smile, quick wit, his sense of humor and contagious belly laugh. He was a loyal, caring friend. The best days of his life he said, was spending time with his friends. He also loved children and they thought he was super.

Terry never knew the term, I can’t do it. Unless it came to something mechanical.

He was a “bull hauler” for 25 years and he could take that truck where others were afraid to go. The last seven years he drove truck for Grand Junction Pipe.

Terry enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and was a passionate owner of beautiful horses. And only he could find the oddest dogs to be his buddy.

He will always be in our hearts, especially when we see a beautiful horse or a bull hauler going down the road.

Terry is survived by his mother Toni, his brother Gary and Gary’s wife Kim. Two nieces Crystal Balbach, Brenda Bayless, a great niece Sydney McCutchen, a great nephew Wyatt Brockert and two adopted nephews Capp and Cord Biggerstaff. Also his Aunt Toots Harvey, her husband Sam, his cousin Sami Jo Harvey, and family member Stan Young.

His father Calvin, both sets of Grandparents and his cousin Tobi preceded him in death.

His family asks you to please join them to rejoice and celebrate his life, Monday, October 27, at 10:00 p.m., at Western Slope Cattlemens Livestock Auction in Loma, Colo.

Terry would want any donations made to your favorite charity. ❖

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.

Joseph J. Knott, son of Joseph Peter and Senie Marianne (Peterson) Knott, was born March 31, 1927 on the family farm west of Loretto, Neb.

He attended Boone County School District No. 67 through the 8th grade, Loretto High School to the 10th grade and graduated from Albion High School in 1944.

On July 12, 1945, Joe entered the United States Army and served during World War II as a squad leader in the 32nd Infantry Regiment, until receiving an honorable discharge on January 21, 1947.

On May 28, 1950, Joe was united in marriage to Doris Darlene Fleek at the Loretto Methodist Church. They made their home on the farm near Loretto until moving to Sargent, Neb., in 1968. They returned to Albion in May of 2000. Over the years, Joe farmed and ranched, sold feed and worked as a livestock nutritionist for Walnut Grove Feeds.

He was a member of the Loretto United Methodist Church since May 25, 1941, Sargent Volunteer Fire Department, District No. 89 School Board, and was a member and past president of the Custer County Sheriff’s Posse. Joe enjoyed horses, cattle, the sandhills, drinking coffee and he always had a bag of candy in his pick-up.

Joe is survived by his wife Doris of Albion, Neb.; four sons: Michael (Toni) Knott of Arthur, Neb.; Thomas (Karla) Knott of Broken Bow, Neb.; Kevin (Patrice) Knott of Taylor, Neb.; Ross (Danielle) Knott of Petersburg, Neb.; 11 grandchildren: Sam (Jeff) Guest of Crawford, Neb.; Jennifer (Dan) Dyer of Sutherland, Neb.; Jessie Knott of Arthur, Neb.; Andy Knott of Thedford, Neb.; Lisa (Dan) Neal of Amherst, Neb.; Heather (Kyle) Koob of Blair, Neb.; Edmond (Colleen) Knott of Albion, Neb.; Lane Knott and Riley, Macy and Trey Warner of Petersburg, Neb.; 14 great-grandchildren: Megan, Sariah, and Tyler Guest; Eliana, Kate and Luke Dyer; Kylie and Garrett Knott; Colton, Jasper and Cooper Neal; Kinley Koob; Kade and Kamryn Knott; one brother: Al Knott of Arthur, Neb.; two sisters: Phyllis Michel of Albion and Betty Miller of La Vista, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Irene Bent and Mary Knott, two brothers: Lester Knott and Oliver Knott, and one grandson, Michael T. Knott.

Services were held October 11, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Albion, Neb. Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. ❖

Ardyce A. (Hulsebusch) Dwyer

Ardyce A. (Hulsebusch) Dwyer, 80, passed away October 6, 2014, in Omaha, Neb.

She was born January 17, 1934, in Pender, Neb., and grew up in Lyons, Neb.

She married Edward V. Dwyer on June 15, 1956, in Fremont, Neb., and they lived in Lincoln, Neb., for 38 years where they were members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

She was an active member of the Legion of Mary.

Ardyce retired from Nebraska Agricultural Statistical Service.

She is survived by her husband Edward, daughter, Kathy (David) Volkman, son, Dan (Denise) Dwyer, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren.

Services were held October 10, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Burial took place in Lincoln Memorial Park.

Memorials to Pink Sisters, 1040 South Cotner Blvd., Lincoln, Neb., 68510. ❖

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.

Wendy was born May 8, 1949, the oldest of three children born to George and Elaine (Lockner) Ohlman in Denver, Colo.

In 1955 the family moved to Cherry Valley (Franktown), Colo., where she was raised on the Ohlman family ranch. She attended the Cherry Valley two-room country school where she received her elementary education. Wendy grew up around horses and cattle, participating in gymkhanas and family activities with the other neighborhood ranch families.

She attended Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colo., graduating in 1967. During her high school years, Wendy was active in sports, 4-H, Livestock Judging and High School Rodeo.

She attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., for one year, then transferred to Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo, Colo., where she graduated with a degree in education. Wendy taught PE and Health at Ellicott, Colo., for six years, and coached the High School Girls Basketball Team.

Wendy met Fred at a college rodeo, and were united in marriage on June 4, 1977, in Cherry Creek, Colo. They settled in Douglas, Wyo., and established the Larsen Ranch south of Douglas along the North Platte River.

Wendy placed everyone else’s priorities before her own. She loved all sports, competing in basketball, volleyball and rodeo, and was always an ardent participator. She worked various jobs in town as well as working on the ranch. She had many skills that she had learned and used throughout her employment, but her finest attributes were her ‘people skills.’ Wendy was always willing, helpful and friendly.

Wendy was an accomplished horsewoman, winning many barrel racing and goat tying championships. She was affiliated with a number of state and national rodeo and ranch associations. She shared her knowledge generously with those who wished to become better riders and competitors, including the handicap riding program in Douglas, Wyo. She loved helping the neighboring ranches and friends work cattle. One reputable cowboy stated that “Wendy was the best cowgirl I’ve ever seen on a horse.”

One of her greatest joys was helping others, and she was known and loved for her unconditional friendship to all.

She became a great inspiration to many and an encourager to all. As Fred’s biggest supporter and fan in his endeavors and accomplishments, she made sure the ‘home fires kept burning’ while he was away.

Wendy took more pleasure and pride in the accomplishments of others than those of her own. She was passionate about her horses, dogs, and cattle, all the while embracing life full-throttle.

Wendy is survived by her husband, Fred; three nephews, Tony Larsen, Wade (Ali) Larsen, and Lane Larsen, all of Sheridan, Wyo.; and two brothers, Terry Ohlman and Gary (Michele) Ohlman, both of Franktown, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine (Lockner) Ohlman and Capt. George Ohlman, a renown WWII pilot of Franktown, Colo.

A Celebration of Life was held for Wendy Mae Larsen October 11, 2014 at the Douglas High School Gymnasium in Douglas, Wyo.

Memorial funds in Wendy’s name may be made to the Wendy Larsen Memorial Fund, c/o the Converse County Bank, Drawer 689, Douglas, Wyo., 82633. All proceeds will be used to benefit youth rodeo programs.

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

Herman Schulte

Herman Schulte, 73, of Orchard, Colo., passed away October 12, 2014, in his home.

Herman was born to Joseph and Catherine (Engelhaupt) Schulte on July 2, 1941.

He grew up in Baker, Neb., and married Judy Baker on February 16,1965. They have lived in Morgan County for the last 30 years.

Herman was a son and brother. He was a husband, a father, an uncle, and a grandfather many times over. He was a Christian, a Veteran, and carpenter. He was a great man with more than capable hands and a greater heart. His passions were his family and carpentry. He was loved and will be missed, but he is home now with his heavenly father. There were farewells, but no goodbyes. He has gone home.

He is survived by his wife Judy; four children — Herman and wife Nancy, Julie and husband Rob Kennedy, Keith and wife Diane, Joseph and wife Alicia, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters — Annie Marie Moser, Louise and Robert Johnson, Lucy and Nick Hammerlun, Margaret and Steve Reiser; four brothers — Joseph and Juanita Schulte, John and Mary Schulte, Leo and Sherry Schulte, Jerome and Roberta Schulte.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers — George and John Schulte.

The services celebrating the life and accomplishments of Herman Schulte were held October 17, 2014, at Christ Congregational Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. ❖

Lloyd Lee Dunaway

Lloyd Lee Dunaway, 78, passed away peacefully with family by his side, October 11, 2014.

He was born in Denver, Colo., on April 23, 1936, to Belle and Cal Dunaway.

Lloyd spent his childhood in Walden, Colo., living and working with his parents on cattle ranches. After graduating from Jackson County High School in 1955, Lloyd attended Colorado State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, 1959.

Lloyd went on to serve in the United States Army. After an Honorable Discharge from the military, Lloyd returned to Walden, Colo., and soon met the love of his life, Karen (Sterry) Dunaway.

Lloyd and Karen married, and spent the next 36 years together, until her death in 2001. Lloyd and Karen had three children, and parenting was of the utmost importance to them.

Lloyd owned and operated a large cattle and hay business, known as Dunaway Livestock Company. Lloyd often stated how fortunate he was, to own a business that allowed him the freedom to spend a lot of time with his wife and kids. When Lloyd retired, he moved to Ft. Collins, Colo. It was there that he met Marcia Elwood, and spent many enjoyable years with her, as his companion and dear friend.

During the many years that Lloyd lived in Walden, Colo., with his family, he was active in the community. He served in various organizations, including: North Park Stockgrowers, Woolgrowers, and eight years on the North Park School District, board of education. Lloyd was a 4-H leader, both in sheep club, and shooting sports. Education and youth organizations were important to him. Lloyd was a large donor to Colorado State University Athletics, and enjoyed home football games from his seat in the skybox.

Lloyd was a generous man, who appreciated the small things. In retirement, he loved nothing more than spending summers on his ranch in Walden, Colo. Lloyd would sit on the deck of his cabin, enjoy the scenery, and talk with family and friends all day long.

Lloyd is survived by his son, Lance Dunaway and wife, Brooke; friend, Marcia Elwood; daughter, Rachel Dunaway and partner, Karen Romeo; daughter, Rebecca Wilkinson and husband, Bud; grandchildren, Calee and Troy Wilkinson. Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Dunaway and parents, Cal and Belle Dunaway.

A Memorial Service was held October 17, 2014, at Bohlender Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations will gratefully be accepted by the North Park School District, PO Box 798, Walden, Colo., 80480. Please send gifts by check payable to: North Park Activities. In the memo line, write: Lloyd Dunaway Scholarship Fund.

Friends may send condolences to the family at BohlenderFuneralChapel.com. ❖

Douglas L. Ditus

Douglas L. Ditus, 72, passed away October 8, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a long-time resident of Elbert County in Elizabeth, Colo.

Doug was born in Wichita, Kan., on April 20, 1942.

He grew up in Burdett, Kan., and graduated from Burdett High School. He continued on to receive an Associates degree from Lassen Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Fort Hays State College.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, on February 7, 1961, and celebrated 53 years of marriage.

Doug held a number of careers. He started out with the US Geological Survey working on a survey crew mapping the topography of the western United States. He transitioned into working as a livestock buyer for Hormel Foods. These careers required numerous moves; therefore, Doug made a change and began working in lending and banking with the Production Credit Association, Agri-Store, and the Kiowa State Bank.

He enjoyed motorcycling, camping, softball, golf, bowling, gardening and dancing. He was also actively involved in the Lions Club, Republican Party, and clerked livestock sales for the 4-H clubs in Elbert County.

Doug is survived by his wife Sharon; children Tammy Jo (Jerry) McWhorter, Kurt Darold Ditus and Karl Leon (Pam) Ditus; grandchildren Heather and Shawn McWhorter, Garrett, Kaylyn, Graham and Mackenzie Ditus; great grandchildren Addison, Troy and Sadie McWhorter; siblings Gregory (Glenda) Ditus, Jeanette Ryan and Fredrick (Vonah) Ditus; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leon and Lorena Ditus.

A Memorial Service was held October 14, 2014, at Kiowa Creek Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Kiowa, Colo. A private burial took place in Elizabeth Cemetery.

Donations may be made to American Diabetes Association - Denver, 2460 W 26th Ave, #500C, Denver, Colo., 80211.

The family of Douglas Ditus wishes to thank all those who have made phone calls and sent cards supporting him during his battle with cancer. Please share memories and condolences at HoranCares.com. ❖

Western Slope Obits 10-20-14

October 20, 2014 — 

Willard Proctor

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

He was born to Edward R. Proctor and Bertha G. (West) Proctor in Las Animas County, Colo., and raised in Canon City, Colo., graduating high school there in 1943.

On December 25, 1947, he married Dorothy Ann Venable. They raised six children on the family farm near Delta, Colo.

On March 16, 1954 Willard was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He loved sharing with others his faith in God’s kingdom, the only hope for mankind and this beautiful earth. He loved his wife Dorothy and his children, farming, and his horses.

Willard is survived by his wife Dorothy, sons Wayne Proctor and wife Gloria of Delta, Colo.; Gary Proctor of Delta, Colo.; daughters Sandra Wingfield and husband Steve of Casper, Wyo.; Valenda Scarbeary and husband Robert of Heber City, Utah; and sons Calvin Proctor and wife Joy of Tarija, Bolivia; Robert Proctor and wife Kay of Delta, Colo.; one brother Marvin Proctor and wife Sharon of Tacoma, Wash.; 15 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Bertha Proctor, and siblings Carl Proctor, Eugene Proctor, Clifford Proctor, and Reta (Proctor) Carpenter.

A funeral service was held at October 12, 2014, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Winesses in Delta, Colo. ❖

John Calvin Overlease

John Calvin Overlease, 88, formerly of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away October 8, 2014.

John was born May 9, 1926, to Cecil and Wava (Rodabaugh) Overlease in Loveland, Colo.

He attended grade school in Vona and Denver, Colo.

During WWII he enlisted in the United States Navy, V-6 USNR, Seaman 1st Class. He served in the Philippines and operated a U boat.

In 1947 he married Myrna Smelker. They made their home in Kit Carson County and Evergreen before retiring in Hotchkiss, Colo., to farm and ranch. He worked for the county and road departments. In later years, he saved a snack in his dinner bucket for eager grandchildren waiting at home.

He enjoyed farming, fishing, football, hunting, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After Myrna’s passing, John was cared for by his eldest son/daughter-in-law in Eagle, Colo. He was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church and later the Eagle Baptist Church.

Mr. Overlease is survived by four children; sons, James (Ann) of Eagle, Colo., and Rick (Sandra) of Norris, Mont.; daughters, Janice (Kim) Tribble of Olathe, Colo., and Julie (David) Bonine of Delta, Colo.; brother, Cecil of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; sister, Lila Rahmoeller of Lakewood, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ed, Virgil, and Donald; sister, Donna, infant daughter, Mary Lee; and his love of 64 years, Myrna.

A funeral service was held October 18, 2014, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo. Interment followed at the Mesa View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Care and Hospice of the Valley P.O. Box 1474, Edwards, Colo., 81632. ❖

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.

Frank was born on July 19, 1936, at Ogallala, Neb., to Frank J. and Grace (Hayes) Lanka. He excelled in football and track at Stapleton, Neb., and held the discus throwing record at Stapleton High School for many years. He loved football all of his life.

He served in the United States Army from 1955 through 1957. During this time, he played football for his unit and he drove a vehicle for his battalion commander in Korea.

Frank grew up on ranches near Arthur and Stapleton, Neb., and was in agriculture all of his life. He ranched and drove a cattle truck for several years. He also was a pilot who sprayed crops during the summers near Broken Bow. He had many stories to tell about trucking and flying. Later on he lived on a farm near Grand River, Iowa, and has bought and sold cattle as his profession for most of his life. He strongly believed in business integrity.

He enjoyed telling stories and playing practical jokes. He had many friends and professional colleagues in the Midwestern cattle industry.

Frank is survived by his daughters: Shawn Lanka of Omaha, Neb., and Tanya (Al) Lomeli of Fresno, Calif.; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence (Judy) Lanka of Stapleton, Neb., and Kenneth (Ed) Lanka of Fulton, Ill.; a sister, Lorna (George) Lane of Kearney, Neb., and a sister-in-law, Marian Lanka of Stapleton, Neb., along with many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many friends, professional associates and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Barry Lanka; three infant children; and a brother, Elton Lanka.

A memorial was held on October 4, 2014, at the Russell Livestock Market in Russell, Iowa. A graveside service with military honors was held in Broken Bow, Neb., on Oct. 8, 2014. ❖

Harrison T. Halligan

Harrison T. Halligan, 76, of North Platte, Neb., passed away October 13, 2014, at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

He was born July 12, 1938, to Claude and Edith (Wisnor) Halligan at North Platte, Neb.

Harrison graduated from North Platte High School with the class of 1956 and was later united in marriage to Sharon Goodwin on Feb. 16, 1958, at North Platte.

Harrison was born, raised and worked on the family ranch that was homesteaded by his grandmother, north of North Platte, Neb. His love was his family and he enjoyed his dogs and hunting coyotes.

He got to fulfill his dream and passion by rodeoing, where he bulldogged, roped and hazed for steer wrestlers for many years, and also known for having a good bulldogging team, taking him from coast to coast. He was a lifelong member of the PRCA, NSRA and was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame this past September. Harrison qualified for the NFR in 1971 and 1972.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his daughter, Claudia Coble; his son, Dan (Cindy) Halligan; grandchildren, Sarah (Chris) Wright, Monica Halligan, Travis Halligan, Sawyer (Kegan) Rabe and Carter (fiancé Haley Keller) Coble; a great granddaughter, Hannah Wright; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Claudette Halligan and a daughter, Tammie Halligan.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., October 18, 2014, at the Steer Head Arena, on North River Road, north of Hershey, Neb. There will be an opportunity to share memories of Harrison at the service. Family request casual or western wear at the services. Cremation was chosen.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences may be shared at www.CarpenterMemorial.com. ❖

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.

Ray William Henry was born January 27, 1915 to Frederick “Fred” and Mary Luetta Gerkin Henry. The homestead farm was 18 miles north and a half mile east of Bovina, in Shaw, Colo. Their home was a sod house near Arickaree Creek. Ray was the first of six children born to Fred and Luetta.

Ray attended the Bobtail school through sixth grade until he was needed to help with the farm. Ray often enjoyed sharing stories of his childhood and young adult life on the farm. Stories such as the rabbit drives they had to have due to the rabbits being so numerous that they were devastating the crops and being with his father along a fence line when other ranchers wanted to cut their fence line (e.g., Range wars).

Ray first met his wife to be, Zellah Carter, at a church box lunch social. Ray was intent on winning the bid on Zellahs’ box lunch, wanting to meet this beautiful young woman he had just laid eyes on for the first time. Some other young men raised the bid up to around five dollars, but Ray was determined and won the bid. The rest was history. Ray and Zellah were married at Zellah’s sister, Velma and husband Evan Echternacth’s home in Denver, Colo., on February 13, 1936. To this union were born eight children, Donald, Delbert, Dean, Donna, David, Doris, Darroll, and Darvon.

The first year Ray and Zellah lived with her parents, helping out on the farm as grandpa was away quite a bit working. Ray worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression on projects such as building the Genoa school to spraying grasshoppers and spent time in or near the Limon Breaks mining coal. From 1940-1946 Ray worked for Roy Ewing farming and in 1946 the family moved into Genoa, where he was a loyal and devoted custodian at the Genoa school for 27 years.

Ray was a faithful member of the Genoa Methodist Church and the Genoa Community Church for years. He was a wonderful, dedicated husband, father and grandpa. Ray became a jack of most trades, fixing a lot of things at work and at home himself. After retiring from the school, Ray and his wife worked at the Silver Spur Motel for a number of years. In retirement Ray enjoyed the Senior Center in Genoa and I have been told he was one of the individuals that kept it going.

Amongst other things, Ray enjoyed collecting miniature cars, playing cards, billiards, and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren.

Ray loved the Lord and it was evident in all he did. Ray had the gift of service to others and it was evident in his life. Ray made many friends over his long life and will be dearly missed. Many of the nursing home staff, where he spent the last couple years, were endeared to him, and thought of him as something of a grandfather. It was very hard to see Ray the way he was in his last days, but there is total confidence and comfort that he is dancing with joy and peace now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Ray is survived by daughter in-law, Rose Henry of Genoa, Colo.; six children, Delbert and wife, Joyce of Brush, Colo.; Donna Silsbee of Flagler, Colo.; David and wife, Margaret of Baker City, Ore.; Doris Tolley and husband, Bill of North Pole, Alaska; Darroll and wife, Susan of Tucson, Ariz.; Darvon and wife, Laura of Florissant, Colo.; 20 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, and 40 great-great grandchildren.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Zellah; sons Donald and Dean; daughter in-law, Sharon (Dean); son in-law, Earl Silsbee (Donna); parents Fred and Mary Luetta; siblings Edna, Daisy, Roy, Mabel, Laura, and William, and granddaughter, Rene (Rick) Henry.

Memorials are suggested to the Lincoln Community Care Center P.O. Box 248, Hugo, Colo., 80821.

Services were held September 20, 2014, at Genoa United Methodist Church in Genoa.

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

Cecil C. Krueger

Cecil C. Krueger, 77, lifelong resident of Hillrose, Colo., passed away at his home October 6, 2014.

He was born May 8, 1937, in Brush, Colo., to C.A. and Dora Krueger.

He graduated from Hillrose High School in 1955.

On November 26, 1961, he married Lucille Brunkhardt in Hillrose, Colo. They were married 52 years.

Cecil joined the Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1959. After service to his country, he farmed with his brother Martin until 1983. He was a machinist with Mohrlang Manufacturing until his retirement in 2002. Following retirement, he worked for the Division of Parks and Wildlife and Snyder Farms.

He was a retired member of the Hillrose-Snyder Fire Department and a member of the Hillrose Rural Fire Board for 25 years. He was also a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hillrose and Shepherd of the Plains in Fort Morgan, where he served as a Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Church Council for 50 years.

His greatest joy was playing card games and being with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, and playing golf.

He is survived by his wife Lucille; son Dave of Kearney, Neb., daughter Lorraine Mertens (John) of Brush, Colo., daughter Cristy Dilley (Josh) of Walden, Colo.; and five grandchildren, Steve Mertens of England, Jill Burnett (Daniel) of Austin, Texas, Matt Mertens and fiancé Danielle Harms of Sterling, Colo., and Hannah and Sophie Dilley of Walden, Colo.; brother Arthur Krueger of St. Francis, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held October 10, 2014, at Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. Inurnment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Hillrose-Snyder Volunteer Fire Department. ❖

Dale D. Allee

Dale D. Allee, 85, passed away September 21, 2014.

He was born in Avondale, Colo., on January 21, 1929. He was a lifetime rancher in Pueblo County.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Ila Mae; children Dennis (Cheri) Allee, Deana Kasel, and Donna (John) Levar; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brother-in-law Jack Danielson; sister-in-law Emmie Himes Meek; numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Services were held September 26, 2014, at the Beulah Community Center in Beulah, Colo. At his request, cremation with no viewing. ❖

Lyle Dean Ellis

Lyle Dean Ellis quietly passed away September 1, 2014 at the age of 92 at home surrounded by family.

Lyle was born in Norton County, Kan., on November 9, 1921, to Mary Velma Higgins and John Elmer Ellis.

He lived in Norton with his parents and his brother Chester “Chet” and his sister Lucille. The family moved north of Anton, Colo., in 1930. Lyle attended the Arickaree School and was raised on the family farm where he learned to farm, tend cattle and break and ride horses until he enlisted in the Army in 1942.

A World War II veteran, Lyle served as a tank commander in the 703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion which was attached to the 3rd Armored “Spearhead” Division. He arrived at Normandy on D-Day plus two and fought in military campaigns across Northern France, Belgium and Germany including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his service and was honorably discharged in 1945.

Following the end of WW II, he returned to Colorado and lived in Fort Collins where he finished concrete by day and attended classes in agriculture at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins under the G.I. Bill. He then moved east of Berthoud where he operated a dairy and farmed with his brother Chet. He and Chet enjoyed playing baseball on Berthoud town teams for many years.

He married Marjorie “Marge” Hilton in 1956 and moved to Loveland, Colo., where Lyle and Chet continued to farm and ranch with D.R. Pulliam. Lyle and Marge moved to the factory farm north of Hwy 34 where their first two children, Wayne and Greg were born. Lyle and Marge then farmed and raised beef and dairy cattle southeast of Loveland on Highway 402 where their son Scott and daughter Marilyn were born.

The family was very involved with Larimer County 4-H raising market and breeding beef. Both Marge and Lyle served as superintendents at the Larimer County Fair at the old fairgrounds. Lyle served as the beef superintendent and Marge served as the McMillian Building superintendent. He continued to volunteer at the Larimer County Fair for many years and always looked forward to the steer show each year, especially in recent years as his grandsons, Austin and Dalton, began showing steers.

Upon his retirement from farming and ranching in 1994, Lyle and Marge moved to a portion of the land that he had once ranched and continued to raise cattle. Marge passed away in 2012. Lyle remained on his acreage, living on his own until his recent passing.

Lyle loved his family. He also enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors at his dining room table, attending farm sales and cattle auctions, watching Broncos and Rockies games, listening to country music, polka dancing and riding his four-wheeler.

Lyle is survived by sons Wayne (Tracey) Ellis of Windsor, Colo.; Greg Ellis of Durango, Colo.; Scott (Connie) Ellis of Johnstown, Colo.; and daughter Marilyn (Jock) Visser of Las Vegas, Nev., and grandchildren: Lindsay (Ryan) Elworthy, Jennifer (Trever) Most, and Kyle Ellis of Durango, Colo., Jessica (Aaron) Rozsa of Aurora, Colo., and Austin Ellis and Dalton Ellis of Windsor, Colo. He is also survived by three great-grand children, Kaylee Elworthy and Keegan Most of Durango, Colo., and Brody Rozsa of Aurora, Colo.

He was preceded in death by wife Marjorie “Marge” Hilton Ellis, his parents John Elmer and Mary Velma Higgins Ellis, sister Lucille Ellis Winston, brother Chester “Chet” Ellis and sister-in-law Laurene.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Loveland, Colo.

Donations can be made to: Larimer County 4-H, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524 or Meals on Wheels, 437 Garfield Ave., Loveland, Colo., 80537.

Please visit www.ViegutFuneralHome.com for condolences. ❖

Darwin A. Frei

Darwin A. Frei, 85, of Longmont, Colo., passed away at his home on October 5, 2014.

He was born on July 3, 1929, in Wiggins, Colo., to Aaron and Laura (Mack) Frei.

On September 11, 1949, he married Virginia Marostica in Sterling, Colo. They later divorced.

Darwin graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 1947 and worked for Safeway Stores.

He served in the Army from 1952 to 1956. He then went to work for Shell Oil Company. In 1967, he and Virginia purchased the Mead General Store where he worked until he retired.

He is survived by his children, Tim Frei (Connie Buswell), Julie Kerr (Rob Sakata) and Jeanne Frei; his grandchildren Aaron Frei and Tim Frei (Jeni); his sisters Doris Blubaugh and Gloria Miller (Raymond); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Clayton Frei and his wife Marie, sister Darlene Whisler and her husband John, and his brother-in-law Charles Blubaugh.

A memorial reception will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., at 1736 Atwood Street, Longmont, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. ❖

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 HopeWestCO.org 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.

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

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 TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖

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. ❖

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