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.

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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.

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Plains Edition Obits 7-26-14

July 28, 2014 — 

Glen D. Helberg

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 or the Abby of St. Walburga, 1029 Benedictine Way, Virginia Dale, Colo., ❖

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 6-30-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Doris Roberta Bacheller

Doris Roberta “Bertie” Bacheller, 77, devoted wife, mother and friend, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2014.

Bertie was born November 29, 1936, in Jackson, Wyo. She was the third child of Robert B. Luman and Doris Bailey Luman and grand-daughter of prominent western pioneer Abner Luman. She was raised on the family ranch on the Green River outside of Pinedale, Wyo.

She attended a one-room school house and school in Green River, Wyo., until the fourth grade at the age of eight when she attended Academy of Saint Mary-of-the-Wasatch in Salt Lake City and graduated in 1954. Bertie then attended the University of Wyoming, pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. There she met her love and married Harold I. “Bud” Bacheller, Jr. on June 11, 1958. They moved to Denver, Colo., then raised their family in Arvada, Colo., and moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1979. Bud and Bertie just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

Bertie’s passion was her family. She was a stay-at-home mom, but worked beside her husband in various businesses. At the age of 55 she opened Insurance Specialties of Fort Collins, 10 years later she retired to operate the Luman Cattle Ranch in Wyoming. She actively worked on the hay crew until the summer of 2013.

She was a former member of the Kappa Advisory Board at CSU and Service League. Current member of P.E.O. Chapter G, member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church and many bridge groups.

Bertie loved her family, home and garden. She was passionate for bridge games and her many friends. She was an amazing cook and hostess. She loved holidays with family traditions and searching her family genealogy.

Bertie leaves behind a beautiful, loving family legacy. Her kind, selfless, gracious, caring spirit touched her family, friends and acquaintances. She will be missed more than words can express.

She is survived by her husband, Bud and her loving Corgi, Petie; four children and their families: Harold I. “Bud” Bacheller III (Margaret “Meg”), Harold I. “Buddy” IV and Aidan of Centennial, Colo.; Susan “Susie” Bacheller-Stewart (Dave Stewart), Abigail and Amelia of Fort Collins, Colo.; Charles “Chuck” Bacheller (Kristine “Kris”) of Pinedale, Wyo., Andrew “Andy” and Rebecca “Becky” and his three step children; Linda Bacheller of Broomfield, Colo.; two nieces and two nephews of Lincolnshire, Ill.; brother Abner Luman of LaBarge, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kathryn Luman Madro of Lincolnshire, Ill.

A Funeral Mass was held June 19, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins, Colo. Interment followed at Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524. ❖

Ruben “Rip” Schissler

Ruben “Rip” Schissler, 96, of Greeley, Colo., passed away June 11, 2014 at North Colorado Medical Center.

He was born May 12, 1918, in Greeley, Colo., to George and Elizabeth (Butherus) Schissler.

Ruben was a farmer his entire life as well as a Dekalb Seed Dealer for 20 years. He was elected to the original Home Rule Charter in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby of 75 years; son, Gary (Mary Lou) Schissler; daughter, Norma Thoutt; seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; sister, Louise Sandau; and brother, William A. Schissler both of Calif.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dale Schissler; and siblings, Emma Stephens, Ted Schissler, George Schissler, Pauline Elliott, John Schissler, Molly Reinick; and Dorothy Martin.

A Celebration of Life Service was held June 16, 2014, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contribution may be made to 4-H Youth Foundation in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Philip Wylie Kennedy

Philip Wylie Kennedy, 90, of Pierce, Colo., passed away June 20, 2014, after a brief illness.

He was born to John Wylie and Clara Mabel (Johnson) Kennedy in Bloomington, Ind., November 26, 1923, and was the third of five siblings.

The family moved to Greeley, Colo., in 1926 after his third birthday, and a year later moved east of Lucerne, Colo., where he attended Lone Tree School. In 1936, the family moved to Pierce, Colo., where he graduated from Pierce High School in 1941. Late that year, they moved to his current residence near Pierce, where he resided the rest of his life, except a year in Beaver Falls, Pa., for college.

To the surprise of his family, on April 16, 1957, he married the love of his life, Esther Louise Faris, in Phoenix, Ariz. Philip and Esther were blessed with three children.

Philip accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was a life-long member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Gideons.

Philip loved horses, cattle and the land, and devoted his life to caring for them. He summered cattle in Wyoming and served on the board of directors for the Belvoir Grazing Association.

He is survived by his brother Charles Kennedy of Kerrville, Texas, children Keith (Jeanne) Kennedy of Laramie, Wyo., Ruth (Steve) Falk of Clarinda, Iowa, and Lynn (Julie) Kennedy of Baton Rouge, La.; his grandchildren Kelly Haines, Philip (Joy) Falk, Michael (Audrey Sholty) Kennedy, Joshua (Katelin) Falk, Krista (Chris) Vialpando, Sarah Falk, Hannah Falk, John Kennedy, Sean Kennedy, Eryn Kennedy, and; his great-grandchildren Xavier Haines, Silas Falk, Vincent Vialpando, Karis Falk.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brother James, sisters Martha Searle and Doris Lookhart.

The family expresses their deep thanks to Audry Sholty for her care of Philip during his last days, for Steve and Gale Fiolkoski’s watchfulness over the past years, and Hospice of Northern Colorado for their help.

Services were held June 24, 2014, at Adamson Chapel in greeley, Colo., followed by interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial may be directed to ‘Hospice of Northern Colorado’ in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Johnny N. Hamlin

Johnny N. Hamlin, 43, of Grants Pass, Ore., passed away May 16, 2014, in Grants Pass, Ore.

Johnny was born December 24, 1970, in Boulder, Colo., to John ‘Jack’ and Terrie Hamlin.

He grew up in Colorado, Wyoming and Oklahoma and worked as a carpenter.

Survivors include a son, Jack; his parents; two sisters, Joann Stone and Josie Hamlin; and a brother; Jared Hamlin.

A Celebration of life, open house, will be held Sunday July 6, 2014 at 1 p.m., to dark at the Hamlin home, 26916 CR 44, Kersey, Colo. ❖

Shirley Joyce Baker

Shirley Joyce Baker, 77, lifelong Brush area resident, passed away May 18, 2014, at the Sunset Manor in Brush, Colo.

She was born December 6, 1936, in Snyder to Henry Jr. and Elsie (Bernhardt) Becker.

She graduated from high school in Snyder in 1955.

Shirley married Lawrence James “Larry” Baker on August 18, 1956 in Raton, N.M.

Shirley held many jobs throughout her life, working at the Empire Motel, Southside Grocery, and housesitting. She was also well known for her many years of cake decorating. She served as superintendent of Morgan County Fairgrounds for several years, and taught craft and cake decorating classes at the Morgan County Extension Office. She was a Brownies, Missionette, and 4-H leader for many years, and she continued to be active in the county fair. Shirley also enjoyed crocheting, needlework, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Ron Baker of Calhan, Colo., Kurt Baker of Brush, Colo., Brenda Minne (and Gailen) of Dannebrog, Neb., Kathy Cashatt (and Dan) of Papillion, Neb., and Jerry Baker of Dalhart, Texas; her sister, Georgia Starbuck of Evans, Colo.; her brothers, Gary Becker of Merino, Colo., Dave Becker of Wiggins, Colo., and Mark (and Pat) Becker of Greeley, Colo. Shirley is also survived by her grandchildren, Travis Minne (and Jennifer), and Jessica Wampler (and Brandon), all of Brush, Colo., Samantha Minne of Grand Island, Neb., and Casey (and Jennifer) Baker of Sarcoxie, Mo., nine great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death her parents, her husband; her infant sister, Peggy Becker; and her brother, Henry Becker III.

Services were held May 22, 2014, at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Brush, Colo. Interment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Morgan County Extension Office, P.O. Box 517, Fort Morgan, Colo., 80701. ❖

Barbara Beatrice (Tortorice) Brown-Courtney

Barbara Beatrice (Tortorice) Brown-Courtney, 73, of Rocky Ford, Colo., passed away June 22, 2014, while in the company of family members, at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo.

Barbara was born in Trinidad, Colo., on August 11, 1940, a daughter of the late Angie (Digregorio) and Lloyd Tortorice.

Barbara attended school in Hoehne, Colo., graduating in 1957. She was the Trinidad Round-Up Queen in 1957.

Barbara loved to cook and bake for her family. Her family loved her home made pies and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was always active, involved and on the go.

She was the wife of Charles Dennis Courtney they were married on October 11, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nev. She had previously been married to Olen Glen Brown they were married on September 4, 1958, he preceded her in death in December of 2000.

She worked as a Bus Driver at Rocky Ford School District Rocky Ford, Colo., for 22 years.

She is survived by her husband C. Dennis Courtney of Rocky Ford, Colo.; Daughter Arlene (Kenneth) Schweizer, of Rocky Ford, Colo.; Son Young (Denise) Brown of Pueblo, Colo.; Brother Larry (Christine) Tortorice, of Trinidad, Colo.; Granddaughter Michelle (Matthew) Gardner; Grandson Chris (Ellen) Schweizer; Grandson Andy Schweizer; Step Daughter Maggie Pacheco; Step Daughter Becky (Jarod) Messick; Step Daughter Sara Courtney; She is also survived by Great-Grandchildren: Jennifer & Jake Gardner and Sarah Bleau; Step-grandchildren: Dematrics, Matt & Rheannon Pacheco, Alexis, Zachary, Zander and Abby Messick, Alex and Logan Courtney; Sister-in-law: Norma Brown Conover; Special Friend: Judy Jenkins; Numerous nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband Glen Brown.

Services were held June 26, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Rocky Ford, Colo. Cremation has been effected. Inurnment will be at a later time in the Ft. Lyon National Cemetery, Las Animas, Colo.

Family request donations to Trinidad Round-Up P.O. Box 469 Trinidad, Colo. 81082.

Condolences may be sent to ❖

Cleo Belle Zarbock

Cleo Belle Zarbock, 97, of Ft. Morgan, Colo., passed away June 22, 2014, on the family ranch north of Ft. Morgan. She had been cared for by Betty Longacre and her family.

Cleo was born July 31, 1916, in Banner County, Neb., on their homestead near the old town of Freeport, south of Wildcat Hills and McGrew.

Her parents were Walter A. and Myrtle A. (Jones) Longacre. Her family moved to Brush in 1917, then to their farm and ranch seven miles north of Ft. Morgan on the Wildcat Creek in 1918. Her neighbors called her “Joybells.”

Cleo attended school in a one room country school one mile south of the ranch through the third grade. She walked almost every day. She then attended school in Ft. Morgan graduating from high school in 1934. She got a scholarship to the Colorado Women’s College but turned it down, eventually going to Business School in Denver.

She married “the boy next door” Henry Zarbock on February 14, 1938, in Ft. Morgan. She worked at the J.C. Penney Company in Ft. Morgan and later transferred to Penney’s in Denver. She also worked for the Bowman Biscuit Company, picking crackers off of wooden slats and packing them in boxes, the Farmers Union Insurance Company, the Crosta Sheet Metal Company as a billing and inventory clerk, finally getting a Civil Service job as a secretary with the U.S. Bureau of Mines. She retired with 23 years of service in 1981. Cleo held every office in the Federal Foothills Toastmistress Club, and some of those, several times.

Cleo enjoyed spending time with her family, taking lots of pictures, making candy, crocheting, needle point, counted cross stich, traveling, gardening, canning, and swinging on swing sets with her nephews and nieces.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, sister, Velma Luce, brothers, Laurence and Walter Longacre, and her parents.

Services were held June 30, 2014, at the Platte Valley Baptist Church in Ft. Morgan. Interment followed in Memory Gardens.

Memorial gifts may be made to Freedom to Cowboy Up, at 43510 County Road V, Akron, Colo., 80720. ❖

Western Slope Obits 6-30-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Imogene (Jean) Ione Lewis

Imogene (Jean) Lewis, 89, of Montrose, Colo., passed away June 9, 2014, at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

Jean was born January 7, 1925, in Olathe, Colo., to Tivis and Ethelyn Walker, the fifth of eight children.

She attended both elementary and high school in Olathe, graduating as valedictorian of her class in 1943. Up until she married Tom Lewis in 1956, Jean had lived nearly her entire life on a small farm located on Ash Mesa, one mile west of Olathe.

Jean’s father died when she was seven, leaving Jean’s mother, her brother, and five sisters to carry on without him. Jean took her responsibilities on the farm seriously, milking cows, raising orphan calves, chopping wood, tending the chickens and lending a listening ear to her sisters who always took their problems to her.

Jean loved her family, animals, and her home in Montrose where she lived until ill health forced her to enter San Juan Living Center for the last 18 months of her life.

Although Jean had no children, her nieces and nephews were as dear to her as any children of her own would have been and she delighted in them all. Jean never missed a birthday or holiday without sending a card to each of them, their children, and their children’s children.

Jean enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an accountant, working for three different law firms and Lathrop’s Hardware in Montrose. She spent her last 24 years before retirement keeping the books at Montrose Consumers Oil Corporation. Jean’s work ethic was strong and she was loved and respected by all who knew her. Upon retirement, Jean devoted her time to travel, spending time with her many family members, spoiling her dog, Hobie, and filling her home with collectibles.

Jean attended First Baptist Church in Olathe from her childhood until shortly after she married Tom, at which time the couple moved to Montrose and began attending First Baptist Church in Montrose.

Jean is survived by her sister, Ellen Rose-Scanlon of Monte Vista, Colo., her sister-in-law, Lois Walker of Gypsum, Colo., 14 nieces and nephews, 27 great nieces and nephews, and 33 great great nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, her parents, and six siblings.

Services were held at The Old King James Bible Baptist Church in Olathe, Colo.

Donations may be made to Rosemont Baptist Church in Montrose, Colo. ❖

James Uphoff

James Uphoff, 80, of Loma, Colo., passed away June 22, 2014, in Loma, Colo., after battling health issues.

He was born April 28, 1934, in Savanna, Ill.

Jim moved to Colorado in 1960.

Having worked as a newspaper typesetter, Jim followed his heart and became a rancher. First at DeBeque on Roan Creek, then to other ranches in Western Colorado before making Loma his home.

Jim’s surviving family includes one brother Bob (Carol) Uphoff of Morrison, Ill.; wife Ellie; children Tim (Chris) Uphoff, Jan (Galen) Valencia, Lyn (Bob) Cordova, Brad (Teri) Uphoff; grandchildren, Coe Uphoff, Sunni Valencia, Justin and JC Cordova, Blain and Morgan Uphoff, and also seven great grandchildren.

The family is planning a private service at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to HopeWest or Hospice of your choice.

We all knew

There would come this day

At peace but sorrow

Cause dad passed away

These last years

Sure took their toll

Lost his strength and body

but not his soul

Knowing Dad he would say

Please remember me

The way that

I used to be

Papa worked hard

All his life

To care for us kids

And Ellie, his wife

With common sense, ingenuity

And some baling wire too

It was truly amazing

What that man could do

And when it is time

For us to go

We'll see him

This we know

Because it wouldn't be Heaven

Without our loved ones so dear

Until then we'll cherish

And keep his memory near

So we say goodbye

The best that we can

To the one we loved

A very special man ❖

Plains Edition Obits 6-28-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Kerry Dwight Bryant

Kerry Dwight Bryant, 54, of Kilgore, Neb., passed away suddenly May 15, 2014.

Kerry was born to Sharon (Barnes) and Floyd Bryant in McCook, Neb., on December 28, 1959.

He spent his formative years working side-by-side with his dad and brother on the Box T Ranch in Brownlee, Neb. There he learned his strong work ethic, his even temperament, his love of the land, and his colorful phrasing (which could often be heard later in his life when working cattle or when watching Husker games).

He graduated from Thedford High School in 1978, having been an active leader in high school. According to his brother, he was active in all things legal and possible in high school. He attended college in Hayes, Kan., before returning to the Sandhills.

In 1984, he met the love of his life and his future wife, business partner and best friend, Tara Carver. He and Tara married on January 5, 1985 in Valentine, Neb. They then began their lives on their ranch north of Kilgore, Neb. They welcomed their first of four children, Stephanie Lee, on December 23, 1987. Samantha Rae, January 10, 1990, Dustin Dwight, December 16, 1991, and Drew James, July 11, 1993, completed the family of six. They all worked together to make the ranch successful and prosperous, which was an often trying, but rewarding job.

Kerry was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, rancher, team roper, sports enthusiast, fixer-of-all-things-broken, a tinkerer, and his children’s biggest fan and supporter. He could always be found at his children’s events, be it girls’ volleyball, speech, football, basketball, track, or band, and there was never a more proud parent. He was also very active with his kids in 4-H. No matter the project, Kerry was there to support, guide, and encourage his children. Family always came first for Kerry and since his children graduated from high school, he and Tara could often be found on the road going to Lincoln to watch Wesleyan football games or be at an event for UNL. Kerry was a member of the Kilgore community for almost three decades and loved visiting with everyone, even at the expense of a deadline. He considered the community in which he lived an extension of his family, and showed the same love and kindness for all those who met him. He was a kind man, tempered by time and hard work, who never met a stranger. His passion and drive will be forever remembered and honored throughout this community.

Kerry is survived by his wife, Tara of Kilgore, Neb., his four children, Stephanie (husband Andrew) Bryant-Erdmann of Omaha, Neb., Samantha of Ogden, Utah, Dustin of Lincoln, Neb., and Drew (fiance-Jillian) DeMarce) of Lincoln, Neb. He is also survived by his mother Sharon, of Kilgore, Neb., brother Lonty (wife Rachelle) of Kearney, Neb., and sister Danea (husband Leigh) Biltoft of Spokane, Wash., In-laws Gene (Joan) Carver of Crookston, Neb., And extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Bryant, in 2004.

Services were held May 21, 2014, at the Presbyterian Church in Valentine, Neb., With burial at the Kilgore Cemetery

Memorials may be made to the Cherry County 4-H program. ❖

Jean Hatterman

Jean Hatterman, 90, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away June 17, 2014, in Indian Hills Manor.

Lutecia Jean (Barnica) Hatterman, first born child of Harry and Dorothy (Chrisman) Barnica arrived March 21, 1924, in Ogallala, Neb.

“Jean” attended school in District No. 1, Ogallala, commuting by bus. The first three years were punctuated by many absences due to all the childhood diseases contracted and passed on to the rest of the family.

Being a teacher was her goal number one, so she received Normal Training and then passed the State Examinations. Her first job was at the John Berry Ranch north of Lemoyne with one pupil, followed by 13 years of teaching in the rural schools of Keith and Perkins Counties. Summers were spent leading 4-H clubs and teaching children to cook, sew and exhibit their accomplishments. Jean also worked on the farm and attended Summer School in Lincoln, Neb., to keep her license certified.

While residing in Lincoln Jean met Merle Hatterman. They were married January 21, 1945, while he was home on furlough from the service. After Merle was discharged the couple resided in the G.I. trailer court in Ogallala. They then lived on the Fred Macy farm and after the 1949 blizzard moved to the farm south of Paxton which they later purchased from Grandmother Bertha Barnica.

Jean’s hobbies included horticulture, mostly raising the newest varieties of flowers and learning their proper care. She enjoyed flower arranging, winning many awards. Jean joined the Paxton Garden Club in 1954 and continued her membership. She was superintendent of the Floral Dept. of the Keith County Fair for many years till her garden club assumed the duty under Jean’s leadership.

She was a member of the Ogallala Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Retired Teachers of Keith County, and the Elsie American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her sister Harriet Christensen of Ogallala, Neb., two nephews: Rex (Wendy) Christensen of Keystone, Neb., and Kennen (Kim) Christensen of North Platte, Neb.; and three nieces: Terry Barnica of Westminster, Colo., Gail (Neil) Fischer of Arvada, Colo., and Valorie Barnica of Montrose, Colo.

Preceding her in death was her husband Merle, brother Lynn Barnica, and sister Frances Campbell.

The family chose cremation.

A Memorial Service was held June 27, 2014, at the Ogallala First United Methodist Church. Inurnment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Ogallala First United Methodist Church, Circle Three.

Online Condolences may be sent to ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 6-23-14

June 23, 2014 — 

Franklin Clyde Stewart

Franklin Clyde Stewart, 92, of Platteville, Colo., passed away June 17, 2014 in Greeley, Colo.

Frank came into this world on December 12, 1921. He was born on the Cheyenne-Arapahoe Reservation, close to the Chisholm Trail in Oklahoma, to Washington Franklin and Elizabeth Laura May Awtrey Stewart.

Raised on a farm in Oklahoma, his early memories included helping break horses and mules that everyone else in the community had given up on. Working in his Granddad’s general store in Greenfield Oklahoma allowed this eager and kindly young sprout to serve his neighbors who included Cheyenne-Arapahoe chieftains!

After surviving the fiercest part of the Dust Bowl days, Frank’s family moved to Canon City, Colo., where he finished high school with an amazing group of classmates that still gather monthly. He traveled west to California and was part of the 4th Interceptor Command building Radar Bases.

From 1942-1946 Frank (or “Scuttlebutt” as his mates called him) served our country in the 54th Naval Construction Battalion, Company D, Platoon 5 (the Seabees). He was the Service Manager of all the heavy equipment and built invasion bases along the North African coast. He eyes would twinkle as he stated that his group went in first to get things ready for the Marines! He carried two duffle bags so he would have medicine for his fellow Seabee’s needs, hiking back for the second bag when the platoon took a rest. God spared his life when his commanding officer had him transferred to Army Combat Engineers for the invasion of Sicily for one month. The remainder of his original platoon was decimated. Frank went on to build airbases in the Philippine Islands and was certified and served as a Deep Sea Diver. He also built a Naval Receiving Base for all Navy and Marine replacement people in the Pacific.

After the war, on October 6, 1946, Frank married Ruth Caroline Skoglund, a charming, talented and beautiful young lady who was his sister’s best friend. They shared 67 years of committed love. Frank and Ruth headed to Fort Collins, Colo., to Colorado A & M, (now CSU), to major in Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Math and Chemistry.

He wandered back to California where he enjoyed 10 years as the Landscape Specialist for Forest Lawn Memorial Park with over 2,000 acres of landscaping to create and maintain. While there he was a Board Member and the President of the Southern California Turf Grass Council.

Frank Stewart was always the first to arrive with his family and tools on church workdays. His life showed his deep commitment to His Savior. He sang bass in the church choir while Ruth played the organ, was a Sunday School teacher and both a deacon and trustee.

In 1963, Frank headed back to Colorado to build a new Cemetery in Denver and help start the Rocky Mountain Regional Turf Grass Association. He served as President of this association from 1963-1965. From 1963-1974 he was on the Advisory Committee, Colorado State Agricultural Department for Colorado State University. Frank was on the Weld County Board of Adjustment for 14 years, and on the Weld County Council for two years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of El Jebel Shrine and Eastern Star. As a member of the Greeley Shrine Club, he helped send two teams of Doctors and Nurses to the Shriner’s Burns Research Hospital for a week of specialized training for the North Colorado Medical Center Burns Unit. Frank and his horse Jimm served in the Weld County Sheriff’s Posse. Frank was also a member of the Platteville Lyons Club, American Legion and VFW.

Frank’s favorite hobby was making his “Mountain Man” talks to Colorado History classes, churches and clubs in Colorado and California. He taught and entertained more than 238,000 children and adults, whom he loved.

For 11 years, Frank was a Partner in Emerald Bluegrass Sod Farm and became the owner/operator of Weld LP Gas in 1969, where he made many wonderful friends. His later years were spent enjoying friends and family at his home in Anacortes, Wash., outside Platteville, and in the beautiful Rockies.

Interment was June 21, 2014 at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City, Colo. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Grace Church with a reception to follow at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

John Owen Graham

John Owen Graham, 80, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away June 11, 2014.

He was born on Jan 17, 1934 in Welch, Okla.

John’s family moved to Colorado while he was still a child, he was one of 14 children.

John married the love of his life Elizabeth Ann Sullivan December 13, 1952. They had three daughters, Roberta (Bobbie), Racheal and Charleen. John’s profession was in construction as a labor foreman and a ranch foreman.

John was a strong man who fought for his family and loved, as he would say “The Good man above.” While he fought hard for his life, he didn’t lose his battle, he won his battle. He left a legacy that will be cherished by all. He was proud of his Cherokee heritage, loved his family and God!

John passed on the love he had for animals, especially horses, and the great outdoors to his children and grandchildren.

John is survived by his soul mate/wife, Elizabeth and his children, Bobbie and Rod Wilhite of Eaton, Colo., Racheal and John Beckett of Livermore, Colo., Charleen Mellott of Chamberlain, S.D., and Rick Mellott of Carr, Colo. Two grandchildren, Charity and Stuart Hoar of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., and Austin Beckett of Fort Collins, Colo. Two brothers, Lonnie Graham of Laporte, Colo., and William Graham of Fort Collins, Colo., Two sisters Bonnie Casey of Wellington, Colo., and Hellen Smithers of Fort Collins, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.

He has many family members and friends waiting for him in Paradise.

Services were held at the River of Life Church in Wellington, Colo., on June 17, 2014. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery in Wellington, Colo.

Cards may be sent to the home of John and Elizabeth Graham at 2301 W. County Rd. 60, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524. Friends may send condolences to the family at ❖

Donald Eugene Neal

Donald Eugene Neal, 82, lifelong Ft. Morgan, Colo., resident, passed away June 14, 2014 at his home in Ft. Morgan.

Donald was born March 11, 1932 in Wiggins, Colo., to Glenn and Florence (Carter) Neal.

He married Shirley J. Keefer on July 20, 1952 in Greeley, Colo.

Donald was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying. His family was very important to him. He loved traveling with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Donald is survived by his wife Shirley, one son, David Neal and his wife Sheryl, one daughter, Vicki Messenger and her husband Tim all of Ft. Morgan, Colo., sisters, Sue Mack of Denver, Colo., Alice Hodges and her husband Vern of Denver, Colo., and Jo Sauer and her husband George of Byers, Colo., grandchildren, Mark Neal (Sarah), Marty Neal (Jessica), Cari Messenger (Johnny Freeman), and Lindsey Messenger, great grandchildren, Piper, Raylan, and Tyler.

Donald was preceded in death by three brothers, Gary, Harold and Albert Neal, and his parents.

Services were held June 19, 2014 at the Life Fellowship Church in Ft. Morgan. ❖

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June 23, 2014 — 

Leslie “Dale” Todd

Leslie “Dale” Todd, 70, of North Fork, Colo., passed away June 15, 2014, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Leslie Dale Todd was born to Charlie J. and Johanna June (Carville) Todd on February 21, 1944 in Paonia, Colo.

He spent his childhood and attended public schools in Paonia, graduating from Paonia High School with the class of 1962.

Following high school, Dale honorably served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Dale enjoyed farming for many years. He also worked for IBM in Boulder for over 25 years. Among many interests, Dale enjoyed spending time outdoors whether he was fishing, hunting or camping. Above all, Dale was a devoted and loving father and grandfather.

Dale is survived by his father, Charlie Todd of Paonia, Colo.; one son, Jason Todd of Paonia, Colo.; two daughters, Kelly Todd of Aubrey, Texas; and Michelle Wells of Erie, Colo.; one brother, Chuck Todd of Crawford, Colo.; and two sisters, Sharon Omoore of Crawford, Colo.; and Laura Jean Brinkerhoff of Farmington, N.M.

He is further survived by five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his mother; and one brother, Russell Todd.

No services will be held at this time.

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Curtis Russell Bains

Curtis Russell Bains, 97, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away peacefully June 6, 2014, at the Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center in Paonia, Colo.

Curtis Russell Bains was born to Sam and Nellie (Bucy) Bains on August 24, 1916 in Oplin, Texas.

He spent his childhood and attended schools in Baird, Texas. Curtis moved to the North Fork area in 1973 coming from Sedalia, Colo.

Curtis, a retired welder and rancher, enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his ATV and raising horses, mules and cattle. olo.Curtis is survived by his former first wife, Velva Bains of Castle Rock, Colo.; former second wife, Ruth McDonough of Gunnison, Colo.; one son, Alton Bains of Hotchkiss, Colo.; and one daughter, Pat Hayden of Castle Rock, Colo. Curtis is further survived by his grandson, Cameron Hayden of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; and seven brothers and sisters.

A memorial service celebrating Curtis’ life was held June 21, 2014, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss, Colo. A private family graveside was held at Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss.

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

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June 23, 2014 — 

Jeffrey W. Peters

Jeffrey W. Peters, 36, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away June 10, 2014.

He was born May 11, 1978, in Franklin, Neb.

He attended Cody Elementary and graduated from North Platte High School in 1996. After high school, he was employed in North Platte at local restaurants before relocating to Omaha, Neb., where he worked 10 years in the deli for Hy-Vee grocery.

Jeff was a member of the North Platte First United Methodist Church, Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts of America, and played tenor saxophone in the NPHS JV band. He was a photographer in Western Nebraska Models and Photographers group. During Nebraskaland Days, he enjoyed entering the Hog Calling contest and won 2nd place one year. He enjoyed people, music, fishing, photography and family gatherings, especially with his nephews, Nathan and Brody. He enjoyed good food and sitting around backyard fire pits with his brother, Greg, family and friends. Jeff could bring a smile to anyone’s face with his sense of humor and his positive attitude. His childhood illness helped him to become strong-willed and a survivor.

Survivors include his parents, Gary (Susan) Peters of North Platte, Neb., and Kay Peters of Omaha, Neb.; brother, Greg (Tara) Peters of Omaha, Neb.; two nephews, Nathan and Brody Peters of Omaha, Neb.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Ruth Bower, Dale and June Peters; and his cousin, Zachery Peters.

Services were held June 20, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church. The family has chosen cremation. Inurnment was at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

Online condolences may be shared at, or sent to Carpenter Memorial Chapel, 1616 West B Street, North Platte, Neb., 69101. ❖

Helga Mae Freeze

Helga Mae Freeze, 97, of North Platte, Neb., passed away June 15, 2014.

Helga was born on January 18, 1917, in Hershey, Neb., to Oscar and Minnie (Palmer) Fransen.

She grew up in Hershey and graduated as Valedictorian with the class of 1934. She continued her education with the Commercial Extension Group.

She married Howard T. Freeze on July 31, 1938 in Julesburg, Colo. The couple moved to North Platte where she loved being the caregiver of her family.

She belonged to the First Christian Church, she enjoyed her bowling leagues, the outdoors, camping and fishing.

Helga is survived by her children Butch (Karen) Freeze of Hershey, Neb., and Gerri Lou (Gary) McCandless of North Platte, Neb.; eight grandchildren Jeff (Jill) McCandless of Gothenburg, Neb., Troy (Korene) McCandless of Blair, Neb., Cody (Melanie) Freeze of North Platte, Neb., Leigh King of Roanoke, Va., Kim (Steve) Tatum of Lincoln, Neb., Kelly Wilnes of San Antonio, Texas, Tessa (Tom) Ficher of Blair, Neb., and Wendy (Clint) Bell of Woodlake, Neb.; great grandchildren Samantha (Josh) Thomas, Josef and Kyle McCandless, Jack and Callie McCandless, Andy and John Tatum, Josie, Macie, Cade and Jace Freeze, Taylor and Cory King, Forrest, Emeralde and Jake Weeth, Lyssa Micheel, Concho and Tanner Bell; and great great grandchildren Sadie, Selah, Scarlett, Cooper and Paisley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Howard in 1994; son Jerry Freeze in 1943; daughter JuDee Wilnes in 1994; great grandson Seven; four sisters Ruth Ungles, Elsie Leonhardt, Grace McMichael and Bernice McMichael; and one brother Art Fransen.

Services were June 18, 2014, at the First Christian Church. Burial took place at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church and online condolences may be shared at ❖

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