Tributes for May 25, 2015

May 18, 2015 — 

Alan Dailey

Alan Brock Dailey, 54, of Arnold, Neb., passed away April 24, 2015, at Great Plains Health.

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Tributes for May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 — 

Charles “Chuck” Sis

Charles “Chuck” Frank Sis, 78, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away February 11, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., after complications from COPD.

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Tributes for May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015 — 

Della Lange

Della Lange, 81, passed away March 5, 2015 in Hugo, Colo.

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Tributes for April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 — 

Clyde Cook

Melvin “Clyde” Cook, 80, of Montrose, Colo., passed away April 8, 2015.

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Tributes for April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015 — 

Balyn Keen Brent

Balyn Keen Brent, 65, of Arriba, Colo., passed away of cancer complications on March 28, 2015, in Denver with his devoted family by his side.

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Tributes for April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015 — 

Kenneth Hartman

Kenneth Harold Hartman, 86, of Guide Rock, Neb., passed away November 13, 2014, at his home.

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Tributes for April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015 — 

Nell May Perrett

Nell May Perrett, 95, passed away February 5, 2015, in Wibaux, Mont.

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Tributes for March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015 — 

Duane Clyde Bartels

Duane Clyde Bartels, 82, of Ft. Collins, Colo., passed away March 5, 2015

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Tributes for March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015 — 

Fred Patterson

Fred Patterson, 80, of Erie, Colo., passed away March 6, 2015, in Longmont, Colo.

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Tributes for March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015 — 

Robert E. Nazarenus

Robert “Bob” E. Nazarenus, 82, of Denver, Colo., passed away December 28, 2014.

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Tributes for March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015 — 

William Kenneth Caldwell

William Kenneth Caldwell, 89, of Lakewood, Colo., passed away February 4, 2015.

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Tributes for March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015 — 

Willard Henry Hofmeister

Willard Henry Hofmeister, 88, of Alba, Texas, passed away December 23, 2014, in Sunnyvale Texas hospital.

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Tributes for February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015 — 

Clay Roscoe Claus

Clay Roscoe Claus, 28, of Douglas, Wyo., passed away February 3, 2015, as a result of hypothermia. While hiking his favorite bluff overlooking the North Platte River, the factors of timing, overexertion, exposure, dropping temperatures and heavy snowfall contributed to this accident.
Clay was born November 1, 1986 in Boulder, Colo. He was the first child of David and Francie Claus. His early years were spent on the family farm in Mead, Colo. On May 17, 1989, Clay welcomed a sister, Sarah June, to the family. Clay attended grade school in Mead. From the beginning Clay loved school, and was an eager participant. He also enjoyed Boy Scouts, singing, fishing, hunting, working and playing on the farm.
In 1996 the Claus family moved from Mead to the ranch in Douglas. Although regretting leaving his buddies and fellow Scouts in Mead, Clay quickly made new friends in Douglas. Clay’s middle school years in Douglas found him in band, choir and sports. His love for music was growing. He also enjoyed math, science and participated in numerous math bowls with his classmates.
Clay attended Douglas High School and graduated in 2005. While in high school he was a member of the swimming and golf teams. His passion for music lead him to choir and band. He was part of the elite Hamilton Choir and traveled with them on the Midwest road tour. For two years he was selected to participate in the All State Choir. He was in the marching band where he played bass clarinet. He was self-taught on bass guitar and played in the jazz band and also the pep band. His rich, deep alto voice entertained many. Clay’s drive and hard work led him to Student Council, President of National Honor Society and to graduate among the top of his class.
In 2005 Clay began attending Denver University (DU) as a Daniels Fund Scholar to pursue an Electrical Engineering Degree. By 2006 Clay pledged the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. From 2006 to 2010, he participated as: Greek Council President, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute Graduate, Western Region Greek Association Leadership Conference, Kappa Sigma West Region Leadership Conference, Kappa Sigma Grand Scribe, Emerging Leaders Program and the Community of Excellence.
While at DU, Clay held many part time jobs including: DU orientation Leader, Daniels Fund SHIFT (Scholars Heading Into the Future Together) Peer Mentor, DU making of an Engineer Camp Counselor, Work-study within the Engineering Department, as well as conducting research for flare stacks as an Intern for Leed Fabrication. His Design projects included Knee Rehabilitation Goniometer Engineering and an Algal Photobioreactor. In 2009 Clay traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to the Center for International Studies as part of the study abroad program. He found this experience to be very rewarding and enriching. He learned to surf and stayed with the Mowery an indigenous tribe.
In May, 2011 at the age of 23 ½ his life forever changed when diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He struggled with the onset of this terrible disease and had to leave DU. Although he walked with his class, he only lacked a few remaining credit hours for his degree. His intention was to return and finish. Clay moved back to the family ranch where he worked with the livestock and farming operation. Clay greatly loved all animals and always had a gentle hand with the cattle.
Clay was a hardworking, driven, goal oriented man. No task was left half-done or second class. He was a true leader and an inspiration to family, friends, peers and teachers alike. Clay’s warm and compassionate personality immediately endeared him to all those who crossed his path. He saw the beauty and good in everyone, never judged them and challenged others to do the same. His zeal for life and love for all people lightened their load and elevated their spirits. Every day to Clay was an opportunity to work hard and play hard. He found such enjoyment out of dancing and was especially talented at country swing. “It’s a beautiful day” along with words of affirmation were heard from Clay each day. His life goals were to love and help his fellow man. He was truly a wonderful man among men, and will be greatly missed. Clay is waiting and watching over us in Heaven ready to greet us with his great big bear hug and winning smile. He is a soldier for Christ and a warrior for “Light”.
Clay is survived by his parents David Clayton Claus and Frances Naomi (Jehorek) Claus; his sister, Sarah June Claus; grandparents Clayton Claus and Max Cox; his uncles and aunts: William H. Claus (Lindy) of Arvada, Colo.; Cheryl (Claus) Barcelona (Jerry) of Berthoud, Colo.; Sandy (Claus) Hopson (Bill) of Gillette, Wyo.; Pauline (Jehorek) Fifield (Dean) of Madera, Calif.; Caroline (Jehorek) Moes (Dr. Francis) of Green Bay, Wisc.; Leon Jehorek (Lois) of Paxton, Neb.; Thomas Jehorek and Deanna Wolford of Ogallala, Neb.; Dorothy Jehorek of Ogallala, Neb.; Rose Jehorek; Robert Jehorek (Teresa) of Ogallala, Neb.; Jennifer Jehorek of Arizona; Stephen Jehorek (Karen) of Brule, Neb.; William E. Jehorek (Kristi) of Ogallala, Neb.; David Jehorek (Kathy) or Las Vegas, Nev.; Martin Jehorek (Janie) of Lincoln, Neb.; and Reverend Jonathan Jehorek (Tiffany) of Longview, Texas. He is also survived by the many friends that loved him and were inspired by him; nearly 100 cousins, many of whom were also his dear friends; his Sweetheart, Tiffany Patterson “Tiffy” and his thirteen year old companion, a yellow lab, Clay’s ‘Honey’ Bear.
Clay was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Lois June (Graham) Claus and Lucille (Coyner) Jehorek Brethauer; grandfathers Leo Jehorek and Jake Brethauer; and his uncles, Larry Jehorek and Richard Jehorek.
Services honoring his amazing life were held February 14, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas, Wyo., with Pastor Donnie Holt officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Nicholas Hopson, Erik Buderus, Brandon Werner, Chris Wellens, JT Grainger, Mike Muscatello, Adam Osborne and Ty Boner. His family and friends will be serving as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church; Converse County Search and Rescue; or Bipolar Research for the Cure. All contributions can be mailed to the Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel, P.O. Box X, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 in honor of Clay Roscoe Claus.
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Tributes for February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015 — 

Marie Wissler

Marie Wissler, 95, a long time resident of Monument, Colo., passed away peacefully February 3, 2015, in Allen, Texas.

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Tributes for February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 — 

Bonnie Lou Sorensen

Bonnie Lou Sorensen, 81, passed away, November 21, 2014.

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Tributes for February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015 — 

Johnie Keith Pickinpaugh

Johnie Keith Pickinpaugh, 90, a Converse County pioneer rancher passed awawy November 18, 2015, at the Poplar Living Center in Casper, Wyo.

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Tributes for January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015 — 

Jessie Hawthorne

Jessie Ellen Hawthorne, 95, of Fruita, Colo., passed away December 23, 2014, at Larchwood Inns in Grand Junction, Colo.

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Tributes for January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015 — 

Tab Wood

Tab Gerald Wood, 42, of Imperial, Neb., passed away December 21, 2014, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

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Tributes for January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015 — 

Cornelia V. Nelson

Cornelia V. Nelson, 80, of Loveland, Colo., passed away January 3, 2015, at her home.

She was born May 13, 1934 in Loveland, Colo., to Lyle and Cornelia (Boat) Lafferty.

Cornelia graduated from Loveland High School in 1953.

She married Duane E. Nelson on August 22, 1954, in Loveland, Colo. They moved to Longmont, Colo., in 1955 and they were members of Rinn United Methodist Church.

She was a homemaker and loved to crochet and took great pride in her raspberry patch. She also loved helping her husband on their farm and loved her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cornelia is survived by four sons; Michael D. Nelson, Marvin E. Nelson and wife Lisa, Martin G. Nelson and wife Dyna and Matthew H. Nelson and wife Kelli, three daughters; Margie A. Beard and husband Delbert, Michele J. Nelson and Monica R. Hazy and husband Joel, grandchildren; Benjamin Beard (Tasha), Lori Beard, Bradley Nelson (Crystal), Daniel Nelson, Sarah Carroll (Travis), Lindsey Nelson, Lacy Jo Nelson, Jordyn Nelson, Arielle Bennett, Megan Bennett, Jaiden Lehl, Stephanie Ullrich (Brian), Heather Nelson, Blake Nelson, Luke Nelson, Alexis Nelson, Schuyler Hazy, Caleb Hazy and Dalton Hazy and 13 great-grandchildren, brothers; Lyle Lafferty (Myrna) and Richard Lafferty (Pat) and sister Verona DeRock.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Duane.

Services were held January 8, 2015, at Rinn United Methodist Church with interment at Loveland Burial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel ❖

Patricia Schreiner

Patricia Ann Schreiner, 79, passed away Jan. 2, 2015.

Patricia, or Pat, as everyone called her, was born November 10, 1935 to Cecil and Bertha Perry.

Pat grew up in Denver and graduated from Bear Creek High School in 1953. After graduating she attended Airline Stuartess School. Pat was also a dental assistant for a couple of years.

On July 25, 1958 she married David L. Schreiner, and in 2014 they celebrated their 56th anniversary.

Pat loved going camping and fishing. She also loved bowling, and over the years she was secretary for many leagues. In 1987 she suffered a stroke that effected her entire left side. She would still make dinner for Dave, even if it did take her two hours to peel a potato. She never gave up.

Pat was a dedicated Wife, Mother, Grandma and Great Grandma. She always loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband Dave, daughter Sherri (Jerry) Haffner of Hudson, Colo., son Dave Jr. (Tausha) Schreiner of Brighton, Colo., grandchildren: Jason, Trisha and Jacklyn, step granddaughter Jessica, great grandchildren: Alexander, Christos, Faith and Ariannah.

She was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Bertha Perry, grandson Justin Lee Haffner and great granddaughter Trinity Moore.

Service and burial were held at Olinger Highland Mortuary Thornton, Colo. ❖

La Zora Daughenbaugh

La Zora W. Daughenbaugh, 88, passed away December 23, 2014.

La Zora was born in Larned, Kan., on June 4, 1926, at home.

She attended a country one room school through seventh grade in Western Kansas and graduated from Burdett High School as salutatorian of her class.

She married her high school sweetheart, D.D. on April 22, 1944.

La Zora was a homemaker and helped with the farming and ranching chores. Her hobbies were crafting, sewing, cooking and crocheting. She also learned to play bridge at the age of 80. She volunteered in the Cherry Creek Public Schools assisting the classroom teacher.

La Zora is survived by her children Sharon Ditus, Sandra Kister, Nancy (Joe) Glassman, Amy and Bruce (Debbie) Daughenbaugh; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; sister Thedora Tull; extended family Mark (Erin) Glassman, Tracy (Mike) Braiman, Ben, Alexander, and Evelyn Braiman; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband D. D. Daughenbaugh; parents Ted and Faye Cossman; brother Keith Cossman; and sister Ernestine Crockett.

A Memorial Service was held January 3, 2015, at Horan and McConaty Family Chapel in Centennial, Colo.

Contributions may be made in La Zora’s memory to the American Heart Association, 1777 S Harrison St, Suite 500, Denver, Colo., 80210.

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Kevin Manary

Kevin James Manary, 51, of North Platte, Neb., passed away January 5, 2015, at his home.

He was born September 13, 1963, in North Platte, Neb., to James and Diana (Thompson) Manary.

Kevin attended Hall Elementary School, and graduated from North Platte High School.

He worked on the family ranch in northern Lincoln County all his life. Kevin’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting sports. He enjoyed working cattle with his dad.

Survivors include his father, James (Joan) Manary of North Platte, Neb.; brother, Monty Manary of North Platte, Neb.; and several other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Services were held January 9, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial was at Good Hope Cemetery, north of North Platte, Neb.

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Thelma M. Horton

Thelma M. Horton, 102, of Longmont, Colo., passed away January 5, 2015,.

She was born December 1, 1912, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., to William I. and Margaret Frances (Cullen) Stees.

Thelma moved to Longmont from Steamboat Springs in 1973, she was a sales clerk for J.C. Penny’s for 42 years retiring when she was 65.

Thelma was of the Catholic faith and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Royal Neighbors.

She enjoyed cooking, and was known as the candy lady at the Regent. Thelma was also the oldest newspaper delivery person for the Longmont Daily Times Call.

Thelma is survived by her daughter Cathy Kuhlmann, and sister-in-law Charlene Stees and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son-in-law Ray Kuhlmann, a grandson Doug Kuhlmann, three brothers and one sister.

Visitation will be 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Saturday January 10, 2015 with funeral service to follow at 3:30 p.m., at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Cremation to follow service.

Contributions can be made to charity of donor’s choice and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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Daniel Bauer

Daniel Gottlieb Bauer, 87, of Eaton, Colo., passed away October 12, 2014, in his home.

He was active and involved until his death. Born near Bethune, Colo., on June 23, 1927, Dan was raised on the family farm and graduated from Burlington High School in 1945.

He married Katherine Ann Scherrer on October 7, 1950.

Dan proudly served four years in the Colorado National Guard, based in Burlington, Colo. In 1955, Dan and Katherine relocated to Denver before eventually moving to rural Eaton in 1968.

Dan worked for Agland — first as the Coop station manager and later in petroleum sales — until his retirement in 1989. During his time with Agland, he met and made many friends on his fuel delivery routes throughout Weld County. He achieved several milestones in sales and prided himself on excellent customer service. After retiring, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Weld Food Bank.

Dan enjoyed and excelled at many leisure sports including pool, bowling, horseshoe pitching and shuffleboard. Teammates, partners and opponents alike will remember his genial nature and keen competitive spirit. He was especially enthusiastic about getting younger members involved in the North Weld and Ault Horseshoe Clubs and delighted in teaching anyone interested how to shoot pool. The annual Senior Games at the Greeley Senior Activity Center will not be the same without him.

Dan lived his entire life in Colorado, mostly in the country. He was a steadfast fan of the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos in good times and bad. His children will remember him for his intellectual curiosity and lifelong pursuit of learning.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine; older brother, Walter (Phyllis) of Helena, Mont.; sons Richard (Shirley) of Greeley, Colo., Russell of Denver, Colo., Stanley (Rene) of Layton, Utah; daughters Theresa Bauer of Manzanola, Colo., Margaret Hockersmith of Camdenton, Mo., Tricia (Adrian) Arnold of Kansas City, Kan., and Jeanette Bauer of Eaton, Colo. Thirteen grandchildren will miss him, along with many great-grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Martin and Anna (Bauder), sister Evelyn and grandson Brent Hockersmith.

At his request, Dan’s body was donated to medical science through the University of Colorado. A memorial service was held November 29, at the Greeley Senior Activity Center in Greeley, Colo.

Donations may be made to the Weld Food Bank in Dan’s name in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Rick J. Davidson

Rick J. Davidson, 56, of Delta, Colo., passed away December 22, 2014, at St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

Richard Jay Davidson was born on February 12, 1958, to George and Lillie (Hitt) Davidson.

Richard grew up and went to school in Delta, Colo., and graduated high school in 1976.

Richard enjoyed Tractors and the farming industry.

Those grateful to have shared in his life include, his brother; Duane (Deanna) Davidson of Greeley, Colo.; two sisters; Judy Ashby and Donna Seitz both of Grand Junction, Colo.; Three Nieces; Debbie Seitz, Robin Davidson, and Chris Fuqua; five nephews Rex Davidson, Scott Ashby, Dean Seitz, David Ashby and Greg Ashby.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lillie Davidson.

Services were held December 29, 2014, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made in Rick’s memory to the Delta High School Athletic Department or to any charity of your choice. ❖

Theo Ertl

Theo Ertl, 98, passed away January 6, 2015.

Theo Belle Harriet Hills was born November 12, 1916, in Bellingham, Wash. Her parents were Dr. Carl Clifford Hills, a graduate of the CU Medical School, and Della (Duncan) Hills, a schoolteacher in Sunset, Colo. Theo’s great grandfather Elisha Duncan built the Golden Gate Canyon toll road from Golden to Central City; her grandfather John T. Duncan was a miner in Boulder Canyon and the Ward area.

Theo earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Education from the University of Washington in 1938, and married Tell Ertl on graduation day. Theo and Tell moved around the country before settling in Boulder in 1960.

Theo was a woman with many interests and talents. She was partner in and secretary for Tell’s various business endeavors, most notably his work in the oil shale industry in Western Colorado and later, his revival of Lake Eldora Ski Area, where Theo and Tell lived from 1967 until 1975.

When she wasn’t baking her legendary pies, Theo distributed baggies of her famous peanut brittle to friends and employees. She was an athlete who excelled at softball and skiing, and she participated in track and field in the Senior Olympics into her 70s. She loved bridge club, and was an arts patron and generous community philanthropist. At 85, she volunteered as a visitor to the homebound, folks she thought of as “old people.”

A strong and independent woman, Theo lived alone for 40 years after the death of her beloved husband Tell.

Theo is survived by her five loving children: Buff Palm (Art), Jill Ertl, Jann Ertl (Sandra Holloway), Twig Ertl (Nancy Grimes) and Rett Ertl (Tania), 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and great granddaughter Mia Ertl.

No memorial service will be held.

Donations to The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, 1123 Spruce St., Boulder, Colo., 80302. ❖

Edward John Hoaglund

Edward John Hoaglund, 77, of Rulison, Colo., passed away at home on December 25, 2014.

He was born to Arden and Gertrude (Niller) Hoaglund on August 13, 1937, in Aspen, Colo.

Ed served in the US Army from 1960 to 1966.

On August 10, 1967 he married Ida Lee Nordstrom.

Ed was a kind, generous man who valued a hard day’s work. Most of his life was spent farming in Rulison, Colo., on a ranch he loved. He had a profound knowledge of Rulison history and could always recall significant dates from throughout his life. Always honest, he was a humble man who made many friends and touched many lives. He will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Ida; sons, Charles Hoaglund and Ralph “Dusty” Hoaglund (Candy), and two sisters, Ardis Green and Edith Power. He is also survived by grandchildren, Mike Warren, Scott Hoaglund, Kellen Bowen, Brayson and Angie Koontz, Sean and Samantha, Casey and Luke Roman, and great-grandchildren, London Warren, Strider Warren, Cody Roman, Aurora and Jordan Koontz, and Shoelie and Shyla.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Darrell Hoaglund.

Services were held January 2, 2015, at the First Christian Church. Burial followed at the Rose Hill cemetery in Rifle, Colo.

The family suggests donations be made to the Rifle Animal shelter at P.O. Box 1375, Rifle, Colo., 81650. ❖

Tributes for January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015 — 

Frederick Allen Fick

Frederick Allen Fick, 73, of Longmont, Colo., passed away December 19, 2014, in his home on.

Fred was born in Schleswig, Iowa, to Edwin and Pearl (Higgins) Fick.

He was baptized in Schleswig at Immanuel Lutheran Church on February 9, 1943. The family later moved to Le Mars, Iowa, where Fred was confirmed on April 11, 1954 at Grace Lutheran Church.

He attended Le Mars Community High School where he met his future wife Nancy Wendt.

Upon high school graduation in 1958, Fred enlisted in the United States Navy. He and Nancy married on March 11, 1961. While stationed in Pensacola, Fla., Fred was in a car accident which left him partially paralyzed. Fred and Nancy made their home in Le Mars, from 1961-1965 when they moved to Lafayette, Colo., and began raising and showing quarter horses.

Fred was an active member of Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and served the congregation in many different capacities. He was also a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Survivors: Wife, Nancy Fick of Longmont, Colo.; Son, Clint (Candee) of Loveland, Colo.; Mother, Pearl Fick of Longmont, Colo.; Sisters Judy (Dick) Tucker of Lakewood, Colo., and Jane Vander Tuig of Hampton, Neb.; Grandchildren, Anna, Luke and Joel Fick; many nieces and nephews.

Fred was preceded in death by his father Edwin Fick and brother-in-law Stephen Vander Tuig.

Services were held December 27, 2014, at Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colo. A private interment was held at Foothills Gardens of Memory in Longmont, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. ❖

Karen A. Cox

Karen A. Cox, 68, passed away December 20, 2014, after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

Karen was born to Velda and Paul Morehouse in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1946 along with two sisters Paula and Nancy Morehouse. She remained in the Fort Collins and Wellington area her entire life.

Karen was a very active member of the 4-H program as a member and leader. She was also a community fixture in the agricultural industry of Northern Colorado.

After graduating from Fort Collins High School, she attended CSU where she picked up her outstanding business and accounting skills.

Karen worked for numerous businesses including Centennial Livestock, The City of Fort Collins and Steel Fab before partnering up with her beloved husband in all their business adventures.

Karen was married to her high school sweetheart Larry Cox in 1967 and they forged an unbreakable partnership. Larry and Karen ran a construction company, raised, bred and showed quarter horses and finally started their business, 287 Supply, which will celebrate its 30th year in business this year. From their marriage they were blessed with two children, Paul Cox (Lacey) and Korrie Spanel (Joe), one grandchild, Zoey Spanel and a future blessing to arrive in June.

Karen became mom to not only her children but also became a mother bear to everyone in the community. Most didn’t call her Karen, it was just mom. She was stern, but fair with everyone. Always made sure that everyone was taken care of and she was prepared for any situation.

A celebration of life was held December 27, 2014, at the Vineyard of the Rockies in Fort Collins, Colo.

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Clara Irvin

Clara Irvin, 78, of Hereford, Colo., passed away peacefully September 14, 2014, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Clara was born November 28, 1935 in Madrid, Neb., to Floyd and Lydia (Gartner) Sharrah.

She spent her childhood around the Grover/Hereford area and graduated from Grover High School.

Clara married Wayne Trimble on August 30, 1953, living in the Burns/Meriden, Wyo., area then moving to the Granite Cannon/Ft. Collins, Colo., area.

Clara married Paul Irvin December 14, 1985, at Estes Park, Colo. They spent several years at the Broken Wheel Ranch east of Wellington, Colo. Later they moved to Cody, Wyo., and the last 10 years moved back home to Hereford, Colo.

Clara was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed her goats, sheep and miniature horses. You could always find her in her beautiful yard, garden or in the barn yard.

Clara is survived by one sister, Dorthy Zitek of Hereford, Colo., several nieces and nephews, a son Steve (Roberta) Trimble of Burns, Wyo., a daughter Kathy (Jeff) Schrum, a son Marty Trimble all of Ft. Collins, Colo., three granddaughters and five great grandchildren.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband Paul Irvin, daughter Kim Trimble and both parents, Floyd and Lydia Sharrah.

The family plans a private memorial service in the summer. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits for December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014 — 

Charles Albert Niswender

Charles Albert Niswender, 82, of Red Feather Lakes, Colo., passed away December 18, 2014.

Mr. Niswender was born May 23, 1932, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Cecil Niswender and Fauvette Niswender.

Chuck lived in Fort Collins for 65 years. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1950. In 1951 he joined the United State Army and served in the Korean War from 1953-1954. For his service he received a Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, a United Nations Service Medal, a Combat Infantry Badge, a National Defense Service Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal.

Chuck married Carolyn Joyce Nelson on August 28, 1955, in Fort Collins. They lived in Red Feather Lakes for 18 years where Chuck worked as a Larimer County Road and Bridge truck driver.

He enjoyed hunting and was a gun enthusiast. He was NRA member, and was actively involved with The Morning Star Community Church of Red Feather Lakes.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn Niswender; two sons, Troy Niswender and his wife, Kristi, and Greg Niswender and his wife, Annie; daughter Kim Niswender Morrison; three brothers, Guy Niswender and his wife, Stella, Ed Niswender and his wife, Cathy, and Ken Niswender and his wife, Chris; sister Sherry Kettle; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding Charles in death are his parents, his infant son, his sister, and his granddaughter.

A Memorial Service was held December 22, 2014, at Morning Star Community Church in Red Feather Lakes, Colo.

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David Lee Williams

David L. Williams, 61, of Olathe, Colo., passed away December 17, 2014.

David L. Williams was born to Reno and Theresa (Suppes) Williams on May 30, 1953, in Montrose, Colo.

He spent his childhood and attended schools in Montrose, Colo. David graduated from Montrose High School in 1971.

David married Judy Jo Brown on May 29, 1976, in Montrose, Colo.

David was a member of the Elks club and enjoyed farming.

David is survived by his loving wife, Judy Williams of Olathe, Colo.; one son, Russell Seevers of Olathe, Colo.; one daughter, Vonda and Steve Harris of Montrose, Colo.; and three sisters; Sharon Stowe of Montrose, Colo., Julie Ann McGovern from Upland, Calif., and Barbra Murphy of Colorado Springs, Colo. He also raised his grandson Michael Harris, and is also survived by a granddaughter Maia Harris

David is preceded in death by his parents Reno and Theresa Williams, and his grandparents.

Services were held December 20, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Delta, Colo. ❖

James D. McCarty

James Dougles McCarty, 84, of Delta, Colo.,passed away December 17, 2014.

James was born Jan. 29, 1930, to James and Ollie Belle (Patton) in Collbran, Colo.

James grew up and attended school in several communities around the western slope. He had been a resident of Delta since 1995 coming from Montrose.

He married the love of his life, Mary Annette Porterfield in September of 1954 at Aztec, N.M.

He enjoyed being outdoors, race horses, hunting (especially lion hunting), fly fishing, sheep herding, but mostly the ranching life.

Mr. McCarty is survived by his son; Doug McCarty and his wife Denise of Delta, Colo., his daughters; Vonnie Younger and her husband Robert and Loretta Ray all of Aubrey, Texas, his sister Marie Bougher of Grand Junction, Colo.; nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Services were held December 20, 2014, at the Pea Green Hall in Pea Green, Colo. ❖

Elden Leonard Rathbun

Elden Leonard Rathbun, 91, of Lucerne, Colo., passed away December 16, 2014 at his home.

Elden was born on November 20, 1923 in Burlington, Colo., to Ernest J. and Mabel A. (Goble) Rathbun.

Elden and his family moved to Evans, Colo., in 1934. He attended grade school in Evans and then Greeley High School.

After his education, he farmed until he entered the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theater. He served with the 319th Engineer Battalion attached to General Patton’s 6th Army. After his discharge he returned to Greeley, Colo.

Elden met Florence while he was a cab driver and they were married.

He worked as a butcher for Gettman Packing House in Greeley and then started Pierce Packing and Locker. He bought his farm in 1964, west of Pierce and started feeding livestock in 1969. They moved to their present home in 1986. Harvey and Elden have been business partners since 1970.

Elden’s love in life was buying and selling cattle. He was a man of high integrity and was loved and respected by many.

Elden is survived by his wife, Florence of Lucerne, Colo.; daughter, Jeanette Stewart (Paul) of Pierce, Colo.; daughter-in-law Mary Ellen of Evans, Colo.; four sons, E. Wayne Rathbun, Raymond Rathbun, Harvey Rathbun (Char) and Vern Rathbun (Kristen) all of Greeley, Colo.; two sisters, Donna Hobbs of Evans, Colo., and Twila Beverlin (Bob) of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Wanda Gardner, his son, Daniel, an infant daughter, Arlene Rose and a grandson, Shane Stewart.

Service were held December 22, 2014, at First Assembly of God. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Girls and Boys Club or Weld County Humane Society all in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Plains Edition Obits for December 27, 2014

December 29, 2014 — 

Mary Helen Keslar

Mary Helen Keslar, 91, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 20, 2014, in Louisville, Colo.

She was born November 4, 1923, to Nicholas and Marie Brosius Niesen in northern Lincoln County, near Stapleton, Neb.

She received her elementary education at White Plains country school. She attended Baker Rural High School in Stapleton, graduating in 1940. She taught school at White Plains for two years.

On June 10, 1942, she married Byron Keslar. The couple farmed in Logan County until 1950, when they moved to Stapleton. To this union seven sons and a daughter were born.

Mary was a Librarian of the Logan County Library from 1981 to 2012. Her greatest enjoyment was her family, attending her children’s high school sporting events for 26 years. She loved to play cards and dominos, did crossword puzzles daily and word find puzzles, and loved to read. Family was the most important thing in her life and is responsible for the Keslar circle of love!

Mary was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society, the Twilight 12 Extension Club, Banner Mother’s Club, Senior Friendship, Farm Bureau, and Pitch Club. She has been a member of the Stapleton’s American Legion Auxiliary since 1945.

Survivors include her sons, Roger (Joyce) Keslar of Sun City, Ariz., Larry Keslar of Beatrice, Neb., Pat (Carmen) Keslar, Phillip Keslar all of Hyannis, Neb., Tom (Jean) Keslar of Syracuse, Neb., and Greg (Mary) of Grand Island, Neb.; daughter, Karen Mitchell of Lincoln, Neb.; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Byron of 52 years; an infant son, Nicholas; two brothers; a sister; a son-in-law.

Services were held December 27, 2014, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton, Neb. Burial was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church. ❖

Glen H. Brown

Glen H. Brown, 87, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away December 19, 2014, at Indian Hills Healthcare Community.

Glen was born December 29, 1926, in Ogallala, Neb., the son of Dewey and Isa Marie (McVay) Brown.

He attended Ogallala schools.

He entered the Merchant Marines in 1944. After discharge in 1945 he returned to Ogallala.

On January 22, 1946 Glen was united in marriage to Celia Maxine Railsback in Norton, Kan. The couple resided in Ogallala.

In 1957 Glen started working at his Dad’s pool hall, besides driving truck for a cattle company. Later, he was employed with a custom wheat harvest crew, traveling across the country. Glen continued to operate the pool hall until 1975. He then was employed with TRW, retiring in 1990.

His hobbies included bowling, fishing, hunting, golfing, and blue rock shooting. Glen enjoyed watching sports on television and played baseball in his younger years. After he retired, he especially liked going to casinos.

He was a member of the Ogallala Elks Club where he bartended and helped with the janitorial duties.

Survivors include his wife Maxine Brown, daughter Debbie (John) Foust, four sons Mark (Millie) Brown, Richard (Susan) Brown, and David Brown, all of Ogallala, Neb., and Rick (Kathy) Brown of Cape Girardeau, Mo., one sister Helen Stone of Wylie, Texas, Also 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was an infant daughter Laurie Ann, a sister Verna Mae Mell, two brothers Howard and Edward, daughter-in-law Vyla Brown, and grandson Justin Brown.

Services were held December 23, 2014, in New Hope Church. Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery with military honors by the Keith County Veterans Organization.

A memorial has been established in his name. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits for December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 — 

Sylvia Ruth Byers

Sylvia Ruth Byers, 65, of Longmont, Colo., passed away December 11, 2014, at her home.

Sylvia was born a fourth generation native on December 19, 1948, in Boulder, Colo., to Raymond L. and Verda R. (Coleman) Oram.

She graduated from old Fairview High School in 1967 and from Parks College with an Executive Assistant Degree.

She married Carl Byers in Boulder in 1968.

Living her whole life in Boulder County, Sylvia worked for several companies in the area. As well as being a homemaker she spent much time and energy on 4-H programs, Boulder County Fair Board where she was Past President, church programs, school music and athletic programs and Elks Lodge programs. She lived life full time.

Sylvia was a member of Old Stone Congregational Church, Lyons, B.P.O. Elks No. 1055 Ladies Auxiliary, Extension Homemakers, and past member of the Boulder County Fair Board.

Sylvia is survived by her husband, Carl R. Byers, three sons, “J.B.” Carl Raymond Byers, Jr. and his girlfriend Stephanie Hradecky, Michael Byers and his wife Susanne and William Byers; one daughter, Cherilyn Renee Byers; six grandchildren, Travis, Timothy, Shane, Lillian, Delaney, and Madison; two brothers, Marvin Oram and his wife Laura and Ernest Oram and his wife Beth and sister Marilyn Bernzen and husband Russ.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial Funeral services where held December 19, 2014, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boulder County 4-H, or B.P.O. Elks No. 1055, or a charity of your choice.

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Harold Dill

Harold Dill, 86, of Greeley, Colo., passed away at his home on November 8, 2014.

He was born August 4, 1928, in Gilcrest, Colo., to Jacob and Elizabeth Dill.

He married Dorothy A. Abbett on January 8, 1950 in Raton, New Mexico. She died October 16, 2010.

Harold attended school in Platteville, Colo., graduating from Platteville High School in 1948.

He worked for Public Service, retiring after 30 years. He was the owner/operator of Poudre Valley Honey, known as the “Honey Man” to many. Beekeeping was a hobby for Harold for over 50 years.

Harold also enjoyed being a 4-H Leader and fishing.

He is survived by his sons, James B. Dill and Jerry G (Lynne) Dill; daughter Roxanne E. Dill; brother Edward (Ruth) Dill; and sister Betty (Bill) Silliman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jacob and John Dill; and his sisters, Molly Horst and Barbara Swetzig.

Services were held November 14, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church of Platteville. A private interment was held at Mizpah Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Platteville Museum, 502 Marion, Platteville, Colo., 80651.

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Velma M. Garretson

Velma M. Garretson, 92, passed away December 10, 2014, at her home in the Fairfield community.

Velma was born July 11, 1922, to Thomas and Ora (Clarkson) Moon at the family home southeast of Holyoke, Colo.

She attended the Hilltop School for eight years.

On September 29, 1942, she married Floyd Garretson. The couple had five children.

Velma lived her whole life in Phillips County. She cooked at the Haxtun school and also cooked at the Haxtun Hospital.

She was a member of the Fairfield Covenant Church and she also taught Sunday school there.

Velma had many hobbies such as assembling puzzles and knitting and crocheting. Velma was still living on the family farm at the time of her death.

Surviving her are children Clarence “Gary” wife Judy, Daughter-in-law Janet, Donna husband James Young, Yolanda “Sam” husband Clayton Fetzer and Wanda husband Doug Willam, 14 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great great Grandchildren and many cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Floyd, son Thomas, grandson-in-law Gilbert Fransen, great grandson Chad Fransen, Brother Melvin Moon and sister Fern Miner.

Funeral Service were held December 17, 2014, at the Fairfield Covenant Church in Haxtun, Colo. Interment followed in the Haxtun Cemetery, Haxtun, Colo.

Memorial Contribution may be given to the Fairfield Covenant Church. ❖

Faye Joan McKune

Faye Joan McKune, 74, of Craig, Colo., passed away December 6, 2014, of Ovarian Cancer at her home surrounded by her family.

Faye was born in Craig, Colo., on August 20, 1940, and grew up on a ranch on Wilson Creek near Axial.

She was first married to Tony Angelo on September 13, 1959 and divorced in 2001. She was married to William E. “Butch” McKune on May 1, 2003 until her death.

Faye was a graduate of Moffat County High School Class of 1957. She stated in her Senior Yearbook, her career goal was to become a secretary. Her career path began when she became a bookkeeper at the Moffat County State Bank. Following that job, she became a secretary at the Moffat County Extension Office, then took the job of transcriber of dispositions for the 14th Judicial District Court Reporter. Faye achieved her career goal in 1965 when she became a Legal Secretary for Rodney H. Peck at the Sid Pleasant Law Firm where she stayed employed for 35 years until the practice closed. After that, she was the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Moffat County Library until her retirement. One of her favorite hobbies throughout her life was gardening and she was thrilled to be a part-time employee at Bears Ears Landscapes in her retirement.

Faye was recognized by the Craig Daily Press as their “Woman of the Year” for 1972. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Craig Concert Association.

One of Faye’s favorite hobbies was sewing. She was a 4-H Home Economics Leader from 1969 to 1971 for her sewing group named, “Good Little Stitches in These.” Although, she liked all kinds of sewing quilting was by far her favorite. Faye also enjoyed participating in many activates with her family including traveling, sledding, hay rides, taking camping and fishing trips, and bowling.

Being involved in the community of Craig was always important to Faye. She was elected to the position of Secretary of the Moffat County School Board and served in that capacity for six years. During this time, she and her then-husband Tony Angelo were in a partnership with Tony and Mary Jane Montoya called “A-A Distributors” which served businesses all over the Yampa Valley furnishing hotel supplies, as well as candy and cigarettes for gas stations and convenience stores. Faye also enjoyed serving as President of the Craig Concert Association for over 20 years.

Faye is survived by her loving husband, William E. “Butch” McKune of Craig, Colo., her only child, a son, Tony Lynn Angelo, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; nephew, Mark Angelo (Michelle) of Fruita, Colo.; and two nieces, Annette Estrada of Fairview, Okla., and Victoria Angelo of Denver, Colo., whom she raised as her own children. And sisters Louis Forbes (Stanley, deceased) of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jean Wiesbeck (George, deceased) of Cedaredge, Colo.

She was pre-deceased by her father, Clifford Collom and her mother Edna Collom (Chamblin). Faye was the youngest of seven children, and pre-deceased by four siblings.

Services were held December 20, 2014, at The First Congregational Church in Craig, Colo. Faye’s ashes will be spread by the family at a private ceremony.

Memorial donations may be made to The Craig Concert Association or the Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colo., 81625. ❖

Velma M. Garretson

Velma M. Garretson, 92, passed away December 10, 2014, at her home in the Fairfield community.

Velma was born July 11, 1922, to Thomas and Ora (Clarkson) Moon at the family home southeast of Holyoke, Colo.

She attended the Hilltop School for eight years.

On September 29, 1942, she married Floyd Garretson. The couple had five children.

Velma lived her whole life in Phillips County. She cooked at the Haxtun school and also cooked at the Haxtun Hospital.

She was a member of the Fairfield Covenant Church and she also taught Sunday school there.

Velma had many hobbies such as assembling puzzles and knitting and crocheting. Velma was still living on the family farm at the time of her death.

Surviving her are children Clarence “Gary” wife Judy, Daughter-in-law Janet, Donna husband James Young, Yolanda “Sam” husband Clayton Fetzer and Wanda husband Doug Willam, 14 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great great Grandchildren and many cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Floyd, son Thomas, grandson-in-law Gilbert Fransen, great grandson Chad Fransen, Brother Melvin Moon and sister Fern Miner.

Funeral Service were held December 17, 2014, at the Fairfield Covenant Church in Haxtun, Colo. Interment followed in the Haxtun Cemetery, Haxtun, Colo.

Memorial Contribution may be given to the Fairfield Covenant Church. ❖

Ernest “Ernie” Sorensen

Ernest “Ernie” Sorensen, 94, passed away November 29, 2014, in Fort Collins, Colo.

He was born January 3, 1920, in Englewood, Colo., to Christopher and Minnie (Mortensen) Sorensen.

During the Great Depression, his father Chris, passed away. At the age of 15, Ernie decided he would like to be a Lutheran minister. He spent a year at the age of 16, at the Lutheran seminary in Mo. He returned to Englewood to take a job to help support his mother and younger brother. His first job took him to the Horsetrack Ranch in Red Desert, Wyo., managing cattle and rounding up wild Mustang horses (black and bays only) to be sold to the U.S. Army, Calvary division. Returning to Denver, he received his pipefitter apprenticeship through local union 208.

He married Elvira (Vera) Heimsoth in 1940, in Littleton, Colo.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943, and served in WWII on the USS Lawrence as a ship fitter welder.

In l946, he bought a farm west of Arvada, Colo., and went into a partnership to start Superior Heating Co. In 1949, he went into business for himself and formed Sorensen Heating Co. and operated it until he retired in 1980. In 1984, not ready for retirement, he and Vera moved to Fort Collins, where he worked full time for Grants Organic Farm as a mechanic, keeping everything working from irrigation pivots, truck motors and installing a vegetable washing conveyor-belt system for them.

Ernie was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America,with his son, Dick, for many years in Wheatridge, Colo., where the family lived for 40 years. Ernie and Vera were long time members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Colo., and St Johns Lutheran Church in Fort Collins. They moved into an assisted living home in 2006, where Ernie extended his artistic talent with drawings of all types of birds and finishing them in watercolor. He was honored with a “Memory in the Making” award in 2013. Ernie loved fixing and building things, and was extremely good at it. If parts were needed and not found or available, he would make them. He loved fishing in Glendo and hunting elk and deer with his son and friends.

He is survived by his son, Richard(Leslie) Sorensen of Waverly, Colo., daughter Shirley (Dale) Hinz of Ault, Colo., and daughter Martha (Rolf) Kleeberg of Fort Collins, Colo., five grandchildren, and one step-granddaughter; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Daniel and his beloved wife, Vera of 67 years.

Services were held December 4, 2014, at Olinger Highland Chapel in Thornton, Colo. Interment followed at Olinger Highland Cemetery. ❖

Plains Edition Obits for December 20, 2014

December 22, 2014 — 

Dottie Kramer

Dottie Kramer, 72, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 12, 2014 at Great Plains Health.

She was born March 2, 1942, at St. Mary’s Hospital in North Platte, Neb., to Edward John and Bertha Mae (Kenton) Kramer.

She lived in Stapleton on Harry Well’s farm and moved several different places. She attended school at St. Patrick’s High School for one year and graduated from Stapleton High School in 1960.

Dottie was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Donald Kramer, on January 13, 1962.

She loved working in the Beauty Shop. She had her first shop in Thedford, then worked for Lavade Barker in Stapleton and then opened her own shop again.

Dottie was a very avid bowler.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Kramer; brother, Eddie Kramer; sisters-in-law, Jean Kramer and Twyla Kramer; many nieces, nephews and lots of friends.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Charles Kramer, Dennis Kramer and Gene (Lenora) Kramer; aunts; uncles and many friends.

Cremation was chosen. Memorial services were held December 17, 2014 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Inurnment was at the St. John’s Cemetery at Stapleton.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

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Irma Cornelius

Irma Cornelius, 99, longtime Ogallala resident, passed away December 1, 2014, in Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant, Neb.

Irma Ruth Cornelius was born July 12, 1915, north of Roscoe, the daughter of John and Margaretha (Gosch) Hahn.

She went to school in Roscoe through the 10th grade.

In May 1933 Irma graduated from Ogallala High School. She then was employed as a clerk at Publix Food Store and later at Kildare & Hassach, Buenz Drug Store, and Ogallala Bakery.

Irma was united in marriage to Chancey Cornelius on September 25, 1949, and they made their home on a farm south of Ogallala. They were married for 65 years.

Her hobbies included tole painting, gardening, cooking, fishing and traveling.

Irma was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and belonged to the Dorcas Ladies Aid.

Survivors include her husband Chancey Cornelius and her son Terry (Donna) Cornelius, all of Ogallala, Neb., and her daughter Vickie Cornelius of Glendale, Ariz.; Six Grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were two grandsons, two sisters, and three brothers.

Services were held December 8, 2014, at St. Johns Lutheran Church, southeast of Ogallala, Neb. Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Alzheimers Association.

Online condolences may be sent at

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.

Elma Jean was born September 21, 1928 to Edgar and Mabel Nagel in their home at Prospect Valley, Keenesburg, Colo.

She married Bob Marolf on February 18, 1947, and with that union they had three children, Perry Marolf of Lingle, Wyo., Peggy Brewer (Fred) of Park City, Mont., and Pam Baumgartner (Terry) of Keenesburg, Colo. Elma Jean had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

After the death of her husband Bob in 1975, she managed a fertilizer company that they both started in 1950 in Keenesburg, Colo.

In June of 1978, she married Bob Edmiston and they moved to Longmont, Colo. Bob died in May 2000 and Elma Jean continued to reside in Longmont since.

Elma was preceded in death by her parents, three older sisters, her two husbands and a granddaughter.

Services were held December 5, 2014, at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Longmont, Colo. Inurnment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery Denver, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of donor’s choice.

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Thomas Eugene Little

Thomas Eugene Little, 71, passed away December 4, 2014.

He was born April 6, 1943, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Eugene Emery Little and Helen Edna (Drake) Little.

As a vocational agriculture teacher’s son, the family frequently moved, finally settling in the Fort Collins area in 1946. Tom graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1962.

Tom and Judy Mae Robbs were married in 1967. Two children were born to that marriage: Russell Eugene Little in 1969 and Karyn Ann Little in 1970.

Tom worked on the family farm, and in the oil field, welding, plumbing and construction industries.

Tom was remarried to Janet Elaine Dawson (Austin) on May 29, 1992.

Tom started his favorite hobby in the mid 1980s by allowing hives to be set on the farm. Very quickly the bees became his passion for life; and Little Honey Company was started. Numerous members of the family spent countless hours building hive boxes, tending to the hives, and harvesting honey.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Janet Little; his sister, Mary Anne Morton; his two children, Russell Little and Karyn Little; three step-children, Martin Eugene Dawson, Mitchel Stewart Dawson, and Devani Renee (Dawson) Eckhardt; grandchildren, Nathaniel Little, Kelsey Little, Kendra Little, Glenn Dawson, Andrew Dawson, Padon Eckhardt, Morgan Eckhardt; extended family members and numerous friends.

Service were held December 9, 2014, at Resthaven Funeral Home. Interment Resthaven Memory Gardens.

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Douglas “Kevin” Gebauer

Douglas “Kevin” Gebauer, 56, of Akron, Colo., passed away December 1, 2014 at North Colorado Medical Center of complications due to a perforated bowel.

Kevin was the second son of David and Beverly (Daniels) Gebauer and was a longtime resident of Washington County.

Kevin was a hard worker, good neighbor and friend. As young as 10-years-old Kevin would do chores at 5:00 a.m., before school without prompting. He loved farming, raising cattle, and was fascinated by roping and raising horses. He was an amazing athlete, a winning wrestler and took great pride in teaching other young men to wrestle and regaled whoever would listen of his stories of greatness and excellence. Kevin was strong minded, had a great sense of humor, and was generous to his family and friends. Also, he genuinely loved being a fun Uncle to his nieces and nephews.

Kevin married Vickie Anderson June 23, 1979, and lived Southwest of Akron and had two daughters Christine and Jennifer. Kevin was widowed in 1981. Kevin married Cheryl Foster February 14, 1986 and was blessed with two more daughters Kathryn and Kimberly. Kevin was a stepfather to Kevin Lee Sturch also. Kevin and Cheryl subsequently divorced.

Kevin is survived by his parents David and Beverly Gebauer. His children Christine Gebauer Deniston and her husband Mark, Jennifer Gebauer, Kathryn Gebauer Stencel and her husband Tye, Kimberly Gebauer Smith and her husband Eric, and Kevin Sturch and his wife Casey. Kevin’s grandchildren Tessa Lingo, Paisley Smith and Baby Boy Stencel. He is also survived by his siblings David A. Gebauer and his wife Debbie, Danny and Samantha Gebauer, Dianna Gebauer Arrington. His nieces and nephews Darrell and Dillion Gebauer, Christopher and Kayla Gebauer, Alexandrea and Olivia Arrington and great nephews Aiden Gebauer and Baylor Bryan.

A vigil service was held December 7, 2014, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Akron, Colo. Mass of Christian Burial was held December 8, 2014, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

The family requests any monetary donations be made to the Kevin Gebauer Memorial Fund in care of Bowin Funeral Home P.O. Box 576 Akron, Colo., 80720 to benefit the Akron High School Wrestling Program. ❖

Nancy Ann Orth

Nancy Ann Orth, 70, lost her battle to cancer on December 5, 2014, at her home in Kiowa, Colo., with her husband, brother, son and nephew at her side.

Nancy was born in Ames, Iowa, on May 15, 1944 to parents F. Kenneth Werdel and Dorothy A. Hale (Leonard).

Nancy was raised in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she graduated from Saint Mary’s High School. She attended Colorado State University for two years where she met Dave.

Nancy and Dave were married on July 4, 1964. They started a life together in Kiowa, Colo., the following August, where they established and operated a successful cattle ranch for the last 50 years. She helped work cattle, put up hay, and made sure bellies were full, just to name a few of her many contributions to the success of the ranch.

On top of all this, she was active in many clubs and organizations, was a 4-H leader for many years, and held positions in the Young Homemakers Extension Club. She also loved her quilting and book clubs, and participated annually in many Elbert County Fair activities. She completed her bachelors degree in Computer Science, at the top of her class, in 1992 from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She worked in local and state library systems for over thirty years. In between these activities she traveled extensively both nationally and internationally.

Nancy is survived by her husband Dave Orth of Kiowa, Colo., son Christopher Orth and spouse Holly of Seattle, Wash., brother James Werdel and spouse Patricia of Cleveland, N.M., sister-in-law Avis Werdel and nephew Justin Werdel of Greeley, Colo., and nephew Brandon Werdel of Boulder, Colo.

Memorial Mass and Burial of Ashes was held December 19, 2014.

Nancy served on the Altar and Rosary Society and was a Lector and Sacristan at Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church, Elizabeth, Colo. Instead of flowers we feel that Nancy would prefer contributions in her honor to be made at this church. ❖

Edwin Neal Freeman

Edwin Neal Freeman, 73, of Meeker, Colo., passed away December 7, 2014.

Ed was born on April 12, 1941 to Melvin James Freeman and Bernelda Lorene Thornberry Freeman in Hotchkiss, Colo.

Ed grew up in Hotchkiss and graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1959. Upon graduation, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served with the Pacific Fleet the next four years.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Ed returned to his home in Hotchkiss. There he married Glenna Fae Watson. To this marriage one son was born, Ronald Neal Freeman (Hammond). The family moved to Craig, Colo., and they were later divorced.

Ed made Craig his home, working as a truck driver with local companies, then for Moffet County. In 1977, he went to work for the Colowyo Coal Company as an over-the-road truck driver hauling the crushed coal from the mine to the train loadout in Craig.

In the summer of 1978, there were four new voices on the over-the-road dispatch radio. The A-Crew voice was his future wife, Anna. In 1980, they finally met and the voices now had faces. Ed relocated from Craig to Meeker and they were married in 1981. They bought a small ranch south of Meeker and it has been home to this day.

Ed and Anna both retired from Colowyo Coal Company in 1999, he after 22 years of service, she after 21 years, and devoted full time to their ranch where they have Arabian horses and grow hay.

Ed’s favorite job of all was his last as the Ditch Rider for the White River Highland Ditch Company since 2010.

He is survived by his wife Anna, sister Agnes (Rusty) Crick of Grand Junction, Colo., stepson Earl (Tammy) Stout of Meeker, Colo., two granddaughters, four grandsons, two great grand daughters, and one great grand son.

Ed was preceded in death by both parents, sister Sylvia, son Ron and step-son Carl.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to the Calaway-Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital in care of Grant Mortuary 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colo., 81625. ❖

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.

He was born to Henry and Helen (Braun) Schneider September 5, 1924 at Culbertson, Neb.

He graduated from Hayes County High School with the class of 41.

He was united in marriage to Velma Irene Sullivan on April 20, 1944. They farmed/ranched north of Culbertson, Neb., until their retirement in McCook, Neb.

LaVern enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing the stock market, singing and playing the fiddle. LaVern and Velma loved to travel throughout the U.S. and world. They also went on numerous fishing trips.

He is survived by his daughter, Donna (Jeff) Monroe of Lone Tree, Colo.; sons, Dennis (Barb) Schneider of Lincoln, Neb., and Jim (Nancy) Schneider of North Platte, Neb.; daughter-in-law, Diane Schneider of Windermere, Fla.; siblings, Doris (Jack) Grindinger and Ron (Barb) Schneider; 14 grandchildren, Sean (RoJeune), Luke (Jana) Monroe, Sara (Rob) Proctor, Mark (Erin) Monroe, Mike (Renee) Schneider, Scott (Katie) Schneider, Josh Beach, Jason (Allyson) Beach, Jessie (Alli) Beach, Eric Schneider, Jason Schneider, Jared (Nicole) Schneider, Jess Schneider and Jake Schneider; and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma, son, Russell Schneider; his parents; and a brother, Dick Schneider.

Services were held December 9, 2014 Holy Spirit Catholic Church in North Platte, Neb. Burial was at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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Kenneth Wayne Rethmeier

Kenneth Wayne Rethmeier, 86, of Crete, Neb., passed away peacefully at his home December 9, 2014.

He was born January 18, 1928, on the family farm near Crete to John and Pauline (Kubicek) Rethmeier.

He was baptized and confirmed at Plymouth Congregational Church, where he was a lifetime member. He attended District 87, Red Brick School, through eighth grade.

After graduation from Crete High School he made farming with his father his full-time occupation.

In 1949 he married Patricia A. Thompson. To that union four children were born.

In 1951, Kenny and Pat took over complete management of the family farm and Kenny’s parents moved to Crete. Kenny farmed the land, but his true love was raising cattle. He bought young calves and fed them for market. He did this for many years until he had to leave the farm for health reasons. He, his wife, and family moved to Crete. He went to work for Feed Service Corporation, where he continued working with cattle, analyzing nutritional needs and supplying feed for large ranches throughout the United States.

After working for Feed Service, Kenny opened his own used car dealership. As he neared retirement, he worked for the city of Crete and the Crete Public Schools.

His hobby was coaching basketball and baseball for his grandsons’ little league teams. One of his favorite pastimes was going on long walking adventures with his English Springer Spaniel, Molly.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, sister Phyllis Rethmeier Busboom, daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Jim Prokop, daughter Pam Pospisil, son and daughter-in-law Kenneth Jr. and Nori Rethmeier, son and daughter-in-law Bill and Vicki Rethmeier, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary and Roma Jean, brother John, and son-in-law Steven Pospisil.

A celebration of life will be held December 14, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at Plymouth Congregational U.C.C., 9th and Ivy, Crete, Neb. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 12-8-14

December 8, 2014 — 

Thomas H. Evans

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

Mr. Evans, an army combat veteran of WWII, served as a field artillery forward observer in the European theater of the operation through northern France, Belgium, Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, Alsace, and Germany.

After Army discharge, he attended Colorado A&M College and earned a B.S. in Agriculture.

He worked for the Department of Defense as a training manager in the U.S. Air Force Technical Training School for 35 years.

He was active in the United Methodist Church and was a Scout Master for 12 years.

After retirement he worked as a building contractor and farmed.

Survivors include his wife, Jody (JoAnn) Evans, two sons; Michael and wife Joyce Evans of Fort Laramie, Wyo.; Patrick and wife Patsy Evans of Colby, Kan.; and daughter Kayleen Evans, Md., of Cheyenne, Wyo., along with four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held November 28, 2014. Cremation will be performed with an interment scheduled for a later date at Fort Logan National Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the CSU College of Agriculture Scholarship Fund or the First United Methodist Church of Ft. Collins, in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 620 W. Drake Rd., Fort Collins, Colo., 80526.

Please visit to view Tom’s online obituary and leave message of condolence for the family. ❖

Joan Corsentino

Joan Corsentino, 85, passed away December 1, 2014, in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Joan was born November 29, 1929, in Brighton, Colo., to George and Elisabeth Seader. She was the 11th of 12 children.

Joan was baptized at the Zion Church in Brighton, she attended Tonville Grade School near Hudson and graduated from Brighton High School in 1947.

She married Joseph Leonard Corsentino on December 18, 1947, in Raton, N.M. They resided and farmed in the Brighton area until moving to Wiggins.

Joan was an active member and volunteered at the United Methodist Church in Fort Morgan.

She liked to travel, play bridge, pinochle, bunco, and take care of her yard. She also enjoyed socializing with her friends. She loved her family and they were very important to her, especially her grandson Cody.

Survivors include her two sons, Russell “Dino” Corsentino and wife Sheryl of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Joseph Lee Corsentino of Evans, Colo., two brothers, George Seader of Henderson, Colo., and Paul Seader and wife Paula of LaSalle, Colo., one sister, Elsie Lewis of Denver, Colo., her grandson, Cody Corsentino and many nephews and nieces.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Joseph who died in 1992, sisters, Mary Lehl, Catherine Seader, Christine Seader, Katherine Hessler, Pauline Laber and Lillian Martin, two brothers, Daniel and Robert Seader, and her parents.

Services were held December 5, 2014, at the United Mehodist Church in Fort Morgan. Interment followed in Memory Gardens.

Friends who wish, may make memorial gifts to the United Methodist Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. ❖

Patricia Ann Alps

Patricia Ann Alps, 71, of Yoder, Wyo., passed away November 29, 2014, at Regional West Hospital in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Patricia was born March 6, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of John E. and Marion A. (Olsen) Pritchert.

She grew up in the Chicago area. After high school graduation, Pat attended Colorado State University. After receiving her Bachelor’s at CSU she became a social worker in the Fort Collins, Colo., area.

She met Earl Alps at the El Dorado dance hall and the couple was married November 24, 1965. Together, they raised a daughter Kim and a son Gary.

Pat was a stay at home mother for several years. She then returned to the work force, working at the Budweiser factory. After retirement, the couple moved to Yoder, Wyo., to farm, in 2002.

She did a lot for the community, the 12 years that she lived in Torrington, Wyo. Pat belonged to several coffee groups, a knitting group, a Saturday morning therapy group, the hospital auxiliary, and volunteered her time at community plays. She also kept very busy, involving herself in her grandchildren’s lives.

Pat enjoyed reading, knitting, walking her dog Zoey, and listening to Blue Grass music. She really liked traveling (especially to Mexico). She loved spending time with family and friends (old and new) and she was always willing to try new things. If Pat had a glass of wine, some dark chocolate and a good book ... life was good!

Survivors include her husband Earl Alps of Yoder, Wyo.; daughter Kim (Gary) Hatten of Torrington, Wyo.; son Gary (Cheryl) Alps of Yoder, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Justin Hatten of Minot, N.D., Shelby Hatten of Torrington, Wyo., Jody Severs of Loveland, Colo., Cody Alps of Yoder, Wyo.; and cousin John Johanson of Coupville, Wash.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her grandparents.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 6, at the Yoder Community Building in Yoder, Wyo. Cremation has taken place.

Memorials may be made to the Waggin’ Tails Shelter, the Goshen County Library Foundation and the Hospital Auxiliary. ❖

Elaine M. Blank Shaul

Elaine M. Blank Shaul, 96, of Meriden, Wyo., passed away November 12, 2014, peacefully at the Davis Hospice Center.

She was born March 2, 1918, in Omaha, Neb., to Mack T. and Edna (Sanders) Bland.

Elaine moved to LaGrange, Wyo., at a young age. She attended school in LaGrange, Wyo., and graduated from LaGrange High School.

Elaine married S.A. (Shike) Shaul on April 15, 1939. They resided in the Meriden area for many years.

In February 1975 Elaine suffered a stroke, which left her right side paralyzed, being able to walk with a brace on her leg and the use of a cane. She went to Kennewick, Wash., for rehabilitation. While finishing her rehab her husband Shike died of a heart attack. Elaine remained in Kennewick, Wash., where she had learned to live alone.

In 2006 she moved in with her daughter and husband, Steve and Roberta (Bert) Trimble of Burns, Wyo. Elaine stayed with Steve and Bert until July 2014 when Bert’s health didn’t allow her to continue care for her mother. Elaine then moved in with daughter and husband Gerald and Alyce Krakow of Meriden, Wyo.

Elaine was a ranch wife most of her life. She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers of all kinds, playing cards and sewing. She was a fantastic seamstress, making most of all her daughters clothes when they were in school. She also kept her grandkids in fancy western shirts and jackets until her stroke.

Elaine enjoyed going to all of her grandchildren and great grandchildrens sports activities, school events and rodeos. She never missed bowling, birthdays or holiday activities.

She is survived by two daughters, Alyce (Gerald) Krakow of Meriden, Wyo., and Roberta (Steve) Trimble of Burns, Wyo; Grandchildren, Kraig (Patti) Krakow, Kelly (Renae) Krakow, Kodilyn Krakow, Ken (Lacy) Krakow and Wendy (Clint) Connelley; Great-grandchildren Scott and Tyler Olson, Morgan, Gared, Kayla, Kelton, Kohl and Jalanna Krakow, Jacob, Meghan and Quinn Connelley; Great-great granddaughter Blakeley Olson; Sister Inez (Delmar) May and brother Maxie (Donna) Bland; many nephews and nieces.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, S.A. Shaul, an infant brother, Clyde Bland; and a sister, Ila Bland.

Memorial services will be in the summer of 2015 at Pleasant Hills Cemetery in Lyman, Neb. ❖

Danny James Stoermer

Danny James Stoermer, 34, of Byers, Colo., took his final cowboy ride to heaven on November 15, 2014 at University Hospital in Aurora, Colo., due to complication of the Hantavirus.

Danny was born on May 18, 1980, in Spencer, Iowa, to Larry and Vickie (Ries) Stoermer, the youngest of three children.

Danny’s first four years of life were spent on the farm in Northwest Iowa where his love for animals first developed, Danny loved to play in the feed bunks with the baby lambs and his old dog Blue was always by his side keeping him out of trouble. In 1984 Danny moved with his family to Fort Morgan, Colo., where he started his elementary education, then to Limon, and finally to Strasburg where he graduated from Strasburg High School in 1999.

Danny was an active member of 4-H and showed just about every type of animal, as most everyone knows, Danny loved to rope and could most often be found on the back of his buckskin Truck in an arena whenever he could get by with it.

After graduation Danny attended a semester of college at LCCC pursuing his love for horses through their Equine Management program and his passion for rodeo on their college rodeo team. That passion then led him to Pine Run Ranch with Shane Brown where he learned to train and show Reining Horses.

Danny had a couple of different jobs, before his Cowboy way of life led him and his family to Gunnison where he worked on the Cross Bar Ranch with Bill Redden.

Danny moved back to Byers in 2005 so they could be closer to family and went to work for Bradbury Land and Cattle Company. Danny’s final job was working for Thompson Farms managing the cow herd. Danny was a true cowboy and should have been born a century earlier.

Danny was an amazing husband, father, son and brother and friend to many. He always had an easy smile on his face and a scarf around his neck. Danny never met a stranger and would talk to anyone.

Danny left behind a beautiful wife Stephanie (Paine) Stoermer, four children Breyanna, 15, Madison, 10, Austin, 9, and Tyler, 4. His parents Larry and Vickie Stoermer, Sister Heather (Greg) Magee, Brother Jason (Jamie) Stoermer, In-Laws Peggy and Gilbert Paine, Michelle Paine and Ed, 11 nieces and nephews, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Danny was preceded in death by his grandparents Don and Genevive Ries and Joy and Bonnie Stoermer and his uncle Donald Ries.

A Memorial Roping will be held December 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the James’ Indoor Arena. For more information please call (940) 882-5742.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Danny Stoermer Memorial Fund c/o Guaranty Bank and Trust, 538 US Hwy 36, Byers, Colo., 80103. ❖

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.

Monine was born in Moorefield, Neb., on December 2, 1929, to Carroll and Nona Shaffer.

She attended Moorefield School for 10 years. When the school closed, she finished the last two years of high school at NSA in Curtis, Neb. She went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for two years, receiving her teaching certificate. Monine taught one year at the Curtis Public Grade School.

On August 20, 1950, she married Ivan Mortensen of Curtis. They made their home on the Mortensen farm where they had five children, David, Linda, Jane, Allan, and Sandra. Monine and Ivan celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary in August.

While the children were in the home Monine was a full-time family provider. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at the Danish Ebenezer Lutheran Church located a quarter mile from the farm home. When the Danish Lutheran Church burned down she joined the St. John Lutheran Church of Curtis. She was a 4-H leader, school board member, and a member of the Busy Homemakers extension club. Monine was also active in community service projects, serving on the Medical Board, and Easter Pageant publicity committee. Monine was instrumental in establishing ambulance service in the community, serving as an EMT and ambulance driver. She was also a correspondent writer for the Curtis Enterprise, North Platte Telegraph and The Tri-City Tribune.

At Christmas, Monine loved to dress up as Santa Claus and deliver plates of cookies to families in the community. After the children left the home for teaching, nursing, and farm jobs, Monine began working at the Moorefield Nursery. She started as a planter then worked in several nursery departments including plant sales for Nebraska and neighboring states throughout her career. From 1988 to 2007 she drove a school bus for the Medicine Valley School District. Monine transported special needs children to the McCook Special Education facility where she also worked as a para-educator. Later she enjoyed driving a local route. Monine was also a substitute teacher in the Medicine Valley School district for many years. Monine and Ivan enjoyed supporting their grandchildren’s school activities.

Monine is survived by her husband Ivan of the home, children David (Colleen) Mortensen of Curtis, Neb.; Linda (Mick) Glaze of Oberlin, Kan.; Jane (Gene) Burton of Norton, Kan.; Allan (Kim) Mortensen of Curtis, Neb.; and Sandra (Pat) Messersmith of Maywood, Neb.; 15 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren; and one brother, George (Marilou) Shaffer of Capitan, N.M.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll and Nona Shaffer, in-laws Pete and Alice Mortensen, brothers James and Jack Shaffer and 16-month-old grandchild Orin Glaze.

Services were held December 4, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Curtis, Neb. Interment followed in the Curtis Cemetery, Curtis, Neb.

A memorial has been established for the Frontier County Ambulance. ❖

Lucille Cross

Lucille Cross, 94, longtime Arthur County resident, passed awat November 28, 2014, at Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant, Neb.

Anna Lucille Monhart was born March 15, 1920, at the homestead southeast of Arthur, Neb., in “Bohemian Valley” to Joseph F. and Winnie F. (Stafford) Monhart.

She attended grade school in District 1, graduating from Arthur County High School in 1938. Lucille graduated from the School of Business in Grand Island where she met and married Billy Hill. The couple later divorced.

She married Jean Cross in 1947. They lived in Arthur for several years before moving to California, then Oregon for a year before settling back in Arthur County for the duration of her life. The final nine months were spent in the nursing home in Grant, Neb., where she cultivated rich friendships with residents and staff who declared she was the “sunshine” of the place and made coming to work a pleasure.

Lucille was proud of her country upbringing and shared many stories of milking the family’s 15 cows twice a day, walking over the sandhills a mile to their country school and enjoying life to the fullest with her siblings even through the Depression years. Lucille accompanied her father’s fiddling on the piano for many dances and community occasions. She left her artistic mark in the Sandhill region through her paintings and later in her personalized signs that graced businesses and ranches far beyond Arthur County. Lucille never met a tree she didn’t love. She made it her mission to create an oasis of colorful shade for others to enjoy. An avid seamstress, Lucille sewed exquisite gowns, men’s suits, coats and costumes, many times creating the patterns herself by simply looking at a sketch. Although her hearing diminished measurably the last part of her life, she lovingly welcomed visitors with a cup of coffee, a meal and bed if needed.

She was a member of the Arthur Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son Joe Cross of Arthur, Neb., and three daughters: Bonnie Jean Nutt of College Station, Texas; Judy Ann (Jeffrey) Little of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Mary Jane (Richard) Oliver of Maryville, Mo. One sister Frances Loveless of Tracy, Calif., also nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband, her parents, her siblings Betty, Billy, and Bonnie.

Services will be December 6, 2014, at 11 a.m., in the Arthur Baptist Church. Interment is in the Arthur Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to the Arthur Baptist Church.

Online Condolences may be sent to

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.

Phylis was born November 28, 1936, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Forest and Clara (Schaupdach) Huston.

The family moved to Grand Island, Neb., when she was a baby, Phylis graduated from Grand Island High School in 1955.

Engaged to Robert Brown in her junior year of high school and immediately following graduation on June 24, 1955 they were married and Phylis began her career as a navy wife. Later that year as a young woman of 19 she packed her bags got on the train and joined her husband in San Diego, Calif.

The following 23 years were spent as wife, mother and often father to their two children. Phylis often stated that wherever the navy took them was home and she and the children would go and they did. After moving nine times they settled in Mystic, Conn., for 15 years their last move taking them to Johnstown, Colo., to enjoy her Golden years which unfortunately were cut short by cancer.

During the navy years Phylis started volunteering for the Red Cross and was honored in National City, Calif., for her service as chairman of the motor service, taught Sunday school in Sioux City, Iowa, was a member of the Morningside Eastern Star as well as a Girl Scout leader. When in Hawaii her time was spent as a Red Cross volunteer meeting the early morning MedVac flights of injured Vietnam servicemen while doing this she had a first-hand look at the returning Apollo 11 capsule after being retrieved from the Pacific Ocean. While Robert was at sea she learned to play golf and her son Steven would often accompany her, she taught him to play left handed like her. Their military tour also took them to Italy with many amazing once in a life time events for a Nebraska farm girl. The last duty station being Groton, Conn., Phylis started her next adventures. Phylis received her 15 year pin from the Red Cross, drove a school bus, Mystic Color Lab: photo reprint operator, Mystic Aquarium Gift shop, Ladies wear retailer and Hallmark Card and Gift shop. While at Mystic Color Lab, Phylis drove a mini bus sponsored by the Color Lab transporting tourists around Mystic, Conn.

During the next stage of her life Phylis and husband took to camping with National Camping Travelers taking them from shore to shore. An especially enjoyable trip was from Connecticut to Alaska along the ALCAN Highway. When finally moving to Colorado, they built a home in Johnstown with a requirement by Phylis that the front window face the mountains. Shortly after arriving Phylis joined UMC Johnstown and became treasurer of Circle of Hope. As an early morning riser Phylis spent many a day while undergoing chemo watching the “Sunshine” start to reveal the purple mountainside, this along with the many birds that visited the bird feeders.

Phylis is survived by her husband, Robert Brown of Johnstown, Colo.; daughter Roberta (Brown) Bushwack and husband Alan of Mystic, Conn.; son Steven and wife Laura Brown of Worland, Wyo.; grandsons: Alexander and wife Wendy of Albuquerque, N.M., and Nicholas Brown of Laramie, Wyo.; granddaughter Crystal of Worland, Wyo.; great granddaughter Stephanie Rose of Abuquerque, N.M.; brother John Huston wife Phyllis of Loveland, Colo.; paternal Aunt Helen Erion of Sturgis, S.D.; Daughter-in-laws Cleda and Frank Bushwack of Oakdale, Conn.; Son-in-laws Kay and John Dooley of Torrington, Wyo.; Robert’s two sisters and their families.

A celebration of life service was held September 27, 2014 at UMC Johnstown in Johnstown, Colo.

Contributions can be made to support Circle of Hope or Children’s Education and sent to UMC Johstown c/o Phylis Brown, 108 King St, Johnstown, Colo., 80534. ❖

Elmer F. Hergenreder

Elmer F. Hergenreder, 83, of Longmont, Colo., passed away November 20, 2014, at LifeCare Center of Longmont.

Elmer was born on September 17, 1931, in Longmont, Colo., to Jacob and Anna (Hergenreter) Hergenreder.

Elmer served in the U.S. Army.

He married Betty Becker on November 20, 1955 in Greeley, Colo.

Elmer was born, raised and farmed the family farm in the Longmont area his entire life.

Elmer was a member of Christ Congregational Church.

Elmer enjoyed farming and feeding cattle, dancing on the weekends and spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.

Elmer is survived by his sons Jerry Hergenreder (Tricia) and Jim Hergenreder (Cindy), both of Longmont, Colo., grandchildren Justin, Jerilyn, Jordan and Joshua, and brother Ed Hergenreder along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, brothers Jake, Henry, Reuben, Harry, Adam, Andrew, John and Ben and sisters Esther, Flora, Helen and Katy.

Services were held November 25, 2014, at Christ Congregational Church. Burial was at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Congregational Church in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

Visit to share condolences. ❖

Elmer Floyd Kembel

Elmer Floyd Kembel, 86, passed away November 23, 2014, at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo.

He was born May 2, 1928, in Ft. Morgan, Colo., to Conrad and Marie (Schreiner) Kembel.

He married Lois V. Nichols on June 5, 1949, in Ft. Morgan, Colo. Together they raised their five children on the farm. He loved his family dearly and they were very important to him. His grandchildren were the light of his life.

Elmer accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and lived his life in a way to honor his Savior.

He was a charter member of the Grace Bible Church where he was a deacon and taught Sunday school for many years.

He was unusually gifted mechanically and used this ability throughout his life. He excelled at quarter mile racing as well as stock car racing, and at age 57, he got his pilot’s license and owned and flew his own plane. Elmer had a kind heart, and he was generous to a fault, always helping those in need.

Survivors include, sons, Cary Kembel and wife Patricia of Snyder, Colo., Dave Kembel and wife Cheryl of Akron, Colo., and Scott Kembel and wife Joyce of Brush, Colo., daughters, Janice Brandt and husband Steve of Keenesburg and Wendy Kroskob and husband Jeff of Brush, Colo., one brother, Marvin Kembel of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and one sister Shirley Windsheimer of Brush, Colo., 14 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Elmer was preceded in death by his wife Lois, who died in 2010, a granddaughter, Amberly Kroskob, one sister Marge Sagel, one brother, Kenneth Kembel, and his parents.

Funeral Services will be November 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at the Snyder Bible Church in Snyder, Colo. Interment will follow in Brush Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial Gifts may be made to the Riverview Christian School. ❖

Calvin King Fogg

Calvin King Fogg, 71, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away November 20, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Calvin was born September 17, 1943, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Dean and Mary Fogg and grew up on the family dairy farm east of Cheyenne.

Calvin was a 1961 graduate of Cheyenne High School.

He met his wife, Laurell Miskimins, at the Wyoming State Fair and they were married on September 11, 1965.

Calvin will be remembered as a very active member of numerous organizations, including CFD, Sheriff’s Posse, and Laramie County Fair Board. He enjoyed hosting family picnics and was famous for his milk can dinners.

Calvin ran the family dairy farm in Carpenter, Wyo., and worked for the Wyoming Air National Guard. During his national guard service, he received numerous awards and served five tours in the Persian Gulf.

Calvin is survived by his loving wife, Laurell Fogg of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three sons, Brand Fogg and wife Renee, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Chad Fogg and wife Kate, of Carpenter, Wyo., and Kory Fogg and wife Julie, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a brother, Dennis Fogg of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two sisters, Diane Humphrey and husband, Floyd, of LaGrange, Wyo., and Janet Shatto and husband, Gary, of Douglas, Wyo.; and seven grandchildren, Elijah, Madeline Grace, Hayden, Ryan, Daniel, Ellen, and Kara Fogg.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three grandparents, Eunice Cornish, Ira and Ida Fogg.

A memory service was held November 26, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church. Interment was at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. ❖

Thomas William Hackleman

Thomas William Hackleman of Cowdrey, Colo., passed away at home on November 20, 2014.
Tom was born on December 18, 1944, in Greeley, Colo., to William and Ethel (Payne) Hackleman, the first of three children.
When Tom was about four, the family joined Ethel’s parents on their North Park Ranch near Cowdrey, Colo. Here, Tom developed a basic love for ranch life and cattle. Later, Tom’s parents leased the Cowdrey ranch and moved to a farm in Bellvue, Colo.
He attended Cache La Poudre schools and spent two years in Uncle Sam’s Army down south in Texas. After his Army duty, Tom returned to Fort Collins, Colo., working at Woodward Governor long enough to save money to buy his own cows. Along with his cows, Tom returned to Cowdrey and the family ranch where he has remained for 44 years. During those years, Tom found and married Carol, his true love.
Tom has been active in and is a past president of the North Park Stockgrowers Association. He also served in many capacities on the North Park Soil Conservation Board and has served the North Park community and agriculture industry in multiple roles.
Tom is survived by his wife, Carol; a stepdaughter, Tambria Kelley, her children: Matthew (Brienne), Bradford (Lucinda), Amy (Adam), and grandchildren; a stepson, Timothy Kelley (Denise), and their children: Kristalynne (Marc), Sean, Cherese, Paul, and a grandchild; a sister, Jean Olson (Michael) and their children: Holly (Brent), Andrew (Kelly), and grandchildren; a brother, Allen Hackleman, his children: Amy (Mark), Jenny (Jason), Mark (Jeanie), and grandchildren.
Services were held November 25, 2014, at North Park Community Church in Walden, Colo. ❖

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.

Maxine was born March 30, 1922, to Helen Elsie Crumb and Melvin Backes on the Jones place near the Foot of Rabbit Ears Pass. Pleasant Valley Area. (S.S.CO) She was second of 10 children; two of which still survive; Perry Backes of Arkansas and Warren (Bev) Backes of Oklahoma.

Maxine and family moved a lot in her early years to places her dad worked. At age 7 her mother went by train with five children to Denver where Melvin met them and took them on to Atwood, Colo., where Maxine attended second grade. The next spring, when they were headed South, going up a hill, the Cotter pin fell out of the steering gear and the car ran into the banks throwing Maxine through the windshield landing on the hood, but not seriously hurt. Her grandmother Crumb and two uncles went to get the family and take them to Blue Springs, Neb. From there they went to Wymore, Neb., then to Berryville, Ark. They lived there five years before moving back to Steamboat Springs, Colo., in 1936.

At the age of 16 she married Melvin F. Helm in 1938 and moved to the Helm Ranch located on Fish Creek. Their first daughter, Mary Ann, was born 1945 and the second daughter, Shirley Sue, born 1947. Shirley died in 1951 of secondary infection from whooping cough and the same time Mary Ann had pneumonia and was very ill. Maxine never got over Shirley’s death.

The years from 1938-1952 Maxine learned a lot about growing and canning vegetables and meat, working in the hay fields, milking cows and goats and much more. When Mary Ann started school, Maxine worked at the school lunch room for several years, then she worked at Center Grocery, Boys Market, Kinney Drugstore, El Rancho Café, just to mention a few.

In 1964 Maxine left Steamboat Springs for Denver and later that year she and Melvin Helm divorced.

In 1966 she met Donald Pike and they married in 1967 then moving to Kansas City, Mo., where she lived until May 2002. Maxine and Don looked forward to their trip to Colorado every year to visit daughter and grandchildren and later the great grandchildren. In May 2002, they wanted to come back to the Steamboat area, but Don was in a wheel chair in K.C. nursing home. Her daughter, granddaughter, grandson and wife took pick up, trailer and Van and moved them to Craig. Had an apartment all ready at Sunset Meadows. Don had to be in the hospital for one week before going to Sandrock Ridge Care Center. He passed away just before the week was up. Maxine resided at Sunset Meadows until entering Sandrock Ridge Center in February 2002. In the past 12 years Maxine got to see more of her family which she missed living so far away.

She played the harmonica and learned to play the Organ, and did a lot of crocheting.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Ann (Arnold) Lieske of Steamboat Springs, Colo., granddaughters Andrea (Alvin) Luker of Craig, Colo., Becky Pacheco of Idaho, and Kristine Dunckley of Craig, Colo.; 13 Great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; five step grandchildren and one step-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, four brothers, Melvin Helm, Donald Pike, daughter Shirley Sue Helm, Granddaughter Cathy Ann Bugg, Grandson Martin Bugg and friend George Davidson.

At Maxine’s request, no services will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to The Sandrock Ridge Care Center, or The Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary. ❖

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