Obituaries — Feb. 8, 2016

February 8, 2016 — 

Robert Schmidt

Robert Vernon “Bud” Schmidt, Jr., 90 of LaSalle, Colo., passed away Jan. 20 at Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 22, 1925 in LaSalle to Robert Sr. and Mary (Renke) Schmidt.

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Obituaries — Feb. 1, 2016

February 3, 2016 — 

John Robinson

John Richard Robinson, 70 of Delta, Colo., passed away peacefully at home Jan. 9, 2016 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

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Obituaries — Jan. 25, 2016

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Lloyd M. Hall was a beloved husband, father, “Poppo,” friend, mentor and hero to many aspiring cowboys and cowgirls.

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Leonard was born in Garnett, Kan. on Oct. 15, 1952 and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 23. He was the oldest son and the second born of five children to Danny and Frieda Hiestand.

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Obituaries — Jan. 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 — 

Keith Sorum

Keith Max Sorum, 93, passed away Dec. 23 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.

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Obituaries — Jan. 4, 2016

January 5, 2016 — 

Ruth Beckius

Ruth Emily Beckius, 62, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 16, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.

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December 28, 2015 — 

Francis Rogers

Francis Marion Rogers passed away December 7, 2015.

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December 23, 2015 — 

Glenn F Jesser

Glenn F Jesser, 88, passed away October 26, 2015, surrounded by his family, after a sudden illness.

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December 14, 2015 — 

Elmer Schmidt

Elmer “Bill” Schmidt, 76, of LaSalle, Colo., passed away November 29, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center surrounded by his family, unexpectedly following complications of a cardiac procedure.

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December 7, 2015 — 

Michel L. Struck

Michel L. Struck, 71, passed away November 19, 2015 in Amarillo, Texas.

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November 30, 2015 — 

Harry Hookom

Harry Dean Hookom, 68, of Bloomfield, New Mexico passed away October 28, 2015, at home.

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November 23, 2015 — 

Craig Lee Hansen

Craig Lee Hansen, 52, of Eads, Colo., passed away October 9, 2015.

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November 16, 2015 — 

Merlin “Matt” Enderson

Merlin “Matt” Enderson, 57, of Longmont, Colo., passed away on October 5, 2015.

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November 9, 2015 — 

Bill Jackson

William Burton Jackson Jr., or “Bill,” 71, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 27, 2015, while doing one of his favorite things: driving in the Colorado mountains with his wife, Cheryl.

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November 2, 2015 — 

Lester Miles

Lester Miles, 98, of Plainview, Neb., formerly of Chambers and O’Neill, Neb., passed away September 23, 2015, at the Plainview Manor in Plainview, Neb.

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October 26, 2015 — 

David Lee Pemberton

David Lee Pemberton, 64, of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away October 5, 2015, at the Denver Hospice.

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October 19, 2015 — 

Perry D. Marolf

Perry Marolf, 67, of Lingle, Wyo., passed away on August 15, 2015, at the Northern Colorado Hospital in Greeley, Colo.

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October 12, 2015 — 

Barbara Ludwick

Barbara K “Paddy” Ludwick, 80, passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 2015, in Lake Placid, Fla.

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October 6, 2015 — 

Edwin Schaefer

Edwin Carl Schaefer, 86, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 16, 2015, at his home.

Edwin was born on November 14, 1928, in Windsor, Colo., to Carl Erdman and Mollie (Schmidt) Schaefer.

Edwin grew up in the Windsor area. He graduated from College (University) High in 1947.

He married Lillian Croissant on August 20, 1950, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where he has been a member for 72 years. Edwin and Lillian recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Edwin farmed in the Greeley area raising corn, pinto beans, alfalfa and sugar beets. His favorite time of the year was calving season. As an extension of his farming life, he was an avid toy tractor collector.

He enjoyed watching the antics of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, watching the Colorado Rockies, and traveling the country roads to check on the growth of the area’s crops.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian of Greeley, Colo.; three daughters, Carolyn (Byron) Keirnes of Ft. Myers, Fla., Charlene (Charles) Winter of Eaton, Colo., Carrie (Ronald) Randolph of Greeley, Colo.; four grandchildren, Katie (Steven) Mussman of Greeley, Colo., Molly (Matt) Grubbs of Ft. Myers, Fla., Hannah (Jake) Lovejoy of Brentwood, Tenn., and Gabe (Hayley) Winter of Eaton, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, Adaline and Alyson Mussman, Lillian Grubbs, Kale and Kacey Winter, and Emma Lovejoy; two sisters, Wilma Helzer and Alice Hoffner, both of Greeley, Colo.

He is preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Martha Kent, Esther Daniels, Clara Hotchkiss and Nancy Wiedeman.

A memorial service was held on September 22, 2015, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services. ❖

Berneice Jacobs

Berneice E. “Bunny” Taylor Jacobs, 91, passed away September 22, 2015, surrounded by the love of her husband and family.

Bunny Jacobs was born on July 17, 1924, to William and Myrtle Taylor on the family ranch north of Whitman, Neb. Bunny and her twin brother Billy were born at home in a time when expectant parents didn’t know there would be twins. Billy was born first so Bunny was a surprise! Her parents named her Berneice Elvira but her father called her Bunny and that is how her friends and family knew her for 91 years.

Bunny spent her childhood north of Whitman, Neb., attending country school and helping her parents milk cows and riding the range with her siblings.

Bunny went to high school at the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis. She loved every minute of that experience and was proud to be an Aggie alum.

During World War II, Bunny worked in defense plants in Flint, Mich., and Burbank, Calif., a brave undertaking for a country girl. She came home for a few weeks during that time and over a fried chicken dinner at her parents’ home, she met Ellis ‘Jake’ Jacobs, who would become her husband of 71 years.

Jake and Bunny were married on August 19, 1944, in Mullen, Neb., at the home of the Methodist minister. They raised their family on the ranch south of Mullen, where Bunny tended a beautiful garden, kept the home and yard in immaculate form and cooked three full meals a day from scratch.

Bunny was involved with the United Methodist Women and the Goodwill Extension Club, and was known for providing a helping hand whenever and wherever it was needed. She had a knack for entertaining, so there were always extra people around the dinner table and Bunny made it seem effortless. If there was a potluck dinner, you could count on her to bring fried chicken, homemade rolls and a beautiful cake or pie.

Bunny’s family was her greatest pride and joy.

She leaves behind her husband, Jake, and their four children and spouses: Jeff (Cleo) Jacobs of Mullen, Neb.; Philip (Elizabeth) Jacobs of San Antonio, Texas; Kirk (Jodi) Jacobs of Mullen, Neb.; and Heidi (Tom) Piccini of Lincoln, Neb. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Andy (Mindy) Wright; Kelly (Wade) Marsh; Joel (Megan) Jacobs; Jesse (Kady) Jacobs; Tara Piccini Manzello; Brian Piccini and Jake Piccini, and 12 great-grandchildren and brother-in-law Don Magnuson. Bunny spent quality time with her nieces and nephews, who have fond memories of visits to the ranch and will miss her deeply.

Bunny was preceded in death by her sister June Magnuson, her sister and brother-in-law Joy and Don Carpenter, her brother Woodrow Taylor and her beloved twin brother Billy Taylor and his wife Carol.

Services were held October 3, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Mullen, Neb. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Whitman Cemetary.

Memorial donations can be made to the Mullen Ambulance, the United Methodist Church or the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home. ❖

Jenny Heinze

Jenny Heinze, 85, of Eaton, Colo., passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 23, 2015, at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, Colo.

She was born June 5, 1930, in Timnath, Colo., to Henry and Annie (Buderus) Winick. Jenny grew up in the Fort Collins, Colo., area.

On September 19, 1952, Jenny married Fred Heinze in Windsor, Colo.

Jenny was a great cook who loved her family, especially her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed collecting dishes and dolls.

Jenny is survived by her husband, Fred of Eaton, Colo.; sons, Gary Heinze of Greeley, Colo., and Stan (Carol) Heinze of Eaton, Colo.; granddaughters, Tammy (Casey) Blach and Jackie (Justin) Summers; great-grandchildren, Maddy Blach and James Summers; and sisters, Shirley (Dick) Kinnison of Pierce, Colo., Ruth (Roy) Hawkins of Pierce, Colo., and Beverly (Wray) Lewis of Timnath, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leroy and Jim; and sister, Elladina.

A celebration of Jenny’s life was held September 26, 2015, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jenny’s name to “Bethel Lutheran Church” or “Fairacres Manor” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Kenneth (Kenny) Lee Sadar

Kenneth “Kenny” Lee Sadar Kenny, 56, passed away September 25, 2015, of a massive heart attack following surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colo.

He was born in Longmont, Colo., to Rodney and Roberta Sadar on March 31, 1959.

Kenny lived his entire life on his family’s farm in Hygiene, Colo. Kenny attended Hygiene Elementary, Longs Peak Jr. High, and Niwot High School.

Kenny married Sue DeSousa on February 8, 1986, at the Hygiene Methodist Church.

Kenny was a dairy farmer, raised beef cattle and hay. He served 30 plus years as a fireman with the Hygiene Volunteer Fire Department.

Kenny was an avid fisherman, so much so, that he proposed to Sue with a ring attached to a worm harness and honeymooned on a Canadian fishing trip. Kenny’s favorite fishing spot was Seminoe Reservoir in Wyoming where he caught many trophy fish. Kenny and Sue traveled annually to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island with family and friends to fish and relax. Kenny also loved hunting, camping, pawnshops, and Craigslist. One would argue that Kenny’s favorite activity could be found six mornings a week at the Hygiene Café where he would share tall tales, and drink coffee with many of his local favorite friends all the while his loyal four legged companions, Blue and Squirt stood guard on his flat-bed truck. Not to be left out, Kenny attached a basket to his tractor for the little dog Tatum, so he too could work alongside him.

He is survived by his loving wife Sue, children Tyler (Miranda) and Keri (Tom), mother Roberta, sisters Deborah (Randy), Penny (friend Scott), brother in-laws JV (Ann), Dan (Linda) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kenny was preceded in death by his father Rodney Sadar, in-laws Joseph and Patricia DeSousa, and brother-in-law Mike Trevithick.

A celebration of Kenny’s was held October 3, 2015, at Rocky Mountain Christian Church in Niwot, Colo.

A benefit will be held on October 9, 2015, in order to offset medical expenses at the Tasty Weasel. Oskar Blues will be donating a percentage of sales to the family. If you are unable to attend the fund raiser, donations are being accepted at

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James (Jimmie) M. Malson

James (Jimmie) M. Malson passed away September 27, 2015.

He was born on March 23, 1933, in Midwest, Wyo., to Archie and Ann (Brewington) Malson.

He graduated from Midwest High School where he played basketball and football.

He served in the armed forces drafted during the Korean War, sent to Germany for 18 months.

He married Melva M. McNatt on June 24, 1955. They lived on Flying Diamond Ranch for 20 years where they raised three children.

Jimmie was a 4-H Leader and taught all of his children to rope and ride.

Jim and Melva moved to Edgerton, Wyo., in 1977 where he owned and operated M-Bench Water Service. He retired and they moved to Casper, Wyo., where Jimmie loved doing genealogy and taking care of great grandbabies. He loved the Big Horns Mountains where he spent many summers at their cabin with grandchildren, enjoying fishing and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Melva; daughter, Debbie Malson; Debbie’s Family, Jaimie (Lindsey) Robertson and Maegan, Morgan, JC, Madison, Christina Hamilton and Nathan, Chance, Trey, Randall(Angela) Malson, and Randi; Son, Roger (Laurie) Malson; Roger’s Family, Sara (Conan) Millistein and Brianne, Connor, Hunter, Amanda (Simon) Lees and Madison, Jessica (Thomas)Nuti and Paizley, Tristan, Tanya, and Heather; Son, Gary (Robbee) Malson; Gary’s Family, Kylee (Josh) Thormahlen, and Coulter, Mayakla, Katie, Hyden, Hudson, Katrina Malson, Clayton (Danielle) Malson,and Dally, Paisley, Cody (Jack) Tatum, and Lettie. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arch, George, Jack, and Pete Holman; sisters, Maxine Patterson, Dorothy Ladeburg, Avis Wiloth, and Ima Moore; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held on October 6, 2015, at 1 p.m., at Newcomer Funeral Home Chapel. ❖

Glenn Everett

Glenn Everett, 81, of Salida, Colo., passed away September 28, 2015.

He was born June 18, 1934, the son of George E. and Wilmoth (McFarland) Everett, one of Chaffee County's earliest ranching families.

He attended Adobe Park Elementary School and graduated from Salida High in 1952.

He served for three years in the Army and received his degree from CSU in 1959 before returning to the family ranch to work alongside his father and brothers Terry and Jim.

He met and married Jeanie Brazil in 1963, and together they worked the ranch as well as an outfitting and ranch vacation business.

Glenn was an active and influential member of the community, serving on the Chaffee County Agriculture Committee, the Farmer’s Home Administration Board, Chaffee County Cattlemen’s Association, Upper Arkansas and Southeastern Water Conservancy District Boards, Historical Prospectors, the Heart of the Rockies Roping Association, the American Legion, the Salida School Board, and the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners. His dedication to the community he loved was recognized by the Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award in 1992.

Glenn embodies the true spirit of a cowboy. He loved the Lord, land, ranch, horses, hunting, and all things outdoors.

He will be remembered by all fortunate to know him for his wisdom, good humor, and old-timer stories.

His greatest contributions are the one’s he'll leave behind — his wife Jeanie, children Casey and Gina, and three granddaughters, Madison, Mckenzie and Modesta. Other surviving family members are his brother Jim Everett, Uncle Harvey Everett, brothers-in-law Mike (Linda) Brazil, Bob (Mary) Brazil, sister-in-law Pat Davis, nephews Andy (Stacey), Brady (Kim), nieces Kit (Kurt) and Courtney along with many cousins and extended family.

Services will be held October 6, 2015 at 11 a.m., at the Adobe Park Arena.

Donations can be made to Cowboys for Christ in care of Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.

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September 28, 2015 — 

Edwin Neil Graham

Edwin Neil Graham, 84, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away August 15, 2015, at the Laramie Care Center after suffering a heart attack and stroke in December.

He was born in Wheatland, Wyo., on April 5, 1931, to Lewis Andrew Graham and Gladys Edna (Hightower) Graham.

He graduated from high school in Westminster, Colo., in 1949.

He joined the Army in February, 1951, and was stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. After his discharge he worked for Deal Lumber Co. and later Deal Wallin Lumber and Construction Co.

Ed married Marguerite Britton on May 23, 1957, in Laramie, W. Ed and Marguerite purchased the business from Bob Wallin and operated Delta Construction for over 20 years. He was a member of the Wyoming Carpenters Union, American Legion, NRA and Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Ed enjoyed fishing, hunting and horseback riding with family and friends.

Survivors include Marguerite, Ed’s wife of 58 years; a daughter, Deanna (Dave) Lewis of Bennett, Colo.; a son, Todd (Kim) Graham of Afton, Wyo.; four grandchildren, Dana (Drew) McGuire of Pinedale, Wyo., Dillon Lewis of Dublin Texas, ShaDawn (Skyler) Gray of Mountain View, Wyo., and Taven Oehler, serving in the Navy; two great grandchildren, Lissy and Riggin Gray of Mountain View, Wyo.; two sisters, Norma Sherman of Hillsboro, Oreg., and Sharon (Dean) Attebery of Laramie, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Graham.

Services and burial were held August 20, 2015, at Harmony Cemetery. ❖

Gary Knight

Gary LeRoy Knight, 78, the truck driver with hands and nerves of steel, a heart of gold, a hot shot in one hand and the other on the wheel, passed away August 29, 2015, at Kenton Manor in Greeley, Colo.

Gary was born May 3, 1937, to Edwin L (Jack) Knight and Pauline (Stehno) Knight in Plainville, Kan.

He graduated from Plainville High School in 1955.

He married his high school sweetheart Joyce Mae Lawrence and they were married 61 years at the time of his death.

Gary worked many years in the oil field in Nebraska prior to moving to Eaton, Colo., when he began the life he loved so much hauling livestock for Lynn Keirnes for 19 years. Gary also hauled livestock and many other things over the years for Marvin Weber, Ed Duggan Trucking, and HH Williams. Gary took many critters and other things cross the mountains, desert and plains, did it all with great skill and pride, while enjoying the ride. Proud to be a truck driver in 1975 Gary was awarded, the award of truck driver of the year.

After retiring, together Gary and Joyce enjoyed being camp hosts and traveling. Gary belonged to the North Weld Saddle Club where he enjoyed riding his horse Moon and watching his children ride.

Gary was a proud family man and is survived by his wife Joyce; and children, Connie Knight (Richard Salazar); Toni Knight (Kenneth Wynn); Bruce Knight (Janice Poe); Tawnya Knight (Martin Garcia) and enjoyed being part of the lives by his many grandchildren. Gary is also survived by his sister Alice Knight (Wayne Sell) and nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, two grand-daughters, and two grandsons.

Services were held September 4, 2015, at Adamson Chapel. Burial follow at the Nunn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Knight Memorial Fund in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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George W. Wilson

George W. Wilson, 85, of Las Animas, Colo., passed away August 30, 2015. He was a Christian, a cattleman, and a businessman.

George was born July 4, 1930, near Valley Center, Kan. His grandfather had moved to Kansas in 1867, “with a horse, an ax, and a faith in God.”

After attending Kansas State and Wichita State, George joined the Navy in 1951, and served as a Senior Controller at aviation training bases.

On October 11, 1959, George was honorably discharged from the Navy and commenced trading cattle on the terminal stockyard at Wichita, Kan. He later began contracting calves for customers in the Flint Hills, while also managing a dairy at Valley Center, Kan. He pastured cattle in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and British Columbia. He purchased and sold ranches in many of these states as well.

He was involved in several meat plants and special meat projects such as Coleman Natural Beef, and “Elders” of Australia at Tama, Iowa. Upon request, George traveled and made “comparative evaluations,” of both ranches and cattle, in Argentina and Australia. He started a cattle and meat-trading company in Hungary in 1989-1995. In 1990, he traveled in Russia for 31 days with a small team of industry leaders, reviewing Russia’s agriculture processing plants and state farms.

Many knew George through the various cattle feedyards he owned and operated. He was also known for raising, training, and riding good horses throughout his lifetime.

George strove to make fairness and integrity his standard, and supported several charities including Methodist Youthville, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, and CARE International.

Most importantly, George was adamant about instilling in his children and grandchildren the importance of placing God first in their lives, and encouraged them to live each day to its fullest. George was a natural storyteller, and enjoyed sharing family history. He appreciated good poetry, and had a tradition of reading poems to the family.

George is survived by wife, Yolanda Wilson; seven children: Amy (Lynn) Ballagh of Burwell, Neb., Max (Vanessa) Wilson, Mark (Kim) Wilson, Susan (Rod) Coulter, and Matthew (Tami) Wilson, all of Las Animas, Colo., Mike (Mary Lou) Wilson of Walsh, Colo., and Sarah Wilson of Sidney, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family burial was held on the Wilson ranch on September 3, 2015. ❖

Gerald Collier

Gerald “Shorty” Collier, 83, of ONeill, Neb., pased away September 18, 2015, at the Golden Living Center in Neligh.

Gerald Collier, son of Alvin and Margaret (Alien), was born September 12, 1932, on the family farm, near Arcadia, Neb.

Gerald attended Arcadia School and graduated in 1950. Two years after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent two years in the Philippines and two years aboard ship, serving during the Korean War.

On May 12, 1957, he was united in marriage to Willamae Madsen, at the United Methodist Church in Burwell, Neb. Together they raised three children: Martin, Sharon, and Dale.

Gerald and Willamae made their first home in North Dakota and later moved back to their farm west of Arcadia, Neb., where they farmed until 1978. From 1978-2001 Gerald worked as a ditch rider for the Sargent Irrigation District, near Milburn, Neb. In 2001 Gerald retired and they made their home east of O’Neill, Neb.

Gerald spent many of his vacations as a security horse patrol rider at the Nebraska State Fair and throughout the years greatly enjoyed any and all farm auctions he could attend and playing numerous games of Bingo with his friends. Gerald was a member of American Legion Post No. 251 for 53 years and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7029 since 1991.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Willamae of O’Neill, Neb., children, Martin (Jackie) Collier of O’Neill, Neb., Sharon Preston and special friend Robert Miller of Hastings, Neb., Dale Collier of O’Neill, Neb., brother Robert (LeaDell) Collier of Broken Bow, Neb., sister Gerene Williams of Grand Island, Neb., brother-in-law Neal (Bonnie) Madsen of Burwell, Neb., five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant daughter Kay Lynn Collier.

Services were held September 23, 2015, at Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia, Neb. ❖

Paul Madron

Paul Clarkson Madron, 86, of Seneca, Neb., passed away September 20, 2015, at Kearney Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was born on October 23, 1928, south of Seneca, Neb., to Ivan and Luetta (Mowery) Madron.

Paul graduated from Thedford High School in 1946 and then joined the Military.

He was united in marriage to DeEtta Pearson, on October 23, 1947, in Thedford, Neb., and they lived on a ranch South of Seneca, Neb.

He worked for the Upper Loup Natural Resource District for many years and was also a Thomas County Commissioner.

He was a member of the Bethel Assembly of God church in Thedford, Neb. Paul enjoyed ranching, hunting, fishing and enjoyed feeding his deer at home.

Paul is survived by daughters Twila Springer (Steve) of Thedford, Neb., and Connie Pierson (Jim) of Cicero, N.Y., brother Don Madron (Marlene) of Kearney, Neb., six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Services were held September 25, 2015, at the Bethel Assembly of God in Thedford, Neb. Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery. ❖

Joseph Cullinan

Joseph “Joe” Edward Cullinan, 84, of Bucktail, Neb., passed away September 20, 2015, at Indian Hills Healthcare Community in Ogallala, Neb.

Joe was born October 8, 1930, to Harry H. and Florence (Heldt) Cullinan at their ranch in Bucktail, Neb.

He attended schools in Arthur County, graduating from Arthur County High School in 1947.

In August of 1949, he was united in marriage to Twylia Jones. They made their home in eastern Arthur County at the family ranch.

Joe was a cattleman in every sense. He had an eye for cattle and was considered ahead of his time when it came to herd selection and marketing. He loved living in the country, especially on the ranch at Bucktail. He also served as Arthur County Commissioner from 1965 to 1987, and was highly respected as a county official. He also served on the Arthur County Fair Board, the Election Board, and the school board at District 12J.

Survivors include two sons: Barry J. Cullinan of Arthur, Neb., and Blaine (Joanne) Cullinan of Ogallala, Neb.; two daughters: Becky (Kirk) Swanson of Arthur, Neb., and Brenda Cullinan of Kansas City, Mo. Three grandsons: Hank (Janene) Swanson of Veblen, S.D., Tory (JoDawn) Swanson and Brandon Swanson, all of Arthur, Neb. Two granddaughters: Courtney (Drew) Tarwater of Kansas City, Mo., and Alison Cullinan of Lincoln, Neb. Grandson-in-law Ryan Dye of Bucktail, Neb., and nine great-grandchildren; Brother Robert “Bob” Cullinan of Sarben, Neb.; and sister Helen “Honey” Dammann of McQueeney, Texas.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers: Harry Jr. and Marvin Cullinan; three sisters: Dorothy Pueppka, Mildred “Mid” Hoffman, and Mary Ann Glinn, and granddaughter DaNelle Daniels Dye.

The family chose cremation. A private family service will be held at a later date. ❖

Clarence William Tietmeyer

Clarence William Tietmeyer, 95, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 20, 2015, in Greeley, Colo., in the presence of his loving family.

He was born on August 5, 1920, in Beaver Crossing, Neb., to Herman and Caroline Wenz-Tietmeyer.

Clarence was baptized into the Lutheran faith and was a devout Christian his entire life. He was member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Clarence enlisted in the Army Air Corp becoming part of the 490th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force during World War II, from 1944-45. Clarence was a ball turret gunner flying 35 missions from England to Germany.

In 1946 while awaiting official discharge from the Army Air Corp, Clarence ventured to outskirts of Palmer, Alaska, where he purchased a Matanuska Valley Colony pioneer cabin, a remnant of the 1935 Roosevelt’s New Deal resettlement plan, and moved it into Palmer, Alaska. The cabin is a designated historical building as of this date. He returned to his York, Neb., home in 1946 and worked on the family farm. In 1947 Clarence and his brother Walter Tietmeyer created the original Dogpatch, a gas station and tourist stop at the Bagnell Dam in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Clarence sold his share and obtained his commercial pilot’s license.

He met his wife, Vonda Jean Jeffries and was married in December 1953 moving to York, Neb., where he started Agriculture Flying Service, which he retired from in 1977. In 1954 they made their home farming and ranching east of Hereford, Colo.

Clarence was a positive force for change in his community. He helped to build the first Hereford telephone line, which was sold, to Grover and eventually Wiggins. He served as President of Re-2 School Board and Colorado Aerial Applicators as well as helped to manage the organization of Upper Crow Creek Basin.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Jean of 60 years; three children, Dan Tietmeyer and Jane of Yuma, Colo., Scott and Paula Tietmeyer of Hereford, Colo., and Donna and Tom Erlewine of Thornton, Colo.; sister-in-law, Mildred Tietmeyer of York, Neb.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Clarence was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

Services were held September 25, 2015, at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel in Cheyenne, Wyo. Interment followed at Pine Bluffs Cemetery in Pine Bluffs, Wyo.

Memorials can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyo., and online tributes can be made to the family at

Kathleen June Drinkwalter

Kathleen “Kate” June Drinkwalter, passed away September 22, 2015, at Pine View Good Samaritan Home in Valentine, Neb.

Kathleen June Hanna was born July 29, 1925, to George P. and Myrtle (Mickelsen) Hanna in Omaha, Neb.

She attended rural schools and then attended Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis, graduating in 1942. She attended Wayne State College and Kearney State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1946. She taught school in Valentine, Merriman, and Thedford.

She married James M. Drinkwalter May 22, 1948. They were partners in the ranching business in the Goose Creek area. Three children were born; Sheila and twins, Jim and Jan.

Kate was in Eastern Star, a 4-H leader, a Job’s Daughter’s council member, and involved in Valentine Presbyterian Church after retirement and moving to town.

A teacher at heart, Kate was always willing to share a story, give advice, and teach people how to cook. She enjoyed challenging her mind with reading, Bible studies, crossword puzzles, cards and games of any kind. Her house was always open to anyone and she always made sure you didn’t leave hungry. She loved singing and dancing, as well as telling jokes.

She is survived by children Sheila (Art) Nelson, Jim Drinkwalter, and Jan Drinkwalter; grandchildren Jana (Grant) Bitner, Katie Nelson, Maggie (Sid) Hackwith, Joe Drinkwalter, and Nicole Drinkwalter; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Dorothy Sharp, Mary Lou Thornton, Delma (Dave) Fisher, Alma Lea (Phil) Keller, Betty (Mike) Boykin, Charlotte Edwards, and Isla Drinkwalter; brothers-in-law Bill (Gail) Drinkwalter and Bob Keim and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husband Jim; parents; sisters Alyce Ann Hanna and Dorothy Parnell; brother George P. Hanna, Jr.

Services were held September 25, 2015, at Valentine Presbyterian Church. Interment was held at Wood Lake Mount Hope Cemetery. ❖

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September 28, 2015 — 

Frank Tarchek

Frank Tarchek, 83, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away August 25, 2015.

He was born in 1926 in Leadville, Colo. His family moved to Grand Junction the following year and bought a farm which they worked for over 50 years.

By the time Frank was in his 50s he had health problems like a bad back and a double hernia which lead to a difficult decision to sell the farm.

He married Irma Wesselman in 1972 and adopted her son Steven.

He worked as a janitor at Mesa College until he retired.

For those who might remember that Kuner-Emson had a canning factory in Grand Junction for many years, Frank raised tomatoes for them for many years.

Frank and Irma traveled and visited relatives and did a lot of fishing. He was always interested in woodcraft and taught himself to be quite skilled and made several true to scale models of stagecoaches and farm equipment from scratch. He never used a kit.

He liked to visit with people about almost any subject. However, his most favorite topics were old tractors and farmings. He also liked to discuss and cuss the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos.

He is survived by a stepson, Steven of Enid, Okla., and a sister, Angela of LaJunta, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life was held August 30, 2015, at Hope West Hospice in Grand Junction, Colo. ❖

Myrtle Lee Cecil

Myrtle Lee Cecil, 97, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 11, 2015, at MeadowView of Greeley, Colo.

She was born June 11, 1918, in White County, Ga., to Lenton and Noma Mary (Harkins) Nix.

She married Woodrow Cecil on November 21, 1936, in Denver, Colo. They farmed and operated a dairy in the Gill, Galeton and Cornish areas for a number of years.

Myrtle was a member of Farm Bureau, Galeton Baptist Church, Galeton Community Church and the Galeton PTO.

She was a prolific cook, whose meals are still remembered fondly by anyone who was fortunate enough to visit her kitchen. She enjoyed gardening and canning, the mountains, but most enjoyed time with her family and grandchildren’s activities.

Survivors include her sons, Vernon (Roberta) Cecil of Greeley, Colo., Steve (Joann) Cecil of Fort Morgan, Colo., David (Linda) Cecil of Orange, Calif., and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Cecil of Galeton, Colo.; sister, Birdie Shuler of Fort Morgan, Colo., as well as 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and eight great, great-grandchildren.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Woodrow; son, Wayne; brothers, Fred and Roy “Hub” Nix as well as an infant brother, James Earl Nix.

Service were held September 16, 2015, at the Adamson Chapel. Private interment at the Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Accent Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Barry Shideler

Barry Craig Shideler, 68, passed away September 15, 2015, surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Barry was born October 6, 1946, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to Charles Joseph Shideler and Beatrice Robinson.

He rode his horse, Trigger, to the little Mamm Creek School from grades 1-5, then went to Rifle for the remainder of his schooling. Upon graduation he attended BYU in Provo Utah for 1-1/2 years.

In 1970 he served a two-year mission to Bolivia for the LDS Church.

In 1973 he met and married his love Marilyn Walters. Through the years they brought five precious babies home to the ranch to love. He often joked that he was raising cattle and kids.

His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, fishing, and serving in various positions in the LDS Church. He was blessed with a gift to love others and a smile that brightened the darkest day. The Colorado skies will never shine as bright without that smile.

In 2002 when Barry needed a kidney transplant his cousin Aleen Robinson Johnson offered this wonderful gift of life to him. Later in 2010 he was needing a second transplant when a dear friend Charlene Sheets gave her kidney to Barry. Both precious gifts helped prolong his life.

Survived by his wife, daughter Lorie (Richard Cannon), sons Joey, Chris (Jenn), Michael (Alicia), Ryan (Elizabeth), and 15 grandchildren Carlee, Austin, Kate, Drew Cannon, Bennet, Abby, Charlie, Ava, Sadie, Precious, Roman, Madden, Sydney Elizabeth, Lincoln, Simon Shideler, and sister Carol Bennett.

Services will be held September 19, 2015,at the LDS Church in Rifle, Colo. ❖

John Brott

John Brott, 89, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away September 12, 2015, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

John was born April 20, 1926, on the Brott farm near Madrid, Neb., the son of Henry and Anna E. (Lofing) Brott.

He attended school through the eighth grade at School District No. 16 in Perkins County, Neb.

In March of 1945 John enlisted in the Army at Fort Logan, Colo. He was stationed on the island of Luzon in the Philippines of the Pacific theatre during WWII. He was discharged on December 9, 1946, at Camp Beal, Calif., with the rank of T5.

John was united in marriage to Marion R. Turtscher on December 4, 1949, in the St. John’s Lutheran Church southeast of Ogallala, Neb. The couple resided north of Roscoe, Neb., where they farmed for 43 years before moving to Ogallala, Neb., in 1992.

As a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church since the age of five he served the church occupying all offices at one time or another as well as being Sunday School Superintendent and teaching Sunday school for many years.

John was a member of the American Legion Post No. 0303 at Paxton and a lifetime member of VFW Post 3755 at Ogallala. Also active in volunteer work and community service John served on the Roscoe School Board for 12 years, the Keith County ASCS board for eight years, the Ogallala Community Hospital board for six years and the election board for many years. John provided leadership as a board member of the Farm Bureau serving a term as President and also serving as 4-H leader.

John’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, playing baseball with family, dancing and beating all takers in cards, especially pitch.

He is survived by his wife Marion Brott of Ogallala, Neb., three daughters, Darlene (Clete) Petrzilka of Louisville Neb., Diane Bowlin of Bennet, Neb., and Lisa (John) Flynn of Sutherland, Neb.; two sons Kenneth (special friend Nel) of Ogallala, Neb., and William (Grace) of Paxton, Neb.; Sister Katherine (Ronald) Stuehm of Holdrege, Neb.; brothers Walter Brott of Ogallala, Neb., Harvey (Jeanne) Brott of North Platte, Neb., and Marvin (Lillace) Brott of Chappell, Neb.; 12 Grandchildren as well as nine great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, sisters Rosie Powell, Caroline, Esther and Lillian Brott; brothers Harry, Henry Jr., Reinholdt, Leo and William Brott and son-in-law Tom Bowlin.

Services were held September 16, 2015, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, southeast of Ogallala, Neb.

Memorial expressions may be made in the form of a donation to St. Johns Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Hour. Interment was in St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by the Keith County Veterans. ❖

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September 14, 2015 — 

Corporal Alexander “Zander” Cane Perez

Corporal Alexander “Zander” Cane Perez, 25, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away July 18, 2015, in Kerrville, Texas.

He was born August 9, 1989, the youngest of three children born to Alex and Cynthia Perez.

Zander spent his first 6 years of life in Kerrville. Then in 1995 he, his mother and sisters moved to Greeley, Colo., where Cynthia met and later married Dan Saffer. He spent his school year in Greeley and his summers in Kerrville, Texas.

In 2008 Zander graduated from Greeley Central High School. That year he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served as a 0311- Rifleman until honorably discharged on October 13, 2012. His deployments included 2010 USSPELELIU and 2012 SW Asia (Afghan) Tour. Throughout his military career Zander received several commendations: the Navy Meritorious Unit commendation, two Sea Service Deployment ribbons, the Marine Corp Good Conduct medal, Global War of Terrorism service medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service medal, National Defense Service medal, and two Expert Rifle Badges.

After his active duty, Zander returned to Colorado. In 2013 he moved to Kerrville, Texas, where he lived and worked with his dad, Alex and his uncles Andy, Albert, Frank II and Arthur until his death.

From the time Zander could hold a pencil he had a talent for drawing. He didn’t use art pencils or chalk, simply a mechanical pencil. Z would talk to Cynthia about even drawing sketches for tattoos his friends wanted to get.

Zander didn’t always have a lot to say, yet his beautiful smile spoke volumes. In high school he loved wearing corny t-shirts with double meanings. He would just sit and grin while people read them and worked it out in their minds. A passion of Zander’s was working out daily. He would also run anywhere from 40-50 miles a week. Overall, family was everything to Zander. He loved being Uncle “Z” and spending time with his niece and nephews. He enjoyed fishing with his dad and uncle, going to movies with friends and family and loved quality time spent barbequing with them all. Anyone that knew Zander could attest to the fact that he had a heart of gold. He was caring and very compassionate. Zander was the type of man that would give his shirt off his back to help someone. The loss of this gentle soul will leave a big hole in the hearts of all that knew and loved him.

Those left to mourn his passing include his parents Cynthia (Ybarra) and Dan Saffer of Greely, Colo.; Alex Perez of Kerrville, Texas; his siblings Crystal Perez, Zach Halsey and their daughter Brynlee Chae Halsey, Angie Larsen and husband Ben; David Saffer and his wife Alicia and their sons Rayden, Gauge and Judah all of Greeley, Colo.; Michael and Alex Perez II of Kerrville, Texas; grandmothers Janie Perez of Kerrville, Texas and Mary Ybarra of Centerpoint, Texas; uncles David Ybarra, Ramon (Yogi) Ybarra, Jr. (Gladys), Danny Ybarra (Margarita); aunts Vicky Rodriguez (Jim), Diane Rosales (Amos), Rosie Osario (Grabiel), Andy Perez (Whitney), Frank Perez II, Albert Perez (Patricia), Arthur Perez (Denisha) and Veda Pieper (Leo), and Steve Saffer; and numerous cousins and friends.

Zander was preceded in death by his grandparents Ramon L. Ybarra, Sr; Frank Perez, Sr.; Ross and Pearl Saffer; his Uncle Jeff Saffer and cousin Sebastian Ybarra and infant nephew Orrin Daniel Larsen.

Services were held August 19, 2015, at the Journey Christian Church in Greeley, Colo. Inurnment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials in honor of Zander’s life may be sent to Stoddard Funeral Home. ❖

Colleen Delventhal

Colleen Delventhal, 77, of Brighton, Colo., passed away August 30, 2015, at her home.

She was born December 29, 1927, in Denver, Colo., to Norvel and Marjorie (Earnest) Daniels.

She attended elementary school in Henderson and graduated from Brighton High School in 1955. She continued her education attending nursing school for one year.

Colleen was raised helping her family farm in the Henderson area. She married Ron Delventhal on October 13, 1957, in Brighton and then helped to operate the family dairy farm east of Brighton until 1987.

She was a 4-H Leader for 20 years and worked for Adams County in the Home Demonstration for many years teaching homemaking skills. Colleen was a member of the Brighton Volunteer Fireman Women’s Auxiliary for many years. She also enjoyed square dancing with her husband for many years and Friday Night Dinners at the Branding Iron with the Dewey’s and the Clark’s.

Colleen is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ron.

Private graveside services were held.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. ❖

Melvin R. Boyles

Melvin R. Boyles, 71, of Mullen, Neb., passed away September 1, 2015, at the Sutherland Care Center.

Melvin Roy Boyles was born in Seneca, Neb., November 10, 1943, in the Pokey Crawford house. He was the first child of Robert James Boyles and Zetta Louise Walker Boyles.

In 1960 Melvin met Faye Kidder in Mullen, Neb. They were married March 31, 1961 at Mullen Methodist Church. To this union two daughters, Sonja Kay Boyles Peters and Coleen May Boyles Springman were born. David Lee was accepted into this family at the age of 4.

Melvin did many occupations and professions to keep his family fed and the bills paid.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 54 years, two daughters, one son and two grandchildren. Also surviving him are two sisters and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Services were held September 7, 2015, at Mullen Assembly of God Church in Mullen, Neb. Interment was at the Seneca Cemetery in Seneca, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to KJLT Christian Radio or Seneca Cemetery. ❖

Kenneth E. Eastham

Kenneth E. Eastham, 73, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away September 1, 2015. Kenneth bravely fought cancer and a rare form of Parkinson’s disease for many years.

Kenneth was born on March 7, 1942, in Crosby, Minn., to Gussie Eutell Eastham and Louise Elizabeth (Thesing) Eastham.

He attended elementary school in Alma and Fairplay, Colo., and graduated from Fairplay High School in 1960.

After high school, he joined the United States Army and served for three years as a cryptographic equipment repairman in Fort Bragg, N.C., and Schofield Barrack, Hawaii. His unit, the 125th Signal Battalion, was in charge of installing, maintaining and repairing cryptographic equipment in Hawaii, and the surrounding islands including Tonga, Johnson and Christmas. He was honorably discharged with the rank of specialist 5th class.

He married Carol Suzanne McFarland of Fairplay, Colo., in 1961, and they had a happy married life in Denver, Security, Penrose, and for many years, in Fairplay, Colo. Together they had one son, Jeffrey Dean and one daughter, Bethany Suzanne.

Kenneth spent most of his career working for Qwest (formerly known as Mountain Bell and U.S. West). After 32 years working as a central office technician, he finished his career with Ericsson Communications. He was an active member of his community serving on the school board for 12 years. He accepted the Lord as his personal savior in high school and became a member of the Fairplay Baptist Church where he served for many years as a teacher, song leader and deacon. He later became a member of Grace Church of South Park in Jefferson, Colo.

He enjoyed hunting with his brothers and son, fishing, gardening, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and reading and studying his Bible.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his son, Jeffrey (and Melonie) Eastham of Fairplay, Colo.; his son-in-law, David Johnson of Naples, Fla.; his brothers, Eugene (and Joyce) Eastham of Colorado Springs, Colo., James (and Dalene) Eastham of Camp Verde, Ariz., Lawrence (and Barbara) Eastham of Soldotna, Alaska and Gary (and Julie) Eastham of Grand Junction, Colo. He also has four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Bethany Suzanne Johnson, his sister, Cleve and Mary Louise Oakley (Eastham) and two grandchildren, Brandon Christopher Eastham and David Ronald Johnson, Jr.

Services were held September 6, 2015, at Grace Church of South Park in Jefferson, Colo. Graveside services were held at the Fairplay Cemetery in Fairplay, Colo. ❖

Donald Edward Osborn

Donald Edward Osborn, 82, of Weldona, Colo., passed away September 6, 2015, in Windsor, Colo., at the Windsor Health Care Center.

He was born in Denver, Colo., on December13, 1932.

As a young man of 17 years of age he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving 17 years. He served in the Korea Conflict and six years in Germany.

Don was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, chapter No. 41 and also the VFW. He served as commander and officers of DAV chapter and Colorado State Commander in 2009. He aided many veterans with access to benefits.

In November of 1982 Don married his wife Dorothy. They have lived in Weldon Valley for 20 years. He has enjoyed time with both his grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

He was a fan of the sports program at the Weldon Valley School.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy, sister Shirley Watts, brother Mere (Jan), sons: Ernest (Trisa) Osborn, Darrell ( Joanie) Groves, Rod (Gail) Grover, Rick (Teresa) Groves, daughters: Lisa Forsythe, Laurie Way, Robin Adams, Kim Deganhart, Laurie Pate, 29 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother Minnie Hawley, brothers, Raymond Harris and Wes Harris, granddaughter Kayle Chadwick and grandson Scott Forsythe.

Services were held September 11, 2015, at the American Legion in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Memorial gifts may be made to the DAV Chapter No. 41 in-care of Dorothy Osborn, 26186, MCR 7, Weldona, Colo., 80653. ❖

Oscar (Ted) Carlson

Oscar Theodore (Ted) Carlson, 95, of Longmont, Colo., passed away at his home on September 6, 2015, after nine months of hospice care.

Ted was born in Galeton, Colo., to George and Bertha Carlson, the second of five children. After eight years in Galeton, his father bought a farm near Byers, Colo., where they managed to survive the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

He attended a year of college at San Jose State in California and finished a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

He joined the Navy and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, serving in the Pacific on various construction projects, including building runways on Okinawa.

After the war he farmed with his father before working at the Soil Conservation Service in Rocky Ford, Colo.

In 1960 he was married to Bernice Such after joining Chicago based Harza Engineering Company and moving to the Kingdom of Jordan to design irrigation canals. Similar projects took him to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Venezuela and Argentina before he returned to farming, this time in northern Minnesota.

In Minnesota he cleared land and grew certified seed potatoes for many years before founding Carlson Prairie Seed Farm. This venture began by hand collecting seeds from dozens of native grass and clover species, figuring out how to grow, harvest and clean each of them, and eventually having fields large enough to combine.

In 2001 he sold the successful seed business and moved back to Colorado to “retire.” Farmers never really retire, and he was soon raising Russian Wildrye grass on his farms north of Longmont and Ault, as well as starting a pick-your-own orchard of over 1,000 apple and cherry trees.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bernice Carlson, daughter Carol Carlson, son Tim and wife Miriam Carlson, daughter Sharon and husband Tim Cox, and grandchildren Andrew, Kaitlin, Aaron, Adam, Sergei and Alex.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert, Paul and Burton, and sister Ruth.

Services were held September 12, 2015, at Calvary Church in Longmont, Colo. ❖

Dorothy Brammer

Dorothy Witt Brammer, 100, of Sterling, Colo., passed away on September 7, 2015.

She was born to Walter and Bertha Witt on Sept. 25, 1914, in Judith Gap, Mont.

On May 3, 1936 Dorothy married Sam Brammer. They are the parents of three children, Ken, Jim and Helen.

Sam and Dorothy had a long history of rodeos and livestock in Logan County and across the western U.S. Sam was a Colorado State Brand Inspector from 1952 until 1973 and Dorothy compiled the brand reports for the State Brand Board.

The couple was presented with the Logan County Pioneer award in 2011 for their contribution to Colorado agriculture.

Dorothy worked for the Sterling Livestock Commission Company for many years from the 50s to 1974, when she retired to become one of the first machine quilters in Colorado.

She quilted over 2,000 quilts for other people and herself from 1975 through 1986 when poor eyesight caused her to quit. Some of Dorothy’s quilts were exhibited at a four-generation quilt show in 1997 in Sterling. She was honored for being the first machine quilter in the book “Colorado Quilting – Mountains to Plains.” Her quilting machine was donated to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jim and Sherrill Brammer and daughter-in-law Kathy Brammer, all of Sterling, Colo.; daughter Helen Stanley of Greeley, Colo.; nine grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Bertha Witt; husband Sam Brammer; son Kenneth “Tuff” Brammer; grandson Randall Brammer.

Services were held September 11, 2015, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Talking Book Library in Denver, Colo. ❖

Robert Riddle

Robert Ira Riddle, 91, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away September 9, 2015, at his home.

He was born on February 15, 1924, to Andrew Edwin Riddle and Eva Leonore (Hall) Riddle at Bedrock, Colo.

Bob was raised in the Paradox Valley on the family ranch; attending elementary school in the Paradox Valley and then High School at Nucla High School where he graduated in 1942. He started college at Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo., in the fall of that year and at the onset of War World II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a medical corpsman and received an honorable discharge.

Bob was a rancher and farmer in the Paradox Valley, he received Bachelor of Science from Western State College and taught in the West End School District. When they retired they sold the ranch and moved to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1995. He was also an artist and an author.

He married Yvonne Dale Lewis (deceased) on May 3, 1945, in Chelsea, Mass. They returned to the Paradox Valley after his discharge from the service. To this union four children were born Gail; decreased (Ken Galyean), Leslie (Eldon Sage), Drue (Butch Priestley), and James (Nancy).

He had eight grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother Kent (Ruth) of Grand Junction, Colo., and a sister Eberta Skalla of St. George, Utah.

Proceeding in death are his parents, one brother, and two sisters and a daughter.

Services were held September 14, 2015, at the Paradox Cemetery.

Please make any contributions to a charity of your choice. ❖

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September 8, 2015 — 

Bentley Graves

Bentley Luke Graves, 3, of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., passed away June 28, 2015, at Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Bentley Luke Graves was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., on March 22, 2012, the son of Tyler and Carmela (Harms) Graves.

He loved tractors and riding in the skid steer with his dad the most. There was never a day that went by that he did not play with his tractors and trucks. Bentley was full of life and made an impact on everyone that he touched. Everyone that knew him loved him.

He was baptized on April 8, 2012, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grover, Colo.

Bentley is regrettably survived by his parents, Carmela and Tyler Graves of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; brother Alex Graves; sisters Kenzie and Madysen Graves; grandparents Leonard and Janyce Harms of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Gail Hockersmith of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., and Larry and Bonnie Graves of Pine Bluffs, Wyo; great grandmothers Beulah Klinginsmith and Delores (Nick) Hockersmith; aunts and uncles Amanda (Todd) Matteson of Louisville, Colo.., Candy (Brett) Rodgers of Simla, Colo., Andrea Harms of Cheyenne, Wyo., Tony Joska of Bushnell, Neb., Kelly (Brannon) Bartlett of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Katlyn (Ryan) Klinginsmith of Kimball, Neb.; seven great aunts; eight great uncles; 12 first cousins; 35 second cousins and neumerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by is great grandparents Stanley Klinginsmith, Jack Hockersmith, Paul and JoAnn Graves, and Ernest and Meta Harms and great aunt Jean Ann Cox.

Services were held July 3, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball. Burial was held in the Pine Bluffs Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Bentley Graves Memorial Fund at Points West Bank in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. ❖

Gary York

Gary Marshall York, 70, of Kettle Falls, Wash., passed away on July 26, 2015, in Kettle Falls.

He was born on May 5, 1945, in Evansville, Ind., the son of Marshall and Anna (Englebright) York.

Gary was raised in Posey County, Ind., and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1963.

After graduation, Gary joined the United States Air Force in 1964 and served as a Communications Specialist. He was honorably discharged on October 11, 1968.

With the knowledge he received during his military service, he obtained a position with AT&T as a Technician Specialist. He lived in Denver, Colo., for much of his career and dedicated 41 years of service with them until his retirement in 2014.

Soon after his retirement, he moved with the love of his life, Kathleen Price, to Kettle Falls. They were married on June 23, 2015 in the orchard at their home.

Gary loved spending time in the outdoors. He spent many days on pack trips, hunting and fishing and traveled extensively, pursuing his passion.

Gary is survived by his wife, Kathleen Price of Kettle Falls, Wash.; sisters, Sue Chambers of Mount Vernon, Ind., Kae Wilhite (Dave) of Gallatin, Tenn., Donna Juncker (Tony) of Mount Vernon, Ind.; brother-in-law, John Price of Kettle Falls, Wash.; several nieces, nephews and extended family; close friend, Bill Taylor of Masonville, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marla Thompson and brother in law, Bill Thompson.

Memorial service were held at August 3, 2015, at Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville, Wash.

Memorial contributions may be given to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. ❖

Lee Mac Johnson

Lee Mac Johnson, 81, passed away August 19, 2015, at Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo.

Lee was born March 1, 1934, in Aiken, Minn., the son of Frank and Lois (McMahon) Johnson.

The family moved to Boulder County, Colorado where he grew up and attended school. He was drafted into the US Army where he served in the Air Borne division and on the pistol team.

After discharge he returned to Colorado where he married Wanda Brown in Palisade, Colo., and they ranched in that area. They were later divorced.

He moved to Eagle, Colo., where he ranched for eight years and then moved to Ft. Collins, Colo., in 1968 where he started Johnson Livestock Trucking.

He married Marian Thayer of Ft. Collins, Colo., in December of 1975 in Las Vegas, Nev. He continued trucking cattle until 2010. They moved to Mitchell, Neb., later where he farmed and ranched. They moved to Lingle, Wyo., in 2013 where he ranched.

Lee bred and showed draft horses most of his life.

Lee is survived by his wife Marian of Lingle, Wyo.; sons Terry (Laura) Johnson of Longmont, Colo., Rick Johnson of Lingle, Wyo., Mike (Karen) Johnson of Lingle, Wyo., and Brad (Teresa) Norton of Eagle Grove, Iowa; daughters Wendy Fech (Bob Menuey) of Hyannis, Neb., and LuAnn (Les) Daigh of Boyd, Texas; a sister Norman Jean Carlson of North Carolina; 17 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held August 24, 2015, at North Hills Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Percheron Horse Association (Education Fund) or the American Heart Association. ❖

Nellie Owen

Nellie Owen, 69, of Brule, Neb., passed away August 20, 2015, in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

Nellie Rose Shears was born July 13, 1946, in Thedford, Neb., the daughter of Vernon P. and Cornelia J. (Florea) Shears.

She received her early education in Thedford and fifth grade through 12th grade in Broken Bow, Neb.

She was employed at B & D Factory and the Tumbleweed Cafe in Broken Bow, Neb., Cornhusker Ammunition in Grand Island, Neb., and West Company in Kearney, Neb.

Nellie worked at TRW and ASC in Ogallala, Neb., for more than 12 years.

On October 30, 1967, Nellie was united in marriage to Duane L. Owen, Sr. The couple resided in Axtell, Neb. Later residencies included Broken Bow, Valentine, Barlett, North Platte, Cozad, Stapleton, Brady and also Texas. They later settled in Brule.

She held several employments including babysitter, dishwasher, cleaning, and motel laundry service. Nellie also did farm work and drove a feed truck.

Her hobbies included reading, doing puzzles, playing games,shopping, and watching old movies and soap operas on television. She especially enjoyed talking on the phone to friends and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Duane, Jr. (Becky) Owen of Juniata, Neb., Tina (Bryan) Winter of Dix, Neb., Tonia (Dana) Hansen of Broadwater, Neb., Teresa (Dale) Pinkston of Hastings, Neb., Twila Biel of Ogallala, Neb., and Thelma (Brandon) Bullock of Brule, Neb. Two brothers: Claude Shears of Broken Bow, Neb., and Jerry (Natalie) Shears of Alda, Neb. Three sisters: Marion (Jon) Holmes of Miller, Neb., LaVerna Trotter of Broken Bow, Neb., and Tammy Shears of Brighton, Colo. Also 12 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her husband in 1999, her parents, son-in-law Andy Biel, and brother-in-law Ted Trotter.

Service were August 24, 2015, at in Draucker Funeral Home. Interment followed in Plum Creek Cemetery near Lewellen, Neb.

A memorial has been established in her name. ❖

Cynthia Sullivan

Cynthia Joy Sullivan passed away August 25, 2015.

Cindy was born in Denver, Colo., to Donna and Cecil Curtis.

Cindy had an infectious personality that brought joy to her friends and family. She loved being a CNA and caring for her residents at the nursing homes where she worked. She had three amazing children that she raised to have the same compassion for helping people as she did. Cindy was a foster parent and loved children. It was a running joke that instead of bringing home stray animals she brought home stray children. She even made one of those children a member of her family through adoption. There were many children she brought into her life, that still consider her a mother figure today.

Cindy had a deep love for her grandchildren that poured from her heart. She enjoyed having her family all get together and spoiling her grandchildren.

Cindy is survived by her children Michael McGregor (Michelle), Donald McGregor (Keri), Sumer Graham (Don), Eddie McGregor; her grandchildren Taryn, Gavin, Gaige, Faith, Grady, Riley, Khylah, Max and Paige; her mother, Donna Curtis; husband, John Sullivan; step-children Abby Schmidt (Bill), Lee Sullivan; step-grandchildren; CJ and Eli; siblings Linda Humphrey, Debbie Holcomb (Paul), Dwaine Curtis (Barb) and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved as her own.

A Memorial Service was held September 2, 2015, at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Donations may be made to the Love For Cindy account established at Wells Fargo Bank. Funds from the account will be donated to a charity selected by her children in Cindy’s name. ❖

Royal V. Thompson

R. V. “Tommy” Thompson, 83, of Delta, Colo., passed away August 26, 2015.

Royal was born on August 31, 1931 to Earl and Elnora Thompson in Cortez, Colo.

On December 31, 1954, he married Juanita Baldwin in Aztec, N.M. They lived in several places, Cortez, Colo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Montrose, Colo., and made a home in Delta, Colo., for 25 years. They celebrated 59 years of marriage until Juanita’s passing in July 2013.

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were foster parents for over 200 children. R.V. enjoyed family, church, rodeos and his ranch in Shavano Valley. He worked for Uncomphagre Valley Water Users for 24 years. R.V. served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

He is survived by his son, Frank Leroy (Luke) Gerstner; daughter, Chandra Thompson, both of Delta, Colo.; daughter, Diane Thompson of Montrose, Colo.; son, Robert Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held August 31, 2015, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. Interment followed in Mesa View Cemetery. ❖

Brian Keith Fulton

Brian Keith Fulton, 52, passed away August 28, 2015, at Cherry County Hospital in his hometown of Valentine, Neb., after a long battle with brain cancer.

He was born October 14, 1962, in Pierre, S.D. He was the second of four sons of Tex and Mary Ann (C0wan) Fulton.

He graduated from Miller High School, Miller, S.D., and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.

On November 21, 1992, Brian married the love of his life, Lisa O’Rourke-Fulton. They moved to their current home in Todd County, S.D., in May of 1995 where they were blessed to raise their three sons on their ranch.

Brian was forever thinking of others and making sure everyone else was okay. He was a selfless person always giving ... he enjoyed coaching his sons in all their sports and was so very helpful in coaching many young people in the sport of rodeo. He loved teaching and coaching at the many tie-down roping and steer wrestling schools that he put on.

Brian joined the PRCA in 1984 straight out of South Dakota State University and quickly developed into one of the era’s elite timed-event cowboys. He qualified for the 1991 National Finals Rodeo as a tie-down roper and made it to the 1996 NFR as a steer wrestler, finishing second in the world to Chad Bedell by $14,777.

Brian placed in seven of 10 rounds at the 1996 NFR, sharing the wins in Rounds 2 and 3. If not for a broken barrier penalty in Round 5, he would have won the average title and the gold buckle.

For nearly 20 years he was a dominant figure in the Badlands Circuit. In addition to the record 12 year-end all-around championships. He also won the six year-end steer wrestling titles and one in the tie-down roping.

From 1986-1998, Brian won 11 titles at the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo in Bismarck, N.D., four each in the all-around and steer wrestling and three in tie-down roping. He represented the Badlands Circuit at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo 10 times, winning the RNCFR tie-down roping title in 1995 and the all-around a year later.

He was inducted into the Casey Tibbs Hall of Fame in Pierre, S.D., in 1999.

A knee injury early in the 2001 season forced Brian to step away from full-time competition.

Since 1995, he and his wife, Lisa, have operated the Fulton Performance Horse business at their ranch in Todd County, S.D., near the Nebraska border. Their 15th annual Fulton Performance Horse Sale was completed one week before Brian’s passing.

Brian is survived by his wife, Lisa Fulton of Valentine, Neb.; three sons, Jake, Jared and John Lloyd also of Valentine, Neb., his parents, Tex and Mary Ann Fulton of Miller, S.D., three brothers, Mark (Susan) Fulton, Paul (Kayleen) Fulton all of Miller, S.D., and Neil and Molly Fulton of Ft.Pierre, S.D., father-in-law, Lyle O’Rourke of Interior, S.D.; brother-in-laws: Tom (Lori) O’Rourke of Interior, S.D.; Brady (Lane) O’Rourke of Quinn, S.D.; sister-in-law, Kathy (Boyce) Kennedy of Wall, S.D.; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his Grandparents, Harley and Pearl Fulton and Art and Mary Cowan and first cousins Cam Cowan and Kimberly Cowan-Churchill.

Services were held September 1, 2015, at the Cherry County Fair Grounds in Valentine, Neb. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine. ❖

Verne Bixler

Verne Roger Bixler passed away August 29, 2015.

He was born on April 19, 1946, in Longmont, Colo., to Howard and Gayle Bixler.

He grew up on a farm south of Longmont, Colo., and attended Fairview High School. He enlisted in the Air Force and worked as a crew chief in Thailand on F4 Fighters during the Vietnam War. He graduated from CSU with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Nutrition.

Verne met Connie Kay Norden in Ft. Collins, Colo., and they married on June 22, 1974. They recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. Together they moved to Colorado Springs and opened their own feed store, Colorado Agri-Feed, in 1975.

Verne was a member of the Colorado Feed and Grain Association, the Rocky Mountain Plant Food Association, the National Western Stock Show, the Fed Beef Committee, the Colorado Cattlemen’s and Pikes Peak Cattlemen’s Associations, the Pikes Peak Range Riders, the Pikes Peak Range Rider Pivots, and Immanuel Lutheran Church. He served on the board of directors for the El Paso County 4-H Foundation, the Soil Conservation Society of America, the Range Riders (President 2008), and the Girl Scouts Wagon Wheel Council.

Verne is survived by his wife Connie, daughters Natasha Garver (John) and Amanda, grandsons Corbin and Barrett, sister Lynne, and numerous extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dale and Gene.

Donations may made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, or to the National Western Scholarship Trust, NWSS c/o Morgan Topolnicki, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, Colo., 80216.

Service were held September 4, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. ❖

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August 31, 2015 — 

Gene Ronald Richardson

Gene Ronald Richardson, 79, of of Bullhead City, Ariz., passed away June 20, 2015, in Bullhead City, Ariz.

He was born on June 8, 1936, in Denver, Colo., to Neal and Esther Richardson.

He grew up on the Edstrom dairy farm west of Brighton, Colo., and was a 1954 graduate of Brighton High School.

Gene married Nina Tuttle, also from Brighton, Colo., in 1956.

He worked as a truck driver until he joined the army and was stationed at Fort Ord in California. After returning home in the 60s, he and Nina had a daughter in 1962 and then were devorced in 1979. Nina passed in 2004.

Gene served as a police officer in Commerce City, Colo., from the 1960s into the 1980s. He then moved to Silverthorne, Colo., for a few years where he also served as a police officer. He then returned to Denver where he met and married Martha Jane Enslow, also of Denver, in 1990. During that time he managed an auto transport company. Later, he was a security officer for the Mile High Flea Market. He eventually retired from the Mile High Flea Market so that he and his wife could travel in their motor home and spend winters in Arizona. They eventually setteled in Bullhead City, Ariz., in 2004.

He loved spending time playing pool with his buddies and playing ball with his best friend, his dog McGregor.

Gene is survived by his wife Jane of Bullhead City, Ariz., his daughter Ronnetta Richardson-Roush (Ed) of Commerce City, Colo., a brother James Richardson (Jan) of Ft. Collins, Colo., two sisters, Laurie Ann Winters of Brighton, Colo., and Marilyn Brown (Harvey) also of Brighton, Colo., numerous nieces and nephews and many, many wonderful friends.

Graveside services will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 22, 2015, at 11:15 a.m. ❖

Marcella Wilson Trostel

Marcella Wilson Trostel, 89, passed away peacefully in her home on July 29, 2015.

She was born on a farm in Brighton, Colo., on May 30, 1926, to Arthur and Mamie (Harbison) Wilson.

Marcella grew up on different farms in the Brighton, Boulder and Henderson, Colo., area, also living in Missouri for a while.

She graduated from Brighton High School in 1945.

She married Joseph J. Trostel in 1947. Together they owned and built the Trostel Dairy Farm which operated for over 56 years.

She was a member of Denver Milk Producers, Mountain Empire Dairyman’s Association and Dairy Farmers of America. She helped the Dairyette’s at events and was a huge help for years, educating children at petting zoos.

Marcella was an avid chicken and horse woman, dog lover, hunter, outdoor woman, traveler and photographer.

Everyone she touched loved her generous and feisty nature.

She is survived by two children, Patrick J. Trostel (Linda) and Rhonda M. Mitchell (Robert); nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. “Grandma” will be greatly missed by her huge extended family.

Honor of her life will be held September 6, 2015, 1-4 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Firestone, Colo. ❖

Harvey Hager

Harvey Hager, 89, of Eaton, Colo., passed away on August 6, 2015.

He was born November 2, 1925, in Ault, Colo., to Carl “Charlie” and Addie (Gray) Hager.

Harvey grew up in Ault and attended schools in Fort Collins, Colo., and Galeton, Colo.

He served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed on a battleship in the Pacific Theater. Upon discharge, he returned to Eaton and began farming.

On November 30, 1946, in Windsor, Colo., Harvey married Lillian Schmidt, they were married over 62 years.

Harvey farmed in the Eaton area for over 40 years, raising corn, sugar beets, alfalfa and sheep.

Harvey’s greatest love was for his grandchildren and having good conversation over coffee with friends. In his later year’s he enjoyed riding the Eaton ditch and watching the Bronco’s and Rockies.

Harvey was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his children, Judy (Tim) Adams of Ault, Colo. and Jack (Linda) Hager of Camas, Wash.; grandchildren, Maggie (Mitch) Farnik of Brighton, Colo., Molly Adams of Ault, Colo., Jacob (Kayley) Hager of Concord, Calif., and Sarah Hager of Seattle, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Lee Farnik and Calvin Hager; and brother, Ivan (Mike) Hager of Carthage, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; four brothers, and one sister.

A celebration of Harvey’s life was held August 29, 2015 at Adamson Chapel, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Ault VFW” in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. ❖

‘Gene’ Ritchey

Gene Ritchey, 86, passed away, August 17, 2015, at the age of 86.

He was born in Brighton, Colo., on October 3, 1928, to Phinace and Clara (Heitman) Ritchey.

Gene grew up in Brighton and attended Independence School and graduated from Brighton High School in 1947 and went on to attend Colorado A&M. After attending college, Gene served in the Air National Guard from 1949-1952, and like his personality dictated, he bravely volunteered to walk ‘ground zero’ of Yucca Flats, Ariz., for the testing of an A-bomb detonation in the sky above him.

After serving our Country, Gene returned home and worked on the family dairy. In 1964 Gene invented the Ritchey Cattle Ear Tag, one of the first tags that made it possible for individual livestock identification. That same year, Gene and his wife Jo, founded Ritchey Livestock ID and continued to develop innovative products that lead the industry still today. Gene stayed active in the family business his entire life.

He married Naomi Jo Heneger on April 3, 1960, in Brighton, Colo.; together they raised three children.

Over the years, the agricultural industry has recognized Gene’s pioneering spirit and honored him with numerous awards and accolades. In 1989, Beef Magazine honored him as one of 25 people ‘Who Made a Difference’ in the cattle industry. Another 25 years later, Beef Magazine honored Gene again in their 50th anniversary issue as a continued industry leader. In 1996, the Colorado FFA Foundation inducted Gene into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, acknowledging his outstanding contribution to Colorado agriculture. Later, Gene was inducted into Show Times Jr. Livestock Magazine’s Hall of Fame.

Gene loved to invent things and had ideas on how to improve everything. He enjoyed turkey shoots and going fishing and never refused a good piece of pie. He loved to spend quality time with his family and truly appreciated life’s many blessings. His spirit, generosity, kindness and aspiration to make everything he touched better, inspired everyone he came in contact with.

Gene is survived by sons: Grant (Dawn) Ritchey of Hudson, Colo., and Craig (Cate) Ritchey of Brighton, Colo.; daughter: Becci (Todd) Scott of Ft. Pierre, S.D.; sister: Karen (Tim) Caldwell of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren: Cole, Lacy Jo, Ryanne, Reagan, Cameron, Chandler, Devyn, Brittani (and her husband, Shawn), Austin, Ali, Michael, Nickolas, Cedar, Stran, Tatum and three great-grandchildren.

Gene is preceded in death by his loving wife, Naomi Jo Ritchey; parents, Phinace and Clara Ritchey; Brothers, Ralph and Clinton and sister, Sharon.

Services were held August 26, 2015, at Harvest Fellowship Church in Brighton, Colo. Interment was at Elmwood Cemetery. ❖

Arthur Crosthwait

Arthur (Art) M. Crosthwait, 89, a lifelong resident of Morgan County, Colo., passed away peacefully on August 19, 2015 in Brush, Colo.

Art was born in Fort Morgan, Colo., on November 21, 1925, to H. Kennard and Elizabeth (Stroh) Crosthwait.

He graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 1943, before joining the U.S. Navy deploying to the South Pacific during World War II. Art served on the LST 559 until 1946.

Art married Bernice (Peterson) on May 5, 1946, at the All Saint’s Lutheran Church at Eben Ezer. The couple has two children, Ken and John. Art farmed first with his father-in-law, Hans Peterson, and then for several decades alongside his youngest son, John, until retirement.

Art has been an active and respected member of church congregations in Morgan County, where he loved to sing, most recently, the Brush Church of the Nazarene. He is also a member of the Brush Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2551. A return to the South Pacific to build a church in the Philippines, ship reunions with the Navy LST 559 crew, a family visit to England to see the Crosthwaite church, and a trip to Washington D.C. with Honor Flight Northern Colorado were highpoints for Art.

Growing in years allowed Art to recognize new ways to be a supportive community member. He was influential in the development of the Brush senior center. Most recently, Art lent his experience and compassion as a volunteer to Hospice of the Plains.

Art had a lifelong love of horses, dogs, and birds, but more importantly loved people. Never a homebody, he enjoyed visiting neighbors and having coffee with friends. The joy and love of his life was his family, to whom he bestowed his love of God, community, and living creatures.

Art is survived by Bernice, his beloved wife of 69 years; two sons, Ken (Gloria) of Austin, Texas, and John (Brenda) of Brush, Colo.; five adoring granddaughters, Crystal (Daniel) Perry, Heidi (Joe) Krothe, Rebecca Crosthwait, Erin (Matt) Nowland, and Sara (Philip) Wang; and nine great grandchildren, Aidan, Blade, Brynn, Parker, Carly, Calvin, Carter, Silas, and Reagan.

Art was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service to celebrate Art’s life was held August 25, 2015, at Brush Church of the Nazarene

The Crosthwait family wishes to extend a special thanks to the caring staff at Eben Ezer. Memorial donations may be made to Brush Church of the Nazarene building fund or the Honor Flight Northern Colorado C/O Heer Mortuary, 222 Cameron Street, Brush, Colo., 80723. ❖

Truett Carroll

Truett Carroll of La Junta, Colo. passed away on August 23, 2015. He was 81, one day short of his 82nd birthday.

Truett was born August 24, 1933 in Elida, NM to O.C. and Lorena Carroll. He was the fourth of eight children.

Truett attended Elida School before beginning to work on ranches in southeast New Mexico and later in southeast Colorado. He served in the U.S. Army and did a tour of duty in Korea. While working on a ranch in the Kim, Colo. area, Truett met and married Regena Platt. The couple continued to ranch in the Kim area for several years before moving to Cheraw, Colo. where they established a farming/ranching and horse training business.

Truett had a love for training good horses and roping. He learned his trade as a teenager when a screwworm epidemic broke out in New Mexico.

Truett was a Gold Card Member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA). He became a member of the PRCA in 1962. He competed as a professional calf roper on a full-time basis for more than 20 years. Some of his top wins included the Houston Stock Show, Colorado State Fair, Denver National Western Stock Show, Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. After hanging up his calf-roping rope in the early 1980’s Truett took up team roping and continued to compete professionally in that event for many more years as a header.

When not on the rodeo circuit, Truett was an accomplished roping horse trainer. For over 40 years, some of the top calf roping and team roping horses have been owned and trained by Truett. Truett gladly shared his knowledge with those who wanted to learn; conducting several roping schools over the years and teaching his children and grandchildren everything he had learned the hard way.

Over the year, Truett, and his wife Regena, built a solid farming and yearling operation near Cheraw. Truett served on the board of directors and president for the Timberlake Grazing Association. He was also involved in a partnership that provided cattle processing services to commercial feedlots in southeast Colorado and western Kansas.

Truett is survived by his wife, Regena, of the family home. Daughter; Almabeth (Dave) Kaess, Swink; son Dick (Mary Sue) Carroll, Cheraw; five grandchildren, two great-grandsons. Truett is survived by his brother, Jim Carroll, La Junta; sisters Oneri McCrary, Hobbs, NM; Mary Steward, Ruidoso, NM, and Margaret Stanley, Texas. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Everett, Bob and Ted Carroll, all from New Mexico.

A memorial service will be held on August 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Cowboy Church, 26910 Hwy 109, La Junta.

Memorial contributions in Truett’s name can be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. ❖

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August 24, 2015 — 

Maurice Wayne Boney

Maurice Wayne Boney, 96, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away May 2, 2015.

He was born January 24, 1919, in Sac City, Iowa, the son of Harry and Minnie (Tiffin) Boney.

Mr. Boney was a graduate of Lytton High School, Lytton, Iowa, and Iowa State University with a degree in Animal Husbandry. Active in college sports, he played with the Iowa State Polo team all four years and was their captain during his senior year.

Following graduation, Mr. Boney served with the Army Air Corps from June 1941 through December, 1945. Captain Boney was part of the 485th Bomb Group in 1944 serving as the 829th squadron leader flying missions over Italy, Germany, Austria and Yugoslavia in a B-24. During a bombing raid to Wiener-Neustadt, Austria in May of 1944, his aircraft was forced to ditch in the Adriatic Sea. The 10 man crew all managed to reach a raft despite heavy shelling from the Germans on an island about a half mile away. Maurice credited their survival to two British Spitfires who circled over them for two hours until they were picked up by a fast torpedo boat of the British Royal Navy. Maurice went on to fly many more missions before he returned to the U.S. in August of 1944 and he often shared stories of his military service with family and friends. Maurice eventually attained the rank of Major, in the Army Reserves.

On September 19, 1944, Maurice married Margaret Elizabeth Whitney, in her home town of Wessington Springs, S.D. She preceded him in death in 1991.

Mr. Boney was in the Cattle Industry throughout his working career. From 1957 to 1970, he and his family lived in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he owned the Northwest Iowa Livestock Exchange at Alta, Iowa. In 1970, he moved to Colorado where he began developing his own breed of cattle, using imported Irish bulls, thereby establishing and trademarking a new breed of cattle named “Irish Blacks.” Mr. Boney continued to devote all of his efforts to improve the performance of his purebred Irish Blacks and propel them to become some of the best performing cattle in the country. He became very well respected within the agricultural community for his contribution and well regarded as an expert in beef cattle genetics. The breed continues to grow in popularity today and Mr. Boney is credited for it’s success due to his skill in raising quality cattle.

Mr. Boney is survived by his daughter, Carol E. Boney; son, Maurice Whitney Boney and wife, Sharon and two grandsons, Grant Whitney Boney and Michael Benjamin Boney, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to his wife, those preceding Maurice in death were his parents; his brother, Harold E. Boney and wife Ruth; his sister, Loretta Conley and her husbands Donald Lewis and Joe Conley; a nephew Rex Lewis and niece, Renae Jesse; his parents-in-law, Harry and Jesse Whitney; his brother-in-law, Wyman Whitney and wife, Claire; his sister-in-law, Harriet Porter and husband, Donald; his sister-in-law Carol Crull and husband Ford.

Services were held May 13, 2015 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo. ❖

Tom C. Gilmore

Tom C. Gilmore, 85, passed away July 19, 2015.

His life was an inspiration to all his family and those whose knew him. No one gave their love so freely and unconditionally as he did. Every man was his friend and he treated everyone with respect and decency.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Berta Gilmore; one brother Bud (Pat) Gilmore of Grand Junction, Colo.; his daughters Vicky (Rodger) Powell of Montrose, Colo., and Sandy (Bill) Gray of Olathe, Colo.; his two stepdaughters Lynne (Joe) Markum of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Andree Thomas of Elk Grove, Calif. Tom is also survived by four grandchildren; four step grandchildren and his 11 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Merritt Victor Gilmore and Rose Lillian (Mills) Gilmore and his late wife Leora Gilmore.

Donation in Tom’s name to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse, Attention: Undersheriff Murdie, 1200 North Grand Avenue, Montrose, Colo., 81401.

Service were held July 24, 2015, at Grace Community Church. ❖

Allen Ray Robbins

Allen Ray Robbins, 70, of Tioga, N.D., passed away July 27, 2015.

Allen was born on February 21, 1945, in Valentine, Neb.

He attended school in Long Valley, S.D. As a young boy, he worked on the family ranch.

He entered the US Army on May 24, 1965. He was honorably discharged from the US Army on May 23, 1969. He was an armor crewman in the Army and served in Germany. He obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He was married to Sharon Babby in Belle Fourche from October 6, 1969-1985; three children were born to this union. He married Pat Werden from September 28, 1985-1999.

He was a well driller from the early 1970s until his retirement in 2012. He recently drove a truck in the North Dakota oil fields.

He was an active member of the Northern Colorado Cowboy Church in Lucerne, Colo. Allan served as a past Commander of Post 240. Allen enjoyed outdoor activities especially hunting and fishing. He was a generous and caring man who could be counted on by his friends and family.

Survivors include his daughters, Angela, Lynette and son, Wayland and their spouses; step-children, Raymond, Caroline, Robert and Bill; eight sisters; three brothers; nine granddaughters, three grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Angela; brother, Billy; parents, Edwin (Slug) L. Robbins and Wilma L. (Klingaman) Robbins; grandparents, Bert and Josie Klingaman and Oscar and Bernice Robbins; and four nephews.

Services were held August 2, 2015, in Martin S.D. Burial was at the Martin Community Cemetery. ❖

Larry E. Enke

Larry E. Enke, 70, passed away unexpectedly at home August 3, 2015.

He was born in Rochester, Minn., on May 2, 1945, to Don and Kathryn Enke.

His family moved to Longmont, Colo., in 1950 and to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1957 where he attended Lincoln Jr High and graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1963.

He married Marge McCullough on July 2, 1965. She brought two children to the family, Scott Staggs and Kimberly Staggs. They had one son together, Terry Enke.

Larry and his family lived in Windsor, Timnath, Livermore and Wellington, Colo. In their early years together, Larry and Marge enjoyed being members of the Windsor Wranglers Saddle Club. In the 1970s, Larry volunteered as a reserve for the Fort Collins Police Department. While in Livermore, Larry was a member of the Glacier View Fire Department.

Larry retired from the City of Fort Collins Equipment Division after 23 years of service. In his retirement, he continued his love for the western way of life. He started Doublestitch Leather where he performed saddle and tack repair. He and Marge also started a horse motel, Interstate Stables. Larry enjoyed working at Brian’s Electric where he ran various types of equipment.

Hobbies that Larry enjoyed included jeeping, riding Harleys, CB radios, RC airplanes, fishing, boating, pig roasts, cattle drives in Wyoming, helping with family farming and cattle, eating at El Burrito and spending time with his family. There was not a single thing he could not fix or figure out how to do. He was always the first one to help his friends and family in times of need. Larry had a smile and a kind and friendly manner for everyone he met and knew.

Larry is survived by his spouse, Marge, son Terry Enke (Taanjia), granddaughter Shelbylynne Enke, step-daughter Kimberly Staggs Berdan (David), grandson Andrew Prentice, granddaughter Samantha Staggs-Lemmon (George), great-grandson George William Lemmon, daughter-in-law Michele Staggs, granddaughter Jackie Staggs and grandson Tommy Staggs, sister Donna Palmer and brother David Enke, as well as several nieces and nephews, many good friends, and his favorite companions, Blue and Jack.

He is preceded in death by his parents and step-son Scott Staggs.

A Celebration of Life with family and friends will be held at a later date.

Donations to Larry Enke Education Memorial Fund, c/o Allnut Funeral. ❖

Wayne Mekelburg

Merle Wayne Mekelburg, 77, passed away August 10, 2015, from numerous medical problems at Yuma District Hospital.

He was born September 24, 1937, in Yuma, Colo., to Edward and Avaline Fletcher Mekelburg.

He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church on October 17, 1937.

Wayne grew up on a farm south east of Abarr, Colo., and attended country school in Abarr through the sixth grade. He then stayed in Yuma with his grandparents while attending St. John’s Lutheran school in Yuma for seventh and eighth grade. Wayne was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yuma on April 6, 1952. Wayne then attended Yuma High School graduating in 1956.

After graduating from high school, he moved with his parents to Ft. Morgan, Colo., where both he and his dad worked for Green Bros Cement. He attended NJC in Sterling, Colo., graduating with the class of 1958.

He met his future wife Nedra while attending NJC. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Morgan, Colo., on June 29, 1958. They were blessed with daughter Dani Rae on March 9, 1972. They made their home in Sterling, Colo., where Wayne went to work for Lebsack’s Feedyard in Sterling.

Wayne served his country in the National Guard from September 1960 to September 1963. He was allowed to miss one summer of summer camp to help Nedra out at home after a horseback riding accident. In 1962 Wayne and Nedra moved to Yuma where he was employed by Frank Herman and sons. Later on, Stan and Roger Herman, Verne Haruf and Wayne formed Mill Iron Diamond where they had a diversified farming and ranching along with a dairy which Wayne managed for many years. In March of 1975 along with four other dairyman Yuma Milk was formed. Wayne managed Yuma Milk for many years and after the dairy sold, Wayne continued to work at the dairy. He also started TLCC (Tender Loving Calf Care) during his years at the dairy. After moving to town in 1992, Wayne worked for Rich Nelson doing various farming and ranching duties. Which lead to Wayne purchasing Nelson’s hay equipment and going into custom haying business for himself. Wayne and Nedra started Hayman, Inc. and Wayne was known to many as “The Hayman.” 2007 was the last hay season for Wayne and Nedra as Wayne was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008.

Wayne was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran church. Wayne was an active member of the Yuma Lion’s Club for 52 years, with 51 years of perfect attendance. Wayne also held every office over the years while he was a member of the Lion’s Club. A highlight of Lion’s Club for Wayne was when he received the Humanitarian award in 2015. He was also a very active member with The Old Thresher’s Group of Yuma, volunteering many hours there. His hobbies included, golfing, bowling, pitching horseshoes, playing cards with buddies, leather craft, pheasant hunting with good friends, and supporting Yuma Indian athletics.

He is survived by his wife Nedra, daughter Dani and husband Matt of Yuma, Colo.; Grandsons, Nathan of Yuma, Colo.; Alex and wife Tori of Flagler, Colo., and their children Bailey and Braxton; Aron and wife Alyssa, of Wray, Colo.; brothers Milton Mekelburg, Yuma, Colo.; Maurice (Jeannie) Mekelburg of Green Valley, Ariz.; Gary (Marcia) Mekelburg of Casa Grande, Ariz.; Gale (Kathy) Mekelburg of Nampa, Idaho; sister Carol (Art) Scheierman of Sutton, Neb.; sister-in-law Neva (John) Castor of Thornton, Colo.; brother-in-law Loren Probasco of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; numerous nephews, nieces, and good friends.

Wayne was preceeded in death by his parents Ed and Avaline; father-in-law and mother-in-law Verlyn and Edna Probasco; brother and sister-in-law Leon and Doris Mekelburg; sisters-in-law Genevieve Mekelburg and Louise Probasco; brother-in-law Richard Probasco; nephew Mike Mekelburg; and infant son born in 1965.

Services were held August 14, 2015, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery. ❖

Merle E. Brew

Merle E. Brew, 89, of Olathe, Colo., passed away on August 14, 2015.

Merle was born on September 23, 1925, to Cecil Rhodes and Irene May (Paxton) Brew in Olathe, Colo.

He graduated from Olathe High School.

On February 8, 1948, Merle married Eleanor M. Kettle in Austin, Colo. To this union two children were born. The couple just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past February.

Merle was a life member of Delta Elk’s Lodge No. 1235.

Merle enjoyed farming, flying planes, old steam locomotives and prospecting. He enjoyed 4-wheeling in his jeep, never wanting to get to the top of the mountain and turning around, he wanted to go over the top and into town. Most of all he enjoyed his family and friends whether at home or summer outings.

He is survived by a son, Wayne Brew of Delta, Colo.; daughter, Merlene Brew of Delta, Colo.; grandson, Quinn Archibeque of Delta, Colo.; great-grandchildren Morgan Archibeque of Cedaredge, Colo., and Steven Archibeque of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers: Kenneth and Robert Brew of Pea Green, Colo.

Merle was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor, parents, Cecil and Irene Brew, a sister, JoAnn Anders and grandson, Douglas Archibeque.

Services were held August 19, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo. Interment followed at Mesa View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest Hospice P. O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416. ❖

Kenneth R Goeglein

Kenneth R Goeglein, 78, of Yuma, Colo., passed away August 12, 2015.

He was born October 12, 1936, to Carl W. and Gladys (Seide) Goeglein in Yuma, Colo.

Kenneth lived his entire life in the Yuma area. He attended schools at the St. John’s Day School and Yuma Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1956. He participated in sports, with football being his favorite. He was also active in 4-H and FFA. Kenneth went to NJC in Sterling on a football scholarship, majoring in agriculture. He came back to Yuma and purchased his farm in September of 1959.

He was inducted into the Army October 12, 1959, serving in the 41st Artillery from 1959-1961. He received an early out to be home for wheat harvest. He continued to build his cow herd and expand his farm, being one of the first to put in irrigation.

Kenneth was Outstanding Cooperator for the Yuma Soil Conservation District and also was a board member; Pioneer Breeder twice for the Colorado Angus Association; served 12 years on the M & M Co-op Board, 10 years as President; awarded the Bill Seward Memorial Award.

He was baptized, confirmed and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Kenneth married Marilyn K. Lewien on December 11, 1964.

Surviving Kenneth are his children: Kristi (Kelly) Appelhans, Becky (Chris) Glaze, and Kent (Renee) Goeglein. Eight grandchildren and one great grandson. Siblings: Carl E. Goeglein, Betty Mills, Mille Miller, Dorothy (Gene) Cook, Linda (Jim) Huyghebaert. Brother-in-laws: Dick (Bertha) Lewien and Jim (Cathy) Lewien.

Preceding him in death: Parents; parents-in-law, Clark and Catherine Lewien; brother-in-law, Elmer Miller; sister-in-law, Melva Goeglein; brothers-in-law, Danny Lewien and Gary Lewien.

Service were held August 17, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Yuma. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colo. ❖

Everett Hildenbrandt

Everett Earl Hildenbrandt, 93, of La Salle, Colo., passed away August 15, 2015, at Centennial Health Care in Greeley, Colo.

Everett was born September 26, 1921, in rural Platteville, Colo., to George and Pearl Hildenbrandt.

Everett graduated from Platteville High School in 1939.

He farmed in Platteville and married Ruth Bernard January 9, 1944.

He served in the Army from July 1944-July 1946, and returned to farming in Platteville.

In 1969 he and his family moved to La Salle. He worked at Hildenbrandt Implements for two years then worked as custodian at La Salle RE-1 Middle School, retiring after 20 years in 1989.

Everett believed in honesty, the truth, and always doing right. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Platteville until they moved to La Salle and joined the First Presbyterian Church there. When he was unable to attend, he enjoyed many special visits from Pastor Michael Fitzsimmons.

Everett loved fishing and baseball. He played on a town team in Platteville and was an avid Red Sox fan. He and Ruth spent many summers camping and fishing in the upper Poudre Canyon. The Trading Post was a favorite camp spot. From there they traveled to many lakes and streams and truly enjoyed the beauty of the mountains. When that was no longer an option, he worked jig-saw puzzles, read Louis L ‘Amour books, with a collection well over a hundred, and sitting outside on the porch visiting with neighbors.

Everett is survived by his wife Ruth; sons Gregory of La Salle, Colo., and Richard of Aurora, Colo.; granddaughters April, Holly, Whitney (Trever) Hanssen, Athena, Crystal, and Stephanie; grandsons Jeremy, Jason (Winter) and Alexander (Molly); 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth Duggan of Aurora, Colo., and Faith Clarke of Lakewood, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his sons David and Vernon Lee; grandson Baby Thomas; and brother Lester.

An inurnment will be held August 27, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at the Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont, Colo. A memorial service will be held August 28, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of La Salle with a reception to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in La Salle in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Scott C. Ellis

Scott C. Ellis, 55, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away August 15, 2015, doing what he loved while racing in his 19th Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race in Leadville, Colo.

Scott was born April 19, 1960, in Denver, Colo., to Lyle and Marjorie Hilton Ellis. Scott was raised southeast of Loveland, Colo., where his family farmed and raised beef and dairy cattle. The family was very involved with Larimer County 4-H raising market and breeding beef.

Scott attended Loveland schools and graduated from Thompson Valley High School in 1979. He graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1983 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He began his engineering career with the Colorado Department of Transportation in 1983.

Scott met his future wife, Connie Blanchard, at Allison Hall where they both resided while attending Colorado State University. They married on September 12, 1987, in Denver, Colo., and have resided in Pueblo, Denver, Sterling and Johnstown, Colo.

In addition to spending time with his family and friends, Scott had many interests including road cycling, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, swimming, competing in Ironman races and photography.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Ellis of Johnstown, Colo.; brothers Wayne (Tracey) Ellis of Windsor, Colo., and Greg Ellis of Durango, Colo.; sister Marilyn (Jock) Visser of Las Vegas, Nev.; father-in-law Ernest Blanchard of Eckert, Colo.; mother-in-law Linda Blanchard of Lakewood, Colo.; sisters-in-law Sandy Blanchard of Fowler, Colo., and Julie (Jerry) Pryor of Littleton, Colo.; brothers-in-law Eric Blanchard of Arvada, Colo., and Stan Blanchard of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; nieces and nephews Lindsay (Ryan) Elworthy and family, Jennifer (Trevor) Most and family and Kyle Ellis all of Durango, Colo.; Jessica (Aaron) Rozsa and family of Aurora, Colo.; Austin Ellis and Dalton Ellis of Windsor, Colo.; Michael Morrissey of Littleton, Colo.; Shane Morrissey of Dallas, Texas and Riley Blanchard of Lakewood, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., on August 29, 2015, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Loveland, Colo.

Donations can be made to: Colorado State University Cycling Team, Loveland Habitat for Humanity, or Larimer Humane Society in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo., 80538. ❖

Lee M. Johnson

Lee Mac Johnson, 81, of Lingle, Wyo.. passed away August 19, 2015, at Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo.

Lee was born March 1, 1934, in Aiken, Minn., the son of Frank and Lois (McMahon) Johnson. The family moved to Boulder County, Colo., where he grew up and attended school.

He was drafted into the US Army where he served in the Air Borne division and on the pistol team. After discharge he returned to Colorado where he married Wanda Brown in Palisade, Colo., and they ranched in that area. They were later divorced.

He moved to Eagle, Colo., where he ranched for eight years and then moved to Ft. Collins, Colo., in 1968 where he started Johnson Livestock Trucking.

He married Marian Thayer in December of 1975 in Las Vegas, Nev. He continued trucking cattle until 2010. They moved to Mitchell, Neb., later where he farmed and ranched. They moved to Lingle, Wyo., in 2013 where he ranched. Lee bred and showed draft horses most of his life.

Lee is survived by his wife Marian of Lingle, Wyo.; sons Terry (Laura) Johnson of Longmont, Colo., Rick Johnson of Lingle, Wyo., Mike (Karen) Johnson of Lingle, Wyo., and Brad (Teresa) Norton of Eagle Grove, Iowa; daughters Wendy Fech (Bob Menuey) of Hyannis, Neb., and LuAnn (Les) Daigh of Boyd, Texas; a sister Norman Jean Carlson of North Carolina; 17 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held August 24, 2015, at North Hills Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery. ❖

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August 17, 2015 — 

Richard Podtburg

Richard “Rich” Podtburg, 74, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 25, 2015.

He was born on March 6, 1941, in Beatrice, Neb., to Fredrick Carl and Waunita Grace (Heyen) Podtburg.

Rich graduated from Greeley High School in 1959.

He married Phyllis Stutz on December 16, 1962 in Greeley, Colo.

He started young as DHIA tester at the age of 18 and tested for 10 years until he started milking cows in 1969. He was able to acquire a herd in 1979. Then in 1984 he started his own dairy just northwest of Greeley. In years to follow, he enjoyed the farming aspect as much as the growing the dairy, especially harvesting corn and plowing. In 2000, he became the designated forage harvester operator for both haylage and silage for the dairy. He enjoyed running errands for the dairy where he built many good and lasting friendships along the way.

He loved Sunday drives in the country with his wife, looking at the fields of corn and cruising with his newly restored 72 GMC pickup.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Podtburg of Greeley, Colo.; two sons and their wives, Jeff and Keli Podtburg of Greeley, Colo., and Ken and Eli Podtburg of Greeley, Colo.; eight grandchildren: Rodney and wife Tiffany, Jaymie, Lyndsi, Jordan, Karissa, Megan, Mindi and Dani; two sisters, Carol Brown and Ruth Horst and husband Myron all of Evans, Colo.; With many additional nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Waunita Podtburg, a brother Virgil Podtburg and a sister, Bernadine Podtburg.

Services were held July 30, 2015, at the Moser Funeral Service Chapel in Evans, Colo. Celebration of Life was July 31, 2015 at the St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley, Colo. A private family graveside services was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Lung Association in care of Moser Funeral and Cremation Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, Colo., 80620. ❖

Victor Weidmann

Victor Hugo “Duke” Weidmann, who admitted to being in the last one quarter of his first 100 years, of Longmont, Colo., passed away July 31, 2015.

He was born in New York to Victor Hugo and Dorothy (Caldwell) Weidmann.

Mr. Weidmann married Eleanor J. Porreca of Medford, Mass., in 1949. They are the parents of Donna L. Walter of Ft. Collins, Colo., Lisa M. Weidmann (deceased), and Suzanne V. Morrison and son-in-law Michael Morrison of Los Osos, Calif. They have one grandson and two great-grandsons. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Lofton and her husband James of Fort Collins, Colo.

He served in all theaters of operation during World War II as a seaman, small boat coxswain, and quartermaster with the U.S. Coast Guard. From the end of WWII to the end of the Korean War he was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve serving in both surface and submarine units.

A civil engineer, land surveyor, construction claims arbitrator and wastewater treatment plant operator he was a graduate of Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. In 1956 he entered the private practice of (consulting) engineering field after a short management career with U.S. Steel Corporation. After working as a branch office manager for an out of state firm he opened his own engineering practice in 1963 in Gary and Hobart, Ind. In 1972 he moved his practice to Colorado where he continued until the closing of the practice in 2008. Mr. Weidmann was the recipient of national and international recognitions by his professional peers. Additionally he was involved in farming and ranching activities during the 1970s and 1980s.

Professionally he was a Diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, carried on the Roster of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association, a Life Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Life Fellow of the American Consulting Engineers Council, and a Life Member of the American Water Works Association. Personally he was a member of the paralyzed Veterans of America, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the National Rifle Association.

He was a member of the Summit Foursquare Church in Longmont, Colo., having become a Christian in 1983. Jesus Christ was his life. For several decades he had been active in conservative and constitutional political activities.

Private graveside services will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery and a memorial service will take place at Summit Foursquare Church on September 25, 2015, with the time to be determined later.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Muscular Dystrophy Association for ALS Research, The ALS Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St., Longmont, Colo., 80501. ❖

Beebe G. Townsend

Beebe G. Townsend, 89, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away August 1, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family.

Beebe Grace Austin was born on the family homestead on Stewart Mesa in Paonia, Colo., to the late Sevolia E. and Grace Zona Hall Austin on September 25, 1925.

A proud pioneer of the North Fork Valley, Beebe was a graduate of Hotchkiss High School with the class of 1943. That same year on April 18th she married the love of her life H. Emory Townsend at the Friends Church in Paonia, Colo. They were blessed with three children Patricia, Bonnie and Eddie. She and Emory shared an amazing 72 years together.

In 1957, Beebe was the Co-Carrier alongside Emory for the Ragged Mountain Mail Route. This is a task they shared until her death. They also worked together at the Pan American Seed Company in Paonia where Beebe was a supervisor for many years setting the example of hard work ethic to several folks around the valley as well as school kids during summer break. She and Emory made several trips to Florida helping relocate the seed company after it was purchased by another party. Some may also remember Beebe as the receptionist at the North Fork Medical Clinic.

When she was more able Beebe loved to volunteer her time cooking at Camp ID-RA-HA-JE West as well as Quaker Ridge Church Camp in Colorado Springs. She enjoyed being “Camp Cook” at many of the hunting camps with her family and close friends as well as horseback riding, downhill skiing, gardening and snowmobiling. Her and Emory enjoyed traveling and when they did they always made it an adventure never returning the same way they went; often over mountain passes out of their way. They loved to camp together with their family and friends and did so just weeks prior to her death.

Those grateful to have shared in Beebe’s life include her husband Emory; two daughters, Patricia Shaffer and husband Doug and Bonnie Pace and husband Art all of Hotchkiss, Colo.; one son, Eddie Townsend also of Hotchkiss, Colo. She is further survived by 10 grand children, 22 great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by four sisters, Zula Bailey, Roberta Tunks, Yula West, Wanda Smith and two brothers, S.E. Austin and Joe Jack Austin.

Services were held August 7, 2015, at Mountain View Bible Church in Lazear, Colo. Interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Paonia, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Beebe’s memory to Camp ID-RA-HA-JE West, 27862 CR 12, Somerset, Colo., 81434. ❖

D. Louise Finnerty

D. Louise Finnerty, 79, passed away August 3, 2015 at her ranch home near Wheatland, Wyo.

She was born March 4, 1936, in Harlowton, Mont., the daughter of George Earl and Marjorie (Muir) Munson.

She was raised on the family ranch and educated in Harlowton. She graduated from Harlowton High School and attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., where she was on the shooting team. After one year at Montana State she transferred to the University of Wyoming where she received her teaching degree.

She taught school in Douglas, Wyo., for one year and was than married to Jack Finnerty on August 20, 1960, in Twodot, Mont.

She has resided on the Finnerty Ranch for the past 55 years and was a great ranch hand. In 1978 she returned to teaching. She taught in Wheatland, Wyo., for two years and in Chugwater, Wyo., for 18 years.

She served as a director for the Girl Rodeo Association for 17 years and was a member for 50 plus years. She participated in barrel racing, team roping, and was a hazer.

Louise made it a point to attend all of her sons and grandsons sporting events.

She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church.

Louise is survived by her sons, Matt Finnerty of Lytle Creek, Calif., and Dean Finnerty of Wheatland, Wyo.; siblings, Diane Morris of Twodot, Wyo., and Earl Munson of Golden, Colo.; and three grandsons.

Preceded in death by her parents.

Services were held August 7, 2015, at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Wheatland, Wyo.

A memorial to the ALS Foundation in care of the University of Utah Health Care, 175 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84132 or to the Wheatland High School Rodeo Team, 15 Coyote Drive, Wheatland, Wyo., 82201 would be appreciated by the family. ❖

Keith Cross

Keith Bradly “Brad” Cross, 60, of Harrisburg, Neb., passed away August 5, 2015.

Brad was born May 4, 1955, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Keith and Barbara June (Nicodemus) Cross and received his early education in the Banner County Schools, graduating from Melbeta High School in 1973.

He married Barbara S. Smith on March 19, 1976, at United Methodist Church in Mitchell, Neb. He made his home for nearly 40 years in Banner County.

Brad was a member of the Banner County School Board for 16 years, Banner County Volunteer Fire Department, Banner County Jaycees, National Pony Express Association since 1988, Cheyenne Parades and Rodeo Grand Entries for over 30 years, AQHA member and 4-H Horse Leader.

Brad is survived by his wife Barb; son Seth (Karla) Cross of Lincoln Neb.; daughters Kelly (David) Mowers of Englewood, Colo., Holly (Bo) Riechenberg of Sutherland, Neb.; grandchildren (the light of his life) Wyatt, Wilbur, Timmy and Brody; mother Barbara J Cross of Harrisburg, Neb.; sister Bernadette Cross of Harrisburg, Neb.; brothers Faron (Wanda) Cross of Harrison, Neb., Adam “Hoss” (Teresa) Cross of Lyman, Neb., Ben (Leslie) Cross of Mitchell, Neb.; father/mother-in-law Robert and Virginia Smith of Bridgeport, Neb.; brothers-in-law Clint (Jeri) Smith of Westminster, Colo., Marty Smith of Lakewood, Colo., Mike (Lisa) Smith of Bridgeport, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews who were so dear to him and too many friends to count.

He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Cross; grandparents Ben and Alice Cross, Fred and Pauline Nicodemus.

Services were held August 10, 2015, at Banner County High School in Harrisburg, Neb. Burial was at Gabe Rock Cemetery, 7 miles west of Harrisburg, Neb.

A memorial has been established to the Brad Cross Memorial. ❖

Michael R. Arends

Michael R. “Mike-Arty” Arends, 65, passed away on August 9, 2015, after a brief battle with cancer with loving family around him.

Mike, as he became known, was born to Roy and Vera (Bradsby) Arends on June 9, 1950, in Mullen, Neb.

Mike attended school in Mullen, Neb., graduating in 1968. He attended college at Kearney State obtaining a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Economics, graduating in 1980. He joined the Air Force in February 1969 and served as a Staff Sargent helping organize the supply division in Viet Nam. He was honorably discharged in February 1973.

After working various jobs and attending college in Kearney, Neb., he met and married Deanna J. (Sear) Palmer on August 8, 1981. Joining them was son Wade and daughter Wendy. They moved back to Mullen, Neb., in February 1982.

Mike worked day jobs and construction until January 1984 when he started as a Support Services Supervisor at Pioneer Memorial Rest Home working until July 2015. Mike was also employed at the Mullen Funeral Home for 28 years.

Mike volunteered on the Ambulance as a sub-driver and EMT for 20 years. He also volunteered as a Fireman and was Vice Commander of the American Legion No. 109 and VFW No. 5541.

“Arty” loved his family and all sports especially Nebraska Football, golf, reading, crosswords and man’s best friend, his dogs; he and Dee rescued many. Mike always had a positive attitude for anyone; he knew and felt there was some good in everyone.

Leaving to survive are his wife Dee, Wade (Molly) Palmer, Wendy Palmer (and special friend Matt), brother Ed (Deb) Arends, Mona (Jim) Brannan, Roiann (Rick) Hays, grandchildren Dylan, Wade Jr., Abby and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents, sister Pat Arends and niece Cori Schutz.

Services were held August 13, 2015, at the Methodist Church in Mullen, Neb. Burial with Military Honors were held at the Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb.

Memorials to Pioneer Memorial Rest Home, Cedarview Cemetery. ❖

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August 10, 2015 — 

Lee Roy E. Rusher

Lee Roy E. Rusher, 83, passed away June 20, 2015 in Salida, Colo.

The son of Roy Victor and Rhea (Whitney) Rusher, he was born January 10, 1932, in Olney Springs, Colo., where he grew up and graduated from Crowley High School.

A well witcher and lifelong rancher, he worked at the Highland Hereford Ranch for 20 years starting in 1954, and then took the cattle and hay operation over along with other leased ground.

In 1958, Lee Roy was married to Ada Mae Austin. He was an on call Deputy with the Custer County Sheriff Stan DePriest and worked with the Search and Rescue Team during that time as well.

He was on the Board of Directors for the ASCS, for many years, the Board of Directors for the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club, for many years, and was Master of Hillside Grange No. 399, for 25 plus years.

Lee Roy had a stand in role in the movie “Saddle the Wind.” He also did props for the movie “Cat Ballou.”

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing horseshoes and spending time with his family. Lee Roy loved attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.

Mr. Rusher is survived by his children, John Rusher and Rhoda Rusher; grandchildren, Brian (Belle) Olomon, Ben Rusher, Alan Olomon, Autumn Rusher, Katlyn Rusher, and Weldon Rusher; soon to be one great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Mae; his parents; brother, Kenneth Rusher; and sisters, Forest Uscio, Virginia Martin, Francesse Rusher, and Juanata Rusher.

Service were held June 29, 2015, at the Saddle Club in Westcliffe, Colo. Interment followed at Ula Cemetery. ❖

Marshall Fulbright

Marshall Lee Fulbright, 91, of Springfield, Colo., passed away July 12, 2015.

He was born August 26, 1923 in La Junta Colo., to Theodore Fulbright and Daisy Chandler Fulbright.

Marshall attended Plum Valley School and Kim Schools graduating from Kim High School in 1941.

Marshall went to Santa Fe New Mexico shortly after graduating to attend welding trade school so he could get a job in a shipyard. This was interrupted by the “Call to Service” for his country. Marshal attended basic training at Ft. Hood Texas and later was deployed by ship to Japan where he served as a clerk and typist. Upon discharge he returned to Kim to pursue a farm and ranch career.

On May 25, 1947, he married Frances Goodrich in Santa Fe, N.M. To this union were born Connie in 1949, Carl in 1951, Lee in 1962, and in 1968 Ellie Mae joined the family through adoption. After 39 years of marriage, in November of 1986, Marshall’s wife Frances passed away. On July 28, 1987, Marshall married his current wife Nadine Badgley and they resided in Springfield Colo.

He continued to farm and ranch to some degree for the rest of his life. For many years he vaccinated heifers in Eastern Las Animas County for Brucilliosus under Vet Piano of Aguilar.

During his lifetime he belonged to various organizations including: Young Farmers, Lions Club of Kim, Colorado Cattleman’s Association, 50 year Mason, Las Animas Co Agricultural Committee, Kim School Board, Kim Mutual Telephone Association, Branson Trinchera Soil Conservation District, VFW honor guard at funerals, as well as being one of the founders and a lifelong member of the Kim Baptist Church.

Marshall is survived by his wife Nadine Fulbright of Springfield, Colo., Children Connie (Ed) Martinez of Denver, Colo., Carl (Judy) Fulbright of Pueblo, Colo., Lee Fulbright of Kim, Colo., and Ellie Mae Fulbright of Thornton, Colo. Grandchildren include Bret and Melissa Bernal and their children Samantha, Adam and Grayson, Nikki Bernal, Chris and Jodi Fulbright and their children Aspen, Aliya, and Aria, Scott and Crystal Fulbright and their son Linus, and Heather and Justin Rider and son Liam. He also is survived by step daughter Norma Jean (Mike) Clifton, step grandson Michael and Amy Clifton their children Abbey, Caleb, Mason and Molly Ann, and step grandson Justin Clifton. Also left to mourn his passing are his three sisters, Pauline Fisher of Ohio, Lola Jean Goodrich of Texas, and Viola Winters of La Junta, Colo., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Marshall is preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Daisy, one sister Darla Jay, first wife Frances and an infant daughter.

Services were held July 15, 2015, at Maltbie Funeral Services in Springfield, Colo. Interment was held at the Fairview Cemetery in La Junta, Colo.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society via their website at in memory of Marshall, or you may make your contributions through Maltbie Funeral Services. ❖

Brady Wakefield

Brady Thomas Wakefield, 20, of O’Neill, Neb., passed away July 12, 2015, in Buffalo County as a result of a car accident.

Brady was born on April 23, 1995, in Lincoln, Neb., to James and Susan (Wampler) Wakefield.

He attended O’Neill High School, where he was an avid weight lifter and competed in various sports activities. He graduated in 2013, and was currently attending Gillette College in Gillette, Wyo.

From a very young age, Brady loved to ride horses and rodeo. In 2013, he won state championships in Team Roping (with his brother Riley), Tie Down Calf Roping, and was named Nebraska State Champion in the all-around. He was a three time qualifier for the High School National Finals Rodeo. In 2012, Brady and his brother Riley were named Reserved National Champion Team Ropers. After high school, Brady joined the rodeo team at Gillette College on a full rodeo scholarship. While there, he qualified for the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. In 2014, he was named PRCA Badlands Circuit Rookie of the Year.

Brady was a member of the O’Neill United Methodist Church, and a past member of the O’Neill FFA where he received a state star in Agri Business.

Brady loved helping those who needed help. Unbeknown to most, Brady loved cats.

He is survived by his parents, Susan and Jim, one brother, Riley James Wakefield, all of O’Neill, Neb., Grandmother Patty Jo Wakefield of Herman, Neb., Grandfather Richard Wampler and wife Jean of Lincoln, Neb., girlfriend Kenzie Huffman of Strasburg, Colo., and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his grandmother Donna Lee Wampler and Grandfather Leslie Thomas Wakefield.

A Celebration of Life Service was held July 20, 2015, at the O’Neill Community Center in O’Neill, Neb.

Memorials may be given to the O’Neill First United Methodist Church for the roof fund, Nebraska High School Rodeo Association, or the Eagles Booster Club to be directed to the Weight Room fund. ❖

Helen Timm

Helen Lorraine Koester Timm, 84, of Padroni, Colo., passed away July 14, 2015, at her home.

Helen, “Lenny” was born to Alfred and Mary Tadolini on May 6, 1931.

She attended Padroni Schools and graduated in 1949.

On February 12, 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Lenard Koester. They farmed on the Koester homestead, 12 miles west of Padroni, Colo., where they raised two sons, Danny and Doug. In 1979 they moved to the town of Padroni, where she began running the Padroni Post Office.

Helen was widowed in 1985. After Lenard’s death, she enjoyed attending dances all around the area which lead her to Verl Timm, whom she married on November 21, 1993.

Helen was a school bus driver for RE-1 Valley School District from 1969 to 1998. She was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Padroni Alumni. She helped organize the banquet held each year. Helen also spent the last 36 years as the Padroni Postmaster. The post office was an important part of her life as she continued to work at keeping it open. She was able to close her daily duties in the post office on the day she passed away.

Helen enjoyed spending time with her family, watching sports (especially the Rockies, Duke and Caliche), attending Logan County Fair, handing out All-Around Belt Buckles for the kids rodeo, making “Hel-a-roos,” playing gin and hosting Padroni Goof-off on Friday mornings. In her younger years, Helen enjoyed volunteering at the kids 4-H rodeo, dressing up for Halloween, camping, dancing at Dutch hops, listening to the Polk-a-Nuts, farming, decorating cakes, giving haircuts, doing permanents, sewing and gardening, along with many other things.

She is survived by her husband Verl, son Doug, daughter in law Nancy, granddaughter Kasey and husband Brent Pearce, grandson Ryan and wife Miranda, and granddaughter Kelsey and husband Robby Hendrix, six great grandsons and one great granddaughter due in October, brother Frank Tadolini and wife Virginia, brothers Sil Tadolini and Archie Tadolini, sisters Katie Stroup and Inez Bass and husband Ed Bass, and many nieces and nephews.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband Lenard, son Danny, brother John Tadolini, and sister Norma Asnicar.

Service were held July 18, 2015 at Emmanuel Baptist Church with interment at Riverside Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Caliche Scholarhsip Foundation. ❖

Bill Shino

Bill Shino, 87, of Merino, Colo., passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2015.

Bill was born on the farm in Merino, Colo., on April 17, 1928, to Karoku (Morita) Shino and Yukano (Sasaki) Shino.

He graduated from Logan County High School and started farming and was still active in helping his sons farm until around the age of 85. He did custom combining and hay.

He was an avid shuffleboard player, winning many tournaments. He enjoyed a good game of pitch or scat (31). He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was a member of the Sterling Elks Lodge No. 1336 and the American Legion Post No. 20.

Bill married Mildred Mixon and she preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 1975. He later married Irene Houghton Walker and she preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 2012.

He is survived by a daughter, Barb (Pete) Lauer of Greeley, Colo.; sons Garry Shino and Tim Shino of Merino, Colo., Ken Shino of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Ted (Laura) Pickett of Atwood, Colo., Troy Walker of Castle Rock, Colo., and John (Cyndi) Walker of Loveland, Colo.; brother-in-law Dave Aoki of Ogden, Utah; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; numerous friends, who referred to him as “Grandpa.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters and spouses, Kim (Sam) Kitashima, Lil Aoki, Sumi Enomoto, Hub (Kiyo) Aoki, and brother June Shino, granddaughters Bethany and Allison, daughter-in-law Diana Shino.

Services were held July 25, 2015, at the Berean Church in Sterling, Colo. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s honor may be made to the Bill Shino Memorial Fund, PO Box 95, Merino, Colo., 80741. ❖

Marvel Pauline Koberstein

Marvel Pauline Koberstein, 91, passed away July 18, 2015.

She was born June 15, 1924 in a farm house south west of Dailey, Colo., to Gaylord Lee and Elva Naomi (Critchlow) McConnell.

The family farm was northeast of Haxtun, Colo. She attended Community Center School and Haxtun High School, graduating with the class of 1942.

She worked for the Haxtun Telephone Company as an operator and at H.A. Marr Grocery Company in Sterling, Colo., as a cashier.

Pauline met Roy A. (Bud) Koberstein at a dance. They were married June 12, 1946 in Holyoke, Colo. They then began farming on the Koberstein homestead north west of Holyoke where they continued living all of their lives.

Pauline had been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Holyoke for over 60 years. She was in the Martha Circle at the church. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and was a FHA Chapter Mother. She was a member of the Paragon Club where she enjoyed visiting with other members at their monthly meetings.

She was an excellent seamstress and a great cook with home grown fried chicken and sour cream raisin pie being specialties. Pauline and Bud enjoyed their garden. And she was a Rockies and Broncos fan.

She is survived by her son, Robert “Bob” Koberstein of Holyoke, Colo.; daughter, Marsha O’Connell and husband Daniel of Silt, Colo.; granddaughter, Kimberlee of Meeker, Colo.; grandson, Kelly and wife Julia and great granddaughter, Eden of Grand Junction, Colo.; brother Harold McConnell and wife, Dorothy, of Haxtun, Colo.; sister-in-law Betty McConnell of Greeley, Colo.; sister-in-law Berdine Koberstein of Haxtun, Colo.; sister-in-law Emily Haynes and husband Delbert of Holyoke, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband in 2010; her parents; brother, Everett McConnell; brothers-in-law; Floyd (Mary) Koberstein, Frank (Vernelle) Koberstein, Ray Koberstein; sisters-in-law; Winona (Glen) Rouze, Faye (Art) Dulgar.

Services were held July 22, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Holyoke, Colo. Interment was at the Holyoke Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation Fund in Holyoke. ❖

Charley Tucker

Charley Ralph (CR) Tucker, 89, of Pierce, Colo., passed away July 26, 2015.

He was born to Russell and Myrtle (Ramsey) Tucker October 19, 1925.

He grew up on his family dairy farm (Yellow Top) in Englewood, Colo. After graduation from Englewood High school, he was drafted into the United States Army. He served during World War II, stationed in France, Belgium and Germany. While in Germany, he met his soon to be wife, Charley married Erna Lichtenstern October 25, 1946 in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Upon completion of his tour of duty Charley and Erna returned to Englewood, Colo., to start their life together.

He worked several jobs in Denver, Colo., including, Lextron foundry and Gates Rubber Co. before moving to Wellington, Colo., in 1953, fulfilling his dream of starting his own dairy farm. He worked nights at the Ideal Cememt plant in Fort Collins, Colo., so he could build his dairy of 16 cows. Charley loved his cows and many different animals on the farm. In 1966 Charley would be forced by the state to move his dairy to Pierce, Colo., where Tucker Dairy operates today. He was a second generation Dairy Farmer and was proud of the work he did and the milk he produced. He would instill this pride into his sons to produce the highest quality product.

He was a member of many dairy Coops during his career as owner of Tucker Dairy, Plains Dairy, Dairy Gold (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Denver Milk Producers, Mountain Empire Dairy Producers, Western Dairy Producers and Dairy Farmers of America. He had a special touch with all animals including his calves and always knew of a batch of kittens, he would always bring the cutest up for Erna.

He will be greatly missed by his family and may he be with the lord looking down on us at this moment.

Charley is survived by three children, Iven (Irene), Charles (Beth), Debbie (John) Brethauer; five grandchildren as well as well as five great-grandchildren. Family also are Fawn, Cassidy and Jasmine Leaf.

Charley is preceded in death by his wife (Erna), parents and one brother (Glen).

Graveside services to be held 11:30 a.m., August 22, 2015, at the Highland Cemetery in Wellington, Colo. A reception will follow at the Wellington Senior Center.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Honor Flight of Northern Colorado. ❖

Doris Buxman

Doris Fern Buxman (Kautz), 90, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 31, 2015,

She was born on July 3, 1925, in Fredonia, Kan., to Louis and Hilma (Johnson) Kautz.

After graduating from Greeley High School, Doris worked at Kress’s where she first met Harold Buxman whom she married in Denver, Colo., on December 4, 1946. The couple lived and worked in Kuner, Colo., where they farmed with Harold’s brothers. Later Harold and Doris farmed on their own east of Eaton, Colo., before establishing a dairy farm and residence west of Greeley where they have resided for 52 years. The couple raised four children there. Doris’ children remember her as a mother who always loved them, prayed for them, and encouraged them in their Christian faith; her grandchildren remember her for many warm hugs and kisses.

Doris was a true Proverbs 31 woman — one who rose early and worked throughout the day serving others — truly, one who was worth more than diamonds. She served well in her community — in 4-H clubs, the Family Neighborhood Club, Dairyettes, school activities, the Farm Show, and during elections as a polling place judge. Doris also served her family and friends through gardening, cooking and giving generously of her time. Especially active at her church, First Assembly of God, she taught a college and career Sunday school class for 36 years and served in countless other capacities. In 2010 she was recognized at the church’s longest active living member.

She is survived by her husband, Harold C. Buxman of Greeley, Colo.; and three sons, Mel (Marcia) Buxman; Ron (Trish) Buxman, and Don (Lisa) Buxman, all of Greeley, Colo. She is also survived by her sister, Charlotte (Mel) Medhurst of Windsor, Colo.; 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Marilynn Buxman; parents; four sisters and three brothers.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. August 11, 2015, at First Assembly of God in Greeley, Colo. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to First Assembly of God Church in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services in Greeley, Colo. ❖

Archie Bartosh

Archie Lawrence Bartosh, 84, of Longmont, Colo., passed away August 1, 2015 at Longmont United Hospital.

He was born November 9, 1930, in Ammannsville, Texas to Lawrence A. and Frances (Schindler) Bartosh.

Archie served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged.

On August 24, 1959 he married Norma Haney in Anchorage, Alaska, where he had been transferred for his job.

Archie had a 40-year career in oil exploration and drilling, working for Young Northern Exploration Company. His work took him all over the United States, including a 3-month stint on the North Slope in Alaska. He and his family lived in many places in Wyoming, including Casper from 1974 to 1983. They moved to Longmont, Colo., in 1983.

After retiring in 1989, Archie continued to work at things he loved. For 25 years, he had a space in the Fort Collins Flea Market where he sold tools. He also assisted his wife with her antique business, known as Norma’s Collectibles. Archie and Norma were nearly always present at Niwot Auction. For years, Archie also had a thriving home business doing small engine repairs and selling lawn mowers.

When he wasn’t working on tools or lawn mowers, Archie could be found in his garden. Nothing delighted him more than working the soil and sharing his harvest. Archie is survived by his wife Norma, four children Steven Bartosh (Michelle), Andy Bartosh (Pam), Aileen Gronewold (Roger) and Elaine Smith (Daniel), two brothers Douglas and Harvey Bartosh, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren (with three more on the way).

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held August 5, 2015, at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Cremation is entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Interment at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. ❖

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August 3, 2015 — 

Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers, 60, of Lingle, Wyo., passed away July 12, 2015 at Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo.

Jim was born April 4, 1955, in Walsenburg, Colo., the son of Will and Charlotte (Wolf) Rogers. His family lived in various places in Southern Colorado while he was growing up.

Jim graduated high school from Rye High School in Rye, Colo.

After graduation he moved to Seligman, Ariz., to work for his uncle on a ranch. He was also a saddle bronc rider in the PRCA.

In 1976, Jim met Sandra Clarke at the Yuma Rodeo. On May 28, 1977, the couple was married. They then moved to Rocky Ford, Colo., where they ranched and Sandy taught school. In 1994, they moved to Torrington, Wyo., and in 1998 moved to Lingle, Wyo. Jim shoed horses until he unexpectedly passed.

Jim was a past PRCA and college rodeo judge. His biggest enjoyment was watching rodeo ... especially watching his son, JD, compete. Spending time with family was very important to Jim. Family came first. He loved learning history, especially about the old west. Jim really like visiting with people; he didn’t know a stranger. He loved people and they loved him ... especially kids. Jim was always partial to Sandy’s students.

Survivors include his wife Sandy of Lingle, Wyo.; son JD of Lingle, Wyo.; father Will of La Junta, Colo.; sister Sandy Leonard of La Junta, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his mother.

Services were held July 23, 2015, at the Rendevous Center at the Goshen County Fair Grounds in Torrington, Wyo. Burial will be at a later date and cremation has taken place.

Memorials may be made to the EWC Rodeo Team. ❖

Douglas D. Stolte

Douglas D. Stolte, 54, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 12, 2015, at Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., surrounded by many of his friends. He became ill Friday evening and passed away Sunday afternoon.

Doug was born in Greeley, Colo., on June 19, 1961, and was raised on the family farm on WCR 49 with his brother, Harry.

He was a very successful farm and ranch real estate broker. He also farmed east of Galeton, Colo.

The memory of his strong personality, intense loyalty, kindness and generous heart will be forever cherished by his many friends who miss him more than words can ever express.

He is survived by his lifelong close personal buddy, David Holm.

Doug was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; his father, Wilbur; and his brother Harry.

Doug’s body was cremated. A celebration of his life will be held on a date and at a place to be determined.

Memorial contributions may be made to Weld County 4-H Foundation. Checks may be mailed to 527 N. 15th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Audrey Kennedy

Audrey Patricia Kennedy, 25, of Orchard, Colo., passed away July 15, 2015, at her home.

She was born April 19, 1990, in Fort Morgan, Colo., to Robert and Julie (Schulte) Kennedy.

Audrey had a spirit that was larger than life. She had a gift for touching the lives of those around her, a gift of laughter and joy that she brought to so many people. She loved being surrounded by friends and family. She especially loved her daughter Isabella, and delighted in raising her to be a loving, precocious little girl. She had a beautiful fiery spirit God granted us to love for only a short while. May she find peace and rest in the heavenly arms awaiting her.

She is survived by her daughter, Isabella McQueen, her parents, Robert and Julie Kennedy of Orchard, Colo., two sisters, Sarah K. Holmburg of Orchard, Colo., and Sherry Pickett of Brush, Colo., her grandmother, Judy K. Schulte of Orchard, Colo., uncles, Herman A. Schulte of Fort Morgan, Colo., Keith Schulte of Fort Morgan, Colo., Joe Schulte who lives in California, and Bill Kennedy of Colorado Springs, Colo., aunts, Linda Baca (Gene) of Segundo, Colo., and Loretta Woody of Pueblo, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Herman Schulte, and by her grandmother, Gisela Faulk.

A Celebration of Audrey’s Life will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2 p.m., at the home of Robert and Julie Kennedy in Orchard, Colo.

Friends may view the online obit and send condolences to the family at

Marlan Elkins

Marlan Dean Elkins, 79, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 18, 2015 at Berthoud Living Center in Berthoud Colo.

Dean was born in Meadow Grove, Neb., May 22, 1936, to Vernon and Luciell Elkins. He attended school in Chambers, Neb.

Dean married Patricia Ann Olson on March 26, 1953 in Columbus, Neb.

Dean and Patricia moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1959. He worked for Larimer County as a heavy equipment operator and was part of the road construction that started at the Fish Hatchery in Poudre Canyon that continued over Cameron Pass to Jackson County. He then worked for the City of Fort Collins for 37 years.

Dean was an avid horse lover and owned and traded horses his entire life. He could not pass up a good auction and spent many hours attending them over the years, but his favorite was Centennial Livestock. He was a Rodeo Cowboy in his younger years and tried his hand at Calf Roping and Bareback Riding. His love for Rodeo never ended and he enjoyed watching PBR Bullriding and the PRCA Rodeo’s.

He is survived by wife of 62 years Patricia, a son Mal Elkins (Shannon), daughter Vicky Murray (Kevin), four grandchildren, Jeannie Elkins, Mallory Payson (Dan), DeAnn Ford (Jarrod) and Casey Murray, a sister Loree Steffen (Keith) of Tulsa, Okla., and a daughter-in-law Peggy Elkins and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dean was proceeded in death by his parents and a younger sister Beverly.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. ❖

Marie Ruth Wagner Baldwin

Marie Ruth Wagner Baldwin, 54, passed away July 20, 2015.

She was born July 23, 1960, in Wellington, Colo., the third child of Lee and Ruth Wagner.

Marie had a wonderful, adventurous life growing up on the family farm raising lambs on a bottle, feeding chickens, gathering eggs. Marie was an active member of 4-H with rabbits, cakes and Angus cattle as projects. Like her father, she was always a gardener at heart and had large vegetable plots from which she collected produce and took into Farmer’s Markets, fostering a lifelong love of agriculture.

Marie attended grade school and Junior High School in Wellington, Colo. She graduated from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1978. Afterwards, she attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., and the University of Wyoming. In 1983 she graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture.

With her brand new degree, she got a job with the State of Arizona, at a produce inspection station in Sanders, Ariz. That was where she met Tom Baldwin, who was destined to become her husband on May 5, 1985. Marie and Torn moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where they had their only child, daughter Maleesa Rose.

Marie took a job in San Antonio, Texas, and moved there in 2001 with husband Tom, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She was blessed with the recent birth of granddaughter Aurora Rose Foreside, the child of Maleesa and her husband Brandon.

Marie was a very active and faithful member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, first in Wellington and in each location in which she lived. She lived a life rich in the Glory of our Lord, singing with local gospel groups, serving the homeless, and protecting stray cats and dogs.

She is survived by her mother, Ruth Wagner-Haake, still living in Wellington, Colo., with husband, Oscar Haake; siblings, Sandra Wagner and husband, Bill Getz of Alamosa, Colo.; and Richard Wagner and his wife, Sue Wagner of Fort Collins, Colo.; her husband, Tom Baldwin; daughter, Maleesa Foreside and her husband, Brandon Foreside; and granddaughter, Aurora, all of San Antonio, Texas.

Marie was preceded in death by her father, Lee Wagner.

Donations may be made to the Helotes Humane Society. 14398 Bandera Road, Helotes, Texas, 78023; and/or the Zion Lutheran Church 8322 Second St., Wellington, Colo., 80549.

Services weee held July 25, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church in Wellington, Colo. Interment followed at Highland Cemetery in Wellington. ❖

Roland Ball

Roland Glenn Ball, 84, of Briggsdale, Colo., passed away July 22, 2015.

He was born July 24, 1930, on the Ball Ranch in Briggsdale, Colo.

On July 10, 1955 he married Verda Sierman and together they spent their life ranching and raising their family on the ranch in Briggsdale. On July 10, of this year they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary together with their children.

Roland was very active in the Briggsdale Baptist Church and Gideons. He served on school boards, Crow Valley Livestock board and served in the Army for two years.

Roland and Verda had four children: Dorice (Tom) Benson, Arland (Terri) Ball, Leonard (Tammie) Ball, Les (Vonnie) Ball. He had a special relationship with each one of his 15 grandchildren and also his 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Etta Ball, two brothers, Ralph and Wilbur Ball, and two sisters, Elaine Larson, Harriett Hilzer.

Graveside services were held July 27, 2015, at Sunset Memorial Gardens and a Celebration of Life followed at the Eaton Evangelical Free Church Eaton, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons or a charity of your choice. ❖

Penney Mautz

Penney Mautz, 61, of Olathe, Colo., passed away July 22, 2015, at Hope West Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

She was born on November 24, 1953, to Conrad “Buddy” and Lavania (Allen) Cerise, in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

After graduating high school, Penney attended beauty school in Grand Junction, Colo.

On January 6, 1973, Penney married the love of her life, Joe Mautz. To this union were born two sons.

In 1994, Penney and her family moved to Olathe, Colo., where they ran a successful cattle feedlot. Penney was an extremely hard worker, the best pen rider ever, and was devoted to her family and the animals she cared for.

She loved horseback riding, traveling, gardening, having picnics, shopping at thrift stores, and most especially spending time with her family, especially her three beautiful granddaughters.

Penney is survived by her two sons and their wives, Kirt and Deanna Mautz of Olathe, Colo., and Keith and Holly Mautz of Orchard City, Colo., her mother Lavania Cerise of Silt, Colo., her brother Rory (Lucy) Cerise of Basalt, Colo., and three beautiful granddaughters, Kaylee, Macey, and Eva.

Penney was preceded in death by her father Buddy Cerise, and her husband Joe Mautz.

Services were held August 1, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Home in Delta, Colo.

Donations may be made to Hope West Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo. ❖

Max Wilkie

Max Wilkie, 90, passed away July 23, 2015, at Sterling House Assisted Living in Loveland, Colo.

He was born May 10, 1925, to Robert and Florence (Halkyard) Wilkie on the Wilkie Farm south of Gibbon, Neb.

He attended Gibbon Public School and graduated in 1942.

On November 28, 1942, he married Bernidean Smith. Together they had four children.

Max and Bernidean enjoyed dancing, raising sheep and cattle and spending time with their family and friends. Max was a livestock order/buyer for 50 years. He bought hogs for Hormel Packing Company and cattle for Cornhusker Packing Company. Max was also a very entertaining story teller. He often mesmerized friends and family with stories of his past, growing up in rural Nebraska.

Max is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Bernie; daughter Ardyce Yowell (Ron) of Windsor, Colo.; sons Bob (Gwen) of Potter, Neb., and Bart of Torrington, Wyo.; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. And a special companion Biscuit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Mark and his infant daughter Rebecca Sue.

Services were held August 1, 2015, at Viegut Funeral Home. Graveside services will take place at Gibbon Riverside Cemetery at a later date.

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Lloyd L. “Ginks” Ginkens, Jr.

Lloyd L. Ginkens, Jr, 89, of Mullen, Neb., passed away July 23, 2015, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.

Lloyd “Ginks” was born October 30, 1925, in Mullen, Neb., to Lloyd and Sara (French) Ginkens.

Lloyd attended school in Mullen, Neb. He drove a truck for Ray Sexton after school and on the weekends once he was old enough to drive and in the summer time worked for his uncle Gerald French. After graduating from Mullen High School in 1943, he worked for Mullen Coop running a tank wagon delivery truck which he unloaded with a 5 gallon bucket.

Lloyd joined the U.S. Army February 22, 1944. He was wounded and honorably discharged December 21, 1945, receiving a Purple Heart.

On June 14, 1949, Lloyd married Betty Fosdick in Mullen, Neb. They lived in the same house in Mullen all of their married life and he continued to live there after Betty’s death in 2002. “Ginks” went to work for Mathews Chevrolet Company and sold cars. In 1959 he became the Postmaster of Mullen retiring after 31 years in November, 1989.

“Ginks” was an active volunteer in the Mullen community. He was one of the first EMTs, running his own station wagon as an ambulance and later driving the Mullen ambulance. He was an original member of the “walking blood bank” and continued to be a blood donor throughout his life. Lloyd was the Commander of the American Legion Firing Squad for 60 years; Chairman of the Boys and Girls County Government Day for 50 years; served on the Mullen Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years; served on the Rodeo Committee for 30 years; was a Cub Master and helped with the Boy Scout Pine Wood Derby for 25 years; and served on the Mullen Golf Club Board of Directors while volunteering his labor for over 40 years at the course. He was also a huge supporter of the youth and was selected the 2013 MHS Fan of the Year.

“Ginks” touched many lives in more ways than one and will be remembered for his quick comebacks and witty remarks. No matter where you went, he always ran into someone he knew. He loved life, his family, and friends. He was also very proud to be a World War II Infantry veteran.

He is survived by his children: Tom (Nancy) Ginkens of Overton, Neb., Jean (Ron) Jones of Hastings, Neb., and Dale (Pam) Ginkens of Mullen, Neb.; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, brother Jim and sisters Miriam (Johnny) Morris and Carol Hendrickson Volk.

Memorials are suggested to the Sara Ginkens Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Mullen Ambulance Fund or donor’s choice.

Services were held July 28, 2015, at the Lariat Auditorium in Mullen, Neb. Burial was at Cedarview Cemetery. ❖

Clifford Hodgson

Clifford Paul Hodgson, 97, passed away July 24, 2015.

Clifford was born in his grandfather Jonathan’s farmhouse, on the corner of 95th and Arapahoe Road in Boulder, Colo., on October 1, 1917. During his entire life, he never lived any further than 4 miles from his birthplace until moving to Longmont in 1997.

He attended Davidson School through the ninth grade, and then, to his sorrow, had to quit and help his father on the farm. He earned his GED at age 41, completing an important life goal.

Clifford and his true love, Sylvia King, met at the Boulder Grange Hall as babies, and they became lifetime members of that Grange, joining in 1940. They started dating when they were 16. When he and Sylvia Mae King married, March 7, 1937, they moved where Sylvia grew up. Her parents sold them part of their land. At first they were farming with horses, and in 1940, they got an old John Deere tractor. That same year their son Rod was born, and Dot arrived three years later.

Clifford was a born farmer and hard worker. At one time he was farming over 200 acres of flood-irrigated land, and his crops were diversified corn, wheat, barley, and oats. In 1950, he and his dad also bought a cattle ranch in Roosevelt National Forest above James (Jim) town. They owned the ranch until 1961 and retained possession for three years to disperse of the cattle. The land was later sold to Calwood.

Along with farming and running the ranch, Clifford was a school bus driver for Boulder Valley Schools for 21 years, retiring in 1980. He was president and supervisor of the Butte Irrigating and Milling Company and superintendent of the Jones-Donley Ditch, until resigning from the board in 1995.

A lifetime member of the Boulder Elks Lodge No. 566, joining in 1944, he attended meetings, loved playing pool, and on most Saturday nights, he and Sylvia would be there dancing with friends. They also enjoyed square dancing for 20 years with Country Cousins.

His favorite hobbies have included hunting, fishing, dancing, spending time with family and at his Red Feather cabin, golfing, and traveling. Before macular degeneration developed in his 70s, robbing him of much of his eyesight, he used to love playing cards. They spent several winter months each year in Mesa, Ariz., at Val Vista Village after their retirement.

He leaves his son Rodney Hodgson (Donna); daughter Dot Keatley; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and close friends and relatives.

There will be a Celebration of Clifford’s life on August 8 at 10 a.m. at Crist Mortuary in Boulder, Colo.

In fulfillment of his wishes, memorial contributions can be made in Clifford’s name to Laradon Hall (Elks supported), Halcyon Hospice, or the charity of your choice. ❖

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Francis Johnson

Francis Pearl (Taylor) Johnson, 88, passed away on June 22, 2015in Casper, Wyo.

She was born on December 15, 1926, in Harrison, Neb., to William Frank Taylor and Elvira Pearl (Smith) Taylor.

She attended Node School when the family moved to the Divide Community North of Lusk, Wyo., when she was 10-years-old. She graduated from Lusk High School in 1944 and attended business school in Denver, Colo., where she received a certificate of completion in 1946.

Francis married Robert Arthur Johnson at the Taylor home on the Divide on June 1, 1947. They shared 61 years together until his passing in September 2008. They lived on the Johnson home place in Lance Creek, Wyo., until moving to Sheridan, Wyo., to work on the Beckton Stock Farm in 1959.Francis and Bob moved back to Lusk, Wyo., with their family where she was employed as a cook at Niobrara County High School. They returned to Sheridan, Wyo., in 1970. She was the head cook at Sheridan Senior center for many years.

Francis and Bob were members of First Baptist Church in Sheridan for over 40 years where Francis was active in the Mary Martha Circle. She was also a faithful “prayer warrior,” serving on her church prayer chain.

After retiring in 1989, Francis and Bob joined the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program. They traveled throughout the United States in their motor home while working on light construction projects for nine years. When Bob’s health issues interrupted their MMAP work, they returned to Sheridan where they became Senior Companions with the Sheridan Senior Center. Francis remained a Senior Companion until May 2014 when her own health concerns prompted her to move to Casper, Wyo., to be closer to family. In Casper she enjoyed being a resident of Garden Square Assisted Living Center and Frontier Hospice kindly provided her care until her passing.

She is survived by her brother, Ray Taylor of Gallatin, Tenn.; sons, Larry (Dee) of Esterbrook, Wyo.; Ron (Denise) of Douglas, Wyo.; Rex (Barbara) of Delta, Colo.; Keith of Glenrock, Wyo., and daughters, Merna Dodd of Esterbrook, Wyo., and Anita (Rick) Walker of Casper, Wyo. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, over 20 great- and great-great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Francis was preceded in death by her husband, parents, parents-in-law, brother Don Taylor, several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and son-in-law Leland Dodd.

Services were held July 11, 2015, at Casper Alliance Church in Casper, Wyo.

Memorials may be made to the Sheridan Senior Center or First Baptist Church of Sheridan, Wyo. ❖

Margaret Larsen

Margaret Mary Larsen, 94, of Brush, Colo., passed away June 27, 2015, at the Valley View Villa Nursing Home in Fort Morgan, Colo.

She was born to Arthur and Mary (Monnahan) Haller in her Grandmother’s sod house east of Deer Trail, Colo., on November 4, 1920.

Margaret graduated from Woodrow High School in 1937. She worked in the diet kitchen at the Eben Ezer Hospital. She also worked at the telephone switch board at the Woodrow Store.

Margaret married Robert William Hunt on December 23, 1939. To this union a daughter, Shirley, and a son, Russell were born. Margaret’s sister, Lillian Stephen, gave birth to a daughter, Nancy, who was born 15 seconds after Lillian’s death from all three types of polio. Lillian passed away in an iron lung. Robert and Margaret raised Nancy as their daughter.

Margaret was a farm wife who loved being outdoors. She milked cows many years in the dairy she and Robert owned. Margaret worked very hard at a time when few conveniences were available.

Robert was killed in a horse riding accident on July 30, 1973. Margaret married Elmore Larsen of Woodrow in 1979. Elmore and Margaret spent many winters in Yuma, Ariz. Margaret loved living at the Aladdin Assisted Living Center the last 3-1/2-years of her life.

She loved to dance, watch the Denver Broncos, play phase 10 and dominos.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Miller of Drake, Colo.; Russell (Barbara) Hunt of Jetmore, Kan.; Nancy (Dewain) Shapley of Stoneham, Colo.; Pat Gunn of Jeffersonville, Ind., three grandchildren, Mark Monheiser, Chelsea Hunt and Heather Scholl; three great grandchildren and her brother Ray (June) Haller of Woodrow, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Hunt and husband Elmore Larsen; daughter Kay Larsen and son Byron Larsen; sister Lillian Stephen, brother-in-law, Gene Stephen; and son-in-law, Rich Miller.

Services were held July 7, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brush, Colo. Inurnment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Brush Meet ‘n Eat Program or to the Morgan County Ambulance Service both c/o the Heer Mortuary. ❖

Ellen Scholl

Ellen Nadene “Peg” Scholl, 100, passed away July 13, 2015.

She was born January 18, 1915, in Harvard, Neb., to Harry and Ida Marsh.

Peg attended high school in Limon, Colo. Being a true pioneer, she decided to go west with her family. They crossed Berthoud pass in a covered wagon while driving a herd of cattle.

While living in the Williams Fork Valley near Parshall, Colo., she met and married Robert Scholl in 1934. While living at Scholl, Colo.,, their first son, Robert Duane was born. They later moved to The Company Ranch on the Williams Fork and were the first to raise wheat in Grand County. Darwin Scholl, their second son was born at this time. Peg and Bob bought the ranch on Corral Creek from Sam McCall in 1940 and made this property their permanent home. Peg experienced many changes on the ranch.

Peg worked side by side with Bob and the boys to develop and improve the ranch in many ways such as building fence, improving the land, milking cows, irrigating, raising chickens, having a large garden, and doing mechanic work. She was part of the team during wheat harvest, putting up hay, moving cattle, or repairing buildings or machinery. Besides all of the outside work, she was a good cook and provided meals of home-made bread, pies and cakes. She also canned a lot of fruit, vegetables and meat.

The ranch raised the first Black Angus in Middle Park. In addition to raising Angus, they had dairy cows. Peg was very good at milking cows. They sold cream, which was shipped to Denver by train from Parshall, Colo. After Granby Dairy was started, the ranch sold them milk which was picked up by the dairy from a cooler in the milk barn.

Peg raised chickens and supplied eggs, and fryers to restaurants and people in the Kremmling area. She was very proficient at butchering and dressing a chicken.

She was a successful deer and elk hunter. Her love of hunting and fishing carried over to her grandchildren, and she loved going with them.

The ranch also raised sheep. At one time they had a band of sheep, 1,200 ewes. Although herders were hired to help, everyone on the ranch had a lot of work to do, especially during lambing.

Peg was a member of the Kremmling School Board for many years. She was also active in the Home Demonstration Club and the Grand County Senior Association. She was a member of the Parshall Chapel.

After Bob died in 1977 she worked part time for the Kremmling Forest Service. She spent a lot time enjoying her grandkids activities. She continued to live on the ranch until 2002 when she moved to Cliff View Assisted Living Center in Kremmling.

She is survived by her sons Duane (Pat) Scholl and Darwin (Barbara) Scholl of Kremmling, Colo.; six grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; nine great, great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Mary Marsh of Clifton Colo., and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held July 17, 2015, at Kremmling Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Peg’s memory may be made to Cliff View Assisted Living Center, PO Box 1119, Kremmling, Colo., 80459. ❖

George Brunelli

George Joseph Brunelli, 86, of Monte Vista, Colo., passed away on July 15, 2015.

He was born on November 18, 1928, in Walsenburg, Colo., to Frank and Agnes Brunelli.

George honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

On July 21, 1964, he married Donna Hansen.

He was a Rancher all of his life and from his younger years showing horses, rabbits and cattle. George was also an avid 4-H supporter he was always available to give advice, furnish rabbits and help in any way he could.

George is survived by his wife Donna Brunelli of Monte Vista, Colo., his children, Debbie (Tony) Bobicki of Alamosa, Colo., Bryan (Stephanie) Brunelli of Monte Vista, Colo., and Kristy Brunelli-Perrin of Center, Colo., his grandchildren, Heather Brunelli, Sara Brunelli, Brooke Perrin, Wyatt Perrin and Dakota Perrin as well as his great grandchild Lance Brunelli and his sister Jackie Filangi of Pueblo, Colo., and his faithful dog Sammy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Betty Petrovich and his grandson Dustin Brunelli.

Services were held July 21, 2015, at the Brunelli Ranch in Walsenburg, Colo. ❖

Martha Porter

Martha Ellen (Lancaster) Porter, of New Castle, Colo., passed away July 17, 2015, peacefully at home surrounded by family.

A kind caring woman of grace and dignity, she was born March 12, 1927, to William W. and B. Ellen Lancaster in Grand Junction, Colo.

On November 15, 1949, she married Barton Porter, the love of her life and so began a union that embraced raising six sons, operating a ranch together, and transforming the Alkali Creek valley into irrigated, productive meadows.

Martha and Barton were a frequent team at livestock sales, in the hay fields, and at athletic events where, as an enthusiastic sports fan, she vocally cheered on her sons and grandchildren. Reading, good conversation, and scrap booking enriched many hours of her productive life. Martha enjoyed driving and sightseeing. Her driving adventures were considered “Legendary” and have even been written about in the Glenwood Post. Even with the loss of her husband and three of her sons Martha always showed strength and dignity through the most difficult times, always concerned more for others than herself and trusting in the Lord.

Martha is survived by sons Dan (Marge) Porter of Collbran, Colo., Eric (Marilyn) Porter of Imnaha, Ore., and Terry (Mary) Porter of New Castle, Colo., daughter-in-law, Marla Porter of New Castle, Colo.; sisters Mary Ann Romisch of Clifton and Loretta Harrison of Grand Junction, Colo., brothers Carl Lancaster of Florence, Colo., and Paul (Dianne) Lancaster of Clifton, Colo., and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Barton Porter; brothers George, Roy, John, baby Danny Ray Lancaster, sons Bill Porter, Mike Porter and Alan Porter.

Services were held July 29, 2015, at The Porter Ranch in New Castle, Colo. ❖

Dwain Yetter

Cecil Dwain Yetter, 89, of Pierce, Colo., passed away July 19, 2015.

He was born March 11, 1926, in Macon County, Mo., to Cecil and Vera (Kimbley) Yetter.

Dwain’s family moved to the Greeley/Eaton area when he was 2-years-old. In 1945 he graduated from Eaton High School where he played football. He was recruited to play football for Colorado State University but an injury didn’t allow him to continue playing.

On December 10, 1950, Dwain married Barbara Wilkins in Greeley, Colo., and began a career in farming.

He enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing. Dwain will be remembered by his family as a hardworking and opinionated man who loved his family and showed a genuine interest in children and grandchildren’s lives.

Dwain is survived by his son, David Yetter and wife Terri of Ault, Colo.; five grandchildren and three great grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Mary Ann Stockton; and sister, Wanda Rankin.

Services were held July 24, 2015, at Adamson Chapel and Interment in Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Eaton in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services. ❖

Mary Warboys

Mary Emma Warboys, 93, of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away July 20, 2015.

She was born February 21, 1922, in Dayton, Ohio, to Stephen and Elizabeth Hallda.

Mary married Lewis L. Warboys on July 29, 1939. He passed in 1991.

Mary was a farmer and a rancher on their place north of Fort Morgan, Colo., for most of her life.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Fort Morgan.

Mary enjoyed baking, traveling, fishing and taking care of her cats.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Jane (Delmar) Serl of Otis, Colo., Betty Jean Honebein of Brush, Colo., and Beverly June (Don) Carmin of Fort Morgan, Colo., one son, Lewis Leroy (Janyce) Warboys of Fort Morgan, Colo., nine grandchildren 18 great grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis, three sisters, Irene Morton, Annie Schwindt, Bertha Vinson, two brothers, Raymond and Fred Hallda, and her parents.

Services were held July 24, 2015, at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan, Colo. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Eben-Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, the Beehive in Fort Morgan, or to the Alzheimers Association. ❖

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Scott Walck

Scott Jackson Walck, 84, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away July 3, 2015, at his home.

He was born in the Spring of 1931 to Cecil and Harriet Walck on the JJ Long ranch in Collbran, Colo.

He spent his life ranching with his wife Betty of 54 years and raised his family in the Plateau Valley.

With Betty by his side, he enjoyed cattle and horses, good crops, productive garden, hard work, neighbors, ATV rides in the mountains, reading and writing history (authored the book: “The Way She Were Back Then”). Scott was a wonderful husband, dad and neighbor. He took great pride in keeping his property tidy and his home and shop organized.

He was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge, DeMolay Chapter Dad, member of the Plateau Valley Stockgrowers, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, American Simmental Association, Mesa County Historical Society, Leon Pool Board and served on the Collbran Cemetery District for 25 years.

Scott and Betty had seven children: Gail (Bob) Power, Sandy (Trent) Hooper, Loney Walck (deceased), Mike (Linda) Walck, Randy (Cindi) Walck, Roxie (Randy) Ryan and Roy Walck. His legacy continues with 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held at the Eaglelite Cemetery in Plateau Valley.

Donations may be made in Scott’s memory to Plateau Valley School District/memo to FFA 56600 Highway 330, Collbran, Colo., 81624 or Colorado Talking Books, 180 Sheridan Blvd, Denver, Colo., 80226. ❖

Bernice Kravig

Bernice Christina Kravig, 90, passed away July 8, 2015, at Crowley County Nursing Center in Ordway, Colo.

She was born in Karval, Colo., on October 20, 1924 to Carl and Lela (Gresham) Sorensen.

Bernice grew up and graduated from Karval High School in 1942.

Bernice was united in marriage to Mahlon Kravig on April 1, 1944. They resided in Karval for the majority of their lives together. Bernice and Denice moved to La Junta, Colo., in 1995, where Bernice lived until May of this year.

The Karval community was important to Bernice. She was active as a 4-H leader, a member of ABC, secretary of the Karval Water Board, and she drove the school bus for 39 years. In 1994 she was awarded the Colorado Bus Driver of the Year.

She was a loving devoted caregiver for her daughter, Denice for 38 years.

She is survived by daughters; Luetta (Rick) Locke, Chris (Marty) Fleischacker; four grandchildren, Jeff (Cheryl) Dutro, Michelle (D.J.) Jones, Rick Locke, Jr., and Tiffany (Mike) Mulligan and nine great-grandchildren.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Lela Sorensen, sisters Ethel Stogstill and Carolyn Whisman, daughter Denice, and her beloved husband Mahlon.

Services were held July 14, 2015, at the Karval School Gymnasium with burial at the Karval Community Cemetery in Karval, Colo.

Memorials are suggested to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 124 W. Cranston Ave., Fowler, Colo., 81039 or the Crowley County Nursing Center 401 Idaho Ave., Ordway, Colo., 81063. ❖

Mary Jane Williams

Mary Jane Williams, 96, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away July 9, 2015, at the Davis Hospice Center.

She was born September 3, 1918, in Oshkosh, Neb, a daughter of Clyde James and Elva (Wickham-Huff) Dayley.

She attended the Lewellen High School in Lewellen, Neb.

Mary Jane married Harold Emmerick Williams on August 12, 1936. To this union was born two sons, Kenneth Vernon and Edward LeRoy.

The Williams family lived in Nebraska until moving to Cheyenne, Wyo., in February of 1942.

Mary Jane and Harold owned and operated Williams Electronics from 1957 to 1985.

She was a member of the National Electronics Association.

She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, fishing, sewing and researching family genealogy.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Vernon Williams of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a daughter-in-law, Florence Williams of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sister-in-law, Rosetta Grigsby of North Platte, Neb.; brother-in-law, Clarence Williams of Wallace, Neb.; sister-in-law, Margarette Benson of North Glen, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held July 25, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Interment will follow at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday and Friday.

Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Kenneth Schnorr

Kenneth Henry Schnorr, 73, of Windsor, Colo., passed away July 11, 2015, at his home.

He was born February 5, 1942, in Windsor, Colo., to Henry and Ruth (Maul) Schnorr.

Kenneth was raised in Windsor and attended school in Timnath, Colo. He was in the last senior class to graduate from Timnath High School.

After high school, he started to farm with his brother Allan (Butch) in Loveland, Colo. They farmed in Loveland until 1970 when they were able to return to Windsor and farmed in the Windsor area until they retired in 2003.

Kenneth enjoyed working in his yard and always strived to have the nicest lawn in the neighborhood. He was finally able to build his dream shop at his house. He used the shop to build many projects and also used it to entertain for many family and friends.

He is survived by his brother Allan (Butch) and faithful companion Joanna Perna both of Windsor, Colo. He is also survived by numerous cousins and loving friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial graveside service will be held on July 24, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor, Colo., followed by a celebration of life at the American Legion in Windsor, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Kenneth Schnorr Memorial Fund in care of Marks Funeral and Cremation, 9293 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor, Colo., 80550. ❖

David Alan Duncan

David Alan Duncan, 57, of Lincoln, Neb., passed away on July 13, 2015.

Dave grew up in south Omaha, Neb.

Dave loved to work with his hands. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and restoring his 67 RS Camaro.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Dustin (Hladik); son, David Jr. and fiancée Katrina Sypal; granddaughter, Kailey; sister, Teresa Johnson; brothers Donald, Kenneth (Brenda), and Dennis; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Dave was preceded in passing by his parents, Donald and Darlene; granddaughter, Tayler Hladik; nephew Christopher Johnson; and special friend, Bonnie England.

Celebration of Life was held July 16, 2015, at Butherus Maser and Love Funeral Home. ❖

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