Donald Schriner, 82
Dec. 14, 1933-May 18, 2016Learn more »
LeMoyne Joseph Wolfe, 91
April 7, 1925 - April 30, 2016Learn more »
Charlotte Frances Nelson, 82
Feb. 19, 1934-May 28, 2016Learn more »
Ivan Ahlbrandt, 77
March 15, 1939-March 25, 2016Learn more »
Jerry Lewy Cobb, 73
March 16, 1943-April 11, 2016Learn more »
Otis Presson Dewey, 85
May 30, 1930-March 15, 2016Learn more »
Richard Merrill, 76
March 28, 1940 - April 3, 2016Learn more »
Harold Rogers, 94
April 11, 1921-March 23, 2016Learn more »
Mary Threewit, 91
March 27, 1924-March 17, 2016Learn more »
Robert J. Hendrix, 83
Sept. 21, 1932-Feb. 16, 2016Learn more »
Mark Vannest, 54
July 28, 1961-March 17, 2016Learn more »
George Andre, 88
June 19, 1927-Feb. 29, 2016Learn more »
William Rains, 88
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Joe Bollers was born April 8, 1946 to Stanley and Irene Bollers of Hudson, Colo. Joe was the middle of three children with Barbara being his older sister and Kenny his younger brother. The family resided on a dairy farm and farm life was a part of Joe’s early years. He often regaled in stories about the unsavory chores of farm life, but he was always deeply rooted in a life based in agriculture.Learn more »
Shirley Gerene (Stewart) Jenkins passed away peacefully on Feb. 8 at the Box Butte General Hospital.Learn more »
Obituaries — Feb. 22, 2016February 24, 2016 —
Cedaredge, Colo. resident, Robert Edward Erdmann, Jr., passed away Feb. 3 at his home in Cedaredge. He was 72 years of age.
Robert Edward Erdmann, Jr., was born on Dec. 20, 1943 to Robert and Gladys (Dauslin) Erdmann in Bessemer, Mich.
He spent his childhood and attended schools in many different places because his father was in the military. Robert furthered his education at Perdue where he attained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1968.
Robert worked as an Electrical Engineer after he served in the United States Army. Robert’s background led him to work on projects in astronomy, which was also a passion.
His hobbies also included ham radios. He was a volunteer examiner for the ARRL (American Radio Relay League). Robert was also an avid lover of dogs.
Robert is survived by a son, Robert Gerald Erdmann of Holland; a daughter, Jennifer Bellmire of Aurora, Colo.; a sister, Connie McCart (Joe) of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Cecil Thomas Treadway was born in Little Rock, Ark., on Aug. 2, 1927. He passed away on Feb. 1, 2016. Cecil graduated from Little Rock Central High School and then enlisted in the Navy. Cecil was a prominent businessman in Little Rock from the late 1940s with Little Rock Carpet and Linoleum through the late 1950s with Western Hills Country Club.
After developing Western Hills and running it for a decade, he moved to Rogers, Ark. There, he continued pursuing his career in residential and commercial real estate.
Through the late 1950s to the late 1970s, he enjoyed his love of Quarter Horses.
He competed in the cutting ring, winning several Arkansas Cutting Horse Association Championships. A lifelong lover of golf, he enjoyed tennis after moving to Bella Vista, Ark.
In 1978, along with his daughter Cathy, established Arkansas School of Real Estate in Bentonville. The school operated from 1978 until 2003.
At the time of his death, he was living with his daughter Cathy in Colorado. Cecil is survived by his two daughters, Cathy Percefull (Brad) and Cindy Alter (Tom), and a brother, Wilton.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Norma Jean Treadway
Norma Jean Treadway was born in Little Rock, Ark., on July 18, 1927.
She passed away, suddenly, on Jan. 28, 2016. After graduating from Little Rock Central High School, she worked for Lewis and Norwood insurance Company.
She married Cecil Treadway on Dec. 26, 1946.
Norma worked at the family business, Little Rock Carpet Company in the drapery and upholstery department. She was a Brownie Scout leader at Meadowcliff Elementary School.
She was also a library volunteer at Western Hills Elementary School. She loved oil painting, golf and after moving to Bella Vista, Ark., played tennis, was a charter member of Bella Vista Republican Women, and enjoyed the Bentonville-Bella Vista Symphony Guild. Mostly, she loved being a wife and mother to two daughters.
At the time of her death she was living with her daughter Cathy in Colorado.
She is survived by her husband, Cecil, and daughter, Cathy Percefull (Brad) and Cindy Alter (Tom).
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Eckert resident Edwin P. Minion passed away Feb. 4, 2016 at Hope West Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 87 years old. A celebration of his life will be held May 14, 2016.
Ed was born to John Earl and Rita Anna (Kelly) Minion in Bingham Lake, Minn., on May 14, 1928. The family moved to Delta in 1947. Ed worked as a production manager for Skyland Foods for more than 20 years. On Aug. 9, 1969 he married Barbara (Bradley) Cates and the couple shared 46 years together. Ed belonged to the Delta Elks Lodge #1235 for 67 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, outdoor activities, and the game of billiards. He loved the beauty of Western Colorado.
Ed is survived by his wife, Barbara Minion of Eckert, Colo.; two sons, Greg P. Minion (Norine) of Pittsburgh, Penn.; Gary J. Minion (Jane Bolt) of Albuquerque, N.M., and a daughter, Shawna E. Minion of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Pat Albers (Ron) of Sun City, AZ and Carol Minion of Delta, Colo.; and one sister-in-law, Bernadine Minion of Grand Junction, Colo.; two step-sons, Danny Jay Cates of Oregon, David M. Cates of Montrose, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack, two nieces, Michelle Minion and Donna Minion; and the mother of his three children, Dorothy Minion.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Alice Louise Phelps, 90, of North Platte passed away Feb. 7, 2016 at Linden Court.
Alice was born June 26, 1925 in North Platte to Clarence and Mary (Craigie) Spicer. She attended Jefferson Grade School and Graduated from North Platte High School with the Class of 1943. She was in the National Honor Society and helped to organize many class reunions for the Class of ‘43. Alice was an active member with the Lincoln County Farm Bureau for many years. She worked for the County Attorney and for Halligan and Mullikin Law Firm as secretary and was Deputy Register of Deeds.
On May 17, 1962 she married Glen Phelps and took an active part in the ranch. Alice and Glen loved to dance and play pitch with friends. Crocheting was another favorite pastime.
Survivors include her son, Craig (Diana Berglund); grandchildren, Camille Phelps, Kira (Troy) Garrels, and Chris (Lori) Berglund; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Trevor, and Ali.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen; and a sister, Wilma (Howard) Wyman.
Alice wished for her body to be donated to the Anatomical Board of the State of Nebraska for the training of medical students.
In Lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the North Platte Senior Center or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Memorial services were Feb. 11, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. ❖
Laura L. McBride was born on July 16, 1923, at home on Wilson Lane in Ogden, Utah to John E. and Rose Wilson Spiers. She departed this life on Feb. 5 in Mullen, Neb. at the Pioneer Memorial Rest Home at the age of 92.
In 1942 she married Stanley Unck and to this union a daughter, Tamra was born. On Jan. 16, 1946 she married Ernest (Mac) McBride in Elko, Nevada. They later established their home in Broken Bow, Neb. A daughter, Trudie was born in 1952 and a daughter Jodi was born in 1957.
She attended Weber High School in Ogden graduating in 1941. She was then a student at the Chicago School of Interior Design, paving the way to many years as an interior design consultant for residential and commercial properties and working for Glaze Furniture in Broken Bow. She was also in business with her sister in-law at the Corner Style Shop, a ladies clothing store. Mac and Laura managed the Broken Bow Country Club for many years before moving to Lexington where they managed the Vet’s Club.
In 1984 they relocated to Mesa, Ariz., where they managed apartment complexes in Mesa and later in Scottsdale, where she also did interior design for the show apartments. In 1995 they moved back to Mullen, Neb., to be close to family and to manage the laundry for The Sand Hills Golf Club for 6 years. In 2003 her husband Mac, passed away after 57 years of marriage.
She continued to live in Mullen contributing her talents and gifts to the Mullen community. She was very well known for her love of baking and especially the rum cakes she made at the holidays, baking and selling nearly 150 each Christmas season.
In December 2013 she became a resident of the Pioneer Memorial Res Home. Until just recently she continued to play Bridge and other cards with two different card clubs. She was a member of Eastern Star, P.E.O, and St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mac, one brother and his wife, Donald and Virginia Spiers, five sisters and their husbands, Edna and Ken McComb, Dorothy and Carl Arbon, Florence and George Swaner and Marjorie and Grant Hewitt.
She is survived by three daughters and sons in-saw; Tamra and Harry Pribbanow of Roy, Utah, Trudie and Mike Miller of McAlester, Okla., and Jodie and Kirk Jacobs of Mullen, Neb.; nine grandchildren, Mike Pribbanow, Troy Pribbanow, Chris Pribbanow, Todd (Karen) Miller, Krissy Lane, Andy (Mindy) Wright, Kelly (Wade) Marsh, Joel (Megan) Jacobs and Jesse ( Kady) Jacobs; eighteen great grandchildren; Derek (Mandi) Pribbanow, Tawny Pribbanow, Ashley (Casey) Musselman, Anise Pribbanow, Olivia Pribbanow, John Miller, Kara Miller, Aston Wright, Ella Wright, Owen Wright, Alivia Wright, Hadley Marsh, Kyler Marsh, Emery Jacobs, Brooks Jacobs, Liam Jacobs, Dominic Grove and Brett Jacobson; six great-great grandchildren, Kellen, Dax, Maci Jo, Levi, Alden and Mia; one brother and sister in-law Bernard and Doris Spiers of Utah; brothers in-law, Bob McBride and Lauren McBride and sister in-law Donna Caricaburro; plus a host of nieces and nephews whom she greatly adored.
Visitation was Feb. 12 at the Mullen Funeral Home.
Memorial services were held in Mullen Feb. 13, at at the Mullen Methodist Church. Inurnment took place at the Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen with Mullen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Memorial may be made To St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Pioneer Memorial Rest Home or to the Mullen Community Foundation. ❖
Obituaries — Feb. 15, 2016February 15, 2016 —
Warren Eldon Horner was born Sept. 3, 1958 in Ainsworth, Neb., to Eldon and Ila (Moore) Horner of Rose, Neb. He was the fourth child in a family that eventually grew to eight children. The Horner Ranch was the perfect place for a young boy to grow and explore. There were cows, horses, dogs, cats, the great outdoors and sisters. Warren loved horses the most. From atop a horse he could rope calves, cows, fence posts and sisters.
Warren attended kindergarten through third grade at District 4, a one-room schoolhouse on the southwest corner of his parents’ ranch. After District 4 closed in May of 1966 and merged with other small schools in the county, Warren finished out his elementary school years at District 72, a brand new, two-room school house, plumbed with indoor bathrooms and running water, built right across from the now closed Rose Post Office. In high school, Warren followed in the footsteps of his three older sisters, boarding in Bassett while attending Rock County High School.
He enjoyed his involvement in the music program run by Kay Lynn Kalkowski. He loved playing basketball with his friends and was an active member of the youth group at Valley Grove Community Church. His youth group leaders, Gordon and Shirley Hitchcock, helped him grow in faith and devotion to his Lord Jesus Christ, and they became his life-long friends. After graduation from Rock County High School in 1976, Warren earned his Associates Degree in Agriculture at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb. Even though it didn’t further his career plans, he chose to continue his education at Big Sky Bible College, located at the foot of the Judith Mountains near Lewistown, Montana. Studying and knowing God’s Word was important to Warren.
After college, Warren returned home to help his parents on the ranch and resumed his favorite sport, team roping. His specialty was heeling, and he and his buddies worked very well together, winning many local rodeos, and even a national championship. Being the only son in the family, Warren filled the brother gap with friends, many from his involvement in rodeo. Not only did Warren team rope at rodeos, he was often given the honor of singing the National Anthem at the opening of these events. Warren was a cardholder in the PRCA and a gold card member in the Nebraska Rodeo Association. He was a Team Roping Champion in both the Mid-State Rodeo Association and the Nebraska Rodeo Association. He belonged to the United States Team Roping Championship since the inception of it and was a USTRC National Champion. Warren won numerous saddles as well as buckles and many other prizes.
Warren remained on the ranch after his father passed away in 1986 and cared for his mother before her death in 2013. He loved everything outdoors, he loved to sing, he loved his family and he developed deep friendships with his rodeo family. He passed away Jan. 17.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Ila Horner; his brother-in-law, Jonathan Busenitz; his niece, Kayla Joy Klooz; and his grandniece Brenna Layne Clark. He is survived by his sisters: Velda Klooz and husband Jim of Purdum, Neb.; Carolyn Clark and husband Stan of Long Pine, Neb.; Teresa Brauser and husband Larry of Fort Collins, Colo.; Joyce Grinder and husband Brian of Cheney, Wash.; Mary Boehm and husband Tom of Elbing, Kan.; Rachel Busenitz and husband Gordon of Newton, Kan.; Genia Entz and husband James of Benton, Kan.; 41 nieces and nephews; 31 great nieces and great nephews and friends too many to count.
Funeral Services were held on Jan. 23, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Bassett, Neb.
In lieu of flowers memorials were suggested to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hochfuneralhome.com. ❖
Rich Stieber of Fort Lupton passed away Jan. 16 at Hospice of North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. Rich was born in the rural area of Wattenberg on Sept. 11, 1932 to Mary Salter Stieber and Edward James Stieber.
When asked about his education, he invariably claimed to have attended school one half-day in the fourth grade as a substitute for another kid.
However he did graduate from Wattenberg School District #19 in May 1946. He then attended Fort Lupton High School, but farm work often interfered, so he completed his GED while in the military and received a diploma with the class of 1955.
The United States Army called him in 1952. After boot camp, he went to Korea, returning in 1954 to rejoin his bride and daughter in Fort Lupton.
Rich and his brother Fred then farmed and raised dairy cattle with their father. In 1959 he was offered a job at the John Deere store in Fort Lupton, which began his 40 year association in farm implement businesses.
From Fort Lupton, he went to Keenesburg, and eventually joined former governor Roy Romer in their dealership, Colorado Equipment Company until he retired in 2001.
On the May 7, 1953, Rich married Marlene Davis whom he’d met when she was in the eighth grade. Five children were born to this union: daughter Zo and sons Greg, Ed, Chris and Jack.
Rich was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #102 and the South Platte Valley Historical Society, and he was a retired member of the Fort Lupton Fire Department, serving 19 years as a volunteer.
Surviving are his wife Marlene, daughter Zo, sons Ed (Dianne), Chris (Liz) and Jack; five grandchildren: Travis (Jessica), Samantha (Rod) Dudley, Makenzie, Madison, Kylanne and five great grandchildren: Cydni, Wyatt and Jaxon Dudley and Tate and Burke Stieber.
Additionally, he is survived by his sister Barbara Tome, his brother Fred, daughter in law Shawna, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Greg, his brothers Jim, Tom, Don and his sister Eileen Parreco.
Rosary was Jan. 20 in Brighton. The funeral was Jan. 21at St. William’s Catholic Church in Fort Lupton.
Donations may be sent to the South Platte Valley Historical Society. ❖
Roger Lee Wurdeman, 71, of Greeley, passed away on Jan. 30 at Grace Pointe Continuing Care in Greeley. He was born Aug. 14, 1944 in Columbus, Neb., to Walter and Etta (Paper) Wurdeman. Roger graduated high school in Leigh, Neb., and received his bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska-Omaha. On Jan. 16, 1971 in Grand Island, Neb., he married Helen Easterday. Roger was a veteran of the National Guard. Roger owned Wurdeman and Company. Roger enjoyed gardening, making things in his shop, traveling, and riding a snow mobile. He loved Nebraska football and Professional Bull Riding. Roger’s favorite thing was spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Roger is survived by his wife, Helen of Greeley; children, Michael Wurdeman (Matt Landman) of Denver, and Laura (Brian) High of Flower Mound, Texas; grandchildren, Ethan and Elle; brothers, Rodney, David, and Kenneth; and sister-in-law, Patricia Vaughan of Brazil. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia. A celebration of Roger’s life was Feb. 3 at Adamson Chapel in Greeley. Interment is in Linn Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Roger’s name to “American Lung Association” in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. Condolences may be left for Roger’s family at adamsonchapels.com ❖
Rose Horn, 84, passed away peacefully in her home on the family ranch in McCoy, Colo.
Rose was born in Arvada, Colo., on Dec. 20, 1930 to Otto and Bertha (Olson) Ramstetter.
She grew up in Golden Gate Canyon on the family dairy, along with her siblings, Gordon, Arlene, Kenneth, Charles, Nora and Richard. Her father passed away when Rose was just shy of her 12th birthday.
She attended the Guy Hill School through the eighth grade, then started helping her mother with the farm and raising her siblings.
Rose met her future husband, Raymond Horn at the local Fourth of July celebration, and danced with him at the square dance that night. Three years later, when he asked her to marry him, she told him, “I need to go home and think that over.” She said yes, and her siblings bid her goodbye while she left with her new husband and milk cow.
Rose and Ray worked along with his parents on their ranch, just four miles away. They welcomed three sons while there, Carl, Gary and Dale. In 1964 they purchased the ranch in McCoy where the family continues to ranch today. Several years after moving to McCoy, they were blessed with a fourth son, Glen.
The family worked hard, side by side, to make the mortgage payment each year. Rose worked right alongside them, riding, irrigating and haying, while cooking and caring for the home.
After her husband Ray was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she had to give up the outside chores and care for him. She continued to do all the paperwork, cow records and finances until her last days.
She will be remembered for her faith, her genuine warmth, her wisdom, those blue eyes that twinkled and her infectious smile. Everyone who met Rose fell in love with her.
Rose is survived by her sons Carl, Gary (Brita), Dale (Rena), Glen (Angie); grandchildren CJ (Melissa), Chelsea, Adam, Nathan, Abbey, Belle; and great –grandchildren Katlyn, Camron and Cassidy.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, her parents, her half-siblings Elsie, Leona, Ray and Ernest, her brothers Kenneth, Gordon and infant Franklin, and by her grandson Levi.
Memorial services were held Dec. 21, 2015 at the McCoy Community Center in McCoy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the McCoy Community Church. ❖
Edward Thomas Butler, age 68, of Agate, Colo. was suddenly taken from us Jan. 23.
Ed was born in Denver on Nov. 9, 1947 to parents Walter and Betty Butler. He was a lifelong resident of Agate. He graduated from Agate High School in 1965. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder and Northeastern Junior College in Sterling before returning to his passion, the ranch, in Agate. He married his lifetime partner, Donna, on Sept. 18, 1967.
Ed carried on the legacy of his father and was dedicated to protecting and enriching the ranch and farmland of Eastern Elbert County. He served 17 years as the president of the Agate Soil Conservation Board and served in several positions for the Colorado Soil Conservation Board.
He was a lifetime member and a longtime deacon of the Agate Community Church. He was also a member of the Elbert County Sheriff’s Posse. Ed was an avid member of the NRA and enjoyed shooting guns of all types. He enjoyed playing and “winning” any type of card or board game. Ed enjoyed the great outdoors and was always either riding his quad or motorcycling throughout the ranch at Agate. He and Donna enjoyed traveling and visiting with family and friends.
Ed is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna. His daughter, Jodie Welch and Ron of Union, Ky.; his granddaughter, Lacey Butler of New York, N.Y.; his brother, Bob Butler and Lisa of New Lisbon, N.J.; and sisters, Nancy Raths and Dick of Lewistown, Mont., and Naomi Malcom and Terry of Limon, Colo. Some of his greatest admirers were his eight nephews, eight nieces, 15 grandnieces, and 10 grandnephews, who also survive him.
Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at the Warren Mitchell Activities Building at Limon High School with burial following at the Pershing Memorial Cemetery in Limon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colorado was in charge of arrangements. Please visit our website at www.lovefuneralhomes.com to sign our online guestbook or to send your message of condolence to the family.
Dennis A. Seewald, 73, of Brush, passed away Jan. 19 at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland. He was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Longmont, Colo., to Joseph and Katherine Seewald.
On Sept. 1, 1962, Dennis married Carolyn Graham in Longmont. The Seewalds moved to Morgan County about 10 years ago. Prior to retirement Dennis was a farmer and rancher. Work was his hobby. Dennis did enjoy playing golf and traveling, especially traveling to Mexico.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carolyn of Brush; two sons, Don of Brush and Andy of Hillrose; one brother, Steve Seewald of Berthoud, Colo.; two sisters, Patti Marsh of Santan, Ariz., and Marsha Willis of Longmont; and six grandchildren.
A memorial gathering was in Brush on Jan. 27. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to The Shriner’s Hospital c/o Heer Mortuary.
Robert (Bob) Allen Smyth, 72, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at his home in Greeley, Colo., Feb. 1, surrounded by family.
Bob was born to Darrell and Marilyn (Boyes) Smyth on Sept. 22, 1943 in Julesburg, Colo. Bob spent his growing years on the Horseshoe Ranch, which instilled in him a love of working with cattle and horses that followed him through his entire life. After graduating from high school in 1962, Bob had many adventures, including working on a harvest crew, learning how to fly a plane and serving in the National Guard.
In 1967, he moved to Crook and started farming and ranching. In 1968, Bob married Jennifer (Gerk) Smyth, and they were married for 47 years. To this union, four daughters were born whom he proudly raised in the Crook community. Over the years, Bob was employed as a truck driver, cattle buyer, farmer and rancher.
In 1992, Bob and Jennifer moved to the front range near Greeley, Colo. There Bob continued work in farming, ranching and hauling cattle. In 2007, Bob was injured in a work accident that forced him into retirement. While this was a difficult time for him, as he had to give up the work he had always loved, he found a new passion in life in the game of Texas Hold’em and became a great player.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jennifer of Greeley; his daughters Bobbi Jo (David) Fitzgerald of Greeley and Austin, Bailey, Holden, Hattie and Hollis; Cindy (Shawn) Hesse of Keenesburg and Gage and Gunner; Kerri (Josh) Jaeger of Ogallala, Neb., and Jarod, Jayden and Kacey; and Annie (Steve) Shalla of Sterling and Colton and Brock; brother Bill (Linda) Smyth of Greeley; mother-in-law Lois Gerk of Loveland and brothers-in-law Bruce (Shirley) Gerk of Julesburg, Greg Gerk of Greeley, and sister-in-law Carol (Jim) Fehr of Oakland, Calif., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was Feb. 8 at Adamson Chapel in Greeley. Bob will be laid to rest in Julesburg, Colorado at the Hillside Cemetery and a graveside service will be held there at a later date.
Condolences may be left for Bob’s family at adamsonchapels.com.
Contributions to either organization may be made in care of Adamson Funeral Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colorado 80634. ❖
Darlene (Watkins) Coffield was born Dec. 3, 1942 in Orangeville, Penn., to Robert Watkins and Evaline Phillips. She, very peacefully, left her home of over 54 years, to join the Lord in her new home Jan. 27.
She was in the loving, caring company of her beloved husband and family at the time of her passing. Darlene had two brothers, Carl and Charles Watkins. At a very young age, her family moved to Las Animas, Colo., where Darlene grew up. She graduated from Las Animas High School in 1960. In January 1961, her mother married Maurice Kenworthy who Darlene often and affectionately referred to as the best “Daddy” in the world.
In December 1961, Darlene married the love of her life, Thomas Coffield. Darlene and Tom grew up together as their families were long-time friends. They were married on her 19th birthday. She often said that marrying Tom was the best birthday present she ever received, while everyone knew that Tom’s reason for getting married on her birthday was to secretly reduce the number of important dates he may possibly forget.
Darlene and Tom started their life together on the Davidson ranch, south of Las Animas, a place that remained very near and dear to them and they visited often. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Leoti, Kan., for a few years, where their first two children were born.Dec. 15, 1962, the couple welcomed their first child, a son they named Thomas Ray. They were such proud parents, even as they watched while Tom, as a toddler, melted a cube of butter on his head while sitting in the middle of the kitchen table, a story Darlene loved to tell. On May 30, 1964, their second child, Sandra Darlene, entered the world. She now had a daughter she could dress in ribbons and bows. Dec. 4, 1965 came the birth of their third child, another daughter, Tamra Kay. Darlene loved to use her finger to make ringlet curls in Tammy’s curly, dark brown hair. The fourth and final child, Mark Shane, was born July 10, 1967. Darlene and Tom had no idea what Mark had in store for them.
As the youngest child, he could use his big brown eyes to “work his magic” and could always convince her that he was completely innocent. In 1967, Darlene and Tom moved to Cheraw, Colo., where they immediately became very actively involved in the community. Darlene had an absolute passion for children. Her door was always open to children, her house was always full of them and there was always room for one more. She loved them all. Darlene worked for the Cheraw school for several years, first as a bus driver and then as the head cook in the cafeteria. She was a very active volunteer in the school and in many other organizations. Darlene and Tom, as a couple, have been presented with numerous awards and recognitions for their volunteer work, community service and dedication to their community. As a testament to their absolute love of children, they spent a summer volunteering at a Lion’s Club summer camp for disabled individuals in Woodland Park, Colo. They spent countless hours cooking and caring for the camp attendees and developed some very special relationships.
Darlene was a very gentle, kind, loving and caring person who positively impacted the lives of so many throughout her lifetime. She will be missed by so many who knew her and loved her. The phrase she will always be fondly remembered by is “I love you, gobs and gobs!”
Darlene is survived by her beloved husband, Tom, her four children: Tom Coffield and his wife Regina, Sandy Sandberg and her husband Forrest, Tammy Collins and her husband Jim, and Mark Coffield and his wife Irene. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren: Thomas Coffield, Nicki Erhlich and her husband Jake, Daniel Miller, Tabitha Sandberg, Makana Sandberg, Jennifer Stum and her husband Chris, Tyler Collins and his wife Caitlin, Teisha Coffield and Chadron Coffield; and her nine great-grandchildren: Shaynna, Karlie, JJ and Camden Ehrlich, Josiah, Cayleigh, Ciyana, and Jeremiah Stum, and Lilly Collins. Further, Darlene is survived by her brothers: Carl Watkins and his wife Josie and Charles Watkins and his wife Donna, numerous other family members including aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
A memorial service was Feb. 6 at the East Holbrook Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 direct or through the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.PeacockFH.com. Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home and Arkansas Valley Crematory is in charge of arrangements. ❖
Obituaries — Feb. 8, 2016February 8, 2016 —
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.
Bud grew up in LaSalle and attended College High School. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II.
Bud married Mary Rowan in 1950 in Weld County. He worked as a farmer, growing corn and hay and raising cattle. In 1975, he began working for Weld County, working on the bridge and road crew.
Bud was known as the farmer in town after his retirement. He grew tomatoes, chili peppers and green beans. He enjoyed watching football and fishing on the Poudre from “Grandpa’s Bridge.” Bud was also the go-to person if you need anything fixed.
Bud is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Ed (Jan) Schmidt; sister, MaryAnn (Jim) Schmidt Conlin; two brothers, Rich (Madeline) Schmidt and Duke (Vickie) Schmidt; grandchildren, Paul (Keshia) Schmidt and Doug (Jacque) Schmidt and four grandchildren, Harley, Devin, Jon and Danica.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment t Sunset Memorial Gardens with a reception to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th Street, Greeley, CO, 80634.
Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign an online guestbook. ❖
Donald Lee Mitchell was born Aug. 4, 1937 in Anderson, McDonald County, Mo., and passed away Jan. 20. He was the youngest child of Luther A. and Naomi Bailey Mitchell. Luther died from tuberculosis in 1939. Naomi married Earl Moss in July 1946 and the family moved to Lamar, Colo., where Don attended school and graduated from Lamar High School in 1955. In June 1955, he enrolled at Blair Business College as an accounting major. He was elected president of the student council. olo In 1956, Don was offered an opportunity to “learn banking from the bottom” and went to work at the First National Bank of Holly, Colo. The next year, he was promoted to an officer of the bank. Don was a firm believer of the bank’s slogan, “The Lord gave us two ends to use. Success depends on which we choose. Heads you win, and tails, you lose.”
In 1962 Don joined the Office of the Comptroller of Currency as an assistant national bank examiner, where he assisted in the examination of the smallest bank to the largest bank in the Twelfth National Bank Region consisting of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. In 1964, he joined the White Family Banking Group as vice president. This position led him to the FNB of Salida, Colo., where in 1968, he met and married Barbara Lee Watson, who remains the “love of his life.” They have three children, Heath, Von and Jodi.
Don graduated from the University of Colorado School of Banking in 1969. He was class president and a member of the Board of Trustees. While in Salida, he was elected to the Board of Education of Salida School District.
In November 1972, Don joined the Oliver-Moore Banking Group and was elected President of the FNB of Strasburg, Colo. In Strasburg, he was elected to the Board of Education of the Strasburg Schools. In June 1975, after the banking group purchased the Colorado Bank and Trust Company in Delta, Mitchell was elected bank president. He also was a founding director of the Montrose State Bank and Chairman of the Chaffee County Bank in Salida. These banks sold in 1981 to Affiliated Banks of Colorado.
In 1985, he moved to Canon City with the Fremont Group as executive vice president of Canon National Bank. In 1993, Don and Barbara returned to Delta, where he established a branch office of the Western Community Bank of Cedaredge in Delta. He served as senior vice president and senior loan officer over four offices, as well as Delta branch manager. Injuries and health issues forced an early retirement in 1995. Don held a Colorado Broker Real Estate License, a Colorado Multiple Line Insurance Agent’s License as well as a SEC Series 7 and 63 Investment Broker’s License.
Don is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church of Delta. He had been a member of several clubs. He served two terms as a board member of the Delta Chamber of Commerce. He received the Chamber’s Citizen Award in 1980. Don was a member of the Delta Masonic Lodge No. 62 and received his 50-year pin in 2010. He was also a member of Delta Elks Lodge No. 1235 and a past member of Western Colorado Consistory and Al Kaly Shrine. He was a past president of the Mon-Ark Shrine club in Salida and was a member of the Shrine Clown Unit, enjoying clowning in many parades!
He is survived by wife, Barbara, his children Heath and Michelle of Barstow, Calif.; Von & Marcia of Cedaredge, Colo.; Jodi & Sam Long of Grand Junction; grandchildren Sierra and Keaton Long. From a previous marriage, son Don S. and Teresa of Canon City, Colo.; two grandsons Liam and Levi. Additionally two brothers, Clyde and Jo Nell Mitchell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Max Moss of Barstow, Calif.; sister Erlene Allen of Lamar, Colo. and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by mother, Naomi Moss and Father Luther Mitchell; two brothers Ken Mitchell and Levi Mitchell.
Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. 38105 or visit www.stjude.org. Services were Jan. 25 at the Episcopal Church in Delta. ❖
Harlan W. Schild was born on March 25, 1924, in Fort Collins, Colo., the eldest of four sons of Henry and Eva Schild. He attended country schools in Colorado and graduated from Windsor High School as salutatorian in 1942. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1944 and served overseas during World War II until being discharged in 1946.
Upon returning home, he was engaged with the family farm until he went to Greenland and worked for Peter Kiewit Sons Construction for eight years. In 1966, he graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, followed by Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Ill., for two years. He graduated with a master’s degree in history and international relations from New Mexico Highlands University in 1969. He married Lena Dassenko on Sept. 7, 1968 and they moved to Sturgis in 1971.
He returned to farming for a number of years followed by becoming an independent sales distributor for Harper Industrial Brush.
Harlan, 91, of Sturgis, passed on to his eternal home Jan. 14 while residing at Hospice House in Rapid City.
He is survived by his brother, Richard (Dorothy) Schild; sister-in-law, Marlene Schild Cockroft; and brother-in-law, Ivan Dassenko.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Lena; and brothers, Wilbur and Raymond.
Harlan will always be remembered for the love he showed his numerous nieces, nephews and friends, and his strong Christian faith.
Funeral services were at Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City on Jan. 22. A burial with military honors was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be made to: Zion Lutheran Church building fund, or Rapid City Regional Hospice, in care of Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Ave., Sturgis, SD 57785. ❖
LeRoy Edwin Waag
Lifetime Larimer County resident, LeRoy Edwin Waag, passed away Jan. 8, 2016, at Medical Center of the Rockies. LeRoy was active until the last few days of his life, living as he had for 84 years, actively participating in the family farming operation.
LeRoy was born on the family farm located at the southeast corner of Prospect and Shields in Fort Collins to Paul and Lena Waag on July 14, 1931. In 1942, they moved to the farm on County Road 48, east of Fort Collins, which is still farmed by his son and grandsons. He graduated from Fort Collins High School at age 16. He married Virginia “Elaine” Johnson March 18, 1952, and they moved to Oceanside, Calif., where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and deployed to Japan.
After being discharged from the Marine Corps, LeRoy and Elaine moved to the family farm on County Road 5, where he continued his agricultural career for over 50 years. He raised sugar beets, Coors malting barley, corn, alfalfa, beans and cucumbers. LeRoy also fed cattle and sheep, and never missed a “Monday Morning Meeting at the Headgate.”
LeRoy was on the board of directors for the Water Supply and Storage Ditch Company for 30 years. He was always diligent in meeting preparation, had an amazing memory for detail, and often shared humorous stories.
He won numerous “High Ten,” “Top Producer,” and “Presidents Quality Club” awards from The Great Western Sugar Company in his 60 years of growing sugar beets. He took great pride in raising Moravian barley for Coors. LeRoy was awarded a silver belt buckle for “High Producer of the Year.” He was also a Larimer County Farm Bureau member for 61 years.
LeRoy’s special interests and hobbies were golf, bowling, traveling, playing cards, reading newspapers and books, classic country music, RFD TV, and especially “Molly B Polka.” He also attended the farm show every year, unless he was traveling. He enjoyed his pool table and challenging his children and grandchildren to a game. At the age of 80, he went whitewater rafting on the Poudre River.
In September 2012, LeRoy traveled to Washington D.C. with the Northern Colorado Honor Flight. He considered it a great honor and enjoyed the trip immensely.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Elaine, in 2011. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and Clifford Waag; sister, Lorene Rader; and great-grandson, Tyler Zimmerman.
Survivors include daughters, Cheryl Zimmerman and Sue Waag; son, Darrell Waag. LeRoy has eight grandchildren, Matt Zimmerman (Tracey), Alexander Waag, Dustin Waag (Jennifer), Nicholas and Jessica Zimmerman, Katlyn Boling (Colby), Garrett Waag, and Kolter Herkstroeter; four great-grandchildren; his caregiver, Micki Sutton; and sister-in-law, Lou Waag.
LeRoy Waag was an incredible person, husband, father, friend, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A Memorial Service with military honors by the Fort Collins All Veterans Honor Guard was held Jan. 14 at Bohlender Funeral Chapel. ❖
George A. Gallegos, 72 of La Jara, Colo., went to his eternal home on Jan. 31, 2016. He passed away at the Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver surrounded by his loving family. George was born on Feb. 22, 1943 in Alamosa, Colo., the son of Adolph Gallegos and Mercedes Sanchez Gallegos. George was united in marriage to Veronica Romero Gallegos on July 10, 1971 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa, Colo. George was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and school teacher who enjoyed hunting, fishing, ranching, farming and having menudo/posole parties with family and friends and cheering for the Denver Broncos.
George graduated from La Jara High School and then from Adams State University with a master’s degee in teaching, which he used at Centauri High School, retiring in 1998 after 33 years of teaching biology and spanish. He was a member of the following organizations: St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish of Capulin, Knights of Columbus, San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Wool Growers and the Conejos County Weed Board. George spent a lifetime in both the cattle and sheep industries raising quality Hereford, Lim-Flex and Angus cross cattle that would be excellent mothers raising big calves and surviving in high elevations during the summer months, as well as raising fine Rambouillet and Columbia ewes. George always enjoyed spending time in the San Juan Mountains during the summers moving cattle and sheep camps on the high range.
Survivors include his wife Veronica R. Gallegos of La Jara, Colo.; daughter Georgette (Kenny) Chavez of Englewood, Colo.: sons Joaquin (Brenda) Gallegos of Eaton, Colo.; Jude Gallegos of La Jara, Colo.; two grandsons Kyle Chavez of Englewood, Colo.; Keanan Gallegos of Eaton, Colo.; and one sister Dollie (Ernie) Valdez of La Jara, Colo. He is also survived by one aunt, Martha Gallegos Fresquez, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Mercedes Gallegos and one infant son, Jerard Wayne Gallegos.
Viewing and visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capulin, Colo. on Feb. 9. A Catholic Recitation of the Rosary will be held Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Capulin, Colo. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held immediately following the Recitation of the Rosary with Interment to follow at the Capulin Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, you may send your donations to St. Joseph’s Parish, P.O Box 40, Capulin, CO 81124. The care of the arrangements has been trusted to the Romero Funeral Home of Alamosa, Colo. Out-of-town guests are welcome to stay, at a discounted rate, at either the Fairfield Inn or the Holiday Inn in Alamosa, Colo., under the Gallegos Funeral block. ❖
Delta, Colo. resident, Clifton L. Hood, passed away at his residence Jan. 23. He was 55 years old.
Graveside services were Jan. 29 at Delta City Cemetery. Visitation and viewing was prior to the service at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
Clifton Lee was born on Sept. 26, 1960 to Truman R. and Delores J. (Peebles) Hood in Salt Lake City, Utah. He spent his childhood and attended school in Springville, Utah.
Clifton moved his family to Delta, Colo. in 1995 from Nephi, Utah. He was a member of Maranatha Fellowship in Delta. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his four grandchildren.
Clifton is survived by his mother, Delores Peebles of Provo, Utah; his four sons: Tony (Jennifer) Hood of Pensacola, Florida; Jeff Hood of Montrose, Colorado; Gary Hood of Greeley, Colorado and Alex Hood, also of Fort Collins; two sisters: Patricia Mortson of Provo, Utah and Valerie Hill of Salt Lake City, Utah; and four grandchildren.
Clifton was preceded in death by his father, Truman Hood; a brother, Clinton Hood and a sister, Trina Hatfield.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com. ❖
Obituaries — Feb. 1, 2016February 3, 2016 —
John Richard Robinson, 70 of Delta, Colo., passed away peacefully at home Jan. 9, 2016 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
A service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16 at Delta Christian Church, 795 1600 Road, Delta, CO 81416.
John was born in San Diego Feb. 3, 1945 to John Harley and Margaret Marie Bredemeier Robinson. John was the second son of four. John attended Spring Valley Elementary and graduated from Mount Miguel High School in 1963.
In 1967 — after leaving college to avoid a speech class — John was drafted by the army and served in Vietnam until January 1969. Upon his return, he went to aviation mechanics school in Tulsa, Okla. He finished in half the time by taking morning and evening courses.
After living and working briefly in Michigan, he returned home to San Diego and got a job at Brown Field, where he met Gloria Renee Imlay. After dating for three weeks, they decided to get married Nov. 2, 1973. They just celebrated their 42rd anniversary. Along with a wife, he gained a curly-haired 3-year old son, Roger Scott, who John adopted as his own and his family was started. While working for U.S. Customs and living in El Cajon, Calif., their next two sons were born: Jacob Christopher in 1975 and Jesse John in 1977.
In 1978, John took a job at Western Skyways in Troutdale, Ore., bought a 10-acre farm, and had three more children: Joshua Levi in 1980, Joseph Matthew in 1982, and Jannie Rebecca in 1985. When he wasn’t working his job in aviation, he was living up to his other name, Farmer John. He loved raising farm animals and sharing the fruits of his labor.
In 1988, the family moved to Grand Junction, Colo. after John was hired by West Star Aviation, where he worked until 1993. Then he and three of his friends started a new engine shop, Western Skyways. In 1994 he moved the family to their current home in Delta, Colorado, bought a 40-acre farm, built a house, and carried on raising the kids along with a few pigs, chickens, and cows. In 2005 John was bought out by his partners and started Colorado Airparts, where his sons, Jesse, Josh and Joe are partners.
John was best known for his curly hair, bare feet, infectious smile, and his undying loyalty to friends and family, often traveling many miles out of his way just to say “Hi.” ❖
Robert Eldon LeBlanc, 95 of Sterling, Colo., passed away Jan. 11 in Sterling. Visitation was Jan. 15-16 at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home and a funeral service was Jan. 18 at the United Church of Crook. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.
Robert was born June 4, 1920 on his grandfather’s homestead near Winston, Colo., between Peetz and Padroni, to Lucien C. and Sara E. Robirds LeBlanc. He graduated from Crook High School in 1939. On April 26, 1942 in Sterling, Colo., Robert married Lucile M. McDonnell. They were married for 73 years.
He farmed and ranched in the Crook area before moving to Sterling in 2014. Robert was a member of the United Church of Crook, the Crook Community Club (serving as chairman) and was a 4-H leader. He served on the board of the Presbyterian Church in Crook and was active in uniting the Presbyterian Church and Congregation Church to form the United Church of Crook in 1963. Robert served on the building committee for the current church building, which was dedicated April 7, 1966.
He also served on the School Board District No. 62 and was chairman of the reorganization committee of the Logan County School District. Robert served as chairman of the Farmer’s Union and was a founding member of Chimney Canyon Grazing Association.
Robert is survived by his wife, Lucile M. LeBlanc of Sterling, Colo.; sons, Richard (Miriam) LeBlanc, of Lincoln, Neb., Jack (Pat) LeBlanc, of Hildreth, Neb., Scott (Lynne) LeBlanc, of Crook.; daughters Melony (Ron) Graham, of Greeley, Colo. and Julie (Steve) Weingardt of Tampa, FL.; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Lucas Robert LeBlanc; brothers and sisters, Alice Shires, Leslie LeBlanc, Janice Franklin, Wilfred Warren LeBlanc, Calvin Loyal LeBlanc, Jeanne Bailey, Ted Wayne LeBlanc and Charles Dean LeBlanc.
Memorials may be made to the United Church of Crook.❖
Ruby was born April 8, 1909 in a cabin fifteen miles from Eads, Colo. She attended a one-room schoolhouse growing up. She married Ezra Craig Kerfoot May 20, 1925. The couple had six children: Ernie, Russell, Juanita, Mae, Leroy and Yvonne. Ezra died unexpectedly in his 40s. Later, Ruby married Claude Cyril Cheney Dec. 21, 1946. They had two children, Carolyn Cheryl and Cindy Lou. During their marriage, they lived in Lamar, Swink and Rye, Colo., but most of the time in Fort Collins, Colo.
Claude was a teacher and Ruby was the homemaker. They enjoyed a rural, farm life with a few animals, chickens and a prolific garden. Ruby won grand champion gardener at the county fair.
Ruby enjoyed family life and there was always laughter and teasing in the house. She worked very hard to make holidays special and memorable.
She would sneak peeks in her Christmas packages, so wrapping became very creative.
She also loved fishing. She always tried to catch the biggest one. She caught many things other than fish, including a boat, a turtle, a fisherman and trees. If the fish were getting away, she would jump in after it.
Claude and Ruby traveled every summer with the family and visited every state in the U.S. She continued on her own and also went to the Holy Land.
Ruby was very religious and was baptized in Lamar as a young adult. She attended church and made sure her children attended Sunday school and church.
Ruby was an artist and painted oil pictures, free painted ceramics, crocheted and sewed clothing for her children.
Since she lived to be 106, she outlived all her siblings except her brother, Clyde of Wiley, Colo. She is also survived by four of her children, Cindy Ferree of Limon, Colo., Carolyn Vickers of Wiggins, Colo., Mae Fritzner of Travis City, Mich., and Yvonne Torrez of Loveland, Colo. Ruby has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren across the U.S.
Ruby is preceded in death by her father, Leslie McKay Sanders and her mother, Ivy May Sanders (Wedkind), both from Kentucky.
A graveside service was held for Ruby at the Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins, Colo.
Memorials may be sent to Carla’s Cluster Care NE Campus, P.O. Box 39, Limon, CO 80828.
The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colo., was in charge of arrangements. Please visit our website at www.lovefuneralhomes.com to sign an online guest book or to send the family your message of condolence. ❖
Mary Kay Baiamonte, 92 of Ault, passed away Jan. 13 at her home.
She was born Sept. 9, 1923 to Paul and Cora (Miller) Leaf in Greeley, Colo.
She graduated from Pierce High School in 1941 and married Vernon “Pete” Baiamonte March 20, 1942. She was a farm wife and worked with Vernon for many years.
She was a member of the Pierce Methodist Church for 78 years and was their oldest living member. She was a member of the Weld County Cattlewomen.
She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, and STULEDO Club. She and Vernon enjoyed bowling, playing cards and loved to go dancing.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacque (Dean) Baiamonte Wilson, a brother, Paul Leaf, grandchildren: Mike (Janine) Freeman, Steve (Karla) Freeman, Teresa (John) Lemmon, Jay (Casey) Barnaby and David Achziger and great-grandchildren: Peter Freeman, Lynsey Freeman, Cierra (Brandon) Huth, Maria Freeman, Jordan, Isaiah and Sarah Lemmon, Kyle (Donnell) Achziger, Christine Achziger, and Roman and Cameron Barnaby.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Baiamonte; parents, Paul and Cora Leaf; daughter, Lynda Baiamonte; brothers: Amos, Claude, Ardell Leaf; sisters, Clara Grever and Esther Lemonds, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Jan. 21 at the Pierce United Methodist Church.
Memorial gifts can be made to Mike Freeman and all funds will be equally divided among the Pierce United Methodist Church, Highland High School Activities Fund and the Ault/Pierce Fire Department in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, CO, 80620.
An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.moserfuneralservice.com.❖
Elsie Mae Allison was born Dec. 2, 1918, near Centerview, Kan., to Asul G. and Sadie (Robertson) Allison.
She attended grade school at Red Mound School and high school at Centerview, graduating in 1939. She met the love of her life, Wayne Newsom in high school. They never met before, but their parents’ farms were about six miles apart.
Wayne and Elsie were married Feb. 15, 1942. Later that year, Wayne enlisted in the Navy. Elsie’s time was split between Wichita, Kan., Norman, Okla. and Centerview while Wayne served. During this time their first son, Kenneth, was born. After World War II, in the spring of 1946, Wayne, Elsie and Kenneth moved to the Walks Camp Community north of Limon, Colo. and started their farm and ranch business. While there Steve and David were born.
Elsie’s career was being a farmer’s wife and mother, and a grandmother of five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She loved her career and excelled at it. She could do the hard work of cooking, cleaning, truck driving, fence repair, or working cattle. She was equally adept at the duties of a mother and grandmother.
The epitome of her career was the care she provided, at the detriment to her own health, to her husband during the last years of his life.
Elsie loved family gatherings, playing cards and reading. She loved attending the sports, music and other school activities. One of her proudest moments was when a great-granddaughter, Elsie Elizabeth Newsom, was named after her.
After suffering a massive heart attack in 2009, she was unable to live alone and spent the rest of her life in the Lincoln Community Care Center in Hugo. With the excellent and loving care provided while there, she was able to enjoy her final years. Elsie passed away Jan. 13.
She was preceded by her husband, Wayne; parents, Asul and Sadie Allison: two brothers, Glenn and Ernest Allison. She is survived by sons, Kenneth (Jan), of Broomfield, Steve (Sharon), of Limon, and David (Alta), of Clovis, Calif. She is also survived by brother, Elvin (Joyce) Allison, of Greensburg, Kan., her grandchildren, Kevin, Kurtis, Tracy (Tim), Kyle (Anna) and Miguel and great-grandchildren, Johanna (Louie), Ben, Nick, Katy Jo, Tate, Tripp and Ellie and several nieces, nephews and many friends.
A memorial service was held Jan. 19 at the United Methodist Church in Limon, Colo. Memorials can be made to the United Methodist Church P.O. Box 178 Limon, CO 80828 or the Lincoln Community Care Center P.O. Box 248 Hugo, CO 80821.
The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colorado was in charge of arrangements. Please visit our website at www.lovefuneralhomes.com to sign our online guest book or to send the family your message of condolence. ❖
Ellis “Jake” Jacobs was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Norfolk, Va., to Margaret (Flint) Jacobs and Lester Jacobs. He passed away Jan. 17, at the age of 92, less than four months after he lost Bunny, his wife of 71 years.
Jake was a great writer and storyteller. He entertained his family and friends with tales of his childhood adventures growing up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
When his father passed away, his mother moved the family back to her home in Maine. He attended Fryeburg Academy, where he had a shop teacher who taught him how to fix just about anything. Those lessons served him well the rest of his life.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed, Jake enlisted in the Army and served in the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment until he was discharged due to an injury he received while training for the planned invasion on D-Day. He was stationed on the base in Alliance, and it was during that time he met Berneice E. “Bunny” Taylor, just before she was leaving for California to work in a defense plant. He took a train to California during his final days before shipping out so he could let her know he was serious about her.
Jake and Bunny were married Aug. 19, 1944, at the Methodist parsonage in Mullen, Colo. They raised their family on their ranch south of town.
Jake went to work for Consolidated Telephone Company in 1962 and retired in 1995. He enjoyed working with the latest technology the telecommunications industry had to offer, as well as delivering it to people in the Sandhills.
Jake served on the school board and the library board in Mullen and was a member of the American Legion and United Methodist Church, where he served in many volunteer capacities over the years.
Jake enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family.
He leaves his four children and their spouses, Jeff (Cleo) Jacobs, of Mullen, Philip (Elizabeth) Jacobs, of San Antonio, Kirk (Jodi) Jacobs, of Mullen, and Heidi (Tom) Piccini of Lincoln, Neb. He 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: Ashton Wright, Ella Wright, Owen Wright, Hadley Marsh, Kyler Marsh, Emery Jacobs, Brooks Jacobs, Liam Jacobs, Brett Jacobs, Dominic Grove, Arianna Manzello and Matthew Manzello; and brother-in-law, Don Magnuson.
Jake was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Walter Dana Jacobs; and his sisters, Berenice “Bunny” Grimmer, Edith Sternberg and Eleanor “Tippy” Mitchell.
A memorial service was Jan. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Mullen, followed by an inurnment at the Whitman Cemetery
Memorial donations are suggested to the Mullen Area Community Foundation or to the donor’s choice.
The Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. ❖
Margaret Jean Mazurie
Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, Margaret Jean Mazurie, passed away Nov. 12, 2015 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Margaret was born April 2, 1935 to Scots immigrants Margaret (MacKay) and Kenneth Finlayson. She was the youngest child in a family of three brothers and three sisters. She enjoyed an adventure-filled childhood always maintaining a “best friends” relationship with her sisters, Catherine and Mary Ella. The family spent the winters in Lander and summers were spent at the “homestead” on the Little Beaver in the Atlantic City-area. Her father was a sheep-man, owning his own band and working for the Gillis family. In 1951, Margaret lost her brother Kenneth, who was a twin of Catherine, in the Korean War. The family enjoyed the traditional Scottish dances and gatherings, talking often of the “good times.”
Following high school graduation in 1953, Margaret and her parents enjoyed an ocean liner trip to Scotland. She attended the University of Wyoming achieving her degree in elementary education in three years. While at the university, she joined Kappa Delta sorority and became an accomplished bridge player. After two years teaching in elementary schools in Casper, Wyo., Margaret taught on an Air Force base near London. She traveled to Germany, France and Scotland before returning to the states.
Upon returning to Lander, a friend of her father’s insisted on introducing “The Lassie” to her future husband, Martin. They were wed July 20, 1963 at the Lander Methodist Church.
They celebrated 52 years together. In 1967, the couple was blessed with a baby boy, Christopher Warren. Two years later another bundle of joy arrived, Victor Kenneth.
Margaret was active in many clubs and organizations. She was a member of the Lander Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at the thrift shop. She served as acting vice president for the Fremont County Valley Vocational High School reunion committee. She was a generous donor and supported many organizations and philanthropic events.
She was always the teacher, encouraging her children, grandchildren and others to continue their education. There are no words to describe the love, pride and devotion she felt for each member of her family. She said so very often “give me a minute and I’ll be there.”
She was very giving of her time to many family, friends and organizations.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Duncan, Charles and Kenneth. She is survived by her husband Martin; sons, Chris (Erica) and Vic (Ronda); grandchildren, Justin (fiancé Lacey) Breanna (Drew), Jack, Riley, Max and Eli; and great-grandson, Roady. She is also survived by sisters, Catherine Smail and Mary Ella (Don) Wolcott; sisters-in-law, Jacquie Finlayson and Mary Jane Finlayson, many nieces, nephews and friends.
The memorial service was Nov. 20, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Lander.
The family requests memorials be made in Margaret’s memory to the Lander Methodist Church, 262 N 3rd Street, Lander, WY 82520 or the Lander Senior Center, 205 S 10th Street, Lander, WY 82520.
Please sign online guestbook at www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com. ❖
Obituaries — Jan. 25, 2016January 26, 2016 —
Lloyd M. Hall was a beloved husband, father, “Poppo,” friend, mentor and hero to many aspiring cowboys and cowgirls.
Lloyd was born Dec. 27, 1918 and went to gather cattle for his Lord on Jan. 1. He lived all of his 97 years on the ranch where he was born in Delhi, Colo., to Charlie E. and Laura Hall.
Lloyd attended grade schools provided by homesteaders and junior high and high school in Thatcher and Trinidad. He attended college at Colorado Agricultural College in Fort Collins, Colo. Lloyd’s love of horses began as soon as he could walk. He bought his first cows at the age of 16 from money earned scooping snow and mowing lawns in Trinidad. This was the beginning of his lifelong ranching career which he was blessed to live the life he loved. Lloyd worked several years at La Junta Livestock and the R P Lewis where he mouthed and showed horses to make ends meet. He broke and traded horses to provide for his family and continue the ranching life that he loved.
On Aug. 9, 1941, Lloyd married the love of his life, Edith A. Walter and they raised four children, along with many other boys that stayed with them from time to time. In 1949, Lloyd and Edith moved into their home closer to the highway, where they enjoyed 74 years of marriage.
Lloyd was a talented musician who played in some local bands, such as the Canyon Cowboys and the Sunflower Valley Boys. Later in life, he spent many hours playing guitar and singing for residents in nursing homes all over the Arkansas Valley.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Edith of La Junta, Colo.; children, Larry (Linda) Hall of Swink, Colo., Janice (Franklin) Price of La Junta, Monk (Lynda) Hall of Brighton, Colo., and Bruce (Carollyn) Hall of Ordway, Colo.; grandchildren, Shawn (Marlissa) Hall, Rhonda (Mark) Mehling, Devon & Ethan Hall, Kathy (Rob) France, Karen (Mark) Easton, Barbara Grisham, Tracy (Scott) Edgar, and Gary (Havie) Hall; many great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews survive.
Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie E. and Laura Hall and his siblings Glenn Hall, Cleo “Red” Hall, Nora Barta, Lois Pike, Zola Chapman and Velma “Squirt” Wright.
A funeral service was Jan. 7at the La Junta First Church of the Nazarene, 1111 W 10th St, La Junta, Colo. Lloyd was laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 124 W. Cranston, Fowler, CO 81039, direct or through the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.PeacockFH.com. Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home & Arkansas Valley Crematory is in charge of arrangements. ❖
Montrose resident Brendan Gabriel Nolan, passed away peacefully Jan. 4 at Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose, Colo. He was 15 years old.
A rosary was held Jan. 7 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 8 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at Delta City Cemetery.
Brendan was born on May 3, 2000 to Mark and Trisha (Cunningham) Nolan in Bozeman, Mont. He spent his childhood in Montrose. Brendan attended Peak Virtual Academy and Mother of Divine Grace Online Home School for high school and was an intern at Deeply Digital.
Brendan served as an altar server at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He also achieved first class in Boy Scout Troop 480. Brendan was involved with the Montrose Art Guild, and had volunteered at both Christ Kitchen and Sharing Ministries. He also participated in tap and clogging classes at A Time to Dance from ages 4 to 12. He was a member on the Teen Advocacy Board at Partners. He enjoyed Magic the Gathering and Marvel comics, but most of all he cherished spending time with his family.
Brendan is survived by his mother, Trisha Nolan of Montrose, Colo.; grandmother Eloise Cunningham of Montrose, Colo.; a brother, Michael Nolan of Montrose, Colo.; a half sister, Alexandra Nolan of Centerville, Iowa; a cat, Moonshadow; a dog (Red heeler/Australian Sheppard mix) Elliott; He is further survived by his father, Mark Nolan of Florida; grandparents, Dick and Jean Nolan of Colorado; and an aunt, Kritty Nolan of Colorado.
Brendan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Mark Raymond Cunningham.
Memorial contributions can be made in Brendan’s name to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 628 Meeker St, Delta, CO 81416 or Dream Catcher Therapy Center 5814 Colo.-348, Olathe, CO 81425.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com. ❖
Theodore “Ted” Elmer Kitzman, 93, passed away, Jan. 5 in Fort Morgan, Colo.
He was born May 13, 1922 to Jacob and Christina (Schmierer) Kitzman in Orchard, Colo.
Ted was one of nine children.
He attended numerous schools in Weld County and graduated from the eighth grade at Prospect Valley.
Ted enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on Oct. 10, 1942. After his service he came back to Morgan County and farmed with his parents and also went to school to become a welder.
Ted met his wife Clara Rohn at a dance in Hoyt. He proceeded to ask her out and wanted to know where she lived. She gave him the address of their labor house and not the address of the house they really lived in. He drove around the mile section that week looking for her house. He did finally find her house, and when he arrived for the date, her Mom told her that since she accepted the date she needed to get ready to go out.
They were married Dec. 9, 1948.
Ted was a member of the American Legion in Wiggins. He also started a gun club and shooting range in Wiggins. He was a good shot. He reloaded a lot of his own ammunition. Ted was a farmer, trucker, mechanic and welder. He enjoyed playing cards but made up his own rules when he played. In his later years he liked to socialize, spend time at the senior center and help his neighbors with various things.
Suvivors include, five children, Yvonne Smith (Ron) of Greeley, Ted Kitzman (Lori) of Wiggins, Marilyn Thomas (Raymond) of Wiggins, Edward Kitzman (Dorothy) of Fort Morgan, and Kenneth Kitzman (Camilla) of Wiggins, two sisters, Juanita Cowan, and Delain Phillps both of Loveland, one brother, Benjamin Kitzman (Rosie) of Loveland, thirteen grandchildren, Joe Kitzman, Charrisa Edwards (Brian), Rudy Graham (Mary), Bobbi Hergenreter (Troy), JoAnn Dirks (Bruce), Christina Thomas (Josh), Richard Thomas (Brooke), Ryan Thomas (Amanda), Clara Warffeli (Max), Jacob Kitzman (Samantha), David Kitzman, Katie Kitzman (fiancé, A J ), and Adam Kitzman, 24 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Ted was preceded in death by his wife Clara, his parents, three grandsons, Rusty Thomas, Edward Kitzman and Matthew Kitzman, one granddaughter-in-law, Mandy Thomas (Cochran), two brothers, Harold and Elvin Kitzman, and three sisters, Frieda Thomas, Rose Carlton and Flora Zimbelman.
There was a visitation Jan. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at the Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan.
Funeral Services were Jan. 12 at the Wiggins Community Church. Interment followed in Memory Gardens in Fort Morgan.
Memorial Gifts may be made to Wounded Warriors at 1 South Nevada Ave., Suite 205, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. ❖
Mildred Irene Maire, 97, of Litzenberrg Long Term Care of Central City, Neb., departed this life Jan. 6. Mildred was born to Harry and Laura (Moran) Romell in Ames, Kan., on Jan. 21, 1918. She attended school in Whitman, Neb., Hecla, Neb., and Mullen, Neb.
She married Jack Maire Nov. 3, 1933 and to this union were born four children: Johnnie, Robert, Peggy and Jim.
She worked at various places during her life: Pioneer Memorial Resthome for 16 years, running a mail route south of Mullen six days a week for more than 23 years and driving a school bus route from 1947 to 1978.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Jack, son Johnnie and daughter-in-law Velma; her parents, Harry and Laura Romell, and four brothers, John, Fred, Howard and Dean.
Mildred leaves her children, Robert (Pat) Maire of Plymouth, Neb., Peggy (Carl) Simonson of Hordvile, Neb., Jim (Sue) Maire of Omaha, Neb.; one sister, Edyth (Edon) Schomp and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were Jan. 11 at the Assembly of God Church in Mullen, Neb. Burial is in Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb. Memorials may go to the Mildred Maire Memorial Fund: Maire Family, Box 23, Hordville, NE 68846.
Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. ❖
Tracy L. Cope, 79, died Jan. 8 in Rock River, Wyo.
He was born Aug. 7, 1936 in Loveland, Colo., the son of Lowell and Evelyn (Ramsey) Cope. He was raised and received his education in Livermore, Colo. He was an active member of the local 4-H club, and served in the Action Reserves at age 21. On one of the cattle drives they made, stretching from Livermore to Laramie River Valley he met his one and only Patsy R. (Monier) Cope along the Poudre.
They were soon to be married on Oct. 27, 1961 in Laporte, Colo. The couple ranched in the Bellvue area and worked at the Centennial Livestock Auction, also known as the Farmer Rancher Livestock Auction. They moved up Rist Canyon, Colo., where they raised their five rambunctious boys. In 1997, the family moved their ranch to Rock River, Wyo.
Tracy had a passion for his livestock and horses throughout his lifetime. When he wasn’t working, you could find him fishing and spending time with his family. He loved sharing stories and smiles with his grandchildren. He was a tough cattleman, whose soft heart and warm smile touched many people.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lowell and Evelyn (Ramsey) Cope, and wife Patsy Monier Cope.
He is survived by his five sons and their wives, Kyle and Linda Cope of Cheyenne, Wyo., Trevor and Shelli Cope of Hay Springs, Neb., Carr and Cheri Cope of Rock River, Wyo., Clay Cope of Rock River, Wyo., Kent and Jennifer Cope of Bellvue, Colo.; a sister of Colo.; 10 grandchildren, Brandon and Breanne Cope of Hay Springs, Kyle Cope of Laramie, Libby, Logan, Mykala, and Millie Cope of Bellvue, Ashley, Monique, and Kaitlyn Cope of Rock River; 2 great grandchildren, and a niece Rachelle Monier.
Cremation and private family services have taken place. Services are under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign the online guest book, visit the Website at www.montgomerystryker.com. ❖
Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Speaker, 85, of Briggsdale, passed away Monday, Jan. 4 at Life Care Center of Greeley. She was born on July 21, 1930 in Grover, Colo., to Jess C. and Mabel (Cook) Gooch.
Liz was raised in the Briggsdale area and in northeastern Colorado. Liz worked in the medical industry, in dietary and in telecommunications, and later became a farmer.
Liz married Joe Small in Topeka, Kan., in 1945. He passed away in 1970. She then married William Speaker in 1971 in Laramie, Wyo.
After she got married to Bill, Liz began helping with the farming and care of the livestock and was also a housewife.
Liz enjoyed gardening and just being busy outside, family gatherings and baking — especially lemon and coconut cream pies, candy, and holiday meals. She also instilled values in her children and grandchildren. She was a very strong woman with a great heart and was very caring. She adored her little dog Midget.
Liz is survived by four daughters, Virginia (Jim) Needham, Bonnie (Troy) Wells, Nancy Martinez, and Fawnda (Randy) Statley; sister, Lillian Gooch; brother, Harold Gooch; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and three nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law, Frieda Speaker, first husband, Joseph H. Small, second husband, William Speaker, daughter, Mary Margaret, grandson, Doug Reed and great-great-grandson, Damian Fries.
Visitation was Jan. 14 followed by a funeral service at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.
Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign an online guestbook. ❖
Hotchkiss resident Tanya Lee Saiz, 40, passed away Jan. 6 at her home in Hotchkiss, Colo.
A memorial service was held Jan. 16 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss, Colo. Inurnment followed at Riverside Cemetery.
Tanya Lee Larimer was born to Richard and Donna (Larimer) Hunsley on Sept. 28, 1975 in Phoenix, Ariz. Tanya was raised by her mother Donna and father George McFarland.
She spent her childhood and attended school in Phoenix, Texas, and Hotchkiss, attending Hotchkiss High School.
On April 19, 2011, Tanya married the love of her life Jonathan Saiz in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple had shared four short wonderful years of love and marriage.
Tanya enjoyed playing bingo and talking to friends on Facebook. She was a great mother and an amazing wife, she loved taking care and helping anybody she could.
Everyone she met loved her and she will truly be missed.
Tanya is survived by her husband, Jonathan Saiz; a son, Joseph Saiz; parents, George and Donna McFarland; a brother, Donald Larimer; a sister, Cheryl Brooks, all of Hotchkiss, Colo.; two half sisters, DeAnna Hunsley and LeAnn Hunsley; a half brother, Ralph Hunsley, all of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com. ❖
Martha Opal Wilson, 76, of Arthur, Neb., passed away Jan. 9 in the Ogallala Community Hospital.
Martha was born Sept. 27, 1939, in Valentine, Neb., to John “Jack” and Opal (Clark) Bennett. She grew up south of Cody on the family ranch near the Niobrara River and attended grade school and high school in Cody, graduating in 1957.
After attending Chadron State College for one year, she started teaching rural elementary schools on a temporary certificate. She would teach in the winter months and attend summer classes working toward a degree. After teaching for seven years, Martha went back to Chadron one year and student taught at Ogallala. It was there she met her future husband, Delwin Wilson. Martha graduated from Chadron in the spring of 1967. She then taught one year at Aurora, Neb., and two more years in Ogallala.
Martha and Delwin were married July 12, 1969. She retired from teaching in 1970 and made her permanent home on the Wilson ranch. Daughter Mindy was born in 1970 and son Dusty in 1973.
Martha enjoyed growing flowers and taking care of her yard. She was an avid reader and had a love of creative things, from cake decorating to making crafts to quilting. She was also an ardent sports fan, following everything from boys and girls high school teams to the Nebraska men and women’s teams to pro football and baseball.
Martha loved living in the Sandhills of Nebraska and actively supported her local community. She led 4-H clubs, served as treasurer on the local library board and was a member of the Glenrose Extension Club and the Arthur Quilting Club. She also served in the Arthur Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, as well as heading up the Beneficent Committee for many years.
Martha was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in January 2014 and accepted her prognosis with the same dignity and poise as she had lived her life. She loved her family and grandkids, always putting their needs ahead of her own.
Martha is survived by her husband, Delwin, of Arthur; two children, Mindy (Jon) Kroesche of Lincoln, and Dusty (Brandee) of Arthur; four grandchildren, Jeremiah Kroesche, Kaylee Wilson, Sarah Kroesche, and Braden Wilson; one sister, Margo Bennett, of North Platte; two brothers, Shelby (Angela) Bennett of Auburn, and Truman Bennett of Sandpoint, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Jayden Wilson.
Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at the Arthur County High School Gymnasium. The Service was streamed from drauckerfuneralhome.com for those unable to attend. Visitation was at the Arthur Baptist Church. Interment is in the Arthur Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Arthur Baptist Church and the Arthur Betterment Authority.
Online Condolences may be sent to drauckerfuneralhome.com.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements. ❖
HARRY ROY CLEVELAND
Harry Roy Cleveland, 85 of Wittman, Ariz., former long-time Keith County resident, passed away Jan. 2 in Sun City, Ariz.
Roy was born June 13, 1930 in a cabin in Banner County, Neb., to Lee and Catherine (Bulck) Cleveland. Roy was the oldest of eight children. He attended school at Horseshoe Bend, were he rode a horse to school. He was raised on his grandmother, Ida Franklin’s homestead near McGrew, Neb., were he learned to plow with a team of six horses by the age of 5. Roy graduated from Banner County High School as part of the class of 1950.
Following his schooling, Roy began what would become a storied career in the Sandhills. In the late 1950s, he bought his first stud and as his family says, a legacy was born. Roy had grown up as a cowboy, and roping and riding continued as his way of life.
His horse Buttermilk, that he’d ridden to school in the 40s, would eventually become THE Buttermilk that became the trusty companion of Dale Evans.
On Oct. 6, 1960, Roy married Shirley Logdson and they were blessed with three children, Rick, Cheryl and Mona.
Following a divorce, Roy married Nadean Chandler in August 1967 and it was through this union that Scott, Vic and Melody were welcomed into his family.
A few years later, Roy purchased the Notquitea Ranch west of Ogallala. His Bar C brand that was used on the ranch became known by countless people in the horse industry from Coast to Coast, Canada to Mexico. On Aug. 11, 1986, Roy married Marilyn Wade and their union was blessed with a daughter, Ty.
Roy was blessed with a large family, and would proudly tell anyone that asked about his seven kids, their kids and their kid’s kids.
By the end of the 1950s, Roy had his own rodeo variety act that went on into the 1960s and intermittently after that. Roy shoed horses and competed in rodeos, where he excelled at bulldogging. He was quite proficient with a rope and followed in his fathers footstep in doing what many cowboys have tried, but few accomplished, by roping a coyote on a ranch north of Lemoyne in the mid 60s.
Roy worked on ranches, was a pick-up man and rough stock contractor for Bill O’Connor; worked at Ogallala Livestock Sale Barn; later worked as a wrangler on several Hallmark and Disney movies over the years.
Roy traded, trained and raised horses for over 70 years. In that time, he always loved meeting new people and taking them to look at the mares and colts.
He was known to drive his old ranch pickup through the pastures and into areas where no truck should rightly go. Roy loved to talk horse pedigrees and tell stories, and could do so for hours on end.
He always had a fresh pot of coffee ready for anyone who showed up wanting to trade stories.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack (Lee) Cleveland, sisters Ida Lou Shaul and Barbra Sterkel.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Wittmann, Ariz.; his children, Rick Cleveland of Hershey, Neb., Ramona (Dan) Vinton of Whitman, Neb., Cheryl Lenox of Gillette, Wyo., Scott McClain of Lyman, Neb., Vic McClain of Paxton, Neb., Melodi Bishop (Paul Simon) of Aurora, Colo., and Ty Cleveland (Libor Molak) of Elizabeth, Colo.; brothers, Don Cleveland of Fairfield, MT and Larry (Linda) Cleveland Hyannis, Neb.; sisters, Catherine Teppert of Gering, Neb., and Jean VanCura of Paxton, Neb.; 8 grandchildren, Heidi (Lee) Jensen of Belle Fourche, S.D., Niki (Jeff) Dowling of Gillette, Wyo., Kari (Jamaal) Greene of Waco, Texas, Ashli (Brian) Bowman of Gillette, Wyo., Justin (Amanda) Vinton of Whitman, Neb., Jammie Vinton of Omaha, Neb., Brenda Jo Boggs (Ryan) Fisher of Hershey, Neb., and Will (Sharley) Cleveland of Hershey, Neb.; numerous great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends.
A memorial has been established in Roy’s memory for later designation by the family. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the service was streamed for those unable to attend.
Memorial services were Jan. 15at the New Hope Church in Ogallala. A private family interment of cremains will be in the Brule Cemetery.
Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to 2nd Chance 2 Ride, a non-profit foundation to help provide saddles to paralyzed riders. Make donations payable to: The Family of Roy Cleveland. ❖
Benny Schibbelhut, 88, passed away at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, Colo. Benny was born on the Schibbelhut homestead west of Lamar on Sept. 5, 1927. Seven older brothers and three older sisters were there to welcome the youngest little one.
Benny’s parents were Alex Schibbelhut and Anna Elizabeth Hilgenberg Schibbelhut.
Benny went to the little Prowers School out west of Lamar in the tiny town of Prowers.
Most of these years were during the Great Depression and WWII. Benny learned about the value of hard work, which he carried all his life.
After finishing the eighth grade, Benny went to work. He and his brother Ernie worked for several farmers and ranchers around Prowers area. He soon got a job being a ranch hand along with his best school chum, Jack Sniff. This was for the Sniff Brothers south of Caddo.
Benny Joined the army in 1950 and was stationed in Germany after boot camp. After his honorable discharge, he came back home and went to work for Oscar Hasser.
Benny learned so much from the “Old Timers” ranchers. They saw a hard working young man that was always there to help.
He was also known of his ability in breaking ornery green colts and turning them into good and fine saddle horses. He never used brute force or meanness. Because of his kind and gentle ways, these ornery critters came to trust and do what was done in helping them to gentle down, and eventually be ridden.
Benny leased part of Bill-Sniffs land, known as the Parks Place South of Caddo.
He would also meet and fall for a “city gal.” She fell for him and his quiet and beautiful prairie home.
Benny and Vicky Brittain were married 43 years until her death in 1999.
They had 3 children, Kathy, Cindy and Marty.
Over the years, Benny ranched for Kelly Hayes, Jack Sniff, Bill Wooten and Jim Ellenberger.
When Benny and Vicky retired and moved to town, Benny couldn’t sit still and watch TV. That’s when he went to work for Jim Ellenberger.
But at the age of 72, Benny was diagnosed with cancer. That’s when he finally hung his spurs up for good and retired.
Benny was well known for his jokes and his pranks. When he would grin a certain way and you would look into his twinkling eyes, you knew something was up or he was fixin’ to say or do something ornery.
Benny was well thought of by many friends and family members. He had many close bonds with those who went before him and those left behind.
But of all, his love for his granddaughter Mandy, whom he nicknamed “Maynard” when she was little, was so strong. Their love for each other never wavered. He was always there when she needed him for anything and she was there for him, also.
He also had a friendship and loving bond with his daughter Cindy and his niece Alice.
Benny is survived by children Kathy and Marty. His grandchildren Tricia, Lucas, Mandy, Cici, Melissa, Tessa, Chad, Brittney and Ashley, and also 15 great grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his wife Vicky, daughter Cindy and infant son Monty. His parents and all his siblings, granddaughter Cori Jo and great-granddaughter Ashlyn also preceded him.
Bennys daughter Kathy found this and thought it was an appropriate in ending:
Missing you Always
You never said I’m leaving
You never said goodbye,
you were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why.
In life we loved you dearly
In death we love you still
In our hearts we hold a place
That only you can fill.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone.
A part of us went with you
The day God took you home.
-Unknown author ❖
Obituaries — Jan. 18, 2016January 18, 2016 —
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.
Leonard “Dean” grew up in rural Kansas with lots of family and lots of love. He was a man of traditional values; hard work, honesty, loyalty and honoring his parents. He was drafted into the Army and spent time serving his country. He was lighthearted, proud to be a cowboy, loved life and always had a joke to tell.
He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing. He loved all kinds of music from honky-tonk to bluegrass to old Gospel hymns. If you turned to a country radio station, you often heard him say, “That ain’t country music”. He was good with his hands — building corrals, laying tile on the bathroom floor or adding an addition to the house to make “ma” happy.
But one of his greatest talents was his love of cooking. He was always in the kitchen inventing new culinary dishes, always looking for recipes and “tweaking” them till they were just right.
He taught his children the meaning of family, calling his mom daily and taking trips back home to catch up on family news. He never missed the kids school events. He took his grandkids fishing, horseback riding, taught them how to drive and FaceTimed them just to say goodnight. He was deeply devoted to his wife, and he let everyone know it. He said it was love at first sight and told her everyday that he loved her and how beautiful she was.
He attended Cope Community Church and had a special bond with the men in his men’s bible study. He was strong and courageous during his battle with cancer and drew near to God over the years. He used that experience to reach out and encourage others and give hope to those who traveled that road behind him.
Those of us left with a void in our heart, wife: Debra Hiestand of Kirk, Colo.; daughter: Tiffany and husband Blair Yeager of Commerce City, Colo.; son: Dusty and wife Jolie Hiestand of Arvada, Colo.; daughter: Lacey and husband Chase Rehor of Laramie, Wyo.; mother: Frieda Hiestand of Garnett, Kan..; father: Danny Hiestand of Garnett, Kan.; mother in law: Joyce Stringer of Arvada, Colo.; father in law: Joe Stringer of Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren: Nick Sopris of Denver ,Colo.; Tyler Sopris of Berlin, Germany; Allyson Boettcher of Commerce City, Colo.; Jackson Rehor of Laramie, Wyo.; Avery Rehor of Laramie, Wyo.; Ada Hiestand of Arvada, Colo.; sister: Linda and husband Tarry Miller of Garnett, Kan..; brother: Roger Hiestand of Garnett, Kan..; sister: Glenda and husband JR Colden of Joes, Colo..; sister: Carol Long of Garnett, Kan..; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and special friends.
The Memorial Service was held Jan. 4 at the Liberty School in Joes, Colo. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.
Reta Helen Pletcher Lorenz was born on July 9, 1919 in Goshen, Ind., to Mertie Shank Pletcher and Calvin Pletcher and passed away Dec. 31. Reta grew up on the family farm, learning much over the years about gardening, sewing, cooking and farming. As a teenager, Reta made the decision to give her life to God and to join the Dunkard Brethren Church. Her trust and faith in God was a guiding force to the rest of her life.
On Nov. 28, 1937, Reta married Paul Lorenz. Reta and Paul lived for many years in Goshen, Ind. From there, they moved their family to Dallas Center, Iowa. They also made a home in Phoenix, Ariz., before retiring to their final home in Riverside, Wyo. During their 64 years of marriage, Reta and Paul raised four children and welcomed grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Although Reta said she didn’t know anything about cooking when she got married, she became a dedicated wife and mother. Everyone in Reta’s family benefited from her fine cooking and sewing skills.
In recent years, Reta made her home in Cheyenne, Wyo., at both Point Frontier Assisted Living, and most recently, Aspen Winds Assisted Living. The friends she made and the care she received was a great benefit to her. Reta also attended High Prairie Mennonite Church in Carpenter, Wyo. The friendship and support of this congregation was a great blessing to Reta in her last years on this earth.
Reta is survived by her children, Richard (Judy) Lorenz of Mansfield, Mo., Fred Lorenz of Encampment, Wyo.; and Alice Poncho of Anchorage, Alaska. She also has three surviving brothers and one sister: Virgil (Marcheta) Pletcher of Lake Forest, Calif.; Dwight Pletcher of Goshen, Ind.; Eldon (Karen) Pletcher of Goshen, Ind.; and Carol Heuer of McHenry, Ill. Reta has five grandchildren, Reta, Susan, Rick, James and Shannon. She also has six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Preceding Reta in death are her husband, Paul, a son, Danny, her parents, her step-mother Grace Pletcher, and brothers Howard, Floyd, Claude, Wayne and Dayton.
Reta leaves behind many friends and acquaintances in her extended church family and in the communities of Encampment, Laramie and Cheyenne.
Services were held Jan. 4 at the High Prairie Mennonite Church in Carpenter, Wyo.
The family is asking that donations honoring Reta and her love of learning and reading be made to the following organizations: Laramie County Library, Homebound Services or High Prairie Mennonite School.
Services are under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.
Bernice Antonio passed away Dec. 28 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was 76.
Bernice was born on Oct. 16, 1939 from the union of Edward and Rose Perry in Navato, Calif., where she was raised on her parent’s dairy ranch.
While attending a Portuguese Chamarita (Portuguese dance and religious function), she met Richard W. Antonio. They later married on March 3, 1956 in Reno, Nev.
Bernice was an accountant, a nurse and provided childcare. She graduated from Mesa College earning an associate’s in accounting. She was a member of the Clifton Christian Church. Bernice was a bit of a jokester and loved kids, babies and was an avid chicken collector.
Bernice leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Richard W. Antonio of Palisade, Colo., a son; Richard (Heather) Antonio Jr. of Grand Junction, Colo., three daughters; Valerie (Ed) Vial of Palisade, Colo., Julie (David) Abrames of Enfield, Conn., Bernice “Joe” (Bradly) Wailes of Nunn, Colo., two sisters; Rosemary and Barbara, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother; Louis “Butch” and Edward “Sonny” Perry.
A funeral service was held Jan. 4 at the Clifton Christian Church with a burial following at Orchard Mesa Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950.
Friends and family may leave their condolences to the family at www.martinmortuary.com.
Vernon Harding Owen, 95, of Greeley, passed away Dec. 28 at Centennial Health Care Center in Greeley. Vernon was born Oct. 15, 1920 in Bigheart, Okla., to William Daniel and Lucy Allie (Poe) Owen. He married Rena Hubbard on Dec. 4, 1948. They just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
Vernon was a longtime resident of Greeley. He worked as the head custodian for Weld County District 6 for 17 years. Vernon served in the U.S. Army during World War II for four years.
Vernon loved music. He was a talented musician who could whistle and enjoyed singing country music. He played the guitar and had a beautiful voice. He even had a 30-minute segment on the radio where he sang. Vernon’s greatest love was for his family.
Vernon attended Sunny View Church of the Nazarene and First Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his wife Rena Owen; sons James C. (Janice) Owen and Van H. (Miriam) Owen; daughters Melody A. (Terry) Whittemore, Starla D. (Jerrold) D. Brethauer, and Susan A. (Jim) Michalek.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Herman; sisters Dorothy and Faye; and great-granddaughter Olivia Grace.
Services were held Jan. 2 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Greeley, with interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.
Cecil Warren King passed away at home on Dec. 23, 2015, in Fort Lupton. Cecil was born on July 24, 1922, to Willard and Rosa King in Fort Lupton.
He lived in Fort Lupton all his life. Cecil graduated from Fort Lupton High School in 1940 and went to Regis University for one year. When the war broke out, in 1942, he went into the Navy. He served in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Hovey, a minesweeper. The ship was sunk on Jan. 7, 1945. After being discharged from the service in 1946, he came back to Fort Lupton and married Ercelle Roberts on April 8, 1947. They raised three boys (Larry, Pat, and Greg). He was a dairy farmer until 1974 and continued farming until his death. He served on the Fulton Ditch Board for 32 years, holding the positions of president and secretary-treasurer. He also served on the Brighton Lateral Ditch as president. The Adams County Agriculture Committee recognized him for “Outstanding Contributions to Area Agriculture” in 1999. He was a member of American Legion Post 102 for 68 years. His hobbies were golfing, fishing, playing pool, watching sports and bs-ing with friends and family.
He is survived by his sons, Larry King (Rosa) of Denver; Pat (Earl) King (June) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Greg King (Debbi) of Littleton; seven grandchildren, Melissa Pendleton, Margaret King, Shawn King, Richard King, Patrick King, Michael King, and Mandi Sorley; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Rosa King; wife, Ercelle King; sister, Isabel Fridinger; half brother, Paul King; and grandson, Matthew King.
Family received friends Dec. 30 in Fort Lupton, Colo. A rosary was held at Saint Williams Catholic Church, and memorial services were Dec. 31 at Saint Williams Catholic Church in Fort Lupton.
Memorial contributions may be made to South Platte Valley Historical Society Fort Lupton, Colo.
Roy Herbert Bloom passed away Dec. 27 at the LifeCare Center in Longmont, Colo. He was 74 years old.
Roy was born Sept.11, 1941 in Erie, Colo. to Herbert and Helen (Leinweber) Bloom. He graduated from Longmont High School. Roy was a farmer. He farmed and lived near Erie his entire life. He was of the Lutheran faith and enjoyed history, music, farming, the Colorado Rockies and loved tractors.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is survived by his son, Rory Bloom; his cousin, Bev Vernon (Butch); three aunts, Ann, Idell and Helen; and one uncle, Robert. Private family services will be held.
Memorial contributions can be made to OUR Center and sent C/O Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. To share condolences, go to www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.
JAMES CURTIS III
James L. (Jay) Curtis III, 62, passed away Dec. 17 at home. He was born March 11, 1953 to James L. Curtis, Jr. and Peggy Curtis.
He attended school in Saguache and graduated from Mountain Valley School. He attended college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Jay enjoyed his 30 years of trucking, which took him far and wide. He lived for many years in Farmington, N.M.
Jay was preceded in death by his father James L. Curtis, Jr. He is survived by his mother Peggy Curtis and sister Anne (Ed) Nielsen of Saguache and two nephews, Scott and Stan Nielsen.
Eugene H. Rightsell of Longmont passed away on Dec. 29 at Hospice of Northern Colorado Care Center, in Greeley surrounded by his family. He was 76.
Eugene was born Jan. 1, 1939 in Henderson, Texas to Ernest Esary and Alice Richie (Ferrell) Rightsell. He moved from Rusk Henderson, Texas to Longmont, Colo. at the age of 5 and graduated from Longmont High School.
Eugene married Mary Alice (Perry) Rightsell in 1960. Eugene served in the Navy for four years on the USS Lexington 16. After a four-year apprenticeship, Eugene was a journeyman electrician for 50 years for Local 68 IBEW. He helped build the Eisenhower Tunnel, DIA, multiple powerhouses in many places across the United States.
Eugene was of Baptist faith and past member of B.P.O. Elks #1055, Weld County Trap Club, and Colorado Clays Trap Club where he won the Colorado State Championship in 1973. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and trap shooting. Eugene loved camping with his family especially at his nephew Hal Embree’s house with his son Mike. Eugene liked taking care of his yard and tinkering in his garage.
Eugene is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Leon Brooks and Carl Rightsell, two sisters, Alta May Saunders and Mary Embree and one grandson, Jeff O’Dell.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice, one son, Mike Perry, four daughters, Vickie Johnson, Cindy Rightsell, Kelly Haffner and Janet Vandello, thirteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Jan. 2 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel with cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory and military honors by the United States Navy and American Legion Post 32. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
Emily Elaine Gay, daughter of William and Opal (Selbe) Becker, was born April 17, 1918, in Logan County, Kan. She departed this life Jan. 30 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Elaine lived with her family in Kansas until 1929, when Dust Bowl conditions prompted relocation to Routt County, Colo. The Beckers farmed in the Sidney area where Elaine attended the one-room school. Elaine and her sisters helped tend the cabbage, strawberries and other produce sold to local stores.
A 1936 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, Elaine attended Colorado State Teachers’ College in Greeley. On July 17, 1938, Elaine and Robert Gay were married in Craig, Colo. They made their home on his family ranch in Pleasant Valley and became parents of 3 children — Roberta, Margaret and Bill. In 1948, they moved across the river and began to build Green Creek Ranch.
Elaine established her reputation as an excellent cook and was an accomplished seamstress. She grew a large garden and beautiful flowers. She learned tole painting and eventually taught the craft. She wrote and presented historical programs and authored two books.
Among many organizations and activities, Elaine belonged to the Mesa Club from the time she was a bride to the present and was a charter member of the Routt County CattleWomen. She was an active supporter of her children’s activities and loved to play bridge.
In the late 1980s, a proposed ski area and village at Lake Catamount put Elaine in the forefront organizing opposition to the development and spearheading its eventual defeat nearly a decade later. Although she remained steadfast in her opposition to extensive development, Elaine befriended many of those who came as a result of the community’s changing culture. She was particularly honored to receive the Hazel Werner Award and to have her story appear in several publications.
Elaine is survived by her children: Roberta (Delmar) Moellenberg of Idalia; Margaret (Rob) Hagenbuch of Westminster; Bill of Steamboat Springs; grandchildren: Gay (Jeff) Uhland, Eads; Joy (Cody) Akey, Wray; Dell Rae (Mike) Ciaravola, Loveland; Todd (Sarah) Hagenbuch, Phippsburg; Heidi (Mike) Dowell, Odessa, FL; great grandchildren: Tori and Mindi Uhland; Alaina and Railyn Akey; Trevor and Amelia Hagenbuch; and Dante Ciaravola.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bob; her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law Nadine and Robert Reager, Eula and Charles Bufwack; Amelia and Val More, Emma and Paul Kuntz.
Funeral Services were Jan. 6 at the Steamboat Christian Center in Steamboat Springs with burial at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.
Memorials may be designated to the Tread of the Pioneers Museum, P.O. Box 772342, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 or charity of your choice.
Little John was roped by our heavenly father’s hand to ride his buckskin Sundance into the promise land. Where the grass is belly tall and the Wyoming creeks are clear blue, he will never be gone. We can always look up and see his baby blues.
John was born Oct. 20, 1950 in Greeley, Colo. and passed away Dec. 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah after a battle with Alzheimer’s. He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Willis, and his mother, Mary Willis.
He is survived by his loving brother Harvey Willis, his sister Barbara Wegner (Dennis) and his sister Betty Skalasky (Alan) all from Powell, Wyo. Also, his wife of twenty years, Leslie Danuser and her children: Robert Childers (Jackie Bagley) and Dusty Muth (Jason) of Spring Creek, Nev., William Childers of Buhl, Idaho, Chad Childers (Heather) of Grants Pass, Ore., seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather.
John had a passion for the cowboy way of life. He grew up in Clark, Wyo., and later worked on multiple ranches from Montana to Arizona. He later joined the Army serving from 1970-1973 in Vietnam. During this time, he received multiple medals including Sharp Shooter M-16, Vietnam Service medal, National Defense medal, Bronze Service Star and overseas bar.
He was honorably discharged June 22, 1973. John was also in the Army Cavalry for the Nixon Inauguration. Upon leaving the military, he went to work for Bruce (Waddie) Mitchell of the Church Ranch with his brother. Later they both moved to help Peter Scheidemann of the XJ Ranch, establishing the first bison ranch in Nevada. John went on to side houses in the Elko area with his brother. Then, John went to work in the mining industry and retired from there.
John enjoyed spending time with family. His hobbies included exploring the old west ghost towns and dabbling in pan mining and ranching. He will be remembered as “Little John” to his Friends.
A memorial service for Johnny was held Dec. 30 at the Burns Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a celebration of life at the VFW Hall in Elko, Nev.
Sam Haslem passed away Dec. 16 in Steamboat Springs due to a massive heart attack. Sam was born in 1930, to Joseph and Ruth P. Haslem. He spent his summers at the Blue Mountain Cow Camp at Basin Springs and winters in Jensen, Utah, on the Haslem ranch. He started school at Pat’s Hole, located at the Dinosaur National Monument. This was a one-room school with three students, taught by his mother. Following the winter of 1935-36, he lived in Jensen, Utah, and attended the Jensen school. Sam graduated from Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah in 1947.
That fall he started college at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins, Colo. While attending college, he was active in the ski club, Aggie Hay Lofters (a square dance club), was a member of the American Commons Club (a fraternity), and was one of the original ten members of the Aggie Flying Club. While attending college, he was in the ROTC program and upon graduation in 1952, was a 2nd Lieutenant to the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo.; Ellington Field, in Houston, Texas; and Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, N.M.
Following discharge in 1954, Sam joined the Colorado Cooperative Extension Service with Colorado A&M College. He served as Extension Agent for the Ute Mountain Tribe at Towoac, 4-H agent in Adams County, at Brighton, Colo., and as County Extension Director for San Miguel and west Montrose Counties, stationed at Norwood.
He then served a 3-year term as State Sheep and Wool Specialist on campus at what is now Colorado State University. He then came to Routt County as County Extension Director for CSU in 1970 and served there until his retirement in 1987.
Sam was active in the National County Agriculture Agents Association and served a two-year term as Western Region Director on the national board. While at Steamboat Springs he was active in the Hayden Lions Club, Hayden Congregational Church, American Legion, Hayden Valley Lodge #126 AF&AM, Civil Air Patrol, Steamboat Rotary, Routt County Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau, Routt County Wool Growers and the Routt County Fair. Sam was active with the National Western Stock Show since 1960, first in the junior show and then as the first Superintendent for the National Western Sheep Shearing Contest.
Sam is survived by his wife of 48 years, Louise Beals Haslem, his children Richard (Verla) Haslem, Terri (Brad) Dunton, Sherri (Eric) Johnston, and Joseph Haslem. Sam has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents and by his younger brother Jack.
Memorial donations can be made in Sam’s name to the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Fund, C/0 Grant Mortuary, 621Yampa Ave, Craig, CO 81625.
William Ray Aylor, Sr., 89, of Brighton entered into rest Dec. 24, 2015. He was born in Denver Aug. 13, 1926, to John and Mabel Aylor.
Bill grew up in Brighton and went to work at an early age on the family farm. He worked for Lou Coffey and for several other places in Denver as a butcher for a period of time. He then worked for several years selling real estate for Pearl Mack and moved on to work for Metal Treating and Institute. Bill retired, raising and butchering poultry, lambs and other livestock in the Brighton area for many years. He was a very proud, hardworking farmer who owned and operated several farms.
Bill was a very dedicated, loyal and honest father and grandfather who loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also loved to go fishing and hunting pheasants and ducks. Bill loved to watch football and was a Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks fan.
Bill is survived by his son, William (Kathy) Aylor, Jr.; daughter, Janet (Don) Shaffer; grandchildren, David, Heather, Jessica and Ron; great-grandchildren, Brenden, Avery, Raydon, Jonathan, Jack and Darren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service for Bill will be held at a later date in the spring.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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Keith Max Sorum, 93, passed away Dec. 23 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.
He was born June 20, 1922, in Mitchell, Neb., to Carl G. & Lulu V. (Fisher) Sorum. He attended Natrona County High School, Casper, Wyo., and graduated from Glenrock High School in May 1940.
After the U.S. was attacked by the Japanese Navy in 1941, Keith wanted in the fight and enlisted in the Navy Air Corp where he was a flier. He later joined the U.S. Maritime Service where he became an Ensign, earned his FCC license and served as Radioman First Class on ships in the South Pacific Theatre.
He married Ellen Marie Powell on March 22, 1944 in Scottsbluff, Neb.
He worked at Standard Oil Company in Glenrock, Wyo., as a young man, was in the service for 4 years, farmed in the Alliance area from 1946-1954, worked for Neuswangers for a time and Dannen Mills from 1955 to 1960. He joined Dwight Sloan at Northern Plains Land & Cattle Company in 1960 and purchased the business in 1969. He sold it to Farmers National Co. in 1993, but continued to work there until he retired in 2007 at age 85.
He was a licensed Real Estate Broker in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana and a Certified Real Estate Appraiser in Nebraska. He was a member of the American Society of Rural Appraisers, a member of the United Methodist Church, charter member of the Rural Fire Protection District, President of the Potato Certification Assoc. of Nebraska, and served on the Alliance School Board and Alliance Public School Foundation Board at times. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, American Legion, Rotary and more than 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge. He served on the Board of the 5 C’s, the Panhandle Mental Health Board and the Boy’s Ranch Board.
He was an accomplished pianist. He enjoyed photography, growing tomatoes, camping and fishing. He especially loved spending time at his tree farm with his grandsons, Ed and Bob Hitchcock.
He is survived by his wife Marie Sorum of Alliance; his children, Sharon (Bruce) Hitchcock of Alliance, Stephen (Cindy) Sorum of Lincoln, Neb., and Carla (Charlie) Dingman of Bozeman, Mont.; his grandchildren he called ‘The Magnificent Seven”, Christine (Chip) Stanczak of Carson, Iowa, Edward Hitchcock of Alliance, Neb., Robert (Vanessa) Hitchcock of Lander, Wyo., Katie (Brandon) Sheahan of Denver, Sarah (Greg) Petner of Denver, Patrick (Lindsey) Dingman of Bozeman, Mont., and Michael (Mackenzie) Dingman of Oakland, Calif.; great grandchildren, Lily and Lincoln Hitchcock of Lander, Wyo., Ava, Harper, Asher and Ethan Sheahan of Denver, Jack and Mia Petner of Denver, Riley, Madilynne and Taylor Dingman of Bozeman, Mont., and Graham Dingman of Oakland, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lulu Sorum and in-laws, Lawrence and Ellen Powell.
Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at the United Methodist Church. Burial with military rites is in the Alliance Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, Nebraska Chapter, 1500 South 70th Street, Suite 201, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68506, or the United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. ❖
Allan John Schnorr, 70, of Windsor, Colo., passed away at Medical Center of the Rockies on Dec. 20.
He was born Nov. 12 1945, to Henry and Ruth (Maul) Schnorr. Allan was raised in Windsor and graduated from Windsor High School in 1963.
After high school, he started to farm with his brother Kenneth in Loveland. 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.
Allan enjoyed farming his entire life and continued to help other farmers in the area until his death. He also enjoyed doing metal and woodworking projects with his brother. Allan also enjoyed the Sunday gatherings at his shop.
He is survived by numerous cousins and loving friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, who passed away in July 2015.
A memorial graveside service was held Jan. 8 at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor followed by a celebration of life at the American Legion.
Memorial contributions can be to the Allan Schnorr Memorial Fund in care of Marks Funeral and Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor, Colo., 80550. ❖
Shirley Joyce Hardesty, 86, of Greeley, Colo., passed away Dec. 21 at Sterling Regional Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 21, 1929 in Conifer, Colo., to Walter Ernest and Ruby Lena (Rogers) Fields. She was the oldest of ten kids. She loved having lots and lots of kids around, it was when she was happiest.
Shirley was raised in Johnstown. She graduated from high school in 1947 and attended Central Business College.
On May 5, 1950 she married Clyde Hardesty. They were members of the First Baptist Church in Johnstown.
Shirley worked as a bookkeeper for Burch Insurance Company and then Great Western Sugar Factory. She then worked at First National Bank in Johnstown.
She loved her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids tremendously. She enjoyed cooking, canning fruits and vegetables, sewing and raising goats and chickens.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Marjorie (Rod) Jones of Brush, Colo.; three sons, Walt (Linda) Hardesty of Otis, Colo., Ray (Sheryl) Hardesty of North Platte, Neb., and Les (Sherrill) Hardesty of Estes Park, Colo.; four sisters, JoAnn Schmidt, Helen Ford, Linda Fabrizio and Kathy Wenger; two brothers, Tom Fields and Bob Fields; grandchildren, Marcus Hardesty, Matthew Hardesty, Laura Fidler, Megan Miller, Tim Hardesty, Jacque Vance, Jennifer Holloway, Jessica Jones, Jeff Jones, James Jones, Marci McIntyre, Amber Bell and Chris Hardesty; 22 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde, parents, sister, Mary York and two brothers, Howard and Ernie Fields
A funeral service was held Dec. 28 at Stoddard Funeral Home. The interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Colorado Dairy Youth Foundation in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.
Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign an online guestbook. ❖
Marilyn M. Ast, 66, of Loveland passed away on Dec. 9. A rosary was held Dec. 17 at Allnutt Funeral Service in Loveland. Memorial Services were held Dec.18 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Windsor. Inurnment at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Ft. Collins followed by a reception at the Associated Veterans of Loveland. Go to www.allnutt.com to view the full obituary, send condolences and sign the guestbook. ❖
Edward William (Ed) Cecil of Cope, Colo., 93, was born on March 1, 1922 and passed peacefully at Hospice of North Colorado Medical Center, in Greeley, Colo., on Dec.16. Ed was the oldest of six children born to Harry and Elsie (Gearhart) Cecil .
In the fall of 1941 Ed started college at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins. College was soon interrupted by Uncle Sam and he was drafted in the fall of 1942. He was stationed at Fort Hood and assigned to the 2751st Heavy Equipment Company. He spent 1945 in Guam as a parts clerk. He returned home on Feb. 3, 1946 and was honorably discharged on Feb. 9, 1946.
Ed returned home to help his dad with the farming. In the fall of 1947, Ed returned to CSU and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s in agriculture. His first job was a position with Pueblo Junior College as an instructor in agriculture for the veterans. He then took a job with the Farmers Home Administration as a loan supervisor and moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., in 1953. There, he met his wife, Ellen Ann Smith who was a secretary in the Basin office. The two were married on June 26, 1954 in Basin at the Episcopal Church. They moved to Fort Collins and then to Springfield in January 1955. Their son James (Jim) was born Sept. 28, 1955. Soon after, two of Ed’s brothers, who had been working with their dad decided to leave farming. Ed and Ellen made the decision to move back to the farm. In Jan. 1957, they packed and moved to Cope. Their daughter, Ruth was born that March 21. Ed and his family moved east of Cope in 1964 to a home Ed built, where he lived until he went to the hospital in October.
Ed was active in community and school activities. He served on many boards and in many capacities.
Ed very much enjoyed farming and ranching. He worked diligently with his father and brothers to plant and harvest many crops and cattle, ever mindful of the conservation of soil and water. When Ed’s son Jim graduated from college, Ed was willing to provide an opportunity to include his son in the farm and ranch operation. In all that he did, Ed had a vision for the future. His quiet leadership was evident as he worked with family, friends and neighbors. Ed had a kind and gentle spirit, with firm beliefs. Ed revered God, loved his family and served his country.
Ed is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Jack Cecil, Lee Cecil, Lloyd Cecil, and Marvin Cecil; brothers-in-law, Harold Simpson, Dee Smith and Larry Smith; and sisters-in-law, Judy Cecil, Linanel Cecil, Bev Raven and Kitty Smith.
Surviving Ed are his wife of 61 years, Ellen Cecil, son Jim Cecil and wife Vickie of Cope; Daughter Ruth (Hybiak) and husband Brian of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren Misty Lyman and husband Dustin of Cope, Jamie Adam and husband Jesseb of Dodge City, Kan., Lauren Hybiak and Travis Hybiak, McKinney, Texas; three great grandchildren, Kellen, Harper, and Jaken; sister Lila Simpson of Yuma, brother-in law, Lee Smith, and wife Nona, of Riverton, Wyo., Raymond Smith and wife Bonnie of Thermopolis, Wyo.; and many special nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held for Ed on Jan. 2 at the Cope Community Church.
Memorials may be made to Cope Community Church or Hospice of the Plains. Baucke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. ❖
Cameron “Tom” Thomas Herring, Jr. passed on Dec.18 after a long battle against cancer. His grace and strength for the duration of the illness was admirable.
He was born on July 5, 1941 in Fort Collins to parents Cameron Herring and Elizabeth Heustis Herring, who preceded him in death.
On May 3, 1963 he married Mary Tuttle, his wife of 52 years, and she was at his bedside when he passed away.
Tom had a fun-loving and teasing personality. He had a huge heart and was always willing to help his friends and family.
In his younger years, Tom was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He loved to play poker and shoot dice at the craps table. He had a tremendous heart for animals and he loved farming and raising and caring for cattle and horses. He had a special fondness for his canine companion, Rozzy G. “the wonder dog”.
Tom graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1959. He was a lifetime member of the local Elks lodge BPOE 804 and the Colorado Chapter of the POA Horse Club.
Tom is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Brandi Herring and her companion, Susan Arias; sister in law, Nancy Tuttle; a niece and nephew and many cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a cancer fund of your choice in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524. Friends may send condolences to the family at bohlenderfuneralchapel.com.
A Celebration of Life was held Dec. 29 at the Elks Lodge. ❖
Russ Groshans, 60, was called home to live with our Lord after a courageous battle with cancer on Dec. 23.
Russ was born on Feb. 11 in Holyoke, Colo., the son of Paul Groshans and Shirley Miller who preceded him in death. He attended Eaton High School and then attended Colorado State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business.
On Aug. 22, 1975, Russ married his high school sweetheart, Lynne. They moved to Salina, Kan., where Russ started his banking career after graduating from CSU in 1977.
Russ and Lynne returned to Colorado and lived in Otis from 1983-2002 and raised two children, Jaime and Ty. Russ was an active community member and held many office positions with the Otis Lions Club, Otis Volunteer Fire Department, Washington County Fair Board, Golden Plains Area Extension, Otis Vocational Agriculture Advisory Committee and Independent Bankers of Colorado.
He enjoyed helping FFA and 4-H members, including his own children, with fair projects and community service projects.
Russ and Lynne moved to Eaton, Colo., in 2002 and Russ continued his banking career. He remained active in the community volunteering and holding offices with Weld County Fair Board, Greeley Independence Stampede, CSU Ag Day and Habitat for Humanity.
Even after Russ’ initial diagnosis with cancer, he was frequently found volunteering the same day as a chemotherapy treatment. He loved his community and lending a helping hand.
Russ retired from Agriculture Banking 36 years to the day of starting his career.
Russ was a proud American and enjoyed golf, sports, livestock, carpentry, automobile racing, rodeo, travel and spending time with family.
Some of Russ’ favorite memories included several trips to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament, a 35th wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii with Lynne, driving 152 mph in a NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway and coordinating a surprise family trip to New York City for Lynne’s 50th birthday.
Russ is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lynne; daughter, Jaime Colby and husband Spencer Colby of Wilmington, N.C. and son Ty Groshans and wife Jamie Groshans of Akron, Colo. He was proud “Papa” to three grandkids; Stein and Sienna Colby and Sophie Groshans. He is also the beloved brother of Paulette Schliep and husband Rod Schliep of Yantis, Texas and Patricia Heermann of Holyoke, Colo., and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate Russ’ life was held Dec. 30 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Russ Groshans Memorial Fund” in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634.
Condolences may be sent to the family at adamsonchapels.com. ❖
Kenneth Ray Schreibvogel, 57 of Berthoud, Colo., passed away Dec. 19 at home surrounded by friends and family after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 14, 1958 to Kenneth and Alice (King) Schreibvogel in Denver. On Oct. 18, 1986 he married Julie (Rathert), the love of his life.
He graduated from Weld Central High School in 1976 and attended Aims Community College and Horse Shoeing School in Bozeman, Mont. Kenny was an accomplished carpenter and had a varied career in sales that included hearing aids and pharmaceuticals, and concluded his career in the oil and gas industry. He loved boating, fishing, gardening and learning Spanish, which led him to many trips to Matzalan.
He was a past member of South East Weld County Fair Board, HOA board member in Johnstown and Berthoud, current member of The Berthoud Sportsman’s Club and a member of Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Parish.
Kenny and Julie have one son, Rorey, and daughter-in-law Nicki and granddaughter Angelique. Kenny is survived by his mother, Alice Schreibvogel of Keenesburg, brother Steve (Kris) Schreibvogel of Keenesburg, Lori (Todd) Wise of Keenesburg, brother-in-law Karl Ruud of Calgary, Alberta, mother and father-in-law Irene and Bill Rathert of Wolf Point, Mont., Jill (Greg) Page of Glasgow, Mont., Jana Rathert of Glendive, Mont., Billy Rathert (Francis) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., several nieces and nephews, many loving aunts and uncles and a wonderful circle of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Schreibvogel, and sister Lynda (Schreibvogel) Ruud, grandparents Lena (Beauchamp) and Raymond King, and Herman and Margaret (Hoffman) Schreibvogel.
A rosary service was held Dec. 22, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo. A Mass of Christian burial was Dec. 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roggen, Colo.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements. ❖
Mary Jane Serl
Mary Jane Serl was called home unexpectedly on Dec. 17 in the Greeley Hospital at the age of 74.
Mary is survived by her husband Delmar Serl, son Eugene Serl and wife Peggy Serl, son Ron Serl , granddaughter’s Victoria Serl, Valerie Cottman and husband Daniel Cottman, Vanessa Zimmerman and husband Kyle Zimmerman, Valicia Serl, great granddaughters Kendal and Tori Zimmerman, Taylor Cottman and Micah, Brooklyn, Kyler and Aubrynn Elliott, brother Leroy Warboys and wife Janyce Warboys, sister Bev Carmin and husband Don Carmin, sister Betty Honebein and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Mary Warboys along with her in-laws Anna and Otto Serl.
Mary Jane was the oldest of four children, born on Jan. 26, 1941 in Fort Morgan, Colo. She and her brother, her sisters and a few neighbor kids enjoyed riding their horses in the Wildcat Canyons.
They had many adventures growing up, including her and her siblings trying to get a chicken out of an outhouse and it ending in flames. Another memory she talked about was when her sisters and a neighbor girl went skinny dipping. Mary was supposed to be the lookout, but didn’t do a very good job at it and they were busted.
Mary also enjoyed taking family vacations with her dad, mom and siblings. Mary graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 1960 and moved to Arvada and worked for Dow Chemicals in Rocky Flats. She met the love of her life Delmar Serl and was married on March 15, 1963.
Their first home as a married couple was in Arvada for a short period of time before they made their home in Otis, Colo.
Their family grew and they were blessed with Eugene in 1964 and Ronald in 1965. Mary was always a hard and dedicated worker. She pursued a career in book keeping. Mary worked at Yeamans in Akron for numerous years.
She then took on a new adventure at the Otis School District and retired from Audubon Park in 2003. Mary always kept herself busy with horse racing and helping her husband tend to their family farm, where she helped raise cattle, pigs, milk cows and bottle calves.
In the later years, Mary and Delmar enjoyed traveling coast to coast, four wheeling in the Rocky Mountains and spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Dec. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Akron. Interment followed at the Akron Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the family of Mary Serl C/O Bowin Funeral Home. ❖
Stan Lee Moe was born Jan. 24, 1950, in Portland, Ore., to Cecil and Jean (Jackson) Moe, the second of seven children. Siblings are Ron (Debbie), Greg (Dawn), Julia (Ed Pitts), Sharon (Ralph Moxley), Doug and Curtis (Claudia). He passed to his eternal rest Nov. 20.
Stan saw military service as a tank mechanic in the Army. He served in the de-militarized zone in Korea. July 30,1977, he was united in marriage to Bonnie May Overlease and her children Mike and Amy, at his parents’ home in Littleton, Colo. Sons, Brad Lee and Chad Edward were born to this union. Stan became an entrepreneur when he and Bonnie co-founded S&M Foams, an insulation and roofing enterprise. They, along with Chad and Brad, have insulated everything from commercial buildings to homes and agricultural structures. They also did landscaping features for Home and Garden Shows, movies —including “The Shining”, and museums (The Wildlife Experience). Stan’s gregarious personality and integrity was a factor in establishing and growing a successful business. Stan loved being in business and was very proud of his finished product and being able to work daily with his family. He became an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed many memorable outings camping, fishing, and hunting with family and friends.
Stan was very giving to both family and strangers. He was an inspiration to all who know him during the duration of his health challenges. He never ceased in his faith or sense of humor. Besides his parents and siblings, other family includes: children Amy Sue Ponder (Emily Moe, Lindsey Straight and children Lilliana and Madison, Jacob and Travis Ponder), Mike Nash (Dawna and their son Max), Brad (Brianne and children Bella and Carson), Chad (Nick); mother in law, Lola Overlease, in-laws-Charlene and Rick Coulson, Steve and Tammy Overlease, Marcia and Kelly Casper; nieces and nephews.
Stan’s friends are surely to be included as they are family to him and Bonnie. Memorial Service were Nov. 27 at Cross Roads Community Church in Parker, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a charity of your choice. ❖
Frederick A. Hepner, 85, of Keenesburg, passed away at home with family and friends on Dec. 27.
He was born March 24, 1930 in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Frederick and Myrtie (Swearingen) Hepner. He was a graduate of Loveland High School. He joined the Army in 1947. In 1952, he married Lois Jackson and together they raised four sons, of which he was so proud. He later married Sharon Hepner, of Lander, Wyo., on May 26, 1989.
Frederick is survived by his wife of twenty six years, Sherry Hepner; four sons, Frederick (Elaine) Hepner Jr., Martin (Junette) Hepner, Timothy (Jan) Hepner and Karl (Stacie) Hepner; four grandchildren, Nicole (Erik) Weesner, Jaime Hepner, Erik Hepner and Kyle Hepner. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Myrtie Hepner; brother, Jack Hepner; and sister, Angela Hughie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 180, P.O. Box 4, Keenesburg, CO 80643 or Christ Community Church, P.O. Box 144, Roggen, CO 80652.
Viewing was Dec. 31 at Christ Community Church in Roggen, Colo., followed by a service. ❖
Virginia Mae Geesen passed away Dec. 21. She was born April 5, 1925 in Marcaline, Mo., to Charles E. and Vola O. McNeil.
Virginia married E.A. “Mick” Geesen Feb. 21, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC. They were happily married for 45 years. When Ginney met Mick, she worked as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines. They made their home in Agate, Colo., at the Geesen Ranch.
Ginney was a caring loving wife, mother, granny and friend. She cooked the most amazing meals for the family and ranch hands every day.
In 1965, a flood wiped out the ranch’s headquarters, equipment and cattle. The family persevered and rebuilt. The Geesen Family was the first family to breed Limousin Cattle on the North American Continent. Ginney was a member of the North American Limousin Foundation and the Elbert County Cowbelles.
Ginney was Mick’s wife and “goodwill ambassador” during his service on the board of directors with Mountain View Electric Association of Limon, CO, Tri-State G & T, and Western United Electric Supply Coop. Over the years, Ginney received numerous recognition awards for service.
Virginia is survived by four children; Edward J. Geesen and wife Nancy of Aurora, Colo., Ruth A. Geesen Fiorentini of Italy, Patricia M. Allushuski and husband Ron of Pittsboro, N.C., Michael A. Geesen and wife Brenda of Deer Trail, Colo. Six grandchildren; Ann Grimm and husband Patrick of Yelm, Wash., Jill David and husband Luke, of Algonquin, Ill., Dean Geesen and wife Heidi of Kersey, Colo., Donna Charmasson and husband Cody of Bristow, Okla., Amy and Ashley Allushuski of Pitsboro, N.C., Seven great-grandchildren, Kenya David, Lincoln David, Hunter Grimm, Mackenzie Geesen, Cooper Geesen, Zaylee Rae Charmasson, Quade Charmasson.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Vola, her brother, Cyril and husband; E.A. Geesen.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Catholic Emergency Assistance Center of Aurora, in care of: Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, 18000 E. Arapahoe Rd., Foxfield, CO 80016 or the charity of your choice.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Ginney on Dec. 30 at the the aforementioned church, after a visitation. Burial was held at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colo.
The Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colorado was in charge of arrangements.
Please visit our website at www.lovefuneralhomes.com to sign our online guest book or to send your message of condolence to the family. ❖
Obituaries — Jan. 4, 2016January 5, 2016 —
Ruth Emily Beckius, 62, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away December 16, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.
Ruth was born August 4, 1953, in North Platte, Neb., to Emory and Frances (Blevins) Long.
She was raised in Stapleton and Gandy, graduating from Stapleton High School in 1971.
On May 22, 1971 she married Dan Beckius in St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton. The couple lived two years in Germany, and six months in Texas, while Dan was in the service. They moved to Kimball for two years before returning to Stapleton where Ruth ran a day care out of her home for years before working at the Stapleton High School as a para professional for 15 years.
Ruth was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and outside activities. She loved her family, grandchildren, and her dogs.
Survivors include her husband Dan of Stapleton, Neb.; children, Leroy (Sheri) Beckius, and Chad (Lisa) Beckius of Vermillion, S.D.; grandchildren, Emily Beckius, James Beckius, Andrew Beckius and Caleb Beckius; brother, Ray (Debbie) Miles of Montrose, Colo.; numerous other family members; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dale Miles; father and mother in-law, James and Lila Beckius.
Services were held December 21, 2015, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Loup Valley Cemetery near Stapleton, Neb.
Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com.
Richard John McCallum, 76, of Holyoke, Colo., passed away December 16, 2015.
He was born June 14, 1939 to Clarence John and Julia Ellen (Ziermer) McCallum in Venango, Neb. He grew up with three brothers, six sisters, two half-brothers and one half-sister.
Richard married Joyce Darlene Morrison on January 17, 1964, in Holyoke, Colo. To this union six children were born, Michael, Darlene, Madelaine, Elaine,Glen, and Gary. Richard and Joyce shared 51 years of marriage together.
Richard was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved gardening, cooking, woodworking and arrowhead hunting. Being outdoors and caring for livestock and animals was a passion. He was well known all over Northeast Colorado for his fence building and work ethics, and was an active sponsor of 4-H and FFA.
Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children, Michael McCallum of Haxtun, Colo.; Darlene and Bruce Mahnke of Haxtun, Colo.; Madelaine and Jeff Lamm of Holyoke, Colo.; Elaine and Gene Daly of Glendo, Wyo.; Glen and Ranae McCallum of Holyoke, Colo., and Gary and Andrea McCallum of Holyoke, Color., along with 18 grandchildren; brother, Don McCallum and wife, Cathy of Lodgepool, Neb.; sisters, Phyllis Dobbins of Fort Collins, Colo., and Merna Olsen of Holyoke, Colo.; half brother, Clarence of Echo Oregon and half-sister, LaVaughn De Petro and husband Al of Littleton, Colo., along with many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Julia McCallum; sisters, Virginia McCallum, Margie May McCallum, Shirley Hagemann and Cathy Fisch; brothers, Charles McCallum and Joe McCallum; grandson, Jordan Mahnke; half-brother, Edward McCallum.
A Memorial Service will be held on January 8, 2016 at 10 a.m., at the First Christian Church in Holyoke, Colo.
Memorials can be given in Richard’s name and sent to the Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union.
Leslie M Beck
Leslie M Beck passed away December 7, 2015.
Leslie was born in Hillrose, Colo., to Adam and Lydia Beck.
He served in Korea on the frontline, coming home he married Helen Holt on May 30 1954. Together Les and Helen worked ranches in Big Piney, Wyo, Marsland, Neb., New Raymer/Stoneham, Crook, and South of Brush, Colo.
After leaving ranching Les worked for several years for the Livestock Exchange and later was Maintenance for Eben Ezer and the Brush Hospital.
He is survived by his wife Helen of 61 years, daughter Debora Beck-Massey, son Monte Beck. Grandchildren Wesley Beck Faith Fiechtner, six great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and his brother Pastor Robert Beck.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, sister, two grandsons and a great great great grand daughter.
Leslie was cremated, No services were held.
Clara Ulrich passed away peacefully December 11, 2015, surrounded by three generations of her family.
She was born Clara Kobobel on October 3, 1923, in Minatare, Neb. She was the 10th of 13 children born to Mary (Stricker) Kobobel and Carl Kobobel.
Growing up she worked along side her parents and siblings in the beet fields outside of Greeley, Colo. She attended dances in town with her sisters on Saturday nights and met her husband Elmer at one of these dances. They married December 31, 1943, in Deadwood, S.D., in the parlor of the Franklin Hotel.
After her husband’s deployment to Germany during WWII, Clara moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and began working at Remington Arms inspecting machine gun belts as well as at Weatherhead. Upon her husband’s return from the war, the two settled back in Greeley and began the East Side Market. In January of 1947 the first of three children were born. The year following their daughter’s birth (Lonna), Clara was named Mrs. Greeley 1948. She was an avid and talented seamstress who designed and made all of the clothing she used in the competition. She continued working along side her husband while their family grew with the birth of two sons in 1950 (Steven) and 1951 (Marshall). Clara and her husband Elmer moved to a farm outside of Kersey, Colo., in 1959 where they operated a dairy farm before purchasing Fort Morgan Pet foods in 1964. She and her husband then purchased Weld County Bi-Products and MCDU Inc. in 1965. The two continued operating the business together and all three children joined in to make the companies truly family owned and operated. In 1988 her husband and she expanded their farming operation with the purchase of ELMS Farms outside of Yuma. They continued working together until Elmer’s passing in 2008 and Clara continued to work at Weld County Bi-Products until she retired in 2013.
Clara was a very active woman who loved gardening, cooking, sewing and fitness.
She is survived by her daughter, Lonna Ulrich; sons, Steven and Marshall (Heather) Ulrich; as well as grandchildren, Elaine (Edward Etzkorn), Taylor, Cristina, Davis (Bre), Alexandra, and Kirsten Ulrich; and great granddaughter and grandson, Brecken and Caius.
Clara was proceeded in death by her mother and father, Carl and Mary (Stricker) Kobobel; her husband, Elmer Ulrich, and all of her brothers, Harvey, Elmer, Fred, Bill, Harry, Carl, Henry, and Edward Kobobel, and sisters, Molly Stroh, Lillian Moffat, Esther Clark, and Venice Johns.
A celebration of life was held December 27, 2015, at The Currier Inn in Greeley, Colo.
The family requests that donations be made to “Good Health Will”, 2611 W. 11th St. Rd, Greeley, Colo., 80631 (hwww.rmmor.org) or “the American Cancer Society.” ❖
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Francis Marion Rogers passed away December 7, 2015.
He was number four of seven children born to Marion and Edna (Dinwiddie) Rogers on December 3, 1926, northeast of Yuma, Colo., in the Pleasant Valley Community.
Francis attended schools in the Waverly area and farmed with his dad until he was called for duty into the U. S. Army in May 1945. His basic training was at Camp Hood, Texas. From there he went by train to California, in preparation of being sent to Japan to fight in the War. When the Atom Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, which soon ended World War II. Then the army shipped Francis to New York where he was put on the troop ship; that trip was 26 days long. Going through the Mediterranean area he ended up in Iran for about six months, then on to Cairo, Egypt, where he was a Military Policeman. He enjoyed his time in Egypt when he was off duty, rented an Arabian Horse to ride around the Sphinx and the Pyramids. From Egypt he was shipped to Liege, Belgium and from there was discharged on November 30, 1946 as a Private First Class.
Francis met and married Mary Anderson, only child born to James and Henrietta (Hoch) Anderson. Francis often said he traveled around the world and found Mary in his own backyard! They were married on January 1, 1949. A few months after being married they moved on the farm 3-1/2 miles south of Yuma, Colo., after Mary’s parents moved to their home in Yuma.
Francis farmed for Mary’s parents. Her dad had a few commercial Angus cattle. After Francis complained about his Hereford cattle getting pink-eye and he didn’t like to dehorn them Mary said, “That’s easy to fix, why not switch to Angus cattle!” The rest is history! The first year of their newly married life, they purchased one registered Angus bull and 10 bred registered Angus cows. In 1950 they started going to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., and soon were showing a few head of Angus. Through the many years of attendance, they and their family received many honors; also some in Yuma, which they were always humbled by receiving them and thankful for the recognition. In their early married years and since they were ranching as well as farming they decided to name their home place “Wagon Wheel Ranch” and it still goes by that name today. Besides their Angus cattle, they also have a few registered Quarter Horses which Francis would break to ride, rope from and move cattle.
Francis and Mary were the parents of three children, MellaDee (Mark) Hagemann, Stanley Rogers and Kenneth (Jody) Rogers.
For many years he was the superintendent at the horse barn at the Yuma County Fair. He was a long time member of the Old Threshers Group and has had the Petting Zoo each September for children and the young-at-heart to enjoy the various animals people brought in.
Francis was a Christian and a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Yuma. His church family was near and dear to him.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary, of 66 years; his three children; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brother, Robert and sister, Maxine Heaton along with numerous other relatives and friends.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tyler Mark Hagemann; brothers, Ray and Lawrence Rogers and sisters, Josephine (Rogers) Darbin and Myrtle (Rogers) Pauli.
Services were held December 11, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Yuma, Colo. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery. ❖
Harold A. Harper
Harold A. Harper, 77, of Eaton, Colo., passed away December 8, 2015.
He was born August 12, 1938, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Howard and Betty (Carter) Harper.
Harold grew up in Indiana, working on the family farm and raising livestock. He was a member of his local 4-H Chapter where his interest in sheep and cattle became more focused. Harold was a champion sheep shearer and that skill paid his way through Purdue University, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and a member of the University marching band.
Harold served the livestock industry in Iowa and Nebraska, finding his home in Colorado. His love for livestock and Colorado led him to Eaton where he fulfilled his lifelong dream of a lamb feedlot. Together with his wife and three children, Harold built a reputation as one of the largest lamb feeders in the nation. Harold has received numerous awards and is held in the highest regards as a reputable industry leader.
Throughout the years Harold has been an active member and generous supporter of numerous industry organizations and a 50 year Noble member of the Shriners.
He is survived by his wife Judy; children Jeff and Jackie (Harper) Matz and their children Andrew and Caroline of Denver, Colo., Mike and MaryAnn Harper and their children Catherine, Emily and Madeline of Eaton, Colo., and Diane (Harper) Grossenbacher and her children Eli and Peter of Eaton, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard; and mother, Helen Harper.
Services were held December 15, 2015.
Memorial contributions can be made in Harold’s name to Meals on Wheels in care of Allnutt Funeral Service-Macy Chapel in Greeley, Colo. ❖
Tyler Jon Schlagel
Tyler Jon Schlagel, 29, of Longmont, Colo., passed away December 9, 2015.
He was born to Gary and Jo Dee (King) Schlagel on September 16, 1986, in Longmont, Colo.
He lived his entire life in the Longmont area.
Tyler graduated from Skyline High School in 2005.
He served in the United States Marine Corp from 2005 to 2009 and advanced to the rank of Corporal. He was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 2/7 Echo Company out of 29 Palms, Calif.
He worked odd jobs for two years after his military service. He spent several years working at Heritage Middle School/Timberline PK-8 as a Campus Supervisor and Wrestling Coach.
The last two summers Tyler had his dream job as a Fly Fishing Guide in the mountains of Northern Colorado.
Tyler was very active in 4-H showing pigs and sheep.
In school he lettered in Football, Baseball and Wrestling.
Tyler was happiest when he was at least knee deep in water fishing the waters along the foothills to his favorite high county lakes. He enjoyed hunting with his brother and friends, camping and hiking. He was definitely an outdoor kind of guy.
He is survived by his parents, Gary and Jo Dee Schlagel; a brother, Brandon Schlagel; Grandparents, Dave and Kathryn King of Longmont, Colo. Other survivors include, Roxanna Schlagel and Jack Phillips, Cindy Schlagel, Eddie and Lisa Schlagel, Terry and Karen Vanzant, Doyle and Sandy Eicher along with many cousins, relatives and friends.
Tyler was preceded in death by his grandparents LeRoy and Alberta Jane Schlagel.
Services were held December 17, 2015, at Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont.
Memorial Contributions may be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project or Project Healing Waters and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. ❖
Wesley Stephen Maranville
Wesley “Bubba” Stephen Maranville, 13, of Matheson, Colo., passed away unexpectedly December 10, 2015, in Simla, Colo.
Wesley was born August 27, 2002, to Scott and Sarah (Coulson) Maranville the second of three children.
School was a big part of Wesley’s life. Wes played basketball, football, track and baseball and excelled not only on the court and field but also in the classroom. He was a great friend to those who knew him and a teammate everyone respected on and off the court. Farming was a big aspect of his life. Wes loved driving tractors and combines and as young men often do, he had a close relationship to his Dad and “Papa.” He was always available to help and assist on the farm and learn “the ropes” so to speak. He wasn’t afraid of hard work and enjoyed working alongside his family as they cultivated the land.
Wesley was a member of Matheson Community Bible Church where his faith in the Lord grew as a young man. He also participated in 4-H, JH Matchwits and Elbert County Livestock Judging.
Wes immensely enjoyed his trips to the mountains with his family and loved fishing and hunting with his Dad. Anyone who truly knew Wes couldn’t argue that “Dukes of Hazard” was probably one of his favorite shows, from the theme song down to the 69 Dodge Charger that was the General Lee. Wes loved that show! Above all else, his family, friends and teammates meant the world to him. He loved his family and had a strong sense of community that he would do anything for. “Bubba’s” light glowed the brightest when he got to spend special time with his “Papas”; they were the best of friends. Bubba was the hero in each of his cousins’ eyes, and the light of their life. Wes had a huge impact on anyone who came in contact with him and although his time with us was short he will have an everlasting memory and legacy that will live in everyone forever.
Wesley is survived by his parents, Scott and Sarah Maranville; sisters, Riley Lou and Charley Marie Maranville; Great Grandpa Lewis (Liddie) Florey; Grandparents, Jack and Linda Maranville, Bruce and Suzann Coulson and Sue Coulson; Aunts and Uncles, Chad and Cindy Maranville, Barry and Mandy Maranville, Katie and Will White, Sarah and Charlie Fox, and Shad Coulson; Cousins, Kylie, Connor, Sterling, Will, Maddie, David and Wade. Also surviving are numerous extended family, friends and a loving community.
Services were held December 16, 2015, at the Simla Public School in Simla, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Wesley’s memory in c/o Farmers State Bank Calhan, Colo., 80808. ❖
Fred Herman Maire
Fred Herman Maire, 81, of Sutherland, Neb., passed away December 12, 2015, at Great Plains Health.
Fred was born April 1, 1934, in Mullen, Neb., to Herman and Grace (Sexton) Maire.
Fred attended school in Mullen where he excelled at football and basketball.
He worked for Peter Kewitt Construction driving a truck for a year, then returned home to the ranch where he ranched and was a rodeo bareback rider.
He met Gladith Capellen and they were married June 13, 1953, in Mullen, Neb. The couple lived on the main family ranch south of Mullen, continued to ranch and haul cattle all over the country, then switched to long hauls with a reefer trailer traveling all over North America.
He was very active in the local roping club and with his children in 4-H. He also helped the neighbor girls with their 4-H projects. Fred was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He taught many guys to drive semis.
The couple moved off the ranch in 1985 and bought the Triangle Motel in North Platte, Neb., which they owned and operated for 10 years before moving to a farm west of Sutherland, Neb., where they continued to raise cattle and farm.
Survivors include his wife, Gladith of Sutherland, Neb.; daughters, Kathy (Jack) Haney of Hershey, Neb., Risa (Rick) Peters, and Lori (Dave) Yoshida all of North Platte, Neb.; grandchildren, Dan (Monti) Haney of Ashby, Neb., Jennifer Lankaster of Hershey, Neb., Fred (Dawn) Peters of Hershey, Neb., Rebecca (Gilbert Gaona) Peters of North Platte, Neb., Sandi (Devin) Ruff of Sutherland, Neb., Wendy (Cameron) Bain of Paxton, Neb., Denise (Kyle) Hoyt of Mullen, Neb., Brenda (Katie) Hampton of Omaha, Neb., and Christina, Shelby and Dodge Yoshida all of North Platte, Neb.; 22 great-grandchildren; siblings, Goldie Little of Mullen, Neb., Ruby Davidson of Center, Neb., and Eunice Ritenour of Mullen, Neb.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Freda Hampton; brother, Roy Maire; and an infant sister Alice.
Services were held December 17, 2015, at the Hershey Baptist Church in Hershey, Neb. Burial took place at the Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen, Neb.
Memorials are suggested to the Christian Cowboy Association and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖
Willard E. Allacher
Willard Edward Allacher, 83, passed away on December 13, 2015.
He was born at Traer, Kan., on April 15, 1932, to Edward Earnest and Iva (Cox) Allacher.
In 1943, the family moved north of Flagler, Colo. Willard enjoyed riding his horse to country school. In September of 1945 the family moved to their forever home on the east edge of Flagler. From eighth grade through graduation he attended Flagler Public School, graduating in 1950..
Three days after graduating high school, Willard joined the Navy. He spent four years on the USS Princeton as a gunner and was discharged on March 18, 1954.
After hitch hiking from Washington he arrived home in Flagler where he met his future wife, Shirley Rae Karnes, who hadn’t lived in Flagler long. Willard and Shirley were married on July 24, 1955, and celebrated 60 years of marriage last summer. They were blessed with four sons and one daughter. For a short time they lived in rental homes until they purchased their home east of Flagler where he resided at the time of his death.
Willard worked at the Flagler Farmers CO-OP for 38 years, retiring in 1995. He also worked part time for Otteman’s Slaughter House and after his retirement he worked summers for Kit Carson County until his health no longer allowed him to work.
In his younger years, Willard enjoyed fishing, hunting coyotes, and playing with his children and their friends. After retiring he raised Holstein cattle and attended auctions, always seeking treasures.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Allacher, children, Ross (Becky) of Yuma, Colo., Jane Jones of Burlington, Colo., Scott (Mary) of Flagler, Colo., Matt (Tish) of Otis, Colo., and grandchildren Jake and Jared William Allacher of Flagler, Mike, Kerrie and Kristin Allacher of Burlington, Colo., Vance (Jeanette)Jones of Ft. Collins, Colo., Jared Earl Allacher of Annapolis, Md., Jason and Jaime Allacher of Otis, Colo., and one great grandson, Jackson Jones of Ft. Collins, Colo.
Willard was preceded in death by his son and wife, Ord and Mary K. Allacher, his parents, his sister, Florence Reeder, and his in-laws.
Private burial will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to the Flagler Ambulance Service, PO Box 101, Flagler, Colo., 80815. ❖
Mary Ann McKenzie
Mary Ann McKenzie, 75, passed away on December 14, 2015, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.
She was born June 9, 1940, in Peoria, Okla., to Jim and Laura (Reber) Jimerson.
On August 31, 1958, she was united in marriage to Lawton Earl (Bill) McKenzie. Together, they had three daughters.
They raised their family in Greeley, Colo., until they moved to Seneca, Neb., in 1979. Mary and Bill bought and ran the Cattleman’s Bar and Café until they sold it in 1986.
They greatly loved to trap shoot where they won numerous trophies along the way and met many friends.
They moved to Alliance, Neb., in 2001 due to medical issues.
Mary loved visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed talking on the telephone, watching her favorite shows and Lifetime movies, and going on her yearly sister trips.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Felishia (Roger) Hoagland of Alliance, Neb., Melba Harding of Cozad, Neb., and Bobbie (Jess) Licking of Seneca, Neb., her step-son JD (Deb) McKenzie of Ft Collins, Colo., nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Betty Harbor of Cheney, Kan., Pauline (Richard) Farmer of Bedford, Texas, and Bobbie (Fred) Wilson of Greeley, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mary is proceeded in death by her husband Bill, her brother, and two sisters.
Services were held December 21, 2015, at the Mullen Funeral Home with burial in the Seneca Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Prairie Haven Hospice at 2 W 42nd St #2300, Scottsbluff, Neb., 69361. ❖
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Glenn F Jesser
Glenn F Jesser, 88, passed away October 26, 2015, surrounded by his family, after a sudden illness.
He was born September 19, 1927.
Although he grew up in the Washington Park area of Denver, Colo., he was destined for the rural ranch lifestyle that he lived most of his adult life. He made his home in rural Fort Lupton, Colo., where he ran a sheep feedlot for many years.
Glenn was the “salt of the earth” and along with his wife Mary Jo became “surrogate” parents and grandparents to many cousins and offspring of family friends who had lost their loved ones early. Glenn and Mary Jo’s generosity to their family was unprecedented.
I learned many things from my father the most important was say your sorry when you need to, learn to laugh at yourself, work hard and laugh harder. Glenn always had a joke or a tease and was an incorrigible flirt. The last year of his life he spent in southern Arizona where wild turkeys, havalinas, deer and hummingbirds kept him company.
Glenn is survived by his daughter Donna, son-in-law Larry, son Bob, daughter-in-law Cheryl, grandchildren Travis, Sammie, and Garrett, great grandchildren Tate and Burke, grand-dogs, Outlaw, Maverick, Nitro, Molly, and Skipper.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Jo, daughter Janine Hijar, brother Dean, mother Edna and father Fred. ❖
John “Jack” Aspden
John “Jack” Aspden, 76, of Lewellen, Neb., passed away November 19, 2015, in his home.
Jack was born March 1, 1939, in Mitchell, Neb., the son of Warren and Velma (Donovan) Aspden.
John attended school in Alliance, Neb.
In 1957 Jack was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Lois Loree Kingry. The couple moved to Denver, Colo., where Jack was employed as a supervisor at Excel Energy. He retired after 38 years in 1994.
In 1995 the couple built a new home at Cedar View near Lake McConaughy and continued to reside there.
He enjoyed pheasant hunting, fishing, and working cattle with the Lobner family. Jack was known as the go-to handy man of the neighborhood.
Survivors include his wife Lois Aspden of Lewellen, Neb., two sons: Rick (Laurie) Aspden of Broomfield, Colo., and Jeff (Sherryl) Aspden of Tracyton, Wash.; Two sisters: Gladys (Gordon) Dughman of Sterling, Colo., and Joan (Jerry) Reeves of Seward, Neb.; two brothers: Bill (Pam) Aspden of Berthoud, Colo., and Mike (Mary) Aspden of Alliance, Neb.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers: Bernard, Bobby and Gene.
The family chose cremation. Services were held November 24, 2015, in the Draucker Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established in his memory. ❖
Elton “Dale” Sims
Elton “Dale” Sims, 86, passed away November 21, 2015 at Childress Health Care, in Childress, Texas.
He was born in Childress, Texas, May 9, 1928, to William (Willie) and Sadie (Cox) Sims.
A former contractor he built several homes in Boulder county as well pursuing his love for rodeo. Dale and his wife also owned the Oxbow Stables in Nederland as well as a working cattle ranch outside of Lakeview, Ore. Later they moved to Manhattan Montana where they lived for several years until returning to Colorado in 1983.
Dale was a member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association and competed for several years as a steer wrestler.
He is survived by his daughter Becki Tschirpke and her husband Gerry of Berthoud, Colo. He is survived by a younger brother Duane of Childress, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.
Dale is proceeded in death by his parents, brothers Morgan, Clifford, J.B., Joe and Ray and three sisters Mildred, Ollie and Elora. He is also proceeded in death by his wife Ruth and daughter Debbi.
There Will Be A Celebration of Life January 9, 2016, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Berthoud Community Center located at 248 Welch Ave., in Berthoud, Colo.
Donations to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Foundation would be appreciated. ❖
Shirley Arlene Pisel
Shirley Arlene Pisel passed away December 3, 2015.
She was born in Deer Trail, Colo., on November 8, 1919 to Oliver and Bertha (Zittle) Gerkin, the middle child of six brothers and two sisters.
She lived her entire life in Deer Trail, until a fall in June meant living her last six months at Carla’s Cluster nursing home in Limon, Colo., where she passed away surrounded by their loving care.
She married Wesley S. Pisel on November 9, 1938, having those wonderful years together until Wes’ death in June of 1979. To this union four daughters were born, ShirleyAnn, Linda JoAnn, Leona Rae, and Lois Christine. Upon their marriage, Shirley had become mother to, and raised Wesley’s two young children, James and Lavina, as her own. Together they farmed and ran an International Harvesting tractor dealership.
Shirley’s faith in the Lord carried her through the bad times, as well as the good. Her family was everything to her, and she was our rock, always there for all of us. She loved every new baby that was born into her family, welcoming each in her own special way. Many baby sweaters and caps she knitted for several hospitals. Her hand sewn quilts will be treasured by family and friends.
Shirley was an avid reader and a history buff, mostly learning through her travels. She was fortunate enough to have visited many foreign countries, including several European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. Her “traveling” goal was to see every state in the United States, which she achieved. Church, the Lord’s work, and music were very important to her, accomplishing so much in each. She accompanied many children at music festivals, competitions, played at hundreds of graduations, weddings, and funerals throughout the years, and was the church pianist and organist for over 40 years. She worked at the school and was the librarian for a few years, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Deer Trail, Eastern Star Chapter Hope 122, Deer Trail Music Club, Baptist Missionary Society, Lion’s Club, Deer Trail School Alumni and Senior Citizens.
She is survived by two daughters and son-in-laws; Linda and James Johnson, Chris and Randy Roth, son-in-law Melvin Allison, stepson James Pisel, eight grandchildren and spouses, 16 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
Her loved ones who passed before are her beloved husband Wes, daughters; Shirley Ann Pisel, Leona Rae Allison, step daughter LaVina Lee, grandson Donald Lippitt, great grand-daughter Brittany Lippitt, her parents Oliver and Bertha Gerkin, and eight siblings.
Services were held December 11, 2015, at the new Deer Trail School Gymnasium, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery Association, Deer Trail, Colo.
Memorials are suggested to the Evergreen Cemetery Association In Care of Deanna Johnson, 166 3rd Avenue, Deer Trail, CO 80105 or Deer Trail First Baptist Church P.O. Box 206, Deer Trail, Colo., 80105.
Please visit LoveFuneralHomes.com to sign our online guest book or to send the family your message of condolence. ❖
Marilyn M. Ast
Marilyn M. Ast, 66, passed away December 9, 2015.
Marilyn was born in Dickinson, N.D., on March 25, 1949, the sixth of Edward and Gwendolyn Schwehr’s 18 children.
She was raised on a farm in Belfield, N.D.; then moved with her family to a ranch in Selfridge, N.D., before finally settling on a ranch outside of McIntosh, S.D.
In 1968 Marilyn met Tom when he was up in North Dakota on a hunting trip. Two years later they were married in South Dakota and started a family in Emporia, Kan. Tom and Marilyn had three children, Rachel, Philip and Aaron.
In 1978 they moved to Aurora, Colo. Marilyn finished her schooling at University of Colorado, Denver, and got her CPA to work with corporate taxes. In 1992 they moved to Conifer, Colo., where they lived on a mountain. In 2013 they moved once more to Loveland, Colo.
Marilyn enjoyed spending time with her family and friends: hiking, boating, skiing, playing racquetball and traveling. During the years when her children lived at home, the family took several camping trips and road trips all around the United States. Upon retiring she, Tom and friends traveled many places in the United States including the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, South Carolina, California, Florida and Hawaii. They also took several international trips including: the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland. She doted on her eight grandchildren and was in the process of drawing their portraits. She also enjoyed volunteering.
Marilyn was a devout Catholic and developed a special connection to the Virgin Mary. She went on several retreats dedicated to Our Blessed Mother in the latter years of her life.
In 2009 Marilyn was first diagnosed with breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation she went into remission and enjoyed an active, full life. However, in the spring of 2015, a relapse showed that her cancer had turned metastatic. She fought it valiantly for seven months, but finally succumbed on December 9, 2015.
She is survived by her husband, Tom; daughter, Rachel Dobbins, her husband Lance and children Bailey and Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; son, Philip Ast, his wife Tricia and children Nathan, Joseph and Keilar of Denver, Colo.; and son, Aaron Ast, his wife Kate and children Sage, Rowan and Anjali of Ft. Collins, Colo. She also is survived by nine brothers and seven sisters, loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and countless friends.
She is preceded in death by father and mother Edward and Gwendolyn Schwehr, sister Jeanette, father-in-law Harold Ast and brother-in-law John Ast.
Services were held December 18, 2015, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Windsor, Colo. Inurnment followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Fort Collins, Colo.
Donations in the memory of Marilyn Ast be made to one of the following charities: Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, American Legion Post 15, Honor Flights, Hospice, or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. ❖
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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.
Elmer (Bill) Willard Schmidt was born October 31, 1939, to Elmer W. and Frances (Walker) Schmidt in Greeley, Colo.
Bill graduated from College High in 1957. He was pursued by colleges with offers of football scholarships. He decided instead to stay on the family farm and raise his family. His life was dedicated to family, friends, farming, and stewardship of the land and water in Colorado.
On December 19, 1958, Bill married Sharon Rossman. They were together for 26 years before Sharon’s passing in 1984. They were blessed with two children, a son Bret and a daughter Billie Jo.
On September 26, 1989, Bill married Bernadette Chapman. They enjoyed traveling to NASCAR races and while there, taking in all the local scenery and historic sites. Bill loved to play poker so Las Vegas was always a fun destination. He was an avid sports fan. When traveling to the events became more difficult, quite often he could be found in his favorite chair, watching the NASCAR race on one TV and a basketball, football or baseball game on the other. He loved talking sports with anyone who wanted to debate the merits of his favorite teams.
Bill was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and farmer. Though he unofficially retired in 2011, he continued to help his son with farming and water management projects until he died. Bill was active in community and youth programs his entire life coaching 4-H softball and basketball. He was a member of the Weld-RE 1 school board, past president of Platte Valley Irrigation Company, and a current board member of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District.
Bill was a student of water and irrigation in the South Platte basin. He was a quiet thoughtful man who did not seek attention or honors yet he was sought out by water managers, engineers, and politicians from all over the region. He had an amazing memory and knowledge of water in Weld County, which made him an invaluable asset to anyone interested in developing and conserving water for agriculture.
Family suppers, holidays and birthday celebrations were some of Bill’s favorite times. He attended as many of the grandchildren’s school and athletic events as he could. Distance did not matter. He traveled all over Colorado as well as destinations in Wyoming, Texas, Kansas and Nevada to show his love and support.
Bill is survived by his loving companion Bernadette Schmidt, son Bret (Brenda) Schmidt, and son-in-law Dale Rains and wife Linda of rural LaSalle, Colo., step daughter Laura (Brandon) Torrez of Greeley, Colo., brother, John (Laurie) of Windsor, Colo., sister JoAnne Adler of Phoenix, Ariz. His treasured grandsons include Bryson Schmidt Rains, Tanner and Adam John Schmidt, Aaron and Isaac Kness and Elijah and Isaiah Torrez. Nieces and nephews Heather and Jay Packard (Hunter and Madeline), Jamie Schmidt, Jon Adler, and Marci and Brian Rude (Charlie and Brody). Also loved by Gage, Kaylee, Hannah, and Alyssa.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Sharon, daughter Billie Jo Schmidt-Rains, his parents and his brother-in- law Gordon Adler.
Services were be held December 4, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo. Private family interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or Special Olympics Colorado NE Area in care of Allnutt Macy Chapel, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80631. ❖
Vernon Max Brown, 85, of Matheson, Colo., passed away December 2, 2015, at Littleton, Colo.
Max was born on November 20, 1930, to John William and Dyral Floreen (Minson) Brown in Mulvane, Kan. Max was one of four children.
He grew up in Mulvane helping with the family business, delivering ice. He, along with his brother, Dean, was responsible for delivering ice in the community starting at age 9. Later, his family was involved in a floor-sanding business where he and his brother would sand and refinish hardwood floors.
He attended and graduated from Mulvane High School in 1950. It was there, in third grade, he met the love of his life, Barbara Rose Cornthwaite and they were married in 1952.
After high school, Max worked several jobs in the Mulvane area including the Chevrolet Dealership, Western Auto, and at the grain elevator.
In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps and was sent to Kaneohe Marine Air Base in Kailua, Hawaii, where he served two years. Max and Barbara spent their first two years of marriage there. Max had fond memories of that time, and also picked up playing the ukulele. After his military service, they returned to Mulvane where he started his own business doing final finish dirt grading for new home construction. He then went on to work at Boeing Aircraft.
In 1956, he and Barbara purchased a farm near Matheson, Colo. For three years he was a suitcase farmer raising wheat during the summer and returning to Mulvane after the crop was put in. In 1959, after a call from a former classmate, urging Max to apply for a job at Martin Marietta in Denver he accepted a position there. He then decided to place the farm in the soil bank program and moved to the Englewood area. He worked there for 29 years retiring in 1988 and returned to the farm full time.
He and Barbara enjoyed winter trips in their motorhome going to places such as Texas, Arizona, and Florida. Their favorite place was Key West, where Max and Barbara became acquainted with a Pastor of the Key West Baptist Temple. Pastor Wright allowed them to park their motorhome in the church parking lot. Max and Barbara had many fond memories there and made many friends. He would perform light handyman work at the church. He loved attending the church services and Bible studies and would even play cards and games with the Pastor and his wife. Both he and Barbara enjoyed the many miles in the RV.
The couple were blessed with three children. Timothy Max was born in 1959, Thomas John in 1960, and Alicia Rose in 1963. They loved farming and raising their family going back and forth from Englewood, Colo., and the farm in Matheson.
Max was a hard worker. He also enjoyed his service as Director and later President and Vice President of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau. He actively served for 21 years. He attended many Colorado Farm Bureau Annual Meetings and a few American Farm Bureau Annual Meetings.
Max accepted Jesus as his personal Savior when he was 16-years-old at a revival. He and Barbara went to Riverside Baptist Church in Denver where he was an ordained deacon for many years. He was also a member of the Central Bible Church of Matheson and at the time of his death was attending Hi-Plains Baptist Church in Limon.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara of Matheson, Colo., son, Timothy (Johanna) of Limon, Colo., son, Thomas (Pam) of Limon, Colo., and daughter, Alicia (Bob) Matoba of Littleton, Colo., five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by his two sisters Doris Watkins and Norma Jean Bachman (Jerry), and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held December 7, 2015, at the Hi-Plains Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be left to the Alzheimer’s Association 455 Sherman Street Suite 500 Denver, Colo., 80203 or to Hi-Plains Baptist Church P.O. Box 158 Limon, Colo., 80828. ❖
Rex E. Abbott
Rex Elliott Abbott, 64, of Smithwick, S.D., passed away at his home December 2, 2015.
Rex was born March 19, 1951, to Herbert and Georgene (Kern) Abbott of Keenesburg, Colo. He attended grade school near the family farming and ranching operation at Sunnydale School.
He attended high school at Weld Central High School. Following high school he briefly attended Lamar Community College where he enjoyed riding bulls at the college rodeos. In the spring of 1970 Uncle Sam decided he would be a better soldier than a student and called him to serve in the Army. He served as a medic in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1973. As a proud veteran, he was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 180 in Keenesburg, Colo.
After returning home to Keenesburg, he married Ruth Ann Myers of Greeley, Colo., in September of 1973. From this union they had two children, Tina and Clint. Rex spent hours in the tractor on the family’s dryland wheat farm but he always found time to enjoy his family, his friends, and his cows and horses. As Tina and Clint grew up they traveled countless miles to Little Britches and High School rodeos. As always, he made the most of each adventure; meeting and making lifelong friends.
Rex loved rodeo and enjoyed being a member of organizations such as the Southeast Weld County Fair Board. He also served as a sponsor for the ADCO High School Rodeo Club and a parent director for the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association.
Rex was a true cowboy at heart and in 1999 he and Ann were able to pursue their dream of ranching with a move to Smithwick, S.D. He immediately felt right at home watching his cows grazing in the rolling hills east of Smithwick. His passion for ranching and cowboying was evident as he and Ann built a reputation herd of Red Angus cows. Rex never met a stranger and quickly became a vital member of this community. He also enjoyed serving on the Oelrichs Rodeo Association committee.
Rex treated his friends as family and was very proud to be known as “Papa Rex” to many little boys and girls in the area.
Rex ran a great race and seldom went less than full speed. He made it a point to have fun and did his best to make sure everyone around him had fun too.
Survivors grateful for having shared in his life include his wife Ann; daughter Tina (Mike) Christinck and grandsons Levi and Lane of Wheatland, Wyo.; son Clint (Heather) Abbott and grandsons Riley and Braden of Smithwick, S.D.; sister Sandra (David Rupple) Galey of Brighton, Colo.; brother Doug (Johanna) Abbott of Keenesburg, Colo.; and mother Georgene Abbott of Keenesburg, Colo. He was also survived by one uncle and numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Rex was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Elliott Abbott; grandparents, Allen and Opal Abbott; and grandparents, George and Ida Kern.
Services were held on December 7, 2015, at Prairie View United Methodist Church in Smithwick, S.D. A celebration of life followed at the American Legion in Hot Springs, S.D.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Oelrichs Rodeo Association or Oelrichs Playday, PO Box 66, Smithwick, S.D., 57782. ❖
Walter M. Schlagel
Walter M. Schlagel, 88, of Kersey, Colo., passed away at East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo., on December 2, 2015.
Walter was born June 12, 1927, in Denver, Colo., to Pete and Ruth (Milton) Schlagel.
He married Mildred Schmidt on November 17, 1950 in Greeley, Colo.
Walter resided in the LaSalle and Kersey area, graduating from Kersey High School in 1945.
He was in the Navy for the duration of WWII.
Walter enjoyed gardening and antiquing with his wife, was a rock hound, and enjoyed mechanics and old tractors.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of LaSalle and attended Kersey Community Church.
Walter is survived by his wife, Mildred Schlagel; daughter Janell (Terry) Amundson; sisters Marlene Cockroft, Sharon (Ken) Corliss, and Myrna McLeavey; grandchildren Tiffany (Rick) Kreps and Tatianne Younger; as well as great-grandchildren Rylen Kreps, Tanya Younger and Cole Younger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Duane and Kenneth Schlagel.
Services were held December 7, 2015, at Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kersey Community Church or the charity of your choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.
Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.Allnutt.com. ❖
Martha Jean Ravenscroft
Martha Jean Ravenscroft, 92 of Miles City, Mont., passed away December 5, 2015.
Martha Jean Ravenscroft was born on November 3, 1923, in Scottsbluff, Neb., the fourth child and second daughter of Joseph and Pauline Everett Spurgeon.
She graduated from high school in Scottsbluff, Neb., in 1942 and from nurses’ training in 1945 at West Hospital School of Nursing in Scottsbluff, Neb.
Martha met her future husband, Francis Ravenscroft, at a country dance in Kennedy, Neb. They were married on June 6, 1946, in Aunt Mae Everett’s house. They started married life living with Mother Ravenscroft and two other newlywed Ravenscroft brothers, all under the same roof, until their house was ready to move into, six months later. They lived on the Ravenscroft Cross O for seven years and then moved to Saratoga, Wyo. They lived in Saratoga for 20 years. They then moved to the SH ranch south of Miles City, Mont., on the Tongue River. In 1983 they started over and moved back to the sandhills of Mullen, Neb., until Francis death from cancer in 1996. After Francis’ death, Martha lived in Mullen for a year and then moved to Miles City to be close to daughter Alice and family.
Survivors include her sons; Ray Francis (Laura) of Sutherland, Neb., Edward Olin (Cheryl) of Rexburg, Idaho, and daughter Alice Jean (Greg) Kmetz of Miles City, Mont.; 11 grandchildren: Olin Ravenscroft of Stevensville, Mont., Keara (Dave) Brunner of Scottsbluff, Neb., Lex (Patrice) Ravenscroft of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ian Ravenscroft of San Diego, Calif., and Reid Ravenscroft of Washington State, Andrea and Trevor Kmetz of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Brooks (Brooke) Kmetz of Miles City, Mont., and Anacia, and Taylor Ravenscroft of Grand Island, Neb., and Kortnie Ravenscroft of Lincoln, Neb.; 6-1/2 great grandchildren: Bayleigh, Jessie and Brendan Ravenscroft, Dane Phillip Kmetz, Ezra Brunner, and another Brunner due the 24th of December of Olivia Ravenscroft; two sisters, Wilma Gibson and Phyllis (Dean) Drawbaugh of Scottsbluff, Neb. Also, sister-in-laws, Jean McGaughey and Ruth Holm, and brother-in-law, Donald Ravenscroft. We can’t forget her little Jack Russell Terrier, “Rusty.”
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis; brothers, Bob, John, and Ed Spurgeon, and older sister Ruth McKinley and her husband Homer McKinley.
Services were held December 10, 2015, at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, Mont. Interment was held December 12, 2015, in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine, Neb.
Memorials can be sent to the Miles City Gideons, P.O. Box 362, Miles City, Mont., 59301. ❖
Leslie M Beck
Leslie M Beck passed away December 7, 2015.
Leslie was born in Hillrose, Colo., to Adam and Lydia Beck.
He served in Korea on the frontline, coming home he married Helen Holt on May 30, 1954.
He is survived by his wife Helen of 61 years, daughter Debora Beck-Massey, and son Monte Beck, grandchildren, Wesley Beck Faith Fiechtner, six great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and his brother Pastor Robert Beck.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, sister, two grandsons and great great great granddaughter.
No services will be held. ❖
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Michel L. Struck
Michel L. Struck, 71, passed away November 19, 2015 in Amarillo, Texas.
He was born February 9, 1944 in Denver, Colo., to Paul and Ruth (Hubach) Struck.
Mike grew up on the family farm west of Brighton, Colo. He graduated Brighton High in 1962.
After high school, he joined the Navy and served for two years. When he returned home, he bought a semi and made his living for many years with over the road hauls. Mike took a break from trucking and went to work for the Colorado State Oil Department. While working for the state he met and married Lois Alexander in 1979. He worked for Calabrese Trucking until his health caused him to retire.
Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by nephew Toby Struck, nieces Tia Struck, Taffy (Tyler) Sonnenfeld, his stepdaughters Roya Beklik and Donna (Kelly) Maurice; step grand children, Cameron, Max, and Phae Maurice; a great niece; three great nephews; uncle, aunts and cousins.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ruth Struck and his wife Lois.
No services were held. ❖
Betty Matthews, 87, of Alamosa, Colo., passed away November 25, 2015.
Betty was born June 13, 1928, in Edgewater, Colo., to Frank Hall and Mabel Hamilton Hall.
She graduated from Englewood High School in 1945.
Betty met Oscar (Buck) Matthews, and they were married in Golden, Colo., on October 31, 1948. Betty and Buck moved to Berthoud, Colo., in 1958 where they farmed until 1999.
Betty enjoyed farm life and being a homemaker. In addition, Betty worked part-time at a variety of jobs including a shopkeeper at the Ideal Spot, which was the convenience store located a mile west of Berthoud. Betty loved to fish in her spare time, and she started a bait business, supplying fisherman with worms and night crawlers. Betty loved to can and freeze fresh produce from the garden, and also enjoyed sewing, knitting and other arts and crafts.
Betty is survived by two sons, Steve (Kathy) Matthews, and Mike Matthews, all of Monte Vista, Colo.; two daughters, Janice (Johnny) Smith of Las Vegas, Nev., and Pam (Don) Cook of Ft. Collins, Colo.; grandchildren Quinton (Valerie) Gray of Loveland, Colo., Amy Gray of Las Vegas, Nev., and Cari Matthews of Evans, Colo.; great-grandchildren Emerie and Gavin; Hailey, Kaytlin, Madison and Nathen; and special friends Bob and Pat Dudley of Longmont, Colo., Betty is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Buck in 2004, her parents, brothers Woodrow, Everett, Johnny, Ira, Howard, and Harding; and sister Bertha.
At Betty’s request, a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in her memory. ❖
Jo Ann Rose Davis
Jo Ann Rose Davis, Jody or Ma Davis to most, passed away of a heart attack on November 25, 2015.
Born in Greeley, Colo., on September 4, 1939, she was raised on a dairy farm where she developed a love of agriculture instilled by her parents, Roy and Dolly (Elgner) Redman.
Jody met the love of her life, Phil, and the two were married on November 1, 1958. This union produced one daughter, Julie.
As newlyweds, Phil and Jody moved to Elbert County. The early years of her life were devoted to family and ranching. On the ranch, she kept the books for the registered Simmental operation and could give you the entire history of any cow on the ranch. She was the recipient of the Top 5 Bookkeepers in the Simmental Association. Phil and Jody were a team and worked together hand in hand to accomplish unheard of conception rates within the breeding programs on the ranch.
She enjoyed cooking and was always prepared to serve a cowboy crew. While she served as a volunteer most of her life, her most active years came after Julie’s graduation. Jody’s tireless involvement in volunteer organizations includes but was not limited to the following: President Elbert County Cattlewomen, Past President Colorado Cattle Women, Past President/Director Colorado Foundation for Agriculture, Past President of Colorado Farm, Homemaker’s Guild, 2008 Winner of Channel 9 News Who Cares Award, Hunter Ed Instructor, Director Colorado Ag Council, President Elbert FCE, 4-H Leader for 42 years: Main Leader for Agate Rural Rustlers Club, President Leader’s Council, Advisor to 4-H Youth Council, and many other job titles.
She was involved in many other activities, committees, and sponsorships, so much so that it is impossible to list them all. The above list provides a snap shot of how active and passionate she was. Jody also received numerous awards and recognitions that will be left to her legacy.
Her hobbies included reading, writing poems, crafting, playing cards, and puzzles of all kinds. Jody was also incredibly proud of her American Indian Heritage and loved animals. In her younger years, she loved dancing and ice skating. Her family was incredibly important to her, and speaking ill of them, especially her husband, would land you in hot water. Once you were a friend or “child” of Ma Davis, you became one for life.
She is survived by her husband, Philip Davis of Agate, Colo.; her daughter, Julie (Walt) Marble of Atwood, Kan.; her sister, Joyce (Karl) Scott of Gilcrest, Colo.; two grandchildren, Echo Marble of Atwood, Kan., and Chance (Michelle) Marble of Como, Colo.; as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces; and a multitude of extended family and friends.
Services were held December 2, 2015, at the Agate School Gymnasium in Agate, Colo.
The Ma Davis Memorial Fund has been set up to help defray the cost of services, and all other funds will be used for a scholarship through the 4-H program. Donations and cards can be sent to the Ma Davis Memorial Fund, C/O Julie Marble, 16578 RD R50, Atwood, Kan., 67730. ❖
Bill Shrewsbury, 93, passed away November 25, 2015, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.
Bill was born to Ralph and Nancy Shrewsbury on December 27, 1921, on their family homestead north of Lakeside, Neb.
Bill met the love of his life Betty Morris while stationed in Amarillo, Texas, and they were married on September 8, 1946.
Bill began ranching at a very young age, his father homesteaded at the ranch north of Lakeside and both Bill and his brother, Bert, were very active in all aspects of the operation. When his father passed away in 1938 Bill took over the ranch with his mother. As the ranch continued to grow Bill and Betty purchased land north of Ellsworth, Neb., and grew their herd that originated from a single 4-H heifer. His grandsons Justin and Rhett began helping Bill run the ranch as he got older and Bill turned the operation over to them when he retired from ranching in 2007.
Bill was also very well known for his rodeo legacy. Bill was a phenomenal calf roper and team roper. He made many rounds on the local and state circuits and as he got older became very active in the old timers rodeo circuit as well. Bill went on to fuel the passion and love for cattle, horses and rodeo in his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In his later years he spent many hours at ropings, rodeos, and junior rodeos supporting them.
Bill won many gold buckles during his rodeo years and was inducted into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame in June of 2014. He also received the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award that he was particularly proud of. Bill lived a life that truly defined what it means to be a cowboy and to live the western life. Bill’s legacy will live on as his family now sports the many gold buckles he won and continue his traditions in ranching and in rodeo.
Bill is survived by his children, Ginger (Jim) Arrants, Jay Shrewsbury, and Kim (Tim) Wills. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren who he loved dearly.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his parents Ralph and Nancy Shrewsbury, his brother Bert Shrewsbury, and grandchildren, Schan Worley and Chet Whaley.
Services were held December 1, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Alliance, Neb. Burial was at the Lakeside cemetery.
Memorials may be given to East Point Horspice or to a charity of the donor’s choice. They can be sent in care of Justin Shrewsbury, 605 Cheyenne, Alliance, Neb., 69301. ❖
Arlene Dorothy Papke Seger Harms, 91, of the Regent Park Nursing Home in Holyoke, Colo., passed away November 26, 2015, at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colo.
She was born in Firth, Neb., on January 28, 1924, to Herman and Dora Krueger Papke.
The family moved to Colorado when she was in elementary school and she graduated from Haxtun High School in 1942. She spent time in her high school years and the next two years helping area families with household duties and caring for children.
She married Lester Seger on February 20, 1944, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun, Colo. They made their home at the Seger farm north of Haxtun and raised three children, Valerie, Leland, and Lynn. She was a busy wife and mother and worked hard with gardening, sewing, cooking, and canning as well as helping with the eggs and cream sold to help keep the farm and family going.
Her baptism in God’s family on February 24, 1924, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Firth, Neb., led to her confirmation on April 10, 1938, at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, Colo. She was very active in Immanuel Lutheran Church. Her faith life included teaching Sunday school and VBS, choir, Lutheran Ladies Aid and LWML, and later being part of the church ladies quilting club. She was also a member of the neighborhood Silver Sage Club.
She was widowed on her birthday in 1979 after 34 years of marriage to Lester. She married Harry Harms of Fleming, Colo., on October 10, 1987. They enjoyed their retirement years together in Fleming with a large vegetable garden and many flowers. They loved spending time with each others children and grandchildrens families in Colorado and California. They enjoyed late summer trips to the mountains, pulling their tiny camper to go fishing.
In October 2012, they became residents of Regent Park Nursing Home in Holyoke, Colo. Many will remember her sitting outside or in the entry way greeting people with her smile as they entered. Arlene was widowed again on March 28, 2014, after 26 years of marriage to Harry.
She is survived by her daughter Valerie and husband Ken Raymond of Elizabeth, Colo., parents of Gary II and Kim White, Mark White, Christine and Tim Gurney, and Randy and Nikki Raymond. Son Leland Seger of Haxtun, Colo., father of Amanda Ness and fiancé Dave Ridlen, Dustin and Sharon Seger, and Megan Seger. Son Lynn Seger of Haxtun, Colo., father of Paul and Amy Seger, Kay and Mike Wolever, and Kendra and Regan Biesemeier. Sister Lola Mae and husband Bill Funke of Ft. Collins, Colo. Stepdaughter Ruth and husband Dan Dunbar of Visallia, Calif., parents of Debbie and Don Tadlock and Diane and Chris Bohan. Stepson Don and wife Daveda Harms of Greeley, Colo., father of Christy and John Pipher, Ravon and Craig Krueger, and Harry and Lynette Harms. Many great and great-great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, sisters Wilma Steeves and Fern Salyards, brother Raymond Papke, and infant brother, daughter-in-law Cindy Seger, great-great-grandson Gary White IV, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Services were held December 4, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Haxtun, Colo. Internment followed at Haxtun Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Regent Park Nursing Home. ❖
Robert G. Meyer
Robert “Bob” G. Meyer, passed away suddenly at the emergency room at Colorado Plains Medical Center on November 26, 2015, one day after his 90th birthday, with his wife, daughter and great grandsons Maverick and Matlock Hunter at his side.
Bob was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1925, in Sheboygan, Wisc., to George and Anna Geist Meyer.
The Meyer family moved to Morgan County when Bob was a young child. He entered the US Army on June 20, 1945, and was honorably discharged on November 26, 1946.
On October 29, 1950, Bob married Elaine Betzold in Fort Morgan, Colo.
Bob worked for the Colorado Department of Revenue as a driver’s license officer for 31 years. He was named by Gov. Roy Romer as Colorado Employee of the Month in November, 1987. Another honor Bob was very proud of was when he received his high school diploma, as a part of Operation Recognition from Brush High School.
He was an active member of the Immanuel Evangelical Church, serving as treasurer of the church building fund and the church memorial fund, and sang in the choir, men’s quartet and the mixed quartet. He was a life member of DAV, and VFW No. 2551, a member of the American Legion, member and former board member of the Sundowner’s Lions Club, a member of the Colorado Association of Public Employees, and the FFA Alumni at Fort Morgan High School.
His hobbies were golfing and gardening, hunting arrowheads, and watching sports, especially the Denver Broncos. His favorite time was spent helping his grandsons.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Elaine, one daughter, Cheryl Rouse; two grandsons, Matt (Megan) Hunter and Derrick (Nicky) Hunter; great grandchildren, Andy Bain, Caity Bain, Jackson Hunter, Maverick and Matlock Hunter; and great -great granddaughters Edrea and Stella all of Fort Morgan, Colo.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alex and Gus; seven sisters, Lydia, Mollie, Mary, Nellie, Esther, Hannah, and Susie; his son-in-law Tim Rouse; and his parents.
Services were held December 3, 2015, at the Immanuel Evangelical Church. Interment followed in Memory Gardens.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Immanuel Evangelical Church. ❖
Frank E. Embree, Sr.
Frank Earl Embree, Sr., 76, of Kersey, Colo., passed away November 27, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
He was born August 2, 1939, in Longmont, Colo., to Lewis and Laura (DeGabain) Embree.
He graduated from Platteville High School.
On June 12, 1960, he married Alice Peters in Platteville, Colo.
He loved being with his family, his special trips with Alice, being around motorized equipment, fast cars and just being around people, he could always carry on a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and harvesting crops.
Frank is survived by his son, Frank (Sambath) Embree, Jr. of Greeley, Colo.; step grandchildren, Sophia, Ratha, Sambo and Michael; and his sister Lorraine Sater of Longmont, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Alice, brothers Arwin, Harold and Lewis.
Services were held December 3, 2015, at Adamson Chapel. Interment followed at Mizpah Cemetery in Platteville, Colo.
Memorial contributions maybe made to “American Diabetes Foundation” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖