Obituaries

Rocky Mountain Obits 7-28-14

July 28, 2014 — 

Glen D. Helberg

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

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Western Slope Obits 7-28-14

July 28, 2014 — 

Kenton Mellott

Kenton Wallace “Ken” Mellott, 95, passed away on July 11, 2014, at the Paonia Care and Rehabilitation Center.

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Plains Edition Obits 7-26-14

July 28, 2014 — 

Glen D. Helberg

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 7-21-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Pat McDonnell

Patrick Arthur “Pat” McDonnell, 64, of Eaton, Colo., passed away July 4, 2014 at his home.

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Western Slope Obits 7-21-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Clarence Allen Nichols

Clarence Allen (Clancy) Nichols, 51, passed away May 25, 2014 in a massive landslide.

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Plains Edition Obits 7-19-14

July 21, 2014 — 

Donald Lee Lage

Donald Lee Lage, 84, of Arthur, Neb., passed away July 10, 2014, at his home.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 7-14-14

July 11, 2014 — 

John Newton Morris

John Newton Morris, 82, widely known citizen of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away July 3, 2014, after a valiant battle with lymphoma.

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Western Slope Obits 7-14-14

July 11, 2014 — 

Betty Jo Schmidt

Betty Jo Schmidt, 92, of Delta County passed away peacefully June 25, 2014, at the Paonia Care and Rehab Center.

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Plains Edition Obits 7-12-14

July 11, 2014 — 

Warren Diedrichsen

Warren Diedrichsen, 68, of Creighton, Neb., longtime co-owner of the Creighton Livestock Market passed away July 4, 2014, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 7-7-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Edward Weimer

Edward Weimer, 96, of Greeley, Colo., passed away June 30, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 7-7-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Wesley Eugene Signs

Wesley “Wes” Eugene Signs, 89, of Hayden, Colo., passed away May 26, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 7-5-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Steven Dinslage

Steven Dinslage, 69, passed away June 17, 2014, at his home in Lincoln, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-30-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Doris Roberta Bacheller

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

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Western Slope Obits 6-30-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Imogene (Jean) Ione Lewis

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

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Plains Edition Obits 6-28-14

July 8, 2014 — 

Kerry Dwight Bryant

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-23-14

June 23, 2014 — 

Franklin Clyde Stewart

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

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Western Slope Obits 6-23-14

June 23, 2014 — 

Leslie “Dale” Todd

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

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Plains Edition Obits 6-21-14

June 23, 2014 — 

Jeffrey W. Peters

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

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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-16-14

June 16, 2014 — 

Glen L. Williams

Glen L. Williams, 85, of Longmont, Colo., passed away May 27, 2014 at his home.

He was born December 5, 1928, in Hygiene, Colo., to Grover and Hattie Williams.

Glen served in the United States Army.

He married Katheryn Furney on June 14, 1952 at Fort Knox, Ky.

Glen was a truck driver for Colorado Milk Transport then Empire Dairyman’s Assoc. and Western Dairyman’s Assoc. He retired in 1991. Glen was a member of Mead United Methodist Church; he enjoyed yard work, playing cards, word games and reading.

Glen is survived by his wife Katheryn of Longmont, Colo., a son Steve Williams of Greeley, Colo., four daughters; Glenna Baldwin and husband Don of Pueblo, Colo., Charlene Hopp and husband Walter of Longmont, Colo., Deborah Williams of Louisville, Colo., and Jacqueline Phillips and husband Tony of Albuquerque, N.M., his brother Don Williams and wife Guenn, four grandchildren; Donna, Jason, Ryan and Brent, one great grandchild Logan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Buford and Grover Williams, two sisters; Evelyn Sanderson and Loyce Humphreys.

Services were held June 4, 2014, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Foothills Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to TRU Community Hospice and can be sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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Frederick Donald Schick

Frederick Donald Schick, 40, of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away May 20, 2014 at his home, with his family by his side.

Fred was born January 2, 1974, to Donald and Marjorie (Farner) Schick.

He married Karen K. Zion on May 13, 2006, at the First Christian Church in Fort Morgan, Colo.

In his free time Fred enjoyed going fishing, camping and his guns. His first love, however, was his farm and farming.

He is survived by wife Karen, his father, Donald, his sister Corrie and his niece, Madison.

Fred was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie who died in 2003.

A celebration of his life was held May 31, 2014 at their home south of Fort Morgan.

Memorial gifts may be made in Fred’s name to the American Cancer Society at 2255 S. Oneida, Denver, Colo., 80224. ❖

Charla Rae Jillson Richardson

Charla Rae Jillson Richardson, 73, of Longmont, Colo., passed away June 5, 2014, at Longmont United Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 4, 1941, in Longmont, Colo., she was the daughter of Harvey B. and Edith A. (Elmquist) Jillson.

She attended Idaho Creek School and graduated from Mead High School in 1959. After attending business school in Denver, Colo., she worked as secretary for the Longmont Chamber of Commerce, motel receptionist, and RTD bus driver, while staying active in the family farm operation. She was proud to be the fourth generation of her family to live on the farm which had been homesteaded in the Rinn area southeast of Longmont by her great-grandfather Byron F. Jillson in 1878.

She was devoted to her farm life, raising cattle, maintaining her beautiful flower gardens, preserving the farm’s historic house and buildings which were designated a Colorado Centennial Farm in 2013, and caring for her pets which she adored. She was known for her sporty cars, fashionable appearance, and indomitable independent spirit — all of which made her seem decades younger than her real age. She was a member of Rinn United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her niece Tammy (Jillson) Bality of Tulia, Texas, grandnephew Kyle B. Lang of Yukon, Okla., an aunt Lorraine Elmquist, and many loving cousins, extended family, neighbors, and caring friends.

In addition to her parents, Charla was preceded in death by her 17-year-old daughter Traci Lane Richardson in 1997 and her brother Byron H. Jillson in 1965.

Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Services were held June 11, 2014, at Rinn United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rinn United Methodist Church or the Longmont Humane Society in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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Harold Eugene Nickerson

Harold Eugene Nickerson, 78, passed away unexpectedly at home May 22, 2014. His loving and devoted wife of 55 years, was by his side.

He was born on March 26, 1936, the son of Cyrus and Lola Douglas Nickerson.

Heaven welcomed a wonderful soul. Harold’s integrity, honesty, and love for Christ were reflected daily with how he treated others, especially his wife. Diligence, consistency, and patience were evident of a life well lived.

He was involved with the Royal Rangers program for over 20 years. He taught boys camping skills including knot tying, fire building and tent pitching. His pancakes with all the extra add-ins will be a traditional breakfast honoring him for years to come. He was a talented, avid wood carver and an active member of Northern Colorado Wood Carvers Club. He won many awards and left his works of art to the ones he loved. He was a very hard working man who took pride in all he did. Whether he was cleaning carpets, working at King Soopers, or at the car auction, he put in an honest day’s work with a positive attitude. He was a kind and humble man who truly loved his Lord and Savior. He was an active member at Timberline church in Fort Collins, Colo.

He is survived by his wife (Luella Fern Bishop Nickerson), children Lanette Garcia (John), Nathan (Lori), Timothy (Trish), and Luanne Nickerson. His surviving siblings include Lee Roy (Lee Ann), Vi Covell and Jim (Joan). He was a grandfather to Rebekah Kyger and Andrew, Anthony and Angela Nickerson. He was also an amazing uncle, neighbor, and friend.

Services were held May 28, 2014 at Timberline Church in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence message with the family at www.Allnutt.com. ❖

Western Slope Obits 6-16-14

June 16, 2014 — 

C. W. (Bill) Brennan

C.W. (Bill) Brennan, 88, passed away, May 30, 2014.

Bill was born October 3, 1925, in Rifle, Colo., to Mike and Helen Brennan and was the sixth of eight children.

He attended Rifle High School and was drafted into the U.S. Navy in December, 1943 during his Senior year of High School. He attended Boot Training in Farragut, Idaho. Following advanced training he was then ordered to the South Pacific where he served aboard an LCT (Landing Craft, Tank) for the remainder of World War II.

After his Honorable Discharge he returned home and was wed to Nancy Love on the 14th of September, 1947. The couple moved to Piceance Creek to operate the LOV Ranch, which was owned by Nancy’s parents, Milo (Waddy) and Helen Love. Bill and Nancy eventually purchased the ranch and Bill was involved in the operation until shortly before his passing.

Never one to suffer an idle moment, Bill served in many areas of public service in addition to the full time challenges of operating a large, successful, Commercial Hereford Ranch. The LOV Ranch, primarily still Hereford and some Black Angus, continues to operate under the guidance of his son, Jim Brennan and family. Bill started his public service on the School Board while his children were attending the Rock School on Piceance Creek. Bill was then elected County Commissioner of Rio Blanco County, serving two terms from 1971-1979. During this time he was appointed to the Colo. State Highway Commission, serving during the planning and construction phases of Glenwood Canyon and the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnel. He held many positions in banking and Farm Service organizations, Club 20, in addition to holding offices and memberships in Rio Blanco Stockgrowers, Colorado Cattleman’s Assoc. and numerous boards and committees relating to the livestock industry.

Although never straying long from his beloved ranch, Bill and Nancy were able to travel extensively, including Africa, Mexico, Canada, Washington D.C. where he testified before Congress on many occasions, Alaska, the Northeast U.S. and other shorter trips.

He is survived by his remaining brother James and four children: Michael Milo Brennan (Jackie) of Meeker, Colo., Kay Nancy Bumguardner of Mesa, Colo., James William Brennan (Beverly) running the ranch on Piceance Creek, and Richard Joseph Brennan (Sandie) of North Pole, Alaska. He was blessed with seven grandchildren: CL Bumguardner, Rachel Goodman, Rebecca Brennan, Neil Brennan, Matt Brennan, Ben Brennan, Erin Brennan, and 11 great-grandchildren, numerous Brennan relatives, plus a host of wonderful friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, his parents and six siblings.

Services were held June 14, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Meeker, Colo.

Donations may be made to Meeker Hope West Hospice, in care of Pioneers Hospital. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 6-14-14

June 16, 2014 — 

Dean Schow

Dean Schow, 69, of rural Paxton, Neb., passed away May 27, 2014, in the Ogallala Community Hospital after a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Dean was born July 12, 1944, in Julesburg, Colo., the son of William and Ella (Swanson) Schow.

He lived his entire life on the family farm south of Paxton, Neb. The 4-H program was a lifelong passion of Dean’s. He participated in 10 years of 4-H livestock projects, served on the Keith Co. Judging team and was 4-H King in 1960.

He graduated from Paxton Consolidated Schools in 1962 and then attended a Farm and Ranch Short Course at the University of Nebraska. Dean continued farming and also worked for Nebraska Public Power for a short time until he left for Basic Training with the Army National Guard where he served six years.

Before getting married Dean’s Dad told him he better go to auction school or he never would. Regarding being an auctioneer, his Dad told him “I want you to be a good one.” Dean attended the Reisch World-Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, graduating in 1966. Upon returning home he nervously approached Clyde Speck at Ogallala Livestock and told him he was an auctioneer and wondered if they needed any help. Clyde responded with “I’ll bet you are (an auctioneer)! One of our ringmen is going to be gone on Saturday, do you suppose you could come and work the ring? Be sure and bring your own whip and if you get hungry, I’ll order a sandwich from the cafe, but be sure you stop and pay for it after the sale!”

Dean showed up on Saturday and began his career. Over the years he has also worked simultaneously at the Livestock Auctions at Chappell, North Platte, Gothenburg, Farmers and Ranchers in Ft. Collins, Colo.; Stockmens in Torrington, Wyo.; Ranchland in Wray, Colo.; Ranchers and Farmers in Burlington, Colo.; Quality in Stratton, Colo.; Corman in Burlington, Colo.; as well as numerous bull sales, horse sales and 4-H livestock sales. Dean freely shared his talents selling benefit and fundraiser auctions. He was fortunate to be involved in selling numerous hunting trips all over the world for the Foundation for North America Wild Sheep. For many years Dean sold machinery consignment auctions in New Mexico and Wyoming.

In the late 1970s and 80s Dean won several competitions, including a Regional title as the World Livestock Auctioneer, the Reserve World Livestock Auctioneer title, and the World Livestock Auctioneer Champion. As a result of that Championship he was hired as a spokesman for Syntex Agri-business. Dean served as an instructor at several auctioneering schools and bid calling seminars.

When Dean married Leah J. Keep of Ogallala, Neb., in March 1967, they became partners only in life but in business as well. Together they operated the family farm as well as Schow Auction Service. Sons Kyle and Kevin serve as auctioneers and ringmen while Korey assists Leah with cashiering.

Dean was actively involved in the Nebraska Auctioneers Association (NeAA). Over the years Dean served on the Board of Directors, as President, was named Auctioneer of the Year in 1984, and in 2013 was inducted into the NeAA Hall of Fame along with wife Leah into the NeAA Auxiliary Hall of Fame.

Dean was a member of the Paxton United Methodist Church, Keith County Farm Bureau, Ogallala Elks Lodge, Nebraska and National Cattlemens Associations, Nebraska and National Auctioneer Associations, and was a charter member of the Paxton Optimist Club. He served on the Paxton Consolidated Schools Board of Education; Keith County 4-H Council; and the Keith County Fair Board.

Survivors include his wife Leah Schow and three sons: Kyle (Cheryl) Schow and their children Bailee and Ben; Kevin (Kim) Schow and their children Karlee, Kaden and Keegan; and Korey (Roxy) Schow and their children August and Ruby; all of Paxton, Neb.; one sister Merilyn (Warren) Mizell of Westminster, Colo.; mother-in-law Jean Keep of Ogallala, Neb.; and two brothers-in-law Gayle Bierma of Omaha, Neb., and Rex (Carolyn) Keep of Vail, Colo., and two sisters-in-law Mikki (Mark) Lautenschlager of Longmont, Colo., and Lisa (Tad) Gray of Valley City, Ohio; their families and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Marlyce Bierman, father-in-law Bill Keep, and brother-in-law Bruce Keep.

The family has chosen cremation.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be June 28, at 10 a.m. MDT in the Paxton School Gymnasium.

Memorials have been established for the benefit of the Paxton Schools Foundation and the Paxton United Methodist Church. ❖

Shirley Flohr

Shirley Flohr, 73 of Sidney, Neb., passed away June 7, 2014, at Sidney Regional Medical Center.

Shirley Rae (Louks) Flohr, the daughter of Richard and Maxine (Beckley) Louks was born November 24, 1940 in Crawford Neb.

Shirley attended grade school in Denver, Colo.; Neligh, Neb.; Fort Worth, Texas; and Gordon, Neb. Following her graduation from Gordon High School in 1958, she attended Chadron State College earning the Richard Hildreth Communications Scholarship and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1961. Shirley majored in English, Speech and Drama which led her to pursue a career teaching English at Sidney Junior High in 1961.

The following year she married Jack Flohr on July 8, 1962.

In 1965 Shirley left Sidney Public Schools to teach High School English in Lorenzo, Neb. The following year she left her teaching career for what truly exemplified her persona ... family and faith devotion while helping others through the gift of volunteerism.

Shirley was a life-long member and active in numerous organizations including: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1968), Alpha Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority (Past President), American Association for the United Nations- Sidney Chapter (Past President), P.E.O.- Chapter BO (Past President), Panhandle Reciprocity Group (Historian) and Kings Daughters (Past President).

Education and a healthy lifestyle were very important to Shirley. In 1979, she began walking for fitness and later volunteered as a fitness instructor for over 10 years at the Cheyenne County Community Center teaching Senior Stretch Class and Silver Sneakers until arthritis prevented participation.

Shirley enjoyed socializing with people of all ages, helping others, volunteering, reading, book tapes, movies, concerts, plays, bridge, cooking and handwork. Her favorite handwork was crocheting afghans as gifts for family and friends to honor special occasions. The personalized label, “Hand-Made with Love by Shirley Flohr” can be found on hundreds of blankets. Most of all, Shirley loved spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include: Husband Jack Flohr of Sidney, Neb.; Son Jay Flohr of Sidney, Neb.; Sister-In-Law Mary (Robinson) Flohr of Riverton, Wyo.; Niece Kristi (Reed) Dunfee and husband Skip of Red Feather Lakes, Colo.; Nephew Rikk Flohr and wife Debbie of Apple Valley, Minn., and Great Nephew Dusty Reed of Casper, Wyo.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; (4)Brothers-In-Law: Glen Reed, Richard Flohr, Bobby Bitz and Conrad Flohr; (3) Sisters-In-Law: Cleo (Flohr) Reed, Loraine Flohr, and Jane (Flohr) Bitz.

Services were held June 13, 2014, in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Cremation was conducted.

Memorials have been established to the Cheyenne County Community Center or the Sidney Public Library in care of the American National Bank in Sidney, Neb.

You can view the online obituary and share condolences with the family at www.HolechekFuneralHomes.com. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 6-9-14

June 9, 2014 — 

Leslie Mechem

Leslie Mechem of Berthoud, Colo., passed away May 25, 2014, in Mount Dora, Fla. He was vacationing with his wife at their daughter’s home when he became ill. After heart surgery and rehab treatment his heart gave out.

Les was born January 12, 1937, in Clarion, Iowa.

He grew up on the family farm and attended the Clarion public schools. He went on to attend Iowa State University with an emphasis in Agriculture/Farm courses.

In 1959 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1962. He met his wife, Connie, while he was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. The couple married on January 1, 1964. At that time they moved back to Iowa and farmed the family farm until 1979.

Leaving the farm the couple moved back to Colorado, settling in Berthoud. Les gained employment with the Regional Transportation District and retired from that company after 20 yrs. From there he worked part-time as a driver for the Mead Coop in Mead, Colo., for the next eight years.

Les was a member of Masonic Cyrene Lodge of Clarion, Iowa, for 49 years. He also was a member of the Berthoud United Methodist Church, 085 Mobile Squares and the American Lowline Association.

His love for music was encouraged by his mother as she was a music teacher. His interest ranged from classical to country western. The couple learned to square dance early in their married life and attended many festivals, TV shows and conventions across several states.

Les’ love for animals started at an early age. He was a 4-H and FFA member as well as being on a livestock judging team. When his children got interested in showing horses, he transported them to many shows in several states.

After he retired he didn’t slow up as he became interested in a cattle breed that was new to the U.S., the American Lowline, from Australia. By breeding and raising these calves he again traveled to many places such as the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA and the NILE show in Billings, Montana He also showed them for 14 consecutive years at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. He and Connie were able to travel to Australia & New Zealand to see the origin of the cattle. One of the highlights of the trip was attending the famous cattle show The Sydney Royal, Sydney, Aust. Les made many friends and sold his calves from coast to coast across the United States. He diligently passed his knowledge and love for cattle on to his granddaughter, Bailey.

He was able to check off another item on his ‘Bucket List’ by traveling to England. His heritage came from that country and he was thrilled to see where his grandmother and many cousins called home.

After a busy day outside a person could always find him in his easy chair with a book in his hands. He loved to read action filled novels.

Les is survived by his wife Connie, daughter Deb (Virgil) of Mount Dora, Fla., son Brad (T.J.) of Torrington, Wyo., granddaughters, Taylor (Jeff), Bailey, Carly, Nicole, grandsons, Braden, Cody (Sara), Bo (Jaquel), five great grandchildren, sister Eleanor Griffin, Waxahachie, Texas, brother Frank (Mary) Mechem, Clarion, Iowa, sister-in-law Loydene (Mark) Strum, Littleton, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held on June 10, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the Berthoud United Methodist Church, 9th and Lake, Berthoud, Colo.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Berthoud United Methodist Building Fund. ❖

Robert Howard Helmerick

Robert Howard Helmerick, 88, passed away May 25, 2014, at home after a courageous and determined battle with cancer.

He was born on February 25, 1926, in Greybull, Wyo.

He was proud to serve in the army in Europe during World War II. His trip to Washington D.C. in 2009 with Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial was a highlight of his life. Upon his discharge from the Army he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. He briefly taught school in Saratoga, Wyo., and worked for the Soil Conversation Service before returning to the University of Wyoming to earn his master’s degree in 1954 and his doctorate in 1958 from the University of Nebraska. Bob’s entire career was dedicated to sugar beet breeding and was highly respected by his colleagues in the industry. He cooperated worldwide with other breeders on improving the genetics of sugar beets.

In the fall of 1951, he met his future wife while working in Douglas, Wyo. He married Ruth Joan Rochford on June, 26, 1954, in Sheridan, Wyo. Together they raised five children while living in Lincoln, Neb., Rocky Ford, Colo., Sheridan, Wyo., and Longmont, Colo. They enjoyed collecting arrowheads, camping and fishing, hiking, gardening, visiting their children, babysitting grandchildren and traveling. Their travels included several memorable trips to Europe. Bob’s heart was broken when Joan passed away on June 17, 2004, just nine days away from their 50th wedding anniversary.

Six years after losing Joan, Bob reconnected with Phyllis Winzenreid, a good friend from his time in Saratoga, Wyo. They re-established their friendship and enjoyed traveling, spending the cold winters in Mesa, Ariz., and split the beautiful summers between Longmont, Colo., Rawlins, Wyo., and treasured time at Phyllis’ cabin in Ryans Park, Wyo. They often hosted family reunions. They were fortunate to spend four years enjoying life together.

Bob is survived by his companion, Phyllis Winzenried; his sister, Lois (Dick) Sherman of Millani Town, Hawaii; two sons, Rob (Laura) Helmerick currently living in South Africa; Jim (Michelle) Helmerick of Medical Lake, Wash.; three daughters, Jean (Mike) Gorzalka of Sheridan, Wyo.; Ruth (Tom) Heald of Casper, Wyo.; Mary Helmerick of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Amy and Brent Gorzalka, Elena, Kathryn and Bob Helmerick, Jon and Erin Heald, Zane Helmerick, Gabby Staley, and his faithful cat Chewbacca.

He was preceded in death by his grandson Keegan Garlock in 2010.

A memorial service will be held on June 9, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Westview Presbyterian Church in Longmont, Colo. Interment will take place on June 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery in Sheridan, Wyo.

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Robert Eugene Bullard

Robert Eugene Bullard, 84, of Greeley, Colo., passed away at Hospice of Northern Colorado on May 29, 2014.

Robert was born November 25, 1929, in Denver, Colo., to Edwin Robert and Helen Leota (Randall) Bullard.

He married Betty Lee Munger on September 2, 1950 in Taos, N.M.

Robert attended grades 1-7th at the Friendship school (a country school) and 8-12th grades at Hudson, Colo.

He was a member of James Memorial United Methodist Church in Hudson and an associate member of Evans United Methodist Church.

Robert was a volunteer fireman for 20 years with the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department and 13 years more as a board member of the Fire Department. He was also a member of the Farmers Gun Club and the NRA.

Robert loved raising his cattle and horses. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his family was very special to him. He loved a good joke and being around people especially his coffee time buddies.

Robert is survived by his wife Betty Bullard of Greeley, Colo.; Children, Richard L. Bullard of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Charles R. Bullard of Lafayette, Colo., and Kathleen K. Bullard-Chalk of Loveland, Colo.; sister, Verna (Bullard) Marshall, Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wonderful Uncles and Aunts.

Services were held June 3, 2014, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. A private family interment was held at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy’s Ranch in La Junta or the charity of your choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.Allnutt.com. ❖

Byron Augustus Yost

Byron “Bud” Augustus Yost, 96, of Longmont, Colo., passed away May 29, 2014.

He was born on June 29, 1917, in New Columbia, Pa., to Oliver and Sarah (Gehris) Yost and raised on a farm in NE Kansas, near Sabetha. Bud’s parents were farmers and his father, a good practical horse vet, sparked Bud’s interest in medicine.

Bud drove horses for every kind of farm work. For sheer joy he rode horses at every opportunity, always bareback. He attended a one-room country school, but went into town for high school graduating from Sabetha High School where he was president of his class. Bud did his undergrad at Kansas State University and a MA in History and MD as a General Practitioner Surgeon from University of Kansas.

During WWII, Bud quit his teaching position to serve as sergeant on the guard force at Sunflower Ordnance in Eudora, Kan.

Bud married Ruth Germann on April 4, 1942, in Lawrence, Kan., and they enjoyed 72 years together. In 1951 they moved to the Longmont, Colo., area from Wellington, Kan., where he served the Erie community and surrounding coal mines until 1954. At that time the family moved to Longmont where Bud was a Family Practice doctor. His career spanned 52 years.

Bud was raised in the Congregational Church in Kansas and attended this church in Longmont for many years until he became too elderly. He is a member of First United Church of Christ, American Academy of Family Practice and American Medical Society, founding member of St. Vrain Roundup Club, Longmont Old Timer’s Rodeo Club, Longs Peak Barbershopper’s Chorus, National Rifle Association, American Field Service, Lions Club and Masons.

Bud was a man of many and varied interests including history and cultures, music, art, riding their gold wing motorcycle, swimming, tennis, guns and hunting, skiing and being on the medical ski patrol at Winter Park and Eldora, horses and riding and roping, traveling, but especially caring for his patients. He truly enjoyed his friends, and loving his wife and family.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Faunt “Mike” Yost, and a sister, Fern Yost.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughters — Rebecca Curtis (Jay) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Sally Jesser (Bill) of Longmont, Colo., Penny Zvejnieks (Sig) of Rapid City, S.D., and Trudy Shepard (Guy) of Missoula, Mont.; Grandchildren — Robert Curtis (Margaret), David Curtis, Mandy Jesser, Teri Jesser, Kip Jesser, Kyle Zvejnieks, Jaclyn Zvejnieks and Nathan Zvejnieks.

The family would like to thank everyone who cared for Doc at Atria of Longmont Assisted Living Facility, Family Hospice, SummerCares Home Health Agency, Dr. Mathwich and Dr. Kanniganti.

Services were held June 6, 2014, at United Church of Christ in Longmont, Colo. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

Contributions may be made to Therapeutic Riding Academy and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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John Stockley Jr.

John Stockley Jr., “Bud” 81, of Brighton, Colo., passed away April 29, 2014.

He was born at the family home in Denver, Colo., on March 10, 1933 to John and Grace Stockley and was of English and Irish descent. He was the second of four children including older sister Grace “Babe,” younger sister Shirley and younger brother Daniel.

As a child he was always fascinated with animals and raised pigeons, then later goats and eventually horses.

He grew up in North Denver attending Berkeley Gardens Primary School and graduating from Westminster High School in 1952.

After graduation, John worked for Wright and McGill fabricating fishing rods.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953 and was stationed in Formosa (Taiwan) at the end of the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1957. While in the Air Force, he learned his trade in Water Plant operation. After the service he worked for Consolidated Mutual Water Company in Lakewood for over 20 years and then the City of Lafayette Water Department from which he retired in 1995.

He married Carol Behnke on May 5, 1962. A year later they moved to a small acreage southwest of Brighton, Colo., where he pursued his lifelong hobby of raising livestock including hogs, cattle, horses, chickens, geese, pheasants, quail and doves. He continued raising Black Angus cattle past the age of 80.

John enjoyed country music, working outdoors with his tractor and spending time with his dogs. John was also really interested in sports and in particular the Broncos. He and Carol attended Super Bowl XXI in 1987 to watch the Broncos play the Giants.

He is survived by his wife Carol, siblings Grace Peterson, Shirl Richardson and Dan Stockley, sons Joel (Janet) Stockley and Jay (Karen) Stockley and grandchildren Jason (Rhonda), Seth, Rhiannon, Annelise and Fallon Stockley.

Interment took place May 6, 2014, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Broomfield, Colo. ❖

Western Slope Obits 6-9-14

June 9, 2014 — 

Wanda Pollock

Wanda L. Pollock passed away at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo., May 19, 2014.

Wanda was born in Balko, Okla., to Ona (Bowlby) Ray and George Ray Sr.

Wanda Moved to Delta, Colo., when she was 4-years-old, and attended schools from elementary through high school.

Wanda married Avery Pollock, the love of her live, in 1947. They built their home in Austin and lived there for the next 64 years until Avery passed away in 2011.

Wanda and Avery were charter members of the Eckert Presbyterian Church for all those years.

Wanda was employed as a bookkeeper and a rural mail delivery person. Wanda had been living with her daughter Cheryl and husband Cam Paterson in Loveland, Colo.

She is survived by her brother Don Ray, her son Danny (Diana) Pollock and her daughter Cheryl (Cam) Paterson, grandchildren Cheyennia Pollock, Michelle Petrillo, Josh Paterson, Cameron Paterson, and Aaron Paterson, many nieces and one nephew, and seven great grandchildren.

Her parents preceded her in death, as did her husband Avery, sister Dorothy Ray and brothers Clyde Ray and George Ray.

Services were held May 31, 2014 at the Eckert Presbyterian Church with inurnment at the Eckert Cemetery.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest book at TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖

Amanda Nora “Mandy” Rumble

Mandy Rumble, 44, of Olathe, Colo., passed away June 1, 2014 at her home in Olathe.

Amanda Nora “Mandy” Doloughan was born August 18, 1969, to William John and Claire M. (Garrett) Doloughan in Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa.

Amanda spent the first six years of her life in Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa before moving to New Zealand for two years and then moving to the United States.

Mandy graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with a degree in Business. She also studied nursing.

She was a Christian.

Mandy loved her children and spending time with them. She liked doing family things. She enjoyed riding horses.

Among survivors is the love of her life her husband: Todd A. Rumble of Olathe, Colo.; her son: Tyler Rumble of Olathe, Colo., and her daughter: Josie Rumble of Olathe, Colo.; her mother; Claire Doloughan Hannan of Tasmania, Australia; two brothers and their wives’: Kerry and Robyn Doloughan of Spokane, Wash., and Rory and Cassie Doloughan of Salmon, Idaho.

She was preceded in death by her father William John Doloughan and her grandmother Dorothy Garrett and Todd’s grandfather, Donald Denham.

Services were held on June 6, 2014, at the Delta High School.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mandy’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 2754 Compass Drive, Suite 328, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest book at TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 6-7-14

June 9, 2014 — 

L. Robert ‘Bud’ Mayfield

L. Robert ‘Bud’ Mayfield, 85, of North Platte, Neb., passed away June 3, 2014, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

Bud was born July 5, 1928, in Lincoln County, Neb., to Leslie Jasper and Dorothy Chamberlin Orton Mayfield.

He attended several Lincoln County grade schools and graduated from North Platte Senior High in 1947.

On March 24, 1956, Bud married Phyllis Dodson at the First United Methodist Church in North Platte and they were together for nearly 58 years when Phyllis passed away in February. When he was in his early 20s, Bud began working for Sidles Auto Store in North Platte and Lexington. In 1978 they purchased the store and operated it as Mr. Automotive for 20 years. Bud enjoyed his customers and selling parts so much that even after selling Mr. Automotive, he continued to work there until 2012 when he decided it was time to retire.

Bud was actively involved in a number of organizations. He was involved with public education, serving on the Osgood School Board and advisory council at North Platte Senior High. He was an officer and lifetime member of Elks Lodge No. 985 and was named Elk of the Year in 2002. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church and had received his 50-year membership pin in November 2009.

Woodworking was one of Bud’s hobbies in life and he shared his talents by teaching woodworking for 15 years as a 4-H leader. He organized the North Platte High School Gun Club with the students qualifying for state level.

Bud’s passion in life was playing his saxophone for dances. He played with a number of local musicians and bands including Hadley Barrett and the Westerners, the Riverside Dance Band and for the past several years with the Golden Classics. In 2012, Bud was recognized for his contributions to country music by being inducted into the Nebraska Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bud loved to camp, fish, garden and be with his family and friends. He was known to always have a story or joke to tell, and was accused once of laying awake at night thinking up the stories or jokes.

He is survived by his three children, Rick (Yvonne) Mayfield, of Bassett, Neb., Jody (Jeff) Ford, of Elkhorn, Neb., and Rusty (Bridget) Mayfield, of North Platte, Neb.; his grandchildren, McKenzie and Bill McCarter and Megan Mayfield, all of Omaha, Neb., and Mark Mayfield, of North Platte, Neb.; a great-granddaughter, Charleigh Rose McCarter of Omaha, Neb.; his sister, Marjorie ‘Mick’ Hoffmann, of North Platte, Neb.; sister-in-law, Eileen (Vernon “Sonny”) Shirley, of North Platte, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Duane (Beverly) Dodson, of Maywood, Neb.; his very special nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful friends and other relatives.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; their children, Randy Lee and Joni Marie Mayfield; his parents, Dorothy Vencill and Leslie Mayfield; a brother-in-law, Larry Hoffmann; and his parents-in-law, Harold and Dorothea Dodson.

Services were held June 6, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Maywood Cemetery.

The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers and plants to the Maywood Cemetery, First United Methodist Church or the North Platte Public Schools Foundation. The family would like to keep his legacy of making beautiful music alive by contributing to the high school band and church music programs. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may also be shared at www.OdeanChapel.com. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 6-2-14

June 3, 2014 — 

Doris (Spady) Baldwin

Doris (Spady) Baldwin, 80, of Hudson, Colo., passed away May 19, 2014.

She was born December 19, 1933, at her grandmother Kelly’s home in Imperial, Neb., to Clarence (Bruz) and Nelda (Kelly) Spady.

She grew up on farm and country living and she went through eighth grade school in one-room rural school houses. Her high school years were spent at Chase County High in Imperial, Neb. She graduated in 1952 with a teaching permit and taught in a one-room school south of Champion, Neb.

On August 16, 1953, Doris married Ray Harmon Baldwin and they moved on to his grandparents’, Frank and Nora Baldwin’s ranch. Doris taught school at Lone Star School. When her husband was drafted in to the U.S. Army, she lived with him in his second eight weeks training. Ray was transferred to Leominster, Mass., and a short tour in upper state New York. During this time, they took many short trips to see all the sites. Doris’ most favorite was the ocean. Every chance she got to see the ocean was where she wanted to go.

After two years in the Army, it was back to Imperial, Neb., but the ranch had been sold, so after a short time, they moved to Sterling, Colo., where they lived for 13 years. During this time, three children were adopted: Michael Ray, Douglas Dee and Denise Kay. All were baptized into the Methodist Church.

In June of 1972, Doris and the family moved to Arvada, Colo.

After the children were in high school, she went to work outside the home. Doris gained employment at Mountain Bell and when AT&T and Mountain Bell were separated, she went with Mountain Bell. After U.S. West purchased Mountain Bell, she retired in 1995.

In 1996, Doris and Ray moved to Hudson, Colo., and built a new home.

Doris loved to cook and have family in and always had all the holiday dinners. She liked to knit and made afghans for nearly all the babies she had contact with. About all her friends and relatives have an afghan made by Doris. Fishing was a passion of hers. She dearly loved to catch the most and the biggest fish. She did a lot of embroidery work on pillow cases and dish towels to give away to friends and relatives. She did a lot of cake decorating until her hand gave out and she just couldn’t do it anymore.

Survivors Include: Husband, Ray of Hudson, Colo. Son, Michael and wife, Dawnene, of Thornton, Colo. Son: Douglas and wife, Deena, of Frederick, Colo. Daughter, Denise Bunn of Arvada, Colo. Four grandchildren: Amber Reese and husband Bobby; David Baldwin; Nash Baldwin and wife, Jacie, and Dori (Baldwin)Jacobs and husband Parker. Four Great-Grandchildren: Haleigh Baldwin; Hazelee Baldwin; Chloe Reese; Taylor Reese. Brothers: Darwin Spady of Lincoln, Neb., Dennis Spady and wife, Celia, of Champion, Neb., Deloyce (Pete) Spady and wife, Becky, of Imperial, Neb.

Services were held May 23, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Imperial, Neb. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.

Colorado memorial services were held June 5, 2014, at Zion Congregational Church in Brighton, Colo.

A memorial has been established in Doris’ memory. ❖

Milan Krizan

Godfrey Milan Krizan, 83, of Brush, Colo., passed away on May 11, 2014, at Northern Colorado Hospice.

Milan was born in Veteran, N.Y., on March 29, 1931, to John Krizan and Susan (Boor) Krizan.

He was a 1949 graduate of Farley High School in Colfax County, N.M., and later served as a United States Marine.

Milan worked most of his life in the ranching industry and enjoyed the rural lifestyle. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

Milan is survived by his children, Ron (Naomi) Krizan of Laramie, Wyo., John (Vicki) Krizan of Greeley, Colo., Bonnie (Karl) Keller of Alamosa, Colo.; siblings SA Bennett of Clayton, N.M., Elizabeth Plottner of Raton, N.M., and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dona (Pritchard) Krizan, his parents, his brothers Ed and John Wayne and his sister Pauline Martin.

Cremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life Service will be held June 2, 2014 at Rankin Presbyterian Church in Brush, Colo.

Contributions are suggested in Milan’s name to Hospice of Northern Colorado or the Wounded Warrior Project. ❖

Esther Ruth (Reed) Werner Reichley

Esther Ruth (Reed) Werner Reichley, 99, of Greeley, Colo., passed away May 19, 2014, in Greeley, Colo.

She was born in WoodRiver, Neb., April 20, 1915, to Issac and Ruth Reed. Esther was the third child of eight.

The family moved to Colorado in 1930. They settled in the Briggsdale-Grover communities. Esther attended the West Pawnee School through the 10th grade. She quit school to help her family and worked for other families in the area.

Esther married Ben Werner on April 30, 1934. Two sons were born, Leslie Norman and Harry Dean. Ben was killed in a farming accident on September 3, 1940 while living at the Oasis Ranch west of Grover. Esther, Leslie and Harry moved to Greeley for a short period of time, before moving back to Grover. Esther began working for Guy Smith and Sons. She was active in numerous women’s clubs in the Grover area. She later worked at the Grover Post Office.

Esther married Ben Reichley on July 27, 1944. Two sons were born, William Issac (Bill) and Everett (Ray). They continued to live on the farm west of Grover after Ben Reichley’s death February 3, 1970. After Bill and Ray finished school, Esther moved to Greeley. In Greeley, she did some babysitting and quilted with a ladies group. Esther had a big yard that she always kept well manicured. She kept up with her yard until ill health forced her to leave her home.

Esther is survived by three sons; Leslie (JoAnn) of Kersey, Colo., Bill Reichley and Ray Reichley of Greeley, Colo.; five grandchildren; Nancy (Don) Marshall of Wiggins, Colo., Ruth (Joe) Zirtzman of Mooreland, Okla., Ronald (Laurie) Werner of Wiggins, Colo., Tabitha Tennet of Sterling, Colo., and Amber Highberger of Ft. Collins, Colo.;13 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren; Brother Jim of Texas and sister-in-law Evalyn Reed of Loveland, Colo. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Esther is proceeded in death by her two husbands; one son, Harry; five brothers, Martin, Everett, John, Arthur and Kenneth; one sister, Betty; one great-grandson, Travis Werner and one great-great-grandson, Chance Trusty.

Services were held at Adamson’s Chapel on May 27, 2014. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. ❖

Earl “Duane” Ullmann

Earl “Duane” Ullmann, 74, of Chino Valley, Ariz., passed away May 3, 2014.

Duane was born October 20, 1939, to Henry and Maxine Freauff Ullmann in Johnstown, Colo.

Duane spent most of his childhood living and working on his family’s sugar beet farm just outside of Johnstown. But his passion was really auction’s and cattle. In 1964 he graduated from auctioneer school in Cheyenne, Wyo. Shortly afterword he went to work for Producer’s Livestock and Feedlot. Soon he hit the road buying cattle.

His only daughter Desiree was born in 1964.

He moved to southwest Colorado in the 70s where he sold and ran The Cortez Livestock Auction as well as selling several other auctions including Aztec, N.M. He lived in Delores, Colo., for awhile where he owned and ran The Salt Lick Saloon and The Whiskey Drummer liquor store.

Duane moved to Laughlin, Nev., in 1990 where he met his loving wife of 18 years, Patsy. He was tending bar at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nev. In 1998 Duane and Patsy moved to Chino Valley, Ariz., where Duane worked for Prescott Livestock Auction for five years, and also Harris Auctions for 16 years until his death at 74.

Duane is survived by his wife, Patsy Ullmann of Chino Valley, Daughter Desiree Cooper and her husband Bryan Ledford of Ft. Morgan, Colo. Stepdaughter Beverly Sexton and her husband Robert. Stepson Gregory Steinmetz and his wife Cherie. Six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mother-in-law Joan Fakinos and her husband Frank of Paulden, Ariz. Bother-in-law Harvey Zeller of Eaton, Colo.

Services were held May 8, 2014 at the Heritage Memory Mortuary, Prescott, Ariz. Interment took place at the Chino Valley Cemetery in Chino Valley, Ariz.

View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at HeritageFuneralChapels.com. ❖

Charles Edward Salladay

Charles Edward Salladay, 86, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away May 13, 2014.

He was born on March 13, 1928 in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Lee Raymond and Lena Johnson Salladay.

Charlie’s grandparents homesteaded in the Ellicott area in 1898 where Charlie resided until his passing.

Charlie was a farmer and a dairyman from a very young age until failing health caused him to retire in 1985.

During his lifetime he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycling, square dancing, and other activities involving family and a multitude of friends.

On March 20, 1950 he married his loving wife, June, of 64 years. Together they raised four children: Gordon (Debbie) Salladay, Brian (Rose) Salladay, Christy (Lloyd) Malone, Sandy (Mike) Salladay-Higgins, and one daughter/granddaughter, Karen Higgins, who came to live with them before the age of two. Together they have five grandchildren: Tracy Wilcox, Aaron Salladay, Sharra Miller, Clem and Elizabeth Malone, and 10 great grandchildren.

He is also, survived by his sister, Inezbelle Williams; and two sister-in-laws, Dorothy Brownewell, and Gayle Cropp.

Charlie was active in the community. He served on the Ellicott School Board for 12 years and he was a member of the Central United Methodist Church. Charlie was on the original Board of Directors for the Board of Cooperative Services, the Board of Directors for the Ellicott Fire Protection District for eight years, and was on the Volunteer Fire Department for over 34 years. His associates on the Fire Department would not let him retire because he was the only engineer they had.

Services were held May 19, 2014, at the Central United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The family requests donations be made to the Ellicott Fire Department or the Central United Methodist Church in Charlie’s name. ❖

Western Slope Obits 6-2-14

June 3, 2014 — 

Ralph Leslie Mangum

Ralph Leslie Mangum, 70, of Delta, Colo., passed away May 24, 2014.

He was born to the late L.T. and Margaret Mangum on February 4, 1944, in McAllen, Texas.

Ralph graduated from Delta High School in 1962. He was an all-state football selection and a proud member of the 1960 Delta High School state champion football team. He earned his BA in Business Administration and Social Science from the Colorado State College (now UNC) in 1965.

He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Alexander, on June 8, 1963. They had a blessed marriage of 51 years.

Ralph was a John Deere dealer. After graduating college, he worked for Deere and Company for five years traveling as a territory manager in eastern Colorado. In 1971 he joined his father’s business, Delta Implement Company. Ralph and Pat purchased the business in 1973 and together built the farm equipment dealership to include three locations. He enjoyed his relationships with his dedicated employees and the many fine farmers and ranchers in the area. He and Pat retired in the fall of 2010.

Ralph loved his community and was always involved in helping people when he could. He served on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, was a board member of the Colorado Bank and Trust for many years, and was elected to two terms on the hospital board. He was a generous supporter of the Delta County Fair and many local causes. Ralph was an active member of St. Michael’s Church.

Ralph loved his family and his friends. He truly lived a wonderful life and leaves a legacy of humor and kindness for us to remember.

Ralph is survived by the love of his life, Pat. He is also survived by his daughter Gina, her husband Carl and granddaughters Julie and Sami Cassel, all of Delta, Colo., his sister-in-law; Gean, her husband Dud of Eckert, Colo., nieces and nephews; Mike, his wife Michelle Davis, Teri, her husband Bill Palmer, Dudley Davis, and Debbie, Tricia, her husband Mark Starr, all of Delta, Colo., and Vanir Stevens of Washington state.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betsy and brother David.

The family is requesting that donations be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church or the Delta Food Pantry.

Services were held May 29, 2014, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Delta, Colo.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖

Gordon Frederick Byers

Gordon Frederick Byers, 73, of Rangely, Colo., passed away May 16, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Gordon was born on August 12, 1940, in Fruita, Colo., to Frederick and Minta White Byers.

Gordon married his sweetheart, Dena Marie Dotson, on December 22, 1969, in Fort Collins, Colo.

He enjoyed flying, golfing, camping, and he was a member of the St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Masons.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Dena Byers; children, Bryon (Bonnie) Byers; Bret (Ellen) Byers; Kathy (John) Brown; Cena (Todd) Carlson; Jill Redwine, and Jeff Byers; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews along with many friends.

Gordon is preceded in death by his son, Christopher Byers; parents; sister; three brothers; nephew, Jimmy and niece, Sherry.

Services were held May 21, 2014, at Rangely Christian Church in Rangely, Colo. Interment was in the Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colo. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 5-31-14

June 3, 2014 — 

Robert E. “Bob” Pearman

Robert E. “Bob” Pearman, 84, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away May 25, 2014.

He was born on September 10, 1929, in Thomas County, Neb., to Robert Ernest and Rena G. (Allen) Pearman.

Bob grew up on the family ranch and graduated from Seneca High School in 1947 in a class of two people. After graduation, he worked for various ranches in the Sandhills. Bob met a local schoolteacher at Whitman, Neb., in 1947, Betty Adam. The couple was wed on September 10, 1950, at the Lakeside Methodist Church near Alliance, Neb.

Bob worked on the Adam family ranch before the couple moved to Maxwell to their family ranch in 1951. They continued to live there for the next 63 years. Bob and Betty owned and operated the Flock Inn in Maxwell for many years. He also sold fertilizer and seed corn. Bob was a longtime member of the Maxwell School Board, and he and Betty drove the activity bus for the school for many years. Bob was involved in many youth activities in Maxwell and the 4-H Club. He loved children and loved teasing them.

He enjoyed dancing, watching race cars, and raising and working his horses, cattle, and dogs. Bob will be remembered for loaning out his roping horses to several young people to help them in their rodeo careers.

Survivors include his wife Betty of Maxwell, Neb.; two children, Doug (Collene) Pearman of Maxwell, Neb., and Jolene (Clarence “Butch”) LaBore of Mullen, Neb.; a sister, Marion Isom of Mullen, Neb.; five grandchildren, Amy (Lloyd) Pemberton of Lynchburg, Va., Trent (Kate) LaBore of Denver, Colo., Jill (Rob) Star of North Platte, Neb., Lana LaBore of North Platte, Neb., and Jennifer (Travis) Franks of Mansura, La.; four great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jaelyn, Ashton, and Alexander; and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Norman Neisius; a daughter, Barbara in 1983; and a brother, Norman Pearman.

Services were held May 29, 2014, at the Adams and Swanson Chapel. Burial was at Plainview Cemetery near Maxwell, Neb.

Memorials can be made to the Maxwell Public School Scholarship Fund. ❖

Ivan Gutherless

Ivan Gutherless, 86, of Maxwell, Neb., passed away May 25, 2014, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

Ivan was born on November 22, 1927, south of Maxwell to Russel and Marie (Larsen) Gutherless.

His mother passed away when he was 9-years-old and his grandparents Garfield and Charlott Gutherless, along with his father, raised him. He attended school at Jeffery Queen Country School and graduated from Curtis in 1946. After high school he started ranching south of Maxwell with his father and grandfather.

Ivan entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea from 1950-1952. While serving he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with a bronze service star, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Upon returning from Korea, he was united in marriage to Mary Eileen Burke on May 24, 1952 in North Platte, Neb. The couple celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary recently with their immediate family. When Ivan and Mary returned from their honeymoon, he returned to ranching where he developed skills with cattle, horses and range management. Ivan was a member of the Maxwell American Legion, and the VFW. He enjoyed riding his horse chasing cattle and loved the ranching life.

Ivan is survived by his wife Mary of Maxwell, Neb.; three children, Douglas L. (Sharon) Gutherless of Maxwell, Neb., Kent D. (Karen) Gutherless of North Platte, Neb., and Joleen K. (Royce) Schauer of Maxwell, Neb.; grandchildren, Lori (Tyler) Hughes of Maxwell, Neb., Tara (Jason) Trisdale of North Platte, Neb., Curtis Duane Gutherless of Knoxville, Tenn., Sara Ann Martens of Arizona, and Russell (Julie) Gutherless of North Platte, Neb.; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; a sister Shirley Parker; and a brother, John Gutherless.

A memorial has been established to the Maxwell American Legion.

Services were held May 30, 2014, at Adams and Swanson Chapel. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with full military honors. ❖

Doris (Spady) Baldwin

Doris (Spady) Baldwin, 80, of Hudson, Colo., passed away May 19, 2014.

She was born December 19, 1933, at her grandmother Kelly’s home in Imperial, Neb., to Clarence (Bruz) and Nelda (Kelly) Spady.

She grew up on farm and country living and she went through eighth grade school in one-room rural school houses. Her high school years were spent at Chase County High in Imperial, Neb. She graduated in 1952 with a teaching permit and taught in a one-room school south of Champion, Neb.

On August 16, 1953, Doris married Ray Harmon Baldwin and they moved on to his grandparents’, Frank and Nora Baldwin’s ranch. Doris taught school at Lone Star School. When her husband was drafted in to the U.S. Army, she lived with him in his second eight weeks training. Ray was transferred to Leominster, Mass., and a short tour in upper state New York. During this time, they took many short trips to see all the sites. Doris’ most favorite was the ocean. Every chance she got to see the ocean was where she wanted to go.

After two years in the Army, it was back to Imperial, Neb., but the ranch had been sold, so after a short time, they moved to Sterling, Colo., where they lived for 13 years. During this time, three children were adopted: Michael Ray, Douglas Dee and Denise Kay. All were baptized into the Methodist Church.

In June of 1972, Doris and the family moved to Arvada, Colo.

After the children were in high school, she went to work outside the home. Doris gained employment at Mountain Bell and when AT&T and Mountain Bell were separated, she went with Mountain Bell. After U.S. West purchased Mountain Bell, she retired in 1995.

In 1996, Doris and Ray moved to Hudson, Colo., and built a new home.

Doris loved to cook and have family in and always had all the holiday dinners. She liked to knit and made afghans for nearly all the babies she had contact with. About all her friends and relatives have an afghan made by Doris. Fishing was a passion of hers. She dearly loved to catch the most and the biggest fish. She did a lot of embroidery work on pillow cases and dish towels to give away to friends and relatives. She did a lot of cake decorating until her hand gave out and she just couldn’t do it anymore.

Survivors Include: Husband, Ray of Hudson, Colo. Son, Michael and wife, Dawnene, of Thornton, Colo. Son: Douglas and wife, Deena, of Frederick, Colo. Daughter, Denise Bunn of Arvada, Colo. Four grandchildren: Amber Reese and husband Bobby; David Baldwin; Nash Baldwin and wife, Jacie, and Dori (Baldwin)Jacobs and husband Parker. Four Great-Grandchildren: Haleigh Baldwin; Hazelee Baldwin; Chloe Reese; Taylor Reese. Brothers: Darwin Spady of Lincoln, Neb., Dennis Spady and wife, Celia, of Champion, Neb., Deloyce (Pete) Spady and wife, Becky, of Imperial, Neb.

Services were held May 23, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Imperial, Neb. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.

Colorado memorial services were held June 5, 2014, at Zion Congregational Church in Brighton, Colo.

A memorial has been established in Doris’ memory. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 5-26-14

May 27, 2014 — 

Judith Ann “Judy” Pearce

Judith Ann “Judy” Pearce, 75, of Windsor, Colo., passed away unexpectedly April 15, 2014.

Judy was born to Pete and Maxine Baller on June 14, 1938, in Longmont, Colo. Her ancestors were early pioneers to Longmont and her great grandfather, Amos Millice joined the Chicago Colony helping to form Longmont and was part of the survey crew helping to lay out the town.

Judy was raised in rural Colorado, attending schools in both Berthoud and Walden, Colo., where she graduated high school in 1956. She was both a majorette and a cheerleader. She attended college at CSU in Fort Collins, Colo., where she met and married Leonard Pearce on January 7, 1961. They lived in Dodge City, Kan., and later divorced.

Judy lived in Vail, Colo., for several years where she was a medical transcriptionist at Vail Valley Medical Center.

She loved skiing and all sports.

Recently Judy moved to Windsor, Colo., where she was a crossing guard for the Windsor Police Department at Grandview Elementary School. She loved the children and being called “Miss Judy.” She was also employed by the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland and enjoyed being around people.

Judy was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Eagles and the Avalanche. She enjoyed going to sporting events, concerts and horse races.

Judy is survived by her children: Sandra Pearce of Fort Collins, Colo., Mike Pearce(Becky) of Laramie, Wyo., Linda (Ben) Bobbitt of Middleburg, Fla., and Jason Pearce of Dodge City, Kan.; granddaughter, Ashley Pearce of Middleburg, Fla.; brother Jim (Gen) Baller of Walden Colo., two sisters, Sue (Rick) Ulrich of Kingman, Ariz., and Nancy (Ron) Knaus of Fort Morgan, Colo., an Aunt Jeane Law of Longmont, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandparents and other relatives.

A private memorial service will be held later this month in Walden, Colo.

Cards and condolences can be sent to Pearce Children, c/o Sandra Pearce, PO Box 273184, Fort Collins, Colo., 80527. ❖

William Foglesong

William Foglesong of Northglenn, Colo., passed away May 5, 2014, at Swedish Hospital.

He was born March 1, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Marie (Schreiner) Foglesong and William Foglesong.

Bill went to high school in Ovid, Colo.

Bill was in the Navy and the Marines.

He retired from the Mint and enjoyed his hobbies.

Bill never married.

He was a very talented person. He loved to hunt with his hunting dogs. He fished and took his nephew, Allen Antonucci. Bill took him fishing and taught him about ice fishing and many other things. He did a lot of carving of birds and ducks. Bill did all of his own taxidermist. He did beautiful paintings, woodworking and built furniture.

He is survived by his sister Eunice Lowes of Ft. Lupton, Colo., six nieces, and one great niece.

Bill was preceded in death by both of his parents, bother Leroy, bother Harold and sister Alice Norris.

Cremation completed by Vets Funeral Home.

There will be a memorial at a later date. ❖

John S. “Jack” O’Brien

John S. “Jack” O’Brien, 74, of Gandy, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa.

Jack was born December 31, 1939, in Pierre, S.D., the son of Samuel and Elsie (Kellogg) O’Brien.

He grew up in the Valentine, Neb., area, graduating from Valentine High School in 1958.

Jack continued his education at Wayne State College, receiving his teaching degree in physical education and industrial arts. He played football for the Wayne State Wildcats, being named all-conference offensive tackle for what was then called The Nebraska College Conference.

Jack taught and coached in Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona. The highlight of these years was coaching his Wilcox, Ariz., football team in the Arizona High School championship game.

His career choice left his summers free to pursue his passion for rodeo; competing in steer wrestling. He was a PRCA Gold Card member.

In later years, Jack’s chosen event was cutting. He truly enjoyed riding a good horse, watching a good horse work, and making many good friends.

Jack married Connie Hodgson, September 22, 1984, on Connie’s grandfather’s ranch near Livermore, Colo. In 1993 Jack moved back to his Nebraska Sandhills with his wife Connie. They purchased their present home in Gandy, Neb. Here they have made many friends who have become like family.

At the time of his death, Jack was doing what he enjoyed — traveling around the country employed as a truck driver.

Jack treasured time spent with family and friends, reliving old memories and making new memories.

Surviving him are his wife Connie; sister Helen (Bob) Farrell of Green Valley, Ariz.; in-laws Lee and Bev Hodgson of Platteville, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held May 19, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton. Interment was in the Loup Valley Cemetery, west of Stapleton, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the Jack O’Brien Memorial Fund. ❖

James Foy Beeman

Jim Beeman, 71, formerly of Lodgepole, Neb., passed away suddenly May 13, 2014, in Saint David, Ariz.

Jim was born in Albany, Ore., and spent his youth on his grandparent’s ranch in Callaway, Neb. The family moved to Littleton, Colo., where he attended high school. He attended colleges throughout Colorado on rodeo scholarships. He spent his entire life in the cowboy lifestyle — working on ranches; rodeoing (he is a gold card holder in the PRCA); building saddles of all types; owned a rodeo equipment company; put on rodeo schools — always encouraging young people and showing them the right way; western stores; western sales rep; he was an artist — doing wonderful leather interior accent pieces and moose horn carvings; and most recently owned an art gallery in Saint David, Ariz., while still working with leather.

He was a professional bull rider when he met the love of his life in 1971. They shared many adventures; good times and bad; joys and sadness; visited places some only dream of and were planning an extended trip to the Pacific Northwest this year. His hoy was rodeo and he spent hours watching the PBR and envying those young men wishing he were young enough to ride again — so we can only imagine what he is doing now.

Jim was first and foremost a cowboy, and then a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, bother, in-law, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife Cindy; sons TJ (Darla) and Casey (Lisa); daughter Kristie; grandchildren Demi, Macy and Kaleb; mother; sister; mother and bother-in-laws; nieces; nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Boone, and his father-in-law Larry Iverson.

Jim wanted to help others and so he participated in a donor program and his ashes will be scattered in his beloved Montana when his family and friends can gather. ❖

Robert M. Turner

Robert Merrill Turner, 82, passed away January 29, 2014, from lung disease. He lived most of his life in Walden and Jackson County, Colo.

Bob was born October 16, 1931 to Harvey Oliver and Erna Lena Turner of Coalmont, Colo. He was one of 10 children.

Bob started school at the Butler one room school. It held grades one through eight and Bob was the only student in his grade. He went to hight school at Jackson County High School and graduated in 1950.

He went to Alaska right after graduation and worked that summer in the gold fields. When he returned he enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and became a member of the Seabees which was a construction unit to build roads, airstrips and buildings as bases for the soldiers in combat zones during the Korean conflict. Bob acquired his knowledge in steelwork, welding, heavy equipment and surveying. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

Bob’s main interest in life was ranching. He grew up on a ranch, managing ranches and owned ranches. He loved the hay operation and working with cattle and horses. He was also a “cat skinner” for Forest Service Timber Stand Improvement and Road contracts and building and reclaiming oil well locations. He took great pride in doing good work. Bob was also the dozer operator at the Saratoga landfill for several years and received an award from the state of Wyoming for the cleanest and best kept landfill in Wyoming in 1991.

Bob is survived by his wife of 46 years Millie, son Kurt (Tamera) of Casper, Wyo., daughter Marilyn of Walden, Colo., stepson Dan (Teresa) Unger of Augusta, Kan. Grandchildren: Lindsey and Shawn Turner, Daniel, William and Robert Unger VanFossen, Dakota and Phoenix Erickson. Also step grandchildren: Micheal, Stephany and Chris and many neices and newphews along with three sisters, Lillian Turner, Mildred Mooring and Patrica (Ronald) Sanders.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles, Harvey, Herbert, Richard and sisters Hazel Weatherwax, Marilyn McNew.

He is greatly missed by those who knew and loved him A reflection of life will be held July 19, 2014, at the Wattenburg Center in Walden, Colo., at 1 p.m. Come eat, laugh and tell stories with us. For more information please contact mit80480@yahoo.com. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 5-24-14

May 27, 2014 — 

James Foy Beeman

Jim Beeman, 71, formerly of Lodgepole, Neb., passed away suddenly May 13, 2014, in Saint David, Ariz.

Jim was born in Albany, Ore., and spent his youth on his grandparent’s ranch in Callaway, Neb. The family moved to Littleton, Colo., where he attended high school. He attended colleges throughout Colorado on rodeo scholarships. He spent his entire life in the cowboy lifestyle — working on ranches; rodeoing (he is a gold card holder in the PRCA); building saddles of all types; owned a rodeo equipment company; put on rodeo schools — always encouraging young people and showing them the right way; western stores; western sales rep; he was an artist — doing wonderful leather interior accent pieces and moose horn carvings; and most recently owned an art gallery in Saint David, Ariz., while still working with leather.

He was a professional bull rider when he met the love of his life in 1971. They shared many adventures; good times and bad; joys and sadness; visited places some only dream of and were planning an extended trip to the Pacific Northwest this year. His hoy was rodeo and he spent hours watching the PBR and envying those young men wishing he were young enough to ride again — so we can only imagine what he is doing now.

Jim was first and foremost a cowboy, and then a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, bother, in-law, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife Cindy; sons TJ (Darla) and Casey (Lisa); daughter Kristie; grandchildren Demi, Macy and Kaleb; mother; sister; mother and bother-in-laws; nieces; nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Boone, and his father-in-law Larry Iverson.

Jim wanted to help others and so he participated in a donor program and his ashes will be scattered in his beloved Montana when his family and friends can gather. ❖

Pauline Edna Shineman

Pauline Edna Shineman, 97, of Riverton, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, at Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Pauline was born on May 30, 1916 to Otto and Bertha (Lippstreu) Kahrs on a farm south of Wilcox, Neb. Her family moved to Spring Valley, north of Riverton, three years later.

In 1929 she graduated from eighth grade at Crystal Springs School and in 1933 Pauline graduated as valedictorian from Riverton High School. Afterwards, she attended Teachers College in Kearney, Neb., and taught in country schools in both Franklin and McPherson counties.

On January 1, 1936, she married Virgil Shineman of Riverton, Neb. After their marriage they moved to the Sandhills of Nebraska to begin ranching.

In 1945, they adopted Myron from the Nebraska Children’s Home when he was 8-months-old.

Pauline loved life on the ranch and was very active in her church.

In 1982 Virgil and Pauline moved into Tryon, and after his death in 1983, she remained in Tryon until she moved to North Platte in 1993. She resided in Centennial Park Retirement Village for 19 years until moving to Mountain Vista Retirement Village in Wheat Ridge, Colo., in 2012 to be near family.

Pauline loved God, her family, friends, music and reading.

She is survived by her sister –in- law, Lorraine Kahrs of Franklin, Neb.; nieces, nephews, and many other dear relatives and friends who will miss her greatly.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil; son, Myron; her brothers, Richard and Robert; and sister- in- law, Betty.

Services were held May 20, 2014, at the Franklin Cemetery in Franklin, Neb.

A memorial has been established in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

John S. “Jack” O’Brien

John S. “Jack” O’Brien, 74, of Gandy, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa.

Jack was born December 31, 1939, in Pierre, S.D., the son of Samuel and Elsie (Kellogg) O’Brien.

He grew up in the Valentine, Neb., area, graduating from Valentine High School in 1958.

Jack continued his education at Wayne State College, receiving his teaching degree in physical education and industrial arts. He played football for the Wayne State Wildcats, being named all-conference offensive tackle for what was then called The Nebraska College Conference.

Jack taught and coached in Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona. The highlight of these years was coaching his Wilcox, Ariz., football team in the Arizona High School championship game.

His career choice left his summers free to pursue his passion for rodeo; competing in steer wrestling. He was a PRCA Gold Card member.

In later years, Jack’s chosen event was cutting. He truly enjoyed riding a good horse, watching a good horse work, and making many good friends.

Jack married Connie Hodgson, September 22, 1984, on Connie’s grandfather’s ranch near Livermore, Colo. In 1993 Jack moved back to his Nebraska Sandhills with his wife Connie. They purchased their present home in Gandy, Neb. Here they have made many friends who have become like family.

At the time of his death, Jack was doing what he enjoyed — traveling around the country employed as a truck driver.

Jack treasured time spent with family and friends, reliving old memories and making new memories.

Surviving him are his wife Connie; sister Helen (Bob) Farrell of Green Valley, Ariz.; in-laws Lee and Bev Hodgson of Platteville, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held May 19, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton. Interment was in the Loup Valley Cemetery, west of Stapleton, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the Jack O’Brien Memorial Fund. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 5-19-14

May 19, 2014 — 

John Ralph Walter

John “Jack” Ralph Walter, 84, of La Junta, passed away April 14, 2014 at his residence.

Jack was born in La Junta on December 27, 1929, son of the late Reuben James and Pearl (Clinger) Walter. One of 10 children, Jack entered the world at a time of little prosperity in America, during the depression.

Jack had been a cowboy, trucker and rancher all his life. He began breaking colts at age 12. At age 14, he made his first claim to fame at the La Junta Kids Rodeo by earning the title of Top Hand. In 1948, he took third place in amateur bronc riding at Cheyenne, and in 1950, he won the all-around title at Eads by taking first place in saddle bronc, bareback bronc riding and bulldogging. During this same time, Jack was driving a truck and hauling livestock for ranchers, but continued with his love of rodeo.

In 1951, Jack took a four year vacation from trucking and rodeos and joined the Navy. He served on a destroyer in the Korean War as Torpedoman’s Mate Third Class. He was Honorably Discharged from the service in 1954, and returned to La Junta to his truck driving.

Jack married Shirley Blakney on January 23, 1957, and they soon after started a beautiful family of three rowdy and ornery boys. In 1963 they purchased a trucking business from his father-in-law, John Blakney, and began operating the Jack Walter Trucking Company.

Jack and Shirley continued with the trucking business, as well as his interest in rodeo. This time, however, his interest and love for rodeo was through his three boys. He was actively involved with the boys in their rodeo, including serving as a pick-up man for several years. In fact, when his youngest son, Jim won the Colorado State High School finals in 1981, Jack hazed for him the entire year. He was not only Jim’s hazer, but his biggest fan. The family traveled all over Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming, participating in the Little Britches Rodeo.

Jack and Shirley sold the trucking business in 1977, and he continued as a self-employed Rancher/Cattleman and cowboy in the La Junta and Higbee Valley for the remainder of his life. He enjoyed working cattle, horses, and spending time with his grandkids. He instilled within his grandkids, who endearingly called him “Poppy,” his love for cattle and riding horses. As retirement became more visible to Jack, he purchased a boat, and enjoyed taking his boys and grandchildren on fishing trips.

At the end of a long and honorable life, Jack could be found riding in his little green Ford Ranger, heading to Higbee to remain involved in his family’s farming and ranching operation. You could also find him buying roses or splitting a hamburger with his wife at the Hogsbreath. And, ever the devoted cattleman, he never missed a Tuesday cattle sale.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Blakney Walter of the family home; children, Mike (Debbie) of Olney Springs, Colo., Alan and Family of Los Angeles, Calif., and Jim and Family of Higbee, Colo.; sisters, Mary Jane Hesslink of Ordway, Colo., and Edith (Lloyd) Hall of Delhi, Colo.; brothers, Rev. William Walter of Olathe, Kan., and Tom (Glenna) Walter of Rocky Ford, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, son William “Billy”, three brothers, Grant, Bob and Alan Walter; two sisters, Ruth Rafferty and Wanda Walter.

Services were held April 17, 2014 at the First Church of the Nazarene Church in La Junta, Colo. Interment followed at the Fairview Cemetery. ❖

Truth N. Colvard

Truth N. Colvard, 99, passed away May 8, 2014.

She was born August 26, 1914, near Douglas Okla., daughter of Freemont and Minnie Bayor.

Raised on a wheat farm, Truth enjoyed the outdoors throughout her life.

During the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, Truth attended CSC at Edmond, Okla. She financed her college education by teaching every other year in the rural school that she attended growing up.

Truth married Ralph B. Colvard in 1940. Following the oil boom first to Indiana, they had two children, Gene and Joyce. Then on to Montana where Nancy and Dorita were born. Finally, a move to Sterling, Colo., became a permanent home.

Truth will be remembered in Sterling as a gifted and giving teacher at Sexton and Pantall (Stevens) Elementary schools for 30 years. She helped many students prepare for spelling bees and instilled an appreciation of art. After retiring she tutored adults in the Laubach Literacy program.

Truth was a member of the First Baptist Church and was involved in its many activities over the years. The church was her home away from home and she was instrumental in the plans for the new church built in the mid 1970s.

After retirement Truth was able to enjoy the great outdoors even more, fishing in the Rockies with her son Gene. She loved to golf at Riverside, hiked in the Southwest and continued her education by attending Edlerhostle classes in several states. She also loved to watch and keep scorecards for baseball, whether it was local or professional.

Truth was a long time member of Alpha Delta Kappa, teacher sorority, AAUW (American Asso. of University Women), and PEO, Philanthropic Education Organization, promoting educational opportunities for women.

Truth is survived by her daughters Joyce Douglas, Nancy Pew, and Dorita Brady. Truth had close relationships with her eight grandchildren, Geoff and Scot Lucas, Bryan and Brent Colvard, Walker and Nikolas Pew, Stacy and Tyler Brady. Great joy lit her face when she spent time with her eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her brother Bob and his wife Nadine, husband Ralph, son Gene and his wife Wanda Kay.

Services were held May 13, 2014 at Ward Road Baptist Church in Arvada, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to Truth’s favorite charity, Navajo Missions, P.O. Box 1230, Farmington, N.M., 87499. ❖

Gerald Oren Sievers

Gerald (Shorty) Oren Sievers, 86, passed away on May 2, 2014 in Wray, Colo.

He was born April 9, 1928, in Parks, Neb. Shorty was one of the two sons born to Oren Mark Sievers and Stella Maybell Singley Sievers.

Shorty married Alvina Arleen Calkins on June 3, 1954, and to this marriage four children were raised, Randall LeRoy, Mark Duane, Cindy Lou and LeLand Lester. Shorty was Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Step Grandpa to several.

Gerald was well known in Wray, Colo., and in several areas where he had lived in his past years. He was always busy with different clubs and organizations.

Shorty had spent 18 years working for the Colorado Game, Fish and Parks Division of Wildlife which he enjoyed. Shorty always had a hand in everything and was a big dreamer that was always coming up with different things to build and how to make things better, and if he had the chance to make an extra dollar with improving something he would. Shorty was also known by the community as the guy they could always call if they had something that they needed hauled. “Dad would tackle any load with his one ton pick-up and trailer whether it was tied down or not he would head down the road.”

Gerald was a very active member of the Wray Masonic Lodge No. 71, and the Akron Masonic Lodge No. 26. In 2013 Gerald received his 50 year recognition pin from Lodge No. 71. Through the Masons and the Shriners Shorty earned his Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, his Knights of the York Cross of Honor, The Colorado York Rite of Freemasonry, The Royal Order of Scotland, The Sterling Commandery Number 35 Knights of Templar and the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees. Gerald had held several offices in his years with the Mason’s and held this organization dear to his heart. Most people in surrounding counties knew Shorty as the gentleman with the miniature semi that he ran in every parade that he could make it to with the Shriners. Gerald was also a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his time that he spent in the Korean War. His other passion was the Boy Scouts of America which he has been an active member for several years and had just received a plaque at the 2014 Scout Show for being one of the original members that organized the show 25 years ago. He was known to always be there to help the Troops, Crews or Leaders whenever needed. Gerald’s son’s Randall, Mark and Leland, Grandsons Casey and RJ Sievers and Great Grandsons Kyle Sievers, and Wyett and Wade Martin have followed in his path with his love for scouting.

Shorty is survived by his children, Randall Sievers, Mark Sievers and wife, Shawnna, Cindy Knight, Leland Sievers and wife, Jewell; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Alvina, and brother, Carl Sievers.

A funeral service was held May 8, 2014, at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colo.

Memorials may be given to the Wray Scouting Foundation, c/o Chester Zwirn, 24568 Co. Rd. FF, Wray, Colo., 80758. ❖

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