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July 31, 2015 — 

Francis Johnson

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

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July 20, 2015 — 

Scott Walck

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

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July 13, 2015 — 

James (Jim) Allen Jones

James (Jim) Allen Jones, 62, of Greeley, Colo., passed away in his home on June 18, 2015, following a two year battle with cancer.

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July 6, 2015 — 

James M. "Jim" Pavlisick

James M. “Jim” Pavlisick, 81, of Paonia, Colo., passed away June 21, 2105, at his home.

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June 29, 2015 — 

Clinton R. “CR” Franklin

CR Franklin, 95, passed away June 6, 2015, in Caldwell, Idaho, after moving there just a few weeks previously to be close to family.

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June 22, 2015 — 

James R. Grumbles

James R. “Jim” Grumbles III, 76, passed away May 18, 2015, in Greeley, Colo.

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June 15, 2015 — 

William L. Morrison

William L. Morrison, 88, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away April 26, 2015, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

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June 8, 2015 — 

Jarrell M. Massey

Jarrell M. Massey passed away March 26, 2015, in Rangely, Colo.

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June 1, 2015 — 

Donna Kay Dier

Donna Kay Dier, 72, of Longmont, Colo., passed away April 29, 2015.

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May 27, 2015 — 

Henry Lanckriet

Henry “Hank” Anthony Lanckriet, 91, of Julesburg, Colo., passed away March 3, 2015.

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May 18, 2015 — 

Alan Dailey

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

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May 11, 2015 — 

Charles “Chuck” Sis

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

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May 4, 2015 — 

Della Lange

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

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April 27, 2015 — 

Clyde Cook

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

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April 20, 2015 — 

Balyn Keen Brent

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

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April 13, 2015 — 

Kenneth Hartman

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

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April 6, 2015 — 

Nell May Perrett

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

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March 30, 2015 — 

Duane Clyde Bartels

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

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March 23, 2015 — 

Fred Patterson

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

Fred was born August 14, 1934 to Fred and Annie Patterson.

Fred was raised and attended rural schools in Weld County.

He served in the service for the United States Marine Corps.

He was a single father who raised three children which he was very proud of. In 1980 he married Fern Patterson which he gained three step-sons.

Fred was dedicated to his family and worked at Longmont Packing where he retired.

He loved animals. He raided sheep, chickens, ostriches, a pig and goats. He was an avid hunter. He loved to fish and watch sports.

Fred is survived by his wife, Fern Patterson; daughters, Connie Patterson and Debbie Patterson; son, Rick Patterson; stepsons, Dennis Orbach, Bob Orbach, and Kevin Orbach; sisters, Ethel Wilson and Elsie Seal; and brother, Roger Patterson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ted Patterson and Charles Patterson; sisters, Hilda Birsall, Agnes Brunner, Ruth Brawner, Amy Terry and Pearl Ryan.

Service were held March 13, 2015, at Crossroads Church in Ft. Lupton, Colo. ❖

James R. Schmaltz

James (Rick) Schmaltz, 76, of Delta, Colo., passed away March 10, 2015.

He was born on September 9, 1938, to Adam Frank and Margaret Kathryn (Mildenberger) Schmaltz in Olathe, Colo.

He grew up on a farm on Garnet Mesa.

He married Janice L. Tefft in May 1957. They later divorced.

Rick worked at Western Tanning for 29 years as the warehouse foreman.

He moved some of his family to Rock Springs, Wyo., and worked for an Oil field business for four years before moving back to his own little farm north of Delta, Colo. He also worked for San Juan Produce, and Tuxedo Corn in Olathe, Colo. There he learned to drive the corn picking machines, and later hauled corn from the field to the cooler/warehouse. He was also known for working at Hi-Q for numerous years during packing season. He also did custom farming in the area.

Rick enjoyed hunting with his son and family, and spent many weekends and days, drowning a worm, and sometimes catching a fish. He also was seen every morning at a coffee clutch with friends at Butch’s Cafe or the Stockyards Restaurant. He liked shooting the bull, and spending time with his large family, especially at pot lucks and barbecues.

Rick is survived by five children; Richard of Delta, Colo., Debbie (Tom) Clark of Delta, Colo., Alvin of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Oman, Steven (Nikki) Schmaltz of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Robin (Terry) Dalpiaz of Delta, Colo. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Three sisters, Elanore (Bill) Timbrook of Concord, Calif., Kay (Moe) Durbin of Hoodsport, Wash., and Pat (Alvin) Chick of Delta, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews, also by his best friend for 20 years, Debbie Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, John, Andrew, Adam Jr., and Edward, also by seven sisters Betty, Ann, Marie, Marge, Barbara, Bertha, and Bea.

A celebration of Rick’s life was held March 21, 2015 at IOOF (Oddfellows) Lodge No. 116 in Delta, Colo. ❖

Donald Allen Welch

Donald Allen Welch, 85, of North Platte, Neb., passed away March 10, 2015 at the North Platte Care Center.

He was born August 6, 1929, in North Platte, Neb., to Robert Allen and Iliean Grace (Litz) Welch. Don grew up south west of Paxton, Neb., attending District 8 school through the 11th grade when he finished early to hunt and farm with his family.

He farmed the family homestead his entire life.

He entered the US Army in April 1951, serving in the Korean War.

On September 11, 1951, he married Cassie L. Bryant in Paxton, Neb.

After his discharge, he returned home to start his family and continue his love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing and trapping. Don’s life centered around his family, hunting, and the outdoors. He did not know a stranger, would bail anyone out of jail once, and did not expect anything in return!

Survivors include his wife, Cassie of North Platte, Neb.; children, Becky Vandewalker, Pat ( Teresa) Welch all of North Platte, Neb., Diane (Leo) Gonzalez of Lexington, Neb., Mike Welch of North Platte, Neb., William (Judy) Welch of Paxton, Neb., Tom Welch of North Platte, Neb., and Gina (Scott) Covington of Fredricksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Matt ( Crystal) Welch of North Platte, Neb., Melissa (Mike) Logan of DeSoto, Mo., Austin Welch of North Platte, Neb., Jeremy (Mandy) Evans of Hastings, Neb., Sadie (Brad) Worthing of Lexington, Neb., Jesse (Lacie) Evans of Elwood, Neb., Chloe Gonzalez, Barron Gonzalez both of Lexington, Neb., Kolby Welch of Ft. Collins, Colo., Willy Welch of Omaha, Neb., Audrea Welch and Emily Welch both of Paxton, Neb., Max Covington and Alex Covington both of Fredricksburg, Va.; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Cooper of Lincoln, Neb; numerous other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Cecilia Rice; grandchildren, Molly Welch, and Connor Covington.

Services were held March 14, 2015, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Paxton, Neb. Burial followed at the Paxton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Charge Syndrome Foundation for the disabled.

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Simon Moore Jr.

Simon Moore Jr., 62, of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away March 13, 2015.

Simon was born December 1, 1952, in Kirbyville, Texas, to Simon Moore Sr. and Marie Moore. Simon was very proud of both his Coushatta Indian and Irish heritage.

Simon was a student at Elizabeth High school in Elizabeth, La., and Pitkin High school in Pitkin, La., and attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.

Simon’s true passion was roping and he was the best header he knew, he was a golfing legend in his own mind, believed you should “Love Purple and Live Gold,” was a true coyote and prairie dog terminator and turkey slayer, the bartender of the Broken Arrow Arena Saloon and teller and re-teller of tall tales and the infamous Facebook fire starter.

Simon was a member of the Rancheros Visitadores part of Los Paisanos camp (ride on Paisanos), United States Team Roping Championship, World Series of Team Roping, and Perry Park Country Club.

He spent countless hours as a volunteer for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Board of Directors, C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), Semper Fi Fund, Wounded Warrior, Mountain States Circuit Finals Timed Event Director, and Director of Jim R. and Bonnie White Memorial Roping to benefit Colorado High School Rodeo Association.

Simon was a huge advocate for the C.A.S.A benefit roping, auction and kid’s fun day. He was a youth baseball coach and a very animated grand stand coach for his granddaughter’s volleyball games.

Both personally and professionally there wasn’t a selfish bone in his body, and through his business Town and Country Foods he made countless donations to a wide range of charitable causes.

He was drafted into the Army in 1971, he was a true patriot that believed in God, Family, and his country. He stood true to his beliefs and never backed down, right or wrong, especially when he was wrong.

Simon was a man of Faith, he held tightly to his precious Savior Jesus Christ. Salvation was his armor, and the Bible was his sword. He faithfully supported his church and his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Simon is survived by his wife Brenda Barr Moore (B. Moore), his daughter Kim (Kimbo) and husband Scott Bailey, his son Scott (Boo) Moore, granddaughters Aubri and Hanna Bailey, stepson Seth and wife Beth Sneller, Uncle Jimmy Moore, brother Tony Moore, sister Sandy Moore, brother Danny Moore, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, father-in-law Bennie Barr Sr and wife Donna, mother-in-law Elle Barr, two of his oldest friends Andy Anderson and Johnny Manual, and an abundance of close and dear friends (Simon never met a stranger), and his faithful companions Otis and Hank (the first dogs to ever live in his house).

He was preceded in death by his father and best friend Simon Moore Sr., Uncle Dee Moore, Cousin Randy Davis and Ma T.

Services were held March 20, 2015 at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Semper Fi Fund ( or CASA Advocates for Children, 166 Main Street, Elizabeth, Colo., 80107. ❖

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March 16, 2015 — 

Robert E. Nazarenus

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

Bob and his twin bother were born on February 21, 1932 to Philip and Mary Nazarenus in Torrington, Wyo., the second to the youngest of 13 children.

Bob grew up in the Severance/Windsor area and worked on the family farm until he joined the Navy in 1952. He served on the troop carrier USS Barnett and was stationed in Guam. After his tour of duty he was sent to Treasure Island in San Francisco, then on to San Diego Naval Destroyer Base.

He returned home on leave and married Mary Lou Weigle on September 5, 1952, a union that lasted 62 years.

Bob also served on the USS Okanoga which took him to Japan, Okinawa, and the coast of Korea, and was honorably discharged.

While stationed in San Diego, their first child Robbie was born; then came Cindi Lou, Chuck and Gi Gi. He immediately got a job at Denver Water as a load control supervisor where he worked for 36 years, retiring at age 58.

He was very active in sports, playing softball for the Denver Water Board teams, coaching his boys baseball and football and bowling with his family on a team named Bob-a-Lou. He was also an avid Broncos and Avalanche fan.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 109 in Windsor and joined the Holy Family Men’s Club where he worked the beer booth every year at the annual bazaar.

Bob was committed to his faith, family and friends

Bob loved to dance, going out almost every weekend — mainly Dutch Hops and Polkas. He would even dance while waiting in line!

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou, children Rob (Kathy), Cindi Lou (Lee) and Chuck; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister Edith and brother Milton.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, siblings Alex, Mary, Thelma, Linda, Esther, Eleen, Ben, Bud and Roy and his daughter Gi Gi.

Services were held January 3, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church. ❖

Miriam Tittmann Moreng

Miriam Tittmann Moreng, passed away Feb. 6, 2015.

Miriam married Robert E. Moreng in 1950 and together they lovingly raised a family including: George (Sylvia), Nathan (Robin), Jon (Carol), Diane (Garry), Michael, Charlie (Mary), and Joseph (Janet), all whom survive. She was blessed with fourteen grandchildren: Kate, Jared, Aaron, Kelsey, Jesse, Lauren, Melissa, Stacey, Bridget, Justin, Carley, Kevin, Audrey, Amy, and one great grandson due in May.

Miriam and Robert moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1955 where Bob became head of the poultry science department at Colorado State University. Miriam enjoyed her years working on the family farm and Diamond Peak Ranch. She was once employed at CSU as a seed analyst.

Miriam accompanied Bob to foreign countries and after his passing in 1995 she traveled to Africa, rafted the Grand Canyon, visited Mexico, and enjoyed trips within the USA. She was a true adventurer, never afraid to consume a fried grasshopper, bake a pinto bean pie, or make endless products from rhubarb.

Miriam was a gardener by every meaning of the word. She found peace and reflection in her bountiful vegetable gardens, and joy in raising and nurturing farm animals and pets. She always loved turtles.

Miriam’s interests included art, reading, weaving, baking, bee keeping, and writing. She loved fishing on Diamond Peak Ranch and was able to continue this passion through her late 80s. Miriam seldom complained and exhibited toughness during life’s challenges.

Miriam’s wish was that she be cremated. A celebration of her life will be held in the spring. ❖

John E. Davidson

John E. Davidson, 73, of Las Animas, Colo., passed away suddenly on February 16, 2015, at his home.

He was born on June 5, 1941, to Neil and Dorothy (Crays) Davidson in Las Animas, Colo.

John married Sherry Lyons on November 12, 1981.

John graduated from Las Animas High School where he played with the two time state basketball championship team. He graduated from Iowa State University, attending there on a full ride basketball scholarship.

Following college John spent the remainder of his life on the family ranch. He spent his entire life on the family ranch. Ranching and grandkids, kids in general, were his life.

He recently became a board member of the Las Animas-Bent County Community Center and was a well respected member of the community.

John was a husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend to everyone.

John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sherry of the family home; children, Carrie (Randy) Babb of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tonya (Boyd) Bender of Las Animas, Colo., and Brad Davidson; brother, Robert (Brenda) Davidson of Las Animas, Colo.; grandchildren, Luke (Aimee) Babb of Kansas City, Mo., Wyatt (Kaelina) Babb of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lindsey Babb of Colorado Springs, Colo., Hailey Davidson, and Broc and Hannah Bender of the family ranch in Las Animas, Colo. And a soon to be great-grandson, Raylan Jackson Babb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Dorothy Davidson and his in-laws, Bob and Maxine Lyons.

Services were held Februaqry 21, 2015, at the Las Animas-Bent County Community Center.

Memorial donations may be made to the Seed and Supply Church, 736 Ash, Las Animas, Colo., 81054 or to the Las Animas-Bent County Community Center or to the Bent County 4-H. ❖

Mary Ann Alverson

Mary Ann Parrish Alverson, 72, of Loveland, Colo., passed away February 28, 2015.

She was born August 29, 1942, in Carey, Texas, to Arthur Leo Parrish and Tressie Lavena (Williams) Parrish.

She married the love of her life Ronald Lee Alverson on April 15, 1961, in Boulder, Colo., and they enjoyed 48 years together.

She was very dedicated to her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She worked in the family businesses, the Boulder Color Center in Boulder and Mountain View Welding in Longmont. She joined husband Ron on the road when he worked for Longmont Foods. She also cleaned houses for several years and made many friends along the way.

Mary Ann also loved the outdoors where she spent a good deal of time gardening and enjoying animals. She truly enjoyed studying God’s word with her church Shepherd’s Chapel and loved sharing her faith and understanding with family and friends.

She is survived by brothers Clarence Parrish of Texas, Lonnie Parrish of Alaska, three children, Chris Alverson and wife Julie of Loveland, Colo.; Kevin Alverson of Gravette, Ark.; and Julie Schmidt and husband Jason of Gravette, Ark., nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ronald, parents Leo and Tressie and brothers Vaughn and Jesse.

Services were held March 14, 2015, at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland, Colo.

Donations may be made to the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter. ❖

Allen “Al” Knott

Allen “Al” Knott, 101, of Arthur, Neb., passed away March 5, 2015

Al was born September 27, 1913, at the family farm northwest of Albion, Neb. He was the third child of eight children.

In 1936 he traveled from Albion to Grant, Neb. In August of 1939, he married Dorothy Ott of the Grant area. To this union three children Karol, Doug, and Tim were born.

Al and Dorothy worked for Walt Haythorn, ran a garage in Arthur, Neb., and then moved to the Storer ranch east of Arthur in 1951. In 1962 they moved to the Trego ranch, 15 miles west of Tryon. Dorothy died in August of 1969.

Al married Nellie Wheeler Walz in 1970. Al and Nellie moved from the Schick ranch to Arthur in 1973. He worked at the Arthur Ranch Supply from the mid 1970s until 2011, when the business closed. Al and Nellie liked to square dance and enjoyed their many friends and relatives. Their home was always open to visitors and overnight guests. Nellie passed away in 2005.

Al loved to play cards, especially bridge and 500. He had a passion for gardening and many have enjoyed a free watermelon from his patch.

Al was a member of the Arthur Baptist Church, Zion Lodge 234 of Hyannis, A and A Scottish Rite Freemasonry of Alliance, and the Ogallala Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his children: Karol (Ed) Cooney of Arthur, Neb., Doug (Verdena) Knott of Sun City, Ariz., and Tim (Shelley) Knott of Arthur, Neb.; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his step-children: Louise (Johnie) Hendrix of Washburn, Mo., Jerry (Judy) Walz of Cody, Neb., Marv (Theo) Walz of Arthur, Neb., eight step-grandchildren, 12 great-step-grandchildren, and three great-great-step-grandchildren. Also two sisters: Phylis Michel of Albion, Neb., and Betty Miller of Omaha, Neb.

He is preceded in death by grandchild Shawn Cooney, step-grandchild Del Rae Walz, step grandchild Royce Slack, two sisters and three brothers.

The family chose cremation. Service were held March 12, 2015, in the Arthur Baptist Church

Memorials have been established to the Shriners Children’s Hospital and the Arthur County Betterment Authority. ❖

William Norman Michal

William Norman Michal, 75, of Flagler, Colo., passed away March 2, 2015 at the St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Norman was the sixth child of Frank and Ida (Kuhl) Michal. He was born on May 4, 1939 in Flagler, Colo.

He attended country school near his childhood home northwest of Flagler until consolidation in 1951. After his father died in April 1955, Norman and his mother moved into Flagler. Norman graduated from high school in 1957. During this time he continued to help on the farm.

After graduation Norman went to Fort Collins to attend CSU and help his brother, LaVern, at his gas stations. He only went to one year of college but he did earn his pilot’s license while there. Norman had a love of flying and gave many rides to family and friends along with helping to search for cattle and/or people. He also enjoyed buzzing folks on the ground. People called him “Storming Norman”. Norman spent many years crop dusting for Nelson Stake, owner of the Flagler Airport. He farmed northeast of Flagler when he wasn’t flying.

He married Vivian Schaal of Burlington, Colo., in 1969 in Scotts City, Kan. Norman, Vivian, and her children, Dian, Sherry and Duane made their home in Flagler, Colo. After their marriage dissolved, Norman lived on his farm.

In February 1999 Norman married Joyce Parrish of Yuma, Colo. Together they enjoyed many trips sightseeing and visiting family and friends by car and motorhome.

Norman never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. Through these trips they met many new friends.

Norman had served on the board of the Flagler Equity Coop. He was past coordinator of the Flagler Civil Defense of Kit Carson County. He was actively involved in the local Lions Club and went on to become the 1984-1985 Sixth Southeast District Governor. Through the years he was a member/officer of the Big Sandy Amateur Radio Club and other antique car and Ham radio clubs.

Norman is survived by Joyce, his brothers, David (Gwenn) Michal of Sterling, Colo., and LaVern Michal of Enterprise Ala., many cousins, nieces and nephews, Joyce’s mother, five children, 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ida Michal, his sisters, Helen (Lee) Ellsworth, Florence (Alfred) Dorsey, Eunice (Jim) Shaw, their husbands and sister-in-law Kathy Michal.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held May 3, 2015, from 1-5 p.m. at the Michal Farm. Lunch will be prepared by the Flagler Lions Club.

Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 98, Flagler, Colo., 80815.

Memorials may be made to the Flagler Lions Club in care of the High Plains Bank, Box 158, Flagler, Colo., 80815. ❖

Carl Lee

Carl Lee, 78, of LaPorte, Colo., passed away March 3, 2015.

He was born December 1, 1936, in Sturgis, S.D., to Bud and Margaret Lee.

The family moved to Frasier, Colo., for a short time until his Dad bought the 600 Ranch in Stove Prairie in 1943 where they raised cattle and operated a sawmill.

Growing up he had adventures with his brother Dean that most boys only dream about. He graduated from Cache La Poudre High School in 1955, and joined the Navy the following year, realizing after three days that he had made a mistake.

On September 8, 1958, he married Eloise Williams and they shared a wonderful journey for 56 years.

Carl worked hard from a young age skidding logs down the mountain behind a horse to their sawmill and off-bearing the sawed lumber. Over the years he held various jobs including being Head Herdsman at American Breeders Service. He took over the family ranch in 1977 from his Dad and operated it for 14 years until it sold in 1993.

Carl had a special connection with horses, livestock and children. He was one of the best horsemen God ever created, and was often referred to as the last of the real cowboys. After losing most of his sight and riding a horse was no longer possible, he bought a colt “Little Bit,” and broke him to pull his wagons that he built. The two of them were often seen throughout the LaPorte and Bellvue areas.

He most loved breaking his colts, riding out to check his cattle in the mountains, elk hunting, the road trips he and Eloise took throughout the U.S., family, friends, and a good cold beer.

This amazing man set the standards for hard work, honesty and love so high that most men cannot even imagine achieving what he was. He never knew a stranger and would do anything for anyone in need. So very, very many friends loved Carl. In his last few weeks he often said “Well, It’s been a good ride!”

Carl is survived by his loving wife, Eloise; daughters, Lorri (Pat) McGregor, Debbi (Denny) Hodgson and Cindi Lee, all of this area. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one brother, Billy Lee and countless friends who loved and respected him.

Preceding him in death were his parents and brother, Dean.

Contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.

Services were held March 9, 2015, at Wellington Community Church. ❖

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March 9, 2015 — 

William Kenneth Caldwell

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

He was born to the late Willie and Ivy Seaton Caldwell, February 17, 1925, in Grahamville, Ky.

Kenneth graduated from Metropolis Community High School in 1943.

Kenneth had a passion for flying and attended Aviation Cadet Training in 1943. But by 1944, the Army needed reinforcements. Though disappointed, he faithfully served his country during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946, earning three service citations.

In 1951 he received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Denver and married Jane Schwob.

Kenneth worked as a Directory manager for U.S. West, until his retirement in 1984.

Kenneth never forgot his rural roots and the importance of family. He often spoke fondly of farm life, eagerly lending a hand at his daughter’s farms both in Colorado and Montana.

Kenneth often shared family photos, old stories and genealogies with his children. His love of beekeeping, traced back to his grandfather. He played the trombone and guitar and enjoyed singing harmony — his love of music no doubt kindled from sitting next to his mother as she played the piano — his love of growing things, inspired by her as well. His simple but elegant rose garden will be one of the family’s fondest memories of him.

Kenneth was fascinated with wood working. Over his lifetime he designed and built furniture, restored antiques, and with his love of the west and horse drawn vehicles, built an authentic Concord Stagecoach in the family garage. Kenneth was also an accomplished architect and successfully planned and built two homes for his family. The work was tedious but leant itself to his patient and precise nature.

Kenneth’s mind seemed to never stop — he always kept a file of drawings and detailed notes of his ideas in his workshop. Many of his inventions were ahead of his time but would appear in his children’s generation — brought to fruition by others — while Kenneth tended to a busy home and work life.

Above all, Kenneth will be remembered by close friends and family as bright, optimistic, gentle, sincere and caring, always eager to share his wisdom and experience — ready in an instant to lend a helping hand to anyone, no matter what their station in life. A man at peace with himself and his accomplishments, always hopeful, not looking to go, but with his strong faith, ready when the time came. A loving son, husband and father who always took time to smell the roses and taught others to do the same.

Kenneth is survived by his wife: Jane Caldwell, of Lakewood, Colo.; daughters: Deborah Skow of Keenesburg, Colo.; and Carolyn Withrow of Holyoke, Colo. He is also survived by his nephew Craig Marshall of Parker, Colo.

Kenneth did not want a formal memorial service. But his family and friends will honor him with a living memorial — leading their lives by his example. Be patient and persistent, be generous to others, be OK with what is but always strive for more, love and support your family, and never stop looking for the beauty in life. ❖

Paul “Soapy” William Gardner

Paul “Soapy” William Gardner, 95, of Yuma, Colo., passed away and February 20, 2015, at the Yuma Life Care Center.

He was born in Denver, Colo., November 21, 1919, the only surviving child of John William “Bill” Gardner and Florence “Floss” (Paul) Gardner.

Paul grew up in Yuma, Colo., working at the family’s implement business from the time he was a young boy and playing football long before the days of Yuma Indian’s proud colors of red and white — somewhere in the basement is his Yuma Cornhusker’s purple and gold team sweater. Paul graduated from Yuma High School in 1937 and attended CU Boulder, graduating in 1942 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. It was during his college days that he received his nickname “Soapy.” Apparently, there were four “Pauls” in the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity house and since his initials were “P & G” (as in Procter and Gamble), he was from then on known as “Soapy.”

On April 7, 1942, Paul was inducted into the U.S. Army. While on leave, he married Julia “Anne” Bewley on November 14, 1943, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Denver. Paul met Anne while she was visiting her Aunt Stella Vaughn, former owner of Hotel Yuma. The couple honeymooned at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and then made their home in Brownwood, Texas, where Paul was stationed until the summer of 1944. Anne returned to Colorado when Paul was transferred to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. During his furlough, before he was deployed to France during World War II, their first son, Paul “Soapy” Jr., was born October 15, 1944.

Throughout his years in the Army, Paul worked in various field and general hospital units in France and sent weekly, sometimes daily, correspondence to his “folks” and wife and son, detailing his travels and sights in his near-perfect penmanship. In a letter dated August 9, 1945, he wrote of the “new atomic weapon” he had heard about on the Truman radio address, following the August 6 bombing of Hiroshima. In this letter, he talked of his hopes that the war would soon end. His wishes came true, and in January 1946, he was discharged from the Army.

Once back from the Army, Paul and his family lived at 220 W. 2nd Avenue and soon welcomed a second son to the family. John Winton was born on Anne’s birthday, September 7, 1948. Paul was proud to work with his dad at Farmers Implement, buying into the business in 1949 and beginning plans to build a ranch-style house just one block south of his childhood home, where his parents still resided. In 1950, Paul, Anne, their two boys, and dog, Brownie, moved into their forever home at 501 S. Birch Street, where he resided until he entered the Yuma Life Care Center in December 2011.

Working at Farmers Implement — often seven days a week — until 2011, Paul carried on the father-son tradition of the family business with John, who began his career as an implement dealer following his graduation from CSU in 1970. Paul’s longtime business partner, Howard Crowley, sold his share of the business to John in 1990. John eventually bought Paul’s share as well, allowing Paul to slow down—though he still worked every day, sometimes enjoying an extended lunch hour with his newfound “retirement”, and proudly using his manual typewriter and balancing the books to precision. When thinking about Paul’s hobbies, it’s easy to conclude that he viewed Farmers Implement not only as his career, but as a true passion and even as his hobby. He spent many Sundays “at the store” and later picked up “Annie” for a trip to Woody’s Drive-In and a country drive to see the crops. He loved the golden wheat and green corn fields and always worried about the weather.

Paul was a member of the United Methodist Church, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion and Masonic Lodge, and a former member of the Yuma Hospital Board, County Fair Board and Lions Club.

He was a patient and kind husband and accompanied Anne on many Denver shopping sprees, always happy to carry her purse and coat, as well as those of the grandkids who often tagged along. As a couple, they also enjoyed playing Bridge together.

Paul loved his boys and seldom missed any of their events—he even attended most of his grandchildren’s events, by then answering to the name “Grandad” and usually wearing his IH, and later Case IH, work shirts. Paul threw the football and baseball to his boys and grandkids, never seeming to tire. He mowed his yard and scooped his walk for years longer than he should have. He trimmed the rose bushes, and once, in an overzealous attempt to “clean up the yard”, he pulled out all of Anne’s beloved gooseberry and raspberry bushes—never would he hear the end of that one. Each Christmas, he happily hung his wooden snowman and “Hi” on the front on the house and greeted visitors with a “Ho, Ho, Ho”.

When he wasn’t at work, Paul loved to travel, taking his extended family on vacations to Texas, Oregon/Canada, Hawaii and many weekend trips to Denver for fancy meals and plays at the Buell Theatre. Paul and Anne continued traveling as long as they could with the Heritage Club and were known for their many visits to see their grandchildren, and eventually great grandchildren.

In 2004, Paul attended the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. During this trip, he was asked to speak at the National Archives, where his tales of his years in the war were recorded and will forever remain. Also in 2004, though not on his Washington, D.C. trip, he met President George W. Bush and proudly gave framed copies of their picture shaking hands to his family that Christmas.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Gardner; son, Paul “Soapy” Gardner; parents, John William “Bill” and Florence “Floss” Gardner; baby brother, John Wilmer Gardner; and father- and mother-in-law, George and Verla Bewley. He is survived by son, John, and wife, Cindy Gardner; grandchildren, Robert Woodward (wife Cheyenne), Lisa Gardner-Pettigrew (husband Aaron and son Caden Kokes), Jeff Woodward (wife Angela), Cory Gardner (wife Jaime and children, Alyson, John Thatcher and Caitlyn) and Paul William III “Trip” Gardner.

He was a hard worker, loyal husband, dedicated father, and proud grandad and great grandfather. His family likes to think of him standing beside Annie in Heaven, holding her purse and admiring the fields in the perfect weather—no hail or drought and always just the right amount of rain, and best of all, only International Harvester tractors.

The Memorial Service was held Monday, March 2, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Yuma Methodist Church in Yuma, Colorado, with Pastor Jaime Nieves officiating. The inurnment followed at the Yuma Cemetery, directed by Baucke Funeral Home. ❖

William “Everett” Segelke

William “Everett” Segelke, 86, passed away February 23, 2015, on his ranch near Hillrose, Colo.

He was born July 5, 1928, in Brush, Colo., to F. W. “Bill” and Lusine (Friedrichs) Segelke.

Everett attended and graduated from Roosevelt School near Merino, Colo.

After graduation he spent two years serving in the US Army stationed in Germany.

Shortly after his discharge, Everett met Ruth Helen Wiebe at a square dance in Sterling, Colo., on April 24, 1954. They were married on the same date one year later. They were married almost 60 happy years. They spent those years raising their family and ranching the same land that Everett spent his entire life on.

Everett’s faith was very important to him, raising his family to share his love of God. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church until it combined with Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Morgan, Colo., and name was changed to Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church. He served as an elder for many years.

Everett was an expert fence builder, excelling at making them straight and tight. He was a well-known horseman and for years had a band of mares and a band of mammoth donkeys. He also raised and sold many colts and mules. He had many friends and customers far and wide and enjoyed those relationships. He was very social and loved to visit. He loved to attend horse auctions across the country and enjoyed taking his family along. He always enjoyed draft horses and working teams of horses. Everett loved all type of livestock work. He was able to spend his lifetime doing what he loved — building fence just moments before his passing. He and Ruth loved music, especially attending bluegrass festivals with friends.

Everett is survived by his wife, Ruth; three daughters, Kim (Vic) Vondy of Sterling, Colo., Arlene (Darrell) Smith of Yuma, Colo., Naomi (Pat) James of Carr, Colo.; two sons, Chris of Brush, Colo., and Glen of Atwood, Colo.; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, Francis (Gwendolyn) Segelke of Brush, Colo.; Burlie (Shirley) Segelke of Hillrose, Colo., and Wesley (Marty) Segelke of Englewood, Colo., and many esteemed nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Susan.

Services were held February 28, 2015, at the Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church in Fort Morganm Colo. Interment was in the Merino Cemetery. ❖

Eddie Swendener

Eddie Ray Swendener, 67, of Mullen, Neb., passed away February 23, 2015.

Eddie was born on March 13, 1947, in Mullen, Neb., to Ray and Mary (Carr) Swendener.

He went to rural school K-8th grade north of Mullen, Neb. He went to Mullen and graduated high school in 1966.

He was drafted into the Army in 1969. He served in Germany for two years as a mobile artillery mechanic.

After coming home he worked at various construction jobs, the village of Mullen, school bus driver, at Buchfinck Ranch fencing and other various jobs.

Eddie is survived by his mother Mary Kravcisin of Mullen, Neb., two brothers, Rod Swendener of Mullen, Neb., and Ted (Bonnie) Swendener of Mullen, Neb., three nephews, four nieces, seven great-nephews and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his father and both sets of grandparents.

Services were held March 4, 2015, at the Mullen Funeral Home. Inurnment was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.

Memorials may be given to Mullen American Legion Post No. 109 or VFW No. 5541. ❖

Norman Peterson

Norman Clay Peterson, 79, of Eaton, Colo., passed away February 25, 2015.

He was born in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., on September 12, 1935, to Julius and Koneta Peterson.

He grew up in Wild Horse, Colo., and graduated from Kit Carson High School in 1953. He then attended Otero Junior College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Northern Colorado.

Norm felt blessed to have worked in a variety of fields in his career. He was a brick layer, teacher, coach, personnel director of Monfort, owner of The Greeley Hat Shop and crop insurance adjuster.

He married Margaret on May 11, 1968, in Loveland, Colo. Their children are Cathi Fulton, Cindy (Paul) Franks, Diana (Michael) Jacobs, Rocky (Susan) Peterson, Ricky (Judy) Peterson, Terri (Marty) Dahlgren, and Julie Geist.

Norm was a member of Lions Clubs for 46 years. He held every local, district, and state office. He was a member of the Galeton Community Church for 30 years and current member of the Briggsdale Baptist Church.

His interests included agriculture, woodworking, antique clock repair, and sports of all kinds. His family was the pride and joy of his life.

Norm’s survivors are his wife Margaret, seven children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 12 great grandchildren, and sister Glaida Craven of Kit Carson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merle and Allen Peterson, son-in-law Earl Fulton, and grandchildren Matthew Fulton and Melissa (Fulton) Nicklas. Also preceding him in death were four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.

Services were held March 2, 2015, at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, Colo. Interment at the Briggsdale Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Kersey Lions Club or the Matthew Fulton Memorial Scholarship in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, Colo., 80620. ❖

Twyla Mae Shadonix

Twyla Mae Shadonix, 90, formerly of Arnold, Neb., passed away February 26, 2015, at the Callaway Good Life Center.

Twyla was born on May 28, 1924, in Stapleton, Neb., to John M. and Edna A. (Willoughby) Layher.

She grew up in the area and attended country schools in Logan County, graduating from Stapleton High School in 1941. She took normal training while in high school and after graduation she taught in McPherson County. She later worked with her dad at Gunderson Plumbing in North Platte, Neb.

On April 4, 1945, she married Charles “Owen” Shadonix at St. John’s Rectory in Stapleton, Neb. The couple lived on the farm on Garfield Table Road until 1961 when they bought the Remington Arms Motel in Ainsworth, Neb. After selling the motel in 1975 the family moved to North Platte, Neb., then on to Arnold, Neb., around 1978 and built a home there. In 2011 she moved to the nursing home in Callaway, Neb.

Twyla enjoyed knitting, crafts, shopping and was a good cook. She also belonged to St. John’s Catholic Church and the Busy Country Homemakers Extension Club.

Twyla is survived by four nieces Sharon (Chub) Dailey of Stapleton, Neb., Glenda (George) Winters of Garden City, Kan., Vickie (Kevin) Curtis of North Platte, Neb., and Debbie (Larry) Myers of Stapleton, Neb.; a nephew Duane (Jeroldine) Schlientz of Almogordo, N.M.; as well as numerous great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Owen in 1991; and a great-great nephew Zachary Winters; two sisters Ethel (Clarence) Pinkerton and LeVerna (Leslie) Schlientz; and an infant brother Orville Layher.

Services were held March 4, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial followed at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the Callaway Good Life Center. ❖

Esther E. Holscher

Esther E. Holscher, 94, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away Feb. 26, 2015, at Indian Hills Healthcare.

Esther Elizabeth Holscher was born November 11, 1920, in Jansen, Neb., the daughter of Heinrich and Marie C. (Bier) Funkner.

She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. She received her early education in Jansen.

Following her fathers’ death in 1930 the family relocated to Paxton, Neb., to be closer to family.

Esther graduated from Paxton High School in 1938 and then continued her education at Kearney State Teachers College. In 1941 she began her teaching career in Keith County at a rural school and later in Ogallala Public Schools.

On January 23, 1959, Esther married Ernest Holscher and they made their home on the family farm southeast of Ogallala, Neb. She became a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies’ Aid. She volunteered in other church activities including Vacation Bible School.

In 1965 the Holschers adopted three children Renee, Jae and Yvette.

In 1983 Esther and Ernest moved into Ogallala, Neb. Esther moved to Wel-Life Assisted Living in 2007.

Her hobbies included sewing, gardening and keeping her flowers beautiful. Esther also volunteered at Indian Hills Manor and as a Pink Lady at the Ogallala Community Hospital.

Survivors include her children Kim (Dan) Dobson, Jae Holscher, and Yvette Unruh; and nephew Ron (Evelyn) Siffring. Four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Ernest in 1994, daughter Renee Hawley in 1982, three grandchildren Kenneth, Tara, and Marie; and six brothers and sisters.

Service were held March 2 , 2015, at St. Johns Lutheran Church, southeast of Ogallala, Neb. Interment followed in the Ogallala Cemetery. ❖

Danny D. Cotten

Danny D. Cotten, 75, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away March 1, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.

Danny was born on February 26, 1940, to Clyde D and Bertha Z. (Dodge) Cotten in Paonia, Colo.

He spent his childhood in Crawford, Black Mesa, and Crystal Creek. He went to school in Crawford and graduated in 1958. He has resided in Hotchkiss for the past 35 years. On July 1, 1960, Danny married Nola Belle Cruse in Delta, Colo.

Danny was a member of a nondenominational faith that meets in homes. He was part of the Hotchkiss Crawford Historical Society.

His interest included hunting and history.

Danny is survived by his loving wife Nola Belle (Cruse) Cotten from Hotchkiss, Colo.; his two sons: Mick and spouse Dawna Cotten, and Kent Leon Cotten both of Hotchkiss, Colo.; his three daughters: Dana and spouse Jordan Bogue of Grand Junction, Colo., Nila and spouse Bob McCuaig of Post Falls, Idaho, and Cari and Spouse Todd Coston of Bakersfield, Colo; and two sisters: Nita Brandon and Bonnie and spouse Gary Hess both of Crawford, Colo. Danny is further survived by 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde D. and Bertha Z. Cotten

Service were held March 7, 2015, at Hotchkiss High School in Hotchkiss, Colo., with an internment at Garden of Memories in Crawford, Colo. ❖

Theodore Ralph “Ted” Correll

Theodore Ralph “Ted” Correll passed away February 26, 2015, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

Ted was born on August 10, 1930, to Frank and Eva (Whittaker) Correll at their home south of Wallace, Neb. He attended grade school in rural Lincoln County, near Wallace, and graduated high school from the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis in 1947. The family moved to their ranch home in McPherson County, south of Tryon, in 1946.

Ted married Lois Lavon Daly on March 16, 1951.

He worked at various ranches, including Storer Land and Cattle Company from 1951-1953. In 1953 they rented a farm/ranch east of Ringgold, until 1967, when they purchased his folks’ ranch, south of Tryon. In 1992 they sold the ranch and retired to North Platte, Neb., where they have since resided.

Ted served on rural school boards, the Agricultural Stabilization Committee for thirteen years and served on the Miller Cemetery Board for nineteen years. Ted enjoyed golfing and was always ready for a card game.

He and Lois were parents of three sons, Gerald Eugene, Douglas James, and Bruce Edward.

Ted is survived by his wife, Lois; sons, Gary (Deb) Correll of North Platte, Neb., Doug (Marlene) Correll of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Bruce Correll of Broken Bow, Neb; grandchildren, Allen (Jen) Correll, Ryan Correll, Kyle (Emily) Correll, Erin (Chris) Fortier, Sara (Nate) Luehrs, Geoff Correll, Bridget Correll; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Clarence (Evelyn) Correll and Jim (Della) Correll; sister, Evelyn Daly; sisters-in-law, Rita Correll, Ilene Daly, and Linda Paxton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Walter (Jack) and Clara Daly; a brother, Lenard (Rusty) Correll; brothers-in-law, Gerald Pyzer, Emory Daly, Ron Paxton, and Art Daly; and great-grandson, Jesse Tyler Correll.

Memorials may be made to Callahan Cancer Center, Great Plains Health Hospice, or donor’s choice.

Services were held March 2, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial was at Miller Cemetery near Tryon, Neb. ❖

Clint Edward Loyd

Clint Edward Loyd, 78, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away peacefully on February 27, 2015. He was surrounded by his family at Aspen House in Loveland, Colo.

A complete obituary and details of a Spring memorial service to follow. ❖

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Willard Henry Hofmeister

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

He was born October 14, 1926, in Haxtun, Colo., to the late Dan E. and Gladys (Switzer) Hofmeister.

His Father Dan, died suddenly from a ruptured appendix when Willard was 9-years-old. Being the oldest child in the family he took on lots of responsibilities.

Willard was a mail carrier at the age of 15.

He graduated from Holyoke High School, Holyoke, Colo., in 1944, and joined the Navy at age 17. He served during World War II on the USS Kula Gulf CVE 108.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 90 in Holyoke, Colo., and Disabled American Veterans.

On March 13, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Dela Prussman. They were married in the Methodist Church in Holyoke, Colo., to this marriage, their son Dan was born November 1, 1948. Their daughter Pam was born December 4, 1949, son Ryan was born April 7, 1951, and another son Terry was born July 8, 1952.

Survivors include his wife Neilia Hofmeister of Alba, Texas. Dan Hofmeister of Cumby, Texas. Pam Ertle of Sterling, Colo., Terry Hofmeister of Amherst, Colo., John Hofmeister of Austin, Texas, Billie Deel of Alba, Texas, Sally Hofmeister of Waco, Texas, sister and brother-in-law, Nelda and Dale O’Neal of Holyoke, Colo., Dela Prussman of Sterling, Colo., and Dolores Hofmeister of Fort Morgan, Colo.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dale, Melvin and Raymond Hofmeister.

Services were held December 27, 2014 at Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home chapel. Burial was in Salem Cemetery in Alba, Texas.

Memorials may be made to

Ronald Jerry Jaehn

Ron Jaehn, 70, of Eaton, Colo., passed away January 3, 2015.

He was born April 6, 1944, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Otto Paul Jaehn II and Goldie Irene Jaehn.

Ron attended Fort Collins High School then joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division deploying to Germany from 1961-1964.

He returned to Colorado where he made a career in HVAC, home inspection and home remodeling. They moved to Sheridan Wyo., in 1978 where they started their HVAC business. In 1985 they moved the company to Colorado Springs, Colo., and then to the Black Forest, Colo. They resided there until moving to Eaton, Colo., in 2004.

Ron was very skilled with his hands and built and remodeled several homes for his family as well as others.

Ron loved the outdoors and was happiest when he was hunting, fishing, or camping. He especially loved the trips he took with his son, stepsons, and son-in-laws to hunt and fish in Alaska, Wyoming, Nebraska and Monte Vista, Colo. They made some wonderful memories they will cherish forever. He loved spending time with his whole family. His home was always open and all were loved and welcome.

Ron is survived by his wife, Pat (Knaus); son, Sean (Annette) of Eaton, Colo.; stepdaughters, Tracy Blumenshine (Craig) of Riverton, Wyo., Nanci Loseke (Dave) of Sheridan, Wyo.; stepsons, Chris Rumley (Laurie) of Winchester, Tenn., Todd Rumley (Marla) of Loveland, Colo. Grandchildren, Trevor, Hannah, Seth and Jaehn, Courtney Heischman (Eric), Kyle Blumenshine (Caroline), Cody Blumenshine (Rachel), Jenna and Josh Loseke, Ryan and Sydney Rumley, Brock, Soren and Aubrey Rumley; great-grandchildren, Nixon, Jaehn and Stella Heischman. His sisters, Helen Laurence of Fredrick, Colo., Bobbi Ware of Longmont, Colo., Elaine Debruyan of Washington; brother, Fred Jaehn (Pat) of Mississippi; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death his parents; three brothers, Bill, Dick and Bud; and his beloved daughter, Heather Jaehn.

A memorial service will be held March 2, 2015 at 11 a.m., at the Cowboy Church, 33131 Hwy 85 in Lucerne, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Denkai Animal Sanctuary 36710 WCR126 Grover, Colo., 80729 or Hospice of Northern Colorado 2726 W 11th St Rd, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Thelma Bell

Thelma Bell, 94, of Craig, Colo., passed away February 3, 2015, in Steamboat, Colo.

She was born August 8. 1920, in Bovina, Colo., to Joe and Marie Busselle.

Her mother died when she was 6-months-old, so she was raised by her aunt until the age of six. Her father, a Rock Island depot agent, brought her and brother, J.B. to Norton, Kan., where she graduated from high school. Thelma then attended Colorado Women’s College and graduated in 1940, with a business degree.

After working a short time for the federal government, she married John G. Moore on April 12, 1941, brother to her college roommate, Norma Moore. The two worked in sawmill camps in Deer Trail and Green Ridge for John’s grandfather, Herb Moore. When World War II broke out, they moved to Hiawatha, Utah, to work in a coal mine, where two children were born, Virginia, (Ginni), and John E. They moved to Yampa, Colo., in 1952, where Linda joined the family in 1953.

While John worked in mining and ranching, Thelma worked as a reporter to the Steamboat Pilot, and secretary to superintendents’ at the SOROCO school system. John passed away in 1979, and Thelma continued the ranch enterprises, and worked at the Routt County Clerk’s office.

After meeting Wal Bell, a widower from Australia, they were married in November 1987. Traveling between Australia and Oak Creek, fulfilled Thelma’s desire to see the world, which she treasured very much. Wal passed away in 2000, and Thelma continued to travel until 2008, when she settled in Oak Creek for good.

Playing bridge and visiting with her friends and family fulfilled her life until she suffered poor health. Thelma played piano and organ for church, wedding, and funeral services for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Ginni Steele (Reg) of Mt. Gambier, Australia; son, John Moore (Jennifer) of Pine Haven, Wyo., daughter Linda Lamb (Tom) of Jackson, Wyo.; stepsons and daughters, Kate Hayne (Ed) Yampa, Colo., John Bell (Robyn) of Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, Jenny Holcombe (Brian) of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many friends in USA and Australia.

A memorial will be posted at a later date in June, 2015. Burial will be in the Yampa Cemetery. ❖

Robert Kidd

Robert Richard (Bob) Kidd, 67, passed away February 18, 2015, at his home in Eaton, Colo., surrounded by his loving family. He fought valiantly against throat cancer for over four years.

Bob was born December 21, 1947, in Albuquerque, N.M.

He attended schools in New Mexico and Colorado. He enrolled in the Navy and served his country as a Navy Seal.

Bob married Judy Ritter on March 30, 1970, in Aurora, Colo. They would have celebrated 45 years of marriage next month.

He worked in the construction industry his entire life as a heavy equipment operator, an estimator and a supervisor.

He was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local No. 9, the American Legion and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Bob loved the outdoors and enjoyed many hunting, fishing and camping trips with his family and friends. He was an avid Nascar and Denver Broncos fan, and he enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. Bob was a cowboy through and through and he embraced the western way of life. He loved all animals and they loved him back. He was a loyal friend and enjoyed hearing a good story.

He is survived by his wife Judy, his daughter Coleen (Tony) Lyman of Berthoud, Colo., his son, Andy (Julie) of Eaton, Colo., his grandchildren Lisa and Jesse Lyman and Dalton and Raeleigh Kidd, his large extended Ritter and Goman family, his best friend, Phil Chadwick and many other friends. He embraced being a brother-in-law and ‘Uncle Bob’ to many.

Services were held February 27, 2015, at Northern Colorado Cowboy Church in Lucerne, Colo.

Contributions may be sent to Halcyon Hospice at PO Box 177 Mead, Colo., 80542 or The Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kan., 66675.

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John H. Lousberg

John H. “Jack” Lousberg passed away on February 11, 2015 at his home in Sterling, Colo.

He was born on January 20, 1928, in Fleming, Colo., to Edward Peter and Mary Irene (Berg) Lousberg.

He attended New Haven, St. Peters Catholic, and Fleming Schools.

Married to Elda Rizzolo on June 4, 1955, they became parents to Terrie and Richard, who were born on the same day 11 years apart. Although he didn’t become “Grandpa Jack” until he was 80 years of age, he was blessed to receive Cade, Ciana, and Emoree all at once.

Jack loved being a farmer; the land and his family were the loves of his life. He was a great husband, dad, grandpa and brother. As a master of all trades with a streak of perfectionism, there was almost nothing he couldn’t accomplish; be it carpentry, mechanics, plumbing, or inventions to get the job done just a “certain way.”

Drafted into the U.S. Army on October 27, 1950, and trained at Camp Polk, La., Jack, along with the entire 45th Division Thunderbirds, was shipped to Korea in March of 1951. Sergeant Lousberg served on the front line for nine months and received three Bronze Service Stars for the campaigns of Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill, and Heartbreak Ridge. He was Honorably Discharged on August 16, 1952.

Active in his communities, he was lifelong members of the Elks Lodge 1336 and the VFW Post 7153 of Fleming, Colo.; he served on the Board of the Farmers Co-operative Elevator for 12 years, and was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Sterling, Colo., serving on the Church Council for several years. On March 19, 1990, he was honored as Conservationist of the Year for 1989 by the South Platte Soil Conservation District.

Jack is survived by his wife, Elda Rizzolo Lousberg; his daughter, Dr. Terrie Lousberg Poulos (Dr. Michael Poulos); his son, Richard Lousberg (Christa Kuntz Lousberg); and three grandchildren; Triplets, Cade, Ciana and Emoree. Additionally he is survived by sisters, Virginia Brown (Finnis), Betty Pimple (Wayne), and Sister Mary Clarice; brothers, Eddie Lousberg (Joy) and Larry Lousberg (Dwanna). He is also survived by his sister in-laws, Luella Lousberg and Helen Lousberg.

Preceded in death by his father and mother, and two brothers, David and Frank.

Mass of the Christian Burial was held February 14, 2015. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Jack Lousberg Memorial Fund in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P. O. Box 1547, Sterling, Colo., 8075l. ❖

Vicki Lee Kennedy

Vicki Lee Kennedy, 72, passed away at the family home on February 19, 2015.

She was born on November 24, 1942, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Gerald Laird and Vivian Webb Laird.

Vicki was home schooled and then attended many schools in such memorable areas as Homer, Alaska, Bryce Canyon, and Hawaii as her father was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. She had fond memories of the years growing up free spirited in many different isolated areas.

While attending high school in Coachella, Calif., Vicki met and married William R. Burrage. To this union two children were born, William David and Rebecca Ann.

She later moved to Akron, Colo., where she met and married Don King Kennedy. To this union two sons, Konnery King and Sean Kyle were born.

Her dedication and love for her family was unconditional and immeasurable. As her children were growing up, Christmas was especially important to her. She spent days and hours choosing the perfect tree, shopping for unique gifts, and stuffing stockings for her family. She loved to play cards with family and friends. She also enjoyed sewing clothes.

After the children were grown, Vicki and her husband Don bought a fifth wheel and traveled extensively. She also became very proficient on the computer and began to design multi-media presentations.

Left to mourn are her husband Don, daughter Rebecca Spiva, son Sean Kennedy, step-son Jeff Kennedy (Shawnee), grandchildren Tristan, Nicole, Ashley, Damon, David, Eric, Shelbe, Jakobi, and Jillian, and great-grandson Judel. She is also survived by brother Jere (Karen) Laird, sister Jackie (George) Bower, brother-in-law Bill (Julaine) Kennedy and numerous other family and friends both local and across the country.

Vicki was preceded in death by both of her parents and two sons, David and Konnery.

Vicki chose cremation and a memorial in her honor will be held at a later date. ❖

Gloria Jean Hansen

Gloria Jean “Jeannie” Hansen, 70, of North Platte, Neb., passed away February 21, 2015, surrounded by family at Great Plains Health after a bout with cancer.

Born January 19, 1945, she was adopted by Leonard and Marjorie Folchert of Wellfleet, Neb.

She attended elementary school in Wellfleet and high school at the UNSA campus in Curtis. She was united in marriage with Lawrence Delane Hansen June 10, 1962, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Platte, Neb. The first five years of married life were spent on the family ranch south of Maxwell, Neb. In 1968 they purchased from Jeannie’s parents the property near Wellfleet where she had grown up, and they lived there until 1989 when they bought a ranch in Cherry County, relocating to the Sand Hills. In 1996 they purchased a ranch southeast of Alliance, Neb. In 2002, wanting to return to the region where both had grown up, they traded the ranch at Alliance for a ranch at Stapleton. At that time Jeannie and Lawrence moved into a home north of North Platte.

She served as Sunday School teacher, was on the County Extension Board and 4-H Council, also serving as leader of an area 4-H club, was a member of Opal Springs Extension Club, the Cow Belles, and later worked in the cafeteria at Hyannis High School.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, legendary for her pies and other culinary skills.

She is survived by husband Lawrence Hansen and three children, Tom (Jill) of Wellfleet, Neb., Travis (Melody) of Stapleton, Neb., and Tammy (Ron) of Costa Rica; six grandchildren and one great grandchild; brother George (Marge) Spencer, brother-in-law Vernon Hansen, sister-in-law Florence (John) Shetler, sister-in-law, Virginia Spencer, and many other family members too numerous to list.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother John Spencer, brother-in-law Ned Hansen, sisters-in-law Cora Jane Hansen and Roberta Hansen, brother-in-law Stanley Grandstaff, and other family members.

Services were held February 26, 2015, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial followed at the Curtis Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer Center and online condolences may be shared at

Patricia Whitman

Patricia Ann Whitman, 83, passed away February 21, 2015.

Pat was born July 31, 1931, north of Fort Laramie, Wyo., to Clyde and Irene (Dearcorn) Wilson.

When she was 2-years-old, they moved to western Oregon where her Dad’s sister lived. She started school in Riddle, Ore., and when she was 10 they moved back to Wyoming. The rest of her schooling was in Torrington, Wyo., graduating from high school in 1950.

On October 1, 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Don Whitman.

In 1954, they moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where they raised their three boys.

Pat’s favorite things were being a “stay at home” mom, traveling, doing genealogy research, sewing, crocheting, reading, and working in her flower garden.

Pat was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 58 years and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Surviving her are her husband, Don; three sons, David (Ellen) of Laramie, Wyo., Larry (Debbie) of Brighton, Colo., and Warren (Mary) of Old Orchard Beach, Maine; a brother, Bill (Mary) Wilson of Chester, Idaho; a sister, Charlotte (Francis) Morgan of Riddle, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and a foster daughter, Cyndy (Stearns) Allen of Cambridge, Vt.; and two Goddaughters and their families.

Services were held February 25, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church.

Donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church or Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne. ❖

Betty Marie Bruce Nielsen

Betty Marie Bruce Nielsen, 77, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away February 23, 2015.

Betty was born on September 15, 1937, on the family ranch on Rogers Mesa to Charles and Edna (Stewart) Bruce.

The first of the sections of the ranch were bought in 1912 by her grandparents Sam and Marie Bruce. Betty lived her entire life on the ranch which was known as Bruce Farms and Orchards.

She graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1955. She attended Colorado A&M, now known as CSU.

Betty married Charles Lewis Nielsen on September 15, 1957. They had three children; Kathy, Suzy and Scott. They later divorced.

In 1976, Betty went to work for the Neill Agency and became a multiple licensed insurance agent. She also worked for the Whiteside Agency in Delta, Colo., and the Brooks Insurance office in Montrose, Colo. She was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Western Colorado and held the office of Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-President of IIAWC.

In later years when she retired, Betty was employed by the Delta County Memorial Hospital as a CNA for Delta Montrose Home Health Services.

Betty was very involved in her children’s activities while they were growing up and in the community.

Betty loved fresh air, the outdoors, nature, landscaping her yard and the uncomparable beauty of the Western Slope. She always told her children, grandkids and great-grandkids that she would rather look at what God made than what Man made.

Betty is survived by her two daughters: Kathleen “Kathy” Joann Brown and spouse, Brian and Suzanne “Suzy” Marie Conner and spouse, Jack, all of Amarillo, Texas; a brother, Charles Roger Bruce of Johnstown, Colo.; Seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Edna Bruce and her son, Scott Erik Nielsen.

Services were held February 28, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made in Betty’s memory to the North Fork Ambulance Association, P. O. Box 127, Hotchkiss, Colo., 81419. ❖

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February 23, 2015 — 

Clay Roscoe Claus

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

Karen Joy Hnizdil, 76, of Eaton, Colo., passed away Feb. 12, 2015.

She was born in Sherwood, Ore., to Earl and Freda (Carlholm) Christensen.

She married Vern Hnizdil on August 25, 1957.

Karen graduated from Garden County High School and attended Colorado Women College.

She was a homemaker, family ranch hand and a great cook. She was an accomplished artist and enjoyed raising orchids and roses.

She is survived by her husband Vern Hnizdil; son Steve (Bridget) Hnizdil; sister Sandy (Dennis) Wallace; grandchildren Shawna (William) Harbour, Seth (Bailey) Hnizdil, Hannah, Emma, Luke, and Sam; great-grandchildren Ally, Jazlyn, Jayla, Anden, Little Doug and Kyla.

She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Freda Christensen; and her son Doug Hnizdil.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Front Range Equine Rescue of Pueblo in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Robert Gordon Williams

Robert (Bob) Gordon Williams, 80, of Hugo, Colo., passed away February 6, 2015, doing what he loved, taking care of his ranch.

He was born May 30, 1934, at home to Glyn and Mildred Williams, the youngest of four children.

Bob was united in marriage to Alice Trainer at Raton, New Mexico, on September 4, 1952. To this union two children were born: a daughter, Marleen and a son, Wayne.

Bob loved ranching and his family. He enjoyed taking care of his cattle and his horse, Bucky. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with his grandkids. He loved his home and the love of his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Alice, daughter Marleen Pfost, son and daughter-in-law Wayne and Billie Williams all of Hugo, Colo., and sister Frances Chitwood of Wellington, Kan. Also surviving are grandchildren Christopher Pfost, Stacy Deal and fiance’ Jeff Tebo, Jared and Sheryl Williams, Shanna Williams and fiancée Brian Kopp, great grandchildren; Kylie and Kaelan Deal, and a new baby Williams that the family will be blessed with in the fall, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding Bob in death was his parents and two brothers.

Bob’s life journey began and ended on the place he loved most!

A Memorial service was held for Bob February 13, 2015, at the Karval School Gymnasium in Karval, Colo.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital In Care of Alice Williams, 20151 County Road 22, Hugo, Colo., 80821.

Please visit to sign our online guest book or to send your message of condolence to the family. ❖

William H. Elder Jr.

William H. Elder Jr., 90, passed away February 8, 2015, at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Neb.

Bill was born north of Hemingford, Neb., on the family farm/ranch April 23, 1924 to William H. and Christina (Gasseling) Elder, Sr.

William grew up on the family farm-ranch milking cows, raising hogs, cattle, chickens, horses, wheat, oats and other various crops. He rode his faithful pony Mary Legs to school as a small child.

Bill graduated from Hemingford High School in 1942. After high school he continued farming/ranching and did some part time construction work.

On October 13, 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in World War II in Japan. William was assigned with Service Company 35th infantry regiment 25th Division as a rifleman and truck driver. He fought in the battle of Luzon and was honorably discharged on November 23, 1946. Bill received the Army of Occupation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was also the recipient of the Philippine Liberation ribbon with one Bronze Star.

Upon returning home he met and married a wonderful woman, Doris M. Gregg on November 22, 1951, at St Bridget’s Catholic Church in Hemingford, Neb. To this union four children were born; James, Howard, Julie and Billie Jean.

He was a member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Hemingford Legion Post No. 9, Farmers COOP and the Hemingford Cooperative Telephone Company.

He was active in his family’s lives in everything, especially 4-H and FFA. He served as the Hog Superintendant for a number of years and faithfully attended the Box Butte County Fair; he also served as a Grand Marshall.

William is survived by his Son; James (Vicky) Elder of Marsland, Neb., Julie (Mike) Kresl and Billie Jean Elder all of Hemingford,, Neb. Daughter-in-law Barb (Max) Franey of Chadron, Neb. Bill is also survived by six grandchildren; James (Tammy) Elder Jr. of Hemingford, Neb., Valery (Chad) Bell of Alliance, Neb., Andrew (Samantha) Kresl of Hemingford, Neb., Sean (Shari) Franey of Beaverton, Ore., Blythe Franey of Chadron, Neb., and Nathan (Angela) Franey of Tucson, Ariz. He also leaves behind six Great Grandchildren; Cassie Elder of Chadron, Neb., Hadley Elder of Hemingford, Neb., Gavin and Gattlen Bell of Alliance, Neb., Gracey Franey of Beaverton, Ore., and Joeie Elizabeth Kresl of Hemingford, Neb. Sister-in-law Alice (Richard) Elder of Alliance, Neb., and host of cousins and friends survive him too.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Doris on February 15, 2009, his parents, his brother, Richard, his son, Howard, his aunts, Mamie Hollinrake, Lyda Kuhn, Rose Combs Rudisill, and Josephine Tschacher and his uncles, Lennis Rudisill (Elder), Clyde Elder and Frank, Edward, John, Leo, William, and Donald Gasseling.

Services were held February 12, 2015, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hemingford, Neb. Burial was in the Hemingford Cemetery.

Memorial Donations can be made to Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association or Chadron Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be left at

Annabel Harrington

Annabel Harrington, 93, passed away February 14, 2015, at her residence in Delta, Colo.

Annabel Lowe was born on February 20, 1921, to Bert and Winifred (Miles) Lowe in Cedaredge, Colo.

Annabel spent her childhood in Cedaredge graduating in 1939 from Cedaredge High School.

On August 31, 1940, Annabel married Keith W. Bond. He preceded her in death after 39 years of marriage in 1979. She then married Joseph Harrington in 1983. He preceded her in death in November 1986.

Annabel was a member of the Bridge Club. Her hobbies included gardening and playing bridge.

Annabel is survived by her daughter-in-law, Susan Bond of Delta, Colo., two granddaughters: Lezley (James) Cordova of Delta, Colo., and Robin (Rick) Tanski of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and one grandson, Jerrett (Liz) Bond of Grand Junction, Colo. She is further survived by six great-grandchildren: Zachary Cordova, Tylon Cordova, Colton Cordova, Eric Tanski, Kameren Bond and Kaden Bond.

Annabel was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Keith Bond; her husband, Joseph Harrington; her two sons: Warren Bond and Keith M. “Moe” Bond; five brothers and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held March 1, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta, Colo. ❖

Everett Eugene Harris

Everett Eugene (“Gene”) Harris, 79, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away February 15, 2015.

Gene was born February 5, 1936, in Burns, Wyo. He was the third of four children born to George Everett and Delila (Dilley) Harris. His siblings were George Harris (deceased), Pearl Gray of Downey, Calif., and Don Harris of Shawnee, Okla.

Gene grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Chadron, Neb., before graduating from Loveland High School. He attended California State University at Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif.

In his early years, Gene worked for Wyoming Hereford Ranch in Cheyenne, back in the days when cowboys still had a remuda of horses and when everything was done horseback. In his spare time, he competed in rodeos.

Gene’s cowboy and ranching experiences provided him a lifetime of colorful stories that he loved to share with his children and grandchildren who would plead with him, “Grandpa, tell us a story.”

He was a real cowboy and was definitely the “Dr. McDreamy” of his day, but in those days he was more likely to be referred to as a real “Marlboro Man.”

Gene deeply loved horses and was a farrier his entire working life. In addition to operating his own business, he taught farrier science at CSU. He assisted dozens of young men and women farrier apprentices in the establishment of their own farrier careers. Gene enjoyed difficult cases where he assisted in returning a lame horse to soundness. He believed in working hard and took the greatest enjoyment from his work and his customers. He enjoyed a successful career and was well respected by those in the Northern Colorado equine community.

In 1963, Gene married Wanda Morgan and together they raised their children.

Gene is fondly remembered as a man with a big heart, a true and loyal friend, and someone who never hesitated to help anyone in need.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda; his brother, Don, his children Diana Hollaway, Dennis Harris, and Marty Hoganboom; grandchildren, Lindsey (Troy), Keaton (Liza), Kayleigh, Katie, Raymond, David, Kyle, Sarah, Randy, and Jered; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, his brother, George, and his sons, Scott Hoganboom, Jerry Harris, and K.C. Harris preceded Gene in death.

A celebration of Gene’s life was held February 22, 2015, at The Lodge at Mackenzie Place in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Contributions can be made to the “Everett E. Harris Memorial Fund” c/o Alluntt Funeral Service. Donations will support a memorial scholarship awarded to an aspiring horseshoer. ❖

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February 16, 2015 — 

Marie Wissler

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

She was born February 16, 1919, in Adair County Missouri to James and Nancy (Norton) Cooper.

She attended local schools and graduated from Bible Grove High School in 1937.

Upon graduation, Marie worked in the glove factory in Kirksville, and during World War II she served her country as a worker at the ordinance plant by transporting explosives. After the war, she came to Colorado and worked at Shepard Citation.

On January 20, 1952, she and Roy C. Wissler were united in marriage at the Little Log Church, in Palmer Lake, Colo. Marie was Roy’s partner and helper on the family ranch northeast of Monument, Colo., throughout their life together while raising three daughters.. Upon Roy’s death in 1994 she remained on the ranch with her faithful dog Dolly until 2010. Marie was a loving wife and mother.

She was an active member of the Little Log Church in Palmer Lake, Colo., and the Women’s Missionary where she served her church, and community, in a variety of ways.

Marie is survived by daughters, Mary (Joe) Walker of Texas, Jane (Terry) Rust of New Mexico, and Brenda (Seth) Minster of Wisconsin; Sisters, Dorthy Shreve of Indiana, Betty Platz of Iowa and Katharine Haley of California. Grandchildren: Sara (Jason) Pettyjohn, David (Tara) Rust, Bethany (Josh) Spurgeon, Alexander (Stephanie) Minster, Adam (Nicole) Minster and Kelly (Jon) Walker and three great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband,two sisters and two brothers.

Services Were held February 11, 2015, at the Spring Valley Cemetery Chapel in Larkspur, Colo. Burial followed at the Spring Valley Cemetery. ❖

Pauline Julia Nicholson

Pauline Julia Nicholson, 84, of North Platte, Neb., passed away February 3, 2015, at Great Plains Health Center.

Pauline was born June 20, 1930, in Tryon, Neb., to Paul and Opal (Shriver) French.

She believed life is an adventure. Her first adventure was from birth to age 18, growing up in the Tryon area and graduating from McPherson County High School.

The second adventure began after meeting a young man named Don Nicholson who was running a café in Tryon, playing for dances and pitching baseball. Don and Pauline were married on June 26, 1948 and had three boys, Danny, Rocky and Monte.

The next adventure began in 1956 and lasted for eight years. The couple moved around finding work wherever they could. They lived in Kimball, Neb., Cheyenne, Wyo., Torrington, Wyo., Golden, Colo., Ord, Neb., and Arnold, Neb., finally returning to Tryon, Neb., in 1964 to open a café and run the Tryon Graphic.

Adventure number four lasted a while longer. During this time they still operated the café, plus she was the dispatcher for Don who was the McPherson County Sheriff. 1990 would begin her last adventure which was retiring to North Platte, Neb. She spent her lifetime enjoying her kids, grandkids, great and great great grandkids.

Pauline is survived by her husband Donald of North Platte, Neb.; sons Dan (Penny) of Oologah, Okla., Rocky (Pat) of Hershey, Neb., and Monte (Teresa) of Bryan, Texas; 11 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and sister Alice (Clayton) Dobbins of Riverbank, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law Arthur and Alma Nicholson; and two brothers Arthur and Buryl.

Cremation was chosen and a memorial service was held February 6, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Hershey Baptist Church and online condolences may be shared at

Herman G. Peterson

Herman G. Peterson, 90, of Kersey, Colo., passed away February 3, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born February 22, 1924, in Kersey, Colo., to Magnus and Anna (Eichner) Peterson.

He married Dorothy Jean Plumb on November 24, 1946 in Kersey, Colo.

Herman graduated from Kersey High School; he joined the Army during WWII (occupation of Japan); and after the service he farmed at home in the Kersey area. He was born, raised and lived in the same house in Kuner his entire life.

Herman enjoyed fishing, rodeo and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean Peterson; son Randy (Laura) Peterson; daughters Marsha (Ron) Baker and Sandy (Rodney) Roose; daughter-in-law, Connie Peterson; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Herman L. Peterson; and by eight siblings.

Services were held February 9, 2015, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Donna Jean Smith Wheeler

Donna Jean Smith Wheeler, 80, of Erie, Colo., passed away February 3, 2015, at Longmont United Hospital.

She was born March 31, 1934, in Westminster, Colo., to Gerald (Gerry) William & Doris Elizabeth (Payne) Smith.

While at college, she met the love of her life, Jack Chester Wheeler. They were married August 16, 1959, and were happily together for 53 years. She still lived on their family ranch near Erie raising cattle and riding horses.

After graduating from Westminster High School and Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), she taught for 29 years. As a P.E. teacher, she taught first through 12th grade for several years. Then she taught seventh through 12th grade at Erie Junior Senior High School. While working there she coached the first ever girls’ basketball team. Finally, she taught at Mead Elementary for 15 years.

Donna Jean actively helped put on the Colorado Senior Pro Charity Rodeo for 31 years. It was her passion to help children love to ride stick horses. She qualified for the National Senior Pro Rodeo 10 consecutive years.

Being passionate about horses, she served as a board member of St. Vrain Round-Up Club for many years and even when she was no longer able to participate she was overseeing events.

Donna Jean together with Jack shared her passion of teaching and working with young people. She was a 4-H leader of the Cloverleaf Riders Club for over 20 years. Together they coached and mounted many young people through High School Rodeo and 4-H. She was a founding sponsor of the Colorado High School Rodeo in Westminster, the first high school rodeo in Colorado in 1958.

She is survived by her two daughters: Dee Jay Smith and Jackie Carlson, a son-in-law Stener Carlson III, three grandchildren: J.T. Smith, Tristan Smith, and Brooke Carlson, her sister: Geraldine Highland, brother-in-law Larry Highland, and three nieces: Julie Lauridsen, Joy Daniell, and Teresa Dudden. She is survived by numerous other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by Jack Chester Wheeler, her mother Doris Elizabeth Payne Smith, her daddy, Gerald (Gerry) William Smith.

A celebration of her life was held February 10, 2015, at Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot Campus.

Donations are appreciated to the Boulder County 4-H Foundation in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. ❖

James Bowlin

James I. “Jim” Bowlin, 84, of Arthur, Neb., passed away February 3, 2015, in his home.

Jim was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Walcott, Ark., the son of Roy I. and Rosa Lee (Elliott) Bowlin.

He grew up on a farm north of Walcott, Neb. When he was 18 he came to Nebraska to pursue his dream of being a cowboy. He started his ranching career working for Bill Smith. The Smiths became life-long friends.

On August 2, 1951, Jim was united in marriage to Phyllis Hild. Jim worked at Frank’s Farm Equipment and various ranch jobs in the early years of their marriage. In 1958 they moved to Arthur to work for Meyers Land and Cattle Company. They lived at Box Lake Ranch, later moving to the Sillasen Ranch.

In 1963 Jim and Phyllis moved into Arthur, Neb. Jim worked for Ray Kramer and did custom haying. In 1965 Jim was appointed to finish Ray Kramer’s term as Arthur County sheriff, then was elected, holding that office for 13 years. In 1973 they moved to the Mahlon Johnson place where he ranched. In 1985 they moved to the Ted Frye Ranch were he continued to reside. Jim continued custom haying for the Triangle Ranch. Jim worked hard to achieve his dream of building a good herd and his own ranch. He was awarded the 2014 Rancher of the Year, Eldon Peterson Memorial Award.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis Bowlin of Arthur, Neb.; his son Neil (Shelley) Bowlin of Gurley, Neb.; two daughters: Carolyn (Red) Cerny of Arthur, Neb.; and Ronda (Alan) Haumann of Thedford, Neb.; one sister Ruth Ann Pollock of Paragould, Ark.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death brothers Lawrence Bowlin and Alton Bowlin.

Service were held February 6, 2015, in the Arthur High School Gymnasium.

A memorial has been established in his name. ❖

John Edward Gustafson

John Edward Gustafson, 89, of Greeley, Colo., formerly of Eaton, Colo., passed away peacefully on February 4, 2015, at Grace Pointe in Greeley, Colo.

He was born in Palco, Kan., on August 20, 1925, to H.R. and Bertha (Nead) Gustafson.

He attended school through his junior year at Galeton High. John served in the U.S. Army as a Control Tower Operator. When he came back from the service he started farming south of Galeton, Colo.

He married Doris Jean Brotherton, his loving wife of 66 years on June 30, 1948, at her parent’s home in Greeley.

He farmed in the Eaton/Galeton community until their retirement in 1996. At that time he enjoyed fishing with his family and fishing buddies and doing woodwork for his family.

He was a past Board Member of Production Credit Association and Agland, Inc. of which he found great joy in serving. John also was a member of the Galeton Lions Club, Eaton Country Club and the Eaton VFW. He was also a member of the Eaton Lutheran Church.

John is survived by his wife, Doris; son, Wayne and his wife Judy; daughter, Dee Ann and her husband Wayne; four grandchildren, Jodi (Troy) Freauff, Jami (Jeff) Kirkbride, Eric (Amanda) Gustafson, Shawn (Julie) Gustafson; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his five sisters, Muriel Carney, Doris Gish, Clara Simpson, Bernice Johnson, and Veda Heinze.

A celebration of life was held February 10, 2015, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “John Gustafon Memorial Fund” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Edward L. Wahlert

Edward L. Wahlert, 78, of Hillrose, Colo., passed away February 4, 2015.

Ed was born February 27, 1936, in Exira, Iowa, the son of Jim and Arlene Wahlert.

The family moved to Hillrose, Colo., in 1946. Ed graduated from Hillrose High School in 1954 and married Charlene Giauque in 1955. They farmed between Hillrose and Brush for a year before Ed enlisted in the Air Force; after four years, spent mostly in California the family returned to Hillrose.

In 1964 Ed went to work on the 22 Ranch between Hillrose and Merino and remained there for 50 years. Ed learned to be a cowboy from good friend Buck Jones and enjoyed “cowboying” for the rest of his life.

He was employed at Brush Livestock Commission for five years and then at Livestock Exchange, Inc. for 25 years.

Ed served as city councilman in Hillrose for eight years and as Mayor for three years. He was instrumental in the design and construction of the Hillrose Petteys Estates Memorial Park. He was also a major factor in the Hillrose water projects.

Ed is survived by his wife, Charlene, brother’s Verne and wife Patricia of Brush, Colo., Rich and wife Linda of Newport News, Va., and sister Betty and husband Tom Wiemann of Exira, Iowa. Four sons, Rick and wife Karen of Hudson, Colo., Jeff and wife Tanya of Grover, Colo., Ron and wife Reenie of Maypearl, Twxas, Scot and wife Chelle of Galeton, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Seth and Allison, Dirk, Wes, Austin and wife Justine, Jessica, Ross and wife Jossie, Owen, Colt, Cassidy, Colby, Melissa and Jennifer and six Great Grandchildren, Dakota Wryker, Raegan, Isaac, Sierra and Addison.

Services were held February 9, 2015, at Brush United Methodist Church in Brush, Colo. ❖

Violet Jane Stromberger

Violet Jane Stromberger, 86, of Windsor, Colo., passed away February 5, 2015, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., surrounded by her loving family.

Violet was born on June 11, 1928, at Ault, Colo., to Henry Jr. and Henrietta (Miller) Kissler.

She grew up near Ault, where her family farmed. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley. She attended schools at Wyatt and Gill until moving with her family to east of Peckham where she attended Big Bend School and graduated from College High School in 1946. She then attended Greeley Commercial Business College before working for Haefeli Optical.

When growing up, Violet’s older brother became ill; she then helped her oldest brother and dad on the farm and in the fields. This prepared her for 63 treasured years of marriage to Harry Stromberger which started on September 16, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Windsor. They actively farmed east of Windsor for 58 years where she helped her husband in the fields and feeding the livestock and chickens. They retired in 2009 and continued to manage the farm business. Violet was Harry’s right arm and business partner, being the reason for their success. She took pride in growing a large vegetable and flower garden.

Violet taught Sunday School at St. John’s Lutheran Church for a number of years and later was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She was a charter, life and active member in the Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. She served on the local board as membership chair from 1988-1992 and 1995-2009. During this time the chapter was recognized a number of times for early renewal and having growth with new members.

Together, they raised two children. Violet cherished the time with her family and was very proud of them. She will be remembered for being a wonderful, hard working farmer’s wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Violet is survived by her husband, Harry; children, Barbara Stromberger of Greeley, Colo., Daniel and wife Cindy of Sterling, Colo.; granddaughter-in-law, Kristyn Stromberger and great-granddaughter, Pacyn Stromberger both of Iliff, Colo.; sister-in-law, Mary Kissler and brother in-law, Emmanuel Eckas both of Greeley, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond and Roland Kissler; sister, Delores (Kissler) Eckas; sister-in-law, Mildred Kissler and her only grandchild, Jeffrey D. Stromberger.

Services were held February 12, 2015, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, Colo. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor, Colo.

Memorial gifts may be made in Violet’s name to” Bethel Lutheran Church” or “Northern Colorado Chapter of AHSGR” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Glen Dee “Red” Barner

Glen Dee “Red” Barner, 89, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away February 7, 2015, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte, Neb.

Red was born on July 31, 1925, in Stapleton, Neb., the second of eight children born to Chet and Edith (Utterback) Barner.

He graduated from Baker Rural High School in Stapleton, Neb., in 1944.

After a brief stay in California, Red moved back to Stapleton in 1947.

He married Leona Cash on June 23, 1948. The couple raised six kids, Joleen, Don, Glenda, Teresa, Kyle, and Trent. Lenona passed away in July 2010 after 62 years of marriage.

Red lived 87 of his 89 years 10 miles west of Stapleton, Neb., on the family farm. As a self proclaimed “Old Sandhiller” the Sandhills were his home.

Red loved farming and ranching. He still had a few cows two weeks before he passed. In addition to farming and ranching, he had a few other occupations in order to make ends meet — custom corn shelling, shearing sheep, and he was a licensed electrician.

He had a strong belief in service to his community, and was involved in many organizations, which included, the School Board, Elks Club, Fire Department, County Commissioner for 24 years, and Logan County Fair Board President for 35 years, starting in 1953.

Red got a kick out of “educating” the city folk, whether relatives or boy/girl friends as to how life was on the farm!

He enjoyed the mountains and visited Montana many times. Red kept his quick wit one line humor right to the end.

Rodeo was Red’s first love. He entered his first rodeo in 1944. The arena “fence” was made up of parked cars. His bareback horse made it out between two parked cars, he got his rigging back a week later. Red competed regularly statewide, as well as out of state from 1944 through the mid 60s. His regular events were, Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Dogging (steer wrestling), Bull Riding, and the Wild Horse Race. He won numerous events at numerous rodeos, including the Nebraska Amateur Cowboy Association All Around Title and Bull Dogging Title in 1953. He then dusted off his bull rope and bareback rig for the first Old Timers rodeo in Hyannis in 1974. He continued to compete and place every year in the dogging at the Old Timers Rodeo until winning the Bull Dogging title with a time of 7 flat at the age of 52.

Red helped produce rodeos throughout the state in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, while working for a couple different stock contractors, doing everything from “flanking” to Arena director. He liked the interaction with the cowboys, but more importantly he liked the handling and the performance of the stock, mainly the bucking horses and bulls. He followed rodeo right to the end, staying up late to watch the National Finals Rodeo in December. Red was a true “Sandhills Cowboy.”

Survivors include daughters, Joleen Blake, Glenda (Jack) Krebs all of North Platte, Neb., and Teresa (Steve) Facka of Dickens, Neb.; sons, Don (Joan) Barner of Wallace, Kyle (Veda) Barner of Big Sky Mont., and Trent (Marissa) Barner of Reno, Nev.; grandchildren, Casey Blake and Allyson (Mark) Dennis, Jay Dee Barner, Andy Barner, Koby Krebs, Justin Krebs, Shane (Ashley) Mathers, Malery Mathers, Tad Mathers, Stacy (Dan) Iske, and Deonna Smith; several great and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma May Christian of Arizona, and Pam Wright of Merna, Neb.; brothers, Myron (Jan) Barner of North Platte, Neb., Byron (Elaine) Barner of Lincoln, Neb., and Lemoyne Barner of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leona; brother and sister-in-law, Earl Dean and Leni Barner; sister and brother-in-law, June and Dean Hanna; and a son-in-law, Ken Blake.

Services were held February 10, 2015, at the Loup Valley Cemetery in Stapleton, Neb., on land donated by his grandfather.

Memorials may be made to the Loup Valley Cemetery and online condolences may be shared at

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February 9, 2015 — 

Bonnie Lou Sorensen

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

She was born June 12, 1933, in Fremont, Neb., to Louis and Edna (Johnson) Tank.

On April 20, 1952, in Fremont, Neb., she married Harold D. Sorensen. They moved to Lafayette, Colo., in 1966 from Creighton, Neb.

She worked as a seamstress and homemaker.

Bonnie was a very active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

She was a 4-H leader for many years and also enjoyed sewing, gardening, traveling, spending time with her family, and especially her grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by her husband Harold, son Rick Sorensen, three daughters Diane Wade, Wendy Mears, JoAnn Wolters, six grandchildren Chris, Karen, Mandy, Jennifer, Phillip, Brandi, and four great-grandchildren, Antonio, Emily, Ryker, and Leland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law, and her brother and sister.

Services were held November 29, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colo. ❖

Ronald L. Buderus

Ronald L. Buderus, 71, of Wisner, Neb., battled several illnesses over the years before passing away in his sleep on December 5, 2014.

He was born on March 11, 1943, the son of Ruben and Betty Buderus of Fort Collins, Colo.

He grew up on the family farm, helping milk cows and doing other farm chores.

He married Teresa Holly in 1967. They started their family in Fort Collins before moving to Minnesota in 1974, where they operated their own dairy farm.

In 1987, Ron and Terry embarked on a move to Wisner, Neb. They started Plum Creek Dairy with full family involvement. Ron was active with the daily running of the farm until 2009, when he retired. He turned over the farm to several of his sons, who continue with the dairy operations, as well as the management of the farm.

He was a member of the Holstein Association, Associated Milk Producers Incorporated, and his family received the Good Neighbors Award of Cuming County this past year.

Ron is survived by his wife of 47 years, Terry; 13 children, Ron Jr. and Cara of Mesa, Ariz., Tressa and Ed Myers of Omaha, Neb., Dawn of Wisner, Neb., James of Bertha, Minn., Tim and Melissa of Omaha, Neb., Holly of San Diego, Calif., Pat of Pender, Becke and Terry Dimon of Wisner, Neb., Elizabeth Gustafson of Wisner, Neb., Josh and Brandi of Wayne, Neb., Dan of Pilger, Jake and Sarah of Pender, Neb., and Ben and Taylor of Pilger; 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his sister, Judi (Chuck) Horning of Fort Collins, Colo., and three brothers, Bob and Linda, Mike, and Mark and Cheryl, all of Fort Collins, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard.

Services were held December 9, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

The family requests memorials be made to the William’s Syndrome Association or another charity of your choice. ❖

Melvin Lee Smock

Melvin Lee Smock, 67, of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away January 1, 2015.

He was born in Greeley, Colo., to Carlyle (Chub) and Elsie Smock.

He was raised on a ranch east of Grover, Colo. He and his four brothers and sister had many adventures growing up.

Mel began his construction career in York, Neb. He worked in many states finally finding a home with SC Anderson in Bakersfield, Calif. Mel LOVED his job and his SCA family. He passed peacefully and pain free at home with his family at his side.

He served in the Marine Corp. from 1966-1969. After serving in the service, he met and married Debra Blankenship. They had two children, Troy (Rebecca) and Candy (James Prendeville). Together he enjoyed his five grandchildren, Sean, Lauren, Ryan, Elsa and Jonah.

He met and married Jan Smock in 1994. Merging another family and gaining six more grandchildren, Davey, Alyssa, Jacob, Josh, Adriana and Brandon. Jan had three children of her own who welcomed Melvin with open arms. They are David (Maria) Murbach, Cari (Rick Grayston) and Lori Flores.

He is survived by brothers, Don and wife Joyce, Alvin (P.W.) and Cecelia, and Mel’s twin, Carlyle (Cork); his sister Carolyn Branigan. He also enjoyed 15 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and oldest brother, Ron.

Many thanks to the wonderful care given to him by Optimal Hospice: Jennifer, Madelyn, June, Lori, Maria and Robert.

A memorial picnic is being planned for August in Greeley, Colo. ❖

Rolland Johnson

Rolland “Rod” Andrew Johnson, 96, of Brighton, Colo., passed away December 24, 2014, peacefully surrounded by four generations of loved ones in his home.

Rod was born in the company of his twin brother Red on May 25, 1918 in Hixton, Wisc., to John R. and Rosie Johnson.

He grew up on a dairy farm where he learned the skills that would help carry him through his life. He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse, but his time there was cut short by scarlet fever during his sophomore year. After a period of convalescence, he began work as a farm hand at the age of 17. He quickly developed a reputation as a hard working and dependable hired man.

Rod was working in Wisconsin when a young preacher’s daughter, Esther Humphrey, came to visit his employer. After a brief courtship, Rod’s shyness prompted Esther to issue a directive, “I’ll get the ring and the flowers and you meet me at the preacher’s house.” He happily obeyed. This was the beginning of a loving, 75-year long marriage.

Shortly after the birth of their first child, Esther encouraged Rod to look for a better life. They packed their baby and humble belongings, fueled up the Model A at 7 gallons to the dollar, and headed west.

After a pit stop in Burns, Wyo., they settled in Cheyenne, Wyo., where Rod’s amiable personality, humor and diligence allowed him to find work easily. In 1941, he started as the head dairyman at the legendary 60,000-acre Wyoming Hereford Ranch. It was there it became clear he was skilled at raising show cattle and had a knack for selecting the finest, most beautiful animals. He left the ranch briefly, but returned at the behest of his wife and was hired back to take charge of the ranch’s carlot bulls. He was esteemed for his knowledge and experience, which led to judging cattle at local livestock shows. Under his direction, the ranch had two gold medal bulls and several carlot grand champions at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

In an effort to strike out on their own, now with three children, the family moved to Wheatridge, Colo., where he managed dairy cows and registered Holstein bulls. His success continued and he exhibited several championship bulls for the private ranch. After a few years, the family moved to Brighton, Colo., where he bought his own herd of milking cattle. With time they were able to secure a loan and purchase their own farm just outside Fort Lupton, Colo. They had their fifth and final child, a daughter.

The good fortune, good business, and earnest effort of Rod and his wife Esther allowed them a comfortable life and retirement surrounded by doting family and friends.

Though Rod’s family remembers the pride he had in his work, what they remember most is how proud he was of them and how much he cared for them. He lit up with fondness and joy when his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces or nephews entered the house or called on the phone. He loved to tell jokes and people would surround him to listen to his stories. People warmed to him easily and had many dear friends over the years. He always had time for you. And as much love as he gave to the people in his life, there was no one he loved more than his wife Esther, his rock.

Rod is survived by his beloved wife, Esther Humphrey Johnson; son, Rolland James Johnson (and wife Mary Esther) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter, Jean Haynes (and husband Gary) of Garland, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Marilyn Ruth Johnson (died in infancy); daughter, Rosalind Gonzalez; son, Mark Humphrey Johnson; and granddaughter, Janice Carrender.

Services were held December 30, 2014, in Brighton, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made in Rod’s name to Hospice Care of the Rockies at

Gayle Downing

Gayle Elaine Daly Downing passed away January 31, 2015, after a battle with cancer.

Gayle was born on September 9, 1953, to Byron and Wanda (Allen) Daly.

Gayle attended area country schools. In 7th grade she began attending Stapleton Public School where she graduated in 1971.

On May 21, 1971, she married Donald Joe Downing, and they had two children Jillana Jodell and Nancee Jo.

Joe and Gayle had many life adventures from managing the Dumbell ranch in Hyannis, Neb., it was there Gayle perfected her skills as a superb cook for many people. After leaving the ranch, they moved to Mullen, Neb., where they operated D Boot Shop in Mullen. When they moved to Stapleton, Neb., she worked as a teacher’s aide for Stapleton Public School. In her remaining years she worked at the Quality Inn and Suites.

Gayle had a zest for life and shared it every day that she lived. Gayle will be remembered for her strong and unwavering faith in God. She loved hosting family dinners, where she could serve a new recipe, but most importantly that she could spend time with family and friends. Lastly, Gayle was patriotic and loved her country.

Gayle is survived by husband Joe, daughter Jillana Downing and her husband Chris Valentino of Redwood City, Calif., Nancee and her husband Mike Welling of Crawford, Neb. Her father Byron Daly, brother Dan (Deb) Daly, sister Kristy (Dan) Kramer, sister-in-laws Lila (Dan) Johnson, Michele (Bruce) Smith, brother-in-law Bill (Connie) Downing. And three grandchildren.

Preceded in death are her mother Wanda Daly, maternal grandparents Floyd and Leola Allen, paternal grandparents Ed and Myrtle Daly, and her mother and father in-law Pat and Marion Downing.

Services were held February 5, 2015, at the Quality Inn and Suites. Burial followed at the McCain Cemetery.

Memorial will be given to Gandy Community Church Building Fund. ❖

Kermit Alton Brent

Kermit Alton Brent, long-time resident of the Bovina-Genoa, Colo., community, passed away January 12, 2015, at Aspen Leaf Assisted Living in Flagler, Colo., after a brief illness.

Kermit, second son and the second child of seven children born to Shelah H. Brent and Hassie Mae (Taylor) Brent, was born March 29, 1915, at his grandparents’ home northwest of Smithville, Tenn., on Mill Branch which ran into Indian Creek. His older brother, Herbert, and younger sister, Irene, were also born in Tennessee before the family moved to Stafford, Kan., by train when Kermit was 4-years-old. He remembered crossing the Mississippi River while on the train. Four more children were born to the couple in Kansas, including Dessie, Ralph (who died in infancy), Kimel and Evelyn.

In June, 1931 the family moved from Ensign, Kan., to a farm northeast of Bovina, Colo., on the Arikaree River. The trip to Colorado was in a 1929 Pontiac car, (while Shelah brought the loaded truck) with 16 old Kermit driving with his mother, Irene, Dessie, Kimel and Evelyn riding with him — no driver’s license and no insurance — one HOT, tiresome RIDE! Another of Kermit’s tales during childhood in Kansas was when he and his older brother put a smaller steel wheelbarrow wheel on the front of a bicycle — while Kermit was riding on it down a steep hill, he was thrown off, landing on his head, broke his nose, and was unconscious for about a day.

Kermit graduated from Lincoln School, a country school, in 1933 and worked for a short time in Kansas and Colorado doing various farm labor jobs.

In 1935, Kermit married Arlene Beedy (after they borrowed $17 from one of her sisters), and to this union three children were born — Ronald, Loretta, and Sharon.

Kermit worked building roads in eastern Colorado before moving his family to Denver where he delivered coal and worked for the WPA hauling materials for various construction projects including Cherry Creek Dam and Lowry AFB.

Farm life seemed like a better life choice, so Kermit and Arlene moved back to Lincoln County bought the farm where they were living, and continued living there for about the next 60 years. Kermit and Arlene worked hard to build their farm and spent several years’ custom combining wheat in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado while farming his own acreage.

In the early 1990s his beloved Arlene started suffering with Alzheimer’s and in 1997 she was moved to the Flagler Assisted Living Facility, until her passing in 2003. Kermit continued to live on his farm by himself with the help of loving relatives and neighbors, until he chose to move over to the Aspen Leaf Assisted Living Facility in Flagler, Colo., where he lived about two years before passing after a short illness. One of his last requests was to get to see his 1-month-old great-great niece, Sadie, daughter of one of his great nieces, who was one of his special care givers.

He is survived by his three children, Ronald Brent (wife, Beverly) of Arriba, Colo.,; Loretta McDonald (husband, James) of Lincoln, Calif.; and Sharon Thompson (husband, James) of Green Valley, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 19 great-great grandchildren; brother, Kimel Brent (wife, Wanda), of Arriba, Colo., sister, Evelyn Barr, of Portland, Ore., brother-in-law Raymond Beedy (wife Gloria), Genoa, Colo., and numerous nieces nephews, and other relatives.

Kermit was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother Ralph, his wife Arlene, two grandsons, brother Herbert, sisters Dessie and Irene.

Funeral services were held January 15, 2015, at the Arriba Congregational Church, Arriba, Colo.,, and interment followed at the Arriba Cemetery, Arriba, Colo. ❖

Georgia Johnson

Georgia Grace Johnson, 94, of Windsor, Colo., passed away January 28, 2015, at her home.

Georgia was born on October 17, 1920, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Isaac Rae Cowdin and Alice May (Foster) Cowdin.

Her early years were spent in Grants Pass, Ore. During the summer months, she lived on the Rogue River in a houseboat built by her father. Her adventures on the river and exploring in her canoe helped her develop a lifelong sense of independence and fostered her adventurous spirit. Orphaned at the age of 15, Georgia moved to Colorado to live with her mother’s family.

After graduating in 1938, she attended Colorado Women’s College for two years. While there, she became a competitive golfer, served as President of the Equestrian Club (competing at the National Western stock show), and was voted the Athletic Queen her sophomore year.

Georgia was married on July 21, 1940, and moved to Paso Robles, Calif., where her husband taught school. While in California, they had two sons, Lynn and Tim. In 1950, the family moved back to Colorado to take over the family farm.

In 1956, Georgia went to work for the Windsor School District as Secretary to the School Superintendent; later she became the Business Manager for the same district. In 1974, Georgia retired and farmed side by side with her husband. After farming for 46 years, they sold the farm and moved to Windsor, Colo. Following 66 years of happy marriage, she became a widow after Norman passed away in 2006.

Over the years, Georgia was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Windsor, United Methodist Women, Chapter U PEO, and REA Women’s Task Force. She was an avid participant in several bridge groups, loved to dance, and had many outdoor adventures camping and riding trail bikes with longtime friends, the Lindblads. In her later years, she delighted in watching and encouraging her grandchildren and great grandchildren at their athletic and musical events.

She is survived by her son, Lynn and his wife, Karen; daughter-in-law, Joyce; grandchildren Kurt, Lars (Angie), Shelley (Kyle), Kirsten, Kevin (Angie), Erica (Jeremy); and nine great grandchildren.

Georgia is preceded in death by her parents, Isaac Rae and Alice; husband, Norman; and son, Tim.

Service were held Feb. 6, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Windsor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Piano Fund. ❖

Burton Guenin

Burton Guenin, 81, of Chappell, Neb., passed away January 29, 2015, at the Regional West Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh, Neb.

Burton Walter Guenin was born the second of three children January 6, 1934, to Walter H. and Hazel Marie (Hedlund) Guenin at Julesburg, Colo. Burt was baptized and confirmed in the Berea Lutheran Church in rural Deuel County, Neb. Burt spent his childhood on the family farm in Garden County, Neb.

He attended a rural one room school house in District 5 in Garden County graduating from Deuel County High School in Chappell, Neb., with the class of 1952. In the fall of 1952 he enrolled in Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), Fort Collins, Colo. He studied animal science and agriculture until 1956 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

He spent two years in Garmisch, Germany, at a small medical unit which was a branch of the second Field Hospital in Munich, Germany.

As this was a rather peaceful period of the world, Burt traveled extensively over the great ports of Europe. He was discharged in 1958 and returned to college to complete his B.S. Degree and begin another course of study in Agriculture Economics. While attending college, Burt was very active in student affairs and leadership roles, in various organizations and clubs including; President of the AG Council and named Student of the Month in 1956.

In 1964 Burt and Virginia Parker, of Julesburg, Colo., were united in marriage in Las Vegas, Nev. Following an extensive wedding trip through the Southwest they returned to live in Julesburg. In 1967 they moved to Chappell, Neb. To this union a son, Matthew Parker Guenin and a daughter, Nina Christine Guenin were born.

In 1971 the family moved to the Guenin farm in Garden County where Burt continued to live.

Burt was a 4-H leader for nine years, served on the board of the Nebraska Stockgrowers; member of Farm Bureau, Elks Lodge No. 1760 and a member of the Methodist Church in Chappell, Neb.

Burt was a cowboy. He looked like a cowboy, dressed like a cowboy and acted like a cowboy. He loved his cattle, horses, grassland and the western way of living. Burt also rode saddle broncs and bulls at various rodeos throughout the area.

Burt and his family received the Garden County Conservation Award in the 1970s and the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Family Award in 1984 for owning and living on the same land for 100 years or more. The land was first homesteaded by his great uncle, August Guenin in 1880.

Burt raised buffalo for some 40 years maintaining a small herd mostly as a hobby. Therefore, Burt became known as Buffalo Burt or just plain Buffalo. Burt also was a very talented writer, poet and cook. He mostly enjoyed cooking with his buffalo meat and was featured in the Taste of Home magazine. In his later days, he enjoyed checking daily on the fields and pasture, having morning coffee at Hanson’s, attending Sunday morning church and spending time with his many friends in the community in which he lived for 81 years.

Burt is survived by his son, Matthew Parker Guenin of Lewellen, Neb., and special friend, Michelle Chrastil of Lincoln, Neb.; daughter, Nina Guenin Custis and husband, Kevin of Sheridan, Wyo.; grandsons, Kyle and Kolin Custis of Sheridan, Neb.; sister, Dixie Riley of Chappell, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by wife, Virginia “Ginny” in 2005, his parents, Walter and Hazel; and an infant daughter, and a sister, Jacque Anderson.

Services were held February 3, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Chappell, Neb. Burial followed at Ash Hollow Cemetery near Lewellen, Neb.

A memorial has been established in Burt’s name to the United Methodist Church in Chappell or to the CSU Rodeo Club at

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February 2, 2015 — 

Johnie Keith Pickinpaugh

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

Johnie was born March 26, 1924, on the home ranch the son of Ralph Lawrence and Susie Mildred (Humphreys) Pickinpaugh.

He attended grade school at Orin, Wyo., and later graduated high school in Douglas, Wyo.

Johnie married Patricia June Rodgers on August 23, 1944. To this union were born three children, Pamala Ann, James Kenneth, and Vicki Jo. Patricia died on February 26, 1971.

Johnie married Elizabeth Alice (Brunner) Stanford in April of 1976.

He served his country during World War II, one year of which was in Okinawa. Johnie was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to the ranch homesteaded by his dad and grandfather. He and his father, Ralph, engaged in the ranching business raising Hereford cattle, sheep, and farming. Johnie later added more land to the family ranch. He raised Rambouilett sheep, registered quarter horses, and eventually Angus cattle. In 1972 Johnie bought the original homestead. He and Kenneth operated the ranch together. Johnie was an employee for the ASCS for many years.

Johnie ranched east of Orin, southeast of Douglas.

Johnie was a lifetime member of the Douglas Moose Lodge No. 602. He also served 34 years on the Soil Conservation District Board.

Johnie was a man of integrity who loved his family and his way of life on the ranch. He rarely complained and accepted nature’s way in all things.

Johnie was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Pickinpaugh of 38 years; son, James Kenneth (Barb) Pickinpaugh of the family ranch; daughters, Vicki Jo (Francis) Horn and Pamala Ann (Jim) Anderson all of Glenrock, Wyo; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Floyd; sisters, Mary Bunning Susie Mae Lee, Helen Opal Scott, and Goldie Rose Wright; first wife, Patricia; and daughter-in-law, Vicki Lynn Pickinpaugh.

Services were held January 24, 2015, at the McKibben Cafeteria on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, Wyo. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

A memorial to the Converse County Soil Conservation District Scholarship Fund, 911 South Windriver Drive, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to the Douglas Moose Lodge No. 602 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 168, Douglas, Wyo., 82633 would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Kay Williams

Kay Williams, 73, of Kettering, Ohio, passed away on January 25, 2015.

She was born on October 9, 1941, in Freemont, Neb., to the late Arthur and Marjorie Christian.

Kay was a beloved mother and grandmother who enjoyed her family.

Kay is survived by her children, Kimberly Williams, Nancey Springhart and Bret (Tracey) Williams; step-son, Jon Williams; step-daughter, Barbara Williams; grandchildren, Christian and Kayla Springhart and Brooke and Seth Williams; sister, Sharon Johnson; brother, Larry Christian; and many friends.

Donations may be made in Memory of Kay Williams to the Ken Anderson Foundation for Autism (PO Box 53516, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45253).

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Anna Lee Zimbelman

Anna Lee Zimbelman, 74, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away January 14, 2015, at her home.

Anna Lee was born on September 29, 1946, in San Diego, Calif., to J.W. and Pauline G. (Rhodes) Looney.

Anna Lee grew up in San Diego, during her childhood. Her family lived in several places, due to her father being in the military.

In 1962, she married Donald “Sonny” Zimbelman at the Keenesburg Baptist Church in Keenesburg, Colo.

Anna Lee volunteered at Southeast Weld County Fair, announcing at the Livestock Show.

She enjoyed hunting for Arrowheads, bowling, going on cruises, trips to Las Vegas and Blackhawk and watching NASCAR; her favorites were Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson.

Anna Lee was very outgoing. Her grandchildren enjoyed watching dry humor shows on TV with her. At Sunday dinners with her family, her specialties were roast potatoes, gravy and German desserts. Her favorite drink was Dr. Pepper.

Anna Lee is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (James) Denning; two sons, Tony Zimbelman and Jason (Valerie) Zimbelman; brother, Andy (Jane) Looney and five grandchildren, Jacob Denning, Austin Zimbelman, Brennan Zimbelman, Jordan Denning and Colton Zimbelman.

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

A Celebration of Life was held January 24, 2015, at the Keenesburg American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Keenesburg American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please visit to sign an online guestbook. ❖

Betty McKee

Betty Clara McKee, 81, of Elk Mountain, Wyo., passed away January 20, 2015, at Life Care of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Betty was born to Albert N. and Clara Belle (Morris) Hanson on August 15, 1933 in Bemidji, Minn. She was the fourth of 10 children.

The family moved from Minnesota to South Dakota then came to Wyoming. When Betty was only 12 years old, tragedy struck with the loss of her mom Clara. As the oldest daughter, Betty became the surrogate mother to her siblings. The difficulties of the situation would have been overwhelming. That the family remained intact is a testament to Betty’s physical and mental strength. Through this great trial she became an expert caretaker and homemaker.

On October 16, 1953, she married Eldon “Pete” McKee in Laramie, Wyo. They met at a dance at the famous Garden Spot Pavilion in Elk Mountain. After a bull buying honeymoon to Omaha, Neb., they returned to the McKee ranch on the Medicine Bow River. They spent their married years ranching at Elk Mountain and Leo, Wyo.

Betty’s life revolved around the ranch and her family. She could put a picnic together for family outings at Mule Creek or the Sublette place in no time. Cinnamon rolls were her specialty. She grew up in a family of loggers/truckers and enjoyed time spent in the woods. The high lite of her life was watching her five granddaughters grow up and attend their school and 4-H activities.

Survivors include three children: Mike (Linda) McKee of Lucerne, Colo., Jackie (Steve) Palm of Wheatland, Wyo., and Pat (Phyllis) McKee of Elk Mountain, Wyo. Five granddaughters. Brothers: Alfred (Isabel) Hanson of Custer, S.D., Harry (Carol) Hanson of Mesa, Ariz. Sisters: Mildred Drummond of Rawlins, Wyo. Jean Murray of Grand Junction, Colo., Rose Patras of Lincoln, Neb., and Edith Simms of Memphis, Tenn., and numerous nieces and nephews, and special extended family John Douglas of Torrington, Wyo., and Jim and Tammy Linder of Elko, Nev.

Cremation has taken place. As per her request no services will be held. A private family gathering will be held at the Sublette place the summer of 2015.

Memorials in Betty’s memory can be made to the Elk Mountain Senior Center, P.O. Box 51 Elk Mountain, Wyo., 82324. ❖

Doris M. Watson

Doris M. Watson, 81, passed away on January 26, 2015, at Horizon Care Center, in Eckert, Colo.

Doris M. Stull was born on September 2, 1933, to Harry A. and Bertha E. (Cock) Stull in Burns, Colo. She spent her childhood on the family’s homestead in the Burns area. Doris graduated from McCoy High School.

On February 1, 1953, Doris married Theodore Kellogg Watson in Eagle, Colo. To this union six children were born. Doris and Ted spent 32 years ranching near Yampa before moving to Eckert in 1997. Doris resided at Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Delta the past year.

Doris was a member of Delta Christian Church, Yampa Ladies Aid, Yampa Bible Church Women’s Union, Green Ridge Mountaineers Square Dancing and The Gleaners at DCC.

She enjoyed sewing; cooking, riding horses and she was also very active working alongside Ted on the ranch.

Doris is survived by her children, George (D.J.) Watson of Munford, Tenn., Thomas (Darlene) Watson of Eckert, Colo., Frank (Deb) Watson of Hayden, Colo., Helen (Jim) Hohenstein of Eckert, Colo., Hazel (Sheldon) Kier of Delta, Colo., and Rebecca (Al) Gaus of Hermann, Mo.; two brothers, Jake Stull of McCoy, Colo., and Albert (Rozella) Stull of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two sisters, Lou Ella McWilliams of Canon City, Colo., and Ellen Stull of Grand Junction, Colo.; 15 grand children and 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Doris’ memory to Hope West Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416. ❖

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Jessie Hawthorne

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

She was born November 25, 1919, in Hotchkiss, Colo., to Roy and Mary Burchard. Jessie was orphaned in 1927, spent two years in a Denver orphanage, and was raised by Mabel and Bill Cooper in the San Luis Valley near Monte Vista.

She began her lifelong career as a cook in 1936, at the Norton Ranch near Alamosa, Colo., where she met and married Victor Hawthorne, a cowboy for the ranch, in 1938. Gil Traveler, the colorful preacher/horse trader officiated. In 1940 their son, William, was born in Alamosa. The family moved to Gunnison, where their son, Jerry, was born in 1942.

Victor and Jessie lived in Kit Carson County for seven years before settling in New Liberty (near Mack) in 1952. Jessie opened her first restaurant at the Grand Junction Livestock Auction in 1960 before owning the Valley Livestock Auction’s Cowboy Cafe, and from 1976-1992, Jessie’s Kitchen on South 7th Street. Customers loved her delicious pies and Thursday morning biscuits and gravy.

She is survived by sons, Bill (Sue) Hawthorne of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jerry Hawthorne of Fruita, Colo.; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Jessie is preceded in death by Victor, her husband of 61 years; and grandson, Bill.

Services were held January 16, 2015, at Callahan-Edfast in Grand Junction, Colo.

Donations can be made to HopeWest Hospice. ❖

Patricia Tadolini

Patricia Ann Tadolini, 81, of Sterling, Colo., passed away Jan. 3, 2015.

Patricia was born on July 25, 1933, in Peetz, Colo., to Leonard Howard and Marie Eva (Sindt) Vallier.

She attended school in Peetz.

She worked at Stickneys in Sterling following graduation.

On Nov. 16, 1952, she married Silvan Tadolini in Sidney, Neb. They lived in the Padroni, Peetz, and Merino communities until retiring to Sterling in 1991.

Pat enjoyed garage sales, was an avid reader, and prior to her stroke in 2012 was seen on a regular basis visiting the residents at Devonshire, Sterling Living Center, Bee Hive and the Legacy. Her compassionate heart touched many lives and she was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. She loved talking on the phone to friends and family and keeping up-to-date with everyone’s activities.

Pat is survived by her husband Sil; children Sylvia Gertge and husband Don of Sterling, Colo., Dick Tadolini and wife Jeanie of Morrison, Colo., Sherrie Alexander and husband Terry of Akron, Colo.; grandchildren Shannon Lange and husband Jim, Brandy Kuhns and husband Andy, Toby Gertge and wife Katherine, Becky Tadolini; great-grandchildren Coleman, Cooper, Alaina, Madison, and Ella; step-grandchildren Terry Gertge and wife Donella, Kristen Gertge, Trent Alexander and wife Jaynae, Casey Goble and husband Curt; step-great grandchildren Katelyn, Trace, Karlye, Kendal, Cyle, and Crysten; “adopted” grandson Michael Hart; sister Jane Heimbegner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son Gary Tadolini; granddaughter Tara Gertge; brother Henry Vallier; and sisters Helen Vallier, Frances Armstrong and Vera Gillham.

Funeral services were held Jan. 8, 2015, at the Berean Church. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. ❖

Darrell Frank Benjamin

Darrell Frank Benjamin, 72, of Angel Fire and French Tract, N.M., passed away January 10, 2015, peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.

Darrell was born May 10, 1942, in Longmont, Colo., to Frank and Margaret (Shaffer) Benjamin.

He attended school in Longmont and Fairplay, Colo.; graduating from Fairplay High School in 1960.

He served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1962.

He married Marge Silbaugh September 29, 1962. They lived in the Longmont area until moving to Angel Fire, N.M. in 1983.

Darrell farmed in the Longmont area from 1971 to 1983. He worked for the Angel Fire Water and Wastewater Services for 30 years until his retirement in 2013. In honor of his years of service the Angel Fire Village Counsel named a road after him, Darrell F Benjamin Drive. He was a Double IV certified level operator in Water and Wastewater in the State of New Mexico.

He served on the Angel Fire Volunteer Fire Department and County Fire Department for 13 years and was Chief of the local fire district which included the Village and Colfax County from 1988 to 1996. He was also an Adjunct Instructor for the New Mexico Firefighters Academy. He served on the Fire Excise Tax board for over 20 years.

Darrell enjoyed jeeping and was a member of the Mile-High and St. Vrain Jeep Clubs. He was a talented mechanic and enjoyed helping other members modify their jeeps. Darrell was also an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoors man. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and the North American Hunting and Fishing Clubs. Darrell was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend; he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marge; his four children: Yvette Stone, Elise Taylor and husband Richard, David Benjamin and wife Wynette, and Alan Benjamin and wife Cameron. He also leaves behind his 13 grandchildren and one great grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Benjamin; his sister, Ann (Denison) Parker; and his beloved Uncle Willis Benjamin.

Memorial will be held February 21, 2015, at 3 p.m., at Angel Fire Community Center, 15 CS Ranch Road, Angel Fire, N.M.

Memorials may be made to Team Angel Fire Ski and Snowboard at P.O. Box 864, Angel Fire, N.M., 87710. Please memo Darrell Benjamin on checks. Or Angel Fire Community Center for playground restoration, directly contact Shay Tibljas at (575) 377-1544. ❖

Stanley Maline

Stanley Maline, 89, of Wallace, Neb., passed away Jan. 15, 2015, at the North Platte Care Center in North Platte, Neb., where he had resided the last few months.

Stanley Godfrey Maline was born March 26, 1925, at Rock Island Table north of Gothenburg, Neb. He was one of five children born to Godfrey and Lydia (Lindstedt) Maline.

His childhood years were spent near Gothenburg where later his children were born. Stan served his country in the US Army from June 1945 to November 1946.

In 1947 he married Bernice Garrelts; to this union six children were born. In 1973, they moved to Wallace, Neb., where he continued his farming and ranching.

Stan was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He was respected and well liked by friends and neighbors in the community. His love for horses and rides in the pasture, were only surpassed by his love and devotion to his family, he was very proud of his family and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was a member of the American Legion and the American Quarter Horse Association.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Bernice; children, Judy (Jim) Little of New Market, Va., Cheryl (Mike) of Grand Island, Neb., LuAnne (Tony) Barner of Wallace, Neb., Ronda (John) Kreifels of Lincoln, Neb., and Randy (Denice) of Wallace, Neb. He is survived by 18 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister in law, Bonnie Maline, brother in law, Aksel (Betty) Jensen, sister in law, Alice Sheffield, sister in law, Linda (Bill) Hughes, sister in law, Donna Garrelts and brother in law Glenn Garrelts. Along with many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in laws, and infant daughter; his sisters Gwendolyn Jensen and Rose Marie (John) Swanson; brother Byron (Opal) Maline, brother Wayne Maline; brother in laws, Bernard Garrelts, Verlo Sheffield, Marcee Van Wart, and sister in law, Mari1yn VanWart and sister in law Susan Garrelts; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and family members as well.

Services were held January 19, 2015, at North Platte Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Platte, Neb. Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Neb.

Memorials may be given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Keith D. Harryman

Keith D. Harryman, 93, life resident of Logan and Morgan Counties, passed away January 16, 2015, at Devonshire Acres in Sterling, Colo.

He was born May 10, 1921, on the family farm near Willard, Colo., to John B. and Florence Harryman.

Keith graduated from Willard High School. In 1945, he joined the US Army where he served as a medic in the 11th Airborne Unit. Following his discharge in 1947, Keith came back to work on the family farm.

On August 28, 1949, Keith married Charlotte Good in Merino, Colo.

The Harryman’s continued to farm near Willard and later owned and operated the Colonial Apartments in Sterling.

Keith was a member of the Snyder Bible Church.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; his children, Sandy Foster of Greeley, Colo., Alan Harryman, and his wife Cindy L., and Jay Harryman, and his wife Cindy J., all of Merino, Colo.; a foster son, Bob Burk. and his wife Patricia of Sterling, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Jason Harryman and his wife Mary, Noel Harryman and his wife Kana, Kevin Harryman and his wife Erin, Krista Plate, Chanda Schmidt and her husband Nathan, Karson Harryman, and Mitch Harryman and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Clint Ford and Danielle Harryman; son-in-law Don Foster, one brother Earl Harryman, two sisters Ruth Harryman and Maxine Bell, and his parents.

A memorial service was held January 22, 2015, at the Snyder Bible Church in Snyder, Colo. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Willard Cemetery.

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Gene Darrah

Gene Darrah, 74, passed away on January 15, 2015, due to complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Gene was born in Burwell, Neb., on August 19, 1940, to Lyle “Bud” Darrah and Ellen Meuret Darrah.

Gene attended the one room Midvale country school through the eighth grade. In November 1953, they leased the ranch and cow herd to a neighbor. Gene and his parents then moved to Grand Island, Neb. Gene initially attended St. Mary’s High School and eventually graduated from Central Catholic High School in May 1957. In May 1958, they sold the ranch and cattle in Burwell. In May 1958 he moved with his parents to Grand Junction, Colo., where they bought a dairy farm and a herd of Holstein dairy cows.

He moved to Lakewood, Colo., in 1959 and joined the Colorado Air National guard. He underwent basic training at Lackland Air Force base, San Antonio, Texas. In 1961, Gene moved to Granby, Colo., to join his father in the real estate business. In 1965, Gene and his father bought a ranch on the Canadian River north of Walden, Colo., and a summer ranch at Wiggins, Colo. They ran commercial cattle registered quarter horses.

In 1970 Gene met a young school teacher, Dollie Darrah from Worland, Wyo. Dollie refused to go out with him but on the fourth time asking, she agreed. They married December 21st at St. Peters Catholic Church in Kremmling, Colo. Dollie returned to Worland, Wyo., for the rest of the school year to fulfill her teaching contract.

Gene served as a Granby City Councilman from 1972-1977.

In 1993, Gene with a manager broker put a branch real estate office in Riverton, Wyo., to sell farms and ranches. It was great success. Gene was broker in six states Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Kansas.

In February 2001, he was told he had ALS. In 2002, he was confined to a wheel chair and with Dollie’s help continued listing and selling ranches and farms. By 2005, he lost his ability to speak which ended his 44 years in the real estate business.

Gene and Dollie renewed their wedding vows on their 40th wedding anniversary on December 21, 2010, at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Granby, Colo.

Gene is survived by his loving wife Dollie of Granby, Colo., daughter Kathy Anderson (Steve) of Granby, Colo., three sons, Richard (Donna) Keller, Texas, Lyle (Rachel) of Mead, Colo., Allen (Helena) of Kyle, Texas and Nine grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; his in-laws George and Mary Durham and George Palmer Durham Jr.

Services were held Jan. 24, 2015, at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Granby, Colo. Burial was in the Granby Cemetery.

Donations may be made to: Lyle T. Darrah, care of Grand Mountain Bank, PO Box 964, Granby, Colo., 80446. ❖

Bonnie Frey

Bonnie Belle Frey, 89, of Stapleton, Neb., passed away January 19, 2015, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, Neb.

Bonnie was born June 6, 1925, in Westwood, Calif., to William Rankin and Nellie (Butler) Young. When she was a young girl, her parents moved to Callaway, Neb., where she attended grade school.

She attended high school in Paxton, Neb., where her mother taught school then graduated from Stapleton High School.

In 1943 Bonnie moved to Washington DC working for the FBI as a finger print technician. She took great pride in working for J. Edgar Hoover. During this time she also attended modeling school.

On Dec. 1, 1945, she married Calvin Leroy Frey Sr. in Oberlin, Kan. To this marriage eight children were born.

Bonnie was a full-time mother raising her children, helping on the farm and attending her children’s sporting events. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress, an avid reader of history, politics and mysteries, an expert at crewelwork, a great storyteller and fascinated with family history and genealogy. When guests arrived at Bonnie and Calvin’s home, they would be treated to a piece of Bonnie’s famous pies. Bonnie could take any fruit or filling, put it in her homemade crust and make the best pies.

In her later years, Bonnie and Calvin lived in Farragut, Iowa, Tabor, Iowa, and Arnold, Neb. After Calvin’s death in 2007, Bonnie moved to Well Life Assisted Living in Kearney, Neb. In 2013, because of health problems, she moved to Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg, Neb., to be closer to her family.

Survivors include her sons, Calvin (Judi) Frey Jr. of Gothenburg, Neb., Harry (Margaret Ann) Frey, Kent (Shirley) Frey, Mark (Traci) Frey, Darrin (Denise) Frey all of Stapleton, Neb.; daughters, Laurie (Pete) Wiley of Omaha, Neb., Cynthia (Gary) Wilhoit of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Mardelle (Scott) Patterson of Dallas, Texas; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Sr.; her parents; a brother, William Rankin III; and a nephew, Charles Young.

Memorials are suggested to the Rape and Domestic Abuse Crisis Center in North Platte or the donor’s choice.

Bonnie chose cremation and memorial services were January 22, 2015, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at Rosehill Cemetery near Callaway, Neb.

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Jerome Bradley

Jerome Bradley, 77, of Longmont, Colo., passed away January 16, 2015, at TRU Community Care Hospice in Louisville, Colo.

He was born September 25, 1937, in Pierce, Colo., to Joseph and Mary Delphine (Boegel) Bradley. He moved to Longmont in 1944 with his family.

He attended schools in Longmont and graduated from Longmont High School in 1955.

On August 7, 1958 he married Sally Jones in Longmont, Colo.

Jerome joined his father and helped operate many businesses shortly after finishing high school. An entrepreneurial family they owned and operated numerous businesses through the years; they had Bradley Hatchery, raising and selling chickens. They also operated Bradley Fuel and Supply Company where they sold any number of products from their downtown business (located where the Longmont Library stands today), including coal, wood, feed, Christmas trees, peaches and even televisions, shortly after they were first introduced in the early 1950s. They sold their downtown property and continued their largest operation of Bradley Auto Salvage, until they sold that property to the City of Longmont in 2002.

Jerome was a faithful and active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was also a past member of the Knights of Columbus and in his free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing, family card games and with Sally was a member of Hix-N-Chix.

Survivors include his wife Sally, his son Jeff Bradley and his daughters Debbie VanThuyne and Kim (Joe) Knight all of Longmont, Colo., and his daughter Kathy Bradley of Denver, Colo., brothers Tom (Dorothy) Bradley of Golden, Colo., and Jim (Teddi) Bradley of Green Valley, Ariz., four grandchildren Greg VanThuyne, Amy Abel, Jill (Jay) Belue and Kelly (Derek) Barnes and two great grandchildren Justin and Jonathan Belue. He is further survived by his nephew Mike (Darcie) Bradley.

Mass of Christian Burial was held January 21, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont, Colo. Burial followed at Foothills Gardens of Memory.

Memorial contributions are requested to the St. John’s Building Fund, 323 Collyer Street, Longmont, Colo. ❖

Christine L. Milne

Christine L. Milne, 55, of Eaton, Colo., passed away January 1, 2015, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo.

She was born April 30, 1959, in Greeley, Colo., to Derald W. and Doris R. (Johnson) Peterson.

She married James G. Milne IV on Nov. 21, 1980, in Greeley, Colo.

Christine graduated from Platte Valley High School in 1978.

Christine worked as a homemaker and mother, was a secretary at State Farm Insurance, weighmaster at Agland Inc., retiring in 2011.

She was involved in the Arthritis Foundation, 4-H as a club leader for several years, Northern Colorado Cowboys High School Rodeo Club, Pantry Pals, and volunteered at the Eaton school district.

Christine enjoyed arts and crafts and her flower gardens but the biggest joys of her life were her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, James G. (JG) Milne IV; parents, Derald and Doris Peterson; daughters, Andrea (Brad) Ulrich, Katie (Rick) Schmunk, and Breann (Jeff) Chrisp; brother, DeWayne Peterson; sister, Cindy (Randy) Porter; grandchildren, Jacob Schmunk, Emily Schmunk, Lexi Schmunk and Brad Ulrich II.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Services will be held Jan. 10, 2015, at the Evangelical Free Church in Eaton, Colo. Interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Weld County 4-H Foundation or to PVH and MCR Foundation ICU Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Services, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo, 80631.

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January 19, 2015 — 

Tab Wood

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

He was born to Gerald Leroy Wood and Karen Jane (Heltne) Wood in Holdrege, Neb., on August 28, 1972.

Tab and his family moved to Imperial, Neb., in 1984 where he attended Chase County Schools.

Tab attended the Zion Lutheran Church and confirmed his faith in Jesus as his Savior when he was 15 years of age.

Tab was united in marriage to Lisa Marie Behrens on Sept. 1, 1989, in Imperial, Neb. To this union three children were born: Lane Gerald, Kelsey Jo and Ansley James.

Tab loved his children and shared with them his love for horses, roping and ranch life.

He took great pride in his children’s accomplishments, especially in the High School Rodeo and roping arenas. The whole family enjoyed gardening with Tab.

Tab loved his food and loved to share his cooking skills with his friends and family.

He was the Mr. Mom of the rodeo campgrounds. He saw to it that every kid had plenty to eat and no one went hungry if he had anything to say about it.

He might not have been the Wii dance champion, but it did not keep him from competing.

Ice fishing was a passion for Tab. He and Rich Norman were always looking for “ice on the pond” so they could go on their next adventure and the fish were delicious.

Hunting was another great sport for Tab.

He loved going deer and pheasant hunting with his friends. But his greatest joy was the adventure of spending time with his kids as they scouted for their deer.

Tab was a farm equipment salesman. He knew everything about farm equipment from the time he was a small child.

His sales career included Midwest Farm Equipment, 21st Century Equipment and being the sales manager for Imperial Yost Farm Equipment.

He started farming when he was seven and learned to love the hay fields.

He always looked forward to the haying season where he could create yet another perfect square bale of alfalfa hay. He enjoyed farming and ranching with his dad.

Tab was a member of the American Society of Ag Appraisers, the United States Team Roping Championships and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include parents Jerry Wood and Karen Wood of Imperial, Neb.; his wife of 25 years, Lisa of Imperial, Neb.; son Lane of Greeley, Colo.; daughters Kelsey and Ansley of Imperial, Neb.; grand-daughter Kamrie Wood of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandmother Jane Heltne of Hastings, Neb.; and sister Kellee Nielson (Jarrod) of Wallace, Neb.

Tab was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Roy and Leona Wood, his maternal grandfather Joe Heltne and his sister Corrie Wood.

Services were held Dec. 27, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial, Neb. Interment followed at Morning View Cemetery, Wallace, Neb.

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Roy Teter

Roy Earl Teter, DVM, 86, passed away Dec. 29, 2014, in Montrose, Colo.

A lifelong Colorado resident, Roy Teter was born in Fairplay, Colo., son of Edith Almgren Teter and George Teter.

He spent most of his life on his beloved ranch on Michigan Creek in South Park before moving to Montrose in 1997.

Roy graduated from then Colorado A&M (now CSU) in veterinary medicine. He was a veteran of World War II, honorably discharged in 1948. Roy never married. He continued to work the family ranch near Jefferson located at the northern end of South Park. Roy had many friends in the ranching community.

During those years Roy was active with the Central Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. He was also instrumental in getting the Park County Fair Board started and served as their secretary for 15 years. He was a strong supporter of the 4-H program. He donated calves, sold project calves and always participated in the yearly 4-H livestock sale.

Roy was a member of the Park County Draft Board for four years, and served as well on the Upper South Platte Water Conservancy District.

Roy turned his ranch over to the Colorado Dept. of Parks and Recreation, so that it would always remain available for public use. It is now known as the Teter-Michigan Creek State Wildlife Area.

Roy is survived by his cousins, Tina Adcock (Frank), Roger Almgren (Sharon), John Almgren (Sandra) and his half-brother Barry Teter (Janice).

Roy was preceded in death by his mother Edith Teter, his father George Teter and his brother, George Teter.

Memorial services are pending and will be conducted in Fairplay, Colo. ❖

Mariam Kobobel

Mariam Mae Kobobel passed away January 6, 2015, at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

She was born on February 11, 1927, in the Windsor Hospital to Rhinehart and Susanna (Miller) Knaus in Windsor, Colo.

Mariam spent her early years in the Bracewell, Colo., area and attended school in Windsor. She attended Jr. High at the Hazelton School and moved to Snyder, Colo., where she attended high school.

The family then moved to Brush, Colo., and Mariam and her sister, Violet, helped their dad on the farm as the brothers were serving in the war. Mariam and Violet and their dad also worked at the hatchery in Brush. During the winter months, Mariam and Violet worked in Denver at Meadow Gold Dairy.

On June 30, 1945, Mariam married Elmer Kobobel in St. Francis, Kan. They moved to Greeley, Colo., where their two children, Larry and Peggy, were born and Elmer worked as a mechanic for Garnsey and Wheeler. They then moved to a farm in Hoyt, Colo., where their third child, Glen, was born. Mariam contributed to the farm by running the household and keeping everyone fed. She also raised a large garden and canned the produce.

Mariam was involved in the Hoyt Community Church where the family attended. She taught first grade Sunday School for many years and was also the director of Vacation Bible School. She loved the Lord and helped out wherever she was needed. Mariam loved to read, knit, crochet and made many lovely items. She also enjoyed ceramics and painting; and became interested in genealogy and worked on her family’s genealogy. She loved her husband and children and was a kind and caring person who always put others needs above her own. The joy and pride of her later years was her grandson, Parry, and her three beautiful little great grandchildren, Eden, Annie and Everlee.

Mariam is survived by children, Peggy Tramp of Greeley, Colo., Larry Kobobel and Glen Kobobel both of Weldona, Colo.; grandson, Parry Tramp and wife Sara and their children, Eden, Annie and Everlee all of Greeley, Colo.; sister, Violet Kobobel of Greeley, Colo.; and a loving extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Robert, Daniel and Ezra; and four sisters, Dolly, Emma, Leona and Esther.

A celebration of life service was held January 12, 2015, at Adamson Chapel. Interment was in Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in care of Adamson Funeral Home.

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Adam Kyle Ginther

Adam Kyle Ginther, 16, of Brighton, Colo., passed away on January 6, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lafayette, Colo.

He was born on September 26, 1998, to Brett and Margaret Ginther.

He attended Catholic schools his whole life and was a sophomore at Holy Family High School.

Adam actively participated in 4-H from the age of five. He worked on a variety of 4-H projects including lambs, goats, shooting sports and market steers. He always stated that the Adams County Fair was the best week of every year, because he showed his livestock and hung out with friends all day every day. In 2013, Adam participated in the Catch-A-Calf program at the National Western Stock Show and was thrilled to show this steer at the 2014 Stock Show. Adam dreamed of becoming a farmer his whole life. He lived for working on the corn harvest at the family farm in Brush every fall and going to Pioneer Field Day. He dreamed of studying agriculture at Northeastern Junior College or Kansas State.

Adam’s most recent pride and joy was his Dodge Ram pickup truck. He named it the “Time Machine.” He took long drives on dirt roads often even as far as Last Chance, Colo. While on these drives, he took wonderful pictures of wheat fields, old abandoned barns, etc. However, Adam’s most iconic activity in his truck was “rolling coal” at whatever time seemed necessary.

Adam loved country music, which he listened to while on his drives.

He also loved riding his dirt bike on the trails by his house, at the IMI racing center, and at the Keenesburg track. He was a talented artist. He mostly drew trucks and farm equipment and recently drew a picture of Elvis for his best friend. Adam was good with his hands and with tools and built many a contraption in the shop, most with wheels.

Adam was a gentle soul, kind to all and friend to many. His quiet confidence, simple style and humble manner made him easy to be around. It is with immense sorrow that we part ways for now, anxious to see him again ...

He is survived by his father Brett, mother Margaret, sister, Alexi, twin brother David, grandfather Ben Ginther, grandmother Marie Smith, and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Services were held January 13, 2015, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Broomfield, Colo.

Memorial donations can be directed to: Adams County 4-H, 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton, Colo., 80602. ❖

William Fagler

William Fagler of Berthoud, Colo., passed away on January 10, 2015.

A Colorado native, he was born near Longmont to Adam and Anna Katherine Fagler in September 1930.

He lived in the Longmont/Berthoud area all his life. He farmed with his dad before entering the Army during the Korean War in August 1951. Upon his honorable discharge in May 1953, he began his career as a truck driver. First working for Fred Harsch Lumber Company in Longmont. He completed his driving career by working for St. Vrain Block for 28 years, retiring in 2003.

Bill was a Christian, attending services at the Church of Christ in Berthoud and Bible studies with the Pratt Street Christians in Longmont.

Bill met Agnes Koolstra at the A&W in Berthoud when he completed his military service and she was graduating from high school. She became his wife in May 1954. They lived on 10 acres east of Berthoud for the past 56 years. This is where they raised their seven children.

Bill is survived by his wife Agnes, son Phil (Kathy) of Berthoud, Colo., daughter Karleen Reed (Bruce) of Westminster, Colo., sons Willie and Jay of Berthoud, Colo., Andy (Paty) of League City, Texas, Benny (Denise) of Longmont, Colo., and daughter in law Dana of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Aaron, his youngest son, preceded Bill in death in April 2012. Also preceding were his nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held January 17, 2015, at Taft Street Church of Christ in Loveland, Colo. Interment followed at Greenlawn Cemetery, Berthoud.

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Neal R. Toberer

Neal R. Toberer, 71, of Cozad,, Neb., passed away January 7, 2015, at his home.

Neal was born July 18, 1943, in Gothenburg, Neb., to John and Buford (Groenwold) Toberer.

He grew up on a farm south of Cozad on Welch Hill. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1961. Following graduation, Neal attended Business School in Colorado, training to be a CPA.

In 1962 Neal took over the farm after his father passed away as the result of an accident.

On December 10, 1966, Neal married the love of his life, Sharon Gerken in Lexington, Neb.

In the summer of 1966, Neal and Sharon attended a Billy Graham evangelistic movie and as a result, Neal accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

Their life consisted of living around the Cozad area. Over the years, Neal and Sharon kept busy farming. They owned a feed lot cleaning business and a nursery greenhouse in Gothenburg. They also enjoyed going to auctions around the country and buying and selling antiques together.

During Neal’s life, both he and Sharon have been very committed to serving the Lord at both the Lexington and Cozad Berean Churches. Neal has served as a youth leader, on the board of elders, head of usher’s and drove the church bus. Neal was very instrumental in both planning and construction of the Cozad Berean Church building addition in 1976. In the early 1970s, Neal and Sharon supported and traveled with the Jerry Brandt ministry. Over the years the Lord laid on Neal’s heart to give Bibles to anyone that wanted a Bible and couldn’t afford one. This led Neal and Sharon to establish and oversee “The Lighthouse Ministry,” which provided Bibles throughout the world. Neal was an active member of the local Gothenburg Camp of the Gideons. This ministry also provides Bibles around the world. In his later years, Neal enjoyed driving a semi, until his health forced his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Sharon of 48 years; niece Karmel Clark and family of Traverse City, Mich.; and a multitude of church family and friends.

Neal was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Alethia Kendall.

A memorial has been established in his memory at the Cozad Bible Church to purchase Gideon Bibles.

Graveside services were held January 12, 2015, at the Greenwood Cemetery North of Lexington, Neb. A Celebration of Life Service was January 12, 2015, at the Cozad Bible Church. ❖

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Cornelia V. Nelson

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

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

Cornelia graduated from Loveland High School in 1953.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patricia Schreiner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Zora Daughenbaugh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kevin Manary

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

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

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his mother.

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

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Thelma M. Horton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daniel Bauer

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

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

He married Katherine Ann Scherrer on October 7, 1950.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rick J. Davidson

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

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

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

Richard enjoyed Tractors and the farming industry.

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

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

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

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

Theo Ertl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No memorial service will be held.

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

Edward John Hoaglund

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

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

Ed served in the US Army from 1960 to 1966.

On August 10, 1967 he married Ida Lee Nordstrom.

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

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

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

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

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

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Frederick Allen Fick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karen A. Cox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Clara Irvin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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