Obituaries

Rocky Mountain Obits 4-14-14

April 14, 2014 — 

Wayne Darrel Wadsworth

Wayne Darrel Wadsworth, 85, of Greeley,, Colo., passed away April 4, 2014, at Garden Square of Greeley Assisted Living with his family by his side.

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Western Slope Obits 4-14-14

April 14, 2014 — 

Denzel F. Hartshorn

Denzel F. “Denny” Hartshorn 79, passed away April 3, 2014, at HopeWest after years living with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Plains Edition Obits 4-12-14

April 14, 2014 — 

Catherine Dorothy Francis Knight

Catherine Dorothy Francis Knight, 97, known as “Dottie” passed away April 3, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 4-7-14

April 7, 2014 — 

Joseph “Dan” Malloy

Joseph “Dan” Malloy, 65, of Berthoud, Colo., passed away March 21, 2014, in Loveland, Colo.

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Western Slope Obits 4-7-14

April 7, 2014 — 

Thomas (Tom) Frederick Jones

Thomas (Tom) Frederick Jones, 73, of Cedaredge, Colo., passed away March 29, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 4-5-14

April 7, 2014 — 

Vernon D. Harms

Vernon D. Harms, 79, of Bushnell, Neb., passed away March 24, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 3-31-14

March 31, 2014 — 

Linnola B. Bury

Linnola B. Bury, 89, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away March 23, 2014, at Life Care Center of Longmont.

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Western Slope Obits 3-31-14

March 31, 2014 — 

Shirley I. Galloway

Shirley I. Galloway, 85, a native of Rifle, Colo., and long-time resident of the Rifle and Divide Creek Communities, passed away in Worland, Wyo., on February 13, 2014.

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Plains Edition Obits 3-29-14

March 31, 2014 — 

Mary Suzanne “Suzi” Noonan

Mary Suzanne “Suzi” Noonan, 69, of North Platte, Neb., passed away March 25, 2014.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 3-24-14

March 24, 2014 — 

Pansy Cecil Eckhardt Stahlecker

Pansy Stahlecker, 81, of Ft. Collins, Colo., passed away March 14, 2014, at Columbine Health.

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Plains Edition Obits 3-22-14

March 24, 2014 — 

Margaret Ressegieu

Margaret “Meg” Ressegieu, 91, of Ogallala, Neb., passed away February 23, 2014 in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 3-17-14

March 17, 2014 — 

Judith Marie (Williams) McIrvin

Judith Marie (Williams) McIrvin, 67, passed away March 6, 2014, in her home.

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Western Slope Obits 3-17-14

March 17, 2014 — 

Darrell Volgamore

Darrell Volgamore, 81, of Delta, Colo., passed away March 7, 2014 at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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Plains Edition Obits 3-15-14

March 17, 2014 — 

Hazel M. Wolf

Hazel M. Wolf, 79, of Stapleton, Neb., went to her Eternal home on March 8, 2014, at The Good Life Nursing Home in Callaway, Neb.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 3-10-14

March 10, 2014 — 

Carolyn Kay Chadwick

Carolyn Kay “Cookie” Chadwick, 72, passed away February 21, 2014.

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Western Slope Obits 3-10-14

March 10, 2014 — 

Davie Dave Robertson

Davie Dean (Dave) Robertson, 83, passed away February 11, 2014, at the Rangely District Hospital after a year of severe illness.

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Plains Edition Obits 3-8-14

March 10, 2014 — 

Bette J. Krauter

Bette Jean (Chesmore) Williams Krauter, 88, of Sidney, Neb., passed away February 26, 2014, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

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Rocky Mountain Obits 3-3-14

March 3, 2014 — 

Hazel Jean Wheeler

Hazel Wheeler, 83, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., passed away February 18, 2014 at The Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat following a brief fight with breast cancer.

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Western Slope Obits 3-3-14

March 3, 2014 — 

Larry Ross Knowles

Larry Ross Knowles, 70, of Crawford, Colo., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Hotchkiss, Colo.

Larry was born to Ross and Agnes (Sharpe) Knowles on November 12, 1943 in Soda Springs, Idaho.

He grew up in Bancroft, Idaho, where he graduated from North Gem High School. He was a state champion wrestler. He rode bulls and traveled the rodeo circuit.

He married Cheryl Nance in September of 1964. The couple had two daughters. The marriage ended in divorce.

Larry married Robbyn Arlene Hayward on June 28, 1969 in Security, Colorado. The couple moved to Crawford in 1974 where they raised their family. Larry worked as a coal miner, concrete finisher and many part time jobs. He loved to help the ranchers with branding, moving cows or anything else that needed to be done. He loved hunting, riding and camping in the mountains. He also loved snowmobiling, water skiing, camping with family and friends, spending time in the great outdoors and he truly was a hard working man.

In 1994, Larry and Robbyn moved to Black Mesa Lodge and worked for Tom McLeod. He spent the next 17 years doing all the things he loved to do in a family atmosphere where he made friends from all over the country. He retired from the mountain in 2011 and moved back to Crawford, where he loved hanging out with friends, family, and watching the Broncos.

Larry was a member of several organizations including Hotchkiss Elks Lodge, North Fork Snowmobile Club, Clampers and a former volunteer for the Crawford Fire Department.

Larry is survived by his wife, Robbyn Knowles of Crawford, Colo.; three daughters: Tammy (Kenny) Hatch of Pueblo West, Colo.; Tracy Knowles (Tim) Chapman of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and Angele (Randy) Rodstrom of Crawford, Colo.; two sons, Jeff (Kristi) Knowles and Grant (Tina) Knowles both of Whitewater, Colo.; two sisters, Annabel Muir of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Marty Latham of Inkom, Idaho; and one brother, Kenny (Sharon) Knowles of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Larry is further survived by eight grandchildren: Jennifer (Tom) Henderson, Tucker, Moriah, Ashley, Zaviar, Becca, Brittney and Courtney; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many kids who grew up in Crawford and thought of him as “Pops”.

Larry was preceded in death by his brother, Grant Ellis Knowles; parents, Ross and Agnes Knowles; and his grandparents.

At Larry’s request, no services will be held. A Celebration of Life and Potluck was held March 1, 2014, at the Boardwalk in Crawford.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Larry’s memory to the Crawford Ambulance and Crawford Fire Department. View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at TaylorFuneralService.com. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 3-1-14

March 3, 2014 — 

Margaret Ressegieu

Margaret “Meg” Ressegieu, 91, of Ogallala, Neb., and formerly of Arthur and Alliance, passed away February 23, 2014 in the Ogallala Community Hospital.

Margaret Mary Meyers, a third generation Nebraskan, was born September 9, 1922 in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Edward P. (“E.P.”) and Margaret M. (Gorman) Meyers.

Meg grew up in Omaha but spent her summers in Arthur, Nebraska which she often referred to as “God’s own cattle country.” There she enjoyed one of her fondest memories riding horses and gathering cattle throughout the sandhills.

She attended Barat College at Lake Forest, Ill., during her freshman and sophomore years. Meg then attended Duchesne College and obtained her Bachelors Degree. At this time she was a countess at Ak-Sar-Ben representing Arthur County.

In 1945 Meg was united in marriage to Edwin John “Jack” Ressegieu in Omaha. The couple made their home in Alliance and three children were born to this union. Together they built a ranching business in western Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming that drew praise from many.

Following Jack’s death in 1977 Meg moved to Ogallala and started the Meg Ressegieu Cattle Company. She was very proud to refer to her cattle as her “resort creatures.” She loved her cows, putting salt and mineral out, and going to brandings. Meg was seen regularly on sale day in her special seat at the Ogallala Livestock Auction.

Since she was a child Meg looked forward to attending the National Western Stock Show in Denver where the Ressegieus often showed and sold registered Herefords.

Often seen in the local restaurants, she was known as the “lady with the book.” Meg was an avid sports fan of her beloved Kansas Wild Cats, Denver Broncos, Dodgers, and her hometown Arthur Wolves. She often said “I love sports and I go with the season.” Her hobbies included reading biographies, playing bridge, and singing in the choir.

Meg had an unwavering faith in God. She was a devout member of St. Lukes Catholic Church and belonged to the Sacred Heart Society. Other memberships included National Cattlemen, the American Legion, Moose Chapter 122, and the Elks Club.

One of her greatest attributes was her quiet, unseen generosity that she showed to so many people. Meg possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. She was known for her ease in conversing with even total strangers. Throughout her life she maintained a genuine, humble and simple demeanor that won the hearts of many. Meg thrived on living a good and fulfilled life. Her signature gift of joy showed through her constant smiling, laughter, and eccentric personality and will always be remembered by her friends and family.

Survivors include her children: Matt (Rachel) Ressegieu of Kansas City, Kan., and Therese (Steve) Dunn of Cottage Grove, Or., Grandchildren: Anna (Marty) Larsen of Arthur, Neb.; Serapha (Leondro) Cruz of New York, N.Y.; Juniper Hill of Stillwater, Minn.; Dustin Reed of Helena, Mont; Jack (Zhen Zhen) Dunn of Bejing, China; Faith Dunn and Tasha (Leland) Doolittle and Shaina (Kris) Lyons, all of Cottage Grove, Or.; Isaiah (Lacey) Dunn of Eugene, Or.; Luke Ressegieu of North Platte, Neb.; and Erin Ressegieu of Kansas City, Kan., and 14 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband, her daughter Susan in 2013, her sister Esther Caldwell Meyers in 1995, two infant brothers, and a great-grandson Brady Larsen in 1995.

Mass of Christian Burial was held March 1, in St. Lukes Catholic Church. Interment took place in the Arthur Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Arthur Betterment Authority, PO Box 31, Arthur, Neb., 69121.

Online Condolences may be sent to www.DrauckerFuneralHome.com. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 2-24-14

March 3, 2014 — 

Jesse Ernest Loyd

Jesse Ernest Loyd, 90, of Hereford, Colo., passed away February 11, 2014, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Ernie was born on April 30, 1923, to Jesse and Selma (Patterson) Loyd near Parker, Colo.

He graduated from Parker High School in 1941 and after service in the Marines, returned home to continue his career in farming and marry his beloved wife of 68 years, Evelyn Flierl.

A native of Parker, Colo., Ernie moved to the Hereford, Colo., area in 1972 to expand the farming operation with his sons and daughter.

Ernie loved the farm life, his dairy cows, growing crops and building and fixing everything.

He served on the Parker School board and was a member of the High West Energy board from 1979 to 2004. He will be sadly missed by his family.

Ernie is survived by his wife Evelyn and five children: Jim (Lonna), Dan (Donna), Pat (Cindy), Mike (Helen) and Polly Derksen (Jon) all of Hereford, Colo. Ernie has 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Nelson of Parker, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Francis Loyd.

Private family services will be held. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery in Grover, Colo.

Condolences may be made to the family online by going to www.SchraderCares.com. ❖

Lewis Delbert Kemry

Lewis Delbert Kemry, 93, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., passed away January 28, 2014 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

He was born in his grandparent’s cabin near Steamboat Springs, Colo., on March 30, 1920.

He attended country schools and helped with all the farm/ranch chores until he graduated from High School in 1939. With the money he made on a wheat crop he was able to buy his first Hereford calf. He went on to become one of the top Hereford breeders in the nation.

In 1944 he enlisted in the army. He proudly served with the Rainbow Division, which was famous for the liberation of the Dachaw Concentration Camp. He was discharged in 1946 and returned home to continue ranching.

He met his wife Betty Cary and they were married on September 24, 1950. They had four children and continued raising Herefords and haying.

Around their 50th Anniversary they sold the ranch and retired. They spent the years moving between winters in Grand Junction and summers in Steamboat. He had seen the changes from doing everything by manual labor with the aid of horses, to new way of having the equipment do the work for you.

Lewis was always ready to go fishing when the chores were done and always caught the most fish. In the fall he would go hunting.

He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Irene (Kemry) and husband Iven Tucker, and sons Delbert and wife Debbie Kemry, James and wife Linda Kemry and his sister’s Eunice Dorr and Harriet Aspergren. Grandchildren, Daniel (Katlyn) Kemry, Daryl (Sabrina) Kemry, Scott (Candi) Tucker, Jason (Jolene) Tucker, Kristi (Chris) O’Rourke. Great grand children, Jayden, Dakota, Tayla and Wade Kemry. Emily and Andrew Tucker, and Cami and Kyle O’Rourke. And many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Alta and infant son Wayne.

Services were held February 1, 2014. ❖

Florence Lorena Reck

Florence Reck, 91, of Greeley, Colo., passed away February 15, 2014, at the Hospice of Northern Colorado Inpatient Unit.

She was born August 3, 1922 in Johnstown, Colo., to Jacob and Elizabeth (Roth) Croissant.

She attended Hardin School through the eighth grade and was the last survivor of 12 children.

Florence married Alfred H. Reck on February 12, 1949, at the First Baptist Church in LaSalle, Colo. He passed away November 17, 1983.

She was a homemaker and after Alfred died, she began working at Toddy’s and later at Wal-Mart as a greeter. She enjoyed her work there for 15 years.

Florence attended the First Baptist Church in LaSalle, Colo., and later Sherwood Park Baptist Church for the past few years.

Survivors include her daughter; Cindy (Craig) Hayward of Mitchell, Neb.; daughter-in-law Laura Reck of Eaton, Colo.; grandchildren Matt (Kendall) Reck of Greeley, Colo., Jeff Reck of Greeley, Colo., Andy (Megan) Hayward of Morrill, Neb., and Chris Hayward of Scottsbluff, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her siblings; Elsie, Peter, Henry, Chris, Reinhold, Roland, Harold, Olinda, Paul, Elmer and Albert, her parents, husband, son Larry and daughter Wanda.

Funeral services were held February 20, 2014, at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Interment took place in Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorials gifts may be made to Sherwood Park Baptist Church or American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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

Frank Werber

Frank Werber, 100, passed away February 4, 2014.

Frank was the son of the late Golden residents Rudolph and Lillian Werber, formerly of Alice, Colo., near St. Mary’s Glacier and later Idaho Springs. The family moved to Golden around 1905, bringing their belongings by horse and wagon down over Mt. Zion.

He married Verna Williams of Michigan in 1934 after meeting her in Evergreen, Colo., where they were both residing at the time.

Frank served in WWII as a tank commander, driving scouting tanks in France and Belgium for General Patton’s 3rd Army, 6th Armored Division, landing on Omaha Beach one month after D-Day.

He was secretary of the Golden Civil Service for 10 years, was active in both the Golden Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion and retired as Assistant Postmaster of the Golden Post Office in 1972 after having worked for the Postal Department for nearly 30 years. He and his wife Verna remained in their Golden home till January of this year.

Mr. Werber is survived by his wife Verna, son Richard Werber (Teresa) of Aurora, Colo., daughter Lori Otis (Donald) and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Franklin Gordon Werber and daughter-in-law Joan Werber.

Cremation with Memorial Service was held February 11, 2014 at Mt. Vernon Event Center in Golden, Colo. ❖

Ruth Mae Shepherd

Ruth Mae Shepherd, 87, passed away February 11, 2014 at the Greeley Place in Greeley, Colo.

Ruth was born in Chugwater, Wyo., March 7, 1926 to Homer and Myrtle Harry.

She attended school in Chugwater and Shoshoni Wyo., Ruth was working at Chugwater Hill when she met Robert “Bob” Shepherd. Soon after, they married in Sydney, Neb., on June 20, 1942.

While Bob was deployed at war, Ruth gave birth to their first child Patsy Kay Shepherd in 1942 in California where they were stationed. When Bob got out of the military they moved to Colorado to work at a Dairy farm in the mountains outside of Estes Park in 1945. Ruth gave birth to their second child Robert “Bobby” Shepherd in Longmont in 1946. Ruth and her family moved to Walden, Colo., in the spring of 1948 where they ran their own cattle ranch for 14 years. Ruth gave birth to their third child Ronald Lee Shepherd in 1948 in Lander, Wyo.

Ruth would cook for all the hired men and help out with ranch duties while they ran their own ranch. She also had several jobs in the town of Walden to help out as well. After Ruth and Bob sold their ranch, they managed other ranches for 9 years. In 1969 they worked for Allards where they would run cows in the mountains of Walden in the summer and run cows in the Greeley area in the winter. In 1977 Ruth and Bob adopted their grandsons Scott and Mike Shepherd. Ruth worked a couple different jobs; one of her favorites was when she worked for UNC, where she got to cook for the Denver Broncos during their summer training. She retired at the age of 64. During retirement she and her husband enjoyed traveling to Arizona for the winter.

Ruth loved The Lord and her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Patsy (Pat) Cox of Texas, Bobby (Ramona) Shepherd of Lasalle, Colo., Ronald (Denise) Shepherd of Canada, Scott (JJ) Shepherd of Greeley, Colo., Mike (Candi) Shepherd of Greeley, Colo., grand children: Becky (Jamie) Budden of Canada, Carol Shepherd of Canada, Tammy White of Ft. Collins, Colo., Tracy (Cindy) White of Montana, and Christine (Les) Amory of Nebraska, 12 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob Shepherd, one brother and six sisters.

Services were held February 19, 2014 at the Gilcrest Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mike Shepherd for The Greeley Place Recreation Program in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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

Plains Edition Obits 2-22-14

March 3, 2014 — 

Phyllis I. Dodson Mayfield

Phyllis I. Dodson Mayfield, 76, of North Platte, Neb., passed away at her home on February 3, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.

Phyllis was born February 9, 1937, to Harold Alvin and Dorothea Mae Loghry Dodson at Maywood, Neb., where she grew up.

She attended grade school in Rural School District No. 73 in southern Lincoln County. Phyllis graduated from high school at the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, Neb., in 1954 then attended the Grand Island Business College in Grand Island, Neb.

Phyllis moved to North Platte in the spring of 1955 and worked in the office of Sixth Street Food Store for several years.

On March 24, 1956, Phyllis married Robert “Bud” Mayfield in North Platte, Neb. They made their home in North Platte except for two years in Lexington, Neb., where Bud opened and managed the Sidles Auto Store and Phyllis worked in the office of the new Sixth Street Food Store. They returned to North Platte in 1960 and built their home at 3021 South Oak where they lived, raised their family and retired. Bud and Phyllis bought the Mr. Automotive Parts Store in 1978 and operated it for over 20 years before selling it; Phyllis continued to work there part-time as bookkeeper (loving every minute of it) and always looked forward to going to work.

Phyllis was baptized in the Lexington Methodist Church in 1959 then transferred to the First United Methodist Church in North Platte in 1960 and received her 50 year membership pin from there in November 2009.

When their children were younger, Phyllis was an active member of the Osgood Mother’s Club, Homemakers Extension Club and was a 4-H Leader. She was also a member of the Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does since 1993, a five year Musician Officer and was nominated by the Elks as Elk Doe of the Year.

Phyllis loved music, clogging, dancing, camping and working. She loved being outdoors tending to her flowers and garden and canning foods. Phyllis especially loved being with her family and friends. She loved early mornings and living life to its fullest. Phyllis had a lot of love in her heart and hugs were most important to her — the grandkids, nieces and nephews always knew there was a hug coming when together.

Phyllis leaves behind her loving husband of 57 years, Bud, of North Platte, Neb.; her daughter, Jody (Jeff) Ford of Elkhorn, Neb.; two sons Rick (Yvonne) Mayfield of Bassett, Neb., and Rusty (Bridget) Mayfield of North Platte, Neb.; four grandchildren, McKenzie Jo and Bill McCarter and Megan and Mark Mayfield; a great-granddaughter, Charleigh Rose McCarter; her sister, Eileen (Vernon “Sonny”) Shirley of North Platte, Neb.; a brother, Duane (Beverly) Dodson of Maywood, Neb.; sister-in-law, Mick Hoffmann of North Platte, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved very much; and other family and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Dorothea Dodson; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Vencill; her brother-in-law, Larry Hoffmann; a daughter, Joni Marie; and a son, Randy Lee.

Funeral service were held February 6, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial took place in the Maywood Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Maywood Cemetery, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Callahan Cancer Center, First United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be shared at OdeanChapel.com. ❖

Mary Ann Buchholz

Mary Ann Buchholz, 80, of Lincoln, Neb.,passed away February 18, 2014.

She was born July 7, 1933 in Tekamah, Neb., to Michael and Ida (Robinson) Sklenar.

Mary was a retired nurse, member of Faith Lutheran Church, Circle of Faith, NAPE/AFSCME and past president of Retirees. She loved her cats and dogs. She enjoyed doing ceramics, reading, quilting, sewing, cooking, gardening and canning.

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bucky” Buchholz; daughters, Debra (Eric) Riveland, Elkhorn, NE and Sandy Heil, Lincoln, NE; granddaughter, Emily Heil; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service were held February 22, 2014 at Roper and Sons Chapel in Waverly, Neb. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Capital Humane Society, 6500 South 70th (16), Lincoln, Neb. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 2-17-14

February 18, 2014 — 

Richard Eugene “Dick” Kimmel

Richard Eugene “Dick” Kimmel, 83, of Nunn, Colo., passed away February 10, 2014, at his home.

Dick was born February 16, 1930 in Beloit, Kan., to Joseph and Bernice (Spencer) Kimmel.

He grew up in Garden City, Kan., and enjoyed playing basketball, football, and track, as well as going hunting with his dad and friends. During high school, Dick helped care for his dad’s sheep, hauling water for the sheep and food for the sheep herders every night after ball practice. After high school, he worked for a glass company and played on their basketball team. In 1950 Dick enlisted in the Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was sent for Administrative Training at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He held the rank of Staff Sergeant when he was discharged in 1954.

Dick received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist in Education Degrees from Bowling Green State University. While at BGSU he met and married his wife of 61 years, Florence “Tillie” Davis in 1952. Together they had a son, Joe, and a daughter, Kathy.

Dick went on to have a satisfying career as an educator, beginning in Cygnet, Ohio, and later in Lakeside, Ohio, Sylvania, Ohio, and finally in Grover, Colo. He was accomplished as a sixth grade teacher, bus driver, basketball coach, principal, financial director, and retired after 21 years as superintendent of Pawnee School in Grover. Dick really enjoyed being touched by the lives of so many students and teachers over the years.

Dick enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting with his family. Sporting events were always a big part of his life, especially when his kids or grandkids were competing. He was always there to help his kids on the ranches, whether it was fixing fence, moving cattle, branding, or just driving through the cows. If anyone ever needed a helping hand, he was there.

He attended Sherwood Park Baptist Church, was a member of the Grover Community Club, and attended as many UNC women’s basketball games as he was able.

Dick is survived by his wife, Florence “Tillie” Kimmel; his son, Joe (Karen) Kimmel; his daughter, Kathy (Doug) Adams; his grandchildren, Tyler (Mindy) Kimmel, Troy Kimmel, Casey (Cody) Adams, and Kammi Adams; his sister, Joyce (Corky) Hall, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held February 13, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Eaton, Colo.

Memorial gifts may be made in Dick’s honor to: Pawnee School, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Martin W. Ferguson, Sr.

Martin W. Ferguson, Sr., 98, of Lingle, Wyo., passed away February 11, 2014 in Torrington, Wyo.

He was born February 7, 1916 in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Walter and Julia Ferguson.

He married Gladys “Mina” Talkington on February 28, 1965 in Carpenter, Wyo.

He retired from ranching and was a member of the First Congregational Church, International Order of Oddfellows Lodge No. 1, Golden K, Farm Bureau, Wyoming Stockgrowers and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys “Mina” Ferguson of Lingle, Wyo.; children, Christine Burkhart and Julie Tiedaman of Des Moines, Iowa, Jo Ann Soto, Jack Talkington and Connie Snyder of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jim Talkington of Hillsdale, Wyo., Lela Dennis of Lingle, Wyo.; 18 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Martin W. Ferguson, Jr., brothers, Mark, Walter, II., and Charles Ferguson; sisters Eva Ferguson, Martha Salsbury and Bergetta Wilson and three grandchildren.

Services will be February 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at the First Congregational Church with interment to follow in Beth El Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.SchraderCares.com. ❖

John August Ehmke

John August Ehmke, 94, of Grover, Colo., passed away peacefully February 4, 2014 at Life Care Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born March 12, 1919 in Grover, Colo., to Friedrich and Clara (Schierenbeck) Ehmke.

John grew up in Grover and attended the Pawnee School District.

On January 1, 1973, he married Darlene Kaiser in Cheyenne, Wyo.

John enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

John was a lifetime member of the Evans VFW Post No. 6624, a lifetime member of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association, and a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

John is survived by his daughters, Bonnie (John) Joerschke of Athens, Ga., Donna (Larry) Solberg of Davenport, Iowa; grandchildren, Steve Pixley of Grover, Colo., Renee Zimmerman of Germany, Lisa Letcher of Chugwater, Wyo., Katy Solberg of Davenport, Iowa, Anna Joerschke of Athens, Ga; five great-grandchildren; nephews, Leroy Backer, George Ehmke; and nieces, Letha Chambers and Marlene Dunn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darlene; brothers, Elmer and Fred; sister, Emma; and niece, Lois Fritzler.

A Celebration of Life Service was held February 10, 2014, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley, Colo. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grover Community Club in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖

Blaine Adrian Farrar

Blaine Adrian Farrar, 87, of Curtis, Neb., passed away January 26, 2014.

He was born on June 19, 1926 at his parent’s home north of Maywood.

Blaine graduated from Maywood High School in 1943 and began farming with his father on the place his parents purchased west of Maywood. They raised wheat, corn and cattle. On June 4, 1945, Blaine was inducted into the U.S Army. After completion of basic training he was assigned overseas in Leghorn, Italy until his discharge in January, 1947, at which time he returned to the family farm.

On August 15, 1947, he married Eileen Shirley with whom he had four daughters. Shortly after their marriage, Blaine took over the farm operations. He continued farming and raising cattle but also started a career as an auctioneer and realtor.

In 1959, Blaine completed auctioneer training at the Reisch American School of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and joined Phillips and Son Auction Service which later became Phillips and Farrar Auctioneers. He also received his real estate broker’s license in 1960.

In 1979, he and Eileen moved from the farm to Curtis, Neb., and established Farrar Auction and Real Estate. He continued in the real estate business until 1994.

In 1993, Eileen passed away. Blaine married Dorsie Rupe Hueftle of Eustis, Neb., on April 17, 1999 and they continued to live in Curtis, Neb., where both were actively involved in church and community activities.

Blaine was active in serving his community and was a member of many organizations to include the Lion’s Club, the American Legion, Area 15 Stockgrowers, McCook Elks Club and the Masonic Lodge. He served on the Board of Directors of the AmFirst Bank in McCook, Neb., for several years. Blaine was a life-long member of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association, serving on its Board of Directors as well as serving as Vice President and President. He was selected as Auctioneer of the Year in 1988 and in 2004 was inducted into the Nebraska Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Curtis United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Dorsie, daughters Sheila Sautter (Mike) of Grand Island, Neb., Sheri Farrar of Omaha, Neb., Cindy McConnell (Mike) of North Platte, Neb., and Sandra Frahm (Jeff) of Oakland, Neb., his sister Eileen Furrow and 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He also is survived by three stepchildren, Monte, Pam and Lonnie Hueftle and their families. He was loved by a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Eileen (Shirley), his parents, Vance and Fern Farrar, two brothers Lynn and Dale and one sister, Veryl Tuttle.

Services were held Jan. 30, 2014, in Curtis, Neb. Interment followed in the Maywood Cemetery in Maywood, Neb. ❖

Donald Currie

Donald Currie, 83, of Firestone, Colo., passed away February 9, 2014, at Frontier Therapy Center.

Don was born on January 16, 1930, in Durango, Colo., to George Donald Currie and Janet Kathryn Scott Currie.

He went to school at Allison through third grade, then moved to Bayfield, Colo. The family lived in Bayfield and on the HuBar Dude Ranch which belonged to his grandfather, Hugh George Currie. An early pioneer family, he was accustomed to being outdoors and hard work. He spent his life working for the National Park System, ranching and related ranch “trades.”

In his teens, the family moved to Silver City, N.M., where Don finished his school years. At Age 14, he worked at his Uncle Fiske’s dairy and delivered milk around the area; including deliveries to the German prisoners of war at Fort Bayard, N.M. Following graduation from Silver City High School, he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He loved his country and his opportunity to serve, it.

Don married Charlotte Johnson, which resulted in divorce, but from this marriage came son Donald and twin daughters Janet and Julie. Don then met and married Barbara Lee Gardnier, together they had three children: Gary, Tina and Cathy. Barbara passed away in 1993. Alone again, Don then met and married Barbara Fenn Lebsack on December 10, 1994 in Longmont, Colo.

Don began his ranching career in the Four Corners area. He began working for the National Park, serving as a firefighter in Arizona wildfires. He would later work for National Park, including Bent Fort, near Las Animas, Colo. He took various ranching jobs in the southwest and mountain states. His love for cattle, horses and caring for the land was special to him. He had worked for the Aristocrat Angus and Houston family for the past 20 years. While in Las Animas, Colo., he also opened a shoe and leather shop, where he became an expert at saddle making and ranching leather works, transferring those skills to Augusta, Kansas where he opened another shoe repair and leather shop.

Don was a talented fisherman, big game hunter, especially enjoying his time while working in the Grand Teton’s. A wonderful story teller, his easiest subject was to simply share the adventuresome and exciting life he had led.

Surviving are his wife of Firestone, Colo.; son Gary (Wilma) Currie of Arvada, Colo.; Tina Currie of Gilbert, Ariz.; Cathy (Earl) Avara of Byers, Colo.; Janet Buck of Odessa, Neb.; Julia (Eugene) Gongaware of Havelock, N.C.; step daughter Tracie (Ken) DeFeo of Hudson, Colo.; step son Jim Lebsack of Thornton, Colo.; 21 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren and his brother George Robert Currie and his wife Judy of Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Preceding him in death were his parents; special grandfather George Hugh Currie; son Donald; his brother James and a granddaughter Shayne Friday.

Private services and interment have been held. A Memorial Celebration will be announced later this spring.

Contributions are requested to the Wounded Warriors Project, 1 S. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80903. ❖

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February 18, 2014 — 

Tiny McDaniel

Tiny McDaniel, 61, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passed away following complications from lung cancer on February 4, 2014, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Gaylon Scott “Tiny” McDaniel was born to Ralph and June (Fricke) McDaniel on July 15, 1952 in Pipestone, Minn.

He spent his early childhood in Pipestone and graduated from high school in West Bend, Wisc., with the class of 1970.

On November 22, 1979, Tiny married Linda Reschke in Hotchkiss, Colo. Tiny and Linda shared 34 years of marriage together last year.

Tiny was employed by West Elk Mine for many years, developing lifelong friends throughout his career. He enjoyed riding horses, driving his horses in harness, and horse camping. He also loved hiking Colorado fourteeners and high country trails. He was a true outdoors man spending every chance he could fishing, hunting and taking care of his ranch. One of his greatest accomplishments was summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa on Sept. 28, 2012. Above all, Tiny was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Tiny was a member of several organizations including: Grand Mesa Harness Club, Cones Days at Nikki Minch’s and a local Snowmobile Club.

Tiny is survived by his wife, Linda McDaniel of Hotchkiss, Colo.; his mother, June McDaniel of West Bend, Wisc.; two sons, Shawn McDaniel of Ironridge, Wisc.; and David McDaniel of Paonia, Colo.; three sisters, Roxie (Joe) Volesky of West Bend, Wisc.; Kathi (Kevin) Rasbornick of Madison, Wisc.; and Jan (Leo) Chilson of Kewaskum, Wisc.; his mother-in-law, Lura Reschke of Hotchkiss, Colo.; father-in-law, Joe David Reschke of Hotchkiss, Colo.; three sisters-in-law, Louise (Barry) Beckley of Norwalk, Calif.; Lois Hines of Wamego, Kan.; and Leabeth Quinn of Calgary, Canada; two brothers-in-law, Larry (Sharon) Reschke of Eckert, Colo.; and Luke (Frankie) Reschke of Paonia, Colo., along with many wonderful nieces and nephews. Tiny is further survived by his granddaughters who were his pride and joy, Maia McDaniel and Kailia Carre-Smith.

Tiny was preceded in death by his father, Ralph McDaniel.

Graveside services were held February 9, 2014, at the Riverside Cemetery in Hotchkiss, Colo. A celebration of Tiny’s life will be held later this spring.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Tiny’s memory to the Delta County Memorial Hospital Oncology and Infusion Center. ❖

Edna D. Blackwell

Edna D. Blackwell, 98, of Delta, Colo., passsed away January 28, 2014, in Delta, Colo.

Edna D. Shirley was born to James and Flossie (McNeil) Shirley on April 25, 1915, in Frederick, Okla. She spent her childhood and attended schools in Clauene, Texas.

On October 10, 1931, Edna married Willie D. Blackwell in Clovis, N.M. To this union, three sons were born. The Blackwell’s resided in Albuquerque, N.M., for many years before moving to Delta 17 years ago.

Edna enjoyed flowers, tending to her gardens, crocheting and she was a beautiful seamstress. More importantly, she was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.

Edna was a member of the Rio Grande Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Edna is survived by three sons: Noah W. Blackwell and wife Charlotte of Delta, Colo.; Billie Wayne Blackwell and wife Odell of Tow, Texas; and Ronald Douglas Blackwell and wife Beth of Checotah, Okla.; and one brother, Glenn Shirley of Levelland, Texas. Edna is further survived by five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

Edna was preceded in death by two grandsons, Dean Blackwell and Randy Blackwell.

Services were held February 4, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Delta, Colo. Burial followed at the Gunnison Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Edna’s memory to HopeWest Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Colo., 81416. ❖

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February 18, 2014 — 

Carolyn L. Mueller

Carolyn L. Mueller, 73, of Sutherland, Neb., passed away February 7, 2014.

Carolyn was born on July 17, 1940 in Lewellen, Neb., to Marvin and Edna (Grasz) Courter.

She grew up in Keystone and married Lawrence L. Mueller on February 28, 1958.

The couple moved to their family ranch north of Sutherland and made a life there until 2001.

She was an adopted grandma volunteer at the Sutherland School for many years and enjoyed many things including gardening, feeding the birds and collecting chicken and kitten figurines. She enjoyed yard sales with her sister Francis and following her grandchildren’s rodeo and fair events. She was renowned for her pumpkin pies, breads and “grandma’s” cooking.

Carolyn is survived by her children Lawrence “Buck” (Jane) Mueller of Gothenburg, Neb., Marvin (Janet) Mueller of Sutherland, Neb., Charlie Mueller of Sutherland, Neb., and Connie (Russell) Barnum of Stapleton, Neb.; seven grandchildren Ben (Mandy) Mueller of Adams, Minn., Levi Mueller of Gillette, Wyo., Lydsey Mueller of Gothenburg, Neb., Brandi Mueller of Joliet, Ill., BoDelle Mueller of Sutherland, Neb., Bronc (Shannon) Barnum of Torrington, Wyo., and Clancey Barnum of Stapleton, Neb.; two great grandchildren Hailey Phroper and Riley O’Brien; siblings Nancy Waterman of Ogallala, Neb., Francis Pace of North Platte, Neb., and Frank Courter of Lewellen, Neb.; and numerous other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lawrence; granddaughter Brittany Mueller, and brother Ernest Courter.

Funeral services were held February 14, 2014, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial followed at Riverview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sutherland Care Center, Sutherland American Legion Hall or the Sutherland Rural Fire Department and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

James Madison Drinkwalter

James Madison Drinkwalter, 89, of Valentine, Neb., passed away January 5, 2014 at the Cherry County Hospital.

He was born June 23, 1924 in Valentine, Neb.

A lifelong Cherry County resident, he grew up in the Kilgore area. Jim graduated from Valentine High School in 1943.

He entered the United States Navy shortly after graduation and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

He married Kathleen Hanna on May 22, 1948. To this union were born three children, Sheila and twins, Jim and Jan.

He was a rancher in the Goose Creek area where he and Kate lived until they retired to Valentine, Neb.

He was involved in many organizations, including a 4-H leader, 50 year Master Mason, 60 year member of the American Legion, Sandhills Cattle Association, and a volunteer firefighter for the Purdum district. He belonged to the Valentine Presbyterian Church.

He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed sharing this love with others. He had a twinkle in his eye as he found a way to tease or play a prank.

Survived by his wife Kate of 65 years; children, Sheila (Art) Nelson, Jim Drinkwalter, and Jan Drinwalter. Grandchildren Jana (Grant) Bitner, Katie Nelson, Maggie (Sid) Hackwith, Joe (Maggie) Drinkwalter, and Nicole Drinkwalter. Great-grandchildren Kayla, Hanna, Kaliyah, and Katelyn. Sisters Dorothy Sharp, Mary Lou Thornton, Delma (Dave) Fischer, Alma Lea (Phil) Keller, Betty (Mike) Boykin, Charlotte Edwards and Brother Bill (Gail) Drinkwalter; sisters-in-law, Marylouise Giles and Isla Drinkwalter; brother-in-law, Bob Keim and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents Loren “Slim” and Esther (Coleman) Drinkwalter, brother George, sisters Irene Bernick and Lois Keim.

Memorial Service were held January 9, 2014 at Valentine Presbyterian Church. Burial was at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Wood Lake. ❖

Wilber (Will) Wayne McGreer

Wilber (Will) Wayne McGreer, 93, passed away February 9, in Ogallala, Neb.

Will, the second of three children, was born February 3, 1921, to Coyle George and Clara Mae Wilber McGreer.

Will grew up on his parent’s farm and attended elementary school at Cottonwood Corner southeast of Big Springs in Keith County. In 1927 the family moved to town where his dad worked as a carpenter. He attended Big Springs High School and graduated with the class of 1939. Will enjoyed basketball, track and breaking horses with his brother Harold. He often talked about running home from school every day and what fun they had ice skating. Will represented Big Springs at the first Nebraska Boys State in 1937. He was drafted into the US Army in 1942 and served in the European theater during 1944 and 1945, including the Battle of the Bulge.

Will farmed with his brother, Harold, upon his return from military service. He married Patricia Thalken on August 5, 1947, and soon moved to Paxton to farm and ranch. In 1958 they moved their growing family back to the farm in Big Springs when his father retired. Will and Pat opened McGreer Camper Park when the interstate went through in 1969 and continued running it until after their retirement from the farm. Even after they moved into town in 1988, Will continued helping out on the farm, especially during harvest.

Wilber was a member of the BPOE, American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed the Big Springs alumni banquets each year and had attended 72 of the 74 banquets since his graduation. He also was an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan and couldn’t pass up a good card game.

Survivors include son Michael and wife Louise of Big Springs, Neb.; daughter Maureen Balk Garza of Liberty, Mo.; son Mark and wife Nita of Big Springs, Neb.; daughter Marcia Petersen and husband Alan (Butch) of Leawood, Kan.; daughter Margaret (Peg) Wood and husband Steve of Whitewater, Colo.; and son Matthew and wife Diane of West Dundee, Ill.; sister Verna Sillasen and husband Jim of Keystone, Neb. Will is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Will was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, his brother Harold, and his son-in-law Thomas Balk.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ogallala, Neb. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Big Springs Cemetery at Big Springs, Neb.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at www.GubserFuneralHome.com. ❖

Blaine Adrian Farrar

Blaine Adrian Farrar, 87, of Curtis, Neb., passed away January 26, 2014, at his home.

He was born on June 19, 1926 at his parent’s home north of Maywood.

Blaine graduated from Maywood High School in 1943 and began farming with his father on the place his parents purchased west of Maywood. They raised wheat, corn and cattle. On June 4, 1945, Blaine was inducted into the U.S Army. After completion of basic training he was assigned overseas in Leghorn, Italy until his discharge in January, 1947, at which time he returned to the family farm.

On August 15, 1947, he married Eileen Shirley with whom he had four daughters. Shortly after their marriage, Blaine took over the farm operations. He continued farming and raising cattle but also started a career as an auctioneer and realtor.

In 1959, Blaine completed auctioneer training at the Reisch American School of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and joined Phillips and Son Auction Service which later became Phillips and Farrar Auctioneers. He also received his real estate broker’s license in 1960.

In 1979, he and Eileen moved from the farm to Curtis, Neb., and established Farrar Auction and Real Estate. He continued in the real estate business until 1994.

In 1993, Eileen passed away. Blaine married Dorsie Rupe Hueftle of Eustis, Neb., on April 17, 1999 and they continued to live in Curtis, Neb., where both were actively involved in church and community activities.

Blaine was active in serving his community and was a member of many organizations to include the Lion’s Club, the American Legion, Area 15 Stockgrowers, McCook Elks Club and the Masonic Lodge. He served on the Board of Directors of the AmFirst Bank in McCook, Neb., for several years. Blaine was a life-long member of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association, serving on its Board of Directors as well as serving as Vice President and President. He was selected as Auctioneer of the Year in 1988 and in 2004 was inducted into the Nebraska Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Curtis United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Dorsie, daughters Sheila Sautter (Mike) of Grand Island, Neb., Sheri Farrar of Omaha, Neb., Cindy McConnell (Mike) of North Platte, Neb., and Sandra Frahm (Jeff) of Oakland, Neb., his sister Eileen Furrow and 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He also is survived by three stepchildren, Monte, Pam and Lonnie Hueftle and their families. He was loved by a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Eileen (Shirley), his parents, Vance and Fern Farrar, two brothers Lynn and Dale and one sister, Veryl Tuttle.

Services were held January 30, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Curtis, Neb. Interment followed in the Maywood Cemetery in Maywood, Neb. ❖

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February 10, 2014 — 

Joann L. Blehm

Joann L. Blehm passed away January 26, 2014.

If adversity builds character then Joann’s personality was molded at an early age and to say she had a hard life is an understatement. We know Joann met this adversity with her fists up ready for the fight. Joann did not go down easy.

Joann loved living on her farm. She was proud to carry on the agricultural heritage from her grandparents, both the Krug’s and Elder’s but particularly the Elders. She lived all her adult life on the place they established in 1918. Grandad Elder (J.S) and Grannie Mom (Maude) doted and spoiled Joann; not only because she was an only child, but because she was their precious granddaughter. She brought joy and a deep love to their lives. You might say this is because she was a replacement for their daughter, Helen who died as a child. But most likely it was because she was Joann whose character and language made her a truly unique person.

When Joann Elder and Tony Blehm married in 1951 it was the beginning of a partnership in marriage and farming. Together they worked to maintain and improve the farm and therefore their lives. Two sons joined them: Mike in 1953 and Kevin in 1954. The boys learned the value of work from their father and learned shrewd financial management from their mother. Tony’s tragic death in 1972 brought an end to another chapter of Joann’s life. Many people would have curled up in the corner after a spouse’s untimely death. But not Joann, her astute understanding of how to make and keep a dollar, in a volatile industry such as farming, sustained Joann after Tony’s death. Joann continued to farm with the help of her sons and Jack and Pearl Mair.

Joann was the quintessential farmwoman providing support, financial knowledge and helping with the cattle. Joan partook in the day to day operation until the time of her death.

We cannot remember Joann without talking about animals. She loved her critters especially her cats. Pusser, her black and white tom cat, who lived to be 20-years-old was one of her favorites. Not many people could tell Joann anything but when Pusser wanted something Joann made sure his every need was met. How else could a cat live to be this old? Joann and Pusser’s favorite pass time was lying on the couch watching television.

Joann was always interested in history particular about Wellington and Northern Larimer County. Wellington celebrated its centennial in 2005. The Elder-Blehm Farm was recognized as a Heritage Farm. Joann and grandson, Reggan rode in the parade as family representatives. She was proud of her heritage and her grandsons, Kennan and Reggan, being the fifth generation of Elder blood to live on the farm section.

She was a strong believer in agriculture. Often Joann was a single voice of reason for agricultural advocacy in the midst of the chaotic population growth and development of Larimer County. Several newspaper articles featured Joann talking about drought, land and water use. Many local boards knew Joann’s point view would be distinctive and powerful even before she spoke. Many times Joann said what others were afraid to say. Joann believed in individual rights and most particularly in private property rights. Joann could have written the Thoreau quote “If I am not I, who will I be?” Many of us know it was hard to hold your own, let alone win a verbal argument with Joann. She had her own set of convictions and expressed them with a no holds bar attitude.

Joann was a rare individual. The current world seems to thrive and nurture people who follow the crowd and not raise a ruckus. Colleges put a high priority on teaching students to work cooperatively and to get along at all costs. We know Joann would not agree. In fact, she would raise a ruckus about people who acted like sheep following each other to their demise. Thoreau may have had a Joann in mind when he wrote: “If man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears however, measured or far away”. Joann was indeed a different drummer.

A Celebration of Life Service held January 30, 2014, at Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins, Colo. Interment followed at Grandview Cemetery.

Friends may send condolences to the family at BohlenderFuneralChapel.com. ❖

Alfred Tracy Clermont

Alfred Tracy Clermont, 67, of Fort Lupton, Colo., passed away January 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born May 23, 1945, in Denver, Colo., to Alfred F. and Nellie B. Clermont.

He had many talents — leather working, bull riding, horse shoeing and music. He was in the Sundowners riding club. Robert Crabtree was his leader which is where he met his lovely wife Joan Crabtree. They were married March 6, 1965, in Adams City, Colo. They later divorced. They had two daughters Billie Jo and Becky.

In the 1970s he moved to Enders, Neb., to help his uncle and cousins on their drilling rig. He drilled wells for several years then he moved to Crete, Neb., where he resided for several years. He thought he should have been born in the era of cowboys, indians and covered wagons. In the early 1990s he started on a trip from Crete, Neb., to Fort Lupton, Colo., with a covered wagon, two mules and his dog Gizzy (he loved his Boston Terriers). He seemed to have a great time. Multiple news papers wrote articles about his journey. In 1992 he moved to Fort Lupton, Colo., where he trained horses and lived out his days with his family, dog Tisha and listening to Waylon Jennings, his hero.

He is survived by his daughters Billie Ward and Becky (Rob) Kruback; granddaughter, Dixie Barnes; twin grandsons, Shawn and Alex (Taylor) Boviall; and great granddaughter, Faith; brother Eugene Clermont; Sister Ellen (Joel) Kling and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Sandy T. Williams.

A memorial service was held February 4, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Hudson, Colo. ❖

Dorothy Elaine Ford

Dorothy Elaine Ford, 80, passed away January 7, 2014.

Dorothy was born on November 9, 1933, to Homer and Dorothy Smith Bristol in Valentine, Neb.

On October 19, 1952, Dorothy married the love of her life, Floyd Ford in Littleton, Colo.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Floyd Ford, their son, Galen Ford and wife, Janice; four grandchildren, Gayle Lynne Ford, Shauna Johnson and husband, David, Jacob Ford and wife, Autumn, Lucas Ford and wife, Lindsey; eight great-grandchildren, Charles Ellis, Chandler, Dillan, Christian, Zac, Nicole, and Madison Ford, and Jessica Johnson; siblings, Merle Bristol and wife, Marjorie Arlo Bristole and wife, Ruby, Frances Barrett and Arlene Foley.;

She was preceded in death by her parents; their children, Linda Diane, Sonja Kay, Rodney Lynn, and Laurie Ann Ford.

A celebration of her life was held January 10, 2014, at Lake Ridge Chapel. ❖

Harold Kolstoe Hagen

Harold Kolstoe Hagen, 89, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away January 29, 2014, at Poudre Valley Hospital.

He was born November 18, 1924, to Gudor and Severine Hagen.

During World War II, he served as a sergeant with the 10 Mountain Division in Italy. When he returned from the war, he earned a BS degree from the University of Wyoming, worked for the Wyoming Division of Wildlife and spent a summer with the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. He returned to the University of Washington and earned a PhD in Fisheries Science. After spending a year working as a fish biologist in South Dakota, he accepted a position as a professor at Colorado State University. For 17 summers, he worked as a biologist and naturalist for the National Park Service.

Dr. Hagen spent time working with the Peace Corp setting up fish projects in Guatemala and Peru. He worked in Jamaica, Mexico and Ecuador establishing fish growing facilities. In Chile, he was instrumental in starting the salmon industry under grants from the World Bank.

Harold enjoyed skiing and fishing with his family; he was a member of the 10th Mountain Division Association, American Fisheries Society, and Fish Farmers of America and several honorary associations.

He lived on his fish farm with his wife, Mary Catherine Hirsig Hagen, who remains on the farm. They had one son, Harold (Hal) Hagen who passed away in 2013.

He is survived by his granddaughter, Catherine Hagen Gibson (Mathew) and grandson, Taylor Hagen.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Indian School, Chamberlain, S.D., or Elder Pet Care in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, Colo., 80524.

Friends may send condolences to the family at BohlenderFuneralChapel.com. ❖

Reinhold “Reiny” Nein

Reinhold “Reiny” Nein, 89, of Sterling, Colo., passed away January 14, 2014, in Sterling.

Reinhold was born November 22, 1924, in Sedgwick, Colo., to John and Catherine (Heil) Nein. He farmed in the area through the years.

On March 1, 1949, he married Alfrieda F. Keil in Crook, Colo.

He was a member of First English Lutheran Church. He enjoyed his family and farming.

Reinhold is survived by his wife, Alfrieda “Fritz” Nein of Sterling, Colo.; son, Randy Nein and wife Susan of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughters, Rhonda Lange of Westminster, Colo., Shelley Mildenberger and husband Nick of Sterling, Colo., Janelle Williams and husband Mike of Mead, Colo., Tracy Faulkner and husband Dennis of St. George, Utah; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters; and son-in-law, Glen Lange.

Memorial services were held January 20, 2014, at First English Lutheran Church. Inurnment took place at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First English Lutheran Church or the Hospice of the Plains. ❖

Charles William Erickson

Charles William Erickson, 88, of Sterling, Colo., passed away January 30, 2014, in Sterling, Colo.

Chuck was born on October 8, 1925, in Glendive, Mont., to Barney Sorenson and Anna Schwartz.

He went to school through the eighth grade.

He retired as a School Bus Driver after 30 plus years. He also farmed his land west of the North Sterling Reservoir.

He married Helen Wilson in 1946. They later divorced in 1974.

He really enjoyed Model T cars.

He is survived by his son John W. Erickson and wife Pam of Holyoke, Colo.; granddaughter Shannon M. Erickson, great-granddaughter Victoria M. Erickson, grandson Shane W. Erickson, great-grandson Logan W. Erickson all of Northglenn, Colo.; step-sisters Virginia Coughlin of Hastings, Minn., and Joanne Johansen of Clarkston, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother.

Funeral services were held February 7, 2014 at Tennant Funeral Home. Burial took place at New Raymer Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Charles Erickson Memorial Fund in care of Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1547, Sterling, Colo., 80751. ❖

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February 10, 2014 — 

Clifford Vernon Davis

Clifford Vernon Davis, 77, passed away January 6, 2014.

He was born August 15, 1936. He was raised in Madera, Calif., on his family’s vineyard. In his senior year of high school, he was elected FFA Farmer of the Year for the state of California.

In 1965, Cliff followed his dream of becoming a rancher. He and his first wife, Marlen, and four children moved to Whitewater, Colo., and founded the Broken Spoke Ranch. Cliff and his four children were involved and very successful in showing horses and other equine activities.

With his second wife, Judy, they went on to raise Registered Quarter Horses, running 60 head of brood mares and three well rounded Quarter Horse studs that were the best the Quarter Horse world had to offer. They also raised Registered Long Horn Cattle and buffalo. Cliff had a great eye for horses and with his natural skills, produced some of the best working ranch, performance and race horses in the country. Cliff and family put on renowned Quarter Horse Production sales. He’s quoted as saying, “There is something to be said for top quality foundation horses, which come from well-muscled, good boned horses that will stand up under use.”

For 35 years they ran cattle on Grand Mesa and were involved in big game outfitting. After Cliff’s devastating ranch accident, they decided to reinvent Broken Spoke Ranch and began raising game birds. Thus, Broken Spoke Game Ranch began and is still prospering today under Judy’s management.

Cliff was an avid hunter,fan of the Broncos and boxing. He loved his dogs and was rarely without a good cow dog. He was an accomplished welder, fabricator, heavy equipment operator, ranch veterinarian, horse and cow dog trainer and farrier.

He was an incredible athlete and astounded people with his toughness and strength. He drove nails with his fist and killed wasps with his fingers. Cliff was fearless unless it came to snakes.

Yet, Cliff had an incorruptible moral character with high expectations of everyone around him. If you talk to anyone, who knew Cliff, they will tell you what a wonderful man he was. He was talented, funny, gentle, kind, caring and loved his family deeply.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughters, Sue Shields, Cindy Whitney, Kellee Kissinger, and Diana Lowes, his son Clifford Davis Jr., his sister, Wilma, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by daughter, Van Dee Timm.

A Memorial Service was held January 11, 2014, at Legacy Funeral Home in Grand Junction, Colo. ❖

Flora L. Fox

Flora L. Fox, 62, of Austin, Colo., passed away January 30, 2014, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.

Flora Lamb was born on December 23, 1951, to George Merrill and Florence (Hall) Lamb in Kanab, Utah. She spent her childhood in Orderville, Utah, graduating from Orderville High School.

Flora married Michael E. Fox on June 12, 1977, in Las Vegas, Nev.

She has been a resident of Eckert, Colo., for the past seven years moving from Sitka, Alaska.

Flora was a financial specialist with the USDA Forest Service.

Flora was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was also a member of the Hotchkiss Emblem Club and Delta Street Rodders. Flora enjoyed car shows and was involved in many community activities.

Flora is survived by her husband, Michael Fox of Austin, Colo.; three granddaughters; a great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.

Flora was preceded in death by her parents, George and Florence Lamb; a son, Thomas Fox; and three brothers: Dean, George and Cleo Lamb.

A memorial service will be held at a later date this spring in Orderville, Utah. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 2-8-14

February 10, 2014 — 

Dan S. Daily

Dan S. Daily, 71, of Anselmo, Neb., formerly of North Platte, Neb., passed away February 2, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Cozad, Neb.

He was born December 4, 1942 at Sargent, Neb., to Steve and Irene (Cooley) Daily.

Dan attended elementary schools in Milburn and Anselmo before graduating from Merna High School in 1961.

He served faithfully in the United States Marine Corp during Vietnam.

He was united in marriage to Connie Reynolds to which two children were born, Brad and Julie. They moved to California where he was a welder at Tiegel Manufacturing for 10 years. He moved to North Platte and worked as a machinist for the UPRR until his retirement in 2001 due to illness.

He married Sandy Jones in 2007 and made their home on their farm near Anselmo, Neb.

Dan was a member of the Anselmo Methodist Church, lifetime member of VFW, and past member of American Legion and Elk Lodge.

He loved the outdoors and his tractors. He was a true patriot.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy of Anselmo, Neb.; and her daughter, Jennifer Jones of Washington DC; his son, Brad Daily of Omaha, Neb.; his daughter, Julie (Rob) Whitson of Cozad, Neb.; their children, Lexi, Butchie and Noah; his brother, Walt (Kathy) Daily of Bullhead City, Ariz., their children, Beth and Randall; his brother, Charles (Peg) Daily of Vacaville, Calif., their children, Sher and Shane, and his brother, Joe (Lucretia) Daily of North Platte, Neb., their children, Julian, Chris and Jeff; and over 150 numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jerry Daily.

Memorials are suggested to Parkinson’s Research or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.CarpenterMemorial.com.

Services were held February 7, 2014, at Harvest Christian Fellowship in North Platte, Neb. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. ❖

Pauline Lutes

Pauline Lutes, 83, of Tryon, Neb., known as Pat by those who loved her, passed away January 29, 2014.

Pat was born in Logan County, Neb., on January 13, 1931, to Clifford and Zina (Kee) Tiffany.

She attended various country grade schools and graduated from Stapleton High School in 1948.

She was united in marriage to Vernon Lutes, the love of her life, on June 27, 1948. To this union three children were born, Maynard Eldon, Connie Ann, and Karen Kay.

She was a member of the Hall Church in rural McPherson County, Neb. She loved the Lord and was active in her church, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School until her health no longer permitted it. She was a dedicated wife and loving mother.

Pauline is survived by Vernon, her husband of 65 years; her children Maynard (Susie) Lutes of Decatur, Ill., Connie (Gerald) Pascetti of Hayden, Colo., and Karen (Dennis) Licking of Tryon, Neb.; 12 grandchildren, Shelli (Robert) Smart, Julie (Jeff) Smothers, Brad (Heather) Lutes, Stephanie (Robert) Coins, Nicole Lutes, Matthew (Ingrid) Miner, Christopher Miner, Amy Miner, George Licking, Liz Licking, Anna Licking, Ruth Licking; eight great grandchildren, Adam, Katie and Madison Smart, Kurt Shipman, Jordan Coins, Lucien and LaShawn Lutes and Jake Miner; sister Doris (Dean) Thompson; brother Wayne (Doris) Tiffany; brother and sister-in-laws Ernest Lutes, Joyce Lutes, Alice Lutes, Loren (Janis) Lutes, Inez (Jim) Fattig, Phoebe (Frank) Martin, Olive (Stan) Gurney, Esther (Tom) Harmon; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Zina Tiffany; her father and mother-in-law Louis and Ernestine Lutes; sister Lurene Zentz; brother and sister-in-laws Flora Connell, June Lutes, Susan and Al Shimmin, Nathan Lutes, Stephen Lutes, Martin Lutes and Keith Lutes.

Services were held February 1, 2014 at Ringgold Free Methodist Church. Burial took place at Lonestar Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to Hall Church and online condolences may be shared at www.AdamsSwanson.com. ❖

Rocky Mountain Obits 2-3-14

February 3, 2014 — 

Raymond Emmett Boyd

Raymond Emmett Boyd, 88, of Burlington, Colo., passed away in his home January 19, 2014.

Ray was born April 27, 1925 in Silver Creek, Neb., to Pete and Ida (Farmer) Boyd. He was one of seven children.

The family moved south of Burlington, Colo., in 1929 in a Model “T” pulling a little trailer. Ray helped on the farm where they raised turkeys. Ray and his brother and his sisters would take turns herding turkeys and going to school at the Fairview Country School. It was here that Ray met the love of his life, Bessie Matthies. He also helped the Matthies family on their farm.

Ray married Bessie Matthies on June 6, 1942. After Ray and Bessie were married Ray worked for the Penny Brothers south of Burlington.

In 1943 they started their family. Raymond Jr. was born April 1943, Shirley in December 1944, Jerry in April 1948, Bill in November 1954, Susie in September 1956 ,and then in 1956 the family moved to Florence where Ray worked for Pabco. Bessie stayed home and raised the family. In 1957 the family moved back to Burlington and lived south of town.

Ray went to work for Bill Baber as a International Harvester Mechanic. Ray loved International Harvester Equipment. In 1964 Ray started his own business, Rays Service Center. He had the dealership for International Harvester. He sold International Products and also worked on them.

As his boys got older, Ray became interested in raising pigs. He enjoyed being outside and working with animals. Ray always had time to visit with neighbors or lend a helping hand. Hard work was not a stranger to Ray. In 2001 he sold his pigs and went to work for Boyd Trucking. Ray enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed playing cards, horseshoes, and playing checkers with the grand kids. He also took time to watch his favorite show “Gun Smoke.”

He is survived by his wife of 71 years Bessie, his sister Ruth (Tom)Minsen of Pueblo, Colo. Sisters-in-law Joy and Roseanne of Penrose, Colo. Ray is also survived by his children: Raymie (Carolyn) Boyd of Burlington, Colo., Shirley (Ray) Flock of Stratton, Colo., Jerry (Linda) Boyd of Burlington, Colo., Bill (Kathy) Boyd of LaJara Colo., Susie (LeRoy) Brachtenbach of Stratton, Colo., as well as by 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Pete and Ida Boyd, brothers Jake, Jess and John, his sister Dorothy and Brother-in-law Lester Barr and sister Betty and Brother-in-law Bill Witzel and Granddaughter Erin Davis.

Services were held on January 22, 2014, at the First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Burlington, Colo. Final committal services took place following the funeral services in the Fairview Cemetery in Burlington, Colo.

The Family has been so grateful to our Caring Hands Hospice staff that they would like to ask that any donations be sent to them directly or can be sent to the Brown and Latimer Funeral Home; Box 475; Burlington, Colo., 80807.

Friends and family members may visit www.BrownFuneralDirectors.com to leave a condolence or a memory of this special man “Ray”. ❖

Samuel Benjamin “Ben” Lincoln

Samuel Benjamin “Ben” Lincoln, 82, of Mercer, Mo., passed away January 4, 2014, at his home.

Ben, son of Merrill Johnson “Mike” and Hilka Amanda (Millsap) Lincoln, was born in Pacific Junction, Iowa, on July 14, 1931.

Ben was raised in the Iowa communities of Pacific Junction, Glenwood, and Pony Creek and later moved to Nebraska where he graduated from high school and was married to Mary Ann Garwood on March 9, 1952.

He worked on several ranches in the Sandhills area of Nebraska. He and Mary Ann then moved to Idaho where Ben worked at manufacturing trailer homes, in a sawmill, a pole factory, as a horse trainer, also horse shoeing, selling horses, and worked for several ranchers. They then returned to Pacific Junction where he worked in feed lots, leaving there for Grand River, Iowa, in Decatur County where he worked for other ranches and building fences. In December of 1978, they moved to Mercer County, Mo., where he continued in the fencing business and also delivered water to rural customers for several years before finally retiring. He and Mary Ann enjoyed 61 years of marriage.

Ben was well known as a horse lover, hard working rancher, and for the gift of story telling.

Ben is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of their home near Mercer, Mo.; four daughters, Hilka Rose Post (and son-in-law, George) of South Lineville, Mo., Louise Oesch (and son-in-law, Maynard), and Jean Eakes, all of Davis City, Iowa, and Anna May Shields (and son-in-law, Randy) of South Lineville, Mo.; two sons, Nick Lincoln (and daughter-in-law, Angie) of Cody, Neb., and Lynn Lincoln (and daughter-in-law, Mindy) of Bartlett, Neb.; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; five sisters; four brothers; and by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Benjamin Dewayne Hostetler; two sons-in-law, Danny Eakes and Carl Parnell; a sister; five brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.

Services were held on January 10, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Princeton, Mo. Burial took place January 11, 2014, at the Glenwood Municipal Cemetery in Glenwood, Iowa.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Harrison County Hospice in lieu of flowers. Contributions may be mailed to the funeral home at P.O. Box 316, Princeton, Mo., 64673. ❖

William G. “Bill” Roberts

William G. “Bill” Roberts, 68, of Peetz, Colo., passed away January 15, 2014, at his home.

Bill was born in Sterling, Colo., on June 5, 1945, to David and Lena (Storts) Roberts.

He attended school in Peetz, Colo., and while his adventures on the rodeo circuit, and his jobs as a cowboy took him to many places across the West, he always called Peetz home. After a stint with the oil field, Bill’s life revolved around working cattle and managing feedlots in Colorado, Nevada, Nebraska and Kansas. For several years he worked as a mail carrier for the Peetz Post Office, as a cook and bartender at the Hot Spot, and as a security officer for Blattner Construction when the wind turbines were being built in the Peetz area.

Bill married Janice Sloan on November, 16, 1978, in Sterling, Colo., and they had one son, James.

Bill loved to read; his knowledge of the Old West and rodeo history made him an often sought after consultant for writers and historians. He loved rodeo, children and animals, playing poker with his buddies, and telling stories.

Bill is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Meick of Peetz, Colo.; brother, Donald Roberts (Rose) of Windsor, Colo.; son, James (Nichole) Roberts of Loveland, Colo., and grandsons, Ben and Brody; sister-in-law, Maria Roberts and nephews, Chris (Ashley) and Sam Roberts. Bill was beloved by an extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Lena; brothers, Gerald, Ras, and Bob, sister-in-law, Valda; and nephew, Nick Roberts.

A memorial celebration of Bill’s life was held January 26, 2014, at the Hot Spot in Peetz, Colo. ❖

Roberta (Bert) Newton

Roberta (Bert) Newton, 69, of Parker, Colo., passed away January 19, 2014.

Bert was born April 3, 1944 in Whittier, Calif., to Jim and Leora Hoyiman.

She grew up in North Platte, Neb., and graduated from North Platte High School. After moving to Colorado she attended Red Rocks Community College and also a Denver Business School.

Bert married Jim Newton, and was divorced. They had one daughter, Cory Newton Cowan.

Bert worked at Gates Rubber Company in Denver, Colo., for over 30 years. She then worked for Parker Hardware Store and Sheplers Western Store until her death.

Bert is survived by her daughter Cory Cowan of North Carolina and four grandchildren, Kennedy, Madelyn, Jamison and Noah Cowan. She is also survived by a sister and brother.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Bert was an avid baseball fan and loved the Colorado Rockies. She was also a great animal lover and cherished her pets.

Memorials in Bert’s honor may be sent to The Dumb Friends League. ❖

David Peter “Pete” Burns

David Peter “Pete” Burns, 85, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away January 26, 2014.

He was born July 19, 1928 in Darien, Ill., son of Franklin Burns and Josephine (Himes) Burns.

He grew up in rural Illinois on a small farm and attended school in Darien and was very involved in athletics. His senior year in high school, he ran the 880 yard run and had the 5th fastest time ever in Illinois history with a time of one minute and 48 seconds. He came to UW on a track and cross country athletic scholarship and ran for UW and also played freshman basketball in 1946. During his time at UW he was introduced to the sport of rodeo which he fell in love with and was involved with up until his death.

He met and married Mary Jo Patton in 1950. Together they had four sons.

He spent time as a bull rider, bare back rider, steer wrestler, and then as a stock contractor, owner to famous 1986 bucking bull of the year, “Mr. T.”

In Laramie, Pete worked as a fireman and then built and ran Laramie Lanes from 1957 to 1980, when two of his sons took over the business. He was a co-rodeo coach at UW for 14 years, beginning in 1979 with the cowgirl rodeo team winning eight regional titles and three national titles and the cowboy rodeo team winning seven regional titles. He was a rodeo stock contractor (partner in Summit Rodeo Company -operated in the late 1950s to mid 1960s). He then started Burns Rodeo with his son Hal in 1979. He was heavily involved in Laramie Youth Baseball, Laramie Jubilee Days, and he served on several boards in the county and city, most currently on the Weed and Pest board with his highlight of having elk designated as a pest in Albany County. He was one of the founders of the Steer A Year Club with the Cowboy Joe Club.

He loved UW Cowgirl Basketball. He also would never miss coffee with his buddies and fellow philosophers at 6:00 a.m. at Daylight Donuts.

He is preceded in death by his mother; his father; his brother, Steve; his sister, Barbara; and his ex-wife, Mary Jo Wymore.

He is survived by his son, Hal and his wife Barb Burns; his granddaughter, Kisa; and his great grandson, Jalen; his great granddaughter, Kianna, and grandsons, Cade and Roper; his son, Ed and his wife, Lisa Burns; his granddaughter, Sarah and husband, Zach Anderson; and his great grandson, Jace Anderson; grandson, Sam and wife, Julianne Burns; his son, Shell Burns; his son Lindsay and wife, Kendra Burns and his grandson, Cameron; and his granddaughter, Kieran; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held February 8, 2014, from 12-3 p.m. at the Albany County Fairgrounds. Bring your best Pete Burns story and join us.

Donations may be made to: Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.org or mail to 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80919. A rodeo scholarship will be set up as well. ❖

Plains Edition Obits 2-1-14

February 3, 2014 — 

Blaine Adrian Farrar

Blaine Adrian Farrar, 87, of Curtis, Neb., passed away January 26, 2014.

Blaine was born on June 19, 1926, north of Maywood, Neb.

Blaine graduated from Maywood High School in 1943 and began farming with his father west of Maywood, Neb.

On August 15, 1947, he married Eileen Shirley, they had four daughters.

In 1959, Blaine completed auctioneer training at the Reisch American School of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and joined Phillips and Son Auction Service which later became Phillips and Farrar Auctioneers. He received his real estate broker’s license in 1960. In 1979, he and Eileen moved into Curtis and established Farrar Auction and Real Estate. He continued in the real estate business until 1994.

In 1993, Eileen passed away. Blaine married Dorsie Rupe Hueftle on April 17, 1999.

Blaine was a member of many organizations including the Lion’s Club, the American Legion, Area 15 Stockgrowers, McCook Elks Club, the Masonic Lodge and the Curtis United Methodist Church. He served on the Board of Directors of the American State Bank in McCook, Nebraska. Blaine was a life-long member of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association, serving on its Board of Directors and as Vice President and President. He was selected as Auctioneer of the Year in 1988 and in 2004 was inducted into the Nebraska Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Dorsie, daughters Sheila Sautter (Mike) of Grand Island, Neb., Sheri Farrar of Omaha, Neb., Cindy McConnell (Mike) of North Platte, Neb., and Sandra Frahm (Jeff) of Oakland, Neb., his sister Eileen (Bob) Furrow and 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; three stepchildren, Monte (Marcia), Pam and Lonnie Hueftle and five step-grandchildren and host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Eileen, his parents, Vance and Fern Farrar, two brothers Lynn and Dale and one sister, Veryl Tuttle.

Services were held January 30, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Curtis, Neb. Interment followed in the Maywood Cemetery, Maywood, Neb.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 402 Center, Curtis, Neb., 69025. ❖

Gene Smith

Gene Harold Smith, 86, of North Platte, Neb., passed away on January 7, 2014, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

Gene was born October 6, 1927, to Harold Vincent and Alma Agnes McCauley Smith at Chadron, Neb., and grew up on the family farm.

He started school in a one-room country school, FlagButte, in the Deadhorse farming community near Chadron and graduated from Chadron High School in 1945. While in high school Gene met his future wife, Dorothy May Hopkins.

Gene served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 as a Squad Leader. Following his discharge he returned to Chadron where he farmed with his dad.

Gene and Dorothy were married on August 17, 1947, at Chadron where they raised their family. Their five children, Alan, Carol, David, Ruth and Daniel, all attended the same country school as their dad.

In 1970 the family left the farm and moved to Bridgeport, Neb., where Gene worked for the ASCS Department of Agriculture. He later became the District Director in 1976 and moved to North Platte. He retired from there in 1991.

Gene was a member of the Chadron American Legion. In North Platte Gene belonged to the Diamond K Kiwanis Club and spent hours working at the Lincoln County Museum. He also enjoyed golfing, woodcarving and the coffee group at Arby’s.

Gene is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy of North Platte, Neb.; his children, Alan (Joan) Smith of Houston, Texas, Carol (Jerry) Young of Joplin, Mo., Dave (Jan) Smith of McCook, Neb., Ruth (Kevin) Uhrich of North Platte, Neb., and Dan (MaryAnn) Smith of Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret Jean Smith of Edmonds, Wash.; his brother-in-law, Bud Lynch, of Hugo Minn.; several nieces, nephews and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Alma; a brother, Robert; and his sister, Mary Lou Lynch.

Services were held January 11, 2014, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte, Neb. Inurnment will be at a later date in Chadron in the Greenwood Cemetery where Gene will be buried next to his and Dorothy’s parents.

Morials can be made to the Lincoln County Historical Museum. ❖

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