Tributes for October 5, 2015

October 6, 2015 — 

Edwin Schaefer

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

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Tributes for September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015 — 

Edwin Neil Graham

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

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Tributes for September 21, 2015

September 28, 2015 — 

Frank Tarchek

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

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Tributes for September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015 — 

Corporal Alexander “Zander” Cane Perez

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

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Tributes for September 7, 2015

September 8, 2015 — 

Bentley Graves

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

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Tributes for August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015 — 

Gene Ronald Richardson

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

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Tributes for August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 — 

Maurice Wayne Boney

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

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Tributes for August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 — 

Richard Podtburg

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

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Tributes for August 10

August 10, 2015 — 

Lee Roy E. Rusher

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

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Tributes for August 3

August 3, 2015 — 

Jim Rogers

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

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Tributes for July 27, 2015

July 31, 2015 — 

Francis Johnson

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

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Tributes for July 20, 2015

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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Tributes for July 13, 2015

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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Tributes for July 6, 2015

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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Tributes for June 29, 2015

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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Tributes for June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 — 

James R. Grumbles

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

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Tributes for June 15, 2015

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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Tributes for June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015 — 

Jarrell M. Massey

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

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Tributes for June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015 — 

Donna Kay Dier

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

She was born April 22, 1943, in Humboldt, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Ethel (Hoskins) Silbaugh.

On February 4, 1962, she married Andrew Dier in Longmont, Colo.

Donna and her husband were the owners and operators of an air freight carrier company. She was a past member of the Moose Lodge, a former member of the Grover City Council, and a former Brownie and Girl Scout Leader. Donna also loved to read, listen to music (Elvis was her favorite) and spent as much time as possible surrounded by children, her greatest love. She will be remembered for her helpful nature, always willing to assist anyone in need.

Survivors include her daughters Andrea Bennett (John) of Kimball, Neb., Patricia Dier of Longmont, Colo., and Penny McClain of Elkhart, Texas. She in further survived by one brother Donnie Silbaugh of Denver, Colo., and her sisters Marylin Caryl of Humboldt, Iowa, and Margie Benjamin of Springer, N.M.; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Andrew and two brothers Darwin and Darrell Silbaugh.

A Celebration of Donna’s life was held May 4, 2015, at the Longmont Moose Lodge. ❖

Reves Arnold Melvin

Reves Arnold Melvin, 97, passed away May 15, 2015.

His parents were Charles Melvin and Barbara Arnold. He was the youngest of five children. His two brothers were George Melvin and Walter Melvin and his two sisters were Nellie Held and Margreta Early.

He attended New Haven School in New Haven, Colo.

On October 7, 1940, he eloped to Sidney, Neb., and married Edna Mae Wisdom. They settled in the New Haven area where the couple started their family.

On February 12, 1943, they had their first daughter Judy Dean Melvin. On December 20, 1947, Donna Jean Melvin was born. The couple had their third daughter Jerri Ann Melvin on September 10, 1952.

Reves farmed until his late 80s. Edna and Reves would spend more than 64 years together.

He is survived by his daughter, Judy Uhrig; Grandchildren, Jeff Uhrig, Jacob Uhrig, Bobbi Jean Gomez, Kari Sue Gomez, Kim Uhrig, Darin Uhrig, Mitzi Morris and Mikie Morris. His great grandchildren include Colton Uhrig, Peyton Uhrig, Kevin Gomez, Kenny Gomez, Vivian John Gomez, Kyle Gomez, Alyssa Gomez, John Uhrig and Courtney Uhrig.

He is preceded in death by his wife Edna Melvin, daughter Donna Jean Uhrig and Jerri Ann Morris as well as his brothers and sisters.

Services were held May 21, 2015, at the Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun, Colo. ❖

Charles Francone

Charles Dean Francone, 80, of Orchard, Colo., passed away May 18, 2015 at his home.

He was born January 6, 1935, to Charles Milo and Helen Margaret (Stoll) Francone. Charles was born in Fort Morgan, Colo., but was raised in Weldona.

Growing up, he helped his parents run the dairy farm they owned. As a young man he drove a semi-truck for a local company hauling cattle.

He was drafted into the Army on February 10, 1958, and was sent to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs for his basic training. In July 1958 he was stationed in Neu-Ulm, Germany, as Private First Class in the 546th Medical Company as a mechanic. While stationed in Germany he toured Italy, France, Austria, Spain and Germany. He spent two years overseas, returning home February 1960.

Upon his return he was rehired, hauling cattle for the same local trucking company. He then met Judith Ann Weber, while she was working in Keenesburg, Colo. They were married on September 3, 1960. To this union they had three sons and two daughters.

In October 1961, Charles was recalled to the Army for the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was stationed in Fort Carson, Colo., until August of 1962. He was then honorable discharged as a SP4 and returned to work as a semi-truck driver in Fort Morgan.

He raced a stock car from 1968-1974 at the Morgan County Speedway, where he won several trophies with the No. 33 Snoopy Car. He loved to repair, rebuild and race. He loved the thrill of the speed and competition. In 1974 he stopped racing and bought a bus and turned it into a family camper, where they enjoyed many weekends and several vacations with his family. They truly enjoyed each of the lakes and canyons they visited together. Then in 1998, Charles retired form his career as a truck driver with WDCI and began driving a school bus for Weldon Valley School until 2008.

He was a lifetime member of DAV Chapter 41 in Fort Morgan. He loved his family and enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, model airplanes, steam-engine trains and (antique) tractors. He had a great sense of humor and loved to play pranks on his friends and family. He lived a great life alongside his friends and family. Charles was a great man and an amazing father.

He is survived by one sister, Betty Jean Moser of Oregon; his wife, Judy of Orchard, Colo.; sons, Bryan and Connie Francone of Orchard, Colo., Brett and Leona Francone of Sterling, Colo., Robert and Jane Francone of Greeley, Colo.; daughters, Krystal Francone Miller of Beaver City, Neb., and Melanie Francone of Denver, Colo., 13 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Joan and sister, Helen Claire Giese.

Mass and the Celebration of Life is to be determined. ❖

Ivan Tuxhorn

Ivan Eldean Tuxhorn passed away May 19, 2015.

He was born November 16, 1927, to John and Sophia (Frieling) Tuxhorn on the family farm north of Athol, Kan., where he grew up. At the age of 12 the family moved to Kensington, Kan.

Ivan joined the Army at 17-years-old. He told them he was 18 and turned 18 a few months later. He joined for the duration of the war. The war was over seven months later. He was asked if he would re-enlist. He did so but enlisted in the Air Force. He was sent to electrician school and was sent to Japan to help rebuild. He helped set up power poles. When he got out of the Air Force, he returned back to Kansas where he worked for the telephone company.

He started dating Alberta Simmonds. They had known each other all of their lives. They married October 10, 1948, and were blessed with three children.

In 1960, Ivan and Alberta moved to Loveland, Colo. Ivan went to work for the City of Loveland. He retired, bought and remodeled houses to rent out.

Ivan had faith in the Lord that would move mountains. He lived his life for Jesus and for his family. He was always there to help anyone he could. His wife Alberta died in 2002. They were married for 53 years.

Ivan started talking to a woman he and Alberta knew from church and after a year, Ivan and Jeanette decided to marry. Ivan married Jeanette Dohse in 2003.

Ivan was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was very involved in the church.

Ivan is survived by his children; Peggy and Dennis Chambers, Larry and Sharon Tuxhorn, and Margo Tuxhorn (Johnny’s wife); his step-sons David and Doug; his grandchildren Johnny, Jodie, Deana, Mike, Scott, Rachael, Travis, Tami, Shelly, Brandon, Kristen and Kenny; great-grandchildren, Matt, Shania, Kailee, Jenny, Jessy, Casey, Cody, Jordan, Abby, Caitlyn, Luke, Emily, Derek, Hunter and Brayden; as well as numerous other family members.

Celebration of Ivan’s life was held May 27, 2015, at Resthaven Funeral Home. Interment Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Donations can be made to Pathways Hospice Care Center, in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. Hwy 287, Fort Collins, Colo. ❖

Beverly French

Beverly Cox French, 76, of Mullen, Neb., passed away May 20, 2015.

Beverly was born October 3,1938, in Alliance, Neb., the daughter of Donald and Donna (Osborn) Cox.

Beverly grew up on a ranch homesteaded by her grandparents and attended a one room country school north of Mullen, Neb. She graduated from Mullen High School and then graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics.

She married her high school sweetheart, Roger French. They raised three children.

Beverly enjoyed gardening, sewing, antiques, genealogy, reading and spending time with her family and Sandhills community friends.

She was a proud member of Daughters of the American Revolution as well as many other organizations.

Some of those missing Beverly include her husband Roger French of Mullen, Neb., two daughters: Wanda (Brian) Lousberg of Firestone, Colo., and Anne (Howard) Kauk of Omaha, Neb., her son Jerry (Tonya) French of Kremmling, Colo., one brother Marvin (Linda) Cox of Mullen, Neb., and seven grandchildren.

The family chose cremation. The memorial service was held May 29, 2015, in the Sandhills Community Bible Church in Mullen, Neb.

A memorial has been established to the American Parkinson’s Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y., 10305. ❖

Ruth Segelke

Ruth Helen Segelke, 79, passed away on May 22, 2015, at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush.

Ruth was born November 23, 1935, in San Pedro, Calif., to Henry J. Wiebe and Agnes Shaw Edwick Wiebe.

Her father was in the U.S. Navy during Ruth’s youth, so the family lived in many places during his years of service, including California, Alaska and Missouri. Ruth graduated from High School in South Gate, Calif., in 1953. After graduation, Ruth moved to Sterling, Colo., where she took a job as a secretary for the City of Sterling.

In April of 1954, she met Everett Segelke at a square dance in Sterling. They were married April 24, 1955, one year to the day from their first date. They were happily married almost 60 years when Everett passed away February 23, 2015. Ruth and Everett enjoyed those years of rearing their children together and farming and ranching.

Ruth was a very gentle and happy person. She loved ranching with her husband, spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening, writing poetry, reading, quilting, and canning. She had many fond memories of her childhood and loved to share the stories of the past with her loved ones. She loved the simplicity of country life growing up in Missouri, walking to the school, longtime friendships with classmates, riding horses, the wonders of nature, attending church and “singin’s”, life lessons learned from living with her Grandma and Aunt, visits from her Colorado cousins and the carefree nature of growing up in the Ozarks in the 1940s. Ruth loved to sing and knew the words to many old songs and could burst into song at the mere mention of a title. She and Everett loved to attend Bluegrass Festivals with friends and spent many summer weekends doing so.

She was a member of Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. She served many years with the Ladies Aid and also as a Sunday school teacher. She was devoted to her family and was an amazing role model for those around her. She was always thinking of others and what she could do for them.

Ruth is survived by three daughters, Kim (Vic) Vondy of Sterling, Colo.; Arlene (Darrell) Smith of Joes, Colo.; Naomi (Pat) James of Carr, Colo.; two sons, Chris of Brush Colo.; and Glen of Atwood, Colo.; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, her parents, her brother, Henry, her sister, Mary and one daughter, Susan.

Services were held May 27, 2015, at Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. Interment was in the Merino Cemetary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherd of the Plains Lutheran Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. ❖

Ted Thomas

Samuel Ted Thomas, 84, passed away May 24, 2015.

Ted was born in Osage County, Okla., April 22, 1931.

He graduated from Cotopaxi High School, Cotopaxi, Colo., in 1950. While there, he became active in 4-H, showing the Grand Champion Steer at the Colorado State Fair in 1950, before heading to Colorado A&M, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture.

After college, he worked for Full-O-Pep Feeds and the Quaker Oats Co., before being called to active military duty.

Following military service in the Army, he was the merchandizing manager of the Flowing M Cattle Company, Roggan, Colo. After their dispersion, he went to work for the Record Stockman in 1960, where he worked with purebred and commercial cattle breeders in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

In 1962 he became a field representative for the American Hereford Association, guiding seed stock producers in their herd management, sales and marketing. While there, he launched the first Junior Hereford Associations, in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana.

In 1968, he took over management of Wyoming Hereford Ranch, Cheyenne, under the ownership of the Nielsen family, and remained there until the cowherd was dispersed in 1976.

From WHR, he returned to livestock industry publication work, with the Dakota Farmer and then the Western Livestock Reporter, Billings, Mont., and then the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, Casper, Wyo., while developing a seed stock consulting and order-buying business. In 1991, he expanded to offer financial planning services, specializing in protecting the ranching industry.

Ted was a nationally-recognized show cattle judge, walking the lines at the Dixie National Livestock Show, as well as other Hereford events. He served on regional and national boards for the livestock industry, including the Wyoming Fair Board Advisory Council, and was a guide and mentor to many who have risen to prominence in the livestock industry.

In 2001, after being widowed a second time, Ted reconnected with his high-school sweetheart, Donna Squire Garrett, at their 51st school reunion. They married in January, 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, Canon City, Colo.; daughter Debora Hood of Canon City, Colo.; granddaughter Autumn Steinert, and a great-grandson, Covington, Okla.; blended-family members Vicki and Eddie Graves of Boise, Idaho; Val and Julius Romero of Brush, Colo.; Paul and Laurel Garrett of Cotopaxi, Colo.; Andrea Skubal of Pueblo, Colo.; Jody and Harry Love of Loveland, Colo.; Jacquie and Sam Whitneyof Wheatland, Wyo.; Jana and Oscar Erickson of Riverton, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Georgia Pappan Thomas; and wives Mary Ann (Mickey) Martin Thomas and Jean Chasteen Thomas.

Memorial celebrations will be June 3, 1:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Canon City, Colo., and June 5, 2 p.m. at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyo. Inurnment will be held privately. ❖

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May 27, 2015 — 

Henry Lanckriet

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

Henry was born July 19, 1923, at the family homestead South of Julesburg, Colo.

Hank attended Liberty School until the 6th grade. Because of his father’s declining health and eventual death, Hank started working/running the family farm and working for neighboring cousins during the “dirty 30s”. Hank’s passion was farming and ranching. In early 1953 the family moved to the Renee Eeckhout homestead becoming a full time hired man. Later buying the farm from the Eeckhout Estate, where he has lived the last 62 years. His mare “Girl” was his partner in working cattle at home and for Bud Rober.

Hank worked at many jobs over the years. Sugar Beet factory, mechanic at Cumming Implement, farming and ranching for the Rober Ranch as well as his own. He designed and built a cab for the tractor. Working with his hands as his father did.

He was very proud of hauling building supplies from Windsor and Denver and helping construct the present St. Anthony’s Church in Julesburg. He rarely missed attending church and was active in several parish committees.

Hank was responsible for telephone service on part of the South table first by pole and wire then trenching/burying cable from Julesburg down Highway 385 then branching off over 15 miles of country roads.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years-Tiny (Irene); Sisters, Sis (Martha) Neubauer, Polly (Suzanne) Zimmerman and husband Darrell, Margaret Frank-Jones, Babe (Mary) Phelan and husband Donald; Sisters-in-Law- Janie (Lyra Jane) Lanckriet, Donna Lanckriet, Margaret Lanckriet, Arline Lanckriet, Freda Lanckriet, Barbara Macht and Sally Caskey; Children- Diana Cumming, Kevin and Terri Lanckriet, Eric and Peggy Lanckriet; Four grandchildren,caiah four step-grandchildren; five great grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held March 7, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Julesburg, Colo. Inurnment at Hillside Cemetery.

Memorials can be made in Henry’s name to the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Building Fund. ❖

Robert Seward

Robert “Bob” Lee Seward, 89, passed away on May 10, 2015.

He was born in Laird, Colo., on November 13, 1925, to MW Dick and Mary (Rose) Seward.

Bob, as he liked to be called, graduated from Wray High School in 1943.

In 1947 Bob met Georgia Lou Huey and they were married on July 23, 1948, in Estes Park, Colo. To this union four children were born, a daughter that died at birth, George Lee, William “Bill” Craig and Karen Jean.

Bob and Georgia lived on a farm near Yuma, Colo., all of their married life. They owned land, farm and ranched not only around Yuma, but also near Haigler in Dundy County, Nebraska. Bob and Georgia bought the Huey Ranch that had been established in 1930 from Georgia’s sister Millie in 1968, it still remains in the family. Bob started in the cattle business running yearlings of all breeds and kinds. In 1972, he switched to a cow-calf operation because of the boys’ interest in genetics. Bob loved cattle and sale barns, and the social life associated with it. He also loved genetics and he had a key knowledge of it. He was an avid supporter of steer cow cuttas not only in Yuma County but all over Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado. The steer cow cutta that we know today was the idea of his son Bill. The scholarships given from the money raised from cow cuttas has been a great source of pride to him.

Bob had many interests, one he enjoyed very much was the Elks No. 2409 of Wray. He was the sixth Exalted Ruler from 1974 to 1975. He then became the District Governor and was still a current member. He also was a part of Yuma County Cattlemen’s, Colorado Cattlemen’s, Old Thesaurus and the American Quarter Horse Association. Earlier in life he also helped with the Lions Club. He recently became a member of the FFA Blue Jacket Society helping to build the new teaching center for FFA advisors at Colorado State University.

Bob was one of the most well read men about world events and politics. His knowledge of natural resources was well known throughout Colorado and Nebraska. Bob looked forward every summer to sharing his home grown sweet corn and tomatoes with the community. Bob truly knew no stranger.

Bob was very close to his grandkids. He enjoyed attending all of their events from ball games, music concerts, plays and anything they were involved in. He spent countless hours with them throughout the years. He always enjoyed visits from his great grandchildren and listening to their adventures.

One of Bobs main passions was the Youth in ours and surrounding community’s. He will be missed at the FFA auctions bidding on students and donating them back. He was instrumental in keeping the Yuma Drama Club program going. He loved to purchase an animal every year from a 4-H member and did many other countless things for the youth from small help to helping students in college. He was a true treasure for our youth and called “Grandpa Bob” by many.

He will be missed by his son, George Seward and wife, Debbie of Yuma, Colo.; daughter, Karen Seward-Furrow and husband, Rob, of Yuma, Colo.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Lindsey and husband, Shane Galles, daughters, Teagan and Haydin; Holly and husband, Chris Kelley sons, Kailin and baby boy Kelley; Peter Seward; Kelly and wife, Kellie Seward sons, Stevie and Boone; step-grandchildren and great grand-children, Missi and husband, Alan White children Joesph, Jade, Jasmine and Victoria; Robbie and wife, Jami Furrow and children Jayci, Alex, Gracelyn and Jack; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, MW Dick and Mary Seward; his wife of 61 years, Georgia Lou; brothers, Byron, Benjamin and Marion Seward; sisters, Marjie Drumwirght and Alice Burt; son, Bill Seward and granddaughter, Ivey Kuecke.

Service were held May 19, 2015, at the Yuma United Methodist Church in Yuma, Colo. Inurnment followed at the Yuma Cemetery. ❖

Jerry Rogers

Jerry Rogers passed away May 11, 2015, due to a tragic accident at home.

Jerry was born September 29, 1936, to Ira and Violet Rogers in Rexford Kan. They moved to Hygiene, Colo., around 1945 where he grew up with his two brothers.

Jerry had a wide variety of experiences. In the 1950s he worked at the Wind River Guest Ranch where he did horse packing trips horse shoeing and was a cowboy. He worked at the Buckhorn Quarry hauling uranium to Boulder. In 1959 he was enlisted in the Army and served a total of three years. Then in 1962 he moved to and worked at the Ben Delator Boy Scout Ranch. There he and his wife raised their children, Justin and Tamera. For the next 39 years he did everything at the Scout Ranch: built buildings set up water and sewer systems. He was a man of order he did things right and kept things organized.

Jerry enjoyed many activities like hunting snowmobiling and motorcycle trips, that he did with his children, grandchildren and close friends.

Jerry will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, fun sense of humor and gentle spirit.

Jerry loved and was loved by his family: Justin and his wife Jennifer, daughter Tamra McHenry grandchildren Ryan Rogers, Jadi Rogers, Bailey McHenry, and Cassidy McHenry and his long time friend Paulette Pardun.

Memorial services were held May 17, 2015, at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.

Please make contributions to the Chanelle Billots cancer fund in care of Bohlander Funeral Chapel, 131 W Olive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524. ❖

Robert Lee Littlefield

Robert Lee Littlefield, 80, of Stoneham, Colo., passed away May 11, 2015.

He was born June 22, 1934, in Sterling, Colo., to Milton and Nina (Hoyle) Littlefield of New Raymer.

He grew up on the family farm and ranch southeast of New Raymer which he took over when his father passed away in 1960.

Robert graduated from Raymer High School, Class of 1952.

On June 16, 1957 he married Lou Ann McEndaffer in Kimball, Neb. In 1962 they purchased the George Samber place and moved southeast of Stoneham, Colo.

Bob loved the land, enjoyed seeing things grow and driving around looking at the fields. After a hard day’s work, he would work in his beautiful garden. He took pride in building up his cattle herd: Bob could pair up a cow and calf in a crowded corral and select a one-day old calf for next year’s 4-H project. Roping and riding Babe brought many hours of enjoyment for him.

His love of sports, especially basketball, started young and continued throughout his life. He played basketball in high school, officiated town league, and supported his children, grandchildren and local athletes. He loved to strategize after games and many plays were reviewed using hot cocoa cups with salt and pepper shakers at the kitchen table. He will be missed along the Prairie sidelines. Music was a big part of his life playing in the family dance band, then with his wife and children. He played the saxophone beautifully. Lou Ann and Bob sang in harmony for many events, funerals, and in the car with the family. Their lives and music were based around their faith.

Bob was a member of 4-H, Elks, Lions Club, the New Raymer Evangelical Free Church, and served on the Prairie School Board.

Bob loved playing cribbage, card games and especially enjoyed beating the grandkids at Aggravation. He enjoyed attending fairs watching children and grandchildren participate and seeing good livestock. He supported his grandchildren in sports, 4-H projects, State History Day, music programs, graduations and weddings. He enjoyed holding his grandchildren and playing “got your nose” with them. Bob’s greatest legacy is his family, their love, honor and support.

He is survived by his children, Jo Dell (Del) Northup of New Raymer, Colo., Sandra (Bill) Everhart of Boone, Colo.; Lynnette (Lanny) Weddle of Walden, Colo.; and Roger (Brenda) Littlefield of New Raymer, Colo.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson; brother Milton W., Jr of Redmond, Ore.; brother Lloyd of Fair Grove, Mo., and numerous nieces, nephews, family, friends, and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lou Ann, parents Milton and Nina Littlefield, and sister, Ardis Bazata.

Celebration of Life Service were held May 19, 2015, at the Sterling Berean Church in Sterling, Colo. Burial was at the Prairie View Cemetery in Stoneham, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Robert Littlefield Memorial Fund, c/o Jo Dell Northup, P.O. Box 87, New Raymer, Colo., 80742. ❖

Barbara Mae Rundback

Barbara Mae Rundback, 83, formerly of Tryon, Neb., passed away May 15, 2015, at The Golden Living Center in Fullerton, Neb.

Barbara was born on November 26, 1931, in Ord, Neb., to John and Eva Mae (Donthit) Ragland.

She graduated from Ord High School in 1949 then taught at a country school near North Loup. She also taught school North of Tryon, Ringgold, and Thune, Neb.

She married Carl Rundback on July 14, 1951, in Tryon, Neb., and the couple made their home south of Ringgold on the ranch.

She was a very good piano player and a devoted member of the Ringgold Free Methodist Church.

She will be remembered as a loving mother, cook, and excellent seamstress.

Barbara is survived by her husband Carl of Tryon, Neb.; sons Kenneth (Joan) of Stapleton, Neb., Wayne (Donna) of North Platte, Neb., Bill of North Platte, Neb., and Frank of Stapleton, Neb.; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; siblings Rachel (Cedric) Peterson of Gering, Neb., LaVon Ragland of Broken Bow, Neb., and John Ragland of Lincoln, Neb.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Carolyn, and a grandson James Vanderway.

Memorials are suggested to the Ringgold Free Methodist Church and online condolences may be shared at

Services were held May 19, 2015, at the Ringgold Free Methodist Church. Burial followed at the Broken Bow Cemetery. ❖

Steven Hebbert

Steven Roger Hebbert, 51, passed away May 15, 2015, north of Hyannis, Neb.

He was born in Alliance, Neb., on October 24, 1963, to Albert Roger and Glenda Bertha (Bennett) Hebbert.

He grew up in the Nebraska Sandhills and worked in his youth with his dad in the Hebbert Well Drilling. He graduated from Garden County High School in 1982.

He started his rodeo career in high school riding saddlebroncs. He rode for over 25 years getting on his last bronc on the 4th of July, 2002. Where ever he went, whatever job he had, he was always riding colts for others as he had a great reputation as a horseman and trainer. You can go to his corral today and find three horses that he is breaking or just putting miles on for someone else.

Following high school he attended Casper Community College. He worked for several years as a camp and hunting guide in the Cody, Wyo., area and then later in feedlots and as Brand Inspector for the Brand Committee.

He married Sara Kettle in July 1995 in West Cliff, Colo. They would later divorce.

In 2001 he moved to Harrison, Neb., where he worked in ranching. He married Kelly J. Butler on October 27, 2004, in Scottsbluff, Neb. He would then move to Tennessee where he managed and operated an elk and buffalo ranch for six years before returning to Nebraska to work back in ranching.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Jo, his children, Calvin Robinson of Phoenix, Ariz., Casey (Danielle) McKenzie of Afton, Wyo., and Chelsie McKenzie of Scottsbluff, Neb., his grandson, Adam Peterson, his father and step-mother, A. Roger and Bonnie Hebbert of Laporte, Colo., his sister, Lisa (Tracy) Spencer of Dixon, S.D., and his brother, Shawn (Cindy) Hebbert of Hyannis, Neb. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Brady Hebbert, Mark (Danielle) Hebbert, Scott Hebbert, Taylor (Nicole) Spencer, Drew Spencer and Kaitlin (Josh) Redden, and his great-nephews, Kellen and Kiefer Hebbert. Survivors also include his mother-in-law, Jeannie Butler of Camp Verde, Ariz., sisters-in-law, Robbin Butler of Eldon, Mo., and Vicki (Dale) McLaughlin of Peyton, Colo., and brother-in-law, Larry Butler of Camp Verde, Ariz. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Steven was preceded in death by his mother, Glenda, an infant sister, and his grandparents, Albert and Ima Hebbert, Lyle Bennett and Beulah Imhoff.

Services were held May 21, 2015, at the Hyannis High School Auditorium.

Memorials may be given to the Steven Hebbert Memorial, in care of Shawn Hebbert, P.O. Box 290, Hyannis, Neb., 69350 or to the Sandhills Fire and Rescue in Hyannis, Neb. ❖

Kathey L. Phillips

Kathey L. Phillips, 65, Wellington, Colo., passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2015.

She was born on March 18, 1950, to Junior and Paula Graham.

She spent most of her adult life in Northern Colorado and was at peace the most while residing in Livermore, Colo.

Kathey loved to be surrounded by family and friends. She was very active in both the Native American and Rodeo Communities.

In June 1972 she married her best friend Jerry Phillips and had four children together and loved spending time as a family.

Kathey is survived by her husband Jerry Phillips, son TJ Phillips and his wife Jamie Phillips, daughter Nikki Phillips and her husband Marc Williams, daughter-in-law Bridgette Phillips, two grandchildren JakotaPaul Phillips and Brance Phillips, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is proceded in death by her parents Junior and Paula Graham, father-in-law Jack Phillips and mother-in-law Mildred Phillips, her son’s Randy Phillips and Shawn Phillips.

A celebration of her life will be held May 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at the Livermore Community Hall with a potluck to follow.

Flowers, donations and condolences may be offered the day of the celebration at 1956 Red Feather Lakes Road (CR 74E), Livermore, Colo., 80536. Please send all donations to the family account at

Richard Lindauer

Richard “Dick” Lindauer, 82, of Brule, Colo., May 16, 2015, in his home.

Dick was born March 26, 1933, in Ogallala, Neb., the son of George and Florence (Barnica) Lindauer.

He attended country school through the eighth grade. After graduating from Ogallala High School in 1950, Dick attended Colorado A & M (Colorado State University) in Fort Collins, graduating in 1954.

Dick served as a jet co-pilot in the Air Force from 1954 to 1957. He returned to the family farming business.

On October 12, 1958, Dick was united in marriage to Leta Garrett in Denver, Colo. The couple resided in Ogallala, Neb., two years before moving to the family farm in 1960.

Dick was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served on many boards and taught Sunday School for several years.

He was a Past Worshipful Master of Ogalalla Masonic Lodge AF & AM No. 159, and was a member of the Big Mac Shrine Club and the Ogallala Chapter of Order of Eastern Star No. 142. He served many years on the Ogallala-Brule Farmers Co-op Board and was a past member of the Ogallala Hospital Board.

Dick served on the District No. 14 School Board for many years and was a Keith County Commissioner for 12 years. He was a Past Associate Guardian of Jobs Daughters Bethel No. 21 of Ogallala and was a Past Associate Grand Guardian of Nebraska Job’s Daughters in 1980-1981.

Dick was a member of the VFW, the West Central Nebraska Housing Authority and also served on the West Central Nebraska Development District Board for several years. He served on the Keith County Zoning Board and on the Nebraska Cooperative Lottery Board for many years.

Dick always found something good in everybody he knew. He believed in serving his community and taught that to his family members.

Survivors include his wife Leta and his daughter Janean Lindauer, both of Brule, Neb.; and his son Dana Lindauer of Englewood, Colo., One sister Marilyn (Walt) Goltl of Evergreen, Colo., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his son David Leland Lindauer, his brother Donald W. Lindauer and his wife Jo, and many other relatives.

Service were held May 23, 2015, in the First United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Ogallala Cemetery with military honors by the Keith County Veterans Organizations.

A memorial has been established to the First United Methodist Church. Online Condolences may be sent to ❖

Kathryn Bridges

Kathryn Louise Bridges, 60, of Wellington, Colo., passed away May 16, 2015, after a six month courageous battle with lung cancer.

Kathy was born on June 15, 1954, and spent her entire life in Colorado where she succeeded being a great mother, sister, wife and friend to so many.

She married Curtis Bridges on September 21,1991, and moved to Lookout Mountain home of Clydesdale Corners.

Kathy and Curtis built a custom dream home and barn of 50 acres outside Wellington, Colo., where they and their Clydesdales have resided since 2004.

Kathy worked for the past 10 years as a legal assistant for the Ft. Collins City Attorney’s office.

Kathy is survived by mother Mary Lou, brothers Jay and Steve; sons Drew and Austin; daughter-in-law Nichole; grandsons Anthony and Nicholas and granddaughter Aubrey; husband Curtis, along with her two dogs Blu and Emma.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert.

Services were held May 22, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Donations in her name may be made to the Colorado Horse Rescue, 10386 N. 65th, Longmont, Colo., 80503.

Go to to share to memories of Kathy and the wonderful life she lived. ❖

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Alan Dailey

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

He was born on May 9, 1960, in North Platte, Neb., to Donald Dale and Beverly Jean (Kramer) Dailey the youngest of four boys.

Alan graduated from Stapleton High School in 1978.

He was united in marriage to Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Long on July 26, 1980, in North Platte, Neb. They made their first home in Stapleton, Neb., then moved to North Platte where Alan worked with Bob Long Sr. Then later moved north of North Platte, where Alan worked alongside Becky’s father, Bob Long. In July 1986, they moved to Arnold, Neb., where Alan worked for Bill and Allen Conner for 18 years. In 2005 he started working for All Points Cooperative and was recently awarded 10 years of service.

Alan was a true gentleman, dedicated worker and caring family man. One can’t deny his love for Becky was never-ending. Family was the most important thing and his grandchildren were his world. He was always friendly and shared his contagious smile with many.

He loved camping, golfing, dancing with Becky and working on projects with his boys. He will always be our cowboy.

His loving family includes his wife, Becky; sons, Brock (Robin) Dailey, Lindy (Della) Dailey and three grandchildren, all of Arnold, Neb.; parents, Don and Beverly Dailey, of Arnold, Neb.; brothers, Dan (Jo) Dailey, of Long Pine, Neb., Cliff (Pat) Dailey, of Hyannis, Neb., Lemoyne (Rhonda) Dailey of Thedford, Neb.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert “Bob” (Jo) Long, of Tryon, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Carmen Eimers, of Shickley, Neb., Bridget Lange of North Platte, Neb., Kelly (Mark) Ward of Tryon, Neb.; and numerous nieces and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Faye (Brummet) Kramer and Clayton and Mabel (Lewis) Dailey.

Services were held April 29, 2015 at Arnold Public Schools. Burial was at the Arnold Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Callahan Cancer Center, Sandhills Cancer Fund and Arnold Community Foundation. ❖

Brian Sailer

Brian Lynn Sailer, 63, passed away surrounded by family on April 26, 2015, in Longmont, Colo.

Brian was born in Burlington, Colo., on September 21, 1951, and was baptized in the Methodist church.

He moved to Boulder, Colo., in 1966 and graduated from Boulder High in 1969. He began to drive a truck right out of high school and entered the Army in 1971.

After serving two years, mostly in Germany, he was honorably discharged and married Gay (Lemmon) Sailer in 1973. Together they enjoyed 36 years of marriage. During this time Brian was able to begin his dream of driving truck for himself, and has built a reputable company, Brian Sailer Trucking, in Hygiene, Colo. He loved his business, but always made family a priority. Brian was proud to be able to be a part of every baseball and soccer game for his children.

Brian was known for his kind smile, willingness to help others, and his quick wit. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Brian is survived by his mother, Ione Fromong, son, Corey Sailer and his wife Alyssa, daughter, Amy Atkinson and her husband Danny, and grandson Colton Sailer.

He is preceded in death by his wife Gay, step father, Tom Fromong, and step brother, Terry Fromong.

Services were held May 2, 2015, at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colo.

Please send donations to the Hygiene Volunteer Fire Department: PO Box 83, Hygiene, Colo., 80533. ❖

James Strock

James W. “Dick” Strock, 97, passed away April 25, 2015, at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas, Wyo.

He was born September 7, 1917, to Leonard James and Hazel A. (Hammond) Strock at the Douglas, Wyo., hospital.

He was raised on their homestead on LaBonte Creek until the age of 13 when the family moved to upper LaPrele where his father was employed. As a young man he worked for various ranchers until eventually going to work for Tom Fleming.

Dick served in the United States Army from 1944-1946 reaching the rank of Private First Class. He was deployed to Europe where he served with the 8th armored division of the 17th infantry in the machine gun squad. When World War II ended, he was shipped home with 15,000 troops on the Queen Mary.

On May 27, 1942, he married Catherine Mary Fleming and to this union was born five children who they raised on the family ranch. They also took in a nephew whom they raised with their family.

Dick loved the ranch and the work it involved. He was a hard worker and even after semi-retiring, he drove to his mountain pasture, climbed on his four-wheeler and repaired fence until the age of 91. He was active in his church throughout the years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine, his father, Leonard, his mother, Hazel, brother, Chuck Strock; sister, Jean Moyer; granddaughter, Michele Langston; and two great grandchildren, Dena Strock and Will Tompkins.

He is survived by his children, Tom (Loydaine) Strock, Margie (Bob) Langston, Shirley Strock, Jim (Rea) Strock, and Roy (Jennie) Strock and his nephew, Jim Moyer, all of Douglas, Wyo.; four nieces and nephews; 16 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

Services were held May 2, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Douglas, Wyo. Inurnment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Douglas, Wyo. ❖

Lela Korf

Lela Fern Korf, 95, passed away May 2, 2015.

Lela Fern Dilka was born July 4, 1919, to Frank Louis and Minnie Lena Dixon Dilka at her grandparents’ home near Vernon, Colo. Lela was the third child of seven.

In 1923, the Dilka family moved northeast of Yuma to the Scholtz property where Lela attended the Blach School. Later the family moved farther north to the Pleasant Hill District and then to the Platte Valley community, where Lela finished her education. She eventually worked as a nanny in Denver until 1935 and then returned to Yuma where she worked at the Harlan Cleese home, also as a nanny. Later in life, Lela was employed by Yuma Lumber. Many in the community will remember her dedication to the business and her support to the community as many visited the establishment.

On January 17, 1938, Lela was united in marriage with Lloyd Henry Korf in Sterling, Colorado. At the beginning of their life together they resided with the Korf family at the Korf home place. Lela and Lloyd had five children. Their son, Daniel Joseph, was born July 30, 1938. Their second child, Barbara Rose, was born on September 3, 1940, near Haxtun, Colo. A son, Ronald Lloyd, was born March 15, 1945 in Yuma, Colo. A daughter, Pamela Le, was born July 3, 1957 in Wray, Colo. The youngest daughter, Kryste Diane, was born in Wray, Colo., May 13, 1962.

In 1946, the Korf family bought the Shea property northeast of Yuma which is now the family farm. It is at this location that the family shares their most valued memories. At every holiday the immediate family of 63 gathers to share these special days together often including the addition of extended family and friends.

Lela was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. Her love for gardening is displayed in her flower beds and the attention to every detail in her beautiful yard and garden. She was a self motivator and became accomplished in sewing, embroidering, upholstering, and many other talents. She passed on many of these talents to her children. Her specialty was canning meat and jams to share with her family. Her innovative and self-sufficient ways were identified by her grandchildren. When repairing the Christmas lights she was observed by a great grandchild and referred to as the “fixer.” If something on her “to do list” needed repair, she was in her tool drawer and had all the right tools to get the job done.

She demonstrated her love and compassion for others through her caring ways. She welcomed many into the family and made everyone feel more than welcome to stop in for a cup of coffee and a homemade doughnut or two.

Lela is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Winton Friend of Yuma, Colo.; brother, Robert Dilka of Otis, Colo.; children, Dan and Kathy Korf of Saint Francis, Kan.; Barbara Chrismer of Yuma, Colo.; Ron and Pam Korf also of Yuma, Colo.; Robert and Pamela Haslund-Nielsen of Fort Collins, Colo.; Kryste Korf of Loveland, Colo. Extended family members include Raul, Lydia and Bryson Vargas of Yuma, Colo.; Xitli Garcia of Yuma, Colo.; Connie Rae Korf of Yuma, Colo.; Connie Jeanne Robertson of Arvada, Colo.; Donald Scribner of Fort Collins, Colo.; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, a great-great grandson, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Proceeding Lela in death are husband, Lloyd Henry; parents, Frank and Minnie Dilka; Brothers, Cleo and Frank Dilka; Sisters, Eva Korf and Vernadeane Allen; Brother-in-Laws, Fritz Korf and Oliver Allen; Sister-in-Laws, Mildred and Helen Dilka; Son-in-law, Donald Chrismer; and grandson, Todd Chrismer.

Services were held May 7, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Yuma. Interment was made in the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colo.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Yuma, Community of Christ Church of Yuma or the Yuma District Hospital. ❖

Karen Kester

Karen Jean Kester, 73, of New Raymer, Colo., passed away May 4, 2015, after a long battle with lung cancer.

She was born August 14, 1941, in Sterling, Colo., to Archie and Famie Box of New Raymer, Colo.

She grew up on the Box Family Ranch and graduated from New Raymer High School in the Class of 1959. She attended Northeastern Junior College earning a Business Degree in 1961. After graduating from NJC, she went to work at Sterling Savings & Loan for nine years as a Bookkeeper and Accountant.

On August 25, 1970, she married Albert Kester in Sterling, Colo., and they started their life together at the Kester Ranch at West Plains. In 1975 they moved to New Raymer. They started Kester Pump Service in 1976, which their son Jube continues to run. In the beginning, Karen worked alongside Albert to get the job done in the water well business. They also opened Pawnee Station Restaurant and Wild Horse Jerry’s Liquor Store in 1986 to add another adventure to their resumes. Karen spent most of her time managing this business. After 22 years, the restaurant was sold in 2008; which allowed Karen to spend more time with her family and friends.

Karen has always been a longtime advocate for young people and their ideas, education and growth. She was both a sponsor and announcer at the Northeast Weld County Fair for many, many years; as well as a longtime announcer and sponsor of the Logan County Fair. She was always willing to help out and give encouragement to young participants. The voice of the New Raymer Fair will be forever missed.

Karen’s continued support of youth was evident as she served on the Prairie School Board for six years. She attended nearly every ballgame and school function and was a loyal contributor for any needy cause. She yearned for the next generation to inherit her love and admiration for agriculture, this land, and this community.

Her love of the community showed in the many committees she served on, including Northeast Weld County Fair and Rodeo, New Raymer Centennial Celebration and the 125th Celebration, 50th Anniversary of the Northeast Weld County Fair and Rodeo, New Raymer Cemetery Committee, Renegade’s Run, Feeders and Friends Benefit, and the New Raymer Crisis Fund (of which she was a founder). She served on the Raymer Town Council for many terms and on the New Raymer/Stoneham Fire Pension Board. She was also an avid supporter of the Northeast Weld Drylanders. Karen was also known for being the community historian.

Karen is survived by her husband Albert; children Jube (Kathy) and Susie all of New Raymer, Colo.; sister Doris Vangraefschepe of Fort Morgan, Colo.; brother Allen Box of Sterling, Colo.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 11 nieces and nephews; 22 great nieces and nephews; and 34 great-great nieces and nephews and numerous friends, neighbors, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents Archie and Famie Box and her sisters Louise Littlefield and Pauline Steffen.

Celebration of Life services were held May 15, 2015, at Prairie School. Inurnment was at the New Raymer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Karen Kester Memorial Fund to benefit the youth of today. Send to P.O. Box 63, New Raymer, Colo., 80742. ❖

Charles Sheahan

Charles John “Charlie” Sheahan, 89, passed away peacefully May 5, 2015, surrounded by loving family.

Charlie, as he liked to be called, was born April 12, 1926, to John Leo and Katherine Elizabeth (Menges) Sheahan in Wichita, Kan.

Charlie married LaFaye Ann Jensen on October 26, 1948, in Loveland, Colo. Charlie and his wife, Faye were lifetime members of the Catholic Church.

Charlie grew up in Kingman County Kansas farming with his dad. He often talked about plowing and cultivating with horses and mules. He taught us to apply many of those training techniques to the horse training opportunities we had while growing up.

He was the Deputy Marshall of the Ft. Collins Centennial Parade in 1964. He also provided a team that pulled the Colorado covered wagon part of the way to Philadelphia in the United States Centennial Celebration in 1976.

Charlie was actively involved with his family in 4-H and other community activities. He was President of the Wellington Senior Resource Center for several years.

He loved playing his guitar and played in various Senior Center activities around the Community with his band, The Four Star Band.

Charlie and Faye raised their six children in LaPorte, Colo., and then in Waverly, Colo.

Charlie retired after many years of service from the Agriculture Department at CSU. After he retired, he and Faye operated Sheahan’s Carriage Service driving for weddings, promotions and private parties for about 10 years. They were the first to offer carriage service in Old Town Ft. Collins.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Faye, two daughters, Linda (Gary) Ellis of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Therese (Roger) Burns of Wellington, Colo., and four sons, Bill (Peggy) Sheahan of Rocky Ford, Colo., Mike (Cindy) Sheahan of Castle Rock, Colo., Tom (Cheryl) Sheahan of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Danny Sheahan of Redmond, Ore. He is also survived by seven siblings, 18 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Charlie was preceded in death by four siblings, one granddaughter and one great grandson.

A rosary and funeral were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ft. Collins, Colo., on May 11, 2015.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, or Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Rd., Ft. Collins, Colo., 80525. ❖

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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.

Chuck, the third child of seven children born to Charles and Eleanora (Sramek) Sis was born February 28, 1936 at the family farm by Stratton, Neb.

He attended grade school near Stratton, Neb., And graduated from high school in Atwood, Kan.

Upon graduation, he was drafted into the Navy and severed for two years.

After the Navy he worked in Plainville, Kan. It was there that he met Clarence Thyfault and his sister Patricia. Pat and Chuck were married a year later in Damar, Kan., On June 6, 1959.

They bought a house in Hillcity, Kan., and ran Grand County Abstract. During this time three daughters were born, Monica, Lisa and Gail. In 1967, the family moved to Boulder, Colo., and Chuck worked for Transamerica Title in Denver. Soon after Kimberly was born.

In 1978, Chuck bought Moffat County Abstract and the family moved to Craig, Colo. In 1991, Chuck sold the business and retired. He ran for Moffat County Commissioner and served one term.

In 2002, Chuck and Pat moved to Grand Junction, Colo.

Throughout his life Chuck was active in several community organizations including Kiwanis, Lions, Elks and Knights of Columbus. He served on numerous committees and church councils.

Chuck loved to work with wood. Using walnut, aspen and exotic woods, he built furniture, created candle holders, pencils and beautiful intarsia. In the last couple of years, he made hundreds of wooden crosses which he shared with children in India and many members of the church.

Chuck is survived by wife, Pat, of Grand Junction, Colo., Monica Jastrabin of Greeley, Colo., Lisa (Bob) Jones of Payson, Ariz., daughter, Windy of Arizona and daughter Beryl of Illinois. Gail (Brad) Petch of Grand Junction, daughter Adrienne of Bozeman, Mont., And son Shane of Bozeman, Mont. Kimberly (Bruce) Johnson of Grand Junction, Colo., daughter Lyndsy of Colorado Springs, Colo., and son Torin. He is also by two brothers, Leo (Margaret) Sis of Omaha, Neb., and Michael (Diane) Sis of Atwood, Kan.; one sister, Freda (Don) Menze of Hutchinson, Kan.; Pat’s siblings, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Waiting for Chuck were his parents, Charles and Eleanora; Pat’s parents George and Irene; Clarence Thyfault, Virginia (Jerry) Cox, Verna (Robert) Dame and Elaine (John) Murphy.

Services were held February 24, 2015 at Sacred Heart Church in Fruita, Colo. ❖

Donna Crisman

Donna Crisman, 67, of Bennett, Colo., passed away April 14, 2015.

She was born September 13, 1947, to Dan and Margaret Nelson.

Donna grew up in the Pines on Ridge Road S. of Byers Colo.

She was always active in the lives of her family and she loved being a Grandmother. It was a blessing that she was given the time to truly enjoy them.

She will always hold a special place in the hearts of her family and will be greatly missed.

She leaves behind her husband of 43 years Kent Crisman; daughters Mamie (Randy) Dickinson and Kendra (William) Slater; granddaughter Maggie Dickinson and grandsons Eric and Bill Slater Jr.; her sister Linda Jenkins along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister Shirley Robbins and parents.

Services were held April 24, 2015, at Tabor Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo.

Donations can be made on Behalf of Dorma at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105 or visit

Muriel Dutton

Muriel Dutton, 92, passed away April 23, 2015 in Rifle, Colo.

She was born January 20, 1923, to Earl and Alta Barnes in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After high school graduation, she worked at Remington Arms with her father and later as a welder. In 1944, she enlisted in the US Navy (WAVES) where she trained and served in radiology and dental technology. After honorable discharge in 1946, she continued working in the medical field.

In 1949, she married Norman Dutton and moved to the family ranch outside of Parachute, Colo., where they raised five children. She was considered a ‘newcomer city-slicker’ by the old-timers on the creek, but eventually outlived them all and became one herself, staying almost 66 years.

Muriel was a hard worker with a good sense of humor, who became a rancher. She learned how to drive cattle and put up hay, feed a threshing crew and cook for numerous hunters. The ranch work was done by the whole family, but in between she spent countless hours hauling the kids to their activities.

One favorite story from her early days on the ranch was when Norm told her to keep an eye out for turkey vultures, and to shoot them if they came around while he was in the field. She soon spotted the dark shapes roosting high on top of the barn. She immediately dispatched some, but when Norm returned he pointed out that they were their domesticated turkeys.

She enjoyed collecting rocks and hunting arrowheads with her family. She was interested in history, enjoyed bird-watching and read all kinds of books up until her passing.

She is survived by her children, Linda of Silt, Colo., Teresa of Rifle, Colo., Dorothy, Nathan and David of Parachute, Colo., 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Alta Godwin and Wanda Lundskog, numerous nieces and nephews.

Muriel will be remembered for her good values, hard work, self-sacrificing spirit and ready laugh. A private service was held on the ranch. ❖

Kay Brower Bushner

Kay Brower Bushner passed away April 26, 2015.

She was born November 13, 1941, to Bill and Thelma Brant Brower.

Kay grew up on the family farm north of Otis, Colo., where she was primarily responsible for collecting the eggs and milking the cows. With the typical farm chaos, it was an impressive feat that Kay was able to always leave the house with impeccable hair, a tradition she always carried throughout her life.

The love of Kay’s life, Fred Bushner, robbed the cradle and married her at the tender young age of 16 on August 17, 1958. To this union two children were born, Kindi in 1959 and Trent in 1961. Wanting to earn her GED, Kay pursued her education at Yuma High School and eventually earned her GED from Northeastern Jr. College.

Kay and Fred worked together for their entire married life, building Bushner Farms northwest of Yuma, Colo. Kay was not only a mother, but also the right hand woman, cook, homemaker and chief bottle washer. Fred will tell you she was actually the boss.

Although they worked hard, they also took time to play, going on family vacations and to the lake often.

Kay was known for many things. Aside from being a farming partner to Fred, she was a master quilter, travel agent, an incredible cook, and cake decorator. A great chef and baker, there was little that Kay needed a recipe for and it almost always turned out amazing.

In 1986 Kay was diagnosed with small cell lymphoma. Technology at the time was archaic, but through the struggles of chemo, Kay recovered and lived on to enjoy her life with loved ones and friends. Her strength, love, and compassion drew many people to her.

In 2000 Kay was diagnosed with breast cancer and treatment put her in remission. Her world was rocked again in 2004 when she was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma. In 2005 Kay chose to have a stem cell transplant to save her life. Even though she experienced extreme sickness and hair loss, she never missed a single school event that her grandchildren participated in. She continued to live her life, and spread her character and strength throughout the community. She truly became a beacon of light for those who had fallen ill just as she had. We have never seen a person fight so hard for life as she did. Even though Kay faced much adversity in her life, her faith in God never wavered.

She also participated in a number of organizations and was extremely involved in the Yuma community as well as being an active and devoted member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Three of her favorite past times included playing bridge with her closest friends, playing the organ and reading.

In December of 2013 Kay faced yet another hurdle in her life when she contracted spinal meningitis. Although the odds were stacked against her, she rallied once again to prove how resilient she was in the face of adversity. This disease forever changed her health and contributed greatly to her being reunited with our Lord.

Surviving Kay is her husband of 56 years Fred, daughter Kindi, son Trent and wife Vicki, grandchildren Amber and husband Max, Mallori, Brianna, Dakin, great granddaughter Henley, brother Jim Brower, sister Shirley Ison, sister Sandy and husband Gale Crosier, sister-in-law Xyla Wagner, sister-in-law Mary and husband Jim Nagel, sister-in-law Susan and husband Loris Allen, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Thelma, parents-in-law Otto and Lillyan Bushner, sister-in-law Phyllis Brower, brother-in-law Ron Ison, sister-in-law Jeanne’ and brother-in-law Don Majors, brother-in-law Kenny Wagner, and son-in-law Dan Kirchenschlager.

Kay’s celebration of life was held May 2, 2015, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Otis, Colo. Interment was at the Yuma Cemetery and memorial contributions were given to Hospice of the Plains. ❖

Paul Hunn

Paul Hunn, 82, passed away April 29, 2015, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

He was born December 19, 1932, in Flandreau, S.D., to B.D. Hunn and Blanch (Ward) Hunn.

They moved to Niobrara, Neb., and in 1938 to McPherson County where he spent the rest of his life. He graduated from McPherson County High School in Tryon, Neb., in 1950.

He joined the US Navy in 1952 and served his country proudly in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1956.

He married Karen McClintock on June 20, 1954, and to this union two sons were born, Von and David.

He had a good sense of humor, was an avid sports fan, and was a faithful blood donor, giving 23 gallons of blood. For 59 years he was a special care giver to his land and livestock; but most important in his life were his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, other family members, and his friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, B.D. and Blanch Hunn, his in-laws David and Audrey McClintock; brother Karl Hunn, sisters Lois Hunn, and Ruth (Hunn) Miller; brothers-in-law Al Miller, and Dennis Barner.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Karen Hunn; his sons Von (Connie) and David (Lorie); grandchildren Amy, Keith, Sheyenne (Mike) Sandstrom, and Slade; sisters Rose Barner, Shirley Miller; nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

Services were held May 4, 2015, at Ringgold Free Methodist Church. Burial with military honors followed at Miller Cemetery in Tryon, Neb.

Memorials are suggested in his name and online condolences may be shared at ❖

Barbara Hall

Barbara passed away on April 30, 2015 of terminal cancer in Kaufman, Texas.

She was born and raised in Denver-Westminster area of Colorado.

Her biggest love were her Peruvian Horses. We showed horses at Rocky Mountain Peruvian Paso shows and other clubs.

Her last wish was to celebrate our 43rd anniversary together and we did on April 29th.

She is survived by her husband Don, son Dwayne, daughter-in-law Brianne and two Grandsons Brenden and Caden, her brother Dale Sewell. ❖

Anita Lewis Thompson

Anita Lewis Thompson, 88, passed away April 29.

Shee was born April 17, 1927 in Denver, Colo. Her parents were ranchers Dudley D. and Ethel Lewis. Anita enjoyed a wonderful childhood on Z-D Hereford Ranch in Buffalo Creek, Colo.

She moved to Kremmling, Colo., in 1951 and operated a ranch on Troublesome Creek with her husband Bill Sr. before moving to Riverside Ranch on the Colorado in 1959.

Anita gave selflessly to her family and countless friends. She generously shared coffee, meals, encouragement and love to anyone who dropped by her ranch.

She was actively involved and held leadership roles in numerous community organizations including the Middle Park Stockgrowers, Cowbelles, Farm Bureau, 4-H, Grand County Republicans, ASCS, and the Election Board. She was honored as Middle Park Citizen of the Year in 1982.

Anita is survived by sons Bill Thompson, Jr. and Mark Thompson, daughters, Gayle Jones and Jeanie Draper, 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Services were held May 9, 2015 at Kremmling Community Church.

Donations may be made to the Middle Park Stockgrowers, Cliffview Assisted Living, or the Middle Park Fair Board. ❖

Frank P. Sewald

Frank P. Sewald, 90, of Mead, Colo., passed away May 5, 2015.

Frank was born on November 2, 1924, in Sterling, Colo., to John and Bertha (Unrein) Sewald.

He graduated from Colorado A&M (CSU) with a BS degree in Vocational Agriculture. He also served in the Army.

He married Jean Eaton on August 20, 1950. They made their home in the Longmont area in 1959 where he was manager of Coors Cattle Company for many years. During this time he also raised five children who were all active in the Rinn Valley 4-H club.

Frank enjoyed his cow/calf herd. He then became a cattle order buyer for cattle feeders in the Longmont area.

He was a member of the National Western Stock Show and served as a Director for many years. He was also a cattle judge at many county, state and national shows. Frank was active in Colorado Cattle Feeders Association and the Sirloin Club.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Longmont.

Frank retired in 2003 and moved to Mead, Colo. During his retirement Frank enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting and 4-H events. He was an avid gardener and provided his bountiful harvest to his neighbors and children.

He is survived by his five children, Deanna (Jim) White, David (Cathy) Sewald, Bill (Susan) Sewald, Joanie (Matt) Daly, and Sherri (Trevor) Platt, 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jean, sisters Geneveive (Sewald) Kidwell and Germaine (Sewald) Tate.

Funeral services were held on May 8, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont, Colo. Burial at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Western Scholarship Trust in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. ❖

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Della Lange

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

She was born June 3, 1933, in Haddam, Kan., to Walter Lee (Jigg) Simon and Edna.

As a young girl, the family’s fame and expertise in the growing professional rodeo sport led Della to an interest in trick riding and roping. At the Hugo fairgrounds she was shown some tricks by Jean and Shorty Creed. Her first performance was at the age of 13 in Eads, Colo. Eventually, Francis and Cousin Erma Jean joined Della and the three combined their trick riding, roping, and clown acts. Known as “The Simon Sisters” they were a featured act during rodeos and county fairs.

Along with their double cousins, the Doc and Iva Simon clan, the “Simons from Limon” became well known in the mid-40s, 50s and 60s as one of the premier family dynasties of rodeo. Della was a carded member of the Cowboy Turtles Association, Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Girls Rodeo Association.

In 1952, Della married Norman Marble. A little cowgirl, Regina Jo, and a little cowboy, Walter Norman, soon joined the couple. Norman took a job north of Limon on the Texas owned Louis Brooks Ranch. In the years that followed their life was wrapped up in ranching, horses, horse shows, and rodeos. In January of 1964, while competing at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Norman suffered from a fatal heart attack. He was 34. Della devoted the following years to her children. Finding support not only within the Simon family, but in the 1960s rodeo and horse show family, Della continued showing horses and barrel racing.

Della was multi-talented on a horse. She showed cutters, she was competitive as a calf roper, and could ride a reining horse, but Della was a barrel racer at heart.

A major contribution that Della made was to get the first Colorado GRA Horse Sale started. The first sale was held at Farmers and Rancher’s Livestock Commission in Fort Collins in 1967. She also organized the Colorado Barrel Racing Futurity and Derby which was a front runner in the early promotion days of young barrel horses.

In 1969, Della married Bill Lange, a Colorado State Brand Inspector. They raised and raced thoroughbreds for a few years but finally settled full time on Little Springs Ranch, south west of Limon. During their early retirement years they enjoyed raising chickens, calves, goats, sheep, border collies, yorkies, and eventually miniature Australian shepherds. Bill and Della also restored sheep wagons with Walt and daughter-in-law Julie, one of which is housed at the Limon Heritage Society. They also developed a Renta-Stall business allowing themselves to keep a hand in the horse business. Bill and Della traveled to regional craft shows selling items that she promoted and they made.

There was no greater joy for Della than to be home. After Bill’s death in 1999, Della enjoyed reading Louis L’Amour, listening to Tony Hillerman tapes, making jewelry, writing a little poetry, and gardening.

Della is survived by her daughter Regina Jo (Ron) Downey of Limon, Colo.; her son Walter (Julie) of Atwood, Kan., and their children Echo of Atwood and Chance (Michelle) of Goodland, Kan. Her sister Ruby (Wes) Schoonover of Hugo, Colo., survives her as do many cousins, nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends. She is also survived by Bill’s children, Steve (Wanda) of Arvada, Colo., and Susan (Perry) McCauley of Dallas, Texas, together with seven step-grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren.

Services were held March 12, 2015, at the Love Funeral Home in Limon, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to Limon Ambulance Service or Lincoln Community Hospital & Care Center. ❖

Joan Hamilton

Joan Louise Hamilton (Roberts), passed away April 8, 2015.

She spent the last four years of her life on this earth at Mapleton Care Center in Lakewood, Colo. We truly believe she knew it was time to join her husband, Donald Paul Hamilton, who passed away in December of 1990. The love between them was a love that many only dream of.

Joan met Donald while working at St. Joseph hospital in Denver in 1959, and they married in December of 1959. Donald was blind in sight, but not in heart and soul. He and Joan worked side by side all of their lives together, and raised three children in a loving and structured home. A fourth child, Cheryl, died at two months of age. Cheryl’s death always left a hole in Joan’s heart, but she never was short in her love for her family.

Joan was always true in her love of God and Jesus, and her spirit shone upon all of those around her. Anyone who knew her, even for a short time will attest to that.

Joan leaves behind three surviving children, Robert Hamilton (Denny Berg), Cindy Hamilton (Robert Dailey) and Sherri (Jim) Moody, three grand children Hannah Pummel, Jason Hamilton and Shannon Hamilton, and three great grand children, Matthew, Josh and Jacob Hamilton.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hamilton, her parents Wilbur and Dorothy Roberts, two brothers Richard Roberts and Loren Roberts, and a daughter Cheryl Joan Hamilton.

There was not a formal burial service, although many family members joined together on May 17, 2015, in Hotchkiss, Colo., to place her remains at rest as she wished, with her brother Richard and his wife Joanna Roberts.

Donations may be made to a Christian charity of your choice. ❖

Don Hyde

Don Albert Hyde, 78, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away on April 16, 2015, in Brighton, Colo., after suffering a massive heart attack.

Don was born on October 18, 1936, to Albert and Pauline (Cole) Hyde on the family farm in Switzerland County, Ind.

He was raised in Center Square and attended schools in Plum Creek and Vevay. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University in 1964.

After graduating from vet school, Don practiced for a short time in Rising Sun, Ind., before moving to Colorado. In addition to his mixed animal practices at County Line Animal Hospital in Brighton and his home in Keenesburg, he worked at Monfort Feedlot, Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, Denver Dumb Friends League, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, and countless livestock auctions, fairs, shows and other events. During his 50-year career, he touched the lives of so many — both animal and human.

Don loved horses and horse sports, especially team roping and Thoroughbred horse racing. He enjoyed elk hunting in Gunnison and salmon fishing in Alaska. He was a talented sketch artist and avid reader of the history of the American West.

Don is survived by his wife, Lauren; sister, Sondra Hyde of Madison, Ind.; daughters with Kay Hyde, Lynne (AJ) Schmitz of Kenai, Alaska, Lisa Saltzman of Denver, Colo., Lori (Tyler) Albright of Pekin, Ill.; daughter of Gail Barrera, Jaime (Sam) Brede of Breckenridge, Colo.; grandchildren Don Schmitz, Nick and Tom Saltzman, and Tara, Tyler, Kayla and Ryan Albright; and great-grandchildren Myah Schmitz, Darrion Boyd, Keira and Keirstyn Troesser, and Jaxon Albright.

Services were held on May 2, 2015, at The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

Donations may be made in Don’s name to The Wild Animal Sanctuary, 1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, Colo., 80643. ❖

Nellie Day

Nellie Fern (Sinclair) Day, 90, passed away April 17, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was born May 23, 1924, at Drennan to Edward Robert and Mildred (Enoch) Sinclair.

She married Fred H. Day on July 27, 1940, in Raton, N.M., when he spirited her away in an “eloption!” They lived in Hanover the entire 66 years they were married until his death on August 1, 2006.

She worked outside their home as a cook at Hanover School and loved every kid she served. She raised chickens, white toy poodles, had a garden the size of “Texas” and while raising their six kids, worked the farm driving a tractor and milking cows.

Nellie loved Jesus and studied His Word every day. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She made time for fun as she loved to quilt, go to the Calhan Auction and pick up feed at the COOP with the grandkids. She loved to drive fast. She loved life.

Nellie was a volunteer for the Hanover Fire Department from 1976-2001 and honor member from 2001-2015. She loved being a fire person driving the brush truck well up in age as well as fighting fires, answering medical calls, etc.! She loved to listen to Fred play the harmonica and organ. Her grandkids later delighted her by playing and singing to her.

Nellie is survived by one sister, Annie Sinclair Finney of Canon City, Colo., and five children: James Day (Neta) of Hanover, Colo., Francis Reble (Lawrence) of Hanover, Colo., Winfred Day (Sharon) of Meeker, Colo., Jerry Day (Mary) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Patricia Sessa (Don) of Hanover, Colo. She had 23 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard Day, two brothers, George Sinclair and Charles Sinclair.

Graveside services were held on April 25, 2015 with a full Firefighter Burial.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Hanover Fire Department or to Pikes Peak Hospice. ❖

Denise Pearce

Denise Jean Pearce, 54, passed away April 17, 2015, at Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker, Colo. In spite of her cancer diagnosis in 2000, her positive attitude never faltered and she lived life to the fullest.

Denise Jean Pearce was born April 15, 1961, to Tom and Ruth Pearce in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

She grew up on the family ranch in Meeker and attended the Meeker schools, graduating in 1979. She received her associate degree in applied science in animal health technology from Colorado Mountain College in 1981.

She was employed as a certified vet technician at the Meeker vet clinic for many years. Denise also worked at the White River Inn and spent 25 years tending bar, 16 of which were at Sleepy Cat guest ranch. Many of her fondest memories and lifelong friendships were from her years at Sleepy Cat.

Denise was always involved in the family ranch and assumed operation of the ranch upon the death of her father in 2007. She loved her cows and often said “there’s just hardly anything better than a cow.”

Denise never hesitated to speak her mind or voice her opinions. She was fiercely loyal to her friends and the Denver Broncos and will always be remembered for her amazing wit.

Denise is survived by her sister, Chris; brother and sister-in-law, Hal and Julie; and nephews Matt, Jim and Tom, Heidi and Hallie Pearce.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents and her infant brother, Mark.

A celebration of Denise’s life was held in Meeker on May 30, 2015.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rio Blanco County Historical Society (RBCHS) at or mail to Janet Clark, 5967 County Road 6, Meeker, Colo., 81641 for rural schools project; HopeWest Meeker at (select Meeker) or mail to 575 3rd Street, Meeker, Colo., 81641. ❖

Joy and Gerald Zollars

Joy L. Zollars, 84, of Lamar, Colo., passed away March 14, 2015, at her home.

Joy was born on January 4, 1931 in Brush, Colo., to Harry and Mable (Day) Funk.

Gerald D. Zollars, 90, of Lamar, Colo., passed away April 14, 2015, at his home.

Gerald was born on December 21, 1924, in Fort Morgan, Colo., to Lawrence C. and Anna K. Zollars of New Raymer, Colo.

Joy graduated from Brush High School in 1948 and continued her education to become a Registered Nurse.

Gerald graduated from New Raymer High School in 1942 and began farming with his father in Washington County. In 1949 Gerald bought an 800 acre farm east of Woodrow.

Gerald and Joy were married on November 8, 1955.

On April 14, 1956, Gerald’s sister Rowene and husband Jim Hall died in an auto accident. Gerald and Joy took their three children Kay, Jay and Gloria Hall into their home at Woodrow. In 1959 they purchased a farm/ranch operation on the Western Slope south of Montrose where they lived until 1967.

Joy worked in the hospital while in Brush and also in Montrose. After returning to Northeastern Colorado in 1967 Gerald worked for the Port of Entry in Idalia and then Lamar while Joy worked in the hospital in Wray and Lamar as director of nursing and later as staff nurse. They owned rental properties in Lamar which kept Gerald very active doing repairs and maintenance up to his 89th year.

Gerald and Joy are survived by their children, Janet Gottschalk of Lamar, Colo., Gayle (Freddie) George of Thornton, Colo., Dee Zollars of Fort Morgan, Colo., Gene (Sandy) Zollars of Lamar, Colo., Carol Ybarra of Pueblo, Colo., Alan Zollars of Lamar, Colo., and 28 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Gerald is survived by five sisters, Dolores Wecker of Louisville, Colo., JoAnn Bowers (Willard) of Lindon, Colo., Twyla Blake of Brush, Colo., Nina Baker of Grand Junction, Colo., and Gail Henry of Fort Morgan, Colo.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Orville and Kenneth Funk.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Joy, his parents and four sisters, Marjorie Pederson, Rowene Hall, Rosetta Carwin and Eleanor Zollars.

Services were held at the Lamar Crosswinds Nazarene Church and Lamar Riverside Cemetery for Joy on March 18, 2015, and for Gerald on April 17, 2015. ❖

Katherine Sanger

Katherine “Katie” Sanger passed away April 19, 2015, peacefully at Exempla Good Samaritan hospital, surrounded by her beloved family.

Born, Gertrude Katherine Goetz, in Brighton, Colo., she was a farmer’s daughter.

She met the love of her life, Jake Sanger, and they married on May 6, 1950. They moved to Erie in 1969, where they lived out their lives together.

Katie loved to cook and worked at Skelly’s restaurant and Foothills Care Center in the kitchen. She retired in 1988 from HEAD Sports but continued to cook her family’s favorites — homemade dumplings and noodles, as well as everyone’s favorite pie for each holiday celebration!

She was an avid Bronco and Rockies fan, loved to play Bingo, travel up the hill to Black Hawk, and lottery tickets were always a special part of her birthday! Her flower and vegetable gardens were amazing as she truly had a green thumb. She loved all these “things” but nothing meant more to her than her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No matter how she felt or what was going on around her, they could always bring a smile to her face!

She is survived by her children Jake Sanger, Jr., Kathy Sanger, Phyllis Peterson (Randy), Don Sanger, Ray Sanger, Jim Sanger (Kim), George Sanger (Julie), and Sherry Renken (Troy); 11 Grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and two new arrivals due in August.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jake, children Charlotte and Joseph, six brothers and three sisters.

A celebration of Katie’s life was held April 26, 2015, at the Johnson Memorial Building in Erie, Colo. Graveside services were held April 28, 2015, at Fort Logan National Cemetery. ❖

Ronald Mohrlang

Ronald Eugene Mohrlang, 73, of Greeley, Colo., passed away on April 21, 2015.

Ron was born January 28, 1942, to Jacob Mohrlang, Jr. and Leah (Leis) Mohrlang in Brush, Colo.

He graduated from Brush High School in 1960.

Ron married Cynthia Gray and later divorced. He then married Linda (Virnig) Mohrlang on July 11, 1970.

He was a welder and loved designing and building new equipment and machines. Everything he built was heavy duty. Growing up, he worked on the family farm and for Mohrlang Manufacturing in Brush. Ron was co-owners with his brothers at Mohrlang Steel Fabrication building mine trucks.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Mohrlang; three children, Brett (Barb) Mohrlang, Brian (Kathy) Mohrlang an Heidi (Mark Hardie); six granddaughters; one sister, Janyce (Leroy) Warboys and three brothers, Herb (Dorothy) Mohrlang, Dennis (Terri) Mohrlang and Marlin (Kathy) Mohrlang.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at or a charity of your choice. ❖

Earl John Matschke

Earl John Matschke fittingly passed away on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. He departed us on his terms, and after doing what he loved, being free on the open road riding his Harley.

He was born on September 18, 1976, in Walsh, Colo., to Carl and Barbara Matschke.

After a short time in Walsh Earl moved to Eastern Colorado where he attended Hi-Plains Elementary and High School. Even from an early age, as his kindergarten teacher regaled, Earl was always a gentleman, always wanting to make people happy, and a little clumsy.

After graduating from high school, Earl began his adult journey in Sterling, Colo., where he attended NJC. During this time, he made numerous life-long friends and created bonds and stories that would last a life time. He then continued this tradition as he moved to Goodwell, Okla., and attended OPSU. In the early 2000s, Earl returned to Colorado and established his home and beloved shop in Seibert.

Earl was a man of many talents and passions. He loved cooking, especially smoking meats and providing wonderful meals to share for special occasions, or even “just because.” Earl was known for playing darts, and was in numerous leagues and won many competitions over the years. Music played an ever present role in Earl’s life. He loved playing songs for everyone and sharing newly discovered gems. Earl had a natural ability for sketching and creating art, as well as a beautiful singing voice, although he would never let you know it.

There was little Earl would not do for the people he cherished. He valued his friends and family, and made sure they all knew that. Whether it was a planned trip or a surprise visit, Earl thrived on the open road, traveling the country, and seeing the people that made his life so rich and full of love. Earl had an affinity for children and had a gentle way of connecting with them, despite his stature. He had a complete devotion to his nephew, Austin, which no one could deny.

He is survived by his sisters, Jessie (Jeff) Jantzen and Anna Matschke; niece, Tori Thorson; nephew, Austin Matschke; stepfather, Gene Duvall; grandparents, Tom and Nadine Burian and Daisy Duvall; uncles, Gary (Cindy) Matschke, Bill Rogers, Joe (Sharon) Burian, Jeff (Katrina) Burian, and Mike Marzolf; aunts, Julia (Terry) Hubbell, Kristy (Van Dale) Richie, Nikki Marzolf, Cheryl Burian, Patti Matschke, and Patricia Randall, and numerous cousins, loved ones, and close friends.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents, Carl Matschke and Barbara Duvall; brother, Larry Matschke; nephew, Devan Matschke; grandparents, Earl and Josephine Matschke and Claxton Duvall; uncles, Robert Matschke, Larry Matschke, Kevin Smith, Jack Burian, and Jim Baylie; aunts, Connie Matschke and Carol Rogers and his cousin, Terry Matschke.

Services were held April 28, 2015, at the Vona Gymnasium. Burial followed in the Seibert Cemetery in Seibert, Colo.

Memorials may be made in Earl’s name and may be left at or sent to the Colorado East Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 286, Stratton, Colo., 80836. ❖

Elmer Deines

Elmer Deines, 91, of Eaton, Colo., passed away April 26, 2015, at his home.

He was born on December 15, 1923 in Fort Collins, Colo., to Henry and Mary Katherine Deines.

Elmer married Dorothy Mae Honstein on April 6, 1952, in Greeley, Colo. He farmed in the Eaton area for over 50 years.

He was a member of Faith United Church of Christ. He liked to Polka dance, play cards, watch NASCAR races, the Broncos, when they were winning and have lively conversations at McDonald’s with his coffee buddies.

Survivors include his daughter and her husband, Deb and Warren Stroh of Johnstown, Colo., his daughter in law, Teresa Deines of Eaton, Colo., three grandchildren and their spouses, Sheri and Rich Dalgliesh of Milliken, Colo., Michelle and Craig Wiedeman of Platteville, Colo., and Ryan and Jamie Deines of Eaton, Colo., and five great grandchildren, Tyler, Riley and Dylan Dalgliesh, Kasen Wiedeman and Sawyer Deines.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae Deines, his son, Terry Deines, his brother, Albert Deines and three sisters, Clara Heckman, Irene Trippel and Ruth Kehl.

Services were held April 30, 2015, at the Faith United Church of Christ in Windsor, Colo. Interment was held at the Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Home Instead Senior Care or to Hospice of Northern Colorado.. ❖

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Clyde Cook

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

Clyde was born October 15, 1934, to Millard and Annis (Valentine) Cook in Alamosa, Colo.

He graduated from Montrose High School.

He married his wife Shirley Dean Annear on July 7, 1956, in Montrose.

He worked for the County of Montrose as a mechanic before he became the Purchasing Agent until his retirement and serving 36 years for the County. Clyde and Shirley were members of the Montrose Christian Church and he had served in the National Guard.

In Clyde’s off time he enjoyed playing the drums in various dance bands and loved spending time with his horses.

Surviving family members include his wife, Shirley; son, Daren Michael (Pam) Cook of Montrose, Colo.; daughter Lisa A. Cook Boughan of Flora Vista, N.M.; two brothers Claude (Maurine) Cook of Gunnison, Colo., and Floyd Lee Cook of Montrose, Colo.; four grandchildren six great-grandchildren

Clyde was preceded in death by one son, Dean Cook and his parents.

Services were held April 22, 2015, at the Montrose Christian Church. ❖

Arthur L. Jones

Arthur “Art” L. Jones of Norwood, Colo., passed away April 11, 2015, following a brief battle with cancer.

Art was born to Joseph W. Jones and Lila A. (Pratt) Jones on May 4, 1942 in Boulder, Colo., where he later learned he had a knack for painting cars and became an accomplished restorer/painter while working for Arnold Bros. Ford and later McCadden Cadillac. The family always joked that everything he did was a “great work of Art” as he was a perfectionist in everything he made, fixed, or modified with his skilled hands despite being nearly blind in one eye. He was also an exceptional mechanic thanks to the gift his father shared with him and could fix almost anything from tractors and balers, to semi-trucks and lawn mowers. He had a curiosity for how things functioned. Just ask his typing teacher in high school who had to fail him for tearing the type writer apart, more interested in the mechanics of the machine, rather than learning how to type. He never did learn how to type!

His passion for harvesting hay took him to Walden, Colo., where he started a custom haying business that eventually turned into a full scale operation that led to leasing hay ground from local ranchers. Eventually he went back to his roots and started Art’s Paint Shop in 1991, and later added Park Storage in Walden, Colo., which he retired from four short years ago. Upon retiring he and Bev moved to Norwood, Colo., to enjoy life on a 70 acre property with a majestic view and milder climate.

Art was a very generous man, and helped many along the way without expecting much more than a thank you in return. Whether it was a broken down traveler, or someone down on their luck, Art could usually find a way to brighten their day and help them back on their feet.

He is survived by his wife Beverly, two daughters, Lancy and Callie, two older sisters, Ardie Jones, Anita (Jones) Dones and younger brother Del Jones.

Per his wishes, no services will be held. Family and friends will gather at a later date to celebrate his life. ❖

Vernon Dilley

Vernon Dean Dilley, 85, of Brush, Colo., passed away April 11, 2015.

Vern was born May 24, 1929, in Sterling, Colo., to James Otto and Bessie Helen (VeVerka) Dilley.

Vern graduated from high school in Sterling in 1947. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and received his honorable discharge in 1953.

When he returned home, Vern moved to Brush to start his business, Dilley’s Sand and Gravel.

In 1954 he met, and married, Gwendolyn Gail Hall. Vern and Gwen continued to grow Dilley’s Sand and Gravel and in 1973 developed Dilley’s Mobile Premix Concrete, both of which continue to be operational in Brush today.

Vern and Gwen bought the “Old Brush Golf Course” in 1972, where they built their home and raised their two children, Jim and Lynn Dilley. It was here that Vern started another business raising registered Paint and Quarter Horses. Many of the horses raised by Vern were successful racing, roping, cutting and show horses. For Vern, this life of family, horses, and a country life out of a picture book, was his passion. Happily, Vern continued to enjoy this life in the paradise that he created for his family. It was in this picture perfect paradise that he called home, that he passed away.

Survivors of Vern include his wife of 60 years, Gwen; son Jim and daughter Lynn Dilley all of Brush, Colo,; and a sister Dorothy Wade of Westminster, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his sister Margaret McIntire of Sterling, and his parents.

At Vernon’s request, there will be no formal funeral service.

Memorial gifts may be given to the charity of your choice. ❖

Richard Lengel

Richard “Dick” Louis Lengel, 82, passed away on April 11, 2015, in Greeley, Colo., after a lengthy illness.

He was born October 9, 1932, in Wray, Colo., to John Brian Lengel and Jane Marie (Shapard) Lengel and was raised in Idalia, Castle Rock and Englewood, Colo., graduating from Englewood High School in 1950.

Dick faithfully served two years in the U.S. Army with an artillery unit in Germany. Upon discharge, he returned to Colorado A&M earning a Bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry in December 1957.

He met the love of his life, Barbara Allyn Smith, in January 1957 and they married June 7, 1957 on the A&M campus.

He accepted a job with the USDA Soil Conservation Service and moved to Deming, N.M., where Brian Allyn and Susan Marie were born before the family returned to his beloved plains of Colorado in 1963. In 1964 he began his career with the USDA Farmers Home Administration and welcomed his third child Jonathan Scott. His FHA career took him to Durango, Greeley and the Denver state office where he was the Colorado Rural Housing Director prior to his retirement in 1990. He farmed and raised cattle with his father and sons throughout his life, first south of LaSalle and then on his own farm north of Platteville from 1976 to 2006 when he returned to the farm near LaSalle.

His “retirement” was in name only as he served northeastern Colorado as a loan representative and board member for the Colorado Rural Rehabilitation Corporation. Dick was an active member and officer of the First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, the Platteville Lions Club and the Merry Mixer Square Dance Club.

Above all things was the love of his family. He loved following the family with an active interest in whatever they were doing while passing on his love of the land and his gentle, positive, caring approach to life.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; children Brian, Susan (Dick Wolfe) and Jon (Edie); brothers John and Robert; sister Janis Calhoun; grandchildren Bryson (Stacie) Wolfe, Wesley Wolfe, Jordan Richard (Jessica) Wolfe, Haylie Lengel, Baylie “Adie” Lengel, Michael Lengel, Joseph Lengel and Janna Marie Lengel; and three great grandchildren. Six nieces and nephews were also an important part of his life.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one niece, Melony Jane Lengel.

Services were held April 17, 2015, at the LaSalle Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Platteville Lions Club or First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle.

Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at

Roland Johnson

Roland “Dean” Johnson, 88, of Ft. Collins, Colo., passed away April 12, 2015, at his home.

Dean was born March 5, 1927, on a farm two miles North of Windsor, Colo., to Anna V. and Otto E. Johnson. He was the youngest of three children, brother Norman (deceased) and sister, Ruth Maxine (deceased).

Growing up Dean did all types of jobs and chores including thinning sugar beets, hoeing weeds, shucking corn, irrigating, milking cows and feeding cattle on the family farm. He used all kinds of farming equipment, in the early years pulled by horses.

He attended school in Windsor, Colo. In 1945 he completed his high school education by enlisting in the United States Navy and receiving the final two credits needed to graduate. His graduation ceremony was postponed due to his enlistment and war time service. In 2011 at Windsor High School, a special ceremony was held to present Dean with his 1945 high school diploma.

While in the Navy he was assigned to the Naval Air Corps and served on several stations in the US and on Guam. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1947 and was a Veteran of World War II.

Following his Naval stint, he farmed and fed cattle in partnership with his father. He began his college education in 1950 and received his college diploma in 1953 from CSCE. He started his lifelong career with the Farm Credit Administration in Ft. Collins and retired from the Mountain Plain Production Association as President in 1986.

He married Arta Mae Deering (deceased) in 1950. They had one son, Steven R. Johnson.

He married Marie A. Patchen (Howe) in 1990 and she brought three adult children, Julie Wynder, Ramona Graves Bode and Richard Patchen, Jr. into their family.

Dean was confirmed at Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo., and was a current member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins, Colo. He was a long time member of the Ft. Collins Rotary Club, Rotary Golfing Fellowship, Ft. Collins Country Club, Beta Sigma Phi Envoy and the American Legion for 50 years! Dean was an avid golfer and enjoyed a good game of cards.

Dean celebrated life to the fullest. He honored family above all and was a man of great faith.

Those left to honor Dean’s loving memory are his wife Marie, his son Steven and grandson’s Jacob and Eli Johnson. Julie and Harry Wynder, granddaughter Sarah, Ramona and Jim Bode, grandson Zach, Richard Patchen and wife Victoria Rushing, granddaughter Savana and grandson Nathan, sister-in-law Betty Bottrell and brother-in-law Charles Jackson. A host of cousins, nieces and nephews and long time friends.

A celebration of Dean’s life will be April 20, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Light lunch to follow.

Contributions may be made to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 2000 S. Lemay Avenue, Ft. Collins, Colo., 80525. ❖

Ceborn “Cebe” Hanson

Ceborn “Cebe” Hanson, of North Park, Colo., passed away April 13, 2015, in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Born in March, 1929 to Carl and Marguerite Hanson, Cebe lived in North Park, Colo., until his retirement in 1998.

He graduated from North Park High School in 1947 and, while attending the University of Wyoming for his third year, was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. However, after basic training in South Carolina, he was sent to Germany for the balance of his duty. Tensions ran high in Germany during that time because of incidents along the Berlin Corridor, but the mountainous regions where he participated in exercises and guard duty were a great deal like the Colorado Rockies.

Following his military service, Cebe returned to North Park to work, mostly with his father, and as a local brand inspector. During these years, he was active in several local organizations, especially the Odd Fellows and the VFW Post 2371. He served as a Local and District VFW Commander twice and was active on the state level, in addition to serving on many committees. Cebe was also involved with the VFW Rodeo for 15 years. He was the Noble Grand for the North Park Odd Fellows, as well as District Grand Master and State Grand Master. Cebe was also a member of the North Park Stockgrowers Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

In 1962, Cebe joined his father in moving from Rand and the Hill Land Cattle Company to the Big Horn Ranches at Cowdrey, which had been recently purchased by A. D. Davis. Cebe worked under his father at the Big Horn for 12 years, then became general manager in 1976 when his father retired. He continued in that role for another 24 years until his retirement in late 1998.

Everyone who knew Cebe knew of his love for North Park and the cattle business.

Cebe is survived by his wife, Mardie; his brother Jean Hanson, 17 nieces and nephews; and 32 great-nieces and nephews.

No services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jackson County Public Library or the North Park Museum. ❖

W. Wesley Wallace

W. Wesley Wallace passed away April 14, 2015, in Pueblo, Colo., after an accident a week prior on the Roundtree Ranch in Chico Springs, N.M.

He was born to Walter and Wilda Wallace on October 4, 1936.

After attending first grade in Mancos, Colo., his family moved to Dolores, Colo., where he finished his schooling, graduating Valedictorian of his class. Not intending to further his education, he elected to begin ranching full time with his father.

Wesley and Sherry Pickens were married, and blessed with three sons, Steve, Tim and Jay, along with one daughter, Kathleen.

In 2007 Wesley and his wife Debbie purchased the Roundtree Ranch east of Maxwell, N.M., and made it their home. Wesley loved the Roundtree Ranch, saying it was a “Dream come True!”

Running yearlings all over SW Colorado from Pagosa Springs to Gunnison, Wesley would gather and ship by rail to the Kansas City stockyards every fall. Being an excellent horseman, he broke numerous horses for numerous folks.

Never meeting a stranger, no matter where he was, Wesley could pick up a conversation with anyone, and after speaking it was as though you’d known him for a lifetime. Telling stories of his encounters could go on for hours, he had the ability to just walk up to anyone with the approach of “Let me tell you about something!” This man could get a tear in his eye when speaking of family, bursting with pride, with recent beloved stories of his grandchildren’s accomplishments.

Wesley is survived by his wife Debbie at the Roundtree ranch, sons; Steve and wife Cindy of Dolores, Colo., Tim and wife Mitzi of Cortez, Colo., Jay and wife Amanda of Mancos, Colo., his daughter Kathleen and husband Joe Rayburn of Farmington, N.M. Step sons Beau and wife Casie Gordanier of Hillrose, Colo., Jake and Erin Gordanier of Cortez, Colo., 13 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents;Walter and Wilda Wallace, and brother Lloyd Wallace.

Services were held April 19, 2015, at the Dolores Community Center in Dolores, Colo. Graveside services were held April 20, 2015, at the Roundtree Ranch in New Mexico. ❖

Elmer Rose

Elmer Montague Rose, 87, of Brighton, Colo., passed away April 15, 2015 with family by his side.

He was born on April 21, 1927, in McClure, Va., to Rita Ellen (Fletcher) and Barney Rose.

On October 5, 1946, he married Velma Belle Faxon and together they had a son Edward Allen Rose. On November 8, 1969 Velma passed away. He married Betty Nichols, October 22, 1970, which added three children into the family, Wanda Nichols, Bill Nichols, and Debra Nichols.

Elmer grew up in the Virginia Hills with nine other siblings, Fancy, Henry, Olivine, Jay, Carson, Kenneth Ray, Nel, Norma, and Mary Jane.

He graduated from the seventh grade at the Big Ridge School.

In 1942 the family moved into Kingsport, Tenn. Elmer then worked with his dad at the Kingsport Press. Later he worked for his parents at the Rose Store in Kingsport.

On December 22, 1944, he entered in active service, ranked as a storekeeper (technical) third class in the Navy, during WWII. The vessels he served on were; USNTC, Great Lakes, Ill.; USN TADCEN, Shoemaker, Calif.; USS CIRCE (AKA-25); USS YOSEMITE (AD19); USS PALAWAN (ARG-10); AND In Service Craft (YF-624), COMSERVDIV 32 (USS ALCOR) (ADM).

After being discharged from the Navy, he moved from Tennessee to Wyoming and started working for the Bentonite Plant in Upton, Wyo. While living in Upton he owned a car dealership, and two ranches. In 1973 Elmer and Betty moved to Buffalo, Wyo. Elmer with his business partner Fred Martin established the Cloud Peak Ranchettes and then the French Creek Ranch. He also built the Horseman’s Inn Motel in Buffalo, Wyo. They moved to Colorado in 1983 where Elmer became a Real Estate Broker for Rose Reality. In 1987, he went to work at Lambert Reality and then moved to the Office of Jan Hepp, closing on his final property December 30, 2014. During these adventures Elmer’s love for horse racing continued to go stronger with his pride and joy horses; Ole Targo, Jet Travelor, and Iowa Gold just to name a few. His dream was to one day win the All American. Elmer loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren carrying on his love for horses by participating in rodeo and his love for sports. He went from horse racing to participating in Senior Olympics bringing home many Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in bike riding, running events, high jump, long jump, and horse shoes.

Elmer attended the Baptist Church in Upton, Wyo.; Wesleyan Church in Buffalo, Wyo.; and the Fourway Church in Ft. Lupton, Colo. Most knew him for his love for Jesus, studying the word of God, and saving souls. He lived what he believed.

Elmer is survived by his wife Betty, brother, Carson Rose; sisters Fancy Faxon, Olivine Bowery, Nel (Fred) Kilgore, and Mary Jane Sutton; step-daughters Wanda Gunkel, and Debra (Kirk) Ratzlaff, step-son Bill (Cheryl)Nichols, daughter-in-law Bonnie Rose, three grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; wife Velma; brothers Henry Rose, Jay Rose, and Kenneth Ray Rose; sister Norma Bowman, and son Edward Rose.

Services were held April 25, 2015, at Fourway Baptist Church in Ft. Lupton, Colo. Graveside services were held April 27, 2015, at Fort Logan National Cemetery. ❖

Jean (Simon) Wayt

Jean (Simon) Wayt, 82, passed away April 16, 2015, peacefully at her daughter’s home in Bennett, Colo.

Jean was born on May 19, 1932, in Kearney, Neb., to Edward L. “Doc” and Iva Gertrude (Shirley) Simon.

She was the younger sister to brother’s Milton and Doug and 10 years later the older sister to Julane, Kandy and Toy. Several members of the Simon family were cardholders of the Cowboy Turtle’s Association which was the precursor to today’s PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association). Along with their double cousins, the Jigg and Edna clan, the “Simons from Limon” became well known in the 40s, 50s and 60s as one of the premier family dynasties of rodeo. Jean was an accomplished trick rider and trick roper and along with her cousins Della and Francis, they performed for many rodeos and county fairs as the “Simon Sisters.”

Jean married Frank Wayt on September 24, 1955, in Golden, Colo. They were blessed with two daughters, Shyla and Amy. After living in Limon, Golden and Broomfield for a few years, they built their dream home complete with barns, corrals and arena just south of town and have called Longmont their home since 1969.

Jean was a homemaker, gifted artist and musician as well as a loving wife, mother, grandmother of four and great grandmother of two. She stayed connected to rodeo her entire life and was the head cheerleader for Shyla and Amy as they competed in Little Britches and High School rodeos as well as jack pot barrel races and team ropings. She eventually participated in the local Longmont Old Timers Rodeo volunteering her time as needed.

Jean is survived by her daughters Amy (John) Gallagher and Shyla McKee; her brother Toy Simon; her sisters Kandy (Larry) Bohrer and Julane (Keith) Arfsten; her grandchildren Jayme (Jason) Sewell, Jason McKee, Frank Gallagher, and Teresa Jean Gallagher; and her great grandchildren Rio Sewell and Stella Sewell.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers Milton and Doug as well as several cousins and family members.

A Celebration of Life and a luncheon will be held at 11 a.m., April 30, 2015 at the D-Barn, 136 S. Main St., Longmont, Colo.

Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Denver Hospice in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. ❖

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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.

He was the first of four sons born to Kimel and Wanda (Crom) Brent on September 1, 1949.

When Balyn was young, his parents moved north of Arriba to begin farming. Balyn gave his life to Jesus Christ at the young age of 12 at Sunnydale Church. He attended Arriba High School and graduated in 1967. He attended McPherson College for two years before studying and earning his Bachelor’s Degree in General Ag at Colorado A & M University, later CSU, in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1972.

In 1976, Balyn married Vicki Lynn Kressler. Life grew strangely dim in 1977, when Balyn suddenly lost his first wife and son, Aaron B. They both passed away from a rare blood disease. Balyn continued to turn his eyes upon Jesus and kept his Bible close for five hard years.

Balyn married Linda Louise Helling on March 20, 1982, at First Baptist Church in Fort Collins, Colo. Balyn and Linda moved to Arriba to build Brent Welding and Machine Inc., where he enjoyed countless hours of welding and engineering for 33 years. In the late 1990s, Balyn also enjoyed moving houses, grain bins, and other buildings.

On April 20, 1984, Balyn held his second son, Ephron, in his arms. Balyn and Linda had four more sons and one daughter. Balyn was involved in the community and his local church. He was the church music leader and often played his trumpet. He was humble and content with what he had and would always stop what he was doing to help anybody. Balyn was a friend to all and a stranger to no one. He cherished his relationships and loved to visit with anyone, especially those in the hospital due to their health complications. He was not quiet about his faith and understood grace completely. He had sincere respect for veterans young and old.

Balyn was a loving older brother, who listened and continually offered a helping hand. Balyn’s greatest passion was being a dad and grandpa.

Survivors include; wife, Linda; sons, Ephron (Bobbie), Kysor (Melissa), Jonathan (Josie), Theron (Bethany), Caleb (Winnie); daughter, Shilo; his nine “little Urchkins”; Kittley, Nayvee, Dillon, Owen, Lillian, Braelyn, Miles, Declan, and a girl “bun in the oven”; parents, Kimel and Wanda; brothers, Terrell (Patty), Ralph (Dawn), Nelson; brothers-in-law, Bob (Janelle) and Steve (Shelley) Helling; sisters-in-law, Paula (Brad) Carver, Myrna (Don) Andrews, Marilee (Larry) Kelly, and Lisa Klinzmann; his Aunt Evelyn and Aunt Jean; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by; first wife, Vicki; son, Aaron; grandparents, Shelah and Hassie Brent, and Frank and Mildred Crom; In-laws, Harold and Lucille Helling.

A Celebration of Life was held on April 7, 2015, at the Faith Family Fellowship in Flagler, Colo. The large celebration was concluded by the group re-assembling outside of the church on the chilly sun-shiny morning for the tolling of Balyn’s large red, white and blue bell, (which was hauled to the church site for the occasion) 65 times, for the final Farewell until we meet again in Heaven. Inurnment was held at the Arriba Cemetery in Arriba, Colo.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: The Arriba Fire House, 218 Elm Street, Arriba, CO 80804, Gift of Life Foundation, PO Box 245, Hugo, CO 80821 or Wheatland Conference Center P.O. Box 63, Flagler, Colo., 80815. ❖

Floyd V. Stevens

Floyd V. Stevens, 91, of Brighton, Colo., passed away April 4, 2015.

He was born on February 12, 1924, in Sterling, Colo., to Fred and Inez Stevens.

Floyd grew up in Loveland, Colo., and graduated from Loveland High School in 1942; he immediately enlisted into the army and served four years as a mechanic. After his service to his country he purchased a gas station and worked in this field for 15 years. After that venture he went to work making artificial limbs for a couple of different companies in Denver, he worked in this field until his retirement.

Floyd loved watching any kind of football and everyone knew when it was football season because he wouldn’t get very far from the TV. He also came from a long line of horse traders. He loved going to farm auctions to purchase tractors to buy and restore, his favorite were the Ford’s which he knew inside and out. He loved to go camping, fishing and hunting. He loved to spend quality time with his family who meant the world to him.

He married Ramona Maxine Bever, the love of his life, on January 17, 1947; they made their home in Loveland Colo. They were married for 63 years until her untimely death on November 15, 2009. They raised two sons, Mark (Nancy) and Ron Stevens both from Ft. Lupton, Colo. He was blessed with four grandchildren and three great grandsons, Calvin, Shaina, Cody, Shelby, Brexton, Malachi and Merrick Dean.

He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, an infant son and all of his siblings, Mildred, Eunice, Ralph and Robert.

Services were held April 10, 2015, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery. ❖

John Bowen

John A Bowen passed away on April 2, 2015.

He was born on November 23, 1924, to John G. Bowen and Marie K. Zeilinger in Englewood, Colo.

Johnny started his career in farming with his dad and mom on a cattle and dairy farm near County Line Road and present day Lucent Blvd.

He attended the School of Mines in Golden, Colo., for one year before returning home to the farm to help his dad with the ever-increasing load of planting, harvesting and raising cattle. Johnny was active in the county farm community and was Grange Master at the Sunflower Grange in Sedalia, Colo.

In June of 1949 Johnny married the love of his life, Katherine Theresa Ehmann at Saint Francis Catholic Church in Castle Rock.

By 1954 the Bowen’s ranch had grown to almost 1,000 acres. Severe drought in 1953 and 1954 discouraged the Bowens and in 1954 they sold all but 80 acres and purchased a dry land wheat farm near Strasburg, Colo. In 1962 a trade orchestrated with The Gated Rubber Company for their remaining 80 acres moved them to the Eberhard Ranch at the intersection of County Line Road and Santa Fe. An avid pilot of small aircraft, Johnny was often seen landing his Cessna on the dirt runway on the ranch, appropriately called the Fly’n B. Tragic small plane accidents claimed the lives of both his brothers; George in 1965 and Martin in 2007. In 2004 the Fly’n B Ranch was sold to Erickson Communities to be developed into a retirement campus known today as Wind Crest.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 66 years, Katherine and his four children; Daniel (Cheri), Christine Hickman (Jason), David (Richard), Katherine Bollig (Joseph), 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Services were held April 17, 2015, at Parker PACE Center in Parker, Colo. ❖

Ben A. Ginther, Jr.

Ben A. Ginther, Jr., passed away April 4, 2015, peacefully in his sleep.

He was born to Ben and Mariàn-Esther (Flint) Ginther on May 23, 1925. He would have been 90 next month. His ancestors were among the wave of Russian-Germans who came to this area in the 1880s. Ben grew up on the Adams County farm that his German grandfather had bought in 1902, and farmed there until 2009.

He was a founding member of the Good Luck 4-H Club in the 1930s. He attended one year of school at the Zion Lutheran School in Brighton, but 11 years at Eastlake School and was the only Eastlake graduate in 1943. He served in the US Army in the last year of World War II, stationed in Korea.

He was a long-time member and retiree of the West Adams County Volunteer Fire Department. He and his life-long friend, Howard Cundall, continued to be active in Good Luck 4-H into adulthood.

In 1947, he married Barbara Coan from Keenesburg, with whom he spent the next 67 years, raised six kids, and continued to farm.

He was never happier than when he was driving a tractor, setting irrigation tubes, fixing fence on his mountain pasture, or caring for his cattle. Ben loved the outdoors and the farming life. He managed his father’s and grandfather’s farm, raised cattle, had a custom hay hauling business and supplemented his income by working at Time DC Trucking and Great Western Sugar Factory in the wintertime. Ben was a long time member of the Roman Catholic Church. He traveled to the Holy Land, England, Ireland, Guatemala, and many states in the USA.

He is survived by sons, Bruce (JoAnne) Ginther of Broomfield, Colo., Brett (Marge) Ginther of Brighton, Colo., Bart (Mary) Ginther of Brush, Colo., Paul (Teri) Ginther of Wichita, Kan., and Steve (Clint) Ginther of New York City; daughter, Brenda (James) Jackson of Joplin, Mo.; Sister, Nina Schloo, of Brighton, Colo., 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces,nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, his parents, his sister, Virginia, and a grandson, Adam.

Services were held April 8, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Lafayette, Colo. He was entombed at Evergreen Cemetery in Broomfield, Colo.

Memorial Gifts may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310 White Plains, N.Y., 10605. ❖

Miles Reed

Miles Stanley Reed, 97, passed away April 7, 2015, at Hope West.

Miles was born May 5, 1917, to Lloyd S. Reed and Alice E. (Johnston) Reed at the family homestead ranch southeast of Molina, Colo.

He attended Georgia Mesa School for 10 years and graduated from Collbran Union High School in 1936. Miles went to California in 1936 to attend a mechanical school for one year.

He came back to the ranch to work the summer of 1937. The fall of 1937 he worked for the Meeker Forest Service on the White River at Ripple Creek. The year 1939-1940 he worked for Western Railway Ice in Grand Junction, Colo. The year 1954 he was working for the Mesa county Road Department. The summer of 1971 he worked for the Colorado Water Resources to help a friend. Then he started working full time for Colorado Water Resources 1973-1989. While doing these different jobs, he still helped at the ranch.

The 1941-9145 he joined the Army serving in the European Campaign in WWII. He was in Company K, 157th infantry, 45th division. Miles was shipped to the tip of Africa, then to Cyprus, Italy. He was wounded during an amphibious landing and received the Purple Heart combat badge. Walking through different parts of Europe, his division was in Germany helping free prisoners from Dachau. Miles was discharged June 1945. When Miles arrived back home, he and Billie were married.

Miles enjoyed the outdoors — working the land; irrigating; raising chickens, turkeys, hogs, sheep and cattle; and, of course, fence building/repair. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trips to Arizona in the winter with Billie. He had a great memory of knowing the history of the Plateau Valley area and the people, land, water, and his own relatives and family. He enjoyed going the Grand Mesa, especially Cottonwood No. 1, which he, his dad, and his grandfather helped build.

Miles was a member of the Clifton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Survivors include one daughter, Vickie L. Green of Craig, Colo.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie M. (Horton) Reed; son, Lloyd Miles Reed; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann (Toucher) Smith-Reed; sister, Eleanor B. (Reed) Nichols, parents, Lloyd and Alice Reed; and son-in-law, Danny Green.

Services were held April 11, 2015, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo. Burial was at Mesa Cemetery.

Contributions to the Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated in Miles Reed’s name. ❖

David Smith Jr.

David Hilary Smith Jr., 83, of Meeker, Colo., passed away April 7, 2015 at Pioneers Hospital.

He was born in the Meeker family ranch home on April 20, 1931 to David Hilary Smith Sr. and Jessie Ray (Cunningham) Smith.

His 12 years of early schooling were in Meeker, Colo., and at his graduation in 1949, he was valedictorian. He attended CU Boulder for one year before he was needed at home to work on the ranch because of his father’s health.

In 1951 he married Sue Ann and they began their journey of 63 years together. Five children blessed their life: David W., Brent, Matt, Lori and Brian. Times were busy with ranch work and all the variety of church, school, 4-H, and athletic events. He also began outside activities such as school board, church vestry committee, several water boards and local ditch projects. All of which brought him enjoyment and expertise.

Survivors include his four sons, their wives, a daughter and her husband, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, a brother Rodney Smith, and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Jessie, and infant daughter, Susan Marie, infant granddaughter, Sarah Lynn and his sister, Patricia.

Services were held April 11, 2015 in Meeker, Colo. ❖

Eugene “Gene” Hahn

Eugene “Gene” Hahn, 70, of Grover, Colo., passed away April 9, 2015, at Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

He was born May 5, 1944, in Kimball, Neb., to Edward and Louise (Harms) Hahn.

Gene grew up in Grover and graduated from Grover High School.

On October 22, 1967, he married Sharon Sandberg in Burns, Wyo.

Gene served in the Air National Guard’s 153rd Armored Airlift Group for six years in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Gene loved his cattle, flower garden, and leather craft. He was a charter member of the Grover FFA, a 4-H leader and fair superintendent for Weld County and Grover Guys and Gals for 45 years. Gene loved working with kids of all ages.

He was a lifetime member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grover, a member of the Pawnee Grazing Association and various other Co-Ops.

Gene was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Grover, Colo.; son, Kevin (Michelle) Hahn of Grover, Colo.; four grandchildren; sister, Evelyn (Bill) Hoffman of Grover, Colo.; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Becky Nadine Hahn; and brother, LeRoy Hahn.

Services were held April 15, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can be made to Zion Lutheran Church in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Victor Eugene Hanson

Victor Eugene Hanson, 91, passed away peacefully April 8, 2015, in the Hospice of Northern Colorado inpatient unit at NCMC in Greeley, Colo.

Vic was born in Sterling, Colo., on March 8, 1924, to Martin and Ada Helen Hanson.

He grew up on their family farm and attended school in New Raymer, Colo., graduating with the class of 1942. Vic attempted to sign up for the armed services but was rejected due to his childhood hearing losses.

On June 24, 1951, Vic married his high school sweetheart, Beth Arlene Hunter, in Brighton, Colo. While continuing to farm and ranch, he also worked nights at the Great Western Sugar Company in both Eaton and Fort Morgan for many years. In August, 1961, the family moved to Fort Morgan so Beth would be closer to her job and the children could attend school there. Vic continued to commute to New Raymer to work the family farm until retiring in 1989.

After 53 years of marriage, Beth died suddenly in July, 2004. Vic continued to live in Fort Morgan enjoying his trips to the farm, fixing and “puttering” with things around the house and doing yard work until moving to The Bridge Assisted Living in Greeley in August, 2010.

Vic took extreme pride in his family and worked many long hours to provide for them. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Fort Morgan, and life member of the Fort Morgan Elks Lodge No. 1143, receiving the Elk of the Year Award in 1969.

Vic is survived by his daughter, Vickie and son-in-law Jim, and his son Greg; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his, close friend, Donna Bolingbroke, as well as nieces, nephews, and his extended family at the Bridge who were so good to him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beth, brother, Raymond, sisters, Frances Starkey, Evelyn Linsenmaier, and Florence Singleton Silvas, and his parents, Martin “Mike” and Ada Helen Hanson.

Services were held April 15, 2015, at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan, Colo., with interment in Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Rescue Mission, Hospice of North Colorado, or the Fort Morgan Elks Lodge No. 1143 all in c/o the Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan, Colo.

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Vashti James

Vashti James, 84, passed April 9, 2015, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born to Charles and Gertrude Long on May 22, 1930, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

She lived in many places while growing up, always returning to the Cheyenne, Wyo., area. She attended Cheyenne High School until she become ill and could not finish her last year.

She met and married Howard James in 1948. They spent 61 years together. To this union was born one daughter and five sons. Vashti was an old fashioned wife, mother and homemaker.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crafting, painting, traveling and sightseeing. This lady was supportive of her husband, children and grandchildren, always glad to hear about their activities.

Vashti James is survived by daughter, Carolyn (Walter) Hagemeier of Burns, Wyo.; sons, Chuck (Donna) of Cheyenne, Wyo., David of Rayville, La., Bill (Shelby) of Mitchell, Neb., Phillip of Livonia, N.Y., and Pat (Naomi) of Carr, Colo.; sister, Margie (Jim) Dreiling; 13 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents and sister, Charlene Bates.

Services were held April 17, 2015. Interment followed at the Burns Cemetery. ❖

William “Buzz” Folley

William Frank “Buzz” Folley, 73, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away April 12, 2015, at his home.

He was born on October 20, 1941, to Harry and Christine Folley, in Flomot, Texas. He lived in Texas until coming to Northern Colorado in 1964.

Buzz worked in the oil fields and construction prior to opening Performance Welding in 1974. He owned and operated Performance Welding in Fort Collins for 22 years.

Upon selling the welding shop in 1998 Buzz retired. In retirement he started farming and ranching, on his farm north of Wellington, Colo. Buzz enjoyed running a cow/calf operation and running roping’s in the family arena. Buzz found great joy in supporting youth rodeo in the Folley arena.

Buzz loved rodeos in general and enjoyed participating in Team roping as a Header.

In the last few years Buzz enjoyed the quiet life on the farm until he moved into an assisted living facility in Fort Collins. He quickly became the life of Collinwood Assisted Living and made many friends. While there he enjoying playing poker, bingo and socializing.

Buzz is survived by his companion, Carol Arnold; two sons, Eric (Tamie) of Timnath, Colo., and Tom (Stacy) of Greeley, Colo.; two nieces Denese Skinner of Texas and Terese Skinner of New York.

He is preceded in death by, his wife, Judy McDonough Folley, his mother Christine Folley, his Father Harry Folley, his step-mother Ruby Folley, and his sister Jackie Skinner.

Services were held April 17, 2015 at River of Life Fellowship Church in Wellington, Colo. Interment followed at Highland Cemetery in Wellington.

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Tributes for April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015 — 

Kenneth Hartman

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

Kenneth was born in 1928 on the Hartman farmstead near Rosemont, Neb.

He was raised in the Rosemont/Guide Rock area and graduated from Eckley High School in 1945.

On July 23, 1949, he married the love of his life, May Elizabeth Figgins. They farmed north of Red Cloud, Neb., from 1945-1955 and had four children, David, Daniel, Karen and Kenneth Jr.

They moved to northern Colorado in 1955 where another daughter, Kenda, was born. Ken worked at several area dairies before buying his own herd of cattle and moving to Loveland, Colo., in 1966. In 1973, Kenneth purchased a dairy north of Fort Collins, Colo. Children Lauri, Eric, and Alisa were added to the family, via legal guardianship, while in Colorado. Kenneth sold his dairy and retired in 1994. He drove for Harvest Farm in Wellington, Colo., for eight years.

Kenneth served as president of Northern Colorado Water Association for 30 years and was a delegate to the Colorado Rural Water Association. Ken represented the organizations at national conventions in the interest of providing drinking water to Northern Colorado.

Kenneth and May left Colorado in 2008, settling in Guide Rock, Neb.

Kenneth had immeasurable love for the Lord and his family. His smile and calm disposition made him a friend to everyone who knew him.

Surviving are his family, David Hartman and wife, Judy, Karen Nelson and husband, Wayne, Daniel Hartman and wife, Pamela, Kenda Peter and husband, Arnold, Lauri Mink and husband, John, Eric Walker, and Alisa Hartman; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; twin brother, Keith Hartman and wife, Daisie, and brother, Marvin Hartman; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his dear wife, May, infant son, Kenneth, Jr., two sisters, and five brothers.

Memorial services will be held April 25, 2015 at 1 p.m., at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud, Neb. Those who knew Kenneth are encouraged to attend as there will be an open time of sharing. If unable to attend, please send your cards and memories to the family at 715 Pleasant St, Guide Rock, Neb., 68942.

Interment: Rosemont Presbyterian Cemetery.

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Lois Marian Nichols

L ois Marian Nichols, 86, of Collbran, Colo., passed away February 7, 2015.

She was born July 17, 1928, in Collbran, Colo., to Thomas Hartley and Katherine Pitts Phillips.

Lois grew up in the Collbran area where she attended the Collbran Congregational Church and was an active member of the Rainbow girls.

In 1946, she graduated from Collbran Union High School as the valedictorian. Upon graduation Lois attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., on a scholarship to study History. After a year at college Lois returned to the Collbran area and married her high school sweetheart, Benjamin E. Nichols, on January 11, 1948.

Following Ben’s completion of a Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado A and M they returned to the Molina area and later purchased a ranch on Big Creek in Collbran, the same home Lois was born in. Here they ranched to be close to both of their families and set up a large and small animal veterinary practice.

Lois worked side by side with Ben as his veterinarian assistant, and was also the ideal hardworking ranch wife. She was devoted to her family and loved to cook for her family, friends and to anyone who wanted to stop by during the noon hour. Everyone was welcomed at Lois’s table and whenever the family went on a cattle drive the highlight was when Lois brought lunch.

During the summer and into the fall she loved to can fruits and vegetables that she grew from her immense garden and picked from her favorite fruit trees to stockpile them in her cellar.

In her spare time she was an active member of the Eastern Stars, Rebekah’s and an avid fan of baseball, she never missed a World Series. Quilt making was another hobby of Lois’s and she made it a goal to make a quilt for every one of her children and grandchildren, as well as a quilt for her granddaughter’s dolls. Ben and Lois were blessed with seven children, 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dr. Ben of Collbran, Colo., son Benjamin Jr. (April) Nichols of Mesa, Colo.; daughters Ellen (Jim) Lancaster of Monte Vista, Colo.; Susan (Michael) Prescott of Grand Junction, Colo.; Joann (Matt) Robinson of Meeker, Colo.; Judy (Brad) Tutor of Gunnison, Colo.; Janet (Hal) Kime of Craig, Colo.; and Anita (Bill) Curry of Arthur City, Texas. As well as her brother Joe Phillips of Grand Junction, Colo., and sister Amy Phillips of Mesa, Ariz.

Lois was preceded in death by her mother Katherine Pitts Phillips, father Thomas Hartley Phillips, Sister Ilda Anderson, four brothers; Thomas D. Phillips, John Phillips and two infants.

Services were held February 14, 2015 at the Chapel in Martin Mortuary and at the Molina Baptist Church. ❖

Robert (Bob) Leon Fanning

R obert (Bob) Leon Fanning, 82, of Wauneta, Neb., passed away March 25, 2015, at his home.

He was born January 11, 1933, in Chase County, Neb., to Vern and Velma (Barnes) Fanning.

Bob attended Chase County high School and at the age of 17 he entered the US Navy serving in the Korean War aboard the USS Okanagen. He was honorably discharged in October, 1959.

He was united in marriage to Berneice Artist Jones on April 29, 1956, at the Crete Church west of Championm, Neb. They were blessed to have 59 years of marriage together. To this union three children were born: Marty, Mark and Mike.

During the course of his life, he was a successful farmer and rancher throughout Chase County, from which he never retired. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the Andrew Kinder Post No. 4688 for many years.

Survivors include: His wife, Berneice Fanning of Wanueta, Neb. Sons: Marty Fanning and Fiancé, Marci of Wauneta, Neb.; Mark Fanning and wife, Karen of Imperial, Neb., and Mike Fanning and wife, Elania of Enders, Neb. Four grandchildren, one step-grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Sister, Betty Kraxberger and husband, Frank of Alaska. Brother, Carl Fanning and wife, Joanne of Alaska. Sister, Kay Castle and husband, Merlin of Imperial, Neb. Sister-in-law, Ruth Fanning of Oregon. Sister-in-law, Burnetta Ahrens and husband, Bob of Imperial, Neb., and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held March 28, 2015, at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta, Neb. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta.

Memorials are suggested to the Wauneta United Methodist Church, Wauneta American Legion and the Imperial VFW. ❖

Balyn Keen Brent

B alyn Keen Brent, 65, of Arriba, Colo., passed away of cancer complications on March 28, 2015.

He was born to Kimel and Wanda (Crom) Brent on September 1, 1949.

When Balyn was young, his parents moved north of Arriba, Colo., to begin farming. Balyn gave his life to Jesus Christ at the young age of 12 at Sunnydale Church. He attended Arriba High School and graduated in 1967. He attended McPherson College for two years before studying and earning his Bachelor’s Degree in General Ag at Colorado A & M University, in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1972.

On May 9, 1976, Balyn married Vicki Lynn Kressler. Life grew strangely dim in 1977, when Balyn suddenly lost his first wife and son, Aaron B. They both passed away from a rare blood disease.

On March 20, 1982, Balyn married his sweetheart, Linda Louise Helling at First Baptist Church in Fort Collins, Colo. Balyn and Linda moved to Arriba to build Brent Welding and Machine Inc., where he enjoyed countless hours of welding and engineering for 33 years. In the late 1990s, Balyn also started moving houses which he really enjoyed as well as grain bins, and other buildings.

On April 20, 1984, Balyn held his second son, Ephron, in his arms. Balyn and Linda had four more sons and one daughter.

Balyn was involved in the community and his local church. He was humble and content with what he had and would always stop what he was doing to help anybody. Balyn was a friend to all and a stranger to no one. Balyn’s greatest passion was being a dad and grandpa.

Survivors include; wife, Linda; sons, Ephron (Bobbie), Kysor (Melissa), Jonathan (Josie), Theron (Bethany), Caleb (Winnie); daughter, Shilo; his nine “little Urchkins”; parents, Kimel and Wanda; brothers, Terrell (Patty), Ralph (Dawn), Nelson; brothers-in-law, Bob (Janelle) and Steve (Shelley) Helling; sisters-in-law, Paula (Brad) Carver, Myrna (Don) Andrews, Marilee (Larry) Kelly, and Lisa Klinzmann; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by; first wife, Vicki; son, Aaron; grandparents, Shelah and Hassie Brent, and Frank and Mildred Crom; In-laws, Harold and Lucille Helling.

Memorial services were he held April 7, 2015, at Faith Family Fellowship in Flagler, Colo. Inurnment followed at the Arriba Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Arriba Fire House, Gift of Life Foundation or Wheatland Conference Center. ❖

James (Jim) Howell Parker II

J ames (Jim) Howell Parker II passed away on March 28, 2015, in Aurora, Colo., from heart complications.

Jim was born May 30, 1922, to James Howell Parker and Fannie Corinne (Jackson) Parker in Edgewood Arsenal, Md.

Jim’s father was a career Army man which meant the family was required to relocate frequently while Jim was growing up.

In February of 1943 Jim joined the Air Force. He was a Chief Engineer Clerk with the 383rd Fighter Squadron during WW II. Among his campaigns were Normandy, northern France, Air Offensive Europe, Ardennes Rhiniland and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945.

When he was a young cadet doing some of his clerks training in Greeley, Colo., he met Alma Bernice Haugen, whom he later married in August of 1947. They lived for a short time in Hanford, Wash., where he worked as a civilian at the plutonium producing facility, part of ‘The Manhattan Project’, which brought an end to WWII, and there after meeting challenges of ‘The Cold War’. They moved from Washington to north of Strasburg, Colo., where they lived with Bernice’s folks, working on the Haugen’s ranch.

In October of 1948 James Howell Parker III joined the family. In 1955 the family moved to Brighton, Colo., where Jim took a job as dispatcher for the Brighton Police Dept. They once again moved in 1959 to Sterling, Colo.,, where he was employed with the Colorado State Patrol as a dispatcher. This job took the family to several locations in Colorado and finally to Denver in the early 1970s where they have remained. Jim retired from the State Patrol in 1985.

Jim is survived by wife Bernice Parker, son James Howell Parker III, both of Denver, Colo.; nieces, Karen Alsbrooks of Paragould, Ariz.; Sharon Neira of Strasburg, Colo.; nephews, Terrence Lemont; Robert (Mary) Haugen of Eden Prairie, Minn.; great nephews, Steven Elmore of Paragould Ariz.; Tom (Heather) Neira of Bennett, Colo.; Scott (Crystal) Haugen of Belle Plaine, Minn.; great niece, Brenda Haugen of Greeley, Colo.; along with numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, a sister in law, three brothers in law, and two nephews.

Services were held April 12, 2015, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colo. Inurnment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

The family suggests any memorials be directed to Saron Lutheran Church in Strasburg, Colo., or St. Mark’s Lutheran in Aurora, Colo. ❖

Marie Albertson

K atherine Marie Younger Albertson, 98, passed away March 30, 2015.

She was born February 12, 1917, to Nona and Bert Gates on the Gates Ranch near Burns, Colo., where she was raised.

Marie graduated from Gypsum High School and attended Blair’s Business College in Colorado Springs. She then returned to Burns where she met Charles W. Younger. They were married October 5, 1941. They ranched near Oak Creek, Colo., for many years. They moved to Grand Junction for Charles’ health in 1961, and had lived there for 12 years when Charles passed away.

Marie and Joe E. Albertson were married in 1974. They spent many summers at his ranch in Burns, and winters in Grand Junction or Arizona.

Marie and Charles are survived by three sons, Bert (Rolanda), Daniel (Ethel), and Glen (Becky); seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren,; two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Younger, their daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Don Colson; her second husband, Joe Albertson; four brothers; four sisters, and her parents.

Services were held April 2, 2015, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction, Colo. ❖

Albert Hanlon

A lbert Robert Hanlon, 76, of Byers, Colo., passed away March 30, 2015, at the Medical Center of Aurora, Colo.

He was born on May 21, 1938, in Denver, Colo., to Albert Hanlon, Sr. and Lucille M. Hanlon. He was their first born child.

He attended a country school which was across the road from his home, then went to Strasburg to school and graduated in 1956.

He married Margaret (Marge) Turner on August 5, 1960. To this union was born Brenda Kay on June 21, 1962, and Cheryl Lynne on February 2, 1964.

Albert worked for Adams County and in construction, but his heart was in farming. He farmed with his brother Kenneth until his brother passed away in 1996. They were not only brothers, but best friends. Albert continued to farm until his health prevented him from doing so.

Albert and Marge in their 54 years of marriage spent time vacationing to different places. He especially enjoyed his family and friends.

He was a charter member of the Deer Trail Elks Club, a member of the Aurora Eagles and the Aurora Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife, Marge Hanlon, his daughters Brenda (Bob) Wells and Cheryl (John) Eastwood, his mother Lucille Hanlon, his sisters Carol Davis and Maxine Jolly and brother Bruce (Jan) Hanlon, nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his dad Albert Hanlon, Sr., brother Kenneth L. Hanlon, granddaughter Natalie Eastwood, mother-in-law and father-in-law Faye and Jim Turner, brother-in-laws Jimmy Turner and Boyd Davis.

Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Services were held April 3, 2015, at Strasburg Community Church in Strasburg, Colo. Interment followed in the Byers Cemetery. ❖

Alvin Siefkas

A lvin Siefkas, 98, of Eads, Colo., passed away March 30, 2015, in Pueblo.

He was born January 21, 1917, at Lacelle, Iowa to Fred and Ella Mae (Smith) Siefkas.

Alvin’s family moved to Haswell, Colo., arriving August 1, 1920, when Alvin was 3-years-old. He started school at the age of four and graduated from the Haswell School in 1934 in the middle of the depression and the dust bowl. He worked various jobs including the CCC Camp in Red Feather Lakes, while building up a cow herd with his dad and brother. By the end of the 30s they had a farm of their own.

In February of 1942, after Pearl Harbor, Alvin volunteered in the Marine Corps, serving with the 2nd Marine Division in the South Pacific until his discharge in September, 1945. His unit received a Presidential Citation for “bravery beyond the call of duty” for their part in the battle on the island of Tarawa.

He and Louise Elizabeth Jacobs were married January 20, 1945. They raised eight children while operating dairy farms first at Akron and then at Elizabeth, Colo. During those years Alvin served on the Elizabeth school board, the Elbert County planning and zoning board and was elected as a board member on the Intermountain Rural Electric Association. He was named the Outstanding Conservationist of the Year for Elbert County in 1978. After he and Louise moved to Eads, Colo., he served on the Kiowa County planning and zoning board and on the Eads town board. He also served as trustee, deacon, and Sunday school teacher in the churches they attended in Elizabeth, Castle Rock, and Eads.

Alvin is survived by his children, Darnly and husband, Larry Motter, Kim and wife, Donna Siefkas, Ricky Siefkas, Kevin and wife, Marsha Siefkas, Kerry and wife, D Siefkas, Roxana and husband, Conrad Smith, and Craig Siefkas; 18 grandchildren, a growing number of great-grandchildren; sister, Iola Geiger; numerous nieces and nephews along with many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; daughter, Sharon Maleto; granddaughter, Katherine Maleto; daughter-in-law, Lesley Siefkas; parents, Fred and Ella Siefkas; brother, James Siefkas; sisters, Thelma Prescott, Mildred Jacobs, Ruby Weisdorfer, and Helen Siefkas.

Services were held April 4, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Eads, Colo. Interment took place at Haswell Cemetery. ❖

Etta Fern Ashcraft

E tta Fern Ashcraft, 83, of Scott City, Kan., passed away on March 30, 2015.

Etta-Fern was born on July 15, 1931, in Copeland, Kan., the daughter of Spencer and Jessie Shuman Glover. She was the fifth of nine children.

On December 28, 1946, Etta-Fern was united in marriage to Walter A. Ashcraft in Limon, Colo. The newly wed couple honeymooned in Simla, Colo., and moved to the Homestead Farm-Ranch of Walters folks, Marion and Saide. In 1954, with a family of four they settled in the country where they actively farmed and ranched.

Etta-Fern became a wonderful homemaker, and she enjoyed things such as gardening, cooking, Sunday afternoon ice cream socials, playing cards with the neighbors, arrow head hunting and sewing. She was a good little bowler and loved to play the piano and dance in her day. Etta-Fern’s amazing talent and accomplishments was her art work that her family will cherish forever.

She was a member of the Rural Central Bible Church in which she was very active.

She and Walter lived on the ranch for 48 years. Walter passed away on May 31, 1997, in Santana, Kan., and shortly after Etta-Fern moved off the farm where she resided with Terry and Jayne Ashcraft and family in Limon, Colo. She moved into a new home in Limon on August of 1999, after that moving to Carla’s Cluster Care for a short time and then moved to Scott City, Kan., in March of 2014 to be closer to her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Etta is survived by two son’s, Terry and Jayne Ashcraft of Limon, Colo., and daughter, and Mike and Heather Glover of Idaho, three daughter’s; Diana and Dick Jennison of Healy, Kan., Dana Cranston of Park, Kan., and Donna Glover of Albuquerque, N.M. She is also survived by three brothers; Dale and Lynn Glover of Arizona, Edward and Linda Glover of Limon, Colo., Gary and Georgiana Glover of Calhan, Colo., one sister, Edna Mae Boegher of Dodge City, Kan., 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and a host of over 1,000 nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 50 years, two brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter.

Services were held April 10, 2015, at the Love Funeral Home in Limon, Colo., with inurnment at the Simla Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Full Gospel Assembly in Limon, Colo., or Central Bible Church in Matheson, Colo. ❖

John Bowen

J ohn “Johnny” Bowen, 90, of Franktown, Colo., and Fly'n B Ranch, passed away peacefully April 2, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

Loving Husband of 66 years to Katherine.

A Memorial Service will be held on April 17, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Parker PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., in Parker, Colo. A Reception will immediately follow the Service (also at the PACE Center). ❖

Tributes for April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015 — 

Nell May Perrett

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

Nell was born in Gordon, Neb., to Peter and Blanche Andersen, and grew up with eight siblings.

She became a school teacher and met a pupil’s older brother, Royce Perrett, who she wed in 1944.

After WWII, Royce and Nell began ranching, which took them from the Sandhills of Nebraska, to Isabel, S.D., and then Wibaux, Mont., over the next 70 years.

Nell developed polio in 1950, and though it made many changes in her life, she adapted and became an active member of many communities and was involved in many activities throughout her life. Royce and Nell raised three children, Marc, Barbara and Jerry, who continued to be an important part of their lives.

Nell was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile, a talented seamstress, and always a teacher. For many years, she was a 4-H leader, mentoring youth in the Isabel community. She became an acclaimed quilter and enjoyed collecting (especially thimbles), following bull riding, and watching her family grow. She so loved her children, their spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and Royce.

Nell is survived by her husband Royce Perrett, who is on a ranch in Wibaux, Mont., brother Joe Andersen of Pinedale, Wyo., children Marc (Laurie) of Port Townsend, Wash., Barb Lutz (Arny) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jerry (Rayetta) of Port Townsend, Wash., grandchildren Megan Huber (Andy) of Leavenworth, Kan., Courtney Pushcar (Shaun) of Sheridan, Wyo., and great grandchildren Hadley, Jonell and Hunter.

Nell requested her ashes be returned to a private location in the Sandhills of Nebraska. A memorial service is planned for mid-June at the Grace Lutheran Church in the Skaar community north of Wibaux.

The family asks that any memorial considerations be made to Sidney Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, 314 Road 101, Sidney, Mont., 59270. ❖

Joe Ray Bain

J oe Ray Bain, 84, of Dumas, Texas, passed away March 18, 2015.

Joe was born to Clarice and George Bain on April 22, 1929 in Claude, Texas. They moved to a farm east of Dumas in 1930 after surviving the dust bowl.

He graduated from Dumas High School in 1946 and began working in the family business in Texas and Colorado. He took over the farming operation from his brother Bill in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., where he met the love of his life Norma Jean Hammer. They were married on July 6, 1950, in Raton, N.M.

For over 40 years, Joe was a successful rancher and farmer and raised a wonderful family. Joe was a 4-H leader, ASCS committee board member, school board member, and a devoted church member in Castle Rock, Colo. Their ranch in Colorado grew to more than 10,000 acres owned and leased comprising of 300 cows, 300-500 yearlings, and 600 acres of wheat, oat and alfalfa.

Joe and Norma moved to Dumas, Texas, full time in 1990 where Joe became an active board member of Dumas Church of the Nazarene.

He leaves behind his wife Norma of the home; three children: Don Bain of Pueblo, Colo., Linda and Jim White of Dumas, Texas, and John and Beth Bain of Stuart, Okla.; sister-in-law: Carole Lowe of Cheyenne Wells, Colo.; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a host of special friends who all appreciated his loving nature. His smile, laughter and his Christian faith is seen in his wife, his children, Grandchildren and Great-Grand Children.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and their spouses; daughter-in-law: Marcie Bain.

Services were held March 23, 2015, at the Church of the Nazarene in Dumas.

The family request donations to the Church of the Nazarene in Dumas, Texas or your favorite charity. ❖

Harry John Hansen

H arry John Hansen passed away March 22, 2015.

Harry was born on the family homestead north of Genoa, Colo., April 24, 1922, to John Hansen and Ella Petersen.

Harry attended Union Country School through the eighth grade. Harry was in the first graduating class of the new Genoa School building in 1940.

After graduating high school, he worked several different jobs but knew his passion was the family farm. In 1944, Harry joined the naval war effort, going to San Diego to serve. While in California, he also held other part time jobs including working in a brewery.

On January 30, 1945, he married his sweetheart, Joan Daleen Potts. They were married in Daleen’s parents home in Genoa. When Harry was discharged from the Navy, they moved back to Genoa.

Harry and Daleen had four children, two girls (Loretta and Christy) and two boys (Tim and Ross). In 1965, they lost their oldest son, Tim, who was 16-years-old at the time when he passed in a tragic accident.

In the spring of 1948, Harry bought the Conoco gas station in Genoa, and the couple moved from the country into the town of Genoa. Harry, however, continued to farm while running the gas station. In 1955, Harry traded the Conoco station for the farm where they lived for 59 years. Over the years, they renovated and made additions to the farmhouse and buildings. They raised their children on the farm and enjoyed their grandchildren, until moving into Carla’s Assisted Living in 2014.

Harry was a member of the Genoa Evangelical United Brethren Church. Harry was very involved with numerous remodels of the church, including the stained glass doors, donated by Harry and Daleen in memory of their son, Tim. The beautiful doors have been moved and are now enjoyed as windows above the entrance to the church.

Harry enjoyed being involved in the community and serving on the Genoa School Board in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was also a long time member of the Genoa Lions Club.

Harry enjoyed socializing and visiting with friends. He enjoyed playing cards for most of his life. Harry also enjoyed going to the local coffee spot several times a week until the last year of his life.

Harry took the family on many trips. Once the kids were grown, Harry and Daleen continued to travel in the US, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and Europe. They also enjoyed many Elderhostel educational vacations.

Harry valued education and was proud to see all his kids graduate from college. He also enjoyed helping young people, providing employment for many through the years on the farm.

Harry is survived by his wife of 70 years, Daleen; his sister Vera Clark of Aurora, Colo.; daughter Lori Hansen of Bennett, Colo., daughter Christy Cook (Fred) of Salt Springs Island, British Columbia Canada; son Ross Hansen (Sharon) of Genoa, Colo.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harry was preceded in in death by his son, Tim; sister, Mary Brintnall, and nephew Ricky Clark.

Services were held March 28, 2015 at Genoa United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Genoa Community Cemetery. ❖

Ruth Brown Perry

R uth Brown Perry (Ditty) passed away March 24, 2015.

She was born November 28, 1918, in Denver, Colo., to David Robinson Crocker Brown and Ruth McNutt Brown.

Ruth spent her childhood summers in Aspen, Colo., at the family home above Hallam Lake and her winters in Denver, Colo. Growing up, Ruth was an avid horsewoman, often riding horseback with her family to Snowmass Lake, over Taylor Pass, and numerous other trips in the mountains.

Known affectionately as “Ditty” to her friends. She treasured the Quiet Years in Aspen. Ruth loved to ski and often hiked up Aspen Mountain for a run. She enjoyed hiking with family, friends, and her dogs.

She married her lifelong childhood friend Robert M. Perry (Bob) on May 17, 1940. They moved to Carbondale, Colo., in 1941 and started the Mt. Sopris Hereford Ranch where they raised cattle, horses and their seven children. Bob and Ruth were married for 66 amazing years. They ranched for over 65 years and were an integral part of the Carbondale community.

Throughout her life Ruth welcomed everyone into her home, with a cheery smile, welcoming spirit, and food for any number of last minute visitors. Ruth’s enthusiasm for life was contagious and filled everyone around her with joy. Ruth instilled in her children and grandchildren a love for the outdoors, and the knowledge of how to live life abundantly. For Ruth, the abundant life was one filled with love for God, Country and Family.

She is survived by her six children: Robert (Robin) M. Perry III (Cindy Perry), Roz Turnbull (Tom Turnbull), Ted Richardson (son in law), Nancy P. Shaffer (Dr. William Shaffer), William K. Perry (Judy Fox-Perry), Marj Perry (Bill Fales), Charlotte Perry White (Dr. Andrews A. White), 26 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren, all of whom she kept up with and loved dearly.

She was predeceased by her husband Bob, daughter Ruth Richardson, and her brothers Gordon, Fletcher, and DRC Brown.

Services will be held April 6, 2015, at 11 a.m., at The Orchard Gathering Center in Carbondale, Colo.

Memorials can be given to The Church at Redstone, N.W. Youth For Christ or The Carbondale Historical Society Thompson House. ❖

Roger Thompson

R oger Sherman Thompson, 82, of Ft. Collins, Colo. passed away March 25, 2015, at his home.

He was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, graduated in 1951 from Jesuit High School, attended Arlington College and received his teaching certification from East Texas State in Commerce, Texas.

Roger married Sandra Raish on December 15, 1956 and later married Patricia Honeyfield in 1969.

He lived the life he wanted from beginning to end. Roger was a rodeo cowboy, rodeo clown and photographer, a magazine publisher and author of “Cowboy Preacher,” taught Junior and Senior High School, was an accomplished private pilot, and an actor and stuntman in such films such as “Hang ‘Em High.” Roger was an artist in both oil and charcoal, sang and played the guitar, was a Sherriff’s Deputy, a volunteer firefighter/EMT, a school bus driver, a columnists for the Fence Post and had a little ranch where he chose to live out his days.

Roger lived a cowboy’s life with his purpose being to give glory to God by sharing the message of Jesus Christ. He touched many lives during his ministry through the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.

Roger is survived by his six children: James Roger Thompson, twins: Valerie Romo and Deborah Dodson, Lisa Davis, Holin Honeyfield and Audra Beth Thompson; his first wife and long-time-friend, Sandra Thompson; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 31, 2015, at River of Life Fellowship in Wellington. ❖

Margaret E. Johnson

M argaret E. Johnson, 91, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away March 25, 2015.

She was born November 19, 1923, at the family farm at Yoder, Wyo., to Thomas and Florence (Henke) Eaton.

Growing up on the farm, Margaret was active in 4-H and graduated from Veteran High School. She then attended the University of Wyoming, graduating with honors, then attended Northwest Medical School in Chicago, Ill.

Returning to Wyoming, she married Everett Johnson on March 7, 1947, in Torrington, Wyo.

After their marriage, the couple ranched west of Laramie in the Harmony Community, and during their ranching career Margaret was a member of the Harmony Home and Community Club, the Harmony and Albany County Farm Bureau, Zonta, and the Albany County Cowbelles. She also served as a 4-H Leader and on the Albany County Library Board. During her term on the library board the present Albany County Library was built. She also worked at the University of Wyoming in the College of Ag.

She was a very gracious lady, enjoying her family, country living, and her involvement in community service.

She is survived by her daughter Joyce Tyrrell (Bill) of Buffalo, Wyo.; her son, David Johnson (JoLynne) of Stratham, N.H.; grandchildren, Kenli Urruty (Tyler) of Denver, Colo.; Mark Tyrrell of Portland, Ore., and Amanda Johnson of New York City, N.Y.; a brother Mel Eaton (Rosalie) of Torrington, Wyo., and a sister-in-law Carol Speight of Prescott, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett in 2011, and a brother John Eaton.

Services were held March 31, 2015, at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie, Wyo. Burial followed in Green Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Laramie or to the Albany County Cattle Women. ❖

James West

J ames Luther West, 83, of Johnstown, Neb., passed away March 25, 2015.

He was born January 4, 1932, at Norwich, Iowa, to Ben and Hattie (Hardin) West.

When he was small, the family moved to Holt, Mo., returning to Iowa when he was about three. He and his two youngest sisters attended Clarinda High School. He graduated in 1950 and enlisted in the Coast Guard a year later. James served his country for three years, in Cape May, New Jersey, Grand Isle, Louisiana and was honorably discharged from Grand Isle Lifeboat Station, Grand Isle, La.

After his military service, James came to western Nebraska where he visited the Sandoz, and decided to stay. He worked for the Sandoz for several years. It was during this time that he met and later married Shirley Ann Lewis. The two made their first home in Chadron, Neb.

Through the GI Bill of Rights, James trained to be an electrician. Soon after this, Fritz Sandoz offered James the opportunity to manage his ranch which was located northwest of Chadron, Neb. It was there that their first son Jeffrey was born. Later the family was relocated to a ranch north of Taylor, Neb., where a daughter, Rachel and son, Daniel were added to the family.

In 1965 the family purchased a ranch of their own southwest of Johnstown, Neb., where James lived until his death.

James was a member of the Woodlake Union Church and also joined the Gideons International.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three children, Jeffrey (Bethanie) West of Omaha, Neb., Rachel (Jonathan) Stevens of Wheaton, Ill., and Daniel (Carla) West of Johnstown, Neb.; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Symons of Saginaw, Mich., and Ethelene Jones of Warsaw, Mo.

James was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Clifford, Dolton, Elza, and Frank, and sisters Corrine Kendrick, Beda Stogdill, Melody Ridnour, and Maxine Reed.

Services were held on March 31, 2015, at the Wood Lake Union Church in Wood Lake, Neb. Burial was at the Ainsworth Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideons or to the Wood Lake Union Church. ❖

Robert R. White

R obert R. White, 72, of Hotchkiss, Colo., passsed away March 26, 2015.

He was born to Raymond C. and Arlene L. (Hammond) White in Paonia, Colo., on January 10, 1943.

He spent his childhood in Hotchkiss, graduating from HHS in 1961. He continued his education, and graduated from CSU in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army.

On July 27, 1969 he married Edra L. Siemers in Moorcroft, Wyo. Together, they raised a son and two daughters.

Throughout his career, he was always willing to share his vast knowledge of fruit-growing with other orchardists. He was a long time board member and past president of the Western Colo. Horticulture Society and was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2012; He served on the Colo. Apple Committee, and on multiple water boards including the Colo. Water Conservancy District for 35 years. His community involvement included serving as president of the cemetery board, and 1st State Bank board. While raising his children, he coached baseball and was very supportive of the community youth sports programs.

His hobbies and interests included many outdoor activities, especially whitewater rafting.

He is survivored by his wife, Edra of Hotchkiss, Colo.; his daughter Kelly Reilly and husband Ian,of Hotchkiss, Colo.; a son Chris White and wife Nancee of Hotchkiss, Colo.; and daughter Cari Roberts and husband Dave of Golden, Colo.; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild; three sisters, Ludene Urquhart of Castle Rock, Colo., Hazel Lee MacKendrick of Grand Junction, Colo., and Charlene Price of Eckert, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will take place at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge on April 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. ❖

Betty Joan Pearman

B etty Joan Pearman, 84, of North Platte, Neb., passed away March 27, 2015.

Betty was born on October 27, 1930, in Lakeside, Neb., to Frank C. and Freida (Leistritz) Adam.

She grew up on the family ranch at Lakeside and finished high school at the Curtis Ag High School. After graduation she took her teacher’s training and went on to teach at various rural schools in the Sandhills.

She met Bob Pearman in 1947 and the couple was married on September 10, 1950, at Lakeside Methodist Church. They lived on the family ranch before moving to their own ranch in Maxwell, Neb., in 1951, where they continued to live and ranch for the next 63 years. Betty also ran the Flock Inn for many years and was always a good listener and mentor to many of the people that came in. In addition she drove the school bus for several years.

Betty is survived by her children Doug (Collene) Pearman of Maxwell, Neb., and Jolene (Clarence “Butch”) LaBore of Mullen, Neb.; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren as well as many other extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bob; daughter Barbara; and three sisters Edna Boots, Elaine Mellinger and Jean Neafus.

Services were held March 31, 2015, at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home. Burial followed at Plainview Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Maxwell Public Schools Scholarship Fund. ❖

Jessie Pauline Vian Lehmkuhler

J essie Pauline Vian Lehmkuhler, 98, formerly of Stapleton, Neb., passed away March 27, 2015, at North Platte, Neb.

She was born May 28, 1916, the eldest daughter of Jess J. and Florence Harriet (Whelden) Vian, at the family home near Simpson, Colo.

Pauline came to Nebraska as a child, attended the Hoaglund School and graduated from the Gandy High School in 1936. Following her graduation, she lived with and worked for families caring for mothers and babies during childbirth until she married.

Pauline married Ernest George Lehmkuhler September 28, 1936, at North Platte, Neb. They lived and farmed near Stapleton, Neb., until 1990 when they sold the farm to his cousin, Charles and Twyla Kramer. They purchased lots on C Street in Stapleton, and designed and built a beautiful and comfortable home. They moved into the new house March 17, 1990. Ernest suffered a stroke June 9, 1990 and because of his forethought in the design of their home, was able to live at home where Pauline lovingly cared for him until about six months before he died on September 6, 1992. Pauline continued to live in the home with the help of the children, friends and neighbors until October 26, 2007, when she moved to Independent Living at Centennial Park Retirement Village.

Pauline was baptized and raised in the First Baptist Church of Arnold. She, Ernest and their family joined the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton in March 21, 1948. They were very faithful members, actively teaching Sunday School, Women’s Association or helping out wherever they were needed. She was ordained an Elder, January 25, 1981 and served until 1984. She had read the Bible through 20 times by the year 2000.

Ernest and Pauline had four children, Ernest, Virgil, David and Charlene. They always raised a large garden and most of their own meat as the family growing up.

Pauline was very involved in the community serving as a 4-H leader and Extension leader. She preserved vegetables, fruit and meat by canning and freezing. A testament to her generosity was her special invitations extended to ministers, visiting church guests, friends and family members to come to the farm for a generous meal. She sewed the children’s clothing on a treadle sewing machine until 1959 when they purchased a new Necchi sewing machine.

Survivors include: Sons, Ernest (Ardis) of Dodge City, Kan.; Virgil (Karen) of Sidney, Neb.; daughter Charlene (Dwayne) Berger of Dannebrog, Neb.; daughter-in-law Barbara Lehmkuhler of Copperas Cove, Texas; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; sister in-law Gwen Vian and many special nieces and nephews.

Pauline was preceded in death by a son David Lehmkuhler; granddaughter Lorna Barrett; her husband; her parents; sister, Lucille Halstead; brothers Dean Vian and Walter “Harry” Vian.

A graveside service was held April 2, 2015, at the Arnold Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials are requested to the Cornerstone Church, Gideon’s or KJLT. ❖

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March 30, 2015 — 

Duane Clyde Bartels

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

Duane Clyde Bartels was born August 30, 1932, as the only child of Thelma Mae Ulrich and Frank Leroy Bartels in Fort Collins.

He grew up on the family farm northeast of Fort Collins graduating from Fort Collins High School in June 1950. He attended one semester at Colorado State University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in February 1951. He served in the Pacific during the Korean War on the Bonn Homme Richard earning a Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a National Defense Medal while being stationed at Point Mugu in California.

When he was home on leave, he eloped with Olive Belle Norton on December 21, 1951. When she graduated from high school in June 1953, she joined him in California where their daughter, Joyce was born.

He was honorably discharged on February 1955 with the rank of TD3.

Upon returning to Ft. Collins, they moved to a farm northeast of Ft. Collins where he resided until his death. He farmed for 60 years growing Coors barley, pickles for Dreher Pickle Company, corn, alfalfa, sugar beets, pinto beans and raised cattle and SPF hogs. He was awarded Outstanding Young Farmer from the Ft. Collins Jaycees during the 1960s.

He served on the board for Poudre Valley CO-OP, Poudre R-1 advisory board and was a 4-H leader for several years. During that time, three more children, Carol, Doug and Donice were added to the family.

He was know for his quick wit and sense of humor and the ability to fix just about anything. He was the most amazing, hard working and caring man whose blue eyes and smile could light up a room and will be missed tremendously by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Olive, children Joyce (Stanley) Schwarz of Ft. Collins, Colo., Carol Neukirch of Fairplay, Colo., Douglas (Nancy) Bartels of Ft. Collins, Colo., Donice (Scot) Nealy of Greeley, Colo., six grandchildren, one step grandchild, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous step great-grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and one son-in-law, David Neukich.

Services were held March 11, 2015, at Grandview Cemetery.

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Marvin Ray Fisher

Marvin Ray Fisher, 62, of Hershey, Neb., passed away March 14, 2015 at his home.

He was born September 13, 1952, in North Platte, Neb., to Robert and Margaret (Korbel) Fisher.

Marv graduated from Hershey High School in 1970. Two years later he was drafted, serving in Germany during the Vietnam War. After his discharge, Marvin returned to Hershey and farming.

On August 28, 1976, he married Cynthia “Cindy” Eberly.

He hired out with the Union Pacific Railroad, he was laid off in 1983 when he went to work at the John A. Gentleman Power Plant at the guard shack. He moved up to a station operator, retiring in 2013 due to health reasons. After retirement he enjoyed helping his boys with projects, driving the grain cart and farming.

He loved pheasant hunting, water sports and the outdoors. Marvin loved a good story and loved to tell them, he was a kind, giving person, always helping others and very community minded. He loved his family very much, and had a heart of gold.

Survivors include his two sons, Jeff (Keri) Fisher and their children Elleigh and Neeva, and Ryan (Brenda) Fisher and their daughter, Hope Boggs all of North Platte, Neb.; twin sister, Marylin (Charles) Bicak of Kearney, Neb.; brother, Bill (Susan) Fisher of Maxell, Neb.; nieces, Libby Bicak of Lincoln, Neb., and Carlee Cochran of Holyoke, Colo.; nephew, Nathan Bicak of Radford, Va.; numerous other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Cindy.

Services were held March 18, 2015, at the Maria Lutheran Church in Hershey, Neb. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Neb. Cremation was chosen.

Memorials may be made to the Maria Lutheran Church of Hershey or to the American Legion No. 279. ❖

Lawrence Rudolph

Larry (Lawrence) Walter Rudolph, 87, passed away March 21, 2015.

He was born in Ft. Collins, Colo., on November 14, 1927. He was the sixth of seven children of Fannie and Charles Gordon Rudolph.

Larry grew up on their farm east of Ft. Collins, Colo., and attended Boxelder School. He graduated from Fort Collins High in 1946 where he was a wrestler and cheerleader.

Larry served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division from June 1946 to January 1948. Then, he enrolled in Colorado A&M (now CSU) where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Larry graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture.

While attending Colorado A&M, he met his future bride, Marietta Rough, of Denver, Colo. They were married April 4, 1953, then lived in a house Larry built next door to the farmhouse where he grew up. They had three children, Jennifer, Jeffrey, and Jody.

Larry enjoyed farming all of his life, where he mainly raised corn, sugar beets, sheep and cattle.

Larry was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Timnath Community Players, Elks Lodge, Lambfeeders Association, and the Lake Canal Irrigation Board.

Larry is preceded in death by his wife Marietta and daughter Jennifer.

Services were held March 28, 2015, at the Timnath Presbyterian Church.

Donations may be made to the Timnath Presbyterian Church or Parkinson Foundation. ❖

Eleanor M. Brew

Eleanor M. Brew, 86, of Olathe, Colo., passed away March 22, 2015, at Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta, Colo.

Eleanor M. Kettle was born on February 15, 1929, to John and Ida (Maxfield) Kettle in Telluride, Colo.

She spent her childhood in Austin and Cory area, Eleanor graduated from Delta High School in 1947. After high school, Eleanor went on to further her education at Western State Collage in Gunnison, Colo.

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

Eleanor was a member of Delta United Methodist Church. Eleanor worked at Whitney Pontiac, Gibson’s Mink Farm and Community Options but being a farmer’s wife, a mom, and grandmother was the most important.

In addition to her home and garden, her special pleasures were her many friends, the dinner club, bridge club, and Sunday picnics, and numerous trips especially the trips to Hawaii.

Eleanor is survived by her husband, Merle Brew of Olathe, Colo.; son, Wayne Brew of Delta, Colo.; daughter, Merlene Brew of Delta, Colo.; grandson, Quinn Archibeque of Delta, Colo.; great-grandchildern Morgan Archibeque of Cedaredge, Colo., and Steven Archibeque of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Douglas Archibeque.

Services were held March 26, 2015, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo. Interment followed at Mesa View Cemetery. ❖

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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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