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Richard Eugene “Dick” Kimmel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

Martin W. Ferguson, Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be made at

John August Ehmke

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

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

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

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

John enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

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

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

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

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

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

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Blaine Adrian Farrar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Currie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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