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Rocky Mountain Obits 4-28-14

Jessica Lynn Shackelford

Jessica Lynn Shackelford, 31, passed away April 14, 2014 near Longmont, Colo.

Jessica was born April 18, 1982, in Greeley, Colo., to Randy and Kaye (Heed) Musgrave.

She married Austin Shackelford on March 24, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev. They had lived in Longmont for 10 years.

She enjoyed visiting the mountains, where she would hike and ride dirt bikes. Jessica also liked any and all types of animals. She was a good mother and loved being with her family, especially her children.

Jessica is survived by her husband Austin, and their two children, Jordan and Madison, of Longmont, Colo., her father Randy Musgrave (Janice) of Ft. Morgan, Colo., one sister, Kara White (Chris) of Oak Harbor, Wash., one brother, Matthew Musgrave (Colleen) of Watsontown, Pa., and Austin’s parents, Mike and Deb Sample, sister-in-law, Melissa Zimbelman (Chris) of Las Vegas, Nev., and many nieces and nephews and other relatives too numerous to mention.

Jessica was preceded in death by her mother Kaye, and her grandparents, James and Irene Musgrave.

Services were held April 23, 2014 at the Wiggins Event Center in Wiggins, Colo. Inurnment will be in the Hoyt Cemetery at a later date.

Friends who wish may make their gifts to a fund set up at the Fort Morgan State Bank. ❖

Patsy Kay (Leaf) Stewart

Patsy Kay (Leaf) Stewart, 65, of Eaton, Colo., passed away April 20, 2014, after fighting a long battle with cancer. She passed away at her home, surrounded by family and dear friends.

She was born on April 28, 1948, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Claude and Reena (Davis) Leaf.

Patsy graduated from Highland High School in 1966.

She married Larry Stewart, Jr. on July 9, 1967 in Pierce, Colo., at the Methodist Church.

Mrs. Stewart taught at Highland Elementary School in Pierce as a Special Ed Para for 21 years, where she shared her amazing gift with so many children. In her free time, she loved to spend time with her family, who was so deeply blessed to have her in their lives. She also enjoyed sewing beautiful blankets, gardening, and cooking delicious food.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Larry Stewart of Eaton, Colo.; her mother, Reena Davis Leaf of Pierce, Colo.; two daughters and their husbands, Shelly Kay and Micheal Wight and Krystal Kay and Jeremiah Holladay; a son, Lawrence Everett Stewart, III and wife Rebecca; two brothers, Dean Franklin Leaf and Claude Melvin Leaf, Jr.; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her father, Claude Melvin Leaf and an infant brother, Timothy Leaf.

A memorial service to celebrate Patsy’s life was held April 24, 2014, at the Evangelical Free Church in Eaton, Colo.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Patsy Stewart Memorial Fund in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, Colo., 80620.

An online obituary and guest book are available at

James “Jim” Jurczewsky

James “Jim” Jurczewsky, 78, of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away March 12, 2014, at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colo.

Jim was born on June 4, 1935, in Ringsted, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Dinah (Monsen) Jurczewsky.

He was drafted into the US Army on December 5, 1957, and spent most of his two years in Germany. He was honorably discharged on November 27, 1959.

Jim worked most of his life in the construction field and worked his way up to become a general superintendent. While working in Montana, he met his future wife, June Finkbeiner. They were married on July 2, 1961 in Gillette, Wyo. To this union two sons were born, Michael James in 1963 and Kevin Jay in 1968.

After moving around working on Interstate Highways in several states, the Jurczewsky’s settled in Elizabeth, Colo.

Jim served as a Volunteer Fireman, Elizabeth Board Trustee, Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Booster Club and Am Vets.

He was a very devoted father to his sons and supported them 100 percent in their athletic and 4-H programs. As grandchildren came into his life, he supported them also and one his highlights was taking grandson, Casey, out to breakfast before he showed his animals at fair. And watching three granddaughters, Kenda, Kylee and Karissa grooming and showing their lambs was really special to him. He was so proud of them all. Before he went into the hospital he had money laying on the end of the table to give to his youngest granddaughter, Kesli, as she is always saving her money to buy something and Grandpa wanted to help her out.

Jim loved to hunt and fish with his sons and he collected vintage die cast farm and heavy equipment toys. After retirement he attended all auctions that he could and made many new friends.

Survivors include his wife, June Jurczewsky of Elizabeth, Colo., sons, Mike (Joanne) Jurczewsky of Sheridan, Wyo., Kevin (Kari) Jurczewsky of Castle Rock, Colo.; grandson, Casey Jurczewsky of Sheridan, Wyo.; granddaughter Kelsi Jurczewsky of Castle Rock, Colo; granddaughters, Kendra, Kylee and Karissa Hollingworth of Castle Rock, Colo.; sister, Donna (Bill) Olson of Armstrong, Iowa; brother, Gary (Ruth) Jurczewsky of Los Angeles, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and many friends.

A memorial service was held on March 18, 2014 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock, Colo. Internment was in Fort Logan Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Elizabeth Chapter of AMVETS Post Co-003, 456 Verdos Drive, Elizabeth, Colo., 801107. ❖

Walter Stanley Ballinger

Walter S. Ballinger, 78, of Loveland, Colo., passed away of stroke complications April 18, 2014, at McKee Medical center.

He was born July 21, 1935 on a farm near Johnstown, Colo., to Walt and Anna Ballinger.

He and his family moved to a farm located at Highway 402 and Highway 287 in Loveland, Colo., in 1949. He graduated from Loveland High School named all state football tackle and had a football scholarship to Colorado University. He also attended Colorado State University in 1954-1955.

He married Shirley A. Dunning on January 16, 1954, and was married to her for 49 years, until her death in 2003.

Walt started his post office carrier in 1955 in Denver, Colo., and served the postal service for 31 years.

He was a well respected wrestling referee for 23 years, a very active volunteer fireman in Loveland for 21 years and an Elks member for 50 years.

Walt is survived by his daughter Amy Bonner and her children Ben Bonner and Holly O’Briant. He is also survived by his son, Scott Ballinger and his sons Brycen Ballinger and Joshua Burmudez; a daughter-in-law Carrie Ballinger and her children Paige and Jackson Ballinger. Walt is survived also by his sister Sharon Teeples of Loveland, Colo., and one aunt, Helen Lenhart of Westminster, Colo.

Services were held April 24, 2014 at First Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Walt Ballinger memorial fund in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home with funds being designated to the Loveland Fire Museum. ❖

Vera M. Cox

Vera M. Cox, 87, of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away April 14, 2014.

Vera was born in Fort Morgan, Colo., on May 25, 1926, to Ralph and Marie Drew, and had lived her entire life in the Fort Morgan area.

Vera married Alfred Cox on March 5, 1947.

Her greatest pastime was spent sewing clothes for everyone, making quilts, reading and endless hours of baking. She especially enjoyed her time spent with family.

Vera was one of the cooks at the Adena School, and later Columbine School and Fort Morgan High School.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon; a life member of the VFW Auxiliary, the San Arroyo Club and was a former 4-H leader.

Survivors include her four children, Susan (Donald) Hergenreter of Greeley, Colo.; Ron Cox of Berthoud, Colo.; Katy (Larry) Lorenzini of Weldona, Colo.; and Colleen (Marshall) Gilliland of Wiggins, Colo.; her brother, Delbert (Betty) Drew of Greeley, Colo.; nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Danny; two brothers Donald Drew and Lloyd Drew and her parents.

A Celebration of Life Service was held March 25, 2014, at the United Presbyterian Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. Inurnment was in Serenity Falls Columbarium in Fort Morgan.

Memorial s gifts may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Robert (Bob) Pfenning

Robert (Bob) Pfenning, 93, of Galeton, Colo., passed away April 14, 2014, at his home.

He was born December 11, 1920, in Loveland, Colo.

He farmed in Loveland, married Esther Marie Nelson in 1945, then moved to Greeley in 1950 and worked at Meadow Gold Dairy as office manager for 33-1/2 years. In 1970, he moved with his family to a farm in Galeton where he enjoyed his cattle, his big garden, and his 4-wheeler.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Esther of Galeton, Colo.; sons Terry Pfenning of Greeley, Colo., and Bob and his wife Carmie of Galeton, Colo.; daughter Kathy Moore and her husband Mike of South Carolina; brother Clarence of Loveland, Colo.; grandchildren, Nick Pfenning of Denver, Colo., Lindsay Pearson and her husband Paul of Galeton, Colo., Matthew Moore and his wife Catherine, and Andrew Moore and his wife Laura, of South Carolina.

Robert was preceded in death by sisters Marjorie Moore, Viola Lamar, Eleanor Reagan and brother Charles.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Galeton Community Church in care of Northern Colorado Crematory 700 8th Street Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

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