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Rocky Mountain Obits 5-12-14

Betty D. Grenemyer

Betty D. Grenemyer, 89, of Dacono, Colo., passed away May 1, 2014, at Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colo.

She was born January 12, 1925 in Brighton, Colo., the daughter of Raymond Frederick and Dora Viola (Nichols) Jump.

On July 3, 1945 she married Edwin Grenemyer in Fort Lupton, Colo. The family moved to Erie in 1962 from Weld County, Colo.

Betty was a member of the Tri-County Seniors; operated a daycare for a number of years and enjoyed traveling, especially with her children.

Survivors include her sons Edward (Linda) Grenemyer of Daconom, Colo., Robert (Cindy) Grenemyer of Hillsboro, Ore., Michael Grenemyer of Kersey, Colo., and her daughters Madoline (Harry) Nugent-Benson of Greeley, Colo., Susan (Jim) Hruby of Broomfield, Colo., and Penney (Gene) Murren of Longmont, Colo. She is further survived by her brothers Raymond (Margaret) Jump of Arvada, Colo., John (Lois) Jump of Ft. Morgan, Colo., Calvin Jump of Medicine Bow, Texas, Jim (Valerie) Jump of Medicine Bow, Texas and Richard Jump of Greeley, Colo., and her sister Patty Ann (Jim) Peterson of Orchard, Colo., and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edwin in 1995 and her sister Margaret Grabrian.

Services were held May 6, 2014, at the Summit Foursquare Church in Longmont, Colo. Burial followed at Foothills Gardens of Memory.

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Robert Jack Barker

Robert Jack (Bob) Barker, 78, of Lumberton, Texas passed away April 30, 2014, at his home.

Bob was born October 10, 1935, in Greeley, Colo., to William L. and Esther J. Barker.

On March 23, 1958, he married Janet Marie Anderson in Loveland Colo. They lived in the Greeley area for 55 years where they raised four children. As a family they were involved with horses and they all played Cowboy Polo. He was a very supportive father never missing an activity his kids or family was involved in.

Bob spent most of his life working at Monfort Packing Plant or driving trucks before a heart attack forced him to retire. After retiring Bob kept busy building bird houses and creating art out of horse shoes.

In 2013 Bob and Janet moved to Lumberton, Texas where they were members of the Woodcrest United Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife Janet M. Barker, one daughter Karen Himmelreich (Wayne) both of Lumberton, Texas, and two sons Jeff Barker (Linnette) of Kersey, Colo., and Larry Barker (Marie) of Johnstown, Colo., and one brother Richard (Dick) Barker (Judy) of Milliken, Colo. Bob was also blessed with 11 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Edith J (Edie) Oster, his parents, one brother William (Bill) Barker and a sister Elizabeth (Betty) Dunlap.

A memorial Service will be held at the Johnstown Senior Center, 101 Charlotte St. Johnstown Co, on June 14, 2014 at 2:00. ❖

Eugene (Gene) Howard Smith

Eugene (Gene) Howard Smith, 87, passed away April 24, 2014.

He was born to Harvey A Smith and Mary E. (Priebe) Smith on June 14, 1926 in Haxtun, Colo.

He graduated from Haxtun High School and entered the US Air Force in 1945-1946. Upon his return he became a welder under his father in their blacksmith shop.

He married Alma Koch in 1948 and had three children.

In 1964 he moved his family to Longmont, Colo.

He worked as a machinist for Dualmatic from 1964 to 1980.

He divorced Alma in 1972.

In 1980 be moved to Berthoud, Colo. He worked for Circuit Images in Boulder, Colo., for 10 years and retired in 1992.

He married Marilyn Leonard on April 26, 1992 in Berthoud, Colo. According to his wife “He loved watching the mountains from their home while working in the yard and driving his beloved John Deere tractors.”

He is survived by Marilyn Smith of Berthoud, Colo., his children Vicki Kennedy (George) of Hudson, Colo., Robbie Smith (Geneva) of Ft. Lupton, Colo., and Nancy Smith (Dan) of San Francisco, Calif., two granddaughters, three grandsons and two great grandsons; sister Bernice Collins and bother Clarence Smith both of Sterling, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Harold, Richard and Leonard Smith.

Gene is to be cremated without ceremony.

Donations may be made to the Gene Smith memorial. ❖

John Ehrlich

John Ehrlich, 85, of Greeley, Colo., passed away on May 4, 2014.

He was born on July 19, 1928 in Gill, Colo., to August and Lydia Ehrlich.

John had lived in Greeley and Weld County all of his life. He graduated from Gill High School in 1948.

He married Betty Jean Harding on August 31, 1952 in St. Paul’s Congregational Church. She later passed away on May 17, 2011.

He farmed until the age of 81. Farming was his life, but, most important was spending time with his granddaughters and attending their activities.

John was a member of the Colorado Farm Bureau and St. Paul’s Congregational Church.

John is survived by his daughter, Robbi Young of Westminister, Colo.; son, Keith Ehrlich of Orange, Calif.; brothers, Harvey Ehrlich of Denver, Colo.; Robert Ehrlich and wife Janice of Greeley, Colo.; James R. Ehrlich and wife Ann of Windsor, Colo.; Sister, Mary Ann Bissell and husband Kelly Stone Bissell, Grand Junction, Colo.; two granddaughters, Sheena M. Lee and Sage N. Lee, Denver, CO; and his dog, Haley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister, Gloria Cogburn.

Services were held May 9, 2014 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

David Allen Hauk

David Allen Hauk, 62, of Miles City, Mont., formerly of Philip, S.D., passed away May 4, 2014, at his home near Miles City surrounded by his family.

David was born on June 20, 1951, in Wall, S.D., to Margaret “Peggy” (Clark) and George Hauk.

He attended Lincoln Grade School just north of the farm until starting high school in Philip. Dave graduated from Philip High School in 1969. Dave was the oldest of four boys, who when growing up were some of his best partners in crime. Dave attended college at Black Hills State until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1971. Basic training took him to Ft. Lewis, Wash., and later to be stationed in DaNang, Vietnam until being Honorably Discharged on April 2, 1972.

Dave was married to Roxanne Berry on December 14, 1974. From this union two children were born, Michael and Lisa. They ranched and worked for Philip Livestock until 1979. At which time they moved to Quinn, S.D., and started a construction company. Dave and Roxanne continued to ranch and work in the Philip area until Dave moved to Montana in 1998. While in Montana, Dave worked for Big R in Bozeman. He took great pride in his job and a promotion came that brought him to Miles City, Mont., in 1999 where he was the manager of Murdoch’s formerly Big R. He also was able to fulfill a lifelong dream to ranch in Montana with his son Mike. He found great contentment in Eastern Montana, even though home was always Western South Dakota. Dave later worked at Cowtown Ag Supply until he decided to semi retire and be a full time Grandpa.

Dave was competitive at heart whether it be playing a game of pitch or following his Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA. He also enjoyed fishing in Alaska and shooting guns with his grandson Jaxon. Some of Dave’s greatest accomplishments were being the recipient of the Bronze Star, learning how to fly with his first solo flight in 1999 and being a Western South Dakota Buckaroo since 1980. Some of the favorite loves in Dave’s life were his kids and grandkids, Hereford cows, and horses.

Thankful for sharing his life are: his mother, Peggy Hauk of Grindstone, S.D.; three brothers: Doug (Fay) Hauk of Philip, S.D.; Dan (Cindy) Hauk of Wall, S.D., Duane (J’nai) Hauk of Grindstone, S.D., his son Mike (Tracy) Hauk, and grandsons Jaxon and Jhett of Miles City, Mont.; daughter Lisa (JD) Wendt, and granddaughters: Jaelyn, Macey and Taylor of Newell, S.D.; and his most special friend Linda Harwood of Miles City, Mont. Along with many nieces, nephews and grandnieces.

Dave was preceded in death by his father George Hauk.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Philip, S.D. Interment with military honors will follow in the Masonic Cemetery in Philip, S.D.

Memorials may be made to Wake Up and Lace Up, 107 Balsam Dr., Miles City, Mont., 59301 or the charity of one’s choice. ❖

Leonard Eugene Graham

Leonard Eugene Graham passed away April 8, 2014.

He was born August 13, 1926, to George Graham and Edith Nelson Graham, in Garden City, Kan.

Leonard attended Deerfield High School in Kansas, where he played basketball, graduating in 1944.

A year later he married his beloved Alice Walters Graham on Sept. 30, 1945.

He supported his family as a farmer from 1944 to 1958, on 1,200 acres in western Kansas, gaining three children along the way.

In 1958 he moved his family to Denver, Colo., where he attended Denver University for a year, refining his accounting and marketing skills. The family then moved to Montrose, Colo., where he became the manager of a farm cooperative and lived for four years. From there, in 1962, they moved to Delta, Colo., where he began selling insurance with the National Farmers Union Life Insurance Company. He kept his insurance license active ever since. His three children graduated high school in Delta.

In 1966 the family moved back to Denver, and Leonard became the district manager for National Farmers Union Insurance Company there for five years.

Leonard and Alice came to Winslow in 1971, and together sold mobile homes and managed mobile home parks for over 40 years. He served 16 years on the city council, including two years as vice mayor of the City of Winslow. He spent six years on the Winslow Senior Citizens Board, and also delivered Meals on Wheels for six years.

He was active in the Winslow United Methodist Church as a member of the board of trustees, and he sang as a tenor in the choir along with Alice, who was a soprano. He was also a member of the Winslow Elks Lodge and the Winslow Chamber of Commerce. He was part of the Northland Pioneer College Foundation Board for 18 years.

Ever the outdoorsman, Leonard enjoyed swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, boating, golfing and fishing. Two days following his death, his beloved Alice Graham joined him in the arms of our Lord.

Survivors include his three children, Susan Lawler, Max Graham and Ted Graham, and their spouses; six granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; four nephews and their spouses; one niece; and many beloved cousins.

He was preceded in death by his three brothers and his parents.

A memorial service was held April 15, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Winslow, Kan. ❖

Alice Virginia Graham

Alice Virginia, 86, passed away April 10, 2014.

She was born in Garden City, Kan., on Oct. 6, 1927, to Virgil Walters and Marie Gangwer Walters, attended school in Haskell County and married Leonard Graham on Sept. 30, 1945.

Alice published Chester, the Houseboat Mouse, a series of four children’s books. She enjoyed traveling and writing, always sending postcards to friends and family while visiting many places, including Brazil, Germany, Alaska and more. For 10 years she kept in contact with exchange students hosted through Experiment In International Living.

Alice and her husband Leonard were active all their lives in their Methodist church wherever they lived, and sang in the choir for many years. (She was the soprano, he was the tenor.)

She became a certified swimming instructor in Montrose, Colo., and thereafter taught swimming in every community in which they lived, including for 17 years in Winslow. She worked for National Farmers Union as recreational director of state summer camps, and was a member of Toastmasters in Delta, Colo.

She was president of the Winslow Woman’s Club in 1986, and was the state president of GFWC Arizona in 1988 and 1989. She was part of the Northland Pioneer College Foundation for 18 years, a member of PEO for 16 years and a lifelong member of United Methodist Women.

Alice came to Winslow in 1971 and, together with her husband, managed mobile home parks for over 40 years. Three days before her death, her beloved husband passed away. They continued, to the very end, to do everything together. They were true partners in their interests and business, in family and friends, in love and in passing.

Survivors include both her brothers, Samuel Walters and Stan Walters; her sister-in-law, Ginny Walters; her three children, Susan Lawler, Max Graham and Ted Graham, and their spouses; six granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; two nephews and their spouses; and many beloved cousins.

A memorial service was held April 15, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Winslow, Kan. ❖

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