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July 8, 2014
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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-30-14

Doris Roberta Bacheller

Doris Roberta “Bertie” Bacheller, 77, devoted wife, mother and friend, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2014.

Bertie was born November 29, 1936, in Jackson, Wyo. She was the third child of Robert B. Luman and Doris Bailey Luman and grand-daughter of prominent western pioneer Abner Luman. She was raised on the family ranch on the Green River outside of Pinedale, Wyo.

She attended a one-room school house and school in Green River, Wyo., until the fourth grade at the age of eight when she attended Academy of Saint Mary-of-the-Wasatch in Salt Lake City and graduated in 1954. Bertie then attended the University of Wyoming, pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. There she met her love and married Harold I. “Bud” Bacheller, Jr. on June 11, 1958. They moved to Denver, Colo., then raised their family in Arvada, Colo., and moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1979. Bud and Bertie just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

Bertie’s passion was her family. She was a stay-at-home mom, but worked beside her husband in various businesses. At the age of 55 she opened Insurance Specialties of Fort Collins, 10 years later she retired to operate the Luman Cattle Ranch in Wyoming. She actively worked on the hay crew until the summer of 2013.

She was a former member of the Kappa Advisory Board at CSU and Service League. Current member of P.E.O. Chapter G, member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church and many bridge groups.

Bertie loved her family, home and garden. She was passionate for bridge games and her many friends. She was an amazing cook and hostess. She loved holidays with family traditions and searching her family genealogy.

Bertie leaves behind a beautiful, loving family legacy. Her kind, selfless, gracious, caring spirit touched her family, friends and acquaintances. She will be missed more than words can express.

She is survived by her husband, Bud and her loving Corgi, Petie; four children and their families: Harold I. “Bud” Bacheller III (Margaret “Meg”), Harold I. “Buddy” IV and Aidan of Centennial, Colo.; Susan “Susie” Bacheller-Stewart (Dave Stewart), Abigail and Amelia of Fort Collins, Colo.; Charles “Chuck” Bacheller (Kristine “Kris”) of Pinedale, Wyo., Andrew “Andy” and Rebecca “Becky” and his three step children; Linda Bacheller of Broomfield, Colo.; two nieces and two nephews of Lincolnshire, Ill.; brother Abner Luman of LaBarge, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kathryn Luman Madro of Lincolnshire, Ill.

A Funeral Mass was held June 19, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins, Colo. Interment followed at Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524. ❖

Ruben “Rip” Schissler

Ruben “Rip” Schissler, 96, of Greeley, Colo., passed away June 11, 2014 at North Colorado Medical Center.

He was born May 12, 1918, in Greeley, Colo., to George and Elizabeth (Butherus) Schissler.

Ruben was a farmer his entire life as well as a Dekalb Seed Dealer for 20 years. He was elected to the original Home Rule Charter in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby of 75 years; son, Gary (Mary Lou) Schissler; daughter, Norma Thoutt; seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; sister, Louise Sandau; and brother, William A. Schissler both of Calif.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dale Schissler; and siblings, Emma Stephens, Ted Schissler, George Schissler, Pauline Elliott, John Schissler, Molly Reinick; and Dorothy Martin.

A Celebration of Life Service was held June 16, 2014, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contribution may be made to 4-H Youth Foundation in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Philip Wylie Kennedy

Philip Wylie Kennedy, 90, of Pierce, Colo., passed away June 20, 2014, after a brief illness.

He was born to John Wylie and Clara Mabel (Johnson) Kennedy in Bloomington, Ind., November 26, 1923, and was the third of five siblings.

The family moved to Greeley, Colo., in 1926 after his third birthday, and a year later moved east of Lucerne, Colo., where he attended Lone Tree School. In 1936, the family moved to Pierce, Colo., where he graduated from Pierce High School in 1941. Late that year, they moved to his current residence near Pierce, where he resided the rest of his life, except a year in Beaver Falls, Pa., for college.

To the surprise of his family, on April 16, 1957, he married the love of his life, Esther Louise Faris, in Phoenix, Ariz. Philip and Esther were blessed with three children.

Philip accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was a life-long member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Gideons.

Philip loved horses, cattle and the land, and devoted his life to caring for them. He summered cattle in Wyoming and served on the board of directors for the Belvoir Grazing Association.

He is survived by his brother Charles Kennedy of Kerrville, Texas, children Keith (Jeanne) Kennedy of Laramie, Wyo., Ruth (Steve) Falk of Clarinda, Iowa, and Lynn (Julie) Kennedy of Baton Rouge, La.; his grandchildren Kelly Haines, Philip (Joy) Falk, Michael (Audrey Sholty) Kennedy, Joshua (Katelin) Falk, Krista (Chris) Vialpando, Sarah Falk, Hannah Falk, John Kennedy, Sean Kennedy, Eryn Kennedy, and; his great-grandchildren Xavier Haines, Silas Falk, Vincent Vialpando, Karis Falk.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brother James, sisters Martha Searle and Doris Lookhart.

The family expresses their deep thanks to Audry Sholty for her care of Philip during his last days, for Steve and Gale Fiolkoski’s watchfulness over the past years, and Hospice of Northern Colorado for their help.

Services were held June 24, 2014, at Adamson Chapel in greeley, Colo., followed by interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial may be directed to ‘Hospice of Northern Colorado’ in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

Johnny N. Hamlin

Johnny N. Hamlin, 43, of Grants Pass, Ore., passed away May 16, 2014, in Grants Pass, Ore.

Johnny was born December 24, 1970, in Boulder, Colo., to John ‘Jack’ and Terrie Hamlin.

He grew up in Colorado, Wyoming and Oklahoma and worked as a carpenter.

Survivors include a son, Jack; his parents; two sisters, Joann Stone and Josie Hamlin; and a brother; Jared Hamlin.

A Celebration of life, open house, will be held Sunday July 6, 2014 at 1 p.m., to dark at the Hamlin home, 26916 CR 44, Kersey, Colo. ❖

Shirley Joyce Baker

Shirley Joyce Baker, 77, lifelong Brush area resident, passed away May 18, 2014, at the Sunset Manor in Brush, Colo.

She was born December 6, 1936, in Snyder to Henry Jr. and Elsie (Bernhardt) Becker.

She graduated from high school in Snyder in 1955.

Shirley married Lawrence James “Larry” Baker on August 18, 1956 in Raton, N.M.

Shirley held many jobs throughout her life, working at the Empire Motel, Southside Grocery, and housesitting. She was also well known for her many years of cake decorating. She served as superintendent of Morgan County Fairgrounds for several years, and taught craft and cake decorating classes at the Morgan County Extension Office. She was a Brownies, Missionette, and 4-H leader for many years, and she continued to be active in the county fair. Shirley also enjoyed crocheting, needlework, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Ron Baker of Calhan, Colo., Kurt Baker of Brush, Colo., Brenda Minne (and Gailen) of Dannebrog, Neb., Kathy Cashatt (and Dan) of Papillion, Neb., and Jerry Baker of Dalhart, Texas; her sister, Georgia Starbuck of Evans, Colo.; her brothers, Gary Becker of Merino, Colo., Dave Becker of Wiggins, Colo., and Mark (and Pat) Becker of Greeley, Colo. Shirley is also survived by her grandchildren, Travis Minne (and Jennifer), and Jessica Wampler (and Brandon), all of Brush, Colo., Samantha Minne of Grand Island, Neb., and Casey (and Jennifer) Baker of Sarcoxie, Mo., nine great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death her parents, her husband; her infant sister, Peggy Becker; and her brother, Henry Becker III.

Services were held May 22, 2014, at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Brush, Colo. Interment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Morgan County Extension Office, P.O. Box 517, Fort Morgan, Colo., 80701. ❖

Barbara Beatrice (Tortorice) Brown-Courtney

Barbara Beatrice (Tortorice) Brown-Courtney, 73, of Rocky Ford, Colo., passed away June 22, 2014, while in the company of family members, at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo.

Barbara was born in Trinidad, Colo., on August 11, 1940, a daughter of the late Angie (Digregorio) and Lloyd Tortorice.

Barbara attended school in Hoehne, Colo., graduating in 1957. She was the Trinidad Round-Up Queen in 1957.

Barbara loved to cook and bake for her family. Her family loved her home made pies and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was always active, involved and on the go.

She was the wife of Charles Dennis Courtney they were married on October 11, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nev. She had previously been married to Olen Glen Brown they were married on September 4, 1958, he preceded her in death in December of 2000.

She worked as a Bus Driver at Rocky Ford School District Rocky Ford, Colo., for 22 years.

She is survived by her husband C. Dennis Courtney of Rocky Ford, Colo.; Daughter Arlene (Kenneth) Schweizer, of Rocky Ford, Colo.; Son Young (Denise) Brown of Pueblo, Colo.; Brother Larry (Christine) Tortorice, of Trinidad, Colo.; Granddaughter Michelle (Matthew) Gardner; Grandson Chris (Ellen) Schweizer; Grandson Andy Schweizer; Step Daughter Maggie Pacheco; Step Daughter Becky (Jarod) Messick; Step Daughter Sara Courtney; She is also survived by Great-Grandchildren: Jennifer & Jake Gardner and Sarah Bleau; Step-grandchildren: Dematrics, Matt & Rheannon Pacheco, Alexis, Zachary, Zander and Abby Messick, Alex and Logan Courtney; Sister-in-law: Norma Brown Conover; Special Friend: Judy Jenkins; Numerous nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband Glen Brown.

Services were held June 26, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Rocky Ford, Colo. Cremation has been effected. Inurnment will be at a later time in the Ft. Lyon National Cemetery, Las Animas, Colo.

Family request donations to Trinidad Round-Up P.O. Box 469 Trinidad, Colo. 81082.

Condolences may be sent to

Cleo Belle Zarbock

Cleo Belle Zarbock, 97, of Ft. Morgan, Colo., passed away June 22, 2014, on the family ranch north of Ft. Morgan. She had been cared for by Betty Longacre and her family.

Cleo was born July 31, 1916, in Banner County, Neb., on their homestead near the old town of Freeport, south of Wildcat Hills and McGrew.

Her parents were Walter A. and Myrtle A. (Jones) Longacre. Her family moved to Brush in 1917, then to their farm and ranch seven miles north of Ft. Morgan on the Wildcat Creek in 1918. Her neighbors called her “Joybells.”

Cleo attended school in a one room country school one mile south of the ranch through the third grade. She walked almost every day. She then attended school in Ft. Morgan graduating from high school in 1934. She got a scholarship to the Colorado Women’s College but turned it down, eventually going to Business School in Denver.

She married “the boy next door” Henry Zarbock on February 14, 1938, in Ft. Morgan. She worked at the J.C. Penney Company in Ft. Morgan and later transferred to Penney’s in Denver. She also worked for the Bowman Biscuit Company, picking crackers off of wooden slats and packing them in boxes, the Farmers Union Insurance Company, the Crosta Sheet Metal Company as a billing and inventory clerk, finally getting a Civil Service job as a secretary with the U.S. Bureau of Mines. She retired with 23 years of service in 1981. Cleo held every office in the Federal Foothills Toastmistress Club, and some of those, several times.

Cleo enjoyed spending time with her family, taking lots of pictures, making candy, crocheting, needle point, counted cross stich, traveling, gardening, canning, and swinging on swing sets with her nephews and nieces.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, sister, Velma Luce, brothers, Laurence and Walter Longacre, and her parents.

Services were held June 30, 2014, at the Platte Valley Baptist Church in Ft. Morgan. Interment followed in Memory Gardens.

Memorial gifts may be made to Freedom to Cowboy Up, at 43510 County Road V, Akron, Colo., 80720. ❖

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