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Rocky Mountain Obits 7-21-14

Pat McDonnell

Patrick Arthur “Pat” McDonnell, 64, of Eaton, Colo., passed away July 4, 2014 at his home.

He was born on September 18, 1949 in Greeley, Colo., to Pete and Betty Irene (Decker) McDonnell.

Pat graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 until 1972.

On September 13, 1969, he married Susan Anna Marie Renner. They have resided in Eaton since 1974.

Pat worked as a production controller for Harsh Hydraulics, mechanic for Harris Aviation and Wyatt Crane. He also worked in maintenance for Bonell Good Samaritan Center. At the time of his death, he was the Post Commander of the VFW 2121.

Survivors include his wife, Susan McDonnell; his son, James P. McDonnell and wife Dawn; his daughter, Tammy McAmis and husband Daniel; his brothers, William M. McDonnell and Peter W. McDonnell; grandchildren, Austin Bryan and wife Dakota, Morgan McDonnell, Schuylar McDonnell, Delaney McDonnell, Kelley McAmis and Emma McAmis.

He was precede in death by his parents, Pete and Betty McDonnell, and a brother, James A. McDonnell.

Services were held July 11, 2014, at the Greeley VFW Pioneer Post No. 2121 in Greeley. Military honors followed at Linn Grove Cemetery. ❖

Helen Elaine Hartnagle

Helen Elaine Hartnagle passed away July 1, 2014, in Partner Hospital.

She was born September 20, 1933, in Boulder, Colo., to Neville Zorn Gibson and Nina Helen Keller Gibson.

In her early years, the family lived in Brighton, Colo. Her juvenile years were spent on the La Prele division of the Cross Five Ranch near Douglas, Wyo.

Later, Elaine went to El Monte, Calif., to live with her older sister, Lorena.

She graduated from El Monte High in 1950.

Elaine then returned to Colorado to be with her parents on the Bar Kane Ranches, headquartered in Boulder, Colo.

She and Ernie Hartnagle met in May 1953 and were married on her 20th birthday.

Highlights of her achievements include, but were not limited to being the first licensed day care home in Boulder. She was a consultant to the Colorado Legislature when they drafter and finalized the day care rules for Colorado and also a consultant to the Legislature where they established the rules and guidelines for purebred Breeder Kennel establishments in Colorado. Elaine was the driving force behind the development of the foundation Las Rocosa line of Australian Shepherd Dogs.

Her greatest accomplishments were being a wonderful, caring mother to her five children and being a faithful, devoted wife and homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ernie, and her children Jeanne Joy (Rick) Taylor of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Marilyn Christine (Vincent) Renna of Ocala, Fla., Carol Ann Hartnagle Madsen (Kenneth) of Brighton, Colo., James Edward (Lisa) of Loveland, Colo., and four grandchildren Vincent Jr., and Jason Eric Renna; Tyler Justin and Katy Lynn Taylor.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lorena and son Joseph Ernest.

She is laid to rest in the South Boulder parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Majestic View Church, PO Box 490, Kiowa, Colo., 80117. ❖

Margaret Hammond

Margaret Hammond, 65, of Peyton, Colo., renowned equestrienne, horse trainer and international horse show judge, passed away June 26, 2014, of Alzheimer’s disease.

Born July 6, 1948, the daughter of Charles and Sylvia Hammond of Denver, Colo., Margaret moved with her family when she was a youngster to the Black Forest area directly east of the United States Air Force Academy, where her father worked as deputy chief of staff of engineering. Margaret became enamored with horses at an early age and admitted years later that “they just couldn’t keep me off of them.”

In AQHA youth events, she and her horse, Joe Bruce, were consistent all-around winners. Upon graduation from Air Academy High School in 1966, she plunged full time into the horse business, riding, training and showing horses. She learned from the best of that era, including one of the top trainers, Sunny Jim Orr, to whom she was married for 10 years, then divorced.

While training on her own in the l970s, the legendary Quarter Horse breeder Hank Wiescamp asked Margaret to show some of his top horses, including the 1969 stallion Skip N Go, the acknowledged superstar of Wiescamp’s show string. She showed the big sorrel stallion to Superior awards in halter and western pleasure en route to his AQHA Champion title. Then she campaigned Wiescamp’s 1973 mare Silent Sheila to win the same awards once again.

Margaret also showed Skips Style, a 1971 palomino mare who earned her AQHA Champion title and Superior halter award in 1975, with a highly respectable 56 halter points. The mare also won in hunter under saddle, and in both heading and heeling in team roping.

Not willing to rest on these laurels, Margaret furthered her education by studying under two of the greatest horsemen of all time, the amazing Clyde Kennedy, who trained and rode horses for every discipline, and Hall of Fame horseman Don Dodge, cutting horse trainer extraordinaire.

In later years, Margaret enjoyed showing in the cutting events with San Norene, a talented gelding, and with her stallion, Docs Legend, whom she also stood at stud.

Margaret was respected far and wide as an excellent horse show judge. She held judging cards in all the major associations. She judged throughout the United States and Canada, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and the Dominican Republic. She judged the huge All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio, plus the AQHA World Championship Show (four times) and the Youth World Championship Show. Margaret was also called upon one year to judge the Miss Rodeo America contest.

But Margaret probably received more satisfaction than anything else by mentoring youngsters, teaching them to ride and then win in the show ring. Many of the children she worked with, including her nieces Rhonda (Morgan) Holmes and Christy (Morgan) Brasier, went on to achieve their own accolades in the show ring. All the former students are middle-aged now, and many have families and children.

They all remember Margaret as an instructor who believed it was important to strive for perfection, that riding lots of miles was good for both kids and horses. Her students were responsible for saddling their own horses when they arrived for lessons or prepared to compete. And they all learned to clean a horse stall — to perfection.

AQHA presented the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret in 2008 — “for a lifetime of commitment to the equine industry.” In 2011, she was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.

Margaret is survived by her sister Charlene Morgan and husband Butch, plus eight nieces and nephews, and about a million friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister, Dick Hammond and Carol Moore.

Services for Margaret is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 20, 2014, at Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gifts in memory of Margaret Hammond can be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation Endowment Fund at; by mailing a check to AQHF, P.O. Box 32111, Amarillo, Texas, 79120 (indicate “Margaret Hammond” in memo line); or by calling (808) 378-5040. ❖

Larry D. Elling

Larry D. Elling, 71, passed away June 11, 2014, at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., with his loving wife by his side.

Larry was born June 16, 1942, in Concordia, Mo., the son of Florus and Daisy (Kidwell) Elling.

Services were held July 17, 2014, at the Memorial Baptist Church in Wheatland, Wyo.

A memorial to the American Cancer Society, 333 South Beech Street, Casper, Wyo., 82601 and to the Platte County Shooting Association, P.O. Box 1324, Wheatland, Wyo., 82201 would be appreciated by the family.

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