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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 9-3-12


Kirk Lee Schauermann

Kirk Lee Schauermann, 56, of Fort Morgan, Colo., and formerly of Greeley, Colo., passed away August 23, 2012.

He was born April 28, 1956, in Denver, Colo., to Edwin and Nola (Brown) Schauermann. He married Deborah Treinen in Sideny, Neb., on August 20, 1983. He farmed with his father for a number of years and also worked in banking as a loan officer for more than 25 years. Kirk and Deb moved to Fort Morgan, Colo., from Greeley, Colo., six years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Schauermann of Fort Morgan, Colo.; his daughter, Nicolette Ahrens and her husband, David of Longmont, Colo.; his son, Luke Schauermann and his fiancée, Sara Ysebaert of Casper, Wyo.; his mother, Nola Schauermann of Brush, Colo.; his sisters, Terry Christensen of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Norma Miller of Brush, Colo.; and his brothers, Mike Schauermann of Greeley, Colo., and Noel Schauermann of Brush, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Schauermann.

Memorial services were held August 29, 2012, at the Moser Funeral Service Chapel in Evans, Colo.

Services concluded at the chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Morgan Public Library, P.O. Box 100, Fort Morgan, Colo., 80701. ❖

Deborah “Debbie” Ann Olin-Schwartz

Deborah “Debbie” Ann Schwartz, 57, of Platteville, Colo., passed away August 23, 2012 at North Colorado Medical Center, Hospice unit.

She was born May 6, 1955 at 4:50 p.m. at Weld County Hospital in Greeley, Colo., to Ray Edward and Shirley Ann (Ceretto) Olin.

Debbie graduated from Valley High School in Gilcrest, Colo. Out of high school, she worked for Reed’s Market in Platteville, Colo. She later moved to Evans, Colo., and took a job at Woolco, Taco Toro and a ceramic shop in Greeley, Colo.

Debbie married Burt Allen Schoneman on May 15, 1976 and went to work for her parents at Olin Farms, while she raised her sons, Ryan Ray Schoneman, Aaron Allen Schoneman and Evan Edward Schoneman. She later married her high school sweetheart, Rodney Schwartz in July of 2007. She attended church at First United Methodist Church of Platteville, Colo.

She is survived by her husband, Rodney Schwartz of Platteville, Colo.; her mother, Shirley Ann Olin of Platteville, Colo.; two sons, Ryan Ray and wife Chrissy Elaine Schoneman and their daughter, Trinity Hope Schoneman of Platteville, Colo., and Aaron Allen Schoneman and fiancé, Ashlee Renee Dickson of Platteville, Colo.; three sisters, Brenda Murial & Bert Oram Thomas of Greeley, Colo., Kim Lorraine Nix of La Salle, Colo., and Tammy Dee and Mitchell Scott Salzman of Westminister, Colo.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and Clint and Levi Brownwood, who she considered to be her sons and they spent a lot of time with her as part of their family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Edward Olin, her son, Evan Edward Schoneman and her grandparents, Robert and Murial Ceretto and Milo and Helen Olin.

Memorial services were held August 28, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Platteville, Colo.

Interment was at Mizpah Cemetery in Platteville, Colo.

Please visit www.StoddardSunset.com to sign online guestbook. ❖

Gerald P. (Jerry) Lee

Gerald P. (Jerry) Lee, 71, of Commerce City, Colo., passed away July 25, 2012, after a long illness in Denver, Colo.

He was the son of Raymond and Mildred (Dietrich) Lee and was born June 10, 1941, in Manly, Iowa. He attended the Manly school system, graduating with North Central Community School class of 1960. He furthered his education in heating and air conditioning trade school in Omaha Neb. Jerry worked in heating and air conditioning in Denver, Colo., until retiring in 1995.

Jerry enjoyed traveling and camping in his RV. He also enjoyed his horses and llamas, wood working, fishing, riding his motorcycle and farming.

Jerry also looked forward into coming back to Iowa to help on the farm with spring planting and fall harvesting.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Merle of Commerce City, Colo.; brothers Marlyn (Faye) Lee of Mason City, Iowa, Carlton (Buck) Dianne Lee of Mason City, Iowa; sisters Sharron (David) Petznick of Northwood, Iowa, Gloria and (Scott) Helling of Ames, Iowa, along with many neices, nephews and cousins; uncle and aunts Glen and Dorothy Dietrich, Claris Dietrich and Lila Dietrich, along with mother-in-law Doris Branstad.

He is proceeded in death by parents Raymond and Mildred and brothers Richard and Larry.

Per his wishes, he was creamated.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Iowa, 232 Second St. S.E., Mason City, Iowa, 50401 or to Marlyn Lee at 3355 Brandwine Road, Mason City, Iowa, 50401 in memory of Gerald Lee. ❖

Emma Backer

Emma Elizabeth Backer, 91, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., passed away August 25, 2012 at The Lutheran Home.

She was born November 3, 1920 in Grover, Colo., to Fred and Clara Schierenbeck Ehmke.

Emma and Christian Ernest Backer were married February 28, 1943, in Cheyenne Wyo. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1984.

She was a homemaker and devoted mother. In Cheyenne, Wyo., she worked for Schrader Funeral Home, and was a personal assistant for Elizabeth Hoffmann.

She moved to Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1990 and was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

She is survived by a daughter, Letha (George) Chambers, of Dublin, Ohio; a son, Leroy (Isabel) Backer of Atoka, Tenn.; a son-in-law, Steven (Marilyn) Fritzler of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; a brother, John Ehmke of Grover, Colo.; as well as seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chris; two brothers, Elmer Ehmke and Fred Ehmke; a daughter, Lois Fritzler; and two grandchildren, Adam and Clara Fritzler.

Memorial services were held August 31, 2012 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Cheyenne, Wyo., on September 4, 2012.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel or the Fritzler-Backer Endowment Fund at St. Paul’s Lutheran High School, Concordia, Mo.

Online condolences may be made at www.FordAndSonFuneralHome.com.

Homer Wayne Wickham

Homer Wayne Wickham, 88, of Ft. Morgan, Colo., passed away August 21, 2012, at the Colorado Plains Medical Center in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

He was born September 3, 1923 in Greeley, Colo., to John and Maude (Russell) Wickham.

He married Ruth L. Molberg on August 11, 1946 in Denver, Colo.

Homer served his country in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

In 1960 they moved from their farm, which was located near the present site of Denver International Airport, to Ft. Morgan, Colo. He, his brother and his father bought a tractor dealership, which became the Wickham Tractor Company.

Homer was a Charter Member of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Ft. Morgan, Colo. He was also a member of the Ft. Morgan School Board, the American Legion and was Past President of the Mountain States Equipment Dealer’s Association.

Homer loved music. He played in the Platte Valley Community Band and was a member of a string quartet for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; three daughters, Jody Hedstrom of Colorado Springs, Colo., Carol Wickham-Revier of Lafayette, Colo., and Nancy Schroeder of Pueblo, Colo.; two sons, Howard Wickham of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Greg Wickham of Petaluma, Calif.; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Jack Wickham.

Memorial services will be held September 3, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion, 16913 Morgan County Road 17.7, in Ft. Morgan, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer or to the Ft. Morgan Band Shell Project. ❖

Thelma “Chris” Work

Thelma “Chris” Work, 93, of Morgan County, Colo., passed away August 27, 2012, at the Valley View Villa Nursing Home in Fort Morgan, Colo.

She was born March 5, 1919, in Brush, Colo., to Fred and Anna Christensen.

Chris graduated from Brush High School in 1937. She then entered Colorado State University and graduated in 1941. On August 1, 1941, she married William M. Work in Brush, Colo. Bill’s work with Rocky Mountain Engineering Co. had the family on a moving spree, living in Holyoke, Colo., Alliance, Neb., and Scottsbluff, Neb.

In 1943 Bill entered the U.S. Army and Chris lived in Brush, Colo., until Bill returned from his military service and they started farming southeast of Fort Morgan, Colo. In 1957 Chris started teaching in the Fort Morgan School District. She taught Physical Education and later Home Economics. After 25 years of service, Chris retired in 1983.

When Bill was elected to be a Morgan County Commissioner, the Work family moved into Fort Morgan, Colo. She was a member of PEO Chapter EG, the United Methodist Church in Fort Morgan, Colo., and Kappa Delta Sorority.

She is survived by two daughters, Roxanne Seewald of Denver, Colo., and Jolene “Jody” Meyer of Fort Morgan, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Work Spittal of West Melbourne, Fla.; sister, Janet Spade of Denver, Colo.; brother, Arnold Christensen of Brush, Colo.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son, Terrell; daughter, Shelly; two brothers, Ed Christensen and Willard Christensen, and her parents.

Memorial services were held August 31, 2012, at the Fort Morgan United Methodist Church.

Inurnment followed in Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thelma “Chris” Work Memorial Fund, c/o the Heer & Dahl Mortuaries. ❖




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