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Rocky Mountain Edition Obituaries 06-03-13


Justin Martin Drake

Justin Martin Drake, 21, of Eaton, Colo., passed away May 27, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Kersey, Colo.

He was born Dec. 27, 1991, in Fort Collins, Colo., to David Drake and Becky (Hamilton) Schneider.

Justin grew up in Weld County and graduated from Northridge High School. Justin was employed as a farmer and enjoyed hunting, hot rod cars, jet skiing, and spending time with friends. He was a member of Calvary Chapel.

He is survived by his parents, David (Kerri Morgan) Drake of Ault, Colo. and Becky (Mike) Schneider of Greeley, Colo.; sisters, Jennifer (Stephen) McKinzie, and Madison Schneider of Greeley, Colo.; and grandparents, Dennis and Mary Drake of Ault, and Don Schneider of Denver, Colo.; Many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Dorothy Hamilton, Dorothy Drake, Ardith Drake, and Connie Schneider; and grandfather, Martin Hamilton.

Services were held June 3, 2013, at Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, Colo.

Interment was in the Ault Cemetery in Ault, Colo.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.adamsonchapels.com.

Michael J. “Mike” Bernhardt

Michael J. “Mike” Bernhardt, 68, of Greeley, Colo., passed away May 26, 2013, at North Colorado Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 8, 1944, in Greeley, Colo., to Johnnie and Ruth (Peterson) Bernhardt.

Mike was raised and educated in the Gill area, and graduated from Kersey High School in 1962. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo. Mike worked with his dad in the trucking business and later had his own trucking and construction business. In the last few years, he was employed by Richardson Consolidated Inc.

Mike’s greatest love was spending time in Red Feather at the family cabin fishing. He loved all sports, especially Nascar racing. He also enjoyed cooking.

He is survived by his daughter, Tanya (Vince) Valdivieso of Greeley, Colo.; sons, Michael Scott (Janet) Bernhardt of Thornton, John Brent Bernhardt of Sterling, and Gregory Joe Bernhardt of Denver, Colo.; sister, Judy (Wendell) Ord; grandchildren, Josh, Brittney, Mackey, Kelsey, Brandon and Haelie; great-grandchildren, Kaidynce and Kennedy; uncles, Herman (Dorothy Jean) Peterson of Kuner, and Donnie (JoAnn) Bernhardt of Imperial, Neb.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held May 31, 2013, at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colo.

Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Red Feather Fire Department, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, CO, 80634. Imperial, Neb.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Red Feather Fire Department, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, CO, 80634. ❖

Alfred ‘Al’ S. Cruz

Alfred ‘Al’ S. Cruz, 76, passed away on February 13, 2013 at his home in Roseburg, Ore.

He was born on September 1, 1936 in Agana, Guam, to parents Jose Cruz and Ana Salas Cruz, of Agana, Guam. Al was a resident of Roseburg, Oregon for 40 years. He worked at Roseburg Forest Products for 28 years until he retired in 1998. Al was a family man who loved spending time with his children and his grandchildren. He was also a generous man who was always willing to help a friend. Al enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and playing pool. He created numerous fond memories throughout his life that we will cherish forever!

He is survived by his wife, Deanna Cruz; sons: Lonny Cruz, James Cruz and David Bates (son-in-law); daughters: Sara Cruz, Mary Grout, Andrea Bates and Sheila Bergmann; grandchildren: Jestin Cruz, Andrew Reed, James Cruz Jr., Alicia Cruz, Eric Grout, Joshua Grout, Stephen Bates, Ryan Bates, Ted Elliott and Noel Nielsen.

Clara Maria Knaub

Clara Maria Knaub, 87 of Greeley, Colo., passed away May 26, 2013, at Bonell Good Samaritan Center. She was born Jan. 29, 1926, to William and Rosina (Beringer) Schulz in Tribune, Kan.

Clara married Oliver Knaub on June 14, 1946, in Greeley, at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

She attended school in St. Francis, Kan. She farmed for her entire life with her family, then with Oliver after they married.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley. She had a strong passion for farming, both the business and physical aspects of the industry.

Clara is survived by her husband, Oliver Knaub, Greeley; son, Ron (Janeen) Knaub, Strasburg, Colo.; and grandchildren, Mike Knaub, Fort Collins, and CJ Knaub, Strasburg, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Rosina Schulz; and her 10 brothers and sisters.

Services were held May 30, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church,

Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Greeley, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO, 80631. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.

Joe Lee Burbach

Joe Lee Burbach, 67, of Broomfield, Colo., passed away May 23, 2013.

He was born Feb. 24, 1946, in Grover, Colo., to Lewis (Pete) and Alma Burbach.

Joe began school in New Raymer, and then moved to Evans, where he graduated in 1964 and completed his education at Lamar Jr. College.

Joe married Christine Mark 49 years ago in Fort Morgan, Colo. They had two children, a son, Randy and a daughter, Jolene. Joe’s life always centered around the cowboy way. He competed in Little Britches, High School, College rodeo, and then joined the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. He rode bareback horses and steer wrestled until 1972.

He later joined the Appaloosa club, where he enjoyed team roping at local jackpot rodeos. Joe was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club of America, and the American Paint Horse Association. He had many talents and experiences in life as he was employed as a union carpenter, welder and later as a life insurance salesman, until his health forced his retirement in 2002. Joe’s favorite accomplishment was in 1979, when his stallion, Tuff Tom Cat, was the APHA World’s Champion Reining Horse.

He enjoyed working with youth for 11 years in the 4-H program as a leader in Veterinary Science and as a horse judging coach. Joe also judged many Queens Contests, worked as a timer in Ranch Rodeos and continued to ride and work cattle for friends and neighbors in Elbert County.

His children and grandchildren cherish the time he spent with them, sharing stories, drawing pictures, laughing, telling jokes, building and fixing everything possible. Joe shared his love of animals and wildlife with family and friends.

Joe is survived by his wife, Christine; son, Randy (and Marlene), Loveland, Colo., and their children, Kyle, Madeline, and Owen; his daughter, Jolene (and Steve) Arnold, Keenesburg, Colo.; his brother, Willie, Eaton, Colo.; sister, Doris Kindvall, San Francisco, Calif., and sister, Joan Bartholemew, Greeley, Colo.; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. His animal survivors are his three beloved Corgis.

Services were held May 31, 2013, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel in Greeley, Colo.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.

Gerald John Veta

Gerald John Veta, 92, a Cheyenne native and prominent member of the community, passed away May 29, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

His family came to Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1906. He graduated from Cheyenne High School.

Gerald married his wife of 73 years, Margaret Pasternack, in 1940.

He was known to all as Johnny, was the owner of Western Ranchman Outfitters, an internationally-recognized retail and catalog Western-wear and riding equipment business.

President Jimmy Carter named him to represent Wyoming at Carter’s National Small Business Conference in 1980. In 1991, Memorial Hospital of Laramie County named Veta, a past president and long-time member of its Board of Trustees, as honorary chairman of Denim ‘N Diamonds.

That same year, the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith honored Veta for 50 years of service to the Cheyenne Jewish community, where he was a lifelong member of Mount Sinai Synagogue, having served as president of the congregation and as a member of its Board of Trustees.

In 1985, the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce named Veta their Man of the Year.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; their daughter, Sherry Veta Snyder, wife of the late Charles A. Snyder; their daughter and son-in-law, Ann Veta Brick and Steven A. Brick; and their daughter and daughter-in-law, D. Jean Veta and Mary Ann Dutton; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and by his sister, Phyllis Veta Forman.

Services were held May 31, 2013 at Mount Sinai Synagogue, 2610 Pioneer Ave., Cheyenne, Wyo.

Interment at the Mount Sinai Cheyenne Cemetery, 2501 Seymour Ave., In Cheyenne, Wyo.

Contributions may be made to Mount Sinai Synagogue. ❖

Patricia G. Boehm

Patricia G. Boehm, 86, of Cheyenne, Wyo.., passed away May 23, 2013 at Kindred Transitional Care.

She was born Aug. 13, 1926, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and had lived here since 1996.

She married Lada Vrany in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in 1995. She and Lada moved to Aspen, Colo., where they owned a ski store and taught skiing. The two later divorced.

Patricia raised her own horses, was an avid barrel racer with her horse Bama and enjoyed playing tennis. She married Bruce Boehm in 1974 in Texas. She and Bruce resided in northern Colorado.

She wished to have her body donated to the Colorado State Anatomical Board, University of Colorado Denver, for scientific purposes. Local care is under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. ❖

Joseph H. Hittner

Joseph H. Hittner, 57, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away May 22, 2013 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born June 7, 1955, in Rawlins and was raised there before moving to Cheyenne nearly 20 years ago.

Joe was a truck driver for ABF Freight and owned and ran the Ferris Hotel in Rawlins after his father’s death. He enjoyed riding his bike with his son, camping and fishing. Joseph was a member of Teamsters Local 17.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Hittner; son, Kage Hittner; and a brother, John Hittner of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mildred Hittner.

Services were held May 28, 2013 at Cheyenne Memorial Chapel in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Cremation was conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for Kage, in care of Bank of the West on Converse Avenue in Cheyenne, Wyo. ❖

Harry W. Adsit

Harry W. Adsit, 88 of Big Horn, Wyo., passed away May 25, 2013, in the V.A. Medical Center, Sheridan, Wyo..

Harry lived more then 79 years on the corner known by some Big Horn residents as “Adsit’s Corner”, the northwest corner of Big Horn.

He was born July 26, 1924, in Kirby, Mont., to Charles W. and Gustava (Carlson) Adsit.

Harry attended schools in Kirby and Big Horn and was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and served in WWII. He worked on ranches around Big Horn then for Vickery Lumber Co. before working at the V.A. Medical Center for thirty plus years until he retired. Harry married Fern Nelson on July 19, 1955 and they later divorced in 1982. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the American Legion. Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing pool at the Senior Center and won a gold medal in the Senior Olympics on his 86 birthday.

He is survived by his companion Fern Focht; son Charles of Big Horn; daughter Sharon Clemens(Allen) of Sheridan; granddaughters Tanya Rae Jolovich (Todd) and Misty Dae Jolovich (Matt); four great grandchildren, Tanner, Cameron, Tryce, and TeAnna; one great granddaughter; two nieces and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Fred and Howard and two sisters Helen Collins and Dorothy Davis. Funeral service will be 2:00pm on Thursday (May 30th) from Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Miller officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.

Memorials may benefit the Sheridan Senior Citizen’s Center, 211 Smith St., Sheridan. ❖




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