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Rocky Mountain Obits 10-28-13

Dorothy Berry

Dorothy Berry, 87, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away October 20, 2013.

Dorothy was born August 30, 1926, and raised on her family’s ranch in the Little Bear Community south of Chugwater.

She married D.C. Berry on December 4, 1946. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before his death in 2010.

She was a member of Laramie County Cow-Belles, Friendly Folks Extension Club, and Chapter Z PEO.

Dorothy led a Christian life of faith made perfect by her works. Her faithful service to God was demonstrated by her countless hours of work at the First United Methodist Church. She was a “doer if the Word.”

If there were times of discouragement, as there are for us all, we never saw them, only her beautiful smile and willing spirit.

She is survived by three sons, Don Berry and wife, Patty, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Dave Berry of Horse Creek, Wyo., and Ty Berry and wife, Valerie of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter, Sue Ford and husband, Randy, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 10 grandchildren, Ryan Ford, Travis Ford, T.C. Berry and wife, Kim, Jeff Berry and wife, Tatum, Brett Berry, Karen Daily and husband, Miles, Colby Berry, Cameron Berry, Joshua Berry and Hadley Berry; and two great-grandchildren, Tate and Cooper Berry; sister, Nellie Dryden, of Denver, Colo.; in-laws, Evelyn DuVall, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Margaret Berry, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Mary and Elton Wells, of Torrington, Wyo., along with many nieces and nephews.

Service were held October 23, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church.

Those who wish may contribute to Meals on Wheels or First United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be made to the family online by going to ❖

Frank O. Rasmussen

Frank Rasmussen, 77, of Longmont, Colo., passed away on October 15, 2013.

Frank was born July 17, 1936 in Espe, Fynn, Denmark to Christian O. Rasmussen and Kirstine O. Andersen.

Frank grew up in Denmark and moved to Canada before making Colorado his home in the 1960s. Frank was an avid farmer residing in Longmont since 1970 and relished his farm boy life for as long as he could until he sold the farm and moved to town in 2013.

Frank worked at Xcel Energy (Public Service Company), as a Pipe Fitter, where he was proud to be employed until his retirement in 1993. He savored his monthly breakfast/luncheons with his retired Xcel buddies.

Frank enjoyed traveling, the outdoors and dances at the Longmont Senior Center. He was a member of the Elks Club and Moose Lodge.

Frank is survived by his daughters Kirsten (David) Gunderson, Sue (Roger) Quimby, and son Ib (Susanne) Ingildsen, sisters Efryd Steahr and Dorith Hansen, grandchildren, Kayla, Erika, Jessica, Quintin, Mathlide, Kathrine and Nikoline and great grandchildren Savannah and Ida.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister Tova.

Services were held October 22, 2013, at the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont, Colo. Inurnment followed at Mountain View Cemetery. Cremation took place. ❖

John A. McNeel, Jr.

John A. McNeel, Jr. (Jack), 80, of New Castle, Colo., passed away September 30, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 2, 1933 to John A. McNeel and Mary Lou Gilmore McNeel in New Castle, Colo., in the same house that his mother was born in.

Jack was a lifetime resident of Garfield County except for two years he served in the U.S. Army. He started school at the Fairview School on Divide Creek, graduated from the eighth grade at the old Peach Valley School and graduated from New Castle High School in 1950.

Jack married Nina Marie Fiou on October 13, 1956. They had three children; Debra Kay, Raymond (Buddy) E. and Jackie Lynn.

Jack had a full and varied life with memories of a lot of friends made. He always tried to be a good neighbor and enjoyed helping anyone who needed help and always hoped he had made a difference in other people’s lives.

Jack was real proud of his service to the U.S. Army even though he returned from overseas with health issues that bothered him for the rest of his life.

He was proud of his ability with horses from riding to grade school on Divide Creek to being able to handle draft horses starting at an early age. The horses taught him as he was to young to teach them. He was especially proud of his team of black Percherons who would do anything he asked of them.

Jack enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, hunting, trapping, riding and observing wildlife. He taught his family at an early age to appreciate the outdoors by taking them on many mountain trips. He told his kids to keep their eyes and ears open and their mouth shut and they would learn something every day of their lives.

Jack was very proud and loved his family very much.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Nina McNeel; his daughter, Debbie (Pat) O’Connor of Rhame, N.D.; son “ Buddy” (Carol) Mc Neel of New Castle, Colo.; and daughter Jackie (Alvie) Gray of New Castle, Colo.; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; sister Betty Lou Woolard, brother Hank (Rita) McNeel; and special in-laws Reva and Lloyd Woolard.

He was proceeded in death by both his mother and father.

At Jack’s request there will be no funeral service, only for someone to stand at his gate and play taps.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Harden Hospice at 1517 Blake St., 100 B, Glenwood Springs, Colo., 81601. ❖

Michael Krevo

Michael Krevo, 90, of Red Lodge, Mont., passed away October 15, 2013.

Michael was born April 23, 1923, in the coal mining town of Export, Pa. He was the fifth of eight children born to Eli and Helen Krevokucha who were immigrants of Serbia and Ukrania.

Hard work began at a young age for Mike as he left school when he was 9-years-old to work in the coal mines in order to help support the family. As a teenager he joined the CCC Camps and was stationed in Billings, Mont., and Flagstaff, Ariz. It was during this time that he developed a love for the West. He served our nation during WWII in the U.S. Coast Guard where he was stationed off the coast of North Africa and Italy.

Upon his return to the States, he met the love of his life, Flora Rose Hager. They were married in Irwin, Pa., on August 29, 1951 and enjoyed 50 years together before his beloved “Rosie” passed away April, 2012. They had two children — Mark who was born in 1953 and Debbi in 1957.

The family moved to Cody in June, 1973, to fulfill Mike’s dream of living in the West so that he could enjoy the outdoors with his family, in particular hunting and fishing with his son. Sadly, that dream was shaken when Mark was killed in a car accident on the Northfork highway in August of that same year.

Mike was a welder by profession and worked in Oregon Basin until he retired at the age of 62. At that time he walked into Cody High School and asked if someone could teach him to read as he was illiterate up to that point in his life. As a result, the Adult Literacy Program was established through Northwest College and the world of reading opened up to him. He enjoyed books on history and sports but by far he spent the most time reading his favorite book, the Bible. Cutting firewood in the mountains was another source of pleasure along with working in the yard and spending time with family. He loved football and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Those who knew Mike experienced his generous heart. He was always so willing to give of whatever money or possessions he had which was evidence of the fact that he truly thought of the needs of others before his own. He passes on to his family the virtuous treasures of faith in Jesus Christ alone, commitment to family, honesty, integrity and a strong work ethic in order to provide for family and share with others.

Dementia took a large portion of Mike’s mind resulting in his last year living at The Willows in Red Lodge, Mont.

Mike is survived by a sister, Helen Krevo of North Huntingdon, Pa.; his daughter, Debbi Stambaugh (Kenny) of Cody, Wyo.; his granddaughter, Kimberly Zierlein (Auggie) of Powell, Wyo.; and great-grandson, Toby Lane Zierlein.

The family requests that gifts be given in Mike’s memory to The Willows, P.O. Box 2011, Red Lodge, Mont., 59068. ❖

Anna May Carlson

Anna May Carlson, 89, (known to her friends as Annie), passed away peacefully Oct. 1, 2013, at Palomar Hospital, Escondido, Calif., in the care of Hospice.

She was born and raised in Eaton, Colo., to Sven and Amanda (Benson) Johnson on May 6, 1924, sixth child out of 12.

She went to Eaton High school, where she met the love of her life, Elmer J. Carlson, whom she married on Feb. 21, 1945. They were married for 48 years, until Elmer’s death in 1993.

Anna had been a resident of Weld and Morgan Counties for over 50 years, before moving to California, with her family in the late 1970s.

Anna was an amazing woman to all who knew her; a devout Lutheran, war wife, farm girl, truck driver, 4-H Leader, expert cook, master seamstress, carpenter, landscape artist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all.

Anna loved bowling, gardening, baking, but most of all, loved to share her passions, and love with her family. Anna considered learning to snow ski (in her 40s) one of her greatest accomplishments. She accomplished many other things, but her true enjoyment in life was about the joy she brought to others, as well as the beauty that she surrounded herself with in her home and community. Her generosity was endless!

Anna is survived by two sisters, Marjorie Jenson, and Betty Jean Mundy; four children, Earl Pete Carlson (wife, Bernice Goetchel) of Hawk Springs, Wyo., Joyce Carlson of Green Forest, Ariz., Chuck Carlson (wife, Alice Carlson), and Arne Carlson (wife, Carri Carlson) both of Ramona, Calif.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer J. Carlson; three brothers, Ruben Johnson, Roy Johnson, Ray Johnson; and six sisters, Ellen Cochran, Ethel Lawson, Hazel Johnson, Dorothy Richardson, Gladys Edeen, and Marguerite Wright.

A memorial celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 9, 2013, at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 16889 Espola Road, Poway, Calif., 92065.

Annie would prefer that you make a donation to the church or charity of your preference in her memory. ❖

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