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Larry Thomas Matschke

Larry Thomas Matschke, 38, passed away October 31, 2013 as his final trick, and will be experiencing the ultimate treat as he reunites with the host of wonderful people that have gone before him.

Larry was born on January 30, 1975 in Brighton Colo., to Carl and Barbara Matschke.

From an early age, he had a passion and knack for country life, and was always helping out with the family’s dairy.

In the early 80s, he moved with his family to Vona, Colo., where he attended Hi-Plains Elementary and High School. During this time, Larry had many personal and academic accomplishments. These included helping his dad build their underground house north-east of Seibert, Colo., in 1989, winning the FFA State Ag Mechanics competition with his brother, Earl, and Wayne Garner in 1993, and beginning his future career as a professional welder by working at Steel Corner.

On August 2, 1997 Larry and Teresa Thorson welcomed their first son, Devan Carl into the world. A month later, they mourned his loss. On December 28, 1999 Larry married Teresa and gained his only daughter, Tori Mae Thorson. Soon after, they welcomed their second son, Austin Lane on May 1st 2000.

Larry divorced Teresa in 2010, but found a new love in Sherry Torson and her children JaKayla and Shanya.

Larry loved his family and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for them. Larry worked hard and ensured that Tori and Austin had a good life. Larry and Tori would often go shooting or work on cars together and Austin was ever present while Larry worked in his shop and checked cattle.

Larry loved being a welder and had a deep respect and love for his boss Dick McAuley. As Larry’s role model, Dick helped him build a reputation and love for the craft. Larry also loved farming and ranching, and could not have been more proud of his crops and cattle; finding a deep satisfaction in continuing the traditions rooted in him from his childhood.

Larry was a very active member of the community. His contributions included being an Accountability Representative for the Hi-Plains School Board, and a member of the Hi-Plains Booster Club. He also valued his many relationships and loved cooking for and having a few (or sometimes too many) beers with all of his friends.

He is survived by his children: Tori Thorson and Austin Matschke, their mother: Teresa Matschke, his brother: Earl Matschke, his sisters: Jessie Jantzen (and husband Jeff) and Anna Matschke, his stepfather: Gene Duvall, his grandparents: Tom and Nadine Burian and Daisy Duvall, uncles: Gary Matschke (and wife Cindy), Bill Rogers, Joe Burian (and wife Sharon), Jeff Burian and Mike Marzolf, aunts: Patricia Randall, Patti Matschke, Julia Baylie, Kristy Richie (and husband VanDale), Nikki Marzolf, and Cheryl Burian and numerous cousins, loved ones, and close friends.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents: Carl Matschke and Barbara Duvall, his son: Devan Matschke, his grandparents: Earl and Phoene Matschke and Claxton Duvall, his uncles: Robert Matschke, Larry Matschke, Kevin Smith, Jack Burian, and James Baylie, his aunts Connie Matschke and Carol Rogers, and his cousin Terry Matschke.

Funeral services were held November 5, 2013 at the Vona School Gymnasium. Burial followed in the Seibert Cemetery in Seibert, Colo.

Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to used got the care of Larry’s son Austin and may be left at or sent to the Colorado East Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 286, Stratton, Colo., 80836. ❖

Joy W. Fox

Joy W. Fox, 87, of Evans, Colo., passed away November 4, 2013 at his home.

He was born on February 1, 1926 in Sterling, Colo., to Guy Winfred and Eva Mae (Tippets) Fox.

Joy was raised in the Kersey area, attending Kersey schools and Greeley High School.

He joined the Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1945, stationed at Pearl Harbor.

He worked as a farmer, car salesman, mechanic and ran his own shop, Fox Motors, for 20 years. He, then, went on to work as a tax appraiser for Weld County, where he retired.

On August 17, 1946 he married Elnora Hetterle. They had three children, Joel, Jerry, and Brenda. Elnora passed away in 1969. He, then, met and married Mildred (Midge) Van Why on October 4, 1969 in Pierce, Colo. The family was involved in the Northern Colorado Four Wheel Drive Club and the Colorado Blizzards Snowmobile Club. Joy and Midge were awarded the International Snowmobile Family of the Year in 1991. Joy was a member of the 2nd Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, water skiing, and snowmobiling.

Joy is survived by his wife, Midge; daughters, Joel (Scott) Pearl of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Brenda (Randy) Breickler of Greeley, Colo.; son, Jerry Fox of Loveland, Colo.; step-daughter, Janet Muncy of Fort Collins, Colo.; step-sons, Randall (Dala) Giffin of Aurora, Colo., and Bruce (Bernadette) Giffin of Eaton, Colo.; sisters, Ula Rae Adler and Ola Fae (Melvin) Brug, both of Greeley, Colo.; brother, Max (Lois) Fox of Kersey, Colo.; grandchildren, Matthew (Christine) Storms, David Breickler, Emily (Ross) Cheney, Kristi Breickler, Tom, Charles and Jason Muncy, Drew and Justin Giffin and Jenai Peterson; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, grandson, Colby Giffin, and his brother, Rex Fox.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-12 noon Monday, November 11, 2013, at Stoddard Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight of Northern Colorado, Hospice of Northern Colorado and/or Books for the Blind, all in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Francis Noxon Carroll

Francis Noxon “Frank” Carroll, 94, died Oct. 25, 2013, surrounded by his family.

Francis was born May 13, 1919, on the Carroll Ranch on the Little Laramie River near Laramie, Wyo., the third child of Thomas and Gertrude Carroll.

He grew up on the Carroll Ranch, where he learned to love livestock, especially horses — a love that continued throughout his life. He attended country school on the ranch, then attended Laramie High School, graduating in 1936. He also attended the University of Wyoming, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a member of the university boxing team.

He was a saddle bronc rider in his younger years.

Mr. Carroll joined the United States Army where he was a member of the 5th Horse Cavalry at Fort Lewis, Wash. Following the death of his father, he returned to the family ranch. At the beginning of the United States’ involvement in World War II, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving on the Pacific.

On March 4, 1947, Mr. Carroll married his high school sweetheart, Jane Davis, in Scottsbluff, Neb. To this union, two daughters, Candace and Jana, were born. They lived and ranched on the Little Laramie until 1956 when they purchased the Cow Creek Ranch near Encampment, Wyo. Together, they ranched in the Encampment Valley until Mrs. Carroll’s death in 1983.

In 1984, he sold the Cow Creek Ranch and moved to Casa Grande, Ariz., where he, along with his daughters, raised alfalfa and raced a string of quarter horse race horses. In 1995, he returned to his beloved Wyoming, still raising horses and, this time, longhorn cattle. He also helped his granddaughter, Jane, with her flock of 4-H sheep.

Mr. Carroll was a longtime member of the Encampment-Riverside Lions Club, and was one of the original organizers of the Woodchoppers Jamboree Rodeo. He was one of the first ranchers to introduce Charolais cattle to the Encampment Valley. He was the first recipient of the Pioneer Cowboy award given by the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering.

Survivors include his daughters, Candace (Dwight) France, Jana (Dennis) Cook, both of Encampment, Wyo.; granddaughter Jane M. France of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren, Jana (David) Kendall of San Clemente, Calif., Jim (Sunni) Cook of Phoenix, Ariz., Matthew (Laura) Cook of Polk City, Iowa, and Glen Thomas (Jessica) Cook of Waxhaw, N.C.; brother Michael, of Laramie, Wyo.; special niece Roberta Gail Giffin; special nephew Tom Giffin; special friend Laurie Fletcher; six nephews; and seven nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jane; parents; brother Howard; sisters, Mary, Theresa, Jeanne and Margaret; one nephew; and two nieces.

A celebration of Mr. Carroll’s life was held November 2, 2013 in Rick Martin Memorial Park in Riverside, Wyo.

Those who wish can donate to the Faye Romero Fund, c/o Dr. Warner McFarland, DVM, P.O. Box 1469, Rawlins, WY 82301. Donations to this fund are used to help defray veterinary service expenses for senior citizens’ pets. ❖

Mary Ellen Litzenberger

Mary Ellen Litzenberger, 88, of Mead, Colo., passed away November 4, 2013, at Life Care Center of Longmont, Colo.

Mary was born September 13, 1925 in Mead, Colo., to Frank Sr. and Helen (Strong) Nygren.

She attended Beasley and Pearl Howlett rural schools and graduated from Johnstown High School in 1945.

On March 4, 1953 she married Leonard Litzenberger in Longmont, Colo. They were married for 57 years and shared a lifetime of farming and livestock feeding together. Mary was an integral part of the operation, helping with each phase of planting through harvesting.

She was always available to help and spend time with her family, including nieces and nephews, and shared many happy days with her granddaughters. She was a member of Mead United Methodist Church.

Mary is survived by one son Mike and his wife Kathy of Mead, Colo., two granddaughters Jennifer Musick and her husband Chad of Longmont, Colo., and Diana Litzenberger of Mead, Colo.; one sister Beverly Bristol and her husband James of Berthoud, Colo.; one sister-in-law Faye Nygren of Johnstown, Colo.; one brother-in-law Jack Spruiell of San Jose, Calif.; many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard in 2010, her parents and five brothers; Frank Jr., Walter, William, John and Donald Nygren.

Service were held November 8, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Longmont, Colo. Interment took place at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St., Longmont, Colo., 80501.

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