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December 10, 2013
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Rocky Mountain Obits 12-9-13

Glenn LeRoy Schelhaas

Glenn LeRoy Schelhaas, 73, of Longmont, Colo., passed away November 25, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born September 11, 1940, in Edgerton, Minn., to Conrad and Ella (Hofkamp) Schelhaas.

He graduated from Edgerton High School May, 1958.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army November, 1958, and was honorably discharged in February, 1962.

Glenn received his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in accounting from Mankato State College, Mankato, Minn., in March, 1968.

He married Violet (Vi) Milbrath of Okabena, Minn., on October 29, 1965.

He worked for major Co-ops as their chief accountant and CFO in Minnesota, Michigan and Colorado.

He retired in 2002 from Agland (Agfinity) in Eaton, Colo.

Glenn and his family have lived in Longmont, Colo., since August, 1978.

He served on the Board of Directors of Pinnacol Assurance from April, 2000 through April, 2002.

Glenn enjoyed all sports, especially watching the Minnesota Vikings. He loved golfing every week with his dear friends. Glenn enjoyed volunteering to help other people by driving them to Doctor appointments or just visiting with them in their time of need. He loved walking around McIntosh Lake with his wife every morning and rejoicing in God’s creation of the beautiful mountains. He was an integral part of his grandchildren’s life and loved spending time with them doing and teaching them new and exciting activities. He was a very active grandfather and loved being involved in their lives. His favorite place to travel to was Maui. He said that was the closest thing to paradise. His family and friends were very important to him. He always said they were all a gift from God.

He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Longmont, for several years and recently became a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, where he was just beginning his involvement in their mission, “Connecting People to Jesus.”

He is survived by his wife, Vi, of 48 years; his daughter, Pam (Dennis) McGrath of Aurora, Colo.; his son, Ryan (Angela) Schelhaas and their two children, Kylie and Carson of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his brother Bert (Reona) Schelhaas of Edgerton, Minn.; his sister Hazel Prinz of Dassel, Minn., his sister Phyllis (Evert) Krosschell of Edgerton, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Ella Schelhaas and his brother, Ed Schelhaas,

A memorial service celebrating his life, with military honors, was held December 6, 2013, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft, Collins, Colo.

Donations can be made in Glenn’s memory to Redeemer Lutheran Church for Project Harmony and preschool and/or to SolAmor Hospice of Denver, Colo., and/or Comfort Keepers of Boulder, Colo., c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street Longmont, Colo., 80501.

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Quentin Vance

Quentin Eugene Vance, 80, of Akron, Colo., passed away November 29, 2013, at the Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

Quentin Eugene Vance was born on June 19, 1933 in Akron, Colo. He was the third of three children born to Eugene E. and Aura Doris (Wachtel) Vance of Wiggins, Colo.

He lived at the 1885 Homestead of Millard Filmore Vance and attended the one room Star School through the seventh grade and the Akron Jr. High and High School through 12th grade. He then attended the Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College in Ft. Collins (now Colorado State University) from 1952 until 1956 when he earned a BS in Agricultural. Quentin then went into the Army at Ft. Sill, Okla., where he served in the Artillery division until he was medically discharged in 1956 due to a permanent shoulder injury.

He then married Karol Lee Norwood of Akron, Colo., on April 19, 1959. Quentin and Karol had four sons Douglas Eugene Vance, David Glenn Vance, Kent Robert Vance and Kerry Lee Vance.

He moved from Akron in 1961 to Lamar in Prowers County as Assistant Cooperative Extension Agent. In 1963 he and his family moved to Cheyenne Wells, Colo., where he was the Cooperative Extension Agent for 11 years. He was honored with three ‘Agent of the Year’ awards as the Extension Agent at Cheyenne Wells.

In 1973 Quentin moved back to the homestead to take over the family farm due to his ailing mother and his aging father. In 1987 he went to work for the Soil Conservation Service and retired in 1996. Quentin was elected County Commissioner in 1996 where he served for eight years and retired in 2004.

Quentin was preceded in death by his mother Aura Doris Wachtel Vance, sister Marcia Irene McCoy, father Eugene E Vance and Brother-in-law James Andrew McCoy. He leaves behind his sister Eunice Erdene Spackman, sons Douglas Eugene Vance, David Glenn Vance, Kent Robert Vance, and Kerry Lee Vance, Grandchildren Tessa Lauren Vance, Tyler Eugene Vance. Tori Kalyn Vance, Cory Allen Vance, Ivanna Orea Vance, Christine Ann Hertnecky, Kelly Lynn Hertnecky, William Nicholas Hertnecky, Justin Lee Vance, and Levi Chase Vance, Great-grandchildren Lauren Sophia Vance, Logan Dale Vance, McKayla Grace Vance, Nathan Jeremiah Vance, and Adalyn Marie Vance, and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Services were held at the Akron Presbyterian Church on December 6, 2013. Interment will follow at the Akron Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Akron Presbyterian Church. ❖

Harold Schmidt

Harold Schmidt, 88, passed away November 26, 2013.

Harold was born November 28, 1924, in Loveland, Colo., to Conrad and Mollie (Brehm) Schmidt.

Shortly after graduating from Timnath High School in 1943, he joined the Army Air Force and was honorably discharged on November 4, 1946.

Harold met and married Ruth Haas in 1947. Together they farmed and raised their children in the Larimer County area. Harold was a prominent farmer and cattle feeder for many years, until retiring in 1981.

Harold was an avid fisherman and polka dancer. He always enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of the American Legion and also a life-time member of Faith United Church of Christ.

Harold is survived by wife Ruth, son Steve (Karen) Schmidt of Windsor, Colo., son Robert of Windsor, Colo., and daughter Nancy (Bill) Freas of Longmont, Colo.; grandchildren Lana (Tom) St. John of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Susan Schmidt of Windsor, Colo., Chad (Michelle) Schmidt of Milliken, Colo., Peter Freas of Northglenn, Colo., and Andrew Freas of Longmont, Colo.; great-grandchildren Michael Schmidt of Windsor, Colo., and Tommy and Alyssa St. John of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; brother Joseph Schmidt of Loveland, Colo., sisters Elnora Troudt and Betty Curtis of Ft. Collins, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, brother Elmer Schmidt of Ft. Collins, Colo., and sister Marion Rein of Ft. Collins, Colo.

Services were held on December 3, 2013, at Faith United Church of Christ in Windsor, Colo. Cremation was handled by Marks Funeral and Cremation Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Church or the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Marks Funeral and Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor, Colo., 80550. ❖

Harold Hartford Williamson II

Harold Williamson, 83, passed away November 10, 2013 in Rifle, Colo.

Harold was born prematurely on March 12, 1930 in Oak Creek, Colo., on the ice covered front steps of his grandmother’s home, son of Harold and Lois.

He joined the United States Army in 1951 and served in Korea as a Military Policeman in the Prisoner of War camps.

On July 27, 1957, Harold married his beloved wife Clara Mae Manley. This marriage was blessed with four children, Linda, Marla, “Bud” and Scott.

Harold worked as a B & B Foreman for the Rio Grande Railroad out of the depot located in Phippsburg, Colo., for several years. He also loved working his ranches around Yampa, Colo.

Harold was happiest when he was ranching and hunting. Our dad really enjoyed huge family gatherings and visiting with old and new friends. Many considered Harold larger than life.

Due to Clara’s health, they moved to Clifton, Colo., but they both considered Oak Creek their home.

He is survived by his sister Edwina (Louis) of Oak Creek, Colo., brother, Harry (Karen) of Clifton, Colo., and sister Shirley (James) of Greybull, Wyo., his children Linda (Ken) Tonn of Clifton, Colo., Marla (Rick) Stephenson of Maybell, Colo., “Bud” (Paula) of Maybell, Colo., and Scott of Yampa, Colo. Grandchildren: Clancy, Kim (Jeff), Amanda (Josh), Connor, Justin, Chris, Rebecka and Dalton and one Great Grandchild, Spencer.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Clara, both of his parents, his sisters Ida and Anna, his brother Jim and his grandchild Cody Chudyk.

Services were held at the Oak Creek cemetery on November 16, 2013. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Oak Creek area in the summer of 2014. ❖

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