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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 11-12-12


Lynn Mark Teets

Lynn Mark Teets, 76, of Niwot, Colo., passed away October 23, 2012 at his home west of Niwot, Colo., of cardio vascular disease.

He was born in Englewood, Ohio on December 15, 1935, the son of David and Annabel (Roush) Teets. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Springfield, Ohio. Lynn graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1954. He attended Wilmington and Cincinnati Bible Seminary and NASA school training in Huntsville, Ala. He proposed to his high school sweetheart, Jean Welch, on December 24, 1955 at which time he stated, “Before you answer you need to know we’re moving to Colorado.” They were married August 11, 1956.

He spent several summers working at Yellowstone Park, climbed the Tetons, and was a Boy Scout Troop leader with Joe Carnival in Louisville, Colo. He was employed 30 years at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was involved with NASA projects on the East and West Coast plus White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. He retired in December of 1990.

Lynn started the Boulder County Beekeepers Association in 1975. Their first meeting had 15 in attendance including Tom Theobald and Harold Scherbenski both of which became quite active in the association and Lynn’s good friends. The association has grown to 200 members. Lynn was appointed, by Boulder County Commissioners Josie Heath, Homer Page, and Ron Stewart as the first official Boulder County Apiary Inspector.

Lynn was a life long member of the Christian Church and instrumental in starting the Boulder Valley Christian Church and The Christian Church of Broomfield, Colo. For 16 years he was forwarding agent for Central Africa Mission missionaries, Ivan and Jo Ann Martin.

Lynn’s hobbies were photography, model airplanes, RV travel, beekeeping (200 hives), coffee at Niwot Market and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Glenn (Lois) Teets, Jenean (Ken) Schuetz; grandchildren, Jolissa (Jon) Lucero, James Schuetz, Elise and Essie Teets; sister, Saralee (Lawrence) Shaffer; cousins, Anna Lee and Sara Lou Teets; sister-in-law Nancy Gregory; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Memorial graveside services were held October 29, 2012 at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boulder County Beekeepers Association c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry Street, Longmont, Colo., 80501. ❖

Jack Anderson

Jack H. Anderson, 81, of Grover, Colo., passed away Nov. 1, 2012.

He was born January 16, 1931 in Greeley, Colo., to Earl J. and Mary (Hoburg) Anderson.

Jack was involved with the rodeo from day one of his life with his father, Earl Anderson, being a stock contractor and raising stock for the rodeo circuit. He competed in steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping, but was best known in the arena for his excellence in being a Pickup Man. He began this career at the early age of 15 and continued for many years working the rodeos in the Rocky Mountain Circuit including Cheyenne Frontier Days and Old Timer’s rodeos. Besides immediate family, Jack had a strong rodeo family of many longtime friends.

Jack spent a lifetime ranching in the Grover, Colo., area raising cattle and Quarter horses. He was active in sports throughout his high school years and graduated from Grover High School in 1949. He served two years in the US Army from 1953-1955 and was stationed in Trieste, Italy. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1955 and married Joan Christensen of Cheyenne, Wyo., on March 6, 1955.

Jack was a Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association, a member of the Grover Community Club, and the Weld County Cattlemen’s Association. He worked with area youth as a 4-H leader, basketball coach, and bus driver. He attended Sherwood Baptist Church in Greeley, Colo.

Jack had a knack for inventing and building things to improve ranch/rodeo living. He fabricated the hydraulic dunk vat, spare tire let down, and one of the first living quarters/gooseneck horse trailers. Wanting to preserve the range grass, he even started building a small helicopter. Jack and Joan enjoyed their business of Western Art and Wildlife creating bronze-like sculptures of rodeo events, cowboys, and wildlife.

Jack trailed rodeo livestock in his early years with his dad from Grover, Colo., to Greeley, Colo., with biscuits in his pockets. He continued trailing cattle with his children and neighbors from Grover, Colo., to the ranch out west. He enjoyed going to Eagle Rock Ranch in Grover, Colo., as well as Keeline Ranch in Wright, Wyo., to gather and brand cattle the old fashioned way. He was always there to help his neighbors, as they were there to help him.

He is survived by his wife, Joan of Grover, Colo.; daughters, Julie (Randy) Robb of Greeley, Colo., Marcy (Ernie) Marker of Adams, Neb.; son, Steve (Brenda) Anderson of Grover, Colo.; grandchildren, Brea (Danny) LaMar, Kristen Robb, Randi (Kyle) Swenson all of Greeley, Colo., Tyrell Anderson of Eaton, Colo., Kayla Anderson of Greeley, Colo., Kerby Anderson of Grover, Colo., Holly (Brice) Schuldt of Lincoln, Neb., Sara Marker of Adams, Neb.; great-grandchildren, Peyton Schuldt of Lincoln, Neb., and Kingsley Swenson of Greeley, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Peggy Adams; and brother, Billy Anderson.

Memorial services were held November 8, 2012 at Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado, Grover Community Club or Sherwood Baptist Church in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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

Russel Cummings

Russel John Cummings, 90, of Castle Rock, Colo., passed away October 9, 2012.

He was born July 30, 1922, the only child to John Russel and Callie Ruth Cummings. He was raised in southwestern Kansas during the depression and the 1920s and 1930s dust bowl days. Russel dreamed of living near the Colorado Rockies and made that dream come true when he was 21 years of age.

He settled in Elizabeth, Colo., where he met his future bride. On March 1, 1946 Russel and Idella Alice Wight married. Together they raised three children: Steven, Rita and Curtis. They remained married for 66 blissful years. He was a successful rancher, John Deere Implement dealer and Realtor. He had many accomplishments throughout the years. He cherished his Masonic and Eastern Star life where he made many lifelong friends.

He was a legend, hero, mentor, friend, an honest and successful businessman, amazing role-model, at times — a comedian, rancher, farmer, husband, father, “grampa” and great-grampa and a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. Russel was a proud man — a result of taking great pride in everything he did. He was so very proud of his family and loved each and every one of them.

He is survived by his loving family including his beloved wife, Idella of 66 years: son, Steve Cummings (Linda); their daughters Suzie (Scott Vetter), Stephanie (Wes Vetter); daughter, Rita (Randy Bowland); their son Ryan Bowland (Hope), and daughter Callie (Eric); son, Curtis (Lori); sons Craig and Cory (Sarah); great--grandchildren, Morgan, Tyler, Jaci, Rylie and Delani; step-great-grandchildren, Allie and Lainie, each of which grampa was so proud of; and by other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ruth Cummings.

Interment was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Home, 2445 South Quebec, Denver, Colo., 80231 or the Douglas County Veterans Memorial Foundation, 4833 Front Street Unit B No. 433, Castle Rock, Colo., 80104. ❖

Helen Irene Skow

Helen Irene Skow, 94, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away October 18, 2012.

Helen Irene was born October 29, 1917 on the Hale farm, south of Loveland, Colo., to Harold C. Hale and Anna Josephine Hale. She often spoke of her happy childhood with her parents; her beloved brother, Floyd Hale; and their cousins from the extended family of Hales and Anna’s family, the Heinricys. Both families homesteaded their Loveland, Colo., area farms in the 1800’s. Helen’s great-grandfather, Henry J. Heinricy, helped develop the valuable diversion of western slope water to eastern slope farms, later becoming the Big Thompson Water Project. Helen’s childhood led to her lifelong love of family, farming, nature, animals, reading, gardening, and her Christian faith.

After graduation from Loveland High School, Helen attended business school and studied horticulture. She married Fred Dines, with whom she had two children, Virginia Ann Dines and Clifford Hale Dines. In later years, she married Rex Skow, with whom she had three children, Charles, Robert and Merrie Skow. During their years in Loveland, Colo., she and Rex worked with Boy Scout Troops, were 4-H leaders, belonged to the Loveland Saddle Club, and rode many mountain miles with their family. They worked in the family business, Skow Furniture, and Helen also worked for Hewlett Packard. After a few years in Arkansas, they returned to their beloved Colorado.

Valued wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Helen passed on her parent’s principles and pioneer legacy to her loved ones. Family members, friends and acquaintances remain alive today through her many personal stories about Loveland and Colorado history.

She is survived by sons, Charles (Deborah) Skow of Keenesburg, Colo., and Robert (Catherine) Skow of Andrews, Texas; daughters, Virginia A. Gengenbach of Magnolia, Texas and Merrie (Bill) Chrisman of Hartman, Ark.; and by grandsons, Jared Skow, Jere Gengenbach, Jeff Gengenbach, Joseph Gengenbach, Jacob Gengenbach, Kris Chrisman, Adam Chrisman, and Caleb Chrisman; and granddaughters, Kasey Rebeccah Skow, Debbie Poole, Dorie Pierce, and Felicia Dines; 26 great-grandchildren; and by nieces, Judy Mucklow and Sandra Graves; and nephew, Jim (Carma)Hale.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Anna Hale; her husband Rex Skow; her brother, Floyd Hale, and her son, Clifford Dines.

An annual family gathering is planned to celebrate the life of Helen Skow.

Internment was at Loveland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project directly, or through Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home in Loveland, Colo. ❖

Walter Davis Banner

Walter Davis (Buddy) Banner, 77, passed away October 28, 2012 in Fort Collins, Colo.

He was formerly of Camdenton, Mo., and had also spent time living in Florida, South Dakota, and New Mexico, as well as Colorado. He was born in Camdenton, Mo., on June 1, 1935, the son of Julian W. and Bonnie (Davis) Banner.

Buddy was baptized at an early age and remained a devoted Christian all of his life and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He graduated from Camdenton High School in 1954, attended college for a short period of time, and was a licensed farrier and auctioneer. He was united in marriage to Sharon Rivers on March 6, 1958 in Gainesville, Texas, and to this union three children were born: Toots, Tammi, and Angela. They traveled and performed with Jonny Rivers Rodeo Acts and High Diving Mules.

Anyone who knew Buddy appreciated his passion for western memorabilia: collecting, trading, and working in silversmith of bits and spurs. He loved going to auctions and spent many years and miles traveling to find items to buy, sell, and trade. Sometimes we wondered about some of the items he would buy, but he seemed to turn trash into a treasure, “but not always.”

As a professional horse trainer and showman he was featured in Western Horseman magazines. In the later 60’s he rode and showed Paints in California and was quite successful as a horse trainer for many years. In 1980, he moved to Beggs, Okla., and was the manager/breeder/trainer of the Burst Ranch which was founded to preserve and promote the Spanish Barb horse breed. In later years, he enjoyed his silversmith works and extensive trading and continued until his health began to deteriorate.

He is survived by his children, Toots and wife Ronda Banner and grandchildren Tiffany, Victoria, and Savannah of Micanopy, Fla., Tammi Martin and husband Steve Osborn of Roach, Mo., and grandchildren, Tawni and husband Jason Konwinski and great-granddaughter Jayda of Camdenton, Mo., Echo Blades and great-grandchildren Cameron, Korrrine, and Chloe of Macks Creek, Mo., and Cassidy Martin and great-grandson Levi of Roach, Mo., and Angela and husband Kenneth Webster of Richland, Mo., and grandchildren Kendra and husband Mike Rasmussen and great-grandson Gunner of Springfield, Mo., Jacob of Columbia, Mo., and Kasie of Camdenton, Mo.; and many dear friends he met all across the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Nadine Alvis.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Myetta Baptist Church in Camdenton, Mo. A memorial service will also be held on November 17, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, in Fort Collins, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to take Buddy to his final resting place in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to be with his parents and sister. Donations may be sent c/o Banner Family, 341 WS Osborn Pass, Roach, Mo., 65787.

Condolences and/or donations may be made through Goes Funeral Care, 3665 Canal Dr., Suite E, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524 or their website www.GoesFuneralCare.com.

Dwight Lee Kennedy

Dwight Lee Kennedy, 86, passed away October 26, 2012.

He was the son of Ivy and Maggy (Thompson) Kennedy was born June 26, 1926 in Kansas City, Mo. He attended elementary and high school in Missouri and at an early age he came west looking for a job. He helped build the Theater and Chevrolet Garage in Tribune, Kan., then went to work on a ranch at Wild Horse, Colo. After a few years he went to work for Tom Bradbury on the Bradbury Land and Cattle Ranch in Byers, Colo.

On September 20, 1982 he was united in marriage to Marjorie Schrader. In 1985 he went to work for the Jim Chenoweth Ranch in Woodrow, Colo. In December of 1988 he retired and they moved to Loveland, Colo.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie of Loveland, Colo.; children Betty Donnelly and Ann Hoffner both of Loveland, Colo., Kaye Knight of Brush, Colo., Robert Schrader of Hill Rose, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; sister Glenda Spring and husband Bob; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jack Schrader, six brothers and a sister.

At Dwight’s request cremation has been completed and no services will be held.

Go to www.ViegutFuneralHome.com.

Jack Anderson

Jack H. Anderson, 81, of Grover, Colo., passed away Nov. 1, 2012.

He was born January 16, 1931 in Greeley, Colo., to Earl J. and Mary (Hoburg) Anderson.

Jack was involved with the rodeo from day one of his life with his father, Earl Anderson, being a stock contractor and raising stock for the rodeo circuit. He competed in steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping, but was best known in the arena for his excellence in being a Pickup Man. He began this career at the early age of 15 and continued for many years working the rodeos in the Rocky Mountain Circuit including Cheyenne Frontier Days and Old Timer’s rodeos. Besides immediate family, Jack had a strong rodeo family of many longtime friends.

Jack spent a lifetime ranching in the Grover, Colo., area raising cattle and Quarter horses. He was active in sports throughout his high school years and graduated from Grover High School in 1949. He served two years in the US Army from 1953-1955 and was stationed in Trieste, Italy. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1955 and married Joan Christensen of Cheyenne, Wyo., on March 6, 1955.

Jack was a Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association, a member of the Grover Community Club, and the Weld County Cattlemen’s Association. He worked with area youth as a 4-H leader, basketball coach, and bus driver. He attended Sherwood Baptist Church in Greeley, Colo.

Jack had a knack for inventing and building things to improve ranch/rodeo living. He fabricated the hydraulic dunk vat, spare tire let down, and one of the first living quarters/gooseneck horse trailers. Wanting to preserve the range grass, he even started building a small helicopter. Jack and Joan enjoyed their business of Western Art and Wildlife creating bronze-like sculptures of rodeo events, cowboys, and wildlife.

Jack trailed rodeo livestock in his early years with his dad from Grover, Colo., to Greeley, Colo., with biscuits in his pockets. He continued trailing cattle with his children and neighbors from Grover, Colo., to the ranch out west. He enjoyed going to Eagle Rock Ranch in Grover, Colo., as well as Keeline Ranch in Wright, Wyo., to gather and brand cattle the old fashioned way. He was always there to help his neighbors, as they were there to help him.

He is survived by his wife, Joan of Grover, Colo.; daughters, Julie (Randy) Robb of Greeley, Colo., Marcy (Ernie) Marker of Adams, Neb.; son, Steve (Brenda) Anderson of Grover, Colo.; grandchildren, Brea (Danny) LaMar, Kristen Robb, Randi (Kyle) Swenson all of Greeley, Colo., Tyrell Anderson of Eaton, Colo., Kayla Anderson of Greeley, Colo., Kerby Anderson of Grover, Colo., Holly (Brice) Schuldt of Lincoln, Neb., Sara Marker of Adams, Neb.; great-grandchildren, Peyton Schuldt of Lincoln, Neb., and Kingsley Swenson of Greeley, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Peggy Adams; and brother, Billy Anderson.

Memorial services were held November 8, 2012 at Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado, Grover Community Club or Sherwood Baptist Church in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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




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