Helen Deines Kobobel
Helen Deines Kobobel, 93, passed away December 27, 2012 at Longmont United Hospital after complications with an aneurism.
She was born November 20, 1919 in Loveland, Colo., to William and Katherine Deines and attended school in Loveland, Colo., and later earned her GED from Emily Griffith Opportunity School.
Helen married Edward Kobobel on November 27, 1938 and together they made their living farming for the SLW ranch in Greeley, Colo., where Helen was a homemaker. The couple then moved to Wiggins, Colo., where they operated a family farm.
Edward and Helen raised their children in the Wiggins, Colo., area and enjoyed polka dances, family gatherings and entertaining. Helen was a cooking and sewing 4-H leader. She held many positions throughout her lifetime working and managing restaurants and owning Mountain View Grocery in Erie, Colo. She also worked at the Boulder County Courthouse and yellow cab Company. Helen earned several certificates for management and the restaurant business throughout her life. In the late 1970s she moved to Salem, Ore., where she worked for several years as a cooking instructor for disabled children and young adults.
Helen especially enjoyed cooking, dancing, reading, music. She liked to socialize and loved to travel. Her travels took her across the United States, as well as to China and Hawaii. She was very proud of her heritage and never passed up the opportunity to contact a distant cousin or anscestor.
After her retirement in Oregon, she moved back to Colorado and lived in Estes Park where she spent a lot of time painting, sewing and crocheting. She made hundreds of quilts and donated them to the homeless shelters, the local firehouse and womens coalition. She spent the past 10 years of her life living in Longmont, Colo. She enjoyed socializing, playing cards and bingo and visiting Black Hawk with her many friends at Aspen Meadows. Helen developed macular degeneration, which made her daily functions more challenging, however, it did not slow her down.
In Helen’s long and rewarding life, she had a tremendous love for her family and was a very active, amazing lady up until the day of her passing.
She is survived by her son, Bill (Margaret) Kobobel; granddaughters Dawn Bates, Jenea (John) DeQuasie, Tracy Swen, Sheri Kobobel, Penny (Craig) Wells.; six great-grandchildren, Ember and Jason McGhee, Alexzandria Greer, Avery Bates, Danielle and Hailey Swen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edward Kobobel, daughters Loretta Kobobel and Joy Bates, son, Alan Kobobel, sister, Gladys Borgens, nephews Jerry Lee Borgens and Dennis Borgens.
Memeorial services were held January 4, 2013 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Cremation at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
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Albert Lindell Cross
Albert Lindell Cross, 70, of Loveland, Colo., passed away November 15, 2012. He died suddenly at home of lung cancer complications.
He was born October 12, 1942 in Greeley, Colo., to Henry and Ellinor Cross. He grew up in Loveland, Colo., graduating from Loveland High School. Al then graduated from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. He was employed by Pure Gas and Chemical Company in Loveland, Colo., where he met Effie Clara Brown.
Al married Effie and Susan (Effie’s daughter) on April 27, 1966. They made their home in Loveland, Colo., where daughter, Sandra was born. In 1970, he moved his family to Riverton, Wyo., continuing to work with Pure Gas. His farming career started at the Caldwell Farm east of Johnson’s Corner. He acquired farm leases settling in 1984 on their home place. Al farmed over 1000 acres, owned a 300 sow hog-farrowing operation, worked with dairies to feed and return their calves, and had feeder cattle. Al and Effie were known for their vegetable production.
Al farmed for 40 years, within a two-mile radius. He was involved with the Harry Lateral Ditch Company, served on the Colorado Farm Bureau board of directors and was a lifelong founding member of the Thompson Valley Young Farmers.
In 2009, Effie, Al’s beloved wife of 42 years passed away from cancer. Al quietly helped many people. Eventually this led him to meet JaNean Ryan, a recent widow. JaNean, now owned the original Caldwell farm, which Al agreed to again farm. In January 2012, they married and made their home here, bringing Al’s relationship with the area full circle.
He was fortunate to work at what he loved. Al is remembered for his love of family, helpful nature, inquisitive mind, honesty, and bacon and egg breakfast.
He is survived by one sister, Martha Barksdale of Colorado Springs, Colo.; wife JaNean Ryan Cross; daughters, Susan (Mike) Daily of Louisville, Ky., Sandra (Alan) Payne of West Haven, Utah; Steve Ryan of Loveland, Colo., and Rob Ryan of Idaho Springs, Idaho; four grandchildren: Heather (Telly) Sellars, Chad (Amanda) Daily all of Louisville Ky., Josh and Jaycob Payne of West Haven, Utah; six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and an abundance of friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Effie, his parents, and his two brothers David and Edwin Cross.
Memorial services were held November 23, 2012 at the First Christian Church in Loveland, Colo. ❖
John Henry Frenzl
John Henry Frenzl, 82, passed away December 15, 2012 at the Yuma District Hospital.
He was born December 11, 1930 on the family farm south of Otis, Colo., to Frank and Laura (Ehrhart) Frenzl.
John was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Akron, Colo.
He lived on the farm until his failing health required him to move to the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron in January of 2012. He never gave up the dream of going home to the farm and helping with the farming and cattle. He loved nothing more than to see the corn and wheat sprout and the baby calves running in the pasture.
He is survived by two brothers, Frank Frenzl and his wife, Pauline, Lewis Frenzl; and one sister, Helen Eskew; and by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Frances Frenzl, brother Joe Frenzl, sister-in-law Carrie Frenzl and brother-in-law Bill Eskew.
Memorial services were held December 20, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Akron, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. ❖
Johnny “John” Kibel
Johnny “John” Kibel, 67, passed away December 20, 2012 at his home in New Raymer, Colo.
Johnny was born July 23, 1945 to John Floyd Kibel and Margaret E. Noel. He was the youngest of three brothers. He had five half-brothers and six half-sisters.
Motto for his life—if it can be done, Johnny would figure out how to make it happen. His Life consisted of three jobs: cowboy, lumberjack and smoke jumper.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Joan Kibel, and his brother Wayne Kible.
Memorial services were held December 29, 2012 at the New Raymer Church in New Raymer, Colo. ❖
Russell B. Parker
Russell B. Parker, 92, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away December 13, 2012 in Laramie, Wyo.
He was born August 27, 1920 in East Alton, Ill., the second son of Henry L. and Gladys V. (Worthy) Parker.
He graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School in 1938. Following high school, he enlisted in the Regular Army of the U.S. He attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in August 1942 and was an Aerial Gunnery Officer in a B-29 Bomb Group on Saipan at the end of WWII.
He married Anita K. Roberts in 1944 at Herrington Army Air Base in Kansas. He returned to the B-29 program during the Korean War and finished that work as the Executive Officer of the headquarters of the 20th Air Force on Okinawa.
After the Korean War he served a tour at the University of Wyoming as a member of the AFROTC detachment where he developed a life-long affection for Wyoming. After retirement from the Air Force he and his family returned to Laramie, Wyo., in 1960, where he taught school at Laramie Jr. High School for the next 22 years, retiring in 1982.
During his military service he graduated from Officer Candidate School, Aerial Gunnery School, Combat Observer School, Air Force Logistics School, Army Special Services School, Nuclear Officers School, Missile Launch Officer School, Air Force Command and Staff School and the Industrial Collage of the Armed Forces. He also found time to receive a BA and MA from the University of Wyoming.
During his military career he served in seven enlisted grades, two Warrant Officer grades and five commissioned grades, a most unusual accomplishment.
He was a life member of the Military Officers Assn. of America, a benefactor member of the NRA, the Wyoming Retired Teachers Assn., AARP, the BPOE and the Amateur Trap Shooting Assn.
He is survived by his wife, Anita of Laramie, Wyo.; his son, Jeffrey D. and his wife, Deloris of Powell, Wyo.; his daughter Kimberley and her husband Myron of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his grandsons, Jeremiah West of Nevada, and Brian West of Montana; his brother, Harry L. Parker of Rogers, Ark.; his sister, Erma L. (Parker) Fairchild of Los Alamos, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Douglas Parker; and his sister, Verna Wright.
Cremation has taken place and Russell has requested that no services be held. ❖
Frances L. Rolfs
Frances L. Rolfs, 89, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away Dec. 16, 2012.
She was born November 2, 1923, in Johnstown, Neb., to Joseph and Lydia Pelc. She graduated from Johnstown High School.
Frances married Franklin H. Rolfs on May 15, 1943, in Valentine, Neb., and he passed away March 29, 1999. She previously resided in Chicago, Ill., before moving to Fort Collins, Colo.
She was employed by Sears and Roebuck, Texaco, and Montgomery Ward, working in the data services department. She was also a teacher in the Johnstown area. She worked for Walmart in Fort Collins, Colo., for 15 years.
Frances loved to spend her time going for rides, reading and she also loved dogs. When she was a child, she put up hay with a team of horses and lived on a cattle ranch in Johnstown, Neb. She was also a champion speller. She was a very loving and sincere person.
She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie L. (Donald) Deibel from Platteville, Colo.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colo., 85026. ❖
Eldon “Bud” Brady
Eldon “Bud” Brady, 66, of Brighton, Colo., passed away December 28, 2012 in Denver, Colo.
He was born December 9, 1946, in Denver, Colo., to Sidney and Lucille (Kallsen) Brady.
On April 30, 1965, Bud married Vicki L. Ryan in Aurora, Colo. Bud was a lifetime resident of the Brighton, Colo., area and attended schools in Brighton and in the rural Cactus Ridge area of Adams County. He spent his entire life operating his own farms, and owned and operated his dairy in the Hudson, Colo., and Brighton, Colo., area. He also operated a dryland wheat farm south of Brighton, Colo., until he retired in 1992.
He was an amazing welder who fixed and repaired his equipment on his farms. In his retired years, Bud enjoyed visiting with friends and family and keeping himself busy. He never knew a stranger and enjoyed the fellowship with many. Bud was a hard-working and loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife, Vicki; sons, Jim and (LeAnn) Brady of Brighton, Colo., Jeff and (Bambi) Brady of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughter, Stacie and (Mike) Rodabaugh of Brighton, Colo.; sister, Dorothy Struck of Brighton, Colo.; and brother, Shane Brady of Hays, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Baylee, Brielle, Brooke, Stephanie, Courtney, Jacob, Kaycie and Audree.
Memorial services were held January 2, 2012, at Harvest Fellowship Church in Brighton, Colo. ❖
Chester Arthur “Chet” Toms
Chester Arthur “Chet” Toms, 90, of Arlinton, Kan., passed away December 26, 2012 at Mennonite Manor in South Hutchinson, Kan.
He was born in Baca County, Colo., April 19, 1922, the son of Ray and Eva King Toms.
He was a graduate of Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, Kan., a member of the VFW, a 33rd degree Scotish Rite Mason and had been a ham operator instructor. Chester was a World War II Army veteran serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He had been a postal carrier, a rancher and a business entrepreneur.
On April 19, 1942, he married Pearl Alice Barnes in Arlington, Kan. She passed away March 13, 2006.
He is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Charlotte and Charles Lovejoy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Beverly and Dave Vidmar, Woodland Park, Colo.; a brother, Ted and Joyce Toms, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Wes Lovejoy, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kelly Westphal and Eric Gunderson, Brownsdale, Minn., Judy Grimmer, Jessica and Brian Belger, all of Woodland Park, Colo.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Raylene Hickman; two brothers, Charles and Claude Toms; a son-in-law, Travis Grimmer; and a great- granddaughter, Sara Christine Hernandez.
Memorial services were held January 5, 2013, at Arlington United Methodist Church.
Burial with Army honors was conducted by Ft. Riley Honor Guard in Arlington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Hospice of Reno County, in care of the mortuary.
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