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March 3, 2014
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Rocky Mountain Obits 2-24-14

Jesse Ernest Loyd

Jesse Ernest Loyd, 90, of Hereford, Colo., passed away February 11, 2014, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Ernie was born on April 30, 1923, to Jesse and Selma (Patterson) Loyd near Parker, Colo.

He graduated from Parker High School in 1941 and after service in the Marines, returned home to continue his career in farming and marry his beloved wife of 68 years, Evelyn Flierl.

A native of Parker, Colo., Ernie moved to the Hereford, Colo., area in 1972 to expand the farming operation with his sons and daughter.

Ernie loved the farm life, his dairy cows, growing crops and building and fixing everything.

He served on the Parker School board and was a member of the High West Energy board from 1979 to 2004. He will be sadly missed by his family.

Ernie is survived by his wife Evelyn and five children: Jim (Lonna), Dan (Donna), Pat (Cindy), Mike (Helen) and Polly Derksen (Jon) all of Hereford, Colo. Ernie has 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Nelson of Parker, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Francis Loyd.

Private family services will be held. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery in Grover, Colo.

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Lewis Delbert Kemry

Lewis Delbert Kemry, 93, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., passed away January 28, 2014 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

He was born in his grandparent’s cabin near Steamboat Springs, Colo., on March 30, 1920.

He attended country schools and helped with all the farm/ranch chores until he graduated from High School in 1939. With the money he made on a wheat crop he was able to buy his first Hereford calf. He went on to become one of the top Hereford breeders in the nation.

In 1944 he enlisted in the army. He proudly served with the Rainbow Division, which was famous for the liberation of the Dachaw Concentration Camp. He was discharged in 1946 and returned home to continue ranching.

He met his wife Betty Cary and they were married on September 24, 1950. They had four children and continued raising Herefords and haying.

Around their 50th Anniversary they sold the ranch and retired. They spent the years moving between winters in Grand Junction and summers in Steamboat. He had seen the changes from doing everything by manual labor with the aid of horses, to new way of having the equipment do the work for you.

Lewis was always ready to go fishing when the chores were done and always caught the most fish. In the fall he would go hunting.

He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Irene (Kemry) and husband Iven Tucker, and sons Delbert and wife Debbie Kemry, James and wife Linda Kemry and his sister’s Eunice Dorr and Harriet Aspergren. Grandchildren, Daniel (Katlyn) Kemry, Daryl (Sabrina) Kemry, Scott (Candi) Tucker, Jason (Jolene) Tucker, Kristi (Chris) O’Rourke. Great grand children, Jayden, Dakota, Tayla and Wade Kemry. Emily and Andrew Tucker, and Cami and Kyle O’Rourke. And many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Alta and infant son Wayne.

Services were held February 1, 2014. ❖

Florence Lorena Reck

Florence Reck, 91, of Greeley, Colo., passed away February 15, 2014, at the Hospice of Northern Colorado Inpatient Unit.

She was born August 3, 1922 in Johnstown, Colo., to Jacob and Elizabeth (Roth) Croissant.

She attended Hardin School through the eighth grade and was the last survivor of 12 children.

Florence married Alfred H. Reck on February 12, 1949, at the First Baptist Church in LaSalle, Colo. He passed away November 17, 1983.

She was a homemaker and after Alfred died, she began working at Toddy’s and later at Wal-Mart as a greeter. She enjoyed her work there for 15 years.

Florence attended the First Baptist Church in LaSalle, Colo., and later Sherwood Park Baptist Church for the past few years.

Survivors include her daughter; Cindy (Craig) Hayward of Mitchell, Neb.; daughter-in-law Laura Reck of Eaton, Colo.; grandchildren Matt (Kendall) Reck of Greeley, Colo., Jeff Reck of Greeley, Colo., Andy (Megan) Hayward of Morrill, Neb., and Chris Hayward of Scottsbluff, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her siblings; Elsie, Peter, Henry, Chris, Reinhold, Roland, Harold, Olinda, Paul, Elmer and Albert, her parents, husband, son Larry and daughter Wanda.

Funeral services were held February 20, 2014, at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Interment took place in Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorials gifts may be made to Sherwood Park Baptist Church or American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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Frank Werber

Frank Werber, 100, passed away February 4, 2014.

Frank was the son of the late Golden residents Rudolph and Lillian Werber, formerly of Alice, Colo., near St. Mary’s Glacier and later Idaho Springs. The family moved to Golden around 1905, bringing their belongings by horse and wagon down over Mt. Zion.

He married Verna Williams of Michigan in 1934 after meeting her in Evergreen, Colo., where they were both residing at the time.

Frank served in WWII as a tank commander, driving scouting tanks in France and Belgium for General Patton’s 3rd Army, 6th Armored Division, landing on Omaha Beach one month after D-Day.

He was secretary of the Golden Civil Service for 10 years, was active in both the Golden Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion and retired as Assistant Postmaster of the Golden Post Office in 1972 after having worked for the Postal Department for nearly 30 years. He and his wife Verna remained in their Golden home till January of this year.

Mr. Werber is survived by his wife Verna, son Richard Werber (Teresa) of Aurora, Colo., daughter Lori Otis (Donald) and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Franklin Gordon Werber and daughter-in-law Joan Werber.

Cremation with Memorial Service was held February 11, 2014 at Mt. Vernon Event Center in Golden, Colo. ❖

Ruth Mae Shepherd

Ruth Mae Shepherd, 87, passed away February 11, 2014 at the Greeley Place in Greeley, Colo.

Ruth was born in Chugwater, Wyo., March 7, 1926 to Homer and Myrtle Harry.

She attended school in Chugwater and Shoshoni Wyo., Ruth was working at Chugwater Hill when she met Robert “Bob” Shepherd. Soon after, they married in Sydney, Neb., on June 20, 1942.

While Bob was deployed at war, Ruth gave birth to their first child Patsy Kay Shepherd in 1942 in California where they were stationed. When Bob got out of the military they moved to Colorado to work at a Dairy farm in the mountains outside of Estes Park in 1945. Ruth gave birth to their second child Robert “Bobby” Shepherd in Longmont in 1946. Ruth and her family moved to Walden, Colo., in the spring of 1948 where they ran their own cattle ranch for 14 years. Ruth gave birth to their third child Ronald Lee Shepherd in 1948 in Lander, Wyo.

Ruth would cook for all the hired men and help out with ranch duties while they ran their own ranch. She also had several jobs in the town of Walden to help out as well. After Ruth and Bob sold their ranch, they managed other ranches for 9 years. In 1969 they worked for Allards where they would run cows in the mountains of Walden in the summer and run cows in the Greeley area in the winter. In 1977 Ruth and Bob adopted their grandsons Scott and Mike Shepherd. Ruth worked a couple different jobs; one of her favorites was when she worked for UNC, where she got to cook for the Denver Broncos during their summer training. She retired at the age of 64. During retirement she and her husband enjoyed traveling to Arizona for the winter.

Ruth loved The Lord and her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Patsy (Pat) Cox of Texas, Bobby (Ramona) Shepherd of Lasalle, Colo., Ronald (Denise) Shepherd of Canada, Scott (JJ) Shepherd of Greeley, Colo., Mike (Candi) Shepherd of Greeley, Colo., grand children: Becky (Jamie) Budden of Canada, Carol Shepherd of Canada, Tammy White of Ft. Collins, Colo., Tracy (Cindy) White of Montana, and Christine (Les) Amory of Nebraska, 12 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob Shepherd, one brother and six sisters.

Services were held February 19, 2014 at the Gilcrest Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mike Shepherd for The Greeley Place Recreation Program in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at

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