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

Hazel Jean Wheeler

Hazel Wheeler, 83, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., passed away February 18, 2014 at The Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat following a brief fight with breast cancer.

Hazel was born in Denver, Colo., to Murrel and Gertie Carver on March 23, 1930.

She grew up and lived most of her life in the Elk River Valley, northwest of Steamboat.

Hazel married rancher Dean Wheeler on June 22, 1950 and were blessed with twin daughters (Linda and Cinda) and one son (Doug).

Hazel was a ranch wife and mother for 30 years until she lost Dean to cancer in 1981. She kept the ranch running with the help of her children for several years as she turned the reins over to each of them.

Hazel was a child of Jesus Christ and a member of Anchor Way Church. She was a 4-H leader, a Girl Scout leader, a member of Colorado Cattle Women, Women’s Union in her church, Home Demonstration Club, and Christian Women’s Club as well as being chauffer for her children and friends to all kinds of lessons, clubs and activities. After she was widowed, Hazel went to work as a bookkeeper for a construction company, the numerous businesses of Ty and Del Lockhart, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series with Brent Romick, and Arlene VanBaak. Hazel worked for Michael Lomas at the Alpiner Lodge.

If all of her jobs were not enough, Hazel, ran the photo finish camera for the Yampa Valley Chariot Assn., and timed ropings.

Hazel was well known for her helpful, loving and cheerful attitude. She was Mom, Aunt and Miss Hazel to so many.

Hazel is preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and her husband.

She is survived by her loving family, daughter Cinda Garcia with two grandsons and wives, Jake and Becca Huffstetler and Tuf and Kelsey Garcia, Daughter Linda Urie, her husband Guy with granddaughter Franki Story, husband AJ and grandson Kayle Urie. Hazel’s son Doug Wheeler, his wife Dorinda and grandsons Justin Wheeler, Colton and Rachael Wheeler(expecting a great-granddaughter), granddaughter Krystina and husband Chad Rush with great-grandson William and great-granddaughter Leaona, granddaughter Shaylin and husband Ryan Petty. Hazel’s oldest sister Betty and husband Tom Anderson. Hazel loved all her nieces and nephews and many “adopted family” along the way.

The family extends a special thanks to the caring staff of the Doak Walker Home and room mate, Betty Pierce.

A celebration of Hazel’s Life will be held at Anchor Way Church on March 8 at 2 p.m. Hats and boots are allowed, but ties and tears are not.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maranatha Bible Camp Scholorship fund, 26000 Wheeler Creek Lane, Steamboat Springs Colo., 80487. ❖

Dean G. Anderson

Dean G. Anderson, 83, of Berthoud, Colo.,, passed away February 22, 2014 at home.

He was born on June 23, 1930 in Loveland, Colo., to Edwin Swan and Helen Josephine (Peterson) Anderson.

Dean graduated from Loveland High School in 1948 and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.

He married Betty Jo Janssen on September 15, 1950 in Loveland, Colo.

Dean worked as a farmer and rancher all of his life.

He has lived in the Loveland/Berthoud area all of his life.

Dean was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

He was very involved with many organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Cattle Feeders, The Farm Service Agency, The Poudre Valley R.E.A. (for 27 years), The Big Thompson Conservation Board, The Little Thompson Water District, Larimer County Planning Commission, as well as being a co-owner of Loveland Feed and Grain.

One of his big passions and hobbies was working and ranching up at his Sheep Creek Ranch in Rock River, Wyo.

Dean is survived by his wife, Betty Anderson of Berthoud, Colo., daughter, Laurie Schlagel and husband Michael of Loveland, Colo., son, Steven Anderson and wife Laurie of Berthoud, Colo., grandchildren, Tyler Schlagel(Arika) of Berthoud, Colo., Aaron Schlagel of Evans, Colo., and Suzanne Hull (Tyson), Emmy Phillips (Tim) and Matthew Anderson (Amanda) all of Berthoud, Colo. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Dallas Schlagel, Braden Hull, Jordan Hull, Trevin Hull, Riley Anderson and Kash Anderson, all of Berthoud, Colo.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Fred Anderson.

Services were held February 27, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo. Interment followed at Loveland Burial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or House of Neighborly Services in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. ❖

Slim Whitt

Slim Whitt came bucking and bawling into the world on December 26, 1929 in Dodge County Neb., to William Matthew and Ludella Fern Whitt. He caught a fast horse home on January 17, 2014 surrounded by family.

He came to Wyoming when he was 14-years-old to be a cowboy. He lived his dream and was a rancher and a cowboy until the time of his passing. Slim served his country by seeing active duty in the Korean War with his brothers Bill and Bob Whitt. He was decorated for his service with a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. He said he was happy to serve his country, but after coming home they would have “had to burn the forest and sift the ashes to get him to go back.”

Slim raised nine children; Hub, Hugh, Ash, Kenny, Ab Whitt, Becky Cushing, Bonnie Whitt, Kellie Russell, and Tammy Cooper. From these children he was the grandfather of 15 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He never knew a stranger and never turned anyone away from his door.

He was a published author of short stories and real cowboy poetry. Slim was proud to have “seen Wyoming before she was fenced up.” He was one of the last cowboys who could remember driving cattle to the railheads in Nieber and Lysite, and was a real good old boy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandmother Cohee, and two sisters Marcella Taylor and Birdeen Morris.

Services Were held January 23, 2014, at The Methodist Parish Hall in Ten Sleep, Wyo. Burial followed at the Ten Sleep Cemetery.

A memorial has been set up for donations to the Ten Sleep Rodeo Association.

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