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Rocky Mountain Obits 4-7-14

Joseph “Dan” Malloy

Joseph “Dan” Malloy, 65, of Berthoud, Colo., passed away March 21, 2014, in Loveland, Colo.

Dan was born on March 6, 1949 in Washington, DC, to John B. and Mary Grace (Felton) Malloy.

He grew up in Laurel, Md., and graduated from Laurel High School in 1967. Dan moved to Colorado over 40 years ago.

He married Susan Bauman in 1978 at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loveland, Colo.

Dan worked as an auctioneer, and also spent time as a Realtor.

He was a member of Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Dan enjoyed hunting and worked as an elk guide; he loved the mountains and spending time outdoors.

Dan was a very kind and generous man. He loved people and people loved him, he loved his grandchildren very much and enjoyed watching them participate in sports. Dan also was a devoted uncle to his nieces and nephews and he loved his dog Chubby.

Dan is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan, his son Jeremy Baeckel of Berthoud, Colo., sisters Judy Edmonson and Mary Margaret Vorsteg both of Laurel, Md., his grandchildren Courtney and Brandon Baeckel, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law Jim Vorsteg.

Services were held March 25, 2014 at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loveland, Colo., with interment at Berthoud Greenlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Dan’s honor to the Knights of Columbus or American Cancer Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 2100 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo., 80538.

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Jack Hillman

Jack Hillman, 66, of Grover, Colo., passed away March 25, 2014, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., with his family by his side.

He was born on April 1, 1947, at Kimball, Neb.

He attended grade school at a little country school, Vim, through the 8th grade, then went through high school and graduated at Grover, Colo., in 1965. He attended college at N.J.C. in Sterling, Colo., for one year. When the Viet Nam War started he enlisted in the Air Force. He did his basic training at Altus, Okla., and was sent to Thailand, where he worked as a jet mechanic.

After being discharged from the Air Force, he spent time with his buddy Ray, at Blytheville, Ark., then returned home at the family ranch. He was a cowboy at heart and was known for his natural ability of working with horses. It didn’t seem to matter weather he was riding the open range, working cattle or riding pens in a feedlot, he was happy as long as he was on a horse.

He will always be remembered for his big smile. No matter how sick he was or what was happening in his life, he never complained and usually made a joke out of it. He had a heart as big as the whole outdoors and will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.

He is survived by two children, Brandon Hillman and Melissa Redman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; fiancé, Patty Bashor; three brothers, John (Judy) of Kersey, Colo., Jim of Winnemucca, Nev., Jay (Maralyn) of Midland, Texas; one sister, Janet Konig of Grover, Colo.; seven grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eleanor Hillman and a nephew, Steve Hillman.

Services were held on April 1, 2014, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley, Colo.

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Vernon D. Harms

Vernon D. Harms, 79, of Bushnell, Neb., passed away March 24, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Vernon was born in Ft. Morgan, Colo., on June 6, 1934, the son of Emil and Elsie (Bornman) Harms.

He moved with his family to Bushnell in 1940 and attended school at District 35. He helped his father doing carpentry work and also worked for many of the farmers in the area. Vernon enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1956.

He farmed in the Bushnell area and on April 19, 1959, he was married to Dolores Brauer at Zion Lutheran Church in Chappell, Neb.

They moved to Bushnell and farmed and Vernon also did carpentry work for many in the area. In 1967 they moved to Washington and he worked for the J. Love Company building pea pickers. He and Dolores also ran two restaurants while living there and he also worked for a tree nursery. They moved back to Bushnell in 1973 and continued farming. He loved building things and was a very accomplished carpenter.

Vernon enjoyed rock hunting and tinkering with things in his shop.

He was baptized into the Lutheran faith on June 17, 1934, in Ft. Morgan, Colo., and confirmed on March 21, 1948 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grover, Colo. He had been a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball, Neb., since 2005.

Survivors include his wife Dolores (Brauer) Harms of Bushnell, Neb.; son Wesley (Tami) Harms of Harrisburg, S.D.; daughter Candace (Pastor Darrell) Debowey of Riverton, Ill.; brother Arthur (Deanna) Harms of Stillwater, Okla.; sisters Verla Souders of Grover, Colo.., Dorothy (Bill) Gillstrap of Tucson, Ariz., and Ruth (Charles) Baker of Yuma, Ariz; grandchildren Vandi Bymers, Jacob Harms, Jonathan Debowey, and David Debowey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Wendell Harms and brother Arlan Harms.

Services were held March 28, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kimball, Neb. Burial took place in the Bushnell Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Prairie Haven Hospice.

Visit to view Vernon’s Tribute Wall and leave condolences for the family. ❖

David Charles Ross

David Charles Ross, 75, of Peetz, Colo., passed away April 1, 2014 at his home.

David was born on November 28, 1938 in Sidney, Neb., to Leslie and Edith (George) Ross.

He grew up on a farm near Peetz and graduated from the Peetz High School in 1957. He attended Colorado State University and Northeastern Junior College.

On July 6, 1958, he married Deanna Herboldsheimer. They moved to Cody, Neb., where David worked on a ranch and then moved to a ranch south of Valentine, Neb. They moved back to Peetz in 1960 and then moved out to the farm and ranch in 1961 where they have continued to live.

David was an active crop adjuster for 25 years. The last 16 years he worked for Great American Insurance Company, as an adjuster and supervisor.

David was a strong student of the Word and approached faith from a pragmatic stance. Part of the heritage that David passed onto his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was knowing God and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He pastored the Methodist Church in Carpenter, Wyoming for almost ten years. He enjoyed filling the pulpit for numerous churches in the area.

David enjoyed working and tried to retire once but couldn’t stand it so he continued to work, and work was his hobby. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brother, Claude, and his dad in his younger years. He also loved his horse, ranching, and working with cattle.

David is survived by his wife, Deanna; his children, Dirk Ross (Kyoko) of Tokyo, Japan, Denise Brammer (K.C.) of Haxtun, Colo., Danelle Mertens (Jim) of New Raymer, Colo., DeVonne Glastetter (Ray) of Jackson, Mo.; sisters Mary Jo Ruhter (Jack) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jane Aikin (Don) of Las Vegas, Nev., Millie Westphalen (Vernon) of Peetz, Colo.; brother, Claude Ross (Elizabeth) and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Ross of Sterling, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his Great American family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Richard, grandson, Alexandar Ross, great-granddaughter, Hope Danielle Allen, and two nephews, Steven Ruhter and Brian Aikin.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Peetz Community Church. Private family interment will be on Saturday, April 5.

Memorials may be made to the David Ross Memorial Fund in care of Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1547, Sterling, Colo., 80751. ❖

Alan Eugene Meining

Alan Eugene Meining, 64, passed away March 6, 2014, after a long battle with diabetes and MS.

Alan, the son of Wilfred and Lois (McCartney) Meining was born April 22, 1949 in Longmont, Colo.

He was raised in Berthoud, Colo., where he ran track, played football and basketball. After graduation he attended CU in Boulder, Colo., CSU in Ft. Collins, Colo., and Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling, Colo. It was then that he was diagnosed with diabetes.

In September 1971, he married Joyce Kemmer and in September of 1972 they moved to Wheatland, Wyo., to ranch with his parents.

A son, Nathan, was born in 1975 and they were later divorced.

In addition to ranch work he drove cattle and mail truck for Sam Huckfeldt.

In 2000 he was diagnosed with MS and had been a resident of Platte County Memorial Nursing Home, Springcreek Healthcare in Ft. Collins, Colo., and Solterra Nursing Home in Castle Rock, Colo., at the time of his death.

He is survived by his son Nathan, parents Wilfred and Lois Meining, sisters Marsha (Daryl) Tiltrum, Peggy Meining, Charla (Randy) Gregory, Nancy (Russell) Schoonover, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held March 15, 2014, at the First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyo.

The family asks that donations be make to The American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, W.Va., 22312. ❖

Joseph “Joe” Vernon O’Conner

Joseph Vernon O’Conner, 53, passed away March 18, 2014.

He was born in Bolder, Colo., December 29, 1960, to Jerry and Therese O’Conner.

Joe attended Louisville schools and graduated from Centaurs High School.

He married Marla and later divorced.

Joe worked in construction but at heart he was a cowboy who helped on ranches whenever the opportunity was offered.

He is survived by his mother Therese O’Conner, daughter Amanda, grand-daughter Abigail, sister Jennie, nephew Kyle, niece Sara, cousin Mike and his beloved horse Honey.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial services were held March 22, 2014 at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette, Colo. ❖

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