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May 27, 2014
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Rocky Mountain Obits 5-26-14

Judith Ann “Judy” Pearce

Judith Ann “Judy” Pearce, 75, of Windsor, Colo., passed away unexpectedly April 15, 2014.

Judy was born to Pete and Maxine Baller on June 14, 1938, in Longmont, Colo. Her ancestors were early pioneers to Longmont and her great grandfather, Amos Millice joined the Chicago Colony helping to form Longmont and was part of the survey crew helping to lay out the town.

Judy was raised in rural Colorado, attending schools in both Berthoud and Walden, Colo., where she graduated high school in 1956. She was both a majorette and a cheerleader. She attended college at CSU in Fort Collins, Colo., where she met and married Leonard Pearce on January 7, 1961. They lived in Dodge City, Kan., and later divorced.

Judy lived in Vail, Colo., for several years where she was a medical transcriptionist at Vail Valley Medical Center.

She loved skiing and all sports.

Recently Judy moved to Windsor, Colo., where she was a crossing guard for the Windsor Police Department at Grandview Elementary School. She loved the children and being called “Miss Judy.” She was also employed by the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland and enjoyed being around people.

Judy was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Eagles and the Avalanche. She enjoyed going to sporting events, concerts and horse races.

Judy is survived by her children: Sandra Pearce of Fort Collins, Colo., Mike Pearce(Becky) of Laramie, Wyo., Linda (Ben) Bobbitt of Middleburg, Fla., and Jason Pearce of Dodge City, Kan.; granddaughter, Ashley Pearce of Middleburg, Fla.; brother Jim (Gen) Baller of Walden Colo., two sisters, Sue (Rick) Ulrich of Kingman, Ariz., and Nancy (Ron) Knaus of Fort Morgan, Colo., an Aunt Jeane Law of Longmont, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandparents and other relatives.

A private memorial service will be held later this month in Walden, Colo.

Cards and condolences can be sent to Pearce Children, c/o Sandra Pearce, PO Box 273184, Fort Collins, Colo., 80527. ❖

William Foglesong

William Foglesong of Northglenn, Colo., passed away May 5, 2014, at Swedish Hospital.

He was born March 1, 1938, in Ovid, Colo., to Marie (Schreiner) Foglesong and William Foglesong.

Bill went to high school in Ovid, Colo.

Bill was in the Navy and the Marines.

He retired from the Mint and enjoyed his hobbies.

Bill never married.

He was a very talented person. He loved to hunt with his hunting dogs. He fished and took his nephew, Allen Antonucci. Bill took him fishing and taught him about ice fishing and many other things. He did a lot of carving of birds and ducks. Bill did all of his own taxidermist. He did beautiful paintings, woodworking and built furniture.

He is survived by his sister Eunice Lowes of Ft. Lupton, Colo., six nieces, and one great niece.

Bill was preceded in death by both of his parents, bother Leroy, bother Harold and sister Alice Norris.

Cremation completed by Vets Funeral Home.

There will be a memorial at a later date. ❖

John S. “Jack” O’Brien

John S. “Jack” O’Brien, 74, of Gandy, Neb., passed away May 12, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa.

Jack was born December 31, 1939, in Pierre, S.D., the son of Samuel and Elsie (Kellogg) O’Brien.

He grew up in the Valentine, Neb., area, graduating from Valentine High School in 1958.

Jack continued his education at Wayne State College, receiving his teaching degree in physical education and industrial arts. He played football for the Wayne State Wildcats, being named all-conference offensive tackle for what was then called The Nebraska College Conference.

Jack taught and coached in Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona. The highlight of these years was coaching his Wilcox, Ariz., football team in the Arizona High School championship game.

His career choice left his summers free to pursue his passion for rodeo; competing in steer wrestling. He was a PRCA Gold Card member.

In later years, Jack’s chosen event was cutting. He truly enjoyed riding a good horse, watching a good horse work, and making many good friends.

Jack married Connie Hodgson, September 22, 1984, on Connie’s grandfather’s ranch near Livermore, Colo. In 1993 Jack moved back to his Nebraska Sandhills with his wife Connie. They purchased their present home in Gandy, Neb. Here they have made many friends who have become like family.

At the time of his death, Jack was doing what he enjoyed — traveling around the country employed as a truck driver.

Jack treasured time spent with family and friends, reliving old memories and making new memories.

Surviving him are his wife Connie; sister Helen (Bob) Farrell of Green Valley, Ariz.; in-laws Lee and Bev Hodgson of Platteville, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held May 19, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton. Interment was in the Loup Valley Cemetery, west of Stapleton, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the Jack O’Brien Memorial Fund. ❖

James Foy Beeman

Jim Beeman, 71, formerly of Lodgepole, Neb., passed away suddenly May 13, 2014, in Saint David, Ariz.

Jim was born in Albany, Ore., and spent his youth on his grandparent’s ranch in Callaway, Neb. The family moved to Littleton, Colo., where he attended high school. He attended colleges throughout Colorado on rodeo scholarships. He spent his entire life in the cowboy lifestyle — working on ranches; rodeoing (he is a gold card holder in the PRCA); building saddles of all types; owned a rodeo equipment company; put on rodeo schools — always encouraging young people and showing them the right way; western stores; western sales rep; he was an artist — doing wonderful leather interior accent pieces and moose horn carvings; and most recently owned an art gallery in Saint David, Ariz., while still working with leather.

He was a professional bull rider when he met the love of his life in 1971. They shared many adventures; good times and bad; joys and sadness; visited places some only dream of and were planning an extended trip to the Pacific Northwest this year. His hoy was rodeo and he spent hours watching the PBR and envying those young men wishing he were young enough to ride again — so we can only imagine what he is doing now.

Jim was first and foremost a cowboy, and then a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, bother, in-law, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife Cindy; sons TJ (Darla) and Casey (Lisa); daughter Kristie; grandchildren Demi, Macy and Kaleb; mother; sister; mother and bother-in-laws; nieces; nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Boone, and his father-in-law Larry Iverson.

Jim wanted to help others and so he participated in a donor program and his ashes will be scattered in his beloved Montana when his family and friends can gather. ❖

Robert M. Turner

Robert Merrill Turner, 82, passed away January 29, 2014, from lung disease. He lived most of his life in Walden and Jackson County, Colo.

Bob was born October 16, 1931 to Harvey Oliver and Erna Lena Turner of Coalmont, Colo. He was one of 10 children.

Bob started school at the Butler one room school. It held grades one through eight and Bob was the only student in his grade. He went to hight school at Jackson County High School and graduated in 1950.

He went to Alaska right after graduation and worked that summer in the gold fields. When he returned he enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and became a member of the Seabees which was a construction unit to build roads, airstrips and buildings as bases for the soldiers in combat zones during the Korean conflict. Bob acquired his knowledge in steelwork, welding, heavy equipment and surveying. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

Bob’s main interest in life was ranching. He grew up on a ranch, managing ranches and owned ranches. He loved the hay operation and working with cattle and horses. He was also a “cat skinner” for Forest Service Timber Stand Improvement and Road contracts and building and reclaiming oil well locations. He took great pride in doing good work. Bob was also the dozer operator at the Saratoga landfill for several years and received an award from the state of Wyoming for the cleanest and best kept landfill in Wyoming in 1991.

Bob is survived by his wife of 46 years Millie, son Kurt (Tamera) of Casper, Wyo., daughter Marilyn of Walden, Colo., stepson Dan (Teresa) Unger of Augusta, Kan. Grandchildren: Lindsey and Shawn Turner, Daniel, William and Robert Unger VanFossen, Dakota and Phoenix Erickson. Also step grandchildren: Micheal, Stephany and Chris and many neices and newphews along with three sisters, Lillian Turner, Mildred Mooring and Patrica (Ronald) Sanders.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles, Harvey, Herbert, Richard and sisters Hazel Weatherwax, Marilyn McNew.

He is greatly missed by those who knew and loved him A reflection of life will be held July 19, 2014, at the Wattenburg Center in Walden, Colo., at 1 p.m. Come eat, laugh and tell stories with us. For more information please contact

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