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Rocky Mountain Obits 6-9-14

Leslie Mechem

Leslie Mechem of Berthoud, Colo., passed away May 25, 2014, in Mount Dora, Fla. He was vacationing with his wife at their daughter’s home when he became ill. After heart surgery and rehab treatment his heart gave out.

Les was born January 12, 1937, in Clarion, Iowa.

He grew up on the family farm and attended the Clarion public schools. He went on to attend Iowa State University with an emphasis in Agriculture/Farm courses.

In 1959 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1962. He met his wife, Connie, while he was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. The couple married on January 1, 1964. At that time they moved back to Iowa and farmed the family farm until 1979.

Leaving the farm the couple moved back to Colorado, settling in Berthoud. Les gained employment with the Regional Transportation District and retired from that company after 20 yrs. From there he worked part-time as a driver for the Mead Coop in Mead, Colo., for the next eight years.

Les was a member of Masonic Cyrene Lodge of Clarion, Iowa, for 49 years. He also was a member of the Berthoud United Methodist Church, 085 Mobile Squares and the American Lowline Association.

His love for music was encouraged by his mother as she was a music teacher. His interest ranged from classical to country western. The couple learned to square dance early in their married life and attended many festivals, TV shows and conventions across several states.

Les’ love for animals started at an early age. He was a 4-H and FFA member as well as being on a livestock judging team. When his children got interested in showing horses, he transported them to many shows in several states.

After he retired he didn’t slow up as he became interested in a cattle breed that was new to the U.S., the American Lowline, from Australia. By breeding and raising these calves he again traveled to many places such as the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA and the NILE show in Billings, Montana He also showed them for 14 consecutive years at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. He and Connie were able to travel to Australia & New Zealand to see the origin of the cattle. One of the highlights of the trip was attending the famous cattle show The Sydney Royal, Sydney, Aust. Les made many friends and sold his calves from coast to coast across the United States. He diligently passed his knowledge and love for cattle on to his granddaughter, Bailey.

He was able to check off another item on his ‘Bucket List’ by traveling to England. His heritage came from that country and he was thrilled to see where his grandmother and many cousins called home.

After a busy day outside a person could always find him in his easy chair with a book in his hands. He loved to read action filled novels.

Les is survived by his wife Connie, daughter Deb (Virgil) of Mount Dora, Fla., son Brad (T.J.) of Torrington, Wyo., granddaughters, Taylor (Jeff), Bailey, Carly, Nicole, grandsons, Braden, Cody (Sara), Bo (Jaquel), five great grandchildren, sister Eleanor Griffin, Waxahachie, Texas, brother Frank (Mary) Mechem, Clarion, Iowa, sister-in-law Loydene (Mark) Strum, Littleton, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held on June 10, 2014, at 10 a.m., at the Berthoud United Methodist Church, 9th and Lake, Berthoud, Colo.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Berthoud United Methodist Building Fund. ❖

Robert Howard Helmerick

Robert Howard Helmerick, 88, passed away May 25, 2014, at home after a courageous and determined battle with cancer.

He was born on February 25, 1926, in Greybull, Wyo.

He was proud to serve in the army in Europe during World War II. His trip to Washington D.C. in 2009 with Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial was a highlight of his life. Upon his discharge from the Army he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. He briefly taught school in Saratoga, Wyo., and worked for the Soil Conversation Service before returning to the University of Wyoming to earn his master’s degree in 1954 and his doctorate in 1958 from the University of Nebraska. Bob’s entire career was dedicated to sugar beet breeding and was highly respected by his colleagues in the industry. He cooperated worldwide with other breeders on improving the genetics of sugar beets.

In the fall of 1951, he met his future wife while working in Douglas, Wyo. He married Ruth Joan Rochford on June, 26, 1954, in Sheridan, Wyo. Together they raised five children while living in Lincoln, Neb., Rocky Ford, Colo., Sheridan, Wyo., and Longmont, Colo. They enjoyed collecting arrowheads, camping and fishing, hiking, gardening, visiting their children, babysitting grandchildren and traveling. Their travels included several memorable trips to Europe. Bob’s heart was broken when Joan passed away on June 17, 2004, just nine days away from their 50th wedding anniversary.

Six years after losing Joan, Bob reconnected with Phyllis Winzenreid, a good friend from his time in Saratoga, Wyo. They re-established their friendship and enjoyed traveling, spending the cold winters in Mesa, Ariz., and split the beautiful summers between Longmont, Colo., Rawlins, Wyo., and treasured time at Phyllis’ cabin in Ryans Park, Wyo. They often hosted family reunions. They were fortunate to spend four years enjoying life together.

Bob is survived by his companion, Phyllis Winzenried; his sister, Lois (Dick) Sherman of Millani Town, Hawaii; two sons, Rob (Laura) Helmerick currently living in South Africa; Jim (Michelle) Helmerick of Medical Lake, Wash.; three daughters, Jean (Mike) Gorzalka of Sheridan, Wyo.; Ruth (Tom) Heald of Casper, Wyo.; Mary Helmerick of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Amy and Brent Gorzalka, Elena, Kathryn and Bob Helmerick, Jon and Erin Heald, Zane Helmerick, Gabby Staley, and his faithful cat Chewbacca.

He was preceded in death by his grandson Keegan Garlock in 2010.

A memorial service will be held on June 9, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Westview Presbyterian Church in Longmont, Colo. Interment will take place on June 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery in Sheridan, Wyo.

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Robert Eugene Bullard

Robert Eugene Bullard, 84, of Greeley, Colo., passed away at Hospice of Northern Colorado on May 29, 2014.

Robert was born November 25, 1929, in Denver, Colo., to Edwin Robert and Helen Leota (Randall) Bullard.

He married Betty Lee Munger on September 2, 1950 in Taos, N.M.

Robert attended grades 1-7th at the Friendship school (a country school) and 8-12th grades at Hudson, Colo.

He was a member of James Memorial United Methodist Church in Hudson and an associate member of Evans United Methodist Church.

Robert was a volunteer fireman for 20 years with the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department and 13 years more as a board member of the Fire Department. He was also a member of the Farmers Gun Club and the NRA.

Robert loved raising his cattle and horses. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his family was very special to him. He loved a good joke and being around people especially his coffee time buddies.

Robert is survived by his wife Betty Bullard of Greeley, Colo.; Children, Richard L. Bullard of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Charles R. Bullard of Lafayette, Colo., and Kathleen K. Bullard-Chalk of Loveland, Colo.; sister, Verna (Bullard) Marshall, Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wonderful Uncles and Aunts.

Services were held June 3, 2014, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. A private family interment was held at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy’s Ranch in La Junta or the charity of your choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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Byron Augustus Yost

Byron “Bud” Augustus Yost, 96, of Longmont, Colo., passed away May 29, 2014.

He was born on June 29, 1917, in New Columbia, Pa., to Oliver and Sarah (Gehris) Yost and raised on a farm in NE Kansas, near Sabetha. Bud’s parents were farmers and his father, a good practical horse vet, sparked Bud’s interest in medicine.

Bud drove horses for every kind of farm work. For sheer joy he rode horses at every opportunity, always bareback. He attended a one-room country school, but went into town for high school graduating from Sabetha High School where he was president of his class. Bud did his undergrad at Kansas State University and a MA in History and MD as a General Practitioner Surgeon from University of Kansas.

During WWII, Bud quit his teaching position to serve as sergeant on the guard force at Sunflower Ordnance in Eudora, Kan.

Bud married Ruth Germann on April 4, 1942, in Lawrence, Kan., and they enjoyed 72 years together. In 1951 they moved to the Longmont, Colo., area from Wellington, Kan., where he served the Erie community and surrounding coal mines until 1954. At that time the family moved to Longmont where Bud was a Family Practice doctor. His career spanned 52 years.

Bud was raised in the Congregational Church in Kansas and attended this church in Longmont for many years until he became too elderly. He is a member of First United Church of Christ, American Academy of Family Practice and American Medical Society, founding member of St. Vrain Roundup Club, Longmont Old Timer’s Rodeo Club, Longs Peak Barbershopper’s Chorus, National Rifle Association, American Field Service, Lions Club and Masons.

Bud was a man of many and varied interests including history and cultures, music, art, riding their gold wing motorcycle, swimming, tennis, guns and hunting, skiing and being on the medical ski patrol at Winter Park and Eldora, horses and riding and roping, traveling, but especially caring for his patients. He truly enjoyed his friends, and loving his wife and family.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Faunt “Mike” Yost, and a sister, Fern Yost.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, daughters — Rebecca Curtis (Jay) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Sally Jesser (Bill) of Longmont, Colo., Penny Zvejnieks (Sig) of Rapid City, S.D., and Trudy Shepard (Guy) of Missoula, Mont.; Grandchildren — Robert Curtis (Margaret), David Curtis, Mandy Jesser, Teri Jesser, Kip Jesser, Kyle Zvejnieks, Jaclyn Zvejnieks and Nathan Zvejnieks.

The family would like to thank everyone who cared for Doc at Atria of Longmont Assisted Living Facility, Family Hospice, SummerCares Home Health Agency, Dr. Mathwich and Dr. Kanniganti.

Services were held June 6, 2014, at United Church of Christ in Longmont, Colo. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

Contributions may be made to Therapeutic Riding Academy and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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John Stockley Jr.

John Stockley Jr., “Bud” 81, of Brighton, Colo., passed away April 29, 2014.

He was born at the family home in Denver, Colo., on March 10, 1933 to John and Grace Stockley and was of English and Irish descent. He was the second of four children including older sister Grace “Babe,” younger sister Shirley and younger brother Daniel.

As a child he was always fascinated with animals and raised pigeons, then later goats and eventually horses.

He grew up in North Denver attending Berkeley Gardens Primary School and graduating from Westminster High School in 1952.

After graduation, John worked for Wright and McGill fabricating fishing rods.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953 and was stationed in Formosa (Taiwan) at the end of the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1957. While in the Air Force, he learned his trade in Water Plant operation. After the service he worked for Consolidated Mutual Water Company in Lakewood for over 20 years and then the City of Lafayette Water Department from which he retired in 1995.

He married Carol Behnke on May 5, 1962. A year later they moved to a small acreage southwest of Brighton, Colo., where he pursued his lifelong hobby of raising livestock including hogs, cattle, horses, chickens, geese, pheasants, quail and doves. He continued raising Black Angus cattle past the age of 80.

John enjoyed country music, working outdoors with his tractor and spending time with his dogs. John was also really interested in sports and in particular the Broncos. He and Carol attended Super Bowl XXI in 1987 to watch the Broncos play the Giants.

He is survived by his wife Carol, siblings Grace Peterson, Shirl Richardson and Dan Stockley, sons Joel (Janet) Stockley and Jay (Karen) Stockley and grandchildren Jason (Rhonda), Seth, Rhiannon, Annelise and Fallon Stockley.

Interment took place May 6, 2014, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Broomfield, Colo. ❖

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