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J. Norman Brown

J. Norman Brown, 92, of Greeley, Colo., passed away July 26, 2014.

He was born on November 15, 1921, on a farm near Macksville, Kan., to William Absalom and Alta May (Seal) Brown.

His family moved from Kansas to Cedarwood, Colo., when he was 6-years-old and then moved to Pierce, Colo., in 1935. He graduated from Pierce High School in 1939 and attended Colorado A&M University for one year.

On January 2, 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served in the 110th Air Force Squadron. During the war he spent time in Spokane, Wash., at the Army Air Base in Richmond, Va., and then in Panama. While in Panama, his unit inspected bases in Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Guatemala. He married Ruth L. Cogswell on April 12, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, while he was stationed in Spokane, Wash. He was honorably discharged on December 3, 1945.

Upon his discharge from the Army, he returned to the family farm in Pierce and farmed winter wheat and raised cattle with his father. He and his father showed wheat samples at state and international seed shows and in 1947 won the national title in Chicago. They also won honors at the Colorado Pure Seed Show in 1948. He retired from farming in 1999.

Norman served on the Weld County Extension Advisory board, Pierce School Board, Pierce Elevator Board, Hawkins Manufacturing board and Weld County General Hospital board from 1961-1965. With the urbanization of farm land in Weld County, the Weld County Taxpayers Association, a group formed by members of several agricultural committees, campaigned and were successful in getting agricultural land valued under productivity for taxation purposes. He served as president of the Weld County Taxpayers Association for many years and felt his greatest accomplishment was the work he did while serving on this board. He also served as chairman of the Farm Show, chair of the 4-H County Board, Governor Lamm’s North Colorado Development Committee and on the Standley Lake Water Committee and was elected to the Weld County Home Rule Charter Commission in 1975. After the Charter was written, he was appointed by the county commissioners to chair the farm committee to write the first county planning and zoning ordinance. He was president of the Weld County Agriculture Council from 1977-1986. He was a 60 year member of the First United Methodist Church in Pierce, serving on its board and he put together the 100 year history of the church for its 100 year celebration.

He enjoyed arrowhead hunting, was a rock hound and did lapidary work and spent countless hours doing genealogy research for both his and Ruth’s families. He volunteered with Hospice of Northern Colorado for seven years doing home visits.

He is survived by his wife Clorinda (Romero) Brown; daughter Barbara (Wayne) Scott; son Duane (Janice) Brown; sister Myrna Thompson of Tennessee; granddaughters Krista (Dave) Schuetz, Richelle (Joe) Hutchins; grandsons Clint (Kristen) Brown and Derek Hjerleid. He has eight great grandchildren, Trevor, Shaelyn and Devin Schuetz, Kyla and Bailey Hjerleid; Caden and Cody Hutchins and Braxton Brown. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, step children, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruth in 2003 after 61 years of marriage, and brother Noel Absalom Brown who was killed in an airplane accident while training in Texas during World War II.

Services were held July 31, 2014, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment in the Eaton Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Pierce or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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Melvin Wayne Niles

Melvin Wayne Niles, 89, of Greeley, Colo., passed away August 4, 2014, at the Bonell Community in Greeley, Colo.

He was born October 24, 1924, in Orchard, Colo., to Victor Verne Niles and Ruth Agnes Woodard on the family farm. His family then moved to Evans where he and his two brothers went to school. He helped his grandfather on the homestead in Orchard every summer.

He graduated from the 8th grade and went to work at various jobs. At age 17, he started driving truck.

He met Byrdie Maxine Horn (Morehead) at the Evans Methodist Church and they married on October 15, 1954 at that church. Byrdie had two children, Viola and Jimmy from previous marriage. Mervin and Byrdie had three children, Larry, Susan and Anita.

Over their nearly 55 years together Mervin drove truck hauling cattle, hay and oil. He farmed and ranched in the Boulder and Weld county areas. He also owned Niles Carpet Service selling and installing carpet in Denver, and Niles Custom Service, cutting, baling and stacking hay and cutting silage for numerous ranchers and farmers. They resided 36 of those 55 years at their home on the north edge of Hudson, Colo. Mervin always had livestock and worked for farmers in the area until the age of 86. In November 2012, he moved to an independent apartment in Greeley, Colo., where he resided until his passing.

Mervin was a simple man with a passion for flying, farming, ranching, John Deere tractors, Chevrolets and the USA. He did whatever was necessary to care for his family. He loved listening and dancing to good ole county music, going to Alaska and a visiting with fellow farmers at local coffee shops.

Mervin was survived by sons Jimmy Morehead (Cathy) of Longmont, Colo., Larry Niles (Jasmine) of Sutton, Alaska, daughters Susan Pope (Duane) of Wiggins, Colo., Anita Bell (Robert) of Hudson, Colo., 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and special friend Jane Remington of Louisville, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents Victor and Ruth; brothers Wayne Laverne Niles and Verne Eugene Niles; daughters Gail Ruth Niles and Viola Marie Manweiler; son Russell Wayne Niles; grandson Chad Niles and wife Byrdie Niles.

A Celebration of Life will be held August 12, 2014, at the James Memorial United Methodist Church, 506 Beech Street, Hudson, Colo., at 11 a.m., with luncheon to follow.

The family wishes any memorial donations go to the James Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 26, Hudson, Colo., 80642. ❖

Ralph Dean Judson

Ralph Dean “Buzzy” Judson, 84, of Milliken, Colo., passed away July 31, 2014.

He was born January 23, 1930 in New Underwood, S.D., to Lucius Bud and Ruth Minerva (Work) Judson.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie Mae Moorhead on August 18, 1950 in South Dakota.

They lived in South Dakota, California, moved back to South Dakota, and then to Johnstown, Colo., and later settling in Milliken, Colo.

Ralph was a rancher, worked at Douglas Aircraft in California, worked at Great Western Sugar Factory, in a diamond mine, was a cement hauler and worked for the Ehrlich Feedlot before retiring. He served as a pick up man in rodeo over 25 years and inducted into the PRCA Rodeo Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed watching baseball and loved horses.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children; Rodney (Tammy) Judson, Rick (Loretta) Judson, Laverne Judson, Sharon (Ron) Walters and Marti (Gary) Frank, sisters; Geraldine Hackens and Kathleen Boland both of Rapid City, SD as well as 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Dean Judson, brother, Lavern and sister, Vera and his parents.

Services were held August 7, 2014, at New Underwood Community Church in South Dakota. Interment Viewfield Community Cemetery in South Dakota. ❖

Cody Wayne Lockman

Cody Wayne Lockman, 46, of Ault, Colo., passed away August 3, 2014 at North Colorado Medical Center.

He was born May 20, 1968, to Darrel and Tami Lockman in Greeley, Colo.

Cody graduated from Eaton High School in 1986.

On May 20, 2000, he married Roberta Brees.

He worked for water supply and storage as a ditch rider, Jerrys Upholstery, Lesh Drilling, Zetor Tractor and many other local businesses throughout his life. Cody had a love for the outdoors, spending time with his family and tinkering in his shop.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Lockman of Ault, Colo.; parents Darrel and Tami Lockman of Eaton, Colo.; brothers, Ron (Sheri) Lockman of Eaton, Colo., and Brad Lockman of Pierce, Colo.; stepson, Scott Hanna of Ault, Colo.; stepdaughter Michelle Hanna of Greeley, Colo.; grandsons Tyler Hanna and Landon Paswater; nephews Casey and Shawn Lockman; and many step nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his brother Ken Lockman.

A Celebration of life service will be held August 9, 2014, from 3-6 p.m., at 38994 WCR 33 Ault, Colo., 80610.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cody Lockman Memorial Fund in care of Northern Colorado Crematory, 700 8th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Doris Lenora Johnson

Doris Lenora Johnson, 89, passed away July 31, 2014, at the Laramie Care Center.

She was born October 17, 1924, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Arthur Russell and Julia (Webster) Russell. She was raised near Tie Siding, Wyo., with her sister and two brothers.

Doris attended local schools and graduated from High School in Laramie, at what is now known as the Civic Center. After high school, she met and married Leonard Johnson and lived most of her life on their ranch on the Little Laramie River. They were married for 64 years and were blessed with three sons.

Doris loved the ranch life and could be found out riding through the cattle every day in the winter time, while her husband fed. She also spent many hours in the hayfield every summer and never missed a branding in the spring. Doris was an amazing cook and her children and grandchildren looked forward to the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and birthday dinners she would prepare lovingly for them. After these meals, she enjoyed being entertained by the sounds of her husband and sons and granddaughter playing a variety of musical instruments. Sunday’s would find her and her family in church, where she taught Sunday school classes to the children for many years.

Doris was also a gifted artist and loved to create cloth photo albums, dolls and paintings to give away to her loved ones; gifts that we will all cherish forever. She was a lifetime member of the Albany County Cowbelles and was honored to be awarded the Outstanding Ranchwoman of the Year in 1993.

Doris was a much loved mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched. She was a fighter until the end, overcoming many medical problems that plagued her through the years and lived far beyond what anyone expected. She was well loved by the caretakers at the Care Center and thought highly of all of them and her roommate Dorothy (Dottie) Brown.

Survivors include her three sons, James Johnson (Deanna), Andrew Johnson (Linda) and Mark Johnson (Margy) all of Laramie, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, Jon Johnson (Jamie), Aaron Johnson, Charles Johnson (Rebekah), Heather Norelius, Matthew Johnson (Julia), Amanda Johnson, April Miller (Spencer) and six great grandchildren: Jessica Norelius, Keegan Norelius, Jamison Johnson, Dawson Johnson, Tucker Johnson and Everett Johnson. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Victor Johnson in addition to several cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard, her sister Edna, her brothers Jim and Wayne Russell, and her great-nephew, Buck Johnson.

Services were held August 6, 2014, at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. Interment followed at Green Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Snowy Range Evangelical Church at 2552 North 15th, Laramie, Wyo., 82072.

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Clarence Lee Linker

Clarence Lee Linker, 79, passed away with his family and loved ones at his bedside August 3, 2014, at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo., following two years of ill health.

He was born March 6, 1935 in Hillrose, Colo., to Henry and Bertha Linker.

He started school in Hillrose, then attended Roosevelt, and graduated high school in Hillrose in 1953.

Clarence was a 6 year member of the Fort Morgan National Guard, serving in Fort Lenard Wood, Mo., and Fort Carson, Colo.

He married Beva Rae Wind on January 26, 1958, in Brush. They were married for 56 years.

In 1958 Clarence and his brother Hank started farming as Linker Bros. They farmed for 38 years before retiring and moving to Brush.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Brush, serving as governor for two years; Member of Elks Lodge No. 1143 in Fort Morgan, Colo., with his 50 year pin; belonged to the Brush Bowling Association, where he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 and Bowler of the Year for 1992-93. He was also a member of the Brush Beet Growers Association, serving as president one year. He then belonged to Fort Morgan Local Sugar Beet Growers Association for 35 years, and Colorado Sugar Beet Grower Association as State Director for 29 years, and as Secretary-Treasurer for eight years.

Survivors include his wife Beva; two sons, Stan (Cathy) and Bryan (Jill); and five Grandchildren, Trenton (Cora), Chad (fiancée Kortney Kaper), Lindsey Cavinder (Ryan), Matthew (Lauren), and Katie; and a great grandson coming in November.

Clarence was preceded in death by his brothers Alvin and Hank and sister Beverly, and his parents.

Services were held August 7, 2014, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brush, Colo. Inurnment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery Columbarium.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center. ❖

Ken Knight

Ken Knight, 64, of Brush, Colo., passed away July 29, 2014, at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Colo.

Ken was born June 7, 1950, in Brush to Ralph and AnnaBelle Knight and was raised on the family farm south of Brush.

After graduating from Brush High School in 1968, he moved to Boulder where he majored in business and accounting at the University of Colorado. After college, he remained on the front range in the Denver area where he met Dawn, who would become his partner in life and business for the next 40 years. Ken and Dawn were married in Arvada, Colo., in 1978. In 1980 they returned to the family farm to reconnect with Ken’s love of farming and cattle. They were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Samantha, Ashley, and Courtney, whom they also raised on the family farm.

Ken never lost his desire to continue learning. He began his knowledge of grain merchandising while working at Cox Grain. In 1990, he began his own business, Golden West Agri Services.

An active member of the community, Ken served in Rotary and on various boards. Our family remains proud to this day of the Golden West Art Show which he and Dawn founded to benefit children with disabilities, a cause that was very close to their hearts. The art show was part of the Brush Rodeo for ten years. This was just a glimpse of the generous man that was always willing to contribute to charities that work to improve the lives of others.

Ken leaves behind his wife, Dawn; his daughters, Samantha (CJ), Ashley, and Courtney; his grandchildren, Adilynn and Evan; his sister, Shirley Burt; nephews Bill, Ty, Todd, Adams, Jesse, and nieces Shannon and Kari.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and AnnaBelle, and his brother-in-law, Tim Dunphy.

A remembrance of Ken’s life will be held August 9, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at the Livestock Exchange in Brush, Colo. The service will conclude at that time with private family inurnment at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Ken Knight Memorial Fund with the funds to be designated at a later date to charities that Ken supported. These gifts may be sent to the Heer Mortuary in Brush.

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Frank Arthur Batman

Frank Arthur “Art” Batman, 92, of Pierce, Colo., passed away on July 27, 2014.

He was born November 10, 1921, in Ault, Colo., to Frank Arthur and Susie (Tormey) Batman.

Art grew up in Pierce and graduated from Pierce High School. After graduation he attended Colorado State Teachers College now UNC. During WWll he enlisted in the Navy, serving as a radar operator on naval aircraft at various locations in the South Pacific. Later he was a radar instructor at Corpus Christi, Texas. While in Texas he met Mary Lou Grindle who was also in the Navy as a yeoman working in the radar tower. They married at her family home in Copan, Okla., on December 24, 1945.

After being honorably discharged from the service in 1946, Art worked on the family farm until 1965. In 1965 he became the manager of the Pierce Grain Elevator and Feed Store. He held this position until his retirement.

He enjoyed fishing, people, sports and traveling. Art also volunteered for numerous Weld County organizations, including Hospice, RSVP, and Pierce-Weld County Senior Citizens. He also served on the board for the Weld County Senior Citizens and Senior Nutrition. He was named to the Weld County Senior Hall of Fame in 1995. Art was a charter member of Brown-Foster American Legion Post #188 and was an 82 year member of the First United Methodist Church of Pierce. Art was recently honored as a Quiet Disciple from the Methodist Peaks and Plains Council. The real joy of his life though was his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Art is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Pierce, Colo.; children, Gail (Jeanne) Batman of Copperas Cove, Texas, Geery (John) Cordova of Pierce, Colo., Carmen Batman of San Diego, Calif., and Richard Batman of Ault, Colo.; brother Larry (Shirley) Batman of Greeley, Colo.; brother-in-law Rex Eutsler of Bartlesville, Okla.; grandchildren, Joel A. (Ronda) Cordova, Jason L. (Katie) Cordova, Gary A. (Louise) Batman, Gregory C. (Melinda) Batman and Jillann Small; great- grandchildren, Jaron Cordova, Jasynda Cordova, Kyler Cordova, Mya Cordova, Arynn Cordova, Lily Batman, Noah Batman, Trey Small, and Jaden Small; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, BC Batman; sisters, Marie Jones, Helen Williams, Alta Lacy, Evelyn Geib, Nonie Horning, Glynnellen Grogan, Doris Kerbs, and Matilda Draper; and great- grand daughter Morgan Cordova.

One of Art’s last requests was for his body to be donated to science through the Anatomical Board of the State of Colorado.

A celebration of life will be held August 30, 2014, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Pierce, Colo.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Pierce First United Methodist Church or Pierce Senior Center in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖

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