Wilma “Jean” Kidd passed away on October 19, 2013.
Jean was born November 7, 1926 to Ira Walno and Emma (Perrick)Walno in Wakefield, Kan.
She grew up on a Kansas wheat farm as a young girl and graduated from Wakefield Rural High School in 1945. She graduated highschool with a teaching certificate in Normal Education and immediately started teaching college in Manhattan Kansas at Kansas State University in the summer.
She taught at Timber Creek School in Wakefield, Kan., that fall. Later she taught elementary school in Milfred, Kan. During the summers she attended college in Boulder at Colorado University and earned her teaching degree.
She met the love of her life in 1949 and married James W Kidd on August 27, 1950 on the Walno Cattle Ranch at Brown’s Corner in Loveland, Colo., near where McKee Hospital now stands. They began their life together back in Kansas in Jim’s family business. From their 52 year union, they raised five children: Doug, Debera, Danette, Diane and Kole plus a number of surrogate children. They enjoyed traveling and made their home in many communities.
After leaving Enterprise, Kan., they returned to Loveland and raised their family. Jean worked in the big Thompson Library while their children were in school. In the mid-70s they moved to Cody, Wyo., which was perhaps Jean’s favorite place. She worked at Y-Tex and Young World before returning to Colorado in 79 for Diane to finish high school at Poudre in Ft. Collins, Colo. In 1982 they moved to Walden/North Park, Colo., and spent the next 10 years enjoying their life in the mountains. Jean and Jim loved to picnic and go fishing. Jean fulfilled one of her passions by teaching Sunday school at the Community Church during her time in Walden. She spent hours with her grand children teaching them piano, playing games, reading and fishing.
They left for a lower elevation in 1992 and made a new home in Grover, Colo., where Kole started school. In Grover Jean was able to continue teaching Sunday School and spent countless hours in her garden. Her claim to fame was bringing prohibition back to Grover in 1996 making the national news. It was something she believed in strongly. They moved onto Kimball, Neb., for Kole to finish school. Jean spent much of her time cooking for Kole and his buddies, tending to Jim, reading and working on puzzles. Her greatest joy in Kimball was watching Kole grow into such a fine young man.
The last five years Jean spent her life in Wellington, Colo., enjoying her family. She will always be remembered for the beautiful music she could make and the incredible food she would prepare. Her greatest love of all was her family and she made every possible effort to be near them, care for them and watch them grow. Above all, Jean was a lady and the kindest, most gentle person one would meet. She had a smile to melt your heart and her words of wisdom were delivered in grace. She will forever be missed and treasured.
She is survived by her siblings JoAnn Budden of Arizona and Wylie Walno (Bonnie) of Livermore, Colo.; children Douglas K Kidd of Bellvue, Colo.; Debera K Pittington (Robert) of Walden, Colo.; Danette K Kidd-Bailey (Blaine) of Deadwood, S.D.; Diane K Gerlach of Wellington, Colo., and W Kole Kidd (Jessica) of Ft. Collins, Colo. Grandchildren Jamie J Brown (Richard) and Jodie L Douthit (Alan) of Walden, Colo., Mindy E. Kidd, James R Kidd and Jennifer K Lyman (Chris) of Loveland, Colo., LeeAnn Kidd of Paris, France, and Kelsie L Gerlach of Wellington, Colo. She had seven great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and surrogate children that called her mom or grandma.
Wilma Jean Kidd was preceded in death by her parents Ira and Emma (Perrick) Walno, her sister Betty (Walno) Thrush and her husband James Walus Kidd.
Jean’s celebration of life was held October 26, 2013, at the Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home in Loveland, Colo.
Please send memorial contributions to the Wellington Fire Department. ❖
James T Redmond
James T Redmond, 91, of Yampa, Colo., passed away October 20, 2013.
For over 91 years, the historic homestead house on the Redmond Ranch west of Yampa has been home to James T. Redmond (Jack), born there on April 13, 1922 to James and Elizabeth Redmond.
Jack attended nearby rural schools — Crosho Lake and Heart Mountain and graduated from Yampa High School.
He volunteered for the U.S. Navy when World War II began and was sent to Chapman College in California for several months of electrical training. He served 3-1/2 years as an electrician on the heavy cruiser — USS Pensacola — during numerous major battles in the South Pacific. Following the war, he attended and graduated from Denver University with a BS degree in Botany.
He returned to the Redmond Ranch as a rancher and cowboy who loved his Hereford cattle, Rambouillet sheep and ‘cow’ horses. He was an authority on local plants and animals and as such was a responsible environmentalist protecting and providing nurture and control of forage, trees and wildlife on his ranch.
Jack was especially proud of his leadership in the 1956 organization and construction of Allen Basin Reservoir and of its resulting valuable supply of irrigation water which has brought increased production of native hay to the Hunt Creek drainage area west of Yampa.
He was secretary of the Allen Basin Reservoir Company for 50 years. He served on the Routt County Memorial Hospital Board for 7 years and was continually active in the Routt County Soil Conservation Service, Routt County Cattlemen and Routt County Wool Growers. He helped organize the Routt County Wool Pool for the marketing of the high quality clean wool produced in this high snow country. For over 10 years, he was a livestock and range management 4-H leader in South Routt.
Jack loved the agricultural/ranching life and his greatest joy has been passing on the Redmond Ranch to his children.
He will be sorely missed by his survivors, including his wife of 50 years — Wanda; his three children — Jim (Sherri), John (Sara) and Julie Drake (Dan); his grandchildren — Garrett, Grant, Olivia, Ethan, Jace, and Drew; his sister — Elizabeth; and his many friends who loved his ‘stories’.
Family services will be held at a later date.
Any memorial donations may be made to Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and sent to Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave, Craig, Colo., 81625. ❖
Bruce Wayne Moser
Bruce Wayne Moser, 61, of Pueblo, Colo., formerly of Hudson, Colo., passed away October 24, 2013 in Pueblo.
He was born April 27, 1952 to Norman Aulber and Marguerite Elizabeth (Heinze) Moser in Greeley, Colo.
Bruce graduated from Fort Lupton High School, Fort Lupton, Colo., in 1970.
He farmed with his father and brothers in the Fort Lupton, Hudson and Briggsdale areas most of his life, which he enjoyed the most.
He is survived by his brother Rick Moser, Hudson, Colo.; sister Kathleen (Billy) Peake, Hudson, Colo.; nieces Artina (Mike) Campbell, Kristina (Greg) Grabrian, Audrey (DJ) Dowdy, Michelle (Gary) Goodwin and Stacy (Tim Chambers) Moser; nephew Kevin (Lindsay) Moser; 11 Great Nieces and Nephews; one Great-great Niece; and by several cousins, aunts and uncles.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; brother Gale Moser; grandparents Ernest and Kathleen Heinze; and grandparents Christ and Mary Moser.
Services were held October 29, 2013 at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.
Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.Allnutt.com . ❖
Darrell Roy Keirnes
Darrell Roy Keirnes 48, of Atkinson, Neb., passed away on October 21, 2013 in Atkinson from heart failure.
Darrell was born on December 29, 1964 in Greeley, Colo., to Robert R. and Charlotte C. Keirnes.
He graduated from Poudre in 1983.
His life included bull riding, hunting and a passion with 4-H animals. Over the years he created some unique drawings and woodworking projects. He was a great animated storyteller of his past experiences. Significant struggles in his life, including beating cancer and dealing with the loss of his leg, were dealt with in a positive move forward attitude.
Darrell touched many lives through his unique sense of humor and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Darrell is survived by his father Robert, sister Cara Keirnes, Ken Barnet and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Charlotte and brother Doug.
Services were held October 24, 2013 at Resthaven Funeral Home in Ft. Collins, Colo. Interment followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Family and friends may view the online obituary and sign the guestbook at www.RestHavenColorado.com. ❖