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Lois Reynolds

Lois Reynolds, 89, of Greeley, Colo., passed away rather suddenly in Hospice of Northern Colorado care unit at NCMC November 14, 2013.

She was born on March 14, 1924 in Denver, Colo., to John C. and Ella M. (Ericson) Strasser.

The Strasser’s farmed for several years in Castlewood, Colo., and then in 1934 moved to Green Bluffs, Wash. Two years later they moved to a farm west of Greeley. While here she attended the Ashton school, then College High. She earned a teaching degree from CSC and taught in Estes Park for a year.

She married Harvey Adams on March 30, 1944. She and Harvey had two children, Linda and Michael. They divorced in May of 1968.

Lois married Frank L. Reynolds on January 23, 1973, gaining three children, Sherry, Peggy, and Ken.

Lois and Frank lived on a farm just east of Evans, Colo., keeping chickens, pigs, cattle and horses at various times. Lois loved her family deeply and enjoyed hosting family get-togethers and picnics at the farm. She found pleasure in camping, hiking, reading, crossword puzzles, playing bridge and having her grandchildren around. Anytime there were more than three grandkids present, she would insist on a “line-up” picture, shortest to tallest, and displayed these photos around the house.

She loved farm life and her family dearly and deeply. She was heartbroken when she and Frank were displaced by the flood of 2013.

Lois is survived by her husband, Frank Reynolds; sister Phyllis Ewald; children Linda Danley, Michael Adams, Sherry McTee, Peggy Lynn, and Ken Reynolds; grandsons Darren McTee, Stefan McTee, Michael Todd, Marc Todd, Paul Sehmel, James Danley, Kirk Danley, Ian Adams, and Tristan Adams; nephew Greg Ewald; niece Lori Anne Ewald; great-grandchildren Sasha, Haley, Jerica, Marina, Addison, Cody, Austin, Leland, Ryley, and Eliza; and grand-nephews Will and Nick.

Services were held November 22, 2013, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley, Colo.

Donations may be made to the Weld County Flood Relief Fund in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services or online at CFSGWC.org/donate. ❖

Larry Victor Wolfe

Larry Victor Wolfe, 71, of Greeley, Colo., passed away November 13, 2013 at Life Care Center of Greeley.

Larry was born October 31, 1942 in Eaton, Colo., to Victor and Helen (Leffler) Wolfe.

He loved being raised on the farm and spending time with his three special uncles. Music was a very important part of his life, He especially loved polka music. Larry enjoyed being with family, friends and neighbors. His birthday was very special to him since it was on Halloween. He was always ready to go for a ride, but going to the mountains was always his hope of the destination.

Larry is survived by his sister, Lucille (Larry) Miller and brother, Duane (Michele) Wolfe all of Eaton, Colo.; he is also survived by nieces and nephews, Lynn (Pam) Miller, Randy (Amy) Miller, Vicki (Chris) Ruff and Debbie (Troy) Carpenter and eight great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held November 19, 2013, at Eaton Cemetery followed by Celebration of Life service at at Adamson Chapel.

Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church of Eaton in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

To extend condolences to the family please go to AdamsonChapels.com. ❖

Preston Frank Kaess

Preston Frank Kaess, 83, of Salida, Colo., passed away November 6, 2013, at the Arkansas Valley Nursing Care Center in La Junta, Colo.

Preston was born on October 28, 1930 in Rocky Ford, Colo., to Cecil and Helen (Albright) Kaess.

Preston lived in the Salida, Colo., area until 2011, when he moved to La Junta to be near his son.

Preston graduated from Salida High School in 1948 and was married on December 24, 1950 to Patricia Frayser in Salida.

The Kaess family farmed in the Adobe Park area near Salida and operated a ranch on Ute Trail on Cameron Mountain, east of Salida.

Preston was known as pioneer and innovator for farming and ranching techniques. He installed the first gravity flow sprinkler irrigation system in the Upper Arkansas Valley and assisted others in the region to experiment with the new innovative irrigation technology. He supplemented the family income for many years as a blacksmith, sharpening plow shears and building and repairing farm equipment. Always an advocate for agriculture, Preston served 12 years on the Federal Land Bank Board of Directors in Pueblo.

The great-grandson of a German immigrant who had homesteaded in the Wet Mountain Valley, Preston had a great appreciation for the history of the Upper Arkansas Valley and loved to hunt, fish and arrowhead hunt in the region. In his later years, Preston and his wife Pat were involved with the Salida Historical Society and enjoyed researching the people of Salida and Chaffee County who helped to settle the area.

Preston served for many years as a 4-H leader in Chaffee County, leading trail rides into the mountains and assisting with 4-H projects. He enjoyed team roping and was a founding member of the Heart of the Rockies Rodeo Association. As his four children grew up, Preston was an avid supporter of their rodeo activities. He spent many hours at Little Britches, High School and College rodeos, cheering on their accomplishments.

After the sale of the farm and ranch in 1985, Preston was a working partner with his wife in their company, FreightWeight, an electronic scale company that installed and serviced truck scales throughout the U.S. After retiring for the second time 20 years later, Preston and Pat enjoyed traveling and spending the winters in Sun City West, Ariz.

Preston loved his children and his many nieces and nephews; serving as the extended families’ patriarch, giving them an appreciation for the great outdoors, for agriculture and the rural way of life; but most importantly, how to have fun in life.

Preston is survived by his children, Mary Ann Kaess of Salida, Colo.; Dave (Almabeth) Kaess of La Junta, Colo.; and Dee Dee (Bret) Trenary of Salida, Colo. He is survived by 10 grandchildren, Wade Swift of Salida, Colo.; Ryan Swift of Salida, Colo.; Katie Swift of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Levi (Annie) Kaess of Denver, Colo.; Travis (Min) Kaess of Denver, Colo.; Austin (Molly) Kaess of Denver, Colo.; Tyler Kaess of Salida, Colo.; Cory Kaess of Salida, Colo.; Mercedes Trenary of Salida, Colo.; and Jhett Trenary of Salida, Colo. He is survived by three great-grandchildren, Klarissa Swift of Canon City, Colo., James Preston Kaess of Denver, Colo., and Kaleb Kaess of Salida, Colo. He is also survived by brother-in-laws Robert (Loretta) Frayser of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Gilbert (Connie) Frayser of Sun City West, Ariz.; and sister-in-law Shirley Walters of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was also loved and will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews who spent endless summer days at the Kaess Ranch.

Preston was preceded in death by his wife, Patrica, parents Cecil and Helen Kaess, son Doug Kaess, and daughter-in-law Karen Kaess-Yunikar.

Services were held November 16, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery in Salida, Colo.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or the Parkinson Research Foundation through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home. ❖

Thomas Wayne Stark Sr.

Thomas Wayne Stark Sr., 73, of Denver, Colo., passed away November 15, 2013, in Denver.

Thomas was born August 19, 1940, in Hastings, Neb., to Earl Kenneth and Edna B. (Murphy)Stark.

He graduated from high school and served in the U.S. Army.

He was a janitor for Cherry Creek Schools.

Thomas was a member of the Eagles and VFW.

He enjoyed watching John Wayne movies, fishing, reading Louis L’Amour books and listening to old-time country music.

He is survived by his daughters, Deanne Stark and Kim Stark; step-daughter, Kim Henshaw; sons, Kevin Stark, Sean Stark and wife Tonia; step-sons, Mike Rinow and wife Justine, Chris Mortensen and wife Betty; brother, Robert Stark and wife Sue; sisters, Audrey Stark and Carol Lee; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Thomas Wayne Stark Jr.; and sister, Shirley.

A Celebration of Life was held November 21, 2013, in Sterling, Colo. ❖


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