A.E. “Sandy” Lancaster
A.E. “Sandy” Lancaster, a few weeks shy of turning 88, of Bennett, Colo., and Mesa, Ariz., passed away November 12, 2013, in Denver, Colo., surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Sandy was born on December 8, 1925, to Alvin and Marion Lancaster in Toponas, Colo. He was the oldest of three sons. When he was 3-years-old, the family moved to Bennett, Colo. He attended school in Bennett and graduated from Bennett High School in 1943.
He served his country in the United States Army during WWII with the 65th Infantry Division under the direction of General Patten. Upon discharge, he attended the University of Denver and obtained a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management.
On March 17, 1951 he married the love of his life, Darlene Zybach in Evergreen, Colo. Four children were born to their union: Luanne, Lee, Larry and Lynn. They spent their early years of marriage in Bennett operating Sandy’s Lunch and eventually moved into Denver then to Aurora, Colo. After they left Bennett, Sandy sold meat, and then life insurance. Sandy and Darlene owned and operated Lancaster’s Western Wear from 1971 to 1994, and then sold the business to his son, Lee and his wife Terri so that they could enjoy retirement. That didn’t last long and he was back occasionally to the store and then took on another job, selling advertising products to other businesses.
Sandy had a passion for horses and rodeo, which he passed down to his children and grandchildren. He loved to cook and would experiment with different foods, which his family absolutely enjoyed. Sandy never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone, not to mention, would have a list of jokes to share. Upon retirement, he and Darlene became “snowbirds” to Mesa, Ariz. He quickly became friends with several in their retirement community and was known as the cowboy and the cook. Sandy treasured his family time by participating and watching all of their rodeo and sporting events. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Darlene Lancaster of Bennett, Colo.; children, Luanne Lown of Bennett, Colo., Lee (Terri) Lancaster of Bennett, Colo., Larry of Olney Springs, Colo., and Lynn (Jeff Zamarripa) of Denver, Colo.; Phil Lown of Bennett, Colo.; grandchildren, Nicole (Wes) Pollart of Sterling, Colo., Christa (Luke) Mewbourn of Westminster, Colo., and Luke (Krystal) Lancaster of Strasburg, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Reagan, Reece and Ryin Mewbourn and Joslynn Busby, Tonie and Liden Lancaster. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Glen and Pat.
A Celebration of Sandy’s life was held November 24, 2013 at the Bennett VFW Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guaranty Bank and Trust, 101 E. Centennial Drive, Bennett, Colo., 80102 or any of the branches. The memorial fund will benefit Little Britches and High School Rodeo participants and their families and others touched by cancer. ❖
Roy Glenn Garver
Roy Glenn Garver, 78, of Lamar, Neb., passed away on November 15, 2013.
He was born on Jan. 1, 1935 to Ray and Martha Garver of Lyons, Colo.
He married his High School sweetheart, Karen Trueblood on January 31, 1957, and they began their country lifestyle together which included horses and raising longhorn cattle, first in Erie then they moved to Lamar, Neb., to live on their 230 acre ranch.
Glenn participated in team roping and they ran a roping club, the Tri-County Roping Club. While mostly roped for fun, he also roped in some amateur rodeos and local jackpots.
He was a great supporter of his daughters and grandchildren, be it sports, team roping, or anything they became involved in.
He is survived by his wife Karen, two daughters, Tracie Richardson-Markheim(Joel) of Ault, Colo., and Teresa Martin of Erie, Colo., six grandchildren, Jayson Richardson, Raelynn (Richardson) and Joe Ferrera, Sarah Stoudt, Sheri (Martin) and Jimmy Peterson, Casey Martin and Jeremiah Bateman, and great grandson Cael Randy Ferrera and great granddaughter Charley Rae Ferrera.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Martha Garver, a son-in-law V. Randy Richardson and brother-in-law Terry Trueblood.
Honoring Glenn’s wishes, no services will be held. He asked to be cremated and to have his ashes scattered on their land.
Any contributions may be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund in honor of Glenn. ❖
Margaret L. Wittwer
Margaret L. Wittwer, 92, passed away November 23, 2013.
Margaret was born October 23, 1921, in Gilette, Wyo., to Herman and Florence Harms.
She enjoyed traveling with family to places like Arizona, Maui, Alaska and Wisconsin. She loved the ranch and outings in the mountains. Above all she loved her babies and time spent with her family.
Margaret is survived by her sons Bill (Jan) Wittwer of Pagosa Springs, Colo., Jerry (Dona) Wittwer of Mancos, Colo., and Les (Terry) Wittwer of Rifle, Colo., daughters Elaine (Ken) Lowery of Rifle, Colo., sisters Marie Paulus of Wisconsin, and Dorothy Kolfield of Bend, Ore., eight grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband Carl O. Wittwer, brothers Howard, Orville and Herman Jr., and sister Helen Grauberger.
A private memorial will be at a later date. ❖
John B. Etchepare
John B. Etchepare, 74, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away November 24, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Helena, Montana April 22, 1939 to Paul and Hellen Dean Etchepare.
After graduating from Randall High School in Denver, he attended Montana State University and was employed by Martin Marietta before managing a lamb feeding operation.
He married Katherine Schraeder in 1961 and they had five children. She preceded him in death in 1990.
For over 30 years John operated his family’s Warren Livestock Company, with his father and brother until its sale in 2000. Additionally, he served as a Director on many state, regional and national Boards. He was a past President of the Wyoming Wool Growers, Western Range Association and the Old West Museum, and served on the Boards of the Production Credit Association, the American Sheep Industry, and the American Lamb Feeders. In 2009 he retired as the State of Wyoming Director of Agriculture.
John is survived by his wife, Karen Rose; seven children: Mike (Kerry) Etchepare of Emporium, Penn., Mark (Kolette) Etchepare of Cheyenne, Wyo., Janine (Jon) Roaldson of Bismarck, N.D.; John Etchepare Jr. (Corrina) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Robert Etchepare (Valerie) of Colorado, Jim (Susie) Brailsford of Fort Collins, Colo., and John (Sarah) Brailsford of Fort Collins, Colo., and 12 grandchildren. He is also survived by four siblings, Claire Markowitz of Nevada, Angie (Colin) Carter of Australia; Toni (Bill) Thomson of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Paul Etchepare Jr. of Laramie, Wyo.
His parents, youngest brother, Ralph Etchepare, and brother-in-law, Mark Markovitz preceded him in death.
John chose to donate his organs for the study of pancreatic and prostate cancer, and Alzheimer’s research. Cremation is under Bohlender Funeral Chapel, Fort Collins.
The family invites friends to a celebration of life reception at Little America, 2800 West Lincolnway, Cheyenne, Wyo., on November 30 from 4-6 p.m.