Rocky Mountain Obits 09-23-13
December 9, 2013
Mike Dickinson, 66, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away September 7, 2013 at the McKee Hospital Pathways Hospice Center in Loveland, Colo.
Mike was born February 23, 1947 to Aaron and Sylva Dickinson.
Known as "Pabull" to his grandchildren, Mike was a third-generation dairy farmer and native Coloradoan. Each morning he was up at 4:30 a.m. to read his Bible and say a prayer of thanksgiving for all the blessings in his life. He truly loved going out every day with Sam, his Border Collie, to work with "his girls," the dairy cows. He bought his first few cows from his father to start Mountain View Dairy in Loveland, Colo. Over the years, he continued to expand his herd and operations, where today, 2,700 cows are milked daily. Mike was proud that the next generation of his family is able to continue his legacy as a dairy farmer and will continue operations at Mountain View.
Throughout his career, Mike was involved with numerous dairy organizations promoting the dairy industry. He served on the Western Dairy Association Board of Directors from 1981 until 1999, serving as Chairman from 1986 until 1997. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Mountain Empire Dairymen's Association (MEDA) from 1981-1992, which then became the Western Dairymen's Cooperative Inc. (WDCI) in 1992. Mike's leadership service for the co-op (now known as Dairy Farmers of America) continued until 1997.
Mike enjoyed playing handball with his buddies at the Fort Collins Club. He was an avid cyclist and reveled in challenging himself to long rides. He also had a love for travel, which took him on many trips around the world.
He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Loveland, serving as the chairman for the Church Property Committee. He was also a member of the Ft. Collins Rotary and the T-Bone Club of Greeley.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Roselle (Ros) Dickinson of Fort Collins, Colo.; his two brothers, Keith (Sue) Dickinson of Durango, Colo., and Robert (Karen) Dickinson of Fort Collins, Colo.; his three daughters, Lisa (Brad Kerbs) and sons Colton and Brandon of Gill, Colo; Michelle Dickinson (Martin Ontiveros) and children, Tyler, Stella and Jolie of Loveland, Colo.; Kristin (Ed Moyer) and daughters, Madison and Mackenzie of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo.; and his wife's son, Kurt Barbee and sons, Adam and Gavin of Loveland, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Aaron and mother, Sylva.
A celebration of Mike's life was held September 12, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Loveland, Colo.
Memorials can be made to Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Rd., Fort Collins, Colo., 80525; or to First Baptist Church of Loveland at the address above. ❖
Victor Beebe Jr.
Victor "Vic" Beebe Jr., 80, of Loveland, Colo., passed away September 13, 2013 in Loveland.
Vic was born February 1, 1933 in Fort Collins, Colo., to Victor Sr. and Mae Cora (Smith) Beebe.
He was raised in Loveland and graduated from Loveland High School in 1950.
Vic married JoAnne Summers on May 5, 1964 in Lakewood, Colo.
Vic worked for Hewlett Packard for 20 years where he was a supervisor at the time of his retirement.
He was a very active member of Lifepoint Church in Fort Collins where he was the chairman of the benevolence committee for many years. Vic was very involved in the Disabled Resource Center and the Post Polio Support Group. He was also a member of the City of Loveland Planning Commission. Vic was a kind and gentle man who loved people.
Vic is survived by his son Jeffrey Beebe of Fort Collins, Colo.; his sister Audrey Dollar of Mountain Home, Ariz., and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held at September 18, 2013, at Lifepointe Church in Fort Collins, Colo. Interment followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions can be made in Vic's honor to the Lifepointe Church building fund or the Disabled Resource Center. ❖
Emma Anita Houston
Emma Anita Houston, 81, of Longmont, Colo., passed away September 7, 2013 at her home.
Nita was born on December 5, 1931 in New Raymer, Colo., to Thomas Lambert and Lillian Cooper Lambert. Raised on the rugged plains of northeastern Colorado, she learned about hard work and dedication to her family.
Nita married Ben Houston on December 30, 1950 in New Raymer. They enjoyed 62 years together, helping and supporting one another. Together, they started the Aristocrat Angus Ranch. Their ranch business continued to grow, as they were on the cutting edge of genetic research on their multi properties in Walden, Colo., Laramie, Wyo., and headquarters in Weld County. They have worked closely with Colorado State University, Ag Department.
Nita was extremely involved with the National Western Stock Show, in Denver, Colo., for many years. She served as Chairperson for the steering committee of the "Citizen of the West"; a scholarship fund through National Western for college students going to school in nearby universities and colleges. She also volunteered and worked for many organizations and charities within her community.
Nita was a loyal member of LIfeBridge Christian Church. There she served on a number of committees and groups to help the church. In addition, she was a member of P.E.O., Chapter M, and enjoyed herself in the Red Hat Society. She was the epitome of a true matriarch, the center of her entire family and their affairs. Each of her grandchildren had a special arrangement with her, spending quality time with her in their own special way.
Surviving are her husband Ben of Longmont, Colo.; daughters Pam Miller of Loveland, Colo., and Diane (Richard) Hergert of Platteville, Colo.; son Skylar Houston of Platteville, Colo.; grandchildren Travis (Amy) Hergert, Tawnya (John) Bangert, Josh (Jami) Hergert, Megan (Matt) Ziegler, Taylor Miller, Brandy (Mike) Giegert, and Tanner Houston. She is further survived by her great grandchildren Anna, Josef, Bennett, Owen, Logan, Emma, Morgan and Jordan.
Preceding her in death are her son Scott Houston and grandson Zachary Miller.
Services were held September 13, 2013 at LifeBridge Christian Church.
Contributions may be made to the Children's Hospital, Anschutz Hospital Campus, 13123 East 16th Ave., Aurora, Colo., 80045. ❖
Terry Miller, 89, of Broomfield, Colo., passed away September 7, 2013, at his home.
He was born in Morrison, Colo., on June 21, 1924.
Terry and Joan moved to Broomfield in 1946 to the farm they lived on until 2006, raising dairy and beef cattle for nearly all that time.
Terry and Joan joined Crescent Grange in 1950. As a dairyman, the Grange's involvement in agricultural issues caught his attention, and over the years he and his family would become active Grange members. He held many offices in Crescent and Boulder County Pomona Granges, including Master.
In 1969, he was named Secretary-Treasurer of the Grange Mutual Fire Insurance Company, a position he held until the company merged with the Grange Insurance Association in 1981. In 1983, Terry was named Regional Marketing Manager for GIA covering Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.
Terry served as youth director for the Colorado State Grange from 1969 to 1975 ably assisted by Joan. The two were affectionately known as "Ma" and "Pa" to the scores of young Grangers. He was State Membership Director from 1977 to 1979. He received the award of Outstanding State Granger in 1990. He was State Overseer from 1987 to February of 1993 when he became Master of the Colorado State Grange following the resignation of then State Master Jeanne Davies. He served in that capacity until October, 1997.
Terry was also active in National Grange service. He served as Regional Membership Director from 1982 to 1987. In 1988 he was named by US Agriculture Secretary Richard Lyng to the national Commission for the Improvement of the Federal Crop Insurance Program, one of just 18 agricultural producers on the panel.
Terry was a faithful member of Eastlake Congregational Church for over 60 years, where he served as Deacon, Trustee, Council Moderator and Chairman of the Stewardship Committee.
He leaves behind his wife of almost 67 years, Joan as well as his children Michael and Patricia, both of Broomfield, Colo., and Robert of Frederick, Colo., and James of Akron, Colo. He is also survived by five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Services were held September 14, 2013 at First Congregational Church of Eastlake in Thornton, Colo. Interment followed at Broomfield County Commons in Broomfield, Colo. ❖
Mamie Jean Dennis
Mamie Jean Dennis, 71, of Pierce, Colo., formerly of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away September 14, 2013.
Mamie was born on June 9, 1942 to Jack and Thelma Daffern in Las Animas, Colo.
She married Curt Dennis on April 21, 1962 and to this union five children were born.
Mamie's greatest joy in this life was raising her kids … that is until her grandkids and great-grandson came along. She loved them all with all of her heart.
Mamie is survived by her husband, Curt; son, Justin; daughters, Michelle (Rex) Paul and Andrea (Lance) Blickem; grandchildren, Caitlin (Eric) Kruse, Brendan Paul, Tyler and Brianna Blickem; great-grandson, Jaxson; three sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughters, Jana and Monica; her parents and her brother.
Services were held September 20, 2013 at the Allnutt Drake Chapel in Fort Collins, Colo. Interment took place in Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Collins., Colo. ❖
Lowell Lee Presley Bailey
Lowell Lee Presley Bailey, 80, of Kersey, Colo., passed away September 8, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.
He was born August 19, 1933 in Greeley, Colo., a son to F. Bailey and Lillie (Conningham) Bailey.
Lowell graduated from the Valley View high school in Kersey before joining the United States Navy, serving in the Korean Conflict. Upon his return, he worked for Mountain Bell and Mountain State Telegraph for 15 years in the Kersey/Greeley area. He later worked for Center Pivot Irrigation and Cellular Communications, both in the Greeley area.
He is survived by his son, Bill Bailey of Kersey, Colo.; two daughters, Ann Gardner of Sheridan, Colo., and Katherine Brown of Kersey, Colo.; four grandchildren, Jarod, Robert, Elizabeth and Brady; and 10 great grandchildren, Bailey, Amyia, Jayden, Logan, Cody, Graceland, Sienna, Mason, Maisy and Britt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mona Ley.
Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Services under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. ❖