Rocky Mountain Obits 10-7-13
December 30, 2013
Helen Vivian Peterson
Helen Vivian Peterson (Danielson), 93, of Fort Collins passed away September, 24, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by her family on.
She was born in Ault, Colo., March 6, 1920.
She graduated from Ault High school and the University of Northern Colorado.
Helen met Dale Peterson while she was teaching at District 35 School, then she worked in Greeley at the courthouse in the treasury office.
Dale and Helen married February 22, 1949. Shortly after marriage, they began farming in Ault, then moved to East Fort Collins in 1952, had three sons and continued farming and ranching, raising beef cattle.
Helen was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Ault for 80 years, a member of Swedish Heritage Society of Northern Colorado, and the Sewing Club in Greeley.
Above all else, Helen loved her family. Helen will be remembered as a kind, gentle woman of God. She was a wonderful home maker, considerate of everybody, and a never forgot a birthday. She will be greatly missed.
Helen is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dale, three sons Larry (Anne), Dan (Robin), and Lynn (Jackie), along with seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Wendla and Henry, two brothers, Walter and Ray, and a grandson, Matthew Peterson.
Services were held, October 1, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Ault, Colo.
Contributions in Helen's memory may be made to First Lutheran Church of Ault, P.O. Box 1068 Ault, Colo., 80610.
Please visit BohlenderFuneralChapel.com to send the family online condolences. ❖
Irvin Leroy Speaker
Irvin Leroy Speaker, 86, passed away September 11, 2013 at Eben Ezer Care Center in Brush, Colo., where he had resided the past three years.
He was born May 21, 1927, in Haxton, Colo., the son of John and Katherine (Kler) Speaker.
He attended several schools over the years before graduating from Buckingham, Colo., High School in 1946.
He farmed and ranched on the same farm from 1946 until 2008 when the family home burned to the ground. He had lived in the same yard for 70 years. After the fire he and his wife moved to their irrigated farm in Fort Morgan in 2008.
Irvin married Marie R. Turley on August 15, 1958, at Fort Morgan, Colo. To this union two sons were born,.
For the next 20 years he farmed at Briggsdale and worked campaigns at the G.W. Sugar factory in Fort Morgan.
He had served on the ASCS Committee of Weld County, been a member of the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge and the Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; his two sons, Michael L. Speaker of Briggsdale, Colo., and Mark J. Speaker of Berthoud, Colo.; two grandsons and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Paul, sister Merion Hays and one nephew.
Services were held September 25, 2013, at the United Presbyterian Church in Fort Morgan, Colo. Burial followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Fort Morgan, Colo. ❖
Doris Irene Frank
Doris Irene Frank passed away September 12, 2013.
She was born in Stanton, Neb., on January 1, 1925, to Louis and Lyda Wetzbarger. Her family moved from Nebraska to Colorado in 1931.
Doris was a good student and after graduating from Loveland High School she got a job at Woolworth Company in Loveland, Colo.
When she was 18 she was set up on a blind date by her best friend and Harry Frank to meet his cousin Paul. This date was the beginning of a romance and love affair that lasted until her death. Paul Jay Frank married his sweetheart on January 9, 1944 in Loveland, Colo. They would have been married 70 years January 9, 2014.
Doris was a faithful and loyal companion and co-worker on the farm that they moved to in 1945. Doris and Paul had four children, David Paul, Charles Dennis, Susan Louise and Nancy Lynn. In the early years they started attending a Bible study at Sunnydale School and were part of a group of people who built Sunnydale Evangelical Free Church. Doris was involved in 4-H and helped in the local schools while her children were young. While attending Sunnydale. Her faith continued to grow and she shared her faith and knowledge with many local women through Friendship Bible Study.
Doris loved her children and grandchildren and each knew that every morning Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa would be praying for each one. They saw many answers to their prayers.
Doris' quick wit and sense of humor brightened the most difficult of situations. Her home was always an open welcome place for many through the years and each one knew they had met a special gracious lady. She found it her ministry in the last year to give a devotional book "Jesus Calling" to special people as they visited her.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Jay Frank; two sons and their families: David and Lynette, Paul and Ashley Frank; Charles and Karen Frank, Jennifer Frank and Adam and Brittany and Ava Frank. Two daughters and their families: Susan Wallen, Matthew and Lindsay Wallen, Canaan and Zoe Wallen; Anna and Kevin McMichael and Gracelyn McMichael; Jared and Kirsten Wallen; and Nancy Weeks, Rhett Weeks and Heath and Adrienne, Peyton and Coogan Weeks. She is also survived by brothers-in-law: Norman and Wanda Frank and Robert and Millie Frank. Sisters-in-law: Geordine Wetzbarger and Opal Wetzbarger and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Lyda (Beltz) Wetzbarger and four brothers: Ralph, Harold, Virgil and Gordon Wetzbarger and two sisters: Bessie Bath and Louise Orbach.
A memorial service was held September 17, 2013 at the Cope Community Church.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of the Plains, P.O. Box 356; 1017 W. 7th St., Wray, Colo., 80758. ❖
Archie Glazier Jr.
Archie Glazier Jr., 86, of Wiggins, Colo., passed away September 28, 2013, at his home.
He was born March 12, 1927, to Archie and Nellie Glazier at the family home near Wiggins, Colo.
Archie attended school in Wiggins but graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 1945. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged on July 10, 1946.
Following his discharged, Archie started Glazier Custom Farm Service, and continued to work in this family owned business until his retirement in 2007.
He was a member of the American Legion.
He married Shirley Giles in 1946. They later divorced. Shirley died in 2003. He later married Barbara Hindman. She also preceded him in death.
Archie was an avid hunter, hunting exotic animals, both large and small. He frequently is remembered for his taxidermy animals that he had on display. Another hobby that Archie enjoyed was creating metal sculptures and signs. He especially liked to spend time having coffee and visiting his many friends at the Prairie Ranch House Restaurant. His family was very important to him and he loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his son, Chuck Glazier, and his wife Sue of Wiggins, Colo.; step son, Brad Gettings, and his wife Debey of Phoenix, Ariz.; a step daughter, Becky Mate, and her husband Randy of Sunland, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Diana Bohr, one sister, Pearl Marquardt, and his parents.
Service were held October 3, 2013, at the Wiggins Community Church. Inurnment followed in the Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan, Colo. ❖
Lowell L.P. (Lee) Bailey
Lowell L.P. (Lee) 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 LaSalle, Colo., a son to Jay Bailey and Lillie (Conningham) Bailey.
He graduated from Kersey High School in 1951 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter and served for three years. Upon release from active duty, he was employed by Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company in Greeley as a lineman for several years.
Lee was a member of VFW Post 6624 in Evans, Colo.
He is survived by three children, Bill (Deb) Bailey of Kersey, Colo.; Ann (Jim) Gardner of Sheridan, Wyo.; and Kathryn Brown of Kersey, Colo.; five grandchildren, Robert and Elizabeth Shostrom, Jarod Siron, Brady Brown and Mike Temple; and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, and brother-in-law Mona and Marvin Ley.
Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial. ❖
Dennis E. Chabot
Dennis E. Chabot, 62, of Morrill, Neb., passed away September 19, 2013 at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Neb.
Dennis was born July 31, 1951 in Brush, Colo., to Harold and Lottie (Hafer) Chabot.
He attended school in Brush.
Dennis married Shirley Ann Rogers on July 25, 2000 in Scottsbluff, Neb.
Dennis moved to Scotts Bluff County in 1990. He was currently employed by Bryan Rice and the Gering Valley Livestock Auction.
Dennis enjoyed collecting bicycles, tractors and wagons. He also took great care in his yard work. Dennis had a love for animals and was known to adopt any stray animals that he found. His family was very valued to him and he had a known special adoration for his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; daughters, Lori Chabot of Grand Junction, Colo., Carmen (Aaron) Quinlin of Brush, Colo., Kasi Chabot of Morrill, Neb., and Carolyn of Alamosa, Colo.; step-daughters, Amber Nightingale of Custer, S.D., Amy Nash of Torrington, Wyo., and Cristi Freeman of Morrill, Neb.; brothers, Carroll Chabot of Yuma, Colo., and Bob (Robin) Chabot of Chickasha, Okla.; sisters, Ila (Ed) Rush of Castle Rock, Colo., Alvina Lake of Snyder, Colo., Marvella (Dennis) Teter of Brush, Colo., Glenna (Dennis) Overmiller of Smith Center, Kan., and Ina (Dewayne) Dimmick of Severville, Tenn.; sister in law, Karen Chabot of Snyder, Colo.; nine grandchildren, McKenna, Riggs, Morgan, Maddie, Brenlyn, Dailor, Trake, Haley and Josephine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Dennis in death were his parents; and brothers, Ivan Chabot and Delton Chabot.
Services were held September 24, 2013 at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff, Neb. Cremation has taken place in accordance with Dennis's wishes.
Memorials may be made in care of Shirley Chabot, P.O. Box 295, Morrill, Neb., 69358. ❖
Eugene Glenn Koons
Eugene Glenn "Gene" Koons, 85, passed away August 9, 2013, at Rawlins County Medical Center in Atwood, Kan.
Gene was born July 31, 1928 on a farm 7 miles south of Watkins, Colo. He was the third of four children born to Harry and Mona Hamilton Koons.
He attended Washington Heights Elementary and graduated from Lakewood High School.
He met Fred Winslet and as a young teenager, during summer breaks, he worked for him, first as a camp tender and then as a sheepherder. He continued this summer job until his senior year of high school when he joined the Marines. He was proud of the fact that he was one of the original crew of the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge and received a certificate of ownership of a ceremonial plank awarded to the original crew. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
While working at a Denver lumberyard he met and was offered a job by Eddie Antholz of McDonald, Kan. This led to meeting Eddie's sister-in-law, Blanche McKain. They were married August 31, 1950 at Bernadette Catholic Church in Lakewood, Colo. Their son Roy was born November 17, 1951.
In 1953 Gene was seriously injured when a motor driven grinding wheel he was using flew apart and struck the side of his face. After months of recovery he started working for Colorado Builders Supply. In 1960 while unloading rolls of reinforcing wire with a forklift a roll fell and hit the top of his head. After this accident he had three back surgeries and in 1975 he was told by his doctors because of his neck and back injuries, his health would not allow him to continue working. He was forced to give up his job as a label operator at Coors Brewery. These injuries seriously affected the rest of his life.
In 1976 the opportunity came to move back to Kansas not far from Blanche's family farm. In 1989 upon the death of Blanche's father they moved to the farm homesteaded by her grandfather. Due to his limited mobility he was unable to visit his brothers or sisters or their families but enjoyed their visits to Kansas. The coffee pot was always on and he enjoyed it when neighbors stopped for a visit. Despite his health problems and constant pain he was always joking and teasing and expected it in return.
After a fourth surgery failed to ease his back pain the only thing that gave him satisfaction in being able to do something useful after a life of knowing hard work was taking care of the chickens with aid of his trusty 4-wheeler.
He is survived by Blanche, his wife of nearly 63 years; son Roy; brother Harry of San Diego, Calif.; sister-in-law Pat of Ketchikan, Alaska, brother-in-law Jack Larue of Sutherland, Neb.; Nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Harold; sister Maxine; sister-in-law Shirley; niece Michele and nephew Harry.
He was buried in Immaculate Conception cemetery in rural Atwood, Kan. ❖