Rocky Mountain Obits 9-30-13
December 10, 2013
Norman Franz Kramer
Norman Franz Kramer, 82, of Bethune, Colo., passed away September 17, 2013 at his home.
He was born on September 29, 1930, at the homestead north of Bethune, Colo. He was the first born child and only son of William Kramer and Theresia Stahlecker Kramer.
Norman was raised on the family farm along with two sisters, Irene and Doris. Norman attended Prairie View School through the 8th grade. He then attended Bethune High School and graduated in May 1948 at the age of 17.
Norman worked on the family farm for a few years following graduation. During those winters, he also worked on a ranch in the San Luis Valley with his favorite uncle, Andy Stahlecker. He learned to love the mountains and the uniqueness of the San Luis Valley.
Norman then entered the Army on July 15, 1953. His tour of duty included induction at Ft. Riley, Kan., basic training at Ft. Atterbury, Ind., followed by a transfer to Ft. Carson, Colo., as well as a tour to Korea. He is a Korean War Veteran.
Norman married his wife, Betty Joan Lillich of St. Francis, Kan., on July 30, 1953. They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in July 2013. To this union, four daughters were born — the first was still born and buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Bethune, Colo., — the second, Lillian Kathleen — the third, Judith Yvonne — the fourth, Pamela Jean. Following his military service, Norman began his career as a professional Truck Driver which he enjoyed until his retirement in October 1989. He loved the open road and getting to see the country side. He hauled a variety of loads, including grain, watermelons, cattle, and swine, but probably enjoyed the last eight years the most. He and wife, Betty, team drove together and specialized in oversized loads.
He started his next career, Norm’s 36” Yard Service, in the spring of 1990. He loved running those Walker lawn mowers and visiting with all his customers. He enjoyed this until his retirement in 2011.
He leaves behind his wife, Betty, two sisters and one brother-in-law, Irene Hilt and Doris Barchenger and husband, George, three daughters, Lillian Kathleen Jenkins and husband, Carl, Judith Yvonne Hadley and husband, John, of and Pamela Jean Mills and husband, Tony. He also leaves to mourn him, eight grandsons, Chad Jenkins and wife, Stephany, Brad Jenkins and wife Sara, Martin Jenkins and wife Heather, Nathan Jenkins and wife Kimberly of, Gery Whipple, Johnathan Whipple, Cody Mills and wife, Cathy and Kelby Mills, as well as 16 Great Grandchildren and one Great Great Granddaughter with many relatives and friends.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, his In-Laws, one sister-in-law, and two brother-in-laws and a still born baby daughter.
Services were held September 20, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bethune, Colo. Burial followed at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Bethune, Colo.
Memorial donations may be made to Caring Hands Hospice or to the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Fund and may be left at or sent to the Bank of Burlington, Colo. ❖
Charles (Chuck) Warner Bliss
Charles (Chuck) Warner Bliss, 87, of Poudre Canyon, Colo., passed away September 21, 2013 in Fort Collins, Colo.
Charles was born to Clarence D. and Eunice (Jackson) Bliss, October 9, 1925 in Greeley, Colo. He and sister Carolyn grew up on a farm northeast of Greeley.
He graduated from Greeley High School in 1943. Charles served in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II from 1943 until being discharged in 1946. He returned to enroll at Colorado A&M where he graduated in 1950.
He married Helen LaRue on January 13, 1951. They lived in Longmont, Colo., where they raised their three children, Susan, David and John. Helen passed away in 1972. On January 27, 1974 he married Elyse Deffke of Greeley.
Chuck worked from 1953-1983 with the Boulder County-CSU Extension Service as the County Agent of Boulder County. Upon retirement he and Elyse moved to the Poudre Canyon where they had a small hay and livestock operation. Charles was active with the Poudre Fire Protection District, the Poudre Canyon Chapel and the Old Poudre City Board. Her served as sheep superintendent at the National Western Stock Show for 29 years and was a member of the Boulder County Farm Bureau, the American Legion and National Rifle Association.
Chuck enjoyed his pets, gardening, reading and good conversations with both old and new friends.
His survivors are his wife, Elyse; daughter, Susan (David) Boyd of Loveland, Colo.; and sons David (Brenda) and John (Paula) of Longmont, Colo. He has eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carolyn; and first wife, Helen.
Services were held September 26, 2013 at Allnutt Funeral Service in Fort Collins, Colo. Cremation has taken place.
Donations may be made to the Poudre Canyon Chapel or a charity of your choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colo. ❖
William (Bill) Irvin McQueary Sr.
William (Bill) Irvin McQueary Sr., 76, passed away on September 19, 2013.
He was born on March 23, 1937, to William and Bertha (Simmons) McQueary in Coalmont, Colo.
He spent most of his childhood years farming and ranching in Walden, Colo. He joined the Navy in 1955 and was commissioned to the USS Leyte. During that time he met the love of his life in Brooklyn, N.Y. He always shared with the family that it was Love at first sight; he married Ann (Simons) on August 31, 1958. They were blessed with their first child, a baby girl, Bonnie (Kovtynovich) in 1960. He packed up his new bride and baby girl and moved them to Colorado. They continued adding to the family with two more children. William McQueary Jr. and Steven McQueary.
They bought a farm in Fort Lupton and placed their roots. Bill and his family farmed many crops and raised many animals on that farm. Farming was one of his passions along with taking trips to Las Vegas and playing poker.
His greatest passion was his family.
He leaves behind his wife, Ann McQueary of 55 years and his children Bonnie (Ed) Kovtynovich, William (Leslie) McQueary, Jr., Steven (Shayla) McQueary. His pride and joy was his grandchildren Heather (Willy) Taylor, Justin (Sarah) Hunt, Brandon Hunt, William (Christina) McQueary III, Kurtis (Meghan) McQueary, Colton McQueary, Lexi McQueary, Peyton McQueary and Taylor McQueary, Greg (Jennifer) Kovtynovich, Jake Parker and great grandchildren William, Weston, Walker and Wyatt Taylor, Kacie, Riley and Josie Hunt, and Delaney and Kole Kovtynovich, and brothers Richard Masden, and Robert (Martha) Masden.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Elizabeth, and a brother Kenneth McQueary.
Services were held September 23, 2013 at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area ‘A’.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. ❖
Thomas Eugene McKinney
Thomas Eugene McKinney, 63, of Wickenburg, Ariz., formally of Longmont, Colo., passed away on September 20, 2013 at his home.
Tom was born in Longmont, Colo., to Roy and Jean (Martin) McKinney on November 16, 1949.
Tom grew up in Longmont and Jamestown and married his first wife, Penny O’Briant in Longmont. They had two sons, Troy McKinney and Blaine McKinney. They later divorced and he married Marlo Halley on September 3, 1997, they enjoyed 25 years together.
Tom spent over 20 years as a hard rock miner in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. After moving back to Longmont, he worked for the Boulder County Highway Department for 21 years, retiring from the county in 2010 due to ill health. Tom fought a very hard and courageous battle against lymphoma.
Tom loved fishing and going up to Black Hawk and to Nevada to the casinos to play video poker. His passion was his horses and team roping, which he was very good at, winning several saddles, belt buckles and money.
He was a member of the Colorado Senior Pro Charity Rodeo Association; formerly the Old Timers Rodeo Association.
Tom is survived by his wife Marlo of Wickenburg, Ariz., sons Troy McKinney and Blaine McKinney of Longmont, Colo., stepson Eric (Tracy) Lawing of Evans, Colo., brother Tim (Connie) McKinney of Loveland, Colo., sisters Patty (Chuck) Shannon of Canon City, Colo., and Rea Dawn (Charlie) Inman of Longmont, Colo., brother-in-law Johnnie (Vickie) Halley of Frederick, Colo., aunt Marylee Maberry of Aurora, Colo., along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Jean.
Services were held September 27, 2013 at Foothills Gardens of Memory.
Visit http://www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com to share condolences. ❖
James Robert Williams
James Robert Williams, 81, passed away September 17, 2013.
He arrived during a blizzard December 29, 1931 in Yampa Colo. Weighing in around 3-pounds he had to be ‘tuff’ as a bull to make it back then. ‘He could crow like a rooster before he could talk. At age 10 he was rounding up cattle, and roped his first calf ‘right into his heart’.
During his Army tour he was in Korea and Japan.
Being an electrician for over 55 years, he got to ‘moo’ around the good ole USA.
He raised cattle in Routt and Grand counties and owned two ranches in Weld County. His heart and soul was in his land & cattle.
James has been a resident of Weld County for 35 years.
He is survived by wife Velma J. Williams, daughter Cindy Dietz; and her daughter and son; Jeff Williams and his three children and a brother, John Williams.
Placement of ashes in his home town of Yampa, Colo., will take place in the summer of 2014.
Services were held September 28, 2013, at Horan and McConaty in Thornton Colo.
The family asks donations be made at http://www.ShrinersHospitalsForChildren.org. ❖