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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 05-27-13

Raymond Neil Stugart

Raymond Neil Stugart, 79, passed away following a long illness, on May 9, 2013 in Wheatland, Wyo.

He was born November 23, 1933, in Wheatland the son of Alexander and Anna Margaret (Bohl) Stugart. He was raised on the Wheatland flats where he farmed alongside his parents and brothers. He loved playing basketball during school and graduated from Wheatland High School in 1952. Due to poor crops that year, he went to town to find a job and was hired by Mountain Bell Telephone Company as a lineman where his route ran from Chugwater, Wyo. to the Montana border. On May 6, 1953, he married the love of his life, Joan L. Cook and they began their life together having recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

His career carried his new family across northern and eastern Wyoming converting systems to dial or constructing phone service to many towns for the first time. In 1953 – 1954 he worked in the Jackson Hole area to string the first telephone lines from Dubois to Roosevelt Lodge in the park. It was an adventurous undertaking, with Stugart and thirteen other workers bringing their families to live at a base camp on Togwotee Pass. Four-wheel drive vehicles couldn’t do the job so the crew carried the equipment on their backs and on mules rented from a local rancher. He was transferred to Cheyenne, Wyo. in 1957, where he installed “key” systems for large businesses and also teletype systems. He was also involved in bringing modern services to Wheatland which became the first town in the state to have touch-tone dialing. In 1959 he was transferred to his home town of Wheatland and was later promoted to systems technician and service foreman. In 1979 he was named as manager for the local area Mountain Bell. He retired in 1990 from Mountain West Phone Co. following 37 plus years of service.

In 1967 he was asked by his high school friend, Keith Anderson to help start the new “Anderson Ford – Mercury” automotive dealership in Wheatland. He loved people and selling cars evenings and weekends until moving to the dealership fulltime in 1990. The dealership was later purchased by Chuck and Lori Ruwart and became Laramie Peak Motors. During his 45 plus years of sales, the team at the dealership provided quality, friendly service to customers, who often became their life-long friends. He was recognized many times by Ford Motor Company for his sales achievements, and the dealership established many records for outstanding sales levels. His hobbies included elk and goose hunting, fishing, restoring and collecting classic Fords and raising registered horses on his farm west of town.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan of Wheatland; children, Ron Stugart (Barbara) of Gillette, Wyo., Pegge Stutzman (Jeff Carbullido) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Susie Wann (Lonnie) of Yankton, S.D.; grandchildren, Michelle Merrick (Fred) of Las Vegas, Clay Teel (Kristin) of Great Bend, Kan., Cody Teel (Stacey) of Wheatland, Casidy Potts (Kurt) of Fordyce, Neb., Jamie Bennett (Nick) of Las Vegas, and Brandon Stutzman of Las Vegas; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Patricia Stugart of Fort Collins, Colo. and Barbara Stugart of Cheyenne; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander on January 21, 1990 and Anna on May 1, 2002,; his brothers, Arthur and Larry; infant grandson Nicholas; two nieces; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Services were held on May 18th, 2013 at the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wheatland, Wyo.

Lois Campbell

Lois Campbell, 86, Englewood, Colo., passed away May 17, 2013 at Serenity House in Centennial, Colo.

She was born Feb. 15, 1927 in Ivesdale, Ill. She graduated from high school in Hanover, Ill. as Valedictorian of her class. She married the love of her life, Marion J. Campbell, in 1946. She was a loving wife. They moved to Colorado in 1956. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren and was very proud of all of them. She enjoyed traveling with her husband. They have visited many countries. Her greatest legacy is her cooking. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing & quilting. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Englewood, Colo., for many years, as an inspiration to all of her family. Lois worked as Central Services Supervisor at Swedish & Craig Hospitals until retiring in 1986.

She is survived by 7 daughters; Connie (David) Vaclav of Durango, CO, Patricia (Harley) Troyer of Ft. Lupton, CO, Vicki (Adolph) Gallegos of Evergreen, CO, Barbara (Dennis) Hartman of Parker, CO, Donna (Byron) Hagan of Englewood, CO, Peggy Pino of Littleton, CO, JoAnne (Ray) Gerber of Littleton, CO, and 1 son, James (Brenda) Campbell of Englewood, CO. She has 21 grandchildren & 32 great grandchildren, 1 brother, Leon Pankau of Idaho Falls, ID & many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marion in 2000.

She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.

Services were held May 23, 2013 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Englewood, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lois’ name to Serenity House, 2337 S. Forest Dr., Denver, CO 80222 or to Suncrest Hospice, 311 Steele St., Denver, CO 80206.

Please visit online guestbook at to share your memories of Lois.

Olive Daniels

Olive Daniels, 93, of Greeley, Colo., passed away on May 19, 2013.

She was born on July 15, 1919 in Stanton County, Neb. to Elmer G. and Ruth Francis (Clark) Briard. She married Richard A. Daniels, Sr. October 25, 1938 in Neb. He passed December 30, 1993.

Olive moved from Nebraska to Akron, Colo. in September of 1942 to the original Daniels Homestead were they were engaged in farming and ranching for 30 years prior to moving and retiring to Greeley in 1972.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron and Gloria Christi in Greeley. She was active in the Butte Home Demonstration Club, Ladies Aide Society at church, volunteered at RSVP (14 years), and a member of the Dynamic Maturity Group at Gloria Christi.

She was a homemaker and housewife. She was an excellent cook, loved to bake, embroidery and was a beautiful cake decorator. She loved bird watching, hiking, travel and she loved shoes!

She is survived by her children, Beverly (David) Gebauer, Longmont, Colo.; Bonnie Massey and Don Parcels, Loveland, Colo.; Richard Daniels, Jr., Akron, Colo. and Robert (Sally) E. Daniels, Ignacio, Colo.; grandchildren, David Anthony (Debbie) Gebauer, Douglas Kevin Gebauer, Daniel Jeffery(Samantha) Gebauer, Diana Renae Arrington, Robert Duane (Cindy) Ververs, Michael Ray (Janice) Ververs, Andrea Michelle Swayze, Tamela Suzette (David) Brown, Monica Renae (Ted) Mika, Rena Raquel (Darren ) Baessler, Angela (Mark) Kleven, and Joanna (Jeff) Williams; 33 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, twin brother, Charles Briard, 4 older brothers and 5 older sisters, son in law Don Rose and granddaughter-in-law, Vicki Anderson Gebauer.

Services were held May 24, 2013 at Gloria Christi Lutheran Church.

Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gloria Christi Lutheran Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at

George R. Evans

George R. Evans, 61, passed away on May 10, 2013, at University Hospital in Aurora, Colo., following a lengthy illness.

He was born on October 25, 1951, in Craig, Colo., the son of John and Norma (Henry) Evans. George was raised on the Snake River and attended school in Baggs.

He married Sandra Kay Jones on July 3, 1970, in Baggs. They made their home in Baggs and became the parents of four children George was a rancher and also worked as a field operator in the oil fields.

George enjoyed 4-wheeling, moving cattle, desert camping, watching basketball and being with his family. George was a member of the National Guard for six years.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Kay; his daughter Hollie (Jay) Dietrich; his sons George Jason (Jenny) Evans, Clay (Tanya) Evans and Robert Evans all of Baggs, Wyo.; his grandchildren Peyton, Kendal, Kami, Jaydence, Kameron, Karter, Kylie, Kenzie, Kelton, Aspen, and Easton; his mother Norma Evans of Baggs, Wyo; his sister Roxene Foster of Ft. Collins, Colo. and his brother Jack (Karen) Evans of Baggs, Wyo. and his mother-in-law Delores Jones of Baggs, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his father John, his sister Marie and his father-in-law Robert Jones.

Services were held on, May 16, 2013, at the Little Snake River School in Baggs, Wyo.

Interment followed in the Baggs Cemetery.

William R. (Bill) Koehler

William R. (Bill) Koehler, 82 of Greeley, Colo. passed away May 15, 2013 at Bear Creek Nursing Home in Morrison, Colo.

He was born April 30, 1931, in Greeley, Colo. to Conrad and Mary (Kerbel) Koehler.

Bill attended Buell School for eight years, then Meeker Junior High and graduated from Greeley High. Bill was a natural in almost all sports.

While in High School, Bill played basketball, football, and track. During the summers he played fast pitch softball. He graduated from Greeley High in 1948. He then attended Colorado A & M College in Fort Collins. His freshman year he played basketball. He played football for four years and was honorary Captain his senior year. He was a member of ROTC. After graduating from college he went into the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. After two years in the Air Force he was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. He returned to Greeley to go into farming and cattle feeding with his father. His brother, Jim, Joined the family business a year later. After his father retired, Bill and Jim formed Koehler Bros. Inc. They continued farming and feeding until 2010 when both Bill and Jim retired. Bill continued playing fast pitch softball where he was an excellent pitcher and batter. Bill also was one of the top bowlers in Greeley for many years. Bill always had a joke to tell.

Bill was one of the early members of the Eaton Country Club and served on the Board of Directors. He was also a member of Colorado Cattle Feeders.

Bill married Sandy Collins. They later divorced.

He is survived by his three children, Connie (Tim) Tyler of Lakewood, Kurt Koehler of Greeley, and Sindy Von Bank of Castle Pines, four grandchildren, his sisters Marylou Churches of Northglenn and Marlene (Bill) Drogemueller of Highland Ranch, and his brother Jim of Greeley, as well as several nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private services were held on May 23, 2013.

Memorial contributions may be made to SolAmor Hospice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo. 80631.

Shirley (Dalles) Kay

Shirley (Dalles) Kay, 83, of Laramie Wyo., passed away on May 13, 2013.

She was born February 18, 1930 to William J. and Ella P. Dalles. She was raised on the Dalles ranch, attended Millbrook Country School in the Little Laramie River Valley and graduated from Laramie High School, at the age of 16.

Following graduation she held various jobs in Laramie and then moved to Kansas to attend flight attendant school. When she realized that flying was not for her, she moved to San Francisco and worked for a short time until she realized that big city life was also not for her. She then returned home to Laramie where she met Gale H. (Gus) Kay and they were married on February 27, 1954. Following their marriage, they moved to Estes Park, Colo. to work and start a family. After owning two grocery stores in Colorado and having two children, daughter Pam and son Matt, they moved back to the Laramie area where they worked on several ranches and had two more children, sons Dan and Steve. Pursuing their dream of owning a ranch, they bought a place on the Big Laramie River in 1966 and completed their family with the addition of another daughter, Mary.After the passing of her husband Gus in 1977, their eldest son Matt returned home to live and work. Together, with determination and fortitude, they turned the place into the ranch it is today.

Shirley loved ranch life, the great outdoors and the beauty of nature. In her spare time she hunted, camped and hiked in many of her favorite spots in the Wyoming mountains. She was an avid reader and had an unwavering faith in God. Shirley was a long time member of St. Laurence O’Toole’s Catholic Church, a board member of the Pioneer Canal Ditch Company.

She is survived by her sons Matt (Susan) Kay and Steve (Gail) Kay and a daughter Mary (Sam) Kay; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Gale H. (Gus) Kay; daughter Pam (Kay) Lebeda; son Dan Kay; brother William (Bill) Dalles; and sister Cleo Dalles.

Services were held May 21, 2013 at St. Laurence O’Toole’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1117, Torrington, WY, 82240-0822 or Hospice of Laramie, 1262 N. 22nd Street, Unit A, Laramie, WY, 82072.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the wonderful caregivers with Home Instead Senior Care and Hospice of Laramie. The online guestbook, go to

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