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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 11-26-12

Frances Elaine Green

Frances Elaine Green, 81, of Granite Canon, Wyo., passed away November 11, 2012 at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo.

She was born June 22, 1931 in Greeley, Colo., to Ray and Josephine Andre. She married Robert Green on November 22, 1954 in Greeley, Colo. She was homemaker and previously was employed as a teacher.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Green of Granite Canon, Wyo.; children, Robert E. Green, Jr. of Granite Canon, Wyo., Victoria Lynn Hutson of Santa Rosa, Calif., Gary Lee Green of Fort Collins, Colo., Bret Alan Green of Cheyenne, Wyo., Sheri Rene Bloomfield of Concord, Calif., and Shawn Eamon Green of Centennial, Colo.; brother Arthur Andre of Tennessee and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Josephine Andre; a son John Green and a brother Walter Andre.

Private memorial services will be held.

Interment will take place on the Double Rocker Ranch, a family ranch in Granite Canon, Wyo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, 800 Southwest Drive, Cheyenne, Wyo., 82007.

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John Booton

John Booton, 78, of Boulder, Colo., passed away November 10, 2012 in Boulder, Colo.

He was born February 14, 1934 in Maybell, Colo., to Dan Booton and Dolly Kipp Booton.

He graduated from Boulder High School in 1952. He eloped with Jane Ewbank in 1954. Their marriage only lasted 49 years, ending in 2003 when Jane passed away.

Always a hard worker, John began shoeing horses at age 15. In the early years of his marriage, he ran livery stables in Allenspark, trained horses for the Miami Shrine Patrol in Florida, and did ranch work in Hyannis, Neb., before returning to Boulder, Colo. In 1960, he started with the Boulder Fire Department, where he served for 25 years. He owned and operated a boarding stable and continued shoeing horses until his back blew out. He then began driving buses for RTD, which he did part time for over 30 years.

In 2004, John married Jerry Foster. In their eight plus years of marriage, they enjoyed dancing, playing cards, attending the dinner theater and spending time with their families.

John was an accomplished horseman, a decent carver, and a laid back storyteller. He enjoyed writing and playing guitar. He always had a project going with his tractor and his Bobcat.

He is survived by his wife Jerry; his son Scott (Michele) Booton of Erie, Colo., and his daughter Stephanie (Joe) Pelle of Longmont, Colo.; his grandchildren Anton (Gina) Booton, Danette (Micah) Miller, Shanna (Nathan) Jessen, and Jeff Pelle; six great-grandchildren; step-children Ronda (Jim) Wilson of Austin, Texas, and Scott Foster of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step-grandchildren Dallas, Collin, Carlye, Skye, Denise, Cherie, Jonathan and Miranda, and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held November 17, 2012, at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to Flatirons Community Church in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.

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Ruby Opal Berger

Ruby Opal Berger, 84, passed away November 12, 2012 at Bonell Good Samaritan Community at Greeley, Colo.

Ruby was born to parents, Arthur Claude and Martha Pearl Bowlby on October 19, 1928, in the sand hills of Nebraska.

She lived in McCook, Neb., until she was 11-years-old when the family moved to Pueblo, Colo. Ruby graduated from Brighton High School, and the studied for one year at Denver University with ambitions to be an airline stewardess.

On December 15, 1949, she married Leo Berger and lived near Fort Lupton, Colo., until 1952, when they moved to a farm near Longmont, Colo.

Besides raising six children, Ruby was active in a dinner club made up of girls she knew from high school. She became a leader for the Longmont 4-H Club, and, along with other women from Longmont, Colo., formed a social club and enjoyed many activities with them. She was also active in her husband’s Soil Conservation organization and traveled often with him for business and pleasure. She supported all of her children’s activities and interests with endless patience and energy. Her heart and home were always open to anyone needing a kind word and a good meal. She was greatly loved.

She is survived by her brother, Leonard (Georgia) Bowlby of Grand Junction, Colo.; six children, Barbara (Tom) Fletcher of Longmont, Colo., Patricia Smith of Frederick, Colo., Laura (David) Bredemeier of La Salle, Colo., Jim Berger of Longmont, Colo., Susan (Andy) Reeves of Poteau, Okla., Scott Berger of Dacono, Colo.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Memorial services were held November 16, 2012 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Brighton, Colo. ❖

Margaret Elizabeth (Leckenby) Ray

Margaret Elizabeth (Leckenby) Ray, 93, of Greeley, Colo., passed away November 14, 2012, at Bonell Nursing Home of Greeley, Colo.

She was born April 12, 1919, to Walter Leckenby and Grace Iona (Vincent) Leckenby of Fort Lupton, Colo.

She attended Fort Lupton schools. In 1935, she married Melville Luster Ray. They farmed at Fort Lupton, Colo., Kersey, Colo., Brighton, Colo., and east of LaSalle, Colo., where she was a member of the LaSalle Presbyterian Church. They moved to Greeley, Colo., upon retirement. Margaret lived at Bonell for the past 20 years.

She is survived by three daughters, Loretta (Herb) Lightsey of Cheyenne, Wyo., Janell Walker of LaSalle, Colo., and Joy Saunders of Greeley, Colo.; and one son, William “Bill” (Patty) Ray of LaSalle, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four sisters, three brothers, and one grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Fund or the LaSalle Presbyterian Church.

Private memorial services will occur at a later date.

Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. ❖

Ruth Eunice Connell

Ruth Eunice Connell, 71, of Greeley, Colo., passed away November 7, 2012.

She was born March 3, 1941 in Loma, Colo., to Joseph and Victoria Maldonado.

Ruth enjoyed 27 years of marriage to the love of her life, Ed.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin Connell, two sons, four sisters, one brother, and nieces and nephews.

Private family service pending.

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Helen Willadsen

Helen Bernhardt Willadsen, 89 of Greeley, Colo., passed away November 17, 2012.

She was born in LaSalle, Colo., on November 6, 1923.

She graduated from Gilcrest High School in 1941. Helen was married to Ed Bernhardt on September 6, 1942 in Greeley, Colo. The union of Helen and Ed Bernhardt graced a daughter and two sons. Helen and Ed farmed and raised cattle in the Ashton, Colo., community west of Greeley, Colo., until 1966 when Ed Bernhardt passed away.

During this time Helen was active in the Colorado Angus Association. Helen also enjoyed being involved in many activities of the Ashton 4-H Club. She was also an active member of the Saint John’s Lutheran church.

In 1967 Helen and her son Ron moved to their acreage east of Greeley, Colo. From 1966 until 1974 Helen worked at the University of Northern Colorado at Toby Kendal as a cook. In 1974 Helen married Mason Willadsen of Granite Canyon, Wyo. Along with falling in love with Mason she fell in love with Mason’s Twin Mountain Ranch on the Duck Creek at Granite Canyon, Wyo. During this time Helen and Mason worked side by side running a cattle and haying operation. Helen and Mason, as well as other family members, greatly enjoyed fishing the Duck Creek as well as hunting and hiking on the beautiful countryside of the Ranch.

In 1982 Helen and Mason moved to Greeley, Colo., but still operated the ranch. In 1989 Mason passed away. With help from children, grandchildren, and other family members and friends, Helen was involved in the daily operations of the ranch. Helen was a retired, loving, housewife. Helen also loved watching sports. Helen was a big fan of the Colorado Rockies; she also enjoyed watching and cheering for the Denver Broncos. Helen enjoyed her neighborhood walks and time spent with her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Gary (Bev) Bernhardt, San Diego, Calif., and Ron (Karen) Bernhardt, Greeley, Colo.; four grandson’s, David (Gena) Bernhardt, Arlington, Va., Brian (Eve) Bernhardt, Rifle, Colo., Mark Bernhardt, Greeley, Colo., and Eric (Kelly) Bernhardt,, Greeley, Colo.; her sisters, Arlene Norfleet, Fort Lupton, Colo., and Marion (Ken) Neergaard, Bellvue, Colo.; her brother, Jerry (Eleanor) Wiggett, Greeley, Colo.; Virginia Wiggett, Marie Wiggett, Carolyn Bernhardt and many nieces and nephews; and eight great-grandchildren, Lainee and Jacey Bernhardt, William and Katie Bernhardt, Faline Bernhardt, Morgan and Dillon Krause, and Rylinn Bernhardt.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Wiggett and mother, Eva Wiggett; her daughter, Terri Bernhardt; her husbands, Ed Bernhardt and Mason Willadsen; and her brothers George and Harold Wiggett.

Memorial services were held November 23, 2012, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel. ❖

Reuben Folot

Reuben Folot, 97, passed away November 9, 2012 in Fort Collins, Colo., with his wife at his side in their home.

He was born January 10, 1915 in Loveland, Colo., to parents, John and Lydia Folot. His mother passed during childbirth and Reuben was raised by his step-mother, Margaret Folot. Reuben grew up farming with his father in Johnstown, Colo., and later in Loveland, Colo. He and his father did custom hay grinding.

On December 20, 1939, Reuben married the love of his life, Lenora Dreith of Johnstown, Colo. At the time of his death, Reuben and Lenora were married 73 years, and living on the farm they purchased together in 1958.

In 1943, when Reuben was 28 years old, he was drafted into the Marines. He was stationed in San Diego, Calif. He was only in the Military for four months before being medically discharged for Pleuresy. Prior to being drafted into the Military, Reuben worked on the Union Pacific Railroad out of Cheyenne, Wyo. When he returned home he continued to farm in Fort Collins, Colo., and also began working at Great Western Sugar Company for eight campaigns. Reuben always went back to farming.

Reuben was very involved in 4-H and was a 4-H leader for many years. Reuben loved to fish and enjoyed taking the 4-H kids and his grandchildren fishing and camping. He enjoyed going to Glenwood Springs in the early fall to buy peaches. By far, Reuben’s greatest passion was farming and raising livestock with his wife and family. The family will always remember the candy he always had in his pocket and dog at his side.

They had four children: Richard Folot of Fort Collins, Colo., Barbara J. Schmunk-Totos of Loveland, Colo., Sharon Williams (deceased) of Torrington, Wyo., and Cynthia Miller of Greeley, Colo. Reuben had nine grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held November 17, 2012 at Wellington Community Church in Wellington, Colo.

Private Family inurnment followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens. ❖

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