Rocky Mountain Obituaries 12-10-12
February 25, 2013
Dorothea Mae Oestman
Dorothea Mae Oestman, 95, passed away December 2, 2012 at the Brighton Care Center in Brighton, Colo.
She was born July 18, 1917 to Junious and Gladys Weed at Laird, Colo. Dorothea was raised and went to school in the Laird, Colo., Community. She had four brothers and one sister.
She married Elmer Oestman, Sr. on September 5, 1937 and they farmed north of Wray, Colo., until they retired and moved into town in November 1975. Dorothea and Elmer joined the United Methodist Church in Wray, Colo., in 1948. Prior to retirement Dorothea worked for Duckwalls, Tri State Hardware, Lucas Appliance, and was a part-time bailiff for the county court. She was also very active in the church and was an avid golfer. Her yard and flowers were her pride and joy for many years.
She is survived by, son, Elmer Jr. and wife Diane of Broomfield, Colo., and daughter, Deana Medlock of Fallon, Nev. ;grandchildren, Lisa (Dick) Pettinger, Michele Sack, Dan Medlock, Darrel Medlock (Joan), Douglas Medlock, Denise Medlock, Dottie Medlock, Trevor Bills, and Marnie Boom; multiple great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Sr. in 2001, four brothers and one sister.
Memorial services were held December 6, 2012 at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colo. ❖
Wales Denton Wenburg
Wales Denton Wenburg, 97, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away November 30, 2012 at Laramie Care Center.
He was born April 14, 1915 in Belgrade, Neb., to Anna (Wolles) and Otto Wenburg. He graduated from Fullerton High School. He worked with the family on the farm until it was sold due to the depression and drought in November, 1938. He then moved west to Laramie, Wyo., where he worked for Miss Mary Ethel Biddick, at the Biddick Ranch.
Wales always had a love for good horses. He worked the farm in Nebraska with horses, and when he moved to Wyoming, he continued the tradition. Wales raised working Morgan horses, Belgian draft horses, ponies and mules on the ranch. The Morgan pedigree lines that Wales propagated are well know among western working Morgan Horse breeders. Wales worked draft horse teams on the Biddick Ranch for years. He supplied both draft teams and light horse teams for the Cheyenne Frontier Days parades for many years, and he participated in Jubilee Days parades as well. For years, Wales would donate a Morgan filly to a deserving Albany County 4-H’er.
Wales was a member of the Wyoming Farm Bureau, Albany County Stock Growers Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Shrine Club, Sertoma Club, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, the Morgan Horse Association, and the Cathedral Home for Children.
Wales’s work has always been his hobby. He was a great friend to many and a good agriculturalist.
He is survived by his sister, Elaine; his numerous nieces; nephews, Ken, Ted, and Jim Payne; his ranch family, Pep and Kathy Speiser; Dustin and Jill Speiser family, Kallie and Cody Roberts, Carol White, Stacie and Dave Myers family, Nick and Cindy Speiser family, Dennis Speiser family, Russel and Kathy Austin family; among other close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Wayne and Kenneth; and his three sisters, Luella, Nellie and St. Ena.
Memorial services were held December 7, 2012 at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.
Interment followed at Greenhill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany County 4-H Club 3520 S. 3rd St. Suite 8 Laramie, Wyo., 82070, and/or the Cathedral Home for Children, PO Box 520 Laramie, Wyo., 82073.
To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook please go to http://www.MontgomeryStryker.com. ❖
Wallace Gunn McClary
Wallace Gunn McClary, 87, of Sedgwick, Colo., passed away November 12, 2012.
He was born March 14, to John Augustus McClary and Blanche Emerrancy Gunn in 1925 on the homestead settled by his parents who came from Illinois in 1909.
He attended Sedgwick schools and is a 1943 graduate of Sedgwick High School. After graduation he quickly became involved on the family farm, partnering up with his brother-in-law Rex Frickey for two and a half years. After Rex moved, Wally continued to farm and in 1946 married Lois Schwynoch, his lifelong partner for 66 years. From this marriage were born: Jack, Micki, and Rob.
Throughout his lifetime he served on various boards and organizations: Lions Club, Sedgwick Fire Department, Julesburg Irrigation District, Sedgwick School Board, Sedgwick County Commissioner, Sedgwick Cemetery Board, Sedgwick Sanddraws, and the Sedgwick Alumni Association.
Wally has been a lifelong farmer since the age of 18, helping to grow the farm to the moderate size it is today from the initial beginnings, his eyes have seen a lot in his 87 years. From him walking behind a plow pulled by horses to a G.P.S. guided tractor pulling a plow.
He always found time for family, friends, daily trips to the coffee shop, (Lucy’s that is), slowly driven trips by the fields to let those 2 sons know they were being watched, and of course, what would Wally be without his well-known humor and stories.
Being that dedicated farmer he was, there was never time for hobbies, but, he did find time for dancing, and with his partner Lois and glided across the dance floor like no other.
He is survived by his wife Lois; Jack and Donna McClary of Sedgwick, Colo., Micki and Les Peterson of Ovid, Colo., Rob McClary of Sedgwick, Colo.; two grandchildren, Natalie and Robert Framel of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mitchell and Anna McClary of Fort Morgan, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Brennan Framel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Blanche McClary, and two sisters; Helen McClary Krammer, and Jeanette McClary Frickey.
Memorial services were held November 16, 2012 at the Julesburg Mennonite Church.
Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sedgwick Cemetery District C/O Lois McClary 6821 County Road 30 Sedgwick, Colo., 80749. ❖
Marjorie LaVerne Bowman Frank
Marjorie LaVerne Bowman Frank, 95, of Windsor, Colo., formerly of Loveland, Colo., passed away November 10, 2012 surrounded by family.
She was born to Joseph and Lettie Jincy Kaufman Bowman on July 15, 1917 in Graham County, Kan.
She was married to Daniel Frank on February 18, 1939 in Loveland, Colo.
She and Dan farmed east of Loveland, Colo., until 1963, when they sold their farm equipment and moved into Loveland, Colo. During their farm career, she and Dan were named Top Sweet Corn Producers and Top Tomato Growers for Kuner-Empson Company. In 1964, she was employed by Rocky Mountain Directory Company in Loveland, Colo., in the bindery department. She later moved to the advertising layout department until her retirement in 1986.
Upon her retirement, she began making birthday cakes for all of her kids, their spouses and all of the grandchildren. It became her trademark. Each family member looked forward to her famous “Dream Sponge Cake.” Marjorie also enjoyed reading, sewing, crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. She has made her home with her daughter Joanne and her husband Dana, for the past 10 years.
She is survived by sons, Robert Frank, Ray (Darlene Baska) Frank, and Rick (Donna) Frank all of Loveland, Colo; daughters Joanne Monath (Dana Echols) of Windsor, Colo., and Judy (Allen) Herder of Loveland, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 8 step-great-grandchildren; brothers Alfred Bowman of California and Berwyn Bowman of Oregon; and sisters Arlene Everetts of California, LeIva Gasink of California, Christine Davis of California, and Norma Jenson of California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel, who passed away December 8, 1989; a daughter, Janet Louise Frank; daughter-in-law, Betty C. Frank; brothers Paul Bowman, Neil Bowman and Joseph Bowman; and sisters Ruth Bowman and Bernadel Minium.
Memorial services were held November 16, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo.
Private family interment was at Loveland Burial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo. ❖
Donald Lee French
Donald Lee French, 78, of Enumclaw, Wash., passed away November 12, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, Wash., with his family by his side.
He was born May 26, 1934 to Benjamin and Bernadette (Piel) French of Mullen, Neb. Don was the second of five children and grew up on the family ranch in the Sandhills, graduating from Mullen High School in 1952. He worked as a ranch hand and cowboy for Ross Hager south of Mullen, Neb., and the Buchfinck Ranch. Don left the Sandhills in 1954 and moved to Seattle, Wash., to live with his Uncle Earl (Hildred) Piel. In December of 1956 he married his true love and lifelong companion, Dolores (Dee) Westerberg in Seattle, Wash.
Don began working as a Draftsman for the Boeing Company in 1955 and studied Engineering at the University of Washington from 1956 through 1960. During his 34 year career as a Boeing Engineer, Don worked in the Boeing Defense, Space, and Security Division. His most notable projects included the Apollo Lunar Orbiter, Delta, B-52 Bomber, Stealth B-2 Bomber, X-45 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle, Boeing 777, and the International Space Station. Don retired from Boeing in 1989.
For over 40 years Don’s true passion in life was rodeo and raising Brahma cross bucking bulls. He started as a Bull Rider in 1962 (NPRA, RCA) and ended his short Bull Riding career in 1967 to raise bucking bulls as a life long hobby. Don contracted and sold bucking bulls to Stock Contractors such as Don and Harold Starr (Wash.), Frank Beard (Wash.), Byron Juma (Wyo.), Terry Williams (Texas), and Mike French (Neb.) in NPRA, PRCA, RCA, NSRA, Collegiate Rodeo, NFR, and PBR rodeo associations. Several of his bulls went on to win Bull of the Year and were featured at NFR and PBR finals. He spent his retired years traveling to rodeos between his home in Washington and the Sandhills of Nebraska, scouting his bulls and giving advice to his favorite Bull Riders.
Don also enjoyed bird hunting with his sons and good friends at Bird Camp (Wash.); ranching with his family and friends at Cow Camp (Wash.) and in the Sandhills (Neb.); photographing Elk, wildlife, and rodeo stock across the Pacific Northwest and Midwestern States; fishing at Merritt Reservoir with his family (Neb.). He took great pleasure in collecting Bronze statues and Western artwork of Cowboys, Rodeo Stock, and Wildlife creating doting friendships with both the artists and their art.
Known lovingly by his family and close friends as Honest Don, HD the Gambler, he loved to win at poker, pitch a good card game, and spin every fishing story. His humor and words of wisdom will truly be missed by his family and close friends on the rodeo circuit, at the card table, and on every fishing trip.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Dolores (Dee) French of Enumclaw, Wash.; three children Diane French of Nampa, Idaho, David French of Mullen, Neb., and Daniel French of Spanaway, Wash.; four grandchildren; sisters Leila Hicks of Valentine, Neb., and Lois Nordahl of Bothell, Wash.; brother Larry (Georgann) French of Mullen, Neb.; sister-in-law Virginia French of Walton, Neb.; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his brother Albert French of Walton, Neb., and brother-in-law Bill Hicks of Valentine, Neb.
A celebration of life and memorial service with family and friends will be held Father’s Day, Sunday June 16, 2013 in Mullen, Neb., on the North Slope of the Dismal River, French Wilderness Ranch.
It was Don’s wishes that his body be cremated. ❖
Joseph Daniel Moralez Jr.
Joseph Daniel Moralez Jr., 76, of Greeley, Colo., passed away November 30, 2012, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
He was born July 3, 1936, in Gill, Colo., to Jose and Delphina (Gonzalez) Moralez.
Joseph was raised in Gill, Colo., and graduated from Gill High School. He attended University of Northern Colorado before enlisting in the Navy. Joseph was a land surveyor with Weld County and many private companies.
He enjoyed farming, gardening and volunteering as a baseball coach. He loved his grandchildren and going to their sporting events. Joseph was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Greeley, Colo., going to bible study every Wednesday and services every Sunday. He was a member of the Old Timers.
He is survived by one daughter, Annette (Paul) Erebia of Greeley, Colo.; two sons, Joseph (Lori) Moralez III of Greeley, Colo., and Mike (Stacey) Moralez of LaSalle, Colo.; grandchildren, Telly Daniel Euresti, Brandon Michael Euresti, Jayce Tappy, Madison Moralez, Rachel Moralez and Sterling Moralez, all of Greeley, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, five sisters, Ruth Gomez of Greeley, Colo., Martha Benevadez of Greeley, Colo., Mary Macias of Denver, Colo., Irene Chacon of LaSalle, Colo., and Angie Foos of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Steve Moralez of Aurora, Colo.; and one special friend, Valtin Perez of Greeley, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Mary Lou Moralez.
Memorial services were held December 7, 2012, at the First Assembly of God Church in Greeley, Colo. Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖