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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 5-20-13

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Betty Jo Coutts

Betty Jo Coutts, 82, passed away May 8, 2013, in Greeley, Colo.

She was born in Clearwater, Neb., on January 3, 1931, the third child to Hazen and Anita (Morrison) Coutts.

Betty graduated from Fremont High School, Fremont, Neb. She enjoyed working retail, and later became a jewelry and dress buyer for JV Smith in Greeley, Colo.

Betty relished her life in rural northeastern Nebraska. Time was spent with her brothers, Bill and Bob, on their grandparent’s farm near Royal, Neb. She loved animals and nature. Betty attended the United Methodist Church in Royal and later in Neligh, Neb.

She is survived by her brother, Robert Coutts; five children, Robert “Bob” Martin, Gregg Martin, Laura Fletcher, Cindy Donovan and Mary Jo Stiles; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her cat, Morgan.

She was preceded in death by her father, Hazen; mother, Anita; and brother, William “Bill” Coutts.

Memorial services were held May 12, 2013, at Adamson Chapel in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Weld County Humane Society,” in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Raymond J. Bergstrom

Raymond J. Bergstrom, 85, of Fort Lupton, Colo., passed away May 7, 2013, at his home.

He was born August 16, 1927, in Fort Lupton, Colo., to Joseph and Olga (Fischer) Bergstrom.

Ray attended schools in Keenesburg, Colo., and graduated in 1945. He later married Deloris Schmidt on December 14, 1952, in Hudson, Colo.

Ray enlisted in the ROTC program in Keenesburg, Colo., and attended college in Brookings, S.D. He spent one year in the Air Force and transferred to the Navy, where he spent two years. He received the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal for his service.

Ray has lived on the same farm — northeast of Fort Lupton, Colo., near Hudson — for his entire life, where he owned and operated Bergstrom Dairy. The dairy was his first love and the passion of his life. He was a farmer and dairyman by heart, who also enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Deloris of Fort Lupton, Colo.; son, Gary (Kathreen) Bergstrom of Shelton, Neb.; daughter, Jenny (Steve) Cummings of Fort Lupton, Colo.; four grandchildren, Gary, Kacey, Cody and Breanne; and three great-grandchildren, Riley, Reid and Kristianna.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James in 1976; sister, Dorothy in 1951; and granddaughter, Erin in 1984.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hudson Fire Protection District, 310 W. Lilac Drive, Lochbuie, Colo., 80603. ❖

Alice Lucille “Toodie” Heidenreich

Alice Lucille “Toodie” Heidenreich, 88, of Gill, Colo., passed away May 10, 2013 at her home.

She was born May 23, 1924 in rural Galeton, Colo., to Walter and Dorothy (Siegrist) Henderson.

She married Oliver H. Heidenreich on March 8, 1945 and he passed away April 17, 2001.

Toodie was raised in the Gill, Colo., and Galeton, Colo., area where she attended school and lived her entire life.

She helped her husband on the farm, driving truck, irrigating, milking cows and with the harvest.

Toodie had beautiful gardens, enjoyed cooking, noodle making and canning with her family, scrapbooking, embroidery and camping with the Red Dale Camping Club, but family was most important to her.

She is survived by her son, Oliver Jack (Pam) Heidenreich; five grandchildren, Billinda (Todd) Mitchell-Mueller, Kendra (David) Venable, Tyler (Becky) Heidenreich, Jayme (Chad) Gettman and Clint (Shawna) Heidenreich; 14 great-grandchildren, Alyssa (Jake) Mitchell, Laneya Mitchell, Levi and Luke Venable, Wyatt (Talara) Heidenreich, Weston and Landree Heidenreich, Tanner and Jayden Gettman, Liberty, Noah and Emmarie Heidenreich, Ashley and Katie Mueller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Judith Lee Hird and son-in-law William K. Hird, granddaughter Rashea Dawn Heidenreich, great-grandson Walker Jack Heidenreich, sister Lula Henderson, brother Walter James “Bud” Henderson and sister-in-law Isabelle Henderson.

Memorial services were held May 16, 2013 at the Allnutt Macy Chapel.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Platte Valley FFA Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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William “Bill” F. Kipp, Jr.

William “Bill” Frederick Kipp, Jr., 83, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away May 9, 2013 at his home.

He was born July 18, 1929 to William F. and Daisy L. (Dean) Kipp in Keenesburg, Colo.

Bill’s family settled in Keenesburg, Colo., in 1916. His father, helped layout and develop the town. Bill attended Keenesburg Public Schools. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict from November 20, 1950 to August 19, 1954. He served on the U.S.S. Clearwater County, LST-602.

After his service in the Navy, Bill worked in Alaska and then ranched on the Fleischmann Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo. He returned to Keenesburg, Colo. and began his career with Weld County as a Road Grader Operator. After over 20 years with the county he retired. Bill enjoyed his daily trips to the Coors Energy Coal Mine. He was known to the many as the “Mine Inspector.”

Bill was very well liked and never met a stranger. Always one to tell a story, Bill was a history buff who had a wealth of knowledge. He remained sharp as a tack all through his years.

He is survived by twin sisters, EvaDell Davis of Greeley, Colo., and Cecilia Ann Warren of Cedaredge, Colo.; three brothers, Paul Eugene Kipp (Glenda) of Pinedale, Wyo., Dean Kipp (Jean) of Keenesburg, Colo., and Robert Kipp (Sandy) of Commerce City, Colo.; sister-in-law, Anna Kipp of Keenesburg, Colo.; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents, William and Daisy Kipp, and brother, Charles Kipp.

Memorial services were held May 17, 2013 at American Legion Post 180 in Keenesburg, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 180 in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Esther P. Mauck

Esther P. Mauck, 76, of Strasburg, Colo., passed away April 8, 2013 in Limon, Colo.

She was born January 31, 1937 to Guy and Florence (Isgar) Nicks in rural Elbert County, Colo., and graduated from Simla High School in 1955.

On March 8, 1956 Esther married Henry Sherman Mauck at the family farm south of Matheson, Colo. To this union five children were born: Johnny Lee, who passed away as a newborn, twin daughters, Joan and Janet, daughter Susan and son Henry Sherman Jr.

Following high school, Esther worked in the office at the Limon Sale Barn, the Donut Shop in Limon, Colo., and was custodian at Simla School for many years. In 1979 the family moved from Matheson, Colo., to Longmont, Colo., where she worked as a seamstress, homemaker and ran her own custom drapery business. In 1984 she was State President of RLCA (Rural Letter Carrier Association) Auxiliary. In 1988 they relocated to Strasburg, Colo., where she continued to be her own seamstress and made many projects for family members. Esther resided in Strasburg, Colo., until February 2013 when she moved to Carla’s Cluster Care in Limon, Colo.

Esther was a doting mother, enjoyed her grandchildren and loved having them for extended periods of time in the summer and was very proud of her great grandchildren. Esther had several gifts she shared with others: her love of gardening and canning, crafts and sewing of which she passed on those passions to her grandchildren. She also enjoyed the annual family camping trips, fishing, boating, crocheting and shopping, especially at Walmart.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Henry of Strasburg, Colo.; son Sherman (Jodi) Mauck of Merino, Colo.; daughters Janet (James) Nienhuser of Limon, Colo., Susan (Darrell) Conway of Elba, Neb., and son-in-law Rick Bostic of Hugo, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene (Harold) Dole, Juanita (Bill) Gordon and one brother Delbert (Nancy) Nicks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, Johnny Lee, grandson, Evan Mauck and daughter, Joan Bostic.

Memorial services were held April 12, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Limon, Colo.

At Esther’s request she was cremated following services with inurnment to be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 4567 East 9th Avenue, Denver, Colo., 80220 or Donor’s Choice.

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Weslie Raymond Vannett

Weslie Raymond Vannett, 75, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away April 27, 2013 in Cheyenne, Wyo. His loving wife, daughters, sisters and granddaughters were alongside him when he passed.

He was born October 24, 1937, in Minot, N.D., to Marion and Alice Vannett. He grew up in Minot, N.D., with three sisters and a brother. He graduated in 1955 from Minot High School.

He was blessed to be the father of three daughters from a former marriage, Terri, DeeAnn and Kathy. Then in later years, step-dad to three grown children, Gary, Diane and the late Lesa Sparks. Wes worked for Western Sheet Metal when he moved to Cheyenne in the ’70s. He and Bob Sainz, his partner and life-long friend, opened their own business using their experience and talents. They started Diamond Heating and Air Conditioning in 1986. They retired in 1998.

He used his considerable talent to become a fine musician and form a popular Country Western Band. He and his wife enjoyed music together, snow skiing, camping in their 5th wheel, jet skiis and boating, evenings playing their guitars at campfires, reveling in the beauty God provided. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for over 25 years and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Weslie married Priscilla “Pat” Gilstrap on June 21, 1986. The ceremony took place at the homestead Weslie built in 1976 in Cheyenne, Wyo. Pat loved him “in sickness and health” through their days together. They were married for 27 years.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Vannett of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughters, Terri Johnson (Marlowe) of Minot, N.D., DeeAnn Hansen (Art) of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Kathy Smith (Jeff) of Temecula, Calif.; stepchildren, Gary Sparks (Karla) of Simi Valley, Calif., Diane Sparks of Dallas; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sisters, Elaine Hogan, Carol Lindekugal and Janice Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Laverne and step-daughter Lesa Sparks.

Memorial services were held May 2, 2013 at Cheyenne Hills Church.

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Deanna Dee Hornbake

Deanna Dee Hornbake, 72, passed away May 6, 2013 at her home, after a short illness, with her family at her bedside.

Deanna Dee and her twin sister, Leanna Lee, were born February 20, 1941 to June and Lambert Ward in Syracuse, Kan.

Dee grew up on a ranch in Stephenville, Texas, until her sophomore year of high school. She finished high school in Fort Morgan, Colo., and attended Colorado State University for one year before marrying Bill Myers of Phoenix, Ariz., in June 1962. Dee and Bill had two children, Leslie and Jeff. Dee married her second husband, Jim Hornbake, in 1976 in Scottsdale, Ariz. They retired to a ranch in Concho, Ariz., in 1990.

Dee was a very accomplished golfer and believed in giving back to the game that she loved. She dedicated many years to the Arizona Women’s Golf Association and Arizona Junior Girls Golf. In 2005, Dee was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.

Dee had a great love of animals, enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, gardening, bowling, going to the beach, hunting for seashells, watching sunsets and enjoying her family. Dee will always be remembered as a caring, compassionate, kind person. She had the ability to make people feel special. She will be missed by so many, especially her family and her loyal, devoted yellow lab, Beau.

She is survived by husband, Jim Hornbake; mother, June Perdue; twin, sister, Leanna Lee Constance; daughter, Leslie (Jim); son, Jeff (Cindy); nephew, Travis (Shannon, Dalton and Moya); niece, Kim (Kasper and Keegan); and six grandchildren, Briana, Brittney, Kayla, Kyle, Michael, and Justin.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lambert Ward.

There will be a private family memorial service at her ranch in the near future.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society at or Wild Animal Sanctuary at or Hospice Foundation of the White Mountains, P.O. Box 1975, Lakeside, Ariz., 85929.

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