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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 9-17-12

K.C. Holzworth

Keith Clifford (K.C.) Holzworth, 87, of Stoneham, Colo., passed away September 8, 2012 at Devonshire Acres in Sterling, Colo.

He was born at home near Stoneham, Colo., on July 15, 1925, the only child of Cliff and Elizabeth (Bartram) Holzworth. K.C. grew up on his grandparents’ family farm near Stoneham, Colo., where he and his mother lived after the death of his dad, when K.C. was only 5-years-old. He attended Stoneham, Colo., schools, and graduated from Stoneham High School in 1943.

K.C. joined the U.S. Navy serving in World War II, immediately after graduation from high school, and while in the Navy, contracted rheumatic fever. Because of his illness he served out the remainder of his tour of duty stateside on the West Coast.

K.C. married his high school sweetheart Josephine Headley of Stoneham, Colo., on April 6, 1947. The couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last April shortly before Jo’s death. K.C. and Jo lived in Sterling, Colo., for a short while right after their wedding and then moved back to Stoneham, Colo., where they lived until the last five years. They moved to Devonshire Acres in Sterling, Colo., because of failing health.

For a few months in the early years of their marriage, they lived in Roundup, Mont., and Moorcroft, Wyo., near the oil fields, where K.C. owned and operated K.C. Tank and Water Service. K.C. and Jo were engaged in farming and ranching on the Bartram family homestead for most of their married life. K.C. held many other jobs to support his family, including years working on road construction operating large equipment; he also began Midwest Pilot Car Service, which he operated until his 80th birthday.

K.C. and Jo had their first daughter, Debra Jo, on December 3, 1952, and then their second, Tina June, on September 22, 1956. When K.C. and Jo were 41, they had twins, Kendra Kay and Kendall Keith on March 11, 1967.

K.C. was “one of a kind” with his wild and crazy personality. He never met a stranger and was rarely at a loss for words. He always kept a positive outlook on life and had a tremendous sense of humor which he kept until his last breath, and no one ever knew what he was going to say next. K.C. was a loving and dedicated husband and dad, and sacrificed to provide and care for his family.

He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, Sterling Elks Lodge, and the New Raymer Lions Club which became the Northeast Weld Drylanders. He attended Chapel of the Plains in Stoneham, Colo.

He is survived by his daughter, Deb Walker and husband Jim of New Raymer, Colo., daughter Tina McEndaffer and husband Bret of Sterling, Colo., daughter Kendra Carlson and husband Bryce of Atwood, Colo., son Ken Holzworth and wife Andrea of Stoneham, Colo.; 12 grandchildren: Colby Walker and wife Karrie, Blair and Britt McEndaffer, Kenzi, Drew, Cooper, and Beau Carlson, Maddy, Trenton, and Carson Holzworth, Kendall Williams and Jordan Forsha; and nine great-grandchildren: Gentry, Berkley Jo, and Kallan Warner, Ben, Wyatt and Molly Jo Walker, Cash Carlson, and Mason and Brock Forsha; sister-in-law Betty Nicklas of Fort Morgan, Colo., and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo, his parents, and his granddaughter, Kasey Jo (Walker) Warner.

Memorial services were held September 14, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Sterling, Colo.

Inurnment was at Prairie View Cemetery in Stoneham, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the K.C. Holzworth Memorial — Northeast Weld Drylanders. ❖

Barbara Thomas

Barbara Thomas, 68, of Ft. Bridger, Wyo., passed away August 23, 2012 at home.

She was born December 14, 1943 to Irvan H. Butler and Virginia H. Farrar in Sheridan, Mont., and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho. She moved to Ft. Bridger, Wyo., in 1977 and retired from FMC in 2008.

She loved traveling, fishing, camping, and riding her four-wheeler and horse. She loved her yard and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Reed Thomas; daughters, Kymberly Martin (Todd Beckstead) of Lyman, Wyo., Cindy (Scott) Colvin of Rock Springs, Wyo.; step-children, Bryon (Cory) Thomas of McKinnon, Wyo., Burke (Rachel) Thomas of Layton, Utah, Brandie Thomas of Layton, Utah; brothers, Thomas Monsseret of Blackfoot, Idaho; Irvan H. (Debbie) Butler Jr. of Williston, N.D.; two sisters; Betty Jo (Ronald) Atwood of Arizona and Roxanne (Alvin) Simmons of Sandy, Utah; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister, Patricia Cook.

Memorial services were held August 28, 2012 at Mountain View LDS Ward Chapel.

Interment followed at the Ft. Bridger Cemetery. ❖

Frank A. “Pete” Peterson, Jr.

Frank A. “Pete” Peterson, Jr., 83, of Eaton, Colo., passed away August 20, 2012.

He was born in Greeley, Colo., to Frank A., Sr. and Blanche (Seamster) Peterson. He was raised on his family’s farm east of Pierce, Colo. He graduated from Pierce High School in 1946.

Pete married Margie Giffin from Nunn, Colo., and raised four children. He later married Loretta (Smith) and built their home east of Eaton, Colo.

Pete farmed with his family and then farmed with his father-in-law, Murray Giffin. Pete was proud that he logged more than a million miles in his truck driving career.

He is survived by his wife; brother, Jim (JoAnne) Peterson of Ault, Colo.; sons, Mike Peterson of Greeley, Colo., and Bob Peterson of Tucumcari, N.M.; daughter, Cindy Groves of Greeley, Colo.; and step-daughter, April Parker of Alaska; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one niece, grandnieces, and great-grandnieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Donald Eugene; and a son, Steve.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date. ❖

Elsie Barker

Elsie Barker, 92, of Greeley, Colo., passsed away September 9, 2012, at North Colorado Medical Center hospice unit.

She was born June 28, 1920 in Weld County to Jacob and Mary (Flohr) Dupper.

Elsie’s father took her out of school in the eighth grade to work in the sugar beet fields. It was her goal to finish her education. Later in life she accomplished her goal by receiving her AA from Aims Community College and her BA from the University of Northern Colorado.

On July 16, 1938, Elsie married Elmer Lawrence Baker. Elsie worked for Wright and McGill and in the UNC cafeteria. She attended the Greeley Seventh Day Adventist Church for more than 70 years. Elsie was a member of the Evans, Colo., and Greeley, Colo., senior centers and the Red Hatters at the Greeley Place.

Elsie enjoyed traveling with her daughter and family. She ate at Western Sizzlin’ on a daily basis. Elsie was pleasant, grateful and at times could be very dramatic. Elsie had a creative imagination. She enjoyed oil painting and passed her artistic skills to many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Elsie continued painting up until she got sick. She was a great teacher, teaching her children and grandchildren how to cook and sew.

She is survived by her daughter, Bonnalee (Mark) Oster of Greeley, Colo.; son, Diwiatt Barker of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Darlene Clarke of Cerritos, Calif.; two brothers, LeRoy Dupper of San Bernardino, Calif., and Daniel Dupper of Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren, Debbie Barker, Darren Barker, Shana Oster, Shawn Oster and Stacie Drake; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1997; and her siblings, Ruth Hallauer, William Dupper, Raymond Dupper and Doris Taylor.

Memorial services were held September 11, 2012 at the Greeley Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greeley Seventh Day Adventist Church in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th St., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please visit to sign online guest book. ❖

Russell Neil Johnson

Russell Neil Johnson, 61, of Sterling, Colo., passed away on Sept. 11, 2012, in Sterling.

Russ was born in Sterling on March 26, 1951, to Orville and Catherine (Norman) Johnson.

He was raised on the family farm in the Burdett community of Washington County, and graduated from the Lonestar School in 1969. Russ continued his education at CSU graduating in 1973, magna cum laude and No. 1 scholastically in the College of Business, with a degree in accounting. While at CSU he met Cinthia Lee Kleis and the two were married on June 9, 1973, in Lincoln, Neb.

Following college graduation Russ went to work for Touche Ross and Company, CPAs in Denver, moving to their Sterling branch in 1974. The firm underwent several changes over the years, until 1999, when Johnson became an owner and managing partner of Johnson and Associates, CPAs, PC. Concurrent with his career in accounting, Russ worked and expanded the family farm east of Sterling, raising wheat, corn, proso, hay crops and cattle. It was here that he and Cindy raised two sons, Abe and Matt.

Service to community was an important part of Russ’s life. He was an active member and past elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling. He served on the Sterling Regional MedCenter Hospital Board for 15 years, acting as chairman during construction of the new hospital in 1989. He was a member of the Colorado State Fair Board for 11 years, serving as vice-chairman from 2003-2008. At the time of his death Russ was the financial adviser to the Premier Farm Credit Board and a member of the Wells Fargo Bank Board.

Russ was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA, actively recruiting buyers and purchasing animals for numerous businesses at the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auctions in Logan and Washington counties for many years. He was an enthusiastic contributor to music, athletic and scholastic programs in regional schools and at Northeastern Junior College. It was his great honor to be named Citizen of the Year by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Russ was known in northeast Colorado for his collection of real-photo turn-of-the-century postcards. As a result, he was privileged to be awarded the Northeast Colorado Historical Society’s Sharing with the Community Award in 2011. Russ also enjoyed farm sales, antique tractors, collecting farm primitives, the Johnson and Associates Relay For Life Barbecue, and participating in the Logan County Fair Parade.

Russ is survived by his wife, Cindy; and two sons, Abe and wife Kelli of Firestone, and Matt and wife Cindy of Sterling, Colo. He was blessed with four grandchildren, Calvin, Grant, Madie and Lilly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Catherine Johnson.

A celebration of his life was held at Sept. 15, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling.

It was Russ’s request that memorials be made to the Northeastern Junior College Foundation, 100 College Avenue, Sterling, Colo., 80751 to support the HOPE Scholarship program. ❖

Shirley Ann Silva

Shirley Ann Silva, 69, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 5, 2012, at her home.

She was born October 29, 1942, at Porter Hospital in Denver, Colo., to Murrel Lawrence and Mary Virginia (Blackston) Hiatt.

Shirley grew up in Weston, Mo., on a dairy farm. She attended Grand Junior High, South High School and Parks Business School. She was a professional cake decorator, working at Toddy’s and Safeway.

On May 20, 1962, she married David Silva in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was saved in the “Church of God” and later attended Harvest Time Tabernacle. She attended Evangelical Free Church in Eaton, Colo. She was an active member of “the Shirley Club”.

Shirley was a very articulate person, everything had to be perfect. She was a wonderful cook. She loved to have people over for dinner. She had a contagious smile and never met a stranger. She had a way of touching everyone she met.

Shirley’s grandchildren were the light of her life. She loved spending time with them, showing them the “Diamonds in the snow,” Ma’s moon. She had an individual relationship with each one, and she was so excited about her great-grandkids.

She is survived by her husband, David Silva of Greeley, Colo.; a daughter, Elisa Ann Kunkel and husband, John (Dan) of Greeley, Colo.; her mother, Mary Virginia Clymens of Lakewood, Colo.; four sisters, Barbara Gonsalves of California, Linda Martin and husband, Michael of Broomfield, Colo., Mary Tabar of Thornton, Colo., and Karen Bendt and husband Jack of Denver, Colo.; two brothers, Michael Hiatt and wife, Hedy and Richard Hiatt all of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Makaelynn Rae, Steven Wayne (Kyrsten), Lacee Leigh Anne (Keith) Pinkstaff and Jill Sheridan DuVall, Felicia Rose (Michael Romey) and Chad Joshua Kler; and great-grandchildren, Zayden Marshall DuVall, Ryland Keith Pinkstaff and Mackenzy Rose Romey.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Merree Sue Kler; brother, Ray Hiatt; and her father, Murrell Lawrence Hiatt.

Memorial services were held September 8, 2012 at Evangelical Free Church of Eaton.

Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shirley Ann Silva Memorial Fund, which will be used to benefit her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th St., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please go to to sign online guest book. ❖

Roy Donald Taylor

Roy Donald Taylor , 79, of Rogers, N.M., passed away August 29, 2012 in Portales, N.M.

He was born March 13, 1933, in Childress, Texas, to the home of Ella and Rupert D. Taylor. He grew up on a Ranch in Santa Rosa, N.M.

He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. Through the years he had worked on numerous ranches in New Mexico and Wyoming. Roy had also worked on various construction jobs and at feed yards, but ranch life and “cowboying” was what he loved.

On July 16, 1976, in Sayre, Okla., he married Kathy Ellis. To this union were born five children: four sons and a daughter. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Causey Church of Christ. Roy enjoyed target shooting and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy of the home; nine sons, Kirk (Crystal) Taylor of Durango, Colo., Robert (Kwana) Taylor of Tatum, N.M., Donald Taylor of Pennsylvania, Matthew (Rachel) Taylor of Hooker, Okla., Donnie Taylor of Florida, Roy Taylor Jr., Christopher Taylor, Mitchell Taylor, and Ricky Taylor all of Guymon, Okla.; four daughters, Beth (Leslie) Thomas of Snyder, Texas, Jimmie Lou Harvey, and Twilla Taylor both of Florida and Ramona Finkeldi of Garden City, Kan.; numerous grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Peggy) Taylor of Ruidoso Downs, N.M., and Jim (Susan) Taylor of Whitewater, Colo.; a sister, Roberta Garcia of Las Vegas, N.M.; an a uncle, Tex Taylor of Santa Rosa, N.M.; as well as numerous other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Lou Lott, a daughter, Karen Smith and a son Jesse Taylor.

Memorial services were held September 1, 2012 at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel.

A Roy Taylor memorial fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank in Portales, N.M., to help the family defray expenses. ❖

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