Obituaries — Aug. 22, 2016
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Kathleen Turner, 63
Jan. 22, 1953-June 11, 2016
Residence: Green River, Wyo.
Kathleen Ann Turner, 63, of Green River, Wyo., passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at her home. A resident of Green River for the past three months and former longtime resident of Rawlins, Wyo., Kathy died surrounded by family following a lengthy illness.
She was born on January 22, 1953 in Denver, the daughter of James and Marcella Work.
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Kathy attended schools in Lakewood, Colo., and graduated in 1971 from Alameda High School.
She married Michael Lyle Turner in Denver, on July 17, 1971. He died in Casper on October 24, 2010.
Kathy was employed as a Deputy Clerk to the Carbon County Clerk. She enjoyed her job and appreciated the people she worked with.
Her interests were spending time with her family, cross-stitching, cooking and traveling, and she was an avid Denver Bronco’s Fan.
Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Korkow and husband Burt of Green River, Tina Turner of Rawlins; and one son, Travis Turner of Denver; two brothers, Steve Work and wife Patty of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Brad Work and wife Richelle of Lakewood, Colo.; one sister, Jan Maez of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren; Matt Korkow and wife Stephanie, Justin Korkow and fiancé Tiffanie Phillips, Jennifer Puckett and husband Ryan, Madison Korkow, Matt Turner, and Shaylee Briggs-Turner; great grandchildren Kathrynn Korkow, Kaydince Puckett and twin grandchildren Aubrey and McCoy Puckett; and several nieces and nephews.
She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Following cremation, a Celebration of Life service was at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 at the Jeffrey Center in Rawlins. ❖
Larry Smith, 80
July 15, 1936 – July 23, 2016
Residence: Sterling, Colo.
Larry Douglas Smith, 80, of Sterling, Colo., passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Sterling. Memorial service was 10:30 am, Friday, July 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Michael Paulison and Reverend James Nash officiating. Service concluded at the church.
Larry was born July 15, 1936 in Downs, Kan., to LeRoy and Grace Levina Grieg Smith. He graduated from Chase High School in 1955. Larry was a star football player and received a scholarship to play football at Kansas University.
He married Leila R. DeWitt on Dec. 8, 1956 in Chase, Kan. They moved to Sterling from Chase in 1959. Larry was manager at Foxhoven’s, working in many different capacities for 48 years until retiring in 2006. He then worked for CHS Coop from 2006 until 2015.
Larry was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and an elder and very active within the church. He was an avid sports fan.
Larry is survived by his wife Leila R. Smith of Sterling, Colo.; sons Douglas D. Smith and wife Dana L. of Sterling and Timothy G. Smith of Portland, Ore.; one grandson, Christian Smith of Sterling.
He was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.
Contributions may be made to the Larry Smith Memorial.
Chaney-Reager Funeral Home handled arrangements. ❖
Everett Elmo Geib, 91
Jan. 25, 1925 – June 28, 2016
Residence: Loveland, Colo.
Most people will remember Elmo as a Soil Scientist with the Soil Conservation Service. He began mapping soils in Wyoming then Montana and worked in eastern Colorado from 1964 through 1990. He was based in Holyoke, Sterling, Yuma, Kiowa, Castle Rock, Cheyenne Wells and Limon. In 2009 Elmo was honored with an award from the USDA for mapping over 1 million acres in the state of Colorado for the National Cooperative Soil Survey Program. He retired to Loveland, Colo., in 1990.
Elmo was born in Osage county, Okla., to Virgie Jewell and Charles Chauncey Geib on Jan. 25, 1925. As a child, Elmo lived near Independence, Missouri moving to Los Angles, Calif., at the age of 16 where he graduated from high school in 1942. From 1943-1946 Elmo served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation ordinance instructor. After the Navy, Elmo studied chemistry at Compton Junior College and then agronomy at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University). In 1949, Elmo met Edna May Hartwell of Grant, Nebraska who was attending Colorado State College of Education (now University of Northern Colorado) in Greeley. Upon his graduation, they were married on June 10, 1951. From this union, three children were born- Cherry, Kent and Scott. Elmo worked for nine years as a chemist for Shell Chemical in Denver until he decided to change careers and become a soil scientist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and then the Soil Conservation Service.
Elmo loved being outdoors, working in the garden, maintaining the yard, fishing, hiking and camping. He was a lapidary enthusiast and enjoyed crossword puzzles. Elmo traveled to most of the western national parks, including a road trip to Alaska. He took a farm tour through Europe and one through Australia with Edna May. He also visited family in many US locations and Venezuela. He loved to play with his cherished grandchildren- Bethany, Sarah, Eric and Amber. Elmo also found time to be active in the local Methodist church wherever they might be living.
Elmo was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings and a grandson. He is remembered by his wife of 65 years, Edna May Geib (Loveland, CO), and children, Cherry & Bill Ritchey and family (Colorado Springs, CO), Kent & Colleen Geib and family (Tijeras, NM), Scott Geib (Aurora, CO), 4 sisters in-law and 1 brother in-law. His many friends and extended family will also miss him.
Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Grant, Neb. ❖
Robert Campbell, 89
May 28, 1927-July 7, 2016
Residence: Guffey/Four-Mile, Colo.
Robert D. “Bob” Campbell 89 of the Guffey/Four-Mile Area died July 7, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.
Bob was born May 28, 1927. Except for the two years he served in the Army, he never lived more than five miles from where he died, at his home on the Campbell Ranch. The ranch was purchased by his father, in part, for a team of horses and a harness, in 1932.
Bob went to school in a one-room country schoolhouse that still stands at the ranch today. As a youth, Bob was active in 4-H, showing cattle and horses at the 4-Mile Fair. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea, from 1947-1948.
On June 1, 1949, he married Mary Coon, the niece of a neighboring rancher. Mary lived in Denver, but visited often. They were at a Farmer’s Club meeting at the 4-Mile Hall, and Bob asked Mary to the dance at Guffey the next night. Mary said yes because of his snazzy red cowboy boots. It was love at first sight for Bob. Mary left the comforts of Denver to be a rancher’s wife in the mountains, with no running water or electricity. She graduated from High School, turned eighteen, and got married all within a week. They were married 67 years, and raised four children on the ranch.
Bob ranched his entire life with his dad, brother and son. To make ends meet, he also worked in a sawmill, drove the school bus, and plowed snow for Park County. Bob was very active in the Four-Mile Community. He was a lifelong member of the 4-Mile Farmer’s Club, a 4-H member, leader, and Fair Board Chairman. He was a founding member of the Central Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, member of the National Cattlemen’s Association, and the Teller/Park Soil Conservation Service. He also helped establish the original 4-Mile Community Church by putting 2 old school houses together.
Bob loved to rodeo, and was a Gold Card holder of the RCA/PRCA. He rode bareback broncs, roped calves, bull dogged, and team roped. He was a member of the Woodland Park Saddle Club, the Continental Team Roping Association, the USTRC, and National Old Timers Rodeo Association. Bob was noted for the ropings he and his family put on at the Ranch for 40 years, as well as Donkey Derby Days and the Teller County Fair in Cripple Creek. The annual Fourth of July Barbeque and Roping at the Campbell Ranch was attended by as many as three hundred people at times. You could always pick Bob out of any crowd by his distinctive red shirt. He continued to ranch right up to his death with his son, Jim, and “The Petticoat Crew”, all of his girls.
Bob was preceded in death by parents, Tom and Laura Campbell, brother, Bud Campbell, sister, Marjalee Trainor, and grandson, Bobby Jennings. He is survived by his wife, Mary, his sister Joy Lundy and brother-in-law Dick Trainor of Colorado Springs , son Jim (Sheila) of Guffey, and three daughters; Patti (Duncan) Clarke of Buena Vista, Debby (Mark) Sommer of Florissant, and Amy (Mike) Lowry of Olathe CO/Wickenberg AZ. He is also survived by one grandson, five granddaughters, one great grandson, four great granddaughters, three step great grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
An Open House was held at the Campbell Ranch, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016.
Donations may be made to your local 4-H Club or Gentiva Hospice Care, 5755 Mark Dabling Blvd., #108 Colorado Springs, CO 80918. ❖
Art W. Kittelman, 91
May 14, 1925 – June 4, 2016
Residence: Brush, Colo.
Art. W. Kittelman of Brush, Colorado, died June 4, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.
Art was born May 14, 1925 in Manville, Wyo., to Paul and Eva Kittelman. He attended school in Manville.
Art was confirmed and baptized at the Lutheran Church in Keeline, Wyo., in 1939.
Art was in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, flying on a B17 and B29.
He started work for The Continental Oil Company in 1947 in Lance Creek, Wyo., and was transferred to Brush, Colo., in 1955.
He retired in 1985 after working 37 and a half years with Conoco.
Art married Verna Milbradt of Topeka, Kan., in 1946. They had two children, Vernie and Sharilyn.
Art and Verna owned and operated Brush Cash Auction from 1959 to 1985, during which time Art enjoyed auctioneering.
Art’s interests were John Deere tractors, antiques, auctions, farming, ranching and livestock. But most of all, he enjoyed his family and time spent with them.
He is survived by his wife Verna; daughter Sharilyn Blake and husband Larry; three grandchildren, Troy Blake and wife Wanda, Charity Baker and husband Michael, Krista Neiman and husband Herman; Nine great grandchildren, Megan and Madisen Baker, Brooke and Wyatt Blake, Casi, Desiree, Wayne, Kody and Colten Neiman; one sister Clara Leeling; and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Vernie, one brother, and two sisters.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at his request. ❖
Sharon Vair, 73
April 24, 1943-July 23, 2016
Residence: Eaton, Colo.
Sharon Elaine Vair, 73, of Eaton, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Medical Center of the Rockies.
She was born on April 24, 1943 to George & Lois Alta (Hann) McCargo in Fort Morgan. She graduated from Wasson High School in Colorado Springs in 1961 and went on to attend Colorado State University.
On July 1, 1962 she married Clyde A. Vair in Colorado Springs. They moved to Eaton in 1971. She later attended Front Range Community College where she obtained her Horticulture Certificate in 1990.
Sharon was self-employed as a dairy farmer and natural colored sheep farmer. She was a member of the American Jersey Cattle Club and the Natural Colorado Sheep Association. She enjoyed quilting, having made many beautiful quilts and loved spending time in the mountains.
Survivors include a son, Michael Vair of Sterling, a daughter, Dianne Vair-Grilley of Pierce, a sister, Marlene Johnson of Lafayette, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde A. Vair and her parents, George & Lois McCargo.
A celebration of Sharon’s Life will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Moser Funeral Service Chapel, 3501 S. 11th Avenue in Evans.
An online guestbook and obituary are available at http://www.moserfuneralservice.com. ❖
Donald Bornhoft, 80
Dec. 10, 1935-July 4, 2016
Residence: Atwood, Colo.
Donald E. Bornhoft, 80 of Atwood, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2016 in Greeley. Visitation was held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 2 to 6. Vigil service and rosary followed at 6 p.m. at Tennant Funeral Home. Memorial Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2016 at the Sterling Elks Lodge with Deacon Ron Michieli officiating. Private inurnment was at Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be made to the Don Bornhoft Memorial Fund to be used for various organizations and charities in care of Tennant Funeral Home, POB 1547, Sterling, CO 80751.
Don was born on Dec. 10, 1935 to August and Elizabeth Bornhoft in Stoneham.
He graduated from high school and then served in the U.S. Navy.
On May 10, 1958 Don married the love of his life, Janice Muths, in Sterling, Colo. They shared a double wedding with his brother, Louis and Janice’s friend Tally. He was the owner, operator of Atwood Commercial Feedlot.
Don had five children, Terry Kay, Thomas Dean, Daniel Lee, Kenneth Wayne, and Pamela Sue.
His love for the Lord showed in everything he did, from the way he worked the land when he farmed, to the way he cared and loved his animals.
Most importantly, is how Don raised his children to love the Lord. He was a man who loved being on horseback. He loved to rope and loved teaching his kids, along with others, how to master roping.
Don’s love for his wife was unconditional. They showed all of their children and grandchildren what it meant to live their lives by faith, family, and friends.
Don was most known for his honesty, integrity, and his laughter that could fill a room. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Mr. Bornhoft bragged to anyone who would listen to his stories about his family and how proud he was of each of them. He loved to dance, play cards, host ropings at their house, visit friends, and travel
Don had a large impact on the community by helping Janice with Hospice of the Plains, and being involved with his grandkids in 4-H and FFA.
He was a 58 year member of the Sterling Elks Lodge and in 2011 the Bornhofts were honored to be selected Grand Marshal of the Logan County Fair.
Don was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers and sisters, infant daughter Terry Kay, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mr. Bornhoft is survived by this wife Janice, son Tom and wife Michelle Bornhoft, grandchildren Brittney and Lane Lohmeier, Brittany and Matthew Dudley, Trey Bornhoft, son Dan and wife Kris Bornhoft, grandchildren Kyle and Alie Bornhoft, son Ken and wife Melissa Bornhoft, grandchildren Kelsey and Austin Bornhoft, daughter Pam Ostermiller and husband Todd, grandchildren, TJ and wife Jordan Ostermiller, Tess Ostermiller, Courtney Ostermiller and 5 great-grandchildren.
The Tennant Funeral Home & Crematory of Sterling was in charge of arrangements. ❖
Etta Jenkins, 80
March 2, 1936-June 27, 2016
Residence: Ordway, Colo.
Etta Louise (Corum) Jenkins age 80 of Ordway, Colo., passed away Monday June 27, 2016 at her home in Ordway. She was born March 2, 1936 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the daughter of Vern Ivan and Evelyn (Bloomfield) Corum. She attended Crowley County High School in Ordway and graduated in 1953.
Etta married Paul Robert Jenkins on Jan. 16, 1955 at the Kendrick Bible Church in Rush, Colo. They shared over sixty-one years of marriage and were blessed to have raised three children on the Jenkins Ranch. Etta was raised in the house where she also raised her children.
Etta became a member of the Kendrick Bible Church when she was a little girl. She enjoyed old country and western music and played in a band with some of her family and friends. Etta was proud of being a rancher’s wife and mother where she took much pride in cooking and doing the daily chores. She found peace and love with the land and the ranch, which provided for her family and her home cooked meals were always cherished, especially during the holidays. She loved how everybody was very closely bonded in these small rural ranching communities and how they all supported one another. Etta’s love and spirit will live on in the daily lives of everybody she touched, forever…
She is preceded in death by both her parents, Vern Ivan and Evelyn Louise Corum.
Etta is survived by her loving husband Paul of the home, their children; Joleen Kay Jenkins (Justin Grady) of Elizabeth, Colorado, Delbert Lee Jenkins (Donna) of Ordway, Colorado and James Robert Jenkins (Janet) of Aurora, Colorado one sister; Shirley Wright (Lawrence) of Manzanola, Colorado, seven grandchildren; Jami Mattson, Brianne Mattson, Dayna Jenkins (Matt Buffington), January Stout (Tyler), Dawn Landry (Nathan), Janelle Compagnoe (Curt), Carlton Ames (Nancy) and Dustin Jenkins along with several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Friday, July 1, 2016 11 a.m. at the Kendrick Bible Church in Rush, Colo. A private family inurnment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kendrick Bible Church, 2985 County Road K, Rush, CO 80833 or Edison Volunteer Fire Department, 14550 Edison Road, Yoder, CO 80864 or to Arkansas Valley Hospice, 531 Lewis Ave, La Junta, Colorado 81050 in c/o the Love Funeral Home, 225 F. Ave/P.O. Box 188, Limon, Colorado 80828. Funeral arrangements are in trusted to Lover Funeral Home, Limon, Colorado. Please visit http://www.lovefuneralhomes.com to sign the guest book online or to leave a message of condolence for the family. ❖
Betty Wright Dumph, 63
June 16, 1953 – July 28, 2016
Residence: Hudson, Colo.
Betty was born to Jeanne Alsie McKinstry Wright and Harold Lee Wright on June 16, 1953 in Akron, Colo. She loved growing up on the farm with her two older brothers, John and Fred, and twin sisters, Kathy and Karen. Many happy hours were spent exploring and discovering God’s beautiful world, delighting in frogs and turtles, swimming in the ponds, riding horses, walking through the tree strips, and watching the birds and other wild critters.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Betsy perused a career in education. She did her student teaching in Sedbergh, England then returned to Colorado to finish her BA degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado where she graduated summa cum laude in December 1974. Her first teaching position was at Woodlin Elementary School in Woodrow, Colo. She taught kindergarten to eight students. Woodlin was an ideal first-year teaching experience, working with lovely children and parents.
But love called, and Betty moved to Southwest Colorado after marrying Edward Richard Dumph in Akron, Colo., on July 26, 1975. They made their home in the U.S. Forest Service cabin at Vallecito Lake – the perfect honeymoon cottage.
Ed and Betsy bought their first little ranch in Bayfield, Colo., in 1976. Betsy taught second grade in Bayfield while Ed worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1980, Ed accepted a new position with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the family moved to Monte Vista, Colo., where Betsy continued to teach elementary students.
In 1981, Seth Everett Dumph was born in Alamosa, Colo., followed by Cody Preston Dumph in May 1984, and Christopher Edward Dumph (Kit) in July 1988. These were happy times, and with the boys and her horses, Betsy often accompanied Ed on Division of Wildlife trips into the Weminuche Wilderness above Creede, Colo.
Betsy and Ed bought their first Arabian mare (Sligo) from her Uncle Neal and Aunt Marge McKinstry in 1975. This is how they started their horse herd, with a leased stallion from her Uncle Neal. The herd grew to twelve horses over the years. Betsy and Ed rode many competitive trail rides and won several national awards through the 80s and 90s. This was truly Betsy’s love and, outside of her family, there was nothing she loved more than taking a horse (or two) out for a long peaceful ride. She was a talented trainer and horsewoman. One of Betsy’s proudest moments was winning a Reserve National Championship at the International Arabian Horse Trail Ride on her favorite horse NayrbBee. Many very pleasurable years of competitive trail riding, dressage, and recreational riding blessed her time.
Betsy returned to summer school from 1985 to 1987 at Colorado State University where she obtained her master’s degree in Educational Administration. She was even allowed to attend classes with Cody in a baby carrier around her waist. She graduated and was rewarded with a job offer from the Durango School District to be an elementary principal. This was the beginning of her successful career as a school administrator.
Between 1987 and 1990, the family moved back and forth between Alamosa and Durango, Colo., when Betsy accepted a principalship from the Durango School District. Ed and Betsy commuted on weekends when possible to keep their family together. When Ed was offered a “Fishing is Fun” position with the Division of Wildlife, they decided that they needed to make a move to the Denver area. The family found their dream ranch near Hudson, Colo., in 1990. In this home, they raised their family, Arabian horses, and Angus cattle while still continuing to work full-time (Ed for the Division of Wildlife and Betsy for RE3J School System and Adams 50 Public Schools in Westminster as a principal).
After careers of over 30 years, each in public service, Ed retired in 2003 and Betsy in 2004. The couple looked forward to farming, traveling, and enjoying a slower lifestyle. But nothing could slow Betsy down. After retirement, Betsy became the Federal Relations Coordinator for the Colorado Association of School Executives. This was an important part of Betty’s life. She enjoyed working with quality school teachers, principals, and administrators to further the cause for children and better education in Colorado and the U.S. She enjoyed traveling to Washington D.C., lobbying for the state, and taking care of national educational issues until her second retirement from this position in 2013. Betsy continued to work for this cause until her death. She also made many wonderful friends through CASE, which will be treasured forever.
At the young age of 51, with a regularly scheduled colonoscopy, Betty was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Even though the cancer was already at stage 3, hopes were high that through proper care the cancer could be beaten into remission.
That summer, after successful surgery, Betsy traveled with her family to Italy and was blessed to take many more trips with different family members and friends in years to follow. Betsy’s travels included Alaska, Ireland, England, Peru, Germany, Africa, S.E. Asia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. Ed and Betsy also purchased a small pickup camper that they drove through the U.S. and parts of Canada, exploring new areas and National Parks. The camper trips allowed them to visit friends and family all over the U.S. Some of the places they visited included the North East United States, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California and Oregon. Traveling was always one of her passions. She loved seeing new places and experiencing new cultures.
Just as Betsy and her family were starting to believe cancer was behind them, a routine CT scan showed metastasis in Betsy’s lungs. However, she was optimistic she could continue to live a healthy life if she could complement her treatments with a healthy diet. During this time Betsy focused on eating no processed sugars, lots of veggies, fruits, and minimal meat. Even though Betty’s prognosis was only two years, she continued to prove those “experts” wrong year after year. She credits her doctors at Anschutz, who were supportive of her integrated medicinal approach and efforts to include alternative medicine into her health plans like positive thinking, meditations, affirmations, acupuncture, and the like.
Life continued to bless Betsy with joys and general good health until December 2014 when a brain tumor made an unexpected appearance. Generally, colorectal cancer does not go to the brain, but this time, it did — twice. Brain tumors were operated on and removed in June 2014 and again June 2015. Betsy was also treated with whole brain radiation… “Hello Baldie!” (her words.)
Brain surgery and whole brain radiation caused many unpleasant side effects. But, throughout it all, Betsy felt very confident and optimistic that she was living with her symptoms as well as possible.
In early 2016, Betsy suffered from stroke-like symptoms, and shortly after, discovered that cancer had made its way into the lining of the brain and the spinal cord. She was able to enjoy and revel in the wedding of her youngest son and daughter-in-law, Kit and Becky, in June. As well as, the wedding of her oldest son and daughter-in-law, Seth and Daniella, in July, both held on the family ranch. She then passed into the hands of her Lord on July 28, 2016, at 7:26 p.m. in the comfort of her own home with Ed standing by her side.
Betsy will be greatly missed by countless individuals, as she touched the lives of so many people. Her family rejoices her resurrection and coming home to the Lord. We hope she finds peace in her next adventure; an adventure of pure, perfect love – illness free, worry free, and pain-free.
Betsy is survived by her loving husband: Ed Dumph of Hudson, Colo.; brother: John Wright of Akron, Colo.; twin sisters: Kathy Nelson of Castle Rock, Colo. and Karen Willeke, of Otis, Colo.; sons: Seth Dumph, Cody Dumph, and Christopher Dumph.
A Memorial Service were held on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church in Brighton.
Memorial Contributions can be made in Betsy’s name to NATRAC, PO Box 224, Sedalia CO 80135 or http://www.natrc.org OR Shambhala Mountain Center, 151 Shambhala Way, Red Feather Lakes CO 80545, http://www.shambhalamountain.org.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. ❖
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