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Lanus Lee Harsh

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Lanus Lee Harsh, 76

June 24, 1940 – April 20, 2017

Wray, Colo.

Lanus Lee Harsh was born on June 24, 1940, in Ft. Klamath, Ore., and was the second child of J. Kenneth Harsh and Virginia (Werkheiser) Harsh. He entered into rest April 20, 2017, at Hillcrest Care Center.

The family returned to Greeley, Colo., soon after he was born where his father owned a dairy farm. Lanny grew up helping with the farming and milking. He attended the Delta School just up the street from home. He graduated from College High School in Greeley in 1958. (One of his great joys was organizing his last three class reunions.)

Lanny married Karan Burke in September of 1959, and they lived on the old Harsh Dairy for one year, and then moved to a larger home in the same area. They had four children, Tereasa, Cori, Tobi and J.R. In January of 1964, they moved to a farm Lanny’s Dad purchased in the Galeton area. The children all attended the Galeton Elementary School. In 1973, the family moved to Barnesville, Colo., where Lanny farmed the Lundvall farm. Lanny’s niece Megan Murray joined the family that year and attended the Kersey school with the Harsh kids through her graduation from high school.

A big move was made to Wray in March 1977 and in 1978 and 1979, Lanny and Karan purchased the farm where they have lived for the past 40 years.

He was a member of the Wray United Methodist Church and the Wray Elks Lodge.

Lanny’s faith, perseverance and determination to never give up carried him through his life as a farmer, weathering floods and many hailstorms, but carrying on.

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were all the light of his life. He asked about one or another of them almost daily.

Lanny was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Virginia Harsh; his older sister, Dee Ann Standiferd; and his grandson, Drew Harsh.

He is survived by his wife, Karan; daughters, Tereasa Kay Harsh of Aurora, Colo., Cori Lea Harsh of Omaha, Neb. and Tobi Sue (Ron) deFrates of San Diego, Calif; son, J.R. (Lynn) Harsh of Greeley; sisters, Carol (Roy) Austin of Federal Heights, Colo. and Lori Harsh of Greeley. Lanny is also survived by grandchildren, Jon (Abby) Brophy and daughter Lucy of Lincoln, Ben (Lindsey) Brophy and daughters, Adelaide and Camrie of Imperial, Neb., Kim Brophy of Omaha, Tessa Brophy and son Jayden, of Kansas City, Mo., Jake Harsh and Samantha Harsh of Greeley and Catherine deFrates and Matthew deFrates of San Diego; and many nieces and nephews, several cousins and many gracious and caring friends.

Funeral services were held on April 25, 2017, at the Wray United Methodist Church with Reverend Ben Wentworth officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wray United Methodist Church, 500 South Blake St., Wray, CO 80758, or to the Hillcrest Care Center, 360 Canyon Ridge Drive, Wray, CO 80758.

Pearl Elizabeth Weberskirch

May 11, 1923 – April 20, 2017

Grand Junction, Colo.

Pearl Weber (Weberskirch) passed peacefully in Grand Junction on April 20, 2017, where she had resided for the last several years receiving extensive home care from her son, Lester Crawford and two ladies who grew to be more like family than nurses, Christine Pidgeon and Miccole Seversons.

Pearl came from a family of 10 children. She grew up in the Yampa Valley, later leaving to learn nursing in Grand Junction. When she returned to Oak Creek, Colo., she married Jack Crawford and later Cass Weberskirch. Pearl had eight children of her own while she continued training as a nurse and worked at Routt County Memorial Hospital.

Pearl made a name for herself in the medical industry as a visiting nurse. She helped rural mothers give birth to their babies, she comforted the ill and she gently held the hands of those passing on. She carried the burdens of many families and guided them the best she could through their loved one’s medical needs.

In time, Pearl had numerous grandchildren, then those grandchildren had children of their own for her to enjoy too.

She was a comfort to her family in their own delivery rooms, in the times they had their own sick children and she held her family’s hands gently when one of their own members passed on. She was a tremendous asset to the community, friends and family alike. She will be sorely missed by all.

Pearl joins her parents, Frank and Dorothy Wilson; her sisters, Eva Ruth, Mary, Laura Mae, Florence and Grace; her brothers, Bill and Frank; her husband, Cass Weberskirch; and son, Charles, in death.

She leaves behind her sons, John, Cecil, Richard, Ronald, David and Lester Crawford; daughter, Cynthia Jones; brothers, George and Allan (Butch); and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, beloved extended family and dear friends.

Tony Svoboda, 90

March 14, 1927 – April 24, 2017

Elba, Neb.

Eldon C. “Tony” Svoboda, 90, of rural Elba passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Brookefield Park Living Center in Saint Paul, Neb.

Eldon Clarence “Tony” was born March 14, 1927, on the family farm northwest of Ord, Neb., to Anton and Bessie (Tuma) Svoboda, the youngest of 10 children. He received his education in Ord and graduated from Ord High School in 1945.

At the age of 16, he went to work on the railroad. On June 6, 1948, Tony was united in marriage to Rosea Lee Keezer at Ericson, Neb. To this union, three daughters were born, Eldeana, Lottie and Patty. The couple resided in the Sandhills for 31 years and then in rural Howard County.

Tony worked as a ranch hand all of his life. He worked for the Zanggers, Malmstens, Mignerys, Corkles and Packers. He had a passion for the horses, cattle, wildlife and being outdoors.

Tony will be remembered as a real jokester. He enjoyed carpentry and could turn scrap lumber into something useful. Working with leather and saddles was one of his favorite hobbies and he also enjoyed polka music.

Survivors include three daughters, Eldeana Svoboda of Kearney, Neb., Lottie (Ed) DeVall of Ainsworth, Neb., and Patricia (Don) Jensen of Saint Paul; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosea Lee who passed away on Nov. 2, 2002; an infant granddaughter, Becky Jean Crosby; and all of his siblings.

Funeral Services were held on April 28, 2017, at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Pastor Dwight Sandoz officiated. Burial was in the Bartlett Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Steven Kip Mellin, 63

Aug. 20, 1953-April 25, 2017

Greeley, Colo.

Steven Kip Mellin, 63, of Greeley, passed away on April 25, 2017, at the North Colorado Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 20, 1953, to Donald and Ruth (Brinkman) Mellin in Greeley. He lived in Northern Colorado his entire life and was a graduate of University High School.

He was a certified journeyman farrier and taught farrier science at Colorado State University from 1996 to 2008. He attended the Cowboy Church in Lucerne.

He is survived by his sons, William “Billy” Thompson (Melissa) of Independence, Kan., and Jacub Potter of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Courtnee Edwards, Cody Steven Thompson, Tesa Madrid, Mari Potter, and Andrew Thompson; great-grandchildren, John Fogle, and Jackson Fogle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Ruth Mellin.

A celebration of Steve’s life was held on May 2, 2017, at The Cowboy Church, 33131 US 85, Lucerne.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at

Walter E. Mecomber, 83

April 11, 1934 – April 27, 2017

Cheyenne, Wyo.

Walter E. Mecomber, 83 of Cheyenne passed away April 27, 2017.

He was born April 11, 1934, on the south side of Cheyenne to Henrietta and Sheldon Mecomber. Walt was a fifth generation Cheyenne resident. His family came along with the U.P. Railroad.

Walt graduated from Cheyenne High in 1953. He then worked for KFBC television station as a cameraman and Farm and Ranch Reporter. He was a civil engineer at Lowry Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., from 1962 to 1994.

In 1957, he married Bobbi Land.

Walt was a storyteller of the finest degree. He never met a stranger and was a cowboy through and through. Walt worked for several rodeo companies and was famous for being the “arena gate man.” He was a volunteer on the contestants committee and the ERP committee for Cheyenne Frontier Days. Walt was very proud to be able to say he attended 80 consecutive Cheyenne Frontier Days celebrations.

Walt is survived by his wife, Bobbi; daughters, T.J. (Norm) Russi and Chele (Doug) Porter of Burns, Wyo.; granddaughters, Robbi (Larry Jares) Russi of Cheyenne, Kylie Porter of Burns and Eylisch Porter of Laramie; grandson, Brandon Russi of Burns; and great-grandson, Braden Jares.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bradley; his parents; a brother, Jim; and a sister, Marlene.

Per his request there will be no funeral but a celebration of his life will happen at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund or the charity of your choice.

Elizabeth Philomene Gredig, 86

April 28, 1930 – April 25, 2017

De Beque, Colo.

Elizabeth “Liz” Philomene (Smith) Gredig was born April 28, 1930, in Sterling, Colo., to the venerable Eric A.C. Smith and Lena Clara Schrupp and passed away on April 25, 2017.

Due to her father’s profession as an Episcopal Minister, she spent much of her early years in various towns throughout Colorado. Her elementary school years were spent in the Grand Junction, Colo., area attending Lowell Elementary with summers spent in McCoy, Colo., at her grandfather’s ranch. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio as an education major with a minor in dance performance. Following that, she furthered her education with graduate courses at University of Alabama and Adams State Teacher’s College.

After earning her degree, her teaching career took her to an Indian Reservation in South Dakota and an Air Force base in Keflavik, Iceland before relocating back to the Grand Junction area to teach at Fruita High School, R-5 and Central. In 1960, she married John Jacob (Jack) Gredig and they moved to a ranch in Basalt, Colo., in 1962, where she continued to teach for a few more years.

Later, she worked for the Post Office in Snowmass Village, Colo., but spent much of her time as a homemaker and mother raising two children, John and Caley, and working on the ranch.

In 2003, they sold the ranch in Basalt and relocated to a ranch in De Beque where she lived the remainder of her life.

She is survived by her children, John (C.J.) Gredig of New Castle, Colo., and Caley Gredig of De Beque; Step-daughters, Cynthia Lynn (Steve) Anderson of Denver, and Claudia Sue Means of Temecula, Calif., and Rifle, Colo.; Grandchildren Wendy (Warren) Enochs of Wildomar, Calif., Pamela (Fred Malone) Woolley of San Antonio, Texas, Buck (Tara) Chavarria of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Michelle (Dave) Livingston of Denver, Nedra (Jason) Tomich of Buffalo, Wyo., and Russell Gredig of New Castle.

She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, three nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins and honorary grandchildren. Her parents, husband and brother Melvin all predeceased her.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, Military Family Aid Programs, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839; Colorado River Rabbit Breeders Association-Youth Recognition Programs, P.O. Box 1186, Meeker, CO 81641, or HopeWest Hospice, 3090 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

Cremation has taken place with ashes inurnment to take place at St. John’s Cathedral’s All Souls Walk in Denver with her parents. A Celebration Of Life will be planned for the summer. ❖


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