Rocky Mountain Fence Post Obituaries 12-08: John Thomas Rayburn; Thomas Frantz; Viola May Brewer; Evelyn Louise Stewart; Dale Kennedy | TheFencePost.com

Rocky Mountain Fence Post Obituaries 12-08: John Thomas Rayburn; Thomas Frantz; Viola May Brewer; Evelyn Louise Stewart; Dale Kennedy

John Thomas Rayburn, age 83, of Greeley, Colo., died Nov. 16, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colo.

He was born on June 12, 1925, in Greeley, Colo., to Guy Thomas and Phoebe Iva (Grindle) Rayburn. He grew up on the family homestead north of Lucerne, Colo. He attended school at Olin Grade School east of Lucerne, then attended Greeley schools. He graduated from Greeley High School.

John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He served aboard the USS Steamer Bay (CVE 87), and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 5 stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 stars, American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1946. After his discharge, he returned home to the farm.

John married Rita Lucille Housel on June 9, 1948, in Fort Collins, Colo. She died in 2007.

John farmed until he became an electrician. He worked for Monfort of Colorado as a master electrician. He later started Rayburn Electric Company. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home.

John was a saddle bronc and bull rider. He was the first to ride a buffalo at the Greeley Independence Stampede. He also participated in the Earl Anderson Rodeo in Grover. He enjoyed taking his daughter to horse shows, where she showed her horses. He enjoyed driving his tractors, and also enjoyed his dog “Wookie.”

John was a member of the “Do Nothing Bunch” ham radio group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Greeley Elks No. 809.

He had lived under the care of his niece Marilyn Taylor for the past five months.

John is survived by his daughter, Kim and husband Danny Sequin of Cherokee Meadows, Colo., grandchildren: Jennifer and husband Mike Laskowski of Broomfield, Colo., Jeremy L. Rayburn and his fianceé Joani Monroe of San Diego, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Ann Bernhardt of Greeley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; and sisters Alice Adams and June Orr.

A private family inurnment took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be sent in John’s memory to the Weld County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634. Please visit the online memorial at http://www.MeM.com.

John Thomas Rayburn, age 83, of Greeley, Colo., died Nov. 16, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colo.

He was born on June 12, 1925, in Greeley, Colo., to Guy Thomas and Phoebe Iva (Grindle) Rayburn. He grew up on the family homestead north of Lucerne, Colo. He attended school at Olin Grade School east of Lucerne, then attended Greeley schools. He graduated from Greeley High School.

John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He served aboard the USS Steamer Bay (CVE 87), and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 5 stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 stars, American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1946. After his discharge, he returned home to the farm.

John married Rita Lucille Housel on June 9, 1948, in Fort Collins, Colo. She died in 2007.

John farmed until he became an electrician. He worked for Monfort of Colorado as a master electrician. He later started Rayburn Electric Company. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home.

John was a saddle bronc and bull rider. He was the first to ride a buffalo at the Greeley Independence Stampede. He also participated in the Earl Anderson Rodeo in Grover. He enjoyed taking his daughter to horse shows, where she showed her horses. He enjoyed driving his tractors, and also enjoyed his dog “Wookie.”

John was a member of the “Do Nothing Bunch” ham radio group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Greeley Elks No. 809.

He had lived under the care of his niece Marilyn Taylor for the past five months.

John is survived by his daughter, Kim and husband Danny Sequin of Cherokee Meadows, Colo., grandchildren: Jennifer and husband Mike Laskowski of Broomfield, Colo., Jeremy L. Rayburn and his fianceé Joani Monroe of San Diego, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Ann Bernhardt of Greeley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; and sisters Alice Adams and June Orr.

A private family inurnment took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be sent in John’s memory to the Weld County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634. Please visit the online memorial at http://www.MeM.com.

John Thomas Rayburn, age 83, of Greeley, Colo., died Nov. 16, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colo.

He was born on June 12, 1925, in Greeley, Colo., to Guy Thomas and Phoebe Iva (Grindle) Rayburn. He grew up on the family homestead north of Lucerne, Colo. He attended school at Olin Grade School east of Lucerne, then attended Greeley schools. He graduated from Greeley High School.

John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He served aboard the USS Steamer Bay (CVE 87), and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 5 stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 stars, American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1946. After his discharge, he returned home to the farm.

John married Rita Lucille Housel on June 9, 1948, in Fort Collins, Colo. She died in 2007.

John farmed until he became an electrician. He worked for Monfort of Colorado as a master electrician. He later started Rayburn Electric Company. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home.

John was a saddle bronc and bull rider. He was the first to ride a buffalo at the Greeley Independence Stampede. He also participated in the Earl Anderson Rodeo in Grover. He enjoyed taking his daughter to horse shows, where she showed her horses. He enjoyed driving his tractors, and also enjoyed his dog “Wookie.”

John was a member of the “Do Nothing Bunch” ham radio group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Greeley Elks No. 809.

He had lived under the care of his niece Marilyn Taylor for the past five months.

John is survived by his daughter, Kim and husband Danny Sequin of Cherokee Meadows, Colo., grandchildren: Jennifer and husband Mike Laskowski of Broomfield, Colo., Jeremy L. Rayburn and his fianceé Joani Monroe of San Diego, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Ann Bernhardt of Greeley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; and sisters Alice Adams and June Orr.

A private family inurnment took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be sent in John’s memory to the Weld County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634. Please visit the online memorial at http://www.MeM.com.

John Thomas Rayburn, age 83, of Greeley, Colo., died Nov. 16, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colo.

He was born on June 12, 1925, in Greeley, Colo., to Guy Thomas and Phoebe Iva (Grindle) Rayburn. He grew up on the family homestead north of Lucerne, Colo. He attended school at Olin Grade School east of Lucerne, then attended Greeley schools. He graduated from Greeley High School.

John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He served aboard the USS Steamer Bay (CVE 87), and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 5 stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 stars, American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1946. After his discharge, he returned home to the farm.

John married Rita Lucille Housel on June 9, 1948, in Fort Collins, Colo. She died in 2007.

John farmed until he became an electrician. He worked for Monfort of Colorado as a master electrician. He later started Rayburn Electric Company. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home.

John was a saddle bronc and bull rider. He was the first to ride a buffalo at the Greeley Independence Stampede. He also participated in the Earl Anderson Rodeo in Grover. He enjoyed taking his daughter to horse shows, where she showed her horses. He enjoyed driving his tractors, and also enjoyed his dog “Wookie.”

John was a member of the “Do Nothing Bunch” ham radio group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Greeley Elks No. 809.

He had lived under the care of his niece Marilyn Taylor for the past five months.

John is survived by his daughter, Kim and husband Danny Sequin of Cherokee Meadows, Colo., grandchildren: Jennifer and husband Mike Laskowski of Broomfield, Colo., Jeremy L. Rayburn and his fianceé Joani Monroe of San Diego, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Ann Bernhardt of Greeley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; and sisters Alice Adams and June Orr.

A private family inurnment took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be sent in John’s memory to the Weld County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634. Please visit the online memorial at http://www.MeM.com.

John Thomas Rayburn, age 83, of Greeley, Colo., died Nov. 16, at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colo.

He was born on June 12, 1925, in Greeley, Colo., to Guy Thomas and Phoebe Iva (Grindle) Rayburn. He grew up on the family homestead north of Lucerne, Colo. He attended school at Olin Grade School east of Lucerne, then attended Greeley schools. He graduated from Greeley High School.

John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He served aboard the USS Steamer Bay (CVE 87), and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 5 stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 stars, American Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1946. After his discharge, he returned home to the farm.

John married Rita Lucille Housel on June 9, 1948, in Fort Collins, Colo. She died in 2007.

John farmed until he became an electrician. He worked for Monfort of Colorado as a master electrician. He later started Rayburn Electric Company. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home.

John was a saddle bronc and bull rider. He was the first to ride a buffalo at the Greeley Independence Stampede. He also participated in the Earl Anderson Rodeo in Grover. He enjoyed taking his daughter to horse shows, where she showed her horses. He enjoyed driving his tractors, and also enjoyed his dog “Wookie.”

John was a member of the “Do Nothing Bunch” ham radio group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Greeley Elks No. 809.

He had lived under the care of his niece Marilyn Taylor for the past five months.

John is survived by his daughter, Kim and husband Danny Sequin of Cherokee Meadows, Colo., grandchildren: Jennifer and husband Mike Laskowski of Broomfield, Colo., Jeremy L. Rayburn and his fianceé Joani Monroe of San Diego, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Ann Bernhardt of Greeley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; and sisters Alice Adams and June Orr.

A private family inurnment took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be sent in John’s memory to the Weld County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634. Please visit the online memorial at http://www.MeM.com.