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, age 59, of Kersey, Colo., died Aug. 22, 2006, at the Hospice and Palliative Care Inpatient Unit at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born on Jan. 23, 1947, in Longmont, Colo., to Colvin E. and Georgeina O. (Gangl) Hanscome. He attended first through fourth grades in a two-room country school. From that time until the time he graduated, he attended schools in Longmont, Colo. He was an FFA officer during his high school years.

Cole married Rennae Coppage on April 24, 1971. They later divorced.

He married his wife, Julie, on July 22, 1989, in Greeley.

Cole was a successful dairy farmer. He followed his dream of flying, and earned his private pilot’s license in the early 1990s. He loved to fly ultra lights and general aviation planes.

He was active in several dairy organizations. He was involved with the Wild West Ultra Light Association, and EEA Chapter 720.

Cole is survived by his wife, Julie, of Kersey; daughters Amanda and Elizabeth Hanscome, both of Kersey; sons Mike Hanscome and wife Coren of Loveland, Colo., and Marty Hanscome of Kersey. He is also survived by his mother, Georgeina Hanscome of LaSalle, Colo.; and one sister, Rosalie and husband Allen Muirhead of LaSalle.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Services were held on Aug. 25 in Greeley. Cremation took place.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Platte Valley FFA Foundation in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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, age 92, a long-time resident of Morgan County, Colo., died Aug. 22, 2006, at the Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, Colo.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1914, in Karval, Colo., to Albert and Matilda Zarbock. His family moved to Morgan County from Sugar City, Colo., in 1927, and Henry has lived in Morgan County ever since.

Henry enjoyed hunting, local baseball games, traveling and car racing. He always took great pride in his own vehicles.

He is survived by his wife, Cleo, of Log Lane, Colo.; one brother, Ed Zarbock of Fort Morgan, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: William, Albert, Emil and Elmer Zarbock; and two sisters, Esther Beals and Alma Carroll.

Services were held on Aug. 25 in Fort Morgan. Interment took place at Memory Gardens.

, age 68, of Ellsworth, Neb., died Aug. 18, 2006, at his home.

He was born on April 24, 1938, in Alliance, Ohio, to George Otho and Gwendolyn Emily (Copeland) Thompson. He earned his master’s degree in geology from Kent State University, and Miami of Ohio.

Bruce married Geraldine Ann Manley on June 15, 1963.

Bruce was an exploration geologist in the oil and gas industry. He was founder of Skull Creek Oil. He spent his adult life in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Texas.

He was a Mason. He was a ham radio operator for 52 years. Bruce was a Civil War historian who researched ancestors who fought in the war.

Bruce was awarded Exploration Geologist of the Year in 1994.

He is survived by his wife Geraldine; daughter Heather Ann Beck of Manchester, England; sons Bruce II and wife Carrie of Sedalia, Colo., Jay Munly of Denver, Colo., and Winston of Ellsworth, Neb.; and one granddaughter, Hanna Thompson of Sedalia. He is also survived by a brother, George and wife Kathy of Lake Wales, Fla.; and a sister, Penny Hamlin of El Paso, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Beverly Ellen Thompson.

Services were held in Bluffton, Ohio. Interment took place at Thompson Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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, age 65, of Lusk, Wyo., passed away peacefully at his home on Aug. 6, 2006, on the Moriah Ranch.

He was born in Illinois on Oct. 25, 1940, the younger son of Myrl and Audrey Surbeck.

Jon married Nancy Castleberry in 1959. He served his country in the United States Army from 1961 until 1963, stationed in Korea.

In 1964, he started his lifelong career in utilities with the Illinois Rural Electric Association. Jon and Nancy moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1970, where Jon worked for Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association until his retirement in 2003.

After his retirement, he and Nancy moved back to their beloved Moriah Ranch.

Jon was instrumental in starting the Colorado Lineman’s Rodeo. Even when his ill health prevented him from attending the event, his heart and prayers were with those who were there. He was active in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 111, the Mesa Hotline School, the Larimer County Search and Rescue, the Larimer County Mounted Patrol, and the Lusk Senior Pro Rodeo.

Jon’s life was dedicated to his family, and helping those around him. He was a witness for his Heavenly Father, and worked tirelessly for family, friends, and even complete strangers. He chose to spend his time on positive things, and, even in ill health, never gave up, and continued to inspire those around him.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Nancy; sons Jon, and Joel and wife Shelly; three daughters: Tresa and husband Gordon Karney, Twyla and husband Jim Barker, and Kally Jo Surbeck; and one grandson, Boe Surbeck. He is also survived by his brother David; his sister Joyce Surbeck-Harris; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial celebration of Jon’s life will be held in Fort Collins, Colo., on Oct. 7, and friends are welcome to attend. For more information, contact, or

, age 91, of Torrington, Wyo., formerly of Orchard and Keota, Colo., died July 22, 2006, at the Goshen Care Center.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1915, in Fairfax, S.D., to Gottleib and Elizabeth (Streacker) Korb. She received her education (for the most part) in Goshen County and Denver, Colo.

Dorothea was employed by the Goshen County Agriculture Association, by the State of Washington Labor and Industries Insurance, and by the U.S. Naval Dry Dock #13 doing U.S. Navy payrolls in Long Beach, Calif.

When she returned to Goshen County, she was employed by the Goshen County Welfare Department.

Dorothea married Edward Heckman on May 8, 1946, in Torrington, Wyo. They farmed in Goshen County until 1980. They lived all their retirement years in Torrington.

She was a member of the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church. She was a 40-year member of Reed Gobble Unit #63 of the American Legion in Lingle, Wyo.; a lifetime member of the Paul A Johnston Auxiliary Unit #2918 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Southeastern Wyoming Artists Association.

She is survived by her husband, Ed, of Torrington; a daughter, Elaine and husband Bruce Pollock of Gleason, Wis.; a son, Stephen and wife LaVonne of Torrington; one granddaughter, Robin Taylor, and four grandsons: Andrew Maddox, Aaron Maddox, Joseph Edward Pollock and wife Rosita, and Scott Weichel and wife Shirley; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Helen Curry of Scottsbluff, Neb., and two brothers, Ben Korb of Strasburg, Colo., and Harold Korb of Carpenter, Wyo.

Dorothea was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters: Lorene Herdt, Eva Marie Korb, Emma Flint, and Bernece Persson; and two brothers: Oscar Korb and Fred Korb.

Services were held on July 26. Cremation took place. Memorial contributions may be made in Dorothea’s name to a charity of donor’s choice.

, age 87, of Hugo, Colo., died Aug. 27, 2006.

She was born on July 5, 1919, the youngest of three children born to Arthur Leroy and Margaret Frances (Gilmore) Niles in Spearfish, Kan. She attended several country schools.

After Alice’s mother passed away, she moved to a farm north of Flagler, Colo., in the Shiloh neighborhood, where she attended church and school. She graduated from Flagler High School in 1940.

On Sept. 9, 1940, she married Edward Guy Paintin of Stratton, Colo. To this union, five boys and three girls were born. The family moved to Hugo, Colo., in 1974.

Alice enjoyed going to church when she was able, music, volunteering, baking bread, quilting, and embroidering. She enjoyed reading inspirational stories and clippings. Alice was a member of the Homestead Club, Hospital Auxiliary, Susannah Circle of the United Methodist Women, and had received her 10-year pin for serving RSVP.

She is survived by her children: Douglas of Northglenn, Colo., Luella Hershberger of Sterling, Colo., Linda and husband John Blancett of Denver, Colo., Gail Edward of Hugo, Roger and wife Loretta of Burlington, Colo., Earl David of Wray, Colo., Valarie Rogers of Limon, Colo., and Samuel and wife Mary Pantin of Arizona; 20 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Arthur Leroy Niles; one sister, Emily Garner; daughter-in-law Karen Paintin; two sons-in-law, Crist Hershberger and Roy Rogers; and three grandchildren: David, Jill and Janice.

Services were held on Sept. 1 in Hugo. Interment took place at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2255 Oneida, Denver, Colo., 80211.


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