Rocky Mountain Obituaries
, age 73, of Sand Creek, Colo., died June 20, 2006, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on June 9, 1933, in Silver Lake, Kan., and came to Colorado with his family as a young boy.
Dean graduated from Longmont High School in 1953. He married Norma Weese on Aug. 30 of the same year.
He served his country in the U.S. Army, spending his time at Fort Bliss, Texas, and the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif. After receiving his honorable discharge, Dean returned to the Longmont area, where he worked at Ideal Market, Millers Supermarket, and Rocky Flats. He was an assistant manager at C & H Appliance, and then superintendent at Kuner Empson in Longmont, before he went to work for a carpenter friend.
Building turned out to be his true passion. He loved the creativity, and always put his own personal touch in every project. Dean was a building contractor for 30-plus years in the Longmont/Berthoud area, building septic systems and digging foundations, which he did until his ill health forced him into retirement.
Dean had many interests ranging from woodworking, silversmithing, and farming to raising horses, cattle and pigs. He loved traveling in his RV, and was able to visit many places, including Canada and Alaska. He was cheerful, had many friends, and never knew a stranger.
The family is especially thankful for Dean and Norma’s granddaughter, Danielle Jackson, who devoted her life to caring for Dean during his final days.
The family recently held a celebration of Dean’s life. After sharing songs and memories of Dean, the family carried his ashes up a hill on ATVs, with Dean’s dog, Blue, sitting on an ATV, riding where he usually rode with Dean.
Dean is survived by his wife of 52 years, Norma; daughter Terri and husband Paul Westover of Wellington, Colo.; sons Jeffrey and wife Paula, and Wesley and wife Rachel, all of Loveland, Colo.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Leroy and wife Ernestine of Evans, Colo.; brothers-in-law Bernard Boone, Ronald Weese and wife Carolyn, all of Loveland; and numerous other relatives.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Laramie, 1262 North 22nd Street, Unit A, Laramie, Wyo., 82072.
, age 70, of Burlington, Colo., died Sept. 19, 2006, at Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital.
He was born June 22, 1936, to Roy William and Ethel Louise (Braly) White in Longmont, Colo. He was raised on the family farm south of Hygiene, Colo., and attended grade school in Hygiene. He graduated from Longmont High School in 1953, after which he worked for various farmers in the area.
In the summer of 1958, Roy met Luanne Whaley of Erie. This meeting would prove to last a lifetime. They were married on July 13, 1959.
Roy proudly served his country from December 1956 to December 1960 when he received his honorable discharge.
Roy and Luanne decided to move to eastern Colorado in 1969. Roy rented ground from several farmers and farmed until hardships forced him to sell his machinery. This road led him to his passion for welding and fabrications, which also allowed him to work side by side with his son, David, for several years.
When David married in 1987, this brought probably some of the greatest joys to Roy’s life, with the birth of his grandsons, Scott and Stuart. Roy always said in jest that if he had it to do all over again, he would have just had grandkids.
Roy is survived by his wife, Luanne; son David and wife Carmen, and grandsons Scott and Stewart White, all of Stratton, Colo.; sister Louise and husband Charlie O’Donnell of Las Cruces, N.M.; brother Dick and wife Mary of Burlington, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the First National Bank, 141 Colorado Avenue, Stratton, Colo., 80836, in Roy’s name.
, age 76, of Holly, Colo., died Aug. 19, 2006.
He was born on Jan. 6, 1930, to David and Mary (Weber) May at Lamar, Colo.
Raymond was a Christian, a devoted husband of over 51 years, a loving father, a doting grandfather, a brother, farmer, cattleman and friend. Whatever he did in his life, he did with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. Most recently, his grandchildren have filled his life with joy.
Horses first brought Raymond and his wife, Irene, together, as both of their families were involved in horse racing. This love continued throughout their marriage. When they were first married, they would work hard through the week on the farm, and then go to the horse races on weekends. One of their most memorable times together was in October of 2004, the year of their 50th anniversary, when they took their whole family to Dallas, Texas, to the Breeders Cup.
Raymond wanted no glory for the good deeds he constantly performed during his life. He was the type of person who would do something for someone without letting them know he’d done it. When a neighbor came across hard times, had new twin babies, and had no vehicle that could carry the whole family and two infant seats, Raymond went out and bought a Suburban for the young couple. He was a beacon, a light, and living example for all to follow.
Irene and Raymond worked cattle together and were true partners on the farm. Their family shares great memories of Raymond’s practical jokes as they worked together.
When Raymond was young, he loved softball and was darned good at it. Because he was needed on his father’s farm and there was little time for pleasure, he never had the chance to fully develop his talents in that area. But three years ago, Raymond showed up at an Old Timer’s softball game in a uniform he had won as a young man, and pitched the game.
Raymond believed in preserving his heritage. He was proud of his German ancestry and spoke German to his kids and grandkids, even though most of the time they didn’t know what he was saying! He shared his memories with his family through scrapbooks which he worked on during the winters and slow farming times.
His interest didn’t stop with his family, either. He was genuinely concerned with his community. He served 46 years as a Co-op board member. He served his country in active combat for two years during the Korean War.
Irene and the kids have agreed they will continue Raymond’s work, in the same manner and way he would want it to be done. He loved farming, through good times and bad.
Raymond is survived by his loving family: his wife, Irene; daughter Debbie Davis of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sons Dallas and Brenda, and Bon and Debra, all of Lamar, Colo.; grandchildren Matt and Shae Davis, and Holly, Riley, and Haley May; a brother, Randy May of Lamar, and Raymond’s sister, Ann and husband Bob Davies of Phoenix, Ariz. He is also survived by his inlaws, including Hugh and Elsie Rushton, Donald Rushton, Temple and Sally Rushton, and Louise Harper, all of Holly, Colo., Lucille Dawson of Granada, Colo., and June May of Lamar.
Services were held on Aug. 22 in Lamar, with interment at Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Boys Ranch at P.O. Box 681, La Junta, Colo., 81052.
, age 95, of LaGrange, Wyo., died Sept. 23, 2006, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.
He was born on Sept. 21, 1911, in Kingfisher County, Okla., the son of Louie and Rose Ella (Bartman) Scheer. In 1914, the family moved to a homestead four miles east of Jay Em, Wyo., where Louie received his early education at Pleasant Lawn School, and later attended high school at Torrington, Wyo.
On June 15, 1938, Louie married Lillian Opal Pilgrim at Hot Springs, S.D. The couple moved to Lusk, Wyo., for two years before moving to Prairie Center, Wyo. In 1960, they bought a ranch near Lander, Wyo., where they lived until they sold it in 1971. They then moved to their ranch on Bear Creek.
Louie was a member of the Bear Creek Church. He enjoyed traveling and playing bridge and checkers. He loved following his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting activities.
He is survived by his wife, Opal, of LaGrange; two sons, Vern Scheer and wife Jolene of Kinnear, Wyo., and Doug Scheer and wife Peggy of LaGrange; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Irene Matilda Foote; and three brothers: George, Leroy, and Arthur.
Services were held on Sept. 29 in Bear Creek. Cremation took place.
Friends are invited to send condolences to the family at http://www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
, age 87, of Bennett, Colo., died at his home on Sept. 26, 2006, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1918, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Newton E. and Ida C. (Olsen) Converse. He lived most of his life in the Bennett area, graduating from Bennett High School in 1936. He then attended the University of Colorado, and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1944.
Arthur married Helen Schlichting in Boulder, Colo., on March 4, 1944, and they were blessed with four children. The couple had farmed and ranched in Bennett since 1948. Arthur was willing to work two jobs to get the farm started.
He was a member of the Bennett Baptist Church, and the last surviving Charter Member of the church, serving many years on the church board. He was a family man, loved music and had an appreciation for the simple things in life.
Arthur is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen, of Bennett; daughters Leanne and husband Arthur Jess of Haines, Alaska, Jean and husband David Storer of Colman, S.D., and Marilyn and husband Bill Henderson of Denver, Colo.; and one son, Bruce and wife Debbie of Bennett; eight grandchildren; a sister, Clara Heath of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Services were held on Oct. 2 in Bennett, with interment following at Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn., 37214-0800.
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