Rocky Mountain Obituaries
November 13, 2006
of Niwot, Colo., died Nov. 6, 2006, at Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties Care Center in Louisville, Colo. She was 65.
She was born June 24, 1941, in Elkhorn, Wis., to Russell and Mariann (Brocker) Stewart. She grew up on the family dairy farm which has been in the family for over 150 years. Barbara graduated from Delavan-Darien High School in 1960. She attended nursing school in Madison, Wis., from 1960 to 1961.
Barbara married Tom Theobald on June 15, 1963, at Christ Episcopal Church in Delavan, Wis. They moved to Wheat Ridge, Colo, in 1965, and to Niwot in 1970.
Mrs. Theobald practiced as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Wheat Ridge, and then as an assembler at IBM. She then worked for Valley Lab, as a micro-welder for Ball Aerospace from 1977 through 1993. She worked at Red Caboose, a train manufacturer in Longmont and Mead, from 1993 to 2004. Barbara also worked alongside her husband Tom as a Beekeeper at Niwot Honey Farm since 1975.
She attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longmont. She was one of the first women volunteers with the Niwot Volunteer Fire Department, also serving as Secretary and Treasurer. She was Master of Left Hand Grange from 2003 to 2006.
Barbara liked watching football, was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and liked the Denver Broncos. She liked to garden and keep busy canning and knitting. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them.
She is survived by her husband Tom of Niwot; a daughter, Tracy Briggs and her husband Brian of Berthoud, Colo., and two grandchildren, Erin and Justine Briggs.
She is also survived by her mother of Delavan; twin sister Mary Tully of Delavan, and sister Virginia Schollz and husband Richard of Merritt Island, Fla.; her brother, Dr. Russell Stewart and his wife Dr. Sally Stewart of Frametown, W.V.; and many nieces and nephews and many, many good friends. She was preceded in death by her father.
A memorial service was held on Nov. 10, 2006, in Niwot.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Building Fund for the Left Hand Grange, P.O. Box 301 Niwot, Colo., 80544; to the American Cancer Society for ovarian cancer research, 6857 Paiute Ave. Longmont, Colo., 80503; or to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, Colo., 80026. Friends may visit http://www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to leave condolences for the family.
, age 97, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Oct. 23, 2006, at West Plains, Mo.
She was born on March 3, 1909, in Polk County, Mo., to Ode and Grace (Roberts) Cornelius.
Mildred was married to late Mason Willadsen from 1935 to 1974, when they were divorced. They operated the Slash EM Ranch (/M) in the twin mountains area west of Cheyenne.
Mildred was a hard-working ranch wife who also loved to cook and entertain. She was a member of the Laramie County Republican Women’s Club, and the Albany County Cowbelles.
She is survived by loving nieces and nephews including Larry and Valerie Nelson of West Plains, and Jerry Nelson, David Nelson, and Kathy Smith, all of the Kansas City area.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her ex-husband, three brothers and two sisters, and one nephew.
Services were held in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Oct. 27. Interment followed at the Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne.
, age 64, lifelong resident of Craig, Colo., died Oct. 26, 2006, at his home. He was born on Sept. 5, 1942, in Craig, Colo., to John E. and Goldie R. (Echternkamp) Gerber. He was raised on the family ranch west of Craig, where he continued to live all his life. He graduated from Moffatt County High School in 1960.
Eldon proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. Upon his return, he worked for Dewey Sheridan and Elmer Mack, then worked for Herman Construction for many years before he returned to the ranch, where he worked until his death.
Eldon married Janet Van Dorn on March 3, 1973, in Grand Junction, Colo. His life’s passion was his family, his children and his precious grandson, Torin Gray, who was “the apple of his eye.” He enjoyed teaching his family how to be good stewards of the land, and his love of cattle. He enjoyed watching Professional Bull Riding,
football and basketball. He belonged to the Moffatt County Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
Eldon is survived by his wife, Janet Gerber of Craig; daughter Stacy Gray, son Aric Gerber, and grandson Torin Gray, all of Craig. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Adrian Gray; brothers Ervin and Steve, all of Craig, and Jim of Madill, Okla.; sisters Mary Black of Montrose, Colo., Norma Herman of Grand Junction, Colo., Judy Ruth of Riverton, Wyo., Goldie Arroyo of Fruita, Colo.; father-in-law Perry and wife Elizabeth Van Dorn of Craig; sisters-in-law Sandy and husband Ben Cordle of Mojave, N.M., Doris and husband John Zimmerman, and Gwen and husband Dale Rickerby, all of Craig; brothers-in-law Pete and wife Joyce Van Dorn of Niwot, Colo., Norman and wife Un Chu Van Dorn of Aurora, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held Oct. 30 in Craig, with interment at Craig Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Moffatt County 4-H Foundation in care of Grand Mortuary, 621 Yampa Avenue, Craig, Colo., 81625.
, age 83, of Wellington, Colo., died Oct. 26, 2006, at the Rangely District Hospital in Rangely, Colo., following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born June 3, 1923, in the mountains of Rosetta, Ark., to Wesley and Lula Warren. While growing up on the farm, Manford started working cutting logs in the timber at the age of 12.
Manford married Grace Young of Dardenelle, Ark., on Jan. 12, 1942. They built their first home on the family homestead. They lived there until they moved to Red Feather Lakes, Colo., in 1952, where he worked in the timber. The family then moved to Wellington, Colo., in 1955, where he had his own mechanic business. While working as a mechanic at home, he worked for 15 years as a welder at Forney’s in Fort Collins. He then went to work for Lone Star Steel in Fort Collins, also as a welder, and retired from there after 11 years. Manford continued his mechanic work long after he retired; he was a top-notch mechanic and welder. While working at Forney’s, he instructed the Japanese how to weld on aluminum.
Manford loved to go camping, hunting and fishing with his family.
Manford is survived by his wife of 64 years, Grace; two brothers; five sons: Bobby D. of Dinosaur, Colo., Kenneth E., Quinton D., Stanley A., and Jeffery D, all of Fort Collins; and one daughter, Norma L. Snyder of Dinosaur, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; an infant son, Charles L.; five brothers, four sisters, and one infant grandson.
A private family gathering was held on Oct. 28 in Manford’s honor. Memorial services were held in Loveland, Colo., on Nov. 12.
, age 56, of Redlands Mesa, Colo., died unexpectedly on Oct. 16, 2006.
He was born on Oct. 15, 1950, to William C. and Donna (Kirkpatrick) Sievers in California. David first appreciated and came to love the North Fork Valley as a young boy when his family came to visit dear friends in Crawford, Colo., while he was growing up.
He moved to Redlands Mesa in 1958. David met his wife there, and they were married on April 20, 1981. They lived on the ranch he inherited from his father. Together, they raised their nephew, Todd Beemer, who is now a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marines, stationed in North Carolina. In 1982, they purchased a neighboring ranch and additional cattle, along with a forest grazing permit.
David was very active in the community and a strong advocate of Agriculture, specifically family farms and conservation. He spent countless hours on both of these endeavors because of his commitment. He had the unique ability to bring divergent opinions and people to the table and find solutions.
He was president of the board of directors of the Overland Ditch & Reservoir Company during major dam rehabilitation in the mid 1980s. He was most recently president of the Redlands Mesa Water Users Inc., and the Leroux Creek Cattle Pool. He served as president of the Delta Conservation District, and was instrumental in funding projects for the North Fork River Improvement Association, and Fruitgrowers Reservoir. He represented the Gunnison Delores watershed on the Colorado Association of Conservation District board. He was currently president of the board of the Colorado Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) which funds conservation of private lands throughout the state.
David loved to ride his horses and go fly fishing. He and Anne would take a pack horse, and meet friends in the West Elk Wilderness, among other places. His enthusiasm for life was contagious. He was always sharing a “story” and offering his help to his friends and those around him.
David is survived by his wife, Anne; a sister, Sandy and husband Al Javoian of Mexico; step-father Charles MacConnell of Monroe, Wash.; step-sisters Rebecca and husband Dennis Medearis of Duvall, Wash., and Judy MacConnell of Kona, Hi.
He is also survived by a sister-in-law Vivian and husband James Casil of Glen Cove, N.Y.; nephews Stephen Casil and Michael Casil, both of Glen Cove, niece Maalaea and husband Tim Quirk of Grover Beach, Calif., and Michael Todd Beemer of Concord, N.C.
A gathering for David was held Oct. 21 at the Redlands Mesa Grange Hall. A small family service will be held later next summer.
David’s family established a memorial fund in his name for educational scholarships through the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union because of his dedication to the union. Donations may be sent to: RMFU David W. Sievers Memorial Fund, 5655 S. Yosemite Street, Suite 400, Greenwood Village, Colo., 80111.