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, age 75, of Keenesburg, Colo., died Dec. 15, 2006, at his home.

He was born at home in Bird City, Kan., to Glenn and Minnie Johnson. He attended and graduated from Brewster High School in 1951.

Leo enlisted in the Air Force along with his twin brother, Lee, in 1951. They went to basic training in Texas, and served four years in Great Falls, Mont.

On Jan. 16, 1954, he married Pearl Peterson in Great Falls. They were married for 53 years.

Leo and Lee and their families moved to Denver, Colo., after their discharge from the service. Leo worked as a drain layer and a carpenter. In 1967, he was hired by United Airlines as a fueler. He retired from the company after 30 years of service.

He loved to build and do woodworking as a hobby. Other hobbies were fishing, hunting, watching his children and grandchildren in rodeos, and many sports. He enjoyed raising and racing greyhounds with his twin brother, and raising black labs for field trials. He was a devoted family man and enjoyed the outdoors.

Leo and Pearl lived in the Brighton area for 38 years, and then moved to Keenesburg 10 years ago, where he lived until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl; three children: Debra and husband Ray Strong of Greeley, Colo., Lanette and husband Pat Walker of Hudson, Colo., and Kenny and wife Sandie Johnson of Keenesburg; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, LaNora Jackson, and one brother, LaVern “Buck” Johnson and sister-in-law Glessner Johnson.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Linda and Cheryl Johnson; his twin brother, Lee Johnson; brother Glen Johnson; brother-in-law Kenneth Jackson and nephew Lonnie Johnson.

Services were held on Dec. 27. A graveside service was also held at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

, age 47, was born on Oct. 7, 1959, to Edward Leon Mekelburg Jr. and Doris (Rutledge) Mekelburg.

He was born in Yuma (Colorado) Hospital and was raised on the family farm northeast of Yuma. He attended Yuma public schools, graduating with the class of 1978. He then attended Morgan Community College for two years. After attending college, Mike came back home and began farming with his father, Leon, and his uncle Don Rutledge.

Mike was involved in Cub Scouts and 4-H, as a young person. He was a member of the Yuma FFA chapter all four years of high school. He won Grand Champion Hog at the Yuma County Fair in 1977.

Mike was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

In June of 1983, Mike married Lisabeth Bornmann, and to this union one daughter, Ashley Ann, was born. Mike and Liz dissolved their marriage in 1986.

In 1994, Mike married Rhonda Wiltfang. To this union, a daughter, Alex Faith, was born. Mike also adopted Cody Matthew into the family.

Mike was a loving person and was never ashamed to say “I love you” to family and friends. He was a very special person.

Mike inherited his love of farming and fishing from his grandfather, Stanley Rutledge. they spent many an hour together driving tractors, checking cattle, or sitting on a river bank, or in a boat on a lake with a fishing pole in their hands.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda; daughters Ashley and Alex, and son Cody; mother Doris Mekelburg, and sister Deb and husband Ron Higgins; children Travis and Bonnie Rogers and sons; Ryanne and Ryan Smith; Cassidee and Jed Gleghorn. He is also survived by brothers Randy and wife Teri, and daughters Paige and Kali; Dick and wife Dori and children Nikki, Corey and Shae; Dave and children Hilary and Tate; Tom and wife Kristi and children Kiera, Mariya, Lainey and Jailyn; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Memorial services were held Dec. 12.

, age 98, a longtime area resident of Brush, Colo., died Jan. 3, 2007, at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush.

She was born March 1, 1908, in Lincoln, Neb., to James and Lottie (Miller) Witter. In 1916, the family moved to Simpson, 30 miles south of Brush. She attended Woodrow High School, and later Brush High School, where she graduated. She attended the state teachers college later that summer, where she received her teaching certificate. She taught school in the Burdett community.

Grace married Elmer Hollinger on June 6, 1928. They later divorced.

She was a member of the Snyder Methodist Church, where she also taught Sunday School and served on the Snyder Ladies Aid. She was a 4-H leader for a number of years, and was a caretaker for several area residents. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, cooking and baking. She was also an avid writer.

Grace is survived by her five children: Robert E. Hollinger of Ranchester, Wyo., Bertha L. Woodward of Loveland, Colo., Irene M. Vancil of Brush, Colo., Mavis A. Falls of Waco, Texas, and Ellen L. Lisman of Torrington, Wyo.; 18 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Ada Schon of Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters: Doris Lindstrom, Frances Carr, and Charlotte Krogh; and one great-grandson, Jacob Hastings.

Services were held Jan. 6 with interment at Brush Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Jake Hastings Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Bank of Colorado in Brush.

of Loveland, Colo., died peacefully on Jan. 9, 2007, at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, her home for 60 years.

Born Mayme Inez Tomlinson on Feb. 13, 1913, in Big Flat, Ark., she moved with her parents and three sisters to Colorado during the Great Depression. Despite achieving highest academic honors at Ault High School, finances prevented her from attending college.

Mayme married Maurice Jessup in 1938. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Tillie is survived by her children: David and Susan, who continue to run the ranch; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Zee Jackson of Metaire, La., and Maggie Stewart of Greeley, Colo.

A private family cremation service has been scheduled. A memorial service will be held in May.

Friends who wish may donate to the Legacy Land Trust, Larimer County Hospice, or the Mennonite Disaster Service in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. Highway 287, Fort Collins, Colo., 80525.

Please visit to send tributes to the family and read the complete story of Mayme Inez Jessup’s life.

, age 78, of Denver. Colo., died Jan. 10, 2007, at her home.

The youngest of six children, she was born July 18, 1928, in Denver, to Paul and Nellie Sibley. She grew up in Denver, graduating from South High School. Last summer, she attended her 50th high school reunion.

Pauline married Thomas R. Greene (who preceded her in death) in Denver in 1947. They had four children together: Connie, Rick, Paula, and Mike.

Pauline worked for Denver Public Schools for 20 years as a secretary in the Evaluation and Testing Department until her retirement.

In 1980, she married Alfred Jenni and gained his three sons and their wives into her family.

Pauline enjoyed traveling, golfing, going to Las Vegas, taking her grandchildren and children to the swimming pool, and the Denver Zoo. An avid and fiercely loyal Denver Broncos fan, she was able to attend one Super Bowl, and watching them win with John Elway meant a great deal to her.

Her family was especially important to her. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Her dog Belle was a cherished and faithful companion.

Pauline is survived by her children and their spouses: Connie Canali of Greeley, Colo., Rick and Connie Greene of Littleton, Colo., Paula and Tom Gore of Ault, Colo., and Michael and Julieanne Greene of Bend, Ore.; her stepsons and spouses: Larry and Kathy Jenni of Elizabeth, Colo., Alan and Pat Jenni of Denver, and Terry Jenni of Littleton, Colo.; 13 grandchildren: Meghan, Gia, Reva, Jimmy, Jason, Jeremy, Katie, Ian, Taylor, Hunter, Laura, Kate, Ryan, and their spouses. The great-grandchildren were special blessings to Pauline: Allie Jo, Jonathan, and Aiden.

She is also survived by her brothers Alton and Norman and wife Elaine, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 17 in Littleton. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, 1280 S. Parker Road, Denver, Colo., 80231.


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