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, age 55, of Greeley, Colo., died Feb. 5, 2007.

She was born in Denver on Aug.13, 1951, and adopted as an infant by Bernard and Inez (Hansen) Kelly of Greeley. She was raised in Greeley and graduated from Greeley Central High School.

On Nov. 16, 1968, she married Darrel Walter of Hudson, Colo., and spent her life living in Weld County.

Cyndi was a remarkable, gifted woman. As a loyal, devoted wife, a mother and grandmother, she did much with little. Cyndi spent most of her time doing something for others.

She was a fabulous chef and gardener. When throat surgery took her taste buds in 2000, she continued to cook amazing meals just for the experience. She also had a marvelous talent as a quilter, and gave her extravagant handmade quilts away as gifts.

Cyndi served as a Girl Scout leader for her daughter, and could be found at every home and away football game, cheering for her son.

Cyndi gave selflessly of her time and energy. She was a best friend and business partner to her husband as they worked together at their Mallard Creek Garage repair shop, and later on their farm east of Greeley.

She loved her two Golden Retriever dogs, Gus and Woodrow, as well as the other animals on the farm. She also camped, fished, hunted, read many books, and rode her Harley Davidson motorcycle with her family and friends. Her strength was tested in her later years as she was challenged with illness. She was very strong-willed, never one to complain or criticize, and she always saw the bright side of everything. The love and strength she showed will never be forgotten. She will be greatly missed.

Cyndi was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Evans, Colo.

She is survived by her husband, Darrel, of Greeley; son Ben Walter of Billings, Mont.; daughter Denise Ketchens of Post Falls, Idaho; her father, Bernard Kelly of Greeley; and three grandchildren: Cheyenne Walter of Billings, Mont., and Naomi and Rebekah Ketchens of Post Falls; and many extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Inez (Hansen) Kelly.

Honoring her wishes, a memorial service and spreading of ashes will be held this spring at Mallard Creek Pond.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, 601 16th Street, #C342, Golden, Colo., 80401. To learn more about this charity, visit

, age 92, formerly of Collbran, Colo., died Feb. 1, 2007, at Larchwood Inn in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born May 1, 1914, in Evergreen, Colo., to Edward and Dora Earley. His mother died when he was 5, and he was raised by his father, older sister, and grandmother.

Bill was the president of his senior class, the first class to graduate from Evergreen High School. He attended C.U.-Boulder for one year, and had started his second year at D.U. when his father passed away, and Bill returned to run the family ranch. He had lived in Evergreen, Elk Creek, and Bailey before moving to Collbran in 1948.

He married Virginia O. Gray in Denver, Colo., on March 14, 1937. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1987, and were active ranchers all their lives.

They raised registered Quarter Horses and Hereford cattle. They were instrumental in starting and supporting a 4-H program in the community, and worked with the CSU Livestock Improvement Program.

Bill was active in the community with memberships in the Plateau Valley Roping Club, the Collbran Lions Club, Mesa County Fair Board, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Livestock Committee, and the local school board. He helped organize and coached the Collbran men’s basketball team. He was an avid sports fan and loved to bowl in tournaments.

Education was very important to Bill. He was instrumental in combining the Plateau Valley area schools into one system and facility. He was very proud that all five of his children were college graduates.

Survivors include three sons: Lance and wife Barbara, Nance and wife Sylvia, Clyde and wife Sheron; two daughters: Cleo and husband Jim Rooks and Karen and husband Jim Anderson; six grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; two brothers, and three sisters.

, age 78, longtime Meeker cattleman, died Feb. 28, 2007, at his rural home.

He was born May 8, 1928, in Rainbow, Utah, to Allan and Venice Pearce. He grew up in Jensen, Utah, attending schools there, and later in Vernal, Utah. In 1943, the family moved to Colorado, where he graduated from Rio Blanco High School in 1946.

In 1950, Tom married Ruth Waechter, a high school teacher.

After his graduation, Tom went into the ranching business with his father. In 1961, Tom and Ruth purchased their present ranch along the White River where they and their family have raised commercial quality cattle ever since.

In 1987, Tom and Ruth were honored as commercial breeders of the year by the Colorado Hereford Association. Tom was one of the longest operating grazing permittees on the White River National Forest, running cattle up East Miller Creek for 58 years.

Tom was very active in the community, serving on many boards including the White River Electric; Colorado Ute; Rio Blanco Stockgrowers, of which he was past president; Meeker Golf Association; Soil Conservation Board; Co-op and many others. He was a member of the Rio Blanco, Colorado and National Cattleman’s Association. He was an active member of the Rio Blanco Lodge #80, AF & AM, having served two terms as Master of the Lodge. He was also a member of the Rifle Elks Lodge #2195.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Ruth; three children: Christine of Laguna Nigel, Calif., Hal and wife Nori of Meeker, and Denise, also of Meeker; and three grandsons: Tom, Jim, and Matt. He is also survived by two sisters, Allene and husband Bob Ingersoll of Yerington, Nev., Beth and husband Les Cooney of Craig, Colo.,and one brother, Bob Pearce and his wife Elaine of Meeker, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his young son, Mark; his parents, and one brother, Troy.

Services were held March 5 in Meeker, with interment at Highland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Rio Blanco County Pioneers or the Masonic Scholarship Fund through Rio Blanco Lodge #80, AF & AM, in care of Cochran Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 1048, Meeker, Colo., 81641.

, age 68, of Hereford, Colo., died Feb. 20, 2007, in Greeley, Colo.

She was born on March 25, 1938, in Grover, Colo., to Frank and Elma Aicher.

After graduating from Grover High School in 1956, she worked in Cheyenne, Wyo., and later in Denver, Colo. She then returned home to care for her aging parents.

Eileen ran the mail route from Fort Morgan to Hereford, for many years, and became Officer in Charge, then Postmaster at the Hereford Post Office. She retired from the Postal Service in January, 2004. Eileen was affectionately known as “Rosa” by her friends.

Due to failing health, she moved to the Centennial Nursing Home in Greeley in September, 2006, where she resided until the time of her death.

Eileen is survived by nephews Steven Bossen and Frank Addleman; and a niece, Jill Norris.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Donna Bossen and Grace Addleman.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Hereford Community Church.

, age 75, of Wheatland, Wyo., died Feb. 16, 2007, at his home.

He was born on March 31, 1931, in Cornish, Colo., to Charles Webster and Edna (Lafdahl) Clark. The family farmed in Grover, Colo., until 1943, when Mel’s father died in an accident. The rest of the family moved to town, while Mel, who couldn’t stand town living, spent his teenage years with the Earl Anderson family, a stock contractor near Grover.

In the early ’50s, he went to California and exercised race horses for Rex Ellsworth. He returned to Colorado in 1952, after receiving his draft notice during the Korean Conflict. However, he flunked his physical because he’d already had too many broken bones. He started riding bulls in the early ’50s and worked for Summit Rodeo Company, starting in 1958.

On Oct. 22, 1962, he married Jeanne Anne Burrowes of Laramie, Wyo. They moved to Elk City, Okla., where Mel worked for Butler Brothers Rodeo Company. He later worked for Bill McKee at Dixon, Wyo., and then for the Sinclair Ranch at Sedalia, Colo. In 1973, he hired on as manager of the JW Ranch west of Laramie, where he remained until 1988. He then moved to Wheatland, where he remained for the rest of his life.

Mel was a hard worker, and cared for the cows like they were his own. He had his share of vices, and could be grouchy and hard to work for, but he had a good heart and never lost his sense of humor. He had lots of rodeo wrecks and broken bones through the years. He was notoriously hard on pickups and equipment, but felt at home on the back of a horse. He rode bulls for over 30 years and had a lifetime membership with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Mel lived life on his own terms, and was able to live independently until the end. He had laser surgery on his eyes in 2006, and enjoyed his improved eyesight and the fact that he could continue to drive to the Wheatland Inn for coffee and to cuss his buddies.

He is survived by three daughters: Sharyl and husband James Moore, and their children Jennifer, Jordan, and Jimmy; Shannon L. Clark and Roy T. Johnson and their children Rory and Matthew; Susanna and husband Doug Haffner and their children Caleb and Eli. He is also survived by sisters Evie Corlew, Darlene Salzman, Dorothy Newberry, Jean and husband Dudley LaPointe; and brothers Johnny Clark and Charles Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Genivieve Martin and Betty Mayhew, and several dear friends.

A celebration of Mel’s life took place on Feb. 22. A reception was held at the Albany County Fairgrounds.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Mel Clark Memorial Fund, 2697 N. U.S. Highway 30, Bosler, Wyo., 82051.

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