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, age 77, long-time resident of Stratton, Colo., died Jan. 30, 2007, at the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on April 7, 1929, to Sherman H. and Grace E. (Messing) Corliss in Hebron, Neb. He lived there until 1934. The family then moved to the ranch north of Stratton, where Mervin attended the Tuttle and Kirk schools. During his youth, his family attended the Foursquare Church, where he was also baptized. As a youth, he was a member of the Settlement 4-H Club, and loved to participate in rodeos.

Mervin was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1949, and served in the Korean War. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1951.

He married Esther Gramm on March 7, 1954, at Hope Congregational Church north of Bethune, Colo. He joined the church, and served as a Sunday School teacher and on the church board. To this union, two children were born, Verlin and Nadine.

Mervin was an active member of the Burlington VFW Post 6491, and also served for 25 years on the Arickaree Water Board.

Mervin is survived by his loving wife, Esther; daughter Nadine Klassen; four grandchildren: Krista, Stephanie, and Wade Corliss, Kaylee Klassen, and one step-grandson, Jon Klassen. He is also survived by brothers Lyal Corliss, Albert Corliss and wife Arnella, David Corliss and wife Betty; and sisters Betty Guy, Doris Henry, Lois Henry, Mary and husband Clinton Hasenauer, Ruth Hampton, and one sister-in-law, Virginia Corliss.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Verlin Corliss; one son-in-law Daryn Klassen and one brother, Lowell Corliss.

Mervin was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Services for Mervin were held on Feb. 2. Interment took place at Hope Cemetery in Bethune, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Mervin’s name to the Burlington VFW Post 6491, or Hope Congregational Church, and may be left at the First National Bank in Burlington, Colo.

, age 79, of Erie, Colo., died peacefully at her home on Feb. 1, 2007.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1928, in Ovid, Colo., to Jacob and Amelia Sanger.

Elizabeth married Alex Baker on Sept. 17, 1955, in Denver, Colo.

Elizabeth worked for 10 years at Samsonite, and nearly 23 years at Albertsons Grocery Store before retiring in 1991. She also worked alongside her husband on the farm. She loved the Broncos and her grandchildren.

She is survived by two children: Mary and husband Mark Schlote, and Mike Baker and wife Lori; four grandchildren: Natasha, Jennifer, Jacob and Michael; a great-grandchild, Brooke; and a sister, Emma Neiberger.

Services were held Feb. 5 in Lafayette, Colo., with interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Broomfield, Colo.

, age 83, died March 2, 2007, at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties after a long battle with cancer.

He was born July 19, 1923, on a farm east of Lafayette, Colo., to Emil and Agnes Schweger.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was stationed in the Philippines until 1945.

Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge, he returned home to marry Lillian “Ginger” Crouse on Nov. 25, 1949.

Bill farmed in Lakewood for many years, and in the Brighton and Fort Lupton areas. Once retired, he traveled the U.S. with his wife in their fifth-wheel trailer until her death in 1997. He then expanded his travels to places like Africa, Australia, Asia, South America, and Europe. When he wasn’t traveling, he was working as a handyman for many years at Longmont Dairy.

His hobbies included carpentry, geology, and antique auto and tractor refurbishment.

Bill is survived by two sister, Rose Zapf of Longmont, Colo., and Mary Purser of Golden, Colo.; many nieces and nephews throughout the United States, and his traveling partner and best friend, Dody Sullivan.

Services were held on March 8 in Foothills Garden of Memory.

, age 77, long-time resident of Stratton, Colo., died Jan. 30, 2007, at the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on April 7, 1929, to Sherman H. and Grace E. (Messing) Corliss in Hebron, Neb. He lived there until 1934. The family then moved to the ranch north of Stratton, where Mervin attended the Tuttle and Kirk schools. During his youth, his family attended the Foursquare Church, where he was also baptized. As a youth, he was a member of the Settlement 4-H Club, and loved to participate in rodeos.

Mervin was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1949, and served in the Korean War. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1951.

He married Esther Gramm on March 7, 1954, at Hope Congregational Church north of Bethune, Colo. He joined the church, and served as a Sunday School teacher and on the church board. To this union, two children were born, Verlin and Nadine.

Mervin was an active member of the Burlington VFW Post 6491, and also served for 25 years on the Arickaree Water Board.

Mervin is survived by his loving wife, Esther; daughter Nadine Klassen; four grandchildren: Krista, Stephanie, and Wade Corliss, Kaylee Klassen, and one step-grandson, Jon Klassen. He is also survived by brothers Lyal Corliss, Albert Corliss and wife Arnella, David Corliss and wife Betty; and sisters Betty Guy, Doris Henry, Lois Henry, Mary and husband Clinton Hasenauer, Ruth Hampton, and one sister-in-law, Virginia Corliss.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Verlin Corliss; one son-in-law Daryn Klassen and one brother, Lowell Corliss.

Mervin was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Services for Mervin were held on Feb. 2. Interment took place at Hope Cemetery in Bethune, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Mervin’s name to the Burlington VFW Post 6491, or Hope Congregational Church, and may be left at the First National Bank in Burlington, Colo.

, age 79, of Erie, Colo., died peacefully at her home on Feb. 1, 2007.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1928, in Ovid, Colo., to Jacob and Amelia Sanger.

Elizabeth married Alex Baker on Sept. 17, 1955, in Denver, Colo.

Elizabeth worked for 10 years at Samsonite, and nearly 23 years at Albertsons Grocery Store before retiring in 1991. She also worked alongside her husband on the farm. She loved the Broncos and her grandchildren.

She is survived by two children: Mary and husband Mark Schlote, and Mike Baker and wife Lori; four grandchildren: Natasha, Jennifer, Jacob and Michael; a great-grandchild, Brooke; and a sister, Emma Neiberger.

Services were held Feb. 5 in Lafayette, Colo., with interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Broomfield, Colo.

, age 83, died March 2, 2007, at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties after a long battle with cancer.

He was born July 19, 1923, on a farm east of Lafayette, Colo., to Emil and Agnes Schweger.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was stationed in the Philippines until 1945.

Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge, he returned home to marry Lillian “Ginger” Crouse on Nov. 25, 1949.

Bill farmed in Lakewood for many years, and in the Brighton and Fort Lupton areas. Once retired, he traveled the U.S. with his wife in their fifth-wheel trailer until her death in 1997. He then expanded his travels to places like Africa, Australia, Asia, South America, and Europe. When he wasn’t traveling, he was working as a handyman for many years at Longmont Dairy.

His hobbies included carpentry, geology, and antique auto and tractor refurbishment.

Bill is survived by two sister, Rose Zapf of Longmont, Colo., and Mary Purser of Golden, Colo.; many nieces and nephews throughout the United States, and his traveling partner and best friend, Dody Sullivan.

Services were held on March 8 in Foothills Garden of Memory.

, age 77, long-time resident of Stratton, Colo., died Jan. 30, 2007, at the Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital.

He was born on April 7, 1929, to Sherman H. and Grace E. (Messing) Corliss in Hebron, Neb. He lived there until 1934. The family then moved to the ranch north of Stratton, where Mervin attended the Tuttle and Kirk schools. During his youth, his family attended the Foursquare Church, where he was also baptized. As a youth, he was a member of the Settlement 4-H Club, and loved to participate in rodeos.

Mervin was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1949, and served in the Korean War. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1951.

He married Esther Gramm on March 7, 1954, at Hope Congregational Church north of Bethune, Colo. He joined the church, and served as a Sunday School teacher and on the church board. To this union, two children were born, Verlin and Nadine.

Mervin was an active member of the Burlington VFW Post 6491, and also served for 25 years on the Arickaree Water Board.

Mervin is survived by his loving wife, Esther; daughter Nadine Klassen; four grandchildren: Krista, Stephanie, and Wade Corliss, Kaylee Klassen, and one step-grandson, Jon Klassen. He is also survived by brothers Lyal Corliss, Albert Corliss and wife Arnella, David Corliss and wife Betty; and sisters Betty Guy, Doris Henry, Lois Henry, Mary and husband Clinton Hasenauer, Ruth Hampton, and one sister-in-law, Virginia Corliss.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Verlin Corliss; one son-in-law Daryn Klassen and one brother, Lowell Corliss.

Mervin was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Services for Mervin were held on Feb. 2. Interment took place at Hope Cemetery in Bethune, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Mervin’s name to the Burlington VFW Post 6491, or Hope Congregational Church, and may be left at the First National Bank in Burlington, Colo.

, age 79, of Erie, Colo., died peacefully at her home on Feb. 1, 2007.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1928, in Ovid, Colo., to Jacob and Amelia Sanger.

Elizabeth married Alex Baker on Sept. 17, 1955, in Denver, Colo.

Elizabeth worked for 10 years at Samsonite, and nearly 23 years at Albertsons Grocery Store before retiring in 1991. She also worked alongside her husband on the farm. She loved the Broncos and her grandchildren.

She is survived by two children: Mary and husband Mark Schlote, and Mike Baker and wife Lori; four grandchildren: Natasha, Jennifer, Jacob and Michael; a great-grandchild, Brooke; and a sister, Emma Neiberger.

Services were held Feb. 5 in Lafayette, Colo., with interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Broomfield, Colo.

, age 83, died March 2, 2007, at HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties after a long battle with cancer.

He was born July 19, 1923, on a farm east of Lafayette, Colo., to Emil and Agnes Schweger.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was stationed in the Philippines until 1945.

Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge, he returned home to marry Lillian “Ginger” Crouse on Nov. 25, 1949.

Bill farmed in Lakewood for many years, and in the Brighton and Fort Lupton areas. Once retired, he traveled the U.S. with his wife in their fifth-wheel trailer until her death in 1997. He then expanded his travels to places like Africa, Australia, Asia, South America, and Europe. When he wasn’t traveling, he was working as a handyman for many years at Longmont Dairy.

His hobbies included carpentry, geology, and antique auto and tractor refurbishment.

Bill is survived by two sister, Rose Zapf of Longmont, Colo., and Mary Purser of Golden, Colo.; many nieces and nephews throughout the United States, and his traveling partner and best friend, Dody Sullivan.

Services were held on March 8 in Foothills Garden of Memory.


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