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Rocky Mountain Obituaries

Jerdene Bruce Barnhart, died on Aug. 25, 2007 at Swedish Medical Center in Engelwood, Colo., from complications of injuries received while working at the St. Francis Livestock Sale Barn. Working with cattle and horses is what Jerdene had loved all of his life.

Jerdene, son of Harvey and Irene (Moore) Barnhart, was born on Aug. 21, 1931. He grew up North of St. Francis on the family ranch at Hackberry Creek.

On Nov. 7, 1954, Jerdene married Barbara Rae Clouse in Benkelman, Neb. Five months later, they moved to the family ranch.

Jerdene loved people and easily made a friend wherever he went. Many family memories were made through square dancing and roller skating. John Wayne movies, Johnnie Cash and polka music assured each one of us that Jerdene was a true cowboy inside as well as out. He enjoyed being a member of Odd Fellows and along with his wife, attended the First Baptist Church.

Jerdene and Barbara moved to St. Francis in 2001, but he continued to drive to the ranch every day. He could not quite give up what had been a large part of his life, his ranch and the few quarter horses he had kept from a long line of quarter horses he had raised years ago. He was very proud that all of his children were avid horsemen.

Through the years, Jerdene helped at several sale barns in the Tri-State area, including the St. Francis Livestock Commission, Imperial Auction Market, Benkelman Horse Sale and the Burlington Livestock Exchange.

Left to mourn his death are his wife Barbara; his children: Delbert Barnhart and wife Sharon, and Doug Barnhart and wife Sandy, all of St. Francis, Debbie Blakeman and husband John of Merna, Neb., Donald Barnhart of Denver, and Daryl Barnhart and wife Yvonn of McCook, Neb.; grandchildren: Derek Barnhart and wife Stephanie, Cassidy Barnhart, Cody Barnhart, Brandi Barnhart, Bruce Barnhart, Jason Barnhart and wife Amanda, Chase Barnhart, Kyle Blakeman, Kevin and Lindsay Blakeman, Brandon Stewart, Cameron, Clayton and Danny Barnhart, Morgan and Trey Barnhart, and one great-granddaughter Madison Barnhart. He is also survived by four sisters: Manota Daniels, Macalene Olson and husband Alden, Wilma Petsch and husband Jess, and Willa Scott and husband Claude; and two brothers, Jim Barnhart and wife Mildred and Maurice Barnhart and wife Janice; sisters-in-law Louise Barnhart, Elsie Mae Hardwick and husband Eldon; and brother-in-law, Sam Clouse and wife Karen; and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Lee R. Orr, age 89, of Kremmling, Colo., formerly of Franktown, Colo., died July 18, 2007, following a lengthy illness.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1917, to William and Edna Orr of Denver, Colo. While attending Engelwood High School, he met his future wife, Evelyn Anderson.

Lee and Evelyn were married, and moved to Franktown to work on the Walker Ranch. Lee and his family also worked on the Russellville Ranch before building their own home in Franktown and settling there.

Lee joined the Teamster’s Union Local #9 and began working construction jobs.

He ran every piece of equipment but was considered an expert with a Caterpillar. During his career he worked for both Loudermilk and Peter Kiewit and Sons on several locations, including Highway 9 around Green Mountain Reservoir and Interstate 70 on both sides of Vail. Lee was honored by Local #9 as its oldest living member several years ago.

While residing in Franktown, Lee became a member of the Pikes Peak Grange and held several offices. He joined the Franktown Volunteer Fire Department and served for 22 years. He became the Chief in 1965. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the original volunteers.

In 1965, Lee married his second wife, Betty. he then ran a maintainer for Douglas County, and soon became the shop manager for the county. He retired from the county in 1982 and moved to the Blue Valley near Kremmling, Colo. His new home afforded him the opportinity to pursue two of his favorite things, hunting and fishing. He also loved dancing to good music, gardening and working on engines. There wasn’t an engine Lee couldn’t fix or rebuild as good as new.

Lee is survived by his wife, Betty; sons Jack Orr and wife Cheryl of Franktown, Craig Orr and wife Cindy of Elizabeth, daughter Patti Bader and husband Allen of Elizabeth, and his sister, Betty Walker of Denver. He is also survived by Betty’s children, Judy Summers of Fort Morgan, Colo., Ralph Griffith of Denver, Colo., and Gary Griffith of Florida; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Lee was a unique person and will be missed by those who knew him.

A memorial service was held in Franktown on Aug. 5, 2007.

Harold Dale Gotschall, age 69, of Calhan, Colo., passed away in Loveland, Colo., at the Medical Center of the Rockies with his family by his side, on July 6, 2007.

Dale was born on Sept. 28, 1937, in Karval, Colo., to Jerome and Violet (Harris) Gotschall. He attended schools in Hugo and Karval, Colo., and graduated from Hugo High School in 1958. Dale then went on to attend barber school.

Dale married Evelyn Pearl Frazier in Rush, Colo., on Oct. 16, 1960. To this union, four children were born, and raised in Calhan.

On Nov. 22, 1960, Dale was drafted in the the United States Army, just five weeks after his wedding. He was stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., and Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1962.

Dale owned and operated a barber shop in Simla, Colo., and Calhan from 1963 to 1974. He then went to work for the El Paso County Highway Department. He worked as foreman for the Highway Department until 1995, when an illness caused him to retire.

He was a member of the Living Word Community Church in Calhan, a past member and president of the Calhan Lions Club. He served the Calhan community on the Calhan Volunteer Fire Department, the Calhan Sewer Board, and as a Calhan City Council member.

Dale loved his family very much. Some of his favorite hobbies were watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and rodeos. He also enjoyed yard work and fishing. Dale never knew a stranger, as he liked visiting with every person that he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dale is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn; his four children: Doran and wife Pam of Peyton, Colo., Derek and wife Keysa of Laramie, Wyo., DaLynn and husband Scot Walker of Windsor, Colo., and DeAnn and husband Greg Scherrer of Limon, Colo.; nine grandchildren: Ashley and husband Chad Malcom, Shayley and husband John Garcia, Zach Scherrer, Bradley Scherrer, Tanner Walker, Dalton Walker, Brockston Gotschall, Treyele Gotschall, and Hunter Gotschall. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald and wife Marion Gotschall of Juneau, Alaska, and Larry and wife Sara Gotschall of Hugo, Colo.; two nephews, Gordon and Gerald, and one niece, June.

Services were held on July 10 at the Living Word Community Church. Interment took place in the Eastonville Cemetery near Peyton, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Living Word Community Church, 532 Colorado Avenue, Calhan, Colo., 80808.

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Gary Phillips, age 66, died Aug. 27, 2007, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.

He was born Sept. 7, 1940, in Oshkosh, Neb., the son of Patrick O. and Helen I. (Bassett) Phillips. He was raised north of Lisco and graduated from Bridgeport High School.

Gary married his high school sweetheart, Joan K. Kosmicke, on Dec. 27, 1962, in Bridgeport.

He was a well-known farm implement dealer throughout the western United States for 40 years. He was also involved with a farming operation.

Gary’s greatest passion was collecting many different items. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved his many pets.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; sister Patty Rice of Redington, Neb.; sister-in-law Joan Phillips of Lisco; brothers-in-law Ralph Kosmicke of Phoenix, Ariz., Russ and wife Linda Kosmicke of Broadwater, Neb., and he was the favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bill Phillips.

Services were held Aug. 31 in Bridgeport. Interment took place at the Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery in Bridgeport.


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