Rocky Mountain Obituaries
Elmer R. Dobler, age 83, of Burlington, Colo., died Oct. 12, 2007.
He was born on Sept. 13, 1924, at home. He graduated from the 8th grade. He was baptized and confirmed at Hope Congregational Church, where he was a lifelong member.
Elmer was drafted in April 1944 into the U.S. Army. He served in the Phillippines where he was assigned to the 37th infantry division as a rifleman. He saw two months of combat before the atomic bomb was dropped and the war ended. He was then shipped to Okinawa for 15 months where he was assigned to the Air Force as a maintenance man on airplanes. He was honorably discharged in Fort Ord, Calif. in November of 1946.
After his return home, he farmed with his brother, Ted.
Elmer married Delores Schaal on March 9, 1952, at Hope Congregational Church. They moved to a farm 11 miles northwest of Burlington, which he had purchased in 1948. Elmer worked at Burlington Livestock Sales as a clerk. Elmer and Delores started milking cows and raising chickens, along with farming and raising a garden every year.
In the latter ’60s, he started farming with irrigation. In 1965, he increased the milking herd, and eventually improved his dairy to become a Grade A dairy, which he operated until 1995. Elmer and Delores purchased a home in Burlington and move in October, 1998. He continued to come to the farm every day, weather permitting.
Elmer enjoyed hunting coyotes, bowling on a local team, collecting tarp straps, and watching his children and grandchildren in sporting activities. In addition, he also enjoyed watching his grandsons show their livestock projects at the County Fair.
Elmer is survived by his wife Delores; sons Jim and wife Cheryl, Raymond, grandsons Ryan and wife Katie, Darren and wife LaRae, all of Burlington; daughter Raelene and husband Les Helzer, grandson Eric and granddaughter Macaela, all of Greeley, Colo.; step-grandson Garth and Jess and baby Ryan of Buffalo, Wyo., and step-granddaughter Katie Sue Helzer of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Oct. 17, in Burlington. Interment followed at Hope Cemetery in Bethune, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Elmer’s name and sent to the Hope Congregational Church or the Caring Hands Hospice, and may be left or sent to the Bank of Burlington.
Albert L. Hause, age 81, of Brighton, Colo., died Oct. 13, 2007, at his home. He was born on March 8, 1926, at the family farm between Brighton and Fort Lupton, to Jesse and Evelyn Hause. He attended Independence Elementary School and Brighton High School.
In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, serving until 1946, in the South Pacific Theater.
He married Lorene Davenport in June, 1945, in Fort Lupton. She died in 2003.
After being honorably discharged from the service, Albert farmed with his father until 1952, when he became a station manager for Western Foods products. In the early 1960s, he joined the Kuner Empson Company in Brighton as a processing superintendent, taking an early retirement in 1982.
Albert was a 53-year member of the Fort Lupton Masonic Lodge No. 119 A.F. & A.M., a 57-year member of the Brighton Elks Club, serving as trustee for 50 years, was active in the Brighton Elks Lodge Gun Club, a 60-year member of the American Legion, an original board member of the Platte Valley Historical Society, and a member of the school board for the Independence School District.
He was a member of the Harvest Fellowship Church in Brighton, where he tutored church youth groups in gun safety.
Albert is survived by his children: Dan Hause, Brighton; Roxann Hause, Estes Park and fiance’ Larry Midgett, Overland Park, Kan.; Butch Hause and wife Sarah of Berthoud, Colo., and grandchildren Matthew Hause, Brighton, and Casey Hause, Berthoud; brother Gil Hause and wife Trudy of Greeley, Colo.; Jo Hause of Eaton, Colo.; sister Mary Margaret Cox of Greeley, and sister-in-law Nancy Hause of Estes Park, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorene; and one brother, Richard Hause. John was
Services were held on Oct. 19 in Brighton.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Harvest Fellowship Building Fund, Box 26, Brighton, Colo., 80601; or the Brighton Elks 1586 Scholarship Fund, 101 N. Main, Brighton, Colo., 80601.
Kasey Jo Warner, age 28, of Arapahoe, Neb., died Oct. 3, 2007, southwest of Arapahoe, Neb., the result of a pedestrian-car accident.
She was born on Aug. 31, 1979, in Greeley, Colo., to Jim and Deb (Holzworth) Walker. She grew up on the family ranch in New Raymer, Colo., and graduated from Prairie School in 1998. She was active in school sports, particularly volleyball and basketball. Kasey’s passion, however, was her love of agriculture, ranch life, and her work with the New Raymer FFA. She was involved in every aspect of her school’s chapter, serving as chapter president her senior year. Kasey became the Colorado FFA State Vice-President in 1998-99. She earned the American Farmer Degree, as well as being awarded the Star Finalist in the National Beef Proficiency at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1999. Kasey attended CSU and McCook Community College, and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2003. She was chosen Outstanding Student at the School of Natural and Social Sciences as well as earning an award for Best Undergraduate Research Project in the Biology Department. She continued on with her passion for learning with post-graduate studies and earned a Master’s of Science in biology in May, 2006, also from University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Kasey married Dan Warner on Nov. 20, 1999, in Sterling, Colo., and they made their home southwest of Arapahoe, Neb. She and Dan served as sponsors for the Arapahoe FFA Chapter and were sponsors of the Nebraska Junior Gelbvieh Association. In 2003, she became the varsity coach for Arapahoe High School girls’ volleyball. She also served as interim coach for the McCook Community College girls’ volleyball team in the spring of 2006.
She began her position as biology instructor at McCook Community College in August 2004, and worked there at the time of her death. She served as co-sponsor of Student Senate at teh college.
Kasey is survived by her husband, Dan, of Arapahoe; daughters Gentry and Berkley, also of Arapahoe; her parents, Jim and Deb Walker of New Raymer, Colo.; a brother, Colby and wife Karrie Walker of Merino, Colo.; her parents-in-law, Monte and wife Kristie Warner of Arapahoe; grandparents: K.C. and wife Jo Holzworth of Stoneham, Colo., Vera Walker of Sterling, Colo., Ralph and Joanne Lammers of Arapahoe, and Robert and Marjorie Warner of Arapahoe.
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at http://www.wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Services were held on Oct. 8 in Arapahoe, with interment at Arapahoe Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Arapahoe High School Scholarship Fund or McCook Community College Scholarship Fund in Kasey’s name. v
Dorris (Kuchera) Carnahan, age 72, of Toponas, Colo., died Oct. 2, 2007.
She was born on July 23, 1935, in Russel Springs, Kan., to Charles and Myrtle Kuchera. The family moved to Granby, Colo., and later to Kremmling, Colo. Dorris attended Yampa school, where she graduated in 1953. She attended Blair Business College in Denver, Colo., for a time. She met her “Prince Charming” Vince Carnahan in a hayfield where they were both working that summer.
Dorris and Vince were married on Dec. 10, 1954. They set up a home ranch in Toponas. They eventually built a house in Yampa. Vince worked away from home a lot, and Dorris was the caretaker of the home front. In 1975, they bought the ranch in Maybell. They worked both ranches until they sold the Maybell ranch in 1988 when Dorris wanted to move home to Toponas.
Dorris was a great mom, cook, homemaker and all-around hand. Her heart was outside, working on the ranch. She helped with 4-H groups, and the communities in which she lived. She was a custodian for the Maybell School for many years. Most of all, she was Mom.
She is survived by three children: son Kirk and wife Kathy, son Pollard, and daughter Terry and husband Ernie Arnold; five grandchildren: Pete and Chris Seewald, James and wife Katie Carnahan, Glen Carnahan, and Melissa and husband Josh Wolf; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Kenneth and wife Eileen, and Robert Kuchera; one sister, Mildred Keim; two brothers, Kenneth and wife Eileen, and Robert Kuchera; one sister, Mildred Keim.
Bryce K. Bowman, age 77, of Ault, Colo., died Oct. 11, 2007, at his home in the Pawnee National Grasslands, the result of a stroke.
He was born in Burkmere, S.D., to Glen and Ethel (Johnson) Bowman. He received his early education in a country school. He moved to Greeley in 1943, and graduated from College High School in 1948. He attended both UNC and CSU, majoring in forestry. His summers were spent working at Stead’s dude ranch in Estes Park, Colo., where his love of cattle raising began to solidify.
In 1951, he was called to serve in the Korean War. He was assigned to Fort Knox, Ky., Third Armored Division, Battery C, 65th Armored Field Battalion, and served 13 months in Korea as a tank driver. Returning home in 1953, he worked for several years at Ray and Buster Sharp’s gas station in Greeley, Colo. Anxious to start raising cattle, he purchased 13 head of cattle. His mentor and good friend, Stow Witwer, encouraged him to enter into partnership with Andy Barnett of Eaton, Colo. He later leased and bought the Barnett Ranch and spent many happy and productive years there.
Bryce married Lucille Lee in 1956 and together they were blessed with six sons and daughters. His income was supplemented by working sale days at Greeley Producers Livestock Barn. He had a concern that people in agriculture needed to tell their story to consumers, and he worked tirelessly to accomplish that goal.
He served as president the Association of National Grasslands, president of Weld County Livestock Association, a member of the National Cattlemen’s Association, and served as secretary-treasurer of the Crow Valley Grazing Association for 24 years. He was a member of the Estes Park American Legion for over 50 years. He was an active member of the Grover Community Club. He and his family were members of the Prairie View Sunday School, where they developed a close relationship with the Lord and their community.
Bryce is survived by his wife Lucille of Ault; daughter Lynn Bowman, also of Ault; sons Cole Bowman of Ault, Steven Bowman of Galeton, Bill Bowman and wife Lianne of Gill, Colo., Jeff Bowman of Fredonia, N.D., Dana Bowman and wife Julie of Eaton, Colo., Matt Bowman and wife Kim of Brighton, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by one sister, Beth Singkofer of Cheyenne, Wyo., Bonnie English of Loveland, Colo., and a brother, Brent Bowman of Parker, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carol Jean Atkinson.
Services were held on Oct. 19, in Eaton. Interment took place at the Bowman Family Ranch outside of Ault.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Nunn Fire Department and/or the Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.adamsonchapels.com.
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