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Rocky Mountian Obituaries

, age 66, of Parker, Colo., passed away on Dec. 5, 2007, in Parker.

He was born on Jan. 11, 1941, to David and Helen Vetter near Bennett, Colo. He was raised north of Bennett. He was a talented basketball player, and was active in Future Farmers of America, where he received the Colorado State Farmer degree, and held the office of State FFA Treasurer. He graduated from Colorado State University, the most prestigious veterinarian school in the United States, with a degree in veterinary medicine. Immediately following graduation, he joined the armed forces to serve his country, where he was selected for and trained as a Green Beret.

Following his honorable discharge, he began his career as an equine veterinarian, and later worked in Florida as a track vet. He eventually returned to his Colorado home where he built a successful horse breeding ranch in Parker while raising his three children. Colleagues and clients praised Jerry as a fine veterinarian. He was a horseman who enjoyed racing and being around the track. Jerry’s career breeding, racing and caring for horses was prosperous and influential. He touched many people with his wit, intelligence, and dedication.

Jerry also enjoyed hunting with his dad and brothers, and taking his three children fishing in the Colorado mountains.

He is survived by his three children: Randy, Allison and Michael; his parents, David and Helen Vetter of Bennett, Colo.; brothers Dennis and wife Joyce of Lance Creek, Wyo., and Bruce and wife Sandy of Strasburg, Colo; sister-in-law Sandy Vetter of Carpenter, Wyo.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Gary.

, age 74, of Fort Morgan, Colo., died on Dec. 19, 2007, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

He was born on May 30, 1933, in Ault, Colo., to Harry Roy and Anna (Hartmann) Kiernes. He attended schools in Grover, and graduated from Grover High School in 1952. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army.

Russ married Betty Goodwine on June 26, 1955, in Grover. They have lived in Fort Morgan since 1956.

Russ worked in the oil fields for the majority of his life. He owned and operated B & S Services for 18 years.

He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 2551 and BPOE No. 1143, Fort Morgan, Colo. He was an avid sports fan but especially liked horses. He was a jockey for a number of years, and was a past member of the Jockey Association. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren ride their horses.

Russ is survived by his wife Betty, and his son, Scott, both of Fort Morgan; three daughters: Sonja Weiss of Brush, Colo., Sherrie Dixon of Trinidad, Colo., and Susan Thompson of Merino, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Bob Kiernes of Fort Collins, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jack Kiernes; one sister, Doris Gallagher; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held on Dec. 28 in Fort Morgan. Interment took place at Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 3211 W. 20th Street, Suite A, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

, age 86, of Gering, Neb., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 11, 2008 at Regional West Medical Center.

He was born to John Arthur and Etta Myrtle (Bartow) Parmenter, on Sept. 10, 1921, at the home of his paternal grandparents. He graduated in 1940 from Melbeta High School. Bob farmed for a time following high school and then worked with his father, brother, and brothers-in-law in the plastering and stucco business.

Bob married Johanna Elizabeth “Betty” Schafer on Aug. 21, 1947, in Gering. They had been married 60 years.

Bob later worked in the flooring business for a time before returning to farming with his sons near Lake Minatare, Angora, and his home place. He retired in 1990.

He was one of the founding members of the Coad Valley Pig Club, was a member of Scottsbluff Elks Lodge #1367and the Scottsbluff Men’s Bowling Association, and was a former member of the Melbeta School Board.

Aside from his family, Bob’s greatest love was bowling. At the age of 86 he was still bowling 200 games and in 1965 he won the men’s singles bowling tournament. He also liked Cornhusker football, doing crossword puzzles, and a good game of pinochle.

Bob is survived by his wife Betty of rural Gering; children Kathryn McCool, Virginia Parmenter, Nancy Aguirre, and Roger Parmenter, all of Gering, Shirley (Ralph) Baker of Pocatello, Idaho, Joan (Wade) Hall of Boise, Idaho, Peggy (Tom) Welsch of Morrill, Neb., R.J. (Sandy) Parmenter, Mary Parmenter, and Paul (Lana) Parmenter, all of Scottsbluff, Neb., Michele (Steve) Flott of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren Jeff (Carrie) McCool, Jacob (Youngsun) Baker, Johanna (Sam) Jones, Rebecca (Brian) Berls, Benjamin (Nicole) Baker, Heidi Baker, Heather Baker, Andrew Baker, Adam Baker, David (Telena) Hall, Natricia (Scott) Christopherson, Kimberly Hall, Sarah Aguirre, Amanda (Shawn) Strong, Jennifer Aguirre, Joanna Aguirre, Tom (Crystal) Welsch, John (Tiffany) Welsch, Daniel (Kayleigh) Welsch, Jamie (Nick) Holstein, Melissa (Carl) Spearman, Kristin Jones, Bobbi Parmenter, Anna Flott, Caleb Flott, Zachary Flott and Tyler Flott; 14 great-grandchildren and was looking forward to the birth of six more great grandchildren.

He is also survived by siblings, Marie Lackey, Don (Dot) Parmenter, Gladys (Jerry) Doremus, Mildred Fitts, Dorothy Ault, Doyle (Joan) Parmenter, Barbara Broderick, brother in law Dick Becker, as well as sister-in-law and brother-in-law Bill and Kay McCarty and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Bob McCool, infant sisters Mabel and Doris, sister Janice Becker, brothers-in-law Jim Ault, Stuart Fitts, Dale Lackey, Charles Schafer, Charles Rossiter, and sister-in-law Dorothy Rossiter.

Funeral Services were held on Jan. 15 in Scottsbluff. Interment took place at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering.

Memorials in Bob’s name may be made to Minatare-Melbeta-McGrew Rescue or the National Lung Association.

An online obituary may be viewed and friends may leave condolences at

, age 91, longtime resident of Wiggins, Colo., died Jan. 5, 2008, at Valley View Care Center in Fort Morgan, Colo.

She was born March 23, 1916, in Wheatland, Wyo., to Malcom T. and Myrtle (Shreck) Anderson.

Vera married Jake Frihauf on Dec. 1, 1933, in Fort Collins, Colo. They had just celebrated their 74th anniversary.

They farmed in Wheatland until 1947, when they moved to Wiggins. They farmed south of Wiggins for many years.

Vera was a member of the Christian Science church. She was also a member of the Morgan County Republican Committee and the Long Meadow Club. She enjoyed cooking for her family and working in her yard and garden.

She is survived by her husband Jake of Fort Morgan; five sons: Louis Frihauf of Fort Morgan, Robert Frihauf and wife Jeannie, and Glen Frihauf and wife Barbara, all of Wiggins, Jack Frihauf and wife Pat, and Gary Frihauf and wife Barbara of Byers, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Ida Barker of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Edna Davis of Lovilla, Iowa.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John Anderson; one sister, Alice King; two daughters, Kathryn Elaine and Anita Eloise; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held on Jan. 8 in Fort Morgan. Interment took place at Memory Gardens in Fort Morgan.

, age 21, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Daily, Colo., passed away on Jan. 19, 2008, the result of a car accident in Weld County.

She was born on July 19, 1986, in Sterling, Colo., to Brad and Kelli (Harris) Lightsey. She grew up in the Haxtun area and graduated from Haxtun High School in 2005. She moved to Fort Collins, Colo., to study massage therapy after graduation. She received her Massage Therapy Certification from the Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins in January 2006. If you received a massage from Kathi, you knew you had been touched by an angel. Massage was her passion, but while she built up her clientele, she worked at Center Partners Call Center in Fort Collins.

Kathi was a member of the Haxtun United Methodist Church. She enjoyed baking cookies for anyone who wanted them, but especially for her family. Kathi loved children and took great joy in mothering them. She cheered on her sister and brother in any and every athletic venue possible and they always knew she was there! Kathi loved to spend as much time as she possibly could with her family and friends. She was also a huge dog lover. Kathi had three very special dogs during her life and always took delight in playing with them and teaching each one new tricks.

Kathi is survived by her parents, Brad and Kelli; her sister Heather and husband Jared Kurtzer and niece Zoe of Haxtun; brother Andrew Lightsey of Fleming, Colo.; grandparents Bill and JoAnne Harris of Haxtun, and Wilbur and Dona Lightsey of Sterling; Uncle John Harris and wife Kari of Greeley, Colo., Aunt Jennifer Brown of Haxtun, Aunt Suzanne and husband Matt Fries of Fort Collins, Aunt Sherrie and husband John Kibel of Evans, Colo.; 14 cousins and numerous extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandmothers Mille Lightsey and Leta Lightsey (Brad’s mother) and a cousin, Kiely Harris.

Services were held on Jan. 23 in Haxtun.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kathi Lightsey Memorial Fund in care of Gerk Funeral Home, 242 North Logan, Haxtun, Colo., 80731.


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