Rocky Mountian Obituaries
, age 81, of New Raymer, Colo., died Jan. 20, 2008, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
He was born on the family homestead at Vim, Colo., on Aug. 18, 1926, to James G. and Alice (Brouhard) O’Hare. He attended a one-room school a mile from his home. After completing all eight grades as the only pupil in his class, he went to Cheyenne where he boarded with his older sister Pearl and her husband, and graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1943 at the age of 16. He lived in Cheyenne for a time following graduation and apprenticed as an airplane mechanic at Sky Harbor Airport. With two brothers in the armed service, he was needed back at the ranch, where he remained the rest of his life.
Les was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Kimball, Neb., and a member of the American Missionary Fellowship. He served on the Weld County Weed Board, Board of Directors of Homestead Bible Camp in Roggen, and served 2-1/2 terms on the Prairie School Board. He was an instructor for 4-H Auto Mechanics when his children were in 4-H.
Les is survived by his wife, Virginia; son Steve and wife Gigi of New Raymer, Colo.; daughters Denise and husband Darrell Curtis of Sterling and Fort Collins, Colo., Karen and husband Timothy Pipp of Thornton, Colo., and Cheryl and husband Scot Keil of Topeka, Kan.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Virginia Hicks of Nampa, Idaho; sisters-in-law Claudette, Alma, Wanda, and Karalee; and Richard Brewer, Virginia’s brother who lived with the family since he was a young boy.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jasper, Melvin, Virgil; sister Pearl Eickbush, and brother-in-law John Eickbush.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service was held on Jan. 25 in Kimball, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Preston Ranch Ministries or Trinity United Methodist Church Music Department in care of Les’s wife Virginia, New Raymer.
, age 74, of Castle Rock, Colo., died Jan. 23, 2008.
She was born on Nov. 23, 1933, in Sircoxie, Mo., to Jim and Annie Pryor. When she was a young girl, they moved Oregon and then Phoenix, Ariz., before settling down in Gunnison, Colo.
Jim R. White first saw a picture of Bonnie in the wallet of her cousin Barbara Akers. When he met her in person during the Gunnison rodeo, he confirmed the fact that she was the girl he would marry.
They married Sept. 11, 1950, in Raton, N.M. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11, 2007.
A supportive wife, Bonnie was rodeo secretary for Summit Rodeo Company, school bus driver, educational assistant, librarian, restaurant hostess, and drug store manager. She was the first to time the National Finals Steer Roping Event in Laramie, Wyo. Bonnie fed hay crews and branding crews, 35 men at a time, sometimes taking meals to the men 17 miles from the house.
Bonnie’s greatest accomplishment as that she was the wife of Jim R. and mother of Jim R., Rob and Tammy.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jim; children Jim R. and wife Linda of Dumas, Texas, Rob and wife Renee of Sun Ray, Texas, and Tammy Taylor and husband Rick of Franktown, Colo.; seven grandchildren: Julie Marks, Lisa White, Randi Taylor, Lori Merritt, Luke Taylor, Chase White, and Clancy White; and a brother, Bob Pryor of Fort Collins, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bill Pryor.
A celebration of Bonnie’s life was held on Jan. 26 in Kiowa.
Memorial contributions may be sent in Bonnie’s name to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 1010 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80919.
, age 32, of Hay Springs, Neb., died Jan. 29, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born to Mark and Debra (Hollibaugh) Pieper on April 15, 1975, in Chadron, Neb. He graduated from Crawford High School in 1993.
On Sept. 4, 1998, he married Jassamyn Lafler of Mitchell, Neb. Travis and Jassamyn have two sons: Taylen, age 8 and Jarret, age 7.
Travis was an avid cattleman. From the beginning of his short life, Travis had a unique talent and love for working with cattle. He began his show and breeding career in 4-H and continued by building his own registered herd. He was well-known for his judging, fitting and showing of cattle. For years, his top sire, Bodacious, was the talk and envy of Red Angus cattlemen. He had many wins in the Red Angus breed at the NILE, NWSS, Fort Worth Stock Show, Kearney Classic, Black Hills Stock Show, Iowa State Fair, and NAILE. He was a partner in Pieper Red Angus with his parents and brother, Tate Pieper.
Travis is survived by his parents, Mark and Debra Pieper of Hay Springs; his wife, Jessamyn; sons Taylen and Jarret of Hay Springs; sister Amy and husband Jarrod Bargmann and their three children: Derek, Taylor, and Kayla of Lincoln, Neb.; and brother Tate of Hay Springs. He is also survived by his grandparents, Bernard and Jean Pieper of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Kenneth and RoseMary Hollibaugh of Hay Springs; his parents-in-law, Brian and Mary Lafler of Alliance; sister-in-law Paqui Lafler of Scottsbluff, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services were held Feb. 2 in Hay Springs.
A memorial has been established for Taylen’s and Jarret’s future education. Memorials may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Drabbels, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, Neb., 69347.