Rocky Mountqain Obituaries |

Rocky Mountqain Obituaries

, age 87, passed away on Oct. 9, 2007, at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colo. He was born March 4,1920, to Jerry and Mabel Irene (Lawrie) Peck. He grew up in and around the Akron area, and graduated from Akron High School in 1938. After High School, he served in World War II in the Pacific Theater.

Bill married Helen Irene (Irish) Gieske on Oct. 16, 1946, in Denver. They made their home west of Akron and have lived there ever since. Bill learned to farm from his father using horses and he continued farming for many years. He worked at the sugar beet factory in Brush, and Fassler Motors in Akron. He also drove the school bus for Akron School District. He enjoyed driving, along with the kids that rode the bus. Between his morning and afternoon routes Bill worked at Hall Grain. He was very proud of the fact that he helped build the metal bins that still stand on the south end of Main Street. After his service at Hall’s, he continued his working career at Dutch Gebauer’s Feedlot, and Schoenecker Repair. After about 20 years of driving the bus, Bill began work at Dansdill Implement. John Dansdill taught him the valuable art of repairing balers. Later, he was employed at Fetzer Implement. After many years in the working world Bill retired, but continued doing his hobbies at home. His hobbies included fixing cars, working on bailers, teaching his grandkids life skills and caring for horses.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Irish Peck; his daughter Carole and husband Charles Fuller of Fort Morgan, Colo.; oldest son Duane and wife Betty of Akron, and youngest son Park and wife Peck of Sterling, Colo.; his greatest four-legged companion Bandit; grandchildren William T. Ezell, Amanda and Sean Peck, Tyrell and Renee Peck, Mollie Peck, Adam Odell, Jeff Odell, Bonnie and Zach Stults, and Alicia and Brandy Fuller; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Nellie Peck Price of Fort Lupton, Colo., and one brother-in-law Jerry Gieske and wife Melva.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter, Marjorie, and siblings Ruby, Jesse “Shorty,” Jerry “Bud”, Clara M. Howe, Francis Friend, and one sister-in-law Francis Peck.

For those who don’t know, Bill liked to support worth while organizations, therefore memorials may be made to the Akron FFA Chapter or The Ronald McDonald House.

Memorial Services with military honors were held on Oct. 12, 2007, in Akron. v

, age 71, of Strasburg, Colo., died in Aurora, Colo., on Sept. 24, 2007.

Gwendola Mae Bartos was born in Keeline to Floyd and Esther Alexander Bartos on June 27, 1936, at her grandparent’s Bartos farm. The family then moved to the Horace Nelson place north of Keeline. She attended school in Keeline from grades 1 through 8, then graduated from Manville High School with its last graduating class in 1954. Gwen was active in 4-H in Niobrara County. She and her sister, Verla, took care of the family chores, which included milking the cows and picking chickens.

Gwen then moved to Lusk, Wyo., to work at Archie’s Dairy Bar, Willard’s Drug Store, Blanche Schaffer Farm Bureau Insurance Company and Southside Truck Stop.

Gwen married Emmett “Chief” Longbone on Feb. 11, 1963, in Denver, Colo. To this union she brought her daughter Tami, and in 1966, a son, Lester, was born to make the family complete.

Gwen was an active volunteer with Commanche Crossing 4-H Club, Riders of Kiowa, as well as the Tuesday morning 4-0 Bowling League.

In addition, she was the local seamstress for Tami and all her friends. Gwen was careful not to miss a sporting event, be it at home or away.

She loved people and never met a stranger. Although she did not care for horses, she never turned down a request to help with them on behalf of her kids. In addition, Gwen drove a daily school bus route and logged countless trips for ball games and museum excursions.

Gwen is survived by her husband, Chief; one daughter, Tami; one son, Lester; her sisters, Verla Etchemendy and Sheryl Jugler; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 29 in Limon. Additional services were held in Lusk on Sept. 30. Interment followed at the Lusk cemetery, where she was buried near her parents and brother.

, age 67, of Arvada, Colo., formerly of Crofton, Neb., died Sept. 21, 2007, at a Hospice Care Center.

She was the wife of David Havermann and mother of Teresa and husband Steve Dowlen, Gerard and wife Christine Havermann, Louise and husband Jim Brisnehan, Ken Havermann, Brian Havermann, Karen and husband Jody Miles, Amy and husband Eric Golesh, Tina and husband Matt Walker, Patrick and wife Johanna Havermann, and David Havermann; and loving grandmother of Cristina, Josie, Adam, Ryan, Jasmine, Elizabeth, Trevor, Mable, Joseph and Lucy. Lucille is also survived by nine siblings: Hildegard and husband Pete Schumacher, Hilary and Charlotte Gentrup, Marcella and husband Marvin Lammers, Angela and Marvin Goeden, Cletus and wife Anita Gentrup, Robert and wife Joyce Gentrup, David and wife Dianne Gentrup, Irene and husband Larry Hames, and Mary Ann and husband John Sorci.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad and Mary Gentrup and two siblings, Henry and wife Barbara Gentrup and Evelyn Gentrup.


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