Rocky Mountain Obits 7-29-13
John LeRoy Weibert
John LeRoy Weibert, 83, of Longmont, Colo., passed away June 18, 2013.
John was born October 2, 1929 in Gill, Colo., to Anna and Emanuel Weibert.
Anna was widowed before John was born. She brought three children into the marriage with Emanuel, had five children, then John, and one more after to make a family of 10 children.
John graduated from Gill High School in 1947 where he was active in sports and selected to play on the All-Star basketball team his senior year. It was during his high school years that John met the love of his life, prom queen and cheerleader, Wilma Hilzer who became his wife on November 25, 1951.
John was a veteran and served in Japan during Korean Conflict as a medic. He and his wife farmed and lived in the Gill area until 1957. Then John worked for the Mountain Bell Telephone Company until retiring in 1987 as a service foreman.
John believed greatly in service to others. He joined the Loyal Order of Moose in 1955 and was very active for decades in the Ritual program at the state and national level as a participant and state ritual chairman. He received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest degree, in 1981 at the House of God in Mooseheart, Ill. He served for 18 years on the International Ritual Committee and judged throughout the country until 1998. He was also a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge, and at either place he often could be seen preparing mashed potatoes for the monthly senior citizen dinners.
John was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley, Colo., where he was baptized, confirmed, and married. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and daughter, touring extensively in the United States and Europe, and visited Russia, the birthplace of his parents in 1992. John loved basketball, baseball, skiing and golf. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed working the soil on his brothers’ farm until 1994. He loved gardening and contributed many hours toward the maintenance and beauty of Hover Village in Longmont where he lived since 1996. John was passionate about the Christmas holiday season, and preparing the annual display of decorative lights with his daughter, Kimberly, and her partner Kevin. John’s love and enthusiasm for the season sparkled as he handed out candy canes to wide-eyed kids.
John and Willie and were blessed with 56 years of marriage and one child, Kimberly Kay. A niece, Jonna Hilzer-Dickie made her home for a time with the Weibert family after her mother’s death. Willie and John always regarded Jonna as a second daughter. She and her husband Scott, have two children, Joel and Julia, who John and Willie always treated as their grandchildren.
John is survived by his daughters, Kimberly, of Broomfield, Colo., and Jonna of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and many loving nieces and nephews from the Weibert and Hilzer families.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Anna (Oesterich) and Emanuel Weibert and his wife, Willie; all of John’s siblings are deceased; brothers, Fred, Alex, Clarence, Emanuel, Herman, and sisters, Marie, Esther, Ella, and Kathleen.
Services were held June 25, 2013 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley, Colo. Internment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley, Colo.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Paul’s Congregational Church, or a charity of your choosing in care of Adamson Chapels, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖
Harris Leonard Grunewald, 76, of Keenesburg, Colo., passed away July 14, 2013.
Harris was born on December 19, 1936 in Wabaunsee County, Kan., to Henry Robert and Esther Josephine (May) Grunewald.
After graduating high school in Alma, Kan., in 1954, he joined the United States Army. He served in the U.S. Army Core of Engineers until his discharge in 1957, when he returned to his family farm in Alma.
Harris married Avis Guilliams in Wamego, Kan., on Sept. 7, 1958. They lived on the family farm west of Alma, where they raised cattle until moving to Loveland, Colo., in 1969.
Harris owned a carpet and tile business in Loveland until moving to Sundance, Wyo., in 1974 to run a registered Hereford ranch. They moved to Keenesburg in 1974. Harris worked in the oil field until June 2013.
Harris is survived by his wife; Avis, sons; Larry Grunewald (Mandy) of Keenesburg, Colo., and Jeff Grunewald (Jana) of Roggen, Colo.; five grandchildren, Joshua Thompson, Tori Grunewald, Amanda Grunewald-Rider, Mindy Grunewald and Serenity Grunewald; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Jax Thompson, Wyatt and Jesse Rider.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin; his parents and four sisters, Beulah Havenstine, Katherine Godfrey, Nina Lanham and Edna Wilson.
Services were held Monday, July 22, at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colo. Interment followed at Heart of the Plains Cemetery in Roggen, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Heart Association or Colorado Cancer Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634. ❖
Daniel Bernard Troy
Daniel Bernard Troy, 83, of Platteville, Colo., passed away June 12, 2013 in Loveland, Colo.
Daniel was born July 23, 1929 in Lisco, Neb., to Oscar and Lottie (Radke) Troy.
He graduated from Oshkosh High School where he was an athlete and a horseman.
He had lived in the Platteville area for about 25 years raising and breeding horses and a few cattle. He was a cowboy at heart and always up for helping with cattle drives and branding. He was the local ditch rider for a number of years and a Doubletree restaurant fixture.
Daniel is survived by a son Casey (Karen) Troy of Carnation, Wash., a daughter Danna (Darrel) Brodhead of Cave Creek, Ariz., a sister Eleanor Henderson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Daniel is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jerry Troy, and sisters LaVeda, Sally, Lois and Delores.
A Memorial Service was held June 21, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont, Colo. Burial followed at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo. ❖
Orlando “Orie” Hill
Orlando “Orie” Hill, 90, of Briggsdale, Colo., passed away July 15, 2013 at Life Care Center in Greeley, Colo.
He was born to Hiram and Anna C. Hill of Briggsdale, Colo., on March 10, 1923.
Orie attended Salem and Briggsdale Schools. In 2003 he received his high school diploma from Briggsdale High School made possible by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Colorado Association of School Boards.
Orie served in the 158th Infantry Regiment in World War II in the Philippines for two years and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Luzon Combat and Infantry Badge, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbons with two Bronze Stars and WWII Victory Medal.
Orie served on many organizations including Pawnee and Briggsdale Grazing Association, Wiggins Telephone, Salem and New Raymer School Board, and Briggsdale Lions Club. He was a member of Briggsdale Congregational Church and served as trustee for 30 years and was a life member of VFW Post 2121.
Orie married Anna Miller in 1943. They farmed and ranched in Briggsdale all their married life of 70 years.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Hill; son, Robert “Bob” Hill; daughter, Patricia “Pat” and husband Gayle Hoffman; grandsons, Brian Hill and wife Amy, Jack Hoffman, Steven Hill and wife Kristi; granddaughter, DeAnn Hoffman and husband Rich; nine great grandchildren; sister, Georgia Darr; sisters-in-law, Katie Mitzel and Lourene Miller; brother-in-law, Bob Graham; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held July 23, 2013 at Adamson Chapel. Interment followed will at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight of Weld County and/or VFW Post 2121 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 . ❖
Gerald G. “Jerry” Palm
Gerald G. “Jerry” Palm, 85, of Elk Mountain, Wyo., passed away July 14, 2013 at Ivinson Memorial Hospital with his loving family at his side.
Jerry was born September 12, 1927 in the family farmhouse at Albin, Wyo., the third son of Edwin R. and Jennie A. (Branigan) Palm’s six children. He grew up at Albin working on the family farm.
He graduated from Albin High School in 1946, where he was active in sports, excelling in basketball. He continued his education at Colorado A & M before transferring to the University of Wyoming where he graduated in 1950.
While attending U.W. Jerry met the love of his life, Nancy Marston. They married in Laramie on July 2, 1950, and just celebrated 63 years.
In 1948, the Palm family expanded their agricultural operations by purchasing Quealy Land and Livestock Company near Elk Mountain, Wyo., and forming Palm Livestock Company. Gerald and Nancy started their life together at the Home Ranch at the foot of Elk Mountain. The couple had three sons: Steve, John “Casey” and Burt. They lived on several of the family ranches in the Elk Mountain and Hanna area, raising their sons on the Basin Ranch during the summer and moving to Headquarters, near Hanna, in the winter to be closer to school.
During his lifetime Jerry was active in his community and profession, serving on the Elk Mountain and Hanna/Elk Mountain School Boards for over 20 years. He was a Lifetime Member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, serving as its 35th President from 1979-1981. He was also a Lifetime Member of the Carbon County Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Wool Growers Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He was a 50 year member of Hanna Lodge No. 50, A.F. & A. M.
Gerald was an avid Wyoming Cowboys Football fan, holding season tickets at the 40 yard line since War Memorial Stadium was built in 1950. He was an active member of the Cowboy Joe Club. He loved his family and ranching, and was very proud of his sons and his grandchildren.
Jerry is survived by his wife Nancy, sons and their spouses Steve and Jackie of Wheatland, Wyo., John “Casey” and Nellie of Hanna, Burt and Kay Lynn of Medicine Bow, Wyo.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Jason and wife Jenni Palm and their daughter Cedar, Sonnie Palm, Rita and husband Ryan Farthing, Justin Palm and Quade Palm, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Edwin, Norman, Kenneth, Robert; and sister Lois Peterson.
Services were held July 22 at the First Baptist Church in Laramie, Wyo. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Memorial Fund-Intermountain Unit: Virginia Street at Fairfax, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103; or the Wyoming FFA Foundation, P.O. Box 71, Cheyenne, Wyo., 82003.
To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, please go to MontgomeryStryker.com. ❖
LaVerne Francis Ostdiek
LaVerne Francis Ostdiek, 78, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away July 12, 2013 in Cheyenne.
He was born August 10, 1934 in Hastings, Neb.
Verne served in the U.S. Army. He moved to Cheyenne in 1959 where he met and married Saundra in 1960.
He was a heavy equipment operator, developer, and business man, owning Ostdiek Excavation and Mobile Home Lots.
Verne was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Centennial Antique Tractor Club, Moose Lodge, and the Eagles.
He enjoyed collecting antique cars and tractors, especially John Deere and Allis-Chalmers. Recently, he and his wife enjoyed wintering in Mesa, Arizona.
Verne is survived by his wife, Saundra “Sandy” Ostdiek and their four children, Matthew (Sandra) Ostdiek of Jackson, Wyo., Brenda Roat of Greeley, Colo., Patricia Ostdiek of Portland, Ore., and Kelley Ostdiek of Denver, Colo.; brother, Ronald (Sharon) Ostdiek; sister, Delores (James) Morrison; 10 grandchildren, Bryan (Karen) Ostdiek, Dylan Ostdiek, Michael, Eric, Brittany, and Aaron Roat, Sostina and Carissa Benavides, and Sydney and Aisha Young.
LaVerne was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Loretta (Britten) Ostdiek; brother, Darrell Lee Ostdiek and two grandchildren, Kristy Roat and Jeffrey Roat.
Services were held July 19, 2013, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Interment followed at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. ❖
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