Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-2-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-2-12

Jack N. Rydberg, 88, of Wiley, Colo., passed away December 6, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was born on August 9, 1923 at Morley, Colo., to Charles and Cora (Bragg) Rydberg.

He is survived by his wife Barbara “Bobbi” Rydberg of the family home in Wiley, Colo.; Jack’s children Judy (Jim) Reyher, J.J. (Julie) Rydberg, Jan (Randy) Lawson, Jody (Lynn) Sniff; step-children Kathi (Steve) Cramer, David (Paula) Surian, and John (Kim) Markley; grandchildren Nathan and Brevan Reyher, Tina (Bret) Edenfield, Jamie Rydberg, Tuffy Lawson, Ryan (Kristen) Lawson, Cameron Banks, Katie (Jake) Smith, and Amy (Bryce) Otsuka; step-grandchildren Rebecca (Clint) Berrington, Cassandra Surian, Danny Cramer, Brock (Mandy) Sniff, Luke Sniff and Megan (Cory) Zion; great-grandchildren Dixon Lawson, Kaiya and Jack Otsuka, and Abby Lawson; step-great-grandchildren Garrett and Wyatt Berrington, Coy Zion, and Hannah and Connor Sniff as well as numerous other family and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; Virginia Fuller and a brother; Charles Rydberg.

Memorial services were held December 14, 2011 at the Peacock Family Chapel.

A private family scattering of cremains will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LCC Horse Training and Management Scholarship Fund either direct or in care of the funeral home office.

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Anthony Allen Alles “Bear,” 57, of Kersey, Colo., passed away December 25, 2011 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

Tony’s life would seem too short to many, but those who knew him well understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

He was born on February 7, 1954, in Greeley, Colo., to Elmer and Delores (Herbst) Alles.

He graduated from Platte Valley High School in 1972.

On May 3, 1980, he married Cindy Graff.

He spent nearly all of his life working on the family dairy farm. Tony was an incredibly hard-working man who always put his family first. He was generous and kind hearted, and his was often the first car to stop and help a stranger having car problems on the side of the road.

Tony enjoyed many things including baseball, football and music. But above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his son, Casey; daughter, Stephanie; grandson, Chance; granddaughter, McKenzie; three sisters, Andrea Bell, Alma Wertz and Ava Roth; three nephews; seven nieces; and countless friends who loved Tony as family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2012, at Adamson Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Platte Valley FFA Scholarship Fund in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Service, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Eleanor Graeff, 98, former resident of Elizabeth, Colo., passed away December 25, 2011 at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Brush, Colo.

She was born on April 4, 1913 in Antonino, Kan., the daughter of John and Lucy (Gottschalk) Herl.

On May 9, 1932 she married Fred Graeff at Saint Teresa’s Catholic Church in Dighton, Kan. They started their family in Shields, Kan., where Eleanor worked with her husband Fred in farming. They moved to Elizabeth, Colo., in 1946 where they ranched and dairy farmed. She also worked at the Mercantile in Elizabeth, Colo., a bakery in Parker, Colo., as a nursing aid in Castle Rock, Colo., and owned and operated a liquor store in Elizabeth, Colo.

She and her husband Fred moved to Wiggins, Colo., to her daughter and son-in-laws farm in 1995, when their health began to fail. They moved to Wiggins Assisted Living Facility where she resided until 2006. She then moved to Sunset Manor Nursing facility in Brush, Colo.

Eleanor enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and sewing and loved her family and friends. She was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and Our lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

She is survived by three children, Vera and her husband Ted Wilson of Wiggins, Colo., Don and his wife Suzie Graeff of Elizabeth, Colo., and Mike and his wife Sandy of Elizabeth, Colo.; six grandchildren,19 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, daughter, Marianna, six brothers, four sisters and a grandson Randy.

Memorial services were held December 29, 2011 at Our Lady of The Visitation Catholic Church in Elizabeth, Colo.

Interment followed at Elizabeth, Colo.

Albert L. Muth, 76, of Rocky Ford, Colo., passed away December 7, 2011 while in the company of family members at his residence.

He was born in Rocky Ford, Colo., on December 17, 1934, the son of the late Frederick and Martha (Spate) Muth.

He attended Grand Valley School.

He was the husband of Grace Edith (Sample) Muth. They were married on March 2, 1961 in Raton, N.M.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was the Owner/Operator at Muth Inc. Tractor and Farm Equipment in Rocky Ford, Colo.

He was a member of Westside Bible Church in Rocky Ford, Colo.

He is survived by his wife Grace of the home; daughter Glenda Kay Mahoney of La Junta, Colo.; daughter Laura Lyn Freidenberger of Rocky Ford, Colo.; daughter Donna May wife of James Herrell of Rocky Ford, Colo.; brother Alfred husband of Dorothy Muth of Swink, Colo.; sister Ruth Muth-Grenard of Swink, Colo.; brother Richard husband of Esther Muth of Rocky Ford, Colo.; uncle Henry husband of Ruby Spate, Pueblo West, Colo.; aunt Thelma Booth of West Hamlin, Va.; grandchildren T’Neil Aragon, Rebecca (Josh) Crockett, Brock (Brooke) Freidenberger, Zachary Freidenberger, Danya Herrell, Jaime Herrell, Audrey Herrell; great-grandchildren Addison Aragon, McKenna Aragon, Nevaeh Crockett, Deacon Aragon, Cadence Crockett and Peyton Aragon

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Marvin Muth and Robert Muth.

Memorial services were held December 10, 2011 at the Valley Community Church in Rocky Ford, Colo.

Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Rocky Ford, Colo., with American Legion Post No. 8 performing military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Valley Hospice 118 W. 4th La Junta, Colo., 81050 or Westside Bible Church; 18480 US Hwy. 50 W; Rocky Ford, Colo., 81067.

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June Marie Hanson, 76, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away December 21, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood, S.D.

She was born on June 4, 1935, in Cheyenne, Wyo., the youngest and only daughter of Robert and Athalia Thompson. Her younger years were spent on ranches in the Cheyenne area until she and her family moved into Cheyenne when her oldest brother went off to serve in WWII. It was while living in Cheyenne in 1948, that June contracted rheumatic fever; the lingering effects of which would impact her for the remainder of her life. It was also in 1948 when she and her family purchased and moved to the ranch on the Laramie River southwest of Laramie on what is today Mason Lane. June was a proud graduate of Laramie High School, class of 1953.

In 1957, June was chosen as the Laramie Jubilee Days Queen. This began her lifelong commitment in helping and encouraging the future Jubilee Queens and Royalty.

On January 24, 1959 June married Don Hanson and they would start their lives together on the Hanson Ranch located on Hanson Lane near Lake Hattie. In 1962, her daughter Loree was born and in 1964 her son Brett joined the family. June, in addition to working on the ranch, had a long and enjoyable professional career. She started work soon after graduating from high school at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and then later the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Wyoming. She remained with the Extension Service until her retirement in 2001.

June was a member of the Albany County Farm Bureau, the Harmony Farm Bureau, the Albany County Cow-Belles, the Harmony Ladies Bible Group and Grace Chapel. She was also a very active member of the Quadra Dangle Square Dance Club and worked hard to promote the growth and development of the club. She thoroughly enjoyed square dancing and the friendships she developed there. June will probably most be remembered for her commitment to the Harmony Sunday School, the Harmony Easter Sunrise Service and the monthly Harmony Community Newsletter that she, Margaret Johnson and the late Leah Talbott published.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Don, her daughter Loree (John Wetstein) and their children Jolie and Justin of Laramie, Wyo., her son Brett Hanson (Shawna) and their children, Danielle, Andrew, Michael, Hannah and Josiah of New Underwood, S.D., by her brother and sister-in-law Glen and Aloha Thompson of Sundance, Wyo., her sister-in-law Norma Thompson, her sister-in-law and her husband Carol and Lawrence Atkinson of Laramie, Wyo., her brother-in-law Duane Hanson of Laramie, Wyo., her mother-in-law, Edna Hanson of Laramie, Wyo., and numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends.

June was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Athalia Thompson, her oldest brother Bob and her father-in-law Elwood Hanson.

Contributions can be sent in care of Don Hanson, 108 Hanson Lane, Laramie, Wyo., 82070.

Services were held on December 29, 2011 at the First Baptist Church with burial at Greenhill Cemetery. v

Marion “Babe” R. Boyle Carson,

She was born February 8, 1917 at Fort Collins Hospital.

She attended Virginia Dale Church School and Fort Collins High School. Her early days were spent with her parents, John and Ruth Boyle on a homestead at the Fred Maxwell Ranch. They then moved on to the 2 Bar 7 ranch where her father worked for nine years while saving enough money to purchase the Williams place on Pine Creek in 1932, where the family raised Hertford cattle. Babe was 16-years-old when she began to help her father with the ranch, but she had been doing chores and working with cattle most her life. It was here she became the bronc buster, something she was always extremely proud to tell people for the rest of her life.

A family friend introduced her to Bill Butler in 1939 and she gave up ranch life to marry him in 1940 and moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., for the next 10 years. Their first child, James William, was born in 1941, followed by Kathleen Mary in 1944.

Wanderlust had a definite hold on Babe all her life. In 1950 Babe moved back to Fort Collins with her children and took a job until she moved to Denver a few years later to take a bank position. In 1954 she met and married her second husband. They moved to Wallingford, Conn., in 1957 where she worked in a bakery until she moved back to Fort Collins in February of 1959.

In 1962 Babe moved to Phoenix and then to the Los Angeles area in 1963, where she became a bank teller. She transferred to the Roseville, Calif., branch where she retired in the early eighties. She lived there for over 10 years until failing health brought her back to her hometown for the last time. She lived in assisted living and nursing homes for the next eight and a half years until she succumbed to pneumonia complications on December 21, 2011, two months short of her 95th birthday.

She is survived by son, James Butler and his sons, Jimmy and Daniel; daughter, Kathleen and her children, Beverly, Carrie and Kevin; and their father, Les Foreman; great grandchildren are Kimberly Ann, Jeffery Walter, and Kalee McKenzie; great, great grandchildren, Emma, Evelyn and Kaiya; and nieces and nephews, John, Dorothy, Richard, Casey, and Pat.

Babe’s parents and brother, Fred, and sister-in-law, Ruth, and nephew Michael Boyle, preceded her in death.

Services were held December 29, 2011 at Bohlender Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524.

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