Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-23-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-23-12

Robert “Bob” G. Trahern, 78, of Sterling, Colo., passed away January 12, 2012, in Sterling, Colo.

He was born June 3, 1933, in Sublette, Kan., to James C. Trahern, Sr. and Elmo C. (Droz) Trahern, starting school in Turpin, Okla., and finally graduating from high school from Flagler, Colo. Bob lived with his family on a farm south of Flagler, Colo., but in order for him to participate in high school sports, he worked in the Flagler creamery for room and board and $2.50 a week. He started his day at 4:30 a.m. running from house to house using the running board of a 1939 Chevrolet coupe to deliver bottled milk. He said it helped him stay in shape for basketball and football!

Bob and Betty went to school together and started dating their senior year. They were married on June 28, 1953, in Flagler, Colo.

Bob served in the Army from October 1953 to October 1955 and then he and Betty moved to Sterling, Colo. Bob worked as a shoe salesman for one year and then decided to go to barber school. He barbered in Sterling, Colo., from 1957 to 1973 when he sold his shop to his brother, Bill. Bob then operated Trahern Hay and Grinding in Iliff, Colo., for 19 years and then bought a farm in Atwood, Colo. He clerked for Sterling Livestock Commission for eight years.

Bob loved the outdoors, farming and animals. He wasn’t complete unless he was puttering around outside raising cattle and horses, mowing weeds, or planting gardens and he taught his city “girls” to herd cattle, carry irrigation pipe and paint fences. He and Betty raised thoroughbred race horses for a while, too, their daughters proclaiming them their second family when they became empty nesters.

Bob was a good friend to many, always encouraging people with his friendly banter and easy smile. Children seemed to sense his love and were immediately drawn to him, settling quickly onto his lap. He was a servant to others and always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.

Bob was a member of First Baptist Church and a member of the Sterling Elks lodge serving as their Exalted Ruler in 1970.

Bob was a dedicated family man, loving his wife, Betty for 58 years and raising his daughters, Shelley and Paula with a gentle hand and a kind spirit. His wisdom guided them as they grew up and continued to help them as they married and had their families. Bob was extremely proud of his family, welcoming his sons-in-law as his own and told them so. His love was always evident for his six grandchildren, their spouses and the 2-1/2 great-grandchildren. He was never shy about thanking God for the many blessings that were bestowed upon him.

He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Trahern of Sterling, Colo.; daughters, Shelley L. Nehl and husband Philip of Circle Pines, Minn., Paula B. Levin and husband John of Dighton, Kan.; brothers, James C. Trahern and wife Glennis of Limon, Colo., William H. Trahern and wife June of Sterling, Colo.; sisters, Patricia Jensen and husband Tom of Flagler, Colo., and Maryln Elrick of Akron, Colo.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Trahern.

Memorial services were held January 16, 2012 at First Baptist Church.

Interment was at Flagler Cemetery in Flagler, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Sterling Chapter of the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Plains.

Larwill A. “Biddie” Biddle, 98, passed away December 30, 2011 in Peoria, Ariz.

Biddie was born in Trumble, Neb., to Arthur and Elsie Biddle. At the age of three, his family moved to Colorado when new land development was begun at Amherst, Colo. He met his future wife in High School in Holyoke, Colo. Biddie and Lois, his beloved wife of 75-1/2 years, raised three children, were partners in all their endeavors and now are reunited in eternity.

He was a man of integrity; living his life as an example of honesty, compassion, generosity, innovation, foresight and vision. His honesty was evident in all his financial and business transactions. His compassion showed forth when he reached out to help either family or acquaintances who needed a hand up. His generosity was displayed often as he shared his time and financial goods with young people through his time spent leading 4-H clubs, beginning foundations for potential young dairymen, and sharing his time with family and friends.

His innovation was evident in his help in developing the Brown Swiss dairy herd at Colorado State University, where he was named Livestock Man of the Year in 1962. His foresight caused him to purchase his first Registered Brown Swiss cows in 1938 and begin his life long occupation of developing a herd of cattle that was nationally known and respected. His vision took him to Arizona in 1951 where he recognized even then the potential of that area for future growth. He retired from the dairy business in Arizona, but continued to be productive by raising, selling, and giving away tons of fruit from his orchard in Peoria, Ariz.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon and husband Ray, of Fort Collins, Colo.: his son Larwill K. (Willie) and wife Carol of Peoria, Ariz.; his son-in-law Ernest Burke and wife MaryLou; his sister, Velma Biddle, of Fort Collins, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lois, three brothers, and his daughter, Charlotte.

Burial will be in Holyoke, Colo., at a later date.

Leslie E. Asbury, 81, of Ft. Collins, Colo., passed away January 15, 2012, at his home in Fort Collins, Colo., after a long illness due to heart disease.

He was a Colorado native, and was born in Limon, Colo., on April 15, 1931, to Owen Ralph and Bessie Florence (Harris) Asbury.

He married Virginia in Rifle, Colo., in 1955, at the time of his passing they were married for 56 years. He had lived in Lafayette for 28 years and moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1998 by the Horsetooth Reservoir until his death.

He was a self educated and very successful Mechanic a natural, and also trained as a plumber/pipefitter. He worked for Kennecott Copper in Ariz., and Local No. 208 out of Denver Colo. He was a union member for over 35 years. He was talented and invented many of his own tools. If he did not own it or could not afford it he made it for himself and in his retirement kept himself busy helping others with mechanical problems and rebuilding old tractors and selling them. He had an unforgettable personality and was known by his trade mark colorful welder hats and corny off the wall jokes, his favorite hat had jelly beans on it! He loved western music and spent a lot time falling asleep in his recliner watching his old country and western videos. He was not shy about his political views and frequently had to be reminded not to tell his political jokes to strangers, but it did not stop him.

He attended church regularly at the Snowy Ridge Church in Ft. Collins and made many friends. He helped in building a new church in Lafayette and tried to participate in many church functions.

He is survived by wife Virginia, his son Michael and daughter Sandra and Herb Kelly also of Fort Collins, Colo.; his brother Owen (Bud) Asbury and sister Bonnie Bruckner of Grand Junction, Colo., Patricia Stout of Salem Oregon, James Asbury of Pueblo, Colo., and Judith Light of Longview, Texas.; three grandchildren, Jade Cordova of Thornton, Austen Kelly and Danielle Kelly of Fort Collins, Colo., five Great Grandchildren, Shaelyn, William, Alesia and Elijah Cordova of Thornton, Colo., and Mason Logan Kelly of Loveland, Colo.

He is preceded in death by Marie of South Dakota, Louise Asbury of Rifle, Colo., Donald Asbury of Pueblo, Colo., Kenneth Asbury of Ft. Collins, Colo., Dorothy Perry of Delta, Colo., Mary Ellen Asbury of Rifle, Colo., and Gerald Asbury of Grand Junction, Colo.

Memorial Services were held January 21, 2012 at Snowy Ridge Church in Ft. Collins, Colo.

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Ramona Jean Gray, 49, passed away January 16, 2012.

She was born in Denver, Colo., to Jim and Mary Rose Skiver. She spent her early years in Parker, Colo., but moved to Hudson, Colo., with her family at the age of one. She grew up in the Hudson, Colo., area and developed her love of horses, art work and skiing.

She graduated in 1980 from Weld Central High School, and was a 10 year 4-H Member. Ramona worked for Adams County for 19 years. Upon her retirement, Ramona battled stage four breast cancer for eight years. During that time she was able to share her love of animals, beauty of artwork and true commitment to fighting for a cure.

She was a vibrant, loving and caring mother, wife and daughter.

She is survived by her son Scott Martell, husband Jim Gray, and parents Jim and Mary Rose Skiver.

Services will be held on January 23, 2012 at 11a.m., at St. Augustine Church in Brighton, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Church.

Paul E. Conrardy, 87, of Willowdale, Kan., passed away January 2, 2012, at his home near Willowdale.

He was born May 19, 1924, in Willowdale, Kan., the son of George and Anna Zoeller Conrardy.

A lifetime resident of the Willowdale, Kan., community, he was a farmer and a seedsman. He was a member of the St. Peter Catholic Church in Willowdale, Kan.

On April 21, 1954, he married Doris Kimminau in Willowdale, Kan. She passed away September 11, 2006.

He is survived by sons, Steve, Greg and Bruce; daughters, Jan and Carol; a sister, Doris Goetz and three grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, George Paul and a brother, George Francis Conrardy.

Memorial services were held January 6, 2012 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Willowdale, Kan.

Burial was in the St. Peter Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made with the St. Peter Catholic Church, the St. Patrick Grade School and Kansans For Life, all in care of Livingston Funeral Home.

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Alan Edwin Kobobel, 67, of Erie, Colo., passed away November 30, 2011, after a short battle with lung cancer.

He was born October 5, 1944, to Edward and Helen Kobobel. Alan spent the majority of his life in Erie, Colo., amongst his family and friends. Alan served his country in the Vietnam war for which he received the honor of a Purple Heart Medal. Alan went on to work for and retire from Buckley Air Force Base as a licensed plumber. Alan enjoyed being outdoors and loved spending his free time fishing.

He is survived by his daughters Tracy Swen and Sheri Kobobel; his granddaughters Danielle and Hailey Swen; his mother Helen Kobobel; his brother William and his wife Margaret Kobobel and their daughter Jenea DeQuasie; Jenea’s daughter Alex; and Alan’s nieces Dawn and Penny.

Everyone that knew Alan knows how he loved to sit back, relax, and enjoy a cold beer. Alan was the type of man that would rather have everyone get together to celebrate the life he lived rather than mourn his passing. Therefore, in lieu of a formal service there will be a celebration in honor of Alan and the memories we all shared of and with him. The date and time has yet to be determined but we will make every effort to contact family and friends with the information once details are determined.

For those of you that would like to join in the celebration that we may not have contact info for, please email or with your contact information so we can be sure to send you an invite.

Doris Inez Knott, 93, of Oak Creek, Colo., passed away January 14, 2012 at the Doak Walker Care Center.

She was a long-time rancher in Oak Creek, Colo.

She was born on April 25, 1918 to Courtney and Emma Mae (Gaskill) Ives in Arriba, Colo. Her family moved to Routt County, Colo., and settled on Mad Creek. Doris graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1936 and her family moved to the ranch on Trout Creek outside of Oak Creek, Colo. She married Dan Knott on October 18, 1938.

Doris loved ranch life. She enjoyed working side by side with her husband and family in every aspect of ranching. She had a special fondness for raising sheep. Doris turned in her saddle in her latter years for a four-wheeler. She would ride her four-wheeler all over the ranch checking on the livestock or simply to go for a ride. She also enjoyed working with stain glass.

Doris was a life-time member of the Routt County Cattlewomen and a 53 year member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was known for her famous baked beans at the Routt County Woolgrowers barbeques. Doris rarely missed a Routt County Fair. She was always there either supporting her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren showing their livestock projects or by entering her own projects in the home exhibits. She has won numerous awards for her baking and canned goods, stain glass pictures, and her homemade wine. Her wine even took Grand Champion at the Colorado State Fair.

She is survived by a daughter, Arloa Carnahan of Oak Creek, Colo.; a son, Bernard (Debra) of Oak Creek, Colo.; grandsons Tad (Kim) Carnahan of Oak Creek, Colo., Brad (Brenda) Carnahan of Big Piney, Wyo., and Tyler Knott of Oak Creek, Colo.; and seven great-grandchildren Austin, Cole, Mackenzie, McKenna, Tate, Kellum, and McKaul Carnahan.

Her husband, parents and sister preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held January 19, 2012 at the South Routt Bible Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Hospice of Northwest Colorado in Steamboat Springs, Colo., in care of Grant’s Mortuary at 621 Yampa Ave, Craig, Colo., 81625 or to a charity of your choice.

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