Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-30-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-30-12

Richard Henry “Dick” Maul, 76, formally from the Fort Lupton, Colo., area, passed away January 11, 2012 at his home in Alamogordo, N.M.

He was born October, 19, 1935 to Henry and Margaret (Holle) Maul in rural Fort Lupton, Colo.

He graduated from Platteville High School in 1954 and attended Vollmar Elementary School through eigth grade.

He was a long time rancher, dairy farmer and farmer in the Fort Lupton, Colo., area. After retiring from farming he moved to Alamogordo, N.M., to be close to his daughter and her family.

He will be remembered for his laughter, love of people, horses, hunting, fishing and his special caring for his grandchildren.

He is survived by his mother in Longmont Colo.; daughters, Debra Bauer (Brian), of Alamogordo, N.M., Wanda Downey (Mike) of Wellington, Colo.; sons, Larry Maul (Paige) and Harold Douglas Maul (Vivian), both from Brighton, Colo.; sisters, Shirley Kanzler (Donald) of Fort Lupton, Colo., and Alice Woods (Chuck) of Longmont, Colo.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and special nephew Adam Woods.

Memorial services were held January 28, 2012 at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo.

Otis A. Wilkerson, 78, of Cody, Wyo., passed away January 17, 2012, at his residence in Cody, Wyo.

He was born August 16, 1933, in Basin, Wyo., the son of Otis C. and Bessie Taylor Wilkerson.

His mother’s family came from Nebraska in a covered wagon and homesteaded in Basin, Wyo. His grandfather came from West Virginia to Basin, Wyo., in 1897 to work for Skovgard Cattle Co. on the Greybull River.

At an early age “Odie” left home and went to work on the Padlock Ranch in Dayton, where he worked with Bill Nolan starting colts. He later moved to Washington State to work at a sawmill.

He was married the first year he worked for Swanburg Brothers Sawmill and the next year his son Wayne was born. After working at the sawmill he began working for various ranches in Washington and Oregon.

He always said the best job he ever had was working for the Ox Bow Ranch in Prairie City, Ore. This ranch was 100,000 acres and ran cows and cutting/reining horses. Odie worked with the horses, from foaling them to starting them at about 15 months. The ranch had a few horses go to the Cutting Horse World Finals while Odie worked for them. One time they flew Odie to Reno, Nev., to put shoes on the horse that went on to win the finals that year.

Odie was a true horseman and never came across a horse he didn’t see something good in. He could always bring out the best in a horse.

He enjoyed steer tripping and team roping with his son Wayne in his younger years.

He always enjoyed spending summers in the Big Horns camping, riding and fishing. Later in life he enjoyed conversations about good horses with friends and family.

He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by son Wayne Wilkerson of Oregon; grandchildren Seth and Micah Wilkerson; seven great-grandchildren; siblings Pete Wilkerson, Patsy Davenport and Muriel Glissan; brother-in-law Ted Morris and Annie Ringler Poe of Cody, Wyo., and Roy, Trent, Sage and Coulter Reed of Cody, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.

Memorial services were held January 28, 2012 at Ballard Funeral Home.

George Rusch III, 81, of Greeley, Colo., passed away Jan. 13, 2012 in Thornton, Colo.

He was born in Ault, Colo., on September 9, 1930 to George and Lydia (Eckhardt) Rusch, Jr. At age five, his mother passed away and his father re-married to Mary Foose, who continued to raise him to be the dedicated, hard worker that he became.

He attended schools in Weld County until the age of 16. At this time he stayed home to work on the family farm.

In 1954, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years as an ambulance driver. While there he received his GED. After serving, he went back to farming in the Eaton/Ault, colo., area.

On August 14, 1955, he married Rosalie Kammerzell at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. From this union they had three children. He was a member and served as deacon at St. Paul’s Church.

His dedication to farming continued. He farmed several farms in Weld County, Colo., and then moved to Platteville, Colo., in 1965, which became the family farm. In the early years he raised potatoes, sugar beets, pinto beans, shell corn, silage corn, oats, alfalfa and cattle. In the later years he rotated pinto beans, shell corn and alfalfa. He also worked off the farm during beet harvest at the Beet Dump and the Sugar Factory. He retired in 1995. He continued to be active after retirement helping other farmers, relatives and neighbors until his health started to fail.

He is survived by two sons, Gerald Rusch and Dennis Rusch both of Platteville, Colo.; one daughter, Cindy and husband Daniel Stromberger, Sterling, Colo.; one brother, Kenneth and wife Dorothy Rusch, Westminster, Colo.; one sister, Dorothy and husband Robert Gandelman, Gilcrest, Colo.; three grandchildren, Jami and husband Gabriel Evans, Loveland, Colo., Cory Rusch, Greeley, Colo., and Jeffrey and wife Kristyn Stromberger, Iliff, Colo.; two great-grandchildren; and several special aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held January 20, 2012 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley, Colo.

Burial was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Alzheimer’s Association” in care of Adamson Funeral Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Dennis Eugene Speicher, 71, of Gill, Colo., passed away January 20, 2012 at Aspen House in Loveland, Colo.

He was born October 16, 1940 in Holyoke, Colo., to Gordon Leroy and Rosie Opal (Owens) Speicher.

He married Marjorie Schroetlin in Loveland, Colo., on August 7, 1958. They were blessed with two children: Denise and Douglas.

Dennis was a lifelong farmer who had a deep love of the land. He farmed in the Berthoud-Loveland area for over 45 years. In 2002, he retired from farming due to health issues, and he and his wife moved to Gill, Colo., to enjoy their retirement.

He had a deep love for horses, which led him to enjoy many horse related activities, and meet and make many friends across the country. He owned and operated Speicher Harness Shop, where he made custom draft horse harness. His love of draft horses was formed when, as a boy, his Dad farmed with horses in the Holyoke, Colo., area. He loved to sit behind a team of horses, and hear the quiet of the outdoors. He was a charter member of the Northern Colorado Draft Horse Association, holding most offices in that club over the years. He was also a member of the Antique Caterpillar Club, and a past member of the Berthoud Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to horses and antique equipment, Dennis loved to camp and fish, ride his motorcycle and spend time at the local coffee shop, reminiscing with friends. Dennis was well known in the farming and horse industry and was a mentor and friend to many.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Marje, of over 53 years, daughter Denise Lauerman (Steven) of Loveland, Colo., son Doug Speicher (Pam) of Greeley, Colo., sisters Nadine Hooley of Loveland, Colo., and Donna (Calvin) Lohnes of Johnstown, Colo., and brother Devere (Nancy) Speicher of Loveland, Colo.; three beloved grandaughters, and three adored great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Jim Wertsbaugh, and two grandsons, Casey and Richard Wertsbaugh and step-mother, Cathy Speicher.

Funeral services were held January 25, 2012 at the First Christian Church in Loveland, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice or Aspen House to further education and training for dementia and Alzheimer patients and caregivers, in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave, Loveland, Colo.

Hubert Alton Haugen, 98, of Strasburg, Colo., passed away January 15, 2012.

He was born July 23, 1913, north of Byers, Colo., to Thomas and Annie Haugen.

At the young age of 12, he lived and worked at the Farmers’ Elevator in Strasburg, Colo. Later on, he lived with the Kruse family and worked at their grocery store.

Hubert graduated from Strasburg High School in 1930, then attended the Milo Bennett Trade School until 1932 when he took a job with the Eastern Colorado News as a lineotype compositor. Then in 1936 Hubert took over Haugen Truck Line, previously owned by his father.

He met his soon to be bride at a neighborhood picnic. He said he knew when he first saw her that “she was the one, and besides, she would be good help with the bookkeeping.” On September 5, l937, Florence Edelen and Hubert were wed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Denver, Colo. In 1941, they built a new home in Strasburg, Colo.

Hubert was drafted into the Army to serve in WWII from July 25, 1942 until November 27, 1945. He was a Staff Sergeant in Company B of the 296th Division of Combat Engineers. Hubert, being in command of the mess hall, kept company B well fed during their many tours. His unit worked with the infantry, building bridges and other infrastructure. Among others, was a lengthy European tour that took 623 days to go 1,800 miles. The army left many lasting impressions on Hubert. From the mess hall came “cleanliness is next to godliness.” Army green was definitely his favorite color. It didn’t matter what a group of items looked like as long as they were “all the same.” Most importantly was the camaraderie with his fellow vets even after nearly 70 years.

Following discharge, Hubert was one of 15 veterans who organized Strasburg Jess-Yaich American Legion, charted on May 27, 1946. He was the last surviving charter member.

During the war, it became increasingly difficult to hire help to keep the truck line going, so it was sold. Hubert chose farming as his new venture. Eventually developing irrigated acres as well as some dry land. In addition, there was about 40 head of hereford cows for Florence to name and spoil.

In the 1950s, Robert, Paul and Sharon became chosen members of the Haugen family.

Thru the years, Hubert, with his crew, set up the coffee tent at the annual Turkey Shoots in Deer Trail, Colo., and Strasburg, Colo., brewing several hundred gallons of coffee using huge army issue pots.

Hubert suffered a heart attack in 1974, which forced them to retire from farming.

Florence and Hubert traveled extensively. In addition to numerous road trips in their 300D Mercedes, they toured in Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Africa, England, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Egypt.

In recent years Hubert could be seen on his scooter tending his tomatoes and his beloved Blue Spruce trees.

He was very opinionated when it came to politics and was truly concerned about the well being of the United States.

Hubert’s strong commitment to God was a very important part of his life.

He is survived by son Robert, daughter-in-law Mary of Eden Prairie, Minn.; daughter Sharon Neira of Bennett, Colo.; grandchildren, Scott (Crystal) Haugen, Brenda Haugen of Minnesota, Tom Neira of Bennett, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, all of Minnesota; sister Bernice Parker, brother-in-law Jim, and his ‘like a son’ nephew, Howell Parker of Denver, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Florence, son Paul, and son-in-law Carl Neira.

Memorial services were held January 20, 2012 at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Interment was at Olinger Crown Hill in Wheatridge. Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 537, Bennett, Colo., 80102.

Walter “Sonny” Reitz, 75, of Brush, Colo., passed away January 20, 2012.

He was born September 9, 1936, in Holly, Colo., to Fred George and Pauline Mae Reitz.

Sonny moved to Morgan County, Colo., in 1956. On December 17, 1958, he married Rose Baker in Raton, N.M. Sonny served several years in the U.S. Army National Guard being discharged in 1963. He worked on several area farms, ranches, and feedlots.

Sonny was a huge John Wayne fan. He recorded most all of his movies so that he could enjoy watching John Wayne over and over. He enjoyed woodworking. His favorite activity was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed taking care of the grandchildren as often as he could.

He is survived by his wife, Rose of Brush, Colo.; three children, Penny Harbert of Weldona, Colo., Kim Kraich of Akron, Colo., and Kyle Reitz of Brush, Colo.; two brothers, Harry of Dallas, Tex., and Bobby of Kingman, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Fred and Richard.

Memorial services were held January 25, 2012 at the Snyder Bible Church. Services concluded at the church.

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