Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-9-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 1-9-12

Harry Brandt, 90, resident of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away December 31, 2011 at Valley View Villa.

He was born February 27, 1921 in Snyder, Colo., to Henry Brandt, Sr. and Barbara Kauffman Brandt.

He attended a country elementary school near Snyder, Colo., and then was bused to Central and Fort Morgan High School from 1929 to 1939. He graduated from the Aviation Institute of Denver in 1942 and worked at Mare Island shipyards until he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. His training and assignment to a bomber crew in B-24’s took him to many locations in the U.S. He received his overseas assignment in B-29’s the day Japan surrendered. He was released from the service in 1945 and returned to Fort Morgan, Colo., where he returned to farming.

On October 22, 1943, he married the love and sweetheart of his life, Ruth Ruhl, also of Fort Morgan, Colo., and they shared 68 years of treasured memories. They had two children, Cynthia Brandt Lind and Steven Brandt. Harry farmed southwest of Fort Morgan, Colo., until 1982, when he retired and moved into the city and worked for Pioneer Hy-bred International, Inc. from 1984 until 1992.

Harry was an active lifetime member of Immanuel Evangelical Church of Fort Morgan, Colo. He loved and served his Lord as Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, choir director, and over the years held various positions on the church board, including President. He used his beautiful tenor voice singing with the church choir, men’s choir, men’s quartet, and an occasional duet with his daughter. He even played a “mean” saxophone, passing that talent to his son.

Harry belonged to Gideons International from 1973 to the present date. He especially enjoyed distributing the New Testaments to various entities around the community. His retirement hobbies included golfing, fishing and woodworking.

Harry was a devoted, faithful, and loving husband, a supportive and involved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He had enough love and humor to share with every member of his family and there was always lots of fun and laughter when together. Although his body was being immobilized by a rare disease, he could spend hours reading, (which he did), especially the Bible. He loved to engage anyone who would participate in theological discussions. Today, the Author of the Scriptures is answering his questions personally and delighting his heart. We, as a family, thank him for his wonderful legacy.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two children and their spouses, Eddie and Cindy Lind of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Steve and Janice (Kembel) Brandt of Keenesburg, Colo.; four grandchildren, Shelly Harden and husband, Greg of Arlington Heights, Ill., Mike Lind of Denver, Colo., Shawn and Candis Brandt of Matthews, N.C., and Jon and Ceri Holsten of Fort Collins, Colo.; 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elsie Naill of Fort Morgan, Colo., Edna Erosky and husband, Henry of Denver, Colo., and Dorothy Kamanski and husband, Charlie of Henderson, Nev.; one sister-in-law, Lydia Brandt of Sun City West, Ariz.; and lots of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. and Barbara Brandt; five brothers, Albert, Ray, Henry, Dan, and Leroy; and one sister, Ruth Morgan Brandt.

Memorial services were held January 5, 2012, at Immanuel Evangelical Church in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Interment followed in Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Immanuel Evangelical Church for the music department, (at his request), or to Gideons International for the purchase of Bibles.

Joe Neil Petramala, 69, of Swink, Colo., passed away December 15, 2011 at home.

He was born in Walsenburg, Colo., November 26, 1942 to Mike & Frances (McKinnon) Petramala. The way he told it, his mom was riding a horse trying to run from the Indians, when she went into labor at the same time her horse stopped and had a colt. He said his mom gave birth, put him on the colt and they all safely out rode the Indians back to the house. Joe was known for making people laugh.

What made Joe smile was working sunup to sundown on the farm and sheep feedlot that he grew up on. Caring for animals was a calling and a lifelong passion.

Joe was a La Junta Chamber of Commerce Ag Hall of Fame inductee in 2005, he also rewarded other’s enthusiasm toward agriculture by supporting 4-H as a sponsor. He was a staunch supporter of the Arkansas Valley, fighting to protect the Valley’s water. He served on the South Swink Water Board for 34 years, 27 years as President, helping to provide safe, clean drinking water to thousands of people over the years.

In his younger years Joe was an avid rodeoer. On a horse is where he was most comfortable and it’s also how he met the love of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years Janie Petramala and their son Jonathan. Along the way Joe and Janie took in, loved and raised his nephew, Michael Tate Couch, and Janie’s nieces, Kerry Baird and Heather Flaig. By birth he only had one child, but many more thought of him as their father.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held December 21, 2011 at the First Church of the Nazarene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joe Petramala Scholarship Foundation through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at

Lindsey Cecil Wilson, 88, of Gill, Colo., passed away December 30, 2011 at his home.

He was born October 24, 1923 in Deepwater, Mo., to Alva and Zella (Cecil) Wilson. The family moved to Colorado when Lindsey was five years old.

Lindsey served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged in January 1946.

On September 15, 1950 he married Ruth Westervelt in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Prior to his military service, Lindsey worked for Gates Rubber in Denver, Colo. After he returned from the service he moved to Galeton, Colo., where he farmed and operated his own excavating business. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and after retirement enjoyed traveling with family in his motor home. He especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, dad and Papa and as a kind and gentle well respected man.

He was a member of Grace Community Bible Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Wilson of Gill, Colo.; daughter, Cynthia (Larry) Johnson of Windsor, Colo.; sons, Rodney Wilson of Eaton, Colo., and Robert Wilson of Gill, Colo.; grandchildren, Angie (Eric) Davenport, Stacey (Andrew) Joseph; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Johnson, Dylan Davenport, Jaden Joseph, and Jackson Joseph all of Fort Collins, Colo.; sisters, Mildred Slonksnes and Letha Crom of Greeley, Colo., Mary Ann Crossiant of Arvada, Colo., Lorene (Chuck) Achziger of Loveland, Colo.; and sister-in-law, Giny Wilson of Lakewood, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and three brothers-in-law

Memorial services were held January 4, 2012 at Adamson Chapel.

Interment was at Eaton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Grace Community Bible Church” or “Hospice of Northern Colorado” in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Clifford Stanley Webber, 83, of Platteville, Colo., passed away January 1, 2012 at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born in Denver, Colo., on September 20, 1928 to David and Corinne Webber. He attended schools in McCook, Neb., and graduated from McCook High School. He moved to the Platteville, Colo., area after graduation.

He married Alice Lorene Lall June 3, 1951 in Greeley, Colo. He owned and operated a dairy, farmed and fed cattle.

He enjoyed following all the activities of his three daughters and following his seven grandsons in 4-H, FFA and sports activities. All are active in their respective churches. Clifford was a member of the Gilcrest Baptist Church in Gilcrest, Colo., and had served as Trustee and Deacon. He served in the Gilcrest volunteer fire department and served on the board of directors.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Alice Lorene Webber of Platteville, Colo.; daughters Debbie Hefftner of Parlin, Colo., Susan Weber and husband Marty, Tami Webb and husband Fred, all of Platteville, Colo.; brother Paul T. Webber and wife Eileen, of Platteville, Colo.; seven grandsons, Duke Webb and wife Kassia, Josh Webb and wife Kristen, Grady Webb, Eli and Riley Weber all of Platteville, Colo., Taylor Hefftner and wife Emily, and Kipp Hefftner of Parlin, Colo.; two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sister Betty Lou Sprouse and brother Bobby Webber.

Memorial services were held January 5, 2012 at the Eaton Evangelical Free Church in Eaton, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gilcrest Baptist Church building fund, PO Box 125, Gilcrest, Colo., 80623.

Edward Eugene Sauer, 62, passed away January 1, 2012 in Fort Collins, Colo., after battling cancer since December 2009.

Ed was born in Greeley, Colo., on October 25, 1949 to George and Josephine “Jo” (Neal) Sauer.

On June 22, 1973 he married Rhonda Lee Kidd and they were blessed with two children, Brian and Lisa. He grew up between Byers, Colo., and Wiggins, Colo., on the family farm where he and his wife also raised their family before moving to Fort Collins, Colo.

He continued to enjoy multiple aspects of the trucking industry throughout his life after leaving the family farm. His most recent job was as a Sales Representative for Arrow Moving and Storage which he had enjoyed for the last 10 years.

He also enjoyed refereeing high school basketball, riding motorcycles and volunteering his time at First Congregational Church in Loveland, Colo.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda; son Brian; daughter Lisa (Todd Arnold); five grandsons, Austin, Dylan, Jarrett, Caleb and Brennen two granddaughters, Hanna and Riney; his parents; two brothers, Jerry (Donna) and Bob (Terry), many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services were held January 6, 2012, at First Congregational Church in Loveland, Colo.

Interment Grandview Cemetery in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edward E. Sauer Memorial Fund in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, Colo., 80537

Friends may leave condolences for the family at

Ernie Stryker, 99, passed away December 28, 2011.

He was born April 12, 1912, to Henry Edward and Emma Knop Stryker at Stanley, Wisc. He attended elementary school at the Meakins School, and graduated from Haxtun High School in 1931. After high school, he farmed with his father, for other farmers and eventually purchased a farm of his own. He was a member of the Haxtun Church of the Brethren. In December 1941, he went to Bethany Bible Training School in Chicago, for the winter quarter. He married L. Mabel Shrider on June 3, 1942.

He enjoyed farming and caring for the farm animals. He enjoyed watching football, especially the Broncos and Washington Red Skins, on TV.

He is survived by daughter, Elva Evers and husband Larry of Wayland, Iowa; daughter, Marie Brandt of Julesburg, Colo.; son, Merl Stryker and wife Pam of Nunn, Colo.; and son, David Stryker and wife Patti of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel; his parents, Henry and Emma Stryker; his sisters, Ollie Burton and Mabel Holmes; and infant brother, Joy Eddie Stryker; and one grandson, Jeremy Stryker.

Memorial services were held December 31, 2011 at the Church of the Brethren in Haxtun, Colo.

Interment followed in the Haxtun Cemetery.

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