Rocky Mountain Obituaries 10-1-12
Harlan Pierce Hankins, 92, of Loveland, Colo., passed away September 16, 2012.
He was born in Longmont, Colo., on December 16, 1919 to J. Harlan and Pancy Pierce Hankins.
He spent school time in Denver, Colo., and summers on the farm. He graduated from East High and attended Colorado State University.
WWII interceded and he moved to California to build airplanes. Soon he enlisted in the army. There he was accepted to the new Army Air Corp where he earned his pilot wings. Post war he joined the Air Force Reserves earning his Captain bars.
In 1942 he married high school sweetheart, Shirley Herzog.
At wars end he was given the option of continued duty or mustering out. The love of the land drew him back to Hankins Farms. During his lengthy stewardship, his hard work, ingenuity and intelligence developed the farm into a modern enterprize which his son and grandson are continuing.
He is survivied by son Harlan (Gail), daughters, Patricia Thatcher (Darrel), Terri Lovell, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Gerry Olde, and numerous neices and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Pansy and J. Harlan Hankins, sister Lois June Olde, Shirley Hankins, and grandson Matthew Lovell.
Internment was is in Loveland cemetary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnstown VFW or the Roosevelt wrestling club. ❖
Agnes Marie Evers, 91, of Roggen, Colo., passed away September 19, 2012 at the Tribute Homes Assisted Living facility in Wiggins, Colo.
She was born in Garden Plain, Kan., to Joseph and Anna (Zwicke) Linnebur on April 11, 1921.
She married John Evers in Roggen, Colo., on October 30, 1939. They farmed southeast of Roggen, Colo., where Agnes continued to live out her life for 73 years.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roggen, Colo., and served her church in the Altar and Rosary Society. In later years she was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Wiggins, Colo.
She is survived by her two brothers, Earl (Helen) Linnebur and Ivan (Alma) Linnebur of Roggen, Colo.; four daughters, Barbara (Charlie) Wagner of Tempe, Ariz., Joan (John) Wilson of Franktown, Colo., Jean (Bob) Suer of Peoria, Ariz., and Mary (Don) Reed of Henderson, Nev.; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John who passed away July 7, 1988, and her sister, Eileen Weibert who passed away April 20, 2010.
Memorial services were held September 26, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roggen, Colo.
Interment followed in the Linnebur Family Cemetery in Roggen, Colo. ❖
Marjorie Elizabeth Hilton Ellis
Marjorie “Marge” Elizabeth Hilton Ellis, 87, of Loveland, Colo., passed away September 18, 2012 at The Peaks Care Center in Longmont, Colo. While at Peaks, she had been surrounded by her family and many friends.
She was born in Norwich, Conn., on August 8, 1925 and lived in West Hartford, Conn., with parents George Hilton and Ruth Fowler Hilton, and three brothers Richard, Raymond and Calvin.
After high school, she worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, Conn., in assembly work for the WWII war effort. Marge moved to Great Bend, Kan., and graduated from St. Rose Hospital School of Nursing in June 1948. She moved to Denver, Colo., after graduation and was employed at St. Lukes Hospital in Denver, Colo., as a Registered Nurse.
Marge met her husband-to-be in Berthoud, Colo. Lyle Ellis was a dairyman/farmer at the time. Marge and Lyle were married in 1956 and resided in Loveland, Colo. They have been farming and ranching in the Loveland, Colo., area since.
Marge is a past volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. She actively supported her children with their school and 4-H activities, and for many years was a building superintendent at the McMillan Building for the Larimer County Fair. She was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Loveland, Colo. She treasured her church family and many close friends.
Marge was an active wife, mother, grandmother and volunteer in Loveland, Colo. She will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her husband Lyle Ellis of Loveland, Colo.; sons Wayne (Tracey) Ellis of Windsor, Colo., Greg (Yvonne) Ellis of Durango, Colo., Scott (Connie) Ellis of Johnstown, Colo.; daughter Marilyn (Jock) Visser of Las Vegas, Nev.; and grandchildren Lindsay (Ryan) Elworthy, Jennifer Ellis, Jessica Ellis, Kyle Ellis all of Durango, Colo., and Austin Ellis and Dalton Ellis of Windsor, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers.
Memorial services were held September 22, 2012 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Loveland, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 56 Loveland, Colo., 80539 or All Saints Episcopal Church in care of the Youth Group, 3448 N Taft Ave, Loveland, Colo., 80538. ❖
Warren Leroy Wailes
Warren Leroy Wailes, 75, of New Castle, Colo., passed away September 19, 2012, at the Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Rifle, Colo.
He was born May 16, 1937, in Greeley, Colo. He was the son of Leroy Ernest and Eva Dimple (Allison) Wailes. He grew up in Johnstown, Colo., and Milliken, Colo., and called New Castle, Colo., his home.
After attending CSU, Warren was inducted into the Army on March 25, 1958, where he served as a medic and a sharpshooter. After serving our country, Warren moved to New Castle, Colo., and worked at the Rocking Pines Dairy, where he met and married Shirley Gordon on July 20, 1967.
Warren had a passion for animals and working with the youth. He was an active member of the 4-H community and enjoyed working with Youth Zone, where he would donate a pig for the Kiss and Squeal fundraiser every year.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Shirley (Gordon); his children Raeleene (Bill Harris), Stanley (Kip), Nikol, Tillie, Nathan (Jennifer), Karl (Herlina); grandchildren, Patricia, Chelsie, Duell, Dalton, Cortney, Taylor, Jordan, Kole, Britnie, Tel, Analisa, Miranda, Ty, Emma, Eva; siblings Wilda (Nelson), David, Dixie (Neil Halker); and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Dominick; parents, Leroy and Eva; siblings, William, Wilma, Franklin and Patricia; and his nephew, Ricky.
Memorial services were held September 24, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in New Castle, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the residents at Grass Mesa at the Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home, Youth Zone, or First Baptist Church in New Castle, Colo.
Online condolences can be made at http://www.RifleFuneralHome.com. ❖
Joseph “Joe” Doll
Joseph “Joe” Doll, 100, longtime Weld County, Colo., resident, passed away September 20, 2012 at Meadow View of Greeley, Colo.
He was born October 16, 1911, to Louis and Rosa (Eckstein) Doll on the family farm near Stringtown, Ill.
On November 26, 1936, he married Roseann Ginder. In 1960, Joe and Roseann moved their family to the Greeley, Colo., area and established Doll’s Egg Ranch, which provided eggs to restaurants and grocery stores.
He farmed and operated several agriculture-related businesses in the Stringtown, Ill., area, including a sawmill.
After living half a century on their farm east of Evans, Colo., Joe and Roseann moved to Meadow View in August of last year. Joe celebrated his 100th birthday in October, and Joe and Roseann celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in November. Roseann passed away in February.
Over the years, Joe competed in community horseshoe tournaments and hunted elk. His hobbies included shooting pool, playing cards (especially “Euchre”) and rooting for the Rockies. He wrote a book, “The Colorado Dolls,” detailing the history of his family.
He is survived by his six children and their five spouses, Norma Wegher, Ron and Ruth Doll, Urban “Slim” and Sandy Doll, Louie and Nancy Doll, all of Greeley, Colo., Kevin Doll and Niki Kessinger of Aurora, Colo., and Greg and Elizabeth Doll of Marysville, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, son-in-law, Roland Wegher; grandson, Jeff Doll; granddaughter, Janet Lynn Doll; two sisters; and one brother.
Memorial services were held September 24, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th St., Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Please visit http://www.StoddardSunset.com to sign online guest book. ❖
Delores Jean (Austin) Zinsli
Delores Jean (Austin) Zinsli, 87, of Holyoke, Colo., passed away September 18, 2012, at her home surrounded by loved ones.
She was born March 31, 1925, near Helvey, Neb., to William Albert Fisbeck and Bessie Mary Schropfer Fisbeck.
Delores was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Daykin, Neb. With her parents, Delores moved to Colorado in 1929 when she was 4-years-old. The family resided on a farm south of Paoli, Colo., during the Dust Bowl years. Delores started school at age four because without her, the school did not have enough students to make up a class. She remembered walking to school in a dust storm so thick that she needed to cover her mouth with a handkerchief so she could get her breath.
During Delores’ childhood, two sisters, Gwen and Betty, joined the Fisbeck family. They made their home on various homesteads in the Holyoke, Colo., area. In spite of the hardships of those years, many good times were shared with cousins and other family members.
She was confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church by Pastor Einspahr. She had been a member of the Holyoke congregation for 83 years.
Delores graduated Phillips County High School at age 16, boarding at the Webermeier home and Postgate Hall. She graduated from Barnes Business College and worked as a secretary in the Aerial Reconnaissance Department at Lowry Air Force Base for three years. On the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Delores recalled that she was skiing at Berthoud Pass.
On October 7, 1945, Delores married Frank Austin Jr. To this union, three sons were born — Frank James (Jim), Dennis Eugene, and Daniel Lynn. Delores lived for over 50 years near Ovid Colo., on the ranch homesteaded by Frank’s parents in 1899. She was proud that the ranch was recognized by the state of Colorado as a Centennial Homestead for being in the same family for over 100 years.
Delores treasured her time spent on the farm, especially in her flower and vegetable gardens. Her flower arranging talents were showcased year after year at the county fair where she won many awards including Best of Show. Her flower arrangements also graced the altar at Zion Lutheran Church on many occasions. Vegetables from the garden found their way into her infamous potato salad, homemade ketchup, and pickles.
When not in her gardens, Delores could be found in the cattle barn helping Jim and Dan groom their registered Hereford cattle for shows. She had a special affinity for Missy, a prize-winning heifer, who, unfortunately, remained barren her entire life. Because of Delores’ intervention, that small detail did not send Missy to the sale barn. At Delores’ direction, Missy’s final resting place is in the south pasture.
While proudly supporting her sons’ cattle-showing endeavors at county fairs, state fairs, and the National Western Stock Show, Delores served home cooked meals from a hotplate in the motel room, or from her 12-foot camping trailer. Friends and other exhibitors were always welcome. Her interest in the cattle industry led to her involvement in the CowBelles Association and also the 4-H program where she served as a club leader for many years.
She was active in community and church organizations. Delores was a charter member of the Paragon and Farmerettes Extension Clubs. She served faithfully in the Women of Zion and as a church choir director. She enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels and making frequent visits to folks in the nursing home.
Following Frank’s major heart attack in 1974, the couple traveled annually to Aztec RV Resort in Mesa, Ariz., where Delores wintered for the next 36 years. Delores was able to establish many new friendships from all across the US and Canada, and she loved the Arizona desert.
After Frank passed away in September 1995, Delores continued to winter in Arizona where she met Jim Zinsli. They were married in August 30, 1997 and enjoyed 15 years together, traveling to China, Italy, the Panama Canal, Alaska, Canada, and throughout the U.S. Jaunts to the rodeos in Laughlin and the National Finals in Las Vegas, Nev., to cheer on the bull riders were favorite trips for Delores.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Zinsli of Holyoke, Colo.; her sons and their wives, Jim and Mary Austin, and Dan and Deb Austin; sister Gwen Keefauver and husband Bob; step-children Robert and Judy Zinsli, Linda Zurborg, Katherine and Gary Seibel, Deborah and Bruce Walker, Brian and Sayuri Zinsli, and Lisa Critchfield, 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; her Zinsli brothers and sisters, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, her parents, son Dennis, sister Betty Lea, and an infant brother and sister who were stillborn.
Memorial services were held September 21, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, Colo.
Inurnment followed at the Holyoke Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Delores Zinsli, 8221 W 20th Street, Suite A, Greeley, Colo., 80634, or donate on-line at http://www.Cancer.org, Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1001 E Johnson St., Holyoke, Colo., 80734 or Zion Lutheran Church, 240 S High School Avenue, Holyoke, Colo., 80734. ❖
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