Rocky Mountain Obituaries 10-15-12
Mildred L. Mason Waite
Mildred L. Mason Waite, 92, of Logan County, passed away October 4, 2012 at the Sterling Regional MedCenter.
She was the last surviving sibling and fifth of the 12 Mason children born to Lester V. and Lillie Bell Gage Mason.
Mildred Lillian was born March 3, 1920, on the Dr. Suatzlander farm six miles east of Peetz, Colo., where she lived for the first eight years of her life. Her family then moved a few times over the next five years before finally settling at Red Lion where they lived and farmed for the next 10 years. She attended school through the eighth grade at the Gage and Danrode schools near Peetz, Colo., and at the Red Lion school near Crook, Colo.
Mildred met the love of her life, Herman “Arnold” Waite while living at Red Lion. She and Arnold were married February 2, 1938, at Sedgwick, Colo., and celebrated 50 years of “happily ever after” prior to Arnold’s graduation to Heaven on December 21, 1988. She and Arnold have two sons, George and Dean Waite.
During her lifetime Mildred wore many hats. She was always a hard-working woman and used that ethic as a housewife and mother. Mildred also worked away from home doing private housekeeping, taking in ironing, as well as cleaning, cooking and caring for her elderly parents.
She and Arnold worked as dorm parents at NJC for a period of time in the 1960s.
They job shared as custodian and caretakers of the Prairie School in New Raymer, Colo., from 1973 to 1981. Mildred and Arnold also worked on the Budin ranch for Paul and Helen Budin for a number of years. She and Arnold then again worked as a team doing custodial work for Christ United Methodist Church in Sterling, Colo., where they were members. They held this position for six years until her husband’s failing health made it necessary to retire. Mildred was also a member of the Atwood Methodist Church prior to moving to Sterling, Colo. She had been a member since 1958 and was baptized March 16, 1959.
After retiring Mildred and Arnold resided in Desert Village. She was happy there caring for her husband until his death and after as well. She derived great pleasures from cooking large family and holiday meals and baking. She baked nearly daily making homemade bread, her famous sour cream brownies and delicious pies for her family, for the church and for her neighbors. She also kept her freezer filled with goodies for the grandkids, great-grandkids and nieces and nephews who might stop by.
Some of her other hobbies included reading, collecting poetry, painting the inside and outside of her house, including her yard ornaments and flower boxes. She enjoyed doing her own lawn mowing and yard work as long as she was able. She delighted in keeping others smiling with her stories and her humorous turn of phrases. She loved being a help to others however and whenever she could.
Mildred was a member of the G.N.I. Club, a member of Eastern Star and an honorary member of the Methodist Quilting group.
She was well and truly loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her sons, George Waite and wife Barb of Atwood, Colo., and Dean Waite and wife Nova of Hugo, Colo.; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and her first great-great-grandchild, who is expected in December of this year; two sisters-in-law; many loving nieces, nephews; and greats to numerous to list.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and all of her siblings.
Memorial services were held October 10, 2012 at Christ United Methodist Church.
Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church in Sterling, Colo., in Mildred’s memory. ❖
Addison “Addi” Miller Clay
Addison “Addi” Miller Clay, 2, of Erie, Colo., passed away October 4, 2012 at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo.
Even though Addi was born with Spina Bifida, she was a fighter from day one and proved many doctors wrong. Everyone that met Addi fell immediately in love with her long eyelashes and personality. Addi could make a five minute trip to King Soopers for bread and milk into an hour long affair because everyone had to stop and see her.
Addi loved Elmo, “Jacks Big Music Show,” “Juno,” but most of all her dog Rocky. She loved going for wagon rides during her many stays at Children’s Hospital and her Papa was surprised so many people knew her even though he didn’t know them. She loved everybody and had a huge heart and loving spirit; she always wanted to give “Kiss-Kiss” and “Hug-Hug” to everyone.
Addi was her Mimi and Papa’s Pride and Joy, and had them wrapped around her little finger. Addi and her Mimi were inseparable and becoming best friends. Addi will now be able to dance and twirl in her pink princess dress and pink dancing shoes, with blonde curly hair, singing praise to the Lord with her “third” lung in the fields of grass.
She was the child of Douglas and Amber Clay and is survived by her family Savannah Clay, grandparents Keith and Joan Clay, Kim and Drew Boronda, Jim and Marti Rannells, and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and lots of special loving friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Wilma Clay, James Miller “Mid” and Shirley Rannells, Esther Hamby, and her uncle Larry Rannells.
Memorial services were held October 9, 2012 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Interment was at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital or the Colorado Spina Bifida Association in c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel.
Visit http://www.AhlbergFuneralChapel.com to share condolences. ❖
Joseph Peter Foxhoven
Joseph Peter Foxhoven, 89, of Sterling, Colo., passed away October 6, 2012, in Sterling.
Mr. Foxhoven was born February 3, 1923, to Mike J. and Mary (Jacoby) Foxhoven in Fleming.
He graduated from St. Anthony School in Sterling in 1942. Joe joined the Merchant Marines in 1943 and was there until 1946.
On January 2, 1946, he married Isabel Bettger in Brush. They were married 62 years on her passing, July 14, 2008.
Joe, his brother, Mark, and Bob Slonecker were in partnership in the firm of Foxhoven’s Inc., 1100 West Main Street, Sterling, until Mark’s death. Joe also was in partnership with Phil Bowe at Sinclair Bulk Plant and later established JPF Energy.
Joe loved horses and enjoyed competing in team roping. One of his most memorable times was qualifying for the Old Timers National Finals team roping in Amarillo, Texas, in the early 80s.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus since 1943, and was a Sterling Elks Lodge honorary life member.
Joe is survived by his sister, Mary Jayne Benton, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and great-great-great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Isabel; sister, Olive Berg; brothers, Wilfrid, Monsigner Omer, Mark and Ivo Foxhoven.
Memorial services were held October 12, 2012, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to St. Anthony Catholic Church. ❖
Jack Duane Anderson
Jack Duane Anderson, 73, of Yuma, Colo., passed away July 31, 2012 in Yuma, Colo.
He was born on January 10, 1939, in Yuma, Colo., to Ralph and Norma (Hendrix) Anderson.
He grew up on the family ranch south of Yuma with his older sister Barbara and his younger brother Larry. Jack attended country schools until going to Yuma for High School, graduating in 1956.
Jack married Marge Lee from Montrose, Colo., in 1958 and lived in Yuma, Colo. They had three daughters — Brenda, Susan and Michele. While in Yuma, Jack started working for Elmer Baucke’s electrical business.
Jack and Marge moved their family to Sterling, Colo., in 1964. Jack continued to work for an electrical business until 1969 — when he started his own electrical contracting business, Anderson Electric Construction. While in Sterling, he continued to run cattle and farm with his dad and brother on the Yuma farm. During that era, he also learned to fly and loved taking trips in his Cessna.
He semi-retired from electrical contracting in 1994, when he and Marge returned to Yuma to continue in the cattle and agriculture business. He continued to stay busy on the ranch and loved running after his grandkids activities until his death.
Jack is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Marjorie, his daughters Brenda Frank of Greeley, Colo., Susan Kruse and husband Dan of Fort Collins, Colo., and Michele Staggs and husband Scott of Yuma, Colo.; brother Larry Anderson and Karen of Yuma, Colo.; Grandchildren Shannon Allard and husband Dave of Fort Collins, Colo., Courtney Whalen and husband Dan of Fort Collins, Colo., Tanner Frank of Greeley, Colo., Dusty Kruse of Eaton, Colo., Krista Kruse of Fort Collins, Colo., Jackie and Tommy Staggs of Yuma, Colo.; Great Grandchildren Rowan Whalen and Davey Allard of Fort Collins, Colo. Brother-in-law Dale Stoops and Modesta of Sterling, Colo., Brother-in-law Brice Lee and wife Phyllis of Durango, Colo., Sister-in-law Harriette Walter and husband Dave of Wray, Colo., and Brother-in-law Jim Lee and wife Renee of Montrose, Colo. He also leaves many treasured nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Service were held on August 3, 2012 at New Life Fellowship in Eckley, Colo. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery in Yuma, Colo. ❖
William Fredrick Burford, 84, of North Platte, Neb., passed away September 8, 2012.
He was born in Grand Junction, Colo., on March 23, 1928, to Darwin and Neva Bragg Burford. He attended schools in Grand Junction, Colo., graduating in 1946.
Bill served in the U.S. Army of Occupation in Japan before entering Colorado State University.
He married Shirlee Flagg in 1949.
In 1954, he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and in 1956, moved his family to North Platte, Neb., to set up a vet clinic where he practiced for 35 years.
He served as the Buffalo Bill Rodeo veterinarian and was awarded the Trail Boss Award in 1985. In 2008, he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
He also served as president of the North Platte Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Optimist Club and Moose Lodge.
He is survived by three children; two grandchildren; brother, Pierce, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Shirlee and brother, Lee.
Memorial services were held September 29, 2012 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in North Platte, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name and condolences shared at AdamsSwanson.com. ❖
Sandy L. Duncan
Sandy L. Duncan, 61, of Bennett, Colo., passed away October 4, 2012 at her home.
She was born November 2, 1950 in Brush, Colo., to William and Doris McCracken.
She was a member of the Colorado Community Church in Aurora, Colo. Sandy had a love of life and lived it fully. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, camping, boating, gardening, skiing, on both water and snow, and the outdoors. She loved her family and they were very important to her, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Jon J. Duncan of Bennett, Colo., and Michael Todd Duncan and his wife Melissa of Aurora, Colo., one sister, Cheri McCracken-Kinnison and husband Dan of Colorado Springs, Colo., two brothers, David Wayne McCracken and his wife Bonnie of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Brian Keith McCracken and his wife Laura also of Ft. Morgan, Colo.; and two grandchildren, Hannah Marie Duncan, and Hunter Michael Duncan; and by her parents, William and Doris McCracken of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Rusty, Dennis and Rick McCracken.
Memorial services were held October 10, 2012 at the Morgan Church of the Nazarene.
Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery. ❖
Earl Thomas Ricord
Earl Thomas “Tom” Ricord, 83, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away October 8, 2012 at home in Cheyenne.
He was born December 16, 1928 in Windsor, Colorado to O.L. Ricord and Olive (Eberhart) Ricord.
Mr. Ricord graduated from Eaton High School before joining the Navy in 1946. He served on the USS English DD696 as a radioman. Upon returning to Colorado, he enrolled in an engineering school in Denver. Upon graduation, he worked in Denver for Heron Engineering for six years and then Midwest Steel and Iron Works Company as a structural steel salesman for 30 years.
In 1987 he became an estimator and detailer of structural steel bridges and highway materials for BigR Manufacturing and Distributing in Greeley, Colo.
He married Dorothy Bisant in 1954. She died in 1990. They had a daughter and a son. In 1996, he met Kathie Selden, and because he was a then self-employed contract detailer, he was able to continue working for BigR and move to Cheyenne in 1997. They married January 10, 2000 in Pokhara, Nepal.
He was involved in volunteer activities in Cheyenne, Wyo., including a member/officer in Westerners, International; Wagon Doctor for the Old West Museum; set builder for Cheyenne Little Theatre; “gopher” for Delta Kappa Gamma and the Library Foundation; member Cheyenne Symphony, Little Theatre and Cheyenne Concert Association.
Mr. Ricord is survived by his wife, Kathie Selden of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter, Veronica Coats of Greeley, Colo.; son, Chris Ricord of Fort Collins, Colo.; step- sons Todd Dereemer (Wendy Volk) and Joseph Dereemer (Shawna), both of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren; sister, Verneal Dawson of Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and five siblings.
Friends may contribute to Davis Hospice Center (CRMC), 6000 Sycamore Road, Cheyenne, Wyo., 82009. ❖
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