Rocky Mountain Obituaries 10-29-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 10-29-12

Michael Mark Mulder
Sterling Journal Advocate

Gerald “Jerry” Dietz

Gerald “Jerry” Dietz, 46, of Fairbury, Neb., passed away on October 18, 2012.

He was born September 2, 1966 in Fort Collins, Colo., the son of William and Wilma (Block) Dietz.

Jerry graduated from Eaton High School in Eaton, Colo., in 1984.

In the summer of 1990 Jerry was in a terrible tractor accident on the family farm east of Ault, Colo., were he farmed with his father. He was very lucky to survive the accident but had many health complications as a result. Despite his disabilities he continued to help his father on the farm until they moved to Fairbury, Neb., in November of 2011.

He enjoyed farming, fishing, cooking and being with his family. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to help whenever needed. A trip to town that normally only took an hour would become two or three hours because he would get caught up in conversations with old or new friends. Jerry was very knowledgeable and loved to talk about his experiences or findings.

He was very mechanical and could fix just about anything. He went to Maize Corporation Baler School in Kearney, Neb., so he could help his father fix the balers on the farm. Even though he had physical limitations on the farm his mind was always focused on the farm and he was always willing to help where he could.

He also enjoyed auctions, flea markets, shopping and seeking antiques. He was an avid animal lover, always having a Chihuahua by his side. Jerry was always full of life and never complained despite his constant pain. He always thought of others before himself.

Jerry enjoyed watching movies and had a huge selection on VHS and DVD. He also collected National Geographic magazines and gems.

Wilma did Foster Care for around 15 years and Jerry was very involved in the caretaking. He always encouraged the kids and tried to teach them respect.

He was very close to his sister Amiella, taking her to all her sporting events, skating parties and other school functions. Being 18 years apart they had a very unique and special relationship.

Jerry will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents William and Wilma Dietz of Fairbury, Neb.; sisters Amiella Dietz and fiancé Ruben Aragon of Greeley, Colo., and Sarah Dietz of Fairbury, Neb.; uncles Ronald Dietz of Fort Morgan, Colo., Richard Dietz of Virginia and aunt Dorothy Heckman and husband Marvin of Windsor, Colo.; and many extended family and friends in Colorado and Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Jack; maternal and paternal grandparents and three uncles, Raymond Block, George Stevens and Bobby Dietz.

Memorial services were held October 22, 2012 at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury, Neb.

Internment followed at the Fairbury Cemetery. ❖

Michael Mark Mulder

Michael Mark Mulder, 70, of Sterling, Colo., passed away October 20, 2012 in Lakewood, Colo.

He was born March 5, 1942, in Yuma, Colo., to Mark and Elda (Bash) Mulder. Michael grew up and attended school in Yuma, Colo., graduating from Yuma High School in 1960. He later attended CSU for a degree in animal science and nutrition.

Michael had several jobs throughout his life. He was a cattle feeder, tire salesman and a truck driver.

Mike had a passion and a desire to play music and was blessed with a “God-given” talent on the trombone. In his younger years Mike played with the Bob Murphy band in Yuma, Colo., and the surrounding area and later with bands in Reno and Lake Tahoe, including Harry James and his Orchestra.

Another indulgence was the game of golf that led to more than one rift with his father in the early days. Mark would say “allowing that the time spent on the golf course could most likely be better spent on the tractor.” Ultimately, Michael played a respectable round of golf when he found the time. And as fate would have it, Michael introduced his dad to the game in the ensuing years.

On July 15, 1971, he married Linda Bickel in Sterling, Colo.

Michael was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. His family will remember him for his big smile, sense of humor and musical talents.

He is survived by his son, Mark and daughter-in-law Stephanie of Aurora, Colo.; his son, Mick of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Ryan, Keara and Ashlyn of Aurora, Colo.; a brother, Matthew and wife Cindy of Yuma, Colo.; a sister, Cheryl Huskin of Cenntennial, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda, and his parents.

Memorial services were held October 26, 2012 at the Nazarene Church in Sterling, Colo.

Condolences may be sent to the family at ❖

Robert Lee Rock

Robert Lee Rock, 80, passed away October 20, 2012.

Robert was born to Clarence and Edith Rock on January 4, 1932, in Woodriver, Neb. The family farmed near Fort Morgan, Colo., then moved to Messex, Colo., in 1944. He completed his schooling at Roosevelt School as one of two graduating seniors in 1950 and began his own farming operation southwest of the school.

In 1953 Robert entered the service and served in Korea until November 30, 1954, as a staff sergeant in both infantry and artillery battalions.

Upon returning to the U.S., Robert once again took up farming near Merino, Colo., until March of 1961, when he moved the operation to Sterling, Colo.

On July 23, 1961 Robert married Gloria Darlene Luft of Sterling, Colo. In 1962 the couple moved to Iliff, Colo., where Robert began farming for George A. Henderson Company, and celebrated the birth of their first child, Bradley Allen. Younger brother and sister, Darryl Lee and Teri Lynn, followed in 1963 and 1965. In 1973 Robert hung up his irrigation boots and went to work for the Colorado Department of Highways, which prompted the family’s move to Brighton, Colo., in 1980 where Robert worked out of the Fort Lupton yard. Robert retired from the Highway Department in 1990.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Darlene (Luft) Rock of Brighton, Colo.; his three children, Brad and Marla Rock of Wray, Colo., Darryl and Kathy Rock of Fredonia, N.Y., and Teri and Ben Hein of Fairbury, Neb.; and his six grandchildren, Alex and Amanda Rock, Damian and Austin Rock, and Cory and Zack Dawley; and by his great-grandson, Hesten Robert Rock.

Memorial services were held October 24, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton, Colo.

Graveside services were held at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, Colo. ❖

John Thomas Orth

John Thomas Orth, 74, of Greeley, Colo., passed away October 21, 2012, with his wife at his side.

He was born February 4, 1938, to Erwin William Orth and Beatrice (Jerry) Orth in Waverly, Iowa. He married Marilyn J. Orth, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in 1958 in Waterloo, Iowa. They lived in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Waverly, Dubuque, and Bettendorf, Iowa, before moving to Greeley, Colo.

John graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1956, and from University of Northern Iowa in 1968. He worked at the John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works from 1958-61, and joined the Industrial Engineering Department there in 1962. He served eight years at the John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, and became a Senior Industrial Engineer in 1973. He was transferred to Deere and Co, the international home office in 1978. In 1992, he retired after more than 30 years of service, and moved to Greeley, Colo., in 1994.

He was a charter member of American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Dubuque, Iowa Chapter, AIIE Finley Hospital Efficiency Study, Dubuque, Iowa, continuing member of Tillers Club of United Way, and Red Cross certified Back Injury Prevention Instructor. His hobbies include woodworking, farming, reading and he was an amateur inventor. He built a straw bale building on his Greeley, Colo., farm and subsequently wrote a manual on How To Build A Straw Bale Building. He had a strong interest in alternative building methods, writing poetry and creative writing.

John was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa. He served there as a Sunday school teacher, member of the Church Council and Head Usher. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran in Waverly, Iowa, Nazareth Lutheran in Cedar Falls, Holy Trinity Lutheran in Dubuque, Iowa, Trinity Lutheran in Moline, Ill., and Bethel Lutheran in Windsor, Colo., where he served in various capacities over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; and daughters, Elizabeth Kohnen, Elgin, Ill., Lorraine (Joel) Slover, Thornton, Colo., Jennifer (Tim) McAninch, Palmerston North, New Zealand and Margo Anne Orth Greeley, Colo.; sister, Geraldine (Melvin) Pittman, Barronett, Wis.; two brothers, LeRoy (Dorothy) Orth, George (Bonnie) Orth, Waterloo, Iowa, and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandchild.

Memorial services were held October 26, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, Colo. Another memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. 4th St., Waterloo, Iowa.

Memorials contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, Heifer International, or Samaritans Purse in care of Marks Funeral & Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor, Colo., 80550.

Online memorials may be made at ❖

Wilma Delphine (Wilkinson) Woller

Wilma Delphine (Wilkinson) Woller, 84, passed away October 13, 2012 at Grace Manor Care Center in Burlington, Colo.

She was born August 14, 1928 to Roy and Margaret(Zrubek) Wilkinson on a farm north of Vona, Colo. She attended various country schools and always helped her parents on the farm. Wilma held a multitude of jobs and enjoyed helping other people.

She met Carl Woller while working at the sale barn in Burlington, Colo. They were married on December 5, 1948 in Stratton, Colo. To this union five children were born: Sharon (deceased), Carlton, Jr. (Ace), Stanley, Cathleen, and Susan.

When her children were young Wilma was a Sunday School superintendent at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stratton, Colo., and worked at the grocery store in Vona, Colo.

Cooking and baking were passions of Wilma’s. Wilma will always be remembered for her baking and canning skills. She was famous for her delicious cinnamon rolls that she baked for many seasons for Bonny Marina. Wilma also enjoyed decorating cakes for her grandchildren in their younger years. She cooked for many children over the years at the Vona Elementary School and she also cooked at the Golden Prairie Inn in Stratton, Colo.

Wilma enjoyed gardening, embroidery, collecting bells, cooking, antiques, yard sales, auctions and spending time with her family. Her children and grandchildren have many fond memories of card games, water fights and shopping trips to Goodland, Kan.

She held membership in various organizations: Vona Worthwhile extension Club, Vona Town Council, Republican Party, Kit Carson County Carousel Association and American Cancer Society of Kit Carson County.

In early retirement, Wilma and Carl attended several trips with a group of senior citizens from Kit Carson County.

She is survived by her husband Carl of Vona, Colo.; children, son Carlton Jr. (Ace), son Stan and friend Janet, daughter Cathleen, daughter Susan and Eddie Kiefer all of Stratton, Colo.; grandchildren, Scott Trimm of Cabot Ariz., Michelle Woller-Thompson and Duane Wright of Stratton, Colo., Fred and Kim Woller of Stratton, Colo., Kristy Woller of Colby, Kan., Jeanie and Brian Tracy, Justin and Rylana Woller all of Burlington, Colo., Brian Woller of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Vickie and Jason Duffey of Colby, Kan.; great- grandchildren, Brittany Yoes, Cody and Brooke Woller, Courtney, Lauren and Dawson Thompson all of Stratton, Colo., Hunter & Kaitlyn Tracy, Hayden and Emmery Woller all of Burlington, Colo., and Korrynne Duffey of Colby, Kan.; brother Loren Wilkinson of Colorado Springs, Colo., brother Earl and wife Gloria of Denver, Colo., sister Helen Gyer and friend Bill Dawson of Irving, Texas, Virginia Wilkinson of Goodland, Kan., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Margaret, daughter Sharon, daughter-in-law Kathy, sister-in-law Priscilla, infant brother, Brother Lloyd, sister Thelma and husband Wayne Cushing and sister Arlene.

Memorial services were held October 17, 2012 at First Baptist Church.

Burial was at Vona Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Manor Care Center or sent to the Colorado East Bank and Trust in Stratton, Colo. ❖

William Samuel “Bill” Hancock

William Samuel “Bill” Hancock, 83, passed away October 6, 2012 at his home in Pavillion, Wyo.

He was born January 14, 1929, in Lander, Wyo., son of Samuel I. And Irma M. (Williams) Hancock.

He attended schools in Red Canyon, Wyo., Lander, Wyo., and the school of hard knocks.

On June 4, 1949, he married Ada Mae Ward, south of Lander, Wyo.

Bill began hiring out at the age of 10 as a cowhand and sheepherder. He worked for a variety of cowmen including Roberts and Grieve’s for over 40 years until he started fulfilling his own dream of he and his wife owning and running his own outfit.

He was interested in a variety of outdoor activities and firmly believed if it couldn’t be done horseback, it wasn’t worth doing. Though if it needed done, do it right the first time. Bill participated in rodeo in his earlier years and was always an avid spectator of the sport. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling to new places around the world. Bill lived his whole life on cow outfits throughout the beautiful state of Wyoming.

He worshipped and worked in the great wide-open spaces.

Bill was a longtime Farm Bureau member and Past Farm Bureau President. He was also a past Ag-man of the year of Fremont County.

He is survived by his wife of the family ranch in Pavillion, Wyo.; son, Calvin Hancock of Gas Hills, Wyo.; one granddaughter, Angela and her husband, Tyler McCann of Riverton, Wyo.; sisters, Edna Bringoff of Sand Draw, Wyo., and Patsy Hancock of Riverton, Wyo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.

Memorial services were held October 10, 2012 at Davis Funeral Home.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amedysis Hospice or the Salvation Army in care of Davis Funeral Home.

Online condolences for the family may be made at ❖


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