Rocky Mountain Obituaries 12-17-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 12-17-12

Betty Lee Bailey

Betty Lee Bailey

Betty Lee Bailey, 87, of Karval, Colo., passed away December 4, 2012, after a six month battle with kidney cancer.

She was born April 18, 1925, on the family farm near Karval, Colo., to Robert and Victoria Bucklen. She was one of 16 children.

Betty graduated as valedictorian from Karval High School in 1942, and was always proud of the fact that she had played basketball in the state girls’ tournament. She was able to enjoy her 70th high school reunion this fall and always was an avid supporter of Karval Homecoming activities, serving multiple terms as President of the Alumni Association. Her only time spent away from Karval, Colo., was when she worked at the Lincoln County clerk’s office for a short time after high school in Hugo, Colo.

Betty Lee married Loren Bailey on October 22, 1943, in Las Animas, Colo. They raised a family of four in the Karval, Colo., area: Lorna, Steve, Don and Bill. She loved canning, collecting dishes, reading, baking, going to yard sales and farm auctions, playing the piano, doing embroidery, and making quilts. She was known for making potato salad, rolls, popcorn balls, pickles, baby quilts for everyone in the community, writing Christmas poems, and was awarded grand champion for her hand embroidered Bible quilt at the Colorado State Fair.

Her involvement in the community included being a 4H leader, an election judge at the Blue Cliff precinct, and a superintendent of open class at the Lincoln County Fair for over 30 years. She was instrumental in starting the Blue Cliff Candidates Night and Bazaar, was a member of Friendship Circle and the Karval Church of the Nazarene.

A person who loved family, she attended many family events and hosted numerous family reunions.

She is survived by daughter Lorna Wilson (Gail) of Lakewood, Colo.; sons Steve Bailey of Karval, Colo., Don Bailey (Janet) of Simla, Colo., and Bill Bailey (Sunceray) of Pueblo West, Colo.; numerous grandchildren, Chelli Sexton-McGaughey, Wade Bailey, Craig Bailey, Tim Bailey, Brent Bailey, Richard Bailey, Chris Sexton, Gaylene Wilson-Hernandez, Katie Wilson-Anton, and Dana Wilson; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sisters, Christine Binder of Pueblo, Colo., Virginia Reese (Miller) of North Hills, Calf., Louise Von Seggern (Les) of Greeley, Colo.; a sister-in-law Velda Bucklen of Kersey, Colo; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by husband Loren Bailey of 58 years, grandsons Darryl Sexton and Bradley Sexton, brother Ronald Bucklen (Helen), Carl Bucklen (Dodie), Bernard Bucklen (Manon), Besse Newsom (Russell), Daisy Fansler (Harley), Roy Bucklen (VirGene and Erlene), Thelma Bucklen, Bob Bucklen, Donald Bucklen, Margaret O’Donnell (Jim), Rosalie Bucklen, Vic Bucklen and brother-in-law John Binder.

Memorial services were held December 10, 2012 at the Karval High School Gymnasium.

Burial followed at Bucklen Cemetery in Karval, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Circle of Karval P.O. Box 53 Karval, Colo., 80828, the Karval Alumni Association, or a charity of your choice.

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Kerri Dickie

Kerri Dickie, 41, of LaSalle, Colo., passed away December 7, 2012 at the Hospice Inpatient Unit.

She was born March 12, 1971 in Greeley, Colo., to William C. and Shirley A. (Thoutt) Shable.

She lived on the same family farm most of her life, graduating from Valley High School in 1989, NJC in Sterling, Colo., in 1991 and CSU in 1993 with a BS in animal science. After graduation she worked for Waldo Farms in Nebraska, Colorado, and Animal Research Enterprise in Wellington, Colo., and then joined in the family farm operation.

The family attended the Kersey Cowboy Church. Kerrie was active in Block and Bridle at CSU, she was a little sister at Farm House Fraternity, active in PTO and she was very involved with her boys’ school activities, helping as a room mother and volunteered to help with classroom activities. She enjoyed flower gardening, baking and cooking. The most important thing was being a super mom and a great wife to her family.

She is survived by her husband, John Dickie; sons, Jack, Craig and Cody Dickie; parents, William “Bill” and Shirley Shable; brother, Brian Shable all of LaSalle, Colo.; grandmother, Mary Erma Shable of Greeley, Colo.; parents-in-law, Dr. Charles and Marjorie Dickie of Rocky Ford, Colo.; sisters-in-law; Lynn Dickie of El Paso, Texas, and Barbara Johnson of San Jose, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Delbert Shable, Reinholdt and Esther Thoutt.

Memorial services were held December 13, 2012 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley, Colo.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kerri Dickie memorial fund in care of Allnutt, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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Allen Roland Meinzer

Allen Roland Meinzer, 51, of Rush, Colo., passed away November 29, 2012, at his home south of Rush, Colo.

He was born in Colorado Springs on December 15, 1960. Allen was the youngest of five children born to Roland and Adeline (Kravig) Meinzer.

He was a talented three-sport athlete in high school, excelling in football, basketball, and baseball. Allen graduated from Miami-Yoder High School in 1979. After graduating, Allen was employed in the sheet metal trade by various companies in Colorado Springs and he also worked for a Colorado Springs glass company. But his greatest love was ranching and Allen returned to the family ranch south of Rush, Colo., where he raised Hereford and black Angus-cross cattle. He also was a field representative for various banks in Limon, Colo., and Calhan, Colo.

On February 12, 1983, Allen married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Rose Adams.

Together they made their home on the ranch. Later, their lives would be enriched even more when they adopted daughters Amy Renee, born on February 9, 1990, and Jodie Lynn, born on July 25, 1996.

Allen loved hunting, fishing, and shooting trap. But his pride and joy was watching Amy and Jodie participate in sporting events, from their peewee competition days right through their high school careers.

He was best known for his quick wit and practical jokes, from which no one was exempt. His dry sense of humor and one-line responses always left everyone laughing. Often, Allen didn’t even have to say anything, but a simple glance or sly wink of his eye signaled that Allen was up to something. He made friends easily and he rarely forgot a face.

He is survived by his wife, Rose, of the home; his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Dan Webb of Ocean Springs, Miss., and daughter Jodie of the home; one sister, Maryann (Roger) Whitney of Yoder; three brothers, Leroy (Roberta) Meinzer of Wakarusa, Kan., Roger (Karen) Meinzer of Yoder, and Harold (Jean) Meinzer, also of Yoder; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stan and Ila Adams of Rush, Colo.; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ross (Pam) Adams of Wisconsin, Derrick (Denita) Webster of Utah, Jim Adams (Tina Duran) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, J. Robert Adams; and a nephew, Cory Joe Meinzer.

Memorial services were held December 6, 2012 at Living Word Church in Calhan, Colo.

Burial was in Kanza Cemetery, north of Rush, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Tri County Volunteer Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 97, Rush, Colo., 80833; Edison Volunteer Fire Protection District, c/o Mark Anderson, 5476 County Rd 3, Rush, Colo., 80833; or the American Juvenile Diabetes Association, 332 West Bijou, Suite 201 Colorado Springs, Colo., 80905.

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Jack W. Souther

Jack W. “The Pumpkin Man” Souther, 70, of Eaton, Colo., passed away December 9, 2012 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born June 3, 1942 in Greeley, Colo., to Thomas Roy and Grace Helen (Hood) Souther.

Jack has lived and farmed in the Eaton, Colo., area for his entire life. He graduated from Eaton High School in 1961. He and his wife Bonnie operated the Pumpkin Patch in Eaton, Colo., for 19 years.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Souther; his daughter, Jacki Brooks of Greeley, Colo.; his son, Doug Souther and his wife Nikkie of Crescent, Iowa; five grandchildren, Kayla, Garret and Elizabeth Brooks and Caden and Colby Souther; and a sister, Sue Woods of Ault, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Red and Grace Souther.

Memorial services were held December 13, 2012 at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton in Eaton, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Northern Colorado in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, Colo., 80620.

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Joshua Paul Anderson

Joshua Paul Anderson, 30, passed away December 2, 2012.

He was son of Matthew and Kimberly Anderson, born on May 23, 1982 at St. Johns hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Joshua grew up on the family dairy farm which moved from Spartak, Mo., to Marshfield, Mo., and later to Kersey, Colo. Josh was also very involved in helping in the family ceramic tile business. Josh was home schooled by his mother during grade school, and later attended and graduated high school at Kersey High School. After high school, Josh attended both Northwest Jr. College at Sterling, Colo., and University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, Colo.

Josh was a very determined young man, who not only worked in the family businesses but also worked on neighboring farms, including the Cockroft dairy, Wells ranches and many others.

Josh took his skills and determination and entered the banking industry at a young age of 20 years old. He started his career as the new accounts manager at Key Bank in Greeley, Colo. He then moved to New Frontier Bank in Greeley, Colo., and within a few short years became a Vice President of Lending, and a member of the board of the bank. In 2007, he moved to Chicago, Ill., to work as an executive lender at Lakeside Bank. In 2009, Josh chased his dreams and left the bank and perused his life long desire by starting Ampersand Guitars, building and repairing custom musical equipment.

He was very active in his communities that he lived in, serving on numerous boards and charitable organizations. His most impacting contributions came in the form of his musical talents. He would sing and play his guitar and drums at any venue, including numerous clubs, both in Colorado and Chicago.

He is survived by a vast host of friends; his immediate family including his parents, Matt and Kim Anderson of Cabool, Mo.; his brother Timmy of Central Mexico, brother Joey, currently enrolled at University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., his sister Melissa Williams of Fort Collins, Colo., his niece Brooklyn Kay of Fort Collins, Colo., and his brother-in-law Steve Williams of Fort Collins, Colo.; his grandfather Jerry Anderson of Ozark, Mo., his grandmother Cathy (Moody) Waldrep of Highlandville; his uncles Greg Anderson of Ozark, Mo., Larry Anderson of Marshfield, Mo., Eric Anderson of New York, N.Y., Paul Mills of Ozark, Mo., Mike Highley of Ozark, Mo.; aunts Terry Lee Anderson of Marshfield, Mo., Kim Miller of New York, N.Y., Wendy Mills of Ozark, Mo., Julie Highley of Ozark, Mo.; first cousins include Amy Schroder of Gilbert Ariz., Jennifer Davis of Republic, Mo., Rhea Chaffin of Marshfield, Mo., Luke Anderson of Marshfield Mo., Jerry Anderson of Destin, Texas, Gabe Highley of Ozark, Mo., Jacob Highley of Ozark, Mo., and Luke Highley of Ozark, Mo.

While we here on earth mourn our loss of a most precious young man, the heaven’s are rejoicing to have him in the band!

Josh’s earthly body is laid to rest on the family ranch in Texas County, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to a suicide prevention center of your choice. ❖

Della Marie Hernandez (Arebalo)

Della Marie Hernandez (Arebalo), 75, of Kersey, Colo., passed away Decemer 9, 2012.

She was born January 13, 1937 in Lingle, Wyo. She married Louie Hernandez, the love of her life and soul mate on July 30, 1955 in Torrington, Wyo., at St. Rose Catholic Church.

Della and her family have lived in the Kersey/Gill, Colo., area since 1963, where she was a tax-preparer until she retired in 2006.

She enjoyed her work, her family and friends, and especially loved bargain shopping and her “Day of Beauty” with her son Tommy. She enjoyed her time on the phone with her kids. Della made everyone feel they were special.

She is survived by her sisters, Antonia Reyes and Theresa Mecham; her husband, Louie; children, Jason (Darrell Johnson) Hernandez, Helen Hernandez , and Tommy Hernandez, of Greeley, Colo.; many nieces and nephews and was loved by all who were blessed enough to know her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Agustina and Agapito Arebalo; siblings, Joe John, Angelina, Lucy and Carmen; and daughters, Arlene and Louise.

Memorial services are were held December 12, 2012 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

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