Rocky Mountain Obituaries 12-3-12
Frieda Staley, 97, of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away November 19, 2012, at the Valley View Villa Care Center in Fort Morgan, Colo.
She was born January 5, 1915 to Conrad and Margaret (Reizelstein) Schuppe in Waterloo, Iowa. The family later moved to Sterling, Colo., where she attended the Lutheran school through the eighth grade.
Frieda married Robert Staley on May 1, 1938 in Sterling, Colo., and resided on a farm near Hillrose, Colo., until 1947 when they moved to a farm southwest of Fort Morgan, Colo. She resided on the farm until October 2006, when she moved into the Bee Hive Assisted Living.
She enjoyed sewing, crafts, making quilts and crocheting. Her husband Robert passed away on October 21, 1993. Her family meant everything to her.
Frieda was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Joanne (Fred) Cook, Roberta Heaton and Alberta (Rod) Simmons; one son, Ronald (Linda) Staley, all of Fort Morgan, Colo.; her grandchildren, Todd (Susan) Cook of Brush, Colo., Tim (Laurie) Cook of Atwood, Teresa (Randy) Kramer of Hillrose, Colo., Michael (Rhonda) Staley, and Scott (Michelle) Staley of Fort Morgan, Colo., Rhonda (Kyle) Bentz of Windsor, Colo., Terry (Nancy) Heaton of Fort Morgan, Colo., Cyndi (Pat) Pierce of Durango, Colo., Jeff Simmons of Omaha, Neb., and Brenda (Kirby) Cabrera of Villa Ridge, Mo.; her great-grandchildren, Amber (Jay) Beecham, Christopher Cook, Tara, Kristi and Monte Cook, Nichole Kramer, Kaleb (Kelsey) Staley, Kendal and Ethan Staley, Kyrie and Kylee, Bentz, Ty Staley, Megan (Dan) Rosenbach, Jordan and Tyrel Pierce; and step-great-granddaughter, Lanette Cabrera; great-great-grandchildren, Chayce and Kiptyn Beecham, Addison Probasco and Jesse Pierce; step-great-great-grandchildren, Shayna, Corey and Kimberly Creason; step-great-great-great-granddaughter, Amiya Johnson; brother and sister, Harry Schuppe and Mildred Eisenach, of Sterling, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; great-grandchildren, Alice Bentz and Yancey Pierce; step-great-grandson, Jamie Cabrera; sisters, Mollie Miller, Mary Amen, Helen Hettinger and Lucille Stumpf; and brothers, August, Alexander, Albert and William Schuppe.
Memorial services were held November 26, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Morgan, Colo.
Interment followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Bee Hive Assisted Living, c/o Heer Mortuary. ❖
Rollin Richard Perry Sr.
Rollin Richard Perry Sr., 98, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, passed away November 18, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa.
He was born August 19, 1914, at home in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Frank and Lulu (Cotton) Perry.
Rollin married Marjorie Robeson in Greeley, Iowa. He was a graduate of Waterloo West High School and worked at John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa, for 34 years, retiring in 1978. He also farmed for many years in Black Hawk County.
He is survived by his son, John Perry and wife Bobbi of Sterling, Colo.,; and two grandsons, Shawn and Todd Perry.
Memorial services were held November 24, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Condolences may be left at http://www.DahlFuneralHome.com. ❖
Alvin Bruce “AB” Radebaugh
Alvin Bruce “AB” Radebaugh, 89, of Flagler, Colo., passed away November 3, 2012 at the Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo, Colo., after a long battle with cancer.
He was born April 25, 1923 in Brewster, Kan. He was one of 11 children born to C.I. and Ella Radebaugh. He attended schools in eastern Colorado and graduated from the eighth grade in Cheyenne County, Colo.
Alvin started breaking colts and riding the top off “green brokes” for several ranchers in the Flagler, Genoa-Hugo, Colo., area. He moved into the rodeo arena and won many awards and honors across eastern Colorado, western Kansas and Oklahoma as a bareback rider. You could tell it was AB in the chute with his hat pulled down past his ears, cause, “if you lost your hat, you’d loose your seat.”
AB met Jesse Britton Strode in Arriba, Colo. They were married in Raton, N.M. in 1944. AB and Jesse had a son, Larry, and a daughter, Margie, to join the three kids that came with Jesse from her first marriage. Sons Jesse Jay, Eyer Marion and daughter Nancy Claudean completed the family.
He was a truck driver by profession. He hauled bulls for Joe Bowden and worked for more than 30 years hauling feed for Farmers Union (now Farmers marketing Association) in Denver, Colo.
After retiring to his current home in Flagler, Colo., he and Jesse traveled. They drove to more than 24 states to visit family and friends and attend rodeos, especially the National Finals in Las Vegas, Nev. Many of their trips were with Jesse’s brother, Bob Britton, and his wife, Vena.
AB’s wife passed away in 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s/dementia. At the same facility at about the same time, Mary Hart lost her husband. She and AB became close friends filling voids in each others lives. Mary was with AB at the end. Another void was filled in AB’s heart by a tiny little rescue Yorkie named Mazie.
He is survived by his daughters, Nancy Overly of Byers, Colo., and Margie Dunaway of Limon, Colo.; son, Larry Radebaugh (Ruth) of Belfield, N.D.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; Mary Hart; all of the gang at the Flagler Co-op Coffee group; and Mazie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jesse; two sons, Jesse Jay Strode and Eyer Marion (Butch) Strode; three brothers; two sisters; and one granddaughter, Nikki Radebaugh.
Final rest was November 8, 2012 at the Flagler Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in AB’s name to Flagler Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 205, Flagler, Colo., 80815. ❖
Duard Lee Fix
Duard Lee Fix, 78, of Wray, Colo., passed away November 15, 2012, at the Wray Community Hospital after a courageous 16-month fight with pancreatic cancer.
He was born to Albert and Grace (Whyte) Fix in Wray, Colo., on August 1, 1934. He was the youngest brother to Duain (Weenie) Fix, Lila Mae Dykes, Shirley Carson, and Melvin Fix.
His mother had a massive stroke when he was 15-years-old and at that point, Duard was responsible for handling all the farming and chores so his dad could take care of his mother. He graduated from Wray High School in 1952, the same year his mother passed away from the stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side. Duard left for Colorado State University, but after a year, returned home to work the family farm with his brother, Duain, for 35 years and then with his son, Darus, for the remaining 23 years.
On August 10, 1958, Duard married his beautiful lifelong partner, Adah Mae (Amy) Snedeker of Yuma, Colo., and they started their life together on the homestead place. Duard farmed at night and carpentered in the daytime to make ends meet until their farming operation was successful. In their 54 years of marriage, they were blessed with four children: Denise Renee, Gregory Paul, Dawnelle Grace, and Darus Lee.
Agriculture was a very challenging career choice, especially in the drought of the 1950s. When it did rain, it always seemed to hail and destroy the crops. Duard and Duain struggled to make ends meet and in the fall of 1962, Duard decided it was best to quit farming and let Duain expand to make it on his own. His father, Albert, would not hear of that and suggested they look into irrigating, since it was an all-dryland farm. Albert gave them some of the best advice that could be offered. He had read a little about it and thought his land would work. They decided to drill a test hole on the land south of the homeplace, so Albert went out and drove diagonally from corner to corner to find the center of the quarter. He set a stake nearby and said “Let’s drill here.” Duard often wondered if his dad knew then that the center of each quarter is the ideal place to have a well, as most water is now distributed by a center pivot system that sits in the center of each quarter. The well was to be test pumped on April 10, 1963, at 8 a.m. The same day Duard and Duain hit water, their father passed away at 3 a.m., never seeing a drop of water pumped on the land he loved so dearly. Duard was only 28 years old at the time.
Duard came from humble beginnings but overcame many hardships in life and farming to become a successful farmer and businessman. He learned how to manage on his own and knew the importance of hard work. In addition to all his wonderful qualities, he knew that family and good friends were the key to a good life and always made time for them. Duard was always in favor of trying new ways and keeping up with the changing times of technology. He always said, if your business is not growing then your business is dying.
Duain passed away in December 1990 so a few years later Duard and his son, Darus, started a new partnership called Fix Farms and they continued their love of farming together until the day he passed. Duard had complete faith in Darus’ ability to continue the Fix farming operation that began 100 years ago this year.
Duard was very active in the community by serving on many boards and committees. His input and knowledge was valued by many townspeople. The Kitzmiller-Bales Trust was the most important and dear to his heart. He served as trustee with his trusted and close friend, Bob Hansen, for 28 years until the day he passed. That gave him much satisfaction to generate money into the schools and the community that he loved so much. He also served on the local water board for 30 long years, which was the lifeblood of his farming operation, and the Kenneth and Ethel Powell Trust for 21 years.
He is survived by his wife, Amy of Wray, Colo.; daughters, Denise Gaynor and husband Bill of Atwood, and Dawnelle Haynes and husband Max of Eaton, Colo.; and son, Darus Fix and wife Keri of Wray, Colo.; grandchildren, Dane Gaynor and wife Nicole, Gunnar and Ryleigh Haynes, Deidra and Kace Fix; and great-grandchildren, Austin and Meridee Gaynor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory Paul; brothers, Duain and Melvin; sister, Shirley Carson; and granddaughter, Jensen Haynes.
Memorial services were held November 19, 2012 at the Wray United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Duard L. Fix Memorial Fund for local community organizations in care of First Pioneer National Bank at 145 W. Fourth St., Wray, Colo., 80758. ❖
Ivan H. Rosenberg, 88, of Evans, Colo., passed away November 25, 2012 at Hospice of Northern Colorado.
He was born in Wausa, Neb., on February 19, 1924, to Eddie and Edith (Elsberry) Rosenberg. He lived and worked on his family’s farm in Wausa, Neb., during his younger years. In 1946, he enlisted in the Army, where he spent 18 months serving in Japan and Korea.
On October 20, 1947, while home on leave, he married Lois E. Mefford from Bloomfield, Neb., in Yankton, S.D. He and his wife moved to Greeley, Colo., in 1947, where he worked with his father and brother in a small slaughterhouse east of town. They moved back to Neb., for a few years, then shortly after the birth of their daughter, moved back to the Greeley/Evans, Colo., area where they lived to the present.
Ivan was a hard-working husband and father. During his lifetime, he worked in many different occupations including: farming, pipe fitting, sheet metal working, carpentry, operating heavy equipment and others. Whatever job it took to provide for his family, he was more than willing to do.
He was very proud to be a Army veteran and was active in the VFW and American Legion for many years. Later in life, he was also active in the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed doing woodworking in the shop he had set up in his garage and took pride in making special items for friends and family. He loved to dance and played bass guitar for several years in three different polka bands around the area. He liked to fish and spend time in the mountains camping. As a younger man, he also enjoyed some hunting.
He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Dorn; son-in-law, Cesar Paez; “daughter and son-in-law,” Peggy and Jerry Windsor, Colo.; cousin, Susie Duff; four grandchildren and their spouses; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; his mother and father, Edith and Eddie; two brothers, Leland and Irvin; a nephew, Eddie; and many aunts and uncles.
Memorial services were held November 29, 2012 at Adamson Chapel.
Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Bible Church in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖
Burnham J. “BJ” Nash
Burnham J. “BJ” Nash, of Masonville, Colo., 101, passed away November 22, 2012 at McKee Medical Center of Congestive Heart Failure.
He was born March 6, 1911 in Fort Collins, Colo., to Charles and Adella (Kempton) Nash. Burnham grew up on the family farm in Windsor, Colo. Burnham was the sixth child from a family of nine.
Lester and Burnham took over the family farming operation when BJ was only 13, when his father passed away of a heart attack at age 61, raising sheep, hogs, and cattle. BJ also farmed beets, beans, potatoes, grain crops, corn, and alfalfa, and eventually had a feed lot for finishing cattle, where he lived with his wife of 35 years Louise (Thomsen) Nash. Louise passed away in 1970 and Burnham retired from the farm when he was 70 and moved to Masonville, Colo.
BJ loved to travel, especially with his close friends: Bernice McBlair, Tom Mateer, Oggs, and Dick Albers. His favorite pastimes included reading, studying history, and visiting museums of Western History (his favorite historical figure was Charley Russell.) He also enjoyed playing the violin at informal neighborhood gatherings along with his dear friend and neighbor, Roy Vannorsdel, accordionist and pianist.
BJ loved two of his neighbors dearly, Ross and Sara Lindblad, who had a woodcraft shop with wall to wall tools, and Barbara Fisher and her son Daniel, a wonderful man who was always dropping in to make sure BJ was doing fine and not working too hard.
Burnham never missed going to McDonald’s at 7:30 a.m. sharp, with 20 or so of his friends for a half-cup of “JOE” (plus refills) — his lifetime favorite drink — and apple pie. He took pride in his home and surroundings and was able to continue working in his yard right up to the age of 101.
He is survived by his sister, Della (Nash) Laybourne, age 95; nephews, Ray Nash (wife Vera), Keith Truesdale (wife Susan) and Burnham Truesdale; nieces, Roberta (husband Jim) Povelite, Judy (husband Henry) Heinrich; as well as by those who BJ considered his “adopted family,” Chuck and Sylvia Clausen and their children, Jeremy (wife Susie) Clausen, Laura (husband Bryan) Johnson, and grandchildren, Brooke and Cody Clausen and Dalton and Braden Johnson; Bob McBlair (Joann) and their children.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; mother, Adella; two brothers, Morton and Lester; and three sisters, Bernice, Alice and Tendis.
Memorial services were held December 1, 2012 at Buckhorn Presbyterian Church in Masonville, Colo. ❖