Rocky Mountain Obituaries 12-31-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 12-31-12

Alfonso Fernando Salamanca

Alfonso Fernando Salamanca

Alfonso Fernando Salamanca, 62, passed away December 17, 2012 from complications with diabetes. He passed away surrounded by family and left this earth with prayers and love. His suffering has seized and he can now be reunited with our Father and his proceeding loved ones.

He was born September 23, 1950 in Greeley, Colo. Al was to second son to Tony and Margaret Salamanca of Platteville, Colo. He was a happy and calm child growing up with a smile on his face. Al grew up as the second oldest of seven children.

He graduated from Valley High School in 1968. He was in the Pride of the Valley Band and Stage Band as a tuba player. In high school enjoyed time with his friends, singings and worked on the Salamanca farm. While working on the Salamanca farm he hauled sugar beets for his late father, Tony.

Al first met his wife, Mona, at a Valley Football game. She was working the FHA concession stand and he asked to walk beside her; she said yes.

Al was drafted in 1969, was injured and received an honorable discharged and did not have to go to war. His first job was at Monfort Packing Plant in Greeley, Colo., as a butcher, sheep kill.

Al started boxing at 23 years old. He was a heavy weight boxer and was the AAU Golden Gloves Champion. He was a coach at the Longmont Boxing Club and coached many young men through out the years.

Al and Mona married November 14, 1975 in Greeley, Colo., at the Justice of the Peace. They lived in Greeley, Colo., and Evans, Colo., before moving into the home they helped build in Gilcrest, Colo., in 1976.

Al and Mona had three sons, Vincent Mathew, Isaac Jacob, Fransisco Diego and a daughter, Elizabeth Marie. They baptized two Godchildren, Carl Slate and Michael Moreno. Al was a loving and stern father who enjoyed working beside his children on his home improvement projects, in mason work, while DJing and farming. He also enjoyed sharing stories with family and friends.

Al was employed at Golden Aluminum in Fort Lupton for 22 years. He enjoyed his leadership positions and prided himself in always putting in a hard days work. Alfonso fostered his love of singing and started his business, Big Al’s Karaoke and DJ. He would DJ and host karaoke across Northern Colorado. He started every gig with a song and then opened the mic to all who wanted to sing.

Alfonso liked to play pool and golf. Alfonso was a good dart player and enjoyed the time spent with his siblings playing darts and singing karaoke. In friendship, he was generous and supportive in his giving and believed everyone deserved to be given a chance. He enjoyed playing softball with his good friends.

Al would want us to remember that he loved us and cared about us all.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona; and their children, Vincent, Isaac (Kelly), Francisco, Elizabeth, Emiliano (Jamie) Bara; his mother, Margaret Salamanca; grandchildren, Alexia, Tyler, Louie and Maceo Bara; and siblings, Tony (Linda), Joseph, Phillip (Kathi), Margaret, Rebecca (Tom) Rangel, and Elizabeth (Gentry) Odell.

Memorial services were held December 27, 2012, at St. Nicolas Church, in Platteville, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “American Diabetes Association” in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at ❖

Danny Ray Cox

Danny “Dan” Ray Cox, 57, of Crook, Colo., passed away December 16, 2012, in Sterling, Colo.

He was born April 11, 1955, in Auburn, Neb., to Alfred Adolph Cox and Vera Drew. Dan attended Fort Morgan Junior and Senior High Schools. He worked for numerous ranches and feedlots including D&D West and Kuskie Oil Company.

Dan married Kim Kay Taylor in Fort Morgan, Colo., on July 31, 1993.

Dan enjoyed fishing, drag racing and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Cox of Crook, Colo.; mother, Vera Cox; daughter, Becky Murphy of Sterling, Colo.; sons, Travis Platt of Fort Collins, Colo., and Andy Cox; one brother, Ron Cox of Berthoud, Colo.; three sisters, Susan Hergenreter of Greeley, Colo., Kathy Lorenzini of Weldona, Colo., and Colleen Gilliland of Wiggins, Colo.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred.

Memorial services were held December 21, 2012 the Knights of Columbus Hall in Sterling, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dan Cox Memorial Fund in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, Colo., 80751. ❖

John H. Lockhart

John H. Lockhart, 57, former Morgan County, Colo., resident, passed away December 17, 2012 unexpectedly at his home near Eaton, Colo.

He was born February 20, 1955 in Culver City, Calif., to James and Marylouise Lockhart.

The Lockhart family lived in Morgan County, Colo., for several years before moving to the Greeley, Colo., area. John graduated from Greeley Central High School. At the time of his death, John was a farmer.

He is survived by his children, Carrie Jo Brady of Colorado, John David Lockhart of Eaton, Colo., Jake Lockhart and Sara Lockhart, both of Weldona, Colo.; two brothers, Steve Lockhart and Kenny Lockhart, both of Greeley, Colo.; three sisters, Lois Rusch of Centennial, Colo., Nancy Lauck of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Katie Himes of Idaho; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held December 22, 2012 at the Heer Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Services concluded at the mortuary. ❖

William (Bill) Sullivan

William (Bill) Sullivan, of Loveland, Colo., passed away November 24, 2012.

He was born March 1, 1936 in Albion, Neb., to Edward B. and Leola C. Sullivan.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 – 1958 aboard the USS Frontier.

On April 11, 1959, he married Verena Lyon in Dodge City, Kan. In 1968, Bill relocated his family from South Dakota to Loveland, Colo., for a position with T & T Tire. He then went on to work for Garrett Motors and later took a position in the Fire and Security Department of Eastman Kodak. He ended his career building fire trucks at Super Vac.

Bill was a volunteer firefighter for the Loveland Fire Dept. for 17 years and continued his involvement with the Loveland Fire Exhibit at the Loveland Museum.

He also was an active member with the Rocky Mountain Plymouth Car Club. Bill enjoyed the life of retirement and traveling with family and friends and also loved working on his and other’s classic vehicles. He also enjoyed spending time at the family cabin.

He is survived by his loving wife, Verena; children, Doug (Cressa) Sulllivan, David Sullivan (Sandy McPherson), Kent (Susan) Sullivan, Mark Sullivan, Peggy (Jeff) Nielsen, Janelle (Merle) Maring and Jennifer Williams; mother-in-law, Myrtle Lyon; brothers, Phelan Sullivan, Jerry (Alice) Sullivan, Don (Peg) Sullivan and Jim Sullivan; a sister, Marguerite Hoelscher; brother-in-law, Mike Volk; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Memorial services were held November 29, 2012 at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Interment was at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Loveland Fire Exhibit Inc. in care of Resthaven.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook at ❖

Phillip “Arden” Paxton

Phillip “Arden” Paxton, 76, of Sterling, Colo., passed away December 10, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born March 18, 1936, in Ulysses, Kan., the eldest child of Doster and Naomi Paxton. He attended various schools growing up and graduated high school in Canon City, Colo., where he had spent his senior year with his beloved grandparents, Clyde and Audra Hammer, after going into business with Grandpa Hammer doing small custom farming.

Immediately following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Rudolph. That four-year enlistment was followed closely by a two-year re-enlistment where he was assigned to Naval Air Station Keflavik in Iceland, aboard Rear Adm. Moorer’s transport, a Lockheed C-121 Super Constellation, as flight mechanic, and was then honorable discharged.

Arden then returned to Canon City, Colo., to become a guard at the state penitentiary. During this time he met and married Norma J. Sisson, a native of Nebraska, on May 31, 1967. They began a family and in a short time moved to Atwood, where Arden resumed farming for the next 16 years.

After spending a brief time in oilfield equipment maintenance around Sterling, Colo., and working the Kinnie farm near Julesburg, Colo., Arden was then employed by the Colorado Department of Highways for 15 years, before retiring on November 15, 2003. He spend retirement learning the game of golf and enjoying the outdoors, as he had always been an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved camping in the mountains.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Norma; daughter, Lisa; sons, Tim, Troy and Jeff; sister, Donna; brother, Kennoth; grandchildren, Dan, Brian, Joshua, Jessica, LeeAnna, Justin, Leslie, Devon, Shawn, Cameron, Stacy and Alyssa “Snicklefritz;” great-grandchildren, Michael, Mackenzie, Madisyn “Pip-Sqeek” and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pat; and son-in-law, Dave.

As requested by Arden, there will be no service at this time; rather, an informal family service will be held this summer to remember him in the mountains of Colorado near Kremmling. ❖

Florine (Cookie) Hansen

Florine (Cookie) Hansen, 86, of Greeley, Colo., passed away December 19, 2012, at her home.

She was born November 4, 1926, in Loveland, Colo., to John and Elsie (Kohler) Cook. She graduated from Greeley High School in 1944.

On December 21, 1946, she married Norman L. Hansen of Ault, Colo. They spent the next 20 years farming in the Ault, Colo., area. After moving to Greeley, Colo., in 1965, Norman and Cookie managed the Greeley VFW for the next few years until purchasing the White Horse Inn Tavern in Garden City, Colo. They were the owner/operators until their retirement in 1986.

Cookie was a charter member of the Ault VFW Auxiliary. She was a loving mother and caretaker to many of her family members through the years.

She is survived by her son, Lt. Col. Kip (Nancy) Hansen, USAF, retired of Woodbridge, Va.; daughter, Dawn Rae Stein of Greeley, Colo.; grandson, Mads (Lauren) Hansen of Oakton, Va.; granddaughter, Hilary (Alan) Smith of Woodbridge, Va.; step-grandson, Heath (Michelle) Stein of Lakewood, Colo.; her adopted grandchildren, Shawna and Peter Van Wyhe, and their daughter, April of Eaton, Colo., and Jackie Martindale of Peoria, Ariz.; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one sister, Geraldine Anderson; and son-in-law, John Stein.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Please visit to sign online guestbook. ❖

Florence Sitzman

Florence (Hatch) Sitzman, 100, of Greeley, Colo., passed away December 19, 2012 in Hospice at North Colorado Medical Center.

She was born on December 1, 1912, in Eaton, Colo., to William Alva and Grace Etheline (Duvall) Hatch. She married Raymond Sitzman on July 26, 1936, in Denver, Colo. He passed in July 2003.

She attended Pleasant Valley school and was a College High graduate.

Florence farmed alongside Raymond and was a very talented seamstress. She enjoyed baking and spending time with family.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Cattles and Shirley (Don) Meier, Greeley, Colo.; sister, Hazel (Gene) Norris, Estes Park, Colo.; grandchildren, Steven Cattles, Greeley, Colo., Dawn (Roger) Meyers, Eaton, Colo., Julie (Gregg Smith) Meier, Carlisle, Mass., and Karen Meier, Huntington Beach, Calif.; great-grandchild, Taylor Meyers, Eaton, Colo.; step-great-grandchildren, Morgan Smith and Alexa Smith, both of Carlisle, Mass.; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters, Dorothy Stunkel, Margaret Ralston and Peggy Hatch; and brothers, George and William Hatch Jr.

Memorial services were held December 26, 2012, at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends and family may view the online obituary and send condolences at ❖

Helen M. Carson

Helen M. Carson, 78, passed away December 6, 2012, at the North Colorado Medical Center inpatient hospice unit.

She was born November 8, 1934, in Otis, Colo., to Joseph and Martha Perrin.

Helen had lived in Washington and Morgan Counties most all her life. Prior to retirement, she worked as an eligibility technician for Morgan County Department of Human Services.

She enjoyed working in her flower garden, crocheting, playing computer games, and working jig saw and word puzzles.

She is survived by four children, Steve of Appleton, Wis., Valerie Sand of Reseda, Calif., Cindy Siewert of Reeder, N.D., and Leslie of Fort Morgan, Colo.; three sisters, Leotta Froman of N.C.; Nellie Bechtel of Sheridan, Wyo., and Lois Perrin of Golden, Colo.; two brothers, Joe Perrin of Ariz., and Ray Perrin of Yuma, Colo.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

At Helen’s request, no public service will be held. ❖