Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-20-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-20-12

Neva Weatherwax Brown, 99, passed away January 26, 2012.

She was born to Frank and Vena Weatherwax on April 27, 1912 in Lebanon, Neb. She was the last surviving of their five children – Glen, Dean, Bryon and Lena.

She graduated from high school in 1930. She attended Hastings College and taught school in the area for the next few years, where she was courted by a young man who had ‘fallen for the cook in the play,’ when he’d seen her in her senior year play in high school. Johnnie Brown wooed her and won her, and they were married on August 11, 1935.

They lived near the Brown family farm and worked and taught until their first daughter, Veneta, was born in 1937. That year, they moved to North Park and began to work for Ordway Mellon in the Coalmont, Colo., area. A son, Wayne, was born in 1942 and another in 1945, Verl. Neva continued to teach in the Coalmont, Colo., and Rand, Colo., schools. In 1949, she and Johnnie bought the ranch the family and community knew as “Peaceful Pines,” Grama’s House or Neva and Johnnie’s in Rand, Colo. They remained there and raised their family.

Neva was a nurturer, a prayer warrior, a listener, and involved in her family’s lives. She hugged them when they hurt, taught them life lessons they wouldn’t learn from anyone else and cared about what they did and who they would become. she rocked children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, taught them all to cook her special ‘made with Gram’s love’ dishes and lived a life of compassion, learning and community building. She was involved in the Covenant Church when it was in Walden, Colo., as well as the Methodist Church. Her wisdom and counsel were true gifts to many.

Neva and Johnnie loved to travel, learning about the new places and experiencing new things wherever they went. Adventures were often recounted around the Brown family table. While they loved traveling, they remained the center of their family, hosting several family reunions as well as countless holiday meals in their home. Johnnie went to be with the Lord in 1997, and we all know he was waiting with open arms and a gentle smile to welcome Neva’s arrival.

To say it was a full and rewarding life is to suggest the mountains she loved and lived in all her adult life were small hills. She influenced her family, taught them about love, responsibility and how to care about others. She was a motivator to be better, to become what God wanted others to be and to celebrate milestones as they were achieved.

She was loved deeply and will be missed by her family, numerous nieces and nephews, friends and community.

She is survived by her daughter Veneta Haworth (Jack) of Walden, Colo., sons Wayne Brown (Dodey) of Encampment, Wyo., and Verl Brown (Anne) of Loveland, Colo.; grandchildren Lanita Legan (Lonnie) of Wimberley, Texas, Carla Van Valkenburg (Chris) of Walden, Colo., Marlan Hanson, Tracy Hanson (Bev) of Danville, Ind., Jenny Brown of Rawlins,, Wyo., Katy (Mike) Blake of Encampment, Wyo., Amy Mitzel (Andy) of Soldotna, Alaska, and Chad (Brenda) Brown of Rand, Colo.; and great-grandchildren Adam Van Valkenburg of Walden, Colo., Ethan Van Valkenburg of Ft. Collins, Colo., Mandie Hanson of Walden, Colo., Kaitlyn Hanson of Hays, Kan., Zane Hanson of Danville, Ind., Jillian Hanson of Danville, Ind., Brennan Mitzel of Soldotna, Alaska, Calvin Mitzel of Soldotna, Alaska and Daniel Mitzel of Soldotna, Alaska.

Memorial services to celebrate Neva’s life will be held in the spring, when the wildflowers the loved begin to bloom and the snow is less likely to fly.

Paul Schafer, 89, of Greeley, Colo., passed away February 15, 2012.

He was born in Greeley, Colo., to Elizabeth and Jacob Schafer on the farm that is now occupied by Greeley West High School.

He attended schools in Greeley, Colo., and graduated from Greeley High School. Paul served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and upon returning from service, farmed in the Greeley, Colo., LaSalle, Colo., and Kersey, Colo., areas.

He married Margaret Grigor in Greeley, Colo. They brought into their home Jackie Pedigo and raised her as a daughter. In 1972, he purchased his farm in the Eaton, Colo., area and lived there until he retired and moved to Greeley, Colo., in 2006. Paul was a member of First Christian Church, Johnstown Masonic Lodge, Century Lodge #190, El Jebel Shrine, York Rite Bodies, Denver Consistory, Galilee White Shrine, Order of Eastern Star and Order of the Amaranth. He served as Grand Royal Patron of the Order of Amaranth of Colorado.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathy (John) Voris, Menifee, Calif.; a very special family in his life, Kathleen Davis, Dianne Cole, Todd and Teresa Cole, and Happy and Lance Bennett; grandchildren, John (Leesa) Voris, San Clemente, Calif., Michelle Voris, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Rebecca (Denny) DiCampli, West Springfield, Mass.; great-grandchildren; sisters, Esther Wiedeman and Lydia Loeffler; a sister-in-law, Venice Schafer; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his parents; Jackie Pedigo-Haupt; sister, Maria Joclyn; and brothers, Robert and Carl.

Memorial services were held February 18, 2012, at the First Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Amaranth Diabetes Research or the Shrine Crippled Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Family and friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at

William Dean Sams, 90, of Rush, Colo., passed away February 7, 2012 at his home in Rush, Colo., in the presence of his loving children.

He was born December 4, 1921, one mile from where he passed away, to the parents of James Robert and Della Estella (Powell) Sams. He grew up in Rush and graduated from Miami School in El Paso County.

Dean proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Navy. He was a pipe fitter and a welder where he earned the rank of Seaman First Class. He served in the South Pacific aboard the USS SanSaba and earned the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the Victory Medal and the Liberation Philippine Medal. Dean was honorably discharged on March 7, 1946.

On March 20, 1943, Dean was united in marriage to Martha L. Golding in Colorado Springs, Colo. This union was blessed with six children: Yvonne, Karen, Vincent, Cheryl, Myron and Marlene. They shared over 63 years of marriage before Martha passed away on September 5, 2006.

Dean had a passion for farming, ranching and custom harvesting. He cut wheat all over Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Montana. He did this without working on Sunday for which he said the Lord truly blessed him. His faith was very important to him and his values were passed on to his children through his honesty, his integrity, his sense of humor, his hard work and most of all, his love. By God’s grace and his hard work he was enabled to help his children and grandchildren further their education.

Dean and Martha traveled the world. They often traveled with their children and grandchildren and loved attending the graduations and weddings of each. Branding cattle and Sunday dinners were cherished family moments that were reminders of the importance of doing things together. His legacy will continue through his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, his many friends, and his church community that he loved so much.

Dean served on the Colorado Farm Bureau, the El Paso County Highway Advisory Commission, the Colorado Wheat Committee, and the El Paso County Conservation District. He drove a school bus for Miami School District for 25 years. He was a charter member and helped build the Kendrick Bible Church of which he was a faithful member and a deacon.

He is survived by two sons, Vincent Sams (Joy) of Gillette, Wyo., and Myron Sams (Debra) of Rush, Colo.; four daughters, Yvonne Williams (Larry) of Castle Rock, Colo.,Karen Gieck (Randy) of Ellicott, Colo., Cheryl Cofer (Rick) of Calhan, Colo., and Marlene Duncan (Jon) of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Martha of 63 years; one brother, Paul Sams; two sisters, Erma Bevans and Vera Kinney; and a great grandson Hudson Tatum.

Memorial services were held February 11, 2012 at the Kendrick Bible Church in Rush, Colo.

Interment followed at the Kanza Cemetery in Rush, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kendrick Bible Church, 2985 CR K, Rush, Colo., 80833.

Please visit Dean’s website at to sign the guest book and to leave the family condolences.

Emma Croissant Fahrenbruch Haas, 98, of Greeley, Colo., passed away February 6, 2012.

She was born February 24, 1913 to Fred and Katherine (Vollmer) Croissant.

When the Croissant family moved to the Kuner, Colo., area, they were neighbors to the Fahrenbruch family who was farming there at the time. Emma met and later married Ruben Fahrenbruch on March 3, 1938. Together they farmed in the Kuner, Colo., area, on the Rice farm east of Kersey, Colo., and finally farmed the Dunn place north and west of Kersey, Colo., untill Ruben’s death in 1967.

With hard work instilled in her while growing up, she continued to work hard side by side with Ruben, milking cows by hand, working in the fields, raising three children and still having a large meal on the table for breakfast, lunch and supper. She was a terrific homemaker and her home was always clean and tidy.

When Ruben passed away in 1967, she was able to stay on the farm until her home was completed on 18th Street. She also worked for Wright & McGill, Dolly Madison, housekeeping at NCMC, and finally retired from School District 6 Food Services after 11 years. Emma was always busy in retirement doing her favorite things – crocheting, camping, fishing, watching the Rockies and the Broncos.

Emma married Philip Haas in 1973 and together they enjoyed Dutch hops and camping and fishing with Emma’s sister Freda and brother-in-law Herman. The four of them spent countless hours together. Phil passed away in 1990.

After Phil died, the yard work got to be too much for her alone, so she moved into her patio home in Evans – again “farming” a six foot tall tomato plant and a lot of flowers. When she suffered several falls and her health declined, she moved into Bonell Star Care and then was moved to the Peaks where she passed away.

She is survived by her son, Bob and wife Sherian, of Casa Grande, Ariz.; daughters, Elaine and husband Merlyn Erickson, Greeley, Colo., and Roxy and husband Allan Waide, Castle Rock, Colo.; her only sibling, Freda and husband Herman Rady, Greeley, Colo.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; extend family of Phil Haas, son Harland and wife Barbara and daughter Judy Schledowitz, all of Windsor, Colo.; two step-grandsons and five step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ruben and Philip, and her parents, Fred and Katherine; her brothers Fred, Henry, William, John, Edward, Reuben, Erwin, Art, Paul, Harvey and Wilmer Croissant.

Memorial services were held February 10, 2012 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Danny L. Prow, 57, of Elk Mountain, Wyo., passed away February 5, 2012, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 25, 1954, in Madisonville, Ky., to Gene and Bonnie (Wyatt) Prow. He spent his childhood in Bisbee, Ariz. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Airborne Rangers from 1971 until 1973.

On March 8, 1980, he married Debbie Laird in Douglas, Wyo. He worked in the mining industry for 27 years in Wyoming and Colorado. He will be remembered as a special man, impacting many lives in the ranching and agriculture industry and was a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust and a Mason.

He had a passion for nature as an avid outdoorsman. He loved to camp, hunt and fish. He had been working at the Elk Mountain ranch for the past eight years. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and as a wonderful father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie of Elk Mountain, Wyo.; son, Joshua of Rawlins, Wyo.; daughter, Rebekah of Scottsdale, Ariz.; parents, Bonnie and Gene Prow of Hanna, Wyo.; siblings, Donna Taylor of Rawlins, Wyo., Debbie (Oats) Schasteen of Wright, Wyo., Rodney (Sharie) Prow of Rifle, Colo., Sherry (Frank) Riley of Gillette, Wyo., Timothy (Laura) Prow of Durango, Colo., Jerry (Darlene) Laird of Kalispell, Mont.; and 30 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by James and Jean Laird, Art Owens, grandmother and grandfather, Troy Preston, Joe Taylor, James Underwood and Kelly Wyatt.

A private service has been held.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

To send condolences or to sign an online guest book, visit

Irene Storer, 85, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away February 12, 2012 at her home.

Irene was born May 4, 1926 in Windsor, Colo., to Elmer and Viola Klingenberg.

Irene lived the past 33 years in Fort Collins. She was an RN and worked as a nutritionist for assisted living facilities and numerous sororities. She loved to spend time with her family especially her grand and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading and canning. She was a dedicated mother and incredibly selfless.

Survivors include her sons, Dennis Haynes of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bruce Haynes of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughters, Norine Ahlbrandt and Joyce Storer of Fort Collins, Jerene Dunn of Phoenix, Arizona and Lillett Moretini of Yellville, Arkansas, brothers, Robert Klingenberg of Phoenix and Vern Klingenberg of Greeley; sister, Charlotte Hamlet of Fort Morgan; eleven grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Heart Fund in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, Colo., 80524.

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