Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-25-13
John Peter Udema
John Peter Udema, 75, of Saguache, Colo., passed away February 12, 2013 after he lost his battle with cancer.
He was born to the late Peter Udema and Betty Legault.
John spent his childhood, most of his adult life and raising his family in the Conifer, Colo., area. In later years, he lived in Strasburg, Colo., and for the last 13 years south of Sagauche, Colo.
John’s hobbies, in addition to his family, were Colorado history and geography, raising cows and team roping.
John is dearly loved by his family and those that knew him have the utmost respect and admiration for a wonderful man, husband and father. “Glad you got to see me!” Yes John, “I am glad I got to see you!”
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, five months, Lois M. Udema of Saguache, Colo.; six children: Skip (Tanya) Morris of Laporte, Minn., Cheri (Chris) Downare of Cañon City, Colo., Gary (Cathy) Morris of Wood Lake, Neb., Christine (George) Hartman of Conifer, Colo., John (Carla) Udema Jr. of Strasburg, Colo., and Julie (Monte) Innes of Saguache, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; “Pistol,” his roping companion of the last 14 years; sisters Karen (Richard) Beye of Conifer, Colo., Donna Graves of Kremmling, Colo., and Cheri Legault of Evergreen, Colo.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Lori Legault.
Memorial services were held February 20, 2013 at Mountain High Christian Center in Morrison, Colo. ❖
Glen “Lee” Selby
Glen “Lee” Selby, 70, passed away January 23, 2013 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.
He was welcomed into the world on September 6, 1942, the third of six children, to Lloyd and Rosemary (Seago) Selby in Denver, Colo.
He attended Columbian Elementary, Skinner Junior High School and North High School in Denver, Colo. Summers were spent with his brother, Guy at their grandparents farm in Keensburg, Colo., and later in Douglas County near the Black Forest area. Guy and Rose Seago looked forward to these visits as much as the kids did because they learned how to live life on the farm.
During his teen years, he learned the craft of stone cutting and setting of monuments from his uncle “Benny” Walker in Arkansas. It was always the hope of his uncle that he would return to the monument business after his military career, but that did not occur.
Lee entered the US Army on November 20, 1959. He proudly served three years of duty stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. He served as a Sergeant in Germany as a Fixed Station Radio Equipment Maintenance and Operation Specialist. He truly loved his stint in the service and in later years, wished he had considered it as a career.
Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he traveled north to Wyoming to become a ranch hand at the ZN Ranch in Saratoga, Wyo. Lee had many talents, but one of his greatest loves was the world of rodeo. He rodeoed in Wyoming and Colorado. He rode bareback broncs and bulls in his early years and participated in gymkhanas and team roping. Even after he left the sport, he loved to watch it on television, especially the NFR and PBR.
After dating for only four months, Lee married the love of his life, Carolyn Ann Hall, on June 11, 1966 in Denver, Colo., at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. They were blessed with four children, Laura Lee, Justin Lee, LeAnn Marie and Jeffery Lee. His family was everything to him and he passed on his love for animals and the outdoors to his children and grandchildren, introducing them to the world of horsemanship, rodeo and hunting.
Lee was a jack of all trades, a few of which are: Stefanich Dairy Farm—Arvada, Colo.; owner of Lee’s Saddle Shop, a mobile tack shop making custom chaps and rodeo gear—Wheatridge, Colo.; Jefferson County School District—driving a bus for disabled children; Sigman Meat Company —Denver, Colo.; Trans-Con Trucking—San Leandro, Calif.; Asphalt Paving—Golden, Colo.; Commercial Carriers—Henderson, Colo.; Kiowa Public Schools—Maintenance; Elbert County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy and the K-9 Unit where he trained his dog Heidi, with which he shared a special bond. He spent approximately 11 years hauling cars and another 11 years flat bedding. He started Echo Auto Transport and patented a side curtain for auto carriers. He finished his career at Adams Trucking, Inc. in Sidney, Neb.
He enjoyed listening to music, reading, watching Fox News and the History Channel, drawing, word searches and leather working. He was a member of the NRA and several gun clubs.
Lee was a cowboy at heart and a trucker to his core, but his family was everything to him and he always came home from his stint on the road for holidays and special events. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and was involved in their hobbies and sporting events. He had a profound impact on his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carolyn of Aurora, Colo.; brothers Guy and wife Mary Selby of Parker, Colo., Gary Selby of Denver, Colo.; sister Pat and husband Willy Zarn of Columbia, Mo.; children Laura and husband Tom Turco of Elizabeth, Colo., Justin and wife Laura Selby of Elizabeth, Colo., LeAnn and husband David Cushman of Huntley, Wyo., Jeff and wife Lisa Selby of Centennial, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Arthur and Dennis.
Memorial services were held February 1, 2013 at Newcomer Funeral Home in Aurora, Colo.
Internment was at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Freinds and family may view the online obituary and send condolances at http://www.NewComerDenver.com. ❖
Randel Dean Newton
Randel Dean Newton, 43, of Yuma, Colo., passed away February 2, 2013.
He was born May 14, 1969 at the Wray Community Hospital to Carol and Dean Newton. Randy attended all 12 years of school in Wray, Colo., graduating in 1987. While in high school, he participated in football all four years. He received honorable mention for football in 1986-87. Randy was Homecoming King his senior year.
In March of 1988, he married Cathi Henry and from this union, two children were born—Nicholas Dean and Mellissa May Newton.
Randy joined the U.S. Army and attended boot camp at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. After basic training, he and his family were stationed in Ft. Polk, La. Randy left for Korea in August 1991 for a year tour and returned home in July 1992. Randy and his family were stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas for two years. Randy was honorably discharged from the Army in 1993 with the rank of E5. While in the U.S. Army, Randy received several certificates of achievements and received the following medals: Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanic Badge (Mechanic) and a Sharpshooting Expert Badge.
August of 1994 brought the family home to Wray, Colo. Randy and Cathi were divorced later that year. Randy was employed at Wray CO-OP and later worked in the oil fields.
Randy met Rhiannon (Annie) Gillett and to this union, two children were born—Crystal Jade (age 7) and Heather Rayne (age 5). Randy, Annie, Crystal and Heather lived in Yuma, Colo., at the time of his death.
Randy will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Rhiannon (Annie) Gillett; his son Nicholas and wife Robin and their two children, Kelsey and Karlee; and his daughters, Mellissa, Crystal and Heather; parents, Carol and Dean Newton; sister Amy and husband James Wells and their children Alexis, Dustin and Trevor; sister Kandi Ortega and her son Jonathan; mother-in-law and father-in-law Sally and Gary Gillett; brother-in-law Mike Gillett; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Helen Newton and Earl Newton and May and Homer Jones, his uncle Robert and Patty Newton, uncle Wayne and Glenda Newton, uncle Galen Jones, cousin Gene Newton and niece Ana Maria Ortega.
Memorial services were held February 8, 2013 at Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colo. ❖
Bryce Clyde Worley
Bryce Clyde Worley, 80, passed away February 13, 2013 at the Swedish Hospital of Englewood Colorado.
He was the first born to Clyde Byron Worley and Mildred Fae (Slack) Worley on January 11, 1933 in Holyoke, Colo. He attended Holyoke High School and received his diploma in 1951. Bryce was drafted into the Army January 30, 1953 and was deployed to the 936th Field Artillery to serve as a mechanic, guard and artillery operator in Seoul Korea during the Korean War. He returned and was released from Active duty November 30, 1954 and attended an NJC welding class through GI benefits.
Bryce began his career of farming, and shortly after, he married Louise Marie Heermann on March 25th, 1956. They settled in Holyoke, Colo., to farm, ranch and raise a family at 26416 county road 45.
Bryce and Louise were members of the Zion Lutheran Church, where Bryce served as an elder for three years. Bryce was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6482, Young Farmers Chapter, and the Soil Conservation District. Bryce was also a former commander of the Legion.
Bryce enjoyed restoring antique tractors and frequented antique tractor shows/pulls around the states of Colorado and Nebraska. Bryce loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bryce and Louise have four grandchildren four step-grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Louise Marie Worley and their four children, Lyle Rae Worley, Linda Lou Worley, Aaron Clyde Worley and his wife Pamela Kay Worley, and Brian John Worley; three sisters Mary Belle Rafert, Ellen Jenkins and husband Tom, and Charlotte Schmidt and husband Bob; grandchildren, Lyle’s children Adam Worley, Matt Cotton, Eva Worley, Tony Cotton, Linda’s children Mitch Klatka, Carissa Hostetler, and Aaron’s children Brenden Worley, Michaela Worley; nine nephews and seven nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde in November 1971 and Fae in December 2000.
Memorial services were held February 18, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, Colo.
Interment followed in the Holyoke Cemetery in Holyoke, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Hour or Zion Lutheran Church of Holyoke. ❖
Karen Roseann Everitt
Karen Everitt, 56, of Parker, Colo., passed away January 11, 2013.
She was born in Denver, Colo., to Bob and Clara (Rose) Everitt on May 26, 1956 and raised on the family ranch east of Parker in Elbert County, Colo.
Karen was the eldest of three girls and took responsibility early in life. When just 13 years old her dad was hospitalized with knee surgery, haying and harvesting was done by uncles and hired men, and it was Karen’s job to provide meals to feed the harvest crew. Later, her mom suffering from arthritis turned all cooking duties over to Karen. She loved to experiment with ingredients, and rarely using a recipe, she would create scrumptious dishes. For holidays and family gatherings, folks would anticipate what she would bring for desserts because it would often be an assortment of choices. In addition to cooking Karen enjoyed reading, card games, board games, puzzles and embroidering. She made many baby quilts for new family members, also table cloths, lap quilts and pillows.
In the late 1970’s, Karen started working behind the meat counter at Gesins Grocery and Market in Elizabeth, Colo., advancing to head meat manager. She would often help customers planning their meals by suggesting recipes and ingredients for their evening and holiday meals. After almost 20 years in the grocery store, Karen took on the new challenge of caring for her parents, and in 2001, the daycare of her beloved nephew James.
Karen was very interested in genealogy, tracing the Everitt family back several generations to the early 1700’s. She often told the stories of the family to James, wanting him to know and understand who and where he came from.
She always greeted every day with a smile. Diagnosed in 2007 with cancer, Karen believed that a positive attitude would do as much to help battle this disease as the medications. Everyone she encountered while fighting this disease was greeted with a smile and an “I’m fine” response, she did not wish to burden others with her troubles.
She is survived by her sisters Eileen Everitt, and Elaine Gabriel, brother-in-law Bill Gabriel, and nephew James Gabriel, all of Parker, Colo.; aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins in Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon and Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Clara Everitt.
Memorial services were held January 19, 2013 at the Pikes Peak Grange hall in Franktown, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Running Creek 4-H club, P.O. Box 912 Elizabeth, Colo., 80107. ❖
Evelyn M. Jones
Evelyn M. Jones, 88, of Denver, Colo., passed away February 9, 2013, in Denver, Colo.
She was born May 1, 1924 in Johnstown, Colo., to Robert and Olive Martin. She attended Johnstown High School, where she was a member of the Phantom’s pep club. There she met her eventual husband, Glenn S. Stocker, who was in the marching band. Glenn’s band cape is presently displayed at Roosevelt High School. Evelyn graduated in 1942, and the couple was married in Johnstown, Colo., by the Reverend Rousellou on March 12, 1944.
They moved to Denver, Colo., and spent the rest of their lives in the metro area but maintained close ties to Johnstown, Colo., as Robert Martin held a farm until the death of Olive, then moved into town on S. Parrish Avenue, two doors down from the Breeze. Evelyn owned and operated the Green Mountain Village Pre-School for many years prior to her retirement.
She is survived by her sons Robert (Ellen) and Thomas (Kristin) Stocker, and four grandchildren; Sarah, J.T., Ashley, Martha and a great-grandson Isaiah.
Memorial services were held February 15, 2013 at Olinger Crown Hill in Wheat Ridge, Colo. ❖
Philip Roemmich, Sr.
Philip H. Roemmich, Sr., 83, of Mead, Colo., passed away February 17, 2013 at Applewood Living Center in Longmont, Colo.
He was born January 9, 1930 in Sutton, Neb., to Leonard Roemmich and Lydia (Klein) Roemmich.
On December 19, 1950, he was married to Virginia Grudzinski in Aurora, Neb.
Philip moved to Colorado in 1957 and to Mead, Colo., in 1963 where he was a lifelong farmer and worked for Rocky Flats for 11 years. He was involved with 4-H with his children, repaired lawn mowers, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife Virginia Roemmich of Mead, Colo.; son Philip Roemmich, Jr. of Mead, Colo.; daughters Cynthia (Stanley) Phillips of Pueblo, Colo., Linda (Richard) Bruno of Windsor, Colo.; brothers Al Roemmich of Freemont, Neb., Leland (Darlene) Roemmich of Gilcrest, Colo.; and sister Norma (Kenneth) Pingrey of Hastings, Neb.; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Cleo and Darrel Roemmich and sister Verdilla Stevens.
Memorial services were held February 22, 2013 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Inurnment was at Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Philip H. Roemmich Scholarship Fund c/o Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. ❖