Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-27-12
Joseph Richard Sproch, 92, passed away February 8, 2012.
George Sproch (1888-1980) and his brother, Michael (1870-1957) came to the United States in 1904. Leaving their father (Petre) and mother along with their brothers behind in Czechoslovakia.
They started in Pennsylvania and made their way West. Michael went to Lamona, Wash. The state looked promising and later sent for his brother. George met Michael’s stepdaughter (Mary) there. Washington did not work. The families then came to Colorado, settling in the Slovakian area north of Rarnah, Colo., and had to learn to speak the English Language.
George married Mary Homa (1896-1966 ) on June 16, 1916 and started a family: two sons, Joseph (1919-2012 ) and Paul, (1924-2011) and a daughter, Aima (Sproch) Mikita.
Joe was born on March 17, 1919 on the Huinodi place (now the Pasko property) and baptized at the Sproch Church with John Murin and Mary Mikita as his Godparents. The family moved north of Caihan in 1939 to the then known Palko place. From there they commuted by horse or pickup seven miles east to farm the land they eventually purchased. The family moved to the present land in December 1941, one mile east of Joe’s birth place. The pickup (1936 Chevy short bed, step side), Joe still had. It is believed to be the first in the area.
He attended Snell Grade School and Ramah High School. Back in those days you rode a horse or walked to school. Joe left school in his ninth year to help with the farm work. The family was life long members of the Holy Orthodox Church, attending the Church on the Hill until the Sproch Church was built in 1916. (The land was donated by Michael Sproch). After that church closed, they attended St. Mary’s.
Joe served in WWII. He was drafted into the Army Air Force on March 16, 1942 and attending flying school in Chandler, Ariz. He served in the Western Pacific, New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon, as a supervisor of 30 men in operation, care, and repair of airplanes. The planes were P-38s, AT-6s, AT-9s and AT-lOs. His monthly pay was $6.60 a month. Joe received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Service Medal, and the Mkm Carbine Mechanics’ Technician Badge Lapel Button. He served his country for three years and eight months with an Honorable Discharged in November 1945 at the rank of T/Sgt.
Happy to be back state side, Joe returned home, to farm and ranch with his father. They used two, four and six horse teams and wheel tractors (the first one in 1944) raising their own crops and produce. Their crops included corn, beans, potatoes, hay, and grain, among others. They raised and butchered their own livestock: hogs, cattle and poultry.
During the summer months, the average day was to get the horses fed first, (usually by lantern). They had to be ready to work when you were. Next you brought the cows in and milked them, by hand, separated the cream from the milk. The cream was used for butter or for selling and the milk was fed to the pigs. Then you ate breakfast, finished the remaining chores, harnessed the horses and went to the field. Around midday the horses were brought back to the barn for a rest and water. This gave you time for your meal (prepared by the wife) and also rest or maintenance of the equipment. In the afternoon, you took the horses to the field and worked, came back in about dark, took the harnesses off, fed the horses, milked the cows, fed the other animals, fed yourself and went to bed. Tomorrow you get to do it all over again! The wife took care of the house, children, gardening, cooking, canning, washing, and whatever else that needed to be done. She worked as hard if not harder than the husband!
The Sprochs did conservation to help save water and erosion, building dams, ponds, diversions and terraces. For a while they even stocked the ponds with fish for the locals to use.
Joe married Frances Kucerik on June 18,1959. They divorced January 21, 2001.
Dennis worked along side his father farming and ranching like his father and grandfather did, only having the engine driven machines.
In 1952, Joe went to work as Rural Letter Carrier for the United State Postal Service out of Ramah, Colo., first as sub carrier, then as full time, and retired in 1992, with many service awards. He is a member of the American Legion Post 3 for 65 years. Joe was active up to the last, always asking how things were at the ranch. His heart and soul was into farming and ranching.
He is survived by a son, Dennis Sproch of Ramah, Colo., a daughter that had adopted him, Brenda Spears and her family Jeremy and Jennie, one sister Anna Mikita, and grandson, Nathan.
Memorial services were held February 14, 2012 at St. Mary’s Holy Dormination Church, north of Calhan, Colo.
Burial was at Sproch Cemetery, north of Ramah, Colo.
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Edward Finley Munroe, 89, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away February 16, 2012 at the Cheyenne VAMC.
He was lovingly known to his family and friends as “Buster,” spent the vast majority of his life ranching in Colorado and Wyoming.
Buster was born on October 19, 1922 in Fort Collins, Colo., to Clarence and Ida May (Hosmer) Munroe. He attended school in Buckeye, Colo., and graduated from Waverly High School. Buster joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served his country in the South Pacific during World War II. He returned to Buckeye, Colo., in 1946 and married Zelma F. Burch on June 28, 1947. Buster and Zelma had one son, Montie, born in 1948.
Buster raised sheep and cattle on the family homestead in Buckeye, Colo., until he and Montie purchased a ranch near Encampment, Wyo., in 1971. Buster continued to ranch in Encampment, Wyo., until his retirement in 1991 when he returned to Fort Collins, Colo. The last seven years of his life he resided in Cheyenne, Wyo.
He is survived by his son Montie and daughter-in-law Cheryl (Lucas) of Encampment, Wyo.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Cathy (Munroe) Glenn and son Wyatt of Cheyenne, Wyo., Monica (Munroe) Solaas husband Chris and sons Josh and Zach of Paonia, Colo., Melissa (Munroe) Addison, husband Beau and daughters Samantha and Alexis of Collbran, Colo., Lisle Munroe, wife Estella and children Peyton and Coy of Encampment, Wyo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Zelma and numerous beloved family members and friends.
Memorial services were held February 23, 2012 at Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins, Colo.
Graveside service with Military Honors with Fort Collins All Veterans Honor Guard followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Friends may send condolences to the family at BohlenderFuneralchapel.com.
George Bernard Acker, 84, passed away February 14, 2012 in Greeley, Colo.
George was the fourth of five children, born to Helen Celestia Besson and Lawrence George Joseph Acker. His childhood and youth were happily spent with them at their home in the Goodstreak Community, north of Bayard, Neb. George attended high school in Alliance, Neb., and Bayard, Neb., and was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Academy in Sidney, Neb., in 1944. He continued his education throughout his career in banking.
George spent two years in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1947. A 44 year career in banking began in 1947 at the Scottsbluff National Bank in Nebraska, continuing in Sheridan, Wyo. From there he went to Denver, Colo., and Colorado Springs, Colo., and then to Greeley, Colo. George retired in 1991 from First National Bank of Colorado Springs where he was Senior Vice President and Chairman of their banks in Manitou, Colo., and Fort Carson, Colo.
George and his wife Colleen Kronberg, had three children, Timothy George, Thomas Edward and Theodore John. They divorced in 1971.
George and his wife Carol Lilley were married in Sheridan, Wyo., on March 31, 1973. They were married for 37 years and spent their retirement at the Owl Ranch on Wilson Creek north of Simla, Colo., where they raised Long Horn cattle and Carol continued her lifelong love of training and showing Quarter Horses. In 2006, due to Carol’s health, they moved back to Greeley, Colo., to be near Carol’s family until her passing in 2008.
He is survived by two sons, Tim and his wife Elaine and their two children and two great-grandchildren, Tom and his two children and one great-grandchild; step-children Jack Chieslar, Sheri Bressler and husband Dave and their two children, Teresa D’Spain and husband Stetson Tapp and their two children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Theresa Helen, brothers Joe, Jim and Lawrence and his son Theodore John.
Memorial services were held February 20, 2012 at Kane Funeral Home.
George will rest next to Carol, his beloved wife in Sheridan Wyo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the George and Carol Acker Memorial, at Eldergarden Adult Day Care Center, 910 27th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Online Condolences may be written at http://www.KaneFuneral.com.
Mollie Weiderspon, 96, of Windsor, Colo., passed away February 17, 2012, at the Windsor Healthcare Center.
She was born on October 6, 1915, in Windsor, Colo., to Christ and Katherine (Jerger) Schmidt.
Mollie was a German from Russia descendent. She grew up on a farm northwest of Eaton, Colo., and attended Columbine School through the eighth grade. She married John Weiderspon Jr., on March 28, 1935. They milked cows, fed cattle and farmed together in the Eaton, Colo., and Windsor, Colo., area until their retirement. John passed away in 1976.
Mollie was a deeply devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed cooking Sunday dinners. She cooked German meals, her specialty being noodles, butterball and krautburgers. Her life centered around her family and church. She was a Christian woman, who was loving and forgiving. Many people were touched by her smile and gentle spirit. She was a member of Faith Untied Church of Christ in Windsor, Colo., and a charter member of the Women’s Fellowship Group.She loved fishing, traveling throughout the country with her children and was a sports enthusiast.
She had lived in her own home until moving to Windsor Bright Assisted Living at the age of 91. She spent the last year of her life at Windsor Health Care. Her family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of both facilities.
She is survived by her son, Floyd Weiderspon and wife Betty of Greeley, Colo.; daughter, Kathleen Claus Heisel and husband Ray of Windsor, Colo.; grandchildren, Gary Weiderspon and wife Theresa of Greeley, Colo., Annette Hays and husband Ray of Windsor, Colo., Cindy Carlson and husband Dennis of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and John Claus and wife Shari of Greeley, Colo.; and nine great-grandchildren, Mark, Therese, Matthew, Thomas Weiderspon and Mary (Weiderspon) Drummond and husband Conor, Jared and Tyler Hays, and Brandy and Josh Carlson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Weiderspon, Jr.; seven brothers and two sisters.
Memorial services were held February 23, 2012 at Faith United Church of Christ in Windsor, Colo.
Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Windsor, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Church of Christ in care of Adamson Funeral Home, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.AdamsonChapels.com.
Keith Dill, 60, of Eaton, Colo., passed away February 16, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born March 19, 1951 to Ray and Arvella Dill. He was the youngest of four children. Keith was raised east of Pierce, Colo., where his parents farmed. He went to school in Pierce, Colo., and Ault, Colo., where he graduated in 1969. On January 22, 1972 he married Vicki (Nordeen) Burns.
Keith was a jack of all trades and could fix almost anything. He enjoyed gardening and the love of nature. He loved having family meals and playing card games with his family. He loved Christmas most of all – hanging lights, putting up the tree and watching kids open their gifts. He also liked coloring Easter eggs and of course hiding them – always finding that one egg later in the summer that was still lost and just didn’t smell the same.
During his life, Keith farmed in the Eaton, Colo., area, and worked on Heavy and Highway bridge construction. He loved the idea of starting with nothing and then finishing with this beautiful bridge in the end. Keith also worked for the town of Nunn, Colo. He enjoyed working in the park and when he was asked about working at the little cemetery on the hill, he always told people that was the last act of service he could do for someone. He also worked at Willie’s Diesel Shop where he learned from the master of Detroit, Willie Holwerda. Keith loved working on old houses and remodeling apartments. He spent 10 years working for Welco Services.
Keith had a great sense of humor and through the years he and Vicki fed many missionaries. He would always tell them they better eat before they came because all they would be getting was crackers and water or he would tell them he was sure glad they came because that was the only time Vicki fed him.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki; daughters, Kelli (Marlin) Kunau of Ault, Colo., Kendra (Justin) Dill-Erickson of Eaton, Colo.; grandsons, Dustin Kunau, Dakota Dill-Erickson, Ty Dill-Erickson, and Lane Dill-Erickson; father-in-law, Delmar Burns; brother, Tim (Rena) Dill of Pierce, Colo.; sister-in-law, Candice Dill of Nunn; aunt, Nina Craven; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jackie; brother, Steve; and mother-in-law, Mabel Burns.
Memorial services were held February 21, 2012 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Greeley, Colo.
Interment followed at Linn Grove Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Keith Dill Family in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.