Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-4-13
Marvin E. Hamilton
Marvin E. Hamilton, 94, passed away January 21, 2013.
He was born at Tacony, Colo., to Marvin F. and M. Arlie (Kenney) Hamilton. He spent his entire life in the Edison Community farming and ranching.
He was married July 24, 1946 in Raton, N.M., to Evelyn E. (Surber) Gosage who preceded him in death on January 8, 1985.
He was a member of the Edison School Board for 24 years and a member of Colorado Cattlemen’s Association for many years.
A special thank you to Collette and Wendy Lindt for the care given to Marvin during his later life.
He is survived by sons, David Hamilton of Yoder, Colo., Jim Hamilton and Gary Gosage of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Marge Calu, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents; a sister, Maxine Michael; a brother, Shorty Hamilton; a daughter and son-in-law Betty and C.D. McConnaughey, and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were held February 3, 2013 at Edison School, 14550 Edison Road Yoder, Colo. ❖
Venice Estella Schafer
Venice Estella Schafer, 93, of LaSalle, Colo., passed away January 7, 2013, at Hospice of Northern Colorado. She was born February 5, 1919, in Greeley, Colo., to Harvey D. and Esther E. (Hicks) Mathias.
Venice grew up in Greeley, Colo., and graduated from Greeley High School (now Greeley Central) in 1936. Venice was a registered nurse, graduating from Beth-El College of Nursing in Colorado Springs in 1940. On August 22, 1943, she married Carl Schafer.
She was a beloved and passionate farm wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed riding horses and was an excellent cook. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, Colo. She served as both a Deacon and Elder at the First Presbyterian Church.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers at Hospice of Northern Colorado.
She is survived by her daughter, Cassandra L. and her husband, Frank Rexus, of Olympia, Wash.; son, Richard C. Schafer and wife, Mary, of LaSalle, Colo.; sister-in-law, Lydia Loeffler of LaSalle, Colo.; grandchildren, Matthew and Cecilia Rexus of Kennewick, Wash., Daniel and Teressa Rexus of Graham, Wash., Brenda and Randy Ray of LaSalle, Colo., Chad and Dawn Schafer of Platteville, Colo., and Bradd and Jada Schafer of Spearfish, S.D.; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Stephanie, Brendan, Jeremy, and Johnathon Rexus, Robert and Richard Rexus, Ashley, CJ, Kelsey, and Kenzie Ray, Cale and Colby Schafer, London and Bodhi Schafer, and special friend, Kathleen Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carl, her sister, Miriam Schlagel, her brother, Delmer Mathias, three brothers-in-law, Robert Wiedeman, Jerome Loeffler, and Paul Schafer, three sisters-in-law, Maria Joslyn, Margaret Schafer, and Esther Wiedeman.
Memorial services were held January 11, 2013, at LaSalle First Presbyterian Church in LaSalle, Colo.
Interment ws at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley. Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Home, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.Allnutt.com. ❖
Judy Schultz, 65, passed away January 28, 2013.
She was born April 15, 1947. Judy grew up on a remote cattle ranch on the Wind River Indian Reservation with sisters Kaye and Kathy and brother Jim. She loved everything about the ranching life from working cattle to riding horses and fishing to camping. She was fascinated and proud of her heritage and never missed a pow-wow or ceremony. She learned the trades and created exquisite masterpieces of bead work and sewing.
Judy moved on to seek an education in accounting and business. She graduated from NWC in Powell, Wyo., but more than an education college led her to her best friend and love of her life. On September 2, 1967, she married Al and began a whirl wind of adventures from family to business. Her and Al built and ran several successful businesses and there was never a dull moment.
Her greatest and most proud accomplishments were her three daughters. Later came the grandkids which changed everything, especially her name to Gramma Judy, which stuck with the young and old. She beamed with pride at every rodeo, dance recital, track meet and game.
Filling her spare time, if there was any, Judy enjoyed working on her book of genealogy, crossword puzzles and early morning phone calls. She opened her heart and home to anyone that came by they were always welcome and treated like family.
Judy lived by simple rules count your blessings, work hard, do unto others and have fun; a good practical joke never hurt.
She is survived by her husband Al; children, Cherain and Brett, Misty, Mark; grandkids, Zack and Shyane; sisters, Kaye (John) Stoll, Kathy (Ed) Leclair, Diane Fike and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Kitty Marie, brother Little Jim and parents Jim and Kitty Fike and Ernie and Helen Schultz.
Memorial services were held February 1, 2013 at Ballard Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a donation fund in her name at the 1st Bank of Wyoming so we may help those that helped us. ❖
Ronald Paul Eastin
Ronald “Ron” Paul Eastin, 75, of Yuma, Colo., passed away January 18, 2013 at his home after losing his battle to cancer.
He was born May 2, 1937 to Paul Delores and Gladys “Grace” (Dennis) Eastin in Eckley, Colo. On October 20, 1957, Ron married Dorothy Mae Franson at the Pleasant Valley Church north of Yuma, Colo.
Ron was inducted in the US Army on September 19, 1960 and served in active duty until September 12, 1962. He received his basic training in Fort Hood, Texas. He reserved the rank of Specialist 4th class. He shipped out with the 25th Division Wolfhound Band in Hawaii and later stationed in Thailand until he was discharged. Following his discharge he served in the reserves until September 13, 1966.
In his career, he was able to fulfill his boyhood dream of being a cowboy. He was always ready to participate in a roping at the local level and was also a member of the International Feedlot Cowboy Association. He always joked that he had 18 good horses but only one good wife. After he retired, he served the community as a County Express Bus Driver. Ron was a 4-H leader with the horse club for many years and was a member of the Yuma County Cattlemen’s Association. Ron will be remembered for always having a new joke to share with everyone.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy; son, Rod Eastin of Fort Collins, Colo.; daughter, Amy Baker and her boyfriend, Stephen Henley of Yuma, Colo.; grandchildren who are all located near Fort Collins, Colo., Trent Eastin, Amber Kline and husband, Chris, and Brandon Eastin; one great grandson who was the “Apple of Great-Grandpa’s eye,” Ryan Kline; sister, Susie Swehla and husband, Ron of Yuma, Colo.; brother, Jon Eastin and wife, Susan of Greeley, Colo., and sister-in-law, Betty Franson of Yuma, Colo., along with numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Grace Eastin; niece, Vicky Lee Trautman; nephew, Verdon Franson; brother-in-law Curtis Franson and nephew, Ricky Trautman.
Memorial services were held January 26, 2013 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Yuma, Colo.
There will be a private family inurnment. ❖
Wilbur Ivan Allen
Wilbur Ivan Allen, 84, passed away January 23, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood Colo.
He was born June 7, 1928 to Albert Wilbur Allen and Stella May (Green) Allen, as the ninth of their 11 children. Wilbur was born on the homestead in Washington County south of Yuma, Colo. The school was located a 100 yards north of the home making it easy to attend school.
In 1932 May and the children came to Yuma, Colo., so the older children could attend high school and Wilbur could attend grade school. In 1942 Wilbur finished the eighth grade and went to work for Gisi turkey plant. Wilbur started working for his dad at the age of 16 and lived on the ranch alone taking care of the Hereford Cattle.
In April of 1934 Wilbur was baptized in the Methodist faith and in 1943 he joined the Methodist church in Yuma, Colo., and has been loyal and an active member for 50 years and more serving on committees and various positions in the church.
Wilbur was married to Mary Lea Fuerst on October 30, 1949 at Mary’s parent’s home west of Yuma, Colo. Mary joined Wilbur on the ranch. They had two daughters, Marietta Lea on October 10, 1950 and Patty Ann on July 21, 1952.
Wilbur continued to work for his dad until his dad passed away in 1962. He than continued to operate the ranch for his mom until she passed away in 1967. Wilbur inherited his share of the ranch and combined this with what he purchased earlier. He continued to run Hereford cattle and later crossbred Charolais into the herd.
In 1974 Wilbur and Mary started to develop irrigation. Wilbur farmed the pivots with his friend, Birdsall Young, until his son-in-law joined the operation in 1976. Later, after many years of farming, Wilbur decided to lease the farm land out so he could focus on being a rancher and gas well pumper.
In 1984 Wilbur and Mary purchased a home in Yuma, Colo., which he continued to drive back and forth from Yuma, Colo., and the ranch to continue his ranching and gas well pumping. Wilbur broke his hip in 2003 and in 2005 he had a severe heart attack which led to his full retirement.
Wilbur was a loving husband and father of two, a proud grandfather of six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Mary Lea Allen of 63 years; daughters Marietta (Micky) and husband William (Bill) Strickert of Yuma, Colo., Patty and husband Tom Asmus of Yuma, Colo.; grandchildren Bernard (Bernie) Asmus of Aurora, Colo., Jennifer (Jennie) and husband Kevin Freund of Stratton, Colo., Mary and husband Tim Stahlecker of Bethune, Colo., John and wife Amanda Asmus of Yuma, Colo., Albert and wife Lisa Strickert of Weldona, Colo., Wilbur (Willy) and wife Jessica Strickert of Yuma, Colo.; great-grandchildren Tommy and Robby Asmus, Karissa and Alex Freund, and Kyle Stahlecker; sister Gladys Seifert, sister in-law Betty Allen, brother in-law Hugh McCauley, sister in-law Dorothy and husband Ken Mitchell, brother in-law Elmer and wife Selma Fuerst of Brush and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Audrey Allen, Esther Mathies and husband Ervin, Ruby Lance and husband Maynard, Oliver Allen and wife Vernadean, Dorothy Mathies and husband Elmer, Marjorie McCauley, Loris Allen, Clara Brant and husband Kenneth, Alberta Hardman and husband Darrell, and brother in-laws Gloyd Seifert, George Fuerst and Albert Fuerst. ❖
Neal Hugh Ford
Neal Hugh Ford, 73, passed away January 23, 2013 at the Hospice Care Center in Greeley, Colo.
He was born December 25, 1939 to Clinton Isaac and Bessie Elsie (Bechtolt) Ford.
Neal served his country in the United States Air Force from the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s.
He was an avid reader of anything western, enjoyed going to the games of his grandchildren, photography and spending time with his niece, Janie, and her husband, Mark.
Neal returned to Brush, Colo., in 1992 from Arizona where he had been living for a number of years.
He is survived by his children Wendy, Lorie, and Sandy of Washington, Angela (Joe) Delany of Hillrose, Colo., Annette (Josh) Clift of Brush, Colo., and Robert of Fort Morgan, Colo.; his brothers Wayne (Joyce) of Brush, Colo., and Calvin of Pueblo, Colo.; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his parents, brothers Kenneth, Llewellyn, Lawrence, and Doyle and sisters Joan, Lucille, Florence Garrett and Iona Fralin and his wife, Illa.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Internment was at Fort Morgan Cemetery in Fort Morgan, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association or the charity of ones choice. ❖
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