Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-6-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-6-12

Dorothy Louise Gish, 92, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away January 28, 2012, at Life Care Center of Cheyenne.

She was born January 17, 1920, to Fred and Nellie Johnson in a farmhouse near their original homestead southeast of Briggsdale, Colo. Dorothy’s maternal grandparents, John Williams and Marcia Palmer Williams, were part of the original Greeley Union Colony advancing homesteading and irrigation. Dorothy attended East Fosston School from first through eighth grade before entering high school in Briggsdale, Colo., graduating in 1937 as class salutatorian. Dorothy attended college at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, Colo., for two years.

In 1940 Dorothy met and married Wilbur R. Gish, formerly from eastern Kansas near Lawrence. They were married at her father’s ranch near Briggsdale, Colo., and kept a residence in Greeley, Colo., during World War II. After Wilbur returned from the Pacific, the family moved back to Briggsdale, Colo., then onto Mead, Colo. In December 1949, the Gishes, with their four children, moved to Cheyenne, Wyo.

Dorothy worked at JC Penney at two downtown store locations from 1950-1970. For the next 15 years, she worked as a receptionist for Dr. Dan Allegretti and part-time during evenings at Hertz Rent-a-Car at the municipal airport before retiring in 1985. Immediately thereafter, Dorothy spent several years exploring the northeast part of the U.S. while living in North Tarrytown, N.Y.

After returning to Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1988, Dorothy returned to the workplace at Green Thumb, Wyoming State CPA’s and LIEAP. She was a volunteer at the VA Hospital, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and American Legion Post No. 6.

Dorothy was a longtime, avid bowler participating in local leagues and regional and national tournaments, well into her 80s. She supported the University of Wyoming athletic teams and loved following the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos. She especially loved the outdoors, gardening in her yard, planting flowers, raking leaves and watering her lawn. She was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Meadowbrooke Baptist Church. She enjoyed her extended church and Legion families.

She is survived by her three sons and their families, Robert (Fred) and Mary Gish of Cheyenne, Wyo., Ronald and Marilynn Gish of San Marcos, Texas, and Richard and Barbara Gish of Denver, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Karen Holtmeier of Loveland, Ohio, Robert Gish Jr. of Fort Collins, Colo., Jeffrey Gish of California, Laurie Soliday of Basalt, Colo., Jodi Hopkins of Hahira, Ga., Vonda Willis of Ossining, N.Y., Ryan Gish of Chicago, Ill., and Cory Gish of Seattle, Wash.; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nieces, Marilyn Mimh of Concordia, Kan., and Marjorie Wooster of Thermopolis, Wyo.; and nephews, Donald Johnson of Keenesburg, Colo., Bob Johnson of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Darrell Johnson of Greeley, Colo.; and a loving, extended Kansas family.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Louise Gish; both parents; and both sisters, Frances Kirk and Mary Payne-Haupt; a brother, Homer Johnson and a very special friend and companion, William (Bill) Morton.

Memorial services were held February 2, 2012, at the Schrader Chapel.

A private family interment is planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of choice in Dorothy’s honor.

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Thomas H. Jordan, 80, of Parker, Colo., passed away January 29, 2012.

He was born February 6, 1931 to Thomas and Henrietta Jordan in Saint Anthony, Iowa.

An only child, he quit school after completing the 10th grade to assist his dad in the farming, livestock and real estate business. Moving west with his parents in 1947, they lived in Brush, Colo., Cheyenne, Wyo., Colorado Springs, Colo., and finally Denver, Colo.

He started with the then new Stockyards Lumber Company in 1951, purchasing the business in 1962 and renaming it Stockyards Lumber & Ranch Supply Company. He changed the business focus away from lumber and towards ranch supply. In 1970, he moved the company from the Denver Stockyards area to it’s current location in Commerce City, Colo., where he enjoyed running it until 2009.

He learned to fly in 1952. He was a gifted pilot, loved airplanes and owned five of them accumulating over 3,200 flight hours over his 40 years of flying. He enjoyed a good horse and pasturing cattle on the family ranch in Elbert County.

He married Mary G. Mueller on May 30, 1952, a registered nurse originally from North Platte, Neb.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Mary G. Jordan; daughter, Mary J. Steen; sons, Thomas H. Jordan and Daniel C. Jordan; grand children, Mary E. and Russell T. Steen, Anna M. Jordan, Kathryn J. Sjaardema, David T. and Lisa J. Jordan, all of the Parker, Colo., area.

Funeral Mass will be held February 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Visitation in Elizabeth, Colo.

Lyle D. Heil, 85, of Longmont, Colo., passed away January 20, 2012 at Life Care Center of Longmont, Colo.

He was born December 3, 1926 in Platteville, Colo., to Henry and Mary (Cook-Koch) Heil.

After graduating from Mead High School he went on to work on the family farm. He farmed in the Mead, Colo., and Longmont, Colo., area for many years.

On September 19, 1948 he married Loreine Schlagel in Brighton, Colo. They were married 56 years at the time of her passing in 2005.

Lyle was a member of the Moose Lodge, and enjoyed fishing and bowling, and most of all his family.

He is survived by two sons, Robert (Pam) Heil of Berthoud, Colo., and Jerry (Julie) Heil of Longmont, Colo.; three daughters, Janie Nelson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mary (Don) Brown of Louisville, Colo., and Kathy (Scott) Nathlich of Broomfield, Colo.; grandchildren, Brian (Lindsey) Heil and their children Taylor, Brycen, Trevyn, and Brooklyn, Jason Heil, Travis (Courtney) Heil and their children Trace and Colt, Lucas Heil and his son Jonah, Jeremy (Mandy) Heil and their children Noah and Liam, Ross (Angie) Nelsen and their children Acacia, Jaidyn, Daneca, and Elliana, Rhonda (Brian) DiMarino and their children Barat, Braydon, and Brock, and Brandon (Amy) Nathlich; his brother Larry (Alna) Heil of Longmont, Colo., and their son Randy (Linda) Heil of Longmont, Colo., and their children Whitney (Wes) Rink, and Natasha Heil, and a daughter Sherry (Ed) Zamudio and their children Madison and Cruz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife.

Memorial services were held January 25, 2012 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colo.

Burial followed at Foothills Gardens of Memory in Longmont, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lyle’s name, C/O Carroll-Lewellen Funeral Home.

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Mike Linnebur, 87, of Roggen, Colo., passed away January 31, 2012.

He was born on August 19, 1924 in Garden Plain, Kan., to Fred and Lena Linnebur.

He attended school in Garden Plain, Kan., and later married Bertha “Toots” Kersen on June 6, 1950 in Roggen, Colo.

Mike has farmed in the Roggen, Colo., area since 1952 and has lived in the same area for the majority of his life. He served his country in the U.S. Marines, First Marine Battalion in the Pacific Theater and was present during the Peleliu and Okinawa Island conflicts. He was a proud driver of the Anfibian Tractor.

Mike was a lifetime member of the Brighton Elks PBOE No. 1586 and a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In his free time, he loved to fish and hike.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Toots, of Northglenn, Colo.; children, Kathi (Gary Underwood) Linnebur of Thornton, Colo., Mike (Melanie) Linnebur of Littleton, Colo., Cindi (Bob Sandridge) Linnebur of Lakewood, Colo., Patti Linnebur and good friend, Guy Pease of Lakewood, Colo.; sister, Rose Yaksaw of Andale, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Eric, Adam, Tyler, Caleb, Matt, Luke, Jamie, Kayla, and Kayce; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ed, in 1999.

Memorial services were held February 3, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roggen, Colo.

Graveside services were held February 6, 2012 at Ft. Logan Nat’l Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 455 Sherman Street, No. 500, Denver, Colo., 80203.

Betty Jo Elder, 79, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away January 27, 2012, at Columbine West Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born November 21, 1932, to Leslie and Nellie (Groves) Lambert in Greeley, Colo.

Betty spent her younger years in the Greeley, Colo., area before the Lambert family moved to Hereford, Colo., in 1948 where they farmed.

At a community dance Betty met her future husband, Clayton Elder. Clayton and Betty were married November 5, 1950. Betty was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother as well as being a caring and compassionate friend.

Her grandchildren will always remember the wonderful times they spent with their grandparents running their own soda fountain, cooking, baking pies and spending endless hours playing.

She is survived by her husband, Clayton; one brother, Bill (Janie) Lambert; sons, Kevin (Paula) Elder, Bryan (Kay) Elder; and daughter, Kim (Loren) Martin; a granddaughter Ashley (Zach) Reynolds; grandsons, Shane (Kelly) Elder, Drew Martin, Clayton and James Elder; three great-grandchildren, Chase and Sage Elder, and Elizabeth Reynolds; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

She was preceded in death by her son, Gary; parents, Leslie and Nellie Lambert; and sister, Lois Jean.

Memorial services were held February 1, 2012, at Faith United Church of Christ in Windsor, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524.

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Jasper Eawin Carter, 57, of Brush, Colo., passed away January 25, 2012, at the Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, Colo.

He was born August 17, 1954 in Greenville, Miss. He married Janie Spears on December 17, 1992 in Brighton, Colo.

Jasper and Janie moved from Thornton, Colo., to Fort Morgan, Colo., in 1997. Jasper worked for the post office but had always wanted to farm, so he and Janie bought a house with enough land so they could grow a little alfalfa and corn.

Jasper enjoyed most sports, but especially football and golf.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Carter of Brush, Colo.; four children, Nichole Carter of Morrison, Colo., Kyle Carter of Las Vegas, Nev., Larissa Carter and Tyler Carter, both of Brush, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services were held January 31, 2012 at Elaine’s Place in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund for Jasper’s children, in care of the Heer & Dahl Mortuary in Brush, Colo.

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