Rocky Mountain Obituaries 3-11-13
Philip Clement Bisant
Philip Clement Bisant, 55, of Denver, Colo., passed away peacefully in his sleep on February, 17, 2013.
He was born to Jacqueline and Clement Bisant on September 15, 1957 in Denver, Colo. He was the fourth of six children.
Phil spent his entire life in Colorado, and grew up in the Wheat Ridge area. His favorite pastime, even at a very young age, was to constantly be at his Father’s side helping repair anything that was broken. His curious mind and manual dexterity served him well his entire life, and earned him the nickname, “The Man Who Could Fix Almost Anything.” He was an indispensable handyman for his family and friends, and enjoyed fixing everything from broken doll arms to an antique 1940s manure spreader for his sister Patt.
Phil was a gifted athlete, and in his youth these talents kept him busy in Elementary, Junior and Senior High School playing basketball, baseball, track and cross country. His 6-foot-5 height proved to be a great advantage in high school basketball, and would help him achieve Jefferson County All-Star Team status several times.
He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1976, and later earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Math/Computer Science from the University of Colorado in 1981. He soon began his work career in the computer science field, and later secured a job in computer networking with the State of Colorado. He retired in 2010 as the State’s Director of Network Development and Operations.
Phil was also an excellent musician, and played the electric guitar in several Denver bands during the 1980s and early 1990s. His bands, playing under the names of, “Whippets,” “Transformers,” and “In Need of Restraint,” played in a number of Denver clubs and earned considerable local recognition.
In addition to his numerous talents, Phil was also a “Master Mechanic” and could fix and repair most cars. He helped both his sisters obtain their first cars, and continued to repair and maintain every vehicle they drove. In addition, he had a fascinating classic car collection, which spanned four decades from the 1950s to 1990s.
Phil had many adventures in his short life including numerous camping/fishing trips with his father and brothers in the Colorado mountains, white water rafting down the Grand Canyon, travel to Canada with his sister Patt, travel to Lake Tahoe (where he won a pair of expensive cowboy boots at the crap table), and to China with his best friend Patrick.
Phil became acquainted with “Bill W.” on June 13, 1990, and he remained sober for more than 23 years. He was very committed to the program, and generously gave of his time to help many people who were struggling, needed a sponsor, or were close to a relapse.
Phil had a very quick wit and was a keen observer of human nature which frequently prompted him to find humor in difficult situations. His family and friends always looked to him to add humor and spice to every conversation.
Phil was best known for his very kind heart and deep compassion for others. One of his greatest loves was to see people happy. It pained him greatly to see anyone sad, suffering or lonely. He would always “step up” and be available to help anyone, at any time, with anything. His favorite motto was to “Pay It Forward,” and offer kind acts to anyone who needed it.
Phil’s top priority was his family, and he was extremely proud of even the smallest accomplishments of his sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. His fondest future wishes were to dance with all his nieces at their weddings and help his nephews secure and restore their first cars.
Phil is survived by his father Clement Bisant, sisters Jeannette and Patricia (Karol), brothers Donald (Christine), David (Valentina), Kevin (Vanessa), and six nieces and nephews: Anika and Hayley (Denver), Alex and Greg (Ellicott City, MD) and Cianna and Eliot (Columbia, MD); and two canine nephews-Kody and Jake (Denver).
For all who knew Phil, he was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Memorial contribution in Phil’s name can be made to the Salvation Army – Adult Rehabilitation Center, 4751 Broadway, Denver, Colo., 80216, Attn: Samantha Peel, Program Director. Or Denver Pet Partners (Therapy Dogs), P.O. Box 271505, Littleton, Colo., 80127 ( http://www.DenverPetPartners.org ). ❖
Hazel Mary Purdy Wolfe
Hazel Mary Purdy Wolfe, 87, of Otis, Colo., passed away February 26, 2013.
She was born on May 19, 1925, on her father’s homestead southwest of Otis, Colo. She was the fourth child of Harry and Helen Hulburd Purdy.
While growing up she attended the Bethany Presbyterian Church two miles from their home. She attended Welch School for eight years. Hazel graduated from Otis High School in 1943. After high school, she attended business college for one year in Greeley, Colo., living with her Aunt Mary Meeker.
Hazel married a neighbor, LeMoyne Wolfe, on May 29, 1944, and they had celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this past May. She spent every day along side of her husband in the field.
Hazel and LeMoyne moved into Otis in January 1947 where LeMoyne worked for Ray Dalton. Hazel waited tables for Sophie Ferguson and worked at a cream station, until Postmaster Max Rush asked her if she wanted to be his clerk at the Otis Post Office. At that time, the Postmaster could hire clerks. Max suggested that she take the Civil Service Exam so if something happened to him she would be assured of the job. That proved to be sound advice as Max passed away and she maintained her clerk position. On September 15, 1973, Hazel was appointed Officer-In-Charge, and Postmaster on April 27, 1974, where she served until 1981 when she retired after 34 years of service.
Hazel was an avid sports fan her whole life, whether watching or participating. In her younger years she played softball for Otis town teams, and later found what came to be her real athletic love and passion, bowling. She participated in 45 Colorado State Bowling Tournaments, attended 35 National Bowling Tournaments, and was a constant at bowling events all across Colorado doing whatever was needed. She also held many local and regional positions in bowling organizations until health problems curtailed her activities three years ago. Also, over the past two decades Hazel and LeMoyne became a fixture in the Yuma Old Thrashers’ celebrations. Finally, Hazel and LeMoyne loved dancing, and were fixtures on dance floors all over the area from the time they dated until recently.
She is survived by her husband, LeMoyne; daughter, Gwen; son, Gary and wife Martha; granddaughters, Pam and husband Chris, and Margarette; grandson, Robert and wife Kara; great-granddaughters, Jessi and Kati; great-grandson Robert II; and, a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clarence, Edwin, and Dean; and sister, Bonnie.
A funeral service was held March 2, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church of Otis. Internment followed at the Otis Cemetery. ❖
Beverley Jane Fahrenbruch
Beverley Jane Fahrenbruch, 84, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away February 28, 2013, at Life Care Center.
She was born April 23, 1928 in Windsor, Colo., to Jacob J. and Mary (Kaiser) Frickel. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1945.
Beverley married Harold Fahrenbruch on July 27, 1947 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church by the Reverend H.J. Stroh, where they were members of Young Couples and the church choir for a number of years. They farmed in Kersey, Colo., with Harold’s parents until moving to their farm in Johnstown, Colo., where she became known as Jane. They sold the farm in 1970 and moved into town and Jane became the Town Clerk, until retiring in 1987.
She was a member of the Johnstown Senior Citizens, VFW Ladies Auxiliary 2585 and St. Paul’s Congregational Church. She enjoyed word puzzles, crocheting, quilting, and was highly skilled with a needle and thread.
She is survived by her children, Kathi (Lee) Kline of Loveland, Colo., Haroleen Young of Johnstown, Colo., and Tracy Fahrenbruch of Fort Collins, Colo.; five grandchildren, Robbie (Marcy) Young of Loveland, Colo., Stephanie (Mark) Miller of Loveland, Colo., Chad Young of Johnstown, Colo., Brian (Angela) Young of Greeley, Colo., and Jason (Naomi) Young of Loveland, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Andrew Young of Milliken, Colo., Codie Young of Ariz., Tanner and Jordan Young and Kailee and Genna Stobbe, Joey and Julia Lopez all of Loveland, Colo., and Kayla and Robin Decker of Greeley, Colo., and her niece Carolyn Farrington of San Diego; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold on November 18, 2005, sister Rosie Adams, niece Nancy Hicks and nephew Asa Farrington.
Services were held March 5, 2013 at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Interment followed at the Johnstown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnstown Fire Department or St. Paul’s Congregational Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.
Family and friends may send condolences to the family at http://www.Allnutt.com. ❖
Gary L. Wardell
Gary L. Wardell, 60, passed away February 27, 2013.
He was born in Greeley, Colo., on June 2, 1952.
Gary grew up on the Wardell ranch east of Platteville with his four brothers, graduated from Valley High School, operated a tire business in Platteville, served as mayor of LaSalle, raised Angus cattle in western Nebraska, and recently retired and moved back to Colorado to a home east of Wiggins.
Gary loved to hunt and fish, but more than anything, he was a “people person” who always had time for a chat with friends or strangers (who were not strangers for long).
Gary is survived by his wife Gwen; sons Josh (Corinne) and Rob (Sara); brothers Bob (Sharon), Roy, and Jay (Laura); grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents J J and Anna Wardell, and brother Earl (Pat).
Services were held March 4, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church of Platteville, Colo.
Donations can be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado and/or North Colorado Medical Center in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.
Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at http://www.Allnutt.com . ❖
Sandra Kay (Baumgartner) Wagner
Sandra Kay Wagner, 61, of Evans, Colo., passed away February 25, 2013, at her home.
She was born May 22, 1951, in Denver, Colo., to Ruben and Mariam Ruth (Meng) Baumgartner. Sandra was raised in Keenesburg, Colo., where her family farmed. She graduated from Weld Central High School in 1969. She attended and was confirmed at Zoar Congregational Church, Prospect Valley.
Memorial services will be held March 18, 2013 at 2 p.m., at the American Legion in Keenesburg, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Please visit the online guestbook at http://www.StoddardSunset.com. ❖
Gene Phillip Traxler
Gene Phillip Traxler, 71, passed away on February 27, 2013 in the Intensive Care Unit of North Colorado Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
Gene was born at the Anderson Maternity Hospital in Akron, Colo., on October 20, 1941, the youngest son of Theodore “Ted” and Freda Zysset Traxler.
The Traxlers farmed northeast of Elba where Gene attended the Fight School. This school was moved several times then renamed the Victory School. The school was consolidated and closed after Gene completed eighth grade. He then transferred to Akron High School graduating with the class of 1960.
After graduation Gene traveled the country doing custom harvesting and enjoyed going all the way from south Texas to North Dakota and east into Kansas and Nebraska. He later worked as a mechanic at Spicknall’s Automotive and drove truck for Orman Spear before purchasing his own trucks and driving over the road. Then in the late 70s he returned to his life’s calling, farming. Gene continued to farm throughout his illness but sadly was unable to drill his wheat last fall as he had grown too weak. But that is when the blessings of a small town stepped in and a good neighbor drilled the wheat for him so he was able to see his last crop come up.
On November 26, 1969, Gene was united in marriage to Marcia Highland at Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, Colo. Together they raised two daughters, Kristina Ann and Brenda Jean.
Gene enjoyed attending school sports activities to watch his daughters play volleyball and basketball. This continued on with his grandkids as they came along. He was a livestock leader for 10 years with the Miscellaneous Mavericks 4-H Club. In later years he enjoyed going hunting and target shooting with his grandsons. He and Marcia liked to travel and trips to Arizona and Nevada were popular destinations in the winter months. They also made trips as often as possible to Washington to visit Krissy and her family. Gene loved to eat and if you gave him the name of a town he had been to he could generally tell you the best restaurant there. Of course his favorites were the all you can eat buffets. Gene was an animal lover which he inherited from his mother and many four-legged pets passed through his life, each one being special.
Gene is survived by his wife Marcia, daughters Kristina Vaughn of Klickitat, Wash., and Brenda Rhea and husband Rick of Akron, Colo. Granddaughter KaCee Rappe and husband Brad and their children Sierra and Bradley Jr. of Lyle, Wash., grandsons Kurtis and wife Lacey Vaughn of Goldendale, Wash., Kolby Vaughn of Roosevelt, Wash., Ryan Rhea and fiancé Lacey Kerbs of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Bradley Rhea of Akron, Colo. Brother-in-law Rowland Highland and wife Michelle of Thornton, Colo., sisters-in-law Nancy Venard of Commerce City, Colo., and Jodi Traxler of Oklahoma City, Okla., as well as a host of other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Freda, his older brother Elvin Dale, nephews Sparky Traxler and Jimmy Traxler, and his parents-in-law Bob and Leona Highland.
Service were held March 4, 2013 at the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Akron, Colo. Interment followed at the Akron Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the David Walsh Cancer Center in Sterling, Colo. ❖
Theodore “Teddy” Lowell Weekly II
Theodore “Teddy” Lowell Weekly II, 18, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away February 18, 2013 near Wheatland, Wyo.
He was born July 30, 1994 in Cheyenne and had lived here all of his life.
Teddy was a freshman at Casper College.
He was the third Vice President of the Wyoming State FFA Officer’s Team, a member of the Casper College livestock judging team and a member of 4-H. He held numerous titles and accolades within both organizations. Teddy had a natural gift when it came to livestock showmanship and public speaking.
Teddy had a passion for hunting, boating and camping. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Teddy is survived by his parents, David and Kelly Weekly of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sister, Brittney Weekly of Cheyenne, Wyo.; cousins, Charidie Timberman of Casper, Wyo., and Sgt. Airriella Lucero of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his grandparents, Ted and Connie Weekly and Jeannette Cranmore, all of Cheyenne, Wyo.; great-grandmother, Leola Weekly; uncle, Derek, aunt, Cindy Weekly and cousins, D.J., Tanner, Lindsay and Ryan, all of Cheyenne, Wyo.; aunt, Karla Brummond, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; cousins, Chainie and Chelcie; numerous great-uncles, great-aunts, extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, George Cranmore and Larry Knapp.
Services were held February 25, 2013 at Calvary Chapel. Interment followed at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.
Preparations are currently being made for a Wyoming FFA Foundation memorial scholarship in honor of Teddy Weekly. For information please contact the Wyoming FFA Foundation.
Please sign Teddy’s online guestbook at http://www.WRCFuneral.com. ❖
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