Rocky Mountain Obituaries 3-12-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 3-12-12

Cleta Loreene Wadsworth, 86, of Loveland, Colo., passed away March 5, 2012.

On May 31, 1925, she was born to Clarence L. Crom and Jennie Pearl (Carroll) Crom in Ault, Colo. Cleta was the third generation of her family to be born in Weld County. Her maternal grandmother was the first pioneer girl to be born in Erie, Colo., Territory. The ties to Weld County have continued and there are now great-great-grandchildren who are seventh generation natives of Weld County.

Cleta’s parents homesteaded on the prairie northeast of Greeley, Colo., near the Wyoming border and lived there until her father’s health failed. He passed away when Cleta was 8-years-old. During their time on the homestead, her sister, Viola, was bitten by a rattlesnake and passed away before they could get to the hospital. She was about 2-years-old. The prairie was a delightful place for Cleta and her brother, Leon, to explore. She often told stories of her life and adventures there. She attended school in Carr, Colo., and graduated from high school in Pierce, Colo.

Cleta’s paternal grandfather, Walter Scott Crom, also homesteaded in Weld County in 1901, settling one mile west of Pierce, Colo. Clarence was one of nine children born to Walter S. and Mary Ann Robins Crom.

Cleta met Loren Wadsworth in 1940. They decided to get married and eloped to Kimball, Neb. They were married there on March 10, 1943. Loren preceded Cleta in death on July 4, 2006. Loren and Cleta will get to spend their 69th anniversary together in heaven.

Together Loren and Cleta raised nine children: Norman David, Patricia Viola (Tolbert), Karen Dawn (Feeder), Wilma Jean (Andrews), George Wilson, Duane Paul, Flora Ann, Anita Rose (Comer) and Mark Anthony.

As Cleta and Loren raised their family they moved many times. They lived in 38 different houses in five states. Many of the homes were remodeled by Cleta. She loved tearing out walls and then putting the house back together the way she wanted it. Her favorite carpenter was her nephew, Tom Blackwell, who helped her redo several of the homes.

In 1949 Loren and Cleta become Christians and since that time they were faithful in giving to God’s work and especially loved giving to missions. They were generous supporters of Harvest Time Tabernacle and other churches where they lived. They were faithful to God and God blessed them throughout their lives.

Together Loren and Cleta founded Evans Furniture in 1961 and built the business up to become a very successful furniture store. Most of the children worked there at some time and it was very much a family enterprise.

Cleta loved music and taught herself to play the piano, the guitar and the harmonica. She loved playing the harmonica at church and family get-togethers. She also enjoyed traveling, visiting 17 countries and most of the United State.

She is survived by five of her children, daughter Karen (David) Feeder, daughter Wilma (Harold) Andrews, son Duane (Suzie) Wadsworth, daughter Anita Comer, and son Mark (Kim) Wadsworth; 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Walter Crom and wife Doris of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Joyce Williams and husband Rusty of Harlingen, Texas; and cousins Eileen, Mary, Ava, Geraldine, Karla, Leah, Jean and Wanda.

She was preceded in death by four of her children, George in 1973, Patricia in 1997, Norman in 1998, and Flora in 2000, as well as a granddaughter, Stephanie Wadsworth in 2004.

Memorial services were held March 9, 2012, at the Harvest Time Church.

Interment was at the Evans Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Time Church Building Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences at

Theodore “Ted” Noeller, 60, of Sterling, Colo., passed away March 4, in Fort Collins, Colo.

He was born Oct. 23, 1951 in Deadwood, S.D.

Ted worked for Nuss Tractor, in Sterling Colo., for 35 years, 1977-2006, and continued at the same parts counter, for G&M Implement, from 2006 to the time of his passing.

Ted was parts man extradonaire, and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Bob Bruntz; sister-in-law Patty Noeller and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Hew was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Norma (Kitterman) Noeller and three brothers: Robert, Gerald and Douglas.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Tennant Funeral Home, Sterling Colo., with inurnment at a later date.

Memorials in Teds’ name may be made to the Logan County Humane Society in care of Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1547 Sterling Colo., 80751.

Robert Mills Grant, 85, of Wheatland, Wyo., passed away March 1, 2012 after a brief illness at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

On December 30, 1926, Bob was born in Cheyenne, Wyo. When he was old enough he would ride his horse, Snowball, to school on the CMD ranch on Richeau Creek. Soon they built a school at the Grant Ranch. He later attended and graduated from high school in Wheatland, Wyo.

Bob ran a cow/calf operation with his mother and father on the then third-generation ranch. He was very proud to own and operate the family ranch which was established in 1884, making it one of the oldest, continuous operations in the state.

In his younger days, Bob competed in calf roping and steer roping, he was a PRCA gold card member. For 16 years, Bob was on the Platte County Fair Board and greatly enjoyed his time managing the county fair. In fact, Bob successfully held a PRCA sanctioned rodeo in conjunction with the fair for about 15 years.

Bob ran for a seat in the state House of Representatives in 1976. That year he didn’t win but in 1982, he ran again and won. He served five terms in the House and bowed out in 1992 when Platte County was reduced to one seat.

Around 1979, Bob and seven others invested shares in the First State Bank in Wheatland, Wyo. Bob was a Wyoming Stock Growers’ member for about 60 years, a lifelong member of the Moose Lodge No. 1636 in Wheatland, Wyo. He was also chairman of the Brand and Theft Committee and stated “brand law in Wyoming is the best in the West.” Bob’s children all grew up on the ranch. He was an avid golfer and traveled to many rodeos and steer roping events.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan Grant Juschka of Glendo, Wyo., and her son, Grant (Sarah) Juschka of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Mike (Becky) Grant and their daughters, Samantha, Allie and Rayne, all of Wheatland, Wyo., Matt (Susie) Grant and their sons, Garrett, Ben and Alex, all of Casper, Wyo.; stepchildren that he called his own, David Conrad of Las Vegas, Nev., Tommie Anne Benigni and her daughters, Ashley, Lauren and Brooke, all of Ft. Collins, Colo., Mary Conrad McPhillips and her children, Hayley and Riley, all of Sheridan, Wyo.; five great-grandchildren; and Bob’s beloved companion, Carol Barnett, of Cheyenne, Wyo. He was a friend and family of the heart to so many.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Margaret Grant; parents, Cora and Duncan Grant, Betty Wiggam Grant and her son, Robert Wiggam, Sue Anna McLean Conrad Grant; grandson, Quent Juschka; sisters, Verda (Robert) Dey and Helen Wilson.

Memorial services were held March 9, 2012 in the Wheatland 4-H Building.

Memorial contributions may be made by honoring Bob’s memory doing something kind or generous for someone else.

Michael Dean Meyer, 51, of Carr, Colo., passed away March 3, 2012 at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo.

He was born July 1, 1960 in Greeley, Colo., to George A. and Cleta (Hodson) Meyer. He graduated from Highland High School in 1978. On March 25, 1982 he married Kimberly Hutchinson.

Mike was employed as a reliability specialist for El Paso Corporation for 10 years.

He enjoyed hunting, sport shooting, archery and farming. He was a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, father and grandfather who cherished time spent with his family. His family will remember him as a man of God.

He was a member of River of Life Fellowship Church in Wellington, Colo.

Mike is survived by his wife Kim; daughter, Jessica (Shane) Hoerner of Ohio; son, Joel (Shay) Meyer and daughter, Joy Meyer all of Carr, Colo.; his mother, Cleta Meyer; eight grandchildren; brother, Vern (Shari) Meyer of Fort Collins, Colo.; and sister, Georgia Moncrief of Colorado Springs, Colo.

He is preceded in death by his father, George.

Funeral services were held March 9, 2012 at River of Life Fellowship Church in Wellington, Colo.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Brad Allan Lebsack, 50, of Atkins, Ark., passed away February 28, 2012.

He was born in Greeley, Colo., on August 30, 1961, to Harold D. Lebsack and Edith (Lucy) Lamm. He was married to Melinda on Dec. 22, 1991.

Brad was raised in the Ault-Pierce, Colo., area, and by his own admission accepted Christ as his Lord at 13. He graduated from Highland High School in May 1979, and attended the Aims Community College mechanics program. Upon completion, he worked at Agland, Inc., in Eaton, Colo., and then worked for Northern Colorado Feed in Lucerne, Colo., before moving to Arkansas.

He and his wife, Melinda, started and owned Circle Dot Splicing, Inc., in 1996-2010. They spliced cable mostly in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He retired in 2010 when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. They also ran a small cow/calf and haying operation. He loved to camp, hunt, but most of all spend time with his wife, son, daughters and grandchildren.

Brad was active in 4-H, FFA and rodeo in high school. He went to Washington, D.C., with the Washington 4-H Focus group in August 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Melinda; son, Phillip Lebsack of Atkins, Ark.; daughters, Sarah Lebsack of Houston, Texas, Tara Lebsack of Greenbrier, Ark., Janie (Tim) Homan of Atkins, Ark.; father, Harold Lebsack of Pierce, Colo.; brothers, Dave (Kim) Lebsack of Evans, Colo., Keith (Mary) Lebsack of Pierce, Colo.; sisters, Celia (Kelvin) Kirkpatrick of Pierce, Colo., Sandy (Mike) Pope of Greeley, Colo., Kim (Gene) Peterson of Pierce, Colo.; seven grandchildren, numerous nieces, great-nieces, nephews, and great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by daughter, May Harris, January 2012; mother and stepfather, Edith (Lucy) and Howard Williamson; sister-in-law, Jackie Lebsack; grandparents, Keithly and Edith Lamm and Dave and Marie Lebsack.

Memorial services were held March 18, 2012, at the Nunn Community Center in Nunn, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E. Pkwy., Suite 3, Russellville, Ark., 72802 or CARTI (Central Arkansas Radiation Institute) Auxiliary, P.O. Box 55011, Little Rock, Ark., 72215.

Bud (Donald Keith) Penfold, 86, of Fort Lupton, Colo., passed away March 5, 2012, at Brighton Care Center while under Hospice care.

He was born in Hudson, Colo., on August 14, 1925, to Les and Dorothy (Erickson) Penfold.

In high school he participated in all available sports, graduating in 1943. He joined the Navy and served on a destroyer in the South Pacific, and while home on leave he married Nancy Davis on December 9, 1945.

After graduating from Colorado A&M, he joined his father and brother at Fort Lupton Produce Co., working winters at Great Western Sugar. For 10 years he was a traveling salesman for Ortho Fertilizers. He then bought FL Produce so he could be home to farm, garden and enjoy his family. Later he was a ditch rider and drove for Colorado Auto Auction.

Throughout their marriage Bud and Nancy remained in Fort Lupton, Colo., welcoming sons, Rod in 1947, Jon in 1949 and daughter, Penny, born in 1952.

Bud was an avid hunter and fisherman and taught his children, grandkids, nephews, nieces and more to enjoy outdoor sports. He also was an enthusiastic supporter of high school wrestling including his son’s successful teams in Wiggins, Colo., and his grandson’s teams at Greeley Central.

Friends and family enjoyed the fruits of his gardens where he raised sweet corn, pickles, parsnips, turnips and tomatoes, as well as many different flowers. Many tried a new vegetable at his invitation. A positive person, Bud found the best in everyone he knew, was a confidant to many and was always ready to help anyone in need, even if he would slight himself. His memberships of American Legion Post No. 102, VFW Post 7667 and the Fort Lupton Fire Department were central to his spirit of camaraderie.

He is survived by sons, Rodney Wayne (Mary) of Sheridan, Wyo., Jon Eric (Patty) of Greeley, Colo., and Rich (Candy) Masiel of Arvada, Colo.; brother, Jim (Kay) Penfold of Greeley, Colo.; and sister-in-law, Jeanne Davis of Fort Lupton, Colo.; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patricia; daughter, Penny; and wife, Nancy whom he missed tremendously,

Memorial services were held March 8, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Fort Lupton, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bud’s remembrance to South Platte Valley Historical Society, P.O. Box 633, Fort Lupton, Colo., 80621.

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