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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 3-18-13

Paul T. Oliver

Paul T. Oliver, 89, of Sterling, Colo., passed away February 17, 2013.

He was born January 17, 1924, and raised in Stilwell, Okla.

He attended grades one through eight in a one-room school called Rabbit Trap near Spade Mountain in Oklahoma and Stilwell High School from 1940-1943, when he was drafted his junior year of high school. He was inducted in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 as a Tech 4 in World War II.

He completed his high school education upon returning from the war and took classes at a junior college in Kansas City, Mo., and University of Kansas before attending the Railroad Telegraph School in Kansas City. Paul started his successful 36-year career with Union Pacific and Burlington Northern. Paul retired as the Sterling Station Agent for Union Pacific in 1984.

Paul and his wife, Phyllis, married May 6, 1950, having almost 63 wonderful years together. They went on to have four children.

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Paul was very active in the community and a willing volunteer for many causes. He was a driver for Meals on Wheels, contributed to many charitable organizations, served as a Mason, and was a member of the Union Pacific Jr. Old Timers, Elk's Club, United Methodist Men's Club and Riverview Golf Club. Paul and Phyllis were also members of Circle 8 Square-Dance Club for 20 years.

He spent many hours enjoying golf with friends far and wide and fulfilled a dream getting a hole-in-one on July 6, 1994. When he wasn't out on the golf course, he could be found playing cards and games with friends or family, gardening, or enjoying coffee with buddies at J-n-L Cafe or McDonalds in Sterling, Colo., or Tucson, Ariz., where they spent several winters. He was an avid sports fan and attended many of the Sterling High School and NJC athletic events. A memorable trip for him was being invited to participate on The Honor Flight, where he had the privilege to view the WWII Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

His strong faith, overflowing heart, kind words, uplifting spirit and bad jokes will be missed tremendously by his family and the many, many friends he leaves behind.

Paul and Phyllis had four children: Gene and wife Nancy of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tom of Phoenix, Ariz., Marva and husband Randy of Tucson, Ariz., and Annette of Windsor, Colo.; five grandchildren, Brandon, Ambrosia and husband Jim, Jenna and husband Anthony, Ryan, and Jason; one great-granddaughter, Peyton, with another on the way; and other much-loved relatives.

Memorial services were held February 22, 2013 at Christ United Methodist Church in Sterling, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Children's Hospital in Denver or Christ United Methodist Church or charity of donor's choice. ❖

Carl Edward Summers Jr.

Carl Edward Summers Jr., 81, of Crook, Colo., passed away March 8, 2013, in Crook, Colo.

He was born February 22, 1932, in Crook, Colo., to Carl E. Summers Sr. and Edith M. (Binfield) Summers. He graduated from high school.

He was a farmer and rancher through the years.

On September 28, 1952, he married Beverly Brown in Sterling, Colo.

Carl was a member of Colorado Auctioneers Association, FFA Young Farmers and was the first FFA president at Crook, Colo., American Shorthorn Association, hay superintendent at the Logan County Fair and the original member of the Great Western Beef Expo.

He is survived by his sons, David Summers and wife Glenda of Craig, Colo., and their children, Bradley and wife Rachel, Ashley and Cory and great-granddaughter Peyton; Doug Summers of Crook, Colo., and children Colby, Lane, Teague, Caytlynn and Kash; Randell Summer and wife Stephanie of Crook, Colo., and their son Kent.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly in April 2010; sister, Tudy Schaehterle; and an infant brother in 1935.

Memorial services were held March 13, 2013 at United Church of Crook, Colo.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Church of Crook — Women's Lunch Bunch. ❖

Clinton James "Tapp" Tappy

Clinton James "Tapp" Tappy, 77, of Stoneham, Colo., passed away March 2, 2013, in Greeley, Colo.

He was born August 20, 1935, in Sterling, Colo., to Marvin Ashby and Effie Ion (Stark) Tappy. He graduated from high school, continuing his education another year. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the Korean War.

He was a rancher in the cattle industry.

On June 2, 1957, he married Sharon V. Bartram in Sterling, Colo.

Clinton was a lifetime member of the Chapel of the Plains and past board member, past board member and president of Prairie High School, Gideon Society and Lions Club of New Raymer, Colo. He loved leading worship at church. He was an exceptional storyteller, especially when there was a good punch line involved. He recited cowboy poetry and was known to pen some original pieces as well.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Tappy of Stoneham, Colo.; daughters, Tammie Pauling and husband David, Vicki Hawley and husband Jason, Sandi Younglund and husband Monty; sisters, Virginia Ballinger and Mary Knutson; sister-in-law, Janice Tappy; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, nephews, Matthew Tappy and Dale Knutson, brother, Lee Tappy and granddaughter, Andrea Whitlock.

Memorial services were held March 7, 2013 at the Berean Church.

Interment was at Stoneham Cemetery. ❖

John Calvin Hathaway

John Calvin Hathaway, 86, of Arvada, Colo., passed away February 23, 2013. Prior to his recent move to Arvada, Colo., John spent the last 23 years in the Buena Vista area of Colorado.

One of five children, he was born in 1926 to Rosella and William Oliver Hathaway of Curtis, Neb. His family moved to Eastern Colorado when he was a young boy and later to Stoneham and  Evans, Colo. 

In Evans, he met his future wife, Mary Shannon. During World War II, they traveled to Vancouver Washington to find jobs. Mary worked in a hospital and John worked as a welder in the Kaiser Naval Shipyards. They moved to Denver, Colo., married, and John started working at Gates Rubber Company at the age of 17. The Hathaways settled in Wheat Ridge, Colo., in 1949, built a home from an army barracks and raised a family. He was a devoted family man, provider, and proudly retired from Gates after 36 years. 

He was married  to Claire Schafer of Buena Vista for seven happy years until she passed away in 2010.

John loved life and truly enjoyed living in his home along the Arkansas River in Nathrop. He was an avid fisherman and treasured the many friends that he made while living in what he called "God's Country." 

He is survived by his sister Darlene and her husband Lee of Greeley, Colo.; daughters Jeanie Cook (husband Mike) of Wheat Ridge, Colo., Nancy Runge (husband Chick) of Lakewood, Colo., and son John S. Hathaway of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; grandchildren Nicola Erb of Thornton, Colo., and Denise Brown (husband Ray) of Brighton, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, wife Claire Schafer, brothers Fay and Dale of Denver, Colo., and sister Velda of Greeley, Colo.

Services were held March 2, 2013, at Crossroads Church of Denver in Wheat Ridge, Colo. ❖

James Burton Burnet

James Burton Burnet, 73, of Bennett, Colo., passed away February 25, 2013 at his home from a heart attack.

He was born February 15, 1940 at Lamb Hospital in Denver, Colo. He was the fourth child born to John Burton and Velma Lee Beichle Burnet.

He grew up on the family farm south of Bennett, Colo., and attended Country School until 1949. He went to Bennett School, where he graduated high school in 1958.

After school, he worked for Western Union as a lineman for several years. This gave him the opportunity to see a great deal of the country.

In 1967, Jim and his brother Ben, bought the Air Park Truck Stop and began farming the home place.

Having sold the truck stop in 1973, he went to work for Sun Gas as a plant operator and continued farming.

After retiring in 1991, he purchased a ranch in Banner County, Neb., and spent many days with Clint running the ranch. Like always, he made many friends there. His love of the land and cattle brought much joy to his life. He never hesitated to offer a helping hand to anyone he ran across and as we all know, he would give you the shirt off of his back. He never met a stranger.

Everyone loved Jim. He had a little neighbor girl who would check cattle with him and she would always name all of the new calves.

Each fall, brought the big "Elk Hunting Season event," bringing friends from several states." Many weeks of planning were spent for this big annual male bonding event, where women were not allowed to attend (they would not have been able to pay them enough to go) with many vehicles to carry all the equipment, horses, tents and ATV's. Wonderful lifelong friends were made during these trips.

The Nebraska ranch was sold last summer and due to the drought, the cattle were all sold in the fall.

He loved his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his wife Kitty; sons Jim Neely and wife Bonnie, Steven Myers and wife Brenda, Ty and Clint Burnet, daughter Barbara Bang and husband John; brother Bob and wife Ann, sister Donna Lancaster, and brother Ben and wife Maureen; grandkids Ann Bang, Heather Wilkins husband DeMarco, Monica Dees husband Wesley. Ashley, Holly and Zach Burnet, Katelyn and Kelby Myers, and Heidi Burnet; great-grandkids Parker and Grayson Dees and Ily and Layton Burnet; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial services were held March 2, 2013 at the Bennett Presbertian Church in Bennett, Colo.

Burial was at the Bennett cemetery. ❖

Rev. Herbert "Herb" Ketterling

The Rev. Herbert "Herb" Ketterling, 87, of Greeley, Colo., passed away March 11, 2013.

He was born in Wishek, N.D., on October 12, 1925, and raised in Lamoure, N.D., as part of a strong and loving farm family, with 15 siblings.

Herb was most recently an associate Pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Greeley, Colo., for several years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwest Nazarene College, before entering the ministry and diligently serving in the Nazarene churches at Hillsboro and Ellendale, N.D., Litchfield, Minn., North Platte, Neb., Fort Collins, Colo., and Greeley, Colo. He served on numerous district church boards, the General Board of the Nazarene Church and was also active in Kiwanis and local ministerial associations where he ministered. Herb was an amazing carpenter and woodworker, sharing many wonderful gifts with friends and family. Although his backyard was very small, he had the Master's touch and his own garden of Eden that was divinely abundant with beautiful flowers, fruit trees and vegetables, that Shirley enjoyed freezing or canning to share with friends and family.

Herb was a dedicated pastor, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend who is greatly loved. He deeply loved his God, his wife and family, and his parishioners, and demonstrated his love by involvement in people's joys and sorrows.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Shirley Ketterling of Greeley, Colo.; daughters, Shari Ketterling Archer (son-in-law, Royal "Gil") of Gregory, S.D., and Kathy Ketterling Bisig (son-in-law, Steve) of Greeley, Colo.; sons, David Ketterling (daughter-in-law, Veronica) of Grandview, Mo., and Jay Ketterling (daughter-in-law, Dana); granddaughters, Amber Archer Carroll, Allison Bisig, Meredith Bisig, Kinisha Ketterling Blevins, and Lindsey Ketterling Packingham; and grandsons, Justin Bisig, Brady Ketterling, Royal Archer and Bryce Kendrick; 10 wonderful great-grandchildren; brothers, Elmer, Wilbert and Raymond; and sisters, Esther, Katie, Norma and Sarah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Lydia Ketterling; brothers, Oscar, Benjamin, Erwin, Shorty, and Albert; and sisters, Irene, Ellen and Lenore.

Memorial services were held March 15, 2013, at the Greeley First Church of the Nazarene.

Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The family wishes to express deep appreciation to the staff of Centennial Nursing Home and Bee Hive Homes, for all their care and support.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greeley First Church of the Nazarene. ❖