Rocky Mountain Obituaries 3-19-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 3-19-12

Malcolm Hugh MacNaughton, 81, passed away Feb. 18, 2012 in Ft. Collins, Colo.

He was born August 22, 1930, to Robert M. MacNaughton and Helen A. Everitt-MacNaughton in Hornell, N.Y.

Malcolm graduated from Hornell Sr. High School in 1948. He and Bonnie J. Russell-MacNaughton were married March 11, 1950. They made their home farming and raising four children on Big Creek, until 1970, when they moved to the Avoca/Howard, N.Y., area to continue dairy farming.

After several successful hunting trips to the Rocky Mountains, Mac decided to sell the dairy in Avoca, N.Y., and moved the family to Northern Colorado in 1978.

Malcolm owned and operated the Arapahoe Ranch in Walden, Colo. He and his family, also known as his ranch hands, ran cattle, sheep, horses, and put up over 900 acres of hay annually. In the off season, Mac and family cut poles per special permit in the Roosevelt National forest in North Park, Colo. As a licensed guide and outfitter, Mac and family set up and ran hunting camps in the Rawah Wilderness mountain range.

After selling the ranch in 1990, Mac and Bonnie moved to the Wellington, Colo. area. There they ran a calf and sheep operation, and Mac did custom haying in the Northern Colorado region.

In the summer of 2000, Mac and Bonnie moved into the town of Wellington, Colo., where he spent his last days farming in his greenhouse.

Mac’s first love was his family, and keeping them close was first and foremost in all of his endeavors. Mac spent his life working with, and enjoying the company of horses, whether it was working cows, skidding logs, pulling wagons and sleighs, or just trail riding with the family in the mountains.

Mac’s other passions were camping, trapping, hunting and passing this knowledge on to the next generation.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie J. Russell-MacNaughton of Wellington, Colo.; his brother, Marvin (Elnora) MacNaughton of Arkport, N.Y.; his daughters, Connie Lynne (Bob) Carnes, and Luanne (Pat) MacNaughton-Terlesky of Wellington, Colo.; his sons, Don Lee (Peggy) MacNaughton of Caton, N.Y., and Michael MacNaughton of Wellington, Colo.; his granddaughters, Tammy (Don) Dilts of Wellington, Colo., and Tara MacNaughton of Albany, N.Y.; his grandsons, Robert (Sheree) MacNaughton of Wellington, Colo., and Cory (Amy) MacNaughton of Fort Collins, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Dilts, Garrett Dilts and Madison MacNaughton, all of Wellington, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert MacNaughton; mother, Helen Everitt-MacNaughton; sisters, Lucille MacNaughton and Dorothy MacNaughton-Wise; and brothers, Bruce, Marshall, Murray and Murle MacNaughton.

Private familiy memorial services were held at the Highland Prairie Cemetery in Wellington, Colo. An open house/memorial in Malcolm’s honor will be held in June, when the family can gather together and celebrate this larger than life influence in their lives.

Memorial contributions may be made in Malcolm’s honor to Faith in Action, P.O. Box 117, Hornell, N.Y.  14843.

William (Bill) Howery, 82, of Willows, Calif., passed away March 10, 2012 from natural causes.

He was the son and youngest child of Blanchard L. Howery and Harriet Marlatt Howery.

He was born on the old Howery Family homestead west of Hawk Springs, Wyo., on February 10, 1930.

Bill graduated from Hawk Springs High School, where he shined as a star athlete receiving a full track scholarship to the University of Wyoming. After attending the university a short time he serviced with the U.S. Army Airborne ERC Infantry. He served in the Korean War from October 1950 to November 1951. After surviving an ambush and saving other soldiers, Bill came home a Korean War Hero. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Distinguished Unit Citation and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Bill was recognized and honored for his heroism with the distinguished Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Bill worked most of his life as a farmer and a truck driver. He was self-taught guitarist who loved country music and wrote many songs that he performed with his band. He was also a big airplane enthusiast who loved flying and building model airplanes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings Helen Howery Gregory, Wayne Howery, Gerald “Tub” Howery, Dale “Pete” Howery and Frances Howery; and his first wife Wanna Hirz Howery in 1968.

He is survived by four children with his first wife, Judy Howery, of Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Souza, of Willows, Calif., Jim Howery of Chico, Calif., and Sandra Howery, of Las Vegas, Nev.; his current wife, Evelyn Howery, and their daughter, Amber Curl, both of Willows, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Etienne Howery, of West Richland, Wash., Kalen Souza, Clinton Curl and Riata Curl, of Willows, Calif., and LuRandon Howery, of Las Vegas, Nev.

Memorial services and a military funeral were held March 14, 2012 at the Willows Cemetery.

Donna Brosius, 85, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away March 6, 2012 at Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was born on January 22, 1927 in North Platte, Neb., to John and Ida Kammerer Connor. She attended grade school at Lincoln County District 92 and graduated from North Platte High School in 1945. After school, she worked for Western Union and various doctors’ offices. On February 9, 1950, she married William Brosius Jr., of Stapleton, Neb. She moved from Stapleton, Neb., to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1992 to be close to her family.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Brosius; daughter, Shaun Brosius Klein; son-in-law, Gary Klein; grandson, Ryan Klein; granddaughter, Andrea Klein; and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her son, Tim Brosius; sister, Julie Allen; and brothers, Darrell Connor and Larry Conner.

Memorial services were held March 10, 2012 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton, Neb.

Burial followed at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Stapleton, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colo., St. John’s Catholic Church in Stapleton, Neb., or ESU No. 16 in North Platte, Neb.

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Chiyoko “Jill” Mayeda, 93, of Greeley, Colo., passed on in a peaceful sleep on March 7, 2012, at Bonell Good Samaritan Community in Greeley.

She was born on April 2, 1918, in Brighton, Colo., to Junji and Haru (Takeshita) Arakawa.

Jill grew up in the Brighton area on her parent’s farm where she learned the art of farming. She finished her education at the Emily Griffith School of Opportunity, where she graduated in bookkeeping. She worked as a bookkeeper for a photography studio in Denver, Colo.

On October 31, 1942 she married Sam Mayeda on the family farm. The continued to farm on their own, ran a filling station and produce house during their 37 years of marriage.

She is survived by her three children, Iris (Gerry) Miyoshi, Barney Mayeda, Douglas (Letha) Mayeda; six grandchildren, Greg (Erin) Miyoshi, Charlene (Jim) Robben, Traci Montoya, Steven (Michelle) Mayeda, Kevin (Tammy) Mayeda, Ryan (Kim) Mayeda; twelve great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Katie Yago and Alice (Leonard) Mizuno . She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters; two brothers; and one great grandchild.

Services were held March 15, 2012 at Adamson Chapel. Interment followed at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Esther Swink, 95, of Broomfield, Colo., passed away February 23, 2012 in Louisville, Colo.

She was the oldest daughter of Nick Deines and Rosina Gomke of Brighton, Colo., who were immigrants from Germany. Esther lived in Broomfield, Colo., since 1937. She was born April 15, 1916 in Denver, Colo. She married Walter A. Swink on February 20, 1938 and they moved a house from Superior, Colo., onto Walter’s parents farm on the corner of his 160 acres at 144th and Zuni St. in Broomfield, Colo.

This is where they started their family, raising four children. They farmed there as well as several other farms in the area, raising mostly wheat (as many as 5000 acres of land) for the next 63 years until Walter passed away in 1983. The farming was continued by their eldest son, Alvin, for the next 22 years until it was sold and the original home was donated back to the town of Superior, Colo., as a historical building.

She loved her family and had a passion for taking care of her home and garden, especially her roses. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by children, daughter Sylvia (Robert) Sauer, of Broomfield, Colo., son, Alvin (Joan) Swink of Commerce City, Colo., daughter Sheryl (Dennis) Lowry of Severance, Colo., and son Terry (Karen) Swink of Lyons, Colo.; grandchildren Janet, Darren, Doug, Stephanie, Shelly, Karen, Carie, Scott, Heather, Chris and Matthew; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial services were held February 29 2012 at the Olinger Highland Mortuary and Cemetery in Thornton, Colo.

Kenneth E. Cary, 88, of Ft. Collins, Colo., passed away March 10, 2012 at Golden Peaks Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Ken was born on April 27, 1923 in Rawlins, Wyo., to Ernest and Hazel (Sutherland) Cary. After parting ways with Ernest, Hazel returned, with her children, Ken and daughter, Myrtle, to the Sutherland family ranch at Granite Canõn, Wyoming to raise her children with the aid and support of her brothers and sisters. In particular, her brothers, Harlow and Everett, who became Ken’s father figures and role models.

He attended a one room elementary school at Granite Canõn, where he and Myrtle were sometimes the only students, before attending and graduating from Cheyenne Central High School. In addition to ranching, he worked as a mechanic in garages and dealerships owned by his uncle, Kenneth Sutherland.

He met Mildred Kruzic, a transplanted Iowan, on a blind date arranged by his sister. They were married on February 14, 1948. They had four sons, Steve, Tom, Keith and Rich. They operated a family owned farm near Fort Collins for most of the 1950s before he pursued an education and career in electronic instrument repair. Most of that career was spent as an instrument calibration technician at Colorado State University’s Engineering Research Center. After his retirement in 1984 they spent many winters in Harlingen, Texas and summers in the cabin that they built in Red Feather Lakes, Colo. They traveled frequently throughout the US and Mexico.

He was a member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was active with the Fort Collinaders Square Dance group and the Wellington Senior Resources Center. He enjoyed coin collecting and was an endless source of help to his sons as a mechanic and electrician to keep several households and countless vehicles running smoothly.

He is survived by his four sons, Steven (Connie), Keith (Marilyn), Richard, all of Fort Collins, Colo., and Thomas (Karen) of Loveland, Colo.; granddaughter, Arnetta; three step-granddaughters, Lisa, Deanne and Kathryn; six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews around the country.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; his parents, Ernest and Hazel; his sister, Myrtle; and all six aunts, uncles and their spouses, who helped to raise him.

Services were held March 16, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Iinterment followed at Roselawn Cemetery will follow.

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