Rocky Mountain Obituaries 3-26-12
Veda N. Steadman, 97, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away January 19, 2012 while in the company of family members at her residence.
She was born September 4, 1914 in a sod house north of Kit Carson, Colo., and 27 miles by horseback from the nearest doctor to Harriet (Barber) and Harley H. Ashbaugh.
Enrolled on partial scholarships at Grinnell College during 1931 and 1933, Veda and her sister Vera, who were Sac City, Iowa farm girls, struggled nightly to make ends meet. When President Roosevelt closed the banks in March of 1933, they had 11 cents between them.
Determined to help her six younger siblings get college educations, Veda left Grinnell and taught country school. Relocating in 1937, she completed her B.A. in music at what is now the University of Northern Colorado by interspersing summer school with stints teaching in some of Colorado’s most remote locales.
She taught in Alma, Colo., in the late 1930s. It was an isolated mining camp. Veda’s mother wept bitterly when she first visited Alma, Colo. All that changed when Veda married a fellow teacher and soon-to-be Air Force officer, Vern V. Steadman on August 18, 1940 at her parents’ farm.
With Vern stationed in 1946 to bombed out Munich, Germany, Veda, undaunted, set out to join him. Taking their two preschoolers, Vivian and James in tow, she undertook a perilous winter crossing of the storm-tossed North Atlantic on a troop carrier transport. Upon reaching Germany, she found communications there in such disarray that contacting Vern in Munich, prior to their arrival by train was impossible.
Returning from Europe, the family soon included daughter Linda. The next 14 years found them moving from post to post until Vern retired in 1962.
After being critically injured in an automobile accident in 1965 and then widowed within months, Veda enrolled at CSU, where she earned her Masters in English at age 54. Her degree propelled her later in life into a long-running career as a popular contributor to the Fence Post.
Four generations of her family have now ranched near Stove Prairie. At times, running the ranch nearly over-whelmed her, but she found satisfaction as her family gained “the discipline we had to learn and our children and our grandchildren absorbed from the hazards of ranching in a sometimes harsh, drought-plagued area …”
Veda is remembered as one who stayed positive and followed her dreams through times of great hardship.
She is survived by her daughters, Vivian and Linda Steadman; daughter-in-law Penelope; son-in-law Lee Wayman; and her grandchildren, Tristram Steadman Post, Karin Bridget, Christopher, Michael and Brook Steadman; nine great-grandchildren.
Her son James, a USAF F-4 pilot, was declared MIA in Laos in 1971.
Memorial services were held February 3, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins, Colo.
A private family scattering of cremains will take place at a later date.
Stanley (Andy) Anderson, 87, of Miami, Okla., passed away March 10, 2012.
He was born to Harold and Marie (Martin) Anderson on May 24, 1924.
He graduated from Johnstown High School in 1942. He married Helen Hansen on December 28, 1942. He became an Army Paratrooper during WWII.
After being honorably discharged, he farmed in Johnstown, Colo., for many years. His family was all born there.
In 1973, Helen and Stanley moved to Australia to become a rancher on 20,000 acres of uncleared land.
Stanley and Helen returned to the United States in 1996 and have lived in Oklahoma since.
He is survived by his wife Helen; daughter Stanna (Bob) Traven of Alabama; sons August (Lynn) of Florida, Kevin (Sue) of Australia, Matt (Tracey) of Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters Janet (Bob) Barker of Evans, Colo.; Joni Anderson of Loveland, Colo.; Ingrid (Steve) Reel of Fort Morgan, Colo.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Ann Anderson and his brother Glen Anderson.
Services were held in Fairland, Okla.
Albert “Ab” Conrad Volz, 90, of Sterling, Colo., passed away March 15, 2012, in Sterling, Colo.
He was born August 28, 1921, in Wasserlos, Germany, to Wendelin and Katherina (Kerber) Volz.
He came to the U.S. with his family in 1924. They settled in Ovid, Colo., where he received his schooling. He has spent his entire life in northeast Colorado.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 13, 1942, serving in the European Theatre, and was discharged on March 13, 1946, with the rank of sergeant. With the exception of the five and a half years Ab worked in the oil fields in the early 1950s, he spent his entire life around farming and livestock in the Sterling, Colo., area.
Ab was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 3541 and the American Legion Post No. 20. He was also a member of the DAV No. 34. He enjoyed traveling and rodeos and all sports.
He is survived by his daughter, JoAnn Schomerus and husband Doug of Castle Rock, Colo.; sons, Richard Volz and wife Gayle of Fort Morgan, Colo., Jim Volz and Linda Law of Sterling, Colo.; brother, Willie Volz and wife Katie of Sterling, Colo.; special friends, Jerry and Linda Meisner; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Herman Volz.
Memorial services were held March 23, 2012 at Knights of Columbus Hall.
Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion or the VFW.
Paula Mae Jones, 64, of Akron, Colo., passed away March 14, 2012 after a long battle with cancer.
She was born May 5, 1947 in Del Norte, Colo., to Rita Mae (Heil) Klaumann and Paul Frederick Klaumann. Paula was the second oldest of four children. She was an excellent athlete in high school, lettering in four sports excelling in track, graduating in 1966.
In 1967 when she was Adams County Rodeo Queen, she met her future husband Dave Jones. They were married on August 31, 1967 and had one son, John in 1972.
Throughout the years Paula and Dave traveled to many RCA rodeos, with Paula barrel racing and hazing for Dave in the bulldogging. She also enjoyed taking her son John to youth rodeos. In 1998 Paula was excited about the birth of her first grandson Ryan and in 2003 had a precious granddaughter Kylie Mae.
Living on the same ranch for 43 years, she spent her time taking care of cows, sharing her love and knowledge of horses with her grandchildren and anyone who needed some help and guidance. Paula was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and her brother, Bernard.
She is survived by her husband, Dave; son, John and his wife Julie, grandchildren Ryan and Kylie, all of Akron, Colo.; a brother, Jimmie Klaumann, wife Susie of San Angelo, Texas, Cathy Hampton and husband, Melvin of Angora, Neb.; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial services were held March 17, 2012 at the Akron Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Paula’s remembrance to the Eastern Colorado Round-up in care of the Washington county Gymkana.
Douglas E. Amy, 58, of Longmont, Colo., passed away March 11, 2012 at his residence in Longmont, Colo.
He was born June 2, 1953 in Detroit, Mich., to Norman Edsel and Betty Erna (Koeppen) Amy.
In high school a Biology teacher nurtured Doug’s interest in science and animals by introducing him to a rural veterinarian who took Doug on calls every weekend. This started him on a path that would become his life’s work. The summer after high school, Doug went straight to Michigan State University without ever taking a summer or semester off until he earned his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in 1976. He practiced veterinary medicine in Yale, Mich., before following a love for the mountains inspired by hunting trips with his father. He moved to Colorado in 1979 and worked as a veterinarian in the Golden, Colo., and Arvada, Colo., areas.
In 1982 Doug married Emy (Thornborg) Axelsen in Golden, Colo. He was a father to Emy’s three children, raising them as his own, teaching 9-year-old Seth the Blacksmithing trade that he makes his living at today. Doug and Emy had three lovely daughters. Doug worshipped his three girls, who fondly called him “Papa Bear.” Being an avid wood carver, he would carve Santa’s and whirly-gigs, which the girls loved to paint.
In 2001 Doug met Annie (O’Hara) Colvin. In 2003 he and Annie moved to Longmont, Colo., where they enjoyed life, building a small farm together, along with a menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens, horses and mules.
In Doug’s veterinary career he found value in pursuing non-profit organizations. Humane Society’s, the Dumb Friends League, the Max Fund, the Denver Mounted Police, the Channel 4 Clydesdales, the Four Mile Historic Park and the Westernaires are just some of the animal groups he helped and worked for. Doug’s veterinarian philosophy was of a holistic nature, practicing with herbal and acupuncture remedies for pain relief. In between the loving care he gave to the animals of this earth, he would relax by reading, wood carving and cooking.
He is survived by his partner and companion of many years Annie Colvin; three daughters Caitlin Amy, Kira Amy, and Galen Amy; two step-sons Hans (Jeni) Axelsen and son Johan, Seth (Lune) Axelsen their children Daylan and Isabelle; his step-daughter Mette (Durant) Cephers their children Emily and Andre; his brother Dale (Jennifer) Amy and daughter Jessica; and his sister Lynne (Bob) Pichi; and by Annie’s children Rebecca (Oz) Coatswith and Brian (Rita) Colvin their children Olivia and Tristan; and his brother-in-law Paul (Margaret) O’Hara and their children James and Lette.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were held March 24, 2012 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont, Colo.
Cremation was at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
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Gary Alan Walter, 52, of Wiggins, Colo., passed away March 16, 2012 near Wiggins, Colo., in a pick-up/motorcycle accident.
He was born October 6, 1959 in Sterling, Colo., to Earl Jr. and Ginny Walter.
He married Leslie Williams on September 12, 1981 in Ft. Morgan, Colo. They have made Wiggins, Colo., their home since 1994, where he has enjoyed ranching and raising bucking bulls. He also enjoyed riding bulls, camping, playing softball with his sons and spending time with his family and friends. Gary’s greatest passion outside of his family has always been being involved with the cattle industry.
Gary worked at Livestock Exchange Inc. for many years starting at age nine. He was currently employed by Basic Energy Services Co. in Ft. Morgan, Colo., treating oil and gas wells.
He is a past bull riding director of the Colorado State Rodeo Association, CSRA, in which he participated competitively for 14 years and was the CSRA champion in 1983, 1988, 1989, and 1990 until he retired in 1991.
He is survived by his wife Leslie of Wiggins, Colo.; his sons Brady Walter and Sean Walter both of Greeley, Colo.; three sisters Garnet Leys of Brush, Colo., Kelly Lefever of Black Forest, Colo., and Becky Hansen of Wiggins, Colo.; one brother Pat Walter of Brush, Colo.; and his parents Earl Jr. and Ginny of Brush, Colo.
Memorial services were held March 22, 2012 at the Wiggins Event Center in Wiggins, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s name care of the Morgan Federal Bank P.O. Box 10 Ft. Morgan, Colo., 80701.
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