Rocky Mountain Obituaries 3-4-13
Urban G. Elpers
Urban G. Elpers, 83, of Strasburg, Colo., passed away February 10, 2013 at his home in Strasburg.
He was born December 4, 1929 in Wellington, Kan., to Joseph and Mary (Eble) Elpers.
He moved to Roggen, Colo., in June of 1930. At age five, he moved to their current farm in Strasburg, Colo. He graduated from Strasburg High School in 1947.
He worked various jobs, including farming, until he was drafted in the Army at the age of 26. He served two years at Ft. Belvore in Virginia. During that time he did plenty of KP (for falling asleep during guard duty — which he could sleep at any time and any place.) He always told his children that he did not have to do dishes, as he had done his fair share during those two years.
He married Virginia Ritter on September 14, 1957 where they resided in Strasburg, Colo., until 1963 when they moved back to the family farm where he stayed until his death.
He was a member of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years. He served as Chief for a period of time but spent countless hours helping the organization. He served on the Strasburg School Board for four years and was instrumental in building the new high school. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Byers, Colo., since its inception.
His pride and joy (other than Virginia and family) was his farm. He owned a small herd of Hereford cattle and was proud of the bloodlines he created. Working the land was very important to him and planting “straight rows” was a HIGH priority. He liked to build and re-build his own machinery; one of which was a drill he built from scratch.
In 1971 he built a trailer park, which all the family helped to build. It’s still going strong today. He completed the ARCO Medical Building, which is now the High Plains Medical Building, in 1982. Once again, his family was “drafted” into the free labor to complete the project.
He was always teaching, whether it was farming, ranching, building, religion, card games, sports or life in general. He was very patient and thorough in these teachings, whether it was with his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and/or neighbors. Throughout his life he was always full of stories to tell, up to and including his final days.
He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa and “Uncle Urbie” to all of us.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Virginia; daughters Denice (and Jim), Diana (and John), Naomi (and Mike), Nancy (and John); and son Eldon (and Traci); grandchildren Bobbie Rose, John and Michael, Kelsey, Corey, Lindsey, Shaney, Colbey and Codey, Justin, Aspen, Nate, and Kaden, Erica and Thomas; great-grandchildren Victoria and Natalie and one due any day now; and his sister, Mary.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mary nd Joseph; brothers Dennis, Joseph, Albert and Frank; and sisters Alma, Ann, Theresa and Inez.
Memorial services were held February 14, 2013 at Our Lady of the Plains Catholic Church in Byers, Colo.
Interment was at Byers Community Cemetary. ❖
Geneva “Jean” E. Daniels
Geneva “Jean” E. Daniels, 85, of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away February 22, 2013 at her home.
She was born June 26, 1927 in Brush, Colo., to Henry and Nettie (Hunt) Teter Sr.
She married Everett R. Daniels Sr. on August 4, 1946 in Brush, Colo. He passed away in 1958.
Jean was affectionately known to her family as “Sis” or “Aunt Sis”.
She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America and the American Iris Society and grew beautiful iris that she would show at various events.
She enjoyed canning, crocheting, reading, traveling with her family, and gardening. She worked for the Great Western Sugar Factory in Fort Morgan, Colo., for 28 years before retiring in 1999.
She is survived by three sons, Dwight Daniels and wife Leslie of Lamar, Colo., James H. Daniels and wife Wendy of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Everett R. Daniels Jr. of Lamar, Colo.; two daughters, Lana Daniels Reeves of Greeley, Colo., and Peggy A. Kirk of Columbus, Ohio; one brother, Hughie Teter of Twin Falls, Idaho; two sisters, June Crispin of Ft. Morgan, Colo., and Leona Walter of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister-in-law, Karen Teter of Sandy, Utah; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, Dennis Joe Daniels and Michael Gary Daniels, two brothers, Earl L. Teter and H.R.“Bud” Teter, one sister, Betty M. Hellyer, and her parents.
Memorial services were held February 27, 2013 at Heer Mortuary Chapel in Ft. Morgan, Colo.
Interment followed in the Brush Memorial Cemetery in Brush, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the charity of one’s choice. ❖
Blanch Hart, 82, of Greeley, Colo., passed away February 14, 2013 at her home.
She was born October 31, 1930 in Lamar, Colo., to William and Eva Marie (Hendee) Reitenbaugh. She was the sixth child to join the family.
Blanch married Harold Hart of Briggsdale, Colo., on October 1, 1949. Blanch was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her love extended from her family to encompass her many friends and neighbors. She dedicated her life to helping her family and friends.
She is survived by her sons Robert and Albert Hart; daughters Judy Hart and Joan and William Collins; 13 grandchildren Cassandra, Nicole and Travis Hart, Kylie and Justin Grossaint, Carolyn, Kelley and Jennifer Hart, Julie and Mark Eichler, Sandra and Bryan Geach, Suzanne and Chris LeBrun, Michelle Yeoman, Melissa and Travis Sharp and Maranda Wagner; seven great-grandchildren Arianna, Christopher, Grace, Nathaniel, Venna, Hilary and Ethan; two siblings Maymie Wright and Richard Reitenbaugh.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold in 1989, three brothers and three sisters.
Memorial services were held February 21, 2013 at Stoddard Funeral Home.
Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Please visit http://www.StoddardSunset.com to sign online guestbook. ❖
Donald Howard Campbell
Donald Campbell, 82, of Kersey, Colo., passed away February 20, 2013 at Hospice of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.
He was born at home near Chandler, Oklahoma, on September 10, 1930, to Oran A. and Cletis A. (Johnson) Campbell.
Don grew up in Oklahoma as the eldest of five children. As a young adult, he moved to Greeley, Colo., then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served on the USS Kaskaskia during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in May 1954 and returned to Greeley, Colo., where he married Sherry Lou Adams on August 23, 1954. They made their first home in Lucerne, Colo., and also had homes in Laramie, Wyo., and Greeley, Colo., where they raised their two sons.
Don worked as a mechanic at Monfort Feedlots for many years and also had his own automotive repair business in Greeley during the 1970s and 80s. He and Sherry enjoyed an active life that included favorite pastimes of camping, fishing and bowling.
Don was an active member of the Greeley-Evans Moose Lodge, the VFW and was also a Colorado Division of Wildlife volunteer.
After retirement, Don and Sherry moved to McCook, Neb., for some years before returning to Colorado and making their home in Kersey, Colo. They also enjoyed being campground hosts at Lake John near Walden, Colo., for several seasons and were avid pet-lovers.
Don attended the Kersey Cowboy Church.
Coinciding with his 82nd birthday last September, Don participated in the VFW sponsored Honor Flight of Northern Colorado which traveled to Washington D.C. This was a highlight event he spoke often of afterward.
He is survived by his son, James (Diane) Campbell; a sister, Orlene (Dewey) Ankeney; a brother, Gary (Dorothy) Campbell; three grandchildren, Amy (Steve) Brehon, Becky TenEyck and Richard Campbell; as well as 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson due to be born; nieces and nephews, many dear friends and a special few who he also counted as family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry. They were married 53 years at the time of Sherry’s passing in 2007. Their youngest son, Edward, passed away in 1982.
Memorial services were held February 28, 2013 at Christ Community Church in Greeley, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Honor Flight of Northern Colorado or the American Cancer Society.
Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at. ❖
Dick “Corky” Lozier
Dick “Corky” Lozier, 78, of Walden, Colo., passed away January 11, 2013 at Middle Park Medical Center in Kremmling, Colo., after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born December 19, 1934 to Rob and Alice (Mum) Lozier, a ranching family living in the foothills of the Wind River Range in northwest Wyoming, near the small town of Cora.
From the time of early childhood, Cork was never known to spend much time on recreation, but one thing did grab him and that was rodeo. From the early 50s into the 60s he rode bareback and saddle bronc, excelling in the latter with winnings across the western side of Wyoming. He won a host of belt buckles.
A deep love of cattle and ranching led to a lifelong ranching career that started on a ranch he purchased in 1955 near Daniel, Wyo., known as the Meyers place and lived there until 1971. From 1972 until 1978 he leased a ranch near Boulder, Wyo., known locally as the Sparks place.
In 1978 he purchased the North Fork Ranch west of Walden, Colo., where he resided until late December.
Corky was heard to say by family and friends that he had a good life. He lived his life the way he wanted.
He is survived by his four children, Pat Lozier (Vicki) of Soda Springs, Idaho, Delta McCormick (Mac) of Cora, Wyo., Eric Lozier of Grand Junction, Colo., and Leta Veitch (Jeff) of Montrose, Colo.; two brothers, Bobby Lozier of Pavillion, Wyo., and Lary Lozier of Boulder, Wyo.; one sister Betty Wardell of Boulder, Wyo.; two grandchildren, Cody Lozier of Boise, Idaho (son of Pat Lozier) and Megan Williams of San Antonio, Texas (daughter of Delta McCormick).
He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Jack Lozier of British Columbia, a son Mike Lozier and a grandson Corey Lozier.
A celebration of his life will take place on May 25, 2013, at the North Fork Ranch. ❖
Clara Hettinger, 97, of Greeley, Colo., passed away February 23, 2013, at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, Colo.
She was born March 26, 1915 to Conrad and Emilia Schneider.
Clara grew up on a farm in the Eaton, Colo., area.
On September 1, 1935, she married Alexander Hettinger and they farmed in the Windsor, Colo., and Eaton, Colo., areas. In 1947, they moved to Greeley, Colo., where she joined the Weld County Extension club. This organization made pads for cancer patients. Clara loved to grow African violets and also enjoyed crocheting and quilting.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Carolyn Hettinger of Severance, Colo.; a daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Bill Kahler of Greeley, Colo.; a brother, Edward Schneider of Greeley, Colo.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, and four sisters.
Memorial services were held March 1, 2013 at Adamson Chapel.
Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to “The American Heart Association” in care of Adamson Funeral Home, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖
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From June through September, John Etchart spends most of the day driving a tractor through hayfields below the mountains near Meeker in northwestern Colorado.