Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-2-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-2-12

Donald William Wamsley, 90, of Coalmont, Colo., passed away March 11, 2012 at home.

He was born November 1, 1921 to Leonard Burl and Sarah Katherine (Hardin) Wamsley on the Charles Murphy Ranch by the Michigan River in North Park, Colo.

In April of 1924, Donald’s father and uncle bought the A. K. Marr Ranch in Coalmont, Colo., and Don lived on that ranch for the rest of his life.

Don attended school at the Coalmont schoolhouse from grades one to nine (his brother thinks it was the only class that went through grade nine) and then went to Walden, Colo., for high school, graduating in 1939. He attended Colorado State University for one year, after which his father’s declining health brought him home to help operate the ranch.

In 1964 he married Sandra Faye Elf in Cambridge, Minn., and they had three children born to them: Tamlyn Kaye, Robert Dean and Marin Marie.

His life’s work was as a rancher and heavy equipment operator.

Donald had a gift for engineering custom ranch equipment, and with help from his brothers and some ranch hands, he built or modified several pieces of machinery to serve specific needs. Over time, the ranching operation acquired several pieces of heavy equipment, which Don used to build and maintain ditches, roads and dams for stock ponds, fish ponds and other small reservoirs for the Wamsley ranch and for other North Park, Colo., landowners. He was most proud of his dam project, which was mostly completed in the 1960s. The 64,000 yard dam that he designed created a reservoir of about 105 surface acres.

Many neighbors benefited individually from Don’s generosity through the years, and service to the community as a whole was important to him. He helped to organize the North Park Soil Conservation District and was appointed to finish out his father’s last term as County Commissioner after Burl died in 1958.

Donald was a member of North Park Stockgrowers Association and served one term as its president. He was also a member of Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. He became a member of North Park Community Church in the early 1950s and along with the rest of his family, contributed calves for the annual sale in the fall of each year to benefit the church.

Managing the business affairs of Wamsley Cattle Co., Inc., building and running equipment, and filling in as needed to help his brothers with cattle and other ranching chores left little time for recreation. He liked airplanes and owned a one-half interest in a Cessna for a few years sometime around 1950. When he could get away, Donald enjoyed day and weekend pack trips to the mountains and fishing in the mountain lakes in Alaska and in Washington state. He liked to visit family when he travelled and made numerous trips to Massachusetts to visit his daughter Tammy and grandson Liam Maginnis, to California to visit his sister Iris and her family, and to Minnesota to visit in-laws.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Tammy and Marin; son, Robert Dean; sister, Iris Gaekle; brothers, Robert Burl and Richard E. Wamsley; one grandson, Liam Maginnis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burl and Katherine Wamsley and one brother, Jerry Wamsley.

A memorial service will be held in June.

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John R. “Jack” Sullivan, 78 of Berthoud, Colo., passed away March 26, 2012.

He was born the youngest of three boys on November 15, 1933 to Dennis and Mary A. Sullivan in Denver, Colo. His father raised the boys on the farm in Arvada, Colo., following the death of their mother in 1934.

He graduated high school in 1951 from Arvada High and later that year married his beloved wife, Mary Rose, on November 11, 1951. Directly following their marriage they took over the family Dairy Farm in Arvada, Colo. He was a dairyman through the mid-1970s until they moved the family to Berthoud, Colo. Jack and Mary made their transition to Berthoud, Colo., in 1978 where they have continued to farm and feed cattle.

Jack was active in numerous organizations including the local Soil Conservation District where he was an officer as well as being on election committees for the Poudre Valley REA. He was a strong proponent of reduced tillage farming and was a first adopter in the Berthoud, Colo., area. Later in life, his passion was collecting and restoring tractors, primarily John Deere 2-cylinders with his son Mel and grandson Cody.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and an admired friend. His countless jokes and funny stories will be remembered and missed by all. Our hearts are broken because of his absence; but are mended by the memories and time spent with him. He was the salt of the Earth, the green of the grass, the steel of the plow, the blue of the sky and we are better for having known him.

He is survived by his beloved wife Mary of over 60 years; son Mel (Pat) of Loveland, Colo.; grandson Cody (Lisa) of Eaton, Colo.; great-grandson Declan of Eaton, Colo.; brother Ed (Joan) of Sun City, Ariz.; numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Mary A. and a brother Weldon.

Memorial services were held March 30, 2012 at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary Chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

James Frederick Allen, 66, of Kiowa, Colo., passed away February 13, 2012 in Lakewood, Colo., from complications of a massive stroke.

He was born November 26, 1945 in Colby, Kan., to Everett F. Allen and Gracie M. McFee Allen. His family moved to Grand Lake, Colo., in about 1950. Then they moved to Aurora, Colo., in 1955. There they owned and operated Saddle Lane Stables. Jim took people out on trail rides and cared for the many horses.

He met and married Betty L. Wittman Allen on June 10, 1967. They have two sons Ty R. Allen and Clay S. Allen.

Jim always loved having at least one horse around to at least look at on a daily basis or ride on occasion. He loved working with his hands and his mind. It didn’t matter if it was wood, metal, or a vehicle he loved working with it all.

Jim loved working on vehicles and semi trucks. He taught both sons very well on all the mechanics of vehicles. Jim loved to take and build new inventions out of other things that happen to be lying around. Some of his inventions are things like a log splitter out of a tractor and a hay elevator, which works wonderfully. He also revamps some already made equipment to meet his needs for whatever he needed to use it for. He also has remodeled many houses out of as much as a chicken coop or any existing building that may be around. He also loved restoring semi trucks and has done many for himself and others. He was always proud of all his work and loved to share with everyone all it took to turn something old into something wonderful.

He is survived by two sons Ty R. Allen, wife Talynn Allen and three grandkids Tess, Trea and Trenton Allen of Kiowa, Colo., Clay S. Allen, wife Lisa Allen and three grandkids Lindsay, Kiersten, Slade Allen of Franktown, Colo., and three sisters and one brother and aunt and uncle, and many more family and friends.

Memorial services will be held on April 21, 2012 at 28523 La Donna Vista Lane Elizabeth, Colo., at Terry’s Track. There will be BBQ, tractor pull, truck pull, and a truck show with some of Jimmy’s Creations. Come for an hour or come for a day of fun and remembering “Jimmy” starting at noon. For more information, please call (720) 320-5556.

Victoria Mae Alm, 79, of Eaton, Colo., passed away March 21, 2012.

She was born April of 1932 on a small farm near Farwell, Minn. She grew up with her brother and sister in an age of hard work, little money, and strong family ties.

Vicki was an excellent student, and after graduating from Glenwood High School, she enrolled in the Swedish Hospital Nursing Program in Minneapolis, Minn. Graduating early with honors, she soon moved west to Greeley, Colo., to work as a registered nurse at the brand new Weld County General Hospital, which had just been built on 16th Street.

Arriving in Greeley, Colo., she soon met the love of her life, a farm boy named Raymond Alm. Vicki soon gave up a career in nursing to focus on her husband and family. Vicki and Ray had over 53 years together.

Vicki was the center of her family and an anchor for her friends and neighbors. She could fix dinner for 20 people, find her husband’s wallet, and raise the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen. In her earlier days, she was there to brand the calves, drive the silage truck, babysit the grandkids and teach Sunday school.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Eaton, Colo., and the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Greeley, Colo.

We will all miss an extraordinary wife, mother, sister and grandma.

She is survived by husband Ray; three children, Susan (Neal) Johnson, Carl (Josie) Alm, and Wayne (Julie) Alm, all of rural Eaton, Colo.; as well as eight grandchildren, Diana Johnson, Brent Johnson, Nicholas Alm, Tanner Alm, Trevor Alm, Patrick Alm, Tyler Alm, all of Eaton, Colo., and great-grandson, Hayden Alm, Wilbur, Neb.; her brother, Rodney Turnquist, Rosemount, Minn., and a sister, Eleanor Fahlin, Kensington, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lillian Turnquist; father, Oscar Turnquist and grandson, Christopher Alm.

Memorial services were held March 26, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Inurnment at the Eaton Cemetery to be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society 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

Roger Dale Dixon, 72, of Rush, Colo., passed away January 23, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital of Colorado Springs of lung cancer.

He was born May 7, 1939 in Henderson, Ky. He served his country in the Air Force and then worked for the post office in Auroral, Colo. He then worked at Rocky Mt. Arsenal until he retired.

Roger loved camping, square dancing, civil war books, and above all, auctions. He loved being with people. He loved country music and was named after Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Roger will be missed by his family and friends that he loved to be with.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Phyllis Dixon; son Robert Dixon, daughter Laura Dixon Ploetz of Houston, Texas; step-son Rick Brown and step-daughter Debbie Brown of Aurora, Colo.; brother Edward Dixon of Henderson, Ky.

Roger and Phyllis moved to Rush, Colo., in 1996. They attended Rush Community Church.

Memorial services were held January 27, 2012 at Rush Church.

Burial was at Kanza Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calhan, Rush UM Church, 583 Denver St., Calhan, Colo., 80808.

John Grant Dilka, 73, of Galeton, Colo., passed away March 22, 2012 in Evans, Colo.

He was born on August 31, 1938 in Greeley, Colo., to Alvin and Grace (Fisher) Dilka.

John’s preschool years were spent on the Seventy Ranch near Hardin, Colo. Moving between Colorado, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, John completed his high school years in Kersey, Colo., graduating in 1957.

John worked most of his life in the concrete and trucking industry owning his own business for 20 years. The farm was his favorite place, raising cattle his passion, and raising his children his greatest accomplishment. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, reading Louis L’Amour books, and watching John Wayne movies. Good friends, and conversation drew him to Dillard’s in Galeton, Colo., where he was known as “Big John.”

John served in the Navy as an electrician’s mate aboard the USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) from 1957-61. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose serving as Governor for the Pierce Lodge in Pierce, Colo.

John was dearly loved by his family and will be missed very much.

He is survived by his former wives, Jane Johnston of Evans, Colo., and Jane (Ware) Dilka of Evans, Colo.; his step-mother, Eleanor Dilka of Kersey, Colo.; his children, Dane (Heidi) of Evans, Colo., James (Anne) of Briggsdale, Colo., Dawn of Greeley, Colo., Jarrod of Weatherford, Okla., and Grant (Lindy) of Galeton, Colo.; grandchildren, Ashton, John, Jacob, Konnor, Grace, Jace, and Ella; sisters, Pat Prazma of Ault, Colo., Ellen Rhodes of Kersey, Colo., and brother Tim Hughey of Greeley, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen; brother, Lanny; and stepfather, George Hughey.

Memorial services were held March 28, 2012 at Adamson Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society for Leukemia Research in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Jerry Loyd Banks, 61, of Loveland, Colo., passed away at his home on March 9, 2012.

Jerry was born on November 15, 1950, in Flandreau, S.D., to Loyd Banks and Vera LaLonde Banks.

Jerry graduated from Loveland High School in 1970. He was a Navy Hospital Corpsman stationed in San Diego from 1970 to 1971 and later stationed in Orlando, Flo., until 1974. Jerry studied horseshoeing with Vern Olinger in Turkey Creek Canyon, Colo., and began his own horseshoeing business in the Loveland area in 1975. He married Katie Bright in 1989. He was a successful and sought-after farrier, shoeing the U.S. Forest Service pack mules and many competition horses and mules until he retired in 2007. He also worked as a welder and farmed for many years near Severance, Colo. Jerry loved to fish, hunt, cook, and spend time with his family and many friends, telling stories and playing cards.

He is survived by his sister, Gaye, and her husband, Philo Grommon, of Loveland, Colo.; niece and nephew, Jimi Jean Clark and Jeremiah Stockwell; Rita Jungemann, whom he raised and loved as his own daughter, and her sons, Hayden and Morgan; half-sister Karen Teply in Lamar, Neb., and her children, Jena, Jippi, and R.D.; special friends Steve and Peggy Houchin and Ed Bruinsma; and his mule, Tang.

Cremation was at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home and Crematory and a wake will be held at a later date.

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