Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-22-13 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-22-13

Devon Cole Bender

Frank Alexander Kemp

Frank Alexander Kemp, 91, passed away April 8, 2013 after a long illness.

Frank was born in Denver, Colo., on May 10, 1921.

He attended East Denver High School and the Choate School, graduating from Yale University in 1942 where he was a member of the varsity football and rugby teams.

Before graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and attended its officer’s training program in Quantico, Va. Frank completed the training in San Diego, Calif., not long after graduation and was assigned to the Solomon Islands with the 4th Regiment, 4th Marines, where he became a Company commander in the famous 1st Marine Raider Battalion. Over the next three years, he participated in the battles of New Georgia, Guam (where he was elevated to Captain in the LST during the landing) and Okinawa. Highly decorated, Frank was awarded a Silver Star for “gallantry in action” in New Georgia in July 1943, aggressively leading his company in a furious exchange of rifle fire with superior Japanese forces with such success that heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy, driving them from three defensive positions. He was also awarded two Bronze Stars, including one for “heroic achievement in action against the enemy” in Guam in 1944, “displaying complete disregard for his personal safety despite heavy enemy fire. Although his Company was in critical condition due to heavy losses, by his shrewd tactical handling of his command he so disposed his Company as to meet and repel the enemy.” He also received a Soldier’s Medal for saving three heavily-laden Marines from drowning after they each fell during a treacherous river crossing in New Georgia, as well as a gold star in lieu of a second Purple Heart. A serious shrapnel injury sustained in April 1945 on Okinawa led to his return to the States, where following months of military hospitals and rehabilitation, he worked on the football coaching staff at the U.S. Naval Academy until he resigned his USMC commission in 1947.

Frank then returned to Denver, Colo., and went to work for the Great Western Sugar Company where his father, Frank A. Kemp, Sr., was President, spending two years in various jobs with GW before leaving in 1949 to move up to Grass Range, Mont., to work on the N Bar Ranch. It was during this stretch in Montana that Frank found his calling politics and the livestock game. In 1950, a Basque sheepman from Wyoming, Paul Etchepare, convinced him to come back to Denver, Colo., and work with him, and a short time later they formed the land and livestock firm of Etchepare and Kemp. For the next 12 years the partners bought, owned, sold and managed farms and ranches throughout the West and Northern Mexico. They operated feedlots and bought and sold wool, sheep, fattened lambs and cattle. Subsequently, Frank worked for a large feedlot operation and later became the manager of the farm and ranch department of a large Colorado real estate company. From the late 70s until he retired in the late 90s, Frank was self-employed as a ranch manager and appraiser of farm and ranch properties throughout the Rocky Mountain West. The highlight for him during these later years was the roughly 10 years he spent managing a 100,000 plus acre ranch property near Medicine Bow in south central Wyoming.

A lifelong but moderate republican, Frank served in the Colorado State Legislature from 1960 through 1970, with three two-year terms in the Colorado General Assembly and one four-year term as a member of the Colorado State Senate. He was instrumental in the legislation that led to the founding of what is now Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colo. He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968, nearly unseating the 20-year incumbent in a democratic city in the closest election since 1952.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Cattle Feeders Association and a member of the Colorado and American Societies of Farm and Ranch Managers and Rural Appraisers, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the American National Cattlemen’s Association and the National Lamb Feeders Association. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Colorado State Historical Society and was a member of the Hospital Executive council of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He is survived by his favorite companion and wife of 62 years, Polly Kemp; his two sons, Frank A. (Alec) Kemp and J. Hovey Kemp and his spouse Mary Ellen Kemp; and two grandsons, Matthew Kemp and Wilson Kemp.

The family’s plans for services are pending.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Hospice or the charity of one’s choice. ❖

Ivan Edward Oster 

Ivan Edward Oster, 75, of Lochbuie, Colo., passed away April 9, 2013 in the comfort of his home. 

He was born April 14, 1937, in Greeley, Colo., to John F. and Hallie Ethel (Werkheiser) Oster. He was the youngest of nine children. 

 Ivan grew up in Kersey, Colo., and graduated from Keenesburg High School in 1955. He graduated from Barnes Business College. On October 18, 1959, he married Carmen Dennis of Greeley, Colo. They were longtime members of Community Baptist Church in Brighton, Colo., and he helped build their current facility. 

He was a maintenance man at Gate Cyclo for 21 years. Although he had a heart condition, he always worked hard to provide for his family’s future. His self-motivation inspired him to plan ahead by owning several rental properties. Ivan enjoyed woodworking, inventing, camping, and fishing. Above all was the faith that he had in his Savior, Jesus Christ, and the love that he showed for his family. He served on the RE3-J school board, participated as a councilman in the Town of Lochbuie, Colo., helped initiate the starting of the Lions Club, and held leadership roles in the Lochbuie Senior Center.

He is survived by his wife, Carmen; two daughters, Carmen (Paul) Cann of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and Cheryl (Brian) Evans of Brighton, Colo.; three brothers, Jim, John (Janet), and Ted (Elaine) Oster, all of La Salle, Colo.; five grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Eberhard of Brighton, Colo., Melissa (Ivan) Schulz, Benjamin (Kailey) Cann, and Karina Cann all of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada and Alyssa Evans of Brighton, Colo. A great-grandchild is expected in September.   

He was preceded in death by his son, Ivan (1970) and a daughter, Marlene (1983). 

Memorial services were held April 20, 2013 at Harvest Fellowship in Brighton, Colo. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Baptist Church Building Fund of Brighton in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, Colo., 80634. 

Please visit to sign the online guestbook. ❖

Arny Robert (Red) Hubbard

Arny Robert (Red) Hubbard, 66, of Merino, Colo., passed away April 14, 2013 in Sterling, Colo.

He was born January 1, 1947, in Sterling, Colo.

He graduated from Padroni High School and served in the United States Army from 1968-1970.

Red married Jackie Contryman on October 24, 1970 in Holyoke, Colo.

He was a member of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association and the BPO Elks. While he loved to rodeo and team rope, his biggest loves were his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Hubbard of Merino, Colo.; son Arny R. Hubbard Jr. and (friend) Stephanie Feltz of Loveland, Colo., his son Leo Hubbard and (wife) Sherry of Merino, Colo.; grandchildren Taylor Hubbard and TJ Hubbard of Merino, Colo., Wyatt Hubbard of Greeley, Colo., and Brianna Crabb of Milliken, Colo.; stepdad LR (Bob) Asnicar and (wife) Dorothy of Loveland, Colo.; brother Ron Hubbard and (wife) Sonia of Holyoke, Colo.; sister Tina Garland of Westminster, Colo.; sister Merrilyn and (husband) Ben of Harold, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma (Tadolini) Asnicar, and his father Clyde Hubbard, grandparents Mary and Alfredo Tadolini, and Belle and Allen Hubbard.

Memorial services were held April 19, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brush, Colo.

Burial was in Stoneham, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Red’s name to the New Raymer FFA Chapter c/o Prairie School, P.O. Box 68, New Raymer, Colo., 80742. ❖

Devon Cole Bender

Devon Cole Bender, 19, of Weldona, Colo., passed away April 4, 2013, at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, Colo. Devon had been courageously battling a heart condition all of his life.

He was born in Greeley, Colo., on July 15, 1993 to Dean and Gina (Baumgartner) Bender.

Devon attended Weldona schools where he was active in basketball and FFA. He graduated with the class of 2012 from Weldon Valley High School.

Devon attended Life Fellowship in Fort Morgan, Colo. He enjoyed race cars, muscle cars and serving on the Fall Harvest Car Show Committee. He loved farming, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Devon’s family and friends were most important in his life. He was the type of man that would help anyone in need and he always had a special way of being able to bring smiles to the faces of those he loved the most.

He is survived by his parents, Dean and Gina Bender of Weldona, Colo.; his brother and sister, Dylan Bender and Danea Bender, both of Weldona, Colo.; his sister, Brittany VanLandshoot and her husband, John, of Denver, Colo.; his maternal grandparents, Stan and Cheryl Baumgartner of Wiggins, Colo.; his paternal grandparents, David and Jeanne Bender of Weldona, Colo.; the love of his life, Rachael McCracken of Fort Morgan, Colo.; as well as a host of cousins, extended family, and countless cherished friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Terri Bender; and his great-grandparents, Jake and Esther Baumgartner, Chester and Corina Popp, Paul and Tabea Bender, and Carl and Gloria Maag.

Memorial services were held April 10, 2013, at Wiggins Event Center in Wiggins, Colo.

Interment followed in Memory Gardens in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, 7951 E. Maplewood Ave., Suite 126, Greenwood Village, Colo., 80111. ❖

Luverne Hertzke

Luverne Hertzke, 92, of Greeley, Colo., passed away April 13, 2013 at the NCMC Hospice Inpatient Unit.

He was born November 26, 1920 in Middle Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada to Adolph and Margaret (Seibold) Hertzke who homesteaded there for two years before moving back to Iowa.

He moved with his family to Boulder, Colo., in 1929 and graduated from Boulder High School in 1939 before moving to Greeley, Colo. He farmed several properties in Weld County with his father, Adolph, and brother, Lawrence, when World War II broke out.

He entered the U.S. Army on October 20, 1942 and after basic training and radio school joined the 583 Signal Air Warning Battalion as a radio repairman for a radar company. He served two years in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was discharged on November 29, 1945 as Tec 4.

Luverne met his future wife, Annie Louise Calder, at Luther League functions in Greeley, Colo., before the war, and they carried on a long distance romance while he was stationed in the Pacific. They were married on December 28, 1945 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo.

With A.R. Hertzke AND Sons, he resumed farming after the war. In 1956 he established, with his brother Lawrence, Hertzke Brothers Farms, an award-winning dairy operation west of Greeley, Colo., retiring in 1979. After retirement, he remained busy with various business interests, travel and the family’s mountain cabin at Red Feather.

He was a long standing member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Colorado Farm Bureau, Greeley Knife and Fork Club, various dairy groups and boards. He and Annie enjoyed a wide social life that included an association of West Greeley farm couples known as the Saturday Night Group, as well as a birthday club, a card playing group, and extended family gatherings.

He is survived by his three children, daughters Linda Neely of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Nancy Salser of Greeley, Colo., and son Allen Hertzke (Barbara Norton) of Norman, Okla.; grandchildren, Sandra (Eric) Fletcher of Meridian, Idaho, Todd (Amy) Diehl of Bedford, Texas, Chris (Beth) Diehl of Fairfield, Iowa, Casey (Jessica) Neely of St. Johns, Fla., Jodi (Matt) Delong of Indian Trail, N.C., Patrick (Rachael) Hertzke of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Simon Hertzke of Glendale, Ariz.; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Lawrence and Eugene Hertzke.

He was preceded in death by his wife on May 22, 2012; a son, Edwin, who passed away shortly after birth, a daughter, Rosemary Diehl, and sister, Vivian Weishaupt.

Memorial services were held April 19, 2013 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80631. ❖

Robert Oram

Robert Stanley Oram, 87, of Boulder City, Nev., passed away April 10, 2013 from cancer.

Robert, a.k.a. Bob Oram — alias “The Keota Kid” — was delivered into this life on January 29, 1926, in Keota, Colo. His parents were E. Fae Stanley (1890-1980) and Charles Ford Oram (1887-1956).

He was married to Malu Tshitenga in 1985 until her return to Zaire in 1986. In 1991, he married soul mate E. Audrey Reynolds Oram.

At 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and fought in Iwo Jima where during deployment, “both his best buddies fell.” After WWII, he was stationed in China until he was relieved from active duty in 1946. Upon honorable discharge, he held the rank of Corporal.

Thanks to the “G.I. Bill,” he received his pilot’s license and worked as a Ground Instructor rated in Aircraft, Engines, Meteorology, and Civil Air Regulations, as a commercial pilot for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and as a private pilot — eventually logging over 4,000 hours.

He received his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Wyoming in 1963, and subsequently worked for the Bureau of Reclamation as a structural engineer with experience as a surveyor, transmission line inspector, substation construction advisor, and engineering division administrator for multiple projects that included the San Juan Chama Project and Nambe Falls Dam in New Mexico, the Inga Dam Inga-Shaba 500 kilovolt transmission line in Zaire, Africa, the Nueces River project and Choke Canyon Dam in Texas, and the Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nev.

His hobbies were water skiing, flying his Cub, photography and writing.

He is survived by wife Audrey Reynolds Oram; step-daughters Helena Le Roy, Nancy (Steve) Cottrell, Jana Allman; step-grandchildren Michelle, Brandi, Heather, Philip, Jennifer, Brett, Amy; step-great-grandchildren, Scotty, Blake, Hailey and Abby.; step-great-great-grandchild Joseph; and his sister Laura Pilkington.

He was preceded in death by Marion Ruth Dale, his wife of 34 years, in 1983, and his siblings Mary Naeda Oram in 1926, Charles Ford Oram Jr. in 1933, and Auriel Josephine Oram Sandstead in 2007.

Memorial services were held April 20, 2013 in Boulder City, Nev.

Interment was at Keota, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Term Care Unit at the Boulder City Hospital, Boulder City, Nev., 89005.

An online memorial guestbook can be signed at ❖


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