Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-23-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-23-12

Lydia Brunz, 104, of Greeley, Colo., passed away April 14, 2012, at Life Care Center of Greeley, Colo.

Lydia was born April 6, 1908, in Fort Collins, Colo., to George and Mary (Meier) Petrie. She grew up in Fort Collins, Colo., and was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

She married Henry Brunz on August 27, 1925, and became a devoted wife and mother while working many hours on the family farm in Fort Collins, Colo., and later in Eaton, Colo. She was blessed with six children: four daughters and two sons.

Upon her husband’s death in 1952, she moved to Greeley, Colo., where she did domestic work until 1960 when she went to work for the Center for Disease Control located at Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colo. In 1967, the Center moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where she worked until her retirement in July 1975.

In her retirement, Lydia stayed active in many things she enjoyed. She was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for over 50 years. At Our Savior’s, among other activities, she made quilts that were donated to R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). She received numerous awards for having donated over 10,000 hours of her time. Lydia was also an active member of the Senior Activity Center, playing bingo every Thursday for over 25 years. She also enjoyed very much playing card games with family members and friends. Her favorite card-playing “buddy” was one of her granddaughters, Cathy Sloan Allen, who became the most special friend of her life, in later years.

She is survived by her children, Doris Saxton of Brighton, Colo., Betty (Lawrence) Hertzke of Greeley, Colo., Mary Ann (Ken) Sloan of Columbus, Ohio, Henry Allen (Jan) Brunz of Coral Springs, Fla., Larry (Linda) Brunz of Windsor, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; daughter, Lois Souther; sons-in-law, Blain Souther and Ray Saxton; and sisters, Katie, Mary, Molly, Elizabeth “Lizzie”, Eva, Millie and Leah.

Memorial services were held April 19, 2012 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo.

Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Retired Senior Volunteer Program in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Melvin I. Long, passed away April 8, 2012 after a brief illness.

He was born February 22, 1925 in Thurston, Neb. He moved to Kremmling, Colo., when he was about 17 (1943?). Then went into the Army in 1944.

The second of 10 children, Melvin was raised in Nebraska, and later Kremmling, Colo.

He served proudly in the military, with the 709th Engineer Petroleum Distribution Company, during the China Burma Campaigns.

After returning from the service, Melvin married Frances Marshall, the couple lived in Kremmling, Colo., where Melvin worked at a local sawmill while Frances worked for the bank. The couple had two sons, Thomas and Curtis and later moved to the Marshall family ranch, north of Silverthorne, Colo. On the ranch, Melvin and Frances raised two sons, dozens of horses, thousands of calves, scores of barn cats, and even the occasional duck over the years.

He supplemented the family income in the early days by maintaining the phone line for a local phone company from Heeney, Colo., to the old town of Dillon, Colo. Melvin served on the Summit County School Board for 24 years before retiring from that endeavor. During his tenure, he worked to ensure the District could accommodate the influx of students, which came because of the construction of Dillon Reservoir.

Melvin spent his final years on the ranch tending after his bulldog Roxy, several cats, and a few horses, having ranched in the lower Blue Valley for over 60 years.

Never short on conversation or tall tales, Melvin enjoyed recounting his time in the Army to family, friends, neighbors and anyone else who would listen.

He is survived by his son Tom Long (Peggy); three granddaughters: Valerie Connelly (Shawn), Becky Long, and Josie Suk (Geoff); and two great-grandsons Marshall Connelly and Tyson Suk.

He was preceded in death by his wife Frances and son Curtis.

Cards and letters may be sent to: The Long Family, PO Box 1577, Silverthorne, Colo., 80498.

Memorial contributions may be made in Melvin’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Byron L. “Bud” Spaur, 81, of Johnstown, Colo., passed away April 6, 2012 at Swedish Medical Center from complications from a brain hemorrhage.

“Bud” was the second son born to Bennett Lee Sr. and Marie Rose Binder Spaur on October 24, 1930, south of Johnstown, Colo.

“Bud” attended Erkenbeck Country School through the eighth grade. He graduated from Johnstown High School in 1948.

Byron married Ruby B. Lebsack on June 28, 1953 in Berthoud, Colo.

He served two years in the U.S. Army (1953-1955). Upon his discharge from Ft. Bragg, N.C., he returned to the Johnstown, Colo., area to farm for the rest of his life. Byron loved to farm and he knew the value of the land. He could raise a successful crop from whatever the season dealt him.

He was a 50 year member of the Berthoud United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the J-M American Legion.

Byron and Ruby were blessed with four children. His proudest moments have come these last years when his two sons Mark and Steve joined him in the farming operation. His heart was broken twice with the loss of their daughter Rebecca and son Alan from Cystic Fibrosis.

He is survived by the love of his life Ruby; sons Mark (Robin) and Steven (Gena); grandchildren Zachary (Melinda), Erica, Sarah, Joseph, and Heather, all of Johnstown, Colo.; a special friend/son, Brad Kennedy, Lincoln, Neb.; brothers, Bennett Jr. (Marilyn), and Gilbert (Caron), all of Johnstown, Colo., Glenn of Estes Park, Colo., and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Rebecca, son Alan and granddaughter Rachel.

Memorial services were held April 13, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Berthoud, Colo.

Graveside services were held at the Johnstown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the First United Methodist Church of Berthoud building fund or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St. Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Friends may view the online obituary, sign the guest book, and send condolences at

Maurice “Red” Haworth, 83, a lifelong resident of the Berthoud, Colo., area, passed away April 3, 2012 in the comfort of his home.

His pioneer farm west of Berthoud, Colo., has been in the Haworth family since 1901.

Maurice was born September 20, 1928 to Everett and Ina Haworth. He was active in farming all his life. He also worked various construction jobs around Colorado.

He married Allene Gettman on March 12, 1949. They raised four children, Karen, Marilyn, Charles and Stanley. Allene passed away on October 1, 1986.

Red saw farming evolve from horsepower to gas power and was a constant presence in the Berthoud, Colo., area all his years.

As faithful as a doctor making his rounds, Red traveled daily from coffee shop to coffee shop, sharing his smile and good nature with everyone he met.

One of his favorite pastimes was sitting outside in his yard, among the cottonwood trees, soaking up the sunshine. He loved admiring his flag, and visiting with anyone who cared to stop by. How ironic that the mighty cottonwood trees lasted only as long as the man who loved them.

He is survived by his daughters Karen Sorenson of Loveland, Colo., Marilyn (John) Allen of Fort Collins, Colo., and sons Charles (Dana) Haworth of Florence, Colo., and Stanley (Julie) Haworth of Campion, Colo.; seven grandchildren Jessica Binder, Nicole Haworth, Derek Haworth, Leah Sorensen, Ryan Ward, Josh Wadsworth and Diane Velasquez and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Allene, his parents, a sister Margaret, and a brother Myron.

Memorial services were held April 10, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Berthoud, Colo.

James Ted Holdeman, Jr. passed away April 10, 2012, at the age of 48 by his own choice.

He was born January 4, 1964 to James (Jim) and Barbara (Hunnell) Holdeman in Sheridan, Wyo. He grew up in Gillette, Wyo., and graduated from CCHS in 1982.

Ted was a big gentle man with a heart to match his size. He loved his family and friends with a passion seldom seen. He never forgot a person’s name after he had met them and it only took a short conversation before he considered them his friend.

At the age of 12, he started working summers with his aunt and uncle Study on a ranch near Biddle, Mont., which he spoke of often. After high school, he worked on a ranch for Bud Gleason near Weston, Wyo.

He was a man of all trades, working construction, oil and methane fields. He worked for Farmer’s Co-Op, Walter’s Welding, Handran Production and WPX Energy (formerly Williams Production).

He was a member of DeMolay, NRA (lifetime), Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and having a cold one with friends and family.

He married Rebecca Ann Schwindt on April 5, 2008, and gained three beautiful step-daughters. On February 22, 2010, they brought into the world the light of his life, Kamryn Elizabeth Holdeman.

Ted is survived by his wife, Rebecca; daughter, Kamryn; step-daughters; Kelsey Marie Browning (Brad), Krista Lynne Schwindt (Alex Kelley), and Kayla Nichole Schwindt (Todd Zenor); mother, Barbara Holdeman; sister, Chris (Tom) Cheairs; brother, Roy (Robbie) Holdeman ; mother and father in-law, Ernest and Helen Reynolds; two brothers in-law: Johnny (Nciki) Reynolds and George Reynolds; a lifelong friend, John E. Sharp Jr. and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and all of Gillette.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Ted Holdeman, Sr.; grandparents, Ted and Katrina Holdeman, George and Irene Hunnell; aunt and uncle, Brooks and Katherine Study, cousin, Leann Allen and uncle, George Hunnell, Jr., a brother-in-law, Thomas Reynolds Sr.

Services were held April 13, 2012 at Family Life Church. Burial followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in Ted’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyo., 82716 or condolences via the internet at

Josephine R. (Fox) Willford, 97, passed away April 12, 2012 at Brighton Ridge Nursing Home in Eureka Springs, Ark.

She was born to early North Park Pioneers, Casper and Amanda (Smith) Fox, on the family ranch below the North Sand Hills (East of Cowdrey, Colo.) on October 15, 1914. She attended grade school in Cowdrey, Colo., and high school in Denver, Colo., and Kansas City before returning to keep books and work in the Cowdrey, Colo., store for her parents.

She married Robert K. (Bert) Willford on April 20, 1935 at the church in Walden, Colo. She and Bert started the Monarch Garage in 1938 (later known as Willford Motors); she was the bookkeeper for the garage, the Cowdrey Fire Department, and the Cowdrey Power and Light Company. Bert and Josephine sold the garage in 1958 and started Willford Ranches where she was involved with daily operations.

Josephine was a school board member for two years and on the Election Board for 35 years as Judge and one year as secretary, two terms as president of the Cowdrey Community Club, one year as President of the Women’s Club, and two years as president of the Business and Professional Woman’s Club. She has been a member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 42 since 1953 where she held offices and was a member of the drill team. She was baptized into the Cowdrey Covenant Church and helped to raise the money to build the church. She was also a longtime member of the North Park Cattlewomen Association. In 2002 Josephine was honored by the Never Summer Rodeo for over 110 years of her family history, her life in, and her love of North Park.

She and Bert spent 25 years wintering in Apache Junction, Ariz., until Bert passed away in January of 2001. She then spent three more winters there before moving to Collinwood Assisted Living in Fort Collins, Colo. In July of 2008 she moved to Brighton Ridge Nursing Home in Eureka Springs, Ark., to be near her daughter, Shirley and son-in-law, David Bird.

She is survived by one daughter, Shirley (David) Bird of Eureka Springs, Ark.; two sons, Larry (Joan) Willford of La Porte, Colo., and Leon (Debbie) Willford of Cowdrey, Colo.; four grandchildren, Connie Jo (Steve) Barnes of La Porte, Colo., Debbie (Bird) Colvin of Eureka Springs, Ark., Rusty Willford of La Porte, Colo., and Ty Lee Willford of Cowdrey, Colo.; five great-grandchildren, Cory ( Lindsey) Barnes and Ross (Shannon) Barnes, Kyle Willford, Alissha Willford all of La Porte, Colo., Brittany Hoyt of Seymour, Texas, and Shaelynn Willford of Montrose, Colo.; five great-great grandchildren, Natalie, Tanner, Allyson and Camryn Barnes of La Porte, Colo., and Kyson Hoyt of Seymour, Texas; many nieces, nephews and numerous friends in Arizona and Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert and one grandson, James (Jim) D. Bird, Jr.

Memorial services were held April 17, 2012 at North Park Community Church in Walden, Colo.

Interment followed at Jackson County Cemetery in Walden, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Older Adult Transportation Services (OATS) in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, Colo., 80524.

Friends may send condolences to the family at

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