Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-30-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 4-30-12

Jeffrey N. Hengel, 52, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2012 at his home.

He was an accountant for Langston Concrete Inc. in Pueblo and had formerly worked with Four Mile Ranch in Canon City and Pikes Peak Behavioral Health. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend.

Jeff was born on February 22, 1960 in Redwood Falls, Minn., to Norbert H. and Phyllis M. (Janachovsky) Hengel. He was a 1978 graduate of Wabasso High School and later, the University of Phoenix in San Diego, California where he received his BS in Accounting. He served in the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego. It was in San Diego where he met and married Susan Ann Cortopassi on October 20, 1990.

This man of faith was a wonderful father and had attended the Bonita Valley Baptist Church and had been a faithful member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs since 2006. He also served as a confirmation mentor at Bethel Lutheran Church.

Jeff will be best remembered for his love of family and friends and his willingness to help others. Jeff enjoyed gardening, cooking, time with family, and helping others in need.

He is survived by his wife: Susan; and his children: Jessica and Seth. Jeff is survived by his mother: Phyllis Hengel of Redwood Falls, Minn. He is also survived by two brothers: Daniel (wife Deborah) Hengel of Elbow Lake, Minn.; and David Hengel of Milroy, Minn.; five sisters: Diane (husband, Allen “Weasel”) Rolick of Renville, Minn.; Julie (husband, David) Rothmeier of Wabasso, Minn.; Juanita “Bunny” Then of Alexandria, Minn.; Jill (husband, Bruce) Schwitalla of Buffalo, Minn.; and Darlene (husband, Curt) Thomez of Waterville, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert Hengel, his brother, Doug, and his sister, Judy.

Services were held April 28, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Memorials may be made to the Jeffrey N. Hengel Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Donna Lee Lorensen, 80, of Brush, Colo., passed away April 7, 2012 at the East Morgan County Hospital in Brush.

She was born March 29, 1932 in Brush to Claude and Matilda (Fritzler) Starr.

Donna married James Lorensen on December 9, 1951 in Brush. James passed in 1991. Together they ran Brush Locker for over 34 years.

Donna was an active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brush. For a time she was a member of the Bell Choir. She was also in the Brush Music Club, in several local bridge clubs, on the Brush Museum Board, and belonged to the Cattleman’s Association.

Donna enjoyed playing golf, bowling, music, she taught piano lessons, and was an enthusiastic supporter of 4-H. She loved her children and grandchildren and they were very important to her.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Hepner and husband Dale of Brush, Colo., and Janet Jones also of Brush, Colo., one brother, Ron Starr of El Paso, Texas, four grandchildren, Christie Barnhill, April Hepner, Geri Rogers and Nate Hepner and five great grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Jim.

Services were held April 12, 2012 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brush.

Interment followed in Brush Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial Gifts may be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association or to an organization that benefits youth of Morgan County.

Waylon Jay Ehrlich, 19, of Milliken, Colo., passed away April 20, 2012.

He was born May 27, 1992 in Greeley, Colo., to his loving parents LeRon and Lori Ehrlich.

He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colo. After graduating, Waylon took a year off to decide what he wanted to major in and was planning to attend CSU this fall for a business and agriculture degree.

“Otis,” his nickname amongst friends and family, was a proud member of the Roosevelt High School FFA where he served as officer and member of the judging team. He was a role model and mentor for younger 4-H and FFA members for showmanship with livestock, mainly market hogs. Waylon was the grand champion showman at the Boulder County Fair last year.

He wrestled for nine years, and was a referee for two years on the Colorado Wrestling Officials Association for local and national tournaments.

Waylon was a dedicated, hard-working, mature young man who always had a smile and communicated with young and old alike. He loved spending time with his family, especially his brother. As a Jack of all trades, he helped his father with many construction projects. He had a lawn mowing operation when he was 12, and was the owner of Ehrlich Customs LLC. He’s worked on local farms since he was in 8th grade and was currently working a trust with his grandfather.

He is survived by his parents; brother Nick (Maria) Ehrlich of Johnstown, Colo.; grandparents Ron Ehrlich of Milliken, Colo., and Karen Ehrlich of Johnstown, Colo., grandmother Darlene Fenner of Loveland, Colo.; great-grandmother Henrietta Siegfried of Fort Collins, Colo.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and lots and lots of friends.

Memorial services were held April 25, 2012, at the United Methodist Church of Johnstown, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Waylon Ehrlich FFA Scholarship Fund in care of the Colorado Community Bank of Milliken 1300 Broad Street, Milliken, Colo., 80543.

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

Cecil Wayne McCasland, 69, passed away April 17, 2012.

He was born to Lorrain and Dorothy McCasland in Yuma, Colo., on November 21, 1942. He was the first grandson of Earl Dike and Opal McCasland.

Cecil attended grade school in Longmont, Colo. He graduated from Westminster High School in 1961. He attended college in Durango, Colo., where he met his wife Ellen Norris. They were married in Durango, Colo., on August 5, 1962. Shortly after they were married they moved to Beulah Heights, Ky.., where they served as dorm parents at the Bible Missionary Church Children’s Home.

Later, Cecil was a general contractor in Colorado until he became a maintenance man, Wood Brothers Homes and Deline Box Factory.

Cecil said his greatest accomplishment were his three children and grandchildren: all of which appreciate all he has done to raise them in the ways of Christianity and work ethic.

He is survived by his wife Ellen; son Richard (Carri) McCasland, daughter Ramona (Douglas) Shields, and son Roger (Christine) McCasland; grandchildren Lynnette (Ray) Perry, Linda (Andrew) Harner, Renee and Melissa McCasland, Douglas II, Charla, Amanda Shields and one great grandson, Samuel Ray Alan Perry; father, Lorrain McCasland; brothers Wilbur (Wanda), Calvin (Martha), Dale (Kathy), and sister Wilma (Robert) Hallbauer; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy McCasland.

Memorial services were held April 21, 2012 at Anton First Baptist Church.

Interment was in the Anton Cemetery with arrangements made by Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield, Texas.

Diana B. Dye , 63, of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away April 18, 2012 in Albion, Calif., of Multiple Myeloma.

She was born August 14, 1948 in Chadron, Neb., to Bill Berry and Cora Busick. Diana was the eldest of three.

After finishing school, Diana worked as a hasher and in 1967 she met her husband of 29 years, Terry Dye. They relocated to up-state New York to start a family and cultivate a premier herd of Holsteins, with Diana specializing in young herd replacements and having unparalleled success in health and survivability.

Over the years, Diana worked with many wonderful horses; Kugat, Sultez and Ha-Dude were among her favorites. She and her horses worked cattle on ranches, rode in County Fairs and at Equestrian Shows and raced in competitive trail rides. Diana’s true passion, Endurance Racing, was found shortly after relocating to Ft. Collins, Colo., in 1984. Racking up tens of thousands of racing miles, Diana and her trusted companions repeatedly set course records and gained national recognition.

The 1990s saw Diana through a series of major riding accidents, which effectively ended her racing career. However, it was at this time three grandchildren entered her life and once more unleashed her beautiful spirit, this time as Grandmother. A few years later, with grown children and a divorce, Diana became a world traveler. Whether traveling to the North Pole by reindeer, or riding camels across the Australian outback, or racing with Bedouin horseman through the Egyptian desert, Diana saw the world and did it her way.

After her world adventures, Diana settled in Cheyenne, Wyo., and became a hospice caregiver. For over 10 years she assisted terminally ill patients toward a peaceful end, first as a volunteer and then as a CNA. It was also in Cheyenne, Wyo., that Diana developed her love of dancing through the lessons she took and people she met at the Dance Spirit Dance Studio.

Drawing from all the strengths acquired through her diverse life, Diana approached her terminal bone cancer with grace and dignity. She charged through weeks of agony using the same enduring spirit that had gotten her across many finish lines.

While Diana might be gone, her endurance and love will nourish us all for generations.

Her family includes son, Terence Weil-Dye; daughter, Amanda Dye; brother, Bill Berry; sister Dawn Jung; grandchildren, Madessa Hoffer-Dye, Savannah Weil-Dye and Quinnlan Weil-Dye.

Memorial services will be held May 18, 2012 at the Dance Spirit Dance Studio in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Bertha Grauberger, 95, of Greeley, Colo., passed away April 15, 2012 at Fairacres Manor.

She was born on October 4, 1916 in Windsor, Colo., to David and Kathrine (Brinkman) Blehm.

She married Alexander Grauberger on April 18, 1937 in Windsor, Colo. He passed away in 1994.

Bertha attended Bracewell School for eight years.

She farmed with her husband for 54 years in Weld County.

Bertha was an avid gardener, seamstress and enjoyed quilting. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and belonged to the Friendly Neighbors Sewing Club.

She is survived by her son, Robert Eugene (Sharon) Grauberger of Wheatland, Wyo.; daughter, Deanna Joyce Grauberger of Gill, Colo.; sisters, Helen (Ben) Wagner, Velma Bender, Edna (Bob) Hutcherson, Caroline (Jim) Keys and Betty (Bill) Meardy; four grandchildren, Cheryl (Dale) Zahnhiser, Kendell (Sheleste) Grauberger, Stuart (Stacy) Grauberger, and Cori (Ashley) Grauberger; as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Arlene Bertha; grandson, Cass Eugene; brothers, Robert, Ted, Harry, Elmer, Wilbert, Otto, Ruben, Eddie, James, Albert and Adolph; and sister, Lorena Ley, and her parents.

Memorial services were held April 23, 2012 at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grauberger Family in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St. Greeley, Colo., 80631.

Charles Adkisson, 91, of Greeley. Charles passed away peacefully April 16, 2012, at North Colorado Medical Center.

He was born October 5, 1920, in Milliken, Colo., to Bob and Susie (Adams) Adkisson and graduated from Milliken High School in 1938.

Charles served in the 8th Air Force during World War II and was held prisoner of war in Germany for eight months.

On June 25, 1949, Charles married Germaine Wolf.

He farmed near Milliken for 19 years and in 1969, purchased his own farm north of Eaton. He was a farmer by vocation, a gardener at heart.

Charles and Germaine retired and moved to Greeley in 1988. Among their travels were trips to Washington D.C., San Francisco and Vancouver, BC.

Charles enjoyed gardening, woodworking, photography, reading, and was an avid Rockies and Broncos fan.

He was an active member of St. John’s United Church of Christ for six decades, where he was consistory president and building committee chairman.

He is survived by Germaine, his loving wife of 62 years; son Charles L. (Annie) of Lakewood, Colo.; daughters Charlene Parker of Greeley, Colo., and Carol Gustafson (Greg) of Arvada, Colo.; five treasured grandchildren, Kirsten and Marin Adkisson, and Andrew, Evan and Julia Gustafson, a brother, Wayne, a sister, Beverly Walker, brother-in-laws, Richard (Bernice) Wolf and Bob (Dona) Wolf, sister-in-law, Colleen (Pete) Denzin, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Natalie, Fern and Phyllis, and an infant grandson, William Gustafson.

Services were held April 21, 2012 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial gifts may be given to St. Johns UCC Memorial Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631.

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

Arthur “Bud” A. Norton, 74, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away April 18, 2012.

He was born September 1, 1937 in Brush, Colo., to Perry and Edna Norton.

He attended and graduated from Timnath High School in 1956. He was married to Marian Thayer in 1956 and they separated in 1969. Bud married Barbara Hill on April 1, 1972 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Bud’s occupation was a truck driver and he worked as a dairyman, farmer and later worked for Builder’s Square as a salesman. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins, Colo.

He is survived by his loving wife Barbara; son, Brad (Teresa) Norton of Eagle Grove, Iowa; daughters, LuAnn (Les) Daigh of Boyd, Texas; Wendy Fech (BobMenvey) of Hyannis, Neb.; Valerie (Pat) Hall of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Debbie Lebo of Woodstock, Ga.; a brother, Irvin (Maryanne) Norton of Peyton, Colo.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Rodney Norton, a brother, Jack Norton; and sister, Betty Amen.

Memorial services were held April 23, 2012 at the Allnutt Drake Chapel. Interment followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Fort Collins, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colo., 80526.

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