Rocky Mountain Obituaries 5-13-13
Leon Emil Fetzer
Leon Emil Fetzer, 91, of Haxtun, Colo., passed away May 3, 2013.
He was born south of Haxtun, Colo., at the family home on June 24, 1921 to Theodor and Rose Fetzer. At four years old, his parents built a home on the family homestead, in the Rockland community, which he lived a good majority of his life.
As a young child, Leon had many responsibilities on the farm, feeding and milking cows, gathering eggs from the chickens, tending to the garden and checking on crops. Leon attended North Rockland School. He told many stories about riding his horse, Dan, to and from school.
Leon and his brother, Roland, worked for area farmers picking corn by hand. In 1944, Leon started farming for himself and in 1947 bought his first tractor, which was quite a change from farming with horses.
Leon met the love of his life, Dorothy Chamblin and they married on June 16, 1946 in Dorothy’s family home in the Highland Center community. To this union, five children were born. They raised all five children on the family farm.
Leon retired from farming in 1988, and moved to Haxtun, Colo., in 1993, where he resided at the time of his death. He was a board member of the Haxtun Coop Oil Company and a member of the Rockland United Methodist Church and later at the Fleming United Methodist Church.
Leon always looked forward to opening day of pheasant hunting, spending the day with his sons and special hunting buddies. Leon enjoyed riding and working with horses, collecting antiques, and anything that involved talking about history. Leon enjoyed having coffee with his coffee buddies. He especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren out to the creek and looking for arrowheads.
Leon will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Dorothy; children, Pauline and husband Gary Grabowski, of Lakewood, Colo., Clayton and wife Yolanda (Sam) of Windsor, Colo., Rosetta and husband Darrel Phillips, Duane and wife Melanie, Max and wife Polly, all of Haxtun, Colo., sister Luella Lousberg of Farmington, N.M.; grandchildren, Zane Phillips, Matt Fetzer and wife Amy, Billy Fetzer and wife Jennifer, David Grabowski and wife Kristen, Debbie Grabowski, Ben Fetzer and wife Katie, Josh Fetzer and wife Mandee, Greg Fetzer, Elizabeth Fetzer, Dillon Fetzer and Tejay Fetzer; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, Edna, brother, Roland, and sisters, Emma Sonnaman, and Leona Mathies.
Memorial services were held May 7, 2013 at Haxtun United Methodist Church in Haxtun, Colo.
Interment followed in the Haxtun Cemetery in Haxtun, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made, to the Fleming United Methodist Church. ❖
Albert “Skeet” Eugene Lanckriet
Albert “Skeet” Eugene Lanckriet, 87, of Julesburg, Colo., passed away April 28, 2013, in Julesburg, Colo.
He was born December 8, 1925 in Julesburg, Colo., the son of Edmund and Susanna (Klug) Lanckriet.
He attended District 20 Country in Julesburg, Colo., until eighth grade.
Albert joined the U.S. Army on October 26, 1944, and served his time in the Philippines in the infantry until his discharge on February 7, 1946. He received the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground combat during World War II.
Albert worked as a contractor and also farmed when he returned to Julesburg, Colo., in 1974, which was his second love.
Albert married Ruby Campbell on January 20, 1947, and the two were married until Ruby’s passing November 17, 1972. He then married Mary Armstrong on December 29, 1973.
Albert was a member of the local VFW and Elks Club of Ogallala, Neb. He loved going on elk hunting trips and fishing. He also enjoyed swapping stories with all his friends and relatives.
He is survived by daughter, Vicky Holbrook, of West City, Utah; daughter-in-law, Nancy Rademacher and husband Jerry of Julesburg, Colo.; brother, Henry and wife Irene of Julesburg, Colo.; sisters, Polly Zimmerman and husband Darrell of Julesburg, Colo., Babe Phelan and husband Don of Big Springs, Neb., Margaret Jones of Denver, Colo., and Martha Neubauer of Ogallala, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Donna Lanckriet of Ogallala, Neb., Margaret Lanckriet of Morrill, Neb., Freda Lanckriet of Julesburg, Colo., and Janice Lanckriet of Julesburg, Colo.; brother-in-law, Don Campbell and wife Jeanne of Fullerton, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Edmund and Susanna; wife, Ruby (Campbell); wife Mary Zoppelli (Armstrong); brothers, Edmund “Shorty,” Frederick “Fred,” Donald “Dutch,” Clarence “Jerry,” and Francis “Jiggs;” sister, Julia “Girly” Stretesky; son, Terry Lanckriet; and son-in-law, John Holbrook.
Memorial services were held May 2, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Julesburg, Colo.
Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Albert’s name to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 606 W 3rd St. Julesburg, Colo., 80737, or to the Gateway Medical Foundation 900 Cedar St. Julesburg, Colo., 80737. ❖
James J. Smith Jr.
James ”Jim” J. Smith Jr., 57, of Yuma, Colo., passed away April 30, 2013 at his home in Yuma, Colo., after losing his hard-fought battle to cancer.
He was born January 28, 1956, to James J. Smith Sr. and Phyllis Elaine (Powell) Smith in Lincoln, Neb.
Jim married Marilyn Jean Kaiser on July 29, 1978, in Greeley, Colo., and this union was blessed with two sons, Andrew and Greg.
Jim began his career as a herdsman, learning the ropes of the dairy business. Soon after, he decided to take an opportunity to buy his own dairy and then moved his family to Yuma, Colo. He owned a dairy for 10 years before deciding to become a cattle hoof trimmer. His trimming career lasted almost 20 years.
He is survived by Marilyn Smith (wife); April Sandavol (sister); Andrew Smith (son); Jolona Smith (daughter-in-law); Jordyn and Addison Smith (granddaughters); Greg Smith (son); Amber Smith (daughter-in-law); Haley and Sarah Smith (granddaughters): Hazel Kaiser (mother-in-law); along with numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Smith Sr. and Phyllis Smith; his brother, Guy Smith; and his grandmother, Valerie Johnson.
Memorial services were held May 10, 2013, at the First Southern Baptist Church, in Yuma, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jim Smith Memorial Fund, in care of Marilyn Smith. ❖
Sylvester “Sonnyboy” Brooks, 87, of Peetz, Colo., passed away April 30, 2013, in Sterling, Colo.
He was born January 4, 1926, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Champion and Millie (Roby) Brooks.
He attended school through the 10th grade, but quit to assist his mother with raising the family. He served for our country as a Marine during World War II from 1944-1946.
He was previously married to Betty Brooks for 25 years. On September 21, 2002, he married Felicia M. Brooks. They were married for 10 years and seven months.
He worked as a butcher for Colorado Lamb for 40 years.
He was a member of the Redeeming Grace Gospel Church for several years and Fishers of Men Fellowship for the past 10 years.
He loved to help all people, especially the elderly who sometimes were unable to help themselves. He made himself available to assist them whenever called upon. He also loved to make people laugh. He was a skilled and knowledgeable man who was respected by many. His two most favorite quotes were: “I can’t live in this world alone” and “But, there’s one thing about it!” Those who knew him well knew what that meant.
He is survived by his wife, Felicia M. Brooks of Peetz, Colo.; daughters, Sharon Williams and husband of Goldsboro, N.C., and LaHonda Odoms and husband of Denver, Colo.; sons, Brady Crenshaw and wife, Hershel Franklin and wife Chancey Thompson, Joey Brooks and wife Jody Brooks, all of Denver, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Millie Roby; father, Champion Brooks; sisters, Willie Mae Woody, Cozetta Brooks, and Alice Rae McDade; brother, Walter Jones.
Memorial services were held May 9, 2013 at Tennant Funeral Home.
Interment was May 10, 2013 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sylvester Brooks Memorial Fund in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, Colo., 80751 or Mrs. Felicia Brooks, P.O. Box 37, Peetz, Colo., 80747. ❖
Delores Darlene Bath
Delores Darlene Bath, 77, passed away April 28, 2013, at the Laramie Care Center in Laramie, Wyo.
She was born March 12, 1936, in Lingle, Wyo., the daughter of William L. and Pauline (Domson) Herman.
She grew up in the Lingle, Hawk Springs and Torrington, Wyo., areas where she received her schooling, graduating from Torrington High School in 1954, and was also confirmed at the Congregational Church of Torrington.
She married William L. Schwartzkopf in 1954. The couple had two daughters and then later divorced. On August 19, 1968, Delores and Ivan Bath were united in marriage in Cheyenne, Wyo. The couple then farmed in the Yoder and Torrington, Wyo., area before retiring in 1999 and moving in to Torrington, Wyo.
She was a homemaker, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She took great pride in all of her family.
She is survived by her two daughters, Jodene (Randy) Kimzey of Laramie, Wyo., and Rhonda (Eldon) Haworth of Scottsbluff, Neb.; three grandsons, Trevor (Kara) Kimzey of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., Corey (Jessica) Kimzey of Laramie, Wyo., and Randy (Melissa) Carter of Callahan, Fla.; two granddaughters, Brande (Josh) DeBree of Laramie, Wyo., and Cally (DJ) Ysac of Gering, Neb.; six great-grandsons, Chris Kimzey, Tristan Lind, Braiden and Hunter DeBree, Connor Kimzey, and Nickolas Carter; four great-granddaughters, Baylee DeBree, Taylor Kimzey, and Vanessa and Breanna Harpold; two brothers, Bill Lee Herman, of Torrington, Wyo., and Charles ‘Chuck’ (Mary) Herman, of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Herman, of Torrington, Wyo., and Linda Herman, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ivan Bath; an infant brother, Jacob William Herman; two brothers, Gerald and Donald Herman; and a sister-in-law, Setsuka Herman.
Memorial services were held May 2, 2013 at the First Congregational Church
Burial was in the Valley View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Laramie Care Center at 503 S. 18th St, Laramie, Wyo., 82070 or the Senior Friendship Center, 216 East 19th, Torrington, Wyo., or to the Goshen Care Center Alzheimer’s Unit at 2009 Laramie Ave., Torrington, Wyo., 82240.
Friends are invited to send condolences to the family at http://www.ColyerFuneralHome.com. ❖
Mary Heins, 88, passed away April 27, 2013, at the Golden Orchards Assisted Living Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.
She was born November 6, 1924 in Minatare, Neb., to E. George and Eva (Reich) Schnell.
Mary was baptized February 1, 1925 and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Minatare, Neb., on March 17, 1940.
She grew up on the family farm near Minatare, Neb., and attended public schools in Scottsbluff County.
On January 20, 1946, Mary married Henry Heins. They farmed in Hampton County, Neb., until 1955 when they moved to Alliance, Neb. In 1964, the Heins’ family moved to Fort Morgan, Colo. Mary worked at the Smorgasbord Restaurant from 1965 until 1973 and then worked at the Gondola Restaurant from 1973 until 1976.
Mary studied reflexology therapy after which she started her own reflexology business in 1973. She continued to share her healing gifts with many throughout the rest of her life.
She is survived by her son, Royal Dean Heins of Fraser, Colo.; two grandchildren, Richard Andrew of San Francisco, Calif., and Christina Lynne of Naples, Fla.; two half-brothers, John Schnell and Edward Schnell; three half-sisters, Ruth Todd, Alvina Schnell, and Judy Jenkins and a step-sister, Alyce Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, who passed away in 1998; one daughter, Georgine Joyce; one sister, Eva Merrigan; seven brothers, George Schnell Jr., William Schnell, Conrad Schnell, Dave Schnell, Henry Schnell, Alex Schnell, and Pete Schnell; her half-brother, Robert Schnell, as well as her step-sister, Pauline, and her parents.
Memorial services were held May 4, 2013 at the All Saints Lutheran Church at Eben Ezer in Brush, Colo.
Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Guideposts Foundation, 39 Ridgebury Road, Suite 2AB, Danbury, CT, 06810, http://www.GuidepostsFoundation.org or to the American Heart Association, 1280 South Parker Road, Denver, Colo., 80231. ❖
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