Rocky Mountain Obituaries 5-21-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 5-21-12

Kenneth Dale Richter, 89, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away May 11, 2012 at home surrounded by family.

He was born February 21, 1923, to Frank and Annegene Richter at home 15 miles southeast of Wiggins, Colo.

He met the love of his life, Dorothy, when he was 14 and she was 13 in Wiggins, Colo. They married August 30, 1942 when Dorothy graduated from high school and he was a sophomore at Colorado A&M (now CSU) where he was studying civil engineering and was a member of the ROTC.

Dale’s studies were shortened by induction into the Army Air Corps during WWII where he received his degree in meteorology. He served in the Pacific as an air traffic controller with the Oceanic Air Traffic Control based at Kwajalein. He was called up again during the Korean War and served with the Air Force’s Air Defense Command based in Japan. He stayed in the reserves and retired as a Major with 40 years of decorated service to our country.

Between wars, Dale worked as a police officer in Denver, Colo. He also began buying and operating dairy farms with his father until 1969 when he went on to a 20 year career in the insurance industry.

He was a man of honesty where his word and a hand shake sealed many business deals. His multiple interests and talents included; fly-fishing at their cabin on the Poudre, deep-sea fishing, woodworking, exploring the world, Friday night dancing at the Safari with good friends, genealogy, a 4-H leader with Dorothy, crossword puzzles, great discussions, financial planning, gardening, rose growing, and eating Dorothy’s fresh-baked rolls. But most of all he loved being with his family and good friends.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Dorothy; three children, Estelle Thaller (Marvin) of Hugo, Colo., Linda Richter (Bob Manuel) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Rick Richter (Julie) of Fort Collins, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Richter (Betty) of Boulder, Colo., and many cousins, nephews, nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Benita Farrington and Wilma Drager.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Iasis Christ Fellowship at 363 Jefferson.

Military Honors and reception will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society, Pathway Hospice, or a charity of your choice in care of Bohlender Fuenral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524.

Online condolences may be made through Bohlender Funeral Chapel at

Christian “Chris” Mills, passed away May 2, 2012 suddenly at Sunrise Senior Living at Orchard, Littleton, Colo., after a short illness of several months.

Chris was born on August 15, 1925 at the family farm home near Brighton, Colo., to Henry and Sarah Hooper Mills.

He attended the Emmanus Lutheran and Hazeltine elementary school at Brighton, Colo. Afterwards, Christian worked on the family farm in the Brighton, Colo., area before being called into service in 1950. Chris served in the army in the Korean War for two years, including a 14 month tour spent in Germany. Chris was discharged from the army in 1952. A year later, Chris married Mary Lorene Troudt on January 4, 1953 at the Saint Paul’s Congregational Church parsonage at Greeley, Colo.

Chris was employed in construction working as a carpenter on numerous houses and buildings throughout the Denver Metro area. The work he was most proud of included work on the Lace House at Blackhawk, Colo., and the Four Mile house. He enjoyed all work from laying out a high rise and managing its construction, to doing final finish work including hanging doors with precision.

His hobby in retirement was restoring and demonstrating old farm equipment. He was an early member in the formation of FRAPA and recently obtained a life time membership. We will never forget his old ford pick-up that gave up the same day he passed.

Chris enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, traveling and restoring antique tractors and old engines. Some of his most enjoyment was attending water exercises at the YMCA and making many wonderful friendships. Chris was a lifetime member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. He enjoyed talking and joking with friends. Chris brightened everyone’s day and cracked a smile from every stranger he talked to or met. Children were the joy of his life

He is survived by his wife Mary Mills; sons Glen C. (Diane) Mills, Gary L. (Laurie) Mills; grandchildren Jonathan, Mark, Stephanie and Jessica Mills; and numerous friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Steven Mills; brothers, Lewis, Ross, Herman and Raymond Mills; sisters Ruth and Eva Dean.

Memorial services were held May 9, 2012 at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary and Cemetery in Centennial, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in Chris’ name to the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 631 D Street, Lincoln Neb., 68502-1199, (402) 474-3363, or to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Bernard J. Meinerz, 89, passed away April 27, 2012 surrounded by love and family members

Bernard was born on a farm in Arcadia, Wis., on February 25, 1923. He dedicated his life to a wide variety of endeavors. Some of his accomplishments included being a member of the Turners Gymnastic Club in Milwaukee, Wis., a P-51 fighter pilot in the Pacific during WWII completing over 150 missions, successful entrepreneur, company founder, leader and innovator in a multitude of businesses and other activities.

He lived a rich and diverse life that took him all over the globe in search of adventure and fulfillment.

He jointly owned a Cheese & Creamery business in Wisconsin and Iowa, a Spray-Drying Operation in Denver, Colo., and was successful in maintaining Oil & Gas investments, research funding and other investments. In addition, Bernard was a private pilot and an enthusiastic outdoorsman. He enjoyed skiing, golfing, hiking and traveling to places few have seen. He was a museum founder and a recognized world-class big game hunter, having collected numerous world-record and record-book trophies from around the world donating over 160 trophies to other museums. He lived a full, wonderful, and often miraculous life.

He is survived by his three beloved sons Jeff (Lois), J. (Sue) and Jed Meinerz all of the Denver, Colo., area; five grandchildren Jennifer (Ed), John, Jessica, Heather (John), and Karli; two great-grandchildren Taylor and Ella; and, sister Margie Wrezic of Mequon, Wis.; and extended family and friends.

Memorial services were held May 18, 2012 at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at or call (800) 272-3900.

The family invites you to please leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guest Book” online at

Lawrence C. Person, 75, of Burns, Wyo., passed away May 13, 2012, at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was born March 9, 1937, in Kimball, Neb., a son of the late Carl and Helen (Curran) Person.

Lawrence graduated from Albin High School and was an active member of the 4-H and the Future Farmers of America. While his passion was working on the family farm and ranch, he also had a professional career outside of agriculture. He worked for a number years as an assessor for the Weld County Assessor’s Office and also for the National Agriculture Statistics Service.

His many interests included attending horse shows and numerous fairs with his wife, Carolyn, and he also enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in their 4-H endeavors. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn (Harke) Person of Burns, Wyo.; a daughter-in-law, Alison Person of Ft. Collins, Colo.; four step-children, Shawn Younglove and wife, Andi, of Alpine, Wyo., Georgia Younglove of Chadron, Neb., Dawn Sanchez and husband, Eddie, of Evanston, Wyo., and Jessica James and husband, Tim, of Graham, Texas; his brother, LeRoy Person of Albin, Wyo.; two grandchildren, Megan and Sara Person; eight step-grandchildren, Brook Howard, Morgan Sanchez, Blair Sanchez, Cooper Sanchez, Brittany James, Kadin James, Paisley James and Kami James; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Rodney Person.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the Albin Community Center. Following the reception, a private family interment will be held at the Albin Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore, Cheyenne, Wyo., 82009, or to the Lawrence C. Person Memorial Fund, c/o Dawn Sanchez, 228 9th Street, Evanston, Wyo., 82930 in support of 4-H Catch-a-Calf program.

Condolences may be offered to the family online by going to

Shirley Ayer, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away on May 10, 2012 at a local hospital in the company of her entire family.

She was born on June 17, 1927 in Kansas City, Mo., to Howard and Johanna Smith. At the age of two, her father, an employee of the Santa Fe Railroads Fred Harvey system was transferred to Albuquerque, N.M. After three years there her family moved to Manitou Springs, where she lived until getting married. Shirley graduated from Manitou HS in 1945 and then went on to Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., and graduated in 1950.

Upon returning to Colorado she worked for the phone company until getting married in 1956. The day they were married was Shirley’s first lesson in becoming a country girl. He was an hour late to the church and when she asked him why, he told her he were branding and castrating calves and lost track of time. Being a city girl she asked why that was so important so he quickly explained that he was operating on borrowed money and those calves were going to pay for the honeymoon. That brought on her famous smile and she said “I understand now so lets get on with the program.” Ever since that day she has promoted eating more beef.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Dick Ayer; her Children, Michael Ayer of Black Forest, Colo., Susan (Bob) Gordon of Black Forest, Colo., and Patrick (Crystal) Ayer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Grandchildren, Luke (Rian) Taylor, Kelley (Andrew) Baca and Emma Ayer; Great Grandchildren, Zoe, Kavyn, Brenley, Jaxon, Logan and Remy; Nieces, Charlotte Moore and Linda Hartman; Special friends, Lois Cooper, Eileen Dillinder, Fern Hammer, and Martha Kanagy, Manitou HS classmates, 1945; Kathy Bennett, Shirley Gross and Jo Tuttle, Bob Jones University classmates, 1950; Evelyn Gotschall Ness – Beautician and Confidant for 40 plus years.

A celebration of life was held May 20, 2012 at Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A private inurnment followed at Eastonville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Liberty University, Estate Planning Dept., 1971 University Blvd., Lynchburg, VA 24502 or Grace Community Church, 9475 Grace Church View, Falcon, CO 80831 or The Salvation Army, 910 Yuma St., Colo Sprigs, Colo., 80909.

Susan S. Devlin, 54, of Terry, Mont., passed away May 2, 2012 at Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont.

The daughter of William Everett and Ruth (Wiebe) Segelke, Susan, was born on July 26, 1957 in Sterling, Colo.

She graduated high school at Brush, Colo. She went on to college at Loretto Heights in Denver, Colo., and obtained a bachelor’s of science in nursing. Susan married Todd Devlin on September 15, 1984.

Susan’s great pleasures in life included spending time with family, gardening, sewing, collectables, nursing, her faith, and supporting as well as promoting Montana history. She loved to watch her three boys growing up and attending their various school and sporting events.

She is survived by her parents Everett and Ruth Segelke of Hillorose, Colo.; her husband Todd Devlin of Terry, Mont.; three sons Owen Devlin of Terry, Mont., Everett Devlin of Terry, Mont., and Henry Devlin of Terry, Mont.; three sisters Kim (Vic) Vondy of Sterling, Colo., Arlene (Darrell) Smith of Yuma, Colo., Naomi (Frank) James of Carr, Colo.; two brothers Chris Segelke of Hillrose, Colo., and Glen Segelke of Hillrose, Colo.; one nephew Dave (Brenda) Vondy and their kids Faith, Brody and Brock of Brush, Colo., and and two nieces Meredith Vondy of Brush, Colo., and Sophie Grace Segelke of Hillrose, Colo.

Memorial services were held Monday, May 7, 2012 at the Terry High School Gymnasium in Terry, Mont.

Interment followed in the family lot of the Prairie County Cemetery.

Darlene May Peetz, 82, passed away May 15, 2012.

She was born on May 15, 1930 to Jake and Mollie Engleman in Gering, Neb.

She was a real estate broker in Colorado Springs, Colo., for 25 years. She was a devoted wife and mother and she loved gardening and cooking. She married Howard 62 years ago in Anchorage, Alaska, on September 15, 1950.

She is survived by her husband Howard; sons Michael and William “Bill”; sisters Lois Finke of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and Betty Zook of Boulder, Colo.; grandchildren: Sam, Austin, and Tyler; and great-grandson: Brandon.

She was preceded in death by her father Jake; mother Mollie; her daughter Jodie and sisters: Mildred Lipsack and Dorthy Heinz.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 22, 2012 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 5354 South Highway 85, Security, Colorado. Visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2012, at Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs, Colo. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery. A luncheon reception will follow the graveside service back at St. Dominic’s Church.

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