Rocky Mountain Obituaries 5-28-12
Harry Herman Achziger, 94, of Fort Morgan, Colo., passed away May 14, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born December 27, 1917 in Gering, Neb. He was the second child of Benjamin and Elizabeth Achziger. The Achziger family moved to Fort Morgan, Colo., in 1927, where Harry’s father opened a grocery store on Main Street. In 1933, Benjamin started Achziger Oil Company, which would remain in the family for 60 years. Harry graduated from high school in 1935 and began delivering fuel to farmers in Morgan and surrounding counties.
On July 10, 1938, Harry married Rosemary Work, also of Fort Morgan, Colo. They had three sons, Don born in 1939, Mark born in 1947, and Alan born in 1949.
Harry enjoyed golfing, fishing, pitch, bridge and his dogs. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club. He loved his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren and made an effort to be a presence in their lives and encouraged them in their education. Harry was a kind and gentle man who was loved and respected by his family and those who had the pleasure to know him.
He is survived by his sister, Irene Stoll of Detroit, Mich.; his son, Don and wife, Mary of Hideaway, Texas; his son, Mark Achziger of Fort Morgan, Colo.; five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Rosemary; son, Alan; brother, Benjamin Achziger and sister, Elsie Schwint.
Memorial services were held May 21, 2012 at St. Helena Catholic Church.
Gary Raymond Talbott, 72, of Encampment, Wyo., passed away May 5, 2012 at his home. The day after playing his last card and celebrating his 72nd birthday with friends and family, Gary woke his children and took his last breath holding their hands.
He was born May 4, 1940, the son of James Harrison and Leah Talbott.
He graduated from Laramie High School and attended the University of Wyoming.
He was married to Starley Dayton on July 24, 1960. Gary and Starley met at Junior Leader 4-H camp in Douglas, Wyo. They had three children, Gary Dean, Douglas, and Gayle (Wessel).
Gary worked on the family ranch near Laramie, Wyo., from 1960 to 1965. He then worked for the White Ranch and Windsor Ranch, before moving to Encampment, Wyo., in 1967, where he managed the Clover Valley Ranch for the Saulcy family.
Gary was a man of miracles. At age 29, he was the victim of a drunk driver, was in a coma for three months and underwent extensive rehabilitation at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colo., and at home. With many prayers, Gary came out of the coma and lived another 43 amazing years.
While the original onset of his disabilities created much frustration for Gary, he became a gentle giant standing at 6-foot-4-inches with a kind spirit for everyone. He gave everyone a gigantic smile and was always the first to hold out his hand to greet you and request a contest of who could squeeze the hardest.
Gary returned to the family ranch near Laramie, Wyo., in 1973 where he helped for many years milking cows, taking care of the chickens, and driving tractors in the hay fields. He also gained a passion for playing cards.
He came home to the Valley he loved, at age 70, when he moved in with his daughter and her family in Encampment, Wyo. He enjoyed going to Hog Park Lake, watching old buddies and his son at the roping arena, and attending his grandkids’ basketball and volleyball games. Gary again had a miracle when his kidneys recovered in June 2011 after a year of dialysis.
He is survived by his children, Gary Dean of Encampment, Wyo., Doug of Eufaula, Okla., and Gayle (Brent Wessel) of Encampment, Wyo.; grandchildren, Lindsay, Kyle and Kaylyn Wessel, and Kelten Talbott; brother, Dallas (Vivienne) Talbott of Centennial, Colo.; and sister, Patricia Talbott of Laramie, Wyo., along with 12 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James and Thomas.
Memorial services were held May 23, 2012 at the Encampment Presbyterian Church. Afterwards, there was a horse drawn wagon to Mountain View Cemetery for a graveside cowboy music service.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice for the disabled.
Pearl E. Schulz, 85, of Millsap, Texas, passed away May 19, 2012.
She was born September 1, 1926 to Herman and Gertrude Lohr Diekman in Burlington, Colo. She had five sisters and two brothers. She grew up on the family farm.
She married Ruben W. Schulz in 1943. They moved to Greeley, Colo. While living in Greeley she worked for Wright McGill and Garnsey and Wheeler. In 1964, they moved to Flagler, Colo., where they owned and operated the Flagler Pool Hall for 10 years. They then lived in many different states where she worked at several different jobs. After her husband passed away in 1992, she moved to Louisiana to be near her youngest son Jimmy and his family. When her son retired they all moved to Texas. She moved to Greeley, Colo., to be near her oldest son Danny’s family for three years before moving back to Texas.
She was always happy and smiling. She enjoyed playing cards. She loved to be around her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
She is survived by one granddaughter, Roxane (Schulz) Williams of Greeley, Colo.; four grandsons, Donald Schulz (Patty Miller), and Ronald Schulz (Denelle) both of Greeley, Colo., Eddie Schulz of Central City, Neb., and Jimmy Schulz Jr. (Linda) of Millsap, Texas; two daughter-in-laws, Shirley (Schulz) Agens and husband, William of Greeley, Colo., and Bonnie Schulz of Milsap, Texas; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Knodel of Oregon; one sister-in-law, Clara (Oliver) Knaub of Greeley, Colo.; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ruben, her two sons, Danny Schulz and Jimmy Schulz; one grandson, Brian Schulz; four sisters and two brothers.
Graveside services were held May 26, 2012.
Interment was in the Fairview Cemetary in Milsap, Texas.
Dorothy M. Hamilton, 88, of Greeley, Colo., passed away May 10, 2012 at Bonell Good Samaritan Community in Greeley, Colo.
She was born October 15, 1923 in Beagle, Kan., to Della Denver and Madge (Armstrong) Baldwin.
On December 27, 1938 she married Martin H. Hamilton in Littleton, Colo.
Dorothy enjoyed counted cross stitch, fishing, baking, canning, gardening and working on the farm. She was an avid reader and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She participated in the Senior Olympics.
She is survived by daughters, Leona (Kenneth) Knaus of Loveland, Colo., Carol Gdowski of Northglenn, Colo., Becky (Mike) Schneider of Greeley, Colo.; sons, Keith and Gary of Greeley, Colo., Larry (Linda) of Green River, Wyo., and David (Tracie) of Evans, Colo.; 25 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin; daughter, Shirley Ann; parents; grandson, Bobby Knaus; son-in-law, Bob Gdowski; daughter-in-law, Kathy Hamilton; great-grandson, Matthew Martin; four brothers; and one sister.
Memorial services were held May 17, 2012 at Adamson Chapel.
Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.
William “Bill” Raymond Prince, 86, of Buford, Wyo., passed away April 21, 2012 at the Davis Hospice Center.
He was born August 21, 1925, in Holyoke, Mass., to Raymond and Etta Mae Prince. He lived in Windsor, Vt., for most of his younger years. While there, he was self-employed as a farmer, dairyman, logger and maple sugar producer.
He and his first wife, Corinne George, were blessed with three children: Carleton, Lynn and George. Corinne Prince passed away in 1964.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944-1946. For his service to his country, he received a WWII Victory Medal and the Asian Pacific Theatre Medal. He was stationed on the USS Rockbridge and the USS Thornhill.
Bill later moved to Wyoming, where he met and married Eleanor “Ellie” F. Smith. At that time, Ellie was living at the “Sodergreen” ranch on the Big Laramie River. They purchased the land on Harriman Road, close to Buford, Wyo., where they ranched. Bill and Ellie raised Polled Hereford cattle and Arabian horses.
Bill enjoyed his family and friends, especially when they all got together at picnics. He hunted, fished, read, did leather work and welded when not tending to his cattle, cats or chasing coyotes. Bill was also innovative and knowledgeable about firearms and machinery. He was a good custodian of his land and loved birds and wildlife.
He is survived by his wife, Ellie; a son, Carleton Prince of Oregon; a daughter, Lynn Moore of Mass.; granddaughters Courtney, Ashley and Kelly of Oregon and Sabra and grandson, Darell Moore; and one great-grandchild Scott of Mass.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Etta Mae Prince; and son, George Prince.
Memorial services were held May 9, 2012 at the VA Medical Center Chapel in Cheyenne, Wyo. A ranch memorial picnic will be June 20, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. at Sodergreen Ranch, 468 Harriman Rd., Cheyenne, Wyo.
His ashes will be spread over the ranch.
Memorial contributions may be made to Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore Rd., Cheyenne, Wyo., 82001, or VA Medical Center Hospice, 2360 E. Pershing Blvd., Cheyenne, Wyo., 82001.
Barry Don Anderson, 65, of Eaton, Colo., passed away May 17, 2012 at Poudre Valley Hospital surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born August 12, 1946 to Don G. Anderson Jr. and Colleen Spencer Anderson in Greeley, Colo.
Barry lived his entire life in Eaton, Colo. He attended school in Eaton, Colo., graduating in 1964. Barry attended college at CSU where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and where he received a BS in Agriculture in 1969. Ten days after graduation he married his college sweetheart Barbara Trobaugh. During the same time, he joined the CO Air National Guard and honorably served there for six years. Barry joined the family farming and cattle feeding business in Eaton, Colo., after college and continued working there until his death. From 1972 until 1995 the family also owned and operated the TR ranch in Grover, Colo.
Barry had several interests which he enjoyed greatly. He was knowledgeable about water issues in Northern Colorado and served on the Board of Directors for Larimer and Weld Irrigation Company, WRCC, Larimer and Weld Reservoir Company, Cache La Poudre Water Users and the Lucas Lateral Ditch Company. In addition to serving with numerous water companies, Barry served on the Board of Directors for Centennial Bank until it sold and then joined the Farmers Bank of Ault, Colo., again serving on the Board of Directors until his passing.
Barry was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Eaton-Ault and he sang for 20 years as a member of the Someday Quartet.
His greatest joy was his family. He was a devoted caretaker for his disabled daughter Ami, a supportive and loving role model for his son Cade, and he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; daughter Ami; his son Cade and his wife Wendy; grandchildren Laney and Luke; his Mother, Colleen Dotson; and his sisters, Cris Nicklas and husband Wray and Gayle Rossman; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father and his daughter Kirsten.
Memorial services were held May 22, 2012 at the Evangelical Free Church in Eaton, Colo.
Private burial services were held at the Eaton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eaton Chapter of FFA or to Envision (a center that enhances the quality of life for those with disabilities). Donations may be made in care of Moser Funeral Services at 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans Colo., 80620.
Kenneth Edward Rose, 73, of Beecher Island, Colo., passed away May 8, 2012, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., following a short illness.
He was born December 8, 1938 to Pearl Holbart Rose and Dorothy Mae (Morrell) Rose at the family home south of Laird, Colo.
He attended Liberty School District No. 73, a small country school house located just one-half mile from his home, through the seventh grade when the district consolidated with the Laird, Colo., school. He continued school at Laird, Colo., graduating from high school in 1956.
In July of 1954, his father passed away leaving the family in dire straights. Kenneth took over the farming and worked for other farmers in the area to help his family through this very difficult time.
On January 25, 1959, he married Mary Lou Hesse who grew up on the family farm west of Wray, Colo. To this union three children were born: Pamela Elaine in 1960, Kenny Dee in 1961 and Kent Lee in 1962. Kenneth and Mary Lou continued to live on the home place until 1964 when they rented land east of Laird, Colo., from Victor and Olive Stasser where they continued farming and raising cattle until 1971.
In 1970, Kenneth and Mary Lou bought the Caleb Ekberg place just north of Beecher Island, Colo., and moved the family there in 1971 where he continued to farm and raise Angus cattle, improving genetics over the years and developing a herd of reputation grade beef cattle in the past few years.
Kenneth was a very active member of the Yuma County Cattlemen’s Association where he served as President for two years and was a lifetime member of Wray Elks Lodge No. 2409 where he served as Secretary for a number of years.
Kenneth was deeply devoted to his wife and children and their spouses as well as his seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Lou; his three children, Pamela Zuege and her husband Gary, Kenny Dee and his wife Jeri Jo and Kent Lee and his wife Lori; his seven grandchildren Amber Cohoon and husband Josh of Springfield, Colo.,, Dillon Rose and wife Kiley, Chris Rose and wife Kim, Mallory Rose, Cory Zuege, Chynna Rose and Brook Zuege; and his nine great-grandchildren Baylee Dorcey, Aliya, Slayde and Jayce Cohoon, Jordan, Autumn and James Rose, Preston and Maverick Rose; one sister Faye Barnett; half-sister Martha DeVries; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Wilma Kimmel and Barbara Rose; brothers-in-law Marion Barnett and Delmar Kimmel; niece Patricia Bryant; half-brother Morris Rose; and father- and mother-in-law Jimmy and Dorothy Hesse.
Graveside services were held May 14, 2012.
Interment followed at Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kenneth Rose Memorial Fund for the purchase of medical equipment to be donated to Hillcrest Care Center or Hospice of the Plains.
Harry Bath, 86, of Thornton, Colo., passed away May 14, 2012 at Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colo.
Harry was born June 28, 1925 to Jacob Bath Sr. and Kathryn (Kline) Bath in Brush, Colo.
He married Julia Mae (Smilanich) Bath on April 23, 1949. They shared 63 years of marriage.
He was a WWll war veteran and a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He was an over the road truck driver for J.B Sharoff, Veryl Harvey Produce, and Interstate Motor Lines.
In 1957 he became President of the Teamsters Union Local No. 961 for 27 years. He served numerous positions and offices in those years of service. Upon retiring he and his wife Julia (Jay), traveled in their motor home “Old Betsy” for 14 years.
Harry relaxed by watching his favorite TV programs, old westerns and wrestling. He shared a love of horses with his daughter, Paula.
He is survived by Julia Mae his wife; his daughter Paula Kay Bath; as well as many nieces, nephews, family and dear friends.
Interment was May 18, 2012 at Highland Cementary in Thornton, Colo.
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