Rocky Mountain Obituaries 5-7-12
Kim Allen Kessinger, 59, of Akron, Colo., passed away April 24, 2012, as a result of a farm related accident.
He was born September 18, 1952 in Akron, Colo., to Cecil E. Kessinger and Lola Mae (Howell) Kessinger.
In high school, his ambitions were fueled by two teachers and lifelong friends, Rob Pachner and Roger Milner. He is also remembered as a fierce competitor in football and wrestling. As a young adult he continued his competitiveness by playing softball with a great group of friends on a team he sponsored, called K&K Farms. He instilled his passion for athletics in his children and his competitive spirit showed through them.
In 1974 he was lucky enough to find the love and partner of his life in Lila Elrick. They were married on June 30, after which he shipped her to Brush, Colo., to a huge hog farm. In the summer of 1976, their son Vern came to live with them at the age of 7. Their second son, Kory was born into the family in March of 1977. As the family grew quickly, the trailer house began to feel small. Soon there was an announcement of the coming arrival of Kate in the early fall of 1978. Kim, with the help of many of his close friends and relatives began to build the home that they currently reside in. In January of 1982, tragedy struck when Kim and Lila lost their infant son Kasey Robert. In March of 1984 joy filled their lives again, when Kendall was born. Kim lived his life for his children and it showed by their achievements in sports, 4-H, FFA and their community involvement. You never saw Kim without one of his kids by his side.
His professional life started at a young age by raising pigs on his mother’s small farm. He earned the money to start his business by sacking feed every night after practice at Goodman Elevator. He went to work for Lee O’Neil after high school at the hog farm that he later purchased. He worked days for Weisbart Hog farm and nights at his own hog farm south of Akron, Colo.
When an opportunity presented itself, Kim was never afraid to jump all over it. Risk was not a negative word in his vocabulary. This is why he prospered in agriculture. He made his start in the hog business and eventually diversified to the cow business and then on to cattle feeding.
Kim’s favorite pastime was his horses. He has been fortunate to have made many close friends and had a few fast race horses in the process. He is well known and respected as an owner and breeder. A few of his accomplishments have been in the winner’s circle of the All American Futurity, Champion of Champions, Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, and many others. It was fun for Kim and Lila to take time out of their busy lives to travel and enjoy their favorite hobby.
Kim was involved in his community by serving on several boards, including the Akron School District, Y-W Electric Association, Washington County Fair Board, 4-H Livestock Sale Committee and as Trustee of the Akron United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Akron Lions Club, Akron Elks Lodge, and the Akron United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lila; four children, Vern and wife Joyce, Kory and wife Shanan, Kate and husband Dan Warner, and Kendall and husband Scott Rubottom; grandchildren Amber and Cody Kessinger, Kacyn and Addicyn Kessinger, Gentry, Berkley and Kallan Warner, and Kenzi Rubottom; sister Loraine Dresen of Sterling, Colo., half-brother, Vern Kessinger of Salem, Ore., half-sister Evelyn Richardson of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and many friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Penny Kessinger, and infant son.
Memorial services were held April 28, 2012 at Akron High School Field House.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kim Kessinger Memorial Fund, c/o Bowin Funeral Home, P.O. Box 576, Akron, Colo., 80720.
Charles Dean Lott, 79, of Greeley, Colo., passed away April 28, 2012, at Bonell Good Samaritan Community in Greeley, Colo.
He was born March 19, 1933, in Greeley, Colo., to William E. Sr. and Alice M. (Johnson) Lott.
He grew up on farms in the Greeley, Colo., area and in Prospect Valley. From 1953-1955 he served in the Army.
On June 7, 1953, he married Nadine Rutt. They were divorced in 1981. They farmed in Prospect Valley and in the Eaton, Colo., and Galeton, Colo., areas before moving to Yuma, Colo., in 1969 where he raised primarily sugar beets, corn and beans.
He was a director of the National Sugar Beet Growers Association for two terms and high grower for four years. He was an innovative farmer and was featured in Through the Leaves magazine for raising and mechanically thinning 1,000 acres of sugar beets. In Yuma, Colo., he also obtained his real estate license and worked with his wife in her real estate office.
In 1980 he moved full-time to Phoenix, Ariz., where he owned race horses. He earned his thoroughbred horse training license and raced horses through 1989. He was employed for several years as a maintenance engineer in Mesa, Ariz., until he sustained a traumatic head injury in a fall in December 2000. In 2002 he moved to Bonell Community in Greeley, Colo., to be near family.
He is survived by two sons, Kent D. “Doug” Lott of Hillrose, Colo., and Kurt D. Lott and wife, Jane, of Castaic, Calif.; one brother, Gerald Lott of Greeley, Colo.; three sisters, Mary Ann Murray of Grass Valley, Calif., Dorothy Firestien of Greeley, Colo., and Linda Law of Sun City West, Ariz.; four grandsons, Jason and wife Mindy, Jamey, Michael and Lance Lott; and four great-grandsons, McKenzie, Bradley, Jason Jr. and Dylan Lott.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William E. Lott Jr.; sister, Shirley Fitch; and former wife, Nadine Elson.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 12 at the Elsa Borgmann Chapel at Bonell Good Samaritan Center, 708 22nd St. in Greeley.
Graveside services were held May 3, 2012, at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
An online obituary and guest book are at http://www.MoserFuneralService.com.
Irmalee Twila Pennington, 86, passed away April 17, 2012 at her daughter and son-in-laws home in Fort Morgan, Colo.
She was born October 11, 1925 to Edgar and Maude (Hutchinson) Headley in Curtis, Neb.
Irmalee, her father Edgar, sister Molly and brother Leslie, moved to Willard, Colo., in 1928, where she spent her childhood years.
She graduated from Hillrose High School in 1944. She married Claude Pennington, January 18, 1945, in Reno, Nev., as they were moving to California where Claude was stationed in the U.S. Navy. A son, Leslie, was born to them while they were in California. Claude was discharged from the Navy and the couple moved to Snyder, Colo., where they ranched and farmed with Irmalee’s father, Edgar, and brother, Leslie. Claude and Irmalee moved to Merino, Colo., and again farmed and ranched. While at their Merino, Colo., home daughters, Claudia, Sherry, and Lila were born. The couple then bought a ranch north of Fort Morgan, Colo., which all considered to be “the home place.” Sons, Lloyd, David and Dennis, and daughter, RoxAnn, were born during the years the family lived on the Pennington ranch. Irmalee loved her family and loved cooking and providing for them.
She is survived by son, Leslie and grandson, Luke, daughter, Claudia (Brian) Nickell, granddaughters, Christina Braun, Amy (Darin) Sagel, grandsons, Eric (Adrianna) Nickell, John (Lauren) Nickell, daughter, Sherry Pennington, daughter, Lila Williams, grandsons, Spencer (Shannon) Schauermann, Darrell (Faith) Schauermann. Son, Lloyd (Deloy) Pennington, grandson, Wade Pennington, granddaughters, Katrina Pennington, Jenny Pennington and Hannah Pennington, son, Dennis (Lynn) Pennington and grandson, Triston, daughter, RoxAnn Pennington (Scott Moss), granddaughters, Jessica Pennington-Walsh, Nicole Littleton and grandson, Buddy Littleton, brothers, Galen Headley and Bud Headley, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved son, David, one grandson, three sisters and one brother.
She asked that there be no services. The family celebrated her life with family and friends on April 22, 2012.
Perry J. Pomeroy Jr., 88, of Merino, Colo., passed away April 29, 2012, in Sterling, Colo.
He was born in Sterling, Colo., on February 18, 1924, at the home of his grandparents, Dr. D.C. and Mary Patterson, to Perry J. and Mildred (Patterson) Pomeroy.
He grew up on his parents’ dairy farm in the Atwood/Merino, Colo., area, attending grade school in Atwood and graduating from Sterling High School in 1942.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served with the 872 Engineer Battalion with the Army of Occupation in Japan. He was honorably discharged December 4, 1946.
He married Donna D. Schulz of Amherst, Colo., on February 5, 1948, in Los Angeles, Calif., on a popular radio program, “Bride and Groom.”
Farming, ranching and running a dairy was his life’s work. He could fix any equipment so it would run another season. He was an active supporter of 4-H and FFA while his children were involved. He enjoyed hunting for arrowheads, starting in his youth, as well as big game and the occasional pheasant. He also built beautiful furniture.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna; son, Perry James Pomeroy III and wife Sammie, Cecil (C.J), Jon and Zach of Merino, Colo.; son, Richard Pomeroy and Pat Bone of Sterling, Colo., Michelle Schuette and husband David, Sydney, Jordyn and Taryn of San Diego, Calif., James Bone, Haydon, Daeton and Bradon of Kansas City, Mo.; son, Kenneth Pomeroy of Merino, Colo.; son, Glen Pomeroy and wife Linda of Chugiak, Alaska; daughter, Mary Rumph and husband Owen, Jackie and Taylor of Biddle, Mont.; son, Clark Pomeroy and Angela Rutherford, Emily and Thomas of Sterling, Colo.; and Greg Hancock and wife Lisa of Vienna, Ill.; sister, Jeanne Utlaut and husband Bill of Boulder, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Margaret Wade of Holyoke, Colo.; and Donna M. Schulz of Las Lunas, N.M.; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lowell Pomeroy; in-laws, Margaret and Karl Schulz; and brothers-in-law, Douglas Schulz and Dale Wade.
His remains were donated to science and memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the 4-H Scholarship fund, Logan County, CSU Extension Service, 508 S. 10th Ave., Sterling, Colo., 80751; the Northeastern Junior College Scholarship Foundation, 100 College Ave., Sterling, Colo., 80751 or a charity of your choice.
Condolences can be mailed to 7666 C.R. 27.5, Merino, Colo., 80741.
Jo Holzworth, 86, of Stoneham, Colo., passed away April 29, 2012, at Sterling Regional MedCenter in Sterling, Colo.
Doris Josephine “Jo” Headley, was born in Sterling, Colo., on March 31, 1926, to George and Clara “Penny” (Pennington) Headley.
Jo grew up on her family’s ranch near Stoneham, Colo., where she was definitely a ranch girl who enjoyed being her dad’s “right hand man.” She loved horses and cattle, and playing sports, with basketball being her favorite. She attended Stoneham, Colo., schools, and graduated from Stoneham High School in 1944.
Jo worked in Sterling, Colo., for three years after high school, and married her high school sweetheart, K.C. Holzworth of Stoneham, Colo., on April 6, 1947. The couple just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. K.C. and Jo lived in Sterling, Colo., for a short while right after their wedding and then moved back to Stoneham, Colo., where they lived until the last four years, when they moved to Devonshire Acres in Sterling, Colo., because of failing health.
For a few months in the early years of their marriage, they lived in Roundup, Mont., and Moorcroft, Wyo., near the oil fields, where K.C. owned a water trucking business. K.C. and Jo were engaged in farming and ranching on K.C’s family’s homestead for most of their married life. Jo was an integral part of that operation, spending long hours on the tractor, and always enjoying work with the cattle.
K.C. and Jo had their first daughter, Debra Jo, on December 3, 1952, and then their second, Tina June, on September 22, 1956. When Jo was nearly 41, she and K.C. had twins, Kendra Kay and Kendall Keith, on March 11, 1967.
Jo continued to be actively involved in sports, first as a player of both softball and basketball; later as an avid fan at her children’s and grandchildren’s games; and finally as a faithful fan of both the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies. She rarely missed a Rockies game on TV. Jo also loved to watch her grandchildren show cattle and hogs at the fair.
Jo was an active member of the Royal Neighbors of America, Kensington, and Cheery Lot Club, and attended the Chapel of the Plains in Stoneham, Colo.
Jo’s most significant contributions were in the warm, secure, and loving home she provided for her husband and children, as well as a cozy, welcoming place to her grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Jo became a cherished prayer warrior to her family, spending hours every day reading Scripture and praying for her loved ones.
She is survived by her husband K.C; daughter, Deb Walker and husband Jim of New Raymer, Colo.; daughter, Tina McEndaffer and husband Bret of Sterling, Colo.; daughter, Kendra Carlson and husband Bryce of Atwood, Colo.; son, Ken Holzworth and wife Andrea of Stoneham, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Colby Walker and wife Karrie, Blair and Britt McEndaffer, Kenzi, Drew, Cooper and Beau Carlson, Maddy, Trenton and Carson Holzworth, Kendall Williams and Jordan Forsha; and nine great-grandchildren, Gentry, Berkley Jo, and Kallan Warner, Ben, Wyatt and Molly Jo Walker, Cash Carlson and Mason and Brock Forsha; sister, Betty Nicklas of Fort Morgan, Colo.; and nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Gordon Headley; and her granddaughter, Kasey Jo (Walker) Warner.
Memorial services were held May 4, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Sterling, Colo. Burial was at Prairie View Cemetery in Stoneham, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jo Holzworth Memorial – Chapel of the Plains, Stoneham, Colo.
Dorothy Nixon Rundquist of Cheyenne, Wyo., passed away on April 26, 2012 at Life Care Center of Cheyenne.
She was born July 7, 1920 to Lawrence and Minnie Hendrickson Nixon in Boise, Idaho.
She was raised on a ranch near the Snake River and attended a one room school until high school, graduating from Cambridge High School. Upon graduation from the University of Idaho (Pi Beta Phi), she moved to Seattle where she worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Remington Rand. Her job sent her to New York City for training on a predecessor to the modern computer.
In 1946 at dinner party, Dorothy was introduced by her cousin to her future husband, Stanley Rundquist. They were married on March 1, 1947 in Seattle and had a skiing honeymoon at Mount Hood in Oregon.
By 1957 Dorothy had three children. Stan was employed by the Boeing Company in the Aerospace Division. Missile installations had them relocated to Air Force bases across the country.
In 1982 Dorothy and Stan retired to a small farm in Warrensburg, Missouri. From there they continued their love of travel to all 50 states and all seven continents.
Dorothy enjoyed her card group, garden club and gardening, extension club, church groups, French lessons and PEO. She was an avid horsewoman, swimmer, and skier. She loved laughing with her family, and family reunions were very special to her.
In 2001 Dorothy and Stan moved to Cheyenne to be closer to family.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 65 years, Stanley, and children, Anita Keen (Jim) of Cheyenne, Wyo., John Rundquist of Helena, Mont., and Janet Rundquist Quinn (Tom) of Evergreen, Colo; six grandchildren, Aaron Keen (Michelle), John Keen (Carrie), Eric Rundquist, Sunny Rundquist (Isaac), Patrick Quinn, Emmy Quinn; and six great-grandchildren, Brandon, Ella, Addison, Gabrielle, Cody and Ava.
A memorial service will be held on June 9, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne, Wyo.
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