Rocky Mountain Obituaries 6-11-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 6-11-12

Mildred Eloise Coulson Saffer, 92, of Hugo, Colo., passed away May 30, 2012 in Hugo, Colo., of natural causes.

She was born at home, North of Bovina, Colo., on June 15, 1919. Her parents were Alta Iva Lucore Coulson and Earl Clifton Coulson, both of whom were the children of area homesteaders. Half a dozen years of failing crops caused this young family to sell their new home and land. They then rented a section of land four miles southeast, called “The Graham Place.” Earl dug a well and built a comfortable sod house. There Mildred could ride to school with neighbor Eileen Smith. Brother Robert (Bob) was born on the Graham place, and when he was old enough to begin school, the family obtained a bank loan to buy a section of land three and a half miles north of Arriba, Colo. Sister Marvyl rounded out the family, and all three were then bussed to school in Arriba, Colo.

Mildred graduated from Arriba High School, class of 1936. She moved to Denver, Colo., to attend Barnes Business School. She lived in a basement apartment owned by Dr. Struthers. Mildred worked as a maid for the Struthers family. There she earned her room and board, plus $5 a week to help pay her tuition. A Mr. Clayton Brace, General Manager of the Denver office of the National Biscuit Company, called Barnes and requested a graduate to fill a vacancy that his office had for secretary. Barnes had no graduates available, so Mr. Brace then asked that they send him their best student. Mildred was recommended for the position. She immediately quit her Barnes training to become Mr. Brace’s secretary, a position she held until she married her high school sweetheart Dale Saffer, August 20, 1941.

The newlyweds moved to Canon City, Colo., where Dale was manager of Anderson Morgan Food Store. About one year later, they decided to return to Arriba, Colo., and rented the Blain Ashton farm, nine miles north and one mile west of Arriba, Colo. They farmed there where Earl and Dean were born. After Dale’s father Nathan passed away, Dale and Mildred arranged to buy the Saffer home place 20 miles north of Arriba, Colo., where the two added daughter Bette Jo and lived together for over 60 years until Dale’s passing on February 3, 2002. After living alone on the ranch for approximately five years, Mildred became a resident of Bee Hive Assisted Living in Hugo, Colo., for five years, where she felt comfortable and secure. After suffering a stroke, she moved in January of 2012 to the Lincoln Community Nursing Home in Hugo, Colo.

Mildred and Dale farmed and ranched North of Arriba, Colo., and were very active in family, church, and community activities. Being married to the oldest Saffer brother and living on the home place brought with it the pranks and jokes, during courtship and early marriage, of a house full of younger brothers filled with the lively Saffer wit. Mildred thrived on this as well as the responsibilities of hosting numerous family gatherings and opening their home to younger Saffer brothers who lived and worked with the young family in the early years of their marriage. Their home was always open to extended families, nieces/nephews and friends who came to work or spend time on the farm in the summer. Mildred excelled in making these times memorable with impromptu campouts in the creek, picnics, swimming in the cement tank, campfires, and many other special events.

Mildred and Dale were active members of Bethel Church, North of Arriba, Colo. They were active youth leaders for a number of years and encouraged many in Christian Endeavor activities. Mildred taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, played piano and was always available to pitch in where needed.

Community activities found Mildred involved wherever her children were involved. Much of her effort focused on 4-H clubs and activities at the local and county level. She successfully encouraged and challenged her own children and many others to excel at county, state and national levels of competition in 4-H. In partial recognition of their leadership in 4-H, Dale and Mildred were chosen to be Grand Marshalls at the Lincoln County Fair in 1994.

In later years of her life, Mildred became the repository of much family history and artifacts. In the days prior to internet research, she developed extensive genealogy charts from letters and conversations with living relatives. These have proved amazingly accurate and valuable in extending family genealogies today.

She is survived by her brother Bob and wife Shirley Coulson of Tucson, Ariz., and sister Marvyl of Pleasanton, Calif., and husband Wallace Schreiber of Greeley, Colo.; sister-in-law Mary Ann Saffer of Akron, Colo., and Nina Saffer of Flagler, Colo.; brother-in-law Glenn and wife Joyce Saffer of Flagler, Colo.; sons Earl and wife Mary Ann of Arriba, Colo., and Dean and wife Donna of Arriba, Colo.; daughter Bette Jo and husband Lee Fisher of Limon, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Gary and wife Karla Saffer, Kevin and wife Erika Saffer, Vicki and husband Scott Herrera, Terry and wife Renae Saffer, Michelle and husband Curvin Martin, Justin and Janel Fisher; 14 great-grandchildren, Derek and Dori Saffer, Nathan and Kendyl Saffer, Amanda and Kyle Herrera, Carson, Clayton and Collin Martin, Talor, Kayleen, TeriAnne, KaCee Jo, and Trina Saffer; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dale, her parents and grandson Gregory.

Memorial services were held June 4, 2012, at the Bethel Church of the Brethren.

Interment was beside her husband at the Arriba Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Flagler Ambulance Fund P.O. Box 101 Flagler, Colo., 80815 or Bethel Church of The Brethren In Care of Earl Saffer 72435 Hwy 63 Arriba, Colo., 80804.

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Kerry Jay Gregg, 56, of Hudson, Colo., passed away May 24, 2012.

He was born on May 11, 1956 in Detroit, Mich., to Irvin and Dolores Gregg. He moved to Colorado in 1982 where he worked in construction and auto sales.

He loved animals and became an avid horseman learning to rope, cut and team rope. He was a true cowboy. Kerry eventually moved from Golden, Colo., to Hudson, Colo., to live out his dream on his own land. He was a member of the Kersey Cowboy Church.

He is survived by his mother, Dolores; sister, Peggy; daughters, Charity and Maimi; son, Seth; nephews and nieces, Morgan, Garrett and Samantha; grandchildren, Kameron and Ava and his former spouse, Lena.

He was preceded in death by his father Irvin.

Memorial services were held June 10, 2012, in Kersey, Colo.

William Dean Schaffert, 69, of Otis, Colo., passed away on May 31, 2012.

He was born on August 10, 1942 to William and Martha Schaffert.

Dean and Roberta “Bobbie” Bloomgren were united in marriage on February 8, 1964. To this union, two children were born; son Robert Dean “Rob” was born in 1968, and Shelly Lynn was born in 1971.

After graduating from Otis High School, Dean was drafted and served in Vietnam.

Dean and Bobbie moved on the family homestead south of Otis, Colo., and together with their children built a successful family farming operation. Dean was well known for his beans. There weren’t many social functions that Dean didn’t make the beans. In fact many times Dean would make the beans for the Otis Fourth of July festivities while in the middle of harvest. (You can imagine how well that went.) Dean wouldn’t share his recipe for his beans but would say “he only uses 239 beans, because one more would make them too farty!”

Another of Dean’s talents was his ability to witch water wells. He was a willing hand to anyone that asked, loved to visit, hunt, fish, and spend time in the mountains.

Dean was a friend to many and will be sadly missed by his family and friends, his second family at CHS, his friends at Mom’s Cafe and his special auction buddy, and his dogs Champ, Buddy, and Bugsy.

He is survived by his daughter Shelly and husband Shane Dillon, daughter-in-law Kerri, sister Betty and husband Milton Hudson, as well as numerous friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Bobbie in 1995, son Rob in 2012, parents, and brother Jim.

Memorial services were held June 5, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church of Otis, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Morgan Humane Society, or to the First Presbyterian Church of Otis, Colo.

Albert D. Becker, 86, of Greeley, Colo., passed away June 3, 2012 at MeadowView assisted living facility.

He was born on April 22, 1926, in Brush, Colo., to Elizabeth (Schmer) and David Becker, who were first-generation Germans from Russia.

The family moved to the Keenesburg, Colo., area in 1935 and to Prospect Valley in 1940, where Albert attended Prospect Valley High School. He was drafted before completing his senior year of high school, entering the Army on November 28, 1944. He served as company clerk and typist for nearly a year-and-a-half in various units at the Infantry Replacement Training Center, Camp Fannin, Texas, and at the Armored School, Fort Knox, Ky., and was honorably discharged on August 12, 1946.

He married Esther Baumgartner on February 6, 1945, in Tyler, Texas. He began farming in 1952, and farmed in the Prospect Valley area for approximately 50 years, raising sugar beets, pinto beans, barley, corn, wheat, sunflowers and other crops, winning numerous awards as a High 10 sugar beet producer and a top barley grower for Coors. He was also a Realtor for several years, specializing in agricultural properties, and served on the Weld County Selective Service Board from 1970-75. He enjoyed many fishing, hunting and camping trips with his family. After his retirement from farming in 1991, he and Esther traveled all over the world, including Europe, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. They were members of the North 40 Motorhome club and traveled to all 50 states with this group.

In 2005 he received his high school diploma from Weld Central High School, 61 years after being drafted out of high school to serve in World War II, receiving a standing ovation from a crowd of 1,000 people and 98 fellow members of the graduating class. He was a member, trustee and deacon of the Zoar Congregational Church in Prospect Valley and served at various times as a member of the Board of the Roggen Farmer’s Elevator Association and Consumer Oil Co. and was a member of the Brighton Elks Lodge. After moving to Greeley, Colo., Albert and Esther belonged to St. Paul’s Congregational Church and the Evans Senior Center where they continued many old friendships and made numerous new friends. In October 2009, they moved to MeadowView assisted living in Greeley, Colo., and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary there in 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Becker; son, Dennis Becker, and his wife Earlene of Littleton, Colo.; daughter, Vicki Walter, and her husband Kieth of Aurora, Colo.; three grandchildren, Eric Becker of Denver, Colo., Amy Becker of Denver, Colo., and Melissa Walter of Aurora, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Elizabeth Becker; and his brother, Raymond Becker.

Memorial services were held June 8, 2012, at St. Paul’s Congregational Church in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Dale Bohlender, 90, of LaSalle, Colo., passed away May 21, 2012 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

He lived in the house on the farm and slept in the same bedroom where he was born south of LaSalle, Colo., on August 20, 1921. He was raised on the family dairy farm, and farmed with his father. He attended grade school in LaSalle, Colo., and graduated from Greeley Central High in 1939.

Dale married Rosalyne Pike on October 1, 1944, then less than one month later was in the Army. He faithfully served in the Army during WWII (1944-1946) and was part of the occupation forces in Japan. Returning home he went into partnership with his father on the dairy farm and then also purchased another farm and developed his own family dairy business in 1953.

Dale had two sons, DeWayne of LaSalle, Colo., and Daryl of Loveland, Colo. Their mother, Rosalyne, passed away in 1972 from cancer.

He married Lois Johnson in 1973, sold the dairy farm and moved back to the home place in 1974 where he continued farming on a smaller scale, running 20 head of Angus cows and calves. After about 25 years “pulling” calves and getting the mothers to accept their calves, he decided it was getting to be too much physically and switched to raising feeder calves and continued raising them until just a couple years ago.

Dale lost his second wife, Lois in 1980 to an automobile accident.

He married Bette Dillie in 1982 and lost her in 1992 due to cancer.

In 1993 he married his current wife Irene Powell Rouse, who still resides on the family farm.

Farming was a career he has enjoyed his whole life and he loved working with his boys and grandchildren, teaching them as they worked together. Dale remained very active in his “retirement” years, even though the farm has been rented out he continued to manage the family farm, and handle his rental properties. Last year he was still helping irrigate on the farm. He never wanted to completely quit and never did!

He was an active member of the Greeley Seventh-day Adventist Church where he served in many ways for 70 years, most recently as head deacon for many years. He took pride in helping maintain the church and school facilities.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; his sons, DeWayne and his wife, Connie, and Daryl and his wife, Vickie; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Iris Hughes of Greeley, Colo., and his brother, Milo Bohlender of Fort Collins, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, Leon, and his grandson, Jake.

Memorial services were held May 25, 2012 at the Greeley Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Interment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Adventist Christian School in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colo., 80524.

Kenneth Sims Peterson, 78, of Lingle, Wyo., passed away May 23 at Banner Health Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo., with his family by his side.

He was born September 9, 1934, in Torrington, Wyo., the son of Ira Lee and Inez Doreen (Sims) Peterson. He graduated from Lingle, Wyo., in 1952.

On May 28, 1955, he married Carol Carr in Colorado Springs, Colo. Kenneth served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. Upon returning from the Army, he farmed near Lingle, Wyo., until 1983. He worked for Holly Sugar for 26 campaigns.

Kenneth drove school bus for 10 years and in 1983 he started his own construction business, where he worked until his health forced him to retire in 1992. He also delivered Star Route mail in Lingle, Wyo., for several years.

During the summers, for 28 years, he coached men’s and women’s softball. He also coached baseball several years and was a 4-H Dairy leader.

He was a past member and Fire Chief of the Lingle Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a past member and past commander of the Lingle American Legion Post 63.

He is survived by his wife, of 56 years, Carol; three daughters, Kayle (Bumper) Berry of Torrington, Wyo., Kerri (John) Rose of Lingle, Wyo., Roni (Rustin) Bennett of Torrington, Wyo.; six grandchildren, Capt. Matthew (Karie) Berry of Lingle, Wyo., Kaci (Travis) Smith of Laramie, Wyo., Capt. John P. Rose of Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Ala., Lacy (Jay) Holthus of Whitman, Neb., Tara (Dusty) Southworth of Lingle, Wyo., Shawn (and fiance Jamie) Clark of Torrington, Wyo.; three great-grandchildren, Tater Sturdivant of Palmer, Alaska, Hayden and Mason Smith of Laramie, Wyo.; a step-great-granddaughter, Hannah Corbin of California; two sisters, Dixie Bremer of Lingle, Wyo., and Carolyn (Gary) Haeffelin of Torrington, Wyo.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother and an infant sister; an infant daughter, Jacqueline Rae; a granddaughter, Molly Sturdivant; sister, Donna Wunder; and brother-in-laws, Harold Wunder and Harry Bremer.

Memorial services were held May 30, 2012 at the Lingle Community Presbyterian Church.

Burial followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Lingle, Wyo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the Lingle Fire Department Rescue.

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