Rocky Mountain Obituaries 6-18-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 6-18-12

Carl Beverly Bledsoe, 88, of Aroya, Colo., passed away June 5, 2012, at his home in the presence of his loving family.

He was born October 6, 1923, in Aroya, Colo. He was the son of Carl and Josie Main Bledsoe. Carl attended grade school in several different locations in the country, and then Aroya, Colo.

He graduated from Kit Carson High School as president of his class of 18. After graduation, he attended University of Colorado for one year prior to enlisting in the Army in 1942 at Fort Logan in Colorado. He attended basic training at Camp Crowder, Mo., and then teletype repair in Fort Monmouth, N.J. It was in New Jersey where he met his future wife, Alice Elizabeth Cotellessa, daughter of his mother’s college roommate, Helen Dodds, and Joseph C. Cotellessa, a banker in Paterson, N.J.

From New Jersey, he was sent to Pendleton Air Base in Oregon, and then on to San Francisco, Calif., where he sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on the old tramp steamer the U.S. Cape Flattery. His destination was Townsville, Australia, with the trip taking over 30 days. The ship made a huge circle south to avoid Japanese submarines. He was assigned to the Signal Corps as a teletype for the Fifth Air Force in the Pacific Ocean. As the Japanese retreated, he was sent to Port Moresby, New Guinea; Nadzab, New Guinea; Islands of Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines and Okinawa, where the war came to an end. His return journey to Seattle, Wash., took 16 days and then home for Christmas in 1945.

In January, he traveled back to New Jersey to see Alice and she agreed to marry him. They were married on September 14, 1946, in Paramus, N.J.

After his return to Colorado, he attended three years of college at Colorado State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry. In 1949, he moved his family to Hugo, Colo., and began ranching. After two years, they built a house on the ranch and that has been his home ever since. While living in this area, he served as the president of the Kit Carson School Board and also the president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

In 1972, he was appointed to fill out the term of Robert Schafer in the Colorado House of Representatives and was then elected to a full term in that year. He served 18.5 years in all, with the last 10 years as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, longer than any previous Speaker had served before him. His goal was always to do what he thought was best for the state, always keeping in mind the welfare of agriculture and rural Colorado.

He was the recipient of awards for service, ranging from the University of Denver in the educational community, to the Future Farmers of America, to the Independence Institute for his work on Tort Reform, Colorado Bankers Association, he was named the Outstanding State Legislator by the American Legislative Council, he has received his honorary FFA Degree, was named Co-Legislator by the Colorado Vocational Teachers Association, received the Independence Institute Zebulon Pike Award, Colorado Cattleman’s Association Honorary Life Member award, the Colorado Association for Rural Education for Outstanding Service to Rural Schools, Colorado Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture Award, the Colorado Veterinary Medicine Association Distinguished Service Award and was inducted to the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame and many more.

He and his wife, Alice, had three sons: Robert Carl, Thomas Beverly and Christopher Joel. Each of his sons remained in the field of agriculture. Tom has worked for the state of Colorado as a brand inspector in Greeley, Colo., and Bob and Chris have remained working on the family ranch outside of Hugo, Colo.

Beverly once stated: “To continue to be successful, our system needs the participation of every citizen in some dimension. The reward for this participation will be personal gratification for the individual far greater than the effort required.” This was a philosophy throughout his entire life and words he lived by.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alice Elizabeth of the home; three sons, Robert Carl Bledsoe (Cathy) of Aroya, Colo., Thomas Beverly Bledsoe (Mariann) of LaSalle, Colo., and Christopher Joel Bledsoe (Patricia) of Aroya, Colo.; one brother, William E. Bledsoe of Aroya, Colo.; four grandchildren, Gregory Carl Bledsoe, Brian Douglas Bledsoe (Dale), Angela Kay Daly (Jack) and Christopher Joel Bledsoe II (Tara); seven great-grandchildren, McGwire Carl Bledsoe, Kendrick Soren Bledsoe, Emma Kay Daly, Camden Christopher Bledsoe, Alison Daniel Daily and Cadence Bevinn Bledsoe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Josie Bledsoe; and one sister, Mary Jo Rubright.

Memorial services were held June 10, 2012, in the Ellis Allen Building at the Hugo Fairgrounds in Hugo, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincoln Community Hospital/Home, Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 248 Hugo, Colo., 80821.

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Keith Allen Kreis, 76, of Loveland, Colo., passed away on May 18, 2012 at his home after a struggle with leukemia.

He was born January 26, 1936 to Luther G. and Mildred Kreis near Stromsburg, Neb. He graduated from Stromsburg High School and later served in the U.S. Army.

On August 3, 1962 he married Sharon Belitz of Columbus, Neb. They lived on a farm near Stromsburg and began a family as he took care of the farm. He moved the family to Colorado in 1972.

He was a loving man, He loved his granddaughters dearly. He also enjoyed fishing, gathering, and story-telling.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Loveland Colo., one son, Darren, residing in Sarasota, Fla., one daughter, Vicki, of Loveland, Colo., three granddaughters, Kaycee, Jordan and Ryanne, and a great granddaughter, Paige. He is also survived by two brothers, Larry of Montana and Lee from Nebraska, and a sister, Janice, from the Denver area.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Don, and a sister, Betty.

Memorial services were held May 30, 2012, at Viegut Funeral Home.

Floyd Hoffner, 83, of Ault, Colo., passed away June 5, 2012.

He was born May 22, 1929 to Fred and Elizabeth (Wolf) Hoffner in Eaton, Colo. He married Dorothy Greenwalt in Ault, Colo., in 1949, they later divorced.

He was a longtime Ault, Colo., resident and had also lived in LaGrange, Wyo. Floyd graduated from Ault High School and attended Colorado State University. He was a member of the Cowboy Church in Lucerne, Colo.

Floyd farmed the family farm west of Ault, Colo., for 58 years. He retired and moved to LaGrange, Wyo., where he acquired new and dear friends still working for various farmers and ranchers.

He was a dedicated father and grandfather, and loved supporting the kids in sports activities, 4-H and Saddle Club. He was a very active 4-H and Saddle Club leader, a hard working farmer and lover of animals. He taught his family many things. Horses were his passion and he lived for wide open spaces. Farming and ranching were his life.

He is survived by his son, Jeff (Lou) Hoffner; daughter, Vicki (Steve Brant) Hoffner; grandchildren, Michelle (Rodney) Hoffner-Allen, Emilee (Chad) Braunsroth, and Justin (Heather) Hoffner; brothers, Melvin Hoffner and Russell “Bud” Hoffner and special friend and caregiver, Lisa Rigg, RN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Elizabeth Hoffner; son, Dean Hoffner, and brother, Melvin Hoffner.

Memorial services were held June 11, 2012 at the Cowboy Church in Lucerne, Colo.

Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cowboy Church, Ault Fire Department or Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo., 80631.

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Donald W. “Don” Schlager, 88, of Greeley, Colo., passed away June 12, 2012, at Life Care Center of Greeley, Colo.

He was born November 24, 1923, to Jacob and Alma (Bodtke) Schlager in Gering, Neb.

Don attended schools in Gering, Neb., and in Scottsbluff, Neb. He attended Jr. College in Scottsbluff, Neb., studying to become a teacher, for one year.

He served in the Army infantry from June 1943 to December 1945. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. After discharge from the service, he returned to farming with his brother in Nebraska.

On June 13, 1954, he married Elfrieda Adela Gruhn at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Neb.

Don was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colo., from 1960 to 2012. He was also a member of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees).

He moved to Greeley, Colo., with his family in 1960 and was employed by the USPS as a letter carrier until his retirement in 1988.

Don was a coin collector. He enjoyed “treasure” hunting with his metal detector he built himself from a Heath kit. He also enjoyed riding his bike. He liked sweets, especially as he was getting older. He was active in church. He liked to garden – he grew beautiful red cannas and roses and also fruit trees, peach and sour cherry.

Don spent the last years of his life at Beehive Homes in Evans, Colo. The family is eternally grateful to the staff for their excellent care.

He is survived by his wife, Elfrieda Schlager of Greeley, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Ruth Ann and Wayne R. of Evans, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law Mark W. and Kathy Schlager; sisters, Lorine Elliot of Spokane, Wash., and Helen Lynch of Abingdon, Md.; grandson, Matthew Schlager and numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward Schlager.

Memorial services were held June 15, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Hour in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th St., Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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Elmer Lane, 84, of Brighton, Colo., passed away on June 10, 2012.

He was born on June 13, 1927 in Hilltop, Colo., along with a twin brother, Delmer. Elmer and Delmer were the youngest of the family, having three brothers and one sister. Their mother passed away two weeks after they were born and were ultimately raised by their Uncle Clarence and Aunt Nettie Sheard, who had two children of their own, Leland and Ada.

The family lived in Joes, Colo., until 1934 when the family farm was lost; results of the Great Depression and the dust bowls. The family packed up and moved to Breckenridge, Colo., where work was available mining lead and zinc. Elmer worked the mines as a young man in the mid to late 1940s.

Elmer was an outstanding athlete, playing basketball and baseball on town teams. At one time, he worked for a dairy in Granby, Colo., that was owned by a lady whose passion was baseball and sponsored a team to which Elmer was a part of. During this time, he was recruited by the New York Yankees. He moved to California to play on a “farm” team as a catcher. It is told that after about six weeks in California, he became extremely homesick and came back to Breckenridge, Colo.

Elmer joined the Colorado State Patrol and was stationed in Brighton, Colo. He met and married Dorothy Alice Danford on April 5, 1953. Elmer and Dottie had one child, Cliff Lane. Elmer continued his work in law enforcement until 1978, retiring to pursue his passion with harness horse racing. He bred, raised, trained and raced many successful horses during this time. He and his partner, Duane Bacon accomplished multiple victories, the best of them was a horse named Pack Leader. Pack Leader raced in California were he achieved pacer of the year for two consecutive years.

In the 1980s Elmer owned and operated RMS Service, which provided a pipe yard and transportation of oilfield pipe, servicing Energy Oil Company in their exploration of gas and oil throughout Weld, Adams and Morgan Counties.

Also in the 1980s, two grandsons, Cody and Tyler were born. Elmer was so very proud and spent much of his time with them. He loved to camp, fish and hunt; taking the boys with him as soon as they could walk. He loved to take them everywhere he went and was very active in all of Cody and Tyler’s school and 4-H activities. He was a very loving, proud and generous grandfather.

Sometime later, Elmer purchased Stockyard Hauling and began hauling cattle for ranchers. He also ran a hotshot business.

In 1990, Elmer decided he had driven enough and curtailed his transportation businesses. He settled down and opened a self-service storage facility in Brighton, Colo., which is still operating at this time.

Elmer was very active in the Brighton Volunteer Fire Department and retired after 20 years of service. He was also a member of the Breckenridge, Colo., Masonic Lodge No. 47 for over 60 years. In the past few years, Elmer enjoyed being an integral part of the Al Kaly Shrine Mule Train so that he could accompany his brother Leland Sheard and son Cliff on the many parade excursions throughout Colorado and adjoining states.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lane of Brighton, Colo.; Cliff, Delora, Cody and Tyler Lane of Berthoud, Colo.; twin brother Delmer Lane and wife Loretta of Vernal, Utah; and brother Leland Sheard of Greeley, Colo.; and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Perry Lane of Utah, Glenn Lane of California, and Claude Lane of Colorado; two sisters, Doris Ashley of Colorado and Ada Simcoe of Idaho.

Memorial services were held June 14, 2012 at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, Colo.

Arla Jeanne Cook, 83, of Brush, Colo., passed away June 4, 2012, with her family at her side.

She was born August 18, 1928, at the Slocum Hospital in Brush, Colo., to Lewis and Mary V. Peterson. She was the youngest of seven children. Arla was a life resident of the Gary, Colo., and Brush, Colo., communities.

Arla graduated from the 8th grade at Gary School. The family moved to Brush, Colo., so Arla could attend High School. She graduated from Brush High in 1946. Following graduation, she attended Barnes Business School in Denver, Colo.

On July 13, 1947, Arla married Herman Cook in Fort Morgan, Colo. In 1950 the Cook family purchased a farm south of Brush, Colo., and it is still operational and productive today.

Arla devoted her life to her family. She enjoyed baking and having her family together for a meal. She enjoyed helping on the family farm. She raised her family by working and playing hard. Arla enjoyed collecting antiques, especially depression and lead vase glassware. She was an avid reader, enjoyed working in her flower garden, bowling, playing cards, especially Pitch, and playing Bingo.

She is survived by her husband, Herman, of Brush, Colo.; six children, Steve and Bettie Cook of Clarksville, Tenn., Rhonda and Jim Cooper of Loveland, Colo., Mike and Sandy Cook, Jeff Cook and Deb Seffron, and Jon and Roxanne Cook, all of Brush, Colo., and Amy and Stan Radomski of Hillsborough, N.J.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Dorothy Awmiller, Grace Middleton, Elsie Elbers, and Marjorie Spafford; two brothers, John Peterson and Harold (Nuke) Peterson; and her parents.

Memorial services were held June 7, 2012, at the Cook Family Farm.


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