Rocky Mountain Obituaries 8-27-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries 8-27-12

James Ellis Tanner

James Ellis Tanner

James Ellis Tanner, 63, of Gilcrest, Colo., passed away August 9, 2012 at his home.

He was born May 30, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Edgar and Gwendolyn Tanner.

James graduated from Valley High School in Platteville, Colo., with the class of 1967. He received his Associates Degree in Swine Management from Northeastern Junior College in Fort Morgan, Colo.

James won Reserve Champion in Poland China barrow wit a first place in medium weight division at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., in 1972. He farmed and raised livestock in the Greeley, Colo., area off and on since 1965.

James operated several businesses before returning to the Greeley, Colo., area to purchase a farm in 1990. He raised corn, alfalfa, cattle and a family.

James served several terms at the Platte Valley Conservation District Board, most recently as Vice-President.

ames liked old MOPARS, new Fords and talking.

James passed away as he wished, at home without pain, holding the hand of his wife of 34 years.

He is survived by wife, Lynette; daughter, Jamie Lyn; grandson, Zathan; sister, Felicia Marshall and her daughter, Licia Patricia McGuffy and her son Anthony; four nephews, Kendall Lingham, Chris Lingham and Ellis Tanner, Terry Tanner and his wife Rhonda and their daughters, Jasmine and Jada, all of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Alicia Lingham.

By his request, there were no services.

Cremation took place. ❖

David Chris Stutzman

David “Chris” Stutzman, 55, passed away August 16, 2012 at his home near Fort Lupton, Colo.

He was born April 22, 1957 in Alton, Ill., to the late Bill Stutzman and Josephine Sisson (nee Rallo). Chris grew up in Southern Illinois attending Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. In his youth Chris was very active in Boy Scouts and it helped cement his love of the outdoors.

Chris fell in love with Colorado and moved here in 1981. He co-owned Pratt and Stutzman Painting in Longmont, Colo., with his long time friend, OJ Pratt. He maintained Stutzman Painting until a few years ago when health issues forced his retirement.

Chris was enthralled with the Colorado wilderness. He climbed many 14,000 foot peaks, often solo. He skied, camped and fished all over Colorado. In his last years he spent countless hours volunteering at the Yesteryear Farm Show. A few moments of conversation is all it took to appreciate his vast knowledge and love of antique farm machinery, steam engines and trains.

He is survived by his mother, Josephine Sisson, of Bunker Hill, Ill.; brother, Jimmy Stutzman of Holiday Shores, Ill.; sister, Anne Renard, of an island off the coast of Maine; step-sisters, Robin (John) Carlson of Edwardsville, Ill., and Pam (Ron) Foster of Alton, Ill.; step-brothers, Jim (Jody) Bosomworth of Godfrey, Ill., and Michael (Laura) Bosomworth of Oneida, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill and step-mother Betty, his step-father, John Sisson, Sr., sister, Lori Stutzman and a step-brother, Pat Bosomworth.

Memorial services will be held August 30, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Pacific Event Center, 1330 Main Street, Longmont, Colo. Attendees are invited to bring something for the potluck dinner and your favorite stories to share.

His cremation was entrusted to Howe Mortuary, Longmont, Colo., and his internment was at the Woodlawn Hills Cemetery, Wood River, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Yesteryear Farm Show, care of Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman St. Longmont, Colo., 80501

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Alma L. Becker

Alma L. Becker, 93, of Kit Carson County, Colo., passed away July 25, 2012 at the Good Samaritan care facility in Fort Collins, Colo.

She was born on the Earl Bigelow homestead south of Vona, Colo. on January 15, 1919 to Earl and Elizabeth Bigelow. She was one of five children.

Alma graduated from Vona High School in 1937. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal saviour as a teenager while attending the Christian Church in Vona, Colo. Alma faithfully taught the primary age Sunday school class for many years at the New Friedensberg Mennonite Church south of Vona, Colo. John 3:16 was her favorite Bible verse.

Alma married Wilbert Becker on June 28, 1939 in Stratton, Colo. To this union three children were born: Burleigh, Marvin, and Deanna. The couple made their home on two different farms south of Vona, Colo., until they purchased the Andrew B. Becker homestead in 1950. Wilbert and Alma worked the farm together while raising their three children. They raised wheat, cattle, corn, feed crops, pigs, and of course chickens.

Alma enjoyed her family and helping with the farm work, raising gardens, flowers, and canning fruits and vegetables. She also liked preparing food for family and guests. She liked to watch Shirley Temple movies. Red birds were her favorite bird and color. She collected state spoons, salt and pepper shakers and toothpick holders.

She is survived by her sons, Burleigh and his wife Sandy Becker of Littleton, Colo., Marvin and his wife Cindy Becker of Greenwood Village, Colo., and daughter, Deanna (Dea) and her husband Curt Carroll of Fort Collins, Colo.; one brother, Howard Bigelow and his wife Lona of Benton City, Wash. and one brother-in law Gerald Tubbs of Colby, Kan.; six grandchildren, Laurie, Stacey, Craig, Lance, Mike, and Brett; 15 great-grandchildren, Luke, Cameron, Ashleigh, Chase, Ryder, Claire, Jacob, Erin, Eli, Lawson, Morgan, Madelynn, Merrick, Shaunte’, and Kyle and one great-great grandchild Rosabella.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert in 2005, her parents Earl and Elizabeth Bigelow, her brother Floyd Bigelow and sisters Louise Dykes and Rosa Anna Tubbs.

Memorial contributions may be made in Alma’s name to the Hi-Plains Scholarship Fund and may be left at or mailed to the Colorado East Bank and Trust, 141 Colorado Avenue, Stratton, Colo., 80836.

Memorial services were held August 6, 2012 at the New Friedensberg Cemetery south of Vona, Colo.

Friends may go to to sign the family’s online register book and to leave a message of condolence. ❖

Hal J. Yeager

Hal J. Yeager, 87, of San Luis Valley, Colo., passed away August 21, 2012, the same day his father had passed away 60 years earlier.

He was born on June 25, 1925 in Longmont, Colo., to Harry and Alveda Yeager.

Hal spent his life involved in livestock, and agriculture serving as a director on numerous boards and breed associations. He judged every major livestock show in the U.S. and Canada multiple times.

Hal was the shepherd for the CSU for 19 years and upon retirement, he relocated to the San Luis Valley where he ranched, and enjoyed the great outdoors the remainder of his years. He was quite a character, and always had a song in his heart or a ditty to share.

He is survived by his two sons, Kelly (Sheryl) Yeager of Delta, Colo., and Jay (Larilee) Yeager of Del Norte, Colo.; two daughters Kay (Fred) Salas of Dewitt, Mich., and Mary (Steve) Swanson of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and ister Helen Hanna (Bill) of Longmont, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Helen, his parents Harry and Alveda, and three brothers Bob, Carl, and Glen Yeager.

Memorial contributions may be made to La Puente Homeless Shelter on 913 State Avenue Alamosa, Colo., 81101

Memorial services were held August 25, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton, Colo.

Interment was at Elmwood Cemetery in Brighton, Colo. ❖

Samuel Lewis Scheller

Samuel Lewis Scheller, 87, of Basin, Wyo., passed away August 13, 2012.

He was born February 25, 1925 in St Francis, Kan., to Webb and Rose Scheller. As eldest of four children he was called upon at a young age to help with the duties on the farm. While his father was away transporting cattle, he was helping his mother hook up the horses and plow the fields. Following the flood of 1935, the entire family, which included a brother Bill, and two sisters, Shirley and Bette, picked up and moved to Longmont, Colo.

It was there that he came to meet Ruby Pierson who became his bride in June of 1949. They settled north of Pierce, Colo., and wheat farming became their livelihood while raising four daughters; Sharon Scheller, Sandy Shelhamer (Mitch), Sheryl Scheller and Shirley Soto (Tommy).

But it was cattle trading that was Sam’s true passion, as his love for salebarns and livestock had already begun during the years he helped his father manage both family-owned salebarns, the Steamboat Springs Salebarn and, later, the Sunset Sales Yard in Greeley, Colo. He honed his auctioneering talent there as well and was called upon for the Annual Greeley Christian School Benefit Pie Sales. To the delight of the school, his auctioneering talents merited “outrageous” prices for the standard pie.

Brush Livestock of Colorado opened it doors in the early 70s and Sam was there from the beginning to attend the monthly dairy auctions. Initially as Buyer No. 5 but through the many years he became friend then family member to the Blakes. It was there that Sam was entrusted with his beloved “Puddin” who would become his constant companion to the end. Both of their enthusiastic greetings would light up the entire vet shack those Thursday mornings. For many years Sam was a weekly regular at Centennial Livestock.

Sam moved to Basin, Wyo., to be near his daughter Sandy, two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

He was an active member of the Greeley Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 63 years.

Memorial services were held August 31, 2012 at the Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W 28th St., Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Worland Adventist Christian School, P.O. Box 433, Worland Wyo., 82401-0433. ❖

James L. Curtis, Jr. (Jim)

James L. Curtis, Jr. (Jim), 86, passed away August 14, 2012.

He was born April 12, 1926 to James L. Curtis, Sr., and Margaret Fair Curtis.

Jim attended Saguache schools for 10 years. He went to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., for the last two years of high school. Upon graduation from NMMI, Jim joined the Navy. He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1946. Returning from the Navy, Jim enrolled in college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science.

Jim married Margaret Reynolds (Peggy) in 1952. Jim has ranched in the Saguache area as a fourth generation Curtis.

He is survived by his wife Peggy; two children James L. Curtis, III, (Jay) of Saguache, Colo., and Anne (Ed) Nielsen of Saguache, Colo.; and two grandchildren, Scott and Stan Nielsen.

Thomas Bahl

Tom Bahl, 74, of Eaton, Colo., passed away August 13, 2012.

He was born on March 26, 1938, to Jacob George and Mary (Dietz) Bahl in Denver, Colo.

He married Karen Lynn Kroh on July 5, 1957, in Denver, Colo.

Tom was a native resident of Colorado. He worked in construction as a pipefitter. He was a member of the Local 208 Pipefitters Union for more than 55 years and AA for 35 years.

Tom’s greatest treasures were his daughters, grandchildren, and horses — he was a cowboy at heart. He enjoyed fishing, camping and bird hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Bahl; daughters, Bambi (Bill) Brack and Kristin (Mike) Dautriel; sisters, Rosemary Searles and Judy Brenning; grandchildren, Elisabeth (Brad) Garner, Will Brack, Matt Brack and Tiffanie Dautriel.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jacob and mother, Mary and a grandson, Craig Smith.

Memory services were held August 21, 2012, at the Allnutt Macy Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Weld County District 23 AA, in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631.

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