Rocky Mountain Obituaries for 5-14-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituaries for 5-14-12

Elizabeth Haas Schlagel, 99, of Longmont, Colo., passed away May 1, 2012 at Beatrice Hover Assisted Living in Longmont, Colo., surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on February 23, 1913 to Jacob and Christine Haas in Philadelphia, Penn., on board the ship, Lloyd Dampfers Breslau. Her parents were German immigrants from Pabotchnaya, Russia. Her parents came to Berthoud, Colo., to farm and raise their family. She attended Mead and Nelson school. She was the oldest of 12 children and the last remaining member of her immediate family.

Elizabeth married Jacob P. Schlagel on April 11, 1934. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage living in the Longmont, Colo., area, building a successful farm and dairy operation, while raising their family. She was a successful homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, raising the world’s best raspberries, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her faith was of the utmost importance and she was an active member of Christ Congregational Church. She was a member for more than 90 years, where she taught Sunday School. She also valued time with friends and looked forward to attending Women’s Fellowship, where she held numerous offices.

Elizabeth enjoyed the Jolly Dozen Club and Country Club, of which she was the oldest living member. She was known for her dedication to the community, donating her time, along with her famous angel food cakes and homemade noodles. The Boulder County Fair was one of the highlights of her year as she enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate and exhibit in numerous activities. She proudly served on the Nelson School Board for eight years. She was a meticulous bookkeeper and served as the Treasurer of the Peck Ditch Company for more than 27 years.

She is survived by a large and loving family including her daughter Ruth Anderson of Roggen, Colo., son Ronald Schlagel and friend Cindy Baumgartner of Keenesburg, Colo., daughter-in-law Phyllis Schlagel of Johnstown, Colo., daughter-in-law Cathy Schlagel of Keenesburg, Colo.; 10 grandchildren including Dana (Dave) Bachman, Tom (JilAnn) Schlagel, Charlie (Veronica) Schlagel, Cherie (Randy) Oatman, Doug Anderson, Amy (Jeff) Cooksey, Christie Rupple, Jill Zimbelman, Jennifer (Keith) Long, Brenda (Jack) Maughan; 23 great-grandchildren Jake (Amy) Bachman, Jaime Bachman, Cody, Bobby, Jacob, Nyah and Colten Schlagel and Joshua Oatman, Christie (Mark) Denniston, Jennie Gebauer, Sarah and Molly Cooksey and Paul (Amber) Rupple, Ryan (Brittney) Rupple, Chad (Krystin) Rupple, Caitie and Erin Zimbelman, Kyle, Nick and Mark Long, Henry, Augustus and Samuel Maughan; and five great-great-grandchildren including Mikayla, Leah and Ethan, Tayven and Dawson Rupple and Cooper Zimbelman; numerous nieces and nephews; and by two very loving and devoted friends Bobbie Meglemre and Jane Krueger.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jake Schlagel in 1997, oldest son Robert Schlagel, son-in-law Kent Anderson, granddaughter Vickie Anderson Gebauer, grandson-in-law Leroy Zimbelman, her parents, Jacob and Christine (Rudy) Haas, and by her siblings including Christine, John, Katy, Justine, Mary, Henry, Jake, Walter, Frieda, Fredrich and Helen.

Memorial services were held May 8, 2012 at Christ Congregational Church.

Internment was at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis in care of Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Sylvia Mae King Hodgson, 94, of Longmont, Colo., passed away May 6, 2012, having lived a long and healthy life.

She was the granddaughter of two pioneering families. Her father’s parents, James A. and Mary Jane Lines King left Illinois, arriving in the Boulder Valley by covered wagon in 1864, and became prosperous farmers. Her mother’s parents, James Church and Mary Eugenia Bradway Veeder, gave up the comforts of the East and homesteaded in the San Luis Valley in the 1880s where he was a Methodist minister and farmer until moving to Denver, Colo.

Sylvia was born December 29, 1917 in Boulder, Colo. She was the only child of Tenny and Faythe Veeder King. She lived a carefree life on the family farm, off Valmont Drive, in the Boulder Valley. Sylvia went through grades one through eight at White Rock School. She loved her horse and rode it to school, but always remembers the sad day she came home and found that her dad had sold her horse and bought her a car to drive to Boulder High School where she graduated.

Sylvia and her husband Clifford grew up together and began dating in their teenage years. When they married on March 7, 1937, they moved to their home which was on the family farm where Sylvia was raised, remaining there for 60 years. When Clifford retired from farming and ranching in 1978, they wintered in Mesa, Ariz. They moved to Longmont, Colo., in 1997 to enjoy their retirement.

Sylvia was a cook for Boulder County Schools for close to 20 years. Sylvia’s passion for cooking showed up in the wonderful food she was always cooking at home and new recipes she loved to give a try.

She was an active member of Royal Neighbors of America, playing the piano for their meetings and marches. She was a member of the Boulder Grange for over 70 years and also a lifetime member of the Valmont Church. She and her friends also formed two social groups, “Button and Bows” in the 40s, and later, “Knotty Grandmas.”

Since the early 1940s, Sylvia and Clifford have had a cabin at Red Feather Lakes, Colo., and it has played a very important part in their lives and those of their family. An avid golfer, she first took up the hobby of golfing at Red Feather in 1976 and played in organized leagues in Arizona and Colorado. She loved hunting, fishing, square dancing with County Cousins, traveling, social dancing and teaching piano to various local children.

Sylvia always had a twinkle in her eye, a zest for life, great love for the one and only man in her life, Clifford, and overwhelming love and pride for her children and grandchildren. She exemplified what it means to “live life fully!” Her spirit is a part of us all, and she has left a meaningful impact on our hearts and lives.

She is survived by her husband of 75 years, Clifford Paul Hodgson; son, Rodney Hodgson (Donna); daughter Dot Keatley; five grandchildren Nikki Mosley (Mike), Brandy Hodgson (Arthur Judson), Paula Hodgson (Bob Klein), Todd Keatley (Shawna Washburn), and Connie McIntosh; eight great grandchildren Conor, Mason and Maggie Mosley, Gage and Caden Keatley, Soleil and River Judson Hodgson, Chaz Washburn; and many close friends and relatives.

Memorial services were held May 10, 2012 at Crist Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sylvia’s name to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, Halcyon Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

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Jerry McMorris, 71, passed away May 8, 2012 in Denver, Colo., of cancer.

He was one of the instrumental figures in bringing the Colorado Rockies to town.

Jerry was part of a group that purchased a controlling interest in the club in 1992, a year before the team started play. He served as chairman, president and CEO of the team until 2001. He was part of the team’s ownership group until 2005.

He was a limited partner when the original ownership group was formed. He stepped up when members of the original group in the deal for the expansion team ran into financial and legal trouble. Jerry assisted in making up a $20 million shortfall on the $95 million expansion fee. He also garnered other support for the team, bringing on board Charles Monfort and the late Oren Benton.

Major league owners approved Denver and South Florida as two new members on July 5, 1991. The Rockies played their first home game on April 9, 1993, when a crowd of 80,227 packed into old Mile High for an 11-4 win over Montreal.

He served on MLB’s executive council and chaired its legislative committee. He also took a prominent role among owners during the 1994-1995 labor negotiations, holding secret talks with union head Donald Fehr.

In 2001, Jerry relinquished control as club president, paving the way for the late Keli McGregor to take over the position.

He ended up selling his shares of the team to the Monforts four years later.

Away from the field, Jerry worked closely with the Western Stock Show Association, serving as chairman for six years and on the executive committee for 18 years.

“Jerry McMorris was one of the great leaders of our time. It was an honor to learn from Jerry and witness his passion for the Western way of life and the values we at Stock Show represent,” President and CEO Paul Andrews said. “He will be sorely missed.”

He is survived by his wife, Mary, two children and five grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Thomas Melvin Moon, 93, of Holyoke, Colo., passed away April 22, 2012.

He was born May 28, 1918, to Thomas Eli and Ora Edna (Clarkson) Moon on the family homestead south of Holyoke, Colo.

Melvin was the eldest of six children: Melvin, Phillip, Fern, Velma, Wesley, and infant daughter lost at birth.

He attended eight years of school at the Hill Top School located two miles north and half mile east of the homestead. He either rode his horse or drove the horse and homemade cart to school.

Melvin lived on the family homestead his entire life. He farmed and raised cattle.

Horses and mules were always an important part of his life. He broke many riding horses. He was still riding horses at age 80. He was a real cowboy. He liked to have his picture taken with his horses and mules.

Melvin found pleasure riding in the Phillips County Fair Parade for 64 years. In the 1980s he was honored to be named the Grand Marshall of the Phillips County Fair Parade.

He liked to work with his hands and created leather items for himself and others. Melvin was a loyal friend and neighbor. He always made time and enjoyed helping others. He enjoyed entertaining his family, friends, and neighbors to special meals, and baked goods from his wood burning stove.

In 2009 Melvin moved into the Regent Park Nursing Home in Holyoke, Colo., and was a resident there at the time of his death. He enjoyed his last years there walking resident dogs, visiting with friends and playing bingo. He liked to attend the church services and resident activities and was always tapping his toes to the music.

He is surived by his sister, Velma Garretson of Haxtun, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Phillip and Wesley Moon, sister, Fern Miner, and infant sister, brother-in-laws, Floyd Garretson and George Miner, nephews, Little George Miner and Tom Garretson.

Memorial services were held April 27, 2012 at the Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke, Colo.

Interment was at the Holyoke Cementary.

Memorial contributions may be made in Melvin’s honor towards Phillips County Fair Parade Horse Division.

Barbara J. Betts, 88, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away May 3, 2012.

She was born November 10, 1923 to Sebastion and Margarita Kiefel in Napoleon, N.D.

She was married to Roland Betts on November 24, 1945 in Hardin, Mont. He passed away in 1989.

Barbara was a homemaker and resided in Fort Collins, Colo., since 1965. She has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since the 1950s and was a member of the church in Fort Collins, Colo., since 1965.

Barbara liked to spend her time fishing and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She loved her family and grandchildren very much and always cherished the time they spent together.

She is survived by her sons, Carl (Mary) Betts of Longmont, Colo., Andy (Frances) Betts of Wellington, Colo., Murl Betts and Jeanna of Wellington, Colo.; daughters, Margaret (Terry) Bath of Wellington, Colo., Betty Betts of Wellington, Colo., Ursula (Gene) Olsen of Eaton, Colo.; brothers, Mike Kiefel of Grand Junction, Colo., and Mark Kiefel of California; sisters, Mary Powell of Brighton, Colo., and Helen Byford of Oklahoma; 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one son.

Memorial services were held May 9, 2012 at The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fort Collins, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colo., 80526.

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Annie Grace Hillman, 91, passed away May 1, 2012 in her sleep.

She was born at home in Kersey, Colo., to John and Ida (Lee) Hafelfinger. She was the oldest of 12 children. She attended schools in the Kersey, Colo., and Milliken, Colo., areas.

At 18, she married Jake Allmer and they farmed near Milliken, Colo., Greeley, Colo., and Wiggins, Colo. They adopted Howard Allmer and had four children of their own, Linda, Beverly, Bruce and Dwight. After the death of Jake, she married Henry Weber of Wiggins, Colo., where they farmed for three years.

She drove the school bus for Wiggins, Colo., and Kersey, Colo., district and worked at the China department at the Denver Dry Goods until it closed. She and five of her siblings moved to Grover, Colo., where she met Alfred Hillman. They married on April 4, 1990 and because of declining health they moved to Greeley, Colo. She was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Greeley, Colo.

Annie enjoyed reading the Bible and bird watching until her eye sight failed. Her greatest comfort was found in the Holy Scriptures and holding and getting kisses from her great-granddaughter, Kaylene. She loved to sing and remembered every word to many, many songs.

She is survived by Alfred Hillman of Missouri; daughters, Linda Adams of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Beverly Davenport of San Diego, Calif.; son, Bruce (Juanita) Allmer of Gilcrest, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Charlene Allmer of Brush, Colo.; grandsons, Scott (Linsey) Allmer of Colorado Springs, Colo., Chance Bergstrom of Houston, Texas, Jaz (Mindy) Allmer of Evans, Colo., and Jordan (Tanisha) Allmer of Greeley, Colo.; great-granddaughters, Ashley Allmer of New Jersey and Kaylene Allmer of Greeley, Colo., and one great-great-grandson, Brennan Davis of New Jersey; siblings, Carol (Duane) Schutt of La Salle, Colo., Helen and David Hafelfinger of Greeley, Colo.

She was preceded in death by brothers, John, James, Clyde, Fred and Danny Hafelfinger; sisters, Alice, Louise and Betty; sons, Howard and Dwight and granddaughter, Brandy.

Memorial services were held May 8, 2012 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Greeley, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Denver Rescue Mission in memory of Annie Hillman in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

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