Rocky Mountain Obituraries 9-24-12 |

Rocky Mountain Obituraries 9-24-12

Claude Arnold

Lesile Davis

Lesile Davis, 79, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away September 17, 2012, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

He was born in 1933 in Pagosa Springs, Colo., to Lester and Bessie Davis. He worked to put himself through high school.

He met Juanita Beard while working on a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and married a short time later.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. and served for four years. During that time they had four children.

After his discharge, Les leased a spread just north of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and ran cattle, trapped and was a guide for hunters. When he lost the lease, the family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, but country life kept calling, so they moved back to Colorado. Les started working for the state as a Brand Inspector.

The family moved to Walden, Colo., in 1968, where they stayed until 1975. After a short leave of absence in Tetonia, Idaho, Les and Juanita moved to Stratton, Colo. They purchased 180 acres, and Les continued to work for the Brand Board. He retired in 1995, then moved to Florence, Ariz., later moving back to Colorado.

Les spent his spare time roping and helping anyone who needed help with their cattle. He was a great roper, winning belt buckles too numerous to count and many saddles, bridals etc. He was a true cowboy.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita; children, Lynn, Lester, Lance (wife Lori), Kris Irvine (husband Mark); mother Bessie Stephens; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, David, and father.

Les will be laid to rest at the Cash/Clawson cemetery in Teton Valley, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers, enjoy chocolate! ❖

Claude Arnold

Claude Eugene Arnold, 80, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 12, 2012 at his home.

He was born August 29, 1932 in Hudson, Colo., to George and Ida Arnold.

Claude was a 4-H leader for Keen Chaparral Club, a member of the Weld County Fair Board as well as President of Southeast Weld Fair Board. He enjoyed working on his beloved “Old Yeller” pickup and farm equipment. He was an avid sport enthusiast of all sports.

He is survived by daughter, Sharon Abuso of Greeley, Colo.; sons, Calvin (Kim) Arnold of Hudson, Colo., Steven (Jolene) Arnold of Keenesburg, Colo.; grandchildren, Kristy (Dustin) Buckalew; Melony (Johnny) Blackston, Scott and Adam Abuso; great-grandchildren, Haley, Dylan, Paige, Calvin, and Gracie; sisters, Marie Beckett, Shirley (Bill) Graybill, Pearl Whitman, Pam (Bob) Timm; brothers, Daryl (Mary) Arnold, and Larry (Sharon) Arnold.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Stella Meitz.

Memorial services were held September 17, 2012 at the Southeast Weld Fairgrounds Community Building in Keenesburg, Colo.

Memorial contribution may be made to Southeast Weld Fair Board in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Condolences may be sent to the family at ❖

John Amen

John Amen, 95, of Sterling, Colo., passed away September 14, 2012, at Sterling Living Center in Sterling, Colo.

He was born May 29, 1917, in Proctor, Colo., to John Amen and Katherine Margaret (Frick) Amen.

At age one, he moved with the family to a farm three miles southwest of Sterling, Colo. He attended Springdale School for a year, continuing his education at Lincoln Elementary and completing his education in Sterling, Colo.

He was baptized on September 30, 1917, in Proctor, Colo., and confirmed on March 20, 1932, at Congregational Church in Sterling, Colo. He has remained a devoted life member of the church, serving on the church board for 40 years.

On May 3, 1936, he married Mary Schuppe. They were married 70 years at the time of Mary’s passing in 2006. They were the proud parents of two children, Donald and Norma. Together, John and Mary shared the farming operation beginning in 1938. They purchased the family farm in 1947 and he was able to remain on the farm for 94 years, a farm he truly loved! They raised alfalfa, sugar beets, corn and beans. One of his memorable times was being in the Great Western Sugar Company High 10 for 13 years. He also had a Grade A milking operation for 18 years.

He was one of the first people to sign up with Highline Electric Association in 1939, receiving electricity in 1940.

John served on the Springdale Ditch Board, Weed and Pest Control District and Sugar Beet Growers Association.

He is survived by his daughter, Norma Weber and her husband Justin of Sterling, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Lucille Amen of Littleton, Colo.; grandchildren, Justing Weber and wife Julie, Todd Weber and significant other Michelle, Bonnie Roome and husband Bruce, Sheri John and husband Fred, Bryan Amen, Brad Amen and wife Holly; 14 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Katherine Amen; his wife, Mary Amen; son, Donald Amen; brothers, Jake Amen and wife Mary, Joseph Amen, Harry Amen; sisters, Kathryne Beck and husband Frank, Esther Amen, Rachel Roth and husband Sylvester, Rose Lloyd and husband Barney.

Memorial services were held September 19, 2012 at Zion Congregational Church.

Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Congregational Church or Hospice of the Plains. ❖

John C. “Jack” Stroh

John C. “Jack” Stroh, 91, passed away August 23, 2012.

He was born January 1, 1921.

Jack was a life long rancher and a consummate advocate for agriculture. He served many years on Soil Conservation District boards, was a member of Farm Bureau and the Cattlemen’s Association his entire adult life; serving in leadership roles in all of those organizations.

Jack attended Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University) majoring in Agronomy. His passion was the proper management and care of the land and the improvement and care of his cattle. Jack was an early breeder of Scottish Highland cattle starting in 1956 and initiated various crossbreeding programs in search of better beef and efficient natural production. He served as national president of the American Scottish Highland Breeders Association and was instrumental in opening National Western Stock Show to breeds other than the standard three English breeds. At National Western Stock Show, his cattle won the carcass contest 11 times with Scottish Highland and Highland cross cattle. For his contribution to the industry he was awarded a life member status of the National Western Stock Show.

As one of the foremost authorities on the Scottish Highland breed, Jack judged many livestock shows throughout the United States and Internationally. He judged shows in Canada and Scotland, where he had audience with Queen Elizabeth after unknowingly selecting one of her heifers as Grand Champion.

Once retired from active ranching, Jack entered a successful career as a Real Estate Broker, focusing on agricultural properties. Jack was always active in the community, serving on various boards; his quest being to give back and make the community a better place.

He was a Christian, who lived his faith through his integrity and behavior. He served for many years as Chairman of the board of the United Church of Walsenburg and provided leadership for Christian witness to all who knew him. Jack loved his wife Marjie and their 68 years of marriage was an inspiration. His family was the most important aspect of his life; nurturing, guiding and providing an example of a life well lived, based on his faith. He was a man of principle who served others through his hard work and steadfast beliefs. He accepted the responsibility and challenge of being a man of God.

He is survived by his wife Marjie Stroh; children, Karen Tripp (Bob), John C. Stroh, II (Faye), Paul Stroh, David Stroh (Randi) all of the Walsenburg, Colo., area; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Ruth Pitman of Littleton, Colo., and Herbert Stroh of Seattle, Wash.; a sister-in-law Evelyn Stroh of Parker, Colo., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held September 1, 2012. ❖

Merle Hojio

Merle Hojio, 92, of Greeley, Colo., passed away September 12, 2012.

He was born August 1, 1920 in Gering, Neb., to Joe and Maud-Mays-Hojio. Merle was educated in Bridgeport, Neb.

He married Diana M. Hirsch on July 5, 1947, in Sterling, Colo.

Merle grew up on his dad’s farm in Nebraska during the Great Depression and used those lessons in his chosen field of farming. He had a passion for raising sugar beets and believed placement of fertilizer and chemicals was more important than broadcast rates per acre. He developed practices for more efficient production, which included ridge planting, banding fertilizer and more efficient methods of applying herbicides and insecticides 40 years before they became recognized. He took pride in setting up cultivators for sugar beets and beans that could travel 4-5 miles per hour and leave a one inch block of soil, minimizing the need for herbicides and insecticides. He was honored as high sugar producer for 13 years.

Merle served in the Army from 1945–1946. He was assigned to 611 Quartermaster Graves Registration Co., assigned to disinterment and reburial of American Soldiers. Merle took great pride in being his company commander’s personal driver. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Germany.

Merle was a founding member of the Bank of Windsor and served on the board of directors from 1978-1982.

Following his retirement from farming, Merle enjoyed gardening, coupon shopping, playing his guitar and watching westerns on television.

He is survived by his loving daughters, Sandra Sayles and son-in-law Bill, Susan Lehr and son-in-law Mike; granddaughter, April Schwartz; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Morgan; brother, Roy Hojio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Diana; parents, Joe and Maud Hojio; and brothers, Bill Hojio and Paul Hojio.

Memorial services were held September 17, 2012 Stoddard Funeral Home.

Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th Street, Greeley, Colo., 80634.

Please visit to sign online guestbook. ❖

Russell Neil Johnson

Russell Neil Johnson, 61, of Sterling, Colo., passed away September 11, 2012, in Sterling, Colo.

He was born in Sterling, Colo., on March 26, 1951, to Orville and Catherine (Norman) Johnson.

He was raised on the family farm in the Burdett community of Washington County, and graduated from the Lone Star School in 1969. Russ continued his education at Colorado State University graduating in 1973, magna cum laude and No. 1 scholastically in the College of Business, with a degree in accounting. While at CSU he met Cinthia Lee Kleis and the two were married on June 9, 1973, in Lincoln, Neb.

Following college graduation Russ went to work for Touche Ross and Company, CPAs in Denver, Colo., moving to their Sterling, Colo., branch in 1974. The firm underwent several changes over the years, until 1999, when Johnson became an owner and managing partner of Johnson and Associates, CPAs, PC.

Concurrent with his career in accounting, Russ worked and expanded the family farm east of Sterling, Colo., raising wheat, corn, proso, hay crops and cattle. It was here that he and Cindy raised two sons, Abe and Matt. Life in rural northeast Colorado held special significance to Russ; this was where he wanted to be and where he wanted to raise his family.

Service to community was an important part of Russ’s life. He was an active member and past elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, Colo. He served on the Sterling Regional MedCenter Hospital Board for 15 years, acting as chairman during construction of the new hospital in 1989. He was a member of the Colorado State Fair Board for 11 years, serving as vice chairman from 2003-2008. At the time of his death Russ was the financial adviser to the Premier Farm Credit Board and a member of the Wells Fargo Bank Board. He was honored to be appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado State University Board of Governors this past year.

Russ was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA, actively recruiting buyers and purchasing animals for numerous businesses at the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auctions in Logan and Washington counties for many years. He was an enthusiastic contributor to music, athletic and scholastic programs in regional schools and at Northeastern Junior College. It was his great honor to be named Citizen of the Year by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

Russ was known in northeast Colorado for his collection of real-photo turn-of-the-century postcards. Many of these were shared with individuals and displayed in businesses throughout the area. As a result, he was privileged to be awarded the Northeast Colorado Historical Society’s Sharing with the Community Award in 2011. Russ also enjoyed farm sales, antique tractors, collecting farm primitives, the Johnson and Associates Relay For Life Barbecue, and participating in the Logan County Fair Parade. These simple small-town pleasures were some of the highlights in Russ’s life.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy; and two sons, Abe and wife Kelli of Firestone, Colo., and Matt and wife Cindy of Sterling, Colo.; and four grandchildren, Calvin, Grant, Madie and Lilly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Catherine Johnson.

Memorial services were held September 15, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Colo.

It was Russ’s request that memorials be made to the Northeastern Junior College Foundation, 100 College Avenue, Sterling, Colo., 80751 to support the HOPE Scholarship program. ❖

Joe Adam Martinez

Joe Adam Martinez, 67, of Milliken, Colo., passed away, September 14, 2012.

He was born January 13, 1945, in Rocky Ford, Colo., to Ben and Mary (Trujillo) Martinez.

Adam was a longtime resident of Milliken, Colo. He worked as a mechanical assembler and rancher most of his life.

He was an admirer of Western Indian Art. He loved watching westerns and taking care of his dogs. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his sons, Ben Martinez (Diana) of Greeley, Colo.; daughters, Joann Salazar (Martin) of Greeley, Colo.; Merlinda Martinez (Frank) of Greeley, Colo.; Ernie Hernandez, whom he loved as a true son; sons, Joey Martinez of Calif.; Robert Martinez of Fort Morgan, Colo.; daughter, Katy Mendez of Pueblo, Colo.; brothers, Pete Martinez of Denver, Colo., Louie Martinez of Fort Lupton, Colo.; sisters, Sally Martinez of Rocky Ford, Colo.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jennie Eve Martinez; second wife, Connie Hahn; two brothers and five sisters.

Memorial services were held September 18, 2012, at Allnutt Funeral Service.

Please view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest book at ❖


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