Rocky Obits 9-16-13
John S. Hoffman
John S. Hoffman, 69, of Platteville, Colo., passed away August 31, 2013.
John was born on June 25, 1944 in Denver, Colo., to John and Gertrude (Spencer) Hoffman.
John graduated from Arvada High School and Colorado State University with a BS in animal science.
As a young man, he enjoyed playing softball and participating in sports in the Arvada area.
John enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1966 as Airman Basic and was the first to start the Airman Basic and end as a Brigadier General with 29 years of service. He started with Frontier Airlines as a pilot in 1978 and joined Continental Airlines in 1986. He retired in 2004 with 22,000 hours of civilian flight hours and 4,700 with the military.
On August 24, 1979 John married Pamela Hawkins and moved to Greeley from Aurora, Colo.
John belonged to the Super Sabre Society, Colorado Aviation Society and the American Paint Horse Association.
After retirement, John enjoyed raising paint horses on his farm with his family. He also enjoyed coaching his daughters and nephews sports teams.
John is survived by his wife Pamela, daughters Melissa J. Hoffman of Copper Mountain, Colo., and Sara M. Hoffman of Greeley, Colo., his sister Judy Hogan of Boulder, Colo., four nephews and one niece.
John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude.
Services were held September 10 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Arvada, Colo. Burial took place at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.
The family requests donations be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado, 2726 West 11th Street Road, Greeley, Colo., 80634.
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Andy Charles Waldroupe
Andy Charles Waldroupe, 64, of Las Animas, Colo., passed away on August 27, 2013.
He was born August 13, 1949 in Las Animas, CO to John H. and Margaret V. (Deatherage) Waldroupe.
Andy married Sandra Lee George on June 1, 1968. To this union they had two children, Bridget and Justin.
Andy was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed hunting for arrowheads. He spent many hours reading Louis L’Amore books and loved his “Westerns” but more importantly he loved his family. He had great pride in his children and grandchildren.
Andy is survived by his wife, Sandy of the home; children, Bridget Schleiger and husband, James of Loveland, Colo., and Justin C. Waldroupe of the ranch; seven grandchildren, Kilayne, Taylor, Andrew, Trevor, Rylee, Brody, and Haydin; two brothers, John Waldroupe of Kelso, Wash., and Luther Waldroupe of Mosca, Colo.; sister, Nona Parsons of Las Animas, Colo.; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Beverly.
Services were held August 31, 2013, at Seed and Supply Church in Las Animas, Colo.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Las Animas Schools in care of Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 431, Las Animas, Colo., 81054. ❖
Royce Rhodell Borden
Royce Rhodell Borden, 52, of Arriba, Colo., passed away August 3, 2013, of complications from an unavoidable car accident.
Gail and Creta Borden were blessed October 1, 1960, with their first and only child, Royce Rhodell Borden. While growing up in the sod house on the family homestead 15 miles North of Arriba, Colo., Royce enjoyed many outdoor and farming activities.
Very early in life, Royce took to skating at the Bethel activity building and he taught many to skate. Later, Royce served as the janitor of the skating rink and Bethel Church of the Brethren for many years.
Royce grew in to being a great story teller of local stories and jokes. While building and inventing all types of things, he traveled and visited many places and people to collect parts and antiques. He became a mainstay at farm auctions.
Royce learned to read early as a child and consumed many books on a weekly basis; his favorite and most quoted was the King James Bible. While in 4-H, he mastered photography and in doing so, became a history buff for his family and many locals. His triumph in band competitions was with the trumpet. His last musical exploit was with the Men’s Fellowship Praise Group.
After attending and graduating from Arriba High School in 1979, he attended the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo. He returned home to farm with his family and for Dale and Mildred Saffer for many summers, during which time, he trained to become a substitute rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.
He was appointed a permanent professional position with the U.S. Postal Service serving in Agate, Limon, Flagler, Basalt and Arriba. Once he was assigned to a permanent position in Arriba, he became a shop steward for the Rural Carriers Union.
Life changed drastically for the better on May 18, 2008 for Royce. That day, in Otis, Colo., Royce married the love of his life, Sandra Jean Chadwick. Together, they purchased a home in Arriba and began the seasonal treks to all the Flagler volleyball games and Otis home basketball games.
After his mother, Creta Iralyn Marrow Borden passed away, Royce moved his father, Gail Maynard Borden, to an apartment in Arriba. Recently, due to health issues, Gail became a resident of the Hugo Nursing Home, with Royce and Sandy visiting regularly throughout each week.
Never one to miss church, social events or sports activities, Royce maintained a commitment to assist in the Baptisms of many friends and family members throughout Eastern Colorado.
Services were held August 30, 2013, at Bethel Church of The Brethren in Arriba, Colo. Burial took place in Arriba Cemetery. ❖
Gerald Allen Chubbuck
Gerald Allen Chubbuck, 82, of Arriba, Colo., passed away on August 4, 2013 at Penrose Hospital in Colo., Springs due to complications with diabetes.
He was born on 0ct. 22, 1930 to Melden and Ruth Chubbuck in Arriba, Colo.
Gerald or Jerry as most people knew him grew up on a farm north of Arriba and graduated from Arriba High School in 1950. Jerry enlisted in the Marines but later received an honorable release from duties because of health complications and returned home where he worked on the farm.
Jerry’s passions included hunting game from rabbits to deer and elk but then later turned to artifacts. He enjoyed playing cards with the guys and later with the guys and their wives. Jerry developed an obsession for hunting Indian artifacts. He discovered on Dec. 8, 1957 an archeological site, later named the Olsen-Chubbuck bison site. He also discovered an Indian princess burial and a prehistoric mammoth tusk and skull. He collected bottles, insulators, rocks, Indian artifacts, antiques, and much more.
He married his wife Esther of almost 50 years on Sept. 9, 1963. Together they have three children, Allen, Connie and Ann. In 1967, Jerry purchased the Genoa Tower where he lived out his dream of collecting, trading and displaying his Indian Artifacts along with many other collectables. He enjoyed entertaining, visiting and meeting all the people that toured his museum.
He was well- known for his sense of humor, his free spirit, his knowledge of artifacts, his friendly smile, and his jokes and for his dedication to the Genoa Tower establishment. Jerry and the Tower, with its many unique items, were featured in numerous books, magazines, newspapers articles and television and news broadcast. Jerry would often receive countless letters and cards from delighted visitor that had toured his museum thanking him for their wonderful time. Jerry made a living, loving what he was doing and doing what he loved and it showed.
Jerry was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000 and had been struggling with health issues.
He is survived by wife Esther, children Allen, Connie, Ann, his sister’s Yvonne (Rob) Mccaleb, Sharon (Bud) Johnson, and brother Don (Delorse) Chubbuck, six grandchildren numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Services were held August 10, 2013, at the Congregational Church in Arriba, Colo. Burial took place in Arriba Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, Va., 22312. ❖
Arnold Michael Batina
Arnold Michael Batina, 82, of Longmont, Colo., passed away peacefully at his home September 3, 2013.
He was born August 13, 1931 in Roosevelt, New York to Michael and Ellen (Mattson) Batina.
Arnold served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Newfoundland, there he met Winnifred Adams of Saint Johns. They were married September 6, 1952 and would have celebrated their 61st anniversary this year.
Arnold retired from Ball Aerospace in Boulder in 1989, where he was manager of engineering services and configuration management.
He was a member of Faith Community Lutheran Church, the NRA, Old Timers Rodeo Association and American Legion Post 32.
Arnold enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He was an avid horseman and Team roper and enjoyed rodeo sports. He also attended Bit and Spur shows for western collectables.
Arnold is survived by his wife Winnie, three daughters Jill Batina Quale of Longmont, Colo., Nancy Benson (husband John) of Bellvue, Colo., and Janet Miskowicz (husband Paul) of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren Brian Fox, Jenny Sites, Matthew Benson, Lara Howes, Natalie Lowry, Rachel Miskowicz and Peter Miskowicz; and seven great grandchildren Landon Sites, Collette Benson, Estelle Benson, Shyanne Howes, Zane Howes, Hannah Howes and James Lowry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ernest and three sisters Flora Steiner, Sylvia MacColeman and Wilma Berry.
Services were held September 6, 2013 at Faith Community Lutheran Church. Cremation took place.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association.
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Richard Thomas Fisher
Richard Thomas Fisher, 84, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away August 31, at the Laramie Care Center.
He was born on May 17, 1929 in Laramie, Wyo., to Richard and Matilda Roberts Fisher. Two years later shortly after the birth of his sister, Alice, his mother died and Richard then made his home with Reno and Marietta Chace.
Fisher graduated from Medicine Bow High School in 1947 and attended the University of Wyoming where he belonged to the Sigma Chi fraternity. An Ag major, Richard was a member of the University judging team and placed 1st in wool judging at the Denver National Western Stock Show.
Returning to the Bow, Fisher assisted with the sheep ranch and was a 4-H leader. He joined the Medicine Bow Lions Club and served as the Lions Zone Chairman and as the Vice-Chairman of the Long Peak Boy Scouts of America for Wyoming and Northern Colorado. He received his 60 year Lion pin and certificate this year. Elected to the Medicine Bow- Shirley Basin, McFadden District #6 school board he went on to serve the Carbon County School Board No. 2 for 18 years.
In 1965 Chace Brothers decided to diversify their sheep ranching interests by adding cattle and Reno and Richard purchased the Schamle Ranch. The Bow River Ranch was an Angus cow-calf operation. Sons Rob and Tom joined him by raising and marketing cattle and spent the summer haying.
As a rancher he believed in taking care of the land. Fisher took part in the Medicine Bow Soil Conservation programs serving a term as the Board Chairman. He is a past president of the Carbon County Stockgrowers and a life member of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association and the Wyoming Woolgrowers.
A past Worshipful Master of the Masonic order he belonged to Hanna Lodge No. 50 AF and AM. He was also a member of Hanna Chapter No. 46 Order of the Eastern Star.
A life-long member of the Medicine Bow United Methodist Church, he was instrumental in securing the Fellowship Hall. During Medicine Bow’s growing years he was a stockholder in The Bow Market and on the board of the Medicine Bow State Bank.
Known for his wit, barb wire collection, and love of the Old West, Fisher was interested in the preservation of the Old Carbon area and the Carbon Cemetery.
In 1959 he married Natrona County Extension Agent Jeannette Fisher at the Casper United Methodist Church. Preceding him in death are his parents, sisters Alice Meyers and Irene Chace Hobbs and brother Harry Chace.
Survivors include his wife Jeannette of Medicine Bow, Wyo.; sons Rob of Laramie, Wyo., and Tom (Ceile) Fisher of Saratoga, Wyo.; grandchildren Marshall and Makaella Fisher of Laramie, Wyo., and Peyten and Heston Fisher of Saratoga, Wyo.
Services were held September 5, 2013 at the United Methodist Church, in Laramie, Wyo. Burial followed in Green Hill Cemetery. ❖