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Willie Elvis Jordan
Willie Jordan, 76, of Fort Collins died Tuesday December 28 at his home after a long battle with cancer. Willie was born April 2, 1934 in Hartshorn , MO to Fred and Emma Jordan. After high school he enlisted in the Army and was a decorated soldier of the Korean War. After his military service he became a concrete contractor until his retirement.
Willie is survived by his wife Shirley, daughters Sherry (Lindsay) Pierson of Fort Collins, Judi (Kent) Crane-Nelson of Calif., Carol (Mike) Griffis of Georgia, grandchildren Jamie (Brian) Devries, Jake (Natalie) Pierson, of Ft Collins, Ashley Crane of Arizona, Jeremy and Daniel Lawton and Gary, Chris, & Collier Self all of GA, and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
John Alfred Kruger
John Alfred Kruger, 67, of Fort Collins died December 22, 2010 at his home. John had recently moved to Fort Collins from Payson Arizona to be close to his children due to his declining health. He was born August 2, 1943 in Elmont, New York to Walter and Marie (Heiser) Kruger and remained in Elmont and graduated from high school there. In 1969 he married Sally Allen at the Sunrise Ranch near Loveland, Colorado where they lived for many years. They later separated. He then moved to Oxnard, California. He stated a career as a mechanic but decided to change careers and became an independent insurance agent which he continued until his death. His talent and love of mechanics remained with him throughout his life and he was a wonderful handi-man, always loving to fix things. John loved being with his family, enjoyed traveling around the country. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed help. He was an amazing man with a great sense of humor.
John was a member of the Moose Lodge, most recently in the Greater Payson Arizona Lodge Number 852. He is survived by his two sons, Jamie Kruger of Fort Collins and Jason Kruger of Loveland, a daughter, Jessica Kruger of Louisville, Colorado, a brother, Eddie Kruger of Denver, Colorado, a sister Kathy of New York. and his exrtended family in Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents and his loyal companion of 28 years, Betty Howard. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Sunrise Ranch, West of Loveland, at 2:00 P.M.
Adrian Franklin Weaver, Jr. passed away at his home on December 11, 2010 following a short illness. He was born March 20, 1928 in Denver, Colorado to Adrian Franklin Weaver, Sr. and Eva Conkey Weaver. Adrian married Geraldine Pence April 11, 1953 and they had three daughters, Susan, Maxine and Mourine. They divorced in 1979. He later married and divorced Letha Moen. Adrian was raised at the family ranch at Virginia Dale, Colorado and worked on neighboring ranches. He graduated in 1946 from Elsinore High School in California and from Colorado A & M in 1952 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While in college, Adrian was active in the rodeo club and he continued to rodeo until 1973. Adrian practiced veterinary medicine in Colorado and Wyoming . As he became more involved in his ranching operation, he phased out of his veterinary practice. In 1969 he moved the ranch headquarters to Owl Canyon , Colorado and added the Cottonwood Ranch at Sedgwick, Colorado in 1989. He continued to summer cattle at Virginia Dale and Tie Siding, Wyoming . Adrian was passionate about his Angus cattle, ranching and the rural and western lifestyle. He had been retired from veterinary medicine for several years and he continued ranching until his death. Adrian was the first president of the Albany County Stock Growers, one of the original cooperators in the Northeast Colorado Bull Test Center and one of the first Colorado seed stock producers to pulmonary arterial pressure test his cattle. He received numerous awards and recognition for his Angus cattle and his work in the livestock industry, including the 2009 U.S. Livestock Industry Leader of the Year award from the Record Stockman.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan and Mourine Weaver of Fort Collins , Colorado and Maxine Weaver of Cheyenne , Wyoming , his grandson, Sheldon Emerson of Fort Collins , Colorado , his granddaughter Darby Emerson of Houghton , New York and two sisters, Adeline van Biene of Baker City, Oregon and Adevee (Charles) Roebuck of San Diego, California and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Adrian Franklin Weaver, Sr. and Eva Weaver.
A memorial service and a celebration of Adrian ’s life will be held at Weaver Ranch, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. at 3000 West County Road 70, Fort Collins, CO 80524 . Lunch and fellowship will follow the service. For directions to Weaver Ranch, call Vessey Funeral Service at 970-482-5065.
Cremation has already taken place. Honorary pallbearers are: Sheldon Emerson, Lyle Linman, Robert Mortimer, Pete Burns, Red Garretson, Bill Bashor, Roy Lilley and T V Jones.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Adrian F. Weaver Benefit Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, Fort Collins . The proceeds from the Fund will go to scholarships for large animal veterinary students and seed stock members at Colorado State University and for Ag in the Classroom.
Albert Gene Urban
Albert G. “Noodles” Urban, 50, of Greeley, died Friday Dec. 10 at Medical Center of the Rockies. Albert was born July 7, 1960 in Fort Collins to Albert and Corine (Lucero) Urban. After graduating from Poudre High School he married Linda Tennant. He was a cook for the Charco Broiler, a custodian at CSU and a bouncer at Match-Ups, where he liked to shoot pool. Albert enjoyed shooting pool, listening to music and dreamed of owning a motorcycle.
Survivors include his wife Linda, of Greeley, children Keith, Brian, Albert, Dena, Dean and Ernesto all of Greeley, grand-daughter Maaliyah, sister Theresa of Albuquerque and Uncle Joe of Clovis, NM. He was preceded in death by a son, Alex, his parents, sister and a brother. A Rosary will be held Monday December 20 at 7 PM at the Holy Family Church in Fort Collins and the Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday Dec 21 at 10 AM, also at Holy Family Church. Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Fort Collins. Memorial contributions may be sent to Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry St. A-1, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Janice Arlene Frausel
Janice Arlene Frausel, 59, of Fort Collins passed away at home on December 3, 2010 after a short illness. Jan was born March 4, 1951 to Alvan and Margaret (Jensen) Andersen in Brush, Colorado. She moved to Fort Collins in 1969 to attend Colorado State University and later to Denver to attend the Parks Business College . Returning to Fort Collins she began a career with the city of Fort Collins where she met her husband, Lee Frausel. Lee and Jan were married on November 24, 1984 and honeymooned in Mazatlan , which started a long tradition of visiting Mexico on an annual basis. Jan will be remembered for her infectious laugh and her love of her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Lee, daughters Amanda Frausel of Fort Collins and Rebecca Frausel of Boulder, brothers Larry (Emily) Andersen and Arne (Ron Montoya) Andersen of Brush and a sister Ellen (Ron) Hutton of Mission Viejo, California. A celebration of Jan’s life will be Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the Fort Collins Elks Lodge, 1424 E. Mulberry Street at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Zechariah Benjamin Schmer
Zechariah Benjamin Schmer, 19, of Wellington passed away on November
19 at his home. Zech was born June 30, 1991 in Fort Collins to
Benjamin Schmer and Shana Wilson. After attending schools in the
Poudre School district, he worked in the construction trade and was happiest when working for Heath Construction. Zech was a loving, caring person and was very protective of his family. He loved everyone, but had a great dislike for the corruption and lies the world has to offer. He spent most of his time in prayer and studying the Bible. His best friend was the son of the Most High, Jesus Christ. Zech also enjoyed skate boarding, studying God's creation, fishing and music to the point that he tried to compose music on the piano. He will be fondly remembered for his extremely polite manner and love for his family.
Survivors include his parents, Benjamin Schmer and Shana Wilson (Levi
Sarchet), sisters Alexis Hensley and Skye Hammond, brother Dieken
Sarchet, grandparents Steve and Ramona Wilson, and Willard and Wendy
Anderson. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday November 30 at
Timberline Church, South Auditorium at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International in care of Vessey Funeral Service. To leave a condolance for Zech's family, click on "Contact Us" button on the left side of this page and leave a message. It will be given tothe family after the memorial service Tuesday.
Ronald Keith Grant
Ronald Keith Grant, 75, of Fort Collins passed away October 29, 2010 at Poudre Valley Hospital. Ron was born January 20, 1935 in Laramie, Wyoming to Ralph and Mildred (Jensen) Grant. In 1953 he married Delores Ferguson in Fort Collins and together they had four sons. They moved from Laramie to Fort Collins in 1973 where Ron continued his business as an insurance agent until retirement. Ron was a member of the Jaycees, Lions Club, National Association of Life Underwriters and the Elks Lodge #804 in Fort Collins. He was active in the Republican party and was a good friend of Dick Cheney. After retirement Ron enjoyed fishing with his sons and worked part time as a crossing guard for Poudre School District.
Ron is survived by his wife of 57 years, Delores, sons Mike (Betty) of Greeley, Matthew (Julie Buck) of Fort Collins and Kent (Leanne) of Cheyenne, seven Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, a grand daughter and two sisters. A memorial service will be held Thursday November 11, 2010 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mike Stadtmueller officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Dorothy Ann Mosher
Dorothy A. Mosher, 82, of Fort Collins passed away Wednesday October 27, 2010 at the Columbine West Health Care Facility in Fort Collins after an extended illness. Dorothy was born August 7, 1928 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma to George and Rose (Ledbetter) Maberry. She attended schools in Oklahoma and Denver. She married George Mosher on September 6, 1952 in Denver, Colorado and soon after moved to Grand Junction. They moved to Fort Collins in 1958 where she lived until her death. She was a loving mother and made her career of caring for her three children. Dorothy is survived by her three children, David Mosher of Wellington, Cindy McVay and Murry Mosher both of Fort Collins and two grandchildren Sara Wallace and Matthew Mosher. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, a brother and her granddaughter Melissa Lippert.
A private graveside service is planned at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice, in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry Street, A-1, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
Francesca Maryanne St. John
Francesca St.John, 56 of Johnstown passed away Tuesday September 21 at home. Francesca was born August 17, 1954 in Jamaica, New York to Alexander and Tessie (Siwik) Zablocki. She married Jeffrey St.John on October 17, 1993 in Syracuse, NY. They moved to Berthoud, CO in 1994 and to Johnstown in 2005. She was a Certified Nurses Assistant and previously worked at the Applewood Nursing Home in Longmont and also at Kwik Korner in Berthoud. Francesca loved to travel, especially in the Northeast states. She enjoyed reading, video games, shopping and animals of all kinds. Her children say she would have had one of every known animal if she could have. She loved cooking and her family said she was an excellent cook. She is survived by her husband Jeffrey, children Derek (Jennifer Payton) Ascioti of Loveland and Amanda (Chris Maddox) Ascioti of Longmont. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. The family has planned a private memorial service at Vessey Funeral Service in Fort Collins.
Dorothy Christine Bright
Dorothy C. Bright, 77, of Fort Collins, formerly of Sterling, passed away Friday September 10, 2010 at the Spring Creek Health Care Center in Fort Collins following a long illness. Dorothy was born on April 18, 1933 in Norfolk, Nebraska to B. W. and Olive(Detwiler) Bright. Dorothy lived in many places before settling in Sterling in 1967, where she remained until February of this year when she moved to Fort Collins to be near her children. Dorothy loved her home and enjoyed watching Soap Operas. She was a dedicated stay at home mother to her children. She is survived by her children, Teresa Franklin, Delbert Bright, Carl Bright, and Jerry Bright, all of Fort Collins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Susan Bright. A Celebration of Life service will be announced later at www.vessey.info. Arrangements are being handled by Vessey Funeral Service in Fort Collins.
Janet Kay Moad
Janet Kay Moad, 54, of Fort Collins passed away Thursday August 19 at the Pathways Hospice Care Center in Loveland following a long battle with cancer. Janet was born June 6, 1956 in Sterling to Melvin and Dorothy June (Pabst) Honebein. She attended Sterling schools and graduated from Northeastern Junior College in 1976. After graduating she worked in Steamboat Springs, Juneau, Alaska, and Sterling before settling in Fort Collins where she worked for the driver’s license bureau. She met Marty Moad at the Sundance and they were married in 1991. He died in 2007. After marriage she began work for Colorado State University where she remained until her death. Janet loved the outdoors, animals, Hot Air Balloons and especially her family and friends. As a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, she was active in the cancer support group. Survivors include her son Jeremy Moad, sister LuAnn (Curt)Wiederspan of Eaton, and Brother Richard Honebein of Idaho. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. A memorial service is scheduled for Wed. August 25, 2010 at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 11 AM with Pastor Tim Runtsch officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church Janet Moad Memorial Fund for her son’s education in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Elizabeth Anne Pieza
Services Announced for Sat. Aug 28, at 10 AM
Elizabeth Pieza, age 63, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2010 at home in Fort Collins, from natural causes. She was preceded in death by both her parents, Mary and Frank Pieza. She is survived by her brother Michael (Carolyn) of Ft. Collins; brother Anthony and sister Frances (John) Bowen of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin; and sister Pauline (Bill) Grigelaitis of Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois. She is also survived by a loving family of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Elizabeth was born January 9, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois . She attended St. Mary Star of the Sea grammar school, Maria High School , the American Conservatory of Music, and the University of Illinois at Chicago , graduating with a degree in psychology. She worked for a time as a substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools. In 1978 she moved to Colorado and worked in various capacities until the progression of multiple sclerosis made it difficult for her to work. Elizabeth then immersed herself in music. literature, and family. A grave side service will be held Saturday August 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Fort Collins. The Rev. Leonard Benzel will officiate.
Robert "Bob" Gardner
4/28/1938 – 7-28-2010
Robert Wayne Gardner, 72, of LaPorte, passed away on July 28, 2010. Bob was born in Sterling, CO and was raised as a farmer in Merino. While attending high school he was a member of FFA and a state champion wrestler. In the 1950’s he played the banjo with his family at local events. He worked as a dispatcher for the Sterling PD, drove a truck for Meyers Well Service, Whitlock Trucking, Hersh Trucking, and finished his career as an Estimator for 32 years at Sterling Paving. During that time he owned his three dump trucks that were contracted to Sterling Companies. Bob and Ruth Miller were married on Nov. 5, 1999. They enjoyed traveling with their dogs, Rowdy and Waldo, as a member of the Excel RV club. Bob also enjoyed bowling and softball. He was a member of the Optimist Club, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge #804 and worked with Make a Wish Foundation.
Bob is survived by his wife Ruth, brother Eugene (Joyce) Gardner of Cheyenne, WY, sister Virginia Martelli of Littleton, son Lyle “Butch” (Deb Padgett) Gardner, daughter Brenda Gardner, step-son Cody (Alyssa Ratzlaff) Dawson, step-daughter Amanda Dawson, 6 grandchildren, Nicole, Allen, Robert, Charlotte, Christopher, Charles, 6 great-grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a previous wife, Kitty Maxwell. Preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Bessie, sister (at birth), previous wife Pearl Schulein and nephew Randy Gardner.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be at American legion Post 4 on Hwy 287 on August 7 from 12 – 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Rita Bourgault, 57, of Fort Collins, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2010, after a courageous fight against central nervous system lymphoma. She passed with the knowledge that she had the unconditional love of her family and friends surrounding her.
Her family would like to express their gratitude to the PVH Oncology unit, Rita’s therapists at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, and the staff at Pathways Hospice for their unwavering support during Rita’s final months. Additionally, the love provided to the Bourgaults from their friends and family during these difficult times will never be forgotten.
Rita was born September 15th, 1952, in Coldwater, Michigan, the third of four children born to
Floyd and Audrey Gerth. She spent her childhood in Michigan, Arizona, Nebraska, and Colorado, where she graduated from Widefield High School in 1970. Upon graduation, Rita began taking courses at Pikes Peak Community College and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, while working as a pharmacy technician. She eventually began working at Hewlett-Packard in Colorado Springs, where she met the love of her life, Steve, in 1979. They were married on August 9th, 1981 in Colorado Springs. Rita’s dream of becoming a mother was realized in 1984, when their daughter Megan was born. A second daughter, Kara, was born in 1987. In 1996, the family moved to Fort Collins. Rita’s legacy as the most incredible mother and wife was obvious to all she encountered—she taught her family the values of love, strength, perseverance, independence, and humor, and they feel proud to carry these gifts with them always. Rita retired from Hewlett-Packard in 1991 to devote her time to raising her children. When not spending time with her family, Rita enjoyed attending her swim therapy classes with the Twinges group, sewing, traveling, shopping, cooking, going to movies, and talking to family and friends across the country on the computer.
Rita is survived by her mother, Audrey, her husband, Steve, daughters Megan and Kara, and Kara’s husband Chris. Rita was able to witness Chris and Kara’s wedding in her final days, which was an incredible gift to the entire family. Rita is also survived by brothers Mike and Randy, mother- and father-in-law Mary and Frenchie, brothers-in-law Greg and David, sisters-in-law Sondra, Michelle, Lisa, and Carolynn, sixteen nieces and nephews, two great-nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd and sister, Teddi.
A celebration of Rita’s life will be held at 10 am on Monday, August 2nd at the Colorado Welcome Center, 3745 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society c/o Vessey Funeral Service. Rita also requested that books be donated to the school or library of your choice in her honor.
Paul Perkowski, 64, of LaPorte, passed away peacefully into our Lord’s hands on Friday, July 23. Paul was born July 12, 1946 in Kearney, NJ to Edward and Ann (Jamiolkowski) Perkowski. He proudly served his country for 4 years in the U. S. Air Force at Mountain Home, Idaho, and continued service to his community through the Boy Scouts of America. Paul worked at the CSU Veterinary Hospital as a technician for 19 years. For the past 4 years he fully enjoyed his early retirement. He loved his family and his Lord and will be greatly missed by many. Survivors include his loving wife of 39 years, Patricia Perkowski, son Edward (Heather Perry) Perkowski, daughter Jennifer (Stephen) Perkowski Gates and two precious granddaughters, Kendall and Charlotte who will miss their Dziadziu, and brother Robert Perkowski of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday July 28 at 10 AM at The Evangelical Covenant Church, 4825 S. LeMay Ave. with the Rev. Steven Hoskins officiating. Those wishing to see Mr. Perkowski may call at the Vessey Funeral Service Chapel on Tues. from 10 AM to 2 PM. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Larimer County or Boy Scouts of America in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry St A-1, Ft. Collins, CO 80524.
Georgette Olivia Neas
Georgette Neas of Fort Collins passed away at home July 10th. She was born July 25, 1918 in Kansas City, MO to George and Nellie Danielson. She married Leonard Neas and together they ran Spic and Span Bakery in Fort Collins during the 60’s, then a bakery in Estes Park. Later they moved to California where she worked at Mt. Diablo Hospital. They then moved back to Colorado to retire. Together they enjoyed traveling. She was quite proud of her volunteer work at Poudre Valley Hospital. Her natural ability with plants and flowers always gave her pleasure. An excellent cook and baker, she enjoyed making family birthday cakes. The hobbies she did with her hands were numerous, generous, and brought her great joy.
Preceding her in death were her husband Leonard Neas, her parents, a sister Ruth Roth and grandson Rick Bradford of California. Surviving is a brother Art Danielson of Georgia, two daughters and son-in-laws, Shirley and Charlie Bradford of Sacramento, California and Pam and Richard Dunlap of Fort Collins. She was known a “Little G” to her seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. She is already missed.
Memorial contributions can be made to Pathways Hospice in Care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry St., A-1, Ft. Collins, CO 80524.
Clarice Estella Nelms
Clarice E. “Claire” Nelms, 81, of Fort Collins passed away Tuesday July 6 at a local nursing home after a short illness. She was born on May 19, 1929 in Kansas City, MO to Carl and Helen (Smith) Nelms. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Denver where Claire grew up and attended school. Claire graduated from East High School and the University of Denver. After college she moved to California where she taught high school math. During this time she received her Master’s degree from UCLA. She retired in 1984 and later moved to Fort Collins where she was actively involved in her church and golf. Claire was an avid golfer who played up to the time shortly before her death, and in her earlier years she was a fierce competitor in softball. She loved gardening and her dogs. She was a member of the Collindale Nine Hole Ladies Group and Christ United Methodist Church where she was participated in Bible study. She is survived by two nieces, Linda DeFord and Julie DeFord Evans, grandniece Lara DeFord, and two grandnephews Corey and Shane Evans. She was preceded in death by her parents and dear friend Ursula Zint. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13 at 2 PM at Christ United Methodist Church, 301 E. Drake Road, with the Reverend Nancy Boswell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or Pathways Hospice in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry St, A-1, Ft Collins, CO 80524.
Larry Moore, 56, of Windsor passed away June 29 at home. He was born August 14, 1953 in Okinawa, Japan to Msgt and Mrs. Bob Moore. The family moved back to Fort Collins in 1965 and Larry lived there until he and wife Julie moved to Windsor. He served on the Ski Patrol Team while working at Wilderness Outfitters. Later he owned Midwest Divers Supply, teaching and sharing his passion for scuba diving. Prior to his 1971 graduation from Poudre High School, he was an officer in Poudre Valley Chapter Order of DeMolay. Later he was a volunteer with Larimer County Search and Rescue and an officer in the Elks Lodge #804. Larry worked at Phase II Company until his retirement due to failing health. He will be remembered for his gentle nature and passion for the Broncos, scuba diving and riding his Harley Davidson.
Survivors include his wife Julie, step-son Tanner Rork, step-daughter September Rork and Brook Stanton, sister Peggy (Mike Considine) Moore, nieces Lynda (Mark) Richardson and Judy Willits. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 pm, Saturday July 3 at the Fort Collins Elks Club with a reception to follow. Attire is casual and the theme is Island Fare. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice or the Elks Foundation in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Nicole Marie Martinez
Fransico “Poncho” Ulibarri, 23, of Fort Collins died June 30 in a car accident in Fort Collins. He was born February 2, 1987 in Roswell, New Mexico, moved to Fort Collins and attended schools here. He graduated from Rocky Mountain High School and soon found his true love, Nicole Martinez. Together they brought into the world a son, Fransico, and two daughters, Seriah and Sierah. Poncho worked in the housing department at Colorado State University. Survivors include his three children, Mother Mida A. Flores, Father Ruben Flores Cardova, Step-dad Roy Nunez, brothers Jose and Arthur Ulibarri, sister Rubi Ulibarri, grand-parents Gloria Rodriquez, Manuela Flores and Michael Sena, 6 aunts, 3 uncles and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grand-father Joesluis Flores.
A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday July 6, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Collins at 9:30 am. A rosary will begin at 9:00 am. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Francisco (Poncho) Ulibarri & Nicole Martinez Memorial Fund in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Nicole Marie Martinez, 26, of Fort Collins died June 30, 2010 in a car accident in Fort Collins. Nicole was born in Fort Collins to Michael Martinez and Katherine Fisher on April 26, 1984. After graduating from the Jefferson County High School, she attended Hair Dynamics and graduated in 2009. Nicole and Poncho Ulibarri have three wonderful children, a son, Fransico, and two daughters Seriah and Sierah.At the time of her death, Nicole was working at Taco Bell in Fort Collins. She is survived by her parents Michael Martinez and Katherine Fisher, both of Fort Collins, two brothers, Michael and Cameron Martinez and a sister Ashley Martinez, grand-parents Herman “Chinky” Martinez, Barbara Martinez and Francis Hernandez.
A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday July 6, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Collins at 9:30 am. A rosary will begin at 9:00 am. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Francisco (Poncho) Ulibarri & Nicole Martinez Memorial Fund in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Joelle Sofia Thompson
Joelle Sofia Thompson, infant daughter of Nate & Alicia Thompson, came into this world on June 18th, 2010 at Poudre Valley Hospital. Joelle was joyfully greeted with love in Heaven by her Grandfather, Ronald Thompson, and her Great-Grandparents: Merle Mathewson, Sheldon & Geraldine Patton, Robert Pike, and Donald Thompson.
Joelle is loved and will be missed by her parents, her Grandparents: Carol & George Patton and Norma & Steven Pomerleau, her Aunts and Uncles: Amanda Norton, Rachael & Brandon Freund, Robby Thompson, Amber Pomerleau, and Ashley Pomerleau, her Great-Grandparents: Berniece Mathewson, Marian Pike, and Wanda Thompson, her cousins: Brandt, Tennyson, and Benjamin Norton; Jeremy and Jacob Freund, and her many other family and family friends. Fly with the Angel's our dearest Joelle. You were set free before we even got to meet you, but we cherish those precious few moments we got to spend with you. We will remember you always as our beloved little girl. 6/18/2010 will be our special day!
A memorial tree planting service will be scheduled in early July at the Spring Canyon Park, 2626 W. Horsetooth Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS)” or the “Joelle Sofia Thompson Memorial Tree Fund” both in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry St., A-1, Ft. Collins, CO 80524.
Brian Arthur Wormus
Brian Arthur Wormus, beloved father, son, husband, brother and friend, died from a sudden bacterial infection June 14, 2010. Brian was born September 18, 1980 to parents Ron and Susan Wormus along side twin brother David and older brother Tim. He graduated from Poudre High School in 1999 and went on to earn a bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Maine in 2005 while working full time to support his family. Brian’s family was central to his life. He and wife Katharine Griffin married in 2000 and raised their two sons—Braden ,11 and Evan, 4—in Maine and Colorado. Above all Brian was a dedicated and heartfelt father to his boys, with whom he shared his love of hockey, rock climbing, fishing, biking, snowboarding, and camping. Brian was also an avid vocalist, performing in High School musicals, and the a cappella group “Out of Style.” Brian was known to all for his compassion and generous spirit—a true light to everyone in his life. There will be a memorial service at 10 am, Saturday June 19th at First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Educational Trust for the Children of Brian Wormus at Home State Bank or via Vessey Funeral Service.
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Murray McLees passed away June 7 in Loveland. Murray was born August 21, 1924 to Joseph and Ella (Hubbart) McLees in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He attended school at Slater, WY first and second grades, riding horseback with his seven older brothers and sisters, and finished the grades through high school in Cheyenne. He joined the Navy and trained as a combat Medic, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Belleau Wood, seeing eleven major battles in the Pacific. He did several beach landings including Iwo Jima. Months/years of caring for the wounded and dying, he suffered battle fatigue and was brought home on a hospital ship. After months of recuperation and receiving his Honorable Discharge he studied Pre-Med at the University of Wyo.. At his mother’s church he received Jesus Christ as his Savior and was also healed of a shoulder wound. There he met Miss Ellen Hoover and they dated for a year before going to Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. On August 22, 1948 they were married .
They pastored churches in Rawlins, WY where he served for three years as prison chaplain, and a church in Eugene, OR for 29 years. They built a church and school, doing a weekly TV program for 26 years, and opening rodeos with prayer, he became the catalyst for the idea of beginning cowboy services at most rodeos. He completed studies for his Doctor of Letters, and Doctor of Philosophy, Cum Laude with the California Graduate School of Theology, Glendale.
The McLees’ retired and moved to Loveland in 1990. Murray is survived by his wife /Ellen, son Bryan and wife Barbara and grandson Henry “Hank” McLees, all of Loveland, sister Bernice Goertz of Riverton, WY and 4 sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 1 sister. The service to celebrate his life in God’s Kingdom and service to his country will be held Friday June 11 at 10 AM at the Vineyard Church, 1201 Riverside Ave., Ft. Collins. Interment will be at 2 PM at Beth El Cemetery, Cheyenne, WY. Vessey Funeral Service is handling the arrangements.
Joni Ann Evitts
Joni Evitts, 48, of Ft Collins died April 29 at the Pathway’s Hospice Care Center in Loveland. Born July 7, 1961 in France to Jerry and Sandy (Nevins) Moyer, she came to the United States as an infant and was raised in Ottumwa, Iowa where she graduated from High School in 1979. In 1981 she married Chris Evitts. They moved to Texas and then to Colorado in 1990. While in Fort Collins she worked at HP, Celestica and King Soopers. Joni is survived by her two sons Andrew of Ft Collins and Nick of Evans, Significant Other Stuart Sanderson of Ft Collins, brother John Moyer of Loveland, sister Vicki Brown of Houston, Texas and niece Erica Engel, also of Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents. Contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice in care of Vessey Funeral Service. A private family service was held.
Karen J. Fee
Karen J. Fee,68 of Sun City AZ, died at home April 3,2010. Karen Jean Hays was born April 6, 1941 in Blackwell OK. to Boyd C and Wilma S Hays. She was little sister to Larry and would become big sister to Jimmy. The family farmed in Blackwell until 1949 when they moved to Sharon Springs Kansas. There she met Gary E. Moore. They married in 1958 and together had 3 children. In 1964 Karen and her children moved to Durango CO. Gary preceded her in death. In 1967 Karen married Vernon "Jim" Whitver and together they had 1 child. In 1972 the family moved to Fort Collins where they would raise their family. Jim preceded her in death.
In 1985 Karen married Darwin O Fee. In 1995 they moved to AZ where Karen began her courageous battle with COPD. She was an inspiration to many and a friend to all. She will be deeply missed. Karen leaves behind her children Kim I. Theiler of Fort Collins and son Larry J. of Sublimity OR, Galen E. Moore of Fort Collins, Kevin J. Moore of Greeley, sons Timothy G. of Greeley & Kyle V. of Fort Collins ,Lara J(Mike) Sealander and their daughters Mikayla, Cassidy, McKenna, and Celia all of Fort Collins, and cousin Greg Hays of Durango, special nieces Holly Rail and Heather Hays of Aurora, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and both brothers. A funeral will be held Sat. April 10th. at 10:00 am. First Baptist Church 900 East Prospect Rd. Fort Collins. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery. The family will greet friends at a viewing from 5 to 7 PM Friday April 9 at Vessey Funeral Service 2649 E. Mulberry St A-1, Ft. Collins.
The family would like to thank special friends Connie Duncan and Cathy Power for their support. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley 9720 W. Peoria Ave. Suite 128 Peoria, AZ. 85345
Lawrence Heglund passed away peacefully March 30 from natural causes. He was born in Crosby, MN August 4, 1926, one of nine children, eight of whom were waiting to greet their dear brother. His life during the depression in the North Country of Minnesota held many stories and surprisingly fond memories of struggle and endurance. Lawrence dedicated his life as a teacher and principal in the Poudre R-1 school district for many years. He was principal of Washington, LaPorte and O’Dea Elementary Schools, and later worked as a fourth grade teacher at Bennett School. He enjoyed every single student as much as they enjoyed him, and after retirement, looked forward to being called as a substitute teacher for special classes. His qualities of patience and kindness endeared him to many.
Survivors include his loving wife Lois, Mark Heglund, Lori, Les and Gage Watkinson, Jan and Frank Oliveira and sister Jennette DeCent. Lawrence served in the US Navy during World War II and will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank for Larimer County in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry St, A-1, Fort Collins, CO 80524.
Paula Anne O’Connor formerly Paula Ruff, 63, of Fort Collins passed away peacefully Saturday March 27 at the Pathways Hospice Care Center in Loveland after a quiet battle with cancer. Paula was born April 6, 1946 in Pierre, South Dakota to F.J. and Catherine (Murphy) O’Connor and grew up on the family ranch. After high school she came to Colorado to attend the University of Northern Colorado where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She married Ron Ruff on December 19, 1969 in Fort Collins. Paula taught first grade at Moore, Eyestone and Tavelli Elementary Schools, retiring after 32 years. She loved to spend time with her two children, travel, go to movies, solve puzzles, hike and do anything outside, play Bunko with her friends, and read to children. She especially loved to visit the old family ranch in South Dakota. She was a spiritual person and forever a teacher. After her retirement she missed reading to and teaching children. Survivors include daughter Erin Ruff of Lincoln, NE, son Shane Ruff of Laramie, WY, sister Rita Narcisian of Golden, CO, brothers Chuck O’Connor and Bill O’Connor both of Philip, SD, and Jim O’Connor of Cheyenne, WY, many nieces and nephews and especially her beloved great-nieces and nephews. At Paula’s request there will be no service, however the family asks that those wishing to remember Paula, spend the time they would have spent at a funeral, reading to a child. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Collins Public Library in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry St. A-1, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524.
Elsie Becker, 89 of Ft. Collins died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at LeMay Avenue Health & Rehab Facility. Elsie was born Feb. 10, 1921 to Henry and Elizabeth (Buderus) Knaub, one of 8 children. She married David Becker on August 30, 1939. Together they ran a successful dairy operation. After retiring from the many years of dairy farming, she worked as a cook at Timnath Elementary School and at the White Palace Restaurant in Ft Collins. Elsie will be remembered for the love of her Family; her devotion to hard work and teaching of values to her family. Elsie loved crocheting, baking , cooking and sewing. She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in Windsor. Survivors include daughters Jeanette (Jim) Rutz, Bonnie (Paul) Dannels, and Patty (Terry) Conklin, a son Alan (Candy) Becker, 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren as well as her sister Mary Eichorn and brother Fred Knaub. She was preceded in death by her husband David, brother Henry Knaub, Jr., and 4 sisters Pauline Schneider, Molly Schwartz, Bertha Schwartz and Delia Rutz. A funeral service will be held Thursday March 25 at 1:30 P.M. at Faith United Church of Christ, 1020 Walnut, Windsor, CO with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Ft. Collins. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 P.M. on Wednesday March 24 at Vessey Funeral Service, Ft Collins. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Church of Christ or Pathways Hospice in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry St., A-1, Fort Collins, CO 80524.Julie Brost
Julie Laine (Burgess) Brost was born December 7, 1967 in Fort Collins to Jerry and Karen Burgess, and her time with us ended on March 18, 2010. She attended local schools, and became State Champion two times in the high jump while attending Poudre High School. She then attended the University of Wyoming with an athletic scholarship, where she excelled and competed nationally. She held the indoor track record for high jump at the Air Force Academy for many years. After her time in Wyoming, she moved back to Fort Collins where she met and fell in love with her husband, Tony. Tony and Julie were married on July 10, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada, followed by a reception with friends and family in Bellvue, Colorado. They began their family and moved to Eaton, Colorado.
Julie enjoyed all of the outdoors, and particularly loved camping, boating, and spending time with family. Julie was outgoing, friendly, and loved by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Anthony S. Brost and children Austin John (14 years old) and Danisa Kay (7 years old) of Eaton; parents Jerry R. and Karen K. (Williams) Burgess of Fort Collins; sisters Karlene (Rob) Murphy of Littleton, Sherri (William) Pickett of Berthoud; brothers Steven (Lynn) Burgess of Plantation, FL; James Elliston of Greeley Co; mother-in-law Jean Brost of Loveland; brother-in-law Kenneth (Shannon) Brost of Eaton; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service is scheduled for Wed, March 24 at 2 00 P.M. at Living Hope Church, 2649 E. Mulberry St #19, Fort Collins with the Rev. Ritchie Bibelheimer officiating. Those wishing to see Mrs. Brost may call at the Vessey Chapel on Tuesday from 2 to 5 P.M..
Ina Black was born April 6, 1924 in Cherryville, MO to Riley and Leah Casebolt, the youngest of 8 siblings. After school and a short courtship in 1942, she married the love of her life, Charlie Black. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter. They raised their family in a lake front home on White Lake, Michigan, where they enjoyed waterskiing and fishing from the old Chris Craft that was lovingly refinished every season. They spent the winters ice fishing and snowmobiling. They moved to Colorado in 1968, hoping Charlie would get relief from his arthritis. Charlie passed away in 1993,leaving his wife of 50 years. Ina rediscovered her joy of embroidery and crocheting, and enjoyed traveling with her daughter. Ina faced many challenges, the toughest which was lung cancer. She was able to beat the cancer, but it left her with other health challenges. As always, she faced these challenges positively and with determination. Ina had a very outgoing personality that touched many lives . She was truly a strong and brave woman.
Ina’s time with us ended on March 17, 2010. She is at peace now, and no longer struggling for every breath. She will be missed greatly by her children, Charles and Arlene Black of Pueblo, CO; Donald and Nancy Black, of Montrose, CO; and Steven and Beverly Johnson of Fort Collins; as well as her three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. A funeral service is scheduled for Sat. March 20 at Living Hope Church, 2649 E. Mulberry #19. Concluding services at Fort Logan National Cemetery Monday March 22 at 12:30 PM, Staging area B. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathways Hospice in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Charles Carlisle (Chuck) Burch, of Fort Collins, died at his home on Wednesday, February 10, after a long struggle with the effects of radiation, cancer treatment. He was 88 years old.
Chuck was born on June 19, 1921 on the family farm in Clermont, MO. The family moved to the Johnstown, CO area in 1925 where he attended Johnstown schools and later attended Colorado A&M. He joined the Marine Corps in 1942, and was proud to have served in the Pacific Theatre. Chuck took part in the invasion of the Marshall Islands, Ryokes, and Okinawa. At the end of the war, he attended college in CT, then returned to Colorado A&M. He married Bobby Evans in Fort Collins in 1947. During their marriage, he worked in various industries including farming, cattle, land development, real estate and investments. He developed Prospect Estates in the 1960s. Chuck enjoyed traveling, golf, fishing and having coffee with his buddies. He was life member of Elks Lodge #804 and long-time member of the Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife, Bobby and their children Susan Pidcock, Christen Charis, Diane Evans, Rip Burch and Carl Burch. His grandchildren are Whitney Thatcher, Beth Treadwell, Wes Pidcock, Cori Armstrong and Alica Burch. His great-grandchildren are Branwen Thatcher and Sawyer Pidcock. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Chalfant. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Orpha (Carlisle) Burch and his sister Dorothy Larue Gish. A private Celebration of Life Service is being planned. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for outstanding care by Pathways Hospice, Home Instead and Vessey Funeral Service.
Devon C. Arnold
Devon Curtis Arnold, age 22 of Centennial Colorado, and a senior at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins CO, passed away on Feb. 4, 2010. Devon is survived by his parents, Thomas and Beth Arnold, his two brothers, Sean and Todd Arnold, grandparents Clint and Donna Gaylord of Tucson AZ, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Devon grew up in Aurora and Centennial CO and attended Cherry Creek High School, graduating in 2006. At CSU, he was a Mechanical Engineering major and was a founding member of CSU's chapter of ATO (Alpha Tau Omega), serving as the chapter's Treasurer in 2009. An avid fly fisherman, soccer fan, basketball fan, and snowboarder, Devon loved the outdoors and sports. Devon was actively involved in many community service programs around Ft. Collins through his fraternity and school, including Save The Poudre, Special Olympics, a rape victims organization, and others. Devon dearly loved his family, friends and ATO brothers, and was loved by all who had the privilege to know him. Devon was known widely as that guy to whom people turned to diffuse a situation, lend a helping hand, or offer a shoulder to cry on. His hilarious sense of humor and boundless love of life made him a joy to be with, and he will be greatly missed. In an exceedingly kind gesture, CSU is considering awarding Devon his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering posthumously.
A Memorial Service for Devon will be held on Wednesday February 10, 2010 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Terrace Gardens at Dove Valley, 13065 E. Briarwood Ave., Centennial CO 80112. An additional memorial service in Ft. Collins is being planned by his friends and ATO brothers at CSU. That service will be held on Tuesday February 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Lory Student Center Ballroom.
The family suggests that any charitable donations be made to the Devon Arnold Memorial Scholarship Fund at Colorado State University, established to benefit future engineering students. Memorial contributions should be made out to CSU Foundation with a note on the check about Devon Arnold and sent to: CSU Foundation, Devon Arnold Memorial Scholarship Fund at 510 University Services Center at 601 Howes Street, Ft. Collins, CO 80523-7115. Please share condolences at HoranCares.com.
Roderick Nell, 87, of Fort Collins died Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at Poudre Valley Hospital. Rod was born on October 4, 1922 to James and Charlotte Nell in Massena, New York. Rod married Frances Elliott in 1944 in Kentwood. La. During World War II Rod served his country in Europe and received the Combat Infantryman Badge and a Purple Heart. After the war he attended Colorado A & M where he received his bachelor’s degree. He was an engineer and geologist, and worked extensively in the aerospace industry. Rod was an accomplished pilot and enjoyed building airplanes as well as flying them. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, an affiliation he was very proud of.
Survivors include his wife Fran, daughter Mary (Abe) Barghelame of Fort Collins and son James (Waynette) Nell of Ada, Oklahoma, 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter Nadia Barghelame. A graveside service is planned for Friday January 15 at 3 PM at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Fort Collins. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nadia Barghelame Female Aviators Scholarship in care of Vessey Funeral Service 2649 E. Mulberry St A-1, Fort Collins, Co 80524. To leave a message for the Nell family, click on the "Contact Us" button on the left side of this page and leave an email for Fran and the family.
Catalina Sifuentes-Vargas was born May 15, 1948 in Mexico to Eusebio Vargas and Mariana Vargas Espino. Catalina married Candelario Sifuentes in Mexico, and in 1979 they moved to Fort Collins from Durango, Mexico. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Catalina was a life member of the Roman Catholic Church in both Mexico and Fort Collins. Survivors include her husband Candelario, sons Hector (Sara) Sifuentes and Jose Sifuentes (Alison), daughters Maria (John) Rodriguez, Gloria (Arturo) Rodriguez, and Claudia Sifuentes, her mother Mariana Espino, brother Arturo Vargas, sisters Julia Sifuentes and Mary, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and one sister. A Rosary will be held at Holy Family Church on Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 10:30 A.M., followed at 11:00 A.M. by a Mass of Christian Burial. The Reverend Damian DeLaCruz, CR will officiate the service. There will be viewing one hour before the service on Tuesday. Cremation will be conducted after the service.
LAURIE A. DOWELL
Laurie Annette “Laura” Dowell, of Loveland, Colorado passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from a heart condition she had battled since birth. Laura was born September 26, 1962 in Greeley, Colorado into a large family of Harold Burton Dowell and Shelby Jean Perdue Dowell. Laura was a graduate of Poudre High School in Fort Collins. Laura enjoyed many personal trips she shared with her mother to Hawaii, the last being in 1993. She held a Certified Nurse’s Assistant Certification, which she always found satisfying. Even though she was of ill health since a child, she enjoyed caring for others and always found time for everyone else. She dedicated her life to giving to others. Laura is survived by many family members spread over several cities in Colorado. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1225 W. Elizabeth Street, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521 at 1:00 P.M., officiated by the Reverend Jean-Jasques D’Aoust and the Reverend Bonnie Spencer. Memorial contributions in memory of Laurie may be made to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry Street, A-1, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524. To send a condolence to the family, please click on “Contact Us” at the left side of this page and leave a message which will be forwarded to the family.
KAREN SUE MCFADDAN
Karen McFaddan, 53, of Loveland died January 3, 2010 at the Hospice Care Center in Loveland after a long illness. Karen was born to Ruby (Harrison) and the late Jack C. McFaddan on October 19, 1956 in Loveland. She graduated from Fort Collins Hgh School and pursued a career as a bookkeeper for Colorado State University and Anhauser Busch in Fort Collins. Services will be announced in late spring. Memorials may be made to The Larimer County Humane Society in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Santiago “James” Marez. 86, of Ft. Collins died Friday Dec. 18, 2009, at Centre Avenue Rehab Center surrounded by his family. Mr. Marez was born August 29, 1923 in El Vado, New Mexico to Jose Santiago Marez and Francisquita (Madrid) Marez. Orphaned at a very early age, he was raised by his older brother Juan and sister Mary in Chama, New Mexico. James was a member of the Chama High School Basketball team, where he graduated in 1943. He married Adelina Garcia on Sept. 16, 1944, the same year he entered the Army. Mr. Marez served in the Pacific Theater, was wounded in Naha, Okinawa, and received an honorable discharge in 1945 with a Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After the war he returned home and worked as a bartender, logger and farmed with his brother Juan. In 1952 he started work at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Ten years later he retired and moved his family to Fort Collins where he was employed by the Larimer County Community Action Program and later the Larimer County Planning Department, retiring in 1988.
James is survived by three sons, Raymond (Ramona), Louie, Ruben (Terri), two daughters Arcelia Martinez (Chris) and Lydia Wood (Albert), 15 Grandchildren, 27 Great-Grandchildren and 4 Step Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Adelina, parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. A Rosary will be held Tues. Dec.22 at 7 PM at Holy Family Catholic Church and a Mass of Christian Burial will be Wed. Dec 23 at 1 PM, also at Holy Family. James will be remembered for being an avid Denver Nugget FAN!!! Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church in care of Vessey Funeral Service.EDWARD BLEHM
Edward Blehm, age 83, of Fort Collins, died Wednesday, November 25, at home. He was born December 3, 1925, to John Jacob Blehm and Anna Marie (Scheuerman) Blehm. He was born in and grew up in the now-historic home just north of Hewlett Packard and attended Timnath schools. Ed and Alverna farmed and fed cattle north of Windsor for many years. He later worked for the CSU Athletic Department. He enjoyed many lifelong friends and especially enjoyed playing cards and attending Dutch hop dances. Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alverna Blehm, son Ronald (and Marge) Blehm of Windsor, son Gary Blehm of Hugoton, Kansas, daughter Linda (and Ed) Stirman of Fort Collins, and by grandchildren Christina Ehrhardt of California, Jonathan Blehm of Wellington, Laurie Stirman of Fort Collins, Mary Nally of Greeley, Kari Warren of Evans, and Adam and Micah Blehm of Oklahoma, and by nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is sister Leah Ahrens of Fort Collins and many nieces and nephews. Preceding Edward in death were his parents, brothers Emanuel, Alex, Solomon, Palmer, Herman and Ben, sister Esther Helzer, and grandson Douglas Blehm. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday December 2 at Timberline Church, 2908 Timberline Road, Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Pathways Hospice of Fort Collins..
Charles Ray “Chuck” Lynch, 74, of Sterling, passed away Friday November 20, 2009 at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. He is greatly missed by his wife Ruth, their children and spouses; daughter Joni and husband Steve Jones of Amarillo, son Doug and wife Jackie of Fort Collins, son Larry and wife Kelly of Fort Morgan; his siblings High of Sterling, Gary of Tucson and Cheryl Beecher of Farmington, NM and spouses; his nine grandchildren, their spouses, three great-grandchildren and extended family.
Chuck was born April 1, 1935 in Sterling, CO, to Raymond and Lena (County) Lynch. A cowboy at his core, Chuck grew up on the Colorado plains of Crook. “Rural Youth Square Dance” began a romance and he married “his Ruth”, Ruth Kenzy, April 20, 1957.
Three children brought life and laughter to their home that was always held in utmost importance. He was an outstanding father and grandfather and was his grandchildren’s biggest fan.
As a hardworking businessman he was dedicated to his customers. He had a strong work ethic and was known as a great boss at the New Method Cleaners. He could fix anything and had a solution for every problem. He was a storyteller filled with wit and enthusiasm as he told of his latest golf round, or travel destination. He enjoyed history and valued the importance of the past as well as the present and future.
With love for the Lord, Chuck invested his time in the Berean Church and was known as a man of integrity and a servant of God and people. He was a teacher of the Bible and always a student. He leaves a legacy as he offered God’s full, abundant life to others. As we all say goodbye with love of this great man, we know that his response will always be accompanied with a bear hug and, “mmlove you too”.
Visitation in Sterling is scheduled from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Tuesday November 24 at the Chaney-Reager Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. Funeral services, officiated by Pastor Dan Holsten, Pastor Ron Smithgall and Pastor John Kenzy, will take place on Wednesday November 25 at 10:30 am at Berean Church in Sterling. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Sterling following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Young Life, Maranatha Bible Camp, or Berean Church Building Expansion Fund in care of Vessey Funeral Service.
Neva Carlson, 67, of Fort Collins passed away November 13 at home after being diagnosed with advanced cancer in June. Mrs. Carlson was born October 11, 1942 at home in W. St. Clair Twp., Bedford County, PA to Lewis and Irene (Callahan) Bowser. She came to Colorado in 1969 and worked for the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder in the Elections office and Human Services until retirement in June, 2009. She was a member of Peace Community Church of the Brethren in Windsor. A service and gathering to celebrate her life was held prior to her death. Neva is survived by daughter Tahnee Sue Carlson and son Jonathan Todd Carlson, both of Fort Collins, brothers Dwayne Bowser and wife Connie of Meyersdale, PA, and James Bowser and wife Nancy of Fredonia, NY. Neva requested that a special thank you go out to Pathways Hospice and her many family and special friends who so generously gave of their time and support in her final days. You may send condolences to the family by clicking on the "Contact Us " button on the left side of this page and leaving a message. It will be given to the family for you.