Rodger Mayde
Rodger Monte Mayden, age 61, of rural Holyoke, Colorado, passed away in his home early Monday morning August 18, 2014. Rodger was born October 13, 1952 to Wendell and Dorothy (Dancer) Mayden in Alliance, Nebraska. Rodger had an older brother Roy, sister Ruth and brother Rick.

The family lived in Grant, Nebraska until Rodger turned 5. They then moved to Wauneta, Nebraska. During Rodgers school years he would spend his summertime working on the Dancer Family Ranch. The Boy Scouts and FFA were two of the groups he was involved with growing up. He graduated high school from Wauneta and went on to complete a two year degree in Electronics. In 1973 Rodger married Gayla Knotwell of Imperial and they were blessed with two children Misty and Schad. The family made their home in Chase County and for the last 30 years Phillips County has been their home.

Rodger enjoyed fishing and hunting and collecting antiques. He will be greatly missed.

Preceding him in death are his parents and step father, and brother Roy.

Surviving him are his wife of 41 years Gayla Mayden of rural Holyoke, daughter Misty and fiancé Michael DuBois of Sterling, Colorado, Son Schad and Melissa of Holyoke, Grandsons Taylor and Brendan Mayden of Holyoke, Sister Ruth and Bob Alvord of Colorado Springs, Colorado, brother Rick Wilcox of Dannebrog, Nebraska, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Gerk Funeral Home, Holyoke, Colorado.

Funeral Service will be Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm United Methodist Church of Holyoke with Bryan Kroeger officiating.

Final Resting Place Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Rural Holyoke.

Memorial Contributions In Lieu Of Flowers may be made to the Hospice of the Plains, PO Box 365, Wray, CO 80758.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements

Shane Pillard
Shane Pillard, 37, of Greeley, Colorado, died on Friday August 15, 2014 at his home in Greeley. Shane was born July 11, 1977 in Lamoore, California to Randy and Kitty Pillard. Shane enjoyed anything that involved his little girl; he loved being a roughneck in the oilfield.

Shane is survived by his daughter, Kirsten Randi Pillard of LaSalle, Colorado, his step daughter, Payton Benninger of LaSalle, Colorado, his mother, Kitty Pillard of Spring Valley, California, his grandparents, Clair and Ruth Pillard of Haxtun, Colorado, his sister Randi (Scott) Piepho, of Wiggins, Colorado, his brother Scott Pillard of Wiggins, colorado,his nephews, Mason and Dustin Holmes of Imperial Nebraska, his uncles Stan (Barb) Pillard of Brush, Todd (Rhonda) Pillard of Greeley, his aunt Beckie Hogan of Sterling, 6 cousins, 6 second cousins and numerous friends and family.

Shane is preceded in death by his father, Randy Pillard.

Visitation 9:30 am - 11:00 am Saturday, August 23, 2014, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Haxtun, Colorado.

Funeral Service 11:00 am August 23, 2014, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Haxtun, Colorado with Pastor Dave Loeschke officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Shane Pillard Memorial Fund, C/O Randi Piepho 6478 Highway 52 Wiggins, CO 80654.

Final Resting Place Haxtun Cemetery Haxtun, Colorado.

Gerk Funeral Homes is entrusted with the Arrangements

Phyllis Starkebaum
Phyllis was born at home on Dec. 26, 1921, the daughter of John and Hilma (Bentson) Anderson. She attended grade school in Fairfield, transferred to Haxtun High School her sophomore year and graduated in 1939. Because of the distance to school, she boarded in Haxtun and went home on weekends. She later enrolled at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley and after two years received a State Elementary Teacher’s Certificate. Her Teacher’s Contract with the Holyoke Schools started in the fall of 1941, where she taught third grade and was paid $810 per month. The contract contained a clause that “marriage during life of the contract automatically cancels said contract” so after she married Lorin Starkebaum on Aug. 8, 1943, she no longer taught school. Phyllis and Lorin initially lived in a small house in the windbreak west of Lorin’s (Gustav and Martha Starkebaum) parents’ home. Four years later they moved one-half mile east and one mile north to the place where they lived for the next 55 years. In 1952, the original house was moved to Haxtun and a new home was built. A few years later they added a swimming pool, which was the site of many parties and good times by family members and friends. In 2002, Phyllis and Lorin moved to a new home three-quarters of a mile south. With a view for miles in all directions Phyllis could see her old home, now Staci and Adam Tempel’s home and vet clinic, Richard and Cathy Starkebaum’s farm, Brian and Sammi Starkebaum’s home and John and Janice Everitt’s home. Phyllis was the support system behind Lorin’s activities. In the early years she worked on the farm, driving truck at harvest and doing other field work. She managed all of this with three young children. She cracked the whip when it came time to hoe the windbreak trees — no breakfast until you have hoed 1/2 mile of trees — and she would be out there working as well! The Johnson property just south of their home where her father lived when he came with his parents from Sweden was special to her and she was glad when it came back into the family.
Phyllis was known by all for her love of cooking. From leaving detailed meal instructions for her daughters in the early years, to her last thoughts of “how many will be here for lunch tomorrow,” she was known for organizing enough food for friends and family who were always welcome for meals. Gardening was a summer task that carried on well into winter. She always made sure to have a stocked freezer and pantry including frozen beans and corn, canned pickles, peaches, pears and tomatoes. Recipes and how-to’s were written down and passed on. Her raspberry jam and Thousand Island dressing were relished by all.
Phyllis was active in the United Methodist Church, singing in choir, and for years Lorin and daughter Pat (Starkebaum) Meakins were choir directors. She served as church treasurer for several years and participated in United Methodist Women and UNO including holding many of the local and district offices.
As a parent, grandma and great-grandma, she supported 4-H projects, music, sports, academics and many other activities.
Phyllis and Lorin traveled the world together, frequently with friends and family, or visiting friends and family. They traveled to most of the United States, India, China, New Zealand, Mexico, Sweden, Germany and other parts of Europe. Notable family trips included a trip to Panama to visit Nancy and George in the Peace Corps, to Hawaii several times but with the kids and their spouses in 1981, to Disney World with grandchildren in 1982 and an Alaskan cruise in 2001.
Since Lorin died, Phyllis was blessed by the support of her family and friends, but especially the support of John Everitt. He would keep her up-to-date on the status of the farm at their noon meals and patiently help her with tasks when she needed help.
Survivors include: her three children, Patricia Meakins, Nancy and George Wallace and Richard and Cathy Starkebaum; seven grandchildren, Steven and Heather Meakins, Mark and Cheryl Meakins, David Wallace, Thomas Wallace, Staci and Adam Tempel, Brian and Sammi Starkebaum and Jodi and David Haley; and eleven great-grandchildren, Elijah and Erika Meakins, Samantha, Nathaniel and Lydia Meakins, Christopher Wallace, Tyler, Ryan and Maclin Tempel and Bobbi and Baron Starkebaum and a host of nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lorin; son-in-law Richard Meakins; her siblings and their spouses, Bob and Violet Mae Anderson, Arvid and Helen Anderson and Frieda and Jake Ricker; her brother-in-law and spouse, Norman and Florence Starkebaum and her sister-in-law Ethelyn Starkebaum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Phyllis Starkebaum Memorial Fund in care of Gerk Funeral Home, 242 N. Logan, Haxtun, CO 80731.
Her family, friends and neighbors will miss her greatly, but she is at home with her savior. A memorial service is planned for Friday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Haxtun United Methodist Church. In lieu of a graveside ceremony, visitation and lunch will follow in the social hall.
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements

Harvey Eurich
Harvey Lynn Eurich, age 75, passed away in Holyoke July 8, 2014. Harvey was born
February 22, 1939 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Albert and Elizabeth(Ready) Eurich.
Harvey attended elementary and high school in Ft. Collins, CO and Scottsbluff, NE. He
graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1958. Upon graduation, Harvey served in the
Army National Guard.

On February 7, 1959 Harvey married Carol Ann Benzel in Scottsbluff, NE. The couple
raised 3 children while Harvey continued his education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in
Education at Chadron State College. He began his teaching career at District 4 in
Kimball, NE in 1962. After 3 years at District 4, Harvey began a 14-year stint at Dix,
NE as a Teacher and Coach for the Panthers.
In 1979 Harvey and his family moved to Holyoke, CO where he continued teaching and
coaching for the Dragons over the next 20 years. Harvey taught in the Elementary and
coached in the Junior High and also spent the past 13 summers working at the Holyoke
Golf club.
Due to health issues, he retired in 1999 but continued to substitute teach and coach for
the Holyoke school system until fully retiring in 2014 and ending a 52-year career.

Preceding him in death are parents Elizabeth and Albert Eurich and son Chris Allan

Harvey is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter-in-law Jane Eurich both of Holyoke, CO;
son Curtis Eurich and his wife Kristi of Kemp, TX; daughter Hollie Gerk and her husband
Casey of Holyoke, CO; grandchildren Aaron Eurich and his wife Johnna of Windsor, CO,
Micah Eurich and his wife Megan of Sterling, CO, Morgan Eurich and his wife Maddie of
Ft. Morgan, CO, Megan Gerk and Laura Gerk of Holyoke, CO and Brett Gerk and Jordan Stone
of Holyoke, CO; great-grandchildren Addyson and Camden Eurich of Windsor, CO; sister
Sharon Gunther of Gothenburg, NE.

Memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church of Holyoke.

A Funeral Service was held Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:00am at the First United
Methodist Church of Holyoke with Pastor Al Strauss officiating.

Final Resting Place In The Arms Of His Loving Family.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

Marjorie Livingston
Marjorie “Irene” (Dinsmore) Livingston lived a varied and productive life for over a century. The daughter of Ottis and Myrtle “Nora” (Chase) Dinsmore, Irene was born on March 18, 1912, three years after her parents and three-year-old sister, Catherine, immigrated to the Haxtun area from Nebraska. Irene died in the Haxtun Hospital on Thursday, June 6, 2014 at the age of 102. She resided alone in her home in Haxtun until her illness caused her hospitalization.
Irene’s mother, an avid quilter, died at the age of 106 after living two years with Irene, then in her mid-70s, so she could care for her. Irene also liked to tell how her Grandfather G.B. Chase, a civil war veteran, quilted into his 90s without glasses and without using a thimble. Irene’s daughter Shirley related that G.B. Chase served in the Union Calvary, while his wife, Martha Elizabeth Drennan’s, brothers fought for the Confederacy.
Ottis Dinsmore arrived in Haxtun ahead of his family to check out the area and during that visit witnessed the incorporation of the Town of Haxtun in 1909. A third daughter, Erma May, joined the family in 1924. Irene and her sisters grew up in the area, attending three country schools, getting there by horse and buggy, before entering high school at Dailey, a thriving town at the time, where Irene graduated in 1930.
Although Irene wanted to go to business school after high school, her mother did not want her to move to Denver, so she remained home and married Ernest Livingston, a young man who came to her father’s farm with a harvest crew. After the wedding took place on Dec. 16, 1930, the couple moved to Nebraska where they lived for three years. They returned to Haxtun in 1934, settling on a farm five miles north of Haxtun. In 1937, they moved to another farm located one-quarter mile north. Irene continued to live on the farm until 19 years ago when she moved into Haxtun.
Although Irene never worked outside the home, she farmed alongside Ernest and raised their three daughters, Shirley, Jan and Judy. She served 35 years as a 4-H leader and acted as a judge for surrounding county fairs for 10 years.
Irene and Ernest escorted Shirley, Jan and Judy to school activities like pep club, band and choir. Haxtun High School had an excellent band that went to state fair during those years.
Music was an important part of their education, said Jan and Shirley. All three of the girls played organ, piano and saxophone, and Irene and Ernest found the time in their busy schedule to take the girls to Denver for music lessons. Irene and Ernest also stressed the importance of education to their daughters and education remains important to Irene’s decedents, many of who work in the medical and emergency service fields.
Farming in those days took endurance. In addition to growing crops, Irene raised and dressed chickens to sell as well as selling the eggs. She also milked cows and sold the fresh milk to a cheese factory that operated at the time in Haxtun.
Irene told of picking five to six hundred acres of corn by hand and cooking many meals. Shirley and Jan remembered Irene as an excellent cook. “We loved her pies, cinnamon rolls and cookies,” said Shirley, adding that her mother made three pies every day for lunch plus a cake and pie for supper, using 100 pounds of flour per week when she was feeding field hands. Jan said that it took a beef and a hog a week to feed about a dozen men. Despite the years of cooking, Irene never lost her love of the art and made sure that her daughters learned to cook and sew.
After Ernest passed away in 1972, Irene remained on the farm, getting help from relatives until she moved into town.
In her 2012 interview, Irene said all of the improvements she witnessed in her life, like automobiles, washing machines, electric and gas cook stoves and even computers were good and she learned to appreciate each as it came along.
Irene served on the Haxtun Cemetery Board from 1973 to 2009, and her passion to retain historic obituary files continued until her death.
In addition to serving on the Cemetery Board, Irene found ways to stay busy after she moved to town by caring for her neighbor’s children, Megan and Jake Gerk, crocheting, and making doilies and stuffed bears to give away. She credited genetics and “staying busy” for her longevity.
At one time, Irene played bridge and belonged to a bridge club. She was an avid Colorado Rockies fan, liked watching the Broncos and her drink of choice was Dr. Pepper. She drank one every day, said Jan and Shirley, even her last days in the hospital.
Irene’s family now boasts five generations.
Survivors include: two daughters, Shirley and husband Bill Inge, Medford, Ore. and Jan and husband August “Augie” Bjroklun, Haxtun; grandchildren, Cheryl Battazzo, Portland, Ore., Jeffery Franson, Sterling, Tamara Allen, Dove Creek, Patsy Burenheide, Johnstown, and Jennifer Aguire, Pueblo; and step grandchildren, Andreà Carkam, Atlanta, Ga., Dawnn Inge, Douglasville, Ga., Tjnya Horn, Huntsville, Ala., and Bill Inge, Jr., Eugene, Ore. Seventeen great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, three great-great-great grandchildren and seven step great-great-great grandchildren also survive her.
Her parents; sisters Catherine Elizabeth (Dinsmore) Kinzie and Erma May (Dinsmore) Shoemaker; daughter Judy and son-in-law C.J. Kain; and grandson Lucas Kain preceded her death.
The family celebrated Irene’s life on Friday, June 13 at 2 p.m. at the Haxtun United Methodist Church. Burial followed at the Haxtun Cemetery. Please make Memorial contributions to the Irene Livingston Memorial Fund in care of Points West Community Bank, Haxtun. All contributions will be donated to organizations dedicated to Lupus research and/or the COTA (Children of Transplant Association), the foundation that provided Irene’s great granddaughter a bilateral lung transplant seven years ago.
Visitation for Irene will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Gerk Funeral Home Haxtun, Colorado from 9:00am-7:00pm
Funeral Services will be held June 13, 2014 at 2:00pm at The United Methodist Church in Haxtun, Colorado with Pastor David Barton officiating. Interment will follow at the Haxtun Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Lupus Foundation 1211 S Parker Rd, Denver, CO 80231 or the Children of Transplants Association For Amber Asbo Account 2501 West COTA Drive Bloomington, Indiana 47403.
Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

Eloise Yorke
An elegant and much loved lady, Eloise entered life on June 19, 1922 and passed into God’s arms on May 21, 2014 within a month of her 103rd birthday.
Born in temple, Texas to homer and Ethel Johnson, she grew up a student of music and fine arts, and a gifted academician who graduated early from high school and then attended the Rice Institute, now Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Her father was a telegrapher for the southern pacific railroad and an avid hunter who had a particular hunting partner, and that is how Richard Yorke came in into Eloise’s life. Richard and Eloise married on August 22, 1931 and shortly thereafter left Texas for Colorado ending up in Haxtun in 1934.
To this union were born three sons all on October 30 each three years apart. John Richard in 1934, Darryl Brian in 1937, and James Olin in 1940.
Eloise owned and operated The Eloise Shop in the 1940s and 1950s then worked at the Haxtun Department Store in the 1960s and concluded her working career at Bamford Realty as a bookkeeper until retirement in 1983.
Eloise was talented seamstress and master of the knitting needle and crochet hook. Today there are still relatives and friends wearing garments carrying the label “Hand Made by Eloise”.
Active in community affairs, she served on the local school board for several years and acted as a substitute teacher at Haxtun High during World War II. In the later 1940s she served as a regional president for the American Federation of Women’s Clubs. She taught Sunday school at Immanuel’s Lutheran Church for many years.
She was predeceased by her husband Richard and son Dick and Jim and is survived by son Darryl and wife Charlene, daughters in la Marilyn and Carol nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren
Funeral services will be conducted by Pastors David Loesch and Gary Rahe at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11:00am, followed by internment at Haxtun cemetery and lunch in the Immanuel reception hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eloise Yorke Scholarship Fund for education to be awarded to graduates of Haxtun High School who intend to be teachers/educators.
Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

Garnet Curtis
Garnet Pearl Curtis passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Haxtun, Colorado.
Garnet was born April 2, 1920 to Clarence and Ellen (Nelson) Kennedy in Dailey, Colorado.
The family of Garnet will receive friends at the Funeral Home Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun, Colorado. Burial will follow at the Haxtun Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the F&H Golf Course 43355 County Road 30 Haxtun, Colorado 80731.
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements.

Jack Hill
Jack Duane Hill passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at his home in Haxtun, Colorado.
Jack was born July 1, 1933 in Haxtun, Colorado to Frank and Mary (Goddard) Hill.
A private family graveside was held Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Haxtun Cemetery in Haxtun, Colorado.
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Keith Schneller
Keith Ralph Schneller, 75, passed away Sunday evening, March 30, 2014, at the Castle Rock Care Center following a long bout with leukemia.

He was preceded in death by his father Leonard of Saronville, NE and mother Esther of Holyoke, CO.

He leaves his former wife, Patricia Schneller; his brothers, Carl and Larry; sister, Nancy: his sons, Keith Davis, Mark Allen, Bryan Lee, and Matthew Joseph, their wives, Julie, Mary Ann, Deborah, and Tini; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; very dear and special friends Dorothy Hubbard and Donna Schuler and many, many friends.

He was born and raised on a farm near Saronville, Nebraska on January 9, 1939, the son of Leonard and Esther Schneller and happily terrorized animals and other kids living in the area.
He was always a bit on the wild side and had many stories about adventures related to growing up in the countryside, going to a single room school house, and finally graduating from high school in Sutton, Nebraska. He and his older brother Carl had a great time harassing any boys who ever tried dating their little sister Nancy.
After graduating from high school in 1956, Keith and his brother Carl took over Leonard’s land leveling business. Keith married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Patterson in 1957. Keith and Pat’s first son, Keithy, was born in Hastings, NE in 1961. Keith and Carl’s land leveling business took them to McCook, NE where Mark was born in 1963. Later they moved to Lamar, CO where Bryan was born in 1966. After that, they moved to Holyoke, CO where they started farming. Keith and his brother were entrepreneurs and very aggressive land developers. They bought dry land farms in northeast CO/southwest NE, leveling them, drilling their own irrigation wells and farming sugar beets, corn, and dry beans. Their last son, Matthew, was born in Holyoke in 1977.
Keith loved working on machinery and trying new things. He was a devout Christian and he loved to discuss and share his faith with everyone. He was a hard worker and had a great sense of humor. He was a very generous man and went out of his way to help strangers less fortunate than him. He will be sorely missed by loving family and friends.

Visitation for Keith was held Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke, Colorado from 9:00am -7:00pm.

Funeral Service was held Friday, April 4, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Venango, Nebraska.

Interment was at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in rural Holyoke, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in the name of Keith R. Schneller to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 322 Pennsylvania Ave, Venango, NE 69168
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Harry Harms
Harry Ray Harms age 92 went to be with the Lord March 28, 2014. He was born in Fleming on November 13, 1921 to William and Susie (Fulford) Harms. He was the 6th child of 7. Harry attended the Fleming School thought the 8th grade. He married Frances (Frankie) Olson in 1942. They spent a brief time in California for wok. They then lived and farmed in the Daily, Crook and Fleming areas. While living in Brush 1955-1957, Harry worked on well drilling set-up crews. In 1957, the family moved to Fleming to farm again. They were foster parents to many children. He was employed at the Fleming School in charge of maintenance from 1958-1978. He joined the Logan County Road and Bridge maintenance department in 1978 and worked there until his retirement in 1987.
He was a member of the Assembly of God Church, The Fleming Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Fleming City Council.
Harry’s wife, Frances passed away in 1986. He met Arlene Seger and they were married October 10, 1987.
Harry lived and uncompromised life of faith, his passion for Christ was unwavering even till his last breath. He enjoyed camping and fishing in the Rocky Mountains. Harry’s sense of humor and infectious laugh will always be remembered and he will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents William and Susan, wife Frances and all of his siblings.
Harry is survived by his wife Arlene, daughter Ruth Dunbar and husband Dan of Visalia, CA son Donald Harms and wife Daveda of Greeley. Also, Arlene’s children, Valerie and husband Ken of Elizabeth, Leland Seger, and the late Lynn Seger of Haxtun, Colorado. Harry leaved sixteen grandchildren, thirty three great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. In addition there are many beloved nieces and nephews.
Remembrances can be made to Regent Park Nursing and Rehab or the Fleming Cemetery in Care of Gerk Funeral Home PO Box 486 Haxtun, Colorado 80731.
Visitation for Harry will be Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun from 9:00am-7:00pm.
Celebration of Life will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun, Colorado with grandson Harry Harms and Son Don Harms officiating on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2:00pm.
Internment will be at the Fleming Cemetery in Fleming Colorado.
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Charles Edwards Jr.
Charles Foster Edwards, Jr. better known as Chuck was born September 19, 1921 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Charles and Katrina (Engel) Edwards. He passed away March 7, 2014 at the Haxtun Hospital at the age of 92. Chuck was well known for his many years of working in the Haxtun grocery store and loved everyone.
Chuck married Ethelyn (Wood) Edwards on June 26, 1945, at the home of her parents in Haxtun, to this union were born two sons, Chase in 1946 and Warren in 1950. The Edwards family took in several foster children.
Chuck was a lifetime member of the Haxtun Church of the brethren since 1934 and served as a greeter for many years and had been a deacon. He served in the army Air Corps and is a World War II Veteran. He joined the American legion in Haxtun, Colorado in 1951 and prior to that was a member of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1946. Chuck was also a member of AARP since 1980 and Woodmen of the World since 1940. He enjoyed dancing and comforting others.
Chuck is preceded in death by his wife Ethelyn and his parents Charles and Katrina Edwards and his siblings.
Chuck is survived by his sons, Chase Edwards of Tucson, Arizona and Warren and wife June Edwards of Haxtun; grandchildren Jesse of Commerce City, Damon of Haxtun and Cindy of Henderson; great grandchildren Nicole Brady, Mason, and Dawson great great grandchildren Chloe and Lillian Marie, and his only surviving niece Sandy Everett and her family of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Visitation for Chuck will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2013 at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun from 9:00am-7:00pm.
Funeral Service will be held at The Church of the Brethren in Haxtun at 10:30am on Thursday March 13, 2014 with Pastor Kenneth Frantz Officiating.
Internment will be at the Haxtun Cemetery in Haxtun, Colorado
Memorial contributions may be made to Church of The Brethren 137 North Logan Haxtun, Colorado 80731
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Donald Beckius
Donald Dean Beckius age 80 passed away at Regent Park Nursing Home in Holyoke, Colorado on February 26, 2014.
Donald was born June 5, 1933 in Ogallala Memorial Hospital in Ogallala, Nebraska. His parents were Henry M. and Wilma Z. Beckius of Keystone, Nebraska.
Don attended grade school at Keystone, Nebraska, graduating from Ogallala High School. He was baptized and confirmed and a member of St. Luke Catholic Church.
Don married Gloria Einspahr of Ovid, Colorado April 14, 1956 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ogallala, Nebraska. They had two daughters, Kimberly Ann and Brenda Lea.
Don experienced many occupations in his lifetime. He was excited at 16 when he drove a Farmall Super C. tractor in the hayfield in Arthur, Nebraska. Later he worked in Ogallala at Walker’s Sinclair, Goodall Mfg. Co. and leasing a Texaco Station.
In 1967 his family moved to Holyoke, Colorado. Don transferred his membership to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church is Holyoke, Colorado. Don worked for Schmidt Motor Supply. Later he worked at Highline Electric Association until he retired after almost 33 years.
In Don’s retirement years he had Don’s Lawn Service. He enjoyed mowing lawns for other and working in his garden and also doing some woodworking on the side. Don always had an interest in the Farmall Tractor and in later years he purchased a “Super C” an “H” and a “Super M” and with the help of a friend they restored the “Super M”.
He was a member of the Holyoke Lion’s Club for 35 plus years and always willing to help where he was needed. In 2008 he was chosen at the outstanding member of the Lions Club.
Don is survived by his wife Gloria Beckius of 57 years, his daughters, Kimberly Redden, Brenda (Bruce) Tracy, Four grandchildren and three great grandchild, to sisters, Annette (Phil) Calkins of Grant Nebraska, and Carolyn (Dayton) Ballentine of Brule, Nebraska. A brother Bernard (Cheryl) Beckius, of Keystone, Nebraksa, numerous nieces and nephews.
Deceased member of Don’s family are his father and mother, God Child and niece, Shelly Hatch, Nephew Justin Beckius and Son-in-law, Larry Redden.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 2, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke.
Rosary will be held March 2, 2014 6:00pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke, Colorado.
Mass of the Christian burial will be held Monday March 3, 201410:00am at St Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Bill Jungmann officiating.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Don Beckius Memorial Fund 104 South Phelan, Holyoke, Colorado 80734.
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements.

Shirley Clare
Shirley Ann Clare, also known to her grandchildren and great -grandchildren as Meme, was born on April 26, 1939 in Saint Francis, Kansas and died February 20, 2014 in Sterling, Colorado, with her family by her side. Her parents were Floyd Spears and Freda Hobbs and she had 5 siblings. Shirley graduated from Liberty High School in 1957, and married her first husband Earl Cheramy. Throughout their marriage, Shirley worked as a Manager at 7-Eleven and a care taker to Earl when he fell ill. Earl later passed away due to health problems. In 1982, Shirley was remarried and survived by her husband Robert Clare. Throughout their marriage, Shirley worked and retired from Storage Tek in Louisville, Colorado, Later moving to Haxtun Colorado to enjoy their retirement.
Shirley was a kind and loving women and foundation of our family. She was known for her witty sense of humor and always said what was on her mind. She was selfless; always putting others needs before her own. Shirley enjoyed going to church, crafting, home and garden shows, watching General Hospital or movies, as well as playing cards and other board games. Shirley was a lover of camping, word puzzles, and family gatherings. Shirley was also a member of the Elks Lodge and Senior Region of the Women of the Moose. Together, she and Robert spent a lot of time at the Moose Lodge, as well as attended Moose conventions and other events. Shirley was always spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, attending sporting and school functions.
Shirley was loved by her husband Robert Clare and her four children and spouses, Ann Clare whom died in 2000, Donna Riley whom died in 2013, Ron and Josie Cheramy, and Michael and Della Greer. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and their spouses; Scottie and Carrie Atkinson, Bobby and Jennie Hogan, Aaron and Mailee Oscepinski, Jacob Cheramy and fiancé Katelynn Prybella, Danielle Crose and her fiancé Randy Tripp, Gregory Schwindt, Shawn and Christopher Greer. Shirley also had eight great-grandchildren, Mckayla, Kaylyn, Aspen, Landen, Treighten, Mason, Jordan, and Theron.
Shirley will be forever missed by her family and friends. Although her presences will be deeply missed, she will forever live in our hearts.
Alan Jackson, Sissys Song
She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels. By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees. And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting. And I know she’s smiling saying, don’t worry about me.

Donald Jacoby
Don was the son of Donald and Leah (Winter) Jacoby born March 6, 1933.
On March 27, 1952 he married Shirley Sterling in Milliken, CO. Shirley passed away June 23, 1972.
Don farmed in the Johnstown area and grew sugar beets. Where he received the distinction of “Top Ten” grower. In addition he grew barley for Coors, beans, and wheat. After the death of Shirley, he and his son Dale moved to Holyoke, Colorado and continued his love for farming there. He retired from farming in 1998. He and Linda continued to live in Holyoke CO.
In January 1980 he married Linda Bautista. They recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.
Don is survived by his wife Linda, three children and their families: Duane Jacoby (Lala) of Loveland CO, Donna Hughes (Dale) of Greeley CO, Dale Jacoby (Karen) of Holyoke CO, and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Don is also survived by three sisters: Shirley Lacey of Dryden NY, Elizabeth White of AZ, Melody Glim (Bob) of Greeley CO, and brother: Harvey Jacoby (Janet) of Loveland CO.

Don enjoyed fishing although, he didn't get to go as often as he wanted. He also enjoyed the morning gatherings for coffee.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 21, 2014 9:00 am-7:00 pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke.
Funeral Service will be held at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:30 am with Bryan Kroeger officiating. Services will conclude at the Chapel.
Graveside Service and Interment will be held at the Johnstown Cemetery Monday February 24, 2014 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Donald D. Jacoby Memorial fund in care of Gerk Funeral Home or your favorite charity.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements.

Ricky Adams
Ricky Lynn Adams, 59 of Haxtun, Colorado passed away February 15, 2014 at his home. Ricky was born September 25, 1954 in Holyoke, Colorado to Calvin and Valeta Adams. Ricky graduated from Crook High School and then attended Northeastern Junior College.

Ricky married Karla Demurs and they were blessed with Ladell. Later he married Lori Wonderlich and Kelly Shannon joined the family. Most recently he was married to Pamela Hadeen.

Rick worked in Wheatland and Jackson Hole Wyoming. Returning to Yuma in 1977 then moving to Denver, Colorado, Brush, Colorado and Kimball, Nebraska before making his home in Haxtun in 1994, working all 40 of those years in the cattle industry.
Rick felt closest to God working out in the pasture with cattle and horses not in the confines of a building.
Rick was a member of the North East Cattle Feeders and his hobbies included old cars, horses, working with all animals and spending time with his grandkids.
Rick is preceded in death by his mother Valetta Adams and grandson Jonathan Fugat.
Rick is survived by his loving wife Pam (Hadeen) Adams daughters Ladell (Brandon) Younkin of Gillette Wyoming, Kelli (Chris) Kennedy of Fountain, Colorado, Kevin (Sherry) Salvador of Haxtun, Colorado, Robin (Jeff) Fugate of Greeley, Colorado. Grandkids Zane, Brianna, Grady Younkin, Tucker, Haley, Kurstin, Anthoney, Riley and Taylor Kennedy, Preston and Carson Salvador. Calvin and Lavonda Adams of Sterling, Colorado Vicky (Rocky) Horton of Yuma, Colorado Christy Ludemon of Georgia, Sherry (Donny) of Donnelly, North Carolina, Donna (Willie) Zwrin of Sterling, Colorado, Rhonda Everest of California, Tersea (Lance) Wood of Yuma, Colorado. Multiple cousins and many special friends.
There was no visitation as cremation was chosen.
Memorial service will be held Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:30 am at The Haxtun Community Center with Bryan Kroeger officiating. The services will conclude at the church.
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements.

Rhoda Renzelman
Rhoda Phyllis Ekberg Renzelman peacefully went home to be with her Lord Jesus on February 11, 2014. She was born November 27, 1925 to Velma (May) and John Ekberg in rural Yuma County in the community of Armel. She was baptized as an infant in the Evangelical Methodist Church at Armel, Colorado. The church is now located on the grounds of “Old Town” at Burlington.

Rhoda attended Beecher Island Elementary School, then grades 9-11 at Armel High School, and graduated in May 1943 from Vernon High School. She passed a special exam which gave her a certificate to teach school in the Idalia and Lansing Districts during World War II.

Rhoda married Alfred Renzelman on June 16, 1946 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Wray, Colorado. She became an adult member of that church and was a charter member of the Ladies Miriam Guild service organization. Four children were born to this union: Jenean, Chris, Lynette and William. Later, as a family, all became members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun.
Rhoda taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and was active in several church and community organizations. She was employed several years, most notably at the CSU Library in Ft. Collins and the Haxtun Post Office for over 25 years. Rhoda was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Elbridge Gerry Chapter in Sterling. She also valued her membership in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Northeast Colorado Gideon Camp.
Rhoda was preceded in death by grandchildren Nathan Hovel and Paige Renzelman, brother-in-law Delwyn Renzelman, sister-in-law Beulah Ekberg and son-in-law Dennis Hovel.
She is survived by Alfred Renzelman, husband of 67 years and their children Jenean Hovel, Chris and Rebecca Renzelman, Lynette and Ken Harms, William and Rhonda Renzelman; grandchildren Patrice (Pat) Weil, Kendall (Tara) Hovel, Jessica (Brian) Gales, Angela (Jacob) Gillen, Melissa, Stephanie and Gus Harms, Rachel (Gerrek) Zwickle, Renae Renzelman and nine great-grandchildren; brothers Harry and Nelson (Jacque) Ekberg, sister-in-law Wanda Renzelman, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Rhoda enjoyed spending time with family, collecting bells, traveling, and researching genealogy.
A service celebrating her life and faith was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun on February 15, 2014.

Chris Eurich
Chris Allan Eurich, age 54, passed away in his home in Holyoke, Colorado, February 2, 2014.

Chris was born December 23, 1959 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Harvey and Carol (Benzel) Eurich. He had two siblings Curt and Hollie.

Chris grew up in Dix, Nebraska and graduated from Dix High School in 1978. Upon graduation he attended Chadron State College and Kearney State College studying athletic training.

On October 9, 1982, he married Jane Elizabeth Fetters. The couple raised 3 children in Holyoke where Chris worked as an athletic trainer for the Holyoke High School Football Team.

He was also an EMT in Holyoke and trained as a respiratory therapist.

Preceding him in death are Grandma and Grandpa Benzel, Grandma Betty, Grandpa Eurich.

Chris is survived by his wife, Jane Eurich, parents Harvey and Carol Eurich, his 3 children: Aaron Eurich, his wife Johnna and granddaughter Addyson of Windsor, Colorado, Micah Eurich and his wife Megan of Sterling, Colorado and Morgan Eurich and his wife Maddie of Ft. Morgan, Colorado; brother Curt Eurich and his wife Kristi of Kemp, Texas, sister Hollie Gerk and her husband Casey of Holyoke, Colorado; nieces Megan Gerk and Laura Gerk of Holyoke, Colorado; nephew Brett Gerk and his girlfriend Jordan Stone of Holyoke.

Services were held Thursday, February 6, 2014 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Al Strauss officiating.

Final Resting Place In The Arms Of His Loving Family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jane Eurich and Family at 520 S. Worley Holyoke, CO.

Gerk funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements

LeRoy Krueger
LeRoy Daniel Krueger, age 82, passed away January 27, 2014, at Melissa Memorial Hospital in rural Holyoke, Colorado.

LeRoy was born on February 5, 1931, in Amherst, Colorado to Otto & Augusta Krueger.
He attended school in Amherst through the 8th grade and then attended 9th and 10th grade school at Phillips County High in Holyoke. He received his GED during his military service in the early 1950’s

He worked as a surveyor for E.V. McCullem Surveying from 1949 - 1952. In August 1952, he was drafted by the U.S. Army, and from August 1952 to October 1952, attended Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and studied General Drafting. From there, he went to Korea as a surveyor during the Korean War until April 1954. He was then released from active service and transferred to Army Reserve in Camp Carson, Colorado as a Corporal until he was honorably discharged in July 1957.

On February 8, 1955, LeRoy married Eunice Naydene Hayward at her parents home in Humboldt, Nebraska. After their marriage, LeRoy returned to his job for E.V. McCullem as a surveyor until the late 1960’s. From there he worked for H.L. Hunt Oil Company until early summer 1972 when he decided to move the family permanently to Holyoke. During this 17-year period as a surveyor, Eunice and he traveled and lived in 57 different cities in 15 states.

Once in Holyoke, LeRoy worked as a meat cutter for Holyoke Super for approximately 2 years and then began working for the Phillips County Road Maintenance Dept. until his retirement in February 1996. In the mid-to late 70’s LeRoy became very active in the local American Legion and VFW, becoming the Post Commander of VFW #6482 in Holyoke from 1978 - 1980. He also served in many other capacities over the years. He was very proud of his military background and to those who had served.

In retirement and in life, LeRoy always enjoyed a cold beer, playing cards with his friends, sitting outside by his garage and watching people, spending time with his family, visiting with his pastor, eating his chocolate, and above all, solving countless #’s of word search books.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto & Augusta, his brother Burdett, and his sister Loretta.
He is survived by his wife Eunice, son and daughter-in-law, Kim and Melody Krueger of Erie, Colorado, daughter and son-in-law Rick and Brenda Prottsman of Holyoke, son Kelly of Norfolk, Nebraska; and grandchildren, Brittney and Brook Prottsman of Holyoke.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst.
A funeral service will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst. Interment will take place at Holyoke Cemetery, Holyoke.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

Wilma Gribben
Wilma Jean Gribben was born January 18, 1937 in Denver, Colorado the first child of James and Lois (Cook) Stevens. She was the oldest of six siblings growing up in a modest home and helping her parents to keep her younger brothers in line. She went to school at Barnum Elementary and West High School in Denver.

At the age of eighteen, Wilma went off to college at Adams State College in Alamosa where she eventually met her future husband Jim Gribben. Wilma and Jim were married on August 18, 1956 at her parents’ home in Denver. After the wedding the young couple returned to Alamosa for one year then lived in Lamar to continue their advanced degrees. Wilma received an Associate’s Degree in Education from Lamar Junior College in 1957.

Shortly thereafter, the couple moved back to Alamosa so that Jim could finish his education and they had their first child, Terry, in December 1957. After Jim completed his education their first home was in Hoehne where Jim began his long career in teaching and coaching and Wilma began her career as a stay-at-home mother. The couple welcomed their second child, Sharon, in April 1959.

They moved to a new job in LaVita and the couple saw the birth of two more children, Tim in August 1960 and Kathy in November 1961. The growing family spent four years in LaVita then moved to Fleming for a better job opportunity. While in Fleming, a fifth child, Danny was born, but Danny did not survive his pre-mature birth. Wilma, Jim, and family spent four good years in Fleming and one brief year in Craig before moving to Otis for two years. The family finally settled on the nice community of Holyoke as their long-time home.

In Holyoke, Wilma continued her full time job of Mother and in 1975 took on employment at NAPA Auto Parts as a sales clerk. She eventually changed jobs to the elevators at Jack’s Bean in Holyoke and worked there until the grandchildren started to amass. She enjoyed her hobbies of bowling, knitting, reading, and gardening. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she was also a member of the Alter and Rosary Society.

She spent her years of retirement doting on and bragging about her grandchildren. She was lucky enough this past year to be able to visit with her new great-grandchild, Dallas Sherman, when he and his parents Kurstin (granddaughter) and Ben visited from their home in Hawaii.

The onset of Diabetes and complications from back surgery in 2003 would slow Wilma down slightly. She continued to enjoy her life as she spent her golden years with husband Jim and further spoiling of her grandchildren. Surviving a heart attack in 2010, Wilma fought back to recovery. More hospitalization in recent months had Wilma fighting with heart problems, gallbladder issues, and kidney failure. She spent recent months recovering in the Sterling Living Center where she went through dialysis three times a week. Almost daily visits from her husband, Jim and many family members and friends helped her through her days as she seemed to be on her way to a healthy recovery. She passed away quietly and unexpectedly on the evening of November 29, 2013 at the Sterling Living Center.

Wilma was a devoted wife, dedicated Mother, and doting Grandmother/Great-Grandmother. She filled the world with kindness and love throughout her life. She was a very caring and selfless person that was dearly loved by her family and numerous friends. She will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Louis and Georgie Cook, parents James and Lois (Cook) Stevens, brothers John Stevens and James “Red” Stevens” Sons Danny and Tim Gribben.

Surviving her are husband Jim Gribben, Son Terry Gribben and wife Kathryn of Bellevue, NE, daughters Sharon Bernard and husband Larry of Amherst, CO, and Kathy Mays of Honolulu, HI, grandchildren Sean Gribben and wife Kristie of Charleston, SC, Paul Gribben of Omaha, NE, Kurstin and husband Ben Sherman of Honolulu, HI, Mike Mays of Spearfish, SD, Alex Gribben of Colorado School of Mines, Preston Gribben of Burlington, CO, Jordan Bernard of Holyoke, CO, and Jamie Stein of Holyoke, CO, Great-grandchild Dallas Sherman of Honolulu, HI, brothers Bob and his wife Jean Stevens of Denver, CO, and Herb and his wife Louise Stevens of Grand Junction, CO, Sister Jerri Stevens of Fort Collins, CO, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday December 5, 2013 from 9:00 am-6:30pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke, Colorado

Rosary will be Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00pm at Gerk Funeral Home, Holyoke, Colorado.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 6, 2013 10:00am at the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church Holyoke, Colorado with Reverend William Jungmann officiating.

Interment will follow in the Holyoke Cemetery, Holyoke, Colorado.

Memorial Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Orpha Peterson
Orpha Inez Barkey Peterson age 98 of Haxtun Colorado passed away December 1, 2013 in Haxtun. She was born September 1, 1915 in Cortland Nebraska, daughter of Frank C. and Belle Stanley Barkey. She attended schools at Highland Center, Haxtun High School, Kearney State College, and completed her college degree in Greeley. Orpha taught school at Black Hawk, Highland Center, Hudson and Grover before joining the WAC in 1943. She married Ralph Peterson in 1946 at the home of her parents. Together, they farmed and raised 3 children, Robert, Adele, and Lynn. Orpha was an active part of the farm as well as volunteer in community and church activities. They retired in 1979 and enjoyed winters in Texas and Arizona.
Survivors include: sons Robert Peterson and wife, Betty of Surprise Az., Lynn Peterson and wife Lynn of Denver Colorado ; daughter Adele McConnell and husband Larry of Haxtun; sister Marian Christiansen. Eight grandchildren Kristie and Lars Hammar --Tuscon , Az, Karen and Darrin Lewandowski --Parker Colo. Lisa Peterson -- Milford Penn, Shanda and Jeremy Vandenbark-- Mesa Az. , Darci and Matt Meyer --Juniata Nebraska, Kyle and Brandi McConnell --Haxtun and Brian Peterson--Denver and Tara Peterson-- Milwaukee, Wi, and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph Peterson, infant son Howard, brothers Cline Barkey and Daniel Barkey.
Visitation for Orpha will be Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun from 9:00am-7:00pm.
Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at The Church of The Brethren at 10:30am with Pastor Ken Frantz officiating.
Interment will follow in the Haxtun Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Colorado books for the Blind 180 Sheridan BLVD Denver, Colorado 80226 or Hospice of the Plains 100 Broadway Street Sterling, Colorado 80751.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Jose Moreno
Jose E. Moreno, age 90, of Holyoke, Colorado, passed away November 7, 2013 in Holyoke. Jose was born March 19, 1923 in Mexico to Hilaro and Manuela (Hidalgo) Moreno.

Jose spent his years growing up in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and finally Colorado became his permanent home. He married Guadalupe Hidalgo in Edna, Texas Together they raised 10 Children, Olga, John, Roy, Sidro, Tony, Mu
rio, Ema, Dora, James and Able.

Jose and Guadalupe had a farm where they raised turkeys along with other livestock. Jose lived in the nursing home for the last several years. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents, wife Guadalupe and son Able.

Surviving him are children Olga & Rick Kimble, their children: Son Jason and children Virginia, Joslin, Annbell, Cruz, Son Lance and wife Janiel, John & Theresa Moreno, and their children: Daughter Chantel and children Sam and Austin, Son Joshua and children Tricic, Alyssa, Trevin, Brextin, Ray & Darcinda and children: Angela, Adrea, April, Wes, Walter, Joseph, Andrew, Shontel, Asia, Roman Moreno, Isidro & Joann Moreno, and their children: Son Leonard and children Marcos, Kinlee, Daughter Monica and husband RandyMiller and children Zel, Riley, Son Eric Moreno, Son Paul & Angie and children Tatiana, DrAven, Quinn, Tony & Yvonne and children: Shelby, Elisa, and Kristi Moreno, Mario & Mary Lou Moreno and their children Son Michael and wife Joann and children Abel, Joseph, Delilah, Samara, Dominiq, Christopher, Gage, Austin, Jacob, Janelle, Angela, Daughter Salina and husband Johnathon Vasquez, Son Nehemiah Vasquez, Erma Green and daughter Mia, Dora & Robin Jackson and their children Marcus and Keanu and James & Monica Moreno and their children Matthew, Andrew, Aleenna, Patrick, Trinity, Nicholas, numerous nephews, nieces cousins and friends.

Visitation for Jose will be Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke, Colorado.

Rosary will be held Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 5:00pm at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke, Colorado with Father William Jungmann officiating.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:30pm at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke, Colorado with Father William Jungman officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Jose Moreno Memorial Fund in care of Gerk Funeral Home Po Box 201, Holyoke, Colorado 80734.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements.

Marie Mailnader
Marie Joseffa (Ortner) Mailander was born to Mary (Medinger) Ortner and John Ortner in their rural home in the Holyoke area. Marie died October 18, 2013 in Holyoke, Colorado at the age of 89. She attended Lone Star School and Phillips County High School, graduating with the class of 1941. After completing her studies in the Chillicothe Business College in Missouri, Marie was employed in Chicago before returning to her parent’s home to help them with the farm work during the years of WWII.
In May 1946, Marie and Leo Mailander were united in marriage in St. Patrick’s Church in Holyoke. To this union were born eight children, five of whom survive her. They are James and his wife Marlene of Queensland, Australia, Robert and his wife Rita of Denver, Joan of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Paul and his wife Teresa of Holyoke, and Leo F. of Holyoke. Marie is also survived by sisters Catherine Goddard and Dorothy Ortner and her brother John Ortner, her grandchildren, great grand-children, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.
Preceding Marie in death were her parents Mary and John Ortner, husband Leo R. Mailander, son Michael, infant daughter Mary Ann and infant son William, granddaughter Erin Marie, brother Joseph Ortner, and sisters Margaret Rader and Helen Augustenborg.
Visitation was Monday, October 21, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Gerk Funeral Home, Holyoke, Colorado.
Mass of Christian Burial wasTuesday, October 22, 2013 10:00 am, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Holyoke, Colorado with Pastor William Youngmann officiating.
Internment followed in Holyoke Cemetery, Holyoke, Colorado.
Memorials may be given to the Marie Mailander Memorial Fund, 630 South Interocean Avenue, Holyoke, Colorado 80734.
Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

Jackie Wright
Jacqueline (Jackie) M. Wright (Taylor)
Born July 9, 1943 in Denver, CO
Died September 30, 2013 at age 70
Jackie was born to Hayes and Emma Burton in Denver Colorado. She married Ronald Taylor in 1962. They lived in the Denver area for most of their married life, also spending 4 years in Anchorage Alaska. Ronald passed away from lung cancer in 1998 while both living in Thornton. She then moved to Fleming, Colorado in 1999 where she met Richard (Dick) Wright. They were married in 2000, spending their time together on the farm near the New Haven community in Northeast Colorado.
She was preceded in death by husband Ronald Taylor, parents Hayes and Emma Burton, and sister Viki Burton.
She is survived by her husband Dick Wright, Children: Kent Taylor and wife Lavada Taylor of Longmont, Kim Harms and husband Cameron Harms of Fleming, Karla Sandman and husband Ricky Sandman of Lone Tree. Stepdaughter Jackie Castrup and husband Larry Castrup of Brush. Grandchildren: Colton Harms and wife Meghan of Fleming, Alysan Harms of Long Beach, California, Samantha Taylor of Longmont and Kevin Castrup and wife Kayla of Brush. Great Grandchildren: Kaden, Konrad and Kali Castrup. Brother: Richard Burton and wife Anita and nephew Eric Burton and niece Michelle Burton-Rosenbough.
My Mother seems so far away from me, yet I remember love’s soft glow upon her face, And the feel of her touch and tender embrace. When the path is unclear and I feel so lost, I remember her loving support was always near, and her advice made the path ahead seem clear. When I feel there is no one who seems to care, or when the heartache seems too hard to bear, I remember how she always stood by my side, and would tenderly wipe away the tears I cried. When there are moments of great joy and pride, And I wish my Mother was standing at my side, I remember she saw more than I thought I could be, And know I owe my triumphs to her belief in me. When I reminisce about the things she used to say, and I miss her and think she is so far away, I remember what she gave lives on through me, and one day I’ll see her again. -Belinda Stotler.
Visitation for Jackie was held Wednesday, October 2, 2013 9:00am-7:00pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun, Colorado.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:00am at the Fleming United Methodist Church with Pastor Jodie Harless officiating.
Committal was held Friday, October 4, 2013 10:00am at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Memorial contributions may be made to World Vision Global 11000 East 40th Ave Denver, Colorado 80239.
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

William Prussman
William “Neal” Prussman, 93, of Haxtun, Colorado, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. Neal was born in Holyoke, Colorado on May 12, 1920 to William Basil and Grace Marie (Cordrey) Prussman. In his early life he was a farm boy, with his (2) brothers and (2) sisters on the family farm south of Amherst, Colorado, near where his grandfather began farming in 1917. Neal attended Holyoke High School and Grand Island Business College, Grand Island, Nebraska and after his graduation worked for the State Department in Washington D.C. where Neal met Virginia Rose Braun from Minneapolis, who worked at the Pentagon. They were married June 12, 1943.
In the book called “Sterling Heroes” Neal was on the cover as “The 4 AM Messenger” for his 4 A.M. delivery on December 7, 1943 to President Roosevelt Secretary of State. The message was a portion of Admiral Hirohito’s notice to Roosevelt that an attack by the Japanese was imminent. Neal was drafted by the Army and sent to replacement boot camp during January 1944 and then on to Normandy’s Omaha Beach several weeks after June 6, 1944. He was shot and captured in France on November 5th, for which he received “The Purple Heart” and was a German Prisoner of War until May 8, 1945. On that day Neal began his trip home, with nearly 70 pounds of weight loss and Yellow Jaundice. He was listed MIA (Missing in Action) from the time of his capture until February 1945 when Virginia received a postcard that he had given to a prison hospital nurse during November1944.
After he was released from the hospital at Fitzsimmons, his parents offered him two quarters of land to farm north of Paoli. Neal and Virginia began their married life as a farm family for the next 60 years or more and even though the opportunity was there, they never looked seriously at moving back to Washington D.C. With the help of their many and very good friends farmed and raised their 3 children before moving from north of Paoli to the “Lohn House” on the hill, south of Paoli.
Neal spent 20+ years on Paoli Coop Board, 20+ years on the ASC committee, was a member of the Paoli and Haxtun Methodist churches since 1946, and for many years was a volunteer for the Color Guard to help honor other veterans. Neal was active in the State Chapter of the Colorado POW and elected to be a State Commander.
Neal and Virginia had a wonderful zest for life and over the years they filled it with square dancing and traveling worldwide with square dancing friends. They most enjoyed their close relationships with their friends and fellow church members in the Paoli church. Neal was a wonderful son, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, brother and always included his family, children and grandchildren in his life.
Neal is survived by his adoring and loving wife, Virginia of 70+ years of marriage, two sisters, Lena McGivney of Holyoke, Dela Hofmiester of Sterling, and brother Lyle of Greeley, three children, Robert and Janell (Ahnstedt) Prussman of Fort Collins; Shawn (Prussman) and Tom Edwards of Haxtun and Lori (Prussman) and Warren Ward of Fort Collins. Also surviving are his four grandchildren Kristin (Prussman) Stouffer of Fort Collins, Jason Prussman of Denver, Ross Edwards and Grant Edwards of Haxtun and Paoli and four great grandchildren Jordan and Peyton Stouffer, Jacobb Prussman and Leah Edwards and cherished friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother Dale.
The celebration of Neal's life was held for family and friends on Friday, September 27th at the United Methodist Church in Haxtun at 10:30 AM with interment following at the Holyoke Cemetery. Obituary at http://www.gerkfuneralhomes.com
If you would like to share a story or a memory or leave your wishes for the friends and family of W. Neal Prussman, please send your stories and condolences to: bob@prussman.com If you would like a copy of the article from the Sterling Heroes, “The 4 AM Messenger” please ask for such and it will be e mailed or mailed to you.

Thomas Ramirez
Thomas Ramirez, age 69 of Haxtun, Colorado, passed away September 18, 2013 in Haxtun. He was born September 22, 1943 in Cheraw, Colorado, to Bessie and Francisco Tabares and welcomed into the loving home of Ray and Ester Hessler. Tom grew up in Merino and graduated from Merino High School and made his home in Haxtun with his wife of 29 years Jodel (Kennedy) Ramirez.

Tom worked at Great Western Sugar for 22 years and the Colorado Department of Transportation for 12 years retiring in 1999. Tom spent his time gardening watching sports and spending time with his family and friends.

Tom is survived by his wife Jodel, Children Debbie Ramirez and Cindy, Maria Ramirez, Michael and Nora, Christina Ramirez, Troy Dickerson and Wife Stacey and Bailey, Tracy Dickerson and Wife Deb, Courtny and Callie, Carol Morris, Holland and Sydney, Shawnda Derby and Husband Kevin, Mason, Jenessa, Adria and Brayea, Misha Mooney and Carissa, Matthew Ramirez. Brothers Fred Tabares and Late wife Helen, Joe Tabares and Wife Eileen, Tobby Martinez and late wife Tina, Eddie Clea and wife Florence, Late Danny Martinez and wife Anna. Sisters Gloria Chavez and Husband Ben Ito, Late Vera Guerro and Husband Lupe, Esther Shoeboot and husband Clifford, Irene Encineas and Husband Benjie, Christina Esquibel and husband John, Great Grand Children Fox, Azalea, Robin and Jolie Ramirez. Many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Tom was held Friday, September 20, 2013 9:00am-6:00pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun, Colorado.

Rosary was held Friday, September 20, 2013 6:30pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun, Colorado with service being led by Father William Jungmann.

Mass of the Christian Burial was held Saturday September 21, 2013 at 1:30pm at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke, Colorado with Father William Jungmann officiating.

Memorial may be made to Tom Ramirez Memorial Fund, 505 North Edmond, Haxtun, Colorado 80731

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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