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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 Ann 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 Mailander
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.

Phyllis Rowan
Phyllis Arlene (Fetzer) Freemyer Rowan, 80 was born September 9, 1932, in Haxtun, Colorado, the third child of John and Christina (Trautman) Fetzer and entered into enteral life on Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Haxtun surrounded by her family.
She grew up southwest of Haxtun in the Rockland Community, attending the small church there and elementary school at North Rockland, transferring to Fleming High School and graduating in 1951.
Phyllis married James Frank Freemyer, Jr. in the same year and there were six children born to this union. Along with being a farmer’s wife, she taught Sunday School, was a member of Wages Hobby Club was involved with her family in 4-H, making her family her high priority. They farmed together until Frankie’s death in 1980 after a lengthy illness.
She later worked at NE Colorado BOCES, Miller Western Wears and many years at the Haxtun Hospital in housekeeping as well as caring for other family members.
Phyllis met and married Lloyd Rowan in 1996 and worked alongside him north of Fleming, enjoying being a farmer’s wife again. They were faithful to church, enjoyed Meet and Eat for many years and were often seen holding hands, enjoying many road trips to visit family.
She was loved by her family very much, and was a good example of a wife, mom and grandma. Phyllis was known for remembering everyone’s birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasion’s with a card and note.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Frankie, her son Timothy, an infant brother, Doane, Two sisters Esther Mae Baca and Elaine Brooks, one sister-in-law, Nina (Freemyer) Hutt, two brother-in-laws, Gerald Freemyer and Peter Baca.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd, her children: Laura Steele, Evanston, WY, James (Vickie) Freemyer, Haxtun, Beverly (Dennis) McClain, Greenville SC, Sherrie Wessel, Yakima, WA and Christina Freemyer, Haxtun, a stepdaughter, Marilyn (Bill) Carwin, and stepson, Kevin Rowan all of Fleming. Also her sister-in-laws, Janice (Freemyer) deCordoba, Sterling, Loretta (Hampton Freemyer) Jennings, Dallas, TX and Delores Wolfe, Riverton, WY and brother-in-laws Keith Brooks, Haxtun and Arlyn Rowan, Fleming. Grandchildren Teresa (Lloyd) Enninga, Tamara (Joe) Buckholz , Jeremey (Hayley) McClain, Anthony (Amy) McClain, Aaron (Jaclyn) McClain, Amanda Goodwin, Nick (Nara) Freemyer, Christopher Wessel and Tyler Wessel. Step grandchildren Ronald (Stephanie) Carwin, Erin (Corey) Zink Cory (Heather) Carwin, Warren (Megan) Carwin. Nicholas Rowan and Natalie Rowan. Seventeen great grandchildren, nine step great grandchildren and one great, great grandson, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She will be sadly missed by her family and friends and remembered with much love.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 9:00am-7:00pm and Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun, Colorado.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 9, 2013 11:00am at the Fleming United Methodist Church in Fleming, Colorado with Pastor Jodi Harless officiating.
Interment will be at the Haxtun Cemetery in Haxtun, Colorado.
Memorial Contributions may be made to The Fleming Methodist Church 205 North Custer Fleming, Colorado 80728.
Gerk Funeral Homes is entrusted with the Arrangements

Deloris Luelf
Deloris Emma (Nordholm) Luelf passed away on Sunday September 1, 2013. She was 90 years old. Deloris was born 8-16-1923 to John and Ella Nordholm in Phillips County. She was the 5th of 10 children. Deloris graduated from Iliff High School. Deloris worked at the Sioux Ordinance outside of Sidney. She married Don Luelf on March 6, 1945 in St Francis Kansas. Don and Deloris lived north of Dailey until their retirement in the early 1990s. Upon their retirement they moved to Fleming. During her last years Deloris made her home at the Bee Hive in Sterling.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don Luelf, her parents John and Ella Nordholm, brothers Pete and Elmer (Bud), and sisters Anna Evers, Betty McLean, Dorothy Genereux and Nina Helgoth. She is survived by sisters Elsa Harris of Peetz, Mary Jane Parker and husb Bill of Springville California , brother Larry Nordholm of Morrill Nebraska and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm at Gerk Funeral Home, Haxtun, Colorado.

Graveside service will be Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Fleming Cemetery, Fleming, Colorado with Pastor Ken Frantz officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Fleming Community Pride, PO Box 432, Fleming, Colorado 80728.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Bernardino Cano
Bernardino Medel Cano Jr., age 33, formerly of Holyoke, Colorado passed away July 2, 2013 in Mexico.

He was born September 1, 1979 in Greeley, Colorado to Bernardino Cano and Guadalupe Segra (Aldama) Cano.

Visitation for Bernardino will be Monday, July 15, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke, Colorado.

Rosary will be Monday, July 15, 2013 at 7:00pm at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke, Colorado.

Mass Of The Christian Burial will be Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke, Colorado will Father William Jungmann officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Berna Cano Jr. Memorial Fund in care of the Holyoke Credit Union, 101 West Denver, Holyoke, Colorado.

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

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Lois Kipp
Lois Evelyn (Carnes) Kipp, was born to Frank E. and Evelyn C. Carnes June 10, 1929 in Haxtun, Colorado and passed away July 5, 2013 in Haxtun.

Lois was the third daughter of Frank and Evelyn Carnes. She grew up on a farm southeast of Haxtun. She and her sisters rode Shetland Ponies and drove a surrey to Philorado country school for eight years. Lois graduated from Haxtun High School in 1947 and worked at the Haxtun Community Bank for four years. She married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur Kipp on June 19, 1948. Lois was baptized into Christ as an infant and joined the Methodist Church in 1940. After marrying she accepted triune immersion and joined the Haxtun Church of the Brethren where she served as a church organist and pianist, taught Sunday School, served in Women’s Fellowship, and enjoyed quilting.

Lois was the epitome of a Christian servant, working alongside her husband on the farm; milking, branding, hauling bales, raising chicken, hogs and cattle, canning and freezing, serving meals in the field and so much more. She was a loving and devoted mother who raised two daughters, Denise Yvette and Doreen Yvonne; and two sons Brian Wilbur and Darin Lynn. Lois and Wilbur retired from farming and moved to Haxtun in 1986.

Over the years, Lois belonged to the Victory Federated Club, Home Extension Club, Heritage Quilters, Haxtun Community Auxiliary, and served extensively as a Lioness in the Haxtun, District 6-E, and Colorado State Lions Club when Wilbur was a Lions District Governor. Her hobbies through the years included crafting leaded glass pieces such as nativities and sun catchers and knitting.

Those preceding her in death are her daughter Doreen Yvonne; grandson, Daniel Charles Everhart; sisters, Ellen June Carnes Lambert and Esther Carnes Mastin; and parents Frank E. Carnes and Evelyn C. Bricker Carnes.

She is survived by a grateful family including her husband, Wilbur; Denise and Charles Everhart and children, Chad Everhart and Charla Everhart Lum and husband Kevin; Brian and Cindy Kipp and children Lindsay and Whitney Kipp; Darin and Katherine Kipp and children, Sabra, Dara Lane, and step grandson Brandon Ogier.

There will be no visitation for Lois however, her Register Book will be available to sign Monday, July 8, 2013, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Gerk Funeral Home, Haxtun, Colorado.

A Memorial Service will be held July 9, 2013 10:30 am at the Haxtun Church of the Brethren with Pastor Ken Frantz officiating.

Inurnment will be in the Arms of Her Loving Family.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Lois’s name to the Haxtun Food Bank or the Haxtun Church of the Brethren.
Gerk Funeral Homes is entrusted with the Arrangements

Catherine Waln
Catherine Emily ( O’Leary) Waln, 92 formerly of Holyoke died June 2, 2013. Catherine (Katy) was born September 28, 1920, to Daniel and Lillian (Krowl) O’Leary in Manhattan, New York. She was first of a family of nine children.
Catherine spent the first twenty five years of her life in New York City. She met Buford (Red) M. Waln of Holyoke, Colo. Red was stationed in New York City while Catherine was working for the Department Of Defense during World War II. Upon Reds’ return from overseas from the war, he and Catherine were united in marriage August 23, 1944 in Holyoke, Colo. They then spent the first year together stationed in Miami, FL. before making their home in Holyoke, Colo.
To this Union four children were born. Sandra Lee (David) Goeken, Daniel Royce (Teresa) Waln, Allan Merle (Betty) Waln, and Lonna Jo (Jerry) Willey. She raised her family in Holyoke before moving to Sterling, CO to be closer to her daughters.
Catherine loved to sing starting in her early childhood and was blessed with a beautiful voice that provided enjoyment to all her entire life. She will be greatly missed not only for her songs, but her smile that brightened your day. Her caring and loving nature made each child feel special.
She was preceded in death by her husband Buford (Red) in 1971, also four siblings Delores, Lillian, Robert and Daniel, also grandchildren Mitch and Miranda Whittaker, Christopher Smart, and Tyler Waln.
Catherine is survived by two sisters; Dorothy and Maureen and two brothers Walter and Donald. Also, 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren along with many relatives and friends.
Funeral Services celebrating her life will be held June 5, 2013, 10:00 am at Gerk Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating. Burial Follows at Holyoke Cemetery.
In Katy’s words “Bye Bye For Now”.

Mark Adams
Mark Allen Adams, age 26, of Haxtun, Colorado, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Holyoke, Colorado.

Mark was born August 13, 1986 to Robert and Karen (Mather) Adams in Sterling, Colorado. Mark was raised in Peetz, Colorado along with brothers Jonathan and Matthew. He graduated from Peetz high school and went on to Goodland, Kansas to get his degree in Diesel technology from Northwest Kansas Tech. After a five year courtship, Mark married Alana (Scheid) Adams and they were blessed with two children Hailey and Lindsey. Mark worked at Case IH in Sidney, Nebraska for five years, Cabelas Retail in Sidney. The family moved to rural Haxtun last year so Mark could take a job at MV Equipment in Holyoke, Colorado where he served as a parts salesman.

Mark enjoyed doing anything that required him to be out doors, four wheeling and Dodge trucks. He enjoyed visiting and always had time to stop and talk. Most of all he loved his family.

Preceding him in death are his mother Karen Adams-Dallegge, Grandpa Lyle Mather, Grandpa Wayne Adams and infant brother Stephen.

Surviving him are his wife Alana, daughters Hailey and Lindsey, father Robert Adams of Peetz, Colorado, brothers Jon (Ashlee) Adams of Iowa, Matt (Alicia) Adams of Big Springs, Nebraska, nephews Riley and Andrew of Big Springs, nieces Madisen of Big Springs and Elizabeth of Iowa, Grandmothers Gladys Adams and Marion Mather, several Aunts and Uncles and dear friends Brandon Sparks and Levi Whitman.

There will be no visitation for Mark as Cremation was chosen.


A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June15, 2013 10:30 AM at Gerk Funeral Home, Holyoke, Colorado.


Services will conclude at the Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions may be given to Mark Adams Memorial Fund, 14426 CR 7, Haxtun, CO 80731.

Gerk Funeral Homes is entrusted with the Arrangements.

Larry Orth
Larry Dale Orth, age 74 of Haxtun, Colorado passed away in his home June 29, 2013 in Haxtun.

Larry was born October 28, 1938 to Henry Lee Orth and Angeline Emma (Johnson) Orth in Haxtun, Colorado. Larry graduated from Haxtun High School in 1959. He married Lois (Frank) Orth January 16, 1960 they have been married for 53 years. Larry was a lifelong resident of Haxtun working for Sturgis Roofing, Smith Hardware, and Haxtun Schools as a custodian.

He enjoyed watching Bulldog athletics, playing golf and working in his garden, he also enjoyed spending time with his family. Larry was a member of The Haxtun United Methodist Church, Haxtun Volunteer Fire Department and Haxtun EMT. Larry was also a member of the Haxtun Gun Club and F&H golf club.

He is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Angeline Orth.

Larry is survived by his wife Lois Orth of Haxtun, daughter Lori Lundgren of Haxtun, son James (Susan) Orth of Fort Collins, Colorado daughter Linda Turman (Oliver) of Allen, Texas daughter Julie Brown of Haxtun. Grandchildren Austin and Tanner Orth, Sara Grauberger, Jessica Werner, Dereck and Courtney Lundgren, Isaiah, Christian and Genesis Turman. Great Grandchildren Max and Mason Grauberger and Lainey Werner. Special friends The Sav-O-Mat Gang and Fighten’ Bulldog Family and Southside Family.


Visitation will be Wednesday, July 3, 2013 9:00 am to 7:00 pm at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun, Colorado

Funeral Service will be Friday, July 5, 2013 1:00pm at the Haxtun High School Auditorium in Haxtun, Colorado with Bryan Kroeger officiating.

Memorial Contribution may be made to Haxtun Schools in Care of Lois Orth
705 South Washington Haxtun, Colorado 80731.

Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Eddie Sherwood
Eddie Sherwood 51 of Holyoke formally of Hennessey, Ok passed away May 13, 2013 at Pampa, TX. He was born June 24 1961n Sterling, Colorado to Oral and Myra (Chandler) Sherwood. He spent some of his young age growing up in Crook, Colorado then the family moved to a farm in Pride Port NE. He graduated from Holyoke High School. After graduation he moved to Crook, Colorado and worked for the Proctor Hay Mill he then moved to Hennessey Ok where he met and married his wife Bonnie Sherman of 26 years. He then started a career of 30 years in the pipeline construction for numerous companies with many years spent in sterling construction company as a hoe man and site manager. He worked throughout several states including OK, TX, Ark, CO, Miss, Utah, North and South Dakota and Wyoming. He enjoyed visiting with family playing slots and traveling on the job and seeing new sights.
He is survived by his mother Myra Sherwood of Holyoke, a brother Ray Sherwood of Loveland, Colorado two sisters Rita Kokes and Husband Paul of Newcastle Wyoming and Lori Theibeault and husband Phil of Alliance, Ne numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his wife Bonnie Sherwood Father Orval Sherwood and Brother Don Hawk. Graveside services and interment will be held June 21, 20132 at the Holyoke Cemetery in Holyoke, Colorado.
Gerk Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Myra Sherwood 426 South Baxter Holyoke, Colorado 80734.

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