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Larimer County, Colorado Obituary Collection

Larimer County, Colorado Obituary Collection - 22

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Date: Sunday, 10 January 2010, at 1:35 a.m.

Sharon L. WAGNER
WAGNER, Sharon L., of Loveland. Funeral services 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 9 at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home. Interment Loveland Burial Park.
Sharon L.WAGNER, 74, of Loveland died Dec. 4, 2005, in Loveland.
She was born Sept. 7, 1931, in Thermopolis, Wyo., to Henry and Beula (Harris) Spence. She graduated from high school in Billings, Mont. She then earned her teaching certificate in Billings.
She married William R. Wagner on May 31, 1953, in Estes Park.
She married Jerry E. Dewey on June 22, 1985, in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
She worked as a homemaker and a mother. She also worked in the construction industry with her husband Bill and later ranching with her husband Jerry.
She moved to Loveland in 1953 from Thermopolis.
She was a member of “Who’s Who of American Women” for starting Western States Construction with her husband Bill and also a member of “Who’s Who of American Women in the West” for being a single female rancher in the Thermopolis, Wyo., area. She also held a lifetime membership in the Murray-Grey Association.
Her passion was her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed oil painting and belonged to a local bridge club.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry E. Dewey of Loveland; four daughters, Vicki Wagner and husband Mike Farley of Fort Collins, Cindy McMahill and husband Brian of Loveland, and Sheri Marr and Kathy Wagner, both of Bozeman, Mont.; a sister, Mary Margret Drown of Moscow, Idaho; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Wagner, on Nov. 26, 1999; one brother; and one grandchild.
Visitation will be 1-5 p.m. today at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home. The Rev. Larry Kunter of Harmony Presbyterian Church in Fort Collins will officiate.
Burial will be in Loveland Burial Park.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home and Crematory, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.

Ray L. Whitney Jr.
Ray L. Whitney Jr., 82, of Loveland died Dec. 2, 2005, in Loveland.
A memorial service was held Dec. 6 at Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Loveland.
He was born May 25, 1923. He had been a member of Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Loveland since 1992.
He is survived by a son, Mikel Whitney of Castle Rock; and a daughter, Patricia Kreutz and husband Ronald of Steamboat Springs.
The Neptune Society, (303) 403-4157, handled arrangements.

Harry Wolf
Harry Wolf, 75, of Fort Collins and Walden, died Nov. 5, 2005, in Fort Collins.
He was born July 31, 1930, in Windsor to William Wolf Jr. and Effie Keller Wolf. He graduated from Eaton High School in 1948. He lived all his life in Northern Colorado, and Fort Collins and Walden for the last 15 years.
He owned Wolf Electric and North Park Electric and was an electrical contractor for more than 50 years.
He enjoyed fishing, travel and his passion of electrical work.
He is survived by a son, Harry Thomas Wolf of Denver; a brother, Melvin L. Wolf and wife Janice of Loveland; and a sister, Bonnie Lou Fox of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley.
Memorial contributions can be made to Jackson County Search and Rescue, in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

Audrey L. Adler
Audrey L. Adler, 74, of Copper Center, Alaska, died Dec. 28, 2005, at her home.
She was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Portsmouth, Va., to Alton Clifford Smithart and Lucille Craig Smithart.
She married Stanley E. Adler on May 20, 1950, in Reno, Nev. He preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 1979.
She was a project manager at Ball Aerospace from 1969 to 1992. She retired from Ball Aerospace in 1992.
She moved to Longmont in 1969 with her family from Burlington, Vt., when her husband retired from the Coast Guard.
She was a civilian survivor of the Pearl Harbor bombing. She was 10 years old living in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
She was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was an avid reader.
She is survived by three daughters, Jeanette Adler Williams and husband Steven Sedelmeier of Copper Center, Alaska, Penny Adler of Loveland and Cheryl Adler Lee and husband Goodwin Lee of Longmont; a brother, John Wesley Smithart of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Gloria Cook of California; sisters-in-law Kathlyn Adler of Berthoud, Bernice Elmshaeuser of Loveland and Marilyn Adler of Milliken; four grandchildren, Stacy McLouth and husband Charles, Sondra Lee and husband Patrick Duffy, Zachariah Williams and wife Teresa and Caitlin Lechuga and husband Justin; and three great-grandchildren, Celeste Williams, Lydia Duffy and Alexander McLouth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a brother, Charles Harold Smithart.
There are no services scheduled.
Valley Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. in Alaska was in charge of arrangements.

Leota Edith “Pat” BAUER
BAUER, Leota Edith “Pat”, of Gig Harbor, Wash., formerly of Loveland. Memorial service 11 a.m. Thursday, December 29, at Allnutt-Hunter Chapel, 2100 N. Lincoln Ave.
Leota Edith “Pat”BAUER, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, in Gig Harbor, Wash., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
At her side was her son Larry Bauer. Leota is now at rest with the Lord and home at last with her beloved husband John. We will miss you, Mom. “I held your hand as you stepped into heaven and as you stepped there, you gently squeezed my hand and I knew you were home.”
Leota was born in Loveland on June 24, 1929.
Leota enjoyed painting, any baby, trips with John to Thermopolis, Wyo., hot springs, Maui, Hawaii, and fishing at the lake. She loved her dogs, cats, families of foxes and the occasional skunk that lived in her backyard.
She is survived by her children, Laura Harris, Larry Bauer and wife Irene; sisters Elsie and husband Jim Yockey, Bernadine Carson; half-sister Wava and husband Zay Speezer, Ruth and husband Marc Nelson; her grandchildren, Serry Bauer and Kaitlyn Bauer; and her sister-in-law Kathy Hodges.
Pat was preceded in death by her beloved husband John Bauer; sister Melba Wetzler; and brother Robert Hodges.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the Allnutt-Hunter Chapel, 2100 N. Lincoln Ave. in Loveland.
A special thanks to the Tacoma Franciscan Hospice for all their kindness and loving care, the Olympic Alzheimer’s staff of wonderful caregivers and a heartfelt thanks to Jerry, Chrissy and Sheila Wetzler for their selfless loving care in Pat’s time of need in Fort Collins.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Leota’s name can be made to Franciscan Hospice, P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, WA, 98401 or the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98199.

William (Bill) D. Bower
Our loving father and grandfather, William (Bill) D. Bower, passed away Dec. 25, 2005, in Reno, Nev.
Bill was born March 25, 1906, in Nebraska to Dwight and Nellie (Plumleigh) Bower.
He married Velma I. Crane on Aug. 21, 1929. They farmed in Prospect Valley, Colo., until 1945, and later they moved to Lynwood, Calif., where Bill was maintenance superintendent for the Compton School District until his retirement in 1971. Upon retiring, he moved to Loveland.
Bill and Velma celebrated their 73rd anniversary on Aug. 21, 2002. Velma passed away Sept. 8, 2002.
In October of 2004, Bill joined his daughter, Evelyn, and her husband, Patrick Mullane, in a move to Verdi, Nev. Bill’s son, Lewis Bower, resides nearby in Reno.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Evelyn; son, Lewis; sister, Geraldine Lannon; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great- grandchildren.
Bill will be missed deeply by family and many friends as he joins Velma, his beloved wife, in heaven.
No services have been scheduled at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno.

Dorthy M. CROW-SCHAEFFER
CROW-SCHAEFFER, Dorthy M., of Loveland. Funeral services 10 a.m. Friday, December 30, Orchards Baptist Church. Interment Resthaven. Viewing 8:30-10 a.m. Friday at the church prior to services. Memorials to the Dorthy Crow-Schaeffer Memorial Fund in care of Viegut Funeral Home.
Dorthy M.CROW-SCHAEFFER, 81, of Loveland died Dec. 27, 2005, at Sierra Vista Health Care Center in Loveland.
She was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Farnam, Neb., to George Dewey Metcalf and Ethel Mae Conner Metcalf. She grew up in Farnam and moved to Loveland in 1941.
She married Raymond D. Crow on Dec. 22, 1941, in Loveland. He preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 1988. She married Michael Schaeffer on March 7, 1992, in Loveland.
She was a homemaker in her own home and loved to do baby-sitting.
She was a member of Orchards Baptist Church, Loveland Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American War Mothers and Royal Neighbors.
She enjoyed people, and her family was very important to her. She loved to do embroidery work.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Schaeffer of Loveland; three sons, Donald Crow (Lee Ann) of Greeley, Jack Crow (Phyllis) of Longmont, and Richard Crow (Nan) of Ada, Okla.; a stepson, James Crow (Connie) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two daughters, Anita Michael (Tony) of Wilson, Okla., and Phila Cole (Bob Safford) of Johnstown; a brother, Bud Metcalf (Rose) of Martin, N.D.; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond D. Crow; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Betty French.
Viewing will be 8:30-10 a.m. Friday at Orchards Baptist Church, 1825 W. 37th St.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Orchards Baptist Church, with the Rev. Barry Kitchens officiating.
Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens north of Loveland.
Contributions can be made to the Dorthy M. Crow-Schaeffer Memorial Fund in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.

Ronald R. ELLIS
ELLIS, Ronald R.
Private memorial services and viewing at Viegut Funeral Home. Cremation will follow services. Public services will be held in Steamboat Springs at a later date.
Ronald R. ELLIS, 53, of Milner died Dec. 24, 2005, at Denver Health Medical.
He was born Aug. 7, 1952, in Arvada to Alford R. Hutchinson and Shirley May With.
He graduated from Boulder High School in 1971 and was an auto mechanic for most of his life. He also did some plumbing and heating work.
He married Susan Sprenger on June 5, 2004, in Milner. He lived in Loveland for about six months with his son, James R. Ellis.
He was a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge in Steamboat Springs, a member of Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Scottish Rites. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling, quilting, his grandchildren and helping others.
He is survived by his wife, Susan, of Milner; son, James, of Loveland; daughters Austynn Bonny Blocker of Grand Junction, and Lisa Abella of Kayenta, Ariz.; brother, James, of Meeker; and sisters Kimberly Blocker of Raton, N.M., and Tina Friess of Piney Point, Md.
He was preceded in death by sister Donna Hutchinson and brother Danny Hutchinson.

Helen Frances McCarty FICKEL
FICKEL, Helen Frances McCarty, of Berthoud. Private graveside services. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, December 31, First Presbyterian Church of Berthoud. Memorial contributions to Berthoud Museum or Public Library.
Helen Frances McCarty FICKEL, lifelong resident of Berthoud and its oldest native, died on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2005, at the age of 98, just after she had made certain she had given presents to all her children, Bruce Fickel and wife Michele and their two daughters, Alison and her husband Mike and their children Jessica and Evan and to Michele Krebs and her husband Jeff and their children Justin and Gabrielle, to her daughter Jane F. King and her children Tye Banderet, Jennie and her husband Eric Koolstra and their daughter Lia, Julie Kojansic and her husband Bryan.
Helen, who is survived by her husband, R.B. (Doc) Fickel D.D.S., celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in May.
She was born Nov. 12, 1907. After being graduated from Berthoud High School, she attended the University of Colorado. She graduated from medical school in 1932 and returned to Berthoud to practice medicine with her father. She continued her not-too-lucrative but very rewarding medical practice, making house calls for which she charged $3 and delivering babies for $15 until the birth of her first child in 1946.
In 1948, after the birth of Jane, she decided that she would be unable to return to her medical practice. For almost 60 years she dedicated herself to making the Berthoud community a better place to live.
In the early 1950s, Helen was a Cub Scout den mother who hiked and camped with the troop. She was also active as a Girl Scout leader who, during the annual cookie sale season, used the front porch of her house as the district cookie storage facility. Cases of cookies remained stacked from the floor to the ceiling until every home in Berthoud was “adequately supplied.”
Apparently, Scouting didn’t fulfill her need for time in the mountains, so she volunteered at the Highlands Presbyterian Church Camp near Estes Park. Helen also taught first aid for the American Red Cross and served on the boards of directors for the American Cancer Society and the Tuberculosis Society while taking an active role in the First Presbyterian Church.
As a member of the Berthoud Women’s Club, Helen spent several hours every week at Berthoud’s library. In 1963, she “encouraged” Doc and her son, whom she said needed a community service project for his Eagle Scout award, to build an addition to the library. When the addition was completed, new bookshelves also had to be made and then the books reshelved. When, in 1994, the town library again outgrew its home, she and Doc donated the money for a new library. Shortly after the first library had been completed, Helen, Doc and their longtime friend, Frances Nielson, thought it would be a good idea to buy the block in the center of town where the grade school had been torn down and build a park. She kept Doc busy building the tennis court, installing the sprinkler system, sidewalks and arch — now it’s known as Fickel Park.
In 1976, Frances Nielson, Helen and Doc started the Berthoud Historical Society. During the next 30 years of the Society’s existence, Helen and Doc were active supporters and contributors to its facilities and collection. In 1992, after many years of collecting the family histories of Berthoud’s pioneers, she co-authored “Heritage of Berthoud” and the “Little Thompson Valley 1867-1910.”
When, in 1998, Berthoud’s Habitat for Humanity needed to purchase land for additional affordable housing, Helen and Doc purchased 11 acres so that a Habitat subdivision could be started.
In her 80s Helen realized that she should establish some more permanent method of ensuring that her goals for the Berthoud community could be continued. By matching funds with the Boettcher Foundation and by combining with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, she founded the Berthoud Community Fund and the Fickel/McCarty Funds.
Helen didn’t forget the contributions made to Berthoud by the arts and humanities, either. She and Doc were instrumental in the installation of the sculptures in Fickel Park and the Berthoud Arts and Humanities Association mural on the elevator.
In lieu of cards or donations, the family would encourage you to remember Helen with letters describing Memories Of Mom which may be sent to R.B. Fickel D.D.S., P.O. Box 436, Berthoud, CO 80513. Memorial gifts may be mailed to the Town of Berthoud at P.O. Box 1229, Berthoud, CO 80513 for the benefit of the Berthoud Library and/or the Berthoud Historical Society.

Lawrence A. “Barney” KRINGS
KRINGS, Lawrence A. “Barney”, of Cambridge, Neb., formerly of Loveland. A celebration of life funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Chapel. Public viewing 1-2 p.m. prior to services. Interment Loveland Burial Park with full military honors conducted by Loveland Associated Veterans.
Lawrence A. “Barney” KRINGS, 73, of Arapahoe, Neb., formerly of Loveland, died Dec. 27, 2005, at Cambridge Manor in Cambridge, Neb.
He was born Nov. 25, 1932, to Henry A. and Celia A. (Bednarz) Krings.
He moved to Loveland in 1938 and graduated from Loveland High School in 1951.
He joined the U.S. Army on April 30, 1952, and was honorably discharged on April 30, 1954.
He moved back to Loveland and became a carpenter. He was employed by Eagle Construction, Western States Construction and Gracon Construction.
He married Thordis Jonsdottir on July 2, 1965, in Reno, Nev.
He moved to Arapahoe, Neb., in 1995.
He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and spending time with his granddaughters.
He is survived by one daughter, Anna Minor and husband Greg of Loveland; longtime companion Jean Funk; two brothers, Leroy
Krings and wife Jan of Loveland and Lyle Krings and companion Sally Chavez of Loveland; two sisters, Lucille Krings of Oakland, Calif., and Louise Johnston and husband Harry of Blue Springs, Kan.; numerous nieces and nephews; and two granddaughters.
Viewing will be 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Chapel, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave.
A celebration of life funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Harvey Ruegsegger officiating.
Burial will be at Loveland Burial Park, with full military honors conducted by the Associated Veterans of Loveland.

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