Geraldine E. Blackman of Loveland. Wife of Robert Blackman. Memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday, August 21 at Abundant Life Tabernacle, Johnstown, the Rev. William Parker officiating. Memorial contributions to Tupelo Children’s Mansion in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.
Geraldine E. Blackman, 81, of Loveland, died Aug. 11, 2004, at McKee Medical Center Hospice Care Unit in Loveland.
She was born April 24, 1923, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Raymond D. and Dolly A. Jackson Arnold. She married Robert V. Blackman on Aug. 30, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz. She was a homemaker.
She moved to Loveland in December 1974 from Dubuque, Iowa.
She was a member of United Pentecostal Church in Estes Park.
She enjoyed crocheting, playing piano and family camping trips in Colorado and Wyoming.
She is survived by her husband, Robert V. Blackman of Loveland; a daughter, Geno A. Wilke and husband Edward of Estes Park; a brother, Anthony Arnold of Houston; sisters-in-law, Janice Stanton and Elizabeth Blackman, both of Knoxville, Iowa; brother-in-law, Merl Jackson of Bloomfield, Iowa; two grandchildren, Rachel Wilke of Estes Park and Greg Wilke of Loveland.
She was preceded in death by a son, William Blackman, and a sister, Wilma Jackson.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Tabernacle, 1000 Country Acres Drive, Johnstown. The Rev. William Parker will officiate.
Burial will be in Coalridge Cemetery in Knoxville, Iowa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tupelo Children’s Mansion in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
Lydia Cook, 86, of Ashford, Wash., formerly of Loveland and Windsor, died Aug. 11, 2004, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash.
She was born July 11, 1918, in Loveland to Conrad and Catherine Harding Wagner. She grew up in Loveland and attended school here.
She married Leonard P. Cook on March 6, 1940, in Loveland. After their marriage, they farmed in Weld County and Larimer County. They lived in Windsor for 20 years. The Cooks farmed until 1969, when they moved to Denver. Later they came to Loveland. After Mr. Cook’s death in 1994, Mrs. Cook moved to Washington in 1995 to be near her sons.
Mrs. Cook is survived by a daughter, Marion Koolstra and husband Ted of Kimball, Neb.; two sons, Lynn Cook and wife Jean of Yelm, Wash., and Allen Cook and wife Debra of Sevierville, Tenn.; a sister, Clara Stauffer of Commerce City; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Nolde and Pauline Erdman; and five brothers, Carl, Fred, Albert, Joe and Robert Wagner.
Friends can visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Adamson Memorial Downtown Chapel, 827 Fifth St., Greeley. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ, 4100 S. Taft Ave., Loveland.
Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens north of Loveland.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Church of Christ, 4100 S. Taft Ave., Loveland, 80537.
Jim Keil, age 53 of Loveland, formerly of Fort Collins and Greeley. Wednesday service plans are pending.
Jim Lee Keil, 53, of Loveland died Aug. 14, 2004, at Hospice Care Center in Loveland.
He was born May 21, 1951, in Fort Collins to Edward and Betty Keil. He grew up in Fort Collins and graduated from Poudre High School in 1970. He attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Mr. Keil worked as a sales associate at various retail stores.
He loved to sing, camp, garden and travel. He was very creative and artistic and enjoyed Christmas, music and being out of doors.
He is survived by brothers Edward Keil Jr. and wife Karyl of Fort Collins, Jerry Keil and wife Pam of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Terry Keil and wife Sandy of Loveland; sister Kathy Martinez and husband Eloy of Fort Collins; his closest aunt, Margie Murray of Fort Collins; and several other aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roselawn Cemetery, Summitview and Mulberry, Fort Collins. The Rev. Dee Highland of LaPorte Outreach Ministries will officiate.
The family suggests that any memorial donations be made to the Jim Keil Memorial Fund in care of Goes Funeral Care, 3665 Canal Drive, Suite E, Fort Collins, 80524.
LaVerne (Verne) Michael Keller of Loveland. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday, August 20, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Interment in Resthaven Memory Gardens with military honors.
LaVerne (Verne) Michael Keller, 81 years old, was born on Oct. 27, 1922, to Louis and Anna Keller at Richland Center, Wis. He was led home by Jesus Christ his savior from Mc-
Kee Hospice Center in Loveland, on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, with his loved ones at his side, holding his hands and accompanying him with prayers and hymns.
He served during World War II in the U.S. Navy. After being in the service he worked at Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee, Wis. He married his wife, Virginia Cannizzaro, June 26, 1948, and they recently celebrated 56 years together.
Later in 1953, they moved to Boulder and opened a coffee shop, Keller’s Café. Upon selling that they acquired the historical Arnett Hotel building, where they had a much-loved restaurant and lounge, Keller’s Inn. Upon retirement they then moved to Loveland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Anna Keller, brothers Louis, Joseph, William and John, and sister Marion.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Jean); daughters, Michele Crowell and husband Gregory of Mead, and Jeanne Lenort and husband Roger of Loveland; grandchildren, Theodore and Josanna Crowell, Roger Joseph, Michael, and Ashley Lenort; his brother, Leon Keller and wife JoAnn of Muscoda, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Vern enjoyed fishing, hunting, baseball and numerous other sports. He loved to travel, garden, play games and spend time with all of his family. He had a special touch with roses, which have been admired by many.
He brought joy to those around him. Few will forget his face. He is very well remembered for his laughter and loving smile for everyone.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at Allnutt Funeral Service. Rosary 7 p.m. Thursday at Allnutt Funeral Service.
Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1730 W. 12th St.
Interment in Resthaven Memory Gardens with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Allnutt Funeral Service.
Family and friends may view and send condolences online to www.allnutt.com.
Arrangements with Allnutt Funeral Service, 2100 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80538. (970) 667-1121.
Betty Gfeller Kingsley, 73, of Loveland died Aug. 12, 2004, at her home.
She was born April 12, 1931, to Virgel Harvey and Dora Mae Carter. She married Harold Gfeller on March 22, 1947, and they helped raise her younger brothers and sisters.
She was also married to Kenneth Kingsley, which gave her six stepchildren.
She was a longtime resident of Fort Collins before moving to Loveland. She was a member of the Women’s Moose Lodge in Fort Collins. She worked as a sorority cook at a Fort Collins sorority house.
She is survived by brothers Marvin Harvey, Tom Harvey, Ed Vail, Dean Vail and Alan Vail; sisters Marilyn Twite, Carol Becerra and Susie Watson; and many nephews, nieces, step-grandchildren, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by brothers Roy Harvey, Walt Harvey, Russ Harvey and Larry Harvey; and sisters Louise Mitchell and Barbara Hunzelman.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Bohlender Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, 80524.
Charles Alexander MacDonald, 89, of Loveland, died Aug. 18, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center at McKee Medical Center in Loveland.
He was born June 7, 1915, in Springview, Neb., to Charles A. MacDonald Sr. and Annette Root MacDonald. He moved from Springview to Omaha, Neb., as a young boy. He attended Franklin Elementary School and Omaha Technical High School. He married Lois Larsen on Jan. 1, 1936, in Omaha.
Following his marriage, he worked for Omaha Public Power District for several years, advancing to be control room operator. He left OPPD after an injury and took a job as an engineer with the Ocean Accident and Guaranty Corp. in St. Louis, Mo. He traveled the region inspecting buildings and machinery. He was transferred to Atlanta, Ga., after two years.
After his younger son, Tommy, died by drowning, Charles brought his family back to Omaha and returned to work at OPPD. Starting at the bottom again, he advanced to the position of maintenance supervisor for all generating plants. He retired in 1978.
Charles and Lois moved to El Dorado Hills, Calif., after his retirement. After Lois died in 1989, Charles moved to
Loveland, to be near his son James and daughter-in-law Judy.
He was a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite and Shrine.
He is survived by his son, James Neil MacDonald and wife Judy of Loveland; a daughter, Carol Marie Kirgan and husband Ray of Moberly, Mo.; a sister, Delma Rivers of Camdenton, Mo.; three granddaughters and one grandson; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Marie Larsen, son, Thomas Charles MacDonald, brothers, Fred and Neil MacDonald, and sister Isabelle Riley.
Graveside services will be held on Sept. 4, at Westlawn Cemetery in Omaha.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Larimer County, 2604 Colland Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Northern Colorado Crematory in Greeley is in charge of arrangements.
Leslie “Les” or “Mac” McKenzie, 62, of Big Timber, Mont., formerly of Loveland, died Aug. 13, 2004, in Big Timber after a brief and intense battle with cancer.
He was born in Big Timber on Feb. 20, 1942, to Robert and May McKenzie. He was a graduate of Sweet Grass County High School. After school he went into the U.S. Navy for four years.
He relocated to Loveland, where he was employed by Hewlett-Packard for 29 years.
He moved back to Big Timber in 1998, where he took over ownership of Jerry’s Conoco, which is now Sweet Grass Conoco.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his mother, May McKenzie, Big Timber; wife, Pat McKenzie, Big Timber; son Robert “Robb” McKenzie, Big Timber; daughters, Kris Grogan, Gil-lette, Wyo., and Rori Brubaker, Cut Bank, Mont.; sisters, Sharon Gibson and Kathy Grier; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lyman McKenzie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the donor’s charity of choice.
Lowery Funeral Home in Big Timber was in charge of arrangements.
Frank G. Peterson of Loveland. Memorial service 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 18 at First Christian Church.
Frank G. Peterson, 78, of Loveland, died peacefully during his nap Saturday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2004, after celebrating his 56th wedding anniversary. Many family members gathered for this celebration and were able to spend his last day with him.
Frank was born July 15, 1926, in Antioch, Neb., to Gust and Mary Ellen Peterson. He grew up in the sandhills of Nebraska, near Alliance. His family owned the Mule Shoe Bar Ranch. Frank spent much of his youth on the ranch. He graduated from Alliance High School in 1944.
He married Edna Shaw on Aug. 14, 1948, in Scottsbluff, Neb., and in 1963 they and their children moved to Loveland.
Frank was an expert carpenter and owned Peterson Handyman Service. Every fall he worked for Great Western Sugar.
He enjoyed model trains and tinkered in his wood shop most of his free time to the benefit of his many grandchildren and family. Frank was a member of First Christian Church.
Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his wife, Edna Peterson of Loveland; sons, Ed Peterson and wife, Mary of Fort Collins and Stan Peterson and wife Kim, of Grafton, Neb.; daughter, Marian Campbell of Windsor; brother, George Peterson and wife Sandy of Sedalia; sisters, Christina Frieberger and husband, Johnny of Alliance, Margaret Nelson and husband Joe of Lincoln, Mo., and Mary Ellen Reynolds and husband Rich of Alliance; nine grandsons; one granddaughter; five great-grandchildren; and one on the way.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at First Christian Church, 2000 N. Lincoln Ave.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service.
Arrangements with Allnutt Funeral Service, 2100 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80538, 667-1121.
Ella M. Reinking, 105, of Berthoud, formerly of South Bend, Ind., died Aug. 17, 2004, at Berthoud Living Center in Berthoud.
She was born April 18, 1899, to Charles C. and Anna Barbara (Kirsch) Reinking. She was a bookkeeper for the Jewel Tea Co., retiring from that occupation.
She moved to Berthoud in 2000 from South Bend to make her home with her niece. She then was a resident of Sterling House in Loveland for three years before moving to Berthoud Living Center.
She attended Messiah Lutheran Church while in Colorado and was a charter member of Emmaus Lutheran Church in South Bend.
She will be remembered for her sense of humor, wit and her love of life.
She is survived by her niece, Marlo Bryan and husband Bob of Berthoud and numerous other nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
No local services are planned.
Funeral service and burial will be held in South Bend.Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont is handling arrangements in Colorado.
Kathaleen B. Van Blaricom of Loveland. Cremation has been conducted. Memorial service 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, Loveland Good Samaritan Spiritual Life Center, Pastor George Huber officiating. Inurnment Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Kathaleen Bernice Bond Van Blaricom, 96, of Loveland, died Aug. 18, 2004, in a local nursing home.
She was born Dec. 11, 1907, in Linn, Kan. She married Glen Van Blaricom on June 27, 1937, in Linn. He preceded her in death on April 1, 2000.
They moved to Loveland in 1956. They previously lived in Wymore and Beatrice, Neb.
The Van Blaricoms owned and operated dry cleaning establishments in Berthoud and Loveland known as Van’s Cleaners. They retired in 1978.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She and her husband were officers of the Good Sam Travel Club.
She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, hunting and traveling with the Good Sam Club.
She is survived by a son, Gene Van Blaricom and wife Rebecca of Denver; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Cremation has been conducted.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Loveland Good Samaritan Spiritual Life Center, 2101 S. Garfield Ave. The Rev. George Huber will officiate.
Inurnment will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.