Herbert O. Acott, Hygiene, Colo.
1915 - 2008
Herbert O. Acott, 93, of Hygiene, died April 14, 2008, at Applewood Living Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel with family present to greet friends. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, at United Methodist Church of Hygiene with the Rev. Barbara Johns-Schleicher officiating. Interment will be at Fleming Cemetery.
He was born Feb. 4, 1915, to Joseph Herbert and Emma (Swedlund) Acott in Fleming. He graduated from Fleming High School in 1933.
On Feb. 25, 1934, Mr. Acott married Margaret Winemiller in Fleming.
He farmed in Fleming from 1934 until 1951, when he moved to Hygiene. He continued farming until he sold his farm in 1973.
Mr. Acott was a member of the United Methodist Church of Hygiene, where he was on the committee to build the fellowship hall. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Hygiene Volunteer Fire Department and served on their Board of Directors. He was also treasurer for the Palmerton Ditch Co. for 25 years.
He was a handyman who could fix anything. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, collecting guns, watching football and telling stories.
Mr. Acott is survived by his wife, Margaret; and a daughter, Jo Bales and husband Randy Armknecht, all of Hygiene.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hygiene Volunteer Fire Department or to United Methodist Church of Hygiene.
A. Wayne Cooley, Delta, formerly of Logan County
1943 - 2008
A. Wayne Cooley, 64, of Delta, died April 12, 2008, from melanoma. Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. A private family burial will take place later at Riverside Cemetery
Mr. Cooley was born on Aug. 16, 1943, to Weldon and Stella Cooley in Stamford, Texas. He graduated from Borden County High School, West Texas State University, and received an M.S. degree from Texas Tech University.
After graduate school, he worked in the Pacific Northwest, New Jersey and France in research and marketing.
In 1979, Mr. Cooley married Lynne Bixler. They lived near Rainier, Ore., for 12 years, until 1991, when they moved to Colorado. In 1992, he accepted a position with Colorado State University Extension as an agronomist in Logan County.
The family moved to the Uncompahgre Valley in 1995, and he became director of the Tri-River Area Extension program in 2000.
Mr. Cooley is survived by his wife, Lynne Bixler; sons, Craig of Buffalo, N.Y., Ben of Sterling and David of Grand Junction; his father, Weldon Cooley; four brothers, Joe and wife Pam, Tommy, Ted and wife Dana and Gene.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Stella Cooley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the State 4-H Foundation, Attn: Gary Small, 131 Aylesworth Hall N.W., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-4050
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory, taylorfuneralservice.com, handled the arrangements.
Violet Opal McBeth, Bennett
1920 - 2008
On October 28, 1920, Violet Opal (Baker) McBeth was born to Elva (Presler) and Andrew Baker III, at their homestead – 7 miles Southwest of Lindon, Colorado. She departed this life on May 21, 2008 at the age of 87.
Violet was the sixth child in a family of seven. She grew up in the Lindon area where she graduated from high school with the class of 1939. Violet participated in all school activities with a passion for basketball. She was an All Star player and helped lead her team to many victories – including championship tournament games. Many, including opponents, have commented that “she was one of the best.”
Violet met her future husband, Dorlan McBeth, in the first grade. They were sweethearts during their junior and senior year and married in 1941. They celebrated 67 years together.
The first part of their marriage was spent in Fort Morgan, Colorado where Dorlan worked on a farm. They later returned to the Lindon community with their infant son, Edwin Earl. Four years later, Sylvia Joan joined the family.
In 1946, they moved to the family farm (one-half mile East of Lindon) when Dorlan’s parents retired and moved to Akron, Colorado. In 1949, Dorlan had a bad accident. The following year they sold the farm and moved to Denver, Colorado to be closer to his doctors.
In 1952, they purchased a grocery store which was later remodeled into apartments. Violet managed the apartments and cared for the children while Dorlan drove a truck. During this time Violet opened the doors of her home and heart to the neighborhood kids and the friends of her children. Many of which became a part of “her family”.
In 1965, Yellow Freight transferred Dorlan to Liberal, Kansas. Violet joined him in 1966. It was a difficult adjustment for Violet because it was the first time she was separated from family.
Dorlan and Violet moved back to Denver, Colorado in 1975 when Dorlan retired. Then, in 1977, they moved back to the Lindon community to help Dorlan’s brother, Ray, with his business after the death of his wife.
After purchasing a motor home they traveled frequently and in 1980 they traveled to the Holy Land with a group from the church they had attended in Denver. During this year they also moved to Akron, Colorado to care for Dorlan’s aging mother. Violet enjoyed the trips, but she loved being home. She was a great cook and found joy in cooking and entertaining family and friends.
Violet loved to read and work crossword puzzles. She also spent time painting blocks for quilts. Many of the quilts were gifted to friends and family.
Her priorities in life were to be a loving wife and mother, a good friend and a good Christian. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 25 and remained faithful to him.
Another move came in August of 2006. This move was to Bennett, Colorado. There Dorlan and Violet resided with Sylvia, her daughter and son-in-law and their two children. Four generations under on roof was an adventure. Violet greatly enjoyed having her great-grandchildren around and they gleaned a lot in the time they had with her.
After almost a year of poor health, her Heavenly Father gathered Violet into His arms and gave her eternal rest.
Preceding her in death were her parents, two baby sisters, her brother Harold Baker (1966), her sister Lula Hicks (1996) and her sister Icil Scott (1998).
Those left to treasure her memory are her husband Dorlan; her son Edwin and his wife Karen; her daughter Sylvia; her granddaughter Yvette and her husband Sean Cowlishaw, Steve Forsythe, Robert Forsythe, and Chris McBeth; her great grandchildren Gabriella and Logan Cowlishaw; her sister Avis Hicks and numerous nieces and nephews.
George Korrey, Iliff
1914 - 2008
Aug. 31, 1914 - June 28, 2008
George Korrey, 93, of Iliff, died June 28, 2008, in Sterling. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at First Christian Church with Fr. Stephen Reed officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.
George was born Aug. 31, 1914, in Gothenburg, Neb., to John and Mable (Maloush) Korrey. The family moved from Gothenburg to Logan County in 1918.
On Dec. 12, 1946, he married Minnie E. Abood in Kearney, Neb.
George was a lifelong farmer in Iliff, and served as the mayor of Iliff from 1948 to 1954. He also served as Logan County commissioner from 1972 to 1976.
In 1980, he started the Logan County Farmers Market. He received an award for 20 years of service as Market Master.
George won a number of community awards through the years. In 1984, he was given the Friend of 4-H Award. He was chosen as the Grand Marshall of the Logan County Fair Parade in 1988, and he was given the Pioneer Award at the Cowboy Breakfast in 2000. He was given the Friend of Education Award by RE-1 Valley School District in 1989. Oct. 31, 1997, was proclaimed George and Minnie Korrey Day by the mayor of Sterling for the Korrey’s commitment to education and Pumpkin Heroes of the community.
George also was active in many community clubs and organizations. He was a lifetime member of BPO Elks Lodge No. 1336. He was chosen as the Elk of the Year in 1984, and the Elks Citizen of the Year in 1986. He also was a lifetime member of the Iliff Lions Men’s Club.
He was a 54-year member of the Centennial Soil Conservation Board, earning the 50 Years Outstanding Service Award in 2001. He also was a 50-year member of the Farm Bureau. He served on the Padroni Soil Conservation District Board for 45 years, earning the Award of Merit and an award in 2000 for 50 years as District Supervisor.
He was a member of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church.
George was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch in 1996, and he was honored to represent his community.
He was noted for his generosity to school children and civic organizations throughout the area.
George is survived by his wife, Minnie E. Korrey of Iliff; daughters, Janet Couch and husband Michael of Ocala, Fla., and Shirley Magnuson and husband Gary of Fort Lupton; son, John Korrey and wife Janna of Iliff; brother, Dave Korrey and wife Doloris of Sterling; sister, Mary May of Sterling; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Neveras and husband Gary of Orlando, Fla., Amy Magnuson of Greeley, Jeff Couch and wife Janine of Tallahassee, Fla., Ann Marie Bennett and husband Andrew of Milliken, Cory Magnuson and wife Billie of New York City, Heidi Korrey Tribbett and husband Mike of Sterling, and Lacey Korrey of Iliff; and four great-great-grandchildren, Joshua Korrey Neveras, Mia Ann Bennett, Fiabela Magnuson and Charles Logan Couch.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Mike, Ed, Ronald and Donald Korrey; sister, Maggie Dolan; and parents, John and Mable Korrey.
Memorials may be made to the George Korrey Memorial Fund.
John William Hookom, Evans
1934 - 2008
John William (J.W. "Bud") Hookom, 74, Evans, CO entered into peace June 6, 2008 at the Hospice & Palliative Care of Northern Colorado Inpatient Unit in Greeley.
Born May 28, 1934 to Danial and Willimeina (Burnett) Hookom at Grover, CO. J.W. married Marlene Kneedler of Burlington, CO, September 5, 1955 in Raton, NM. To this union three daughters were born.
J.W. "Bud" spent his working life on ranches across eastern Colorado raising and caring for cattle until he was disabled in an accident in 1985 after which he and Marlene moved to rural Evans.
Bud will be remembered by family and friends for his love of a good horse that could put him right up on a steer, a loyal dog that would spend hours with the show cattle and a winning hand of stud poker. He had an intense pride in his daughters' successes and took great joy in his grandchildren.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marlene of the home; daughters Melody Benjamin, Lakeside, NE; Julie McCaleb and husband Mike, Anton, CO; and Shannon Hookom, Evans, CO; brothers Donnie Hookom and wife Alice, Edmond, OK; Harry Hookom and wife Kathy, Bloomfield, NM; grandson, Rob Benjamin, Lakeside, NE; Rebekka, Layne and Lynde McCaleb, Anton, CO; and near-son Mike Geesen and wife Brenda, Deer Trail, CO.
Memorial Services will be held June 22, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Glen Mere Park in Greeley.
Memorials will be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Northern Colorado in J.W.'s name. They can be sent in care of Moser Funeral Service, 3501 S. 11th Avenue, Evans, Colorado 80620.
Eugene "Gene" Elias Morris, Malcolm
Eugene “Gene” Elias Morris 78, of Malcolm, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008.
Eugene was born in Gate, Okla. He was an electrician and an Air Force Veteran.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Sarah J. Morris; sons, William Morris, Fort Morgan, and John Morris, of Stratton, Neb.; daughters, Barbara Ufford, Malcolm, JoAnne Clement, Malcolm, and Gayle Zima, of Denver; brothers, Gerald Morris, Flagler, Paul Morris, Flagler, Lee Morris, Littleton, and Donald Morris, Centralia, Mo.; sisters, June Page, Anton, and Ada Marshall, Cope; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 7, 2008, at Northwest Community Church, in Malcolm. Private inurnment was held at Fort Logan National Cemetery
in Denver. Cremation took place and there was no visitation.
In lieu of flower, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Haymarket Park.
Aspen Cremation and Burial Service, In Lincoln, Neb., was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ilene Wood, Truth or Consequences, NM
1930 - 2008
Mary Ilene Wood, 78, of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (formerly of Akron), passed away with her family at her side on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at North Colorado Regional Medical Center in Greeley.
Ilene was born in Burlington, Colorado April 28, 1930 to Dudley and Nellie Swann. She attended the country school First Central south of Stratton, Colorado for 11 years and graduated from Goodland High School in Goodland, Kansas.
She married Curtis Wood on May 12, 1949. To this union, four children were born: Clinton, Kristi, Dana, and Tim. Ilene worked for the Akron School District for many years as a bus driver. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post #8064 of Akron. In 1989, Ilene and Curtis retired so they could enjoy traveling. They traveled by motor home throughout most of the United States, including Alaska. Curtis passed away in 2000, but that did not stop Ilene’s love for traveling. She continued to travel with her two dogs. In 2007, she attended a motor home rally and the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California
Ilene was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis; parents, Dudley and Nellie; her brothers, Parker and wife Ruth, and Elywin and wife Dee. Ilene is survived by one sister, Bertha McLean and husband Lawrence; children, Clinton and wife Rhonda of Stockbridge, Georgia, Kristi and husband K.L. Johnson of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, Dana and husband Don Shedd of Greeley, Colorado, and Tim and wife Kristi of Sterling, Colorado; six grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Inurnment will be held at the Akron Cemetery
at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Akron Cemetery
in care of Brenner Funeral Home.
Glen G. Arp
1937 - 2008
Glen G. Arp, 70, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008, at his home. He was born July 31, 1937, in Lakeview, IA to Glen & Ordena Arp. Following his graduating from East High School in Sioux City, IA in 1955, Glen received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1969. He worked for AT&T in Omaha, NE and was transferred to Denver in 1969. He lived in Broomfield for 8 years, and then moved to Boulder. On June 16, 1980, Glen married Sharon Grossoehme in Boulder... In 2001 Glen & his wife relocated to Brush.
In his youth, Glen participated in rodeo competitions. His interest in horses followed him throughout his life. Glen has a special passion for fishing, big game & duck hunting. He had a knack for engineering and enjoyed tinkering with almost anything on which he could lay his hands. He will be remembered for his attendance at many farm auctions. He was an active participant in the Akron Foursquare Church. Glen will be remembered for his generosity to others and his devotion to his wife and family.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Sharon of Brush, CO; his children, Dennis Arp, and his wife, Karen; Kristi Sughroue, and her husband, Steve, all of Culbertson, NE; James Arp, and his wife, Robbie, and Greg Arp, and his wife, Debbie, all of McCook, NE; and Julie Glass, and her husband, Piet Sawvel of Longmont, CO; 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Beals, and her husband, Ken, of Sioux City, IA; and brother, David Arp, and his wife, Joanie, of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration service will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at 10:30 AM at the Foursquare Church in Akron. Interment will be in the Brush Memorial Cemetery
at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be at the Heer Mortuary in Brush on Tuesday from 4- 7 PM. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Akron Foursquare Church c/o Heer Mortuary, 222 Cameron Street, Brush, CO 80723.
Goldie Lee Gebauer, Akron
1921 - 2008
Goldie Lee Gebauer, age 87, longtime resident of Akron, Colorado, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the Yuma Life Care Center.
Goldie was born in Woodland Park, Colorado, on May 10, 1921, to Lee and Nancy Brady. Her mother passed away at the age of 36. Shortly after her mother’s death, Goldie and her brother, Russell were placed in the Colorado State Home for Dependent Children. After living there for almost a year, Goldie and brother, Russell came to Akron to live with their foster parents, Delbert and Iva Venrick.
Goldie received her education at the Bellvue Country School and graduated from the eighth grade on April 15, 1936. Goldie was baptized on March 25, 1951 at the First Methodist Church in Akron, and became a member on April 13, 1952. Goldie was an active church member and was always willing to help.
While attending various county activities with friends and neighbors, Goldie met Bob Gebauer who attended the Rago Country School, nearby. Following their courtship, Bob and Goldie were married on January 1, 1941 at the Methodist Parsonage in Akron. Bob and Goldie were blessed with four children: Merlin, Esther, Chester, and Doris.
Bob and Goldie farmed and ranched southwest of Akron for 48 years. In 1988, Bob and Goldie moved to town in Akron, Colorado. Goldie was a dedicated housewife and mother who belonged to the Antelope Springs home demonstration club and always enjoyed cooking and sewing. Bob and Goldie belonged to the Town and Country Pinochle Club for many years and enjoyed meeting with their friends on Saturday nights to play cards.
In addition to her parents and foster parents, Goldie was preceded in death by her husband, Bob on June 20, 2007, and brothers Herbert and Glen. She is survived by two sons, Merlin and wife Anita of Piedmont, South Dakota, Chester and wife Linda of Otis, Colorado; two daughters, Esther Mehring and husband Ron of Akron, Colorado, and Doris Weston and husband Craig of Centerville, Virginia; one brother Russell of Sterling and one foster brother Glenn Venrick and wife Janice of Akron; 10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in Goldie’s memory may be made to the donor’s choice.
Visitation will be at Brenner Funeral Home in Akron on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Akron United Methodist Church with Reverend Cathye Wehr officiating. Interment will follow at the Akron Cemetery
with Brenner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Philip James Scott, Lindon
1937 - 2007
Philip James Scott of Lindon, who passed away suddenly on November 28, 2007, at the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado after several years of failing health, was born on February 2, 1937, in Brush.
He was the second child and son born to Charles Raymond and Icil Ferne (Baker) Scott. He was raised to adulthood on the family farm which was part of the homestead of the paternal grandparents, Marshall W. ‘Pop’ and Julia A. (Smelser) Scott, who came to Washington County in 1914.
Philip received his education in the Lindon School graduating as salutatorian of the Class of 1955. He aspired of attaining a college education to study psychology; however, due to the farm economy at that time he entered the world of work instead. His first ventures in the working world came though as a young teenager when he worked for his Uncle Ovid Shirley at the Airline Store at Anton, and would also drive a trafctor for farmers of the area.
Following graduation from high school he worked at a variety of occupations acquiring additional valuable knowledge and developing skills which would serve him well the remainder of his life.
Among the positions was working in a cotton gin at Casa Grande, Arizona with friend, Loy Dolifka. Following that he worked for Washington County Road and Bridge in District 3 until his father was elected county commissioner in 1960.
At that time he began employment with Lowell Nelson Construction of Conifer in the building trade constructing houses. Philip also had stints in road construction and with those jobs he almost always was home on weekends to help his father with the work on the farm and with the livestock.
Philip’s last work position was with Sherman Construction of the Lindon-Anton area building terraces.
Upon the sudden death of his father in October 1969 he took over the family farm while also renting an adjoining farm.
A blind date with a Woodlin School teacher, arranged by his brother and younger sister, was the beginning of a friendship which culminated in marriage.
On December 20, 1969, he and Lois Slise, a Genoa native, were united in marriage at the Danforth Chapel on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.
They began their married life in the Lindon Community living on the rented farm where they made their home before moving to the parental Scott place where they have lived the past 25 years.
At the time they married Lois was teaching at Seibert, CO where she remained on the faculty for the next 1 1/2 years after which she joined Philip full-time working along side him and his mother with the farming and cattle.
The Scott home was blessed with the birth of a daughter, Dawn Rade, in July 1977. A second daughter was stillborn upon her arrival in September 1981.
Philip enjoyed working with young people of all ages, whether his nephews, neighbor youth, or his daughter and her friends.
As youth the nephews spent several summers with their Uncle ‘Dudley’ as they fondly called him, earning money while driving the tractor and helping with harvest. Spare time was spent riding motorbikes purchased especially for their recreation.
Leisure time activities for Philip included hunting, fishing, woodworking crediting his Uncle Bob Scott as hie mentor, in addition to working manipulative puzzles as well as crafting them to give to others for their pleasure.
He built a Go Kart much to the delight of nephews Craig and Mark Scott as young boys for their entertainment at the farm when visiting grandparents.
Philip enjoyed sports, whether as a participant in basketball and baseball when in school and later town team basketball, or as a spectator particularly of high school and college sports.
Too, as a young person he enjoyed travels across America with friends having been from coast to coast, as well as from border to border having been in both Canada and Mexico.
He was a creative and inventive person and talents and skills that Philip possessed included that of carpentry and woodworking, welding and mechanical abilities among others.
He and his skills were always in demand and particularly for building and concrete projects.
For many years Philip hosted hunters for varied wildlife whether doves, pheasants, antelope or deer and enjoyed the camaraderie with the hunters, whether in the hunt with them or relaxation time at the end of a day.
Philip had a love for the land he was entrusted with and thought the greatest smell was that of freshly tilled soil and felt blessed with the work of being a farmer and the reward of harvesting a crop.
Too, he loved animals, whether cats, dogs or a pet raccoon, and also had a special fondness for the cattle, loving to watch the baby calves frisk and frolic about the pasture on a warm spring day. Tears flowed readily when in the autumn it came time to sell the calves and watching them roll off the farm in the truck to the sale barn.
Philip was a man of faith having been raised in the Seventh Day Church of God. December 21, 1948 is the date recorded in his Holy Bible as when he gave his life to the Lord. The teachings with which he was raised had his focus in life to always be of help to his fellow man.
Preceding Philip in death were his parents; infant daughter, Jaime Lin; brother, Donald Raymond Scott; and Julia Scott, a nephew’s wife.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, of the home; daughter, Dawn Rae Scott; a sister, Ilene (Tony) Simmons; sister-in-law, Ruth Scott; brother-in-law, Robert Aden; nephews, Craig (Janet) Scott and family, Mark Scott and family, Shannon (Rebeckah) Aden and sons; and a niece, Lisa (Barry) Brown and family. Also surviving are the wife’s sister, Velma (Rodney) Eccleston and family, along with five aunts and an uncle, numerous cousins and a host of friends.
A celebration of memories of Philip’s life was held on Monday, May 26, 2008 at the Howard United Methodist Church at Last Chance, with Pastor John Kingsbury and Wayne Davis conducting the observance.
There was cremation with ashes scattered on the farm and also with cremains inurned at the Glen Cemetery
nearby the Scott home.