Lucille Romine, Cope
1932 - 2008
Lucille Romine, long time resident of Cope, CO, died May 6, 2008 in Maple Valley, WA, where she lived the last three and a half years. Lucille came home to us today. In her first memorium in the Akron paper for Larry, she told him to wait for her on the mountain top. It took her almost 16 years, but, she made it to the top and is now with Larry and God.
Lucille was the 5th child of William and Hazel Savage, born to them on September 3, 1932, in Holyoke, Colorado. Lucille accepted God and Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of 5 and was baptized in the Methodist Church.
At 11, her family moved to Chappell, Nebraska where she finished her schooling. As a girl growing up she worked in the cafes in the summer time. She got her first job as dishwasher at age 13. It didn’t take her long to graduate from dishwasher to waitress.
She prided herself on being a really good waitress. One early morning she served a 100 people all by herself at harvest time. She earned $100.00 in tips that harvest. Back in those days that was pretty good, considering she only made 25 cents an hour. Lucille also loved to sing. She always took choir in school and sang in the church choir. Every time a talent show came along she signed up to sing a song. She also loved to draw.
After a while, she moved to Denver, Colorado where she found a job and lived with an aunt and uncle. She lived there until she met and married Larry.
To this union 2 children were born. First a son, Mitch, and then a daughter, Becky. Lucille always had a big garden. She planed a lot of flowers and shade tress and established a lawn. If she had spare time she loved to crochet. She sold Avon for 3 years, a fun job where she met a lot of nice people.
The years flew by really fast with a lot of hard work. And suddenly both children left to make their own lives. Larry got cancer and passed away in 1992. Lucille stayed on the farm until 2004-she had been there 50 years. She moved to Maple Valley, Washington, to be close to Becky, where she lived until she died on May 6, 2008.
To mourn her passing are she son Mitch, Diana, and Rebecca Romine of LaSalle, CO, Roy Romine, her daughter Becky, Kris, Ryan and Allyssa Zillmer of Maple Valley, WA, Marjorie Christensen of Fort Meyers, FL, Leo Savage of Walden, CO, lots of nieces and nephews and other family. She was preceded in death by her father William Savage, mother Hazel Savage, husband Larry Romine, an infant brother, sister Laura Riley, brother in laws Jim Riley, Bud Christensen, and Doyle Romine, sister in laws Shirley Savage and Wilma Moss, father in law Milton Romine, mother in law Flossie Romine, sister and brother in laws Ivalene and Harold Mason, Leona and Lenney Stickle, Opal and Bob Marshall, Marion and Johnny Yager, Thelma and Carl Friend, Wilma and Charles Romine, Elsie and Levorn Romine, 1 niece Lorrie Brown, and 2 nephews Alan Mick and Kent Christensen.
Lucille had a good sense of humor and a smile for everybody. She will be missed by all.
Funeral services will be held at Cope Community Church on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.
Donald "Jiggs" Hobart Mollohan, Otis
1916 - 2008
Donald Hobart “Jiggs” Mollohan, age 92, of Otis, Colorado, died at home on May 11, 2008.
A graveside service will be held Friday, May 16, 2008 at the St. Peters Catholic Church Cemetery, Fleming, Colorado.
Don was born on February 12, 1916 to Warder and Irma (Reip) Mollohan in Sterling, Colorado. He grew up on his Dad’s homestead in the LeRoy community of Logan County, Colorado completed the eighth grade at Harding High School and embarked on his own ranching/farming career on his Grandfather’s homestead in Washington County, Colorado in 1935.
He joined the U. S. Navy in March 1942 and served during World War II as a Gunners Mate on merchant marine ships transporting supplies for the fighting forces in the South Pacific and lumber off the west coast of the U.S.
On September 24, 1943 he married Florence “Dolly” Diamond of Akron, Colorado, in Seattle, Washington. After his discharge from the U. S. Navy in October, 1945 the couple returned to Colorado and settled on the farm in Washington County, where he has resided for the past 63 years.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly, a daughter, Rita Jo Mollohan, his brother, Duff Mollohan and his sister, Virginia Mills.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Reed-Goff of Fleming, Colorado, and his children, Mary Mekelburg of Greeley, Colorado, James Mollohan of Aurora, Colorado, Helen Utley of Westminster, Colorado, Thomas Mollohan of Thermopolis, Wyoming, Timothy Mollohan of Otis, Colorado, Robert Mollohan of Otis, Colorado, Susan Seward of Superior, Colorado, Teresa Knutzen of Thermopolis, Wyoming, Evelyn Conrad if Klamath Falls, Oregon, Michael Mollohan if Saginaw, Michigan and Patrick Mollohan of Waterford, Michigan, 22 grand children and 6 great-grandchildren.
Don served his community well, serving on the Lone Star School Board for many years and as a Longhorn booster for the 44 years a child or grandchild of his attended Lone Star school.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Don Mollohan Washington County Livestock Pavilion Fund.
Brenner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sylvester A. Walczyk, Washington County
1918 - 2008
Sylvester passed away on May 6, 2008. He was a resident of Washington County, Colorado for 90 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah, after 51 years of marriage in 1999; his middle son, Charles, in 2002 at the age of 51; his parents and 1 sister, Mary Ann. Sylvester is survived by 2 sons Kenneth and his family of Denver, CO and David of Lindon, CO. Sylvester had 2 granddaughters and 1 great-granddaughter all of Denver, CO. Sylvester is also survived by 10 brothers and sisters: Emil and family of California, Anton and family of Tennessee, Frank and family in Alaska, Paul and family in Nebraska, Lukus in Colorado, Herman and family in Colorado, Cecilia and family in Colorado, Sister Angeline in Indiana, Kalara and family in New Mexico, and Pauline and family in Colorado.
Sylvester was born December 1, 1918. He was raised on a farm and ranch around Lindon, Colorado. He went to school in Akron, Colorado and then he went to the Army. He served in the Army for 3 years and 5 months from July 1942 through January 1946. He spent 2 years and 7 months in the Pacific Theater and 9 months in Alaska. He was a decorated Veteran. After the Army he married his wife, Beulah, in 1948 and settled on a farm near where he was born. Sylvester then raised his family of wife and 3 sons on this farm and ranch. This farm and ranch is also where Sylvester died. Sylvester lived his entire life, except for the Army, within a few miles of where he was born and raised.
Sylvester was buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
in Akron, CO. Services were held on May 12, 2008 in Akron at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Sylvester was buried with full Military Honors, with graveside taps and 21 gun salute provided by the Akron VFW.
All donations may be sent to the Brenner Funeral Home in Akron, CO and they will be dispersed to the Anton Rural Fire Dept. and Rescue and the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Mark P. Taylor, Hooker, Oklahoma
1960 - 2008
Mark P. Taylor, 47, of Hooker, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, May 11, 2008 at his home.
Mark Patrick was born October 25, 1960 in Sydney, Nebraska, the son of Fred Wallace and Ortha Jean Cox Taylor.
He was raised and attended school in Akron, Colorado. He was married to Susan Tremor in 1979 and in 1981 moved to Guymon, Oklahoma. He was married to Paula Corder in 1981 and in 1985 moved back to Colorado for seven years. He then moved to Hooker, Oklahoma.
He worked as a mechanic working on both automobiles and heavy equipment. He was working for CRI Feeders as a heavy equipment operator when his illness caused his retirement.
He enjoyed car racing, dirt bikes, playing with his grandchildren and was a Star Trek enthusiast.
Mark is survived by his parents, Fred and Ortha Taylor of Akron, Colorado; two daughters, Andréa Jean Johnson of Richardson, Texas and Natasha Livesay and husband Madison of Hooker, Oklahoma; one brother, Michael Allen Taylor of Lincoln, Nebraska; one sister, Peggy Serl and husband Eugene of Otis, Colorado; two grandchildren, Xavier and Jakzon Livesay; and his special friend, Laquetta Krieger of Hooker, Oklahoma.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 15, 2008 at the Hooker Church of Christ with Chaplain Tim Brittain officiating. Interment will be in the Hooker Cemetery
directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. in Hooker, Oklahoma.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be left at the Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., Box 734, Hooker, Oklahoma, 73945.
Ed Gebauer, Lakin, Kansas
1934 - 2008
Ed Gebauer, passed away Tuesday, May 6, at Kearny County Hospital, in Lakin, Kan., at the age of 73.
Ed was born August 18, 1934, in Washington County, to August William and Nellie (Daniels) Gebauer.
He married Winona Wagner on June 28, 1953, in Akron.
Ed was born and raised in Washington County, Colorado, and being the youngest of seven children, had the responsibility of running the farm at the age of 11.
He would do all the farm work from milking the cows in the early mornings to farming the land. He would do this until starting a career with Kansas/ Nebraska Gas Company in 1956, where he would move to eight different towns before being promoted to Division Manager and settling in Lakin, Kan., in 1980, where he resided until his death. He worked for the same company for 39 years before retiring.
Ed was a man of all traits. He dedicated his life to his family and to helping others. He would become a Scout Master while his boys were attending Boy Scots and in 1966, he would become one of the Nebraska Scout Masters and helped revised the Boy Scouts Hand Book. He was awarded two special honors: the Order of th Arrow and the Brotherhood Award.
Ed enjoyed and cherished every moment with his kids, from taking them camping, skiing and also cutting down their own Christmas tree every year, In 1995, he began donating his time and made a total of 21 mission trips to help other countries, at a time when they needed it. He traveled to Mexico, Ghana, Spain, Peru, Finland, South Africa, and Ecuador several times. He also donated time in Hawaii and Alaksa.
He was a very creative, romantic, and loveable person that loved to give hugs.
Ed was a member of the United Methodist Church, A.F. & A.M. Emerald Lodge #289, Order of Eastern Star #244 and Santa Fe Trail Shrine Club.
Ed was preceded in death by a son, Michael; his parents; and five sisters, Valora Shawcross, Alice Milburn, Wilma Rupp, Fern Goble and Irene Scrivener.
He is survived by his wife, Winona Gebauer, of Lakin Kan.; two sons, Kent Gebauer of Boise, ID, and Kurt Gebauer of Pueblo; one daughter, Lisa Grant of Onalaska, Texas; one sister, June Rathjen of Conway, Arkansas; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 9, at the United Methodist Church, in Lakin, Kan, with Rev. Tod Anthony officiating. Graveside services took place at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 10, at the Akron Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 7, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Thursday, May 8, at Garnand Funeral Home.
Memorials in Ed’s memory can be made to Lakin Prie Committee for a restroom at Ad McVey Park, in care of Garnand Funeral Home.
Arrangements were provided by Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin, Kan.
Jane M. Scherff, Brush
1909 - 2008
Jane M. Scherff passed from this life at Eben Ezer Care Center in Brush, Colorado, on Monday, April 28, 2008, at the age of 98.
She was born December 19, 1909 near Tecumseh, Missouri, to John and Eliza Davis.
She joined the General Baptist Church at Dawt, Missouri when she was 13 years of age. She received her elementary education in a rural school at Dawt, Missouri.
She then attended high school at Gainesville, Missouri, and went on to Springfield Teachers College in Springfield, Missouri. She taught school in Qzark and Howell Counties for seven years.
Jane married Angus Scherff on January 7, 1933. Two daughters were born to this union, Betty Goodman and Rosalie Pendergrast.
Her husband and youngest daughter, Rosalie, preceded her in death. Her parents, three brothers, Clarence, Homer and Cleon and sisters, Othie Shipley and Edna Lewis also preceded her.
Jane, Angus, and girls moved to Nebraska in 1941 where they farmed and ranched. In 1947, they purchased a farm and ranch south of Akron, Colorado.
The family joined the Presbyterian Church, in Akron, in 1949.
She remained active in the church as long as her health permitted. She also served as chairwoman of the REA Task Force in Colorado, and was active on the national level.
She was a talented seamstress, good cook and loved gardening. She also was an accomplished poet and an avid reader.
She is deeply missed.
A memorial service was conducted on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 10 a.m., at Brenner Funeral Home in Akron.
Inurnment immediately followed at the Akron Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Donor’s Choice.
Brenner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wilbur T. Mundy, Parker
1924 - 2008
Wilbur T. Mundy of Parker, Colorado, died March 10, 2008. He was born June 20, 1924, in Woodstock, to John Patrick Mundy and Madeline Cashdollar. He married Elizabeth J. Johnson January 23, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
He was a home builder and a heavy construction truck driver, a Lapidarian and silversmith.
He is survived by his spouse Elizabeth Mundy; children Colleen Mundy, Lynn Cisneros, Nan Batchler, Kathy Kenner, Noreen McTague, and Patrick Mundy; stepchildren Steve Rudisill, Penny Sager, and Rou Rudisill.
Services were held April 4 at Fort Logan (Colorado) National Cemetery.
Ruby E. Zwickl, Sacramento, California
1936 - 2008
Akron High School class of 1954 alumnae, Ruby Cain Zwickl, passed away March 31, 2008 in Sacramento California, from complications due to a broken hip and Parkinson’s disease. She was 71. She was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and John Cain, Brother Elden Cain, and sisters Mary Ruth Cain and Janet Hill.
Ruby was born and raised in Akron Colorado, and later attended Adams State College on a music scholarship. In the 50’s, at a time when women were discouraged from even being in the band, she excelled and became lead Coronet Player performing at many concerts. In 1956, she married Joseph E. Zwickl, also of Akron.
Ruby and her family moved from their farm in Akron to California in the mid 60’s to make a fresh start. She and her husband Joe worked the Auction and Flea Market circuit in the late 1960’s and early 70’s.selling bread and produce. In the 1980’s they operated a produce stand in Rocklin, CA. Many customers remarked on her friendliness and down home good advice.
Ruby returned to college in her late 40’s after raising a family of three children. She obtained a Computer Lab Instructor position at Sierra College, Rocklin, CA, after interning in the lab and completing an AS degree in Computer Science. She retired in 2000. She was admired by students for her patience and encouragement. She was respected by her peers. She also was active in the choir and music department.
Ruby was previously a member of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of Sweet Adeline’s in the 80’s participating in a growing and award winning choir. She was also active in Community Theatre including productions of Babes in Toyland, Fiddler On The Roof, and The Night Before Christmas among others.
Both she and Joseph were avid dancers and enjoyed dancing through out the years up until she had a stroke last June.
Ruby is survived by her husband of 52 years, Joseph E. Zwickl of Rocklin, CA, son John Zwickl his wife Jeanene and two children Kathleen and Zachary of Rocklin, CA, daughter Mary Weber and her husband Sean of Concord, CA, and daughter Teresa Zwickl and her daughter Briana Alford of Rocklin, CA.
Her family thanks the community of Akron and St. Joseph’s parish for embracing her in death as they did in life.
A Rosary service will be held Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m., at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Akron.
A Funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, May 9th, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Akron, with Brenner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
E.E. Barney Watson, Sterling
1928 - 2008
E.E. Barney Watson, 79, of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in Sterling.
Visitation was held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2008, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2008, at Chaney-Reager, with the Rev. Mike Kirschbaum officiating.
Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, with military rites performed by American Legion Post No. 20.
Mr. Watson was born November 12, 1928, to John and Lydia (Pridemore) Watson in Harveyville, Kansas. He was raised and attended school in Burlinggame, Kansas.
He entered the U.S. Navy in November 1945, and was discharged in October 1947, during World War II. In January 1949, he entered the U.S. Coast Guard, being discharged March 1950.
In September 1950, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He served during the Korean War and was discharged August 1954.
On April 17, 1968, he married Helen Sharp in Rapid City, S.D.
Mr. Watson moved to Brush in the 1960s. He lived there until moving to Peetz in 1973. In 1988, he moved to Sterling, where he has resided since.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Watson of Sterling; daughters, Ramona Bethune and husband Steve of Merino and Debi Crow and friend Terry Woods of Glenville, Georgia; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; three sisters; and daughter, Twila.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
Marshall L. Frasier, Woodrow
1926 - 2008
Marshall L. Frasier, 81, well known rancher in the Woodrow community, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 3, 2008, at the Valley View Villa Nursing Home in Fort Morgan from complications with cancer.
He served as a leader in his church, community, and Colorado’s cattle industry.
He was born October 11, 1926, on the family farm in Wallace County, KS. The youngest of six children, by age eight Marshall was busy operating tractors and herding cattle.
After graduating from Sharon Springs High School, he served in the U.S. Navy as a radar operator on the USS Elkhorn, an oil tanker bound for the China Sea.
By the time Marshall returned from his military service in 1947, his father had purchased the Hashknife Ranch south of Last Chance, CO.
Over the next 60 years Marshall rebuilt the ranch into a model yearling operation. He also acquired a sand hills ranch north of Wray that he developed into an irrigated farm and later traded for River Bend Ranch west of Limon. The family’s management of these ranches has been recognized with conservation awards from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Marshall took great pride in his community. He held many leadership posts in the local Methodist Church and the Woodlin Lions Club. He served for 16 years on the Woodlin School Board and was past president of the Colorado Association of School Boards.
A lifelong member of state and national cattlemen’s organization, Marshall was the first to serve as President of both the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Livestock Association. He was Region V Vice President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
In 2004, Marshall was inducted into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.
While he never retired from the ranch, in his later years, Marshall spent time rebuilding antique wooden windmills. His proudest accomplishment was inspiring his three sons to join him in the cattle business.
Marshall is survived by his wife, LaRue, of Woodrow; sons, Joe (Cindy) Frasier of Limon, Mark Frasier of Fort Morgan, and Chris (Leanna) Frasier of Denver; brothers, Harold Frasier of Sharon Springs, KS, and Melvin Frasier of Boulder; grandson Ryan (Lindsay) Frasier of Newton, KS; granddaughters, Kelsey Frasier of Manhattan, KS, Emily Frasier of Limon, and Katie Frasier of Denver.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Eicher; Brother Donald Frasier; and his parents, Elmer and Mayme Frasier.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 9, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Howard United Methodist Church in Last Chance.
Interment will be at the Walk’s Camp Methodist Cemetery
north of Limon.
The Heer Mortuary in Brush-Fort Morgan are entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Woodlin Lions Club Scholarship Fund or to the Howard United Methodist Church, c/o Heer Mortuary, 222 Cameron Street, Brush, CO 80723.