Jessie May (Stotts) CONKLIN
Jessie May (Stotts) CONKLIN, 92, of Berthoud, formerly of Loveland, died Jan. 14, 2007, at a local nursing home.
She was born Oct. 8, 1914, in St. John, Kan., to John Martin Cooper and Fannie Myrtle Wood. She married Charles E. Stotts in 1933 in St. John, Kan. He preceded her in death in August 1959. She later married Ernest U. Conklin on March 1, 1965, in Fort Collins. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1998.
Jessie and Charles moved to Berthoud in 1940 and lived in several places along the Front Range. In 1974, Jessie and Ernest moved to Loveland from Fort Collins. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking, traveling and most of all, spending time with her entire family.
She is survived by her sons, Kenneth S. Stotts of Tacoma, Wash., and Keith Stotts of Loveland; daughter, Charlene Hiersche of Loveland; sisters, Nellie Stotts of Longmont, and Sylvia Teichman of Hudson, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles E. Stotts and Ernest U. Conklin, sister, Fannie Stull, and a brother, Charles Cooper.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, with the Rev. Pete Nelson officiating.
Viewing will be 2:30 to 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, and following the service.
Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County or American Cancer Society in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
Patrick J. CONNELLY
Patrick J. CONNELLY, 53, of Loveland died Jan. 9, 2007, at Hospice Care Center at McKee Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 1, 1953, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Chester Milford Connelly and Dorothy Ann Speck Connelly. He graduated from Central High School and Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb.
Mr. Connelly was a regional manager for Schwan's for 15 years. He was also a second press operator for seven years.
He moved from Greeley to Loveland nine years ago.
Mr. Connelly's hobbies included racing go-carts in Spain, playing pool, playing the guitar and bicycling.
He is survived by two brothers, William Connelly of Omaha, Neb., and Michael Connelly and Pam of Lincoln; and two sisters, Judith Hendley of DeRidder, La., and Debbie Hut-chinson and Jim of Wheatland, Wyo.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at
Viegut Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place.
Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.
William 'Bill' V. DOTTS
William 'Bill' V. DOTTS, 87, of Loveland died Jan. 10, 2007, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland.
He was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Loveland to James Arthur Dotts and Lavina May (Neil) Dotts.
Mr. Dotts served in the U.S. Army as a mail orderly from 1942 to 1945. He participated in the invasion of Normandy under Gen. George Patton's command.
He worked for Red Dale Campers in Longmont for many years.
He was a member of the Red Dale Drifters camping club, Good Sams Club, a bowling league, and he also enjoyed doing crafts, making lanterns and fishing.
He is survived by a brother, George Lee Dotts of Central City, Ark.; a sister, Mary Jane Kathka of Grand Junction; and two nieces, Lavonne Davidson and husband Clifford of Canyon Country, Calif., and Rosemary Stephens and husband John of Barling, Ark.
Mr. Dotts was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Neil Dotts.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont. Viewing will precede the service at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Shelter C, in Denver.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St., Longmont, CO 80501.
Catherine Mary DURAN
DURAN, Catherine Mary, 75, of Loveland, passed away Jan. 11, 2007. Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel north of Loveland. Inurnment will be held at Resthaven Memory Gardens at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. U.S. 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Dwight F. EATON
Dwight F. EATON, 79, died Jan. 9, 2007, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland.
Dwight was born April 8, 1927, in Lamar to James Floyd Eaton and (Violet) Teresa Gibson Eaton.
He grew up in Denver and moved to Granada as a teenager. He graduated from Granada High School in 1945 and Colorado A&M; (Colorado State University) in 1951.
On Sept. 11, 1949, Dwight married Phyllis Jean Jacobs in Lamar. He was involved in real estate/water sales and development in Northern Colorado for more than 40 years.
Upon graduation from high school, Dwight immediately joined the U.S. Navy, departing for the U.S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill., before commencement. After his discharge in 1946, he attended Lamar Junior College and Colorado A&M; (CSU), graduating from A&M; with a degree in physical education. He did his student teaching and served as an assistant coach at Windsor High School.
After the birth of their first son in 1952 in Denver, Dwight and Phyllis moved to Liberal, Kan., where they purchased a service station. Under the name of Eaton Oil Co., they grew the business to include multiple stations and a bulk plant. They had three more sons in Liberal before selling the business and relocating the family to Loveland in 1964.
After earning his real estate license, he went to work for Warnock Realty while developing Ridgeview Addition subdivision in north Loveland west of U.S. 287.
He served as president of the Loveland Board of Realtors in 1971. As a broker, he partnered with the late Ted Yelek for more than 30 years to form Eaton and Co., specializing in farm acquisition and land development in Northern Colorado.
Dwight loved quail and pheasant hunting in eastern Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma with his sons and his friends. He enjoyed telling and retelling stories of the characters and his experiences in Denver, Granada, the oil fields of Kansas, and the many other places he lived and visited in his life.
He was active in the Loveland Elks, Optimist Club and Loveland Board of Realtors. He was a longtime supporter of the YMCA, crediting the organization with keeping him out of trouble as a youth in downtown Denver.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Eaton; three sons, Mike and wife Pam of Loveland, David and wife Kerry of Oak Creek, and Jim and wife Susan of Loveland. Grandchildren are Lindsey (Eaton) Henry and husband Joe, Kelsey Eaton, Nick Eaton, Scott Eaton and Vanessa Eaton. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Campbell of Grand Junction.
He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Eaton, and a sister, Eula Sikkens.
Cremation has taken place.
A celebration of Dwight's life will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Grace Place, 250 Mountain Ave., Berthoud. Parking is available directly behind Grace Place. Attendees are invited to present their favorite stories and anecdotes about Dwight.
Viegut Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Georgia Carol GRIFFIN
Georgia Carol GRIFFIN, 59, died Jan. 3, 2007, at Hospice Care Center at McKee Medical Center in Loveland after a courageous three-year battle with breast cancer.
She was born Feb. 22, 1947, in Milford, Va., to George Carlton Griffin and Gertrude Louise Dickerman Griffin.
She graduated in 1965 from Drexel High School in Drexel, Mo. She attended Central Missouri University for two years.
She was a veterinary technician for 35 years until May 2006, when ill health prevented her from working. She worked for veterinarians in Missouri, Texas and Colorado. In 1974 she moved with her parents and aunt and uncle to the Harlingen, Texas, area.
There she owned and operated Rothenburg Kennels, raising and showing Great Danes, bloodhounds and German shepherds. Five of her Great Danes were American, Mexican and international champions. One of her bloodhounds, 'Georgie Girl, was No. 1 in the nation in 1985. Two of her Great Danes and she appeared in a ballet production of 'Giselle' in McAllen, Texas, and caused quite a stir in the audience when they appeared on stage as the 'royal dogs.'
In 1984 she moved to Weslaco, Texas, and taught obedience classes. In 2002, she and her aunt moved to Loveland to live with her sister.
She was a devoted family member. She enjoyed traveling, especially on cruise ships, bingo, reading, crafts and animals, especially Great Danes.
She is survived by her sister, Bessie Shinkle, and her aunt, Dorothy Koning, of the home; niece, Anita Shinkle Hoffman, husband Darren and great-nephews, Ross and Reed Hoffman of Thornton; nephew, Doug Shinkle and Jami Hiyakumoto of Denver; ex-brother-in-law, Mark Shinkle of Loveland; and her dogs, Hank and Jack.
Cremation has taken place and no service is planned. The family will have a memorial dinner at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Larimer Humane Society or Hospice of Larimer County in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
Mayme 'Tillie' JESSUP
Mayme 'Tillie' JESSUP, co-owner of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland for more than 60 years, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at 5 p.m.
She was one month shy of her 94th birthday.
To thousands of guests who visited the ranch since 1946, Tillie was known for her welcoming smile, her loving concern with their comfort, and her baking, especially her famous cinnamon rolls.
Often called the 'Heart in the Heart-J Brand, Tillie was beloved by hundreds of staff who worked at the ranch over the years. As the author of ranch newsletters and guest correspondence, she artfully chronicled the history of the ranch, its staff and its 'critters, as she called the ranch animals.
She received a standing ovation at the 2006 Bravo Entrepreneur Awards ceremony in Fort Collins.
Tillie Jessup was recognized locally for her support of land conservation. In recent years, more than 1, 700 acres of Ranch property were placed under conservation easements, protecting them from future development.
'My husband and I always hoped this ranch jewel could be preserved for future generations, she said. In 1999, the Larimer County commissioners publicly recognized her efforts to preserve open space.
Born Mayme Inez Tomlinson on Feb. 13, 1913, in Big Flat, Ark., she moved with her parents and three sisters to Colorado during the Great Depression.
Despite achieving highest academic honors at Ault High School, her family's financial situation prevented her from realizing her dream of attending college.
While serving as secretary at the high school, she met Maurice Jessup, an educator and the love of her life. They were married in 1938 and celebrated 55 years of marriage before Maurice died in 1993.
The Jessups purchased Sylvan Dale in 1946 at the close of World War II, just before Maurice's discharge from the Army Air Corps. Starting with 120 acres, they gradually increased the ranch holdings to 5, 000 acres by 1976.
Some 2, 000 of those acres were sold to recover from the Big Thompson flood of that year. Tillie Jessup provided care, food and lodging to volunteers from Mennonite Disaster Service during their yearlong assistance program for flood victims in the canyon. The Jessups donated the ranch to be used as headquarters for the effort.
Tillie was a tireless worker who continued to bake until she reached 90. She was loved by all who met her and was especially beloved by children of all ages.
Tillie is survived by her two children, David Jessup and Susan Jessup, who continue to run the ranch, along with five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two sisters (Zee Jackson of Metairie, La., and Maggie Steward of Greeley). Grandchildren include Yohanna Labofish, Matt Jessup, and Luke Jessup (children of David and Linda Jessup), all of Silver Spring, Md., and Drew Alcazar of Phoenix, and Lisa Hagen of Bend, Ore. (children of Susan Jessup). Great-grandchildren include Dimitri and Sawyer Hagen, and Lyla Jessup.
Friends who wish to do so are invited to make donations in Tillie Jessup's honor to the Legacy Land Trust in Fort Collins, Larimer County Hospice in Fort Collins or to the Mennonite Disaster Service in Akron, Pa. Donations may be mailed in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. U.S. 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Joseph 'Joe' KEITH
Joseph 'Joe' KEITH, 80, of Loveland died Jan. 8, 2007, at his home.
He was born June 17, 1926, in Villa Grove, Ill., to Walter Cecil Keith and Hazel Mae Hackett Keith. He graduated from Villa Grove Community High School in Illinois. He married Lois Thayer on Dec. 19, 1947, in Wheaton, Ill. He was retired from over-the-road trucking, did construction work and was a parts manager.
He served in the U.S. Army 1945-1947. He was a staff sergeant in the mechanized cavalry during World War II and was a staff sergeant during the Korean conflict 1950-1951 in the 2nd Division Armored 72nd Tank BTN.
He moved to Loveland 40 years ago, in 1966, from Tuscola, Ill. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Loveland.
He enjoyed reading, TV and visiting Branson, Mo. He enjoyed family and being the grandkids' 'ATM', most important relationship was grandma and grandpa Hackett.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Keith of Loveland; three daughters, Leslie Newton and husband Butch, Vicki Melton and husband Michael, and DeAnn Keith; a brother, Richard Keith and wife Doris of Au-burndale, Fla.; a sister, Wilma McCollom and husband Jim of Houston, Texas; brother-in-law, Roy Simpson of Neoga, Ill.; sister-in-law, Mary Keith of Savoy, Ill.; three grandchildren, Christopher Keith Pineda of Lincoln, Neb., Lexi Melton of Dallas, Texas, and Austin Melton; and two great-grandchildren, MiKayla Pineda and Kaitlyn Pineda, both of Kearney, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dean Keith; and a sister, Rosemary Simpson.
Cremation has taken place.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, with the Rev. Harvey Ruegsegger officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Diabetes Research or Great-Granddaughters (MiKayla and Kaitlyn) College Fund in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.
Edward J. KIRLIN
Edward J. KIRLIN, age 95, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of the Modale, Iowa, area, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Edward was born March 12, 1911, to Frank and Mary Jane (Lynch) Kirlin. Edward was graduated from Modale High School in 1929. Edward attended the Beck School of Piano in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as a young man.
He became an accomplished pianist and had a lifelong love affair with classical piano music and Steinway pianos. He attended Creighton University in Omaha, majoring in English. He was graduated from Creighton in May 1940, with a bachelor of arts degree. Edward continued his education at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. In December 1942, he was graduated from the University of Iowa with a master of arts degree.
During World War II, Edward was an instructor at the War Training Service Program at Dowling High School in Des Moines, Iowa, and a ground school instructor in training schools for American Air Force pilot candidates at Colorado State College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts at Fort Collins. He also worked at Boeing Co. in Seattle, Wash., and on family farms near Modale.
After the war ended, Edward traveled extensively and worked in various jobs, including surveying and calendar photography. Edward was an avid amateur and professional photographer. He introduced many of his nieces and nephews to classical music by playing it in their homes.
Edward eventually moved to the Loveland area, where he lived for many years and owned farmland. Edward moved back to the Omaha area in the early 1990s.
Edward had a deep and abiding religious faith nurtured by his upbringing in the Roman Catholic church and his Irish roots.
Edward Kirlin was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Kirlin, by his brothers Edmond, George, Hubert, John and Lawrence, and by his sister, Mary Frances.
Edward is survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.
A visitation with the family of Edward Kirlin will be held from 6 until 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at the Hennessey-Aman Funeral Home, 310 E. Huron St., Missouri Valley, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Edward beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 215 N. Seventh St. in Missouri Valley, followed by burial at St. Bridget's Cemetery in Magnolia, Iowa.