Miscellaneous Kiowa County, Colorado Obituaries


First Name:
Last Name:
Christina Anderson, 79
Funeral services for Christina Marian Anderson, 79, were held Thursday at the Healy United Methodist Church in Healy, Kansas. Burial followed at the Healy Cemetery.
Christina was born March 13, 1920, at Ness City, Kansas, and departed this life Monday at Weisbrod Memorial Nursing Home in Eads.
She is survived by her son, Jackie L. Anderson of Healy; daughters, Mona Walker of Eads and Marilyn Dee Smith of Dighton, Kansas; brother, Melvin Reed of Mount Vernon, Missouri, 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

George Franklin Young, Sr., 59
George Franklin 'Frank' Young, was born June 7, 1940, in Kit Carson. He was the older of two sons born to George and Bessie (Evans) Young. Frank departed this life August 9, 1999.
Frank and Mary Ann Larmon were united in Holy Matrimony April 15, 1960. This union was blessed with four wonderful children, Patricia, Carmelita, Lucia and George, Jr.
Frank was a hard working man, leading a simple life and providing for his family the best way that he could. Most of his career was spent as a long haul truck driver, with the exception of five years working for the Kit Carson School District.
Frank loved to fish. He did not get to do a whole lot the last few years because of his work, but if he had the time, he would be on a bank somewhere with his pole. 
He will always be remembered for his ornery behavior, quick remarks and pleasant smile.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bessie Young.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, of the home. Four children, their spouses, and families also survive, Patty and Monte Scott of Garland, Nebraska, Camelita and Russel Watson, II, Lucia and Henry Sell, Jr., and George, Jr. and Anita Young. Frank also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, Johnathon Scott of Seward, Nebraska; Alaunda, David, Adam, Jacob, Jerrod and Michael Scott of Garland; Darrel and his wife, Casey, of Kit Carson, Russell Watson, III, of Kit Carson, Andrew Sell of Hudson, and Rebecca and Keith Young of Kit Carson. In addition, survivors include a great grandson, Darrel Arnold, Jr. of Kit Carson; two nieces, Prudy and Randy Osborne of Lamar and Wendy and Gerald LaCono of Wiley. Frank's brother and sister-in-law, John and Elizabeth Young, and a host of other relatives also survive.
Funeral services were held August 13, 1999, at the Kit Carson United Methodist Church with Reverend Michael Ingersoll officiating. The services were graced through the music of vocalist Barbara Purdue and organist Herman 'Punky' Schreivogel. Casket bearers were Tom Henderson, Ed LeCost, Jim Lafferty, Joel Maxcy, Allen Naugle and Milt Savage. Honorary casket bearers were Ernest Davis, Dr. John Hadley, Ronald Rumsey, Herman Schreivogel, Eddie Schreivogel, Gene Ward and Norman White. Interment services were held at Kit Carson Cemetery immediately following the church services.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Frank Young Memorial Fund in care of Kit Carson State Bank.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Peacock-Wood Funeral Home.

Margaret Woodriff, 89
Margaret Ruby Oswald Woodriff, 89, passed away August 3, 1999, at the Madison Valley Manor in Ennis, Montana. She was born March 20, 1910 in Eads, the youngest of 12 children, to Caspar Oswald (an emigrant from Switzerland) and Emily (Fowlston) Oswald. She grew up on the family homestead near Kit Carson, attending a one-room school until the sixth grade, then traveling by horseback or buggy to finish junior high school several miles from the ranch. She completed high school (boarding locally) in Kit Carson, graduating as valedictorian. Margaret, with the help of a scholarship, went on to complete a bachelor's degree at UC Boulder, despite family opposition and many difficulties. She was the only one of her siblings to complete either high school or college in a time and area of the country where getting an education, particularly for a woman, required great determination. While attending college, Margaret met Ray A. Woodriff, who she married August 1, 1938. They moved to Bozeman, Montana, in 1939 when Ray accepted a position with the Montana State University Chemistry Department. Margaret taught school for a few years, and then took a position as a secretary in the MSU Mechanical Engineering Department in 1952, retiring as head secretary after twenty years. Margaret was an expert with the English language, an avid reader and theater-goer who never stopped learning, and was a sharp, self-taught businesswoman. She often helped her husband, Ray, with his writing. She was an excellent cook and a life master bridge player who competed in and won numerous bridge tournaments. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, playing bridge at the Bozeman Senior Center, and entertaining friends and family at her home in her later years. Following the death of her husband, Ray, in 1983, she traveled all over the world with one or more of her children. Daniel, Lee, and Susan. She went para-sailing at the age of 72, learned to swim and snorkel at age 75 and continued into her 80's. Margaret was an avid horsewoman, going on an 11 day pack trip in the Bob Marshal Wilderness when she was in her 70's, with her sons and grandson, Michael.
Margaret is survived by her sons, Daniel Thomas Woodriff of Emigrant, Montana, and R. Lee Woodriff of Three Forks, Montana; daughter, Susan Woodriff-Baker of New York City, New York; and her grandson, Michael Lee Baker of Boston, Massachusetts. Many Oswald family cousins, nieces and nephews in this country and Switzerland, and many friends also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband. Her beloved last surviving sibling, Joseph Oswald, died in 1998.
Some rare people remind us of our heritage, as individuals or as a nation, as a result of their contact with their immigrant roots, their determination to get an education, their need to work hard and save for the future, and their lives spent understanding their children and all the options life presented to them. Margaret was such a person to her family and friends. We are losing the generation that spanned the time from the horse and buggy era to the computer age. The example of their strength, character and lives are their final gifts to us, and to the generations that follow.
A gathering of family and friends was held August 8 in the Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel in Bozeman, Montana. Memorials may be made to the Ray and Margaret Woodriff Memorial Scholarship Fund, MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717-2750.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Services.

Rhonda Lerane Whitney, 27
Rhonda Lerane Martin Whitney of Colorado Springs passed away October 6, 1999. She was born in Newton, Kansas, March 12, 1972, one of three children to Aaron and Donna (Weber) Martin.
Rhonda was raise in Granby and graduated from Middle Park High School. After graduation, she moved to Colorado Springs and became a group leader for daycare. Later, she changed careers and went into nursing. Rhonda married Brian Alan Whitney October 6, 1995, in Colorado Springs.
Rhonda L. Whitney was preceded in death by her husband, Brian, and infant daughter, Kyla Whitney. She is survived by two sons, Tyler, 5, and Devin, 3; her father and stepmother, Aaron (Elaine) Martin and her mother and stepfather, Donna (Michael) Klose; one sister, Brenda Sue Martin; one brother, Keith Martin; grandparents, Dale (Camilla) Weber, Sharron Chorake, and Harold Martin; great grandmothers, Ida Weber and Marie Martin; nephew, Mathew Ray Martin; stepbrother, Jeremy Klose; two step sisters, Jenesa and Jessica Klose; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Rhonda was dearly loved by all that came to know her. She will be sorely missed by all.
Funeral services for Rhonda Lerane Whitney were held Sunday, October 10, 1999, at the United Methodist Church in Eads with Rev. John Nadasi officiating. Interment followed at the Eads Cemetery. Severing as casket bearers were Harley Voth, John Gerber, Elmer Christiansan, Tim Christiansan, Duke Gerber and Jon Christiansan. Betty Crow provided the organ prelude and postlude music, and accompanied the congregation as they sang 'Amazing Grace' and 'It is Well with my Soul.'  Tim Christiansan provided a musical solo which he wrote in memory of Rhonda.
Memorial contributions may be made to Weisbrod Memorial Nursing Home Auxiliary.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

Donald E. Rose, 78
Donald Edward Rose was born May 29, 1921 in the family home. He was delivered by his grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Rose, who was the local midwife.
Don's parents had both been schoolteachers. His mother, Carrie Melton Rose, homesteaded and proved her claim and his father, William Edward Rose, helped his parents prove their homestead claim. Thus began the Rose Ranch in 1915.
Don attended the Grandview Grade School, just a few miles from his family's home, with about a dozen other children. Several of his schoolmates are still neighbors. While he was a student at Eads High School, Don worked at the Kiowa County Press and at the drug store soda fountain.
Don attended the Agricultural College of Fort Collins for one year.
September 12, 1942, he married Betty Jo Chance. Two weeks later he was inducted into the U.S. Air Corp.
When World War II ended, Don returned to work on the Rose Ranch.
He married Dorothy May Van Schooten on December 19, 1949 and together they raised three children on the ranch, Nancy, Shirley and Nathan.
Don spent most of his life raising cattle and wheat. He was proud that Rose and Son cattle always brought the highest prices at the sale ring. While he was never able to brag about having the best yields of wheat in the county, he did take pride in keeping his machinery running longer than most.
Don was a member of the First Christian Church of Eads his whole life. He was a deacon and church board member for many years and a Sunday School Teacher not only for members of his own generation, but also for their children and grandchildren.
Don worked hard to live up to his own ideal of community service. He served on the local school board, was county chairman of the Republican Party, was president of the Kiowa County Farm Bureau for a time, and was a founder and executive board member of the Cactus Players.
Don married Betty Jo Chance Rose December 12, 1989. In the last decade of his life, he finally had the time to travel across the country and to Mexico, visiting many of the places he had always wanted to see before his death August 27, 1999.
Don Rose will be remembered as a man of integrity and generosity, always concerned for others' welfare and comfort. He will be remembered as a man who loved to read who never stopped learning. We will remember that he was a good listener, more likely to be the one laughing in appreciation rather than the one telling the funny story.
Perhaps, however, we remember best how he loved to sing. His family will remember that he sang in the shower, and he sang in the car. Don's fellow church members will remember him singing every hymn every Sunday and singing in the church choir whenever there was one. His friends in the community will remember him singing year after year in the community cantata and several times in a men's ensemble at the Kiowa County Jamboree. Don loved to sing, but he never sang a solo and never wanted to.
Now he is singing bass in the heavenly choir.
He is preceded in death by his parents; William E. "Tommy" and Carrie (Melton) Rose, and his second wife Dorothy Rose.
Don is survived by his wife, Betty Jo, of the family home, his three children, Nancy Rose MacKenzie of North Mankato, Minnesota, Shirley Rose and her husband Leon Johnson of West Lafayette, Indiana, and his son, Nathan Rose of La Junta. He is also survived by grandchildren, Philip MacKenzie and Fiona MacKenzie both of North Mankato, as well as many friends.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 31, 1999, at the Eads Cemetery with Pastor Steven Puls of the Eads First Baptist Church officiating. Special tape selections of "Daddy Sings Bass" and "In The Sweet Bye and Bye" were played to the large gathering of friends and family.
Serving as honorary bearers were Stanley Weisdorfer, Bob Denton, Heath Spady, Merle Frazee, Jack Gardner, Jimmy Bendorf, Jerry Weirich, Ted DeLong and Richard Morgan.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Peacock Family.

Beverly  Robertson, 92
Mr. Beverly 'Bev' Robertson, 92, of Bennett, Colorado, formerly of Arlington, Colorado, died Tuesday, October 5, 1999 at Medical Center of Aurora in Denver. He was born on January 22, 1907 in Ellis, Kansas, the son of Clyde and Maude Floyd Robertson. His mother came to Colorado and homesteaded in Kiowa County in 1915.
He has ranched northeast of Sugar city for over 85 years, near Arlington. He married Ula Rush on November 3, 1930 at the Methodist parsonage in Sugar City, almost 69 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Ula of the home, 2 sons, Kenneth (Katherine) Robertson of Sierra Vista, Arizona, D.D.  'Douglas or Bud' (Alberta) Robertson of Thermopolis, Wyoming, 2 daughters, Carol (Darrell) Wilson of Salina, Kansas and Janice (Marvin) Burroughs of Strasburg, Colorado. There are 9 grandchildren; Andrew Robertson, Cindi Kirby, Mike Burroughs, Scott and Mark Wilson, Dan and Jim Robertson, Carole Kordonowy and LaNora Ochs. There are 14 great grandchildren; Chelsey, Jessica, Jarrett, Doug, Joe, Josh, Matthew, Christy, Jullian, Janine, Nikki, Sean, Courtney and Kyle.
A graveside service was held Friday, October 8, 1999 at the Sugar City Cemetery with Rev. Virgil Lamm officiating. Melinda Rusher sang AThe Old Rugged Cross' and 'The Place Where I Worship.' Memorials may be made to the Colorado Boy's Ranch. Griffy Family Funeral Chapel of Ordway was in charge of arrangements.

Pearl H. Mumford, 87
Pearl H. Mumford was born July 16, 1911, at Utica, Kansas, to Flora (Maddy) and Abraham Hirschler and departed this life June 24, 1999, at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar following a brief illness.
At the age of six, Pearl came with her family to Colorado in 1917, where they homesteaded southwest of Eads. She received her primary education in the rural schools.
On October 27, 1937, Pearl was united in marriage to Frank E. Mumford at Eads. Together they made their home in Eads until moving to Lamar in 1947, where Pearl had made her home the last 50 plus years.
In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Pearl was a faithful and active member of the Lamar First Church of God.
Pearl is survived by her daughters, Lucille (Ray) Crow of Eads, and Rose Marie (Warner) Hubbard of Lamar; grandchildren, Connie (Doug) Shotton) of Haswell, Frank (Sherri) Crow of Pueblo, Tony (Jeannie) Hubbard) of Austin, Texas; Tom Hubbard of Lamar, Jim Hubbard of Lamar, and Jane (Scott) Wilson of Lamar; 12 great grandchildren; sisters, Grace Weisdorfer of Limon, Thelma F. Davis of Lamar, and Roena Korton of Denver. Numerous nieces, nephews cousins and other relatives also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank E. Mumford; son, Eddie Mumford; granddaughter, Tammy Lynn Hubbard; twin great granddaughters, Ashley and Angela Shotton; brothers, Elvin Hirschler, Elvis Hirschler and Ralph Hirschler; and sister, Lelia Shankle.
Prior to the funeral, the family gathered at the fellowship area of the Lamar Manor, where they enjoyed a memorial meal prepared and served by the ladies of the church and friends at Lamar Manor.
Funeral services were held June 29, 1999, at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Lamar with Pastor Harold Ausbun officiating. Pastor Ausbun opened the service with a welcome and Scripture readings from Isaiah 41:10 and Psalm 23. Following a prayer of thanksgiving, Alice Mauch sang 'No More Tears.'  Helen Ausbun also sang 'Serenaded by Angel' after the reading of the obituary and eulogy.
The funeral sermon was entitled 'Death of a Saint' with text taken from Psalm 116:15, which spoke of the funeral as a real celebration for Pearl's homecoming, much like the homecoming of a missionary when he goes to heaven. The pastor also comforted the family, for even though they have mixed emotions due to their loss, they should have real joy for Pearl's Christian reward.
Additional Scripture shared was taken from John 14 and Genesis 5:24. The pastor encouraged everyone in that we all have the choice of where our soul goes, depending upon whether we accept Christ or not. This choice is the only real choice we have here on Earth.
The sermon ended with the assurances that saints do not die, they merely change places, and that Pearl's race is over; she has won her crown, well done, as a good and faithful servant.
The large gathering of family and friends then proceeded to the Fairmout Cemetery for the grave side committal. Serving as casket bearers were Tom Hubbard, Frank Crow, Jim Hubbard, Scott Wilson, Warner Hubbard and Ray Crow. At the Cemetery, Rev. Ausbun read a poem about the dash between a date of birth and date of death.
Following a closing prayer and benediction, the family visited with friends and then returned to the Lamar Manor for an additional time of fellowship.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lamar First Church of God, Prowers Medical Center or the charity of your choice.

Ruby Estelene Lafferty, 87
Ruby Estelene Lafferty was born on December 5, 1911 at Monmouth, Illinois to Charles E. and Nellie Snodgrass Schrimp. She came to Wild Horse, Colorado in January of 1927 and, except for a few months in Nebraska and Loveland, Colorado, has lived in Cheyenne County all of her life.
In October of 1934 she married Edwin Alfred 'Hooley' Lafferty. To this union six children were born; James, Curtis, John, Randy, Betty, and Nancy.
Ruby worked at the local newspaper, school and the museum. She was active in the UMW of the local church. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends whenever she could. She was a member of the Kit Carson Lady's Auxiliary post 3411.
Ruby passed away on November 1, 1999 at Cheyenne Manor in Cheyenne Wells. She was preceded in death by her husband who died on November 20, 1974, her parents and both her daughters Nancy and Betty. She leaves to mourn her passing her sons James and family, Curtis and family, John and family, and Randy, also brother Curtis Schrimp. She also leaves 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 4, 1999 at 10 a.m. at the Kit Carson Methodist Church in Kit Carson with Pastor Michael Ingersoll officiating. Burial was in the Kit Carson Cemetery with Hendricks-Love Mortuary handling the arrangements.

Fern Kliesen, 82
Helen Fern Daniel Kliesen, age 82, died July 19, 1999, in Fredonia, Arizona. She was born November 5, 1916, in Mankato, Kansas, to Claude and Mae Diamond Daniel. Her mother died when she was 16 months old, and she was raised by her grandparents. She married Leonard William Kliesen November 10, 1935, in Dodge City, Kansas. They moved to Cheyenne Wells where they farmed. Fern raised 11 children with love and unending patience, and was rewarded with 33 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. The raising of the crops and the passing of the seasons, along with the welfare of her children were the loves of her life. Later in life, she developed a remarkable talent for painting. She also became an avid sports fan, supporting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed being an active supporter of the Girl's Summer Softball program. She was always ready for her weekly bridge game with some of her many friends.
After her children were grown and her husband passed away, she traveled to see many of the places she had always wanted to see. She never tired of going to see her children who, by this time, were scattered all over the United States. After her health began to fail, she moved out of the family home and into Parrish Care Center in Kit Carson, and then to the hospital and nursing home in Cheyenne Wells. Her last months were spent at Country Living Care Center in Fredonia near her youngest daughter, Linda.
Fern saw and experienced many things during life, including the Depression, World War II, and the hard times of the Dust Bowl conditions while farming from the 1940's to the 1970's. Through all that, she never despaired, and had words of encouragement for those around her. She placed her life and faith in Jesus Christ. To all who knew her, the words, 'a saint,' are the best to describe her.
Survivors include her children, Judith (Glenn) Haney of McCook, Nebraska, Joseph Kliesen of the United States, William (Bonnie) Kliesen of Long Beach California, Richard Kliesen of Cheyenne Wells, Nancy (Cecil) Drake of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, Virginia Walker of Nashville, Tennessee, Carolyn (Ron) Touchton of Denver, Robert (Deborah) Kliesen of Eads, James (Jennifer) Kliesen of Cheyenne Wells, and Linda Kliesen of Fredonia; 32 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; stepmother, Charlotte Daniel; parents; two daughters, Margaret Kliesen and Lucyle Sparks; son-in-law, Robert Sparks; and grandchildren, Martha Sparks and Rone Jean Kliesen.
Services were held Wednesday, July 21, 1999, in Kanab, Utah, and in Cheyenne Wells Saturday, July 24, 1999, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Funeral services were under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary and Hendricks-Love Mortuary.

Lorene (Renee) Johnson Hines, 79
Lorene (Renee) Johnson Hines was born June 28, 1920, nine miles southwest of Hugo, Colorado, on the family farm. She attended grade school at the old North Star Country School, and graduated from Hugo High School in 1938. Renee married the late John F. Hines, and to this union was born one son, John F. Hines of Limon, Colorado.
Renee worked at the U.S. Treasury Department and the Denver Serum Company in Denver for several years. She returned to Hugo in 1956 to care for her mother, after the death of her father. In Hugo, she was employed by the U.S. Agricultural Stabilization Conservation office. Her first illness with cancer forced her retirement in 1968. She also owned and operated the Plains Bar in Hugo for 25 years.
In addition to being a long time member of the Hugo United Methodist Church, Renee was an active member for many years in the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 6612 in Hugo. Renee was especially proud of playing the leading role in constructing the pavilion at the Hugo Evergreen Cemetery, to house the names of all those resting there.
During her life-time, Renee met her illnesses with cancer head on. Despite the surgeries, the pain, the many trips for radiation therapy, Renee beat down her enemy four different times in the last 32 years. Finally, her fight for the fifth time was lost November 5, 1999, at Lincoln Community Nursing Home.
Preceding Renee in death were her mother Edna Peters Johnson and her father Elmer (Speck) Johnson. She is survived by her son Dr. John Hines and wife Marjie of Limon, Colorado, and by her sister-in-law, Louise Hines Dreher of Sun Lakes, Arizona. Louise was Renee's lifelong friend and confidant, and the big sister she never had.
Also surviving Renee are her loving grandchildren with whom she shared so many precious memories. They are Kristy Huppert and husband Steve of Highlands Ranch, Shelly Roers and husband Rod of Windsor; and Michael Hines of Castle Rock. Renee's three surviving great granddaughters, Taylor and Haley Huppert and Madison Rogers, were the light of her life.
Renee will be forever remembered for her kindness to others, her many friends and family whom she dearly cherished, and her determined fighting spirit. It was her wish to be remembered with a single white rose. She will be missed by her family and a host of friends.
Love Funeral Home of Limon, Colorado, was in charge of arrangements. There was cremation, with private family services at Evergreen Cemetery at Hugo, Colorado. Memorial services were held Wednesday, November 10, 1999, at the Hugo United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Verna P. Mika officiating. Musical selections were 'Just a Closer Walk With Thee' and the 'The Lord's Prayer.'  Carl and Brenda Dutro sang, accompanied by organist, Creighton Osborne. Renee requested that any memorials be sent in her name to: The Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 6612, PO Box 204, Hugo, Colorado 80821.

Claude W. Harkness, 91
Claude W. Harkness was born March 30, 1908 in Scott County, Kansas, to William and Myrtle Minnich Harkness. He departed this life at his home in Garden City, Kansas, October 15, 1999.
When Claude was three months old, his father died and he was raised by his mother and step-father, Ed Crozier. He had been a resident of Garden City since 1925, moving from the Friend area in Scott County. He was an independent trucker and produce dealer for many years. After his military service, he engaged in farming in Kiowa County until his retirement.
Claude was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Garden City. He was also a lifetime member and past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge #1404, Tyrian Masonic Lodge #246, and past member of the Harry H. Renick American Legion Post #9. Claude served in the US Marine Corps during World War II in the south Pacific on the USS Rutland. He enjoyed woodworking and silver smithing.
Claude married Thelma Wanita Coen November 1, 1933, in Garden City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roland Harkness; and sisters Lillian Caldwell, Lula Cowgill, Vona Crist Nations and Shirley Crozier.
Claude Harkness is survived by his wife; sons, Errol W. Harkness of Atlanta, Georgia, and Gregory Kim Harkness of Towner; daughter, Sharen Lea Siegel of Bridgewater, New Jersey; sisters, Carey Bretz of Garden City and Alda Wilken of Leoti, Kansas; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Claude Harkness were held October 19, 1999, at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City with Rev. Janet Hernandez and Rev. Tom Rishel officiating. Interment followed at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, with military grave side rites presented by the Garden City Area Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Price & Sons Funeral Home.

Juanita Mae Davis, 60
Juanita Mae Davis, daughter of Willard L. and Edna Mae Rutledge Dufur, was born July 2, 1938 at Harper, Kansas. She lived in several towns in Kansas before moving with her family to Eads, Colorado in January of 1951.
On June 5, 1954, she married Lee Davis at Clovis, New Mexico. They lived in or around Eads until 1966 when they moved to Yakima, Washington. Juanita lived there 30 years, a brief time in Branson and Ozark, Missouri, and the last five years in Waverly, Kansas of which she had spent the last year and a half living at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home.
Juanita had worked as a dispatcher for a trucking company in Waverly. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Lyndon; Rebekah Lodge #85 in Eads; and attended the Coffey County Republican Women and the United Methodist Church in Waverly.
Her death came on Sunday evening, May 30, 1999, at the Coffey County Hospital in Burlington after a long struggle with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William, who died October 10, 1989, and a daughter, Debra D. Davis, who died in November 1, 1960 at the age of 20 months.
She is survived by her parents, Willard and Edna Mae Dufur; six sons, Lucky, Martin, William, Charles, Willard and Thedore Davis; two sisters, Carolyn Randel and Mary Stratton; a brother Melvern Dufur; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Ernest Grandville Davis, 71
Ernie was born on September 5, 1928 in Hastings, Jefferson County, Oklahoma to Emmett G. and Mary L. Davis. Being one of four kids, he grew up working in the cotton fields to help his family. At the age of 16, he went to work as a heavy equipment operator for a company building the Air Force Base at Altus, Oklahoma. He later worked for his uncle in Texas and his brother-in-law, Robert Ford, in South Dakota.
Ernie came to Colorado to visit his mother and went to work for Monroe Terrell. While here, he met Ida Mae Parkes. They were married on October 22, 1950 in Raton, New Mexico, and on October 27, 1950 he was drafted into the United States Army through the Lamesa, Texas draft board.
Ernie and Ida Mae were blessed with the birth of seven children: Bernita, Carl, Russell, Mary, Erle Wayne, Chrystal and Angela. Upon his being drafted, he served in the Korean War from February 1951 to August 1952. After he returned from the Korean War, he served five years in the Army Reserve. At the time of his discharge in 1956, he had obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant. While in Korea he served with the Heavy Mortar Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. Of the medals he received during his tour of duty, he was most proud of his Combat Infantry Badge and his Bronze Star with a 'V' for valor. Although he rarely ever talked about it, he received his Bronze Star for dragging two of his comrades to safety under heavy fire and rendered medical aid to others.
Upon returning to Kit Carson, Ernie worked for Wood Automotive as a mechanic for seven years. He worked for several others in the area before opening and running his own repair shop for three years. He then went to work for Cheyenne County Road Department District 1. He worked for 28 years as a mechanic, operator and foreman.
During this time, Ernie served two terms on the City Council, became a key figure in the building of the Volunteer Fire Department and then served as fire chief. In 1993, he retired from the county and once again set up a small engine and lawn mower repair shop. He worked at this until his health would not let him continue.
Ernest left this world on November 21, 1999 at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He is preceded in death by his father and mother and his brother James Garland Davis. Ernest leaves fond memories to his wife of 49 years, Ida Mae of Kit Carson, his seven children: Bernita Nutt of Clovis, NM; Carl (Esther) Davis of Turpin, OK; Russell Davis of Julesburg, CO; Mary Hicks of Texico, NM; Erle Wayne Davis of Liberal, KS; Chrystal (Larry) Bryant of Reydon, OK and Angela Davis of Kit Carson, 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters: Christine Dean of Quitman, Arkansas and Bertha Ford of Deadwood, South Dakota as well as numerous nieces, nephews, 'Foster' kids and friends.
Funeral services for Ernest G. Davis were held on Friday, November 26, 1999 at the United Methodist Church in Kit Carson with Rev. Ralph Bullock officiating. Mrs. Marilyn Bullock served as pianist with Darrel and Kim Schallenberger serving as vocalists, singing 'Softly and Tenderly' and 'When The Roll is Called Up Yonder.' Serving as casketbearers were the members of the Kit Carson VFW. Honorary casketbearers were Gene LaCost, Bill Kent, John Young, Ronald Ferris, as well as the entire Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department. Graveside committal services were held at the Kit Carson Cemetery with the Kit Carson VFW providing military honors. Memorials may be made to the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs, or to the Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation and funeral services were handled by Brown Funeral Home.

Laura Iola Collicott-Stone, 88
Laura Iola Collicott-Stone passed away August 17, 1999, at the Hospice of Metro Denver Care Center.
Laura was born October 8, 1910, in Ohio. While still a young woman, she came to Colorado. Laura farmed southwest of Eads several years ago. She also lived in Eads, Lamar and Haswell at various times during her life. However, she always went back to her first farm near Watkins. Laura's strong will-power and desire for independence stayed with her throughout her lifetime.
Laura is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Mae Summers, or 'Terry,' as Laura nicknamed her; five grandchildren, Rosanne, John, Marianne, David and Suzanne; nine great grandchildren, Nathan, Arlene, Amy, Maria, Daniel, Jennifer, Dennis, Nicholas, and Synnea; and one great-great grandchild, Andrew. One sister and one brother also survive.
Trevino Mortuary was in charge of cremation and on August 20, 1999, Laura's grandchildren took her once again 'back to the farm.'

Harold Perry Christensen, 75
Harold Perry Christensen was born on May 1, 1924 in Wells, Utah, the son of Rosco and Nellie Valentine Christensen. Harold's formal education consisted of school through the 2nd grade, but his education in life would be much more than that. Harold's father was a hide buyer and at a young age, Harold learned the trade of sheep herding on the prairies of Utah. As a young man, Harold was very watchful as he kept the sheep safe from harm.
In March of 1950, Harold and Margaret were married. They would have 12 children together. Margaret kept the family home while Harold would go and tend to the sheep. Margaret was devoted to her family, and stayed at home and saw to it that their children were in school while Harold was out with the sheep.
In 1989, Harold retired from sheep herding, but he never would retire from caring for animals. During his retirement, Harold enjoyed spending time with his family and prospecting for gold. Harold was a man that loved nature, and had a nurturing spirit. Harold derived a great deal of satisfaction from doing little things for others. Things that many others would never think to do. Harold rolled his own cigarettes and was very precise in the way that he rolled them. He was even known to roll a pack of cigarettes for someone else. It was his small acts of kindness that set him apart from others. He never had any aspiration of being rich or famous, just kind and caring. Harold was a artistic man, and demonstrated this through some of his beautiful leather craft projects. He was an incredible horseman, and realized the value of a good dog.
In June of 1999, Harold moved to Haswell, Colorado where he made his home until his death. He always said that he liked the wide open feeling that Haswell provided, it reminded him of home. In fact, Harold was at home wherever he was, as long as he could breathe clean air, and enjoy the beauty of the earth. Harold liked the solitude of country living. Someone was heard saying that the thing they admired most about Harold was his 'concern.' His concern for others not himself.
Harold Perry Christensen died on October 25, 1999 in Haswell, Colorado at the age of 75. He is survived by his 12 children, Harold Jr., John Roy, Billy, Herman, Jeremiah, Elsie, Rose Marie, Roslyn, Mary, Patti, Jennifer and Claudette. He is also survived by a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as two sisters and his ex-wife Margaret. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Grave side funeral services for Harold Perry Christensen were held on Friday, October 29, 1999 at the Haswell Cemetery in Haswell, Colorado with Rev. John Nadasi officiating. Visitation and funeral services were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.

Lawrence Raymond Boyd, 77
Lawrence Raymond (John) Boyd, son of Jesse F. and Flora M. (Mock), was born August 25, 1921, at Silver Creek, Nebraska. He moved to Brandon, Colorado with his family in 1927, attending schools in Brandon and Chivington, Colorado. Later moved to Florence and Wetmore, Colorado until he moved to Eads because of his failing health.
He served in the Armed Forces, in the occupation division in Japan at the end of World War II. He was skilled in carpentry and built many houses in the Canon City and Pueblo areas.
His death came on July 19, 1999 at the Weisbrod Hospital in Eads, Colorado after a long illness of lung disease.
Preceding him in death were his father, mother, wife (Edna), and one brother, Lowell and wife Nora.
Surviving are his three sisters, Marjorie (Jim) Grett of Olathe, Colorado, Audrey Mason of Dana Port, California, Lorene Richardson of Eads, Colorado. Four step children, Nancy Lloyd and family, Claudia (Gary) Ross and daughter Julia, Jeri (Frances) Harshbarger and family, Paula Harshbarger from Denver. A host of nieces and nephews.
At the request of John, there were no public funeral services. Arrangements were handled by Brown Funeral Home in Eads.

Viola Boulware, 96
Viola "Vi" Boulware, 96, died November 11, 1999, at the Larned Healthcare and Living Center in Larned, Kansas.
She was born October 20, 1903, in Burdett, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Emma Lucy Shafer King. A Larned resident since 1987, moving from Sheridan Lake, she was a homemaker and rancher.
She belonged to the Sheridan Lake Bible Church.
On August 2, 1934, she married Theodore "Theo" Boulware at Larned. He preceded her in death.
She was preceded in death by a foster son, Wesley Boulware, three brothers, Henry, William, James, and two sisters, Ethel Elya, and Georgia Smith.
Survivors include four sisters, Elma Kershner of Rozel, Kansas, Hazel Woelk of Sheridan Lake, Edith Brush of Larned, and Leona Cane of Wagner, Oklahoma; a sister-in-law, Betty King of Larned; two foster grandchildren, Karen Benge of Lamar, and Sandy Osborn of Montana; four foster great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Grave side serviced were held November 16 at the Modoc, Kansas cemetery, with Pastor Larry Gitchel presiding.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association in care of the mortuary.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Beckwith Mortuary.

Search this massive database of obituaries, cemeteries, and death records: