Miscellaneous Weld County, Colorado Obituaries - 2000

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June 2, 2000 

Wilfred Sullinger Sr.
Wilfred J. Sullinger Sr., 70, of Greeley died Tuesday, May 23, at his home.
He was born Dec. 22, 1929, in Homer City, Pa., to Wilfred “Boyd” and Dorothy (Horrel) Sullinger.
Mr. Sullinger was a retail meat cutter for 45 years. An avid hunter, bow hunter and fisherman, he was a member of various archery clubs, a life member of the National Rifle Association and a past president of the Ohio Archers.
Survivors are two daughters, Connie Jackson of Sacramento, Calif., and Judy Joe of Fontana, Calif.; two sons, Jerome Wilfred Sullinger of Riverside, Calif., and Wilfred Jerome Sullinger Jr. of Greeley; and a sister, Lois D. Sullinger of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in the Reflectory at Northern Colorado Crematory.

June Webber
June B. Webber, 80, of Jasper, Texas, formerly of Platteville, died Tuesday, May 30, at Timberlake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jasper.
Mrs. Webber was born June 12, 1919, in Great Bend, Kan. She lived in Platteville and also was a former resident of Paso Robles, Calif. She had lived in Jasper for the past five years. She retired as a surgical tech nurse in Long Beach, Calif.
Survivors are two daughters, Darla J. Kramer of Jasper and Phyllis M. Gessler of Springfield, Mo.; a son, Barry B. Webber, also of Jasper; a brother, Dwight Smith of Sunset, Utah; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Evergreen Cemetery, Jasper.
Friends may visit starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper.

June 20, 2000 

Louis Snow
Louis A. Snow, 78, of Johnstown died Saturday, June 17, at his residence. 
Mr. Snow was born Aug. 24, 1921, to Calvin and Rose Etta (Wallace) Snow in Seneca, Mo.
On Nov. 29, 1946, he married Maudie Vance in Windsor.
Mr. Snow served in the Army in World War II, where he was wounded and spent one year in England in a hospital before being discharged. He retired from the Great Western Sugar Co. factory after being employed for 35 years. After retirement, he spent his winters in Apache Junction, Ariz., where he traveled, fished and rode motorcycles. Mr. Snow was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church and a member of Disabled American Veterans, Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
Survivors are his wife, Maudie Mae Snow of Johnstown; two daughters, Rosetta Kerr of Green Valley, Ariz., and Bonnie Trussel of Gilbert, Ariz.; a son, Louis Edward Snow of Billings, Mont.; a sister, Betty Loose of Longmont; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. His daughter, Patricia Chick, five brothers and six sisters are deceased.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Johnstown.
Interment will be in the Johnstown Cemetery with military honors by the VFW Post 2121.
Visitation will be from noon-8 p.m. today at Stoddard Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to the Louis Snow Memorial Fund in care of Stoddard Funeral Home.

Dr. George W. Lee
Dr. George W. Lee, 85, of Greeley died Sunday, June 18, at North Colorado Medical Center.
Dr. Lee was born April 22, 1915, to George W. and Blanche (Moreland) Lee near Edgeley, N.D. 
Dr. Lee’s education began in a one-room country school. He graduated from Edgeley 
High School in 1932. He attended junior college in Iowa and the State Normal College in North Dakota. In the mid-1930s, he worked at the Gamble Store Agency and Jack Sprat Grocery that his parents had started in Colesburg, Iowa. He later attended training school at the Aetna Life Insurance Co. in Hartford, Conn. Upon completion he returned to the regional office of Aetna at Des Moines, Iowa. 
On June 30, 1940, he married Miriam E. Schafroth in Corning, Iowa.
Dr. Lee enlisted in the Army Air Force and was stationed at Camp Dodge, Iowa; Minter Field, Calif.; Mather Field, Calif.; Fort Logan; and later in Santa Maria, Calif. He entered the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and graduated with honors, receiving a bachelor’s degree in visual optics and a doctorate of optometry.
After graduation, Dr. Lee served as an optometric officer in the Medical Service Corp. during the Korean War, an optometrist in Winterset, Iowa, and later in Boulder. He moved to Greeley in the mid 1960s, where he eventually set up his own practice.
He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and Lion’s International for 36 years. Dr. Lee served as a Boy Scout volunteer for 26 years. He attended the United Methodist Church his entire life and has been a member of Greeley’s First United Methodist Church since 1964. Dr. Lee was a Master Mason in Constellation Lodge No. 67 in Colesburg, Iowa, for more than 50 years. He became a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1947, in Winterset. He later transferred his membership to Columbia Chapter No. 16 in Windsor. In recent years, he was a member of Garden City Chapter No. 3 in Greeley where he received his 50-year pin.
Dr. Lee was a 32nd-degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, a life member of the Scottish Rite Foundation, El Jebel Shrine Temple in Denver and the Greeley Shrine Club. In 1989, Dr. Lee was elected to life membership in the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association. He was a member of the Amico Club, the Windsor-Severance Historical Society and Mended Hearts.
Survivors are his wife, Miriam of Greeley; three sons, Dr. George W. Lee III of Loveland, and John P. Lee and Mark A. Lee, both of Windsor; two sisters, Helen M. Amborn of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Ruth B. Worlan of Des Moines, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Mildred A. Lee of La Crosse, Wis.; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Alice L. Warner, and a brother, Robert E. Lee, are deceased. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Greeley. 
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from noon-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Macy Chapel. 
Contributions may be made to the George W. Lee Memorial Fund and, if desired, may be designated to the Leukemia Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy Research or to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in care of the Macy Chapel.
 

Miriam Durand
Miriam Anne Durand, 71, of Greeley died Sunday, June 18, at the Hospice of Northern Colorado Inpatient Unit. 
She was born June 11, 1929, to Walter and Anna (Volkert) Koester in Detroit, Mich.
Mrs. Durand received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University in 
East Lansing, Mich., with a degree in education. She taught school in Harper Woods for two years, then in East Lansing six years, and in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., for five years. She moved to Greeley in 1965. From 1978-81, she worked at Weld County Hospital in the pharmacy and radiology departments.
Mrs. Durand had been active in church work in Michigan. In Greeley, she was a Red Cross volunteer for Weld County Hospital from 1966-78. Mrs. Durand was active in the First Congregational Church UCC. She was a member of the Greeley Senior Center, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, secretary and then past president of Church Woman United. She had been an officer in the church as well as the fellowship. She was a member of Faculty Wives of Greeley-Evans School District 6.
Survivors are her daughter, Gayla Jean Thompson of Cape Coral, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Jacob, Jenna, Glenn and Grant Thompson.
The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Greeley. 
Contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church.
Northern Colorado Crematory Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

George Tucker
George Everette Tucker, 85, of Canon City, formerly of Fort Lupton, died Saturday, June 17, in Canon City.
Mr. Tucker was born Sept. 7, 1914, to Earl and Elsie Tucker of West Plum Creek near Larkspur.
His parents, aunts and uncles owned and operated the Tucker-Allen and Palm Ranches for many years. 
In 1938, he married Ora May Hill of Wartburg. They had two children.
In 1952, he married Emily Pettinari of Fort Lupton. They had eight children and three stepchildren from this marriage. They were divorced in 1977. 
He served in the Marines during World War II and fought in one of the most furious battles of the South Pacific, the Battle at Peleliu, in 1944. He worked in construction along the Front Range, building many bridges along Interstate 25, Interstate 76 and Interstate 70. He retired in Canon City in 1989.
Survivors are his former wife, Emily Tucker; five daughters, Evelyn McElroy of Baltimore, Md., Shirley Terry of Littleton, Jane Tucker of Superior, Gilda Rudy of Fort Lupton and Jannelle Tucker of Greeley; two stepdaughters, Pauline Ashley and Pam Pettinari, both of Denver; four sons, George Tucker of Hoyt, Billy Tucker of Canon City, and Terry, Scott and Jerry Tucker, all of Fort Lupton; a stepson, Joe Pettinari of Fort Lupton; a sister, Jean Allen of Hamilton, Mont.; 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A granddaughter is deceased.
Funeral services will at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bostick Funeral Home.
Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 pm. today at Bostick Funeral Home.

William Shuler
William Virgil Shuler, 80, of Kersey died Sunday, June 18, at his home.
Mr. Shuler was born March 2, 1920, to Grady Shuler and Hattie (Nix) Shuler, in Blairsville, Ga.
On Dec. 22, 1942, he married Dorothy Leachman. They later di-
vorced and he married Lillian Shuler. She preceded him in death and he reunited with Dorothy Leachman.
Mr. Shuler lived in Kersey for 28 years. He was an electrician for Greeley-Evans School District 6 and also worked for Kuner Empson as head of its maintenance department for 20 years. He was a member of Rocky Mountain Baptist church and former member of Greeley Baptist Temple. He liked hunting and fishing.
Survivors are his first wife, Dorothy Leachman of Kersey, four daughters, Marjorie Dorsey and Christina Gregory, both of Pensacola, Fla., Jeanette Schenk of Helena, Mont., and June Troudt of Greeley; a sister, Verba McLaughlin of Walden; two brothers, Gene Shuler of Walden and Grady H. Shuler of Powell, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His parents; his second wife, Lillian Shuler; his daughter, Cathy Musseman, and a sister, Lucille, are deceased.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Allnutt Funeral Service Macy Chapel.
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Garden.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Allnutt Funeral Service Macy Chapel. 
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the Macy Chapel.

Josefa Torres
Josefa Torres, 84, of Denver, formerly of Gill, died Monday, June 19, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver.
Mrs. Torres was born March 19, 1916, to Porfirio and Viviana (Naranjo) Ortiz in Texas.
In Oct. 1932, she married Abraham Torres in Texas. He died on March 6, 1994.
Mrs. Torres was a member of the First Spanish Assembly of God in Wheat Ridge. She loved to visit with her family and friends.
Survivors are her seven daughters, Billa Gomez and Lia Farias, both of Denver, Irene Madrid of Lakewood, Naomi Salazar and Debbie Pierce, both of Aurora, and Mary Griego of Greeley; two sons, Abel Torres of Commerce City and Raul Torres of Greeley; a brother, Daniel Ortiz of Robstown, Texas; 51 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Lydia Torres, and a son, Ernest Torres, are deceased.
Evening services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Greeley Christian Church.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Adamson Memorial Downtown Chapel.
Interment will be in Linn Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon-4 p.m. Thursday at Adamson Memorial Downtown Chapel.

August 15, 2000

Anna Bryant
Anna Christena Bryant, 85, of Briggsdale died Saturday, Aug. 12, at North Colorado Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 23, 1915, to Ralph G. and Harriett Andrews Currey on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.
On May 5, 1941, she married Garlon E. Bryant of Raton, N.M. They lived the next 40 years in the Fort Collins area and in southern California. After Garlon Bryant died in 1981, Mrs. Bryant moved to Briggsdale.
In 1985, she married Bourdette Bryant, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Bryant lived on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota until she was 15. She married Frank Capler in 1930 and lived in Gordon, Neb. They later divorced.
Survivors are her four sons, Merl Bryant of Naples, Fla., Frank, Fred and Forrest Capler; and three daughters, Judi Bryant of Naples, Vernona Aguirre of Concord, Neb., and Myrna Brautigam of Fort Collins; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Contributions may be made to Hospice in her name.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bohlender Funeral Home in Fort Collins.

John Lynn
John Lewis “Dutch” Lynn, 84 of Blossom, Texas, died Sunday, July 30 ,at this home.
Mr. Lynn was born Jan. 25, 1916, to William and Minnie (Mackey) Lynn in Osceola, Mo.
In 1940, he married Bonnie Ewart in Greeley. 
Mr. Lynn served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II and fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He retired from the teamsters in California and moved to Texas in 1977.
Survivors are his wife, his daughters, Mary Myers and Phyllis Berry, all of Blossom; a daughter in law, Marlayne Gates of Paris, Texas; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His son, Gerald Gates, died in 1990, and 11 brothers and sisters are deceased.
Graveside services were held Aug. 1 at Knights of Honor Cemetery.
Bright-Holland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Croissant
Robert L. “Bob” Croissant, 66, of Fort Collins, formerly of Weld County, died Saturday, Aug. 12, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.
Mr. Croissant was born March 20, 1934, to Pete J. and Elizabeth (Rothman) Croissant in Kuner.
Mr. Croissant attended Hardin, Beebe Draw and La Salle Schools. He played the Greeley High School football team that won the Colorado state championship in 1951. Mr. Croissant graduated from Greeley High School in 1952. He attended Colorado A&M from 1952-57, graduating with a bachelor of science in crop production. He earned master’s degree from Colorado State University in 1969 in crop science.
On Sept. 8, 1956, he married Leona Hafer in Denver. 
From 1957-65, Mr. Croissant joined the United State Army ROTC and was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. Mr. Croissant started a corn variety testing program in Kit Carson County in 1965. He conducted a variety of testing programs from 1978-84 and was a crops judge at Colorado State Fair and numerous county fairs for many years.
Survivors are his wife, Leona of Fort Collins; a daughter, Pamela McDaniel of Hobbs, N.M.; two sons, Greg Croissant of Yorktown, Va. ,and Barry Croissant of Glenwood Springs; a sister, Irene Schmidt of La Salle; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents are deceased.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the American Baptist Church, 600 South Shields.
Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at Bohlender Funeral Chapel.
Contributions may be made to the American Baptist Church or Colorado 4-H Foundation in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel.

Maria Trevino
Maria Flores Trevino, 66, of Greeley died Saturday, Aug. 12, in
Greeley, CO. 
She was born on July 5, 1934, to Aputagio and Catarina Flores in San Marcos, Texas. 
She married Inoncencio Trevino on May 19, 1954, in Seguin, Texas. They
moved to Colorado in 1969. She was a homemaker who enjoyed the country and spending time with her family. 
Survivors are her ex-husband, Inocencio Trevino of Greeley; two daughters Rosa Maria Trevino and Catarina Dominguez, both of Greeley; two sons, Benito Trevino and Inocencio Trevino Jr., both of Greeley; 30 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. Her parents, two daughters, Margie Flores and Virginia Maynez, two sons Jimmy Flores and Julian Trevino; three sisters and four brothers, are deceased.
Recitation of the rosary will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Stoddard Funeral Home.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.
Interment will be in Linn Grove Cemetery
Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. today at Stoddard Funeral Home. 

Roger Escritt
Roger Escritt, 55, of Greeley died Sunday, Aug. 13, at Bonell Good Samaritan Center. 
Mr. Escritt was born Aug. 16 ,1944, in Guide Rock, Neb. He was adopted shortly after by Daniel Phillip and Betty Louise Escritt.
Mr. Escritt was raised in Nebraska and went into the United States Army in 1960. He moved to Greeley in 1979 and married Donna Lee Payne in Greeley on Jan. 25, 1980.
Mr. Escritt was in trucking, and he had worked for Monfort, JB Trucking and Wolf Trucking. He then worked for Monfort Packing until his retirement. He enjoyed computers, photography, camping and fishing.
Survivors are his wife, Donna Lee Escritt of Greeley; parents, Daniel and Betty Escritt of Montana; three sisters, Beth, Carol and Roseanne.
No services are scheduled.
Inurnment will take place in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.

Laura Helms
Laura A. Helms, 89, of Greeley, formerly of Grover, died Saturday, Aug. 12, at Bonell Good Samaritan Center.
Mrs. Helms was born Jan. 3, 1911, to Frank and Myrtle (Harlan) Woolman in Republican City, Neb.
On Dec. 25, 1930, she married Wade Helms in Alma, Neb. He died Feb. 5, 1986.
Mrs. Helms was one of 10 children. She attended a rural country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Republican City High School in 1929. She attended her 60th alumni reunion in 1989, but was unable to attend her 71st reunion this last May due to ill health. The Helms had celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day 1985. 
She and her husband moved to Grover in 1937, where they raised their seven children. Mr. Helms suffered a severe stroke in 1982, and they were no longer able to stay on their ranch, where they had lived for 45 years. They moved to Greeley to be close to the doctor and a daughter, Thelma. After the death of their daughter, they moved to Kansas, living near St. Francis and their daughter, Pauline and family. Mrs. Helms cared for her husband at home until her health would no longer let her, and she entered the Good Samaritan Village. She lived in Kansas until 1993, when she moved to Rawlins, Wyo., later moving in with her daughter Pauline. In November 1999, she entered the South Central Health Care and Rehabilitation in Rawlins. She returned to Greeley in May of this year, and lived at Bonell Good Samaritan Center. Mrs. Helms was a member of the Hereford Community Church.
Survivors are her two daughters, Pauline Herman of Rawlins and Twila Schoene of Belfair, Wash.; a son, Elvin “Ike” Helms of Denver; a brother, Bill Woolman of Saratoga, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Oakley Carpenter of Manhattan, Kan.; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Three daughters, Phyllis Neal, Loralta Helms, Thelma Helms; an infant son, Russell; three grandsons; and one great-grandson, are deceased.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Adamson Memorial Downtown Chapel.
Interment will be in Grover Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Hereford Community Church in care of Adamson Memorial Downtown Chapel, 827 5th St.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Adamson Memorial Downtown Chapel.


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