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David L. Brantl, 59, Burlington, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014, in a Denver hospital with his wife by his side after a long battle and complications with rheumatoid arthritis. A celebration of Dave's life will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Spices on the Green from 2-6 p.m. Dave was born Oct. 2, 1954 to Norman and Theresa Brantl in Grand Forks, N.D. He was raised and educated in Breckenridge, Minn., graduating from Breckenridge High School in 1972. During his life, Dave enjoyed fishing, target shooting with his bow, tennis and golf. While still in high school, he began working at Cargill with his dad, which he loved. After he graduated, he began full time with Cargill in Minot, N.D. It was there he met Vicki Bjork and within a month, told her he would be marrying her, which he did 38 years ago on March 26, 1976. In 1979, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Jami. It became obvious she was a daddy's girl and their bond continued to grow. Later, as Dave's R.A. worsened, she referred to him as her "Superman" as he continually put others interests and well being ahead of his own. His career with Cargill took his family to Dickinson, N.D., Wolf Point, Mont. and eventually to Burlington. When he made the difficult decision to retire in 2009, he was content knowing he always put customers first. For this reason, he also made many friends. In retirement, Dave enjoyed keeping busy during harvest by driving semi for Joedy Hartman. He continued having pride in his work and was even known to detail the inside of the truck while waiting for a load. But that was typical Dave. He also had a passion for golf and loved working part time at the course, not to mention always being ready for a game if someone called. While Dave always loved and enjoyed life, he found out it only got better with grandkids. His Makaiden gave him a permanent smile on his face while Zavery gave him an excuse for his inner kid to live on. Together, they carry on some of their grandpa's best characteristics and qualities. Dave was preceded in death by his father Norman, sister Diane, and brother Mark (Diana). Blessed to have shared his life are his wife, Vicki; daughter Jami (Darcy); grandchildren, Makaiden and Zavery; mother, Theresa; sisters, Judy Bjerk (Todd), Laurie Carr (Aaron); brothers, Steve (Wesa), Dan (Kathy), Chris (Michelle); and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles as well as his extended family through Vicki. Memorials may be made to Prairie Pines Golf Club at The Bank of Burlington, 410 14th St., P.O. Box 429, Burlington, CO 80807. Read Obituary
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Cheryl Lynn Reeve Jacobson was born to Cecil Alexander Reeve and Rebecca May (Zink) Reeve during a blizzard on the 19th of January, 1949 in Fort Collins. Growing up in LaPorte as the eldest child of four, Cheryl was her father's right hand man. They raised registered Black Angus cows as well as farmed in the area now known as Harmony Road. They also had chickens, hogs, a dairy and raised a garden. This foundation provided Cheryl with the love for an agriculturally based rural environment. She was known to befriend neighbor dogs and cats and rescued many a "lost" pet including a loose horse that had escaped from a neighbor's pen. Cheryl caught, bridled and rode the horse home. That horse turned out to be out of a bucking stock string, but you would not know he wasn't tame and broke by the time Cheryl got it back to the rightful owner. Cheryl met the love of her life, Orin Jacobson, at Sterling Junior College in 1968. She said she "just knew it was right." After a short courtship, family introductions, her father's and his mother's blessings, the young happy couple married on July 21, 1968. Cheryl moved to Burlington with Orin, living in town for just one year before settling out in her 44 year family home on County Road BB. Susan was born in December 1969, and Brenton arrived to complete the family in February 1973. Diagnosed with lung cancer late in 2012, Cheryl battled it with incredible strength, determination, and stamina. She made her own decisions about treatment and chased after the next good day with fierce fortitude. After exhausting all reasonable medical interventions, Cheryl thanked her doctors and asked them to allow her to go home. Cheryl had several good days at home and was able to visit with her family before peacefully entering eternal rest, with birds singing and butterflies fluttering outside her open window, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Cheryl was the cornerstone of the family; she was always making notes and coordinating the next tradition or family celebration. She made certain her children and grandchildren's sports and 4H events were well attended and supported. When her children or grandchildren showed livestock, and it was a treasured family event, not just something she had to do. By all accounts, showing at State Fair was a fun experience she made better for everyone. She always stressed the importance of getting along, being genuine and sincere, doing your best, and always saying I love you, especially when parting ways. Cheryl had pearls of wisdom that she imparted to friends and family in a way that wasn't forceful or demanding. Family meant everything to her. She really did care and found ways to make everyone she spoke with feel special. Cheryl worked for the city of Burlington for 26 years at Old Town, but she was so much more than a city employee to the people who came to the museum. Though she wasn't from Burlington originally, she worked tirelessly to preserve the local history, immersing herself in creative ways to educate children, locals and tourists alike. She impacted many people's lives in a positive way, and she continues to do so through her photography. In the last few years, she came into her own through her camera lens. Cheryl had award winning photos that hung in the Colorado State Capital Building and at Denver International Airport. Some of her photos hung with purple best of show ribbons in the last several years at the Kit Carson County Fair. Cheryl will always be with us when we look at nature and the world through her photography. Looking through her camera lens, Cheryl shared nature with folks that were shut-in. She provided a free-of-charge slideshow CD to local senior living centers so that everyone could appreciate the beauty of deer, the wind through a wheat field, the joy of new baby goats, and the bliss of children growing up in a rural setting. Along with her family, pets, and outdoor activities of her childhood stomping grounds around Watson Lake and LaPorte, Cheryl focused on her pictures as she thought of peaceful places while she was enduring treatment. As evidenced through her photos, she loved the vastness of wide open spaces, watching a herd on summer grass, the crisp colors of a fall morning, the warmth of summer sunsets, the power of a darkly layered cumulus storm cloud, the mischievous glint in a paint foal's eyes, and the tiny details of honey bees on her garden blossoms. She truly had a knack for harnessing the beauty of Mother Nature. Cheryl's green thumb was on display every summer as her flower and vegetable garden was always chock full of zinnias, cosmos, tomatoes, peppers and beans and anything else she could get to take root when she started her seeds in February. Ever soft-hearted, Cheryl couldn't bear to prune the extra seedlings and for a few years had upwards of 78 tomato plants in the garden. She taught her children and grandchildren to respect and love nature and passed on her appreciation for self-sufficiency. The family garden will be replanted this year with heirloom seeds Cheryl saved from past year's crops. Everyone will enjoy the fruits of the labor with canned summer bounty – thanks to Cheryl's canning and preservation instructions. Cheryl loved the smell of a horse's mane and truly enjoyed her "Snowflake" cows and calves. She had a gentleness that animals seemed to flock to and understand. She adored all animals, but especially loved horses, and credited her success in life to her experiences with horses and her father, who taught her to ride. As a testament to that fact, (in spite of her love for Orin, and before she would marry him), she told Orin and his father, Lester (who didn't want a horse on the place) that if her horse, Gypsy, could not come to the farm in Burlington, than she wasn't coming either. Needless to say, Gypsy came with Cheryl, and many other equine teachers followed to aid in the lessons that Cheryl taught Brent and Susan. Always up for family adventures, Cheryl looked forward to enjoying the tight lines at brookie holes in the Rocky Mountains as much as a bass on the hook at Bonny Reservoir. Silly to serious, Cheryl was the glue for her family. A practical joker and lover of life, Cheryl's wit and sense of humor carried the family through many tough times. Even in the end, she put everyone's needs before her own. She was always the last one to have anything new. Cheryl was a diplomatic person whose opinion was respected and sought by her friends, children, and grandchildren. She wanted everyone to see the bright side of things and wouldn't want people to think of her with sorrow, but instead would encourage us to celebrate her life and appreciate one another. Cheryl was preceded in death by her beloved father, Cecil, and infant brother and sister, Kenneth and DeAnna. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband of nearly 46 years, her daughter Susan and husband Greg, son, Brent and wife Julie, mother, Rebecca (Reba) Reeve, brothers, Dean, and Ed and wife Bernadette, sister Roxanne and husband Sky Weitzel, grandchildren, Lindsey Davis, Cassie and Garrett Wright, Charlie and Emmett Bator. She is also survived by brother-in-law Larry and wife Delores Jacobson, sisters-in-law Mary and husband Hal Williams, Carolyn and husband Tom Russel, nieces Amber and husband Chris King, Katelyn and husband Jerry Befus, Dana Johnson, Tara Gallegos, Lori and Victor Diaz, LeAnn and Grant Carlin, Karen Walker, Linda Russell, Connie and husband Kevin Grant, nephews, Jason Weitzel, Clint Reeves and wife Mona, and Kirk Williams along with a host of grand- nieces and nephews and wonderful friends. Funeral services for Cheryl were held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Burlington with Pastor Russell Young officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Burlington. There was no public visitation. Memorials may be made in Cheryl's name to the Pink Chaps Fund and may be left at or sent to The Eastern Colorado Bank in Burlington. Friends may go to www.lovefuneralhomes.com to sign the family's online register book and to leave an online message of condolence. Funeral services were entrusted to Love Funeral Home in Burlington. Read Obituary
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James D. Taylor was born on July 30, 1981 in Garden City, Kan. to Thomas Jeff Taylor and Desi Rae (Lee) Talyor. James was a vibrant and very talkative little boy. He had a very interesting personality he could tell the greatest stories. From the time he could talk he earned the nickname "jabber jaws", always full of life and up for having fun and playing jokes and just making people laugh and smile no matter where he went. As James got older, the joking around and ability to make people around him smile and laugh stayed with him, he also became very generous. He would literally give the shirt off his own back to help someone whether he knew them well or not. He worked hard for everything and everyone, no matter what the project was, he would always give his all. One time while living in Minnesota, he risked his own life to help another. The guy had fallen into a water channel and was being dragged under. James told his daughter to go and get help, and then jumped in to save the man that had fallen in. He always said he didn't think, he just knew he had to help that man and couldn't let him drown. His children and his family were his world. There was no greater love than the love he had for his children and family. He would joke around and play with his kids. He was always up for listening to his kids and everyone else. There was such a strong connection with his children. He was open minded. James had his own outlook on life, but always kept his faith. James enjoyed fishing even at three in the morning and being outdoors. He loved to work with his hands, be it with wood or machine. He had a passion for music and was a self taught guitar player. But, most of all he was happy when he was able to joke around and have a good time, whether it was sitting around listening to music, playing video games or just general horsing around. He was a jack of all trades and a master of none. Even if he was sick or hurt, he always worked hard to provide for his family. He was an amazing son, brother and father. Even though, like everyone else, he was imperfect, James was a joy to be around. He had his own sparkle in his eyes that could outshine the brightest star. He had his own grin that will stay in our hearts forever. James David Taylor died unexpectedly on Friday, April 4, 2014 near Kit Carson. James is survived by his children: Destany Taylor and Damion Taylor of Cheyenne Wells and Dante Taylor of Burlington, as well as by his parents Thomas "Jeff" and Desi Rae Taylor of Cheyenne Wells, his grandmother Ruth Taylor of Burlington, his sister Misty (Heath) Niles of Seibert and his brother Brandon (Valerie) Phillips of Ulysses, Kan. James is also survived by the mother of his children, Eleana McDonough of Burlington and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles to include David & Melanie Lee of Ulysses, Kan. James was preceded in death by his grandparents David Charles Lee Sr., Carol Lee and Jim Taylor and one cousin Brian Taylor. Memorial services were held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Cheyenne Wells Christian Church in Cheyenne Wells with Pastor Mike Lewis officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the James Taylor Memorial Fund in c/o The Eastern Colorado Bank, P.O. Box 888, Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810. Friends and family can sign the guestbook and register online condolences at www.brownfuneraldirectors.com. Final arrangements for James David Taylor were entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Cheyenne Wells. Read Obituary
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Fondly known by her old friends as Vonnie, Ann was born in Tulsa, Okla. Jan. 6, 1941 to Glenn and Edith Spangler and was the fourth of four children. Ann graduated from high school in Oklahoma City. She then attended Oklahoma City University and Greenville College for a short time. In 1960 she traveled by ship to Europe. She ended her trip in Florence, Italy to study art at the Academia di Arti under Professor Nerina Simi. She returned briefly to Oklahoma and then made a second trip to Italy in 1964, for additional classes at the Academia. On her return to Oklahoma City she enrolled for more classes at Oklahoma City University. She then moved to Colorado Springs and then to Boulder where she enrolled at CU to earn her BFA, which she did in 1971. At the same time she worked as an editor for the Geological Society of America. This led to her catering at meetings for GSA. The catering then became her full time job and she and a partner formed Under Cover Caterers with clients such as CU, IBM and many weddings and private parties. Her sandwich shop and catering business was located next door to an auto parts store where she met Bob Rush. They were married in 1985. In 1993 they moved to Burlington. Ann then took a temporary job at the hospital. She started as ward clerk and 15 years later retired as director of the specialty clinic. She is survived by Bob and children Christopher (Melissa), of Glenwood Springs, Sarah (Michael) of Burlington and David (Rebecca) of Dubai, UAE, brother Leon Spangler (Alohma) of Washington state and seven grandchildren. Preceded in death by her sister Carol Phelps and brother Stanley Spangler. Today was bittersweet. We lost a wonderful lady who was a big part of our family for the last 30 years. We will always love you Ann and will miss you every day. We are also thankful your pain is gone and you are in a better place. Thank you for being our other mother, a wonderful wife to our father, a sweet, sweet grandmother to our children and one of our best friends. The family especially wants to thank the staff at Caring Hands Hospice KCCHSD. They are truly compassionate, caring and knowledgeable. The help they provided to Ann and the family at a difficult time has helped greatly to guide us. Thanks also to Dr. Hoppe and everyone at Grace Manor Care Center for their kindness and the care she received. There will be no services held at this time. Memorials may be made in Ann's name to Caring Hands Hospice and may be left at or sent to the Bank of the West, 502 14th St., P.O. Box 518, Burlington, CO 80836. Friends may go to www.lovefuneralhomes.com to sign the family's online register book and to leave an online message of condolence. Funeral arrangements for Ann were entrusted to Love Funeral Home in Burlington. Read Obituary
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