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Austin, Leonard D.  
1922-2015 A celebration of life for longtime Lamar resident, Leonard D. Austin was held at 10 a.m. on Monday January 19, 2015 at the Peacock Family Chapel with Pastor Rick Beard of the Living Church officiating. L.D. was born September 3, 1922 in Beaver County, Ok. To Leonard J. and Emma (Gordon) and passed away on January 14, 2015 at his home with his family by his side at the age of 92. He married Louise Austin December 6, 1940. He enlisted in the army on October 1, 1940. In March 1942, he moved his family to the Hompsher Place on the Two Buttes Creek in Baca County. In May, 1948, he bought the Porter Place, Prowers County and lived there until 1962 at which time his family moved to Lamar. He worked for Prowers County Road and Bridge for 29 years, retiring in April, 1987. L.D. is survived by his wife, Louise of the family home in Lamar; daughters Dottie McCaslin, Lamar; Penny Vogel, Denver; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by sister; Delphine Segers, Lamar, sister-in-law Maxine (Jerry) Beard, Sulfer Springs, Ok, Susie Austin, Grand Junction and Mary Lou Austin and daughter-in-law Kathie Payne-Austin, Lamar as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends. L.D. was preceded in death by his parents, son, Ron Austin; grandson, Bobby Coplen; son-in-law, Bill McCaslin; brothers, Gene, Dean, Bill and Jack Austin and brother-in-law, Gene Segers.
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Published in The Lamar Ledger on Jan. 30, 2015
Barber, C.A. "Cricket"  
1920-2014 Graveside services for C.A. "Cricket" Barber were held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Hillside Cemetery in Granada with Kathy Leathers officiating. Cricket was born on February 9, 1920 at Brandon, CO to James and Florence Barber and departed this life on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar at the age of 94. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Joshua Grasmick, son-in-law Ray "Cotton" Jameson, three brothers and one sister. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mildred Barber of the family home in Granada, two daughters Sandra Jameson of Platteville, CO and Sheryl (Tom) Grasmick of Granada and son Jim (Michelle) Barber of Pueblo, CO. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Cricket was a devoted husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa and he took all of these roles to heart. He honored, supported, guided, and most importantly, loved his family and was at his happiest when he was surrounded by family. Hunting and fishing were his favorite hobbies. He taught his grandsons the basics of these, although it didn't matter if they actually caught anything because the conversations to and from the location were far more important than if they brought anything home. He was an inspiration and role model to many whether he was coaching his son in baseball and later his son and son-in-laws in softball, he always led by example. His devotion to his family was the foundation of his actions-the anchor that defined and shaped his and his family's lives. Cricket always had a smile, a wave, a bounce in his step and of course all the time whistling as he worked and walked along. He had a strong sense of right and wrong and was never a man to step back from a challenge. Whether it was remodeling houses or building by himself one of the many homes that now stand in the community, he touched many people's lives. Cricket will sadly be missed by all.
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Published in The Lamar Ledger on Jan. 23, 2015
Hendrickson, Cecil  
1922-2015 A graveside Memorial Service for longtime Lamar resident, Cecil Hendrickson was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Fairmount Cemetery with L.D. Nelson officiating. Per Mr. Hendrickson's request there will be no public viewing and cremation will take place. Cecil was born on August 27, 1922 at Bristol, Colorado to Victor and Nelle (Duncan) Hendrickson and passed away on January 23, 2015 at the Holly Nursing Care Center at the age of 92. Cecil is preceded in death by his wife; Rosella Hendrickson, parents, son; Melvin E. Hendrickson, siblings; Paul Hendrickson, Don Hendrickson, Eugene Hendrickson, Margaret Flanagan, Kathryn Gibbons and Helen Zilliox. He is survived by his children; Richard L. (Vera) Hendrickson, H. Dean Hendrickson and Sheila (Larry) McTaggart all of Lamar. Also surviving are his grandchildren; Mikki (Kurt) Hirschler, Royce (Rae) Heck, Marla (Todd) Fierro, Billi Warren, Scott (Jessica) McTaggart and Sean (Amy) McTaggart, Eleven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, his brother Karl (Barbara) Hendrickson of Elkhart, KS as well as numerous other relatives and many friends. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Melvin Hendrickson Memorial Basketball Tournament in care of the Peacock Funeral Home. For online condolences, please visit our website at; www.peacockfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Peacock Funeral Home.
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Published in The Lamar Ledger on Jan. 28, 2015
Reish, Ebbie  
1922-2014 Ebbie Reish, beloved, lifelong resident of Lamar, Colorado, died at the age of 92 in Lamar on December 29, 2014. He was born Edward Clarence Reish on February 2, 1922, in Holly, Colorado, the youngest of five children born to Stephen C. and Mary E. (Stedman) Reish. Ebbie's father died when Ebbie was 11 years old. He was raised through the rest of the Depression by his mother with help from various relatives. Ebbie knew what it was to be poor and to go hungry. He learned how important it is to have family and friends. Ebbie's road to matrimony and a family of his own started in High School when he was invited to supper at Marion Drusilla Tipton's house. He hung around, and Marion's mother, Orta, fed him a lot of great meals through the years. After graduating from Lamar Union High School in 1940, Ebbie attended college in Dodge City, Kansas, on a basketball scholarship. But he soon returned home to Lamar and Marion. They were married on August 31, 1941, in the manse of the First Presbyterian Church of Lamar. With the exception of a short time in Holly, Colorado, Ebbie and Marion lived their life in Lamar. In their early married life he worked at numerous jobs, nearly always working with his hands. Their first son, Ed Jr., was born in 1943, then Bill in 1945, and Don in 1949. His career in Plumbing started by learning the trade from Frank Dougherty and then with John Moran. He started his own business, Ebbie's Plumbing Service, in Lamar in 1951. He worked hard, studied, earned his Journeyman and then his Master Plumber license, and developed a very successful and highly respected business. He was a vital part of the Lamar business community for years. In 1970, his youngest son Don became part of the business which they operated together until selling it in 1984, when Ebbie retired. Ebbie's contributions to Lamar and its people, especially its young people, were countless. He was a tireless worker and a leader in the First Presbyterian Church, the Boy Scouts of America, the School Board, the Lions Club, the Elks Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Big Timbers Museum Board and Historical society. Ebbie was a teacher of life, nearly always teaching by example. He taught his own children and grandchildren, as well as countless other children of Lamar, how to fish, how to hunt local game, and how to camp out. He also taught them how to play games and play cards, how to garden and how to work. He showed how to be a caring person, how to love and how to be a man. He was a staunch supporter of all Lamar school activities, but especially of school athletics and the athletes themselves. Marion had always been the biggest part of Ebbie's life. After he retired they continued to stay active in the Community but also found time to travel around the country in their fifth wheel trailer with family, old friends and many new friends. They were inseparable during those years, and seemed to be even closer, if that were possible. Marion passed away on April 24, 2010. Ebbie missed her every minute of every day until he died. He was almost 93 years old, the oldest person ever in his family lineage. He is survived by his children Ed and Barbara of Casper, Wyoming, Bill and Beverly of Cody, Wyoming, Don and Terri of Canon City, Colorado; and by his grandchildren Ed and DeAnna, Eric, Elliot and Shawna, Evan and Sherrie, Derrick and Elizabeth, Stephen and Sarah, Don and Cheri, Jeffrey and Jennie, and Angela and A.J.; by 23 great and great-great grandchildren; and by the many friends and people he took into his heart. A Celebration of Ebbie's Life was held at 2:00p.m. Friday, January 2, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Lamar, with Reverend Rory Gillespie officiating. Interment followed at Fairmount Cemetery. Musical selections were sung by the congregation: "In The Garden", "I'll Fly Away", and "How Great Thou Art". Organist Leda Grahn accompanied the large gathering as they sang. Serving as casket bearers were Ebbie's Grandchildren: Ed, Eric, Elliot, Evan, Derrick, Stephen, Don, Jeffrey and Angela. Following the committal service at Fairmount Cemetery, family and friends returned to the church to share in fellowship with coffee and cake prepared and served by the ladies of the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lamar or to Lamar Hospice, either directly or in care of Peacock Funeral Home. Arrangements were under the direction of the Peacock Family.
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Published in The Lamar Ledger on Jan. 30, 2015
Winsor, Patricia  
1934-2015 Patricia Ann (Emick) Winsor was born in Lamar, Colorado on January 4, 1934 to Anthony and Laura (Hasser) Emick. She had three brothers, Tony, Bob, and Jim, and six sisters, Geneva, Evelyn, Lorraine, Helen, Virginia, and Peggy. After the death of Anthony in 1938, her mother Laura became a single mom and finished raising the ten kids by herself in the midst of the depression. Pat learned from her mother the value of hard work and great faith in the Lord. Pat attended the local schools and graduated from Lamar Union High School in 1952. After graduation, she worked as a telephone operator, and she remained friends with the other operators and attended many of their reunions. About this time, she met Carl Winsor, a Baca County boy, and married him on November 10, 1956. Pat and Carl had four children, Kett, Jim, Stephanie, and Suzanne. After leaving Lamar briefly, they made their family home on Cedar Street in Lamar, where they resided until their deaths. They were married for a total of 57 years. In the early 70s, Pat decided to reenter the workforce and worked at Prowers Medical Center as a nurse's aide and then as a ward clerk for many years. She then went to work for the Lamar School District as the school nurse assistant, first with Mrs. Kennedy and then with Pat Bates. She had many happy memories of working with both these ladies, and also of the students. Pat retired from the school job in 1996. Following retirement, Pat and Carl developed a real love for travel, and took many trips all over the United States and a few to Europe. Carl was the "travel planner" of the two, but it was always Pat who could make friends and start conversations with people wherever they went. Pat had a big, outgoing personality, and she absolutely never considered anyone a stranger, just a friend she hadn't yet met. Pat had a great gift for making people she had just met feel important and welcomed into her world. She made friends easily. This was one of her best qualities, although it did embarrass her kids many times when they were too young to understand what a true gift it actually was. In 1999, Pat and Carl were able to fulfill a lifelong dream and built a cabin in the mountains near Cuchara, Colorado, where they had vacationed since the 1960s. They both loved the cabin and the family togetherness it created. Pat loved to plan the menus for each day. She prepared some wonderful meals and she made very sure everyone had plenty to eat. She also loved to play cards, and was always ready to play pitch –boys versus girls- and couldn't wait to catch the boys "cheating." She firmly believed you could always bid three on a lone Ace! Carl and Pat had six grandchildren, Clairissa, Mark, Kristin, Bryan, Andreya, and Brenna, and one great-granddaughter Mylenna. Pat loved her grandchildren and was a great babysitter and supporter of all they did. She gave each grandchild their own nickname. They were so blessed to have such a grandma! Pat was a great lady who taught us so much! She had a knack for giving just the right advice for any problem you needed help with. She taught many lessons just simply by how she lived her life. Just like her mother before her, Pat relied on her unwavering faith in the Lord to see her through trying times, especially since the death of Carl in January 2014. Pat passed away on November 21, 2014 at home with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl, her brother Tony, her sisters Geneva, Evelyn, Lorraine, Helen, Virginia, and Peggy, and a granddaughter Bobbi. Because Pat was such a huge influence in our lives, her loss leaves a tremendous void. We all miss her greatly, but heaven surely is a much livelier place with her there. And we learned from her, just as she learned from her mother, that we will surely meet again someday.
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Published in The Lamar Ledger on Jan. 30, 2015
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