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Abrahams, Nancy Jo - Loveland  
Nancy Jo Abrahams (Parker), 72, a long-time resident of both Colorado Springs and Loveland, passed away Sunday the 22nd of March at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, CO. Born in 1943 in Evanston, Il, Nancy grew up in Denver, CO and graduated from Aurora Central High School in 1961. She married Neil D. Abrahams of Colorado Springs in 1964. Nancy received a BA degree in Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1965. She taught Physical Education for 32 years in several elementary schools in Widefield, CO, mostly at Talbott, until her retirement in 2000. In her retirement, Nancy enjoyed genealogy, scuba diving and photography. Her travels took her across the world as she documented her trips with many photographs of nature. She is survived by her son, David N. Abrahams of Parker, CO; her daughter Judith A. Abrahams of Anchorage, AK; her sister, Ellen M. Westbrook (Parker) of Aurora, CO; and her granddaughter, Kamryn L. Abrahams of Parker, CO. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 38 years, Neil D. Abrahams in 2002; her mother, Arliene H. Heilman in 1997; and her father, Carl F. Parker in 1982. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Loveland Photographic Society Youth Scholarship program. Send checks to Loveland Photographic Society, c/o Youth Scholarship, PO Box 7604, Loveland, CO 80537 and include "Youth Scholarship" in the memo line. Donations can also be made to the Coral Reef Alliance - CORAL, 1330 Broadway, Suite 1602, Oakland, CA 94612 or online at www.coral.org. A life celebration party in the Loveland area is pending. Please visit www.allnutt.com to send condolences and sign the guestbook.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 29, 2015
Askeland, Daryl - Loveland  
Daryl Dean Askeland went to be with the Lord on March 29, 2015 at the age of 65. Daryl is survived by his wife of 34 years, Celia Askeland of Johnstown, CO, children; Kelly Askeland (Jenny) of Loveland, CO, Kevin Askeland (Leslie) of Milliken, CO, Constance Beck (Doug) of Tulsa, OK, and Chad Driskell (Kristy) of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Sharon Estrada, and son, Craig Driskell. Daryl was born on May 9, 1949 in Ft. Dodge, IA to Levi and Eleanor Askeland. He married Celia Driskell and they joined families on September 17, 1980. Daryl had a successful career in the concrete business for 31 years. He worked his way up through the concrete business, working for multiple companies across the front range and became one of the leading concrete salesman in Northern Colorado. Daryl and his family enjoyed many years of camping and boating. He also enjoyed golfing. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the outstanding CNA's of Maxim Home Health Care, friends, neighbors, and church community for your love and support. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 35 S. Carlson Blvd in Johnstown, CO with Pastor Doug Kehr officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the services, at the church. Interment will be held at Johnstown Cemetery with a reception following back at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 31, 2015
Beckham, Wanda Jean Wells - Denison  
Wanda Jean Wells Beckham of Denison, Texas passed away on March 22, 2015. She was born February 27, 1937 in Monkstown, Texas to O.T. Wells and Mildred Lucille Darling Wells. Wanda attended public schools in Denison, Texas and was graduated from Denison High School in 1955. She enrolled in Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas in 1955. On July 25, 1958, Wanda married Gerald Gist Beckham at Calvary Baptist Church in Denison, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Beckham moved to Houston in August, 1958. WandaMarch 22, was employed as a secretary at Baroid Chemical Company and Gerald as a teacher at Bellaire High School. Mrs. Beckham gave birth to Elizabeth Karron, September 26, 1959. Wanda returned to Hardin-Simmons University and was graduated in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in English and Business Administration. Prior to her return to H-SU, she studied at Grayson County College and Texas A. & M. University, Commerce. Employed by the Houston public schools, Wanda taught at Deady Junior High School for four years and at Fondren Junior High School for twenty-one years. While at Fondren, she sponsored both the cheerleaders and the school newspaper. The paper was selected as the outstanding junior high school paper in the state of Texas by the Texas Interscholastic League. Wanda was a committed follower of Jesus, and was active in Sharpstown Baptist Church as a choir member, a Sunday School teacher and youth choir sponsor for many years. She reflected Jesus in all areas of her life and was a life-long Baptist. The Beckhams resigned from their positions in Houston in 1983 and returned to Denison, Texas. Wanda spent the last few years of her thirty-year teaching career at Whitewright High School. Both Gerald and Wanda were active at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Denison where they invested in countless people. Wanda knew no strangers, listened intently to those in her pathway resulting in people feeling love, valued and cared for. The Beckhams retired together in 1993 and moved to Loveland, Colorado in 1995 to spend their retirement years. They had spent many wonderful times visiting Wanda's parents in Loveland over the years. Mrs. Beckham was an accomplished decorative painter. She enjoyed giving her crafts to family members and friends, as well as marketing some of her work to the public. She also took pleasure in sharing her skills in the English language with friends and family who needed help in editing manuscripts and research papers. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren probably benefited the most from this activity. The Beckhams were members of Orchards Baptist Church of Loveland, Colorado during their retirement. Wanda served as a study group leader and as a member of the sanctuary committee. She enjoyed family gatherings, cooking, painting, reading and being with Beckham while waiting on him and others hand and foot. They celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary in 2014. Gerald and Wanda returned to Denison in 2013. Mrs. Beckham was preceded in death by her parents O.T. and Mildred, an infant sister, Margorie Louise, and brother-in-law, Dr. Rufus Spraberry. She is survived by her husband, Gerald; daughter, Elizabeth Karron Johnson and husband, Dr. Timothy Scott Johnson of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother, Robert Earl Wells of Denver, Colorado; sister, Doris Laneta Wells Spraberry of Garland, Texas; sister-in-law, Gwen Beckham of San Angelo, Texas; grandson, Kevin Beckham Johnson and wife, Chasity of Lincoln, Nebraska; granddaughter, Lauren Elizabeth Truelove and husband, Tyler of Frisco, Texas; six great grandchildren, Avery Dolliver, Helen Truelove, Beckham Johnson, Slater Johnson, Jane Truelove and Gray Johnson; nephew and nieces, Stephen Spraberry, Kim Watson, Becky Jackson and their families. Services were held at Parkside Baptist Church, Denison, Texas on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Interment will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas. Memorials may be given to WHO (World Humor Organization) www.worldhumororganization.org.support.html Royal Family Kids Camp, ministry to abused and neglected children in the foster care system, checks made out to New Covenant Community Church, 6000 S. 84th, Lincoln, NE 68516 and notate Royal Family Kids Camp. www.newcovchurch.org Bible Studies International, P.O. Box 1289, Marshall, Texas 75671 www.freebible commentaries.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Moore Funeral Home in Denison, Texas. Condolences may be registered to: www.johnsonmoorefuneralhome.net
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 29, 2015
Boehm, Orpha - Loveland  
Orpha Mae Boehm, age 79, of Loveland, Colorado, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was born to Oscar and Olga Johnson on February 23, 1936 in rural Wisconsin. Orpha graduated from Milton High School, in Milton, Wisconsin. Early work life included car hop work at an A&W Root Beer stand, Parker Pen and the Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Department. In 1956, Orpha married the love of her life Clifford Boehm. In 1973 they moved to Loveland, Colorado. Orpha worked for many years as a secretary at Titan Homes, which later became Summit Crest Homes. Many of the mostly male workforce referred to her as Mom. In addition to raising their four children, she was an active member of Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Loveland where she sang in the choir and volunteered in the church office for many years. Family and friends were central to Orpha's life. The youngest of five children, Orpha's early life was rich in experiences with older sister Ennes and brothers James, Loren and Charles. Orpha loved to travel with many trips to Colorado, Wisconsin and Arizona throughout the years. Orpha is survived by her husband Clif; daughters, Diane (Gregg) Roeder and Susan (Kenneth) Spurlock; sons, Robert (Pam) and David; grandchildren, Bryce Fedder, Jeffrey Fedder, Jennifer, Joshua, Katie (Kris) Meda, Kayla, Kimberly Roeder, and Stephanie (Kris) Vondy; great grandchildren Kaden and Zachary Vondy, Gunner and many other relatives and close friends. Orpha was preceded in death by great grandson Camden. A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 10:00 AM at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 2500 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland, Colorado. The family requests any donations be made to Mountain View Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were provided by Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, and online condolences can be left at www.kibbeyfishburn.com.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 29, 2015
Fehl, Nathan - Loveland  
Nathan Freeman Fehl, 33, of Greeley, died on March 23, 2015. He was born in Loveland, CO on May 29, 1981, to David and Nancy (Freeman) Fehl. Nate grew up in Loveland and graduated from Thompson Valley High School in 1999. He later graduated from UNC with a degree in psychology. Until 2013, he enjoyed working at Connections for Independent Living in Greeley, helping others with disabilities. Nate was never happier than when fishing or working on car projects. He was an avid Notre Dame football and Duke basketball fan. Josh, his beloved dog,was his best friend and companion for many years. Spending time with family and friends brought Nate joy. His life was a testimony to his strength, courage and perseverance in the face of tremendous challenges. He fought the good fight and was an inspiration to many. Nate is survived by parents David and Nancy Fehl of Greeley, devoted grandfather Austin Freeman of Loveland, uncles John Freeman and Bruce Fehl (Ethel), aunts Linda Banks (Thurston) and Myra Freeman, cousins Megan (Mike and Declan)), Rebekah, Rachel, Chris (Laura and Micah), Matt and Chad and many friends. He was preceeded in death by loving grandparents Eleanor Freeman and Frank and Delores Fehl. Memorial contributions can be made to Connections for Independent Living, Greeley, CO or the Spina Bifida Association of Colorado in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537 Memorial services will be held at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 2500 N. Garfield in Loveland, 1:30 p.m., Wednesday April 1, 2015
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 29, 2015
Ferguson, Naomi - Von Ormy  
Naomi Arlene Ferguson, 93, formerly of Loveland, CO passed away February 20, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas after a brief illness. Naomi was born January 8, 1922 to Herman and Leona Bartz in Osage County, Kansas. She graduated from Cawker City, Kansas High School in 1942. She married Daniel Ferguson in Beloit, Kansas in 1944, they settled in Hayward, California. Dan served in the Navy during World War II. She lived and worked there while Dan served and after Dan came home from the service they continued to reside there until 1947 when they moved to Kerrville, Texas. They had 2 sons, Gary and Richard. Dan passed away in 1962. A few years later after her sons were older and married she moved to Loveland, Colorado to live with and take care of her mother. She was a very loving and caring person and was ALWAYS there for anyone in need, both young and old. She served many years in the nursery at First Methodist Church. In 2012 she moved to Texas to live with Gary, her oldest son. Naomi proceeded in death by her parents, husband Dan and her sons Gary Ferguson and Richard Ferguson (with great sadness), her brother Dale Bartz, grandson Ricky Ferguson and a grandson-in-law David Martinez. Naomi is survived by her sisters Wilma(Jim)McDonough and Lavina Schmidt, grandchildren Daniel (Summer)Ferguson, Amy(Eddie)Baltazar, Cathy(Joe)Kindla and Patricia Martinez, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Services are being held in Von Ormy, Texas on March 24, 2015 at Camero Funeral Chapel at 6pm along with her sons Gary and Richard. Family will start receiving visitors at 4pm. Internment will follow at a later date at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas to be reunited with her husband.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 25, 2015
Griffith, Daniel - Loveland  
Daniel Mark Griffith, 64, of Loveland died at home surrounded by his family and went to meet Jesus on March 23, 2015. Daniel was born on November 30, 1950 in Iowa City, IA to John I. and Hortense L. (Fjelland) Griffith. He joined the Marine Corp in 1969 after graduating from high school and served until 1978. Daniel married Linda Louise Aitchison on June 6, 1970. He served in Vietnam in 1971. They were stationed at various duty stations including Iwakuni, Japan. Daniel and Linda had four daughters; Michelle, Laurie, Lisa and Kristina. They moved back to Loveland, CO in 1978. Daniel worked for the F.A.A. as an Air Traffic Controller and various other jobs until he started his furniture business and became a Master Craftsman. Daniel is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bob Griffith. He is survived by his wife, Linda Griffith; his four daughters Michelle (Christian) Bliss, Laurie Smith, Lisa (Scott) Cocke and Kristina (John) Kingsley; and 14 grandchildren who adored him; his siblings Steve Griffith, Nancy Conklin, and Don Griffith; mother and father in law Cecil and Louise Ahnstedt; and numerous extended family and friends. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00am Friday, March 27, 2015 at Life Spring Covenant Church in Loveland. Memorial contributions may be made to Life Spring Covenant Church or Wounded Warriors in care of Allnutt Funeral Service. Please view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest book at www.allnutt.com.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 26, 2015
Helzer, Delbert - Loveland  
Delbert Dwayne Helzer, age 75 of Loveland, Colo., passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 19, 2015, after a valiant two-and-a-half year battle with prostate cancer. He was born on November 8, 1939, in Loveland, Colo. to Lydia and Albert Helzer. He and Annelda Hyde were married on March 8, 1968. Delbert graduated from Loveland High School in 1957. He served in the United States Air Force as a Weapons Mechanic from March 7, 1962 - March 6, 1968. He spent his four years of active duty at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany and toured Europe extensively during this time. He started work for the Consolidated Home Supply Ditch and Reservoir Company in 1978. Delbert became the Home Supply Secretary-Manager in 1985, retired in 2012, and was a consultant until 2014. His career with the Home Supply spanned three decades, during which he oversaw 38 miles of canal and three reservoirs. The Home Supply is one of the oldest irrigation ditches in the Loveland-Johnstown area. In 2007 he was awarded the Headgate Award from the Four State Irrigation Council, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the irrigation and agricultural community, joining a distinguished group of past award recipients including former Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Ament, W.D. Farr of Greeley (the first recipient in 1957), and former Colorado State University President Charles Lory. Delbert was a lifetime resident of Loveland and lived 71 years in the family home. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. An avid outdoorsman, he had a deep love for the mountains and all animals both domestic and wild. Delbert had an eagle-eye that didn't miss much, and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of the farms and families of Loveland. Delbert is survived by his wife, Annelda, daughter, Melissa (Mike) of Heber City, Utah, and son, Tony (Jessica) of Loveland, Colo. He is also survived by his sister, Donna Yelek of Loveland, Colo., granddaughter, Hannah of Heber City, Utah, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved Boston Terrier, Ed. Delbert was predeceased by his mother, father and brother, Albert W. Helzer, Jr. Memorial services will be held at the First Congregational Church (800 North Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colo.) on Wed., March 25, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service, and inurnment will follow the reception. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Larimer County Humane Society or Larimer County Food Bank in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. A heartfelt "thank you" to those who have visited and called, and whose friendship during this difficult time has been invaluable.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 24, 2015
Knox-Turk, Rosanne - Loveland  
Rosanne Elizabeth Knox-Turk, of Loveland, Colorado, was called home to heaven on Saturday, March 21, 2015. She was an amazing lady who was deeply loved by her sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, as well as friends and family alike. She will be greatly missed by all! Rosanne was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them along with reading, music, gardening, and family photography. Her greatest passion was genealogy and was an expert regarding her family's history which she greatly enjoyed sharing with all. She was born December 23, 1938 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Rosemary C. (Sweeney) Knox and William H. Knox. In 1952 she and her family moved to Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from Boulder High School in 1956. She later attended the University of Colorado-Boulder where she studied music and was a member of the marching band. She married John A. Zancanelli on November 14, 1959 in Boulder, Colorado. They later divorced. She married Gordon V. Turk on March 21, 1964 in Raton, New Mexico. In 1991 she moved from Boulder to Loveland and has been there since. Rosanne worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Colorado Department of Justice / Juvenile Probation and University of Colorado-Boulder Graduate School. She is survived by her sons: Doug Zancanelli and wife Cari of Windsor, Gordy Turk of Loveland, Darin Turk of Loveland, and Derek Turk of Loveland. Her grandchildren: Krista (Turk) Niesent, Logan Turk, Meghan Zancanelli-Brown, Tyler Turk, Kylie (Turk) Budney, Zachary Zancanelli, and Teagan Turk. As well as her great-grandchildren: Melanie Niesent and Ryan Critton. She is also survived by her brothers David Knox and wife Susan Johnson of Loveland and John Knox. Rosanne is proceeded in death by her spouses and parents. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday, March 27 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM and on Saturday prior to the service. Interment is at the Loveland Burial Park following the funeral. Memorial Contributions can be made to Pathways Hospice Care Center in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 25, 2015
Minnix, Bess - Loveland  
Bess Minnix, 96, passed away on March 20, 2015 at The Green House Homes at Mirasol in Loveland, CO where she was a resident. Bess was born on January 1, 1919 in Marlo, OK to Alva and Hazel (Hoskins) Stitch. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Minnix, and her parents. Bess is survived by three daughters, Jane Tutterow, Cindy Judd and Susan Minnix, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one sister, Martha Lee Sugg.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 24, 2015
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