James Stephen Brinks, 81, of LaPorte, died Thursday, June 11, at home, due to complications of Alzheimers disease. Dr. Brinks was born in South Haven, Michigan, January 2, 1934, to Jacob E and Evelyn Kahne Brinks. The middle of five children, he was raised in a religious Lutheran home. The family moved to Plymouth, Michigan, when he was 4 years old. He attended a one-room school house from kindergarten through fifth grade, when the school district was consolidated. He graduated from Plymouth High School in l952, from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in l956, and with an M.S. degree in l957. His Michigan State education was largely paid for by 4-H scholarships earned for livestock judging. He belonged to the agriculture fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho. He received his PhD in animal breeding and genetics from Iowa State University in l960. His first job was in Denver, with the USDA ARS from l960 through l967, where he was investigations leader for beef cattle breeding research for the land grant colleges in the 12 western states. He joined the animal sciences faculty at CSU in l967 and continued there until his retirement as professor in l992. He was major adviser for 76 masters and PhD degrees, and made important contributions to the beef cattle industry. He received many awards including the J.R. Prentice Memorial Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the American Society of Animal Science, the Jack E. Cermak Advising Award, and the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award. He was author or co-author of more than 200 publications about beef cattle genetics and was often invited to speak at beef cattle meetings throughout the United States, Australia, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. His work and writings are well respected by academics and industry professionals alike. He served for many years on the Larimer County planning commission, and on the board of directors of the Pleasant Valley and Lake Canal, and of the Larimer County Farm Bureau. In l955 Jim married Sharon Lee Muir in Saline, Michigan. After giving birth to a son and adopting a daughter, she died of leukemia in l968. He married Rose Stehno Dean in l969 in the newly built Blessed John XXIII campus church. They lived on Sheely Drive in Fort Collins until moving for a one-year sabbatical in Maryland, and then permanently to their Laporte farm. During this period he built a cabin on Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs which the family enjoyed for 30 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Rose, his sons Kevin (Kati) Brinks of Centennial, Dr. Alan (Kathleen) Dean of Fort Collins, Rex Dean of Waltham, MA, Dr. Andrew Dean (Dr. Marta) of LaPorte, twins John Brinks of Fort Worth, Texas; and Jim Brinks of LaPorte; his daughters, Karen Wetzbarger of Loveland, Dr. Laura Pritchett (Dr. James) of Bellvue, and Mary Dean of Fort Collins; his siblings Donald Brinks of Pagosa Springs, Dave Brinks of Flint, Michigan., and Susan Shade of Fort Collins; 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Jim was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Kenneth Brinks. Until triple bypass surgery in 2003, Jim loved smoking his corncob pipe, bowling, hunting, fishing, golf , skiing, playing poker, traveling and raising cattle. In the 1980s and 1990s, he developed a composite breed cow herd, which graced his historic farm along the Poudre River in Laporte. He was unquestionably a workaholic and both he and his family learned to build fence, ditch irrigate, buck hay, brand cattle, pull calves, garden and can, and all the rest that goes with farm life. In 1993 the Provost and Claymore (aka Lessert) descendants of the original owners of his farm had a reunion in Laporte and took Jim into the Lakota Oglala Sioux tribe with the name: Down to Earth Man. Jim will be laid to rest in Grandview next to the grave of John Provost, the first owner of the farm. The last 12 years of his life were clouded with Alzheimers, which he faced with reality and grace. He never lost his innate kindness or his gentleman’s dignity nor his desire every day to get up and go someplace. A funeral mass concelebrated by the Reverends Steven Voss and Greg Ames will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 15 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery. A reception will be held in Meredith Hall following the Interment. Friends may send condolences to the family at bohlenderfuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Abbey of St. Walburga, to St. Joseph’s parish, or to a charity of choice.
Robert Paul Allerheiligen, 70, of Ft. Collins, passed away peacefully at Poudre Valley Hospital on May 19. Rob was born in Denver, Co. on Dec. 23, 1944, to the late Helen and Paul Allerheiligen. He grew up in Cheyenne until returning to Lakewood for high school. While attending college at CSU he participated in ROTC, managed and was a radio announcer at KCSU-FM and KCOL, and graduated with a bachelor's in speech arts in 1967. After USMC Basic School in Quantico, VA, Rob was a Defense Control Officer in Cherry Point, NC. He was stationed in Okinawa with a short tour in Vietnam 1968-1969 and retired as Captain. After completing his military service he obtained a Masters in business administration in 1974 and taught Business at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley until 1976. He then he returned to CSU as director of International Programs. In 1979 the family moved to California where he completed his doctorate in International Marketing at the University of Southern California in 1986. He returned to CSU where he joined the faculty in the Marketing Department and taught until his retirement in 2006. He served as chair of the Asian studies board, and on the ROTC advisory board and was a commencement announcer at CSU graduation ceremonies from 1988-2007. A well-respected and admired professor, Rob touched the lives of thousands of students. He was an instructor in video telecast courses for the distant MBA, connecting students across the globe to CSU's business programs. Over many summers Rob took students on education abroad study experiences in Europe as well as a semester long program to Brisbane, Australia, in 1989. He taught business courses at institutions in France and Germany, and was a visiting professor at Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, Vietnam. Within the Fort Collins community, Rob was an member of Sertoma Club service organization since 1970; served several years on the Fort Collins Library Board, and was a member of the Executive Committee and Vice President of Board of Directors for Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado since 2010. Rob was a beloved father and grandfather. One of his greatest joys was watching his grandchildren play hockey and baseball, attending birthday parties, and going camping. He leaves behind his two children, Laura (Scott) Bargar, and Brad (Tennille) Allerheiligen; six grandchildren, Amy, Taylor, Blake, Cade (Bargar), Max and Brooke (Allerheiligen), former spouse and mother of his children, Sandra J. Lee, former spouse, Judy McClure, and former companion of many years and forever friend, Kelly Long. His family would like to express gratitude and thanks to his friends who helped during the last stages of his illness. During his life, Rob traveled widely in the international arena with students, friends, and colleagues. He made a positive impact that will continue on. A memorial service will be held on June 27th at the Veteran's Plaza at Spring Canyon Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Veterans Plaza P.O. Box Q, Fort Collins, Co 80525.
Linda Mae Ahuna-Hamill, age 57, of Fort Collins, passed away on Friday, May 22, while undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora.
Charles Mark Baker of Apache, Oklahoma, was born July 31, 1938, in Pender, Neb., to Dr. Charles Elmer and Mattie Florilla (Adee) Baker. He passed away April 24th in Lawton, OK, at the age of 76. Charles, or Chuck, grew up in David City, NE. He graduated high school from Kemper Military Academy and went on to graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in horticulture. He married Diana Lee Rorabaugh on December 29, 1962, in Colorado Springs. To this union, two children were born. Chuck entered the Navy and served as a lieutenant in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. After his years in the Navy, he moved to Colorado to begin his civilian life. He and his wife purchased Richard's Flowers and Greenhouses in Fort Collins and operated it until 1975 when they divorced. He married Barbara Kay Bunnell Hill on February 1, 1976, during Sunday morning mass at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ft. Collins. She preceded him in death July 13, 1998. He went to work for Colorado State University and eventually retired as head groundskeeper on the West Campus. During his time there, he designed many of the campus's natural landscaped plantings. After his official retirement, he stayed on as a consultant until he moved from Fort Collins to be closer to his daughter in Apache, OK. Chuck enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was a serious genealogist and took great pleasure in visiting with family and discovering new connections. He was a big supporter of the arts, and loved going to concerts, plays and even singing in the church choir. After moving to Apache, he enjoyed going to his grandson's games and got involved with the Apache Genealogical Society. He was very proud of his family and loved everyone who called him Grampa Chuck. He is survived by one son, Charles Baker of Colorado Springs; one daughter, Allison and husband, Rob Crews of Apache, OK; twos step-sons, John and wife, Mary Hill of Ft. Collins, and Matthew Hill of Ola, AR; six grandchildren, Stephen and wife, Hannah Hill, Catie and husband Patrick Kehoe, Barbara Ann Hill, Sean Crews, Jason Crews, Carolyn and husband Aatish Salvi; three great-grandchildren, Asher Danforth, Athen Danforth, Mohini Salvi; one sister, Kathryn Robson of Lincoln, NE; three beloved nieces and their spouses and families; many former family members whom he cared for greatly. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Baker; one brother-in-law, John 'Jack' Robson; one grandson, Kenny Knox. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29 at the Crews Funeral Home Chapel in Oklahoma, with Roy Young officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Pender, NE. Memorial contributions may be made to the Apache Public Library or the Apache Nutrition Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family.
All members of our campus community are invited to a candlelight remembrance ceremony 5-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, to honor Colorado State University students, faculty, and staff, and retired employees who passed away this academic year.
Our mother Betty Marie Espinoza (Gallegos) entered into eternal peace on March 4 at home surrounded by her family and friends. Betty was born on April 29, 1938, to Eduardo Gallegos and Francesquita Chavez in San Luis. She is preceded in death by her brothers Tom and Edward Gallegos; she is survived by her brother, Paul Gallegos, and her sister, Carmen Martinez. She leaves behind her son, David Espinoza, and her daughter, Renee Lesser; her grandchildren, Leche Johnston and Dalton Lesser; her great grandchildren, Jaxson and Korbin Johnston. She worked at Colorado State University for 28 years as an administrative assistant. She was very proud to serve her church through efforts of the altar and rosary society, Fiesta Fundraisers and Christmas bazaars. A viewing at Bohlender Funeral Chapelwas held Friday, March 6. Funeral serviceswere held on Saturday, March 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church a rosary at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Catholic mass at 9:30a.m., and a reception. God had given our mom two beautiful angels from heaven that cared for her over the last year. So much gratitude, love and respect for her sister, Carmen Martinez, and her sister in law, Jane Espinoza, for their endless love in honoring her wishes to remain at home. We owe a great deal of thanks and love for their selfless devotion over the past year. In lieu of flowers, we ask that contributions be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or Gateway Hospice, both of Fort Collins, in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524.
Jay Melvin Hughes, former Dean and Professor of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources at Colorado State University, from 1977 through 1991, passed away on March 2, after a short illness. After leaving CSU he went on to pursue humanitarian assignments through ACDI/VOCA and Winrock International which included planning, evaluation, development and leadership of programs in Honduras, Bolivia, Panama, Nepal, Bhutan, Uganda, Sudan and Tajikistan. He was team leader of the forestry evaluation during a National Academy of Sciences review of natural resources programs in Nepal. He led the analysis of forestry research in Bhutan and prepared recommendations for program improvements and research staff training. He analyzed program needs and developed and implemented the plan for a new Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Biology at the Escuela Agricola Panamericana, the premier agricultural school of Latin America, at Zamorano, Honduras. He also served on its Board of Trustees for eight years. In Bolivia, over a period of nine years, he led the redesign of a new environmental research and technology transfer institute, developed research planning and proposal preparation guides, reviewed and recommended curriculum changes and assisted in strategic planning in agriculture and forestry at four universities and large agricultural research and technology transfer organizations. In Panama he assisted a private foundation to develop a strategic plan with a focus on establishing a new high school featuring agro-forestry; he worked with three non-profits in Uganda and with the Ministry of Agriculture of Western Bahr El Ghazal Province in Sudan to develop strategic plans for agricultural development and eco-tourism. He assisted water users association in Yangiobod, Tajikistan to develop a proposal for refurbishing a drinking water system. Jay is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Lou; and is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Anne McClester of Aurora and Laura Williams (Hank) of Loveland; his grandsons Heath Jay (Jesse) of Gillette, Wyoming, Hunter Williams of Loveland; his granddaughter Kimberly Dubensky (Christopher) of Streetsboro, Ohio; and his great granddaughter Emma Dubensky. Services will be held at 2 p.m. April 11 at Parkview United Congregational Church, 12444 East Parkview Drive, Aurora. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Aurora History Museum or Parkview United Congregational Church.
Donald L. Crews, 79, of Fort Collins, died March 8, after a short illness. Don was born on Dec. 8, 1935, in Culbertson, Nebraska, to Paul and Vera (Spence) Crews. He attended public schools in Culbertson, graduating in a class of 23 students. He received a bachelor's degree in forest utilization from Colorado State University, a master's degree in forest products from Michigan State University and a doctorate in wood products engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. In 1959, Don was married to Roberta Atkinson. To this marriage, three children were born: James, Thomas and Gail. Don and Roberta later divorced. Don and Diane Jones were married in 1976. Don was a member of the faculty of the Department of Forest Sciences in the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University for 36 years. He retired in 1999 as associate professor emeritus. For 15 years, he served as assistant dean of the college, where he coordinated their undergraduate and summer employment programs. Don was an excellent recruiter and the enrollment of the college was at its highest during his tenure in the dean's office. Don was active in Fort Collins local government. He served eight years on the city planning and zoning board (two as chairman), four years on the Larimer County Urban Growth Area Review Board (one as chairman), and was a member of the West Side Neighborhood Planning Committee. Don always treasured his small town heritage. In 2003, he wrote a successful proposal to FEMA to acquire a new $250,000 fire engine for his hometown (pop. 596). Don loved going to his family "hunting lodge" (Crews Farms) in Nebraska to hunt pheasants, quail, and turkeys. Accompanied by family members and friends, he always described these outings as "a few days of hunting, watching college and pro football games, telling great jokes, eating lots of red meat and drinking good whiskey and wine." In addition to hunting, he enjoyed his many hiking trips to England with Diane, traveling (as of 2010, he had spent at least one night in all 50 states), cooking, working at the National Western Stock Show, Colorado Rockies baseball, and golfing. During his retirement, he volunteered at the Larimer County Food Bank, as a driver for SAINT, and at the Colorado Welcome Center. He was an active member of the Poudre Golden K Kiwanis Club for many years, serving as its president in 2010-2011, and he enjoyed the camaraderie of a group of friends who met every Wednesday morning for breakfast. He is survived by his wife, Diane; brother, Tom (Jan) of Federal Way, Washington, and Scottsdale, Arizona; son, Jim (Jan) and grandchildren, Ashley and Kiley of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Boulder; son Tom, (Brenda) and grandchildren, Tommy and McKenna of Loveland; daughter, Gail (Michael) Berkery and grandchildren, Abigail and Ethan of Golden; and stepson, Sean (Beverly) Jones and grandchildren, Meredith and Cooper of Golden. At Don's request, and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University to support the Crews Family Scholarship for Pingree Park. Cremation has taken place and his remains will be scattered at a favorite spot at a later date. Friends and associates are invited to join the family at a wake from 4-6 p.m. on a date to be announced later, at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, for fellowship, sharing of memories, and partaking of some adult beverages and munchies.
Richard D. Hershcopf, 92, a Ft. Collins resident for 46 years, passed away at home on Feb. 1, following a stroke in November. Dick lived his life fully and made his mark on the world. When asked how he wanted to be remembered after his death, Dick said, "that I was always interested in the good of the country and of mankind, and tried to help bring about a better world through political work for peace, civil liberties, the preservation of the environment, and social and economic justice for all people." Dick was born April 9, 1922, in New York City and grew up in a close-knit Jewish family, the son of Irving and Shirley Hershcopf, with his younger sister Dorothy, whom he adored. He enjoyed school, played stickball in the street with friends, rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and loved listening to music and engaging in lively conversations. Dick was a proud product of Brooklyn public schools; his quick mind and incredible memory enabled him to graduate from Boys High School at age 16. Continuing his education at Brooklyn College, Dick majored in history and planned to become a teacher. In November 1942, he was one semester shy of graduating when he was drafted. Dick was honorably discharged in 1946; because of his service, the college granted him the missing credits and dated his Bachelor's degree June 1943. Dick was proud to have served in the Allies' fight against fascism and the Nazis. After the war, Dick enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue an advanced degree. He earned his Master's in history in 1949, and a second Master's in library science in 1959. At the university Dick met the love of his life, Marian, who was also a graduate student and a Holocaust escapee from Vienna. He knew from early on that she was special—his intellectual equal and someone who shared the vision of promoting a more fair, just and peaceful world. They were married August 29, 1948, and remained happily married for more than 66 years. Dick began his career as a librarian at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and then became head librarian at Western State College in Gunnison in 1961. He worked the last 17 years of his career as associate director of Libraries at Colorado State University. Dick demonstrated great dedication to his profession, his colleagues and the communities they served, and retired as a respected and valued professional in 1985. Dick's commitment to social justice and civil rights was unwavering. He contributed to and volunteered for many organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Rocky Flats Coalition. He also supported his local community by working on political campaigns and volunteering as a "Reading Buddy" at Putnam Elementary School. Dick was an avid reader, an inveterate consumer of news and information and a life-long learner, attending lectures, taking Front Range Forum and Elderhostel classes, and traveling to many foreign countries. An eclectic music-lover, Dick was especially fond of jazz and was a member of the Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society. He and Marian were regulars at Avogadro's jazz concerts, and particularly enjoyed listening to the Poudre River Irregulars. They were also season ticket holders to the Fort Collins Symphony, OpenStage Theatre and Bas Bleu Theatre for many years.While living in Gunnison, Dick tested out his amateur acting chops with the Webster Players and also learned to cross-country ski. He loved the outdoors; Dick and Marian hiked or skied with friends almost every weekend. He appreciated art, good food and a good joke. Dick had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. Above all else, Dick's family was his priority; he demonstrated his love for and pride in each of them. An early feminist, Dick encouraged and supported his daughters and granddaughters in all their endeavors. To Dick, "family" meant extended family, and he got tremendous pleasure from spending time with relatives; he recalled their many visits and reunions with great fondness. Dick was truly interested in people from all walks of life and made many life-long friends. Though he had strong opinions, he was open to new ideas and listened to others' perspectives. Dick treated everyone with dignity and respect, no matter their race, religion, or economic or social status. Many people experienced the exceptional person Dick was—a kind, vibrant, intelligent, caring and optimistic neighbor, colleague, friend and volunteer. Dick looked for the good in people; his belief in the power of people to bring about change and his activism and advocacy for a better world is his true legacy. Dick is survived by his beloved wife Marian and his three daughters and sons-in-law: Jane Looney and Andy Looney of Fort Collins, Eve Hershcopf and Gregory Lewis of Hercules, CA, and Debra Hershcopf Kennedy and Harry Kennedy of Boulder. He is also survived by his five grand-daughters and their families: Allison (Looney) Quijano and Chris Quijano and their son Maxwell of Gilbert, AZ, Rachel Kennedy and Caitlin McShane of Boulder, Gabrielle Kennedy of San Francisco, Laura Lewis and Nina Lewis of Hercules, CA. In addition, Dick is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Harry Goodman of Lincoln, MA, his sister-in-law Lee Zall of San Gabriel, CA and many nieces, grandnieces, nephews, grandnephews and cousins. A private family celebration of Dick's life will be held in the spring. If you would like to honor Dick's memory, please consider giving a contribution to the ACLU Foundation of Colorado (303 E. 17th Avenue, Suite 350, Denver, CO 80203 www.aclu-co.org), Pathways Hospice (7604 Carpenter Road, Ft. Collins, CO 80525 www.pathways-care.org) or a charity of your choice. Leave condolences and share memories