Surrounded by loved ones, Everett Eugene “Gene” Harris, 79, of Fort Collins, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15. Gene was born Feb. 5, 1936, in Burns, WY. He was the third of four children born to George Everett and Delila (Dilley) Harris. His siblings were George Harris (deceased), Pearl Gray of Downey, CA, and Don Harris of Shawnee, OK. Gene grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Chadron, Neb., before graduating from Loveland High School. He attended California State University at Long Beach in Long Beach. In his early years, Gene worked for Wyoming Hereford Ranch in Cheyenne, back in the days when cowboys still had a remuda of horses and when everything was done horseback. In his spare time, he competed in rodeos. Gene’s cowboy and ranching experiences provided him a lifetime of colorful stories that he loved to share with his children and grandchildren who would plead with him, “Grandpa, tell us a story.” He was a real cowboy and was definitely the “Dr. McDreamy” of his day, but in those days he was more likely to be referred to as a real “Marlboro Man.” Gene deeply loved horses and was a farrier his entire working life. In addition to operating his own business, he taught farrier science at Colorado State University. He assisted dozens of young men and women farrier apprentices in the establishment of their own farrier careers. Gene enjoyed difficult cases where he assisted in returning a lame horse to soundness. He believed in working hard and took the greatest enjoyment from his work and his customers. He enjoyed a successful career and was well respected by those in the Northern Colorado equine community. In 1963, Gene married Wanda Morgan and together they raised their children. Today, their family has grown to include 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His parents, his brother George, and his sons, Scott Hoganboom, Jerry Harris, and K.C. Harris preceded Gene in death. He is survived by his wife, Wanda; his brother, Don, his children Diana Hollaway, Dennis Harris, and Marty Hoganboom; grandchildren, Lindsey (Troy), Keaton (Liza), Kayleigh, Katie, Raymond, David, Kyle, Sarah, Randy, and Jered; great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gene's family wants to express its gratitude to the wonderful staff at Columbine Health Systems who provided extraordinary care and who helped to make Gene's final journey a peaceful one supported by compassion and respect. Gene is fondly remembered as a man with a big heart, a true and loyal friend, and someone who never hesitated to help anyone in need. A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22 at The Lodge at Mackenzie Place, 4751 Pleasant Oak Drive, Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Everett E. Harris Memorial Fund in care of Alluntt Funeral Service. Donations will support a memorial scholarship awarded to an aspiring horseshoer.
Gregory Merrill Scheie, born May 30, 1950, in Enderlin , North Dakota, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the wee hours of Thursday morning, Feb. 5. Raised in Enderlin, Greg graduated from Enderlin High School in 1968. After high school Greg enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam as a radio operator. Honorably discharged in in 1971, he returned home to Enderlin. Lured by the construction boom happening in Colorado in the early 1970s, Greg soon moved to Ft Collins, where he stayed until his death, although he still always referred to North Dakota as home. Greg was a jack-of-all-trades and excelled at woodworking. Throughout the last 40 years Greg has worked in the construction business as a carpenter, for Colorado State University in the Housing Maintenance Department, and for the City of Ft. Collins. Greg was friendly to everyone, knew everyone by name, and always carried candy in his pocket for his children and his granddaughter. But most of all, Greg was an animal lover. He had dog treats in the other pockets for all of the neighbor dogs he encountered as he walked his dog, Sadie, every day. He fed the birds in his trees and built houses for the squirrels to nest in, and in which they would raise their babies. He took care of strays. His dog Sadie is still waiting for him by the gate. Greg is survived here in Colorado by his children, Dylan and Dayna Scheie; by his granddaughter, Lilly Ann Woodward; by Jesse Neth, and by the love of his life and constant companion for the last 22 years, Sheri Harper. There will be a celebration of Greg's life at his and Sheri's home, 305 Sitzman Way, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Interment will be at a later date in Enderlin, North Dakota.
Mark T. Gilderhus, a professor of U.S. diplomatic history, died at his home in Fort Collins on Thursday, January 22, of cancer. He taught at Colorado State University for 29 years, serving as the chair of the History Department from 1980 to 1993. In 1997, he accepted the Lyndon Baines Johnson Chair in History at Texas Christian University, where he served in this capacity until his retirement in 2010. He was the author of numerous articles and books, and described himself as a "scholar of war, politics, and diplomacy." Mark had a wonderful sense of humor, a generous spirit and was a kind colleague and friend. He was also a loving husband, father, and brother. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Gilderhus, of Fort Collins, and his two daughters: Kirsten Gilderhus, of Fort Collins; Lesley Jones, of Fort Collins; and three grandchildren Della Fisher, and Morgan and Jake Jones. He also is survived by a sister, Susan Zakeer, of Blaine, MN. Memorial donations may be made to Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) with a note in memory or honor of Mark Gilderhus, and sent to Professor Peter Hahn, Executive Director of SHAFR, Department of History, Ohio State University, 106 Dulles Hall, 230 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Columbine Room in the Lincoln Center, Fort Collins. Visit bohlenderfuneralchapel.com to view the full obituary and send condolences.
Beneath the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, John "Doc" Cheney peacefully passed on Feb. 5. Born to Howard and Johanna Cheney August 22, 1930, Dr. Cheney, lived in Estes Park as a child and graduated from Estes Park High School. He worked for Steads Ranch and was a horse wrangler for tourists. He spent 4 years in the US Air Force, received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1958 from Colorado State University, and went on to complete his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Science degrees at CSU. He was on the veterinary staff at CSU from 1960 to 1964 before pursing private practice in Benkelman, Neb., for two years and spending a year as a research veterinarian for the Monsanto Chemical Company. Research was his passion and the focus of his career. In 1967 he was recruited by CSU to be on a veterinary team in Nairobi, Kenya, as Colorado Chief of Party. Dr. Cheney took his wife and two daughters on a 5 year journey to Kenya where he, along with staff members from 4 other countries, taught at the veterinary college in Kabete, Kenya, and was instrumental in the development of a DVM degree program and numerous improvements in the livestock sector in Senegal. Besides the many friends he made through his experience in Kenya, Dr. Cheney and his family had the opportunity to enjoy numerous safaris on the African plains and visited many countries in Europe and Asia. Upon returning to the United States, he took a teaching position at CSU in the School of Veterinary Medicine as head of the Parasitology Section in the Diagnostic Laboratory and became known to faculty, colleagues and students as "Doc." He gave more than 42 years of service to CSU, retiring in August of 2005. Dr. Cheney was the president of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association from 1986 to 1987, and was a member and held the office of president with the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, and the Larimer County Stockgrowers Association. Doc was an active member of the Larimer County Fair and Rodeo, assisting with the testing of 4-H animals, serving on the fair board, and being an avid supporter of the Larimer County FFA and 4-H Junior Livestock Sale. In 2004 Doc received an award from the Larimer County Fair Association for 14 years of dedicated service and, in 2005, was the grand marshall of the parade. Other notable awards include Colorado Veterinarian of the Year in 1988, Outstanding Veterinarian Award in 2002 from the Larimer County Veterinarian Medical Association, the Carl Norden Pfizer Distinguished Teachers Award in 2005 from Pfizer Animal Health, and the Lifetime Membership Award from the Larimer County Stockgrowers Association in 2009. Dr. Cheney leaves behind his brother Robert Cheney (Lois), daughters Karen Hancock (Sam), and Dianne Cheney, granddaughter Aspen Hancock and grandson Dillon Hancock, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, along with some four legged grandchildren and hopefully many herds of healthy cattle that benefited from his research. A memorial service will be at 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, Allnutt Funeral Home chapel, 650 West Drake Rd, Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of "Doc" Cheney to the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, 8833 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002. Visit www.allnutt.com to leave a message of condolence for the family.
Jordyn-Rhea Fogatia Tuiasosopo 18, college freshmen student at Colorado State University, passed away unexpectedly on February 4. Jordyn was a Colorado Springs resident for several years. She was born on February 8, 1996, in Long Beach to Nita Tuiasosopo and raised by her grandparents Asovalu and Eseta Tuiasosopo. She was preceded in death by her Uncle Manusina Tuiasosopo. Jordyn enjoyed singing and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of her church choir, Air Force Jr. ROTC, NHS, Air Force ROTC and was a honor graduate of the Sierra High School class of 2013. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother Nita Tuiasosopo; grandparents Asovalu and Eseta Tuiasosopo; sisters Leata, Deora, Leah Leomiti-Tuiasosopo; brother Derrick Leomiti-Tuiasosopo; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the First Samoan Christian Church, 8250 Indian Village Heights, Pueblo, Co. 81008. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday Feb. 16, at Angelus Funeral Directors, 1104 S. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs. Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery.
Keith Geoffrey Johnson, 40, of Loveland passed away on January 12. Keith was born on November 27, 1974, to William Johnson and Lucy Antonelli in Denver. He worked as an electrician at Colorado State University for nearly four years. Keith was an avid Husker and Bronco fan. He liked golfing, fishing, hiking, and biking. He was a great outdoorsman. He also loved watching his daughter play softball and basketball. Keith was an awesome father, son, brother, uncle, nephew and loyal friend. Keith is survived by his mom, Lucy Antonelli; daughter Grace Noelle Johnson and her mother, Kelli Adams; sister Kelli Johnson and her husband, Dr. Joel Johnson; Uncle Chuck and Aunt Rosemary Newton; nephews Jared, Andrew, Grant and Matthew; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends. He is preceded in death by his father, William Johnson, and grandmother, Mary Antonelli. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 19, at Resurrection Fellowship Church in Loveland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kelli Johnson in care of Allnutt Funeral Service for a memorial fund for Grace, or to Camp Kesem, a nonprofit camp for children of parents who have cancer or have died of cancer. Grace attended this camp. View the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest book.
Nancy A. Oyster was born March 13, 1936, in Wausau, Wisconsin, attended elementary and secondary school in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She received an AB degree from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, and an MS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and subsequently a PhD. from Oregon State University. Her teaching career included a number of academic institutions: Ohio State University, University of Colorado, and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. She was an avid skier, badminton player and swimming coach for many years and an extremely talented wood carver. She was preceded in death by her parents and longtime friend Jean Arrasmith. She is survived by her brother, Tom, of Markesan, Wisconsin. No funeral services or memorials are planned. Burial will be in rural Northern Minnesota.
Ben Granger, longtime professor and former director of the School of Social Work at Colorado State University and the co-director of Human-Animal Bond in Colorado, died on Jan. 9.
Lucille Rose (Kiecker) Weigand, 82, of Fort Collins, passed away January 5 from ovarian cancer. Lucille was born November 26, 1932, on the family farm in rural Fairfax, Minnesota, to Roy and Evelyn (Berger) Kiecker. Lucille attended a one-room Lutheran school from kindergarten through 8th grade, and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1949. She worked at various banks in Redwood Falls and Fairfax; eventually moving to Minneapolis to work at Northwestern National Bank. Lucille was married to John Weigand on May 23, 1964, in Minneapolis. After her children were born, she stayed home for several years, then re-entered the workforce in a variety of positions, retiring from Colorado State University in 1997. Lucille loved spending time with family and friends, especially her three grandchildren. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening and long walks, and beautifully cared for her home and garden. Lucille was kind, loving, patient and hard-working, and will be greatly missed. Lucille is survived by daughters, Gretchen (Michael) Jorgensen and Nancy Weigand, both of Fort Collins; grandchildren, Maia Jorgensen; Anders Jorgensen and Rose Ganshert, of Fort Collins; sister Marlene (John) Nestande; sisters-in-law Vernette Kiecker and Marilyn Kiecker, of Fairfax, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, brothers Myron and Donald Kiecker, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene Ann and Frank Enns. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church (301 E. Stuart; Fort Collins). Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. The family would like to thank Dr. Diana Medgyesy for years of compassionate care, as well as Julie and John Adrian and the staff at Lighthouse Eldercare for providing loving care to Lucille during the last months of her life.
Dale W. Grant, retired emeritus professor of microbiology at Colorado State University, died Thursday, December 11, 2014. He would have been 91, on December 22. Dale's wife, Virginia, died in 1997. Dale was born in Woodland, ME, in 1923. Dale and Virginia met in California, and were married in Gustine, CA, her hometown, in 1948. Dale received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in microbiology at then Colorado A & M, in 1952 and 1953, and his PhD in microbiology at Purdue University in 1965. He was associate professor of microbiology at CSU from 1965-1986, when he retired. He was a WWII veteran. He is survived by sons David Grant, and Mark Grant, both of Ft. Collins; daughter Cynthia Weitzel (Thomas) of Overton, NE; one grandson Andrew and his three children (Dallas, Aubrey, and Samuel) all of Eustis, NE; and one granddaughter Alexandra Yount (Conner) of Fremont, NE. Dale will be remembered for his love of science and knowledge, books, and classical music; baking bread; his sense of humor that never left him; a once-in-a-lifetime experience shared with his family in Kenya, East Africa, working for USAID; and the special love and attention given to his grandchildren as they grew up, creating so many wonderful memories. A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, December 20. Memorials suggested to World Wildlife Fund, or Friends of the Library.