Like the blues he loved, Richard D. Johnson, 67, lived a storied life of riffs and beats that got your feet tapping. Rick passed away December 17, 2014, after a long bout with cancer, but not before leaving an indelible impression. A native of Billings, Montana, and son of Howard and Mary Johnson, Rick graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School and ultimately matriculated to Fort Collins, where he served as a dedicated and creative professor of finance at Colorado State University for 29 years. During the first "bluesy stanza" of his adult life, Rick attended the University of Portland, where he met his future wife Janet (McBride) and played rhythm guitar in the Seagram Six band. When Jan transferred to UC Santa Barbara, Rick followed, completing his undergraduate degree at Long Beach State University. Wanting to stay close to the music scene while attending LBSU, Rick worked as a bouncer at a club where he met Alice Cooper and his snake. After marrying Jan in 1970, he worked for Security Pacific Bank, which inspired the second "stanza" of his life. Rick and Jan relocated to Eugene, where Rick obtained a masters and doctorate in finance and a life-long passion for the University of Oregon Ducks. Colorado State University became the bridge of his life's song. At CSU's Department of Finance in the College of Business, Rick served as department chair, co-authored two textbooks, and became a mentor to the CSU students he loved and nurtured. During the last stanza of his life, Rick became an avid blues player and rhythm guitarist for Fort Collins' Vintage Winds, studied Zen Buddhism, counseled troubled prisoners, and volunteered at the Poudre Valley Hospital Cancer Center, where he supported others with cancer. Rick also served as the investment committee chair of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. A loving son, brother, and husband, Rick transformed challenges in his life and those of others into a 30-minute angst-ridding, belly-laugh-inducing stand-up routine. He loved nature and the great outdoors, devoted hours to tying his own flies, read the water like a book, and practiced the art and science of fly fishing to the extent that he always left a day of fishing with a catch. He is survived by his wife, Jan; sister Mary Ann Bradley and her husband Tim, nephew Timmer Bradley, niece Sarah Bradley; sister-in-law Jane Greco and her husband James, nephews Brian and Matt Greco and their wives, Jenny and Ashley, respectively; and his beloved Lakeland terrier, Maddie. The family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude for the loving care provided by his oncologist, Dr. Ann Stroh, her team, and the Poudre Valley Hospital Oncology and Out-Patient Infusion units. Memorial services will be conducted at Allnutt Funeral Service in Fort Collins at a future date. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be directed to the Rick Johnson Music Education Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, 4745 Wheaton Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525, or to the Cancer Center of the Poudre Valley Hospital & Medical Center Foundation, at www.pvhandmcr.thankyou4caring. org. View the online obituary and send the family your condolences.
Dr. Karen Sue Powell, 71, of Fort Collins, died December 17, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Karen was born to the late Vernon and Isabelle Lemmon on May 6, 1943, in Fairbury, NE. Karen and her family moved to Berthoud in 1953. She later graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1961 and received bachelor and master degrees from Colorado State University in 1965 and 1973 respectively. She received her doctorate in business communications in 1987 from the University of Northern Colorado. She married James Sterkel in 1963. She married Ernest Powell in May 1989. Karen was a distinguished professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University from 1976 until she retired in 2003. Karen was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students. Karen loved God. Her Christian counsel was sought by many students over her 27 years at CSU. She was a known business communications consultant and published author of business management textbooks. Karen was a member of Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland. She loved to travel. Karen and Ernie traveled to England, Ireland and Hawaii, in addition to many places around the country in their motorhome. Karen also loved to read books, cook and spend time with her grandchildren. Karen is survived by her husband, Ernest Powell; her sister, Beverly McCue of Loveland; her brother, Kirk Lemmon of Laporte; her two children: Scott Sterkel of Petersburg, TN, and Jennifer St. Cyrof Ft. Collins, her two stepchildren: Kathy Depperschmidt of Loveland, and Robert Powell of Thornton. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. We would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who have cared for Karen. We also want to thank all who have prayed for Karen. She is finally home. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Denver Rescue Mission in Fort Collins or Denver in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Ft. Collins, CO 80524. A memorial service was held Saturday, January 3. Send condolences to the family.
James "Jim" Winick died peacefully on December 6 in Fort Collins, at the age of 71. James is survived by his wife Corinne, his daughter Rhonda (Joe) Hernandez, sons Steve (Julie) Winick, and Jeff Winick, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and sisters Jenny Heinze, Shirley Kinnison, Ruth Hawkins, and Beverly Lewis. James was born in Fort Collins to Henry and Annie (Bederous) Winick. He graduated from Fort Collins High School. He married his high school sweetheart in 1964. He worked for Colorado State University as a research technician. He leaves behind a loving family. A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10th, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 916 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Reception after will be back at the church. Associated minister Jake will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jim's life. Condolences may be sent to 704 Louise Lane, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521.
Jeune Reinhold: 15 Dec 1922 - 29 Oct 2014 Whata life! From nursing through WWII inEngland and raising four children in the US after her husband was taken from her far too soon, to beating cancer at 87 and skydiving to celebrate, Jeune met life's challenges with determination and grace. Whether family, friends, or patients, we were all touched by her kindness, generosity and positivity and loved her dearly for them. Let us always remember the things she loved best–her family and friends,the outdoors, especially the mountains and most especially Pingree Park, literature and theater, tennis and CSU women's basketball, all creatures great and small, especially her huge "Ellies" and tiny feathered friends, and, of course, Africa. Let Jeune's life be remembered as the best example that a life lived simply but fully, with integrity and conviction is its own reward. Jeune is survived by her three children; Jill Braddock, Kirsten Hovorka (Joe) and John Reinhold (Gaye), her six grandchildren and five great grandsons. Jeune was predeceased by her husband, daughter, sister and mother. Jeune will be forever missed and forever remembered. A celebration of life service was held November 3rd. Memorial contributions can be made to Africaid, Elephant Passage at the Denver Zoo, and the CSU Women's Basketball Program, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
Patricia Cudd, 62, of Fort Collins passed away on Friday, Sept. 26, after an extended illness.
Dr. Theodore Klock Chamberlain, a retired oceanography and geology professor from the Warner College for Natural Resources, passed away Sept. 24 after a long illness. Dr. Chamberlain, a renowned oceanographer and a geologist, spent years at the oceanic research around the world and the Chesapeake Bay at Johns Hopkins University. He has led the department of Geology at Colorado State University and spent the rest of his career of 38 years at the university teaching two of the largest undergraduate courses on campus. Dr. Chamberlain loved teaching. He passionately encouraged and inspired thousands of students into higher education, exploration and spreading knowledge. Dr. Chamberlain was a scholar, a poet and a philosopher; he left a wealth of publications and writings. With Dr. Chamberlain's passing away the light that has enlightened the paths of thousands of students has dimmed, but Dr. Chamberlain's students will hold his torch to light other people's paths. Dr. Chamberlain's students and family are establishing the Theodore Chamberlain Global Resource Stewardship Scholarship and an annual lecture on his favorite topic- conservation of earth's oceanographic resources - in his name. Tributes to Dr. Chamberlain may be paid by sending contributions to the Theodore Chamberlain Global Resource Stewardship Scholarship or Conservation of Earth’s Oceanographic Resources Lecture in care of the CSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522-18702. Dr. Chamberlain is survived by a loving family of his wife Farida, his daughters Diana and Heather, and his sons Bruce, Makoto, Satoru, Thor, Alfie and Willie.