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.
Robert Packard Martin ("RP" or "Bob") was born November 11, 1920, in Roswell, New Mexico, to Merrill C. and Lillian Herring Martin. He passed away at the age of 94 on December 14, 2014, in Fort Collins where he had lived for nearly 60 years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois Lucas Martin, his son Scott (Lisa) Martin, his daughter Elisabeth "Lisa" (Glen) Brozovich and his grandchildren Alyson Brozovich (Kyle) Williams, Melinda K. Martin and Lucas D. Martin.He was a graduate of Roswell High School in Roswell, NM, and also of Park College in Parkville, MO, as well as the University of Colorado. He earned a master's degree from Colorado A&M (Colorado State University). While in Fort Collins he met and married Lois Lucas on June 28, 1952. They then moved to Salt Lake City where RP earned his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Utah with Dr. Leo Samuels. While there, their son Scott was born. The 3 Martins then traveled on the Queen Mary to Basel, Switzerland, in 1955 where Dr. Martin had a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Basel with Dr. Thaddeus Reichstein, Nobel Laureate. Daughter Elisabeth (Lisa) was born during their stay there. The family returned on the Queen Elizabeth and re-established residence in Fort Collins where Bob lived till the end of his life.Bob was a biochemistry professor at CSU for more than 35 years. Steroid biochemistry was the main subject of his research. He enjoyed teaching and was quite demanding of his students including correcting their grammar on biochemistry essay questions. His true passion became advising for premedical students. He worked with others to develop a formal advising program which became Premedica. One of the most prized possessions that Bob loved to show visitors was his Distinguished Service Award for Undergraduate Advising. Many former students/advisees have kept in touch over the years and become an extended family. The family spent a year in the Boston area in 1964-65 while he took a year of sabbatical as a research associate at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.Bob's enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 after having had flight training at Park College. He served stateside as a flight instructor as well as ferrying fighter planes across the United States. Especially in later years he loved telling stories and sharing photos from his flying days. He achieved the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and served in the reserves. RPM were perfect initials for Bob as his brain, his body or both were always in motion at a high rate of RPMs (revolutions per minute). He had a sharp wit and loved puns as well as double entendres. After retirement he delved into theology and read as well as wrote about the life of Galileo. He gave occasional presentations at the Foothills Unitarian Church where he was an active member serving on the board and various committees. He helped oversee the enlargement and remodeling of the church in 1996. Community involvement included the Choice City Cycling Coalition, which helped the city develop biking policies and plans, the Fort Collins Clean Air Commission and lobbying to get the purchase of Soderberg Ranch on the ballot so that Horsetooth Mountain Park could be established. Bob enjoyed spending time with his wife and children. They camped as a family and traveled all over the country by car to visit friends, family, natural and historic areas. RP also back packed before tents and packs were light weight and biked to work year round before the bike lanes were developed. He skied for over 50 years and granddaughter Alyson was his ski buddy in Breckenridge. In later years he loved watching both Melinda and Lucas play tennis for Fossil Ridge High School and in USTA tournaments. His yard and roses were a pride and joy, this kept him busy until he and Lois moved out of their long time home and into MacKenzie Place in 2012. He will be greatly missed by friends and family. A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins. Memorial donations may be made through www.allnutt.com to CSU Premedica Scholarship Endowment or Crossroads Safehouse.
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.