Dorothy Louise Juranek, 86 passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Hillcrest Care Center in Wray, Colorado. She was born November 6, 1927 to Lloyd and Mary (Lamb) Gleason in Beecher Island, Colorado. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home, 427 Adams Street, Wray, Colorado 80758. Interment will be held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gary Lee Keller, 61 passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Gary was born January 13, 1953 to Alfred A. and Martha M. (Hilt) Keller in St. Francis, Kansas. A Celebration of his life will be held Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Wray, Colorado with Pastor Timothy Davis officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Mae (Criswell) Poyser was born November 12, 1929 in Salida, Colorado to Charles E. and Bernice Margaret (Jay) Criswell. She passed away September 6, 2014 at Hillcrest Care Center in Wray, Colorado.
Helen was raised in Maysville, Colorado and attended school in Salida, Colorado.
Helen married Winne Joe Holman and to this union was two children, Winne Charles and Vickie Arlene.
On February 4, 1959, Helen married James F. Poyser. They lived in Salida for many years and then moved to Vernon, Colorado. Helen loved gardening, crocheting, and reading.
Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bernice; sister, Beulah; and grandson, J.P. True.
She is survived by her husband, James F. Poyser, son, Winne Holman and wife, Mary; daughter, Vickie True and husband, Luis; three grandchildren, Tracie Sullivan, Mike Holman, and Lori True; six great-grandchildren, Emily, Luke, Nate, Eli, Jackson, and Maggie; and brother, Jerry Criswell and wife, Joyce; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home, 427 Adams Street, Wray, Colorado 80758 with Rev. Steve Wynkoop officiating. Interment will be held in the Glendale Cemetery in Vernon, Colorado. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains, P.O. Box 365, Wray, Colorado 80758. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Royal was born in Benkelman, Nebraska on August 16, 1921 to Royal and Leola (Jones) Woods, II . He graduated from Haigler High School and continued on to the Grand Island School of Business in Grand Island, Nebraska. Royal was inducted into the US Army in 1945 and honorably discharged in 1947, serving in counter-intelligence.
Royal was married to Helen Brumley on March 12, 1950. They were married 64 years and to this union were born Marcia Gustin, Royal (Woody) Woods IV, and Bruce Woods.
Royal worked as a farmer/rancher his entire life. Even after moving to Wray, Colorado, in 1987, Royal drove to Haigler on a daily basis to continue helping with the family ranch until March of 2009. Royal served on the Haigler School District Board of Education, Farm Credit Services Board of Directors, ASCS/FSA County Committee, as a Youth Baseball Coach, and a member of the Haigler American Legion Post 134. Although active in the community, family was very important to Royal and he had a musical ditty for every situation.
Royal is survived by and will be deeply missed by his wife,Helen Woods; Marcia and spouse Brian Gustin; Woody and spouse Stephanie, children Austin and Danielle, Branden and Sydney, Megan, and Morgan Woods; Bruce and spouse Valerie, children Brianna, Shelby and Russell, and Seth Woods; great grandchildren Madison, Bryson, and Jaxyn Woods; sister Laura Pearl Wall and brother Donald Woods, and other family and friends.
Royal is preceded in death by parents, Royal Jr. and Leola Jones Woods, sister Mildred Waters, and brother Raymond Woods.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado with Rev. Norman Stott and Rev. Terry Douglass officiating. Interment was in the Haigler Cemetery in Haigler, Nebraska. Memorials may be made to the Haigler American Legion Post #134. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bernadel Fisher was born November 24, 1925 in Wray, Co to the late Paul and Emma Gartin. Bernadel is survived by her twin sister, Berniece Rose of N Richland Hills, TX, Shirley Ficke and husband, Robert Ficke, of Lincoln, NE, and Janice Haack and husband, Larry Haack of Denver, CO. Her deceased siblings who are lovingly remembered; Lucille Renzelman, Pauline Pudlik and Marion Gartin. Bernadel exemplified love, dedication, and an unwavering faith in God, as a mother to her five children; Debra Ann Stull, Sterling, Co.; Ronald Mason Chamberlain, (deceased), wife, Dixie Chamberlain, Wray, Co.; Kelly Paul Chamberlain, Wray, Co. Jody Lynn Chamberlain, (deceased), Carmen Jane Hochevar, husband, Brian Hochevar, Knoxville, Tn. Bernadel was loved by her (9) grandchildren; Trae Stull and wife, Cia Stull, Travis Stull and wife, Marisa Stull, Brittany Hochevar, Luke Hochevar and wife, Ashley Hochevar, Dylan Hochevar, Mason Chamberlain and wife, Corie Chamberlain, Tyler Chamberlain and wife, Kylie Chamberlain, Angela DePue and husband, James DePue, Ashley Gustafson, and husband, Eric Gustafson. She also was proud of her (17) great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. On September 2, 1975, she married the love of her life, Theodore Jack Fisher. They shared three wonderful years of bliss until a farm accident ended their fairy tale. Bernadel went joyfully to be with The Lord at the Wray Community District Hospital on July 22, 2014, after a brief struggle with her health.
Bernadel started her work career with Mountain Bell Phone Company as a telephone operator in 1943 and was lastly promoted as a Service Representative at the Wray office in 1964, and retired with 26 years of dedicated service. Bernadel was an active member in her community as she served and held different offices with the St Andrews Catholic Church in Wray, CO. Bernadel was elected to serve on the Council of Catholic Women Archdiocese of Denver, CO. starting with Secretary for 6 years, Treasure for 28 years, Historian/Exec. Advisory Committee for 9 years till death. She worked and volunteered at the Wray 55 and Over Center for many years along with the American Legion and Auxiliary. One of her most humbling achievements was when received Woman of the Year in 1974. Bernadel filled her days with her hobbies of bowling, cooking, gardening, quilting, and sharing a story over a cup of coffee.
Mom, You are the Woman I dream of becoming, the Masterpiece I long to paint. You are the Example I strive to follow. You’re a Giver of self and a Friend to all. A woman of Character. I am blessed God chose you to be my mother and my children’s Grandmother.
A rosary and fellowship was held at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home July 27, 2014. A funeral mass was celebrated at St Andrews Catholic Church followed by her burial at the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, CO. A memorial in Bernadel Fisher’s name can be made to Children’s Hospital Colorado with donations accepted at First Pioneer National Bank, (PO Box 96 in Wray, CO 80758). Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangments.