Wanda M. Jacobson

WANDA JACOBSONWanda Mae Howard was born December 17, 1932 to Roy William and Irene Elizabeth (Hoover) Howard in St. Francis, Kansas.  She passed away at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colorado on June 13, 2014.

Wanda Mae Howard married John E. Jacobson on April 17, 1952. They had three children, Lyle D. Jacobson, Gail M. Oleson and Lewis J. Jacobson.  She loved her art, painting with oils, gardening and helping others. She was a bookkeeper for the family business, John’s 66. She loved to grow flowers and could always be seen working in her yard on Main Street. The house was always open to family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,  John E. Jacobson and son, Lyle D. Jacobson in May 1983.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail Oleson, son, Lewis Jacobson, sisters, Marion Howard Crites, Orpha Howard Brown, brother, Ray Howard,  grandson, Jeremy Jacobson, granddaughter, Danielle Goodman Cunningham, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado with Rev. Norman Stott officiating. A Private Family Inurnment will be held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Memorials may be made to the Wray Art Guild. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray was in charge of arrangements.

Lorin Junior Selby Memorial Services

JR SELBY PHOTOLorin Junior Selby was born on Feb 6, 1946 in Wray Colorado to Lorin and Vera Selby.  He passed away June 16, 2014 at his home in Sugar City, Colorado after a long battle with cancer.

He grew up on the family farm south of Wray and graduated from Wray High School in 1964.  Following the death of his father he worked on the family farm until the 1980s.  He moved to Arizona in the 1980’s and operated a dry cleaners.  In the early 1990’s he moved to Sugar City where he served part-time on the town council while driving a truck for a living.  He served on the Sugar City town council and was instrumental in obtaining a grant to build a new town hall.  While driving truck he injured his back and retired in Sugar City.   

Junior was a member of the Methodist Church, as well as the Masonic Lodge and the Elks.  He was a past member of the Jaycees and built a motorcycle track as a fundraiser.  He enjoyed playing pitch and talking about cattle and farming with his friends.  He was a private pilot and member of Flying Farmers. 

Junior was married to Pat Willig (Ramseier) and they had one son, Justin.  Justin married and gave Junior three grandchildren – Andrew, Jacob, and Gabriella. 

Junior was preceded in death by his parents Lorin and Vera Selby and his son Justin.

His survivors include Justin’s wife, Olivia and his three grandchildren of Excelsior Springs, Missouri and John and Theo Selby of Gilbert, Arizona. 

A graveside service and inurnment will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.






Melvin Gene Ritchey

GENEMelvin Gene Ritchey was born October 14, 1947 to Marlin and Sylvia (Fincher) Ritchey in Yuma, Colorado. He went home to his heavenly Father May 22, 2014 in Wray, Colorado.

As a young boy the family lived in rural Yuma County. His entire education was in Wray, Colorado. When he was in high school, he worked for his Dad in the excavation business. After high school he continued to work for his Dad, then he had his own business Ritchey’s Excavation. He also worked for Wray Redi-Mix, then he went to work for the East Yuma County Cemetery District. He retired from there on October 31, 2013 after 36 years. He was very involved in all the changes and decisions on our cemeteries in the District. He had belonged to the Wray Elks.

December 4, 1965, Gene and Lois Prather were married in Wray, Colorado. Three children, Ron, Travis and Sabrena joined the family. Unfortunately the marriage did not last. Later, he found love with Linda Menke. Gene really enjoyed having his grandkids around. He always had ice cream, and as the grandkids always said the best cookies in the country. Sometimes we think he enjoyed feeding them full of ice cream, cookies and anything sugar filled and then sending them home for the parents to deal with the sugar high. He also loved to give the grandkids a huge cup to go pick purple mulberries.

Gene loved to go hunting and fishing. He often talked about going fish or hunting before and after school. He and his brother, Sonny always went opening day deer hunting until Sonny’s health wouldn’t let him. At that time, Gene and son, Travis started their deer hunting together. One of his delights was taking granddaughter, Ozzi on her first hunting trip when she was 2 ½ months old.

Gene, Sonny, Steve Ivins, Joe and Victor Hart got to go fishing many times. GeneLooked forward to retiring, so he could go fishing anytime he wanted to. Gene also loved to garden. He was like his Mom, they could have a garden the size of a postage stamp and feed a ton of people. He became an avid canner, Learning from his mom and passing the dying art on to his son, Travis. He spent many hours and miles hauling Sabrena and her horse to 4-H and fair events.

He is preceded in death by special friend, Linda Menke, his parents, Marlin and Sylvia Ritchey, brother, Sonny Ritchey, brothers-in-law, Jim Ellis and Wilber Snelling and infant nephew, mother and father-in-law, Leo and Beryl Prather.

He is survived by his son, Ron Ritchey and wife, Kusuma, The Woodlands, Texas;Son, Travis Ritchey, Wray, Colorado; daughter, Sabrena McCasland and husband, Brian, Wray, Colorado; grandchildren: Simone, Carson and Gavin Ritchey, The Woodlands, Texas; Ozzi Ritchey, Wray; Kordell, Kenzie and Kennedi McCasland, Wray. Sisters, Mary Lou Walwer and husband, Bob, Winter Haven, Florida, Mable Snelling, Yuma, Colorado; brother, Merle and wife, Charlotte, Wray; Special friends, Steve Ivins, Joe Hart, Victor Hart, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Memorial service was held at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Norman Stott officiating. Inurnment was held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.









Gerald O. “Shorty” Sievers

SHORTY SIEVERSGerald O. “Shorty” Sievers was born April 9, 1928 in Parks, Nebraska, one of 2 sons, to Oren Mark and Stella Mable (Singley) Sievers. Shorty passed away on May 2, 2014 at the Hillcrest Care Center in Wray, Colorado at the age of 86.

Shorty married Alvina Arleen Calkins on June 3, 1954 and to this marriage 4 children were raised. Randall Leroy, Mark Duane, Cindy Lou, and Leland Lester. Shorty was Grandpa, Great-grandpa, and Step-grandpa to several.

Gerald was well know in Wray and in several areas where he had lived in his past years. He was always busy with different clubs and organizations. Shorty had spent 18 years working for the Colorado Game, Fish & Parks Division of Wildlife which he enjoyed. Shorty always had a hand in everything and was a big dreamer that was always coming up with different things to build and how to make thins better, and if he had the change to make an extra dollar with improving something he would. Shorty was also known by the community as the guy they could always call if they had something that they needed hauled. Dad would tackle any load with his 1 ton pick-up and trailer whether it was tied down or not he would head down the road.

Gerald was a very active member of the Wray Masonic Lodge #71, and the Akron Masonic Lodge #26. In 2013, Gerald received his 50 year recognition pin from Lodge #71. Through the Mason and the Shriners Shorty earned his Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, his Knight of the York Cross of Honor, The Colorado York Rite of Freemasonry, The Royal Order of Scotland, The Sterling Commandery Number 35 Knights of Templar and the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees. Gerald had held several offices in his years with the Mason’s and held this organization dear to his heart. Most people in surrounding counties knew Shorty as the gentleman with the miniature semi that he ran in every parade that he could make it to with the Shriners. Gerald was also a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his time that he spent in the Korean War. His other passion was the Boy Scouts of America which he has been as active member for several years and had just received a plaque at the 2014 Scout Show for being one of the original members that organized the show 25 years ago. He was known to always be there to help the Troops, Crews or Leaders whenever needed. Gerald’s son’s Randall, Mark and Leland, Grandsons, Casey and RJ Sievers and Great Grandsons, Kyle Sievers, and Wyett and Wade Martin have followed in his path with his love for scouting.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Alvina, and brother, Cal Sievers. Shorty is survived by his children, Randall Sievers, Mark Sievers and wife, Shawnna, Cindy Knight , Leland Sievers and wife, Jewell; grandchildren, great-grandchildren,  step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.

A funeral service was held Thursday, May 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colorado with Commander-Donald E. Nichols; Captain General- Donald E. Weiser, Past Commander-Doronal-Ascalon Commandry #31, President – Colorado Knight Templars Association; Prelate-John E. Zeaphey, Great Standard Bearer of the Grand Commandry of Colorado; officiating. Interment was held in the Grandview Cemetery with Masonic Rites and Full Military Honors. Memorials may be given to the Wray Scouting Foundation, c/o Chester Zwirn, 24568 Co. Rd. FF, Wray, Colorado 80758. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.





Russell A. Walborn

WALBORN, RUSSELLRussell Albertus Walborn was born June 3, 1927 to Virgil Albertus and Ethel Ruth (Brockman) Walborn in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was the oldest of seven children and a tireless gift of grace and help to his parents in raising his brothers and sisters – Verna, David, Paul, Merle, Karen and Dorothy.

Russell graduated from Bethany Nazarene Seminary, now Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma in 1961. As an ordained minister he shepherded congregations in Nebraska, Texas and Arkansas during his years of ministry.

Russell had been trained in painting and papering by his father and ran his own company to work his way through college. He had a creative side and started a custom wall treatment design business between times of ministry, and was in high demand in the Security, Colorado Springs, and Denver areas bringing much beauty and elegance to the finest homes, mansions and businesses. He was a true master at his craft. His creativity did not stop there. Many homes are graced by his beautiful gifts of wax working. Hand shaped, carved and decorated candles too beautiful to burn, including Nativity scenes in miniature. He also enjoyed crafting clocks of all materials, shapes and sizes. He enjoyed sharing his art with children while teaching in Arkansas.

Russell married Patricia Quist on October 4, 1974. She brought five children and together they had a son, John Christian. With his new wife at his side, and his new children to enjoy, God called Russell back into the ministry. To supplement his income while a pastor, Russell taught elementary and high school. His good natured spirit made him a favorite. Students still seek him out to share how he impacted their lives.

Russell’s patience and joy with the children changed many little lives. Russell was a children’s pastor in Colorado Springs for several years, and developed the crafts programs for children’s camp while in Arkansas. He delighted hundreds of children with his science demonstrations to illustrate God’s love. Side by side, Russell and Patty guided four churches in Arkansas. He taught at Cloverdale Christian Academy and Little Rock Christian School, and was principal at Shannon Hills Academy.

A joy for his family was when Russell found he had a voice to sing and shared it. His love for music got even deeper.

Russell retired to Wray, Colorado, and took on keeping Cedardale Nursing Centre’s maintenance to make ends meet, making good friends with his willing heart and excellent knowledge of how things work. He enjoyed watching “The Joy of Painting”, Lawrence Welk, and Rick Steve’s travels.

Russell worked hard to be a good father and husband. His honesty and kindness made him a good many friends. Russell is survived by his wife, Patricia, sons, Duane and John Walborn, stepchildren; Arthur, Michael, Kenneth and Debera, sisters, Verna Irwin, Karen Cavaness and Dorothy Tiry and brothers, David and Paul Walborn. He is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Merle Wagner, his daughter, Miriam Walborn, son, Eugene Walborn and stepson, David Quist.

 A Memorial service was held Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Wray, Colorado with Pastor Terry Douglass officiating. Memorials may be made to the Russell Walborn Memorial Fund. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.