Rex J. Tracy was born February 26, 1937 in Wray, Colorado to Harve and Evaleen Tracy. He died October 25, 2014 at his home in Wray, Colorado. Shortly after Rex was born the family moved to Cheyenne County Kansas where Rex spent his first eight years of his life. While there he started school in the country school, District number 60. 

In 1945, Rex moved along with his family to the ranch 14 miles north of Haigler. The first two years he was there Rex and his sisters rode the school bus into Haigler to school. He then attended District 43 country school riding his horse there much of the time. In 1948, his father, Harve purchased a 1946 John Deere tractor and Rex learned to drive on it. He helped in the hay fields at the age of 12 raking hay with a team of horses. 

School District 43, consolidated with Haigler when Rex was in the seventh grade and he rode the school bus into Haigler. He attended school there and graduated from high school in 1956. After graduation he went into ranching with his father. 

In 1959, Rex joined the National Guard and was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training. After completing basic training he was stationed at Fort Chafee Arkansas and was in the artillery unit firing 105 and 155 Howitzers.

On October 9, 1960, he was united in marriage to Beverly Rogers at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado. Rex and Beverly took over the ranch from his father, Harve. Rex and Beverly had three sons, Bill, Tad and Jerry Tracy. 

In 1964, Rex and Beverly took flying lessons and purchased their first airplane. This was to become one of Rex’s greatest loves. He loved to fly and gave many people their first ride in an airplane.

In 1982, Rex and Beverly sold the ranch at Haigler and moved to Wray, Colorado. Rex worked for E & E Excavation and later Interstate Irrigation of Yuma. After retirement he was unable to just do nothing so he helped various farmers. Not being able to give up ranching he kept a small herd of cattle to occupy his extra time. 

After retirement, Rex and Beverly enjoyed traveling and seeing the country and Beverly’s hobby of genealogy took them to many out of the way places. 

The hours Rex spent with his grandchildren were the greatest pleasure in later years. He took them with him to feed cows and for rides on the tractors. They always wanted to come down and spend time with him. 

Rex was preceded in death by his parents, Harve an Evaleen Tracy. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, his sons; Bill and wife, Yvette, Tad and wife, Phyllis, and Jerry and wife, April; grandsons; Travis Tracy, Gale Tracy, Chad Tracy, Eric Tracy and Wyatt Tracy; and great-granddaughter, Alice Tracy and great-grandson; Nate Friend, and two sisters, Fern Forsythe of St. Francis and Ellen Sieders of Elizabeth. 

A Memorial service was held Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado with Rev. Norman Stott and Pastor Terry Douglass officiating. A Private Family inurnment was held in the Armel Cemetery in Armel, Colorado. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Louise Juranek

Dorothy JuranekDorothy Louise (Gleason) Juranek was born Nov. 6 1927, three miles east of Beecher Island, Colorado to Lloyd and Mary (Lamb) Gleason. She was the oldest of six children. She parted this life Sept. 17 2014 at Hillcrest Care Center in Wray at the age of 86. As a child, she stayed with her grandmother in Eckley and attended Yuma and Eckley School.

Prior to World War II, Joe Juranek met Dorothy while working for her father. After a lengthy courtship, on February 12, 1948 Dorothy and Joe were wed in Benkelman, Nebraska and to this union four children were born Leonard, Kelly, Mary, Bryan.

In 1950, Joe and Dorothy decided to build their own family home in which they could raise their family. Pregnant with their second child on the way and cooking on a Coleman camping stove with no running water or plumbing, she was very anxious to get in there home. It was a hard time for her and Joe, raising a family in a small one room shack while completing their home in 1953.

Dorothy worked through the years for the Junior High Cafeteria, Renotta Nursing Home, also by taking in ironings to make ends meet.

In 1992, Joe had a brush with death almost dying from an aneurysm, Dorothy stayed by his side while he was in intensive care. For over a month, she lived outside the Greeley Hospital in a small camper in the middle of winter that Joe’s brother in law, Marion had provided.

After two months of rehab at the Hospital, Joe returned home where they spent the next 12 years together enjoying family and each other until Joe’s passing in 2004.

After Joe’s passing, Dorothy lived at home for the next 10 years until her failing health forced her admission into Hillcrest Care Center.

After a short stay, Dorothy passed away peacefully with her children at her side.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents; LLoyd and Mary Gleason, brothers; Marvin, Kenny, George, sister; Virginia (Gleason) Renzelman and daughter-in-law, Ellen Juranek.

Those surviving her are her brother; Ronnie, children; Leonard Juranek, Kelly Juranek, Mary Thurmond, and Bryan Juranek & wife, Cindi; grandchildren; Dawn Peterson, Beth Lopez, Jeremy Juranek, Chris Rippe; great grandchildren; Hunter, Bradyn, Rowan, Ally, Ethan, Seth and numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colorado with Rev. Steve Wynkoop officiating. Interment was held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colorado was in charge of arrangements.



Gary Lee Keller (Brother of Pat (Keller) Nelson

GARY KELLER2Gary L. Keller of Denver, lost his battle to cancer September 13, 2014 at the Denver Hospice at the age of 61. Gary was born January 13, 1953 in St. Francis, Kansas to Alfred and Martha (Hilt) Keller.

Gary grew up in Vernon, Colorado and was confirmed at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vernon. He graduated from Wray High School with the Class of 1971. Gary went on to Western State College University in Gunnison, Colorado. He received his English major and art minor. He went on to get his Bachelor’s in interior design. When Gary finished college there was barely enough work for teachers, so Gary slowly went into the restaurant business working all the way from Red Lobster to Brown Palace, Cliff Young to catering for Mrs. Coors and others to working at Panzano and his last job at the Wooden Table. Gary loved the Denver restaurant scene and all his friends he met on his journey. Gary had a passion for studying different wines, working himself up as a Captain to Maître D on to Sommelier then on to General Manager. Gary was proud of his accomplishment this year, as he was voted by the City of Denver as best server and sommelier in 2014.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Martha Keller. Gary is survived by his sister, Patricia Nelson and husband, Tim; nieces, Angela Korf (Dave Schmitz); children, Cory, Brandon, and Blake Korf; Sierra (Josh) Hanson and one great-niece, Peyton Korf, nephew, Brett (Jill) Beringer; children, Zekke, Titus, and Maddix and many friends.

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 held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado.

Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Helen Mae Poyser

Helen Poyser photoHelen 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 WOODSRoyal Woods III, 92, of Wray, Colorado, passed away on July 30, 2014.  The funeral service was held at the Wray United Methodist Church on August 2, 2014.

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.