L. CLAY GLENN

CLAY GLENNLawrence Clay Glenn was born January 16th, 1929 in Cunningham, Kansas. He was the eldest of six children born to James Edgar Glenn and Marguerite Pearl (Northrop) Glenn. Clay grew up playing and working on the family farms and ranches with his father and grandfather. He often told stories of driving teams to plant feed, riding out to the pasture to bring the cows home, or playing Andy-Over with a ball and his brothers in the summer. During the school year, Clay left home early to drive the school bus and pick up students, before attending classes himself and finally, graduating from the eighth grade.

          Clay was too young to join the war, and spoke of the need for the young men be responsible for the farms while the older men were off to war. He discovered an aptitude for engine repair and decided to become a mechanic. All spare metal was being used during the war effort, and Clay had to petition the local war board for approval to purchase his first set of tools. This experience stayed with him and Clay took great pride in high quality workmanship; many times throughout his career he was honored for his excellence and expertise.

          Clay’s story is incomplete without mentioning Pauline; who entered his life when he was 14, and she was 13. Pauline was brought out to the farm to help cook for the threshing crew one July, and their friendship grew over the course of three harvest seasons before they finally exchanged rings. Clay and Pauline were married when he was 18, and she was 17 in Brighton, Colorado on December 17th, 1947. Both were too young to marry without their parent’s consent, and their story of driving back and forth between Kansas and Colorado obtaining parent signatures and a promise ring has become legendary with the passage of time.

 Clay and Pauline began married life in Kansas farming, ranching, and working as a mechanic. To this union four children were born: Dwayne A., Gary Dean, Diana Kay, and Myra Jo Anne.  Clay and Pauline attended a revival when he was 21, and he decided to commit his life to the Lord. From that point forward, Clay made church a family focus and sharing his joy in Christ with his children, grandchildren, and friends, eventually becoming an elder.

          Clay and Pauline moved to Commerce City, Colorado in 1959 where Clay worked as a mechanic for White Motor Company, Ruan, Freightliner, B.D.Wilhelm, and ran his own garage, too. Clay and Pauline made friends with the family at the end of the block, and the Glenn family doubled with the treasured friendship of Jim and Jenny McNew, and their three children. During these years, life centered around Boy and Girl Scouts, camping trips, bowling league, Lion’s Club, youth group, water ski-ing, fishing trips, and supper with the McNews every Saturday night. Together, Clay and Pauline enjoyed marital bliss for 66 years, but were friends through it all, for 70 years.

          Clay’s family history included several teachers in the past; thus, education was important to him. Clay decided to attend high school and earned his diploma at the age of 62, by attending night school. He stressed the value of an education to all, and was keenly proud of attending the college graduations of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; also, especially proud of those who used their skills to teach others. After retirement, Clay announced he had decided to become a carpenter; “When he grew up,” he said.

 Glenn’s Hobby Shop was born, and Clay built decks and installed cabinetry throughout the Denver area for several years, before deciding to move to Wray. Throughout the course of his life, Clay was a: loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, elder, Boy Scout Leader, friend to many, and a helper to those in need.

In particular, Clay committed his life feeding the hungry. He helped start two food programs in the Denver area; and most recently, volunteered at the Manna Pantry. In total, Clay sorted, packaged, and delivered food to the hungry for over 30 years. When asked recently why he had felt such commitment to this idea; Clay responded he had seen the face of hunger during the Great Depression, and he never wanted anyone to know that feeling again. Clay also volunteered his services at his churches through the years, and served on the board of the 55 and Over Club, in Wray.  

The summation of Clay’s presence in our lives is a person who committed himself to becoming a fisher of men. Clay was devoted to Christ, his family, education, and preventing hunger. He never met a stranger he didn’t try to help in some way. Clay fished for our minds and hearts by modeling the love of Christ through his acts of charity, prayer, careful study of the scripture, and a consistent message about the importance of education. Clay remains alive in our hearts as we leave here today when we reflect upon his role model, smile, and choose to do acts of service for others.

Clay was preceded in death by his father Edgar, mother Marguerite, step-father Glenn Hoover, brothers Bobby and Vernon Glenn, his infant son Gary, brother-in-law Gene Swingley, sister-in-law Betty Glenn, and niece Kathy Brown.

Clay is survived by: his wife, Pauline; his son Dwayne and wife Barbara, daughter Diana and husband John, and daughter Jo and husband Reg; seven grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren; brother Ray and wife Lorraine, brother Ron and wife Emma, sister Helen and husband Clayton, brother Norman and wife Mary, sister-in-law Donna; and brother-in-law Bill and wife Joy.

A Memorial service was held at the First Christian Church in Wray, Colorado on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Steve Wynkoop officiating. Inurnment will be in the Gray County Cemetery in Cimarron, Kansas. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains, P.O. Box 365, Wray, Colorado and Manna Pantry. Cremation was requested. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Shannon D. (POOH) Bueltell – CELEBRATION OF LIFE – BONFIRE

SHANNON D. (POOH) BUELTELL, 45 was born December 31, 1968, to Donald and Ilene (Morgan) Bueltell in Yuma, Colorado. He passed away October 30, 2014 in Greeley, Colorado. A Celebration of Life – Bonfire will be held at the Eckley Community Center in Eckley, Colorado on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Paula and Garrett invite you to bring your lawn chair and a covered dish and share memories. Cremation was requested. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

JAMES F. POYSER

JAMES POYSERJAMES FREDERICK POYSER was born February 4, 1935 to John and Alta Poyser in Phillips, Kansas. He passed away October 26, 2014 at Hillcrest Care Center at the age of 79.

He was raised on a farm in Kansas and when he turned 21, he moved to Salida, Colorado to work at the mine at Climax. He worked as a underground miner for approximately 30 years. 

He married Helen Mae Holman, February 4, 1959 and gained two step-children, Winn Charles and Vickie Arlene. 

When he retired from the mine, he moved to Vernon, Colorado where he farmed for Norm Hays and was also a feeder at 1256 Cattle Company. 

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a life-member of the Salida Elks. 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John & Alta Poyser; wife, Helen; sister, Margaret; and grandson, J.P. True.

He is survived by step-son, Winn and wife, Mary; step-daughter, Vickie and husband, Luis; brother, John and wife, Elaine, brother-in-laws; Bob and Jerry and wife, Joyce; three grandchildren, Tracy Sullivan; Mike Holman and Lori True; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colorado with Rev. Steve Wynkoop officiating. Interment was 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.

 

REX J. TRACY

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.