Clifford E. Castor

SONY DSCCliff Castor passed away peacefully, Sunday, September 8, 2013 after a 2 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 73.

He was born November 11, 1939 in Wray, Colorado to parents, William John and Lena F. (Hesse) Castor. He was blessed to have four brothers and two sisters who he loved spending time with. Cliff was baptized and became a member of the RLDS Church and continued his membership until 1974 when he joined the Methodist Church. Cliff lived  a few years in Oregon as a child, but returned to Wray at the age of nine. He grew up spending his time outdoors swimming, creating adventures and being mischievous with his four brothers.

Cliff attended Wray School participating in football, wrestling and track. When Cliff’s mother was transferred to Greeley with the phone company he chose to stay in Wray moving in with his Grandpa and Grandma Hesse to complete his high school education. In 1958, his senior year, he was the 127 pound State Wrestling Champion. In l958, he enrolled at Northern Junior College to join in their wrestling program, Northeastern Plainsmen, achieving a win to assist the team in winning the 1959 Championship of the Empire Conference.

Cliff returned to Wray and was united in marriage to Virginia Newton on January 17, 1960 in Vernon, Colorado. Cliff and Virginia shared 53 happy years together and their relationship was a shining example of what true love is…companionship, humor, flexibility, difference of opinion and love for one another. To this union three children were born; Todd, Rindi and Stephanie. Cliff was a wonderful father who taught them by example how to work, play, love and enjoy the outdoors. He was always understanding, forgiving, and a genuinely caring man.

He began working in the construction business and formed his own company, Castor Construction in 1972 remaining in business for thirty-five years. Over the years, he lost count of the many homes he had built and remodeled. The satisfaction of a customer was the goal Cliff insisted on for each job he completed, he worked diligently until both he and the customer were happy with the project.

In 1990, Cliff and Sam Ming formed, Castor-Ming Construction to build the WRAC facility for the Community of Wray. Cliff was especially proud of this accomplishment and happy that the facility has benefitted the community.

Cliff was a member of the Wray Fire Department from 1972 to 1992 when he retired. He was proud to be part of the organization striving to make all the fires and the short Monday night meetings, which often times turned into late night fun. He also enjoyed participating in the summer Fireman Races; they always had a great time and even brought home a few trophies.

At home when Cliff was idle he was restoring antique furniture, gas pumps, and his 1955 Chevy and El Camino; fishing was still a priority if the weather was good. He loved the outdoors, winter or summer, especially at the cabin. Spending a day alone enjoying nature was Cliff’s form of relaxation. He was also always eager to go on hunting, snowmobiling, and scouting trips with the guys.

Cliff was a man of few words and many talents, he had a strong presence, and one always knew when he was in the room smiling his sheepish smile. Cliff never missed the opportunity to watch his grandchildren participate in sports, plan trips to the mountains, and build things for them. He took them on many adventures and they all got to experience fishing with him. He had a mischievous side he shared with his grandkids, but taught them all to be better people. Cliff loved his family and took every opportunity to be involved in their lives.

Cliff considered himself a lucky man because he was living where he wanted and loved his work, he was truly happy in his environment; he believed in supporting his community by giving back in every possible way he could. He was gifted with the ability to turn wood into beautiful things and he generously shared these projects with others. The toys, furniture, decorations and benches he made will be enjoyed by many family members and friends forever. He loved to sit on the bench he made for Virginia on summer evenings and watch the neighbor children play. It truly was the simple things that made him happy.

Cliff was preceded in death by his father, William, mother, Lena and two brothers, Bill and Kenneth, his mother-in-law, Helen Newton, father-in-law, Earl Newton, two brothers-in-law, Wayne and Bob Newton, three sisters-in-law, Glenda and Patty Newton and Betty Castor and three nephews, Ralph Castor, Gene and Randy Newton.

Cliff is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife, Virginia, son Todd, daughters Rindi and Stephanie and husband, Woody Woods, grandchildren, Austin and wife, Danielle, Branden and Sydney, Sierra and Jacob, Logan, Megan, Morgan and Addie. Great-granddaughters, Madison, Bryson and Jaxyn Woods and Natalie Johnson. Brothers, John and wife, Neva, and Jim Castor, sisters, Beverly Morris and Phyllis Schinke and husband, Don, and brothers-in-law, JE and wife, Patty, Dean and wife Carol Newton, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Memorial service “Celebration of Life” was held on Saturday, September 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado with Rev. Norman Stott officiating. A Private Family Inurnment in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Memorials may be made to the Cliff Castor Memorial Fund. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Chloe Rebekah Wisdom Funeral Services

CHLOE REBEKAH WISDOM, 4 was born August 20, 2008 to Clint & Renee (Moore) Wisdom in San Jose, Costa Rica. She passed away August 12, 2013 in Wray, Colorado. A Funeral service will be held at the New Life Christian Center in Eckley, Colorado on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Glen Kline officiating. Interment will be held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Memorials may be made to Chloe’s Fund. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Aubry Lynn Eyestone

Aubry_LynnIn Loving Memory of Our Little Angel - Aubry Lynn

 Aubry Lynn Eyestone, a bright, vivacious, joyful girl of 3 years left this world on July 31,2013.

Lovely, blond headed, blue eyed daughter of Robb and Tamara Eyestone and big sister to Cooper Thomas, Aubry Lynn was born in Thornton, Colorado on March 14, 2010.  She lived with her family in Hudson, Colorado up until July of this year as the family was in the process of relocating to Lexington, Kentucky.

A Celebration of Her Life and Memorial Service was held at New Life Christian Center in Eckley on August 7th..


Aubry is buried next to her great grandma Margie in Grandview Cemetery, Wray, Colorado.

Everyone’s heartfelt sympathy, caring thoughts, and devout prayers have been comforting and gratefully received during this most difficult time.

May our little angel watch over us all lovingly as she rests comfortably with our Lord in Heaven above.

Memorials may be made to the Aubry Lynn Eyestone Memorial Fund. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Clarence R. Lidke

CLARENCE LIDKE PHOTOClarence R. Lidke was the son of Emil and Emma (Steen) Lidke, who had emigrated from Germany to Nebraska and then the Idalia area.  He was born May 11, 1920, on a farm southeast of Idalia which his parents rented.  Due to his mother’s failing eyesight, Clarence’s care was entrusted to his sisters, Elsie, Hattie, Anne and Mabel while his brother George, older than Clarence by 4 years, was a playmate and companion. Clarence’s mother died in 1929 and the siblings assumed total responsibility for one another.

Clarence attended 1st thru 4th grades at the Star School, just west of St. John church then went to the Ash Grove school northeast of Idalia.  His sister Hattie taught at Ash Grove when he was a student there; he finished the 7th and 8th grades at the Idalia school.  During these years the family lived several places including the Sullivan Ranch in the Beecher Island community.  Clarence had fond memories of going with the Barber boys to swim in Jack’s Gulch, located halfway between Wray and Idalia.

As the financial situation and drought of the 1930’s worsened, the Lidke family struggled, living mostly on Hattie’s teaching salary and any money the others could earn from odd jobs.  They moved to Fort Lupton where Clarence got a job at the sugar beet factory, earning $.47 ½ cents per hour.  He attended and was graduated from Fort Lupton High School.

When the sugar beet factory closed, Clarence and Mabel, with the help of their uncle Herman Lidke, built a wooden camper on their 1928 Chevrolet pickup and went to the lower Rio Grande Valley looking for work on the fruit and vegetable farms.  They picked citrus fruit, hoed cotton and worked in the vegetable packing plants; family legend is that they left Colorado with $35; about a year later, they returned to Denver where Clarence borrowed money from George to buy enough gas to get to Idalia.

In November, 1942, Clarence enlisted in the army; his first mess hall meal was Thanksgiving breakfast at Fort Riley, KS.  He chose to become a part of the Army Air Force and was sent to Tonopah, Nevada, for training.  A member of the 446 Bomb group, he was a ball turret belly gunner for a B24 crew eventually stationed at Flexton Air Base, Norwick, England.  He flew 35 missions from England to Germany and back, then returned to California at the end of the war, completing his military time as a fire fighter in California.

In 1946 Clarence bought his farm, where Bill Carpenter Sr. now lives.   He supplemented his income by doing day work for neighbors as well as exchanging labor; he stuccoed many buildings in the area.   When Hwy 385 was improved, he joined the road crew and helped build the bridge over the Republican River.  He lived on the farm until the fall of 1994, when he moved to the Burlington Care Center.    In November, 2011, he moved to HillCrest Care Center in Wray.

An avid sportsman, Clarence hunted, fished, and observed wildlife.  He was a member of NRA and helped organize the Idalia Gun Club. He assisted with the black powder shoot at Beecher Island Days and was a hunter safety instructor.  Clarence was a charter member of the Idalia Lions Club and a member of the Wray VFW.

Clarence was baptized and confirmed at St. John UCC and had served on the church board and cemetery board.

He was preceded in death by  an infant sister,  his parents;  sisters:  Elsie Moellenberg, Hattie Allen, Ann Poska, Mona (Mabel) Carpenter, sister-in-law Maxine Lidke,  brothers-in-law:  August Moellenberg, Berl Allen, and John Poska.

He is survived by his brother George, six nephews, seven nieces and their families.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:30 p.m. at the St. John United Church of Christ in Idalia, Colorado with Pastor Jennifer McDowell officiating. Interment was held in the St. John Cemetery in Idalia, Colorado. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Care Center, P.O. Box 100, Wray, Colorado 80758. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Anthony Dewayne Whomble

ANTHONY 2Anthony Dewayne Whomble was born December 13, 2011 at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colorado to Dewie and Angel (Tinsley) Whomble and became the baby brother of Hailie, 7 and Lucy, 3.  In the short time here on earth, Anthony touched many lives with joy, smiles and laughter and he will be missed by his whole family. He passed away on July 6, 2013 in Wray, Colorado.

Anthony was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Peter and Mary Redden and Nadine Workman and uncle, Ronnie Holsinger.

Anthony is survived by his parents, Dewie and Angel Whomble, sisters, Hailie and Lucy, grandparents, Jane Holsinger, Charla Whomble, Dallas Whomble, Great-grandad, Charles Workman, and aunts, Mary Krehmeyer, Angie Deal and husband, Mac  and uncles, Peter and Larry Holsinger.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado with Norman Stott officiating. Interment was held in the Glendale Cemetery in Vernon, Colorado. Memorials may be made to the Anthony Dewayne Whomble Memorial Fund, c/o Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home, 427 Adams Street, Wray, Colorado 80758. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.