Hope Danielle Allen (Infant daughter of Perry & Jessica Allen)

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 2:30 p.m. at the Beecher Island Sunday School in Beecher Island, Colorado with Dr. Phil Mitchell officiating. Hope Danielle Allen, infant daughter of Perry and Jessica (Mertens) Allen was born and passed away January 4, 2014 at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colorado.

A Private Family Interment will be held in Armel Cemetery in Armel, Colorado. Memorials may be made to the Hope Danielle Allen Memorial Fund. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Lee (Pyle) Warner

VIRGINIA WARNER PHOTOVirginia Lee Warner, 89, formerly of Scottsdale, AZ., died at Arbor Lakes Senior Living, Maple Grove, MN. on December 10, 2013.

She was born in Wray, Colorado on February 27, 1924 to William and Junia Pyle.  She graduated from Wray High School in 1942, attended Linwood College and Denver University.  In 1943 she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart Gene P. Warner (of Almena Kansas) in San Diego, CA.  She and Gene farmed and ranched along with her parents.  She was also very involved in the local community.  In 1960 they moved to Denver where, in time, she became a real estate agent.  It was a busy time raising a family, having a career and being a fabulous cook and hostess.  Scottsdale, Arizona was a place they enjoyed vacationing so in 1972 they made it their home. Virginia jumped right in and started a very successful real estate career receiving many honors. She loved Arizona and those beautiful sunsets. She also, in her later fifties, studied the Bible and dedicated her life to Jehovah God. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1980 and continued to be a member until her death. 

Virginia leaves behind to cherish her memory her children Linda ( J William III) Frank of Racine, WI, John Warner ( Carolyn ) of Denver, CO, and Shelley ( Paul ) Hardy of Crystal, MN.  Grandchildren Debbie ( Darrell ) Merrick of Surprise, AZ, David ( Kelly ) Frank of Brookfield, WI, Graham ( Laura) Hardy of Charlotte, NC and William (Aleta) Hardy of Wallkill NY.   Great grandchildren Sophia, Mackenzie, and Tyler Frank; Jackson and Blake Hardy.  She is further survived by her nephews, William Clarke, Kent and Scott Schobe and their families.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Margaret Jane Clarke and Josephine Sarah Schobe and Gene P. Warner.

Visitation and Discourse will be on January 11, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at the Spellman Schmidt Funeral Home, 427 Adams Street, Wray, CO 80758, with a private burial following at Grandview Cemetery, Wray, Co.  Condolences to the family should be sent to the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Jehovah’s Witnesses (jw.org), The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (nationalkidneycenter.org) or the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).

Donald M Hendrix

DON HENDRIXDonald Milton Hendrix was born March 1, 1928 near Lamar, Arkansas to Jonas and Rebecca (Berry) Hendrix. He was the thirteenth of fifteen children. His work ethic shaped his entire life and he instilled the same work ethic in his children. One of the stories he liked to tell was at the age of fourteen he could handle four work horses and be in the field at daylight. His family moved to Simla, Colorado in 1941 and began dry land farming in the area. In 1945, they moved to Ordway, Colorado and purchased an irrigated farm so the children would have a closer commute to school. After the eleventh grade, Don joined the U.S. Army and served with the occupational forces in Japan. While in Japan, Don used his military cigarette allotment to purchase two complete sets of china dishes and shipped them home; they remain a family heirloom to this day. Another military experience shaped Don’s character. His sergeant would inspect all jeeps after they were reconditioned and painted; if a single flaw was found in the paint job, Don would be charged to completely re-sand and repaint the jeep. He often stated any job worth doing is worth doing to the very best of your ability. He was honorably discharged on August 9, 1949, it was noted on his discharge records he accumulated thirty-three days of unused leave. He was paid $50.00 for the thirty-three days of leave!

While moving to Ordway, Don and his father became stuck on the dirt road which is now Highway 71. They pulled into the nearest ranch house and asked to leave the trailer they were pulling. There he met Margaret Alice Holland. After Don’s discharge from the Army, they were married on February 18th, 1950. They began their married life together near Simla, Colorado farming the family land. The very first year they were hailed out and never again did Don farm. Don decided to become a cattleman. While living near Simla, the first of Don and Margaret’s six children were born. James Benton was born June 11, 1951. Don and Margaret moved to Ordway in 1952 and Don began working with his father-in-law, James Holland, on the Holland/McCabe ranch north of Ordway.  Don was mentored by his father-in-law and became recognized throughout the region for his expertise in the livestock business. Donna Rose was born on December 16, 1952, followed by Thomas Alan on May 22, 1954, Barbara Irene on October 12, 1955, Mary Lorena on May 15, 1962 and Ray Charles on March 22, 1966. The day of Ray’s birth was memorable as very high winds snapped all of the east-west fence posts and cattle were scattered as far as ten miles.

Don and Margaret stayed active on the ranch raising their six children. They had over an acre devoted to a garden that sustained them with canned and frozen vegetables and fruits for winter. They butchered their own beef until retirement. Don and Margaret served as 4-H leaders for 23 years in Crowley County.  Don was a member of the VFW in Ordway. The family supplemented their cattle ranch income by raising and training quarter horses.  It was important to Don and Margaret for their children to become educated. All six children earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

 In 1989 they retired from ranching and bought a home in Swink, Colorado. The home was within thirty miles of the family ranch and Don spent many hours supervising ranch operations after retirement. The ranch was sold in 1992 and the proceeds were reinvested in land in Yuma County, Colorado. Don developed a passion for raising roses during his retirement. The years spent in retirement at Swink were the most carefree of their lives; they traveled to Switzerland, Hawaii and throughout the continental U.S.

In October 2012, Don and Margaret relocated to the Towers assisted living facility in Wray, Colorado to be close to their three sons and families living in the area. Don enjoyed driving out to the farms to inspect Tom and Ray’s cattle operations and to also inspect Jim’s farming operations.

He is survived by his wife of sixty -three years, Margaret, three sisters, Lois Asbury of Casper, Wyoming, Leona Carpenter of Kansas City, Kansas, and Edna Ward of Carthage, Missouri,  brother-in-law Dale Rusher of Ordway, Sister-in-law Joan Hendrix of Colorado Springs. Six children:  Jim (Twila) of Wray, Donna (Charley) Walker of Springfield, Colorado, Tom (Koye) of Wray, Barbara (Paul) Stedman of Aurora, Colorado, Mary (Mike) Loving of Colorado Springs, and Ray (Ardith) of Wray. Thirteen grandchildren survive: Benton (Heather) Hendrix of Haigler, Nebraska, Taneal (Ryan) Behm of Windsor, Colorado, Lorena Hendrix of Denver;  Matt (Jena) Hendrix of Wray, Kyle (Holly) Hendrix of Wray; Becky (Reid) O’Lear of Colorado Springs, Lucas (Lindsay) Walker of Springfield, Colorado;  Jared, Jason and Lorena Loving of Colorado Springs;  Ashleigh, Alicen and Austin Hendrix of Wray. There are nine great grandchildren.  

Funeral Mass was held January 6, 2014 at St Andrews Catholic Church Wray, Colorado. Burial occur   January 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Valley View Cemetery, Ordway, Colorado. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains or the Yuma County 4-H Council. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Baylee Grace Thomas

Baylee Grace Thomas, infant daughter of Joshua and Moriah (Finley) Thomas was born and passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colorado.

A private family funeral service was held Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colorado.

Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Audrey Melissa Schulz

Audrey Melissa Schulz, infant daughter of Jamie Delgado and Derek Schulz born at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colorado December 9, 2013 at 9:37 p.m. Audrey weighed six pounds five ounces and was 19 inches long.

Our little angel was called to the Lord December 9, 2013.

She is survived by her twin sister, Alaina Leslie Schulz who was born at 9:38 p.m. Her parents, Derek Schulz and Jamie Delgado, her grandparents, Imelda Ruiz, Osman Delgado, Jeff Schulz, Levi and Jennifer Kramer, aunts and uncles, Cade Schulz, Tania Delgado, Jr., Kaitlyn Kramer and Kyla Kramer and great-grandparents, Les and Marilyn Littler, Merle and Marilyn Schulz all of Sterling, Bruce and Kathy Kramer of Wauneta, NE and Maria Ruiz from Mexico.

A rosary services was held at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colorado, Friday, December 13, 2013, 6:00 p.m. with Bob Snyder officiating. A beautiful funeral services was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the St. Andrew Catholic Church in Wray, Colorado with Father Jonathan officiating. Interment followed in the Grandview Cemetery – Wray, Colorado. Memorials are being accepted at Yuma County Federal Credit Union as a trust fund for her twin sister, Alaina Leslie Schulz.

We never had the opportunity to hold and talk to our Audrey alive, but she will truly live in our hearts forever. She truly is “the child we had, but never had and yet will have forever.” May God wrap you in His loving arms until we meet again.

Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.