Phillip M. Hatton, Sr.

PHIL HATTON 1PHILLIP M. HATTON, Sr. was born June 25, 1936 to Harold and Leona (Gibson) Hatton in Danville, Indiana. He passed away November 30, 2013 at the Wray Community District Hospital in Wray, Colorado at the age of 77. He grew up helping on the farm.

In 1954, Phil married Pat Tutterow and to this union were born two children, Gary and Debbie. In 1968, this marriage was dissolved. In 1970, Phil moved to Colorado and meet Glenda Bray. Phil and Glenda were married in April 1971 and to this union two children were born, Shawn and Phillip, Jr.

Phil helped at the funeral home with the tent and equipment, worked for Co-op, and numerous jobs through the years, but his main job was a truck driver. Phil retired from Co-op in 1998.  

Phil enjoyed going fishing, camping, and riding horses. After his eye sight started to fail, he enjoyed going to coffee and watching westerns on television.

Phil is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Leona Hatton, sister, Rosie Hayden, and brother-in-law, Merle Hayden.

Phil is survived by his wife, Glenda, his children Gary Hatton of Arizona, Debbie Ferguson of Indiana, Shawn (Derrick) Bassnett of Wray, Phillip (Nicki) Hatton of Nebraska, brothers, Tony Hatton of Oklahoma; Henry Hatton, of New Mexico, sister, Charolette Hochstetler of Indiana, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service was held Friday, December 6, 2013,1:00 p.m. at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray, Colorado with Rev. Harold Jackson officiating. A private family inurnment will be held in the Glendale Cemetery in Vernon, Colorado at a later date. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Clarence L. Goodman (Junior)

Goodmans (2)Clarence L. Goodman (Junior) was born September 12, 1925 to Clarence H. & Virginia (Walkup) Goodman in Wray, Colorado.

He attended Wray Schools before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1944 during World War II. He served as Signal Man on the USS Fond-du-lac in the Pacific until 1946.

Junior married Evelyn Jones on July 25, 1943. They were blessed to celebrate their 70th anniversary this year. To this union were born three children Denny, Judy and Steve.

After serving in the Navy, Junior and Evelyn made their home near Clarksville, Colorado where they farmed before moving to the Wray area. In addition to farming, Junior was an over the road driver for Montgomery Ward for 22 years. After his career with Montgomery Ward, he and Evelyn established Riverside Realty, which they operated until their retirement.

He was a life time member of the Wray United Methodist Church. He also had long time memberships with the Wray Masonic Lodge , Elks Lodge and VFW.

He is survived by his Wife Evelyn, Children Denny & wife Beverly, Judy & husband Carl , Steve & wife Jo Ellen ;  Grandchildren Kami Rosin & husband Bob, Stephenie Lorimer, Lori Cantwell & husband Terry, Doug Critchfield & wife Dawn, Jayme Ostroski and husband Jerry, Michael Goodman & wife Ingrid, Gregory Goodman & wife Audrey, Brian Goodman & wife Jessica and 19 Great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado with Rev. Norman Stott officiating. Interment was held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains, P.O. Box 365, Wray, Colorado 80758. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.






Millie M. Houtz

MILLIE HOUTZMillie Mae Houtz was born Amelia Mae Hudson on November 13, 2015 in Abdul, Nebraska to Hulda (Swanson) and Edward T. Hudson. She passed away at The Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado on November 20, 2013 at the age of 98.

  Millie was the fifth of seven children, two brothers, and four sisters.  Shortly after her birth, the family moved to a farm north of Superior, Nebraska.  She grew up there and in the town of Superior. She met her future husband, Wyeth (Curly) Houtz in high school.  After graduating in 1933 she took some post graduate schooling.  After school she worked several jobs including clerking and stocking at the local Hesteds store and then bookkeeping for G.R. Dodds Locker and Ice Cream Shop. Times were hard during the depression. She told of having to ask each night whether she should come back to work the next day at Hesteds. 

On May 17, 1941 she married Wyeth in Goodland, KS and they made their home in Superior.  A year and a half after their marriage, Wyeth was drafted to serve in WWII.   Millie lived for three years with her in-laws while Wyeth was overseas. After WWII they moved to Wray, Colorado where they both worked for Wyeth’s brother in the  Don Houtz Drug Store before they moved to Denver where Wyeth obtained his pharmacy license.  

 While in Denver, Millie spent her time helping Wyeth study his class material and even considered getting her pharmacy license as well.  They lived in the Cheeseman Park area and she often walked to the park to watch square dancers and other festivities. She marveled that a young woman alone couldn’t do that in today’s world.

After Wyeth graduated and obtained his pharmacy license, they moved back to Wray and they both worked for Wyeth’s brother in the Don Houtz Drug Store.  In June 1959, they bought the Walgreen Agency Drug Store from Don and settled in on an 18 year career of love and service.  Millie worked long, hard hours as bookkeeper, buyer and clerk.  She enjoyed buying jewelery, cosmetics and gifts and even though she never made “market week” in Denver, the store always had a unique variety of items for sale.

During this time she had two children, William Hudson and Margaret Ann. She enjoyed raising her family and working in the store.  She said the best part was the interaction with the customers and that was what she missed the most after they sold the store on August 1, 1977After they sold the store, she found new time to enjoy her family and even found time for hobbies included playing tennis, traveling, crafts and gardening.

The family enjoyed traveling to many places including California, Oregon, New England, Texas and even Canada for the 1986 World’s Fair, not once but twice.  Millie and her husband always made an annual trip on Memorial Day weekend back to Superior to decorate graves, honor past family members and visit family. This was a tradition that Millie carried on including 2013.

     In later years, she enjoyed trips to Branson, Missouri taking in 2 and sometimes 3 shows a day or visiting the sights and scenery of the surrounding countryside.  Several years, the trip included patiently waiting while tornados passed nearby, before resuming the trip.

      After Wyeth’s death in 2011, she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Raymond Flake in Centennial, Colorado.  Even though she made the physical move, Wray was still home and she was able to travel back and forth to Wray a couple times a month until health issues made the trip too hard. 

      Millie was preceeded in death by her husband, Wyeth, her two brothers, Robert and Edward Hudson. She is survived by her two children, Bill of Denver, Margaret Ann (Raymond Flake) of Centennial, her sister, Honey Hudson Schaaf of Superior, Nebraska, various nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

      Services were held at Spellman-Schmidt Mortuary in Wray, Colorado on November 26, 2013 with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating.  Internment will be in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray.

     Memorials may be made to the Audiology Association of America. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George L. Lenz

George Lenz

GEORGE LENZ, 82 was born February 9, 1931 to Hugo B. and Myrtle M. (Robeson) Lenz in Sharon Springs, Kansas. He passed away November 6, 2013 in Wray, Colorado. Rosary service will be held Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Wray, Colorado. Funeral Mass Services will be Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Wray, Colorado. Interment will be held in the Grandview Cemetery in Wray, Colorado. Memorials may be made to the George Lenz Local Charitable Fund. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jack Lee Shandy

JACK SHANDYJack Lee Shandy, 58 was born June 17, 1955 to Ben and Mary (Jones) Shandy in Bell Gardens, California. Jack passed away October 31, 2013 in Burlington, Colorado.

Jack worked as a licensed Stationary Engineer, but at heart he was a chef. He loved cooking for family, friends and the girls softball team he helped coach. He competed in several Bar B Que and chili competitions. On holidays, Jack would cook huge meals and hold an open house, feeding his whole neighborhood. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Jack was a single man for many years. After he took on the responsibility of raising his three small grandchildren, he decided that Idalia would be a good place to raise them.

Jack is survived by his son, Jeffery Shandy, three grandchildren, Harold, Catherine and Jeffery, Jr.; four brothers, Glendon Shandy, Doyle Hines, Wilbur Shandy and Harold Shandy, and two sisters, Betty Brown and JoAnn Shandy and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Monday, November 11, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the St. John United Church of Christ with Pastor Chuck Wright officiating. Memorials may be made to the Grandchildren of Jack Shandy Memorial Fund, c/o First Pioneer National Bank, P.O. Box 96, Wray, Colorado 80758.  Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.