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Sunday, May 26, 2019

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Obituary: Merry Belle Johnson

Obituary: Merry Belle Johnson

JAN. 5, 1965 – MAY 3, 2019 Merry Belle Johnson, 54, died May 3, 2019, at her home in Berthoud, Colorado. Merry was born in 1965 in Newport, Oregon, to parents William and Mary Bonnicksen. Merry was a graduate of San Mateo High School and attended two years at the College of San Mateo. Merry was a loving mother to her son, Jonathan, and loving wife to her husband, Glenn. After working in management at Dynasty (a solar installation company in California) and manager of photographers for ... Full Story

At Risk—the Idea of America

At Risk—the Idea of America

by Mel Gurtov Perhaps the most damaging legacy of the Trump years is the disservice he and his associates are doing to Americans’ sense of self and nation. In ordinary times there would not be much debate about what it means to be an American or what are American values. Every school child learns these things: It’s Civics 1. Race, class, and gender identity have always been important, but generally they have been subsumed under a larger identification with the nation. “We’re ... Full Story

Obituary: Joyce A Laffoon

Obituary: Joyce A Laffoon

Joyce Bleil Laffoon, 86, passed away on March 15, 2019. Born in Chicago, Illinois on Mother’s Day, May 8, 1932, she was the oldest child of Walter and Leona Bleil. Joyce was joined by sister Elinor and brother Leonard and spent her formative years in Oskaloosa, Kansas where her parents owned and ran a grocery store. Upon graduating from high school, and after a short stint of office work in Topeka, Joyce moved to Denver where she soon met and married James “Jim” Laffoon. ... Full Story

Obituary: Roger Duane Morrison

Obituary: Roger Duane Morrison

JULY 7, 1946 ~ MARCH 21, 2019 (AGE 72) Roger Morrison 72, passed away in his home on March 21, 2019. He and Evangeline (Hernandez) shared 51 years of marriage. Born in Arnold, Nebraska to Eloise Mae (Blixt) and Ralph Preston Morrison. He was the youngest of four children. His arrival being most celebrated by his sister Dorothy, who would ask each year for a baby doll for Christmas. Rogie (as she lovingly called him) arrived when she was ten, to her utter ... Full Story

Obituary: Edward John Nau

Obituary: Edward John Nau

Edward Nau was born on November 5, 1920, in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Gottfried and Elizabeth (Nee: Leonhardt) Nau, immigrants from Bavaria, Germany. His family moved from Duluth to Waukesha, Wisconsin, where Edward finished school, helped his father and brothers with the family automobile repair business, and worked on the family farm, alongside his 7 brothers and 1 sister. In October of 1942 Edward enlisted at Fort Sheridan, Illinois in the U.S. Air Force and was sent to Keesler ... Full Story

Note from State Senator SD15

The 72nd Session of the Colorado State Legislature has been underway since January 3. As anewly-elected Senator representing all of Larimer County (except Fort Collins), I’m doing my best to learn the ropes at the Capitol and stay to connected to folks back home. That isn’t easy because there are meetings, presentations and receptions from sunup to well-past sundown. In fact, while most Legislators rent housing near the Capitol during the session, I commute daily just so I can spend time ... Full Story

Obituary: Richard Irvin Currier

Obituary: Richard Irvin Currier

Richard Irvin Currier passed away on January 11, 2019 at McKee Medical Center in Loveland. He was 73 years old. Richard was born on September 27, 1945 in Friend, Nebraska to Ralph and Sarah (Brown) Currier. He graduated from Seward High School in 1963 and then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. Richard then went to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad in Lincoln. In June of 1969 he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving with the Seabees and as a Navy recruiter ... Full Story

Obituary: Jeffrey Dean Conaway

Obituary: Jeffrey Dean Conaway

Jeffrey Dean Conaway, 58 of Berthoud, passed away January 9 2019 at his home. He was born October 21, 1960 in Longmont to Dean and Norma Conaway. He was active in Little Britches and High School Rodeo and graduated from Berthoud High School in 1979. His career started young helping his father build barns. Jeff was a heavy equipment operator for many years and it was something he really enjoyed doing. Some of his hobbies included welding, wood working, collecting antique farm ... Full Story

Obituary: LuAnn Kay Ballard

Obituary: LuAnn Kay Ballard

LuAnn Kay Ballard, 54 of Berthoud, Colorado passed away, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  LuAnn was born January 26, 1964 in Longmont, Colorado to Malachi and Frankie Lou Ballard.  LuAnn is survived by her loving, long-time friend and caregiver, Kevin Gallatin of Berthoud, her brother Jim (Karen) of Loveland, her brother Keith (Carolyn) of Eaton, her sister Sue (Steve) of Frederick and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Mal and Frankie ... Full Story

Obituary: Joyce-Irene Luth

May 27, 1945 - November 29, 2018 Joyce Irene Luth of Berthoud, passed away at the age of 73 on November 29 in Loveland. She was born May 27, 1945 in Neligh, Nebraska. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers. She leaves her surviving family to cherish her memories: her husband, Marshall Luth; four children and spouses, Michael, Melora (Bill), Matthew, and Mitchell (Tiffany); her 7 grandchildren, Austin (Crystal), Alexandria, Kiya, April, Baiely, David, and Westin. She was ... Full Story

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