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Obituary: Timothy Holder, William Markham, Leora J. “Bonnie” Eggers

Timothy Holder

Timothy Holder, aged 55, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyo., of natural causes.

A funeral service for Timothy Holder was held on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gillette, Wyo., with Bishop Klamm officiating. A second funeral service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 at Sundberg Olpin Mortuary in Orem, Utah with interment to follow at Orem City Cemetery.

Timothy Decker Holder was born May 14, 1953 in Elko, Nev., the son of Lyal and Shirley (Mortensen) Holder. The family lived in several places before settling in Orem, Utah in his pre-teen years. Holder graduated from Orem High School and attended two years of college at Brigham Young University and taught Sunday school at the LDS church.

Starting in 1972 he served two years on a Latter Day Saints mission to Frankfurt, Germany. Upon returning to Utah he worked at a bicycle shop in St. George where he met Dolores Campbell and they were married Feb. 18, 1977.  They remained in the Provo – Orem area for 22 years before moving to Colorado and then to Gillette, Wyo., in 2005.

Holder worked for years in management for various computer companies. After moving to Colorado, he taught seminary which lead to an interest in seminary/Latter-Day Village Web sites. Shortly after moving to Gillette, he started his own Latter Day Village Web site, which he was operating at the time of his death.

His interests included computers, he would help anybody who needed help with a computer problem and had lots of equipment and books about computers. If he didn’t have the answer to a problem, he found someone who did.

Holder also enjoyed watching movies, going on long drives and taking lots of scenic pictures. Most of all he enjoyed spending time and playing with his grandchildren. They had good times in playland at McDonald’s and spending their “Fun Dollars” at the local dollar stores.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dolores of Gillette, sons; Jonathan (Kathy) Holder, Casper, Wyo., Lyal Holder, Gillette, Wyo., daughters; Heidi (Shane) Allan, Santaquin, Utah, Elizabeth and Courtney Holder, Laramie, Wyo., Kristina (Bruce) Hudson, Taylorsville, Utah, and ten grandchildren; brothers Richard and Mike Holder, Orem, Utah, and Wayne Holder, Long Beach, Calif.

Holder was preceded in death by his father, and grandson Jonathan Holder Jr.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Holder family and memorials can be sent to the Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY, 82716. Condolences can be sent online at:

Willard George Markham, 90, of Loveland, Colo., died on Dec. 19, 2008 at North Shore Healthcare Center. Markham was born on Aug. 6, 1918 in Loveland to Walter George and Lillian E. (Martin) Markham.

He lived on a farm with his parents and learned all about cattle and sheep, and learned how to grow the finest of crops.  Markham attended grade school at Sunnyside, east of Berthoud, and graduated from Johnstown High School in 1936. He moved to the Berthoud Markham farm at age eight and lived there until 1939 when he took over his grandfather Markham’s farm in Longmont. He had great respect for his Markham grandparents and they were very special to him, and they also had a good, working business relationship as well. 

On Dec. 2, 1942, he married Betty Deaver at the First Lutheran Church in Longmont. The couple continued to farm in Longmont until 1945, when they moved back to Berthoud, where he took over his father’s farm. He continued to farm and also raised two children, Karol Anne and William George. Markham not only successfully farmed but was also in 4-H as a leader and became Master of Little Thompson Grange and was state winner with his wife on the Grange’s Square dancing team.

He was an active member of the Elks Lodge, both in Longmont and then Loveland. Markham was a youth director at First Lutheran Church in Longmont, also served on the council and continued to be active in the youth program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland. He had also served as p resident of the school board at Sunnyside. 

His successful tilling of the soil and knowledge gained him honors in soil conservation, and in Great Western Sugar Producers from 1973 thru 1978 for top tonnage produced. 

In 1992, the couple retired to Loveland, turning the farm home over to their grandson, Brett. Markham remained active at the farm and made sure things were up to par!

A man of dignity, honor and humility, he was true gentleman raised during the Great Depression, who went on to be a family man, a good neighbor and a steward of the land. He had a great wit about him. Cracking jokes or telling tales always left a smile on the faces of everyone around him. He earned respect and gave nothing less.

He traveled to most of the states as well as Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.  Upon retiring in 1992, he continued to travel with his wife and celebrated 66 years of marriage while watching family grow. 

Markham is survived by his wife Betty; daughter Karol Anne Carter and husband Alvin of Ordway; son William G. Markham and wife Elizabeth of Berthoud; his brother Kenneth Markham and wife Beverly of Berthoud; sister-in-law Bonnie Deaver of Longmont; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Joanne McGinnis of Loveland; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews as well as a lot of friends and neighbors. 

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland. Cremation has been completed. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Hearts and Horses in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.

Leora J. “Bonnie” Eggers, 81, of Berthoud, Colo., died on Dec. 19, 2008 at Berthoud Living Center. She was born on Feb. 16, 1927, in Gillett Grove, Iowa to Hieko and Mildred (Dye) Tielbur.

She married Claxon M. “Bud” Eggers in Iowa. Eggers had lived in Berthoud since 1976, moving there from Erie, Colo. She worked for Sherwood Manufacturing in Longmont for many years, finally retiring in the mid 1990’s. 

Eggers attended Grace Place in Berthoud and also volunteered at the Berthoud Community Center. She loved spending time with her grandkids, and enjoyed needlework and spending time in the outdoors. She liked being around other people and just loved life in general.

She is survived by her daughters, Patty Tapia and husband Salomon of Berthoud and Bobbie McDaniel of Texas. She is also survived by her friend Steve McDaniel of Aurora, Colo., and grandchildren Erick Tapia of Berthoud, and Ian and Kendal McDaniel, of Aurora, Colo.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Claxon M. “Bud” Eggers. 

A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home in Loveland. Cremation has been completed. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berthoud Living Center in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.



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