Robert "Bob" Walsh
Robert ‘Bob’ Henry Walsh, 87
May 17, 1930-May 21, 2017
Robert “Bob” Henry Walsh passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the family ranch after an extended illness.
Bob was born on May 17, 1930, to Elizabeth (Davis) Walsh and Carter E. Walsh at the family ranch home near Stockton, California. His great-grandfather arrived in Stockton and San Joaquin County after traveling from New York as a hunter for the John James Audubon Party. He was the direct descendent of early settlers in San Joaquin County, California. Bob had a great life and many dreams came true – ranching, racing horses, being a banker, father, husband, father and grandfather.
Bob attended schools in Linden, California and graduated in 1947. After graduation, he worked at farming and ranching with his father and brother, Gene. Through mutual friends, he met a Texas girl who was visiting her brother and sister-in-law in Stockton. And that was that! Coralene Williams and Bob were married on June 11, 1950, which resulted in a marriage that lasted almost 67 years and to which three children were born – Katherine, Kenneth and Karen.
Bob farmed on the family ranch on Jack Tone Road in Linden. His brother Gene bought a cattle ranch in Montana and after visiting them, Bob knew that was what he wanted to do as well. So after buying the Mailey Ranch on the East Bench near Twin Bridges in 1962, Bob packed up his family and moved to Montana. After a rocky start, a lot of hard work with his wife and family at his side, Bob made the ranch profitable. Bob acquired more land, more cattle, and more horses. Bob had a strong affection for horses – he bought his first one at the age of 8. He raised reputable horses that sold at special sales and always had many repeat buyers. He started racing Quarter horses and then moved on to the raising and racing of Thoroughbred horses. Traveling to racetracks all over the country and to most of the Canadian providences to see his horses run was his greatest pleasure and entertainment.
In 1982, Bob was part of group of investors that purchased the First National Bank of Twin Bridges. Soon thereafter, the Bank of Sheridan was acquired and the name changed to Ruby Valley Bank. The motivation to invest in the bank was so that the small communities would be viable with local lending and financial services available. Bob served as Chairman of the Board up until his retirement in 2016.
After the ranch was finally paid off, Coralene convinced him it was time to see some of the world – and they did -- Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Panama Canal, Austria, Germany, and many other beautiful places.
Bob was a faithful supporter of the Twin Bridges School and community. He served two terms on the Twin Bridges school board and was a devoted fan of the Falcons. He was a member of the Church of The Valley, served as a director for Southwestern Montana Stockgrowers, director for the East Bench Irrigation System, WMC Foundation Board, Montana Stockgrowers and Dillon Elks. He was a generous contributor to the Ruby Valley Hospital, Church of the Valley, MSU Bobcats, scholarships and many other charities.
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Bob is survived by his wife, Coralene; children, Katherine Gebhardt (Duane), Kenneth (Mary Beth) and Karen Town (Fred); grandchildren, Jaclyn Gebhardt Oliver (Kyle), Neil Gebhardt, Robert Walsh and Michael Walsh; sister, Nadine VanderLans of Long Beach, California; sisters-in-law, Noni Walsh of Jackson, California and Wanda Williams of Stockton, California; brother-in-law, Gordon Smith of Florence, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Carter and Elizabeth Walsh; brothers, Earl and Gene; sister-in-law, Lois Walsh; in-laws, C.M. (Pete) and Ada Williams; brother-in-law, John Stewart Williams; and sister-in-law, Glane Smith.
Special gratitude and thanks to Dr. John Madany for his personal care of Bob and family with his home visits, consultations and care. Bob’s last months were comfortable with the loving care of Julie McAlear and Lori Burwell who truly are angels to the family. The Barrett Home Health and Hospice staff are also very much appreciated.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday May 26, at The Round Barn at Twin Bridges, located on the Hamilton Ranch. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the Church of the Valley in Twin Bridges or Barrett Home Health and Hospice in Dillon.
Hilbert Baumgarten’s love for his wife, Jordis, was so strong that they spent almost every moment in their seven decades of marriage together, holding each other’s hand even as he peacefully passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017, at Bethany on 42nd in Fargo. He was 96 years old.
Born May 6, 1921, Hilbert grew up on a farm near Durbin, N.D., where he fostered his passion early in his life as a herdsman. He began showing registered Herefords in his teens at the Red River Valley Fair, eventually raising cattle in partnership with his father and brother until he built up his own herd. The third-generation Hereford herdsman would carry on the legacy that continues to thrive after more than 100 years of operation. He also won numerous awards and accolades for raising Herefords. He was named ND Hereford Man of the Year in 1981. The ND Winter Show honored him in 1988 for his service to agriculture and his involvement to the Winter Show.
Hilbert farmed all of his adult life raising grain and corn. He sold Pioneer Seed Corn for 28 years.
He was a 4-H leader for 40 years and loved to share his knowledge and skills with youth. Hilbert was named ND Pioneer 4-H Leader in 1981.
There were few things that Hilbert loved more than talking about Herefords, watching the Minnesota Twins play baseball and seeing his children and grandchildren prosper. He would often drive hundreds of miles to see his seven grandchildren succeed in their endeavors, whether it was watching them play sports or participate in music concerts, seeing them walk down the aisle to marry their loved ones or sitting down at a fair during livestock shows. Hilbert had a definitive dedication to supporting and loving his family.
In all of his endeavors he made many lifelong friends. He would visit and listen to whomever was sitting next to him.
He and his wife, Jordis, joined a lifelong journey when they were married Dec. 30, 1945. They lived on a farm near Durbin until they moved to Fargo in 2008. Hers was the only love of Hilbert’s that surpassed his passion for Herefords and his family. In the 71 years they were married, they seldom spent a day apart. Even in his last months at Bethany, Jordis would walk every day across the campus from her apartment to Hilbert’s room.
Hilbert is survived by his wife Jordis, children; Lynette (Gary) Nieuwsma, Bemidji, Mn; Cheryl (Randy) Naze, Garrison, ND; Rolland (Wendy) Baumgarten; seven grandchildren; Brody Felchle, Shawn and Kyle Nieuwsma, Doug and Abbie Naze, Jake and April Baumgarten and 3 great- grandchildren, Reagan, Reed and Teague Nieuwsma.
He was preceded by his parents Richard and Gertrude (Hans) Baumgarten; sister Elaine, daughter Lorraine Snyder, and daughter-in-law Tama Baumgarten.
Memorials are preferred to Canaan Moravian Church or the donor’s choice.
Visitation: Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at West Funeral Home, West Fargo, ND.
Funeral: Saturday at 10:30 AM at Canaan Moravian Church, rural Davenport, ND with visitation one hour prior.
Burial: Canaan Moravian Cemetery.
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Douglas Howard Jensen died unexpectedly on May 8, 2017 at his home in southeastern Harding County at the age of 63.
Doug is survived by his wife, Myla; his children, Stephanie Good, Brian Jensen, and Chad Jensen; numerous grandchildren; his mother, Donna Jensen; his sisters, Dee Dee Page, Rhonda Page, LuAnn Schroeder, and Nancee Kinghorn; his brother, Jeff Jensen; and many wonderful friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Jensen.
Doug was born on February 27, 1954 in Rapid City, SD to Howard and Donna Jensen. He moved to the ranch full time in 1970, shortly after his marriage to Myla. Over the next 47 years on the ranch, the couple welcomed three children into their home. His children remember his dry sense of humor and love of the area.
Anybody that knew Doug was well aware of his distaste for public gatherings like weddings/graduations/funerals, as well as his intense love of Accuweather, Fox News and cooking fried chicken.
As per his wishes, no funeral is planned, but a reception will be held at the JX Ranch on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at approximately 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Doug’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sorum/Reva Volunteer Fire Department 14573 Dog Creed Pl, Reva, SD 57651 or Prairie City Volunteer Fire Department 12696 SD Hwy 75, Lodgepole, SD 57640.
The family would like to thank all the friends and neighbors for their thoughts and condolences.
T.V. ‚ÄúTommy‚ÄĚ Jones
T.V. “Tommy” Jones
T.V. “Tommy” Jones, 80, of Cheyenne passed on April 17, 2017 in Cheyenne.
T.V. was born October 5, 1936 in Crawford, NE to Vernon and Doris Jones. He was raised on the family ranch north of Henry, NE on Sheep Creek in the Hereford business. He attended country school until high school and graduated from Torrington High School in 1954. He attended the University of Wyoming for two years and then moved to California and became a DJ on KCBQ in San Diego.
He returned to the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1956. He then worked for the Wyoming Stockman Farmer until he went to work for Harry Green at the “the Record Stockman” in Denver as a field man.
He met April Belecky in 1961 when he was announcing the chuck wagon races. His famous phrase, “Thunder From The North” was heard for over 20 years at the Cheyenne Frontier Days night shows. They were married in 1962. He was a PRCA Gold Card Member, a Shriner and a Mason. He also was a member of the Heels.
He was a joint owner of the Thomas & Jones Sales Management for cattle sales with Ted Thomas.
He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Ministry Church, a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Cowboy Joe Club at the University of Wyoming and the Alumni Association at the University of Wyoming.
He was a world traveler and a great story teller. He never forgot a name or a face and he never met a stranger. He traveled all over the United States for cattle sales. He enjoyed the outdoors and liked hunting but loved fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years – April, son Cotton Jones and wife Kris, granddaughters Lyndsay and Brandi, great granddaughter Aubrianna, step grandsons, Scott Beville and Trey Stetter, 2 brothers Jon & wife Janet, Barry & wife Sharon. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Codi Lee Bocanegra.
Private family services will be held. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at the Old West Museum Wednesday April 26 at 12:30. His friends are invited to come with stories to share. (The T.V. stands for Thomas Vernon)
Donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Salt Lake City, UT, Cheyenne Frontier Days Scholarship Fund, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, St. Andrews Ministry Church, Cheyenne or do something nice for somebody.
Funeral Services for Erna Melcher, age 94, of Page, will be at 10:30 A.M., Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Page United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Page Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 5-7 P.M. at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. Erna passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Alpine Village in Verdigre, NE.
Erna Schwager Melcher was born on December 21, 1922, to Otto and Grace (Bridge) Schwager in Orchard, NE. She was 1 of 7 children. She attended grade school ½ mile from their home, and graduated from Orchard High School in 1939. After graduation, she stayed at her parent’s farm home and helped with house work and cooking.
Erna married Harold Melcher on March 11, 1942, in Neligh, NE. She and Harold lived on the Melcher Ranch until Harold passed away in 2007.
Erna remained on the ranch until April 2016, when she went to Alpine Village in Verdigre.
Erna and Harold were blessed with 3 sons. She kept busy by keeping up with the sons and their activities, along with Harold’s playing ball. She enjoyed going to all the Hereford activities along with Harold and sons as they grew up showing all their Hereford calves. She also enjoyed all the Hereford people who stopped in and looked at their Hereford cattle.
In later years, she was always outside, taking care of her yard and flowers. She loved being with family and friends and, most of all, her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Erna is survived by her 3 children; James Melcher and wife Susan of Papillion, NE, Thomas Melcher and wife Loraine of Hot Springs, AR, Donald Melcher and wife Jean of Page, NE, 6 grandchildren: Lisa Keyes and husband Kevin, Crystal Beissenherz and husband Jason, Kay Storck and husband Matt, Kevin Melcher and wife Sherry, Abby Jacobsen and husband Ryan, Matt Melcher and Fiancé Kristen, 9 great grandchildren, and one Sister-In-Law, Gladys Fink of Orchard.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and one grandson, Jay Dee Melcher.
Alfred “Tony” Thomas Woods passed peacefully on Feb. 23, 2017, at the Ruby Valley Hospital in Sheridan, Montana. He was born to Earl and Grace (Weingart) Woods on his great-grandfather’s homestead near Silver Star, Montana on Sept. 2, 1930.
Tony attended school in Silver Star and Twin Bridges. He graduated from Twin Bridges High School in 1948, where he participated in both football and basketball.
He married Ruth Corienne Massey on June 13, 1953, in Butte, Montana. They were married for 55 years and were blessed with one son, Douglas Leroy Woods.
Tony loved his family, ranching and being outdoors. He lived his entire 86+ years within three miles of the family ranch. He has been a member of Twin Bridges School Board, National Farmers Organization, the Church of the Valley, and the Three Rivers Chapter of the Back Country Horseman of Montana.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Ruth; his son, Doug; brother, Richard Woods; sister-in-law, Billie Jo Woods; and brother-in-law, Russell Edwards.
Tony is survived by two granddaughters, Bailey (Nimon) Badgley of Hickory, North Carolina and Kacee Woods of Nampa Idaho; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Woods of Dillon; sisters; Pearl Edwards of Butte, Lois (Russell) Hartse of Missoula, and Jesse (Fred) Seibert of Scottsdale., Arizona; sister-in-law, Sarah (Juan) Massey of Seattle; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many dear friends.
Services for Tony Woods will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Church of the Valley in Twin Bridges. There will be a reception at the church following the service. A family burial will take place in Sliver Star before the service.
Memorials in memory of Tony may be made to the Ruby Valley Hospital, the Church of the Valley, or an organization of your choice.
Donald Carl Steiger
Donald Carl “Daddy Don” Steiger, 92 passed away on January 28, 2017. He was born on October 27, 1924, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to the late Carl E. and Ruth (Storm) Steiger. He was married to Mary Patricia (Speier) on November 20, 1954. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Katelyn Ruth Myhill.
Don served in the US Army in the European Theatre during World War II. He was a graduate of the University of Wyoming and a beef cattleman. He owned and operated the JH Ranch at Hulett, Wyoming and Steiger Charolais/Dairy in Bentonville, Arkansas, as well as served as a longtime herdsman for JACS Ranch in Bentonville. He was a well-respected, innovative seedstock breeder of Hereford and Charolais beef cattle. He raised and showed champion steers at the National Western Stock show and at other national shows. He was an early adopter of technology in ranching, performance testing and beef cattle improvement.
Don had a lifetime of active leadership in his community. Serving on the boards of Schools, Farm Bureaus, Cattleman’s associations and was a 50+ year 4-H leader. He was a Christian and served on the Vestry boards of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Sundance, Wyoming, an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Bentonville and was a long time Community Group leader at Fellowship Bible Church NWA. Don also helped lead the fledgling Republican Party in Benton County starting in 1970. He was County chair and enjoyed volunteering as a poll worker and at the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers.
His surviving family includes his wife Mary Patricia of the home; his six children, Donald Carl “Rocky” Steiger Jr. of Rich Hill, Missouri, Fritz (Francis) Steiger of Bentonville, Katherine (Donald) Myhill of Chesapeake, Virginia, Donna (Scott) Winn of Bentonville, Lamar (Shari) Steiger of Bentonville, Alex (Shelly) Steiger of Cuba, Missouri. He is also survived by eighteen loving grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Connie Dempsey of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mary Garman of Sundance. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.
Don was also preceded in death by his brother, Congressman William A. Steiger and his sister, Ann Haberstroh.
The staff at Jamestown Nursing Home in Rogers provided many years of care as Daddy Don’s Alzheimer’s continued to take its toll on him.
A Memorial Service was Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Training Center Chapel at Fellowship Bible Church NWA in Rogers with Pastor Mickey Rapier officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Memorials made be made to Fellowship Bible Church NWA, 1051 W. Pleasant Grove Road, Rogers, AR 72758.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.stockdalefuneral.com.
Paul Smokov, 92, Steele, died Jan. 21, 2017, from complications of heart failure. He was surrounded by his family at home with hospice care. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Steele, with the Rev. Jake DeBoer officiating.
Family will greet guests from 6:30 to 7 p.m. where a prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Eastgate-Steele Memorial Chapel, Steele.
Paul was born on Oct. 18, 1924, near Broadus, Mont. He completed the eighth grade in Steele and continued learning in the “School of Hard Knocks.” Paul was married to Betty Lorraine Benson on Sept. 20, 1953. They raised four daughters and one son on their ranch northwest of Steele. Paul was a naturalist who loved God in the outdoors. He dedicated his life and livelihood to raising cattle and could often be heard to say, “You take care of the cows, they’ll take care of you.” He enjoyed a ranching career that spanned seven decades, beginning in the era of horse-drawn farm implements and extending to the age of satellite-guided tractors. Throughout his life, he was frequently recognized and honored for his professional accomplishments. In 2013, he was named Rancher of the Year by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.
Paul is survived by his wife, Betty, and their five children and spouses, Bonnie (Phil) Peterson and Connie (Eric) Nikiforoff, North Dakota, Nancy (Don) O’Neill, California, Kathy (Marvin) Dykes, Washington, and Terry (Donna) Smokov, South Dakota; 10 grandchildren, Amber Joy, Aaron Peterson, Adam Peterson, Alex Nikiforoff, Garrett Nikiforoff, Jason O’Neill, Kristin Harrington, Justin Smokov, Jamie Schomp, and Jodie Severson; plus 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, June Miller, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Lois Smokov, New Mexico, and Alvina Smokov, California; as well as his 106-year-old aunt, Lydia Grekoff and her daughter, Paul’s close cousin, Sandee Schmidt, North Dakota; plus many other cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wasilie and Barbara Smokov; and his siblings, Mildred (Art) May, Doris (Bob) Kniefel, Johnny Smokov, and Jimmy Smokov.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Golden Manor or the Kidder-Emmons Senior Services, Steele.
Mozelle Hotchkiss, age 87 of Mud Butte, died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Belle Estate in Belle Fourche.
The funeral service will be held 2pm Friday, January 20th, 2017 at the Opal Community Church in Opal.
Visitation will be held 5 to 7 pm Thursday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place in the Opal Cemetery.
Mozelle is survived by her son, Terry (Beth) Hotchkiss of Mud Butte; daughters, Sandy (Max) Blanchard of Athol ID, Cindy (Ken) Baumeister of Buffalo WY; 8 grandchildren, Cassie, Andrea, Evie, Jamin, Wesley, Ashley, Christian, Blane; and 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, June Hotchkiss of Reva, Omy (Ted) Berg of Stevensville MT, Jackie Caywood of Sitka AK, and Hazel Lynn (Dale) Cleveland of Fairland, OK; and Mary Warner of Mud Butte who for the past few months has been a special angel to Mozelle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, W.A. “Dub” Hotchkiss.
William “Bill” Neil, age 85 of Northfield, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Reflections Care Suites in Northfield. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Saturday, January 21st at the Northfield United Methodist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-7:00 pm Friday, January 20th at the Northfield United Methodist Church and on Saturday 1 hour prior to Services at the Church.
William Thornton Neil was born on December 31, 1931 in Castle Rock Township to Fred and Ruth (Cleland) Neil. He grew up on his family’s farm, as the youngest of seven children. Bill attended country school, Randolph Elementary School, and graduated from Northfield High School in 1950. During high school, he was involved in FFA and worked at Enfield Motors.
He started hauling milk as a relief driver in 1950 and bought his own milk route on June 15, 1956. He continued his bulk milk route until 2006; enjoying the conversation with his customers and watching their families grow. Bill also farmed with his family in Dakota County, raising livestock and crops his entire life.
On May 1, 1956, Bill married Dorothy Lyman at the Northfield United Methodist Church. They lived in Greenvale Township before moving to their farm near Castle Rock in 1964. Together, they raised their children, David, Garry, Nancy Jane, and Steven. Dorothy passed away on November 28, 1985. He married Arlene Fossum on October 1, 2005 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield.
Bill was very proud to be a member and adult leader in the Dakota County 4-H program, with his involvement spanning from age nine until he was 77. He started the Bright Stars 4-H Club, served as county Federation treasurer, and served as a beef project leader. As a young adult, he was involved in the Rural Youth Association and was awarded the State Outstanding Member award in 1955. Bill served on the Federal Land Bank Board of Directors, Dakota County Farm Bureau Board, and the Castle Rock Township Board of Supervisors. The Neil’s were recognized as the Dakota County Farm Family of the Year in 1993. Bill was a member of the Northfield United Methodist Church.
Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed finding the right piece of farm equipment by checking the Sunday paper want ads and going to auctions in his younger days and having Arlene check the internet after they were married. He purchased many tractors, all of them RED, but always had green trucks, including his 1949 Chevrolet pickup. Bill enjoyed coffee and good conversation at several locations, including The Quarterback Club, Castle Rock Mini-Mall, and Roehl’s. He liked playing cards, especially 500 with neighborhood friends and at the senior center. Bill followed the Northfield Raiders basketball teams closely and loved watching his grandchildren play for the Randolph Rockets. His trademark uniform was bib overalls, which he wore until his final days.
Bill’s focus was his family and always appreciated that his career allowed him to spend time with them, as he took his kids and most of his grandchildren on the milk route. He enjoyed working together on their diversified farm. Bill was a dependable babysitter and driver for his grandchildren over the years. His smile, caring attitude, and gentle teasing will be missed.
Bill is survived by his wife Arlene; daughter Nancy (Darin) Hegland of Northfield; sons David (Ann) Neil of Pine Island, Garry Neil of Northfield, Steven (Keely) Neil of Northfield; grandchildren Ruth (Tim) Greenslade, Elizabeth and Bradley Neil, Jeffrey (Carrie) Neil, A.J. (Cortney) Neil, Amelia (Ryan) Kappers, Ryan, Ella Jane, and Maria Hegland, Jackson and Hannah Neil; 6 great grandchildren; step children Julie (Dale) Walston, Kevin (Vicki) Fossum, and Craig (Sandra) Fossum; brother and sisters-in-law Gene (Betty) Berge, Marilyn (Glenn) Lueaders, and Judy Berge; 6 step grandchildren, 5 step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Dorothy; sisters Beth and Mary Neil; brothers Fred, Ralph, Paul, and John Neil; twin grandchildren Katherine and Daniel Hegland; and brother-in-law Kenneth Berge.
Memorials to Northfield Hospice or the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.
Craig Gary Ludwig
Craig Gary Ludwig, husband, father, grandfather, passed away Sunday, January 8, one day before his 76th birthday. He was born in Denison, Iowa on January 9th, 1941. Craig attended a one-room schoolhouse, drove a tractor at a young age, and worked on neighbors’ farms in his teen years to earn money to keep his family’s farm going. He always felt a close connection to his western Iowa origins and friends and family in the area.
Craig attended Iowa State University for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees – where het met his wife Nancy on a blind date on Valentine’s Day, 1965 – and Oklahoma State University for his PhD in Animal Science. He and Nancy married on May 27, 1967, and moved to the Kansas City area in 1969.
Craig worked for the American Hereford Association for 29 years, travelling throughout the U.S. and the world, including Hungary, Australia, southern Africa and South America, and making many lifelong friends. Following his work for the AHA, he was the CEO for several other cattle associations.
At home Craig was a skilled builder and remodeler, finishing his basement and building a bedroom and bathroom, and building a beautiful deck in his backyard, which subsequently provided years of quality family and grilling time. He loved caring for his yard, planting and tending his extensive garden – especially the tomato plants and flowers – feeding the birds, playing fantasy football with his longtime league, and participating in his Bible study group.
When his sons were young, Craig coached their softball and 3&2 Baseball league teams, leading them to division championships on a couple of occasions to his great delight. As a sports fan, he was also for many years a keen tailgater at Chiefs games with close friends.
His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he went to many baseball, football, soccer, and basketball games played by his grandchildren living in the Kansas City area. He and Nancy were also able to visit their two granddaughters on several occasions when they lived in England and Germany.
Craig is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy, his son Chad (Tracy Moran), his daughter Laura Butler (Marvin), his son Scott (fiancée Bri), brothers Arnold (Marilynn) and Jon (Barb), grandchildren Elrica and Gabriella Ludwig and Remi, Brody, and Hadley Butler. Preceding him in death were his parents, Arnold and Marjorie Ludwig, his sister Suzan and brother-in-law Ronnie.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City MO, that provided care for Craig through his many health problems, to his internist of many years, Dr. Frank Titterington, and to the staff of the various other facilities who cared for him in the last several months. Donations in Craig’s name can be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 W. 62nd Street, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66202, or to the City Union Mission, 1100 E 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64106.
Vernon W. Sanders
Vernon W. Sanders, 94, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, following a series of health issues.
He is survived by his nephew Duke Herrero (wife Jill), nephew Mark Herrero and an extended family of cattle breeders and friends worldwide.
He was born in San Francisco in 1922 and graduated from Stanford University in 1947 with a B.A. in psychology. In 1948, Vern was married to Jane Prakel of San Francisco for 10 years. They had no children. During World War II, he served four years in the U.S. Army, retiring as field artillery captain, followed by five years in the Army Reserve.
His business career included vice president of Thompson Aircraft Tire Corp. for 10 years, and ultimately president for another 10 years. Thompson was a large military supplier following WWII with factories in California, Florida, New York and Belgium.
In 1960, Vern Sanders bought the first Polled Hereford cattle for his Oak Hill Ranch near Santa Rosa, CA. Oak Hill was successful with numerous championships in the early ‘60s, and in 1967, he bought property in South Central Montana he named Beartooth Hereford Ranch, where he began acquisition of Registered Polled Hereford livestock. After a reorganization dispersal sale in 1979, Vern became partners with manager George Ellis, and they continued the unprecedented success with numerous Superior Sire awards, Gold Trophy Dam awards and National Show Championships. Over the years, Beartooth became a force in the show ring with Premier Breeder awards in 13 of 16 consecutive National Polled Hereford Shows.
Vern Sanders was an innovator in record keeping and performance testing in an era when little or no records existed. He pioneered and created computer programs and systems that measured and tracked every stage of development of every animal he owned. Many of his innovations have become standards in Breed Association records and Purebred breeding programs around the world. He created some of the early Artificial Insemination protocols, and Beartooth was site of the first on-farm embryo transfer in North America in 1977.
Vern Sanders was a member of Big Brothers, past president of the Tire Industry Association, a member of President Eisenhower’s Highway Safety Committee, past president of the Montana Polled Hereford Association, past chairman of the American Polled Hereford Association, and a director of the National Cattlemen’s Association. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW, and a selfless supporter of Honor Flight. Following retirement he focused much of his time on Veteran activities and travel.
He was a downhill skier into his 70s throughout the Rockies and the European Alps, was an avid motorcycle rider while living in Marin County and enjoyed international travel while promoting his cattle.
Vern was the consummate gentleman, in every sense of the word. He was the kind of man that sent a personal thank you note. Well into his 90s he would still open the door and pull out a chair for a lady. He would go out of his way to ask how you were doing. He made you feel as though your life was the most important thing to him, and he loved to catch up over a glass on the rocks, no water.
We will miss his gentle, caring and polite demeanor. We will miss his guidance and steadfast hold on manners, integrity and dignity. He will live on with the lives he touched, and the global effect his cattle and innovations have had on the livestock industry.
Per his request, there will be no funeral service and his ashes will be scattered on the ranch he built and loved. Memorials may be made to your local VFW or charity of your choice. Vern would want us to remember him with a “remember the time he ..." story, and honor him with a kind and respectful gesture to someone you meet.
Robert J. Milligan, 93 yrs., of Kings, IL, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016 in Fort Pierce, FL. Bob was born January 8, 1923 to Harry and Kathryn (Oakes) Milligan on the family farm in White Rock Township, IL. He married Ann Marie Miller on September 2, 1949.
Bob loved life and lived it to the fullest. He deeply loved his family and friends. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ann, four children: Jim Milligan, Mac (Grace) Milligan both of Kings, Jacque (Bill) Rowland and Martha (Terry) Ashcraft both of Albuquerque, NM; four grandchildren: Breanne Rowland, Lynzie Rowland (Nic Argibay), Robert and Andrew Ashcraft. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Kathryn “Katie” Nicole Milligan.
He was a legend in his own time. He spent most of his life farming and raising one of the oldest herds of Registered Hereford Cattle in the U.S. started by his father in 1918. He was a trick rider on the Iowa State team called the Cosacks doing tricks involved with horses. He was a member of the Lions Club for more than fifty years. He was supporter of 4-H as a member, leader and judge of many county fairs. He raised an internationally known herd of Hereford cattle exhibiting them over 40 years at The International Show in Chicago and over 60 years at the National Western Show in Denver. In early years hauling them by railroad. He was also a member of the former Kings Presbyterian Church.
In Celebration of a life well lived, there will be a visitation from 4:00 - 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St., Rochelle. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 5 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle with Pastor James Tilley officiating. Burial will follow the service at White Rock Cemetery in Kings. Memorial donations may be made to Rochelle Lions Club or Ogle County 4-H visit www.ungerhorner.com to sign the online guest book.