Douglas County Colorado
Obituaries T - Z

TERRY, MELVIN Near Table Rock, Mon. night, Jan. 25,(1891) Melvin Terry eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Terry.
THOMAS, RALPH ARTHUR Mtn. News, Jan. 27, 2004

Ralph Arthur Thomas, 91, of Castle Rock, died Sat., Jan. 24th at the Sky Ridge Hospital, after a short illness.

Mr. Thomas was born June 22, 1912 in Capron, OK. He has lived in Colorado since 1927. He married Pearl Vernell Nichols on Jan. 4, 1941. Mr. Thomas worked as a crane operator for the Pueblo Ordinance Depot. His employment at the Pueblo Ordinance Depot was interrupted by service with the 555th Ordinance Heavy Maintenance Company in the Army during W.W.II. during his service to his country he served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland Ardennes, where he was wounded. He received the Purple Heart; Good Conduct Medal; the EAME Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Victory Ribbon, and 2 Overseas Service Bars. After WWII he returned to the Pueblo Ordinance Depot and retired in 1964. He then worked for the Fremont County School System in Canon City, for 9 ylears before retiring. He was a Lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club, and BPOE Elks#610. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, 700 Club, United Methodist Men, and the First United Church of Castle Rock.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pearl Vernell Thomas; a daughter Darlene Kay Lutz of Maryland; a son, Wesley Keith Thomas of Castle Rock; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grand children, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 at 11:00A.M. at the United Methodist Church of Castle Rock, 1200 South St. The Rev. Terri Hubbard and the Rev. Jim George will officiate. Honors by the United States Army. Interment will be held at New Salem Cemetery, Ashland, Mo.

Contributions may be made in his name to the United Methodist Men, c/o The First United Methodist Church of Castle Rock, 1200 South St. Castle Rock, CO 80104

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home, Castle Rock, CO.
THORNBER, HELEN KLAVANO Rocky Mtn. News, Dec. 2003

Helen Klavano Thornber, 93 of Parker died Dec. 11, 2003. She is preceded in death by her husband, five brothers and one sister. Helen was born in Endicott, WA, Oct. 16, 1910. Her parents were German farmers who emigrated from the Volga River Valley. Her ancestors moved to Russia when Catherine the Great took power. At Pomeroy High School, she was guard on the state champion basketball team. She Married Merrill Strickland Thornber in 1937. He was a forest ranger and an officer in the CCC. He was a captain in WWII when he contracted TB. Upon being discharged from the army he and Helen built and operated Sandy Jo Court located across from Fitzsimons. During the 1960's Helen was a Douglas County 4-H assistant leader in dog training. She is survived by her daughters Joanne Thornber of the Woodlands, Texas and Sandy Thornber of Aurora and Parker. Graveside service will be held Fri. 1pm, Ft. Logan staging area "A". In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Metro Denver, 3399 S. Eagle St. Aurora, Co. 80014-5003. Specify donation to be used at Eagle St. Care Center
TINTLE, BESSIE September 5, 1894
Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Tintle wish to thank their friends for their kindness and sympathy at the loss of "Bessie", their infant daughter.
TINTLE, SON August 6, 1890
Fatal Accident - Just as the Tribune goes to press it is informed that Dave Tindel who lives on Cherry creek 8 miles west of Elbert ran over his little five year old son with a wagon load of posts, breaking his neck. While loading the wagon he told the little one to go off and lie down in the shade and it seems he crawled under the wagon, laying down in front of the hind wheel. When Mr. Tindel stared the team it resulted in the heart rendering accident. Mr. Tindel is well known on the Divide. - Elbert County Tribune. (MAY BE FRANK L. TINTLE b. 1886)
TITCOMB, JEREMY H. January 24, 1894
Died - At Platte Canon, Douglas county, on Monday the 11th inst., after a short illness, Jeremy H. Titcomb, only brother of John S. Titcomb. Funeral services will be held at Littleton today.
TOURTILLETTE, MARIE G. November 2, 1887
Deaths - On Wednesday evening Oct. 26th, the sad news of the death of Miss Marie G. Tourtillette was announced on our streets, and a pall of sadness settled over the homes of our citizens. While her death was not unlooked for, yet she was considered by her attendants to have passed the greatest danger, and the event of her death fell upon her friends with unspeakable force.
Miss Tourtillotte was the daughter of Franklin and Mary E. Tourtillotte, a native of Maine, and aged 21 years 7 months.
Deceased graduated from Maine Central Institute in 1885, and came to Colorado in the spring of 1886, settling in Douglas county, where she had since remained, being engaged as teacher in our public schools. She was an excellent teacher and of much experience for one so young, having taught her first school in her native state when but 14 years of age.
She was a member of the Free Baptist church of her native village and an earnest worker in the cause of Christianity, living her religion daily. Never tiring of doing good, she thought of others rather than self. "To crown His head or grace His name, no gift too rare she thought".
During her brief sojourn in this county Miss Tourtillette won many warm friends, and was much respected by all who knew her. Her loss is deeply mourned.
USHOLD, ANNA In Lake Gulch Tuesday night, June 16(1891) between eleven and twelve o'clock, after a long and painful illness, Anna Uschold, wife of Mike Uschold, aged 60 years.(1891)

Funeral services were conducted by father G.H. Kuiner of Denver at the Catholic Church in Castle Rock and the remains were followed to the cemetery by a large circle of sympathizing friends.

We wish to return thanks through the Journal, to the friends who so kindly assisted us and sympathized with us during or late berevement
Mike Uschold and family
VAUGHN, CINDA A. Rocky Mtn. News

Cinda A. Vaughn, 57, of Highlands Ranch, passed away Jan. 5, 2004. Wife of Larry. Mother of Brenda(Dustin)Bauer and Darla(Shane)Stade. Grandmother of Brianna and Kaylyn Bauer, and Mackenzie and Mason Stade. Sister of Phil and Frank Chik. Memorial Service, Sat. 1pm at Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6601 S. Colorado Blvd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Hospital, 1245 E. Colfax Ave., #400, Denver, CO. 80218
WEAVER, ERASTUS August 8, 1894
Died - At his home in Sedalia, Colo. Aug. 1, 1894, Erastus Weaver, aged 60 years.

Card of Thanks - To the friends who so kindly assisted and sympathized with me during my late bereavement, I desire to express my gratitude and since thanks. Mrs. E. Weaver.
WEAVER, GAYLORD "BEE" Castle Rock Daily Star, Jan. 22, 2004

Gaylord "Bee"Weaver, 76 of Park Rapids, Minn., died Jan. 15(2004). At his home.

Funeral services were scheduled for noon today, Jan. 21, at Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home in Castle Rock. Interment will be at Elizabeth Cemetery in Elizabeth.

Weaver was born Mar. 29, 1927, in Grinnell, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Blanche(Pickering)Weaver. On Dec. 1, 1947, he married Laveda Bucklin. Bee was a farmer in Grinnell, Iowa, until he moved to Colorado in 1969. He was a co-owner of M&W Masonry from 1973 until 1989, when he moved to Park Rapids, Minn., Where he owned and operated Deer Lane. Bee loved hunting duck, deer and pheasant. He enjoyed politics.

Weaver is preceded in death by one brother, Vern Weaver.

He is survived by his wife Veda; four children, Sheri Raehling and her husband Dick of Highlands Ranch, Becky Morrison and her husband Dave of Elizabeth, Thad Weaver of Park Rapids, Minn., and Tom Weaver and his wife Michelle of Kiowa; three sisters Barbara Weaver of Parker, Betty Anderson of Grinnell, Iowa, and Judy Puls and her husband of ALA.;five grandchildren, Jason, Laura, Lisa, Josh and Cade and three great-grandchildren Jenna, Jessie and Jeremiah.
WEINMEISTER, LEORA Paper Unknown 1999
Leora Weinmeister
Leora Peters Weinmeister, 88, of Kersey died Sunday, April 23, at North Colorado Medical Center.

Mrs. Weinmeister was born June 9, 1911, to Walter and Mabel Agnes (Rice) Carroll in Greenberg, Mo.
In 1930, she married Albert Peters. He died in 1982. On June 20, 1984, she married Dave Weinmeister Jr. in Kersey.

Mrs. Weinmeister moved to Berthoud from Greenberg when she was 3 years old. She received her education Berthoud and Loveland.

Mrs. Weinmeister spend 28 years in the Black Forrest area and in 1954 moved to Platteville. She was a member of the Kersey Senior Center, PERA and AARP and a Colorado Share Volunteer. She was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in Windsor.

Survivors are her husband, Dave Weinmeister Jr; one daughter, Alice Embree of Kersey; three sons, Carl Peters of Castle Rock, Albert Peters of Casper, Wyo., and David Peters of Fort Mills, S.C.; five stepdaughters, Clara Peters Soper of Santa Clara, Calif., Betty Stromberger of Windsor, Ruth Lovat9o and LaVern Violet Walter, both of Greeley, and Mary Jan Yobsley of Fort Collins; three stepsons, Melvin Peters Roth of Denver, Albert Le Roy Weinmeister of Greeley and Clarence Weinmeister of Brighton; one sister, Ethel Rogers of Hobbs, N.M.; and two brothers, Alvin Carroll and Halley Carroll, both of Berthoud; 11 grandchildren, 34 step-grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and step-great-great--grandchildren. Three brothers, George, Arthur and Bob Carroll; one sister, Betty Carroll; one stepson, Raymond Weinmeister; and one stepdaughter, Viola Peters McClure, are deceased.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kersey Community Church.

Interment will be at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Adamson Memorial West Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kersey Senior Center in care of Adamson Memorial West Chapel, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley 80634.

WESTBACK, ELDRED JOHN Castle Rock Daily Star Nov. 25, 2003

Eldred John Westback, 69, died Nov. 24, 2003, at his Franktown home.

Funeral services will be 1 pm Fri. at the Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home, at 407 Jerry St., Castle Rock. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery at Castle Rock. Visitation will be on Wed. from 5-7 pm and Fri. from 8 am to 12 pm. At the funeral home.

Born Feb. 26, 1934, in Rapid City, S.D., Westback was the son of (Olaf and Myrtice(Bowman)Westback. He was a veteran of the U.S. Arm, Eldred was known to family and friends as "EJ".

He married Cynthia Lee White in Denver on July 19, 1973. He worked as Vice-President of Operations at Hathaway Corp. a company from which he eventually retired after 39 years of service. He enjoyed his ranch, cars, and especially football. A Brocos fam, friends said that he loved to attend home games.

Westback is survived by his wife and four children; Jan Westback and his wife Felise of Morrison, Co., Sharon Schultz and her husband Steve of Elizabeth, Co. Derick Westback and his wife Neysa of Canon City, and ? Westback and his wife Angie of Parker, Co.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Soc. , 2225 S. Oneida St., Denver, 80222

Arrangements were by Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson funeral home, Castle Rock, Co.
WHITE, CHARLIE C.H. Near Sedalia, Mon. Oct. 17(1892), of a complication of diseases, Charlie C. H. White, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur White, aged 6 years and 8 mos.
WHITTIER, MARGARET ELLEN Castle Rock Journal March 15, 1907
Margaret Ellen Whittier

Margaret Ellen Barton was born near Carrollton, in Greene County, Illinois, on October 31, 1846. She was married at Greenfield, Illinois, September 4, 1884, to Oscar H. Whittier, and died near Case, Douglas County Colorado, March 10, 1907, being 60 years, 4 months and 11 days of age.

She was the child of ardent Christian parents of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, the youngest of a family of twelve, born into a family where peace reigned and love was the atmosphere she breathed. Her childhood was happy though not blessed with and (sic) abundance of earth's luxuries. She was a tender, delicate flower, unable to endure coldness or rough treatment, which fortunately, did not fall to her lot in such a family as hers.

In early womanhood her health failed and for more than thirtyfive years she had been a constant sufferer. Yet she was always hopeful and until the last three months expected to regain her health and live to a "good old age" as her parents did before her. She desired to live, yet did not fear to die. Since coming to Colorado in 1892, her health had been somewhat better than for years previous, though she remained an invalid. In the latter part of 1906 she became worse again and failed somewhat rapidly. About January 1, 1907, new symptoms appeared in her case after which she soon ceased to expect recovery, though she still desired to live. But about two weeks before death and on almost the last day of full consciousness, she quietly t9old her husband that she knew she could not recover, and, with a bright countenance showing perfect peace, she added "I am not afraid to die. I have given myself fully to my Heavenly Father and all is well."

She lived a true and faithful friend - never forgetting friendship once made - a faithful, consistent Christian, and a faithful, devoted, conscientious and loving wife.

After many bitter disappointments; after great suffering, both mental and physical, she is peacefully at rest.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Waite at the home of Mrs. Hattie Whittier at 10 o'clock on Wednesday morning and the remains were brought to Castle Rock for interment.
WILLIAMS, DAVID R. October 26, 1887
Died - David R. Williams, son of Morgan D. and Allie Williams, Oct. 12, 87, of typhoid fever. Aged 25 years, 9 months and 1 day. At Williamsburg, Colo.
WILLIAMS, IVA PEARL Castle Rock Journal April 7, 1987
Iva Pearl Williams

Services for Iva Pearl Williams, 96, who died Monday, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Andrews Funeral Home Chapel in Castle Rock. The Rev. Leonard Dare will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was born Jan. 10, 1891, to Joseph and Olive Lambert on their Homestead Ranch at Greenland in Douglas County. She was the third of nine children.

She was educated in a one-room school located on the Pratt Ranch at West Cherry Creek, later known as Cherry, about seven miles east of Greenland. At that time there was no mail service in the rural areas of the county and a store and post office at Greenland provided a food source and the mail for residents in that community.

She was graduated from Douglas County High School in May 1912 in a graduating class of 16. She then attended a college known as the State Teachers College in Greeley. She taught many terms in Colorado, Wyoming and Washington.

Dec. 29, 1926, she was married to Willie D. Williams. The couple had two sons, Alva Joe and William James. The family settled in Larkspur where her husband spent many years as caretaker of the lodge owned by the American Federation of Human Rights. Mr. Williams had previously worked at farming and on the railroad.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her two sons, Alva Joe of Castle Rock and William James of Larkspur; a brother, Vernie Lambert of Castle Rock; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died Nov. 16, 1978.
WILLIAMS, RAY MARSH Castle Rock Daily Star Oct. 3, 2004

Ray Marsh Williams, 76, of Castle Rock, died Thurs. at his home. Ray was born July 12, 1927, in N.C., the son of Roland Clegg and Pearl(Nance) Williams.

He served in the US Army and graduated from Wake Forest University in N.C.

On March 31, 1951, Ray married Patricia Wilson. Ray had worked for the General Adjustment Bureau of New York for 42 years retiring as V.P. of Human Resources and Education in 1991.

He was a member of Perry Park C.C., enjoyed golfing, loved to travel and to hunt. Ray and Patricia have lived in Castle Rock since 1986.

Williams is preceded in death by his brother Roland Clegg Williams, Jr. who was killed in an airplane accident during WWII.

Williams is survived by his wife Pat of Castle Rock; two sons, Ray Marsh Williams Jr. and his wife, in Columbus, Ohio and Latham Clegg Williams and his wife Teresa of Westminster, and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital, 1056 E. 19th Ave. 80220. Memorial services and interment will be at a later date in N.C. Arraingements were by Olinger Andrews Caldwell Funeral home.(in Castle Rock, CO)
WILLIS, ROSE (KELTY) Rocky Mtn. News
Franktown native, 75

Rose(Kelty Willis, died June 10(2003). Visitation, Wed. 4pm to 7pm at Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson, Castle Rock, Co. Graveside services, Fri. 10 am, Franktown Cemetery. Memorials to Children's Hospital.
WILSON, PAYTON July 4, 1894
Died - Near Table Rock, Saturday evening, June 30th, of neuralgia of the heart, Payton Wilson, aged about 48 years.

Funeral services were conducted at the late residence of the deceased Monday at 9 o'clock A.M. by Rev. Smith of Monument, and the remains were taken to Monument for interment.

Mr. Wilson was one of the old timers on the Divide and will be sincerely mourned by a very large circle of friends. Almost the whole community for miles around attended the funeral services.
WINKLER, BETTY J. Rocky Mountain News March 2001
Betty J. Winkler
Business owner, 67

Betty J. Winkler of Yuma, Arizona, business owner, died March 29. She was 67.

Memorial services were Tuesday at the Castle Rock Eagles. There was cremation.

She was a member of the Castle Rock Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and Ladies of the Moose in Yuma.

She is survived by her husband, George; three daughters, Patty Hasty, Castle Rock, Linda Ereth and Jodie Daniels, Bloomfield, and three brothers, Richard, Ronald and Roger Hoffman; six granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
WINKLER, JOSEF Douglas County News-Press 1973
Josef Winkler passed away in his Douglas County Ranch home Memorial Day, May 28, 1973.

Rosary will be Thursday night, May 31st.

Mass of the Resurrection will be Friday, June 1, 10 a.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Officiant, Rev. John Padberg. Organist, Mrs. John Reddy.

Pallbearers will be George Winkler, Josep (sic) Winkler, Carl Winkler, Lowell Bush, Robert Longworth and Sherman Montover.

Concluding services, Cedar Hill Cemetery, West Castle Rock, Colo.

Josef Winkler was born August 8, 1888 in Lienz Tiral, Austria.

He was known internationally for his knowledge as a cattleman.

As a friend who knew him well said, "He was known internationally, whether it was Australia, Great Britain or South America - Josef was known for his knowledge of cattle."

His obituary will be interesting.
WINKLER, JOSEF III Douglas County News-Press July 25, 2002
County loses leader: Death of Winkler, 74, comes as a shock to many
By: Christine McManus July 24, 2002
They say there are two kinds of ranchers: Ones who will admit they are fond of calves, and ones who won't. Josef Winkler III, 1928-2002, a lifelong rancher and leader in Douglas County and Colorado, was one who did.

Winkler's death July 18 came as a shock to many. He cut his hand several weeks ago while working with calves. An infection from the cut spread to his heart, and he went to the hospital.

He and his family thought he would surely heal and return to the ranch because his health was otherwise good, said his niece Karen Riesselman.

In addition to running hers every season throughout his life on the 5,000 acre ranch 10 miles south of Castle Rock, Winkler also was a scholar, a politician, a conservationist and an admired neighbor.

"This is a sad loss to the county," said Douglas County Commissioner Jim Sullivan. "There's a lot of history you lose when a legacy goes. Our sympathy goes to the family."

The 74-year-old read newspapers every morning and usually was reading a couple books, friends said. He kept up on state and national news long after serving at the state capitol.

Five times he offered his name up for a seat in the Colorado Legislature, and five time the voters obliged. He served a 14-year stint in the state capitol: three terms in the house of representatives and two senate terms.

He was a moderate Republican, true to conservative values, and he wore his politics on his sleeve, said friend and neighbor Bob Schultz.

His role models were his parents, Winkler said in a 1999 News-Press interview, because during the Depression and dust bowl days, they raised a family of seven children and were dedicated to a way of life for their family.

Winkler was born on the ranch and graduated from Colorado State University.

Every Wednesday for the six years, Winkler joined a table of longtime friends at the Stagecoach restaurant in Franktown. This Wednesday, Douglas County's good old boys will drink a few toasts to a man they looked up to on many matters.

On the changing nature of the county from rural to suburban, Winkler told the News-Press in February 1999, after the county was named the fastest-growing county in the nation for almost a decade:

"I was born here more than 70 years ago. I remember the county as being very rural and somewhat frontier-like," Winkler said. "I've seen all the changes - good changes. We've been blessed with a lot of wonderful people who have moved here. It's changed the character of the county considerably, but basically we appreciate the fact that there have been a lot of wonderful people who will hopefully contribute to the future of this county."

His advice to newcomers was to learn and "appreciate the heritage of this county and to try to keep it as positive as possible."

"I think a lot of the people who have moved here have an attitude that they want to keep what they found when they first moved here," Winkler said. "That may or may not be realistic simply because nothing remains the same. We have all kinds of economic pressures. What we need to do is be very careful to modify any effect of that pressure and move ahead."

A 500-acre portion of the Winkler "GE" Ranch was made available to the Castlewood Canyon State Park. Winkler also donated rhyolite stone - mined from the property - for rancher Tweet Kimball's memorial gardens at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia.

Winkler's Red Angus cattle won many awards over the years.

"If he knew an old cow was working on a birth, he'd be out there at 2 a.m. watching out for her," said friend and county historian Clyde Jones. "He'd be sure to feed her right away. There aren't too many ranchers who would do that."

The Winkler Ranch is an official Colorado Centennial Farm, recognized at the 2001 Douglas County Fair and the 2000 Colorado State Fair for remaining in the family for more than 100 years.

The family plans to keep the ranch working as long as possible. Riesseiman said. Despite the jumps in land values that have accompanied the county's growth, Winkler told the News-Press in May 1999 that the rich heritage of the ranch far outweighed any economic benefits the land could reap.

"The struggles that went into putting this land together and its natural beauty - this is a very precious piece of real estate," Winkler said. "I have a lot of emotion for it."

Winkler married Lois Simon Winkler in Evergreen Feb. 11, 1966. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Although many people wanted to attend a service, Winkler told his family he wanted a quiet exit, Riesseiman said. A small service for family was last weekend at the ranch, led by the Rev. Bill Vollmer.

Winkler is survived by sister Fran Cannon of Castle rock; brother George Winkler of Yuma, Ariz.; nieces Karen Riesselman of Franktown and Kendall Harris of Absaroke, Mont.; nephew Robert Longworth of Denver, and great nephews and nieces Joseph Mullins, Jameson Mullins, Robert Longworth Jr., Kanon Torgerson and Kendra Longworth. He was godfather to Joe Mullins and a friend to many.

Donations in memory of Winkler can be made to the Douglas County Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80104 or the National World War II Memorial, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C., 20090-6766.


Denver Post Friday, July 26, 2002
Former legislator Winkler ran ranch in Douglas County
By Valerie Edmondson
Josef Winkler III, a Douglas County rancher and 14-year Colorado state legislator, died July 18 at Porter Adventist Hospital after a short illness. He was 74.

He was a friend to neighbor and animal alike, according to people who knew him.

"His loss will really be felt," said Mike Maxwell, vice president of the Douglas County Republican Party. "He championed open space, and he really worked hard for agriculture. He wanted to make sure we never lost sight of our original roots in Douglas County."

Winkler was born April 23, 1928, in Denver to Josef Winkler II and Rose Paoli, who had emigrated from Austria to homestead in Douglas County. Winkler was one of seven children raised into a life of cattle ranching. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1953 with a degree in animal husbandry and animal production.

Winkler served as chairman in the early days of the Douglas County Republican party and then founded the Young Republicans League in Douglas County in the '50s. He described himself as ultraconservative, dedicated to cutting back on government spending, cutting taxes, and increasing water storage for future growth.

He served in the legislature from 1972 to 1986, three terms as a state representative and two terms as a state senator from Douglas County.

"The legislative process I have found to be like a Chinese water torture on your principles," said U. S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Republican. "Every day there is another drip; but Joe was titanium - nothing eroded his principles. And he was the nicest guy in the whole world on top of that."

After taking time out for politics, Winkler returned to the ranch where he ran the family's 5,000-acre homestead of 350 shorthorn cattle near Castle Rock with his sister, Fran Cannon.

Before his death, he had been training the fourth generation of Winklers - nephews - to eventually take over the operation. The Winkler Ranch has been recognized as an official Colorado Centennial Farm for remaining in the same family for more than 100 years.

Winkler was an expert cattleman and loved being with his cattle, said neighbor and friend Bob Shultz. "Every new calf was a delight to him."

Busloads of third-graders would arrive at the Winkler Ranch in the spring and fall to get a lesson in the early history of Douglas County as well as a lesson in land husbandry.

"He had a lot of patience and compassion for young people," said Cannon. "He taught them that the land is something not to be taken for granted. He told them if you take care of the land, the land will take care of you."

He had been active in both the American Shorthorn Association and the National Western Stock Show, and spent many years working with young people in 4-H Club.

He and his wife of 35 years, Lois Simon Winkler, also were in the habit of taking in stray cats and dogs that appeared on their doorstep.

"Every creature was welcomed," he wife said. "He never saw a dog or cat that he didn't like."

The Douglas County Buddy Center, an animal adoption program with the Dumb Friends League, opened this year with the support of Winkler and his wife.

In the late '70s, Winkler donated 500 acres of Winkler Ranch to Castlewood Canyon State Park.

In addition to his sister, Winkler is survived by his brother, George Winkler of Yuma, Ariz.and several nieces and nephews.

Donations in memory of Josef Winkler may be made to the Douglas County Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80104; or to the National World War II Memorial, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-67766.

WIRES, REBECCA At Rock Ridge, August 5th (1891) of dropsy and a complication of other diseases, Rebecca Wires, wife of Alex Wires, aged 54 years and 27 days.

Funeral services were conducted the next day by W.I. Whittier, and the remains laid to rest in the Rock Ridge Cemetery. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community in this great loss. She was a kind wife and mother and had friendship and respect of all who knew her.(1891)
WOLF, DULCIE IRENE Castle Rock Journal October 6, 1889
Died - At Franktown, Oct. 12, Dulcie Irene, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Wolf.

WYATT, MINNIE HIER Castle Rock Daily Star Nov. 18, 2003

Minnie Hier Wyatt, 99, Died Sunday at the Brookside Inn in Castle Rock, Co. Funeral services for Minnie are scheduled for 11am Thurs. at St. Phillip in the Field Episcopal Church and the Altar Guild. She was a life time member of Sunflower Grange #162.

Their two sons, Thomas and Alton, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Wyatt is survived by a daughter Velva Bains, daughter-in-law Dolores Wyatt, five grandchildren, Wyatt, Bonnie Brouix and her husband Tom, Wilma Currie and her husband Gary, Patricia Hayden. She also had eight great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Phillip in the Field Episcopal Church or Bear Canon Cemetery, 297 S. Park Rd. Sedalia, 80135. Arrangements were made by Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Funeral Home.
Rocky Mtn. News, 12/21/2003

Jill Wylie, 69 of Castle Rock, Co. passed away Dec. 17, 2003. Born in Kimball, Neb. On July 16, 1934 to Clyde and Mary Brady. Mrs. Wylie graduated from the University of Denver; and married Dick Wylie on Aug. 27, 1955. She was a devoted housewife and business partner to her husband, and all around inspiration. She is survived by her loving husband Dick, daughter Colleen, sons Rick and Rob, and grandson Ryan. A private service will take place following cremation. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Denver Rescue Mission, 3501 E. 45th Ave. Denver.