November 13, 1934 - May 6, 2022
Marie was born November 13, 1934, at Florence, Alabama, to Arthur and Genevieve (Schroeder) Oakes and passed away May 6, 2022, at the Weisbrod Memorial Hospital in Eads at the age of 87.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Ellenberger, her parents Arthur and Genevieve Oakes, son Mark Arthur Ellenberger, daughter Marti Ferris and grandson Clint Ferris.
Colorado Community College System (CCCS) celebrated its fourth annual Commitment to Excellence Awards ceremony, honoring 54 employees across the state, including four from Lamar Community College.
John K. DeForest
September 11, 1951 - May 3, 2022
John was born September 11, 1951, in Denver and passed away May 3, 2022, at his home in rural Bristol with his family by his side at the age of 70.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton Alfred and Wanda June (Kerr) DeForest.
Leroy C. Brase
July 26, 1944 - April 23, 2022
Leroy C. Brase, son of Vivian (Murray) and Melvin Brase, was born July 26, 1944, in Lamar.
August 15, 1964, Leroy was united in marriage to Judy Weimer Brase and to the union two sons, Jeff and Scott, were born.
Shortly after their marriage, Leroy and Judy moved to Fort Collins, where Leroy completed his education at Colorado State University. It was at this time that they moved to Crook, where Leroy taught for a few years.
Former Colorado State Senator Mark Hillman says the commission charged with ensuring schools discontinue using American Indian mascots is inconsistent in applying state law.
Darrell Wayne Brown
March 20, 1939 - January 11, 2022
Darrell Wayne Brown passed away January 11, 2022, in Eads at Weisbrod Memorial Hospital. He was 82 years, 10 months, and 11 days.
He was born March 20, 1939, in Elsie, Nebraska, the third of four children born to Ross Ora Brown and Eunice Laurine Deal.
Eunice died in 1941, along with a baby girl, when Darrell was two, and he and his brother and sister were raised by many different family members in Colorado and Nebraska.
Fredrick Joseph Dorenkamp
January 20, 1932 - April 17, 2022
Frederick Joseph Dorenkamp was born January 20, 1932, south of Holly to Joseph and Amelia (Boerner) Dorenkamp. He passed away April 17, 2022, at his home in Holly at the age of 90.
Fred was united in marriage to Norma Tefertiller August 6, 1950. To this union they were blessed with eight children.
Fred and Norma operated Dorenkamp Rodeo Company from 1980 until 1993.
Nicki J. Filbeck
March 2, 1950 - April 7, 2022
A graveside service for longtime Lamar resident Nicki J. Filbeck will be held at 1:00 p.m. MST/ 2:00 p.m. CST Friday, April 15, 2022, at the Johnson Cemetery in Johnson City, Kansas with Pastor Paul Floyd of the High Plains Fellowship Church officiating.
Per Nicki's request there will be no visitation.
Lamar-based Golden Plains Insurance Agency, Inc. has announced another expansion with the acquisition of Baxter Agency in Eads. The purchase was completed April 5, 2022.
Marilyn Baxter established Baxter Agency in 1989 to successfully serve clients across southeast Colorado from her office at 101 East 15th Street in Eads. Golden Plains is also acquiring that building, and has hired Haley Reedy to continue providing exceptional service in Kiowa County.