• James Morgan Nelms

    U.S. veteran James Morgan Nelms, 85, of Brighton, died Dec. 30, 2008, following an illness with cancer.

    He was born in Washington, D.C. He went to school in Williamson, W. Va. After graduation he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a pilot and became a flight instructor for the B-29 aircraft during World War II. After his discharge, he attended West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va. He received his degree in political science.

  • Sallie T. Tawara

    Sallie T. Tawara, 58, of Aurora, died Dec. 31, 2008, in Aurora.

    She was born July 1, 1950, in Denver, to Henry S. Doi and Chimi (Mayemura) Doi. She was a 1968 graduate of Brighton High School and went on to be a dental hygienist school in California. She married Daryl Tawara Oct. 30, 1976, in Denver.

    Sallie grew up in Brighton leaving and later became a resident of Aurora for 32 years. She worked for United Power in Brighton for the last six years and worked for Xcel Energy in Denver for more than 20 years.

  • H. Ray Neff

    U.S. veteran H. Ray Neff, 70, of Brighton, died Dec. 23, 2008.

    He was born July 2, 1938, to Harold and Donna Neff in Iola, Kan. Ray served in the United States Navy.

    Survivors include his wife, Margie Neff of Brighton; daughter, Kelly (Brian) Fritz of Brighton; sons: Danny (Jane) Neff of Mount Union, Penn; Robert (Stephanie) Neff of Union, Penn. and Ronald (Cyndi) Neff of Vira, Penn; and 12 grandchildren.

  • Ray Arthur Saxton

    U.S. veteran Ray Arthur Saxton, 85, of Brighton, died Dec. 31, 2008, at his home.

    He was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Eaton, Colorado. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific Theatre during World War II. He earned numerous medals including the Purple Heart. He carried his Marine Corps ideals throughout his life. He was a husband, father and grandfather.

    Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Doris; son, Jim; and daughter, Bonnie; two grandchildren,

    Interment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery with full military honors.

  • Salvador M. Espinosa

    U.S. veteran Salvador M. Espinosa, 85, of Fort Lupton, died Dec. 22, 2008, in Denver.

    He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in LaSalle, to Pastor Espinosa and Savina (Cruz) Espinosa. He married Helen Martinez Sept. 12, 1945, in Fort Lupton.

  • Miguel Antonio Barrutia

    Miguel “Nunu” Antonio Barrutia, 26, of Brighton, died Dec. 22, 2008, in Greeley.

    He was born Feb. 2, 1982, in Thornton, to Jose Barrutia and Teresa (Martinez) Barrutia. Nunu was a 2001 graduate of Fort Lupton High School. He worked for Safeway in Fort Lupton and then went to work with his father for Garney Construction for three years.

    Survivors include his parents; brothers, Edward, Samuel and Jose Andres, all of Brighton; grandparents, Matilda Ortega of Spain and Matias Martinez of Fort Lupton; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

  • Rochelle Ann Rabas

    Rochelle Ann Rabas, 35, of Grand Junction, died Dec. 17, 2008, in Grand Junction.

    She was born April 23, 1973, in Denver. Rochelle was a 1991 graduate of Fort Lupton High School. She loved to ride her Indian motorcycle, fished and camped.

  • Karna Kristine M. Counter

    Karna Kristine M. Counter, 62, formerly of Fort Lupton, died Dec. 18, 2008, in a fatal automobile accident in Killeen, Texas.

    Karna was a mother, sister, friend and educator. She was teaching at Eastern Hills Middle School in Killeen.

    Survivors include her children, Scott Gabel, Eric Gabel, Tatianna Wheat, Tammy Jewell, and Cheri Nepper; and seven grandchildren.

    Memorial services are at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 27 at the First United Methodist Church, 236 Park Ave., Fort Lupton.

  • Nila Mae Poff

    Nila Mae Poff, 82, of Hudson, died Dec. 14, 2008, at her home.

    She was born April 1, 1926, in Cushing, Okla., to James A. Hemphill and Rebecca C. (Hodson) Hemphill. She attended school in Cushing and married Leo L. Poff Nov. 2, 1943, in Dove Creek.

    Nila lived in Hudson for the last five years. Before moving to Hudson, she lived near Cortez for the majority of her life where she farmed and ranched. She worked her entire life on the farm raising her family of five children.

  • Robert L. Bergman

    Robert L. Bergman, 75, of Brighton, died Nov. 25, 2008, in Westminster.

    He was born Dec. 15, 1932, in Brighton to Ralph and Nell J. (Walgenbauch) Bergman. Bob attended school in Brighton and received a degree in agriculture from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He married Janice O’Brien July 12, 2003, in Fort Carson.