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Wesley Henry Schlegel; Jennie Mildred Winget


Wesley Henry Schlegel passed away Feb. 27, 2002, at his home in Burns. He was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Eagle to Clyde and Ida Schlegel.
Wes’ heart was always home on the ranch. He spent most of his life there except for the time he spent in the military and a few years spent in California when he and his wife, Mary, were first married.

As a youth, Wes worked on the ranch and helped his dad do some outfitting. Wes attended the Catamount School in early years where he and his sister, Jessie, rode their horses to and from school. He graduated from Gypsum High School in 1945.

Wes served his country in the Army from 1945 to 1947, where for a while he was stationed in Italy. He as a lifetime member of American Legion Post 195 in McCoy. Mary and Wes were married April 30, 1953. They raised a large family of four sons and two daughters. Their family also included other kids that came to live with them for several years, maybe just for the summer. Wes put them all to work, too.

Together with his family, they built a good-sized cattle operation. Satisfaction for him was to go out and irrigate, ride for cattle and just generally work. Wes liked to accomplish something and to do it right now. He believed in the good-neighbor policy and was ready to help brand, build or whatever was needed to get the job done.

Wes was an avid outdoorsman. At first it was probably out of necessity to have food, but it was what he loved: to be out hunting, fishing or working with the livestock.

Summers were filled with lots of fishing. Wes knew where the best fish were in the beaver dams on Castle and usually made a trip once a year to the Piney River.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clark and Norman Schlegel. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 48 years, sister Jessie Luark; two daughters, Janice Price (Lou) and Melinda Hammer (Steve); four sons, Bill (Jill), Sumner (Karen), Rod (Jackie) and Randy (Sherri); 18 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held in McCoy March 2, 2002. He was buried at the McCoy Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wesley Schlegel memorial fund in care of the Mesa National Bank, P.O. Box 4660, 212 Chamber Ave., Eagle, 81631, Attn.: Earlene McGinnis.


Jennie Mildred Winget, 94, of Loveland died April 12, 2002, at the Loveland Samaritan Retirement Village.

Jennie (know as Mildred) was born Sept. 24, 1907, in Glencoe, Okla., to Oliver C. and Mary Louella Bartholomew.

In April 1910 she moved with her family to Steamboat Springs, and that area was her home for most of her life. There she attended country schools and graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1925. From there she went to Western State College in Gunnison and what was then known as Colorado Teacher’s College in Greeley. She became a teacher and taught in area schools for 11 years.

She married Aaron Winget in Steamboat Springs Dec. 22, 1933. They later moved to Pontiac, Mich., where her husband was employed at General Motors for two years. When the opportunity presented itself, they moved back to the mountains and engaged in ranching in Routt County.
She enjoyed working with children and, in later years, was a supply teacher for the Steamboat Springs schools. She also taught 4-H classes and Sunday school from time to time.

She was a member and Past Matron of Steamboat Springs Chapter 95 Order of Eastern Star, also past board member and Mother advisory for the Order of Rainbow for Girls.

Due to her husband’s failing health, they moved to Loveland in January 1980. There she was a member of the Loveland First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one sister, Gladys, and a brother, Oliver. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jimalyn Bartholomew of Loveland, six nieces and five nephews.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. April 17, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church in Loveland. Reverend Olon Lindemond officiated. Interment took place at 1 p.m. April 18, 2002, at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Retirement Village in care of Allnutt Funeral Service.

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