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Alexander and Mary Gleason, , Eckley
George L. "Hoss" Gleason, 65, died Sunday (Nov. 17, 2002) at Community Hospital of McCook. He was born March 27, 1937, to Lloyd and Mary (Lamb) Gleason in Eckley, Colo. He grew up in the Brush, Colo., area and graduated from Snyder High School in Snyder, Colo. In 1967, he came to the Culbertson community where he drove truck for Kugler Oil Company and also operated his own trucking business. For several years he was a deputy Sheriff, serving in Hitchcock, Hayes and Chase Counties. On Dec. 23, 1967, he married Linda Wilkinson and they spent their married lives in Culbertson. For three years, they operated Hoss's Cafe in Culbertson. He retired in 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linda; and an infant daughter, Rebecca Rae. Survivors include five daughters, Ilo and husband, Rick Swonger and Georgia and husband, Glen Baughman of Culbertson, Angela and husband, Quinton Wright of Grand Island, Valori Settell of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Jodi and husband, Marvin Lane of Sacramento, Calif.; two sons, Rick Gleason and wife, Amber of Hamlet and Alan Hisel and wife, Loraine of Lenexa, Kan.; two brothers, Kenneth Gleason and wife, Beverly of Palisade and Ronnie Gleason of Wray, Colo.; two sisters, Virginia and husband, Clarence Renzelman and Dorothy and husband, Joe Juranek of Wray; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Louise (Gleason) Juranek was born November 6, 1927, three miles east of Beecher Island, Colorado to Lloyd and Mary (Lamb) Gleason. She was the oldest of six children. She parted this life September 17, 2014 at Hillcrest Care Center in Wray at the age of 86. As a child, she stayed with her grandmother in Eckley and attended Yuma and Eckley School. Prior to World War II, Joe Juranek met Dorothy while working for her father. After a lengthy courtship, on February 12, 1948 Dorothy and Joe were wed in Benkelman, Nebraska and to this union four children were born Leonard, Kelly, Mary, Bryan. In 1950, Joe and Dorothy decided to build their own family home in which they could raise their family. Pregnant with their second child on the way and cooking on a Coleman camping stove with no running water or plumbing, she was very anxious to get in their home. It was a hard time for her and Joe, raising a family in a small one room shack while completing their home in 1953. Dorothy worked through the years for the Junior High Cafeteria, Renotta Nursing Home, also by taking in ironings to make ends meet. In 1992, Joe had a brush with death almost dying from an aneurysm, Dorothy stayed by his side while he was in intensive care. For over a month, she lived outside the Greeley Hospital in a small camper in the middle of winter that Joe’s brother in law, Marion had provided. After two months of rehab at the Hospital, Joe returned home where they spent the next 12 years together enjoying family and each other until Joe’s passing in 2004. After Joe’s passing, Dorothy lived at home for the next 10 years until her failing health forced her admission into Hillcrest Care Center. After a short stay, Dorothy passed away peacefully with her children at her side. Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents; Lloyd and Mary Gleason, brothers; Marvin, Kenny, George, sister; Virginia (Gleason) Renzelman and daughter-in-law, Ellen Juranek. Those surviving her are her brother; Ronnie, children; Leonard Juranek, Kelly Juranek, Mary Thurmond, and Bryan Juranek & wife, Cindi; grandchildren; Dawn Peterson, Beth Lopez, Jeremy Juranek, Chris Rippe; great grandchildren; Hunter, Bradyn, Rowan, Ally, Ethan, Seth and numerous Nieces and Nephews.
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