Trudy Stengal Giliming b: 13 Jul 1945 d: 6 Jun 2002
Toby Peterson b: 17 Aug 1945 d: 8 Apr 2010
The Durango Herald, Durango, Colorado, Saturday, April 10, 2010
by Ann Butler
Herald Staff Writer
He created the hangout that was the place to go in Durango for three decades. Toby Peterson died of a heart attack in his sleep Thursday. He was 64.
When Peterson and his wife, Mary Lou, bought The Pub with partner Phil Widman and opened Farquahrts and Pizza Mia in June 1973, downtown Durango was pretty quiet. By offering live entertainment, deli food and later its famous whole-wheat crust pizzas, the business became the go-to destination for 20-somethings. Farquahrts was particularly known for Wednesday Pitchers and the Friday Afternoon Club.
The Petersons sold Farquahrts last year.
“It was a helluva bar that was a lot of fun," said former patron Deborah Uroda, now the development and marketing director for the Women's Resource Center. “Toby was always a calming presence, standing in the corner with his arms folded. I always felt very welcome and safe there."
His family said Mr. Peterson, known for his signature handlebar mustache, became a fixture in Durango, a familiar face as he tended bar and mingled with patrons. He also will be remembered by the musicians and staff of the business.
“I looked at my calendar and realized I played 137 weeks over 20 years at Farquahrts," musician Ralph Dinosaur said. “He really took good care of everyone who worked for him. He paid good wages, paid for good accommodations. He was a smart, clever, great guy."
Gary Watkins played in the first band ever to play at Farquahrts.
“Of all the club owners I have ever worked for, none ever came close to Toby," he wrote in a remembrance. “He was always fair, always honest, always open and accommodating. He commanded a loyalty and respect from musicians unmatched in my experience."
In 1985, the Petersons opened a second Farquahrts at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, offering “boogie, booze and bizza" and their signature live music to the area's skiers.
The Petersons were enjoying retired life, although his family said he missed working the floor at the restaurant and bar and talking with locals and tourists.
Peterson was born to Kenny and Elsie Peterson on Aug. 17, 1945, in Kearney, Neb. When he was in high school, his family moved to Sterling, where he graduated from Sterling High School in 1963. He went on to attend Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
While there, Peterson met and fell in love with Mary Lou Brennan of Durango. The couple married Sept. 3, 1966, at St. Columba Catholic Church in Durango.
After his graduation from Mines in 1968, the Petersons moved to Kansas City where he had gotten a job with Procter & Gamble Co. While he enjoyed the work, he and his wife missed Colorado and took the leap of buying a restaurant in downtown Durango.
The Petersons devoted much of their spare time to St. Columba, where they taught marriage-preparation classes for more than 20 years. Toby Peterson also served on the finance committee.
After his grandchildren were born, they quickly became the light of his life, his family said. Frequent trips to visit them in the Denver area and vacations with the whole family were some of his favorite activities.
“He was looking forward to planting his famous summer garden, trying out new smoked-meat recipes, the annual summer trip with his family and friends to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and his 44th wedding anniversary," his family wrote.
His life and work made a lasting impression on the community.
“The era that Farquahrts operated in was a unique time and place, unlikely to happen again," Watkins wrote. “All of us in Durango were lucky to have had it as a social gathering place for many years."
Kearney Daily Hub, Kearney, Nebraska, 1 Sep 2010
Ehley, Joyce, Kearney resident, 86
KEARNEY - Joyce H. Ehly, 86, of Kearney died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at Mount Carmel Home Keens Memorial.
Trudy Stengel Gilling was born in Kearney NE, July 13, 1945. She married Richard Gillming and had two children from that marriage, Brenda and Mark. Trudy and Rich lived in Kearney for a while, and then moved to North Platte to open a dry cleaning business. Trudy was a very giving person and through her struggles with cancer helped establish a support group for cancer survivors in the North Platte area called Bosom Bodies. Her hobbies included playing bridge, camping, shopping and spending time with her grandkids. She and Rich also loved taking trips on Rich's Gold Wing motorcycle.
She was survived by her husband Rich, daughter and son-in-law (Brenda Gillming Veith and Mike Veith), grandchildren, Joshua Veith, Julie Veith, and Janelle Veith; son and daughter-in-law (Mark and Amy Gillming), grandson Dillon Gillming, mother- Leta Stengel, sisters and brother-in-laws - Lynn Kelly and Jim Kelly, Des Moines IA; Nancy Henry and Bob Henry, Phoenix AZ; and Joann Tumbleson and Mike Tumbleson, Lincoln NE; brother and sister-in-law - Joe Stengel and Kim Stengel, Kearney NE; several nieces and nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Stengel.
Earla is the stepmother of Dennis Zink. The class of 1963 sends their best wishes to Dennis and Earla's family.
Joy Potter is the mother of classmate Judy Potter Johnson. The Class of 1963 send their best wishes to Judy and Joy's family.
Joy F. Potter
Joy F. Potter, 88, of Kearney, died Oct. 11, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital.
She was born Dec. 25, 1920, in Round Valley to William F. and Emma M. (Janesofsky) Weinman.
She was the fifth of nine children. She grew up in the Arnold and Round Valley area, graduating from Arnold High School in 1939. She later graduated from Kearney State College.
On May 28, 1943, she married Marshall E. Potter in Arnold. He died April 14, 1984. To this union two daughters were born.
Joy taught third grade for 23 years in Elm Creek after spending 17 years in the rural schools of Custer, Blaine, Lincoln, Phelps and Buffalo counties.
She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for 64 years, Past Noble Grand Club, Degree Staff and Drill Team, NEA, NSEA, local and state retired teachers associations and the Buffalo County Historical Society.
Joy was a devoted, loving and kind mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her.
Survivors include daughters, Judy (Raoul) Johnson of Arnold, Janice (Cy) Rayburn of Gibbon; sister, Ploma (Morris) Geiser of Kearney; sister-in-law, Marjorie Weinman of Arnold; brother-in-law, Don Oberg of Sun City, Ariz.; five grandchildren and families, Marshall (Cindy) Johnson and Sean of Norfolk, Raoul (Karen) Johnson, Jr. and Adam, Kyle Horn and Ryan of Lincoln, Dawn (Ricci) Westland, Jayden, Tyce and Emme of Pleasanton, Jason Rayburn of Gibbon and Jami Rayburn of Omaha.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19, at the First Christian Church in Kearney with the Rev. Lew Champ officiating. Burial will be at the Arnold Cemetery at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, at the O'Brien & Straatmann Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the church.
Online condolences or personal reflections may be submitted at osafh.com. O'Brien & Straatmann Funeral Home of Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
Beverly G. Merrick
November 20, 1944 – July 31, 2016
Beverly G. Merrick of Lexington, Nebraska passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, CHI Good Samaritan-Kearney.
Beverly was born November 20, 1944, in Troy, Kansas, to Horace and Vola (Clausen) Merrick. She was a graduate of Kearney High School. Education was always important to Beverly, and she went on the attain two Master’s Degrees with honors in Journalism and English from Marshall University, as well as a PhD with honors in Mass Communications and Journalism from Ohio University.
She was a Professor, and taught at Ohio, University, Georgia Southern University, University of South Dakota, New Mexico State, and American University in Dubai.
Beverly received numerous writing awards in journalism in poetry. In the 1970’s she was awarded the Homemaker of the Year for the Ohio State Fair.
Her varying interests included Horticulture, Genealogy, Women’s Journalism.
Beverly was married to John D. Children for 37 years. The marriage was blessed with three children, John Kevin, Pamela, and Jessica. The marriage would end in divorce, with Beverly taking back her maiden name.
Survivors include her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: John Kevin (Amy Childers of Albuquerque, NBM, and their children, Justin, Jennifer, and Paul and their children, Taylor, Dillon, Andrew and Braden; daughters, Pamela (Greg) Wells of Chillicothe, OH, as well as their children, Cara, Josey, Justin, Jordan, Bess, and Jackson; and their children, Makenzy, Aiden, Kennedi, Isaac, and Elyn; Jessica (Mark) Gomez of Albuquerque, NM, as well as their children, Christopher and Melissa; two brothers, Gary (Donita) Merrick of Kearney, Nebraska, and Lester (Sandy) Merrick of Myrtle Creek, Oregon; also surviving are nephews and niece, Gina, Mark, Mathew, and special nephew, Stephen.
Beverly was preceded in death by her mother, Vola Yolantha Lamontagne; father, Horace Buchanan Merrick; and father of her children, John D Childers.
Memorial Celebration of Life be Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Pastor Anne Gahn officiating.
There will be no visitation as cremation was chosen.