Earl Egbert, 94, passed away June 30, 2012 at Horizon’s Care Center in Eckert, Colo.
He was born in Ingalls, Kan., on December 25, 1917 to P.C. and Bertha Egbert.
Earl grew up on the ranch near Ingalls, Kan., graduating from Ingalls High School in 1935. In 1935 during the great depression and dirt storms, it was unsafe to put the school busses on the road and the last six weeks of school were called off. The seniors were called in and given their diplomas. Earl was very proud to receive his Eagle Boy Scout Badge on the same night his scoutmaster did.
Earl started running a service station in Kiowa, Kan., at the age of 18.
Earl married Perle Davidson on October 23, 1937. To this union four children were born: Kenneth, Dennis, Ramona and Vic. Earl lost his loving wife of 56 plus years on April 8, 1994. During their married life, Earl and Perle farmed for a short while in western Kansas, but moved to Burlington, Colo., in 1943 where they purchased a farm and ranch. They moved to Matheson, Colo., in 1945 where they continued ranching and farming. They later moved to Delta, Colo., in 1954 where Earl opened a real estate office. Earl wanted to get back into farming and moved to Limon, Colo., in 1959.
Earl ranched and opened another real estate office which he operated until 1970 when he moved back to western Colorado, moving to Grand Junction, Colo., for a few years before moving to Cedaredge, Colo., where he opened another real estate office for six years before retiring.
Earl lived in Cedaredge, Colo., until 1996 when he moved to Grand Junction, Colo., where he resided until his death. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Grand Junction.
He is survived by his son, Kenneth (Barbara) of Cedaredge, Colo., daughter, Ramona Watson of Grand Junction, Colo., and a son, Vic (Tami) of Grand Junction, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Jeff Egbert, Kelly Reeder, Craig Egbert, Derek Egbert, Shane Egbert, Terri Reynolds, Laurie Verbel and Nathan Egbert; twelve great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Burford, Merl, Ray, Ora and Gilbert, sister, Elda Mehl, and a son, Dennis.
Memorial services were held July 5, 2012, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta, Colo.
Burial followed at Cedaredge Cemetery in Cedaredge, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made in Earl’s memory to Boise Christian Children’s Ranch, Route 1 Duck Alley Rd., Eagle, Idaho, 83616. ❖