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Judith Marie (Williams) McIrvin

Judith Marie (Williams) McIrvin, 67, passed away March 6, 2014, in her home.

Born on January 17, 1947 to Thomas and Aileen Williams in Boulder, Colo., Judy was an identical twin.

Judy attended schools in Boulder, Colo., graduating Boulder High in 1966. She attended Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo., where she studied cosmetology. It was during her college days at a dance in Deer Trail, Colo., she met her husband, Donald McIrvin. They married on July 10, 1968 in Boulder, Colo. Shortly after marrying, Judy’s husband was deployed to Vietnam and upon discharge they lived in New Jersey. They later moved to Loveland, Colo., where they made their home for many years and then moved to Ault, Colo., where they raised four children, Christine, Donny, Ruthann and Kimberly. They lived in Ault for nearly 30 years until Don’s passing. Judy moved to Rock Springs, Wyo., in 2007 to be near her grandchildren.

Judy and Don were known for their involvement in rodeos and auctions throughout Northern Colorado and for their business “D&J Pony rides” in which they traveled the Front Range for family and corporate functions and town gatherings.

Judy worked at Monfort Portion Foods and King Soopers in Greeley, Colo., and later became employed for Safeway Foods. She worked at several Safeway stores throughout Northern Colorado and was known for her impromptu singing for customers and co-workers. In 2005, she retired from Safeway in Windsor, Colo., after she was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration and was declared legally blind.

Though Judy’s sight slowly dimensioned and her world became dark she proved to her children and acquaintances that life goes on. She was accepted to the Guide Dogs School for the Blind; Boring, Oregon campus in 2006, along with her twin sister who was also blind. They both spent many weeks training to utilize a service dog. Judy was partnered with Salome a black Labrador who would become her companion and best friend and ultimately give her a great sense of independence.

Judy loved spending time with her grandchildren, Kolin, Kolbi, Ashlyn, Ridge, Kevin and Colton. They were her pride and joy and though at times she was limited to what she could do with them she treasured their presence. She enjoyed attending movies at the theatre with her grandchildren, traveling to Oregon to visit her sister, loved music of all kinds, theatrical performances, classical movies, Christmas time and building gingerbread houses.

Judy is survived by her children; Christine Thomas (Nate) of Green River, Wyo.; Donny McIrvin (Tracy) of Orchard, Colo.; Ruthann Wolfe (Creighton) of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Kimberly Foran (Pete) of Rock Springs, Wyo. Six grandchildren, twin sister Mary Susan Phillips (Wayne) of Beaverton, Oregon, Marlene Soroto (Alan) of Florida, brothers, David Williams and Kenneth Clark. Sister-in-law Laura Jane Carroll (Terry) of Milliken, Colo. Aunts, uncles and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and her beloved guide dog Salome, and very dear friends; Marilyn Jereb, Melisa Mueller and Ronnie, Dawn Mueller and Stephanie Green.

She was preceded in death by husband Donald, mother Aileen, father Thomas, step-father Marlow Clark, and sister Patricia Lacy.

Services were held March 12, 2014, at Monroe Baptist Church. She will be laid to rest with her husband in Longmont, Colo., at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Guide Dogs for the Blind, 32901 Southeast Kelso Road, Boring, Oregon 97009. ❖

Glenn Alvin Saffer

Glenn Alvin Saffer, 82, of Flagler, Colo., passed away March 8, 2014 after becoming ill in the first part of January.

Glenn was born on the family farm north of Arriba, Colo., on July 3, 1931 to Nathan Bunyon Saffer and Olive Magill Saffer. He was the seventh child and sixth son born the Nathan and Olive. Glenn always joked that he was runt of the family and he survived on chicken wings.

Being the youngest on the Saffer farm left many opportunities for fun and mischief to occur. Even though his older brothers pulled many pranks on Glenn, he was able to get even by being a “stow-away” on a couple of his older brothers’ dates. Glenn was baptized at a young age by his grandfather Magill. Unfortunately, Glenn lost his father at a young age and the family moved from the farm to Flagler where his mother owned and operated the Gambles store. Glenn worked at the store after school and in the summers while growing up. He graduated from Flagler High School in 1950. After graduation Glenn worked for a couple of his brothers and drove the school bus.

On August 18, 1951 he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Lorraine Charles.

Glenn and Joyce began their married life in Flagler by building a home while Glenn worked for his father-in-law and Joyce served as the school secretary. Glenn then changed careers and became the butcher/meat cutter for Otteman Cash Store in Flagler. In 1955, Glenn and Joyce were blessed with the birth of their first son, Dallas. Four years later their lives changed again with the birth of their second son, Roger. The family was made complete with the birth of their daughter Deena in 1964. In 1974, Glenn made a career change that gave him much satisfaction by becoming the manager of the Flagler Coop Lumber Yard which later became the ACE Hardware Store. Glenn enjoyed being a part of many building projects, working with contractors from a wide area most of whom remained friends with Glenn for life. In 1997, Glenn retired from the hardware store but still could quote the price of either a bolt or a 2-by-4 until his death.

During his retirement years Glenn’s true enjoyment came from traveling to his grandchildren’s events which included not only ballgames but livestock shows and FFA activities. He would be the one in the crowd cheering the hardest for not only his grandchildren but all of the kids connected with his grandchildren. You would be hard pressed to convince Glenn that the other team or competitors worked harder than his kids. After his grandchildren graduated from high school, Glenn was excited to be a great-grandfather and to be a part of their lives.

Glenn served in many capacities at the Flagler Baptist Church from church officer to deacon or trustee. He also served on the board of directors for the Pioneer Valley Housing in Flagler for many years,

Glenn is survived by his wife, Joyce, of 62 years, his sons Dallas and wife Rose of Flagler, Colo., and Roger and wife Loraine of Eads, Colo., and his daughter, Deena and husband John Stahley of Kersey, Colo. His is also survived by seven grandchildren, Adam Saffer of Norman, Okla., Destiny Saffer of Garden City, Kan., Kilee White and husband Shane of Greeley, Colo., Mitch Stahley of Ft. Collins, Colo., Jesse and husband Brian Pannell of Medford, Ore., Bill Witt and wife Mindy of Flagler, Colo., and Hannah and husband Justin Jackson of Flagler, Colo. Glenn is also blessed with 11 great-grandchildren and a host of niece and nephews. Glenn is also survived by sister-in-laws Mary Ann Saffer, Nina Saffer, Loretta Charles, and Ilene Charles.

Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, Nathan and Olive Saffer, his sister Opal Miller and brothers Dale, Avon, Claude, Ross, and Merle Saffer, brothers-in-law Lee Miller, Merle Dean Charles, Duane Charles, Delmar Charles, Bob Travis, and Vigil Fager; sisters-in-law Mildred Saffer, Edith Saffer, Fern Saffer, Pearle Saffer, Josephine Fager, Peggy Charles, and Irene Travis, nieces Velda Miller, Regina Charles, and nephew Jeff Saffer.

Services were held at the Flagler Baptist Church on March 13, 2014, with graveside services at the Flagler Cemetery.

Memorial suggestions are suggested to the Flagler Ambulance Service, Flagler, Colo., 80815 or Plains Education Fund P.O. Box 188, Flagler, Colo., 80815.

Please visit our website at www.LoveFuneralHomes.com to sign our online guest book or to send the family your message of condolence. ❖

Lillie A. Brown

Lillie A. Brown, 89, of Laramie, Wyo., passed away peacefully February 23, 2014, at Pathway Hospice at Loveland, Colo., after a short illness.

She was born August 16, 1924, in Laramie, Wyo., to Dave and Zelphia (McFadden) McLennan, the seventh of nine children. She grew up in Laramie and married Kenneth Brown in Laramie July 29, 1945.

She was a member of the Harmony Homemakers Club and the Harmony and Albany County Farm Bureau.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years Kenneth U. Brown; a son Lyle; daughter Dixie; five grandchildren Brendan Brazee, Michelle Brazee, Kenneth Brown, Timothy Brown and Tabetha Fisher; six great grandchildren Cameron and Raven Brazee; Arispa and Keegan Robinson and Loren and Joshua Fisher. Also surviving is one sister Betty Wade and numerous cousin, nieces and nephews.

Services were held March 3, 2014, at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home. Burial took place at Harmony Cemetery.

Memorials in Lillie’s name may be made to a Charity of ones’ Choice. ❖

Glen Andrew (Andy) Rector

Glen Andrew (Andy) Rector, 72, of Agate, Colo., passed away December 30, 2013, at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was born on October 3, 1941, to Glen I. and Margaret W. Rector at Limon, Colo. Andy was one of three children. At six months of age the family moved from north of Agate to Andy’s present home south of Agate where he lived for 70 plus years.

He attended Agate School all 12 grades and graduated from Agate in 1959. He obtained his Vocational Agricultural Education degree in 1963 from Colorado State University.

While at CSU he met Joan Brimmer from Biddle, Mont. They were married on August 18, 1963 in Broadus, Mont. They both began their teaching career in Bennett, Colo., where he taught Vocational Agriculture and Joan taught first grade. Following Andy’s father’s death January of 1966, they moved back to the home place where he took over management of the family farm and ranch. To this union three children were born. Daughter, Tammy Kay was born in 1966, son Larry Glen in 1969, and son Jerrel D in 1973.

In the early 70s Andy received his pilot’s license and began flying his beloved 1968 Citabria “traildragger.” During the last several years this plane became a focus of his as a restoration project.

Andy served on the PCA Board for 17 years. He became Chairman of the Board for several of those years. From 2001 to 2010, he also served on the Farm Credit Board of Wichita. He and Joan thoroughly enjoyed being with all the people involved with these boards as well as with the travel they were able to experience. He was a member of various other boards including the Elbert County Fair Board, FHA, ASCS, the Agate Fire Department and the Agate School Board. Andy took over as acting Superintendent for the final semester due to the illness of the Agate Superintendent.

Always a man who planned for the future, Andy, Larry and Jerrel formed Triple R Farms Partnership in 2002. So his love of agriculture as a way of life will be preserved.

Andy really enjoyed his grandkids. He loved to have conversations with them, tease them, and even attend some of their school and 4-H functions. His grandkids were the apple of his eye.

Andy and Joan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past August.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his son Larry and wife Teffanie; son Jerrel and wife Krista; and grandchildren Wyatt, Jerraldawn, Kaitlyn and Lauren, all of Agate, Colo.; sister Colleen Pakuer (Floyd) of Deer Trail, Colo.; and sister June Behrens (Dana) of Strasburg, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Andy was preceded in death by his daughter Tammy, and his parents.

Services were held January 3, 2014 at theAgate School Gymnasium in Agate, Colo. Burial took place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Deer Trail, Colo. ❖

Glen Andrew (Andy) Rector

Glen Andrew (Andy) Rector, 72, of Agate, Colo., passed away December 30, 2013, at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was born on October 3, 1941, to Glen I. and Margaret W. Rector at Limon, Colo. Andy was one of three children. At six months of age the family moved from north of Agate to Andy’s present home south of Agate where he lived for 70 plus years.

He attended Agate School all 12 grades and graduated from Agate in 1959. He obtained his Vocational Agricultural Education degree in 1963 from Colorado State University.

While at CSU he met Joan Brimmer from Biddle, Mont. They were married on August 18, 1963 in Broadus, Mont. They both began their teaching career in Bennett, Colo., where he taught Vocational Agriculture and Joan taught first grade. Following Andy’s father’s death January of 1966, they moved back to the home place where he took over management of the family farm and ranch. To this union three children were born. Daughter, Tammy Kay was born in 1966, son Larry Glen in 1969, and son Jerrel D in 1973.

In the early 70s Andy received his pilot’s license and began flying his beloved 1968 Citabria “traildragger.” During the last several years this plane became a focus of his as a restoration project.

Andy served on the PCA Board for 17 years. He became Chairman of the Board for several of those years. From 2001 to 2010, he also served on the Farm Credit Board of Wichita. He and Joan thoroughly enjoyed being with all the people involved with these boards as well as with the travel they were able to experience. He was a member of various other boards including the Elbert County Fair Board, FHA, ASCS, the Agate Fire Department and the Agate School Board. Andy took over as acting Superintendent for the final semester due to the illness of the Agate Superintendent.

Always a man who planned for the future, Andy, Larry and Jerrel formed Triple R Farms Partnership in 2002. So his love of agriculture as a way of life will be preserved.

Andy really enjoyed his grandkids. He loved to have conversations with them, tease them, and even attend some of their school and 4-H functions. His grandkids were the apple of his eye.

Andy and Joan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past August.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his son Larry and wife Teffanie; son Jerrel and wife Krista; and grandchildren Wyatt, Jerraldawn, Kaitlyn and Lauren, all of Agate, Colo.; sister Colleen Pakuer (Floyd) of Deer Trail, Colo.; and sister June Behrens (Dana) of Strasburg, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Andy was preceded in death by his daughter Tammy, and his parents.

Services were held January 3, 2014 at theAgate School Gymnasium in Agate, Colo. Burial took place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Deer Trail, Colo. ❖

George Eugene “Gene” Sawhill

George Eugene “Gene” Sawhill, Rancher and Farmer, passed away February 27, 2014.

Gene was born January 21, 1928 in Boulder, Colo., the son of George and Ruth Sawhill.

He lived all his life in the Valmont Butte area where his pioneer grandparents settled in 1891.

After graduating from Boulder High School he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He returned home to assist his father with the family dairy farm. The original Sawhill farm extended from 61st to 75th Streets, encompassing the Sawhill Ponds.

Gene was employed with the Valmont Power Plant for 32 years.

He was a member of the Valmont Community Presbyterian Church, Boulder Elks, Boulder Rural Fire Department, and the Jones and Donnelly Ditch and Butte Mill Ditch companies. Gene was a dedicated “Ditch Rider” for both irrigation groups.

Mr. Sawhill married Iola “Patsy” Murphy in Boulder, Colo., in August, 1950. She died in 1987. He later married Patsy F. McCallister.

He is survived by children Linda Irvine (Jamie), Trish Shaw (Joel), Donald Sawhill, Kathy Houghton (John), and Patty Hood; sister Joy Keeter (Buddy); 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Kathryn Kline and brother Walter Sawhill.

A private burial took place March 6, 2014, at the Valmont Butte Cemetery. The public Memorial Service was held at Valmont Community Presbyterian Church the same day.

Contributions may be made to the Valmont Community Presbyterian Church, 3262 North 61st Street, Boulder, Colo., 80301. ❖


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