Rocky Mountain Obits 9-2-13
Albert Marty Jr.
Albert Marty Jr., 89, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2013.
He was born on Christmas Eve 1923.
His parents Albert and Margaret (Inglin) settled in the Denver area after emigrating from Rothenthurm, Switzerland.
The first Marty farm was founded in 1906 in Aurora, Colo., (near DIA). The family farm on 96th Avenue in Henderson was established in 1913. In his youth Albert showed cattle as part of 4-H, attended Irondale Elementary School, and graduated from Adams City High School in 1941.
Albert worked his entire life on the 130-acre farm with his father and brother, Gerald, and in later years with his son, Albert, and nephew, Bill. In the early days Albert worked the fields behind a team of horses but fortunately witnessed many technological and mechanical improvements in agriculture since then. The family grew various crops over the years including beets, wheat, barley, alfalfa and corn and raised cows, pigs and chickens. In 1954 they began feeding cattle on a large scale and eventually operated a feedlot nearby on Highway 2.
Albert married Patricia (Shevlin) in 1960 at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Denver, Colo. They were happily married for 52 years and had four children. They lived on Marty Farms until their move to Brighton, Colo., in 1997. The feedlot operations continued until in 2003. In 1999, Marty Farms began providing environmental reclamation services to the nearby Rocky Mountain Arsenal, chiefly by supplying and applying high-quality manure-based fertilizers. With the increasing industrialization of the area thanks in large part to the opening of DIA in 1995, the decision was made to sell Marty Farms. Today a portion of the former farm is home to the second largest FedEx distribution center in the U.S.
Albert never really “retired,” as he stayed involved with the farming operation even though he had trouble getting around due to a knee injury after a cow rammed him into a corral panel in 1993. He enjoyed reading farm magazines, visiting family, and having his children and grandchildren come to visit him.
He was a member of Colorado Stockman’s Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and Assumption Roman Catholic Church.
Albert had the ability to solve math problems in his head before someone could finish them on a calculator, and did much of the farm’s bookkeeping for many years. He was also a gifted storyteller with an encyclopedic knowledge of the local area and its history and could recollect his childhood as if it were yesterday. Albert had a wonderful way with animals and was never without a companion dog. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he was always patient and forgiving and had a sparkle in his eyes when he smiled.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, children Albert (Barb), Lisa, Anne (Jeff) Bequette and Mary (John) McGuigan, brother, Gerald (Patricia), and eight grandchildren: Thomas, Matthew, Kathleen, Clayton, Dylan, Aidan, Amy, and Ashley.
Funeral services were held August 2, 2013, at Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Welby, Colo., with internment at Crown Hill Cemetery. ❖
Silfred Manuel Torres, Sr.
Silfred Manuel Torres, Sr., 79, of La Junta, Colo., passed away on August 23, 2013, at the Parkview Medical Center.
He was born on October 19, 1933, at home in Kim, Colo., to Juan Delfino and Manuelita (Jacques) Torres.
He married Alice Martinez of August 26, 1961, in La Junta, Colo.; she preceded him in death on December 4, 2011. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2011.
Silfred was a rancher/farmer and that was what he loved doing. He worked at the Gallegher Ranch, Red Rock Ranch and Lawson Ranch. He later worked at W&W Feeds in La Junta when he moved to La Junta. If you ever had a question about cattle, fencing, branding, or any other ranch business, he would tell you how he would do it.
Silfred was known by many as Gramps, Gus, Silvy or Mr. Torres. He had many friends and he could tell you their family tree by memory. He always has a story to tell you and he made sure he told you everything about it. He loved his great-grandbabies, he couldn’t wait until they came to see him, and they always made his day.
He is survived by his daughter, Bobbie (Donovan) Kirkpatrick of Longview, Wash.; sons, Martin Torres of La Junta, Colo., Ricky Torres of Kim, Colo.; granddaughter, Natasha Vermette of La Junta, Colo.; great-granddaughters, LaTeasha and Taja Vermette; brothers, John (Lucy) Torres of Pueblo, Colo., Andrew (Rosie) Torres of Fountain, Colo., Bert (Judy) Torres of Kim, Colo., Solomon Torres of Brighton, Colo., Ben Torres of Kim, Colo., and sisters, Orlinda (Joe) Freyta of Bennett, Colo., Cordilia (Benjie) Montoya of Fountain, Colo., and many nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers, Frank and Henry Torres, and sister, Vangie Sowders.
Services were held August 30, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Patrick Parish. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.PeacockFH.com. ❖
H. Glenn Hutchison
H. Glenn Hutchison, 75, of Carr, Colo., passed away August 10, 2013, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
He was born to Chester and Thelma (Warren) Hutchison on March 30, 1938 in Eaton, Colo., and was a life-long rancher and farmer in Carr, Colo.
Glenn attended school at Carr and graduated from Nunn High School in 1956.
On August 18, 1957 he married Sonja Phillips in Eaton, Colo.
He was currently serving as a board member of the Nunn volunteer fire Department and served as treasurer of the Meadow Springs Grazing Association and was an elected member of the USDA Nunn Community ASC committee. His life was everything that had to do with farming and ranching. He raised kids, cattle and wheat. He ate, slept and dreamed of farming.
He is survived by his wife, Sonja Hutchison of Eaton, Colo.; three daughters, Laura Reck, Kim Meyer, both of Eaton, Colo., and Billee Foster of Greeley, Colo.; two sons, Rick Hutchison of Carr, Colo., and Jay Hutchison of Greeley, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Matt (Kendall) Reck, Jeff Reck, Nikki Hutchison all of Greeley, Colo., Jessica Hoerner (Shane) of Dayton, Ohio, Joel (Shay) of Carr, Colo., Joy Meyer of Eaton, Colo., Kellen Foster of Denver, Colo., and Sydney Foster of Greeley, Colo.; and eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Larry of Carr, Colo., sisters Jean (Don) Chadwick of Eaton, Colo., and Bonnie (Galen) Hughbanks of Anthony, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne and Donald; two sisters, Doris Morrison and Laverne Schroeder; and his two sons-in- laws, Larry Reck and Mike Meyer.
Services were held August 14, 2013 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Greeley, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nunn Volunteer Fire Department in care of Adamson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖
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