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Donald Dean Witzel, 70, of Burlington, Colo., passed away October 16, 2009.

He was born on October 10, 1939, in Goodland, Kan., to Franklin Leroy Witzel and Julia Lenore Pettibone Witzel. Dean, as he was known, lived the first two years of his life on a small farm north of Peconic.

The family moved in 1940 to what became known as the “home place.” The ranch/farm was located 15 miles southwest of Burlington where the family raised irrigated corn, wheat, a herd of Hereford cattle, and horses. Dean obtained his education and high school diploma, Class of 1957, in the Burlington School system. He was active in FFA as a member of the judging teams and as an officer, receiving the DeKalb award his senior year. He took part in drama, both on stage and in the wings. He also received the Harrison Award his senior year at graduation. It was during his high school years, Dean developed a passion for the game of football; his love and dedication to the sport earned him an academic and sports scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he left his mark and earned his place in the starting line up as a freshman.

Prior to starting his college experience, Dean married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Dobler, on August 18, 1957, at the First Christian Church, in Burlington, Colo. Together Dean and Bonnie started their journey with their belongings packed in the back seat of Dean’s green 1953 Mercury, and haven’t looked back since.

He studied and played football, hunted deer, and learned the ups and downs of mountain living. Following class finals and the end of the football season, Dean and Bonnie made the decision to move back to Burlington and go into farming and ranching, Dean’s second passion.

1961 brought the family of four to a new farm/ranch 17 miles southwest of Burlington, located on the Smokey River. For the next 18 years, the family grew and changed as the fought the elements and learned more of life’s lessons.

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Dean encouraged all three kids to participate and develop their skills in 4-H. He was a leader throughout their years in the Fairview and Sunshine 4-H clubs. He continued as Beef Superintendent for many years after, holding to the belief that every member deserved a chance for success.

The November 1970 local elections placed Dean on the RE 6-J school board. His dedication to youth and the community allowed him to serve two terms on the board and personally hand high school diplomas to Doug and Dena.

In 1974, the Burlington Jaycees bestowed the honor of Outstanding Youth Farmer upon Dean. His accomplishments in farming and ranching earned him third place at the state level. 1977 brought new challenges with the decline in the agriculture economy. The family regrouped and began plans for the new “home place” and Dean took the Assistant Manager position at Four Corners Fertilizer. He held this position for four years until the time was right for him to go back to full time farming and ranching. With the help of Bonnie and Doug, the plan took shape. They raised sheep, Great Pyrenees dogs, and were eventually able to get back to the cattle.

In March 2004, the address in Burlington became home. Dean learned about “town” life and some habits changed. His farming involved lawn mowing and container gardening … the livestock included the neighborhood dogs, cats, squirrels, and birds. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and dry humor, his ornery looks and last, but not least, his famous “B-Club” paddle. He was always the organizer and boss on the site, directing the action and seeing it through the end, even it was from the driver’s seat of the Suburban.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughter, Dena, and children Brian, Will, and Kacia; son, Donn Witzel, and wife, Kami, and their children, Morgan, Mason, and Braden; and Doug’s children, Maggie, Mollie, and Mack Witzel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lenore Witzel; brother, Gene Witzel; and son, Doug Witzel.

Services were held on October 20, 2009 at the First Christian Church.

Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.

Memorials may be made in Dean’s name to the Dean Witzel Memorial Scholarship Fund and may be left at Bank of Burlington in Burlington.

Donald Dean Witzel, 70, of Burlington, Colo., passed away October 16, 2009.

He was born on October 10, 1939, in Goodland, Kan., to Franklin Leroy Witzel and Julia Lenore Pettibone Witzel. Dean, as he was known, lived the first two years of his life on a small farm north of Peconic.

The family moved in 1940 to what became known as the “home place.” The ranch/farm was located 15 miles southwest of Burlington where the family raised irrigated corn, wheat, a herd of Hereford cattle, and horses. Dean obtained his education and high school diploma, Class of 1957, in the Burlington School system. He was active in FFA as a member of the judging teams and as an officer, receiving the DeKalb award his senior year. He took part in drama, both on stage and in the wings. He also received the Harrison Award his senior year at graduation. It was during his high school years, Dean developed a passion for the game of football; his love and dedication to the sport earned him an academic and sports scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he left his mark and earned his place in the starting line up as a freshman.

Prior to starting his college experience, Dean married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Dobler, on August 18, 1957, at the First Christian Church, in Burlington, Colo. Together Dean and Bonnie started their journey with their belongings packed in the back seat of Dean’s green 1953 Mercury, and haven’t looked back since.

He studied and played football, hunted deer, and learned the ups and downs of mountain living. Following class finals and the end of the football season, Dean and Bonnie made the decision to move back to Burlington and go into farming and ranching, Dean’s second passion.

1961 brought the family of four to a new farm/ranch 17 miles southwest of Burlington, located on the Smokey River. For the next 18 years, the family grew and changed as the fought the elements and learned more of life’s lessons.

Dean encouraged all three kids to participate and develop their skills in 4-H. He was a leader throughout their years in the Fairview and Sunshine 4-H clubs. He continued as Beef Superintendent for many years after, holding to the belief that every member deserved a chance for success.

The November 1970 local elections placed Dean on the RE 6-J school board. His dedication to youth and the community allowed him to serve two terms on the board and personally hand high school diplomas to Doug and Dena.

In 1974, the Burlington Jaycees bestowed the honor of Outstanding Youth Farmer upon Dean. His accomplishments in farming and ranching earned him third place at the state level. 1977 brought new challenges with the decline in the agriculture economy. The family regrouped and began plans for the new “home place” and Dean took the Assistant Manager position at Four Corners Fertilizer. He held this position for four years until the time was right for him to go back to full time farming and ranching. With the help of Bonnie and Doug, the plan took shape. They raised sheep, Great Pyrenees dogs, and were eventually able to get back to the cattle.

In March 2004, the address in Burlington became home. Dean learned about “town” life and some habits changed. His farming involved lawn mowing and container gardening … the livestock included the neighborhood dogs, cats, squirrels, and birds. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and dry humor, his ornery looks and last, but not least, his famous “B-Club” paddle. He was always the organizer and boss on the site, directing the action and seeing it through the end, even it was from the driver’s seat of the Suburban.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughter, Dena, and children Brian, Will, and Kacia; son, Donn Witzel, and wife, Kami, and their children, Morgan, Mason, and Braden; and Doug’s children, Maggie, Mollie, and Mack Witzel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lenore Witzel; brother, Gene Witzel; and son, Doug Witzel.

Services were held on October 20, 2009 at the First Christian Church.

Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.

Memorials may be made in Dean’s name to the Dean Witzel Memorial Scholarship Fund and may be left at Bank of Burlington in Burlington.

Donald Dean Witzel, 70, of Burlington, Colo., passed away October 16, 2009.

He was born on October 10, 1939, in Goodland, Kan., to Franklin Leroy Witzel and Julia Lenore Pettibone Witzel. Dean, as he was known, lived the first two years of his life on a small farm north of Peconic.

The family moved in 1940 to what became known as the “home place.” The ranch/farm was located 15 miles southwest of Burlington where the family raised irrigated corn, wheat, a herd of Hereford cattle, and horses. Dean obtained his education and high school diploma, Class of 1957, in the Burlington School system. He was active in FFA as a member of the judging teams and as an officer, receiving the DeKalb award his senior year. He took part in drama, both on stage and in the wings. He also received the Harrison Award his senior year at graduation. It was during his high school years, Dean developed a passion for the game of football; his love and dedication to the sport earned him an academic and sports scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he left his mark and earned his place in the starting line up as a freshman.

Prior to starting his college experience, Dean married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Dobler, on August 18, 1957, at the First Christian Church, in Burlington, Colo. Together Dean and Bonnie started their journey with their belongings packed in the back seat of Dean’s green 1953 Mercury, and haven’t looked back since.

He studied and played football, hunted deer, and learned the ups and downs of mountain living. Following class finals and the end of the football season, Dean and Bonnie made the decision to move back to Burlington and go into farming and ranching, Dean’s second passion.

1961 brought the family of four to a new farm/ranch 17 miles southwest of Burlington, located on the Smokey River. For the next 18 years, the family grew and changed as the fought the elements and learned more of life’s lessons.

Dean encouraged all three kids to participate and develop their skills in 4-H. He was a leader throughout their years in the Fairview and Sunshine 4-H clubs. He continued as Beef Superintendent for many years after, holding to the belief that every member deserved a chance for success.

The November 1970 local elections placed Dean on the RE 6-J school board. His dedication to youth and the community allowed him to serve two terms on the board and personally hand high school diplomas to Doug and Dena.

In 1974, the Burlington Jaycees bestowed the honor of Outstanding Youth Farmer upon Dean. His accomplishments in farming and ranching earned him third place at the state level. 1977 brought new challenges with the decline in the agriculture economy. The family regrouped and began plans for the new “home place” and Dean took the Assistant Manager position at Four Corners Fertilizer. He held this position for four years until the time was right for him to go back to full time farming and ranching. With the help of Bonnie and Doug, the plan took shape. They raised sheep, Great Pyrenees dogs, and were eventually able to get back to the cattle.

In March 2004, the address in Burlington became home. Dean learned about “town” life and some habits changed. His farming involved lawn mowing and container gardening … the livestock included the neighborhood dogs, cats, squirrels, and birds. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and dry humor, his ornery looks and last, but not least, his famous “B-Club” paddle. He was always the organizer and boss on the site, directing the action and seeing it through the end, even it was from the driver’s seat of the Suburban.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughter, Dena, and children Brian, Will, and Kacia; son, Donn Witzel, and wife, Kami, and their children, Morgan, Mason, and Braden; and Doug’s children, Maggie, Mollie, and Mack Witzel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lenore Witzel; brother, Gene Witzel; and son, Doug Witzel.

Services were held on October 20, 2009 at the First Christian Church.

Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.

Memorials may be made in Dean’s name to the Dean Witzel Memorial Scholarship Fund and may be left at Bank of Burlington in Burlington.

Donald Dean Witzel, 70, of Burlington, Colo., passed away October 16, 2009.

He was born on October 10, 1939, in Goodland, Kan., to Franklin Leroy Witzel and Julia Lenore Pettibone Witzel. Dean, as he was known, lived the first two years of his life on a small farm north of Peconic.

The family moved in 1940 to what became known as the “home place.” The ranch/farm was located 15 miles southwest of Burlington where the family raised irrigated corn, wheat, a herd of Hereford cattle, and horses. Dean obtained his education and high school diploma, Class of 1957, in the Burlington School system. He was active in FFA as a member of the judging teams and as an officer, receiving the DeKalb award his senior year. He took part in drama, both on stage and in the wings. He also received the Harrison Award his senior year at graduation. It was during his high school years, Dean developed a passion for the game of football; his love and dedication to the sport earned him an academic and sports scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he left his mark and earned his place in the starting line up as a freshman.

Prior to starting his college experience, Dean married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Dobler, on August 18, 1957, at the First Christian Church, in Burlington, Colo. Together Dean and Bonnie started their journey with their belongings packed in the back seat of Dean’s green 1953 Mercury, and haven’t looked back since.

He studied and played football, hunted deer, and learned the ups and downs of mountain living. Following class finals and the end of the football season, Dean and Bonnie made the decision to move back to Burlington and go into farming and ranching, Dean’s second passion.

1961 brought the family of four to a new farm/ranch 17 miles southwest of Burlington, located on the Smokey River. For the next 18 years, the family grew and changed as the fought the elements and learned more of life’s lessons.

Dean encouraged all three kids to participate and develop their skills in 4-H. He was a leader throughout their years in the Fairview and Sunshine 4-H clubs. He continued as Beef Superintendent for many years after, holding to the belief that every member deserved a chance for success.

The November 1970 local elections placed Dean on the RE 6-J school board. His dedication to youth and the community allowed him to serve two terms on the board and personally hand high school diplomas to Doug and Dena.

In 1974, the Burlington Jaycees bestowed the honor of Outstanding Youth Farmer upon Dean. His accomplishments in farming and ranching earned him third place at the state level. 1977 brought new challenges with the decline in the agriculture economy. The family regrouped and began plans for the new “home place” and Dean took the Assistant Manager position at Four Corners Fertilizer. He held this position for four years until the time was right for him to go back to full time farming and ranching. With the help of Bonnie and Doug, the plan took shape. They raised sheep, Great Pyrenees dogs, and were eventually able to get back to the cattle.

In March 2004, the address in Burlington became home. Dean learned about “town” life and some habits changed. His farming involved lawn mowing and container gardening … the livestock included the neighborhood dogs, cats, squirrels, and birds. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and dry humor, his ornery looks and last, but not least, his famous “B-Club” paddle. He was always the organizer and boss on the site, directing the action and seeing it through the end, even it was from the driver’s seat of the Suburban.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughter, Dena, and children Brian, Will, and Kacia; son, Donn Witzel, and wife, Kami, and their children, Morgan, Mason, and Braden; and Doug’s children, Maggie, Mollie, and Mack Witzel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lenore Witzel; brother, Gene Witzel; and son, Doug Witzel.

Services were held on October 20, 2009 at the First Christian Church.

Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.

Memorials may be made in Dean’s name to the Dean Witzel Memorial Scholarship Fund and may be left at Bank of Burlington in Burlington.

Donald Dean Witzel, 70, of Burlington, Colo., passed away October 16, 2009.

He was born on October 10, 1939, in Goodland, Kan., to Franklin Leroy Witzel and Julia Lenore Pettibone Witzel. Dean, as he was known, lived the first two years of his life on a small farm north of Peconic.

The family moved in 1940 to what became known as the “home place.” The ranch/farm was located 15 miles southwest of Burlington where the family raised irrigated corn, wheat, a herd of Hereford cattle, and horses. Dean obtained his education and high school diploma, Class of 1957, in the Burlington School system. He was active in FFA as a member of the judging teams and as an officer, receiving the DeKalb award his senior year. He took part in drama, both on stage and in the wings. He also received the Harrison Award his senior year at graduation. It was during his high school years, Dean developed a passion for the game of football; his love and dedication to the sport earned him an academic and sports scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he left his mark and earned his place in the starting line up as a freshman.

Prior to starting his college experience, Dean married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Dobler, on August 18, 1957, at the First Christian Church, in Burlington, Colo. Together Dean and Bonnie started their journey with their belongings packed in the back seat of Dean’s green 1953 Mercury, and haven’t looked back since.

He studied and played football, hunted deer, and learned the ups and downs of mountain living. Following class finals and the end of the football season, Dean and Bonnie made the decision to move back to Burlington and go into farming and ranching, Dean’s second passion.

1961 brought the family of four to a new farm/ranch 17 miles southwest of Burlington, located on the Smokey River. For the next 18 years, the family grew and changed as the fought the elements and learned more of life’s lessons.

Dean encouraged all three kids to participate and develop their skills in 4-H. He was a leader throughout their years in the Fairview and Sunshine 4-H clubs. He continued as Beef Superintendent for many years after, holding to the belief that every member deserved a chance for success.

The November 1970 local elections placed Dean on the RE 6-J school board. His dedication to youth and the community allowed him to serve two terms on the board and personally hand high school diplomas to Doug and Dena.

In 1974, the Burlington Jaycees bestowed the honor of Outstanding Youth Farmer upon Dean. His accomplishments in farming and ranching earned him third place at the state level. 1977 brought new challenges with the decline in the agriculture economy. The family regrouped and began plans for the new “home place” and Dean took the Assistant Manager position at Four Corners Fertilizer. He held this position for four years until the time was right for him to go back to full time farming and ranching. With the help of Bonnie and Doug, the plan took shape. They raised sheep, Great Pyrenees dogs, and were eventually able to get back to the cattle.

In March 2004, the address in Burlington became home. Dean learned about “town” life and some habits changed. His farming involved lawn mowing and container gardening … the livestock included the neighborhood dogs, cats, squirrels, and birds. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and dry humor, his ornery looks and last, but not least, his famous “B-Club” paddle. He was always the organizer and boss on the site, directing the action and seeing it through the end, even it was from the driver’s seat of the Suburban.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughter, Dena, and children Brian, Will, and Kacia; son, Donn Witzel, and wife, Kami, and their children, Morgan, Mason, and Braden; and Doug’s children, Maggie, Mollie, and Mack Witzel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lenore Witzel; brother, Gene Witzel; and son, Doug Witzel.

Services were held on October 20, 2009 at the First Christian Church.

Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.

Memorials may be made in Dean’s name to the Dean Witzel Memorial Scholarship Fund and may be left at Bank of Burlington in Burlington.

Donald Dean Witzel, 70, of Burlington, Colo., passed away October 16, 2009.

He was born on October 10, 1939, in Goodland, Kan., to Franklin Leroy Witzel and Julia Lenore Pettibone Witzel. Dean, as he was known, lived the first two years of his life on a small farm north of Peconic.

The family moved in 1940 to what became known as the “home place.” The ranch/farm was located 15 miles southwest of Burlington where the family raised irrigated corn, wheat, a herd of Hereford cattle, and horses. Dean obtained his education and high school diploma, Class of 1957, in the Burlington School system. He was active in FFA as a member of the judging teams and as an officer, receiving the DeKalb award his senior year. He took part in drama, both on stage and in the wings. He also received the Harrison Award his senior year at graduation. It was during his high school years, Dean developed a passion for the game of football; his love and dedication to the sport earned him an academic and sports scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he left his mark and earned his place in the starting line up as a freshman.

Prior to starting his college experience, Dean married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Dobler, on August 18, 1957, at the First Christian Church, in Burlington, Colo. Together Dean and Bonnie started their journey with their belongings packed in the back seat of Dean’s green 1953 Mercury, and haven’t looked back since.

He studied and played football, hunted deer, and learned the ups and downs of mountain living. Following class finals and the end of the football season, Dean and Bonnie made the decision to move back to Burlington and go into farming and ranching, Dean’s second passion.

1961 brought the family of four to a new farm/ranch 17 miles southwest of Burlington, located on the Smokey River. For the next 18 years, the family grew and changed as the fought the elements and learned more of life’s lessons.

Dean encouraged all three kids to participate and develop their skills in 4-H. He was a leader throughout their years in the Fairview and Sunshine 4-H clubs. He continued as Beef Superintendent for many years after, holding to the belief that every member deserved a chance for success.

The November 1970 local elections placed Dean on the RE 6-J school board. His dedication to youth and the community allowed him to serve two terms on the board and personally hand high school diplomas to Doug and Dena.

In 1974, the Burlington Jaycees bestowed the honor of Outstanding Youth Farmer upon Dean. His accomplishments in farming and ranching earned him third place at the state level. 1977 brought new challenges with the decline in the agriculture economy. The family regrouped and began plans for the new “home place” and Dean took the Assistant Manager position at Four Corners Fertilizer. He held this position for four years until the time was right for him to go back to full time farming and ranching. With the help of Bonnie and Doug, the plan took shape. They raised sheep, Great Pyrenees dogs, and were eventually able to get back to the cattle.

In March 2004, the address in Burlington became home. Dean learned about “town” life and some habits changed. His farming involved lawn mowing and container gardening … the livestock included the neighborhood dogs, cats, squirrels, and birds. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and dry humor, his ornery looks and last, but not least, his famous “B-Club” paddle. He was always the organizer and boss on the site, directing the action and seeing it through the end, even it was from the driver’s seat of the Suburban.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughter, Dena, and children Brian, Will, and Kacia; son, Donn Witzel, and wife, Kami, and their children, Morgan, Mason, and Braden; and Doug’s children, Maggie, Mollie, and Mack Witzel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lenore Witzel; brother, Gene Witzel; and son, Doug Witzel.

Services were held on October 20, 2009 at the First Christian Church.

Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.

Memorials may be made in Dean’s name to the Dean Witzel Memorial Scholarship Fund and may be left at Bank of Burlington in Burlington.