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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 7-12-10

Leon Bachman, 86, of Golden, Colo., passed away June 11, 2010 at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

He was born March 20, 1924 in Petrolia, Texas, to Albert Bachman and Katherine (Fuhrman) Bachman. He moved to Colorado in 1928 with his parents and resided at his present home outside of Golden, Colo., since 1938. He graduated from Golden High School in 1942. During high school, he played football and was conference champion wrestler his senior year. He attended Colorado School of Mines for a year and a half and then enlisted in the Army. He served with the 724th Ordinance Light Maintenance Division as a Marksman with a M1 rifle in the Philippines and Japan during World War II.

Upon his discharge in 1946, Leon returned to his family’s ranch, going to work there and entering rodeos. He began his professional rodeo career in 1948 and competed until 1961 when he hung up his riggin’ and rope.

Leon married Elizabeth Zehnder on July 14, 1956 at Shrine of St. Anne in Arvada, Colo. They would have been married 54 years in July. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. Leon and Liz moved next door to his parents on their ranch and have resided here their entire married life.

Leon ranched with his father raising Hereford cattle then Crossbreds with his children. He also worked for the Colorado and Southern Railway Company for four and a half years, then hired on at Coors Brewery where he worked for 27 years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of the Golden Gate Grange, holding several offices, the Colorado State Grange, a member and officer of the Gilpin-Jefferson Livestock Assn., a Charter member of the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club and had belonged to the PRCA. Leon helped with the different activities and functions at his children’s schools, coached his sons little league football teams, was a timer at swim meets, an assistant 4-H leader and Livestock Superintendent at the Jefferson County Fair.

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He enjoyed spending time and attending the different functions with his wife, Liz. Leon loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He also valued the many friendships he formed over the years. He enjoyed ranching, riding horses, dancing, bowling, watching sports, visiting and reminiscing with friends. He was interested in everything his children and grandchildren did and attended their many different activities. He was a fair and loving husband, Dad and PaPa. One friend remarked “Leon’s handshake is better than a written contract.”

He is survived by his wife Liz; his children, Leon Thomas of Milan, N.M., David and his wife Dana (Schlagel) of Platteville, Colo., Nancy of Golden, Colo., and Joe of Golden, Colo.; grandchildren Jake and his wife Amy (Tilley) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jaime of Platteville, Colo., Jared of Milan, N.M., and Caroline of Milan, N.M.; brothers, Gene (Noni) of Green Valley, Ariz., and James (Gwen) of Golden, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Grace Cundall of Brighton, Colo., Ardella Stake of Denver, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Albert E. Bachman.

Memorial services were held June 21, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Golden, Colo.

Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Leon Bachman, 86, of Golden, Colo., passed away June 11, 2010 at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

He was born March 20, 1924 in Petrolia, Texas, to Albert Bachman and Katherine (Fuhrman) Bachman. He moved to Colorado in 1928 with his parents and resided at his present home outside of Golden, Colo., since 1938. He graduated from Golden High School in 1942. During high school, he played football and was conference champion wrestler his senior year. He attended Colorado School of Mines for a year and a half and then enlisted in the Army. He served with the 724th Ordinance Light Maintenance Division as a Marksman with a M1 rifle in the Philippines and Japan during World War II.

Upon his discharge in 1946, Leon returned to his family’s ranch, going to work there and entering rodeos. He began his professional rodeo career in 1948 and competed until 1961 when he hung up his riggin’ and rope.

Leon married Elizabeth Zehnder on July 14, 1956 at Shrine of St. Anne in Arvada, Colo. They would have been married 54 years in July. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. Leon and Liz moved next door to his parents on their ranch and have resided here their entire married life.

Leon ranched with his father raising Hereford cattle then Crossbreds with his children. He also worked for the Colorado and Southern Railway Company for four and a half years, then hired on at Coors Brewery where he worked for 27 years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of the Golden Gate Grange, holding several offices, the Colorado State Grange, a member and officer of the Gilpin-Jefferson Livestock Assn., a Charter member of the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club and had belonged to the PRCA. Leon helped with the different activities and functions at his children’s schools, coached his sons little league football teams, was a timer at swim meets, an assistant 4-H leader and Livestock Superintendent at the Jefferson County Fair.

He enjoyed spending time and attending the different functions with his wife, Liz. Leon loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He also valued the many friendships he formed over the years. He enjoyed ranching, riding horses, dancing, bowling, watching sports, visiting and reminiscing with friends. He was interested in everything his children and grandchildren did and attended their many different activities. He was a fair and loving husband, Dad and PaPa. One friend remarked “Leon’s handshake is better than a written contract.”

He is survived by his wife Liz; his children, Leon Thomas of Milan, N.M., David and his wife Dana (Schlagel) of Platteville, Colo., Nancy of Golden, Colo., and Joe of Golden, Colo.; grandchildren Jake and his wife Amy (Tilley) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jaime of Platteville, Colo., Jared of Milan, N.M., and Caroline of Milan, N.M.; brothers, Gene (Noni) of Green Valley, Ariz., and James (Gwen) of Golden, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Grace Cundall of Brighton, Colo., Ardella Stake of Denver, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Albert E. Bachman.

Memorial services were held June 21, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Golden, Colo.

Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Leon Bachman, 86, of Golden, Colo., passed away June 11, 2010 at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

He was born March 20, 1924 in Petrolia, Texas, to Albert Bachman and Katherine (Fuhrman) Bachman. He moved to Colorado in 1928 with his parents and resided at his present home outside of Golden, Colo., since 1938. He graduated from Golden High School in 1942. During high school, he played football and was conference champion wrestler his senior year. He attended Colorado School of Mines for a year and a half and then enlisted in the Army. He served with the 724th Ordinance Light Maintenance Division as a Marksman with a M1 rifle in the Philippines and Japan during World War II.

Upon his discharge in 1946, Leon returned to his family’s ranch, going to work there and entering rodeos. He began his professional rodeo career in 1948 and competed until 1961 when he hung up his riggin’ and rope.

Leon married Elizabeth Zehnder on July 14, 1956 at Shrine of St. Anne in Arvada, Colo. They would have been married 54 years in July. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. Leon and Liz moved next door to his parents on their ranch and have resided here their entire married life.

Leon ranched with his father raising Hereford cattle then Crossbreds with his children. He also worked for the Colorado and Southern Railway Company for four and a half years, then hired on at Coors Brewery where he worked for 27 years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of the Golden Gate Grange, holding several offices, the Colorado State Grange, a member and officer of the Gilpin-Jefferson Livestock Assn., a Charter member of the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club and had belonged to the PRCA. Leon helped with the different activities and functions at his children’s schools, coached his sons little league football teams, was a timer at swim meets, an assistant 4-H leader and Livestock Superintendent at the Jefferson County Fair.

He enjoyed spending time and attending the different functions with his wife, Liz. Leon loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He also valued the many friendships he formed over the years. He enjoyed ranching, riding horses, dancing, bowling, watching sports, visiting and reminiscing with friends. He was interested in everything his children and grandchildren did and attended their many different activities. He was a fair and loving husband, Dad and PaPa. One friend remarked “Leon’s handshake is better than a written contract.”

He is survived by his wife Liz; his children, Leon Thomas of Milan, N.M., David and his wife Dana (Schlagel) of Platteville, Colo., Nancy of Golden, Colo., and Joe of Golden, Colo.; grandchildren Jake and his wife Amy (Tilley) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jaime of Platteville, Colo., Jared of Milan, N.M., and Caroline of Milan, N.M.; brothers, Gene (Noni) of Green Valley, Ariz., and James (Gwen) of Golden, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Grace Cundall of Brighton, Colo., Ardella Stake of Denver, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Albert E. Bachman.

Memorial services were held June 21, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Golden, Colo.

Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Leon Bachman, 86, of Golden, Colo., passed away June 11, 2010 at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

He was born March 20, 1924 in Petrolia, Texas, to Albert Bachman and Katherine (Fuhrman) Bachman. He moved to Colorado in 1928 with his parents and resided at his present home outside of Golden, Colo., since 1938. He graduated from Golden High School in 1942. During high school, he played football and was conference champion wrestler his senior year. He attended Colorado School of Mines for a year and a half and then enlisted in the Army. He served with the 724th Ordinance Light Maintenance Division as a Marksman with a M1 rifle in the Philippines and Japan during World War II.

Upon his discharge in 1946, Leon returned to his family’s ranch, going to work there and entering rodeos. He began his professional rodeo career in 1948 and competed until 1961 when he hung up his riggin’ and rope.

Leon married Elizabeth Zehnder on July 14, 1956 at Shrine of St. Anne in Arvada, Colo. They would have been married 54 years in July. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. Leon and Liz moved next door to his parents on their ranch and have resided here their entire married life.

Leon ranched with his father raising Hereford cattle then Crossbreds with his children. He also worked for the Colorado and Southern Railway Company for four and a half years, then hired on at Coors Brewery where he worked for 27 years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of the Golden Gate Grange, holding several offices, the Colorado State Grange, a member and officer of the Gilpin-Jefferson Livestock Assn., a Charter member of the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club and had belonged to the PRCA. Leon helped with the different activities and functions at his children’s schools, coached his sons little league football teams, was a timer at swim meets, an assistant 4-H leader and Livestock Superintendent at the Jefferson County Fair.

He enjoyed spending time and attending the different functions with his wife, Liz. Leon loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He also valued the many friendships he formed over the years. He enjoyed ranching, riding horses, dancing, bowling, watching sports, visiting and reminiscing with friends. He was interested in everything his children and grandchildren did and attended their many different activities. He was a fair and loving husband, Dad and PaPa. One friend remarked “Leon’s handshake is better than a written contract.”

He is survived by his wife Liz; his children, Leon Thomas of Milan, N.M., David and his wife Dana (Schlagel) of Platteville, Colo., Nancy of Golden, Colo., and Joe of Golden, Colo.; grandchildren Jake and his wife Amy (Tilley) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jaime of Platteville, Colo., Jared of Milan, N.M., and Caroline of Milan, N.M.; brothers, Gene (Noni) of Green Valley, Ariz., and James (Gwen) of Golden, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Grace Cundall of Brighton, Colo., Ardella Stake of Denver, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Albert E. Bachman.

Memorial services were held June 21, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Golden, Colo.

Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colo.