Gerry Lindgren - December 06, 2009
Gerald “Gerry” Eugene Lindgren of Holyoke died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley at the age of 86.
Gerry was born Nov. 20, 1923. He was the first of four children born to Dewey Carl and Laura Ann Claudia (Miller) Lindgren on the family farm northwest of Holyoke. He was baptized into the Catholic faith and a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke.
Gerry attended school in the Fairfield community for 10 years. He graduated from Phillips County High School in 1941 and took a correspondence course in Applied Electricity. After graduating from high school, Gerry helped Ed Coyne and got his first license in 1942.
On Oct. 23, 1946, he was united in marriage to Fae Alberta Vogel of Holyoke. To this union two children were born, Connie and Nancy. They resided northwest of Holyoke on the farm until 1963 when they moved into Holyoke. Sixty-three years of marriage was recently celebrated with family.
Gerry was a devoted husband and loving father. Granby holds fond memories for family mountain trips in cabins and campers. Gerry and Fae enjoyed many trips to Arizona and Nevada. His greatest pride in life was his four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Gerry was so proud and happy to be able to share a birthday with his oldest grandson. Each grandchild truly knew how important they each were to him in everyday life.
He started Gerry’s Wiring Service 67 years ago and earned his master’s electrician license in the 1950s and continued to be licensed through testing. His most recent license was issued March 3, 2009.
Throughout his years of being an electrician, he wired one-room homes to complete farms. Grain elevators, fertilizer plants, grain bins and countless irrigation motors and panels filled his days. He retired briefly in 1990 but farmers still needed him. He continued working until his death as working with the farmers was an absolute delight to him.
Gerry was an avid deer and elk hunter and enjoyed duck and pheasant hunting as well. For many years, competing in trapshooting events filled his weekends with his family traveling with him. Many trophies and silver serving pieces were earned for his precise shooting. Gerry became the Colorado State Champion in doubles in 1955 on the shores of Denver’s Sloan Lake.
He dedicated time to community projects including those for his grandkids and Holyoke’s youth. One of his greatest joys was to help the priests whenever there were needs. He enjoyed his part in making the Peerless Center a reality through many donated hours of his expertise. His most recent project was for his granddaughter’s 2009 class prom.
Farming was also a huge part of his life, still enjoying each growing season and ensuing harvest. Gerry was always checking in on the progress of the crops and what the local prices were. He cherished his grandsons’ interest in the land and electricity and was always glad to have one of his grandsons on call. Many hours were spent together setting motors, wiring panels and looking at fields.
Gerry was a lifetime member of the Sterling Elks, Holyoke Gun Club, Paoli Gun Club and Club 25.
Survivors include his wife Fae; daughters Connie Myers and husband Mark of Arvada and Nancy Colglazier and husband Harvey of Holyoke; grandchildren Jennifer Osieczanek and husband Taylor of Broomfield, Nicholas Colglazier and fiancée Tiffany Weiss of Fort Collins, Andrew Colglazier and wife Kristi of Holyoke and Megan Colglazier of Holyoke; great-grandchildren Keegan Jennings and Anessa Marie Colglazier; brother Dewey Lindgren and wife Lillian of Holyoke; sisters Laura Lu Radtke of Holyoke and Barbara Boone of Hollister, Mo.; and many other loving relatives and friends.
A Rosary service was held Dec. 9 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Holyoke. Funeral Mass was conducted Dec. 10 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Holyoke, with Rev. William Jungmann officiating. Interment followed at Holyoke Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation, c/0 Fae Lindgren, 745 S. Morlan, Holyoke, CO 80734.
Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.