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Keith Sharpe - September 13, 2010

Keith L. Sharpe, 79, was born in Haxtun on Jan. 31, 1931. He died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins on Sept. 13, 2010, surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren.

Keith graduated from Haxtun High School in 1948. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served his country with distinction during the Korean War. Keith was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal among his commendations.

While he left the Marine Corps in 1954, Keith never lost the Marine Corps’ fundamental values of loyalty and fidelity, which he demonstrated repeatedly in his fierce commitment to his family, his many friends and his community.

Following the war, Keith returned to Colorado where he married Beverly Gulliford from Crested Butte on Oct. 31, 1954. The two made their home in Haxtun.

Over the years, Keith was involved in many different ventures, including farming, operating a heavy equipment/earthmoving business with his brother, manufacturing farm implements, working for a cellular telephone company, and also working as a licensed realtor.

Keith was a third generation Haxtun native and was deeply committed to his community. He served on the Northeast Colorado Health Board. He was also elected to serve on the Haxtun Town Board, the Haxtun School Board and served two terms as a Phillips County Commissioner.

Keith enjoyed a number of different hobbies throughout his life. He loved to fly and was particularly fond of taking his two children with him in his Cessna airplane. Keith was an excellent marksman and greatly enjoyed target shooting with his children and grandchildren.

He also enjoyed making jewelry for his wife and his daughter and loved doing woodworking projects. One of his most treasured projects was making beautiful cradles for his grandchildren. More than anything, Keith loved spending time with his grandchildren and he was actively involved in their lives and activities.

Keith belonged to various clubs and organizations in the Haxtun community, including the Masons, Haxtun Methodist Church and American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Leonard Sharpe and May Sharpe. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Sharpe of Haxtun; daughter, Cindy Sharpe Kaus and husband Dan of Haxtun; son, Steve Sharpe and wife Lily of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren, Brett, Kati, Spencer, Griffen, Logan and Macrina; and brother, Marlow Sharpe of Nogal, N.M. He will be greatly missed, not just by his family, but by the many people whose lives he touched in countless ways with his tremendous warmth, generosity and kindness.

Keith’s funeral service was held Sept. 18 at Haxtun United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be made in memory of Keith to the City of Haxtun, Park Fund.