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Larwill Biddie Biddle - December 30, 2011

Larwill A. “Biddie” Biddle was born Aug. 16, 1914 in Trumbull, Neb. to Arthur and Elsie Biddle. He died Dec. 30, 2011 at the age of 98 in Peoria, Ariz.

At the age of 3, his family moved to Colorado when new land development was begun at Amherst. He met his future wife in high school in Holyoke. Biddie and Lois, his beloved wife of 75½ years, raised three children, were partners in all their endeavors and now are reunited in eternity.

Larwill A. Biddle was a man of integrity, living his life as an example of honesty, compassion, generosity, innovation, foresight and vision.

His honesty was evident in all his financial and business transactions. His compassion showed forth when he reached out to help either family or acquaintances who needed a hand up.

His generosity was displayed often as he shared his time and financial goods with young people through his time spent leading 4-H clubs, beginning foundations for potential young dairymen and sharing his time with family and friends.

His innovation was evident in his help in developing the Brown Swiss dairy herd at Colorado State University, where he was named Livestock Man of the Year in 1962. His foresight caused him to purchase his first Registered Brown Swiss cows in 1938 and begin his lifelong occupation of developing a herd of cattle that was nationally known and respected.

His vision took him to Arizona in 1951 where he recognized even then the potential of that area for future growth.

He retired from the dairy business in Arizona but continued to be productive by raising, selling and giving away tons of fruit from his orchard in Peoria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois; three brothers; and his daughter, Charlotte.

Mr. Biddle leaves behind his daughter, Sharon and husband Ray of Fort Collins; son, Larwill K. (Willie) and wife Carol of Peoria; son-in-law Ernest Burke and wife MaryLou; sister, Velma Biddle of Fort Collins; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Burial will be in Holyoke at a later date.