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Dale Atteberry - July 26, 2013


Dale LeRoy Atteberry, 74, was born in Denver on Feb. 11, 1939, to Elton and Alvidean (Anderson) Atteberry. He died July 26, 2013, at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., after a six-month siege with cancer.

Dale’s family moved to Parker when he was 13. He always considered Parker home. He met his future bride, Colleen Cassidy, in high school when her family moved from California to Parker. They married at the end of his college years at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he studied agriculture. They were blessed with three fine sons: Clayton, Clint and Aaron.

Dale taught Vo Agri for a time in Nebraska, bought cattle and sheep for a packing house in Pueblo and tried his hand at Farmers Home Administration in New Mexico. His family moved to Holyoke in 1971 and he had been involved with agriculture much of the time since then.

Dale was a long-time member of 4-H and continued with it as an adult in helping instruct leathercraft. Dale loved life and he loved to laugh. He had a story for every situation. He still had too many things to do and places to go to end it now, but he knew in the end the only important thing was to be in the kingdom of his heavenly Father when “thy kingdom comes.”

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and infant grandson, Cole McClain Roper Atteberry, son of Aaron and Annette.

Dale is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Colleen; son, Clayton and wife Trudy of Hawkins, Texas, and their children, Elise and husband Mason Smotherman of Denton, Texas, and Travis and Cassidy Atteberry of Hawkins; son, Aaron and wife Annette and their son Jess Atteberry, all of Hawkins; son, Clint and wife Susan of Loveland and their sons, Roy, Ryan and Brylle Salazar, all of Greeley; three great-grandchildren; sister, Darlean of Johnstown; and brother, Keith of Palmer, Alaska.

A funeral service celebrating Dale’s life was held Aug. 2 at Living Water Christian Church in Franktown, just south of Parker. Dale’s cousin Mike Atteberry officiated. Dale was laid to rest in the Parker Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dale’s name to The Hemispherectomy Foundation, P.O. Box 1239, Aledo, TX 76008, or at www.HemiFoundation.org (Dear friends who were such a help in Cheyenne, Wyo., have a granddaughter who has had a hemispherectomy.); or to Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore Rd., Cheyenne, WY 82009.

Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services in Parker was in charge of arrangements.