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Harold Schroetlin - January 16, 2014


Harold Michael Schroet­lin was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Loveland. He died Jan. 16, 2014, at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley at age 94.

Harold’s parents, August and Elizabeth (Rothmann) Schroetlin, along with brothers, Richard and Marvin, and sister, Lorene, lived and farmed where McKee Medical Center in Loveland now stands. Farming was a lifelong heritage that Harold learned, lived and passed on to his children from past generations. The Schroetlins were pioneers in the new sugar beet industry along the Front Range.

Harold graduated from Loveland High School in 1937. It was at an ice skating party that he met “one of those Senn kids coming in from east of town,” Mildred Senn. Interestingly enough, Mildred knew Rich and Lorene (Harold’s brother and sister), and Harold knew Bob and Art (Mildred’s brothers) before they ever met each other.

On May 11, 1941, Harold and Mildred were married in Mildred’s grandfather’s house east of Loveland. The couple settled on a farm southeast of Loveland. Four sons, Fred, John, Jim and Mark, and a daughter, Peggy, were born as the family farmed, raised cattle, pigs and sheep, and started a dairy in the Loveland, Berthoud and Wellington area. In 1972 the whole family moved to Yuma and set up a farming operation close to Clarkville.

Although they were busy raising crops, animals and five kids, Harold still found time to serve on many boards (Farm Bureau, Big Thompson Water District), as a school board member for Mt. Hope School, on church committees, as a Sunday school teacher and played on the church softball team.

He was a member of Great Western Beet Growers Association and was a representative on the board for local growers. Harold enjoyed playing golf, traveling and the morning and afternoon coffee gatherings at the Beacon. For several years after retirement he was thrilled to help out the farming sons however he could.

Harold was always eager to talk about all topics and amazed his visitors how he kept up with current events and farming practices. His life could be summed up in these words: “faith, family and farming,” in that order.

He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Elizabeth; his two brothers, Rich and Marv; daughter-in-law, Pat; and granddaughter-in-law, Shasta.

Survivors include his wife of almost 73 years, Mildred; sister, Lorene Senn of Klamath Falls, Ore.; sons, Fred and wife Sue, John and wife Deb, Jim and wife Linda, all of Yuma, and Mark and wife Laura of Holyoke; and daughter, Peggy and husband Dave Lillich of Yuma; grandchildren, Keith and wife Jean, Julie and husband Chad Ewing, Jerry and wife Holly Boese, Jamie and husband Nick Ratterman, Kyle and wife Kris, Kevin, Jacquie McCall, Josh and wife Amber, Curt and wife Laura Beth, Tara and husband Ricky Edelen and Mason Lillich; great-grandchildren, Amber, T.J. and husband Owen Washburn, Wendy Wood, Sarah Haley, Ashley Ewing, Anna Boese, Aislynn Boese, Gracyn Ratterman, Caleb, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Sherayah, Jessica, Kyrie, Lydia, Kourtney, Jakob, Justin, Ashley McCall, Marc McCall, Miranda, Joe, Brett, Daniel, Andrew and one more expected in May; great-great-grandchildren, Trinity Bradley, Azrielle Washburn, Faythe Parsons, Skylar Wood, Cayden Wood, Malikye Wood and Kaysen Wood.

Harold knew the saving grace of Jesus and leaves his family and friends with the peaceful knowledge of his salvation. “Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace, according to Your word” (Luke 2:29).

The funeral service was held Jan. 21 at First Presbyterian Church in Yuma with Donna Herman officiating. Interment was held Jan. 22 at Rest Haven Cemetery in Loveland.

Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.