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Edward William "Ed" Cecil


1922 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Edward William "Ed" Cecil Obituary
Edward William (Ed) Cecil of Cope, CO, 93, was born on March 1, 1922 and passed peacefully at Hospice of North Colorado Medical Center, in Greeley, CO on December 16, 2015. Ed was the oldest of six children born to Harry and Elsie (Gearhart) Cecil . Ed attended Abar and the Happy Valley School. He and his siblings rode horses 3 miles to school. He attended high school in Cope. When Harry bought a used 1929 Model A Ford with a rumble seat for $100 to help with the trek to school a love was born! For the rest of his life Ed was intrigued with transportation. He always had a copy of the Blue Book and enjoyed finding the best deal for himself and his family.
Ed grew up during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl days. When he was 11 he helped his dad and other cowboys drive the cattle to the railroads in Yuma and Seibert. The winter of 1934-35 was especially hard and money was tight. He remembered sometimes hunting jackrabbits and having rabbit stew.
In the fall of 1941 Ed started college at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins. College was soon interrupted by Uncle Sam. Drafted in the fall of 1942, his basic training was at Fort Warren. He was sent to Fort Lewis in Washington for a General Automotive Course where he graduated as a Technician Fifth Grade. He was stationed at Fort Hood and assigned to the 2751st Heavy Equipment Company. He spent 1945 in Guam as a parts clerk. He returned home on February 3, 1946 and was honorably discharged on February 9, 1946.
Ed returned home to help his dad with the farming. In the fall of 1947, Ed returned to CSU and graduated in 1950 with a BS Degree in Agriculture. While at CSU he was a member of the Livestock Judging Team where a highlight was a trip to the American Royal in Kansas City. His first job was a position with Pueblo Junior College as an instructor in Agriculture for the veterans. He then took a job with the Farmers Home Administration as a loan supervisor and moved to Thermopolis, WY in 1953. While there he met his wife, Ellen Ann Smith who was a secretary in the Basin office. The two were married on June 26, 1954 in Basin at the Episcopal Church. They then moved to Fort Collins and then to Springfield in January of 1955. Their son James (Jim) was born on September 28, 1955. Soon after, two of Ed's brothers, who had been working with their dad decided to leave farming. Ed and Ellen made the decision to move back to the farm. In January, 1957 they packed and moved to Cope. Their daughter, Ruth was born on March 21, 1957 followed by a blizzard which lasted for three days. When Ed picked them up they had to ride into the ranch on a tractor.
Ed began building his own Angus cattle herd and buying land. In 1961, Ed and the family purchased the Jim Wrape place east of Cope and built a house. They moved to the new home in 1964 where Ed lived until he went to the hospital in October.
Ed was active in community and school activities. He served on many boards and in many capacities including, life-long member of Cope Community Church and served as a trustree. He was a member of Washington County Farm Bureau for more than 50 years. He served on the Arickaree School Board, W-Y Communications Board, Centennial Mental Health Board. Ed became active in the Republican Party. Ed served as precinct chairperson and county chairman, and was elected Washington County Commissioner from 1980-1988. Ed served on the board of directors for the Cope Soil Conservation for 50 years. Some of the highlights of those years were Grand Marshall of the Eastern Colorado Roundup parade in 2004 and being inducted into the CACD Hall of Fame in 2010 as well as being recognized as the state honoree as the Conservationist of the Year.
Ed very much enjoyed farming and ranching. He worked diligently with his father and brothers to plant and harvest many crops and cattle, ever mindful of the conservation of soil and water. When Ed's son Jim graduated from college, Ed was willing to provide an opportunity to include his son in the farm and ranch operation. In all that he did, Ed had a vision for the future. His quiet leadership was evident as he worked with family, friends and neighbors; from helping pour cement at his church, helping the 4-H kids roof a park shade, helping Ruth tame a 4-H steer, listening to a neighbor's struggles, enjoying his immediate and extended family. Ed loved his family, and showed it with his actions. He and Ellen took his father, HL Cecil to Hawaii to help him fulfill his wish of visiting all 50 states. Ed attended and supported the activities his kids participated in. He traveled to visit the grandchildren that lived out of state, and he attended the activities of the granddaughters who lived close by. He listened to all of our stories. Ed had a kind and gentle spirit, with firm beliefs. Ed revered God, loved his family and served his country.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ed is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Jack Cecil, Lee Cecil, Lloyd Cecil, and Marvin Cecil, brothers-in-law, Harold Simpson, Dee Smith, and Larry Smith: sisters-in-law, Judy Cecil, Linanel Cecil, Bev Raven, and Kitty Smith.
Surviving Ed are his wife of 61 years, Ellen Cecil, son Jim Cecil and wife Vickie, of Cope; Daughter Ruth(Hybiak) and husband Brian of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren Misty Lyman and husband Dustin of Cope, Colorado, Jamie Adam and husband Jesseb of Dodge City, KS, Lauren Hybiak and Travis Hybiak, McKinney, Texas; three great grandchildren, Kellen, Harper, and Jaken; sister Lila Simpson of Yuma, brother-in law, Lee Smith, and wife Nona, of Riverton, Wyoming, Raymond Smith and wife Bonnie of Thermopolis, Wyoming; and many special nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held for Ed on Saturday, January 2, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cope Community Church, with Pastor Terry Covert officiating. Private family Inurnment followed.
Memorials may be made to Cope Community Church or Hospice of the Plains. Baucke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Jan. 6, 2016
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