Clifford Reed Wenger, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died at his home with family at his side on August 2, 2014.
He was a quiet, hardworking, and honorable man who loved his family. At the time of his death he was 85 years old.
He was born January 16, 1929, to Herman J. Wenger and Myrtle Hanchett Wenger on the family farm home located near Selden, Kansas. As a boy and young man he was employed by various farmers in the Selden, Oberlin and Norcatur communities.
At the age of 19 he started a plumbing business in Oberlin, Kansas. This was soon after WWII and many new houses were being built in the county and he could still point out which houses he had plumbed.
He was married to Eunice Marie Bainter on January 9, 1949, and had celebrated 65 years of marriage together. Following the hard years after the war, the young family moved often to follow work opportunities. Hence, each of their three children were born in a different state…Sharlee was born in Oberlin, Kansas; Steve was born in Thermopolis, Wyoming; and Lanette in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
During those years he was an oil field pumper in Utah, Wyoming, and Nebraska, and eventually transferred to Fort Morgan, Colorado. During the mid 60's and 70's he had a dairy farm and did custom hay work in the Morgan County area. This was a family operation and everyone learned about the work ethics, honesty, perseverance and dedication that went along with working with Cliff.
In 1973, he and his wife a bought a farm north of Brush, Colorado. He continued his farming operation until retiring in 1997. During those years he raised some of the best tasting watermelons, cantaloupe, and sweet corn and never hesitated to share it with family, friends, neighbors, and his coffee buddies.
He also enjoyed time for morning and afternoon coffee, usually at the Drover's in Brush. After retiring he and Eunice enjoyed traveling.
In May of 2006 Cliff and Eunice moved back to their childhood home of Oberlin, Kansas after 54 years. They enjoyed their Kansas home, renewing old friendships and making new ones. Cliff had a very inventive mind, was very patient and calm in figuring out how to construct articles of various kinds.
He enjoyed restoring antiques, working with wood and made many articles for family and friends.
He was a member of the Church of Christ in Fort Morgan.
He is survived by his wife Eunice, son Steven Wenger of Casper, Wyoming, two daughters, Sharlee Westhoff and Lanette Littlejohn both of Fort Morgan; two grandchildren, Heidi Westhoff Porth (Zac) of Eaton, CO and Shane Westhoff (Jessi Glazier) of Fort Morgan, and one great-grandchild Weston Porth of Eaton; brother Lawrence (Dorothy) and sister Estella Waldo, all of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Marion Wenger of Oberlin, KS.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain States Children's Home or The Wounded Warrior Project.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Heer Mortuary Chapel in Fort Morgan, followed by a short service at Serenity Falls Columbarium in Fort Morgan.