Hope Carol (Enger) Reyman, 87, passed from this life at her home in Fort Morgan on October 28, 2013 after a five-month illness resulting from a fractured hip.
Hope was born July 18, 1926 in Kindred, North Dakota, to William D. and Effie (Mestad) Enger. During the depression years of the 1930's, the family moved to a farm in Mahnomen, Minnesota, and in 1938 settled in Worthington, Minnesota, where Hope graduated from Worthington High School in 1944.
During World War II, Hope began a correspondence with an overseas soldier, Durward Lee (Swede) Reyman. Their letters soon turned from friendship to romance, and after Swede's discharge the couple was married on January 19, 1946 at Worthington
Hope and Swede's first home together was in Swede's home town of Valley Center, Kansas, where he was employed by Continental Oil Co. While in Kansas, their first two sons, Durward Lee (Dude) Jr. and William Craig (Bill) were born. In 1951 Swede was transferred to Linch, Wyoming, where two more sons, James Mark (Jim), and Jeffrey Charles (Jeff) were born in Casper. Swede was again transferred to Fort Morgan and in 1963 he left Conoco and established Reyman Oil Field Service based in Fort Morgan.
Hope and Swede were avid sports fans and even long after their sons graduated from Fort Morgan High School, they continued to support all of the sports teams. They were named as Number One Boosters of the High School. Swede took pictures of all the team activities and the proms and Hope made picture albums for the members. She also sewed hundreds of warming bags for all members of every team and the coaches and cheerleaders, even up to earlier this year. Hope and Swede were honored as 2004 Channel 7 Everyday Heroes, 2007 Citizens of the Year for the Fort Morgan Chamber of Commerce, Long Peak's Council Boy Scouts America Distinguished Citizens in 2009 and had their own reserved parking spot at the High School football field. Swede died in 2010 after 64 years of marriage and his passing left a gaping hole in Hope's heart.
In addition to her husband Swede, Hope was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert E. Enger and William J. Enger, and one grandson, Jacob Reyman.
She is survived by her four sons, Durward (Sharon) and Jeffrey of Fort Morgan, William (Donna) of Denver, and James (Barbara) of Burlington, CO; grandchildren, Julie Reyman, Jill (J.D.) Wyatt, Brandon Reyman , Brian (Tami) Reyman, Scott Reyman, Jontel Reyman, Jackleen Reyman; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Tanner, Matthew, Keiffer, Cody, Lane, Mercedes, Tanlee, Lacey, Ali, Ema, Zack and Isabel; sister, Dianne Enger Snell of Auburn, WA; brother, Gale Enger (Cecelia) of Poteau, OK; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fort Morgan, corner of E. Bijou and State Street. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens. There will be a viewing Wednesday, October 30, 4 until 8 p.m., at the Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan.
Memorial gifts may be made in Hope's name in care of Heer Mortuary.