July 16, 1930 - February 3, 2014, October 12, 1919 - February 19, 2014|
Kathryn Ann Ghilino, 83, of Fort Collins, passed away on Monday, February 3rd, 2014, peacefully in Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.
Then, Charles (Red) Raymond Ghilino, 94, born in Pittsburg, Kansas, passed away on February 19th, 2014 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Red joined his love, Katie, 16 days after her passing. He was "crazy about her."
They were married for 62 years....that is a true love story. They were married on July 25, 1952 in Brush, Colorado.
Katie was born in Sterling, CO, to Norval and Guidotta Bates on July 16th, 1930. Her grandparents, Dent and Katie Davis, came to Colorado in 1896 and opened the first drug store in Brush. She grew up in Brush where she graduated from Brush High School in 1948. Through her life, she resided in Brush, Fort Morgan, Littleton, and Fort Collins. She worked as a bookkeeper for Bill Anderson. Katie loved horses and rode while growing up, including having her horse at Loretto Heights in Denver during college. She received first place in the Cow Girl's race at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1947.
Charles was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, on October 12th, 1919. He went to school in West Mineral, Kansas. He came to Colorado after being honorably discharged from the Army and worked in the oil field and construction. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was awarded The American Theater of Operations Service Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and a Victory Medal.
Katie and Red were wonderful parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and dear friends to many. Katie enjoyed sewing, needle pointing, cooking. She was also a huge Bronco fan. Red enjoyed working around his home and yard.
Together they loved traveling in their RV, bowling, and dancing. They were involved in the Elks and the VFW in Littleton.
Katie is preceded in death by her parents, Norval and Guidotta Bates, her brother, Robert Bates and by her uncle, Robert Davis, whose World War I uniform resides in the Brush, Colorado Museum.
Red is preceded in death by his father, Louis Ghilino, sister, Anna Smith, brother, Louis Ghilino and brother, John Ghilino.
Red and Katie are survived by daughter, Rena S. Hansch; granddaughter, Kathryn (Kate) Hansch Derry and husband, Nathan, Derry, and granddaughter, Elizabeth (Libby) Hansch Emerson and husband, Scott Emerson: great-grandchildren, Ragen Paige Derry and Charles (Charlie) Freeland Emerson.
The family of Red and Katie invites you to a celebration of their lives on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Sunflower Clubhouse, 865 Pleasure Dr., Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert in lieu of contributions to share with lunch.
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Feb. 27, 2014