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Keith Vincent Ashbaugh, 93, of Denver, CO formerly of New Raymer, CO passed away August 25, 2014 at his residence. He was born on a farm 3 1/2 miles south of Buckingham, CO on April 2, 1921. He grew up with 6 siblings and learned to have a great deal of fun with his 4 older brothers. His parents, Harry and Clara Ashbaugh, were hard working and taught their children the value of money and being wholesome, caring people. He married Shirley Greenlee of Buckingham in 1946 and they lived on the farm for 65 years before health concerns caused them to move to Denver in 2010 to be near their daughter. They have two children: Cathy (Chris) Barnes and Roy Ashbaugh of Loveland. In 2012 the Ashbaugh Farm was honored by the Colorado Historical Society as a Centenniel Farm at a ceremony at the Colorado State Fair. When World War II came, Keith stayed on the farm, allowing his brothers to serve in the military. He raised wheat, dairy and beef cattle and Shirley had a huge garden from which the family ate heartily all through the winter. Keith got a kick out of his extended family - celebrating together at an annual picnic and Thanksgiving, sometimes totaling 30 people from as far away as Texas, Michigan, California and Oregon. When these occasions were at the farm, Keith took great joy in providing "toys" for the kids. His mechanical prowess kept go-karts, bicycles, and ski do's going for the various nieces and nephews. He held many jobs in addition to being a farmer, rancher, husband and dad: Great Western Sugar Factory handyman, Weld County road maintenance operator, welder and mechanic. He is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Shirley; son and daughter; three granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2014at Adamson Chapel, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be sent to the family atwww.adamsonchapels.com.
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Aug. 27, 2014
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