John Alexander Hergenreter, 91, life resident of northeast Colorado, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center. He was born April 20, 1922 in Sterling, CO, to Melger and Pulgeria (Artzer) Hergenreter Sr.
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John served his country in the U. S. Army from November 12, 1942 to February 6, 1946. He was in the Coast Artillery battalion at Fort MacArthur, CA. He also served as an interrogator of German prisoners of war in Florence, AZ. John married Ruth Kathryn Amen on May 22, 1944 in Sterling and they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this year. They have lived in Colorado their entire lives with the exception of when John served in the U.S. Army.
John spent his life farming and ranching and had a true love of the land and God's creatures. During his lifetime, he built a beautiful heard of cattle, raised pigs, sheep, and horses. In 1955, he achieved the High Ten Grower award for sugar beets from the Great Western Sugar Beet Company in Sterling, CO.
Following his retirement, John and Ruth spent time with their children and grandchildren. They enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Canada, and Michigan for fishing and site seeing. He enjoyed deer and elk hunting the mountains of Colorado. He also loved to read, reading as many as six books per week. He was a true fan of the Colorado Rockies.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Brush; son, Duane and his wife, Carole; daughters, Connie Staley and her husband, Bob, Cheryl Ellegood and her husband, Steve, and Judy Edson and her husband, Jim. He has 10 grandchildren , 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by a son, David, his parents and several siblings.
A rosary service will be held Sunday, October 6, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Military honors and interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush. The Heer Mortuary & Crematory in Brush is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Oct. 4, 2013