Alvin Keith Fichter (1927 - 2017)

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Alvin Keith Fichter, passed away on his birthday, July 17, at age 90 at his home on his  farm. His wife; daughter Michelle, and granddaughter, Tanya, as well as Agape Hospice were there to lend support.
He was born on the family farm in Farragut, Iowa, July 17, 1927. His parents were George Alvin Fichter and Esther (Maranville) Fichter.
Survivors include his wife Nancy (Harritt) Fichter; three daughters, Karen (Henry)Hernandez, of Fort Lupton; Kathryn Fichter, of Orange, Calif.; and Michelle (Stephen) Lefforge, of Fort Lupton; a brother Vern (Marian) Fichter, of Richland, Wash.; and a sister-in-law Harriet (Ivan) Fichter, of Lynnwood, Wash.; eight grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
His sister, Velda Fichter; his parents; three brothers, Gerald (Helen) Fichter, Everett (Eloise) Fichter and Ivan (Harriet) Fichter; and a daughter,  Kristie Lea Heiniger, preceded him in death.
After being orphaned at  age ten, Keith lived in the Christian Home in Council Bluffs, Iowa, until age 14. He began to work at Gate City Steel in Omaha. There, in his spare time, he learned to weld.
In the late 1950s, he moved to Colorado to continue his trade and to find better employment.
Within a few years after marrying Nancy in 1962 in Denver, he began his 20-year career  at the then-University of Colorado Hospital, eventually retiring as a stationary engineer at the power plant.  In 1970, Keith and Nancy moved their family in to a partially completed home northwest of Brighton on a small farm, during a March blizzard..
As the years progressed, Keith became a livestock producer, mainly raising sheep. He provided all classes of livestock for medical research projects at the University of Colorado into the late 1990s.
Keith was a good man with many talents. He and Nancy worked side by side to build their home and farm. He truly loved living in the country and, after his retirement, he spent many hours watching the birds at the feeders and became very good at identifying birds, a hobby which he shared with his wife .
Keith, a kind, sweet and caring man, was always willing to step in when needed to help his many friends. He was quick with a hand and a smile and you could always count on him for support and friendship.
Even in his passing and still thinking of others, Keith donated his body and his corneas to the University of Colorado Hospital.
There will be no services for him. Please remember him in your heart through your fondest memory.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Keith's memory to UCH Foundations, 2400 S. Peoria St., No. 8, Aurora 80014,  The phone is 303-752-8120. The web address is or Agape Hospice (720-482-1988).
Published in Fort Lupton Press on Aug. 9, 2017