Wilber D. "Bill" Hines (1928 - 2018)

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Wilber D. "Bill" Hines, aka Grandpa Bill, was born May 22, 1928, to Wilber R. Hines and Waunita D. Burd on the Hines place East of Burlington. His parents moved to Burlington when he was about 5 years old to work on the airport, which still has not been built. His job was to lead his father's draft horses to their pens for the night.
He remembers when they brought the Kit Carson Carousel to the park, though he did not ride it until a couple years later. When his parents divorced, he often spent time with his biological dad in Elko, Nevada, where he collected bones to sell to the railroad. While there he met a local rancher, Bing Crosby, and was in the movie "Brigham Young" as a cricket beater.
As a teenager, he lived on the Penny ranch, where his mother and stepfather, George A. Yarnell, worked. He rode his horse to school and, on rainy days, he put dry clothes in his saddle bags. When he wanted to play on the football team – in order to be in town for practices and games – he and a classmate rented a one-room cabin.
He graduated from Burlington High School in 1945 and traveled with his stock contractor uncle, Lester Hines. He found odd jobs in the towns they went to for entry fees. He also was often the rodeo clown/bullfighter for his uncle.
His parents moved to the Kiowa area and opened a saw mill. He went to a dance at Elizabeth, with a local Kiowa boy and was introduced to his future wife, Leila Elaine Kusma. While dating, he was drafted into the Army for the Korean War. When he was stationed in Frankfurt, Indiana, as a tank commander, Elaine joined him and they were married Aug. 8, 1952.
After an honorable discharge, he and Elaine moved back to Colorado where they settled in Denver to help raise several nieces and nephews. He became a route salesman for Borden's and a father of three. They retired and moved to Fort Lupton area where they remained until their final days.
Bill loved sports, fishing, camping and his family. You always saw him at meets, games, rodeos and barrel races, cheering on the kids and where they affectionately referred to him as Grandpa Bill. He was always up for an adventure with his grandchildren. Bill was a member of the VFW, the Teamsters, the National Rifle Association and the Rocky Mountain Pheasant Club.
On March 10, he left us to be with his wife of 66 years. His parents; his wife; a sister, Beverly; brothers Dean, Mick and Lee Hines; and several nieces and nephews preceded him in death.
Survivors are his children, Renee (Ron) Brandt, Mike (LeiLani) Hines and Pat (Marcey) Hines; grandchildren, Colter, Chancey, Lane, Julia, Evie, Jeff (Melissa) Brandt and Emme (Corey) Brandt-Lyda; his brothers, Don (Ramona) Yarnell, Larry (Ellen) Yarnell, and Dale (Glenda) Yarnell; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and very dear friends.
We will be honoring him with a celebration of life pot-luck luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Alli Event Center, 100 S. Third Ave., Brighton.
At a future date, a military service will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton handled the arrangements.
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Published in Fort Lupton Press on Mar. 28, 2018