William (Bill) Irvin McQueary Sr., 76, was called home on Sept. 19, 2013. He was born on March 23, 1937, to William and Bertha (Simmons) McQueary, in Coalmont, Colo. He spent most of his childhood years farming and ranching in Walden, Colo. He joined the Navy in 1955 and was commissioned to the USS Leyte. During that time he met the love of his life in Brooklyn, N.Y. He always shared with the family that it was love at first sight; he married Ann (Simons) on Aug. 31, 1958. They were blessed with their first child, a baby girl, Bonnie (Kovtynovich) in 1960. He packed up his new bride and baby girl and moved them to Colorado. They continued adding to the family with two more children, William McQueary Jr. and Steven McQueary. They bought a farm in Fort Lupton and placed their roots. Bill and his family farmed many crops and raised many animals on that farm. Farming was one of his passions, along with taking trips to Las Vegas and playing poker.
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His greatest passion was his family. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Ann McQueary, and his children, Bonnie (Ed) Kovtynovich, William (Leslie) McQueary, Jr., Steven (Shayla) McQueary. His pride and joy were his grandchildren, Heather (Willy) Taylor, Justin (Sarah) Hunt, Brandon Hunt, William (Christina) McQueary III, Kurtis (Meghan) McQueary, Colton McQueary, Lexi McQueary, Peyton McQueary and Taylor McQueary, Greg (Jennifer) Kovtynovich, Jake Parker and great grandchildren William, Weston, Walker and Wyatt Taylor, Kacie, Riley and Josie Hunt, and Delaney and Kole Kovtynovich, and brothers Richard Masden, and Robert (Martha) Masden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Elizabeth, and a brother, Kenneth McQueary. We find peace in knowing he loved his family more than life itself and we will carry on his legacy.
A graveside service was held Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Ft. Logan Nat'l Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Published in Fort Lupton Press from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 2013
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