Paul J. Artzer, 83, of Sterling, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Sterling. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Tennant Funeral Home with Vigil and Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon, Friday, Jan. 24, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with the Rev. Wojciech Gierasimczyk celebrating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.
Paul was born on July 22, 1930, north of Sterling to Jacob and Mary Eva (Appelhans) Artzer. He graduated from St. Anthony High School, Northeastern Junior College, and Western State College in Gunnison. He was in the USAF from 1952-1955, serving in the Korean War.
He worked most of his life for Sterling Sheet Metal until he started Artzer Plumbing and Heating in 1974.
He married Margie Jean Slizewski on Oct. 12, 1957, in Sterling. They were married for 56 years.
He was a member of the Elks Club. He loved to go fishing and hunting with his boys and loved to watch all of his grandchildren in their musical, artistic, and athletic pursuits.
He is survived by his wife, Margie of Sterling; sons, Brian Artzer and wife Kelly of Niwot, Mark and wife Ursula of Thornton, Craig and wife Debra of Surprise, Ariz., Tim of Brighton, Bret and wife Lisa of Littleton; sisters, Anna Cucarola of Sterling, Christine McElvain and husband Keith of Northglenn, and Lorraine Fix of Billings, Mont.; brothers, Joseph Artzer of Pueblo, Lewis Artzer of Sterling, Donald Artzer of Goodland, Kan., and Larry Artzer and wife Carol of Prescott, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Betty Hurley of Colorado Springs; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Eva Artzer; brothers, Jacob, John and Andrew; sisters, Mary, Molly, Suzie, Julie, Dorothy, and Baby Eva.
Memorials may be made to the
in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751.