Courtland A. (Courty) Rybicka (1925 - 2018)

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Colorado native Courtland "Courty" Rybicka, of Bennett, died Sept. 20, surrounded by his immediate family.
Courty was born to Jerry and Helen Rybicka in Denver Nov. 22, 1925. He was raised on a dryland farm just north of the town of Bennett. At the ripe age of 13, his parents relocated part-time to Denver with his younger sister, Mary Ellen (she passed away 11/22/74). So he began to take over the day-to-day operations of the family farm.
He graduated from Bennett High School in 1943 and, after taking two deferments as the sole son of a farmer, he served in the U.S. Army for a year in Japan during the post-war occupation.
He married Alvira "Vi" Brook Sept. 14, 1945, and continued farming mostly wheat north of Bennett for more than 60 years before "retiring" to Brighton in 2007.
On Sept. 19, 2011, just five days after their 66th wedding anniversary, Vi passed away.
Courty was a pioneer in no-till farming, winning several awards for his conservation efforts and also helped the CSU seed program in the development of newer wheat varieties. He was an active member of Farm Bureau for 60-plus years, a board member of the American Pride Co-op for 15-plus years and of the East Adams Weed District for 40-plus years.
He enjoyed playing cards and going on elk hunting trips with his friends and had a passion for teaching (and beating) his family and others at the game of cribbage.
Besides being greatly respected by his community for his friendship and generosity, he was known for his resourcefulness, innovative abilities and remarkable mechanical mind. He could find a way to improve any machine or piece of equipment and even built his barn all by himself.
Courty will be immeasurably missed by his family, which includes his children, Roger Rybicka and Kayannette Gabrielle; his adoring grandchildren, Brett (Lori) Hanlon, Jared (Thelma) Hanlon, and Colette (Kevin Fletcher) Hanlon; great-grandchildren, Anthony (Sara) Hanlon, Jaden and Troy Hanlon; a nephew John M Hunt III; and a niece, Beth Hunt.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home, 75 S. 13th Ave., Brighton, which handled the arrangements. The viewing will begin at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Bennett. Reception follows at Bennett Community Center.
Memorial contributions in memory of Courtland can be made to Comanche Crossing Historical Society, P.O. Box 647, Strasburg, 80136.


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Tabor Rice Funeral Home
75 S. 13th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
(303) 654-0112
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Published in Brighton Standard Blade on Oct. 3, 2018