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Tributes for Sept. 5

SSG. Christopher James Birdwell

June 2, 1987-Aug. 27, 2012

Age: 25

Residence: Windsor

SSG. Christopher James Birdwell (1987-2012), made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country Aug. 27, 2012, in Kalagush, Afghanistan. He was killed in action by injuries suffered from enemy small-arms fire. Christopher was assigned to the First Platoon, Alpha Company, 4STB, 4BCT, 4ID, Fort Carson, Colo.

Respected in life, honored in death, Christopher will be awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart for his sacrifice. Well-suited for his post, he completed Airborne training in 2007, executing more than 100 jumps, along with Sniper and Sapper training in 2011. Christopher thrived on his responsibility to protect his country and earned other distinctions such as Squad Leader and Armorer during his enlistment. His heroism and leadership was an inspiration to those who served with him.

Born June 2, 1987, Christopher is lovingly remembered and survived in death by his parents, Jim and Pam Birdwell; his brother, Dustin Birdwell; and his sisters, Maley and Maegan Birdwell. His memory will live on in the hearts of many family members including his grandmother, Doris Birdwell; and his grandfather, Richard Oliver; Jeff and Julie Riley and their children, Katie and Ian Stewart and Joey Riley; Roger and Deidre Birdwell and their children, John Birdwell and Jennifer Birdwell; Scott and Rose Oliver and their children, Drew, Sharlene and Josh Oliver; Rick and Deb Shively and their children, Sgt. Erick Shively and Jenna Shively; Chris and Vicky Henderson and their children, Sereana Little, Katheryn, Aimy and Larah Henderson.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Birdwell; his grandmother, Patricia Smith; and his cousin, Patricia Oliver.

Behind the uniform, Chris was a man whose infectious laugh could make anyone smile; he was a generous friend and servant of many. His vivacity for life was evident in his fondness for speed. Chris enjoyed everything from fast cars, motorcycles and ATVs, to skydiving and shooting sports.

Ever a thrill seeker, he loved snow and cold weather and enjoyed snowboarding, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities. His talent for enjoying life touched everyone who knew him. Christopher graduated from Windsor High School in Windsor, Colo., in 2005 before enlisting in 2006.

Raised in a home of faith and conviction, Chris was baptized into Christ by his father April 25, 2004, solidifying his hope of heaven through faith. He was a member of the Windsor Church of Christ, where he built friendships to last to eternity.

With a firm belief in his purpose, and convictions supported by his faith, Chris’ sacrifice reflects that of his Lord and Savior, the Giver of eternal life. His legacy will survive in the hearts of his family and friends until they are reunited in heaven.

SSG. Christopher J. Birdwell’s heroic sacrifice for his country will be remembered by the nation who stood behind him. Chris will be remembered more fondly and missed deeply by the many family and friends who loved him best, including his girlfriend, Vanessa Mitchell and her daughter, Baylie. His joyful spirit, generous heart, fun-loving nature, bravery and sacrifice are still alive in all who knew him. He was one of America’s best. Until we meet again.

Christopher Birdwell will be memorialized at Fort Carson and laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 7, 2012, at Resurrection Fellowship Church 6502 E. Crossroads Blvd., Loveland, CO 80538.

In lieu of flowers, the Birdwell’s ask that donations be made to a memorial fund in Chris’ name. The proceeds of the fund will be used to help organizations assist the families of other fallen soldiers. Donations, indicating SSG Christopher Birdwell, can be mailed to Bank Of Colorado, P.O. Box 939, Windsor, CO 80550 or delivered to 1041 Main St., Windsor, CO 80550.

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Edward Eichorn

Jan. 23, 1927-Sept. 1, 2012

Age: 85

Residence: Eaton

Edward Eichorn, 85, of Eaton, Colo., died Sept. 1, 2012, in Greeley. Edward was born Jan. 23, 1927, in Windsor, Colo., to Louie and Anna Eichorn.

He farmed with his father and brother, was in the lumber business and later retired from Kodak in 1989. Edward was active in Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor Town Board.

Edward is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; sons, Jack and Chuck; two sisters, Lila Schilling and Shirley Jones; three grandchildren, Amanda, Chas, Bryan; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Rhene.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor.

A service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the Bethel Lutheran church at 328 Walnut St. in Windsor.

Colleen Ann Grimes

Nov. 14, 1935-Aug. 31, 2012

Age: 76

Residence: Greeley

Colleen Ann Grimes, 76, died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Greeley.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1935, in Harlan, Iowa. She was a long-time resident of Colorado, enjoyed all family and friends. Colleen was a devoted loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved teaching others about the Bible, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Survivors include her husband, David of 59 years; two daughters, Elaine Weller, Darcy Cochran; one son, Randy Grimes; living in Greeley, Rifle and Arvada, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Bowles, Douglas Bowles, and their wives, living in Omaha, Neb., and Memphis, Tenn.; many nieces and nephews.

Services: 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 3408 34th St. Road, Greeley, Colo.

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