Tributes for May 21: Clarence Babcock, Lois Reitz
May 21, 2017
Clarence Ethan Babcock
Aug. 20, 1946- May 13, 2017
God called Clarence Ethan Babcock (known to many as "Hot Shot") up to be another warrior in Heaven on May 13, 2017, due to an aggressive battle with lung disease.
He was born Aug. 20, 1946, to Clarence and Laverne Babcock in Oak Creek, Colo. He was the first born of seven children. There are many very loving memories of all the kids growing up on a ranch seven miles outside of Oak Creek on Trout Creek. He graduated from SoRoCo (South Routt County) High School in Oak Creek, Colo., in 1966, immediately enlisting in the Army for a three-year term. He left the military serving honorably decorated with the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. In Jan. 1970, he met his soulmate Marolyn Ann Gemaehlich in Denver and they were married on June 28 in Holyoke, Colo.
After living in Holyoke for a few years and having their first daughter, they moved back to Oak Creek, Colo., where they made their home. He began working in 1974 for the Pittsburg & Midway Edna Coal Mine as a coal car dropper for the coal trains. Two years later he and Marolyn had their second daughter. While providing for his family and raising his two daughters, he continued to work at the coal mine for a total of 22 ½ years. Throughout the years he worked as a mechanic, operating a number of large heavy machinery such as the drag line, along with dozer work reclaiming the land after mining coal. Shortly after the mine closed down, Clarence and Marolyn relocated to Windsor. He worked a number of various jobs before landing a position with the Windsor Parks & Rec Center.
Throughout his life, Clarence prided himself as a handy man. He enjoyed fixing lawn mowers in the summer months, splitting wood in the fall and plowing snow in the winter months along with other things like building decks and fixing cars. He seemed to always look for something to fix or build. His hands showed the proof of his hard work, always stained with the remembrance from coal or working with tools, machinery and wood. Maybe it was more of a hobby to stay busy or just to help someone in need, as he was a generous man. Even after his passing, he has continued to help a number of people in multiple ways by donating his body now that he is present with the Lord. More than anything, spending time with family and friends meant a lot to him. He graciously served the Lord by being an active member of the church from being an elder to a financial secretary.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Marolyn; two daughters, Gail (Jim) and Jill (Jay); four grandchildren, Sara, Tyler, Mandi and Will; brother, Tim (Laurel) Babcock, Don (Darlene) Babcock and Bill (Elizabeth) Babcock; sisters, Barb (Jerry) Ahrens and Debbie Townsley; sister-in-law, Cammy Hammond; aunts, Jane Babcock and Helen Alvarez; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Laverne Babcock; brother, James "Decker" Babcock; and other extended relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be considered towards a memorial for Clarence. A bench will be purchased and placed in the cemetery with his name on it. Make checks payable to: Marolyn Babcock, care of Bank of Colorado 1041 Main St., Windsor, Colo. 80550.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Evangelical Free Church of Windsor, 700 Pine Dr., Windsor, Colo. 80550, with burial service following at 11 a.m., Lakeview Cemetery 32815 Hwy 257 Windsor, Colo. A luncheon will follow back at the church.
Lois (Christy) Reitz
Aug. 17, 1919- May 14, 2017
Lois (Christy) Reitz died peacefully at home with her family present under hospice care on Sunday, May 14, 2017.
Lois was born in a small coal-mining town, Superior in western Pennsylvania to Cora Belle and William Christy. She spent her early years living with diverse immigrant populations in the small mining towns. She graduated with a B.A. in elementary education (Pa. State Teachers' College) and taught first and second grades during WWII. Lois married Kent Reitz on Jan. 5, 1946, and they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary earlier this year. Together they lived in Rochester, N.Y., prior to moving to Windsor in 1970 with their family. Lois loved the out-of-doors and spent many hours hiking, gardening, camping and enjoying the mountains. Lois loved her family and other people and was equally loved by others. She was an active member of Faith United Church of Christ and belonged to various service organizations.
Lois is survived by her husband, Kent; their two children, Betty and Nancy; two grandchildren, Hannah and Jena; in-laws, Joanne and Clarence and their family; nephews and nieces; and their adopted Swiss family Ursula and Eugene and their children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Margaret.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Faith United Church of Christ at 1020 Walnut St., Windsor.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to (1) the Lois Reitz Memorial Fund at Faith UCC, 1020 Walnut St., Windsor, Colo. 80550; or (2) Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Rd., Fort Collins, Colo. 80525.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.marksfuneralservice.com.