U.S. Veteran Clyde “Ross” Hafer of Akron, Colorado passed away at the Washington County Nursing Home on Friday, July 2, 2010 after a two year battle with cancer.
Ross was born on October 10, 1940 to Norma and Virgil Hafer. He spent his childhood on several farms south of Akron in the Elba area. As a youngster he especially enjoyed his dogs, horses and practicing with his BB gun. He attended Sunnyvale school from the first grade to the fifth, Highpoint School sixth to the eighth and then Akron High School where he graduated in 1958.
On 1 Jan 1959 Ross enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years as a Sonar technician. After basic training in San Diego he spent his Naval career in Japan, Philippines, and Hawaii.
After the Navy, Ross began a telecommunications career in California. On 11 Aug 1962 Ross was married to Trelma Anne Kubacak (1944–2014) in Los Angeles, California. They were divorced in October 1971 in Los Angeles. Two children were born to this marriage.
In 1971 Ross moved back to Fort Morgan, Colorado where he worked for Mountain Bell in Fort Morgan from 1971 to 1984.
In 1984 he accepted employment with AT&T Dallas, Texas where he worked until 1986. Late in 1986 he bought a frozen ice cream/frozen margarita machine busines. When the economy started downward Ross went back to telecommunications work contracting to Fujitsu for various engineering jobs including the installation of fiber optics in Southwestern Bell buildings across the United States.
On 26 Nov 1987 Ross was married to Shirley in Collin, Texas who also worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone. After her retirement, she was able to travel with him and they were fortunate they could work together and see so much of the country.
From 1993 through 1996 they lived in Rowlett, Texas.
In 1996 Ross moved back to Akron due to the failing health of his parents. During these years Ross contracted out of Denver so he could be at home attending to his parents. In 2002 he said “no more on the road” and went to work at the Washington County Justice Center under both Sheriff English and Sheriff Kuntz.
He officially retired in 2005 and concentrated on his hobbies and keeping the ditches mowed in front of his parents' property. He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement working in his shop, going to the casinos at Blackhawk and he loved to dance.
He enjoyed taking pictures especially old barns in the country and his camera was always with him. His wife did all of the computer work on the pictures while he spent hours in his shop making frames. They traveled to many craft and art shows throughout Northeastern Colorado and the Front Range.
Ross was a 36-year-long member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Organization, a member of the Fort Morgan Elks Lodge #1143. Hewas a member of the American Legion Post #66 in Akron.
Ross is survived by his wife Shirley, sister Irene Trumbo and husband Jerry, brother Floyd Hafer; five daughters, Stephanie Becker of Crawford, Colorado, Joni Reents of Thornton, Kelly Hafer and husband Mike of Westminster, Jackie Wilburn of LaVeta, Lori Palmer of Colorado Springs and one son James Coppock and wife Rita Mae of Aurora. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild along with nieces, nephews, cousins and a large extended family.
Ross was preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Norma, two children Clyde Ross Hafer, Jr. and Jamie Lynn Hafer, and son-in-law Bill Reents.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church in Akron.
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