In memory: Gene Harris

Surrounded by loved ones, Everett Eugene “Gene” Harris, 79, of Fort Collins, passed away Sunday, Feb. 15. Gene was born Feb. 5, 1936, in Burns, WY. He was the third of four children born to George Everett and Delila (Dilley) Harris. His siblings were George Harris (deceased), Pearl Gray of Downey, CA, and Don Harris of Shawnee, OK. Gene grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Chadron, Neb., before graduating from Loveland High School. He attended California State University at Long Beach in Long Beach.gene harris obit In his early years, Gene worked for Wyoming Hereford Ranch in Cheyenne, back in the days when cowboys still had a remuda of horses and when everything was done horseback. In his spare time, he competed in rodeos. Gene’s cowboy and ranching experiences provided him a lifetime of colorful stories that he loved to share with his children and grandchildren who would plead with him, “Grandpa, tell us a story.” He was a real cowboy and was definitely the “Dr. McDreamy” of his day, but in those days he was more likely to be referred to as a real “Marlboro Man.” Gene deeply loved horses and was a farrier his entire working life. In addition to operating his own business, he taught farrier science at Colorado State University. He assisted dozens of young men and women farrier apprentices in the establishment of their own farrier careers. Gene enjoyed difficult cases where he assisted in returning a lame horse to soundness. He believed in working hard and took the greatest enjoyment from his work and his customers. He enjoyed a successful career and was well respected by those in the Northern Colorado equine community. In 1963, Gene married Wanda Morgan and together they raised their children. Today, their family has grown to include 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His parents, his brother George, and his sons, Scott Hoganboom, Jerry Harris, and K.C. Harris preceded Gene in death. He is survived by his wife, Wanda; his brother, Don, his children Diana Hollaway, Dennis Harris, and Marty Hoganboom; grandchildren, Lindsey (Troy), Keaton (Liza), Kayleigh, Katie, Raymond, David, Kyle, Sarah, Randy, and Jered; great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gene's family wants to express its gratitude to the wonderful staff at Columbine Health Systems who provided extraordinary care and who helped to make Gene's final journey a peaceful one supported by compassion and respect. Gene is fondly remembered as a man with a big heart, a true and loyal friend, and someone who never hesitated to help anyone in need. A celebration of Gene's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22 at The Lodge at Mackenzie Place, 4751 Pleasant Oak Drive, Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Everett E. Harris Memorial Fund in care of Alluntt Funeral Service. Donations will support a memorial scholarship awarded to an aspiring horseshoer.

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In memory: Gregory Merrill Scheie

Gregory Merrill Scheie, born May 30, 1950, in Enderlin , North Dakota, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the wee hours of Thursday morning, Feb. 5.greg obit Raised in Enderlin, Greg graduated from Enderlin High School in 1968. After high school Greg enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam as a radio operator. Honorably discharged in in 1971, he returned home to Enderlin. Lured by the construction boom happening in Colorado in the early 1970s, Greg soon moved to Ft Collins, where he stayed until his death, although he still always referred to North Dakota as home. Greg was a jack-of-all-trades and excelled at woodworking. Throughout the last 40 years Greg has worked in the construction business as a carpenter, for Colorado State University in the Housing Maintenance Department, and for the City of Ft. Collins. Greg was friendly to everyone, knew everyone by name, and always carried candy in his pocket for his children and his granddaughter. But most of all, Greg was an animal lover. He had dog treats in the other pockets for all of the neighbor dogs he encountered as he walked his dog, Sadie, every day. He fed the birds in his trees and built houses for the squirrels to nest in, and in which they would raise their babies. He took care of strays. His dog Sadie is still waiting for him by the gate. Greg is survived here in Colorado by his children, Dylan and Dayna Scheie; by his granddaughter, Lilly Ann Woodward; by Jesse Neth, and by the love of his life and constant companion for the last 22 years, Sheri Harper. There will be a celebration of Greg's life at his and Sheri's home, 305 Sitzman Way, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Interment will be at a later date in Enderlin, North Dakota.

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